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You know, I think I'm going to have to re-assess my world view. Sometime good stuff does happen. On the other hand, I love being proven wrong since in this case it feels so incredibly good, and so I may keep up the cynicism.

And I got proper spine-tingles during Barack Obama's victory speech. Or at least I did until my flatmate started singing the Bob the Builder song (and now I've got it suck in my head).
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It is so incredibly sad how Barack Obama's Grandmother has died just a day before the election.

You know how I was bitching about that movie that's used the Ka Mate haka? Well, the New Zealand news media's managed to catch on: Hollywood Hijacks Haka

And a meme snagged from [ profile] artic_fox since I love doing numbered lists: Ask me for "top five" lists of pretty much anything, and I will list you my top five of that thing or things.
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I’m loving all this stuff about the Large Hadron Collider and how its going to be the end of the world and all that. It seems to very Doctor Who. In fact Torchwood's coming to the rescue (screw the testimony of scientists and court cases - it's that which conclusively tells me we're doomed). Although, I thought the black hole Sarah Jane's got locked up in her attic was the Whoniverse's sneaky reference to CERN and the LHC.

I finally finished The Power of the Daleks. It took me a month to listen to the episode reconstruction. I don't quite know why, but I struggled with it where I didn't with the First Doctor episode reconstructions I've listened to. Possibly because I wasn't familiar with Ben and Polly before I started it, and this is the third Second Doctor serial I've gone near.

Anyway, I quite like Polly. Ben I initially didn't like very much. Again couldn't quite put my finger on why. He did seem to be always shouting and without the performance to match it can grate. But I've warmed to an indifferent by the end of the serial.

"We are your servants" has to be the creepiest phrase a Dalek can utter. When (because with the Daleks it is always a 'when' and not an 'if') the Daleks show up again on the New Series, I'd love them to do something similar, with the Daleks pretending to be good and nobody believing the Doctor.

I do wonder whether it was a conscious decision of the writer and producer to have in the serial after the first ever regeneration the Doctor referred to as 'the examiner' throughout. I also though the denials from the Doctor that he was the Doctor in the first episode was also quite nifty. Sort of using reverse-psychology to point out that the new bloke is in fact the Doctor.
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While I don’t talk about politics a lot because I live and breathe politics and this journal isn’t for that and so many others write about these sorts of issues far better than I do, I've decided to comment today.

Anyone else a bit disappointed that Royal lost the French presidency not only because it was the leftist candidate who lost out, but because she was a woman? I was just so looking forward to the prospect of having more than one female leader of a powerful nation at once. Wouldn’t it just have been so cool to have a photo of Ségolène Royal shaking hand with Angela Merkel?

I know I’m preaching to the converted here, but I just really really don’t get the whole question of whether women run a country. Particularly because I’ve had lived in two countries and under five Prime Ministers in my life, and three of those Prime Ministers have been women and both the two longest running and most memorable have been women. I would have been five at the time Thatcher left power, but I remember Margaret Thatcher and I remember that day. In a similar vein is Helen Clark. While she hasn’t left power yet, I’m pretty sure her 8+ years as Prime Minister are going to be remembered. In fact it was only last year that the top four constitutional posts in New Zealand – Prime Minister, Governor General, Chief Justice and Speaker of the House – were all held by women (we’re down to three out of four these days). That’s five if you count the Queen.

So I don’t think women can run a country, I know women can run a country. And I know that there will be many reasons people vote against a female candidate and what their political views are way more important and I’m sure only a few idiots still wonder whether women should be in positions of power. I’m just frustrated that we’re not going to get that photo just yet.
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You know how 2006 has been the year of freak accidents and rather odd deaths, what with Steve Irwin vs. the Stingray and the former Russian spy and the polonium (what ever happened to the old ricin in the umbrella method?), well here’s another one -

Dolpin’s Leap Crushes Woman In Freak Accident


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