Sunday, 26 October 2008

What the Election Should Really be About

I haven't said much about the US election - I'm a Brit so I really feel it isn't my place to pontificate on a subject I know little about. Suffice it to say that if I was an American, I'd be voting for the candidate who believed in evolution, the value of scientific research, gay rights and, above all, who genuinely wanted to make the life of individuals better.

So I want to draw attention to this open letter to Senator Obama written by my friend Kate over at The Radula. In it, she describes her circumstances, how longstanding illness has interfered with her capacity to earn a living and how she hopes, with health care and education support from the state, to get back into work so that she can provide for her family and make a contribution to society. Without that support, she cannot hope to do so.

She offers Senator Obama her support and urges him to hold good to his promises on health care and welfare if he becomes President. It's a great letter - honest and without a trace of self-pity, despite the tough times she has had. I hope both candidates get to read her letter. Politicans should be reminded more often that they are there to represent us, to make our lives better - if they don't, what good are they?

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Scary but Funny

Pinched from that rapscallion Archie, a very funny yet deeply disturbing tableau of a possible future. Laugh while you sweat...

Palin in the Oval Office

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Mouse Traps and the Mile Cry Club

Hello fellow bloggers!

I bought a brilliant little book this week called Fictionary: words that don't exist but should and it's had me snickering to myself periodically. It comes from the girls who run the Daily Candy website and it provides a useful reference for those baffled or irritated by the modern world. It's especially good for grumpy oldies, as I myself aspire to be. Try these for size:

Mouse Trap: An Internet purchase that looks a lot different upon arrival than it did in the picture.

Promotion Sickness: the queasy feeling one gets when someone really stupid gets promoted.

The Mile Cry Club: The babies and children on a plane who spend the entire flight crying, screaming and kicking your seat.

Then there's Drailing and Drimming - emailing and instant messaging when you are drunk - never a good idea...

...and one that strikes far too close to home for comfort:

Inshopnia: A disorder marked by making unnecessary online purchases in the wee hours due to insomnia - oh yes, been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and the bag, and the CD, and the mousemat...

Friday, 10 October 2008

A Sock's Eye View on the Financial Crisis

There isn't really much to laugh about this week but there are two jolly socks in Edinburgh who made me giggle - hope they do the same for you...

Back with a Snap!

Hi guys! Been away doing things in the 'real' world for a while but I'm back now. I might actually be getting a life - who'd have thought it? Anyway, to break us back in gently, I thought we could do a quiz, so WHAT KIND OF REPTILE ARE YOU?

You Are a Crocodile

You are incredibly wise and knowledgeable.
In fact, your wisdom is so deep that it sometimes consumes you
People are intrigued by you, but you find few people intriguing.
You are not a very social creature.
You are cunning. You enjoy deceiving people a little.
You are able to find balance in your life, and you can survive anything.