On this Day

Will has a rather nifty meme to take Wikipedia‘s ‘On this Day’ function and find out things about your birthday.

Go to Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org/). Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post this in your journal.

Birthday:  August 3rd

Events

Birthdays
I’m not going to count Terry Wogan because I already knew about him.  And I want to give three not two:

Deaths

And three deaths, too.

Yesterday’s job

“Do you mind driving to Stockport?”

Hmmm.  Suspicious mind.  What do you want me to do when I get there?  Delivering leaflets? Canvassing?  Something strenuous and uncomfortable?

“Pick up urgent stationery and drive home.”

Oh, cool.  Yesterday was a gorgeous bright warm day, so I had no problem with a jaunt in the countryside.

So, where’s Stockport, then?

I remembered once they started to explain — I went through there to get to Cheadle. It’s a gorgeous route.  Up high over the hills and through the National Park.  Spectacular views.

So, top down (*), sunnies on, Fountains of Wayne on the CD player,  spend afternoon on the road.  Grab a sandwich in Romily, turn round, come home.
Perfick.

(*) Sunroof on MAX is about as close as I can get

Yesterday's job

“Do you mind driving to Stockport?”

Hmmm.  Suspicious mind.  What do you want me to do when I get there?  Delivering leaflets? Canvassing?  Something strenuous and uncomfortable?

“Pick up urgent stationery and drive home.”

Oh, cool.  Yesterday was a gorgeous bright warm day, so I had no problem with a jaunt in the countryside.

So, where’s Stockport, then?

I remembered once they started to explain — I went through there to get to Cheadle. It’s a gorgeous route.  Up high over the hills and through the National Park.  Spectacular views.

So, top down (*), sunnies on, Fountains of Wayne on the CD player,  spend afternoon on the road.  Grab a sandwich in Romily, turn round, come home.
Perfick.

(*) Sunroof on MAX is about as close as I can get

Today’s word

is

mentee

as in a person who is mentored, rather than the herbal drink or sea creature it sounds like it ought to be.
I’m not certain this is a real word, but it came up a lot in a presentation this afternoon.

Today's word

is

mentee

as in a person who is mentored, rather than the herbal drink or sea creature it sounds like it ought to be.
I’m not certain this is a real word, but it came up a lot in a presentation this afternoon.

Treasure Island

I think my chapters for Treasure Island on www.librivox.org are being podcast at the moment — Saturday’s and Monday’s editions are the ones I did.

My Yarr! pirate voice for Long John Silver really made my throat hurt at the time, and one listener has written to me to query whether I pronounced the author’s name correctly.  I’ve always thought he was Robert “Looee” Stevenson, but some others have said Lewis.
I should be recording right now. I’ve signed myself up to a record number of projects, all detailed on my podcasting page (at least they should be).  The enthusiasm is there, if the time a little short.

But the key thing stopping me right now is, erm, phlegm.  I’m bunged up, and you can hear it when I record.  And I have to stop every few minutes to clear my throat.  Urgh. I feel fine otherwise, apart from occasional achey throats.  And on the rare occasion when I have to use my voice extensively (training last weekend, for example) it gets raspy quickly.

Young MPs

Discussion on a private Lib Dem forum on Cix reveals the following facts about the 2005 Parliament.

The five youngest Lib Dem MPs in the House are:

  1. Jo Swinson, East Dunbartonshire (05/02/1980)
  2. Julia Goldsworthy, Falmouth and Camborne (10/09/78)
  3. Dan Rogerson, Cornwall North (23/7/1975)
  4. Sarah Teather, Brent East (01/06/1974)
  5. Jenny Willott, Cardiff Central (29/05/1974)

Four of the five are women.

We have the youngest MP in Scotland (Swinson), Wales (Willott), and Cornwall (Goldsworthy). All are female.

Sarah Teather, who became the youngest MP when she won the Brent East by-election in 2003, is just pipped at the post from being the youngest English MP by Andrew Gwynne who is three days younger. Goldsworthy and Rogerson are younger than Gwynne, but would they consider themselves English MPs?

Rogerson’s date of birth is given on Wikipedia as 23/7/75 but 26/6/70 in a less public place.