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: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
: Bolt-01 30 August, 2019, 08:44:33 AM
This weekend I'll be speniding Saturday lettering comics for and Australian self publisher working on a pair of books, a one-shot GN for a scottish publisher and then I'll be trying to get the cover to the new Zarjaz ready.

On Sunday I'll be mostly driving - Plymouth and back (from the Brum wastes) to return Micro-Bolt to University then getting my stuff together ready to start the working week.

That's me - what about you lot?

Who's going to a gig? Comic show?
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: sheridan 30 August, 2019, 08:56:07 AM
On Saturday we're going to be visiting my girlfriend's sister.  I'll be taking along a few comics to prog slog blog on the train (in notepad, copying into wordpress when I get home).
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: Trooper McFad 30 August, 2019, 08:59:32 AM
Friday & Saturday prepping the house for the Kids & Dogs as Sunday me and the good wife head up to Inverness for a couple of nights R&R 😉
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: Colin YNWA 30 August, 2019, 12:56:49 PM
Without wishing to turn this into the politics thread the family are heading into town Saturday (Sheffield) to protest recent developments.
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: TordelBack 30 August, 2019, 01:21:48 PM
My eldest's very best virtually-conjoined mate has moved away, so I'll be trying to keep him busy with something other than endlessly texting her. Also hoping to paint some minis and do some sea swimming while the water remains worryingly warm.
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: JamesC 30 August, 2019, 01:26:24 PM
My girlfriend is off to visit her sister for a few days. This will make for a great day tomorrow, as me and my mate will be off down the seafront for a relaxed all day piss up.
After that, I'll be lonely and bored until she returns (but I'll console myself with films and comics which I need to catch up on).
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: Dandontdare 30 August, 2019, 01:40:51 PM
mix of bad and good - Working till 8pm Friday and back in at 8am Saturday, so no Friday night shenanigans for me.

However, my niece is coming up for the weekend and I've not seen her for a couple of years, so looking forward to a night out with the clan on Saturday.
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: Link Prime 30 August, 2019, 01:43:44 PM
Really busy weekend ahead;

Firstly, heading over to the UK for a bit of harmless mischief - rolling out some tyre spikes along the motorways near Plymouth and Inverness.
Then heading down to Sheffield Saturday morning - got drafted in to assist the police force taser a few pinkos.
Back to Dublin on Sunday, will head over to Dun Laoghaire for a piss in the sea that morning, before meeting some geeks girlfriend in the Royal Marine Hotel.
Poor fool has no idea, he'll probably be at home reading comics!
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: Bolt-01 30 August, 2019, 01:46:06 PM
LOL. as I believe the kids would rather I never said...
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: von Boom 30 August, 2019, 02:26:13 PM
Revisiting the south of France, figuratively speaking. Looks like there'll be no holiday this year so we're spending this weekend eating and drinking like we did on our last holiday to Nice. Lots of wine, bread, cheese, and fish. Won't be exactly the same, but hopefully it captures some of the feeling.
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: Hawkmumbler 30 August, 2019, 03:20:21 PM
Scrubbing up for my interview tonight and Sunday, might have a cheeky whisky to get through it all, but tomorrows the Manchester festival so hitting the town with a mottle assortment of scouse and cockney friends all visiting. God help me.
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: Mattofthespurs 30 August, 2019, 03:58:12 PM
Got back from a holiday in Greece (Thassos) not so long ago so this is our first weekend that does not involve washing.
Shopping tomorrow and the onto the North London Derby (Arsenal V Tottenham Hotspur) on Sunday so the whole weekend is geared to that (and will decide what sort of mood I will be in for the next fortnight or so...Maybe longer if we win well, or lose badly).
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: I, Cosh 30 August, 2019, 04:40:27 PM
It's the annual pilgrimage to see Kings of Leon (my girlfriend's favourite band) so just arrived in Liverpool and picked up the new Corto Maltese collection in the comic shop right round the corner from the station.

Potential soaking at the concert tonight then a bit of Tate gallery action and ambling around tomorrow while trying to avoid anything related to the Bloody Beatles
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: von Boom 30 August, 2019, 04:52:07 PM
trying to avoid anything related to the Bloody Beatles
Is that, constitutionally speaking, possible?
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: Hawkmumbler 30 August, 2019, 05:07:40 PM
Spending every other weekend in Liverpool with my current partner, no, it isn't. They're every fucking where.
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: sheridan 30 August, 2019, 05:17:35 PM
Spending every other weekend in Liverpool with my current partner, no, it isn't. They're every fucking where.

They even made it into Invasion!
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: TordelBack 30 August, 2019, 05:20:49 PM
Really busy weekend ahead;
....

Post of the Week.
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: shaolin_monkey 30 August, 2019, 05:52:22 PM
Going to the cinema shortly to see Predator on the big screen.

Hopefully a lie in tomorrow, then harp practise (long overdue), followed by a mate’s housewarming party.

Try and shake off the hangover on Sunday so I’m able to start the first module of a course on the science of climate change from Prof. Michael E Mann.
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: Colin YNWA 30 August, 2019, 08:05:08 PM
It's the annual pilgrimage to see Kings of Leon (my girlfriend's favourite band) so just arrived in Liverpool and picked up the new Corto Maltese collection in the comic shop right round the corner from the station.

Potential soaking at the concert tonight then a bit of Tate gallery action and ambling around tomorrow while trying to avoid anything related to the Bloody Beatles

Oh that must be World's Apart which I believe is still at its 'new' location... well it moved after I largely finished using it to its current location about ...gulp... 25 years ago! I try to pop in whenever I'm Liverpool way.

Oh and trying to avoid the Beatles in Liverpool is both futile and pointless, they are great after all.
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: Tiplodocus 30 August, 2019, 08:37:10 PM
Laundry. And fixing a leaking toilet and a blocked shower.

Mundane chores? Yes, but I am just back from holiday.
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: Fungus 31 August, 2019, 01:17:53 AM
Painting a commission tomorrow, my first (paid) ever. Sold 3 paintings at the exhibition last week and am delivering one tomorrow - the commission a direct result of one. It beats working. Hand 3 others into another exhibition Sunday. It’s that time of year - apparently.

Work turned to crap and very nearly meant Friday night and weekend turned into Disaster Recovery. But narrowly dodged that bullet. Work sucks, art doesn’t. Hm.
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: Funt Solo 31 August, 2019, 06:01:55 AM
Well, it's still Friday here.  Planning on getting back onto my catch-up with the comic - I've just started prog 1912 for the first time - Sisters of Death are back on the manner!

