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Why I’m probably voting (almost) against my beliefs

So, the UK election is around the corner, and all the parties are clamouring for our votes.  It’s extremely important to use your vote wisely, and vote for what you believe in.  Trouble is, without thinking clearly about the “bigger picture”, your (my) own personal wants and needs, might not necessarily be best for the nation as a whole.

Here’s the thing.  I’m a firm supporter of sustainability issues, and would probably vote for the Green Party given half a chance (and a decent local candidate).  However, I’m concerned that by voting for one of the minority parties which have no chance of actually getting into power on a national scale (at least in the short term), that I’m weakening the position of the major parties and subsequently opening the door to right-wing (lets face it, down right fascist) parties like UKIP.

So, should I stick to one of the major’s for this election?  If someone like UKIP manage to get into any semblance of power, I’ll no longer want to be associated with this country.  I’ll emigrate!

Perhaps for the short term, a strategic vote might keep the extremists at bay.  Maybe.

EDIT: Read what each manifesto says regarding Climate Change and Energy:


Dr. Jack Stanley Hodgins IV (BONES)

For the past day, I’ve been re-watching BONES season 1.  I’ve followed this show right from the beginning.  I’ve read loads of Kathy Reichs’ books over the years, and this show has been another staple in my life for the past 9-10 years.  As I write this season 10 has yet to air on UK television.  But it’s coming very soon!

I’m only up to episode 5 (of my re-watch), but one detail has reminded me of my encounter with TJ Thyne AKA Dr. Jack Stanley Hodgins IV at London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) this past summer (2014).  That detail is the rubber band that Hodgins wears on his wrist as an anger management tool.  All of a sudden I remember the story that he told, not to me directly but to one of the people just ahead of me in the autograph queue, that he still wears that band on his wrist to this day.  He was wearing it at the convention.  That’s 10 years!  It’s such a tiny detail, but it’s a testament to how well-loved these characters are by the actors, and all involved, that sometimes the fantasy blurs into reality.

TJ spent a lot of time with each of the fans at LFCC, we each got the chance to have a proper conversation with him; which is different from the norm at these events.  Usually you barely get to say “hello” before your time is up and it’s on to the next person in line.  I got the chance to tell him that Hodgins and Angela are my favourite on-screen couple!  Hooray!  And it transpired that this was his first time to the UK since he was 18 and looking to go to drama school.  TJ also brought some beautiful photographs from behind the scenes on BONES, and also some bugs (from bug boy!).  Because of the fact that he was spending a decent amount of time with each fan, the queue was extremely slow – but it was well worth the wait.  By the sounds of things on twitter later, he was the last celebrity in the building, still signing and chatting past closing time.  Well done TJ, and thanks.  A lovely, lovely man.


My Loot from London Film and Comic Con 2014. The King of the Lab bought us all bugs!
Look at my shiny loot from London Film and Comic Con 2014. The King of the Lab bought us all bugs!

Texan London Tour – Part One

OK, so I’ve been planning on publishing this post for months now, as a report on when I took my friends who visited from America and played tour guide around London!  I really wanted it to be a bit more interesting than just a list of places – but as it’s so very late, I’ll stick with what I’ve done so far:

Part of my MBA course this semester was to collaborate on a project with a group from another business school.  Our group were the lucky ones to collaborate with Texas Tech University (TTU) – Rawls College of Business.  The UK team went over to Lubbock, TX at the end of January (with NO time to recover from our exams!) and spend a great 4 days getting to know the group and making a start on the project tasks.  During the last week in May, the TTU team made a return visit to UH to complete the project, and present our findings to our client.  Out of all the teams that went abroad for our projects, ours was the only one to get a return visit from our counterparts!

We were extremely lucky to work with such a friendly group of people (both students and lecturers), and I think it’s safe to say that we’ll all be friends for life!

For the first three days (prior to the “official” visit to the UH), I spent the weekend with Tas and Katy from the US team in London – with my tour guide hat on, a tube map, and Google maps on standby (& some comfortable shoes!).  I’m not exaggerating by saying that we walked miles and MILES in such a sort time!  To help out my US buddies – here’s a guide to where we actually went day by day – with maps and photos!

As there is a lot to tell – I’ll be breaking this down into a few parts: Part One (you’re looking at it) – Part Two [Link Coming SOON!]

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Waddeston Manor & Many Ferrari’s

On a whim this Sunday; Me, Mum and Dad visited Waddeston Manor and had “afternoon tea”. The weather was lovely, the house is (as always) very impressive, the gardens were great (I personally like the aviary, with many strange specimens of birds), and we happened to stumble upon the “Ferrari owner’s club annual picnic”. Continue reading Waddeston Manor & Many Ferrari’s

Christian Kane & Friends @ Dingwalls

Earlier this week me and a friend went to see Christian Kane, Brian Nutter, Riley Smith and Jenn Bostic at an amazing and intimate concert at Dingwalls in Camden, London.  I’ve been a big fan of Christian Kane for many, many years (I spent a year living in Oklahoma as part of my first degree in 2002, and found out a bit about him back then) in my opinion he’s got the best singing voice of any male vocalist around today.  I was less familiar with his friends attending the event, it’s great to find out about other new talent.  It’s also really great going to smaller venues to see some of the lesser-known artists, as you get much more of a personal experience.  I was also very impressed with Dingwalls in Camden.  Great atmosphere, good sound set up, and not too over-priced at the bar!

We found out that it was in fact Jenn Bostic’s very first UK appearance, and a good many of us got our hands on advance copies of her album!  She has appeared just this morning on BBC Breakfast news performing one of her songs.  So it looks like its exciting times for her!

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