Charlotte Peters-Rock's article struck a chord with me and prompted me take a look at another aspect of modern day news and other media reporting.
The cult of celebrity or other 'posh people; grows with each passing day and a survey revealed recently that the ambition of a large majority of school children is 'to be famous.'
Charlotte queries why only posh people have forebears. I pose the question; 'why is it that only called celebrities who take part in the BBC TV shows 'Who Do You Think You Are' seem to be the only people who have heroes and brilliant forebears in their families'? How many times have we seen celebrities taking part in the shows spending the hour the programmes last delving into archive after archive to discover that great-granddads, granddads, uncles, aunts and other family members, (allegedly) won numerous V.C.'s and other medals of distinction for past acts of incredible bravery or for some other memorable and history making deeds!
As for me, my family history pails into insignificance by comparison with some of the 'celeb's' tales of daring-do, as all I've ever discovered about my forebears is that my maternal grandfather was killed at the seige of Kut el Amara in Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq, during bitter and horrendous fighting in World War 1. That left my mother aged 8 and her sister aged 6, fatherless. Events in the Middle East where thousands of British and Allied troops were killed or wounded are never mentioned when TV documentaries are made about WWI, all we ever hear about is the conflict on The Western Front.
Walter J. Bourne (Mr) of Milton Keynes
Campaigns & Issues
How you can help combat loneliness in your neighbourhood
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Health & Wellbeing
Preventing dementia through exercise
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) welcomes today’s government announcement of the doubling of funding research into dementia.
The government committed to spend £52 million in 2012 to 2013, and up to £66 million by 2015; the ambition is now to double public, commercial and charitable R&D in dementia in the UK by 2025, supporting leading scientists, universities and other institutions in seeking the next breakthrough.
Property & Finance
MGM Advantage responds to FSCP annuity market findings
Andrew Tully, pensions technical director, MGM Advantage commented: "The annuity market is not working as well as it could for many people who retire each year.
"Too often we see people take the pension with the company they have saved with, without realising the benefits of shopping around, not only for the best rate but also the right shape of annuity, particularly taking into account health and lifestyle.
Leisure and Lifestyle
A third of drivers don’t enjoy it anymore
A third of drivers simply don’t enjoy driving anymore, according to a poll by road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The main reason given for not enjoying driving on the roads was the cost of fuel (51%) closely followed by congestion (41%), no longer excited by driving (28%) and less leisure time (25.9%).
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