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Yeeeeeeeha! [20 Aug 2009|12:51am]
[ mood | cranky ]



If standing outside a restaurant handing out flyers consists of 'aggression', it's clear that the human race is really raising its standards of peacefulness 0.o

I was at some of the demos, but I'm getting slightly annoyed at some protesting methods, particularly when they're based on VIVA and PETA information. I think protests can sometimes become too near to harassment. Then again, if someone's cruel enough to sell foie gras then reason isn't going to help much.  Unfortunately I persist in thinking reasoning is enough. If I had the cash, I'd probably redesign a lot of the leaflets, since people aren't quite stupid enough to change their mind based on a picture of a lickle fluffy duckling with manipulative language and NO DAMN EVIDENCE.

If I had any suggestions to make on the campaign, I'd get more research and campaign a bit further away from the shop. Aiming to make Bath a generally  foie-gras free zone seems more likely to help than picketing individual places.  Why give these people the chance to equate the 'right' to eat foie gras with personal 'freedom?' Doesn't responsibility also come with freedom?

Then again I find the minibar owner contemptible, though I've no wish to harass him, the same for the rich Bath idiots who sniggered that force-fed goose liver was 'tasty' and ranted at us because we 'could be helping the starving children in Africa'.  We weren't even campaigning against meat, just against cruelly-produced meat. Gah.

From what I experienced the protests were all extremely polite and peaceful. We were just handing out leaflets when I was there, and trying to patiently reason with unreasonable and fairly stupid people. The few thoughtful people were much appreciated though!

Further information here, both biased in slightly different directions for balance.

Moral dilemma - help! (x-posted to ratlovers and rattielovers) [20 Jan 2009|06:18pm]
I would REALLY appreciate advice ont his from other rat owners. T___T

My 2-year old rattie girl (a pet shop rat) has a tumour, and I've taken her to the vet, who says she can do an operation. We then found she actualyl has 2 tumours, one near the neck at the mammary gland, and another high on her chest- it's about ping-pong ball size. I'm concerned about the fact the vet admitted the tumour usually grows back.

She seems happy enough, if a bit annoyed by it, and eats and sleeps happily. But it is growing fast, and I can't decide if it's kindest to let her have the op or not, as it's going to be traumatic for her, and possibly she might not survive it, all for some extra time- and it worries me it might be cruel. That maybe I could just give her a nice time in the meantime, for as long as she has left,  and not operate.  It's also in rather a dodgy place to operate.

But then again it might be worth removing it once and seeing if it doesn't grow back. <>

I know ratties are prone to tumours, but I'd really appreciate advice from otehrs w ho had to make this decision!
Thanks - sorry if it upsets anyone.
6 in the chorus|sing

Infinite monkeys! [13 Oct 2008|07:06pm]


Those who know the daft urban myth that an infinite number of monkeys randomly typing letters would eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare is now being tried practically. (I lost the site, but am hunting- in the meantime look at a good April fool's version from a while ago...) http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2795 

I'm bitterly disappointed by some aspects of the original- it's just a randomly generated series of numbers, but simulated monkey is better than no monkey at all...

So far they have had several three-letter matches. There is also a program which checks all generated numbers against the complete works of Shakespeare, so you can visit daily and see how the monkeys are coping. It's just a matter of time!

I suppose, practically, it doesn't work, to say nothing for the eventual temper of the monkeys- it's bad enough ghostwriting, let along randomly and eternally ghostwriting something that has already been written and is of little or no interest to the simian mind.

If real monkeys continued to do this over a long period of time, it is possible they may eventually evolve until they are able to learn the significance of the letters--- or may interfere and repeatedly type one word they particularly like. Alternatively they may type their own vocalisations or develop a new language. I imagine once they learned fruit names the Tragedies would be blighted by an overabundance of bananas...

Or they might just blurt out the sort of emo garbage you read in weblogs. You could as easily take every blog ever written and pick out the complete dictionary from it, but it's neither surprising nor interesting. 

It isn't that convincing to me, mainly because it's only the complete works of Shakespeare when reassembled because we're disregarding anything that does not fit. So it could work after the complete works were written but not before. Unless some clever cheeky little literary monkey could write the whole thing out in order, and then invent a time-machine to assassinate Shakespeare, in which case future Booker prizes could be more interesting in the future...

