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‘Bitterly’ Disappointed Dad’s Email to Children Goes Viral

John Foxx/Thinkstock(PLYMOUTH, England) -- A retired British naval officer’s scathing email to his three adult children about his bitter and frustrating disappointment in all of them has gone viral with its eloquence and biting honesty.

Nick Crews, 67, of Plymouth, England, sent the letter to his two daughters and son to express his deep disappointment in them and their life choices.

“We are constantly regaled with chapter and verse of the happy, successful lives of the families of our friends and relatives and being asked of news of our own children and grandchildren,” Crews wrote. “I wonder if you realise [sic] how we feel — we have nothing to say which reflects any credit on you or us.”

He criticized them for failed marriages, lack of maturity and their inability to provide for their families.

“Fulfilling careers based on your educations would have helped — but as yet none of you is what I would confidently term properly self-supporting,” he continued. “Each of you is well able to earn a comfortable living and provide for your children, yet each of you has contrived to avoid even moderate achievement. Far from your children being able to rely on your provision, they are faced with needing to survive their introduction to life with you as parents."

“The predictable result has been a decade of deep unhappiness over the fates of our grandchildren,” Crews wrote. “If it wasn’t for them, Mum and I would not be too concerned, as each of you consciously, and with eyes wide open, crashes from one cock-up to the next.”

Crews said he and his wife were sick and tired of listening to their children’s complaints and failures. The children are 35, 38 and 40. The disgruntled dad wrote that he did not want to hear from his offspring again until they had good news.

“I can now tell you that I for one, and I sense Mum feels the same, have had enough of being forced to live through the never-ending bad dream of our children’s underachievement and domestic ineptitudes,” he wrote. “I want to hear no more from any of you until, if you feel inclined, you have a success or an achievement or a REALISTIC plan for the support and happiness of your children to tell me about.”

His last sentence before signing the letter was, “I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed.”

Crews sent the email in February and his eldest daughter Emily Crews, 40, recently asked him whether she could make it public in order to create some buzz while she works on a book about starting over.

The former commander has since told London’s Telegraph that he does not regret sending the email, but fears it might have been misinterpreted.

“It wasn’t meant as a furious dressing-down; more like a finger raised to my lips in church, when I spotted them picking their nose or scratching their bottom, down the pew from me,” he told the paper. “I was trying to express my frustration at these wonderful grown-ups who had yet to make the best of what they had. They have read the criticism, but not seen the enduring love through the lines.”

He paused before adding, “I haven’t done well as a father, have I?”

Emily Crews is reportedly the only child still speaking to her father after receiving the letter.

“It was horrendous receiving that email from my father,” she told London’s Daily Mail. “What he said in his email was quite correct, but I don’t think it was the right kind of support or the kick up the backside he intended it to be. I think he has created a monster out of the worst of us and ignored the best.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Video of Moscow Parking Brawl Goes Viral

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Video of an expletive-laden brawl over illegal parking in central Moscow went viral on YouTube where it has been viewed over two million times since it was posted on Tuesday.

The video shows members of a pro-Kremlin youth group and a group of young men, which reportedly include the son of a Chechen politician, exchanging heated words and punches.

Members of the youth group known as Nashi are seen asking a woman to move her car into a nearby mall parking lot, which is empty and would cost her less than two dollars. The woman refused to move it in “principle,” saying they don’t know who they are messing with and then threatened to rip off the limbs of the man filming the scene if he doesn’t delete the video.

“You’re going to crawl around on two hands,” she growled.

She then called for backup and the video cuts to the tire-screeching arrival of a Porsche Cayenne SUV and several other vehicles. A group of young men jump out and the video cuts to a tense argument. Punches are thrown as the scene quickly devolves into a giant brawl outside of a popular mall not far from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“I’m going to (expletive) slaughter your whole family!” one man shouts.

Russian news reports identified the woman as the wife of a Chechen member of the Russian parliament and one of the men who arrived to back her up was identified as her son.

Neither side decided to file charges, but Moscow police have opened an investigation anyway as the video gains notoriety online.

Nashi is most famous for defending Vladimir Putin at opposition rallies and has been known to intimidate opposition leaders. For the past year the group’s StopHAM movement has gone on a crusade against Moscow’s notoriously shameless parkers who often double and triple park their cars and block traffic.

