Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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October 27th, 2008

Bugger, what’s the Unicode character for a masturbating frog?

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@Nickhodge And that means I can TWEET Mr Ballmer’s wisdom via my Telstra☎ NextG☂ HSUPA☢ card to Teh Internets✂.

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@Nickhodge Oh the Gartner briefing isn’t until the evening. Ballmer’s daytime? I can do both, I suspect.

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Nice set of links to background reading on the Internet censorship saga. http://is.gd/4TSR

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RT @jdub: Dull freetards go nuts over “sending $$$ to MS”, but the numbers show it’s all bollocks. there are better reasons to be Free!

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RT @warrenduff: I remember a gartner report from years ago which said software was only ever about 3% of the cost of a rollout.

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@Nickhodge Oh the “paper outcomes” from consulting gigs would cost VASTLY more than $70M!

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@Nickhodge Can I cope with Steve Ballmer AND Gartner people in one day? EVERYONE wants me next Thursday!

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@StephenKelly That estimate of $70M for fed govt http://is.gd/4T8S was one guy’s methodology. YMMV. To be honest I thought it sounded low.

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@Nickhodge Absolutely. One of the toughest concepts I have to sell small buiness clients is to always remember the people costs.

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RT @Nickhodge: I don’t know if the figures are accurate; however I will say that the biggest expense is people, not software/hardware

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RT @jdub: @stilgherrian australia’s ICT trade deficit is ~$21B by the way, with “software” being consistently 5-10% over the last decade.

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For more disappointment about federal government IT, try the comment at http://is.gd/4TRd which also links to the Gershon report.

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Re my tweet of ~$70M per annum spent by fed govt on Microsoft licenses http://is.gd/4T8S I’m told that’s out of a total IT budget of $16B.

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Ah, retweeting to correct a misplaced parenthesis… these things ARE important, I think. Attention to detail is a sheep/goat thing.

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(Anti)-Internet censorship letter from Internode’s Mark Newton (speaking as a private citizen) to Sen Kate Ellis http://is.gd/4TPA (PDF)

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Dear Nokia N80, this is not the time to make your screen go completely white every time I touch you. Not the time at all.

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Oh FFS iCal! A tranqued-up tapeworm could create a new appointment faster than this!

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@trib To anyone who expresses fears about cloud computing, I ask them, “So where is all your money RIGHT NOW, exactly?”

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That’s bad. I spelled Mr Ballmer’s name incorrectly. He will be angry now.

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@artywah Well if it’s snake oil that’s OK. It’ll make my lips numb and we’ll have an awesome night out with the purple talking cucumbers.

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Hmmm… This is the THIRD email inviting me to meet someone called “Steve Balmer” next week. Is he someone important?

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@kcarruthers I thought that @PeterBlackQUT’s “offensive and provocative” was closer to me than “charming and erudite”. Still, thank you.

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OK, even though I had a (moderately) decent night’s sleep I am still afternoon-fatigued. Even tho a Man, I will call the doctor.

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@kcarruthers BTW, I have seen your shoulder-tap re how I blog at http://is.gd/4Tdn and will write something this week.

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@firstdogonmoon Anger is sometimes the driver for creativity. Works for me.

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@oliyoung Is the “license for every Windows-CAPABLE” thing still real, though? Did that not get stopped some time ago? [memory loss]

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@firstdogonmoon I’ve already posted my “Thank you” in Crikeyland but, yes, damn fine piece of cartooning today.

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RT @mpesce: RT @voirol Sen Fielding of Family first wants porn and fetish blocked in the first (illegal) tier of filters. http://tr.im/l3n

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@simontsmall “RT” is short for “Retweet”, i.e. retransmitting what someone else said, possibly with added comment at the end.

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Australian federal government spending on Microsoft software licenses. http://is.gd/4T8S Looks like it’s about $70M a year.

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RT @jdub: “One reason for www: it may be unacceptable to have cookies set for non-www (as they’ll be available to all subdomains).” True.

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@Fush If it is a SanDisk memory card, they have a recovery utlity that’s very good for undeleting stuffs. From their website?

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@fumpT I “do the web community proud”? Thanks, but what is it that I do, exactly? Can someone tell me?

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RT @garthk: “@stilgherrian is in the 97.8th percentile of whatever it is @grader is grading.” Yes, Outliers R Us. ;)

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@fanbloodytastic Telstra/BigPond hosting is Windows so .htaccess files are not relevant. Either way, they should just DO it not faff around.

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@fumpT I have a standard little piece of Apache mod_rewrite I drop into every client site to wipe out the “www” hostname.

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Mind you, Telstra/BigPond hosting can’t make a site respond to the web WITHOUT a “www”. Clients have tried, to no avail. Very poor IMHO.

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@voirol @trib @liubinskas This is not new, mind you. People have been dropping the “www”crap for ages. I always make the non-www canonical.

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@liubinskas Make “www.” into “w.”? Why not just drop all the Ws it entirely? The fact that it’s HTTP makes it “the web”. Many do this now.

