Well the news seems to have been pretty busy of late, bad news makes good news eh?
Just some of my thoughts regarding the latest and main stories.
Helicopter Crash Glasgow
It was hard to miss this one, all over my facebook page filled with condolences and the news itself. A police helicopter came down on a busy bar hosting a live band.
It has now come to light that 9 people have died because of the incident including the pilot and 2 police officers on board the aircraft.
This is truly one horrific story to have happened.
However, I can’t help but think why? Why on earth did this happen? The crash happened on Friday evening/Saturday morning and yet it took until Monday for the police to issue an action of an investigation. Now I am one of the biggest fans of the Police. I think they do a sterling job but their timing on this was shocking. As soon as it happened a public promise of an investigation should have been made. Apologies if I am wrong on this matter but I didn’t hear this until Monday. They have however released the information that there was no may day shout for help from the Pilot. One can only hope then that this happened so fast for those on board that they didn’t know much about it. Or the other possible, and hopefully far-fetched conclusion… it was on purpose.
Tom Daley Outing
Many people have made jibes about this, “‘shocking news’ Tom Daley’s Gay”. Well it was shocking to me. I can’t say I have ever had two thoughts on Tom Daley’s sexuality and why should I? It’s absolutely none of my business, nor is it anyone’s business on who he chooses to date.
But being part of the celebrity life he felt compelled to let the public know. How did he do it? In a short, home-made video filmed on his bed about him just talking to the camera. Brilliant! Even though in the video he says he has been urged by family members to either keep it private or to extort his own personal life in exchange for a huge magazine deal.
Tom… you made the right choice.
Sat on his bed he very eloquently told the story of how he has met someone.
“In an ideal world I shouldn’t be doing this video because it shouldn’t matter.” – Oh so true. It shouldn’t matter. I don’t know the guy but am pleased for him he has someone. I do not give two toots over if it’s a boy or a girl.
“come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and they make me feel so happy so safe and everything just feels great and well that someone is a guy.”
“My whole world changed right there and then”
I think this sums up the journey he’s been through. He states at it still being a shock for him, and I think that’s easy to forget in our “let’s judge celebrities” world that he’s gone through on hell of a life changing commitment.
Now he doesn’t actually say he’s gay. This has what has really annoyed me. All the press dubbing him as “The next gay icon” and teenage girls online sobbing the “OMG TOM DALEY’S GAY”. Errr no. From the horse’s mouth he is bisexual. And why not? Why does sexuality have to be black and white? With my own sexuality it is definitely black and white but for some, for some they are open to falling in love with whoever be it Man or Woman. If you can have that kind of liberation then go for it.
Bravo Tom Daley. Good luck in your new relationship and in the Olympics 2016.
Fast and the Furious Loss
This was another news story impossible to be excluded from. Upon awakening on Sunday morning (1st December) I checked my phone, as I often do. Logged onto facebook and could not count how many people were putting “RIP Paul Walker”. Nah. Not the beautiful Paul Walker from Eight Below. Alas it was.
On Saturday afternoon at a charity event in Los Angeles the Actor went for a drive with his friend Roger Rodas, with Rodas driving in a Porsche sports car. Shortly after pulling off the car lost control, crashed into a light pole and caught fire. Later two bodies were found.
A very sad story. A complete out of the blue tragic story.
Nevertheless some things that have got on my wick, as my mum would say, on how this has been reported. In all news stories it states “Paul Walker’s died” “Paul Walker RIP” “Fast and the Furious Star died in a car accident”. Errrr so did Roger Rodas! In nearly all of them he’s referred to as ‘the friend driving’. No I’m sorry, I know Paul Walker was a celebrity but every life deserves to be mentioned by name. Subsequently the term RIP is way over used. It reminds me too much of Halloween. What is wrong with stating “Rest in peace”? much more eloquent and less “Grim Reaper-ish”.
What was left after the horrific crash
Also the Police have mentioned that speed was a huge factor in the crash. Does that matter? A celebrity has died after all! Why just because he was a celebrity have they been acquitted by society on driving like utter nutballs? If it was anyone else people would be a lot less sympathetic. The two took a joy ride, broke the speed limit and drove dangerously. Their crash was therefore of their own making. What if the light pole had been a child they’d killed? What if only Paul Walker had died? What if What if What if? I tell you what… they would be up against charges for dangerous driving and beyond. I believe the American PR team need to use this a martyr for safe driving. No one is invincible.
Having said that of course my condolences go out to their friends and families and all I can hope, from the images of the crash, that it happened quickly for them and that they felt little pain.
The horrific news story of Ian Watkins from the Lost Prophets has hit the news once more. On trial for sex offences he has since pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a baby and 10 other sec crimes at Cardiff Crown Court.
I think anyone in their right mind would be disgusted by this report.
Lost Prophets split up in October this year and have admitted that Watkins was now impossible to work with due to his egotistical behaviour and battle with drugs.
The rest of the band released a very personal statement on their facebook page; “We are heartbroken, angry and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives,”. With obviously those nasty people in this world jumping on the bandwagon slagging off the band accusing them of knowing. If anyone watched the TV show Broadchurch they address the issue of “How did you not know?”. How can one know at all what is going on someone else’s mind. You can’t.
It is a horrific case and I hope Watkins is severely punished and that the rest of the Lost Prophets band do not let the disgusting acts of one man haunt them for the rest of their lives. He’s not worth it.
Good News Story
Sleep Well Nelson Mandela
I really hope no one takes this the wrong way when I put this story under “Good news” but in truth I think it is. Sadly on December 5th 2013 the legend that is Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba passed away at the grand old age of 95.
He was and will remain to be a true inspiration. As a friend of mind stated, how lucky are we to have lived in the time of a giant.
The reason I have put his passing in Good News is due to the fact that people are now celebrating his life. His achievements. His legacy. What a wonderful man who spent 27 years in prison for what he believed in. I can think of no one else who has deserved some rest. Sweet dreams and sleep well for I truly believe that you have earned it.