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Stereotypically Miserable Feminists...

Sexy lingerie comes in for nutter whinges


Link Here27th September 2012

Victoria's Secret has quickly pulled an Asian-themed lingerie collection called Go East that was ludicrously accused of trading in sexualized, generic pan-Asian ethnic stereotypes.

The item nutters found most offensive? The $98 Sexy Little Geisha teddy. This item was part of the lingerie giant's Sexy Little Things product category

The Sexy Little Geisha teddy boasted an obi-style belt and was accessorized with chopsticks for your hair and a paper fan. Your ticket to an exotic adventure: a sexy mesh teddy with flirty cutouts and Eastern-inspired florals, read the promotional blurb.

However Mimi Nguyen, associate professor of women's and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois flagged the collection as a set of stereotypical images that use racist transgression to create an exotic edge.

She pointed out that all of the models wearing the Go East lingerie are non-Asian. Asians can't wear things like the 'sexy little geisha' outfit without looking ridiculous, she says.

Following this nutter uproar, Victoria's Secret promptly yanked the Sexy Little Geisha outfit, and then obscured access to the whole Go East collection.

 

 

Miserable Australia...

Australia cut down their tobacco duty free allowances to nearly zero


Link Here4th September 2012

 Mandatory warning to travellers about the dangers to health caused by Australian Customs

Passengers arriving in Australia will be fuming about new duty-free tobacco restrictions that came into at the beginning of September.

Airports have warned inbound passengers can expect long delays in customs halls around the country as officials attempt to enforce a new limit of just 50 cigarettes, down from the current limit of 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco products.

Any brought into the country from over the limit will have to be declared for payment of federal duties or be surrendered.

The move comes just weeks after the High Court rejected big tobacco's challenge to the federal government's plain packaging laws, clearing the way for the new-look packets to hit Australian shelves. The new laws will require cigarettes to be sold in olive green packs without trademarks and with graphic health warnings.

The Australian Airports Association, representing the nation's airports, has slammed the rushed implementation of the new duty-free allowance, saying it will divert already-stretched customs officers from the front line of passenger processing.

 

 

Titanic Level of Easy Offence...

Cruiser paid off after supposed offence from comedian's Irish jokes


Link Here3rd September 2012

Cruise lines may have to start censoring on-board comedy routines. The Guardian reports that an Irish man who brought a civil claim against P&O owners Carnival in a UK court has won an out-of-court settlement

John Wolfe a retired builder from Dublin, complained to P&O after he and his wife Joan sailed on a worldwide cruise on the Oriana five years ago when, he claimed, two comedians entertained passengers by telling a series of Irish jokes in their routines. The Guardian says he claimed that he found the jokes deeply offensive and left him feeling humiliated.

After allegedly receiving reassurances that such jokes would be banned and they were given 1,000 of vouchers, the Wolfes were surprised and upset to hear similar jokes when they took another P&O cruise in 2008 to the Caribbean on board the Artemis, reports the Guardian.

Wolfe brought a civil claim against Carnival Plc - the owners of P&O - under race relations legislation as well as the European Union's race directive. The case was settled out of court, reportedly for a five-figure sum.

 

 

Offsite Article: Dear TSA...


Link Here24th August 2012
My Football Preferences and Vacation Plans are None of your Business. A First-Hand Experience With the TSA's Chat-Downs. By Devon Chaffee See article from aclu.org

 

 

Castle Freak...

Stuart Gordon's horror set for a UK Blu-ray release


Link Here23rd August 2012
Castle Freak is a 1995 US horror by Stuart Gordon.
With Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. See IMDb

UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, some sexual for:

  • UK 2012 88 Films Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th October 2012

Censorship History

UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, some sexual for:

UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 after 1:09s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1996 EIV VHS

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com :

  • A scene showing a cat being dragged through a hatch door.
  • A scene showing Giorgio biting chunks out of Sylvana's breasts
  • A scene with Giorgio disturbed eating from Sylvana's lap and then forcibly freeing handcuffs from Sylvana's wrist before fleeing
  • Cut to remove shots of mutilated Sylvana's corpse
  • Cut to remove shots of dead maid next to Sylvana's corpse
  • Further cuts to the sight of Sylvana's corpse when later examined by a policeman

Promotional Material

Stuart Gordon takes you on a pulse-pounding rollercoaster ride in CASTLE FREAK... one of the most macabre thrillers you ll ever experience. John Reilly (Jeffrey Combs RE-ANIMATOR), Susan (Barbara Crampton FROM BEYOND) and their daughter come face to face with terror when they travel to Italy to move into a castle they have inherited. They soon discover it is haunted by a relentlessly blood-thirsty creature. When mutilated bodies start turning up, John must uncover the Reilly family s dark secret to save his wife and child from the sadistic being....

