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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
12:52 pm


current mood: remembering

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Monday, August 24th, 2009
7:08 pm - Thoughts on compassion
I realise that I do not post very often but I hope that when I do post it is worth reading... I hope that this is double the case here since it deals with a very important thing in life: compassion.

Below you will find the text of my open letter to Kenny MacAskill MSP. I urge you, whether your views are similar or differ, to contact your own representatives about this important issue (though important due to the principle rather than this exact case). Those of you in Scotland can find contact details for your local MSP's here:
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/apps2/msp/msphome/default.aspx

With a little more difficulty you may find you UK representative here:
http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/mps_and_lords.cfm

I apologise that I can not make life easier for those of other areas and countries to contact your own local representatives but I do not even know where to start looking - I'm sure you can find them though, if you care enough about this issue.



Dear Kenny MacAskill MSP,

I would like to thank you for your brave decision to release Abdul
Baset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. I believe the decision is
well founded and that you made it for the right reasons. I applaud the
decision of those that have supported you to do so and I hope that they
continue to do so, I certainly will.

I will not recant all the things I have written to my own representatives
on this topic as you are probably much more well informed about them than
I am. However here is the gist of it, and though they may be different
reasons to your own that we have reached the same conclusion is important
and that we both have our own good reasons essential; knee-jerk reactions
are not helpful in this brief thing we call life.

I believe that in Scotland Scottish laws and Scottish values should
prevail (not those of the USA or England).

I believe that compassion is a Christian virtue and that wrath is a sin
and that since this is a (largely) Christian country it should uphold
those values.

I believe that if we can not show compassion then we are no better than
those who bomb and kill. I would prefer to be remembered for my
compassion after I died in a bombing than for my lack of it in old age.

I am writing this to you as an open letter of support (and will reproduce
it online), if it is of use to you feel free to also reproduce it.

I have copied this to Alex Salmond MSP as I would like him to know of my
support for you and because I would like to thank him for his own support
for you. I believe that strong, brave men shape the world and you are
both trying to make it a better place; thank you.

My thanks and sympathies for these events and those to come - I can in
some small way relate to the pressured situation you are under as I too
have been bullied at school and bullied by those there who are supposed to
know better and show a good example.

Best wishes and may this be a tale to look back on and enjoy in future
years.

Yours sincerely,

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Friday, November 16th, 2007
5:06 pm - Thirty years later...
PART ONE

Chapter 1

It was a bright cold day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the
vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions,
though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering
along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a
coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall.
It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a
man of about fifty-six, with heavy dark grey hair and ruggedly handsome
features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even
at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electricity
was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in
preparation for Hate Week. The flat was nine flights up, and Winston, who
was thirty-seven and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went
slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the
lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was
one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about
when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.

Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had
something to do with the production of pig-iron. The voice came from an
oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface
of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank
somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The television
could be dimmed, but there was no way of turning it off completely. He
moved over to the window: a smallish, frail figure, the meagreness of his
body merely emphasized by the red overalls which were the uniform of the
party. His hair was very fair, his face naturally sanguine, his skin
roughened by coarse soap and blunt razor blades and the cold and rain of
the summer that had just ended.

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4:47 pm - Thirty years later...
What follows is (almost) entirely the work of George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair) (1903-1950), my apologies but it kinda seemed appropriate in more ways than seemed coincidental - but then, you never can tell.

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Sunday, November 11th, 2007
3:51 pm - I think I might be a bit worried...
I guess I should be flattered though...Collapse )

current mood: amused

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007
12:58 pm - Not done many of these in a while...
It seems that Rudolph is the answer... what was the question?Collapse )

current mood: lethargic

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
12:28 pm - I'm not sure on the accuracy of this one I'm afriad...
Nerd testsCollapse )

current mood: apathetic

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Monday, June 11th, 2007
2:06 pm - Now this is my sort of quiz! :)
Apparently I'm not as weird as I feared! ;)Collapse )

current mood: discontent

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Thursday, May 24th, 2007
9:19 am - Now this would be something amusing...

Well, it's time for one of those rare updates again...

Here we have a link to a petition "to change the electoral process to include a binding 'None of the above, re-open nominations' on every ballot paper, the real kicker is in the detail :)

"It is proposed that every ballot paper include a binding 'None of the Above - Re-open Nominations' candidate. The basis of this would be to identify those voters who feel disenfranchised by the candidates on offer as opposed to those who are genuinely apathetic. Candidates who lose to 'None Of The Above' shall not be eligible for renomination at the re-election."

Though I would tend to prefer that candidates that lost to 'None Of The Above' also couldn't get to be renominated at the next election either (though a perminant ban would be silly as times change), then again this is less likely to fly I guess...

Tickled me anyway!

You have until 15th November, 2007 to sign it, though it has already built up quite a following (it's in the top five percent by number of signatures! :) - this is where each and every single one of you really do count though, it only has five hundred signatures!)

current mood: amused

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Friday, May 18th, 2007
4:29 pm - Interesting... :)
Kinda appropriate in a way...Collapse )

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
4:15 pm - Tum te tum... just passing...
And here's me thinking I wasn't a fundamentalist!Collapse )

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
12:25 pm - Why not?
Not my run of the mill memage but it's good for a laugh! ;)Collapse )

current mood: sick

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
10:20 am - Catching up :)
So much to do, so little time...Collapse )

current mood: happy

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007
3:59 pm - Happy St. David's day :)
And in other news "Eating Ice-Cream (full-fat only) is good for you"

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
2:20 am - Anime hair!!
You're not curious? ;Collapse )

current mood: amused

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
2:46 pm - Well at least something went right...
Apparently...

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

Are You Gooder at Grammar?
Make a Quiz



... I was amazed too! (With thanks to nickys for the link)

current mood: gloomy

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
1:35 pm - I'm being a good little citizen...
I've been spending a little time catching up on the petitions on the No. 10 Dowing Street website (link), I would suggest that you also spend a little time there and maybe even sign a few that catch your interest, one that just got posted and was definately of interest to me was this one calling for the redirection of funds from a Trident nuclear deterant replacement into generataing power from renewable sources (sun, wind, tide, wave etc.) (link) There are a few other petitions abuot Trident which you can find using the search feature on the front page and if there's not one that you like the look of and you have a better idea then you can submit a petition from the front page too :)

Like I said, being a good little UK citizen... whether it makes a difference or not I don't know but unless we try we'll never know :)

current mood: geeky

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
11:55 am - Valentine's day...
"The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269]."

There are others but apparently this one was the first...

I think Kevin and Kell are closer to the right track of the true spirit of Valentine's day than the world around me... or maybe I'm just a little bitter.

current mood: nauseated

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Monday, February 5th, 2007
3:40 pm - Something else...
Read more...Collapse )

current mood: content

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
11:21 am - Lots of things to do...
...so here's a bit of silly stuff! :)Collapse )

current mood: amused

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