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Women’s March 2017

Despite the outcome of this mess of an election, the marches really show how galvanised people are against everything Trump represents.

All around the world, we are against sexism, misogyny, sexual assault, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ignorance at its most basic level.

We are fighting for women to be treated with respect and dignity, to be lauded for our accomplishments instead of demonised for our gender.

We are fighting for the independence of women and for access to Planned Parenthood, for sex education, access to safe medical procedures and counseling, for the right to make decisions for our own bodies.

We are fighting for the safety and rights of our gay brothers and sisters, for our friends and families of colour.

We are fighting for the rights to be returned to those whose rights have been taken away or compromised.

We are fighting to show girls around the world can be strong and have the same opportunities as the boys. 

We are fighting to show that boys can be compassionate and sensitive and still be strong when supporting the rights for girls.

We are fighting to show that all women, no matter our age, ethnicity, religion, appearance, sexuality, and abilities, are important and valued, and we are worth so much more than we’re led to believe.

We are fighting to show that despite the obstacles and the struggles, we can’t and won’t be held back from protecting others who suffer in silence.

We are all fighting for a better future, where feminism and basic human rights are embraced, because we are all on the same team.

It’s 2017, why are we still having to fight for this? We are fed up and tired. We may be Nasty Women, we may be loud, and crude, and Nasty enough to pop the cosy bubble of those sitting in privilege, but the truth is,

nothing is nastier than power in the hands of the ignorant.

Johnlock in ‘The Final Problem’

I know we didn’t get the cannon Johnlock confirmation that we needed and deserved (*cries*), but we still got plenty of subtext. In case you need cheering up, here are (most of) the Johnlock moments from the episode:

  • John helping Sherlock terrify Mycroft with the crazy clown
  • Sherlock getting really, really defensive when Mycroft asks John to leave:
    • “This is family.” “That’s why he stays!”
    • I think this is when Mycroft realizes just how much John means to Sherlock.
    • John’s little smile when Sherlock says that <3
  • When the patience grenade landed, one of the first things Sherlock thought of was John.
    • “Is a phone call possible? John has a daughter. He may wish to say goodbye.”
  • John just lost his wife and has a baby, and he still leaves everything behind to accompany Sherlock on his mission.
  • When Eurus attacked Sherlock, John heard his screams of agony and it galvanised him into action. He literally fended off two orderlies who were trained to deal with mentally unstable patients.
  • Sherlock didn’t even think about asking John to kill the Governor.
    • Despite the fact that John is a soldier.
  • When Sherlock had to say “I love you” to Molly, you could see the pain on his face and hear it in his voice.
    • Partly because he didn’t mean it and hated breaking her this way.
    • Also because the man he loves is standing right behind him.
    • Also, apparently this scene was edited in at the last minute, because nobody except Moffat and Gatiss liked the scene it replaced. Martin Freeman said something about filming a very emotional scene for this episode; but John didn’t really have any emotional scenes? Was the one before this possibly a Johnlock scene?!
    • Also, BEHOLD JOHN’S ACTUAL EXPRESSION IN THIS SCENE. Can you see the tears shining in his eyes? LOOK CAREFULLY.
  • After Sherlock smashed the coffin and went to pieces, John was right there to comfort him.
    • Even though John had almost gone to pieces himself because of what happened to the Governor.
    • They TOUCHED. HELD HANDS, EVEN IF IT WAS JUST JOHN PULLING SHERLOCK UP.
    • Maybe I’m reading into this, but they held hands for a few moments longer than necessary, and is John…smiling?
  • AND MY FAVOURITE SCENE: When Sherlock had to choose who to kill: John or Mycroft, and Mycroft starts insulting John to get Sherlock riled up. Honestly, I loved Mycroft so much in this episode.
    • Sherlock says, “He’s trying to make it easy for me to kill him.“ It’s obvious that neither Sherlock nor Mycroft even considered killing John. Although Sherlock didn’t end up killing Mycroft, he almost did, whereas the thought of killing John was just…unthinkable. Out of the question.
    • Mycroft knew how much John meant to Sherlock, and he couldn’t watch his brother kill the man he loves. (Throwback to A Study In Pink, when Mycroft shipped Johnlock from Day 1)
  • OHMYGOD, throughout this episode, John and Sherlock have been asking each other “Are you okay?” in the smollest, softest voices.
  • The pure AGONY on Sherlock’s face when he realizes that John’s in danger and he can’t reach him.
  • When Sherlock finds out about Victor, he cries.
    • I don’t think he cries about the murder of a long-forgotten childhood friend.
    • He cries because he realizes that Eurus is going to take John away in the exact same way.
  • He hugs his psychotic sister, even though he must HATE her right now, having learnt the truth about Victor, and knowing what she’s about to do to John.
    • Partly because he feels sorry for her, maybe?
    • Mostly because it brings him one step closer to saving John.
  • “It is what it is.” THIS MOMENT. ICONIC.
    • John remembers the hug, he remembers what Sherlock said to him.
    • He acknowledges the fact that The Hug was a MOMENT.
  • MARY’S CD THO. “PS, I know you two. If I’m gone, I know what you could become.”
    • MARY KNOWS WHAT’S UP.
    • She’s almost directly saying that they’re gay for each other and now that she’s out of the way, THEY NEED TO ACCEPT IT??
    • Look at the meaningful way Sherlock looks at John when she says that <3
  • OHMYGOD. Sherlock’s finally allowed to play with Rosie. THEY’RE GOING TO RAISE HER TOGETHER ASDFGHJKL. Can we put a ring on it now?
  • Honestly, them holding hands when they run out is the only confirmation we would’ve needed.