Features include:

  • Newly restored in HD,
  • Widescreen picture in original 1.85:1 aspect ratio for the very first time,
  • Newly created DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix,
  • Original re-mastered DTS-HD MA stereo audio mix,
  • Making of documentary,
  • Theatrical trailer,
  • Full Moon trailer park,
  • Reversible sleeve incorporating original artwork.

Summary Review: Old horror movie style

A neat little brutal low budget horror flick. A freak locked up in a castle gets loose and terrorises mild-mannered family.

The gloomy cinematography and the authentic Italian gothic setting propel this monster along. Yet again, Re-animator favorites Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton turn in great performances, but it is the Freak who is the showstopper. Beautifully designed and wonderfully portrayed - a great tragic monster in the old horror movie style.

Recommended.

 

 

 

Dead in France...

New British comedy crime thriller released on UK DVD


Link Here23rd August 2012
Dead in France is a 2012 UK crime comedy by Kris McManus.
With Celia Muir, Darren Bransford and Lee Cheney. See IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, violence and hard drug use for:

  • UK 2012 Cine-Britannia R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th August 2012

There are no censorship issues with this release.

Promotional Material:

A socially-challenged hitman's French retirement is ruined by the dodgy Brits on the Cote d'Azur.

Posh hitman Charles lives in Cannes and wants to retire with a yacht and a woman in tow.

He has no experience with either until he lets his cleaning lady the delectably frisky Essex girl, Lisa - into his life, but he doesn't bank on her vile boyfriend, Denny, or con-artists Simon and Ray stealing a 2 million nest egg from the boot of his car.

Charles hunts them down across the Cote d Azur whilst pursued by his rival Clancy who is incensed by the fact that Charles may actually be retiring.

Special Features:

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Gallery

 

 

A Waste of Police Time...

Man fined 220 quid for a trivial email insult to an MP


Link Here23rd August 2012

A man who emailed a trivial insult to a Tory MP after the politician was headbutted by a rival at Westminster was fined 110 and ordered to pay 100 costs. He was also given a restraining order against contacting the MP directly or indirectly for 12 months.

Nicholas Scales told MP Stuart Andrew to stop wasting police time and get your fucking job done , Leeds magistrates court heard. Scales said Eric Joyce, the Labour MP who attacked Andrew in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons in February, probably knocked some sense into your small-minded Tory mind . The rant continued, saying if the MP had ever been out in Leeds or Bradford he would have known how to defend himself.

Scales, who pleaded guilty to sending a malicious communication last month, will pay the fine and costs out of his benefits.

Lin Burgess, chairman of the bench, told him:

We note your previous good character, early guilty plea and co-operation with the police and have had the benefit of a lengthy pre-sentence report. We consider this a serious offence due to the content of the communication sent.

 

 

Extract: The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology...

24/7 tracking of citizens via biometrics


Link Here16th August 2012

A software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy -- with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name or information into anything at the theme park, or indicated that he wanted a photo, or alerted the humans at the ride to who he and his girlfriend were -- so, he said, based on his professional experience, the system had to be using facial recognition technology. He had never signed an agreement allowing them to do so, and he declared that this use was illegal. He also claimed that Disney had recently shared data from facial-recognition technology with the United States military.

...Read the full article

 

 

Update: A Supreme Right to Discriminate...

Hoteliers to contest fine for gay discrimination in Supreme Court


Link Here16th August 2012

A Christian couple who were fined because of their discriminatory policy for double rooms at their guest house in Cornwall have won permission to take their case to the Supreme Court.

Earlier this year the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict that Peter and Hazelmary Bull had breached equality legislation and discriminated against Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy after refusing them a double room citing their marrieds only policy for double rooms.

The Bulls denied that they had discriminated against the couple, saying that they had also barred unmarried heterosexual couples from sharing double rooms since they opened for business 25 years ago.

Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, which funded the Bull's appeal, said:

Not everyone will agree with Peter and Hazelmary's beliefs, but a lot of people will think it is shame that the law doesn't let them live and work according to their own values under their own roof.

