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May 6th, 2005
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Zombiefied.



Was going to write about last few days, but have had brain melted by being shown by #chiark that more people watched Dr Who on Saturday night than voted for the Conservatives. A few more back of an envelope calculations led us to conclude that more people watched Dr Who than voted Labour. This is either very sad, or puts the whole thing into perspective, or gives us a vision of a world united. Err, by darleks

Wednesday was a very tightly timetables day of trying to buy a wedding dress. We went to Cambridge, the Oxford Street Debenhams, and then finally to a shop near Sam, in Sydenham. Found the most wonderful dress, which I won't write about here in case M reads this. There's *lots* of it though, and at some point I'll get pictures and show you all. Not sure how we'll ever get it back from South East London to Cambridge though.

Then went to Dojos for dinner. Was a little worried about this, as mum is supposed to be on a plain diet and had never used chopsticks, but it seemed to go ok. Went to see Jesus Christ Superstar, which was not at all what I expected (although very good) What was he trying to say in that musical? It seemed far angrier and less reverant than I'd been expecting... is he some sort of hard core atheist, or a devout christian trying to shed light on the things he finds challenging? Wish M wouldn't drool over the boys in towels quite so obviously when I take him out with my mother ;-) Delivered my last few focusses at midnight.

Then Thursday. Mum left, voted, had unproductive day at work. Saw pavanne for the first time in aaaaaages (too much arguing with #assassins had left me in need of tea) and went to the carlton, but lnr and ewxs election party looked like it was going to end up rather loud, and in the knowledge that I had an 8am supervisor meeting I went home to go to bed. But stayed up clicking refresh on the BBC website until 4.30 instead.

Made the supervisor meeting at 8, have no idea if I was coherant, then dashed off to the county count at Comberton at 9.30. We suffered the price of "good second party in a first past the post system", with a typical vote being 1800 to the tories 2000. So we lost nearly everywhere. Ah well, the Lib Dem guy for Bar Hill was in Ireland anyway. I don't know why. Wonder if he'll stand again or if they'll look for someone more local?

Met up with vets for champagne and lunch. Tried to work, but failed dismally. Am now hoping to get some sleep before this evening and the weekends socialising, as there's no point staring blankly at something that makes no sense all afternoon. Oops, that's my job.




Lots to say, although can't quite remember it all clearly now. Very hyper last night. Hope I wasn't too screaming off the ceiling on #election (I remember going on about "In Monmouth are Good Men Porn" when Monmouth declaired), but given that things went about as well as could be realistically hoped I thought a little enthusiam was needed to counter the pessimism. I didn't mean to stay up as late as I did. CUR1350 were great, M even played songs that I like for once. So so many early Labour seats that I never had to get my hopes up too high and see them dashed, but at each one a big swing towards the way, truth and light *ahem* lib dems. And that was pretty much the story. More people have voted for us, and in the first past the post system it has made a small difference. We won seats. It was exciting. I hit refresh too many times, and tried to get results before #election did. Crashed at 4, woke at 6.15.

Well, we don't have a lib dem government. But we've had a swing towards us almost everywhere, (even in South Cambs we got more votes than last time. That was me, that was) and have over 60 seats!!! Labour have lost their huge and dangerous majority. Yes, the evil-tories have gained some seats (even off us) but this isn't a bad thing completely - they've reduced labours huge majority, and arn't in power, and may help in the fight for civil liberties and no fees. Well, they *might*.

And we won Cambridge! And I feel good that even my little bit must have helped, and so proud of my LJ friends who put so much time into it. So glad to be free of years of Anne Campbells lies. And optimistic that we have an MP the university can be proud of. Well, I hope so. Time will tell.

The count was odd. How hard can it be to put a cross in a box? We had ticks, crosses in brackets, rings round the number, and spoiled ballot papers. Although I'm not sure if the person who just wrote "NO" in the tory box had thought about it and decided NO to everyone, especially the tories, or just not thought about it. Ah, imagine if you could either vote no or yes, and added up the yesses and subtracted the nos... So many amusing ways you could change the system. Lots of "non of the above"s, and at least 4 votes with scrawled complaints about the traffic calming all over them. I know how they feel. Although the tory woman next to me insisted that the county council weren't anything to do with the traffic calming in Girton, and it was a national thing. Which struck me as odd.

