A COUPLE in the UK revealed last week that they have been raising a gender-neutral child for five years.
Beck Laxton and Keiran Cooper’s baby, known at home as The Infant, wears trousers or dresses, and plays with toy cars or dolls, as he/ she chooses.
Registered as Sasha, a unisex name, the sex of the child (pic above from The Sun) has been a secret for five years.
But now that Sasha is five and has to go into one or other changing room/ toilet, the parents have revealed that their child is physically a “he”.
Why do I have a feeling that this is the second coming of Michael Jackson?
IN OTHER NEWS:
A MAN WAS last week charged with trespassing—in his own jail cell. Martin Kambate, 44, was due to leave a lock-up in the US state of Arizona, according to a report sent in by an alert reader for my dumb criminals file.
The man refused to move, so cops charged him with trespass. His punishment was to be jailed—or, to be more precise, to be allowed to remain where he was.
Is this a “dumb criminal” tale or a “very clever criminal” tale?
WHATEVER, it reminds me of a case I covered about a guy from Mainland China who sneaked into Hong Kong, and discovered that he hated the place.
He was on a smuggler’s boat trying to get home when marine police caught him and jailed him.
A police officer lamented: “We don’t want him here, he doesn’t want to be here, but the law requires that we keep him here at taxpayers’ expense.”
ASIAN TAXPAYERS must be the most ill-used people in the world. An Indian government body last week issued an official circular announcing that taxpayers’ money would be used to buy a free iPad3 for every legislator, I hear from a reader named Ishaan. You see the problem? Yes: there’s no such thing as an iPad3.
The Times of India worked out that lawmakers in Karnataka noticed that some officials had been given iPad2s and so demanded iPad3s for themselves.
No one checked whether such a thing existed. I bet taxpayers were impressed.
THIS IS WHY ASIA NEEDS REAL DEMOCRACY.
RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE NEWS OF RECENT DAYS:
MY NEIGHBOR’S Japanese car has this thing which goes beep beep beep beep if it gets too near a wall.
Why didn’t they have one of those on the Costa Concordia cruise ship?
THE GOVERNMENT of China issued a statement saying that its campaign to eradicate “excessive entertainment” on TV had been successful.
Having watched bits of Chinese TV over the decades, questions spring to mind.
When did this campaign start? Was it when TV first came to China, perhaps? Or earlier, when it was just a twinkle in John Logie Baird’s eye?
RIGHT-WING politician Newt Gingrich said last week that if he was elected US President, he would send a manned spaceship to Mars.
Everyone who would like to see Mr. Gingrich sent to Mars, please raise your hands.
INCIDENTALLY, I’m glad Rick Perry dropped out of the race mentioned above.
Speaking on behalf of the entire human race (as I like to do), I offer this comment: Should the world’s top job be given to a trigger-happy Texan who has trouble communicating?
Nope. Been there, done that. Once was enough.
THANKS TO readers who sent me this pic from CNN, which shows that London has moved from the south of England up to the bit that sticks on the right, East Anglia.
THANKS EVEN MORE FOR the comments and emails on the piracy issue, discussed in the previous post.
It seems to me that there is a huge groundswell of opinion on the internet saying that robbing the creators of intellectual property is OK, and people will provide long, convoluted, self-serving justifications.
But if you actually talk to the same people face to face on the subject, they all say the opposite!
Funny old world.