Tweets on 2011-04-12

  • Oh, dear, the sky is glooming over. #
  • To the print cave! #
  • @dr_nick several, I think. But pliers will also do. Square or triangular? #
  • Tackling the phantom paper jams one at a time (@ Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave) #
  • Emerging, blinking, from the cave to discover It's sunny again. #
  • @radinden hee hee #
  • Bleurgh, definitely hay fever season. 😦 #
  • retiring to bed with a hot toddy of ouzo, oranges and cloves. That should help with the #hayfever right? #

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Opinion: Gay blood donation ban to be lifted – well, barely

The news broke over the weekend that an announcement is imminent on the policy surrounding the lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has ever had sex with another man.

The writing on the wall appears to be that gay men who have not had sex for a decade might in future be allowed to give blood.

This decision was the likely outcome of the scientific review into blood donation, when I researched the issue for an op-ed slot on Pod Delusion live. It was one of the things I mocked in front of a live pub audience.

The Advisory Committee for the Safety of Blood, Tissue and Organs (SaBTO) have been looking at the issue for over two years. If you check their website on the NHS pages you can read the minutes of the committee and a number of academic papers they are considering as part of making up their minds.

One of the “compromises” they appear to be coming to is suggesting that gay men who haven’t had gay sex for five years become eligible to donate blood.

This would have the bizarre outcome of putting the NHS in the same situation as the Anglican Church. “We’re absolutely fine with teh gays – just so long as we can be sure that you’re not actually f***ing.”

Will Howells joked at the time that it meant you could redefine “a dry spell” as “taking one for the team” – which made me chuckle then.

But joking aside, this is a disappointing decision.

Whilst it is welcome that a very small number of people might now be able to donate blood who previously were not able, I think this falls short of the sort of action we have seen in other countries, and is a disappointing outcome.

It still means that the vast majority of gay men, the vast majority of whom do not have HIV, will still be unable to donate blood. 19/20 gay men polled would be happy to do so if they were able, and would be happy to contribute to the Blood Service’s perpetual problem of finding enough eligible donors to keep the nation’s crash victims, surgery candidates and post-partum mothers alive.

Tweets on 2011-04-11

  • Longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute — — #

  • Peppermint frosted pecan brownies #
  • @MadameNottm can't you stand them on something? a foil tray? #
  • @Alexander_Ball blimey you're lucky – was the weather a fluke or did you take off when you saw the forecast? #
  • @MadameNottm or you could just light a fire? The mess from that would make the odd bit of wax seem trivial. #
  • Wants to watch The Hunt For Red October: #
  • @dr_nick I checked it wasn't the April edition! #
  • @stephsirr I read that a bit too quickly and thought Giles Croft had done the murdering. You read it here first. 😦 #
  • @NGHodder good luck! #
  • RT @NCCLols: RT @justmckeat People who wear ties have caused far more harm than people who wear burkhas, surely. #
  • RT @ceekayell: RT @laurashav: A particularly accurate US cop show deconstruction #
  • @10anta they need to be received by 5th May, so technically you could post it back on 4th. Beware of bank hols, tho! #
  • @10anta yes, handing completed postal vote in at the polling station or the town hall is an option. #
  • @10anta maybe #
  • @10anta @Nissemus no it's not. It's several islands. #
  • @10anta #

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Some interesting links

I click all manner of things that people send me or that I find in forums or on Twitter.

Sometimes they stay open for days after I have read them as I think, “That’s useful/fascinating/interesting/funneh/cute – I should do something with that.”

Some of them I share again immediately on Twitter, but if everyone’s doing that it seems a bit dull. (It is interesting to see how these things track through my friends groups, though – sometimes you see a link early on in its life from one bunch of friends or colleagues, only to burst back into life a few days later from another bunch of friends.) There is certainly a temptation to use Twitter as an instant bookmark thingie for my own edification, not least since I save all my own tweets here on my blog, to the consternation of some who dislike it and the edification of some who only get to read them here (including, I believe, my hated opponent. *wave*)

Some of them are recipes, and some of the things I know I will want to return to, I whack in Delicious, and then forget about, and hope the keywords I end up using will be specific enough when inevitably in a few months’ time I think there was that page, somewhere, about something, that I now need… what was it again?

