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Our next prime minister

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse...

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Shaun the Sheep

You may recall me mentioning that I'm involved with the local film festival this autumn. As part of that, school have asked me to introduce the film they intend to screen. The film they've chosen is Shaun the Sheep, so yesterday, in order to take my mind off other things, I popped to Woolwich to pick up a copy of the DVD. I just gave the film a viewing. I'd expected it to be just an average kids film, but what I found myself watching just now was quite an intricate filmic text ripe for analysis. As you'd expect from Aardman, you can read the film on many levels: for one, there is no (spoken) dialogue whatsoever, so the film can be seen to play with and comment on the conventions of storytelling. It's also about a group of sheep going to look for their farmer/master lost in the big city, so there's a lot of our old friend Walter Benjamn in there too: pastoral vs urban, tradition vs modernity etc. I can also see why it is such a good text for a special school to screen: devoid of dialogue, it draws one's attention to the very mimesis of film, the structures of storytelling and communication.

Introducing it, then, will be most interesting. Before I decide what to say, though, I'll need to rewatch it a couple more times. I better go get some guidelines from school too: I can see myself getting carried away and doing a full lecture involving Lacan, Benjamin and who knows what else on it. Frankly I'm relishing this opportunity to get back into film analysis again.

The world has not ended

For the last few days I have been feeling very, very unhappy indeed at current affairs, but perhaps I better start looking on the bright side of life again. The world has not ended: I still lead a wonderful life; for now at least I'm safe and secure. I still have many happy memories to think about, and lots to look forward to. I'm told our coming out of the EU probably won't effect our day to day lives that much anyway. Thus, as worried as I am about this country's future, as angry as I am at my countrymen for allowing theirselves to be fooled by the lies of xenophobes and the horrifying rise in the abuse of immigrants, I still have lots to hold on to and be happy about. What else can one do? Either I smile, or I let fear, bitterness and anger destroy me. After all, who knows what the future holds? Things may even turn out for the best. Thus there's nothing else to do but to send you here.


[Edited 29/06/2016 at 11:28:56 - added a bit]

Farage could at least be civil now

I just watched that abomination of a human Farage speak at the emergency session of the european parliament. I was hoping that he would be magnanimous and civilised for once, but I was wrong. I am now shaking with rage at how that utter waste of a human life just stood there insulting the whole parliament. He's got what he always wanted; he has lied and mislead the nation into utterly screwing itself, yet he still acts like a total prick. He belongs in jail for what he has done and the damage he's caused, yet he rubs everyone noses in it. I know no words that express my loathing for this man; I begrudge him every breath he draws.

Where will they build the concentration camps?

I wonder where they are going to build the concentration camps. Before you tell me to stop being silly, I'm being deadly serious. The UK changed not only politically on Thursday, but socially as well: it took a huge step away from inclusivity and tolerance and towards hatred and xenophobia, We're already seeing attacks on immigrants up; people are now being abused in the streets by thugs who think the referendum result gives them free reign to express their moronic views. It's just a matter of time now before such xenophobia becomes the status quo. Pretty soon, any minority will become eyed with suspicion. Disabled people will now begin to be spoken of in terms of being ''burdens to society''; we'll then start to be ''encouraged'' to move into institutions, where we can be ''looked after properly''. This will become even worse after the economy falls through the floor. Isolated and alone, it's people suffering due to their own stupidity, the country will start destroying itself. And, as ever, the first to go will be those who cannot defend theirselves. Independent living will be a thing of the past, as will be the support I got to go to university. It is only a matter of time before I get wheeled into a gas chamber.