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December 29th, 2003
Tolkien, a racist?


I went to see The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and it was rather amazing. One thing bugged me about the whole thing though, was Tolkien a racist? I surpressed this thought for a while but the images of the ‘bad’ men with dark skin, wearing turbans and riding on elephants just wouldn’t go away. I was at one point ashamed of thinking it. Maybe all the racial tension in my town lately has made me extra sensitive to these issues?
Then I read Anil’s post, did a bit of research and found that I’m not the only one who has thought like this. Now I don’t feel so terrible. There are also some opposing views which are worth a read.
I’ve never actually read the books so my real question is, why did the Orcs have cockney accents? A touch of snobbery from Tolkien or a parody of Eastenders from Peter Jackson?


Posted at 6:53 pm | 40 comments | Category: General


December 25th, 2003
Merry Christmas 2003


Merry Christmas to one and all! It’s been a fun month so far with all the Christmas parties and dinners I’ve been to. I’m all partied out, yo!
On a completely different note, I love bubbles. They bring happiness to so many with such little effort! By far one of the best Christmas presents I received this year was a Bubble Science kit, hours of fun! Alternatively, if you can get hold of ‘sticky bubbles’, I’d recommend you do. The workplace will never be the same again. Beware of the slug trails they leave behind though, we still have the evidence of our shenanigans on the computer monitors and table tops at work.
I’ll leave you now with the science of Santa. I’m off to watch some goooood Crimbo telly.


Posted at 4:53 pm | 2 comments | Category: General


December 21st, 2003
F-f-f-freezin’


You know it’s cold when after standing outside for five minutes you can’t even feel your face. Aaah, winter is here! We were forecast some snow today but it seems that Claude will have to wait a little longer to be reincarnated.


Posted at 4:15 pm | 6 comments | Category: General


December 7th, 2003
London Dungeons


Ok I admit it. I totally wimped out during our trip to the London Dungeons yesterday. With scenes of torture making up the scenery and a boat ride through Traitor’s Gate to my own ‘execution’, it was enough to have me cowering with fear, my face buried into my friend’s jacket sleeve. Some of it was rather disturbing, I just couldn’t understand how a human could boil another alive or rip their tongue out but I guess those were dark times and I may never understand.
The adrenalin of it all and the presence of the rather comical live actors (drama college students I suspect) made it an enjoyable day. The Anne Robinson waxwork in the ‘Wicked Women’ section is worth the trip alone. Having her in the same room as Boadicea and other nasty ladies was quite funny.
The London Dungeons are not for the extremely faint hearted though so leave your wimpy friends and family at home.


Posted at 9:45 pm | 8 comments | Category: General


December 1st, 2003
Link and Think


Unfortunately, even in this world of global communication some of us far from enlightened on the subject of AIDS and HIV. I know I was until I read up about it, it really is as simple as taking a few moments to increase our understanding. Today is World AIDS Day so I’d like to present a few links that I’ve found useful in the past. I hope you will too. Please feel free to add your own links in the comments.
Aids fact sheets
HIV and AIDS prevention
The difference betwee HIV and AIDS
Dispelling myths
The latest news on AIDS and HIV from New Scientist


Posted at 7:15 pm | 3 comments | Category: General


November 29th, 2003
Spammers Beware


You may have noticed that I’ve been getting spammers leaving silly advertisements and other crude messages in my comments recently. I’ve now installed MT-Blacklist which is “A Movable Type Anti-spam Plugin”. It’s a great little plug-in which takes merely minutes to install. I can’t recommend it enough if you’ve been encountering similar problems. Take that, you spamming low-lifes!


Posted at 12:50 am | 9 comments | Category: General


November 24th, 2003
The B-list


A few weeks ago I had a my-stomach-hurts-so-bad-I-need-to-go-the-hospital type episode. It was never clarified whether it was a bout of severe food poisoning or some weird illness. Of course the aftermath lasted a couple of weeks and now I feel like I should be preparing for round two. I feel weak. As much as I hate to say this, Ramadan has left me exhausted this year. That coupled with a jippy tummy spells uh-oh.
I need sleep. Lots of it please.
I’ve had quite the ‘celebrity’ filled week. Firstly, I had the great pleasure of meeting Nobby Stiles, in Asda of all places. He was quite the gent and when I was talking to him a group of young boys squinted at the posters announcing the launch of his autobiography and shouted “Who’s Bobby Stills?!” Mr Stiles laughed heartily and had a little chat with the lads who eventually realised who he was and seemed to be made up. I suppose we have to wait a while before Jonny Wilkinson has people trying to remember what he’s famous for. Another thirty seven years perhaps.
The celeb spotting action continued at the airport on Sunday. I walked past Alex Parks, winner of this year’s Fame Academy. She looks exactly the same as she does on the telly. What you see is what you get with her, no tons of make-up and hairspray. We were contemplating stalking her and asking for a photo with her or possibly an autograph but then realised how sad that would actually be and headed home instead.
What with all this mingling with the stars, fasting, lack of sleep and poor health I’d better get to bed.


Posted at 11:52 pm | 10 comments | Category: General


November 3rd, 2003
Happy 3rd, baby!


Firstly, Ramadan mubarak. I hope it’s going well for those of you who are fasting. Due to time constraints, I’ll point you to posts on Ramadan from the previous two years which I hope you’ll all find useful and apologise for not bringing any fresh links about the holy month.
The very few people who still visit (that’s loyalty for you) know that I’ve been away for exactly two months now. I won’t dish out the excuses, stuff happens, life goes on and frankly most things in my life right now are way more important than this here weblog. All things in your life are way more important than this here weblog.
All that being said and done, I do intend to start writing here again. It was my weblog’s third birthday on Saturday (three years and still gently ticking baby!) and that’s got to count for something. I enjoyed updating and introducing you to my life. I love the interaction between all of my readers, no matter how crazy they are (except for that dude that keeps posting about boobs, stop it!) I am determined to return this site to something you’ll enjoy once more. And soon. I’m talking a week or two.


Posted at 8:36 pm | 15 comments | Category: General


September 3rd, 2003
She Sells Sea Shells


Hey! I bet you can’t say Tasty Lancashire Sachets five times quickly without sounding like a total drunkard!


Posted at 8:39 pm | 30 comments | Category: General


August 25th, 2003
You say tomato


And this whole time I thought there were two! Two!


Posted at 7:36 pm | 6 comments | Category: General





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