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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2009|11:08 pm]

Often positive message adverts are used as a way of exploited the feel good factor of a non-controversial issue. Celebrating progress made, instead of making progress. Fear of alienating customers often leaves advertisers playing with unpleasant stereotypes, exploiting the joke potential and running scared when it all goes wrong. I think this advert is really quite extraordinary, I can't wait for when we see similar things on our own screens.
And I know it's a giant ball of slush but I still love it!
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BBC's White Season [Mar. 14th, 2008|11:31 pm]
All white in Barking

You can download this with BBC i-player if you live in the Uk.

A film involving talking to some of the local residents of Barking, a town with some of the highest immigration levels in the UK. It was a really provoking film that dealt with a lot of different types of xenophobia / racism.
An old Essex couple who are just clueless about the world outside their doorstep 'I said "You polish" and he said he was from Albania, and I was like "Oh right" but I thought to myself I thought, "Where on Earth's that!?"'
A BNP member who's clear on immigration (no) but having trouble taking a position on race, what with his daughters having a preference for 'sunburned types'
Also a Croatian Jew who has become friends with a Nigerian lady.

Nobody's really comfortable talking about race, or nationality, there is a lot of scurrying away from the camera and the ham fisted interviewer, but it seemed like most of it was fear of the unknown, or ignorance.. with the exeception of an Albanian guy who said he would disown his son before seeing him marry a Serb.

I think the scary thing was seeing their point though, and feeling their fear, even for a moment before you turn on your brain and think. The fear England not being a place I can feel ownership of, of the loss of 'englishness' which is stupid because I don't have ownership of England, and I'm not too happy with the people that do have ownership. As for the loss of Englishness, well thats just an idea we have to tie us together, and unless immigration quadruples everyone's going have time to grow into it anyway...

The funny thing was everyone on the show was racist, and everyone is a bit racist, I'm racist, I am so terribly racist about Americans, and I've got a lot of funny (and overly romantic) ideas about almost every other nationality, but it doesn't affect my interactions on a personal level, but perhaps that is thanks to living in such a practically (where people actually mix) multi-cultural place.

I'm not as racist as my dad who does use his prejudices to form ideas about people, like turks are tight and Israelis are cunts, Americans... well lets not start.

And he's nowhere near his dad, who used to use sick words to describe people who weren't white, or my Gran, who thinks all Asians are ammoral because once in the 60's blah blah blah and she just doesn't like them poles and thinks they should go back where they came from, stealing the housing and jobs like they are doing.

But it all comes round, don't it, cos SHE'S irish, and when she came over, she was stealing the English jobs and getting called a fucking paddy, and my mum and her brothers got in fights cos the Ira were blowing shit up, and the other kids didn't want to know the difference.
Sooner or later we all become English, and we decide, this is our bit, and we're all the same sort really, not like them other lot over there, So lets get ourselves sorted out and show everyone else how it's done, tidy this place up a bit eh, and what about our schools etc etc

Yep, I really do think in the end you gain more than you lose, it IS going to be different, but as long as we make sure it keeps getting better... thats the main thing.
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Recommended Internetty things. [Feb. 9th, 2008|05:24 pm]
Our lack of awareness Discussing the highly limited amount of awareness we actually have about our surroundings, and fun links to test your own visual awareness. It also has an important message about how easily we can be distracted, and the need for rigorous attention when it comes to for example using our voice in politics.

A photo essay of American high school students Photos and brief thoughts from the students, Worth checking out!

Interesting look about how fast we are evolving

On Tranquility of Mind Roman philosopher Seneca, advises on how to find satisfaction in life, and avoid the travails and woes of being constantly dissatisfied. This was wonderful, I have often felt exactly like Serenus, and so finding this is almost like finding a letter written to myself from thousands of years gone by.

And also some silliness, wonderful silliness:
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(no subject) [Jan. 28th, 2008|09:24 pm]
Xenophon wrote about the Spartans as he observed them during an Olympic game:

An elderly man was trying to find a place to sit and observe the Olympic Games, as he went to each section. All the other Greeks laughed as he tried to make his way through. Some ignored him. Upon entering the Spartan section all the Spartans stood and offered the elderly man their seats. Suddenly the entire stadium applauded. All the Greeks knew what was the right thing to do, but the Spartans were the only ones who did it.
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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2008|10:06 pm]
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2008|06:47 pm]
Ah, my paid account is expired, and so the neglect of this poor little livejournal continues.
For now, here are some recommended things:

London Topological : An intresting look at the london beneath our streets. Cool photos, and cooler ponderings on Top secret underground bases :)

Richard Dawkins 'Meme' theory An intresting read.

Stuff Thought provoking words about the true value of stuff. Read it. You have too much stuff.

A guide to your stop and search rights and other things to know when dealing with the Police. Which you may or may not be interested in.
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2007|03:31 pm]
If Russell Brand gets 1 million votes on this petition, he'll run for mayor of London:
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Brief hello [Oct. 30th, 2007|10:59 pm]
Annoyingly lj isn't sending me comment notifications, which is really inconvienient since, i am pretty much only present here via comments these days, so apologies for any replies I have seemed to ignore, in fact I have not recieved them.

Anyway here is a couple of paintings i did over the summer, and a super awesome pumpkin I carved my very self!Collapse )
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(no subject) [Oct. 20th, 2007|01:42 pm]
Dumbledore is gay!? I can't actually quite believe this really happened :O

If this is real this is quite possibly the best thing ever!

more here

Also in terms of mad world news:

Breakdancing baby

and ummmmmmm Prison exercise... dancing thriller, complete with crossdressing bald babe:

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Politics/ Rubbish [Sep. 22nd, 2007|08:29 pm]

San Diego Mayor breaks down over gay marriage announcement.

This might be wrong but Chamali Fernando (london lib dem mayoral cadidate is HOTT!)

Look for her on video to see what i mean, she is like a robot ice woman and is ummm special...


Did you know that the largest man made structure is not the great wall of china, but a rubbish dump outside New York Fresh Kills Landfill Inspiring stuff.

Also inspiring, is a mass of plastic the size of Texas ( The Great Pacific Garbage Patch) is floating in the Pacific thanks to ocean currents. Plastic doesn't biodegrade so it just accummulates. Plastic outnumbers marine life here by a factor of six. And mostly ends up in marine life.

Anyway read this if you are interested

Every bit of plastic ever made, except for the small percentage that has been incinerated still exists.
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