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If you haven't heard of The Great Get Together, have a look! There might be something happening near you!!

It's in memory of Jo Cox, celebrating her message, and very much what we need right now. And just look - a media first! The Sun & Daily Mirror print a shared editorial backing The #GreatGetTogether inspired by Jo Cox, and The Telegraph and The Guardian have written a joint opinion piece celebrating #MoreInCommon. (Follow link above to see them.)

And here are four former Prime Ministers:



"We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Jo Cox, firs speech to Parliament.


(And also, you should all go watch The Last Leg. <3)
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This one was close to home.

(Aftermath in pictures)

Relatable

21 May 2017 06:59 pm
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Claracantfindinternet

Why Mummy Drinks: Daddy the Gadget Twat decrees a programme of re-education is in order for Mummy.

(Yes I know where the internet it, but we too have a ridiculous amount of remotes...)
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Not here much, due to a parental invasion.

I shall leave you with the Cherub's Last Supper (made as an Easter decoration out of an egg box):

Read more... )
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I keep feeling like I should write something... more.

But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...

And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.



(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)
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LONDON

Night in a city that has licked its wounds
Two thousand years. And curls around its kits
Feeding and grooming heroes cowards wits
Lovers and killers. Always quiet sounds
As traffic purrs dim cat lights in the street.
Windows are dark in darkness curtains drawn
So many million. City I was born
In your warm heart my first breath to its beat
And hope to die according to your laws
Breathing your scented passioned poison air
Surrounds me chokes me black dust in my hair
I drink dark milk protected by your claws
Gog Magog Bran and dragons in the stone
You gave me all the words I write breathe own.

Roz Kaveney x
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Icon from 7/7 btw. As is this:

London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror incident

(Disabling comments, as my computer has major connectivity/internet problems)

ETA:

NotAfraid
Don't give them the anger they want. Focus on the amazing job done by the public and emergency services. Don't look at the apparent carnage, look at the people rushing towards the unknown to help others. Make the story about the resilience of London and its citizens. They want your anger, they want your fury - and they want you to focus it on anyone different from you. Don't hand them an easy victory.
(x)

That was my main thought... That governments will use this to target immigrants & make people afraid. I don't know how to stop that. :( It's a vicious cycle, and will only cause more hurt.
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So, way back in autumn, Darcy asked me what I wanted for my 40th.

I said a new floor (preferably wooden!) for the dining room (as we have lived with The World's Ugliest Carpet ever since we moved in 10+ years ago). He did not like this answer, as that would mean A LOT OF WORK.

I said: fine, forget it.

However, after a while he decided that it was a good idea, and the floor has slowly become reality over the past months. He bought the wood, and tongue & grooved it, and eventually levelled the floor and laid the wood and then sanded it and waxed it. SO MUCH WORK.

But oh, it was worth it. This was what I came home to last Monday (the last image - he took pictures as he finished it):

So pretty... )
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Had a lovely day today, meeting up with an old friend.

And then when I got home, my copy of 101 Claras To See had arrived and it's very shiny and beautiful.

(I barely dare look at my essays, I have a feeling I'll cringe horribly. But everything else is gorgeous.)
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My maternal grandmother was bipolar.

She committed suicide when my mother was 15.

(These issues touch us all.)
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Not around much I'm afraid. Let me see if I can remember...

No idea what happened Monday. Tuesday I was working late. Yesterday there was a (very lovely) Christmas Concert in the Cathedral during which the church choir sang (incl. Darcy), and tonight is the Cherub's Christmas Play. (This facebook post gives an incredibly accurate picture!!)

Tomorrow Miss M's friend S arrives (I may nickname her 'Adopted Daughter' as that's more or less her position in the family I reckon - she's here for Christmas. <3), and I THINK I have posted all the cards/gifts that need to go places other than immediate family.

Anyway, posts/replies to comments will have to wait until... next week, I think. Unless I feel extra motivated this weekend, and find some spare time. But next week I should have actual time.

Hope you're all OK - I've been reading my flist, but that's all.

(And trust me, I am well aware how lucky I am not to be working in retail!!)
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Austria didn't elect the Nazis!

And the Dakota Access Pipeline will be rerouted!

2016 isn't ALL terrible.