Last weekend before school starts back up, so trying to come up with a plan for that and then will be weeping copiously into my cornflakes about having to shelve my nerd hobbies a bit more in favor of grading.

Also, had to put my dog down today, so that was fairly awful and so figuring out how to cope with grief stages around that.

Got turned onto Limmy's Show, which can be hit and miss.  I don't know if you need to know Glasgow well to really get it but Dee Dee's trip to Yoker (https://youtu.be/0YfRbNipdOg) had me enthralled.
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: Buttonman 31 August, 2019, 08:34:33 AM
Cultural highlight for me will be attending the Rangers v Celtic game on Sunday.
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: TordelBack 31 August, 2019, 08:42:23 AM
Very sorry to hear about your dog, Funt. Always a deeply upsetting thing, cut yourself plenty of slack while dealing with it.
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: Dandontdare 31 August, 2019, 08:48:42 AM
Painting a commission tomorrow, my first (paid) ever. Sold 3 paintings at the exhibition last week and am delivering one tomorrow - the commission a direct result of one. It beats working. Hand 3 others into another exhibition Sunday. It’s that time of year - apparently.

Nice one Fungus, congratulations!

Also, had to put my dog down today, so that was fairly awful and so figuring out how to cope with grief stages around that.

Sorry to hear that Funt, always hurts to lose a doggy companion (PS - I don't know about hit and miss - I've yet to crack a smile at anything I've seen of Limmy))
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: Frank 31 August, 2019, 09:19:07 AM
Got turned onto Limmy's Show, which can be hit and miss.  I don't know if you need to know Glasgow well to really get it but Dee Dee's trip to Yoker (https://youtu.be/0YfRbNipdOg) had me enthralled.

Like Dee Dee, Yoker is a foreign and exotic land to me, but that sketch's still hilarious. I once made the mistake of trying to explain it to a workmate and the tumbleweed was deafening, though.

Maybe Dan would have better luck with the more universal sillyness of Joggers (https://youtu.be/LJ1gInUG5uw) or the still-whimsical but less culturally specific Wrong Way Down A One-Way Street* (https://youtu.be/LW7Iv-V1-Jo)


* Everybody's done that, right? You're in the shower and come up with a phrase that sounds good sung like Springsteen or Britney but can't turn it into a song. Everybody does that, right?
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: Angry Vince 31 August, 2019, 10:47:25 AM
Flew down with my son to visit my mum and dad - he (dad) just received a civic award for service to the community. Was great to see the presentation - a lot more pomp etc to it than what I was expecting.

And on the same day I missed the funeral of a former boss (who I'd known for 20 years), died at 54 of mental illness.
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: Rara Avis 31 August, 2019, 01:15:04 PM
Finished up with my job yesterday and was supposed to go for a few drinks last night but I've come down with a dreadful headcold. Going to take it easy this weekend (no other choice really). I did manage to bingewatch Godless since yesterday though - damn that was good.
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: Jim_Campbell 31 August, 2019, 01:43:15 PM
I did manage to bingewatch Godless since yesterday though - damn that was good.

Isn't it? I may have to watch it again sometime very soon.
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: Rara Avis 31 August, 2019, 08:11:36 PM
It's just perfect from start to finish. Jeff Bridges is mesmerising - really made me think of the Judge from Blood Meridian. Loved it!!!
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: Frank 31 August, 2019, 08:26:03 PM

(https://i.imgur.com/vQmPVIq.png?2)


Jeff Bridges has never shat copiously (https://youtu.be/NwcVJMvVWDA) on screen, although he did make RIPD
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: The Legendary Shark 01 September, 2019, 06:44:08 AM

So sorry to hear about your dog, Funt, that's never an easy thing.

Sunday morning's back to work for me. Wasted my weekend in front of the laptop, fiddling with a Brigand Doom short story. Somebody gave me one of those modern touch-screen phones (my first), so I wasted a lot of time with that, too - mainly watching little animated circles going round.

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: JayzusB.Christ 01 September, 2019, 12:06:16 PM
Really sorry to hear about your dog, Funt.  Never easy.

I meant to do a bit of panelling yesterday in my tiny houseboat kitchen, but lost the run of myself and turned it into something you'd see in a hobbit-hole with wooden walls, rickety shelves and lanterns (well, one of each, anyway).  I'm quite chuffed with myself, I must admit, not being handy at all but somehow pulling this out of the Bag (End).

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: Rara Avis 01 September, 2019, 03:53:51 PM

 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I am clearly obsessed with Jeff Bridges.


(https://i.imgur.com/vQmPVIq.png?2)


Jeff Bridges has never shat copiously (https://youtu.be/NwcVJMvVWDA) on screen, although he did make RIPD
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 01 September, 2019, 08:24:47 PM
I've been lost in an alcholic fugue since Friday: do on Friday (5pm-11.30pm), do on Saturday (2pm-8pm, then a bottle of wine); football this afternoon (11.30-5ish).

NOT a normal weekend.

I could do this week in week out... twenty years ago.  Now, I just want a cup of team and a mint club.
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: JayzusB.Christ 01 September, 2019, 09:42:21 PM
I really need a stiff drink right now, and indeed am having one.  See, while working in my abovementioned kitchen, a can of puncture repair foam started leaking. I threw it in the sink to contain the mess, but the cooker was on and I was suddenly in the midst of a massive fireball.

Managed to throw the fireblanket on it (moved to above the sink just yesterday) and apart from some frazzled hair and eyebrows there is miraculously no damage done.  Christ, I'm lucky to be alive, let alone still have a boat to live in.

Remedial wine is being drunk.
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: shaolin_monkey 01 September, 2019, 11:36:27 PM
Holy Grud! Sounds like close call. Just reading that made me feel like a whisky, but I settled on a mug of miso.
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: von Boom 02 September, 2019, 12:48:01 AM
Bloody hell JBC. I've had far too much wine this weekend, but that story makes me want to open another bottle.
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: JayzusB.Christ 02 September, 2019, 07:22:25 AM
What's more, after years of thinking it a bit daft that Dredd, Johnny and Rogue always shouted the name of the piece of equipment they were about to use, I found myself shouting 'DROKK! FIRE BLANKET!'

Except I said fuck instead of drokk.
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: Hawkmumbler 02 September, 2019, 07:26:33 AM
Fire wagon to Jaysuz Tavern!

