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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 21st, 2019 08:34 pm)
The Hold Steady is one of my favourite bands, and this is one of my favourite songs, which I almost never play out loud because it's from one of their early albums before the lead singer learned how to sing properly, and that bothers some people. But I can share it here.

The Hold Steady - Cattle and the Creeping Things

They got to the part with the cattle and the creeping things. 
They said I'm pretty sure we've heard this one before. 
Don't it all end up in some revelation? 
With four guys on horses, and violent red visions, famine and death and pestilence and war. 
I'm pretty sure I heard this one before.

You in the corner with a good looking drifter. 
Two cups of coffee and ten packs of sugar. 
I heard Gideon saw you in Denver. He said you're contagious. 
Silly rabbit. Tripping is for teenagers. Murder is for murderers. 
And hard drugs are for bartenders. 
I think I might have mentioned that before.

He's got the pages in his pockets that he ripped out of the bible from his bed stand in the motel. He likes the part where the traders get chased out from the temple. 
I guess I heard about original sin. I heard the dude blamed the chick. 
I heard the chick blamed the snake. I heard they were naked when they got busted. 
I heard things ain't been the same since. 
You on the streets with a tendency to preach to the choir. 
Wired for sound and down with whatever. 
I heard Gideon did you in Denver.

She's got a cross around her neck that she ripped off from a schoolgirl in the subway on a visit to the city. 
She likes how it looks on her chest with three open buttons. 
She likes the part where one brother kills the other. 
She has to wonder if the the world ever will recover. 
Because Cain and Abel seem to still be causing trouble.

She said: I was seeing double for three straight days.
After I got born again it felt strange but it was nice and peaceful. 
It really pleased me to be around so many people. 
Of course half were just visions but half of them were friend from going through the program with me. Later on we did some sexy things. 
Took a couple photographs and carved them into wood reliefs. But that's enough about me. 
Tell me how you got down here into Ybor city.

He said: I got through the part about the exodus. 
Up to then I only knew it was a movement of the people. 
But if small town cops are like swarms of flies and if blackened foil is like boils and hail. 
Then I'm pretty sure we've been through this before. 
And it seemed like a simple place to score. 
Then some old lady came to the door and said McKenzie Phillips doesn't live here anymore.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 21st, 2019 07:11 pm)
 Post 2 of 2.
 
As previously stated in post 1, I went to a Hustings for the North of Tyne Mayoral Candidates. UK Hustings are like Canadian All-Candidates Debates, mostly, except that this was organized by some Economic Forum or other. So unlike Canadian All-Candidates Debates, where everyone shows up in scruffy clothes to a re-purposed audoitorum or school gymnasium, this was in a fancy room at the Newcastle University Life Building and it was posh catered. Like, shrimp on sticks and harrisa-tofu wraps posh. I have no idea why. I was wearing a lumberjack shirt and dark jeans that day, and yes technically it was a collared shirt, but like, I was by far the most casually dressed person in the room. Also, maybe, MAYBE, 10% of the room was women. It was standing-room only, so it's quite possible that someone not-white was there and escaped my notice, but what I'm saying is there were a LOT of white penises in that room. Including on stage.
 
Five candidates, which I've already ranked by quality, according to my professional judgement which was backed up by the of the civil servant sitting next to me. Let's go through them.
 
1. John Appleby - Liberal Democrat
I nicknamed John A as "Bill Clinton" in my head, because he was the first person to ask a questioner for details about why she asked the question. He tried standing up so people at the back could have a better view of his face. He kept to his time. This wasn't his first rodeo.
He was also the candidate who mentioned diversity the most. I think he was the only one to mention BAME (the word British people say when they mean People of Colour). In a direct appeal to my heart, he pushed back on lack of experience being a good thing. It might seem little, but in a world of the Death of Expertise, I loved that he said consulting Traffic Managers was a good thing because they had expertise - and in response to one of the candidates badmouthing Traffic Managers as useless. He cared about environmental issues, but often in a technocratic way. Would we build on Greenfield sites? We don't want to, but we need a holistic assessment that factors in all the environmental impacts of every potential site. Would we put in a pollution tax on the City Center? Yes, but we'd explain to people why climate change was so dire, and what it would accomplish for pollution and for congestion if we could reduce cars in the city center, and we'd build more Park and Rides. At one point, he used the words "In 1666" to talk about zoning.
If you know me at all, you'd know that this was my guy.
And I know that his answer on LGBT issues won't satisfy everyone (Post Part 1). But I give marks for effort, and he earned those when he talked to me about the issue.
 
