Tweets on 2010-02-18

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Tweets on 2010-02-17

  • Sudden thick fog descends on Stirling just as radio announces a foot of snow is forecast for today. Eek! #
  • P is wondering if being homesick is missing your home, whether that means missing your cats is catsick. #
  • Low lying cloud http://flic.kr/p/7DrLxX #
  • £9 each? Ouch! (@ Stirling Castle) http://4sq.com/bumyKh #
  • I just unlocked the "Super User" badge on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/9ZCled #
  • In the space of about a minute, the fog dropped 200ft and all us tourists went : ah, there's the Wallace Monument! http://flic.kr/p/7Dt7KF #
  • Closed for renovation 😦 (@ Stirling Old Town Jail) http://4sq.com/du1tjr #
  • The fog is behind us and Loch Venachar is perfectly still. http://flic.kr/p/7DxSAG #
  • @mPOWERSCOTLAND lunchtime weather forecast said a foot do snow expected soon, northern Scotland. I don't know where the North starts! in reply to mPOWERSCOTLAND #
  • Responding positively to slightly unlikely request to use one of my photos in an Ohian Tv show on home improvement. #
  • Thinking about going veggie for lent. Then remembering I had bacon for breakfast. #

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Tweets on 2010-02-16

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Tweets on 2010-02-14

  • Intrigued that almost every garment for sale at the "Scotland Woolen Mill" was in fact 100% acrylic. #
  • Have found sweet spot in digs with a mobile signal, suspending phone on window in eastern turret. #
  • Have been lying awake thinking about bacon for the last 3 hours. #
  • Not for the first time, feeling grateful to cleaners who leave safety pins in shirts. #

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Tweets on 2010-02-11

  • @bykimbo how curious 🙂 does joe public include umrats? in reply to bykimbo #
  • Grr. My city council email seems not to be working. #
  • @jamesgraham it's not that long since all women routinely wore headscarves after all! in reply to jamesgraham #
  • Frazzle razzzle frazzzle money pit on wheels grrrr grrr grrr. #
  • Setting the oven to cook jacket potatoes ready for when my evening meeting finishes. #
  • Ah, @lordbonkers has "memories" of Leicester South by-election. http://bit.ly/bBUWul Personally, I have "flashbacks" #
  • My meeting overran and my potatoes got cold. #
  • The combination on things left out on the side is making me want to have golden syrup on my potato. #
  • *Bingbingbing* more than #5aday: apple juice, sandwich salad, banana, beans, melon, pineapple, crystalized ginger. #
  • @miketd Do 'em in the morning. in reply to miketd #
  • @dr_nick no, grooms speak for themselves. Father of the bride, best man, groom, in that order. Groom mostly just thanks people. #
  • @MumblingNerd we definitely like Tobin tax and spoke in favour of it at last Nottm Full Council meeting. We proposed an amendment with… in reply to MumblingNerd #
  • @MumblingNerd … a suggestion of what to do if international Tobin agreement cannot be reached. #
  • "Beat up the eggs, I'm using chopsticks, you could use a whisk…" http://bit.ly/axF4jD #
  • @kayray today's the anniversary of the 1963 first broadcast of Julia Child's TV show. http://bit.ly/cwTXhs in reply to kayray #

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Daily View 2×2: 11 February 2010

Well, let’s see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. Then it was February 11th and time for Daily View, on this, Canadian actor Leslie Nielson’s birthday.

He shares the date with the Beast of Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, and Caribou Barbie, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Other notable occurrences today include the death of Sylvia Plath in 1963 and the début of Julia Child’s US TV show The French Chef in 1963. If you’ve never seen it before, go see Julia making omelettes.

2 Cheerful Stories

British Retail’s “irreversible downward spiral”

The Guardian has news that some British towns and cities have so many empty shops they may never recover:

Many of Britain’s towns and cities are suffering from such huge shop vacancy rates that they risk becoming ghost towns, wiping hundreds of millions of pounds off property values, a study revealed yesterday.

Cities such as Wolverhampton and Bradford, where nearly a quarter of shops lie empty, could be on an irreversible downward spiral as a result of the financial crisis. The research by the Local Data Company shows retail vacancy rates across Britain rose 2% in the past six months of last year to 12%, with some towns seeing as much as 24% of its shops lying empty.

“As much as 24%” ? What’s wrong with “Almost a quarter” ?

Oh, and NB, the photo in the story is my home city Nottingham. I’m not sure where it was taken, but it’s not really typical of the city.

Don’t care what the retirement age rises to, I’ll be dead

Good news for unemployed young people: the Independent has the glum news that many people won’t make it as far as retirement:

Plans to raise the retirement age to 68 will cause hardship for millions because three-quarters of people could be too ill to work, a Government-commissioned report warns today. […] Up to 2.5 million years of life are being lost each year in England as a result of poor people dying prematurely, the report estimated.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • Lord Avebury on Uganda
  • As it happens, the House of Lords was debating legislation to add two countries to the ‘white list’ of states which are supposedly safe for asylum-seekers to return to. I started my speech with a reference to the treatment of gays in certain countries, and Uganda in particular.

  • Andrew Reeves’s two very different correspondents
  • Today has been a bizarre day, first John Prescott the former Deputy Prime Minister read my blog post about the hypocritical Tories and lobbyists, and then twittered the message around his followers.

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

Coming up on LDV later today:

  • What Disraeli really meant
  • How can we sell STV?
  • Shock result – Nick Clegg approval rating
  • Social media and foreign policy.

Stay tuned!

That’s it from me today – now if you’ll excuse me, I have to drive to Scotland.

Tweets on 2010-02-10

  • Interesting interview with local resident on a criminology degree – pulling together uni work with local police meetings. #
  • Teh mobile internets is so not working for me today. 😦 #
  • Lots of confusion about the difference between SUDs and SUEs. One is ponds, one is new housing estates. #
  • *sigh* It's like some people here have never even read the SHLAA! #
  • Sudden flurry of heavy snow #
  • History of Nottingham City Transport – from horse-drawn buses in 1848 http://bit.ly/do8DWI #
  • @ianvisits they probably don't have much in the way of a sink #
  • @willhowells are you cured? Praise be! Alleluia! in reply to willhowells #
  • In today's Trax2Aggravate, someone is playing something that sounds like faint car horns, so I keep looking round to see who's tooting. #

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