dc: Me, in a pub.  (Dr. Evil)
...But it is pretty clear who thoroughly lost the Glasgow regional list elections. The Nine-Percenter got 80 votes. No one got fewer. (To be honest, I am surprised he got 80.) I wonder if he will continue (as former MSP Bigfoot has said he will do), or fade away?
dc: (Doctor)
Feeling pretty rough after the gut pain in the night, I dragged myself out for some hot chocolate (and, in the event, a bowl of soup too). That helped me feel a bit more human, as did the sun. It was downright hot today, and it is only May. I wonder if this is going to be a summer hotter than 1976?

I popped into Lush to get something I had run out of, and passed a crowd of people I initially thought were chuggers. Not so: Solidartomsc was out in force in Buchanan Street, trying to get their glorious leader re-elected. It was only when I was in Lush and popping the earpieces of the MP3 player out (an MP3 is a wonderful aid to avoiding people you don't want to talk to, like chuggers and canvassers, when you really are not in the mood) that I realised the voice over the megaphone was familiar. Yes, it was the Govan Bigfoot himself. Slightly shorter than I recall (but, then, I usually think that about people), and I thought a bit less permatanned. I am not going to vote for him, but I can't help thinking politics will be a bit more boring if he doesn't get elected.

I finally caught sight of one the Scottish Christian Party's flyers. One page basically boils down to: We're not homophobic but DO YOU REALISE IT IS ILLEGAL TO TELL A SCHOOLCHILD WHO SAYS HE IS HOMOSEXUAL THAT THIS IS AN ABOMINATION IN THE EYES OF GOD? I should bloody think so! I hope they lose their deposits.

My voice is clearly not back to normal. I had some trouble getting the guy taking my order for the hot chocolate to understand what I wanted. Maybe he was just dozey, but I think my voice remains pretty weak. I had to call [livejournal.com profile] sheonamcc today to check her email address, and I was having problems getting my voice working then, too.

Plan for tonight: bath; bed; bland food. Not in that order, that is just the order of what is the most appealing.

BTW, the new issue of The List has the new Glasgow/Edinburgh Eating & Drinking Guide with it. Cheaper to get it with the magazine than to wait and buy it alone.
dc: (Doctor)
Either I am a bit better, or this is the morning patch of lucidity and wellness before the symptoms of 'flu re-emerge. Waiting to see... (I had such a patch yesterday morning, which I hope was useful, I managed to do a little web site stuff which might be of help to [livejournal.com profile] cobrabay — but, then again, might not, of course.) If this is not just a momentary glimpse of well-being at the start of the day (and the fact that I did not wake up until after nine suggests it might be exactly that), there are things I need to do. We shall see.

I watched Doctor Who last night. I enjoyed it. I mean — Daleks! )

Back to reality... the impending elections. Who to vote for? (You can take it for granted that IngSoc Labour will not be getting my vote. Nor will Dave’s boys.) Not going to vote for the LibDems, not given the way they drop all their principles at the prospect of getting into the administration. SNP would be the obvious choice, but those numpties have gone and taken Souter’s cash, so that makes me very disinclined to give them my vote. That leaves the Greens, who might well have got one of my votes anyway (I am not sure of the point of them getting the first vote, though), and the two antagonistic Socialist parties. Plus, in this area, an independent, a surgeon standing in opposition to the local NHS plans to shut (most of) the Victoria and shift all acute care south of the river to the Southern. I do think that plan is not well thought-out, but I am not at all sure this guy’s alternative (a big new hospital at Cowglen) is any better. Cowglen is not the most easy of places to get to; the Victoria, on the other hand, is very accessible by bus and train. It does seem to me that it is in a pretty good location for a hospital. The other thing which gives me pause is that his election leaflet makes a point of stating that he is a Christian and his Christian values underpin everything he does. Nothing against Christians as Christians, but someone effectively saying Vote for me because I am a Christian? — hmm.

(Then there is the loony fringe, of course: the BNP, whose vile pamphlet came through the door yesterday, UKIP no doubt, the Scottish Christian Party, and the nine-percenter’s party. I wonder if Pat Lally is still alive and/or going to be standing again? I would not necessarily assume death would hold him back.)

OK. Still not sure how I am today. I think a wee walk with a friend should give me an idea how I am doing. Nothing strenuous...

