The Good, Bad and Cuddly – crazy name crackdown, a sick winter, and feline Harry Potter

22 Jul

The Good – Crazy Name Crackdown
Being a celebrity is like being in a club. To gain membership, you have to be rich, well-known, and have a child with a kooky name. Jamie Oliver is one of the worst offenders with four kids, named Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear Maurice. I don’t get the kooky name thing. Surely if you’re rich and famous, then you have all the attention you could want in the world. Do you really need to draw more attention to yourself and your child by giving them a weird name? The problem is, where celebrities lead, the general public seems to follow meaning kooky names are spreading like a contagion in the wider population. Thankfully, the authorities in New Zealand are drawing a line in the sand. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the names registrar has rejected 102 names in the past 2 years, including punctuation marks such as . (Full Stop), * (Asterisk) and / (presumably “Slash”), along with Baron, Bishop, Duke, General, Judge, Justice, King, Knight and Mr. Thank goodness common sense has prevailed. Can you imagine the poor child turning up to school with the name ‘/’? Oh the humiliation. I’m pretty sure authorities in Australia have the same power – would love to see the list of what’s been rejected here.

The Bad – There Really Is a Lot of Sickness Going Around
Every year, I find myself making the same (slightly inane) comments. ‘Gee, this year’s gone quickly’ (they all do). And ‘Gosh it’s been a hot Summer’ (all Summers are hot). My latest favourite is ‘There’s a lot of sickness around this winter’. Seems like another rather obvious statement, right? Well, seems there may actually be some foundation to it. The Daily Telegraph reports Australia is in the grip of a grim flu outbreak, with the number of influenza cases four times higher than a year ago. So there, it’s true – it has been a bad winter for bugs. I’m over it.

The Cuddly – Cats Sum up Harry Potter in One Minute
When it comes to popular culture, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a trend follower. I don’t like to be left out. If there’s a hot new TV show that everyone’s watching, then I want to watch to. But there’s one trend that’s never grabbed me. And that’s Harry Potter. I’ve never read the books and I think I may have seen the first movie – but it was too scary for me. So – this video of a bunch of cats telling the story in less than a minute is perfect for me. At least I’ll know who the hell Voldemort is when he comes up in conversation.


2 Responses to “The Good, Bad and Cuddly – crazy name crackdown, a sick winter, and feline Harry Potter”

  1. Anonymous July 23, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    i thought Voldemort was KMart for Vampires…

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    ok hang on..if you took away all those names there would be NO slash from Gun's n roses, no Judge Reinhold from Beverly hills cop 1,2 AND 3 (not sure if there was a 4th),there would be no ASterisk the Gaul *(i know it is asterix), and the one that really worries me is that there would be no Blanket. that leaves poor old Apple (gwyneths kid) as the only one with a whacky name. Thats just not fair.

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