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It depends greatly on what they do. Some so-called Celebraties like Colleen Roony only get that status because they happen to marry a footballer who just happens to play for Manchester United or some such stupidity. Or happen to be rich, like Paris Hilton, and think that they can do whatever they like because of who they are. These types of "Celebraties" aren't worth the time to acknowledge them. (And seriously, who cares about your biographies - you've done nothing in your life apart from being attected to someone "famous" or were born rich...) In fact, my livejournal has probably lost it's coolness just by mentioning them.

Others like David Attenbourgh are smart, have worked hard all their life and have contributed greatly to their field of expertese (i.e. natural history and TV production). These are the people who deserve recognition, but it must also be pointed out that people like David  are just doing their job and that's how they see themselves. Sadly, we won't get anyone like David Attenbourgh in the future - his carrer was made because he was around from TV's beginnings.
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No - it's dispicable - as is killing animals for their body parts to sell for trophys, so-called traditional medicines, skins etc. Animals kill for food, to protect their territory and young and as such, these and putting down sick animals because their illness is untreatable - are the only reasons that are acceptable for killing animals.
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I would say Stephanie Meyer, but that would be giving her and her books way too much credit.
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16+ (or 15, if they are mature enough) Why? At 16, that's when kids are old enough to have some sense about their own safey on the internet. At 13 or 14, most kids are still naive enough to not understand how to protect themselves, plus I don't think that older people would want to read the blogs of kids anyway (unless there's something wrong with them.) If kids younger than that want to use a social network, then there should be one specifically for them, with the lower limit being 12.
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I think that perhaps there's more important issues to do with animal welfare than quibling over what name we give to a person who "owns" an animal - for instance, bringing back dog licences in the UK to prevent the wrong people from getting hold of them and so that the law can legally take a dog away from people who don't have one. (There has to be proven cruelty or neglect, which can be hard to do to have a dog taken away) and presumably, someone who goes to the bother of paying for a license will take better care of the dog. (Perhaps there can also be something in this which allows people on low income to get discounted treatment when a dog is ill, which sometimes is the reason for neglect - take that away, and most likely the only dogs which will be neglected will be those whose owners don't really care) Lack of money doesn't always mean lack of caring about the dog.

I don't like people who get animals and haven't done the research on how to care for them properly, either, and then get rid of it. I was doing voluntary work at a city farm (mostly for kids) but the amount of rabbits we took in because people couldn't be bothered to look after them any more was ridiculous and because the farm wasn't really an animal sanctuary as such, I don't think we should have taken them in as we had enough work to do already looking after our own animals. We did have a barn owl come in, a couple of ferrets and a chinchilla, but I didn't mind that as much because they are more unusual animals (and espeaically with the barn owl, the owner would have found it difficult to rehome it anyway.) What concerns me on this issue more than any for any other type of animal is the increasing obession of having exotic pets - snakes, spiders, lizards, toads, turtles - that kind of thing (and there are some mammals like meerkats and sugar gliders) because the information on keeping these animals is usually sparse or difficult to get hold of, not to mention the practically of looking after them (for instance, you have to feed snakes on mice, etc.) I could go on forever about this,
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Bats - I used to be scared of them as a child, but I'm not now (in fact, I'm quite interested in them and my fear of them has turned to like). I think it's the association with Halloween and of course, the Vampire Bat. I used to look through mammal books and I had this fortnightly magazine called Animal World as a teenager and when I found out about fruit bats (they are immensely cute), found out that Vampire Bats are in fact really small and only live in South America and that all those strange folds they have on their faces was due to ecolocation and of course, the fact that they eat insects (which is something I don't like), stopped me from being afraid of them. In fact, considering that most of the 900+ species of bats that exist are in danger of extinction in one way or another, they probably have more reasons to be scared of humans than we have of them.
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Mini skirts, espacially those which look like that they should be a belt. Revealing clothes for fat people, especially women - they don't make you look any more attractive just because you happen to be showing your boobs or legs - in fact, they just bring more attention to the fact that you ARE obese. Harem trousers - they just look horrible and why would any woman in this day and age want to wear something with such a demeaning name? Sports clothing on anyone unless they are actually participating in a sport or are wearing them because they are doing a task which is likely to get them dirty and don't want to dirty their decent clothes.
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Only if the politician has had servere brushes with the law. Othterwise, I don't see what revelence is has. A person's private life is that, private. And in the end, all people should be bothered about is their policies - anything else is either media intrusion or extreme attention seeking of the politician.
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Stupid idea. You can't just put a time limit on commitment to a family, which is what marriage is all about - it's for life. But I suppose in this age where people are expected to change jobs every six months that we should also change our wife/husband within the same time frame. No wonder why families are breaking down, kids get into trouble and become dependant on the state for their living or get involved in crime if people can't be bothered to make real commitments to each other.
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Sleep in. Insomnia, diabetes and stupid, noisey students all contribute to over sleeping in the morning...
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What I really hate are urban fantasy books which are really paranormal romance (I mean porn, instead of romance) Why? because these books ruin a genre I really love. Urban Fantasy is great when it's done right and it IS Urban Fantasy. (Simon Green, Tanya Huff, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Joss Whedon and maybe one or two others are really the only writers I've come across and can pull it off without it devolving into a cheesy romance at best and porn at it's worse.) Oh yeah, Twilight doesn't and never will count as Urban Fantasy. My friends in the Comic Book and Sci-Fi Society came up with the notion of Dracula killing Edward Cullen by tying him to a stake and burning him. Me, I'd like to see Spike from Buffy show him what a real Vampire is. I mean, Spike's a monster, but he's a likeable character too - almost all the other Vampires from literature, film and TV are either monsters or sissys (and yeah, sissy also includes you, Angel...)
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Funny how it happens to be the day of the winter solsice (i.e. YULE!) Party, eat loads of food I shouldn't and watch films, like any normal Yule.
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Depends on if I know what people want (I've had many bad presents in the past which I never really wanted or liked, (i.e. I once got some liqourice allsorts and I can't stand the sweets) so I prefer to get what I know people would like. Not only that, but it shows that you actually know something about them. Nothing says I don't care about you more than getting a present which a person doesn't like/want. I tend to rate it like this at the bottom, if people don't bother getting something then that's bad (unless they couldn't afford it), after that, is the stuff you don't like or want, then things like money, gift certficates, etc, then at the top is the stuff you want either because they know you well enough that they know the things you like or what you need. I don't like this time of year because of presents, as it sometimes puts a price tag on whether or not you care about people or if they care about you and having rubbish, "seclular" Christmas's in the past because of presents, I kind of hate the idea of giving and recieving presents. There are other things to look forward to, like snow, (if you're lucky enough to get it), decorations (as long as they are nice, sadly, a lot arent) and food.

