Sunday, 31 August 2008

Diana Watch

To be honest I haven’t got much to say this week, it’s been a quiet week all round. I’ve been confused by John McCain’s choice of running mate, not because Sarah Palin isn’t a good candidate for Vice President but the message that it is trying to send out. This is American politics after all and these things don’t happen by accident, people aren’t chosen for their ability and suitability for the post but for who they will appeal to and to send and a message, I’m just not sure what the Republicans are trying to say. Barack Obama chose his running mate to deflect the criticisms of inexperience and a lack of knowledge about foreign policy but these are not things that can be applied to old man McCain. In a stroke they seem to have neutralised one of their only attacks on the Democrats, as they don’t seem to bother with policy on America. Is it to show that Republicans like women? We know this to be untrue as McCain voted against equal pay for women and both of them wish to over turn Roe vs. Wade. If someone out there knows I would really like to know what you think because I’m beginning to think it’s because she is photogenic. Now I don’t like having this thought because it reduces her to the level of totty and she is clearly more than that because she is a governor of a very big state indeed but I don’t see what she bring to the campaign, so if you can help me I would be grateful.
The Democrats, however, put on a little show but didn’t really say that much new. There were some policy ideas and some commitments that you really do have to hold him to but not much else so let’s move on.
A fantastic and socially important policy was announced by the Labour Party back in England this week but it just sort of sulked out. The policy is to pay people a proper wage that stay at home and care for sick and dying relatives. It is estimated that they save the state £85 million a year. This is an incredibly
Socially progressive policy but did you hear about it? Probably not. For some reason I only heard about it on two news bulletins on radio 4 but no where else. Was this a failing of the Labour party or of the news programs? I don’t know but as a policy it should be celebrated.

Very little else happened really this week. I made Rose Petal Ice Cream and it was lovely. Google the recipe and give it a go, you won’t be disappointed. I have learnt that facial beauty is ruled by a ratio of 1.6 and the ideal hip to waist ratio is 0.7. This means very little to me but significant other said the her hip to waist ratio is 0.7, nice.

Some websites you might be interested in,

BookCrossing is earth-friendly, and gives you a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time. Through our own unique method of recycling reads, BookCrossers give life to books. A book registered on BookCrossing is ready for adventure.
Leave it on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym -- anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel. Track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person. This can be found at

Also we have Guerrilla Gardening, the site that promotes illicit gardening on unloved bits of land, mostly in London to be honest but you can do it were you are. This can be found at, it’s a good blog with some lovely pictures.

And for a bit of a giggle I give the Onion News Network at

Only one award this week,

The Award for Biggest Bastard of the My Week,

This goes to the git that stole the front lights from my bike. It was in a locked bike shed at work which means a colleague stole them at that is an upsetting thought. That and the fact that I then had to walk home because it was dark and push my bike with me.

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