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Well. What can I say?

I can say, “I told you so”, for sure, right here in this blog.

In my post dated Jan 1st I published my own top 10 and at #1 was… Replay by Iyaz.

Now please bear in mind I actually wrote that in advance of when it was published after the Christmas chart came out.

When I first became aware of the track I couldn’t actually get a UK download from I-tunes, they only had it on their US site. Why do they do that? The internet is World wide, that why it has www in it. I felt for sure it should be a hit tho and got myself a copy.

So back to my prescient post… In my reply to James and LGS on Jan 3rd I went further “My bet would be for ‘Replay’ or ‘No other one’ to hit the charts sometime in the next month or three.”

Well, even I was surprised by the success of my prediction. Replay has now hit the #1 spot in the UK charts!!

Bounces around going “WoooHooo! I-yam-so-cle-verrr.”

I wonder if the other track I thought was good and commercial ‘No other one’ will do half as well. Even if it doesn’t I still like it and that I guess is the point.

Well here is another hard hat post I guess. It is a bit longer than usual. If anyone wants to argue in favour, or against, what I have to say feel free, because I feel really strongly about this.

I was really annoyed to find out that a law abiding young mother who brandished a kitchen knife in her own kitchen to scare off intruders found herself being warned about her behaviour by the police. Hertfordshire County Police in the UK.

The young mother was the classically trained musician, former chart star and popular celebrity Myleene Klass, she was at home, alone with her little daughter.

She was in her kitchen and male intruders to her property were in her yard, her daughter was upstairs, she was terrified, banged on the kitchen window and brandished a knife…

The intruders retreated and she called the police.

What happened when Hertfordshire’s “finest” got there?. They warned the potential criminal who had called them about her behaviour using an offensive weapon to threaten the intruders is what!!

Now at this point surely any right thinking person has so got to start to wonder what the point of these useless public employees is.

Did they protect her in any way?. Did their existence put off these intruders in any way?

So we have a situation in the UK where the police seem to be very little actual practical use to the average law abiding citizen and householder, other than to turn up after the event and make a note of the details of any crime or disaster which happened. Maybe arrange for someone to clean up any mess and notify relatives.

When they do bother to turn up they are as likely to prosecute the victim as the perpetrator.

It used to be the British police had a natural store of good will from the law abiding majority of citizens.

Officers mostly tried to provide the sort of policing the majority wanted and expected. They protected the public from criminals. They saw themselves as working for and protecting the average law abiding citizen. Seeing a British bobby in a pointed helmet made you feel a little bit safer.

Not any more… and they mostly look like scary SWAT team members away from the tourist traps these days.

Over the last 20 years things seem to have really changed. These days the police act like they prefer an easy target that boosts their figures, and I guess there are none easier than a generally law abiding member of the public, especially with a huge increase in laws and rules that the normal person can’t keep up with.

The police need to remember they are not some paramilitary occupying force. They are citizens, civil public servants, there to protect society and its honest citizens. Not treat everyone like crooks.

You can’t have a much better example of who the police should be protecting, who they should be working on behalf of, than an innocent young mother and child menaced by trespassers in their own home.

They shouldn’t be bullying her. If the Police feel they need to lean on such a person when they make a mild attempt to scare off intruders then there is something really wrong with how they think and are trained. Also maybe with the sort of person who runs/controls the police.

If what Myleene Klass did is against the law then there is something quite wrong with the law …and those who make and interpret the law, because it should not be!!

If someone trespasses where they clearly should not be and without a lawful excuse then their rights should not be given preference, or even equal rating, over the owner of that property.

If they get injured being where they should not while doing wrong then surely it is their own fault. If they are injured by someone defending themselves their family and their property then again that is just too bad and the law should recognise it.

I really don’t wonder the police are so against the public ever defending themselves, because it must show up what a poor job the police themselves do for the average citizen.

If an intruder is injured or killed, and the force used is fairly reasonable, taking into account what the defender knew, or thought and how physically able they were, then the householder should not be prosecuted.

If you have two physically mature male intruders and one female defender, then even if she shot them with a legally owned firearm then it should be lawful self defence.

The fact is that the average female is physically unlikely to be able to win against two males. Even if she is trained in unarmed combat it is not something a sensible person would want to try.

What option does a woman have under those circumstances? Especially knowing there is only her between her child and a threat, what option but to use any to a weapon to hand to make a believable threat? And if their bluff us called then maybe to use it.

This is always the problem for a woman defending herself. Against physical violence, actual or imminent.

She has to up the ante and do it first, or she loses.

If there is no escape she is left with the choice of “laying back and thinking of England” as it used to be said and hoping if they get what they want they won’t hurt her… and then having to explain why she didn’t try defend herself, or to try to take the guy out with a crippling attack.

I firmly believe a woman should be trained to defend herself, but I am realistic enough to know there are limitations. You try not to get in a bad situation, but sometimes it comes to you. Chances are way high there will be no police there to protect you if it does.

Now it looks like if you realistically try to defend yourself it makes you a criminal.

It is true not just for women, but for anyone who is weaker than or outnumbered by their attackers.

