Saturday, 20 June 2009

Iran Election Live Twitter Blog (#iranelection hashtag)

Given that things seem to be escalating in Iran, with violent crack-downs on protestors, in the absence of any detailed mainstream media coverage this far, I'm setting up a live blog here which will pull in and display as tweets with the Twitter hashtag #iranelection. It updates automatically, or you can click the refresh button on the panel to expedite the process.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Blur: Midlife Medley

Less than a month to go until I experience the joys of Blur at Hyde Park. In the meantime, their record company Parlophone has released this medley with some of their best tracks.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Christian Solidarity Party

I can't believe this chap only got 0.7% of the vote in the Dublin Central bye-election last week. People of Dublin, what were you thinking?!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Northern Ireland European Election 2009 Live Blog

I've created a live blog for the European Election here in Northern Ireland. It'll pull in tweets with the hashtag #euni. Obviously I'm not responsible for comments that appear as a result of being posted on other people's Twitter accounts!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

European Election Predictor

Sorry for the lack of posting lately- I didn't realise it had been so long! Things have been pretty busy lately, but tomorrow's the big day.

I came across this interesting site on my travels. According to their spiel: is a prediction of the outcome of the June 2009 European Parliament elections and the resulting make-up of the next European Parliament.

The prediction is based on a statistical model of the performance of national parties in European Parliament elections, developed by three leading political scientists: Simon Hix (London School of Economics), Michael Marsh (Trinity College Dublin), and Nick Vivyan (London School of Economics).

These updated predictions (after the launch on 7 April 2009) use new polling data and up-to-date information about which parties and coalitions will be standing in the elections. A new section has also been added to the website, on the overall analysis page, on the possible effect of low voter turnout on the predictions. The predictions will be updated every two weeks until the elections on 4-7 June.

They're predicting that the DUP, UCUNF and Sinn Féin will win seats in the north this year. Meanwhile in the south, they're saying that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will drop a seat apiece, Labour will gain two, Mary-Lou McDonald will hold onto her seat, and Kathy Sinnott will lose out in Munster.