Generation Jihad, One Born Every Minute and MastercraftsGeneration Jihad, One Born Every Minute and Mastercrafts – There’s trouble afoot from Bradford to Southampton while Monty Don does something old-fashioned with a tree.

BBC 2 presents Peter Taylor’s “Generation Jihad”, an investigation on the threat that young British born Muslim extremists hold for the United Kingdom, to understand why they continue to turn their backs on the country they were born in, and how their views have become radicalized in contrast to their parent’s often moderate take on Islam.

One of the most compelling stories the 3 part series brings to light is that of Hammaad Munshi, a 15 year old boy from West Yorkshire, groomed in online chat rooms by Jihadi advocates only to later be arrested after finding him “…some months later with a schoolbag full of ball bearings; in his bedroom were scribblings about Allah and martyrdom and a hard drive concealing tips on how to make your own napalm and submachine guns.”

The Guardian also reported that neighbours described Munshi as not being “…your masked rioting type, but a normal GCSE student from a well-regarded family, the grandson of a respected Islamic scholar…” the community’s expression of the boy’s character denotes the magnitude of radicalization taking place over the internet behind closed doors, upon Islamic youth. The technological rift between generations of immigrant Muslims is breeding a dangerous degree of ignorance. The older, moderate, generation of Muslims are frequently unaware of their children’s exposure to online interactions with extremists.

“Three of the 7/7 London bombers came from West Yorkshire and the area was also home to Hammaad Munshi, Britain's youngest convicted terrorist.” The series gave Sir Norman, the Association of Chief Police Officers' representative for policy the opportunity to state that a solution to the issue of Muslim youths becoming radicalized lay in “…a need for the community to work with the police…So the community as a whole could do more and the Muslim community is a part of that.' - Daily Mail.

Tehmina Kazi, writing for Guardian, eagerly reminded readers of an occurrence in October 2008 on a train, where a white extremist was caught with two explosives, and consequently charged and convicted for seven offences, including the preparation of acts of terrorism.  

“Generation Jihad” may have been more effective in addressing a solution if it had exposed the general tendencies of radical movements, be they of any nature: that extremist movements pose, as Rizwan Ditta's claims as the "only ones giving you a solution."

With human rights lawyers such as Phil Shiner, who delivered £2.83 million compensation for the relatives of Iraqi civilians who were mistreated in Basra during the 2003 war, and organizations such as British Muslims for Secular Democracy, any manifestation in Ditta’s statement as an answer for Muslim youths to not channel their concerns peacefully, hopefully remain at bay.

One Born Every Minute

Is a Channel 4 “fly on the wall” reality show in which 40 cameras were installed at the maternity ward at Southampton Hospital. The cameras are not remote controlled, nor are there any voice-overs, the entire show rests in the hands of the family and midwives frequenting the halls the maternity wards with the last leg of their story in the birth of their child to be.

The opening episode deals with Tracy, a 37 year-old giving birth to her fourth, and Lisa, 21, who was about to have her first via caesarean section.

With a complete absence of extensive production and footage doctoring, One Born Every Minute needs little to prove that “…Birth is the moneyshot to end all moneyshots” Daily Telegraph.

Where the women and newborns drew compassion from TV audiences, men’s collective demeanour and attitude in the maternity ward did not bode as well.

Tracy’s husband Steve took the opportunity of his wife being in labour to blow up a latex glove and proceed to tickle her and tap her on the head with it while she was in mid contraction.

Craftworks, BBC2

‘Our confidence and trust have been absolutely shattered,’ he says. ‘We no longer believe in banks, we no longer believe in politicians, we hardly believe in doctors, we don’t believe in the weather, we don’t believe in the food we eat. People are looking for surety, they’re looking for things they can make and know are good, rather than things they can buy or that other people sold to them.

Monty Don draws from his interest in traditional crafts such as woodworking and blacksmithing, to produce a show where enthusiasts are given the chance to work with master craftsmen in a six week course. The programme also explores the historical aspect of these skills, and brings awareness to the requirements one needs to observe if they are to make a career out of the chosen craft.

The first episode of the series dealt with thatching, to which Monty Don has a close tie to having turned down a thatching apprenticeship after learning it would be a long seven years apprenticing before he could claim any part in mastering the craft.

The presenter claims that the most rewarding part of the show is in watching the participents “…because they realised how hard it was to become wonderful. They suddenly realised that here was something that was tough, that was going to take a long time and that was real.’

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