Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Xtina Quote

I don't believe in fashion faux pas. Every look I did was important at the time. When I was in the Lady Marmalade video it was all about being over the top, sexy and playful. The big hair, the make-up, it was so much fun. Would I do that today? Probably not. It was a different time, a different place for me.

Everybody has an opinion on what I wear, especially about the outfits that were perceived as being very provocative. Some people were really closed-minded and judgmental. Fashion should be fun; lots of people take it way too seriously.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

for teh mello

is cute :-)


I lurve shrugs, but what really annoys me about them is that they COST SO DAMN MUCH!!!


it's like 2 inches of fabric and it insists on costing £35? when it knows full well its going to be thrown on over a £3 vest, and not do anything half as important as a vest does in terms of what clothes are supposed to do ie. keep you decent. It's a conspiracy i tells you, I am keeping a close eye on these so called "shrugs" and will be reporting on the cutest top suspects shortly. And by shortly i mean now.


i don't know if this new* frills idea is actually flattering, or will make me look like a fairy cake. either way, i don't trust it. it's far too princess for moi.

*new as my bum

same top, 3 colours, sensible shopping for a sensible britain.

and a necklace to finish the look.. not quite this one, one that is much cuter..... but whatevs.

alumni weekend looms

and now that i know i am not working thru it, a goddess outfit must be made!! erk!! quelle goddess to be?

on the upside, i got the hair chopped today, and i am being financially bankrupted getting it back to a semi decent colour 2muro. fnar!

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

A story.

Worth a read. It's quite short, about people who live in a beautiful city with a dark secret

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (Variations on a theme by William James) is a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin, included in her short story collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters; it won the Hugo Award for short stories in 1974. It has no plot, no characters, no dialogue; merely a setting, the city Omelas. It is often used in discussing the nature and adequacy of utilitarian theories of justice.

In the story, Omelas is a utopian city of happiness and delight, whose inhabitants are smart and cultured. Everything about Omelas is pleasing, except for the secret of the city: the good fortune of Omelas requires that an unfortunate child be kept in filth, darkness and misery, and that all her citizens know of this on coming of age.

Some of them walk away; the story ends "The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas."

i thee dread:

why all geeks want to work at google

difficult day at the office maaan
we did some.. um.. work!
but then it all got a bit stressful so we went here... man these people must find it really difficult to maintain relationships, i'd be at work all day just chillin...
for more, see here: :)

a few reasons not to sunbathe this year...

Sunday, 27 April 2008


ah man i have totally knocked myself out. not used to all that sugar i have been lying about helpless for about 90 mins lol!!

thai 1 colchester, hots and nots

went to thai 1 in colly tonight and i have to say it is fab, i went their on a recommendation from a couple that include a vegetarian and a fussy eater, so i knew they would cater to our needs!!

The good:
The FOOD - I totally couldn't fault it, it was beautiful from beginning to end, the starter (we got the mixed veggies platter) was so gorgeous i nearly scrapped the main course and ordered it again, but the main was utterly wonderful!! The place was (mostly) well decorated and looked nice. The waitress was excellent and the food got there very quickly - and they had a good selection of booze, decently priced.. win.

The bad:
The witty banter of what i guess was the manager. Ok i'm being a bit mean!! lol

The ugly:
The ladies loo had a 'pretend! haha!!' barbed wire seat. Classy. Also the pic in the loos, you have to see it to believe it, but if tacky is your thing and you don't get too upset by misogynistic images of thai and british women (i assume..) then *shrugs*

Overall: good laugh, gorgeous food, amusing quirks. 8/10

hairum scarum

so i think it is time for a pictures post....

by the end of the week, my hair had turned from the red on the packet, to this:

so i dyed it again and ended up like this...

dye 2

Ok so it really wasn't long since i dyed my hair, but let's just say, the results were not too exciting. what happened is my hair wasn't having any of it. it went red at first (pics to come) and then throughout the week got lighter and lighter blonde! by saturday, i had pink hair. this is not so cool, it wasn't exactly what i was aiming for!! so i am sitting here(kinda bored) with blonde dye in my hair, waiting for it to change back to blonde! hopefully htis will happen or i will be conffused and try something else, or at least sulk...

Monday, 21 April 2008


so 2muro i am going to dye my hair this colour. ek!!


today, a chap banged loudly on our door. when we opened it, he told us he was here to install a fire alarm, i started looking for our current alarm to show him where to change it... but he just slapped a new alarm on the wall, and left.


