August 24th, 2012

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Hmm. Confused.

Okay, it's different strokes for different folks, and we can't necessarily expect the system in Norway to work the same as the one in the USA, but...

In 1980, Mark Chapman murdered John Lennon and was given 20 years to life in prison. Yesterday - 32 years later - he was refused parole for the seventh time, on the grounds that his "release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law."

Last year Anders Breivik murdered 77 people and wounded 240 others, and has been given 21 years for that.

Am I alone in thinking that seems a bit of an under-reaction by comparison?
Doctor Who - Time Crash Pair O' Docs

As someone...

...who's vaguely interested in Richard III, I find this story rather interesting. I wonder if they'll have any luck?

Mind you, as anyone who's ever listened to Big Finish's rather excellent drama The Kingmaker will know, Richard's nephews were in fact nieces, they weren't killed, they travelled forward in time to the 1600s and Richard traded places with William Shakespeare, who proceeded to die at the Battle of Bosworth. Obviously, the BBC doesn't do adequate research when writing its stories about Ring Kichard the Thrid.

Mini me


My depression seems to be hitting in. I mean, okay, I've not taken my anti-depressants today, but apart from that I've been keeping up with them nice and regularly lately. My choice of CD for the journey into work this morning wasn't perhaps the best, as it brings back memories of a particularly difficult time of my life. Also, I'd been thinking of Jane* a fair bit this morning, which also didn't help. Been putting some vague thoughts into the possibility of tracking her down and trying to come to some sort of reconciliation thingy. I have those thoughts occasionally.

Also I'm rather worried about a friend of mine who's not replied to any emails for the past couple of years. She was never in the best of health, and I'm a bit concerned for her wellbeing. On the other hand, her website's still live, so presumably that means she (or someone) is paying the web host regularly. So...dunno. A mobile number I had for her is no longer active. I've still got her home number and address. Am petrified about the possibility of 'phoning her (but then am routinely petrified about the idea of 'phoning anybody), but have been giving genuine thought to the possibility of getting into the car and heading down to Thornbury on Sunday or Monday to see if she's okay, and feel quite relaxed about that idea. Admittedly, that could be just because the idea of going anywhere different, even for a few hours, seems Quite A Nice One.

So that's the latest downness. On the other hand, I'm listening to some eps of ISIHAC, which is bringing some pleasant smiles to my face. Also on the bright side, Sarah and I, along with a couple of friends of ours, are going to see this on Saturday. Not looking forward to the late night, admittedly, but even so, it should be fun. And of course, the bank holiday weekend coming up should be a nice opportunity to kick off our shoes and relax. Or do some spring cleaning. Well, summer cleaning. If I don't decide to drive down to Thornbury. o_O

*For newcomers to this LJ, Jane is my ex-wife. We parted acrimoniously, and I've always tended to regard the time she left me as pretty much the root of my depression. Rightly or wrongly.
Doctor Who - You are surrounded by armed

I have decided... do something.

It's something a bit silly (not in a bad way, just in a really spectacularly pointless and possibly reinventing the wheel kind of a way), but what the heck, I'm a bit of a silly kind of a guy, and it'll take my mind off Stuff.

Also, I have seen this and decided that, all things considered, yes, DO WANT. This decision did not take me very long at all, which should not come as any kind of surprise.