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And Charles Kennedy has bowed out. His speech is good enough to allow him to retain his dignity, and to give him a chance to influence the future direction of the party.

Now watch as the candidates come out of the woodwork...

The first great poltical story of 2006 has arrived. It could be a good year.
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Now for comics. I've been reading more, and now offer my considered opinion on recent offerings. I don't expect to actually effect peoples reading habits, but I'm bored.

Infinite Crisis: We're up to issue three, and interesting things are finally starting to happen. I'm entirely convinced that we've needed three issues to reach this point, to be honest. There are things that seem almost completely irrelevent that serve only to promote other books, which are obscuring the main story. That and the chances of Ted Kord returning as the Blue Beetle being killed off, I shouldn't be enjoying this anywhere near as much. It looks like it's going to give the DCU a kick up the arse, which can only be a good thing.

X-Factor: An X book that appears to actually have a plot that isn't being made up as it goes along! TO be fair, things have been better in the X universe on the whole since Morrison's New X-Men, but this is the first book since then to really grab me. Building out of the excellent MADROX series, it seems to be the only book to actually be using the Decimation concept to it's benefit, and to actually have characters that are doing something about it. It could still go horrifically wrong, but for now it's one to watch.

X-Men: Deadly Genesis: An interesting book. Ed Brubaker isn't somebody I would have thought of as an X-Men writer, but he's turning in a solid story that may actually live up to it's 'event' billing. Things are advncing nicely, and Trevor Hairsine appears to have learnt how to draw since his days on Cla$$war, so it's nice to look at as well. Probably the best thing about the books at the moment though are the backing stories. I'm curious to see how those progress. On the evidence of this, I'm hoping the rumours about Brubaker taking over as writer on Uncanny X-Men are true.

Off to watch Charles Kennedy now.
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Charles Kennedy is to make statement at 3 o'clock. If he doesn't announce that he's standing down, I'll be amazed. He can't seriously continue as leader anymore.

It's interesting that this seems to be more interesting than the consevative leadership election. It's mainly because there's actual blood this time, instead of a fairly friendly affair where neither man really wanted to insult the other, just to make sure their job was safe if they lost. The knives are out Charles, and that's what we all love politics for. He's discovered that no matter how well you do, you're never far from the scrapheap.

Kennedy has done well, bringing the party to the threshold of being a genuine contender in parliamentry elections, but he can't take them any further. If he's sensible, he'll take the 'for the good of the party route' and stand down, seeming noble and dignified. That would also give him chance to influence that party's next choice of leader.

It's sad to him forced out, but that is the nature of politics. At the fist sign of weakness, the rest of the pack will eat you alive.

Strangely, the closest parallel to this at the moment is Arsene Wenger's situation at Arsenal. There can be no denying how successful he's been, but there seems to be an air of resignation about the fact that he's peaked, and the team are going nowhere fast. The odds on Wenger still being manager when Arsenal move into their new stadium at Ashburton Grove next season look increasingly bleak. Indeed, he looks about one more defeat away from a very ignoble exit.

The greatest skill in public life seems to be knowing when to quit. Thatcher saw the writing on the wall and jumped before she could be pushed. Nixon eventually took the plunge and managed to avoid being completely disgraced. The legacies left behind remained relatively intact, simply because they were never defeated. They both appeared strong, simply because it was their choices to go.

So, goodbye Mr Kennedy. We could, however, see a much stronger Liberal Democrats emerge from this. If they can muster a leader who has an actual policy, unlike the curiously empty David Cameron, they sould finally make the leap.

>>>Regular whining about life and commentry on comics to return at some later date.<<<


Jan. 5th, 2006 02:20 pm
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I have just had my first cup of coffee in six months. I'm hyper as fuck now... Those who know from clubbing, I'm like I am about 3am at the moment.

