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Author Topic: Y'know what really grinds my gears?  (Read 96964 times)

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1245 on: 10 March, 2018, 01:00:56 pm »
When I drove for National Express what seems like three lifetimes ago now, the mantra was, "to be late is an accident, to be early is a sin."

The times I've sat at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere, with huffing passengers, waiting for a precise time and knowing that from now on I'm going to start falling behind and finish late are without number. Well, six or seven times at least.

Anyway. Yes. I agree, buses should never run early. We are bus drivers, we live for the 001 South, we die for the 001 South.


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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1246 on: 30 May, 2018, 06:02:25 pm »
People who recline their seats on a plane. Scum. Subhuman scum.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1247 on: 30 May, 2018, 06:28:57 pm »
People who recline their seats on a plane. Scum. Subhuman scum.

I don't generally mind if they ask first...

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1248 on: 30 May, 2018, 07:05:10 pm »
If my seat is reclinable, I'm reclining baby!

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1249 on: 30 May, 2018, 07:27:38 pm »
Just rest your tray on their foreheads.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1250 on: 30 May, 2018, 08:16:51 pm »
It's not something I would ever do. The minimal extra comfort you gain is so out of whack with the massive extra discomfort you inflict on the poor bastard seated behind. Isn't plane travel already miserable enough for all concerned?

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1251 on: 30 May, 2018, 09:21:29 pm »
Once upon a time people were permitted to smoke on planes. Imagine that.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1252 on: 31 May, 2018, 12:30:44 am »
There was an article in the paper claiming this last week which listed the longest intros and how they don't appear on many mainstream playlists. Which is fine by me as I don't listen to mainstream radio.


What paper was that in?  There's a few songs where the intros are the best bit (and at least one band where the intros were great, the songs not so).

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1253 on: 02 June, 2018, 12:00:02 am »
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I don't generally mind if they ask first...
Do you say no? Does it work?

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1254 on: 02 June, 2018, 12:56:24 am »
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I don't generally mind if they ask first...
Do you say no? Does it work?

I believe the accepted British way of dealing with the situation is to say yes out of politeness, then resent them bitterly for the rest of the flight.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1255 on: 02 June, 2018, 11:27:13 am »
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I don't generally mind if they ask first...
Do you say no? Does it work?

I usually say yes, because I can cope with a small amount of legroom :)

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1256 on: 06 February, 2019, 09:15:30 pm »
Nostalgia-driven advertising.

In the last few months I've seen Home Alone leveraged to advertise those useless smart speakers, The Dude from The Big Lebowski and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City awkwardly shilling beer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hawking skin cream, some incredibly lame Ghostbusters themed bank adverts, and a whole host famous vehicles from the likes of Back to the Future, Transformers and Scooby Doo in a Walmart ad.... And it just goes on and on.

It feels like every ad agency just got the green light to stripmine everything we remember fondly from the 80s and 90s, in favour of, you know, coming up with some actual clever ideas.

It's so tacky, so lazy, so desperate and all it does is cheapen the source material. Far from making me want to buy things, more often I just find the ads vaguely sad and depressing, in a 'wow, don't they all look so old and tired?' kind of way.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1257 on: 06 February, 2019, 10:18:56 pm »
Having The Dude and Carrie Bradshaw drinking in the same bar was hopelessly incongruous.   Everyone in the bar getting freaked out and surprised at people drinking beer was also forced and odd.  What message was this attempting to send to the Superbowl audience?
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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1258 on: 06 February, 2019, 10:39:07 pm »
Everybody grows up with media created by those who lived through previous decades, and that media to a certain extent fetishises the culture and attitudes of those decades.  It's a little more full-on this time around because all of previous culture is in one way or another practically on tap for younger generations.  I just wish they'd stop fetishising the 1980s, a garbage decade full of garbage culture that practically enshrined the notion of it being admirable to be an asshole.  Any fucking wonder the internet turned out like it has.

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Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« Reply #1259 on: 07 February, 2019, 05:59:57 am »
People used to talk about the shared universe of Quentin Tarantino’s films. Vincent Vega is the brother of Mr Blonde, Alabama (from True Romance) is mentioned by Mr White etc.
I wonder if the Winston Wolf Direct Line insurance adverts are supposed to take place in the same universe and, if so,what prompted the character’s move from LA to the UK.