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May 23rd, 2014


02:14 pm - It was twenty years ago today...
That day again, 20 years on. Not much drama left in it, thankfully: just happy that my Mum and my sister and I are still here and still getting on. I'm so very proud of the two of them (and of myself, too, though perhaps I say it as shouldn't).

I might not keep up this annual-post tradition any more after this. I think two decades may be enough.

Love to all of my friends who've helped me keep going this far.

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May 23rd, 2013


08:45 am - That day again. Again.
Almost two decades now; it all feels oddly distant compared with current worries.
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May 23rd, 2012


09:17 am - It was 18 years ago today...
Sadly, not really a Sgt. Pepper's reference.
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May 24th, 2011


09:25 am - IHNJ, IJLS "NKOTBSB" OMFGWTFBBQ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/?ASIN=B004RQVVGA

I'm sure that this is a sign of the End Times. Or something.  :-)

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May 23rd, 2011


02:28 pm - That day again.
It was 17 years ago today, now, and increasingly feels like something that happened to someone else. That's probably a good thing, and I'm certainly glad that the pain has diminished; I just wish my other memories hadn't diminished in the same proportion. He doesn't seem as vivid to me now, and I regret it, but... maybe there's no way to win this one.

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February 7th, 2011


09:27 am - Weird how that whole "international law" thing creeps up on you...
Today's Times:

"George W. Bush faces the prospect of a retirement confined to the United States after the cancellation of a trip to Switzerland amid fear of being prosecuted for torture.

The former president’s first trip to Europe since leaving office was called off after human rights groups lodged a complaint with the Swiss courts urging that he be prosecuted under international laws forbidding torture."

Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Except maybe Dick Cheney.
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December 15th, 2010


11:36 am - WotD
Neologism of the day:

*shrugh* - a combined sigh of resignation and moan of annoyance.

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December 1st, 2010


05:11 pm - ...oddly not tempting.
Gang of Four's upcoming album Content will apparently be released in a limited edition which includes, among other things, vials of the band members' blood.

Not entirely certain about the appeal of this, uh, feature. I am looking forward to the album, but...

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November 29th, 2010


05:24 pm - "Created sick, and then ordered to be well."
Transcript of the Christopher Hitchens/Tony Blair debate on religion:
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2010/11/christopher-hitchens-tony-blair
...Religion forces nice people to do unkind things, and also makes intelligent people say stupid things. Handed a small baby for the first time, is it your first reaction to think, "Beautiful, almost perfect; now please hand me the sharp stone for its genitalia that I may do the work of the Lord"?

—Hitchens

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02:54 pm - Katyn, 70 years later
The Russian Duma has officially condemned Joseph Stalin for ordering the Katyn massacre of 1940. Not that there had been any real doubt about the truth for the last two decades or so, but it's good to see the lie dispelled in official print.
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