The other thing that will happen at PWG is that we will consider our OWN amendments. There are several motions that I have an eye on for some minor tweaking (and probably some of the things I am thinking of will be accepted as drafting amendments by the submitters of the motion) but there is ONE motion in particular that I think has the potential to be as controversial as Floella Benjamin's motion on
Heartbreakingly, that is the Crime motion which has had Julian Huppert's name applied to it. After the farrago over DRIP I am less surprised than I might have been, but it's still depressing to see him put his name to something so chock full of sneaky legalese, hidden authoritarianism, and puritanical attitudes. My problems with this motion are so many and varied that I am actually considering doing a full speech against it, rather than trying to amend it. But what do YOU guys think I should do?
In response to the bloody awful Crime motion, Jennie should:
Speak against the motion at conference
try to get lots of amendments submitted
do a line-by-line fisking of the thing on her blog
despair at the damn thing being accepted in it's current form
none of the above
ETA: I should say that I am not against SOME of the proposals in this motion, and that's what makes it so frustrating. I'd really love to vote for some of them. But there's not enough there for me to want to support the motion as a whole.
What is your opinion of Crocs?
They are horrific evil footwear that should be consigned to the bowels of hell
I am clinically insane
(there might be an element of push-pollness here)
((also, knowing my f-list, several of you will want to tick "both" there, won't you...?))
So what colour should I dye my hair tonight? If you haven't a DW login, feel free to tweet your answer at me (people usually do anyway :))
What colour should I dye my hair tonight?
I am a Liberal and I am Against This Sort of Thing
ETA: twitter/email votes so far:
Fuschia Pink 4
Royal Blue 4
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When will it be warm enough in the office for Jennie to take her coat off?
ten minutes before home time
NEVER! YOU MUST FREEZE!
(ETA: for those interested in my clothing choices: ankle length black leather coat, Cadbury purple crushed velvet scarf, grey Preacher-style hat given to me by A Friend)
ETA additional: ten past 12 and I still can't feel my fingers.
ETA final: congrats to strangecharm who was bang on. Coat has just come off. Although in the interests of honesty I should say that neither scarf nor hat have.
It's hard to believe for someone who hasn't seen it happen; you don't get much of a sense of it from seeing the man on the telly or anything like that. I know this because I have been trying to convince a recent recruit to the party of the power of the Paddy Effect. She thinks she is going to be immune to it. She thinks I'm joking about how potent and irresistible it is. She thinks she'll be the one sat in the bar at Spring conf wondering what the hell is going on while everybody else has a minor meltdown.
I think she's wrong. Hence the poll:
Have you ever met anybody who is immune to the Paddy Effect?
Don't Be Stupid
Such a Thing Is Not Possible
I wish to lie and say "yes" but I know I'm lying
Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Barbara Steele, Hazel Court, Ingrid Pitt or Valerie Leon?
it's interesting that you see humble pie as a savoury dish (meat and potato, steak and kidney etc). I always imagined that humble pie to be more of a dessert, potentially served with custard.from the BBC live text commentary, then, I present a poll:
Humble Pie is...
a construct and thus devoid of flavour
When I say a set of footwear I am counting pairs of shoes, boots, slippers, galoshes, trainers, etc. but NOT socks.
The number of pairs of footwear one needs is clearly smaller than the number which it is nice to have, which is clearly smaller than the number which is over the top. The polloptions reflect this.
With that out of the way, on with the vote:
How many sets of footwear does a person NEED?
less than 5
less than 10
10 or more
How many sets of footwear is it nice to have?
up to 5
up to 10
up to 15
up to 20
more than 20
How many sets of footwear is over the top?
more than 5
more than 10
more than 20
more than 50
more than 100
This morning he rang me up and said he'd been thinking and wanted me to come back in. So I went back in and he poked and prodded again and asked exactly the same questions he asked yesterday and then said he wasn't sure what it was, and he'd swear it was ovarian but there's no ovary there, and it might be this really rare type of hernia, and I'd better go to the hospital for more tests.
So I went to the hospital. And after the nurse did paperwork and blood pressure a doctor came (she was quite fanciable, and commented favourably on my shoes) and did EXACTLY the same poking and prodding and questions as my doctor had done, took some blood, and then sent me for an x-ray. The x ray ladies liked my shoes too. I was wearing my Vibram Fivefingers.
After the x ray I sat in the waiting room for three hours watching challenge TV.
Eventually the cute doctor came back, bringing a registrar with her, and he poked and prodded and asked exactly the same questions as the cute doctor and my own doctor had both already asked me. Then he said that he couldn't feel a hernia, and that it seemed like something ovarian to him. At which point I pointed out that both ovary and fallopian tube had been removed from that side, so it couldn't be.
