emmelinemay: (May BeTwisted)
(note, these are all derby related, and therefore bear no relation to reality in terms of wants/needs. As in Want - money / Need - Air)







do not want.

what do you want/need?
emmelinemay: (Watchment Night Owl is not Batman)
Please answer the below questions in the name of SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY.

[Poll #1659657]
emmelinemay: (Roller derby - back)
If you want to come and see me skate in a full on real life all action roller derby game on November 13th at Earls Court (yes! Earls Court!!) you have two options.

option 1 - buy online
click here:

option 2 - buy direct from me
This saves you a paypal fee, and you get a paper ticket, BUT you have to get me the cash BEFORE SUNDAY and you also have to meet me beforehand to pick up your ticket.

If you've not seen a game before, now is the time to do so as this will be my LAST GAME this year, I can't play in the December one due to a family wedding.

And also, roller derby is AWESOME.
emmelinemay: (Joker)
I went to see TERROR! at the Southwark Playhouse tonight. I was composing my review for livejournal in my head as I cycled home. I googled to find a link to the show to use in the review and found this review which says pretty much everything (in some cases, almost word for word) I was going to say.

I will add a few more thoughts under here )
emmelinemay: (Clap)
What's the difference between an african elephant and an indian elephant?

One is like this and the other is like this.
emmelinemay: (Default)
Yesterday we had an ‘election night special’ at Brownies. We asked them if they knew what was happening the next day, if they knew what it meant, if they knew who the main parties were. Most of them did, and we even had to prevent a debate between a girl whose parents were voting liberal and a girl whose parents were Conservative voters. If my Brownie group’s parents are at all representative of Islington I suspect the borough will be safely Labour…

We were all impressed at how much they knew and understood, and when we told them that the plan for the session was to split them into groups, each group being a different political party who wanted to be elected. They had to come up with a name, a logo, and at least 3 policies, then present them to us at the end and tell us why we should vote for them. At the end we held a secret ballot (vote, then take a cupcake – courtesy of one of them doing their cooks badge. Yum.) and we told them we’d tell them the winning party next week.

If I’d been asked to do this at the age of 7, 8 or 9 my policies would have been ban school, or no homework, free chocolate, and make it Christmas everyday. Ok, maybe not, I was a pretty firey child with a very strong sense of right and wrong, as I am sure my mum will testify – perhaps there would have also been a “take all the racists and the people that hate gay people and put them on a boat and sink it” policy as well.

Well, when we heard their policies – gobsmacked is not the word.

One group, the “Moneygettes”, wanted to make dentistry properly part of the NHS, meaning free dental care for all, including working adults. They also wanted to ban money, and replace it with a trade system. They wanted to reduce the amount of homework children get to give them more time to be children, and to make exams optional.

The second group chose the name "The AE Party" and had the party slogan "There's always Hope". They wanted to ban year 6 SATS, with the reasoning that (they actually used this phrase) they have “no bearing on your future”, that they made schoolchildren and teachers stressed and wasted lots of paper so were bad for the environment as well! They also wanted to improve zoos, making them all like the animal’s natural habitat, and make sure everyone was entitled to free training so they could train their animals to be good and not attack people, and so they would know how to look after their pets properly.

Group 3 called themselves "The Inky Party" and wanted to change taxes so they were fairer, with the richer people paying more and the poorer people paying less. With the money they would make sure that everyone who didn’t have a garden could have an allotment so they could have a garden of their own to grow vegetables, which they said would help the environment because people wouldn’t go to the shops and use plastic bags so often! They also wanted to make more parks and green areas in cities, plant more trees and give local people the right to say what happened in their parks. They also wanted to have more children's hospitals.

The fourth group were the “Freedom Party” and they wanted to ban nuclear weapons and make half of the government female so it properly represented people in Britain. They also wanted to improve the quality of teaching, so that children didn't end up going to upper school not being able to read, and so parents don't have to pay for extra tuition or Saturday classes. They also talked about hospitals, wanting to open more and make them better.

We counted up the votes after they’d left, and the result was amusingly enough a hung parliament – a dead tie between the Freedom Party and The Inky Party.

We’re going to give them the chance to debate next week and talk about what they learned before we tell them the result, and of course by then we’ll know the state of the real government, so we can link in with that and see what they think.

What do you think?

[Poll #1560873]

Think back to when you were 7, 8 or 9. What policy do you think you would have come up with? I'm pretty sure mine wouldn't have been half as sensible or as well thought out as some of these. Colour me impressed. The future of Britain might be safe, as long as my Brownies were in charge.
emmelinemay: (RollerGirl)
remember AGES ago I was excited that Blue Peter came down to film a game we put on specially for them so that Helen Skelton* could skate in a bout with us?

Well, it was on yesterday, and it's really good!

iPlayer link

Minor niggle that they mixed up blocker and pivot, but in the whole scheme of things it doesn't really matter, as it's a really nice piece, and explains the rules pretty clearly, and it manages to make derby look awesome, which is quite hard to do on film, despite it being demonstrably AWESOME in real live.

You also see my back a lot, and you see me knocked off my feet and then knocked into a wall! Nice.

