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[09 Dec 2004|01:01pm]
deadlines looming. money dissipating. Xmas soon.

Shit.
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[30 Nov 2004|03:31am]
sleep. it's an addiction.
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[19 Nov 2004|12:41pm]
Journalism


Intervention Gets You High


An influx of opium onto the streets of Britain’s cities turns people into burgeoning heroin users and drug addicts. The economy is being sustained by this output, with one in 10 working in the trade, rendering it a narco-state. Development is funded by this illicit trade and accounts for substantial revenues. Does this sound familiar? No. The situation is different elsewhere.

After the successful inauguration of a new president, Hamid Karzai, the outlook for Afghanistan seemed to be quite promising. With the conclusion of the first democratic popular presidential election this month it opened the way to take a chance for a fresh start without any intervention. However after a recent report conducted by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), it has been revealed that the growth of the opium trade in Afghanistan has not slowed but instead increased steadily. Opium production is on the rise, found to have improved by 64 percent in the past year. It seems like a sorry state of affairs for a country promised a great deal prior to the demolishment of the Taliban. Tony Blair’s words ring slightly hollow when looking back three years ago, “Our prosperity and standard of living require us to deal with that threat… stopping that trade is again directly in our interests.” Instead the trade has flourished. While we remain prosperous and able to sustain a decent standard of living, a farmer works to feed his children with the money he’ll receive in exchange for selling his opium harvest. Is this fair? If a drugdealer were to be caught here in Britain, the judgement would be undoubtedly harsher. With personal survival becoming intertwined with opium production, the apparatus of the state has become reliant on the narcotic economically. The spread of drugs is expansive in this way rendering it an important economic power, clearly apparent by the amount of people involved in the industry. One citizen in 10 contributes to this trade working in different facets of the trade; production, smuggling, distribution. A family could easily be composed of all these elements. And with this comes the other aspect: addiction. With heroin readily available in Afghanistan it has led to increased addiction and spread this to neighbouring states where drugs are trafficked such as Iran and Pakistan. It doesn’t end here with Afghanistan producing over 80 percent of global opium, which is then distributed over the world. Tony Blair told of how 90% of Britain’s heroin is imported from Afghanistan in 2001. With the danger of addiction becoming more prominent as well as economic powers by the narcotics industry, it seems that once again the spotlight has been focused on an issue where intervention is critical.

How then is this supposed to be curbed? With previous promises to help Afghanistan, Western countries are once more being urged to help the state by UNODC with requests issued to NATO, US coalition forces and Britain. How has our help in the past contributed to the situation now? The state which was promised freedom from the Taliban and help with political stability and economy has been failed. It is now that the war on terrorism is in danger of being affected economically by drugs-trade capital that attention has been highlighted on this case. With an increased budget of $780 million for next year, the US has provided enough money for a war on drugs while Britain is contributing £70 million over three years. It is enough to provide the financial punch, but can we also deliver the promises we make? By involving ourselves in the shaping of Afghanistan’s future, as an aid to helping ourselves, what responsibility does the West take?
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[23 Sep 2004|06:06pm]
HASH(0x88f9d60)
I told ya, Ma. One day I'd make it. - Tyrone


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2 days till... [23 Sep 2004|11:40am]
Oh to be packed and ready to leave. Unfortunately not. Am in the process of cramming as much stuff into a limited number of boxes, deciding what to take/leave, how much sleep to get in before being reduced to screwed sleeping patterns...

A Tale Of Two Sisters Unsettling, it was good.
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[15 Aug 2004|03:20pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

Listening to The Killers album "Hot Fuss"... is enjoyable, but nothing new or wholly brilliant. Kinda like The Bourne Supremacy (USA 2004: Paul Greengrass) yesterday though it had some interesting cinematography in the flashback segments and the chase scenes. The russian oil arc was engaging enough. On the whole, about 5.5-6/10.

Happy Together (Hong Kong 1997: Wong Kar Wai) was brilliantly pieced together with the dialogue being completely integral to the storyline without overpowering it or being underplayed. I like Tony Leung more and more in every film I see him in with this being no exception. I have to watch it again! The shot placement combined with the leaps between colour and black & white made statements about certain elements contained within the film with the shot of Iguazu falls being particularly memorable. Christopher Doyle's cinematography is integral to this film and has been no less in his other projects In The Mood For Love (also Wong Kar Wai), Hero (frickin awesome!) & Rabbit Proof Fence.

