Technollama writes about a legal threat sent to a knitter by BBC Worldwide. Her crime? Putting a free knitting pattern for an Adipose critter on the internet:
[Hat tip to Clive]
Bluemilk hits it out of the park on maternity leave not being the same as a “holiday”:
News.com.au brings us a steaming heap of woman-blaming. Amber Petty feels for the poor put-upon cabbiejohns tempted by drunken “fare maidens” with “hairy chequebooks”. This burst of sympathy occured after one tried to solicit her, a fact which seems to have gone right over her head:
Last weekend, I was picked up by cab driver, who raised the subject of the bad reputation of Adelaide cabbies. He said, “You know, there are always two sides to a story.”
I could feel myself tensing up at the thought he was going to imply that maybe some of the victims of assault and in someway deserved it.
“Yes there are some very bad men driving cabs out there but there are many women out there who behave equally as bad?”
Where was he going with this?
“You know how many women offer sex instead of paying the fare?”
At this point I think I almost gave myself whiplash as I hurtled closer to the driver seat like an eight-year-old kid. Surely I wasn’t hearing him right?
“Are you for real?” I said.
“Oh yes, it happens very regularly. It’s always they same. The woman fumbles around looking for her purse, and then says ‘oh I’ve left my wallet somewhere! Is there any other way I can pay you’?”
At this point I realised that all cabs should carry sick bags!
Adding another layer to these unladylike accusations, my co-host at SAFM, Cosi, told me that when he went for his cab licence, the first thing the new student drivers were told by their trainer was that “you WILL be offered sex in exchange for a free fare.”
Not if, but when.
Yes, apparently it’s a given that at some point, it’s likely that a driver will be faced with a moral and financial dilemma, thanks to certain women!
Read the comments. Bring a sickbag and a stress ball.
Lastly, two cheezburgers, because I just couldn’t choose between them.
Late addition: [spoilers for Dr Who s04e03 “Planet of the Ood”][via ihasatardis]
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