So where does it go now? I'm a bit worried that it'll be nowhere. After all, with a smaller majority Labour arn't going to be going anywhere as evil as fast. Which is a Good Thing for the country, but it does mean that 5 years down the line Iraq will be a memory, the country will be Just Fine, and people won't feel the burning need to rebel to the Lib Dems any more. We'll see...

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From:the_alchemist
Date:May 6th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
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There's *lots* of it though

I heartily approve. I can't bear this modern fashion for simple, minimalist elegance in wedding dresses. You can have simple, minimalist elegance every other day of your life.
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From:olithered
Date:May 6th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Does a tick in a box count as spoiled?
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From:lockymclean
Date:May 6th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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No.
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From:simont
Date:May 6th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
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5 years down the line Iraq will be a memory

I do hope you mean the war in Iraq will be a memory...
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From:plinthy
Date:May 6th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
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My Dad told me a story about when he was working on a count. He said that at the end the candidates would get together with the returning officer and try to "claim" the spoilt ballot papers.

For instance, people would agree that the ballot with a tick next to one candidate should be counted. It was pushing it a little too far to count the paper where they'd put a cross next to all the candidates except one.

The one ballot that no one tried to claim was the one with "Bollocks to the lot of you" written on it in an angry scrawl.
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From:naath
Date:May 7th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
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Heard story that best ever was scowly faces in all but one and that one a happy face. Apparently it was accepted...
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From:robert_jones
Date:May 6th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
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the person who just wrote "NO" in the tory box

Was that counted as a vote?
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From:atreic
Date:May 7th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
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There was no way we could count it as a vote. We couldn't count it as two votes (one each for the other candidates) as that would have given him two votes, and you can't have a negative vote. Even the torys weren't brash enough to try and claim a NO in a box was a vote for them!
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From:robert_jones
Date:May 7th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
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_bogwoppit once reported a tory council candidate as trying to count "Is a bastard" written in his box as a vote for him.
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From:lockymclean
Date:May 6th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
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As I said in my last post, what you lot have to think about is whether you want to become the new left party and take all the suddenly new Labour marginals in the North West and West Midlands at the risk of losing all your cushty rural seats in the South West back to us, or whether you want to drift back to the centre ground and consolidate the rural constiuencies by abandoning the inner cities to a potential Old Labour revival under Brown.

Decisions, decisions ;-)
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From:ilanin
Date:May 6th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely. There is only so long a party can maintain the kind of doublethink required to hold Chesterfield and Bath, with their completely different economic and social outlooks, simultaneously whilst remaining within the public eye. There is a much wider spread of opinion within the Liberal Democratic party than either of the main parties (no, Mr Kennedy, we do not have a three-party system since the Conservatives still have three times as many seats as you do...), and this is unlikely to be a helpful attribute if the benefit/suffer from increased media coverage.
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From:ashfae
Date:May 7th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
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What was he trying to say in that musical?

I always thought the point was to show "Look! Jesus was human as well as God, and his duties were tough!" Less about atheism or devoutness and more about a different point of view. Even setting all religious views and implications aside, Jesus' story just as a story is fascinating.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 19th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
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Agreed. Saw it some years ago in London... "Gethsemane" is particularly moving, I think. Lyrics at e.g. http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/jesuschristsuperstar/gethsemaneionlywanttosay.htm

For a really fascinating take on the "he was *just* human" idea, see Stephen Berkoff's "Messiah - Scenes from a Crucifixion" (play).
And for sheer fun and early-70s hippieness, "Godspell" by Stephen Schwartz. Brilliant! I want to MD it one day.

Michael B (musical monkey)
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From:mair_aw
Date:May 8th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
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At my polling - station? Someone complained it's supposed to be a "polling place" - anyway, nowhere did it tell me whether I was supposed to put a tick, a cross, or anything else. The term I saw was "a mark".
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