Monday, 14 July 2008

Things are looking up

Well just as the title suggests, things are looking up today. I'm not a believer in horoscopes as such but I like reading them and laughing at how inaccurate they supposedly are.

This was my daily horoscope

Your day - Jul 24 - Aug 23 An unexpected piece of news early in the day will bring some sunshine into your life. You are about to be offered the chance to have fun and to escape your usual responsibilities. You should milk this opportunity to the last drop! Ignore any niggles about you having so much else to do and kick everything negative out of your mind. A personal matter may need some close attention this evening. Call my Leo advice line 0905 506 6623 to hear why it may be time to re-evaluate a relationship if a friend or colleague takes it for granted you will always have time for them whenever they want you.

About couple of hours after reading this, I received a call from one of the places I had applied for a job, asking me to come in for an interview tomorrow!

Last night I also joined Polyvore and I think it's safe to say that I am now addicted! Here's the link to my profile which features the sets that I have created:

My set of the day:

Loving it! Will tell of my interview plight tomorrow. Meanwhile, stay smiling!



Friday, 11 July 2008

Vent up Pent up

Woke up this morning with a spring in my step! Watching 'The Wright Stuff' and brought the following story to my attention.

Victory for Christian registrar who refused to carry out gay ‘weddings’

A Christian registrar who was harassed and discriminated against after she refused to carry out same-sex civil partnership ceremonies has won a key legal battle.
Lillian Ladele, 47, said that she was treated like a pariah by colleagues at Islington council in North London after she said that she could not carry out the ceremonies as a matter of religious conscience.
An employment tribunal found that the council showed no respect for Ms Ladele’s rights “by virtue of her orthodox Christian beliefs”.
Employment lawyers said that while the case set no binding legal precedent, it would make councils much more likely to give weight to the religious views of employees.
The decision outraged gay rights campaigners, who said that it “sanctions the right of religious people to discriminate”.
Ms Ladele, who had held her £31,000-a-year job for almost 16 years, could receive thousands of pounds in compensation at a further hearing in September after the tribunal found that the behaviour of her colleagues had “the effect of violating Ms Ladele’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”.
The tribunal decided that gay rights should not be allowed to “trump” the rights of those with religious beliefs and said that the council’s other registrars were able to provide a “first-class” service to same-sex couples without Ms Ladele’s involvement.
The ruling said that Islington council “placed a greater value on the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community than it placed on the rights of Ms Ladele as one holding an orthodox Christian belief”.
Ms Ladele, who is now expected to return to work, wept as she told the tribunal that her bosses ordered her to perform the ceremonies or face dismissal for gross misconduct. She said: “I felt harassed and victimised. I was being picked on on a daily basis.”
She added: “This is a victory for religious liberty, not just for myself but for others in a similar position. Gay rights should not be used as an excuse to bully and harass people over their religious beliefs.”
She was applauded last night by the Christian Institute, a Newcastle-based charity that funded her case, and the Evangelical Alliance. Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the alliance, said: “This decision underlines that, despite some recent claims to the contrary, freedom of religious conscience must be protected by law in the same way as any other human right.
“We would call on local politicians to take note and live up to the challenge of this benchmark decision.”
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, said: “Public servants are paid by taxpayers to deliver public services. They shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who they deliver those services to. Doubtless 40 years ago there were moral objections to mixed-race marriages. Quite rightly such objections would no longer be entertained.”
Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner, said: “Lillian Ladele claims she was won a victory for religious liberty. No, she has not. She has won a victory for the right to discriminate.”
Islington council may appeal.

Article taken from Times Online (

All I can say in comment really is good on her. Yes, gay rights are important. Yes, I believe in equal rights for everyone. Yes, I believe that someone's religious belief, if they feel strongly enough about it should not force them into doing something that they feel strongly against. The Human Rights campaigners claiming that "she has won a victory for the right to discriminate" are being ridiculous. Are there no other registrars that can perform the ceremony? Stupid stupid PC happy clappy people. Maybe this woman should just resign anyway instead of being in an environment where people have so little respect for her religious beliefs that they would ostracize her for them. However I must see the other side. It is somewhat exclusive and although I am biased as I am Christian myself, when I see a spade, I call it such and this is tinged with homophobia. (This is potentially the most contradictory thing I've ever said but there you go!)

I think if it was another religion it'd be different but Christianity is becoming such a 'black sheep' of a religion in recent times, it doesn't surprise me.

