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Current Music:Neil Hannon - Vote Beeblebrox
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Time:03:09 am
Current Mood:depresseddepressed
Well, after a reasonably good British result last night (labour in power but Tony Blair bruised) the Northern Irish results were their usual depressing yet predictable self. We now have nine DUP MPs and 5 Sinn Fein MPs - obviously the voice of reason and moderation has now completely left Northern Ireland. It's rather scary to think the future of this country is in the hands of the two most extreme parties. The Ulster Unionists have only got one MP now, and SDLP have three which isn't too bad but isn't exactly a ringing endorsement as a lot of their votes came from Unionists who were voting tactically. So in the orange corner we have a bunch of right wing evangelist bigots and in the green corner we have a party inextricably linked to a terrorist organisation.

Northern Ireland is completely fucked.

Also, although I didn't support the war it was a shame to see that hideous George Galloway taking Oona King's seat. A man who aligns himself with a group who support Shariah Law (and still claims to be left wing) is no better than a woman who voted for the Iraq war. Well done, George, for taking the seat of one of the few black, female MPs in Britain.
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Time:04:02 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
HA! Not only did Robert Kilroy Silk not get elected, but he probably lost his deposit too. Unfortunately, Oliver Letwin did get elected again. So much for the Lib Dem decapitation strategy!!
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Time:02:34 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
Apologies for posting another silly quiz but Tony Blair is giving his election speech and I had to something to disctract me from it.....


Your Taste in Music:


80's Pop: Highest Influence
90's Alternative: Highest Influence
80's Alternative: High Influence
Alternative Rock: High Influence
Classic Rock: High Influence
Punk: High Influence
90's Pop: Medium Influence
Adult Alternative: Medium Influence
Ska: Medium Influence
80's Rock: Low Influence
90's Rock: Low Influence
Country: Low Influence
Dance: Low Influence
R&B: Low Influence



On a good note, Andrew Marr has just said that, if these results continue, Blair may not serve out a full third term. There just might be a god after all!
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Current Music:Jack Straw getting jeered
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Subject:And now for something completely different
Time:01:27 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
<td bgcolor="#BBEEDD"> Geekiness in Love: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#B0F4D7"> General Geekiness: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#A4F9D2"> Internet Geekiness: None</td></tr> <td bgcolor="#99FFCC"> Movie Geekiness: None</td></tr>

Your Geek Profile:



Fashion Geekiness: Moderate

Music Geekiness: Moderate

SciFi Geekiness: Moderate

Academic Geekiness: Low

Gamer Geekiness: None

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Current Music:Gordon Brown's election speech
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Time:01:01 am
Current Mood:amusedamused

According to the exit polls (which are usually wrong) Labour will win the election with a majority of only 66, which if the polls are correct is pretty small.  It also puts the Lib Dems on 53 ( a gain of only 2 seats!) and the Conservatives on 209 seats.  What can I say, only that I hope the exit poll has got it wildly incorrect again!  If the poll does turn out to be right we can at least take comfort from one thing - it will have meant that Blair actually told the truth when he said vote Lib Dem get Conservative!  Speaking as a member of the Labour party who has some sympathy for the Lib Dems I'm reminding myself constantly of 1992 to try and take away thoughts of 209 conservatives in the Commons.  It's the stuff of nightmares, surely......although such a result may make Blair's positon that little bit more untenable, which may mean we get PM Brown that litle bit sooner.  Which is 'A Good Thing'....the BBC coverage is entertaining as usual, what would Britain be without Peter Snow and his swingometer?  I particularly like his graphic of the three leaders walking down to 10 Downing Street, allthough pity the poor actor playing the policeman at the door, he has to stay there dressed as a comedy policeman all night!

As for Northern Ireland, our results won't even be counted until tomorrow - we're far too lazy over here to spend an entire night counting ballot papers.  I voted Alliance in the end.  We won't come second this year as we usually do but as long as we don't go down in vote numbers that's okay.

I'd like to take this opportunity to express my love for Jeremy Paxman

 If there is a better political interviewer in this country I'd like to see him.  The man is a god among journalists.....

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Time:01:20 am
This made me laugh: http://www.theuncredibles.co.uk/
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Time:01:04 am

Alright, yes, I want Labour to win, but if Labour voters in West Dorset would consider voting Lib Dem tomorrow - as recommended by Billy Bragg, of all people - then they could oust Oliver Letwin, which would just be so utterly fantastic, just like seeing Portillo ousted in 97 all over again (although Portillo seems to have redeemed himself of late....).  You know it makes sense.

