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Well I have just completed my first home to world video conference. This is important not just because I've managed to do it, but that I managed to do it while being half asleep and dressed properly only from the waist up.

Small things etc.

In other news I was reminded by childeric's journal of one of the highlights of last night - Jeremy Paxman vs George Galloway. Made me giggle anyway, and while Paxman might be a rude sod, at least he's equally rude to everyone and you know as tough as he is on you, he'll do the same to your opponents.

EDIT: Transcript follows

JP: We're joined now from his count in Bethnal Green and Bow by George Galloway. Mr Galloway, are you proud of having got rid of one of the very few black women in Parliament?
GG: What a preposterous question. I know it's very late in the night, but wouldn't you be better starting by congratulating me for one of the most sensational election results in modern history?
JP: Are you proud of having got rid of one of the very few black women in Parliament?
GG: I'm not - Jeremy - move on to your next question.
JP: You're not answering that one?
GG: No because I don't believe that people get elected because of the colour of their skin. I believe people get elected because of their record and because of their policies. So move on to your next question.
JP: Are you proud -
GG: Because I've got a lot of people who want to speak to me.
JP: - You -
GG: If you ask that question again, I'm going, I warn you now.
JP: Don't try and threaten me Mr Galloway, please.
GG: You're the one who's trying to badger me.
JP: I'm not trying to badger you, I'm merely trying to ask if you're proud at having driven out of Parliament one of the very few black women there, a woman you accuse of having on her conscience 100,000 people.
GG: Oh well there's no doubt about that one. There's absolutely no doubt that all those New Labour MPs who voted for Mr Blair and Mr Bush's war have on their hands the blood of 100,000 people in Iraq, many of them British soldiers, many of them American soldiers, most of them Iraqis and that's a more important issue than the colour of her skin.
JP: Absolutely, because you then went on to say "including a lot of women who had blacker faces than her"
GG: Absolutely right, absolutely right. So don't try and tell me I should feel guilty about one of the most sensational election results in modern electoral history.
JP: I put it to you Mr Galloway that Nick Raynsford had you to a T when he said you were a "demagogue".
GG: Sorry?
JP: Nick Raynsford. You know who I mean? Nick Raynsford. Labour MP?
GG: No, I don't know who you mean.
JP: Never heard of him.
GG: I've never heard of Nick Raynsford, no.
JP: What else haven't you heard of?
GG: Well, I've been in Parliament a long time...
JP: He was a Parliamentary colleague of yours until very recently.
GG: Well, most of them just blend one into the other, Jeremy, they're largely a spineless, a supine bunch.
JP: Have you ever heard of Tony Banks?
GG: Yes I have, yes.
JP: Right, Tony Banks was sitting here five minutes ago, and he said that you were behaving inexcusably, that you had deliberately chosen to go to that part of London and to exploit the latent racial tensions there.
GG: You are actually conducting one of the most - even by your standards - one of the most absurd interviews I have ever participated in. I have just won an election. Can you find it within yourself to recognise that fact? To recognise the fact that the people of Bethnal Green and Bow chose me this evening. Why are you insulting them?
JP: I'm not insulting them, I'm not insulting you
GG: You are insulting them, they chose me just a few minutes ago. Can't you find it within yourself even to congratulate me on this victory?
JP: Congratulations, Mr Galloway.
GG: Thank you very much indeed. [Waves, removes microphone]

Also, in the post today I was reminded that I ordered the wrong lead yesterday while online shopping. Damnit. Must pay more attention in the future.

Finally about the election (and I think that might even be true), here's some historical electron coverage of holaholaamigos's campaign. Notably mainly for the "goth striking pose in front of limo" photograph that I'm sure did his campaign no good at all. I believe these are from the local Student Rag.

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Comments
childeric From: childeric Date: May 6th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good grief, and in an SBA t-shirt too. Yuck! Associated with UKIP...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 6th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't noticed that... the shame of it all!
steer From: steer Date: May 6th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Gah! I have a t-shirt in common with a UKIP candidate. I feel soiled.
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: May 6th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Was just going to remark on that myself!!! Eeek.
childeric From: childeric Date: May 6th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you cleverly include backwards hidden pro-Europe messages in the next song you record?
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: May 6th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
mister_ed doesn't like to sing about politics. ;-)
steer From: steer Date: May 6th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You mean Banshee Chanty isn't a subtle metaphor for middle-eastern politics? I'm disappointed.
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 6th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have a URL for the Paxman vs Galloway transcript?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 6th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, sorry. If I come across one I'll let you know. I could try and summarise but it wouldn't be as good.
smokingboot From: smokingboot Date: May 6th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Afraid not, but the videostream can be found on the BBC News website (and it is glorious!)
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 6th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks anyway - but I refuse to have RealPlayer on my PC! God only knows why the BBC can't use an unencumbered codec!
blue_room From: blue_room Date: May 6th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mark W: Try Real Alternative A free player that plays Helix coded files.
kingandy From: kingandy Date: May 6th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seem to recall reading that they found Real to have the best and most convenient infrastructure already in place at the time, or something.

They are working on it.
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gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 6th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: May 6th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Galloway should have replied, "and do you still beat your wife?". Paxman being rude is entertaining, but these days he's no more credibility as an interviewer than Ali G!
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 6th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's an entertainer. In a similar way I was bemoaning the state of modern news programmes and documentaries last night.

I remember the days when Horizon was a serious, informative documentary. Last time I saw it had the intellecutal credibility of Topless Darts.
From: curlwomble Date: May 6th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting that Paxo's approach was interpreted solely as race-focused... it's not like there're that many women in parliament, either... [wonders where he can fand the EO monitoring aggregate for the Commons]
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 6th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The line he was taking was following up comments that GG motivated Muslim public opinion:
a) Against a Woman
b) Against a Jew
in order to get their point across.

More stuff here for example.
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