Newsround: Northern [cracke] Rock

Watching the news today, I heard the brief explanation given by a psychologist that people are reacting with fear to the crisis but they might not realise why they just went to the the nearest Northern Rock branch, queued outside and demanded their money. It’s all about fear, she said.

Damn right, she is! If you happen to have all your life savings saved in a bank of which you hear on the news could be about to close -not matter whether that’s the point or not-. Would you rather wait and see if the promises given by the government and the Bank of England to guaranteed the funds will be true or would you just get ready, get out and get your money as quickly as you could?

It might sound silly to say, even if I am the first person to recognise that fear is mobilising the crowds outside the bank, but I would go and withdraw the money. It’s just a human reaction to this type of uncertainty. Especially when many feel that the Government and the Bank of England or other banks are partly responsible for this current crisis.

In any of many different outlook we might have from now and on, the financial system is far from a quick fix and forget about attitude. The stock market is feeling the pinch and many retailers must be a little bit anxious in the already race for Christmas.


Newsround: Sony PSP phone

I wonder, how long before the Zune/Xbox Microsoft phone is in the market?

Considering how many companies trying to get into this new competitive world of telephone handsets that do anything else and might be used from time to time to make calls, there are chances that more and more companies like Microsoft or even Nintendo will join in.

But like the classic Maths question of “if you have a cake and slice it into X pieces, how many people would be able to eat it?”, though in this example we are not told how big the slices can be for each person.

Saturation would probably be the reason for a slowdown in the future in this race to produce more and more gadgets that do all these wonderful things. So, soon, we will able to listen to our iTunes in our iPhone while playing games in our PSPphone or WiiPhone or using windows in our MicrosoftPhoneVista. But the question is, would I use to make calls?

Newsround: Not Flash Gordon

In Politics, the public opinion is the master. If anyone wants to be in Politics, they should learn that rule from day one. Gordon Brown is fully aware of such a statement, he realises that the previous N10 occupant did not follow it and that could cost the Labour Party its Government.

Those citizens who disliked the way that Tony Bliar dealt with so many matters might feel tempted to vote for someone who has not embraced the Media circus or mingled with so many of the celebrities willing to shake hands with someone in high level of power.

The question remains, though, for it is hard to distinguish if the new look and attitude reflects a total change of policies of just a pro-election mood with a return to the arrogance attitude from the past.

Unfortunately for Tories, they position is quite the opposite and Cameron needs the attention of the Press and TV networks if he wants to achieve a change in the current House of Commons, though he is unlike to manage that by just putting a Superman costume and promise to save the world.


One of the most popular features of internet dating is the ability to see photos of those who are looking for something more than just a nice chat about the weather or the financial crisis of Northern Rock or the continuous debate about the McCanns’ guilty status.

There is not doubt that by putting nude pictures in the profiles is one way to, apparently, the purpose of the search is become more obvious. Still, there is something about a full close-up image of a penis in a 20 inches monitor that somehow does not work like in the real world.

Erotica and imagination can together. Magazines like Playboy know that considering how many Straight men have been buying for years. The motto always has been “Imagination”. When meeting someone in a bar, we consider all the different aspects of that person, his look, his personality, his voice, his masculinity but we might just be contempt with just imagine how that person might look naked.

True that on-line dating is about fast food delivery in many cases, but there is a still some brutality in the way that people flash their cocks or the anuses in some how of bizarre photo exhibition on screen.

I might sound a bit old fashion but I think imagination is good to create some fantasia and hopefully it will be fulfilled with the right bits.

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Newsround: Northen Rock crisis

I read once that the key to happiness is to be able to lie to ourselves. It seems that we do very well since we tend to believe things always are going to be fine, at least in Finance. It might look like a big surprise that an institution like Northern Rock can be in such a turmoil about the lack of trust by its customers.

I won´t say that I don´t understand their current anxiety, I would probably be doing exactly the same because fear don´t understand of promises or messages to calm down people. Money is something people don´t want to play with when there is a clear message that something is going wrong.

The crisis is just another of the many that might happen in other banks or building society. It does not mean that I try to be a fatalist but a mere reality that the banking system was playing too hard, risking too much and at some point, someone will lose or pay for it. It tend to be not just the bank itself but also those who are customers at the time.

This is not the first time there is a problem like that, it happened in the past and it will happen again. If there is something that is clear in Economics is that we never learn anything from the mistakes from the past. Money and how much profit we can make out of it outnumbered the reasons for thinking and taking a more careful approach.

This might not be one of the big crisis yet, but day by day, I keep crossing my fingers that it won´t be. Anyway, we survived all the previous ones. What a global crisis could mean after all?


You may be forgiven for thinking that someone into any type of fetish can be some kind of pervert. Quite reasonable thinking if you have in mind some of the fetishes that people could get into, such a suffocation or pants sniffing. I am not against anyone into any thing weird as long as it does not involved harming anyone against their own will -even within the S&M.

But , the truth is that many are into fetishes that focus their life so much that it will damage their relation with other people.

I remember when I met a black guy a while ago and he told me that meeting people was a hard work for him. He was an attractive man and very pleasant to be with. The issue he raised was that men -other than those of black race- who came forward to talk to him, will mention their wish to fulfil the fantasy to be with a black man.

I am sure that could apply to those who are hairy and sometimes feel that they people they are with are more interested in being with their hairy parts of their bodies that with the person who is the bearer of that hair.

Fetish is good where it light up a undermined passion between two or more people. When the fetish is more important that the people, it makes me wonder how good that is for the person with that type of fetish.