Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 10:15 pm
Nobody's posted here for months! If anybody's still reading ... VOTE this Thursday, i.e. tomorrow (assuming you're registered; it's too late now if not).

The Guardian's guide to the practicalities (link courtesy of [personal profile] rydra_wong)

tactical voting guide (of course, you might know better; I disagree with them about Colchester, where I'm far from the only person who will never vote again for the former MP who voted for the Health and Social Care Act 2012).

If you already know who you want to vote for and you're certain they won't win, or that they'll win easily and don't need your vote, vote anyway! On the one hand, several recent elections and referenda prove that nobody knows anything in politics nowadays; on the other, one day electoral reform will be debated in Parliament again and the more egregious the gap between votes and seats is, the more seriously they might take it. If you don't vote, you will be ignored.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 11:56 am
I will be hosting a contributor weekend on 20th Feb, similar to the one that [personal profile] kaberett did before. Details on my journal.
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 06:57 pm
Details over in my journal for the sake of helping me keep track of responses! Everyone welcome, from complete beginner to long-time contributor. We'll be working on pretty much everything, including but not limited to bug characterisation, bug fixing, documentation (user- and developer-facing), and getting the Support Board tidied up. Hope to see some of you then! :-)
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 06:19 pm

I'm curious has anyone moved to the UK from elsewhere? I'm looking to do so but I'm wondering a few things. Mostly should I actually have a visa lined up before I go looking for a job or is it something that I would do later?

I can't actually find this sort of information anywhere.
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 03:14 pm
How many issues have the Greens, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP and Plaid Cymru all in agreement?

Pretty much whoever you voted for, you've probably noticed that our voting system is a big mess. The Electoral Reform Society and Unlock Democracy are running a joint campaign to do something about it, with a petition which is to be handed in on May 18th: Make Seats Match Votes.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 06:28 pm
Ah, if only I could hop into the blue box and post this entry a few weeks ago...

Still, there is hope at the bottom of the Pandorica: is there anyone who's going to the Day of the Doctor screening at the Hackney Picturehouse in London and would like to meet up before the screening? :-)
Sunday, July 21st, 2013 09:37 am
If anyone would like to meet [personal profile] holli, she is coming to London in August and we will be having a fannish dinner on 9th August to celebrate. I'll post more details on my journal nearer the time with the tag "con: london meetup". Is anyone else interested in joining us?
Saturday, July 20th, 2013 10:28 pm
London-centred question!

Which Android app (preferably free, but I'm not ruling out paying for it) would you recommend for bus checking? Next bus at a given stop, bus route, favourite stops, that kind of thing.

I'm fairly new to this "there's an app for that" business, and a bit stressed about phone security. I'm looking for an app that's easy to use, doesn't have too much information overload, ideally no ads.

The TfL website provides all this info, of course, but by the time it loads a page the bus has already come.

Many thanks for any help!
Monday, April 8th, 2013 10:18 pm
You may or may not be tired of hearing about the government's attacks on the NHS, but there might be something you can do.

Going To Work describes the current state of play )

You can ask a member of the Lords to support the motion and safeguard our NHS services, by writing a letter or email to a Peer now, at the TUC's Going to Work website:
Adopt a Peer
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 04:35 pm
Geeky/fannish meetup at my place, 2pm-6pm this Saturday. All welcome, PM me if you don't know the address. Bring yourselves, possibly computers, possibly knitting, possibly extra snacks though I'll also provide a selection of food.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 09:13 pm
Just a reminder - the date changed, so we will be having a meetup next Saturday (8th) at my place, turn up any time from 2pm.
Sunday, August 12th, 2012 06:37 pm
I have not been very organised about this yet, but there will be at least something at my place on Saturday 25th in the morning with [personal profile] marina, and on Saturday 1st Sept in the afternoon with [personal profile] skud. I will get some sort of food/snacks, so a vague idea of numbers would be helpful. PM me if you don't yet have my address.

Edit: 1st is now moved to 8th, due to a clash with another meetup.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 09:05 pm
I've got a couple of visitors at the end of August - [personal profile] marina and [personal profile] skud. Is anyone around and interested in meeting up? I'm wondering about planning a Dreamwidth meetup the weekend after the bank holiday, or possibly the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012 06:48 pm
If you want to spend a few hours chatting about the internet, eating cakes and watching vids, turn up at my place this coming Sunday, 2pm onwards. If you haven't been before, PM me for the address.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 12:52 am
I'm planning to run a meet-up for the LJ community [ profile] northwest_fen in December, and am trying to work out a date for that. People think it's a good idea for me to amalgamate the meet with DW fans from the area, so this is what this post is about.

Can anyone here make a fannish meet in central Manchester? I can provide crash space for a few people if needed. The date isn't finalised yet, so you're welcome to have input! If you have an LJ account, the poll is in the latest post at the aforementioned community, but you'll need to join (and wait for our mod to approve your membership, she's careful about spam). If you'd rather answer this one, please do, but don't respond to both, thanks. :)

Poll #8607 What dates are best for you?
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Once we've settled on a date (that is, if anyone responds, as nobody did to the feeler post in [community profile] manchester!), I'll make a members-only post with that and providing my address and contact details.

Hope to see some of you - thanks!
Monday, November 7th, 2011 12:02 pm
The lifetime ban on blood donation by men who've had sex with men (MSM) is lifted today, though a 12-month deferral period remains. The National Blood Service Donor Health Check online questionnaire has been edited to reflect this.

What they HAVEN'T done is edited it to take into account the bit where it's obviously silly for a woman not to be able to donate blood because she's having sex with an MSM who can (the questionnaire still asks if you are a woman who has in the past 12 months had sex with a man who has ever had sex with another man, and tells you you're ineligible to donate if the answer's "yes").

However, I've just got off the phone with the Blood Service and they confirm that in the situation I describe - a woman having sex with an MSM who is eligible to donate blood - the woman *is also* eligible to donate.

Y'know, just in case this is useful to anyone else. :-)

Yes, I know the social implications of the 12-month deferral are problematic. I'm also painfully aware that I've been using binary-gendered language throughout this post - for which I'm sorry, but the NBS unfortunately does not seem to be entirely competent at trans* people.
Sunday, November 6th, 2011 02:43 pm
Hello, UK! :)

I've just moved to London and I'm looking for a flatmate or two. The ideal flat would be within commuting distance of Shoreditch - 40-45 minutes being a reasonable commute time. Somewhere on the Northern line would be great, or on a bus route and near-ish a bus station.

Please contact me if you're interested, or if you know someone who might be interested.

More details in my journal.
Thursday, August 18th, 2011 12:23 pm
Early warning: 24th September, Stultiloquentia will be visiting the UK, so I will be hosting another tea party meetup thing, around 2pm-6pm. Quinara and such_heights and Nanila will also be there - anyone else want to join us?

It is likely to involve fannishness, knitting, vid-watching, general geekery and much squee. Also cakes, because cakes are delicious. My place is near Clapham Junction, and has one flight of stairs so is not wheelchair-accessible
Thursday, July 7th, 2011 12:05 pm
Just a quick note for anyone who's been boggling at the latest in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. NotW's boss Rupert Murdoch is trying to take over BSkyB and the government wants to let him. 38 Degrees will hand in a petition tomorrow, which you can find at their site: No time to give Murdoch more power.
Friday, July 1st, 2011 01:27 pm
I'm looking for a new flatmate in Brighton. Details in my journal. Please pop by or pass it along if you're interested or know anyone who might be. Thanks!