Media

Hi, How’s things? All going well I hope. It’s been a busy in-between week this time around. It seemed that the spam filter on the Chameleons’ mail system, had been a little too vigilant, and so messages from our contact form, were not in the inbox. Cue a rush of fiddling with software settings, and then replying to people who’d written in. That now seems to be resolved, and it was this week that an email came in from a journalist. He’s looking to put together some short segments on what it is to be trans, and got in touch with the group. We had the usual Q&A, and then we hit the crunch question: would you or any of […]

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Every kinda wrong. Every kinda right.

Hi, A couple of weekends ago, I was sat reading the news when the Ever Lovely Mrs J asked: ‘have you read that article by Grayson Perry?’ Perhaps my TransRSS was on the blink, as I’d not, so she elaborated. “It’s about What’s Gone Wrong With Men?“ A word to the wise: you might want to read the above first and make your own mind up, before reading my thoughts. _________________________________ Back? Sitting comfortably? My initial thought to Mrs J’s question around What’s Gone Wrong With Men? was Why are you asking me? I’m not exactly in-tune with Joe Normal, but I’ve learned to keep remarks that might accidentally upset or embarrass, to myself. By the way, I mean upset or […]

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Human Interest

Hi, Ah, must focus. I’ve been flitting between browser tabs, putting off just writing. Right…. deep breath, Lynn and go! 🙂 That joke twice Ring, ring, goes my office softphone. Yours Truly > Hello, Richard speaking. Mystery Caller > Hi, [insert salesman name] here. Is that Sarah? YT > No, sorry. I think you’ve got the wrong number – MC > Ah. [pause] Oh. I’ve copied the number down wrong. I thought your were Sarah, Head of Department. YT > No, I’m afraid not, but I could pretend if it helps. MC > [laughter] Only at the weekends, though, eh? You know, a friend of mine… Mystery Caller then embarks on a story about his tall female friend who ran […]

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Beware glass dreams

The other day I stumbled across a German TV programme called Sexchange. In it, they took half a dozen folk – women and men, and made them over as their opposite gender. Unlike some shows, it wasn’t cheesy and didn’t seem played for laughs. Now, I don’t speak German, but YouTube has an automatic subtitling and translation system. On a slight digression, the YouTube system is s a bit Monty Python in places. Perhaps this is as the tech is listening to the audio track and translating on the fly. I guess there are many phrases we use that may not convert well into other languages. I think I saw the subtitle “but that’s not my tennis” at one point. […]

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It doesn’t always rain here

Hi all, I read the other day about a young trans lady, who’d had a disagreement with a journalist. Not so much, white is black, etc, but, perhaps a disappointment in the Trans tropes that were rolled out. Rolled out, on a seemingly all too frequent…umm… well, frequency. 🙂 Struggle. Dysphoria, Being trapped in the wrong body, etc. Doesn’t pretty much everyone struggle at some point? Yeah, we could play the Pain Game, or take the piss with a First World Problems meme, but I won’t. A good mate of mine, who’s not trans as far I know, still struggles with his depression. Through some coincidence, we both seemed to fall under the spell of the Black Dog at the […]

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