May 4th, 2005

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Saw this on ukpolitics posted by vodex and thought it was quite amusing. Don't be worried about voting the way YOU want to for the party YOU want to. Labour has such a massive majority that loosing a few seats will do everyone some good.

There's been quite a number of photo-manipulated political piccies going round, some are good and/or amusing others are pretty offensive but the above I liked :p
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Don't vote out of fear....

(This was a reply to someone's comments about tactical voting to keep the Tories out even though they would prefer to vote LibDem. I've reposted it here as I really do feel that this election we should vote the way WE WANT to vote not out of fear that it'll cause the remergence of a Tory government)

**I do feel that Blair does actually beleive what he is doing is right,
which gets my respect as well as scaring me at the same time.**

Can I just ask if you also respect Bush? He also actually believes what he is doing is right? Or Hitler? Or Thatcher? Or the Pope? Or Anti-abortionists? Or the thousands of terrorists and dictators out there?

The one thing they nearly all have in common is that they believe what they are doing is right. That does not automatically mean that they are right nor indeed worthy of any respect.

I couldn't give a toss if someone 'thinks' they're right when they lie and use scare tactics to get their way and do things which I most certainly don't agree with. That is one of the reasons I could not vote for a Labour government as long as Blair is at the head of the party. If they loose Finchley to the Conservatives or to the LibDems then that's one less majority Blair has to rely on which is a good thing. They'd have to loose an unprecedented 160 seats to loose power. I feel that allows everyone to use their vote the way THEY feel is right. Not out of fear or worry.
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Birthday Meanings

Hmmm.... not sure if this paints me in a terribly good light......

Your Birthdate: May 16

Your birth on the 16th day of the month gives a sense of loneliness and generally the desire to work alone.

You are relatively inflexible, and insist on your being independent.

You need a good deal of time to rest and to meditate.

You are introspective and a little stubborn.

Because of this, it may not be easy for you to maintain permanent relationships, but you probably will as you are very much into home and family.

This birth day inclines to interests in the technical, the scientific, and to the religious or the unknown realm of spiritual explorations.

The date gives you a tendency to seek unusual approaches and makes your style seem a little different and unique to those around you.

Your intuition is aided by the day of your birth, but most of your actions are bedded in logic, responsibility, and the rational approach.

You may be emotional, but have a hard time expressing these emotions.

Because of this, there may be some difficulty in giving or receiving affection.

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(Films) 'Garden State' and 'Good Bye Lenin'

I've managed to see a couple of DVDs from my 'own but have never watched' pile over the last couple of evenings. Admittedly last nights affair didn't start until well after midnight by the time we got home from The Dev and had chilled for a bit before deciding on a film. Anyway, last nights viewing ended up being Garden State and this evenings delight was the truly wonderful Good Bye Lenin.

Garden State
I had managed to miss nearly all the hype and publicity surrounding Garden State apart from hearing that it was supposedly very good and being told it was the "sort of film you'd like" by a friend. I ordered this last weekend along with Napoleon Dynamite (which has yet to arrive) and Super Size Me. I didn't realise it had Natalie Portman in it, nor that it was written, directed and starred Zach Braff (better known as JD from Scrubs). I now hold Mr Braff in much higher regard than I did 24 hours ago even though I'd started really appreciating Scrubs over the last few weeks as I finally seem to have been catching it on Sky.
Anyway, Garden State is about Andrew Largeman, an actor living out of LA who returns home after nine years to attend his mothers funeral. He'd had relationship problems with his mother and his overbearing father (Ian Holm) who was also his psychiartrist so the homecoming is less than emotional. Whilst home he bumps into some of his old schoolfriends and ends up partying with them and rediscovering parts of himself. He then meets up with Sam (Natalie Portman) who he forms an instant, albeit odd, connection with. The film is very funny in more of a sarcastic/black humour sense than many American comedies. I'd reccommend this anyone who likes slightly oddball and left-of-centre movies. School Report: A-

Good Bye Lenin
This German language film was both a critical  and commercial success a couple of years ago when it was released. In the UK it was the biggest grossing German-lanuage film of all time, a feat only just surpassed within the last few weeks by  Downfall, a story  portraying Hitler based upon memoirs of his personal secretary. Anyway, Goodbye Lenin starts off in the late 70's showing the life of an East Berlin family and building the history and sense of character for the rest of the film. The film then forwards to 1989 with restlessness stirring in East Germany for freedoms denied. The mother, a staunch supporter of socialism  whose efforts have be recognised by the State suffers a heart attack when she sees her son participating, and being arrested, in an anti-State rally . The heart attack leaves her in a coma for the following eight months. During this time historic events change the face of East and West Germany. The Wall is brought down and the countries are united as one in part of the winds of change that start spreading across all of the Soviet states.
Ales (the son) and  Ariane (the daughter) are informed by a doctor that their mother, once she awakes, could suffer a sceond fatal attack if she experiences any shocks. Being that the fall of Communism would fall under that heading the siblings decide that they have to hide the fact from their mother. To do this they enlist the help of friends and former collegues of their mothers, even to the extent of producing fake news reels  about current events . The film is very emotional but also very humourous of the 'situation' humour variety. The script and plot are pretty faultless and it makes a great nights viewing. I won;t tell you what happens but rest assurred this is one film that is worth every minute. School Report: A

Finchley Gets The Royal Treatment

Just to show how much Labour are putting into keeping Finchley (my home area) we had a visit from not only one or two high profilers today but apparently the ENTIRE cabinet!!

I know Hain was here because I saw him getting escorted away from the Underground Station by staff who told him he couldn't campaign on Underground property :p I also know that Tony Blair was at the Arts Depot in North Finchley as some of the LibDem campaign team I was talking to today mentioned it. It was also on the news and the statement about the entire cabinet being around has appeared on at least two of the news sites I've read this evening.

Will it affect the outcome in Finchley? I doubt it as I don't think Labour will loose the seat anyway. Certainly on the leafleting I've been doing I've seen more campaign posters for Labour than any other party combined. Second place for posters goes to the LibDems, followed by The Conservatives and then Green Party and UKIP. Mind you, I have noticed that Conservative voters have been a lot quieter about their intent this year which may explain the lack of window posters in the area.

My campaigning is effectively finished. I've been out and about three times today delivering leaflets in the local area. I was asked if I could tally at some of the Voting points tomorrow but the only slot I could have really done was early morning and by the time I got back in touch with them those slots had been filled. So all I have left to do is wander up the road tomorrow to put my 'X' in a little box and then have a late night watching the results come in. It should be an interesting night but in the cold light of Friday morning we'll still have a Labour government, just one with hopefully a vastly reduced majority and a lot more little yellow bums sitting in Parliameny :p