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When thinking: “What shall I write about this?” Kavita said something quite spectacular.

“The keys on a piano are black and white, but they sound like a million colours in your mind.”

And that’s all I’m going to say.

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I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed and got comfortable in front of the TV. Whilst eating my breakfast I watched bits and pieces of Pink’s concert. Not sure where it was, but that’s not important.

See, I’m not usually a big fan of Pink but this song definitely got my attention. Its lyrics definitely provoked my reactions and I think the message is really important in today’s world. Kind of strange, because it gave me goose bumps.

Found a new, and pretty slinky website. Collaborating with Google Map, you can quite literally listen to London.

The website provides audio commentary on lots of London’s top landmarks. An interactive map! Visitors use a map of London to pick sites and listen to tips, interesting facts and history.

Check it out!

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Dreams. Everyone dreams. But how do those dreams turn to reality? Does it take hard work, perseverance and determination or will they just fall into place when the time is right?

I’m not writing this because I know the answer, but just thought I would put the question out there?

Do you pick yourself up after failure, brush yourself off and try again or do you sit back and let fate do its work?

Life is short and to just sit back and hope your dreams will come true seems a waste of time. But is there a point when someone is trying too hard. In my family we strongly believe everything happens for a reason and that whatever is going to happen will happen.

But is there a middle ground? And, if so, where art thou?

A very interesting story about an incredible woman! This is what you call a true hero.

Read it here

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Sipping on a fresh banana and vanilla smoothie, I can feel summer is in the air. Yep. Bring on late night BBQs, painting my toe nails, chilling in the park and having to eat my ice cream quickly before it melts. Not to forget great water fights, which I do plan to win some time this summer! (Hint hint, Nikhil!)

Summer! It’s like a breath of fresh air! Bright wardrobes come out of their closets, flips flops, and oooh, the best thing is people are HAPPY!

Driving around the past couple of day, people are nicer. They let me stroll out of my driveway without beeping me. They even cracked a smile. Drivers let me pass on narrow streets. (Thanks) I also let them pass!

It’s a funny thing. Funny but true. I think in Britain we just get bored of seeing same dull, wet weather. A slight change in weather seems to create a HUGE change in peoples’ mood. Even when it was the snow day. It generally had a good effect on people. Random conversations with strangers, people unite.

I like it! I look forward to this summer!

It’s official. The swine flu hype has hit the final level.

Missing: Sital Ladva
Network: London
Last seen on Facebook: Last week

Sital Ladva has disappeared. And that’s not the worst thing. She disappeared off Facebook. Wait, it gets even worse. According to Facebook, she never existed. Slightly creepy hey?

The social networking site has millions and millions of users and somehow we are all connected. Whether it’s through sharing applications to ‘being in a relationship with’ Facebook is one BIG spider diagram.

So losing an account is one thing. But how can Facebook have no record of Sital at all? What about our wall-to-wall you might ask? Non-existent. Pictures I tagged her in? No longer tagged. Seems quite funny to say this but I’ve lost a friend!

She has actually disappeared off the world wide web.

Since the landslide victory of 1997, Labour has become quite cosy at Number 10. They have swept Britain off their feet and governed the UK for three consecutive terms.
With the next general election on the horizon, the battle between Britain’s two dominant parties is turning into a vicious battle. As both play their best cards, it’s up to us to make the decision.

Labour’s impressive three-term advantage is now working against them, as the last decade saw previous leader, Tony Blair, make some hard-headed and controversial decisions. Taking Britain to war with Iraq, followed by ex-Chancellor Gordon Brown under-estimating the severity of the economic downturn has led to an escalating decline in the number of supporters for the party. The polls turned, and fresh-faced David Cameron won over a significant number of supporters for the Conservative Party. As Britain dug itself into a deep financial hole, voters lost hope. They now long for a faithful government; a party they can trust to rebuild economy.

Now time is against both parties to make a lasting impression on their voters. Labour and Conservative are neck-to-neck, and are willing to play dirty. But the underlying question is can Labour govern for a fourth term, or are we on the cusp of a swinging pendulum, bringing the Tories into power?

Before predicting the future, it is important to look back at the history. When the Conservative Party collapsed in the 1990s they gave Labour a new found hope and strength. Presenting themselves as new Labour they dominated Britain for 13 years. Re-inventing themselves won them a new generation of voters. However, all good things come to an end, and as the party became more successful, their popularity fell.