2. Jamie Driscoll - Labour
So, I was biased against Jamie going in. He ran for Labour selection as the Momentum, Jeremy-supporting Labour Candidate. But like, I was also biased against the Lib Dem, for his party affiliation, so I think my assessment is still mostly fair. And he came second.
They both were politicans, and I mean that as a compliment. Both of them knew what people in neighbouring areas they needed to talk to. They had a little snit about the exact designation of the head of Nexus. They were ready. Sometimes Jamie's policies were better than John A's. He tended to promise a bit more, maybe, in terms of bus routes and adult learning and cycle parking. But the two of them had the same goals in the end, and similar-enough policies.
He just didn't impress me as much. My first note about Jamie is "OMG you are way too white to quote Martin Luther King Jr." And it was one of the fucking boilerplate quotes too, not a fire and brimstone condemnation of moderates. His plan to improve the economy sounded like protectionism - what if City Hall had to buy everything possible from within the North East?
Like, he was fine. He believes in the same things I do, mostly, and probably the exact same things as John A. I just can imagine getting stuck next to him at a dinner party and listening to him say all these things that I agree with and wondering why I want to gnaw off my own leg to escape.
Plus, he still hasn't answered my email about anti-Semiticism. Contrasting that with the heart-felt response I got from the Lib Dem-er about his party's deepest issue ... This is not my guy.
 
3. Charlie Hoult - Conservative
This seems like a tiny point, but you can't get the big things right if you fail the little things, and his opening statement went overtime and he got cut off. I think he knew that a Conservative candidate doesn't win in Newcastle upon Tyne, and phoned in those opening remarks. 
That said, he wasn't bad. I disagree with his politics, but not as much as you'd think. The civil servant said he was pretty far left by Tory standards. He seemed like a competent politician who knew the names of the areas that he'd represent and also knew who ran Nexus. 
I didn't like when he said that the solution to traffic in Newcastle was expanding the A1, because there is a strong body of literature that says building roads does nothing to reduce congestion. I was stupidly happy when John A. said as much.
His most memorable line was "I think you guys are the reason why the North East is great" which honestly I've heard at so many concerts and it sounds just as fake when musicians say it.
 
4. John McCabe - Independent
I went in ready to love this guy. Like. I've contacted all the candidates or their parties, and this was the ONLY GUY who told me about the Hustings. I cannot think of a better or more necessary attribute for a Mayor than "communicates information". All he had to do was be able to string together coherent sentences, and he had my vote.
Coherent is really a subjective term.
Like, points for keeping to your time in the opening statement. But not every question can be a good question, and not every problem can be solved by gathering together a Commission to look at this issue. Commissions are the opposite of ideas.. I'm not impressed that you're not a polician, as you repeatedly mention. I'm voting for Mayor. It's a political office. I want a politican to do it.
That said - he wasn't god-awful, and voting for him would be a protest against Jeremy and Vince, and honestly I can see myself doing it. He seemed smart enough. He can learn on the job.
 
5. Hugh Jackson - UKIP
This guy. THIS GUY. He was the much-needed comic relief. Like, I'd swear he ran for political office because his grandkids won't listen to him talk for 90 seconds without interuppting, but during the Hustings we all had to do that, over and over again. I'm gonna quote some memorable moments.
"We don't want to be too off the wall. Although, having said that ..."
The first question was about what was holding back business in the North East. He said, more or less, lack of Brexit, and then said that he agreed with every other candidate about everything else. He agreed with the other candidates a lot. It didn't make his answers any shorter.
"We also have something called geography."
He explained that unemployment happens because labour is too expensive so people need to find jobs that are not dependent on labour.
This exchange between Hugh and Charlie, which I paraphrase. H: Growing up, my school was full of Jews. Refugees from the war. Later, my landlord was a bus driver, an immigrant. There were communication issues. C: Are you anti-immigrant? H: No, no, not at all, I have four French nephews. Now you've made me lose my train of thought.
He tried to explain how we could fix something - I think congestion in the City Center. The answer started by explaining that things are different now than they were in the 1950s. And that there are only a few ways to fix things. The first is waving a magic wand, but we can't do that. We can't make everyone ride skateboards either. The answer got less coherent from there.
He doesn't have my vote, the internet says he was a terrible enough person that the Conservatives kicked him out in 2008 (https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ukip-north-tyne-mayor-candidate-16073952), but dammit he was a riot.
 
