Sunday, 19 January 2020

Nerd Church - Royalty and Racism

(Warning: as you can probably tell from the title, this blogpost discusses racism throughout)

I don't give a damn, one way or t'other, about the Royal family.

I mean that. I don't wish them any harm, but if they all abdicated tomorrow that would be fine by me.

As a good little Welsh girl, I both reject monarchy from a Socialist standpoint, and because I still don't forgive them for the conquest of my country, and the slaughter of our own Royals.

(...I know it was centuries ago - Welsh people can hold a grudge, ok? And the oppression by the English never really let up)

Prince Harry (right) arm-in-arm with Meghan, who's wearing a beige hat
Mark Jones/Wikimedia Commons

They can do what they like as far as I'm concerned - be royal, don't be royal, work at Tesco's, have your own business, whatever! long as they don't cost us any more than they do now, I really don't care.

Good luck to 'em, even. They need to do what they can to be happy. And it looks like Harry and Meghan are gonna do just that.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday Fics Fix - Undead, Not Unreasonable

'There is a key scraping the inside of the lock, and the door was swinging open, the monster standing inside of the doorway, blocking any other view. He is smiling, his horrible fangs fully shown, in the flickering candlelight of the room.'

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The established king of vampires is, and always will be, Dracula.

Since 1897, it's been adapted time and again, becoming the fundamental core of vampire fiction and media.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - Think You're So Criminal

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It's Thursday, we've nearly reached the end of another week - let's enjoy some comics-y goodness! 

And this week is full of villains and anti-heroes for your nerdy perusal!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Micropoetry - December 2019

I wrote two pieces of Micropoetry in December.

They're quite different, but I actually quite like them!

As always, for those using screen-readers, the poetry can be found in the alt-text with / marks showing line breaks.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Nerd Church - The Iran Plane Crash

(Warning: this post discusses plane crashes, missile attacks, war, and media racial bias)

A plane falls. And 176 people are lost.

These people are caught in the crossfire of a situation far beyond their control.

single candle in the darkness

Iran has blood on its hands. The USA has blood on its hands.

To absolve either of guilt here would be reckless and inaccurate - neither are completely guilty, but neither are completely innocent.

When a country decides it can be judge, jury, and executioner to a foreign official on 3rd party soil, they cannot avoid the repercussions.

When a country decides it needs revenge, and acts on that, killing innocent people in the process, they cannot avoid the repercussions.

The consequences, the blame, the responsibility, belongs to both.

And thanks to both, 176 innocent people are dead.

And I don't know why the British press have spent so little time showing us their pictures, telling us their names

- but I can't help but think that if it had been, for example, 57 White Canadians, that their pictures would be plastered everywhere.

It's an uncomfortable thought. It's not pleasant to admit. But I think there might be some truth in it.

Like 'Missing White Woman Syndrome' the media has a script in any given situation.

That script, or media bias, will favour White people over People of Colour - over Asian people. Almost every time.

But the people on-board that plane were not worth any less than their White counterparts, or than their non-Muslim counterparts.

If you want to see the full list of names, then it's available on this Ukrainian website - if you know of any Western website with the full list, please let me know, and I'll link that too.

...And this BBC article has more information about many of the victims, with a focus on the Canadians who died.

Some things are senselessly brutal. This is one of those things. But those people mattered.

The world is cruel, but beautiful. Take care, darling nerdlets.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Friday Fics Fix - Harry Potter Fics With Transgender Main Characters

(Warning: this post discusses Transphobia throughout)

Oh God, J K Rowling. *sighs*

I know a lot of people gave up on her before now, but the latest transphobia from Ms Rowling seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back* for most people.

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*Do people use that phrase outside the UK? I don't know. 

...I feel like it can't have originated here, cos we don't have camels... weird.

If you have no idea what I meant, then please just rest assured that no camels were hurt in the making of this blogpost!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - Do the People Whisper 'Bout You On the Train Like Me?

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New Year means a new graphic for Comics Wrap-Up!

What do you think - honestly? Is it ok?

Regardless, it's Thursday, dearest nerdlets. And Thursday means comics-y goodness!