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Jul. 8th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Ironically, one of the charities supported by that auction is called Teach a Man to Fish.

The Doctor Who blog can be viewed using a beautiful little tool called Readability, which converts the page to a different layout. It works on most sites.
Jul. 8th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
I had ideas about working in media when I left university, until I found out about internships. With a load of Canada Student Loans (fortunately less than most people) and rent & bills to pay, it wasn't an option for me.

Then I moved to the UK, where they expect you to sign on during your internship but my immigration status didn't allow me to do that. Later I found out there's an unspoken agreement that they're for people of a certain background & it's unlikely I'd have got a look-in.

Having said that, if you want it bad enough you can do it - a friend managed to get welfare money out of the Canadian gov't (not an easy thing to do) and slept on someone's sofa whilst he did one and has worked in the Canadian music industry ever since.

Me, I decided that any industry that doesn't believe in paying people for their work can bite me. At least print journalism pays you peanuts (or did, back in my day).
Jul. 8th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Internships in Canada, the U.S., and U.K., seem primarily designed to perpetuate class divisions. It's a nice sort of informal gate-keeping: you take on the people who come from a family with enough money that they can afford to do a year of unpaid work.
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I found it a lot more blatant in the UK, though - in Canada we have to uphold the myth of being a classless meritocracy.

And if you've never lived in Toronto, where the WASPS still think they are the majority and own the place, you might even be able to get through life thinking that's true.
Jul. 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly American--spent six years in TO, now back in the States--and the whole classless meritocracy thing is most easy to maintain when, as you said, it's presented in a way that doesn't rather harshly bump up against reality.

I think that I ran up hardest against North American class when I was in undergrad in UT Austin (which, like U of T, is an affordable state school in the middle of the capital). I knew kids from the Dallas-Fort Worth (and also Houston) suburbs and, oh, my goodness, there are a thousand little ways in which they indicate unexamined entitlement. Those who did work did so for some extra cash to round out the parental stipend, and they would make the occasional off-hand remark like, "I don't like Mustangs--they're for people who can't afford real sports cars." (That last line is almost verbatim, and has stuck with me for ten years now as a shining sort of example of class in America). And these were the ones who weren't business majors or into fraternities and sororities.

Of course, this sort of experience meant that I was already prepared to deal with Trinity grads...

Jul. 8th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
There's an even better demolition of that comedian here.
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the case for the Lodger.

However, I have seen a worse comedian, somewhere at the outer fringes of my memory. A rare instance of my mind saving me from myself.

However, i'd pay good money to watch him perform in Mogadishu. Hell, I'd pay for HD 3D for that.
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