Sounds like quite the fracas J, a stiff drink was well deserved after singed eyebrows!
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 02 September, 2019, 08:53:32 AM
If that had happened to me JBC, I'd be on the Whisky for sure. Stay safe, and I admire your good reactions under pressure.[Er, no pun intended] I'd have blubbed and phoned the Fire Brigade.
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: The Legendary Shark 02 September, 2019, 08:59:18 AM

Yikes! Glad you came through it so bravely, JBC!

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: TordelBack 02 September, 2019, 09:01:26 AM
Jayzus, Jayzus!  And I though I had an unexpectedly exciting-slash-disturbing weekend because I got to take my daughter to a Lego exhibition, and then later almost tripped over a couple bonking on the beach in broad daylight (sans daughter, thank feck). 

Your misadventures remind me unpleasantly of the (excellent) William Golding novel Fire Down Below, which is not a good thing, and of the still-fresh horror of trying to ensure everyone had got out of a burning apartment block across the road many years ago, which is worse.

Drink deeply, and take care.
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: Bolt-01 02 September, 2019, 09:06:53 AM
Sweet Grud, that sounds terrifying! Glad you are okay JBC and Funt, sorry to read of the loss of your dog.

Fingers crossed some folks will have a more stable weekend next time!
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: JamesC 02 September, 2019, 12:25:22 PM
Jayzus, Jayzus!  And I though I had an unexpectedly exciting-slash-disturbing weekend because I got to take my daughter to a Lego exhibition, and then later almost tripped over a couple bonking on the beach in broad daylight (sans daughter, thank feck). 

Your misadventures remind me unpleasantly of the (excellent) William Golding novel Fire Down Below, which is not a good thing, and of the still-fresh horror of trying to ensure everyone had got out of a burning apartment block across the road many years ago, which is worse.

Drink deeply, and take care.

I'd like to hear more about the bonking couple.
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: Proudhuff 02 September, 2019, 01:43:29 PM
Jovis Jaysus, good reactions, I would have froze or possibly whimpered  :-[

I spent the entire weekend relaxing: wine, sleeping, Mindhunter, beach walks, only for it all to go wrong 1st thing today, still had a lovely weekend  :thumbsup:
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: TordelBack 02 September, 2019, 04:30:48 PM
I'd like to hear more about the bonking couple.

You really wouldn't. I was on a mushroom foraging expedition for Shaggy Parasols, wandered out onto the beach, and found some Shagging Arseholes instead. Let's leave it at that.
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: Hawkmumbler 02 September, 2019, 04:40:51 PM
Well the interview went alright I feel, one question I couldn’t see the forrest for trees but it lasted a good 90 mins and I think I cane off as at least functionally competent. Will find out in a few days.
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: Proudhuff 02 September, 2019, 04:49:33 PM
Good luck Hawkie  :thumbsup:
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: The Legendary Shark 02 September, 2019, 06:13:20 PM

Best of luck, Hawkie.

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: TordelBack 02 September, 2019, 06:30:36 PM
Good man 'Mumbler, pseudopods crossed for you.
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: JayzusB.Christ 02 September, 2019, 06:37:21 PM
Thanks all, for the kind words regarding my brush with disaster, and Tordelback; loads of respect for your past inferno heroics.

Hawkie, hope you get the job!

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: Colin YNWA 02 September, 2019, 08:42:20 PM
Fingers crossed Zac old boy. At 90 minutes you either impressed or they were too damned polite by far. I imagine the former.
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: Bolt-01 03 September, 2019, 08:30:58 AM
Fingers crossed Hawkster!
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: TordelBack 03 September, 2019, 09:18:13 AM
...loads of respect for your past inferno heroics.

Oh here, all.I did was stand at the doors shouting while bricking it (still gIves me nightmares). It was my missus that actually got people out of their beds and out of there before I even arrived (I was literally holding the baby at the time). She's scarily brave and icy calm in a crisis. Runs in the family - her uncle once went into a housefire and carried three kids out.
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: Hawkmumbler 03 September, 2019, 12:40:44 PM
Cheers lads, playing the waiting game is a tough one this week (pity you can't make money out of air!) but here's hoping...
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: paddykafka 03 September, 2019, 02:23:37 PM
Hell's Bells, Jaysus! That was a close call indeed.

I knew a guy who had something similar happen to him, albeit in his flat. He had started cooking some chips, but got so distracted by a hurling match on the TV, that he completely failed to notice the mini towering inferno taking place in the kitchenette. Luckily, he finally noticed the smoke as it started to spread into the living room. He managed to put out the fire okay, but his planned weekend of of drink-fuelled R&R morphed into an unexpected bout of frantic cleaning and painting before his girl friend returned from a trip away.

Glad you got away relatively unscathed. When are you having that barbecue again? :D
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: JamesC 03 September, 2019, 03:05:56 PM
I remember once seeing an old school friend get absolutely shit-faced on a night out. I bumped into him a couple of days later and he had a huge scab on the end on his nose. It turned out he'd gone home and fried himself some bacon for a sandwich - he bent over to savour the smell and fried the end of his nose!  :lol:
Could have been worse though!
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: TordelBack 03 September, 2019, 04:06:15 PM
When he was still living at home, my waster brother developed a habit of coming home stocious, and throwing a pan of beans on the cooker before passing out on the kitchen table. The smoke alarm became a regular early-hours sound in our house, but it never roused him. (Now he's a superfit former Bondi lifeguard who competes in Iron Man races all over the world. Funny thing, life).
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: sheridan 03 September, 2019, 05:51:45 PM
Fire Brigade advice is to prepare food before you go out drinking, or get a takeaway.

South Yorkshire (http://www.syfire.gov.uk/incidents/service-issues-dont-cook-drunk-warning-after-flat-fire/)

Mayor of London (https://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/new-fire-safety-campaign-warns-against-drinking-and-cooking/)
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: JayzusB.Christ 03 September, 2019, 06:40:11 PM
Loving these stories! They make me feel a bit better about my own near-disaster.

I used to teach a french guy who prided himself on the cooking skills he had in his Parisian blood.  He lodged with a fireman in Dublin. He also loved a drink.  You can see where this is going... the third time he passed out with the pan on, he was kicked out.  And couldn't understand why.

(As an aside, while drunkenly cooking for another couple of mates, he concocted two stunningly exquisite specimens of French cuisine:  Spaghetti Bolognaise and chicken nuggets.)
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: The Legendary Shark 03 September, 2019, 07:17:26 PM
As younglings, my brother and I discovered that throwing snowballs into buckets of burning oil produced a very satisfying nuclear mushroom effect - followed by a much less enjoyable but equally nuclear reaction from Dad*. *This is, of course, in the days before The Environment, hence the burning oil. There was also no such thing as bad parenting and Health & Safety were a double-act on Blackpool's Central Pier.
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: Frank 03 September, 2019, 07:18:06 PM

Conversely, I've discovered a genuine love of arson.

