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mg641/4528/candy.gif><tr><td><font size="6"><b>CANDY CANE</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b>NORMAL PLAID</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background= border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><td><table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b>SPARKLE PLAID</b></font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b>SNOWWWWW</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b>SNOWSTORM</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b> Rainbow stars!</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6" font color="white"><b>Black spazz! </b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b>Rainbow hearts!</b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b> Rainbow background </b></font></td></tr></table>

<table background=><tr><td><font size="6"><b> Music!</b></font></td></tr></table>

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This is what happens when someone sherlocks with me and tells me "You should write an essay on this". Once a literature student, always a literature student. I don't care if nobody reads it, it sure felt good to get it out of my system. It also proves I can write in an academic style about something I like, which is rather surprising :) And I didn't even mention the queer subtext.

Procrastinating? Moi? Well I never. And also, it's not fic, but at least I'm writing, and writing is always good.

Dr John H Watson - A Study in Appreciation )

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... or maybe I'm just procrastinating. In any case, have a postcard! Based on that Keep Calm and Carry On idea and [profile] niannarashi's amazing text icons.

Speaking of postcards, who wants a Christmas/holiday card? Please drop me a line over there. I don't have any addresses for any of you any more because I moved house so many times in the last two years and stuff kinda got lost in transit.

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I tried to do clothes shopping today. Unfortunately, my body hates me and has most definitely gone up not one but two dress sizes since April, and I don't really have money anyway, so it was more of a "photo shop" trip.

And yeah, I was on the lookout for Watson style because someone made a post about it the other day over at sherlockbbc, and I like that kind of stuff anyway (hooray for flannel shirts and check patterns, and hooray for shops cottoning on to the idea that this is something marketable to women).

Anyhoo, I ran into a, shall we say, interesting piece of clothing on my trip. Flist, please look at this and tell me the shops haven't also cottoned on to the idea of John Watson fangirls. Because I happen to think that only someone who is in love with John's signature jumper would buy this thing. And I will suspect any woman I see wearing this this winter of being a fangirl.

Yes, it is a light grey cable knit miniskirt. And yes, this is totally a valid post dammit.

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Written for [ profile] sherlockfanbook

Dear Mr. Cumberbatch,

I suppose the phrase I am looking for is "thank you".

Thanks for portraying a character that I have loved very dearly since I was twelve in such a stunning and perfect way.

this goes on for a bit )
Kind regards,

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Fandom is crap sometimes.

That link goes to the blog of James Moran, who helped plot everything that happened on Torchwood this week. Go read it my lovelies, and ask yourselves what we as fans are capable of doing to these people that are behind the shows we love. We can support them and make them feel good, but we also have the power to completely crush their spirits and their faith in us. Wow.

I feel seriously ashamed right now. I mean, WHAT THE HELL prompts these people to do stuff like that? Why the hell do they feel so entitled?

Gah, I think I need to take a break for a couple of days, this is so ridiculous.
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[ profile] morelindo is blacked out. Stand up against "Guilt Upon Accusation" for New Zealand.
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OK, let's keep this short and sweet:

It's 2008 and ARV medication is more advanced than ever, but that doesn't mean we can forget about HIV and AIDS.

I'm wearing a red ribbon today - it's the least I can do.
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Stealing the words from [ profile] juno_magic because I have no better ones.

If you can vote, please do!
If not for yourself, then for all those in the world whose lives are affected by American politics and who cannot vote in this election.

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Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage/relationship, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

To my Cali friends- NO ON 8!

(there's also group for this on facebook)
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... something I found on our university's LGBT society website which fit in rather nicely with one of the stories I'm struggling with at the moment.

When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.

By one Leonard P. Matlovich, 1988
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Banned Books Week starts today, and runs until October 4. Because it's such an important thing, I have decided not to hide it under a cut, even though the entry is longish.

What is it all about?

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 420 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. According to Judith F. Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the number of challenges reflects only incidents reported, and for each reported, four or five remain unreported.

If you have ever watched Donnie Darko, you have an idea of the implications of this.

Why should I care? I don't even live in the US.

Banning books is a form of censorship. It limits free access to information and the freedom of speech. Thereby, it limits the expression of opinions that are not the banner's, and also potentially the formation of opinions. If you're only ever allowed to read books that express a certain view of the world, you might not be aware that there are others, so forming an opinion and expressing it become more difficult.

Banning books is dangerous because if done in one country, say, the US, and found to be a good thing, other countries might imitate it and before we know, there will be books people don't even know exist because they're banned everywhere.

The world is paranoid these days, and threats to intellectual freedom lurk around every corner. You don't have to go far to see them. For instance, I live in England, a free and democratic country, and am a librarian in training. Earlier this year, a Nottingham University library worker and the student he was helping got arrested and threatened with deportation because they had downloaded an Al Qaeda training manual from a public US government website. As a result, a new guidance for libraries was published, encouraging them not to stock "material that might be useful for terrorists." Some of the unwanted side effects here, and also, more info about Clause 28 since it's mentioned in the article.

Do not take free access to information for granted, and be aware of the threats to it. If you are a reader, a writer, a library user, a library worker, a parent, or a student, you should care about books getting banned and access to information being restricted. No matter where you are.

The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) "TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) "The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Off the list this year, are two books by author Toni Morrison. "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved," both challenged for sexual content and offensive language.

The most frequently challenged authors of 2007

1) Robert Cormier
2) Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3) Mark Twain
4) Toni Morrison
5) Philip Pullman
6) Kevin Henkes
7) Lois Lowry
8) Chris Crutcher
9) Lauren Myracle
10) Joann Sfar

Show that you care.
Pick up a banned book.
Snatch an icon from (attention, pimpage) my wonderful LJ friend [ profile] juno_magic's BBW post and use it as a default icon for the week.
Spread the word.

Be aware.


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