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Today the average Brit has officially lost faith in the economy, the banks, markets and it’s Politicians!!! So says The Guardian.

And as the world speculates on the affects of financial bail-outs or the next conglomerate to collapse, the Brits are living it up.

The credit crunch has been blamed for a lot of things – repossessions, redundancies and the demise of Woolworths – but in recent weeks it has also hit the headlines for reigniting sex lives. A recent survey named sex as the nation’s favourite free activity ahead of window shopping and gossiping!

In the last six weeks Condom sales have officially spiralled as have sales of sex toys and ‘enhancers’. So unless people are using these as water balloons and ‘enhancing’ their ‘toy’ collections, it seems sex is on the rise. That’s excellent!

So what are they doing?

Having a steamy night in, instead of splashing cash on tiles or a meal out, maybe, or getting drunk and having ‘one night stands’?

The City of London, where at best of times there is random promiscuity, seems to tell a different story. A 20% increase in reporting of sex addiction in the 25 plus age group!

The symptoms being increased visit to strip clubs, desire to have affairs and visiting prostitutes. What with the economic boom in the last 3 years, indecent bonuses and pay outs, there has been a mushrooming of “Gentlemen’s clubs”. And men often take female colleagues to these clubs. It has therefore become socially acceptable. And that makes the next step of going to a prostitute that much easier, the oldest profession always sits comfortable on the fringe of such ‘pleasuring holes’.

Also CityDoctor, a private clinic with branches in Canary Wharf, Moorgate and Harley Street which counts large numbers of City workers among its patients, has reportedly seen a 30 per cent increase in the number of City people coming to the clinic with STDs, year-on year.

So, is it that strip-clubs have stopped being seedy is part of the “rationalisation process” that allows people to convince themselves that otherwise dodgy/ outlandish behaviour is okay?

And if its escapism that fuels such behaviour, isn’t it a case of ‘frying pan into the fire’?

Whatever it is, there are two types of people: ones using condoms, and the others with STDs.

Fellow Bloggers, what’s happening in your parts of the world?

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Just as the world gets painted with gloom and doom and watches with caution, somewhere there is a ray of hope.

Tourism officials in Australia are describing it as “the best job in the world”.

They want someone to work on a tropical island off the Queensland coast.

No formal qualifications are needed but candidates must be willing to swim, snorkel, dive and sail.

In return, the successful applicant will receive a salary of A$150,000/$103,000 /£70,000 for six months and get to live rent-free in a three-bedroom villa, complete with pool.

Anthony Hayes, Chief Executive, Tourism Queensland, said: “It doesn’t sound too bad does it? We are looking for someone to tell the stories of the Great Barrier Reef and we have come up with what we think is the dream job.”

The post is being advertised as “caretaker” on Hamilton Island in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.

The new recruit will work for just 12 hours a month. Duties include feeding some of the hundreds of species of fish and collecting the island’s mail.

They will also need to prepare a blog, a photo diary and video updates to attract tourists to the area.

“There are hundreds of islands scattered along the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Hayes told the BBC. “We are looking for someone who can go and explore all the different islands then report back to the world on what they see.

“We need a special person. They are going to be pretty busy having a good time.”

Hamilton Island, where the temperature is warm all year round, is the largest inhabited island in the region. It boasts blue skies, crystal water and pure sands.

Thousands of applications

About two million tourists visit the various islands each year, but most stay on the mainland and visit only on day trips.

The job is being advertised around the world. Candidates have until 22 February to submit an online video application.

Mr Hayes says he is expecting thousands of applications: “I’m having to beat my staff off with a stick at the moment because most of them want to apply too.”

Woooo hoooooo hoooooo – Not bad for the times……who said all hope is lost?

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Just as we read about it and may be even feeling the crisis around the world, some one some where is always trying to make their people happy. In tough economic times, nations have set priorities: infrastructure, jobs, drugs, health, dairy products ?

So what do you think about this:

SWITZERLAND:
Swiss voters have approved the creation of permanent, legalized heroin centers aimed at helping hard-core addicts learn to function in society. Rather than getting them off the drug, these centres will avoid ‘cold turkey’ by providing then carefully measured doses twice a day.
Somewhat surprisingly though, the same voters rejected the decriminalisation of marijuana in the same referendum. Huh!

MEXICO:
In the name of “happiness and a better quality of life”, the Mayor of Mexico City (Marcelo Ebrard) plans to give out free erectile dysfunction pills to men over 70. As many as 100k are eligible for the program, at a cost of $4 million. This being the latest of Ebard’s happiness injections after spending millions on an ice-skating rink and artificial beaches. Critics say, this is all a distraction from the real issues of drug, crime,pollution and transportation.
Respect to the elders !!! He seems like a good man.

ITALY:
The Italian Govt is putting $65million to purchase 200,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano cheese to donate to charity. With hundreds of small cheese makers in northern Italy losing money , “theres a need for market intervention, just as there was for bank”, says the agriculture minister.

RUSSIA:
Vodka has been the staple drink for the Russians since the Czars, but the common Russian is cutting back amid the global financial crunch. Even though manufacturers slashed vodka producion 15% because of slumping demands, stores are saddled with some 22 million gallons of unsold spirits – six times their inventory a year ago. Alcohol poisoning fatalities are on the rise , reportedly as drinkers turn to cheap, homemade brews instead.

And….

SOUTH KOREA, in its latest bid to combat rising food costs and economic uncertainty, have signed a 99 year lease to farm oil palms and corn on more than 2.5 million acres of land in Madagascar!

The CHINESE are investing $4billion in the Philippines to grow crops.

SAUDI ARABIA has invested another $4billion in Indonesia to develop 1.25 million acres of farmland.

So what are the INDIANS doing?

Ofcourse waiting for the next Bollywood blockbuster after Ghajini the not-so-well-adapted version of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, to fantasise about.

While the common ISRAELI and PALESTENIAN just wants it to get over ……
in the UK…..we are hoping the Pound (£) picks up value against the Euro, so that this summer we can once again flood the European coastline with our bare bodies and beer fuelled extremities.

And if the British wish comes true, hopefully we will see more people on this deserted beach in Portugal (picture above).

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