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MostlySunny wibbles, "When I was 11 I got an A for my study of shark nets - mostly because I handed it in cut out in the shape of a shark."

Do people do projects that don't involve google-cut-paste any more? What fine tat have you glued together for teacher?

(, Thu 13 Aug 2009, 13:36)
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During the run-up to the 1997 General Election, our year was given a project in RPSE to come up with an election campaign. This would culminate on election day with an actual election, and the winner would get a fabulous prize. OK, no prize but the general smug satisfaction if knowing you are cleverer than everyone else.

I wanted this smugness. I never win anything and was determined it would be mine.

So people drew up their manifestos, allied themselves to one of the real-world parties, adjusted their policies to affect 15-year-olds etc. All were fairly serious, fairly realistic campaigns.

I had entered my name as the "independent candidate" and had little to no idea what to do.

Those of you who are slaves to advertising will remember the Still Tango adverts around this time. Still Tango came in four flavours, in a really cool wide-necked black bottle. They ran a series of adverts urging you to "vote ORANGE Tango!" and decrying all other flavours - apple was weak, lemon was a pervert etc.

And so my campaign was born. Me and my friends coloured a lot of bits of paper in using orange highlighters, and stuck them around the school without a hint as to what it related to. Come election day, the Labour, Conservative, LibDem and Green parties gave their speeches. Most went down well, if a little dull.

I then stood up in front of the whole year group, lined up four bottles of still Tango, and recited the advert word for word (in a rather dramatic fashion of course).

I then sat down.

Length? 45 seconds. Percentage of the vote: 88.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 11:05, 9 replies)
And thats why you have to be 18 to vote :P
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 11:15, closed)
au contraire
The seething masses of students saw the 'election' for what it was: a farce, and voted for the only candidate who was smart enough to express this.
(, Sun 16 Aug 2009, 17:47, closed)
fuck yeah!
i like
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 11:18, closed)
Do you
Work in advertising now by any chance?
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 11:29, closed)
Do they still sell still Tango now?
(Pops out to buy a similar type of drink)
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 12:25, closed)
Wouldn't be the same,
those bottles were cool. that was the main attraction to be fair; the lemon and apple ones were fucking revolting
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 12:40, closed)
I had to do with a crappy bottle of still fanta instead. That is by no way a cool bottle.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 15:44, closed)
That's just not on.
It's like Oasis in plastic bottles. It's just not the same.
(, Fri 14 Aug 2009, 16:11, closed)
Hmm, somebody did this at my school...
Coincidence? Or did you go to school in a small market town in south Leicestershire?
(, Tue 18 Aug 2009, 13:16, closed)

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