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August 07, 2006

Is the university going to get rid of my blog?

Now that I've graduated will the university be getting rid of my blog if I don't pay to join the party? It's soo sad to think all my pictures of Mike's toe–nails and references to nature's purses will all be gone forever.

Someone get back to me.


June 20, 2006

The Handmaid's Tale

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/5093832.stm

If you've ever read Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' then you'll be aware of the bit in the book where they meet the tourists on the street.

Essentially the story is of an awful regime running the country doing awful things to the people (I'll not spoil the entire story). One of the most disturbing bits for me was the way that tourists came to visit and even speak to the people living in such awful conditions as abit of a novelty. All the while the people living in constant fear are wondering why no foreign power is coming to help them; the tourists act as a symbol that the outside world is not getting ready to help – far from it in fact.

Now if you read that article from the BBC you may be chilled just as much as I was. I'm not having a go at the pros and cons of tourism; it saddens me that the world is not right.

The BBC describes it as an Orwellian state, with teashops…that really freaks me out.


June 06, 2006

Everyone seems to have violent diarrhea at the moment

Do you have violent diarrhoea? The excessive and frequent evacuation of watery faeces, usually indicating gastrointestinal distress or disorder? Some people call it 'Sara's Syndrome'.

May 28, 2006

Michael Jackson

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5023290.stm

Michael Jackson thanked fans and "all the people who believed in me" in his first public appearance since his acquittal on child abuse charges.
While Jackson is in Tokyo, he will visit orphanages and business leaders, spokeswoman Raymone Bain said.

Brilliant


May 27, 2006

I hate the stupid bag of shit (or bags of shit) responsible for the wave of graffiti on campus

I hope they die with spoons in their eyes.

I reeeeally hate graffiti; such a senseless and selfish crime.


May 23, 2006

Orange juice and revision

Does anyone else find that orange juice really helps them revise?

I find that coffee and tea just put me to sleep (weird, yes? any explanations are welcome) but OJ just gives me energy and abit of focus.

Thankyou orange juice, thankyou.


May 21, 2006

Wowsa!

Wowsa

The tallest woman in Asia, Chinese Yao Defen and her friend sit at the entrance of her home in Shu Cha in eastern China's Anhui province. Yao is 34 years old and 2.36 metres tall.

That is amazing


May 17, 2006

French Cars

Writing about web page http://cars.msn.co.uk/carnews/ttworsteverfrenchcarsmay06/

I'm not actually going to pass any judgement myself over French cars…rather I followed a link from the MSN Home page (see above) which was called the Top 10 worst ever French cars.

What surprised me was the sheer bile in the article…the hatred…the anger…I loved it!

For example…

Yes, it’s true. In between striking and surrendering, the French do occasionally build cars if only to have something to burn next time they decide to riot.
Ugly, plasticky and with a resale value which retreated faster than a French soldier, the Tagora bombed, selling fewer than 20,000 examples from 1980 and 1983.
Despite being powered by the 2CV’s wheezy two–cylinder engine and about as attractive and lovable as a ginger stepchild, the Ami was France’s best selling car for a number of years. All of which goes to prove the French shouldn’t be allowed to buy cars, let alone build them.

Does nobody remember the lessons they learned from Europe Day?!


May 16, 2006

What?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/4986556.stm


May 09, 2006

I'd hate to piss off Amnesty International…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/4754515.stm

…but I figure a guy with a beard like that doesn't really care what other people think of him.

I'm not a fan of the death penalty. But let's leave that aside for the moment because one of my biggest problems with it is who makes the judgement that the person in question definitely needs the death penalty. You'd have to look a pretty long way down my list of suggestions before you'd come across Zimbabwe and even then it'd be written in orange crayon in the handwriting of Mr Mugabe.