Anyway, without further ado, here is the latest crop of things that have been hanging around for days without me finding anything to do with them. Starting with a trio from the Economist:

Labour’s flat earthers demand the cuts go away

A simultaneously entertaining and depressing article about Labour’s “policy forum” in the Ice Arena in Nottingham, where it appears tens of thousands of the public were invited, and only Labour stalwarts showed up.

Ed Miliband’s bad timing

An account of the big socialist march in London from the perspective of someone who watched it on telly, and saw the words of Ed Miliband’s speech to one lot of marchers while another lot were letting off fireworks and violently breaking the place up.

Hey, Big Spenders

Bagehot draws on his experience of attending the conference above and turns it into an op-ed urging Labour to sort out what they mean on public finance.

And now for something completely different

Dr Horrible / My Little Pony mashup

Very, very strange. I have never actually watched any My Little Pony, so that part of it makes next to no sense. Who knew there were any overlaps at all between the Dr Horrible audience and the My Little Poniers?

Longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute

From my cousin’s facebook page. Some people have too much time on their hands. But it’s reassuring that the severe problem of teaspoon entropy appears to affect a wide range of institutions.

Tweets on 2011-04-10

  • Mealplannin' #
  • I just unlocked the "Barista" badge on @foursquare! #
  • Late nite printfest. (@ Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave) #
  • Cripes @mitchbenn can you normalize the speech parts of yr ace comedy song podcast so I'm not deafened by unexpected plosives? #
  • *print* *print* *print* #
  • Eh? Hill fires in Cumbria, dust storms in Germany. It's only April. #
  • Strange reporting of German dust storm and motorway pileup. Unless I missed it, they never actually said where in Germany it was. #
  • Well, that's today's #libdem work concluded, now onto today's #baking and #laundry #
  • @iaindale hmm, not the most obscure of German towns, then! #
  • The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut : The New Yorker #

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Tweets on 2011-04-09

  • RT @warrenellis: AWAKE IS HORRIBLE #
  • Babies bring out the worst in Ambridge. #
  • I'm at Fed Ex (Queens Drive, Nottingham) #
  • @Mighty_Booth ? photo printers at Boots etc? #
  • I've heard references to Nazis every day this week on #bbcr4 Enough! #
  • Dagnabbit, I could've sworn there was half a pack of quinoa in the back of the cupboard. Will have to have couscous. Again! #veggienite #
  • Gah! Surely if Gardeners' Question Time comes from Ambridge the world will implode. #
  • @dr_nick but quinoa is a miracle superfood! #
  • @dr_nick quinoa contains a balanced set of amino acids, making it an unusually complete protein source among plants. #
  • Friday night ringing practice. (@ Daybrook St Pauls) #
  • RT @alexfolkes: So the Leader of Southampton Council 'wrestled submarine shooter to the ground'… <<< what is this, NCIS Soton? #
  • My blog looks weird today. Must be my CSS Naked Day plugin doing it's thang again already. #
  • @dr_nick LittleN very welcome to come and help with leafleting 🙂 #
  • @alexfolkes I'd heard civilians involved, civics on board, so guessed it was only a matter of time until the two were linked up. #
  • Obama photoshopped either into or out of photo, depending on your point of view. #
  • @StefJoynson @dr_nick we only eat veggie one night a week! #
  • @markpack @rfenwick it's in black and white. She might be grey haired. #