P.S. Manifesto is a GREAT word, and I need to use it more often in regular speech.
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([personal profile] nostalgia Apr. 21st, 2019 07:59 pm)
I've been watching The Invasion, I am at the end of episode three. Bit capture-escape-recapture so far but interesting enough and the characters are good. Suspect Padders was on holiday this week, as no Zoe. Two and Jamie are doing A LOT of clinging, is this the one filmed in a Guiness factory so everyone was off their tits?

I've never got to the end of this one, but that was before I started watching episodically so I should make it this time. The cartoon bits are good, probably the best cartoon bits they've done because IIRC they actually had a budget for this one.

They have yet to reveal who the monsters are, but I think we all know.
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([personal profile] purplecat Apr. 21st, 2019 07:04 pm)
It occurred to me, as I was watching this, that we have a surprising number of Dalek stories left to view. I went and counted and a full quarter of the remaining stories (including this one) are Dalek stories. I guess we'll see if they get spread out or cluster.

At any rate, when viewing The Daleks' Masterplan there was a certain amount of confusion about which Dalek-Chase-Story-Starring-Peter-Purves Tame layman had already seen. I thought it was probably this one. He remembered some of this (so I think I was correct) but he also got confused on several occasions while watching with the other Dalek-Chase-Story-Starring-Peter-Purves.

Famously (for a value of famously that means "among certain Doctor Who fans") Peter Purves, who has a comedy role in one episode of The Chase, so impressed the production team that they brought him back two weeks later to become a companion. I can only think that it was his personality not his performance that impressed them because Morton Dill (from Alabama) is really not a great performance, even if you forgive the fake American accent. Steven Taylor, on the other hand, is pretty watchable from the get go. It is a shame that after the first 5 minutes of the next story his toy panda mascot is never mentioned again, because we became quite attached to it.

The Chase does not have a great reputation and its easy to see why. The format, in which The Daleks pursue the Tardis through time and space encountering the crew in a variety of locations, feels like an attempt to get out of any kind of detailed plotting in favour of a few set pieces. The Daleks, while not as reduced to comedy villains as some fan commentary had led me to expect, are a bit on the comical (utilising several different chants the effect of which is not to make them seem more chilling) and useless side (getting beaten up by a robot Frankenstein at one point). However having gone into this with low expectations I found it perfectly watchable. I'm not as big a fan of Ian and Barbara as many people are, but I do like Vicki, who has a number of nice moments here and who's relationship with the first Doctor is charming and so I was quite happy to watch this Tardis team just having vaguely random short adventures in time and space. Some of the sequences were more forgettable than others but the chase format, while hackneyed, at least kept things moving along.

There is a sequence where the Daleks construct a robot version of the Doctor in order to "infiltrate and kill". We were very interested by the places in which the duplicate was played by William Hartnell and where he was played by Edmund Warwick. This was obviously not determined only by when both characters had to be in shot at the same time, so presumably also depended upon some of the almost "as live" production which meant Hartnell was somewhere else in the studio at that point.

The final two episodes introduce the Mechanoids who, allegedly, were at one point intended as a recurring monster. It was interesting to contrast them with The Daleks. They are clearly more unwieldy, seeming to move more awkwardly around the set. One of the paradoxes of the Daleks is that they work in spite of (or perhaps because of) the sink plunger. The Mechanoids had little arm like things that while less ridiculous in principle, looked a lot sillier in practice. Mostly the Mechanoids served to highlight the mysterious genius of the Dalek design - they did have a very pretty city though.

