Ukrainian electoral geography


Why is it there such a strong correlation between the geographical distribution of political party support in the Ukraine and historical boundaries? The border between the Orange parties and the Blue looks just like the border of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth four hundred years ago, and the bit of the country (Subcarpathian Ruthenia) which used to be in Czechoslovakia and Austria-Hungary maps almost exactly to the area which supports Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party.

(I assume anyone reading this blog will know the historical boundaries from memory, but have included a link to the election map)

Coinages of the week


This week has been a good one for amusing words and phrases.

I came up with "lithohaematology", "euphemistically challenged" (now that it's politically incorrect to saying "politically correct", sadly others lit upon this before I did), "I've seen the writing on the wall, and it says ``King Belshazzar, please call your office''", and (phoning the Parliament switchboard, "Good afternoon, my name's Martin Keegan and I'm trying to bring down the Government. Would you please put me through to the office of Greg Hands MP?". Sadly, I've now forgotten the funny put down they responded with before connecting me.

Well, it amused me, anyway.