Can I Have an Extension?

Australia was mostly hot. Also sometimes rainy. I have a diary of notes to transcribe at some point! (Oh ho…like with Ireland, you ask… well, Ireland is mostly typed up, actually – it just needs to gone over and posted. So, yep, this will only take a year or so šŸ˜› [I don’t delay things on purpose! Procrastination and I are just really close buddies. I have a list. It’s okay. It still has Sherlock Season 3 on it, but it’s okay.])

Anyway, I just spent a lovely long weekend on Waiheke Island, going to different beaches and doing the annual sculpture trail. With my mum. It was fun!!

For the next week or so, I will be going camping with her, up in Northland, which I am really looking forward to as well. Then it will be back to confirming my Studylink applications and rushing around to find Uni textbooks and packing, so that I’m ready to move to my residence hall, and the new city which will be my home for the next 4 years.

Thus I’ll most likely be on hiatus for a while longer, but I’m sure I’ll try to fit something in during that time.

I hope everyone’s holidays are going just as well as mine (minus all of my mishaps. I wouldn’t wish those on anybody)!!! And may your February be a good one.
_Let’s call me Lily

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I’m Home!

HOME!!!!!!!!

 

And I did keep a journal sort of thing, although it’s only half finished, as sometimes I had no internet and at other times I just wrote the bones and still need to flesh the day out. I think I will go ahead and put it up; I’ll queue it so each day is posted on the day, when I’m done with it all (if any of you were vaguely interested in reading what are most likely going to be pessimistic whinges).

Now it’s back to school, and work, and worrying about the future, and exams. And karate, which I haven’t done for a month (I am so out of shape …)

– Let’s call me Lily

Add Your Voice to 86,104 Others

Prime Minister John Key: bust the ā€œRoast Bustersā€ and show you take sexual violence seriously

This is one of the responses that New Zealanders have made towards the ‘roast busters’ feature on the news recently, which I first talked about here. The fact that there has to be a petition is a terrible thing in itself, because it shows just how lacklustre efforts to stop this type of invasion of privacy and the rape-acceptance mindset that society seems to have gained due to the apparent desensitisation to horrific crimes.

I have seen a few responses that are along the lines of “I don’t think they’ve done anything wrong, and I’m annoyed we’re going to have new censorship laws because some girls made bad choices to get some liquor and a cigarette” and a lot of people seem to consider what happened as consensual, not rape. There are Facebook communities supporting the ‘roast busters’ actions.

I’m going to re-iterate what I said earlier: implied consent, imagined consent, expected consent, forced consent and consent when under the influence of drugs/alcohol are NOT INFORMED CONSENT, and should not be regarded as explicit or informed consent. They should not be acted on. Ever. Add to that the horrible breaches of privacy that those ‘roast busters’ have made by posting images and videos on social network site, alongside names and personal details? What they have done is illegal, immoral, and cruel.

So, I urge you to sign this petition, or others like it, and help to put a stop to the miscarriage of justice that is happening as the government doesn’t act on the information that they have been given.

– Let’s call me Lily

The Global Citizenship Concert

On Sunday the 7th of August, I was lucky enough to got to the Global Citizenship Concert held at the Auckland City Hall.Ā  A group from my school Human Rights Activists group had won some tickets to the concert by entering in a competition, and I reaped the benefits as an extra ticket was kindly given to me by one of the girls.All you have to do is sign up to become a Global Citizen and then earn some points so that you can be in to win tickets for the various concerts that are held throughout the world. These are awesome events that always have amazing artists donating their time: groups such as Black Sabbath, The Foo Fighters, The Dixie Chicks, Bruno Mars, and more, and are globally held, so almost anyone can attend one! By working with leading NGOs, World Vision, VSA, ChildFund, Oxfam, UNICEF, TEAR Fund and the P3 Foundation events will unite a generationā€™s call for justice and bring together a community of like-minded people.

This unique opportunity was a concert run by the Global Poverty Project, and all the amazing New Zealand artists who performed did so for FREE. In between acts were some inspirational speakers, ranging from 12-year-old Hannah, who was taking part in the Live Below The Line campaign supported by the TEAR Fund, to the CEO of the Global Poverty project, who flew in from New York to talk to the audience about extreme poverty and how his project was working to combat it. The full line-up consisted of Tiki Taane, Anika Moa (whose music I love, and who turned out to be a great entertainer, too!), Jamie McDell, Seth Haapu, Ahoribuzz, Maitreya, Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and the Auckland Gospel Choir, many of whom wrote a song especially for the concert, which were performed live for the first time ever at the Global Citizen Concert. They were asked to sing the words they thought people needed to hear, the words that moved them, the words that could become a soundtrack to the worldwide movement to end extreme poverty within a generation.

A couple of my teachers also attended, and were spotted next to the World Vision stand, which us girls surrounded for an opportunity to have a go at measuring their arms with the extreme poverty armband (all were deemed healthy – obviously malnourishment isn’t a problem for those of us who tend to regard hot chips as a trendy breakfast). A great time was had by all, even though some feet were a bit sore by the end of the night!

ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZEN

Global Citizen is a tool to amplify and unite a generationā€™s call for justice. Itā€™s a place for you to learn, and act, to bring an end to extreme poverty.

Global Citizens know that a world that deprives 1.3 billion people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust and unacceptable. We celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognise more still needs to be done. We know that people living in extreme poverty are working hard themselves, and that we need to learn and take action to change the rules that trap them in broken systems.

We use Global Citizen to learn more about issues, so we can take effective action for change and find opportunities to support campaigns and organisations creating sustainable change. Right now Global Citizen is in launch phase, but in coming weeks and months it will feature new issues, with the latest information and action opportunities, so you can take effective action for change.

