Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FIFA Bribery Scandal: That Royal Wedding Snub In Full

For those of you who missed it, there was an excellent* article in the Evening Standard on Friday about the FIFA bribery scandal.  It reminded us all how the final presentation for England's failed World Cup 2018 bid was presented by the unlikely trio of David Beckham, David Cameron and Prince William, and how the three of them met Sepp Blatter in the process.

It continued...
Blatter has long been a hate figure in English football.  He has refused to adopt goal line technology, which could have helped England survive the group stage of last summer's World Cup after a "goal" by Frank Lampard was wrongly disallowed.

He was not invited to Prince William's wedding last month.
Also, spot the deliberate mistake regarding England's World Cup performance last year.

*well, I say "excellent"...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's almost as if the results are fixed in advance...

No, not the Eurovision Song Contest.


Also, quite excited about tonight's episode of Doctor Who, which was written by Neil Gaiman.  Eurovision's on at 8, by the way.  If I'm really organised I'll upload mine and Laura's scorecard system this morning.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Education, Motivation & Personal Satisfaction

Laura was shown this video at a training day at work last week and told me about it today.  It's largely about how out-dated our approach to education is.

It reminded me of another video, which has been in my favourites on YouTube for some time, and I go back to it every so often.  It's about what drives people, and explains perfectly why I do such ridiculous amounts of stuff outside of work - the silly comics and stories, the acting classes, the stand-up, the sexual health stuff and most importantly the Hoja Project.

Together the two videos explain why I often find the English education system so hard to work in.  And it turns out they were both animated by the same people.

[Edit to add] Shortly before Laura mentioned the first video, I'd noticed an advert for Sightsavers on the train. The advert had the headline:
Every wipe of his eyes takes Talla closer to blindness
You can see the video version of the advert here.

I hate that kind of advertising. It's so negative. The TV spot I've linked to really nails the tone, right down to the depressing music and the sombre narration. It's dripping with pity.

I want a charity to make me feel excited about all the projects they run that improve people's lives, not try to make me feel sorry for poor people and guilt-trip me into donating.

That's what makes me want to give over my free time and skills, and put my heart into something. The excitement of believing in what can be achieved.