Submitted by Angharad on Wed, 2011/06/08 - 3:37pm
Thousands of women and girls were incarcerated in Magdalene laundries and the Irish government seems unwilling to apologise and compensate the remaining surviving victims. Given the recent scandals of the scale of child abuse there, this is yet another except it concerns only women and girls--which might explain why nothing is being done to compensate them.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/06/07 - 12:21am
Not entirely sure what that means other than thirty thousand fingers hit the button on the end of my postings. Okay, so that's just a week's postings from me - I'm only joking, Erin, it's actually two weeks :)
Anyway, I presume one or two have enjoyed my contributions and said so: for which many thanks. Thanks also to Erin and her team for their continued indulgence of my verbal diarrhoea. Sometimes it is hard to give up and hour or two every night to post my ramblings and I do like to write other suff as well.
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/05/27 - 9:31am
Despite the criticism and even condemnation of this type of therapy, people are still doing it and getting away with it. It says more about the therapist than the client.
This article appeared in todays Guardian, it was quite interesting.
Submitted by Angharad on Thu, 2011/05/26 - 12:48pm
Ths film is on BBC iplayer at the moment for those who can access it and those who like body swap stories - about a boy and a girl who hate each others guts but end up in each other's bodies.
It's American but Sharon Osbourne has a part in it!
Submitted by Angharad on Mon, 2011/05/23 - 5:17am
It appears for socio-culural reasons, many Indians find the idea of having girl babies unpalatable and these foetuses are being destroyed before birth by abortion.
Now I know abortion is a hot topic, especially in the US, and I admit being a well meaning Guardian reader, I'm pro-choice - but I find this practice abhorrent - and extremely short sighted as eventually, there will be a shortage of women for men to marry.
Submitted by Angharad on Mon, 2011/05/23 - 5:02am
I see from the BBC news that 89 people are believed killed or injured in storms in Missouri and the footage they showed was horrendous.
My commiserations to any readers who live or have friends and family in that part of the world, I hope they're all safe.
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/05/20 - 4:10pm
Sorry folks - I've been editing something for someone for the past hour and found I deleted it. Before I do something even more stupid - I'm going to bed, which means I don't have time to do a Bike tonight. I'll do one tomorrow before I write anything else - promise.
Hugs & apologies,
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/05/20 - 2:58pm
It seems one or two of you like this, and as it's had a few reads and a couple of Kudos, I'll continue it for a bit, perhaps two more episodes, while Melanie writes her next one.
I've used some of her characters though I haven't worked entirely to canon as you'll see in part two, which I'm working on as I have time.
Submitted by Angharad on Wed, 2011/05/18 - 12:23pm
I never fail to be amazed how someone could want to archive anything I wrote unless they were doing some sort of study on compulsions or classic lunacy. That someone could keep it up to date--it does involve a lot of effort--then create a map site and keep that up to date as well--I'm absolutely staggered. I'm also grateful although my thanks seem somewhat inadequate in comparison.
Thanks to PS and Ben for doing this, I know many readers find it an easier way to read such a long saga, so on their behalf, I thank you also.
Submitted by Angharad on Sat, 2011/05/14 - 3:36pm
Apologies for no Bike tonight - didn't get home until after 11.30pm and am too tired to write, hope to do better tomorrow.
As per the previous blog about what to wear to the CTC AGM dinner - I went with my Jaques Vert dress (cream, green and black flowers on a cream background), a short sleeved black cardi with glittery bits and black courts.
I also had an attack of IBS and spent half the evenng in the loo -which doesn't help my energy levels.
So, hopefully tomorrow I will bore you some more with tales of the Cameron clan.
Hugs to all,
Submitted by Angharad on Wed, 2011/05/11 - 1:48pm
I found out this morning that I have to go to a formal (dress code is: smart) dinner on Saturday evening, so I made an appointment to get my unruly tresses tamed (sounds better than getting a haircut) first thing on Saturday - my hair won't be tidy, it never is - it's very fine and flies about like tissue paper in the slightest draught.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/05/10 - 3:12am
The term Corrective Rape is one applied to the brutal sexual assault and rape of lesbians, gay and transgender people by thugs usually young men. It is purported to teach them a lesson but frequently leaves them devastated or even dead. It is a hate crime of the first order, and seems to be on the increase.
Submitted by Angharad on Sat, 2011/05/07 - 12:27am
I happened across this article on the Huffington Post, which has reference to transgender as well as biological women being labelled as sex offenders, possibly for life , because they had unnatural sex - ie they had oral or anal sex for money.
The article claims that black women and transgender people were being targeted by the police. It's worth reading even if it does show the authorities have a mediaeval approach to life - this is what the police do when they're not out hunting witches one supposes.
