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London Mayoral Elections

So, now that I'm officially a Londoner again, I'm eligible to vote in the London Mayoral Elections on May 1st.

Thing is, at the moment I haven't got much of an idea who to vote for (either as Mayor or for the London Assembly). Care to share your opinions or point me at any useful resources you know of?
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Songs of the tribe

Randomly browsing friends-of-friends ljs I came across a post about someone's elderly relative and how, even though suffering from dementia, she could still enjoy and remember the words of familiar hymns. The poster then went on to muse about how our more secular society seems to be missing anything equivalent - we have pop songs, nursery rhymes, songs that are sung for special occasions (carols, Happy Birthday etc.) but nothing that we sing regularly throughout our entire lifetime, so as to ingrain its way that deeply into our consciousness[1].

This struck me particularly because Daniel is currently fascinated by music and singing, and is regularly asking me to sing his favourite songs. As this coincides with an increasingly sophisticated understanding of other people, and how the world works in general I kind of have this sense that this is the point at which I should be teaching him the Great Songs of our Tribe; except that - as described in the first paragraph - our 'tribe' doesn't really seem to have any. He certainly enjoys "The Wheels on the Bus", "Sing a Song of Sixpence" etc. but I do feel a little sad that I don't have anything more significant to pass on.

[1] Obviously, this won't necessarily be true of those readers who are regular churchgoers (or folk-music participants?), but even they won't necessarily find themselves at the end of their lives surrounded by others who know the same songs.
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Announcement

Some of you already know this, but it occurs to me that I haven't actually made an official announcement anywhere:

I'm pregnant again :) 18 weeks today - had the first scan at 15 weeks, and heard the heartbeat last week so touch wood everything's going fine.

Due date is 1 July, which means Daniel will be 21 months i.e. one-and-three-quarters. We've already embarked on a propaganda campaign "Look! baby!" so he's at least aware of what they are: helped by the fact that two couples we know have recently become parents for the first time, so he's had the chance to look at them up close, and seems to be at least moderately interested in them.
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The position of the 'Search Inside' arrow for
this book on Amazon made me giggle.

Note 1) Not completely worksafe, as this links to a sex manual
Note 2) No, I was not looking up books on this topic for myself - I got it from skellington1 who was responding to ursulav's latest post.
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As of about now, Daniel is exactly one year old.

I do have various thoughts on motherhood and identity, but they will have to wait for another occasion, as I need time to gather my thoughts, and this is just a brief entry on the laptop while he plays on the floor. Suffice it to say that he is delightful and I am 100% sure we made the right decision in choosing to have a baby.
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Fascinating program on Radio 4 this morning - an interview with a woman (Laura Blumenfeld) whose Jewish-American father was shot by a Palestinian terrorist while he was on holiday in Jerusalem; and who chose to take 'revenge' (her choice of word) on the gunman and his family in an unorthodox and ultimately positive way.

Of particular interest, I imagine, to mirabehn, smhwpf and others interested in peace and nonviolence issues, but fascinating simply as a story in its own right. (The link above should start the broadcast - if not, scroll down the page and click on The Choice)