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Happy birthday Small Black Flowers! [Dec. 7th, 2013|10:08 am]
[Current Mood |awakeawake]
[Current Music |Manic Street Preachers - The Year of Purification]

My Livejournal is ten years old! Either today or yesterday, depending on how you count. Not sure if a few hours make much difference really anyway in the grand scheme of a decade.

I'm planning to write some kind of retrospective in a bit. Perhaps later today, perhaps another day. Either way, I felt like making this entry as a note of sorts.
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RIP Helen [Nov. 10th, 2013|04:18 pm]
I really fucking miss you.
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ROLLER DERBY [Aug. 26th, 2013|11:18 am]
[Current Mood |lazylazy]
[Current Music |Gary Numan - Big Noise Transmission]

I want to see the first ever roller derby bout in Coventry yesterday, organised by the Coventry City Derby Dolls. I've been vaguely following the team's emergence from a (safe!) distance for some time now so it was awesome to go and see them play. There was an incredibly close bout with Oxford Wheels of Glory, in which the visiting team snatched victory literally within the final seconds. Also an entertaining opening bout with teams comprising of individuals from various teams across the country (including my friend Zoe from from Cov) competing for the first time.

I won't lie, one of the appeals of roller derby is that it's a violent contact sport for women, with links to both alternative culture and feminism (there was a bake sale for a local domestic violence charity taking place). All of these things kind of appeal to me! But the thing that will probably keep me going back to roller derby events was the incredibly positive vibe and friendliness of the event, which wasn't simply down to the fact that it's a relatively new sport, but was also built into the rules and culture of the event. I liked the tradition of everyone hand-slapping both teams after the bout, and the way in which each team nominated opponents for awards afterwards. I liked the way the (mostly local) audience was loudly cheering impressive feats by the visiting team. It was all (dare I say it) ...terribly sporting!

We managed to miss the bus in the evening and I got pretty moody but my memory of the day is going to remain massively positive I feel!

I'm really looking forward to the next chance to see a bout. Zoe keeps insisting that I do roller derby myself and even Kirsty slyly suggested it yesterday, but I think I'm definitely happier remaining an audience member! I've definitely got enough going on in my life with bands, gigs etc even before I get onto the joys of my PhD. Still, I'm very happy to support my local team! Bought a cool sticker that's going onto my old bass in a bit.
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Appropriate behaviour [Jul. 11th, 2013|07:29 pm]
[Current Mood |cheery]
[Current Music |Scar Symmetry - Prism and Gate]

The giant screen in the middle of Warwick campus was showing women's football. It genuinely seemed odd that every time the camera zoomed in to show a player kick the ball or celebrate or complain about something, the player was a woman. Even the referee was a woman. Then the footage flicked over to a studio, where a group of women discussed the game.

I feel like I've just entered an alternate universe where women actually get to do things.
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Awesome thing [Dec. 18th, 2012|10:22 am]
[Current Mood |impressedimpressed]

The rather fantastic Sonic Boom Six album City of Thieves just synched perfectly with my journey. I turned on the eponymous opening track as I left the our drive, and the closing notes of "Floating Away" faded out literally as I reached the door to my office. Talk about timing!
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Resistance is Fertile [Sep. 14th, 2012|09:07 am]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |Not Right songs in my head]

I've decided to start posting new, as-yet unused Not Right lyrics here for your pleasure and amusement. Or, more realistically, 'cos I usually want to share them somewhere, like now when I've written them, so it's probably more about narcassism.

Anyways, I just wrote the below lyrics after thinking back to this plus the protests against Sweden's forced sterility law whilst in the shower this morning. As you do.

Resistance is Fertile

A man is pregnant! Never before!
Well maybe once, three or four
So exoticise, highlight the risks
Change the picture, so it fits
Your worldview -

Trevor Stammers, Director of Medical Ethics at St. Mary’s University College, says:  
“The fact that the medical profession is facilitating and encouraging this is a serious problem.
You are hardly going to end up with a baby that’s going to have a happy, productive and optimal childhood.”

Well I'll direct ethics chum
Your panic is a sign we've won
Sure as hell we're still being questioned
But your moral grip has lessened
'Cos love and family now come first
In the public eye, and what's worse
Queer families are on the rise
So why the counterfeit surprise?

Trevor Stammers, Director of Medical Ethics at St. Mary’s University College, says:  
"Actually my friend I am medically qualified since 1980 so I have seen my share of life –
queer, straight and most other types you care to name."

Seriously, what's next?
Women with beards?
Men with breasts?
Women with penises?
Men with really small dicks?
Sex change grandmas?
Very confused children?
Terrible beings, neither man, nor woman?

Guess what arseholes?
We're already here!
The more we're out
The less we fear!

We walk among you
We walk among you
We walk among you
And resistance is fertile!
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I don't pay enough attention to my favourite authors any more [Apr. 19th, 2012|05:24 pm]
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]

Holy heck! Terry Pratchett has collaborated on a book with Stephen Baxtor! Now this will be an interesting read.

In other news, my upgrade process is now officially scary :(

But I have a gig tonight! That should be good.
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Rage against the dying of the light [Mar. 20th, 2012|06:43 pm]
[Current Mood |discontentdiscontent]
[Current Music |Helen playing Zelda]

My dad sent me an email recently saying that he didn't really understand why I was so angry.

I don't fully understand how any British person who gives a shit about others, let alone themselves, isn't at least somewhat angry today. I mean, the full impacts of the NHS Bill are yet to be seen, but we're already seeing massive cuts to services as PCTs prepare for the change. And as for the privatisation of numerous services brought in by Labour...yeah, they tended to all work really well.

I suppose the point though isn't whether or not you're angry. It's what you do with it. Let's produce something positive with this energy.e
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About last night [Feb. 26th, 2012|09:50 am]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Hot Magenta - Seven Miles High]


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Not Right [Feb. 22nd, 2012|10:36 am]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Sleater-Kinney - Entertain]

Battle of the Bands on Thursday and the GYGL fundraiser are getting closer. I've wanted to be in a band since watching some britpop group on Tops of the Pops and seeing that someone in the band was wearing glasses and looked like a bit of a geek, which made me think "even I can be cool if he's cool!" (I now think it might have been Jarvis Cocker playing in Pulp, but there's no way I'll ever know for sure). There's just something so cool about being able to play with others (even if we're, ahem, not the tightest unit in the world) and play our own songs. And also share my feelings with the world. There's an All Music Guide article on riot grrrl that points out the music was as cathartic as it was political, and the shouty/angry parts of our music (i.e. most of it) are certainly like that for me.

On a related note, I've also always wanted to play Battle of the Bands at Warwick, because I love that competition to pieces on so many levels. I think when I accepted the invitation to judge a couple of years back I'd decided that I never would play it after all. I don't expect us to do well, but that's not the point.

Even better: Kirsty, Snowy and I just gel. It's utterly awesome.

Bring on the rock!
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