The Lava Trolley: December 2005

The Lava Trolley

Or is it the lavatory???

...Either case, this little nook on blogasphere is the natural dumping ground for the sort of crap that erupts
when you find a wee Chink in the Britworks...

But hey, I promise you this is steamingly hot shit...which is probably why it's all looking a bit brown!

 

24 December 2005

In case you hadn't noticed...

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...it's that time of the year again...

Mind you, it's a little difficult to tell the difference here in Blackpool, since cheap tinsel (bling included) seems to be in vogue all year round.

In either case, it's time to dust off those fairy lights, uncrease last year's leftover X'mas cards, and pretend you've missed all those people you haven't bothered contacting since...oooh...last December...

And let's not forget...PRESENTS...After all, what's the point of X'mas if you don't get anything out of it...Most lucrative time of year if you can see very well in the dark, and I really recommend the back door instead of the chimney...A reindeer or two might help with the load, though they would only make you look more suspect...Sleighbells a very very bad idea...

Unfortunately, there's not many of those delightful things at ours (presents, I mean...not sleighbells and reindeer), since most people I know or care about (apart from a tiny handful) live a long distance away...But nevermind, there's David...(Zhouyi's gift was sent early November)...And I did a pretty decent job with his crimbo prezzie, even if I do say so myself...

I made him a hamper with a few bits and bobs (can't reveal any details here Image hosted by Photobucket.com ) he would like...First time I've ever done anything of this sort...I spent the latter part of November fretting because I couldn't get hold of any decent cellowrap, and nearly had to resort to clingfilm! Finally bought some X'mas ones off eBay, only to find they were the wrong colour!!! Image hosted by Photobucket.com

But as you can see, it's all turned out ok...Impressive, wot?

I even handmade all my cards again this year! Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Anyhow, if you're not absolutely plastered by now, and still making sense of what you can see in front of you, I'd like to wish you and your loved ones a joyful festive season, and if you're not one for all this frippery, at least make the most of your time-off work/college/whatever...you humbug, you!

Here's a little something for you to enjoy...especially if you're not having a particularly white christmas...





















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All the best for 2006!!!

Build Your Own Christmas Scene:
Unlimited Games
Serena's Snowman Night
Elle's Christmas Village

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22 December 2005

My 15 Minutes of Fame

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Ok, it's probably less than 15 minutes...But who's counting?

Anyhow, guess what??! I'm gonna be on telly!!!

The above image is a still from a music video for UK Metalcore Band Enemo-J's song, Last Children of History, directed by film-making whizzes Matthew Burton & Crew.

Enemo-J has recently won a Kerrang Award for Best Unsigned Band, though have now been snapped up by Casket Records. In the video, I play a schoolgirl gone slightly mental (that means, your average teenager). It will be aired worldwide on MTV Kerrang early 2006.

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I'll have a few more new pics by Elizabeth Preston to add to me portfolio, and am looking foward to a couple more shoots lined up next year, one of which will be with Rob Mcgrory in February 2006, so...

...watch this space...


UPDATED: 27 April 2007 @ 16:30

Video of my TV debut uploaded
here.

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09 December 2005

Mind the Gap

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"Singaporeans generally support the government's tough laws
as part of a social contract that has kept crime rates low and
delivered years of economic prosperity."

That's probably because no one actually has the guts to object.

Still, results do count, and I don't see what Singaporeans have to complain about. Their streets are safe, and the nation can boast of peace and economic stability...Benefits which not many countries (developed or otherwise) can honestly claim to enjoy. Plus, it's a hell of a lot more liberal than most Asian countries, and certainly more open to new ideas now than it used to be.
"Father Norden said Nguyen should be spared: 'We believe
this young man has committed a serious crime deserving
of punishment, but not the loss of his life.' "

Although I don't wholy disagree with the death penalty in extreme cases, my personal view is that capital punishment for drug smuggling alone is a tad harsh, particularly in this instance. Also, one has to point out that the heroin found on Nguyen wasn't intended for Singaporean consumption, but was in fact, on its way to Australia.

"Singapore uses several methods to combat
'the scourge of drug addiction', the Ministry of Law
said in a November 24 statement. 'One component
of our approach was the mandatory death penalty
for drug traffickers, who are in fact the source of drugs
that ruined the lives of addicts,' it said, adding that
the law applied to Singapore citizens and foreigners alike."
Drug dealers may be the ones who provide the addicts with their fodder, but remember...There cannot be supply without demand. The real reasons for drug-taking do not stem from smugglers...Junkies go down the trainspotting route because they choose to...Much as we can feel sorry for them (and their loved ones), we should not be pointing fingers at anyone else. Give these people enough rope and...er...Well, we all know how the story ends.

A person in self-dustruct mode, determined to dig his own grave (quite literally!), will use whatever he can lay his hands on...If it's not some form of illegal substance, it will be something else (says the voice of experience ). Hanging drug smugglers doesn't quite address the issue. It merely eradicates the symptoms, not the cause.

Having said that, I do admire Singapore's unwavering stance in the face of all this controversy, and largely applaud their decision to stand firm.

"Gilly Parminter, a 40-year-old mother, was less sympathetic.
'Personally I think if you go into a country you have to abide
by their laws, and you have to live with the consequences...
It does seem harsh, but they can't change their minds at
this late stage because it will undermine their system,' she said."
Nguyen was aware of the laws, and the consequences of his actions. It was NOT (as some like to claim) an 'honest mistake', nor was he forcibly coerced into strapping narcotics to his torso. Singapore should not have to acquiesce just because Australia has begged for clemency. Nor should any country be allowed to interfere in another's justice system just because it was one of their own who committed the transgression.

