Monday 23 December 2013

Merry Winterval

Like almost all conspiracy theories, there is no war on Christmas, yet every year stories appear in the right leaning media about such dastardly plots by secularists, non Christians, the liberal left etc. Even if untrue (somebodies bound to have used the winterval myth this year as they have every year since the 90's and even after The Daily Mail admitted it was false) it plays well their audience.

Lest we forget the country will stop tomorrow because of a little thing called Christmas where people will state Christmas tele isn't as good as it used to be, despite the fact a cursory glance will reveal there were some stinkers in the good old days.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, exists to pay tribute to and remember those transgender and gender non-conformers who lost those their lives though hatred and fear. Many have also used the day to make wider points about gender, discrimination and suicide.

In many countries including the UK many face fear, violence and discrimination daily and it is pleasing to see many organisations reaffirming to working toward a better future.

On the wider points we should celebrate that womanhood is not defined by outmoded notions from certain feminist thinkers or by sections of the media who want you to believe its to be found in a very expensive designer handbag and other lifestyle accessories. That masculinity is found from gassy larger and watching football. Or that you can be both or neither.

Also that the poignancy of today being trans or gender queer doesn't have to be all misery.

Saturday 7 September 2013

Cupcake Hell

Regular readers of this bloggins will know there are several things I don't like, for example, program makers who call their show The (something) Show, which just shows how unoriginal and uncreative you are. Manufacturers who are still producing Keep Calm And... item's which stopped being witty five seconds after I saw the first variant of it.

And then there's cupcakes.

Cupcakes are the hipsters of cakes and just as pretentious and annoying. Too large to be a nice bite sized fairy cake and too small to be a proper cake, they sit in the watch it dissolve into a million crumbs all over you once you remove the paper no where land, with no amount of creme, frosting or sprinkles being able to mask how bad a cake it is (the pieces you can get into your mouth that is).

Its not just the cake itself its the "lifestyle" being packaged around it. A sort of metro cafe Sex and the City cool meets 50's housewife kitsch. Packed into an overpriced box.

Sunday 1 September 2013


I'm back from my little hiatus, it would have been sooner but two drafts seem to have disappeared into the digital void, if you're reading this then it's third time lucky.

So what's happened is that I've started another job. My sister gave birth making me an aunty yet again and I've decided to continue my studies.

Finally here's a badger that wont be gassed.

Saturday 13 July 2013

The McNally Case, No Trans Criminalisation

A lot of comment has passed, not just in England and Wales but globally, in what has been referred to as the McNally case (formally known as McNally v R. [2013] EWCA Crim 1051 (27 June 2013)), having had a chance to read the report published on BAILII over a week ago, I believe a lot of it has been wrong, including the initial report that it was a 'trans man', verging on the scare-mongering and that sexually active "stealth" transsexuals or women with a trans history have not all been suddenly criminalised.

In March of this year, Justine McNally was sentenced to three years detention in a young offender institution having pled guilty to six counts of "assault by penetration". She (sic, see below) was given leave to appeal her conviction and sentence.

The facts briefly are that McNally (using a male avatar) and "M" met online and continued to meet across various sites and then telephone conversations for the following three and a half years. On M's 16th birthday they met on a few occasions where she gave oral sex and inserted her fingers. It was also alleged she penetrated M with a dildo but this was denied.

After being confronted she confessed and setting up a chain of events leading to her prosecution.

In the judgement Levinson LJ gets to the main question of whether the acts were consensual under English law. Most times consent is obvious, the boxer entering the ring of a fully licensed contest, for example. The fighter consents to potential injury and can rely on the defense of consent if he or she injures during the accepted "Queensbury rules" of the bout.

Recent cases have shown that if you agree to the rules before and then change your mind after the bell rings then consent effectively becomes rape. In the Julian Assange case against the Swedish Prosecution Authority where he had "sexual intercourse without a condom when it had been made clear that consent was only forthcoming if a condom was used" and there was no reasonable belief that he would have had his way otherwise.

Also there's another case where the victim believed that he intended and agreed to withdraw before ejaculation and failed to do so. It was found that the CPS was wrong in deciding not to prosecute.

In this case M consented because she believed she was involved with a boy. This alone does not mean an offense has been committed, the fact McNally was found to have professed to the victim that they were male and not female. Some deceptions, like lying about wealth, are not enough to end consent however some are serious enough and this was found to be one. It does not mean there was no defense just that by pleading guilty she chose not to use one. It is also possible to be convicted over a deception of one's HIV status (something misreported) whether or not there is a deception will be decided from the facts of the case..

Where the appeal did succeed was over the long sentence handed out. The justices decided that a breach of trust only applies where the accused was a professional (teacher, doctor, etc) and substituted the three year custodial for a nine month suspended sentence.

Justine McNally undoubtedly has problems ranging from self harm, sexuality and gender issues (although  diminishing, if not diminished), prison was not the answer it is hoped help is given outside.

