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Illuminata

What can I say?  I went in not knowing quite what to expect, and I came away rather delighted & moved by this quirky little film.  Rufus, as always, was a delight to watch as Dominque.  I knew, I just knew his would be the head to pop up from under those hats at the beginning!  I just knew he’d be the cheeky chap in this film.  The rest of the cast were brilliant as well, but as always for me Rufus stole the show!

Oscar Pistorius Jailed for Five Years for the Killing of Reeva Steenkamp

Well, to start out on a somewhat positive note, at least he’s facing time in a prison for his crime.  Instead of community service…

Now, let’s move on to the negative notes.  Five years, ten months with the rest under house arrest if he behaves, is not good enough.  Yes, the Steenkamps may feel that justice has been served - June has come out on record saying as such upon leaving the court - but, a lot of people with an interest in the proceedings feel differently.  Including myself.

I always maintained that he should face prison time for what he did, but I had wanted him to face the maximum sentence available.  Five years is not the maximum.  There was talk of it being ten years, so why did he not receive ten years?  And the fact that he could be out in 10 months is another point.  10 months for the killing of a young woman?  It’s only assumed at the moment, but if he is out in 10 months then there’s a huge problem with the South African justice system.  There, clearly, already is problems, with him receiving 5 years for killing someone. 

And not just anyone; he was in a relationship with Reeva, a renowned South African model & TV personality.  Too many times throughout the course of this trial, she’s been referred to merely as Oscar’s girlfriend.  We seem to forget the victim’s name, but remember their killer’s.  Let’s not allow that happen to Reeva.  Let’s never forget Reeva Steenkamp.

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WHAT IS YOUR SUPERVILLAIN NAME?

The Horrifying Customer. OH GOD NO

THE SOUL CRUSHING CAR ALARM

BOW TO ME! I AM … truth.

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the almighty reblogger. 

Fuck you i’m the whiny little bitch
This is so good !

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Excuse me America, it is I, the Touchy feely bible camp staff…

My parents have gone on a break for a week, and my dad’s left (amongst other items) his wallet behind.  This is why - in the two weeks since booking to go away myself - I’ve been prepping like a mad woman, with a further two weeks before I actually go on my weekend break!  I already have a case sorted & packed with the items I’m taking, a handbag picked out and packed with the travel essentials I need for the journey down to London, and checklists to run through before I leave to make sure I do actually have everything!

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wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.

I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.

So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”

I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.

And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.

Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.

I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”

Confetti.

The fucking confetti.

It barely covered 5% of the image.

Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”

I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”

This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.

So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…

in sociology class we were talking about gender being assigned to objects and one of the male students started saying how forward thinking he is because he buys his daughter sports equipment and “boy toys”. I asked if he’d do the same if he had a son and he said “Of course I’d buy my son sports equipment”. I clarified “No, would you buy him dolls and other toys that are thought of as being for girls”. He turned around and didn’t answer.

Parents will pat themselves on the back for letting their little girls play baseball but a little boy with a Barbie is still considered an affront to society

(via angpent

ooooohhhhhhh, and the horrible moment when you see that you have internalized this toxic bullshit in one thousands sneaky and shitty ways and you don’t even know where to begin from to dismantle the whole fuckery.

Oh my God, don’t get me started on this subject!  Young children should not be subjected to such dogma, they should be allowed to play with whatever toys they want!  They shouldn’t be categorised, they shouldn’t be herded into “straight camps” to make sure they don’t turn out gay!  They’re between two & five years old, they don’t yet understand what it is to be gay! 

Don’t pass your prejudices on to your children, just because you’re homophobic shits!  Let them be children!  Most will grow out of the phase of wanting toys designed for the opposite gender, with time.  But, that doesn’t mean you should panic when they don’t.  It’s just how they were meant to be.  Relax and let your children be individuals without tainting them with your prejudices!

