Friday, 6 November 2015

Friday Five News 6/10/15

This week has been dominated by the INTERNATIONAL  news of the Russian plane crash in Sinai.  The loss of life is awful and the repercussions are scary, particularly now when there is speculation that the plane was brought down by a bomb planted by an IS affiliated group.  The situation in the Middle East just seems to get worse. 

It’s difficult to know how this situation can be resolved when dealing with extremists.  In the meantime so many innocent people are suffering.  And we claim to live in a civilised world.

Well this LOCAL  news item about the protest march in London yesterday also highlights how we are not always so civilised.  The march was supposed to be a peaceful event demonstrating against the current Government’s austerity measures.  It seems its success partly led to its downfall as there were so many people taking part that not everyone kept to the planned routes/areas leading to problems.  But again a number of extremists caused incidents that led to people being injured.  I’m glad I wasn’t in Central London last night.

Moving on to SPORT: Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager seems to be unravelling.  He’s just been fined for his behaviour and his team “have made the worst start to a season by any team defending a Premier League title, having won only three of their 11 matches, and are  15th in the table.”
There are rumours of a players revolt and there is also a legal case pending over his treatment of his former first team Doctor.

Football is a fickle sport.  Managers are only great while the team is winning.  If things go wrong they often are not given long to turn things around.  We all go through bad patches and we weather the storms.  Football managers don’t always have that luxury.  However in Mourinho’s case this seems to revolve as much around his ego as it does his players' capabilities.  Will he still be in charge by Christmas?  Methinks not!

I struggled to find a suitable story in ENTERTAINMENT this week.  I was pleased to see there will be a new series of The Bridge on our TV screens soon.  I don’t usually like subtitled programmes but some of the Scandinavian dramas are so good I just have to give them my full attention.  

After the premiere of the latest James Bond film Spectre, there have been comments as to  whether Daniel Craig will continue for his final contracted Bond film or call it a day.  I hope he doesn’t.  I think he’s made a great James Bond and have enjoyed the latest films.

One thing that causes much speculation around this time of year is what the big stores will do for their Christmas adverts.  The John Lewis ad was released today and has already drawn a lot of comments.  Some positive, others not.  Personally I think it’s too long.  I’m not going to get into any further debate about it.  It’s just reminding me Christmas is getting a bit too close for comfort and surely there are better things to debate than the pros and cons of Christmas ads?

You can make up your own mind by watching if you wish:

And finally MISCELLANEOUS: Collins English Dictionary has chosen binge-watch as its 2015 Word of the Year.

Meaning "to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession", it reflects a marked change in viewing habits, due to subscription services like Netflix.

Lexicographers noticed that its usage was up 200% on 2014.

How do they work that out?  Presumably from scanning lots of written texts and clocking the amount of mentions.  This in the week when our Government wants to try and introduce a bill making internet providers keep records of our online browsing for 12 months.  Big Brother seems to be turning into Giant Brother.

Here’s the list of the Collins' Words of the Year, plus definitions and my comments:

  • binge-watch (verb): to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession Not guilty – don’t have Netflix.
  • clean eating (noun): following a diet that contains only natural foods, and is low in sugar, salt, and fat  This one won’t be creeping in to my vocabularly
  • contactless (adjective): referring to payments, smart cards, etc that utilize RFID (radio-frequency identity) technology and do not require a PIN or signature from the customer  Guilty of this one
  • Corbynomics (noun): the economic policies advocated by the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn  Ignoring this one
  • dadbod (noun): an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one considered attractive  hmm not sure hubby’s body fully fits that description
  • ghosting (noun): ending a relationship by ignoring all communication from the other person  Won’t need that one
  • manspreading (noun): the act or an instance of a male passenger in a bus or train splaying his legs in a way that denies space to the passenger sitting next to him  Seen that in action so doesn’t that make it a verb???
  • shaming (noun): attempting to embarrass a person or group by drawing attention to their perceived offence, especially on social media  Fortunately not been subject to this but again shouldn’t it be a verb??
  • swipe (verb): to move a finger across a touchscreen on a mobile phone in order to approve (swipe right) or dismiss (swipe left) an image  Do this a lot.  Hubby is getting better at it now that he has a Blackberry
  • transgender (adjective): of or relating to a person whose gender identity does not fully correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth  With some of the high profile stories that have been in the news about this subject it’s not surprising this made the list.
All links are courtesy of the BBC website. Opinions are my own.

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