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Jimmy in the Jungle

Published December 1, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Well I have absolutely loved all the antics in the jungle this series and I have really enjoyed Jimmy’s cheeky banter and silliness.  He has made it very entertaining to watch, messing around in camp and screaming like a little girl during the tasks – he’s a bit of a coward really isn’t he?  He has had me in stitches when he has tried to cope with all the critters – and failed miserably!  His rather over the top bromance with Foggy has been interesting to watch too.  Although Jimmy didn’t quite bond with Jake to the same degree, did he?  What was all that bitchy ranting about on Saturday?  I was shocked when Jimmy appeared to completely overreact to Jake mistaking him for Michael and tore into poor Jake like a hound to a fox.  I think he realised he had overreacted but couldn’t seem to turn it around.  Should we put it down to jungle stress?  Maybe.  Oh well, he’s gone now so let’s have a little look at Jimmy in the Jungle…

Can’t wait for the next episode.  Who will take over as the camp joker?

See you soon jungle fans and if you want your little ones to join in the jungle fun – my children’s workshops theme happens to be the jungle at the moment – purely coincidental I can assure you LOL   and if any grown ups would like some inspiration for some jungly creative writing –

the adventure continues…


MTV – What the? Women as sex objects!!!??? FOR ADULT EYES ONLY!

Published October 20, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

OK so I LOOOVEE my music. I love music of every persuasion and genre and I have either my radio or the music channels on non stop in my house. I love pop music – I love classical, jazz – all kinds – but not the heavy rock or gangster rap stuff! Anyway my kids love music too and so they listen and watch with me when it is on and we are all getting on with other stuff.

However – Today (which is a Sunday Lunchtime by the way as I am writing this) I casually put Chart Show TV on my Sky, which is a channel I watch a lot during the week as background when I’m writing or doing my housework. At first it didn’t click what was going on and then all of a sudden I realised what was playing and I quickly looked around to make sure my 9 year old daughter wasn’t in the room. Now I may have gone to the toilet or gone to make a cup of tea in the kitchen and been gone for half an hour and this would have been playing.

Luckily my kids were off in other parts of the house but I was astounded that on a Sunday lunchtime there was an MTV programme playing what I can only describe as ‘sex songs’. I watched it for a little while because I was curious – I mean how many tweens and young teens are going to be watching? and what were they watching? What am I getting so uptight about? LOL

OK so I am going to post the selection of videos that were shown in the short time that I watched the channel. Don’t get me wrong – I for the most part love the individual artists – they are all very talented individuals and I even like (most) of these songs and as an adult the videos are quite good if you like that sort of thing – BUT – I’m putting my concerned Mummy hat on here and I am shaking my head and wagging my finger and actually I’m shocked and disturbed that these artists who earn so much money from the youth are putting out these videos – that show women as sex objects, often explicitly moving their bodies (sometimes completely naked) as if sex is the be all and end all of life on Earth! Which it isn’t!!! No really!

My 9 year old daughter absolutely loves Miley Cyrus and is still watching the repeats of Hannah Montana! That cute little teen who doubles as a cute pop star!!!! My 9 year old does not need to see Miley Cyrus’ naked body basically having sex with a wrecking ball thank you very much!!!

Oh yes and Justin, Justin, Justin (I love you…) no wait that’s not want I wanted to say lol – yes we all know you are a sexy guy and you can have any woman on the planet that throws herself at you – but really???? Is that how you want innocent little tweens to see you and themselves? Why don’t YOU strip down completely naked and gyrate in front of the girlies (Please!) – I’m sure they would love that! But I shouldn’t think you will – will you? Why not? Think about it honestly for a moment – So why objectify women doing it???? You should be ashamed of yourself!!!!

Beyonce – well what can I say about her – I love her music, she is very talented, of course she is gorgeous and she is an amazing dancer – BUT – little girls are prancing around doing your little twerking moves left right and centre now – I mean look how Miley Cyrus twirked herself stupid on stage at the VMA awards or whatever it was (shakes head and rolls eyes)

Come on Music industry – grow a conscience! I know morality is at a premium in the 21st century but I’m seriously worried about what we are teaching our young girls (and boys actually) with this attitude. Needless to say it was a man hosting the program! And when I went on You tube to find the version of tunnel vision that had been on the TV (already explicit enough) all I could find was the EXPLICIT version – hundreds of them!!!!!

I know youngsters are always going to be curious about sex and they should be proud of their own bodies but how early do we want to see them ‘curious about sex’? How early do we want them gyrating their hips in a sexual way at the opposite sex? And do we really want the overreaching message to them to be that girls are there to dance sexily in front of boys and that boys can have their pick of what sexy looking girls they want to have sex with because they are throwing themselves at them anyway???

OK rant over. Here are some of the videos that were playing this Sunday Lunchtime on SKY. Enjoy them – but ask yourself – do I want my kids watching these videos one after the other on a Sunday lunchtime? 😀

I couldn’t find a cleanish version of Tunnel Vision so I’m just posting the song (you’ll have no problem finding it – it’s EVERYWHERE)

This guy made me laugh –


Day 5 NaPoWriMo (2nd post of the day)

Published April 5, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

This post is more of an observation than a poem I think, but worth a read – I hope!  I wrote this as an observation at a children’s play-centre yesterday while my daughter and her friend played on the equipment and I sat drinking my tea trying to stay out of the way.  I watched Mums and their babies and this is is what I noticed…

Baby Banter – an observation in learning through play

Children are curious creatures I’ve found,

always looking for a game or some mischief.

a baby looks around her curiously,

eyes darting, constantly seeking out something new to concentrate on.

Faces hold the most powerful lure,

a game is found in the most simplest of expressions,

the pure joy of a mother’s smile.

Soon a wide-eyed baby conversation of goo-goos and gaa-gaas

and Oh you’re such a clever girl!

An interesting conversation ensues,

mother speaks – then pauses

baby vocalizes – then listens.

She encourages Mum to keep the game going,

a game – yes – but a lesson also,

a lesson in listening and learning.

Learning to take it in turns,

when to have your say

and when to wait patiently.

Soon the game turns to searching out with little hands,

tiny fingers, like automatic pincers, learning to pick up – anything within her grasp,

a baby book, a rattle, mummy’s keys

or mummy’s hair!

A great game of tactile dexterity.

A finger – the best game

soon becomes a tasty toy.

Baby moves on to tasting shapes of objects, 

including her own toes.

Soon she has something else to talk about…

mmm… becomes Mama

or marmite – my daughter’s first word!

Then sound becomes the best game,

dadada, bababa, brrrrgagaga

So exciting to a little mind

mesmerised by the surprising sound of her own voice.

‘Where is it coming from?  Is that me?

Why is that happening and why do I get a smile from her

when I make that Mama sound?’

Now her body and its movements become a good game.

I can imagine her thinking,

‘If I kick my feet I can move this or knock that over.

If I wave my arms around and drop this off my highchair

Mama picks it  up again.’

She laughs at Mama’s reaction and throws the toy again,

exploding into giggles like one of her noisy baby toys jiggling around on the floor

and banging the tray of the highchair in an excitable fit of flaying little limbs.

Mama lifts baby from the chair and stands talking to a friend,

baby is soon searching out activity.

She plays with Mama’s chin,

“Aww!  Look she’s kissing you!”  The stranger says.

‘A kiss?’  the baby thinks ‘I like this game!’

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