Something has gone badly wrong with our equality laws when good, decent people like Peter and Hazelmary are penalised but extremist hate preachers are protected.

 

 

Offsite Article: The CPS and the MET down but not out...


Link Here16th August 2012
Don't expect Commonsense or Justice anytime soon.. See article from caan.org.uk

 

 

Miserable Vietnam...

Airplane censors fine VietJetAir for bikini dance show


Link Here11th August 2012

Vietnamese officials have fined a budget airline for having beauty contestants in bikini-tops dance aboard a plane without authorisation, state-run media has reported.

VietJetAir was fined 20m dong ($956) for the Hawaiian-themed dance on its first flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang.

A statement on the company's website says that it wanted to capture a holiday atmosphere for its new flight route to Nha Trang, one of the country's most popular holiday destinations:

Once passengers stepped on board they were met by flight attendants dressed in beach holiday attire [who] performed a sexy Hawaii dance.

Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector of the country's civil aviation body, was quoted as saying that the airline had violated the local aviation regulations by organising unapproved show on a plane .

 

 

Extract: We Need to Talk about Islam...

Publishers seem afraid of potentially controversial books


Link Here11th August 2012

Fearing extremists reacting violently to the publication of books deemed to be offensive to Islam, many publishers have thought twice about what they release about the religion. Author of The Young Atheist's Handbook Alom Shaha says it's time to discuss faith properly

We can't publish this, we'll get firebombed. Apparently this was the response from one of the staff at Biteback Publishing, the UK publishers of my book, The Young Atheist's Handbook, when it was first presented to them. Thankfully, Iain Dale, the managing director, laughed at the idea, saying, it's OK, we're on the 10th floor and went on to publish the book anyway.

It's not just staff at Biteback who may have been concerned about publishing my book --- according to a senior editor at one of the largest international publishers, who claimed to be personally keen to give me a deal, she was unable to convince her colleagues to agree because a number of people in the company would be uncomfortable about it. She then went on to explain that by uncomfortable she really meant afraid .

...Read the full article

 

 

Offsite Article: Religious censorship crushes creativity. So is it ever right to ban art?...


Link Here 11th August 2012
The opera, Babur in London, has been cancelled for its Indian tour. This was because of a possible threat to the performers, or, in other words, because they were wary of offending Muslim religious sentiments See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: Sex Worker Discrimination...


Link Here11th August 2012
Porn star Tanya Tate cancelled from Sex Tour of Dublin’s Literary and Historical Society See article from pvvonline.com

 

 

A Force of One...

BBFC cuts waived for Chuck Norris UK release on DVD and Blu-ray


Link Here10th August 2012
A Force of One is a 1979 US action film by Paul Aaron.
With Jennifer O'Neill, Chuck Norris and Clu Gulager.
See IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for drug use and strong violence after previous cuts waived for:

  • UK 2012 Anchor Bay RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th August 2012
  • UK 2012 Anchor Bay R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th August 2012

Promotional Material

Available for the first time on Blu-ray! A team of undercover narcotics agents is conducting an investigation when things mysteriously begin to go haywire. One by one, the squad members are eliminated by an assassin. To help identify the killer, the police enlist the aid of karate champion, Matt Logan (Chuck Norris). Initially disinterested, he is galvanized into action when his adopted son is killed by the villains. He eventually tracks down the serial killer, a traitor within the police force, and brings his reign of terror to an end in a no holds barred climactic karate battle between the two men.

Censorship History

UK: Passed 15 after 1:02s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 2005 MIA R2 DVD
  • UK 1991 Missing in Action VHS
  • UK 1986 Xtasy VHS

UK: Passed AA (14) after 1:02s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1979 cinema release

From IMDb. The cuts were:

  • Edits to scenes of drug use
  • All footage of nunchakus removed

 

 

ASA is Hip...

Advert censor dismisses whinge about Dark Shadows TV ad


Link Here10th August 2012

A TV ad, for the film Dark Shadows , showed a male vampire character rising from a coffin. He asked What is the year? and another character replied 1972 . The vampire was then shown asking a girl What is your age? She replied 15. The vampire said 15 and no husband, we must put those birthing hips to good use at once.

A complainant challenged whether the ad was offensive and irresponsible, because it contained sexual references about an underage girl.

