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Title: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 March, 2009, 05:17:47 pm
Life doesn't always 'spug' (old word, new meaning there) and it's not always drokking fantastic, so I thought I'd start a new thread for anyone who wants to share stuff that's just sort of okay and makes life more agreeable without making you whoop for joy.

I'll start with:

Life's sometimes sort of okay because I watched Clerks II last night and I enjoyed it and didn't feel let down by it at all.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bouwel on 23 March, 2009, 05:22:38 pm
What the Mary Whitehouse Experience alway used to call feeling a bit 'Meh'.

Saying that i feel fine today!

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 March, 2009, 05:26:38 pm
Creme Egg ice cream.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 March, 2009, 08:43:53 pm
My 12-year old telly finally died tonight.  But it did so in the middle of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so you can see how I'm ambivalent.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 March, 2009, 10:11:03 pm
The new series of The Apprentice starts this week. It does annoy me when people act like it's not just as retarded as X-Factor et al but it will be ok to have on in the background.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 March, 2009, 10:44:31 pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/ ... ab-flavour (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2009/mar/23/pot-noodle-doner-kebab-flavour)

Was going to complain but then I recognized it's value as something for me to feel superior about.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 24 March, 2009, 11:43:31 am
Watching Young Frankenstein last night I recognized the monster as played by the same actor as Frank Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond (Peter Boyle). That was pretty cool. I may have spotted it before but if I have I'd definitely forgotten it before last night.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 24 March, 2009, 01:38:07 pm
I just read All Star Superman 1+2 and it was quite alright.

A mate has fobbed off a big Akira; The Beginning comicbook, onto me and on seeing the first few pages, I am erectilus attentus. He's very good, I have to force myself to put it down.

I watched the Watchmen and got a fab t-shirt, and some pants. The sun is out but I'm working on one last entry for the art comp here.

Life really is sometimes sort of okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 24 March, 2009, 03:46:58 pm
I've just complained to my broadband provider about an ongoing billing error and got a second free month off them.
I've learned how to use my iPod properly (yep, I'm old).
I learned how to play the harmonica properly too last month after owning one for 13 years.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Old Tankie on 24 March, 2009, 07:27:20 pm
........Computer game designed by my son won a Bafta this month!!  I'm bathing in reflected glory here!!  (Sad, I know)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tweak72 on 24 March, 2009, 07:28:59 pm
Quote from: "Old Tankie"
........Computer game designed by my son won a Bafta this month!!  I'm bathing in reflected glory here!!  (Sad, I know)

???
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 24 March, 2009, 09:27:44 pm
because its not always awful or fun and games and parties all the time.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 24 March, 2009, 09:44:18 pm
... I just had a really nice cup of coffee, which takes the edge off the mountainous spreadsheet of horror that seems to be eating my sleep-time tonight.  If I wasn't on a late night budget grind, I wouldn't have had the coffee, and it was really nice.  In this way I have brought balance to the Force, without all that unnecessary lava and heavy breathing.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 25 March, 2009, 12:56:47 pm
I spent £2 on the Lottery and won £10. That is okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 25 March, 2009, 01:01:54 pm
I just found a copy of the first Dream Academy lp for £1 in the local charity shop.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: KleenSlate on 25 March, 2009, 01:21:43 pm
Found a copy of 'The Death of Superman' for only £2.99 at Forbidden Planet. I hadn't read it in years, so I've been having all sorts of strange flashbacks of being ten years old. Good and bad so I guess that's something
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 25 March, 2009, 09:55:48 pm
Quote from: "peterwolf"
I just found a copy of the first Dream Academy lp for £1 in the local charity shop.
Now, there's a mixed blessing! Was it better than finding a copy of the 7" single 'Life in a Northern Town' for 40p?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 March, 2009, 10:21:50 pm
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is on at the MK Cineworld. Suppose I might go.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 26 March, 2009, 01:45:25 am
recent layoffs at my employment have enlarged my job scope,which makes my post less likely to be considered for cutting.
so life is ok for me right now,
extra responsibility i can do, no problem, less worried about job makes it an ok.  so yeh life is ok today.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 March, 2009, 10:21:30 pm
The student I least expected it from finally produced a decent essay for his GCSE coursework this week after 7 months. I thought Hell was going to freeze over first!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 27 March, 2009, 07:06:15 pm
i went to the opening of an architectural salvage yard selling reclaimed building materials just along the road.There was a marquee and drinks were available but not free unfortunately.

Its the first of its kind in the UK and it is a recycling/enviromental initiative.

All was not lost though as there were plenty of nibbles.........
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 27 March, 2009, 10:35:35 pm
I'm keeping my job. My name was not on the shortlist of four from which two will be chosen next week to be made redundant.
Couldn't quite bring myself to post this on the Drokkin Fantastic thread as three of those named are friends - one of whom has two teenage daughters and a wife recovering from major brain surgery (true) - so I almost feel guilty to be feeling relieved.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 28 March, 2009, 07:17:50 am
faplad
the whole redundency thing is a
shared experience sadly here on the board,
due to recent times to many of us are finding ourselves in this position.

this is the correct place to post it, as you say.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 28 March, 2009, 12:34:09 pm
I won €50 in a table quiz last night.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 28 March, 2009, 02:56:02 pm
I just spent a pleasant hour at ASDA. It's sad to be so pleased by something so commonplace, I know. But I don't own a car, and a trip to ASDA on foot takes up quite a chunk of an afternoon. Anyway, they had everything I wanted, unlike my poorly-stocked local Tesco, and the customer service was excellent (also unlike my poorly-stocked local Tesco). I got a refund for some really disgusting own-brand chocolate spread and a double refund for some really disgusting own-brand low-fat peanut butter because it was on a special trial (give that one a miss: three times as much sugar as in regular peanut butter, and you can certainly taste it!). A fortuitous twist was that the refund money gave me a pound to put in the trolley before I started shopping. I'd neglected to bring any change with me because I always forget they keep their trolleys chained up.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 28 March, 2009, 04:40:23 pm
I feel like I'm on a roll now: I just found Series 1 and 2 of Spaced for a pound each in the Heart Foundation shop.
 :D - all videos £1 each.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 March, 2009, 05:53:08 pm
I was taking last week's papers out to the big blue recycle bin earlier and somebody had left a 1973 Pirelli calendar sitting on top of it. My Antiques Roadshow dreams of vasty riches were soon set straight by a visit to eBay and I'm left with what is effectively upper class hedge porn.

If I was the type of person who brings things he finds in the bins back into the house.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 March, 2009, 05:54:42 pm
Who's in it?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 28 March, 2009, 06:14:17 pm
Quote from: "The Cosh"
I was taking last week's papers out to the big blue recycle bin earlier and somebody had left a 1973 Pirelli calendar sitting on top of it. My Antiques Roadshow dreams of vasty riches were soon set straight by a visit to eBay and I'm left with what is effectively upper class hedge porn.

If I was the type of person who brings things he finds in the bins back into the house.

I do sometimes but it depends what it is.I took home a working digital radio from the tip and in the last 2 weeks i have bought home an abandoned Land Rover mountain bike plus an arabic knotted rug that just needed cleaning that was found amongst rubbish.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 March, 2009, 06:38:19 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
Who's in it?
Scary 1970s ladies.
http://http://www.pirellical.com/thecal/calendar.html
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 30 March, 2009, 12:59:41 am
Got a £5 giftcard from management for being a good worker. Spent it on booze today. Drank booze.

Went to library afterwards. Douchebag with long hair looks at me like I am moron. Possibly because I was looking at funnybooks. Saw what he was looking at. Turns out he is looking at modern-era Dr Who 2k novels. That is just so fucking sophisticated. He leaves library. I head over to words section away from ghettoised sci-fi shelves. Meet up with old friends Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Umberto Eco and Thomas Pynchon and take them home with me. I beat you, weirdo with long hair. I also got out the Guy Delisle books I haven't read yet. He is quickly becoming favourite of mine. I win. I. Win.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 30 March, 2009, 09:31:31 am
Rorschach's Journal, March 30th 2009:

Quote
Went to library afterwards. Douchebag with long hair looks at me like I am moron. Possibly because I was looking at funnybooks. Saw what he was looking at. Turns out he is looking at modern-era Dr Who 2k novels. That is just so fucking sophisticated. He leaves library. I head over to words section away from ghettoised sci-fi shelves. Meet up with old friends Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Umberto Eco and Thomas Pynchon and take them home with me. I beat you, weirdo with long hair. I also got out the Guy Delisle books I haven't read yet. He is quickly becoming favourite of mine. I win. I. Win.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 30 March, 2009, 10:07:19 am
Quote from: "SamuelAWilkinson"
Rorschach's Journal, March 30th 2009:

Quote
Went to library afterwards. Douchebag with long hair looks at me like I am moron. Possibly because I was looking at funnybooks. Saw what he was looking at. Turns out he is looking at modern-era Dr Who 2k novels. That is just so fucking sophisticated. He leaves library. I head over to words section away from ghettoised sci-fi shelves. Meet up with old friends Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Umberto Eco and Thomas Pynchon and take them home with me. I beat you, weirdo with long hair. I also got out the Guy Delisle books I haven't read yet. He is quickly becoming favourite of mine. I win. I. Win.


As the youngsters say- LOL!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 30 March, 2009, 04:54:11 pm
I WON A FREE MCFLURRY
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bouwel on 30 March, 2009, 05:38:57 pm
Quote
Rorschach's Journal, March 30th 2009:

Pure class :)

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 03 April, 2009, 10:19:18 am
This post was made by peterwolf who is currently on your ignore list. :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 06 April, 2009, 10:42:44 am
I saw Day Watch last night within a week of having seen Night Watch; I enjoyed both, and I thought Day Watch was by far the better of the two.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 April, 2009, 11:19:57 pm
The Phil Spector trial is over. He goin' to jail.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 14 April, 2009, 01:28:57 am
I'd been looking for a pump for my bike, some walking boots and a speaker system for my computer and iPod. I found the lot in Lidl on Friday, as well as a stunt kite and a pizza, for under 50 euro.  The speaker system kicks bottom, I climbed a mountain today, and it's nice to fly a kite for the first time in about 25 years.
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 14 April, 2009, 05:57:26 am
i spent the weekend easter (long weekend)in indonesia, Batam,
two wins,
one i was off for easter, a rare thing in my business.
two we stayed in a rather swish resort hotel, as you do, they gave us a room with a private walkway to the poolside.

yes life seemed ok this weekend.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 April, 2009, 08:31:34 am
...the contractors didn't show up at the site I was supposed to be working on at 7am, so I'm back sitting at my kitchen table drinking a nice espresso and marveling that the internet appears to work for a change, and wondering which of a dozen overdue projects I should tackle with my 'free' morning.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: stacey on 14 April, 2009, 09:17:58 am
I'm not back at work until tomorrow.  Tis a nice feeling.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 April, 2009, 09:25:31 am
I'm back at work tomorrow, and then not again until Saturday morning, then not again until next Tuesday. And my Roman city reached the desired 8,000 population to complete the level on Caesar III!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 April, 2009, 09:54:41 am
I start an OU course soon. Will I find my true calling or is this more evasion from the real world? Only time will tell...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 14 April, 2009, 10:10:36 am
Quote from: "stacey"
I'm not back at work until tomorrow.  Tis a nice feeling.

I too have an extra day off work. However, it's the result of a fairly vile stomach bug, so the feeling is not so nice. :-(

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: stacey on 14 April, 2009, 10:17:51 am
Quote from: "Jim_Campbell"
Quote from: "stacey"
I'm not back at work until tomorrow.  Tis a nice feeling.

I too have an extra day off work. However, it's the result of a fairly vile stomach bug, so the feeling is not so nice. :-(

Cheers!

Jim

Not so nice no!  I hope you feel better soon.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the shutdown man on 14 April, 2009, 01:25:13 pm
The new holder I bought for my Creative Zen player has a handy little feature where the belt clip unbuttons to turn the whole thing into a sort of tripod. So for the last few weeks, I've been stashing the player in behind my work computer so I can watch TV shows while I work. I got all the way through Studio 60 so far, currently working on Heroes season 1 again.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 April, 2009, 01:35:38 pm
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I found the lot in Lidl on Friday, as well as a stunt kite and a pizza, for under 50 euro.

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And my Roman city reached the desired 8,000 population to complete the level on Caesar III!

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I got all the way through Studio 60 so far, currently working on Heroes season 1 again.

Heh.  I love the little victories this particular thread is made of... the very stuff of life!  And a fine document of our times.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the shutdown man on 14 April, 2009, 02:56:04 pm
Quote from: "TordelBack"
Heh. I love the little victories this particular thread is made of... the very stuff of life! And a fine document of our times.

Yup, gather your pleasures where you may.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 14 April, 2009, 04:00:38 pm
Quote from: "The Cosh"
hedge porn.

Now there's a thing. I take it the Internet has made hedge porn a thing of the past? Which is a real shame for todays teenager. I mean were the thrill of the chase if you have porn at you're beck and call? The adrenaline rush of finding a stash, not so damp (from rain before you start!) as to be unusable. The nervous looks over you're shoulder as he venture to get it with out the local dog walkers knowing you're perverted mischief. Then the golden brag at the end of it all.

Arh those were the days. I wonder where people put there unwanted hardcopy these days. If only I'd ever worked out who it was that created that magical delight that was hedge porn I'd ask them.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 14 April, 2009, 04:02:10 pm
Quote from: "Colin_YNWA"
If only I'd ever worked out who it was that created that magical delight that was hedge porn I'd ask them.

It was the porn fairies, clearly!

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 14 April, 2009, 04:06:25 pm
Now then there's a character in there somewhere. The grubby brown macked porn fairies who used to gleefully scatter porn in hedges, normally making sure it was slightly out of reach so as to make sure there was a challenge in getting to it. So put out by the easy access of internet porn they go on a rampage of revenge. Sounds like a bad 2000ad story from the 800s. No doubt painted in mud...

...well come on if they could do 'The Clown'!
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Post by: Banners on 14 April, 2009, 05:24:50 pm
I made a nice tasty cake - but it fell apart when I took it out of the baking tray.

M@
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 April, 2009, 05:29:12 pm
Today I had a Cadbury's Fudge and a Cherry Coke.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 15 April, 2009, 06:03:03 pm
"I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like O.J., cutting everybody's throat. You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can't go to anymore, you're driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife…

I totally understand O.J. I get it."


Thanks for sharing, Hulk Hogan.
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Post by: flip-r mk2 on 22 April, 2009, 11:09:05 pm
Received  signed copy of ' Heres Johnny' dvd  this morning.



flip
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 27 April, 2009, 11:20:43 am
I got a new fitted bed sheet. Old one had a hole in it and poo stains from small children.
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Post by: House of Usher on 27 April, 2009, 12:03:01 pm
Ugh. Sounds like you're living in a Dickens novel.
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Post by: TordelBack on 05 May, 2009, 02:12:59 pm
Recession woes and a rising tide of dependents have caused me to rethink my long-standing shop-bought coffee addiction... but the solution has proved to be even better!  I've taken to filling a flask with eight measures of good home-brewed espresso and a dash of just-boiled water and bringing out to work with me... it tastes absolutely fantastic, costs about 50 cent and keeps me buzzing all day.  The downside is the resulting mass unemployment in that part of the cafe sector within walking distance of my office, but hey, still better than Godpleton's bedlinen...
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Post by: the shutdown man on 06 May, 2009, 10:59:56 am
Yesterday I found season 1 of the Outer Limits on sale for 20 euro, so I bought it. I haven't had a chance to watch any of it yet, but just knowing that I have it sitting at home makes me happy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 06 May, 2009, 11:27:41 am
Quote from: "TordelBack"
Recession woes and a rising tide of dependents have caused me to rethink my long-standing shop-bought coffee addiction... but the solution has proved to be even better!  I've taken to filling a flask with eight measures of good home-brewed espresso and a dash of just-boiled water and bringing out to work with me... it tastes absolutely fantastic, costs about 50 cent and keeps me buzzing all day.  The downside is the resulting mass unemployment in that part of the cafe sector within walking distance of my office, but hey, still better than Godpleton's bedlinen...

Likewise or sort of with drinking chocolate.Its much more economical to buy a carton of raw cocoa that costs about 1.50 [organic] instead of buying drinking chocolate that you add to milk which is overpriced for what it is considering it is mostly rubbish .With raw cocoa you only need to use one teaspoon or so added to a cup of milk plus add sugar to taste plus each carton of raw cocoa must contain about 40 teaspoons of cocoa at least so it goes a hell of a lot further.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 May, 2009, 12:43:03 pm
I smell casserole and it smells tasty.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 May, 2009, 05:59:41 pm
Vacumed (sp?) the attic. Clean now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 07 May, 2009, 09:23:30 pm
I won a prize in one of Tharg's competitions, but it wasn't Tales of the Black Freighter.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 May, 2009, 10:46:53 pm
My sister got through to the second round of X-Factor auditions. She confirmed that she didn't get anywhere near Simon Cowell.
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Post by: uncle fester on 14 May, 2009, 07:56:14 am
Quote from: "Godpleton"
My sister got through to the second round of X-Factor auditions. She confirmed that she didn't get anywhere near Simon Cowell.

...That's good all round isn't it??
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 14 May, 2009, 10:58:10 am
we have been asked to look after a new born baby, while the mummy sorts her self out.

the second time we have done this, last time lasted 2.5 years. so today is a lovely day.
one month old baby boy at home, awaiting our unconditional love to be showered upon him. i am sure he will enjoy the Big finish CDs, i intend to play at his cot side. lifes good today. isnt it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the shutdown man on 14 May, 2009, 12:24:30 pm
I watched the awesome season finale to Fringe last night, and I'm looking forward to the hopefully awesome season finale of Lost tonight. Awesome TV week.

Also, after watching Fringe , I had a lovely bath. Soothed out all the aches and creaks. Which in turn meant I didn't have to have a shower this morning, so I could have an extra 15 minutes in bed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 14 May, 2009, 06:08:38 pm
Quote from: "Devons Daddy"
we have been asked to look after a new born baby, while the mummy sorts her self out.

the second time we have done this, last time lasted 2.5 years. so today is a lovely day.
one month old baby boy at home, awaiting our unconditional love to be showered upon him. i am sure he will enjoy the Big finish CDs, i intend to play at his cot side. lifes good today. isnt it.

THat's a really kind thing to do DD.  Good on you.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 27 May, 2009, 10:37:02 pm
I had a haircut. I no longer look like a Jew. Had Pork for dinner.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the shutdown man on 05 June, 2009, 11:46:49 am
I found a top-notch boxset in HMV yesterday: Airplane, Top Secret, all three Naked Guns and the entire series of Police Squad. It only cost €20.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 June, 2009, 09:17:11 pm
I had a dream the other night where I was sitting next to Sid James on a bus and we had a bit of a chat. He was quite subdued and in fact a shadow of his former self, but it was quite still a good dream.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 June, 2009, 09:20:36 pm
Were any hands placed on laps?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 June, 2009, 10:24:27 pm
Yesterday, in Tunbridge Wells, I picked up Friday The 13 parts 7 and 8 for £1.50 each. Also 28 Weeks Later for £2, an 80s Dan Dare Holiday Special for 50p and a bunch of DC/Charlton horror comics for a quid.

However, on the way home, I discovered that the stoonpid shop assistant had given me the part 6 disc in the part 7 box, which made me fly into incandescent and wholly disproportionate rage for the whole 37 minute journey. In the cold light of day, most of those bargains outweigh the other, so "sort of okay" sums it up.

Steev
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 08 June, 2009, 02:04:37 am
Quote from: "Roger Godpleton"
Were any hands placed on laps?
Erm... no. Come on, you sick f**k, it wasn't that good a dream!  :shock:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 08 June, 2009, 08:13:23 am
its the local school holidays, the sun is shining, i got promoted, and today i am leaving alittle early and going to,
 
WALK TO THE BEACH!
which is located on the same island as my work place, meet the family and have dinner,
yes its a good day today.
DD,son of DD, DM and baby. sunset, sand,dinner, soft drinks.hopefully some decent music in the background to make it complete

enough to make me truly smile.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 June, 2009, 12:59:51 pm
I think I can afford to start buying the Megazine again.  :D

(* But my finances don't stretch to a $50,000 yacht club membership. Ah, well. Take the rough with the smooth...)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 15 June, 2009, 11:34:39 am
...one of my students is a terrible racist and try as I might I can't change her views, so the most I can do is head her off at the pass and stop her sidetracking the lesson with yet another discussion of why her views are wrong, why she can't say that in my classroom or anybody else's, and why it has nothing to do with the topic at hand. But the good news is, so disgusted is she over the MPs' expenses debacle she decided not to vote in the European elections, not even for the BNP.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 June, 2009, 10:43:36 pm
Metallo is going to be in the next season of Smallville. He's played by the bloke who's knobbing Megan Fox.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 05 July, 2009, 09:56:34 pm
My girlfriend isn't a stripper. But she could be!  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 July, 2009, 11:44:03 pm
I had a terrible cramp in my leg earlier, but it's gone now. Also I got a very enjoyable blueberry tart from the M&S waste sale.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 07 July, 2009, 07:32:31 am
Quote from: "House of Usher"
...one of my students is a terrible racist and try as I might I can't change her views, so the most I can do is head her off at the pass and stop her sidetracking the lesson with yet another discussion of why her views are wrong, why she can't say that in my classroom or anybody else's, and why it has nothing to do with the topic at hand. But the good news is, so disgusted is she over the MPs' expenses debacle she decided not to vote in the European elections, not even for the BNP.

What subject do you teach, House of Usher? Your student must be pretty fanatical to make racist comments in class...usually, a racist keeps that to his or herself until hooking up with a bunch of like-minded creeps. In the States, someone saying such things wouldn't make it off campus alive - but I guess here in Europe it's easier being that there aren't as many blacks, hispanics, ect. Don't know why I found this post so interesting, but...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mygrimmbrother on 07 July, 2009, 10:04:42 am
...I rememebered to put the bins out just in time for collection. And three old progs I purchased off ebay arrived today.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 July, 2009, 12:14:42 pm
Quote from: "locustsofdeath"
What subject do you teach, House of Usher? Your student must be pretty fanatical to make racist comments in class...
I can't say, because that would be treading on the toes of confidentiality. Let's call it 'General Studies'. How do they get away with it? Well, they get away with not being thrown out of the class because class sizes are so small they could not be run without them. I have to continually remind the student in question that her comments are unwelcome and not relevant to her understanding of the subject and therefore not likely to improve her exam performance or aid the learning of anyone else in the class. I can't ask for her to be thrown off the course because the course would close without her and I would lose about £1,600 a year in wages, which I can ill afford.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 07 July, 2009, 12:27:54 pm
Ah, I see. So you're in a bit of a bind. More than a bit, I guess.

Sorry to seem intrusive. What I should have asked, to be more clear, was whether or not you taught History of some sort. Then I could understand if she was displaying a Nationalist (Aryan or otherwise) attitude. I imagine the other students probably can't stand her, both because those types of comments are unpleasant and disrupt the class they're paying good money for. Anyway, at least the semester should be over soon, right?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 July, 2009, 12:36:50 pm
They pay peanuts for it. It's a GCSE (school level examination). The most any of them pays is £100 a year plus exam fees for a 10-month course, but concessionary rates apply, so it can be heavily discounted for circumstances. The year's over and they've taken their exam, and I'm confident all or very nearly all of them will have passed. All of them may be back in the autumn to do a different class with me, which will be of a more specific and less general nature, offering fewer opportunities for offensive talk.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 July, 2009, 05:55:56 pm
...my Vauxhall Corsa was a write-off, with the 'rod' having gone through the engine. That's a £1,700 adventure come to a shuddering halt after a mere two-and-a-half months.

On the bright side, I'm in the process of buying a much fancier Renault Clio on finance.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 08 July, 2009, 12:19:56 am
...we resoundingly lost our dinghy race this evening, doing a full capsize in a Force 5-6 and heavy seas for as yet unexplained reasons, righting her to find just about every rope in the boat tangled or loose, and some key bits just plain gone.  Finally jury rigged enough to get moving, and finished the course about half an hour behind everyone else.  Even the rescue boats had rather worryingly made a run for it by then.

But it was absolutely massive fun throughout!  How the hell did it take to my late '30s to find one competitive sport I actually enjoy (albeit am utterly crap at!).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 09 August, 2009, 09:09:08 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because... of House of the Dead III.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 10 August, 2009, 01:43:20 am
And I got a job application done I started on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 August, 2009, 07:21:50 am
...because the Kepler telescope is working well so far, but on the other hand this is what passes for academic comment on CNN:

Quote
"It learned that this planet is like 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That is so hot." ...said Judge Janus Sara Seager, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Kepler science team member.

Like rilly.  

Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/08/08/space.kepler.discovery/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/08/08/space.kepler.discovery/index.html?eref=rss_topstories)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 10 August, 2009, 07:57:38 am

Like rilly.  


CNN's reporter went on to say: "Dude! 4,000ªF ...? Like, no way!" to which Professor Seager replied "Totally. It's, like, an extreme planet, man! Extreme, to the MAX!"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the shutdown man on 10 August, 2009, 10:56:26 am
I found the complete Nightmare on Elm Street collection in Xtra-Vision for €15, so naturally I nabbed it. I've never actually seen any of them, but I want to see at least the first one before the new one comes out.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 10 August, 2009, 09:16:33 pm
I found the complete Nightmare on Elm Street collection in Xtra-Vision for €15, so naturally I nabbed it. I've never actually seen any of them, but I want to see at least the first one before the new one comes out.
The third one was a lot of fun, but the second should be taken from the house with tongs and buried in the garden, preferably unwrapped, definitely unwatched.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 13 August, 2009, 12:39:30 pm
I had a one-hour meeting with a council tax benefit officer yesterday who agreed that it was stupid to request to see all my partner's receipts for the year up to the period of our claim, and that simple confirmation from the Job Centre should be sufficient. However, they haven't received it yet because the Job Centre is under-staffed and useless and has taken 6 weeks, and counting, to calculate my partner's entitlement to benefits. So rather than obtain the information they needed from the Job Centre, the council requested directly from us a whole lot of documentation they didn't even need, and which will cost them a lot more time and money to scrutinize. They still took copies of 15 pages of bank statements, which is bizarre because a) the Job Centre doesn't want to see them, or my partner's accounts, and b) the verdict of the Job Centre, when given, is sufficient for the council to base its calculations upon. I'm not entirely happy about having to hand over details of all my banking transactions for the past 2 months to the council unnecessarily, but at this point I'm content to let them waste as much of their time and my council tax as they see fit, regardless of the cost to my privacy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 13 August, 2009, 04:25:30 pm
There is a school of thought that thinks the Benefit/council tax/claiment process is deliberately Byzantine, kafkasque and infuriating just to put people off, others put it down to staff getting low pay, shitty conditions and burnt out, I think its a mixture of the two with the added spice/heavy hand of New Labour's big stick, little carrot mentality.   

Good Luck HoU, work out your hourly rate money saved vs time spent on this you nevber know could work in your favour
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 13 August, 2009, 05:39:36 pm
On the bright side, I went in the greengrocer's this afternoon and got 6 sweet potatoes for 50p and 62 limes for £1.00.

And I found 9p on the pavement on my way home from the Job Centre!


(that 62 limes. 62!!!)  :D   We're going make lime marmalade. And Moscow Mules.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 13 August, 2009, 06:39:37 pm
Just checked Watchmen on new Blu-ray and it's gorgeous
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 August, 2009, 08:12:36 pm
Women's boxing is now an Olympic sport.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 13 August, 2009, 08:51:05 pm
But we're gonna have to wait till 2016 for Olympic golf. Sheesh, how ever will I contain my excitement...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 August, 2009, 10:50:03 am
We're going make lime marmalade. And Moscow Mules.

The lime marmalade's coming on a treat, but no Moscow Mules as yet. Instead we had Park Avenues, Bennetts and Daiquiris.

Another 18 cocktails to work through as long as the supply of limes holds out. Perhaps I should go back for another tray.
:)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 14 August, 2009, 02:47:34 pm
I tried adding just a little more milk and less eggs to my latest batch of quiche, and I quite like the change.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 14 August, 2009, 02:52:59 pm
I tried adding just a little more milk and less eggs to my latest batch of quiche, and I quite like the change.

- Trout

Try using cream sometime as well.


Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 August, 2009, 02:55:33 pm
Perhaps I should go back for another tray.

I just read that back again and it sounded ambiguous. I meant another tray of limes, not cocktails.
 ::)


P.S. Don't add any cream to quiche! Yuk. That's what ruins the ones you get from the supermarket. It adds unnecessary calories too that would be better devoted to beer or chocolate.
:-X
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 14 August, 2009, 03:12:13 pm
Perhaps I should go back for another tray.

I just read that back again and it sounded ambiguous. I meant another tray of limes, not cocktails.
 ::)


P.S. Don't add any cream to quiche! Yuk. That's what ruins the ones you get from the supermarket. It adds unnecessary calories too that would be better devoted to beer or chocolate.
:-X


I didnt know supermarket quiches had cream in or even eggs for that matter as they usually contain egg powder.I cant eat supermarket quiches as they are vile.Not worth eating.

I dont find it ruins them as if you dont add too much it just makes it a bit richer but i think what you mean is if you add too much it makes the egg mixture too sloppy.

Try Onion tart which is delicious.Caramelise a load of onion [nothing else needed] in butter and add the egg mixture the same as Quiche .Its a french recipe.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 14 August, 2009, 03:24:34 pm
Not keen on cream in quiche. It's supposed to be savoury, not sweet.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 August, 2009, 04:06:39 pm
Furthermore, if you have a low fat diet, cream in savoury cooking (as opposed to sweet) will go right through you more often than not.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 August, 2009, 04:30:44 pm
My sister only got a 2:2 so I beat her, but that was to be expected.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Minkyboy on 14 August, 2009, 06:41:50 pm
Nowt wrong with a Desmond.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 August, 2009, 08:04:09 pm
The Siegel family won some stuff off WB in court. Nice for them, I suppose.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 14 August, 2009, 08:13:17 pm
I just started reading my son the first Dredd case file as a bedtime story and he loved it. I can see this turning into a regular thang.  ;D   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 28 August, 2009, 02:32:47 pm
My students got their GCSE results yesterday. 10 out of the 14 who actually took an exam in psychology, sociology or English literature passed with a 'C' or better. One got an 'A' in psychology. Two got 'B's in Sociology or English Lit.

I'm quite pleased with the outcome, which pretty much lives up to my predictions and justifies some of the effort I went to beyond the call of duty, not to mention reflects well on the work some of the students put in who aren't well versed in the habits of school level exam study, many having left school more than twenty years previously with nothing.

The chief disappointment is that a further 7 registered for their exam but didn't take it, and a further 2 were capable of doing the exam but didn't complete their course. Something to work on for next year, but you know what they say: you can lead a horse to water, etc.

All in all, I'm taking this as a good result and hoping for better to come.  :)

A      B      B      C      C      C      C      C      C      C
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 28 August, 2009, 02:38:35 pm
Furthermore, if you have a low fat diet, cream in savoury cooking (as opposed to sweet) will go right through you more often than not.

My diet is so low-fat that it's now essentially self-enforcing -- I can't even eat a bag of chips these days ...

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 28 August, 2009, 03:52:36 pm
Well done that Usher.  I only taught very briefly, but even I take a probably-unjustified pride in the subsequent achievements of my handful of former students.  One of my archaeology/local history students now runs historic bus tours, and according to my Dad (a  tour guide himself) isn't half bad.   At least two others went on to work as archaeologists, and another works in the heritage centre at Newgrange.  Probably despite my inept ramblings truth be told, but still, I can pretend!    
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 28 August, 2009, 06:12:31 pm
Cheers!  :D
Of course it's their achievement, not mine, but I like to think I had a hand in it. Plus, the bosses will presumably be taking note.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 02 September, 2009, 07:20:13 pm
...it's been a good week.

By midnight on Tuesday I'd spent three days doing job applications, for three pretty smart jobs too. That'll keep the Job Centre happy, and there's even a chance I might get an interview out of it or even, by some miracle, a new job.

Today a hard drive caddy arrived in the post, and I was able to recover all the files off my busted laptop. I may be able to reinstall the operating system later.

My neighbours were out today so I was able to finish the job of chasing in the few remaining bits of wiring not concealed during previous renovation efforts. Very noisy, dirty work that blasts out sooty black mortar all over the place. That's the last of that bar drilling out to install 4 metal boxes, so won't have to tiptoe around the neighbours any more. They've been very understanding.

And tonight I'm out to dinner with herself as a reward for all the heavy, dirty work I've put in lately. Fnarr. Not that she hasn't been doing her fair share and more, burning off and sanding down the woodwork.

It's a great relief to have good all the preparation out of the way for the last decorating job after a 6-year slog.

 ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 02 September, 2009, 07:29:00 pm
6 years?!  :o

Fair play to you for sticking it out. So to speak.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 02 September, 2009, 07:32:55 pm
Not that she hasn't been doing her fair share and more, burning off and sanding down the woodwork.

Sorry I've just been reading the inuendo thread and I can't read anything innocently any more!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 02 September, 2009, 11:37:59 pm
Sorry I've just been reading the inuendo thread and I can't read anything innocently any more!

You've no idea how long I worked on that sentence to make it that innocuous! I thought it was far enough away from "sandpapering the wood" (ouch!) as to be incapable of being read ambiguously.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 03 September, 2009, 12:00:26 pm
...we got burgled last night, but all they got was £50 of stamps and a digital camera.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 September, 2009, 12:15:00 pm
Sparky, there isn't anything on that camera that shouldn't be there, is there?  Remember?  That's gone, right? You erased it?

In my own unpleasant experience it's the fecking mess and sense of vulnerability that's as bad as the material loss, so I probably shouldn't be making light.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 03 September, 2009, 01:29:51 pm
Haven't been burgled since 1983, thank goodness. Fingers crossed our house looks pretty unasailable, being terraced with no rear access. The thing that annoys me most about burglary is the low profitability of the crime in relation to the damage and cost to the victims. Pretty desperate and despicable.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 03 September, 2009, 04:35:29 pm
I caught someone trying to break in here one night a couple of years ago .I couldnt see exactly who it was but i heard noise and investigated.The perpatrator fled the scene before i had a chance to accost him which was a shame as i was prepared to restrain and subdue him and inform the plod or just physically eject him off the premises as i take offence at someone trying to invade my space.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 03 September, 2009, 07:15:41 pm
The scumbag drug dealer who pinched the lead of my porch roof and who I chased off trying to break into my work van, seems to have disappeared from the area. I haven't noticed him skulking around for about a month now, he has either been banged up by plod or been made to disappear by one of the many people who he has pissed off.
Either way is sort of okay.







V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 05 September, 2009, 11:21:49 pm
I'm watching Red Dawn on Virgin +1. Incredible that it's taken me so long to catch up with this film. It's not because I've never wanted to see it. I'm enjoying it so much I already want to see it again.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 September, 2009, 02:37:01 am
I'm watching Red Dawn on Virgin +1. Incredible that it's taken me so long to catch up with this film. It's not because I've never wanted to see it. I'm enjoying it so much I already want to see it again.

You will soon, what with the planned remake in the pipeline!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 06 September, 2009, 11:19:33 am
The right-wing political propaganda drip-fed throughout the film was hilarious, especially the anti gun control message and how laboriously they spelled out that forcing people to register their guns would just make it easy for the Commies to round up all the gun owners.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 10 September, 2009, 06:39:25 pm
I have now been paid everything I was owed this summer. :)

The down side is I'm returning to work £2,000 overdrawn. And I don't get paid for 6 weeks.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 10 September, 2009, 06:47:28 pm
The right-wing political propaganda drip-fed throughout the film was hilarious, especially the anti gun control message and how laboriously they spelled out that forcing people to register their guns would just make it easy for the Commies to round up all the gun owners.

 I watched Red Dawn on youtube the other night and it was attrocious simply because it was badly directed and cheaply done and horribly dated.It was laughable and ludicrous in places especially the action scenes.

I like the politics of it or the idea of an armed militia being able to defeat an invading superpower .
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 10 September, 2009, 07:54:58 pm
I watched Red Dawn on youtube the other night and it was attrocious simply because it was badly directed and cheaply done and horribly dated.

And yet, it wasn't actually as cheap-looking as I had prepared myself for in all the years of anticipation!

It was laughable and ludicrous in places especially the action scenes.

Indeed. Like when the invaders are shooting everyone at the school on sight and the protagonists escape by... running past them! There's even a scene where an enemy soldier appears to be blocking their way one moment, and through the magic of the continuity glitch, he's not there when the edit cuts back.

I like the politics of it or the idea of an armed militia being able to defeat an invading superpower.

Yes, you've got to admire the film-makers' brass neck. The untrained rebels in Red Dawn are even mightier than Bill Savage's crew. Properly trained soldiers and even special forces are no match for fugitive high school kids. The ludricousness of it is Red Dawn's Unique Selling Point.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 10 September, 2009, 08:40:02 pm
I watched Red Dawn on youtube the other night and it was attrocious simply because it was badly directed and cheaply done and horribly dated.

And yet, it wasn't actually as cheap-looking as I had prepared myself for in all the years of anticipation!

It was laughable and ludicrous in places especially the action scenes.

Indeed. Like when the invaders are shooting everyone at the school on sight and the protagonists escape by... running past them! There's even a scene where an enemy soldier appears to be blocking their way one moment, and through the magic of the continuity glitch, he's not there when the edit cuts back.

I like the politics of it or the idea of an armed militia being able to defeat an invading superpower.

Yes, you've got to admire the film-makers' brass neck. The untrained rebels in Red Dawn are even mightier than Bill Savage's crew. Properly trained soldiers and even special forces are no match for fugitive high school kids. The ludricousness of it is Red Dawn's Unique Selling Point.


That aspect of it is ludicrous because it just focusses on the kids but in a real world scenario a well trained militia in a place the size of the US that has plenty of cover would eventually grind down an invading military force as it would be an inevitable conclusion.Look at Iraq and Afghanistan as recent examples.

This seems to be the point that the filmaker was trying to get across yet in my opinion the filmaker made the whole scenario look ridiculous because it just focussed on the kids and very little else.

What about the subtitled dialogue then ?   ;D

I just cant tell wether the director of the film was taking it seriously or not but its a poorly made propaganda piece that was ignoring the fact that the USSR was going into a decline at that point in time anyway.Still it probably helped the Reagan administration win another term of office.

It was adapted from a screenplay called Ten Soldiers which had a Lord of The Flies type theme.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 10 September, 2009, 10:56:03 pm
Red Dawn saw me accused of plagiarism in year 7 of school. Yes, I was 11 and I was being accused of plagiarism. I didn't even know what the word meant. I'd written a story called, wait for it, The Schoolboy Squad for English class in which my classmates and I went into hiding and fought a guerilla war against a joint German/Japanese invasion which saw troops parachuting into our school. I even had one of the maths teachers (of Korean descent) being a spy for the invaders.

My teacher made it abundantly clear that a) it was completely unnacceptable to copy the plots of films and b)that I shuldn't be watching that kind of film anyway.

I promptly went home and asked my Uncle, fount of all obscure film knowledge and he gave me a copy. I loved it. (Again, I was 11) That video promptly did the rounds of my entire class. That teacher never did believe taht I'd not seen the movie first.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 10 September, 2009, 11:00:19 pm
My mum put my sister's end of school yearbook thingy between Will Eisner and Jaime Hernandez on the communal bookshelves.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 September, 2009, 06:16:45 pm
1. Now that the entire original line-up of the Sugababes has been replaced my generation finally has its own equivalent to The Fall.

2. I saw a discarded bicycle that had been thrown on a roof.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 22 September, 2009, 06:24:32 pm
One of my mates was married to MARK E SMITH.*

oooh the stories she can tell.








* No, before you ask, it wasn't Brixie.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 22 September, 2009, 06:26:31 pm
Red Dawn saw me accused of plagiarism in year 7 of school. Yes, I was 11 and I was being accused of plagiarism. I didn't even know what the word meant. I'd written a story called, wait for it, The Schoolboy Squad for English class in which my classmates and I went into hiding and fought a guerilla war against a joint German/Japanese invasion which saw troops parachuting into our school. I even had one of the maths teachers (of Korean descent) being a spy for the invaders.

My teacher made it abundantly clear that a) it was completely unnacceptable to copy the plots of films and b)that I shuldn't be watching that kind of film anyway.

At no point did this teacher make it clear that it was also unacceptable to infer a person's collaboration with an invading force because they were from a vaguely similar geographical area?

Or did I just read this wrong and that wasn't what you inferred at all?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 22 September, 2009, 07:09:30 pm
Red Dawn saw me accused of plagiarism in year 7 of school. Yes, I was 11 and I was being accused of plagiarism. I didn't even know what the word meant. I'd written a story called, wait for it, The Schoolboy Squad for English class in which my classmates and I went into hiding and fought a guerilla war against a joint German/Japanese invasion which saw troops parachuting into our school. I even had one of the maths teachers (of Korean descent) being a spy for the invaders.

My teacher made it abundantly clear that a) it was completely unnacceptable to copy the plots of films and b)that I shuldn't be watching that kind of film anyway.

At no point did this teacher make it clear that it was also unacceptable to infer a person's collaboration with an invading force because they were from a vaguely similar geographical area?

Or did I just read this wrong and that wasn't what you inferred at all?

No, you read it absolutely correctly. In my defence I was raised by ill informed bigots (I know better now) but you're right, its something the teacher should have picked up on and didn't. I guess English teachers have their priorities.

Either that or she was as much an ill informed bigot as my Mother and her boyfriend.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 22 September, 2009, 07:13:31 pm
I had a Mars Bar ice cream for pudding after tea tonight. The splitters had Cornetto's!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 25 September, 2009, 11:53:49 pm
Newsreaders have funny names.

My favourites are Fenella Fudge on Radio 2, and ITN's Nina Nannar, who sounds like she's doing a police car impression when she signs off.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 25 September, 2009, 11:58:03 pm
Newsreaders have funny names.

My favourites are Fenella Fudge on Radio 2, and ITN's Nina Nannar, who sounds like she's doing a police car impression when she signs off.

 Is it Flenella or Fenella ?

 I always think its Vanilla anyway.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 26 September, 2009, 09:14:35 am
Fenella Fudge on Radio 2

Even though I must have heard that hundreds of times it still makes me chuckle. Do you think she became a Fudge through marriage or her parents actually called her Fenella with malice aforethought?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 28 September, 2009, 01:48:09 pm
There are Colin Berry and some guy called Salmon, too, on Radio 2. Delicious.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 28 September, 2009, 01:51:41 pm
Wasn't Fenella the witch from Charlton and the Wheelies.

(http://www.jedisparadise.co.uk/childrenstv/Chorlton_and_the_Wheelies/Upset_Fenella.jpg)





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 September, 2009, 04:07:09 pm
I've just been reading some old (1970s) Teen Titans stories. There was a bit where Hawk, Dove and Speedy fight a robot spider and it collapses on them, and they have to free themselves using only their own strength (sound familiar?) When they get free Hank says "first time I was almost buried by a spider, man!" Geddit?

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 28 September, 2009, 04:12:47 pm
I once worked for a brace of architects named Buggy and Bettlestone.  It was impossible to keep a straight face.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 02 October, 2009, 04:38:27 pm
Man, just got back from dentist. Quite nerve wracking. Root canal work. I kept my eyes shut for fear of seeing the tools that were being used ie a Swan Morton which I am all to familiar with for work. Can't say I really felt much but it was the anticipation of pain that scared me. But that is one heavy appointment out of the way, so another visit next week.

Talk about lesson learnt.

Will calm my nerves now by trying to finish my competition entry.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 02 October, 2009, 04:46:54 pm
Hey, it's also Friday so that must help smooth over your trauma?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 03 October, 2009, 08:19:05 am
I can feel a huge hole in one of my back molars with my tongue, it doesn't hurt, but why didn't the dentist pick anything up last month when I had my check up? The nightmares I have heard about teeth being yanked out of the mouth (shudder).
shit wrong thread,ah well.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 03 October, 2009, 09:19:23 pm
Wasn't Fenella the witch from Charlton and the Wheelies.
(http://www.jedisparadise.co.uk/childrenstv/Chorlton_and_the_Wheelies/Upset_Fenella.jpg)
...because you've reminded me of the welsh witch in the teapot. 

And because I'm off down the road for a chicken shish kebab with extra red cabbage and lemon juice, no chilli sause and an extra pitta.  Oh yes.  Mmmmmmmm.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 04 October, 2009, 07:01:24 pm
...gerbils!  ;D

After taking Deborah's laptop in for fixing (graphics card? maybe!) we went and had a look at the gerbils in Pets at Home. There were three of them, all different colours. If we weren't broke and in the middle of decorating, we'd have bought all three and a gerbil cage right there and then! Another project/minor purchase to put on the back burner. Along with getting a rabbit next summer.

We had a look at all the little fish in the fish tanks too. They were pretty. Not cute like gerbils or rabbits though.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 October, 2009, 07:16:31 pm
The third Bleach movie has been fansubbed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 05 October, 2009, 07:41:34 am
they agreed to give the hard working team in Food and beverage a 4.5% pay rise!!!


we asked, we reasoned, we fought, we projected our figures, WE WON.
I wont be getting a rise, but thats ok. 8)(part of the deal we brokered)
i am proud that the staff will be rewarded.
they deserve it.   :P
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Wellsybeer on 05 October, 2009, 08:31:33 am
Hats off to you Chef, that's really great of you. Why aren't more bosses the same?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 October, 2009, 03:35:26 pm
I finally got my free 800 MS points from buying all five Summer of XBLA games. Now do I get Monkey Island or Puzzle Bobble?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bouwel on 05 October, 2009, 06:23:20 pm
Monkey Island!

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 06 October, 2009, 01:07:21 am
Finally got round to starting to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm series 6 which I've had for a while. It's myeh, not bad, not great, kind of okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 October, 2009, 07:21:04 am
My little one slept for 5 hours straight last night, from 20.30 to 01.30!  Then she decided to stay awake until just now. 

But still, 5 hours!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 06 October, 2009, 09:18:53 am
My little one slept for 5 hours straight last night, from 20.30 to 01.30!  Then she decided to stay awake until just now. 

But still, 5 hours!

I wish our little little 'un would remember how to do that!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 October, 2009, 01:39:32 pm
My mother never ceased telling me that I was a wakeful insomniac git all my life and that it wasn't a recent occurance.  Three hours out of every 24 for the first four or five years of my life would be spent asleep.  My father hit upon the very 1970s soulution of dipping the teat of my bottle in Jameson's.  Did the trick.  It was that or have the poor buggers go batshit crazy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 October, 2009, 05:59:01 pm
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My father hit upon the very 1970s soulution of dipping the teat of my bottle in Jameson's.  

This is the No. 1 topic of conversation in TordelTowers every morning ca. 3am, generally revolving a found the discursive lynchpin of 'never did me any harm'.  Watch this space.

I've actually started taking the wee one to work with me (if I'm doing a fair bit of driving or walking, and not meeting clients) just to give the missus  a break.  I was doggedly  climbing a muddy hill in the rain earlier today with herself in a chest pouch under my vizcoat, when I was treated to a chorus of laughter from my so-called colleagues who were sheltering under a hedge watching my slow approach.  Their time will come.

By way of compensation, we took a late liquid lunch of milk and coffee (respectively) on a windswept beach at the mouth of the Boyne, watching the gulls and the waves and bonding over a burping competition.  Sleep and ridicule are very small prices to pay.
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 October, 2009, 07:38:17 pm
That made me fill up a bit there. My dad used to bark like a dog and burp as a means of calming children. Oddly his very realistic and angry sounding dog noises always seemed to do the trick. Just remembered that. Give miniTordelBack a hug from me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 06 October, 2009, 08:30:57 pm
The third Bleach movie has been fansubbed.
I am too old to understand this post.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 October, 2009, 08:36:07 pm
The third Bleach movie has been fansubbed.
I am too old to understand this post.

I thought they should have stopped after Domestos, now that was a killer!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 06 October, 2009, 08:40:50 pm
The third Bleach movie has been fansubbed.
I am too old to understand this post.

I thought they should have stopped after Domestos, now that was a killer!

Absolutely because it all became a bit sanitised after Domestos.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 06 October, 2009, 09:10:52 pm
My little one slept for 5 hours straight last night, from 20.30 to 01.30!  Then she decided to stay awake until just now. 

But still, 5 hours!

Not bad going for such a young one.

My little cherubs get up at around 6 every morning no matter what time they go to bed, we've tried early bed, late bed, Vodka. Its either one or the other, I think they are in cahoots and just take it in turns.
Weekends without a lie in isn't fun, but wouldn't have it any other way.






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Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 October, 2009, 09:15:43 pm
My little cherubs get up at around 6 every morning no matter what time they go to bed, we've tried early bed, late bed, Vodka.

What about trying those things on the children!!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 06 October, 2009, 09:18:15 pm
My little cherubs get up at around 6 every morning no matter what time they go to bed, we've tried early bed, late bed, Vodka.

What about trying those things on the children!!!


 ;D




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 06 October, 2009, 11:00:23 pm
The speakers on my PC have been a bit crap for, oooh, about six months now. Barely able to hear anything.  I've tried crawling under the desk and reconnecting them several times but all to no avail. Music was barely audible (all wibbly wobbly) and speech just a complete no-no.

I had a final go at fixing them.

And came across a SOUND FX MANAGER.

Which had KARAOKE REVERB set to YES.

Unticked the box and good as new.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 07 October, 2009, 12:39:05 am
Did you slap your forehead Tiplodocus when you saw how easy it was!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 07 October, 2009, 07:24:26 am
Also goes to prove that Karaoke while hiding under the guise of fun does nothing but destory otherwise perfectly good music.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 07 October, 2009, 11:40:21 am
The discovery of Spotify has me seriously tempted to suspend my dislike of gadgetry and look for COOL SPEAKERS.

Gotta love Spotify.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 07 October, 2009, 11:50:40 am
Likewise, King Trout. I've been hooked on Spotify for last few months and was telling the Mrs recently that I could do with some computer speakers. I've had 50 quids worth of iTunes vouchers for almost a year but haven't spent them as I barely touch the iPod now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 07 October, 2009, 12:12:04 pm
The discovery of Spotify has me seriously tempted to suspend my dislike of gadgetry and look for COOL SPEAKERS.

Two words for you: Harman Kardon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harman-Kardon-Soundsticks-II-Multimedia/dp/B0001W8EFK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254913702&sr=8-1)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41N8082HCML._SS500_.jpg)

They look fantastic and sound even better.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 07 October, 2009, 12:20:50 pm
Ooooh!

Thanks, Jim! Oi, Santa...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 07 October, 2009, 01:52:56 pm
The discovery of Spotify has me seriously tempted to suspend my dislike of gadgetry and look for COOL SPEAKERS.

Two words for you: Harman Kardon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harman-Kardon-Soundsticks-II-Multimedia/dp/B0001W8EFK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254913702&sr=8-1)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41N8082HCML._SS500_.jpg)

They look fantastic and sound even better.



A friend has a set of these speakers and all i can say is they are excellent.They look beautiful and they sound beautiful.The sound was incredible when thery were connected up to a laptop.

Also i couldnt believe that they only cost 100 quid.

BUY !!
Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 09 October, 2009, 06:46:16 pm
Mood swings are pretty shit, and I know that a more reliable income would insulate me from them quite a bit. But, predictably, with the pressure of job interviews lifted, a chance to catch up on sleep (i.e. one good lie-in), a few good days at work, tangible improvements on the decorating front and some cheap + free entertainment, the gloom has lifted entirely (again!). Brrrr. I can't go on that way forever, but at least it never seems to last more than a fortnight at a time. Maybe it really is cyclothymia. Or maybe it's just the vicissitudes of everyday life.

Whatever, I'm back on top of it again, and I'm looking forward to reading Prof 1656, at last. I know everyone else is already on Prog 1657, so that's already old news...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 11 October, 2009, 07:01:06 am
got a call for some room service with a slight differnce.

can we do room service to LAZURUS ISLAND! he is on his yacht.
ummm, ok what do you actually want?
12 bottles of champagne
4 bottles of orange juice
`10 grilled lobsters, 10 grilled steaks. a few salads, some fruit platters, a cake of some form, ice of course, 

really he expects me to get all this, find a boat and send to his boat which is about 20 minutes away. in an hours time.
so of course i replied, WOULD YOU LIKE COFFEE ALSO? 

i put down my phone, pick up the walkie talkie, order the food and beverage, arrange a golf buggy to transport it all and call marina to get me a speed boat and a driver. as you would
total bill was $2800 for an hours work and speed boat ride. but hey. for that money what would you do?

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 11 October, 2009, 01:00:00 pm
For that money I'd stick an extra $1,000 on the bill. It would appear to be 'no object.'
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jared Katooie on 11 October, 2009, 07:37:07 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because I have some chocolate lollipops in my schoolbag, and the biscuit barrel has Mars bars in it.

Also, I have Monday off.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 13 October, 2009, 03:10:14 pm
I saw Billy Connolly the other night. He was ok.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 14 October, 2009, 07:09:22 am
 the baby boy whom we care for in our home,
found a box of tissues, (he is ten months old)

it one of those smile moments, as he removed the seemingly never ending supply from the box. one by one, each time with a look of pure amazment that the box had offered another for pulling.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 October, 2009, 07:20:59 am
Aww, that's pure magic!

My twin nephews have just had their 1st birthday 200 miles away. I've sent a parcel, but it's not the same as being there. I'm looking forward to seeing them both at Christmas.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 October, 2009, 08:56:18 am
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I'm looking forward to seeing them both at Christmas.

Yeah, being a committed curmudgeon (tendance Scrooge) I never got the whole Christmas-presents/kids/ooh-magical thing (spoilt brats, trynna watch Great Escape here, where's me trifle?), to the point  that the future missus and I used to do volunteer work on Christmas Day to avoid it, right up until I watched my own sprog empty his first Santa stocking - absolutely wonderful experience.   It's not just rampant ad-driven consumerism, little kids genuinely love and more importantly appreciate getting /opening presents.  My father-in-law is a bit of a whizz with the jig-saw and dremel, and last Christmas made our lad a fantastic bookcase faced with a fully painted openwork surround telling the Jack and the Beanstalk story (anti-clockwise), and he was nearly hugged to death for his troubles.  Really quite beautiful to watch.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 October, 2009, 09:44:29 am
he was nearly hugged to death for his troubles.  Really quite beautiful to watch.

That is marvellous. Mind you, for me Christmas has nowt to do with it. I only make it home about 3 times a year these days, due to a combination of cost and now my family having nowhere to put us up. So it's just seeing the babies, for only the third time ever, that I'm looking forward to. They won't even know it's Christmas, except there's more colourful, sparkly junk about and more new things to play with. A pity it may be the last time I even see them as babies. They may be toddlers next time, and pre-schoolers not long after that. I don't think I could cope with real parenthood. I'd probably want to keep having more kids because 'they grow up so fast.'

I know that all sounds gloomy, but it's really not.  ;)
I couldn't do with the hassle of having kids of my own, and I hardly knew my other brother's kids when they were babies, for the same reasons: living away from home, too skint to return often, got my own life to build. C'est la vie.

Anyway, kids are marvellous; babies doubly so.  ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 October, 2009, 09:56:55 am
It's not just rampant ad-driven consumerism, little kids genuinely love and more importantly appreciate getting /opening presents.

