i've had a longer than expected break from blogging over the last week, because real life has taken over my available time. i have family visiting from overseas, so would much rather spend my time offline at the moment. i haven't been very good at keeping up with the news, though was sad to hear about the violence against protesters in egypt. despite this, the protesters are carrying on and i hope they are able to force through the change they seek.
i'm quite mindful of not using swear words on my blog, but i have been sorely tempted to tell tony blair exactly where to go after hearing about his support for hosni mubarak. as if this person hasn't caused enough misery in the world with his support of the invasion and occupation of iraq (along with a whole lot of other things), he now wants to tell us that we shouldn't allow the egyptian people to choose their preferred government because the wrong party might get in.
now why does that sound so familiar? oh yes, that's right, it was exactly the same response when the palestinians voted in the "wrong" party. in tony blair's world, democracy should only be allowed when the people choose what he thinks is the right group. fortunately he doesn't have much power at the moment, and certainly not a lot of goodwill, but i'm so sick of people who will criticise (and invade) arab states because they don't have democracy, but will also try to prevent democratic change from happening with every bit of strength they have. hypocrisy much?
in any case, mr blair needs a very strong dose of STFU and a reminder that he is now an irrelevancy. particularly in the face of millions of people willing to put their lives on the line in order to have the right to choose their own leaders.
in other news, i have a shiny new laptop & am now using firefox. as i've mentioned many times before, i'm very much a technophobe, so these are reasonable changes for me. it's wonderful to have an IT expert in the family to help me navigate it all. i should be used to it all by the end of the week.
also, next week i start four days of human rights training run by the human rights commission. i'v written about this previously at the hand mirror, and i'm really looking forward to it. it will be quite a change from accountancy, that's for sure.