A Highland News article which referred to an incident in Nairn of a 22 year old male "culpably and recklessly causing boiling water to pour from a kettle" (quote from Sheriff Court) onto a 19-year-old girl as "sprinkled boiling water .... to wake her up" and landing the attacker "in hot water" has provoked anger on Facebook.
The Highland News article focuses on quotes from the accused male with a notable lack of the victim's point of view, so I thought I'd post something the victim herself said on the Facebook page:
"I am disgusted and let down that not a single newspaper so far has printed a word from my side of the story or the truth. How can they manage to get the story correct when they can't even get the boys age right. I thought these boys were my friends but obviously I was wrong.
I was asleep in the bedroom which is a corridor and two rooms away from the kitchen. They boiled the kettle, put the water into a cup, came through to the bedroom and then poured it on me as one of them recorded it. There were five of them there and only one of them would help me even though I was screaming in pain, the others decided to stand round and laugh. I asked one of the boys to phone an ambulance and he told me he did even though one still never arrived 20 minutes later.
Once I managed to get myself up out the bed I started to walk home by myself as none of them could take time out of their jokes and phone calls to check if I was okay, let alone if I was still in the flat. When I managed to get home my brother and sister ran to my aid phoning the ambulance and police straight away. A sprinkle of water would not leave an entire area on my body without any skin left at all, it also wouldn’t leave the police, nurses and CID lost for words upon first seeing it and the only words they could utter afterwards were either ‘I have never seen anything like this’ or ‘I haven’t seen anything like this in a very long time’. My ‘friends’ planned to video me as they poured boiling water onto me while I slept and all found it hilarious - I seriously do not understand how that is an accident."
I am so perplexed by this announcement. Trying to figure out the logic behind it just ties up my brain in knots. Did the studio execs go:
You know what I hate? Bromance! Friendship should only be between a man and a woman.
Or did they go:
You know what that Sherlock thing needs? MORE ROMANCE. AND SEX. But none of the gay stuff, ew.
As much as I like seeing studios cast lady main characters and non-white main characters, I just don't see this sudden gender swap going anywhere good. It would have been interesting if they'd gender-swapped Sherlock to go with this, so you'd still have the 'bromance' in a different form. Or if they keep Lucy Lui as a trained and battle-hardened army medic, I'll probably watch it -- women in the military are fascinating and brilliant. But going by this article, I'm not going to have any such luck:
Set in New York, it stars Jonny Lee Miller as the great detective – a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems have resulted in a spell in rehab in the States – while Liu will play “Joan” Watson, a former doctor who has lost her license.
There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
From a letter from John Steinbeck, to his teenage son Thom, on love. Read the full letter here - it's worth it.
Mr Pearl, master corsetier has an 18-inch waist and wears a corset 24/7 except to bathe. he’s laced for shows including McQueen, Galliano and Gaultier and has corseted clients like Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Dahl and Victoria Beckham.
born Mark Pullin in South Africa, he grew up helping his grandmother lacing her corsets and began wearing tightlace corsets at the age of 30. Mr Pearl currently works from a shop behind Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. he eschews all modern technology including email and mobile phones, and can only be reached by leaving a brief, direct message on his land line.
There's something very surreal about this guy.
A beloved black Labrador cross has gone missing in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands - I've put up a page on the site so that people can comment without needing a Facebook account, and can share his picture and info using the row of buttons at the bottom of the post. I'm reposting the info here as well.
Ruaridh, an 11-year-old BLACK LAB CROSS, has gone missing from the Boath Park area of Nairn.
He slipped out of his collar after being startled by a firework on Bonfire Night. He's very friendly and will respond to his name. He will also jump into a car if called.
If you see a black lab wandering without a collar, please please contact owner Aileen on 07813022717, the dog warden on 1667 458542 or the Nairn Police on 01667 452222
Latest Reported Sightings:
12/11/2011: Dog seen in Croy garden
10/11/2011: Dog see lying under a caravan at the Nairn Caravan park yesterday.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Just got confirmation from Random House that I can give away my brand new, super-special-shiny-awesome paperback of Lauren Kate's "Passion" in a competition. I've never run a competition here before, so that's going to be exciting! The competition should be up by next week.
On less awesome news, the Wall Street Journal posted a ridiculously biased article saying Young Adult fiction is corrupting children. Janet Reid had a strong response, and I left a comment too: "We all hope the events in stories don't happen to us, or our kids - but sexual violence, suicide, self-harm, mental illness and other horrors are more common than most people realise. For teens, the knowledge of how to get through it can be vital." It's important for teens to know they're not alone.
Kirsten Hubbard also wrote an honest and scary post about being a midlist author - midlist authors, if you haven't heard the term before, means you're not a 'big name' and your publisher won't put as much energy into promoting and hyping your work. After reading, I immediately went and bought her debut, "Like Mandarin". This girl's amazing.
Oh, and one last thing - E3 news is slowly tricking my way. Can't say I'm thrilled about the amount of Kinect games, though Minecraft could be amusing. The new Spyro game is all kinds of disappointing, I miss the classic games.
Also, I broke a washing machine today. This means I'm now obliged to figure out how to fix it. DIY MODE ON. *rolls up sleeves*