Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Adams Room 101!

Adam’s Room 101: 3 Things I want to Banish!!

I have always enjoys the television program "Room 101" which is a show when celebrities try to persuade the host (Frank Skinner) to put different aspects of life from a variety of categories which they despise into Room 101 (which was a torture room in the novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four"  which comprised "the worst things in the world"). I have decided to take inspiration from the program and list 3 things which I loath and explain the reasons why I would like to put them in Room 101!

1. The idiom "a tender age" being used unnecessarily.

When reading a person's autobiography more than often I find people using the term a "tender age" to describe the age they embarked on an activity. I often the way in which they have used this phrase is not only a sesquipedalian but also tautological. For example I recently read a dancer stating she started something along the lines of "I started Irish dancing at the tender age of 5". I don't understand why the word "tender" is used here? What makes starting dancing at that age a "tender" one?" Why didn't he/she just state "I started dancing when I was 5".

The oxford dictionary explains that the idiom a "tender age" is used "in connection with someone who is young and does not have much experience"an example may be someone leaving home at a young age or becoming a mother at a young age. Describing starting dancing at 5 is not a "tender age" because it is normal to start a hobby at that age. It is also tautological because we know that 5 is a young age so using the word "tender" to describe the age of 5 is unnecessary it is like using the word female to describe a widow.

2. Offence being taken over "The Twelve" in Northern Ireland

I have lived in Northern Ireland all my life and not once have I had any hassle in regards to being a Catholic.  Catholics are not discriminated against anymore (legally anyway) and thus are no longer second citizens in Northern Ireland. The Battle of the Boyne which the Twelve weekend celebrates occurred over 3 centuries ago - Catholics taken offence to it appears to me as about as relevant as animal rights campaigners taking offence to the St. Patrick's day celebrations since according to legend he chased all the snakes out of Ireland.

Besides that the history of the battle is much more intricate than a simple "Catholic vs Protestant" battle. I read about the history and I found that the the Protestants had a significant mandate to go to war. If it wasn't for the battle of the Boyne the "Bill of Rights" would not of been instilled which devolved more power from the Crown to the government. Thus tyrannical rule of the Monarch would still be in place, since a lot of Irish Nationalists/Republicans are anti-monarchical by nature they should actually be thankful for this battle, as should any one is is pro-democracy and liberty.

I know this is quite a controversial view to have and it is still a very touchy subject and I do not mean to cause offense to anyone by this. I do believe most people who celebrate the twelve just want to enjoy themselves and are not sectarian. I know there may be some who do want to cause trouble and antagonize the Catholic community, however in this instance I think turning the other cheek is the right attitude to have.

3. Media being overtly Critical and Judgemental on Celebrities parenting skills

I was recently reading an article on Demi Moore and her daughters after a young man died in their pool. I found myself feeling sympathetic towards her children and herself. Celebrity's children seem to gain much negative attention for engaging in activities that would seem normal to any other teenager or young adult. It is normal for teenagers and young adults to party and to experiment with alcohol, drugs and sex - parents have invariably little or no control over whether their child chooses to engage in these activities. Thus I do not see why they should be criticised for it. Another example which really angers me is people pointing the finger at Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown over their daughter. Although both Whitney and Bobby publicly battled addiction problems I do not think it is fair to blame them for their daughter's actions or to state that they were bad parents. Nobody is perfect and Whitney and Bobby certainly never claimed to be perfect. The biblical teaching "let him without sin cast the first stone" I believe is the right stance to take.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Current Problems in my Life

Current Problems in my Life

My life has become a gargantuan mess! Along with my several peccadillo's I have also some serious issues facing me. I have no job, no money, no Irish dancing teacher and not many friends. Ironically just over one month ago I wrote on my blog about some great things that have happened to me, however since then I managed to not pass my probation period and be asked to leave my Irish dancing school (despite having not uttered a bad word about the school). Instead of mopping around, I need to deal with the problem in hand, but how? Let's start off by listing all the problems currently perusing me!

  1. No Job - I managed to get fired from my employer for being late 3 times, the third time by one minute. Which I thought was absurd and I militantly protested but got no where. I am constantly searching the internet for employment however have not been successful yet. I did have an interview for a bank and was not successful but received good feed back and have kept my details on reserve. 
  2. No Money - I spent all my savings at university and on Irish dancing and am currently in a program to pay back my Santander overdraft: £160 a month which I do not have! I used any pay left over from my past job to pay last months. At present  I am lucky enough that to live with my mum and do not have to pay any rent and my dad gives my mum some money to help pay for my food, my mum also allows me to drink some of her wine so as result I am not going to starve nor go insane. However have you ever met me before? I was clearly not meant to live as a proletarian, I am about as princely as you can get, if I'm  unable to go to fancy clubs in fancy clothes I will probably die. My dad use to nick name me "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and I was told by an oracle that in a past life I was Egyptian royalty, when I reveal this to people they often find that it explains a great deal. I had been going through a strange slight hippie phase during my university years thinking to myself I don't need that much money to live off or be happy, nope I like Dolce and Gabana. 
  3. No Irish Dancing Teacher - as a result of being asked to leave an Irish dancing school for ambiguous reasons - I am now in Irish dancing "limbo". If you move schools regardless if it was your choice or not you have to sit a sixth month ban, which will coincidentally put me out for the Ulsters, All Ireland's and Worlds, which the thought of is making me very angry and depressed! Regardless of the situation I need to find a new teacher, but what if I can't find one? What happens if all schools are hesitant to allow me to join them due to the complications of my past which has given me a "bad reputation" one which the unfairness causes me to have suicidal thoughts. 
  4. "Bad Reputation" - how shall I conciliate this reputation? Will have blogging about what has happened from my eyes helped anything or made things worse? I have no doubt that my last school will now be callously demising me personally and my dancing and I have no control over this. This is very upsetting for me as I have said nothing bad about them personally or their teaching methods.  
  5. Not many friends - This has always been a problem of mine, I am a person who is known by a lot of people, but I don't actually have many friends. I have always been a bit of a misfit. I had a good few friends when I was at university however I am in Belfast, and they have all graduated and we are all skint. I have only managed to see one of them in the past year. My main friend from home isn't home at present, and has been at university since the new year. Don't get me wrong I do have good friends in Belfast but our interests are different. I need to find more people who have similar interests to me and due to my eclectic nature that is quite difficult. 
  6. What shall I do career wise in the long run - I think I want to be freelance journalist, but I have absolutely no idea how to become one - do I need to do a masters or another course? That would cost more money. 
  7. Acne Scarring - I have acne scarring from having hideous acne omnipresent as a teenager. Top modeling agencies in both London and Dublin have said they were interested in signing me if I got my skin sorted out.
  8. Injuries - I have had about every injuries in the book the past few years. I believe that they have been brought on through the psychological stress I was under. I have no danced since April as I was told to take 3-6 months off, It has now been 3 months and my knees do feel better but still hurt at times. Due to the NHS being ever more of a gargantuan mess than my life I only had my MRI scan last Friday and will be picking up my insoles tomorrow. 
  9. Psychological/Mental Health Problems - a couple of weeks ago I had a 2 hour assessment by a psychiatric nurse. He ruled that I had very low self-esteem which resulted in me having mood swings with anxiety and depression. Thank-God I am not histrionic as argued by anonymous posts on Irish dancing boards.