 

 Get rid of him!!!!

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Current Music:The Beatles - I am the Walrus
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Subject:Hmmmm
Time:12:18 am
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
So, the election tomorrow, should be interesting. Much as I dislike Tony Blair, and as much as I disagreed with the war, I am looking for a Labour win - with some Lib Dem gains. If I wake up on Friday to a Conservative government I will seriously consider emigrating to some far off place as I don't think I could face four to five years of Michael Howard.
As for good old Northern Ireland, and Lagan Valley in particular, I am facing something of a coflict of interests. I always always always vote for the Alliance party (closest thing NI gets to the Lib Dems. However my MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, left the Ulster Unionist Party for the Democratic Unionist Party a while ago. Now, the UUP always come top in Lagan Valley with the Alliance second (getting more than the combined result for the two nationalist candidates), and the DUP only got 8000 votes last time around. In order for Donaldson to win as a DUP candidate he needs to take 40% of those who voted for him in 2001 with him. The very thought of the DUP getting their greasy mits on Lagan Valley is not a prospect I even want to consider - I definately do not want to see Paisley in this constituency. The Alliance party are unlikely to come second this time around, with the two Unionsist parties so divided. So, the dilemma. Do I vote for the party I actually agree with but who are unlikely to win, or even come second? Or do I vote for the Ulster Unionists and Basil McCrea - I disagree with everything the party says and does (although they did come off admirably when standing up to the DUP who attacked them for hiring a gay man who married his Canadian boyfriend whilst staying in Canada) but there is a real chance to get rid of Donaldson and of stopping the DUP from getting hold in Lagan Valley. The chances of Alliance candidate Seamus Close getting eleced are pretty miniscule, but then they always have been. Instead I could give my first two preferences in the Council elections to the Alliance and then give my other preferences to the greens, the UUP and the SDLP (you have to give the moderate parties some preference).
Oh, what ever shall I do........probably vote Alliance.
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Current Music:Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
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Subject:Different types of rain
Time:02:50 am
Current Mood:uncomfortableuncomfortable
Today I was told that I have a job interview on Thursday - I am not good at job interviews. You could say that I'm completely hopless at them and come across as a rather dull, uninspired idiot girl. And it's a 7.30pm so I've got a whole day to get through beforehand. And there was me thinking Thursday would be a good day, as I've always had a sick love of watching election coverage on the various channels and was therefore looking forward to a night of silly speeches (although how anyone could top Peter Mandleson's 2001 classic "I am a fighter not a quitter" is beyond me).
Also, the exam revision is not going so well. I lifted three books before the term ended, so that I would have a choice of questions on the paper, but I've now discovered that I lifted the wrong Locke book and now am bereft of choice and have to answer questions on Rousseau (not so bad) and Burke (terrible). As the exam is next week it would probably help to start my revision at some point. Although in all honesty I've completely lost interest in the subject and am thinking that it wouldn't be so terrible if I failed my exams. If only I had some sort of natural talent to fall back on.....
But at least the first episode of the last series of HG2G was broadcast today which cheered me up for a full half hour, nice to hear Simon Jones again (and see, as BBC2 have decided to repeat the original series - even though I have the DVD I prefer to see something actually being broadcast for some reason. I obviously had a conflict of interest then, as BBC4 were repeating Michael Palin's Himalaya at the same time, but I survived...). Maybe it's just me but Simon Jones was an extremely attractive man when he made that series which goes some way to explain why I will always prefer the tv series to anything else......
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Current Music:New Order - Krafty
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Time:02:27 am
Current Mood:crankycranky
So today one of our water pipes sprung a leak, don't ask me how it happened but one minute I'm eating my Sunday lunch and the next I hear the faint sound of water dripping. I look up at the living room ceiling and see a distint damp patch. So of course we phone the housing executive (after getting the number from an operator who asked: "how do you spell housing executive?"), and I rush to the bathroom to put some make up on "they'll be here soon and I don't want to look like someone who didn't get to sleep until 6.30am". So we wait. And we wait. And wait, and wait and wait. And we phone the housing executive, many times.
At three o'clock we are told the plumber is on his way.
At five o'clock we are told the plumber is on his way.
At 6.30 we are told the plumber is on his way.
And at seven. And at eight. And half eight.
Meanwhile, we only have to look at our ceiling to see a detailed and watery map of all the major pipes that exist between ceiling and upstairs floor.
Finally, at 9 o'clock a plumber arrives, six hours after we initially asked for one. He tightens up the pipe. And that's it.
We waited six hours for a man to tighten a pipe. Isn't life a thrill?
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