Election geeks

We had a small party at our place for the election last night. I realised how well I’d chosen the guest list when the people that didn’t know each other started comparing notes on how much they loved Antony Green. This was the preparation I did for the evening:


The liberal/conservative seats were on the left, with Labor on the right, arranged roughly in margin order (note that the serious geeks will realise that I missed two independent seats on my first attempt). The small gap near the bottom of the left hand side was the point at which Labor won government. By about 9, when it was pretty clear what had happened, the wall looked like this:


(note clues as to amount of alcohol consumed in the meantime) with about 16 seats moved across to the right and another 10 or so moved down to be “in doubt”. I moved Bennelong between “in doubt” and “won by Labor” about four times, as Antony’s statistical precision was overruled by Red Kerry’s natural caution to definitively call the Prime Minister losing his seat. But it’s there on the right in this picture.

It was a great night.

  8 comments for “Election geeks

  1. November 25, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Wasn’t it a fabulous night? You look like you run a terrific election party. My sister had dinner with Antony Green the other night!

  2. November 26, 2007 at 11:08 am

    A magnificent night, but the kids did me no favours with lie ins the next day. Thanks for running it.

  3. November 26, 2007 at 12:41 pm


  4. November 26, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    i knew I could count on this blog for a comment about Anthony Green…he’s the only famous, er, publicly known, ex-member of my school, apart from Joh Bailey, celebrity hairdresser. Which i find hilarious.

  5. November 26, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    All these people who know Antony Green, and my friends and I just get to hero-worship from afar…

  6. Mountain Mum
    November 28, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    I can report that penguin unearthed hold an exellent election party with just the right amount of alcohol, food (pizza – excellent choice), and incredibly sweet slices and nibbles at the end of the night. Mountain Boy had a great time and loved the fun at the top of the stairway to heaven which held the slot car track. He and Hungry Boy were plotting before we left for another sleep over. Mountain Boy’s Dad had his full quota of alcohol units for the rest of the year and came home very happy.
    Thanks once again penguin unearthed, and great blog.

  7. November 30, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Congratulations! All that and Peter Garret in your cabinet. But I hope your new labour government works out better than ours has…

  8. December 6, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    A great night, definitely! Heh heh, Red Kerry, he was on the same plane as me when I flew to Coolangatta at Easter. My husband calls him my “cousin”.

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