I had to get rid of a mantelpiece the other day. After kicking it to pieces, I arranged it in Darth Vader funeral pyre formation then stood back to watch the inferno.  Nothing.

Half an hour of chucking lit balls of scrunched-up tabloid at it before it dawned on me that a fire surround would probably have been treated to prevent bursting into flames.

All I could think of was to try to intensify the heat by reshaping the pieces into a closed box shape. FOOM! Burnt with the intensity of a gas burner at high heat and made a noise like a waterfall in full flow.

I looked up the definition of pyromania, and if I had an actual psychological condition I'd have experienced arousal and masturbated. Close, though.

 
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: The Legendary Shark 03 September, 2019, 07:20:43 PM

There is certainly something enthralling about a good (preferably tame) fire.

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: JayzusB.Christ 03 September, 2019, 07:47:48 PM
I watch the flames through the window of my little stove (installed by my dad, fair play to him) more than I watch TV.  Fire is ace when it's not acting the bastard.
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: I, Cosh 03 September, 2019, 08:27:14 PM
...just arrived in Liverpool and picked up the new Corto Maltese collection in the comic shop right round the corner from the station.
Oh that must be World's Apart...
Yeah, that was the place. Decent selection of GNs but they were clearly embarrassed of them and had to hide them downstairs.

Only the second time I've ever been to Liverpool and the first was so long ago it may as well be another country!

Had a good time and even through my sour exterior I could feel the good humour of the locals soaking in. Two things I was really surprised by (and bear in mind I've lived in Glasgow for half my life):
- How quickly a howling gale turns to brilliant sunshine.
- How early they start drinking.

Seriously, half the city was pissed by 5pm on Saturday and there wasn't even a match on. Bravo!
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: I, Cosh 03 September, 2019, 08:36:59 PM
Glad to hear that both Jayzus and Tordel survived their respective eye-openers.

The fire thing is weird. I grew up with an open coal fire at home so it's almost just been something normal that you have to be careful of. Had two separate pals at secondary school who were properly obsessed with it. Any time they came round they'd just sit there staring at and trying to find little bits of paper or wood to chuck on. Found that really freaky.
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: The Legendary Shark 03 September, 2019, 08:55:13 PM

I was that child! I used to throw all sorts on our fire - it only took a couple of minor explosions to dissuade me. There's nothing like a face full of little burning splashes of molten plastic for encouraging a re-think.


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: JamesC 03 September, 2019, 08:57:40 PM
Fire is ace when it's not acting the bastard.

If you’d died in the blaze, that would’ve made an amazing epitaph!
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: I, Cosh 03 September, 2019, 08:58:54 PM
Hä. A lad in my class at school stole a strip of magnesium from the science lab, threw that in the fire and blinded his little brother (for half an hour.)

Edit: reply to Sharky
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: The Legendary Shark 03 September, 2019, 09:02:17 PM

Ah, where would we be without little brothers to torment?




Here.

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: Funt Solo 03 September, 2019, 09:42:02 PM
Conversely, I've discovered a genuine love of arson.

There's no need for me to read the rest of that post as the opening line has made me happy enough.
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: JayzusB.Christ 03 September, 2019, 09:45:58 PM
Fire is ace when it's not acting the bastard.

If you’d died in the blaze, that would’ve made an amazing epitaph!

I live in a fibreglass boat with a tank full of diesel, two jerrycans of petrol, a bag of spraypaints, a gas powered fridge and cooker, and a wood burning stove.  When the inevitable happens, you have my full permission to suggest it to my next of kin.

My own childhood fireplace entertainment involved leaving the poker in the fire till it was glowing red, then hitting it off bricks to see if it really would bend like a horseshoe in a blacksmith's.  I worked in a bronze foundry later in life, where that kind of thing got very old very fast. (I got a vicious burn there too, and still have a scar on my wrist. Also, the same foundry is still around and made swords for Jon Snow and the Lannisters.)
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: TordelBack 03 September, 2019, 10:36:44 PM
Can a mod fix the thread title? It should read "Firey chat".
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: Hawkmumbler 03 September, 2019, 10:53:21 PM
Can a mod fix the thread title? It should read "Firey chat".
Post of the week here.
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: von Boom 04 September, 2019, 12:09:24 AM

Ah, where would we be without little brothers to torment?




Here.
Little sisters can be as fun, but you have to be careful not to go too far. It's one thing to cause your little brother some semi-serious injury, but do it to your little sister and trust me, your father's belt will make your arse glow for a month.
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: Hawkmumbler 04 September, 2019, 04:01:57 PM
It would appear interviews are rather like buses, as now i've another for a similar position in a rival company on Friday.

Well if nothing it doubles my chances of good, steady employment in a role I love.
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: JayzusB.Christ 04 September, 2019, 04:13:21 PM
It would appear interviews are rather like buses, as now i've another for a similar position in a rival company on Friday.

Well if nothing it doubles my chances of good, steady employment in a role I love.

Fair play, you're on a roll now
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: von Boom 04 September, 2019, 04:16:44 PM
It would appear interviews are rather like buses, as now i've another for a similar position in a rival company on Friday.

Well if nothing it doubles my chances of good, steady employment in a role I love.
Great news.
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: The Legendary Shark 04 September, 2019, 04:18:40 PM
Today, I was cleaning the bins. Best of luck to ye, Hawkie!
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: Hawkmumbler 04 September, 2019, 04:41:42 PM
Today, I was cleaning the bins. Best of luck to ye, Hawkie!

That reminds me, must go into Wigan sometime...

Thanks lads, all that time spent working on a portfolio clearly wasn't wasted after all!
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: TordelBack 04 September, 2019, 04:52:37 PM
Don't forget about us down here in the gutter once you've Ascended, darling boy
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: Hawkmumbler 04 September, 2019, 04:56:45 PM
Don't forget about us down here in the gutter once you've Ascended, darling boy
My dear Tordels it is I who has been in the gutter all this time, oh the sights i've seen....fatburgs on fire off Bury Market. All this will be lost...like....


Ah fuck it.
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: JayzusB.Christ 04 September, 2019, 07:39:56 PM
...White Lightning... in the bladder...

... time to get pie-eyed.
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: Link Prime 05 September, 2019, 08:51:12 AM
Glad you're still with us JBC, although a Viking send-off may have suited your method acting.

