prepare4trouble: (Default)
2016-03-24 10:56 am

Boaty McBoatface

I heard about this the other day and I've been kind of snickering about it ever since. See, the Natural Environment Research Council are getting a new boat commissioned, a polar research vessel costing £200million, and they have decided to let the public decide on the name. Big mistake. See, they didn't count on the public's slightly ridiculous sense of humour. Some guy decided to make the suggestion of calling the boat Boaty McBoatface, and unsurprisingly, it is currently the frontrunner by quite a long way (73082 votes, as opposed to the next most popular one with 6990 votes.)

Unfortunately, the rules state that the winner will be chosen by the NERC rather than based entirely on the vote, which means that the RRS Boaty Mcboatface probably won't be setting sail anytime soon, but it's still hilarious.

The vote is open till 16th April, so in anyone wants to help pick a name, the site is https://nameourship.nerc.ac.uk/ but I warn you it keeps going down due to too much traffic.
prepare4trouble: (rule it)
2016-03-24 11:33 am
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Transporting food

Do you ever watch those airline security programs? You know the ones set at customs where they find all the weird crap that people have decided to bring into the country without declaring? There's usually someone with drugs, someone with some awful, maggot filled thing that's a delicacy in their won country, and then (usually on the Australian ones) you get these Chinese families who have said they have no food, but actually have cases and cases full of stuff. Not even totally weird stuff (sometimes it is, like birds nest) just everyday stuff, bought in a store and not at all terrifying. They usually get a huge fine for not declaring it and often refuse to pay and have it seized. And all the while you're watching, you're thinking "What the fuck? Do they not know they have food in Australia?"

Well, that's my mum right now. We're going to France tomorrow, to Disneyland, and you should see the stuff she's packing; bags of crisps, pot noodles, mugshots, teabags, UHT milk. It's hilarious, it's like she actually doesn't know that food exists in France too. I get why though, Disneyland is expensive, she's thinking if we don't want to eat out every meal it'd be good to not have to. But that won't make us look any less crazy as we go through security.
prepare4trouble: (edgar)
2016-03-24 04:17 pm
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I hate packing. It's the worst thing about going away. I'm always convinced that I've forgotten something. I have no idea what it might be that I;ve forgotten, but it will be something vitally important and getting a new one will either be a major inconvenience or impossible, because that's how things work in my head.

Still, I have the basics, underwear, hair straighteners (seriously this counts as the basics for me, my hair is a disaster otherwise), medication, plugs, phone charger. Anything else, I'll just buy it.

This time tomorrow I'll either be in the airport in France or hopelessly lost on the train, because I have literally no idea how to get from Charles De Gaulle airport to Disneyland other than the fact that it involves some high speed train. The whole "we'll just wing it" thing sounded like a good one a few months ago, now not so much. Also, my French is fucking terrible, which doesn't help anything.