Genocide

Genocide

Published: 3rd February 2013

Welcome to my very first (and well overdue, as we’re now in February) article of 2013 – posted to my personal blog at least – as I divulge deep into the very dark and devilish topic of genocide and the unethical manner in which the international community has previously, in practically all incidents of high volume slaughtering, has failed to live up to what the United Nations stands for and preaches.

Since the turn of the 20th century millions more people have lost their lives through genocide than that of war; however it is the latter topic that tends to make the front pages of the newspapers and reported with any clear conviction and fluidity by the worlds media.

I would certainly never suggest that either subject is of greater importance than that of the other – clearly both are very tragic. But I do believe that are plenty more preventive measures available to influential world leaders and the relevant bodies to help bring an end to mass genocide, whereas conflict and war will always be much tougher to govern and neutralise.

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C4 News: Global Personals Dating Scam

Published: 3rd November 2012

This past Thursday evening my discussion with Channel Four News aired and as previously promised in this article I’ve uploaded my discussion with Business News Correspondent Sarah Smith.

There was a mixed response to the piece, many have now tagged me as a ‘whistleblower’ whereas others, including past employees of Global Personals have sent me messages of support, one of whom summed the whole episode up quite accurately, “It has been going on for a long time and it is just greed under the guise of entertainment.”

Having watched the feature live on Thursday night I took to both Facebook and Twitter to have a browse at the reaction, and needless to say I did happen to notice some personal jibes aimed towards me from both current and former Global Personals staff members. In the context of things that was inevitable, however I don’t let things like that faze me. It certainly had nothing to do with being the centre of intention which many of their remarks implied.

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Major international tournament qualification: Is it time for change?

Published: 14th October 2012

After a somewhat frustrating and stuttering opening half hour on Friday evening England ended up defeating perennial no-hopers San Marino in comfortable fashion. With a touch more quality and composure the Three Lions could have, and certainly  should have added to the five goals to nil final scoreline.

Following this demolition job I took to Twitter to air my views on the performance, and of course to see what others thought about the match. To my surprise much of the discussion surrounded the ITV pundits and commentary team, in particular former England central defender Gareth Southgate following his supposed ‘derogatory and disrespectful’ comments towards the San Marino international team. Southgate in effect claimed the La Serenissima had no right to be playing at this sort of level. And I seemed to be one of the few that actually agreed him.

And so I thought what the heck let’s write about it and give my points-of-view on the whole World Cup qualification system, and why I’d suggest that a whole fresh re-vamp would be in the best interests for near enough all of the competing nations.

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Save the Children launch appeal to help children in the UK

Published: 10th September 2012

Last week I was over the moon to hear that for the first time in its 93-year existence the Save the Children charity had launched an appeal to help UK children.

Over the course of the past seven or eight years, particularly since the recession hit, I have become overwhelmingly alarmed as to how visibly poorer our streets have become. There is now an estimated 3.5 million UK children living in poverty, and that’s despite the Government splashing out over £150 billion on benefits and tax credits since the turn of the millennium.

The ‘It Shouldn’t Happen Here’ campaign will help boost low income children’s school careers and provide basic essentials such as cookers, furniture and toys for their families. Fantastic – was my initial reaction, until I went on to learn that the total figure the charity aimed to raise through this crusade was set at a poultry £500,000.

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The Secrets of Online Dating

Published: 23rd August 2012

Between June 2008 and April 2010 I was employed by Global Personals of Windsor, a hugely successful business that runs various online dating sites including Singles365.com and AdultSingles365.com. The company also has thousands of live partner sites via their White Label platform which allows individuals and companies to build their very own dating site and to be up-and-running in no time at all.

Up until now it has never crossed my mind about putting together a written piece about the secrets of online dating, mainly out of respect for my previous employer and past colleagues. The reason for my change in attitude is the constant threads that are posted to forums that I often debate/endeavour to answer questions on,  “Is [site name] full of fake profiles?”, “Is online dating a scam?” etc. In future I will be able to direct those users here, where I’m hoping that they’ll find all the answers to their queries.

The purpose of this article has nothing to do with exposing the moral wrong doings of online dating practices, but to warn people that the fairy tale advertisements that you often see on the television will rarely be fulfilled in reality.

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Is money ruining football?

Published: 8th August 2012

The debate about how money is affecting football has rumbled on for a fair time now. For many people, particularly Manchester City supporters, the investment that a rich Arab owner can provide is seen as a wonderful thing – a dream come true. Whereas other folk consider the riches that certain clubs enjoy as a devilish stain tarnishing modern day football.

Whilst high-profile Premier League footballers such as John Terry, Carlos Tevez and Steven Gerrard pick up wages in excess of £130,000 per week, the future existence of football league clubs Portsmouth and Port Vale remain very much in the balance.

In this article I look at how money may have a reverse impact on football and how the game is now starting to become a victim of its own success.

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Racism in football

Clarke Carlisle has played in all of the top four football divisions in England.

Published: 19th July 2012

This week highly respected footballer and Chairman of the Management Committee for the Professional Footballers’ Association Clarke Carlisle explored the topic of racism in football in a television programme that aired on BBC Three.

The documentary brought to light issues and incidents that Clarke wasn’t aware of in the modern game – such as – the odd racist slur that a number of black players have endured in recent times, reports that club scouts have been told not to take on Asian players and he also divulged a little deeper into the reasons as to why there are so few black managers in the English game.

In this article I wish to share my views and experiences in football, and particularly dissect the controversial views of John Barnes who strongly believes that Britain is a nation full of ‘passive racists’.

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