And Hawk, we're rootin for ya like you're the only decent skinned contestant left in the penultimate episode of The Apprentice.
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: JayzusB.Christ 05 September, 2019, 10:30:45 PM
Glad you're still with us JBC, although a Viking send-off may have suited your method acting.


Never thought of that!  Instant funeral; job's a good un
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: Colin YNWA 06 September, 2019, 06:27:04 AM
The girl child passed a trial to join a swim club. This weekend the tyranny begins. My weekend will be spent smelling clorine almost exclusively. You know when Olympic swimmers proudly relate the sacrificies of their parents... sod that I want to read comics!

If I had a sense of perspective I'd be willing good luck to the honorable Hawkmumbler, but I'm too wrapped up in my own self pity.
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: Dandontdare 06 September, 2019, 08:43:05 AM
This weekend I will be doing ...... absolutely nothing!

Can't wait!  :D
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: Bolt-01 06 September, 2019, 09:08:00 AM
Whereas this weekend I'll be dropping both Mrs and Nano Bolt off at Longroad so they can have a weekend of Country music based fun between Friday and Monday.

I'm giving Blood tonight for the first time in a little while, so I'll be feeling a little drained this evening no doubt. 

I'll be dropping in to the Hi-Vis gig in Brum on Saturday to support Mini-Bolt as he's got a table there and is taking part in a large scale painting thing.

The rest of the weekend will still be lettering comics! Still got a mountain to get through.

Also wanting to catch up on a couple of films I've missed over the years - Think Hateful 8 first, then I want to see if I can track down Kubo & the two strings...
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: JamesC 06 September, 2019, 09:31:04 AM
It's Friday again already!
Tonight I'm going to my mate's house to play retro games and drink beer.
I think it's going to be PC Engine and Megadrive games tonight.
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: Rately 06 September, 2019, 10:09:54 AM
It's Friday again already!
Tonight I'm going to my mate's house to play retro games and drink beer.
I think it's going to be PC Engine and Megadrive games tonight.

Been looking to get all the old games systems back, or some sort of emulator, but seeing as I'm tech illiterate, I've not found the courage to start!

Today we have a leaving do for somebody out of work, so I'm tagging along for a Guinness or ten. Off to see a caravan, how middle aged, tomorrow with the wife and hoping then hoping on Sunday I can just cook for most of day while throwing red wine down me.
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: JamesC 06 September, 2019, 10:41:01 AM
It's Friday again already!
Tonight I'm going to my mate's house to play retro games and drink beer.
I think it's going to be PC Engine and Megadrive games tonight.

Been looking to get all the old games systems back, or some sort of emulator, but seeing as I'm tech illiterate, I've not found the courage to start!

Today we have a leaving do for somebody out of work, so I'm tagging along for a Guinness or ten. Off to see a caravan, how middle aged, tomorrow with the wife and hoping then hoping on Sunday I can just cook for most of day while throwing red wine down me.

The Megadrive Mini and PC Engine Mini are being released later this year/early next year respectively. Both have a decent selection of games built in and retails at less that £90. They're just plug and play systems, so as long as you have an HDMI socket on your telly you should be good to go.
This is probably the easiest way to get into playing old games if you don't want to faff with emulators (which I hate) or old consoles and CRT TVs (which I love, but they take up loads of space and can be expensive).
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: sheridan 06 September, 2019, 01:02:28 PM
I shall be mostly checking which creative droids will be around for Day of Dredd in Central London, and trying to work out what the minimum amount of comics or collections I can take along to get most signed.
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: von Boom 06 September, 2019, 01:13:07 PM
I will be doing little else other than sitting in front of the telly cramming as much pizza and red wine down my gullet as possible and catching up on some neglected films.
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: Rately 06 September, 2019, 01:38:03 PM
It's Friday again already!
Tonight I'm going to my mate's house to play retro games and drink beer.
I think it's going to be PC Engine and Megadrive games tonight.

Been looking to get all the old games systems back, or some sort of emulator, but seeing as I'm tech illiterate, I've not found the courage to start!

Today we have a leaving do for somebody out of work, so I'm tagging along for a Guinness or ten. Off to see a caravan, how middle aged, tomorrow with the wife and hoping then hoping on Sunday I can just cook for most of day while throwing red wine down me.

The Megadrive Mini and PC Engine Mini are being released later this year/early next year respectively. Both have a decent selection of games built in and retails at less that £90. They're just plug and play systems, so as long as you have an HDMI socket on your telly you should be good to go.
This is probably the easiest way to get into playing old games if you don't want to faff with emulators (which I hate) or old consoles and CRT TVs (which I love, but they take up loads of space and can be expensive).

I'd love a PC Engine Mini! The memories roll back of a young Rately, purusing the latest issue of CVG, in awe of the graphics the PC Engine Mini offered!

The quicker we get an Amiga Mini, the better.
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: Mardroid 06 September, 2019, 02:52:59 PM
I shall likely be meeting the Southern Contingent London way and traipsing to Gosh and FP.

Not too fussed about getting stuff signed.* Be nice to see the others, breathe in the Dreddy atmosphere and buy a couple of items maybe. And probably down a couple of beers or 3.

* The drawing gig at Gosh peaks my interest although I think it'll be aimed at the young uns, which is a good thing, don't get me wrong. I will feel a bit silly being the only adult without a nipper taking part, though, but I can go in an observational capacity.... We used to have a child sized ventriloquist doll called Freddie, I could have brought but he has appeared to have walked.** He was one ugly critter, and would need a deep hood to pass as a child, to be fair.

**A scary thought considering the nightmares I had about him as a nipper.
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: TordelBack 06 September, 2019, 06:05:52 PM
Tomorrow we're doing a family BBQ for my youngest, who will rather improbably be turning 10. She's deep into Lego, Minecraft, Raina Telgemeier comics, Pokemon and every-book-ever-printed, so she's an easy pleasure to shop for! Downside is I'll miss the chance of making PJ's acquaintance at Day of Dredd in Dundrum, but that's an upside for him, so it all balances out.

Also be commissersating with colleagues who've just been made redundant (by e-mail!) from the same company I suffered so much angst over being let go from (by e-mail!) only last year, which just goes to show that you can waste a lot of time worrying about your own inadequacies when things don't amount to anything more than a shrinking business and HR rudeness.

And hopefully I'll get also chance to read a chunk of the new Neal Stephenson which fell into my welcoming arms today.

