Yes, it's Fucking Political

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:21 am
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I wrote a really political story. I don't think it needs any knowledge of Ace Attorney, except perhaps the understanding that yes, this guy really is both a rock star and a prosecutor.

Why the Gavinners Aren't Playing at Pride This Year

Rock star Klavier Gavin is interviewed by his friend Jenny Lizst, a music journalist. She asks him about a rumour that the Gavinners wanted to play at the Los Angeles Pride Festival but were turned down. Klavier answers, but only off-the-record.

Set in 2024, during the Seven Year Gap. Inspired by real-life American and world politics in 2019.

Featuring awesome Gavinners OCs, bisexual erasure, mistrust of the police, young Klavier not understanding his own privilege, and a cheery discussion of how at least half the band would have been killed during the Holocaust. Also much gratuitous German.

(The German has not yet been checked by an actual German speaker so might be wrong.)

The Friday Five on a Tuesday

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:47 pm
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As I was away all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to post this on Friday, or indeed, Sunday, as I normally do. It is in fact closer to next week’s FF than it was to last week’s. Taking lateness to new and dizzying heights, wahey!

  1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
    Sometimes. It depends on how busy we are. We usually do a shop at the weekend to prep for the week but more often than we’d like, it involves at least one pizza night, one “yes, you can eat PB&Js in front of the television” night and one “cannot be arsed to cook, TO THE CHIPPY!” night.

  2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
    Yes. I have problems concentrating in supermarkets. I’m not sure why. I’ve tried to do the “once up and down every aisle” technique that works for the bloke, but it does not work for me, and I end up getting distracted trying to work out whether a “deal” is actually a savings on a per-unit basis or not, or deciding if I would like to try a new flavour of herb tea, or mourning the out-of-stock status of the kriek lambic, or just pondering my shoes because it is all too much. Lists help me to focus.

  3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
    If it’s not on the list, it does not get bought. Even if it’s milk or bread or something I literally buy every week.

  4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
    The 17 tins of tomatoes in our pantry speak for themselves.

  5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
    The occasions on which I have groceries delivered are (1) When the bloke is going to be away for at least five days and (2) Special occasions, like the bloke’s birthday last weekend when I ordered a vast quantity of cheese and wine for our trip to Wales. Otherwise, not on a regular basis, no.

Stream of consciousness blogging

Feb. 19th, 2019 11:08 am
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- Linkspammer still broken, sorry about that.
- I kind of feel like I want to blog more than I have for ages, but I'm not really clear what about. It's like an itch. This is an attempt at scratching it. It's not really working. Maybe I ought to do another Liberalism 101 post.
- I've got to go to exercise class in a bit and I'm so wiped out after emotional roller coaster yesterday* and adrenaline rush of dentist terror** this morning that I really don't want to. I know it'll do me good though.
- Daughter is playing lots of Tetris99 since it came out and the music is properly embedding in my head.



* my brain decided that yesterday was a great time to press a whole bunch of self destruct buttons. Happily some of them didn't work.
** I really really hate going to the dentist. My actual dentist is lovely, but that doesn't, sadly, stop the soul-wrenching terror.

The new Independent Group

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:49 pm
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The Independent Group's statement of values is mostly a pile of centrist mush that very few people could disagree with, apart from the very first bit under "we believe", where they dog-whistle racists with stuff about how the first duty of government - the first duty, mark you - is to do whatever it takes to secure our borders against all those nasty immigrants. I would have thought the first duty of government is to look after its citizens, or maybe uphold the rule of law. There's also the wishy-washy (at best) commitment to international co-operation, including no mention whatsoever of remaining in the EU, which given how the group was formed seems... odd.

Whatever they are, they really, really aren't liberals.

I guess they're filling a gap in the market, which is fine, fair play to them. Sadly, the gap in the market they are filling is centre-left authoritarian, and the reason that is a gap that exists, and my party isn't already filling it, is because authoritarianism is the antithesis of Liberalism; no matter how much noise Our Glorious Leader makes about us being centrists and a movement for moderates, the first thing we are is Liberal. Or so I thought.

It was with dismay, then, this morning that I saw not only all our MPs, and the press office, and a bunch of leaders of council groups, falling over themselves to praise this new grouping, but also a lot of people whose opinions I had hitherto valued and trusted. Huge swathes of my party sucking up to these people like they're the best thing since sliced bread.

They're so brave and principled, they said.