[*Maybe I should stop watching Casino Royale...]
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
I am coming to the conclusion that this throat is not simply the effects of much talking at Eastercon coming about ten days after an URTI; I think I caught another URTI at Chester. It is mild, but bloody annoying, grumbling away in my nasopharynx. It is a beautiful day, but I know what I need to do is stay in and rest. Bum.

So I am mentally fuzzy, and a little woozy, so not all that productive today. I did manage to get out in the past couple of days to spend time with [livejournal.com profile] banhe, [livejournal.com profile] sheonamcc and [livejournal.com profile] ambersrequiem, which helped recharge my batteries a bit. Trout on Thursday was good, but I did despoon a lot at about half nine. What a pain.

What I need to do in the next day or so is actually go through the addresses I got at Eastercon and organise them. I suppose I should really wait until I can be sure I can focus on the text...

One programme item at Contemplation, of course, was the screening of Doctor Who. It was not the pile of steaming ordure which the first episode was, so it was very well received. But I watched it again last night on BBC4 and... it really was not very good, was it?* (I actually almost feel asleep during it.) I would almost rather watch The Gunfighters again... Actually, strike that almost. *sigh*

If only that were the worst thing on television last night. A new series of Have I Got News For You started last night, and I watched that... and wished I had not, because what immediately preceded it? An election broadcast by the BNP. Where is an emoticon for jaw hitting floor when you need one?

As you might expect, the actual words they delivered were very carefully chosen so as not to frighten the horses. (They are not, unfortunately, so mentally challenged as the NF were.) But the imagery...! At one point, behind the talking head, there was a graphic of shuffling, slope-shouldered, zomboid silhouettes and the text immigrants everywhere.... OMFG! I am trying to work out if there is any chance of this bunch getting a representative into Holyrood, but my head is not clear enough. There are places like Ibrox to take into account. How many votes does it need for one of these twunts to get in on the Glasgow list?

Also WRT the elections... I was not pleased to learn from [livejournal.com profile] banhe the other afternoon (yes, I have not been keeping up with all the news, either!) that the SNP have taken Souter's money. *head in hands*

At least we have the options of Greens and a local independent here.

Gah. I am going to have to go and take some medication, I think. In the meantime, here is a wee meme I have picked up via [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage and [livejournal.com profile] sharikkamur. How this works is: you go to IMDB and pick 10 of your favourite films. Pick 3 plot keywords from each and see if people can guess what they are. Here are my ten films for you to guess (no cheating by looking them up!):

1: Messiah, Payphone, Negative Footage [2001: A Space Odyssey, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blue_condition]
2: Ice Age, Throat Slitting, Title Spoken By Character
3: Catholic Church, Neo-Nazi, Condom
4: Rain, Paranoia, Ocean
5: Anti-Conformity, Peace, Mud [Woodstock, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blue_condition]
6: Satire, Redhead, Military
7: No Opening Credits, Unspoken Love, Sword Fight [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] soon_lee]
8: Hitler, Nazi, Swedish Sex Bomb [The Producers, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage]
9: Air Base, Decoder, Torpedo
10: Very Little Dialogue, Character Name In Title, Firework

I have tried to pick keywords which are not the obvious for most of them, although in two of the more obscure I have taken one obvious keyword at least; one film is from this century, most are more than 20 years old. Three of the films are in languages other than English. One is in English and another language.

And now, here is exactly the same thing done for TV programmes:

A: Character Name In Title, Time Travel [Play For Today: The Flipside of Dominick
, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
B: Conspiracy, Demolished Town, Sequel
C: Sex, Student, Hospital
D: Midget, Conversion, Heathen
E: Religious Differences, Pursuit, Morality [Battlestar Galactica, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage]
F: Hit And Run, Hospital, Police [Life On Mars, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
G: Famous Opening Theme, Corridor, Ethics [Doctor Who, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
H: War Room, Scandal, Election
I: Cult Favorite, Interracial Relationship, Famous Score [Star Trek, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
J: Cult Favorite, Surreal, Ensemble Cast

This list contains three American programmes, all the rest are British; there are two comedy series; seven are classifiable as SF. None of them are obscure (there were obscure ones I was tempted to use, but not having more than one keyword made that difficult ;o) ).

[*All right, that was an understatement. There is a very happy goat in the corner...]

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