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Monday, 25 August 2003

Motoristical Maniasis

Very very very quiet, cool (as in temperature 22 degrees cool, not as in funky) day, spent reading The Amber Spyglass, and pootling on here. Duch is back from the States, but I'm still not sure if I've murdered all the greenery she ever planted, yet. I'm quite nervous about ringing her to find out....
I've updated lots of the blog entries from the last week or so with incriminating pictures of my friends, but I'm quite undecided about whether to use pseudonyms for them in future, or to continue with a mixture of real and made-up names. I suppose if they complain I should make it up - no, but the DH argued that it was an invasion of privacy years ago, so I guess I should make all names up. Arrrghhhh, that means I now have to be responsible for the names I make up - I most definitely have names ready for eveybody, but not names they would like....

Someone pointed out this truly idiotic road scheme to me on a dyke messageboard, today: I know I'm guilty of having become the world's most driver-centric bigot, in the two years since I passed my tests, but this thing seems dangerous.
Say you were in an accident, and the driver of the car that hit you had no m.o.t., then his/her car wouldn't have had this chip installed, and you'd be stuffed on your insurance (no joke, I wrote my car off in a crash in June, and my insurance now costs me #1300 per year).
The whole scheme sounds dreadful - not for the fact that it stops people speeding or driving in bus lanes (it won't, because the majority of people will simply not get an m.o.t., or get a dodgy one done, making our roads afar more dangerous place to be. Enough people don't pay road tax or dodge their m.o.t. as it is), but because of the offset invasion of our civil rights. I don't agree with i.d. cards, and I don't agree with the government tracking where and when I drive every day. It's simply too intrusive. (heck, I don't even have supermarkety loyalty cards.)
The people who are caught and fined will be a specific group of drivers - the law abiding group. Punitive rulings like this one simply ensure that this group becomes yet smaller, and that dangerous driving on our roads becomes ever more likely - even encouraged - and ever more dangerous.
If you're a cyclist or a pedestrian, your life will become yet more at risk, as in this scheme the government has created advantages to driving unsafe illegal vehicles, and simultaneously lowered the penalties for speeding, because these cars will be less likely to be caught.

Gah...simmer! And.... breathe.

Finally, if you get a second, there are three new blogs on the blogroll < == over there. Riverbend's blog, in particular, is so well written, it hurts. Do have a look.

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Updated: Wednesday, 27 August 2003 11:48 PM BST
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Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 1:39 AM BST

Name: lemonpillows
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Wow. Riverbend's blog is amazing. One I will be adding to my daily reads. Thanks for the tip.

The hidden meanings in Phillip Pullman are great. It's not just an opinion, it's a thought out and well argued opinion. I'll check out that other author.

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 1:53 AM BST

Name: Vic & Chris all at the same time.
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My tax and m.o.t. expire at the end of this month :-/
Still haven't got my new car either, grrrrrr. It's enough to make me want to run over a cyclist or two.

I am a regular reader of Riverbend's blog, it gives a usually unheard story of the occupation, one that the news channels never show.

Is lemonpillows the same lemonpillows as was on the BB ng or am I getting confused with another poster of times gone by?

P.S. I notice lemon jelly is being listened to by lemonpillows, I love 'In The Bath', a track I hadn't heard until that Mototrola advert that used it.

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 1:59 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

Lemon jelly, lemon pillows, lemon and lime? Somehow after the huge lemons on the left hand side of the (very interesting blog), it all sounds overtly sexual to me. It's the beer, it's made my brain randy. And given that I'm watching a documentary about Jeffrey Archer right now, that's very disturbing indeed.

Btw, yes, it's lemonpillows from bb, you're right. Coincidence, nuh? :D

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 2:02 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

She's one amazing writer, isn't she? (Riverbend, I mean). She even responds to emails, which is triply attentive in the world of blog. I hope her blog's well known, it deserves to be.

Eep - don't tell me the hidden meanings till I finish the last book (hopefully tomorrow)! Then I have one week in which to read and understand all the politics in Antony and Cleopatre. Sigh. Why does that sound soooooooo boring?

Thanks for the comments!

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 2:40 AM BST

Name: Chris or Vic depending on my mood.
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You've not been net-stalking again? I thought they warned you about that last time.
How did you find her? (I assume she's female because pillows are breasts*)

Randy, Jeffery Archer? Are you feeling okay?

*In my mind only, probably.

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 2:56 AM BST

Name: Vanessa

I think you mean *dortypillows*....

I only net - stalked by accident - the blog ring sent me there, and I recognised the photo.

Wednesday, 27 August 2003 - 11:06 PM BST

Name: Alex Buell

Hey, I like "dirtypillows". Particularly if it's got cat puke all over them.. :o) *LOL*

Thursday, 28 August 2003 - 12:01 AM BST

Name: Vanessa


*Never* cross the mental wires between vomit of all forms and devil's dumplings, you sicko!

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