27 Jun

I saw this on Facebook and it made me smile:

“Robin D. Laws and Jonathan Tweet are now friends.”

You need to be quite a deep gamer geek to find it amusing.

26 Jun



The Tavern seems crippled by my new hosting company servers, but having migrated all my sites their over the last 6 months I was ready to close the old host account and save 7 bucks a month.

At work I have got ourselves in the stupid position of agreeing to deliver effectively the same course twice in two different schools, which given that we aren’t even paid to teach is a very silly thing to do when we could do just one and combine the students. I suspect all I will get when I suggest this is unpopular with three Heads of School.

I am starting to get really low at how Gwenthia has stopped being fun and effectively crippled once we started doing rules, even though Pete has done some really excellent work on it. We need to discuss it at Continuum.

But most of all I am utterly drained and worried about the possibility that we are facing an intimidation campaign from the people who attacked Matthew. The paint attack on the car (rumoured to have been done by 2 friends of the original attackers) was followed by a couple of cruise-bys. I worry that as the summer goes by we’ll see more of this as they try and get Matt to withdraw his testimony.

It is seriously worrying Matt, he’s sleeping with a walking stick by his bed, and has utterly crushed Ann’s spirit. I just don’t know what we can do.. the police have alternated between organisational indifference to some real attempts to help by the local police constables. But they can’t be here all the time, we need to work out some strategies and ones that don’t leave Matt more traumatised.

Off to see how much it will cost to respray Matt’s car shortly, then maybe we will go and look at security cameras at the Maplin store in town.

24 Jun

More Fun in ShitLand

I am in Netherlands, Ann is running a course in Warwickshire.
Matthew woke up this morning to discover his car has had a pot of paint emptied on it.
He rang police who were utterly uninterested, despite the previous assault and associated threats of intimidation.
Closed it immediately, no interest in collecting any forensics.
Now if this is who we think it is and they left any forensics it is a home run for the police, but they don’t care.
I then rang and tried to escalate it and was basically told if I don’t like it then complain to the Chief Superintendant.
It’s not like it was a random event in a big city, we have a clear suspect and we live in the countryside, someone had to travel to our place to do this. Ah well, the policeman who is handling the assault case is on at 9pm and I have asked him to ring. Looks like I may be becoming quite disillusioned with the police shortly. Problem is it completely destroys all the positive messages we have given Matt to trust in the system. Fortunately he has taken a positive view and has filled the house with all his mates and they’re going to have a big party and sod the vandals!

20 Jun


Just coming back from London where, in addition to work, I went to see the musical Hairspray. What a happy, joyful, anti-racist, anti-sizist bundle of great Sixties music, wonderful performances by Leanne Jones and Michael Ball and one of the only musicals I’ve been to where one felt the audience (which had many big, beautiful and blonde ladies in it) would break out dancing. They certainly were singing along.. A great show, not at all preachy with some great R&B, Motown and rock n roll inspired numbers. I can see real women (and I don’t mean just big girls, Tracey’s friend is long and lanky) loving this musical and men who love real women will love it too. It’s kind of what the Sixties should have been, and in many ways was..