So I have to draw a line under my attempt at A Hundred Days To Make Me A Better Person. I got to 28, and at that point was already nearly 20 days behind the pack. Right now they are pressing towards 70 and I haven't written an entry for weeks.
I enjoyed it though - I learned a lot and make the effort now to check up on things I don't know rather than let them pass. Now I find myself making notes in conversations so I can come back and check up the facts at home. So to that end, A Hundred Days has been a success.
What has stuck with me is the Front Page Campaign. The letter I sent to my MP eventually got a response and this morning I got a letter from Sion Simon MP, Minister For Creative Industries. It reaffirms that there is only a vountary Code Of Practice in place regarding the placement of newspapers and magazines in shops. He says 'In an open society like ours, it is necessary to find the appropriate balance between protecting the public and legitimate freedom of expression, and this is what the voluntary Code of Practice is intended to bridge."
I don't agree that we have an appropriate balance. Do you? The covers of Nuts, Zoo, Loaded, Front Magazine etc aren't deemed offensive but Playboy, Fiesta, Men Only etc are, yet there's almost no difference in the covers of these magazines, and it's the covers which are on the eyeline of children. It's wrong, and it has to change.