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Long time no see

You would think it would get easier but it doesn't. The longer you leave it the more you can't work out how to break the ice again. Not that it matters really, since most of the people reading this don't know me from Adam. Hello, people who don't know me from Adam, if you are indeed still reading. Nothing of great moment has happened in the intervening period.

It's a good job I don't resort to drugs out of boredom or else I would be smoking crack with a tyxilix chaser most weekends.

Labour are still in power, though the odious Blair is almost departed. When he announced that he was finally, praise god, ding dong the witch is dead going he delivered a speech which pretty much summed up his time in office -- it sounded fantastic, he delivered it brilliantly, he spoke about no one but himself, he expressed no true contrition whatsoever and when you analysed it, it came to bits in your hands.

Basically, as fatally tarnished as this government is by Iraq and Blair's mystifying decision to ally himself with George W Bush and his neocons, this has not been a bad government. It has done a lot more good for poorer families, for aid to Africa, for economic stability and for inclusiveness than is acknowledged.

And now Gordon Brown is a cert to take over. Good. Let's see how he does after 10 years of lurking in the shadows and briefing and counter-briefing.

I'm still *never, ever* voting Tory. I thought about it in the last elections when I was at the height of my disgust over Iraq but somehow I just couldn't bear to do it. It's a visceral sort of thing.

I've got this week off, and it was supposed to be a week of zen, wherein I didn't actually have to do anything much but it hasn't turned out that way. It's almost Thursday and I've done eff all that I wanted to for various reasons. Though I have read a lot about plague pits in London, and Defoe's Journal of a Plague Year. I also watched The Office while on the cross trainer, which was fabulous. I've opened about ten LJ comment windows and then closed them when I realised that what I really wanted to write was "you know what? fuck off", which is scarcely constructive.

On the Guardian's Comment is Free website they have this lovely abbreviation -- FFS. As in "But Blair didn't even say anything FFS". I need an icon with OFFS on it.

I also went to see The Lives of Others, the winner of the best foreign film Oscar, which was just fantastic. The performances are beautifully judged, you never quite know what's coming next and I gasped out loud at least four times. I am sure some Hollywood pointyhead is trying to work out right now how to adapt it into an American context, which would work if they had either (a) the political bollocks or (b) ... nah, I can't work it out, but I am sure they would be dying to cast Kevin Spacey in the main role.

Next up 28 Weeks Later and This Is England.

Next week I am going to Italy, where it will be sunny, praise the Lord.

Comments

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minnow1212
May. 16th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
ITALY! I am so pleased for you. And pleased in general to see you.

I nearly had to ask what FFS meant, but I figured it out just in time.

>I'm still *never, ever* voting Tory. I thought about it in the last elections when I was at the height of my disgust over Iraq but somehow I just couldn't bear to do it. It's a visceral sort of thing.<

Mmm. The current US administration has basically done a good job of turning me into a yellow-dog democrat even though, in fact, I don't officially belong to the Democratic party. Basically, regardless of whether there are candidates I respect at the local level--just, no. The Republicans have earned a *lot* of years in the voting penalty box.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
The Republicans have earned a *lot* of years in the voting penalty box.

I know what you mean. I think the visceral revulsion for Torydom comes from the government of 1979-1997 -- more specifically the Mrs Thatcher bit. They did a few good things but they did so many more that were completely repugnant and they revelled in it. They revelled in their power and their wealth and in not caring and I hated them. And even though they have changed now, apparently I am still bitter about it *g*
se_parsons
May. 17th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Even if it is hard, it's always good to see you.

Italy sounds wonderful. I am envious.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
I think it will be lovely. It's due to be sunny at least, which is a relief after this week at home
vonniek
May. 17th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
ITALY! Yay!

I've been meaning to see "The Lives of Others", but it only played here for, like, a week then was yanked out of the theater before I could go. Rats. Will have to keep an eye out for DVD release.

I'll be interested to hear what you think of 28 Weeks Later, which I thought was well-made (although not as good as the first one) but it left me... well, kind of undecided about how I feel about it.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think you would love it. It's really carefully constructed and well-shot, showing the shabbiness and comfort of the GDR. It makes you ache for the leads and despise the people who are pressing them into these impossible shapes

One of its leads is a truly good man, idealist and mistaken because of his coddling perhaps, but a good man and I think that's incredibly difficult to pull off in film without making the person a dull paragon.

