Random thoughts and rants.

Thursday, December 29, 2005


I just finished my first knitting project!

I made a baby poncho for my wee Mexican-non-union-counterpart niece. Piccies of her wearing it next week, but in the mean time here it is modelled by my teddy bear.

So not only did I make my first full item, but in order to do that I had to learn how to cast on, join different colour wool together, and bind off. Yerks. Learning overload :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

On civil partnership...

Well, what a historic few days! Gay couples have been getting married left, right and centre this week and about time, too.

Some people on the BBC News site's Have Your Say (See here..) seem a bit confused about the issue with some asking why straight couples can't have civil partnerships too - the answer, of course, is that they CAN - it's called a civil marriage and it is virtually exactly the same as a partnership. The only differences between the two really are that civil partnerships have to be between people of the same sex, and that they don't have to take place in public, unlike marriages.

Some even said that gays now seem to have more rights than straight people..Gay people don't have any more rights than straights, and neither should they have. Maybe more legislation has been required to ensure we don't get and ABUSED and INSULTED because of WHO WE ARE, but I'd say that was fair dos, myself.

Others have implied that as a minority we have been taking up too much legislative time lately, so what? This is our civil rights movement and these things take time.

7 percent of the population identified as being from an ethnic minority in the 2001 census. The government recently estimated that six percent of our population is gay. You can't see our difference. That's NOT an excuse to ignore it or abuse us because of it.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


I've been reading about snow crystals and how they form...They are amazingly beautiful and intricate structures.

I got this picture from NASA's web site in an article about how soot in the atmosphere reduces the amount of light reflected by snow and increasing the effect of global warming. It shows a snow crystal under an electron microscope.

A snow crystal is the proper term for what most people call a snowflake - the big fluffy flakes you see are made of lots of snow crystals all stuck together.

This web site at Beltsville Agricultural Research Centre has some more pictures taken with an electron microscope:

If you're interested in finding out more about snow, has a useful primer and lots more beautiful photos. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Non-participatory Ice Skating

Ha! Last night was great by the way. It was the last LGBT meeting of the year and we went ice-skating (well, except me, Sean, Euan and Anthony - we were feeling far too cool to skelter around and get sore feet).

It was most humourous and Colin kept trying to feel everyone's bum - even Sandra's :)

Post-skating drinks at Polo cemented the occasion.

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Flat upside down

Why is it that when you leave things until the last minute (something I'm very good at), things invariably go wrong?

My Open Uni CMA assignment is due tomorrow. No problemo, I thought - real uni stuff out the way - nothing will stop me posting it today!

So I print out the questions and work out the answers like a good little student, and then what happens?

The fooking bit of paper you HAVE to mark your answers on has VANISHED. And I mean like stolen vanished. I've turned the flat upside down looking for it and it's NOT HERE. Someone actually came and NICKED it while I was out last week.

I had to phone my tutor and get him to make it out for me and post it on my behalf. He didn't sound pleased. I know. The sock muncher has escaped the washing machine and is instead starting a new career as the important-piece-of-paper-muncher. Gaah.

I am very ungruntled.

Oy vey...

Blimey but it's been a long time since I've done anything with this thing.

To put it bluntly, a lot has happened. For a start, last December I discovered my true dykey nature and came out to friends and family. I'm now heavily involved with all things LGBT political.

I'll be graduating from uni next June (woohoo!). Uni truly is the best thing I ever did for myself.

I'm currently mad busy getting coursework in and applying for jobs for when I leave. If anyone knows any good positions available in sexual health promotion, let me know :)

Yay me :)