Been five years, but apparently this place is still running...

This post is just a reminder, probably long overdue, that while budgie's squawks, i.e. this place, went into archive status back in 2011, the new blog - budgie's perch - has been open for business since then.

You've missed quite a lot, but pop by any time you want... I'm currently in the midst of a seventy-five day countdown to 2017. You can imagine how that's going...
August 2010

On hiatus... but elsewhere?

After nine years, I'm seriously considering retiring this blog. It's been the only blog I've had, but I feel in need of a new start.

I'm leaving the blog here for the moment, and I may return to it, or even cross-post from a new blog, but I need a break from Livejournal, I think.

I need a change.

Something new.

So, while budgie's squawks goes on hiatus, budgie's perch opens for business.

Not sure what'll be there, but it'll likely have a slightly different tone, once the introductory posts are out of the way over the next couple of days.

Thanks for everything, people. I'll still be watching...

But onwards and upwards, as they say.

budgie's perch: say hello.
August 2010


Not often I'm disgusted by things our governments (local or national) do. Disapprove of, certainly. Protest against, very very occasionally. But to actively be disgusted by? To think that whoever came up with this should not be able to look at themselves in the mirror without being ashamed?

No that's a rare thing.

So a round of applause, please, and a hearty well done to the Department of Work and Pensions for this, courtesy of the BBC:
Terminally ill people warned over possible benefit cut
Thousands of terminally-ill people have begun receiving letters warning them their benefits could be cut in April even though Parliament has yet to approve the changes.

Under proposals being scrutinised in the Lords, Contributory Employment Support Allowance (CESA) will be time-limited to 12 months from April 2012.

The changes will be retrospective.

So people on CESA for 12 months or more when the rule comes into force will have their benefit cut immediately.

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Did you see that? "...even though Parliament has yet to approve the changes" and "The changes will be retrospective."

Disgusting. Our government should be ashamed of itself.
August 2010


The BBC 'news' piece suggesting that many parents want the return of corporal punishment ends by reporting that the survey asked which celeb would make a good teacher in the opinion of the respondents.

The real answer? Not one of them without decent training, and several years of it.

Teaching's not something you can 'stroll into' and succeed at merely because you're a celebrity. You're trained for it, and to suggest that just because you've written a book, shagged a footballer or appeared on TV, you can walk into a classroom and control a class or create a lesson plan or mark work properly is a lie.

And it's an insult to the thousands of teachers, teaching assistants and others who work in schools day after day, week after week, term after term, pouring their guts, their souls and their lives into teaching our children.
August 2010


Some friends of mine have Twitter accounts for things their children say, the most frequently posting of which, probably, represent Mitch and Clara Benn's children, @ThingsGretaSays and @StuffAstridSays.

Now my son is far too old for Twitter to have been around when he was a youngster. Instead, parents of my generation had Calvin and Hobbes to do it for us:

August 2010

Facebook Cull...

I've recently removed a stack of people on Facebook, not for any "you've offended me" reason, but simply because I'm no longer in regular contact with them, and if I've not been in regular contact with them over the past year or so, it's unlikely I'm going to be going forward.

If there's anyone on here reading this who is also on Facebook, and thinks I've unfairly removed them, feel free to shout out. However, I don't think I've removed anyone who I'm in regular contact with.

I'm not convinced I'll do one here as well, since reading someone's blog is - to me - a quite different thing to being 'friends' with them on Facebook, and of course, on Facebook, unlike Livejournal, it's exclusively mutual. Here - and on Twitter - I can follow you without you doing the same. And vice versa.

With Facebook, however, "unfriending" someone automatically means you are both no longer reading each other's feed.