Anyway, I am no longer annoyed that Pan's Labyrinth didn't win best foreign picture Oscar -- I think they are both amazing films for different reasons and I know why the Academy went with the one they could comprehend more easily
aud_woman_in
May. 17th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm still *never, ever* voting Tory.

:sigh: I know. Even though I like to say, "never say never"...and every once in a great while one meets someone like Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at an industry conference, where he shows his human credentials in the form of his dedication to nationwide music education...and then raises his hand when asked in a pre-Primary Presidential debate, "who here does not believe in evolution?"

:bangs head:
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
I know. Then of course you get bashed for being too partisan and close-minded *g*
kirbyfest
May. 17th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN I HAVE MISSED YOU.

::ahem::

Welcome back.

Take pictures in Italy? You have a good eye and I'd love to see them.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you and will do. Are you watching the new season of DW by the way?
kirbyfest
May. 17th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am. I'm two behind right now, but am watching.
cofax7
May. 17th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Hey, I know who you are! ::pouts::

And it's lovely to see your electrons. I was thinking I needed to email you, last night. Sadly the new job doesn't go for Gmail much so I may have to (scandalously) use my work address.

I have heard wonderful things about "The Lives of Others".

And Italy is indeed wonderful. Where are you going? And learn from me: miss no opportunity to eat gelato. Unless it's in the piazzas in downtown Florence, because they will fleece you there. And buy shoes! I regret not buying shoes in Italy, although I did buy a purse (which I even use regularly).

I miss you! You should comment more! Even if it is just to say, FFS.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Hello :::waves:::

You should go see The Lives of Others if it comes to your local art house. It's a very good film.

I don't know about the shoes in Italy, mostly because I fear tourist prices where we're going (Sorrento). OTOH, *ITALIAN SHOES* FFS!
minnow1212
May. 17th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
>Unless it's in the piazzas in downtown Florence, because they will fleece you there. <

Yes. Beware the giant cones. With no prices listed. This seems obvious and self-evident, but the prospect of that much tasty gelato confounds one's skepticism.
thehornedgod
May. 17th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
It's a visceral sort of thing that I understand; I could never vote Tory. And I make a point of picking out more acceptable and evolved and generally impressive specimens of Torydom, if only to point out how their party forsook them. But I never could. You're quite right that the government's done more good than is acknowledged. I've been hearing great things about both This Is England and 28 Weeks is apparently quite good, which amounts to great things.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
The weird thing is that when I was at university, I liked the Tory students -- who were misguided pragmatists mostly, rather than the braying tossers I was expecting -- and the Socialist Worker students were a nice, if slightly mad bunch who drank expensive lager and yet the Labour students were the biggest bunch of hacks, backstabbers, careerists and (generally) upper middle class wankers of every stripe. Which is relevant because the present Immigration Minister was in the year above me. The wanker.

comice
May. 17th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm officially adopting FFS. I'll give it a good home, and make sure that it gets plenty of exercise, FFS.

Have an awesome time in Italy, and please to take lots of pictures.

Also, don't go being a stranger, because I love your political frothings, FFS.
infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
FFS. See how you'll feel like you can't do without it very soon. Such a glorious shorthand for exasperation *g*
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infinitemonkeys
May. 17th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings!
I know. You just *can't*. At the moment it would take something seismically bad for me to vote Tory just to get the Labour Party out. Though I have voted Green before when in high dudgeon, just not in an election which truly mattered.
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qowf
May. 17th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
It is good to see you. I get the "longer you wait, harder to start thing." However, since I do know you from Adam, you can start at any time and I'll be fine with that.

I need to get on a trainer something fierce. I have great trainer envy.

I hope the rest of the vaca is spent doing something fun. Seriously. Fun is needed and necessary.

All is still here over here. I did put an "Obama for President in '08" sticker on my car and not necessarily because I think he'll be the best choice--I'd rather see him in a VP role. I guess things are such shite here in the States with gas through the ceiling and not going down as well as jobs hard to find and costs going on and less money on the plate with all the debt we've run up everywhere, that I just want a change so badly, I'll stick a sticker on the back of my car happily even if it doesn't read what I really want: Gore/Obama in '08.

Hi. Good to see you. Really good.
lilydale
May. 18th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Thank goodness you finally chimed in about Blair, etc. Seriously, I was all, "OMG, WHAT DOES K THINK?!" Why yes, my days are still a little slow, and I had a lot of BBC news reading time last week.

Enjoy Italy. Eat gelato.
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