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I love this:


There was a queue when we arrived, but by the time I’d finished it had gone. I still get a kick out of voting and even got nervous as I turned the corner and saw the polling stations. I had a bit of a panic voting for the local people, rather hard when you don’t know who everyone is – I should have known. Sandy and I walked and she met a fan as we were queuing. All very sociable.


Local activist week: lots of emails, fliers, and rally in Richmond Park. Even had to speak to a journalist, but that was about something completely different.

The power of pink

Article on the Pinkstinks campaign – The power of pink | From the Guardian


I went to the Early Learning Centre last week to buy a present – some stacking cups for my Baby Niece.  I was shocked that they no longer came in one option, but three.  There were pink ones with a baby girl on the packaging, blue ones with a baby boy on the packaging and then more general mixed ones also with only a baby boy on the packaging.  I couldn’t believe that I was being “made” to buy pink stacking cups, it’s a bit much of the marketing people to get one year old’s into gender specific toys – it’s like we have zoomed backwards…  I looked around the shop and realized the whole shop was divided into pink and blue – ELC – what on earth is going on?

A new group called pinkstinks launched a campaign today against the Early Learning Centre and their gender specific toys.

Skin Deep

Skin Deep is a website by the Environmental Working Group – go and check out what’s really in the products you are using.  This is a bit scary/shocking.  Also check out their sunscreen test.  If the product you are using isn’t there, you can add it.  Warning though, this will make you think twice about using your favorite shampoo et al…

Mouthwash: cancer?

Mouthwash ‘can cause oral cancer’ – Telegraph.

Twitter power

The good people on Twitter and Facebook today skewed the Daily Mail poll which unbelievably asked, “Should the NHS allow gipsies to jump the queue?”  The poll was removed at 93% Yes vs. 7% No.  It actually makes quite a good game – vote the opposite to how the question leads you.





Went to a talk yesterday where this video was mentioned.  I don’t know what’s more shocking the ignorance, the hate or the underlying fear.  And the guy at the end who invokes the Holocaust, almost boasting, that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor is the most disturbing.

The filmmaker responds to criticism.

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