Is commitment the new aphrodisiac?

24 06 2008

Gay, straight- everyone has got the commitment bug and all are hoisting up their white dresses (or suits as the case may be), and legging it full throttle to the altar. I was chatting to a friend last night and realised that, from a quick review of our circle of friends, three people under 25 years old have gotten engaged in the past two months. I am a firm believer in the fact that the only reason you should run to a church is if you’re being chased by a pack of angry villager complete with pitch forks and are seeking refuge! However it seems like I’m in the minority here.

The most recent statistics from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal that the number of marriages has been increasing steadily. In 1996 16,174 people tied the noose knot. This figure had risen to 21,841 in 2006. Of course these figures can be linked to an increase in the population over the same period but I wonder what other factors are having an effect here?

I doubt it’s coincidence that the marriage rate has increased since 1996. The year before, in 1995, there was a referendum on divorce in Ireland and divorce was finally introduced in the State in 1997. There seems to have been a shift in attitudes relating to marriage since- Older singletons are waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care, shouting from the rooftops that being single is fabulous and that marriage stifles the spirit. Meanwhile a growing number of young people- who you’d expect to be dating, shagging and having fun, damn the consequences and don’t mention the C word (commitment) – are actually looking to settle down earlier. Perhaps people see the “marry them and drop them” trend that’s taken hold in the world of celebrity and view marriage as being without consequence?

Wedding cartoon....happy ever after???

The number of divorced persons in Ireland increased from 35,100 to 59,500 between 2002 and 2006, an increase of 69.8 per cent, making it the fastest growing marital status category. The number of separated persons increased from 98,800 to 107,300 over the same period – up 8.6 per cent.

So for the youth of today marriage appears to no longer be a scary word and commitment no longer brings spotty youths out in a cold sweat… Having problems in your relationship? Sex life a bit drab? Want to spice things up? Can’t figure out how to unlock your girlfriend’s chastity belt? Mmm….get married…sure if it doesn’t work out we can just ‘pull a Barrymore’! And how will we plan our wedding? Pick up a copy of Ok! Magazine and take tips from Colleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney or grab People and take wise counsel from Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon…or not!





The Amy Winehouse Self Destruction Continues

23 06 2008

Does anyone else feel like there’s some new revelation or tale of horror from the Winehouse files on almost a daily basis? This week we heard that Amy had fainted while signing autographs for fans at her home and was rushed to hospital. Following days of tests it was revealed yesterday that Amy has contracted emphysema.

If ever you wanted something to deter you from drugs, check out this photo. Nicotine stained hands that would put even Pete Doherty to shame:

Amy Winehouse- scary pic- Amy Winehouse

Hopefully this awful illness will be a blessing in disguise for the troubled musician and ensure she kicks the crap and gets back to making good music.

It’s bad news for any Irish fans who rushed to buy Oxegen Festival tickets to see her perform. Winehouse cancelled her last Irish gig in November 2007 after allegedly been advised by a doctor to “to take complete rest and deal with her health issues” (clearly that advise was followed to the letter). I think it’s a case of ‘more fool you’ for those people who were banking on Amy actually showing up. There’s more chance of the Pope pole-vaulting through my window naked right now than there is of Amy Winehouse getting her act together in the near future.