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20 April 2010 @ 12:23 am
Sundry points  
Point the first (the important one)
As per libby_drew  and others on my flist, please take a minute out to follow this link. It tells an angry-making true story of an elderly gay couple who were separated against their wills and one left destitute after the death of his partner because the state chose not to recognise their relationship.

Do you know someone who doesn't believe it's important that gay marriage be allowed? Read them this story.

Do you live in the US and want to do something about the injustice in this case? Write to the papers that are linked from this additional post here.

And if you know any Tea Party activists who are expending an incredible amount of energy making demands about the government respecting the rights of private citizens, point them in the direction of this cause, because this is a genuinely egregious intrusion into the private lives of two Americans. I would love to see them deliver a bit of support for this genuinely conservative cause (because the rights to liberty, property and happiness are actual core American values, as opposed to the rubbish that is put forward as conservatism these days.)

Point the second (the enjoyable one)

I had lunch with oddishly  and treacle_tartlet ! And the Treaclette! And by lunch, I mean iced chocolates and macarons. But it was at the Art Gallery, so it was cultured! oddishly  is trapped in Australia for at least a few more days, thanks to Eyjafjallajokul. She has a place to stay and cities full of people who are happy to keep her, so all is well. However, I am starting to wonder if I ought not have Mr B drive down to the airport and lend our tent to stranded British backpackers. If you have some near you, toss them a tarp! The poor buggers will have spent all their cash long before they were stuck wherever.

Gordon Brown's gone one step better than this, of course, and sent three Royal Navy ships in to pick up stranded Britons. There is talk of using Spain as a hub to fly people into, and then the Royal Navy to pick them up from there. Obviously this is not as dramatic as Dunkirk, really, but it's still a bit exciting. I'm a firm believer in the use of armed forces for civil emergencies, and I must confess that I'm a bit jealous as it would be tremendous fun to go home on an aircraft carrier!

Poor everyone who is trapped, though. I do sympathise very strongly, and am feeling very lucky that my December adventures were comparatively very minor.

Point the third (the recappy one)
More weekend snippets will filter out through the week as I catch up on sleep. Two days later, I am still thinking that James Marsters is just a bloody nice chap. Karl Urban levels of nice. Marsters had a very interesting tack on his fame which was that, like the Grateful Dead, his presence at cons facilitated fans to have a fun experience with each other, meeting people of similar interests and backgrounds and making friends. It was a refreshingly sane approach to the whole idea of American-style celebrity.

As well as sane, he was funny. Someone asked him how he felt doing sex scenes, and he replied: "They yell 'action' and suddenly I'm a prostitute. Getting paid to do something sexual with someone ... there's no way around it. And I'm wearing make-up."

He gave advice: "Guys, if you want lots of kisses from your women, shave. John Barrowman didn't."

And he revealed a little of life on Torchwood: "My girlfriend directed that kiss [with Barrowman], she was sitting right there on a stool, directing. So we'd do a take, and we'd look at her, and she'd be like 'Ooooooh yes! But you need to do another take.' And we'd look at [the actual director] and he'd be nodding along."

I think that Marsters's girlfriend sounds like quite a lot of fun, too.
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on April 19th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
You know, you're absolutely right about showing that case to the 'tea-baggers' as a perfect example of government over reach. The problem is that the bloody people would look you straight in the eye and without missing a beat tell you, "Oh, we didn't mean for those people." Selective rights are the order of the day for those assholes. Tea bagging, in this particular instance, isn't about protecting the rights of the individual. It's about an excuse for formal racism.

And I think James Marstars girlfriends sounds like a hoot. I'd have loved to sit on a stool nearby, wouldn't you?

Edited at 2010-04-19 02:47 pm (UTC)
libby_drew on April 19th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I think that Marsters's girlfriend sounds like quite a lot of fun, too.

That would have been a dream job. I would have had them do it a hundred times.

Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: DarkRedRose/Starrysummerthemostepotente on April 19th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you all are having a fabulous time. Hugs to everyone ♥
auntpurl: QAF bj archauntpurl on April 19th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Me, if I were James Marsters' GF (after 73 takes): oops, we didn't have the camera on! One more, please, boys!
george pushdragonpushdragon on April 19th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Alas, to have missed all the excitement, excellent company and macaroons.

Alas, I'm not there to offer my sofa bed to stranded Brits.

But very glad you all had a fantastic time.

There are no cocktails in Iran. I'm still evaluating whether that negative cancels out the thousands of years of spectacular monuments. Persepolis v pina coladas .....
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on April 19th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Already your last post made me like James for the first time in more than a decade - I used to love him and his character more than I can say, and my only con made me completely fall out of that. I like his jokes and his perception as much as I'd flinched at his pretentious poetry reading back then. I wish I could have enjoyed the TW as much as I should have! And that I'd seen/been there with you (you could have kept the babysitterguy and the kiwi *smile*).
Astaastarael02 on April 19th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I saw a link to that story on twitter; people were trying to bring the story to the attention of keith olbermann and some woman whose name i can't remember. It's absolutely awful and disgusting, I nearly cried at the thought of that poor couple :'(

I think the whole ash thing is quite cool, not being either a stranded holidaymaker or the owner of an airline :) A volcano! I know it's awful, but at the same time: volcano! And the sunsets have been beautiful cos of the ash in the sky! And the carbon in the atmosphere went down by 1% in the first 3 days!! (possibly the global carbon emmissions, not the actual level of carbon, but I think it was. Whichever one though, it's amazing!) I also think it's kind of awesome that ash from one volcano can spread so far and disrupt planes so much. It's nature/the environment on a scale that I never see personally, living in a relatively tiny country :)

I do feel sorry for the people stranded though. There was one guy who tried to bring speedboats over the channel and take people home like at Dunkirk, but the french stopped him after one boatload. Something about being a dangerous rivalry to the ferry companies? Oh, and taxi drivers and charter air companies are making thousands of pounds a go out of this whole thing as well. (there's no authority to ban the charter flights, and they fly below the ash) :)
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on April 20th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've been having much fun lately. :)
Kilian Ruadh: Janeway thinkingms_kilian on April 20th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Were you in Melb? At Supanova? How did I (a) not know this and (b) not see you there?
Hueyphoenixacid on April 20th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I want her job too!
bonfoi: squigglebonfoi on April 20th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Your posts are full of information and education. Thank you for that. My friends and I have done as asked about the poor elderly folks. So asinine to deny something so simple.
It's a Deensedeensey on April 21st, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I love the sound of his girlfriend