arundhathi: (sleep is for the wise)
Things that are not improving my day

- Anti-abortion protestors holding prayer vigils outside Marie Stopes clinics. There is a list in my head of things I think the US does better and that we should learn/steal. This is pretty much the opposite of that.

Things that are improving my day:

- The Harry Potter cast summing up their movie making experience in one word.

This is heartwarming and funny and makes me a little bit sad, and every actor's response is pretty much exactly what you would expect from them. It does exactly what it's supposed to.

My absolute favourite thing about it, though, is Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), whose understated response could not be more quintessentially Yorkshire if he tried. So much love.

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The second thing is not quite awesome enough to make up for the first and the larger trend of which it is a part, but I also had a lovely lazy long weekend, dinner with my entire family yesterday (11 people, awesome food and so much noise - kind of like if The Waltons went in for wine and snarkiness rather than all-American wholesomeness and annoying voiceovers), and there is sunshine. As Matthew Lewis would say, 's aright.
arundhathi: (i'm tired and i wanna go to bed)
Stuff what happened:

- My sister got engaged. Fortunately it was Biggest!Little!Sis. The younger ones reaching that point would be too scary for words.

- Doctor Who continues to be awesome. Amy Pond continues to be awesomer.

- Middle!Little!Sis came back from uni (in Northern Ireland) for the weekend and for B!L!S's engagement party, and now can't fly home due to volcanic ash.

- It's gone all-general-election-all-the-time around here. I am torn between the part of me that is a great big politics nerd and loves the whole thing, and the part of me that finds it very hard to give any credence to the idea that the Conservatives have changed at all and dreads the prospect of a Tory-led government. It really doesn't help that in my constituency (the only currently Tory-held one in the county) neither UKIP (xenophobic) nor the BNP (racist) feel the need to field a candidate. Apparently the sitting MP does their work here adequately anyway.

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Add to that this article: Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people, and Labour would have to fail a whole lot harder than some people think they have before this would become an acceptable alternative for me.

The reality is, Philip Davies will probably get back in. He had a tiny majority (0.97%) at the last election, but it's traditionally a Tory seat, which Labour took in 1997 and held until 2005. It doesn't help that there's been a boundary change so no one is really sure what the voting will be, or that it's been totally ignored by both major parties even though it's a marginal seat.

For the rest of the country:

- the Daily Mirror (yes, really) has a guide to tactical voting: [General election tactical voting guide: How you can save Britain from a Tory nightmare ].

- Stephen Fry talks about voting: [How I will vote].

- Gordon Brown makes an actually quite rousing speech to Citizens UK. In which he finally remembers that Labour actually does some pretty important stuff in between illegal wars and banking crises (minimum wage, health, education): [Battered Gordon Brown finds his voice].

- Find out what the incumbent MP in your constituency does/thinks/votes: [TheyWorkForYou].

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