18:30 : Search for the contact: The Truth is Out there.
Football is cancelled. It’s raining here. I’ve decided to do a sort of real time commentary of the news as it comes in through the ether. Just checked di-ve.com and there is no sign of any live streaming of One TV or any other TV. In any case I doubt there will be real time reporting on TV. The best bet is the radio. Switched to Super One Radio (does it still have that name? That’s what shows up on MediaPlayer anyway). Irony of ironies there’s Eminem singing – the song? – “Cleaning out my closet”.
“Sorry mama. Never meant to hurt you. Never meant to make you cry. But tonight I’m cleaning out my closet.”
Roderick lisps on. “La Speranza” by Amedeo Minghi is somewhere down the line on the playlist. No sign of any contact with Hamrun. Time to switch station. Radio 101 – mediaplayer message: Host is unreachable: Trust the Nationalists to go incommunicado.
18:35 Contact Established: Houston we have a star in sight
Maltastar promises the minute by minute experience and since this is normally afforded to website readers used to following football matches the football Jargon is inevitable: “Minute by minute Conference to elect Labour leader kicks off”. Voting process expected to begin at 1840 hrs. Labour has just spent 8 minutes without a leader since Alfred Sant’s leadership officially ended at 1830.
18:42 We have visual contact
http://www.Freetv.com finally leads to a good stream of One TV. Adverts galore – the guy of the pain relief is still on. One has to bear in mind that any streaming TV station is probably five to seven minutes late but still…. no sign of any political program. Adverts over – some idiot chatting in an effeminate voice about how to make Pastini Mandorla. Guy (?) cannot speak, cannot speak Maltese… what the flying freak? For crying out loud. I wish I could spell phonetically – the guy speaks of assenza tal-lewz… is-siKriet tal-lewz – almonds (to rhyme with Raymond) and Man-dorla to rhyme with inkorla. Jeezus wept.
18:49 Voting has started
It’s 18:49 here but Maltastar reports that voting started bang on time in the headquarters. First to vote were the five contestants. 895 to go I guess. Claire adds a comment as I type – pray tell me what is One TV showing? Checking Super One radio just in case but it’s still full of what the Beastie Boys would call “Some old bullshit”. What’s the use of parties owning a radio station if they don’t bloody well use it? Roderick has just announced (at 18:56) that Super One will establish a link with the conference at 22:15. Phew… we’ll see. I would have thought counting 900 votes does not take more than one hour – but I am sure I am missing some info on the logistics – maybe voting time is long?
18:58 The Stars
Nothing to follow so we speculate. Here’s the star signs of the candidates : four out of five are born in consecutive zodiac signs – Abela being the odd one out (he’s doomed). Bartolo is a Libran, Falzon a Scorpio, Coleiro a Sagittarian and Muscat a Capricorn. Abela just makes it into Gemini and misses Taurus by a day. Interesting isn’t it? I’d vote for a Scorpio with my eyes closed – but then I’m biased and choosing people on the basis of star signs does not really work – just look at that eejit Domenech.
19:03 All quiet on the Labour front
I don’t expect any earth shifting news at this point. I doubt Maltastar will gift us with some form of exit poll (kummissjoni tad-dixxiplina and all that). I guess best thing to do is to go pack my suitcase since I have no time tomorrow. I hear it’s raining in Malta too – trust my luck. Some geezer is reading out all the matches of Euro 2008 informing the very interested listeners (One radio) as to which referee has been appointed for which match. Looks like the English will have someone representing them after all – a referee. Claire re. your tiger comment I think “kollu kollu” means taking a dump too. Need I get more specific? Off to pack – have no time to do so tomorrow so I’ll take advantage of this lull. Back in around 30 mins maybe.
19:26 No Man is an Island
Cheated. Came back for a quick peek. Just learnt (Maltastar) that voting is also taking place in Gozo. It should end at 20.00 over there. Just in time for the news then. Jolly good.
Watching One news. The clip summarising Alfred Sant’s political career cannot be commented upon. Not exactly the best swan song but that was to be expected. So now I know – voting ends at 10pm and One TV will follow the counting live. That means that it is all over for now – J’accuse will be back at 10 to follow the outcome. Till then – happy mandorla.