Less than a day left to Register to Vote in the UK

Register to vote - then go vote!

Do I really need to caption this to tell you what it is?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have spent the last month with your fingers shoved in your ears yelling “La la la, I can’t hear you!”, you’ll probably be aware that there is a General Election looming in the UK.

The deadline for registering to vote is tonight at midnight. Theoretically, there are around 54 million people in the UK eligible to vote, of which just under 46 million were registered in 2016 according to the Office of National Statistics.

I don’t care about your politics or if you’re apolitical. I don’t care about the colour of your skin, the colour of your money, your rosettes or your heart. Just remember this – if you don’t want to engage in the democratic processes of this country (flawed as they are), then you’ll end up with far less weight to any complaints you may have resulting from such elections.

If you don’t think there’s any point voting, register anyway and then vote. Parliament gives “short money” to opposition parties as a counterbalance to the Government’s access to the entire might of the Civil Service and it is determined in part by the number of votes cast nationally.  So, once you’ve registered, don’t forget to vote on the 8th June 2017.

You can go online if you want to Register to Vote. Go on, it’ll take you less than minute. Why would you not?

Bach and Bobby McFerrin

There must be more than a few music geeks reading this. I’ve got pretty eclectic musical tastes, so I am delighted to share this video of Bobby McFerrin (probably best known for the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) singing Bach’s Prelude in C major. The amount of precision and vocal control required to do this well is incredible. 

I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, chocolate, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster. May this video continue that weekend a little bit longer. 

While you’re digesting all that chocolate, tell me what singer and song and combination has surprised you in a good way recently? 🙂 

Have you registered to vote in the EU Referendum?

If your answer is yes, then great – just don’t forget to vote on the 23rd June.

If no, then you have until midnight tonight to register to vote for the EU Referendum.

If after today you haven’t registered to vote and are then unhappy with the result announced on the 24th of June, I’ll come around to your house and give you a rousing chrous of the “I told you so” song.  ;p

 

 

Ten Days Left to Register to Vote

Including today, anyone eligible to vote in the EU Referendum has ten days – that is, until midnight on 7th June to Register to Vote.

Younger voters who have until recently been living away from home (e.g. Students who’ve come home after the end of term-time at University or College) are at most risk of missing out on their opportunity to exercise their democratic voice in what is probably the most important vote in a generation.  So please, for sake of your future, to have a democratic say in that future, please please do not forget to Register to Vote.

School suspends teen boy for carrying purse. Why???

Why indeed…

Dr. Rebecca Hains

For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from school.

This raises a question: Why is it a problem for a boy to carry a purse instead of a backpack if he wants to? By breaking gender stereotypes, he’s not hurting anyone. Instead, he’s showing the world that he has good self-esteem and self-confidence—that he is secure his identity.

Unfortunately, his school administrators’ actions show that they want to force a 13-year-old kid into stereotypical masculinity. Apparently, they value gender conformity over creativity and individuality.

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