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Oscar's First Birthday [Oct. 29th, 2012|02:19 pm]
Tony Grist
Our great-nephew is a year old. Yesterday was his birthday party. He received a number of big expensive presents and got just as much fun out of the boxes they came in. The best present was a yeti as big as he is- though I can't see its fur staying white for long.

His mum and dad are football crazy so the big match was playing on the flat screen. I hardly ever watch football so I was interested to see how they play it these days. There was a lot of artistic footwork, some very inartistic thuggery and at least one dive that was so thespian it got the diver sent off. Manchester United won by the margin of a goal that should have been disallowed for violation of the off-side rule. This morning it turns out the biggest drama was something that happened out of range of the cameras- a couple of Chelsea players were "racially abused" by the referee. We're not being allowed to know what he said to the black player, but he apparently called Torres- the diver- "a Spanish tart"- which, in the circumstances, strikes me as mild.

At one stage there was a conversation going on in my vicinity about IDS and his decision not to give child benefit to any more than two children in any one family. Two people were taking the Daily Mail's line and one was taking the Guardian's. I didn't get drawn in. For the record I think this is a callous policy that'll return us to the age of child beggars and the workhouse, but I could be wrong. 
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-10-29 04:06 pm (UTC)
Oscar was my grandad's name. A kinder, more generous man you would never find, and it's a favorite name of mine.

I'd say calling someone a Spanish Tart is indeed mild. And sort of amusing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oscar is a name that seems to be coming back. I asked my niece if they'd named the boy after Oscar Wilde and she said, no, it was just a name they liked.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-10-29 04:13 pm (UTC)
Torres is a hell of a good footballer but he is a bit of a diva...and I think calling anybody names is just wrong.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-29 04:42 pm (UTC)
All I know of Torres is what I saw of him yesterday.

Referees should know how to keep their tempers, but I reckon this guy had been provoked.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2012-10-29 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated by the sensibilities which result in news broadcasts of streams of abuse in which the only word complained of is the one that's not obscene, whether it's 'black' or 'pleb'. I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad one, but it's disconcerting.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-29 07:10 pm (UTC)
I think it represents a considerable shift in culture. Obscenity is losing its power to offend, but we bristle at racism and classism.
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