And paint minis, always paint minis.
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: Rackle 06 September, 2019, 06:18:53 PM
Well seeing as it's Friday evening again, I am currently annoying my neighbours by strumming my guitar and singing along shamelessly - because I can.  :lol:

Tomorrow I shall be at the Southern Contingent meetup in London Village, but have no goods to be signed - I'm just there for the thrillpower of being amidst other happy squaxxes.

Sunday I shall be on a quest of electrically illuminated Klegg heads and T Rexes - if successful I'm sure Sheridan and I shall start a separate thread of our newly acquired bounties, with pics.

And then to finalise the weekend I'm off to have a final session of inky stabbings to my back as I have been getting my back tattooed since April  to commiserate / celebrate entering my 4th decade on this planet.
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: sheridan 06 September, 2019, 09:15:22 PM
And hopefully I'll get also chance to read a chunk of the new Neal Stephenson which fell into my welcoming arms today.
Hadn't heard he had a new one out - I'm a few behind at the moment (then again, I'm also behind on PTerry and Iain M Banks, so that shows how lax my reading has been).

And paint minis, always paint minis.
Wotcha going to be painting?
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: Hawkmumbler 06 September, 2019, 09:23:54 PM
Doing sweet bugger all. The interview zapped me today and I couldn't be fucked going for a drink, so recovering with gin and comics.

Next weekend i'm heading down to London though for the Barbican 25th anniversary screening of Macross Plus though so hell yeah!
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: Bolt-01 06 September, 2019, 10:42:52 PM
Ladies delivered safely, blood donated and Hateful Eight watched (crazy film) so I'm lettering again! Alwaost finished with Velicity Jones 03 for ACES Weekly and begun rough letters for the 4th Killing Moon to be launched at this years TB.

PHEW!

Oh, and this week I've commissioned about 8 new strips for FQP including one written by Kev Hopgood and hopefully tomorrow I'll get chance to work on the dress for the new Zarjaz cover by... nah, not yet.
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: TordelBack 07 September, 2019, 10:52:51 AM
: sheridan
Wotcha going to be painting?

Just grinding through the Conquest magazine stuff, trying to keep from drowning in multicoloured plastic. Made a big push and got all the scenery so-far built and primed the other week, and now its sheer black mass is intimidating me, so I'm back on basecoating minis while trying not to meet its eye...

More seriously i find it's all solid quasi-meditative practice, much like fishing but without the cruelty, and with a guarantee that I'll have something completely pointless to show for my efforts. Art for the utterly uncreative. The magazine has been great for me, and I keep finding excuses not to drop it (ooh, Typhus soon!).

The Stephenson is Fall, of which I sadly managed just one page before falling asleep last night... long week!
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: shaolin_monkey 07 September, 2019, 11:16:04 AM
Far too much booze last night. Worst hangover since Lawless. Lying in bed waiting for the painkillers to kick, after a sumptuous breakfast from my beautiful partner.

If I recover today? More studying the science of climate change (It’s a superb course! We’re all so screwed!), and if my splitting headache subsides I’ll try and get stuck into my grade 6 pieces on harp.

Other than that, I’ll just be waiting to see what news is announced re Day of Dredd,
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: Hawkmumbler 07 September, 2019, 11:23:11 AM
Took an impulse trial session in Muay Thai Kickboxing today hosted at my gym, god every muscle I didn't know I had hurts but it feels good to push my limits for the first time in year. Back before work, university and....other social events, got in the way, I did Karate several times a week and gods I was slim then. Hoping on top of my 5 day workout routine i'll shed the pounds.

One good thing about cosplay, it makes you want to look your best for any project you do, so it's been a great way of persuading myself to get back in shape.
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: shaolin_monkey 07 September, 2019, 11:30:05 AM

One good thing about cosplay, it makes you want to look your best for any project you do, so it's been a great way of persuading myself to get back in shape.

Agreed. I used to work hard to stay slim and buff for my Judge Pal outfit. Sadly now it would take a year of gym and salads to get me back in it.
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: JayzusB.Christ 07 September, 2019, 06:31:31 PM
Just back from Tipperary where I went for a wedding, and feck me but it really is a long way, when you're on a 125cc bike.  Nice, traditional wedding, marred slightly by the priest using the ceremony to rant against non-Catholic marriages and how yoga and crystals won't save you (but talking to dead man up a stick will). He approached me after the ceremony, I braced myself but it turned out he wanted to look at my bike, being a former biker himself.  He told me he'd drunkenly crashed about 7 or 8 times in his younger days.

Also got a lift to my B&B in the small hours by a local and left my phone in his car.  Spent hours doing old-fashioned detective work to find his house and eventually, after driving down many winding country roads and knocking on doors I got it back.  Can't believe it's only Saturday.
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: The Legendary Shark 13 September, 2019, 09:35:26 AM

Day off - aaah, lovely!

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: shaolin_monkey 13 September, 2019, 10:53:14 AM
Going on a motorboat for a spin around a nearby island shortly, followed by food and booze and bingo at one of those hipster places that seem to think its somehow zany. I’m just there for the booze. Let’s hope that’s not cinnamon infused schnapps or some shit.

Tomorrow I am praying I am not too hungover as I desperately need to practice. My harp tutor gave me a right bollocking on Tuesday for not working on a tricky grade six piece that’s been giving me grief for months.

Saturday night should be a laugh - snagged some super-cheap tickets for my partner and I for the musical of Little Miss Sunshine at the theatre.

Sunday is going to be full steam ahead with the studies, both harp and the science of climate change course.

I’m  up to module four on that climate change course at the mo, and looking at some crazy computer models that dissect the Earth for a mile up and a mile down, chopping it into little squares all the way around the globe, and appliing crazy physics to each to represent atmosphere, water, land use, temperatures and humidity, ice albedo, ocean currents, wind currents, and goodness knows what else. Each square interacts and informs the other, so when the supercomputer crunches the numbers it can then tell us how fucked we all are.