Also Vox has a great article on Trevor Naoh's Tomi Lahren interview:

Trevor Noah didn't "destroy" Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show. What he did was much better.
Noah took his own tactical advice on how to negotiate with Trump to interview Lahren — and it worked.

~

In RL new, my brother-in-law's wife went into labour early Sunday morning, and we now have another nephew. He is very small and cute and his older sisters have declared that they're OK with keeping him. ;)

~

ETA: Malta just became the first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

There is a gay kiss in the BBC One Christmas advert and people are loving it

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So, today is Miss M's 18th birthday.

(Yes, I know.)

We've had a lovely day, she got a new phone (very shiny etc, she was very pleased), although her favourite presents were Satre's Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology and Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present.

Have I mentioned that she wants to study philosophy (preferably at Cambridge)?

Anyway, we went to York for the day and wandered about and had chip butties for lunch and mourned the fact that Christmas Angels is gone (it was the BEST SHOP).

But overall, very nice.

Went home, had some quick pizzas and then had the family descend (family includes a 3 year old, two 4 year olds and a 7 year old, so it was... lively). Had cake etc and are now relaxing.

I should probably do some sort of reflection, but - she's just a good girl. We're lucky. Or maybe being fairly relaxed and trusting that the kids are alright works out well when it comes to parenting. Couldn't be more proud, of course.
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Very very frightening

Just had a YUGE storm! You wouldn't believe this storm. It was, like, the BEST storm, OK?

Rain so heavy it looked like something out of an overblown Hollywood movie. Thunder & lightning that just went on & on. (And is still going on.) Never seen anything like it. Apocalyptic, if you were superstitious.

And AMAZING, in case that's not obvious. :)
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Partly because the stupid T-shirt folding trick actually works and all the T-shirts in my house are slowly being folded into immaculate piles.

elisi: (Miss M by kathyh)
We made Miss M's day as we had bought her Nietzsche's 'The Birth of Tragedy'.

In case I have failed to properly update LJ on the progress of her A-Levels (she has just finished Year one), her favourite subject is philosophy, and she is planning to go on to read that subject at uni. Possibly at Cambridge.

(Earlier in the week I bought her 'Moominpapa at Sea' since we (shockingly) do not own it [in English], and it is also a deeply philosophical work. We are such bohemians...)

Otherwise all girls are enjoying the holidays, and we are currently forcing them to pack as we go away on Monday.

Oh, and this article caught my eye:

An extraordinary first week for Boris Johnson

The big vote was a month ago. It feels so much longer. And the changes have been... At the rate we're going, in a month's time Diane Abbott could be Labour leader. (I think I'd like that, to be honest.)
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The Cherub's (primary) school is Catholic, but it sits at the heart of a large Asian part of town, so there are many Asian kids. Also Polish, Phillipino, African etc. - a multitude of colours & nationalities.

The weather was a combination of sunny & cloudy, and rather windy. (Which was good.) It started with a picnic at 12 for children & their families, and then at about 1 the actual sports began.

I was looking around, and it was beautiful. Happy children and parents cheering/taking pictures/chatting/trying not to look bored.

Incidentally the Cherub's best friends are Polish, Russian/Portugese and Indian.

All the girls went to this school, and the diversity is a definite plus. I think fear & hatred comes from isolation [in tribes].

But today at least proved how it can all work and people can get along and be happy. Sign me up for multi-cultural Britain.
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Went to town this afternoon with my older girls, buying stuff for their trip/pilgrimage to Lourdes. (Every year the diocese has a Lourdes pilgrimage. School/college kids go too, to help out with the elderly - they essentially spend a week pushing around wheelchairs, and it's a brilliant experience.)

Anyway, it was lovely and they are just such great people to spend time with, so I'm going to stay away from the depressing reality of the current politics for a while, and just be thankful for my lovely family. We are all healthy and well, and we are very lucky.

<3

Also, Absolutely Fabulous is om Netflix, and we're going to watch Heathers tonight. :)
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Parents arrived yesterday, so will not be around much for the next two weeks.

Had taken today off work and we went for a gorgeous walk, although my legs & feet are now v.v. tired. But you know - SUNSHINE. And SPRING TIME. (Rather than rain/snow/hail.) I'm not complaining...
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It's snowing. Yay, winter at last! I'm not expecting it to last, but for now it's beautiful. :)

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