UK Sleepwalking into Fascism: Workhouses for Disabled, The #RacistVan, Racial Profiling


shanodindryad:

I don’t tend to reblog, and I hate for my first post in a while to be someone else’s thoughts, but this is important.

Originally posted on Scriptonite Daily:

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This week has seen a plethora of actions by the UK government, which if adopted by any other country, any compassionate person would consider fascist. Government sponsored vehicles are roaming the streets telling people to dob in suspected illegal immigrants, the UK Border Agency are stopping mostly non-white commuters on the transport networks and requesting they display credentials to prove their right to be here, and disabled people are being carted off to modern day workhouses. Yet in spite of all this, many are still reluctant to face the gut wrenching reality that all is not well in blighty.

Godwin’s Law? Oh Give it Up

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No doubt someone is already preparing a comment accusing me of Godwin’s Law for making this comparison.  So I’ll take a moment to set out why I am making it, and why it does not conform to the term.

Godwin’s Law was intended…

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Pondering Personal Patronage


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, ‘cos I’ve been really busy recently. Work’s been really busy – new clients, new staff, blah blah etcetera. I do have some big, thought-heavy posts brewing, but they could take a long time to percolate into the hot, strong deliciousness you’re used to. (Did I mention, I’ve started drinking coffee lately – mocha to be specific, still too wimpy for the real stuff.).

This is just going to be a quick post, as I’ve been having more thoughts about raising money. As I mentioned before in this post about charity/fundraising I’m really keen on the idea of having a smoothie bike event (cos ya know, making your own smoothies with the power of LEGS!!). The last fundraiser I did was for Cancer Research UK and The Little Princess Trust (when I chopped off all my hair and sent it for them to make wigs outta) to support my Gran when she lost her hair due to cancer & cancer treatment.

This time though, I’d like to support a charity which is important to me in a way which is less personal and emotional, and more relevant to my personality and interests and that kind of thing. There are a lot of worthy causes out there and choosing one has been tricky because I’d really love to donate time and money to loads of them

So, in an effort to combine smoothie bikes and my own interests and fund raising, I think I’m going to do something for Child’s Play. One of the niftiest things about the smoothie bikes is that they have a game system attached where you can compete with each other and stuff, so it ties in quite nicely.

The only thing that’s stopping me diving right in and organising this now is the associated cost – smoothie bikes and ingredients and venues and all that lot don’t come cheap. I’d need to hold a fund raiser for my fund raiser! So I thought I’d see if any of you geniuses have any ideas or suggestions as to how to do it without incurring too much of a cost (which I’d have to pay out of my own pocket as Child’s Play only accept 100% fund raisers).

Answers on a post card (or in a comment) please.

A musical interlude


I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment. Thinky thoughts. Sneak preview:

This is how I feel about Lancaster sometimes.

For those of you who can’t (or won’t) watch, the song is ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ by The Offspring.

EDIT: This was apparently my 100th post!! I should have done something special to commemorate.

Tiny Celebration


Today, this blog got its 50th like :) I just want to take a sec out to say that since this blog is almost entirely about myself and my experiences, each and every like, view, comment and follow is like a little affirmation that what I’m saying is worth taking the time to say.

So, thank you, everyone who’s liked, commented and followed this blog over the last couple of years – it means a lot to me and I hope you’re getting as much out of reading this as I get out of writing it :)

Cute Bats

Cute bats for every follower :)

Quote Me Happy


January 3rd Daily Post:

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

There are a few quotes which I find I never tire of, and there are a few reasons.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was an incredibly inspiring man. He’s one of a few people who have shown beyond all others that depression only makes the going tough, and not completely impossible. He guided the country through one of the toughest periods of the 20th century while fighting an internal struggle on an equal scale.

He also coined my favourite metaphor for depression, and the name for this blog – “The Big Black Dog”. It’s powerful and evocative, especially if you get the chance to read I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone.

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor” – English Proverb

This is something I’ve quoted once before on this blog. It was in an image, as these things often are. Despite my considerable Google-Fu I’ve not been able to find an original source for the saying, beyond the ambiguous “English Proverb”.

The thing I really like about it is the reminder that whatever has happened to me in the past, today, now, this is where I am. It’s something I really need to bear in mind sometimes, or I’d easily get stuck, bogged down by heavy yesterdays.

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe – Carl Sagan

I use this quote all over the internet, as a tagline, or a summary, or whatever else may call for a short but important statement. It says a different thing to different people at different times. There’s a great interpretation of the Carl Sagan quote at that link but to me it means something simpler; don’t walk before you can run. Build your tower from the ground up.

There are a lot of other quotes which I find inspiring and interesting – what are your favourites? Let me know, you might give me one I’ve never heard before.

Notes on a Young Woman


If I could choose any author to write my biography, it would have to be someone skilled at drawing interest and humour out of the mundane, so I'd probably go for Bill Bryson or someone of a similar ilk.

Bill Bryson could probably make even a rather unexciting life such as mine seen amusing – you'll know what I mean if you've ever read his book "Notes on a Big Country", which is a collection of writings on the mundanity of American suburban living in the 90's. It's possibly one of the most amusing and easy to read books I own.

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Why I blog, or sometimes not.


I don't know how this compares to other's experiences but I find I have so much going on inside my head sometimes that I can't follow all the trains of thought.

Sometimes, mentally collating these strands of thoughts and feelings into a structured blog post is the only way I can make sense of them. Unfortunately this mental process doesn't always coincide with keyboard time, so there are a lot of posts which have gone unwritten, simply because I wasn't in a position to type them when I wrote them. Once the tangled thought-strand has been extricated and sorted, it tends to remove itself to a back seat.

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Changing of the Guard


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more of my spider scrawl

More Money Raising….Eventually


It’s been two months now since I did my charity haircut for cancer research and the little princess trust. My hair is kind of growing back now, all short and spikey and a bit haphazard,  and I’m considering more charity event ideas. The one down that link is my favourite idea so far, but not at the moment. It’s winter, and I don’t know about you but I’d rather a hot chocolate than a chilly smoothie at the moment. Anyway, people were very generous when I last raised money, and since it wasn’t that long ago, they need time for their generosity to recover.

Berry Smoothie

Delicious AND charitable!

A really cool plus point of the smoothie bikes as a charity event is that there are a lot of possibilities involved. I could open it up to the public, make more of an actual event out of things and not just me doing something on my own to raise money. I could sell smoothies in Alex square-  people donate money and get a hand (foot?) cycled smoothie from me. Or, I could charge people to cycle their own smoothie. As long as I can rope in a friend or two to help it shouldn’t be too much hassle, and if I were to do it in the summer there’s plenty of time left to plan.

There are other things I could do, but I’m so smitten with the smoothie bike idea that I’m almost reluctant to look too hard. Someone suggested that I try the three peaks challenge (climb Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in 24 hours) but those of you who know me must be in fits of laughter imagining me trying to climb a hill, let alone three mountains!!

I suppose there’s always the ol’ bath fulla beans fall back. It’s not like I’ve got any hair left to shave off.

Guess who got some fancy new tech


This has been a decent few days. Got ourselves a big ginger cat, name Zeus, and I got a tablet. This is essentially a practice post using the snazzy new piece of kit. I’ve been trying out all the various features, and they all seem pretty nifty so far. Keep missing the space bar when typing though. Gotta get used to these touch screen shenanigans. :)