January 17th, 2011

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Regional dialect

People are doing various versions of that 'regional dialect' meme. Here are some of my answers:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?: WTF? Apparently this is something that they do in America for a joke. Who knew? Doesn't it go all soggy when it rains?

What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?: Woodlouse. English ones don't curl up as tightly as US ones.

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?: fizzy drink

What do you call gym shoes?: pumps

What do you say to address a group of people?: Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure. And I hope it always will. (copyright, The Two Ronnies, 1973)

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?: Harvestman. A Daddy Long Legs is a kind of fly.

What do you call your grandparents?: Nanny and Grandad

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?: Trolley

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?: 'Hey look! A rainbow!'

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?: Clicker

Main seating furniture in the living room? Settee

Long bread roll that they make a sandwich out of: French bread, or if feeling posh 'a baguette'
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Filibuster on a Gerrymander

webofevil has a good post up about the current Labour filibuster of the peculiar portmanteau bill which covers both the AV referendum and the Tory gerrymander.

In a comment webofevil says:
Lord Falconer has just announced in the chamber that senior coalitioners have said privately that they're willing to decouple the two parts of the bill so that the 5 May referendum deadline doesn't mean the boundary changes are skimped and botched.

If so that would be a very interesting development. To my mind an AV referendum is a defensible piece of legislation, though I will vote 'No'. A gerrymander of constituencies to benefit a single party is indefensible.
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Only Connect

I just watch Only Connect, and it was a special of this season's winners against the winners of 2010 'University Challenge'. As soon as I saw the team I was (literally outloud) 'Yay it's Alex Guttenplan!' And Victoria Coren did hit on him pretty hard, but it was a shame because he didn't really understand, poor soul.