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: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 04 March, 2009, 08:00:25 PM
All the positivity on the other thread is making me feel a bit sick.
So on with some good old fashioned whining and bitching...

Life Spugs because oor bands latest split cd release ('Northern Bastards: Pict Punk Split') looks like being derailed due to a certain controversy over one of the other bands in on it. Not entirely undeserved like, but irritating all the same. Just a couple of weeks before we were ready to self release and play a couple of gigs with the other bands on it. Everything is up in the air now and we've worked damned hard on the cd design as well as recording our tracks and shmoozing with bands and gig promoters to make it all happen.

Cheer me up by making me laugh at all your misery- which I hope is far more serious than mine (nothin' personal you understand)!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 04 March, 2009, 08:05:04 PM
I spilled some hot acid on my hand the other day and it hurt.

Best I can do I'm afraid.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: M.I.K. 04 March, 2009, 08:12:53 PM
... I spent most of last night inexplicably vomiting my guts up and so had very little sleep. I am now extremely tired, achey and short-tempered.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Albion 04 March, 2009, 08:33:26 PM
............. Faith No More are only playing Download and nowhere else.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 04 March, 2009, 09:45:23 PM
I just paid a fiver for a hockey match webcast and it died with 15 mins left and I missed 2 of our goals :(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 04 March, 2009, 10:52:27 PM
...13 years of university and I'm earning £12,000 a year. I keep losing out on jobs that pay 50% more than I earn because I lack level 3 qualifications and skills like 'Diploma in Housing Management', 'web design', 'proven admin experience', 'NVQ 3 whatever', and 'BTEC in leisure and tourism'. Most of these jobs require skills I could pick up on the job in a fortnight (not sure about web design!), but other people have actually done courses in all this crap. I can't take courses in all of them just on the off-chance, because every scarce vacancy that crops up demands some different specific skill I don't have which is incidental to the job at hand. Being educated just doesn't fit the narrow selection criteria applied by human resources twats any more. Don't waste your time getting an education. I can't recommend it. Get training instead.

But you've all heard this one before.  :roll:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 04 March, 2009, 11:21:01 PM
I love this board!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 04 March, 2009, 11:34:41 PM
I'm happy to be so predictable!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 04 March, 2009, 11:53:38 PM
I only work on weekends, my brother is getting steal-y again and I'm terrible at Street Fighter.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 04 March, 2009, 11:56:18 PM
And Kanye West said this: "God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 05 March, 2009, 12:27:39 AM
it seems like John Carpenters They Live has become a reality.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 05 March, 2009, 08:00:27 AM
: "Godpleton"
And Kanye West said this: "God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."

Poor deluded Kanye

Here's a taste of what he's missing
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMIPfXyFBiU
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 March, 2009, 08:36:22 AM
I've nothing to complain about, other than the baseline horror of everything spiraling into a debt singularity from which there is apparently no escape, but that's now universal so it doesn't count.  But my friends and family...

I have a good friend who, not unlike HoU, has doctorates, scary brains and sundry academic whatsits falling out of his pockets, as well as 15 years of 3rd-level teaching and professional research experience.  He recently and reluctantly went for a low-paid admin-type job in his specific area of expertise in the very institution where he has worked on and off for the past 10 years, and is currently working unpaid to complete a flagship project whose budget has run out... and didn't get it.  So now he gets to show up every day for his voluntary job and waste even more time explaining the ropes to the guy who did get the job.  Unhilarious in the extreme, and I can't help feeling entirely premeditated on the part of his 'employer'.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Satanist 05 March, 2009, 09:21:06 AM
Everyone at my site has been asked to take a week off unpaid this month and the wage increase we all worked our nuts off for is not being honoured, so jobs aren't looking v secure. Oh and I just found out yesterday that my central heating is borderline illegal.  :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 05 March, 2009, 10:36:32 AM
'proven admin experience'

Does reading the above quote as 'Porn admin experience' count for anything?

