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When will these stories stop? Shit like this makes me even more ashamed to be a journalist.
were more interested in stalking people than they were in trying to gain an understanding of human society via a series of trite surveys
and then 20p for each tooth after that.
fuck that, i'll just flog a kidney instead if i ever get desperate.
I'm not still losing teeth.
introduction of the £2 coin. £1.22 average?
"that 38 per cent of British children do not get any money from the tooth fairy."
What they mean is, 38 per cent of British parents are not in the habit of just making weird shit up that the children will find is not real five years down the line and have a hissy fit about.
I used to get 50p per tooth.
Apart from ole Chopper.
That's a stupid thing to say.
lying to kids is really good and healthy for them. Silly me.
How many children are traumatised by such things?
It makes things magical. That's what childhood is about. It's a time when things should be magical, because a child still has the frame of mind where things -can- be magical. The tooth fairy, the easter bunny, father christmas -- all these things make childhood magical. Your attitude is kinda weird....
It's just an alternative to yours.
I can't understand why anyone would want to deprive children of the things that make childhood magical. It makes no sense at all. They have years and years to be aware of all the realities of the world, they should be allowed magic when they can still fall in love with it. It makes me sad that people are against doing that.
and lose 50p, just as well the rest of parenting doesn't require so much effort.
You dumplord. I actually agree with you as well.
Wow, somehow managed to be completely unaware of that.....
But, you know, good, and stuff.
Does "Really?!" look liek an exclamation of surprise to you.... really?
I always used to love writing the letter before I went to bed, and drawing a picture of the castle etc. And that christmas-morning feeling on waking up. Sure it was 20p, but it was the best 20p you could ever get.
writing a letter? drawing the picture of the castle? i missed all that shit. your childhood was way too magical young man.
There's nothing remotely masculine about me.
i just didnt know. i always assume people are men on here, just because the majority are. i can see from your pic that you're all woman. and now all this talk of magical starts to make girly sense too.
Maybe the pay rate for my teeth wasn't good enough for me to look past that.
I'd want my teeth to be a castle even if I didn't get money for it.
What would be the point of tooth fairies collecting teeth otherwise? What would they do with them?? That would just be stupid.
They use them to build the castle, it's about the first point you'd need to know for tooth fairies to make the slightest bit of sense.
However, 38% of people apparently feel that way so clearly 'weird' isn't the right term, baffling to you or not.
Personally I think people spend far too long worrying about giving their kids the 'right' upbringing, including how much money they have to spend on them, etc.
Kids just accept what their life is like 99% of the time. At school your friends might have something you wish you had but they're thinking the same thing about your life at home too.
Magic is something that isn't dependant on home life or income or situations.
Children don't need adults to mandate their imagination and 'magic'. They'll think whatever they like on that score.
They can imagine magic to the extent that it might as well be real, but for young children anyhow, the tooth fairy, father christmas - that's all real magic, that they didn't imagine or make happen themselves. And yes, it doesn't last, but even after that the tradition is the same. I still go to bed at night on Christmas Eve with a stocking at the end of my bed, and wake up on Christmas morning with it weighing down on my legs. That makes it magical still.
I know I went off the point again there, but anyhow, it starts out as real magic, and that's quite different.
I don't remember anymore whether I believed in Father Christmas or if I did, when I stopped believing. I probably did the whole tooth fairy thing too.
I just don't consider it weird to decide you'll not raise your child thinking these things are real at all. The things I came up with for my magical games were far more constant and interesting to me. And I got more money from tidying my room each week than in lost teeth.
when I was a child I was "aware" of santa but I didn't give a shit, like a normal little kid.
I'd say 9/10 children find that part of Christmas magical....
Nothing wrong with eroding the voracity of a young child's perception of the world with things like God and Santa.
won't ever be parents. Children are children, not adults. All these people who talk about wanting to bring up their children with no lies, only truth, aware of everything.... I'd say that's going to be a lot more damaging than pretending magical things exist. Children love magic, and can appreciate it.
Maybe I'll read them The Metamorphosis before bed then.
How's the kitten?!
I always thought "Santa" was a completely American thing, I used to get freaked whenever I heard people using it.
Enjoy it while you can. The Apocalypse is surely coming...
First actualol of the day
who noticed the fallacy in that statement.
Or, if yours is a serious question, here's a serious question in return: what did you think I did for a living? And don't say "transponster".
This relates to a conversation I had with someone the other day in which I admitted to having no idea what jobs some of my friends did. Because, y'know, I don't think a person's CV is necessarily the most interesting thing about them.
