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31 December 2015 @ 10:54 pm
2015, sorted  
Normally, at year's end, I have a lot to say on politics. This year, there is absolutely nothing I can say aside from HOW HAVE WE ALL FOUND OURSELVES SURROUNDED BY SUCH AN ENORMOUS PACK OF TITS?? Honourable exemption for Canada who cleverly voted for someone who is not only a major hottie, but who explained the dominance of women in the cabinet with 'Because it's 2015.' Well played, Canadians.

Moving on. The best things of 2015: Marriage equality in Ireland (well done, chaps! Fingers crossed Australia FINALLY follows you next year, this is getting ridiculous) and the US Supreme Court decision on the same issue. For anyone who doesn't see why it's such an issue, as the daughter of a lesbian I can tell you in great detail of the problems families have when they are not recognised by the state. These laws protect children as well as provide basic fairness for adults.

The Paris Agreement. Years later than it should have been and at the end of yet another year of weather records toppling, but a giant step forwards from the 'it's someone else's problem' that major governments have been trotting out for years. It's a problem for all of us. And if you know a rampant ideologue who insists the science still isn't settled or goes on about a fictitious "pause", then remind them that tens of thousands of people die annually of the pollutants spewed out by coal and oil, so the economic case for renewables is inarguable. Ask Shanghai, Milano and Delhi what price breathable air.

Unity in the face of stupidity. From the strength of Paris in the face of repeated attacks, to the generosity of so many nations across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in welcoming refugees (fail for Australia again), to most Australians managing to get their heads around the link between misogyny and violence against women thanks to the sterling work of Rosie Batty and hundreds of women and men who work in the sector (and yet, Tony Abbott. Sigh.).

I built a garden. It's still a work in progress, but I have pomegranates ripening, ridiculous amounts of tomatoes, fiendish amounts of acanthus, a lemon myrtle that's reaching for the top of the deck roof, bamboo that's gone above it and enough mulberries to make me and a three year old very purple. I'd missed having this much sun, and have been enjoying shading it out with trees and giant grasses in enormous pots. Have yet another magnolia that I am going to put into the small back garden bed (SO MUCH PAVING) once I've dug up the remaining third of the archaelogical mess in there (everything from Edwardian tiles to building rubble found in the first two thirds).

Worst things were mostly death and illness. Far too much of both. I am not a fan. Biology is crap. Too many friends, then thoroughly decent famous people like Sir Terry Pratchett and Malcolm Fraser, and yet Dick Cheney is fine. If you needed any reason to see why people are atheists, you need look no further.

Work was poo. I clearly need to find new work.

I finished writing zero novels. I did finish one fanfic. Probably would have been a better idea to have done the reverse, but what the hell. Currently posting fest so there'll be a link later.

Read many books. I had forgotten how much I enjoy just sitting down and having a read. Watched two films at the cinema. The Martian was the better of them. Walked along the river a lot. Did not threaten Johnny Depp's dogs. Sorry, politics again. That's most of it, really. Cats good, Mr B brill, friends lovely. Front garden soil rock hard.

Here's to a glorious 2016 for everyone. May those who had a good year this year have a better one next, and may those who had a bloody awful one spend all of the next twelve months exclaiming, 'Oh, this is SO much better!'
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Bring forth the tale of dicksbirdsofshore on December 31st, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
I wish you a wonderful 2016! I always love reading your posts even if I don't get a chance to comment as often as I'd like. And gosh, mulberries are incredible - both the taste, and the amount of mess :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Birds! So far 2016 is mild, smells slightly of fireworks, and the humans in this house have tonsilitis, which is particularly cruel for me as I had mine out when I was four. But the odds are very strongly in its favour to be better than 2015! *MWAH!*

(I also accidentally left the champagne in the freezer when we forgot to chill it and then to take it out and drink it for Christmas, so we will be making champagne sorbet tomorrow once the majority that did not become a sweet mess in the freezer as the laws of physics forced out the cork and the slowest freezing liquid thaws, only to then be frozen again, slightly sweeter. Oops. As it was, we've been on iced water for a few days, so no bad.)
connorblondconnorblond on December 31st, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
Not to forget Leonard Nimoy. He will be sorely missed. For way more than just one reason.

Not sure Europe is such a stellar example when it comes to the treatment of refugees. Some countries have done their best, others (yes, I am looking at you, Poland), not so much.