See for yourselves.
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/05/06 - 3:53pm
See the link below for an explanation, but it seemed some police education officer opened his mouth and shoved both feet in it.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/05/03 - 1:39am
While we feel life is becoming more tolerant - could we be labouring under a misapprehension. West London seems to be having an upsurge of attacks on gay men.
Why people can't live in peace, I'll never understand.
Submitted by Angharad on Thu, 2011/04/28 - 11:18am
It's taken me hours to sort out a suitable picture to go with the caption. Today's part two is a bonus episode - was literally waiting for paint to dry - it's true, honestly. Anyway, don't expect two episodes of stuff every day--this is very much a one off(or should that be two off?).
The plot is working up nicely, so I hope you enjoy. Comments are appreciated.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/04/26 - 4:12pm
The Daily Wail does it again. Apparently this one wrote a book about herself, so is I suppose fair game. I wouldnt have thought 60 was that old - or is that all about personal perspective - the closer you get the younger it seems?
Comments are the usual unhelpful sort, but there seems to be some effort to ger pronouns right.
Submitted by Angharad on Mon, 2011/04/25 - 1:42am
According to the transgender blog in The Guardian, trans-activists caused a conference to be cancelled because they felt it was unrepresentative and that two of the speakers were either anti or unsympathetic to 'the cause'.
I'm not sure what I feel, other than it seems to prove that modern technology can effect change and that the opinions of minorities can be made louder than they otherwise might, especially in the past.
Submitted by Angharad on Sat, 2011/04/23 - 1:36pm
I have some holiday over the Easter period and although I have list of chores as long as my arm I'm hoping to do some extra writing as well. I'd rather like to move Snafu on towards a conclusion, although that will require more than one episode, but I might manage the next one.
Submitted by Angharad on Mon, 2011/04/18 - 11:57pm
Having problems with my router, dunno how long this will take to fix, so Bike may be suspended until I can sort things.
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/04/15 - 4:00pm
Once upon a time, I expected most of my stuff to receive double figures in comments and vie with the best in the then voting system. Things have changed and sometimes I only get a handful, although my core readership remains about the same so I still enjoy entertaining them with my scribbles.
Submitted by Angharad on Sun, 2011/04/10 - 3:11pm
Yeah, okay it's from the Mail again, there was one from CBS but it didn't have piccies.
Anyway, some brave souls in Alaska do an annual walk in women's shoes to highlight sexual assaults on women. I should say, they're all men and they walk a mile.
Good on yer, boys, hope the blisters soon heal.
Submitted by Angharad on Fri, 2011/04/08 - 4:04pm
Sorry, too late to finish this tonight hopefully I will continue and post it tomorrow.
Submitted by Angharad on Wed, 2011/04/06 - 2:45pm
Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have discovered an unusual Bronze Age burial, where a man was buried like a woman. Of course the Daily Wail has made the most of it with the usual sort of nonsense, but the pictures and the facts which haven't been distorted are interesting.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/04/05 - 4:02pm
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is Gabi's funeral, although everyone will be celebrating her life as her male name. I have a long drive to get there for 10.30 am BST but I'll do my best to get there.
Afterwards I'm going to walk along the Ridgeway Path, to see the White Horse of Uffington and Wayland's Smithy, both of which are prehistoric monuments. I'm sure Gabs would approve of my taking some time to reflect upon things before driving home.
Submitted by Angharad on Wed, 2011/03/30 - 3:42pm
Sorry, left early to see my daughter and ex this morning and got home too late to make it a good idea. Apologies to my regular readers, but I had a nice day out. It was quite funny how we still fit stereotypes - I fixed up some curtain poles and repaired her shed window while she shortened some jeans for me. The only difference being, I could have done my own jeans but she couldn't do the DIY stuff.
Then had a couple of hours playing mall bunnies with my daughter followed by dinner with her and my ex and the long drive home in the dark. In the words of the prophet - I am knackered.
Submitted by Angharad on Tue, 2011/03/29 - 2:57pm
Those who know Karen may be aware she's anticipating major surgery in the near future - a triple heart bypass of the coronary arteries.
Those of you who believe in the divine might put in a good word for her, as I know she's worth it.
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Li'l Sister.
Submitted by Angharad on Thu, 2011/03/24 - 11:46am
Submitted by Angharad on Mon, 2011/03/21 - 4:18pm
According to my account, I've been a member here for four years and three hours. Earlier on I'd noticed it was three years and fifty two weeks--that's like being five feet twelve. I suppose the 'puter decides it's four years when the same time of day is reached as the original enrolling time.
Goodness, four years, I was young and innocent then - now I'm old and innocent, ho hum.