More films, bring them on!

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[10 Aug 2004|10:29pm]
fuck trains...
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[08 Aug 2004|10:30am]
[ mood | jubilant ]

house is empty... strange! there's always someone here so this a rare occurence. everyone has disappeared to enjoy themselves so have decided to do the same. fuckin awesome weather at the moment - the sky is as clear here as it was when I went to Spain. Pure blue azure with no cloud coverage - it's guaranteed to piss it down later this week. It's warm, sunny and chilling weather - going to doss today outside.

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[08 Aug 2004|12:18am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

I, Robot... Shat. Well now that's finished, time to move onto something better.

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[01 Aug 2004|07:16pm]
[ mood | thirsty ]

shit... film's are getting worse, populist cinema is overrated trash. Saw both The Stepford Wives (USA 2004: Frank Oz) & King Arthur (USA 2004: Antoine Fuqua). These films had no lasting impression save for the fact that they allowed me to make full use of my cinema card. Nicole Kidman's turn in The Stepford Wives did her no favours, the film was flat, peppered with a few jokes by a cliche gay man. Matthew Broderick was excruciating to watch but by no means the worse actor encountered. That special reserve is for Keira Knightley in King Arthur. Her beauty has been raved about consistently but what of her acting? Bend It Like Beckham may be a saving grace but her role as Guinevere was painful to watch. A tortured prisoner nursed back to health miraculously incorporating a Sloaney upper-class British accent in the Dark Ages? It's all bollocks... come on! Surely no critic would rave over Keira here save for her revealing costume displaying a fairly athletic and toned figure. And that's shallow. Shit, I'd pay to watch Scarlett Johansson. But Keira? Nope... Pirates Of The Carribean was good - but because of Johnny Depp & Geoffrey Rush. Not England's two biggest export actors, Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley who both conveyed the acting capability of a wooden plank. It's disheartening when you expect your cinema experience to be average or below. Going to fall back on classics and undiscovered stuff.

I Was A Male War Bride (USA 1949: Howard Hawks) was amusing to watch with Cary Grant's performance as a French officer undergoing a series of mishaps. The dialogue flowed quickly with gags thrown in and some slapstick moments. Interesting but not overly memorable.

finished reading Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson, after eating swordfish a little earlier. took advantage of England's summery weather - it's enjoyably warm outside. I shall return there to read furthermore... and drink Mint Julep cocktails (bourbon, crushed ice and mint leaves).

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[29 Jul 2004|12:09pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I dislike work... in fact I loathe it at the moment. Then again I have a job while many don't. I feel justified in complaining about it. A lady fell over at work yesterday.

Just watched Our Man In Havana (UK 1959: Carol Reed). No wonder Alec Guinness got pissed off with the sole Star Wars angle on his career, the guy has done so much more. His performance in this was succintly dry humour laced with charm as a vacuum-cleaner salesman in Cuba turning to work for the British Secret Service. I enjoyed the comedic twists employed in the film and while it might seem dated to some, I found certain points classic such as the checkers game of bourbon and whiskey which I could see any student doing now and the emphasis on individuality. The supporting cast also worked well with Noel Coward adding some acerbic wit coupled with a solid performance by Ernie Kovacs as Captain Segura, a Havana policeman. Good film.

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Bored and have to go to work so... [27 Jul 2004|11:57am]
1. Copy this whole list into your journal.
2. Bold/underline the things that are true about you.
3. Whatever you don't bold/underline is false.
4. Add your own at the bottom of the list