-Bouwel-
(Oh, and I splashed toxic chemicals into my mouth last night. If I don't become a mutie ah-la 2000AD I will be very disappointed)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: grimmy 05 March, 2009, 11:45:36 AM
...I cant get a decent kebeb  :x
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 March, 2009, 11:46:05 AM
Oh, and I splashed toxic chemicals into my mouth last night.
Quick, grab a typewriter and huge roll of paper and (apocryphaly) write a stream-of-consciousness novel featuring (thinly disguised) friends and family!  It's bound to be a winner!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TheEdge 05 March, 2009, 01:29:00 PM
: "TordelBack"
Quick, grab a typewriter and huge roll of paper and (apocryphaly) write a stream-of-consciousness novel featuring (thinly disguised) friends and family!  It's bound to be a winner!
a friend of mine did that its called room 43, the character based on me isnt nearly bloodthirsty or nerdy enough fo my liking
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 05 March, 2009, 01:53:20 PM
Left a reasonably well paid but unbearable job last year. Working direct for a very, very difficult client who has caused me some sleepless nights, but must persevere as no money in for few months now.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JayzusB.Christ 05 March, 2009, 03:46:04 PM
...the Irish government think that sending all drunk people out of pubs at the same (early) time will improve the problem of angry drunk people on the streets.
But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
Oaf. I thnk i could dream up some far, far greater pains for him if he'd ever like to call round and put his life into perspective.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 03:54:11 PM
I always thought I would be Dr Pepper 4 life, but lately I've come to appreciate Cherry Coke as being more than a throwaway gimmick. Which do I choose?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Shaky Caned 05 March, 2009, 04:34:30 PM
: "Godpleton"
And Kanye West said this: "God chose me. He made a path for me. I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."

That's a (unintended) great line though, if you were writing the dumbest, most self regarding character imaginable you'd be ecstatic if you came up with something that good! Cheered me up, it has.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 05 March, 2009, 04:37:40 PM
Quick, grab a typewriter and huge roll of paper and (apocryphaly) write a stream-of-consciousness novel featuring (thinly disguised) friends and family! It's bound to be a winner!

Unfortunately the chemical concerned was just a heavy metal saturated etching mix. Nothing mind altering. Well, saying that it might alter my mind as a few of the remaining brain-cells I have evaporate!

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: brendan1 05 March, 2009, 04:42:48 PM
: "House of Usher"
...13 years of university and I'm earning £12,000 a year. I keep losing out on jobs that pay 50% more than I earn because I lack level 3 qualifications and skills like 'Diploma in Housing Management', 'web design', 'proven admin experience', 'NVQ 3 whatever', and 'BTEC in leisure and tourism'. Most of these jobs require skills I could pick up on the job in a fortnight (not sure about web design!), but other people have actually done courses in all this crap. I can't take courses in all of them just on the off-chance, because every scarce vacancy that crops up demands some different specific skill I don't have which is incidental to the job at hand. Being educated just doesn't fit the narrow selection criteria applied by human resources twats any more. Don't waste your time getting an education. I can't recommend it. Get training instead.

But you've all heard this one before.  :roll:

If it took you 13 years to get through University, you should be thankful you have a job at all.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 04:45:13 PM
: "brendan1"
: "House of Usher"
...13 years of university and I'm earning £12,000 a year. I keep losing out on jobs that pay 50% more than I earn because I lack level 3 qualifications and skills like 'Diploma in Housing Management', 'web design', 'proven admin experience', 'NVQ 3 whatever', and 'BTEC in leisure and tourism'. Most of these jobs require skills I could pick up on the job in a fortnight (not sure about web design!), but other people have actually done courses in all this crap. I can't take courses in all of them just on the off-chance, because every scarce vacancy that crops up demands some different specific skill I don't have which is incidental to the job at hand. Being educated just doesn't fit the narrow selection criteria applied by human resources twats any more. Don't waste your time getting an education. I can't recommend it. Get training instead.

But you've all heard this one before.  :roll:

If it took you 13 years to get through University, you should be thankful you have a job at all.

Psst, he's a PhD having person.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 04:55:54 PM
Debate: ITV is in Deep Shit. Aside from the obvious human cost, do you give a fuck?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 05 March, 2009, 05:03:34 PM
I think you're definitely one of life's "the glass is half empty" chaps, aren't you, Ush?!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: brendan1 05 March, 2009, 05:03:51 PM

Psst, he's a PhD having person.

Degree: 3 years
Masters: 2 years tops
PhD: 3 years
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buttonman 05 March, 2009, 05:35:38 PM
Apart from TV Burp (which is too samey to be 'must see') I don't watch anything on ITV which seems to be endless soaps, gameshows and celebrity tat. I'm no intellectual elitist (!) but if it folded tomorrow I wouldn't notice for weeks. I just wish its misfortunes were down to a groundswell of public opinion against its tacky schedule rather than a fall off of ad revenue.

