Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Importance of Being Laura

Recently I have been wondering whether or not my name 'Laura' appears in any famous works of literature, cinema, music or art. So I decided to Wikipedia myself and find out. I found out that the two most Famous Lauras are Laura Bush (George Bush's wife) and Laura Ingalls-Wilder (after whom I was named). Deciding to research further I learned that there are Lauras in the art, music and film world, however they are not quite as refined as I had hoped.
It turns out that there is a Saint Laura of Cordoba but she was only made a saint after she was boiled alive in hot oil. Nice. In the art world there is an Italian picture called 'Laura Giorgione' it is not quite as I had expected click here to see.
Perhaps the lowest point in my search to see where else my name had been used was in a 1979 French film called 'Laura'. The plot is as follows:
'James Mitchell plays Paul Wyler, a successful sculptor best known for sculpting nude young girls. When he encounters an old flame, Sarah , he is so smitten by her beautiful daughter Laura that he asks Sarah if she will pose for him. Sarah, married but still jealous of the fact that her former lover is more attracted to her daughter, tells Paul that Laura is not interested, even though she is actually quite enthusiastic about doing it. As an alternative to live posing, Sarah takes photos of Laura posing nude and gives them to Paul so that he can sculpt Laura. After a fire at an art exhibit, though, Paul goes blind and cannot complete the sculpture. In the end, Laura, when going to say goodbye to Paul, allows him to finish his work by feeling her body and sculpting by feeling. This leads to a sexual encounter between the two, and the next morning Laura's mother comes to take her away.'
It was at this point I decided to turn to Music for hope. In terms of music the most obvious song is of course 'Laura' by the Scissor Sisters, but I also found this song by a band called Single File called 'Hey Laura' I think the song is pretty awesome:
I also learnt that I am an area in Poland, a river in the Ukraine/Romania, a town in Canada, the USA and the Marshall Islands and a town and a river in Australia. I am also a family car, an asteroid and a detective novel by Vera Caspary. So it would seem that in terms of the art world Lauras seem to be involved with nudity, but we also seem to be popular place names.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Twitter Unfollow

'Hello my name is Laura and I like to tweet.' Every since I created my twitter account I have been fascinated by the various trending topics, word games and community feel that it has to it. The other day I had something new directed my way. It's an app for Twitter called 'Who Unfollowed Me'. The basic idea is that you log in to your Twitter account via the site, it takes a note of who you are following and who is following you then next time you check back in it can tell you if anyone has stopped following you and gives you a list of the people who have unfollowed you.
Now this App seemed a little odd to me. Granted I am not a celeb so I do not have hundreds of thousands of followers, in fact I believe that at present I have 73. I consider this not a bad number for someone who has had their account less than a year and is just a regular person. I have noticed from time to time this number does change sometimes it's higher sometimes it's lower. However now with 'Who Unfollowed Me' I can find out exactly who has stopped following me.
Personally I feel that this is a totally pointless app designed for only the truly narcissistic. Who really cares whether someone has stopped following you? I don't! Most of my follows are people I've never met. People who follow you on Twitter are not like your real life friends. Why get upset about the fact that someone who you've never met has decided not to follow you anymore? There are better things to worry about like if you're real life friends stop 'following' you because you whine so much about your Twitter 'friends', or the economy, or the rising cost of fuel, or whether Ed Milliband's voice will be even nasalier after he's had his operation.
In short this app does not get my approval as it encourages people to spy on those following them and feel bad that they know who is not following them anymore. It's just as bad as when people get upset because one of their Facebook friends has defriended them. Seriously there is life outside of the Internet!

Saturday, 7 May 2011


The votes have been cast, the results are in and the referendum to decide whether or not to switch to AV has been decided. It would appear that the 'Yes to AV' camp have literally been destroyed. According to the results on the Telegraph website only 10 constituencies had Yes as the winner. They are Camden (my area Yes but by only 2000), Islington, Haringey, Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark(but by only 2000 votes), Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow Kelvin and Edinburgh Central (but by less than 1000 votes). It would seem that of those ten three were very close votes. It is very interesting to see that despite the fact that both Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg backing the Yes to AV campaign and only David Cameron supporting No to AV the No vote won.
The one highlight of the results was that Ed Milliband's constituency of Doncaster Yes got ~28,000 whereas No got 58,000 and Nick Clegg's constituency of Sheffield Yes got ~61,000 while No got ~99,000. Blushes all round it would seem. Another victory for Calamity Clegg and Awkward Ed.
I do feel that I need to not that both campaigns did work hard to promote and try to persuade, it would just seem that common sense won out in the end. Of all the videos and leaflets that I saw on the campaign below has to be my favourite:

Now that we're sorted out this AV referendum maybe it's time for one on the EU? An issue that a lot more people have opinions on.