This is definitely not a story I would recommend trying to view in one sitting, but as a series of 25 minute episodes spread out over a period of time, it is surprisingly entertaining. You have to let it roll over you as slightly mindless entertainment, but it manages not to be dull, has its moments of charm, and is saved by its variety of setting and plot.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 21st, 2019 01:44 pm)
The Hold Steady - One for the Cutters
When there weren't any parties,
She'd park by the quarry, 

Walk into the woods until she came to a clearing 
Where townies would gather and drink until blackout, 
Smoke cigs till they're sick, pack bowls, and then pass out.
Windows wide open to let the hard rock in, 
theirs was a rage that didn't need much convincing. 
The girls gave her glares, but the boys were quite pleasant. 
To be totally honest, they didn't seem much different. 
When there weren't any parties, 
Sometimes she'd party with townies.
Out on the parkways, after the parties, it was always arousing, 
When they'd rev up their engines. 
It's hard to describe, so she kept it a secret. 
The girls that she lived with, they knew nothing about it. 
The night with the fight and the butterfly knife, 
It was the first night she spent with that one guy she liked.
She gave him a ride to some kid's house in Cleveland. 
He stayed there for two weeks. The cops finally found him. 
He didn't seem that different, except for the blood on his jacket. 
He didn't seem that different, except for maybe his haircut. 
He didn't seem much different. 
They didn't seem that different, up until this one little incident. 
They didn't seem much different?
Now, the cops wanna question everyone present. 
They parade every townie in town through the station, 
But no one says nothing, and they can't find the weapon. 
The girl takes the stand, and she swears she was with him
Her father's lawyers do most of the talking.
She's sick of the questions, sick of the concept of justice and fairness. 
Who the hell cares who gets caught in the middle? 
She smokes and she ponders this riddle
When one townie falls in the forest, can anyone hear it? 
When one townie falls...when one townie falls in the forest, does anyone notice?
One drop of blood, an immaculate kiss? 
Mom, do you know where your girl is? 
Sophomore accomplice in a turtleneck sweater... 
Dad, do you know where your kids are? 
Sniffing on crystal in cute little cars, 
Getting nailed against dumpsters, behind townie bars.
It's a cute little town, boutiques and cafes. 
Her friends all seemed nice, she was getting good grades, 
But when she came home for Christmas, 
She just seemed distant and different.
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([personal profile] naraht Apr. 21st, 2019 10:02 am)
I look out into the back garden. There is a rustling in the undergrowth and a little black one-eyed panther appears, trotting towards me. "Mrrah? Mrrahh?"

***

The heated towel rail in the bathroom has been turned off and therefore I'm making the switch from cotton to linen bath towels.

***

This being the UK, spring may be revoked at any moment without notice. Much like Brexit.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Apr. 20th, 2019 11:28 am)
Sunshine, Good Intentions, and Apples

One of my good intentions was to sit down and read the Mueller report. Yes, all 400-plus pages of it. Other folks have done so, and if I can read zoning reports, I can read this. 

Unfortunately, my back started acting up again (or my leg. Or both, consecutively and concurrently). so I spent much of the afternoon lying in bed with a heating pad. I also did some exercises that are supposed to help strength muscles around my sacroiliac joints, so I feel as if I've done the right things by my back. 

I did manage to make one of the larger amounts of applesauce that I've made in my life. It also has plums in it, since I needed to use some up before they went bad. It needed thickening after it was done, but I was able to thicken it up with Bird's Custard (WHAT??!?) and it wound up tasting very nice. Cinnamon., nutmeg, mace ... all the classic additions. 

Almost the best part of making the applesauce was getting to use the apple peeler-slicer-corer that BB and I picked up at a second hand store years ago. I'd never used it before, but the large amount of large apples I had to peel (these days I need to eschew fruit skins, much to my sorrow) convinced me to find the thing and use it. 

And it worked like a charm, a little - or a lot - to my surprise.

And tomorrow? In the morning, the Mueller report, at noon, an Easter brunch with my friends, and in the evening, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. In which, I know, I just know, at least one of my favorite characters is going to bite it. Argh. 
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([personal profile] hollymath Apr. 20th, 2019 09:11 pm)
Today was a good day. I managed to sleep in, get some stuff done that I've been procrastinating on (laundry and essay work, both taking advantage of the nice weather; I hung the laundry outside and bribed myself to look at the essay by letting myself sit in the garden to do it) and then had a date with Stuart.

We determined earlier this week that we wanted to go to the movies or have a picnic or something, go out in the car some place. So he picked me up and he'd come up with a good idea: we went to the viewing park at the airport. It's a big field where you can see planes land, also see a few they have on display. There's also "British people in a field" stuff like ice cream vans and fairground rides for tiny children. It was really busy today, a sunny warm day in the middle of a long weekend. Nice to see kids running around, people admiring the planes. We had ice cream and sat in the sunshine.