So Mr Lucas…because I'm sure you're reading this…I would agree that the issue of the death penalty is one which could be seen from a number of perspectives. However, Zimbabwe probably can't be trusted to judge adaquately who should receive the death penalty. Unless you disagree, Mr Lucas? You obviously do so let's have a quick look at some Amnesty International stuff on Zimbabwe…it's all taken from their website and very easy to find so feel free to look for yourself:

Break-down of the rule of law

Intimidation of and attacks on judicial officials and lawyers intensified. Judges and magistrates who demonstrated judicial independence were threatened with investigation and disciplinary action for alleged misconduct. They were also subjected to intimidation and attacks for rulings perceived to be favourable to MDC supporters.

In August, Chipinge district magistrate Walter Chikwanha was dragged from his courtroom by people believed to be “war veterans” and assaulted. The attack was reportedly in response to his dismissal of an application by the state to remand in custody five MDC officials accused of burning two government tractors, on the grounds that the state did not have sufficient evidence.

Police involvement in abuses

The government intensified its misuse of the police to repress freedoms of expression, association and assembly. In the run–up to the presidential election, opposition rallies and other campaign gatherings were marred by political violence perpetrated by ZANU–PF youth militia, often with the direct collusion of the police. Police officers also actively committed human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, assaults and torture. The police failed to intervene to protect communities under attack by ZANU–PF militia, while protecting militia members alleged to have carried out assaults. Suspected perpetrators of these human rights abuses who were apprehended were not brought to justice, nor were police officers who colluded with or acquiesced in violations by the militia. Police who acted impartially were purged from service or transferred to inferior postings or administrative positions.

Torture and ill-treatment

More than 1,000 cases of torture and ill–treatment were reported during 2002. Victims were primarily targeted for their perceived or real affiliation with the political opposition. Among those responsible were members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the CIO and the Zimbabwe National Army.

ZANU–PF youth militia, trained in national youth service camps established throughout the country, were deployed to suburbs and rural areas in the run–up to elections and were implicated in the widespread harassment and torture of the political opposition. The number of reported cases of rape and other forms of sexual torture perpetrated against women suspected of supporting the political opposition increased. This intimidation and political violence created a climate of fear, and of impunity for perpetrators of human rights abuses.
Five men – Tendai Maluzi, Cosmos and Barbabas Ndira, Tom Spicer and Reuben Tichareva – were arrested in September and charged under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) with public violence allegedly in connection with an incident where police were stoned by a crowd in a Harare suburb. All five were MDC youth members. They were reportedly beaten and tortured while in police custody for three days. Tom Spicer was tortured with electric shocks and beaten on the soles of his feet.

I hope Amnesty don't mind that I took that from their website. Now I'm not saying that we have to believe them or the BBC or the UN, EU, UK…well pretty much nearly everyone, isn't it? However, we should probably err on the side of caution…y'know just to be safe.

If you didn't have time to read that Mr Lucas then let me assure you that what you're doing is sick or at worst a little bit iffy. In fairness you probably haven't watched a news report in decades and thus are probably blissfully ignorant of the problems in the world. If only everywhere was as blissful as Suffolk.


Happy Europe Day Everybody!

Writing about web page http://www.cafeeurope.at/sweet.htm

I do hope you had a very happy Europe day wherever you are in our great Union…except Luton of course.

"Sweet Europe, let yourself be seduced…" is the slogan of the day and has something to do with the Austrian Presidency celebrating the culinary richness of Europe and all the different sweets and deserts etc we have across Europe…or something along those lines – if you want the news then pay me and I'll read it to you. Of course the slogan gains added value when you remember the new Minister for Europe is Geoff Hoon
Hoon
…let yourself be seduced.

Britain's sweet thing is shortbread…I don't like shortbread. Ireland's is scones…are they really Irish? That's a genuine question. I like scones. Some of the other ones I've never heard of…Prekmurje doughpie, Kajmakowy, Sakotis to name but a few. Actually you can follow the link above and find the pictures for yourself but I just wanted to show you Sakotis…
Thing
…I'm sure something very much like it tried to destroy the Enterprise in Star Trek; this desert actually terrifies me.

I of course, therefore, took part by enjoying the culinary richness of Chinese cuisine (spell check that one later) and enjoying many American beveridges (hope you had a good birthday Coca Cola). It was probably all made in the Union though so that's ok.

