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(I wonder if I annoy enough DJs could I get one of them to play that? Hm. Anyway...)

6MUSIC HAS BEEN SAVED! REJOICE! The radio station of wonder and joy will continue to broadcast! The news is dampened by the fact the Asian Network couldn't be saved, of course. It's another example of a thing the BBC should be doing, but there's a feeling that it was one or the other. Or, indeed, possibly neither, when the cuts were announced.

The BBC Trust said there had been "significant public support for the service" and that 78% of nearly 50,000 online responses to a consultation on the BBC's future focused on 6 Music. The trust also received more than 25,000 emails and nearly 250 letters about the station, "the great majority" of which opposed the closure plan.

Now, I don't wish to sound like a wanker, but I sent one of those emails. I filled out one of those consultation forms. How did I find out how to do those things? Twitter. Twitter pointed me towards 38 Degrees and Love 6 Music. Twitter put out the correct email addresses to use, all the while urging people to be polite. There were protests in London of course, which I'd have given anything to be at, but that wasn't to be - but those of us who couldn't make it had plenty of ways to make our voices heard, which is something new.

Twitter (and maybe facebook, I don't know, facebook never captured my imagination and I don't spend hours on it talking to people and making friends and discovering wonderful things, unlike Twitter. Facebook is just sort of... there) gets a bad reputation for being a bunch of left-wingers shouting about injustice and getting things attention but ultimately resulting in nothing concrete - Jan Moir still has a job, for example; the newspapers continue to publish bilge. Okay, so the Nick Clegg's Fault hashtag sort of came true but we didn't mean it to go down like that. We're sorry.

And tweeting alone didn't save 6Music and I'd never claim it did. But Twitter spread the news that the station was facing closure like wildfire, informed people of what action they could take, was able to focus the outcry into something that was actually helpful, instead of either ranting into the ether or a bunch of disparate responses that went to the wrong places. Plus on a personal note, I made new friends dicking about on 6Music hashtags, who send me yet more awesome music just because they think I'll love it (I do). It's all good.

I don't wish to overstate this and say that we're all a band of heroes and it'll all be okay because of the POWER OF THE INTERNET because, you know, it won't. In this case though, I think it - we - did good. Would 6Music have been saved without such a public response? I doubt it. I'm glad to have been a part of it and this just makes it an even more special radio station.

I was only one of tens of thousands who protested, in whatever form that took, but - just this once - can't we say it was nice to be listened to? No matter that most of the time we're barking at nothing, no matter that we didn't reform the government, no matter that it's a "just a radio station" - we won this time! Let us have our victory!

In any case, it's not just a radio station to those who kicked up the dust. Music matters. I'm fortunate in that I have a group of friends who understand this perfectly - they live for music. Music powers them. We need 6Music - or at the very least, we need the spirit in which it broadcasts.

My other writing on this:

A personal post on how 6Music helped save my life. Quite literally

A post in more general terms about why the station matters
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I wanted Gold for USA and there's no sense lying about it. But I'm not sad about silver. Not in the least. They said Team USA wouldn't make it past qualifying and look where they got to. They fought and battled and never gave up and they had hearts the size of someplace really big. I have never been so proud of a team. Or to be an honourary American. ;)

That aside though, these past two weeks have been the most fun I've had with hockey in years now. I remember why I love it. I remember why I admire those who play it. I've made new friends and reconnected with old ones. I've laughed and cheered and screamed and panicked and run the gamut of emotions. It has been wonderful from start to finish.

And I've watched these games with people all over the world. This game belongs to everyone, this game connects people, this game goes further than North America, so much further. Your game? Tonight it's your big moment and nothing can take that away from you. But hockey is loved the world over and that's something to be proud of.

Not a thing in the world can take away what's been achieved at these games. New fans have been made by them, old fans have remembered why they loved it.

It's a fucking wonderful thing. That and I got to see Chris Drury get his medal and my heart almost exploded with pride. So, so happy I got to see that for myself.

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Superstition commands I now post a photo immediately after the game. I am happy. USA gets a medal without a doubt, even though everyone said coming into this they were a complete joke.

But the biggest game is yet to come, so here's MR SRS FACE.