A bunch of people not forming a political party but hiding behind a company so they don't have to reveal their funding are brave and principled.
A bunch of people who let that company be in the sole name of an MP who voted against same sex marriage and who is associated with gay cure "charities" are brave and principled.

Is it any wonder that people call us spineless?
Is it any wonder that people think we don't actually have any principles?
Is it any wonder people think we'll do anything for power when here we are giving these seven people a tongue-bath the likes of which the world has never seen?

We didn't even wait five minutes. We were straight in the with "ooooo you're so wonderful and brave and principled".

Well, sorry folks, but I think this emperor is stark bollock naked, and I'm genuinely disgusted at you all for not only refusing to say so, but for admiring the finery of his clothes.

What I did in January 2019

Feb. 18th, 2019 01:28 pm
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Growing Underground

I visited an underground farm and ate salad that was grown there! It was a farm in a disused air raid shelter.

I played musical games and typing games and beat 'em ups and other games at the National Videogames Museum in Sheffield with [profile] cerebros_vivos and it was excellent to catch up.

I saw Mary Poppins Returns and Colette at the cinema with [personal profile] doseybat.

I went to Croydon on multiple occasions! I went to an Ingress First Saturday there and also to Croydon Fun Weekend! I played a game by Kevan, ate food at Uncle Lim's, had a vegan chocolate and rosewater milkshake at Shakeaway, went on a pub crawl, went on a guided walk, played boardgames at the Ludoquist.

I drank Mexican Lion Boy coffee, ate chicory coffee chocolate chip flavour nitro ice-cream, and also ate a vegan sausage roll at Greggs.

I went to London Burning Pub at the Miller Pub and to a birthday party at the Apple Tree.

I saw Daniel Kitson's Keep and oh, it was funny and moving and good.

I did Veganuary and ate vegan for a month.

On New Year's Day I went to Hastings with my mum and the sun shone and we watched drummers there.

What I did in December 2018

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:55 am
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Building in Sheffield

I went to St Albans for Christmas and spent time with my family. We played with umbrellas and watched Mary Poppins, ran around trees, caught bubbles and saw where fairies live.

I learnt that some buildings have shoes hidden in the walls, at the Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition at the Ashmolean, which I visited in Oxford with [personal profile] glyn.

I played on the swing inside the birdcage at St Pancras, while waiting for a train.

I reminisced about taking photos of cranes and being given a lift in a police van, with [profile] flangey, when we caught up in the Devonshire Cat.

I ate yellow peach sorbet and vegan apple turkey stuffing ice-cream.

I visited the Museum of London one lunchtime and saw the Experimental photography exhibition.

I had lunch at a Turkish restaurant to celebrate [profile] jacqui_c's birthday.

I went to Bleak Christmas and ate a slightly bleak dinner and sang carols and happy birthday to Jesus and chanted “Je-sus” a few times.

I visited the Orleans House Gallery and the Stables Gallery and saw the exhibitions and then wandered around Eel Pie Island as it was an open day.

I wandered around Bromley, shopping with my mum, for unicorn onesies and spaceship sweatshirts.

I saw ice melting outside the Tate Modern and video clips of certain times Marclay's Clock inside.

At Somerset House, I saw the Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, rainbows and omissions exhibition.

I ate Vietnamese food with [personal profile] doseybat in Ravenscourt Park.

I visited the vegan Christmas market at the Guildhall Yard.

Ingress:

I went to the Ingress Enlightened Monthly Social.

I did the Kingston Pub Quiz Missions and walked around Kingston.
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Kikirocs, South Woodford, London E18

Happy Sunday y'all!

This week's featured article is Kikirocs in South Woodford - by day, a child-friendly cafe, by night, a cocktail-friendly bar. Why not stop by for a Kake-recommended bagel with a side of coleslaw?

I recently found out that MEATLiquor has vegan options, so we truly are taking over. However not at the MEATliquor W1G location, as it has been permanently closed, though other branches remain open.

That's all til next time - have a great week :)

The Friday Five for February 15, 2019

Feb. 15th, 2019 04:05 am
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It's a seemingly never ending task - grocery shopping.

1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?

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As you may have gathered from yesterday's post, I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day. However, as a regular donor to the Abortion Support Network, who help women to access safe, legal abortion from Ireland and Northern Ireland, I couldn't ignore their appeal to help establish branches in Malta and Gibraltar, where abortion is (functionally) totally illegal. I have donated to the campaign here; please consider doing so if you are able to as well. If you can't donate, please consider my donation to have been given on your behalf as well. ♥ ♥ ♥

Fried

Feb. 15th, 2019 06:05 am
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My brain is fried. My body is fried too.