Another news story that has amused me no end is the story about the British woman facing imprisonment after being found having sex on a Dubai beach. On the one hand, if you know that it's a bit of a taboo in the country, compose yourself; when in Rome. On the other hand, it's the 21st century! Apparently people get arrested for kissing in public. Not that I'm the biggest fan of public displays of affection but this is extreme. However, on a more serious note, respect people's cultures and ways of life when in their country - don't like it then stay at home!


I'm now hungry. All that venting has built me up a bit of an appetite. Am going away for the weekend so probably won't post until next week! Toodle



Tuesday, 8 July 2008

I'm still standing...

...yeh yeh yeh. I attempted to sing there. Did you notice that? I'm in a good mood today...ish. Went job hunting today with reasonable success in that there are actually jobs out there to be applied for. Now I just have to play the waiting game. I'm used to playing that game by now! (no allusions to love life intended!)

Had all my revision lectures yesterday thus making the seemingly mammoth task of going over 20 lectures and 30 SGSs for one topic less so. Pretty excited about getting all the highlighters out and going for it this time around; which admittedly is sad but its not all been a bed of roses over in Curious Cat ville. I really just need to sit down (tonight) and plan out my revision, digging out all the statute books and folders from under the bed and replacing them with the elective stuff. Kinda nervous about results now - 25 July...EEP! If I have to retake any more exams I will not be a happy kitty to put it politely.

Anyway, for now it's Hollyoaks and tea avec scone time so I'd better dash...OH NO! I forgot there aren't any more tea bags left. Darn it. This simply will not do. Can't quite be bothered to pop out now so shall have to endure withdrawal until tomorrow morning. I digress. Till next entry.



p.s. I've strayed a little and changed fonts; spontaneity eh?

Sunday, 6 July 2008

I just can't get you out of my head...

Well I've been rather neglectful lately and not posted my entries for work experience days 4 and 5. That's only because nothing out of the ordinary happened on those two days. I had a really good week soaking in all that journalistic goodness! Really made me think there as I am now contemplating doing some form of journalistic course so that I am qualified enough to do this on the side. The satisfaction that comes from seeing your name in print cannot be underestimated. *sigh*

Anyway, I've been really frustrated lately. No job, no cash, just lots of nothingness. This morning I woke up a bit upset as I'd had yet another dream about Leo last night. I've been so good lately. I haven't been thinking about him; just getting on with my life, enjoying meeting new people and just generally getting on with it. This is just like taking me back to square one again. I'm determined to flush this crap out of my system but it just seems to be resurfacing over and over. It's becoming a bit of a joke now seeing as things ended way back in November. It's just gotten progressively worse since to the point where I really think I'm trying to trick myself into thinking I don't care anymore (and failing miserably).

Im just giving up on this now. I don't know what to do...ARGHHHHHH

Goodness sake, this is really stressing me out



P.s. Job hunting next week!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Work Experience: Day 3

Day 3 and I'm published!! I would post a link to the article but it would identify me and I'd like to remain anonymous but I'm so proud of it. My first and hopefully not last, published article. Had a relatively low key day apart from the writing. I'm going through my training contract list tonight. I just feel so tired. Lazy bum!



Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Work Experience: Day 2

Today I got my first press release and had to chase up an interview with a very important person within a Law Firm. I got to compile my own questions, speak to PR people and it's all a very different world to what I'd ever imagined it to be. The journalists seem to go to a lot of parties and socialise a lot. Not a bad thing I guess.

Then I worked on updating a law guide for the magazine, adding to a list of defined legal terms which students may come across but not be aware of the meaning. I know it probably sounds a bit dull but its all part and parcel of the running of a magazine really isn't it?

I went to a semi Magic Circle firm with the editor of the magazine I'm doing work experience with and sat in on a meeting with the graduate recruitment team. It's such a culture shock and eye-opener as to how these huge city law firms operate. It's not nearly as scary as I had anticipated and it has confused me a bit as I am now thinking of applying to slightly larger firms now and taking my chances! I feel as though Ive been at the magazine for years now even though it's only been two days!

I never realised how tiring it is commuting in and out of the City on a daily basis in the heat. Quite funny really seeing as I've been studying in London for the past 4 years now and having to do the commute.

Let's see what happens tomorrow. Might have my story published then!

Exciting...roll on Day 3



P.s. I still need a job for the's actually getting ridiculous now