- There are at least 3 rallies per week. A rally is an outdoor event held by a political party with food, drinks, entertainment, and addresses to the crowd from various MP’s. The entire crowd dresses in the political party’s colour/t-shirt.
- People have flags on their cars, letting everyone know who their preferred party is.
- Posters are on every single lamp pole with the faces, names, and party symbol/name of the candidates for the constituency/area the lamp pole is in.
- The newspaper and tv news is full of stories on the last rally, memorable points from “speeches,” and party members complaining about what other parties have said, or twisting words to fool the people.
- Every single radio talk show is about the upcoming election. They usually have a guest (running for a constituency), and take callers.
- Business take advantage of the season as much as possible. For example, Domino’s has a $12.99 large rally pizza special. The red (FNM) is pepperoni and roasted red peppers, the gold (PLP) is pineapple and ham, and the green (DNA) is green peppers and barbeque chicken.
- There are super long radio ads for parties.
- There are giant stupid signs on roundabouts for ALL (including tourists) to see, posted by the current opposition, highlighting the number of murders the country has seen in the past 5 years (political term).
- People are making t-shirts out of every possible soundbite or joke made by the current Prime Minister (who is very much a comedian). At rallies, DJ’s tend to play soundbites during the speeches which break up the monotony, and the speaker carries on. A few months ago, the PM was speaking, and the soundbite “Are you serious?!” said by a young woman was played. The PM responded, “DEAD SERIOUS!” The crowd went wild. We are still not over it. The man is hilarious.
- People make reference to elections by mistake. My aunt told me about her pastor speaking to the church. He said, “It’s unbelievable!” The church responded, “It’s unthinkable!” It wasn’t until later that day that he was reminded of the “It’s unbelievable! It’s unthinkable!” soundbite used by the opposition. Yes, this is how far it has gone. The CHURCH.
- Candidates actually go door-to-door to speak with their constituents. Sometimes, they send canvasers in their place, but they know that it is in their best interest to personally visit constituents. They take flyers and goodies with them in attempt to win votes.
- People play both sides. They wear the right colour shirt for the right visitor. They use their “support” to get money, jobs, and other favours.
- Decisions to support a party often puts man-against-man, grandmother-against-grandson, mother-against-daughter. Many families have historically voted one way, and expect no one – not even new generations – to change that.
- People of opposing parties yell at each other, belittle one another’s party leaders, throw jeers, etc. All in the name of party loyalty and “fun”.
- Election tourism. I didn’t know it existed until my brother met visitors from Canada. “We come here every 5 years for this! It’s awesome! You guys are so into it! You wear all your colours and everything. We’ve got all our colours. There’s a new green one now too, right? We have that too.” The couple has the time of their life, listening to all the talk shows, attending the crazy rallies, etc. They LOVE it. THAT, to me, is HILARIOUS.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
I just would like to note that it would take over 200 buses (in Nassau, Bahamas) to carry that many people. I’d also like to note that there were not 5,700 people viewing my blog. Just 5,700 views. Lol. But I guess it’s more exciting to think about train loads? Hahaha. Anyway, not a bad (almost) year of the bloggin’ thing, right? Thank you for you views and your comments.
I was juuust saying I wish I could have a garden. I live in a little apartment, and it doesn’t come with an extra piece of earth. This provides a great alternative. I can have some pretty lil things to add life to my VERY WHITE apartment, and possibly grow some herbs. Winning all around! I’m excited! I hope I have some extra cash really soon to order one or two of these kits. I think they’d make pretty awesome gifts too. I’ll do a test order to see how long it takes for them to get in, and see what happens. *does excited little happy dance*
via Life by SaJe
I’m all for eating. Enjoying food. For every second that it lasts. I don’t think eating is supposed to be stressful. We should eat what we like. At the same time, we should respect our bodies. Know when we’ve had enough. Know what the body needs, without leaving it to YELL AT US LIKE THIS. I can deal with a guideline or two, but that fanatical finger-wagging eat-exactly-this-much-of-this-and-that-much-of-that and use-a-measuring-cup-plus-scale-plus-calculator-at-every-meal is not my style. This article is realistically helpful. I appreciate it. Thought you might too.
FOOD IS NOT THE ENEMY!
EAT! And BE HEALTHY!
I LOVE CAKE. This was the perfect thing for me to see this morning. I shall bake a cake tonight, actually. A Coca-Cola cake. Yes, I am serious. An actual cake with Coca-Cola in it. I’ll take pictures as I go along and share it along with the recipe later. And a taste review. Because people need to know!
via Ennui Ensues
Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion (2010)
(Source: thatswhatshesaidquotes, via karnythia)
Rape isn’t a ‘natural hazard’ like a cliff edge that women must be careful to avoid when drunk – it is a willful act of violence perpetrated by another human being and the responsibility lies with the perpetrator not the victim. Drinking alcohol is not illegal or wrong. Perpetrators are in control of their actions. A woman is never responsible for a man raping her. But society’s morals and logic currently display a yogic ability to bend over backwards to accommodate, accept, and normalize the reality of violence against women. Studies show that people who display high levels of sexism are more likely to accept the idea that women can be to blame when a man rapes them. This propensity to blame victims and often to absolve the perpetrators allows the cultures that breed sexist violence to go unchallenged. Victim-blaming must also end for the real cause of sexist violence—gender inequality—to come into full view.