I’m now a Dementia Friend

Because of having to attend a work-related seminar today and the fact that the company I work for is currently supporting Alzheimer’s Society, I am now a Dementia Friend…

I don’t necessarily have to volunteer my time; it just means that I have promised to be more understanding when I’m in a queue whilst someone with Dementia takes a little longer, or when someone in public needs help with something because their dementia is giving them a hard time.  It’s not about devoting all my spare time to sitting in a care home whilst listening to “Doris” trying to remember if “Ann/Jane/Eve/Mary/Michael/Adam” or whoever it was came to visit her the other day.

Anyway, I simply pledged (on the little details card given to me) to wear the badge I was given for free and inform 5 friends of the organisation.  I’ve already informed all of my 40-something Facebook friends, and now I’m informing anyone on here willing to read this.

Although, I believe it’s only open to residents in the UK, but I’m not certain on that.

Steenkamp's cousin tells of moment she learned model shot by Pistorius

Why, in God’s name, is it taking days to sentence this man?  He was charged with Culpable Homicide a month ago, and now they’re taking too long (in my opinion) to sentence him!  Surely, everything that’s coming out now, should have been approached during the trial.  This sentencing hearing is becoming an extension of the trial itself!!

And, for him to walk away with nothing more than community service after shooting dead a young woman, would be a crime against justice itself!  I’ve always maintained that he didn’t murder her, but that he should face prison-time for the crime.  And, the fact that he is now able to have access to his mobile phone whilst in the courtroom is like he’s figuratively laughing in the faces of Reeva’s family.  He should, if he were truly repentant for the death of his girlfriend, sit with his head in his hands - as he had done during the trial - instead of casually using his phone during adjournments in the hearing.  My opinion on Oscar Pistorius is changing; I’m seeing him in a different light now that these images of him during the sentencing are coming out.  He’s almost got a slight confidence about him, having come away with the charge of culpable homicide after the trial, and he’s almost cocksure with the way he’s using his phone in the dock.

He needs to go to prison.

So, HeyYouGuys is reporting that Ewan McGregor is being eyed-up for the lead role in Marvel’s Dr Strange?!  Ewan?  McGregor?  No!  No, no, no, NO!

The casting directors have clearly overlooked the obvious choice here:

Although, it’s also reported that they’re looking for actors in their late 30s to early 40s…so that narrowly rules out Rufus.  And, they could have encroached him already and he’s turned it down, due to how the Avengers & all other Marvel films have taken off & shot the stars to new realms of fame.  We all know that Rufus has a thing about staying out of the limelight, and preferring small independent films (although Hercules wasn’t really a small film by any means) to major blockbusters. 

In any case, Ewan McGregor - for me - is the wrong choice for the role.

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i got angry and made a thing.

Important

As a cashier who deals with this shit every day, it’s nice to see that some people actually care about us.

every time i read posts like these i am impressed by how different cultures are in various countries. you will have to bag your own stuff in every single shop that has a cashier with a conveyer belt, they will only bag your stuff if there is a sales counter (like in a clothing store). there is no such thing as a speed score here, i mean sometimes the cashier even has some small talk with people they know. it’s not the best job here either for various reasons but at least it’s better than elsewhere.

As a cashier of 5 yrs now, I understand a lot of this from experience!

We cashiers might be here to serve you, but we’re not your fucking servants!  We don’t really want to wait whilst you “pop to fetch milk” once we’ve started our transaction with you, only for you to come back with three items plus the milk!  We don’t really want to listen to you moan about your day, and be overlooked like we are only there to listen to your problems!  We have issues of our own, but we’re expected to check them at the door and act like our lives are perfect just for your satisfaction!  We’re not likely to smile on demand, well some of us won’t, so stop asking!  Thank God we don’t have a speed score in the UK (or at least in the shop I work in doesn’t)! 

But, yeah, I rant when I can about life as a cashier…it’s not as easy as it looks!

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