Warner Bros said the ad contained a series of brief scenes from the film which were clearly set in a fantasy and surreal world. They highlighted that the main character in the film, who also featured in the ad, was a fantasy vampire from the 1700s who had been released from his tomb in 1972 and was trying to understand and adapt to modern society. As the vampire had been born and lived in the 1700s, Warner Bros believed that most viewers would not perceive his comments to be reflective of the values of modern society.

Clearcast said the vampire's remarks should not be taken at face value, but understood in the context of the ad as a whole. They said the ad echoed the comedic nature of the film and they highlighted several comic cues including Depp's camp delivery, the girl's nonchalant reaction and the shot of the girl's mother rolling her eyes in comic contempt. They felt these cues, taken together, stressed the comedic and playful nature of the film and ensured that most viewers would not interpret the statement as a serious sexual proposition.

ASA Assessment: Complaint not upheld

The ASA considered that in the context of the ad most viewers would understand that the vampire was a fantasy character, who having been born and lived a long time in the past would have very different values to his contemporaries in the 1970s. We considered that the jovial tone of the ad, the playful music, and Johnny Depp's reputation for playing unusual and quirky characters, meant that most viewers would not see the vampire as threatening or his proposition as serious. We noted that the girl and her mother did not appear scared by the vampire's remarks but that their reactions emphasised how outmoded his beliefs were.

Although we considered that younger children might not understand the narrative of the ad or grasp the playful tone, we noted that it had been given an ex-kids restriction by Clearcast and that Warner Bros had taken a responsible approach to ensure younger children were not targeted by the ad. We considered that most viewers would not believe that the girl had been portrayed or represented in a sexual way, and therefore we concluded that the ad was not offensive or irresponsible.

We investigated the ad under BCAP code rules 1.2 (Responsible advertising), 4.2 (Harm and offence) and 5.5 (Children) but did not find it in breach.

 

 

Updated: Driving Through Silly Point...

Kevin Pietersen calls for Twitter parody account to be censored


Link Here10th August 2012

Cricketing superstar Kevin Pietersen has stood up to some of the world's most awesome bowlers, but he seems to be left quaking at the thought of a little body line bowling via Twitter.

A parody account, @kevpietersen24 , is wickedly observed and, providing you have an English sense of humour, is extremely funny.

Some of the in-jokes suggest a source close to the team and Pietersen has been hurt by it enough to get his lawyers to try to close it down.

They could not, though they did succeed in getting the original avatar, a picture of KP at his most gauche with skunk hairdo circa 2005, replaced.

Speculation has raged as to who the authors of the Twitter account are with Pietersen keenest to find out. That he is offended by their exaggerated claims, especially when they refer to him in the third person as KP Genius , suggests he already has a distorted sense of self.

Unless Andy Flower or the England and Wales Cricket Board discover who is behind the fake Twitter account and appeal to their better nature, Pietersen is just going to have put up with a little sledging, or else he'll just have to skulk off to the sub continent.

Update: kevpietersen24 Censored

10th August 2012. See  article from  bbc.co.uk

A Twitter account acting as a parody of England's Kevin Pietersen has been taken down from the social media website.

Reports on Wednesday suggested batsman Pietersen believed some of his team-mates were behind the account, which poked fun at the batsman. However, the England team denied having any involvement with the account.

Even though the identity of who is behind the account is unknown, Pietersen is still thought to be unhappy that some members of the squad followed and engaged with it.

Many of the tweets from the account have been sent while Test matches have been in progress, while players have restricted access to mobile phones and the internet during this time as part of International Cricket Council regulations to guard against corruption.

Indeed, a tweet from the account, which has seen the number of its followers more than double since Pietersen's chagrin emerged, said: It doesn't take that woman from 'Murder She Wrote' to work out that this isn't a team mate of KP. I've been tweeting during Tests!

 

 

Offsite Article: Is not joining Facebook a sign you're a psychopath?...


Link Here7th August 2012
Some employers and psychologists say staying away from social media is suspicious' See article from dailymail.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: Ramadan police target Pakistan's cafe society...


Link Here7th August 2012
Police in Islamabad enforce law forbidding people from eating or drinking in public during Islamic fasting month See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Holding Up...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Club Oasis


Link Here6th August 2012

Club Oasis is located on Soi Buakao just down from the junction with Soi Leng Kee and Soi Diana.

I have neglected the long running Club Oasis for a while due to the distractions of seeing how the proliferation of new bars is getting on. But on a recent visit Oasis is still doing fine.

It offers more or less the same mix as it has done for a while. Certainly less customers than in the past, but from my slightly selfish view, this was a good thing. There was a better chance of a little company.

