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Small mercies

At last! A bit of, if not exactly good, then better news. I was dreading reading the headlines this morning; dreading yet another of those mind-numbingly stupid days like the two last year. If that utter scumbag Nuttall had won up in Stoke, it for me would be another step on the journey into fascism we began last year. I don't think I would have been able to bear the sight of that embarrassment to humanity in the Palace of Westminster. Thankyou stoke for not taking us all further down that road. As it is, the tories got in, which I suppose is bad enough in normal times; but these aren't normal times, and those of us currently despairing at the way things are going must cling on to such small mercies.


[Edited Yesterday at 11:59:17 - added a link]

presentation ideas

I have already written over a thousand words today, the first time I've done so in quite some time. I was at an organisation meeting for this year's Charlton and Woolwich Film Festival. Preparations for it are now going well. The thing is, while it's not until September, I was becoming increasingly conscious that I didn't have much prepared for it.

At the last meeting back in December, I'd rather foolishly blurted out an idea, just off the top of my head, about doing something about my relationship to the Bond films. Bond is able-bodied, the master of his surroundings, whereas I am the antithesis of that. It was quite a cool idea for a presentation, but I promptly forgot all about it amid the Londoners project. I began to think about doing a presentation on the latter instead.

When I was asked last night how my bond presentation was going, then, I replied the idea had changed completely. Everyone was cool with that - there is still six months to go, after all. Yet, when I came to think about it again, my first idea still seemed a good one. The Londoners idea was still the one I'd probably go with, but...well, you know me and 007.

I decided to just flesh it out, get something down about it before turning to my later idea. That's what I did this morning: I trotted out a thousand words on why bond might appeal to someone with a physical disability. It's not much, and it is quite rough, but there's the core of an argument there, ready for me to return to if need be. It felt good to get back into that type of writing again, too: blogging is okay, but my entries are usually quite short an superficial. I wanted to sink my teeth into something for once. It's only a thousand words I know, but at least I got my eye back in.

Full sized quadcopters

It's shaping up to be one of those 'here, there and everywhere' days, and it's barely halfway through. On days like today, I could really do with one of these. To be honest I was wondering how long it would be until someone scaled up a drone and built a full scale quadcopter. Mind you, I just hope they'll be easier to look after than a pair of powerchairs.

There was no attack in sweden

A couple of years ago, if I had written a script describing how a reality tv star became president of america, then started accusing the media of fakery, to the extent that his supporters are now saying the media are covering up an attack in Sweden which never happened but which he referred to, you'd have told me to write something more sensible. I know that Trump was referring to a report on immigration that he'd seen on Fox news the night before (where else would such a reactionary halfwit get his information?) rather than the terrorist attack everyone took him to mean, but we've reached a point beyond absurd. I couldn't believe my ears: certain people were/are maintaining there was an attack in Sweden, simply because Trump alluded to one, and then went about saying the mainstream media were covering it up just to get at Trump. This is one of those things I hope I've misunderstood, because if there are such people so fanatically pro trump that they believe everything he says is automatically correct, then it implies humanity has taken another big step towards utter insanity.

Blue Planet II

My day - my entire week - has just been made. I'm up a bit earlier than usual, as I couldn't sleep for some reason. I was just checking the beeb's arts and entertainment page for news of anything cool, and found something phenomenal. You'd think that a man of his age and standing would have retired with the grateful consent of the country long ago, but I just read that Sir David Attenborough has announced he's making Blue Planet II. The sequel to 2001's Blue Planet obviously, it will explore ''the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.'' The first was truly breathtaking, so I'm really looking forward to watching this new addition later this year. Yet simply to see Attenborough, the greatest of tv presenters, still making programs is quite, quite incredible.