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Mon plan (yeah, I know…):Long-overdue desk day to bill clients, plan next month etc; quiet evening; and, with luck, not too much fatigue.

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I love The Power of the Retweet. If only I hadn’t mis-spelled Mark Newton’s name and called Kate Ellis a Senator and not an MP. [sigh]

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@genrobey Wotnews should perhaps add this one to the pool: Internode’s Simon Hackett on “bullying” of Mark Newton. http://is.gd/4WJs

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Emerges. Just that. emerges.

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“Bother”, I say, as I’m not accustomed to using strong language. “it is after midnight and I must attempt rest.” [exit]

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@sesh @Tarale Pls see Mark Newton’s open letter on Internet censorship to Kate Ellis. 1 week since written, no answer yet. http://is.gd/4UuV

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RT @efa_oz: Mark Newton’s open letter to Conroy’s staff. Ouch. http://tinyurl.com/5ortxo Wow bloody wow!

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Dear Twitterverse, can has website badge with pic of Kate Ellis MP and a counter, “Mark Newton has been waiting N days” for his answers pls.

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Fuckity fuck fuck! I said “Senator Kate Ellis” instead of “Kate Ellis MP’. Have corrected it and provided URL redirection. [sigh]

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RT @jacquimcgirr: My 70-year-old mum said to me today: They need a younger president, cause they all age so quickly when they win.

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Also Mark Newton’s interview on TechWiredAU last week, transcript and audio. http://is.gd/4sF6

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@PeterBlackQUT @michaelmeloni Of course avatars do SFA to CHANGE anything. People, send actual paper letters to your unconnected MPs!

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Bugger. One mistype of Mark Newton as Mark Newtown and the latter, wrong version is what’s being retweeted.

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Right, my sleep patterns are reallt starting to shit me now. Was so sleepy this afternoon, now awake again.

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@carloscomputers Senator Conroy is not dumb. I believe he knows the filters don’t work, but he’s cornered politically. http://is.gd/4G1p

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@fictillius The Phase 2 Internet filtering trials have not yet started. DBCDE has not yet released the EOI documents for ISPs to respond to.

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I need someone more awake than me to write the definitive witty Conroy / Great Firewall / keep the rabbits out / myxomatosis paragraph.

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@genrobey Cheers for the Wotnews linakge on this censorshio coverage. To RT it, http://twurl.nl/aoke1s and http://twurl.nl/ghy6x7

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My repost of Mark Newton’s letter on Internet censorship. “Dear Senator Ellis…” http://is.gd/4UuV Public domain, pass it on.

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@docbaty That is brilliant! Senator Conroy’s Great Wall to keep the rabbits out of the internet. It’ll be Conroy’s myxomatosis!

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@genrobey Heh! I’m just blogging the whole text so it goes in… either way, excellent!

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(And send it to people who DON’T already agree with you, where i can do the most good.)

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BTW, Mark Newtown has just told me his letter to Sen Ellis is in the public domain. Plz spread far & wide! http://is.gd/4TPA

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Is there an allusion to a popular mainstream film, or China, or the Soviet Union, whhich sounds sinister and everyone will get?

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@docbaty @Nickhodge @dekrazee1 It’s got to be a word is unambiguously bad. “Policed” is still good. Think like potential filterers.

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@facibus Note the last 3 pars of my Crikey piece from Friday http://is.gd/4G1p starting “I reckon Conroy knows the filters are a dud.”

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@facibus Conroy is continuing with the filtering trials and IIA consultation as laid down by Coonan. He has started to distance himself.

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To fight it, do not fight within that frame. Do not use “clean feed”. Find something like “censored” but nastier-sounding to non-geeks.

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@wolfcat Correct, “Clean Feed” is NEWSPEAK. Traditional engineering use “clean feed” is “unprocessed”. Not it’s inverted to “no dirty bits”.

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@wolfcat The trick is not so much to explain the problem logically but find a frame that will be grokked by the marginal voters.

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Note that everything allocated THIS financial year is for trials etc, and everything in future financial years is “up to”, i.e. can change.

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“Budget explains Internet censorship plan, a bit” http://is.gd/4Uee has a link to the relevant “Budget Paper No 2”…

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Overview of Cyber-Safety Plan as currently funded, from DBCDE website. http://is.gd/4UdH Actual numbers in Budget papers.

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@facibus It’s all in the timing. ;) That’d be a financial-year-end report of Howard-era spending to the (new) DBCDE regime.

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@facibus Nah “Protecting Australian Families Online” was Howard govt jargon. Current label is “Cyber-Safety”.

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@facibus This is what I wrote in May after the Federal budget: http://is.gd/4UcW Not much ACTUALLY allocated for new plans (yet).

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@facibus That $40M allocation looks like it was all spent/allocated prior to the election, e.g. NetAlert call centre, Phase 1 filter trials.

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@christydena Hang on, what am I agreeing with? :) Claim was 10% of slang makes it to 15y. I reckon less, ‘cos most slang never recorded.

