Shouldn’t people just strengthen their vertebrae?

Those eyes, those eyes:

Article after article after article on them. This time it’s Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison moaning about only being asked questions about her appearance and not about nature or whatever.

OK, that’s a question to debate but what’s this I just saw?

‘We’re not married, but this was my great offering to him’: Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison reveals she paid to have her arm scarred ten times to show her devotion to her partner

Why aren’t they married?  Doesn’t she love him?  If she goes to that insane extent, surely she’s serious about the guy? How does mutilating yourself show devotion?

Meanwhile, the other one in the lefty show Countryfile ‘reveals’ [cries for help?] that he’s mentally ill. Where does the BBC get them from? Surely it’s meant to be about the countryside, no?

Call me heartless and wish Alzheimers or Parkinsons upon me but what’s with all this mental illness guff going on anyway, costing the taxpayer billions?

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong – we’re all a bit loopy around the edges in some ways and there are genuine cases, e.g. Alzheimers or other degenerative conditions but this is ridiculous:

Yes, it’s loopy mothers, feckless fathers and lefty teachers behind a lot of it but what about the monster toddler in the store who goes around breaking things and having tantrums, while the mother smiles on benignly?  That’s not the education system … yet.

And part of it is the abandoning of the code which Christianity provided, the work ethic, the philosophy of making the best you can with what you’ve got.  Essentially, looking outwards rather than inwards at the navel.  A narcissistic society will see this happen.

Sure, karma might get me for this post, I could have a stroke or whatever and be a vegetable and someone will remind me of this post but that’s included under the heading of genuine or Act of God.

I’ve always found Asperger’s a bit difficult to buy – hell, I’m pretty anti-social as it is and some of the readers here are also a tad curmudgeonly on their good days – but surely that’s the rich pageantry of national character, plus excessive tea drinking?

And yes, there is a great deal of lack of compassion for the unfortunate about, no doubt about it – yes, we should show some compassion … but for the deserving, no?

6 comments for “Shouldn’t people just strengthen their vertebrae?

  1. Distant Relative
    October 20, 2017 at 16:22

    Beeb’s recruiting slogan was obviously “You don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps…” And now everyone is. Or bad. Or both.

    Trying to get my head around “paid someone to scar her 10 times”. Eh?

    She should try a bit of DIY …. literally… it’s free except for the bandages.

  2. dearieme
    October 20, 2017 at 19:26

    “the other one in the lefty show” is, I have found, loathed by the middle-aged and elderly ladies who watch the show. Or, at least, watched the show once.

  3. October 21, 2017 at 01:59

    My gut reaction is to say that from your comments you have never encountered a person with Asperger’s, but then I remember that you have…

    I encountered such a person recently. A young person, with his grandmother. He displayed the classic symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. His grandmother was trying to coax him to interact with people but it was outside of his comfort zone. This led to him closing in on himself.

    • October 21, 2017 at 08:15

      Cherie, interesting that I’ve not just your comment here but another lady’s via email. And I read both. There’s a post coming up, hopefully by 11 a.m., which will explain much [to myself at least].


  4. sackersonwps
    October 21, 2017 at 08:32

    Asperger’s is not a mental illness. It’s a lifelong condition or set of tendencies. You can’t “cure” it – there’s no pill – but you can develop social skills, albeit more slowly and with more practice than is true for other people.

    The “paid to have her arm scarred ten times” is one I find hard to believe and think is spin. Children in care that I saw went in for scratching themselves and the pain temporarily distracted them from the black and grey fog in their heads. If anyone knows how to stop self-perpetuating anger, depression and self-loathing I’ll be happy to see them get ten Nobel prizes.

    • October 21, 2017 at 10:12

      Cheers, Sackers. There is a follow up at 11 a.m.

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