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First colour set I'm really proud of! yay! so getting that overpriced lomography film again, the results are yum.

This may be one of my favourite photo's I've ever taken, snapped in a moment whilst bored and waiting for the train.

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Jstor lols

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I searched for 'iron age religion levant text' on jstor and this was one of the results:

'An Iron Age Hermaphrodite Centaur from Tel Beer Sheba, Israel An Iron Age Hermaphrodite Centaur from Tel Beer Sheba, Israel'

Not read it, but I am temped. I don't think it's related much to my essay topic, but hermaphrodite centaur, win!

Now back to work...

if only I'd seen this before, I could have done an essay on hermaphrodite centaurs. meh.

So angry

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I expect everyone has heard via facebook, but the uni is trying to get through motions etc to close down the Philosophy, Politics and some other depts (latin american studies I think) .

Because of 'poor results'. This is WANK. If the dpets are perfoming badly (and no one's sure if they are cos league tables/rae things usually only look at things from such a narrow perspective anyway) axing them is not the way to go.

This will be disatrous for the uni as a whole, especially the arts side of things. Having a uni that does subjects like History with no politics dept, and classics and literrature etc with no philopshy dept is crazy!

I pondered on this inter-action of subjects and multi disciplinary approach when I handed in two philosophy books I'd used for an Egyptology essay today.

I also want to do an MA in the Philosophy dept and if this closes i will most likely be forced to go elsewhere,m a prospect which is amazingly impractical atm. ESPECIALLY as the university harps on about 'widening particiaption' for local people and those who don't normally get the chance to go to uni and especially for a city with a past (and present) rich politics and artistic thought. If i couldn't study at Liverpool , I wouldn't be in uni at all. becuase of my health and all kinds it's not practical for me to move elsewhere, esp as I'll prolly need to do an MA part time. So much for the uni giving back to local people and wanting to involve us! The people who are gonna be hit by this the most are local people, people who can't go to uni elsewhere. The very people the uni says it's trying to attract.

It's also such a kick in the teeth after 2008. 2008 was amazing but it only started to set things in motion, things are improving all the time and growing everyday in the cultural life of the city, and for the uni to axe such department is stupid and detrimental to the image of both the uni and the city as a whole. Liverpool has shown that you can take something 'failing' and turn it around, god just in the last 5 years I've seen how much the city has improved. Everyone thought were a fucking joke 10 years ago now we're a world renknowed captial of culture, and you know how we got there? people sticking by us when were down, helping us. Not telling us we were 'failing' and axing us.

= If department s are fialing the uni should be helping them, addresing what's going wrong and trying to rectify it, not shutting them down becuase it might make their stupid league table results 'look bad'.
It's just another fucking kick in the teeth for Liverpool, and you know what? We wont take it. We never take anything lying down here and we're not gonna take this!
You don't fuck with scousers and get away with it!

I really want to do the art aesthetics and cultural institutions MA becuase it offers a chance to work in the city, in galleries and museums that are part of this city;s culture, that really offer the people of the city something. I love this city and I want to work here, I want to give something back, I want to interact with the city and it's culture and it;s people. The uni doing this means I might have to fuck off to London, or god forbid, Manchester to do a similar MA.

To have a 'world class' university without such important departments as philosophy and politics is just laughable. To have a city that has been European captial of culture, an event that has has such a beneficial effect on the city in so many ways, without the oldest uni in the city and the one with the 'best' reputation, is diabolical.

It's bad news for the general devaluing of the arts as they don't make as much cold hard cash as science too. Plus the way they have snuck this in without notifying students and staff etc is just utter wank, and shows how much they value us.

*head desk*

so yeh protesting outside victoria gallery half 1 on wed and off to meet the philosophy in pubs (the fact we have a vibrant group of local people with a philosophy group says something right?) folks tomorrow at the blueocoat to rant to the telly people.

I am so angry. Emailed MP. (twice in one week, bloody hell!)

Liverpool, you suck

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screenshot after I put in my postcode:

so shame on you:
Louise Ellman MP
Maria Eagle MP
Jane Kennedy MP
Robert Wearing MP
Peter Kilfoyle MP


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go change your face book/lj/twitter/whatever pic!

Writer's Block: More Island Time

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You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

First question listed was submitted by mika_uriah. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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Only five? Hmm this is far too tricky! I'd need at least 500 books for a desert island methinks! anyway:

A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Sonnets - William Shakespeare
Nausea - Jean Paul Sartre

Feb. 1st, 2009

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Ode on Melancholy

NO, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolf's bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss'd
By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow's mysteries;
For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.

She dwells with Beauty--Beauty that must die;
And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,
Turning to Poison while the bee-mouth sips:
Ay, in the very temple of delight
Veil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine;
His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,
And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

John Keats


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I'm actually quite emotional...


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I'm going to get wraped up warm and take pictures!

also bank; it' very nie of you to be concerned about possible fraudulent activity on my account by spending 15 mins on hold to abysmal music to find out it's all stupid crap I bought non fraudulently is a bit of a nuisance.

I hate this feeling

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I feel like a fly hitting a window and I don't know what to do.