Some people get very brave when they get behind a keyboard. Our very own Razzi has even been racially abused on Facebook while playing Pool with a fifty-five year old man who thought – because of his name – that he was a Pakistani. These kind of crimes need to be stamped down on and now it looks like they will be. Online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, prosecutors in England and Wales have been told. Revising its guidance for prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says the impact of tweeting abuse can be “equally devastating” as shouting it.
Here at Jammy Toast we love old black and white photographs and indeed, in the past, we have featured pictures by our favourite photographer, Shirley Baker. Over the weekend we found a collection of photographs taken by an American student by the name of Janet Mendelsohn. Janet studied at the University of Birmingham between 1967 and 1969 and while she was over here she photographed the streets of Balsall Heath for a photo-essay on inner-city life. During the late 1960s Balsall Heath was Birmingham’s largest red light district, a place of work for some hundreds of prostitutes. Mendelsohn provides an extraordinary insight into these women’s lives, their domestic arrangements and personal relationships as well as the nature of their profession. However, one photograph stands out amongst all the others; it is of a little girl who became known as The Ballerina Girl of Balsall Heath.
In 2012 Jel Singh Nagra named his newsagents shop Singhsbury’s in a jokey bit of banter to entertain his customers. However supermarket chain Sainsbury’s failed to see the funny side and demanded he remove the sign and rename his shop. Mr Nagra explained to Sainsbury’s that his shop was named after his middle name and bury was from Ashbury where his shop was located. Sainsbury’s were having none of it and threatened him with legal action if he didn’t remove the sign. Nearly five years later, Mr Nagra’s customers have encouraged him to come up with a similar name and he has settled on Morrisinghs.
It is time to check down the back of the sofa and in your pockets and purses for a humble fifty pence piece. Some of the coins are said to be worth up to £3,000 while others are said to be worth £20 which is obviously a less impressive figure, but is still better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. So it’s well worth scrambling behind the sofa, checking all the pockets in your home and basically turning your house upside down. But which coins are worth what?
There are some right lunatics around these days but no more so than the one we are about to tell you about. Someone genuinely thought it was necessary to call 999 when they spotted Her Majesty sitting in the back seat of her car – without a seat belt on. Not only was this a bad idea as 999 is strictly reserved for emergencies, but it is also impossible to prosecute the Queen for any offence criminal or civil. The caller was phoning from West Yorkshire so they got through to the local police force, even though the monarch was travelling through London.
Here at Jammy Toast we have arguments from time to time. What’s on the telly, what are we doing today, what’s for breakfast – nothing serious but arguments nevertheless. We have a number of ways of solving the argument; the vote method, where everyone has a vote on what we do. Then there is the take turns method; well you had your way last time so I want my way this time. We have many methods of deciding on what we do but what we don’t do is start blowing each other up or trying to kill each other. The human race could learn a big lesson from our bears.