Life spugs because I don't know where to buy runescape money or ropey TV boxsets. Can anyone help?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 March, 2009, 07:37:44 PM
: "brendan1"
Degree: 3 years
Masters: 2 years tops
PhD: 3 years
What's your point there, exactly? Since when did a Ph.D. take a uniform 3 years to complete? Is that a McDonald's Ph.D. you're estimating there? You neglected to factor in an additional 1 year for a PGCE (PCE).

Tordelback, your friend working for nothing, nursemaiding the guy who got the job, is a fool! No way, no how would I do what he's doing. And my brains aren't nearly as scary as yours! You're... you're...       erudite, man!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 March, 2009, 07:47:02 PM
Oh, f*** and b*****!!!!!!! Actually, it wasn't thirteen years, it was eleven!!   :lol:  :lol:  :roll:  :geek:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 08:01:42 PM
The proliferation of emoticons in that post does lend some credence to Brendan's witterings...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 05 March, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
Ush!  If, after 13 (11!!) years at Uni and God knows how many degrees, you still can't add up, what's the point!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 05 March, 2009, 08:07:30 PM
: "House of Usher"
Don't waste your time getting an education. I can't recommend it. Get training instead.

I can't disagree with that. A whisker off forty and working alongside people half my age for the same salary who are straight out of school, and having to do another qualification because the one I did originally was so utterly worthless.

Bah.

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 March, 2009, 08:16:51 PM
Life spugs because... I've as good as made brandan1's point for him.

(but I was tired!!!!! As Grud is my witness!)  :cry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 05 March, 2009, 08:20:00 PM
Cheer up everybody. Sure we're all going to hell in a hand cart but I'm carrying a pitchfork.

As for ITV well anybody who commisioned Heartbeat had it fucking coming to 'em.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 08:21:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU&feature=channel_page)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 March, 2009, 08:25:14 PM
ITV? I never watch it. Wouldn't miss it if it stopped broadcasting altogether. Seems like they've had their comeuppance for courting an audience of plebs. Your audience won't respect you for talking down to them, and the advertisers won't bite if all your channel can sell is Iceland prawns advertised by Kerry Catona.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 05 March, 2009, 08:26:14 PM
I can't remember the last time I watched TV full stop. There again, I am in Wales and electricity is still a bit scary...

-Bouwel-
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: Peter Wolf 05 March, 2009, 09:37:43 PM
I dont care about ITV because i never watch it as i dont watch dumbed down Pleb TV and i will miss it as much as i miss Woolworths which is not at all.

of the Dickheads running the UK and the US.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 09:45:02 PM
This board doesn't have a proper killfile function.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: M.I.K. 05 March, 2009, 10:07:16 PM
I just found out that Home Of The Underdogs no longer exists in any form.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 05 March, 2009, 11:02:24 PM
Is now a good time to point out that ITV pays my wages, and I'm lucky enough to be in a state where that situation will continue for the time being?

Without wanting to sound like a company puppet, I would point out that the current state of affairs isn't solely a result of the company's strategy (not that there haven't been a few howlers, but I won't dwell on those either) but also due to the fact that commercial telly as a whole is in the crapper - see Five's job cuts today, Channel4's dire straits, etc.

Anyway, there may be some right garbage goes out on ITV channels, but there's also plenty of creative and talented folk who are (or were) on payroll and who've made some astonishing stuff over the years and still do. I won't go into the rest of the situation 'cause it's what I spend my working days worrying about, but believe me when I say you'll miss it when it's gone.

In fact, if you all wanted to do your ol' chum Sam a favour, why not watch ITV then go buy the first product you see advertised?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 March, 2009, 11:09:05 PM
You made Demons didn't you? Didn't you?

Also it's fucken' Comic Re-fucken'-lief next fucken' week. Arr-aar ee-ehh, arr-arr ee-ehh. (That's Carmina Burana BTW).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 March, 2009, 11:35:49 PM
: "SamuelAWilkinson"
Is now a good time to point out that ITV pays my wages, and I'm lucky enough to be in a state where that situation will continue for the time being?
We know, Samuel-A. I don't think anybody actually wants ITV to snuff it, nor for you to be out of a job. It's more a feeling of 'what has ITV done for us lately?' God knows the BBC is like a great big bloody leech draining a regressive tax off us all while competing with the commercial stations in the race to the bottom of the barrel as far as standards of taste and quality go, whereas ITV offers free entertainment, should one wish to take it.

If we hate the BBC it's for the fact it doesn't appear to offer anything worth the licence fee: i.e. different content to what the other channels offer. In other words, for being too much like ITV and having the cheek to charge us for it.