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I just bought Jenny a Booster Gold action figure. She is very pleased with him, and now hopes for a Blue Beetle figure to accompany him.
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I suppose I should updat ethis, really. Christmas has been good. Very good. I went to shropshire and spent christmas with Jenny's parents, who were very nice. There was much eating, and present giving. I now own a pair of pyjamas, amongst other impressive things. It was fun.

The year is barrelling along to a close, and I've already expressed my somewhat mixed felings on the subject. I'm not making any wild predictions or ludicrous resolutions for the new year. I'm going to try and see a few more people and get out a bit more and I really could stand to lose some more weight, but that's about all I'm planning.

Anyway, I hope everybody had an enjoyable christmas, and that the new year celebrations are enjoyable for all.
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Well.I don't seem to be doing very well at updating this thing of late. It's not such a pity, to be honest. I haven't been to any of the forums that you'd normally find me at either. I've been having a lot less internet escapism and have concentrated on sorting my life out.

I only mention this since it's almost the end of the year, and I feel kind of guilty about not talking to a lot of people, especially people who were so good to me earlier this year. I think I've done the right thing though. I am a hell of a lot happier now.

If somebody had told me I'd be where I am now at the start of the year, I probably would have laughed and told them to stop having such a twisted sense of humour. I wasn't happy, and I didn't think I'd ever be happy again. Part of me didn't want to get better, and that part was what I was paying attention to.

Now, I have my own place to live, along with my wonderful girlfriend ([ profile] jendleberry, for those that are interested.), who I love very, very much. I honestly don't know when everything turned around, but it did. It's a great feeling.

I've achieved a surprising amount this year. I have a new job, and my first comic work was published last month. (I probably should have said a bit more... It's the backing story in Spirit Marked, from Yaoi Press. It's in the manga section of Forbidden Planet. It was a surreal moment when I saw it in there. It hadn't seemed real until that point.) Most important to me this year is probably having met Jenny. It caused a lot of drama and grief at the time, but it was all worth it.

So, this is a year that, stress wise, I could have done without, but overall, I think it's been worth it. I would like next year to be alittle easier going though...
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Megatron now sits atop my TV. Not ust any Megatron. No, he's the original G1 version. He really is quite superb. Best of all, he was given to me for free. This is most pleasing.

All hail Megatron!
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Bastard gas has stopped working. This is obviously not good, being as we now have no heating for the night. So naturally, British Gas aren't available until 8am in the morning. Wonderful.

We now can't wash or cook either. Hurrah!

Send jumpers and electric blankets. And fluffy socks.
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I have not shaved for several months. Fortunately, this is the ideal time of year to do such a thing. While the average man roams the streets with a chilled face, I shall be snug and content. I'd like an electric beard, in an ideal world. One that would warm my face and give off sprks when the unwanted approach me. 'The unwanted' are an ill-defined group that change according to my whims. They are currently the annoying basatrds who can't handle the concept of forward motion.

It's not hard to walk, is it? We learn at a young age, and the idea of moving at a reasonable speed is pretty instinctive. I can only assume that the average person is overly amazed by the existence of things that aren't them. This would explain why the people in Greenwich market feel the need to block the aisles while staring slck-jawed in amazement at the stalls. I mean, stalls? Who would expect those in a market? I overheard someone exclaiming their shock at the existence of shops earlier.

Bastards, the lot of them. The day will come when I will steal their legs. That will teach them to not move promptly.
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Oh yes, I've actually started my NaNo, using the tried and tested method of chaging my mind as to what I actually want to do in the middle of the month. I'm somehwere around the 8000 word mark and we've already had the apocolypse.

I also have two sentinel legs. I was going to buy the crotch earlier but Asda is all the way up Old Kent Road and I can't be arsed carrying £10 in change o there for the change machines. I shall do it tomorrow.

(The fanboy in me is very pleased with Mr Sinister. This is making me want to read X-cutioners song again, though. Which a) I haven't actually got anymore, and b) isn't particularly good. At least I'm resisting the urge to see if Maximum Carnage is as bad as I remember.)

