ITEM: Eyes up and right. You will observe a ‘new’ column heading suggestively titled Rolling News.
This is where from now on you will be able to find news of my latest writing endeavours, or ignore it completely if that’s how you roll.
Things are a little complicated at the moment, so for the foreseeable future the news will primarily consist of TTA/Black Static updates, but at some point I hope to spread my writing wings a tad wider.
We shall see.
ITEM: So, the election has come and gone, and ever since I have felt like I am living in some horrendous dystopian SF novel.
Call Me Dave’s cabinet appointments are not encouraging. The man appointed Minister of Housing has outside interests that include being a landlord. The new Minister for Disability includes among his friends a man who was sacked for making disability hate comments. The new Pensions Minister previously wrote a report stating that people should be encouraged to work longer and may need to engage in some form of voluntary (or other) activity to justify their state pension. The new Minister for Equality is a woman who voted against legalising gay marriage. And, of course, Jeremy Hunt who once called the NHS Britain’s biggest mistake continues in office as Health Minister.
One suspects that if Jimmy Savile were still alive he’d be in charge of Child Protection Services.
ITEM: Staying with the political theme, Isaac Asimov wrote a story in which the future government was determined by computer Multivac asking a series of questions of one man designated as the voter (I think it was called “Franchise”, but I’m not fussed enough to get up and check).
I’d suggest something similar for future UK elections. Instead of wasting huge amounts of time, effort, and money on the sad charade of democracy, let’s just ask Rupert Murdoch who he’d like to run the country and be done with it.
ITEM: I was discussing Charlize Theron with a friend, and she said that she always got her confused with another actress, but couldn’t remember who that actress was.
Me (after putting various names out there): Can you at least remember a film in which she appeared?
Friend: She was in “The Cider House Rules”.
Me: Erm, that was Charlize Theron.
For anyone who gives a shit, the actress my friend was trying to think of turned out to be Scarlet Johanssen.
And no, I really can’t see the resemblance either.
ITEM: To the list of little things that annoy me a lot, please add online forms that assume everyone lives in a city and water metres that are impossible to read unless you have whatever special tool it is water company employees use to get the ruddy lid off the inspection hole.
ITEM: Recently by way of work avoidance activity I spent an evening checking out Facebook pages and photos of people I used to know way back when.
Feeling really smug that, out of the guys, I am the one who has kept most of his hair.
ITEM: Reasons to Be Cheerful #195 – in June, TAG and I are going to see this:-
I’m Shrek and TAG is Fiona.