Tweets on 2010-07-23

  • Board meeting (@ Nottingham Energy Partnership) http://4sq.com/aeYJnT #
  • @sarabedford I remember a garlic shortbread recipe from somewhere or other. in reply to sarabedford #
  • Over the road, they use a lot of taxis. Every time one arrives it toots its horn. This annoys of disproportionatel.z #
  • You wouldn't like of when I'm disproportionatel.z annoyed. #
  • Never ceases to amaze how fast house goes from looking like it's just been hoovered to looking like it never gets hoovered. #

  • Civil disobedience kitteh lies down in front of vacuum cleaner. http://flic.kr/p/8kSodd #
  • Hah – Wikipedia thinks cocktails were invented as an election tool. http://bit.ly/aIhmPE Beats leafleting, for sure. #
  • @tonytheaker not quite sure how it works the "Europe's VLT is in Chilé" ? in reply to tonytheaker #

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Tweets on 2010-07-22

  • Tickled pink that the A Team has the same slogan as M&S. #
  • I have a prejudicial interest, so for the next few mins I have to sit on the cllr equiv of the naughty step. #
  • First public meeting in new council digs. Not overwhelming success. (@ Loxley House) http://4sq.com/9RTLCy #
  • 30 mins talking about the new Eon building. What are they saying in there. #
  • Can't ever quite walk past that 4-storey drop outside my new office without the urge to jump. #

  • The new cycle park at the station. http://flic.kr/p/8kwxst #
  • I just became the mayor of Fellows, Morton & Clayton on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/aVSZV8 #
  • Just passing by (@ Fellows, Morton & Clayton) http://4sq.com/aVSZV8 #
  • Just misread Cainer as Calder and thought @lordbonkers was writing the #DailyFail horoscope #
  • @NCCLols can't wait for the minutes about the priority-driven prioritizations. in reply to NCCLols #
  • @CharlotteGore hahaha. Just four more now. #
  • Working with guest editor Mark Valladares. Tomorrow on @libdemvoice is shaping up really nicely – will be a good day of posts. #

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Tweets on 2010-07-21

  • Last night, I ram-raided an offy and stole 3 bottles of wine. (I really hope it turns out that was a dream) #
  • Today's law of unintended consequence, on The Magistrate's Blog http://bit.ly/aGiXY3 #
  • No, wait? The Hovis ad music (depicting northern English town) is from the New World Symphony (Dvorak's homage to the US)? #
  • RT @NottinghamNews At Nottingham Railway Station (The Hub), a new facility for short and long stay cycle parking opens. http://bit.ly/aUvrcY #
  • @tom_geraghty just phoned Transport Strategy to check – it is free. in reply to tom_geraghty #
  • @tom_geraghty opens tomorrow at 3pm in reply to tom_geraghty #
  • @philipfh with a fly? 🙂 in reply to philipfh #
  • Running a scientology story past Legal at LibDemVoice Towers. Don't want to get sued by the Public Ombudsman for Wales. #
  • @CllrTim you don't think there are enough laws to keep councillors in check? in reply to CllrTim #
  • @CllrTim is that up to the council or the government? in reply to CllrTim #
  • Planning a Liberal Drinks / #tweetup event at #ldconf – 7.30pm, Tuesday 21 September, Baltic Fleet http://www.wappingbeers.co.uk/ #
  • Just phoned the Baltic Fleet, Liverpool, to warn them of marauding Lib Dems – Liberal Drinks / #tweetup event at #ldconf – 7.30pm, 21 Sep #
  • @londonstuff just so long as you weren't smoking while doing so! #
  • @CllrTim but the standards board was always terrible at dealing with that. I remember 1hr interview about whether Cllr Cowan said "bitch" in reply to CllrTim #
  • @CllrTim and same issue applies if (purely hypothetical) CX bullies staff… in reply to CllrTim #
  • Cannot believed that worked: rattle cat treat box, cats come running, throw treat into cage, correct cat runs into cage, close door. #
  • Dagnabbit – cage door not fully closed. Cat re-escaped. #
  • @dr_nick eh what? in reply to dr_nick #
  • Sounds like it's time to ban over-50s from giving blood on the grounds of public safety. #
  • Dunno woss goin on, but I'm at bus stop in Sherwood and traffic is backed up all the up the Mansfield Rd to here – usually clear by now. #
  • Supernumery O&S meeting (@ Nottingham Council House) http://4sq.com/cwhENE #
  • Pwning Polly RT @libdemvoice: New post: Opinion: Get your facts right Polly http://ldv.org.uk/20372 #
  • RT @NGHodder: @alexfoster Ban over 50s from giving blood? But some of my best friends are over 50! 🙂 #
  • Momentarily getting Brendan Barber and Brendan-Bravo confused. #

