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Well, just when you thought this story and the dreadful McCann’s couldn’t get any worse, guess what? It did. When I wrote my first post on this story Madeleine McCann: A Parents View the furore surrounding Kate and Gerry McCann prompted many people, me included, to believe that they had some part to play in their daughters disappearance. I still belive this to be the case. At worst they are murderers at best they are guilty of negligence as parents and gross misconduct during the media circus that followed.

This mornings newspaper headlines concerning this whole sordid story being sold off to the highest bidder on American TV quite frankly beggar belief. I’ve had a look on E-bay and at least they haven’t stooped so low as to auction their daughters memory among 2nd hand cars and cheap electronic imports from the far east. They have however gone on the hunt for the yankee dollar sparking a media frenzy across the atlantic to match the current presidential campaign.

Oprah Winfrey the biggest TV personality in the states is apparently paying £1 million to the McCanns for an interview. I hope she grills them, I hope the sad Kate and obnoxious Gerry are vilified by this incredibly streetwise, sassy and manipulative TV monster. Oprah will do anything to maintain her position and some of her shows stretch credibilty beyond belief. A broken Kate McCann confessing to her part in her daughters disappearance while her evil husband finally gets his comeuppance on live US TV is what Oprah will be after. She will gain their confidence then hit them between the eyes before they know it. She’s taken on the US legal system and won single handed, 2 British doctors after a quick buck will be no challenge to the Queen of US daytime.

The McCanns greed and that is what this is all about, greed, will be their downfall. As a parent I still cannott beleive that these two highly educated people want to traipse to the other side of the world while their world has supposedly fallen apart. If they believe as they claim that Maddy is still alive then they would find it hard to leave their house never mind the country. They have lost one child through negligence, where will the twins be when their travelling circus reaches Hollywood? Maddy The Movie? Let’s pitch it to Pixar while we’re here.

I’m starting to have some sympathy for Kate as she looks like a woman on the edge maybe ready to release whatever burden is on her mind. The evil, cold and apparently heartless Gerry just has a look in his eye all too familiar in men of his type. He knows the truth but his arrogance has convinced him he can take anyone on. Let’s hope for Madeleines sake Oprah turns out to be his nemesis.

The end to this story we all want is for Maddy to return safe and unharmed, if that isn’t possible then let us hope and pray that in the land of the free the truth is discovered. The McCanns are walking into Oprahs web and this black widow will not let her victims wriggle free.

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OK, it’s like this I’m 42 years old, a father of 4 boys all growing up into young men. I should be their inspiration, guru if you like, the person they come to when life throws up a problem. I suppose in some aspects of life that’s how it is, but what do you do when their knowledge is so superior to yours that you become the student and they become the teacher? You give in and embrace it or at least that’s what I’ve done with technology, computers and the internet. My expertise stretches to Google, You Tube, E bay and of course WordPress, just as long as I take things slowly and don’t try and get too clever.

Now my 15 year old son is something else, he leaps from one thing to the next like a bee buzzing from flower to flower. He collects information and knowledge as the bee collects pollen. It is another world  in which I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to join him in. It’s a social centre, place of learning, of entertainment and creativity. Ah yes, the creativity. My boy creates movies using computer games, a capture card, his PC and his imagination. The WWE and all related video games provide his material and his imagination and knowledge do the rest. His total views on You Tube stand at over 100000. Please join the fun at  http://www.youtube.com/user/1upmiles 

 

My first ever post was on E-bay and was a rant against their take over of the concert ticket market. Well poacher has turned gamekeeper and I am starting to sell my collected crap that takes over every inch of my house on E-bay. It is amazing what married life, 4 children and 20 years can accumulate. If you are interested view my stuff at http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZretroeighties I doubt any of it will interest you unless you support Juventus or Charlton, have an interest in the war, or want to learn Japanese. Oh, or an interest in English or US comic books.

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“I am an antichrist and I am an anarchist” Who would have thought that 30 years on from this iconic line that corporate America would have such a grip on the UK music industry? I remember a time when to go to a gig or a festival you went to the venue or sent a postal order and your ticket arrived and you PAID THE PRICE ON THE TICKET. I remeber a trip to the Lyceum to buy my ticket for The Smiths in the eighties that was a day out on it’s own and my reward was the greatest gig of my life, or was it The Bunnymen at the Albert Hall? Anyway I digress I paid the price that the promotor intended, I bought a T-shirt drunk a litre of snake bite and didn’t need to sell my Gran to afford it. Now, if I was stupid enough to leave it too late or decide at the last minute that I fancied a night out I took my chances and paid over the odds to a tout up the road from the venue on the night.

Fast forward if you will to this weeks release of Reading Festival Tickets. I now have a 21 year old son who his hoping to make his 3rd trip to Reading with his girlfriend who he met at Reading and my 15 year old son keen for his first festival experience. You know whats coming next, official site, sold out in minutes, HMV sold out in minutes. However as if by magic over 600 3 night camping tickets appeared on E-Bay within hours of the tickets going on sale. Desperate people are paying up to 3 times the face value, wankers!

This con must be stopped you idiots must stop caving in and paying con men enough money to go out and buy up the next lot of tickets you want. You are feeding their nasty lifestyles and they are robbing you blind. STOP IT NOW!!

Promoters: Do something about it, control the sale of tickets, use your imagination you are negligent in your lack of efforts where this kind of nonsense goes on. People are paying you face value to sell your tickets on for twice the price. Charge a bit extra and make sure the person that buys the ticket goes to the gig. Shame on you!

E-Bay: You are complicit in fraud. Most tickets say not to be sold for more than face value. I have enough evidence to sue your arses off if I had the financial backing. Get some backbone and refuse to sell concert tickets for more than face value. You are a fucking disgrace.

Public: Just stop it, what are you thinking? Tell your friends, refuse to comply, do not offer any more than face value to these parasites. Spread the word, give music back to the people who just want to go and enjoy it without lining some lazy, greasy ner-do-well stay press pockets. Fagin had more integrity than these arse wipes. If you miss out on the odd gig, so what. REFUSE TO PAY ANYONE MORE THAN FACE VALUE AND START NOW!

Johnny Rotten did not enrich all our lives for us to stand back and cave in to the internet machine and the evil that is E-Bay. Sid Vicious didn’t wave his gun and belt out “My Way” because he liked Old Blue Eyes. He really did it “His Way” and for a tenner you could stand and be gobbed at, real value for money. I would like to lock E-Bay member ticketstogigs and his £300 Reading tickets in a room with Sid, Nancy and a loaded gun and let him try and convince them that what he’s doing is anti establishment.

“Anarchay at the E-Bay” (not great I know but you get the point!)