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First posted 7/7/05. Still true.

I should go to sleep. There is a very real chance that I will be about a quarter of the IT department tomorrow. The rest may find it hard to get in, word around the BTP having been that there will be very few trains running into London tomorrow.

But I don't want to. I wish there was a way onto the roof here. I want to sit somewhere high up and watch the city in all its midnight glory and listen to its fabulous racket. There's something about this place. There's something about this country, but here especially. You see it every time something like this happens. The Stiff Upper Lip, the Stubborness of the British Tommy (this is *my* trench, I dug it, it's smelly and rat ridden and awful and I hate it, but I dug it, it's mine and you're not having it, you bastard), whatever. Call it what you like, amounts to the same thing.

You bomb us, you kill and injure people. We go the long way to get to work. We walk home. We fail, on the most part, to panic. We run, and we help. Our city fails to grind to a halt. We don't demand our government make concessions to your cause, and would probably be really annoyed if they did. We're sad, but we turn that into fuel to keep us going. We're *good* at this.

Take a good look at our history. We're very very bad at giving in or giving up. Every group probably thinks they'll be the ones to make us give up and beg our government to stop the horror. Every group is wrong. You'd think they'd have noticed this by now.

Sadly, they haven't. And people get hurt because of it.

And down in the subconcious pulse of Londoners (and beyond, yes, but the pulse here is intense because it's closer), we've remembered all of them. All the dead, all the wounded. And that just makes us all the more determined to never give in, never be scared of our City, love it all the more and get on with life.

We are a *very* odd bunch of people. And I love us all.

I'm going to go watch my City breathe.

Writer's Block: Transmogrified

If you could transform into any object for 24 hours, what would it be, and why?

I would be Christian Bale's scene, because God help the motherfucker who trashes me.
Robert Frost speculated about the world ending in fire or in ice. Which do you think is likely to end us all: meteorite, global warming, nuclear weapons, zombies, or the superflu?

I refer you to this.

Keep the inane writer's block questions coming, LJ.

Writer's Block: Swine Times

Are you worried about catching the swine flu? Do you have a plan for avoiding contagion or dealing with quarantine?

No, I'm British. It takes more than sniffles and a media panic to worry me. The whole thing is silly.

As long as the tea stocks don't dwindle, the remarkably unlikely quarantine will not bother me in the slightest. Especially not if I can get to Madagascar.

Also, the Falkirk Two (the couple who developed it on their return from their honeymoon in Mexico, and who are now FINE and out of hospital gosh it's so deadly) have apparently hooked up with Max Clifford to sell their story.


Writer's Block: The Greenest Grass

Who has it easier—men or women? Why or why not?

I'm just going to get the tube home. Carry on. :-)

This is a stupid question and rona_emo should feel stupid for submitting it.
I am in love with London: The Biography already, and I've only read the introduction.

"London is so large and so wild that it contains no less than everything".

Nov. 22nd, 2008

This is hilarious. Ganked from mark13


Dear Australians, What? I was almost hoping you might be the last bastion of people not doing stuff like this. WOE. Will calling it "dryness" really make that much of a difference?

This is a dangerous news story. Now there is precedent. Do not let your children see this story.

Oh please, please let this be true. Please.

Daily Dragon

It was one thing with Dr Kangle and Mz Loco having dragons all over the place, but now even the Ditz has fallen to the dragon love, and it's all too much.

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It’s the Day of German Unity, marking the 1990 reunification of East and West Germany. In our current period of global instability, do you ever feel nostalgic for the seeming simplicity of the Cold War?

What drugs is the person that came up with this question on, and where can I get some?

Oct. 3rd, 2008

I wrote this for numbedtoe's writing challenge, and now she has seen it I make it public.

Criteria were set for this challenge. Whatever was written had to incorporate some or all of the following:

A porn star turned vampire slayer
A vampire with a tooth ache
A mummy having problems with his HMO
A masked serial killer having a midlife crisis
A witch strangely attracted to a zombie
A zombie who moans arias
A furry hating wolfman (is he self loathing? you tell me)
A wizard who can't cast a proper love spell
A pumpkin who hungers for human flesh

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Mr Astley thinks it's a wind up. One that he thinks his Mum is behind.

Mr Astley thinks he hasn't a hope in hell of winning. Dearest internet, what do we say to that?

Sod this, I'm going boot shopping.

Which drugs are these women on? Place your bets now.