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May 16, 2006

Chem Ball Pics

I’ve finally got my pics from Saturday up here… all 15 of them (not as good as Amy’s 180!).

Amy, Alex, Penny, Kate and Me

See my gallery for more…


May 14, 2006

A great night and two painful feet later…

After spending a night in a little dress and silly shoes, nothing is gonna move me outta my joggers for a very long time!

I guess this is why I've never worn high heels before.

But cheers to everyone who organised the Chem Ball!


February 09, 2006

Someone Needs To Be Screamed At And Beaten With A Massive Stick….

OK.

So Abu Hamza is in prison for a bit.

And the BNP nazis walk free.

And their crimes are so totally different…. how?

The little faith I had left in our justice system has just been shat on.

Oh, but wait. The race hate from the BNP wasn't aimed at the British people. So it's perfectly acceptable. Silly me.


November 15, 2005

New Union Policies… Hmmm…

I got an email through this morning about voting for some Union policies, and a couple of things seemed off to me – if I've got any facts wrong, please let me know, and if you're gonna comment with your views, please be respectful of the fact that people will believe differently to you.

The first point being the smoking ban in the union. I'm personally against this to start with, but then I saw this included in what the Union will resolve to do with this new policy:

_"4.That cuts to Union services, as a result of this policy, will begin with the following: –
· The least commercially successful events (possibly including Vapour, Crash, Pressure, Coalition, Heat and live music events);

· Society funding;

· Opening hours;

· Computing and support facilities for clubs and societies."_

Crash and Pressure to be closed due to them being "less commercially successful"?! The times I've been, they have been extremely successful! And Crash is one of the few, if not only, alternative nights the Union holds! Plus all this crap about cutting down on society funding. Societies are the best way for people to meet others with the same views/tastes/interestes/etc; a great way of making friends and making the most of your time at uni. Are they fuckin' crazy?!

The other point was that they want to adopt a policy of ‘No Stance’ on the issue of abortion.

At the moment, the Union is Pro-Choice – this means that it fully supports any member if they decide to have an abortion, and they also fully support those who think abortion is wrong and want to keept their little sprog.

This is in the current Union policy:

_"This Union Believes:
1. That no individual group has the right to impose pressure on a woman to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
2. That the violent and distressing tactics of anti-abortion groups such as Operation Rescue, who have stormed clinics whilst abortions were taking place, should be condemned.
3. That the tactics of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), such as taking out an injunction to stop a woman having an abortion in 1996, should be condemned.
4. That Life provides biased counselling and information, which emotionally blackmails women and does not provide them with any necessary information which they could not have got from pro-Choice organisations such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
5. That having a pro-Choice policy does not dictate what individual students’ views should be on abortion, but simply reaffirms freedom of choice."_

Now, I'm having a lot of trouble seeing what the trouble with this is. The argument from a lot of people is that as the Union are Pro-Choice, they are forcing those who believe abortion is wrong to look elsewhere for support. What bullshit! That's not what Pro-Choice is about. It's about respecting an individual's views and giving them the advice and support they need for whatever action they choose to take. Had the Union adopted a Pro-Life policy, you can bet your arse the same coutesy would not have been shown to those who believe women have the right to choose! (As can be seen in point 4 above).

And with the past actions of SPUC (1996: taking out an injunction to stop a woman having an abortion) and Operation Rescue (stormed an abortion clinic whilst the abortions were taking place), is it any wonder they are going to opt for taking the stance they have where people are encouraged to make decisions based on their own morals?

When will people learn that their views aren't the correct ones just because they're theirs?


September 13, 2005

Meet Lucifer, the 3 yr–old lion…

I don't think I can fully express to anyone what it feels like to stroke a male lion.

I did voluntary work at London Zoo, helping out with the monkeys (my absolute dream job, it turns out!). I formed a bond with the tiny tamarin monkeys (now an endangered species, and the zoo are breeding them well). I was also feeding other types of monkeys, as well as gorillas. But the tamarins were my favourite – they were eating millworms from my hand by the end. :D

I miss my monkeys….


August 17, 2005

I Need Your Help For Making Poverty History

My friend Louise is trying to play an important part in the White Band Day 2 for Make Poverty History.

The G8 summit has not done everything it could have to help the third world debt. There is still a lot more to be achieved for its 3 main aims:
1) for fair trade and justice.
2) for more and better aid.
3) for cancelling the debt.

Louise's idea is to get as many people as possible to donate whatever they can, as well as send us their dream for the future. It can be anything – personal or general – and will be written on a hand, which will be stuck up on a huge white banner. The idea is to have loads of hands from all ethnic backgrounds on one white banner (she's arty!) to symbolise everyone making this particular dream come true.

If you would like to help, leave a comment here and I will organise a letter explaining everything, and a form for your dream and donation to be sent to you. My MSN address is in my user info bit, so if I have no contact details for you, please email them to me.

We aim to have this banner up and completed in time for September 10th (White Band Day 2), so replies are needed ASAP.

Cheers!

Note: more info can be found on www.makepovertyhistory.org and www.eljc.org.uk (Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community)


July 08, 2005

Errr…. We're British, Love – It'll Take More Than That!

If the Blitz couldn't take us down, then who the hell thought today's fiasco would?!

To those who did, I merely laugh.

And repeat a quote I heard earlier, that makes me proud to be a good ol' Londoner!

"We've told a better class of bastards to fuck off!"


May 27, 2005

The Stormtrooper Dance….