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@mpesce The “problem” now is how to give Those Other Senators an “out” to keep their constituents happy.

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@mpesce You see the anti-censorship letter from Internode’s Mark Newton (speaking as private citizen) to Sen Ellis? http://is.gd/4TPA (PDF)

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@SnarkyPlatypus continues the quality tweetage from his cheap-arsed Eurotour. http://is.gd/4U7b This can only get “better”… ;)

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@StuartLivesey Yes, words survive in less-connected areas like Tasmania the same way turtles survive on the Galapagos. ;)

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Dear Artemis, if you must display that part of your body in that particular way, please do so to a member of your own species kthxbai.

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@christydena I’m starting to agree with those who think the Macquarie Dictionary is too conservative, slow, worried about “formal” language.

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@christydena However if the word is “useful’ beyond its original tribal / subcultural origins it will survive. And I guess lots of factors.

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@christydena So if slang becomes too widespread, it’s no longer a group indetifier and the group will generate new slang…

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@christydena Background: I did linguistics as well as Comp Sci… Slang is about creating language to bind a group…

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@christydena I reckon Prof Burridge would be wrong. That’d be 15% of slang WHICH MAKES IT INTO DICTIONARIES. Majority never gets that far.

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RT @christydena: Prof Kate Burridge says that typically only around 10% of slang terms survive beyond 15 years [Monash Magazine, Oct 08]

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@Nickhodge BTW, I’m not “important”, just “charming and erudite” or “offensive and provocative”, depending who you ask. ;)

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RT @DrMiaow: http://is.gd/4TTP instantly generate a “Censored” image just edit the url in the first brackets ()

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RT @firstdogonmoon: Please dont tell anyone that the majority of my research involves asking people stuff on twitter.

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RT @wolfcat: “In Conroy’s muddy waters you’ll never know what’s being filtered.” http://is.gd/4XES

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@firstdogonmoon I love your “no censored Internet” avatar BTW. Most fetching! Feel free to call if you want analysis. Also http://is.gd/4XCK

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@firstdogonmoon “Who has the best analysis of what Conroy is up to with this internet filtering thingy”? Crikey does! ;) http://is.gd/4G1p

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@Nickhodge I have succumbed and come to hear this “Ballmer, Steve” bloke next week. “Steve”, so he works for Apple, yeah? Hardware guy?

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@firstdogonmoon There’s something about Conroy’s tattered Rabbit-Proof Internet fence that apeals. Old-fashioned, ineffective… rabbits.

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@trib Nah I won’t get “Dear Mr Gherrian” from Mr Albanese. I’ve met him, and his wife Carmel Tebbutt, the NSW member for Marrickville. ;)

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@trib My letter is in the public domain. I release it. It’s yours, it’s everyone’s! :)

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@genrobey That just goes to show how important it is for a website to get its metadata right. If yu’re not indexed, you’re not heard.

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New blog post: my letter to my MP. “Dear Mr Albanese, Internet censorship trials must stop” http://is.gd/4XpM

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Tue plan: Write to my MP re Internet censorship; feed the starving; world peace; PM dentist & GP (why am I fatigued?); quiet night, sleep?

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RT @hughjm: @Colgo 102. “The numbers are symbolic in the white supremacist community” … because that’s as high as they can count

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@mediajorge Agreed. Obama IS a target. You’ll like @hughjm’s tweet on this re the target numbers. http://is.gd/4X7A

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: “Dear fellow tour members, IT’S JUST CANNABIS. GET OVER IT. DISCOVER BETTER DRUGS!” Ah, loving this Eurotour by proxy!

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Folks can go to http://openaustralia.org, punch in their postcode, select local MP, click thru to personal website for contact details.

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@stilgherrian @bronwen PDF of Mark Newtown’s letter is at http://is.gd/4WXS. Print, add a personal “Can you respond to the questions”, fax.

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“Politicians assume parents are ignorant about the Internet because politicians are ignorant. Yet parents came to grips with it years ago.”

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I think the best line from Mark Newton’s letter about Internet censorship http://is.gd/4WXS is this….

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RT @jowyang: WSJ: “Twitter goes mainstream” http://is.gd/4Tdb There’s ANOTHER demonstration of how backwards politicans are!

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@bronwen Mark Newton’s letter http://is.gd/4WXS puts anti-filtering arguments, in the public domain. Send to MPs with personal cover letter.

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A nice read: Brendan Scott’s “Copyright Infringement as Stealing: Pfft!” http://is.gd/4WVg

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: “I have just seen a minge smoke a cigar. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE!” The Cheap-arsed Eurotour can only go downhill from here.

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@mediajorge Wow! Chris Rock! He’s just THE most respected political analyst in all of the United States! ;)

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RT @stilgherrian: Can has website badge with pic of Kate Ellis MP and a counter, “Mark Newton has been waiting N days” for his answers pls.

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RT @stilgherrian: I need someone to write the definitive witty Conroy / Great Firewall / keep the rabbits out / myxomatosis paragraph.

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