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29th-Apr-2009 10:47 am - two posts in one morning!
Ahhhh blue !!!
I wrote my last post at home before coming into work, which put me behind schedule a bit. However one of the blessings of my job is that I don't have to fret about getting into work "on time".

My journey takes me past the Westgate towers which is built on a bridge over the river. As I passed the tower I noticed a mother duck attempting to walk her brood across the road! I stopped my car to shield the miniature family so that they could cross the road safely. While I was waiting for the ducks to get to the other side I noticed in my rear view mirror the chap in the car behind me looking on impatiently. The thought occurred to me - that if I hadn't made myself late in the first place, putting me in front of that driver - the family of ducks may have had to deal with him instead.
Ahhhh blue !!!
I have suffered from low self-esteem and social anxiety for most of my life, it is debilitating and has been preventing me from making the most of my life. Recently I was off sick with work-related stress, mostly because I didn't have the confidence to take control of my situation, my doctor put me on medication, referred me for councelling, and recommended that I read a book "The secret" by Rhonda Byrne. The recommendations for further reading have continued since. I have improved amazingly since finally giving and admitting I have problems. My friends, girlfriend and work colleagues have been amazingly supportive, and what I have found more astounding is the supprt coming from the very people that I perceived to be my biggest problems. My reading has prepared me for a lot of this change and it certainly has helped me bounce back in a way that I could not have ever imagined. I am speaking with confidence and feel a lot happier about my life .. and I know I still have a long way to go.

Tan has a poster (which sits in out bathroom!) with a Max Ehrmann passage quoted on it. For her birthday last year I surreptitiously removed it and had it framed properly for her. I have seen and read this passage many times. Today I read it and I nearly cried. I didn't just read the words, I felt them too.

It is a beautiful world, and we mean so much more to each other than we can ever realise.

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22nd-Mar-2009 07:26 pm - Hades on 23 March - reminder
Ahhhh blue !!!

Just a quick reminder that Hades is on tomorrow night at The Foundry, Canterbury

We are proud to announce a late guest addition - our friend DJ Hamsterhotep is joining us!

9:00pm-2:00am last entry to the venue at 11:00pm

Entry id £3, or £2 with flyer or printout from the hades homepage.

More details on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2350929323#/event.php?eid=144505970496
15th-Mar-2009 07:23 pm - Where can I buy a suit?
Ahhhh blue !!!

I am looking for a shop / tailor, either in Kent or London, that can do me a pinstripe suit with a Japanese-style high collar.  The picture I have in my head is corporate/Japanese/Slim fit. I have no idea where to start looking!

16th-Jan-2009 08:12 am - Made you look!
Ahhhh blue !!!
No matter how many times we have been fooled into looking in the wrong direction, we still fall for it every time!

Guardian article on how our Government has changed the rules to reduce their accountability under the Freedom Of Information act.  Wasn't the whole point to make them more accountable? Or maybe the whole point was to make us more accountable; and this amendment to FOI was just waiting for an opportunity to be slipped in.

.. and so it continues: fewer freedoms, ever more accountability, massive surveillance of our traffic online and physical, all to be stored and analysed in proposed super databases.  All the while our politicians are building ways to protect themselves from the population.

If you don't want to believe that this government is corrupt, remember that their stay in power is only temporary.  What if the next lot to take power are less scrupulous?

Sometimes it feels like we are being stripped of all our freedoms and being prepared for a right royal shafting raping!

29th-Dec-2008 09:53 pm - Hades is back!
Ahhhh blue !!!
Hades ~ Party ~ Party! - Apologies for cross-posting

Monday, January 19, 2009 at 8:00pm-2:00am
The Foundry, Canterbury

Goth ~ EBM ~ Industrial

Ever since we said goodbye to our regular night, we have been trying to find a new venue for Hades. Demand has never waned, and we are now rather excited to be invading The Foundry!

Bring your stomping boots, or your glowsticks, your leathers, your fake hair. Dust off that velvet cloak, or don the fairy wings. Whatever face you wear ... the legendary Hades is back!

Dancy ~ Stompy ~ Gothic
26th-Nov-2008 07:45 pm - Another new fish!
Ahhhh blue !!!
Yesterday evening we went out shopping to get some more fish. Our new Siamese Fighter (Betta Splendens) appears to have settled in to the tank rather nicely :)

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Now we need to pick a name for him (and the corys)
27th-Oct-2008 01:10 pm - Reply from TV Licensing
Head to head battle with Cake
Thank you for contacting us.

As you have let us know that you do not use television equipment, I have now annotated our records to show a set is not in use at your address.

To prevent unnecessary reminders being sent we have now changed the process regarding homes where a set is not in use. Within the next few weeks you will receive another letter. This asks you to reply only if a set has been installed or a licence purchased.

As no licence is required, as a set is not in use, then you do not need to reply. In due course one of our Visiting Officers will call on you and confirm the situation. Once confirmed, we will update our records accordingly. This will protect your address from mailing, for a longer period than would normally be set at an address, as it has been confirmed that a set is not in use.

Some unscrupulous people will use this particular action as a form of evasion. I am sure you will appreciate, we have a responsibility to the Licensing Authority and the licence holding public to be certain of the licensing requirements for each address hence the instigation of the new process.

I hope the information above clarifies the situation.

Yours sincerely

TV Licensing

So if this is the new procedure, what was the old on like?

Anyway, I so relieved, I am only classed as a potentially unscrupulous person, rather than a potential criminal. How much does it cost the license payer to send "Visiting officers" around to each address?

I can feel a freedom of Information request coming on. How much of the license fee is spent chasing up non-payers, and how is that figure worked out?

What does a visiting officer do to verify that one is telling the truth? Do they need access? I feel a poll coming on!

Should the "Visiting Officer" come a visiting and want to gain access, should I:

let them in
tell them to get a warrant
pretend that I am about to let them in and them slam the door in their face
other: answers in the box below:

in this box (max 255 chars apparently):

Ahhhh blue !!!
More evidence of politicians wishing to 'correct' public opinion.


- edit -

also a very good comment about the above article, explaining very clearly *why* GM crops are so bad for us:

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