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You going to watch it tonight?
You going to watch it tonight?
Absolutely... I love Comic Relief [ 19 ] ** [40.43%]
Yes... But only to see if my fave Spaced/SotD celeb is on [ 8 ] ** [17.02%]
Probably... I'll at least check it out [ 7 ] ** [14.89%]
Probably not... not my cup of tea [ 6 ] ** [12.77%]
Absolutely not... Can't stand this shit [ 7 ] ** [14.89%]
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rabbit57i
post Mar 11 2005, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE (Swonky @ Mar 11 2005, 09:33 AM)
Like Live Aid/Band Aid, it had genuine passion and commitment when it first started, but now just seems like a shallow PR stunt for the latest 'in thing' to get exposure (eg. Little Britain and some EastEnders starlet desperate for a recording contract).  If anything is going to make me *not* give money, it's that.
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You're probably right on that. I was wondering why there hasn't been much discussion about this as there has been in the past. I guess your reason would be the answer. I will be watching it...sort of....I will get a tape of it eventually. I like to watch it only cause it informs me of the good and bad of the Brit comedy world.
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post Mar 11 2005, 04:47 PM
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I'm gonna watch it 'cause usually there are a few gems!
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post Mar 11 2005, 04:48 PM
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QUOTE (Svein @ Mar 11 2005, 04:47 PM)
I'm gonna watch it 'cause usually there are a few gems!
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Yeah, but there's usually a fare number of turds as well . . . wink.gif
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post Mar 11 2005, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE (Raven @ Mar 11 2005, 04:48 PM)
Yeah, but there's usually a fare number of turds as well . . . wink.gif
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Yeah, Jonathon Ross for one.
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post Mar 11 2005, 04:55 PM
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its generally worth flicking in and out of - and normally picks up after 9:30 or so i seem to remember.

anyone have an idea what time simon/jess/nick will be on? I imagine it will be towards the end, after all the "mainstreamers" have turned off!!

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post Mar 11 2005, 05:28 PM
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I dislike Comic Relief allot.

Although, yes, it is good to give money to those worse off. But, the problem is, is that almost everyone after the Comic Relief stuff is over, and off of the telly, people go back to their normal selfish self, saying they care about the starving and the poor people, and then going to Mcdonalds.

Its the same with the Tsunami appeal. 2005 was supposed to be the year, set aside for the ending of debts in Africa, in which millions of people are in poverty, and die every single year as a result. Because of the Tsunami, and because of everyone giving money to the Tsunami appeal, Africa will yet again suffer the concsequences. People only seem to react by giving, when there is a catastrophe, or a natural disaster (Tsunami, 9/11 etc.), and the people of Africa are having a life struggle, all the time.

Im not saying dont give money to the Tsunami Apeal, just, dont forget Africa. Yes, I realise that Comic Relief is for the people of Africa, but, the amount raised every year is miniscule when compared with what Comic Relief raises.

I hate it how two faced people are. Yes, give money and things to good causes, that are on the TV, just dont forget them afterwards, and most importantly, dont forget those that are always suffering. Its all very well supporting the people of Africa while Comic Relief is on, but then, a week later, when the TV coverage is gone, dont forget them, they are still suffering.

Poverty is not like a cold, like suffering for a week or two, and then getting better. It is like an almost incurable disease. And the only way to cure it, is by getting wrid of personal greed, and Capitalism, and, whats easier, by helping all the time.

Its like a diet, for the time that you are on the diet, you loose weight. But, afterwards, and you go back to your natural eating habits, you put the weight on again. Poverty requires more than simply a months worth of donations to be cured, it needs years of work.

Dont forget them, as so is often done, after all the fuss has gone.
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post Mar 11 2005, 05:41 PM
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QUOTE (Simsydav @ Mar 11 2005, 05:28 PM)
I realise that Comic Relief is for the people of Africa
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Wrong, and a very common misconception, and part of the reason I don`t particularly like Comic Relief.

