When they’ve finished with us

Hi, A few months back I was writing another of those script things I do. Partly to get an idea out of my head and also for the fun of writing. The short version of it is a group of (talking) animals who have a dispute and then they invite wolves in. Now, far be it from me to discriminate against a fictional apex predator 😉 but in fiction, wolves often represent there darker sides of our nature. The idea was around arguing certain discriminatory groups – and there’s enough out there to target anyone who’s a certain race, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality – gravitate towards…. well, human wolves, frankly. A pack who will happily turn on those ‘out group’ […]

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Watching the pennies

Hi, Ah, another long weekend. Reasons to be cheerful eh? That and a night out at Chams as well. I decided to go with an old favourite and also opaques. Partly due to the Wookie Factor, although my leg baldness seems to have remained. Not quite gone, but not quite there either. Hmm, somewhere in the middle as per 🙂 If only I coax it to quit from the ankles upwards as that would make cropped trousers and long skirts in summer easier. Biology eh? 🙂 Where was I? Oh yes, keeping warm. In an attempt to keep the electricity bill low, we’ve turned off our heaters a few weeks back. With the Spring sunshine, I’m reticent to turn them […]

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Letters to trans kids

After seeing this over on Pink News, I thought I’d try my hand a letter. Dear friend, How’s things going? Hopefully well given all that’s going on. If not, well, yeah, life can be tough or a bit pants even. I guess the latter is ‘Old’ language when we’re trying not to say ‘shit’. 🙂 It was decades ago since I was a kid and trans stuff then is not like it is now. The language was limited and wasn’t really ours. Gay rights were still being fought for. Indeed, the parallel between a hostile government trying to stop children from finding out about being gay (hello Section 28), and where we are now with trans teens. The same old […]

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Yes, Prime Suspect

Hi, Do you have one of those weeks where a number of things happen? It’s felt a bit like walking through a wood, where the wildlife is making itself known. I was going to write a bit about the Trans Day of Visibility, but I think my appearance has been somewhat limited over this past two years or so, that I’m not sure I’d be saying anything new. Well, not that that usually stops me. 😉 However, there’s been two developments around trans matters this week that have… irked me. One, perhaps like much in life, leads into the second. This week sees the release of a survey from Galop, an anti-abuse charity, and they report that nearly a third […]

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Change

Hi, This week sees the Scottish Parliament move forward with changes to human rights. Specifically, rights that will improve things for people who are transitioning or who have. Reading the statements made, it seems they wish to make the law match how people are living their lives. As with any change – be it in society, technology, or personally – it, change, seems to run on a curve. One that starts with enthusiasm, and moves through acceptance, uncertainty, dislike, before ending with opposition. I think a key issue can be a binary approach to a complex situation: reducing the options down to do or don’t. Instead, discussion and perhaps compromise might bring a solution that’s suitable to many. The catch […]

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Against the storm

Hi, Okay, Lynn: put your metaphorical big girl pants on and let’s give this a go. I’ve heard it said that a way to break through writer’s block is to just write. Hammer at the keys and just go. I guess staring at the page doesn’t move things along. At the moment, I feel like a person in a small row boat, bobbing slowly along in a foggy sea. Occasionally, cyclopean hulks will drift by, their shadowy wake dwarfing the light and any sense of safety. The pandemic, the war, the campaign of hate, etc. I would say that feels like three out of four on the horseperson Pokémon apocalypse special. If you catch ’em all, you get a free […]

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