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Hello there, I am The Ginger Penguin, wrong side of 30 and getting less ginger every day (though this is generally a good thing), desperately trying to convince students that stats and genetics are interesting, worthwhile subjects that they should definitely turn up to lectures on.

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» Tales of the Unexplained

Spooky Chameleon Guinea Pigs
I had a lovely little ginger guinea pig when i was a child. I forget it's name but i loved that animal.
I went on camp for a week and when i came back it had changed colour! Now i had a lovely white guinea pig. My parents swore blind that it had just changed colour while i was away. Spooky.


(I actually believed this till i was about 20 and it occured to me that it had died and my parents just bought a new one. D'oh)
(Sat 5th Jul 2008, 15:57, More)

» Pet Peeves

Pro-lifers and Anti-vivsectionists
They make me very angry.

I really think there should be a form that people can fill out promising never to use/be given anything that has ever been tested on animals in any circumstance. Until you do - please go away and do not talk to me about how cruel it is. It's the best option we have for making sure new medicines are not going to kill us. Don't like the fluffies being tested - come here let me inject you with this.

Also abortion - my body, definately my choice (preferably after honest and frank talks with father of ball of cells). In no way should religious types be allowed anywhere near this kind of decision.
(Fri 2nd May 2008, 15:38, More)

» This book changed my life

Surviving Post-Natal Depression: At Home No One Hears You Scream
I had rather a crappy experience during labour and both me and my son nearly died. I didn't get to hold him till he was almost a week old and i felt like i hadn't bonded with him. This led on to extreme feelings of helplessness and inadequacy followed by lots of time spent crying my eyes out. It was the first time i felt unable to talk to my partner - who wants to admit to less than fluffy feelings about their beautiful new baby.

I had an idea of what i was suffering from but felt too ashamed to talk to anyone about it so i got myself a book and read it on the sly. I finally felt that i wasn't alone and that things might not be like this forever. It gave me the courage to talk to my partner and after a stint in counselling and a course of anti-depressants i was finally able to take joy in my son. It still rears it's head from time to time but now i know i can cope and i always turn to this book for support.

Mumsnet, not a book i know, but this also helped loads, being able to talk to people that had come out the other side was a real help.
(Tue 20th May 2008, 17:11, More)

» Kids

Potty training and 'That's not my robot!'
My son is potty training at the mo, trouble is, he has to be completely naked before he'll sit on the potty.
He also won't do anything on it, he just likes to read 'That's not my robot!' while sat on it. A taste of later life i think.

Kids seem to pick the the one word in a sentence that you don't want them to, hence Peguin jr has been known to sit there going 'twat, tttwat, twat' to himself in the back of the car after someone cuts up his dad. He also likes to say 'fuckin' hell' at every available opportunity. It's very hard not to laugh while telling him off.
I thought i was quite careful with my language but perhaps not as much as i should have been :(

Edit : there were little scrotes throwing rocks at the buses the other day. Why? What possible attraction could it have? If i ever find out Junior has done that he won't sit down for a month!
(Thu 17th Apr 2008, 15:27, More)

» Council Cunts

Not me but my fiance...
He works for NTL (now virgin) and they are as rubbish to their staff as they are to their customers. They've screwed him over his money more times than i can mention and are just rude to him when he asks them to sort it out and please dont do it again.
Some of the stories about the people he works with are priceless. They connect customers to other customers when they ring, answer the phones and then put it on silent, purposefully not fill in the details and generally lie to everyone that rings. They are indeed a bunch of vindictive twats who think that everyone who rings is beneath them and not worth their time to help.
Not my fiance tho, he's nice and keeps getting told off for spending too much time (more than 5 min) on the phone with customers and ringing them back trying to sort out their problems. Also he always puts free time on and credits their bills when he says he will. There are some (about 5) intelligent people working for NTL but they are managed by such fucktards that all their good effort is undone in about a nanosecond.
More to the theme - my mate wanted to stay in the council flat she had after she hit 16 but they wouldn't let her and told her the only way to keep it was to get pregnant! Woo hoo for Dudley, home of pre-teen pregnancy!
(Thu 2nd Aug 2007, 9:21, More)
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