October 15th, 2004

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My Alignment

You are True Neutral.

True Neutral characters generally come in two
varieties. The more common are those who are
simply undecided. Not dedicated to the weal of
the world or personal gain, not swayed by the
rigid outlines of order or dedicated to the
free reign of independence, they act as the
mood moves them or as circumstance demands.
Most true neutral characters prefer good to
evil, but simply aren't bothered to promote it.
Some true neutral characters, however, are
truly dedicated to the balance of forces in the
universe. They may see good, evil, law and
chaos as dangerous extremes. Some true neutral
characters find themselves in odd alliances,
compelled to side with the loser in any given
fight. For these characters, no single path
must dominate others. Animals are generally
neutral. Many ordinary villagers will be, as

What is your d&d alignment?
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Check one Passport...

Right, I now have a shiny new passport to keep me travelling until 2014. They (as expected) wouldn't allow me a picture with my glasses on this time round so I have a god awful picture in it. Unlike my last very rock n roll passport this one is not going to get shown around.

I'm working tomorrow so there's no clubbing for me this evening. I'm actually going to head over to Sarah's to keep her company for a few hours as she's ill. Tomorrow night I think Sarah is still coming over here as I'm a lot closer to the bus station she needs to get her to Stanstead on Sunday morning as she's flying out to Holland for a week to meet up with her sister and one of her brothers. So no clubbing/pubbing for me on Saturday night either. Oh well, guess it'll still save me some cash which is never bad.

That's about it right now. Pretty dull LJ post I'm afraid. Sorry. I will be trying to do the relationship meme that's floating around though as it's fairly interesting. I'll see if I have time later on.

Have a great night for those of you who are heading out to party! Catch you all soon I hope!
Old Friend

Liverpudlian debate followed by my feelings about Iraqi War Dead

I won't comment on The Spectator article at the centre of the uproar as I haven't read it. But what I did find very amusing was the reader comments at the bottom of the BBC News Story on the subject.... Howard Slams MP's Bigley Article (BBC News OnLine; Friday 15th October 2004),

I must admit that a large portion of the public (or atleast the ones that get 'reported' in the press...) have seemed to over react about Ken Bigley (the British hostage recently killed in Iraq). Yes, it is a shame that he was killed. It's a shame that any hostage, or Iraqi civilian, or Coalition Soldier or Iraqi 'Freedom Fighter' is killed in this current conflict (the only people I have no sympathy for are the foriegn nationals that have gone to Iraq to inflame the tensions between the Iraqi's and Coalition Forces). But anyone going to Iraq knows the risks. They know there is a chance that they will either be killed in the general disturbances/unrest or possibly be taken hostage. They'll certainly be aware that 'they are a target'. I do have a lot of sympathy for the aid workers who have been killed or taken hostage. They are in Iraq out of a sense, a desire, to help makes things better for the people of Iraq. I have a lot less sympathy for 'contract workers' who have gone to Iraq because it pays very well. They are there because of financial greed. Ken Bigley was in Iraq to make a last quick buck before he retired. Now there is nothing wrong with this and is certainly shouldn't result in him being kidnapped and killed but to mourn him as a saint is stupid.

Soldiers are sent there because of their duty. They do not choose to.

Aid Workers go there to help make things better out of their kindness and desire to help humanity.

Contract workers go there because it pays well.

Old Friend

That relationship meme

name: Angus
sign: Taurus
in a relationship now (how long): yes. coming up to 5 months
how long since last serious relationship: before this one it was 21 months since the last serious one.
# of relationships longer than 3 months: 6
Serious relationships: 3
# of relationships shorter than a month: All of my proper girlfriends have lasted longer than a month. Anything less than a month was generally either a one/couple nights stand or an affair.
longest relationship how many months: 56 months straight with a few lapses after we split up for about the next six months.
ever lived with a girlfriend/boyfriend (how many): Yes. Two (Dawn and Delphine)
ever done the long distance thing: No. Well, not really. Melissa ended up going to University in Liverpool and we kept that going for about four months so I guess it might count.
do you have faith in long distance relationships: No.
do you date: I have been known to.
describe your typical date: Not sure if I have a typical date to be honest.
ever been on a blind date: yes
ever dated more than one person at a time: yes
do you call or get called: a bit of both.
ever have "friends with benefits": yes.
ever cheated: yes.
ever had your heart broken: yes.
ever been dumped: yes (mainly because of a couple of questions above!
do you put out the first night: have done.
last sexual episode: earlier this week.
do you kiss on the first date: probably.
what attracts you to a person: I know this sounds like a new-age 'hippie' cop-out but the first thing that I really notice is a persons 'aura'. This usually gives me a very good idea as to whethe or not it could work out. Beyond that I'd have to say intelligence, friendliness, sex appeal and that 'x-factor' that makes you click and end up chatting all night without realising the sun has come up!
physical traits you turn your head for: Faces and eyes. I also generally prefer my women short, slim and with small breasts.
ever been in love(how many times): That's such a hard question. I really, really cared for everyone I went out with and quite a few that never got that far or were brief encounters. I still do care a hell of a lot for all of my ex's (bar one) and am grateful that I've managed to remain on good terms with many of them. But when you are *really* in love you know it. Because they are truly everything and you really feel like you are going to die when it stops. Have I felt like that? Yes, once. Would I say I've been in love? Yes, twice. The problem is the second time round I had been so hurt the previous time I was in love that I held back alot and tried to keep my emotions more distant. Probably too distant.
say I love you even though you didn't mean it: yes
oldest person you've dated: 30 when I was 22.
youngest person you've dated: I'm not sure. Dating wise I think 18 when I was 24.
average age you get involved with: 22-24
have relationships changed you: to an extent. I've learnt to guard my feelings better.
have your relationships been worthwhile: yes. Every one brings something new.
where do you normally meet people for dating or relationships: I wish I knew.
what defines a girlfriend/boyfriend: two people who are 'seeing' each other romantically and wish to be described as such.
key to a successful relationship: common interests, good sex, a willingness to experiment, explore and learn.
best attribute you bring to a relationship: Ask someone I've been in a relationship with and see what they say.
worst attribute you bring to a relationship: As above :p
importance of relationships in your life: I find it very important to have a close relationship (even a close friend does the trick) so I have someone I can talk to and trust. Who I can help out when they are down and can laugh with when they are happy - and vice versa. I do not need to be in a sexual relationship though for this to work. Indeed if I was offered a world without sex or a world without music or books, I'd choose the world without sex. Good music or a good book can satisfy me a lot more than a good shag. Don't get me wrong here - I love sex and everything that entails - but I'd go crazy if I could never listen to a piece of music or read anotehr word again.