Am I unreasonable to be livid about this? I really don’t think so.

It is a while since I have done a review of anything and I feel a couple of them coming on…

This one is sort of appropriate really. It’s about Avatar.

Avatar the Movie. And just in case you didn’t hear of it yet, it is not about JMB, me, or Second Life.

No this, as I guess you must know, is a movie.

Now before I say anything else at all I simply must say that if you ever plan, or think you might plan, to see this movie… pleeease don’t wait till it comes out on DVD, or goes to TV. If you are ever going to see it then go see it in 3D at a movie theatre on the big screen, preferably at an I-Max.

This movie is an absolute visual feast. The Graphics are truly marvelous, beautiful, stunning. Acknowledgments to the movie for the stills used here.

I can still see some of the night time forest scenes. They are etched on my imagination. It was all so real, especially in 3D. It was pitched perfectly. I did duck once…

The only way I know there must have been Graphics involved, is that there are no forests like that and no creatures like that here, because I could not tell for sure otherwise.

The only other option to my mind is conspiracy theory territory. Maybe it is all real somehow. Maybe Pandora really is out there… I should maybe check that out with Elvis, I am pretty sure he runs the local burger joint ^_^

Ok, so back to the review. The main hero is an ex marine, Jake Sulley (Sam Worthington) who has spinal damage and is paralysed from the waist down.

The Movie is set entirely on location on Pandora. It is a habitable moon of a gas giant that orbits another star.

Pandora is absolutely teeming with exotic life. One of the species are the humanoid Navi pronounced Naah-vee. They kind of remind me of exotic Neko. There is a strong hint of pre-Columbian Native American, about them, or perhaps Zulu.

Here is a neat idea, all Pandoran life has a sort of built in biological USB cable that can interface with other animals and also plants, That allows them a sort of telepathy.


An Earth corporation (Boo! Hiss!) is mining for minerals (the unimaginatively named wait-for-it Unobtanium) on Pandora and the mother lode is right under a native settlement..

Meanwhile Sigourney Weaver or Dr Grace Augustine has invented this way of mixing human DNA with the Navi and growing the Human/Navi look alike bodies in tanks. This has to be done individually for each human. Then they somehow tune the body’s brain to the human and sort of download them into the body becoming an Avatar..

Our hero Jake is the twin brother of a scientist who was on the project and has been killed. So they want him to drive the Avatar. This easily beats being in a wheelchair and he jumps at the chance.

On one of his first outings he gets separated from the group he is protecting, loses his weapons and gets left behind. He is alone in a dangerous jungle. Just when it looks like his goose is cooked he runs into Neytiri, a native, daughter of the chief.

Now if I say much more then it might spoil things so I will stop there.

I will say if a guy wants to take you to see it then go see it, even if you don’t think it is your sort of thing, make sure he buys you chocolate to eat while you watch as it is quite long, but do go.

In fact if you don’t get invited then think about inviting someone to go with you as a treat

…and go anyway.

I guess if you read some of my posts… Hi Mom… you will know I like pop music.

Probably no one who hasn’t lived in the UK at some time will really have all that much awareness of this, but getting UK the Christmas #1 song is quite a big thing. It makes the news.

For the last few years the TV Pop talent show winners have had the Christmas #1 pretty much sewn up. They are screened perfectly for the winner to have a hit on the publicity the show generates at Christmas.

The winner of the X-Factor show Joe McEdlerry released a cover of Miley Cirus’ “The Climb”. It looked like it would be that way this year too…

…until Jon Morter from the County of Essex started a Facebook campaign called “Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No 1” to get Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the name” to #1 instead of the X-Factor song.

It is a ‘least likely to be Christmas #1’ type song with the lyric “F#[& you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

Rage Against the Machine added their support to the campaign by promising to donate their royalties from the song to go to support the homeless. They also promised to do a ‘thank you’ gig in the UK next year, if the campaign was successful.

It worked too! I have to confess even I downloaded it and I really don’t like it much at all. And I quite like Miley Cirus’ version of “The Climb”.

Probably the publicity gained extra sales for both tracks and it will make the lives of homeless people a little better.

When Jon Morter was told the campaign worked after an exclamation he said “I think it just shows that in this day and age, if you want to say something, then you can – with the help of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. If enough people are with you, you can beat the status quo.”

My personal Christmas chart?

Replay by Iyaz
All this time (Pick-me-up song) by Maria Mena
This is the Life by Amy McDonald
No other one Tao Cruz
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Untouchable by Taylor Swift
Shark in the water by VV Brown
Summer Wine by VitoValo & Natalia Avelon
Undeniable by Katelyn Tarver

Feel the Force Moggsy

I was following links on blogs the other day and one site had up a “What Character are you?” thingy.

Hat tip to NeueArbeit Macht Frei (I know.. just can’t leave those high brow political sites alone ^_^.

The guys who visit sites like that never seem to take your comments seriously… unless you are agreeing with something they said.

Yeah.. So anyway… No deep reasoned philosophical points for me that day. I visited it but the first link I followed out was to a fun survey. I am such a lightweight.

