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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

To the pumps!!... well, sort of.

Not quite what Mr The Pooh and I have been hoping for, but at least a step in the general direction.  There's certainly a call to arms required and other woodland folk have appeared from their various nests and burrows all along the edge of the wood to help us build our offering for Christopher Robin.  Only time will tell if it's suitable.

Winnie_the_pooh

If you've read the Badman's posts, then you'll understand the complexity of preparing picnic food on this scale. We are both huge fans of huny sandwiches once they're made, but the making of them is a very problematic process, not least because the spoon behaves like a fork. Luckily we have swords, and pointy sticks from our elifunt hunt. Hoo-Rah!

In other news.....

I'm not going to talk about the goings on in Pakistan. I'm with Martin Luther King, Junior on this one:

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy"

Today is the last day of any campaigning by both the local councils and central government in preparation for tomorrows elections. Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

Councils like to make things complicated for people so that it's harder for us to complain or poke holes in them.  For example, the voting cycle is overly complex in Gloucester IMHO.

It says here:

In 2001, the Local Government Commission carried out an electoral boundary review of the City. The aim of the review was to make sure that the number of councillors fairly reflects the number of voters in the area. As a result, the total number of councillors was reduced from 39 to 36, and there are now 15 wards instead of 13. Some wards still have three councillors each, but wards with smaller electorates may have one or two only.

As a result of the electoral review there were full-council elections in May 2002, but in 2003, Gloucester reverted to electing approx. one-third of its councillors annually, with the Gloucestershire County Council elections every fourth year. As not all wards have three councillors, some wards do not have elections in some years. All councillors are elected for a term of four years.

The last Parliamentary election also saw a change. Longlevens ward became part of Tewkesbury Parliamentary Constituency, though for all other purposes (local services) it remains part of the City of Gloucester.

A couple of points here.  First off - What the feck has Longlevens got to do with Tewksbury !!??!?  Moving the borders for a national election and putting them back for a local election is just not acceptable.  Geographically, this is a joke. If ever there was an argument in favour of AV, that was it.  

The second point is that our ward doesn't get a chance to vote for councillors this time round.  I don't understand why we can't vote for the whole lot every other year.  That would seem far fairer to me, and if there were a bandwagon passing, playing that tune, I'd hop on board and join in with the percussion section all day long.

Bandwagon

On the Tech front, I have to share Google's new TV ad with you, especially if you're a Dad with a daughter. Be warned though, it is likely to bring a tear to your eye:

The news that Spotify.com have started sharing playlists you can buy is of some interest, but to be honest, it's the sort of thing you can already do in the behemoth that is iTunes, so I'm not convinced it's going to catch on, let alone replace Apples music baby (which is the intention). All the same, if you like that kind of thing, you might want to try it out.

This article on Gizmodo made me laugh. HP Executive spills huge company secret on LinkedIn...   oops!!

Finally, finally - The Geek Zodiac, as created by James Wright and Josh Eckert.  Just find the year that you were born and then you'll know what Geek sign you are.

Geekzodiac

Chin up, and keep your stick sharp!



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