As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:
"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."
So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.
Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.
Why not another LJ? Because I hate having to log out/in of different accounts all the time.
Why not use this one for more personal entries again? Because there is too much history here, and I want a fresh start.
I will still make occasional posts here, and my participation in the communities here is not about to wane (I LOVE the LJ communities I am a part of), and I will continue to read my friends page; but I will stop kidding myself that I use this journal for anything else other than that anymore! ;)
PS if any of you use tumblr, please let me know your blog addy, as I'd like to be able to follow you over there too :)
ETA: And true to form That blog didn't last very long. This one (http://allaboutelvie.wordpress.com) will probably have greater longevity!
If you'd like to know more about what fibromyalgia actually is, Fibromyalgia Association UK has some useful information.
In other, happier, news, since I last posted (and if you didn't already know!) Gavin and I got married in August! :)
The Wedding was wonderful, and it was lovely so many of our friends were able to make it, although those who couldn't were missed! The honeymoon in Cornwall was even better. We had great weather in an idyllic location - it was very romantic and a lot of fun. Of course, now London seems even drearier than ever to me ;)
word! Why has no-one ever told me what a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful
experience this can be? I should have be doing this for years!
I admit my experience may have been enhanced slightly by the fact my
manicurist/pedicurist could barely speak a word of English, happily removing
the necessity for small talk - and I could just lose myself in enjoying a bit
of "me time", reading some trashy celeb magazine whilst being quite pampered.
I think I could get used to doing that ;)
(x-posted to mono)
Ah well, it is what it is. Maybe we'll get some sympathy votes ;)
For each country, each party is listed with 2 percentage figures. The first is the percentage of parliamentary seats within that country, and the second (bracketed) is the percentage of the vote from the people in that country.
I have only included parties which won seats in parliament. I am not commenting on the virtue/flaws of different electoral methods. I am highlighting some geographical differences in the election results which I consider of interest.
Apologies that my rounding is inconsistent - I was tired when I compiled this information! The figures are accurate enough for rough comparison though.
England (532 seats counted)
Conservatives 56% (40%)
Labour 36% (28%)
Liberal Democrats 8% (24%)
Green Party 0.2% (1%)
Clear Conservative win.
Over-represented: Conservatives, Labour
Under-represented: Liberal Democrats, Green Party
Wales (40 seats)
Labour 65% (36%)
Conservatives 20% (26%)
Liberal Democrats 7.5% (20%)
Plaid Cymru 7.5% (11%)
Clear Labour win.
Under-represented: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru
Scotland (59 seats)
Labour 69% (42%)
Liberal Democrats 19% (19%)
SNP 10% (20%)
Conservatives 2% (17%)
Clear Labour win.
Under-represented: SNP, Conservatives
Fairly represented: Liberal Democrats
Northern Ireland (18 seats)
Democratic Unionist Party 44% (25%)
Sinn Fein 28% (25.5%)
SDLP 17% (16.5%)
Alliance Party 6% (6%)
Other 6% (7%)
No clear majority.
Over-represented: Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein
Fairly represented: SDLP, Alliance Party
Do you think our Electoral System is broken?
What kind of Electoral System would you most like to see in use?
Do you think there is enough meaningful discussion of Electoral Reform in the Media?
Given the results of this year's election; in the interests of reflecting national interest, what outcome would you most like to see (in the short term)?
At this point in time, what do you think is most likely to happen (in the short term)?