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Marilee J. Layman

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05:50 pm: Changing Clocks, PBS Show, and Dream
I changed the car DVD player's time before I turned the engine off yesterday (and then had to turn the power back on to put the windows up because I was so careful to remember the time). One VCR, my radio-signal alarm clock and the computer all changed by themselves. Last night I changed the time on the other VCR, the TV, and my cell phone. Today, after I got the right wrench, I took the analog flower clock mostly apart (because cleaning ladies had been loosening the screw that holds the quartz movement and hands straight), put it back together tightly, and changed the time.

I took advantage of the extra hour last night to watch the first two episodes of a miniseries on PBS: The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard. It's about a supermarket manager who accidently talks to a TV crew after breaking up a candidate fight in front of her store. She thinks politics should be brought back to the people and as she is interviewed more and more, and acquires political and financial sponsors, other new candidates all over England join her Purple Alliance. It's been fascinating so far seeing how the English "machine" works and how the change affects her family. There's another ep tonight and the last one next week.

Right before I woke up today, I dreamed that I had a husband who had come home from war, bringing a little boy who had lost all his family. As I started going through his stuff to clean and repair, I realized that there was a code and a message, but the message was incomplete. He had one bag he'd forbidden me to open and I was sure the rest of the message was in there. He was moody and withdrawn and I was worried that it wasn't just the war, but whatever this message was, so early one morning, while he and the boy were asleep, I opened the bag. And then I woke up. Not fair!

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From:the_changeling
Date:November 4th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
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That's the 'British' machine. :-)
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 4th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Oops! I debated and decided "English" was right, but clearly I was wrong!
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From:the_changeling
Date:November 5th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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It is confusing, as people talk about the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, and Nothern Ireland has it's own political parties.

However, it's one system for Parliament at Westminster, throughout the UK. The Welsh/Scottish stuff is on top of the other stuff, and has seperate elections and their own hierarchy.

This gave rise to the so called "West Lothian Question" - as Scottish elected MPs to Westminster, get to vote on 'English' issues, yet English MPs at Westminster, don't get to vote on 'Scottish' issues.

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/notes/snpc-02586.pdf

Jane Horricks, who's playing the lead, is a wonderful actress! :-) Very famous in the UK. Amazing voice, as you can tell if you ever see "Little Voice".
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 5th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
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I have Little Voice on my Netflix queue already.

It is complicated over there, as most long-term governments that don't end in dictatorship are. I wonder if the US will last as long.
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From:redrose3125
Date:November 5th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm fascinated by all the women. Just - all the women! in positions of power! Something I've never seen in real life.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 5th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and that's because she got the roots to vote, and the women voted for the women. I don't think that would work here. A new third party would be too much for even a millionaire to support and we have too many divergent views.
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From:redrose3125
Date:November 8th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
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She didn't seem to have any real positions on issues, so I'm not sure that divergent views were a problem. Also, the British system, where the PM is not elected individually, but is the leader of the party in power, probably lends itself to something like this even being possible.
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