I just got back from a lovely coffee with Charlotte, Will and a couple of her friends up at the o2. She invited me to join them there a few days ago, and, the o2 being a short, pleasant walk along the river away, there was no reason for me not to join them. It was splendid to see my old university friend: C is doing really well, and seems in fine health. She commented how well I look now I've stopped drinking - I certainly feel far, far healthier. Mind you, she was a bit surprised at how much coffee I drink these days.
The meeting ended all too soon. She had somewhere to go, and I was eager to get back here to see my love. When I'll see her next is anyone's guess. Next year marks ten years since we graduated: I can barely believe that it is now almost a full decade since those heady, undergraduate days of discos, drink and house parties. At one and the same time, it seems both like yesterday, and a lifetime ago. I'm just glad things like Facebook allow me to keep in easy contact with my old friends; and that, from time to time, we can still hook up for a coffee.
While a lot of the comments to it really tick me off - it seems outists can't handle the fact that they were fooled so easily - I'd like to flag this LSE article up. In it, Adrian Low looks at the polling data for the referendum and argues that it cannot be said to reflect the will of the people. Whether such arguments are a case of sore losing or not, they are certainly worth considering. As one who passionately believes Brexit is a con sold to us by lies intended to push this country towards nationalism, this adds to my conviction it must be stopped. Next time anyone tries to tell me brexit is the will of the people, I can tell them it isn't.
Believe it or not, I'm currently seriously considering resitting A-level psychology. I first attempted it fifteen years ago, aged eighteen. I was just out of special school and utterly unprepared for that type of academic thinking. Needless to say, I didn't do well: the various different approaches confused me; I naively expected facts, and did not like how speculative and ambiguous the discipline was. I was lucky to scrape an E. The irony is, when I then went on to study sociology, I found it much easier, as psychology had prepared me. By then I could think in a much more scientific way.
In the last few days, I've been pondering going back to it. I'm pretty sure what once confused me would probably now fascinate me. Human behaviour has always intrigued me. Now I know a bit more of academia, and about how science functions as a discourse, I find myself yearning to go back. I know there's no reason why I can't pick up a few books and start teaching myself, but that E still hangs over me. It would be great to learn more about human behaviour, of course, but I also want to exorcise a bit of a failure in my past. I want to prove to myself that I do understand, and I can do it. Whether I'll actually act on this idea remains to be seen; part of me worries that I'll be just as confused as I was the first time. And then there's the question of where - would a nearby college allow me to study it again? At the moment this is just an idea, but I think that studying psychology a bit more would hold a lot of benefits for me.
As the proud employer of four immigrants as personal assistants, I will be proud to take part in the day of action detailed here. Intended to highlight the contribution migrants make to the UK, on February 20 next year there will be a nationwide event calling attention to what migrants do for this country. Of course, this is a response to the appalling rise in xenophobia in this country post brexit. We must send a message that discrimination is never justified, and show how much we all now rely on immigrants and their labour.
Thank zark for people like Ken Loach. As our media grows ever more right wing, Loach has criticised the bbc for no longer standing up for minorities and the poor. It is no longer objective.''The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people's consciousness; this is the story you should hear about, these are the people worth listening to. It's manipulative and deeply political.'' Mind you, given that there are just as many people who accuse the bbc of having a left wing bias as having a right wing one, you could conclude it must be fairly objective.