Check it out, be impressed, then come to watch us play on 22nd May.

* presenter of Blue Peter, the second woman ever to finish the Namibia Ultra Marathon, and the only woman to have Kyaked the ENTIRE Amazon river. So she's pretty badass.
emmelinemay: (Text - Be the change you wish to see)
It's been a while since I did a post about this, I'm probably well overdue.

I was on a first aid course on Sunday for Brownies, and a question was asked about whether or not CPR can actually save lives. The scoutmaster taking the session said yes, but perhaps not always in the way you think. He then told us a story about a local boy, only 9 years old, one of his scouts, who'd died recently, in really sad and shocking circumstances. I knew who he was talking about, I'd seen it in the Hackney Gazette. He said that the paramedics that got there carried out CPR until the ambulance arrived, even though it was apparent at that time that the young boy would not make it. The CPR meant that the boy's organs were not damaged through lack of oxygen, and although the boy died, his mother has said that she finds peace knowing that the boy's organs have saved the life of 4 other children who will live on now.

Four children live due to the selflessness and generosity of that brave woman, who as she mourned for her own son was able to think of the mothers of those other children, and the lives of those children.

If you die, and you own a house, and all the furniture, you don't need that furniture, do you? Sure, You've slept in that bed your whole life, sat on that sofa and watched that TV for so many years, but you're gone now. Why keep all that furniture in that empty house? You don't need it, you can't take it with you.

If you do just one thing today, then make that one thing registering for organ donation.

you can do it online and it takes less than 5 minutes.

Give someone a chance to live on when you are gone. Leave a real living breathing legacy of your generosity and love of life.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Feb. 19th, 2010 12:41 pm
emmelinemay: (Bitch pls)


emmelinemay: (Default)
It's depressing, really, that the news that Dr Andrew Wakefield has been ruled to have acted unethically when he announced that his research showed that there was a link between the MMR jab and Austim probably won't do anything to prevent people believing in it.

It's like how everyone persists in believing that Craig Charles is a rapist and matthew Kelly is a peadopile when the allegations were declared false. I could mention the Michael Jackson thing as well, but that's not something I can debate on with knowledge, and refer you to [livejournal.com profile] kafunked who has actually read court transcripts. Apparently, it's clear from those that he didn't do what he was accused of, and yet we all "know" that he was a kiddy fiddler really, no matter what the court found.

It's worrying that the press can create something "everyone knows" with one story, and then move on, with no responsibility to redress when what "everyone knows" is found to be wrong. It means we have a culture where if it's in the paper, it's true, and if it isn't, it never happened...
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For reasons too long and boring to go into, I ended up watching the first episode of "Sean's Show" on you tube this morning. I was SO in love with Sean Hughes when I was 14. It got me wondering, where is he now? We haven't really seen him on our screens since he left Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and who remembers that he did that before Bill Bailey? I'd forgotten, and I used to have posters of Seany Sean on my bedroom wall.

So I cried QUICK! TO WIKEPEDIA! where I read that he played Sergeant Lake in ITV's recent production of Agatha Christie's "They Do It With Mirrors". That can't be right, I thought. I *watched* that. I watched that only last week. I didn't see Sean Hughes.

So of course, I had to go back to the ITV's online player and find Sergeant Lake to get a screen cap... )
emmelinemay: (Accidentally Malevolent Snowman)

I was looking for an emmelinemay, and then I found an emmelinemay
and heaven knows I'm miserable now.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


Dec. 11th, 2009 11:29 am
emmelinemay: (Ooo-arrrr)
Hello Long neglected livejournal.

Is anyone still out there? Of have you all gone to facebook?
emmelinemay: (RollerGirl)
London Calling to the faraway towns... and this time they're really far away! The London Rollergirls are working hard and fundraising like mad to send our European Champion all-star team, London Brawling, on a tour of the US East Coast next Spring. We have bouts and training sessions lined up with some of the top US teams, but we need your help and your votes to get us there! Please go to the following link: http://www.greatbritons.ba.com/users/23247 and vote for us! If we get the most votes we could win our flights to America!

This is a really exciting opportunity for us and our first chance to test ourselves against top-class international opposition. We're up for the challenge, we're desperate to make it out there and show the derby world what London can do, but we really, really need your help! You need to register to vote, but it's just an email address and name and they don't send you any junk.

emmelinemay: (Default)
we urgently need an audience for a pretend bout on Thursday.

Inglis Barracks
Formerly Inglis Barracks
Bray Road
Mill Hill


Be there for 8, filming to start at 8.30. Bring signs and stuff.

It's going to be a real bout in terms of competitiveness (as usual, no sript, no fake-ness) but doesn't form part of the season games or anything, we're putting it on for this TV show.

Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be free on Thursday and wants to spend a fun evening being on TV, watching a TV programme being filmed and of course watching some roller derby.

SRSLY, please pass this on, we need you!

If some people could also post this on facebook I'd be grateful, I can't get on it at work. Anyone wanting more info can email me - maybetwisted[at]londonrollergirls[dot] com.

Cheers m'dears!

p.s. also a good opportunity to see some FREE roller derby for those of you who haven't made it to see a game yet due to event clashes/cash-flow issues!!!


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