And we went back to his place and watched a movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me, which I'd seen but he hadn't because it does look like it should be terrible but luckily he agreed with me that it's great. We laughed so much.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 20th, 2019 07:13 pm)
What albums should I be listening to while I edit manuscripts?

Thanks to the people who've suggested bands for the previous time I asked - I have listened to some of them, but I don't want to answer comments until I've listened to more of the suggestions because I am a COMPLETETIONIST (sometimes) but, yes, very much appreciate the suggestions.

Good working music for me:
Tuung
Metric
The Stars
Death Cab For Cutie
Caravan Palace
Fall Out Boy
Dresden Dolls.
Mother Mother
1989 by Taylor Swift BUT NOT THE NEW ALBUM NO RAPPING

Yes I have a type. Any more ideas for what fits my type? I'm gonna go back to the earlier thread of suggestions too, but I thought I'd ask again.
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([personal profile] purplecat Apr. 20th, 2019 05:46 pm)

A Doctor Who version of one of those grid based logic problems.  I don't really have the enthusiasm to transcribe the clues without knowing someone would really like a transcription, but please feel free to drop a comment if you would like them transcribed.

From Tides of Time Trinity 1991. Credited to Mark Dunn who, I'm fairly sure, won't mind me sharing.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 20th, 2019 04:17 pm)
The captain turns the no smoking sign off
It doesn't matter, we're going down now

Smoke, people
Burn the last one down.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 20th, 2019 03:27 pm)
I take a very, very long time to watch a season of TV. Like, Top Chef season 16 started December 8th, and I am now approaching the end. 

So, what to watch next? I haven't been even sort of caught up on TV since 2012, so I have a lot of shows on the list all vying for my attention. My husband has suggested The Expanse as a possibility for the next Top Spot. It's a coveted position, since by the time I finish whatever I watch next, there's likely to be few hundred more shows on my list. So every time a show misses out on Top Spot, it becomes that much more difficult to get into the position.

A) The Expanse
B) Other??
C) None of the above.
D) All of the above.
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([personal profile] choco_frosh Apr. 20th, 2019 09:33 am)
Me to person on the T:
“Lovely dress! But I have to ask -and please forgive my ignorance - Easter dress, reenactor, or Anime Boston?”
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([personal profile] bunn Apr. 20th, 2019 11:43 am)

Happy Easter!

I have taken about 999 photos of various expeditions I keep meaning to at least mention here but in the meanwhile, I shall just note that my sister has been visiting from Canada, and so yesterday we first went for a Rosie-Led Walk, in which Rosie led us Up and Up until there was no more Up available and then we had great difficulty persuading her to go back down again.  But eventually we got her to go back to the river, which was much cooler and very pleasant, and while we were there, we saw some dippers and a pair of distant but definite kingfishers.

And then in the evening we went out on the river at Wacker Quay, since at long last the sun is not only shining but the wind has dropped too.  Our canoe is not much fun in wind. We paddled up to St Germans, which has a handy little slipway where we were able to swap paddlers over so all three of us got a chance to paddle.  Today my shoulders are a bit tired but it was fun.  Very calm and quiet with huge reflecting hazy skies.

No photos of that because although I did remember my camera, I forgot it didn't have a card in it.  Oh well.  I snapped some pics on my sister's camera, anyway, which is one of those superzooms, though I imagine those will not come to light till she gets home and rummages through them. It was interesting to try out the amazing zoom, though I prefer to have a bit more control over what the camera does, it wasn't easy to work out even how to adjust white balance, since it's designed very much as a point-and-shoot.

Oh, and we saw a fox wandering through a field, from the canoe.

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([personal profile] rmc28 Apr. 20th, 2019 10:37 am)
numbers )

I am noticing that the first running interval each time is almost always uncomfortable, but everything seems to loosen up by the second or third, so I'm trying to make sure I take that first one as gently as possible while still actually running, and trusting that it will get better (and so far it always has). I am definitely reaching the point of actively enjoying most of the running intervals and coming out of the overall exercise with a nice endorphin buzz. Whee.

