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8 Apr
Jeanie in the Radiator

I hope to get this update in under the wire.  I’ve had a busy day and you’ll hear about some of it tomorrow.

I haven’t done much on my list but I did

Hug a stranger.

I did that tonight; well, she hugged me, but in the nicest way.  I’ll tell you more tomorrow.

Colour my hair.

A wash-in-wash-out shampoo but it’s the bravest I’ve been with my hair since 2003. 

18/101 new poems.

I wrote sixteen this week – hooray for Napowrimo! You can check them out at Imnotaverse

Cynicism and Stupidity

8 Apr
Disabled parking sign, The Mall, English Stree...

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Two news items caught my eye yesterday.

This one in the Johannesburg Star:

In an emotional appeal, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has urged hundreds of supporters to vote for the ruling party in the coming local government elections to prevent an ailing Nelson Mandela’s condition from deteriorating.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a more cynical attempt to obtain votes.  I can’t imagine Mr Mandela likes what is being done in his name.

This one in the Stockport Express:

A new disability assessment centre has come under fire – because of poor disabled access.  Atos House will be used to assess around 9,000 people claiming incapacity benefits in Stockport.  But there are no blue badge spaces outside as the centre is on a paved, pedestrianised route.  This leaves visitors with a walk of at least 200 yards to get to the Deanery Way building – a journey one disability group claims will be ‘impossible’ for some.

So those being assessed to see if they are fit to work despite being disabled, will not be able to make their appointments because there is no disabled access, and will therefore be classed as fit for work in absentia.

You couldn’t make it up.

Joke 15

8 Apr

A new teacher thought she would use what she learned in her psychology courses. She said to her class, “Everyone who thinks they are stupid, please stand up.”

After a few seconds, one boy stood. “Do you think you’re stupid?” she asked.

“No, ma’am, but I just didn’t want you to have to stand there all by yourself.”

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