Absolutely. A lot of parents seem not to realize that, and overdo it for no good reason. They up the ante by buying kids more presents than they're interested in, and the kids come to expect the same every year. The genie won't go back in the bottle after that. We've all seen 3-year-old kids being pestered by parents to open another parcel when all they want to do is play with the presents they've opened already. After that it's a whirlwind of paper-ripping. It's the way to train kids not to appreciate getting presents. Here endeth the lesson.
 :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 14 October, 2009, 10:33:00 am
Witness the wise words of HoU.  Hear his words and obey.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 15 October, 2009, 09:23:00 am
...today I get one nice, easy class where I don't have to do anything. We're watching Anthony Asquith's sublime 1952 film of The Importance of Being Earnest, with a distinguished cast (Michael Redgrave, Michael Dennison, Edith Evans, Dorothy Tutin, Margaret Rutherford and Joan Greenwood and Miles Malleson) in giant, enormous Smart-board-screen-o-vision!!

Yesterday one of the young people sussed what was wrong with the sound. Whoever set up the Smart board and computer neglected to plug the speakers into the back of the computer.
 ::)
None of the admin staff checked it out when I reported a fortnight ago that the sound wasn't working properly. I know that actually setting foot in a classroom may bring on a fit on unwellness for them, but it is their job, goshdarnit. I cursed my own denseness for not seeing the problem myself, but it's a long while since I plugged in a speaker jack. Thank goodness for the younger generation. They may not be able to spell for toffee, but they certainly know how to make computer software and electronic consumer goods work.
 :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 15 October, 2009, 01:29:02 pm
I was telephoned on my mobile while removing my mid-week roast (chicken, carrots, parsnips, roast potatoes, stuffing and gravy for all you food perverts) from the oven last night.  The shock of the ringing ALMOST caused me to drop it. 

Didn't.  But I was momentarily furious that some no-bend had almost caused me to drop the chicken.  Then I realised I was about to tuck into the first roast I've had in ages (no point DOING a roast for two if only one of you can eat it).  Somehow, doing a chicken for one (I'll be doing a pie or soup with the rest after tonight's dinner) seemed sensible in a way that doing two dinners before my mum's death just didn't. 

Turned out it was my nice ex who's a doctor - she was just checking up on me and making sure I was eating properly.  I sent her a picture of the chicken as proof.

Anyway, I'm already counting down the hours to my next roast.  Mmmmmmmmmm.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mikey on 15 October, 2009, 03:45:33 pm
Good work Mike!

I enjoyed a bit of roast pork on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday lunch! It was done with a fennel, pepper and salt rub - delicious!

I got new front tyres this morning and got 25% off, bringing the bill to just under £100.  :)

M.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 15 October, 2009, 07:43:50 pm
Bought some Jamaican Jerk Chicken Walkers crisps today, gonna eat them at work tonight. Hope they're tasty, otherwise I'll be slightly upset.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 15 October, 2009, 07:48:47 pm
They SOUND nice though.  So long as they live up to the expectations, all is good.

Let us know if they're any good, ok?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 15 October, 2009, 07:49:41 pm
Full report in the morning.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 October, 2009, 09:30:38 am
They were not bad, I seemed to be able to taste the flavour before the crisp actually touched my tongue (I may have imagined this though). Not too strong and the chicken flavour wasn't overpowered by the spices and there was no lingering taste after I had washed them down with some fizzy pop. What a life I lead!
I still prefer the Marmite ones though ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 16 October, 2009, 11:50:39 am
I tried some Walkers mango chutney crisps last week. They're not bad. They remind me of the taste of the star-shaped Outer Spacers corn snacks you used to get (pickled onion ones were space station shaped, hotdog flavour were rocket-shaped, and chutney flavour were shaped like 5-pointed alien fighter ships). Our teachers used to sell them to us in morning break at primary school in the seventies. Every day. Can you believe that? Wouldn't happen now! Used to be the highlight of our morning.

 ::)

Anyway, these Walkers mango chutney crisps taste like the old chutney Outer Spacers, except these ones burn your tongue a bit. On balance I'd rather have the Outer Spacers.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 16 October, 2009, 11:51:46 am
I've got a spicy sausage from Tesco to eat for my lunch.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bolt-01 on 16 October, 2009, 12:00:35 pm
I'm taking Micro and Nano Bolt's to see UP tomorrow, after successfully avoiding almost all info about it. Mini-Bolt saw it midweek and proclaimed it genius, which is high praise as we are both pretty big fans of Pixar. I'm even springing for the 3-D.

Then I might well pick up Chinese take-away on the way home.

Yum!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 16 October, 2009, 12:00:59 pm
I remember those crisps, Ush!  They were WICKED, SKILL and other kid buzzwords of the period.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 16 October, 2009, 12:07:55 pm
Skill!

I feel old.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 16 October, 2009, 12:08:09 pm
I remember those crisps, Ush!  They were WICKED, SKILL and other kid buzzwords of the period.

Hmmm. That period would have been the nineteen-eighties. I don't remember how long Outer Spacers persisted after their 1970s inception. But look: I found this on youtube -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfXzzBhSsII (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfXzzBhSsII)

They're out of this world!  :P
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 16 October, 2009, 01:21:24 pm
Ok.  But EARLY 80s.  Not my fault I'm young and beautiful.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 16 October, 2009, 01:49:47 pm
Didn't Outer Spacers grow up to become the Space Raiders which are still with us today?

You couldn't beat the pickled onion flavour for a 5p bag of awesome.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 16 October, 2009, 02:43:39 pm
I believe they did.  The stalwart of cheap corner shops everywhere.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bouwel on 16 October, 2009, 05:02:32 pm
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You couldn't beat the pickled onion flavour for a 5p bag of awesome.

I lived on these in the laste 70's/early 80's and ate so much I managed to save up for a huge set of space realted posters. Well worth the money and heart congestion.

Pickled onion monster munch are a suitable replacement these days though.

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 16 October, 2009, 05:53:56 pm
Didn't Outer Spacers grow up to become the Space Raiders which are still with us today?

Indeed, Space Raiders are made by KP, who used to make Outer Spacers. But I am sure Outer Spacers were of a similar quality to Monster Munch, whereas Space raiders seem rather an inferior product. Incidentally, Monster Munch are made by Walkers, for anyone who wasn't wondering.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 16 October, 2009, 07:10:17 pm
Recently spotted a LARGE, old-style Monster Munch multipack containing the pickled oniony "goodness" I remember with fondness from childhood.  Fine fine snack.

We appear to be lazy local radio presenters, talking about sweets you used to be able to get.  "Whatever happened to Spangles?"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 October, 2009, 07:15:08 pm
this entire BOARD is rapidly becoming more middle-age waffley than my dads social club! :-D sbt
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 October, 2009, 07:16:02 pm
Most of the flavours I eat are the meat flavours but I do love a couple of bags of scampi nik naks now and again.
Who else shoves their fingers under a mates nose and says 'sniff', oh, it's just me then :-[
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 16 October, 2009, 07:20:37 pm
You know, Space Raiders are 20p now? That's an increase of 300% on how much they were when even I, one of the board youth, was a nipper.

And don't get me started on Nik Naks. First they replaced the brilliant Cream 'n' Cheesy with the adequate Scampi 'n' Lemon, and now they've gone and replaced that with the crappy Pickle 'n' Onion. Bastards.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 16 October, 2009, 09:37:37 pm
this entire BOARD is rapidly becoming more middle-age waffley than my dads social club! :-D sbt

Nowt wrong with that son.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 16 October, 2009, 10:34:53 pm
And don't get me started on Nik Naks. First they replaced the brilliant Cream 'n' Cheesy with the adequate Scampi 'n' Lemon, and now they've gone and replaced that with the crappy Pickle 'n' Onion. Bastards.
Oh, I'm not having this Wilkinson.  Pickle 'n' Onion is a fine flavour, although I will concede that I like to have the choice.

For the real Nik Nak connoisseur, eating a bag of Rib 'n' Saucy is like being french kissed by God!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 16 October, 2009, 10:54:54 pm
You're all wrong. It's Nice n Spicy all the way.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 October, 2009, 08:20:47 am
My favourite crisps are as follows-

Walkers Marmite,
Walkers Steak & Onion,
Walkers Prawn Cocktail,
Walkers Smokey Bacon,
Walkers BBQ Rib,
Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce,
Pringles Smokin Ribs,
Hula Hoops Barbeque Beef,
McCoy's Flame Grilled Steak,
McCoys's Oriental Ribs,
Discos BBQ Beef,
etc...

As you can see dead animal flavour is the flavour for me. Saying that I bet most of these crisps are okay for vegetarians.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 October, 2009, 10:41:13 am
Nowt wrong with that son.
Nowt?  Son?

What the heck is WRONG with you?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 October, 2009, 10:44:13 am
Hopefully it makes sense in context?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 October, 2009, 10:53:27 am
Of course it does, Walkalone.  I'm merely joshing you by mocking your groovy northern speech patterns (I'm a Londoner, everything north of Watford is the dim and distant North, full of soap opera cliches and non-chain boozers staffed by brassy old matriarchs like that animal print bird in Coronation Street).

I only mock because I quite like the sound of lots of northern expressions but could NEVER get away with them with my accent.  Other than quoting Alinson's bread adverts of course.

Cheerio, squire!  Mind 'ow ya go.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 October, 2009, 10:54:20 am
Sorry to disappoint, I don't actually talk like that either.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 17 October, 2009, 11:25:02 am
As you can see dead animal flavour is the flavour for me. Saying that I bet most of these crisps are okay for vegetarians.
I'm a big fan of the taste of dead animals, yet I really don't like any of the "meaty" crisp flavours. Prawn cocktail are good though, especially Skips.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 October, 2009, 11:37:53 am
especially Skips.

Grrr Skips the bane of my youth and not just cos I hate Prawn Cocktail favour BUT mainly cos of the adverts featuring 'Clumsy Colin'. As if having the name itself wasn't burden enough through life!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 17 October, 2009, 11:52:09 am
I don't like to eat Nik-Naks because for a snack food they're very dense which makes me suspicious of how much oil and chemicals they might contain.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 October, 2009, 06:50:10 pm
especially Skips.

Grrr Skips the bane of my youth and not just cos I hate Prawn Cocktail favour BUT mainly cos of the adverts featuring 'Clumsy Colin'. As if having the name itself wasn't burden enough through life!
There's a London talk radio station where one of the presenters has a Rule of Colin (which basically SAYS he never lets Colins on the air, in practice he merely wonders aloud why a Colin has slipped through - not too entertaining).

His other rule, though, is gold.  The Rule of Widdecombe.  If unsure of what you think about an issue, find out what Ann Widdecombe thinks and take the opposite view.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 17 October, 2009, 07:12:19 pm
As you can see dead animal flavour is the flavour for me. Saying that I bet most of these crisps are okay for vegetarians.

They are. But the likes of Salt and Vinegar aren't. Check the packets. It makes no sense to me but I'm not complaining cos I f'ing adore Smokey Bacon and throw up at the smell of Salt and Vinegar so I can indulge with a clear conscience.

I don't like to eat Nik-Naks because for a snack food they're very dense which makes me suspicious of how much oil and chemicals they might contain.

The same thought occured to me once. Then I though, sod it, they're gorgeous. They're on my list, depressingly short these days, of permissable vices. A man must have some pleasures.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 October, 2009, 07:34:41 pm
All this crisp talk is making me hungry. Luckily we've ordered 35, 52, 63, 70, 88 & 121 from the Chinese. Can't wait to scoff that lot down!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 17 October, 2009, 09:32:29 pm
Why did they get rid of the original Beef Monster Munch? used to love them as a kid, then they changed it to BBQ, NOT THE SAME FLAVOUR, bring them back walkers.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 October, 2009, 09:35:06 pm
Probably due to the Mad Cow scare. Heinz got rid of Beef soup at that time as well. I bloody loved that flavour.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 October, 2009, 10:13:51 pm
Turns out she didn't die after all.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2009, 05:58:22 am
Woke up at 04:45 today so decided to watch the latest episode of Supernatural and listen to that new Dredd CD (must admit listening to the cd whilst reading stuff on the forum is hard, proves I'm not a woman cause I can't multi task)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 18 October, 2009, 12:47:48 pm
I have heard of other ways of proving that, John.....

But I don't have the stones for it. *ka-da-boom-tss*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 October, 2009, 10:39:24 pm
Typical, I go away for one weekend and we get three bloody pages on crisp flavours....AGAIN!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2009, 10:43:14 pm
I used to love Beef and Tomato Pot Noodles until they took all the shit out and the flavour just went with it.
Midnight forum snacks, the way they ought to be.
Now I have to make do with real food!

P.S. I loved the Sweet and Sour flavour as well ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 18 October, 2009, 11:09:40 pm
The Nissin cup noodle is still available from your local Chinese supermarket.

Hungry? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxtZHOE4ScY)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2009, 11:12:15 pm
Real noodles come out of those Welsh mines, nowhere else!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 19 October, 2009, 01:43:24 pm
Mondays generally get a 'Meh' response from me (having to get up early to take a tablet that makes me feel ropey, meh indeed) but life's sort of ok because it's more than half way through this accursed day - woo, and quite possibly, hoo!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 October, 2009, 01:49:42 pm
I used to love Beef and Tomato Pot Noodles until they took all the shit out and the flavour just went with it.
Midnight forum snacks, the way they ought to be.
Now I have to make do with real food!

P.S. I loved the Sweet and Sour flavour as well ;)

There is only a negligable difference between a standard size pot noodle and the king size so i dont get the point of it at all.Its Chicken and Mushroom all the way for me but i hardly eat them because they contain MSG which is bad for ones health.

I dont like the other flavors of Pot Noodle because they all contain Peas and i hate Peas and i would always have to pick them all out before or after i added the boiling water.

Enjoy Monosodium Glutamate - The taste that isnt there !
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 25 October, 2009, 12:06:28 am
I just came home from seeing a pretty mediocre production of Othello to find a cracking Krautrock documentary on BBC4.

Daniel Fichelscher from out of Popul Vuh says "This is no metronome. No tick tick. Our heart is the rhythm."
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 25 October, 2009, 10:21:06 am
Its Chicken and Mushroom all the way for me but i hardly eat them because they contain MSG which is bad for ones health.

You may take some comfort from the toxicologists' conclusion that monosodium glutamate is only bad for you if you develop a monosodium glutamate complex, in which case it may cause respiratory problems like asthma; but such symptoms have never been replicated in a controlled trial.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 October, 2009, 07:34:31 pm
I've just learnt that Dr Dre was never in a gang. Good for him.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 25 October, 2009, 08:43:05 pm
Vincent D'Onofrio's performance in Men In Black. Great physical comedy.  ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 October, 2009, 10:01:57 pm
Vincent D'Onofrio's performance in Men In Black. Great physical comedy.  ;D

You prefer him over Will Smith because you are a MASSIVE RACIST.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 25 October, 2009, 10:04:51 pm
Vincent is also exceptionally good as Private Pile in FULL METAL JACKET.

And I believe I once saw him playing Robert E.Howard.

Man's a dude.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 October, 2009, 10:07:12 pm
That stupid charity record got to number 10. Ha ha.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 October, 2009, 12:34:29 pm
You prefer him over Will Smith because you are a MASSIVE RACIST.

You would say that! You always do.  ::)

Vincent is also exceptionally good as Private Pile in FULL METAL JACKET.

And I believe I once saw him playing Robert E.Howard.

Man's a dude.

Oh yes, he was in The Whole Wide World, wasn't he? And he's played Orson Welles at least twice, including in Ed Wood.

That stupid charity record got to number 10. Ha ha.

One of the advantages of being totally out of the loop is I'm oblivious to stupid charity records. Do they really still do those? Incredible.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 26 October, 2009, 02:37:16 pm
you can watch building coming down...


http://www.youtube.com/edinburghcouncil (http://www.youtube.com/edinburghcouncil)

all we need is someone to to photoshop in a couple of giant robots
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 October, 2009, 03:04:17 pm

That stupid charity record got to number 10. Ha ha.

One of the advantages of being totally out of the loop is I'm oblivious to stupid charity records. Do they really still do those? Incredible.

Likewise.I havent got a clue and i couldnt care less either and you just know its going to be annoying without even hearing it.

Its great being out of touch with popular culture.I keep up with current affairs and i am full to overflowing with it and i havent any time for superfluous rubbish.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 October, 2009, 03:12:58 pm
Can I join the queue of people saying 'Charity record - quoi?'
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: worldshown on 26 October, 2009, 04:06:54 pm
It's the new single in aid of War Child featuring a load of people that I've never heard of.

http://www.igotsoul.co.uk/ (http://www.igotsoul.co.uk/)

And yeah, I had to look it up.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 26 October, 2009, 04:23:33 pm
Oxfam's recent report on band-aids:

http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/band-aids-and-beyond (http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/band-aids-and-beyond)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 26 October, 2009, 04:26:24 pm
Ug.

Charity records are invariably shite.  I love knowing eff-all about celebrity culture, fashion and current pop music.  It's brilliant.  More hard-drive space for geekery.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 October, 2009, 04:29:14 pm
I am not sure who the white tattooed Ali G impersonator who gesticulates in the video is.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 October, 2009, 04:37:59 pm
Oh, you mean the terrible 'urban' version of a Killers song that was arse to begin with.

Incidently was the rapping guy this bloke?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/misty69/2052581462/in/set-72157603254018007/?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 26 October, 2009, 04:50:11 pm
I preferred Bill Bailey's version (having questioned the meaning behind the lyrics).... "I've got ham but I'm not a hamster"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 October, 2009, 05:04:56 pm
Oh, you mean the terrible 'urban' version of a Killers song that was arse to begin with.

Incidently was the rapping guy this bloke?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/misty69/2052581462/in/set-72157603254018007/?

Thats it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 October, 2009, 05:06:27 pm
That goes a long way to explaining so much - let's send him to Afghanistan and see how the Taliban feel about him
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 26 October, 2009, 05:51:21 pm
I reckon I could be getting a call about a big "cleaning" contract any minute now... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/26/paul-haggis-scientology-prop-8
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 October, 2009, 06:22:52 pm
That goes a long way to explaining so much - let's send him to Afghanistan and see how the Taliban feel about him

Lets hope they are more impressed than i am but he looks like a member of East 17 and looks annoying.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 26 October, 2009, 06:29:57 pm
I reckon I could be getting a call about a big "cleaning" contract any minute now... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/26/paul-haggis-scientology-prop-8

Mark Thomas must think all his birthdays have come at once, that is just ace:

Quote
I phoned my agent and told him I was suspect H. He replied: "Next year we'll get you top billing … suspect A.

While being wanted outside the arms fair, I was legitimately inside researching a book on the subject, and uncovered four companies illegally promoting "banned" torture equipment.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 26 October, 2009, 06:36:12 pm
"Silence is consent" eh?

Maybe.  Or rohypnol.

I don't think that'll stand up in court.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 October, 2009, 08:11:31 pm
That goes a long way to explaining so much - let's send him to Afghanistan and see how the Taliban feel about him

Lets hope they are more impressed than i am but he looks like a member of East 17 and looks annoying.


Imagine the thickest member of E17, double it - you'll still be nowhere near his level of idiocy. To borrow an insult 'He's so dense, light bends around him'
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 26 October, 2009, 08:31:27 pm
Imagine the thickest member of E17, double it - you'll still be nowhere near his level of idiocy.

What, even the one who ran himself over in his own car?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 26 October, 2009, 08:32:50 pm
Hey, that takes great skill and dedication to lay there as it approaches you!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 26 October, 2009, 08:59:36 pm
His band make the Black Eyed Peas sound like fucking Rachmaninoff.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 26 October, 2009, 09:01:25 pm
'Bless You' Roger.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 26 October, 2009, 09:04:21 pm
AA Gill shot a baboon. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/26/aa-gill-shoot-baboon
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 October, 2009, 10:07:21 pm
Imagine the thickest member of E17, double it - you'll still be nowhere near his level of idiocy.

What, even the one who ran himself over in his own car?

Even thicker than him - Chris Moyles mocks him for his idiocy, now THAT'S thick!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 October, 2009, 10:17:34 pm
Oh, you mean the terrible 'urban' version of a Killers song that was arse to begin with.

Incidently was the rapping guy this bloke?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/misty69/2052581462/in/set-72157603254018007/?

I believe the young fellow is called 'Dappy' and he's in a band called N-Dubz. I have this knowledge because I have watched Never Mind the Buzzcocks: they have had him on as a guest over and over again. I don't know why. Possibly because he has fans; possibly because somebody involved with producing the show finds him amusing.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 26 October, 2009, 10:44:43 pm
 I am sure "Dappy" is meant to mean thick as i have heard it used in that context.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 26 October, 2009, 11:07:03 pm
AA Gill shot a baboon. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/26/aa-gill-shoot-baboon
I always thought that AA Gill character is a moron. Seems that I was right. He shot a baboon "to get a sense of what it's like to kill someone". Yeah, nice one, jerkov.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 27 October, 2009, 09:05:48 am
Twonk.

I get a sense of that by playing call of duty while drinking bleach. *

* I don't drink bleach.  And neither should anyone else, it WILL KILL YOU. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 27 October, 2009, 11:25:55 am
Life is sort of okay today, all day, because I got a load of washing hung out and it's bright and not raining, I'm happy with my new haircut, the electrician has already been and he intalled four angled spotlights for me for a low, low price, and after we've finished re-sanding the hall floor in preparation for varnishing we can say goodbye to the ever-settling pall of dust that has found its way into every room since we started stripping the wallpaper off and worse back in June. Ahead of me I can see wiping down the woodwork with white spirit, some filling, miles and miles of caulking to be done, and two ceilings to paint. It's marvellous to be be putting things back together again after a whole summer spent ripping out half-arsed workmanship that was older than I am.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 29 October, 2009, 12:16:25 am
...tax rebate!  ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 29 October, 2009, 12:37:15 am
AA Gill shot a baboon. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/26/aa-gill-shoot-baboon
I always thought that AA Gill character is a moron. Seems that I was right. He shot a baboon "to get a sense of what it's like to kill someone". Yeah, nice one, jerkov.

Gordon Ramsey kicked him out of his restaurant for being obnoxious to members of his staff.

I would have done the same if not worse as i cant stand the sight of the conceited pseudo intellectual smug POS.

He even looks smug and full of himself and i find him annoying to look at.

Eeuurrgghh.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 29 October, 2009, 08:16:27 am

Gordon Ramsey kicked him out of his restaurant for being obnoxious to members of his staff.


The irony of that is delicious.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 October, 2009, 10:01:36 am

Gordon Ramsey kicked him out of his restaurant for being obnoxious to members of his staff.


The irony of that is delicious.

Unlike the food...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 29 October, 2009, 11:07:13 am
Gordon Ramsey kicked him out of his restaurant for being obnoxious to members of his staff.
The irony of that is delicious.
Unlike the food...
He might be a total twonk, but dinner at Gordon Ramsay's is the best meal I've ever eaten.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 October, 2009, 11:09:09 am
Gordon Ramsey kicked him out of his restaurant for being obnoxious to members of his staff.
The irony of that is delicious.
Unlike the food...
He might be a total twonk, but dinner at Gordon Ramsay's is the best meal I've ever eaten.

I'm sure it is, but that would have ruined the joke!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 October, 2009, 10:41:43 pm
I decided to have a quick look in Smiths and the cartoon special of the New Yorker was there. It's got 4 pages of Chris Ware in it. Dunno if it's reprints or not but it's new to me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 30 October, 2009, 04:24:33 am
When I went into Tesco last night they had an offer on 'Monsters Vs. Aliens'. Spend £20 and get it for £8. So I did ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 30 October, 2009, 08:29:50 pm
I made bread today - fresh, crusty white bread hot from the oven. Win!
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 October, 2009, 08:42:14 pm
I'm doing a full roast tomorrow. Can almost taste it. Was going to do it sunday, but sod it, why be constrained by tradition.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 03 November, 2009, 09:44:05 pm
Kate Winslet bitch slapped the Daily Mail.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/03/kate-winslet-libel-damages-mail
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 03 November, 2009, 09:45:57 pm
Always nice to see the Mail getting shafted, nasty little rag.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 03 November, 2009, 10:22:31 pm
I got a haircut. HAIRCUT.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 03 November, 2009, 10:24:31 pm
You see that Carol Thatcher... That's your girlfriend that is.









V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 03 November, 2009, 10:26:41 pm
I got a haircut.

Which one?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 November, 2009, 10:27:32 pm
You see that boiled sweet in your pocket. The one that's fallen out of the packet and is covered in fluff...........That's you that is!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 03 November, 2009, 10:33:37 pm

Which one?

One of the fluffy ones that have just started growing on his balls.

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 03 November, 2009, 10:44:53 pm
You see that man over there, the one covered in sores and pustulent boils....  That's your DAD that is.

(Come back Rob, my telly misses you)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 03 November, 2009, 11:05:45 pm
Ah brilliant memories... What was the sleazy smoking jacket-wearing guy called? 

"I don't want to come over like Mother Theresa..... Oh...Oh God"

Genius
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 November, 2009, 11:30:17 pm
I'm just about to watch Days of Glory (a war film) hurrah!
One snag, it has subtitles, these don't bother me but I'll have to keep pausing so I can read any new posts on the forum!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 04 November, 2009, 12:04:55 am
So it's the 20th birthday of Wallace and Gromit. While that was a nice thing for Google to note, as they've always made for good telly, I suddenly feel really bloody old.

But at least I've remembered Rob Newman's character was called Jarvis. Which makes for easier retrieval of youtube excerpts.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 04 November, 2009, 09:44:34 am
20 years old? I didn't realize!

Did the same fellow who created Wallace and Gromit happen to do some of the animations for Pee Wee's Playhouse? Looks so similar...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 04 November, 2009, 09:48:35 am
I'm just about to watch Days of Glory (a war film) hurrah!
One snag, it has subtitles, these don't bother me but I'll have to keep pausing so I can read any new posts on the forum!

That is a great film by the way. Hope you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 November, 2009, 11:59:32 am
It was extremely moving especially the censorship of the letters. The final write up was the killer though, injustice in all countries.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 November, 2009, 12:53:59 pm
YES, I was going to mention Jarivs, but you beat me to it.  Ah!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 November, 2009, 04:49:02 pm
I've finally decided that the three 2000AD Polo tops that have been boxed away for over 10 years should be worn.
So that's-

1. Dredd (Badge)
1. SD (Badge)
1. 2OOOAD (Logo)

I'm sat wearing the 2000AD one right now, it smells so new!

What a day, so full of 2000AD goodness ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 06 November, 2009, 05:02:20 pm
NO CF Slab 'em
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 06 November, 2009, 06:27:23 pm
I've had my first glass of mulled wine of the year - hurrah!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 November, 2009, 06:38:12 pm
I've had a fish supper and a beer, both of which are comparative rarities for me. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 November, 2009, 06:40:13 pm
The family had fish & chips whilst I had spam fritter & chips, yummy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 06 November, 2009, 06:55:09 pm
Ran out of Hobgoblin ale, stuck with Corona.. :(.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 06 November, 2009, 10:38:50 pm
Sorry for the double post...founbd a Guiness in the back of the fridge. Showtime for at least a pint!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 07 November, 2009, 09:33:25 am
My magnificent wife did all the feeds last night, letting me sleep from 22.00 to 06.00.  I'm a new man. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 07 November, 2009, 01:24:20 pm
You're a lucky man TordelBack! I hope you made your good lady a cup of tea
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 07 November, 2009, 04:46:24 pm
Presumably this "new man" sorcery was precisely her intention? Go Mrs Back!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 November, 2009, 04:58:10 pm
...because, despite the lack of a proper rowing boat, nowhere in the alley to plug in the smoke machine, and the cameraman arriving late by 45 minutes (therefore cutting our time in the pub location down considerably), we shot the entirety of my wife's mini-movie today, in three locations, with a cast and crew of thirteen. Weeks of preparation come off- and even the hastily-inserted "urchins" sequence (written to include our kids because I thought last minute that it'd be good to get them involved in what their mummy does) worked out great and they did us proud. So, small tired "yay"s all round.

SBT

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 07 November, 2009, 05:28:34 pm
I hope you made your good lady a cup of tea

Nah, just patted her on her pretty little head and said 'That'll do, wife.  That'll do".

Of course I made her a cup of tea, and some toast.  Tordelback knows how to please the ladies.  Especially with his sleep-ravelled wits.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 07 November, 2009, 06:03:56 pm
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Nah, just patted her on her pretty little head and said 'That'll do, wife.  That'll do".

You've been watching 'Babe'* haven't you?

* I am in NO way suggesting any porcine funny business
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 November, 2009, 09:16:07 pm
The video for "Milkshake" was just on.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 09 November, 2009, 06:23:12 pm
I am now officially unemployed and for the first time ever if i dont include the fact i didnt do any work from the age of 16 to 18 [apart from a part time summer job] when i just bummed around after leaving school and was still living at home but i did have to do jobs around the house and gardening and washing cars and that type of thing to justify my existence.

Feels a bit weird TBH but luckily i have stacks of work or will have stacks of work because next year its repainting year in Brunswick Sq plus a big juicy maintenance contract that i should have done this year but it was delayed so that will start in the spring.

I have one inside contract waiting but i cant start until the client gives the go ahead but at this rate i will be sitting here waiting until Xmas but i will be sitting here until Xmas anyway so what the hell.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 09 November, 2009, 06:44:23 pm
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I am now officially unemployed

Ouch, rough one Peter, it's really not a great time of year for it.  So many of us are in that 'waiting for something to bloody start' mode that it's gone well beyond a joke. I've been trying to decide if I'm technically unemployed too since I haven't been able to pay myself for weeks now, but in truth I've seldom been busier, at least in the fruitlessly-chasing-jobs-and-invoices department.

The real difference hit home when I had to give a really decent guy a month's notice today (for the third time this year - I was able to cancel the previous two at the last minute), and it was not pleasant - there's an added horror to the finish date being in December. At least running a business I can see something of the road ahead instead of having some beardy nerk ruin my day with platitudes and gravely-serious-face.   If it wasn't for two of the soundest clients we've ever had, it would have been a lot more people, and it would have been three months ago, so it could be a hell of a lot worse.  Actually, if you'd asked me this time last year what our chances were of still being in business by the end of 2009 I'd have said 'zero', so I'm counting those blessings.   Doesn't make it any easier on the poor bloke who even now is talking over their options with his wife.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 09 November, 2009, 07:45:21 pm
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I am now officially unemployed

Ouch, rough one Peter, it's really not a great time of year for it.  So many of us are in that 'waiting for something to bloody start' mode that it's gone well beyond a joke. I've been trying to decide if I'm technically unemployed too since I haven't been able to pay myself for weeks now, but in truth I've seldom been busier, at least in the fruitlessly-chasing-jobs-and-invoices department.

The real difference hit home when I had to give a really decent guy a month's notice today (for the third time this year - I was able to cancel the previous two at the last minute), and it was not pleasant - there's an added horror to the finish date being in December. At least running a business I can see something of the road ahead instead of having some beardy nerk ruin my day with platitudes and gravely-serious-face.   If it wasn't for two of the soundest clients we've ever had, it would have been a lot more people, and it would have been three months ago, so it could be a hell of a lot worse.  Actually, if you'd asked me this time last year what our chances were of still being in business by the end of 2009 I'd have said 'zero', so I'm counting those blessings.   Doesn't make it any easier on the poor bloke who even now is talking over their options with his wife.


Things are not as bad as all that for myself for various reasons and i have been relying on work that is in the immediate vicinity but i am going to start working in a different sector of the industry once i start driving again by the spring so that will open up huge possibilities.There may also be work available in london but i havent looked into that yet.Theres a whole load of things i can do to improve my work situation so its not like i have nothing going for me and TBH i knew i would be in this situation as i saw it coming.

If anything it is forcing me to do what i should have been doing as i am as guilty of procastrination as the next.

There are solutions and there is light at the end of the tunnel but if i have time off i am going to use it creatively and constructively.I also have an idea for a side line which involves selling repro/cast antique ornamental lions partly because i have access to a workshop that does plasterwork and recasting of architectural detailing and components for historic/listed buildings so i can make them myself.

This must be the jobless recovery i have heard talked about .


Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 09 November, 2009, 10:09:09 pm
Being between jobs is a horrible position to be in Peter and you have my sympathy.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 09 November, 2009, 10:12:57 pm
All the best Peter, I hope things get better sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 10 November, 2009, 09:39:18 am
Sorry to hear that Peter.  As someone currently wading through their own bucket of shite, I can promise that it WILL get better with time.  Your situation however is a tad different from mine in that you can get another job.  With your obvious work-ethic and straight-talking attitude I'm confident you'll be able to sort out something pretty soon. 

Having been unemployed myself for a long period, I will offer my ear should you wish to bend it and I know there will be other boarders who feel the same.  It's easy to get depressed (either "a bit" or the clinical definition) in these circumstances, so make sure your sleep hygiene is impecable, get a routine and make sure you get outside regularly.  Exercise and fresh air and downtime where you allow yourself to relax really help stave off the demons.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 November, 2009, 10:02:37 am
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With your obvious work-ethic and straight-talking attitude I'm confident you'll be able to sort out something pretty soon. 

Testify!

Mike offers very good advice there, Peter. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 10 November, 2009, 10:19:18 am
Hope things work out for you, Peter.

SBT, will your movie be available for us minions to view at all?

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 10 November, 2009, 10:28:19 am
Thanks for your kind words everyone.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 10 November, 2009, 11:19:02 am
You have my sympathy Pete and Mike's advice is dead on X
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mikey on 10 November, 2009, 01:44:21 pm
Yeah Pete - enjoy your enforced 'downtime' as much as possible, seeing as you have a few things lined up. It must be a record to have never been unemployed working in the building/restoration game...

M.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 10 November, 2009, 08:53:05 pm
I'm having birthday drinkies with my nearest and dearest tomorrow - I'm grinning broadly oh dwellers of the forum. I'll toast you all *mwah!*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 November, 2009, 08:55:36 pm
I'll toast you all *mwah!*

What have we done to deserve being killed ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 10 November, 2009, 09:30:30 pm
I'm not sure where this goes but

2 years ago we got a new washing machine. About 2 months ago we got a puddle in the kitchen coming from under the machine. On inspection there seemed to be nothing. This has been happening on/off since. This weekend it turned into a little flood. Having trawled under the kitchen unit after painfully dragging both washing machine and fridge out, thinking the worst, then noticed a little drip and a fairly long bit of soggy lime scale coming from a supposedly capped off tap, wherein I tightened it fully, problem solved.

No need for a new washing machine but now have to replace the lino in the kitchen as 2 years of water must have done untold damage. Fucking plumber >:(, do a job properly is to do it yourself.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 10 November, 2009, 10:42:19 pm
I'm not sure where this goes but

Probably "Life is riddled with a series of minor impediments."
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 11 November, 2009, 12:11:20 pm
Life is sort of okay because I'm going to Wild-Seven's birthday drinkies.  Hurray!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 11 November, 2009, 12:23:06 pm
Life is sort of okay because I'm going to Wild-Seven's birthday drinkies.  Hurray!

Snoo-snoo?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 11 November, 2009, 02:18:27 pm
Thats one job application/CV accepted/forwarded to a client.

First time ever i have written a CV because i have never had to before but what was on the CV was minimal and only focussed on my building work which i kept as minimal as possible and nothing else that wasnt relevant.

Wether i will get anything from it yet i dont know but i got past the selection process.There was a huge number of applicants apparently.

I need to do more of these and make calls because i have such a good CV and a skills/knowledge/organisational/project management base that i have getting work shouldnt be a problem.This situation i am in is a blessing in disguise because there is always a positive side to a negative situation because TBH i have been pissing around for the last couple of years and i need to get my act together anyway and i like having my back against the wall because i am forced to act and do something about it.





Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 November, 2009, 02:19:27 pm
Life is sort of okay because I'm going to Wild-Seven's birthday drinkies.  Hurray!

I should bloody well hope so and I expect you to be paying!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 11 November, 2009, 02:32:19 pm
Yeah, of course.....

*sigh*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 12 November, 2009, 12:24:15 pm
Life is sort of okay because I'm going to Wild-Seven's birthday drinkies.  Hurray!

Yay! It was great fun, birthday drinkies, surrounded by chums AND a big pile of Dredd trades to read (amongst other things) for my birthday pressies  ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 12 November, 2009, 01:24:24 pm
Huge fun.  Your dad drunk is a joy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 12 November, 2009, 01:57:36 pm
Huge fun.  Your dad drunk is a joy.

He says 'Cheeky young pup!' - He wasn't drunk, he's normally like that (for people unfamiliar with my Dad - he' a member of the Richard Whitely school of punning and keeper of the mighty chalice of Vulgaria)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 November, 2009, 06:40:30 pm
My 3-year old just slipped and fell in the bath.  He then loudly announced that he'd hurt his willy and his tentacles.

Much poorly stifled bad=parent laughter ensued.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 12 November, 2009, 06:46:47 pm
Get out of our city and take your mutant offspring with you, the Judges have spoken ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 12 November, 2009, 06:50:27 pm
My 3-year old just slipped and fell in the bath.  He then loudly announced that he'd hurt his willy and his tentacles.

Much poorly stifled bad=parent laughter ensued.

Tell him you will hurt them some more if he doesnt shut up.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 12 November, 2009, 08:27:09 pm
Got home today and Robbie and his friend Olivia were playing and Robbie started smacking her bum. When he stopped she said Do it again I was enjoying that. Bear in mind they have not long turned 5.

I really think we are going to have to watch them when they get older.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 November, 2009, 08:43:36 pm
Got home today and Robbie and his friend Olivia were playing and Robbie started smacking her bum. When he stopped she said Do it again I was enjoying that. Bear in mind they have not long turned 5.

I really think we are going to have to watch them when they get older.


Heh. My youngest, nearly 5, LOVES his bum being smacked.  ???  I think they all do at that age.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 13 November, 2009, 12:16:10 pm
 :-\Heh. My youngest, nearly 5, LOVES his bum being smacked.    I think they all do at that age.  :-\

I never listen when they play your music on the radio gary.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 13 November, 2009, 02:32:45 pm
I'm going out for an Italian meal tonight with my most long-lived (you see? I do occasionally let them live) girl chum - huzzah!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 13 November, 2009, 02:56:52 pm
My oldest mate spent the afternoon at my house.... soldering home-made effects units for his muso-chums and kick-starting a hopefully successful cottage industry.  We ate ham and cheese toasties and listened to the Beatles stereo box set.  Cracking stuff.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 13 November, 2009, 03:00:55 pm
Did he bring his little dog with him?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 13 November, 2009, 03:21:31 pm
Kids, eh?

Life's sort of okay because on the phone last night my mum told me the twins (nephews) are really enjoying playing with everything we sent them in a parcel for their first birthday: the extra soft and shiny stuffed toys, the whale and submarine bath toys I got when I was choosing a bath from The Bath Store, and the crackly, stuffed cloth 'cot book' - apparently the crackly noise of the scrunchy plastic inside the book testified that they were playing with that one for a good hour on Sunday morning in their adjoining cots, burbling away contentendly.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 13 November, 2009, 03:25:00 pm
Adam and his gear arrived via his mother's cab.  Taffy was in the back, but it's best not to let him out.  He's a bit mad.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 13 November, 2009, 03:54:03 pm
Adam and his gear arrived via his mother's cab.  Taffy was in the back, but it's best not to let him out.  He's a bit mad.

Dunno why, but this reads like the starting point for a particularly gruesome issue of Hellblazer...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 13 November, 2009, 03:58:16 pm
Things are good at present because I'm going to see Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine in concert both tonight and tomorrow. And tomorrow daytime I'm meeting up with my sister and my nephew.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 13 November, 2009, 04:21:14 pm
Adam and his gear arrived via his mother's cab.  Taffy was in the back, but it's best not to let him out.  He's a bit mad.

Dunno why, but this reads like the starting point for a particularly gruesome issue of Hellblazer...

Then Adam removed the gear from the car and took it inside the house and set it up .

Keep watching this thread to find out what happened next and what mayhem was caused by letting Taffy out of the back of the car.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 13 November, 2009, 04:25:32 pm
Things are good at present because I'm going to see Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine in concert both tonight and tomorrow. And tomorrow daytime I'm meeting up with my sister and my nephew.

Colin Zeal going to see Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine? Is this story set in the 1990s?

Quite cool either way.  8)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 13 November, 2009, 04:42:41 pm
Adam, Taffy and Colin will meet at the concert.  Something mad will happen, John Constantine will show up and sort it out resulting in several deaths/damnations.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 13 November, 2009, 04:57:02 pm
Well if there's going to be any deaths, can it at least wait until after I've seen the gig? Waste of my ticket money otherwise.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 13 November, 2009, 04:58:52 pm
The missus just told me that I left my keys dangling in the front door when I got home this morning, (what a twat I am) as her mam found them when she came down later.
Thank God it's dark in the mornings and thank him again no bugger saw them ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin YNWA on 13 November, 2009, 07:14:09 pm
Things are good at present because I'm going to see Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine in concert both tonight and tomorrow. And tomorrow daytime I'm meeting up with my sister and my nephew.

Wow they still going. I lost track of them when they started adding members right left and centre. I seem to remember they got up to 6 or something. Great fun back in the day.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 14 November, 2009, 08:59:45 am
Whilst at work I listened to the latest Big Finish CD Blood Will Tell by James Swallow.
It's Dredd having to explain his actions to the SJS on a case he dealt with. It's followed by an interview with the Toby Longworth, Paul David-Gough and John Ainswoth (the director) and then a segment of the next CD.
It was very enjoyable and meant that 60 minutes passed by very quickly!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 15 November, 2009, 06:56:17 pm
On wednesday I was asked if I was a student - I turn 28 this coming friday, this really made my day!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 15 November, 2009, 10:14:27 pm
On wednesday I was asked if I was a student - I turn 28 this coming friday, this really made my day!

I was a student until I was 37, so sorry if I've unmade your day!  ;)

Maybe they just thought you looked lost?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 15 November, 2009, 10:59:49 pm
Or maybe they thought you were one of those Nuns that used to pack the front rows and library queues in my Arts undergraduate days...

What was that about, anyway?  Every class, at least one Nun straining forward to hoover up the lecturer's every word.  

Maybe you don't get those in Ingerlundwhales.  So maybe you can actually get some of the books on the course list before they vanish back to the Convent of Our Lady of the Curious Wimple.  Nothing in my experience moves faster than a Nun with a reading list.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 15 November, 2009, 11:04:43 pm
Maybe you don't get those in Ingerlundwhales.  So maybe you can actually get some of the books on the course list before they vanish back to the Convent of Our Lady of the Curious Wimple.  Nothing in my experience moves faster than a Nun with a reading list.

See, stuff like this just confirms my assumption that Ireland is more or less as portrayed in Father Ted.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 15 November, 2009, 11:08:58 pm
Maybe you don't get those in Ingerlundwhales.  So maybe you can actually get some of the books on the course list before they vanish back to the Convent of Our Lady of the Curious Wimple.  Nothing in my experience moves faster than a Nun with a reading list.

See, stuff like this just confirms my assumption that Ireland is more or less as portrayed in Father Ted.

Reported for RACISM.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 15 November, 2009, 11:11:18 pm
Hate to break it to you Jimbo, but Father Ted was billed as a cutting-edge documentary when it aired here.  Ardal O'Hanlon is actually a well respected undercover journalist.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 15 November, 2009, 11:13:34 pm
I've met priests who are very similar to characters in Father Ted.

Father Jack's a particularly good portrayal, as is Graham Norton's camp and enthusiastic Father Noel.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 15 November, 2009, 11:35:26 pm
Oh great - I'm an aged Nun!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 15 November, 2009, 11:37:34 pm
Hate to break it to you Jimbo, but Father Ted was billed as a cutting-edge documentary when it aired here.  Ardal O'Hanlon is actually a well respected undercover journalist.


apart from the bit they left out where Ted kiddiefiddled.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 16 November, 2009, 12:24:15 am
apart from the bit they left out where Ted kiddiefiddled.

Be fair, garageman, that altarboy was only resting in his bed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 16 November, 2009, 12:58:50 am
apart from the bit they left out where Ted kiddiefiddled.

Be fair, garageman, that altarboy was only resting in his bed.


Ted's or his own?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 16 November, 2009, 02:00:41 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because on thursday I get my anti swine flu jab - whoop! But also ouch
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: johnnystress on 16 November, 2009, 02:19:48 pm
A picture i did years ago has been printed in this book

nice

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Fantasmagoria/Julia-Bruce/e/9780785825777
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 November, 2009, 12:56:37 am
As I was punching myself I actually managed to make myself a bit dizzy so I reckon I might be decent at punching with a bit more practice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Christov on 19 November, 2009, 01:11:16 am
Live the dream Roger, live the dream.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 December, 2009, 01:26:32 am
Turns out Michael Jackson really did compose the music for Sonic 3.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: stacey on 04 December, 2009, 07:37:47 am
you wake up and check your facebook and a fabulous board member has send you hawt pics of Jonny Alpha.

Thanks mate, great start to the day!   ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 December, 2009, 09:50:06 am
PREVERT!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: stacey on 04 December, 2009, 12:08:48 pm
PREVERT!

And also I'm a pervert! :-D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 December, 2009, 03:43:15 pm
GAH!!!!!!

What a no-bend.  Far too swift on the typing front today....
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 December, 2009, 06:47:19 pm
I'm getting paid to do almost nothing. I work on a telephone helpline and some new bigwig clients have demanded a dedicated team, but none of their staff seem to be calling yet as the scheme doesn't actually go live till 1st Jan. The only calls we get are people asking general queries about the service. I have taken 5 calls in the last four days.Today, I've been in since 12 and have taken NO CALLS AT ALL.

I've managed to get a lot of reading done, and have posted lots of gibberish on here, which is pretty much what I'd be doing at home. (but with less wanking)

It's very boring though and the novelty of getting paid to do nowt may wear off pretty quickly. Roll on 8 o'clock.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 04 December, 2009, 08:12:22 pm
GAH!!!!!!

What a no-bend.  Far too swift on the typing front today....
Oh dear. Why didn't you just claim it was the Dr Strangelove reference I took it to be?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 05 December, 2009, 02:23:21 pm
It *did* cross my mind, but I had to be honest....
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 05 December, 2009, 05:56:59 pm
Life's sort of ok - shortbread biscuits anyone? They're just out of the oven
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 December, 2009, 07:19:52 pm
I thought my dad was watching old episodes of QI that he taped off Dave but he wasn't.

Also I am drinking for the first time in a month.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 08 December, 2009, 03:45:13 pm
Another of my Christmas presents arrived today, from The Book Depository. It's one of the books from Mongoose Judge Dredd - Bad Moon Rising I've had a quick look and will hand it over to the wife later to be wrapped up.
I've never played a role playing game in my life so why do I buy these things, oh that's right, it has the words JUDGE DREDD on the front :-[
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 08 December, 2009, 05:26:17 pm
Life is sometimes sort of ok because I got "eyed up" by an exotic looking teenager - proving I'm still hot as fuck (as if there was any doubt).

On the down side, it was a boy.  Oh well. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: johnnystress on 08 December, 2009, 05:44:28 pm
Life is sometimes sort of ok because I got "eyed up" by an exotic looking teenager - proving I'm still hot as fuck (as if there was any doubt).

On the down side, it was a boy.  Oh well. 

Every holes a goal!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 08 December, 2009, 05:46:04 pm
These bloody emos - it's so hard to tell.

No.  Not hard.  OH CURSE THIS BLOODY DELETE KEY!!!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 08 December, 2009, 06:03:43 pm
This is the first I've heard about it! *harumph!*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 08 December, 2009, 10:46:35 pm
Life is sometimes sort of ok because I got "eyed up" by an exotic looking teenager - proving I'm still hot as fuck (as if there was any doubt).

On the down side, it was a boy.  Oh well. 

Every holes a goal!

I heard it was 'any.' But every? Strewth! That's very punk rock.  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 December, 2009, 10:51:11 pm
The internet told me to buy that Animal Collective CD so I did and it's really good.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 12 December, 2009, 01:27:48 am
I bought a new backpack today. It was £20 from TK Maxx and it's quite nice.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 December, 2009, 11:54:38 am
I hung 12 drops of wallpaper yesterday after a 4pm late start, and I wasn't even going flat-out.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 14 December, 2009, 12:05:16 pm
I hung 12 drops of wallpaper yesterday after a 4pm late start, and I wasn't even going flat-out.

That is slacking.

I do hope that the edges of each drop of paper are not overlapping or out of plumb and that there are no bubbles or creases either.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 December, 2009, 12:05:48 pm
I left my wallet at home and had to make a mad dash back at tea-break to get it, fuming all the way.  Then I got to see the wife and two sprogs, who had all been asleep when I left, and realised my good fortune.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 14 December, 2009, 12:08:12 pm
'RAY!

That's nice.

Well done to Ush too. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 14 December, 2009, 12:08:24 pm
Now that's life telling you what's really important :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 December, 2009, 12:12:52 pm
I left my wallet at home and had to make a mad dash back at tea-break to get it, fuming all the way.  Then I got to see the wife and two sprogs, who had all been asleep when I left, and realised my good fortune.

Gah! I did that on Friday which resulted in me having nothing but the banana I had in my bag to sustain me for 10 hours.
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Post by: House of Usher on 14 December, 2009, 12:26:18 pm
I do hope that the edges of each drop of paper are not overlapping or out of plumb and that there are no bubbles or creases either.

Not much chance of them being out of plumb. Herself insists upon checking each drop with a spirit level before I move onto the next one. The walls are quite nice and flat, so no bubbles either. The paper-smoothing brush is serving me very well. Only another 24 drops to go before the carpet arrives on Friday, and another 12 to do in the uncarpeted area after that.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 14 December, 2009, 12:35:41 pm
I'm eating a sausage sandwich right now.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 December, 2009, 12:40:58 pm
I left my wallet at home and had to make a mad dash back at tea-break to get it, fuming all the way.  Then I got to see the wife and two sprogs, who had all been asleep when I left, and realised my good fortune.

Thanks for the diabetes.
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Post by: TordelBack on 14 December, 2009, 02:59:48 pm
Thanks for the diabetes.

Yes, apologies, it was a rather ghastly Hallmark moment.   
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Post by: Lady Festina on 17 December, 2009, 09:01:47 pm
It's about to snow like a basterd outside and we have chilli, mulled wine and Big Trouble in Little China just starting on the telly.

Now that ain't bad.....
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 17 December, 2009, 09:05:05 pm
If it snows enough I don't have to go to work tomorrow! ;D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 17 December, 2009, 09:22:40 pm
I was watching the Harry Potter film Half Blood Prince on the Box Office channel last night. Well, Not really, I wasn't following the story at all. Was in a bit of a modd, and moved onto the computer to play abit of Batman : Arkam Asylum while my turning head every now and then to see what was happening.

Apparently each  of the Harry Potter films in turn have shrug off some more of theirs childish coil. I don't think it's really much of childrens movie anymore. Granted, I know the kids who grew up wathing Harry Potter will still be watching and might even be enjoying this. As alot of them have grown in the process.

It's like watching Alien's or some depressing movie about boarding school. Even the light filtering murkier trying to acheive  this new level of being a movie for grown ups who perhaps more interested in drama than magic.

Anyway, couldn't follow what going  on missed most of the film and was about to watch it's second veiwing when I just passed out on the couch. Wasting the five dollars.
 
I might have prefered to watch Wolverine: Origins
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Post by: Van Dom on 17 December, 2009, 10:01:45 pm
It's about to snow like a basterd outside and we have chilli, mulled wine and Big Trouble in Little China just starting on the telly.

Now that ain't bad.....

Not bad? That sounds pretty much damn perfect to me! It's Miller Time!
You got me in the mood for putting that on myself now!!!
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 December, 2009, 10:16:56 pm
I might have prefered to watch Wolverine: Origins
It's better than X-Men 3, but that isn't really saying very much.  Good bits to it, but I wouldn't have paid to see it.

Having taken the eldest neice to see this one, I quite liked it.  Apparently theres a very major change from the book  which *I* think makes the whole thing work VERY well.  Pay attention next time Thylly, you might enjoy it.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 December, 2009, 12:03:37 am
Bryan Singer is directing the next X-Men film. X2 is probably my favourite superhero movie and I actually like Superman Returns but I can't get too excited just because TLS and (to a much lesser extent) XMO: Wolverine sucked so much.
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Post by: House of Usher on 24 December, 2009, 02:34:44 pm
I just nipped out to post cards to the owners of my local barber's and hardware store and popped into Tesco for some more last-minute non-essentials. Some woman was out trying to buy satsumas on Christmas Eve (!). No chance. I bought mine a week if not longer ago.
 :lol:
I went through the self-scan checkouts, which is normally against my principles because I don't work for Tesco and nor do I want to do anyone out of a job, but I made an exception because I was just pleased to able to get any shopping done today. As it happened, my going through that checkout saved me very little time but cost Tesco a fair bit in time, assistance and goodwill, so the cosmic balance is restored. The bagging area wasn't big enough for my 16 items. The software got confused when I took my full bag off the scales to fit a second bag on in its place, and the message kept alternating between 'unrecognized item in bagging area please remove it before proceeding' and 'item removed from bagging area please replace it before proceeding,' so I was stuck in a loop and had to summon assistance (again).

I think my dislike of self-scanning checkouts is vindicated, and I shall continue not to use them in the future, with a vengeance.
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Post by: House of Usher on 09 January, 2010, 04:26:28 pm
On the down side I've just got up, but on the up side I got 2 hours' reading in first.
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Post by: Dunk! on 15 January, 2010, 03:12:43 pm
Spending the day seeing how many knob shaped cacti you can hide in a detailed layout drawing of an mad scientist's greenhouse.

There are tougher jobs available.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 22 January, 2010, 02:10:56 am
While the wife and I watched the second episode of 3 Men in a Boat I heard a familiar tune. Just as the 3 bods began a race at about the 20 minute point the backing track was from the Judge Dredd film, how weird.
Amazingly the wife was not impressed with my fact when I told her ::)
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Post by: Hoagy on 22 January, 2010, 05:47:22 pm
I picked up "The complete Tales of Edgar Allen Poe", today. It was time. 6.99 from Oxfam Books.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 January, 2010, 03:49:48 pm
I have no complaints with those rollover Tatsunoko vs Capcom ads.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 January, 2010, 05:01:57 pm
It's chicken and chips o' clock.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 January, 2010, 10:33:33 pm
I was buttering a tattie scone and it was only when I took the first bite that I realised it had been on the very same part of the worktop where I'd been chopping chillis earlier. As it happens, the effect was unexpectedly pleasant.
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Post by: staticgirl on 27 January, 2010, 04:45:57 pm
I bought a disposable fountain pen in turquoise today.
It's nice!
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Post by: TordelBack on 27 January, 2010, 06:25:48 pm
I managed to persuade a dodgy-sounding client to pay me 70% of the fee for a job in advance today.  I may well never see the other 30%, but hey I am now officially almost a hardass. The other subbies were most jealous.  I am also now nervously waiting for the cheque to clear.
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Post by: wild-seven on 27 January, 2010, 08:46:22 pm
I bought a disposable fountain pen in turquoise today.
It's nice!