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([personal profile] white_hart Apr. 19th, 2019 10:51 pm)
I first heard of Amal El-Mohtar when her short story 'Seasons of Glass and Iron' was nominated for the Hugo Awards a couple of years ago (and eventually won). That was the first year I paid attention to the Hugo short fiction nominations (and how I discovered Uncanny magazine, too); I read all of the nominated stories that were freely available online, and El-Mohtar's was by far my favourite, so I went looking to see what else she'd written. The answer turned out to be mostly short stories in anthologies, but there was one single-authored book available on Amazon: The Honey Month.

The Honey Month is a collection of very short stories and poems, themed around a gift of a month's supply of samples of different honeys. Each piece begins with notes on that day's honey - colour, smell, taste - followed by a story or poem inspired by it. El-Mohtar's writing is beautiful: lyrical, sensuous, atmospheric, and several of the pieces in this collection play with familiar fairytale narratives in the way I loved so much in 'Seasons of Glass and Iron'. It's a short book, but utterly delightful and deeply absorbing.
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So apparently, Dreamwidth has been around for ten years. There is an equivalent stats meme that has been going around my reading list. Meanwhile, Livejournal has been around for twenty years this year based on another meme making the rounds. Since I’ve pretty much utterly abandoned my LJ and haven't cross-posted to it since 2017, I won’t be doing that one.

So happy anniversary, Dreamwidth! My anniversary here isn’t until next month.

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Waiting at a bus stop listening to the new Lizzo album which I'm already in love with.

It's so sunny out I don't have any pockets -- I didn't even bring a hoodie with me. I'm waiting at the bus stop to meet [personal profile] diffrentcolours for a drink, after an afternoon in the sunshine eating Japanese food with [personal profile] haggis.

A lot of things are really tough but right now the world feels nice and sounds nice and smells nice and I'm enjoying it. I figured that was worth making a note of.
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([personal profile] notasupervillain Apr. 19th, 2019 03:13 pm)
Post 1 of 2.

I went to the Mayoral Candidate Economic Hustings for the North of Tyne Region, which doesn't cover all of Newcastle and also isn't exclusively North of the Tyne River, because that would make sense and we can't have that.

I'll post in detail about my experience, because I took lots of snarky notes about ridiculous things the candidates did and said, but later because typing long posts on my phone is too much. For now, I'll say that I left with a very definitive candidate-quality ranking, one which was supported by the civil servant sitting next to me. Mind, this isn't a ranking of policy. That ranking will come in my second post. This is purely "how good will you be at the job of being a mayor"?

1. John Appleby - Liberal Democrat
2. Jamie Driscoll - Labour
3. Charlie Hoult - Conservative
4. John McCabe - Independent
5. Hugh Jackson - UKIP

The problem being, of course, that I don't want Vince, Jeremy or Theresa to get the boost of their party doing well in a local election. The civil servant said that he was considering voting for the Independent instead of the Lib Dem, because, well, mayor is kinda a figurehead and John M. seemed to meet the base level of competent. I am in a similar situation, but I decided that I'd give the two top local candidates a chance. Maybe they're better than their parties on the issues that most concern me for each party.

I e-mailed Jamie last week to ask how he had personally worked to combat anti-Semiticsm. I haven't had an answer back but I'll post if I hear back.

After the debate, I cornered John A. I said that he was the candidate who spoke most about diversity, but he had never explicitly mentioned LGBT people and could he tell me where he stood on that?

He said that he wasn't going to just give me assurances, because anyone could do that, but he would give me 3 concrete examples. 

1. When he was Head of Mechanical Engineering, he supported a staff member's transition to female.
2. Something something a lesbian elected in the Anglican Church I don't understand church stuff.
3. He wrote an article on intersex people and faith, and had it published in the Church Newspaper. I found the article, and you can read it here: https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/22-february/comment/opinion/created-by-god-male-and-female

The overall impression I got of him was someone from a different generation who's trying to learn. Like, I wouldn't be impressed if my younger siblings wrote that article or used exactly the words John A. used to describe helping his colleague transition. He's not #Woke. But I'd be delighted if my dad did. I think his intentions are good and he's acting in good faith (no pun intended).

I've learned by now that it's useless to tell people their parties have a problem with an issue, but I told him that his party has a big problem with perception over LGBT issues, and they need to rehabilitate their image. It's the same thing in politician-speak, where perception and reality are the same thing, but that framing doesn't get backs up the same way as calling out the problem itself. He listened, anyway. If nothing more comes of it than one member of the Liberal Democratic party seeing that this issue is still very much alive in his target demographic, I'm happy.
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