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What the hell is going on with the music industry these days? Did I miss a memo that said music videos are now three minute pornographic adverts?

There is a huge difference between embracing your sexuality, sexualisation and sex. Everything now looks like a scene from a porno. There appears to be a lot more skin on show and every video seems to be promoting the same image and the same message, sex sex sex.

It’s got to the point where I cannot let my child watch any music videos in fear of polluting his mind. Whilst I was writing this I was deciding whether or not to attach some example clips or links. I decided against it because I didnโ€™t think it was necessary, everybody knows the type of videos I am referring to. Additionally I did not want to inadvertently advertise or promote any of these atrocities so I have only used a few images to get my point across.

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Over the last two decades music and sex have become synonymous. The record companies keep pumping out garbage and people keep lapping it up like dogs around vomit. The quality of music has declined and the level of sex required to sell these talentless artists has increased. I donโ€™t even believe we have seen the worst. Record companies will continue to push the boundaries of decency and we will continue to allow them to.

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I recently took my six year old nephew to a birthday party, and the amount of young infant girlโ€™s twerking and simulating sex on the dance floor was uncomfortable to say the least. Some of the parents looked embarrassed but not concerned enough to stop them, and the others were actually proud of their children and encouraged them to carry on.

I asked one parent if she thought that type of dancing was appropriate. She said she didn’t, but the kids learn this stuff from the television so there is nothing she can do.

WTF do you mean there is nothing you can do! Change the channel Or Switch it off!

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People behave like just because these videos are not advertised with an 18 certificate they are powerless to stop their children watching it. That’s madness. I control my household and I am responsible for what a child will experience when they are in my house. The same way I would not let a child watch a horror movie or any other material that was not age appropriate.

Try and think back to when you were five years old. I am pretty sure that you were not watching anything like the rubbish we see today, so donโ€™t you think that your own children deserve better. The parents that try to make the argument that itโ€™s just music and they are just dancing, are seriously in denial and failing their responsibility as a parent.

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If you seriously want to get your children into music then teach them how to read and write music and play an instrument. Yes instruments, do you remember them? Also dance does not need to be limited to sexual simulation there are many different forms of dance, so donโ€™t talk rubbish to me. Itโ€™s because I can read, write and play music, which is why I am able to differentiate between good music and bad music.

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It’s not just the music videos either; the stage performances are just as bad, if not worst. I’ve seen images of parents cringing at concerts as they are forced to endure some teenage kid who’s far too young to be gyrating in their little daughters face, for over ninety minutes. I would argue that most stage performances these days are similar to what you would expect to see in a seedy strip club. If you wouldnโ€™t allow your child to enter a strip club then why are you inviting similar material into your home?

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I don’t think this is a case of me getting old or being out of touch with society. I am genuinely shocked at some of the footage that is allowed to be shown in the daytime for our childrenโ€™s entertainment, and I believe it will have damaging effects on them in the future. I was shocked and disappointed to read this week about the rise in children under the age of 10 being arrested for rape in this country, this cannot be ignored. Please click link for full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9687121/Children-as-young-as-10-arrested-for-rape.html

We are also experiencing a massive rise in paedophilia in England, every week more and more paedophiles appear to be coming out the woodwork. We have a responsibility as adults to protect children and to monitor what they are exposed to. In a future article I will be focusing on the sexualisation of children within todayโ€™s media, I do not believe it is unrelated to the rise in paedophiles and abuse on children.

The next time you find yourself watching filth on the television and thereโ€™s a child present, remember you are the responsible adult in the room so do your job and SWITCH IT OFF.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.

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Last Sunday at Wrestle Mania 30 I saw the Ultimate Warrior return to the WWE for the first time in 18 years. One of my greatest childhood heroes was entered into the WWE Hall of Fame to recognise his importance and to insure his legacy is immortalised forever.