You know that this calls for a picture  :D
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Post by: staticgirl on 29 January, 2010, 02:17:03 pm
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b168/superstaticgirl/DSCF0851.jpg)

like this?  :D Stationery makes life bearable sometimes...
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Post by: TordelBack on 29 January, 2010, 03:05:18 pm
Ooh!  Arty!
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Post by: wild-seven on 29 January, 2010, 04:03:26 pm
Hurrah!
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Post by: Hoagy on 30 January, 2010, 11:01:54 am
I'm listening to catherine tate, dave tennant and ricky gervais on radio 2 with a coffee and smoke on saturday morning. The sun is warming the flat thru the window but there's frost on the grass outside. Hmm.
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Post by: House of Usher on 30 January, 2010, 11:48:49 am
Sounds nice. They were gritting round here last night. A few weeks too late I think. It's a beautiful day outside. I went into the garden this morning to lift all the ice off the water butt, bucket and upturned dustbin lid in the garden in case the birds are short of water to drink. They've picked the coconut-half bird feeders clean, so I reckon they must be hungry. I'll sort out something else for them later.
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Post by: mogzilla on 30 January, 2010, 11:50:10 am
I was buttering a tattie scone and it was only when I took the first bite that I realised it had been on the very same part of the worktop where I'd been chopping chillis earlier. As it happens, the effect was unexpectedly pleasant.

in the wrong thread, but who has been to the toilet then remembered they'd been chopping chilli :os?
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Post by: Hoagy on 30 January, 2010, 12:03:14 pm
Sorry I have to ask Ush, what exactly is a water butt? Snarf!
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Post by: House of Usher on 30 January, 2010, 12:06:08 pm
You're kidding me! It's like a great big bin full of water!  :lol:

I must be missing something. Just what are you smoking? Have a great afternoon.
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Post by: wild-seven on 30 January, 2010, 01:23:06 pm
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in the wrong thread, but who has been to the toilet then remembered they'd been chopping chilli :os?

I know someone who went to take out their contact lenses after a bout of chilli chopping...
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 January, 2010, 02:29:19 pm
Ouch.

Nice pen picture by the way.  Stationary shopping is one of those things I love yet don't understand why.  Looks like a nice pen.  More pen pictures.
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Post by: worldshown on 30 January, 2010, 04:04:25 pm

in the wrong thread, but who has been to the toilet then remembered they'd been chopping chilli :os?

Once. It was a valuable lesson as to why I shouldn't do it again.  :o
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Post by: Hoagy on 30 January, 2010, 04:18:13 pm
Oh right! I'm beginning to get the picture now. Is that at the back or front? :-S
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 30 January, 2010, 05:42:43 pm
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b168/superstaticgirl/DSCF0851.jpg)

like this?  :D Stationery makes life bearable sometimes...

I went into a stationers in town to buy one of those pens in black because its probably better than a brush for doing long straight lines but of course they didnt have any.
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Post by: M.I.K. on 30 January, 2010, 06:43:35 pm
I'm listening to catherine tate, dave tennant and ricky gervais on radio 2 with a coffee and smoke on saturday morning.

Sounds nice. They were gritting round here last night.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 January, 2010, 07:13:22 pm
Oh right! I'm beginning to get the picture now. Is that at the back or front? :-S
I don't think it matters.  It's likely to hurt about the same.
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Post by: House of Usher on 30 January, 2010, 09:36:57 pm
I'm listening to catherine tate, dave tennant and ricky gervais on radio 2 with a coffee and smoke on saturday morning.

Sounds nice. They were gritting round here last night.

Well, I didn't get a really close look, and it was kinda dark, but it could have been them.
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Post by: House of Usher on 31 January, 2010, 10:41:41 pm
I made a mushroom risotto that would have been fantastic but I forgot to put an Oxo cube in it, so it was a bit under-seasoned. Garlic, onion, herbs, lemon juice, whole glass of white wine. No salt, no stock.

On the up side, it was still edible and you could taste the flavour of absolutely everything in it individually. The mushrooms tasted of white wine like you wouldn't believe, and none of it masked by the taste of Oxo - so it's swings and roundabouts, really.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 01 February, 2010, 02:54:15 pm
Mmmmmmm, risotto.

I have some lovely chicken stock in the freezer from my last roast.  Might have a spot of risotto tomorrow.  I'm taking it out of the freezer now.  Yum yum yum.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 01 February, 2010, 03:00:29 pm
I'm ordering Chinese for tea tonight, even yummier ;)
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 01 February, 2010, 03:12:14 pm
I'm fucking MAKING Chinese.  I beat you.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 01 February, 2010, 03:21:11 pm
Only Chinese people make real Chinese food ;)
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 01 February, 2010, 03:24:02 pm
Surely any food made in England is English food?
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 01 February, 2010, 03:34:49 pm
Never a truer word spoken  ;)
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 01 February, 2010, 03:36:11 pm
I'm Chinese.  You racist!

I still beat you.
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Post by: House of Usher on 01 February, 2010, 09:16:59 pm
It in a fit of minor extravagance I bought a new 22" portable flat screen, HD, freeview DVD TV at the weekend. As wild-seven found with hers, the dodgy 4th disc of the complete A Bit of Fry and Laurie plays perfectly on it.

And on my new wages I'll have paid off two maxed-out overdrafts and two credit card bills by the end of the year.
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Post by: wild-seven on 01 February, 2010, 10:44:12 pm
It in a fit of minor extravagance I bought a new 22" portable flat screen, HD, freeview DVD TV at the weekend. As wild-seven found with hers, the dodgy 4th disc of the complete A Bit of Fry and Laurie plays perfectly on it.

And on my new wages I'll have paid off two maxed-out overdrafts and two credit card bills by the end of the year.

Hurrah! Now you can indulge in fresh, buttery Fry and Laurie goodness!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 01 February, 2010, 11:02:45 pm
It in a fit of minor extravagance I bought a new 22" portable flat screen, HD, freeview DVD TV at the weekend. As wild-seven found with hers, the dodgy 4th disc of the complete A Bit of Fry and Laurie plays perfectly on it.

And on my new wages I'll have paid off two maxed-out overdrafts and two credit card bills by the end of the year.

Then in 2011 you can max them out all over again as you are consumed by your Blu-ray porn addiction.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 01 February, 2010, 11:05:21 pm
Only Chinese people make real Chinese food ;)

Only chinese people make MSG loaded rubbish that they call Chinese food or at least some of them do.

I dont really eat or cook that much of it myself because i always feel hungry an hour after eating it.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 02 February, 2010, 03:47:53 am
Just watched Avatar and now off to bed as that's just the way it is.
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Post by: Dunk! on 02 February, 2010, 08:28:38 am
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And on my new wages I'll have paid off two maxed-out overdrafts and two credit card bills by the end of the year.

Reminded me that i finally pay off my huge 3 year loan, that expanded to 9, at the end of March.

Back to exactly zero on all fronts for the first time since Uni.

Huzzah!

Now what tat can i splurge on at HiEx in preemptive celebration?...
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Post by: Lady Festina on 02 February, 2010, 08:19:11 pm
I found 50p in the pocket of my jeans this evening.

Small but worth a smile.

(ahem)
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Post by: Van Dom on 02 February, 2010, 09:19:47 pm
Oh I love it when that happens. I recently dug out a suit I hadn't worn in about five years (don't like suits and only wear them when I absolutely have to, for 'occassions') and I found 20 quid in the pocket! I did a little happy dance. I think I'm going to start deliberately stashing money in clothes I know I won't wear for a while just to re-experience that joy when I do pull them out again and find it!! ;)
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Post by: Hoagy on 02 February, 2010, 09:19:54 pm
50ps are a good solid comforting find. Beyond them, lower denominations can take a bit more work to enthuse over. Look after the pennies, etc.
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Post by: House of Usher on 02 February, 2010, 09:34:15 pm
I also found a small denomination coin today. 20p, in fact.  :)
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Post by: Lady Festina on 02 February, 2010, 10:10:31 pm
There was something nice and reassuring about the 50p....

One gentleman of my acquaintance has what he calls his "magic jeans" which routinely turn out tenners and even twenties. Usually the morning after going to the pub. Which suggests he's not buying enough beer.
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Post by: Mikey on 03 February, 2010, 10:34:11 am
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One gentleman of my acquaintance has what he calls his "magic jeans"

Pfft! Bet he only tells that to the laydeez - don't fall for it!

I had left over curry and potaty wedges for tea last night. The curry was home made Rogan Josh - it was delicious.

M.
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Post by: Mikey on 03 February, 2010, 04:46:41 pm
...Mad Men is on tonight - a programme with more subtext than a library on a U Boat. And saucy ladies. Don't forget the saucy ladies.

 :)

M.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 03 February, 2010, 05:24:49 pm
I lost my wallet this morning. As I don't have a job at the moment, it contained all my money - £50 - which has to last me until next Friday. I was properly annoyed with myself.

Just after noon, some young fellow I've never met before rang my bell and returned the wallet, contents intact, to me. I tried to give him a fiver for his trouble but he refused it.

It's not a bad old world we live in really, is it?
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 03 February, 2010, 05:40:43 pm
Just after noon, some young fellow I've never met before rang my bell and returned the wallet, contents intact, to me. I tried to give him a fiver for his trouble but he refused it.

I handed a wallet in at the local police station and they suggested that I could leave my name as the owner might want to give a reward. I didn't as there was no cash in the wallet and I didn't want to be accused of nicking any if there was some in there. Police told me it is pleasantly surprising how many valuable items are regularly handed in to them.

I was on holiday once in Holland and I lost my address book (pre-mobile phone era). I feared my one week holiday was to be wasted as I wouldn't have been able to contact friends I planned on visiting. I retraced my steps round shops trying to find it with no luck. When I got back to the flat of the mate I was staying with, the address book was in his postbox. So some helpful person found it, went through the addresses and found the most local address. Very kind of them.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 February, 2010, 07:00:39 pm
One gentleman of my acquaintance has what he calls his "magic jeans" which routinely turn out tenners and even twenties. Usually the morning after going to the pub.

I have a pair of magic jeans with the exact opposite power.  I wake up sure that there should still be a twenty in there and there's only a handful of coins and crumpled receipts.

Now that I think of it, most of my jeans seem to have this power.

Your friend and I must never meet, for our trews would surely annihilate themselves in a magic/anti-magic explosion.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 03 February, 2010, 07:33:06 pm
I lost my wallet this morning. As I don't have a job at the moment, it contained all my money - £50 - which has to last me until next Friday. I was properly annoyed with myself.

Just after noon, some young fellow I've never met before rang my bell and returned the wallet, contents intact, to me. I tried to give him a fiver for his trouble but he refused it.

It's not a bad old world we live in really, is it?

ahh, that's nice. I recently found a wallet in Manchester and posted it (cash intact) to the London address on the driving licence, but I've no idea if the chap ever got it back or if he'd moved by then. Or maybe he did, but has no manners.

Lost mine once on a bus to Longsight - not the poshest part of Manchester, to be kind - and phoned the bus company on the off-chance it had been handed in. The chap on the phone asked me to hold on while he shouted to the other drivers asking if anyone had found a wallet on the 192 - I could hear them all clearly pissing themselves in the background at the absurdity of the idea!

I hate faffing with change, especially when pissed, so often hand over a  note every time I get a drink. By the end of a long evening I can barely walk for the weight of change in my pockets. But don't you hate it when your freshly laundered jeans have that just-about identifiable brown paper wad in the pocket that used to be a tenner?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 03 February, 2010, 10:29:52 pm
...Mad Men is on tonight - a programme with more subtext than a library on a U Boat. And saucy ladies. Don't forget the saucy ladies.

There's never any nipples though.
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Post by: House of Usher on 03 February, 2010, 11:28:17 pm
There were a couple of saucy chaps though. That was pretty cool. Variety and that.
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Post by: Dunk! on 04 February, 2010, 08:22:41 am
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...Mad Men is on tonight - a programme with more subtext than a library on a U Boat. And saucy ladies. Don't forget the saucy ladies.

Last nights made me want to be an accordion for the first time in my life.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 February, 2010, 11:58:18 am
Spend enough time Parisien tourist traps (Sack Ray Couer, Not Ray Damn etc) and there'll be some saucy chick with an accordion to help you relive that feeling.  Probably.

OG-NEE-ON!  OG-NEE-ON!  *cycles off on his racist stereotype bicycle*
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 04 February, 2010, 02:26:30 pm
Spend enough time Parisien tourist traps (Sack Ray Couer, Not Ray Damn etc) and there'll be some saucy chick with an accordion to help you relive that feeling.  Probably.

OG-NEE-ON!  OG-NEE-ON!  *cycles off on his racist stereotype bicycle*

This should be posted elsewhere but when i was about 11 i went on a school daytrip to France which was my first time visiting France and i was expecting to see onion sellers on bikes everywhere and i didnt see any and when i got home i complained that that there werent any onion sellers and i was disappointed !

Cultural stereotype or not its a true story.Not convinced that its a racial stereotype though.
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 04 February, 2010, 03:48:47 pm
Cultural stereotype or not its a true story.Not convinced that its a racial stereotype though.

We did have an onion seller on obligatory bike in my area. Not sure if he was actually French, though. 

I don't think I've actually seen a Max Normal pinestripe freak bowler hat type character in the UK. Maybe they exist outside of the UK in some timewarp.

Who was it that said they like going back to Ireland to get away from Irish theme pubs?
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Post by: Mikey on 04 February, 2010, 04:02:06 pm
Sack Ray couer, Not ray Damn...

Just writing that down Mike. If I gave you a map could you put a big 'x' where you find these accordian ladies? I only ask as my family are great accordiann fans always on the look out for fresh totty tunes.

...I'm home from work! It was absolutely pissing it down out there today!

M.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 February, 2010, 04:08:22 pm
Yes, it's vile out. 

My dad was pleased to hear the accordion is alive and well in Paris following my first visit there as he played it himself (as did I, albeit awfully).  I was lucky enough to inherit his accordion following his death but, 10 years on, I've yet to play more than a few notes on it.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 February, 2010, 10:31:15 pm
Just after noon, some young fellow I've never met before rang my bell and returned the wallet, contents intact, to me. I tried to give him a fiver for his trouble but he refused it.

I handed a wallet in at the local police station and they suggested that I could leave my name as the owner might want to give a reward. I didn't as there was no cash in the wallet and I didn't want to be accused of nicking any if there was some in there. Police told me it is pleasantly surprising how many valuable items are regularly handed in to them.

I was on holiday once in Holland and I lost my address book (pre-mobile phone era). I feared my one week holiday was to be wasted as I wouldn't have been able to contact friends I planned on visiting. I retraced my steps round shops trying to find it with no luck. When I got back to the flat of the mate I was staying with, the address book was in his postbox. So some helpful person found it, went through the addresses and found the most local address. Very kind of them.

I routinely carry what my wife refers to as my "nerd book"- it's a little black book full of lists of all the things I "need", comics- and- books- wise. I cross things off as I go along, and it really helps when I'm on my travels around secondhand bookshops, etc. The last page of the book has my phone number, in the vain hope that if I were to lose it, someone may try to return it to me.

Two years ago I lost it. A week later, I got a call- and my nerd book was returned to me later that day by a scary-looking teenager, who you'd've sworn would have been more likely to piss on it, stuff it up his arse, snort coke off it, then jam it in someone's throat while mugging them.

Sometimes, people are very nice indeed.

And further in the spirit of this thread: Today I got my picky bastard children to eat my patented Chocolate Chilli with Special Rice. With Apple Pie and Custard for afters.

Result.

SBT
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Post by: Dandontdare on 04 February, 2010, 10:46:58 pm
Two years ago I lost it. A week later, I got a call- and my nerd book was returned to me later that day by a scary-looking teenager

Many many years ago I bought a hand painted Judge Dredd tobacco tin at a festival. I lost that tin so many times, in the pub and at parties, and always thought it was gone for ever, but time after time it amazingly found it's way back to me (usually bereft of baccy and draw, but it was the tin that was most important to me).

Until one time it didn't.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 February, 2010, 10:59:08 pm
Two years ago I lost it. A week later, I got a call- and my nerd book was returned to me later that day by a scary-looking teenager

Many many years ago I bought a hand painted Judge Dredd tobacco tin at a festival. I lost that tin so many times, in the pub and at parties, and always thought it was gone for ever, but time after time it amazingly found it's way back to me (usually bereft of baccy and draw, but it was the tin that was most important to me).

Until one time it didn't.

I'll give it back if you pay £100.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 05 February, 2010, 07:55:59 pm
Quote
And further in the spirit of this thread: Today I got my picky bastard children to eat my patented Chocolate Chilli with Special Rice. With Apple Pie and Custard for afters.

Chocolate Chilli? I'm intrigued! Tell us more! Oh and I have a nerd book too (well it's more a very shabby looking piece of paper with lists of things I want on it but you get me right? RIGHT?)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 05 February, 2010, 08:07:30 pm
I have a little nerd book too.  I also have an "IMPORTANT THINGS" book.  If the contents of my coat pocket were to somehow disappear I'd be screwed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 05 February, 2010, 08:12:58 pm
Mine contains the names of all the people I need to kill...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 05 February, 2010, 08:32:39 pm
my daughter is four and already has learned how to pickpocket dad's wallet.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 February, 2010, 08:46:19 pm
my daughter is four and already has learned how to pickpocket dad's wallet.

Dunkzilla!  At least she'll never go hungry.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 06 February, 2010, 11:58:21 am
(http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/2874/accordionfarsidecartoon.gif)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 06 February, 2010, 03:36:59 pm
I have cleared the blockage in my vacuum cleaner. Now I don't have purple hair all over the carpet anymore....
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 06 February, 2010, 03:48:49 pm
And they say the spirit of Carry-On is dead...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 06 February, 2010, 08:08:11 pm
Talking of Carry On, I saw a Kenneth Williams impersonator and a very unconvincing performance of Joan Sims at the theatre today in 'Stop Messing About.' It was sort of okay. Sometimes. And, for the benefit of Tips, it was full of knob gags!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 February, 2010, 08:09:03 pm
I'm fond of using my knob AS a gag.  I wonder if this gets the Tips Seal of Approval?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 06 February, 2010, 08:10:51 pm
I'm fond of using my knob AS a gag.

I'm so glad there's nothing funny about mine!  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 February, 2010, 08:17:01 pm
I'm fond of using my knob AS a gag.

You must have a flexible back or a very long knob :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 06 February, 2010, 08:29:42 pm
boys.... *sigh*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 February, 2010, 08:43:03 pm
I know it was a cheap gag, but I couldn't resist.  Apologies.

And CF - it's neither.  Sadly.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 06 February, 2010, 09:00:27 pm
Cheap??? That's very nearly free!


Here's another one:

What did one cocksucker say to the other?

"Mmmffglubbfllbblublub"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 07 February, 2010, 11:35:16 am
heh.

I am mildly pleased because I have got the hyperlinks working in my yahoo e-mail again. I don't know how I did that but it was getting really annoying having to open in new tab all the time. Now it opens in the same window hurrah.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 07 February, 2010, 01:52:43 pm
my daughter is four and already has learned how to pickpocket dad's wallet.

Dunkzilla!  At least she'll never go hungry.

she had three breakfasts today!!!!


and please dont use the phrase " a cheap gag" when discussing knobs fried egg butty being snorted down the nose is quite painful :o
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 09 February, 2010, 12:17:48 pm
I just watched two old women trying to pick up dog shit on the other side of the street as I'm sat typing on here at the bay window. Their tiny dogs were pulling on the leads and making it hilarious to watch them try to bag the filth.
I should have got the video camer out.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 09 February, 2010, 12:39:16 pm
Nice to see an owner making the effort even if it's difficult rather than just walking on (which seems to be the way of things in parks round my way).  But yeah, that IS pretty funny.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 09 February, 2010, 09:23:48 pm
Youtube material, you would have had a million hits in a day.







V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: worldshown on 17 February, 2010, 07:25:42 pm
...I've just discovered that my father's ashes have not, as previously thought, been scattered at the crematorium, but have been on a shelf at the funeral directors for the last three years.

Which should spug, but it now means that his ashes can be scattered with my mother's in a few weeks time.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 February, 2010, 07:30:10 pm
That's oddly mixed news. 

Best thing about burying my mum was the fact I'd bought a double plot so she could be buried next to my dad.  Not exactly a "best" thing, but something that takes the sting out of life's horrible parts to some degree.  Thinking of you, mate.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 19 February, 2010, 12:03:39 pm
...it appears today is "Play Your Music As Loud As You Can Day" in our block.

Except it's mostly classical music and a dash of Patsy Kline... In the grand scheme of things that could be a lot worse!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 February, 2010, 01:34:39 pm
I thought that i had a day off from the course i am doing today but it turned out that i didnt but then the course finished @ 1pm so that was alright.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Robin Low on 24 February, 2010, 05:42:27 pm
... thanks to a passing comment from Mel, I figured out what was going wrong with the Attwoods.

Regards

Robin
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 26 February, 2010, 10:21:12 am
Wasn't sure whether this counts as spugs/fantastic/impediments or okay....

Got back from business trip to Shetland islands last night.

Good points: Spectacular scenery; two days out of the office plus a bit of extra time-in-lieu; gorgeous country house hotel with delicious meal.
Bad points: complete waste of time me being there; terrible weather - had to drive hire car the 60 miles back to airport in total blizzard, zero visibility, lost control, went into a spin and ended up in a ditch at one point (some kind soul with a 4x4 and a tow rope pulled me out) and then spent the rest of the day in airports. four hours at Sumburgh ( a big shed basically) before the (propeller) plane took off in heavy snowstorm, and then another four and a half hours in Aberdeen. Got home at 11pm rather than 5.30 as planned.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 27 February, 2010, 10:35:16 pm
Looks like I might get away with it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 27 February, 2010, 11:50:00 pm
Nice Roger.  Everytime one of my chums escapes justice I feel a joyous swelling of pride.  Come, join me in my sub-lunar base and wait for the heat to cool off.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Monarch on 28 February, 2010, 08:18:42 pm
True story my sister was also in this picture with me and my dad but she blinked

(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa22/ystin/doctor%20who%20exhibition/blinked-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 28 February, 2010, 08:23:48 pm
She's quite tall, or you are both very short!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Monarch on 28 February, 2010, 08:24:42 pm
oh its on a plinth the two scottish guys are blocking it from view
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 07 March, 2010, 05:24:55 pm
Can't make up my mind if I like my new bike pedals or not. Did have DMR V8s but thought I'd try some different flatties and got some Atomlab GIs. Decisions, decisions. Ah well it'll be summer soon and the SPDs wil go back on. Fascinating eh?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 March, 2010, 05:44:13 pm
This must be what it feels like to be dyslexic.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 March, 2010, 06:19:10 pm
You can change the pedals on a bicycle? Truly every niche and variant of personal taste is catered for - we live in a consumer's paradise.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 March, 2010, 06:26:00 pm
- we live in a consumer's paradise.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what's going to kill us.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 07 March, 2010, 06:33:18 pm
Yeah, I don't think a 20 quid pair of bike pedals is going to be the straw that breaks the camels back, but I see what you mean. Personally, I'm planning on popping my clogs at the age of 96, suffocated by the golden thighs of a beautiful Hawaiian lady fire juggler. This plan changes on a regular basis however.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 March, 2010, 06:58:07 pm
- we live in a consumer's paradise.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what's going to kill us.

Would you care for some cheese with your whine?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jared Katooie on 07 March, 2010, 07:12:39 pm
(http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/2882/owned9wz.jpg)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 07 March, 2010, 07:14:21 pm
That is the perfect header!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 March, 2010, 07:18:28 pm
Would you care for some cheese with your whine?

Not until I have a broken iPod, thanks.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 08 March, 2010, 06:12:14 pm
I said I'd make tea for the family tonight but too much messing about meant that I didn't prepare anything. Still those pizza delivery websites always come in handy at times like this ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 24 March, 2010, 09:09:59 am
Turns out to be Memorabilia at the NEC this weekend.

So if i get the Sunday off i can go.

Kinda makes up for not going to HiEx...





No.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 24 March, 2010, 10:12:55 pm
week and a day then two weeks and a day off work! :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 25 March, 2010, 07:32:38 pm
The RMT have decided to strike at a time which suits my Easter plans and will hopefully force my bosses to let me work at home all week after hahahahahahahahaha!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 April, 2010, 07:19:41 pm
A year on, I feel that my decision to stop talcing my balls was the right one.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 April, 2010, 11:55:44 pm
Blood + Edam = Delicious.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 April, 2010, 11:58:22 pm
A year on, I feel that my decision to stop talcing my balls was the right one.


or mammy stopped doing it for you.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 21 April, 2010, 02:57:23 am
Seeing as the Drokking fantastic thread has been impounded, I've decided to add a few things on here that are 'drokking fantastic'

First up is this excellent piece by Jock, I won this on ebay (sorry Pete) and it was described as being produced for some trading cards. I had never seen it, so I asked Jock if he could throw some light on it and the next day he replied. 'that piece is from my pre published days! I was working on sla industries role playing games  and dom and I were getting comic samples together too...

I always like this one, so I'm glad it's gone to a good home'.

This is another reason that 2000AD's creators are the best, he's busy with 'The Losers' and he still managed to get back to me. Anyway here it is (it'll be getting framed in the next month or so).

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t136/commandoforces/Dredd%20artwork/P4170368-1.jpg)

Also I managed to win a 1/6th scale Gothic Garage Death resin model from ebay. It's Death in the biker gear he wore in the Dredd/Batman crossover. I'll post a picture on here when it arrives from America ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: dweezil2 on 21 April, 2010, 11:11:53 am
I bagged my self one of those limited Tharg figures from ThreeA which was groovy.
And a complete run of Warrior from Ebay!
Things are looking up!
Just waiting for the bad news.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 22 April, 2010, 10:12:47 pm
...trade union reps. Couldn't do without 'em!  :|
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 April, 2010, 11:19:23 pm
You've been in that job, what, 5 months? And now you're already complaining. Lord above...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 April, 2010, 01:26:20 am
What can I say? I'm just too awesome for words.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 23 April, 2010, 11:28:57 pm
This amused me tonight:

Stopped into a favourite pub for after-work drink, and the place was full of the Jagermeister promotional crew - a manager and half a dozen pretty girls selling shots and giving out freebies. It was like the place had been taken over by some bizarre religious cult, everyone had orange bandannas/flower necklaces/t-shirts/flashing badges.

Five minutes after they packed up and moved on to the next pub, the Morgan Spiced Rum crew arrived. I just wished they'd clashed, then we could have witnessed a sectarian alcohol war.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 24 April, 2010, 11:09:45 pm
... the phrase "sectarian alcohol war".

...ordering new shoes. With pictures of cats on them. Sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 25 April, 2010, 10:00:27 am
... the phrase "sectarian alcohol war".

...ordering new shoes. With pictures of cats on them. Sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Mr Gloady told me of their wonder and sent me the link, I've seen them in the flesh in a shoe shop and I covet them greatly!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 26 April, 2010, 04:47:05 pm
They've been dispatched so I'm going to have trouble leaving the house tomorrow until the postie has been...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: wild-seven on 26 April, 2010, 05:22:15 pm
There must be pictures - promise?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 26 April, 2010, 06:10:49 pm
Got a 2 CD Beastie Boys compilation in Oxfam for £3.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 26 April, 2010, 06:16:04 pm
my daughter was playing familes with her DALEKS last night ,the small joys of a child's imagination.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 29 April, 2010, 04:03:09 pm
though I just got my ass handed to me by a wing chun expert who just couldn't seem to dial it down a notch for the demo, the experience resulted in loads of fight reference and ideas that i'll be using in an upcoming small press strip.

Oh me feckin back...and wrist....and shoulder... :'(

Dunk Wimp!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 April, 2010, 04:05:53 pm
though I just got my ass handed to me by a wing chun expert who just couldn't seem to dial it down a notch for the demo, the experience resulted in loads of fight reference and ideas that i'll be using in an upcoming small press strip.

Oh me feckin back...and wrist....and shoulder... :'(

Dunk Wimp!

Ha! I know that feeling- I did Wing Chun for a number of years and a lot of my fight scenes come from what I learned.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: M.I.K. on 04 May, 2010, 02:30:04 am
...I just misread the headline "Pink and Perry perform at gay gala" as "Pinky and Perky perform at gay gala".
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 May, 2010, 03:46:38 pm
I'm sat waiting for Sam's, school minibus to drop him off and listening to a bit of Imagination.

"It's just an illusion, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, aaha!"

I may have to get up an do a sexy dance  ;)

Get your pleasures while you can!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jared Katooie on 10 May, 2010, 12:14:26 am
I watched "The Incredible Hulk" today. Most people slated it, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Great action sequences and a really impressive helicopter shot of a favella.

Nice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 May, 2010, 11:42:39 am
I watched "The Incredible Hulk" today. Most people slated it, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Great action sequences and a really impressive helicopter shot of a favella.

Yeah, that opening sequence is almost too good a piece of cinematography for a dumb superhero movie... but happily the dumb superhero movie is very good too.  To anyone who didn't like it, I ask: did you see Hulk smash stuff?  A lot of stuff, much of it military hardware, and some in inventive ways?  Uh-huh.  Therefore it was a good Hulk movie.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 10 May, 2010, 11:53:55 am
I really liked that film too. There is a bit of an obvious line in it where Norton's vision lost out to the producers' vision of what the movie could be, but it's well worth a watch nonetheless.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 10 May, 2010, 11:59:45 am
Indeed. The final fight is as good as any superhero battle I've seen. And Roth post super-soldier serum gives a nice taste of just how cool Capt America could be...

That said, having to watch it half a dozen times in a couple of days with my youngest son has soured it for me somewhat...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 10 May, 2010, 12:00:54 pm
It sucks and you all suck.


We shall discuss no more.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: uncle fester on 10 May, 2010, 12:12:09 pm
It sucks and you all suck.


We shall discuss no more.

You were hoping for the Edward Norton version, weren't you?  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 12 May, 2010, 10:05:58 pm
Ive quit smoking yet again and at least this time I dont want to claw my own eyes out.

so far.


which is kinda alright.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 May, 2010, 02:55:59 pm
I just had a lemon Jammie Dodger and it was average.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 20 May, 2010, 03:01:05 pm
I just had a lemon Jammie Dodger and it was average.

That's just plain wrong that is, Bloody Tories ruin everything. I blame Nick.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 20 May, 2010, 03:24:44 pm
I just had a lemon Jammie Dodger and it was average.
Whatever happened to those sticky lemony sandwich-type biscuits? You've just reminded me about those, and I haven't seen them for years.

I WANT ONE NOW!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 May, 2010, 03:26:08 pm
I just had a lemon Jammie Dodger and it was average.
Whatever happened to those sticky lemony sandwich-type biscuits? You've just reminded me about those, and I haven't seen them for years.

I WANT ONE NOW!

Ha! That's just what I was thinking- they were far surperior to this effort!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 20 May, 2010, 07:53:51 pm
Yeh I remember those. Wasn't it Lemon Curd inside them.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 20 May, 2010, 09:14:09 pm
(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/biscuit.jpg)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 May, 2010, 11:02:43 pm
(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/biscuit.jpg)

Yum!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 20 May, 2010, 11:05:11 pm
I don't like jammie dodgers, they're too dry. I much prefer jam sandwich creams!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 20 May, 2010, 11:06:41 pm
I'm with you there, HoU!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 21 May, 2010, 03:17:33 pm
Life is sometimes okay because I step outside my housing block to find a half naked gardener mowing the lawn. A tattooed longhaired lithe sort of fellow. We have a good management company.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 21 May, 2010, 10:39:16 pm
Life is sometimes okay because I step outside my housing block to find a half naked gardener mowing the lawn. A tattooed longhaired lithe sort of fellow. We have a good management company.

That is so sexist.







V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 May, 2010, 11:16:41 am
I feel a Spinal Tap moment coming on, but I always do when I hear the word "sexist"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 24 May, 2010, 12:19:33 pm
My parents paid off the mortgage.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 24 May, 2010, 06:33:20 pm
I believe appreciating the sight of a beautiful person is not sexist. Making assumptions about them based on their gender and beauty would be. I'm less certain about pictures of scantily clad people being used to sell things though. On the whole I think I'm against.

Anyway, life is sort of okay today because I have a new camera on its way after my old one was nicked/lost. My friend has got engaged to a lovely chap and I had a fun weekend to look back on in which I was actually sociable.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 May, 2010, 06:40:46 pm
I'm with SG on this.  And I'll be ctrl+C, ctrl+V ing that justification as much as possible. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 24 May, 2010, 06:48:33 pm
I'm with SG on this.  And I'll be ctrl+C, ctrl+V ing that justification as much as possible. 

I agree with you, Mike. He can come and trim the hedge across the road from me if he likes.  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 May, 2010, 07:10:43 pm
MMMMMMMM, half naked man..... *inner voice: er, hang on.... ah, what the hell.*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 24 May, 2010, 07:13:39 pm
fags
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 May, 2010, 07:17:36 pm
No, I've given them up.  I was on over 20 a day at one point though.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 24 May, 2010, 07:35:04 pm
Christ, I bet that smarted a bit.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 May, 2010, 07:36:59 pm
Yeah, I guess.  I tell you my lungs were FUCKED for ages after giving up.  Every now and then I fancy one, just the one - not even chugging three or four in a go - but I know what I'm like.  I'll keep going until I run out.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Jared Katooie on 24 May, 2010, 08:17:39 pm
Zzzoooom!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 24 May, 2010, 10:29:52 pm

Life is sometimes okay because I step outside my house to find a half naked neighbour mowing her lawn. A slender tall woman with curves in all the right places. We have a good neighbourhood.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 24 May, 2010, 11:18:04 pm

Life is sometimes okay because I step outside my house to find a half naked neighbour mowing her lawn.

Top half or bottom half?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 24 May, 2010, 11:50:23 pm
I believe appreciating the sight of a beautiful person is not sexist.

I believe that as well.

I couldnt tell if Vzzbux was being serious or not so i didnt comment on it.Anyway i please myself in what i do or dont look at.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 24 May, 2010, 11:59:59 pm
On a related note, the warm weather has prompted the milfy goddess that is my nephews teacher to descend on the pick up point in clothes that can only be described as indecent. Lovely.

She still annoys the hell out of me with her teaching methods but I can honestly say, flying fucking commas were the last thing on my mind today.
 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mike Gloady on 25 May, 2010, 10:11:07 am
FLYING COMMAS?

It's not as if they're use is even slightly comma-like which might have been an excuse.  What's wrong with kids just learning the word for something EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD USES?

Don't worry Faps, I'll beat her up for you.  I don't care if she's nice looking.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 25 May, 2010, 08:23:09 pm
I believe appreciating the sight of a beautiful person is not sexist.

I believe that as well.

I couldnt tell if Vzzbux was being serious or not so i didnt comment on it.Anyway i please myself in what i do or dont look at.

Don't worry Pete I am just being an arse hole.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 25 May, 2010, 08:25:53 pm
I believe appreciating the sight of a beautiful person is not sexist.

I believe that as well.

I couldnt tell if Vzzbux was being serious or not so i didnt comment on it.Anyway i please myself in what i do or dont look at.

Don't worry Pete I am just being an arse hole.






V

Its alright.I do that often enough myself !.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 30 May, 2010, 12:18:26 am
...the really, really vile, disgusting smell coming from a neighbour's garden turned out to be a hideous shrub with blue blossoms rather than anything more unsavoury. I can only imagine the damn thing must be pollinated by flies.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 30 May, 2010, 10:18:26 am
Managed to sleep in until 08:40 this morning without the kids waking me up.

Checked my lotto ticket when I got up and I've won a tenner.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 31 May, 2010, 04:25:33 pm
Confirmation email from the book depository in my inbox today informing me that the Judge Dredd Restricted Files Vol 2 will be arriving shortly  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 01 June, 2010, 11:06:21 pm
Charlie Sheen goin' to jail.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 02 June, 2010, 01:46:46 am
I found a replacement water bottle. It was originally (and still is?) a Pepsi bottle.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Radbacker on 02 June, 2010, 04:31:43 am
My new computer is in the country and with the local courier (pitty they cant tell me who it is so i can hassle the shit out of them).  Supply date is still listed as 8 June but if I'm lucky it might get here before the week end.

CU Radbacker
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: nev on 03 June, 2010, 09:16:18 pm
Found out we'd be dissecting hearts in Biology.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 03 June, 2010, 09:17:16 pm
Whose? :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: nev on 03 June, 2010, 09:29:13 pm
Roger's mother's.
Sorry to all those who were wanting to continue using her for 'business exchanges'.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Radbacker on 04 June, 2010, 09:48:46 am
My new Compy arived today, 4 days early and the boss let me go home at lunch and its a long weekend :) :) :)
I like Dell, its one of them Studio XPS 8100 but with a bit added, upgraded the prossesor to an I7 2.8, put in the bigger Graphics card and wacked 8 gig of Ram into it.
Best of all its a Tax time bonus from my boss, i didn't have to pay a cent.

F%$k it, life isn't sort of okay life rocks at the moment.

CU Radbacker
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 June, 2010, 01:04:14 pm
I've got a new phone that lets me do internet type things. So I can look at this site while I'm on my long commute (and I don't have to worry about looking at threads like 2000ad The Porno at work).

I haven't figured out how to get the little spugger to show pictures on some sites yet (myfamily, here, facebook) but I'm working on it.

This also means I can work on scripts and email them to people from the train. So bad news for some of you.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 04 June, 2010, 10:22:46 pm
I huigged the tallest tree in the UK today :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 04 June, 2010, 11:11:25 pm
I was supposed to be going to a piss-up after work today because somebody was leaving. But I hate those things. Absolutely despise them. I was dreading it all day and then, when I clocked out and got into my car...I just said fuck it and went home instead! And it felt marvellous. Of course next week they'll all be saying "what happened to you on Friday, Mr. Anti Social" but I don't care. I have three whole days to come up with a legitimate reason! :lol:

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 June, 2010, 11:32:09 pm
I have three whole days to come up with a legitimate reason! :lol:

How about "I tolerate you as acceptable workmates, but I don't actually like you or want to waste valuable social time on you"

Today I had to awkwardly avoid the whip round for a workmate I don't like who has just had an (unplanned) baby. Bollox to that, I can barely keep up with the constant birthday rota!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 04 June, 2010, 11:40:34 pm


How about "I tolerate you as acceptable workmates, but I don't actually like you or want to waste valuable social time on you"




That's the one!  :lol:

Oh the bloody whip-around, doesnt it seem like there's one every week??? That and the weekly lotto collection.
FUCK.
OFF!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 June, 2010, 11:42:38 pm
You could pull down your trousers and say "I've got a legitimate reason RIGHT HERE".
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 04 June, 2010, 11:46:34 pm
What, the tattoo on my leg that says : "Work Colleagues - I don't like you!!!"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 04 June, 2010, 11:57:09 pm
Today I had to awkwardly avoid the whip round for a workmate I don't like…

Bloody work whip-arounds. At a previous workplace a group had gone out to the pub one evening and a work volunteer had her mobile phone knicked so some bright spark the next day organised a collection for her to get a new one. Very tricky in an open plan office to say "well shouldn't she look after her belongings then – WTF has that got to do with me?" I would see some of that crowd in the boozer just dump their bags on the floor and then be surprised when their stuff would go missing.

At another workplace a student was doing an unpaid placement and the bosses suggested we all chip in everyday to buy lunch for the intern!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 05 June, 2010, 01:46:12 am
I had 2 very simple rules, back when I had a job.
1) I don't do work outings. Work time is work time and my time is my time.
2) If I like someone I'll chip in for a birthday or leaving gift. If I don't like them I won't. I will not tolerate comments if the answer is no.

I worked there for over a decade and most of the longtimers knew the score but there was always one or two newbies that needed 'educating'.

 In my defence though, I would never try to claim credit. If I didn't chip in then I wouldn't sign the card and would make it known to the person if they thanked me that I hadn't participated. Since this effectively told them I didn't like them, a couple of colleagues last days ended on a sour note. Ah well.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 06 June, 2010, 10:56:07 pm
That was my philosophy in the army, I kept my civvy life totally separate. I had far too many skeletons that if entwined would have been devastating. Even now certain events could be catastrophic.
I even got a death threat letter off a woman once.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 07 June, 2010, 01:53:13 pm
I just texted FiveLive and Clare Balding read it out but didn't know what "opiate" meant, so my point was kind of lost.

M@
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: nev on 07 June, 2010, 02:00:57 pm
I'm off school til Wednesday. Yipee.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 07 June, 2010, 03:16:06 pm
Dear Clare, I am a regular listener to your programme. It helps me to cope with the withdrawal now that I'm trying to put my opiate addiction behind me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 07 June, 2010, 04:17:23 pm
Quote from: House of Usher
Dear Clare, I am a regular listener to your programme. It helps me to cope with the withdrawal now that I'm trying to put my opiate addiction behind me.

Heh - it was something like that(!) The subject was about incentivising people to recycle...

Link (MP3) (http://www.aptronym.co.uk/opiate.mp3)

M@
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 June, 2010, 04:37:02 pm
My brother bought BBQ sauce. He used up all my shower gel, so it's time to return the favour with woodsmoked interest.

Also, we're all here for you Banners. We're your family.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 07 June, 2010, 05:40:42 pm
Quote from: Roger Godpleton

Also, we're all here for you Banners. We're your family.

I love you.

x
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 June, 2010, 01:25:42 am
I have two copies of Raffles. Who here can say the same?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 09 June, 2010, 06:57:20 pm
The good woman went back to work yesterday after maternity leave.  The kids get dumped in creche for 50 hours a week, her boss is a dickhead, and I have to pick up a proper share of the domestic workload after enjoying access to full-time housewifery (it was bloody marvelous, how did blokes get away with that lark for years?), but after 10 months of economic freefall one of us is finally earning a regular wage.  Thank you sweet merciful Jovus.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 10 June, 2010, 08:36:18 pm
The housework is a doddle, Women make too much of bringing up kids. I was a house husband for three years (Best of my life). We men should get in on the act more often. While I am on my soap box, some women can be so sexist at these baby parent meets. They see the man as encroaching on their territory.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 June, 2010, 08:56:37 pm
While I am on my soap box, some women can be so sexist at these baby parent meets. They see the man as encroaching on their territory.

This is true at least (the former I dispute - I loathe all household tasks that don't involve cheese or kids - that my wife takes an unhealthy share of this labour I'm truly grateful for).  I've taken my son to kids' birthday parties where as the onIy father present felt like some kind of flasher found lurking in the bushes (and for once it wasn't even true).   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: M.I.K. on 17 June, 2010, 06:07:49 pm
I've won a copy of The Bronx Warriors Trilogy via a Megazine competition.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 17 June, 2010, 06:47:25 pm
While I am on my soap box, some women can be so sexist at these baby parent meets. They see the man as encroaching on their territory.

This is true at least (the former I dispute - I loathe all household tasks that don't involve cheese or kids - that my wife takes an unhealthy share of this labour I'm truly grateful for).  I've taken my son to kids' birthday parties where as the onIy father present felt like some kind of flasher found lurking in the bushes (and for once it wasn't even true).   

All the more reason then to question them on why they have the time to attend Baby/Parent meetings when they have household/kitchen duties to attend to at home.


 ;)

None of them would like to be married to myself because i enjoy doing stuff like Hoovering and cooking etc partly because when i lived at home everyone chipped in with household chores.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 17 June, 2010, 07:22:14 pm
Can I join this house-husband campaign. Did it for 2 years when we lived in Japan and it was fantastic. No problem whatsoever with the kids, the housework, the cooking... I would gladly down tools tomorrow and take it up full time...

We need a revolution!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 17 June, 2010, 09:16:37 pm
...some women can be so sexist at these baby parent meets. They see the man as encroaching on their territory.

You didn't share your thoughts on Karen Gillan with them, did you? :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 17 June, 2010, 09:18:44 pm
...some women can be so sexist at these baby parent meets. They see the man as encroaching on their territory.

You didn't share your thoughts on Karen Gillan with them, did you? :)
:lol: :lol:





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: nev on 17 July, 2010, 03:00:37 pm
I bought a messenger bag, a wallet, socks and underwear (everything I've needed for quite some time) for cheaper than anticipated.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 July, 2010, 07:11:36 pm
Draco Malfoy has a rekkid deal.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 July, 2010, 09:18:12 pm
So soon after my own 40th birthday, I wake up to find my eldest son seven tomorrow. As I miraculously am not due back to work for three days, we decided to spread his birthday out over a 48 hour period- today we went to some godawful kids play center, where I was up to my neck in balls... then we took him home and gave him his present from my parents.

But- Oh The Horror!- they'd got him two PS3 games! And he only has a PS2! Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth... right up until I walk in with the other present he's allowed to open today- a PS3!

So, while I am an arm and a leg poorer, I had the splendid exprience of two very happy little boys all day. That qualifies as "sort of okay" I think.

And tomorrow he gets more games and a complete, bound, run of JD:LotF and a Death figure.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 18 July, 2010, 10:29:29 pm


None of them would like to be married to myself because i enjoy doing stuff like Hoovering and cooking etc partly because when i lived at home everyone chipped in with household chores.

It was like that for me too.

As a result I tend to do all the hoovering, dusting, dishes and most of the stuff like cleaning bathrooms and doing the gardens.  Cooking is the one thing I don't do much.

We work equal hours (both part time) and spend pretty similar time doing stuff with our son.   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 18 July, 2010, 10:36:54 pm
So soon after my own 40th birthday, I wake up to find my eldest son seven tomorrow. As I miraculously am not due back to work for three days, we decided to spread his birthday out over a 48 hour period- today we went to some godawful kids play center, where I was up to my neck in balls... then we took him home and gave him his present from my parents.

But- Oh The Horror!- they'd got him two PS3 games! And he only has a PS2! Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth... right up until I walk in with the other present he's allowed to open today- a PS3!

So, while I am an arm and a leg poorer, I had the splendid exprience of two very happy little boys all day. That qualifies as "sort of okay" I think.

And tomorrow he gets more games and a complete, bound, run of JD:LotF and a Death figure.

SBT

Very OK!!  Lucky boys.

Mine got his own 360 for the first time at Xmas and he was delighted.  I bet they were very happy chappies.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 July, 2010, 01:09:46 am


None of them would like to be married to myself because i enjoy doing stuff like Hoovering and cooking etc partly because when i lived at home everyone chipped in with household chores.

It was like that for me too.

As a result I tend to do all the hoovering, dusting, dishes and most of the stuff like cleaning bathrooms and doing the gardens.  Cooking is the one thing I don't do much.

We work equal hours (both part time) and spend pretty similar time doing stuff with our son.  

I am grateful for it now but not always at the time.Everyone had to pull their weight unless of course it was my younger sister who never seemed to have to do anything at all  >:(

My Mum didnt go to work but she didnt see why she should have to do everything around the house which is fair enough really so i ended up being totally domesticated and i learnt to cook.Chopping or sawing up firewood was the chore i always enjoyed the most and cleaning the cars and window cleaning was another.If and when i start a family i will have a similar regime because i reckon it was beneficial.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 July, 2010, 01:10:55 am
In classroom all night being taught CPC Bollocks. Still getting paid for it and there is no test at the end, what a waste of everyone's time and effort.
By the way, it's all to do with driving, which amazingly I do know how to do.
Bloody Europe and their ideas  ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 19 July, 2010, 01:24:26 am
I'm glad you said it's to do with driving, because I've no idea what CPC is!  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: M.I.K. on 19 July, 2010, 01:42:33 am
It's an old 8-bit computer manufactured by Amstrad.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 July, 2010, 06:00:12 am
It's a Certificate of Professional Competence, it takes a week to cover all the modules (how to drive, laws & legislations, etc...) and it's a complete waste of time.
You have to know at least 90% of it to get your LGV licence, still I am home early and I'm still on the clock getting paid.
We have to do this every 5 years so most companies are breaking it down to 1 day every year. I can't wait to see what they have lined up for us next year.
Still the four of us in the class had a good laugh, especially when we all seemed to start to nod off about 04:00 ish  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 19 July, 2010, 05:47:34 pm
I have just been on holiday at my mum's house. I got to cuddle my baby niece and several dogs too.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 22 July, 2010, 07:23:13 pm
...a couple of glasses of raki with orange juice, over ice.

And to follow, spiced up veggie sausage omelette with mushroom rice.  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 22 July, 2010, 10:22:05 pm
It's a Certificate of Professional Competence, it takes a week to cover all the modules (how to drive, laws & legislations, etc...) and it's a complete waste of time.
You have to know at least 90% of it to get your LGV licence, still I am home early and I'm still on the clock getting paid.
We have to do this every 5 years so most companies are breaking it down to 1 day every year. I can't wait to see what they have lined up for us next year.
Still the four of us in the class had a good laugh, especially when we all seemed to start to nod off about 04:00 ish  :lol:

One stage closer [EU Directive 3535767687686898787//] to you being fully assimilated into the EU collectivist Borg.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 23 July, 2010, 12:21:33 pm
... saw Front Line Assembly on Tuesday who were brilliant. Another immensely influential band from way back when ticked off my List.

Just booked tickets to see Young Gods in December. They're also on my list.

More up to date: also booked tickets to see Rotersand who are one of my favourite current 'futurepop' bands.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mikey on 23 July, 2010, 02:01:25 pm
Just booked tickets to see Young Gods in December.

Young Gods are tha shizzle.

M.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 July, 2010, 02:07:55 pm
More up to date: also booked tickets to see Rotersand who are one of my favourite current 'futurepop' bands.

We're future sailors
Electronic castaway
Digital stowaway
Cyborg sea-dog,
Tell me what you dream of
Future sailors
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 25 July, 2010, 11:40:03 am
I suspect there is nothing that Julian and especially that Noel don't know about goth culture. :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 26 July, 2010, 08:24:13 pm
Since getting a new PC with Windows 7, I've been convinced my old printer/scanner was no longer operable. The image program I used to import images with could not find the scanner or import. According to Dell this model is not compatible with windows 7 and there are no plans to create new drivers.

However I've just discovered that if I approach it from a different direction (ie open the device itself and select SCAN) it actually does work! If I wasn't a lazy git who never gets around to anything, I'd have forked out for a new scanner by now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 26 July, 2010, 09:33:52 pm
I fixed my MP3 player :).

I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and the battery had drained and wouldn't charge up. I was looking on-line to see if I could get a new battery or something and I found out that I needed to do a firmware update instead as there was a bug that caused charging problems, which I did and it worked.

This is only sort of OK because it's quite an old player and I was looking forward to replacing it with something shinier.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 August, 2010, 05:12:01 pm
Over the weekend we had the Maidstone River Festival. It's an annual event full of nautical things to do with the river, plus many other non nautical things.

On Saturday night after a visit to the the aforementioned festival and a delightful family meal out we were relaxing at home. I heard the fireworks start (I think it was 22:00 or it might have been 22:15, I can't quite remember), I called Sam out of his room and the Forces family all stood in the bath looking at the firework display through the open window. It went on for a good 15 minutes and was better than most that I have seen in the country (not from the bathroom window I might add).

I'm sure you'll agree that my family know how to have fun  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 03 August, 2010, 06:09:32 pm
I remembered my hotmail password.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 05 August, 2010, 09:15:44 pm
The immediately future isn't as bleak as I thought it might be. Financial ruin isn't an inevitability for me and my partner after all. That's something to be glad about.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 06 August, 2010, 01:08:03 pm
It is saturday tomorrow.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 August, 2010, 01:43:00 pm
We were out in the wilds last ASunday for a total of about two hours and in that time I picked up twelve ticks.
Last night was the first night this week I had something approaching a comfortable nights sleep without itching to death.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 August, 2010, 02:07:54 pm
...because, on my jaunt into town today I picked up the recent Rebellion Complete D.R & Quinch for £3, Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis in mint condition for £1.99 and Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of The Thing for £1.

And, it's PIRATE DAY today, here in Hastings. Arrrrr! So there are hundreds of girls wandering about in corsets, tiny skirts and stripey/ skully stockings.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 August, 2010, 03:10:31 pm
And, it's PIRATE DAY today, here in Hastings. Arrrrr! So there are hundreds of girls wandering about in corsets, tiny skirts and stripey/ skully stockings.

SBT

And you tell me this mid afternoon, when I can't get down there! Saying that, I was down there this morning at 04:00 and I saw no pirates. I thought that would be the time they would be smuggling  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 August, 2010, 03:33:44 pm
Theyve just broken the guiness world record for 'most pirates in one place'. Previous record was 1800, we had over 6000! the town, and especially the old town, is heaving with them!
Watch south east news tonight!
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 August, 2010, 03:35:54 pm
And, of couse, tonight is BURLESK!: PIRATE VOYAGES! from 8 at Venuu, starring, er, my wife. Arrrr.
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 06 August, 2010, 10:40:32 pm
I would have thought one of the coastal townships in Somalia would contain the most Pirates in one area.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 August, 2010, 09:25:37 am
...because last night i had eight foot snakes slinking all over me, and one licked my nose.
Now, im not a reptile freak, wouldnt have them as pets (i leave that to mrs sbt, who has had dragons, snakes and enormous arachnids in her time and famously used to carry tarantulas in her hair) but these were utterly gorgeous, and i didnt want to put them down.
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 07 August, 2010, 02:52:38 pm
...because, on my jaunt into town today I picked up the recent Rebellion Complete D.R & Quinch for £3, Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis in mint condition for £1.99 and Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of The Thing for £1.

And, it's PIRATE DAY today, here in Hastings. Arrrrr! So there are hundreds of girls wandering about in corsets, tiny skirts and stripey/ skully stockings.

SBT

I just found a copy of League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen for 1 GBP ! in my local charity shop.I also found some good records.Legalise It - Peter Tosh and the first Specials album and an album by Funkapolitan.

I really need to get my shit together and move back to Hastings as i am just about done with Brighton.My old house is for sale as well.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 07 August, 2010, 03:18:09 pm
... I still have masses of Chinese food to finish off.

....6music on form today music wise if not irritating comedian-wise
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 11 August, 2010, 08:06:02 am
Waterstones have resumed their 3 for 2 offer on all SF & fantasy, which includes all paperback GNs.

Which means I'll probably end up spending loads more than I can afford.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 12 August, 2010, 08:59:40 pm
On the bus home from Edinburgh I had to sit next a horrendously fat woman. All the way through I could feel her warm, sweaty, jellylike leg squashed up against me no matter how much I tried to squirm to one side. The constant awareness of it made me feel slightly sick.

Then I found a fiver in the pocket of a pair of trousers I was putting in the wash, so it's swings and roundabouts.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 12 August, 2010, 11:05:52 pm
On the bus home from Edinburgh I had to sit next a horrendously fat woman. All the way through I could feel her warm, sweaty, jellylike leg squashed up against me no matter how much I tried to squirm to one side. The constant awareness of it made me feel slightly sick.

Then I found a fiver in the pocket of a pair of trousers I was putting in the wash, so it's swings and roundabouts.

I would rather give up my seat than tolerate that and if she takes up more space than 1 seat she should be charged for 2 lots of busfare.

Spend the fiver on alcohol to wipe the unfortunate incident from your memory but a fivers worth probably wouldnt be enough.

You could compartmentalise it in the memory hole.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 13 August, 2010, 11:03:06 am
Reverse psychology often works. Simply lean over to her and say "I love the way your warm flesh presses against me", then close your eyes and moan softly every now and then. Guaranteed, she'll get up and move.

