Neil’s mother has a hairdresser come in to give her a haircut — a very enterprising hairdresser, as she only makes housecalls. I was having a bit of a stickybeak when she came in earlier (she’s here right now), and this is what I heard:
“Do you want the same again?”
*The hairdresser sets up her hairdryer and curling iron*
“… [Something in a strong Scottish accent about going to Livingston]…”
“Ay-y-e… [something about it being busy and Santa's grotto]”
“… [Something else about Toys R Us in Livvie being better than in Glasgow, then on to someone they know]…”
“Ay-y-y-ye… She’s a bonnie wee lassie.”
“Ay-y-y-ye… [And so on]…”
There you go. I do still have to concentrate a bit if I’m trying to understand a Scot I’ve not met before, and it appears that all I need to say is “Aye” a lot (unless, of course, they are asking if they can have my liver served with fava beans).
Because those in Britain are concerned about their relationship with the United States (I heard someone say so in the teevee recently), we get to watch updates on the run-up to the mid-term elections, and I was very interested to notice that Bush is travelling to shore up support for his party’s candidates, but
he is staying away from battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, where many Republican candidates would rather not campaign with him at this late hour.
Haha. And I especially wanted to post this:
Rep. Michael E. Sodrel (Ind.), one of three highly endangered Hoosier Republicans, treats his Democratic opponent, former congressman Baron Hill, as the incumbent, striking a popular Democratic theme when he charges that Hill voted for policies that send Indiana jobs to China.
When I read the above paragraph to Neil, he pointed to himself and said, “And I was the one who took those jobs!” (We’ve left China now, so Indiana can heave a sigh of relief.)
Either way, all these political ads suck.
A look at financial reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission showed that, on Wednesday alone, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $12.4 million on advertising in 36 districts; the National Republican Congressional Committee spent $5.9 million on commercials in 17 districts.
All that money could have been spent on improving suburbs and cities where voters live.
A couple of years ago, I made the offer in September, and all I had was coloured photocopy paper, scissors, and a hole punch. This year, I have 100% genuine card stock (gasp!), more than a few craft punches, and loads of donated papercraft supplies (thanks to Neil’s mum). And it’s November, so there’s no real jumping the gun this time.
(The coloured photocopy paper is being stupendously transformed into custom-made envelopes.)
The study has found that it takes just two lit cigarettes, in an enclosed room the size of a HDB bedroom, to generate 622 microgrammes of pollutants.
That is an air quality that is almost two and half times more polluted than when the PSI is at the hazardous level of 300.
It’s good to hear that the government plans to ban smoking in pubs and clubs next year — just being here (where there is already such a ban in place) for about a month and going to pubs a couple of times and then being able to go home and go to sleep and not reek of cigarette smoke is so fantastic.
(Unfortunately, there are smokers in the house, so we have this strange reverse thing happening.)
News from Scotland a few months after the ban was implemented showed that Scots bar staff health ‘improved’. I’m not even bar staff and my breathing is much better when I’m in the pub and there is nary a lit cigarette to be found.
One complaint I have heard from a smoker was that instead of smelling smoke, one smells sweat instead. And that when winter comes, they have to brave the elements to smoke. I reckon pubs could build glass-walled cubes like those smoking rooms in Changi Airport. Outdoors, of course.