The anxiety and depression seem to be better but I have EPIC levels of chronic fatigue instead. I slept from 7.30am until 3.30pm on Wednesday, then from 8pm until 1am on Thursday, then from 7am until 2pm on Thursday, then from 5pm until 11.15pm. All times approximate.

I am attempting to do work for my degree after not having been well enough for some time, and I'm doing a very good impression of this meme right now:

I have no idea what I'm doing

Next week I have to make do without a Richard because he is being sent to Munich for work. I have no idea how that's going to work, either. (Volunteers who can come to Kingston to feed me will be welcomed if I'm not asleep. The being asleep at awkward hours is going to make that really tricky.)

I may have been drinking

Feb. 14th, 2019 10:33 pm
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A) Fuck Valentine's day

B) Donald Trump is a fucking racist wanker

C) Sense8 is awesome

Ron Howard's #20moviechallenge

Feb. 14th, 2019 08:40 am
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I have actually completed a meme! For the last 20 days I have been posting a contextless, commentless picture from a movie once per day on twitter. The constraints were that the films had to mean something to you, and that you could only post a pic, no comment.

But you all knew I wouldn't be able to resist verbiage in the end, didn't you? So here is the list of films, the pictures I chose, and why I chose them.


1, 12 Angry Men (1957)

A still from the movie 12 angry men

This is actually a live broadcast television play-for-today type thing that was turned into a stage play, and then a film, rather than a film per se, and there's a bunch of versions of it that are worth seeing, but this is the canonical one for me. So tightly directed, so beautifully acted, especially by Jack Klugman (yes, Quincey). And because it's a teleplay adaptation you get that constraint in the number of sets and locations that just increases the claustrophobia.

I love the lighting, too. There's something about 50s black and white films, and the way they lit them... At the time colour was seen as garish and for fantastic movies; black and white was for realism and grit. So there are some beautiful noirish touches in the lighting on this which amplify the mood.

there's another 19 under here, so I'm going to cut to save your scrolling fingers, oh my f-list )

To be honest, I could have gone on for a lot longer than 20 days. Although those films all definitely mean something to me, it's not a list of my favourite films by any stretch. Only one musical? Whither Singin' In the Rain'? No Gremlins II: the New Batch? No Wrath of Khan? No Rocky Horror? No Flash Gordon? No Galaxy Quest? No Alan Rickman or Sheila Keith or Karl Urban? No Kubrick? No Rope or Rear Window or Psycho or Rebecca - no Hitchcock at all? etc. etc. But I expect you're probably glad I stopped when I did.

Three Icons meme

Feb. 13th, 2019 10:18 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman choose three of my icons for me to explain.


“OMG iz fulla stars.” The problem with responding to this meme is that the last time I added an icon which wasn’t a Pokémon commission was probably about five years ago. I saw this somewhere and asked if I could use it. It’s for me “I’m going to write about geeky (space) science things” posts.


“If an opinion is worth having, it is worth having in capslock in public.” Once again, I’m pretty sure I got this off the [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth community. Possibly from [personal profile] azurelunatic? I DON’T KNOW. But the sentiment stands. I don’t ALL CAPS often but when I do, I MEAN IT.


“Will not survive the zombie apocalypse.” Ooh, now this one I think is particularly cool, and I don’t use it enough. A few years ago when I went to San Diego, I visited with My Mate Josh. One of the things Josh does as part of his living is operate an MRI scanner. You know, for SCIENCE. He asked if I wanted to have my brain scanned. Which, HELL YES I want my brain scanned, tyvm. So he scanned my brain, and then he did some fun visualisation with the data, and voila: I now have an icon featuring a view through the top of my skull into my brain. My brain appears in all respects to be physically healthy, at least, so clearly I will make a delicious dinner when the zombie apocalypse does finally strike.

I know the tradition is to continue the cycle of icon explainery by asking if others want me to choose three of theirs. However, I am already behind on comment replies and I do not see that getting better until the middle of next week at the earliest, so I ask forgiveness for taking without giving back in this instance.
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cut for the squeamish )

But here is a benefit of polyamory: [personal profile] matgb offered to get me a glass of milk in between doing other stuff. After a bit I realise he has forgotten. [personal profile] magister comes up to say goodnight and I am pathetic at him till he goes to get me a glass of milk. Then we say goodnight and he goes to bed. Ten minutes later Mat comes upstairs with a glass of milk "OMG I'm sorry I totally forgot!"