And another point I just found:
"The sun is scheduled to burn out within a few billion years, which will put an end to the monkey typists."
2 in the chorus|sing

Meme thing robbed from Robyn XD [14 Jul 2008|10:58am]
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

I'm appalled by my lack of taste in the classics XDD 
3 in the chorus|sing

'That' list in full [14 Mar 2008|01:04pm]
[ mood | confused ]

...thought some people might find it amusing. As most of you will know, the UK government seems to have had allowances for MPs (who already pay no tax and have huge incomes, as well as £300 a week food allowance.They also have the entire summer off, paid, and most aren't legally required to be present in Parliament, except for major events.

To put this into context, people unemployed or on benefits get about £55 a week, with which you must pay for EVERYTHING.

If I sell even one picture a fortnight, I get it all deducted from any benefits. Now if I were to go into parliament, I'd get the following for upkeep on a second 'London' home.

The list in full, (from www.bbc.co.uk)

Air conditioning unit - £299.99
Bed - £1,000.00
Bedside cabinet - £100.00
Bookcase/shelf - £200.00
Bookcase/cabinet - £500.00
Carpet - £35.00 per square metre
Carpet fitting - £6.50 per square metre
Coffee maker/machine - £100.00
Coffee table - £250.00
Dining armchairs (each) - £150.00
Dining chairs (each) - £90.00
Dining table - £600.00
Dishwasher - £375.00
Drawer chest (five) - £500.00
Dressing table - £500.00
Dry cleaning - both personal and household [items] are allowable within reasonable limits
Food mixer - £200.00
Freestanding mirror - £300.00
Fridge/freezer combi - £550.00
Gas cooker - £650.00
Hi-fi/stereo - £750.00
Installation of new bathroom - £6,335.00
Installation of new kitchen - £10,000.00
Lamp table - £200.00
Nest of tables - £200.00
Recordable DVD - £270.00
Rugs (each) - £300.00
Shredder - £50.00
Sideboard - £795.00
Suite of furniture - £2,000.00
Television set - £750.00
Tumble dryer - £250.00
Underlay (basic) - £6.99 per square metre
Wardrobe - £700.00
Washer dryer - £500.00
Washing machine - £350.00
Wooden flooring/carpets - £35.00 per square metre
Workstation - £150.00

Wasn't this what WAGES were invented for?


[10 Feb 2008|06:53pm]
[ mood | calm ]


Sometimes things (such as picture scans) will remain public. ^.^

If you want to be added, we can talk about it here. ^.^
I am a very easygoing person, but please don't ask to be added to bump up your ranks.
(I tend to delete people that don't read entries) :P

23 in the chorus|sing

Edwardian postcard scans [17 Sep 2007|09:06pm]
[ mood | drained ]

I used to have a fondness for the top floor junkshop of Affleck's Palace in Manchester. The only thing they ever sold cheap was postcards...I found a few of them in an old box a few weeks ago and decided to scan them.

Some of them have been touched up over paint specks and such like.

They're all English by the way. ^.^ Just anticipating questions in advance. I suppose they're all music hall actresses, but I don't know who any of them are.

Four more under the cut Read more...Collapse )

25 in the chorus|sing

Louis Wain Exhibition [11 Sep 2007|09:33pm]
[ mood | blah ]

There's a touring exhibition of a few of Wain's cat pictures (loaned from the Bethlem Hospital collection.

Wain was a member of the first anti-vivisection societies, and was a gentle person who raised his sisters alone from the age of twenty. He married, but his wife died after just a few years.

In the 1930's, he became mentally disturbed and was sent to an asylum. His fans clubbed together to get him moved to Bethlem, which at the time was a far better hospital.

I'm surprised by the difference between his early and late stuff. The earlier ones are much more detailed, but his later ' kaleidoscopic' cat pictures were really exciting to look at too. He has a really nice way with fur.

Some of the pics seemed to be prints, but there were some great originals. The coloured pencil ones and the detailed pen and ink scene of a cricket match was great. :P

I saw the originals of these! Yay!

This is one of my favourites.


Some of the pics are on the Bethlem website. It also has visiting information. The touring exhibition I went to is in Preston, in the Museum of Lancashire.
(scroll right with the red arrow on the page)

In honour of the occasion, I've also scanned some pics from my falling-apart Wain book which used to belong to my grandmother. :) They're under the cut.

