Apr. 11th, 2007

I agree with [livejournal.com profile] sexygoldfish_uk, this really is a really stupid idea:
Right, 22 overpaid players kicking around a synthetic pigs bladder and we get could Dr Who postponed. Bah, that's all wrong. It's a silly game but I don't mind people having their interests as long as they don't conflict with mine. This decision would appear to there to upset my nice, calm, tolerant and understanding outlook on life.
Not sure I agree with him on the 'overpaid' bit;they get paid that much because too many idiots give money to the big name teams and the high ratings means more sponsorship, but definitely agree postponing the schedule completely if there's an overrun is daft. Let the sports fans switch to BBC3 or similar, leave the scheduled for months entertainment where it is thankee muchly.

This friendly PSA brought to you by someone who has no objection to people watching the football. If they go to the stadium and support their local team. Anything else just makes it beer and circuses...

What never (ever) made any sense to me though was when they used to move Children's TV from BBC1 to BBC2 during sporting events like Wimbledon. Why not just put the sports event on BBC2 in the first place? Why disrupt two sets of schedules? Ah well. This'll be weird though, despite not having a TV of my own, it's likely I'll be seeing the first three episodes of the run of this series sat in front of a TV set. Although it could be argued going to Yorkshire for the weekend is perhaps a little excessive to acheive this. Admittedly, the company will be good, but, y'know.
Oh, ok then. Four separate people that I like have done this meme now, and I have commented, so here we go...:
We all have things about our friends that make us slightly envious. Not in a bad way, but in a 'Wow! I wish I had that person's hair/eyes/money/relationship/toenails/whatever.' So tell me what about me makes you envy me. . . then post this in your LJ and see what makes me envious of you.
I've struck out that last bit so you don't feel obliged to, I know a lot don't anyway, but I'm never keen on the whole "you must repost this" style instruction; feel free if'n you want. OK, comment me up...
Righty ho. Ages ago, I signed up for YouGov, and currently am nowhere near the threshold needed to get a payment from them; the old weighted sample thing means that internet geeks are much less likely to get selected than, for example, retired ladies, because they're sampling from internet users. But, I actually do enjoy doing the surveys for the most part (although BrandIndex I avoid), and today one of the pages worth of questions really cheered me up, so, given the limitations of LJ polls, I've replicated it under the cut.

I've made results viewable to just friends, because some might not like ticking boxes about their faith for anyone to know, I'm more than a little open about my atheism/Humanism, just as [livejournal.com profile] el_steplador is very open about her Anglicanism (and appears to be enjoying the pilgrimage muchly, go check her journal), but, y'know.

[Poll #964678]

Yes, I'm aware that this is a completely unrepresentative sample, but it's curiosity rather than any sense of scientific enquiry.

Now, why did this cheer me up? They've specifically given options for 'atheist' and 'agnostic' for both belief and background. I ticked atheist and agnostic respectively, as my father is an Agnostic of the Dawkins school, and my mother is a soft Anglican. With any luck, this YouGov poll will give food for thought to a lot of politicians; I really like the background versus belief question, last survey I saw of relevence seemed to indicate people said they were Christian, but in fact didn't believe, it's just a background thing; I'd love to see a similar distinction made in the next UK census.

Oh yeah, if you fancy signing up for YouGov, and are in the UK, sign up here and they'll give me money as well as you for the first three months. Get paid to tell people what you think, for a reputable polling organisation, gotta be a good plan...
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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