The Calm

Waiting for a hurricane is unnerving.

I stayed because I wanted to see it, but I just want it to start. I’m almost nervous.

In related news, my next tattoo is totally going to be a storm.

Really hope I can go to Coney Island and get photos. It’s weird, yesterday I was on the Cyclone and today, well, I’ll be in one.

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What I’ve learnt being in America for a month

1. They have drive thru banks here.

2. Scottish diets aren’t at all shocking.

3. In California, people are more offended by tobacco smoke than weed.

4. Medical marijuana is a bit of a joke, a nurse gave me brownies on a train… (though I do believe it is beneficial in a lot of cases)

5. We have it so lucky in the UK, socially system wise.

6. In Chicago you ask for directions, you get told bus stops and “el” lines. In California, driving directions. Walking? pah.

7. It gets to 40C in Chicago. And people say it’s cold?

8. There is indeed a restaurant in Los Angeles called the Gorbals, and the food is pretty damn good.

9. Southern California’s transit system sucks harder than a blowjob from a vacuum cleaner. It can take 1.5 hours to get 10 miles.

10. Compton does not  look that scary from the metro.

11. They deep fry sushi here. MIND BLOWN.

12. Warehouse shows here are far cheaper and a lot more fun than ones in the UK.

13. Friendly bus drivers exist here. For real.

14. Vegan food is amazing here. Also, AVOCADOES. And properly hot chilli sauce.

15. The cities here are generally shorter than uk ones, but the tall building are fucking tall.

16. Us Brits know feck all about mexican food.

17. Some people here can’t tell the difference between Irish and Scottish. I they seem to people Scotland is Northern Ireland…

18. You just can’t do Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Chicago anymore 😦

19. People really do own guns.

20. Directions here are given by street intersections.

Anyway, that’s enough for just now, there’s sun outside and LA to see…

Video exclusive.. no, wait…

So I made a video for Sparrow and the Workshop and in some bizarre turn of events, it went live way earlier than it was meant to, which meant I only found out about it from a Portuguese blog… strange times. Pretty bemused by it all. Pair this with the fact I’m leaving the country in less than 24 hours for 6 months, my head is SPINNING. Anyway, here’s the video, made with £50 and some help from some friends (very much in debt to Vilte Vaitkute for the online editing) But anyway, here’s the video:

I’m having kittens over seeing it posted in The Music Slut as I’ve been reading it for… well, years. But yeah. And by the way, Spitting Daggers is a fucking great album. I’m not just saying this, but look out for the other videos being done… they’re gonna look great and they’re great songs.

I really appreciate the support and patience my friends have had with me over the last two months, and I really mean it. Thank you.

In other news, this is me leaving. The bags are almost packed, the goodbyes mostly said. I’m terrified, excited, happy and sad. It’s gonna be hard leaving some people and knowing they’ll be in far off lands when I’m back. Anthea in particular, who is gonna be back in Melbourne soon enough. I’LL MISS YOU.

Boycott News Corp and their sponsors

If you live in the UK you must know the score, but for the benefit of those who don’t, here’s the situation.

News of the World (a tabloid, part of News International, owned by Rupert Murdoch along with The Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times) are currently facing investigation over allegations that they have been hacking phones to obtain information for stories. The catalyst has been the recent discovery that the mobile of a young missing girl, Milly Dowler, was hacked, and when the voicemail inbox was full, messages were deleted to free up space, potentially destroying evidence and giving the family false hope that she was alive, when she had been murdered. Since then, it’s come to light that as well as politicians, celebrities and the royal family, the families of high profile murder cases, victims of the 7/7 attacks and deceased soldiers may have also potentially have had their phones hacked. On top of this, Rebekah Brookes has stated that NotW have paid police officers for information.

It’s like it’s 1984, and Rupert Murdoch is Big Brother.

Fortunately, there’s something we can do. If we can keep applying pressure in the right places, we can stop Murdoch gaining more control of the media in this country, and put a dent in his pocket. In the last 2 days, News Corp shares have dropped by 5%… we need to make sure that we don’t let up and let them rise again.

from the guardian

So what can we do?

  • Email Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for media and/or your MP, concerning Murdoch buying the remaining shares of BSkyB. There are also petitions on 38degrees.org and avaaz.org
  • This one may be obvious, but boycott News of the World, and anything else owned by Murdoch (The Sun, The Times, the Sunday Times, Harper Collins book publishing, Sky, Fox News, 20th Century Fox films…)
  • Petition advertisers with the above newspapers to withdraw advertising with News International, and boycott those who refuse.

Some companies have already withdrawn their advertising, while some of the big players are refusing to budge on their advertising policy. Political Scrapbook has been keeping an eye on who has withdrawn, reviewed and continued to advertise with n (and is frequently updated). We need to petition and boycott those who won’t or haven’t yet, and convince these companies who have to take it a step further: congratulate them for making a bold decision, but convince them to stop stocking NotW, and withdraw all advertising with other News International publications.

I feel Mitsibushi deserve a specific mention as they have pledge to donate the money saved from withdrawing advertising to ChildLine, based on a suggestion via facebook.

“Mitsubishi Motors in the U.K. considers this type of activity – especially in such a distressing case – to be unbelievable, unspeakable and despicable. This is where we draw the line.”

Also, shame on Tesco, one of the few companies that have refused to reconsider their advertising position.

This is the one chance we have to even out the media playing field that Murdoch has had control of for too long, and we need to take it.

A Royal Affair

I took part in an exhibition in the art school “celebrating” the recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they’re known now. I made commemorative plates an invited people to smash them. Hell, it was fun. And funny, when Bruce Peter (one of the tutors) took his shoe off and thumped one. For the rest of the exhibition, have a wee gander here.

Greek Wedding Shy


(apologies for the blurry camera phone photo. Thanks to Rosie, Scott and Chris for the photos, and to everyone else that was part of the exhibition, and all who came!)