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12th-May-2008 01:25 pm
witch, disapproval
My love of stories almost certainly came from the use of books-as-babysitters as a child - I know my sister loves stories as much as I do, although she leans towards romcoms and chickflicks where I caught a bad case of the SciFi from the InnerDad.

My inclination towards writing, however, most likely comes from my grandmother maysherestinpeace. She used to write those  paper email things - were they called letters? - to lots of people, especially companies who were indulging in the kind of thing she didn't much hold with. She used to love writing letters of complaint and opinion, and especially loved getting replies.

So I've been thinking of her a lot recently, and feel that I'm honouring her memory with all the letters/emails of complainti've been writing:

Sky News don't give a flying fuck about Kay Burley's rampant sexism - they've refused to reply to a single one of the many emails I've sent them.
Neither have PG Tips bothered to reply to my request that they show some ethics towards using comedy sex-molester Johnny Vegas as a spokesman. However, writing to my student union (my college own the Bloomsbury Theatre) has resulted in a letter being drawn up and submitted to the college expressing student disapproval, and after Jonathan Ross allowed Vegas to use his chat show as a platform for dismissing the accusations without addressing them, I have used the BBC complaints form to get a response there.
I'm hoping that would be more successful, as my complaint last week about Radio 4 painting goths as Satanic Neo Nazis did solicit a reply, albeit a form-letter passive aggressive faux-apology (Jennie's words) that explained that prejudice is ok as long as it's xenophobic prejudice, and ne fule no that proper British goths aren't like those dirty French goths. (I was particularly amused at the BBC insisting on capitalising 'Goths', because those black wearing grave desecrating nazi types are one and the same with the ancient central European tribe.) I replied to that apology as well.

Mmmm nothing like being vocal to make one feel smug.
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12th-May-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yep yep,got the same one.

And - more or less well played, PG Tips. I don't buy their tea anyway, so the threat of boycott was empty, but i'm gald they've condemned it.
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12th-May-2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to work out what the point of mentioning the Rainforest Alliance stuff was. Trying to make you feel guilty for not buying their tea and thereby not helping the farmers?

Maybe I'm too cynical.
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