The facts of the case are very unusual and very rare. What it means is that if you are trans and get lucky one night you are not being criminalised.

Saturday 22 June 2013

Two Minutes of Your Life

Happy birthday to me. And yes, I survived it. After that I've been busy, a clash of reports, exams, evaluations, and everything else. I don't mind the pressure provided it doesn't go beyond my limit and I can get a lie in on Saturday. I'm also an aunt again so it hasn't all been stress.

I'm sure you are wondering how we all survived without our name on a bottle of sweet brown liquid for so long. I've purposely avoided buying it because I would feel such a corporate tool, yet more than once I've seen someone pull out a bottle with their name on with a palpable self satisfiable sense of ta-da! Yes. Its my name on a bit of plastic round a plastic bottle.

It's that ghastly false personalisation much like being asked for my name when buying a coffee. All I want is a hot drink at a price I consider acceptable for what I'm about to receive, I don't want a meaningless non relationship with an anonymous corporation. It does seem a pointless thing to get riled about and you're perfectly right, a bit like complaining about the word cis or someone putting ed onto the end of transgender. My little winge has probably taken you less than a minute where as hundreds if not, thousands of words were spilt on those two subjects, taking many long minutes I wont get back.

Thursday 9 May 2013

The One With A Cheese Roll

Hello, I'm back with a working broadband connection and if I were hiring a comedian for the PFA awards I might check their act before rather than faking outage after the event.

It has been pleasant weather, for a lot of people this has meant taking out the bike, or having a barbecue in fact I couldn't walk far without smelling one on the go. I don't get the idea behind ignoring a perfectly good cooker in favour of greatly increasing your chances of contracting food poisoning, smelling of smoke and annoying your neighbours in the process. Then again, being a vegitarian I'm usually the one with the cheese roll.

The imminent demise of Google Reader will annoy loyal users but it's not the end for RSS or their readers.
Google Reader is my second most used product after Gmail, it provides a feed for dozens of sites without having to open dozens of sites and follow good writers who don't follow a regular predictable editorial schedule.

I guess there's the desire to find the perfect algorithm which will serve up the articles you want but as someone whose tried these services it's some way off serving even slightly relevant results.

Wednesday 10 April 2013


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Wednesday 27 March 2013

White Horse Pacified

Julie Livesey photographed, above, with her sculpture "White Horse Pacified" just after completion in 1987. It stood clearly visible from the busy Mead Way on the new Shaw estate


25 years on.

The sculpture funded under Thamesdown Council’s per cent for art scheme where public money matched the developers contribution. Today its got the likeable signs of aging and the regrettable tagging, the tree's have grown round, almost enveloping and its not so visible from the (even more busy) road.

It was one of many pieces of art dotted around the western expansion that appeared during the 80's to the early 90's.

Recently Hideo Furuta's "Nexus" at Freshbrook Village Centre had to be repaired after some of the wood supporting the Pembrokeshire stone became dangerously rotten where it will continue to stand for another three decades surrounded by the good and bad of late 70's, early 80's design and town planning.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Everyone Goes To The Toilet

It's been a noisy, crowded time here in Lucie towers. I painted a room pink, then suddenly a lot of women turned up and started dancing. I really should have paid attention to the warnings in the Dulux advert but I was too open mouthed after having seen the Andrex one before.
Whether you scrunch or fold your expensive brand of toilet roll is entirely up to you and not something I want to know. Everyone goes to the loo, except perhaps the queen and the Dali Lamar.  Mainly in gender neutral toilets like trains, coaches, garages, portable loos and their own homes without any fuss.
There are benefits for example if you're a parent with a child of the opposite sex, do you take them in to "your" toilet or send them in alone. The latest panic concerns Brighton Councils decision to install gender neutral wc's one news report invoked "women and children" as if males are never involved in parenting or that no mother has had the awkward choice of either sending her son into the men's alone or into the ladies and vice versa. Its fair to say, with some exceptions, that people go to toilets for one reason, they may fail to lift the seat or have shocking aim (and that's just the women's) but it's just one reason and to do it quickly with no fuss.
Even attractive women mesmerized by pink paint.

Monday 21 January 2013

The Reader Editor Writes

As the readers reader editor of the Park South Bugle it was understandable that they failed to realise that employing a very provocative, abusive writer would lead to the writer penning a provocative, abusive column that the targets of the provocative abuse would object to.

Also in no way are we benefiting from the increased traffic to our website from said column by outraged people putting up links to the piece saying how outraged they were. We also didn't plan to remove it after we had received the bulk of ad revenue from the clicks enabling Toby Jug of the Lawn Shopper to create visits to his own provocative nonsense. A lesson has been learnt and if we do receive a rebuke from the PCC then it will prevent it happening again in the same way misinformed slurs and abuse about other vulnerable communities has been prevented.

Tuesday 1 January 2013


A happy new year.

Normally at this time I would make some foolish predictions and hopeless resolutions for 2013, instead I'll just enjoy the fireworks and hope your dreams come true.

When you're young you find inspiration in....