Looking at the World Through Green-Tinted Glasses

October 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

green grassThe Nurse is disgusted of Brighton. Or Hove, actually. How come those spiritually ugly idiots at UKIP have been awarded a coveted spot in the pre-election telly debates while the caring, sharing, future-minded Green Party have been left out? 

No Green Party presence on pre-election TV debates? WTF?

She might not seem like the planet’s most right-on individual, being a mass murderer and all, but The Nurse has been Green all her life. And she’s astounded at the omission. After all she lives in Brighton & Hove, where the Green Party has been in charge for some time now. In fact she has lived in the city since 1982, during which time things have changed beyond all recognition. They’ve mostly changed in a good way. And much of the positive change has come about thanks to the Green Party.

You can call her a hippy if you like… or if you dare. If she hears you she’ll rip your head off, post it down your throat and rip you a fresh arsehole while she’s at it. Not that she’s defensive or anything. But The Nurse believes that every aspect of life, no matter how prosaic, is much better approached through green-tinted spectacles.

Dick-brains ahoy

The Nurse is busy protesting through every medium she can get her well-manicured hands on. As are plenty more people who believe a fair and equitable world isn’t one where UKIP gets a voice and Green politics doesn’t. She hopes fervently that the BBC and the other dick-brains involved in the TV election debate scandal will change their minds.

Is Green Party inexperience a bad thing?

The Greens may be inexperienced. But if it means she gets representatives like Cameron, Farage and, going back a bit, Tony Blair and the dreaded Margaret Thatcher, The Nurse doesn’t think experience counts for much. She’d rather have fresh and relatively inexperienced leaders than more of the same old guff, the same old environmentally mental policies.

Green pubes

In  personal and private protest, known only to herself and Betty, The Nurse has dyed her pubic hair green. It might be a private protest but the very sight of her pea-green pubes every morning and evening, as she dresses and undresses, fires up her anger all over again. And, as The Nurse knows full well, her anger is powerful stuff…

The Nurse Hits Hove… And Now Betty’s On The Scene

September 15, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

A drawing of The Nurse

Watch yourself. The Nurse is back. And now Betty’s on the scene…

Two fucking years. The Nurse has been locked in a cupboard for two fucking years, fed disgusting mush (what’s with the porridge, you loony?) and reduced to peeing in a bucket.

That’s what happens when you get greedy. There she was, happy in her little garden flat in Kemptown. Then the voices started: “wouldn’t it be nice to have a bigger place, a posh place, an actual house, somewhere detached?” Oh, foolish bint… at first, The Nurse dearly wished she’d stuffed cotton wool in her ears and stayed put.

A bigger home meant starting all over again, grooming yet another old lady to the point of no return and stashing her body under the patio before moving in like a Thatcher-hairstyled, twin-setted and pearled, middle aged cuckoo. The Nurse has done it before. Several times. But she met her match in that bitch Betty.

Having spent a few weeks labouring under the illusion she was buttering Betty up, The Nurse was startled to find herself suddenly hoist by her own petard, imprisoned in Betty’s musty, welly-cluttered cupboard under the stairs. For some reason The Nurse can’t quite grasp, it took Betty six months to simmer down and another six to break her sulky silence. Eventually, another stultifying six months later, they became friends. And now they’re in cahoots.

Here they are, rattling around happily in one of those enormous Victorian mansions on a leafy Hove boulevard. Betty, with her pale blue hair, powder blue knitted skirt and cardigan suits, well-turned ankles and still-flirtatious manner, is a perfect foil for the sterner Nurse. Who would suspect such a harmless looking pair of evil doings? Nobody, that’s who. Which is why they’re getting away with murder. And The Nurse is woman enough to admit it: murderous deeds are much more fun with Betty at her side.

It turns out Betty has a cruel streak as wide as the M25. Betty’s husband Gerald is buried under the rose garden, the unwitting cause of many a first prize for uncannily large blooms. The combination of Betty’s sunny lack of conscience and The Nurse’s hideous habits is compelling, and they’re gradually turning their large back garden into a charnel house.

All of which means The Nurse is on fine form, ‘back in the driving seat’, as it were. If you notice an increase in the number of missing people in Brighton & Hove, it might be down to The Nurse and Betty sailing too close to the wind. In the meantime, The Nurse is delighted to announce she’s back, blogging like a fiend and doing her best to keep her nose clean… after a fashion.

 

UK Government Bans Creationism from Schools

June 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The UK government has banned all academies and free schools, both existing today and those which are yet to open, from teaching creationism as scientifically valid.

Creationism Science Quiz - USA Style

Thank God that tests like this will not be allowed in the UK school system.

Back in 2012 the government stopped all future free schools from teaching creationism and pseudoscience as science, but the change did not apply to free schools which were already operating and didn’t apply to Academies. But these rules have now been extended to include all current and future academies and free schools.