The bar still had a stage full of dancers organised in two teams. The dress code is bikini or less, with no signs of coyotes. There were several attractive girls on the stage in both teams.

The Tina Turner look alike mamasang was back in charge. And from my observations she generally brings a bit of life to a bar.

I'm not sure whether the decline in customers is seasonal, or a reflection of the western world going bankrupt; or else an upsurge in nearby competing gogos. However, I don't think any of the new bars have brought anything particularly new that will dominate the area. So I think Oasis, keeping to its long running way of doing things, will continue doing just fine.

 

 

Updated: Continuing Scottish Shame...

6 year in jail is not enough for some in Scotland as Gough is rearrested


Link Here24th July 2012
Full story: Naked Rambler...Stephen Gough imprisoned for being naked

The Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has been arrested three days after he was released from prison.

Gough, a former Royal Marine who hikes across the country naked, was arrested in Townhill, Dunfermline, by policemen from Fife Constabulary.

He was released from Perth Prison on Tuesday, having spent the past six years in the Scottish jail.

A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said he was arrested following complaints from members of the public and has been charged with a supposed breach of the peace.

The Naked Rambler's supporters on Facebook have made an official complaint to the Fife Constabulary

Re Arrest of Mr Stephen Gough on the afternoon of 20th July 2012 whilst in the course of peacefully eating his lunch unattired

I refer to the ruling on Breach of the Peace, in 2001 in the High Court of Justiciary, where Lord Coulsfield held that breach of the peace required conduct severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community and that mere annoyance or irritation were insufficient .

Misapplication of the legislation governed by this ruling would in itself constitute Breach of the Peace by any individual(s) conducting such misapplication. Fife Constabulary is hereby on notice to provide indisputable evidence, including a physical witness, of serious disturbance to the community .

In this regard, this message is being copied to Professional Standards and constitutes a formal complaint.

Update: Jailed for at least a month

24th July 2012. See  article from  bbc.co.uk

Stephen Gough, the man known as the naked rambler, has denied charges concerning nudity 'close' to a play park near Dunfermline.

Prosecutors said he refused to put on clothing or move away and supposedly committed a breach of the peace on 20 July.

Gough chose to represent himself and was naked during the court appearance.

He was jailed until 23 August. Gough did not ask for bail.

 

 

Suck on That Gender Experts!...

Taking a stand against a PC extremist that banned a sausage advert


Link Here24th July 2012

A Swedish Christian Democrat youth leader has protested the censorship of a sexually-suggestive food stand advertisement in southern Sweden by taking to the streets with red lips and painted nails to deliver her own sausages.

The supposedly offensive advert, with a close-up picture of a hotdog, two hands, and two red lips wrapped around the tip of the sausage, was taken down after a member of the local council responded to a complaint by the municipality's 'gender expert'.

This move prompted Felicia Lundqvist from Uppsala to protest against the local municipality in Simrishamn, which she claims is wasting tax money by employing a gender expert.

She stood in a busy square in the town with a sign over her chest which read: Felicia's hotdog stand. Suck on that gender experts! She said that she found nothing to be offensive about the original advert.

Britten Dehlin was the 'gender expert' who had taken issue with the street vendor's initial picture, causing its removal. She spouted:

This is a sexualized picture. A prime example of an poorly-thought through act and a traditional gender approach with the aim of drawing in customers.

Lundqvist, however, was shocked that politicians could remove an ad for reasons of gender equality without even reporting it first to the advertising ombudsman. Furthermore, Lundqvist says that she can't understand why gender experts are given such lofty platforms to speak, claiming that Simrishamn's gender expert's salary should be donated towards preschools in the area instead.

 

 

Extract: Father of Olympic Branding...

My rules are being abused. London has gone too far.


Link Here21st July 2012
Full story: London Olympics 2012...Restrictions and control

Britain celebrates the Olympics...
In the Locog approved manner

As the world's media descend on London for the Games, several international outlets have pointed out that London does not seem in a party mood.

And it's not only down to the weather. For the Diamond Jubilee the streets and shop windows were covered in Union Jacks, Will and Kate mugs, tea towels and the like.

This time round you don't see any references to the Games in shop windows or on the streets -- people are too scared , one small business owner was reported as saying by The New York Times.

...Read the full article

 

 

Updated: Scotland Shamed...

