Tweets on 2009-04-27

  • I’ve lost my label-making machine under a pile of unfiled papers. #gtd #fail #gtdfail #
  • Sunny afternoon has ended. The sky has closed in, the pressure is dropping, and now it feels like rain. #
  • Ooh, wow, it looks like they’re beginning to dismantle the Nottingham Wheel. #
  • @smuttley do you not like t’wheel? I didn’t manage to go on it this year. #
  • My Twitter personality: popular inquisitive fair My style: chatty coherent WRITER http://twanalyst.com/alexfoster #

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Tweets on 2009-04-26

  • Just passed @miketd’s weekend refuge and suprised not to find village blog URL on roadsigns yet. #
  • Afternoon mini bellringing outing in’t Peak District. Trying to read OS map and drive. Hartington first. #
  • Ooh, National Trust tea-room, you say? Don’t mind if I do. #
  • Being asked to stop making the “Oh my Ilam in de sun” joke. #
  • Ee, but the countryside is grand. Safely home in city now. Necking a pint of coffee before heading out to see In’t Loop. #
  • @miketd sadly ringing tour was too tightly timed for tempting tea diversions. Hope PDMG is looking good in all this sun! #

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Tweets on 2009-04-25

  • Saw a poster for Little Shop of Horrors the other day. Ever since, have been humming… Subsequent to the events you have just witnessed… #
  • Similar events in cities across America – / Events which bore a striking resemblance / to the ones you have just seen – began occurring. #
  • Popping into Waterstones for an OS map. The travel floor is calling to the wanderlustful side of me. #
  • @dr_nick http://www.littleshopthemusical.co.uk/ – don’t look like anywhere near Soton and Nottingham closes tomorrow! #
  • Spontaneous decision to see Little Shop of Horrors in Nottm before it closer. Seats available in all areas. #
  • Ooh, excellent set. And Sylvester McCoy as Mushnik! #
  • Trying to think of a non-bitchy way of putting it… But who cast the endomorphs? Couldn’t they afford thin actors? #
  • @dr_nick the stage show doesn’t have a happy ending 🙂 the little plants were wireless robots, they did a show of “look no hands” #
  • Everyone coming out humming “Suddenly Seynour.” The full size plant was awesome! #
  • Reading about grid references. Seems I live in SK, one of only 2 100km squares with no coast at all: http://tr.im/jEvy #

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Tweets on 2009-04-24

  • @tompearson at the moment I mostly ring at Daybrook, but the ringing community in Nottm is friendly, and I ring elsewhere when I can. #
  • Buggrit, miscalculated at a parking machine and have ended up with a ticket. #
  • @libdems Ich bin mit Ihr Deutschkenntnisse sehr beeindruckt. #
  • @timprater Unfortch the £9 Travelodge rooms don’t seem to include Bournemouth in mid-September 😦 #
  • Watching video of Clegg talking about the budget but only really thinking “the hair’s grown back since #ldconf” http://tr.im/jywD #

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Interview with Paddy Ashdown

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Iain Dale, the Tory we all love to hate, has transcribed a long interview he did with Paddy Ashdown on behalf of Total Politics magazine.

A brief extract follows after the break, and the full interview is available over at Total Politics. (Aargh! Columns?! On a website?!)

Paddy is currently also promoting his book, “A fortunate life” – and if you buy it from Amazon using the link on the side, the party gets a little percentage of your spend, at no extra cost to you.

ID: Have you found the role of ex Leader rather trying? You have generally resisted temptation to make any intervention.

PA: There are three kinds of ex leaders. Those who say ‘I’ve been a brilliant general and to prove as much I will wreck things before I go and throw in hand grenades afterwards’. They think what they are doing is improving their standing as leader but they almost always diminish it. I fear that happened to Margaret [Thatcher]. The second type is ‘Thanks very much, I had a great time, I’m off to do my garden, please don’t trouble me again’. The third is ‘I’m off to do my garden, call me when you need me’. That’s what I have tried to be. I have tried to be for Charles, Ming and Nick the same kind of leader as David Steel was for me. He was always available when I needed him. I could always ring him up and say, David, ‘I need a comment from you; I really need to win this battle’. He would always come out and do it and that’s what I do too. Being a model ex leader is also part of being a leader.

ID: How do you think the LibDem membership views Paddy Ashdown ten years on?

PA: Probably more kindly than they once did. People often asked me why did I stand down? The truth is I was getting grumpy with them, they were getting grumpy with me. Perhaps the party has been lucky in that it gets the leaders it needs at the time it needs them. It would not have been a good thing if I had stayed on. I would have almost certainly tried to persuade them that the position they took on the Iraq War was wrong, and I would have found myself at loggerheads with the party and have had to resign. I wrote Blair a private letter a week before the invasion and said ‘I think you’re right’. With the benefit of hindsight that looks like a mistake. The war was not the problem. I personally think the war was probably justified – still. It was over quickly. It was a success. It was what happened afterwards that was the problem. That does not excuse me very much because the truth is that I, of all people, should have known the war wasn’t the problem but our complete failure to prepare for what happened afterwards was. I should have spotted that and made more of it at the time. I believed the Weapons of Mass Destruction stuff and maybe I shouldn’t have. History will bless this with a slightly different view from the one we see at present.

Tweets on 2009-04-23

  • Yay, home to a postcard from Russia! #
  • @markpack let me deal with the post / email / diary / leaflet backlog and buzz me after the weekend 🙂 #
  • OMG. The ringtone on my phone called “Bach” is by sodding Beethoven! WTF? #
  • Just back from early morning bellringing to mark St Georges Day. We were on Radio Nottingham! #

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