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  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Amazon UK glamorises RAPE! (UPDATED)

If you had £15 to treat yourself with, what would you buy?

A couple of magazines, a bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate?
A few books for your Kindle?
A couple of CDs or Blu Ray movies?
A "Keep Calm And Rape Me" t-shirt?  

keep calm and rape off, t-shirt, amazon uk

Oh yes, that's an available option on the Amazon UK site, at the time of writing, in a choice of colours and varying tones (rape me, rape off, rape them, rape us, rape a lot), natch....

As I sit here, poised as "Outraged of Blackburn", it's obvious I'm not the only person who is gobsmacked at this.  The link is being shared across social media networks and people are emailing the Amazon UK Chief Executive (Christopher North : to complain albeit the individual retailer, Solid Gold Bomb, is equally as guilty as far as I'm concerned because of a breach of seller terms and conditions.  At what point of their sale process (idea, design, creation, printing, stocking, marketing) did they think this was a good idea?

Rape isn't funny.  It's not something that should be made light of in the 'novelty' section of a leading online retail store.


THE ITEMS HAVE NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM AMAZON AND AN APOLOGY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE MANUFACTURERS. However a "Keep Calm And Hit Her" T-shirt remained on the Amazon UK website for a further twelve hours.

keep calm and hit her, t-shirt, amazon uk

It has just been suggested on my Facebook status that this could also have been "some chancer trying to make a quick buck out of mindless frat boy humour".   My immediate response to that was that the reason I make a stand and shout as loud as I can when I see something like this is not to jump on some social media "Power to the People" bandwagon but more that I don't EVER want my children to believe that this is OK and/or can be made into a joke.  I am the only example they have.  I am their teacher and I want to give them the tools so they can make the best decision they can. 

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