At the moment I spend more hours watching the same looped sitcoms on Paramount Comedy 1 than I do watching any other channel. And then my second most watched channel is BBC3. These days I seem to watch Channel 4 and BBC1 for news and nothing else.

Anyway 'life spugs because of... hubris.'
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 06 March, 2009, 06:55:32 AM
Tordelback, your friend working for nothing, nursemaiding the guy who got the job, is a fool
!

No questions there, many an evening has been passed on that very theme.  But he's been working on this project for at least 5 years, and funding ran out last year (due to unreasonable extra stuff being shoved into the brief at the last minute), and here's the kicker: if it ever gets finished he gets his name (as one of those) on the cover.  It's like the finest grade of heroin to you academic types, you'll all jump through any hoops for the promise of your john hancock on a fat publication, because that might allow you to be turned down for a better class of post in the future.

Incidentally, I laugh at the idea of a 3 year PhD.  Amongst my humanities-based peer-group, the range seems to be 4-10(!), with only one girl I know getting out in 3 (and her brains would scorch your eyes out at 30 paces, not to mention her work-ethic).  Bear in mind that by the time you've done a 3-4 year primary and a 2 year MA, you're well into your 20's.  Thus even when the work itself didn't consume the time most people had to work to pay for it, take time off to care for relatives etc.  I appreciate that in today's university culture a primary humanities degree is the equivalent of staying on an extra year in a school, a masters is an end-of-term essay, and a PhD is what a masters used to be, but Twas Not Always Thus.

: "M.I.K."
I just found out that Home Of The Underdogs no longer exists in any form.

Now that is bad news, I'm always recommending that place to people.  Hope I downloaded more goodies than I remember doing...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: grimmy 06 March, 2009, 08:38:02 AM
...ihave a hangover :(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 06 March, 2009, 09:21:26 AM
Continuing on the academia theme, I should point out in spite of my bravado that doing an MA in a subject I lost interest in has set me back by at least a couple of years and has lead to mucho self-loathing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 06 March, 2009, 10:00:49 AM
If we hate the BBC it's for the fact it doesn't appear to offer anything worth the licence fee:

Ah, but BBC Radio is worth almost any price - I've said it here before, but if I (as a Paddy) could pay a couple of euro a day for Radio 4 alone I'd do it in a heartbeat.

I won't use the Attenborough Argument either, but it shouldn't be discounted.

But no ITV means no more Primeval, and that would make for a very sad Tordelback indeed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 06 March, 2009, 10:56:44 AM
: "TordelBack"
Ah, but BBC Radio is worth almost any price
I like Radio 4, and I'm even prepared to pay for its continued existence, but I never listen to it. I still like to know it's there.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 March, 2009, 02:55:34 PM
of people.A client this morning went *absolutely apeshit* because i used a fork from their kitchen to eat a pot noodle on the scaffolding and forgot to return it .This is after they said use the kitchen to make tea or coffee obviously using their cups and teaspoons etc etc.The use of the fork without returning it as soon as is apparently theft even though it was returned later.

people keep getting stuff wrong.I went to a cycle shop to buy a seat post bracket.I wanted a size that fits a diameter of 3 cm."This size will fit !" you sure about that ? It looks a bit small "It will fit .Dont worry !" Upon fitting it to the bike frame it doesnt bloody fit.I had a delivery of floorboards arranged for yesterday AM.No delivery so we ring them up and they said the delivery was for today *sometime* when it damned well wasnt.

This type of thing happens all the time and i get tired of it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Wils 06 March, 2009, 03:05:53 PM
: "peterwolf"
of people.A client this morning went *absolutely apeshit* because i used a fork from their kitchen to eat a pot noodle on the scaffolding and forgot to return it .This is after they said use the kitchen to make tea or coffee obviously using their cups and teaspoons etc etc.The use of the fork without returning it as soon as is apparently theft even though it was returned later.

To be fair, though "help yourself to tea and coffee" isn't the same as "help yourself to any cutlery to eat your dinner with". It wouldn't have taken much to ask first, would it? Just taking it and especially not returning it just shows a lack of respect for your client. Personally, I would've asked before taking it, then washed and returned it to the drawer as soon as I'd finished eating. Maybe I'm in the one with the skewed sense of other people's property, though?  :roll:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: M.I.K. 06 March, 2009, 03:12:29 PM
: "Wils"
Maybe I'm in the one with the skewed sense of other people's property, though?  :roll:

I think not.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 06 March, 2009, 03:30:03 PM
Was it a nice fork?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 06 March, 2009, 03:51:44 PM
: "peterwolf"
I had a delivery of floorboards arranged for yesterday AM.No delivery so we ring them up and they said the delivery was for today *sometime* when it damned well wasnt.

