when i was a young thing i used to be very politically active. i mean, i still have an opinion, and i still sign petitions and prompt my dear friends on the internet to sign too. i am following the stuff about the nhs and workfare and occupy, but i couldn’t actually go on a march, it’s all i can do to exercise my lazy brown dog.
we evidently have a budget announcement imminent, since people are tweeting about cigarettes and tampons. yes. tampons are taxed as a luxury in the uk.
in the 67 student marches in europe a popular chant was ho ho ho chi minh. fatigued by the earnestness of those around them, the somewhat anarcho madchops situationists used to chant hot hot hot chocolate instead. when i went on marches in the 80’s they were quite often trade union or political group led. so what would happen is that if you couldn’t honestly walk with the wheel tappers and shunters or the socialist worker’s party then you had to walk at the back with the raggle taggle band of anarchists.
having experienced this a few times, and being that i was an art student and a bit of a fan of the situationists and a bit of an anarcho-feminist (whatever that actually was) i liked to chant no tax on tampons, troops out now! because it had a bit of va va voom about it. thinking on it now, you could still use that chant. there’s still a luxury tax on tampons and although ireland is not the hot potato it was in the 80s we certainly have troops abroad bleeding our money and propping up the work of the 1%.
here’s a little ditty i remember from my days as a student in liverpool in the 80s. the butcher’s apron.
so, what else is new? well, i have been ATTEMPTING to get my poor brain around some advanced bloggery. for a kick off, thanks to amy at lucy’sfootball i now have a blogroll.
(lookatit! lookatit! it’s right here on my page, to the right)
if i have failed to mention you on it and you want to be on, let me know.
i had also become a bit fed up of not knowing how to embed tweets, so she kindly told me, and when i actually get around to doing it i will share, i dare say. however, the reason i have not got straight onto it, like i did with the blogroll is that i got sidetracked by storify.
when ken at lahikmajoe took us to berlin on twitter he also posted on storify. now, the way that twitter and other social media works on storify is a WHOLE NEW THINGY THING, YOU GUYS! i didn’t notice it at first, but all the live stuff is still live – so you can reply to or retweet tweets, for instance from a storify story! so then, of course, i got TOTALLY waylaid into trying to work that stuff out. i mean, it’s different from a regular blogging platform in that you don’t get to personalize your blogging with visual themes, but when i read this post from dr no cuts i suppose my cursor just must have landed on a tweet and i realized i could re-tweet it right there and then! the excitement! i can’t tell you. it is not an easy learning curve, and i haven’t posted a story yet, but i will. it seems particularly appropriate for political or current affairs kinds of topics, and is quite a different kind of blogging, and i feel a little sick thinking about how fab it could be.
so, and relax. here’s a picture of a swan i took this morning.
and that’s all for now. ooh, except, perhaps, to say – do check your fire alarms. if you don’t believe it’s important read this cautionary tale from our friend andreas, who might only be alive because of the power of baby’s lungs.