So, given the tests I have already had: there's nothing shown up in a urine test, nothing in the blood tests, and nothing on the x rays. Which means cancer is unlikely because they look for cancer markers in the blood, the surgeon who took my ovary out didn't leave her rolex in there because that would have shown up on the x ray, and I haven't got a bladder infection. So what do you reckon I have got, dear reader?
What terrible fate has befallen our beloved author?
The surgeon who did the operation 2 years ago left a swab or other non-x-ray-showing thing in there
Jennie has a magic ovary which has regrown and decided to hurt
Some sort of hernia
Something else which I shall explain in gory, stomach-churning detailin the comments.
When will Lib Dem ministers come out in favour of reducing the minimum wage?
before the end of today
before the end of tomorrow
before the end of the week?
they won't. They wouldn't. Would they? (hollow laughter)
ETA: also, what's the bets that when they DO reduce it it'll go down to the level of the tax threshold and they'll ask us bloggers to present it as a win that nobody on minimum wage now pays income tax?
Now there are some caveats (we don't know if The Times includes digital subs, and the i is not featured at all) but overall that paints a pretty damning picture of circulation falling off a cliff. No wonder the press get so hysterical all the time. Anyway, I wondered:
Do you buy a newspaper?
Yes, I pay money for a paper-based newspaper
I pick up a free paper-based newspaper
I have a digital-only subscription
No, I do not pay money to any written news providers, but I read their websites
No, I do not consume written news at all
How much longer are traditional newspapers going to be on sale?
The profiles of the papal candidates are here.
Who do you think will win the Eastleigh by election?
Mike Thornton (Lib Dem)
Diane James (UKIP)
Maria Hutchings (Tory)
If you could make it happen, who would you WANT to win the Eastleigh by election?
Colin Bex – Wessex Regionalists
David Bishop –Elvis Loves Pets Party
Jim Duggan – The Peace Party
Ray Hall – Beer,Baccy and Crumpet Party
Howling “Laud” Hope – Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party
Maria Hutchings – Conservative Party
Dianne James –UKIP
Iain McClenann – National Health Action
Kevin Milburn – Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
John O’Farrell – Labour Party
Daz Proctor – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
Danny Stupple –Independent
Michael Thornton – Liberal Democrat Party
Michael Walters – The English Democrats – “Putting England First!”
Who do you think will win the papacy?
Cardinal Angelo Scola
Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Cardinal Marc Ouellet
If you could make it happen, who would you WANT to win the papacy?
Cardinal Angelo Scola
Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Cardinal Marc Ouellet
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri
Cardinal Péter Erdő
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
Cardinal Francis Arinze
Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Pope Formosus, the Pope whose skeleton stood trial in 897AD
All of One Direction
Bishop Brennan off Father Ted
(for the avoidance of doubt, my answer to question 4 is Bishop Brennan, if only because he's so good at being kicked up the arse...)
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Which exciting ready meal should I throw in the work microwave for my lunch today?
Quorn Cottage Pie
M&S sausage and mash
Bugger the microwave meals, go to the chippy.
ETA: lunchtime has arrived and the vote is decisive even if the electorate is tiny ;) Sausage and mash it is.
The more likely option is that:
The Lib Dems are stupid
The Tories are venal and cunning
Could be either, honestly, the only winner here is the Torygraph
Everyone Loves Magical Trevor
... cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever
who the hell is Magical Trevor?
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH YOU SOD I'VE GOT IT IN MY HEAD NOW!
Madame Vastra and Jenny should have their own series
In fact why haven't they got one already?
It'd beat the shit out of torchwood
Come on BBC, pull your fingers out
Leaving your newspaper on the seat when you get off a train or bus is:
giving someone else a free newspaper
Does politics count as a fandom?
What the hell are you talking about?
Playing Devils' Advocate without telling your opponent you are doing so is...
a useful way to hone arguments
a pointless and cruel way of hurting your friends for no good reason
a power exercise for smug people
something only arseholes do
The new gmail compose boxes
Police and Crime Commisioners
Rafe Feeeens in Skyfall
Being at work on a Saturday
Oxford Commas are:
A necessary evil
Something I have no opinion on
Something which should be banned, and the users of them exterminated for the common good
I'm not actually sure what an oxford comma is...
ETA: If you're just happening on this, read the comments. My f-list is awesome.
The new Who companion will be:
in her twenties
from the current era
not as cool as Leela
not as cynical as Jennie
a ticky box
a special snowflake
We'll find out tomorrow if the pie I shall be eating is a humble one or the sweet sweet pie of smugness...
Kendall Mint Cake is
Foul evil stuff that is unfit for human consumption
A lovely ambrosial delight
A substance I have never tried
A substance I don't have any strong feelings about although I have tried it