This type of thing happens all the time and i get tired of it.

Whole other topic of discussion, but I was once in your shoes and I feel your pain!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 March, 2009, 05:34:22 PM
: "Wils"
: "peterwolf"
of people.A client this morning went *absolutely apeshit* because i used a fork from their kitchen to eat a pot noodle on the scaffolding and forgot to return it .This is after they said use the kitchen to make tea or coffee obviously using their cups and teaspoons etc etc.The use of the fork without returning it as soon as is apparently theft even though it was returned later.

To be fair, though "help yourself to tea and coffee" isn't the same as "help yourself to any cutlery to eat your dinner with". It wouldn't have taken much to ask first, would it? Just taking it and especially not returning it just shows a lack of respect for your client. Personally, I would've asked before taking it, then washed and returned it to the drawer as soon as I'd finished eating. Maybe I'm in the one with the skewed sense of other people's property, though?  :roll:

You are absolutely right but there was no one to ask as usually they are out at work and i go through the flat to access the back of the building as per the arrangement.Usually coffee cups are returned and either washed up or left to one side along with their washing up.Anyway not so much lack of respect as it was more like an oversight but i thought it was a bit of an overreaction as everything had been very relaxed up until now.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 07 March, 2009, 07:30:12 AM
...of my diet.

Last night's tea was grilled steak, baked beans and brussels sprouts followed by fruit.

Someone at Weightwatchers either has a sick sense of humour, or no sense of smell.

(parp!)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 07 March, 2009, 09:22:15 AM
: "Wils"
the one with the skewed sense of other people's property, though?  ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 07 March, 2009, 02:18:05 PM
...today I've run out of things to complain about! At least until I get back to work on Tuesday.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 March, 2009, 03:53:17 PM
The bakers/sandwich shop in the village where I work have decided to stop opening on a saturday morning, thus depriving me of my bacon and egg baguette for one morning a week (I don't have one on sunday either as part of my strict fitness regime).

I AM APOPLECTIC WITH RAGE!

I had thought about boycotting them in protest but there's no mileage in cutting off your nose to spite your face. And they do make an unparalleled fruit cake. And a very pleasing Victoria sponge.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 07 March, 2009, 04:33:24 PM
My local library, with which I'm currently conducting a passionate if self-destructive relationship, closes at 4.30 on a Saturday, and is closed all day Sunday.  How is a working stiff supposed to make use of the place?  Wouldn't it make more sense that (like museums and such) it was open at the weekend, and shut one other day during the week?  Or given that it's part of a local network of 7 maybe they could each take it in turn to be closed on a different day?  It is an utterly fabulous place, but I can't help think that your average taxpayer doesn't get much of return on their investment if they can't get to it most weeks...

I really don't have much to complain about, do I?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 07 March, 2009, 04:45:53 PM
Being open all day Saturday seems pretty decent to me. Ours are open until 8pm two nights a week.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 07 March, 2009, 08:10:36 PM
I'm still trying to find one of my friends that wants to go to see Watchmen. Everyone of them has gone 'Huh, it's a comic...who wants to see a film about a comic?'.
At this rate I'll be doing a solo visit to see it.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: grimmy 11 March, 2009, 12:21:10 PM
I m going to manchester th' nite to watch the watchmen on the imax wheeeee!
just had to brag! ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 11 March, 2009, 05:18:57 PM
… of builders.

I always end up paying them to do stuff when I could do far better myself. They all make out they are some kind of master craftsmen but turn out to have the delicate touch of the Thing from Fantastic Four.

And for every one thing they fix, they break one. Like the brand new fridge they just scratched. I said to the guy "it hasn't even been turned on."

Bloody clumsy lot.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 11 March, 2009, 05:31:39 PM
I m going to manchester th' nite to watch the watchmen on the imax wheeeee!
just had to brag!

*Envy* Still trying to find someone who wants to see it. I think it's going to be Bouwel, a box of popcorn and an empty theatre on Saturday.
Or I may just go to see the film on my own ;)

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 11 March, 2009, 06:11:07 PM
I always end up paying them to do stuff when I could do far better myself.

You should dial 1800-peterwolf.  As long as you're not too attached to your teaspoons like. ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 11 March, 2009, 07:16:21 PM
: "grimmy"
I m going to manchester th' nite to watch the watchmen on the imax wheeeee!
just had to brag! ;)
Toptip - Get the IMAX experience for less money by going to a normal cinema and just sitting at the front! 8-)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 March, 2009, 08:53:09 PM
: "SuperSurfer"
… of builders.