I find this works with annoyingly load mobile phone conversations. Feign obvious interest in what they're saying, gasping, tutting or chuckling as appropriate. Bonus points if they actually turn to you say "this is a private conversation", which allows you to retort: "then go and have it in private, dickwad, 'cos what you're having here is a PUBLIC conversation!"
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 13 August, 2010, 11:30:28 am
This is the 'life is sometimes sort of okay because...' thread, not the 'being mean to fat women on the bus in a bid to get yourself arrested' thread.

I like that tip for dealing with annoyingly loud dickheads talking into their mobile phones. A pity it depends upon them providing the feedline about it being a private conversation. It's tempting to try it to see how many goes it takes to get the required response in order to be able to deliver the punchline!

I was on a train once where there was a really cool guy in a business suit arguing on the phone in a measured, dispassionate tone with his significant other, who clearly had a lot more investment in the relationship than he did. She wanted to argue about who was to blame for what, but he wasn't really interested. His signal started breaking up as we got to the foot of a hill. Just before the train went into the tunnel and the signal failed altogether, he said "I'm losing you." How ironic!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 13 August, 2010, 12:42:34 pm
I have just learned that the practice of playing annoying music in public from tinny mobile phone speakers is known as SODCASTING. Good name, horible habit.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 13 August, 2010, 07:35:53 pm
Just saw this fantastic rainbow from where I am sat (dining room) and had to take a photo. It was so close I couldn't get the whole thing in one pic, makes a change. Anyway here it is.

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t136/commandoforces/Odds%20and%20Sods/P8130392-1.jpg)  (http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t136/commandoforces/Odds%20and%20Sods/P8130393-1.jpg)
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Post by: Noisybast on 13 August, 2010, 10:20:05 pm
I finally managed to get my phone to display in English again (via French).
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Post by: staticgirl on 15 August, 2010, 09:23:50 pm
went berrying today. Am making cordial.

Inadvertently made the elderberry cordial poisonous (don't boil the green berries) but the blackberries are steeping very well!
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 August, 2010, 09:19:46 pm
I found a shop in the town that stocks Sarsaparilla. Bought a few bottles and am drinking one now, delicious  :D
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Post by: Albion on 17 August, 2010, 09:35:02 pm
I found a shop in the town that stocks Sarsaparilla. Bought a few bottles and am drinking one now, delicious  :D

I was at Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge last week and while enjoying a pint of Banks's Mild in the pub there someone came in and asked for Sarsparilla but they didn't have any. Lovely stuff.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 August, 2010, 02:01:46 pm
Went to London on Monday and didn't get charged for parking  :D
We always park under St Katherine's Dock, it's a private car  park but with a few spaces for the common people. It's right next to Tower Bridge.
You use your credit/debit card to get in and out but when we left it wasn't working, hence no charge.

Also today I saw Vic Reeves in town. I was tempted to ask him "what's on the end of his stick" but didn't want to be one of the mad people!
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 August, 2010, 02:42:34 pm
... but didn't want to be one of the mad people!

Grud forbid!
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Post by: Dandontdare on 19 August, 2010, 02:52:01 pm
probably just as well, a mate of mine approached him once and said he was incredibly rude and grumpy.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 August, 2010, 03:05:56 pm
probably just as well, a mate of mine approached him once and said he was incredibly rude and grumpy.

To be fair, he was having a shit at the time...
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Post by: Christov on 19 August, 2010, 05:49:19 pm
I didn't fail my A levels and my Uni place is confirmed. Yay.
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Post by: nev on 19 August, 2010, 06:09:39 pm
Congratulations Christov.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 August, 2010, 06:12:02 pm
Nice one Christov.  Now all I need to do is capture you and swap my brain into your youthful student form and all will be as it should.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 August, 2010, 06:14:30 pm
probably just as well, a mate of mine approached him once and said he was incredibly rude and grumpy.

I wouldnt have even bothered approaching Vic Reeves mainly because i never found him that funny.

File under disinterested.
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Post by: uncle fester on 19 August, 2010, 06:29:09 pm
Well done Christov!  :)
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 19 August, 2010, 06:34:15 pm
Good for you Christov. My car passed it's MOT.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 19 August, 2010, 07:41:33 pm
Well done Christov. Of course in my day they were proper exams.....  :D
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 19 August, 2010, 07:46:50 pm
Well done Christov, and i hope you werent one of those poor bastards being patronised on the news this morning.
Though i should warn you that out there in the big wide world, 'ive passed my A Levels' has a whole other meaning too, so best not to shout it too loud if you find yourself in 'certain bars' this weekend.
SBT
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 August, 2010, 07:57:38 pm
Well done !!

Extended childhood !

More lifts off Mum and Dad !

Annoying adults/non-students in pubs !

Lots of standing around and obstructing corridoors and stairs at "Uni"

Lots of money off this and cash off that and concessions for everything !
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 19 August, 2010, 08:42:39 pm
 Congrats Christov. Nver finished my A levels. Good on you. But...

:-[  I thought you were in your 40's.

I don't read every thread and have missed any reference to you being young/stll at school. From what I have read from you I assumed you were older. Soz.

If it's any consolation you can take that to mean you seem very mature.

I do this a lot. I had Roger pegged as middle aged until he put me right and Usher was always in his 50's in my head before a picture showed up on the forum. That one I blame on his avatar though.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 August, 2010, 10:10:17 pm
My brother (non-shithead one) is going to University (fuck that wretched abbreviation) as he didn't fail. He didn't match my lofty achievement of four B's even with six extra years of LAYBOR DUMBIMNG DOWN on his side. He is the last one to fail to best me.

THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS MUM AND DAD.

Also this week it was my sister's birthday and I beat everyone else at presents.

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Post by: Kerrin on 19 August, 2010, 10:16:30 pm
Well done Christov and Roger's non-shithead brother.
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Post by: Noisybast on 20 August, 2010, 08:30:16 am
Good work, Christov. Make it count! :)
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Post by: TordelBack on 20 August, 2010, 08:39:50 am
Lots of money off this and cash off that and concessions for everything !

Mmm, Wolf's Best Bitter.  Tasty!
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Post by: Mikey on 20 August, 2010, 09:56:19 am
Good lad Christov - make sure you appreciate the fact that you're not going to 'The University of Life,School of Hard Knocks,never did me any harm (tm)'. Because I'm sure you realise you've no right to be a student after acing your exams, having fun, standing around where you like and maybe going to a class once a week.

M.
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Post by: House of Usher on 20 August, 2010, 09:59:23 am
I got a phonecall this morning offering me a week's work. I expect there will be more. I'm quite pleased.
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Post by: Christov on 20 August, 2010, 10:48:55 am
Thanks for the well wishing folks.

Now I'm off to wreck my brain with alcohol.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 20 August, 2010, 01:41:14 pm
I am skiving off work today.

Also there are lots of apples free to pick off the tree in the church garden across the road.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 20 August, 2010, 01:49:05 pm
Bunking off and scrumping? Are you living in a 50s Beano comic?
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Post by: TordelBack on 22 August, 2010, 10:39:26 pm
Continuing the DC Thomson theme, the Boy and I built a sandcastle today, and a passing lady said it was "a work of art".  

Stepping back from our labours for a bit I realised she was right, it was virtually a platonic sandcastle, built just below the high tide line so as to be surrounded by waves, with linking causeway and working drawbridge, well defined crenellations and arrowloops, and a mix of round and square mural towers paying testimony to the long accretion of its defenses.  It even had a soggy fly as king (I'll never understand monarchy).  

Unfortunately I didn't get her phone number.  
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Post by: House of Usher on 22 August, 2010, 10:48:40 pm
You tell stories like Kim Newman does*. The lady in question got about 40 years younger in my imagination between the first line of your post and the last.


Congrats on the sandcastle, the father-son time and the kudos from the beach crumpet, by the way.




*That's not a compliment.  ;)
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Post by: TordelBack on 23 August, 2010, 01:57:18 pm
The lady in question got about 40 years younger in my imagination between the first line of your post and the last.

And mine!
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Post by: House of Usher on 23 August, 2010, 05:01:22 pm
Beach crumpet, yesterday:

(http://www.newprophecy.net/Joan_Sims.jpg)
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Post by: WoD on 23 August, 2010, 05:04:02 pm
Continuing the DC Thomson theme, the Boy and I built a sandcastle today, and a passing lady said it was "a work of art".  

Stepping back from our labours for a bit I realised she was right, it was virtually a platonic sandcastle, built just below the high tide line so as to be surrounded by waves, with linking causeway and working drawbridge, well defined crenellations and arrowloops, and a mix of round and square mural towers paying testimony to the long accretion of its defenses.  It even had a soggy fly as king (I'll never understand monarchy).  

Unfortunately I didn't get her phone number.  

Photo...of the castle (or crumpet)...please.
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Post by: TordelBack on 23 August, 2010, 06:51:03 pm
Tccch, a photo of either would merely be shadows cast on a cave wall.  I'm telling you about the real thing, y'dig?  Mythopoesis on a sunny day.
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Post by: Kerrin on 23 August, 2010, 09:35:31 pm
Quote from: TordelBacklink=topic=24558.msg539802#msg539802date=1282585863
Mythopoesis
Trudges off to online dictionary.....again.

Aha! I usually do a bit of mythopoesis in the pub of a Friday night.

You didn't challenge the young lady to assault your ramparts then?

 
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Post by: vzzbux on 24 August, 2010, 09:27:14 pm
The wife's scan seemed to go all right today. All positives from the examiner. May be residue from the Mastitis she had while breastfeeding Sophie 2 years ago.
Not going to jump for joy until the results come through confirmed.
At least this has been promoted from the spugs thread.







V
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Post by: Mikey on 24 August, 2010, 09:45:23 pm
Good to hear Vzzbxx.
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Post by: TordelBack on 24 August, 2010, 10:14:34 pm
Promising news, V.  Hope its confirmed soon.
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Post by: Something Fishy on 24 August, 2010, 10:15:23 pm
Good news vzz.  Hope all is good.  My wife went through a long battle with breast cancer.  Tough times so delighted to hear things seem OK and keeping my fingers crossed for you both.
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Post by: staticgirl on 25 August, 2010, 01:48:03 pm
Ah brilliant. I had the same thing once - a scan prompted by a lump caused by an infection. It was really frightening at the time but my local NHS worked at lightening speed.
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Post by: Kerrin on 26 August, 2010, 12:09:43 am
Good news V, glad to hear it.
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Post by: staticgirl on 29 August, 2010, 10:38:08 am
I spent the day in the woods taking photos of toadstools yesterday.
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 29 August, 2010, 11:11:22 am
I spent the day in the woods taking photos of toadstools yesterday.
Would you care to elaborate...? :D
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Post by: vzzbux on 29 August, 2010, 09:10:54 pm
Thank for everyone's kind words on this and the spugs thread.

I spent the day in the woods taking photos of toadstools yesterday.
Amphibious droppings? How disgusting.






V
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Post by: TordelBack on 29 August, 2010, 09:41:19 pm
I spent the day in the woods taking photos of toadstools yesterday.
Amphibious droppings? How disgusting.

Genius.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 29 August, 2010, 10:55:57 pm
I took a phot of a great fat redcap mushroom on top of kinnoull hill in Perth yesterday, shall I send it on?
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Post by: Proudhuff on 30 August, 2010, 10:55:21 am
of course  :D
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Post by: staticgirl on 31 August, 2010, 04:59:45 pm
I spent the day in the woods taking photos of toadstools yesterday.
Would you care to elaborate...? :D
This sort of thing:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4935220347_8a6d15992d_m.jpg)
It was sort of okay*

*pretty good fun
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Post by: Hoagy on 31 August, 2010, 07:43:35 pm
The Island Of Gwangi is on tomorrow.
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Post by: worldshown on 04 September, 2010, 11:57:48 am
Won the works charity quiz night by a clear 5 points on Thursday, which I'd have posted in the drokking fantastic thread but for two reasons;

1) only 11 people out of an office of over 300 bothered to turn up.

2) after expenses, it probably only raised about £7 for the charity.
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Post by: Rog69 on 04 September, 2010, 05:10:20 pm
The Island Of Gwangi is on tomorrow.

I excitedly googled that thinking for a moment that someone had made a sequel to Valley of the Gwangi, but I guess you meant Valley all along  :)

Cool movie though, I once got to watch it in the presence of Ray Harryhausen himself, I'm a huge fan of his movies.
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Post by: House of Usher on 04 September, 2010, 05:28:05 pm
Won the works charity quiz night by a clear 5 points on Thursday, which I'd have posted in the drokking fantastic thread but for two reasons;

1) only 11 people out of an office of over 300 bothered to turn up.

2) after expenses, it probably only raised about £7 for the charity.

Well done. This reminds me of a time when I worked for a small community charity desperate for ideas to raise money after spending half of their equipment grant on the electricity bill. They had a Christmas fair on the same day as the community centre had theirs, thus splitting their customer base. Several hundred pounds' worth of donated materials and free labour raised not much more than a tenner after costs were factored in. Another short-lived initiative was to provide lunchtime meals for a pound, but with only approximately half a dozen takers every day it was making next to no money. What's more, the food was disgusting. One day it was a thin soup with bits of bacon in it, and on another it was a bolognaise sauce on spiral pasta cooked for so long it looked like marshmallow flumps. Every afternoon, when I came to work, the kitchen stank the place out with foul odours.
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Post by: staticgirl on 05 September, 2010, 04:46:08 pm
I won £86 on the lottery.

That means my chances of being a zillionaire are completely blown now doesn't it....
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Post by: House of Usher on 05 September, 2010, 05:29:31 pm
I won £86 on the lottery.

That means my chances of being a zillionaire are completely blown now doesn't it....

No, your chances are exactly the same as they were yesterday. That's why you have exactly the same chance of winning if you have a random selection of numbers ('lucky dip,' I believe they call it) or the same numbers every draw. The outcome of one draw doesn't affect the probability of the next.
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Post by: Kirbdog78 on 05 September, 2010, 08:28:20 pm
Because i got to chill out today, drink lots of tea and join this forum. I also did some training so I don't feel totally lazy.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 05 September, 2010, 08:32:25 pm
...because both my boys have mild colds. Not, i grant you, normally a cause for celebration, but in this case it means they've been in bed an hour already and are flat out, giving Mrs Bluething and myself some peace and quiet and 'ustime'.

So obviously we're both on the internet...

SBT
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Post by: staticgirl on 06 September, 2010, 12:10:38 pm
I won £86 on the lottery.

That means my chances of being a zillionaire are completely blown now doesn't it....

No, your chances are exactly the same as they were yesterday. That's why you have exactly the same chance of winning if you have a random selection of numbers ('lucky dip,' I believe they call it) or the same numbers every draw. The outcome of one draw doesn't affect the probability of the next.

Yeah but that's mathematic laws when I was thinking about the laws of Sod.

:) Still! Thanks for the reassurance!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 September, 2010, 10:51:38 am
Today is mine and my wife's tenth anniversary. Not wedding, first date. That's good. However, she's in Bournemouth, performing, so that's not good.
But tonight, the boys and i are going to watch Deep Blue Sea, so we're creeping back up the good scale. And we have popcorn!
So that's sort of okay.
SBT
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 13 September, 2010, 12:46:13 am
It's Monday. But new series of The Inbetweeners starts!
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Post by: Hoagy on 13 September, 2010, 01:19:49 am
The Island Of Gwangi is on tomorrow.

I excitedly googled that thinking for a moment that someone had made a sequel to Valley of the Gwangi, but I guess you meant Valley all along  :)

Cool movie though, I once got to watch it in the presence of Ray Harryhausen himself, I'm a huge fan of his movies.

Yes, sorry, I got that title wrong a few times. Its the first time in living memory I have been able to watch it.

This is what the internet is for too, Rog. I've met a man upon a stair, who has watched a Ray Harryhausen film in the very man's presence.

I got Clash a'la Laurie Olly on Zeus, and there is an extra; interview with Ray, on there. He comes across a very down to earth and more engineer than artiste. I wish I'd've met him. He says his favourite jobs were the Sinbad tales.

Back to Valley of Gwangi and I particularly liked the simplicity of taking something most probably thought up on the kitchen floor of many a household, with rubber-cast dinosaurs on a regular basis and developed by grown ups. It never grows beyond the that simplicity from which all the magic emanates. There is this obligatory good/evil imagery at the end there. I've read this was protocol in a lot of films that lacked in strong moral metaphor in the old America.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 20 September, 2010, 11:49:04 am
I found twenty quid on the ground this morning, and then spent a tenner of it on The Horde (french zombie flick, released today). I wouldnt normally break my 'no dvds over a fiver' rule, but i didnt have the cash ten minutes earlier, and there's an english dubbed version on the disc as well (cant stand subtitles!). So that's sort of okay. Unless the film turns out to be crap, in which case that's a whole new spugs thread right there, as ive been waiting ages for it.
SBT
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Post by: Dandontdare on 22 September, 2010, 02:10:06 pm
After more than a month without hot water, the housing association has finally found someone with the knowledge and the parts to fix the boiler. Hot baths all round!
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 22 September, 2010, 05:53:45 pm
After more than a month without hot water, the housing association has finally found someone with the knowledge and the parts to fix the boiler. Hot baths all round!

****SIGH*****

 ::) ::)

A month to find a boiler engineer.You have far more patience than i have.
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Post by: vzzbux on 22 September, 2010, 09:01:55 pm
I hope you got a reduction of your council tax DDD. If not then you should enquire.




V
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Post by: Dandontdare on 22 September, 2010, 09:10:19 pm
The reason for the long delay was because having no hot water is not deemed an emergency, so they'll only come out in working hours. I'm buggered if I'm taking a day's holiday for that, and my workshy flatmate has been away supergluing himself to bankers in Edinburgh, so it's only last week that we've been able to schedule a visit.

As for the new power shower that hasn't worked since they installed it about 6 months ago, apparently we're "on the list". These have been failing to work all over the estate, so I think it's a pretty long list!
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Post by: House of Usher on 23 September, 2010, 07:06:19 pm
I hope you got a reduction of your council tax DDD. If not then you should enquire.

That should be a rent rebate.
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Post by: House of Usher on 28 September, 2010, 06:46:40 pm
Of the three students I had in my English Literature GCSE class last year whom I felt 100% certain would pass, all three did, two of them with A grades, of whom one far exceeded my expectations of him.

I feel less bad now about resigning from the post after covering 60% of the material than I did at the time I quit. They need to believe in themselves more and worry less about who their tutor is.
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Post by: House of Usher on 29 September, 2010, 06:02:41 pm
I got paid the £140 I was owed from the payslip before, and I had a day's work today shoving stuff in a mixer, which wasn't too onerous.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 01 October, 2010, 09:52:19 am
My niece is off the ventilator. She's still on oxygen in intensive care, but they've reduced the sedation so she's awake a lot more and no longer needs to go to theatre every other day to have her shoulder drained.

She's still very poorly and has not shaken off the infection totally, but looks like things are going in the right direction.  My brother says she's been communicating by a combination of hand signals and a frustrated glare that says "you're not getting it daddy", but she's been ordering cosmetics from the Avon catalogue, so she must be improving!
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Post by: mogzilla on 01 October, 2010, 10:09:19 am
good news
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Post by: TordelBack on 01 October, 2010, 11:48:00 am
Good news Dan, but blimey that's been a long haul.  The poor thing, not to mention your poor family.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 01 October, 2010, 11:52:19 am
I got paid the £140 I was owed from the payslip before, and I had a day's work today shoving stuff in a mixer, which wasn't too onerous.

You're making "fruit smoothies"?
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Post by: House of Usher on 01 October, 2010, 11:55:11 am
I wish. No, actually a safe play surface for a children's playground.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 01 October, 2010, 12:05:12 pm
Is it that red spongy stuff?

Once, on a lark, me and my friends played a game of tag where we threw chunks of it at each other. I was the winner once I hit Grant in the eye, eliciting the paterfrater howl.

It didn't occur to us at the time, when we thought it most subversive, but said subversiveness was sadly predicated on the greater prior subversiveness of older boys carving it up in the first place.

Still, we had some fun in those days.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 01 October, 2010, 12:05:25 pm
Good news Dan, but blimey that's been a long haul.  The poor thing, not to mention your poor family.

Too true, it's been a very scary few weeks as she didn't seem to be responding to treatment at all. My bro's now sending out regular e-mail updates as everyone's been banned from keep ringing to find out how she is - every time the phone went he had a near heart attack thinking it may be bad news!
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Post by: House of Usher on 01 October, 2010, 12:12:42 pm
Is it that red spongy stuff?

Some of it is. They save that for putting shapes in. The stuff I was mixing was just black. They left hollows to be filled with coloured stuff. I'd say it was pretty subversive to go injuring one another with safe play material. Well done.

Good news Dan

Yeah, I'll say. It must have been awful for your whole family, especially your poor niece herself. Glad to hear she has improved so much and is recovering.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 01 October, 2010, 08:58:48 pm
Great news Dan, and i hope that things now move swiftly and she's back on her feet in no time. It mustve been a bloody nightmare for your whole family.

My slightly sort of okay news is ive just picked up Origins off Play.com for £4.99 inc postage, in their sale.

And and and- and this i am very excited about- all 159 episodes of the original Twilight Zone on dvd for £16 inc postage, from eBay. Okay, so they arent exactly official releases, but as its my favourite tv show ever and there's no way I'll ever have the cash for the complete series any other way, im willing to overlook the dubious legality. "in the public domain" due to the fifty year rule, it says. Ahem!
SBT
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Post by: TordelBack on 01 October, 2010, 09:18:54 pm
I loathe the self-important faithless cocksuckers my wife has to work with/for, and regularly pass an idle minute imagining their painful undoing.  If we didn't need their filthy money so much I'd be up there every second spitting every ounce of biliious venom I could conjure  in their ignorant bullying faces.  However for once she's getting a bit of a break - right now she's in Brussels for four days at a conference at their expense.  Not only is she finding it interesting and self-affirming, but she just rang me from a slap-up freebie dinner in (allegedly) Europe's largest dinsosaur gallery at the Belgian Museum of Natural Sciences.  

Check it out:
 
(http://cdn.wn.com/pd/04/a0/af628bbe47e696babeebb99356ae_grande.jpg)

32 Iguanadons in one room, with free wine!  I am most pleased.  This'd be in Drokkin' Excellent thread, except I'm stuck here at home.


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Post by: staticgirl on 02 October, 2010, 08:56:07 pm
I got all the Spring bulbs planted before the rain started.
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Post by: DrJomster on 02 October, 2010, 09:02:44 pm
I've just discovered that the Meg goes for a very decent price on clickwheel! This could well be my jumping on point after all these years! :D
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Post by: SquashedFly on 02 October, 2010, 09:13:30 pm
I just had a gingerbread man for the first time in ages. Tasty stuff.
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Post by: Cthulouis on 03 October, 2010, 12:58:47 am

32 Iguanadons in one room, with free wine!  I am most pleased.  This'd be in Drokkin' Excellent thread, except I'm stuck here at home.


Ooooh, nice. Are those the ones they found down that mine?
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Post by: TordelBack on 03 October, 2010, 08:31:09 am
Ooooh, nice. Are those the ones they found down that mine?

I believe so.  Heading off to the airport to retrieve the wife this morning, there'd better be good notes.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 October, 2010, 05:53:39 pm
Just discovered the SAYNOTO0870.COM website.

I've been looking for a way to stick it to 50p per minute "Customer Service" lines and this may be it.  We may be bastards in Banks but as far as I know, we don't charge you to call us up.
 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 October, 2010, 10:38:31 pm
Quote
"But seriously. Iontlike the fact dat Julez thinks he gotta sneak & watched California gurls on u tube. Katy Perry is polluting the chirrens...It is like kiddie porn tho. All them damn colors, candy and shit….and then daisy dukes, breast shooting cream…And then Elmo and Tits!? "
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 09 October, 2010, 12:15:01 pm
Ive just bought some incredible hulk pants. For me. I havent had any since i was seven, when they were my favourite pants in the world. Now i have new ones. This should really be in the drokking fantastic thread.
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 October, 2010, 12:22:53 pm
our trolls seem to have gone
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 09 October, 2010, 11:04:07 pm
mutant titty crabs,never fails . :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 11 October, 2010, 11:41:02 pm
Due to a temporary glitch in the Amazon.co.uk system earlier today, I managed to bag From Hell for the princely sum of £3.50 (inc postage). Not bad for a 576-page book.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: exilewood on 13 October, 2010, 06:57:55 pm
I was reading an old Annual & found out that Mick McMahon is a fellow Arsenal fan.
Always knew that droid had class!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 18 October, 2010, 12:05:44 am
I was anoyed to have to buy anouthe impereil dalek to get the rest of the daleks from the rembens of the daleks set but when It turned up on fridays I was kind of happey as they have changed the mold for it a litile so its dirfent from the one I all redy owen. and im watching the originil series of spiderman on dvd god I love minickjile villions with redikilous plans and mainckile larfter arfter anoucing there plans
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 October, 2010, 08:26:51 am
Sorry Cyberleader, are you dyslexic, or otherwise disabled in some way? I'm having great difficulty making sense of anything you write. Have you considered using a spellchecker, or getting someone to look over your posts before you hit 'send'?
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 18 October, 2010, 09:26:19 am
Sorry Cyberleader, are you dyslexic, or otherwise disabled in some way? I'm having great difficulty making sense of anything you write. Have you considered using a spellchecker, or getting someone to look over your posts before you hit 'send'?
SBT

I was haveng difekulteis undarstendinge ite as wall an had to reede it free timez beethore iy koold undastanded whot Cyberleeyder wass sayeeng annd thys problam has beane pointd ot maneey tims beefaw.

Dam spllchuckir is brkin and i cannut be boffered !!

Stewped thng !!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 October, 2010, 09:32:50 am
Looks like Aronofsky is directing Wolverine 2. Let's hope it's as good as his last collaboration with Hugh Jackman.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 18 October, 2010, 11:41:44 am
I recently returned from Amsterdam and still feeling the love. Surprising, as I was very noisy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 18 October, 2010, 01:59:07 pm
Looks like Aronofsky is directing Wolverine 2. Let's hope it's as good as his last collaboration with Hugh Jackman.
I enjoyed The Fountain a lot more than Van Helsing.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 18 October, 2010, 02:01:11 pm
I recently returned from Amsterdam and still feeling the love. Surprising, as I was very noisy.

 :o Possibly too much information?



 ;) :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 18 October, 2010, 07:34:51 pm
I recently returned from Amsterdam and still feeling the love. Surprising, as I was very noisy.

 :o Possibly too much information?without pictoral evidence?(fixed that for you) ;)



 ;) :lol:



Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 October, 2010, 07:03:46 pm
Just read on Twitter
TV Licence fee is to be frozen for the next 6 years.
World Service to be funded by the BBC and not the Foreign Office.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 19 October, 2010, 07:59:46 pm
Just read on Twitter
TV Licence fee is to be frozen for the next 6 years.
World Service to be funded by the BBC and not the Foreign Office.

I just read elsewhere about the planned EU direct tax payable by everyone to the EU plus 8 other forms of direct taxation imposed by the EU.

But still life is sort of just about nearly okay really  :D but it could be so much better......

I am so enraged i am going to write to my MP/elected non-representative !

 :lol:

Good heavens above !

At least i have the option of dumping the TV to avoid the fee/tax.

Shame the same cant be said of the EU.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 20 October, 2010, 03:50:19 am
Life is sometimes sort of okay because... you can meet a nice girl who is into ludicrous noise and cycling.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 20 October, 2010, 06:22:06 am
Really? Where might one discover such a lady?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 21 October, 2010, 12:03:10 pm
Job interview. Christie Hospital, Manchester. 2pm.
Cover me - I'm going in...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 21 October, 2010, 12:04:32 pm
GOOD LUCK MATTHEW
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 21 October, 2010, 12:46:08 pm
The best of luck, Noisy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 21 October, 2010, 01:19:30 pm
Job interview. Christie Hospital, Manchester. 2pm.
Cover me - I'm going in...

You know we'll only shoot you in the arse. ;)

Good luck for the job interview Noisybast. Always a bit nerve wracking.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 21 October, 2010, 01:37:41 pm
Good luck Noisy!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 21 October, 2010, 02:47:40 pm
Good luck!

I have a card from my 1yr old niece (written by her personal secretary/mum of course) thanking me for my present of a ball for her birthday. I am full of awwwwwwwwwwwwwww now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 21 October, 2010, 04:04:01 pm
Some of the criminal underworld have tried to break into our shed at the bottom of the garden. It was funny to look at their pathetic attempts as they tried to saw through two grade 4 padlocks (grade 5 is the best but most expensive in the range I looked at). About 1mm of the outer coating hardened plastic was cut through.
I just wish I'd have caught the twats but that's why I paid for decent padlocks, plus everything inside is chained together, just in case!

Remember folks, buy decent protection and prepare your defences well  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 21 October, 2010, 04:47:42 pm
The Shed of Dredd is impregnable!

Got the job. Doing a half day's training tomorrow afternoon and starting ful-time on Monday. Awesome...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mikey on 21 October, 2010, 04:56:24 pm
Hurrah for Noisy!

Imagine what THE CELLAR must be protected with if the Shed of Dredd is so well locked...


M.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 21 October, 2010, 07:28:31 pm
Domestic tac-nukes, I shouldn't wonder...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 21 October, 2010, 08:27:14 pm
Remember folks, buy decent protection and prepare your defences well  ;)[/color]

I am impressed! One question: a known weak point of padlocked sheds is screw-on hinges and flush plates. How have you avoided such an obvious pitfall with your shed?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 21 October, 2010, 08:40:33 pm
The hinges are heavy duty ones and the all the screws are covered by the metal plates that fold back on themselves when you lock the shed. So as the perp looks at the lock all he can see are metal plates with a padlock.
Just did a quick search (as I'm off to work in a minute) and it looks something like this -

(http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/core/media/media.nl?id=55698&c=317638&h=11c04ec2ca9838c116fa)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 21 October, 2010, 08:43:54 pm
Remember folks, buy decent protection and prepare your defences well  ;)[/color]

I am impressed! One question: a known weak point of padlocked sheds is screw-on hinges and flush plates. How have you avoided such an obvious pitfall with your shed?

You can get heavy duty hinges that are bolted on where the the bolts have round heads facing out that cant be undone from the outside.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 21 October, 2010, 09:00:01 pm
Got the job.

Congratulations! Good news indeed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 21 October, 2010, 09:05:19 pm
Congrats Noisybast.  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 21 October, 2010, 09:16:16 pm
once these screws are in they can't be screwed out.
(http://www.insight-direct.co.uk/shop/images/sfh-ch-slotcsk-range.jpg)





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 21 October, 2010, 09:38:50 pm
once these screws are in they can't be screwed out.

Neat! So they only offer resistance when turned clockwise, but slip when force is applied anti-clockwise.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 21 October, 2010, 09:47:12 pm
Yep. After my shed got raided via the hinges this was the way to prevent a repeat performance.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 21 October, 2010, 09:49:51 pm
Got the job.

WAHEY! Congratulations Noisy!

And I'm glad you thwarted the thieving little twats CF.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 21 October, 2010, 10:13:28 pm
I am amused by my new sig which gives live updates about how many play station 3 trophy’s I have I found This fun thing by accident. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 21 October, 2010, 10:13:45 pm
Good work getting the job.

Good job getting the work.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 21 October, 2010, 10:50:49 pm
Congratulations Noisy!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 22 October, 2010, 11:58:11 am
For the last few days I have been involved in a three way tug-of-love between myself, Three and Phones4U. Intending to move to Orange (via Phones4U), Three refused to give me my PAC. Their customer retention department called four times yesterday, and eventually, after much debate, beat Phones4U's deal and convinced me to stay.

So, I called Phones4U to cancel. Phones4U then offered me a cheque for £144 to switch - thus matching Three's total cost over the 24 months, and a contract offering hundreds more free minutes (100 v 500) and texts (100 v 3000) per month to boot. So, I shall go with them after all.

I called Three to tell them I shall be leaving, and they can't beat this now. Instead they have this morning been telling me that Phones4U are in trouble with Ofcom for misselling and that I should stick with Three for "peace of mind".

It's been quite a drawn out process over the last few days. But a lot of narky calls has resulted in a free phone and 20% off the contract compared to what I thought I was going to pay...

M@
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 October, 2010, 12:02:35 pm
Congrats to Noisy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Lady Festina on 23 October, 2010, 05:02:39 pm
I had to sacrifice my Saturday afternoon to work -  :(

BUT, I've just finished and there's an episode of House starting right about now  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 23 October, 2010, 06:59:52 pm
All the media stories about Phones4U mis-selling date from 2 years ago - one assumes they have improved since then.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 24 October, 2010, 09:59:41 am
Congrats Noisy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 24 October, 2010, 02:06:22 pm
I bought 13 progs between 28 and 41 for 6 quid all in VG condition for 50p each and a 12" single of This Charming Man for 2 quid this morning.

I also found a small enamel sign that was from a company called Dodo Designs who used to have a fantastic shop like an Emporium in Tunbridge Wells [next to the Pantiles] back in the early 80s.They used to reproduce retro designs.It was a fantastic shop if anyone remembers it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 24 October, 2010, 07:02:16 pm
Thanks, people. It's only a temp contract, but it'll tide me over while I look for something permanent: )
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 24 October, 2010, 08:02:06 pm
Well done Noisybast  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 27 October, 2010, 09:48:43 pm
I went out to rent a DVD and i had a craving for ice cream which wouldnt go away but in the video shop there was a choice of Haagendaz Dulce De Luxe or Dulce De Luxe or Dulce De Luxe or Dulce De Luxe or Dulce De Luxe.

Luckily i dont mind Dulce De Luxe and other than that the only choice was Ben and Jerrys Baked Alaska which sounded sickly.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 27 October, 2010, 09:56:35 pm
So did you go for the Dulce de Luxe, or the Dulce de Lux? :D
Baked Alaska - is that the one that has the little white chocolate polar bears in it? If so - yes it is sickly!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 27 October, 2010, 10:05:07 pm
So did you go for the Dulce de Luxe, or the Dulce de Lux? :D
Baked Alaska - is that the one that has the little white chocolate polar bears in it? If so - yes it is sickly!

Thats the one and i find a lot of their ice cream sounds too rich and sickly.

Whatever happened to Haagendaz Macadamia Nut Brittle and Haagendaz Malibu ice cream ?

I dont like chocolate ice cream either.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 28 October, 2010, 12:26:35 am
I got an email today from hobby link japan A few weaks back I e-mailed them 2 times about defetive parts in my limited edichion Evangelion kit I was just brousing thro my e-mail today to discover that there sending me replacment parts free of charge no postage nouthing :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 28 October, 2010, 12:42:26 pm
We had another fire alarm yesterday and I have to walk down 22 flights of stairs.
Today I am working at home so am able to spend almost the entire day in bed resting my sore and aching legs(just as long as I keep an eye on my e-mails)

/happy
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 28 October, 2010, 02:25:19 pm
Today I am working at home so am able to spend almost the entire day in bed

 :o I don't want to ask what you do for a living ...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 October, 2010, 02:32:59 pm
Today I am working at home so am able to spend almost the entire day in bed

 :o I don't want to ask what you do for a living ...

I'm hoping it's a bed tester.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 29 October, 2010, 04:36:02 pm
Typing on a netbook. Staring at a spreadsheet. Getting a headache.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 02 November, 2010, 10:26:08 pm
After it annoying me all day I finally got that thing out that was stuck between my crowned tooth and it's neighbour.

Ironically it turned out to be a piece of dental floss  ::).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 November, 2010, 05:34:27 pm
I was in a lift earlier today, having just been to the toilet, when two skateboard-bearing youths got in. Seeing my dredd badge one of them said 'hey, they're making a new dredd film aren't they? I read about it in 2000AD'. I said that they were, and it was shooting about now, and he said 'Dredd's cool, 2000AD's great' (or juvespeak to that effect).

Just thought i'd share that. Made me smile, anyway. I resisted the urge to frogmarch them to whs and ensure they bought the prog and the meg each, Commando Forces-stylee.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 03 November, 2010, 06:21:57 pm
I dont know where else to post this but the local newsagent sells 3 copies of 2000ad per week which is 156 copies pa.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 November, 2010, 07:31:56 pm
I keep turning up for college lectures and being told (along with a couple of other guys) that we should just go home because the lecturer needs to spend the time with people who are falling behind.

On the one hand I love it because it means I can head home and kick back for the afternoon, but on the other hand its frustrating because the guys who are falling behind are falling behind because they aren't making any effort at all and don't generally turn up or give a shit. Its a bit annoying that its slowing everyone else down. So its kind of...okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 05 November, 2010, 06:49:26 pm
I have been planning on joining a specialist building conservation/plastering company that does my kind of work.The problem was one of the partners in the company didnt know who i was or what i do and his attitude towards myself wasnt at all good so in the meantime he has found out who i am and what i do and his attitude towards myself has improved 100 percent as he has seen my work and the principle of the company who i have known since 1995 has explained a few things to the other partner.

I lost a lot of work because of the other partner but i had to get over it and not say anything because if i had have done it would have ruined my chances.

I say this because i met with the other partner this afternoon because i needed a second opinion on a problem at work and he was very happy to give advice and his time.We only talked for 10 minutes but i gave him a tenner for his time which made a very good impression.

I had the same problem with the other partner but again once it was explained by the principal partner who i am and what kind of work i do her attitude completly improved 100 percent as well.

So hopefully it will happen after all but i will be an outworker and not an employee as they will just give me individual contracts as and when because i am not looking to be an employee on wages.

They do prestigious high class work on listed buildings so this is very important to me as despite the recession they are very busy the whole time.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SquashedFly on 06 November, 2010, 01:37:28 am
I got back home safe from the US on Monday, and in Manchester airport before leaving for America I bought Judge Dredd Casefiles 04 and a book on Friedrich Nietzsche. The worst I had to suffer was being bumped into by a foul mouthed northern irish woman on a bus after getting off the plane so not too bad. Flights don't half get flippin boring though.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 November, 2010, 09:37:59 pm
My sister's boyfriend has "Holes" as a surname.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 07 November, 2010, 11:50:20 pm
I’m happy as I got to give advises out about which transformers and where to buy them from I love it when people come to me for help with stuff I know how to help them with :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 08 November, 2010, 07:52:11 pm
Because today both my boys went film club after school, meaning my wife and i had eight uninterrupted hours of peace, for the first time in seven and a half years.

We spent it lounging on the sofa in our pants, with coffee, chocolate biscuits, and some dvds. We watched Vault of Horror (amicus, tom baker) and just when it had finished the postman delivered Torture Garden (amicus, burgess meredith, peter cushing, jack palance) through the door, so we watched that. Then The Bat (vincent price), which was hilarious for all the right reasons, then wrapped up with Zombieland, which she'd not seen.

Then i picked the boys up and found they'd been watching Back To The Future on the big screen, and had loved it.

Then we ate pie.

Actually, this belongs in the Drokkin' Fantastic thread. What's happened to that?

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 09 November, 2010, 12:18:11 am
I'm sure life was sort of okay for some reason but I can't remember for the life of me what it was. Damn. Best just enjoy it and not examine it too much.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 09 November, 2010, 12:31:09 am
You got a blowjob.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 09 November, 2010, 01:15:30 am
While you're down there can you see if my slippers are under the sofa?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 09 November, 2010, 02:19:10 am
If it had been me, you would have remembered.


(That's because I would have stolen your curios.)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 09 November, 2010, 02:49:05 am
Clone Wars volume 1(the original 2D animation) arrived today. I've already watched it (it works well watching it all through), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The stories were very basic but it was a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 11 November, 2010, 07:18:48 pm
I have got a nice job to do inside before Xmas and what is even better is i can get a taxi to work and back and get the expense of a taxi refunded from the Norwegian window company who is paying for my work as i am correcting the mistake they made with their own windows.Unfortunately its only 1 weeks work when more would have been nice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 12 November, 2010, 10:26:26 pm
In the trail for tonight's Newsnight Review they mentioned zombies, cannibals, Shakespeare and Chekhov. I'm happy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: DrJomster on 12 November, 2010, 11:02:44 pm
The Walking Dead telly series seems to be going down really well... So when it finally comes on to DVD or a channel I have, it should be a cue for Good Times!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 13 November, 2010, 10:12:40 pm
Because tonights spammer has manners and is  being polite enough to keep his posts in the off topic forum. 

Credit where it's due.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 17 November, 2010, 01:11:19 pm
I just switched my energy supplier from those greedy twats at British gas and because I have been neglectful in the past when it comes to chasing the better tariffs, I now stand to save about £400 a year on my new one and I'm getting 12 bottles of wine from the switching web site too.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 17 November, 2010, 09:27:51 pm
I was amused to receive some junk mail from my own company today addressed to "Joe Dredd"!

During some training a few months back, we had to practice adding new members to one of our booking systems, but we had to use a real address as it has automatic postcode validation. So I used my own address and picked an obvious name ... and Dredd is now being invited to take up a very special discounted offer!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 17 November, 2010, 09:37:19 pm
I just switched my energy supplier from those greedy twats at British gas and because I have been neglectful in the past when it comes to chasing the better tariffs, I now stand to save about £400 a year on my new one and I'm getting 12 bottles of wine from the switching web site too.
Holy shit! How much do you pay a year if you can save that much? That's my energy bill for about two years.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 17 November, 2010, 09:46:24 pm
Because today both my boys went film club after school, meaning my wife and i had eight uninterrupted hours of peace, for the first time in seven and a half years.

We spent it lounging on the sofa in our pants, with coffee, chocolate biscuits, and some dvds. We watched Vault of Horror (amicus, tom baker) and just when it had finished the postman delivered Torture Garden (amicus, burgess meredith, peter cushing, jack palance) through the door, so we watched that. Then The Bat (vincent price), which was hilarious for all the right reasons, then wrapped up with Zombieland, which she'd not seen.

Then i picked the boys up and found they'd been watching Back To The Future on the big screen, and had loved it.

Then we ate pie.

Actually, this belongs in the Drokkin' Fantastic thread. What's happened to that?

SBT

Best. Day. Ever.

Can't wait til my kids are all old enough to go to film club (or any club) and I can do that!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 18 November, 2010, 07:25:08 pm
I just switched my energy supplier from those greedy twats at British gas and because I have been neglectful in the past when it comes to chasing the better tariffs, I now stand to save about £400 a year on my new one and I'm getting 12 bottles of wine from the switching web site too.
Holy shit! How much do you pay a year if you can save that much? That's my energy bill for about two years.

My last four quarterly bills for gas and electricity all combined came to just over £1400 on the standard British Gas tariffs.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 December, 2010, 02:33:36 pm
Have just spent the past two days (and nights) teaching myself just enough Visual Basic to assemble a database app for 650 records with 60 fields each and c. 2,500 linked images (variable numbers for each record), to be runnable in Access 2000 from from a DVD or USB Flashdrive, easily updatable on a standalone PC, and used by County Council employees and interested members of the public, i.e. Big, Simple, But Utterly Idiot Proof.  

This may sound like a piece of piss to you smart techy types out there, but it was akin to bashing my brains out with an icicle.  I haven't done any programming for more than a decade, and then it was just using Pascal to write tools for miniCAD, and I've never used VB.  However, I've succeeded in writing and debugging all the individual functions and subroutines I need on an ancient Dell laptop (no Access 2000 for my Mac), got a workable table, and ugly forms and reports designed, and now I just have to put it all together and make it look pretty (and enter relative path information for all the images - gulp).  

The sense of pushing my own intellectual boundaries is actually worth the hours of miserable confusion, and hopefully it'll carry me through the drudgery to come.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 05 December, 2010, 02:38:13 pm
The sense of pushing my own intellectual boundaries is actually worth the hours of miserable confusion, and hopefully it'll carry me through the drudgery to come.
Glad to hear you got there. There's a definite sense of achievement to be had with something like this. If you need any help or even just a review of it, feel free to message me.

You shouldn't need to manually enter the file paths.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 05 December, 2010, 02:42:52 pm
Well done TB. I feel that I've pushed my intellectual boundaries by reading your post and understanding a good 60% of it. Better have a lie down.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 December, 2010, 04:32:07 pm
You shouldn't need to manually enter the file paths.

I had thought I'd be able to automate it, but unfortunately the client is (tomorrow) supplying a disc of images sized/formatted to their specs, and having seen the file structure they've used... it's about 600 individually named folders which don't necessarily correspond to an individual Record, each containing from none to 12 photos inside, all named with no convention in mind (e.g. "Sign at side of road.jpg").   You'll be amused that they wanted each photo to be a minimum of 3MB - hopefully I've convinced them that that's insanity.  I need to present all the photos relating to each Record in a prinatble report (I wince every time I think of what that is going to do to the laptop's memory), as well as selecting relevant pictures to be clickable thumbnails on the form (that's the bit of VB that wrecked my head: multiple images, all linked, all relative paths, some clickable for display in the end-user's unspecified default viewer). At this point my mind rebels at how complicated harvesting that info automatically would be - just using the form to enter it seems preferable, even though I know I should push on and work it out.  My deadline is Tuesday, and I can't take the risk of getting nowhere.

I've worked out how to make the links in the Image Control paths relative to the location of the database so that it'll run anywhere, but I've used a table structure that allows functions on the form to build a relative file path out of strFolder, strImageName1, StrImageName2, etc.  (I stopped short of using a borrowed code module that allowed file location browsing rather than typing in a name because the prospect of users blindly linking stuff from all over was too awful to contemplate).

It's a horrid, poorly thought-out brief that I'm unqualified to fulfill, but it's only part of a much bigger non-techy project and I can't turn down the work! 

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 05 December, 2010, 11:08:26 pm
Wot!? 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 December, 2010, 11:17:05 pm
Yes, apologies, unacceptable thread drift.  However, let it be known that The Cosh has already messaged me with the solution to my main problem like the true gent  he is, and now life is better than okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 05 December, 2010, 11:21:44 pm
Nah tread drift is good, its not often I dont have a clue what I have just read though!
David
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 06 December, 2010, 01:10:23 pm
What worries me that despite not knowing any programming languages I understood a little bit of that.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 17 December, 2010, 02:34:25 pm
Our most demanding (read: pain-in-the-arse) corporate clients have just sent everybody on the team a £75 voucher for all our work during the year. Woo hoo! Only downside is that I have to visit the Hell on Earth that is the Trafford Centre to spend it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 17 December, 2010, 02:37:52 pm
Our most demanding (read: pain-in-the-arse) corporate clients have just sent everybody on the team a £75 voucher for all our work during the year. Woo hoo! Only downside is that I have to visit the Hell on Earth that is the Trafford Centre to spend it.

See if you can exchange it with someone you know for cash or give it to charity

I would try anything rather than experience that again as once was enough.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 17 December, 2010, 04:08:56 pm
...it's Friday, which means I have emerged from another week a frayed and spindled wreck, but still undefeated, albeit on a technicality.  One more quote to do, and then I'm out of here 'til Sunday.  Hurrah!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 20 December, 2010, 05:51:29 pm
I think I've finished the Christmas shopping and posting.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 14 January, 2011, 07:47:27 pm
I found out that my 3rd favorit game series(Dynasty Warriors Gundam) has relased its 3rd game in japan back in december and it usichily takes about 5 months befor it gets relased in the uk theres no relases date yet but I heard it has been confirmed for a uk relases.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 15 January, 2011, 01:15:38 am
I have just finished devising a poetry analysis tutorial using 30 questions about Toads by Philip Larkin as stimulus material, and I'm happy with it.


I've got 5 students starting up their classes again this week. Something to be glad about.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 22 January, 2011, 11:08:06 pm
...and I've got a carton of cranberry juice in the cupboard. I just realized I can have cosmopolitans.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 January, 2011, 11:47:38 pm
1). That cranberry juice hasn't been in a fridge. It will be rancid.

2). Cosmopolitans are a girl drink.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 January, 2011, 01:11:48 am
1). That cranberry juice hasn't been in a fridge. It will be rancid.

2). Cosmopolitans are a girl drink.

1. They make UHT juice now, Roger.

2. So what?

3. Would you oblige klute's lady friend from the speed dating thread if she asked you to?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 January, 2011, 01:17:27 am
I'd rather felch you, seeing as how

1). You are now a girl (you think you're a Miranda but you're barely a Carrie)

2). I'd prefer to do it with someone I know.

3). It still won't taste good because it's supposed to be chilled.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 January, 2011, 01:24:59 am
I tried to think of a clever rejoinder, but I can't.

You win.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SquashedFly on 23 January, 2011, 01:27:19 am
How many have you had?

(Drinks, not requests of Felching. URGH it's such a dirty word.)


Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 23 January, 2011, 01:29:47 am
None. The cosmopolitans are for another day or several days next week. Tonight was for red wine and an Irish cream liqueur-style beverage (not Bailey's: something a bit inferior to that).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SquashedFly on 23 January, 2011, 01:35:43 am
Irish cream.

It's definite. My mind is forever tainted.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 January, 2011, 05:58:24 pm
Just had some nice haggis.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 25 January, 2011, 06:13:28 pm
Just had some nice haggis.

now,when you say "had"...?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 26 January, 2011, 02:53:10 am
Life is sometimes sort of okay because I finally got to sit down this weak and catch up on my progs I was 2 and a half years behind last Friday and now I’ve only got 9 progs left before I’m fully cart up


now on to the next thing

How many have you had?

(Drinks, not requests of Felching. URGH it's such a dirty word.)




im allmost afaride to ask but whats Felching ive hered it menchiouned severil times over the past fue days on here (god I know im going to reget asking this one)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 January, 2011, 11:28:38 am
im allmost afaride to ask but whats Felching

Oh God, no.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 26 January, 2011, 12:27:41 pm
look it up on urbandictionary.com - but you'll wish you hadn't
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 January, 2011, 12:53:17 pm
There are far worse things in urbandictionary. Felching is at the benign end of the scale!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: davethomson on 26 January, 2011, 01:00:58 pm
There are far worse things in urbandictionary. Felching is at the benign end of the scale!

Very true, until I visited that site I was not aware of blumpkins. Now I am, and I regret it immensely.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 26 January, 2011, 01:27:17 pm
Felching is the benign end of the scale!

Now there's a slogan begging to be put on a t-shirt!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 26 January, 2011, 01:36:53 pm
Grendo - Does this really occur enough to warrant a word for it?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 26 January, 2011, 02:18:10 pm
blumpkins and grendo - words I now wish I hadn't looked up
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 26 January, 2011, 03:18:39 pm


im allmost afaride to ask but whats Felching ive hered it menchiouned severil times over the past fue days on here (god I know im going to reget asking this one)

Now Felching is where........Just kidding. Look it up but don't mention it to the woman who you are supposed to be wooing.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SquashedFly on 27 January, 2011, 10:49:20 am
Along with the Prog this week I ended up with Alien Quadrilogy( ::)) for 6 quid.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 27 January, 2011, 11:15:53 am
After a 'credit facility review' meeting with our 'regional business advisor' (i.e. bank manager), I feel I now know all about blumpkins.  Pass the mouthwash.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 27 January, 2011, 11:35:10 pm
I now know why some people post photos and they appear as tiny little thumbnails. Until tonight I thought "additional options" were something you got offered in the executive sauna.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 28 January, 2011, 01:06:29 pm
I had a nice and unexpected pint with Cosh last night.

Then went home to have a nice bottle of wine and watch Star Trek: Nemesis with my best gal by my side.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 28 January, 2011, 01:30:42 pm
was the wife out?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 28 January, 2011, 01:44:40 pm
...watch Star Trek: Nemesis...

Tragic ending to a lovely story.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bolt-01 on 01 February, 2011, 10:16:14 am
today marks 18 years since I started my current job. I never, for one moment, imagined I'd still be here.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 01 February, 2011, 07:09:47 pm
I hear that Dave. Only 10 years for me but I know what you mean.

In the present climate though I'm just glad to have an income, even if it does bore me senseless and make me feel like I'm treading water. Just have to decide what I actually want to do for the rest of my life and then either nut up or shut up.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 01 February, 2011, 07:11:30 pm
Well done to you both for keeping the country going  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 01 February, 2011, 10:19:44 pm
i still have a job! the current restructuring of whats left of the nhs means we are getting moved to yet another trust and i'm going with it! we still dont know which trust yet so ill have to hold out on the new id badge ...even thought the one i have now is about three years out of date!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 02 February, 2011, 05:15:18 pm
Oh noes! My new working hours involve three 6am starts per week, indefinitely.  :|

On the bright side
* that's three days a week I can go home at 1pm
* I've now got a proper, open-ended work contract and don't have to scrape around for bits of agency work to pay the mortgage
* I get two consecutive days off per week instead of having all my days off separated by work days
* anything I earn from self-employment is now 'extra' rather than essential
* I am pretty sure I can afford to get the roof fixed this summer.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 04 February, 2011, 03:09:40 pm
Congrats to all those in congenial work situations... :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 05 February, 2011, 01:21:53 am
The reason this is in the OK thread is because it was Nemesis.

Khan, Voyage, Country, Contact and Insurrection would have had me in Drokking Fantastic. 

All the other in the OK thread except V which would have me in spugs.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 February, 2011, 09:18:14 am
Insurrection would have had me in Drokking Fantastic.  

 :o

The one where Riker shaving off his beard is the most exciting thing that happens?  
The one where Riker flies the Enterprise with a hitherto unseen joystick in the arm of the Captain's chair?
The one where most of the action takes place in the Xena village set?

You're a better man than I, Tiplo Doc.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 05 February, 2011, 10:18:06 pm
Yep - that's the one.  I like the setting, like the music, like teh fact that they let the crew have a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 February, 2011, 12:00:53 pm
Michael Moore is suing Weinstein. FIRST COURT CASE EVER TO BE SETTLED BY SUMO AND/OR EATING CONTEST.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 08 February, 2011, 01:53:32 pm
"I hear that Dave. Only 10 years for me but I know what you mean.

In the present climate though I'm just glad to have an income, even if it does bore me senseless and make me feel like I'm treading water. Just have to decide what I actually want to do for the rest of my life and then either nut up or shut up. 
 
 
"

10 years for me too last month. I feel much the same really.  With the eye problems i've had i guess i'm lucky to have a found a work situation where i can keep working and an understanding flexible employer.  It's something to be thankful for in this day and age.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 08 February, 2011, 02:31:47 pm
I'm not thankful for much, really (let's be honest here), but I can take the rough with the smooth.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 08 February, 2011, 02:58:56 pm
I'm not thankful for much, really (let's be honest here), but I can take the rough with the smooth.

Yeah, that's probably a fair summation of a lot of what life throws at us truth be told.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2011, 03:02:51 pm
Would you go so far as to say it's like some kind of rectangular container for cocoa-based confectionery?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 08 February, 2011, 03:05:13 pm
Would you go so far as to say it's like some kind of rectangular container for cocoa-based confectionery?
:lol:  Could be
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 February, 2011, 10:50:45 am
Thanks to the electronic wonders of our modern age, I've been working my way through all four seasons of BBC Radio's Chain Reaction while doing a horribly boring week of night shifts (on top of my regular day... snorezzzzz.. eh.. wuzzat?).  Last night I revisited Stewart Lee talking to Alan Moore, which is still fascinating, and this morning I got to listen to Bill Bailey interview Simon Pegg, which was just dangerously funny.  Out of the dozen or so I've got through so far, only Lenny Henry has been a slightly-dull interviewer (but a good interviewee) and only Brian Eno has been a slightly dull guest.  Oddly Jimmy Carr and Johnny Vegas have been the highlights so far, neither of whom I much care for.  Brilliant series.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: radiator on 10 February, 2011, 11:00:31 am
Chain Reaction is great. The Bailey/Pegg episode never fails to crack me up, and one with Arabella Weir interviewing Paul Whitehouse is hilarious too.

