I'm posting this from my iTouch so apologies for the many spelling and grammar errors.
I have been surprised by how affected I've been by the Hillsborough disaster and the current 20th anniversary events. It was an article in the Independent on Sunday, a very well written article by individuals who were at the stadium or were affected by the aftermath. One section was about one of the ambulance crew whose ambulance made it onto the pitch that day. It sounded like something out of a war correspondence. In a seperate article (you can tell this has been my obsession of late) a survivor stated that his counsellor had told him that his descriptions sounded very similar to his clients who had been in the army or in combat.
My brain is currently brewing over this event. I find myself getting upset, in the same way I did when researching the Holocaust for uni. So many families have been ripped apart by this day. The mother who was told her teenage son died whilst crying out for her. The man whose friend died beside him in the crowd and could never forgive himself for being left behind. The paramedic who was forced to quit his job after being affected by PTS, more than 15 years after the event.
So many lives torn apart. All because they went to watch a football match.
I am not taking part in the LJ strike today. It is something I have seen bandied about people's journals and I choose not to participate. For one, I don't believe strikes work anymore and are useless. Second, free accounts are still available but they are ad based. A small price to pay?
I have been a member of LJ for over six years, the time when it was just taking off. Yes, it is Open Source software and they have little right to charge for it. Yes, it has been bought over by a corporation and there have been ridiculous fights over nipples and other pointless topics. Like any community that involves a wide range of members, you are going to get conflict.
Remember Livejournal originally started out as some guy's university project. And if you don't like the service then it is your right as a consumer to take your custom elsewhere.
Letting agency and etc. is becoming complicated. To cut a long story short I am officially not meant to have moved in till next week. Which is a slight problem when I moved all my stuff over last weekend.
To top things off Colin's stomach complaint reappeared on Monday so his head has been stuck in a bucket since then. I have come very close to being an insenstive cow especially as he keeps fucking SIGHING all the time. The last straw came when he vomited into a bucket when I was eating my dinner tonight (we were both in the living room and I had warned him I was cooking) and he looked pissed off when I asked him to leave.
Hello everyone. For those I forgot to inform I am currently in Brighton at the end of the BCUK Unconvention. I flew down to Gatwick on Friday morning and thought little of it until yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to colanne who text me to let me know what had happened at Glasgow Airport. I was alone in the hotel room to try and fit in a quick shower so, at least, I had a few minutes to calm down. A lot of 'What ifs' were going round in my head. The parental units usually fly out the first Saturday after the school holidays start. This year they were meant to be flying out on Sunday but that's been cancelled. They are still flying out to Portugal and managed to get flights, free of charge, transfered to a Wednesday departure.
Over the weekend I have been incrediably touched by the kindness extended to me. A few people offered me lifts or places to stay in case Glasgow Airport became a no go zone. Thankfully it looks like I will be flying home tomorrow afternoon but might be going via Prestwick. I have been hit by shock because I think this is the first attack on Scottish soil possibly since WWII. I kept thinking "Fuck me, I only walked through those doors yesterday morning." I am very surprised there weren't more fatalities or injuries - it appears the somewhat poor planning i.e. using a HUGE jeep to try and ram through a set of tiny sliding doors paid off.
But thank you to everyone who took the time out this weekend to ask how I was. I was very humbled by the offers of help in case I needed it.
More about the Uncon when I get home. Hope you are all safe and well.
I checked my Bebo page a few days ago. The 'times viewed figure' was around 580. Today it has jumped to 635! Does that include the times you access your own page or is it comprised of other users who have viewed your profile?
I'm throwing this open to any book you may have read in 2006. So far my contenders (in no particular order) are:
We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver Atonement - Ian McEwan Complicity - Iain Banks Falling Angels - Tracey Chevalier (so good I read it twice!) Pope Joan - Donna Woodfolk Cross Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson
I have posted this on Chit Chat on the BC message boards. However, I'm interesting to hear what others have been reading this year :-)
Step 1: Put your mp3 player on random. Step 2: Post a line from the first 10 songs that play, no matter how embarassing. Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses correctly. Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is cheating.
1) I wear the black for the poor and beaten down The Man in Black - Johnny Cash 2) Our aim is to break you down to the bone Ladyflash - The Go Team 3) Have you been kissed by a computer? The Skins - Scissor Sisters 4) Ya know they murdered X | And tried to blame it on Islam Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine 5) Now the fortune of the kingdom is locked up 6) When you grow up, living like a good boy oughta Take Your Mama Out - Scissor Sisters 7) Lets start a war | A nuclear war Gay Bar - Electric Six 8) They was part sun, part earth, | Part daughter, part son. 9) From the day we arrived on the planet | And, blinking, stepped into the sun 10) Yes, we may be hidden by "rags" but we have something they'll never have Hand in Glove - The Smiths
And don't bother looking at my Last Fm page, you cheaters :-P
I can't believe how few of these songs I've heard of. Mind you the year I turned 18 I began going to the Cathouse a lot more (one of Glasgow's 'rock' nightclubs), was working six days a week as well as going to college. Ah those were the days.....
I originally saw this video posted on kensei's journal. It shows a student being tasered by security staff at a university library. Apparently it is policy for people to be IDed in the library after 11pm for the safety of the students.
Personally I'm wondering if this incident would have happened if the student was white. Or female for that matter.