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August 12, 2008

Put down the bong, Pater

It's summer and we've run out of news, so instead we'll read this story about how rich twats are still getting away with murder. telegraph.co.uk | Party-loving parents
Don't be fooled by the air of respectability - more and more middle-class parents now get up to all sorts of illegal activity after putting the children to bed. Charlotte Edwardes on the new face of Britain's drug problem... As the trend for having children later in life continues, some parents are finding it more difficult to abandon the carefree debauchery of their youth. They refuse to jettison their previous life of cocktails, parties and powdered drugs just because they have entered their late thirties and early forties and taken on the responsibilities of school fees and sleepovers. These parents see no reason for their newly responsible status to cramp the irresponsible behaviour they have long enjoyed. That, their reasoning goes, is why you hire a nanny.... On the morning that she speaks to me, Jones has slept in while the au pair walked the children to their private school, via a local café where they ate breakfast. She lives in an area popular with media people (it's close to the BBC), politicians (David Cameron lives a few streets away), writers, actors and musicians. Front doors are painted in Farrow & Ball colours and the gardens are tastefully tended. It screams middle class. But the modern kitchen of Jones's Edwardian house is still scattered with the debris of last night's dinner party. On the sideboard, ready for the dishwasher, are lipstick-stained red-wine glasses. The cleaner is scraping the contents of eight untouched pudding bowls into the bin. On the table, next to overflowing ashtrays, is subtle evidence of the post-main course debauchery: two CDs covered in specks of white powder. Jones says this is not a regular event. 'Maybe twice a month. I have a rule - I'm always in bed with a Valium and a camomile tea by three o'clock.
Sure ya do.

August 11, 2008

WTF is up with Bob Costas' hairpiece?

It needed saying. ChiTrib | Eric Zorn | Change of Subject blog | What is the deal with Bob Costas' hair?
The hair of NBC's main Olympics achor Bob Costas, 56, has been the subject of critical jibber jabber for at least two Olympiads, judging from the archives. But this year his mop is more remarkable than ever -- appearing monochromatic ad/or synthetic, at least on my low-def TV. I attribute this not to excessive vanity -- there's nothing wrong with coloring one's hair or wearing a toupee, if that's what he's doing -- but to insufficient vanity. Whatever he's doing or not doing, he doesn't seem to be taking enough time or spending enough money to get his `do night.
Plus, it looks like his makeup is applied by the AAA-1 All-Nite Funeral Home.

August 07, 2008

NFL, Bears ban tailgating during games

suntimes.com | TAILGATERS TRASHED | Fans can no longer party in parking lot during games
For years outside Chicago Bears games, countless fans have shunned Soldier Field for the surrounding parking lots, where they watch the game on 60-inch televisions plugged into generators, enjoy a food and cocktail spread that rivals any restaurant buffet, and often slip into the comfort of an SUV to keep warm, or in the case of an RV, use the restroom on board. But the fun is about to end. Under a new policy that starts with the team's first exhibition game Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, fans will no longer be able to remain outside in parking lots during the games. Once the game starts, officials said, fans will have to cease tailgating. It's a policy that has some Bears fans roaring mad.

'I can't go outside'

via | suntimes.com | 'I can't go outside'
Many Chicago kids are scared to go to the store. Others avoid stepping off their block or going to the park. Fearing for their safety because of guns and gangs, they’ve lost the freedom to play.... Talcott teacher Lilli Reyes has seen the impact in her classroom of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, many recent arrivals to this country. "My students are kept indoors to avoid problems with gang-bangers,'' Reyes said. As a result, many have "surface knowledge'' but not the "deep knowledge'' of the world outside that enhances reading comprehension, Reyes said. "They can tell me what a squirrel is, but they can't tell me it buries nuts,'' Reyes said. "I had to explain what 'wade' was. They don't know because they have not gone swimming. They have to be kept in the house.'' Sexton teacher Corinne Madden said many of her second-grade students are "almost house-bound.'' In math class, Madden said, she's asked kids to measure a part of the outside their homes and "they say, 'I can't. I can't go outside.' "