01. I miss somebody right now
02. I don't watch much TV these days
03. I love olives
04. I love sleeping (but I still wish I didn't HAVE to sleep)
05. I own lots of books (mother: "one day you're going to cram one last book in that room, and the walls are going to fall off...")
06. I wear glasses and/or contact lenses
07. I love to play video games
08. I've tried marijuana
09. I've watched porn movies
10. I have been in a threesome
11. I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship
12. I believe honesty is usually the best policy (and attack is always the best means of defence)
13. I have acne free skin
14. I like and respect Al Sharpton
15. I curse frequently
16. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year (I am not the same person as I was before.)
17. I have a hobby
18. I've been told I: (women) have an applebottom, (men) am packing. (Baby got back, ya'll *g*)
19. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me
20. I'm really, really smart (only if I am bothered to try)
21. I've never broken someone's bones
22. I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal
23. I hate the rain
24. I'm paranoid at times
25. I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scars
26. I need money right now!
27. I love Sushi
28. I talk really, really fast
29. I have fresh breath in the morning
30. I have semi-long hair
31. I have lost money in Las Vegas
32. I have at least one brother and/or one sister
33. I was born in a country outside of the U.S.
34. I shave my legs (females) or face (males) on a regular basis
35. I have a twin
36. I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past
37. I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.
38. I like the way that I look sometimes
39. I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months
40. I know how to do cornrows
41. I am usually pessimistic (but I am rarely dissapointed)
42. I have a lot of mood swings
43. I think prostitution should be legalized
44. I think Britney Spears is hot (You may stop laughing now... *g*)
45. I have cheated on a significant other in the past
46. I have a hidden talent
47. I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have
48. I think that I'm popular
49. I am currently single
50. I have kissed someone of the same sex
51. I enjoy talking on the phone
52. I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants or shorts or boxer briefs or... (at home)
53. I love to shop.
54. I would rather shop than eat
55. I would classify myself as ghetto.
56. I'm bourgie and have worn a sweater tied around my shoulders
57. I'm obsessed with my Livejournal
58. I don't hate anyone. (I DISLIKE people, but I feel that hate is pointless)
59. I'm a pretty good dancer
60. I don't think Mike Tyson raped Desiree Washington
61. I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.... i just dont like her
62. I have a cell phone
63. I believe in God
64. I watch MTV on a daily basis
65. I have passed out drunk in the past six months
66. I love drama
67. I have never been in a real relationship before
68. I've rejected someone before (those poor men LOL)
69. I currently have a crush on someone
70. I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life
71. I want to have children in the future (VERY near future!)
72. I have changed a diaper before
73. I've called the cops on a friend before
74. I bite my nails
75. I am a member of the Tom Green fan club
76. I'm not allergic to anything
77. I have a lot to learn (Doesn't everyone?)
78. I have dated someone at least 10 years older or younger
79. I plan on seeing Ice Cube's newest "Friday" movie
80. I am very shy around the opposite sex sometimes, hell i'm shy around the same sex
81. I'm online 24/7, even as an away message
82. I have at least 5 away messages saved
83. I have tried alcohol or drugs before (duh!)
84. I have made a move on a friend's significant other in the past
85. I own the "South Park" movie
86. I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal
87. When I was a kid I played "the birds and the bees" with a neighbor or chum
88. I enjoy some country music
90. I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza
91. I watch soap operas whenever I can
92. I'm obsessive, anal retentive, and often a perfectionist (no, not me! LOL)
93. I have used my sexuality to advance my career
94. I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all
95. I know all the words to Slick Rick's "Children's Story"
96. Halloween is awesome because you get free candy
97. I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it
98. I have dated a close friend's ex
99. I'm happy as of this moment
100. I have a terrible fear of heights
101. I love camping
102. I have read a novel which has changed my life
103. I have tried psychedelics and enjoyed it.
104. I am disillusioned with the political situation in my country.
105. I think student top-up fees for university are unnecessary
106. I'd like to visit a foreign country (outside the UK) in the next year but doubt it'll happen
'choo sayin?

[26 Jul 2004|11:22am]
[ mood | amused ]

Yesterday it was my brothers 18th birthday ensuing the transgression from childhood to adulthood - it seems a great deal of time has passed since I was 18 but I don't feel any older in the two years that have gone. Now I'm 20 years old, I can honestly say that growing up was an enjoyable experience but being a kid was fantastic. The wonder and excitement that I felt when encountering new things, the innocence and the untainted view of the world. I read once that as you grow older the capacity for an individual to lie becomes greater. Not in the sense where you cheat people but where you tell lies to keep them happy and yourself. Small white lies that work in the daily frame of existence. Children don't know about this... they don't care.