I always end up paying them to do stuff when I could do far better myself. They all make out they are some kind of master craftsmen but turn out to have the delicate touch of the Thing from Fantastic Four.

And for every one thing they fix, they break one. Like the brand new fridge they just scratched. I said to the guy "it hasn't even been turned on."

Bloody clumsy lot.

The Guild Of Master Craftsmen and the Federation Of Master Builders or any of those trade associations are not to be taken seriously at all.They just pay a subscription/one off fee with no proof of competence or qualifications etc and in return they get sent some bumf and some stickers to stick on the side of their Vans.

Beware.

It doesnt matter to me as i am affiliated to English Heritage and endorsed/recommended by local authorities.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 11 March, 2009, 10:56:14 PM
: "TordelBack"
You should dial 1800-peterwolf.  As long as you're not too attached to your teaspoons like. ;)
Maybe a teaspoon, as a metalic object, qualifies as a tool and automatically ends up in the toolbox. You know how lightfingered they are: "Oh, that must be my tapemeasure and my screwdriver - oops, they ended up in my toolbox by 'accident'."

The amount of tools I've had nicked (or ruined) by builders is unbelievable. How they turn up without basic tools is beyond me.

Don't mean to offend any decent builders out there – but that is my only experience of them.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 12 March, 2009, 07:51:30 AM
My mum was singing the praises of a guy who fixed her perpetually damp kitchen, right up to last week, when she decided to tackle the garden and discovered that he'd mixed cement in her barrow and all her buckets, and not bothered to wash them out afterwards.  (A hammer soon sorted that, but still).

That said, I had a great tiler in a while back and came home to find him sitting on his toolbox in the middle of the kitchen floor drinking tea from his flask - ignoring the tea/coffee, mug, biccies etc. that we'd left out for him - never mind the table and chairs.  "I don't like to impose", he said.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: grimmy 12 March, 2009, 08:48:33 AM
I have seen it, its glorious, loved it, blown away. Silk Spectre...brrrowwwww!   :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 14 March, 2009, 08:33:04 PM
Because my Saturday night just went down the shitter. Right now, I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthday (who I fancy big time and who, apparently used to really fancy me - long story!) along with her sister and some young lesbians.

She texted me a short while ago to say that her sister and the lesbians have pulled out, she's in a bad mood and didn't think I'd enjoy an evening with just her and some new bloke she's started seeing (too right!). So not only has my Saturday night been cancelled, but my plans to get in her bed have suffered another fiendish setback.

So it's just me, the internet, the telly and some cans of Stella. Expect some rambling, pissed-off rants in a few hours!  :angry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: M.I.K. 14 March, 2009, 09:30:14 PM
Shhhh, Dandontdare! For all you know the new bloke she's started seeing might be a fan of 2000ad and reading this right now!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 14 March, 2009, 09:37:02 PM
...because I've wasted another Saturday playing video games and staring at blank documents wondering why they aren't writing themselves.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 14 March, 2009, 09:38:52 PM
: "M.I.K."
Shhhh, Dandontdare! For all you know the new bloke she's started seeing might be a fan of 2000ad and reading this right now!

If that's what he's doing right now, I'll be well chuffed, believe me!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 14 March, 2009, 10:59:28 PM
: "dandontdare"
Right now, I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthdayalong with her sister and some young lesbians. So not only has my Saturday night been cancelled, but my plans to get in her bed have suffered another fiendish setback.
Sorry to hear your girls' night out went down the tubes. Your plans to get her into bed sound crowded.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 14 March, 2009, 11:15:20 PM
I'm not sure if her sister's a lesbian, or if the young  lesbians were just her mates, but you're right it's crowded. If I'd known she'd fancied me back then, thing's would be different, but I haven't given up hope. Most of the time in between, she was abroad with a German waste of space (no bias there) and now there's this new dude. Haven't met him yet. I'm sure he's sound, but must hate him.