I might be in huge amounts of pain, but I am a happy little milk addict.

Quality Street

Feb. 12th, 2019 09:18 pm
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Today I bought a box of Quality Street chocolates on my way in to the office because I felt like I needed to share chocolate with my officemates to get through the day. I was delighted to discover that we all have different favourites. I am now convinced that this is a foolproof test of how well a team will get on with one another. Here are their preferences, with code names that actually suit them frighteningly well.

Christopher Robin - Toffee finger
Tigger - Orange Creme
Eeyore - Toffee Deluxe
Owl - Coconut Eclair
Kanga - Strawberry Delight
Me* - The Purple One
[Other team's Tigger - Caramel Swirl]
[Other team’s Owl - Fudge]

* An internet survey tells me I’m Pooh. I don't buy it.

Prices in the past

Feb. 12th, 2019 04:30 pm
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In my local history research, when I’m quoting a monetary value from the past I also give the equivalent in modern terms, using the Bank of England inflation calculator. This helps understanding to some extent, but leads to things like the modern-equivalent annual rent for a shop plus living accommodation being given as £5,846 (£50 in 1870), which feels absurdly low.

Then I saw an essay going around at the moment, “How do we know the history of extreme poverty”? from the Our World In Data project, which is not only very interesting but also includes data on historical per-capita GDP in England (adjusted for inflation and including non-market production such as households growing their own food).

This made me wonder if I should move to using per-capita-GDP-adjusted inflation-adjusted prices instead of just inflation-adjusted prices. Using the example above, the annual shophouse rent quoted would map to £42,666 (per-capita GDP was £4,149 in 1870 and £30,281 in 2016, so £5,846 in 1870 is equivalent to £5846*£30281/£4149 today), which feels rather more realistic.

Obviously I can’t be the first historian to think of this, but I haven’t managed to find any discussion or guidelines on it, partly because my Google searches keep filling up with economics and accounting instead.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this, or can see an error in my reasoning, or can point me at existing guidelines? (No need to point out rounding errors in the maths — I’ve simplified for clarity.) (Also, for those who don’t know, I have no formal historical training whatsoever. I intend to do something about this at some point.)

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Hello and welcome to another week of London randomness.

Hop & Vine, Ruislip, London HA4

Our featured article this week is a micropub and crafty beer shop in Ruislip, The Hop and Vine, HA4 7AN. Expect friendly service, wood-panelled walls, ales, cheeseboards and, if you're lucky, maybe a dog or two.

Reported temporary closures for the Cartoon Museum (yes there is one and it was in Bloomsbury, but intends to move to Fitzrovia), and Cote d'Azur, a French/Mauritian fusion restaurant in Croydon, which has closed rather more mysteriously (so it may or may not return).

Reported permanent closures are Maze, a fancy Gordon Ramsay-owned restaurant in Mayfair (I'm sure you went all the time, so we're sorry to let you down); The Waterloo Bar and Kitchen which was a bar and kitchen in, er, Waterloo; and finally Obia, an Italian restaurant in "Croydon's restaurant quarter" (South End).

The Friday Five on a Sunday

Feb. 10th, 2019 09:11 pm
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  1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed?
    King. We replaced our ancient double bloke-at-university-era bed with a very expensive John Lewis version when I discovered I was pregnant with Keiki, because I refused point-blank to carry another child to term on that mattress.

  2. How many pillows do you sleep with?
    I use one pillow and the bloke uses one pillow. We each have an additional chunky memory-foam pillow that we use when reading in bed.

  3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you?
    Er, I had to look this up. I have never used a weighted blanket and since I rarely suffer from insomnia, I probably wouldn't benefit from one.

  4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals?
    Only the ones our children bring with them when they sneak into bed with us.

  5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep?
    No, although we often listen to BBC Radio 4 comedy programmes (News Quiz, The Now Show, John Finnemore creations, Old Harry's Game) when it's time for lights out.
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These questions were written by Dreamwidth user Archersangel.

1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed?

2. How many pillows do you sleep with?

3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you?

4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals?

5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep?

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I need it!

I need to WORK for my DEGREE because I haven't done any in ages.
But all I feel like doing is working on my story.

Argh!

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