#Standwithtrans

Completely disgusted by Donald Trump’s comments about transgender people in the military.

It is abhorrent a head of state in one of the most powerful countries in the Western world can promote discrimination like this.

The discrimination Transgender people face is vile, and now they are facing it by a leader of the ‘free world’, just because they want to join the military and serve their country.

We must stand United.

#standwithtrans

End Mental Health Stigma

Just heard that the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, has committed sucide.

I know little of his music but I know how he inspired my friends and helped them through rough times.

Mental health is no joke.

Thousands of people have died of suicide this year, most notably Chris Cornell and now Chester Bennington.

We need to break the stigma that depression and suicide is an escape route for the weak. Because it isn’t.

Poor mental health can affect us all.

We need to unite and help each other. Offer an ear to those if someone wants to talk, listen to what a being said around us and try to help those who are showing signs of depression etc.

Depression and suicide doesn’t just affect those suffering from it. It affects those around them as well. Anyone who knows my history knows how being in proximity to suicide can affect a person.

If you can do anything today, help break the mental health stigma by supporting those around you.

If anyone on my blog ever needs someone to turn to, I’m here for you.

Please don’t suffer in silence

Writing Target

Goal: Can I write 25’000 words in a month.

Whilst less than 1’000 words a day might seem easy to some, I have work and my activism for the Labour party to contend with.

What this means I am staying up until two in the morning to work on my writing.

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Blood, Blisters and Back Pain

Let’s make all those MPs who voted against the law change forcing women to work in highheels if their boss tells them to walk around in high heels for a week.

Let’s see how quick they are to change this rule when the backs are cutting in their heels and their toes are being squashed at the bottom.

Blisters, Blood and Back pain to pay the bills.
I had to wear a pair of these for an hour as a joke at secondary school and they killed my feet. Barely lasted the hour.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/waitress-forced-to-wear-high-heels-at-work-shares-photo-of-her-bleeding-feet-a7025466.html?cmpid=facebook-post

Yertle the Turtle

Since I got interested in politics over six years ago I’ve read over three hundred books on the subject.

I’ve read everything from Marx’s Das Kapital to Hitlers Mein Kampf and have spent countless hours studying historical politics from all around the world.

Of all the political books I have read my favorite isn’t Marx, Hobsbawn, Chomsky or Palast just to name a few.

My favorite political book is Yertle the Turtle by Dr Seuss.

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The Dowsing Rod

The title of my blog, The Dowsing Rod, originated from the novel Generation X by Douglas Coupland.

There is a very soulful piece of dialogue by one of the novels protagonists in which she talks about how one day she will walk through the desert with a dowsing rod, wandering lost and aimless, looking for nothing. She talks about how one day she will meet a man who is wandering with his own dowsing rod and when they meet, they will continue to wander together. Read More

Why Horror

Recently I had the pleasure of watching The Human Centipede. A brilliantly sick tale of surgery and domination set against modern day Germany.

This has inspired me to write about the horror film genre.

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Snoopers Charter: The growth of the legislative dictatorship 

This week in the UK Theresa May has finally pushed through The Snoopers Charter.

In a week where MPs used the death of Fidel Castro to condemn mass surveillance and the self righteousness of politicians to put themselves above the laws they govern, UK MPs have become hypocrites.

The introduction of the Snoopers Charter aka The Investigatory Powers Bill will allow over 20 government organisations to access your Internet search history at will. So be it the Gambling commission or the Welsh Assembly, your Internet history is up for grabs like a buffet at a low entertainment party.

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Comicon: A New Frontier

My costume: Brendan James – Scream Netflix series

Today was a first for me.

It was my first time going to MCM Comicon in Birmingham and it was also my first time cosplaying.

Like a lot of people growing up, the concept of dressing up as fictonal characters in public and adhering to this sub culture felt very ….wrong. But what I’ve realised is how wrong I actually was. Read More

A Tribute To Literature

This is my first post and I have decided to go with a tribute to one of my three greatest loves in life; literature.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I see is a bookshelf above my bed and the well thumbed edges of the books which rest upon it.

The novels that call this shelf home are the works of fiction that changed my life.

The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, Generation X by Douglas Coupland and The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger just to name a few.

The reason these novels have had an impact on my life is that they aren’t afraid to tell the truth. They take pride in removing the veil of obscurity that deceives us with every supermodel driven advert or four chord wonder on the radio. 

 Growing up as a Millennial (to quote Coupland) means to grow up around computers that change quicker than you can to save for them and to witness bomb after bomb hit a sand covered country most of us couldn’t point to on a map.

It is to grow up with the adverts telling you globalisation gives you the next super thin, breath activated phone (that rarely gets used for its original purpose), whilst the news shows us the true impact of our consumer lifestyle.

The works of fiction I have mentioned seek to show us just how frivolous and meaningless this lifestyle is. How full of ennuyeux we become when we can order things with a click instead of  actually going out and seeing them for ourselves. In Britain everyone is going crazy over the new £5 note (It’s plastic. Ta Da!) yet the value of this money is already undermined by online shopping where we can spend our entire lifes savings without holding a coin in our outstretched paws.

When i read American Psycho by B.E.E i am numbed by how relateable Patrick Batemans rhetoric is. His distaste for the consumer lifestyle, shown through his blatant indulgence in it, comes into focus more in the modern day as the volume of adverts on TV/phones/buses/computers/toilet stalls etc wraps itself around us like a blanket of plastic and metal.

There is an important place in society for the novels and authors i have mentioned. They offer a contrasting bulwark from the media onslaught and seek to show us where we’re going, as their generations have been their before. Every carefully crafted sentence, every blank page after an abortion, every half sentence that leaves you asking “what happened next?” all seek to shatter the illusion we’re living in and tell us to find direction.

These are the type of novels that have faced banning or have nearly been banned by the mainstream media and special interest groups. We can not allow things like this to happen.

Stay tuned for more insights, thoughts and tributes to the world around us!