This episode was such a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I really don’t think that Eurus is just going to stay put now; Sherlock said he would take her home and then went back on his word. Playing duets together doesn’t really mean much. I have a feeling we’ll see more of her in the new season - if there is one :(

I CAN’T WAIT FOR 3 MORE YEARS.

Not sure if I’m putting this coherently, but I think we all also need a little bit of hope, or at least a galvanising call to action. Apathy and negativity is draining. So…I don’t see a point perpetuating the idea that ‘no one cares about Aleppo’, when people do care- people care enough that organisations are doing work to help, which we can donate to, to support. I’m specifically talking about people not in Syria, particularly Westerners with regards to this. I do think the int’l community has failed shamefully in Syria but it’s not a situation where literally no one cares. I understand doing the ‘no one cares thing’ if there has really been almost no media coverage or any NGOs working to help, but it’s not true in this case. Many news organisations are reporting the situation; I follow the BBC and they’re liveblogging the ongoing evacuation.

Making posts just about how ‘no one cares’, idk, doesn’t it become harmful beyond a certain point, if it reinforces the apathy? By giving impression there is nothing we can do because even if we care nobody else does? I don’t think that’s helpful. Wallowing in this kind of guilt and cynicism is a waste (and a luxury we have that the refugees don’t) when small as it might be, we can do our part by donating, contacting our government representatives or spreading awareness about what’s going on. The situation there is awful, but if what we do helps at least one more person, that is going to mean the whole world to that person. In our position, we have to think ‘yes, we can help’.

Eddie Wins at Empire Awards

Eddie Redmayne takes Best Actor for his work in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them! He sends his acceptance speech via video. “Gutted I can’t be with you this evening,” he says, “particularly as the Empire awards is renowned for being the most debauched evening. If it’s not going like that, maybe drink more. I will take this back to Leavesden and it will galvanise us as we move into the second film. I will keep this shiny object away from the Niffler.”

I think the Alt-Right needs to expand beyond memes now into serious attempts at traditionally-minded art, music, and literature. Those avenues have long been a bastion of the Left but remember that some of the greatest art, music, and literature came from the Greco-Roman world and the Middle Ages. Why shouldn’t we have our own painters, sculptors, authors, poets, and singers? If we’re serious about this cultural overhaul, we need to put out a viable alternative cultural stream to challenge the Left. It’s difficult for people to assimilate to a new worldview if it lacks a contemporary cultural backbone. We venerate the old masters but we also need new masters creating art relevant to our present time and galvanising the people.

Don’t waste all your talents creating funny meme music and drawing Pepe. Use some of it for a serious endeavour.

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The firepot, flange, and tuyere all welded together courtesy of my local garage! When the weather isn’t foul I’ll drop it into the heart to get some photos and plan the next bits (reliant on the weather as my garage is falling down… it will be replaced with a suitable workshop later this year if all goes to plan).

I still need to sort out:

*Rotating ash dump/clinker breaker
*Ash dump for the bottom of the tuyere
*Cradle for the blower
*Replacing the galvanised bolts with stainless steel (still waiting, slowest delivery ever).

Then I can get some coke and finally fire her up!