Brtitblog roundup 224: End of Half Term version
Typing a roundup squashed in a chair surrounded by boxes and builders junk is a real endurance test. It's so damn hot and the windows have stuck - painters eh!
Still another couple of weeks to go before the refurb in my flat and the building is completed - the stress is doing my head in. The smell of the paint is like the smell of bleach - not doing my allergies any good.
End of half term - school starts Monday ending the peace n' quiet around here. The European elections are Thursday - Just sent off my postal vote. With many people disillusioned with the three main political parties and voters looking for alternative choices, the possibility of a BNP candidate being elected to represent the UK in Brussels is a sickening concept - Real stomach churning their Billy Brit’ videos.
According to Natalie Bennett the obvious voting alternative - Why are people voting Green?
Labours Penny Red is certainly not a David Cameron fan - Shiny Dave and the Lightweight's Cant.
Still on the European Elections, Ranting Stan says, If not UKIP then who? The latest polls look grim for Brown - with one suggesting that they are likely to come third behind UKIP with just 16% of the vote - but the same polls are not exactly inspiring for the Tories as they are expected to collect a mere 30%.
Seems the good weather is bring out the adventurous spirit in some bloggers. Jonathan on his latest trip - I find home for well behaved orphans
The Langtons - Church Langton, Thorpe Langton, Tur Langton, East Langton and (though it is only a few houses) West Langton - are a group of villages in Leicestershire, a few miles north of Market Harborough. Like so much of the eastern side of this county, they are beautiful but hardly known.
Diamond Geezer's been walking in EppingForest - So, walking boots laced and map in hand, I took the train out to Epping and set off from there on a ten mile stroll. And blimey, why did I wait so long? Crikey a ten miles stroll! - couldn't get me to do it for all the tea in China
Again Roy Booth - On an impulse, cycling past on an unaccustomed route back from work, I stopped at the church at Winkfield, a couple of miles south-west of Windsor, and was rewarded by seeing this brass plaque to Thomas Montague 1630 A real yeoman of the guard... the plaque says he had lived almost 92 yeares - wonders! thought they had a short lifespan back then. What a strange way they spelt the words years as well.
Back to politics - Alan Johnson's suggestion that the voting system be changed so the results will more accurately reflect the voting intentions of the electorate has certainly hit home - make votes count.
From Cabalamat - Since everyone seems to be giving politicians advice regarding the constitutional crisis, I thought I’d have a go, in an open letter to Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, who recently called for a referendum on proportional representation.
Another post about Alan Johnson's bold move. The system proposed, Jenkins' AV+, is certainly an improvement on the existing model, although less clear and less democratic than STV.
Me-wonders how many voters actually understand the different voting system.
Crammer in his usual style has really touched a raw nerve. It's political correctness gone bonkers. Why on earth are the BBC cow towing to the Muslim Council of Britain - BBC offers apology and £30,000. As a regular viewer of Question Time can't see what all the fuss is about.
The Parliamentary 'Expenses Scandal' continues to hit the head lines - who is next we ask? The big question now. What about union expenses? Why Are Union Leaders So Quiet?
What a strange comparison - Caterpillars or people Whichever way you look at it, it's still an invasion costing the government money.
Local politics - Literally across the road from me, Kentish Town ward - JimJay writes Fear not, you haven't seen the last of Georgia Gould
Georgia Gould, 23, whose father is former New Labour pollster Lord Gould and whose mother is the publishing supremo Gail Rebuck, was picked on Tuesday night to fight Kentish Town ward at May’s council elections
Tip for all those gardeners out there - how to sharpen your garden shears. Sorry folks but there are millions like me who can't be bothered with the hassle - give me an electric hedge cutter anytime. I know the in word - Green, green, green but sometime being green is just too inconvenient.
Adding a bit of colour to this post is a photo of my garden - that's all I can contribute this week - hope you like it?
A wrenching story of pain, Jake talks through her family’s reactions to learning she was sexually abused by her father a so called good person- I am an incest survivor
My family narrative is also that I am just wrong, my sexuality, my theology, my politics, that I am manipulative, a drama queen, crazy, so the conclusion was drawn, not that I am crazy in part because he raped me, but that I accused him of rape because I am crazy.
Cruella writes the truth about antenatal classes and birth.
The f-word blogs is very popular this week with a rash of nominations - An advertising gimmick to make money Gendering food & Beauty Pageants. Don't know why feminists bang on about Pageants - All that glits and glamour - millions love them including many women.
Another feminist post but this time spot on - Humourless feminazi *2: why it's not about you. Men need to stop interpreting every mutter of the word 'misogyny' as a personal attack: it isn't, not even for those feminists who DO see men as oppressors. It might come as a shock to some of you, but most feminists do not spend their time plotting ways to undermine men.
On the subject of Stonewall
Gay equality campaigning is about to change direction. This month marks two decades since Stonewall was first founded – and heralds a new era in the recent history of rapid advances towards lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. So Stonewall's focus shifts from changing the law to changing social attitudes.
Another subject that gets right up people's nose - Atheist Bashing. Just wish Atheists would keep their opinions to themselves though.
Nanny state gone mad - Ken Frost's Prat of the Week award - the danger of Fish and Chips
Lakenfields is a sheltered housing complex for elderly people. It has a good community spirit, whereby each week George Pretty (72) would do a fish and chip shop run and bring back fish and chips for his 18 fellow residents who were not able to get out. Can you guess what happened next children? Yes, that's right, the health and safety gestapo decreed that there may be a health and safety risk wrt the ambient temperature of the fish and chips.
Finally a very witty post - hard to keep ones lips buttoned
Heathrow staff are on the whole, incredibly rude. They practically invite abuse. Especially in the security areas. Now airport security is AN IMPORTANT AND SERIOUS THING, but it seems to be that with every person you meet along the way, the rudeness builds accumulating to tolerance bursting levels in the average traveler. If Jesus Christ were to be trying to catch a flight from Heathrow to Jerusalem (Easyjet for sure. He likes to be with "the people"...) even he'd end up taking a paddy somewhere along the line. He may even use his own name in vain.
Well that's all for this week
Next week's Roundup will be in the care of Mick Fealty over at Brassneck. He's such a brilliant writer will nodoubt be an interesting read. Send your nominations, as ever, to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
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