Every person has a part to play in writing the story of the end of extreme poverty. Become a Global Citizen, and start your journey here, today.

And…Passed!

Today, the Marriage Amendment Bill became legal, to the happiness of many and the opposition of others. New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings took place this morning, starting as early as half past midnight, after the nation became the first in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Approximately 83 couples are getting married today, with many in exotic locations such as on an aeroplane! Famous NZ lesbian singer Anika Moa will be singing for the country’s first same-sex wedding in the air. Lynley Bendall and Ally WanikauĀ will be married onboard a special Air New Zealand flight.

TVNZ reported back on thoughts of the nation, showing that many prominent New Zealanders still continue to oppose the change, but also highlighting Louisa Wall’s feelings of triumph and excitement that her bill allows “All the theory of Parliament…to [come to] fruition today and we can put in practise the fact that any two people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity can get a marriage license and so that’s what we are going to be celebrating today.” Radio stations have also included themselves in the fun, reporting on the many opinions of gay marriage that the Bill has encouraged, as well as telling listeners all about the first same-sex marriages throughout the day.

Additionally, Tourism New Zealand has been rumoured to start advertising NZ as ‘the place’ to get married, and almost 1,000 Australians are planning to cross the ditch to get married.

You can visit this site to get an as-it-happened full account

A New Doctor: The Big Reveal

On Friday, I was told by excited peers that the 12th Doctor would be announced at 6AM on Monday the 5th August, New Zealand time. I was very excited, slightly apprehensive, and then…

After a very busy weekend of mowing lawns and studying for physics and working and going to a concert, I promptly forgot! [shock, horror!] This morning, it was all my Whovian friends were talking about, and I soon found out that he had been on Torchwood, he was the older one out of the two possibilities, apparently he was the “less hot” one, that he had also been in Doctor Who before, briefly, in The Fires Of Pompei, and that he was a male, white Scottish person of 55 years of age.

The 12th Doctor is…

The new Doctor in disguise...as a Roman! (in The Fires of Pompei)

The new Doctor in disguise…as a Roman! ( he played Caecilius in The Fires of Pompei)

That’s right, PETER CAPALDI!

The much-anticipated announcement was made on Sunday during a live presentation, “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” on BBC America and BBC One, for those privileged people who don’t live at the end of the world. It is written in the Chicago Tribune that “A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made“, apparently “wrecking havoc on Twitter

Thus, Scott Johnson, who reported on August 1st of the rumour of Peter Capaldi, can now say “I told you so!” šŸ˜›

You can take a look at Moffat discussing the New Doctor before he was chosen, and then compare it to Peter Capadli, to see if the descriptions match up.

You can also read this liveblog of someone lucky enough to watch the whole debacle here. And of course the official BBC announcement, which includes Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Armando Lacunni’s opinions on the matter

All I can think of right now, and this is slightly off-hat, is that he looks a bit like Hugh Laurie in some of his photos!

Cheers, Steven Moffat! While I’m slightly disappointed that the Doctor isn’t a random actor who no one has ever heard of, I hope that the new Doctor while be as AMAZING an actor as he is described as – good luck, and put your right foot forward!

– Let’s call me Lily

Comic Con From A Distance

Unfortunately, I don’t have ready access to a plane and a couple of grand, so I was not in San Diego for the comic con that tumblr fandom communities have been raving over (I heard this from my friends. I have not yet succumbed to the lure of gifs, reasoning that I would most likely embarrassĀ  myself and spend hours and hours and never get anything done even more so than now).

However, my above friends told me about that handy website hypable, which had links to live blogs and summaries and such, and so I got a vicarious view into some of the goings on – yay!

So, asĀ  result, I’ve seen the Marvel Panel (minus all the cool clips they saw, which aren’t allowed to be released) discuss Avengers 2 and Captain America 2 and The Guardians of the Galaxy (which I know nothing about) for an hour. I watched as Tom Hiddleston commandeered fans as Loki and turned them into a frenzied army, and I grinned in empathy as Karen Gillan (a.k.a. Amy Pond in Doctor Who) revealed her shiny bald head. I kinda wished that when I was bald, I’d worn wigs. Then I could throw them at my adoring crows and later ask for them back šŸ™‚

So that was an hour of slightly confused fun!

I also found out what the real names of the movies are in a recap:

  • Captain America: Bewitcher of Souls
  • The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, in which the main antagonist for the film is Ultron (surprisingly!). Ultron is a criminally insane rogue sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity.

Then, onto the BBC Sherlock fandom, where I discovered the top 10 things learnt, which included the fact that Moriarty was, indeed, DEAD, and that Moffat still claimed that an audience could work out what happened during the Fall with just the information given to them in the last scene. While I have not yet watched the Sherlock panel in the comic con, I intend to! Instead, I watched Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch’s (hilarious) messages as they apologised for not being able to be there, in a roundabout manner that included sarcasm and faked forgetfulness, as Freeman was in New Zealand filming, and Cumberbatch, it was later discovered, was officiating for a gay wedding.

I also giggled at the lovely “Sherlocked” and “Moffat!” shirts and mostly intelligent questions of fans, as well as the answers, at the very cool Sherlock Nerd HQ charity panel, which raised approximately $5,000, from what I remember.

Now, I’m a Whovian. But, as I’m very much behind on Doctor Who, only being up to episode 3 Season 5, when I took a glance at the panel of the Doctor Who Comic Con youtube video recording, I decided to follow the Doctor’s commonly said warning, and ran out of there, because of spoilers. So, I haven’t seen that. But someday, I will! I intend to catch up to everyone else before the New Zealand Armageddon, as there will definitely be some cast there, and I want to attend šŸ™‚

Hopefully, you San Diegoans (San Diegonists?) had a great time.

– Let’s call me Lily