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I WAS going to write about the article on Jacqueline Gold and discuss whether her Ann Summers shops were adding to the objectification of women, or whether they were helping women become more confident, empowered and… something else that fits the feminist checklist. I WAS going to write about whether being normal was a good thing, or not and at what point ‘being normal’ becomes extraordinary. I WAS going to tackle, as I said I would, the situation in the Middle East, hopefully offering some suggestions as to what (if I had the power) I would do to help rectify things but, in balance, I’m not sure there is much anyone can do. The simple fact, in that situation, is …

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Aarrgh

The attack of the ‘just back from a break and lost will to blog’ has just hit me. Sort of (obviously can’t to be too bad as I’m typing this aren’t I? Or am I really plumbing the depths here…). So instead of witty social commentary on a current news item like this one, I’ll just give you some random links of varying nature. Sorry it’s all I can manage… Polynomial time deterministic algorithm found (chuck in a number it’ll tell you if it’s a prime number or not) Is destabilising the Middle East the way to move things forward? Can professional wine tasters tell the difference between red and white wine? (Under specific circumstances obviously…) I do not mistreat …

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Speechless

I’ve not commented at all on the current ‘disturbances’ (war?) in the Middle East. Suffice to say it shocks, confuses, and angers me. Same emotions as you, I would imagine dear reader, underlined with the same question – WHY?

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Newsworthyless

Nephew is doing well, sense of humour has survived, mind you it looks like he has gone 13 rounds with Tyson. Tidy house, no film watching but a productive weekend nevertheless. Slightly disturbing news – the Queen Mother stumbled (stumbled, she didn’t fall) coming out of somewhere. She then, later, made it into her car unaided. This was sandwiched between riots in the Middle East and the current Kumbh Mela festival. Disturbing that this made the news at all. Sheesh!

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Farcical

Mass hysteria, mobs prowling the street with banners, wrongfully targetting lawful citizens. Where am I? The Middle East? Try Florida, U.S. of A. Personally I’m taking two approaches. 1. Agreeing with American friends that the whole situation is awful, and must be concluded (as long as [insert candidate] wins). 2. Quietly, smugly enjoying those damn yanks getting a little of their own medicine. i.e. the whole world pointing at them and discussing the farce that is their democratic process. Might be easier to get a dictator in, at least the matter would be settled.

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