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lovely-stats2My reputation goes before me, my most admired stats to date were irresistible.  So I thought I’d save them here, so I can get on with Tweeting again!

The lines have closed (ok, so they haven’t, I don’t know how to!), the votes have been counted and verified, and I can now reveal the 10 Modern Day Plagues as:

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Of course they might change over time, but here’s the link to the poll for you to see for yourselves!

Thank you all for your voting.  I hope you, like me, enjoyed our little bit of fun…

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In an earlier post I reported on a crowd-sourced view of modern day plagues.  Such was the popularity of this question, we ended up with way more than 10, and anyone who knows their Exodus can tell you there were only 10 plagues.  So, it’s democracy time again.  This is your chance to decide on the modern day plagues.  Vote early and vote often.  Vote for as many different ones as you like (but really, voting for all of them is only for those with way too much time on your hands.)  When I’m bored – or have enough votes to declare it over, I’ll announce.

So, remember you’re voting to keep them in the plagues…

Thankyou for voting, it is appreciated.

Big cheat on my part, but I found this:

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/01/20/the-top-10-things-we-hate-about-the-iphone/

Points 2, 6, 7 and 8 are all sound.  I have to say the others haven’t troubled me…

The City Council are attempting to get feedback from the people of Birmingham on their Big City Plan.

That in itself seems quite ambitious to me.  However, the plan is really quite hard to penetrate and the feedback mechanisms do not encourage a deepening of understanding or indeed a conversation.

Well it seems some of my very impressive social web friends in Birmingham decided they could do something about this.  They created a place to talk about the Big City Plan .  And not only does this (online) place allow you to add comments to every section of the plan – which is great, it also allows you to see other people’s comments and therefore develop rather than repeat the conversation – which is also great.  But most impressive of all, these fine people have completely re-written the plan in plain English and posted it alongside the original. 

So, I hear some of you say, where do these people get the brass neck to walk all over the council’s work.  To which I say, what a fantastic privilege for Birmingham to have such active and passionate citizens that they would put so many of their own hours into such a project.

A group of volunteers from the Birmingham Bloggers’ Group has built this site and put this document into plain English, because we wanted a place to discuss the issues and options and help each other (and everyone) understand the Big City Plan.

The site was built by Jon Bounds, and he along with Nick Booth, Nicky Getgood, Julia Gilbert and Michael Grimes have written the plain English text. The help and support of a large number of the Birmingham online community was very much needed and appreciated, especially Stef Lewandowski who has blogged extensively about the Big City Plan.

I want to say an enormous THANK YOU to you all, you have my utmost admiration.  I just hope the council refrain from becoming territorial and incoporate the feedback on this site to their process…

 

This is a truly inspirational website.

Take one Update on Twitter and it’s just fascinating what can follow…

Following a chat with my 9 year old dort about the 10 Plagues of Egypt, I wondered how many “everyday folk” could remember them and which old testament book they came from.  So I asked.  It’s fair to say a couple of people took me at my word and attempted to list them all.  Well done to Abby Corfan for her 9/10 and to Digibrum_Si for correctly naming Exodus.  The correct list is of course easy to find on web, I got it from here.

So what of all the other contributions?   Well thanks to everyone here named who took a rather more entertaining slant on my query:

We’ve got a lovely list of 15 modern day plagues, in no particular order:

  1. A plague of telemarketers trying to flog thou discount kitchens
  2. A plague of consultations
  3. Credit running in the gutters
  4. A plague of consultants
  5. A plague of ill-conceived and largely unworkable laws which if fully implemented would erode our civil liberties
  6. A plague of barely caffeinated, freeze dried coffee tasting of decayed rodent droppings
  7. A plague of drunken yahoos rampaging through the city streets
  8. A swarm of Flips
  9. A plague of raging fuckwits
  10. And lo! He did smite them with toilet roll multipack wrappers that looked like they had rolls in them but were actually empty
  11. aplagueofpolypocketsscatteredonthefloorsoyouskidonthematnightandhurtyourself
  12. No WiFi
  13. A plague of chuggers
  14. A cake shortage
  15. A plague of spam

It’s fair to say that although I feel we are living with crises and disasters of a biblical nature, I was thinking more of tsunamis and terrotism, not cakes and polypockets.  Neverthelss I thought this was a great list, with some very amusing images created.  But, too many.  So, I might run a bit of a poll and see who fancied which plague as the one which best captures modern day plagues.

But first, maybe there are more out there.  What do you think, leave a comment and I’ll add to the list.

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