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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, November 25, 2002

Head Girl down but not out?

Let's make this much clear: when referring to "Head Girl," I refer not to repeat stalker/harasser Rachel Marsden (see above or below), but to defeated Vancouver mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke, who earned the uncomplimentary nickname from City Hall staffers who had to deal with Clarke through her nine-year stint on Vancouver city council.

In a story in this week's Vancouver Courier, Clarke admits that she knew that her run for the mayor's race was doomed some time before the election. She had prepared her concession speech a few days in advance, after public and private polls showed that COPE candidate Larry Campbell had amassed an strong lead over Clarke, whose NPA political party had controlled City Hall since 1986.

Clarke is saying that, while she will decide her future in the next month, she has not ruled out a return to politics in the future. She says that she'll be available to advise the two reamining NPA city councillors, newcomer Peter Ladner and three-term incumbent Sam Sullivan, if they need any guidance.

Where did the "Head Girl" nickname come from? Clarke was a private school girl, and she has a reputation for being demanding and bossy.
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