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15 September 2010 @ 03:12 am
Just had another scary Twitter follower appear  
wemyss  and shezan , you in particular will laugh at this.

I have a Twitter account, which I rarely use and is under a different name. One of the people who is on my flist and on my Twitter list posted a link to my Aus politics in Harry Potter terms post of last month using my Twitter name – which was perfectly fine! A very small number of people put two and two together and followed my Twitter after reading the post. Very briefly in most cases, for reasons that I will outline.

Every single one of them has been a Conservative. A really, really conservative Conservative, not an I find Boris Johnson strangely appealing and do believe in free trade but not in a wholly unregulated market, dipping my little toe in the waters of conservatism but really a Bleeding-Heart Leftie type, like me.

In fact, most have been so scarily conservative that I have not been able to Follow them on Twitter because I would froth too much, and I prefer to use it as a medium to discuss hairstyles, local cafes, meet-ups and Bob Katter on Q&A.

Intrigued, I vanity-googled my post to see if they were all coming from somewhere, and discovered that there are people who read that post who are convinced I am a card-carrying socially wet, economically dry Liberal. Which for Americans would equate to a Reagan-era Republican before they turned all gung-ho and Rambo-esque, and for Brits equates to, er, Boris Johnson.

I am counting this as a win on the not trumpeting bias front. Alas, we have a government again now, though, as both sides have appointed the previous leaders to high ranking positions in a bid to 'get past all this messy leadership coup business', things are still entertaining.

And in related internet matters, thanks, fourth_rose !
Shari: Liberal Leaningsoncelikeshari on September 14th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm confused.

Boris Johnson is a Conservative Mayor, running for re-election and saying he'll campaign as an opponent to his party's coalition with the Liberals.

So he's not a Liberal leaning Conservative.

Cameron on the other hand, he's totally in love with Clegg! *lol*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Cameron is actually a better fit, but a worse joke. And if you had seen my floppy hair of late, it would all make much more sense!
Shezan: Ronald Reagan 1967shezan on September 15th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Of course I prefer Boris to Dave, and Maggie to either....
Rosefourth_rose on September 14th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - happy uploading! :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I need my brain to come back in my off hours so that I can use it!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα: Mary (white)_inbetween_ on September 14th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I had to read this three times to get that it was all logical and I had just been pining for more comas when really, I write endless box sentences myself and even without knowing Boris, I should remember more easily that Liberal is not left. Mainly though you made me regret what I'd just done, ie. invited the only two people I know to my first exhibition. I swore the one not to ever mention "inbetween" and the other not to mock too loudly, but I'd kept my lives so completely apart that this one link (to art) too easily leads to my LJ. And all that without FB or Twitter and being ungooglable.

Mmmmmh, ungooglable.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
It's probably not that sane, I swear my brain is toast between the remaining snot situation (improving daily) and insane work. And don't be too perturbed about that, those are real people who actually know you. My Twitter people (who all seem to go away after a few tweets about how hard Victory Rolls are to keep in and why Bradley James is fanciable) are just strangers, some who probably have bots looking for links.

Your people are invested in you and like you, so it will be FINE.
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on September 15th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it's improving despite the stress on/around you.
Aw, why is Bradley so fanciable? I hope nobody calls him Brad, I suddenly caught myself thinking.

You should see my face now *g* hah invested. Oh well, if push comes to shove I can make good my threat and use a stanley knife or matches to create some imprompto performance art !o/
Ali: cross eyed catalicambs on September 14th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Serves you right for finding Boris Johnson appealing. ;-)

We were flying back from somewhere, I think it might be Spain, and I noticed a very blonde figure in the queue. I had to stop myself from peering too intently and squeeing mildly as it was B J himself. Shorter than I had expected, but with that affable air of charming bewilderment about him and delightfully crumpled. :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
This is entirely true. It's the cycling!

And OH you made me laugh! I met Hugh Grant once and had a similar reaction, in a neat bit of tying up this comment, he walked out in front of me while I was cycling and I only avoided ploughing him down through superhuman effort.

He was suitably apologetic and Hugh Granty about it all, so he was forgiven.
burdened with glorious purpose: Clegg_LibDemsfemmequixotic on September 14th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Boris! Oh, I really am fond of him. I think it's the bemused air of dishevelment combined with a self-deprecating wit. I find it terribly charming even when I disagree with his views.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
YES. I can engage with anyone as long as they are thinking, and he does. In diametrically opposed lines to me, quite often, it should be confessed.
Shezan: Ronald Reagan 1967shezan on September 15th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
And he writes well, and he was a terrific editor.

... your post proves simply that Conservatives have more of a sense of humour!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
But I'm a small l liberal, and I'm hilarious!

He does write well, though his editorial days were more comedic for the non-writing bits. Ah Ms Wyatt, he knew her well ...
mayela_delaruemayela_delarue on September 15th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm a wee bit tempted to join the twit and follow you merely for the Hairstyle commentary. I might even be able to respond with useful information! But that would suck even more of my time into the vortex of time wasting online presence.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
You tend to see the batter hair results, so all is well! I have discs for you! But I had the flu and so did not get them to Dee. Are you in town any time this week?
mayela_delarue: Moi'?mayela_delarue on September 15th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I can certainly arrange to be. Actually I was thinking of going to some Fringe Festival shows in Newtown tomorrow night. You're welcome to come to Monica goes to Rehab (Notes Live at 8pm) or Vari-a-Tease (Newtown Theatre at 10pm) or both if you're interested. Or I could plan my time and pop in prior to both.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
I doubt I'll be home before 8, maybe by 10 -- SMS me when you're out of Monica and I'll see if I have the go to come up and catch up? Otherwise, we'll still be up in all likelihood and I could make you a post-show cuppa!
mayela_delarue: Swoonmayela_delarue on September 16th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Will certainly let you know :D
quatrefoilquatrefoil on September 15th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
See, this is what happens when you are seduced by the perfect silvery hair of Malcolm Turnbull. It's a slippery slope which clearly you're sliding down if you think there is anything much redeemable about Boris Johnson. There is clearly a need for re-education:

Repeat after me: What do Tories do? They grind the faces of the working poor.

Then go and listen to the complete works of Alistair Hulett.

And follow our PM's lead and buy yourself a book on the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Rinse. Repeat.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I only love him for his cycleways! I can quit him any time!

(Do you think if I bought Lucy T a cuppa she'd let me know what Malcolm uses on his hair?)
quatrefoilquatrefoil on September 15th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I think I'm going to have to stage an intervention.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
You live in Canberra, you have no idea of the seductive power of a functional cycleway ...
quatrefoilquatrefoil on September 15th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
That's *why* I live in Canberra.
AMY 凛☆ラブ☆アタックtomatoe18 on September 15th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
I have nothing important to add to this discussion except to ask:

Did I get you into trouble somehow? Because I think I was the one who posted that thing on Twitter. Or was I the only one? I can't remember, Brammers! I'm sorry!

Also, "vanity-googling" should be an official verb. As well as other Google related activities. (If you'd care to make a dictionary, I'll help with its publicity.)

Sometimes, I wish I live in a country where the politics actually matter so I don't have to post stupid comments like this!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 15th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, it's no trouble at all! My Twitter name is not my real name and it's linked to my fandom gmail, so there's no problem at all, aside from my amused boggling at the loonies!
uminohikariuminohikari on September 15th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Googling Boris turns up a lot of controversy, but I am not sure what the reaction should be to his name!