Spoilt little sh*ts

This new book sounds quite interesting:

The Spoilt Generation: Why restoring authority will make our children and society happier by Aric Sigman.

“In the space of a few decades the way we parent has changed dramatically. Something we once did intuitively has become the subject of political fashion, guided by experts. As parents we are older and more time-poor than ever before, with the highest proportion of single-parent households in history. Our children are now spoiled in ways that go far beyond materialism. But they are suffering to a degree we never anticipated: we now have the highest rates of child depression, underage pregnancy and violent and anti-social behaviour since records began. Yet adults, at every level, have retreated from authority and in doing so have robbed our children of their basic supporting structures. In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children’s sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and ‘blended’ families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear practical message to us all – parents, grandparents, teachers and policy-makers alike – as to how we can redress the status quo, redefine our roles and together cultivate happier and better-behaved children.”

via The Spoilt Generation – Little, Brown Book Group.

Positive response to the Bric Taton murder

March against hooliganism and violence, Thursday 1st October 2009 at 17:00. Starts at Plato (where the gay parade was also going to be, but was cancelled last minute).

March against hooliganism and violence, Thursday 1st October 2009 at 17:00. Starts at Plato (where the gay parade was also going to be, but was cancelled last minute).

The response in Serbia to Bric Taton’s death was one of widespread anger, shock and dismay. I was dreading a passive, nonchalant response, but of course the people of Serbia made me proud. I was even pleased to see the press report the story in a responsible way, echoing the widespread disgust and shame in Serbia that a guest was attacked and  killed in this most hospitable and friendly of countries.

Serbian neswpapers express shock and outrage at Bric Tatons murder by hooligans

Serbian newspapers express shock and outrage at Bric Taton's murder by hooligans. If you go to the Flickr page linked through the picture above, you can see close-ups of each paper.

Wednesday

Belgrade Mourns French Fan – Balkan Insight

Shock and sorrow over Brice Tautou’s death – Blic

Anti-violence march announced in Belgrade – B92

Commemoration for Brice Taton – B92

Taton killers to be charged with aggravated murder – B92

Victim’s parents speak out over son’s death – B92

Thursday

Brice was happy about trip to Belgrade – Blic

Prosecution to seek ban on hooligan groups – B92

Tadić demands increased security – B92

Friday Update:

The march against violence and in commemoration of Brice Taton was huge! The only irony is that vastly more citizens turned up to express outrage at how this Frenchman was killed than would have turned up to Pride. Plenty of outrage about Bric, but the same hooligans have beaten several gay men to death over the last few years in Belgrade. Where were the marches for them?

Citizens march against violence – B92

Friday anti-violence rally to go ahead – B92

Tadić bemoans “unbroken thread of violence” – B92

Top officials for more severe sentences for hooligans – Blic

Here are a few pics…

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009

March Against Violence - Belgrade 1st Oct 2009