 Fun times!
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: Proudhuff 13 September, 2019, 11:03:56 AM
I was planning on a Saturday of cleaning then playing host to a couple of house guests, on the downside they have cancelled, on the upside they have cancelled! So minimum cleaning and maximum sleeping/ drinking/ reading til seeing my boys and my brothers for a family lunch on sunday... and I'm off Monday :D Yabawza!!
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: von Boom 13 September, 2019, 06:03:38 PM
Cleaning the house tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll meet standards and be rewarded by being let loose for a pint and a curry.
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: Hawkmumbler 13 September, 2019, 06:10:54 PM
AAAAYYYY London bound!
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: moly 13 September, 2019, 06:27:33 PM
Weekend starting well for me got replacement heads for my PCs dredd delivered today from sideshow both in perfect condition and a date night on Saturday to look forward to
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: TordelBack 13 September, 2019, 07:48:32 PM
Bah, work. Although last weekend was loads of wholesome fun (among other thingsI I took my 4-year-old niece for her first ever sea-swim, which seemed a bit odd since she lives in Ireland's oldest seaside resort, but was also really lovely), so I suppose I deserve a bit of hard graft. I may escape for a walk and a swim on Sunday at some point.
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: JayzusB.Christ 13 September, 2019, 10:15:00 PM
Working like a bastard to finish some mural jobs before I go on holiday the week after next.  Not so much for the cash but for the peace of mind while I'm in Tenerife.
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: Trout 15 September, 2019, 04:45:22 AM
Today I planted two trees, ate fried chicken on two separate occasions, built some unexpectedly-inexpensive Lego and greatly enjoyed the first CFL (Canadian version of American football) game I've ever attended. It was followed by a fireworks display.

Pretty good Saturday.
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: Bolt-01 15 September, 2019, 01:59:48 PM
Spent all day yesterday prepping and delivering nano-bolt to Universtiy.

Now at home again and wondering where the years went.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 15 September, 2019, 03:39:41 PM
Just ran the Cumbernauld 10K. 51:42 was the official time but I am going with my Fitbit's 50:55.

Either way, the fastest I have run for a couple of years.

Now just about to load up Astral Chain on the Switch.

Watched SW Ep 1 last night and it was good. I think they could make a sequel.
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: TordelBack 15 September, 2019, 05:25:47 PM
Watched SW Ep 1 last night and it was good. I think they could make a sequel.

I wish they had. 
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: JayzusB.Christ 15 September, 2019, 06:39:52 PM
Spent all day yesterday prepping and delivering nano-bolt to Universtiy.

Now at home again and wondering where the years went.

Feck, you're not wrong. I remember when he was only a little lad too, and I don't even know what he looks like.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 15 September, 2019, 09:25:13 PM
Watched SW Ep 1 last night and it was good. I think they could make a sequel.

I wish they had.

Actually it was Ep 4, A New Hope, but I get confused. The gag stands.
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: Tiplodocus 16 September, 2019, 10:01:51 AM
That's a grand time for a 10k. Well done.
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: Tjm86 20 September, 2019, 04:50:44 PM
Little confused as to what this thread is supposed to be about .... what we are up to on a Friday night or what is going on in general and just chatting on a Friday night because we are all KOS's and too boring to do anything more interesting than sit at a computer sharing inanities.
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: Tiplodocus 20 September, 2019, 05:24:54 PM
I'm Just out going out for a run. Then making a curry. Looking forward to enjoying last rays of sun with a glass of wine.

Then I'm buying my Thought Bubble tickets.
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: TordelBack 20 September, 2019, 05:35:32 PM
Boring, us?  :lol:

Just me and Youngest Daughter this weekend, I foresee the Detective Pikachu movie and quite a lot of Lego building in my immediate future. Will try to bully her into a hike  if the wrather holds. Right now I'm lounging on a beach near work reading my prog, waiting for Friday traffic hell to subside before I head home. A better waste of time.
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: Colin YNWA 20 September, 2019, 05:36:35 PM
Mrs YNWA is away so I'm on kid taxi duty alone. I'll be sucking up the chlorine at swim club x3 alone. Running a 10k alone...

... this isn't what liberated weekends used to be about...
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: sheridan 20 September, 2019, 06:00:45 PM
Boring, us?  :lol:

Just me and Youngest Daughter this weekend, I foresee the Detective Pikachu movie and quite a lot of Lego building in my immediate future. Will try to bully her into a hike  if the wrather holds. Right now I'm lounging on a beach near work reading my prog, waiting for Friday traffic hell to subside before I head home. A better waste of time.


You have a beach near work?  We just have protests. 






Not about us, I hasten to add.




































Usually.
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: Funt Solo 20 September, 2019, 06:54:22 PM
At work (because: time zones), have stinking cold. Daughter (7) will arrive via bus and make her own way into the building today.

We've tried this new independence routine three times:

 1st time: the bus driver didn't read the note and so dropped off my charge one hour late. I was panicking like a dad panicking and phoning everyone, and waiting on the pavement for her when she arrived.

 2nd time: the bus driver dropped her off in time and I was waiting for her on the pavement. She told me to go back inside so she could be independent. (She did this by saying: "Are you kidding me?")

 3rd time: that's later today. I must resist the urge to go outside and wait for her. She is entirely capable of walking from a bus to a building without the world ending. Now I've just got to convince myself that's true.

Big year for us.
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: Bolt-01 20 September, 2019, 07:04:18 PM
My thoughts on starting this were simply to share what folk were getting up to at the weekend. Simple, and part of the efforts on my part to increase the general activity on the board.

So...

After moving my youngest to Uni last weekend I'm going to be spending Saturday making comics (Deadline for Zarjaz & Something Wicked is looming) as well as taking Sunday to go out for the day with Mrs Bolt for a nice walk in the Derbyshire Dales along with our dogs before enjoying a pub meal.

So I'll be here swapping inanities for some time tomorrow but on Sunday not so much.

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: Dandontdare 20 September, 2019, 09:50:17 PM
Just back from my usual Friday evening after-work* pub visit, and I'll be over at my mum and dad's for Saturday evening and Sunday lunch - they're both 88 but as my dad gets more confused and uncommunicative, my mum gets more bored and lonely, so I'm trying to go more often (virtually all their social circle have died - my mum said recently that apart from the weekly shop and multiple doctors appointments, the only time they go out is for funerals, which happen very often for them now).

* frustrating week at work - we have so many interlinked IT systems, but for the last couple of days, one of the main ones has simply refused to log me in. I have a theory that nobody actually understands how computers work and that IT professionals spend most of their time just guessing - I've spent the last two days unable to take phone calls (I work in a call centre) and have had a stream of different people convinced they've fixed it, only to be baffled why it still doesn't work. In some ways, it's been cushy - I've just been working the mailboxes rather than taking calls, but frustrating all the same.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 20 September, 2019, 10:05:06 PM
Mrs X is away to Manchester with her sister - they live at opposite ends of the country and have a weekend away once a year somewhere in the middle.