Can you tell I've had those aforementioned Stellas? Best stop posting about her now before I say something I may regret!  :o
 Anyone read any good comics lately?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 March, 2009, 11:28:37 PM
i just rented and watched Outpost.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 14 March, 2009, 11:33:23 PM
you win
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 14 March, 2009, 11:39:39 PM
I bollixed dandontdare spot the thrill quiz by not spoilering the answers .


flip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 14 March, 2009, 11:49:26 PM
:lol:
it was only a prototype - by your freakilly accurate answers however , I'm guessing the concept needs to be used with more obscure pics. I guessed your mistake when I saw the first spoiler - no sweat mate!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 15 March, 2009, 12:10:19 AM
...I went to see Watchmen this morning, and as usual the theatre exhibited it slightly OUT OF FOCUS!!!! - FFS! - I know there's not a projectionist in the booth throughout the entire screening, but all it takes to get it in focus at the start is making sure the BBFC certificate and the opening titles are READABLE and not blurry. You couldn't even make out the title 'Under the Hood' along the spine of the two stacks of his autobiography in Hollis Mason's study. At least when most of what you're seeing on screen isn't static you don't notice the blurring until some text appears in shot.

And when we went into the theatre the volume was turned up too high - so high it was like being shouted at. And what's worse, 'Romeo and Juliet' by Dire Straits was playing over the speakers. I stuck my fingers in my ears but I could still hear it. I complained to the usher and she confirmed that the sound in several auditoria had been too loud this week, and she got it turned down to a comfortable level before the blurry feature started.

The final insult - some prick who didn't find theatrical exhibition of a feature film entertaining enough decided to enhance his enjoyment by listening to his i-pod at full volume throughout the film, of which we first became aware during the scene where Laurie is poking about in Dan's basement garage.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 15 March, 2009, 12:35:15 AM
Life Spugs because I'm not qualified to do the job I've been doing for the last 12 years. This from a spotty graduate who's been in my company five minutes. Apparently, if I agree to attend " several" training courses and seminars I should have all the relevant certificates within three years and will then be eligible fo salary review. This after a company wide review designed to make the system  fairer on everyone.

My response got me a warning added  to my file. Still, theres plenty of oom for i, what with the lack of scraps of worthless paper. Sorry, certificates.

And I couldn't do the Guess The Thrill.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 16 March, 2009, 07:34:51 PM
I love this thread- it's a hotbed of misery. The gift that keeps on giving!


...carry on...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 18 March, 2009, 05:04:11 PM
Clients are late to pay you, then when they need a favour such as their artwork being tweaked to new dimensions, expect you to jump to it immediately and not charge. Bah.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 18 March, 2009, 07:20:29 PM
I bust a rib last Thursday and am now seriously lacking sleep!
And it's fucken sair!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 18 March, 2009, 08:18:19 PM
EA's Dante Inferno exists. And now it's a film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79LSrzeh ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79LSrzehAHw&feature=related)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 18 March, 2009, 09:06:00 PM
...I've just completely fucked my bike not five minutes after giving it its first proper wash and oiling of the year.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 18 March, 2009, 10:34:00 PM
: "Banners"
Clients are late to pay you, then when they need a favour such as their artwork being tweaked to new dimensions, expect you to jump to it immediately and not charge. Bah.
M@
And they need everything instantly but have endless time to then show it to their wives, friends, family for expert opinions that override your qualified advice, they think you are here to implement their endless ridiculous suggestions to chip away at what had the potential to be a decent piece of work, etc, etc!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 19 March, 2009, 09:09:58 PM
"James, can you come and see me on Saturday. We want to give you a thank you present for all your hard work, as you don't get any recognition for just getting on with the job all the time."

Translation: You are being laid off.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 19 March, 2009, 09:24:15 PM
Keep trying to arrange to see my daughter via my ex but keeps getting fobbed off :angry:  :angry:  :angry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Devons Daddy 22 March, 2009, 03:01:18 AM
on monday i have to make seven members of staff redundent.
lay them off, decent package, but they dont know yet.

today i am working with them.tommorrow i will be saying sorry here is a cheque, good luck.

monday will not be a good day.  :(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 22 March, 2009, 08:57:16 AM
today i am working with them.tommorrow i will be saying sorry here is a cheque, good luck.

Yes, that is never fun.  It's one thing firing a gobshite for being useless (which is often ugly itself), but making good people redundant is one of the most unpleasant things I've ever had to do, and I used to clean shopping centre toilets for a living.  It's even worse when you get to know them and their families, have eaten in their houses and sent their kids birthday presents.  I've a another round of it coming up in a few weeks unless things change reet soon, and I'm waking in the night sweating over it.

And vzzbux:

Keep trying to arrange to see my daughter via my ex but keeps getting fobbed off

That would kill me in short order.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 March, 2009, 04:09:25 PM
my health club membership has run out.

i cant find 00000 size Windsor and Newton spotting brushes online or in shops.Theres every other F-ing size except 00000 though.

Doesnt anyone else on the planet use anything smaller than 000 size ?

