Ruth's Diary


Look at the date. Some people believed Nostradamus predicted yesterday to be the day of the Apocalypse. But no, yesterday was just another day. I made a haircut appointment, did my Japanese Writing exam and went to fencing. Yesterday apocalyptic thriller 'The Omen' got released...not that I plan to watch it I just thought I'd mark the day.

Today I choose to write random rubbish.

I meant to do this entry yesterday but the server slowed down when I connected to it...again! It seems this has been happening everywhere: Nathan's computer can't always get an internet connection and his server connection's also slow, the internet at Dad's work is slow, as well as the internet at the business partners of Dad's company's offices. (Note: He doesn't own said company) He thinks maybe some computers in the world are releasing 'packets'. (I think that's what he said.)

What's also random is the power cut that lasted less than a minute. The first I knew of it Nathan's TV switched on in restart mode, but my computer was unaffected. Then Dad said the server had been switched off and was restarting. He rang up for more information and found out the power cut affected most of South London's suburbs and North Surrey. In fact, some people had to live without power for more than an hour or even the entire morning. He also discovered the electricity supplier for the area was French. On that note he added that a Spanish company was taking over the running of London's Airports. Oh the strange world of Globalisation.

I don't have anything against it, it heralds a goldmine of opportunity for companies of developing countries. But right now Western retail giants use Globalisation as a means of making themselves even richer at the expense of minor competition in both developed and less developed countries as well as the ignorant cheap labour who have never heard of workers' rights. As with most things in life, a balance needs to be found.

It was also last week that I finally completed the LEA form for the new student loan system. This will be the first year the new loans will be used, but hopefully they'll refine the forms in the future: they're quite tedious and Mum thought they were being nosy. After doing a couple of mistakes on the paper form Mum made me fill it in online, which lasted roughly an hour. Way quicker. This was partly because the online form skipped sections that were not relevant to me and also it didn't always demand signatures. I think the paper form demanded three signatures from me and one from each 'sponsor', in my case two from both my parents. I don't know why lots of government forms demand you sign saying "I believe this information to be correct" because half the people who lie get away with it. Well maybe not that many but there isn't an exact statistic.

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