Friday, 19 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
I need not fear repercussions if I rename my blog from the offensive 'bloody relations' to f***ing relations. The ASA has just decreed that the word 'fecking' is perfectly acceptable having been popularised by Father Ted and having a long history with a variety of meanings! Why what did you think I meant by f***ing???
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
I have not yet said anything on this blog about Baby P and the likely consequences because I have been busy trying to keep up with the news deluge on the Family Law Week blog but I have been struck by the fact that just occasionally the need for immediacy which the internet fuels has not necessarily been a positive contribution to the debate. Up until the case hit the headlines the press and those in the reform the family justice system campaign were focussing most of their concerns on the apparent ease with which social workers rush to snatch babies away from completely deserving parents. The pendulum has swung back big time and it may be time to reflect on whether trial by media ever does anyone any favours.
As the often booze fuelled festive season approaches, there is a very timely and good article in the Guardian about how to approach problems with alcohol and different ways of getting help either to stop altogether or to control your drinking, particularly at times of great temptation like the Christmas party.
Monday, 1 December 2008
I may have to rename my blog! Apparently the Advertising Standards Authority has outlawed the use of the word 'bloody' in adverts according to Pinsent Mason's out-law website. It concluded that "the word 'bloody' was a swear word, albeit a milder one than some others and concluded that it was socially irresponsible to reproduce it in advertising in an untargeted medium to which children could be exposed". So what shall I call it then? F***ing relations would be just as accurate!