Today I replaced most of the Faker calls in the tests with CultureSeries.culture_ship, for great Banksian joy :)
Although I did this purely for the geeky love of the Culture books, it did actually flush out a few flaky tests - ship names containing apostrophes tended to break any tests using the 'include' matcher. I'm changing those over to has_css as I notice them, which escapes the apostrophe appropriately, and is a more precise test too, so double-win there.
Now I have to go read Player of Games again. :D