This is great news for those who, like me, have been concerned that simplistic, creationist views were potentially indoctrinating or, at the very least, misleading children since they were being presented as science. Creationism and the fact that, in the face of overwhelming evidence to support the scientific facts of evolution, people continue to hold strong creationist views is a subject worth discussing in schools. As stated by Richy Thompson, campaigns officer at the British Humanist Association:

“…teaching creationism in science was the same as a geography teacher “telling their students the world was flat”.

“We don’t want to see any children being taught creationism for the simple reason that it’s not true,” Mr Thompson said. “The scientific consensus is overwhelming and the evidence is overwhelming in supporting the theory of evolution.”

Alice Roberts, professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham in England and presenter of BBC programme The Incredible Human Journey which explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa, has expressed concern that too many children are at risk of indoctrination.

“There should be regulation that prevents all schools, not just state schools, from teaching creationism because it is indoctrination, it is planting ideas into children’s heads,” she told TES. “We should be teaching children to be much more open-minded.

“People who believe in creationism say that by teaching evolution you are indoctrinating them with science, but I just don’t agree with that. Science is about questioning things. It’s about teaching people to say, ‘I don’t believe it until we have very strong evidence.’”

Any UK schools which are found to be breaching the ban are likely to have their funding reduced or removed.

In the United States there is far more widespread belief in Creationist theories and legislation has already been passed which allows creationism and intelligent design to be taught in the states of Louisiana and Tennessee. A recent Gallup poll has worryingly demonstrated that only 19% of Americans believe that humans evolved and god had no part in the process. A huge, 42% believe that God created humans and 31% believe that humans evolved with God’s guidance.

In a 2006 UK poll regarding the “origin and development of life” some interesting results were derived. Participants were offered 3 options, Young Earth (creationism), Intelligent Design, Evolution theory – as explanations for the origin of life. In the UK 22% chose young earth (creationism), 17% opted for intelligent design and 48% chose evolution.

The same survey conducted in a United states Gallup produced contrasting results between the various political persuasions. Creationism was chosen by a massive 60% of Republicans with only 4% choosing evolution without god. Of the Democrats 38% believe in creationism and only 17% believe in evolution.

Luckily, the support for creationism from credible and relevant scientists is minimal and support is declining. But many American free schools are funded by organisations which promote creationist theory. So there are some interesting times ahead for educational systems and curricula on both sides of the Atlantic.

References:

Huffington post: Creationism Banned from UK Schools.

Pink News:UK government bans teaching creationism as science in all state schools

Eating on Public Transport Should be Banned

April 15, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The subject of eating on public transport has been highlighted by the recent eating protest organised on the London underground system. Lots of people seem to think that because they are busy this gives them the right to pollute the space they share on these trains with their offensive eating odors and bad eating habits.

Women Eating on Tube

Regardless of how busy someone is, eating a smelly meal like a Macdonalds or a kebab in a confined train compartment is completely unacceptable. The same applies to buses. We should adopt the same zero-tolerance approach as is taken in Singapore where people can be fined for eating sweets while using public transport.

Now even I think that the Singaporean approach is perhaps going a little too far. Sweets and various small snacks are tolerable, but smelly burgers, chips and kebabs are simply out of the question. And some of the eating habits exhibited by those who feel the need to fill their often over-fed faces with food while travelling, are simply disgusting. Mouth-open eating and mastication is not nice to see and should only be carried out in private. If you have bad eating habits you really need to keep them to yourself.

Is this an unreasonable position to adopt? Is it wrong for the Women Who Eat on Tubes site to publish pics of women scoffing while on London’s tube trains? There is certainly nothing wrong with promoting high standards of behaviour and good manners. This is an aspect of modern life which has declined enormously and everyone would benefit from the occasional reminder of what is acceptable and what isn’t. But focusing solely on women who eat on tubes is very one sided. Some of the most disgusting eating behaviour that I have witnessed has been from men so perhaps another website is needed. And these bad habits are not confined to the London tube system. Buses are equally treated as snackbars by travelers who think nothing of boarding a bus and then tucking into their fish and chips, which they eat with their fingers. These are the same fingers they use to handle filthy cash and touch the various communal handles that are covered in man-eating bacteria. Clearly, hygiene education is sadly lacking.

And its not just the eating which causes offence, its the mess that is left behind. Some people think nothing of dumping their half-eaten Chicken Raita salad wrap from Pret a Manger on the floor of the tube compartment when they have had enough. There is always unavoidable mess when someone eats food, that’s why we use napkins in restaurants. And where does this mess go when on public transport? It goes into the space that is shared with other passengers so why should they be forced to share their travel space with someone else’s stinky food, bad manners and food waste?