I think I just assumed you did some sub-editing from time to time but for all I knew you just did admin. Is an editor is the same as a journalist? I kind of assumed not since I wouldn't say technical speccing of programs is the same as being a programmer but they're not far removed.
that wasn't meant to sound like I was having a dig.
for people in publishing who work with words, including subs. It's generally used to refer to writers, though.
On that note, I have to go and do some work. S'laters.
You've gone and upset Joe now.
and we're going to write a kiss-and-tell story about you and sell it to the nationals.
LONDON SCENE ROCKER STOLE MY HEART...THEN WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT
'Theo said he'd dedicate a song to me at the windmill, but it turned out to be a pack of lies' says dejected ex.
when Tim came up to me and said "bamos says he can't come because he's been a twat and forgotten he's in North London" or something like that. :D
I told him to pass on my regards. Turns out in Timspeak that involves calling someone a twat.
He only then remembered me as the bearer of evil sambucca at Z!3.5
but I really do have to do some work
for cravendale milk. anyone failing to spot this - get a grip
I hear Santa will be using newspaper to wrap this year too.
the old newspaper IS the Christmas present.
You were lucky. We only had a sheet of A4.
You were lucky. We only had a tissue.
Gutted. You gypo.
You were lucky. We didn't have toys, just bricks that we had to pretend had arms. We called them Actionbricks.
You were lucky. We weren't allowed near bricks, they were for rich people. We spat in our hands watched it like it was a TV.
You were lucky. We didn't have enough to eat or drink to produce our own saliva, so we had to borrow the drool from next doors frogs.
You were lucky. We didn't have anyone next door, we all just lay around in piles. The guy two people above me had the shits last Christmas. Good times.
going to a party where they did pass-the-parcel with wrapping paper and not newspaper. They also had three cars and a pony....
Anyhow, we always used to get the little things in our stockings wrapped in newspaper. Most things were £1-£2 type things, and they were always in newspaper, and the bigger things in wrapping paper.
When they grow up, and in their own time, they’ll stop believing in the Telegraph.
What's even more amazing though is that I actually agree with PocketMouse for the first time in history.
and press releases 'follow'
That is their point.
Unfortunately the electorate follow 'journalists and commentators and reporters and press releases' and base their voting on this.
Thus the government tries to fight/prove /distinguish itself on the follow ons from the follow ons....which means it is following its own tail....which means that there is a lack of effective political leadership or responsibility in western democracies, the excuse for need of election success is the excuse and the 'dumb follow on' criteria for election success subverts the idea of democracy
that holds vast amounts of information, and was once programmed to produce coherent conversation (possibly in a laboratory some time during the 1970s).
Now however, I suspect what is happening is that every now and then someone in the storage room bumps into him and it triggers a random output of words.
here is banal and is counter to the idea that this should appear in a 'NEWS'paper, it is not really news in that it is merely an obvious consequence of an underlying factor.
The elecrtorate/public absorbs this sort of stuff by a process that is metaphorically akin to osmosis (their brane tells 'em of course its guff'....but they unconciously absorb all the same)
This is a banal and silly example which is not of much consequence, and everyone can see that it is simplistic......however the same principal applies to more serious seeming reporting which people to think is more significant........
e.g. re figures and consequences of economic problems.....bleeding obvious and inevitable consequences in my eyes....as they should be in the eyes of those reporting it to the public, unfortunately it is announced asa news as if its a whole other ne4w thing that you sohould worry about.........due to the economic crisis one could have detailed the consequences at the beginning....e.g. it is NOT NEWS that the consruction industry will be devestated or mass redundancies made...it was inevitable that this was going to happen, one could have fortold rthis one year ago (I did) Unfortunately the papers.media didnt....They REVEAL as if its an emerging suprise later on......Its disingenious that government advisors do not let the public know import of stuff....but i suppose its inevitable........I used to think that journalism was meant to be a profession with its own standards and ethics of truthfulness (according to the spirit not just the letter)
Yeah, and I used to believe in Santa and the tooth fairy.
and wouldn't presume to contradict you. I'd only ask - isn't it the journalists/newspapers job to comment on what *has* happened? Not "foretell".
(unless they are the salicious leach slime ones)
Informing would be to lay out the implications of the news.....
Then one time when staying at my dad's I lost two teeth in one day and was given a five pound coin. The same one that I'd watched my dad show everyone at the pub the night before. This is when I figured out the tooth fairy wasn't real.
and said he doesnt want wedding presents and we can give him money if we wanna give anything do you think itd be cool to give him a bit of paper with credit crunch written on it
but only if you give them at least a little something later on. If you know them well, that is..