It is unfortunate that this one life could not be spared, but in the face of possible political and social chaos, it would be a greater misdemeanor for any country to start making exceptions due to foreign intervention. If the law is to change, it should be done so because it is the wish of that particular nation's citizens.

" 'Two wrongs don't make a right. Taking a human life is
not a way of solving a problem,' the chancellor of the
Sydney Archdiocese, Father John Usher, told reporters."
Two wrongs don't make a right? I'd like to know how so many of us can accept this statement at face value, seeing as there is no concrete definition of what should be deemed ethically correct. But let's not quibble about that...yet...

"Canberra said it was considering taking Singapore to the
International Court of Justice."
It has been suggested a number of times, that because human rights is a global concern, the legal structure of every state should come under worldwide scrutiny and approval. Someone I know even went so far as to propose that all rules and regulations be made universal, with territorial barriers abolished, thus allowing individuals to move to and from countries without having to contend with current immigration laws.

The argument is that this utopian ideal will promote interaction amongst all ethnic groups, give everyone a sense of unity, and an equal say in how things are run. Since society would then become homogeneous on an international level, there would be less occasion for friction to arise over a difference in lifestyle or opinion.

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I wouldn't hold your breath...

The chances of this coming to pass during my lifetime is very slim...Suffice to say the human condition has a long way to go before this notion could ever become feasible, particularly in light of recent development on the terrorism front. Yes, there is the Out-of-Africa (or possibly, China) theory to consider (as in we all come from the same place anyway...more or less), and there is much to be said for fanning the fires of the proverbial melting pot...But whatever happened to preserving some form of cultural identity? To coin a much-used cliché - Too many cooks blah-dee-blah...I believe I've mentioned in a previous article that this isn't a concept which should be enforced, but allowed to occur gradually, over time.

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Surely there is much more we can learn from those who DON'T live the same way we do?

Related Articles:
UN Effort to Spare Condemned Man
Australian Anger over Singapore Hanging
Australia Divided over Drug Runner's Execution
Singapore Firm on Execution Stance
Website Pokes Fun at Singapore's Hanging


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02 December 2005

It Wasn't Me!

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"A third of people believe a woman is partially or completely responsible for being raped if she has behaved flirtatiously, a survey suggests."

Hmmm...that's hardly news to me...I'm actually more surprised that the stats aren't higher.


Mind you, women aren't always very sensible when it comes to this sort of thing.

"A rape case has collapsed after a 21-year-old student said that she had been too drunk to remember whether or not she had agreed to have sex."
Much as I sympathize with this young lady, I can't help but agree with the eventual verdict...A suspect can only be convicted if there is irrevocable proof that he's guilty...'Maybe' just ain't good enough.

Perhaps she did NOT give consent...Perhaps the accused DID take advantage of her drunken state...But the fact remains that she was not in any position to provide sufficient evidence.

Since rape, by nature, is a crime that's so diffcult to prove, I don't understand why more women don't take it upon themselves to exercise caution when out and about.

Sure, a woman doesn't deserve to be sexually harrassed just because she's wearing a short skirt, but you can't deny that it's not terribly wise to be dressed provocatively when you're alone, and walking down a deserted street at night. Nor is it a good idea to get yourself so smashed on drink that you can barely remember your own name, let alone the resulting events that enfold.

Let's face it...Women get attention whether or not they invite it, and it doesn't even matter what they're wearing. However, the more skin you show, the more likely it is that you'll be noticed. Men WILL take that as a cue to make pervy comments. If you're lucky, that's as far as it goes, but should the worst happen, I can assure you that your attacker WILL use your dress sense as an excuse, whether or not the law allows him to. I'm not saying it's right for men to behave that way, or that it is the REASON you're faced with all that hassle...I'm just saying that they WILL try it on...There are no 'IF's or 'BUT's about it...So why give them the chance?

We can't control the way men choose to function, but we CAN minimize the risk of being raped by using a little common sense.

Here's a few preventive measures, for example:

a) If you're going to wear anything revealing, make sure you're surrounded by people who care about you, people you know you can trust.

b) If things don't go according to plan, and you HAVE to make your way home on your own, choose routes that tend to be a little more 'populated'. Don't accept rides from people you don't really know.

c) Carry some sort of self-defence weapon, like a rape alarm etc...Even StoppaRed is better than nothing!

d) Don't EVER let strangers buy you drinks, and always watch your own glass/bottle. If you intend to indulge, at least let your mates know so someone can watch out for you...If they're really your friends, they wouldn't object, particularly if you would do the same for them. But personally, I wouldn't get myself that drunk anyway. The same rule applies to men. I strongly advise against getting involved with women who are severely intoxicated...The kind of trouble you could get into is hardly worth it.

Admittedly, there is no guarantee that these steps will keep you totally safe. Figures show that a high percentage of rapes were carried out by individuals whom the victim should have been able to trust, eg. family members, close friends/colleagues, their spouse/partner etc etc. But the more careful we are, the more likely it is that we shall be able to eliminate each possibility of finding ourselves in harm's way.

Rape will ALWAYS be wrong, no matter how the victim conducts herself. That there are still rapists who get away with their crimes at this day and age is an outrage. However, the law cannot be seen to show favour to either males or females. Justice is no less violated when an innocent person is wrongly named and shamed, regardless of gender.

Related Articles:
Rape Case Collapses Over Consent
Women Get Blame for Being Raped

Support Groups:
Rape Crisis
Truth about Rape
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