August 30th, 2006

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Blind Date Competition!!! - The Victor...

A little while ago I decided to run a 'Blind Date' competition because I'd won a European Weekend City Break and didn't have anyone to go with (Ok, so I could have taken a friend but I decided to spice things up on a spur of a moment whim!).

Well, I invited all you single ladies to comment on a closed post if you'd like to come away with me for a weekend. No preconceptions or anything, just go away to foreign climes, see the sights and hang out.

I was actually dead scared that no one would reply and had I thought about it (as opposed to my fingers taking over and posting the damn comp) I'd probably never have posted it.

But I did.

I was also surprised at the replies I got. A number of people posted comments wishing me luck and saying that they'd check in and see how things were going. Some of these were from existing friends, some from strangers who either must have randomly stumbled across my LJ or came via other friends (a few of which even 'pimped' my post on their LJ's - so thank you guys and gals). I even got a few applicants. 8 to be precise (and many thanks to all of them!!!). I knew some, but some were people I've never heard of before,

Anyway, I can only take one person away with me. We've been chatting alot over the last few weeks in anycase so she may have had a slightly unfair advantage when she replied but she does qualify as I've never met the poor girl in person.

So Rosie (imagnocean) is the lucky winner! Congrats (or commiserations) girl :p

We will probably be heading to Switzerland for the weekend (to be confirmed when I get the list of destinations through from the original competition operator). The aim is to go to the Giger Museum in Gruyeres.

Anyway, more details as things happen.

Thanks again to everyone who applied, or commented.
Invader Zim - Curse You!

US Considers Removing British Visa Waiver

Read in a paper earlier today that America is considering rescinding the Visa Waiver Scheme it has with the UK as we are now viewed by 'those in power' as a bigger terror threat than Afghanistan. The UK government has been criticised for having a softly-softly approach towards the Islamic community that resides here and the US feels that potential terrorists of, say, Pakistani origin, will bypass screening routines to uncover them because they are British Passport Holders.

By removing the Visa Waiver Scheme and making everyone from the UK have to apply/buy a Visa to enter the States it will mean th4e US can carry out greater security checks on each person.

Of course it will also mean having to que at the American Embassy to get a Visa, almost certianly have to pay money for a Visa and make travelling to America (be it on pleasure or business) a much harder and more annoying task.

The thing that makes this more irritating for me (if the NeoCons get their way and stop the Scheme) is that I once had a Lifelong Visa valid up to six months a time (and only having to be outside the US for one 24 hour period before the clock was reset for another six months) for the States which I got when I went to school over there. The thing was they removed that when I updated my passport in the early 90's as the Waiver Scheme had come into effect so they claimed I'd never need it again.

Looks like I might do now :(

Curse them.

(6m Brits in US visa curb; The Sun Online; Wednesday 30th August 2006)