May 5th, 2005

politics

Vote! Vote!

Not a political poll, but another orthographic one, now that I've worked out how to write it. I myself can see the first five of these but not the second five.

Poll #488100 More scripts

Can you see these letters?

व - "v" in Devanagari script
0(0.0%)
ঞ - "ny" in Bengali script
0(0.0%)
จ - the Thai letter Cho Chan
6(12.5%)
ບ - the Lao letter Bo
0(0.0%)
ༀ - "Om" in Tibertan
0(0.0%)
ᠿ - the Mongolian letter Zra
0(0.0%)
𐍈 - the Gothic letter "Hwair" (just love that name)
0(0.0%)
𐑉 - the Deseret letter "Er"
0(0.0%)
ቮ - Ethiopic "vo"
0(0.0%)
Ꮦ - Cherokee "te"
0(0.0%)


Interesting that the developers of all this sorted out the obsolete Deseret script developed by the Mormons in the early nineteenth century long before they got around to the breathing symbols in Ancient Greek!

(Darn, misspelt Tibetan. And can't change it now.)
earthsea

May Books 1) The Dancers At The End Of Time

1) The Dancers At The End Of Time, by Michael Moorcock

Edition uniting An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands, and The End of All Songs. A bit of a one-joke book, this: hero from sexually liberated culture falls in love with woman from a much more repressed culture; this basic plot is the making of many stirring love stories, but here it is played for laughs, the repressed culture being late nineteenth-century London. The anarchic, pansexual, abundant society at the End of Time perhaps inspired Iain M. Banks a little, but Banks carries it off much better. Comic policemen and small furry (but vicious) aliens caper rather pointlessly through the timewarps, as do in-joke characters from Moorcock's other books and from elsewhere. The end of the universe happens but doesn't seem to make much difference.
politics

Past elections

I've been thinking about the general elections of my lifetime:

1970, Feb 1974, Oct 1974 I was too young to take in what was going on. (Also for the first 1974 election we were living abroad, a pattern which for me anyway was to become recurrent.)

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And here I am again in 2005, suddenly realising that the only vote I ever cast in a general election was back in 1987!
politics

Exit poll

Hah, Lab 37%/356; Tories 33%/209; LD 22%/54. I suspect the Labour total will fall and the other two increase as a result of targeting in marginal constituencies.

Glad that I made my bet on Labour getting less than 359. (Though wish I'd left it till yesterday when the Buy rate was 364...)