  • Quoins! Vermiculated quoins! #
  • @journodave me! But no more #

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Tweets on 2011-04-08

  • Leaving do. (@ The Canalhouse) #
  • @dr_nick check sums, DIY might be better value. #
  • Residents meeting (@ Naburn Court Common Room) #
  • Amazing sunset. Apparently caused by Saharan dust in the atmosphere #
  • Heh. Kvetch on Twitter about radio tech failure, get personal apology from editor. #signofthetimes #
  • Earlier today, Foursquare told me "This is the first time you've been in a bar since April 2010." How abstemious of me. #
  • Have recorded a little something for the @PodDelusion on how I saw dead people that one time. #
  • RT @poddelusion: Episode 79 of the @PodDelusion is OUT NOW! Listen/download/subscribe at #
  • RT @Documentally: RT @caalie: "The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine" – Abraham Lincoln #

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Tweets on 2011-04-07

  • @markpack technically it's @magicweston's jingle #
  • @dr_nick phone masts got to #Everest in 2007! #
  • Hehe. God Hates Figs: Matthew 21:19 #

  • Googling for gay country music. Is there nothing more than Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other) #
  • Ooh, just heard Council House clock bong whilst unlocking door. (@ Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave) #
  • Lovely warm, starry night, gorgeous moon hanging in sky. Definitely camping weather. #
  • RT @owenblacker: Wow. Impressive! RT @anandamide: Woman, 75, breaks Armenia's Internet connection. All of it. #
  • @10anta they will be delighted to see you and flogging their tourism industry for all it's worth. #
  • @DrewCR0 you mean they're sticking around for all the slushy sentimentalism and pulling out for Masterchef?! #
  • @ianvisits @zatytom @lordofmisrule it shouldn't get that far – when they're ill you should try and helium or curium. #
  • Ooh, tech failure at #WATO Now resolved. No outing for Mark Lawson as teh Fail Whale. #

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Tweets on 2011-04-06

  • Firefighters on skis. #
  • RT @BeauBodOr: RT @iambags: Much as I disagree with Toby Young on many things, that 'TV Burp' show he does is very funny #
  • RT @FakeAPStylebook: Turns out the "Oxford" comma never even graduated high school. #WriteMoreGood #Spoilers #
  • @dr_nick have vaguely looked at it now and then but not sure what it does that I don't already do with delicious and RTM #
  • @dr_nick gah, it's buggered up the keyboard shortcuts from my DTP software! #
  • @dr_nick ctrl-alt-v used to be "paste in place" in PagePlus, but is now "paste into evernote" #

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Tweets on 2011-04-05

  • *mark unread* *mark unread* *flop* #
  • The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid #
  • @ianvisits liked Eddie Mair on PM – whole feature there was "should we care?" and concluded "probably not. Let us know your views!" #
  • RT @jimeasterbrook: Rhubarb vodka, started yesterday, is already turning a nice shade of pink. << wondering where I put elderflower gin. #
  • @lordbonkers Sir Peter Soulsby didn't become "Pete" until hallway through the campaign! #
  • Cleaning fish tank and talking to @helenduffett. #
  • Having #cocoa and an #earlynight #zeugma #
  • Do you want cocoa too, @helenduffett? #
  • @helenduffett I sprinkled it into the tank ten minutes ago, dearest! xx xx xx #
  • Candidate Name: Winning Here! <<< ouch – check your artwork carefully folks. #
  • Love the comment that it's actually Candida Tenamé #
  • Little something in the cocoa. Malibu and ούζο are closest. #
  • Keep your #winklols to yourself, hussy @helenduffett! What will the #Vicar think? xx xx #
  • Grr. #earlynight thwarted by #siren in the street. #
  • Early night didn't take. #
  • Hammering it down out there! #
  • Meeting about Fire Extinguisher Maintenance (@ Notts Fire and Rescue HQ) #

  • Not quite sure how this teapot filled this cup twice. #
  • RT @trioptimum: Drop the final panel from 'Peanuts' and it gets very depressing: #
  • RT @trioptimum: Drop final panel from Peanuts and it's depressing: -see also Garfield Minus Grfield #
  • @tonytheaker Sniping tool? Paperclip that says "I see what you're typing, but frankly it could be better!"? #
  • RT @qwghlm: Derby council candidate admits lying in phone-in about honesty in politics Wow. Too perfect a story #

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