Get ready boys. The game of your life is waiting. I'm not American, but I'm so proud of this team.

USA!

Feb. 24th, 2010 10:33 pm
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"Look how happy Chris is that you're back into hockey," says [livejournal.com profile] lady_lilith:



Not as happy as me, Lily. Not as happy as me. :D

That game was insane. Three non-goals, two strikes for Parise, one shutout for the USA. Real shutout, not a "Ryan Miller shutout".

And what's everyone saying? About the heart of the team. About the shot blocking. And about how - yes - Drury is instrumental to that, and all that stuff some of us said all along: he never, ever gives up. Neither did the rest of the Americans.

I could not be happier or prouder. This is the first time I've ever adopted a national team. I'm pretty fuckin' happy with my choice. :)

ETA: Ron Wilson to the media: "Drury probably blocked more shots than you guys make typos."
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For all the comments that USA-Canada wasn't a medal game, for all the comments that it doesn't really mean anything...

It means something alright; to the boys who went out there and won it, to Ryan Miller who worked like a dog out there, to those who wanted to prove that USA hockey is more than what everyone wrote it off as.

Will the USA make it much further? Don't know. But if it's true that all we have is now, then now is amazing. Nothing can take away tonight. It's untouchable.

Oh yeah and. Chris Drury? Doesn't belong on Team USA? BITE ME. I knew he still had the fire in him. I knew he was still clutch.

I am so proud of him. And Miller. And all of them.

ETA and to be selfish, regardless of whatever else it did or didn't mean...


That?


THAT meant so much to me that I can't even begin to describe it.
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There's really bugger all point in updating LJ; I basically just wanted to say HELLO, I AM ALIVE and that I love hockey and here it comes creeping back: that huge obsession with Chris Drury. REMEMBER THAT? Remember 2007? Oh lord, that was a hockey year.

Anyway the point is, he's still my favourite current player. You have yer Nabbys and yer Joes and even yer Connollys but none of them are Chris Drury. And none of them mean as much. AND NONE OF THEM ARE IN AS GOOD AN ICON AS THAT ONE. Made it all by myself and everything. ~flail~

I know he's a Ranger and I know most people made WTF faces of their own about him being on Team USA but he's important. He's really important. He has heart and leadership and even though the theory goes his best scoring years are gone (or were knocked out of him - never have I ever been so upset by a hit) he still has that heart. He cares. He doesn't quit. He never did and he still doesn't.

It's enough to make a girl start seeing the Rangers on the sly. Almost.

Ooh that came out of nowhere. Back to my caaaave.

Olympics make me happy.
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TUNE.

I had two hours' sleep last night. I possibly look like death and I'm dreading what happens after lunch but I REGRET NOTHING. \o/ If I do this once roughly every three months, I get a day of being hyper and giggly and enthusiastic, why this happens I do not know, but anyway it is POP MUSIC DAY which basically equates to me dancing around the office to Girls Aloud and the shiny shiny shiny Mini Viva song. HURRAY FOR EVERYTHING :D

Have I ever mentioned I love Girls Aloud? I love them. They make me happy and dancey and everything. Also Cheryl Cole has a song out. This is why it is pop music day!

By 6pm I will be a zombie, but this morning has made up for that by being ACE FOR NO REASON. FEAR MY CAPSLOCK.

I got to work and realised I was covered in glitter. This is strange because I did not apply any glitter to my person this morning. Did I go out on the lash last night and forget it entirely?
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I feel it needs to be noted: I am wearing a skirt and boots today.

Yes, big deal, thinks you. The point is, that I have wanted to feel confident enough to wear a skirt and boots for years, and now I FINALLY DO and I don't even feel like a big ugly mess! YAYFACE! It's not that I feel gorgeous or anything - that'd be rude as well as untrue - but I don't feel like some weird grotesque freak either, like I used to. Just an ordinary girl.

In boots. And if anyone brings me down on purpose, these'll be my ass-kickin' boots. :D

This is progress, I promise.

ETA: also wearing the BEST T-SHIRT EVER (it says "monster" on it in Japanese and THIS IS IMPORTANT) because my friends are ace and bought it for me. Becky & Matt ftmfw. <3<3<3

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