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Today’s political triumph

Irritating Twitter feed @NottinghamNews announced today:

As part of the redevelopment of Nottingham Railway Station (The Hub), a new facility for short and long stay cy.. http://bit.ly/aUvrcY

It irritates me no end that the Council muck up Twitter like that – they use it just to duplicate a feed somewhere and they never care that their titles are too long for Twitter’s character limit. It means that the important word from that press release CYCLE or BIKE is totally missing from the tweet.

Still, that’s not where the success lies. I haven’t persuaded the media people to use Twitter correctly.

No, I retweeted their announcement, fixing it so that all the necessary words were included:

RT @NottinghamNews At Nottingham Railway Station (The Hub), a new facility for short and long stay cycle parking opens. http://bit.ly/aUvrcY

And got an immediate query from a friend: how much does it cost? Is it free?

Good question. At the time of writing, the press statement on the Council website is silent on the issue. And because it talks of the investment and the cost – new facility, CCTV, solar powered LED lighting – it all invites you to think, ooh, expensive!

It seemed pretty likely to me that it would be free, so I phoned up an officer in Transport Strategy to check. Didn’t get the officer I know from committee, but the polite receptionist had exactly the same reaction as me – um, I expect it would be free, but I’d better check. She checked, phoned back. Yes. It is free.

So I phone the media department, and here it’s the same schtick: person answering phone needs to go away, but in a few minutes, the press officer who made the press release gets back to me. He agrees with my point. It is free. It would be a good idea to mention that in the press release. I’ll get onto that, councillor.

Hooray!

Five minutes and five phonecalls later this paragraph:

The facility will provide safe quality sheltered parking for 92 cycles that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The area will be well-lit, with lighting columns and solar-powered LED lighting within the shelters and will be monitored by CCTV.

… becomes this paragraph:

The free facility will provide safe quality sheltered parking for 92 cycles that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The area will be well-lit, with lighting columns and solar-powered LED lighting within the shelters and will be monitored by CCTV.

Can you spot the difference?

If I hadn’t had two copies of the statement open, I’d just have assumed I’d overlooked the word on the first time through. But that is not the case! Today, something good actually happened because of a suggestion I made.

*sigh*

In these Coalition days, you have to take your triumphs where you find them.

Tweets on 2010-07-20

  • @jamesgraham demog profile of twitter cf demog profile of parents? in reply to jamesgraham #
  • Just accepted one loyalty card too many – my wallet exploded. #
  • "…these doughnuts may contain traces of barley, milk, egg, cats and celery. CATS!? Oh, oats…." #
  • Leaflethog. Today is Flying Ant Day 2010. #
  • Taking advantage of late night opening (@ Nottingham Tennis Centre) http://4sq.com/cVFIDM #
  • @artesea ah, that wasn't just me? thought someone had unscrewed car aerial – but longwave was still there. in reply to artesea #
  • Well, with outages at both Twitter and #bbcr4 today, and the flying ants, the apocalypse can't be far away. Come, giant methane cloud… #
  • @jamesgraham first time I've seen Hollobone. If ever there were a face you'd want to cover up… in reply to jamesgraham #

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Tweets on 2010-07-19

  • Should probably have let P know it was cheese and mustard bread before slathered honey all over it. #
  • Should probably have let P know it was cheese and mustard bread before he slathered honey all over it. #
  • Site looks ready for next week's wheelchair tennis tournament (@ Nottingham Tennis Centre) http://4sq.com/cVFIDM #
  • Q for popcorn long enough for me to remember I'm a) economising and b) dieting (@ Cineworld w/ 2 others) http://4sq.com/bidG2a #
  • @jamesgraham worth breaking lifelong di Caprio ban for? in reply to jamesgraham #
  • Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 100, 2nd movement, you say, @rfenwick? Known (to me, anyway) as the theme from The Hunger (1982). #
  • Very silly vampire movie starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon's naked breasts. (still @rfenwick) #
  • Gerrymander Wheel | STVAction.org.uk http://bit.ly/cNrv89 #
  • @jonathanfryer pay off his mortgage? in reply to jonathanfryer #

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