Tags: sweetness and light

31 Jul 2005, Comments (0)

Reasons to be cheerful

Author: Helen


Despite “We’re all f###ed” #1 and 2, obviously the first of a series, sometimes a ray, or a glimmer (rummaging in cliche repository) of good news or bloggity coolness will penetrate my Seasonal Living-Under-a-Liberal-Government Affective Disorder.

There’s the kids being let out of detention news, , although I’m not sure if the ones in our excised migration zones have been let out, such is the cuteness of our pea-and-thimble masters. And there’s the possibility that Temporary Protection Visas may be for the chop, without which being let out of a detention centre is merely a minor upgrading of hell.

Not that that means we can be relaxed and comfortable about our detention system, not nohow.

And there’s the IRA laying down arms business.. well, for a while anyway, perhaps. (Could some of the people ranting on RWDB threads about muslims in London please pause and have a think about the overwhelming whiteness and racial homogeneity of Ireland? Please?)

And there’s the Western Bulldogs… OK, I know, like I could give a rat’s about anything to do with football. But still, awwwwww…

There’s the most fun you can have sitting down at The Poor Man, where you can piss your pants at the Parchment Paladins. This is one of the coolest things I’ve come across in a long time. You Photoshop gurus can have a go yourselves using the Historic Tale Construction Kit.

Last week’s gig at the Cornish Arms was fun, and there’s another one to come next month at the Empress. Details later.

And saving the best till last– Gummo’s blogging again. I’m not putting you back on the blogroll, Gummo, you were never off it.


OK, that’s enough sweetness and light for now on the Cast Iron Balcony.

16 Apr 2004, Comments (0)

Pollyanna in Iraq

Author: Helen

I haven’t blogged about Iraq for some time, one because of the ongoing renovations, and two, because other people are doing it so much better than I would. I’m not going to start on the escalation of violence in Fallujah and elsewhere. I just want to ask, have we really made a difference for the better in peoples’ daily lives in Iraq?

Since most sensible people dropped the “9/11 connection” idea, the conservative view has been that the Coalition invasion has all been worth it, because we are now giving them democracy and freedom. Sure, we might have made a big mess of it all, but now schools are being re-opened and many Iraqis and expats are saying that everything is much better. (Conversely, if you doubt this at all, you’re labelled pro-Saddam; Rightwing commentators, while being as cunning as all getout, pretend that more than two extreme positions on any topic are impossible.)