I'm not really a fan of Jimmy Carr's usual stand-up material, but I think he always comes across as a really interesting, intelligent and down to earth bloke in interviews.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 13 February, 2011, 06:30:30 pm
I got a phone call this morning from my local newsie telling me that she has managed to order a copy of prog whatever it was (first one back after christmas), which her suppliers failed to ship to her at the time and have since been giving her the runaround on. 

Problem was I didn't get it elswhere when the problem first arose because I always get it from her and I figured it would be soon rectified. Ha!

Anyway, I think she has fucked them off and gone online for it (I'd have done that myself but live by cash and can't pay electronically).

Can't complain too much 'cos this is the first time she's let me down in 15 years and this at least means I'll have a month and a half worth of progs to catch up on when it comes. Hence life being sorta okay   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 February, 2011, 11:58:04 am
Because yesterday i read a couple of 1966 copies of boy's weekly 'ranger'. In their beautiful oversize pages were to unfinished crosswords, which i completed presumably 45 years on from the last time someone looked at them, AND there's a brilliant 'did you know' page that includes the following: 'everyone knows that if you throw an Australian boomerang it will return to you. But, can you imagine doing the same with an ordinary British football? Believe it or not there is a technique that you can master to throw a ball and have it return to you, like a boomerang. Can you work out what it is? Answer: throw it vertically up into the air.'

Bloody marvellous!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 February, 2011, 08:05:46 pm
Oh, and I've just ordered graphic novels WHITEOUT and WHITEOUT: MELT from Play, after loving the movie and longing for these for ages. I know no one else liked the film except me- even my wife was bored rigid- but I did, and have been trying to justify the expense of buying these for months. At six quid or so each, for "the definitive editions", I couldn't resist.

Good times!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 19 February, 2011, 12:23:46 pm
My copies of Oni Press's Whiteout and Whiteout: Melt arrived today- yay!- but in my excitement I ran to the front door, accidentally kicking my lounge's doorframe and I suspect breaking/ fracturing/ severely bruising the middle two toes on my right foot in the process.

Toes swollen and red, sole feels like it's burning.

Nnng. Hoppity hoppity hop.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 19 February, 2011, 10:19:45 pm
...because I think XKCD is trying to tell me something.

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/let_go.png)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 20 February, 2011, 12:51:05 am
It's telling you "stop reading XCKD, it fucking sucks ass."
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 February, 2011, 10:12:13 am
...because I think XKCD is trying to tell me something.

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/let_go.png)



Genius.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 23 February, 2011, 03:42:26 pm
well,despite there being four and a half litres of oil in the car we've not killed it so off to york tomorrow! spent an enjoyable day trolling round manchester getting an ironside dalek for me and hellboy "the ice wolves" to read on my hol and popped into travelling man and got a copy of toyfare to read on the train. also had a huge burger from urger king and a huger coffee from starbucks.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 23 February, 2011, 04:50:50 pm
spent an enjoyable day trolling round manchester

If you're not far away, why not join us for the Nortland comic-shopping/pub crawl in Manchester on 9th April?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 23 February, 2011, 04:59:52 pm
must check my diary  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Darren Stephens on 23 February, 2011, 07:02:50 pm
I have the next couple of days off. I intend to spend this time drawing and generally enjoying the quiet at home. Wish me luck!  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 27 February, 2011, 03:18:44 pm
We caught the enemy mouse that's been running around in our house for a week. A trap baited with chocolate and peanut butter in each of two rooms did the trick.

Thank goodness there was only the one mouse. On the down side I spoke to the next door neighbour yesterday and he told me they've got mice, plural. It hadn't occurred to them to put traps down. He was really taken with the novelty of the idea. He also asked me if we were having any problems with the drains, because his is blocked and there's an inch-deep puddle of water covering the inspection hatch in his garden. Maybe they've been using their kitchen sink as a waste disposal next door.
 ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 27 February, 2011, 03:57:10 pm
Wait till the rats drop by for tea, toast anything else they can wrestle from the bin including the wicker lining of the bin itself. Beasts!

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: EddieHitler on 27 February, 2011, 08:00:38 pm
I had stored a whole stack of Whizzer and Chips under the stairs and the little perishers nibbled away at the edges to make nest material...I have forgiven them now...I'm not bitter...even though it has been 25 years, 3 months, 5 days, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 28 February, 2011, 11:54:55 am
Because today's payday, and I picked myself up The Complete Harlem Heroes and Invasion! (And Ben Bova's 'Mars Life' too).

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 28 February, 2011, 12:18:47 pm
I went to get a malteser from the bag left out in the office (from Lesley Anne coming back from holiday) and came up with a Cadbury's mini-egg instead. Result.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 February, 2011, 08:40:20 pm
On the bus home this evening, I discovered that the little "new" banner beside a thread isn't just for information. It's also a hyperlink to the first unread post!

I would normally have posted this in "minor impediments" due to the amount of effort and bandwidth I've had to expend going to the last page of a thread then clicking "previous" to make sure I hadn't missed anything, but I'm trying to be more positive in my outlook.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 02 March, 2011, 04:24:00 pm
We're giving England a run for their money in the Cricket world cup!  The brother is an Ireland coach, so I'm fraternally obliged to be aware of these things, but feck me this actually is an exciting one!

http://cricket.yahoo.com/cricket-live-score-ireland-vs-england_23166#subnav/3
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 02 March, 2011, 04:25:28 pm
I'm glad someone is enjoying it TB, cos I'd have put it in the Life Spugs thread. Although I take my hat off to O'Brien for what must be some incredible batting.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 02 March, 2011, 05:00:29 pm
WE WON!  WE FUNTING WON!

HAPPY DANCE
[/glow]
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 02 March, 2011, 05:11:11 pm
I know absolutely nothing about cricket, but this really is fantastic. :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 March, 2011, 05:49:51 pm
Because i just had a little look at my 'to read' pile, which was hidden out of sight, and realised ive got loads of lovely stuff to get through, comicswise. This includes, the complete Invasion!, deadworld: slaughterhouse, spidey: the gauntlet- books 2&3, the most recent requiem vampire knight volume and charley's war: blue's story. My wife has said she wants an early night, and it looks like i'll have a few hours to read some of it later.
However, she has also indicated it would be in my best interests to get a bit if editing done for her this evening, which may eat into that a snidge.
Swings and roundabouts, so hence this thread.
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Judge Palmer on 15 March, 2011, 05:39:07 pm
After constant job searching and interviews, someone saw the potential and experience within me to offer me a job.

And, because everything... everything... happens for a reason. It makes you stronger, and you have to make the best of it. Look forward to the future, make the best of the present, and remember the past cannot be changed - but you can learn from it. :)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Brigantian on 15 March, 2011, 06:27:34 pm
Congratulations on the new job. That must be a weight off.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 15 March, 2011, 07:41:28 pm
And, because everything... everything... happens for a reason.
Well maybe but, more often than not, the reason is that things happen. Still, congratulations on the new job.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 15 March, 2011, 08:02:59 pm
Good to hear some good news, Judge Palmer.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 March, 2011, 08:31:58 pm
Good stuff Judge Palmer, jobhunting is hell right now so that's brilliant that you got something. All the best with it!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Judge Palmer on 15 March, 2011, 09:12:02 pm
Thanks guys, your comments and support is appreciated  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 28 March, 2011, 07:57:14 pm
Robbie and I was having an epic sword fight all round the house yesterday. Half way up the stairs for the second time I forced him into a corner where the CD rack was and Clunk it tipped on him spewing CD's all down the stairs. The missus wasn't too happy as many of the cases were right off' but what the hey we had fun.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TOMMIE on 29 March, 2011, 05:27:20 am
I do agree with the that Life is some times sort of okay, and some time not okay because there are some things that may bring happiness but sometimes you have to face difficulties .
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 29 March, 2011, 08:52:30 am
Just racked our first gallon of Earl Grey wine, and had the obligatory siphon-tasting.  It's... interesting.  Intrigued to see what the final result will be.  I'm imagining ice cubes and a sprig of mint will help.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 07 April, 2011, 12:05:13 pm
Just had a huge argument with a colleague, in a packed meeting, over the fact that when the movie batman has his mask on he also has black make up on to hid his skin.

For some reason this person took great umbrage with my claim of Batman wearing make up.

When someone else, with a laptop, got countless pictures up of the various movie Batmen with over-the-top eyeliner (except the definitive Adam West) he was crestfallen.

Odd.

Reminded me how stupid, and unreal, my day job can be.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 07 April, 2011, 12:11:04 pm
Just had a huge argument with a colleague, in a packed meeting, over the fact that when the movie batman has his mask on he also has black make up on to hid his skin.
Reminded me how stupid, and unreal, my day job can be.

The argument was work related right?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 07 April, 2011, 12:30:23 pm
Yes.

We have a character who wears a mask for some time in the game I'm currently working on and at the moment looks stupid whilst wearing it.

I mentioned darkening their skin and features when the mask is on like the movie Batmen.

There was a reply...

and thus it began.

The most surprising part is that the person involved is management level and a very bemused client was in the room.

Someone has a secret hard for The Bat methinks.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 07 April, 2011, 01:21:05 pm
Shit, I wish the arguments in our team meetings were about things like Batman's mask!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 07 April, 2011, 01:47:44 pm
Shit, I wish the arguments in our team meetings were about things like Batman's mask!

Just what I was thinking!
It'd make a change from all those heated debated about the correct number of links in a badge chain.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 07 April, 2011, 03:54:17 pm
Shit, I wish the arguments in our team meetings were about things like Batman's mask!

same, at least I'd win those ones!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 07 April, 2011, 04:30:37 pm
Finally the postman has realised that, if after gently knocking on the door and there is no answer, then he should leave any parcels behind the recycling bin!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 April, 2011, 04:56:48 pm
...because after weeks of nagging, i finally sat down today and  completed my wife's showreel, and she's loaded it to her website.

Perhaps at last i can get some peace.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Steve Green on 08 April, 2011, 11:57:36 am
It will be short-lived, Steev :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 08 April, 2011, 12:03:39 pm
Youre absolutely right. It lasted til i got to work, when the 'ive thought of some changes' textx started to come through...
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Kerrin on 11 April, 2011, 10:04:32 am
"You do realise that you booked today off, don't you?"

I do now! Hurrah! Work gear off, flip-flops on.


Edit: Oh yeah, it's only "sort of OK", 'cause I could have stayed in bed. Dopey sod.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 14 April, 2011, 06:44:35 pm
Royal Mail lost the entire contents of the postbox round the corner a fortnight ago. My partner's mother didn't get her lovingly hand-crafted Mother's Day card, and a nephew didn't get his birthday card.

But on the bright side, they also lost the census form we posted. A guy from the census just called to say they hadn't received our form. Hahaha! Twats.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 14 April, 2011, 08:19:36 pm
it got lost in the post? ha! wish i thought of that!!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 May, 2011, 10:03:29 pm
Today's charity shop purchases:

SMASH! Annual 1973, with two janus Stark strips, one in colour: One pound.

The Complete World War Hulk trade paperback: Two pounds.

Eight 1990s issues of the Beano: Twenty-five pence each.

The Beano Book of Amazing Facts: One pound.

Yay!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 06 May, 2011, 11:59:19 pm
SMASH! Annual 1973, with two janus Stark strips, one in colour: One pound.

Shit, I think I used to have this annual from my big brother as a kid - is it the one where Stark escapes from a cage and slides under and out of the mouth of a tiger skin rug to kill his kidnapper?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 May, 2011, 07:49:29 am

Shit, I think I used to have this annual from my big brother as a kid - is it the one where Stark escapes from a cage and slides under and out of the mouth of a tiger skin rug to kill his kidnapper?

It certainly is! After escaping from a boobytrapped catherine wheel, he has to defeat some crazed Indians who want to murder their king, at a circus. In the second strip, he goes to India (in an unconnected story) and gets seconded by the British Government to humiliate a terrorist leader, with elephants.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 07 June, 2011, 07:30:07 pm
On another forum there is a Troll who has been present for the last 2 weeks which is a pain as there is zero moderation as the troll should have been banned ages ago.This troll is there at the top of each thread with the usual drivel so persistence and punctuality are two of his strong points.

I have deduced that He is from the UK and unemployed which explains the punctuality or possibly Cointelpro.His syntax lapses now and again into something that is recognisably from the UK.

This is sort of ok despite it being a pain as i beat up on him and humiliate him on a daily basis which is enjoyable but he wont talk to me anymore.....  :'(

He is also a complete distraction and curiously there are very similar patterns of behaviour to Scott and others i have experienced so it seems that there is a psychological template for Trolls.

Anyway on and on and on and on it goes..............
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 10 June, 2011, 10:37:45 am
'cos Kevin Smith, on his Smodcast internet radio show on Thursday, mentioned Alan Moore starting out writing scripts for "Judge Dredd in Ad 2000 or whatever that comic is they have over there?"

Round the wrong way but a nice mention. :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 10 June, 2011, 11:49:58 am
I have deduced that he is from the UK and unemployed which explains the punctuality...

:lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 10 June, 2011, 01:10:51 pm
wasn't sure if this should be a minor impediment, but decided to look on it in a 'glass half-full' kind of way.

Went to see X-men last night, but only when I got home did I realise I'd lost my wallet with all my cards and over £100 in it. Eventually found a phone number for thecinema (which wasn't easy - I had to ring the emergency contact number for the whole complex to speak to a human who could give me a direct number, all I could find elsewhere was the automatic ticket line).

However, after a half hour trek back across town, they had my wallet safely locked away with all cash intact. Phew!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 June, 2011, 11:54:35 am
Nice one DDD,

I've just moved hoose yesterday and so far no disasters.. :o
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 11 June, 2011, 11:57:46 am
Nice one DDD,

I've just moved hoose yesterday and so far no disasters.. :o
Just wait until the owners get back from church.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 11 June, 2011, 12:40:38 pm
My injured gerbil, who has been coming out of her glass tank for exercize since Tuesday, was seen running in her wheel using all four paws yesterday. Her injured shoulder (?) has evidently healed; time will tell if she is able to fully extend her front right leg again, but at least she is using it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 June, 2011, 01:59:49 pm
My injured gerbil, who has been coming out of her glass tank for exercize since Tuesday, was seen running in her wheel using all four paws yesterday. Her injured shoulder (?) has evidently healed; time will tell if she is able to fully extend her front right leg again, but at least she is using it.

I can hear the Rocky music aleady!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 11 June, 2011, 03:39:34 pm
I can hear the Rocky music aleady!

 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 June, 2011, 05:26:32 pm
As documented here in excruciating detail, we got the Boy a Wii for his birthday last month - it was a huge success, and we've all been enjoying it ever since.  

However, after a month the financially thorny issue of getting some new games has now arrived.  We duly presented ourselves at the toy-shop with an old credit-note and started into negotiations with the pre-owned rack.  Beside us at the counter was a mother and her two boys exchanging a small mound of DS and Wii games for credit - shop took most of them, but handed a few back.  Out of the blue, she turned to us and offered us the ones that had been rejected for free - which we fell upon like (grateful) ravening wolves.  Then she said "We've a pile more back at the house - follow us home and you can take them off our hands".

Slightly dubiously (well, we do live deep in bandit country) we followed them to their home, whereupon she gave us Wii Family Trainer with the play mat, Monster Trucks, some Star Wars stuff, some Horrible Histories edu-games and a few kiddie movie tie-ins.  Having nothing to offer her in return, the missus gave them her business card and offered her family a behind-the-scenes tour of the animal shelter she works in, which went down a treat - turned out the family had just adopted two cats from them the previous week, and said they'd love to see how it all works.  Everyone wins.

Goes some  way to confirming my faith in the basic decency of folk on a wet Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 12 June, 2011, 05:36:59 pm
Well that is nice - we need a "We're not all a shower of bastards" thread.

Now think back on the events and see if you have any missing time and count your kidneys (there should still be an average of two each, barring previous accidents or weird mutations).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 June, 2011, 06:06:06 pm
That's awesome, TB. That's cheered me right up that has!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 12 June, 2011, 09:05:07 pm
the cynic in me cant help but wonder if she were palming em off before the rozzers called...sure shes just nice and i'm just a cynic :-[
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 June, 2011, 09:37:40 pm
the cynic in me cant help but wonder if she were palming em off before the rozzers called...

:lol:  Says the man who sent me a free game a few weeks back!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 12 June, 2011, 10:52:32 pm
Great news, Tordel. Good to see that there are a few good people still out there.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: johnnystress on 12 June, 2011, 10:56:15 pm
*warm glow*
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 13 June, 2011, 11:54:32 am
That great to hear TB, and yeah we need a 'pass/passed it forward thread'

I recently passed a castle and a mountain of figures: knight, dragon, pirates etc on to my mum;s next doors grandson. His wee face was a picture when he came to thank me, excited is not the word! Warm Glow indeed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bolt-01 on 13 June, 2011, 01:16:23 pm
TB- A lovely tale. Nice one!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 13 June, 2011, 05:50:13 pm
the cynic in me cant help but wonder if she were palming em off before the rozzers called...

:lol:  Says the man who sent me a free game a few weeks back!


  me fence wunt giv me nuffink for it innit? ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 25 June, 2011, 04:59:05 pm
My noisy neighbours are moving out.

This is neither fantastic or terrible as they had made an effort to cut their noise levels and i did get on with them alright in the end so i i didnt want to say its fantastic as in good riddance but they werent really suited to living here.They are in their early 20s and they want to turn their music up and make noise but some places are not suited to that.I lived in an apartment block in London when i was in my 20s and i couldnt turn music up loud and have noisy parties etc as it was against the terms of the lease and if i was a noise nuisance i would have got strongly worded letters and warnings from other residents and the residents commitee.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 30 June, 2011, 09:17:12 pm
Someone i used to know [more of an aquaintance] appeared in Word magazine as the writer of the main article in the magazine [sounds that changed music] much to my surprise.This is sort of okay because despite not having seen this individual for years and years i am happy to see him doing well as a writer.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 30 June, 2011, 11:56:41 pm
 The title of the article i am talking about is "40 noises that built rock and roll".I might as well get it right.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 02 July, 2011, 06:43:40 am
Ha! You won't believe this but, our local Smiths are running out of Progs every week.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 02 July, 2011, 04:16:57 pm
That's very OK. would love to see 2k take off again.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 02 July, 2011, 05:53:21 pm
Well it's ok because, when I went in to pick up my comic it wasn't to be seen. I hoped it was selling too well rather than them holding back or not putting as many out anymore. I had a word with the store manager, (an old school friend) and he informed me it's a big seller at the moment. This was Dark Forces prog. A week before the jumping on prog. So, good or bad, for a second, it was touch and go, if I was getting my copy. Clickwheel are a week behind too, so it would have spoilt my flow if I'd waited much longer. :) Alls well that ends well tho.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 02 July, 2011, 08:32:37 pm
yep tis good news.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SquashedFly on 03 July, 2011, 12:25:43 am
Ha! You won't believe this but, our local Smiths are running out of Progs every week.

Same. I only just managed to get the last one there was in Smiths today. Also, I was only in Smiths because the usual place I get the Prog had none at all. I'm not sure if it's because they aren't stocking it or because it sold out, but the place had plenty of the Megazine. I really should get my sub sorted out  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Peter Wolf on 03 July, 2011, 04:05:52 pm
I had a bad attack of Hayfever which started on Friday afternoon and got worse in the evening after i went to a pub out in the countryside and then yesterday it started as soon as i went outside but today it seems to have stopped.This is the only time this summer that i have suffered with it and its the main reason i didnt go up to London yesterday.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 19 July, 2011, 11:06:08 pm
Won a dinghy race tonight by 2 seconds, after over an hour's racing.  We were trailing last halfway into the first leg, fought back to second round the last mark, and somehow pipped the leader (the top boat in the class) at the finish. I am an absolutely hopeless sailor, and have to work my arse off to hold my own as crew in a two-man boat, so this was a most satisfying result.  It fascinates me how this trivial thing can lift my spirits in a month of utter foulness at work, and financially at home.  I literally dragged myself out to sail this evening in the blackest of moods, and yet left with a spring in my step. 

If you'd told me three years ago that I could make the time to engage in a competitive sport once or twice a week, and get such a boost from it that it pushes back the familiar warning signs of a crashing mental state, I would have laughed.  I honestly feel that having something, preferably something physical and requiring complete concentration while it's actually happening, but yet is completely unimportant, has literally saved my questionable sanity this past while.  So yes, life is sometimes sort of okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 July, 2011, 11:13:55 pm
So there's some Sky One program filming up here where they're building a tree house thingy with the community. They were filming in the local tonight and we were along. Bou is designing the building along with another couple of folks and an architect from the show.
They bought me a pint, so yes, I have taken the Murdoch shilling.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 19 July, 2011, 11:19:41 pm
They bought me a pint, so yes, I have taken the Murdoch shilling.

The subpoena's in the post.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 July, 2011, 11:23:03 pm
They bought me a pint, so yes, I have taken the Murdoch shilling.

The subpoena's in the post.

As long as it's not a pie in the face.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 20 July, 2011, 12:22:13 am
It is now traditional to say:

PINT-DRINKING WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!

 ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 20 July, 2011, 11:09:52 am
Shame I'll probabaly never get to see the programme if it's on Sky! It's amazing how many people I've spoken to who've been ranting about Murdoch but look horrified if I ask if they'll be canacelling their Sky Sports subscription!

My minor jolly: On a total spur of the moment last night I was at a loose end, so went to see As You Like it at the Royal Exchange. Not a play I'm very familar with, and I'm not really a big fan of the comedies, but I really enjoyed it. Playing Rosalind was the wonderfully named Cush Jumbo, who is destined for big things.

Oh and Roy Cropper off Corrie was in the audience.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 July, 2011, 12:07:46 pm
Quote
Shame I'll probabaly never get to see the programme if it's on Sky!


Us too!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mister Pops on 31 July, 2011, 02:26:05 am
Got back from me holidays. When I goes to the kitchen, I discovered that the seal on our freezer door had failed. The rubber seal's a bit dog earred. The long and short of this was, the interior of the freeser had become one huge block of ice. So I defrosted it. With a hammer. And then a wooden spatula (chisel) and work boot (hammer). Eventually I freed the contents:

Kilo of Mince
2 Dozen Chicken Drumsticks
Peas
2 Battered Haddock
8 Ice Cube Trays

I HATE throwing away perfectly good food, and there was no way I could eat all that meat before it turned.
An impromptu Barbecue was needed. A few phone calls later and I enjoyed a top night of meat, fire and beer.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 31 July, 2011, 11:37:13 pm
Gardening accident today: my saw bounced across the back of my hand delivering a nasty, deep scratch. Fortunately it didn't hit anything vital and nor do I need any stitches, so no tedious and inconvenient visit to accident and emergency, and no permanent damage except maybe a feeble sort of scar.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 31 July, 2011, 11:43:18 pm
We want pic's Ush.
Start an ouch thread so we can show all our Boo Boo's as they happen.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 01 August, 2011, 01:52:36 am
Nice one Pops, and Lucky one Ush. Mayo won the football today, which I enjoyed, my boy was reasonably happy, my father in law was apopletic(sp) with happiness, and my Dad couldnt have given a s#ite.!

David
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 15 August, 2011, 10:49:12 am
...I'm back from five days down in Galway, camping with the family at the quay in Rinville in almost non-stop driving rain, and racing a tiny 2-man dinghy in sh***ing-myself Force 6 winds at the National Championships* ... where we came 7th overall (in the whole country!) after 6 brutally punishing races.  We even got ourselves a trophy for best boat that didn't place 1st/2nd/3rd in a race. 

This is a pretty big thing, seeing as I am a fat uncoordinated landlubber, even for crew (my skipper is luckily the real deal) - and we only managed 14th at the same event last year.  We spent the winter basically rebuilding the 40-year old boat, and the summer so far training and racing whenever we could, and it paid off.  My hands are blistered lacerated claws, my legs look like they've been beaten with iron bars, I can't seem to raise my arms over my head or bend at the waist, and I've drunk half the Atlantic. Next year we're making a play for top 5.

We also got a chance to do some puttering about the countryside, visiting Kinvarra and Athenry, and the wife and kids went to the aquarium at Salthill  - south Galway is a lovely, lovely part of the world, highly recommended, even in wind and rain.



*Galway sailors are stone mad.  There's no way we'd have even been let out of the harbour in Dublin in 21-gusting-30 knots, never mind hold a half-dozen races right out in the bay - only one boat stayed upright for the whole weekend, several had to be towed in, the quayside was a blur of first aid kits, broken ribs, lacerated scalps....
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 15 August, 2011, 03:35:23 pm
Congratulations. You're bloody insane mind you, doesn't sound like my idea of a good time, but well done anyway.

Galway is definitely on my "to visit" list - my friend just did a week in a horse-drawn caravan for her 50th birthday - soeething of an adventure (with overcrowding, bolting horses, flattened road signs and other jolly japes) but she said the area is stunning and the people lovely.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: johnnystress on 15 August, 2011, 10:36:45 pm
I was looking for a job and then I found a job

I'd rather be a rock star comic artist though
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 15 August, 2011, 10:55:22 pm
because...

...no matter how stupid a thing I do, there's always going to be someone dumber than me:

(http://duckduckgrayduck.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/aging-sucks.jpg?w=482&h=644)

Poor Alf  :-X  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 17 August, 2011, 10:33:19 pm
... I've got a job interview tomorrow.

It's only 'sort of okay' because, frankly I need a job but I often feel nervous and slightly unwell before the interview. And bad though it sounds, (or reads in your case)  you get used to being unemployed. The sudden responsibility is somewhat daunting although I know I can work hard when I need to.  Also, I've another worry...

To explain the last sentence, I went for another job interview for a secretary role in a Church Office earlier this year. The interview actually went quite well, but I didn't hear back until today so I assume they thought me unsuitable and gave the role to someone else.* (They asked me why I would be interested in a secretary role with my qualifications.)

Anyway, one of the people who interviewed me called today. "I'd like to call you for an interview," he said. "Not for the same job. For the college next door." (It's a slightly odd set up with a church and college in the same basic complex. You go in through a front door and turn left for the church office right for the office. Heh.) "When would you like to meet?"

We arranged for tomorrow at 12. It's sooner than I'd like but it's best to get these things out of the way.

I took the address again and we hung up. Then I got to thinking... um... what job am I actually being interviewed for this time?  I assume it will either be web or database related or maybe it's just another admin type role. Silly me for not asking.

I didn't really want to call back as I thought that might look bad. The last interview I had with these people was quite relaxed, so I assume this will be too, and he'll just tell me then. I should have asked though so I'd know where to prepare...

Never mind. If I get it great, if not, I'm no worse off than now. It's all experience.


 *I have a BSc Computing Science degree and used to be a Software Engineer. Trouble is I've been out of development work for so long that it's difficult to get back into that work, and I haven't kept uptodate, although I still apply for that kind of work from time to time.

On the other hand, when you apply for other non-technical jobs like admin, etc, you can look overqualified and people may worry you'll be leaving for something better soon, which is unlikely in my case, as long as I like the job. I'm not fussed about high wages as long as I can pay for my expenses and have a bit over for fun, the odd book, DVD, the chance to save for other more expensive things once in a while.. In short I'm under-qualified for one type of job, overqualified for the another (qualifications wise. Experience-wise I've small experience in both.)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 17 August, 2011, 10:43:27 pm
Good luck with it, Mardroid. Fingers crossed for ya!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 17 August, 2011, 10:45:35 pm
Good luck Mardroid - the fact that they've actively invited you to interview for a job you didn't apply for has got to be a good sign. They WANT you dude!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 17 August, 2011, 10:48:18 pm
Keep calm and wear your lucky underpants! Good luck mardroid!
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 17 August, 2011, 10:50:16 pm
Cheers guys.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 18 August, 2011, 08:44:38 am
Break a leg, Mardroid.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 18 August, 2011, 11:52:24 pm
Thanks. I got the job! Seemed he just wanted to talk it over with me, see what I thought of it. It's only part-time (with strong possibility of extending the hours later) from basic pay, but it beats dole money. (It's in Eltham a bus ride away so travel isn't that expensive.)

I felt a bit guilty as it turns out the manager (or Principle, in his case as he is the head of a college, I'll be on the admin staff) was someone who knows our family from a while back and has a lot of respect for my father. I only found this out this interview (I thought his face familiar, but I hadn't seen him in years. I think we're talking over 10 years ago.) Amusingly people would be sneering "deus ex machina" if that happened in a fictional story...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 19 August, 2011, 12:02:37 am
That's great, Mardroid. Congratulations!

Now go and pop a cold one and have a celebrate - you've earned it!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 19 August, 2011, 12:28:36 am
Nice one Chris :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emp on 19 August, 2011, 09:30:09 pm
Congratulations !!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 August, 2011, 10:05:49 pm
Well done that man  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 19 August, 2011, 10:11:38 pm
Good man Mardroid, now you can afford to stand us all a round at Banners' wedding.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 25 August, 2011, 10:17:17 pm
While searching for the entrance to the parallel universe where all my USB thumb drive migrate to, I not only found the one I was looking for but also the one I lost over a year ago along with the spare SD card for my camera :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bolt-01 on 26 August, 2011, 10:01:51 am
I've managed to keep my job in the remixing here. I was hoping for an upgrade, but there was also the possibility of being seriously out of it. So on the whole- I'm glad to still be here.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 26 August, 2011, 11:00:32 am
It's Friday, the start of the Bank Holiday weekend and I've got an early finish this afternoon. I will be using this time to visit a few comic shops and see what goodies I can find. Life is good.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 29 August, 2011, 06:14:39 pm
Because I've got over 30 hours overtime pay due from this week, despite only doing an extra 11, thanks to the Bank Holiday and the relief staff being shit, meaning I have to cover at "short notice". I was due to meet up with Mr Forces and his family- but thankfully he understood the need to earn filthy lucre comes first.

PLUS- and this is brilliant- I'm currently sitting here watching 'Wingin' It' on CBBC- and I immediately recognised the "coach" actor as Eugene Clarke- better known to some of us as BIG DADDY in LAND OF THE DEAD! I love being a zombie nerd...

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 09 September, 2011, 02:14:33 pm
I did a lunchtime dash to Forbidden Planet and Prbital just now and picked up a few new items. In Orbital I got the Dredd annuals for 88, 90 and 91, with the 2000AD annuals for 89 and 91 for the combined total of £19.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 09 September, 2011, 10:34:12 pm
In my hometown, if you want new 2000AD trades you go to waterstones, who usually carry a fairly good selection of recent releases in their graphic novels section. You never go to whsmith, as they jam their single shelf with manga, batman and other u.s titan titles. From time to time they get one or two, but have had al's baby, backlash and leviathan sitting there for many many months, unsold and unloved.

Imagine my surprise when i shot through today on my way to the bus stop, and found restricted files vol1, case files 1,2,6,7,11,15,16,17, slaine the lord of misrule, slaine the wanderer, and the bendatti vendetta keeping them company!

Edit: colin, i wont be in london tomorrow for the pat mills signing after all, as im now a bit broke. This message may go someway to explaining that! i cant get on fb at the moment, and cant pm from my phone's version of the board, so hope you read this!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 12 September, 2011, 10:29:19 am
No problem SBT. I had to give it a miss as well as I had to do some last minute babysitting of my nephew.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 12 September, 2011, 05:57:18 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because...

as it was my 50th at the weekend I was excused... everything!! had a great meal out on Friday night,  Saturday: a long lie then a pie and a pint with a old mucker, then off to a family party for moi! where someone had learnt me favourite western swing song just for moi, another long lie and breakie in bed with my comics follow by another kip and a house to myself then Battle LA, oh and lots of loverly prezzies, pity its only every 50 years!!!

back tae old klaze and porrige
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 12 September, 2011, 06:54:29 pm
Happy birthday you old fart!  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 12 September, 2011, 07:19:00 pm
Happy Birthday to you Mr Ancient. I reckon you must be the oldest on here, Grandad  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 12 September, 2011, 07:46:43 pm
you're only as old as the comics you read  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 15 September, 2011, 11:45:59 am
I took £50 off a mate over a single shot while playing pool last night in the pub. Very handy as I need the cash. Hopefully he won't plead drunkeness when I next see him and ask for it back.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 15 September, 2011, 06:17:27 pm
theres a light at the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 19 September, 2011, 11:35:15 pm
… I have a gap with work and am going to take a financial hit, but this quiet period means I can do lots of catching up in various departments. Last week I got a backlog of invoices out and I can now get on with updating cv, portfolio, drawing and posting stuff online. What I'm enjoying though is catching up with reading a mountain of comics and graphic novels I've had for ages.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 19 September, 2011, 11:49:17 pm
… oh, and finishing off drawings that I promised yonks ago. Feel real guilty about that.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 20 September, 2011, 11:39:35 pm
A woman half my age flirted with me today and then the vending machine dropped an extra Yorkie bar, raisin and biscuit no less!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 21 September, 2011, 12:33:39 am
A woman half my age flirted with me today and then the vending machine dropped an extra Yorkie bar, raisin and biscuit no less!
Helping an old man across the road is not flirting.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 21 September, 2011, 07:54:16 am
True story: when i was a youngish teenager, i helped an old man across a road in st leonards, and then to his front door because he seemed not to be able to walk properly. It was only when we were at his steps that i noticed he had his cock out all the time, and he invited me in to wank him off.

So apparently, sometimes it is.

SBT

Note: i ran away, before anyone gets smart.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 21 September, 2011, 07:57:17 am
I didn't know that Proudhuff used to live down there  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 21 September, 2011, 08:40:58 pm
Happy belated 50th!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 September, 2011, 06:06:50 pm
Because ive just realised that next weekend, my youngest son will be exactly the same age i was when 2000AD prog one came out- 6 years and eight months. To make this even better, he and i have just had an involved conversation over tea about comics, and how he'd like to practice his reading so he can understand things like spider-man *and judge dredd* on his own. I nearly cried, he was so serious about it, and im wtiting this from my front step, where ive gone for a fag to calm down.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 27 September, 2011, 07:25:31 pm
This morning at work we had an ammonia leak and so quite a few of us were sent home early, on full pay.
I managed to get home in time to watch the second half of the Canada V Japan match and then have a long sleep  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 29 September, 2011, 09:31:16 pm
'cos after a longish bout with deppression i realised i'm actually feeling like...well, me!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 October, 2011, 04:02:14 pm
After two years of hell due to two scum families renting next door (thanks to our taxes) we've had a new family for the last 3 months or so and they are hilarious.
He looks like Jason Statham while she looks like a prim and proper school teacher from The Little House On The Prairie and they are quite a nice couple.
The thing is, they don't know that the walls are not thick enough to muffle their antics. It's like living next to John and Mary O'Leary from Father Ted. It's always funny when they've been at each others throats and then we see one of them in the back garden and we chat like nothing has happened, so British  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 October, 2011, 04:18:56 pm
glad you got rid of the previous lot, they sounded a nightmare. You should make a point of 'dropping in' on the newbies when they're at full tilt  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 October, 2011, 04:27:08 pm
I like that idea  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 12 October, 2011, 10:05:46 pm
Had  to go to a work thing "daahn saarf" today. It was near Heathrow and they flew me business class (cos the cheaper tickets are non refundable if date had changed), so on the way back I had two hours to enjoy mixing with my social superiors in the British Airways Rich Bastards Lounge.

It was another world, as I usually fly EasyRyan. Big leather sofas, free internet and papers, free hot and cold buffet and an open bar - just loads of open bottles of wine, fridges full of beer and optics. I stuffed my face, drank best part of a bottle of very nice red wine and filled my pockets with free crisps and peanuts. And didn't stab any of the braying tossers in the face with my fork.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 12 October, 2011, 10:10:24 pm
report for decontamination on arrival back in the homelands ,chips and gravy and some bitter...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 October, 2011, 08:47:11 pm
Because im sitting at the top of an umpteen billion year old cliff face, overlooked by a nine hundred year old castle and gazing down over a beach crammed with thousands of people, some of whom are fighting with lightsabers. Im here with my two children, having just seen hundreds of people parading with flaming torches and dressed as skeletons and buxom wenches, waiting for a £100,000 firework display celebrating nearly a thousand years of history in my home town. It's a balmy night, we dont need hats and the stars are out. Weve talked about whats on the dark side of the moon, the pole star and the plough. In ten minutes the sky will explode with light and colour.

Perhaps this should have been in the 'drokking fantastic' thread after all.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 October, 2011, 08:52:37 pm
Except- spoke to soon. Someone just fell off the cliff, and as usual its up to muggins here to get the rescue people. Hope he/she's okay!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 October, 2011, 10:02:17 pm
Minor head injury, apparently. A lucky escape i reckon.

Fireworks were great!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 16 October, 2011, 07:28:23 am
Minor head injury, apparently. A lucky escape i reckon.

Fireworks were great!

SBT

I'm starting to appreciate your humour now. Hope it spoil the evening too much.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 October, 2011, 08:34:33 am
Not sure what you mean there- which i'll admit is becoming the norm! ;-) but no, it didnt spoil the evening thanks- and the boys got to take a very small part in a heroic cliff rescue, (with winches, and police, and ambulance and everything). Down side is that despite there being a couple of hundred people up there with us, no one bothered to do anything about it when the distraught man started shouting that his mate had fallen off the cliff. Not one. And it was left to me to heroically, er, run over to the rescue van and let them know.
Even my littlest noticed and commented that 'the teenagers were just laughing about it and you were the only one who did anything'.
Instant hero daddy, that's me.
But im glad he was okay, whoever he was.
SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 16 October, 2011, 11:51:19 am
Hero!

I'd have done nothing so good on you SBT for showing some initiative.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 16 October, 2011, 12:02:44 pm
I demand a costume be designed for Smallbluethingman!

Well done to you.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 October, 2011, 12:18:26 pm
Haha! yes, thanks, but it was- quite literally- merely a jog over to some Rescue Men who were standing around chatting next to their van, a pointed finger and "man. fall. cliff. hurt." deal.

Still, youve got to get praise where you can, and i fully expect Esther Rantzen to turn up and reunite me with whoever it was any minute. It does occur to me that i should have phoned the paper and insisted i go down to check he was okay. That way i couldve got a nice front page photo of me with my Dredd badge shining in the searchlights, and be a shoo-in for the KTT.

Alas, no.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 16 October, 2011, 02:26:20 pm
Where was that SBT?

We were just down on the coast today.  Stunningly lovely day.

Part of the cliffs there had a huge cave in two weeks back and we could see the seam opening where the next bit is about to go. Dramatic.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 October, 2011, 02:45:19 pm
Where was that SBT?

Hastings. It was the end of the Hastings Week celebrations, you see. 1066 and all that!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 October, 2011, 03:08:48 pm
I hope the council didn't pay for all this  :o
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 16 October, 2011, 06:11:03 pm
Where was that SBT?

Hastings. It was the end of the Hastings Week celebrations, you see. 1066 and all that!

SBT

oh gottya.  I saw something about it on Bing. Re-enactments and stuff.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 17 October, 2011, 05:01:44 am
Going for HIGH TEA, at the Equinox complex top of the stamford tower today with friends. clear day like this should be able to see the horizon for some 30 miles,

thats a pleasant way to while away an afternoon.

oh I likey.....
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 17 October, 2011, 06:03:14 pm
my mum pointed out that Explosion is not spelt as Explkouchion befor I posted on a facebook group page Well the badness of this spelling amused me so much I thort I would share
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 October, 2011, 06:24:28 pm
Does she think these posts are beneath her  ;)
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Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 17 October, 2011, 06:42:40 pm
CF, are you trying to insinuate that his mum has had an explosion (aherm) downstairs..... :o
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 03 November, 2011, 09:22:40 pm
was in sainbrays yesterday and scored a DOTM Lazerbeak for half price.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 November, 2011, 06:50:08 pm
Because Primeval returns! Yes, the show nerds want dead but that keeps coming back, is coming back, again- as a post-watershed uk/Canada co-production that begins filming in Feb. New cast, 'adult themes, sex and violence', with an existing uk cast member as part of the deal. Thirteen episodes, and i want them NOW.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 November, 2011, 07:52:59 pm
Post-Watershed is disastrous news.  It had all the sexiness and violence you would want in a family show. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 November, 2011, 08:05:41 pm
So that's just one UK cast member returning, I hope it's Rex  ;)
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Post by: Dandontdare on 04 November, 2011, 11:14:16 pm
Even more Spearritt pants? I'm up for that.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 November, 2011, 12:27:42 am
I have 4 coats.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 05 November, 2011, 12:48:39 am
I have 4 coats.

well done
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 November, 2011, 06:43:50 pm
If hoodies count as coats then I actually have 6 coats.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 05 November, 2011, 10:27:20 pm
They don't count.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 November, 2011, 11:12:23 pm
You're a real jerk.
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Post by: Misanthrope on 05 November, 2011, 11:38:31 pm
I have 4 coats.

I have fork handles.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 05 November, 2011, 11:41:18 pm
I have 4 skins.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 November, 2011, 11:43:38 pm
You are a lazy serial murderer.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 06 November, 2011, 12:19:40 pm
I've just spent a pleasant hour poking right-wingers with a stick on Facebook over their "righteous poppy outrage" posts.
Now to do something worthwhile with my day...
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Post by: Old Tankie on 06 November, 2011, 05:32:46 pm
Well, I'm wearing mine with pride, I must be a right-winger!!  Glad to see you're off to do something worthwhile with your day.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 06 November, 2011, 06:07:56 pm
amil (fascist jihadist nutter in "muslims against crusade") choudray (sic?) was on the sunday morning show telling us how we are wearing poppies to murder muslims?!?!  a sane muslim woman came on later and dismissed him as a donkey ...i  liked her! :lol: i havent got mine yet!

mini got ers from school on friday ,a stick on no pricking your mates with a pin variety!
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Post by: Noisybast on 07 November, 2011, 12:24:56 am
Well, I'm wearing mine with pride, I must be a right-winger!!  Glad to see you're off to do something worthwhile with your day.

Ah, fer grud's sake - not here as well!

For the record: I approve of poppies. I approve of remembering sacrifices made by servicemen. I approve of raising money to help injured servicemen. I bought a poppy and have it pinned to my coat.

However: I have yet to encounter anybody - Muslim or otherwise - who has objected to the above. Hysterical hearsay about some idiot 21 year old burning a poppy is not the same as 'all Muslims hate poppies'.

Rant over.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Old Tankie on 07 November, 2011, 12:59:36 pm
"Ah, fer grud's sake - not here as well!"

What do you mean?  I didn't post in response to any story about some 21 year old burning a poppy, I don't know anything about that.  I posted in response to you seeming to infer that anyone wearing a poppy is right-wing.  I was attempting sarcasm, obviously, not very successfully!

I never said that I had met a Muslim or otherwise who had objected to me wearing my poppy, because I haven't, which is why I am confused by your reply.  Still, glad to see in the end that we seem to share the same views.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 07 November, 2011, 01:20:37 pm
A friend's mother was telling me about how a local (here in south Dublin) proddy Scout Troop was refusing to take part in a Rememberance Day service, because it was 'paramilitary and pro-war' (the various proddy youth groups (Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Boy's Brigade, all that lot) show up at church in their uniforms and carry their own flag, if they have one). 

Now poppy-wearing is a minority occupation here in Saor Stat Eireann, and I don't think I've worn one since I was a proddy Scout myself (yes, we have proddy scouts and taig scouts here, or more properly Scout Association of Ireland Scouts (who purport to be secular) and Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland (who don't) --very deep sigh--), but I was pretty taken aback at the reasons offered there. 

If kids (and presumably their deluded leaders) think Rememberance Day is a pro-war event, then I think far more needs to be made of it.     
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mikey on 07 November, 2011, 01:45:15 pm
But, but...Scouts are paramilitary aren't they? ;)

I understand that some arsewipe burning a Poppy, or taking it as a political statement (not you noisy or tankie!) might be new to some people. It's not new in glorious NI unfortunately.

My personal opinion is that if someone reckons it's big and hard to burn a symbol of rememberance, put them in the army or something. They'll soon fuckin remember then!

M.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 November, 2011, 01:51:55 pm
Can we go back to talking about coats now?
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 November, 2011, 02:07:11 pm
I have many coats, but no poppies. I put money in the poppy box (one of the few exceptions to my "charities are emblematic of governments' indifference towards those individuals who should be Absolutely Top Priority but instead must rely on begging" rule) but don't wear a poppy. I don't need a "badge" to say to other people 'Hey! Look at me! I'm remembering!'

I do think that most charities are a drokking abomination, though. Most of my coats are quite abominable, too.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 07 November, 2011, 02:27:48 pm
I went for wearing one of these this year as my poppies become bedraggled quite easy or lost on my job.
(http://www.hoylandroyalbritishlegion.co.uk/images/poppy_wreaths/poppy_band.jpg)



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Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Old Tankie on 07 November, 2011, 02:40:39 pm
I think it's great that you donate to the Poppy Appeal, Sharkie, and I totally respect you not wearing a poppy because "you don't need to wear a 'badge' to say to other people, Hey!  Look at me!  I'm remembering!"  Alternatively, you've decided to tell the world on the Internet that you're remembering, instead!!
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 November, 2011, 03:02:28 pm
Dang, entangled in a web of my own best intentions!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 07 November, 2011, 03:45:06 pm
"Ah, fer grud's sake - not here as well!"

What do you mean?  I didn't post in response to any story about some 21 year old burning a poppy, I don't know anything about that.  I posted in response to you seeming to infer that anyone wearing a poppy is right-wing.  I was attempting sarcasm, obviously, not very successfully!

I never said that I had met a Muslim or otherwise who had objected to me wearing my poppy, because I haven't, which is why I am confused by your reply.  Still, glad to see in the end that we seem to share the same views.

Sorry Tankie - it was late, I was tired, and cranky at seeing so many variations on the same thing on other sites, I mis-read your post. I was wrong. My unreserved apologies.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 November, 2011, 04:01:08 pm
What if you wear the same poppy every year?
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Post by: von Boom on 07 November, 2011, 04:06:20 pm
I hang on to my poppies. I have a collection of a few because I generally lose a couple every November, but I always buy one or two every year.

JvB
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Post by: Old Tankie on 07 November, 2011, 04:32:44 pm
Thanks, Noisy, no problems.
Cheers, Mike.
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Post by: von Boom on 16 November, 2011, 04:48:45 pm
After weeks of anxiety about it, the government auditor came to my work today to talk to me about some of our accounts. It wasn't the anal reaming I thought it would be and the auditor... she was HOT. I mean stilettos and stockings HOT. Bloody hard to concentrate on her questions.

JvB
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 18 November, 2011, 01:10:52 pm
Same thing happened to me when a solicitor was interviewing me about one of my stolen motorbikes.  She was a total biscuit.  Supermodel hot.


Anyway, life is sort of OK because we managed to get undercharged by £150 for our work Christmas Party (they sent us a bill, we thought it was wrong, we queried it, they confirmed thet amount we had to pay for the number of people). 

Which is nice for us but I get the feeling that some poor soul at the bar is getting a bit of a dressing down at this very moment. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 November, 2011, 09:38:52 pm
At 6 PM on Saturday the 19th of November 2011 I made the decision to purchase pizza.

This would prove to be the tastiest decision I made for all of that week.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 21 November, 2011, 10:05:41 pm
I've just been jiffed to play Santa for Robbie's Judo next month.
HO HO HO




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 23 November, 2011, 12:16:01 pm
I have the day off today because I am a hero at work for spending most of last night getting a customer out of the brown stuff.

I had a close shave though, I filled up my car last night and knew I would probably be working an all nighter so I pondered buying an energy drink or something from the garage. I actually had a packet in my hand that contained a couple of herbal supplement tablets called "Up all night" but luckily I realised in time what they actually were.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Colin Zeal on 23 November, 2011, 12:53:31 pm
I've just been jiffed to play Santa for Robbie's Judo next month.
HO HO HO




V

My sister asked me to play Santa at my nephew's nursery. It was only after I agreed that she informed that it was for the entire school rather than just the nursery class. I would still have said yes but felt a bit annoyed that she hadn't told me the full details.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 November, 2011, 12:57:35 pm
I have 3 pairs of corduroy trousers.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 29 November, 2011, 01:55:55 pm
I have 3 pairs of corduroy trousers.

You are the 1%.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 10 December, 2011, 01:50:23 pm
...because i spent a great evening in swansea with House of Usher and his lovely lady, at The Bluestocking Lounge, watching burlesquers, including my lady wife who was headlining. Mr Usher was thoroughly charming, and in the breaks we discussed vodka and gerbils in some depth, but im afraid our chat about baron zemo was curtailed by the arrival of a taxi.

Then i sat up til three with some lovely people in a custom built country mansion, surrounded by cats, dancing girls, chatting to mine host and his frankly magnificent beard about george romero and brian may/sabbath at hammersmith in 1989, before sleeping in the world's most comfortable bed in a room filled with costumes from and for The London Dungeon.

Now on a train home with haribo smurfs.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 12 December, 2011, 10:48:05 am
Last Sunday I spent most of the afternoon repairing my washing machine, this Sunday I spent most of the day repairing a burst pipe in my downstairs loo.

I was having a moan about losing the only 2 days off I've had this month to the above, but then the wife reminded me of how much money I had probably saved us by being able to do this stuff myself    :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 15 December, 2011, 07:18:06 pm
Off to play Santa in a bit. Wish me luck.






V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 15 December, 2011, 07:50:07 pm
Good luck and good for you for spreading the Christmas cheer. I hope there are some sexy elves to help you.

JvB
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 15 December, 2011, 11:03:39 pm
Santa time went spot on. I wasn't even recognised by my own children. Sophie ran off crying but she hates Santa anyway.
HO HO HO




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Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 17 December, 2011, 02:10:17 pm
Just been doing my accounts as I do every few months. I got into a financial mess in 2006 and I have been paying off debts ever since which has stopped me from being able to socialise or go on holiday or anything much really. It has definitely exacerbated the depression I suffer from periodically.

Just discovered that I've paid off the worst debt and they actually owe me 40 quid, the credit card debt is paid off next month and the Barclays debt is due to be paid off in Feb. It would have been today but the bastards added 50 quid to the account last month without any explanation and the debt recovery agency couldn't tell me why. If they do that again next month I am refusing to pay without an explanation. Me and the agency have an agreement so Barclays can't keep adding money to the end to stop me from clearing the debt. I'll get legal advice from the union or one of the credit advice lines if I have to. But all the same, overall it is FANTASTIC news as I thought I had another year of this stress and strain. I'm not good at maths.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 19 December, 2011, 05:19:55 am
Over drinks at the Grace last Friday night Stevie had a delightful conversation with another chap about our mutual enthusiasm for Burroughs.

Only to realise on Saturday morning that we had both been refering to two completely different authors.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 19 December, 2011, 07:24:04 am
Tordelback tries to imagine Stevie discussing Dejah Thoris' significance to the beat movement in the third person.  Tears of laughter ensure.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 19 December, 2011, 10:56:56 am
Tordelback tries to imagine Stevie discussing Dejah Thoris' significance to the beat movement in the third person.  Tears of laughter ensure.

John carter of mars in cut would be...interesting
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 19 December, 2011, 10:59:33 am
Just been doing my accounts as I do every few months. I got into a financial mess in 2006 and I have been paying off debts ever since which has stopped me from being able to socialise or go on holiday or anything much really. It has definitely exacerbated the depression I suffer from periodically.

Just discovered that I've paid off the worst debt and they actually owe me 40 quid, the credit card debt is paid off next month and the Barclays debt is due to be paid off in Feb. It would have been today but the bastards added 50 quid to the account last month without any explanation and the debt recovery agency couldn't tell me why. If they do that again next month I am refusing to pay without an explanation. Me and the agency have an agreement so Barclays can't keep adding money to the end to stop me from clearing the debt. I'll get legal advice from the union or one of the credit advice lines if I have to. But all the same, overall it is FANTASTIC news as I thought I had another year of this stress and strain. I'm not good at maths.

you go girl! that must be a great feeling, looking forward to it someday
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 20 December, 2011, 03:21:22 am
Tordelback tries to imagine Stevie discussing Dejah Thoris' significance to the beat movement in the third person.  Tears of laughter ensure.

Stevie strongly suspects that he narrowly avoided a glassing through both authors’ penchant for ovipositors & generous usage of the word, “thark.”

But all the same, overall it is FANTASTIC news as I thought I had another year of this stress and strain. I'm not good at maths.

you go girl! that must be a great feeling, looking forward to it someday

Fantastically seconded. You'll be having to change that first name of yours at this rate  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 20 December, 2011, 03:48:41 am
Fantastically seconded. You'll be having to change that first name of yours at this rate  ;)

Thirded, nice one!  I'm at least five years away from that point, even leaving aside the mortgage, but Staticgirl gives me hope that it's doable.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 20 December, 2011, 03:59:17 pm
... I'm off work now until January the 9th. I should be paid for it too, although I had to use half my holiday despite the college being closed anyway. Still, small complaints being a part-time worker.

I'm not looking forward to being back in January though. New term could be hectic.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 20 December, 2011, 04:23:26 pm
Yep, just finished work today and not back til the 4th,  :D Only blott on the landscape is job cuts are very much ongoing at our place, with more to come in the new year - but hey, made it this far.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 20 December, 2011, 05:36:34 pm
jammy buggers - I'm in till Thursday and back on Wednesday. Grrr and humbug!

And nice one Staticgirl - debt can be a easy hole to fall into but a hard one to dig oneself out of - glad to hear you can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 27 December, 2011, 07:41:04 pm
D'aww thanks guys. When I first got into this mess I thought I was going to be made bankrupt and homeless etc but although it was very stressful and has made life difficult for the last 5 years, it hasn't been impossible like I thought it would be.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 03 January, 2012, 07:40:21 am
I lost my job.  :(
I went for an interview for a bigger role :-\
I AM ON THE VERY SHORT LIST  :)
Meeting them Friday evening to discuss.  :P

I know the positive energy from this place is a factor in keeping my smile.
hope to be posting in LIFES DROKKIN FANTASTIC soon.  ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 06 January, 2012, 05:38:38 pm
I seem to have dodged the redundancy bullet again and as an added bonus the ensuing management re-shuffle means that my feckless, unapproachable and generally useless boss of the last seven years has been moved to another position that is far, far away from me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 January, 2012, 06:17:21 pm
Nice one Rog.  The wife suffered through the stress of a massive redundancy programme at the end of last year, and after fighting a long Union campaign emerged job-intact with a major paycut and vastly shittier position reporting to her bullying Walter Mittyesque nemesis, leading to much grief and hand-wringing. 

However, in an amusing New Year twist the promotion of said pathological liar has actually exposed the former golden girl to management as the incompetent fantasist she has always been - which ongoing tragicomedy now delivers my wife to me each evening with a broad smile on her face and (combo bonus!) the increased sex drive of one who has survived universal catastrophe.   Schadenfreude FTW.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dounreay on 06 January, 2012, 08:42:19 pm
I just spent an interesting half hour looking for village with an ominous sounding name near Gloucester that I could use in a story and discovered that there's a wee place called Ampney Crucis!

