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  1. I dunno on that one. I think that makes a lot of sense for someone yelling at you about, say, the wonders of Crossfit, but when we're talking about people being mutilated and gassed and tortured, that doesn't seem so much like a "need to make my mind up on whether or not it matters" kind of thing. It's a human reaction, I guess, but it bothers me. But then I guess it would.
  2. That comment about not knowing what to prioritise is true. One of the things that I notice a lot is that when we put out a report documenting some kind of abuse, at least half of the comments we get are complaints that we're not commenting on a completely different abuse somewhere else. I think many people have their 'pet' issues, which they have made the decision to be outraged about, and other things simply don't register as strongly.
  3. You definitely do become numb the more you see of it. My job is to deal with documentation of horrific human rights abuses, and there's just so much of it that it all starts to blur together after a while. I think the "tsk tsk" side of things is often simply that it's not happening to them or anyone they know, so seeing it and reading about it is in many ways not all that different to watching a movie. That's obviously not the case for everyone, but there is a sizeable population, I personally feel, who have a hard time feeling empathy unless the tragedy affects themselves. I have no idea how to solve that.
  4. A good chunk the concept of 'friend-zoning' seems to come from the idea that attraction and love is a sort of tick-box exercise. As in, if I do x, y and z, I've done the things that should make this person want to sleep with me/fall in love with me, and if they don't, that's their fault because I did all the right things, so I've got the right to be angry at them for still just seeing me as a friend. It very much seems to discount the fact that attraction, and even moreso falling in love, is a really, really subjective, individual thing, and even if I try to tick all the boxes that a person says they want in a partner, it doesn't mean that those things make me the person that they will want to be with. And that's obviously hard to accept, but it doesn't change the fact that no one can force themselves to be attracted to, or fall in love with, someone that they just aren't.
  5. As a fellow Brit, I agree. I don't really get the hatred. I don't really get the unlikeability charges either. She seems no less likeable than any other US politician I've seen much of. Certainly no less likeable than either Trump or Bernie. Maybe it's partly a cultural thing to some extent - maybe she'd do far better here in the UK - though I certainly know some people here in the UK who dislike her, but following the elections this time around, the whole thing has utterly bemused me. I really don't get it.
  6. I find these things fantastic for applying foundation and concealer. I can never get them to blend properly with a brush.
  7. I've always somehow managed to give off supreme small-child-attracting vibes - I'm like the Pied Piper sometimes, and I've never quite understood why. But young kids take to me in seconds. I've had one or two really weird experiences with it. Thankfully I love kids. I wish those magical powers had the same effect on adult men, but sadly not.
  8. I had a vague plan to become a lawyer, so went off to uni to do my undergrad in law. I loved it, but came out at the end fairly convinced that I didn't have the personality or temperament to be anything other than a pretty crappy lawyer. So looked around for other ideas and someone (possibly my mum?) suggested looking into archive work as I've always loved history and stories. It looked interesting, so I did a work placement and then went off to do my masters in the subject. Been doing that ever since in various different places, some tiny museums, some huge world famous companies. I've been at the place I am currently for seven and a half years, after joining to just work on a short five month project and ending up staying. I work in the field of human rights, which I love, and I'm kind of more interested in that than the archive side now. I love helping to try to make the world that bit better every day. I'm also currently on secondment to our audiovisual team for a year, so I'm learning a ton about photography and video production and editing, and the media. It's a lot of fun.
  9. Margaret Thatcher resigning as PM. I always remember that photo of her driving away from Downing St looking tearful. The horrible, horrible Jamie Bulger murder.
  10. During my trip to Costa Rica a couple of months ago, I basically became addicted to fresh watermelon juice, all blended with ice. Most refreshing thing ever. I must have had about six of them a day, I swear.
  11. London feels like mid-October. It's kinda miserable, really. I'm not feeling Christmassy at all.
  12. Not used Sleek, so I can't really compare. The packaging for the MUA makeup is quite flimsy, but the quality of the makeup itself has been pretty good, of the stuff I've tried so far. You can't really go wrong for the price.
  13. Coming out of a bout of depression that's been a bit yuck the past couple of years, and I've suddenly become super obsessed with makeup and skincare and beauty products, probably because it's been a while since I bothered much! The Roller Lash mascara is amazing, for me at least. Most mascaras just go clumpy on my eyelashes, and wear off really quickly. This one totally curls my eyelashes and opens up my eyes. I'm in love. Trying to mix pricey makeup with some cheaper stuff at the moment. Have any of you in the UK tried stuff from MUA? It's super cheap (£1 lipsticks! £4 eyeshadow palettes!) and I'm really impressed with their eyeshadows particularly. Good pigment and they stay put on my eyelids all day. I think you can buy the range in Superdrug, but I bought a massive boxful for about £30 from their website the other day - My sister has started working for Neals Yard Remedies too, so I'm getting a bunch of samples and discounts there. Love their Beauty Sleep skincare stuff. Hmm. That's all. Hi everyone?
  14. Get some sort of carrier oil to go with the castor oil, I'd suggest. Castor oil on its own can be pretty drying. I use jojoba because it's pretty light and moisturising as well, but I think you can try a whole lot of different things. There's advice online for the best types for different skin types. I imagine the Simple stuff is fine. If it makes your skin feel better, then use it. I've started exfoliating using just bicarbonate of soda and a bit of water to make a paste, and that's pretty nice too. And cheap. And I use tea and lemon as a toner sometimes. ... basically my skincare routine comes out of my kitchen cupboards these days. But it works for me, at least!
  15. I use a mix of castor oil and jojoba oil, with a bit of tea tree mixed in, usually. You don't need much, so a bottle tends to last a while. Some people do find it breaks them out more, so you might not want to chance it, but if castor oil already helps, it might be worth a shot. My skin feels better all round - not just that I don't get the acne, but my skin also feels far more supple and even. It feels far tighter and drier if I have to use commercial stuff for any reason now.