April 24, 2006

Move over Chelsea Tractor, here comes the Chav Bus!

Filed under: Consumerism — ken finn @ 6:50 pm

The Chav Bus

My heart sank as I watched this behemoth try to get round the narrow bend up the road from me… But when I realised the passengers were far from Roedean I chivvied up. I gave thanks to my chavy heritage and blessed the occupants for the havoc they reap upon the carefully developed brand!

For as soon as a name becomes bling or chav the brand equity vanishes. For instance what were once indentifiers for the stylish or wealthy like Burberry, Cartier, Gucci or Prada are now the domain of TKMax and eBay. The image slaves wouldn’t be seen dead in them.

So could one long limo for Chav be one short trade in for the Chelsea Tractor? Since about every naff Hen Night or Stag features a stretched limo these days what discerning captain of industry would consider it a statement of success to use one? With the arrival of the 20ft Hummer the value of “Range Rover or Jeep” and all the other 4×4 wannabe brands maybe on the slide! Tinted glass will be the absolutely essential option to save the faces of the not so cool.

So pimp up my ‘All Wheel Drive,’ the Chavs are stretchin’ and squeezin’ the syle of the Chelsea Tractor!

And for bus companies everywhere, there’s got to be a lesson here!

Read the disturbing Facts about the dangers of big 4×4′s on urban streets

April 19, 2006

The Man Who Lived in a Tree

Filed under: ,Alternative Living — ken finn @ 1:04 pm

Man Who Lived in a Tree see my other images …

Years ago on the west coast of Africa I met a man who lived in a tree. It was a gorgeous majestic tree just back from the beach. He lived there with his cat and you could have dried your washing on his smile.

Sometimes I wonder if he’s still alive, beaming out at anyone who takes the time to go and see him, a glorious accompaniment to the African sun. I imagine him sitting high on a bow looking out onto a night sky of dazzling stars. He was as rich as any man I’ve met.

Yesterday in a traffic jam in wealthy suburbia I looked at the tight lips behind the tinted glass of shiny 4×4’s and late model status symbols and I longed for the sorted life of my African friend.

The simplicity of his lifestyle is the source of his security, there is little material he can loose and yet he has everything he needs. It was impossible not to smile sharing his understanding of real living.

Sitting in my car I felt very sad. Surely our carbon intensive lives will wreck the simple existence of people living naturally. Clearly there was little happiness in that traffic jam, even in the tallest of the gleaming vehicles spewing out their greenhouse gases.

It’s time to reconnect with the true source of joy and security before we screw it up for everyone.

Smile you have everything you need! 

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April 17, 2006

911 Secrets or Lies?

Filed under: ,War on Terror — ken finn @ 10:35 pm


For over a year I’ve seen or read things about the September 11th attacks that have made me question the basic belief that the war on terror is valid.

This video documentory will set you thinking about many of the facts as presented by the mainstream media.

Watch it and pass it on.


April 12, 2006

Aint ‘avin it!

Filed under: Forests — ken finn @ 10:06 pm


The Amazon is being trashed to grow soya bean. According to Greenpeace every time you eat a chicken McNugget you’re taking a bite out of the world’s most majestic forest. Watch the video

Make Stock Challenging Links Dot Org

Filed under: Poverty — ken finn @ 9:17 pm

Passionate Lilly free trade dysfunctional Labour waste Conservative globalisation alternative crime history new growth fatigue in asylum of mass destruction of as many people as possible and poor Geldof giving poverty a Liberal sustained weapon


Don’t miss out on this Stock! Cock!

Did you get one of these emails recently? I’ve been getting them for weeks now. A list of random words probably designed to maximise search engine results and then an offer on shares in a new ‘Petroleum wonder stock’

The string of emotionally significant words that actually don’t amount to anything but trigger a response as sucessfully developed by Mr Bush and more recently taken to new hights by Condoleza Rice seem to have been adopted by email marketers.

Talking of words that go nowhere, I notice that the Conservatives have launched a new initiative “Global Poverty Challenge” and a new website to go with it. The headline reads “David Cameron has set out six big challenges that our country faces. They’re complex, interconnected and require serious long-term thinking. We want to make sure we get these challenges right…” [nice emotive word grouping David]

There a just two links on the Global Poverty Challenge site which, are The Conservatives (working, naturally) and Make Poverty History (dead) The problem it seems is that the MPH site is dot org, NOT dot com. Easy one to miss for Sir Bob who’s going to help the Conservatives get it sorted and credited on the site as being instrumental in the creation of the “Make Poverty History” campaign.

So there, we can trust them to meet the challenge. Anyway wasn’t the MPH campaign designed to run for just 2005? Mmm these boys have their fingers on the pulse!

Anyway I promise to eat my words if this bunch are any better at delivering trade justice than the current bag of ‘Significant Scrabble tm!


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