With just two days to go and the flood of new recruits having gone down beyond 'trickle' to 'stagnant puddle', I thought I'd bore myself and
anyone who's reading this with some statistics.|
Bear in mind (he said, desperately trying to big things up), that these are only the facebook people. Of the 630+ people who have signed up
a few have taken their names off but many more people who don't waste their whole lives on networking sites have taken badges off me in
coffee shops or bars ~ or visited the site and grabbed some.
And a lot of folk might feel a bit shy about doing it alone. So for everyone who's signed up as a 'yes' or 'maybe' but doesn't go through with
it, I'm sure there'll be some others who drag friends or family or even kidnap victims along with them. I apologise to any of those people
who find the whole day a strain. For most of us, it should be fun, fun, fun!
So what do we have? With ten per cent of the facebookers being hard to place, I've guessed a bit, but something like this:
45 countries are represented.
The Americas have 265 signed up. Of those 165 are in North America, the same number as the UK.
OK, 157 in the US, 7 in Canada, and one lonely soul in Bermuda.
The Western Seabord and the Midwest have about 25 who might be giving it a go. The North and East, 35: 10 of them in Noo Yoick. But let's hear
it for the South, people! I wish, I say, Suh, I wish I was in Dixie this weekend! 90 folks, mostly in Texas, but everywhere from the Blue Grass
to the Big Easy is represented.
We obviously do quite well here in Britland. My neck of the woods (Edinburgh) has over 50 lovely people, while our big rival
Glasgow has fewer than ten (shame on you, nyaah, nyaah, nyaah).
There are up to 50 badgers signed up in That London, but they'll be harder to spot among ten million souls than the same number
The other 80 English folk are in a few different locations, but special mention goes to my old home of Nottingham (see
previous entry) and another former home ~ Warwick and the West Midlands. Forty badged-up people on the streets of Warwick or Royal Leamington Spa
could be quite noticeable.
The most pleasant surprise has been the popularity in countries where my web pages make even less sense than they do to native speakers of
English. Attacks of flu and other problems prevented me having the whole site available in Foreign, to my lasting shame.
But still they came. I love you all.
Even in Eastern Asia we have 20 people signed up and I hope the guys in Bangkok appreciate the effort I put into making a badge that might
even make sense. Google translate insisted it said enjoy selling him a stone jar until I changed one letter, pronounced 'eye', for
another one pronounced ~ as far as I can tell ~ exactly the same way. Maybe I will buy a stone jar anyway.
Only five people on the north and south coasts of the mighty continent of Africa? I'm pleasantly surprised we have any. I'm especially sorry
I haven't provided an Arabic badge (Please enjoy bartering with him. How much? Are you trying to ruin me?). I think it would have
looked really great in cursive script. I promise to get one if we do it again.
By the way did anybody notice that the font on my badges was based on that used in cult Sixties TV show, The Prisoner? That's not to
add some deep meaning about our captivity to the great god called money. I just thought it looked cool.
In the rest of Europe, from Macedonia and Poland to Ireland and Norway, we have a healthy mix of people and I hope you are all out there at
the weekend. I suspect most of the 35 Greeks will be in Athens though the 40 Italians appear to be anywhere but Rome. Let me know where
you do it, OK? France and the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) are each fielding about 20, so I hope the Spanish and Portuguese
badges are about right.
So I have to ask. If all these guys who aren't natural-born English speakers can sign up, what happened on the other side of the planet?
Eleven Australians ~ and no Kiwis at all. Tut tut. And I was hoping it would be a 24-hour bash, the artwork on which the sun never sets.
Well, eleven Aussies can probably out-party 160 Europeans any day (yes, that is a challenge).
12 November 2009