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Hey Adults…just let Star Wars die

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Jar Jar Binks- a mere symptom of a larger problem. Image copyright Disney.

I’ve a confession, something I feel I can only talk about online. Were I to say it in real life most of my friends would disown me.

I really don’t care about Star Wars anymore. Because I’m no longer a child. Read more…

Time to wake up

This blog has been somewhat neglected of late. Through sheer lazyness and no other reason.

 

Time to do something with it again. Watch this space.

 

 

David Freud was made to apologise for being a true Tory in public

reecemjones:

A deeper look into Lord Freud’s comments about how disabled people are worth less than able bodied workers.

Rather a Freudian slip on behalf of the Conservative party as a whole, wouldn’t you think?

Originally posted on Politics and Insights - kittysjones :

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Lord Freud, a Conservative Welfare Reform Minister, has admitted comments he made that some disabled people are  not  worth” the full national minimum wage  were “offensive”, after they were disclosed by Ed Miliband during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday afternoon. The Labour leader has called on the Tory peer to resign. Cameron called for a full apology from Freud.

Freud has since apologised after slipping up and suggesting that disabled people are “not worth” the national minimum wage and some could only be paid “£2 an hour.” Cameron says the comments made by Lord Freud at the Tory conference do not represent the views of government.

However, his austerity measures and the welfare “reforms” tell us a very different story.

Cameron betrayed his anger at being challenged when he once again alluded to his severely disabled late son, Ivan, and his late father, as he told Miliband…

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Fancy Some Open Combat?

reecemjones:

With the type of wargames I’m gravitating towards these days (quick to pick up and play, customisable) this looks right up my street. Perhaps its up yours.

Originally posted on Mechanical Hamster:

As some of you will be aware, I’ve been pootling about doing a bit of games design work in my free time, mostly for the fun of it because who doesn’t like inventing games, right? None of those projects are quite ready for the light of day, either commercially or just to share, but for the past three years I have also been helping out my friend Carl Brown* on a new skirmish wargame called Open Combat.

*Real old-timer Games Workshop fans may remember Carl as our top Greenskins Blood Bowl player in the Studio league back in the day. He even beat Jervis Johnson** in a battle report and had a tactics article published in White Dwarf.

**Okay, so who hasn’t? But that isn’t my point. I can’t start casting aspersions with my record, can I?

The Open combat rulebook

Modern, full-colour, easy-to-use design.

We’ve been having a great time devising a…

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An experiment in melancholy

The conductors door swung to and fro.
Offering the new and transgressive.
We all chose to just watch instead.

Imagining what freedom felt like.

Not my Business

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They picked Akanni up one morning
Beat him soft like clay
And stuffed him down the belly
Of a waiting jeep.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

They came one night
Booted the whole house awake
And dragged Danladi out,
Then off to a lengthy absence.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

Chinwe went to work one day
Only to find her job was gone:
No query, no warning, no probe -
Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

And then one evening
As I sat down to eat my yam
A knock on the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn
Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.

I first read this at the age of 12 and its impact on me has been fundamental in making me who I am. By  Niyi Osundare, it has parallels to Martin Niemöller’s First they came

For a while I even took an interest in just how parties like the Nazi party of Germany came to power, past what they taught us in our history lessons, because I was taught that we wanted to avoid those times ever happening again.

So today is a good or a bad day, depending upon your feelings towards UKIP. Whilst it seems they are actually losing their share of the vote in the MEP elections, nevertheless, their triumph over the Conservatives and the long overdue dismantling of the Lib-Dems has a lot of people thinking. Planning. Plotting.

Now that UKIP have proven to be a party that people appear to be voting for, be it due to apathy on the behalf of many, a feeling that the party can speak for those who won’t buy into the two party dynamic of London or that there are just a whole bunch of people who are afraid of change, they seem to be doing something right.

Even if its just for existing to BE the party that people can pour their fear into.

But I’ll never vote for fascism, even if its a stealthy form of it like the two main parties have been pushing for since Thatcherism. I’ll fight it Because I remember Not My Business. I remember seeing the pictures of Nazi Germany.

And because we’re getting closer to those pictures everyday with our apathy.

First they came for the *Others

First they came for the *Others.

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