Saturday, 28 September 2013

Hmm... what are they trying to say?

Two weeks ago I went to Dubai with a friend.
While she was busy, I had a wonderful time at MoE (Mall of the Emirates).
As I was merrily working my way around my favourite shops, I came across these mannequins:

Now... as the male mannequins in the shop had mouths, I don't think this can be passed off as a manufacturing defect!
I'm pretty sure I've NEVER come across mannequins with no mouths before - especially ONLY the female ones. 

So what ARE they trying to say?
  • The perfect woman has no mouth?
  • That women talk to much?
  • That too much silliness comes out of women's mouths?
Which ever way you think of it... it's interesting (NOT TO MENTION misogynistic).

Friday, 27 September 2013

LOVE146... Now THIS IS important

This was uploaded by Upworthy on FB: if-youve-ever-wondered-what-happens-to-kids-after-theyre-rescued-from-sex-trafficking-watch-this-2?c=ag.

LOVE146 is officially my new FAVOURITE charity.  These guys are actually doing something about the problem of child sex slavery.  

So I looked up LOVE146 (their website: as I was particularly curious about the name...
“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification.They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness. Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl…
 …All of these emotions begin to wreck you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow. The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her…”Because we went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid and eventually justice on those running the brothel. It is an immensely difficult problem when an immediate response cannot address an emergency. Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel and children were rescued. But the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives” (

What an AMAZING organisation.  According to the website ( The vision of LOVE146 is "The abolition of child trafficking and exploitation", with the mission being abolition and restoration.

"Slavery is still one of the darkest stories on our planet. But for us, the hope of abolition is a reality. Love146 believes in helping grow the movement of abolition while providing effective, thoughtful solutions. We believe in the power of Love and its ability to affect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation. We were founded in 2002 as Justice for Children International" (

Some stats on child sex trafficking:
But why is more NOT happening?
For God's sake, these are children.
The men who are caught buying these children should be castrated (probably too good a punishment considering what they're guilty of).  That would slow down (if not stop) the industry.  

What astounds me is the number of women involved in the trafficking of children.  Now I'm not particularly maternal (although I became a teacher coz I like kids, just never really wanted my own), but how a person could possible sell children into misery and torture is beyond me.
Now I know this is a VERY un-Christian thing to say, but I hope the people who are involved in the industry side of the trafficking and the people who use these children all go to hell.  


Does Bill Granger know the pavlova is from New Zealand? 
(Just seen a trailor on OSN where he's talking about making pavlova for the QEII)


Saturday, 21 September 2013

This month's audience

Here are the pageviews for this month:

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United States
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

Wow, 21 hits from Russia.
I started this blog as a way to engage with other media enthusiasts.
I look at it as a way to share my ideas (whether it be in the form of my university work, film reviews or media observations).

Since I started Mediated Musings I've had the following audience:

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United Arab Emirates
United States
United Kingdom
New Zealand

Friday, 20 September 2013

Biased? No of course not... it's just the American commentary!

I stayed up extra late last night in order to watch the America's Cup highlights.
OH MY GOD... the commenary was SO BIASED.
A person tuning in for the first time would have thought that it was Team America that were 7-1 up in the regata. 
Every time New Zealand did something that didn't work 100%, the commentary team were VERY quick to badmouth them.  Asking questions along the lines of "Have New Zealand lost their momentum at last?"
When Team America made a blundering error (which allowed NZ to win comfortably) they brushed it aside as if nothing was amiss.
Now while I appreciate that it must be difficult for a commentary team to remain impartial, surely that's their job!

And I thought the OSN Dubai-based rugby panel was bad enough with their derogatory remarks against New Zealand.
I've watched games where the All Blacks have played an near faultless match and the Dubai panel has picked on EVERY nano-error.  Whereas the opposing team (no matter where they're from) are talked up and if they make a mistake, there's an incredibly good reason as to why. 

I really don't understand the 'haters' out there.
New Zealand is a small island nation at the bottom of the planet who has worked hard for every successful she has obtained.
Surely that's something to admire, not knock!
We are a proud nation - we wear the fern with pride.
But we are totally undeserving of the crap being thrown at us by way of sports commentary.