Read more...Collapse )<img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b383/josafeeny/Louis%20Wain/forgottenx.jpg"


Unintentionally Scary Songs [15 Oct 2006|04:36pm]
[ mood | scared ]

In celebration of the Guardian's slot on unintentionally frightening songs, I'll go first:

I always found listening to Peter and the Wolf to be a bad experience, probably due to seeing a jerkily animated Russian version of it in the school cellar, which being Thatcher-era was where the TV was kept. That 'Do-do-doo, do DOO do-doo" bit always conjures up the menacing scene in which a horribly moulting wooden wolf jerkily circles a tree in which a wooden bird is hiding.

That "every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you' song used to give me the creeping horrors, largely due to my mishearing 'me' as 'meat.'

Puff the Magic Dragon is deeply wrong on so many levels (it still actually has the power to actually depress me for days after hearing it), as is Teddy Bears' Picnic. It's suspiciously perverted in tone, ("If you come down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...!" and sounds even worse when heard as a kid in the local park as a part of the Morecambe illuminations in the inaccurately named Happy Mount Park

In a touchingly mistaken adult attempt to make it more 'fun' they'd hidden little speakers in the trees, so you'd get this disembodied teddybear song playing out of sync with those horrible budget animated bears (slowly moving their limbs up and down) as a centrepiece. Quite horrible. XD

"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks was the most awful, sickening lump of sentimentality I've ever heard. I did, and still do, find it physically sickening to listen to. It's that stupid "Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die..." Rather that being sincerely sad and affecting, it's actually quite repulsive, especially with his awful fucking voice. Anything by Chris de Burgh also has this effect. It's quite horrible that he was ever given life at all. Like those stupid films with some teminally ill love interest.

Existential despair songs are another goldmine. It's usually caused by the Beach Boys' 'Fun, fun, fun' They all sound so hysterically cheerful that it puts you in mind of the forced cheerfulness of a suicidal clown, and they seem to give you the feeling that the world is but a sad, searing Sunday wasteland.

As far as embarrasingly weird fears go, I was also scared of 'Mr Soft' by the Steve Miller Band, 'Waltz in Black' by the Stranglers, 'Waterloo Sunset' by the Kinks, 'Waltzing Matilda' the 'ghostbusters' theme, Elvis Costello as a person, The Carpenters (they gave me the creeps) and an entire Enya album. It scared the bejaysus out of me.

Oh yeah- and 'We Three Kings of Orient Are." It starts tamely enough, but for those that have endured learning the whole damn thing you realise the verse slows down to a leanden dirge, culminating in

"Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb"

I can imagine a little Ian Curtis singing that in his school choir. O.o It had the most indelibly creepy effect on anybody who had to sing it.

Bushisms [26 Jun 2006|06:01pm]
[ mood | impressed ]

George, language is (or was) a good and noble thing and it should not be punished in this way. T___T

"I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome."
—George W. Bush, defending Vice President Dick Cheney's pre-war
assertion that the United States would be welcomed in Iraq as liberators,
NBC Nightly News interview, Dec. 12, 2005

"Because he's hiding."
—George W. Bush, responding to a reporter who asked why Osama bin Laden
had not been caught, aboard Air Force One, Jan. 14, 2005

"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake."
—George W. Bush, on his best moment in office, interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, May 7, 2006

"Justice ought to be fair." —George W. Bush, speaking at the White House Economic Conference, Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2004

"We stand for things." —George W. Bush, Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2004

I give up. I'll be going out to find a different planet as soon as my next dole cheque comes through. Mars is supposed to be nice this time of year.

1 in the chorus|sing

Free Books! [05 May 2006|01:52am]
[ mood | hot ]

You can get some really good stuff at
and http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/

Some I liked....(I have saved about forty so far so obviously I can't tell you them all
XD Plus I'd bore you all to death with Hume and stuff.
I only went to Gutenberg to find the Knocking On the Door essay De Quincey did about MacBeth

(I'm obsessed, sorry...summer is a good time to reread it cause of the dense atmosphere, or most likely I'm just a little freak. Apparently you can sometimes see Hamlet performed at the actual Elsinore btw (teh cool!)

Anyway Lazzie digresses due to this damn heat T___T

"Notes From Underground by Dostoevsky"

"Houdini on general kinds of tricks through the ages"

"The Altar of the Dead by Henry James"

I found a really good one on alchemy somewhere.
Found it"

It's too hot to sleep. This weather is driving me nuts. I'm gonna read about Lady MacBeth's method of stress reduction again.

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