Ha ha ha!

Thankin’ Faraz for brightening my day! :D


January 03, 2005

Welcome Home Guys!!

Just an entry to welcome everyone back after Christmas! Hope Crimbo and New Yr was good – now for mucho drunken antics in the union!! Mwa ha ha ha haaaaa!!! :D

December 24, 2004

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas All!!!

And have a very happy New Year too! I just hope 2005 is a lot better than 2004! That year has a lot to answer for! grrrr, evil year

:D


December 09, 2004

Rammstein, Judas Priest, Motley Crue – Roll On 2005!!

YEAH BAYBEEE! Look who's managed to get Motley Crue tickets! :D So next year's lookin pretty damn fine! Feb: Rammstein; March: Judas Priest; June: Motley Crue. Could it get any better? (Any offers welcome ;-) )

I'm settling in OK now – met up with a few old friends, caught up a bit, etc. Going back to one of our old haunts on Wednesday – Cheapskates club near Tottenham Court Road. It'll be just like old times (shit, I sound like I'm a geriatric!), except for the minor detail that most of the "old crew" will still be away.

I see a photo-followup entry to those of me on the blog site Penelope's Pitstop! :D Ooooonly way to be!


November 18, 2004

Atomic Pub Crawl #2

I know it's a bit late, but here's a few photos from the second pub crawl with Atomic:

ALex and Penny on the bus on the way there (no, not drunk yet).

Stefan on the way there, before he got drunk and admitted to wearing mini-skirts and heels…..; )

Group photo at the last bar, and all rather worse for wear!

Me and Sarah before my (aparently) random hyper moment…..

…..and during it!


Cheers Murs!

I promised Mursil I'd thank him for sending me a picture of a monkey. So: thankyou Murs, love the pic! And here it is (best pic of a monkey ever):

November 12, 2004

I Bought A RockSoc Exec Member!

On Wednesday RockSoc were selling their execs as slaves. Needless to say, I was bidding!

Me and a mate bought Tim…..poor chap. We definitely got our money's worth! It involved another slave, both of them down to their boxers, the genius minds of me and Liam, and my camera…....for full details visit the RockSoc website!! Pictures will be available soon.


November 09, 2004

All–Nighter

Just a few thoughts on the all-nighter on Friday (yes, I know it's a bit late, but hey.).

For a start, how the hell did I stay awake?! I'm so proud of myself! Although I do owe a huuuugge amount to a girl who gave me one of her cans of red bull – no way would I have managed it if I didn't have that!

It probably didn't help my sleep pattern that I finally got to sleep at midnight on Saturday, having been awake since 8:30 Friday morning! It was worth it though. All films were at least enjoyable, even the Chinese one ("House of the Flying Daggers", I think). That was funny, mainly because the girl, Mei, died about 5 times before she stayed dead. And that seemed to be bit of a running theme in the film. A Chinese "Night of the Living Dead" methinks…..

Can't wait 'till the next one! : D


November 03, 2004

Come On, Kerry!

It's just gone 3am and I've been up watching the American elections with a few friends in their kitchen. We have had huge amounts of fun nailing Bush's head to a pin board! They have started a really complicated drinking game out of this, so it's going to be great watching them after it's over.

And all I really wanted to say was COME ON KERRY! BEAT THAT HOMOPHOBIC, NARROW-MINDED SOD!

As you can tell, I'm all for freedom of opinions, freedom of expression, and I have a hate of narrow-minded people who believe their opinion to be superior. So no, I don't really want Bush to win. But if the elections are rigged again, there's not a lot anyone can dol…..


October 30, 2004

Happy Birthday Mark

It was Mark's birthday yesterday (big chorus of "Happy Birthday!"). We went to Sugar in Leamington, where Mark, who was already feeling "merry" proceeded to get wankered. Not just drunk, but paralytic (aparently he passed out :D). Signs of a true birthday…...

And don't worry about leaving us at the club, Mark. We found our merry way home probably a lot easier than if we were carrying you along as well! : P


October 21, 2004

Maths Results

WOOHOO! Look who got 60%!! Minimum pass marks, I know, but it means I got full marks on the 3 questions I attempted! OK. Now to pass a test that includes differentiation. Hmmmm….. the future looks not so bright, methinks…..

Atomic Bowling

Our second Atomic outing took us to…...(wait for it)......Mega Bowl in Leamington. I was unbelievably shite, as usual (i must confess a mere 45 points on the first go!!!) and Penny, who claims to be crap, managed 124. Ahem. Yes, Penny. You're absolute bollocks. (dripping sarcasm)

It was great; we all had a laugh and were especially pleased to find out that our right hand gutter spat the ball back onto the bowling lane in time to knock over the corner pin! That at least guaranteed us one pin down each time!

Here's a couple of pictures from the evening:

Back row: Amy, Sarah, Alex, Penny. Front row: Me, Zara.

Penny, me, and Zara in the background.


October 18, 2004

Hello, And Introducing Smudge


Hi all! 'Tis Lottie. Just thought I'd at least say hi before this blog turns into my ramblings and babble rather than anything anyone can really understand. Well, I need a vent somewhere! Thought I'd upload a picture of my cat Smudge, too. I took this in my back garden not long before I left to come to Warwick.

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm finding it hard to get to bed before 2 am. In fact, I haven't been getting to bed before then! I'm just not sleepy enough. Hmmmm, I seem to need sleeping pills at night, followed by strong caffeine doses during the day…..