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Sep. 18th, 2016

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Об этом заявил Вячеслав Потапов, член городской избирательной комиссии от этой партии.

Он основывается на личных наблюдениях и информации, поступающей от однопартийцев.
Вячеслав Потапов, член городской избирательной комиссии от КПРФ:

- В настоящее время обстановка на избирательных участках в Краснодаре, как никогда, спокойная, если оценивать ситуацию с утра и до настоящего времени. Выборы проходят в штатном режиме. Тем не менее, это не исключает попыток нагнетать обстановку со стороны некоторых политических сил, которые забрасывают бессмысленными жалобами крайизбирком.

В частности, речь идет о… горшках с цветами. Якобы их много и они не так стоят. Подобные замечания касаются участков, расположенных в школах.

- На участках ведется видеосъемка, то есть все происходящее там фиксируется и в дальнейшем записи можно будет детально проанализировать, - заметил Вячеслав Потапов.

Он добавил, что опасения по поводу новых изменений законодательства - по работе журналистов – не подтвердились. Все проходит гладко. Представители СМИ аккредитованы.

Явка, по словам собеседника, средняя. В большей степени это «заслуга» погоды. Но до закрытия избирательных участков времени еще достаточно.
- Поэтому, уверен, многие горожане еще воспользуются своим избирательным правом и проголосуют, - подытожил Потапов.


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May. 15th, 2011

Reflecting on Eat Only Irish for a Week

On my food culture blog, I wrote a post on my experiences over the past week, when I ate only Irish - or attempted to anyway.

May. 5th, 2011

My new food blog

In honour of Eat only Irish week, which begins this coming Monday, I decided to bite the bullet and launch my own food blog, in which I will discuss all aspects of food in Ireland, from raw food to vegetarianism, to sustainability and peak oil.

Apr. 10th, 2011

Self-sufficiency and eating Irish

On Saturday, I attended 'Taste of Freedom: Growing Alternatives to the Food Crisis' - a conference which ended Latin America Week 2011. Speakers included food campaigners Richard Intriago from Equador, Carlos Gouveia Da Silva from Brazil and Suzie Cahn from Ireland. They were discussing their work and issues surrounding food sovereignty, food security and the threats that they face from different forces.

The memory of Bety Cariño who spoke at the conference in 2009 and was murdered by paramilitaries in Mexico last year, loomed large over the event.

Meanwhile, Brendan Allen from Castlemine Farm plans to eat only Irish produce for one week, from May 9th-15th. This stemmed from a twitter challenge, and now he is encouraging Irish people to follow him for the week. This is an interesting experiment, and one I'm interested in, as someone who is trying to grow some of my own food and live more sustainably. I might give it a go.

Jan. 17th, 2011

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Though mostly known for his religious and satirical poetry, John Donne (1572-1631) produced some of the most surprising examples of erotic poetry for its time, and certainly for such a seemingly uptight parson. Elegy XIX: To His Mistress Going To Bed is one example, and is notable for its passionate imagery and use of the language of exploration to symbolise the poet's adoration of his lady.

O, my America, my Newfoundland,
My kingdom, safest when with one man mann'd,
My mine of precious stones, my empery ;
How am I blest in thus discovering thee !
To enter in these bonds, is to be free ;
Then, where my hand is set, my soul shall be.
    Full nakedness !  All joys are due to thee ;
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be
To taste whole joys.

In The Devil's Whore, Rainsborough quotes this poem to the heroine Angelica Fanshawe, calling her 'My America, my Newfoundland.'

Jan. 10th, 2011

Writer's Block: As primitive as can be

If you were stranded on an island and could pick one thing to have with you, what would it be, and why?

Having read this article suggesting that Amelia Earhart crashed onto an island without water and had a slow, horrible death from thirst - I would take some kind of water-divining technology or a solar water distiller, so I wouldn't end up eaten by crabs.

Dec. 28th, 2010

Movie Talk

I saw Never Let Me Go recently, and so I thought I would share my impressions, seeing as I haven't posted anything in a long, long time.

I've read some mixed reviews on the film, with some critics dissatisfied with how Alex Garland adapted Kazuo Ishiguro's book. I haven't read the book yet, but I hope to remedy that soon. Nevertheless, on first viewing, I found the film to be a beautifully moving, lyrical story about life and love. I really felt the central message to be that life always seems too short, but I also thought that Tommy's attempts to get a deferral mirror how human beings are always striving for some invisible goal. In his constant need to lengthen his lifespan, he loses sight of living and loses the opportunity to spend precious time with the love of his life, Kathy.

I found Ruth's jealous 'theft' of Tommy from Kathy to be incredibly sad and touching, and I was surprised by how much I sympathised with her plight. The imagery of the boat, stranded uselessly on the sand while Tommy plays on board, or later when Kathy reads aloud from the voyages of Sinbad, was achingly sad in how it echoed how trapped the characters were in their short lives.

Oddly enough, the deferral rumour that is such a crucial element in the film is suggestive - to me, at any rate - of a belief in the supernatural. The characters in the film chase after these rumours with a desperate tenacity, despite having little or no evidence to support their belief. In pursuing it, they lose track of what is important: the precious little time they have to live.

I'd love to know what other people think.

Nov. 10th, 2010


Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

28 Impressionist, 26 Islamic, 18 Ukiyo-e, -31 Cubist, -36 Abstract and 14 Renaissance!

Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.

People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

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Nov. 8th, 2010

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I haven't felt like writing anything lately - sorry for the great silence. I am alive and hope to write about my adventures lately when I feel up to it.

My brother's graduation ceremony was on Saturday - it was a lovely day for the family but it left us all pretty drained. I'm really proud of him - he got his Ph.D. while working full time. Now there are two of us in the family, I'm thinking of getting matching outfits so we can go and fight crime.

I've been working on a video for my family's website over the last few days, so I thought I'd pimp it here for those of you who are interested in Irish history, particularly the War of Independence and the founding of the modern Irish state. The second part will be going up in the next couple of days with any luck.

Sep. 7th, 2010

Rewriting and Reminiscing

I may or may not have mentioned that I am in the process or writing what may turn into a trilogy, or tetralogy, I haven't decided yet (tetralogy is a great word, isn't it? Whenever I see 'quadrilogy' I shudder inside). I was working on the second part for a while before I realised that the first book needed some attention, and so I'm eking out another draft at present. It's basically a murder mystery set in the Irish border area that gradually morphs into a supernatural thriller. That's the plan anyway. I have sketched out the basic storyline of the next couple of books so I know where it's going, but getting there is proving quite the challenge.

I guess I'm more interested in character than plot-driven stories in general. Give me a well-conceived, empathetic character and I'll forgive all kinds of story related sins. For those of you who are writers, I'm interested in knowing: how you do approach writing a story? Do you construct a plot around your characters or does the story beget the characters? The eternal writer's dilemma!

For your edification - some wisdom from my 21-year-old-self, as culled from my 2002 diary:

"I'm trying to finally read 'Lord of the Rings' and find myself unequal to the task. It's a long fecker of a book and frequently boring. J.R.R. was good linguist but sucked as a writer. It is a general concurrence among the obsessives in my household that the film is better than the book."

Wow. What an unbearably obnoxious little pain in the behind I was. I hope I've gained a little humility now.

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