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Chopped Liver – The Only Way Is Up

April 11, 2013

Sorry, Eric Abidal fans – nothing to report today, probably on account of the fact that Barca had such a close shave last night the Champions League quarter final, they wouldn’t have wanted to bring on a defender anyway.

Hey Eric - you're not in this one.

Hey Eric – you’re not in this one.

Besides that though, a report out today shows that organ transplants are on the up – an increase by no less than 50% since 2008 in fact. Hey guys, I am in those statistics.

But, shockingly, this increase is not down to more people registering to be donors – it is down more to nurses and transplant coordinators doing more at the time of bereavement to persuade families to release their deceased loved ones’ organs.

And in fact, of the deceased donor card carriers, 125 family members over-ruled their loved ones’ wishes and prevented organ removal. Remembering that body has the potential to provide up to nine people through the donation of a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and small bowel and two corneas, that is quite a call to be made by people.

So, I believe this report shows that there is a trend upwards towards more organs being made available – it still staggers me though, that with all new legislations made by consecutive governments, there still seems to be a reluctance to push through the opt-out system that would radically transform, overnight, the number of organs made available for transplant and would potentially save the lives of thousands.

The only reason for not transplanting then would possibly be down to the lack of doctors, nurses and hospital beds – but that is a problem worth solving, is it not?

If you decide that now is the time to register to carry a donor card – just click here



Chopped Liver – I Walk The Line

January 24, 2011

So the major news story of the day is ex-footballer and footy-presenter (not good enough to be an ex-footballer) making sexist remarks thinking they were off mike – when in fact they were not only still miked, but being recorded by some, presumably invisible, person with a mobile phone.

Eh, DUH?

What do you expect? Footballers – especially ex-footballers (i.e. those who played football for a living before it was a lucrative thing to do) are generally a pretty thick bunch.

Except if you’re current footballer, Clarke Carlisle, of course, who seems to be making a name for himself for being, not necessarily the averagely good footballer he is (but who most people have never heard of) but a man not short of educational qualifications, allied to a victory in The Weakest Link and now an appearance on BBC Question Time where everyone thinks he did remarkably well. Although if you really analyse his performance you will have noticed that all of his answers were analogous to football, and the only reasons he came across so well were that a) nobody expected much from him and b) he wasn’t affiliated to any party.

But he is the exception that proves the rule, is he not?

The Offside rule explained - "Simples"

And so back to today’s debate. The bit I can’t get is – football fans spend every waking hour complaining about what they perceived to be poor refereeing decisions – by male referees. Along comes this female assistant referee who gets a very close call absolutely right – and she is castigated (oo-er, missus) for not knowing the rules!

Or rather, castigated for being female.

Apparently the commentators are being reported to OfCom – I think they should be reported to Offside – the body that teaches silly men the offside rule.

Tomorrow’s topic: Does anyone – man or woman, footballer or ex-footballer, FIFA member of street-cleaner really know the offside rule as it exists today?

Not rhetorical. The answer is clearly No.

Would there be anyone, male or female, able to practise this law, even they thought they knew it? No

Is there still anyone out there who really cares either way? Answer : A diminishing number.

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Chopped Liver – Social Living

December 5, 2010

Finally got out to see The Social Network – the film about the creation of Facebook.

It’s a funny old world we live in.

We will watch countless hours on Reality TV showing people sitting in a room every day with nothing to do – and we call it entertainment.

And when we’re not doing that, or more than likely, when we actually ARE doing that, we are tweeting and posting comments on Facebook – about the fact that we are watching the same people doing the same thing every day on that box in the corner of the room.

Ha! Ha! Super Great Fantastic!

If we are watching a football match on the telly, or BBC Question Time, or a Strictly or X Factor or whatever else we might be watching – our experience is not complete unless we have Twitter or Facebook open at the same time so we can read strangers’ comments about what we are watching.

It’s as if it’s not actually happening unless it’s on a Social Media site.

It reminds me of the time around 30 years ago when the Mount St. Helens volcano erupted in Washington State. People who could watch it from their back garden, and sense the real danger to their lives, would be indoors glued to their TV set – as if somehow it was only real if it was on TV.

But we are where we are – and there is no sense in hiding from it – it is all-consuming. We want to hear the insightful comments first and fastest. We want to make the insightful comments and have an instant and often appreciative (see “RT”, or “Like”) audience at our fingertips. It is compelling.

And so last night I travelled 20 minutes in the freezing cold, paid 20 quid to sit in a jam-packed (still!!) cinema to watch a geek creating the first of trillions of posts and making billions of dollars doing it. And you know what? It’s bloody brilliant. Couldn’t wait to get home to tweet, post blog about it – that’ll make it feel more real.

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Chopped Liver – Money In My Pocket

December 1, 2010

In the interests of keeping it topical, maximising search terms, and consigning yesterdays poor effort to history as quickly as possible, here is my take on the 2018 World Cup bid process and the likely outcome tomorrow.

First, the BBC Panorama expose of senior members of the FIFA board. The BBC is funded by the people. Is it in the interests of the people that they should potentially scupper the nation’s chances of hosting the World Cup?

Well, if the content is accurate, then I would say, yes. But what about the timing? Is it the prerogative of the BBC to hold a story to cause maximum impact/damage? I would argue probably not. Agreed it is in the interests of the BBC and their journalists to do so – but to deny the nation, the bidders and the accused sufficient time to respond? Dubious.

But all that pales into insignificance when you face the facts identified by this piece of journalism. That is, that the accused members of FIFA appear to be corrupt to the core. I would therefore add that, there must be a huge slice of doubt against those not accused, but perhaps implicated by association – anyone for Blatter?

It is hardly conceivable , is it, that some committee members are able to pocket millions while others are oblivious. No, they are all implicated by association.

So, where does that leave the bid? If you accept the points raised above, then you must therefore accept that the winning bid may well be the one that lined the pockets of FIFA members the deepest, true?

So, if, against all the odds, England were to win the bid – what does that say about the bid? We can only deduce that the British government (yes, I did say British – although it’s only England that stands to gain)and the bid team must have, how shall we put it, bribed the most members of FIFA with the most amount of cash – thank you and good night, say no more, nudge nudge wink wink, a nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse and so say all of us.

uh-uh, not me, guv!

And do we want to be part of that?

Well, I guess the basic truth is this – Power is Greed – whether it be politicians’ Cash for Questions, Cash for Arms, Cash to bribe principles to allow your children into your preferred school or Cash to win a World Cup bid, at the end of the day Power breeds Corruption – it always has, always will – it only becomes an issue when the receivers get found out.

As they just have. And what difference has it made? Well, not much really, except for the fact that I suspect England won’t be hosting any World Cups for a while. And those who stand to pocket the freebies will either pocket the freebies or be replaced by different people with equally large pockets.

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