Oh dear, not Winehouse

I was reading that Amy Winehouse is to be immortalised in wax (shudder) at Madame Tussauds this year as according to the manager she is requested by guests. No I haven't visited Tussauds for many years but I seem to remember it being about getting to see life-like figures of famous people some of which you'd not see outside of the television screen. Sadly I already see enough of this celebrity without even trying so to actively request more indicates there are some people that lack a TV and don't read newspapers.

It's a farce when you see these trashy life-style celebrities being thrown back into rehab over and over again. Surely there needs to be a way to extract such people out of the lime-light and the public eye. Perhaps judges can start to dish out sentences like, 5 months media blackout, where no stories of that artist should appear in written or televised media within the UK.

I wonder if that kind of action would have any impact on their lifes-styles? if not then at least I don't have to hear/read or see about it every few weeks.

So I shall be avoiding Madame Tussauds just incase my eyes happen to galance over the life-like medusa-haired features of The Winehouse, frozen for all into see in wax.

UK ADSL Slowdown

Copied with permission from Dok's blog

Britain's Broadband internet revolution seems to be grinding to a halt, just a few short years after it began. The vast majority of internet access in the UK is now via broadband, with over half the homes here having access to a 4Mb line or better. Unfortunately it doesn't get much better than that.

Britain's creaking old copper-wire telephone system was never intended to carry such huge amounts of data and is now pretty much at capacity, at 8Mb. There is talk of further exchange upgrades being able to push this up to 16Mb, but that's the limit for copper wire.

Cable providers, such as Virgin and NTL, are able to utilise the far superior fiber-optic cables to provide speeds of up to 25Mb currently, with Virgin looking to introduce 50Mb services by the end of 2009. However, the access to cable is limited, and it's a bit of a lottery as to weather or not you can get access to it.

BT plan on spending £10bn on exchange upgrades and on converting some copper-wire systems to fiber-optic by 2011, giving access to speeds of up to 24Mb, but the area effected is going to be minimal. They say that to convert the whole system to fiber-optic would be so expensive it is literally an impossibility. When you consider that other countries are planning to implement 100Mb lines with huge percentages of coverage in the near future, it's quite easy to see just how far behind we are getting in this new technological race. The implications for UK businesses competing in the global market could be very serious, with Britain becoming the bottleneck of the global communications network and simply being unable to compete in the IT arena.

And more importantly, I want a 100Mb line to play PlanetSide! That would rock 🙂

Religion Vs Schools

school.gif This week you may have read about a Sikh girl that was excluded from school for wearing a religious bangle. I can understand that wearing all that Mr. T-esque bling to school would be completely over the top, but surely this is different?. So where is a line to be drawn when it comes to religious artefacts and stamping out individualism?

There's always someone taking it one step further and I found this story from the US, where a pupil is given detention for hugging a friend.
The schools policy as set out in their handbook reads:

“Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.”

It's poor taste to have friends! You should be a loner and live in a virtual bubble avoiding all human contact.

Makes you wonder what a culture like that will do to the children in the long run, oh wait, maybe it's this, this or this.

Both of these stories are great examples of society gone mad while trying to iron out imperfections with our youth.