Wishing you a great 2016! Wish I could grow pomegranates - but with the cold winters here it's a no go!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
YES! He was splendid. Worth at least 1000 Cheneys!

Eh, most of Europe has done a lot better than Australia. Mr B and I were saying the other day that the most common emotion around our governments of late has been shame. Which is ironic, because clearly the people in them have none.

And a VERY fine New Year to you, too! Yes, no pomegranates for you, but then, no cherries for me. And I'm yet to succeed with raspberries here, though perhaps if I move to a cooler part of the city next time. They're marginal, but I am told it can be done!
excentric397excentric397 on January 3rd, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
I think that shame things goes for a lot of us here in the United States, as well. The morons have taken over, and one of the few sane voices in office will soon be gone, when Obama's term runs out. Kind of scary, truthfully.
germankittygermankitty on December 31st, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
And to you! may it be filled with Very Good Things!
excentric397excentric397 on December 31st, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
This:

"...thoroughly decent famous people like Sir Terry Pratchett and Malcolm Fraser, and yet Dick Cheney is fine. If you needed any reason to see why people are atheists, you need look no further."

Speaking as an atheist, I couldn't agree more. Happy New Year.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
And a very Happy New Year to you, too.

Ironically, I have a friend who makes an excellent theological case that Cheney is proof of,if not God, then at least Satan ;-)
excentric397excentric397 on January 3rd, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting. Something I read awhile back, and I've forgotten where, got me thinking that maybe Satan is actually the good guy, and we've gotten it wrong all this time. Since I am atheist, though, it really doesn't matter to me. :)
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenzie: Boobies1cmcmck on December 31st, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
Because some of us come with them fitted? :op
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
Tosh, you have magnificent norks, and I would not believe anyone who told me you were acting like a tit ;-P
alisannealisanne on December 31st, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! I am counting the seconds until this one is over.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:17 pm (UTC)
I feel you would be perfectly entitled to ask for a refund on 2015 as it was absolutely not what was ordered. Here's to a 2016 that is brilliant in and of itself and ot just by comparison. BIG HUGS!!
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on January 1st, 2016 08:23 am (UTC)
Happy New Year and all the best in 2016.
Speaking as a Canadian, I am so happy we got rid of the plague known as Harper, but he managed to put a LOT of his cronies in key positions before we kicked him out. Mr Trudeau will have a hell of a time working with that intractable lot.
Fingers crossed for Oz getting marriage equality.
I hope you write a novel next year…I can guarantee you I would buy a novel written by your good self, no matter the subject, as I love your sense of humour:)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
I have about a third of one finished and the remaining 2/3 plotted. Alas, distraction is my middle name, because I keep working on the other two which are longer and harder when I should just be finishing this shorter and easier one. I'll let you know once it is done!

And yes, we have conservative muppets in so many positions that used to be held by professional public servants (who are often highly skilled, especially in treasury and the diplomatic corps) and things are so much crapper than they should be as a result. Bum!

But I hope you have a magnificent year regardless! Maybe all the muppets will retire to small unpopulated islands?
anna_wing on January 1st, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
And so say I! Happy New Year!

The things that really made me happy: The Christia obcordate set seed, and they have sprouted, which is not supposed to happen here. The moonflowers too, which does happen but not always.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:16 pm (UTC)
Great gardening! I hope 2016 is full of blooming goodness in all parts of life!
Jaeenchanted_jae on January 2nd, 2016 03:39 am (UTC)
lole
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's Ruus and Pickles!!!

Himself let us sleep in till 9 on the 1st before he licked Mr B's head for 20 minutes. One day, he is going to make a very fine pair of gloves!
wedjateyewedjateye on January 8th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
Marriage equality in Aus - hopefully this year. I had my 20th anniversary of non-marriage with my female partner in August. I'd allowed myself to get cautiously hopeful in the preceding year or so, that we might be able to get married for the occasion. Our kids are 5, 7 and 9. I'd really like them to be able to have what most families can take for granted - parents who can marry if they wish to. I feel pretty sad that it hasn't happened yet.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 8th, 2016 11:45 am (UTC)
YES!!!!!!!

And on behalf of your kids, I'd like for the children of homosexual parents to have Family Security, to know that, no matter who wins government, their parents' relationship has the same protections under law as heterosexual parents' relationships.

And I'd just really like a country where, if the powers that be don't give you the same rights, you don't have to pay as much tax. Sorry, I meant, we're all equal. But I'd totally take the other.