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Facebook is stale: log on, and then forget everything about why you're there, what there is to see, unless something jumps out at you. Then get bored of voyeurism and everyone captured and objectified in photos. LiveJournal: so much more effort and so much more soul. Several entries on my friends page, broken up with Sinfest, made me smile warmly. Yeah, LJ wins. Merry Christmas.
Current Location:
Wolverhampton
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If the American system was anything like ours, they wouldn't have to wait over two months for a new head of state. An elected Prime Minister would be in power the next day. Of course, we have to wait for the last head of state to die or abdicate before a new king or queen can ascend the throne.

I'm pretty happy at the moment: my job is giving me reason to be up to date with political events and keep up with my philosophy. Capoeira is great fun; I'm training three times a week (and going to Brazilian Beatz tonight, where the group are doing a performance in... 40 minutes' time). And Bristol is intriguing to explore.

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Does anyone know any good Italian poets to read whilst travelling that country? We leave on the thirty-first.
Current Location:
Wolverhampton
Current Music:
Thursday
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I've been messing around on facebook for a couple of days, and just hanging around, getting up late. I haven't restarted my blog-writing yet, nor have I really got on with my jobsearch for the summer. But I'll begin one of those today.
Current Location:
Leeds
Current Music:
Gorillaz - Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head
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Yesterday I finished my second year with an exam, answering questions on the changing Italian political system and the character of the 20th century dictatorships of Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal (only one of those should be considered fascist, don'tcha know?). Since no one else i know had finished yesterday I played Enter The Matrix and watched the first film and slept. Today I'm paying bills, writing to my gran and looking up books about next year's modules, then going out for numerous drinks with various people, three different groups.

In the next few weeks I'll be moving down to London for the summer to live with my girlfriend and hopefully get some kind of research internship or something. It should be fun. A lot of reading to catch up on and a radio sitcom to write.

Current Location:
Leeds
Current Music:
Avenged Sevenfold - Seize the Day
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I'm researching communist parties in southern Europe, and as a consequence reading books and article written between the late 1970s and early '90s. Back then, politics was easy: there was the affluent bastions of democracy in western Europe and North America; the menacing Communist east; and the poor South, riddled with dictators and wars.

Today, everything's different. Europe's united, and the west is still at least pretending to be a bastion of freedom and democracy. Russia's still there, but it's not a direct threat anymore — no one's very sure what role it'll play in the future. China is the new menace as far as nation states go, but there's no threat of war — it's simply an economic and cultural competitor. India's rising up too, economically. South America has ousted most of its dictators and generals, Africa is zig-zagging towards peace and development.

The Muslim world is now the most obvious threat to the west, but it's not a united front like the Soviet Union was, and the particular threats aren't coming from their governments; rather they're coming from small-but-growing fundamentalist groups. If you're looking for a black and white picture today, it's the West versus Islam.

I want to learn more about Islam.
Current Location:
Leeds
Current Music:
Cold - Confession
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This is a meme. I don't often do them. And I've done this one before, without it being a meme...

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Current Location:
Leeds
Current Music:
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
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I wrote a blog on the subject of that last entry: How white is white?
Current Music:
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
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The BNP has elected its first "non-white" candidate, The Guardian informs me. Ha! Look at the picture on the main page — see just how "non-white" he looks! Oh, this amuses me... I imagine it's his name that has really caused the commotion. If he was called "John Smith" and happened to be Greek-Armenian (which, I'd say, is — culturally, at least — European), I doubt there'd be quite so much fuss. But oh, it's so funny. I'm glad it shows up the racism and ignorance of BNP members, even if it makes the leadership seem a little less so.
Current Mood:
amused amused
Current Music:
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
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The problem with reviewers is that they've read too many books, seen too many films.

I find it funny when people watch a film or read a book and moan about how predictable it was. A lot of stories are, but that doesn't matter. I hardly ever predict what's going to happen, mainly because I hardly ever give it any thought. I just enjoy the story, even if I do see where it's going. Not every story can switch as unpredictably as Dusk Till Dawn does in the middle, and it's pretty risky to try. Nothing wrong with taking risks, but don't expect every teller to take that particular one.

I just finished Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, thanks Rossy :)

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