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Are you politically active? Do you feel informed about British politics? Do you feel like you influence the way this country is run?

I’m guessing very few of you will answer yes to any of those questions. The careless attitude is becoming more common within our society.

But believe it or not, politics at the moment is pretty hot. Who does what? What did they say?

The general election needs to occur before May 2010 and the largest two parties are fighting for a win. But with the contagious careless attitude spreading with anyone even turn up to vote.

The electorate turnout has been on the decline for over a decade now. People have given up, lost hope and simply can’t be bothered. But one law the Aussies have is compulsory voting. You have to turn up and vote. It’s part of living in the country. Similar to paying taxes, some would say it defeats the object of freedom of choice. But perhaps it would make people more active in politics. Maybe you would pay a little more attention to how the government proposes to run the country.

Saying all this, it seems so easy to encourage people to vote, but I’m not sure it would actually work. Forcing us to do something we really don’t care about. Maybe politicians should take a look in the mirror. How about they stop getting spin-doctors to sell their policies in the best light and cut straight to the point. Perhaps they need to recognise the difference between playground politics and governing a country. Then they may earn some respect and interact with the future generations. After all it’s them who will be voting the next prime minister!

Humans are like tea bags. They are at their strongest when in hot water.

Last week was a bit of a rollercoaster. Things weren’t going to plan and ‘the plan’ was forever changing.

But if anything, something came out of the madness; the game of life is a weird one! (As if you didn’t know that) But I realised that people walk in and out of your life, but not many leave footprints in your heart. Living in the 21st century, if you can put your hand on your heart and say you have a true friend, you are a very lucky person.

People say friends are the family you chose. So whether it’s a lover, friend, or both keep hold of those special people.

Last week it rained. Actually it poured. But it taught me that those you expect to be there might not be. But, and here is the important bit. You will cross paths with someone else and they will pick you up, brush you off and turn that straight line into a beautiful curve on your face.

I realise that a problem shared is a problem halved. I’m one of those stupid people who would rather tell a complete stranger my problems. But what’s the point. Now I laugh at myself. By telling those who actually know you; one, their advice will be much more helpful and two, it plays a big part in an uber-kool thing called friendship.

Me and Nikhil are reading a book called “Gypsy Masala: A Story of Dreams” by Preethi Nair at the moment. And though we haven’t got past the first few pages we found a pretty beautiful quote in it:

“If thoughts were left to fly to unknown places, then perhaps nature’s hand would pick them up and breathe into them an awaiting reality.”

I’m not even going to say anythig about it because I think it says it all by itself and you will all probably find your own meaning behind it.

I had a day with the fairies yesterday and I’m feeling away with them again today. I should be working on an essay, but just can’t seem to focus.

While surfing the internet I found a personality quiz. One difference. This one is rather accurate, for how I’m feeling right now. Check it out here

Name: Heena
Date: 4/21/2009
Colorgenics Number: 14652307

You are seeking an affectionate relationship, offering fulfilment and happiness. You are capable of powerful emotional enthusiasm. Deep down, you are a kind loving person, always helpful and willing to adapt yourself if necessary to realise the bond of affection that you desire. But you need the same consideration and understanding from others and it is this need that will sometimes hold you back… so let go, trust and you may pleasantly surprised at what happens.

You are an emotional and sensitive person. You are inclined to delight and wallow in all things that give pleasure to your senses but nevertheless your tastes are refined and you reject anything that is indecent or vulgar.

You are not an argumentative sort of person and ‘rather than fight – you’d switch’ (an old cigarette ad cliche). But when you try to assert yourself – as sometimes you may try to do – you meet with so much resistance and effrontery that manifests itself so obviously that you become hurt, indignant and resentful. So in order to have peace and quiet you tend to become inhibited. You keep it all to yourself but deep down, you ‘feel’ and ‘hurt’ a lot.

You are being unduly influenced by the situation that is all around you. You do not like the feeling of loneliness and whatever it is that seems to separate you from others. You know that life can be wonderful and you are anxious to experience life in all its aspects, to live it to the full. You therefore resent any restriction or limitations that are being imposed on you and you insist on going it alone.

You wish to be left in peace… no more conflict and no more differences of opinion. In fact you just don’t want to be involved in arguments of any shape or form. All you want is for ‘them’ to get on with it – and to leave you alone.

Those of you who know me, knew that last Thursday I was supposed to be jetting off to the clouds. Not exactly, but a hot air balloon flight was booked, for the third time. Yes, 3rd time. And SURPRISE SURPRISE the British weather let us down again.

But this time it wasn’t very clear. More confusing than anything. On past attempts we could see the weather was clearly unsuitable and frankly quite dangerous, but Thursday evening looked beautiful.

So beautiful that I ended up spending the evening taking photos, 111 to be precise. Some of which I’m going to share with you.

Blue sky up above...

Blue sky up above...

There goes a plane, but no balloon...

There goes a plane, but no balloon...

Sun setting behind the biggest Pine tree I have ever seen

Sun setting behind the biggest Pine tree I have ever seen

Fallen pinecones

Fallen pinecones

So I had a dream last night. The dream told me, I had to blog the hot chocolate I experienced back in February. I say experienced, because it was like heaven in a mug. So smooth, and sweet, and creamy too. It was the best hot chocolate me and Kavita, my sister have ever tried.

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See I’m a big fan of hot chocolate but I hate it in places like Starbucks and Costa. So watered-down and all the cocoa powder settles at the bottom. It leaves a weird taste in my mouth. (Please do let me know if I’m not the only one)

Any way, Tom Tom is a cute coffee house near Victoria Station. On the corner of Ebury Street we found it by chance but I’ve got to say, it’s defiantly a hidden beauty. Inside it has a relaxed and authentic mood. Slightly posh too, but an aura making you feel quite cosy and at home.

And trust me; by just looking at this picture, your mouth will water. I was so amazed that two months after I dreamt about it! Now isn’t that alone telling you that it is something special.

Eat your heart out!

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So I’m supposed to be working on my Structure of Government essay at the moment, but just came across a story which some what angered me.

So I thought it was only fair to share it with you, and perhaps get a few different opinions.

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Boris wants to change laws. He wants to make it legal for cyclists to pass through red lights.

The mayor has written of the department of Transport, key word being TRANSPORT, saying we should scrap the £30 fine and let cyclists go through red lights at junctions.

Now to me, this seems like a very silly idea. Cycles are a mode of transport and should follow the general Highway Code. Changing rules here and there will only confuse drivers and pedestrians creating more dangers scenarios and a higher risk of accidents.

As a pedestrian there are some crossings, including zebra crossings where I’m scared that if I’m not going to get hit by a car, then a cyclist will hit me. Can you imagine what the new rules will do?

Now I understand that accidents can never be blamed on a single individual but I feel that existing rules and regulation need to be made clearer to ensure a safer environment.

Perhaps Boris should focus his attention on making more cycle lanes in Central London, making cyclists feel integrated in traffic. This way it will clear for drivers and give cyclists their own space.

Sorry Boris, but this is a bad idea.

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Are they actually being serious? A missing frog?

Can anyone explain?

An article my friend Sital Ladva wrote about the taboo subject of kissing.

Check it out here.

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