Jack

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This is just to let everyone know that I am now gall bladderless, at home, a bit fragile, but very happy to have it all done and dusted. I cannot praise York Hospital enough, who have been quite intimidatingly efficient throughout. I am now off work for a while. I will be going to Devastation, because they actually recommend mild exercise, so any players please bear with me.
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Jack

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Whitby was excellent. The people were great and it really felt like a holiday. Plenty to do without any obligation to do anything. Met a lot of very fine new people including the infamous Wesley (WINOLJ), finally.

I am going into hospital tomorrow. The very earliest that I will be contactable after this evening is Wednesday afternoon.

I am reminded how wonderful my friends are, and am very lucky.
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Jack

I am taller than I thought I was

Apparently, I am just over 5'10". I thought I was 5'9". Well, there you go.

In other news, I will be off work for two weeks following my op, and taking it *very* easy at Devastation. I am actually not at all pleased about the work thing, because I like my job and we have loads to do. I will also be unable to drive for a week afterwards, which is actually not so bad considering. If it was not keyhole surgery, this would be much worse.
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Jack

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Today is my pre-op assessment, which should be no trouble. Wisely or not, I am not at all worried about Tuesday. In other news,

I'm voting Lib Dem this time



I disagree on Europe but agree on pretty much everything else, so that carries it. I have known this for a while, but thought that I would at least read all the manifestos and other sources on general principal. I particularly like the commitment to reach Kyoto targets early, the local income tax to replace council tax and the definite no on ID cards.

I am a very happy and lucky man :)
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Jack

A Question of Culture

That nice Mr Kilroy-Silk thinks that we should only have one culture. In the Veritas manifesto, the relevant section reads as follows:

"6. British people are worried about THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE

THE FACTS: The British people are fed up with being made to feel ashamed of their history, tradition and culture. Even Trevor Phillips, boss of the Council for Racial Equality, admits: "multiculturalism is dead…I believe that once you decide to move to another country, you should embrace the host nation's culture and values".

WHAT WILL WE DO?

· stop this nonsense – and refuse to allow British people to be bullied and intimidated by the political elite telling us what to think and say

· create a society that is multi-colour, multi-ethnic, multi-creed - but one culture.

· expect everyone to integrate, and help them to integrate

· fearlessly and openly speak up for the British people - of whatever ethnic background, colour or creed - and defend the British way of life"

Ok, I have some questions. What does "culture" mean? Specifically, how do you interpret what he means by the word, and what does it mean to you? The problem I have is that it is a word with a very broad set of interpretations indeed. When defending this pledge to interviewers, RKS points out that not all cultures are equal. He justifies this by saying that we should not value cultures that subjugate the rights of women and enforce genital mutilation. Is he correct, do you think, in saying that multiculturalism equates to tolerating these things? Can anyone out there help me to understand what he means, and therefore what I would be voting for were I to vote for his party?
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Jack

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Another CP timetable completed - w00t!

In other news, once again I need to pull my weight control socks up (so much more difficult to diet when happy :)), and I had a hospital appointment on Monday. They liked the weight loss so much that they scheduled me for my gall bladder removal on 26 April. Yes, for you CP players out there, that is right - I will be walking wounded for the event! Still waaay too happy to care...

Edit: Extreme thanks to st3v3 for making my job much, much easier. It would have been far more difficult without Ariadne.
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Jack

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Prince Charles shakes Robert Mugabe's hand.

I am personally in favour of abolishing the monarchy, but have nothing against any member of the royal family personally (except when good ol' Phil comes out with those gems of political correctness). I also do not imagine for one moment that Prince Charles regards Mugabe and his regime with anything other than contempt. That said, whether I like it or not, the Prince is seen as a representative of this nation and its people. In my view, he absolutely should not have shown even this courtesy to someone like Mugabe, and I will write to Clarence House to that effect.
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