So LJ has been updated in the style of every other social networking and entertainment site I visit. Very sleek, but there was nothing truly "wrong" with he old version. I have no time to explore the new option today, so have set my journal back to the old LJ site layout. If that preference could be saved until I alter it perfect, if not, well that's new technology ;-).
800 words of an essay still need to be written by me and the topic has NOTHING to do with 'Livejournal', so it's time to sign out.
I've felt drawn back to this journal. Earlier I was reading some of my earlier entries and even the most mundane ones were a small record of another day lived.
Some earlier updates can be copied and pasted in later but for now I'm working simply.
The weight has dropped slightly since I last wrote in here. For the first time in years, 140lbs has flashed up on the scale. To put that in perspective with the extra-tall factor: It equates to a BMI of 17.97. I like the number and want to use it as a motivation to push lower, yet do not trust that it will last.
Updates are going on, they are being pasted in in hour long sessions :0).
I WILL get to the 2012 ones soon.
One of the reasons people get so angry about public sector strikes is that public sector employees do things that people actually need - teachers, train drivers, fire-fighters - these are all critical jobs. It's all very well to say "You don't get strikes in the private sector" but that's because strikes in the private sector just don't have the same impact.
"There was concern today after 100's of the country's top handbag designers began a 24 hour walkout. The government say they have contingency measurements in place to design emergency handbags in the event of a shortage, but a spokesperson for the industry has said that rich ladies were prepared for hardship and that many of them are prepared to carry a handbag up to a week old if it means not giving in: Fashion industry leaders have accused the government of acting like Hitler, with John Galiano adding "And coming from me that's sort of ironic".
Robin Roberts interviews Demi Lovato about her troubles and recovery. Heidi Gutman
By JANICE JOHNSTON
April 19, 2011
She's the best friend a generation has grown up with -- 18-year-old Demi Lovato is the Disney darling with the winning smile. She sang her way to the top of the pop charts and heights of wholesome teen icon status.
Yet Lovato's natural outward confidence in front of the camera could not protect her from the inner, lasting effects of childhood bullying. She sat down with ABC News' Robin Roberts to share her story of a lifetime of struggles.
"I've spoken openly about being bullied throughout the past few years, but one thing that I've never been able to feel comfortable talking about was the effects that it had on my life, afterwards," she said. "I literally didn't know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, 'Well, you're fat."
Her torment turned into a dangerous habit.
"I developed an eating disorder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with ever since," she said.
Lovato began a lifelong struggle with bulimia and alternately, severely restricting her eating.
"I was compulsively overeating when I was eight years old," she said. "So, I guess, for the past 10 years I've had a really unhealthy relationship with food."
Her family helped her find professional help for her food issues. But there was a secret battle she fought alone, something she desperately hid from everyone: At age 11, Lovato began cutting herself -- intentionally self-mutilating her wrists as a way of coping with emotions.
Heidi Gutman/ABC News
Robin Roberts interviews Demi Lovato about her troubles and recovery.
"It was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body," she told Roberts. "I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn't know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself."
It was a dangerous coping mechanism that continued throughout her teen years. Last summer, it all came to a boiling point during her concert tour with the Jonas Brothers for the Disney Channel musical, "Camp Rock 2." Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
"I was performing concerts on an empty stomach," she said. "I was losing my voice from purging. I was self-medicating. I was not taking medication for depression, and I literally was so emotionally whacked out that I took it out on someone that meant a lot to me."
Demi Lovato Takes '100 Percent, Full Responsibility'
Lovato admitted to physically striking one of her backup dancers, Alex Welch, during the South American leg of their international tour.
"I take 100 percent, full responsibility." Lovato told Roberts. "I feel horrible. [She] was my friend."
Lovato's family and management team held an intervention.
"They sat me down and said, 'You can't live like this,'" Lovato said.
She immediately quit the tour and checked in to Timberline Knolls -- a residential treatment center in Illinois for women battling addiction and eating disorders.
While in treatment, Lovato learned to alter her coping skills and found better ways to deal with her emotions.
"For the first time in my life, I started to feel," she said.
During the tough times in treatment, Lovato says it was the thought of her younger sister, Madison, who plays Juanita Solis, the daughter of Gabrielle on "Desperate Housewives," that got her through her darkest hours.
"A picture of my little sister, on my little bulletin board, was one of the main things that kept me going," she said. "I just kept thinking, 'OK, set this example for your little sister.'"
Lovato wanted to set an example -- not only for Madison, but for all the other women fighting the same issues.
"The real reason why I'm sitting down with you," she said, "is to open up the eyes of so many young girls, that it doesn't have to be this way."
Teen singer and actress Demi Lovato sat down with ABC News for her first television interview since leaving treatment for cutting and eating disorders. Watch Lovato share her story with Robin Roberts Friday at 10 p.m. on "20/20" and on "Good Morning America."
