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Did Viv and Ian get out of Iceland? I know it must be extraordinary over there, with all the flights being cancelled. I've been scanning my flist to see if they're okay. And there I saw on Moth's page that it is Mellyj's birthday. I hope she had a good day. I used to really like her so much. I hope she's really happy.

I can't believe the Vatican is now blaming sexual molestation of children by priests on homosexuality. How unbelievable is that? It made me pretty angry. Especially as I have to go back to work on Monday and be so very ...Catholic

I'm having trouble getting used to going back to school. I badly do not want to. Really badly. I have so many other things I would really like to do instead. I want to work with autistic children. I want to write and write and write. I want to do more art. I want to sew even. I want to be creative. I want to get out in the environment. Live in the country where it's really quiet and lonely. And I don't want to organise more and more and more stuff I seem to be in charge of. Doing the same thing year after year doesn't interest me, it irritates me. I'm pretty much feeling trapped at the moment. However I have to make the best of it. But my head is in my stories.

And even though I tried really hard not to, I fell in love with Mikael Blomkvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc novels). Aaaargh! I haven't even seen the movie yet. I tried to just read for enjoyment but... *sigh* I can be such a pushover.


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Apr. 17th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I have a tiny little crush on Mikael Blomkvist myself, to be honest.

His biggest flaw as a character might be that he's too good to be true, and really, who would complain? :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
-I have a tiny little crush on Mikael Blomkvist myself, to be honest.
Hee! I'm not alone here *g* Hooray.
And yeah, I wouldn't complain about him either!!
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I've been rather remiss at posting here recently, I'm afraid.
We left Iceland last Friday, almost a week before the great excitement, and I've now been back at work for a week.
Last night, we were at a concert in Birmingham, and today we took Matthew back to University. Christopher came along for the ride. He's back at school now, and has been for a week. His GCSEs (like NCEAs) are looming.
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
Well, I'm so glad you are back safe and sound. Could you have been trapped in Iceland if you'd holidayed a week later?
I hope Chris does well with GCSE. I am sick to death of NCEA already and it's only April...
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, we would have been stuck there if it had blown up a week earlier.
However, from your question I'm not sure you realise how serious this is. Since first thing on Thursday morning, there have been no flights at all in or out of the UK or parts of northern Europe.
From my own colleagues in the office
Two guys wanting to see Real Madrid play...couldn't fly there
Another colleague in Cyprus for his wedding...can't ger home
One person wanting to meet up with his gf in Estonia...can't get there
Someone on a business trip in Amsterdam last week...can't ger back - yes, two hours on a train to Brussels and 2.5 more on Eurostar - but no tickets at all available
Trains London/Glasgow and London/Holyhead madly busy.
And so on...
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
The internet has been not letting me post comments - or maybe it was LJ. Anyway, I have finally managed it!!

I have been worrying about Viv and Ian, and especially about Chris if he is missing any pecial hospital appointments, though he looks very well and I'm sure they have good facilities in Iceland.

I hope you manage to come to terms with going back to school - I remember you agonised over whether you should take the job or not and decided to for what must have seemed very good reasons at the time. So perhaps this is just a bad patch you're going through. I hope the new term re-energises your teaching spirit or whatever!

That blurring of the lines between homosexuality and paedophilia is infuriating, isn't it? Women also abuse children but less often mainly because they are usually physicallly less able to and because they are less often in positions of power. Like any abuse (sexual or not) and rape, it's based on power as well as frustration. It has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality, as we should all very well know by now. The Catholic Church is not alone in its inappropriate 'take' on gays. We have a gay couple as friends in Portugal and an Englishman we know - very C of E - told Colin to be careful never to be alone with either of them. We were stunned into silence by the idiocy of the comment and later felt ashamed we hadn't reacted quickly enough. Stupidity is everywhere, even among those who should be intelligent enough to know better.
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Maybe the Iceland ash was affecting your internet?

Viv and Ian are back safely. Hooray.

The thing that I'm not enjoying is our Principal has a new show pony, a Year 9 integrated programme called Takitoru. I work in it a lot, about six-seven lessons a week, and it's meant to be wonderful but I HATE it! Everyone thinks I'd like it the most, and I should have, but we don't have enough staff for the 60 students (we have two teachers), we don't have a big enough room for us all to meet and work comfortably so we usually have two classrooms with a connecting door, we don't have the technology to support it and the staffing is inconsistent, with one teacher only working in there on a Monday, another on a Tuesday, me all over the place... it really makes me feel very depressed. And because it's our 'show pony' for the year, we HAVE to make it work. I keeping saying drop it, but I'm not allowed to insist. And it's become a joke, 'hey, Jenny liked something in Takitoru today' or 'I made Jenny smile about Takitoru'. Aaaaargh! I went in to work this evening and decided I just needed to find a calm place in my head each hour of the day! To just enjoy things and be satisfied and do well and not complain unduly! And in my head, WRITE!

-That blurring of the lines between homosexuality and paedophilia is infuriating, isn't it?
OMG yes!!!
-Stupidity is everywhere, even among those who should be intelligent enough to know better.
Yeah, like Catholic leaders... *snort*
Apr. 18th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
If it's her show pony she ought to be giving it everything it needs - or putting it out to grass till she has the facilities! That must be dreadfully frustrating for you!

-Stupidity is everywhere, even among those who should be intelligent enough to know better.
Yeah, like Catholic leaders... *snort*

Yes,it's easier to forgive the less well educated for their prejudices, which they imbibe mindlessly from the media; it's harder to accept the same prejudices from people who have presumably been taught how to think for themselves! I have just been watching a TV debate about sexism in industry/employment and the same idiocy occurs; otherwise sensible people think every woman of childbearing age is an employment 'risk'. I know when I was teaching E2L the other teachers were the biggest stumbling block and couldn't/wouldn't understand the basics of language learning. Sometimes, one despairs!
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