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So. Trying to catch up on my political watching/reading and the first stop was yesterday's Question Time. Now I know, I know, it isn't really any good for actual politics, but it is a good source for references, a bit like a poor man's political New Scientist in televisual form. It was actually quite good this time round. There was very little shouting or panellists talking over each other. Or at least, very little in comparison...

 

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But that's me being very very cynical. Maybe it's the weather. You know it was hailing the other day with a clear sky? It was the weirdest thing ever. It's no wonder I can't think coherently about politics when I'm living in such a strange city. I swear, Manchester must be the only city in England to have five different climate zones.

 

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I do wish people would stop talking about 'Africa' though, especially people from Africa (ha ha). We really should know better because it just encourages this idea that it's some monolithic entity of darkness, corruption and famine (which, and I feel this is very important to stress, only happens in countries where it hasn't, you know, rained. England'd be getting famines too if it stopped raining and couldn't import enough food. And the next person who says 'overpopulation' will get a virtual steel chair to the back of the head. Seriously. Don't. Even). The only reason I mention this is because there was a suggestion from someone in the audience that perhaps Britain should look away from Europe and towards Africa which I previously would have agreed with, but then I remembered the Chinese have already made the first moves and I think that'll do for now. Britain can carry on with the aid thing and leave the Chinese to create the infrastructure.

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A carnivorous sponge ranks among the top 10 winners for International Year of biodiversity.

Some self-analysis )

Anyway, just got an email from one of thenumerous jobsites that I'd subscribed to ages ago, telling me there's some jobs available. In New Zealand. Fruit-picking.

I had to wonder, is this one of those little, practically insignificant things that hints at a much wider problem, or is it just one of those little, practically insignificant things? Either way, the prospect of flying to the other side of the world to pick fruit sounds infinitely rewarding and infinitely amusing.

EDIT: The 'o' button on my iBook started being silly - I think it has some inconveniently situated crumbs somewhere - and that was when I typed a sentence with possibly the most 'o's ever needed.

I suppose I should be grateful I'm not writing in Igbo, though now I think about it, I think there are more 'i' sounds that seem to be required when writing.

Bleargh.

Just appeasing my inner Pollyanna, I suppose. What other languages should I be grateful I don't have to write in if I've got a dodgy 'o'?

EDIT 2: Looking around for some Igbo language CDs and I came across this post in a naira forum:

All important Igbo phrases and you know what, I'm not even being sarcastic. At all. )


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