Zoë Sumra

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About Zoë Sumra

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    One Winged Weaver
  • Birthday 05/10/1980

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    London, England
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    Writing, reading, gaming, fencing, music, football, cricket

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  1. Hubby persuaded me to write a things-to-do list earlier, as it normally helps us get to grips with having a lot of things to do at once. Sadly as three of the things on the list will take at least three months each, it's not been a wholly positive experience...
  2. Hope it goes OK. Dentistry is the worst. My laptop has started getting stuck on ALLCAPS from time to time no matter whether the CapsLock key is pressed - usually starting when I'm in a Citrix environment but persisting outside of that environment - and the USB mouse's left click no longer works (this is not to do with the mouse, which works fine stuck into another machine: the laptop will not register left-click from a USB mouse). It's done blue-screen-of-death four times in the past three months. I may need a new laptop.
  3. It is Too Hot and I couldn't spend today in and out of my daughter's paddling pool owing to work (unlike yesterday). Hmph.
  4. Basically yes. It's potentially contempt of court to describe the person in custody as a terrorist prior to charging and to the outcome of a trial. It's not contempt of court to describe the incident as an incident of terrorism (I think). With so many vehicle-based terrorist attacks over the past year I lean towards believing it would be worth banning vehicles from city centres without a permit (residency, working permit etc) from 6am-midnight. At the worst we would make the air more breathable.
  5. I recall that the time he abstained was on a measure that would have been good for the L, G and B, but would have screwed over the T. I also agree with @Hereward re. the leadership. The tax rates proposed are quite a long way from high.
  6. I've only been here ten years and I'm feeling like a n00b now!
  7. Thank you. The Wages of Sin is now on sale in ebook format! Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Apple iBooks Plenty of other Amazon country-specific sites, Kobo, Google and Nook have links at the bottom of this page.
  8. Ah. Yes. Iiiiiiinteresting. Thank you for that. I've been wondering how the NHS privatisation push, for instance, is going to proceed with an anti-abortion party hanging on the Conservatives' tail...
  9. Any professional sportsperson with an undiagnosed condition is at extremely high risk. Re. cocaine, the big thing a few years ago was alleged cover-ups with multiple players busted but their names being kept out of the media (and presumably being put on injured lists till bans were completed or appeals heard). I wondered at the time, and wonder now, whether the use of such a perceived white-collar drug (as opposed to, say, anabolic steroids) was - in the age of big salaries - being treated non- seriously. It's a phenomenon noted in other areas of society, e.g. City workers.
  10. While I'm as much in favour as anyone you could find of not assisting in the murder of starving, unarmed Yemeni children, Brexit is going to leave the country short of hard cold cash, and BAE's products are one of the few solid things we have left to sell. I strongly suspect that even a hypothetical Labour government isn't going to be able to hit the ethical foreign policy button, however much they might want to.
  11. Thank you for organising this, Mya. Mine is the zoeiona email address.
  12. No polls. There is this website dedicated to checking the last election result for the person most likely to knock out the Conservatives: Tactical 2017. No good for anyone who wants to vote tactically for the Conservatives/UKIP (doesn't include you, as you mention) and it doesn't take into account Brexit voting affecting traditional party loyalties, etc. I agree. They are - RBPL cited the most recent instances, but... A plurality from any party renders any coalition or minority government discussion moot. If the largest party has a minority, an alternative to formal coalition is "confidence and supply", where one or more subsidiary parties agrees not to vote for a no-confidence motion and votes with the government in order to get measures passed. Major's Tories did this with the Ulster Unionists, and a depleted current Tory minority government might do so with UUP, the Democratic Unionists, and any UKIP members who get in. An agreement short of a coalition in this election might take this form, but it's very unstable. Labour plurality without regaining Scottish votes in future is unlikely, as Labour don't get enough votes in English rural areas (or in Wales, anymore). Labour minority while permanently losing the chance of getting Scottish votes again, i.e. via governing with SNP coalition or confidence/supply, is exactly what Labour don't want. But I think the polls are wrong again - people do change their mind to Tory at the last minute: people who see "dementia tax" and "lunch snatching" in the headlines don't always want to admit to planning to vote Tory: the YouGov poll was very optimistic about youth turnout... and the timing of this election blows from a youth turnout perspective (e.g. if a June election had been held fifteen years ago while I was at university, I would only have been able to vote by post, because I was registered at my hall of residence two hundred miles away from my father's house and four hundred miles away from where I usually worked for the summer. I would have had no idea where to vote from. Postal voting is easier now than it used to be, but still.)
  13. I have a new book coming out! The Wages of Sin will be released from Elsewhen Press in ebook in June and in paperback in late July/early August. The ebook is available for pre-order. Links are at the bottom of this page to pre-order in Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Books and for Kindle in thirteen countries including the UK, the US, Australia, NZ, France and Germany. A Nook ebook version will be available before too long...
  14. The absolute best outcome of these elections vis a vis Brexit negotiations would be a coalition government. May is pandering to the hard right Tories not because she has to but because she wants to. I don't believe her lack of nuance in these negotiations so far is due to naivete or to wanting to put on a show or what have you - her actions make far more sense if she's already planning the no-deal WTO route, which is the absolute worst outcome for the population of this country. We've already had most of a lost decade since 2008. We can't afford - literally - another lost ten or twenty years. A coalition government would be forced to take everyone's needs into consideration and not just the needs of the top 5% or so (the only group who might benefit from the hardest of Brexits). Re. immigrants and house prices - it's always struck me as amusing (or not) how minimal our house buying regulations are compared to elsewhere in the world. Elsewhere it is common for a foreign national house buyer to have to jump through hoops regarding time going to be spent in the country concerned (in EU countries that use this type of ruling exceptions exist for nationals of other EU countries, naturally). But introducing that rule here would put off the rich Russians and, increasingly, Chinese who are buying British property solely as a physical bank account... The native demographic change with which the NHS can't cope is the aging population. Some immigrants are old and need high levels of health services, sure. However, the percentage of old immigrants compared to the percentage of old native born Brits is lower than the percentage of immigrant adults of the healthiest working age compared to the percentage of.Brits of the same age.
  15. Conservative manifesto released. Main takeaways: dementia tax, school funding increased at cost of free lunches for infants, immigration reduction (including students... goodbye foreign funding of our universities), foxhunting vote, forced comparison of CEO pay to workforce pay. I honestly don't think the latter will do much if shamelessness keeps the former high.