The Thaw Generation

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Fricking rain

So this morning when I woke up it was raining.
I decided to just lie it out, and wait until the rain was finished so I could go for a walk and not be drenched. By 12.30pm I decided that enough was enough and got out of bed. Now with the heating on and not too much to do outside of blog or continue to read the shitty Grisham book I stole from my parents' house, I've pretty much given up on the idea of the walk.
After trawling the internet for quite some time I have realised that while it is possibly the best procrastinatory tool available, it's still not that great. The blogs I regularly check aren't normally updated on the weekend, and those that are only really take about an hour total to check. Frick.
Maybe I will do a short bit about the name of the blog so that it doesn't sound quite as dicky.
My interest, at present, is in the dissidents that lived under the communist regimes of Eastern Europe and Russia during the 1960s-1980s. In Moscow there was an underground journal called The Chronicle of Current Events, that went out of its way to publish stories about the mistreatment of the oppositional characters by these regimes, and the activities of these oppositional groups/individuals. Anyway, I've always felt it was a bit of a crap title, but for some reason over the past year or so, as I have been reading more about it as I prepare for my thesis based on it, I have become really attached to the idea of a "chronicle", especially one that attempts to do the impossible: present an unbiased and impartial account of life under a totalitarian regime. Add to the mix the fact that anyone who was found to be contributing, producing, copying, reading or possessing the Chronicle soon found their treatment at the hands of the political police decribed within the pages of that publication.
It is really very heart-breaking to think of all those highly educated people being forced to live out their lives in prison camps or pyschiatric hospitals just due to their unshakeable belief that a democratic way of life was the most important thing in the world.


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