The very next day on Raw the Ultimate Warrior made his way to the ring to speak to the fans. As the words left his mouth I couldn’t help but think this sounds like a man who isn’t planning on doing many appearances for the WWE. This is understandable considering the bitter feuds between him and the McMahon family since leaving the WWE many years ago.

However I was not expecting to wake up this morning to the sad news that the words he spoke to us all on Monday Night were his last. I think the words he spoke are words of truth, and sums up why superstars perform and why we as fans will dedicate a life time watching those superstars perform in the ring night after night.

I’m sure their will be many articles about the Warriors life over the next few days that will cover his life in great detail. My intention today is just the opposite, I would just like to end with the words from the Warrior himself from Monday night and say thank you for the memories and thank you for making me believe in the Ultimate Warrior.

โ€˜No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own.

โ€˜Every manโ€™s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath.

โ€˜And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something thatโ€™s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers โ€“ by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honour him, and make the running the man did live forever.

โ€˜I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.

Sebastian Bowen
The Fishtank Podcast

R.I.P Peter Falk







Peter Falk who played one of the much loved characters on TV died June 23rd 2011 of alzheimer’s at the age of 84. His portrayal of detective lieutenant Columbo created by William Link and Richard Levinson has graced our TV screens for over 40 years. I have been a fan as far back as I can remember. I used to watch this programme religiously every Sunday with my Grandmother who introduced me to the character at a very early age.

Unlike other detective programmes the audience is fully aware of the killer from the first scene. We witness the murder then we get to watch how our scruffy, unorganised unlikely detective unravels the case piece by piece with nothing more than the aid of a notebook, a cigar and a cup of black coffee.

The format of the show is still one that is unique by giving the audience all of the information at the beginning of the episode we are then able to witness the mind games and manipulation between Columbo and the villain from start to finish. It is not a question of who did it but more a question of how can our detective prove they did do it.

Columbo’s style from the get go is misdirection, always perceiving to be one step behind his culprit asking naive questions all the while luring them into a false sense of security and confidence. Once they become overconfident the Lieutenant will begin to show them the error of their ways until the cracks start to appear and the villain becomes a panicking unsettled desperate mess.

Most of the antagonists on the show were wealthy rich people who lived glamorous lives who felt they were above the law with Columbo acting as the underdog. The villains were always played by great actors of their time such as, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, Dick Van Dyke (Mary Popins), Ruth Gordon (Rosemary’s Baby) and one of my personal favourites who appeared in and directed numerous episodes Patrick McGoohan (Escape from Alcatraz).

This style of show with celebrity villains paired off against a respected actor with a great mind is still one that could be used today. In the real world we are never short of a celebrity scandal or somebody who believes they are above the law. Subject matter that we can all still relate to.

If anybody is interested in watching any episodes of Columbo I would suggest watching them all but I have listed five of my favourite episodes that I think everybody will enjoy.

Prescription: Murder (Pilot Episode Season One)

A Stitch In Crime (Season Two)

Playback (Season Four)

Now you see him ( Season Five)

Fade To Murder ( Season six)

It is the end of an era but Columbo will never be forgotten, at least not in my house. I think film makers today could still learn a thing or two on the story telling mechanic of Columbo. I Thank Peter Falk for all his hard work and years of dedication and the many many years of entertainment that he has given and still continues to give me and my family.

Rest In Peace Peter Falk.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.

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Mr Sheg shares his experiences in public transport sector. He enlightens us on the reason why you wait around for a bus and then two turn up at the same time. If you have never heard of the term “punching” then it’s time you found out.

Is there any truth to this unbelievable game that is played everyday by are trusty bus drivers?

All revealed on ๐Ÿ‘‰this weeks episode ๐Ÿ‘ˆ of The Fishtank.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast
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This week Mr Sheg talks about one of his favourite comics as a kid. The unbelievable Billy and his boots. Do you remember the days of Roy of the Rovers or Hot Shot Hamish.

Who were your comic book idols as a kid?

Episode 01 mp3 link
http://bit.ly/fishtank01

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.