October 13th, 2007

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B**LICKS! - Resident Evil Cinema Trip - NEW TIME

The VUE in Finchley has decided to juggle it's times around and is now no longer showing a morning performance of Resident Evil: Extinction according to their website.

As such the Saturday cinema trip is being thrown back to the 13.30 performance (the first they have for RE:E).  A few of us are now meeting up at 13.15 outside the cinema to get tickets.

I'll text the people I know were coming in the morning (just texted two just now as I know they're awake and they've gotten back to me confirming the later time).

That's screwed my plans for tomorrow. Bastards :(
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Back to Iraq

It's been a long old time since I spoke about Iraq in this Journal.

Unfortunately the longer it gets drawn out, the more people start becoming largely oblivious to it and it's becoming a forgotten war that will never be won. Of course in many ways the western governments that are militarily involved in Iraq would prefer it to be forgotten. That way they can eventually sneak their troops out with minimum fuss and not have to declare defeat.

Which of course the media and public will, eventually, allow them to do even if they'll be lots of mutterings of discontent and about the incompetence of the governments by fairly large segments of the civilian population.

The thing is that what the civilian population thinks and feels these days seems to have less and less influence on the government. Rewinding a few years and rememebring almost two million people marching in London alone (let alone the rest of the county and world) against the idea of invading Iraq meant absolutely nothing. All the people who desperately want a change in the governments policies behind the Environment are only heard when the various political parties feel they can score a few extra points between themselves.

The people, in this day and age in western society, are largely useless. All the governments really need you for is to keep paying your taxes and do your jobs to keep revenue coming in. They don't listen to you and it's YOU'RE fault they don't.

People need to be more pro-active, more vocal. They need to stand up for what they believe in and not just for a few hours in an important march but beyond that. They need to go out and vote (and maybe change their voting patterns if they are unhappy with the traditional choices), they need to actively campaign, march, boycott certain things and perhaps even civil disobedience because if enough people do it and support it then the governments and political parties HAVE to take notice. The alternative is that they start cracking down hard, but at the end of the day that would just spur more and mroe people into action against the governments.

Anyway, I'm heading way beyond the purpose of this post.

The purpose of this post was to highlight Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez, who was Commander of Coalition Forces Forces in Iraq between mid-2003-04. He lays into the US Goverments leaders calling them incompetant and corrupt and saying that if they had been military personnel they would have been tried for derecliction of duty. He condemns the current startegy in Iraq and also the catalogue iof political misjudgments that have resulted in the current situation over there,

Full story: US General Damns Iraq 'Nightmare' (BBC News Online; Saturday 13th October 2007)
Sanchez: Iraq War "A Nightmare With No End In Sight"(CNN; Saturday 13th October 2007)
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So Alive

There's nothing like a good workout to loud music followed by a lovely hot shower to wake you up and refresh you.

I feel more awake right now than I have in weeks. Reminds me why I enjoy exercising and that i should really try and do it more often (I should *try* and do it every day but can't see that happening anytime soon with my schedule and general motivation at present).

I really have to try harder to find time for a workout each day - even if it's just basic weights and stretching at home. Ideally I'd be able to start getting down to the gym again to make use of their machines and (more importantly) their pool.
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Mission "Farewell" European Tour Dates

The Mission's four shows at Shepherds Bush next year have been confirmed as the last Mission gigs before Wayne Hussey calls it a day on the band.

It was rumoured, and largely expected, that this was going to be the case. I have mixed emotions. It's been one hell of a fantastic ride over the last 20+ years. The early albums were fantastic and the later couple have been back on form - but they did really go astray for a bit in the 90's which was a shame. Live they have been one of the best bands I've ever seen and also one of the most disappointing. On a good night (and these have luckily outweighed the bad) there are few other bands who can touch them.

I'm really looking forward to next February's London shows but I know there WILL be tears at the end of them. Both onstage and certainly off it in amongst the crowd.

The Mission have also announced a final European tour. At these dates they'll be playing a mix of songs from all albums - but concentrating on the first four. I will admit I may try and get to one or two of them if at all possible. Afterall, this looks like the last chance I'll get to see a band that has been one of my favourites since 1985/6 play live.

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