February 5th, 2006

confused, contemplative, puzzle

My Turn To Witter On The Subject Then...

Following the numerous posts of robhu and naath on the subject, I think I'll post my views.

Before I say anything else, I will just say that I certainly don't agree with the Danish newspaper, but that along with all the discussion of legislating against incitement to racial/religious hatred has got me thinking a lot about it recently.

I remember two occasions a few years ago when Le Penn and Griffin both came and gave talks at the union in Cambridge and the protests that occured at the time amongst the students. At the time my thoughts on the subject were that however much I disagreed with there beliefs, it was there fundamental human right to be able to share these and that instead of protesting against this right those of us who had strong opinions in the other direction had the responsibility to voice these opinions instead.

I think the same applies very much here, I don't believe in censorship. Free speech is all or nothing, you can't have a half-way solution. Society can do some very evil things, if you taking away free speech you put us in danager of preventing people from speaking out against these.

The events surround the twin towers and the tube bombings, etc were clearly horrific. That doesn't however mean we have to be reactionary about them. Bad things happen, they always will, we just have to be careful that the publics desire for something to be done about them leads to a fundamentally wrong thing being done.
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Of Wrists and Watch Straps

So, yesterday I went into Croydon and got a new strap fitted on my watch.

Partially, because the buckle was falling apart on the old leather one, but also partially because it now seemed to be too large for my wrist, even on the smallest hole. The implication here is worrying me.

I wouldn't describe the rest of me as skinny, but my wrists always have been really. I used to scare people at school by being able to wrap my thumb and little finger round them with plenty of room to spare (admittedly that's partially due to my having long fingers).

There have been a number of times on the train into work I've looked at my hand holding onto the bars on the train and just been shocked by how small my wrists are (ie one false move and I might snap my hand off). They can't really be getting any smaller can they?
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