No longer the Raj

Written by Holmes Charnley

I note with interest, that over in Basildon, a shop has opened that caters for people with dark skin. Enough ofrepparttar euphemisms. Afro-Caribbean. These ladies from Essex no longer need to trek into London to find suitable cosmetics.

Over atrepparttar 132535 shop, partner Sharon Peters, whose family was originally from St Lucia said, "Black skin has a different texture from white skin, it contains lots of a melanin, and therefore everyday beauty products are too greasy for us. Black people, obviously, have thicker, curlier hair, which requires special treatment, with specific products."

This story made me smile. Recently, sweetheart was inrepparttar 132536 front garden when she heard a voice say, "It's because ofrepparttar 132537 Brazilians, you know." Conspiratorially, like.

Well, sweetheart looked round, trying to sort out if this was becoming some form of a biblical happening. Eventually, however,repparttar 132538 grey hair and disturbed face of our elderly next~door neighbour poked out and explained thatrepparttar 132539 house downrepparttar 132540 road, though it had been onrepparttar 132541 market for ages, wouldn't sell because ofrepparttar 132542 occupants from South America, who lived opposite. They smelt, she said. And they hadrepparttar 132543 wrong sort of curtains. (This is all true, I kid you not.)


Written by Slawek

ABOUT GLOBALIZATION My Dear: It was still inrepparttar 20th century whenrepparttar 132533 Polish weekly "Wprost" published an article titled "The opponents of globalization - who are they?" Let me ponder what too an average person, GLOBALIZATION is. 

Here it comes: GLOBALIZATION, orrepparttar 132534 search forrepparttar 132535 means to satisfy at all costs…or, in practice, expanding ad infinitum our ambitions.  YES! Our numbers are ever increasing and we want more and more for us and only US! The problem is that in this process, we lose ourselves, our identity.

America leads in everything, now it imparted itself onrepparttar 132536 whole world and we, like monkeys in a sandbox, we push sand from one spot to another, vocalizing louder than our fellow monkeys and understanding even less. We cannot afford to open our eyes and realize how much we are not ourselves, to what extent we are gone. Do you have a feeling that withrepparttar 132537 help of our own handsrepparttar 132538 world turns into a mere comic book? In it, there are schwarzenegers, and other rambos in which we find ourselves, althoughrepparttar 132539 sense of WE is missing. Looking at all that is close to our hearts,repparttar 132540 human rights, environment, love, democracy,repparttar 132541 Pope, etc., we only seerepparttar 132542 new form ofrepparttar 132543 comic book and ourselves only through and within it. From time to time words ‘the Pope’ slip out of someone’s mouth, but we are not capable anymore of a reflection on whatrepparttar 132544 Pope said! You’ll tell me that I rage on and still my point is not clear at all.

For a few years I’ve been watching creation of ever-bigger companies, American and international. Engulfing became a new sport. One ingests another. Globalization applies torepparttar 132545 press, TV stations,repparttar 132546 Internet, medicine,repparttar 132547 streets, mercantile exchanges, houses where you pay for love, homes without love, and homes of crime. Not only in our home, but also in homes of those who got torepparttar 132548 top, thanks to yet another hiccup ofrepparttar 132549 newly created beast, everywhere bubbles Globalization. I’ve seen many highly paid experts in their respective professions lose their job without a chance of finding another, as they got too high onrepparttar 132550 pay scale. They are replaced with young people, fresh out of college, for a third ofrepparttar 132551 pay of their predecessors. The world is then fedrepparttar 132552 news ofrepparttar 132553 savings, profits, successes, ‘the firsts’, globalization…

Such isrepparttar 132554 stale hiccup of our times. A few giants expandingrepparttar 132555 absorptive power of their pockets eliminaterepparttar 132556 stinking excess of undigested, and increasingly uniform chow. The only loser isrepparttar 132557 consumer, asrepparttar 132558 marketed product gets worse and worse. Why is it getting worse? The new hires don’t have too much of an idea what they are doing andrepparttar 132559 few nouveaux riches of globalization saddles them up and rides them by forcingrepparttar 132560 new hires to perform at a yet impossible for them level (just as a 5 year old boy can’t be expected to have a child with a girl ofrepparttar 132561 same age; this is justrepparttar 132562 situation which results from globalization as observed from employee’s backyard; inrepparttar 132563 US, it pops into view in all walks of life. This is why I get so irate atrepparttar 132564 journalistic ‘pseudo thoughts’ never understanding what they spew around, American style.

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