Actually I did catch the end of an appalling drama on BBC1 called Brief Encounters which is a series of little one off stories…why am I telling you this? Well you can stop reading now if that's your attitude! I am telling you because it was partly funded by the EU. Why don't they do something better with their money and fund a revival of the Crystal Maze with Richard O'Brian and definitely not Edd Tudor–Pole or whatever his name was…some random family member of someone I know had a one night stand with him but I can't remember who it was.

The BBC had a few jokes for Europe day…

In Heaven: the cooks are French,
the policemen are English,
the mechanics are German,
the lovers are Italian,
and the bankers are Swiss.

In Hell: the cooks are English,
the policemen are German,
the mechanics are French,
the lovers are Swiss
and the bankers are Italian.

Isn't racism hilarious?!

I bet the EU (based on that joke by an official) is such a fun place to work. You don't have to be le crazy to work here by it le helps.

Oh and some visitor to the Beeb left a joke:
"How many people work at the European Commission? About a fourth of them."

It's worth giving up the rebate for those jokes alone!

I love the European Union and my module 'Political, Legal and Economic Problems of European Integration' which I'm going to faaaaaail soon.


May 08, 2006

Happy Birthday Coca–Cola!

120 years old and you don't look a day over 50

"The brain tonic and intellectual soda fountain beverage" – I love it though currently I am surrounded by Pepsi Max cans because it was on special offer. Pepsi Max tastes like sadness.


May 04, 2006

The worst thing I've put in my mouth…

…is without a doubt the worst thing that I've ever put in my mouth is the new Pepsi Max Cinno or whatever it's called. Basically it's the pepsi that taste like coffee. It is vile and I bought it without realising! It was days before I eventually realised that it was worse than Pepsi usually is; I felt quite the fool.

I desperately hope no–one else falls fowl to this terrible mistake; they ought to put up warning signs.


In other news…

These…

Delicious

are delicious! I think they were raspberry and mascaponi (or something like that). Without a doubt the best thing that I've ever put in my mouth.


Where is the heavy rain?!

I must apologise to those happy few that listened to my bulletin yesterday on RaW in which I forecast heavy rain for today! For people reading this in the future I should also note here that far from rain it has been one of the hottest and nicest days of the year so far!

Damn; how did I get that wrong?! I'm sure many, many people listened and campus was awash with many angry people carrying umbrellas (how do you spell that?) and wearing wellies etc.

Sorry!


Friends – The One Where Geordie's Room Was Reeeeeally Diiiiirty

Oh my god!

I was doing some revision on the floor (as you do) when I suddenly noticed how very very raaaaaank my diiiiirty diiiiirty room was. To be fair I don't remember the last time I cleaned it and I am a filthy individual at the best of times.

So I decided to clean it (pretty much cos it beat doing further revision which was making me angry and sad inside). I'll spare you the horrifying details but now the floor is blue and not the strange grey colour it had become…in fact all my room is now in colour whereas it was in greyscale before – I thought it was my eyes.

I'm going to turn into one of those old men who when they die they find them lying in their arm chair surrounded by squallor! You know the type; turds everywhere, empty packets of crisps etc and drink all over the place, more dust in the air than oxygen and a massive overgrown ecosystem of ungodliness in the bread bin. I'm quite looking forward to it and I'll laugh heartily at the idea of someone cleaning my abomination of a bathroom whilst I'm in my cold, cold grave. You've got to have something to look forward to.

Incidentally I put socks on my hands to dust cos I didn't have any dusters. The technique is both effective and hilarious.


April 27, 2006

hehehe this is a little sad but…..

On The 4th of next month, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. hehehe brill

April 21, 2006

In recognition of Marianne Williamson – Return to Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

April 17, 2006

'Knuckle down' (because I like random crap like this)...

Are you knuckling down for revision etc? Well actually I don't really care. Rather I mention it because I just found out the expression comes from the game of marbles. In the game of marbles the knuckle has to be placed on the ground whilst playing and as it's such an important rule the expression knuckle down has become synonymous with applying yourself to something diligently.

I love little bits of rubbish trivia like that…I don't care if you do or not.