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Subject:Death Unto Darkness
Time:07:49 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Hi folks,

This is my first entry on LJ since November 2008. With any luck I have spoken to most of you since then. For those I haven't I guess that is just an indication of how life keeps moving on.

Speaking of which, the more things change the more stay the same, right? Well, as always I have my particular obsession du jour. At the moment that is the LARP Death Unto Darkness which Mr. Hudson introduced me to a year ago. Well, it turns out the job of creating the videos of the game have fallen to me and I thought I would share one with you. Enjoy (I hope).




Oh, and I got married and am buying a house... Just thought I should mention those minor things too. :P
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Subject:Political Rant anyone?
Time:07:17 am
Anyone in the UK who has been watching the coverage of the US presidential elections cannot help but notice how different the debates and activism have been to what we usually can expect to get here. And when I say different what I actually mean is strikingly popular with endless seas of people coming to hear what politicians have to say.


Lets face it, our political system simply sucks at getting people interested in, well, itself. Ideas, arguments and concepts are lost in a never ending barrage of statistics, opinion polls, claim and counter claim. The speed at which examples to support the strategy of the day are rattled out can only be matched by the lightening fast counter claim by the opposition desperately trying to keep the political momentum.


Why? Because politicians assume that we care about facts and figures, or because it makes it sound like they know what they are talking about. Personally I have totally given up on statistics in politics. I would trust someone more if they turned around and simply said they weren't going to bother getting into an argument over statistics and stuck to that line in good times and bad. Campaign managers sit behind our politicians and feed them this endless, meaningless ream of numbers so it looks like they have done their job.


Now, back to the US. Here statistics are used but, God, they're much more subtle with it. And why am I more forgiving? Because every four years a new candidate gets to throw his or her hat in the ring and explain their views. The novelty of having an almost completely independent and unique agenda which is not tied to the historic actions of your political party is what gives the US political system such vigour. If Barak Obama was tied to the political history of Clinton or if McCain was forced to follow through with the policies of Bush then this idea of change, for which both campaigns are fighting so hard, would be completely implausible. McCain doesn't work for Bush in his Cabinet and therefore can break totally with the president's policies free of accusations of betraying his party or having changed his political outlook.


The individual is not important enough in UK politics and the Party wields too much influence. If we were actually able to see what Gordon Brown would choose to do free from the hangover of working in a Blair government for 10 years don't you think that there would a huge difference between his policies and those of the Conservatives? Sadly political leaders in this country go through a long and protracted political indoctrination which forces them to vote against every thought they have which might be considered even vaguely individual because to do otherwise would prevent them from achieving top office in the first place. Don't get me wrong, we have plenty ofMPs who speak their mind and vote the way their conscience as well as personal view dictates, but these brave souls rarely make it beyond the back benches because they are considered a liability.


Which brings me to Boris Johnson. Here is the exception to the rule.
There always is one. Boris is exactly what this country needs someone else to be. Boris is a great man because he has managed to break free from the mass ranks of MPs with his individuality largely intact.
That's not to say that the Conservative indoctrination committee through which he surely must have passed has not reduced his capacity for self expression but our new Mayor of London is still recognisable as the man who was such a hit on "Have I Got News For You". And why did they let this free thinking radical loose on the electorate with the Conservative Party's reputation at stake? Because the only way they were ever going to win is if anyone paid attention. And because Boris is an individual with his own views and is not ashamed of expressing them the media got stuck in, knowing that they actually had something more than just figures to work with. Can you imagine Boris trying to reel off a set of statistics in the way Blair did every Wednesday in PMQs. He would be likely to get the numbers wrong, attribute them to the wrong department (not that anyone would notice or care) or simply forget what he was saying mid-sentence so bored with himself he would have become. No, Boris won because he has opinions, answers questions directly (most of the time; he is a politician after all) and actually allows his personality to shine through, God help us.


The problem with Boris is that he will never be taken seriously enough to be PM. His personality is that of a buffoon, not a free thinking orator with inspirational views and opinions which would draw the attention of the media and public alike because he doesn't treat them like primary school children. I would say we need our own Barack Obama but then it would be such a waste. Until our political system changes, anyone with his talent would find his political individuality squashed out of him under the weight of party history and the agenda of the leadership of the time. Better anyone with Mr Obama's talent be born in the US where he might get the chance to say what he actually thinks.
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Time:05:31 am
Current Mood:tiredtired
Everybody have a really great Christmas. I'm off to Scotland in five minutes. Yes, that really is the time.
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Time:01:54 pm
Ok, for those of you who are interested Mass Effect is damn fine. Not notmally into anything other than multi-player First person shooters but this is a really top RPG and am having great fun playing a real hard ass!

Anyway, well worth buying!

In other news all is well here at Case Da Re. Have spent the morning cleaning and updating my userpic. Have kept the orriginal heart because I like it lots (thank you Lin for making it) but I wanted a slight change so came up with this. Not rocket science to make but I like it.

Yesterday's LAN party was fun but I think is one to chalk up to experience. We need to make sure we all have games we can play before we deciside to do it. Anyway, was much fun and we all got to play some Tiberian Wars before the end of the day so was worth it... that I have now got 3 new games on machine.
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Subject:Cricket take 2
Time:04:34 pm
Current Mood:moodymoody
Ok, having fractured my finger last time out it is time to try and again and see if I can actually play the game of cricket. I am discounting my last effort for two reason.

