Why do all the pretty girls smoke?

This multi-layered question has plauged me and my friends for years.

Why do all the pretty girls smoke? For example, you have Liz Hurley, Nicole Kidman – all beautiful ladies, yet they all smoke. And it’s not just restricted to the celebrity class.

We spent ages around the pub table trying to work out why this paradox occurs. On the one hand they are really pretty, but on the other hand they smoke. It’s got nothing to do with actually smoking or they’re lifestyle.

We don’t really care why they smoke and we certainly never, ever look down at a person because they smoke, it’s your right – so enjoy it.

This question is more of a mult-layered one. It can’t be about looks, it can’t be about weight loss.

But then again, it could just be that they smoked when they were younger and they are addicted to it. I think that’s the most likely reason.

Brosnan officially says ‘No more Bond’

Pierce Brosnan has finally said “No More Bond” and has revoked his licence to kill according to this article.

Having decided to walk away from the Bond Franchise, a number of possible actors are being lined up to replace the 47 year old actor, including Clive Owen amongst others.

Also on the Rumor Mill is that Orlando Bloom will star as Young James Bond. I spit out my coffee when I heard this news.

“Orlando Bloom….as James Bond?” “Orlando *f-ing* Bloom?” “Young James Bond?” Those were some of the expletives that were heard to come from my general direction.

Well, as far as I can tell, it looks like the whole Bond franchise is dead. Some cynics may argue that the whole Bond franchise died years ago, and perhaps I can agree to that. But Brosnan was a good Bond, albeit one who didn’t seem happy with either the scripts he was given or the plot-lines.

Anyhow, as Donald Pleasnace might have said…

“Rest in peace meeeester Bond”.

Trial of Saddam: The next reality television show

As soon as Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, stepped into the Iraqi court with his colbalt blue suit and died black hair nearly all of the 24-hour television news shows went ballistic trying to get a ‘piece’ of the action.

I began thinking. What is this? The next reality TV show? The 24-hour news television shows such as BBC 24, ITV24 and Fox News tried to analyse everything and anything regardless of how pointless it was.

What happens if the Judge hands down a death penalty, which according to the media – is simply a formality; will the TV news show the actual hanging or whatever form of death penalty they inflict? If they do, doesn’t that make us worse than Saddam himself?

I am not indicating that Saddam is guilty nor innocent [edit], that is for the Judge to decide[/edit]. But I am feeling quite uneasy about the way this trial is being put onto our screens. I think that the TV shows try too hard to make us think a certain way. How do they do this? By repeating certain stories every 20 minutes.

I stopped reading newspapers a long time ago because they put on a certain level of ‘this is the way you think’, and I’m moving away from the whole ’24’ hour news culture and I’ve learnt to read various stories from various sources to form my own mind.

Of course, there’s always the ‘off’ button.