Naked Rambler Freed After 6 Years in Jail


Link Here19th July 2012
Full story: Naked Rambler...Stephen Gough imprisoned for being naked

Stephen Gough, nicknamed the Naked Rambler, has vowed to continue walking around Britain with no clothes on after tasting his first day of freedom after being jailed by Scotland for 6 years.

Former marine Stephen Gough has spent the vast majority of the past decade behind bars because of Scottish intolerance and injustice.

He initially earned the title Naked Rambler by walking unclothed from Land's End to John O'Groats after quitting his job as a lorry driver.

He was spoken to by police immediately after his release, but was then allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in Tayside Police force policy. On the last few occasions he has been immediately arrested by officers waiting for him at the gates, but yesterday he was given the go-ahead to walk off despite being naked.

Following his release he said: My opinion is that the police have thought 'the guy's not going to give up so let's have a think about it.

He revealed that he had spent the vast majority of his time in solitary confinement in maximum security Perth Prison - although he said life inside flew by.

Offsite: The naked truth

19th July 2012. See article from fleetstreetfox.com , thanks to David

A good article about Stephen Gough and Scottish injustice.

A commenter also makes the point that 6 years spent in jail is the equivalent of a 12 years sentence with 50% remission.

...Read the full article

 

 

Updated: Bruce Springsteen Unplugged...

When did Britain become a Health and Safety Police State?


Link Here18th July 2012

Elf and Safety extremists pulled the plug on a concert by Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band and Paul Mccartney citing ludicrous bollox that they had run 8 minutes past their allotted time.

Fans were left angered after the Hard Rock Calling event ended prematurely after Paul Mccartney joined Bruce Springsteen on stage to perform Twist and Shout and I Saw Her Standing There. 

As 80,000 rapturous fans yelled their delight under the pouring rain, the microphones were switched off after the health and safety curfew was breached by eight minutes, leaving the singers to leave the stage in silence.

While organisers defended the unfortunate decision last night, it provoked a storm of protest from fans and even members of Springsteen's entourage.

Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist with Springsteen's E Street band, said:

One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, also wade into the row, criticising the excessively officious decision .

Last night, a spokesprat for Live Nation, the event's organisers, spewed:

The curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public health and safety.

A Westminster Council spokesman said it was concert organisers, not the council, who pulled the plug.

Update: Oops Wrong Jobsworths. It wasn't Elf & Safety after all. It was the department of Petty Bureaucracy and Clock Watching

18th July 2012. See  article from  telegraph.co.uk

Promoter Live Nation released a statement in the hours after the plug was pulled on Bruce Springsteen, claiming the curfew was in place as a result of safety issues.

However Kevin Myers, the deputy chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive, who was actually at the gig, said it was not true to blame the end of the show on those grounds. He said:

The fans deserve the truth. There's no health and safety issues involved here. While public events may have licensing conditions dictating when they should end, this is not health and safety.

 

 

Update: Brand or Land Army?...

A uniformed army of jobsworths search for businesses using banned Olympic words


Link Here16th July 2012
Full story: London Olympics 2012...Restrictions and control

  Hundreds of Olympics officers of the
Brand Army

Hundreds of uniformed Olympics officers will begin touring the country today enforcing sponsors' multimillion-pound marketing deals, in a highly organised mission.

Almost 300 enforcement officers will be seen across the country checking firms to ensure they are not staging ambush marketing or illegally associating themselves with the Games at the expense of official sponsors such as Adidas, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and BP.

The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, refused to rule out that even more soldiers may be called upon to help with security. However, as well as the regular Army, the Olympic brand army will start its work with a vengeance today.

Wearing purple caps and tops, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) are heading the biggest brand repression operation staged in the UK. Under legislation specially introduced for the London Games, they have the right to enter shops and offices and bring court action with fines of up to 20,000. The ODA seems to comprise of council workers seconded from Trading Substandards.

Olympics organisers have warned businesses that during London 2012 their advertising should not include a list of banned words, including gold , silver and bronze , summer , sponsors and London . Publicans have been advised that blackboards advertising live TV coverage must not refer to beer brands or brewers without an Olympics deal, while caterers and restaurateurs have been told not to advertise dishes that could be construed as having an association with the event.

The scale of the brand enforcement squad is likely to intensify criticism that the Olympics has become too corporate. Paul Jordan, an expert in brand protection at Bristows solicitors said they were almost certainly tougher than at previous Olympics: No other brands would have people walking the streets being their eyes and ears, protecting their interests.

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