Sunday, 12 March 2017

Writers block, no, not me.

Just been given a new website for a hotel and my thoughts go back to the first website I did for a hotel. Farhills Country Hotel in South Africa. Wonder what has happened to that beautiful hotel where it was so peaceful you had time to stand and stare. Stand and Stare comes from a poem and I used some of the lines on the website, from W H Davies’ poem ‘Leisure’. It warns that "the hectic pace of modern life has a detrimental effect on the human spirit." Beautiful poem and one we all must read occasionally just to put life in balance.
What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.
Really good menu and the milkshakes are still spoken about. Talking of food, I had chicken livers and bacon on mash last night and what a treat that was. I topped it with a garlic, mushroom and cream sauce. I am really rocking now. Will make it again, now just need someone to enjoy it with. 
Out, out damn Chopsticks

Staying on food. The BBC ran an article about food photograph. Well actually about how a reporter has taken exception to a photo of food. Something about how the chopsticks are laid out and that could cause offence to some Asians?
Celeste Noche wrote the following.
"Food media is predominantly generated by white people for white people, so it's not uncommon to see things generalised, exotified, or misrepresented. "
Filipino-American Celeste Noche, commented in  The Racist Sandwich.
‘Whether it's taking photos of dishes with chopsticks sticking straight up into rice or noodles (which can be seen as offensive in some Asian cultures)", she says, "or dramatisation in the props used to style ethnic foods (why are Asian dishes so often styled on bamboo mats or banana leaves with chopsticks?)".

This is a good example of publicly expressing opinions intended to demonstrate good character or moral correctness. I think it has been termed ‘Virtue Signalling’. We live in a society where too much is analysed, always looking for another angle to promote a cause. This will eventually lead us to a world where off the cuff opinions will be shunned and we will all measure our words to the detriment of free thinking. The sad things is we cannot stop it as long as the press continually support this political correctness, without us holding them accountable.

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