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So... it would seem I haven't said anything for a while.

A lot has happened in the past couple of months. I'll try to be brief though.


Ummm... I've got a job, and am living in a new place in SE London (Lewisham/Catford sort of area).

The job is only temporary, doing exam marking... in Slough. So, something of a long commute there.

Oh. Well, that's about it, I suppose. Major events, anyway. I mean, obviously have been to the odd party, met people and so on, but nothing highly unusual.
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We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia...

No Freedom Here

By John Pilger

Freedom is being lost in Britain. The land of Magna Carta is now the land of secret gagging orders, secret trials and imprisonment.

The government will soon know about every phone call, every email, every text message.

Police can wilfully shoot to death an innocent man, lie and expect to get away with it.

Whole communities now fear the state. The Foreign Secretary routinely covers up allegations of torture, the Justice Secretary routinely prevents the release of critical Cabinet minutes taken when Iraq was illegally invaded.

The list is cursory - there is much more. Indeed, there is so much more that the erosion of liberal freedoms is symptomatic of an evolved criminal state.



More: http://londonprogressivejournal.com/issue/show/62?article_id=397

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Yaay Creationism! *rolleyes*

Bad news from one of my favourite blogs (link at the end)... it seems we're catching up with the Americans in terms of dumb-osity. Hey, yeah, let's teach that rubbish in a science lesson... because, you know, we teach about genetics in RE all the time.

Grrrr.

"Creationists infect Europe


1)
A survey in the UK shows that about 1/3 of the teachers in England and Wales think creationism should be taught in science. About half think it shouldn’t be (one assumes the rest have no opinion), while 2/3 of the teachers think it should at least be discussed.

70% of science teachers think creationism should not be taught, which sounds good until you realize that means 30% of science teachers think it should be. About 3/4 of science teachers think it should be discussed in the classroom (one assumes the survey distinguishes between discussing it and teaching it). In my opinion that’s a mistake, as most science teachers are probably not prepared to deal with the issue very well. It’s not simple to go over the many failings of creationism versus science, and it’s made far more treacherous in the classroom because you’re dealing with the beliefs of children.

Only about 1/4 of teachers overall understand young-Earth creationism for what it is: wrong."

More here.

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Buggery balls

For the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to set up some work with a local business (what turned out to be a solicitors). I didn't get the job I applied for there, but had an interview/chat with the boss there, who seems nice enough, and was offered a couple of days voluntary (read: unpaid) work, so I could get some experience and they could see what I'm like.

This, I thought, seemed a good idea, since lack of office experience seems to be holding me back. I accepted in principle, but since I had to leave a message on the boss' mobile to do this, she then phoned me later on friday to tell me she couldn't give me an answer yet, and that she would call over the weekend.

This, she did - a couple of hours ago - to let me know that it would have to wait until the new year, and she'll phone me to sort it out then.

I wouldn't mind so much, but
a) the way we left it is that I would be starting this coming Tuesday, not in the new year.
b) It's taken about half a dozen phone calls to get to this point, with me consistently having to chase things up with her.

GAAAH!


In other news... um, well there isn't any really. Except some family stuff which I don't want to talk about here.

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Just so people know I haven't disappeared...

... here I am.

Now, what to say..?

Nothing much to report, no real success looking for work (though I did have an interview 2 weeks ago), and nothing much else happening. Getting a job is the key to everything else... once I find something, then I can move somewhere other than my parent's house. Once I've done that, I'll be free, FREE I tells ya!

Ahem.

Yes.