Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Meg the Mad Muggle

It's taken a lot of persuading from various sources but I have finally relented and am reading the Harry Potter books. I don't normally like reading anything favoured by the great unwashed, so I feel quite uncomfortable with the entire business. I'm only on the second book so far and it's very readable but I have yet to see anything that makes the books particularly stand out. My sister says they get better as they go along so I will update you on my progress...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Two minutes silence

Did anyone else do the silence today? We all stood on the steps at work to do it. When we first went out there were a couple who had just got married getting their photos done on the steps and I thought it could be a bit awkward, but they soon buggered off.

I'm not sure what I think about doing these silences. Obviously, I care very much about what happened on 7th July and spending time working at the mortuary made it feel very close to home. But, it's hard to know what justifies a minute's silence. Atrocities happen every day and we can't have a silence for everything. In some ways I wish we'd just stuck to a minute on rememberence day and found another way to mark other events. This two minutes thing is a joke aswell. Will the next atrocity be a three minutes silence to show that we're very very sad about it? Also, I can see why you might need to commemorate the death of many people, but when people did a minute's silence when Diana died, it was ridiculous.

I'm pleased we did the two minutes today though. I'm just glad I'm not the person who decides when to hold them!