London Riots

I’ve been following the news of the London riots on various news sites – http://www.news.com.au/, http://www.abc.net.au/news/, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ etc., and via my Twitter @puddymuddle.

This is the third day now and I’m still at a loss as to why London has erupted like this.  Yes, I know it supposedly all started out as a ‘peaceful’ protest after the police shot a man but hasn’t it all gone way too far?

From what I’ve read the rioting and looting has spread to other areas and the police have been struggling to get things under control.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people fighting for rights and wanting social change in countries where they are suffering under cruel despotic rulers.  But London?  This seems totally crazy to me and I’m struggling to understand why.

There was a recent tweet from @wikileaks with regard to a printed advice sheet for looters and rioters http://yfrog.com/z/h07mxcyzj.  There seems to be something rotten in the state of Denmark, or rather the city of London.  As far as I’m concerned that reeks of planning and organisation.

So who or what is behind it all and how far will it spread?  I guess time will tell.  I just hope it all settles down soon before too much damage is caused and too many lives are lost.

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It’s Been A While

Yes, it certainly has been a while since my last post on this blog.  What’s been happening?  Well, quite a bit.

I decided to take a break from uni studies for a little while because I was working on TAFE business courses, working part-time and trying to find a second job because I didn’t have enough hours from my first job and studies to satisfy Centrelink.  It was crazy and getting a little bit tiring to say the least.

I’m now about halfway through TAFE Cert III in Business so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  The appalling job situation here at Hervey Bay, and the struggle with trying to find a second job, led me to applying for the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) to help me to start a small business.  I now have a Cert. IV in Small Business Management but still don’t have the web site completed or the business up and running.  The business was supposed to officially start from 1 July 2011 but hasn’t really had a chance yet as I was sick with flu for most of July.  Them’s the breaks.  The business web site is http://virtualgirlfriday.net.au

Once again I feel like I’m trying to do to many things at once.

Abomination

I recently saw the new “Nikita” described as an abomination by one of my Facebook friends and I certainly have to agree with her.  It started tonight here in Australia, and I thought I would check out the first episode.  Missed about the first fifteen minutes but that was no great loss.  And yes, all the comments I had read that had been posted by fellow La Femme Nikita fans in the U.S. were pretty much spot on.

The producers should hang their heads in shame and quickly but quietly back out of the room before Section gets a chance to cancel them.

A few comparisons-

LFN’s Section One – Fairly dark, high tech, the Section that Nikita was recruited in to and where she did her training. Nikita was convicted of a crime she didn’t commit then recruited into Section and trained by the sexy, secretive Michael.  Of course she fell in love with him.  Who wouldn’t!  We also had the very nasty Operations as the head of Section One, and the extremely intelligent and classy profiler, Madeline.  Munitions expert Walter, and tech expert Birkoff were two of the best characters ever.  Each actor suited their character perfectly, and the fans loved them all…because they were human.

NIKITA’s Division – What sort of a name is that?  Reminds me of Division 4, an Aussie police series when I was a kid.  When the new recruit, Alex, sat down at the table and the tough girl came over to taunt her it actually looked like it was some kind of badly written women’s prison show. The new Nikita is way too skinny and comes across as a cold, hard b*tch.  Michael is just totally uninteresting.  I’m afraid the actor doesn’t even come close to Roy Dupuis’ Michael.  And Percy?  Operations wouldn’t even spit on him if he was on fire.  What were they thinking when they decided to call the head of Division, Percy?  As for Amanda, I’m sure she was the floozy housewife in The OC.  The new Birkoff is so disgusting that I can’t even think of the words to describe him.  The old Birkoff was young and innocent and was a friend to Nikita.  This new one is nothing more than a foul-mouthed monster.  I don’t know yet if they have a Walter character.  I hope not.  They’ve ruined all the other characters.

La Femme Nikita ran for four 22 episode seasons, with a shortened fifth season of 8 episodes.  All up, there were 96 action-packed episodes with character development, plot twists and a passionate tragic love story.  It will be interesting to see how long this new show lasts.  I’ll be very surprised if it lasts beyond one or two seasons.

“When I was in there and things started to get bad I thought I was gonna break, but I didn’t. I thought of you. You’re the only one of us who still has a soul. I’m so sorry, Nikita. We’ll never leave this place alive. I don’t know what love is anymore… but the only part of me that’s not dead is you.” (Michael, La Femme Nikita)

The Election

Well, it’s election day and I still have no idea who I’m going to vote for.  I know that I will definitely not be voting for 3 of the 6 candidates for this area but I’m at a total loss beyond that.

Our choices are – Labor, Liberal, Family First, Greens and 2 Independents.  One of the Independents only seems to be concerned about the aged pension (possibly because he is quite old).  The other one wants to focus on using more sugar cane for ethanol instead of sugar.  Fair enough but I really don’t know what other policies he has.  My son wants to vote for the Sex Party!  What a shame that we don’t have a candidate in our area.  We also don’t have a Fishing & Lifestyle candidate and that seems a bit silly because this is a fishing/whale watching/touristy area.

I’m pretty much over the 2 major parties as a whole, but I do quite like Julia G.

If only we had an Australian chapter of the Monster Raving Loony Party!  Might be worth looking into!  hahaha  The party for the disillusioned (or delusional?).

Photos

I’ve just uploaded a few more photos to Flickr including some more of my daughter’s wonderful work.  She really is very good.

I love this one –

Oh, Happy Days!

A short but very sweet post.  It looks like Torchwood is coming back according to what I’ve read at the Children of Earth site.

I’m trying so hard not to be a tv junkie, but I only watch a few shows that I really enjoy and this is one of them.  Unfortunately, most of the shows I enjoy don’t last very long because they aren’t the ‘vanilla’ commercially popular offerings that run forever.

The Silly Things You Just Can’t Avoid

Life can be pretty silly at times.  A couple of years ago I found out that I’m diabetic.  It wasn’t really a surprise because my father and brother are, as well as my mother’s sister so the odds were against me.  Prior to that I was diagnosed with a type of auto-immune arthritis but nobody has been able to tell me which one so far.

Now I know that diabetes is not a good thing to have but it can be manageable.  Unfortunately, I’m not good with making regular doctor appointments and taking mountains of tablets daily and I’ve found it really hard to adjust as I’ve never had to do it before.  I upset my last doctor so much he kicked me out and told me to find another doctor.  I had no idea he expected me to see him weekly.  It does seem a bit excessive and my new doctor was quite amazed when I told him.  So I’ll be off again on the blood tests/tablets/urine tests etc.

Speaking of urine tests, I did the mother of all urine tests late last week.  24 hours worth of urine, through a funnel into a 4 litre bottle!  It wasn’t fun and it sure wasn’t easy.  Now if that isn’t one of the most ludicrous tests ever, I’ll eat my hat!

At least this new doctor I’m seeing is willing to look further into the auto-immune arthritis by having my blood retested for it, as well as treating the diabetes.

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