2001 (HAL 9000 eye)

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.
2001 (HAL 9000 eye)

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.
2001 (HAL 9000 eye)

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.
2001 (HAL 9000 eye)

"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