Because I enjoy looking silly, and despite the fact that the exit polls in 15 minutes are going to be very good for the Conservatives...
A deeply hung Parliament. Conservatives literally just short of an overall majority, around the 320 seats mark (326 is an overall majority, though 323 is a functional one thanks to the absence of Sinn Fein and the neutrality of the Speaker group). Labour around 220 and Lib Dems around 90, meaning there's no yellow-red coalition on either. In my dreams, this results in Nick Clegg joining a Conservative government and the decent Lib Dems coming over to Labour. In reality I imagine it means a rubbish Tory government muddling through, in thrall to its backbenchers and the whims of Ulstermen.
We'll see how wrong I am, and I'll declare my final betting P&L, sometime over the weekend!
Hello. I shall repost this on Monday when people are reading, but anyway; for reasons wholly unrelated to the fact that I am impossible to live with (viz a new job in a different country), I will shortly be looking for a new flatmate. I'm likely, though not certain, also to want to move myself over the course of the Summer, so happy to offer a slightly lower rent to someone who is prepared to be on a month's notice, but if someone wanted to commit to a fixed term, then so could I.
That aside it would be about £700 a month including bills, for which you get a decent sized double room with loads of cupboard space in a 2-bed flat with your own bathroom, a very large living room, and a well equipped open kitchen including dishwasher and lots of freezer space.
The postcode is SE16 3TP which is Zone 2, reasonably handy for Bermondsey Tube or a range of buses, and very handy for the 1 to Waterloo / Elephant / Tottenham Court Road. What else? I'm unfussy about gender or diet, and don't mind nationality as long as people speak a reasonable level of English or, at a push, French, but I am quite fussy about keeping the flat non-smoking.
I need a sub, and not in a rude way. I don't really want to break the paragraph, and the jumble of numbers and numberwords isn't helping.
Despite widespread pessimism about achieving equal representation, there has been substantial progress in the number of women represented in the House of Commons over the last two decades. After 40 years after the second world war during which there were between 20 and 30 women in the House of Commons, a low point of 19 was reached in 1983, largely because the Conservative landslide saw seven female Labour MPs lose their seats, but only one Conservative gain by a female candidate. Since then there has been relatively rapid progress - 41 women MPs in 1987, 60 in 1992, and 120 in 1997. This number fell only slightly in 2001 to 118, largely as a consequence of Labour being prevented from using all women shortlists to select candidates, and rose again to a new high of 128 at the 2005 election. While the 2010 election sees many women MPs at risk from a rising Conservative tide (77% of female MPs are Labour MPs, whereas only 13% are Conservatives) there are more Conservative female candidates in ‘winnable’ seats than at past elections, with estimates that a Conservative overall majority would deliver an extra 38 Conservative women MPs.
Dramatis personæ: My boss, my events admin, my office manager, myself, and, without a speaking part, my policy support dude and my deputy boss.
The venue: A dim sum restaurant, for said events admin's leaving lunch. We shall miss her, but she is going to far better things.
Boss: Goodness, it doesn't feel like three years since we interviewed you.
Eventy: I know, time flies, doesn't it!
Boss: Was it me and Kelly that interviewed you? It must have been.
Eventy: Yeah, I think so.
Office Manager: Yeah it must have been, because if it had been me you wouldn't have got it.
jdc: And if it had been me, you wouldn't have accepted it!
All: Laugh more loudly, yet also rather nervously
Ghost, stage left: It's funny because it's true
I realise This is a very specific circumstances, but just in case anyone is upgrading from an HTC phone on Windows Mobile, to an HTC Android phone, don't even think about using the Sync applications to get your contacts across, at least if you are on Windows 7 - and certainly don't try and use their recommended Sim backup (as expected, it truncates everything).
Instead, clear down your 'My Contacts' in a Gmail account, export your old contacts as a Windows .csv from Outlook, upload them to your Gmail with the importer tool, then set up the new phone to synchronise with your Gmail account. Voila! Now if only I'd realised that was the quick way three hours ago, I could be in bed by now. And even that's assuming it has done what it claimed to be doing, and done it correctly...
In reference to your recent letter, the reason your attempt to extract a premium of £268.14 failed on 25 October is that my health insurance was bought for me as a quixotic but well-meant gift by my parents last year, and therefore the card and address details will not match. Had you given advance notice of your attempt to take this payment, I could have told you this.
More importantly, I have no intention of renewing the policy in question - having discovered in your representative's own words when I needed to call on it that it was "all inclusive, except for consultation, diagnosis, and treatment" which appears to me to be very nearly everything one might require from healthcare.
I would be grateful if you could note this, and look forward to not hearing from you in the future.