Last week I saw The Story Of The Weeping Camel (Mongolia 2003: Byambasuren Davaa/Luigi Falorni). I really enjoyed this film about a family in the Gobi desert who herald the birth of a white camel with joy and then discover that the mother has abandoned any chances of attachment with her newborn son. The style in which the film is shot is in short documentary-style but the film itself has been constructed to tell a simplistic yet moving story of love and attachment. The scenes of the Gobi desert in its stark and raw natural state were coupled excellently with images of a nomadic family adapting to modern ways. When the youngest son asks about the possibility of a television and his grandfather responds with the negative citing laziness as a by-product of such a purchase it is fairly indicative of the state of Western society where television has taken over a large percentage of peoples lives. I myself don't escape this, I guess... looking at what I tend to watch regularly.

Employed once more over this summer holiday... for a few weeks. For now will watch a documentary called Marijuana: Threat Or Menace? (so obviously it's not biased...) and then speculate on what to accumulate next...

'choo sayin?

[21 Jul 2004|08:49pm]
[ mood | blank ]

finished To Kill A Mockingbird earlier on today; i found it to be an interesting perspective on race relations in the American South in the earlier part of the 19th century. The thoughts embodied by a few in the book have expanded now in modern society but the element still remains for injustice based on race, I feel.

going to carry on watching Heer Raanjha (India 1971: Chetan Anand) now... stylistically very good so far. am more interested in watching traditional Hindi films rather than the trash which is emanating from Bollywood now - some of it is substandard tripe.

took some photos of random stuff while going for a walk in the park this evening... was bored


Observation Of Corn Through Obstructive Steel Diamonds


Swaying Purple


Swan


Reflective Water Shadows


Looking At A Lake

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[21 Jul 2004|10:48am]
[ mood | awake ]

dreamt i owned a 55% share in a global drinks company whose base was on a small remote tropical island. from my location in university halls i had to fly out to the island to secure another 5% share ensuring that I would have majority shareholder status. ship that went to island had multicoloured tents pitched on it with 1 foot chocolate men running around the deck and a giant chocolate man floating in water behind the ship saying 'tasty' and yet melting away into the seawater.

two twin scarlett johanssons doing some crazy shit, lightsaber fight between my uncle and rival company leader, head floating in pool which automatically turned to ice, get to island and big it up... wake up - now I can control this! first time I've managed to remember a dream in awhile. It was damn skippy!!!

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[20 Jul 2004|06:57pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

I'm not working at the moment so it makes me a lazy, idle and selfish person who must of course be squandering what money they have and congratulating themselves on their aptitude to avoid getting a job. Yeah, bollocks... the opportunity to get work is fading with each day that I get closer to returning to uni. So while I recieve no reply from work who issue false promises in return for unabiding loyalty, I have resolved to start reading the books which I have never been able to make time for in the past.

I have started on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird today... so far, so evocative.

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[17 Jul 2004|08:03pm]
[ mood | listless ]

I now have everything I wished for in terms of entertainment residing within my room and don't feel fulfilled - computer, television, vcr, dvd player, stereo, games consoles galore, bass guitar with amp and so on. It's boring actually... the dependency on the material.

Saw Spiderman 2 today: enjoyed aspects of it but overall found it to be a one-timer. I enjoy Tobey Maguire's acting finding that Peter Parker's shy sensitive nature was initially explored (without prior knowledge of course) earlier in roles such as the teenage son in The Ice Storm. What was more interesting in the cinema foray was the wealth of people who came to enjoy the filmic experience. Films can bring a crowd of varying degrees... Also in the Birmingham city centre there was an African Awareness Day with exhibitions and live music - enjoyable for the 15 minutes or so I was there. I find that I am sometimes caught in a perpetual rush of my own making... something I endavour to escape.

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[16 Jul 2004|09:46pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I love the music that is playing right now! when the music is good, when the atmosphere is nice, when everything is chilled, life is great. The sangria tastes semi-decent though...

'choo sayin?

[16 Jul 2004|07:52pm]
[ mood | upbeat ]

Unemployed once more this weekend... temping agencies suck with regular jobs but they get you work, so will stay off the complaining. Can't wait to get paid: it's satisfying to work for my ££££ this time cos i appreciate the effort being put in and also realise how lazy i am at uni.

its good being a student... i like it

Havent been watching television, the box's control is waning. Truthfully since bein back frm uni I can't understand how much television is consumed by individuals - the most consistent product I've seen. Anyway bollocks to it...

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[09 Jul 2004|12:37am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Drugs do work...

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