Yes, I'm bored. Dilbert shall now entertain me. Others are welcome to join in this effort as well.
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Dear lord. Why do the fanboys on the newsarama boards feel the need to fill their sig space with their pull lists? I really don't care that most of them appear to be buying the entire Diamond catalogue!

Anyway, since I'm ranting about comics...

Infinit Crisis. I'm still up in the air about this one. There re some good ideas in it, but it's already suffering from the usual big event syndrome. I felt at a disadvantage because I haven't read every book DC have ever published. I'm probably going to see it through though.

Oddly, IC is currently the only monthly comic that I'm buying. That will change when All Star Superman launches this week. I appear to have almost completely switched to trades.

Ho hum. Jenny has gone out. I have beer and have watched the ootball. I will now attempt to read the books I bought earlier. I get the feeling that the drunker I get, the more i'll enjoy Michael Moore.
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Where has that 'My LJ' thing come from?

I have been ill all week. My stomach ahs been in agony and I've been constipated. Not pleasant, I assure you. Consequently I have read lots. God bless the essential Marvel trades. I've overloaded on 70's Marvel horror stories, courtesy of Werewolf by Night and Ghost Rider. Fan-fucking-tastic. I'll sell my soul to Satan for a flaming skull and a motorbike.

I also have my comp copies of my comic from Yaoi Press. It's a bit weird seing my name in print and actually published. I've seen it online and on self published affairs, but it's a bit different like this. It actually looks professional. Which is nice.

(Psst. [ profile] anw, want a copy for your birthday? I haven't much money, so it's the best I can do...)

Right. I suppose I should write some more. My NaNo effort currently stands at a stunning 325 words. I still intend to finish it off at some point this month though. I'll probably write lots tomorrow or something.

Random things:

Mr Wheeler and Mr Watson, pick a weekend when you shall be free. We are free almost every weekend due to our having no lives.

Kurt Busiek's Avengers run is magnificent.

I don't reccomend a course of laxatives.


Back to wathcing Have I Got News For You.
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Time Out has a feature on Slimelight this week. It's hilarious. Go and read it.
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'Blud! Blud! Blud! They're coming for me blud!'

'No mate, no-one's coming for you.'

Man hangs his head in relief, sighing. 'I thought they were here for me this time.'

This is the joy of overheard conversations on the East London Line.

My flatmate is addicted to Most Haunted. I find it weird seeing Yvette Fielding on tv every night...
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Here's something of a rarity these days, me actually updating this thing. I can't seem to be arsed at the moment, to be honest. The whole internet has lost something of its appeal of late.

I'm really not sure what else to say on here. I suppose there should be an apology of sorts for having been out of touch with people. It's nothing personal against any of my friends, I've just needed to get away from everything lately so I could focus on making myself a normal person etc.

Anyway, this is just an 'I aten't dead' type post.

Oh, and [ profile] alasdair, what's te plan for Flogging Molly? And do you and [ profile] anw want to come around for food, wine and trivial pursuit again?
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Yesterday, our bed was soaked by a plumbing accident from one the flats up stairs. Jenny also broke her laptop, and I burnt the dinner. Not bad going. Still, we have a new mattress now, so we can actually sleep in bed tonight. Which will be nice.
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The world has it in for me. I fucked my wrist up opening a bottle of piss yesterday, and wound up bandaged because of it. It got better, but now the bandage is on the other hand. I smashed a glass whil washing up and slshed my fingers. Being allergic to plasters, this was not a good thing...

Star Wars was good. Much better than I expected. Go Vader etc.
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It's zombie night on the SciFi channel! Hurrah! George Romero is busy plugging Land of the Dead. I saw it at Somerset House, and it was fantastic. Zombies are always a good thing.

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I am the trivial pursuit king. All hail me!

it's quite impressive, since we're plying the eighties version. I can't help but think that I have an unfair advantage over jenny since I can actually remember part of the eighties...

Work is ok. I threw lots of frozen piss away today. It's very undemanding.

Bah. Not much else to say. I have become dull, I'm afraid.
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