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The invisibility of mental illness

Because sometimes it’s good to know why people do horrible things.

The world is a horrible place and everyone is a mixture of unrelentingly horrible, cruel or cynical. Those who aren’t are hopelessly nieve and are preyed upon by the first group of feckless individuals. And then there is the third group, who are ‘just mad or evil’*.

So now the preliminaries are out of the way and the two extremist viewpoints are defined, lined up in opposition like armies on a battlefield, let’s talk about the small town that will be crushed between them. Full of the rest of us.

I can only speak for myself, but I think a good selection of us know that no matter how much Martin from accounting may seem like an evil bastard, we know he isn’t inherently evil. He’s just some fuck with an obsession with numbers and Dolly Parton that manifests itself in ways that jive with you.

And so it is with most people. Whilst some are genuinely just malicious most just have an underlying issue, be it one of health, environment  or circumstance. Now it doesn’t always matter a skerrick if that is the case, nor are you indebted to try and find out if Martin is a prick** because of some deepseated fear of women.

Which brings us to this lovely comment 

Now I don’t know about this case much. It seems most people don’t and the media is doing its best to just make it up because, damn journalistic integrity today. But it would just like to add this; if this person’s actions were down to poor mental health that was never diagnosed, how could anyone know? Many with health issues never display them openly, or can pass convincingly for a while. Close family rarely pick up on it, other than after the fact saying ‘there was always something odd’ to try and absolve themselves.

Does it matter why he did this? Yes. Does it matter in the end? Perhaps. Is he an arsehole? Probably.

But the media jumping to conclusions to paint another person who does a horrific act as “another one of those nutters” doesn’t help anyone. Neither does the bleating of the peanut gallery.

Of which I’m one of them I guess.

Now let me tell you more about that dickhead Martin.

*I think sociopath is back in as the sexy term for them. All thanks to the new showrunner of Star Trek.

** At this point I have to say #NotAllMartins. If only because I have am uncle with that name. Who isn’t a prick. But the Martin bringing the rest of you all down? You know who you are.


Naughty words


Such dreamy, hate-filled eyes.

NSFW. Obviously.

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Miscellaneous lightning sketches — Don’t Paint Like This!

Just quick, two minute sketches.

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The story of Anonymous

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We dont need Ref2; This is what we need

Just some thoughts by someone smarter than I on immediate steps to take for people, now we’ve had a few days to let Brexit settle in.

Sometimes, it's just a cigar

So Thursday happened, people voted for rainy fascism island to become irrelevant rainy fascism island. My timeline is full of racist and xenophobic attacks and everyone I know who can leave the country is doing so. Oh and labour MPs are attacking their leader rather than trying to improve things for their constituents, showing that the mendacious selfishness of Gove, Cameron and Johnson applies to them too.

Brexit happened,  its encouraging violence, and companies are already pulling out, job losses are already happening, ref2 ignores that this is one genie we cannot put back in the bottle, and delay right now is only going to make things worse.  So what do we need?


We need someone leading the tories, we need pressure on this to happen immediately, banking jobs need not be lost if the negotiation team where already in place ensuring that UK based banks could still operate…

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A unicorn pissing into the wind

A unicorn pissing
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No-one is truly an island


We can’t hear you above your facts – my Brexit friends.

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. – John Donne.

This curious quote, containing perhaps some wonderful prose,* also has a point. A larger one about the future of humanity as a whole. Also a whole lot of Politics and Religion. Read more…