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Save Other Whales

Sunday, 22 January 2006

The Thames whale died last night, going into convulsions as the rescuers tried to reach the Thames estuary. Before every one forgets, and consigns the whale story to the subsection of the brain used for “hey, remember when…!” moments in the pub, read Greenpeace’s Save the Whale campaign. Much larger and rarer whales are killed by humans, risking the extinction of entire species. Norway will kill over a thousand Minke whales this year. The Japanese whaling fleet is also planning to kill a thousand for “scientific purposes”. ‘Save the Whale’ sounds terribly 80s, like Save the Seal* and MAD**, but whales are still endangered and the campaigns are still active. So whilst the Thames whale is still in the news, read up on the other whales who won’t have half of Britain hoping they’ll live.


Notes
*the seal “cull” continues in Canada each year. Last year’s “cull” killed at least 300,000 seals.
**translation for those of you born in the 80s: MAD = Mutually Assured Destruction (note the use of the phrase “winnable nuclear war” in that article – if it weren’t for the fact I still sometimes wake screaming from nuclear bomb nightmares, I’d laugh).

Freedom for Tooting!

Thursday, 22 September 2005

You are a
Social Liberal
(78% permissive)
and an…
Economic Liberal
(10% permissive)
You are best described as a:
Socialist

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Anyone surprised? No, thought not…

Who Should You Vote For?

Thursday, 28 April 2005

Who Should You Vote For? has been updated and seems a bit more sensible (I really did wonder how a pro-European like myself could get a more positive vote for UKIP than for Labour). So I am now much happier to wave my results about:

Who Should You Vote For?

Your expected outcome:Liberal Democrat
Your actual outcome:
Labour 13
Conservative -40
Liberal Democrat 85
UK Independence Party -17
Green 63

You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

Ironically, I have had election bumf from every party except the Lib Dems. Either they took my “will you please stop shoving leaflets through my door?” whinge seriously or they are going for a deliberate low profile as we’re a ‘safe Labour seat’ and they see no point fighting for us.

I have had bumf from The Liberal Party (anti-Europe, but check out the funky 70s logo) and an ‘Independent candidate for Reform’ (no website but, quelle surprise, anti-Europe). You have to be entertained by someone who has split from UKIP. Are UKIP the modern equivilent of the People’s Front of Judea, the Popular People’s Front and the People’s Popular Front? Only they appear to go about demanding freedom from an apparent opressor whilst accusing each other of being splitters. Frankly, anyone whose literature uses the phrase “Home Rule for Britain” is highly unlikely to get my vote (although he also calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England, which gives me a wonderful chance to test if I can still spell antidisestablishmentarianism. And I can, even though I’m not).

Gods, this election is dull, isn’t it? Je voudrais un botteil absinthe et une grande glace. Je ne regret pas ca je passe ci election en Paris. Le singe est sur l’arbe. *


*I’m relearning French the Michel Thomas way, which involves no written work and so far, very little genderisation of words (i.e. no “but why is the table female, miss?”). The upside is I have learnt not to say ‘I am a hotel’: the downside is my written French is unlikely to improve. The sideways side is that this is apparently the guy Eddie Izzard learnt from, so I started giggling when he talked about going “en vacances” and his accent was identical.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2005

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