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Bike 14.5.11

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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,

Angharad.

Troubles with choice

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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.

'Corrective Rape'

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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.

Louisiana - crimes against nature - sex offenders.

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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.

Slut Walking

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See the link below for an explanation, but it seemed some police education officer opened his mouth and shoved both feet in it.

Guardian: 'Homophobic attacks increase in London'

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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/02/homophobic-attack-h...

Why people can't live in peace, I'll never understand.

Angharad.

Soldier of Missfortune

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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.

Angharad.

France's oldest TS turns out to be a Brit.

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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?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1380687/British-ex-p...

Comments are the usual unhelpful sort, but there seems to be some effort to ger pronouns right.

Conference Cancelled

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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.

McDonald's attack - victim interviewed.

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Race might be the factor involved not transgender. The link includes a video interview with the victim.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379691/Transgender-...

I have a few days off

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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.

Problems with router

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Having problems with my router, dunno how long this will take to fix, so Bike may be suspended until I can sort things.

Angharad.

Pleasant discoveries

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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.

Walking a mile in her shoes

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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.

http://www.mail.com/news/us/332836-men-heels-march-anti-rape...

Angharad.

Bike 1317

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Sorry, too late to finish this tonight hopefully I will continue and post it tomorrow.

Angharad.

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Earliest transgender person?

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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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1374060/Gay-c...

Tomorrow is Gabi's funeral.

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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.

Angharad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayland%27s_Smithy

No Bike tonight - Wednesday 30th March.

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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.

Re: Karen J

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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.

Angharad.

Some US news in the Daily Wail.

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Four years and three hours!

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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.

Malaysian film featuring gay character

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A report in today's Guardian about a gay character in a Malaysian film who has a sex-change to please his/her boyfriend and then regrets it before falling in love with a girl.

See for yourselves: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/18/malaysia-first-f...

Gabi Bunton RIP

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I'm sorry to confirm that my suspicions were correct last night and Gabi was found dead by the neighbours I'd asked to check on her. I don't yet know cause of death, but I suspect that it was a heart attack.

I have lost a dear friend and very good editor. I'm just hoping I can get to the funeral as it's a couple of hour's drive from here.

My commiserations to all her e-friends on this site who will be very saddened by this news at least I had the pleasure of meeting Gabi a couple of times and hundreds of hours of telephone conversations.

Angharad.

Gabi Bunton

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Just after I wrote tonight's episode of Bike, I phoned Gabi, who likes to hear them before I post them and frequently makes useful comments. Tonight, Gabi didn't sound very well, and said she was going to lay on the bed and would phone me back in a few minutes. I waited half and hour and she hadn't called back and when I tried calling her, no answer.

A few weeks ago, as if by premonition, she gave me her next door neighbour's number - I called them and after some confusion over key safe numbers, they managed to gain access to Gabi's house in rural Oxfordshire.

Sometimes life is shitty...

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The universe seems to be dropping great piles of poo on me from a great height. First, work has been a bitch, then I get the cold which leaves me with the cough for weeks.

Last weekend I had trouble with the gears on my bike and it might ultimately mean new gear/brake levers - they're not cheap.

What would we do without the Sun or Daily Mail.

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It seems a TS author who wrote a play about Jesus returning to earth as a transsexual has been awarded a literary grant for further researches of transsexualism in the Bible. As may be imagined, it's got some people frothing in their sporrans.

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/341847...

Judge for yourself with the unbiased reportage expected of the Sun in Scotland.

Or the Daily Mail, which reports on Leah T bears her soul to Oprah about seeking a full sex-change op. Wow, like that's news these days.

My Latest Book

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For those of you who haven't preserved my perfect prose in hard copy, this is what you're missing. EAFOAB up to last weekend's edition. I'm simply waiting for the cover to be added, could be a bit heavy to take on the train or read in bed. Oh this is just volume one.

'Sex swap fella in women's nick,'

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Life would so much less colourful without the Sun and its Scottish edition, from which this story arises.

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/articl...

Angharad.

More on the alleged manslaughter of the 'booty' girl

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The Sun has found pictures and the identity of the alleged silicone buttock injector, so it claims.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3407465/Cops-hunt-...

Angharad

Bum Job!

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It seems that a British woman has died after having a questionable medical procedure done in a hotel in the US. Given that most of us who entered 'femaleness' after puberty may be slightly lacking in the hip area, do beware of anything involving silicone - it's very dangerous stuff. I remember seeing it being done to young Brazilian trannies years ago and wonder how many are still alive now?

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