Valentines

(Wed 17-Apr-2013)

Yes, I know this is a bit late.

I don’t like Valentine’s day. I don’t like the commercialisation, the cultural expectation of pairing off and the implication that there’s something wrong with being single.

My wife really wishes I would do something for Valentine’s day.

I refuse to buy Valentine’s day products, so what can do? I made something. Not a card, though, because that’s just a bit too obvious.

Months ago, while browsing in a stationery shop, Lauren had seen some mini luggage tags, and commented on how much she liked them. So, a few days before Valentine’s day, I bought a pack:

I wrote on them:


and hid them around the house.

One was attached to a DVD I also bough, of a film I knew Lauren liked, with a suggestion we watch it on our next “date night”. Some were praise, encouragement or general “I love you” messages, others were bad puns, like “You’re hot” on the thermostat, “no-one can hold a candle to you” in a candle holder.

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The strange sights of Americaland

(Sun 4-Dec-2011)
    Strange things I’ve encountered on visits to americaland:
  • “Cheese in a can”, which says on the can “Made with real cheese”, which presumably means “made in the same building as real cheese”. It comes in “Cheddar”, “American”, and “Cheddar and bacon” flavours.
  • Soup served in a bread roll
  • Drive through ATMs
  • A drive through liquor store
  • Rubber ducks with kippahs on
  • A Christmas parade, where the entry requirement seemed to be that you have “Happy Christmas” written on the side of your car and/or you promise to throw candy from it. Highlights included a 1940s hearse and a pick-up truck from the local ambulance service
  • Dollywood
  • A car called a “Montego” that appears to be entirely unrelated to the Austin Montego

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sleeping baby

(Thu 19-May-2011)

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Automatic hammer (Thu 19-May-2011)

I saw an automatic hammer for sale recently. My despair at humanity grew a little more.

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This government's not stupid*...

(Fri 4-Mar-2011)

…but it is wrong.

I’ve seen a lot of protest at the government cuts, and agree that they are too deep, too fast, and unfairly distributed – but there’s something else that just seems to be slipping by unnoticed. Central government have promised local authorities a large, one-off lump of cash if they freeze council tax. Local authorities recognise that it’d be suicidal not to take the cash, as there’s no way the electorate will let them get away with cutting services and raising tax at the same time. The longer-term effects of this, though, is to reduce councils’ ability to raise money through their residents, and leave them more reliant on central government.

At the last election, although Labour lost power in the commons, there was a big swing towards Labour in the local elections.

*maybe

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