On the other hand, being able to afford it is an issue too. This year, I'm having to wait for my bursary to come through, which is in December, so it'll probably be at the last minute if at all. (Plus, I don't have a clue what to get people this year, so it'll probably have to be money, or something!)
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Depends on how much I won - knowing my luck it would be about £10 - then I'd blow it on a book or something!
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How about causing a huge amount of misery for the families of people who have been killed in Afganistan and Iraq, supporting the insatiable corporate greed that has brought the world's economy to it's knees & not to mention the environmental damage that one person could cause!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]If folks were really bothered about Woolworths, they would have shopped there! In Chesterfield, the shop went down hill after the original one was closed down for the building to be demolished and then it reopened when the new shopping centre was built (8 years ago now, maybe slightly more) The last time I went into a Woolworths was on the Moor in Sheffield and it just looked like one of those scruffy everything for a pound shop, which makes folks think they're getting a bargin, but most of the time they're selling crap. If other Woolworths had been like it, I'm not surprised that the chain flopped. The one shop which I do really miss and which was a travisty that it ever closed, was an independant bookshop in Chesterefield called Peak Book Shop - one of the best bookshops I've ever been in and I watched it grow from being a small shop (about 10 years ago now) to being expanding into one which would have rivaled Waterstones! And they also had a great selection of books, too and even sold Gamesworkshop minatures and had its own closed off section for Sci-Fi and Fantasy and a kids section (the kids section was where it origianlly started out) It was a shame to see such a good business die and whose owners worked hard to get it to that standard. Even better was their ordering time when you needed to order a book - less than a week in most cases, whereas high street brands have been known to take up to a month or more. I really miss that shop. But I should have seen it coming with the credit crunch when they closed - the last time I went to Chesterfield, it was a shadow of what it used to be, as vertually all the independants which lived in the indoor markethall had closed down and most of it, aside from stores sell meat and fish, were empty. That was this summer. I hate to see what it's like now, as I've not been to Chesterfield since last September with me being at uni. The credit crunch had Chesterfield in its grip long before it offically started. I could go on forever about it, but I think I've said enough now (and all this coming from an environmentalist! - No, independant businesses are great - when they are thriving, they are a kin to the diversity found in nature and this diversity should be encouraged. You know something's wrong when they start to disappear and a town centre is less than it was - this impacts negatively on the people who live there as it creates a nono-culture and causes unemployment...) 
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Depends on the mood I'm in - there are some things I can't stomach though at that time in a morning, nor any other time for that matter - fried eggs, tinned tomatoes and (although I do like them) bacon and sauages. I don't like these because when I went on holiday as a kid the smell of gas in  a morning always used to make me feel sick - even now I can't stand the sight of these things (nor the smell) first thing in a morning. Tinned tomatoes, bacon and sauages I've actually got over my distaste for them, but I can't stand fried eggs as to me they just looked digusting - something you'd throw up out of your stomach, rather than eat. It's also a reason why I tend to skip breakfast, at least, when other people are around because we went on holiday with relatives who I can't stand because my mum couldn't afford to take me and my brother on her own.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]No to the haiku, but as it's the Winter Solstice, it's the START OF YULE...Yay! Forget Christmas - Yule is the real celebration around this time of year and far, far older.

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