Thursday, May 05, 2022


I got this today from the European Movement. I know I've supported the group so it's not completely out of the blue but could it get more spammy? Apparently I am a 'dedicated supporter' (i.e. I've obviously made some sort of donation in the past.) I am so very special that they will let me in on a secret! And I can answer a poll that asks me if I'd donate to reverse Brexit! No manipulation there.

Hi Fairy,

We are about to launch something really big. Our most important campaign yet. And I wanted to talk to you about it.

I am only talking to a small number of our most dedicated supporters about this, and I ask you to keep it to yourself until we launch this campaign officially.

We are at a critical stage in the battle for the soul of our country. If we want to reverse the calamity that is Brexit we need to start taking steps to make this happen right now. It took those behind the referendum result years to achieve Brexit. We cannot wait for it to fall into our laps, we need to fight for it.

But I have to be honest with you Fairy, if we are going to achieve this ambition, we need to have funds to match this ambition.

This is where you come in Fairy. As a previous supporter and donor to our campaigns - I want to hear from you. I have some questions for you about our crowdfunder.

Your input will be invaluable and will help this campaign to be a success, and it will only take just a minute or two to fill in:

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us what you think. The fightback starts now.

All the best,


My reply:

Dear Ms Bird,

This is a very spammy way to ask for donations.
  • Frequent use of my first name
  • Assuring me I am in some way 'special'
  • Telling me I'm in on a secret
  • Linking to a 'poll' that asks me if I will give money
Honestly? I'm wondering about leaving the group altogether now.

Yours sincerely,

Fairy Hedgehog (Mrs) 


Thursday, January 13, 2022

It's hard

I see people meeting up in pubs, in large happy groups, and I do admit to feeling envy. I can't afford to take those kind of risks at my age and with my issues (lungs and CFS/ME) so I won't be indoors with anyone but my household unless I'm wearing an FFP2 mask. Even a normal cold knocks me out for several weeks.

I think that what's happening now is that everyone who is low risk is getting back to normal. Anyone with children is probably exposed to the virus because of the need for their children to be in school, so I can see why they would not see the point of being ultra careful.

Those of us who are higher risk or very vulnerable just have to look after ourselves. It's hard though.
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