Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Letter to the Editor

You have very much interested me.
It will be pleasant for me if you want with me will get acquainted.
It will be very pleasant for me to find the friend or second half through the Internet.
We can exchange photos.
You can write to me the letter on this electronic address
I wait for your answer.

My name is Tanya.

Stereolab, encore 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

But for the slush

You have drawn my attention to a site of acquaintances. I hope, as I shall like you. How I to you in a photo? The truth - pretty? :) But in a life I more nice!!! And as I cheerful, kind, sociable and fluffy! I like to go in for sports, read books, to listen to music. I love winter and summer. I do not love spring and slush. If I have interested you, with pleasure I shall tell about myself more in the following letter. I wait for the answer on

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Still being followed by the teenage FBI

My apologies, gentle reader, I have not been very attentive of late. I have been occupied with the thesis. But I want to assure you that Tove does not have me.

Despite this avowed intent by The Girl with the Moomin Tattoo, I have remained a free man. I am not held captive in a dungeon with Buchanan and other academics called Paul who have offended Dr Dentith. Nor have sundry products of the Acme Corporation been launched against me. My life has remained uneventful in respect of attempts on it.

Quite what grievance she has against me is a mystery to me, but she might at least have spelled my name correctly. And Dr Dentith, being an expert on conspiracy theories, might have advised her that making such announcements in public on the Twitter rather gives the game away.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Death and the Maiden

This bouquet has an enchanted garden look that people are enjoying this summer. It’s about drinking wine under big sweeping trees and being surrounded by beautiful flowers. We’re very organic with our love of nature.
For me, this would be great for if I had a party with friends. If you had a bit of a feast, an old-fashioned pagan sort, and had this on a countertop or on an old wooden table, it would look lovely.
This bouquet symbolises rebirth; it’s a bit theatrical. We change our look with the seasons. We’re a fashion store. There are soft colours, a bit of shabby chic. There is lichen and sticks of wood. The lime green over the skull is dramatic.
I’ve tapped into the minds of people who go hunting. The goat skull is a gift from a girl who works here, whose partner is a hunter. That skull’s at the bottom. At the top there’s a deer skull.
One of the girls here makes jewellery out of skulls. Juliet Moore. She makes necklaces out of bird breast bones. Skulls represent the circle of life; their alternative meaning is knowledge.
You’re learning as you get older and when you’re with someone, the knowledge you have grows with each other.
There’s always a balance with love; with love you’ve got to take the good and the bad. It’s not overly romantic.
I included red rose buds which are true and lovely. They also symbolise secrecy. And there are some full blown roses. Dahlias, which I really love, mean instability. They are next to the skull of knowledge and reflect all the journeys you go through in your relationship.
Ivy is used at a lot of weddings. It symbolises fidelity and marriage. Jasmine is for friendship. There are lots of different varieties but I’ve gone for a general one, a lovely pink one. The orchid is elegant and contrasts with the rawness of the skulls. There’s a frail fineness to them. It’s not necessarily about roses.
I’m married and if I’m given treats of flowers. I like the leftovers at work that didn’t make the bouquet. Maybe two things and a bit of greenery. My husband likes to go out in the garden and sometimes he brings me a treat, like some weeds. But it’s the beauty of nature.

By Manuela Lipsham of Flowers Manuela;  
From How do I love thee?, in which four florists were asked to reinterpret the Valentine's Day bouquet. Sunday magazine, Sunday Star Times

10 February 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Whatever happened to...


Permitting a girl as young as 11 to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge is a form of child abuse, Maxim Institute told a select committee hearing today. 
The provision is contained in Section 37 of the Care of Children Bill. 
Maxim researcher John McNeil told the hearing into the Bill that there is growing evidence worldwide that abortion has significant health risks, at least as great as those which are now being recognised in the case of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).


      A Christchurch Christian journalist has admitted making intimate videos of a student at home and a 5-year-old girl at a church expo. 
John Raymond McNeil, 67, was granted home detention at his Christchurch District Court sentencing, but his internet access will be blocked as part of the sentence. 
He was found with 1000 child-pornography images on his computer, which he had viewed on the internet, and three videos he had made. 
He had admitted three charges of making intimate visual recordings and 40 charges of possessing objectionable publications - images and stories. 

Update: yes, sceptics, John McNeil of Maxim and John McNeil of Challenge Weekly are one and the same; Dave at Big News told us that he had moved from the one to the other, back in 2006.