1. I didn't get to bat
2. I broke my finger so I would like to never speak of it again

So having volunteered once again for a go at the office cricket pub league type thing I thought it best I find out where we are playing... Richmond Green. The very popular Richmond Green behind the highstreet with pubs that overlook it and often used by picnicers and sun bathers... This means that I can expect there to be around one hundred spectators tonight.

How can I be so sure you ask? Because four years ago when I last payed for the company thats how many there were watching when I was bowled out for 0! Tonight is looking more and more like a bad idea.
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Subject:Calling Mr Mines
Time:01:11 pm
Bought a new PC last night. It has Vista and everything. And guess what... its too advanced for Dawn of War! Aparently I do not have a spooge driver.

looking at Forums all is not lost and that I should be able to solve it by upgrading my graphics card driver. Just want to make sure that this is what you did to get the game to work after you upgraded to Vista.

Vista looks cool but am so not used to it at the moment.
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Time:01:04 pm
Totally mad couple of days recently. Had really great long weekend down in Southampton with Lindsay and came back up on Monday to see Avanue Q. Meesh, Leanne and Laura were with us and we spent most of the day walking walking between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. I think we did it four times in the end. Tom joined us later and we had food and loved the show again. The internet is for porn is probably the funniest song I have heard for years.

Then things went wrong. I got home to find the deadbolt on my door had come down and I couldn't get in. After some rather pathetic panicing on my part Lindsay managed to make me see sense and get a 24 hour locksmith. By 2am he couldn't get me in and we agreed to try again i nthe morning. I went to stay at my folks but couldn't get in because my brother, the only person home at the time wasn't waking up. In the end I called my folks in Italy (3:30am their time) who told me where the spare key was.

Managed to get in the morning around 11am totally and dragged myself into work around midday. JOY!
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Subject:interregnum
Time:01:15 pm
Last night at the end of the Tremere game i let it slip to Lol that Tom and I had in fact done it. Yes, thats right ladies and gents, we are the ones who just cannot let go. So, what have we done you might ask. Well, we found a nice game called Space Empires V and recreated the Ineregnum universe for a laugh and have been playing via the internet.

The empire generation is pretty good and allowed us to make fair representations of the empires all you all love. And once we started we came to the shocking discovery that not much has changed.

Storia and Roma Nova still do not get on. not far into the game the evil empire shot a Storia colony ship out of the sky. And as for little old Acheron, I was less than shocked to discover that one of my nearest neighbours were the Eaters of dreams, a collective of agressive mechanoids using the Cylon ship set... Not nice.

So yes, things are rolling (not at a speed Tom and I would like because of orange being the worst internet provider ever) and if there is interest I will let you know how it goes. The scary thing right now is that we know a huge amount of combat is going on in other parts of the galaxy which we can't see... Hmmmmmmm.
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Subject:What is it all for?
Time:09:07 am
Don't worry, this isn't a long depressing rant. I sat down with Tom last night and talked about the world and politics and where are we all going and it got me thinking. I warn you some of what I am about to say may seem a little controversial but I am not a raving right winger or commie for that matter.

Right, lets start with the point that politics in this country has now become very narrow. The big issues have been settled for the most part with the middle ground, surprise surprise, being what the majority of British people agree with... How did that not get spotted earlier. The problem with all the political parties in the country agreeing broadly with each other means that what you get left with is politicians having to argue over percentages and wording. Everyone agrees we need to improve the health service and everyone knows that good schools need to be provided for everyone, the problem is in the how we get there and who pays. but lets face it, so long as they do not end up taxing us white or destroy these corner stone institutions that make up the bedrock of our country we really are not going to tune in or care about these shades of grey differences.

What I think I want, and I suspect many others in this country do too is an idea of what are we actually working hard and raising our children for. What world are we building. Before 1990 it was all linked to fighting communism. It might not have invaded every aspect of our lives but it was there as a touchstone of what we are doing in the world. Since then sadly, all we have had is the pursuit of wealth for self aggrandisement and satisfaction. Now, don't get me wrong. I worship the mighty pound as much as the next man and wouldn't say no to a lottery win but even with a really great lifestyle and no money worries and no need to go to work anymore I would still, or perhaps to an even greater degree, want to know what is it all for?

What I think this country could really use is an idea of where we are actually trying to go. What is Britain actually trying to do in the modern world? How would we like to be seen in modern world, what are we trying to achieve and how the hell can we get there? No-one asks these questions really. Gordon brown proposes Britain day assuming that the brand will create the substance of the day but unless people believe or even understand the in principles behind the event it will become just another public holiday with a few fly passes and maybe some fireworks.

Now if you have made it this far, (yes, thats you Tom and Lindsay, though I imagine one of you has your head in your hands at the number of typos while the other is now wondering what typos) and congrats if you have, I would love it if you could post a few lines on what you think Britain could be in the modern world. I have ideas of my own but I actually would love to see what other people out there think. And if, god forbid you found this at all interesting please invite your friends to have a read too so they can post. If I get a response I may at some point write what I think we could being doing.
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Subject:Fractured finger
Time:03:14 pm
Current Mood:soresore
Unimpressed! Fractured my right ring finger in two places last evening playing cricket. Knew sport was bad for you!
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