40 seconds later, it fell off the wall.

barry oh-bummer.

just listening to the news,
they are talking about barak obama.

i usually hear obama pronounced 'oh-bah-mah' but this reporter is calling him 'barry-oh-bummer'



i am so immature.

1 in 10 americans believe that he is a 'closet musilm'. i say, why should this matter? but that is *obviously* an incredibly stupid and naive question because *obviously* muslims are evil terrorists planning to take over the world.

i sigh.

i wish him luck, tho he already has it, his wife and kids seem so lovely. good man.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

prescott, eating disorders.

From The Sun:

The former deputy prime minister said: “I’ve never confessed it before. Out of shame, I suppose, or embarrassment or just because it’s such a strange thing for someone like me to confess to.

“People normally associate it with young women - anorexic girls, models trying to keep their weight down, or women in stressful situations, like Princess Diana.”

Firstly, i'd like to say congratulations to JP for now eating what he wants, and not binging and purging.

Secondly, i'm a bit annoyed at the way this has been reported, not only by The Sun (as above) but by the Beeb. The reporter said something like 'it was embarrassing for him to have to admit to having a girls disease'

Eating disorders are commonly associated with 'impressionable young women' they said, not middle aged men. His doctor told him it was down to stress! Obviously, not down to skinny celebrities in the media, vogue or other misc sources that eating disorders in women are often blamed on. As a proper successful MAN with a high profile job, his eating disorder was not because he wanted to look good in a bikini like a shallow woman, but because he was stressed.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Ty Glover said: “It’s a hugely brave and courageous thing for John to come out and admit that he was a bulimia sufferer.

“It’s hard enough for a young girl to confess to, but for a high profile male politician approaching 70, it’s especially impressive."

I suppose it is difficult for those in power to express any sign of weakness. And there's only one step up from dep pm!

As the beeb say:

Never again will it be seen as a condition that only affects young women.

That's great. thanks beeb. It took JP to bring it to light as something men suffer from? That's fantastic (really) for all the male sufferers from eating disorders and disordered eating patterns. But i can't help but cringe that it took so long to highlight this illness and the sadness it brings to so many males, females and their families.

“It’s believed that one in 10 bulimia sufferers are men but I have never in all my years as a consultant specialising in eating disorders come across a man this old suffering from bulimia.

“It seriously makes me think that maybe we’re completely missing a whole audience of middle-aged men who are too scared to admit they have a problem.”

I hope they find their voice.

Friday, 18 April 2008

life is pain party

pics etc to follow once i find my camera lead!!

z0mg scary beans!!

Dinner in the sky... for 22 peoples.

info: "More than 500 people could have access to this exceptional platform or just 22 if you're looking for an exclusive VIP event. The table accommodates three staff in the middle, chef, waiter and entertainer. Dinner in the Sky can be held at any place having a surface of 500m2, like Golf Courses, public places, race tracks, castles, vineyards or historical sites."

Stolen from KanyeWest's blog...


this really would put me off my food... i'd be passed out by this point!!

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

muslim baby

the beeb the other week was talking about the diana inquest, and said secveral timesthat one of the conspiracy theories was that diana was killed in a plot because she was carrying a 'Muslim baby'. But here is how it works:

Once a child is born and is welcomed into the world by its parents/family

(here is how: The Muslim call to prayer or adhaan ("God is great, there is no God but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Come to prayer.") are the first words a newborn Muslim baby should hear. They are whispered into the right ear of the child by his or her father.

The baby's first taste should be something sweet, so parents may chew a piece of date and rub the juice along the baby's gums. It was a practice carried out by the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and is believed to help tiny digestive systems to kick in. Other things happen at 7 days and you can read up here if you like...and if you trust the bbc)

so anyway, this got me on to thinking, at what point in your life are you assigned a religious status? can you be a Muslim, Christian or whatever you want to be in gestation? if so, at which point are you religious? at 24 weeks, when you can feel pain? or perhaps at birth? or maybe many years later when you possess reasoning enough to confirm your faith and happiness being part of an organised religion? perhaps it is the point at which the baby is acknowledged by the religious institution, and a key figure within the following.

to me, a person who follows an organised religion is one who follows the teachings of said religion. not a baby that is still learning to walk, talk and feed! but then, religion is all encompassing like that, and affects the way you are taught to walk talk and feed by your parents if they are religious. if your parents run your life, they pick your religion.