Toppers old boy!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 January, 2012, 08:52:01 pm
I just spent an interesting half hour looking for village with an ominous sounding name near Gloucester that I could use in a story and discovered that there's a wee place called Ampney Crucis!

Toppers old boy!

So there is! http://www.ampneycrucis.f9.co.uk/

Zarjaz!  :)

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 06 January, 2012, 09:00:25 pm
I just spent an interesting half hour looking for village with an ominous sounding name near Gloucester that I could use in a story and discovered that there's a wee place called Ampney Crucis!

Toppers old boy!

So there is! http://www.ampneycrucis.f9.co.uk/

Zarjaz!  :)

It has even got a Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampney_Crucis

A more important question is: Do the people of Ampney Crucis know about Ampney Crucis Investigates? Could Tharg donate a copy of Vile Bodies to the raffle or would that frighten the geese on the village green?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 January, 2012, 09:09:49 pm

It has even got a Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampney_Crucis

A more important question is: Do the people of Ampney Crucis know about Ampney Crucis Investigates? Could Tharg donate a copy of Vile Bodies to the raffle or would that frighten the geese on the village green?

They have a "literary references" page on their website, so I've just emailed them with a link to the official site here, suggesting they might like to add it.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 09 January, 2012, 04:23:51 am
I ordered a CD about 6 to 9 months ago on a wim I never throt it would be sent out as it said back order and I thort it was out of print any way I compleatley fogot about it till today when going thro emails I find that on the 29th of december 2011 they dispached it now im woundering how the hell they atachily got a copy.

http://www.hlj.com/product/GONMJCD23032
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 09 January, 2012, 10:01:04 pm
Mad Men is back on March 25. WWWWWWHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 January, 2012, 03:49:39 pm

It has even got a Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampney_Crucis

A more important question is: Do the people of Ampney Crucis know about Ampney Crucis Investigates? Could Tharg donate a copy of Vile Bodies to the raffle or would that frighten the geese on the village green?

They have a "literary references" page on their website, so I've just emailed them with a link to the official site here, suggesting they might like to add it.

SBT

...and I got a response. From Frank Skinner- though I'm assuming not THE Frank Skinner (but it might be), who states that he had overlooked the inclusion of the strip on their literary references section of the site, but that they did run a feature on it in their newsletter recently. He attached a link http://www.ampneycrucis.f9.co.uk/TAT_Oct-Nov2011WEB.pdf but I can't get it to work, as it won't go past 1.51mb before seizing up. If someone could take a look and let me know what it is, that'd be grand.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 11 January, 2012, 04:20:12 pm
If someone could take a look and let me know what it is, that'd be grand.
SBT

It made the front page! Below a cropped portion of the cover to prog 1716 it says:
Quote
2000AD, famous for the Judge
Dredd stories, is a British Science
Fiction comic, now in its 34th year.
It has been a very successful
launching pad for getting UK artists
into the vast American market.
And its connection with our village?
They have been running a series of
detective stories since 2008 called
“Ampney Crucis Investigates”, and
yes, the lead character is Professor
Ampney Crucis!
Ampney

and that's about it. Is he a professor?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cthulouis on 17 January, 2012, 09:42:30 pm
When the landlord said he was getting someone round to do some work on the bathroom, I was somehow led to the idea that he just wanted to replace some wallpaper with tiles.

Turned out he actually wanted to replace the entire bathroom suite, requiring modifications to the electrical system throughout the house.

Yet now the light at the end of the tunnel is visible. We still don't have a shower, but the rest of the house is becoming usable again, and I can get back to work on my Dr WTF?! stuff! Two weeks left, I can do this...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 January, 2012, 10:36:39 pm
This pizza is fuckin tasty.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ICONIC_TM on 17 January, 2012, 10:51:55 pm
My Name is Earl, Number 239, Made A Kid Scared Of The Boogeyman! :lol:

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 18 January, 2012, 01:59:15 am
I've got a whole bunch of comics lately to read through.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 18 January, 2012, 02:22:43 am
Spent a rare kid-free day doing a long series of small fiddly technical tasks for various family members (father, mother, father-in-law) and former colleagues, all which of which were shades of frustrating and most of which involved me writing '2011' as the date at some point, but on completion I find myself immensely satisfied by how much got done.  Finished up and made it home for 2am to find a delicious spicy chicken stew and homemade wine waiting for me courtesy of my lovely wife, and am now replete and heading for bed, a solid 4 hours sleep before the usual pre-dawn sprogageddon. 

Helped remind myself that these are very much the good years.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ICONIC_TM on 18 January, 2012, 07:52:40 pm
When you find more than one gherkin slice in a tub of rollmops
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ICONIC_TM on 18 January, 2012, 08:16:45 pm
Of Deadmau5   :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 18 January, 2012, 08:25:19 pm
cheezy puffs
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ICONIC_TM on 18 January, 2012, 08:58:33 pm
Of Mazzy Star - Into Dust (John O'Callaghan Deep Dream Remix)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X82C-2Ghy1c
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 19 January, 2012, 10:26:13 am
..of Katherine Jenkins...phwoooar roooowaaaaarrrr
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 January, 2012, 10:30:25 am
Close both of your accounts now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 19 January, 2012, 05:18:31 pm
 ::) :lol: what other one? how did you know I was also on the Playschool forum?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ICONIC_TM on 20 January, 2012, 11:51:05 am
When You Find A Transformers Dark Of The Moon Mechtech Leader Class Ironhide For £21.00 In
Tesco`s  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 21 January, 2012, 06:48:53 am
moggy turned up this morning after 3 days missing.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 21 January, 2012, 07:19:07 am
moggy turned up this morning after 3 days missing.

Cats treat our affections like a particularly wriggly fieldmouse. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 21 January, 2012, 07:43:06 am
I've asked Tiddles about this :

Q : "Are you playing with my heart?"

A : "Mrkgnao!"


I'll have the little devil micro -chipped.

There's a good idea for a t.v programme. Place a tiny camera somewhere on a cat, and see just what the hell they get up to when they go out!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 21 January, 2012, 09:15:33 am
The cafés surrounding the library where I do a lot of my work have gradually been closing one by one over the past few years, forcing me to use the nearby very-reasonable County Council canteen for essential breaks when the ringtones, burgers and snogging got too much. 

For the last 6 months I haven't even been to afford that, so huddling with a flask of restorative coffee in doorways has been my lot until this week.  Okay in the summer, but January, ack.  But now the way-too-expensive caf in the nearby arts centre has closed (which is sad, it was lovely, and the staff were great), and been replaced with a 'drop-in space', which has self service half-decent coffee for an honour-system 'suggested donation' of €1, good square tables, powerpoints and free fast WiFi.  There's also a pleasant flow of kids coming and going from dance lessons, gallery exhibits being loaded and unloaded, and bands thumping away tunelessly on the floors above, which is exactly the kind of white noise I like to keep my 'mind' ticking over.  I find myself splitting my work over the two spaces now, library and arts centre, depending on whether I need my phone on, or need to spread my gear out.

I know it's only a matter of time before it's abused out of existence (and I may be guilty of that too), but it's a great service, and for now it's made my office-less attempts to get old work finished up and secure some new paying work infinitely more comfortable, and affordable.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 21 January, 2012, 05:54:25 pm
I've eaten so many packets of cheezy puffs that my head has turned to orange and my toenails have gone all black and are curling.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 21 January, 2012, 06:04:32 pm
Mmm, that doesnt sound good, you may be allergic to something in the puffs. Might be an idea to get ya sen to hospital ASAP, just to be safe like.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 21 January, 2012, 06:11:43 pm
..it's sort of o.k.  :-[
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 22 January, 2012, 02:37:21 pm
..it's sort of o.k.  :-[

Dont end up like this poor lad,  ;)  - http://1000reasonsimabadmom.com/reason-150-my-son%E2%80%99s-swift-descent-into-addiction/
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 22 January, 2012, 04:02:16 pm
Place a tiny camera somewhere on a cat, and see just what the hell they get up to when they go out!

turns out they're prtty crap camera operators.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJH-KgkvNM&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJJH-KgkvNM&feature=related)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 22 January, 2012, 04:11:11 pm
That was still interesting! If they could find a way to position the camera on the cat's head or under the chin without causing distress from the animal the view would be even closer to what the animal sees... but that would probably be too cruel.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 22 January, 2012, 05:47:55 pm
Thanks for the link Dandontdare.

It would be cruel with a large camera like that. You'd need a very small one so the cat doesn't know it's wearing it. It would be interesting viewing when moggy jumps into the upstairs window of the house a couple of doors down. It could even become an iphone app; trace your moggy! :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 23 January, 2012, 01:34:50 pm
Just spent £400 on a new 40" 3D TV  :-\
http://www.directtvs.co.uk/Toshiba_40TL868B_40_Inch_Internet_3D_LED_TV/version.asp#maindesc
Didn't bother with getting the glasses as the 3D aspect doesn't bother me and at £70 a pop they can't fuck right off.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 23 January, 2012, 02:50:11 pm
Don't be so miserable, man.  :lol:

 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 January, 2012, 04:23:42 pm
That was still interesting!

It'd be a lot more interesting if it wasn't an indoor cat.  My cats' territories and daily circuits have always fascinated me. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 23 January, 2012, 09:58:48 pm
That was still interesting!

It'd be a lot more interesting if it wasn't an indoor cat.

Although I  decided to go for a positive post, I'll admit, I thought that too.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 23 January, 2012, 10:06:59 pm
Close both of your accounts now.


 :lol: :lol: ...scary to think I've shared a thought with Roger.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 04 February, 2012, 11:53:22 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because... I fixed the zip on my coat.

As a man of science I had previously assumed that zips were the product of the darkest of magics, with the slider containing enslaved pixies whose little hands knitted the two sides of the zip together.

Now it appears they are fairly straightforward mechanical devices and there is no such thing as a broken zip unless it is missing teeth. 30 seconds with a pair of needle-nose pliers and everything was working again.* The only downside is that I have thrown away more than one coat and probably other items of clothing because of broken zips when there are fixes to most of the ways the different types of zips can break. I'll chalk this up to "the Internet can fix everything if you search long enough."

* Not the first time this has happened to me, just not with zips ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 05 February, 2012, 12:03:11 am
My good news is that I have overpaid my life insurance for the mortgage over the last two years, and it will come down by around €30 a month.

The bad news is I have overpaid my life insurance over the last two years. :(
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 05 February, 2012, 04:56:36 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because... I fixed the zip on my coat.

As a man of science I had previously assumed that zips were the product of the darkest of magics, with the slider containing enslaved pixies whose little hands knitted the two sides of the zip together.

I put on my first plug head the other day. I know it's something most people learn, but it's something I've never done. Basically there was an extension lead required at our work, but the spare one not being used was stuck in a small room... with the plug lead passing through a hole in the wall to the classroom next door where the socket was located.  The plug was too large for the hole which meant retrieving it required removing the plug.

I'd left it as I'm not really technical that way, as I wasn't sure I should chance it. Then I thought, how hard could it be? Just look at where the wires go, and put them back there afterwards. Which is what I did, making a quick diagram before hand just to makes sure I put them in the right place. It worked well.

A simple accomplishment, but I felt embarrassingly proud of myself.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 06 February, 2012, 11:42:49 pm
Next thing you know you'll be learning how to use a computer.  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 07 February, 2012, 12:51:00 am
A simple accomplishment, but I felt embarrassingly proud of myself.

Celebrate the small victories!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 07 February, 2012, 01:05:00 am
A simple accomplishment, but I felt embarrassingly proud of myself.

Celebrate the small victories!!

Too right.  We all have our areas* of ignorance, and making any headway into them is cause for celebration.  Example:  despite being moderately computer-literate, I only installed and successfully used Skype for the first time a fortnight ago.  Yay me!



*In my case, whole super-continents.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 07 February, 2012, 11:38:55 am
I know were you are coming from. What is Skype? I don't know. I only have a vague notion. How many other alternatives to it are there? Another 2000 I imagine. It seems we make things more complicated for ourselves with all the choices we have for what is in effect a very basic task. I mean, look at music nowadays. How many formats, how many do we need in the home? One.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 08 February, 2012, 10:47:15 am
Another example of not understanding new technology is this morning "headlines" that Kylie has recieved threatening comments on twitter from some noob. Doesn't she know how to use the ignore function; or am I being naive?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 09 February, 2012, 02:04:53 pm
I dunno, I don't see an obvious ignore button but then I don't really know Twitter that well, don't spend an awful lot of time on it.

Having said that, I just clicked on it and it looks different and I like it. You can follow conversations easier.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 09 February, 2012, 09:46:05 pm
Twitter's the place to be nowadays if you want a conversation online.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 10 February, 2012, 10:50:50 pm
Work are giving me an ipad  :D.

The only thing that stops this going in the fantastic thread is that it will have an app on it that will enable them to track me like a tagged sex offender.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 11 February, 2012, 01:20:42 am
I thought they all had those.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 11 February, 2012, 02:06:00 am
Roger doesn't.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 14 February, 2012, 10:14:11 am
I'm not freezing to death anymore.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 February, 2012, 04:38:42 pm
Okay, so I'm a worthless penniless lardass scraping whatever casual work I can find, but it has its advantages.  To-wit: a mid-term break day with my son practicing musket drill and dueling at the museum, then choosing the next Tintin in a bookshop where he found sufficient diversion to allow me a decent browse, followed by an indulgent trip to the chippy for (his) lunch, a couple of tram rides and an afternoon of Boxing and Monster Trucks on the Wii.  In between I managed to get short-listed for a nice little project (all phalanges, meta-carpals and -tarsals crossed), sorted out some outstanding accounting from last year, and got our Valentine's dinner bought and prepped. 

I doubt the rich and productive can boast of a day quite so satisfying, and it's not even dark yet.  Wasted in the world of full-time employment, I was.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 February, 2012, 04:56:40 pm
Nothing is more satisfying than occupying my unassailable plot on the moral high ground that comes from not having children so once again you lose.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 14 February, 2012, 05:30:35 pm
Nothing is more satisfying than occupying my unassailable plot on the moral high ground that comes from not having children so once again you lose.

How is not having children a 'Moral High Ground'

you tit. please piss off
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 February, 2012, 05:37:38 pm
How is not having children a 'Moral High Ground'

Reducing unequal consumption of finite resources, for one thing.  I actually agree with Roger there, but I'm afraid the chance to legitimately, unironically, enjoy things like Santa Claus, repelling imaginary pirates, learning to read, day-long sandcastle building and elaborate teddy bears' picnics, overwhlelms my certainty that adding more kids to the planet is the ultimate act of selfishness.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 14 February, 2012, 05:44:59 pm
Nothing is more satisfying than occupying my unassailable plot on the moral high ground that comes from not having children so once again you lose.

How is not having children a 'Moral High Ground'

you tit. please piss off

Granted that is the first thought that often zips across the mind of a reader of one of Roger's posts, but then one tends to reformulate their reply to match the tongue-in-cheek* manner we must assume his reply was made in (or was it... ?).

How is not having children a 'Moral High Ground'

Reducing unequal consumption of finite resources, for one thing.  I actually agree with Roger there, but I'm afraid the chance to legitimately, unironically, enjoy things like Santa Claus, repelling imaginary pirates, learning to read, day-long sandcastle building and elaborate teddy bears' picnics, overwhlelms my certainty that adding more kids to the planet is the ultimate act of selfishness.

Roger does all of those things, unironically.**

* although whose tongue in whose/which cheek is very difficult to ascertain from this angle

** As long as they are euphemisms for bodily functions
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 February, 2012, 06:16:48 pm
All my posts are completely serious all the time. I have a MA which proves this fact.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 14 February, 2012, 06:30:08 pm
The real irony here is that Roger's existence proves his point about having children.

To sum up: your mum.

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 February, 2012, 06:34:37 pm
Why do I keep having to explain that I use "mom" instead of "mum" and that you should do the same as the North American spelling creates a sense of detachment that stops things from getting too personal.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 February, 2012, 07:23:21 pm
Your mum likes it personal.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 14 February, 2012, 09:14:26 pm
All my posts are completely serious all the time. I have a MA which proves this fact.

MA = Monster Anus  :sick:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 14 February, 2012, 09:21:44 pm
Your mum likes it personal.

Right in the personal. Again and again.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 18 February, 2012, 08:30:59 am
Completed a tiling job strictly as a returned favour, and when unpacking my toolkit discovered a 'thank you' note with a chunk of cash.  I'm torn between feeling insulted (I made it clear I was returning a favour), embarrassed (I'm only a novice tiler, and I was only tipping away at it an hour or two at a time as I could spare them), and relief that I'll be able to afford to replace a dodgy tire on the car.  Stupid thing is that it was only a small job for someone who (unlike me) knew what they were doing, and they could probably have got a proper tiler for not much more than they gave me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 February, 2012, 09:39:09 am
Honestly dont know where to put this, sort of okay, fantastic or spugs.

My wife's away in germany at the moment, so after our boys trip to ghost rider yesterday, i was going to take my sons over to brighton today, thinking i could pop into the comic shop and pick up a few things while im there. However, ive just ordered everything i wanted to buy, off the interwebz, for less than the cost of the train travel to brighton, and as a result now have enough cash to take us all to the phantom menace this afternoon. This means im not supporting my 'local' comic shop, or local industry, and instead am feeding pounds into some kid's bedroom-based internet business, while at the same time- well, going to see the phantom menace.
Sigh.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 18 February, 2012, 10:41:54 am
It's a sort of "life has it bittersweet moments because..." post then, SBT. :D

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 February, 2012, 12:10:31 pm
Completed a tiling job strictly as a returned favour, and when unpacking my toolkit discovered a 'thank you' note with a chunk of cash.  I'm torn between feeling insulted (I made it clear I was returning a favour), embarrassed (I'm only a novice tiler, and I was only tipping away at it an hour or two at a time as I could spare them), and relief that I'll be able to afford to replace a dodgy tire on the car.  Stupid thing is that it was only a small job for someone who (unlike me) knew what they were doing, and they could probably have got a proper tiler for not much more than they gave me.

If you want, you can shampoo my carpet for free so you won't feel guilty.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 18 February, 2012, 06:47:45 pm
...This means im not supporting my 'local' comic shop, or local industry, and instead am feeding pounds into some kid's bedroom-based internet business, while at the same time- well, going to see the phantom menace.
Sigh.

SBT

I know George Lucas is a dick but he actually works out of his dads loft. ILM fills up the basement.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 February, 2012, 08:12:49 pm
When I left for work, it turned out that I'd locked my sister and her dumb boyfriend out of the house.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 19 February, 2012, 07:08:59 pm
Because a week or so ago i joined a facebook group devoted to romero's day of the dead, that has proven to be an absolute goldmine or rare stuff and fantastic goodies- as well as, like this very board, a haven of mostly decent obsessives. This led to my buying my first piece of original art- by our very own graeme neil reid- and then today to actual conversation with john amplas- who famously played the titular messed-up teen in romero's martin. Nice guy, and a nice group.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 20 February, 2012, 03:11:58 pm
Completed a tiling job strictly as a returned favour, and when unpacking my toolkit discovered a 'thank you' note with a chunk of cash.  I'm torn between feeling insulted (I made it clear I was returning a favour), embarrassed (I'm only a novice tiler, and I was only tipping away at it an hour or two at a time as I could spare them), and relief that I'll be able to afford to replace a dodgy tire on the car.  Stupid thing is that it was only a small job for someone who (unlike me) knew what they were doing, and they could probably have got a proper tiler for not much more than they gave me.

If you want, you can shampoo my carpet for free so you won't feel guilty.

Although you'll need a chisel to get through the jizz crust first.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 20 February, 2012, 03:56:58 pm
a bit like his mum
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 20 February, 2012, 05:23:55 pm
a bit like his mum

By "carpet" I had assumed that was what we were talking about.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 20 February, 2012, 05:49:29 pm
by carpet he means over grown hairy minge!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 20 February, 2012, 06:07:51 pm
Please try to be sensible, chaps. 




I wouldn't have enough grout.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 22 February, 2012, 07:11:27 pm
I returned my overdue library books and it turns out they're having a fine amnesty. With the pound I saved, I then bought the first three issues of Last American from a local charity shop.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mogzilla on 22 February, 2012, 07:44:03 pm
Nothing is more satisfying than occupying my unassailable plot on the moral high ground that comes from not having children so once again you lose.

How is not having children a 'Moral High Ground'

you tit. please piss off


he means he's a virgin so he can afford to be moral with all us notches on his moms bedpost ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 23 February, 2012, 12:45:53 am
Please try to be sensible, chaps. 




I wouldn't have enough grout.

You don't need grout to lay a carpet.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 24 February, 2012, 12:54:58 pm
It's become mild enough to have the windows and doors open a bit so I can start to get some fresh air into the house and get rid of all the dust and shit floating in the atmosphere which I'm developing an allergy to.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 February, 2012, 03:43:31 pm
Just watched a digger with a pneumatic arm cut out, then howk out individual cobble stones, now all we need is two of them on an exo-skelington and we have a battle droid worth its salt  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 24 February, 2012, 03:51:39 pm
Got up, way too early, this morning and was bored. So i decided to count the copper jar. Its full but there was only £12 in it. hrumph
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tombo on 24 February, 2012, 05:06:21 pm
Got up, way too early, this morning and was bored. So i decided to count the copper jar. Its full but there was only £12 in it. hrumph

It's always the same.  You pick up a jar weighing a ton and you think "Brilliant, gonna be loads in here" and then when you get to the end it turns out to be, well... coppers.  My money bottle is an old 3 litre vodka bottle that I scrounged up when we lived in a pub and it holds loads.

In other news I decided to use the first of my nine days off to go to Whitby.  Turned out to be quite nice once I got there, and fish & chips is always welcome
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 24 February, 2012, 05:21:26 pm
Counting coppers? Pah. I feed them into one of those counting machines they have in supermarkets, and gladly pay their commission.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: James Stacey on 24 February, 2012, 05:25:13 pm
Do they still have those. The one in my local Barclays was removed because apparently they are hideously unreliable. (Which might be OK for a supermaket but not for a Bank)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 24 February, 2012, 05:27:57 pm
Oh yes. Every Bonfire Night, I help out with the official event here. It's volunteer-run and in aid of charity - and enormously rewarding. I've been taking part for 10 years.

But it has taught me to avoid touching coins. When you've counted out 10 grand in cash, you learn. Coins are filthy!

- Trout
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 February, 2012, 05:35:05 pm
I regular sweep the house of these and the machine at the local superstore deals with the manky job of counting. average about 15 quid a time, result!  there must be tons of metal used up in hunards of jars filled with coins around the country,  I'm happy to recycle em!! 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 24 February, 2012, 06:29:00 pm
Counting coppers? Pah. I feed them into one of those counting machines they have in supermarkets, and gladly pay their commission.

Drokked if I'd give the bank any commission, so bring your next load of coppers up to Hi-Ex! and I'll give you a better rate.
At the last count we had a couple of hundred in bags, as I keep forgetting to take them to the bank  ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 February, 2012, 07:39:42 pm
can't remember how much the machine takes but its not a lot and probably less the the fuel used to cart that lot 400 miles  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 24 February, 2012, 09:52:23 pm
You can't really call them coppers any more as they are mainly steel.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 24 February, 2012, 10:50:02 pm
You can't really call them coppers any more as they are mainly steel.
ED-209 is the future of law enforcement in old Detroit.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 24 February, 2012, 10:55:32 pm
CF's got the idea. Those machines are going to have a significant margin of error - whose favour do you think that's weighted in? Plus the commission. Fuck that.

Coppers are slow going though. I chuck everything under a quid in a sweety jar each night. Last time it filled up I cashed in £195! Even without the 50p coins that'd be £95. I genuinely pulled a muscle in my back lugging it to the bank though, shouldn't have run for that bus!

I also quite like the counting and stacking up of loads of little piles of coins like Scrooge McDuck. It's not up there with rolling in big piles of banknotes. but it's the next best currency-based amusement.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 24 February, 2012, 10:58:56 pm
I hope you realise that all this coin hoarding is devaluing the pound.





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 24 February, 2012, 11:30:30 pm
Have you spent your 12 quid yet spetsna?

Just bought a bottle of vodka and in the process of emptying it so I can start collecting coppers.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 25 February, 2012, 03:36:29 am
You lads have too much time on your hands.  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 25 February, 2012, 07:53:31 am
You lads have too much time on your hands.  :D

Yeah, right. That's why i spent 15 minutes at the beginning, crafting a coin counting tool out of a cardboard box.

Too much time indeed... :-\
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tombo on 25 February, 2012, 10:02:28 am
I'll just leave this here

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2719117/Trail/searchtext%3ESORTER.htm
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 27 February, 2012, 04:42:02 pm
My redundancy payment came through today, and I wasnt expecting it for months! Awesome!
Now if I didn't feel half dead I'd be off to the shop to pick up the latest prog. Hopefully I can still get my hands on the birthday edition.
Money really does make everything seem better. Even shingles.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 27 February, 2012, 04:52:26 pm
My redundancy payment came through today...
Money really does make everything seem better. Even shingles.

Man, I wouldn't want to be Anna Faris tonight.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Van Dom on 27 February, 2012, 05:29:35 pm
My redundancy payment came through today...
Money really does make everything seem better. Even shingles.

Man, I wouldn't want to be Anna Faris tonight.

Nah she's safe enough. I can barely move at the moment!!! :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 01 March, 2012, 08:37:50 am
Because today is World Book Day...

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q599/SteevTH/meanangel.jpg)

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 March, 2012, 08:41:17 am
You, Sir, are a god.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 01 March, 2012, 08:54:09 am
Brilliantly, it was his idea. Very important that the dial works, and the house has resounded this morning to the sound of 'Bok! Bok! Bok!'. Youngest went as a death eater. I half heatrtedly suggested fink, but he wasnt having it...

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 March, 2012, 08:57:50 am
Any guesses as to when you will receive the 'your son's dial is stuck on 4 1/2, please come and collect him' call?   :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 01 March, 2012, 06:04:30 pm
Another 3 weeks and it's the start of spring. ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 01 March, 2012, 06:11:35 pm
I have a day off from work tomorrow, and ill use some of that free time to pick up a little something off E-Bay which is waiting for me at the post office. Nice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2012, 01:11:27 pm
The missus found a small cache of Peroni on sale and brought it home to me!  The very first sip and I was back in the blessedly cool basement of the Mergellina hostel in Naples in 1997, where they sold a cold half-litre bottle and a plate of spaghetti pomadoro for 1,500 lira (which wasn't much even then, about a pound I think).  I could hear the incessant honking of the horns and feel the throbbing of my feet, and savour the exhausted satisfaction of a day tramping about the slopes of Vesuvius. Taste and memory (and beer), you can't beat it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 03 March, 2012, 01:23:47 pm
The missus found a small cache of Peroni on sale and brought it home to me!  The very first sip and I was back in the blessedly cool basement of the Mergellina hostel in Naples in 1997, where they sold a cold half-litre bottle and a plate of spaghetti pomadoro for 1,500 lira (which wasn't much even then, about a pound I think).  I could hear the incessant honking of the horns and feel the throbbing of my feet, and savour the exhausted satisfaction of a day tramping about the slopes of Vesuvius. Taste and memory (and beer), you can't beat it.

I'd have avoided Vesuvius and gone straight to the bar. Sometimes I feel so terribly sorry for people who aren't Scottish.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 03 March, 2012, 03:54:06 pm
and deep fried that spagetti too
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2012, 04:13:13 pm
I trust the white-hot wit of your race keeps you warm during your endless winter, which as I understand it is broken only by annual feeding time for the midges.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: mygrimmbrother on 03 March, 2012, 04:19:59 pm
The missus found a small cache of Peroni on sale and brought it home to me!  The very first sip and I was back in the blessedly cool basement of the Mergellina hostel in Naples in 1997, where they sold a cold half-litre bottle and a plate of spaghetti pomadoro for 1,500 lira (which wasn't much even then, about a pound I think).  I could hear the incessant honking of the horns and feel the throbbing of my feet, and savour the exhausted satisfaction of a day tramping about the slopes of Vesuvius. Taste and memory (and beer), you can't beat it.

This almost brought a lump to my throat, beautiful!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 03 March, 2012, 04:27:30 pm
I trust the white-hot wit of your race keeps you warm during your endless winter, which as I understand it is broken only by annual feeding time for the midges.

Your mum.  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 03 March, 2012, 06:52:23 pm
 ::) That and whisky. WTF is a "small cache of Peroni" when it's at home?  :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2012, 07:31:08 pm
Italian beer.  It's nothing special taste-wise, but it is quite distinctive and as I've only ever drunk it in Italy before it has pleasant nostalgic associations.  See also:  Mythos and Greece. 

They were flogging a dozen bottles of it for €10, which my wife happily identified as a bargain, and thus the first alcohol we've bought this year. 

Boring story, but you did ask.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 March, 2012, 07:48:10 pm
I went with Sam up to PC World this afternoon and was in the queue to buy something when the following happened.

There were about seven bods in the queue and three bods on the tills. One till bod finished his sale and then buggered off. Okay, no probs, I'm next in line so I can live with that. Before I managed to get to the next till when that was available, some fucker had pushed in but Sam had distracted me, so he was already mid sale, bollocks!

When the sale was finished the till bod just wandered off and he had to walk past me. I said to him that there was a massive queue here and now there is only one person on the tills. He just said'she'll serve you!' and pissed off.

Once I got to the till, I immediately asked for the store manager and while my item was being put through I waited for him to come to see me.

We had a little talk about his ignorant sales bod, the economy, mystery shoppers and internet sales over shop sales. He said he would have words with his assistant in a minute. I replied that I want to witness his reprimand, otherwise I have a feeling nothing would happen. Lets just say I really enjoyed watching the little shit squirm when he was called back to the tills.

I'm an equal hater of bad service in both the private and public sector.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Gonk on 03 March, 2012, 09:06:55 pm
Hey CF, I'm glad you won that one, but be careful about complaining too much as you might find yourself turning into Victor Meldrew.

I've only ever been in PC World the once and that was enough to put me off.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 March, 2012, 09:14:40 pm
If you don't complain about crap service then nothing will ever get done! Remember I let the first assistant walk away and a person push in front before my dander was up  >:D

By the way, when I was in Barcelona I noticed that PC World is called PC City  :o
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Ancient Otter on 03 March, 2012, 10:44:45 pm
Mythos and Greece.

Mythos as in Cthulhu?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2012, 11:03:46 pm
(http://images.travelpod.com/users/mawakefi/1.1253879580.mythos-beer-for-chuck.jpg)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 03 March, 2012, 11:57:24 pm
Ahh, Mythos and breaking plates and Ouzo, Mary and meselfs first sun holiday was to Rhodes a long time ago, still the best one!

Life is sometimes OK, Mary came home today with oak smoked Irish cheese, garlic and olives, and a bottle of red for me! Im enjoying them now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dunk! on 12 March, 2012, 02:19:45 pm
I have a detaching retina in my right eye which added to my other chronic health issues is a huge blow.

That said it's "stable" at the mo after 3 months of prodding and poking (in which i luckily discovered i'm not sensitive about my eyes like others can be) so that's why this doesn't sit in the Life Spugs thread.

The future holds probably an operation and the possibilty it may spread to my other eye.

But I live in a 1st world country and am under the care of a specialist so must thank my lucky stars.

And it's got me reading a lot again to make up for lost time or what the future holds.

Make hay whilst the sun shines folks.

Dunk!  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 12 March, 2012, 07:36:28 pm
Hope it all works out ok.

I've had eye surgery three times and can still see so there's still hope.  As you say the experts here are very good.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 13 March, 2012, 10:33:30 am
ooh that's crappy, Dunk, but you're right as there's never been a better time for eye treatment.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 13 March, 2012, 01:31:17 pm
Yeah Dunk here's hoping you keep your sight for decades to come. My daddio has had tonnes of operations on his eyes and the last one has left him with 20/20 vision which he's never had in his entire life!

...so, there's that ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 March, 2012, 09:05:23 am
Good on you Dunk, your attitude and living in the western world in the 21st century are all firmly on your side.

I was feeling abominably cranky yesterday, having seen my last best chance at getting some proper work disintegrate as a shortlisted group tender I sweated blood over lost out to a bid for half what ours was (we only scored 40% on the price criterion, jeebus wept, how crap are we).  However this morning instead of attending some interminable pre-start project meeting, I'm making sock puppets with my daughter, then planting spuds, going to the library and taking the kids swimming.  That seems like a trade-off firmly in my favour.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 24 March, 2012, 08:59:37 pm
I've been working since 8.30 this morning, but now I'm off for a few bevvies. :)

JvB
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 24 March, 2012, 10:10:53 pm
Finished laying my first ever foundation today, absurdly, tragically, proud of it (I done learned how from a book!).  Also single-handedly extracted a massive chunk of old concrete strip foundation, measuring 2m by 0.6m by 0.6m, from a hole in my parent's garden through application of makeshift levers and wedges, a Spinal-Tap-Stonehengelike effort of which I'm also depressingly proud (this one I learned through 25 years of shifting stones).  I think I may pass for a man yet.

That'll do, pig, that'll do.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 24 March, 2012, 11:01:09 pm
The weather was lovely today, so I threw the windows open. Perhaps tomorrow I'll even go outside :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 24 March, 2012, 11:07:00 pm
Fair play, TordelBack!

I got hardly any of the work I meant to do today done, but on the plus side, my sister just made a caramel tart, and one of my heros (well, a heroine really) favourited a tweet of mine on Twitter. SO, a pretty good day on balance!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 29 March, 2012, 04:49:47 pm
Phoned up Virgin Media to complain, and got a £10pcm loyalty discount and a broadband speed upgrade. Cool.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mister Pops on 31 March, 2012, 03:15:22 am
I've had a long, strange day and a half.

My Sister has been pregnant and it's been a difficult and complicated ordeal. I won't go into it (none of your business like), but the long and the short of it is; she went into labour, 6 weeks early, yesterday.

My nephew (my first nephew, and my parents first grandchild) was born at 23:51 on 29/3/2012 and weighed 3lb 3 oz.

Things looked touch and go, but there was nothing me or my girlfriend could do and we had tickets to the rugby.  So we went to take our minds off it.

Ten minutes before the end of play, I got a call from the hospital. My wee nephew was going to pull through, and almost serendipitously, Ulster scored at the exact moment I received this news. The final score was Ulster 45 - Aironi 7.

The match isn't really important though. I'm a bloody UNCLE.
I have to say, my sister and brother-in-law demonstrated amazing fortitude over the past 2 days. The wee thing couldn't ask for better parents.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Devons Daddy on 31 March, 2012, 03:27:09 am
that a great post POPS,
one of the best things on this the www finest place is such special things shared.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 31 March, 2012, 10:07:39 pm
Phoned up Virgin Media to complain, and got a £10pcm loyalty discount and a broadband speed upgrade. Cool.

Interesting you should mention this. My dad* was thinking of changing our telephone/broadband package from Virgin to BT as they were doing a cheaper deal.  Then Virgin called him up (I think it was yesterday, but it might have been earlier today) and offered him an even cheaper deal to keep us.

*I still live with my dad and his wife despite my hurtling towards middle age. What can I say? I'm single, have part time minimum wage work**, and it's a nice enough environment to live in. Although I could do without the Mrs playing loud gospel music in the morning.

**No complaints. I like having just 3 days a week work, although I'd take more if offered.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 31 March, 2012, 10:22:26 pm
Phoned up Virgin Media to complain, and got a £10pcm loyalty discount and a broadband speed upgrade. Cool.

Interesting you should mention this. My dad* was thinking of changing our telephone/broadband package from Virgin to BT as they were doing a cheaper deal.  Then Virgin called him up (I think it was yesterday, but it might have been earlier today) and offered him an even cheaper deal to keep us.

*I still live with my dad and his wife despite my hurtling towards middle age. What can I say? I'm single, have part time minimum wage work**, and it's a nice enough environment to live in. Although I could do without the Mrs playing loud gospel music in the morning.

**No complaints. I like having just 3 days a week work, although I'd take more if offered.
If you are changing to BT from Virgin your BB speed will be severely reduced.
A friend of mine moved to an area that couldn't recieve Cable and from getting 20 meg from Virgin, are now getting a maximum of 2 meg with BT.
BT feed you the shit of being too far from their switch to get decent speeds. From my experience the whole of Leicester must be too far from a switch from what swapping customers have told me.
Be careful out there.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 31 March, 2012, 10:33:25 pm
If you are changing to BT from Virgin your BB speed will be severely reduced.
A friend of mine moved to an area that couldn't recieve Cable and from getting 20 meg from Virgin, are now getting a maximum of 2 meg with BT.
BT feed you the shit of being too far from their switch to get decent speeds. From my experience the whole of Leicester must be too far from a switch from what swapping customers have told me.
Be careful out there.

I think our speed is pretty minimal as it is, for broadband (fast enough for me most of the time, though) , but good to know we might have dodged a worse deal.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 01 April, 2012, 05:15:25 pm
If you are changing to BT from Virgin your BB speed will be severely reduced.
A friend of mine moved to an area that couldn't recieve Cable and from getting 20 meg from Virgin, are now getting a maximum of 2 meg with BT.
BT feed you the shit of being too far from their switch to get decent speeds. From my experience the whole of Leicester must be too far from a switch from what swapping customers have told me.
Be careful out there.

I think our speed is pretty minimal as it is, for broadband (fast enough for me most of the time, though) , but good to know we might have dodged a worse deal.

Also be sceptical of the speeds some of them are advertising, from last year:

Quote
"There is a substantial gap between advertised speeds and the actual speeds people get in their homes," Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards told the BBC.

"The chances of someone receiving the advertised headline speed are fairly remote," he said.

"We would like to see clearer information provided to consumers which more accurately reflects the likely speeds they will actually receive," he added.

Ofcom's latest research into broadband speeds found that just 14% of customers on 'up to' 20Mbps services received speeds of over 12Mbps, while 58% averaged speeds of 6Mbps or less.

Cable and fibre services fared better, with 92% of Virgin Media customers on an 'up to' 50Mbps service averaging 45.6Mbps.

Its lower 10Mbps service saw average speeds of 9.6Mbps.

BT's Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology, which is currently available to 15% of UK homes, has an average of 31.8Mbps on the 40Mbps service.

...

AVERAGE DOWNLOAD SPEEDS

BT 'up to' 8Mbps - 4.1 to 4.8Mbps
Orange 'up to' 8Mbps - 3.3 to 4.3Mbps
Plusnet 'up to' 8Mbps - 3.4 to 4.4Mbps
Virgin Media 'up to' 10Mbps - 9.5 to 9.7Mbps
BT 'up to' 20Mbps - 6.9 to 8.7Mbps
O2/Be 'up to' 20Mbps - 9.9 to 11.6Mbps
Sky 'up to' 20Mbps - 7.4 to 8.8Mbps
TalkTalk 'up to' 24Mbps - 7.7 to 9.3Mbps
Virgin Media 'up to' 20Mbps - 17.4 to 18.6Mbps
BT 'up to' 40Mbps - 30.5 to 33.1Mbps
Virgin Media 'up to' 50Mbps - 43.9 to 47.2Mbps

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12611315

So Virgin's 'up to' 10Mbps was actually averaging out as being faster than BT's 'up to' 20Mbps and TalkTalk 'up to' 24Mbps!!

Plus Virgin are doubling (and in some cases tripling) their broadband speeds:

www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/11/virgin-media-double-broadband-speed

Leading David Cameron to say "I welcome this announcement from Virgin Media; it will provide a great boost for those downloading films or people caught out by buffering in porn videos when they are on their vinegar strokes." Although I might have fixed that for him, a bit.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 01 April, 2012, 05:36:36 pm
I did a speed test for a customer who had 100 meg yesterday and it equated to 250 although speedtests cannot cope with the virgin BB so it isn't entirely accurate but not far off 250 as I downloaded a 20 min youtube clip instantly. The infrastructure for 250 speed is there for Virgin but as the network is full of noise they wont sell speeds like that nationwide until it is sorted properly. I think they are trialing fiber optic to the property in london so if that is successful then speeds will hit the roof.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 04 April, 2012, 01:47:14 am
Long, tiring and frankly utterly crappy day, return home to find loving family asleep and naught but stale bread in the house to eat, but I hit 'recently updated topics' and the motley freaks of this here board manage to put a smile on my face.  Thanks all!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 04 April, 2012, 04:21:43 am
My wireless router has pissed me off (the socket of the power lead is... corroded and seems to need tweaking an awful lot to work) so I was thinking of replacing it. However, I wondered if I could get Virgin to upgrade the modem to a wireless router model. It costs £49 for installation (which is fine by me, as a wireless router would have been in that region anyway, and it means I'll never need to buy another one so I'll save quite a bit in the long run - plus they install it for you, I can do it but this is less hassle) and to qualify for the wireless option got upgraded to 30Mb broadband and got free evening calls (in addition to the current free weekend ones) for an extra 10p a month. I had to get the girl on the phone to say it a few times to make sure I'd not misheard £10/month.

I assume it is this that I'll be getting, which looks to be an improvement on the Surfboard I've had since they were Telewest:
http://shop.virginmedia.com/broadband/broadband-extras/wireless-routers.html
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 04 April, 2012, 09:29:05 am
I've had BT for ages at home, BT vision and three laptops all working of the one wee hub at the same time, and nary a hiccup.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 04 April, 2012, 12:16:40 pm
Quote from: Emperor
I wondered if I could get Virgin to upgrade the modem to a wireless router model...

I had nothing but problems with our so-called SuperHub which was foisted on me against my will. The old VM modem worked perfectly with my old router, but the SuperHub was constantly dropping out, screwed up my local network settings and had a pitiful range.

A recent firmware update allows you to run the SuperHub in modem-only mode, which is what I do now - in conjunction with a fantastic new wireless router from D-Link which hasn't failed me once.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hoagy on 04 April, 2012, 12:26:38 pm
2000ad is seen as staple reading for any kid brought up in the70s/80s. According to the props men of Matt Lucas' new show. Check out Images 5 and6 for what's on his bookshelf.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p00qr716
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 04 April, 2012, 02:53:28 pm
Quote from: Emperor
I wondered if I could get Virgin to upgrade the modem to a wireless router model...

I had nothing but problems with our so-called SuperHub which was foisted on me against my will. The old VM modem worked perfectly with my old router, but the SuperHub was constantly dropping out, screwed up my local network settings and had a pitiful range.

A recent firmware update allows you to run the SuperHub in modem-only mode, which is what I do now - in conjunction with a fantastic new wireless router from D-Link which hasn't failed me once.

Ah balls, I hope I'm not clearing a path between these teetering stacks of comics, books and DVD for nothing!!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 04 April, 2012, 03:24:59 pm
Get them to give you a SuperHub for free (mine was), set it to modem-only mode and spend your £49 on a decent third-party router.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 04 April, 2012, 03:31:44 pm
Get them to give you a SuperHub for free (mine was), set it to modem-only mode and spend your £49 on a decent third-party router.

I'll see how it goes. If it is shit I'll ask for a refund and do just that.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 April, 2012, 05:19:34 pm
2000ad is seen as staple reading for any kid brought up in the70s/80s. According to the props men of Matt Lucas' new show. Check out Images 5 and6 for what's on his bookshelf.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p00qr716

DISGUSTING - none of the spines match up!  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 April, 2012, 10:57:45 pm
I had to use up some chicken stock to defrost the freezer so I made a chicken & chorizo soup thing with barley and sweetcorn, purely from instinct and guesswork and it was bloody gorgeous. COOKING DOESN'T GET BODGIER THAN THIS!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 04 April, 2012, 11:43:00 pm
For the Virgin Suber Hub you will need to go into the settings 192.168.0.1. Change the automatic channel to manual and go for channel 7 or 10, then save.

There is also something else you may need to change depending on your speed.
Go to advanced settings and in the wireless settings you may need to change the 802.11 mode. There are three settings the is: Up to 54mbps, up to 145mbps and up to 300mbps. Obviously the faster your speed the higher you may need.




V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 April, 2012, 02:08:46 am
On Monday my complete arse of a former business partner announced out of the blue (by e-mail - classy) that he had hired some blokes to chuck all our insolvent company's archaeological archives (that still reside in the basement of his building pending tortuously slow museum deposition) into a skip*, forcing me to return very early from a chilly camping holiday with my kids to try (successfully as it turned out) to prevent this. 

This should have been an occasion for much gnashing of teeth, and indeed I have been run ragged and cranky from 7am to 2am ever since, but part of my desperate solution was to appeal to many of my former colleagues for help in moving and sorting and rehousing the blighted archive, and this has brought the unexpected pleasure of meeting up with and briefly working with some fine folk I haven't seen for years.  Today I met the 2 year-old son of an old pal that I wasn't even aware existed, learned of the imminent parenthood of two more, and enjoyed several prolonged not-very-manly-at-all hugs as well as a heartening amount of actual help.   

For the last year or more I've been so wrapped up in my own failures and how badly I've let down my understandably-bitter colleagues that I'd completely forgotten that my late company was over a decade old, and it really gave me a lot of good times and good friends before it all went to shite. 

So all in all, while I'm still that wanker that screwed up everyone's livelihoods, at least I got to remember why I wanted to hang on to it all as long as I did.  I'll tally that one as a win.


*You would think there would be a legal obstacle to doing this.  You would be wrong.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Judo on 05 April, 2012, 02:14:41 pm
Bwaaaaaah :O really super fabby comic artist I fancy gave me his phone number!!! Volunteered his Phone number and said I should call him sometime!!!! and I haven't even met him!!!??? Wow just wow. Nothings touching me this week :D x x x
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the 'artist' formerly known as Slips on 05 April, 2012, 02:31:59 pm
10 servers, 2 SAN shelves, Fibre Switches and Channels and my biking toolkit...... 

All into Datacentre, in half a day.... not too shabby for not having done it for years.  Result!   
Now all I have to do is sort out everyone elses cable patching (on critical live servers, of course)   :-\
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 05 April, 2012, 05:01:25 pm
I won a DVD and one I want to watch too!! I think I might have sneaked it as the competition (http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/win-the-revenant-dvds/) asks you to name the film's director and they give the name in the same post, but it isn't exactly right there so a quick Google might have let me narrow the field nicely. There are also 5 being given away in prog 1776 and I heartily recommend giving it a shot as it has good word-of-mouth.

I had to use up some chicken stock to defrost the freezer so I made a chicken & chorizo soup thing with barley and sweetcorn, purely from instinct and guesswork and it was bloody gorgeous. COOKING DOESN'T GET BODGIER THAN THIS!

We need a recipes thread.

For the Virgin Suber Hub you will need to go into the settings 192.168.0.1. Change the automatic channel to manual and go for channel 7 or 10, then save.

There is also something else you may need to change depending on your speed.
Go to advanced settings and in the wireless settings you may need to change the 802.11 mode. There are three settings the is: Up to 54mbps, up to 145mbps and up to 300mbps. Obviously the faster your speed the higher you may need.

Cheers. I may be referring back to this in the future.

I found a useful discussion (and now can't find it again) that suggested a lot of the problems could be fixed by dropping the speed settings that force the router to use one channel not two (I have inSSIDer so should be able to spot if a problem is coming from that direction). So I reckon one way or another I should be able to get this to work for me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 05 April, 2012, 05:22:06 pm
We need a recipes thread.

I'll only accept a "Judos recipes thread" trololol
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 05 April, 2012, 05:28:06 pm
...because I have Walking Dead #95, Wonder Woman #7, All Star Western #4-7- and a couple of issues of 70s Swamp Thing to read tonight, as well as being partway through a really good Arthur C Clarke nov. And today I picked up the first BBC 'Dr Who: The Lost Episodes' CD boxset (which can go on eBay for up to £125) for a tenner in perfect condition, after knocking the bloke in a second hand shop down from fifteen. And tomorrow, I don't have to be in work til eleven- and when I do get there, I'm having a nice day out in a cemetery.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Judo on 05 April, 2012, 05:37:09 pm
We need a recipes thread.

I'll only accept a "Judos recipes thread" trololol

Take one left over pizza and add microwave ;)
My fave is the warren ellis cocktail...
Take one pint glass.
Add bottle of whiskey.
Drink.

X
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: the 'artist' formerly known as Slips on 06 April, 2012, 12:00:46 am
rioja wine campo viejo @ £5 a bottle then Southern Comfort...  ah hangover!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 06 April, 2012, 01:01:17 am
On Monday my complete arse of a former business partner announced out of the blue (by e-mail - classy) that he had hired some blokes to chuck all our insolvent company's archaeological archives (that still reside in the basement of his building pending tortuously slow museum deposition) into a skip*, forcing me to return very early from a chilly camping holiday with my kids to try (successfully as it turned out) to prevent this. 

This should have been an occasion for much gnashing of teeth, and indeed I have been run ragged and cranky from 7am to 2am ever since, but part of my desperate solution was to appeal to many of my former colleagues for help in moving and sorting and rehousing the blighted archive, and this has brought the unexpected pleasure of meeting up with and briefly working with some fine folk I haven't seen for years.  Today I met the 2 year-old son of an old pal that I wasn't even aware existed, learned of the imminent parenthood of two more, and enjoyed several prolonged not-very-manly-at-all hugs as well as a heartening amount of actual help.   

For the last year or more I've been so wrapped up in my own failures and how badly I've let down my understandably-bitter colleagues that I'd completely forgotten that my late company was over a decade old, and it really gave me a lot of good times and good friends before it all went to shite. 

So all in all, while I'm still that wanker that screwed up everyone's livelihoods, at least I got to remember why I wanted to hang on to it all as long as I did.  I'll tally that one as a win.


*You would think there would be a legal obstacle to doing this.  You would be wrong.

You're a legend!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 April, 2012, 01:04:46 am
TB, you're a trojan*







 
*not the johnnies.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judgefloyd on 06 April, 2012, 10:20:35 am
...because all my problems have solutions, I have my health, employment and a nice family.  Also on monday, I'm off to the MCG to see Hawthorn thrash Geelong (hopefully.  Even if they lose, it'll be a good game). 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 April, 2012, 10:44:39 am
TB, you're a trojan

Failed to act on warnings of impending doom?  Check.
Naively accepted tempting things that appeared on my doorstep?  Check.
Subsequently exhumed and exhibited by greedy Germans?  Probably.



Never believe someone who concocts one-sided tales of petty triumphs over adversity while half-cut in the wee-hours.  I'm is a procrastinating fool who enjoys mythologising his own boring failures to virtual strangers in an effort to make himself look and feel better. Maybe I should go into politics.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 20 April, 2012, 05:35:37 pm
Kellogg's dropped off a free box of cereal today. That was nice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 20 April, 2012, 06:09:14 pm
We need a recipes thread.

Feh! It'll never catch on... (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,27788.0.html)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 21 April, 2012, 12:21:23 am
... I'm full of antibiotics and painkillers  :D

We need a recipes thread.

Feh! It'll never catch on... (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,27788.0.html)

Brilliant, consider that thread bumped.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 21 April, 2012, 12:33:45 am
Maybe now you'll be too spaced out to go around splitting and merging threads all the time.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 21 April, 2012, 12:38:44 am
Maybe now you'll be too spaced out to go around splitting and merging threads all the time.
Has he ever merged two threads and then split something off that ungodly hybrid?

Sometimes I think he wants there to only be one enormous thread but other times it's like he thinks every post should be a thread to itself.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Emperor on 21 April, 2012, 12:55:04 am
I once split a thread Roger loved, and he never forgave me.

I once split his mom, and he didn't care.

Which one of us is the monster?*

Maybe now you'll be too spaced out to go around splitting and merging threads all the time.
Has he ever merged two threads and then split something off that ungodly hybrid?

Sometimes I think he wants there to only be one enormous thread but other times it's like he thinks every post should be a thread to itself.

It is a shock and awe scheme designed to confuse the threads into submission.

* We both are
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judgefloyd on 22 April, 2012, 05:00:18 am
a car turned in front of my bike the other day with no warning whatsoever.  I hit first the car, then the road.  Some really nice passers by looked after me, got the driver's details and one of them even drove me to work and called up an hour later to check I was okay. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 22 April, 2012, 09:11:14 am
And are you?

That sounds a nasty experience, but I'm glad to hear people were kind enough to help you out.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judgefloyd on 22 April, 2012, 12:27:15 pm
yes, I'm fine, apart from feeling shaken for a few days.  The niceness of the witnesses was what made me think of it for this thread.  Also I was lucky - if I'd been square in front of the car when she'd turned, I might be a lot less functional. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 22 April, 2012, 02:16:08 pm
It does my heart good when I hear about how kind people can be when someone is in distress. You often see 'thankyou' letters in local newspapers and it makes me feel that my fellow humans aren't all bad.

I'm glad you're okay.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 22 April, 2012, 02:29:43 pm
Hope you're feeling better judgefloyd.

Last week on the tube there was a woman with young kid in pram who was sniffling and wiping away tears. I only realised this after a woman tapped her on the shoulder and offered her a tissue. It had 'Keep calm and carry on' printed on it. Who knows what she was going through but going by her expression I think it helped in some small way, at least for a brief moment.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 22 April, 2012, 06:56:04 pm
Hope you are ok Floyd.

It is nice to hear there are good folk out there, really kind of them to look after you.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 23 April, 2012, 10:21:26 pm
wasn't sure where to post this, but it made me smile so...

I just found out by odd accident that I've seen Alice (Borg Queen) Krige on stage not once but twice.

Once in King Lear with Michael Gambon and Jenny Agutter (who I'd forgotten was in it), and a young Pete Postlethwaite (who wasn't yet famous); the other time in the Tempest with Derek Jacobi and Alun Armstrong.

School theatre trips were bloody marvelous looking back! I've also seen Julie Walters' norks, Derek Griffiths off Playaway doing Gogol, and Jim Broadbent in the hilarious National Theatre of Brent (twice).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 April, 2012, 11:09:22 pm
Alice Kriege will always be the Madam who gets Dillahunted in Deadwood to me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spaceghost on 24 April, 2012, 10:00:59 am
Someone gave me a free copy of The Road in the train station last night as part of World Book Night.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 24 April, 2012, 03:56:19 pm
Because today i picked up, for fifty pee each from a market:

Valiant (15 nov 1969) with captain hurricane, kelly's eye, sexton blake, steel claw, house of dolmann, mytek the mighty and the shrinker from space.

Valiant and TV21 (2 oct 1971) with cap'n hurricane, janus stark, star trek- not gold key reprints, in colour, the return of the claw and kelly's eye.

Champion (28 may 1966) in which 'return of the stormtroopers' looks very eric bradbury-esque, battler britton has a couple of pages and there are a bunch of scifi adventure two-pagers in the back, including the finale of 'when the sky turned green' featuring the lovecraftian mermods.

Cor!! (29 aug 1970) sadly without Rat Trap but at least a brilliant Kid Chameleon colour centerspread.

And, most excitingly:

The Skipper (no. 22, jan 31st 1931. Yes, 1931) which is a pre-comic strip boys' weekly 'paper', which features stories and features from the pre-war world, including 'queeriosities' and 'around the queer houses of the world'.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 27 April, 2012, 06:13:39 pm
ooooh nice one, SBT!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 27 April, 2012, 06:23:33 pm
Someone gave me a free copy of The Road in the train station last night as part of World Book Night.

Hide your belt and shoelaces, turn the gas supply off at the mains
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 27 April, 2012, 07:30:36 pm
Someone gave me a free copy of The Road in the train station last night as part of World Book Night.

Hide your belt and shoelaces, turn the gas supply off at the mains

The number of times I've started into this book and then realised I really can't face it.  I'd love to read it, but I don't think I can.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judgefloyd on 30 April, 2012, 02:03:57 am
Because today i picked up, for fifty pee each from a market:

Valiant (15 nov 1969) with captain hurricane, kelly's eye, sexton blake, steel claw, house of dolmann, mytek the mighty and the shrinker from space.

Valiant and TV21 (2 oct 1971) with cap'n hurricane, janus stark, star trek- not gold key reprints, in colour, the return of the claw and kelly's eye.

Champion (28 may 1966) in which 'return of the stormtroopers' looks very eric bradbury-esque, battler britton has a couple of pages and there are a bunch of scifi adventure two-pagers in the back, including the finale of 'when the sky turned green' featuring the lovecraftian mermods.

Cor!! (29 aug 1970) sadly without Rat Trap but at least a brilliant Kid Chameleon colour centerspread.

And, most excitingly:

The Skipper (no. 22, jan 31st 1931. Yes, 1931) which is a pre-comic strip boys' weekly 'paper', which features stories and features from the pre-war world, including 'queeriosities' and 'around the queer houses of the world'.

SBT

I probably read that copy of Cor! back in 1970, along with Whizzer and Chips. 
   Today life is okay because a mate has mailed me some Big Finish stuff,free gratis and for nothing from Korea.  A Who novelisation, a McCoy Who audio drama and Hound of the Baskervlles
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Zarjazzer on 03 May, 2012, 04:20:46 pm
I'm out on the lash 2nite wiv old chums .
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 May, 2012, 12:46:18 pm
...because my oldest british comic (skipper, jan 1931) is no longer my oldest- just picked up the boys own paper from march 1919, for a fiver in really nice condition from my local bazaar. Is it really a comic? No, not really. But it counts.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 May, 2012, 03:26:36 pm
I'm not on antidepressants no more.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 May, 2012, 05:10:31 pm
A weekend Dan the smoke, means I saw my hero RICO!! at the International Ska Fest, we got a double dose of RICO as Dandy Livingstone couldn't make it, nice.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 08 May, 2012, 06:45:13 pm
^ Very nice indeed
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 08 May, 2012, 08:22:38 pm
I'm not on antidepressants no more.

Nice one. :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 08 May, 2012, 10:22:32 pm
Congrats roger.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 08 May, 2012, 10:25:26 pm
Good news.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 09 May, 2012, 12:25:23 am
Good on you Godders. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 09 May, 2012, 06:31:03 am
I'm not on antidepressants no more.

Nice one. :)

Good work, Roger.  Confession time:  Me neither.  I don't believe I've actually needed them for the last 6 or 7 years but found myself having awful brain-scrambling electric shocks in the brain every time I tried to pack them in.  Prescription drug addiction, if I'm totally honest with myself.  Finally managed to kick them last month though, and also know I'll never need them again.  Meditation, positive thinking, risk-taking, Eckhart Tolle's books and cognitive behavioural stuff I did at home (no need to pay for expensive shrinks!) has sorted me out forever.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 09 May, 2012, 07:24:18 am
Excellent, unmedicated forumites roam the Earth in ever-increasing numbers! 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 09 May, 2012, 01:46:27 pm
Thanks, TB - can't have Godpleton taking all the glory!

Incidentally, Roger:  You've got mail
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 09 May, 2012, 07:40:42 pm
Incidentally, Roger:  You've got mail

Don't open the mail! It will be a comic he wiped his bum on.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 10 May, 2012, 04:22:17 am
Close. It's a bum I've wiped my comic on
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 10 May, 2012, 02:55:26 pm
The till lady in Clinton's Cards looked like Megan Draper.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 10 May, 2012, 04:58:34 pm
The till lady in Clinton's Cards looked like Megan Draper.

She'll be looking for work soon. Why not employ her as your amanuensis, then marry her on a whim because she's always got a handypack of Kleenex at the ready. Never (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngf2zHq4FEI) let her serenade you in French.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 10 May, 2012, 05:14:48 pm
Zoobie zoobie zoooo!

Photo?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 10 May, 2012, 06:29:49 pm
The till lady in Clinton's Cards looked like Megan Draper.

Photo?

There's a new thread in this: Attractive Women Who Served Me In Shops And Who I Somehow Found A Pretext To Take A Photograh Of.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 10 May, 2012, 06:47:43 pm
If I was a moron I would have hired her to dispose of all the dead Madchen Amicks I keep under my bed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 10 May, 2012, 07:15:46 pm
Madchen Amick met her end at the hands of the guy from The Spanish Prisoner in the last series of Damages. I don't know what you've got under your bed. Maybe it's a job lot of old Teri Hatchers.

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Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 May, 2012, 10:34:21 am
...because it being our wedding anniversary recently and not being able to get away due to both her work and mine, today finally she and i are taking a much earned break from the kids for a whole day- and heading up to london.

We shall be staring at a model of her head made of cake in an art gallery, a painting of her on a wall, eating food, shopping in the fleshpots of soho, buying filthy underwear, and going to mega city comics in camden.

I may not feel at my best- im on the comedown after a week's course of zopiclone, resulting in fuzzy-headedness, a tendency to zone out, and a desire to crawl into bed at the drop of a hat, and after being kneed in the face on thursday my neck still feels broken... BUT we are out for the day!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 12 May, 2012, 04:56:17 pm
...because it being our wedding anniversary recently and not being able to get away due to both her work and mine, today finally she and i are taking a much earned break from the kids for a whole day- and heading up to london.

We shall be staring at a model of her head made of cake in an art gallery, a painting of her on a wall, eating food, shopping in the fleshpots of soho, buying filthy underwear, and going to mega city comics in camden.

I may not feel at my best- im on the comedown after a week's course of zopiclone, resulting in fuzzy-headedness, a tendency to zone out, and a desire to crawl into bed at the drop of a hat, and after being kneed in the face on thursday my neck still feels broken... BUT we are out for the day!

Is there a causal connection between your being kneed in the face on Thursday and the fact that your Anniversary seems to have passed without memorial some time ago?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 May, 2012, 05:04:49 pm
Not as such- anniv was on monday, which was a bank holiday, so today was first available play day. Being kneed in the face was just an unhappy accident.

Currently standing outside a shiny things shop in camden market with the most painful feet in the world. Ive bought eight quids worth of comics from mega city, been to halo jones jewellers, and seen my most perfect coat ever- sadly for two hundred pounds (psylo, in camden).

Onward, ever onward. There is steak promised at the end of this...

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 12 May, 2012, 10:16:06 pm
... Krishnan Guru Murthy gave me a big wave (http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/display/playlistref/120512/clipid/120512_4ON_SURFER_12).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 14 May, 2012, 11:43:12 am
I have an unexpected gift of £20 Amazon voucher to spend...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 14 May, 2012, 01:18:53 pm
The levels of stupid surrounding me at work this morning reached critical mass around 11:00 so I went home for lunch, fearing that it may become infectious if I lingered around it for much longer.

I have had a very pleasant hour sitting in the garden with a pot of coffee and a good book, watching the robins flying in and out of the nest in my hedge before the family came home and I got a great big hug from my two year old.

The balance is somewhat restored.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 21 May, 2012, 06:44:58 pm
A bit of sunny weather greatly eases the business of childcare, with long stretches in parks and playgrounds suddenly becoming more appealing to both my daughter and her father.  A fine morning was passed in Milfhaven, made even better with the first opportunity for many to try out their Summer wardrobe, coupled with a gusty breeze.   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 May, 2012, 12:03:24 am
Milfhaven sounds like something you made up.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 22 May, 2012, 07:25:54 am
I must admit it is more a conceptual amalgam of several locations rather than a place per se
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 22 May, 2012, 08:29:43 am
A fine morning was passed in Milfhaven, made even better with the first opportunity for many to try out their Summer wardrobe, coupled with a gusty breeze.   

Thats borderline romantic. Bit like a Cher video.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: vzzbux on 22 May, 2012, 10:00:06 am
Milfhaven?
You should see some of the gunts that take their kids to my lads school (Shudder).





V
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 23 May, 2012, 02:55:51 am
I must admit it is more a conceptual amalgam of several locations rather than a place per se.

That would explain my fruitless scouring of Google Maps...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 23 May, 2012, 02:58:29 am
Sorry about the double post but I forgot why I came here:

Life is sometimes ok because i had an encounter with my ex-girlfriend today that threw me more than I had any right to be, but she subsequently hung out with me and my friends and my current girlfriend, and it was nice and not wierd. Also, my girlfriend, while still finding my best mate odd and inexplicable, likes him more now after having gotten on well with him today too.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 May, 2012, 07:21:05 am
Life is sometimes ok because i had an encounter with my ex-girlfriend today that threw me more than I had any right to be, but she subsequently hung out with me and my friends and my current girlfriend, and it was nice and not wierd. Also, my girlfriend, while still finding my best mate odd and inexplicable, likes him more now after having gotten on well with him today too.

I'm reading 'foursome in the offing'.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 23 May, 2012, 06:40:30 pm
Life is sometimes ok because i had an encounter with my ex-girlfriend today that threw me more than I had any right to be, but she subsequently hung out with me and my friends and my current girlfriend, and it was nice and not wierd. Also, my girlfriend, while still finding my best mate odd and inexplicable, likes him more now after having gotten on well with him today too.

I'm reading 'foursome in the offing'.

How curious! I'm reading 'Tales of Horror and Suspense'!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 May, 2012, 06:50:47 pm
Today's tally:

Angryfying day of dealing with fallout from former business partner's latest extreme dickery: -2 points.
First anniversary of niece's death: -5 points.
Wedding Anniversary non-event due to same: -3 points.
Persistent feeling of complete inadequacy stemming from long hours of self-reflection during dull unemployment course: -2 points.
Youngest daughter having diarrhea in the swimming pool: -10 pts. 

Going out for surprisingly civil breakfast with parents (first time eating out this year): +1 point.
Breakfast consisted of greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey (my absolute favourite):  +2 point.
Son beating me hollow in Catan Junior by ruthlessly gaming the market, the cheeky bugger: +2 points.
Securing at least one day's contract work, the first in months: +3 points.
Two large glasses of cheeky homebrewed white wine in the evening sun: +5 points.
Rather magnificent wife looking well up for it despite inadequacies of husband: + 10 points.

Result
Amazingly, I come out ahead on points after an eventful sort of day.  I'd ask Pete Wells to check my sums, but I like the actual result as it stands.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 May, 2012, 08:09:53 pm
Quote
Breakfast consisted of greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and honey (my absolute favourite)]

That sounds like something a girl or House of Usher would have. Just what the fuck is wrong with you?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 May, 2012, 08:16:08 pm
Just what the fuck is wrong with you?

Sheesh, if you haven't got you own theory by now...

But I defend my choice.  More than partial to a good Ulster fry,  some pancakes, a bacon roll or even some yummy kedgeree, but really thick 'proper' Greek yoghurt, full honey, chunks of fresh fruit, and maybe some roasted granola for crunch... There really is nothing I prefer for brekkie.   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 23 May, 2012, 08:20:25 pm

More than partial to a good Ulster fry


No black puddin', what the fuck is wrong with you?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: exilewood on 23 May, 2012, 08:23:02 pm
Roger's Mom is partial to a good Ulster fry. Though she prefers a spit-roast.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 May, 2012, 08:31:16 pm
My mom remains free of Green contamination.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 23 May, 2012, 08:42:10 pm
No black puddin', what the fuck is wrong with you?

I prefer mine deep fried, as a supper dish. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 23 May, 2012, 08:43:42 pm
........Computer game designed by my son won a Bafta this month!!  I'm bathing in reflected glory here!!  (Sad, I know)

Congrats.  What game was that?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SpetsnaZ99 on 24 May, 2012, 10:38:35 am
........Computer game designed by my son won a Bafta this month!!  I'm bathing in reflected glory here!!  (Sad, I know)

Congrats.  What game was that?

Are you for real. That post is from 2009
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Noisybast on 24 May, 2012, 05:01:01 pm
After a lengthy, titanic struggle, I've managed to con my Android phone into running the Flash Player.
I'm filing his under "Sort of okay" because, although I've finally vanquished my longstanding technological white whale, I don't actually have much use for Flash on my phone.

Stupid bloody outdated format...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 24 May, 2012, 08:09:37 pm
........Computer game designed by my son won a Bafta this month!!  I'm bathing in reflected glory here!!  (Sad, I know)

Congrats.  What game was that?

Are you for real. That post is from 2009

I am but I must have had a slight malfunction.

Christ know how I got to that  :lol:

Looking at page one and not realising it.

Well fuck.   Time to pack it in i think, eyes are failing and my reader didnt  want to tell me that.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 25 May, 2012, 12:03:49 am
since the last forum move I've noticed that - it will sometimes tell you that a thread has NEW posts, but when you click on the word NEW, you find that it means old posts that you never read on page 3 of a 37 page thread.

just one of many mysteries like the randomly disappearing modify button.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 May, 2012, 12:13:54 am
There's is no mystery to why things go wrong on this forum.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 25 May, 2012, 12:15:50 am
Oh great lord Bacchus, is there no day so shite you can't improve it through your gifts of fogging, distraction and sleepiness. 

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 May, 2012, 12:30:40 am
Well now we know why you don't like that TDKR poster, Rummy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 May, 2012, 12:34:47 am
Permanently sozzled on garden hooch.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 May, 2012, 12:39:56 am
Murdering tramps and wringing the booze out of their clothes.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 May, 2012, 12:42:33 am
Digging for idols in the back-yard and finding old jam-rags.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 25 May, 2012, 07:14:56 am
Quiet you monsters, I have a headache.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 25 May, 2012, 11:21:45 am
No, keep doing that. I was laughing a lot.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 25 May, 2012, 12:44:06 pm
I'm glad the stupid 'Olympic torch relay' passing within one mile of where I live isn't timed in such a way as to prevent me getting to one of the jobs I need to do to pay my mortgage.

It's curious that no government I can remember ever thought of touring holy relics around the place to dazzle the peasants during times of economic hardship. 'New Labour' and the coalition deserve to be congratulated for having seized upon this opportunity for distraction. Coming your way soon, a Pardoner carrying a brass-plated sheep's shoulder bone with which you may bless your well and imbue the waters within with healing properties, and a mitten: he that his hand wol putte in this mitayn, he shal have multipliyng of his grayn what he hath sowen.

Anyway, life is sometimes sort of okay because this Olympic torch relay pantomime isn't going to adversely affect my earnings. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: James Stacey on 25 May, 2012, 05:52:46 pm
It's adversely affecting my ability to walk home.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 May, 2012, 11:36:59 am
It's adversely affecting my ability to walk home.

Olympic torch up the rectum? Ouch.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: James Stacey on 26 May, 2012, 11:58:11 am
It's ok for the first inch or so. Then it starts to get uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: House of Usher on 26 May, 2012, 12:02:26 pm
So, what really happened? Does you route home take you across Newport Road, and was it closed for the benefit of the Olympic torch bearer and accompanying security detail?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: James Stacey on 26 May, 2012, 12:20:46 pm
My route home is down Newport road, yes. There were 'throngs' of people all down the road clogging the pavement almost entirely so I was literally forcing my way down the road. In hindsight I should have probably gone to the pub and let it all blow over.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 26 May, 2012, 12:45:11 pm
Take pity on us poor Londoners this Summer, maisters.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 27 May, 2012, 10:22:02 am
I have just discovered tandoori square sausage. Breakfast and life as I know it will never be the same again.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 27 May, 2012, 10:44:19 am
I have just discovered tandoori square sausage. Breakfast and life as I know it will never be the same again.

There is no foodstuff that my nation cannot make more disgusting or more dangerous to your digestive health and life expectancy. Not an April Fool (http://news.stv.tv/scotland/211673-irn-bru-sausage-the-perfect-hangover-cure/), and no doubt just as tasty as it looks.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 27 May, 2012, 11:32:45 am
I have just discovered tandoori square sausage. Breakfast and life as I know it will never be the same again.

Where can I acquire this Holy Grail of breakfast meats?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Satanist on 27 May, 2012, 01:10:03 pm
My local shop gets it in from the farmers market.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 28 May, 2012, 01:52:27 am
My local shop gets it in from the farmers market.

My search has begun.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 28 May, 2012, 02:22:03 pm
Sort of a mixed bag for me today, but its been more good than bad, so thisll be the best place to post rather than in minor impediments.

A glorious sunshine filled day off from work, so a nice drive out to the country beckoned, and it was in the middle of nowhere that my car decided to die on me,  :(
Two hours later rescue came, and when we finally made it home, my first batch of 2000ad back issues was waiting for me. Just waiting on the prognosis from the garage now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 02 June, 2012, 03:57:01 pm
Because a day spent doing my wife's hair has been made not only bearable, but actually fun, by the addition of Hamish & Dougal series one and three, and Im Sorry I Havent A Clue. Great stuff- made all the better by H&D being downloaded FREE as part of Amazon's new audible.com one month trial.

Oh and the kids are away til this evening, and not back until after i'll have had my tea.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 02 June, 2012, 07:06:46 pm
Because a day spent doing my wife's hair has been made not only bearable, but actually fun, by the addition of Hamish & Dougal series one and three, and Im Sorry I Havent A Clue. Great stuff- made all the better by H&D being downloaded FREE as part of Amazon's new audible.com one month trial.

Oh and the kids are away til this evening, and not back until after i'll have had my tea.

You'll have had your tea, then?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 13 July, 2012, 05:56:41 pm
When I arrived at work today there was an ominous looking packet from the govm'nt lying on my desk. I watched carefully for a couple of hours before finally opening it. Turns out it was only a request for some basic information. Two pages of forms with a booklet heavier than some municipalities' phone books.

In my experience, large packages from official sources rarely yield good things, but in this case it wasn't a bad one at least.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 13 July, 2012, 06:27:16 pm
nah, packages are usually fine, the govt rarely sends out parcel, bombs - it's the small brown envelopes that you need to watch out for.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 July, 2012, 03:07:23 pm
Because my youngest has a friend round today for tea, necessitating a deep clean bleaching of the kitchen and bathroom by my goodself while wife was out shopping, she returned with a copy of FINAL DESTINATION 5 for us to watch after he goes home and they go to bed.

My wife is great.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 22 July, 2012, 10:27:55 pm
... Ice T was on Channel Four News yesterday. He was charisma personified as he patiently explained the difference between rap and hip hop to Krishnan Guru Murthy, and that not all hip hop was about scary black men with guns and bentleys. Then ruined it by responding to a question about Boulder with the same you can have my AK when you prise it from my cold, dead fingers bullshit you'd expect from Garth Brooks ...

He was on there to promote Something From Nothing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnzTnJxXySA&feature=relmfu), his documentary about the craft and creation of hip hop lyrics- which seems to have been deliberately buried by releasing it at the pictures in the same week as Batman.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 August, 2012, 11:48:44 pm
Because ive only gone and bloody resigned! After two long years of hating every minute of my job (which ive been in for seven years) i finally wrote my resignation letter and handed it in today.

Im off to the whitewater terror ride of agency work and not guaranteed 160 hours a month, which could be disasterous in the current economic climate- but, as my wife says, is infinitely preferable to my family having to visit me in prison after i did something rather terrible to the company director, or in the hospital after my heart attack or breakdown through stress or in the mortuary.

So yay me.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 12 August, 2012, 12:04:23 am
Good on you SBT, for having the balls to do it. It will work out great, persistant stress is one of the worst things anyone has to deal with.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 August, 2012, 03:30:15 pm
Good on you SBT, for having the balls to do it. It will work out great, persistant stress is one of the worst things anyone has to deal with.

Thanks David, I am alternately jumping for joy and quaking with fear. But I really couldn't work for them one moment longer. Thankfully today is a Sunday and I can't do anything productive, and I have tomorrow off to sign up with the agencies that I've so far not approached. And then I'm taking my family out to dinner to celebrate, because I bloody deserve it!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 12 August, 2012, 04:22:22 pm
Good luck SBT :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Bolt-01 on 12 August, 2012, 08:45:37 pm
Sbt. Sticking it to the man. Good on ya.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 13 August, 2012, 05:01:24 am
Good man, SBT, and good luck.  You only get the one life.  Until you get regened, that is.  Although at least with your username you can be fairly certain what piece of his equipment Rogue will stick your biochip into in the meantime.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 13 August, 2012, 03:24:08 pm
Well done SBT. Sometimes we just gotta do those kinds of things. I kind of did the same a few years ago though I never really took the bull by the horns and matched my previous income – in fact, I haven't gone anywhere near it – but if it feels right, it is right. Good luck with it all.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 13 August, 2012, 03:43:34 pm
well done - that's so brave and hopefully you'll find you have lots of extra energy not eaten up by stress that will help you get new contracts.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 13 August, 2012, 04:28:08 pm
Good for you SBT. In the end you will be much happier.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Something Fishy on 13 August, 2012, 08:47:11 pm
Well done SBT.

I did something similar a couple of years back after my company had driven me to the edge of breakdown.

I earn less now but I also work less hours and I could not be happier to have escaped.

Good luck with it,
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 22 August, 2012, 04:12:18 pm
Because while my kids were a massive pain in the arse while at lewes castle today, i did stumble across a shop selling comics- including 108 issues of groo the wanderer for £30, and current/ recent DC and Marvel for £2 each, so managed to spend £20 on loads of stuff that pleases me. Also found mid 1950s run of 'the wide world magazine for men' for a quid each in a tiny bookshop, so- result!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 22 August, 2012, 04:24:28 pm
108 issues of groo the wanderer for £30

YOU LUCKY BASTARD!  :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 22 August, 2012, 04:31:42 pm
I didnt get them trout- couldnt justify it. But if you wanted them, im sure he'd send em on- shop is 'si's sounds', 4a station st, lewes. 01273 483983. Guy's name is simon stonehouse, and they're in the window.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 22 August, 2012, 04:50:51 pm
Argh. Thank you. That's very kind.

I want them so very badly - I love Groo and have so many gaps in my collection that I would definitely be missing a lot of these - but I'm about to move house and have 60 boxes of comics STUFF...

Argh. Must... resist... Must... reach... bootknife...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 24 August, 2012, 01:54:57 pm
I found a newspaper clipping in my mum's photograph box which showed an interview with my Great Uncle Fred in 1948. He'd helped to set up a choir for the Ukranian refugees in the hostel he ran and the article had a photo of the choir in folk costume. From enquiries to family members it seems that most had no idea he'd been involved in anything like this (his sister must have kept the newspaper clipping and it got put in the box which my mum inherited). I contacted a chap who ran a village website in the Nottinghamshire pit village where the hostel was and he told me it was a former POW camp and that the inhabitants (Germans, Italians and latterly Ukrainians, who were sent to work on local farms) had been encouraged to make friends with local families and visit them for tea. (I have this image in my head of former German troopers sitting in some miner's best sitting room drinking tea and making awkward conversation about growing cabbages.)

Recently I contacted the Nottingham Ukrainian Society and they have just sent back a lovely e-mail saying they had also lost all record of this hostel and it had helped fill a little gap in the records. They also thanked my Uncle Fred effusively as a friend of all Ukrainians during a horrible time when they couldn't go home because the Russians had invaded and were hunting down anyone who had worked (however much under duress) for the Germans.

The whole thing is making me feel very fluffy about my Uncle Fred I can tell you. I've passed on what I've found out to his children who are now in their 60s as he died when I was tiny. (I did meet him but I can't really remember him.) It's this sort of thing that gets the family talking to each other when they've lost touch like my mum and her cousins had.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 24 August, 2012, 02:02:32 pm
I found a newspaper clipping in my mum's photograph box which showed an interview with my Great Uncle Fred in 1948. He'd helped to set up a choir for the Ukranian refugees in the hostel he ran and the article had a photo of the choir in folk costume. From enquiries to family members it seems that most had no idea he'd been involved in anything like this (his sister must have kept the newspaper clipping and it got put in the box which my mum inherited). I contacted a chap who ran a village website in the Nottinghamshire pit village where the hostel was and he told me it was a former POW camp and that the inhabitants (Germans, Italians and latterly Ukrainians, who were sent to work on local farms) had been encouraged to make friends with local families and visit them for tea. (I have this image in my head of former German troopers sitting in some miner's best sitting room drinking tea and making awkward conversation about growing cabbages.)

Recently I contacted the Nottingham Ukrainian Society and they have just sent back a lovely e-mail saying they had also lost all record of this hostel and it had helped fill a little gap in the records. They also thanked my Uncle Fred effusively as a friend of all Ukrainians during a horrible time when they couldn't go home because the Russians had invaded and were hunting down anyone who had worked (however much under duress) for the Germans.

The whole thing is making me feel very fluffy about my Uncle Fred I can tell you. I've passed on what I've found out to his children who are now in their 60s as he died when I was tiny. (I did meet him but I can't really remember him.) It's this sort of thing that gets the family talking to each other when they've lost touch like my mum and her cousins had.

This is great. It fair warms the cockles.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mister Pops on 31 August, 2012, 03:26:57 pm
Looks like they've upgraded the wi-fi in work, it reaches out to my wee shack in the car park. Now I can bestow my wisdom on you internet folks during work hours. You lucky, lucky people
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 September, 2012, 09:15:35 am
Because, as some may remember, i quit my job a while back- after a couple of weeks off, today i have my first shift with the agency, and i already have half a week booked in. While the financial reliability of regular hours has obviously gone, the excitement of having to impress and do my job well to earn more work is beginning to kick in. In cab on way there at the moment- and actually feel as if im enjoying myself!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 03 September, 2012, 01:22:36 pm
Congrats! I hope this continues!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 September, 2012, 07:01:30 pm
In cab on way there at the moment

Sipping Champagne I bet ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 06 September, 2012, 04:44:37 pm
...ive unexpectedly got a day off from work tomorrow - quite fancy popping to the pictures, as ive not been for a while. Anybody know if owt decent is showing?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: W. R. Logan on 06 September, 2012, 05:47:44 pm
...ive unexpectedly got a day off from work tomorrow - quite fancy popping to the pictures, as ive not been for a while. Anybody know if owt decent is showing?

You might still be able to catch 'The Raid' 8-?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: GordyM on 06 September, 2012, 06:19:02 pm
...ive unexpectedly got a day off from work tomorrow - quite fancy popping to the pictures, as ive not been for a while. Anybody know if owt decent is showing?

You might still be able to catch 'The Raid' 8-?

Be careful - I've seen a trailer for a dodgy knock off that features some guy in a big helmet. Might be best playing it safe and go see the future classic that is the Total Recall remake inste- BWAH HA HA HA! Sorry, couldn't finish that sentence with a straight face.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 September, 2012, 07:34:56 pm
As I recall mentioning here a few months back, there was significant Regime Change in my wife's workplace at the start of the 'summer', resulting in the rapid purging of the utter dirtwads who had made her working life miserable since the time she dared to take maternity leave, and who had initiated her gradual slide from department head to underemployed photocopier resupplier, via two union-fought attempts at involuntary redundancy. 

Just three months on from all that she's run off her feet heading two departments, and filling in for her new CEO while he's off sick.  As the guilt-ridden deadbeat person whose situation meant she couldn't quit from our only source of income no matter how much she wanted to, I almost can't describe the sheer pleasure it is to see her come through the door like she did this evening, completely knackered but cheery and confident like she used to be 6 or 7 years ago. 

We're still broke thanks to my general fecklessness in all arenas, ghastly mortgage and debts left over from my failed business, and massive paycuts she herself was saddled with over the past year, but honestly none of that shite really matters when the missus has a smile on her face. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 September, 2012, 07:41:36 pm
Good for her Teebs.


Can't you sell your arse on Dame Lane?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 September, 2012, 08:00:27 pm
You buying?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 September, 2012, 08:27:23 pm
I know a man.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 06 September, 2012, 11:54:04 pm
If he's rich, isn't picky and is poorly endowed, it's a date. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 September, 2012, 11:57:50 pm
If he's rich, isn't picky and is poorly endowed, it's a date. 




He's a politician?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 07 September, 2012, 04:22:32 pm
Hurray for a happy Mrs Tordelback!

It's unusual for a blatant bullying case to be resolved successfully within the same organisation and I am very pleased it had such a great outcome. It's amazing how things can turn around.  I hope you guys start to get your lives turned around now.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 13 September, 2012, 09:29:04 am
It's unusual for a blatant bullying case to be resolved successfully within the same organisation...

You're not wrong.  The only way that this one got resolved, despite many previous attempts, was because the existing management cabal ran the organisation into the ground (and there's an area I'm an expert in myself), to the point that a 175 year old operation was within weeks of going under, and then in fairly rapid order most of them 'left to pursue other opportunities' when they realised that their sins were about to be found out.  A new CEO (formerly a hardass troubleshooter for a very major retailer) was installed, was supposed to take a non-executive backseat for a month to 'observe', and managed to keep silent for about a week before exploding, whereupon the remainder of the wankers ran away.  Most amusing to watch, I can tell you.

It's a bit tragic that the only solution to endemic bullying appears to be a complete change of management personnel, but there you go.  I'm not complaining.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 13 September, 2012, 11:13:44 am
Nice one, TB; glad to hear it.

Me, I'm just back from Beijing, where I spent two-and-a-half broke, miserable and sanity-bendingly anxious months trying to find a stable job.  Finally packed it in and came home.  Now I'm broke but surrounded by mates, countryside and general cheeriness.  AND I GOT TO SEE THE DREDD FILM.  AND IT WAS ACE.

Massive overcrowding, bleak grey concrete everywhere, huge and featureless city-blocks, a brutal police presence, an oppressive and undemocratic ruling regime ... ahh, I can't be arsed making the inevitable joke.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 17 September, 2012, 07:09:49 pm
Crossing road yesterday, couple of mins from where I live.

Unknown Squaxx wearing Judge Fear T-shirt crossing road towards me.

Me, pointing at unknown Squaxx's T-shirt: "Nice T-shirt!"

Unknown Squaxx notices Dredd grey badge T-shirt I was wearing and smiles.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 17 September, 2012, 07:57:03 pm
Sweet! That reminds me, I was on my way home one Saturday night in Dublin about 2 years ago, when I met some chap in full Dredd gear.  It wasn't even Halloween.  I got my photo taken with him but lost it since. Who was it?  Has to have been one of you guys, surely?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tombo on 17 September, 2012, 08:10:31 pm
The Boro branch of Forbidden Planet is having a bit of a clear out with lots of books reduced AND Buy One, Get One Free (cheapest item free).  Last week I picked up the first four Usagi Yojimbo books for about £14 and today I got the first four Blake & Mortimer books for just £7.98.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 22 September, 2012, 02:26:23 pm
Because after a fortnight of waiting I'm finally going to get to see Dredd.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 29 September, 2012, 12:13:25 am
Because tonight i bought the one remaining issue of Swamp Thing's second volume (171 issues, containing the Alan Moore run) that i needed. Six months or so on from finding that nearly-full longbox of Swampies in my attic, i'm down to needing 26 issues to complete all of volumes 1 to 5 plus sundries.
And i also picked up a replacement copy of Slaine: Books of Invasions 2, hopefully this time with the pages in the right order.

And now Journey Into Space is on the radio, and all is right with the world.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 29 September, 2012, 08:25:09 pm
Bizarre thing today, as the boys and i excitedly approached the comics section of waterstones- only to find the deputy head of their school perusing the racks. Turns out he's a comics reader, and we had a bit of a chat about walking dead and marvel and wotnot. He's never read any prog stuff, and currently our shop has little of any interest, but i did recommend Insurrection to him, and he seemed impressed with the art. Left him pondering a purchase.

The boys meanwhile were completely blown away that he likes comics. Heh!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 01 October, 2012, 02:44:52 pm
We were all that way as sprogs. We KNEW we were the only ones to like something and were always surprised when an adult we knew, or thought we knew, might like exactly the same things. It's funny to watch children's reactions to the revelation that someone else got there first.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 01 October, 2012, 03:14:08 pm
One of my teachers was a huge squaxx and when he found out I was reading 2000ad he asked me to draw a giant Judge Dredd and Johnny Alpha for one of the school noticeboards.... :D He also wrote fantasy books and played guitar in a prog band. He was the coolest man alive. Also he set up a load of Linux-run computers in our school which is also apparently quite a rad thing to do.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 October, 2012, 10:48:36 am
On reading Nemesis Book 1 with a 6-year-old:

"Close the book, close it, that page is scaring me.  No, no, open it again, I want to see..."

 :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 05 October, 2012, 12:36:16 pm
That is the appeal of that strip in a nutshell!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 07 October, 2012, 02:06:00 am
... I've been asked to work an extra day from now on.

I have mixed feelings to tell the truth. At the moment I'm working 3 days a week in a college (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), and while the work isn't all bad (sometimes I quite like it in fact) I do sometimes find it stressful, so that mid week break was always welcome.

On the other hand, an extra four days wages per month is nothing to be sneezed at and Wednesdays are usually pretty easy days. I just like how quick the week seems to go by with the Wednesday break, but never mind. I've still go Monday off so I'm keeping the long week end.

Oh, and minimum wage goes up 11 pence this month, which is nice.

Nar, having spent long periods of time unemployed I'm thankful to have work, don't get me wrong. It's just over a year in this job now, which is record over my previous jobs, bar the 18 month job I had as a Software Engineer way back in 2000/2001. (It doesn't seem that long ago in some ways, which is a touch scary.)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Third Estate Ned on 07 October, 2012, 11:14:44 am
After a brief, unexpected and first-time-ever spell in hospital I left feeling sorry for myself but was cheered up instantly by finding the below four Batman hardback collections in a flea market for €1 each. I don't know anything about Batman the comic but these books collect the most important stories and three of them are Alan Grant penned. I don't think the titles reflect the English since they're collections but I'll translate them if any of you are Bat fans and bothered to know.

No. 80 - Face to Face: http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_80_faccia_a_faccia.jpg (http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_80_faccia_a_faccia.jpg)
No. 81 - The Outcasts: http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_81_i_reietti_di_gotham.jpg (http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_81_i_reietti_di_gotham.jpg)
No. 82 - "Anarky in Gotham": http://www.fumetto-online.it/images/fumetti/PLANETA-DE%20AGOSTINI/batman_la_leggenda_82_anarky_in_gotham.jpg (http://www.fumetto-online.it/images/fumetti/PLANETA-DE%20AGOSTINI/batman_la_leggenda_82_anarky_in_gotham.jpg)
No. 83 - Second Chances: http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_83_seconde_possibilita.jpg (http://www.alastor.biz/public/files/batman_la_leggenda_83_seconde_possibilita.jpg)

I could have bought more, and I wish I had, but I no more spare change so I just picked out the Grant ones and whatever looked good. Curses!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 10 October, 2012, 08:41:22 pm
Today I have mostly been googlin' the missus, which is just as much fun as it sounds.

She got the struggling charity she works for into the Huffington Post today, along with front-page on most of the online extensions of the broadcast and print newsmedia, and some 20 TV and radio interviews in one day.  Not bad going for someone who's only been back in her PR/media job since since July, and is filling two other positions at the same time.  Just call me Proudleback.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 11 October, 2012, 08:32:45 am
Today I have mostly been googlin' the missus, which is just as much fun as it sounds.

She got the struggling charity she works for into the Huffington Post today, along with front-page on most of the online extensions of the broadcast and print newsmedia, and some 20 TV and radio interviews in one day.  Not bad going for someone who's only been back in her PR/media job since since July, and is filling two other positions at the same time.  Just call me Proudleback.

That's savage, congratulations to her! What's her charity called? I'm starting my new (only voluntary, alas) job as a newsreader on Raidió na Life today, might give it a mention if I can :)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 11 October, 2012, 11:08:58 am
Nice one TB and best of luck Aonghus.
I sometimes bemoan where I live, its far to travel to Cons, nearest comics shop is over fifty miles, most concerts are a 3hour drive etc etc.
 Last night I took the dogs for a quick walk before it got dark, its was the most glorious evening and I took the pic below with my phone, made me very satisified with where I am.
The lake is a small bog lake called Lough Naspleenagh.

(http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa147/davidmc1/Snapbucket/625EAC98-orig.jpg)
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Post by: Aonghus on 11 October, 2012, 11:46:36 pm
Thanks David! Lovely shot too- I can practically see your bee-loud glade.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 October, 2012, 12:06:36 am
That's the pure stuff alright, David. 

Cheers for that too, Aonghus, and congrats on what sounds like an interesting venture - is that an Irish language station for Dublin, or an offshoot of Liffey Sound FM?  I'd rather not mention the wife's employer by name on the forum, since I've been extremely uncharitable here previously about the worm-ridden spineless cocksuckers that ran the place until very recently.  But I might drop you a PM!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Aonghus on 12 October, 2012, 01:25:19 pm
Lol, had forgotten that. Do PM me by all means, I'll try to mention them/her! And it's a separate Irish language station for Dublin- Liffey Sound's just Lucan as far as I know. It's good fun so far anyway!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: johnnystress on 12 October, 2012, 01:35:22 pm
Lough Naspleenagh-What an intriguing place name

Is it based on 'Splíonach'?


a hippish person, a meagre person
peevish, melancholy, person; thin, wretched person
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 13 October, 2012, 11:03:53 pm
Because one year ago tonight i was briefly a hero to my kids when i "saved the man who fell off the cliff" while watching the fireworks.

Tonight, no one fell off the cliff that i am aware of- though we did get up there late due to the rain and i overheard something about someone stuck in a crevice and the rescue team being on their way- but the fireworks themselves were (and i use this phrase advisedly) fucking amazing. So much better than last year, bigger, more explosive and just honestly worthy of the loud "ooh"s and "ahh"s they elicited from the throng, myself included.

Top fun.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judgefloyd on 13 October, 2012, 11:18:19 pm
So you just rested on your laurels and left the guy in the crevice?  Just kidding, and that's a nice story.  I love fireworks, me.

For me life is okay because I have work that I like and I'm good at, and my family is well. 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 16 October, 2012, 08:43:07 pm
My new tablet actually plays the digital copies of movies I have (we could never get this to work on Tiny Tips' tablet no matter how many codecs we downloaded).
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spicy Biscuit on 16 October, 2012, 09:10:02 pm
Visiting my Nan down in the Old Country I'm reminded she lives 15km from anywhere and thus I get to see the night sky in all it's glory.
This is of course countered by the awful weather (I'm a winter man, through and through), but just enough to make the night times worth it.
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Post by: Spikes on 16 October, 2012, 11:56:22 pm
..its prog day tomorrow.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 17 October, 2012, 07:48:56 am
Visiting my Nan down in the Old Country I'm reminded she lives 15km from anywhere and thus I get to see the night sky in all it's glory.

Jupiter in Taurus particularly lovely sight at the moment, framed by Aldebaran, Alnath, the Pleiades and the Hyades, and M31 in Andromeda twinkling just above on a dark one.  Balm for the soul.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 17 October, 2012, 06:15:47 pm
Huzzah! Another wodge of back issues arrived today, this time courtesy of the 2000ad shop.
Cant read 'em yet as to complete a run im needing progs 1769, 1770 and 1771 (the Chris Weston variant).
And that last one is pretty expensive, if e-bay is owt to go by!



Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2012, 05:10:33 pm
Ever since I politely asked the neighbours to turn down their music the other week, it's been rather nice again!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 October, 2012, 05:18:22 pm
Did you stun them into silence by going round in your Zardoz trunks?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2012, 05:23:50 pm
Actually I did have shorts on when I went round but they were cargo ones, nice and baggy, for a change :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 26 October, 2012, 01:25:26 pm
..ive just found a Bluray copy of Terrence Malick's masterpiece The Thin Red Line in HMV's bargain bucket.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 30 October, 2012, 03:26:46 pm
A quote in the Metro today made me chuckle. In a story about children as young as 10 taking weapons such as knives and knuckledusters into school, it says "among them were ... a 15 year old who brought a 'death star' into the classroom".

you've got to admit that takes juvenile delinquency to an impressive new level!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 30 October, 2012, 07:58:38 pm
But was it a fully armed and operational death star?
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Post by: Trout on 30 October, 2012, 08:14:43 pm
Pah. They're easily destroyed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 30 October, 2012, 08:29:41 pm
But you have to get help from teddy bears to turn off the shields.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 November, 2012, 12:24:28 am
I'm having a great time tonight. Just arrived at our Corringham store to find the salvage strewn all over the place, by kids I find out. Anyway, I kick what I need to out of the way and reverse into the unloading area.
The manager comes out and tells me what's gone on and then asks for my help in sorting the mess out.
In my head a little voice is shouting 'GET IN!"

Two years ago I came here on a Sunday morning at around 05:00, as the store needed a certain load quickly. I rang the store before I left to confirm that they would unload me as soon as I arrive. They confirmed that they would. When I arrived they said the forklift driver doesn't get in till 07:00. I asked why he said they would unload me on the phone and he said they wanted the load to be here. I exploded inside but I knew that I'd have that last laugh eventually.

I told the manager that one day he'll require my help and I'll not give it. That day has come. He is in the pouring rain as I type restacking pallets, trays, boxes, etc...

He was not happy when I reminded him of the incident and then walked off laughing :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by: Buttonman on 03 November, 2012, 01:15:21 am
Two wrongs don't make a right, John. Oh wait, hahahahahahahahahaha.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 November, 2012, 04:57:00 pm
Check out what my mum found in the back of an old drawer the other day! I seem to recakll you hadd to collect coupons from the prog tops end away for this. Isn't it shocking how these things shrink over time though?

(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/dreddTee-3.jpg)

And just in case anyone thought it had never fit, here's me aged about 15:

(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/dreddteeold.jpg)

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Post by: Bolt-01 on 07 November, 2012, 05:02:27 pm
Oh DDD- you know you have to wear that to any future convention you attend, don't you?
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 07 November, 2012, 05:07:28 pm
It looks a bit snug around the armpits but otherwise I think it looks the norm for a convention attendee ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Steve Green on 07 November, 2012, 05:09:33 pm
I'm having a great time tonight. Just arrived at our Corringham store to find the salvage strewn all over the place, by kids I find out. Anyway, I kick what I need to out of the way and reverse into the unloading area.
The manager comes out and tells me what's gone on and then asks for my help in sorting the mess out.
In my head a little voice is shouting 'GET IN!"

Two years ago I came here on a Sunday morning at around 05:00, as the store needed a certain load quickly. I rang the store before I left to confirm that they would unload me as soon as I arrive. They confirmed that they would. When I arrived they said the forklift driver doesn't get in till 07:00. I asked why he said they would unload me on the phone and he said they wanted the load to be here. I exploded inside but I knew that I'd have that last laugh eventually.

I told the manager that one day he'll require my help and I'll not give it. That day has come. He is in the pouring rain as I type restacking pallets, trays, boxes, etc...

He was not happy when I reminded him of the incident and then walked off laughing :lol: :lol: :lol:

'kids'
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 07 November, 2012, 05:46:34 pm
Oh DDD- you know you have to wear that to any future convention you attend, don't you?

As you may tell from the photo, if I breathed out or moved my arms, It'd just explode, Incredible Hulk style!
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Post by: Frank on 07 November, 2012, 07:12:03 pm
(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/dreddTee-3.jpg)


I'm typing this with one hand, Dan.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 November, 2012, 07:33:56 pm
 :o :sick:
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 November, 2012, 06:37:19 pm
I was bored the other day, while searching the web and now I've got 500 business cards in front of me!
Makes it easier to have photos sent to me, as I can hand them out at conventions when I'm the Judge ;)
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Post by: Spikes on 12 November, 2012, 05:45:49 pm
..i won summat today.
Whilst doing some winter shrub pruning work on a Industrial estate, i found a hidden laminated card tied to a tree informing me, the finder, that id won a completely free set of wedding photo's.
Im not getting married anytime soon, nor is anyone i know, so its all a bit of a waste, really.
I guess if i was to pop to the shop, this contest would be heavily advertised, but as the card itself was in a place that nobody would easily find, they was obviously banking on the fact that nobody would be coming forward, the tight gits  ;); and so soon as well - its dated only two weeks ago!

Anyone on the forum getting married soon?
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Post by: TordelBack on 12 November, 2012, 05:53:40 pm
Bought Prog 1808 today and as I read it in the library while the kids were picking out their books, I realised that I was just as excited and engaged by this comic as I was in the early '80s, with one important difference: every story was a corker.  Being a simple man who knows what he likes definitely has its rewards. 
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 13 November, 2012, 07:55:12 am
Just before I knocked off this morning, one of the day managers let slip he was a fan of the prog and liked the Biz. I quickly showed him a pic of Simon wearing my Judge helmet and said that I'll bring a few things in tomorrow that will blow his mind.
We are everywhere :o
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Post by: TordelBack on 13 November, 2012, 08:49:39 am
We are everywhere :o[/color]

Like da eyes of da movement?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 13 November, 2012, 02:37:04 pm
I think I got a Nexus 4 in the mad rush this morning, but I'm not really sure as there were so many errors during the checkout process. I guess I'll find out soon and then head to either the "drokking fantastic" or "life spugs" threads...
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Post by: Spikes on 15 November, 2012, 08:08:05 pm
A few ales tonight, and day off from work, with some back progs to enjoy - hopefully, tomorrow. Nice.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 November, 2012, 09:12:31 pm
I went to the pictures the other night and they showed a number of trailers for foreign language films with dialogue and subtitles rather than trying to hide it as has been the fashion for the past few years.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 15 November, 2012, 09:28:23 pm
Because sometimes life provides moments of such outstanding beauty, which achieve the kind of perfection most of us spend our whole lives pursuing, that all you can do is stand back in admiration - regardless of your nationality and natural inclinations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prSnYSOxcpg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prSnYSOxcpg)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 November, 2012, 08:33:41 am
Because after months of watching and waiting, i've finally found and bought a set of steve niles and kelley jones's 'batman: gotham after midnight' for only two pounds and change more than the cost of the trade paperback. Happiness descended upon me- a feeling of such brief elation that i immediately paid considerably over the odds for an old issue of hellblazer that was needed to finish off a storyline i started reading the other night.

Oh well.

SBT
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 17 November, 2012, 01:20:23 pm
...and today i won an ebay auction for John Carpenter's IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (In The Eye Of Insanity: German title, Up The Bum Of Being Barmy: Chinese translated title) which is massively unavailable over here,nd which i havent seen in donkey's years- it being one of a handful of Carps i dont own any more since converting to dvd. Yay! Only Nightbreed to get now, and i officially 'never have to buy another film, as i have all the ones im ever going to want'.

Now watch as In The Mouth of Madness turns up on ch5 this week.
SBT
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Post by: Mardroid on 17 November, 2012, 07:14:30 pm
I think I got a Nexus 4 in the mad rush this morning, but I'm not really sure as there were so many errors during the checkout process. I guess I'll find out soon and then head to either the "drokking fantastic" or "life spugs" threads...

They sold out in around an hour apparently! That phone is great value for money* but I wonder how many Google actually ordered. It seems folk took advantage of the deal and ordered multiple units and are reselling them for double on ebay. Cheeky blighters.

*I actually came across it by accident on the Google site as I'm planning on getting the Nexus 7 tablet soon. (Here's hoping I get some money for Christmas. Heh.)  I wouldn't normally pay even that much for a phone but at that price for that specification I'm sorely tempted. I'll make the tablet my priority for now though. I will keep an eye on the Google site for future reference. My cheap but trusty little Samsung spare will do for now.
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 17 November, 2012, 09:25:03 pm
After some longish quiet periods I've been off the scale busy lately.

Been doing the main freelance work and then the poorly paid freelance projects from home. Went about one and a half weeks with about 3.5 hours sleep every night. On the last day of a deadline I went to bed 8.30am, slept 1.5 hours then got up to go to main work.

Haven't caught up with sleep. So no drawing, posting here, reading other than prog and Meg. Got tons of other stuff going on. Would've loved to have gone to Thought Bubble. This should be in Life is Drokking Fantastic really as so glad to have dough coming in but at the moment feel wrecked.
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 19 November, 2012, 07:31:58 pm


*I actually came across it by accident on the Google site as I'm planning on getting the Nexus 7 tablet soon. (Here's hoping I get some money for Christmas. Heh.)  I wouldn't normally pay even that much for a phone but at that price for that specification I'm sorely tempted. I'll make the tablet my priority for now though. I will keep an eye on the Google site for future reference. My cheap but trusty little Samsung spare will do for now.


I just got the Nexus 7. I'm posting this message from it. Lovely bit of kit! :-)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 19 November, 2012, 08:16:20 pm

*I actually came across it by accident on the Google site as I'm planning on getting the Nexus 7 tablet soon. (Here's hoping I get some money for Christmas. Heh.)  I wouldn't normally pay even that much for a phone but at that price for that specification I'm sorely tempted. I'll make the tablet my priority for now though. I will keep an eye on the Google site for future reference. My cheap but trusty little Samsung spare will do for now.
I just got the Nexus 7. I'm posting this message from it. Lovely bit of kit! :-)
I MAKE YOUR EYES!!!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 20 November, 2012, 07:48:42 pm
...i recieved a nice e-mail from Cam Kennedy today.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 November, 2012, 02:26:40 pm
Not sure if this should be here, or in the 'fortean' thread. Im currently working with a non-verbal, very VERY challenging young man with autism. Sitting alongside him today, he's getting more and more annoyed at the centre's internet connection and youtube's refusal to work. Im ignoring his displays, doodling a picture of dredd. Next thing i know, he's streaming the stallone dredd movie and grinning at me. He never communicates directly, never shows any indication of being interested in anything except button moon and darts.
Oddest thing: he cant type. How did he get to it?

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 23 November, 2012, 02:57:32 pm
The Force is strong with this one.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 November, 2012, 03:00:29 pm
Have him report to psi-div for an evaluation.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Minkyboy on 23 November, 2012, 03:54:30 pm
Not sure if this should be here, or in the 'fortean' thread. Im currently working with a non-verbal, very VERY challenging young man with autism. Sitting alongside him today, he's getting more and more annoyed at the centre's internet connection and youtube's refusal to work. Im ignoring his displays, doodling a picture of dredd. Next thing i know, he's streaming the stallone dredd movie and grinning at me. He never communicates directly, never shows any indication of being interested in anything except button moon and darts.
Oddest thing: he cant type. How did he get to it?

SBT

Button moon and darts are an odd combination.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 23 November, 2012, 04:00:45 pm
Stallone Dredd you say! Seems like he's beyond help :'(
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 23 November, 2012, 04:07:19 pm
Life is sometimes kind of ok, because I have a really bad sore throat.  It's bloody killing me.  But that's ok - I'd rather have it now than in my birthday week next week, given sore throats can really take the fun out of partying and then flying to Rome.   ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 23 November, 2012, 05:51:22 pm
I called up my ISP to pay them with my debit card, expecting to pay £31.44. They asked me for £38.86 instead and after some intensive negotiations I finally got them to settle for £24.46! Ha! Thank you, Artificially Induced Financial Crisis, for giving me Bargaining Power!!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 24 November, 2012, 02:03:48 pm
Yesterday my car was smashed in a hit and run. Thankfully the insurance is going to cover everything, including my rental car, and there is zero deductible. It's not going to cost me anything but the inconvenience of it all.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: staticgirl on 24 November, 2012, 02:17:27 pm
Blimey. I presume you came out of it unscathed?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 24 November, 2012, 02:20:09 pm
Yeah, hope everyone's okay, JvB.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 25 November, 2012, 01:47:51 pm
Thanks guys. No one was hurt. The car was parked at the time with no one in it.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 17 December, 2012, 03:20:00 pm
A recent, unexpected and not unwelcome interest in WWII fighter planes on the part of my son, combined with some sneaky Christmas pressie bargain hunting today, delivered the gigantic Air Ace Picture Library omnibus (lovely, lovely Ian Kennedy and Mike Western art among others) and a 1:72 Airfix Spitfire for the combined total of 10 euro.  For the Boy, of course, what other motive could Santa possibly have? 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 17 December, 2012, 03:23:05 pm
A recent, unexpected and not unwelcome interest in WWII fighter planes on the part of my son, combined with some sneaky Christmas pressie bargain hunting today, delivered the gigantic Air Ace Picture Library omnibus (lovely, lovely Ian Kennedy and Mike Western art among others) and a 1:72 Airfix Spitfire for the combined total of 10 euro.  For the Boy, of course, what other motive could Santa possibly have?

Santa's quite efficient, because I bet you would enjoy that present too. Coincidentally, I got a Christmas card from Ian in this morning's post. I'm sad to say his wife had signed it. That means I can't eBay it.  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 17 December, 2012, 07:42:35 pm
Coincidentally, I got a Christmas card from Ian in this morning's post.

Troutfires mightn't be bombers, but they're apparently capable of dropping something...  ;)

This all feels a bit bizarre, since I am deeply conflicted about 'war stuff' and how I present it to the kids.  On the one hand I've never bought them army men or tanks or imitation guns, preferring the natural war-play of kids to be with space aliens, clones and fantasy monsters (and maybe the odd knight for good measure).  On the other hand, I find Dunkirk, the Blitz, the Battle of Britain, Normandy and the French theatre to be horribly fascinating, and at some level very important to know and understand. 

Even though happy circumstances of birth mean I'm freed of obligation to the national myths of Britain and the US and any patriotic teleology employed in interpretation of those events, I still find these stories inspiring, and I was genuinely thrilled when a WWII Biggles comic, of all things, led to my boy pestering every adult in range for information about Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims, ME109s and Junkers JU 87s.  Hell, he's even started requesting carrots for tea.

Tangentially, today my brother returned to the toyshop the repeating Nerf gun which he had bought my lad for Christmas, saying he just couldn't bear to give it to a 6 year old kid after Friday's events. Despite trying to avoid coverage I've found myself unconsciously crying after stumbling across radio news or newspaper headlines, and yet here I am, delighted that my son found an interest in the machinery of war and the bloody business of aerial combat and bombardment.  It's all a bit rum.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 17 December, 2012, 07:52:08 pm
Coincidentally, I got a Christmas card from Ian in this morning's post.
Troutfires mightn't be bombers, but they're apparently capable of dropping something...  ;)

 :lol: I couldn't resist it.

This all feels a bit bizarre, since I am deeply conflicted about 'war stuff' and how I present it to the kids.  On the one hand I've never bought them army men or tanks or imitation guns, preferring the natural war-play of kids to be with space aliens, clones and fantasy monsters (and maybe the odd knight for good measure).  On the other hand, I find Dunkirk, the Blitz, the Battle of Britain, Normandy and the French theatre to be horribly fascinating, and at some level very important to know and understand. 

Even though happy circumstances of birth mean I'm freed of obligation to the national myths of Britain and the US and any patriotic teleology employed in interpretation of those events, I still find these stories inspiring, and I was genuinely thrilled when a WWII Biggles comic, of all things, led to my boy pestering every adult in range for information about Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims, ME109s and Junkers JU 87s.  Hell, he's even started requesting carrots for tea.

Tangentially, today my brother returned to the toyshop the repeating Nerf gun which he had bought my lad for Christmas, saying he just couldn't bear to give it to a 6 year old kid after Friday's events. Despite trying to avoid coverage I've found myself unconsciously crying after stumbling across radio news or newspaper headlines, and yet here I am, delighted that my son found an interest in the machinery of war and the bloody business of aerial combat and bombardment.  It's all a bit rum.