That article does not mention it, but while in treatment she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder:
Demi Lovato: I Have Bipolar Disorder
By Sharon Cotliar
Wednesday April 20, 2011 04:00 PM EDT
Three months after leaving a residential treatment center, teen star Demi Lovato is bravely opening up about her private struggles – not only with anorexia and bulimia, but also with bipolar disorder.
"I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar," Lovato told PEOPLE in a candid interview that took place last month in her L.A.-area home.
But during her three-month stay at a treatment center where she underwent therapy for anorexia, bulimia and cutting, Lovato, 18, who said she's "battled depression from a very young age," discovered why she was having trouble controlling her emotions and actions.
"Looking back it makes sense," she says of her diagnosis. "There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning."
"I feel like I am in control now where my whole life I wasn't in control," she adds.
The new revelation explains why when actress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced that she has bipolar II disorder, Lovato was quick to Tweet her support.
Now Lovato is taking the same brave step while discussing the "darkest time" in her life. "What's important for me now," she says, "is to help others."
For more about Lovato's fight to get healthy, her time in treatment and how she repaired her relationship with best friend Selena Gomez, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE.
She's in the May 2011 issue of 'Seventeen' magazine also.
If her speaking about her mental health encourages any young people to seek help with their troubles, that's a benefit. Good luck to her with recovery.
The next day I bought 4 different papers for reports/images of the event.
The best of luck to them for a long and happy marriage :0) .
11.01: Watching arrivals to the Royal Wedding.
11.07: Longest aisle walk ever? Kate Middleton looks beautiful and her Dad, so proud :0).
11.53: The Duke sings the National Anthem, the Queen does not.
11.54: Signing of the registers is private.
12.01: Is the Queen asleep under that hat?! ;)
Good to know Obama didn't leave those affected to fend for themselves for 3 days like Bush did with Hurricane Katrina.
details from BBC News
Storms kill scores in Alabama and other south US states
• 'Monster' tornado in Tuscaloosa
• Deadly storms pummel central US
Tornadoes and storms in the south-eastern United States have killed at least 250 people, officials say.
In Alabama, the worst-hit state, more than 162 have died in recent days - including 36 killed by a tornado that devastated the city of Tuscaloosa.
Deaths and widespread devastation are also reported in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia.
A state of emergency has been declared in seven states, and federal aid money is being sent to Alabama.
US President Barack Obama said the damage was "nothing short of catastrophic", and pledged the government would do everything it could to help the communities affected by the storms.
Mr Obama said he would visit Alabama on Friday to see the damage for himself.
The US National Weather Service has reports of nearly 300 tornadoes since the storms began on Friday, more than 150 of them on Wednesday alone.
Confirmed deaths by state
• Alabama: 162
• Mississippi: 33
• Tennessee: 33
• Georgia: 13
• Virginia: 8
• Kentucky: 1
Source: Associated Press, BBC reporting
In Alabama, as many as one million people were without power on Thursday morning, as emergency workers and 2,000 soldiers scoured the wreckage for survivors.
Governor Robert Bentley said he expected the death toll to rise as more bodies were discovered.
He said Alabama residents are accustomed to tornados and had taken precautions, but "in highly populated areas, it just makes it very difficult to move everyone out when a tornado comes through that's a mile wide".
Tuscaloosa - home to more than 83,000 residents, and to the University of Alabama - was hit on Wednesday evening.
"I don't know if I've ever seen in my life anything as destructive," Mayor Walter Maddox said.
We will continue to monitor these severe storms... and stand ready to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms”
End Quote US President Barack Obama
Northern and central parts of the state bore the brunt of the latest storms. Eleven people died in Jefferson County, home to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city.
A shop-owner in Birmingham told AFP news agency that 30 homes near his store had been destroyed by a tornado.
On Wednesday night, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Alabama, allowing federal authorities to help co-ordinate disaster relief and to provide aid.
Mr Obama said he had spoken to Governor Bentley and approved his request for emergency assistance, including search-and-rescue teams.
States of emergency were also declared in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma, following the latest storms and tornadoes.
The storms forced the Tennessee Valley Authority - which provides electricity to nine million people in seven states - to close three nuclear reactors at a power plant in Alabama. Hundreds of thousands of homes have lost power as a result.
"We have never experienced such a major weather event in our history," the Tennessee Valley Authority said in a statement.
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Mississippi reported 33 deaths on Tuesday and Wednesday - including that of a police officer who shielded his nine-year-old daughter from a falling tree while on a camping holiday. The girl escaped unhurt.
At least 13 people have been killed in Georgia and eight in Virginia.
The current storm system is forecast to hit North and South Carolina before making its way further north-east.
Storms have hit states across the southern US for weeks, and another major storm system is forecast to bring heavy rain in the coming days.
Asked whether drugs were involved in Isobel's death, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This is a line of inquiry".
Man held over girl's party death
A university academic is arrested after a 15-year-old girl died within hours of being taken ill at a party.
ME: I just want the fucking United Kingdom!
BRO: I don't think that option's on the drop-down menu