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Coming out of the woodwork to give Oxfordshire PCT a slap in the face. Please read!

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 1:30pm 6 Comments

Hey everyone. Sorry I haven't been on recently. I'm still suffering from extreme fatigue, and have to save mental/physical energy in every area of my life. This issue, however, is one that is worth the expenditure.

In brief, a friend of a friend is being treated badly by the Oxfordshire health authorities. She is being refused funding for gender reassignment surgery on the grounds that she apparently doesn't need it enough.

Gender reassignment, in the UK, is mediated… Continue

Delicious Painkillers for Cake

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 3:52am 0 Comments

Have an enormous sense of wellbeing. Sense of being able to operate brain, however, is considerably less enormous. I think I will have a bath and sleep, and come back when I am a bit more cohnerent.

New Music

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 4:25am 1 Comment

Just added my latest composition to this page--unfortunately it sounds a bit tinny, due to being a Midi-to-MP3. It was composed in Sibelius 2 for two lutes and piano, and took me about three days-- I was very tired and could only do a bit at a time.

I am currently trying to reduce it to a piano version so I can play it in person. I will try and get a recording up when I do.

The piece is about one of my former LARP characters (a drug-addled teenage boy who eventually went… Continue

First post! Operations and drugs.

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 3:00am 1 Comment

For want of a better title. I had a general anaesthetic yesterday and thanks to that and the painkillers I feel like I've been raiding Ozzy Osbourne's cocktail cabinet. So my grammar and style are a bit up the creek, but at least my spelling has improved since yesterday's LiveJournal entry (I spelt fatigue "faguite").

At least I'm not as bad as I was in the Recovery Room- apparently I kept asking the staff about their favourite poems and then quoted a stanza of the Rime of the… Continue

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At 11:32pm on May 17, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Cake! I see you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since 2009. Shame to waste such a sense of humor. We have a new group where you might feel more at home. Please consider joining  Hang With Friends , where we can share our stories and laugh, and discuss anything on our minds.
At 9:48pm on March 1, 2009, Martin said…
Re the 2nd part of your comment: being ordained means that I am credentialed by my denomination but more importnaly, recognized by a particular congregation, to serve as a religious leader. The "calling" to serve others that i recognize stems from myself rather than from a deity. I am bound by a code of conduct & professionakl standards. This has been my full time occupation for nearly 7 years
At 9:44pm on March 1, 2009, Martin said…
The ultra orthodox - be they religious or athesist - can at times militatnly insist that their only their definition of religion/being religious is valid, which of course is stuff & nonsense
At 4:44pm on March 1, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
I'm another who likes your nutritional breakdown. Thanks for joining ORIGINS and welcome to Atheist Nexus too.
Terry Meaden (another academic)
At 3:12pm on March 1, 2009, Ian Mason said…
Not a Shakespeare fan! Oh heresy!
My books are in a permanent state of chaos and I haven't been able to force "Gilgamesh" to the suface yet, so I'll have to owe you an answer on that. It's a recent translation as I recall. About 10 years old at the most.
Thanks for saying nice things about the poems. The Brights used "Sisyphus" in their December newsletter last year but that's all as far as publication goes.
Victorians and psychology sounds like a rich field to work in. I remember something about Dickens being annoyed when some editor tried to get him to remove the word "trowsers" from Dombey and Son. To be fair though, I think that what we now see as Victorian repression began as a well-justified attempt to protect women and children from some horrendous exploitation.
I don't know Levy so I'll look her up. I did do some undergrad work on women poets of the 17th century, Aphra Behn, Ann Philips et al. but it wasn't a great success and is best forgotten. An interesting bunch of women though.
At 11:32am on March 1, 2009, Ian Mason said…
I graduated in 1985 (Uni. of Essex) so my formal education is a distant memory. It was at a time when "The Revenger's Tragedy" was still attributed to Tourneur and not Middleton. I still have a love of Shakespeare (there's a group here for that too) and a fondness for the others of that crowd. At the time I studied mostly with left-wing lecturers and, while I considered their approach the best, I couldn't bear the heavy-weight French theory. Eagleton was good enough I thought.
Now I'm what you might call eclectic or perhaps moody. I read anything that feels good at the time, sometimes having great splurges in one direction. Example: I read Gilgamesh a few years ago and then went on to read everything the library had on Summeria and all because Captain Picard had mentioned the epic on a Star Trek episode. The same thing happened after seeing "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?". Off to read Homer, then Herodotus, then.......Get the idea? Newest project is "Finnegan's Wake" but also finding time for Spike Milligan and a poet I didn't know before, Philip Appleman.
And for the past couple of years, writing myself. Plug here for website: link via my page.
What's your M.A. going to be about?
At 7:45am on March 1, 2009, Martin said…
English Unitarians tend to be more "old school" at least by reputation - Darwin, Dickens, Florence Nightengale, Huxley, et al, are classic examples. In the States, the Unitarians & the Universalists merged in the early 1960's,. creating, some say, a hybrid. Modern UUs often do have much in common with "classic" Unitarians. There is no common creed, intuition/conscience is highly prized, as is a skeptical nature -- all these, coupled to a sense of awe towards the universe & a willingness to engage in social justice/societal improvement efforts. In the 19th century, the phrase "salvation by character" gained currency - there was little or no expectation that there would be an afterlife, but the notion persisted that the desired goal for human beings is to strive towards higher states of ethics, compassion & enlightenment
At 3:23am on March 1, 2009, Ian Mason said…
Grey and dreary. It's usually the same as England, just a few days later. How're things there?
At 2:58am on March 1, 2009, Ian Mason said…
Aha! I thought that "good morning" must imply another European. Greetings from an ex Lit. student and welcome to "I Write"
At 10:52am on February 19, 2009, cj the cynic said…
My userpic is a screen shot I took of iTunes' visualizer.

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