Promoting (ir)responsible gambling

I am one of the few people around who actually like junk mail and ads, be they on TV or radio. I find it fascinating how advertising executives put it all together. My favorite TV ad for the moment have to be the one for MiWay Insurance. I will have to try and find a link to it and post it for you. Viewed in the South African context, I causes for quite a good chuckle, which is exactly what it’s supposed to do.

As a rule, I don’t get too worked up about ads and honestly think people tend to make a hoo-ha over nothing when they run to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission. I do, however, have a serious problem with the latest radio advertisement campaign of Grand Slots.

The ad starts of with the theme song of the 80’s hit series Cheers – Where everybody knows your name. The narrator then paints a very rosy picture of great times with great friends that come together with Grand Slots. It’s all good and well when speaking of a restaurant or coffee shop, but a casino?

In a country where unemployment is a huge problem, I think this ad further promotes financial problems. How inviting for someone who is depressed about their finances: go to a place warm and friendly, “family” and “friends” who knows your name and, as an added bonus, you will have the chance to get out of your financial difficulties!

I have been to casinos on a couple of a occasions and have seen a lot of heartache playing itself out there. I have seen the exhilaration of a big win. I have seen the tears over losing that money. I have seen women selling their jewelry in front of the doors. I have seen casinos install 5c, 10c and 20c machines, just so gamblers with almost no money can get in.

Very noble of Grand Slots to stick to regulations then and add this disclaimer at the end of the ad:

“Grand Slots supports responsible gambling. Winners know when to stop.”

Kind of hypocritical of them, don’t you think? If you go to the casino often enough for everyone to know your name, I’m thinking you’ve been there once too often.

Awesome God

The Dynamic Force

Awesome God Clouds

No matter how bad your hand in this life has been so far
No matter what you’ve been through
No matter how much you’ve suffered
God’s doesn’t want that for you
Not in the everlasting world that He is making for us

So many of us have been through horrible times
So many of us have suffered at the hands of others
We dish out pain very easily; sometimes without even thinking
That’s is not what God want for us
Not in the eternal world that He is building right now

God is Awesome; He knows everything
He knew what we would do – BUT IT IS US THAT DO IT
It is us that have gone astray; we are the disobedient ones
It is us that do all the wrong and cause the pain
We do it; we do it to each other
God does not want that for…

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Take Care!

When you’re unwell, do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier on alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?

Urgh, I am really bad at this!  Asking for help that is.  I will give of myself until I’m about to fall over, but asking for help.  Eish, that is a problem!  This picture from writeclicksave describes me very well:

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You know that saying ‘When you want something done right, do it yourself’?  Well, if you look it up in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll find a photo of me next to it!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a control-freak, I just like it when things are done the right way, the first time.  Being self-reliant, stubborn and independent is a quality which drives the people close to me up the walls and have been reprimanded about this on countless occasions.

Take last weekend for instance.  It was pouring down with rain and we were left with watching TV as the only option.  I got bored with this and decided that reading was a better option.  The book I’m busy with was lying on the other of the couch, next to Jacques.  Instead of just asking him to pass it to me, I got up and walked around him to pick it up.  “Why don’t you just ask me?” he said.  I was (again) sort of perplexed.  I simply didn’t think of asking.  Why should I ask if I am perfectly capable of just doing it myself?  A break in the rain and I decided to take a walk to the shop, instead of just asking the neighbors whether they are going.  Result:  me, drenched, getting offered a lift by the neighbor.  “Why didn’t you ask?”  Urgh, I hate asking for stuff!

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I get grumpy when I feel like I am not allowed to or am incapable of doing something.  If you want me to do something, tell me that I can’t do it.  It is this very stupid stubbornness which made me take up smoking!  Let me explain.  When I was 18 my boyfriend at the time and all our friends were smokers.  One day I asked him for a cigarette.  He was furious and told me that if I start smoking he will leave me.  Hypocrite!  Not being one who takes well to this, I marched to the shop and bought my first packet of cigarettes.  Not knowing anything about cigarettes at the time, I opted for the nicest looking pack and Gauloises Blonds it was.  I coughed for an hour after I lit up, but unfortunately the habit stuck!  Stupid girl!

This makes me a very, very, very bad patient.  I hate being catered for and am forever getting up to fetch things or make tea or do stuff.  I can’t stand it when people, women especially, say they are incapable of doing something.  Just do it.  Find a way.  There is always a way!

Is being self-reliant such a bad thing really?  Even worse, is it a matter of misplaced pride?  I am a Leo after all!