Gabbie Ho Ka Pik (Ms), Clerical Officer, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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There may well be some bearded ladies in Belgium, but still … a call to arms for the general population to not shave is certainly not a call for unity!
That was my immediate thought when I read the BBC news story about the political situation in Belgium where they have installed a temporary government ('Grow a beard for Belgium' appeal by actor Poelvoorde).
Ignorance and Man-power (not manpower) is evidently prevalent in Belgium ... unless women there are not allowed to protest or vote.
He’s worse than ‘Arry Redknapp!
Avram Grant, with his consistently poor and lacklustre time as a premier league manager for Chelsea, Portsmouth and currently West Ham, must be incredibly talented at something to be given high-profile opportunities to manage football teams. What this talent is remains a deep mystery!
Perhaps he is a natural con artist? By saying that events will go one's way “by wearing certain clothing”, instead of accepting responsibility for his own lack of talent as a proven football manager, Grant appears to be able to gain the confidence and pull the wool over the eyes of those who stupidly believe him.
His latest example was to declare that he had a “lucky scarf” that has helped West Ham win matches. He claims he was given the lucky scarf on 30 November 2010 for the Carling Cup quarter-final win over Manchester United. But after that 4-0 win, he did not wear the scarf for the defeats to Sunderland and Manchester City, and the draw with Blackburn Rovers. Miraculously, when he used the scarf on 26 December 2010, West Ham promptly beat Fulham.
Grant also claims to have previous experience of having a lucky charm from his time with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.
"I remember when I was in Israel it was winter and I wore the same clothes. We won 11 games but I couldn't carry on wearing it, my shirt was smelling. I changed and we drew so the owner blamed me."
It therefore stands to
reason irrationality that Grant believes that he has a lucky Chainrai charm. He made a big issue of wearing his lucky West Ham scarf for the next match on 5 January 2011 against Newcastle United.
Outcome: The Magpies promptly thrashed the Hammers 5-0. What are the chances of hearing anything more about Grant's "lucky" West Ham scarf?
This is not the first time Grant has invoked some lucky mascot (see Pompey’s Unlucky Mascot) ... and failed.
“Hello, I’m an abductee”.
And then everyone coughed, made their excuses and left. That’s the basic news story in the SCMP (subscription required) about the audience reaction to American Jim Sparks who was invited to speak by the Hong Kong UFO Club and the local branch of the Hawaii-based Exopolitics Institute.
[Yes, I talk to aliens]
Alien abductees always go for the convenient excuse in that the “aliens” studying them are so advanced beyond our comprehension and have technology that makes them invisible to us. And therefore, these "privileged individuals" are the only ones who can contact them or are in communication with them. How convenient!
Just like religious and cult leaders, these abductees just want people to believe them and “take their word for it” without ever providing any proof or evidence whatsoever. How convenient!
“Hello, I talk to God* and he tells me the most amazing things”.
* substitute for aliens, Allah, flying spaghetti monster, The Jade Emperor, etc, etc.
People who hear voices in their heads, and believe what they hear, are bonkers.
Perhaps the STRANGEST THING about this whole subject is the fact that the news article (partially reprinted below) reported 700 people went to the talk that cost between HK$150 and HK$300 per ticket. However, it is rather strange that the reporter only managed to “interview” one person out of the 700; a 22-year-old student.
Some oddities here (which are far more interesting than alien abductions):
1) Did this 22-year old student really pay (a significant sum, for a student) to attend?
2) Why didn’t the reporter interview others in the 700-strong crowd?
3) Did the reporter actually interview Jim Marsh or just report what he said during the talk?
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Jan 03, 2011
An American who maintains that he has been abducted hundreds of times by aliens left some members of his Hong Kong audience completely spaced out.
Having paid between HK$150 and HK$300 per ticket, some got up and left halfway through the talk by 56-year-old market researcher Jim Sparks.
He opened his lecture in Kowloon Bay to a gathering of 700 with the warning: "Many of you may find what I am going to say hard to swallow."
And they were prophetic words. While many listened quietly, some decided they had had enough.
One of those who headed for the door, student Derek Lau, 22, said: "He's a pretty good storyteller because he seemed so sincere.
"But for me it's too sci-fi. I'm a bit hungry and would rather go for a bite than sit through his fantasy."
Sparks was invited to make his first visit to the city by the Hong Kong UFO Club and the local branch of the Hawaii-based Exopolitics Institute, which says it carries out research into extraterrestrial activities.
Sparks said aliens first abducted him in 1988 when he was a property developer.
He would buy up raw land and divide it into lots for housing construction. But he was always very careful to preserve the trees on his developments.
This was in line with the claims of other alleged abductees, who said they were warned by the aliens against abusing the environment.
He said: "I had a good business and a good life. But one night, I was pulled from my bed to a craft."
At first he rebelled and refused to co-operate with the aliens.
But as the years passed, he got to understand more about them and even seemed to have won the trust of the extraterrestrials.
He added: "They know us as a person more than you know yourselves. Not only are they telepathic, they also have the technology to be invisible."
He attributed clear memories of his abductions to his anger about the events, which also included some "embarrassing experiences".
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