There are plenty of positive stories in war. A lot of heroism.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 December, 2012, 12:45:09 pm
Now then, this is unexpectedly troubling. A couple of posts ago it was mentioned returning toy guns to shops in light of recent events. Well, i bought my two some 'stocking filler' automatic rifles (sets, along with handcuffs, walkie talkies, pistols, badges- you've all seen them) for xmas, and while ordinarily i wouldnt allow world events to affect me in this way, i'm now thinking quite heavily about this...

Which is anothereason i love this board.

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 24 December, 2012, 12:10:55 am
Now then, a while back i posted about getting rid of stuff and how liberating it was. Someone immediately replied that i would be straight to ebay to purchase loads more. While this hasnt happened, let me tell you what has arrived at my house this week, comics-wise, mostly by accident.

From people hereabouts, for which im incredibly grateful: Hellblazer #1-45 plus annual #1, and a stack of nineties horror comics (which ive had to split with my eldest) and some of those Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures pocketbooks.

From an old chum who, through his work, collects occassional boxes (apple boxes mind, not little ones) full of graphic novels and trades and then dumps them on me when i least expect it: one huge box of twenty-odd trades, including 'countdown to final crisis' vols 2-4, gibbons' ' the originals', dc showcase booster gold, batman, superman, a small horror dark horse trade called 'the cut' (which i read in the bath today and is so obviously a failed screenplay hoping for a second life) (cont)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 24 December, 2012, 12:16:11 am
(cont), a number of spideys that ive shared with the youngest, and many more. Im also fairly sure there's a copy of Grandville: Bette Noir under the tree for me.

All very lovely- and i have several work-free, wife-free days between xmas and new year when herself is in Germany and the boys will be doing nothing but playing Skylanders Giants, Sonic Racing Transformed, Ultimate Alliance 2 and Overlord, so i hope to just lay on the sofa and read comics for five or six days.

SBT
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Post by: maryanddavid on 24 December, 2012, 12:24:19 am
Quote
so i hope to just lay on the sofa and read comics for five or six days.

Nice!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 24 December, 2012, 12:44:10 am
Yes indeed- and if Santa brings me Prometheus like i asked for, and if the kids are up for Empire and Jedi on consecutive days, and i can be arsed to put on Event Horizon and In The Mouth Of Madness after they've gone to bed, i'll have a filmtastic time too!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 24 December, 2012, 12:54:57 am
Im no film buff, but I love Event Horizon, never fails to creep me out a bit.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 30 December, 2012, 10:44:44 pm
Just finished watching the brilliant, and thoroughly engrossing Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon on BBC2.
A fitting tribute to a genuine World hero, and thanks to input from family and friends, a rare glimpse into the private man's life as well. Footage of Neil with his growing family, playing golf, his 80th birthday party, and attending a Star Trek convention! plus the obvious high regard he was held in by his close collegues show that this most famous of people was an 100% all round good egg.
And its always a treat to see all that Apollo footage. Its lost none of its impact. Wonderous stuff indeed.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 31 December, 2012, 04:11:25 pm
Because ive been spending the last couple of days doing something fantastic for my wife, but i cant say what it is cos she's still in germany and hasnt seen it. It's been such great fun, the boys have been involved, we've done brilliant stuff together, my manliness has gone through the fucking roof and yet ive managed to maintain a maximum level of fey camp at all times, and indeed, some of what ive done could be described as 'flouncy'. Best of all it only occured to me to do it on saturday night and the entire project has taken two days from start to stop.

Im sorry i cant be any more clear!

SBT
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 31 December, 2012, 04:51:34 pm
I've managed to see most of my friends and family over the Christmas period and I just realised that for the first time ever I haven't had to repair or de-spyware a single computer for anyone.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 21 January, 2013, 09:43:31 pm
Don't really know where to put this. Life spugs, minor inconveniences, or sort of ok?

Been out of the picture recently as we moved out what was our fantastic flat into my mother's house. Moving was a bloody nightmare – more like an evacuation. Forgot just how stressful it can be. Happened in a rush for various reasons, one being that I didn't want to turn down work while it was there.

At our old place I had my own dedicated workroom but I am now sitting in a front room surrounded by about 45 boxes of our belongings, with our furniture collapsed and in storage. It's an inconvenience we will have to put up with until we get our own house as I am done with living in flats. Hopefully this situation won't go on for too long.

But I almost feel guilty complaining as there are many people in a far worse situation. Been an inconvenience but at the same time we are very lucky to have the option to be here.

Nevertheless, good to be back.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: strontium71 on 21 January, 2013, 09:56:10 pm
Welcome back SS! But don't feel bad because there are other people worse off - everyone's problems are still stressful to them. I know others are far , far worse off than me but when something goes wrong in my life , it's still a pain at the time.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 22 January, 2013, 01:02:43 am
I'm sure I read somewhere that moving is in the top 3 most stressful events in life. When we moved in here I said to Caz that I'm gonna die here before we ever move again and when I helped her brother move out of his flat, that was mega stressful. I finished work, grabbed a few hours sleep and went round to his flat with his dad. When we walked through the door he hadn't packed anything. Even the games console was still attached to the bloody tv. Words were said, believe me!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: SuperSurfer on 22 January, 2013, 01:31:32 am
Cheers strontium71. Yeah, guess you are right there.

I spent a couple of weeks decluttering and a week solid packing which no way was long enough. I was hit with a vicious cold which delayed me starting and my poor Mrs had a cold which was at its worst on the day of the move.

People were telling me it wouldn't take me long to pack as all my stuff was supposedly in good order but the removals guy advised that heavy things such as books and magazines are mixed with lighter stuff so it wasn't as simple an exercise as I thought.

Felt really crap pulling apart the furniture and basically undoing all the effort we put into making that flat our home. Well, I say 'home' but I never actually referred to it as that for various reasons.

Just to make things worse, I held off buying the prog as I knew it would get lost in the mayhem so I have a gap in my collection which I need to plug before I carry on reading. Hopefully a trip to town this weekend will sort that out and while I am there I can also purchase a certain DVD.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 16 February, 2013, 11:40:48 pm
a few little things making me happy:

I just got a new bed. After 20 years in that last (2nd hand) beast, I never appreciated how uncomfortable it had become. This one's bliss, it's like sleeping in a posh hotel.

I got back in touch with an old friend purely because some game app on his phone spammed me without his knowledge.

I just found out I won a bottle of wine in my local's Xmas raffle ... all the prizes seemed to go to regulars... hmm  :-X)

Manchester library has a new even bigger graphic novel section and it's freaking huge - I could've taken my 12 book maximum a few times over today.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: radiator on 16 February, 2013, 11:57:07 pm
I thought my copy of Day of Chaos hasn't turned up in time for my holiday as I usually get things delivered to work, but checking the home postbox this morning I found it alongside two progs and the new Megazine. Result!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 February, 2013, 03:44:05 am
Just got back from my good deed of the night and I'm very happy to have helped a work colleague out in her hour of distress. Buggered up my film watching for the night but I can fit in at least one before bed  ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 17 February, 2013, 09:49:38 am
I installed a new 3D printer into our showroom at work last week and I left it printing a judges helmet over the weekend, purely for testing purposes you understand  :D.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 17 February, 2013, 03:25:55 pm
I installed a new 3D printer into our showroom at work last week and I left it printing a judges helmet over the weekend, purely for testing purposes you understand  :D.

Of your own design, or is this an example of the Coming Times - where instead of going to the shops or asking Amazon to deliver stuff to our houses, we just pay to download plans from someone else's site to our own 3D printer and let it make one for us?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 17 February, 2013, 05:47:30 pm
I installed a new 3D printer into our showroom at work last week and I left it printing a judges helmet over the weekend, purely for testing purposes you understand  :D.

Of your own design, or is this an example of the Coming Times - where instead of going to the shops or asking Amazon to deliver stuff to our houses, we just pay to download plans from someone else's site to our own 3D printer and let it make one for us?

It's not of my own design. I downloaded the CAD file for it free from Grabcad, a community where people upload cool 3d models they have made, I suppose its kind of like an engineers version of deviantart.

This particular model would be prohibitively expensive to print full size on a professional printer (I'm just making a small one) but yes, in a few years time we will all have the ability to do this affordably from home, you will be able to print anything from an action figure to a fully functional assault rifle.

Interesting (and slightly scary) times ahead.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 17 February, 2013, 06:17:57 pm
in a few years time we will all have the ability to do this affordably from home, you will be able to print anything from an action figure to a fully functional assault rifle. Interesting (and slightly scary) times ahead.

The minute someone works out the plane elasticity, load distribution and tensile stresses of Kelly Brook, I can think of one board member (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,5066.msg742074.html#msg742074) who'll be an early adopter of that technology.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 18 February, 2013, 08:23:54 am
Just one?!?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 18 February, 2013, 06:18:57 pm
I just got a new bed. After 20 years in that last (2nd hand) beast, I never appreciated how uncomfortable it had become. This one's bliss, it's like sleeping in a posh hotel.

Now aint that the truth.
Ive slept in ones that have half collapsed - and had gotten used to it, before finally buying another.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 February, 2013, 06:26:21 pm
I just got a new bed. After 20 years in that last (2nd hand) beast, I never appreciated how uncomfortable it had become. This one's bliss, it's like sleeping in a posh hotel.

Now aint that the truth.
Ive slept in ones that have half collapsed - and had gotten used to it, before finally buying another.

with my big stack of GNs from the library, and a little ahem herbal smoking mixture, I barely left it on Sunday, except to get more snacks. Pure heaven.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Rog69 on 18 February, 2013, 09:30:19 pm
in a few years time we will all have the ability to do this affordably from home, you will be able to print anything from an action figure to a fully functional assault rifle. Interesting (and slightly scary) times ahead.

The minute someone works out the plane elasticity, load distribution and tensile stresses of Kelly Brook, I can think of one board member (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,5066.msg742074.html#msg742074) who'll be an early adopter of that technology.

We do have a machine that can print flexible materials so if someone could calculate the shore value of her main assets, I'll print a couple off  :thumbsup:.

Anyway, the Dredd helmet turned out quite well, I might have a stab at painting it -

(http://i.imgur.com/fl1yAyx.jpg?1)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 18 February, 2013, 09:32:40 pm
It's too big.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Spikes on 19 February, 2013, 09:29:50 am
Working in the woods again today.
A bright but misty morning - and just off to my right are two deers at play.
We can all moan about our jobs, but im happy with mine at the minute.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 March, 2013, 10:45:08 pm
Feeling guilty about my utter failure as a provider, I set about building my son an 'educational' laptop out of scavenged and minimum-bid ebayed bits and bobs.  It was supposed to be a Crimbo present, but various factors (ie: it didn't work) intervened, and I only presented it to him the other week.  Of course he loves it, even though I insist on giving a formal 15min lesson every time he wants to use it for anything other than homework.  Problem is, despite being ridiculously low-spec by today's standards it's turned out to be an absolute beauty of a machine: and I want it for my own.  It glows, it hums, it works.  I'm using it right now while he sleeps.  It's like bloody Sophocles in reverse, but with a 19" Sony screen.   
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 02 March, 2013, 10:35:00 pm
I downloaded the CAD file for it free from Grabcad, a community where people upload cool 3d models they have made ... in a few years time you will be able to print anything from an action figure to a fully functional assault rifle. Interesting (and slightly scary) times ahead.

Interesting and very scary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 03 March, 2013, 11:31:51 am
Interesting and very scary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015)

Very, very scary indeed. I hope that company is charged the first time their blueprint is used to murder someone.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2013, 11:44:25 am
Interesting and very scary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21639015)

Very, very scary indeed. I hope that company is charged the first time their blueprint is used to murder someone.

Now now, blueprints don't kill people...   ;)

As ever I direct all interested parties to Bruce Sterling's short 'The Kiosk', where the implications of this most exciting and inevitable tech are teased out in entertaining fashion. 

You can download/listen to Starship Sofa reading here: http://ec.libsyn.com/p/5/9/5/59545457c29a5966/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_116_Bruce_Sterling.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01ce8534d3c85ee24b&c_id=1546038 (http://ec.libsyn.com/p/5/9/5/59545457c29a5966/StarShipSofa_Aural_Delights_No_116_Bruce_Sterling.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01ce8534d3c85ee24b&c_id=1546038)

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Steve Green on 03 March, 2013, 11:46:27 am
There are YouTube videos of people shooting with these - they usually fall apart pretty quickly.

Very scary.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: strontium71 on 03 March, 2013, 11:57:20 am
I wonder if an actual working gun made from this plastic can ever be smuggled onto a plane? Surely it will bypass the metal detectors , and if it comes in multiple sections , might not even be recognised? It'd only have to be used a couple of times so it won't matter if it breaks up eventually.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Steve Green on 03 March, 2013, 12:01:21 pm
Probably.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 March, 2013, 12:19:05 pm
I wonder if an actual working gun made from this plastic can ever be smuggled onto a plane? Surely it will bypass the metal detectors , and if it comes in multiple sections , might not even be recognised? It'd only have to be used a couple of times so it won't matter if it breaks up eventually.
You'd still need bullets. Unless it was more of a pellet gun.

<Awaits inevitable dressing down for using incorrect terminology.>
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 03 March, 2013, 12:53:42 pm
I wonder if an actual working gun made from this plastic can ever be smuggled onto a plane? Surely it will bypass the metal detectors , and if it comes in multiple sections , might not even be recognised? It'd only have to be used a couple of times so it won't matter if it breaks up eventually.

You'd still need bullets. Unless it was more of a pellet gun. <Awaits inevitable dressing down for using incorrect terminology.>

Aye, that occurred to me during Die Harder, when McClane explains that the glock pistol one of the goons is carrying is made of plastic and can circumvent metal detectors. As well as the ammunition, the firing mechanism is still going to be metal, but I suppose if someone pulled a non-firing plastic replica they'd knocked up on their Epson no-one on the plane would be particularly keen to test the validity of that logic.

It's not really the practicality of the weapon that gives folk power in that situation, it's the fear, uncertainty and compliance which they provoke - Mohamed Atta's lot took over three planes using craft knives, and there's nothing to stop anyone doing the same thing today with a shank made from sharpened plastic. Trying to prevent folk from being cocks is ultimately futile, because if they're really determined to be cocks they'll find a way.

 
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 03 March, 2013, 01:03:15 pm
Trying to prevent folk from being cocks is ultimately futile, because if they're really determined to be cocks they'll find a way.

The Ewoks taught us this.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 March, 2013, 12:44:25 pm
I figured out that I can "herd" the most annoying of our three cats out of a room using the "laser" site on one of my Nerf guns.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 04 March, 2013, 06:02:25 pm
I worked out how to get that dumb dinosaur guy to let me chase his magic dot for hours.  Every now and then I pretend to chase it out of the room, wait a bit and go back in, and he starts all over again!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 04 March, 2013, 07:26:15 pm
I just saw something that looked suspiciously like a Car Transporter signalling to turn up a humped back bridge which I know is far too small for it. The driver flashed his lights to let me through so it won't be me that get's stuck behind it.

Bloody Sat Nav eh?!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: judda fett on 06 March, 2013, 04:38:28 am
I found Savage Sword Of Conan vol 1 in my locker at work the other day. It'd been there since 18.08.2010- the date on the Waterstones receipt with it. That's probably one up from 'sort of okay'.
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Post by: Rog69 on 06 March, 2013, 06:46:28 am
Bloody Sat Nav eh?!

A couple of miles from where I live there is a low bridge in the middle of a double bend, there are five warning signs in the run up to it and then there is an island where trucks can turn around just before the bridge.

We get at least one lorry a week that manages to drive all the way up to the bridge and then causes chaos trying to reverse back up to the island.

Is there not a truckers sat-nav available that has stuff like this marked on it?
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 March, 2013, 08:13:54 am
Yes!
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 March, 2013, 11:13:02 am
I got my remaining hairs cut today (in a departure from my normal quarterly hacking at my head with a trimmer acquired at a car-boot sale) and while I still find the whole barbarous (geddit) process distasteful I had a genuinely interesting and amusing conversation with the woman wielding the clippers.  This was certainly a first* for me.




*No, not 'talking to a lady', you cheeky sods.
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Post by: TordelBack on 08 March, 2013, 11:43:45 pm
Cripes, it's me again.

Wifey finally returned to divest me of feverish children, bringing with her the opened bottles and leftover cake and olives of a function she'd been running.  So now its a gallon of half-drunk Chilean red and Baldur's Gate modded up the wazoo til the cold watches.  Pig, meet shite.
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Post by: maryanddavid on 09 March, 2013, 12:31:26 am
Nice.
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Post by: ChickenStu on 15 March, 2013, 11:48:41 pm
I've got a fucking evil cold like virus. However, the upshot is it makes me sleep. And I LOVE sleep! And the wife's knows I'm ill, so she's letting me sleep! Mmmm, bedfordshire here I come!

Would watch the rest of Comic Relief... but nah. I'm close to passing out here.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 23 March, 2013, 03:12:47 pm
I managed 11 hours sleep last night and it was very nice indeed. Good job I have 5 days off :D
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Post by: Spikes on 24 March, 2013, 06:58:36 am
Despite having to get up at a un-natural hour, on a Sunday no less! Im off to London England! All i need now is for the motorways to be clear, and more importantly, a win at the close of play !
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Post by: Mister Pops on 30 March, 2013, 10:52:34 am
Moved house at the start of the month, and yesterday, the landlord from my old house returned the security deposit, IN FULL!
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Post by: Mardroid on 30 March, 2013, 02:32:39 pm
What with preparation for an inspection and (including working around 12 hours on one day) and being invited into work on my day off a couple weeks running I worked more hours this month. I wasn't very happy about that.

I have to say I'm very happy with this month's paycheque though. Oh yes.
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Post by: staticgirl on 05 April, 2013, 01:42:11 pm
El Pops - My god I don't think I've ever heard of anyone getting their deposit back in full before. I've hardly even heard of people getting any of their deposit back at all although it does sometimes happen. Go you!!
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 April, 2013, 08:38:17 pm
I was out on strike this afternoon missed the demo after getting on a wrong train but got very pissed.
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Post by: judgefloyd on 11 April, 2013, 07:28:01 am
moved house two weeks ago and the internet and phone was connected right away!
   The rats in the walls of the new pad seem to have carked it.

oh and I've got more work than I can handle, I like the work and I've just had a very good souvlaki

burp
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Post by: von Boom on 11 April, 2013, 05:38:36 pm
Moved to a new place yesterday. The movers managed to only break one chair, one table, and scratch two others. As far as movers go I'd call that a result.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 09 May, 2013, 05:06:15 pm
I got some good news today. But first, the bad news I received about three months ago; I found out that the council will be closing down the car park I run at the end of this month. According to them, it was unneccesary to have the a car park in the city centre, despite the fact that it's full everyday and the fact that we have a contract with about 2 dozen local businesses to provide parking for their employees. It would seem that the public services here in Belfast/Norn iron, the authorities have a problem with private enterprise, but that's a whole other rant.

Anyways, the good news is, I have secured a new job, and it starts the day after I finish in the car park. Needless to say, this is a huge relief. The new job is less pay, but more hours and after reading the 'Stupid things people say'  thread it's a huge relief to not have to deal with the dole office. I do not think I could bear being lectured on finding a job, when the public sector is the reason I lost my job in the first place. It would be galling to have to attend courses on how to fill in an application/ how to compile a CV/ how to do an interview, especially since I have done that successfully dozens times in the fourteen years I have had an NI number*. What would a public servant, who probably hasn't had to do any of those things in years, possibly have to teach me about finding a job? I could teach that course much better than they possibly could. Or maybe not, being a charming motherfucker like me can't really be taught.

Anyway, huge, huge relief. The new job is in a hotel bar, I haven't worked in a bar for about five years, and I was starting to miss it. Never a dull moment in a bar, and I was starting to get a bit porky sitting at a security desk all day.

*I have a huge ass and varied CV, including everything from phone-drone to operating and maintaining the pneumatics at a robotic Dinosaur exhibit.
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Post by: TordelBack on 09 May, 2013, 05:24:08 pm
Nice one Pops!
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 09 May, 2013, 05:40:50 pm
..........and maintaining the pneumatics at a robotic Dinosaur exhibit.

That sounds awesome! Oh, and congrats on the job. :-)
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 09 May, 2013, 05:42:00 pm
Wahay! Nice one Pops!
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Post by: maryanddavid on 09 May, 2013, 06:42:52 pm
Nice one, bar work is great.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 09 May, 2013, 07:15:00 pm
Thanks everyone

..........and maintaining the pneumatics at a robotic Dinosaur exhibit.

That sounds awesome! Oh, and congrats on the job. :-)

It was awesome, best job I ever had
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Post by: staticgirl on 10 May, 2013, 10:37:55 pm
Congratulations!
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Post by: Link Prime on 11 May, 2013, 10:23:04 am
Congrats on the job Pops.
If I walk into your bar with a Don Draper swagger and order an 'old fashioned' just do your damn job and don't burst out laughing alright?
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Post by: maryanddavid on 24 June, 2013, 12:48:58 am
Bonfire night tonight here in this corner of the Emerald Isle. We had it early enough to avoid the midges, nice breeze clear blue sky, Dairy Milk and Tayto, and a huge blaze, what more could Kids want!
 They had to be showered before bed, they looked like they spent their day as victorian chimney sweeps!
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Post by: TordelBack on 24 June, 2013, 02:02:57 am
Ach David, you're making me miss my summers in the west with that John's Night bonfire - good on you!  You were lucky with the weather, given how grotty the rest of the weekend was.
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Post by: Something Fishy on 24 June, 2013, 07:12:04 pm
a bonfire around longest day?

Do you have fireworks ?  can you see them properly?
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Post by: TordelBack on 26 June, 2013, 12:44:00 am
A boozy evening in the pub with some old mates tonight, the first I've had since... I don't know, last June?  I'm 20 euro lighter for the privilege (or rather the missus is - living embodiment of Izzy Skint here), but money well spent.  Always nice to affirm that the people you loved when you were an idiot are still lovable now you're an asshole.
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Post by: ChickenStu on 26 June, 2013, 12:11:54 pm
Pleased with the weight I'm losing at the gym.
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 26 June, 2013, 09:09:54 pm
Bonfire night tonight here in this corner of the Emerald Isle.

I've never heard of that tradition down here in Kerry & Limerick, is this a big Connacht thing?
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Post by: maryanddavid on 26 June, 2013, 11:33:08 pm
Its in Mayo, Galway and Sligo, not sure of other places.
Most people out in the country would have their own, and towns an villages would have one with some form of party night to go along with it.
There is a lot of 'Pishroge's' or superstitions associated with it, cattle would be driven through the embers for good health. That may be to do with the fact years ago cattle may not be housed for the winter or for only a short time, and were prone to getting hoof rot, this was a way of sealing the hoof to stop that.
Another was that if a child wasn't walking on it own, if the child was held by the hand and walked around clockwise or anticlockwise for a certain amount of times (I must clarify that with my mother) the child would walk within the week.
There is also one about Iron in the fire and Faries, again, Ill have to ask about the one.

When I was a kid the best fire was the one with the blackest smoke, and that came from the amount of tyres that you had in it. Country fires were always the blackest, tractor tyres! Enviormental concerns not high on the agenda then! Now its mostly pallets or brushwood like whin's or sally's that are collected by kids for the weeks leading up to it.




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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 27 June, 2013, 12:17:50 pm
Big Finish has commisioned a trilogy of The Avengers audio dramas. John Steed is back baby.
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 27 June, 2013, 07:45:51 pm
When I was a kid the best fire was the one with the blackest smoke, and that came from the amount of tyres that you had in it. Country fires were always the blackest, tractor tyres! Enviormental concerns not high on the agenda then! Now its mostly pallets or brushwood like whin's or sally's that are collected by kids for the weeks leading up to it.

Mayday is the local one in Limerick & Clare, I lived in County Kerry I could see the plumes of smoke across the water in County Clare.
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Post by: TordelBack on 27 June, 2013, 09:17:57 pm
Went to the young fella's Yellow Belt kempo karate grading on Monday.  It's an after-school thing deep in the bowels of the school so I hadn't got in to see them in action before, and as it's the first year of the group they don't have any kit yet, so I suppose I haven't been taking it too seriously (he did a few sessions of kung fu last year, and it just looked like kids running around kicking and doing stretching exercises, so I imagined something similar).

Holy crap, it was awesome.  I don't think I'd have made it through the warm-up, never mind the memorised solo routines, and forget about the bouts.  These are fairly little kids, my own being the youngest at just turned 7, but they were as synchronised and co-ordinated and focused as anything I've seen.  Almost scary, in a Hitler Youth film way. Well impressed though - we'll be supporting pushing on with this, I think. 

Add to that passing his swimming Grade 6 the previous week and getting an okay report card ('fun-loving and bubbly' is a good thing, right?) and I may have to go easy on him for a bit.
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Post by: Noisybast on 29 June, 2013, 10:03:02 am
"Bubbly" is a fine quality in most areas of life. I think swimming might be one of the few scientifically provable exceptions.
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Post by: TordelBack on 29 June, 2013, 01:48:57 pm
Heh!  The report card was in relation to the schoolin', not the swimmin',  But you knew that, you scamp. Frankly I'm just pleasantly surprised he hasn't been transferred to a borstal.  Yet.
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Post by: Proudhuff on 04 July, 2013, 01:50:34 pm



(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/68520000/jpg/_68520960_p-02318-j.jpg)
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Post by: Spikes on 04 July, 2013, 04:31:44 pm
My recent outbreak of Shingles, that thankfully never really came to owt too bad, has cleared up nicely.

Felt washed out the past week or so, but have really felt back to normal the past couple of days.

And getting back to normal is always worth a  :thumbsup:

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Post by: Link Prime on 04 July, 2013, 05:31:03 pm
And getting back to normal is always worth a  :thumbsup:

Is that a veiled hint that you're after Ebay seller 'max.normal's newly listed Brendan McCarthy page?  ;)

PS- glad to hear you're feelin better JJ.
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Post by: Spikes on 04 July, 2013, 05:51:35 pm
Cheers Link!

And a lovely looking DPS, thats been listed, bought and then sold on a few times now.
Original, especially vintage, art is always tempting, but im holding true to not really buying at the minute, or only buying cheaply...

(Snagged a vintage 80's Brendan McCarthy sketch recently - 69p!) 
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Post by: Link Prime on 05 July, 2013, 11:27:52 am

Snagged a vintage 80's Brendan McCarthy sketch recently - 69p!

Now that's a bargain!
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 12 July, 2013, 08:23:07 am
Finally got rid of the post-con junk food constipation.  Hurrah for high-fibre salads!  Feeling much better.
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Post by: radiator on 12 July, 2013, 09:46:08 am
Oversharing.
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Post by: Sideshow Bob on 12 July, 2013, 10:42:41 am
Finally got rid of the post-con junk food constipation.  Hurrah for high-fibre salads!  Feeling much better.

Agree with Radiator on this one !!........
Bowel movements are really only of interest to those doing the 'moving'....Too much information...but thanks for sharing..... :lol:
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 12 July, 2013, 10:49:05 am
Sorry!  :D

Though I am pleased to report I weigh several pounds less too.

Double whammy!  :lol:
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Post by: Vestibule on 12 July, 2013, 12:34:59 pm
Good for you! :D
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Post by: Dandontdare on 15 July, 2013, 12:52:26 pm
The company I work for has arranged for a Mr Whippy van today with a free 99 for everyone!
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Post by: JamesC on 15 July, 2013, 01:24:21 pm
Why are they called a 99?
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Post by: Dandontdare on 15 July, 2013, 01:28:23 pm
Why are they called a 99?

from Wiki:

"The origins of the name are uncertain. One claim is that the '99' was coined in Portobello, Scotland, in 1922, by the Arcari family, Rudi Arcari's father Stephen came up with the idea not long after opening the shop in 1922. He would break a large 'Flake" in half and stick it in an ice cream. A Cadbury's rep took this idea to his company. The rep asked Arcari what he called it, and he gave it the name 99 simply because the shop was sited at 99 Portobello High Street. The idea spread locally, then further afield.[1][2]
Another possibility, generally discounted,[1] is that it was named by Italian ice-cream sellers (many of whom hailed from mountainous areas in the Veneto, Trentino, Bellunese and Friuli) in honour of the final wave of conscripts from the First World War, born in 1899 and referred to as "i Ragazzi del 99" - the Boys of '99. They were held in such high esteem that some streets in Italy were named in honour of them. The chocolate flake may have reminded them of the Alpine Regiment's hat, with a long dark feather cocked at an angle.
The Cadbury's website says that the reason behind the Flake being called a 99 has been "lost in the mists of time" although it also repeats an article from an old Cadbury works paper, which states the name came from the guard of the Italian king which consisted of 99 men and "subsequently anything really special or first class was known as 99."[5]

It was delicious by the way.
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Post by: Vestibule on 15 July, 2013, 01:30:17 pm
Well... That actually makes sense! :lol:
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Post by: JamesC on 15 July, 2013, 01:30:34 pm
Bloody Scots think they invented everything! :lol:
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Post by: Spikes on 15 July, 2013, 05:48:43 pm
Got back late yesterday from a three day stay at that there London.
Glorious, but draining weather, and my feet are now offically knacked. Good job ive two more days off before going back to work.
Shared a cramped and sweaty tube with Charles Dance - the actor, and caught this fella - with his best mate, patrolling the mean strrets of Soho, in the early hours...

(http://i.imgur.com/qH1JaIu.jpg)


Got lucky and was able to catch the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition (http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/pompeii_and_herculaneum.aspx) at the British Museum,
(http://i.imgur.com/0Ys3Dlb.jpg)

along with the David Bowie exhibition (http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/david-bowie-is/) over at the V&A.

Mind very much blown by both of these exhibitions. And a couple of weighty, and expensive, tomes from these to now to plough through, along with my backlot of progs, and IDW's.

Very tired, but very happy - thats me,  :thumbsup:

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Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 17 July, 2013, 09:59:48 pm
Quote
Got back late yesterday from a three day stay at that there London.

Me too, coincidentally.  Incredible weather, saw the Stones in Hyde Park, then two nights later met one of my favourite radio / telly people Adam Buxton after his a show in Ealing.  He's a ruddy gentleman to the core (and very small indeed).
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Post by: Dandontdare on 21 July, 2013, 02:50:39 pm
I got to see the Kenneth Branagh/Alex Kingston Macbeth last night for free. It's part of the Manchester International Festival and actual tickets sold out within minutes. They did a live screening at a car park which was ticket-only, but it turned out to be just round the corner from my house and easily visible from the street, so I went along and it was pretty damn good!
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 30 July, 2013, 02:11:57 pm
Had a bit of a work drought lately. Well, properly paying work as I've been doing some poorly paid bits and pieces. But got a booking for a few weeks which is a relief. Oh well, nothing like the self-employed life.
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Post by: TordelBack on 01 August, 2013, 12:45:04 pm
Yesterday we received my daughter's cute graduation certificate and even cuter mortar-board photo in the post, marking her departure from pre-school for 'big school'.  The only problem here is that she is 3, and won't be going to school until September 2014.  On enquiring, it turns out that she convinced her carers (who have known her since she was 6 months old) that she is in fact 5, and duly lined up for her 'graduation' ceremony.  Bodes well for her getting served beer and fags.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 06 August, 2013, 01:10:12 pm
Yesterday we received my daughter's cute graduation certificate and even cuter mortar-board photo in the post, marking her departure from pre-school for 'big school'.  The only problem here is that she is 3, and won't be going to school until September 2014.  On enquiring, it turns out that she convinced her carers (who have known her since she was 6 months old) that she is in fact 5, and duly lined up for her 'graduation' ceremony.  Bodes well for her getting served beer and fags.

Again, where is the "LIKE" button?
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Post by: Tombo on 06 August, 2013, 06:31:13 pm
Last year I got a very complicated looking letter from the tax man which I ignored, assuming that work would have sorted everything out.  A month later Inland Revenue took nearly £450 out of my £520 wages claiming that I'd also claimed nearly ten thousand pound in income support and other benefits in the previous year!  I'd been working for Argos for nearly two and a half years at this point, and only claimed income support for a couple of months after Woolies closed down.  I immediately wrote to the tax man and three weeks later I got all my money back plus the actual rebate for 50 odd quid I should have got in the first place.

With that back story in mind imagine the terror I felt when the other day I received a letter from HMCR.  Opening it I was very pleased to see a cheque for £29.80.  I decided to put the money in an ISA account I have and whilst looking for my paying in book this morning I found another book for an instant access account which I didn't even remember opening in 2007 with £55 in.  Between them they're not a fortune but I guess it means that I can not only pick up Trifecta when it comes out instead of waiting till next payday but I can also treat myself to some delicious M&S Supreme Cottage Pie for dinner on Thursday.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 06 August, 2013, 06:52:21 pm
I saw Iron Maiden on Sunday at the O2.

Had a hellish trek across London - some idiot had decided to stop traffic and cordon off streets to allow some bloody cyclists to belt around for a bit. It took me three hours on foot to find someplace to cross said barricades to get to a tube station that wasn't totally rammed.

Still, Maiden were excellent (even Yanick was entertaining, bless his cotton socks), playing a set list that was about 75% my all time faves. They even did 'Phantom of the Opera', something I haven't heard them do live since the mid-eighties. 

That was probably the last Maiden concert I'll go to, given how bloody expensive they've become (let alone travel and accommodation to their closest UK tour date that wasn't a bloody festival), but as such it was a fantastic gig to end on. It rivalled Somewhere on Tour in '86 musically, and was absolutely cracking in terms of the spectacle.

Up the Irons!
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Post by: von Boom on 06 August, 2013, 08:36:09 pm
I saw Iron Maiden on Sunday at the O2.

Had a hellish trek across London - some idiot had decided to stop traffic and cordon off streets to allow some bloody cyclists to belt around for a bit. It took me three hours on foot to find someplace to cross said barricades to get to a tube station that wasn't totally rammed.

Still, Maiden were excellent (even Yanick was entertaining, bless his cotton socks), playing a set list that was about 75% my all time faves. They even did 'Phantom of the Opera', something I haven't heard them do live since the mid-eighties. 

That was probably the last Maiden concert I'll go to, given how bloody expensive they've become (let alone travel and accommodation to their closest UK tour date that wasn't a bloody festival), but as such it was a fantastic gig to end on. It rivalled Somewhere on Tour in '86 musically, and was absolutely cracking in terms of the spectacle.

Up the Irons!

Colour me jealous sm. I haven't seen Maiden since their A Matter of Life and Death tour. They always put on a great show.
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Post by: vzzbux on 06 August, 2013, 09:04:34 pm
Maybe they should have asked paul Di'anno to sing a few. I am sure he needs the money.




V
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 06 August, 2013, 09:44:43 pm
Very jell Shaolin - haven't seen them since '08 at Twickenham stadium where (for some convoluted reason) I got free tickets :O

I would kill to see Phantom of the Opera live.
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Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 06 August, 2013, 11:12:18 pm
A fuse just blew. The lights have gone off.
BUT...  I was just, er, relieving myself while on a hike last week and found a camouflage bag hanging from a tree.  I opened it and found one of those geocache GPS box things.  I took an item from it, in return for two miniature My Little Ponies one of my fellow hikers had found on the bus.
That item was a head-mounted torch. Thanks, geocache!
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Post by: Proudhuff on 07 August, 2013, 11:11:45 am
had a couple of 'those' moments at the Wickerman festival:
Standing watching Dexy's with a cool looking, tall, son either side of me and chanting along to my Favourite Ramones songs with Ramona!
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Post by: Albion on 10 August, 2013, 09:14:27 pm
Very jell Shaolin - haven't seen them since '08 at Twickenham stadium where (for some convoluted reason) I got free tickets :O

That was my last Maiden gig too.
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Post by: shaolin_monkey on 11 August, 2013, 11:01:59 am
Very jell Shaolin - haven't seen them since '08 at Twickenham stadium where (for some convoluted reason) I got free tickets :O

That was my last Maiden gig too.

Similar reasons? Or did you not enjoy it as much?
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Post by: Albion on 12 August, 2013, 09:45:05 pm
Very jell Shaolin - haven't seen them since '08 at Twickenham stadium where (for some convoluted reason) I got free tickets :O

That was my last Maiden gig too.

Similar reasons? Or did you not enjoy it as much?

It was my least enjoyable Maiden gig due to poor seats but that's not why I haven't seen them since. Just haven't got round to it. I'd have loved to have gone to the O2 show but having gone to a couple of expensive gigs not that long before it wasn't really possible.
I have seen them a few times over the years. Not sure which was my favourite but Donington '88 was awesome and another fave was one of the Clive Burr charity gigs at Brixton.
Always entertaining and I hope to see them again sometime.
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Post by: Ancient Otter on 14 August, 2013, 07:24:03 pm
The Eurozone is apparently out of recession...I think maybe now is the time to ask my bank for a 100% mortage on a badly built three-bedroom semi-detached house in a soon-to-be slum estate in the back-end of nowhere... (Not really, I don't think I'll ever be in a position to buy a house)
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Post by: Frank on 14 August, 2013, 07:40:03 pm
I don't think I'll ever be in a position to buy a house

Home ownership is overrated, Otter. I've just spent my day off listening to double glazing salesmen talking utter pish - I seem to know as much as them about the benefits of composite vs UPVC from spending half an hour googling. The first gimp I spoke to gave me a quote of £3,200 for a front door and a small kitchen window.

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Post by: TordelBack on 19 August, 2013, 01:43:04 pm
Just had a very enjoyable week of camping, racing and just sailing, culminating in pogoing to the Sultans of Ping at 5am with a dozen very silly people crammed into the back a pimp-my-ride-style transit van.  Mirrored tiles and carpeted ceiling obligatory.

Pathetic attempts to recapture an imagined youth aside, the 'sort of okay' part of the week was realising during the prize-giving meal that a sport-related gathering largely middle-aged folk and their young families seamlessly incorporated a good number of openly gay/lesbian couples, some of them married, all of them well-liked members of the group.  Is this the Ireland of my childhood?  Is it feck.  Onwards and upwards.
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Post by: Trout on 20 August, 2013, 03:40:16 am
Just had a very enjoyable week of camping, racing and just sailing, culminating in pogoing to the Sultans of Ping at 5am

Marry me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 21 August, 2013, 10:50:42 pm
Booked a week in the sun in Spain to make up for Tiny Tips having a broken arm all summer.  Managed to squeeze four of us onto return flights for less than £400.  We are staying rent free at a mates apartment in Spain and seeing as we are flying in and out of Manchistoh, I get to catch up with some of my old muckers as  well.

Maybe this should be on the fantastic thread.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 21 August, 2013, 10:56:53 pm
It should be, nice!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 22 August, 2013, 10:05:14 am
Life is sometimes sort of okay because...Tips is leaving the country for a week.










 ;)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 September, 2013, 08:09:29 pm
Been actively struggling to broaden/healthify the family's diet for over a year now, battling fussy little prima donnas, an ever-shrinking budget and no culinary skill whatsoever.

After coming close to despair on a number of occasions, this evening I watched the savages completely clean their plates of my baked sort-of-cannelloni (which is basically pasta with spinach, tomato, onion (all our own), various half-fat cheeses, nutmeg, pepper, and garlic, i.e. moderately healthy veggie stuff, no added salt or sugar or whatnot), and then squabble over seconds.  I've been fiddling with this recipe for so long now in an effort to get everyone to eat it and bring it in on budget (I use conchiglioni rather than actual cannelloni tubes, less than half the price) that I almost didn't notice that I've succeeded.

Adding this to my already-successful seafood paella and my wild mushroom risotto and I'm feeling like I'm starting to get somewhere.  Now if anyone other than my mother-in-law would eat my olive bread...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 12 September, 2013, 08:15:31 pm
Glad its not just me there TB, Years of going: pot, plate, bucket. pot, plate, bucket. pot, plate, bucket tires the very soul.
I gave up on stuffing cannaloni tubes and simply softened lasanga sheets and made parcels by crossing one sheet over another then folding them in, saved a lot o time then cover that in sauce  :D
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 12 September, 2013, 10:48:56 pm
Years of going: pot, plate, bucket. pot, plate, bucket. pot, plate, bucket tires the very soul.

It is genuinely soul-crushing, isn't it?  My daughter (just turned 4) loves to control every situation she's in, so dinner time is the perfect arena to bend the family to her will - half the time she hasn't even seen the plate and her face is already scrunching up and reddening ready to yowl 'but I don't l-i-i-i-huh-ke this'.  At least my son generally has the good grace to quietly deconstruct his meal and shuffle the ingredients into 'eat'/'don't eat' piles.  Either way at least I'm long past the angry, wheedling or conciliatory stages: they eat it or they go hungry, and I rethink for next time.

Still, this year I've got them both to eat metric tonnes of broccoli and spinach, plus palate-broadening stuff like mussels from the shell, squid (I know I shouldn't), foraged wild mushrooms and even rock samphire.  I've cut their beloved beef burgers with over 50% carrot and onion and they haven't even noticed, and I do a bolognese that's on only nodding acquaintance with a bullock.

This takes the edge off knowing that the dog often eats better than they do.  Good tip on the lasagne sheets.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mister Pops on 12 September, 2013, 10:56:41 pm
...they eat it or they go hungry...

Quite right, this is how I was raised, and this was in the time before microwaves were a common feature of kitchens. It was better to eat it while it was hot than to kick up a fuss and then have to eat it when it went cold.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 13 September, 2013, 07:06:09 am
...they eat it or they go hungry...

Quite right, this is how I was raised, and this was in the time before microwaves were a common feature of kitchens. It was better to eat it while it was hot than to kick up a fuss and then have to eat it when it went cold.

Damn straight!  Occasionally I ram the point home by saying if they don't eat it they can have it cold for breakfast. The look on their faces when I present them with it at the breakfast table is priceless.

You gotta show the little blighters who's boss - the moment you start negotiating you've lost!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 13 September, 2013, 08:06:43 am
...they eat it or they go hungry...

Quite right, this is how I was raised, and this was in the time before microwaves were a common feature of kitchens. It was better to eat it while it was hot than to kick up a fuss and then have to eat it when it went cold.

Damn straight!  Occasionally I ram the point home by saying if they don't eat it they can have it cold for breakfast. The look on their faces when I present them with it at the breakfast table is priceless.

You gotta show the little blighters who's boss - the moment you start negotiating you've lost!
Could someone tell this to my parents please? My mother spoilers the siblings rotten the soft hearted fool she is. ::)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: JamesC on 13 September, 2013, 08:30:10 am
...they eat it or they go hungry...

Quite right, this is how I was raised, and this was in the time before microwaves were a common feature of kitchens. It was better to eat it while it was hot than to kick up a fuss and then have to eat it when it went cold.

Damn straight!  Occasionally I ram the point home by saying if they don't eat it they can have it cold for breakfast. The look on their faces when I present them with it at the breakfast table is priceless.

You gotta show the little blighters who's boss - the moment you start negotiating you've lost!
Could someone tell this to my parents please? My mother spoilers the siblings rotten the soft hearted fool she is. ::)

You should get them to watch this great old James Mason film where his daughter refuses to eat her fish and so gets it served up at every subsequent meal time, even when it goes all skanky and rotten looking:

http://www.britmovie.co.uk/2011/12/29/spring-and-port-wine-1970-2/
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 13 September, 2013, 08:57:08 am
Y-e-e-e-s-s-s, I didn't quite mean to imply that I practised force-feeding of minors, merely that the wee buggers would never eat anything other than mcnuggets, horse burgers and frubes if I gave in to them: I'm not interested in controlling them per se, just giving them the opportunity to eat something healthy-ish that the wife and I can both afford and stomach ourselves.  I should add that we're coming from a dark workaholic place where we usually ate separate from the kids (and often each other) after they'd gone to bed, and they picked at some packaged frozen shite in front of the telly, so the change I've being trying to effect for the last couple of years isn't really one to their behaviour as much as it is to ours.

Anyway, 'conservative' doesn't begin to describe small children's default tastes*, especially if loudly exercising their 'preference' gets them the undivided attention of the whole table, and despite the chirpy insistence of TV chefs the only way I can get them to eat something new is to present it as Hobson's choice.  If they really don't like something once they've actually tasted it I revise it, try it again, revise it again, until I either win or give up.  Which is about 50/50.

I should add that there's always a rack of fruit to which they are directed in the event of imminent and dramatic starvation, and that works too.


*Unless of course it's in a neighbour's house, when they'll wolf down whatever paprika- or habanero-based fare is on offer, whether it's made of ostrich legs, polar bear tripe or spiders' arses.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Dandontdare on 13 September, 2013, 10:42:17 am
mmmmm... spider's arses.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 13 September, 2013, 12:30:59 pm
When Tiny Tips was Tiny (about 4) and his diet was pretty much limited to one dish (penne pasta with tomato and basil sauce. And it had to be fresh penne) we picked up a trick from Supernanny that helped broaden his pallette.

Basically, you sit down together and draw out the meal on a paper plate, talking through the ingredients and the colours and the tastes well in advance of the actual meal. We broke the plate up into quarters so he could clearly see what was what.  Then when it arrives, he actually felt he had participated in the cooking (though he hadn't - all he could make was scrambled eggs - under supervision) and he got gold stars etc. for each of the quarters of the plate he finished.

And it worked really well.

Note: There were no other rewards - just Gold Stars on a chart. I still don't understand how that works.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 13 September, 2013, 12:57:54 pm
A child can be easily satisfied if the situation is explained to him. And I always love reading this thread and realising what great parents you guys all are. I'd be a hopeless father is the time ever comes!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Ancient Otter on 13 September, 2013, 10:03:55 pm
My life looks like it is entering a tubulent period and while fretting, I randomly come across a quote from Marcus Aurelius Antoninus which makes me worry slightly less...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 14 September, 2013, 12:02:22 am
Boy are you guys gonna be in a whole world of trouble when your children are older.

Revenge will literally be a dish served cold  again & again & again....

Remember that they will be in charge of you when you grow too old...
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: M.I.K. on 14 September, 2013, 01:08:50 am
Note: There were no other rewards - just Gold Stars on a chart. I still don't understand how that works.

The same way as Xbox achievements.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 14 September, 2013, 09:05:56 am
Jogged 10 miles in just over an hour. Not bad, not bad at all. For me.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 September, 2013, 09:22:22 am
Jogged 10 miles in just over an hour. Not bad, not bad at all. For me.

Consistent 6-minute miles, that's excellent.  Back when I was a runner I'd settle for anything under 9 over that distance!

I on the other hand did the exact opposite, and had an excellent leisurely breakfast - yummy homegrown grilled tomatoes on homemade bread making up for the heaps of processed pig.   Om-nom-nom-nom.  Dog must have eaten my running shoes, can't be helped.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 14 September, 2013, 09:33:05 am
Boy are you guys gonna be in a whole world of trouble when your children are older. Revenge will literally be a dish served cold  again & again & again ... Remember that they will be in charge of you when you grow too old...

By the time my Gran finally went, all she would eat was jelly and ice cream. I'm sure I don't need to go into the details of her toilet habits to reinforce the point that extreme old age involves a regression to childhood. I don't know how my Mum managed that, and I doubt I'll be able to do the same when the time comes.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 September, 2013, 09:44:25 am
I don't know how my Mum managed that, and I doubt I'll be able to do the same when the time comes.

Yes, I think about this a lot.  My gran was severely disabled for most of my life, and lived with us for several years towards the end, so with both my folks working I as a young teenager of necessity had to help out with toilet issues, to our mutual mortification. I was only at the tip of the iceberg (so to speak), but what my Mum and Dad dealt day-in day-out with fills me with respect and fear for what is likely to be my job (my siblings either having emigrated or being... flighty).  Have spent much of the past 7 years dealing with poop from the other end of the age spectrum, at least I now grasp the symmetry of obligation, but I can't say my projected reactions paint me as anything other than a coward.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 September, 2013, 10:08:35 am
I'm lucky on two counts here: my sister manages a care home and my son has already informed me not to worry, as I will "die alone in Scotland."
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Frank on 14 September, 2013, 10:13:59 am
I will "die alone in Scotland."

That must be the bleakest sentence ever composed in the history of the English language. It really needs to be accompanied by the sound of a cold wind echoing around bare stone walls for the full effect.

Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: von Boom on 14 September, 2013, 02:11:48 pm
I will "die alone in Scotland."

That must be the bleakest sentence ever composed in the history of the English language. It really needs to be accompanied by the sound of a cold wind echoing around bare stone walls for the full effect.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Proudhuff on 14 September, 2013, 03:16:34 pm
as I will "die alone in Scotland."

You sure you have the right thread here?
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 14 September, 2013, 08:07:35 pm
... I will "die alone in Scotland."

It's the new "We all got it coming, kid"!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 30 September, 2013, 10:58:04 pm
Life is sometimes sort of okay because I have spend this evening watching these vids on Youtube which has cheered me up a little.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Blendtec/videos
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: paddykafka on 02 October, 2013, 11:29:58 am
After a really rotten twelve months of physical and mental torpor following a break-up, I'm slowly starting to recover a bit. I wasn't quite ready to be taken to the glue factory but there were days when I felt close to it. Hence the reason why I haven't posted here in a while. So to those of you who were having life-spugs moments, or were / are beset by minor impediments, I hope that things have improved for you all, or will do in the near future.

And to those of you who've had otherwise good fortune I wish it to be known that I am not one bit...jealoushttp://forums.2000adonline.com/Smileys/default/lol.gif

Cheers! - Paddy
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Cyberleader2000 on 04 October, 2013, 06:57:41 pm
Its finally over some of you might remember me posting this in Life Spugs because.

Warning I going to vent there may be swering.

Life Spugs because I got ripped off I pre-ordered a figure for £30 was very happy untill the shop turned round and said that I had to pay for £14 EMS and they would not let me opt for SAL as it was not as safe for a expensive item like this I was not happy but paid it any way then the real problom begun the Twats at ParcelFarce saw that customs had miss chargeing me customs fees so they handed the parcel back and got fees added then had the cheek to tell me the total bill is £20.78 so I asked them how much of that was there handeling fee turns out its £13.50 and here is the reason they change that much because I'm using a more expensive shipping opchion they need to change me more can some one explain why they charge a biger handeling fee when I had already paid more for expensive shipping.  >:(

well after wasting my whole day waiting for ParcelFarce to deliver my parcel its here now this may not seem like something to post in a thread about positive things but for me its a positive as I will never have to deal with this crappy problem ever again.

O and if your wondering what all this was over well this is the Figure in question I should have know better than to cave to nostalgia.

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9949/ktwg.jpg)
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: maryanddavid on 14 October, 2013, 12:22:29 am
Few little bit that have risen the boat, last week at the local fair/car book sale I got 5 Eagle annuals from the 50's and 60's, a Beano annual from 66 and a Dandy annual from 73 plus another annual with bits of American and British material and a cool cover by Denis Mcloughlan all for €20!

Plus at the fitness/running club that I have started going to again( I went last year for a bit) I did a run of over 8k, my legs were in agony yesterday, still felt good!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 21 October, 2013, 08:37:11 am
After a long year off the water practically rebuilding the 40-year old dinghy I serve as crew in, followed by a pretty dismal performance back in August in the national championships (something like 15th out of 25 in our class, so bad I choose to forget), and a subsequent second frustrating period of blaming our tools and reading horribly technical books about the physics of sailing, measuring and calculating rig tensions, angles and lengths, and cutting, re-drilling and adjusting masts and shrouds and spreaders, we finally managed to get an overall 3rd place after 11 races of the autumn series that finished yesterday. 

A significant enough achievement to suggest that after all our efforts we actually got something right.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Link Prime on 21 October, 2013, 12:42:50 pm
Plus at the fitness/running club that I have started going to again( I went last year for a bit) I did a run of over 8k, my legs were in agony yesterday, still felt good!

I took up running to battle the mid-30s budge early last year David, and agree making that first 8K feels pretty, pretty good.
Assuming we're of similar age, I'll recommend two items;
Asics Kayano runners (best version you can afford).
Compression sports socks.

Dodgy knees & shins are a constant threat!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mister Pops on 11 November, 2013, 03:55:31 pm
Got a new job, the current one wasn't really working out. I was working in a hotel bar, at any given time there were two of us behind the bar, answering to three different managers. Textbook case of too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Combine that with all the foreigners and my poor grasp of their various languages, it was far from ideal.

Now I'll be working in a proper pub
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 16 November, 2013, 11:41:05 am
Something... in my eye... (http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9315337) sniffle
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: shaolin_monkey on 16 November, 2013, 12:17:47 pm
Something... in my eye... (http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9315337) sniffle

I came here to post about exactly the same thing.  Here's The Guardian's take on it:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/15/batkid-san-francisco-charity-make-wish

Faith in humanity temporarily restored.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 16 November, 2013, 12:21:30 pm
Group therapy sessions have been going well. Once i'd identified the root of the issue, my unavoidable tendency to rationalise a situation and pint point whom I can blame it on, it's been an OK couple of weeks. The sessions have dropped to fortnightly as a result.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Mardroid on 16 November, 2013, 01:20:20 pm
Good for you Hawk. I wish you well.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 16 November, 2013, 01:37:01 pm
Well done that man.  Keep walking forward.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 December, 2013, 02:32:49 pm
Just found out I have won my first public-sector contract in almost three years, due to start at the beginning of January. 

It's for buttons, but everything else I've done since has either been the miserable arse-end of something from a former life, helping out someone else in the vague hope of minimum wage, doing stupid jobs for family members (-shudder-), has come to nothing, hasn't paid out at all and/or has actually cost me money.  This gig will also hopefully cement my current strivings for local enterprise grants and for a tax-clearance cert, which will allow me to actually do something.

Still got the real prospect of personal bankruptcy hanging over me from almost two years ago, which has been making me feel there was no point even trying to do anything businesswise until it was all resolved, but the courts are grinding so unbelievably slowly that I just can't leave my life in suspended animation any longer.  At least this way maybe when the time comes I'll be able to convince a court that I'm trying to get into a position to repay as much as I can of what I owe.  Course with my luck I'll get my day in court the very same day this contract starts. 

I started this year in the absolute deepest pit of despair, avoiding everyone I knew and actively scheming as to how my life insurance could solve everything for everyone*, so starting next year with an actual fecking job, and the hope of more to come, can only be an improvement. 

Onwards!



*This of course being a consequence of severe depression, and not rational thought, but try telling me that at the time.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 01 December, 2013, 02:37:15 pm
Tordels these posts make me feel so much better about the uncertain world we currently live in and give me endless hope that my current predicament will be swept away by an opportunity soon. If the internet had hands I would warmly shake yours. Your a true gem.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Old Tankie on 01 December, 2013, 03:31:44 pm
Good luck TB and all the best.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: I, Cosh on 01 December, 2013, 07:27:58 pm
Just found out I have won my first public-sector contract in almost three years, due to start at the beginning of January.
Great stuff Tordelback. Now the wait for the bastards to pay the invoices can start!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 December, 2013, 10:28:35 pm
Cheers, chaps.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Trout on 02 December, 2013, 05:40:51 am
Delighted to read this great news, TB!
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: ming on 02 December, 2013, 08:35:50 am
Onwards!

And upwards!

Great news, TB - fingers crossed that this pans out and leads to bigger and better things.
Title: Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
Post by: Banners on 02 December, 2013, 09:42:57 am