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Here Kitty, Kitty

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So people in Wisconsin are debating whether or not it should be legal to hunt and kill wild cats, including domestic cats that don’t have a collar. But frankly I don’t care about that. What I do care about it that on MSNBC’s Countdown programme last night an article on this story was presented by a Kevin Tiddles.

Sometimes you can’t make up stuff better than that.

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April 12th, 2005 at 6:59 am

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Things I Have an Irrational Dislike Of #247

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It annoys me immensely when people insist on using chopsticks at a fast-food Chinese restaurant (like Panda Express). The American custom of not using rice bowls to eat from makes chopstick use highly inconvenient so I am sure this requirement stems solely from a wish to look cooler than everyone else. Yeah, if you’re in a nice restaurant, break out the stix to make it more of an occasion but when you’re stuffing $5 orange chicken in your mouth at a lunchtime, just use a fork and get it eaten.

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April 11th, 2005 at 10:13 am

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Congratulations Charles and Camilla

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Yes, Prince Charles is a funny old fellow and Camilla is, well, rather indescribable, but we here at guapacha.com would like to pass on our congratulations and best wishes for the future.

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April 9th, 2005 at 4:01 pm

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Election Reflections

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There are two big problems with the UK election process. First, you don’t get to vote for the government like you do in the USA. Rather, you vote for your local member of parliament and its the total of MPs that determines who gets to choose the prime minister. So you might desperately want a Liberal Democrat government but your local LibDem candidate might be a loser or, in many cases, there might not even be in your area to vote for. So do you vote tactically or for who will do the best job for your city?

The second problem is that the result is determined using the first past the post system. The winner of each constituency is chosen by the person with the most votes. And then the government is chosen by whoever gets the most consituency victories. It has become a pattern for each party to promise to switch the election voting to proportional representation but it has never happened: once elected the winning party quickly realises that they would never have been elected under that scheme and so the idea is shelved until the next time…

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April 6th, 2005 at 7:25 am

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Election Fever!!

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So his holy royal all-knowing majesty Tony Blair today announced that the UK election will take place on May 5th. I had been trying to get a postal vote so I could contribute to his smacking but its proven beyond me to fill in the form (where was I living 15 years ago?). I’ll be in England for my sister’s wedding so perhaps I’ll get the joy of watching Tony eat some humble pie on the TV. Man, I never thought I’d find myself rooting for the Conservative party but Tony needs to go!

In cool news, google maps now has a satellite view. Look up your address and see what it will look like before you get there – very cool! And I already love the way they present the maps. Is there nothing these people can’t do?

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April 5th, 2005 at 7:23 am