Saturday, February 24, 2018

Stonewall Continues To Live Up To Expectations

In the last decade Stonewall has become infamous for dividing the gay community. It's opposition to same-sex marriage, it's attempts to criminalise gay youth and it's "pragmatic" opposition to boycotting businesses owned by homophobic world leaders all show it really doesn't have the best interests of gay men (the group I'm a member of, I'm not LGBT [I've come to see that term as an attempt to neuter and desexualise lesbian, gay and bisexual folk] though sympathetic and supportive to the LBT elements and their own struggles) in mind. 

Now it has withdrawn support for Pride In London. That's right. They won't boycott a hotel owned by a homophobe. They won't support same-sex marriage without INTENSE levels of shaming by thousands. They encourage parents to report their gay kids (who may not even be out!) to the police. But they will withdraw support for the biggest Pride event in the country over diversity issues (I've no idea of the validity of the concerns, they might be right to do this but given their previous actions it seems somewhat mad they are suddenly decisive over something) and go on to support Black Pride (which doesn't sound like a diverse event to me...).

I honestly can't believe companies and individuals continue to give money to an organisation that seems hell bent on dividing and destroying the communities it claims to represent (of course it's only been representing trans people for half a decade after quite the debate... slow to every cause unless it involves undermining (or locking up) lesbian, gay, bi and trans folk) 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Snow Is A-Coming!

It's been years since snow has properly hit where I live.

Eastry appears to exist in some sort of strange anti-snow bubble and it drives me bonkers. I'll get to work and being crunching my way through snow whilst back home (a mere 19 miles away) is bone-dry.

Well no longer... it seems like next week is going to be cold. I can't wait! I want LOTS of snow. I might ask for Wednesday off work so I can make snow angels.

That's how much I love snow.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ray of Light

Catatonia's International Velvet may have been the main stay on my Walkman as I went about delivering papers in early 1998, but Madonna's Ray of Light album was equally important on my boombox (yes, I had a boombox). Frozen and the Ray of Light single were always on the radio too and remind me of driving around with my Mum to Snodland and Tunbridge Wells.

Frozen was there in the cold winter months of 1998, when depression was rising and my first crush was blooming. Ray of Light came along when the first crush was over and summer had arrived, playing on the radio during my work experience at Saga that year.

Two songs that practically defined my 1998 (and cemented my love for Madonna which was first born in the 1980s when I LOVED Holiday when I was Tiny Jae).

Plus the other songs on this album like Candy Perfume Girl, Nothing Really Matters and the Power of Goodbye are epically good.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lost In Space

1) I loved Lost in Space when I was a kid.
2) Lost in Space came out as a movie in 1998, that fabled year. Despite it being pretty bad, I liked it and it came out during my peak geek period.
3) I'm pretty excited for the latest version which had a teaser released today
4) I'm really just not in the mood to blog properly today so... this is sort of cheating but it's still content so it totally counts!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating

I've just finished reading Angry Chef and it is quite delightful.

This is no academic work but as an angry polemic against dodgy diet advice and dangerous frauds it really works.

It offers a fresh perspective and the rigorous defence of "processed" foods is wonderfully unexpected.

This is a book that doesn't have any time for woo, for people making money off diet and wellness plans based on nonsense nor for Gwyneth Paltrow. He's really, really clear on the Gwyneth Paltrow thing.

If you are after a nice kick up the bum for beliefs around superfoods, detoxs and paleo... this is the book for you.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Diet Catch-Up

Today is day 28! Yes, it is hard to believe but this is now my fourth week of dieting.

I'm pretty proud of myself. I often start things but don't finish them. That's not to say I will finish this, there's still a long way to go. However I've stuck to it for nearly 30 days with very few slip-ups and I've not gone over my calorie target one single time!

I've been putting my calorie intake up on Facebook which has kept me honest but it has started to attract "advice". I'm no dieting expert but... I don't need advice from other non-experts.

So reporting in: all good! :)

Today's "inspiration". Ahem.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Second Life Sunday

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new jacket from FashionNatic. It was great and won me $L600 at a best dressed competition (theme was military). So when I saw they had a new top for sale at this month's round of Ultra, I bought it without a second thought. As you can see, it is pretty great!

And I got myself a Star Trek: Discovery uniform... just because I could...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery

Despite all my concerns, shared still it seems by many, Star Trek: Discovery's first season turned out to be one of the best seasons in Star Trek history.

There was character development, twists, unexpected deaths, a diversity of storylines (managing to mix a series long storyline with episodic stories very, very well) and amazing effects, costumes and make-up.

I love Michael. I adore Saru. The universe the series displays is vibrant and exciting. This isn't Star Trek in the way any other Star Trek has been but... you can say that about every series. 

This IS far more Star Trek than the reboot movies have been (don't get me wrong, I love them too but there are people out there saying Discovery isn't Star Trek so just comparing!). 

Long may it continue!

I've been a Star Trek fan for longer than I've been a fan of almost anything else (Disney probably only exception) and I'm still happy with it 30 ish years after I first saw an episode of TNG. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Brimful of Asha

There was one song that you could not escape in 1998. Brimful of Asha.

This was my soundtrack for that summer. It was EVERYWHERE. Definitely mixed up with my emerging crushes on guys at school at the time, hearing it now gives me a sense of warmth and happiness. It also reminds me of solitude as my thoughts were very much turned inward at the time even as I was laying the foundations for friendships that'd soon come to dominate the next few years of my life.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Red Dwarf Turns 30

Red Dwarf featured pretty strongly in my social group when I was at school. And now... it turns 30!!! Crazy.

So I thought I'd share my favourite scene...