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New Labour had abandoned the working class, the poor, and trade unions. Their new policies and harsh decisions quickly lost respect and support of electorate. The election of 2001 found Labour win with a 58 per cent electorate turnout, their lowest win since 1918.

Fast-forwarding to the present day, some may say, they have no chance in winning the election as a result of their actions and failure to deliver. Their setback in 2003 was also a big blow to the party’s support. Tony Blair, against his country’s wishes went to war with Iraq. Mocked as President Bush’s poodle, Britain lost its identity and ability to act alone. With vast amount of tax-payers money being poured into fuelling the war, Blair made Labour deeply unpopular and people are still waiting for answers. It is not surprising that Gordon Brown wishes to postpone the full inquiry into the Iraq war until after the elections. It is unknown to him what will come of the investigation and in a bid to retain the party’s future he insists on coming clean after the election. Whether this is a wise decision is questionable. Perhaps if Labour took responsibility for their mistakes people could move on and restore faith in the party. Without any remorseful or repenting action, they will not regain the trust from the country.

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Since 2006 polls have indicated the Tories are in the lead. However, this may not be entirely down to voters genuinely supporting their values. Currently Britain is facing some of its toughest economic challenges and everyone is unhappy with the state of the economy. At times of struggle it’s natural to point the finger of blame at the managing government. If people are willing to risk whether the grass is greener on the other side, Labour will fail.

A pattern illustrated during the run-up to elections, show an economic boom gives the incumbent a great advantage. This said the Labour Party is automatically at a disadvantage. The housing bubble is at the root of the problem and the public need someone to blame. There is no doubt that the collapse of the house prices and increased difficulty on securing a loan wouldn’t have happened under the Tories, but Labour is in office. Blaming the current government just seems obvious.

Sounds like the Labour Party has been in a downward spiral for the past three years but polls indicated a Labour lead when Brown became Prime Minster. Tony Blair stepping down gave Labour another chance. However it wasn’t long before the electorate also gave up on Brown, who had made no significant impact to the country. But wait, this does not mean that the Conservative party have gained popularity. They oppose a fiscal stimulus, want to reduce spending in education, health, defence and overseas aid and are the most anti-European party alive. It doesn’t take an idiot to realise that these are arguably some of Britain’s most pressing issues. Although there is a huge focus on Cameron as an individual, the Tories need to understand they are missing a crucial element – their manifesto. The electorate might not like Brown very much at the moment, but Cameron’s pretty face won’t win the election. Will, come election-day, the electorate feel safer with Labour and give them one final chance?

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Taking all factors into consideration, the budget is a big occasion. Considering the state of the economy this budget was huge and repercussions are still rippling through the media. Frankly it would have been the Alistair Darling’s ultimate saviour to plan his actions wisely on how to resolve the current crisis. However with severe criticism, he and Gordon Brown are looking defeated, worsening the already bad situation. His rather optimistic outlook has come across as stupidity and some of his decisions have severely aggravated the electorate. Higher taxes, immense government spending and a dangerous mounting debt look like a hopeless future. Forecasting a rapid economic recovery, Tories are now further in the lead with their more realistic approach of cutbacks.

Money and trust being a key issue, Darling and Brown have a challenging task ahead of them. From restoring faith on politics, forecasting the future of finance to dealing with the toxic issue of allowance for MPs, it is safe to say expenses scandals among politicians have jeopardised the Labour party. Jacqui Smith and Tony McNulty are few of the culprits who claimed unreasonable amount of tax-payers money to fund second homes. This will certainly give other parties an easier win among constituencies. However one tactic Alistair Darling will play is to use the Tories weakest point as his strength. In an attempt to contrast the actions of the Conservative government during the mass unemployment in the 1980s, Darling hopes his “Budget for Jobs” will restore faith in a majority of voters.

The polls indicate the Tories are in the lead. In the 21st century polls are accurate. The sampling process has greatly improved since the early 1980s. However inaccuracy exists and can root from parties believing they still hold core voters; supporters who will always vote for them. Historical reasons prove Labour did influence a large majority of Indians, Pakistanis and Afro-Caribbeans during the post-war immigration period of 1960s. Regardless of economic circumstances those migrants will always support Labour. Whether Labour still holds those voters’ respect is questionable and only post-election analysis will reveal who those details.

All aspects, large and small will affect the outcome of voting. Brains, beauty and brawn, let the battle commence.

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