So, today is the last day of August (though I might be slightly behind on my posting and am just pretending it is). I thought that it sort of marks the end of summer but then I realised I still have another 26 days until the new uni term starts for me, so actually it doesn’t really. Anyway, this is my brand new end of the month feature which will look back at the my month and indeed some of the goings-on on this very blog.
Opinions on…The Death Penalty
At the beginning of August there was some controversy in the UK because an online petition to bring back the death penalty was gaining signatures at an astounding rate. I wrote a post about it and several people commented with some interesting opinions:
AbbyNoel: I was in a school debate with this topic, I was pro death penalty. (and my team won! Yippee!) But one thing that I found odd was that two of the anti-death penalty team's point contradicted each other. One was that the death penalty methods were too cruel and painful, and another was that the families of victims want the punishment to be worse and that they think killing the criminal gives them "the easy way out" I didn't understand this at all, I was thinking "okay, do you want it to be bad or not? Make up your mind!
Claire: I think there are a thousand reasons against the death penalty and I can't find any justification for it. I am totally totally against it. It fails to act as a deterrent, it doesn't allow for rehabilitation of offenders, there is always a chance of getting the wrong person and to use a cliché - an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Plus I have a real problem with only bringing it back for certain murders - why would killing a 17 year old warrant death but an 18 year old a life license? And why only if an adult police officer is killed? That implies that ordinary members of the public do not have the same rights to do their job without being murdered as a copper - which is unjust and ridiculous
Most readers will be glad to know that any mention of bringing back capital punishment on the UK petitions site is confined to the “rejected” part of the site. Which I am very glad about.
Comments- Best of the Rest
Here are a couple of my fave comments this month:
Jay: I just watched the first episode of Doctor Who, and I loved it! Also, my boyfriend- Yeah, he's my boyfriend now :), just introduced me to Little Big Planet, and I can play it for hours. It's so much fun!
Seeing people watch Doctor Who for the first time is brilliant. I wonder if you have watched anymore Jay?
ishashime (on my silly Losing the Plot post): I know about almost all of these films! haha. your explanations weren't really spot on unfortunately but they were fun to read nonetheless. also, the real plot of eraserhead is even more mindf----worthy than your plot guess, if you could believe that. xD
Just Another Name (on my Summery Photos): these photos are so pretty and summery :) really like the colours <3
I have to say it was the colours I was going for in those photos!
I also got several comments suggesting names for the penguins pictured below. After a shortlist was drawn up, the winning names were: Timey and Spacey. That’s a Doctor Who reference for those not in the know. Over the next few weeks and months, Timey and Spacey will be going on lots of adventures which of course I will share with you right here!
The One Post You Should Go Back and Read: This is the August Miscellany. Basically it’s just a post where I talked about a whole load of random things but I was in a completely bonkers mood that day and came up with a theory that all babies are actually aliens and compared rabbit-based book Watership Down to zombie TV and comic book series The Walking Dead. Amongst other things.
Minion of the Month: I couldn’t drop this now could I? The well-deserved title of minion of the month goes to ishashime for the comment above and coming up with a load of suggestions for penguin names. One of them, Machiavelli, came in at a close second place!
Blog of the Month: This coveted title goes to Unstoppable Nerd. Alice,the author, has written about all sorts of things that I love and she writes brilliantly too. So that is why she has blog of the month.
And to end this post it’s time for me to decide how the month was. Well despite it being the height of the summer holidays, it was a bit rubbish. Not a lot actually happened which is the main reason for this. I have enjoyed the few trips out with my two best mates, Chris and Mike, and very much enjoyed most of my days at work but that accounts for a tiny percentage of the month. Most of it was spent laying around, attempting to come with ways to entertain myself. So all in all, I can’t really say it was an awful month but it wasn’t brilliant either so it will sit in my memory in the folder marked “months that were OK”. My memory is organised into folders like this. Well, I like to think so anyway.
So there you have it. August is finished. If you have any thoughts about this new feature, let me know and so I can make improvements for next time. Hopefully I shall see you all tomorrow!