They confront the drivers and, if they refuse to move, slap a giant sticker on the windshield that says “I don’t care! I park wherever I want!” That usually results in a confrontation full of foul language and some shoving. The group then posts edited videos of the exchanges online. In one video posted last year, the group placed a sticker on a luxurious Bentley sedan, valued at over $150,000, because the driver refused to move.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Mother-in-Law's Nasty Email Goes Viral; Brits Boycott Her

John Foxx/Stockbyte(LONDON) -- She has been called Momzilla, the British mother-of-the-groom who sent a scathing e-mail to her future daughter-in-law after the bride-to-be committed a few social faux pas during a weekend visit to her country home.

Carolyn Bourne, 60, sent shock waves across the Atlantic after she chastised her son's fiancée, Heidi Withers, for "rude behavior" that apparently included sleeping late, asking for seconds at the dinner table, and bad-mouthing the future in-laws at the local pub.

Bourne teed off on Withers for being what Brits might call "a little madam," demanding the family cater to her needs and exhibiting "uncouthness" and "lack of manners."

She even suggested that Withers consider finishing school to polish up her savoir faire. "It's high time someone explained to you about good manners," Bourne wrote. "Yours are obvious by their absence and I feel sorry for you."

Withers, 29, is a production assistant in London and was so upset that she sent the nasty note to her friends. The story soon went viral and has dominated the British media for days.

Now, an online group is urging people to boycott Bourne's family-owned flower shop, Whetman Pinks Nursery, in the southwestern coastal town of Dawlish in Devon.

"If Mrs. Bourne apologizes, we will remove the boycott," wrote the group, Universally Aware. "We are here to raise the consciousness of all people."

Bourne's e-mail went on to say it was "unfortunate" that her son Freddie, who runs a bicycle shop, had fallen for Withers.

At least one thing crosses the pond loud and clear, according to one expert: Bourne's future relationship with her daughter-in-law is dead.

"What's interesting in this story is that the woman isn't a mother but a step-mother to the affianced young man and it certainly sounds as though what's at stake is territory -- the future mother-in-law isn't about to cede a inch to the young woman of whom she's profoundly jealous," said Peg Streep, author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt.

"This dynamic, alas, isn't limited to just stepmothers and fiancees who are perceived as interlopers but even happens between mothers and daughters as well," she said. "The arc of the young woman's life -- the fiance who dotes on her, the grand wedding, the sense of future possibility -- throws what's wrong or what hasn't happened in the older woman's life into high relief and sets off a self-serving rant which would be funny if it weren't meant to be hurtful. It's true enough that the girl should have written a thank-you note but, even if she had, it wouldn't have made a whit of difference," said Streep.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Children Re-enact Suicide Bombing On Shocking Video

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | Facebook(WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan) -- A disturbing video of children acting out a suicide bomb mission surfaced on Facebook recently and has gone viral.

The video, which has been circulating for four days and seems to originate in Afghanistan or Pakistan, shows a black-clad boy walking down a line of younger children exchanging handshakes, hugs and apparent goodbyes with younger children. After a final hug with an older boy at the end of the line, he embarks on his faux suicide mission.

The wannabe bomber, who wears a black scarf over his face, turns and walks towards a second group of children. A boy dressed in white and posing as a security guard holds up a hand to stop him. The bomber then lifts up his shirt to show where a bomb would be attached and pretends to detonate it.

The children throw sand in the air to simulate the dust created by a bomb and then fall to the ground as if killed by the explosion. The children who had shaken hands with the bomber run over to inspect the bodies.

The origin of the video is unclear, though based on the physical appearance of the children and the sandals and shalwar kameez tunics they're wearing, the playacting seems to take place in Afghanistan or Pakistan. It is shot from an angle that suggests the camera was held by an adult. Several media reports say a man named Ahsan Masood, a Pashtun from the Waziristan region of Pakistan, was among the first people known to have posted the video on Facebook. Masood says he uploaded it from a friend and did not know its exact origin. In one published account, Masood says he received the segment as a cellphone video.

This video is only a simulation, but comes from a region where the Taliban is active and suicide bombings are frequent. The idea of using children as executioners is also not a novelty in the area. In 2007, the Taliban made a shocking tape of a young boy wearing a combat jacket and slitting the throat of a Pakistani militant while denouncing him as an American spy.

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