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Politics [May. 11th, 2013|01:18 am]
Maybe its my inner accountant speaking, but why do we not force political parties to publish a budget in the manifesto that actually balances? I suspect in this climate I could be elected on my policy to abolish taxes, give everyone free school meals, free university, place no cap on benefits and cut the deficit within 5 years, but until the billions I have borrowed from Wonga.com to invest in wand research and unicorn development pays off I am patently unable to deliver any of it. On the other hand, me coming in waving a wand and riding a unicorn at least represents *a* plan of how my policies could be achieved, which is more than anyone with a voice in politics at the moment seems to have.
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(no subject) [Feb. 10th, 2011|08:36 am]
Dear people on the train,

Do you really have to stand up from your seats and squish into me for the last 5 minutes of every journey? I can promise if you have trodden on my foot in your stupid rush, there is no way you are getting anywhere fast becase i will be minstry of super-slow walking my way down the carriage. JUST SIT STILL AND WAIT!

Also, whilst we're on train etiquette, please can you children use your indoor voices so we don''t all get to hear your technicolour uppdate on the joys of teen sex.. I don't think your opinions on this issue make you sound as grown up as you think they do.
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Because it is far too long since I used my blog to post silly things [Jan. 17th, 2011|11:35 pm]

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

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(no subject) [May. 11th, 2010|09:25 am]
Whilst I'm personally in favour of an alternative vote system, I am pretty astounded that in this day and age it is seriously being proposed that the electoral system could be reformed without a referendum on the subject, particularly as neither of the parties sitting in c.85% of the seats as elected under our current system of democracy stood on a platform of such reforms.
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Politics [May. 7th, 2010|12:12 am]
Probably my last chance to relevantly post this one.

It is utterly ludicrous that they are sat there on the BBC talking about 3 party coalitions Labour may need to command a majority (based on the exit polls) or the Tories getting a deal with some of the 23 seats held by other parties (or the Lib Dems, which seems idealogically complex to say the least).
You have 2 massive parties there expecting around 90% of the popular vote between them. Those 2 parties are probably the two most idealogically aligned parties in the race. I can understand that whilst they both wanted to rule on their own they might not have wanted to let the public know there was an easy solution, but I am absolutely praying that tomorrow, if it all comes out like the polls suggest, one of them takes their head out of their own behind, and they stop acting like silly little children and agree to share.

I would also like a Unicorn farm, and accept that it is statistically more likely that genetic engineering can make this happen than that the politicians in question would take such a common sense approach to the running of the country.
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Football: the biggest barrier to equality in business today? [Dec. 15th, 2009|08:05 pm]
Its not just that nearly all men everywhere have an icebreaker with more depth than the good old British weather. Its definitely a bit that they can congrstulate almost complete strangers on their performance at the weekend, and enjoy an almost intimate level of banter with people they've just met. Women can just about compensate for that (even by taking an interest in the football scores if they get desperate (or are lucky enough to be genuinely interested.))
No. Its an institutionalsed and traditional means of segregation that begins as soon as the new intake joins the firm. Five aside football. All the new boys are invited immediately to join the Wednesday session. It doesn't matter whether they play, whether they're good, whether the new girl used to play for the county (they're unlikely to bother to find out, and if they did she still wont be invited).
If the issue is raised, the excuses are endless. "Girls are welcome, they just don't want to play" (to which the 'what time do we start next week' is met with a horified stare).
"Its just a bunch of mates getting together to play, not really a work thing."
"Some of the bigger guys are scared they would hurt a girl".

The problem is that right from the start, the male managers know the new male intake. They see girls outside work at an event ever
Couple of months (when usually both parties are drunk). But boys get together every week and unite in the shared goal of beating another firm. What chance do girls have against that kind of bonding?

I don't really know the solution. Most girls aren't really interested, and would slow down the game. To stop them playing just because it doesn't include everyone goes against nearly everything I believe in.

All I can say for certain is that this is the first time in my life I have ever felt handicapped by being a woman.
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Traffic jams [Sep. 16th, 2009|12:12 am]
There should be some kind of annual award ceremony for traffic jams, to recognize those imbeciles who waste so many precious hours of our lives.

Like the Acme award for the lorry driver who spilled powdered glue across 3 lanes closing the entire motorway (and the heavy rain which began about half an hour in, and I like to imagine made the glue sticky and thereby the reason the clean up took so long). Im not going to get back the four hours I spent imagining the cars behind being brought to a sudden halt and stuck to the road in that jam any time soon.

And a special category for most chaos caused by poor planning (both rush hour and un-rush hour categories). How anyone can cause an hour long jam (when we were in it; sure it got longer) through scheduled roadworks at 11pm is utterly beyond me, but there should definitely be some kind of budweiser salutes song about it.

"There had better be some bl**dy big diggers!"

There weren't.
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I miss my journal. [Jun. 5th, 2009|12:04 am]
LJ used to be an awesome method for keeping in touch with people and their interesting views on life. It has been replaced by facebook for that now, which is like big brother to LJ's newsnight.
I am fighting back. Journal re-starts as of now as my record of my views on life.
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(no subject) [Sep. 19th, 2006|10:34 pm]
hooray! as of yesterday the TV season started again. Nights are drawing in and Halloween is a'coming. It wont be too hot to sleep anymore, and going to bed at 10.30 wont seem creepy and unnatural cos its still light. We have about a week and a half before I start complaining that it is always raining and misty and too cold.
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New house [Feb. 27th, 2006|12:45 am]
[mood |nervousnervous]

Have moved my car full of stuff into my very small room. Wasnt sure it was actually possible (and am damn sure it wont all stay in its place) but for now almost everything is tidied away. Oxford seems to have moved on without me whilst I was gone and is not nearly as familiar as it ought to be. Am worried about not getting fired at new job tomorrow, getting up in time for new job tomorrow, and the phenomenal amount of effort it may take to get to new job tomorrow on bike. And moreso on the way home from new job tomorrow, as that is uphill and about 1/3 of my gears work. I start a new job tomorrow.
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