Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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SchNEWS - direct action protest demonstrations

As the eviction date for Dale Farm is only a matter of days away, Basildon Council has announced that it will take the draconian step of cutting off all water and electricity to the site once the eviction notice period expires on midnight 31st August. This will leave sick, elderly, young, and pregnant residents without access to water or electricity. Amnesty International have condemned the removal of vital water and electricity in these circumstances, and asked their supporters to put pressure on the council to cease this serious violation of human rights.

Be there if you can!!

It's business as usual for the UK merchants of death

Evil warmongering criminal meets Colonel Gaddaffi

Be there!!

13 September Demonstration: Cut the arms trade not public services

13 September Demonstration: Cut the arms trade not public services:

Be there!!

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It's austerity Cookbook Time

Morrison's Value Curry Sauce
1. take a jar of Morrison's Value Curry Sauce. Only 9p a jar
2. remove lid
3. remove sultanas - requires patience (optional - some idiots like sultanas in their curry apparently).

Boiled vege
4. Take some steamed or boiled vege - here are some I prepared earlier (above right)

5. pour de-sultana'd Value Curry Sauce over vege, in a pan. Oil is optional.
a mess
6. Keep over a medium heat for as long as you require to make this shit pallatable
7. Stir regularly
8. Remove any sultanas you see
9. Serve:

Suggestion: eat quickly as it might taste completely horrible

BBC Nature - What is killing killer whales?

BBC Nature - What is killing killer whales?:

The answer seems to be PCBs and the phenomena of bio-accumulation in the top predators. I work on the railways and take my responsibilites regarding PCBs very seriously. Even though PCBs have been banned for decades, they remain prevalent on railway environments. We have tight procedures for ensuring they do not seep out into the wider environment and as an environmentalist I do my best to ensure that at least the PCBs and related chemicals under my influence, are properly dealt with.
The sad thing is though, things weren't always this way, and for 30 or 40 years these chemicals leaked out - literally leaked out of most of the capacitors we have on the london Underground, years before there were any proper legal controls.
Through natural process most of the PCBs seem to have found their way to the Arctic, much of it trapped in ice (which, ominously is melting) but also absorbed into sea creatures, feeding up through the food net gradually accumulating in the bigher preditors.
It' heartbreaking, it really is.

My Stats for August

Hmmm - that big spike represents 33 people. Hope they weren't too disapointed!

The Men Behind Barack Obama

The Cat is In The Charts


This link takes you to the Wikio News website where they have lists of the "most influential blogs in the UK and Irish blogospheres". Now look down the list for environment. Go to number 38. There I am.

So I wondered what criteria was used:

"The position of a blog in the Wikio ranking depends on the number and weight of the incoming links from other blogs. These links are dynamic, which means that they are backlinks or links found within articles.
Only links found in the RSS feed are included. Blogrolls are not taken into account, and the weight of any given link increases according to how recently it was published. We thus hope to provide a classification that is more representative of the current influence levels of the blogs therein.
Only links found in RSS feeds are counted. Blogrolls are not taken into account.
In December 2010, retweets were added as an additional factor to the ranking algorithm. For each twitter account, only one backlink per blog is taken into account each month."

Which i think means that due to neglect I probably won't be rating very high in September. Still nice to know that the effort I put in a month ago seems to have had an effect. Must try harder though, I think is the underlying conclusion I will take away from this.

Monday, August 29, 2011

At What Age did You Realise You Were Different?

Originally posted on Angels, Transgendered forum

I don't think i was very different early on - I only knew that I would firstly quite like to be a girl like my sister and secondly be able to wear what she wore. that was aged about 5 or 6 i think. then a few years later (aged 8 or 9 i started playing dressing up, with my sister, without parental supervison. i started wearing purely the gender correct stuff but found it boring. So started slipping on the dresses which fit me. My sister thought it was great even remarking that i just looked like a slightly boyish girl - and she knew a few. I found it exciting - not sexually, but somehow fulfilling. i was happy to see myself looking like a girl as if my external image finally matched my internal image; luckily i was quite a feminine looking boy sometimes being taken for a girl when just being myself. And that was when i started feeling different - the guilt and everything began then. but above all, at that point I desperately wanted to be a girl, and even dreamt about being a girl.

After that i took every opportunity to put on first my sisters clothes, and later, my mum's stuff - and she had some lovely skirts going back as far as the early 60s some of it.

I experimented with tights, tops, skirts, dresses etc. But of course it all began to get a bit sexual during puberty. sometimes I got a little too excited...

My Self Designed Twitter Background

It's just an experiment, I will improve it with time.

Friday, August 26, 2011

dream 26 08 2011

I dreamt I was in a secret force like the CIA. Precocious young woman straight out of college landed a place in on of the top units - a psi unit(?)

i was extremely envious and bothered by this. why hadn't i been offered the place. anyway i hung around the unit hoping to be brought in but always got cold shoulder from all of them. 

eventually grabbed a shot gun and ran into to their office to confront this young woman, and possibly kill her but somehow ended up pointing my gun at a teenage girl who said her mommy was just across the room. So I panicked and ran immediately out doors onto a concrete balcony overlooking a park and city. I dropped the gun over balcony and jumped an impossible drop. then ran a labrinthine route back to my own work station. 

noone ever seemed to suspect it was me. hoping the girl never got a good look at me. somehow it was the young woman who was alos the teenage girl.

the final scene with S and we had a DVD to watch (dad's army?) and she said we should watch it with a drink - i had wine but didn't want to tell S that I did.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Badgers on London Underground

Here are a set of pictures I managed to take using a remote camera set up on the Metropolitan Line on London's underground system. This location is a rather steep embankment near Amersham.

This is the camera we used - hopefully i can get the details up shortly - seen here rather crudely lashed to a nearby tree:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

England rioters: young, poor and unemployed | UK news | The Guardian

England rioters: young, poor and unemployed | UK news | The Guardian:

So the riots are not linked to poverty are they? The statistics say otherwise. the riots were very much linked to poverty, poverty of wealth and poverty of opportunity.

But of course, try to understand and you get told what I got told commenting on The Guardian's CIF site. When I attempted to go a bit deeper than "disgraceful" and cries of "scum" I got told that my attempts to "justify" the riots were shameful. Your attempts to ignore reality and deal with events in an irrational non-science based solution are shameful

I am so sickened by those who I share my country with. Now with talk of curfews, increased police powers and arbitrary and illegal punishments against the poor I am certain that the problem will only get worse. It seems most people in this country just want a war. They are angry and they blame the poor. Fuck knows why!

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Shard and depictions of animals

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Woolwich Riots - Aftermath

This evening I noticed this wall of graffiti appearing where the Whetherspoon pub used to be. 

In keeping with the new mood of intolerance, there were quite a few messages of hate on there. In fact it was pretty much filled with messages of hate - demanding cruel and unusual punishments to be inflicted on all alleged rioters and their families - eviction, withdrawal of benefits...while satisfying public anger, its hard to see how making whole families homeless and destitute will help the situation that was caused by poverty in the first place.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A deserted Plumstead - taken after 10am when Plumstead's traffic is usually approaching gridlock:
 In Woolwich, a fire engine arrives to investigate a burnt out police car:

 Much of the centre of Woolwich was cordoned off:
 The Pound shop was gutted:
 Rioters failed to break open a cash machine: