Mood: not sure
Now Playing: I Predict A Riot-The Kaiser Cheifs
Topic: Tsunami Appeal.
I am relieved to hear that a calamity on the scale of the Boxing Day disaster has not occurred again in South-East Asia following last nights earthquake.
I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by the public reaction to the Tsunami appeal. Not once did I hear the dread phrase 'Aye well we've goat tae look after oor ain kind first'-as if the rest of the world is populated by saucepans and bits of wool.
I first became aware of the above phrase of horror and the hours of xenophobic, racist drivel that invariably follow, when I foolishly volunteered to fill a vacancy on the charity committee of a call centre I was incarcerated in for several years. I merely suggested we donate to Save the Children because I'd read that they spend the least on admin and the most on aid out of all UK charities.
Imagine my horror when instead of a sensible discussion everyone started banging about how they didn't want 'oor money' going abroad because 'we need 'tae look after oor ain kind first'. When I enquired that, if that was the case why they'd all donated so enthusiastically to the September 11th appeal, they said 'that's different'. It took over twenty minutes to establish that 'oor ain kind' is apparently white English speaking people and not some race of mean spirited, vinegar faced old trouts with single figure IQ's. Oh and it doesn't include the English because they don't like them either. Or people with AIDS.
In the end they opted for 'Cash for Kids' obviously reassured by the Radio Clyde seal of approval.
When I jokingly asked what steps would be taken to ensure our money was only being used to help the racially pure, I swear they looked tempted for a moment.
Is it any wonder I considered suicide on a daily basis in that job?
Which dead loon are you?
Finally, I'm a bit worried about Sian. Her last post mentions her mothers plot to section her- then silence. Where can she be?