Post by Col Post by Julian Karswell
Perhaps some people in UMTM should reflect upon their abusive
People with personalities like Alan Hope, "Sofa Spud" and John Pelan
were no doubt involved in this very unpleasant case. One day the law
will catch up with them, putting an end to their cowardly and cruel
attempts to bait others.
But that was nothing to do with Usenet, rather an 'insult chatroom',
whatever the hell *that* is.....
Steal a spaceship and head for the sun,
Shoot the stars with a lemonade ray gun.
Rats! You're right, I should have said chat room. Still, there isn't
much difference between a chat room and usenet forums. All much of a
Before anyone starts making cruel jokes about the deceased man, they
should check out this webpage:
I'm a great fan of Nick Drake (in fact I've written a short story
about him). His family said he was born with a 'skin too few', and
that this led to his depression and suicide. People like Alan Hope,
Sofa Spud and John Pelan don't seem to understand that one of these
days they may well tip someone over the edge, what with their
aggressive abuse. Not me because I can stand up to them and strike
back, but someone who is lonely / shy / vulnerable / depressed etc,
someone who mistakenly turns to the internet for friendship or mental
stimulation. And it annoys the hell out of me, partly, it has to be
said, because I am responsible for two people who may never be able to
judge other people very well, and may well be goaded into doing
something silly by the exact same sort of bullies.
I remember watching 'Dead Men's Shoes' starring Paddy Constantine and
thinking that one day my boys might come into contact with bullies
like those depicted in the film. And that's the worst thing about the
internet, it allows bullies like Pelan, Sofa Spud and Hope the
opportunity to browbeat and abuse anyone they want to. Indeed, I know
another parent - also a carer for a child with special needs - who is
clearly right on the edge of a breakdown. If the poor sod spent one
day in here being abused by the likes of those three then who knows
what might happen.