February 18th, 2007

The east is red

Like jackfirecat I think there should be a way of closing a poll so that one can analyse the results and post a conclusion, but here goes anyway...

Beijing wins the place as world capital, with Reykjavik coming in second. Messrs applez and zengineer questioned the prospects of an age of peace and prosperity, certainly the compatibility of such with the existence of a world government (there, it would have been much more impressive if I had said 'friends from A to Z', it might have given the impression of hundreds).

I was expecting a more science-fictional flavour to the replies. I am sure there are Heinleins in which the world capital is in San Francisco, and in the Star Trek universe the council of the Federation is based there too. So that would be my vote, although I think San Francisco is too small to accommodate it.

I am sad to say that only burkesworks, oldbloke and zengineer have fully embraced the new paradigm where it is possible to have lower taxes, better public services and a pony. Better public services and world peace win overall, with cookies putting on a last minute surge to beat the pony, which is in last place.

Also, Channel 5 is currently showing trailers for Miss Congeniality, which shows that the correct line is 'harsher punishments for parole violators.... and world peace', so, not for the first time, I have been misquoting something for years.

Just as for years I wrongly quoted Captain Oates as saying 'I'm going out now, I may be some time' not 'I'm going out now, I'm off to find an 11 year old girl to impregnate' http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,811382,00.html

Ethiopian Food in Reading

http://www.risc.org.uk/global/index.html
A pleasant surprise. We had been to the café before, but didn't know it was now doing Ethiopian food. Closer than London, particularly now the restaurant in the Africa Centre has shut (with the usual arguing etc. you would expect). Probably best to check before you go, as you might expect the place is a tiny bit random.
Note also that RISC has a Reading Room, in Reading. Almost as good as somewhere having a Barthes Room, a Barth Room, a Baath Room and a Bath Room (after the city).