Well I can never resist those things so I did the survey… and it came up with Luke Skywalker from Starwars of all things.

“Boldly striving to overcome the darkness both in this world and within yourself, you are righteously devoted to forging your own destiny.”

“It’s your choice, but I warn you not to underestimate my powers.”

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

I guess if it had come up with Darth Vader I would have kept quiet about it ^_^

Lost in Austen?

I was gazing out an office window in London.

There is a residential block of apartments nearby, built during the Great war.

My eye was drawn to one of the windows on the 4th floor by the fire escape about 200 yards away. It was open on quite a chilly day.

What I didn’t expect to see was a woman dressed like she had just escaped from a Jane Austen novel in her going out clothes looking out, complete with bonnet. Mostly in grey/blue and maroon.

She stood there for about 5 seconds and moved away. I looked for a bit but no further sign of her, then looked away and back a few moments later. It was closed. Weird.

Out to lunch

Out to get my lunch, by one of the quieter exits from my subway/tube station.

I am bustling up the stairs like a city girl and what should I see but a real fancy pair of panties. Nothing like the ‘Bridget Jones’ type panties a sensible girl might choose. *buffs nails in self satisfied way*

Nooo… These were black and lacy and racy.

…er.. a bit like the ones I might wear in Second Life in fact.

I wondered for a moment, “How did those get there?” Then I remembered the gate to the subway was at the bottom of the stairs. So once it shuts the stairwell would be quiet, sheltered and private.

Just as I was figuring better not to go there at lunch time on a Monday after all…

…my mind helpfully offered a plausible scenario or two as to exactly how they might have gotten there.

Egg sandwich anyone?

I don’t normally mention names in my posts but one I have permission for and the other will become clear…

When I first came to Second Life one of the very first places I discovered was Renaissance Island. I have probably mentioned it in the past. They gave out free peasants clothes you could wear to be in character. I loved it.

It is a Tudor sim.

For those who don’t know it is a sort of generic mock up of a small town/village in Tudor England. Tudor England is something I have been interested in since school.

I think it suffers a little from not being quite sure of the year, so anything from the reign of Henry VIII thru to Elizabeth I goes. Probably fortunately Henry VII does not seem to get a look in.

Still things changed a fair bit in the best part of a century from 21 April 1509 to 24 March 1603.
It is very good though and tries hard to be authentic within the period it takes in. I do recommend it, especially during the winter when there is snow on the ground and often in the air and it is quite beautiful in the half light of an evening. There are docks, stores and a playhouse, replica of the Globe theatre.

One face that was familiar round the place was a lady by the name of Dinnie Devonshire. I didn’t know her well, just a nod in passing, the odd word.

I found out the other day she had passed on and they were going to have a memorial service for her and dedicate Devonshire Lane in her name.

She had quietly done quite a bit to help make Renaissance Island what it is. I had not known that.

So one Saturday in November found me standing in the cold on the snow covered ground of a small Tudor Town in SL remembering her.

Quite a few turned up, many where vaguely familiar, some I knew better were not there and someone I knew well from my first days was there, incongruously in a Tux. Stainless, a sometimes blogger. He is still a tenant there.

He suggested that a memorial be built in the church. He was thinking of anything from those tombs with the statue on it to the plaque memorials with carved figures and words of remembrance. The idea seemed to go down well.

Someone remarked that it was weird that the place was now starting to develop its own history, take on a life of its own.

Everyone broke up and went to look round and/or have conversations with one or two people.

Stainless and I wandered off arm in arm doing the same and catching up, till he had to go. I took a picture. Then I got a guided tour of the redesigned Manor house, still being finished off and complete with resident ghost.

It struck me as weird that Dinnie’s Avie (body) and all her property that she didn’t give away in SL, is probably for the moment inviolate, held in Linden’s memory banks, only waiting for her log in that will now no longer ever come again.

I hope they have ice skating again this year…

Thank you Dinnie… and everyone else who makes the world a better place to be in, be it second or real life.

Ok. A nice fluffy post. See I don’t have on my yellow hard hat ^_^

My personal Bill Board top 10 chart in order… plus a bonus track #11.

Oh BTB did you notice my makeover? this is a shot of me in a friend’s place by the sea. It is lovely there especially at dawn and sunset.

The usual disclaimer about the tracks. No secret messages, tho goodness knows what a shrink would make of them ^_^ It’s a bit of a mixture style-wise too, I make no apologies, I just like them.

Enjoy:

#1 No Other One by Taio Cruz
#2 Almost lover by A Fine Frenzy
#3 Confusion Girl by Frankmusik
#4 I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you by Black Kids
#5 About a Girl by The Academy
#6 Shark in the water by VV Brown
#7 Party in the USA by Myle Cyrus
#8 Meet me Halfway by the Black Eyed Peas
#9 You Belong with me Taylor Swift
#10 4ever by the veronicas

and

#11 New York by Paloma Faith

There is also a really great dance version of “Almost Lover” by Manox, if you like dance tracks.

Kate Nash did a version of “I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend…”

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