Monday, January 26, 2009

Guilty by Association.

Up until a few weeks ago the only thing I knew about Tony Quinn was that he ran those expensive Educo Gyms and sold lots of powders in cans that have pictures of muscle folk on them.
But as woo would have it, he seems to have been popping up all over the place of late- even to the degree of having his very own an anti cult protest(!).
Anti cult eh? This of course sparked the eyebrow of cynical raising, the Fatcat sonar if you will.
It appears the dude or Guru Tony if you will, has been hosting extremely expensive seminars in exotic locations where clients can go along and work out how to unlock the secrets of their minds. For a not inconsiderable fee el Tone will 'splain to you why and how you need his guidance to make the most of your life. Once your inner something has been released or 'splained to you, you can then return home and use his teachings to guide you through the pitfalls of life the rest of us mere mortal must navigate Tonyless.

Quoth model mum and stylist and somebody I'd actually never heard of Lisa Fitzpatrick.
""I think it's a case of whatever works for you. Some people go to fortune tellers and if that works for them, I'm all for it.

"If someone wants to read into angels then let them on and if someone else gets help from Tony Quinn's seminars then it can only be doing good for them.

"I would never put down anything whether it's Reiki, massages, acupuncture or Tony Quinn's methods," she added.

And given that Lisa is about to launch her own Style and Body academy, she's all about building confidence from an early age.

Quite. Angels. Reiki. Fortune tellers. Oh my.

You can read the rest of Lisa's path to spiritual enlightenment here.

(I particularly liked how model mum Lisa can now talk freely to those pesky college educated weirdos, thank to Tony's motivational stewardship. Nothing says self help success more than being able to tolerate college folk.)

Anyhoo, never one to pass up a story, the venerable Sunday world did a look see on El Tone's unlocking ways. The story with photos can be read here.
You can read it yourself, it's quite entertaining.
Now it's hard to know what to say about this kind of thing. I'm am always reminded of Gamma's line about fools and their money whenever I run across the woo laden. And yes, my personal view is we're dealing with a sophisticated form of woo here. Energies? Auras? Hypnotism? Expensive retreats? But there again if people are willing and indeed eager to part with their hard earned cash and get a tan in the process, who am I to get sneery with it?
I remain HIGHLY sceptical though, normally when it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a god damned duck. And you can find ducks on any old pond, not just expensive sandy sun kissed lakes.
I will slot this one under 'Questionable Duck hunting.'



Blogger PI said...

Retreats would be great if it weren't for the other boring twerps.

10:24 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Heh, I take it you've been to a few Pat.

10:33 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Tony Guru is very wealthy, been trading in woo for 30-odd years.

11:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I see, I am in awe of his jiggery pokery. That is some amount of money he's raking in for offering his pearls of wisdom.

11:41 a.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

Oh, it's woo alright. Big fat muscular woo.

12:48 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Protein based woo?

12:57 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

World anti-woo day coming up soon. 200th anniversary of Chuckles Darwin's birth on Feb 12th.

Now, there was somebody who rejected the woo, fer sure.

12:58 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He certainly gave it a good rattling.

1:15 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

why am i bothering with an advanced degree that will net me a rather limited salary, when instead i could be peddling woo about the world, and wallpapering my mansion with other people's hard-earned dollars?!?!

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Where did my bloody comment go!?

1:33 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

bah! Daisy Mae I said: dunno, but you'd better knock off that 'college talk' lest you make folk nervy. Look at poor Lisa, without motivation she could hardly be in the same room with college folk.
Then I complained about my neighbour's sodding sensitive alarm that goes off EVERY day, and how it was ruining my excellent tea.

1:35 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hah, actually I could see myself eyeing people up, taking my imaginary pipe from my lips and saying 'Say Sport, that sounds like college talk to me, we don't stand for that round these parts. Naturally I would need to find the right circumstances for this.

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

It doesn't make any sense.
How is it exactly that someone else can raise your self-esteem?

2:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't know darling, why don't you send me a shit load of money and I'll work on figuring that out. ( I was doing an excellent impression of Wallace ( Wallace and Grommit) as I typed that)

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh wait! No research needed. If I TELL you you're super mega hella amazin' you gotz to believe it. GOTZ TO.*

* And hand over money

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Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

What amazes me about "life coaches" is that people go to them thinking 'this'll be a bit of a laugh' and come out saying "oh, my God, I never knew I had such issues with my father...its sooo obvious now what has been going wrong with my life". I know somebody like that. She was normal beforehand and now is unsure about herself.

3:49 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Unsure and poorer no doubt.
Any way, I must away to the gym to coach myself into breakng a sweat.

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