But then, here comes my second wondering, what makes a muslim baby? do they adopt the religion of the father? is this not the desicion of both parents in an equal relationship? am i being really naive here? (it wouldn't be the first time)

Dodi Al Fayed may be a muslim, but i had no idea Diana was. I had no idea she followed any religion (googles - nope, can't find it, though i believe her mother was a catholic..) but why would she give birth to a muslim baby? (she wasn't even pregnant, it's almost really stupid i am discussing this)

the whole thing makes my head spin!!

community disability

so i'll start with a definition: what does 'community' even mean? I do like defining things on this blog, and i can't help thinking this word needs a definition. so off to google it and see what happens, and then i will give you my thoughts.

google tells me: "a group of people living in a particular local area; 'the team is drawn from all parts of the community' " this definition is probably best, for the purposes of this blog. I'm not going to sit and fuss over it's otherwise impossible definitions, as that's waaay to sociology for this blog, and people will fall asleep.

Now when i hear 'community' i hear it as a positive word - it was used all day long by our ex PM, he LOVED it. 'doing things for the community' and all that. but then i started thinking, who's in and who's out? who is in a community, and benefits from the things that are done 'for the community' ?

I'll try and clarify my little irks: the other day at work, we were building a board walk, and i took some YP along to do their community service. in the pre-work talk, it was explained that people would use this, and it was something nice for the local community. one of the kids then asked 'but what about people in wheelchairs?' - well obviously, they can't use it, the walk is only accessible by stairs.

without wanting to undermine the cool work that people do for the community, it struck me at that point that by 'the community' they mean 'the community of able bodied people'

this got me on to thinking, how much other stuff done 'for the community' is done whilst excluding some parts of the community? there was no sign up saying 'no disabled people allowed' but then, there didn't need to be. they are excluded with no apology, no thought, no worries. it's just something that's not for them. i felt ashamed, ashamed that it took a child to raise that question and to care about it, when there were plenty of adults present who should know better? i noticed the problem, and said nothing. i didn't want to offend. maybe i need to start offending? that's not a maybe actually, i do need to start.

i wouldn't want to start telling people what to do and what to think, but i see no harm in calling it what it is, at least just to MAKE PEOPLE CONSIDER how they might be excluding people before they start what they are doing. perhaps we should start calling things that they are: 'community project A, able bodied people only' - or 'community minus able bodied people get-active project'

maybe put up the odd sign 'this walk is not accessible to disabled people, we do not want you here, you are of little importance, please go somewhere else'

this has turned into a disability rant. good. also please see my google image result for community, of a bunch of little people standing.


The sims2 has been taking up a lot of my time recently and i love it, stay tuned for news of brian and demi, my brother and sister sims trying to get on with sim life lol. i am also experiencing blog jealousy at the mellos blog: It's just so much nice than mine, although teh sis is jealous of my blog... what goes around comes backaround!! :-)

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

grim fandango

definition: long and boring (but addictive) stupid pee cee game. isn't the sims, alas.

food and waste

this is gunna sound well preachy but...


the beeb are currently saying that we throw 20% of our foods away (fresh foods) and they showed a family doing it right.. or not!

* the mum cooks the food - she tries not to cook too much - this is cool

* then the kids are given the food an encouraged to eat it all - this is NOT cool, kids only have small tummies and can't eat big amounts all at once without getting bad tummies!! and plus they might end up with SCARY GUILT that leads them to have a messed up attitude to food later (eat it all, you won't get any more = be greedy for survival = overeating & binging in adulthood)

* then the mum CHUCKS THE LEFTOVERS AWAY (in a special bin!) also not cool!!

so right the food still gets chucked.. what's wrong with putting it in a tub for later? why does it need to be thrown away it's PERFECTLY EDIBLE lol -

and now they are talking about these magic things that collect (separately and expensively) and recycle waste food!! wtf!! just stop wasting food!!


Wednesday, 9 April 2008


Latin flagrant-, flagrans, present participle of flagrare to burn
1archaic : fiery hot : burning2: conspicuously offensive <flagrant errors>; especially : so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality <flagrant violations of human rights>
fla·grant·ly adverb
synonyms flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned <flagrant abuse of the office of president>. glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper <glaring errors>. gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits <gross carelessness>. rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned <rank heresy>.


Oh shoes, how do i love thee? Let me count teh ways...

mo'shoes mo' problems

Argh these boots are really cool!!! why am i underlining things?

)oooo sugar sugar!!

My shoes are by 'sugar' and not knowing much about the brand, i decided to investigate the scene!! Turns out, i want their entire stock, but luckily (for my bank balance) i can't have them, as they are not sold by the sugar company in the uk. fair doos, i will have to search ebay. but here are some of my faves: