Ched Evans just won’t go away/”sorry” is the hardest word…..

Really interesting blog on the BBC today (, Jon Kelly has taken the time to investigate a lot of the myths and stories surrounding Ched Evans and he raises and provide answers to some interesting questions.  The main thrust of the piece is whether or not the general public would have had more sympathy for the man if he had apologised for his actions.  This is something I picked up on when I first blogged on the subject. Apologies go a long way in this world, sometimes apologising for things you don’t think are wrong, but those offended do.

As Jon Kelly says in his piece, Ched Evans obviously believes himself innocent, but what he did was morally wrong.  To argue the toss about whether or not he committed a rape, rather ignores the fact that your moral compass must be severely out of whack if you believe it acceptable to have sex with someone so drunk that they cannot even stand up.  The law doesn’t deal in morals though, only facts.  What you do may be morally wrong (or indeed right) but our laws are not in place to guide us through that morass.  And one persons opinion of what is morally correct will always differs from another’s.

So the argument rages on over whether he should or shouldn’t be employed.  It’s still a bag of snakes whichever way it goes and it still reflects supremely badly on the multitude of people with convictions who have accepted what they did was wrong, have paid the price (in jail time or not) and are trying to move on with their lives.  It serves to keep the discussion alive I suppose, but to use a good old football analogy, not the game of two halves, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be given the opportunity to work, earn money and look after yourself.  Or do we want all our people with convictions just to survive off the state?

Yarn is on the way….

Rowan woolRowan Yarns wool in Charcoal Heather

Haven’t knitted in a while, although winter is half way through, still time to knock out a woolly pully! Discovered and shall be knitting an “England Avenue” cardy, very appropriately named, by Megan Goodacre.  This time next year it might be wearable.  I’ve also, via Ravelry, discovered a second pattern and decided that after I’ve flummoxed this one, I’ll move onto and knit up the gorgeous thing currently called “cable knit jumper in alfa”.  Very nice man sent me a Paypal link super fast and if I purchase the yarn from them (which I will as it is very reasonably priced for 85% Wool, 15% Mohair) then I get the pattern foc – super offer.  And that’s me occupied until 2017 I reckon.

I was in prison and you saw the chance for a cheap story

A blogger after my own heart – lovely piece James Christie, highlighting more sloppy journalism from the Dundee Courier.

James Christie's personal blog

I was disappointed, but not at all surprised, by in the Dundee Courier on 16th December 2014. We were invited to be shocked at the lavish fare on offer to prisoners in local jails. The headline and first sentence set the tone.

“Christmas feast for prisoners doing porridge”

Criminals doing porridge in prisons across Tayside will be treated to lavish Christmas meals with all the trimmings.”

Feast? Lavish? All the trimmings? That is not reporting. It is a verdict, that the prisoners are receiving high quality meals, by implication meals of the standard one would expect in a good restaurant and certainly of a higher standard than they deserve. The article is opinion masquerading as reporting.

The choice of the first word of the article is interesting. Criminals. Yes, prisoners have, by definition, committed a crime. But when should we use that word? While they are engaged in a criminal…

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Bun in the oven

So the bread maker broke - back to the old ways.
So the bread maker broke – back to the old ways.

I do have a bread maker, but last loaf I made ended up as a battered piece of dough, baked in the corner of the bread bucket.  Think something has gone horribly wrong.  Anyway, no worries, in my new world of shedding stuff, I’d be pleased to see the back of it – it takes up too much space in my galley kitchen and if I can make a loaf with just the big mixer, why not.  So it’s in my vicious oven now, getting roasted to within an inch of it’s life.

New Year, New Blog

Or is it a facelift?  I might be saying farewell to a few of my readers (oh, I do make myself laugh), but I’m changing my blog topic.  It’s having a revamp. Instead of berating the world of criminal justice (and it’s still a topic close to my heart), I going to please myself and show to the internet world, what I do in my spare time. I’m only sorry I didn’t start this years ago and could have shown you my attempts at:

  • cricket ball mozzarella cheese – in taste and consistency
  • homemade lingerie you wouldn’t want your enemy to have to wear
  • exploding strawberry wine (however, what remained in the bottle was delicious)
  • the pig carcass wherein I discovered the long lost delicacy of pork chop with kidney attached
  • the cow carcass wherein I discovered the true size of the meaty beast and the necessity of a chest freezer
  • sausage making
  • pig ear boiling
  • air dried ham (fine once I poured boiling water on it to kill the bluebottle lava)
  • the corset making (hmmm let’s not go there)
  • sock making
  • bag making
  • leather glove making (yes, I gave up on that one)
  • small child, embarrassment causing items of clothing (still working on those)
  • bee keeping
  • pasta making
  • chicken losing
  • willow weaving

You name it, if I think “hang on, I could make that”, then plunge in I do.  Anyway, must go now as my breadmaker seems to have broken down so I am mid loaf making.  Might show you a picture as it seems the more piccies the better.

Hope you enjoy and encourage the kids to HAVE A GO!