Yes, a lot of the money goes to Africa, but that`s not all, it`s supposed to go to UK-based charities too, which it does, and does a lot of good work too. But everytime they advertise on the telly on the run-up to CR, they always show starving African kids, or African kids with AIDS. That to me is playing with people`s emotions, and I don`t like it. It says a lot about the attitude of the West these days when we get more worked up about problems thousands of miles away, and couldn`t care less about homelessness or poverty just outside in the street.

It also highlights a deeper problem I have, that of the West being made to feel "guilty" or "responsible". Too many times these days do we hear that we have to give money because we should feel "responsible" because we have so much, and other countries have so little. Why? Because I`ve been born in the "4th richest country" (which I don`t believe for a second, poverty is rife in the UK) I should give my money to other countries? I think not, especially when there`s so much in this country that needs sorting.

Besides, it smacks too much of being the "World`s Policeman" again, and I don`t like that feeling that everytime there`s trouble in the world, Britain will come running. Surely the US and Europe should stick their necks out once in a while too, but you never seem to hear much about it.

Anyway, rant over. My point is this:

Give to charity if you wish to. If not, never let anyone guilt trip you into it.
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post Mar 11 2005, 06:05 PM
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post Mar 11 2005, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Mar 11 2005, 05:41 PM)
It also highlights a deeper problem I have, that of the West being made to feel "guilty" or "responsible". Too many times these days do we hear that we have to give money because we should feel "responsible" because we have so much, and other countries have so little. Why? Because I`ve been born in the "4th richest country" (which I don`t believe for a second, poverty is rife in the UK) I should give my money to other countries? I think not, especially when there`s so much in this country that needs sorting.
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But the West can be held accountable for problems elsewhere - if Western politicians hadn't turned their backs and whistled then genocide may have been avoided in Rwanda - the reason for the genocide? Artificial divisions amongst Rwandans which was a legacy of colonisation when one group was favoured over another.

As far as I'm concerned I'm part of the human race, not just that little patch of it where I was lucky enough to be born - why not be concerned with problems at 'home' and elsewhere - it's all human suffering.
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post Mar 11 2005, 06:33 PM
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Rwanda was nothing to do with the UK, though, it was Belgium, I believe. (Belgian Congo, I think-could be wrong.)

I wish I could think in terms of "We`re all human", but I just can`t. I`m a realist, at the end of the day, and know full well that humans aren`t like that, it`s only a few that do think like that.

And besides, I`m sick and tired of being made to feel guilty and bad about what`s happening in a country I`ve never been to, and being told that it`s my fault because my ancestors did something there 200 years before I was born. Fuck that. We don`t blame today`s German or Japanese populaces for what their ancestors did in WWII, so why do the British have to shoulder the blame for what theirs did in colonial times? The logic just doesn`t add up.

That being said, I give to charity. I gave to the Tsunami appeal, and Comic Relief. However, there`s plenty of charities I refuse to give to (Any Christian charity for instance, they use aid to blackmail communities into converting, and that is just sick in my book) but then, that`s the beauty of choice.
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post Mar 11 2005, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Mar 11 2005, 06:33 PM)
Rwanda was nothing to do with the UK, though, it was Belgium, I believe. (Belgian Congo, I think-could be wrong.)
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Yeah, but you said the 'West', not the UK.

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post Mar 11 2005, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE (superfurryandy @ Mar 11 2005, 06:40 PM)
I knew you were a softy at heart.
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Take it back, take it back!!!

That`s just low, that is.
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post Mar 11 2005, 06:48 PM
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I like it, but some of the presenters really get on my tits.
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post Mar 11 2005, 07:15 PM
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You have the same surname, If Ingram is your surname, as my old maths teacher.

I hate maths, such a horrible, horrible subject.
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post Mar 11 2005, 07:40 PM
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QUOTE (Simsydav @ Mar 11 2005, 07:15 PM)
You have the same surname, If Ingram is your surname, as my old maths teacher.

I hate maths, such a horrible, horrible subject.
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It is my surname, but then again it's reasonably common. I think everyone hates maths really, even if they claim to like it it's only because they are good at it...
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