There are only two things that are certain in life – death and taxes. And it seems that a Lanarkshire GP thinks that everything pleasurable in life should be taxed, including chocolate! I don’t know about you, but I see chocolate as being one of the little pleasures in my life. While there are some expensive chocolate brands, I can rest assured that I will always find an affordable bar of chocolate in a nearby shop. And I know that it will always make me feel better.
And now, this GP says that we should tax chocolate?! Even worse, a group of family doctors, who are of more than average intelligence, I would like to assume, have spent considerable time debating on whether or not to approve the proposal. Now how depressing is that?
The Times Online published a report on this issue recently. Dr. David Walker was quoted as saying:
“I believe that chocolate is a major player in obesity and obesity-related condition. What I’m trying to get across is that chocolate is sneaking under the radar of unhealthy foods. I would say the government taxing chocolate would not solve the obesity crisis, but it might slow the rate of increase of the obesity graph.”
Baloney! I know that a 5p increase in the price of a chocolate bar will not really deter me from buying one. But the fact that they actually considered adding the tax just makes me fume. Don’t these people have anything better to do than meddle with chocolate prices?
The British is not without its extraordinary people when it comes to music and the arts. Remember the Beatles? How about Oasis? Elton John? And even in the contemporary generation, the British are still proving to the world that we have a place in the music industry.
Take for example young singer, Adele. She recently won two Grammys for her single Chasing Pavements. This single comes from the debut disc of the artist, “19.” And what does Adele plan on doing with her trophies? Dallas News had an interview with her, wherein she said that:
“I’m going to put them in my bathroom,” the 20-year-old says. “In England that’s a tradition. It’s a vanity thing. That way every time they go to the toilet they are reminded of how great you are. They aren’t just going to be sitting there, though. They are going to be in cabinets.”
What kind of music does Adele sing? She labels her sound as a blend of folk, jazz, and R&B. She also went on to say that “Folk, jazz and soul is the music that I like. I love Carole King, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Erykah Badu, stuff like that. It’s a mismatch of styles. I don’t know what kind of person I want to be, let alone what kind of musician I want to be. But I’m getting better with the guitar, better with my bass, better with my piano. Songwriters are quite focused, really.”
If you have not heard of Adele yet, then it is about time that you did. And about time that you got her award winning disc.
There isn’t much love lost between close “relatives” the Americans and the British. That much is common knowledge. Yet the two nations have much more in common than one would think. And come 2 May, it seems that there will be a juxtaposition of the British and American culture – together with the rest of the boxing world.
For those who are not really into boxing, the 2nd of May is a big day. It is the day when boxing greats Manny Pacquiao of The Philippines and Ricky Hatton of The United Kingdom. This match is expected to be one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – this year. Tempo has this report:
Las Vegas is anticipating a British invasion in the final days leading to the May 2 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
The 12-round super-lightweight slugfest will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and those who won’t make it inside the 16,000 arena can still feel the electricity as the promoters are setting up closed circuit viewing stations in seven hotels also operated by the MGM-Mirage group.
Would you believe the reports are saying that 35,000 British fans crossed the ocean to see Hatton fight Mayweather way back in 2007? And of that 35,000, a mere 5,000 Britons were able to get tickets to watch the fight. As for the unfortunate rest who were not able to get tickets, they flooded the streets of Vegas in support of their countryman. With Pacquiao and Hatton being much bigger today than they were back then, this fight will surely bring in more Britons to Vegas.