Thursday 28 July

Matthew

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Public Outpourings Of Grief
First up: we’re going to examine the trend for public outpourings of grief. The thousands gathering quietly in Oslo versus the hundreds causing mayhem outside Amy Winehouse’s London pad - police were called in the other night - not to forget the legions who turned up to pay their respects to Princess Di. Anyone else wonder if such gatherings are healthy?

Pick up the phone and let us know - before we get the rest of the headlines from Christine.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Blame Branson For Backing Out Of Britain?
Then: do any of you think less of Sir Richard Branson now you know he’s moving part of his empire abroad to pay less tax? It’s only a tiny part of his business. But having chummed up to the royals and painted himself as some sort of people’s champion, shouldn’t he stand by the rest of us and pay his dues?

Part 6: Are Pet Bequests Barking?
Moving on, we’ll find out if anyone else thinks pet bequests are barking: fashionista Alexander McQueen left £50K to his three dogs. True, he also left £400K to charity - including two animal charities. But how can any sane person leave money to pets when people are starving?

Part 7: Is Nice The Nastiest Word?
And finally: Is nice the nastiest of words? Nice is not great, nice is not even good - nice is just bland and dull, isn’t it? It’s non-committal. Nobody dreams of being nice, do they, because if nice was a colour it’d be beige don't you think?

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Comments (6)

  • George

    over 2 years ago

    George

    Could someone please square this one for me? If, as was said, the poor contribute more per capiter, to charity funding. I would presume this would include cancer research, Marie Curie and so on. Then why is that once research, treatments and "cures" are found, it's the Pharmaseutical companies that rake in the cash and we "poor" folk end up in a postcode lottery?? I suppose we are just "rich" in spirit!

  • Maureen

    over 2 years ago

    Maureen

    The problem in Ethiopia is men and women failing to use birth control and until this is addressed ( a Process I would be happy to contribute money to) their problems will never be addressed. Until then I will give my money to charities that have achievable goals and if that includes caring for pets when they no longer have a family environment then so be it.

  • Anon

    over 2 years ago

    Anon

    I completely agree with Christines comments about Andy Coulson being given a second chance, I just think it ironic as to who made the comment??

  • George

    over 2 years ago

    George

    I'm not sure how much of his business is moving to Switzerland, but if Matthew IS Wright (Excuse the pun). I think there are far more worthy targets the tabloids could have gone at. e.g. Peter Green, or Lords of the land who use offshore accounts. That's not to say I'm condoning his actions!! In fact I would suggest that upon reading these articles, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he reversed this decision. Pure speculation though

  • George

    over 2 years ago

    George

    No I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of because that was the type of anti-culture Amy lived her life, like James Dean or as you said, Jim Morrison. What I do think is unforgiveable is the morbid hoards who, after her death have now gone out and bought the albums? It's not like Nick Drake or Eva Cassidy, who were completely unheard of prior to their deaths. Personally I think that's quite sick. What do they do with them? Do they take them home and put them alongside their untouched Nirvana and Michael Jackson collections?? Finally, I'd just like to say the loss of ANY young life is tragic, no matter what the circumstances or whether a pop star, serving military or a street walker. I think the word Matthew is searching for is voyeurism

  • Helen

    over 2 years ago

    Helen

    I hate 'public grief'. It is totally offensive to the friends and family of the person who actually knew them.

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