So, binge watching Preacher S3.
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: Funt Solo 20 September, 2019, 10:23:12 PM
I have a theory that nobody actually understands how computers work and that IT professionals spend most of their time just guessing

I'm a computer programmer. To a large extent, you're entirely correct. In attempting to correct a flaw in a highly complex system in a reasonable amount of time (this second point is key in a commercial situation) one has to sometimes attempt something without having studied it in depth.

Then your lunar lander crashes.
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: Dandontdare 20 September, 2019, 10:43:38 PM
I have a theory that nobody actually understands how computers work and that IT professionals spend most of their time just guessing

I'm a computer programmer. To a large extent, you're entirely correct. In attempting to correct a flaw in a highly complex system in a reasonable amount of time (this second point is key in a commercial situation) one has to sometimes attempt something without having studied it in depth.

Then your lunar lander crashes.

I'm just waiting for the inevitable solar flare event that will wreak havok (the last one in 1859 took out the telegraph system*) that will cause absolute fucking chaos now that all our businesses and services are IT based.

wikipedia summary - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859)
Rational NASA explanation - https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/ (https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/)
Weird US survivalist warning - https://www.survivopedia.com/how-the-upcoming-solar-storm-will-affect-the-u-s/ (https://www.survivopedia.com/how-the-upcoming-solar-storm-will-affect-the-u-s/)
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: sheridan 20 September, 2019, 11:32:21 PM
* frustrating week at work - we have so many interlinked IT systems, but for the last couple of days, one of the main ones has simply refused to log me in. I have a theory that nobody actually understands how computers work and that IT professionals spend most of their time just guessing - I've spent the last two days unable to take phone calls (I work in a call centre) and have had a stream of different people convinced they've fixed it, only to be baffled why it still doesn't work. In some ways, it's been cushy - I've just been working the mailboxes rather than taking calls, but frustrating all the same.

I don't work in a call centre, though we do take a lot of calls.  We had something about a week ago where if you logged out for lunch you couldn't log back in to the phones again.  We got a lot of work done in the afternoon that day, what with not being bothered by calls every ten to fifteen minutes!
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: Proudhuff 21 September, 2019, 11:10:06 AM
Working today and clearing scrub from a Puffin Island tmw so the wee darlings can burrow their nests, its my first time doing this so totally out of my comfort zone.



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: The Legendary Shark 21 September, 2019, 11:56:06 AM

Huff to buff rough puff clough.

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: Proudhuff 21 September, 2019, 02:19:16 PM
 :D
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: shaolin_monkey 21 September, 2019, 02:47:23 PM
Working today and clearing scrub from a Puffin Island tmw so the wee darlings can burrow their nests, its my first time doing this so totally out of my comfort zone.

Good work dude - that sounds awesome! Whereabouts are you doing that?

As for me, resting today after the march yesterday and subsequent piss-up. Tomorrow it’s back to harp practise and more climate change science study.
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: sheridan 22 September, 2019, 10:12:02 AM
Working today and clearing scrub from a Puffin Island tmw so the wee darlings can burrow their nests, its my first time doing this so totally out of my comfort zone.

Good work dude - that sounds awesome! Whereabouts are you doing that?

As for me, resting today after the march yesterday and subsequent piss-up. Tomorrow it’s back to harp practise and more climate change science study.

My guess is North Wales.  Good work, Proudhuff!
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: Colin YNWA 22 September, 2019, 12:45:31 PM
Well learnt somthing today. Turns old the extra effort put into running up hill on my twice weekly 10k run home from work do not translate into faster times when I run the relatively flat (relatively this is Sheffield). I got a very disappointing 54.50ish today, which is pretty much what I run on the way home....

...so its not the hills its the extra 10 years that mean I'm not sure I'll ever break that 45 minute barrier!
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: Dandontdare 22 September, 2019, 12:52:27 PM
Just set off earlier
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: The Legendary Shark 22 September, 2019, 12:57:34 PM

Get a taxi.

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: shaolin_monkey 22 September, 2019, 01:35:15 PM
Keep at it! You’ve probably just hit a plateau for the moment. Happens to us all. You’ll get there!
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: Tiplodocus 22 September, 2019, 07:37:21 PM
That's still a respectable time. My mate Martin ran Sheffield today, you probably saw him.
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: Colin YNWA 22 September, 2019, 08:02:48 PM
Oh Martin, yeah he was next to Bob!

Its okay. 9 years ago I did 46.02 (I think it was) closest I got to breaking 45 minutes... for some reason I figured that those 9 years didn't matter as much as running up hills! Live and learn and hey just means I've got to rethink my strategy... though can't get rid of those hills on my way home from work alas... or set different goals.

Keep on runnin'...
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: johnnystress 03 September, 2021, 12:37:28 PM
I really need a stiff drink right now, and indeed am having one.  See, while working in my abovementioned kitchen, a can of puncture repair foam started leaking. I threw it in the sink to contain the mess, but the cooker was on and I was suddenly in the midst of a massive fireball.

Managed to throw the fireblanket on it (moved to above the sink just yesterday) and apart from some frazzled hair and eyebrows there is miraculously no damage done.  Christ, I'm lucky to be alive, let alone still have a boat to live in.

Remedial wine is being drunk.

Good to hear it! I heard it through the grapevine that the boat had been completely destroyed! Wasn't sure how to get in touch with you so checked here :D I was going to organise a gofundme and a series of fundraising gigs and everything. Guess I'll just keep the money I've raised so far then.
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: Link Prime 03 September, 2021, 04:00:52 PM

Good to hear it! I heard it through the grapevine that the boat had been completely destroyed! Wasn't sure how to get in touch with you so checked here :D I was going to organise a gofundme and a series of fundraising gigs and everything.


Johnny, sorry to break this to you - JBC actually passed last year after smoking a rollie full of nettles and horse manure while pissed.
His last request to be buried at sea couldn't be met due to the boat being in such poor nick.

Me and the lads put a few quid together to have him thrown off the Forty Foot in a bin liner.

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: johnnystress 03 September, 2021, 05:15:35 PM
Sniff. It's what he would have wanted.
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: paddykafka 03 September, 2021, 08:38:49 PM
Sniff. It's what he would have wanted.

In fairness, we tried to warn him that Pirates of the Caribbean Cos-play method acting would be his undoing. But he was quite beyond all reason.  :'(
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: JayzusB.Christ 08 October, 2021, 12:40:24 PM
Ah, I see. You feckers.   :lol:

Nah, the kitchen fireblanket incident was a separate one a couple of years ago - the boat actually is completely destroyed this time round.  I'm still standing though!

EDIT - I will still accept the offer of being thrown off the Forty-Foot in a binliner whenever I do pass.