The only answer is to go up to London to a specialist art shop.

"Its like 10,000 spoons when all i need is a knife - its like meeting the man of my dreams and meeting his beautiful wife...."

Actually it would be the wife i would be more interested in anyway......
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 22 March, 2009, 04:23:32 PM
: "peterwolf"
"Its like 10,000 spoons when all i need is a knife - its like meeting the man of my dreams and meeting his beautiful wife...."


The only ironic part of that song is that not a single situation she sings about is ironic. They're all unfortunate.

Peter, did you try emailing Windsor and Newton direct to see where you can buy that brush from?

http://www.winsornewton.com/main.aspx?PageID=13 (http://www.winsornewton.com/main.aspx?PageID=13)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 22 March, 2009, 04:52:59 PM
On the cheery subject of redundancies, my company closed 200 branches late last year with 2000 staff losing their jobs. This year started with the announcement that any of the remaining branches not hitting targets would lose staff.

This wouldn't be so bad except that in our branch both the manager and assistant manager are incompetent in the extremis so no matter how hard the rest of us work we've got no chance. Bet they aren't the ones to go though.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 March, 2009, 05:36:30 PM
: "worldshown"
: "peterwolf"
"Its like 10,000 spoons when all i need is a knife - its like meeting the man of my dreams and meeting his beautiful wife...."


The only ironic part of that song is that not a single situation she sings about is ironic. They're all unfortunate.

Peter, did you try emailing Windsor and Newton direct to see where you can buy that brush from?

http://www.winsornewton.com/main.aspx?PageID=13 (http://www.winsornewton.com/main.aspx?PageID=13)

Thanks for your help and it did cross my mind to email them yesterday as a last resort .I cant imagine they dont make them anymore .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 22 March, 2009, 05:46:17 PM
Peter: What sort of effect are you trying to achieve? When I mask metal for etching I have to blank out very small areas so I have a few options that might work for you?

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 March, 2009, 05:53:56 PM
: "Bouwel"
Peter: What sort of effect are you trying to achieve? When I mask metal for etching I have to blank out very small areas so I have a few options that might work for you?

-Bouwel-

I am inking in pencilled artwork in the style of a certain 2000ad artist and its the perfect brush for the job for smaller pieces that have lots of detail.I have one here but just wanted a few more.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 22 March, 2009, 05:57:11 PM
: "peterwolf"
"Its like 10,000 spoons when all i need is a knife
I remember you saying you'd got the fork situation sussed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 22 March, 2009, 06:00:09 PM
Peter: Not sure if this is of any help:

http://http://www.londongraphics.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Cotman_All_purpose_Student_Quality_Brushes_215.html

I've bought these brushes before and found the quality 'OK'. I tend to use a Rotring Isograph when I need to go very small though.

Hope this helps.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 March, 2009, 07:46:15 PM
: "Bouwel"
Peter: Not sure if this is of any help:

http://http://www.londongraphics.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Cotman_All_purpose_Student_Quality_Brushes_215.html

I've bought these brushes before and found the quality 'OK'. I tend to use a Rotring Isograph when I need to go very small though.

Hope this helps.

-Bouwel-

 Rotring pens are unsuitable for what i am trying to achieve here but they have their uses.

 The brush i have is already 20 yrs old but it has lots of life left in it yet as it is Sable.Sable is best for Signwriting as well.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 22 March, 2009, 09:11:57 PM
: "House of Usher"
: "peterwolf"
"Its like 10,000 spoons when all i need is a knife
I remember you saying you'd got the fork situation sussed.

 :lol:  :lol:

Never had much use for multiple smileys before this!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: M.I.K. 22 March, 2009, 10:58:06 PM
Heh.  :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 23 March, 2009, 12:29:09 AM
I was attacked from behind last week. By two hoodies, with faces covered in hankerchiefs. They picked on the wrong person – I'm a black belt in karate. I put up a fight and eventually the savages ran away and I'm here, totally unscathed. The damn event keeps playing on my mind. So many what ifs. What if I didn't turn and react at that point? Christ, I might be in intensive care right now. The police were involved. No sign of the parasites, so case closed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tweak72 23 March, 2009, 01:04:02 PM
I have recently had to add some one to my foes list.

This saddens me because I have, in nearly 5 years found it unnecessary until now to kill file some one and have always thought that one should simply ignore who ever you don’t get on with.

Sadly this week I have had to revise this opinion.

Which spugs.

A lot.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 March, 2009, 01:30:18 AM
Nearly killed, but I'm doing fine. Thanks for asking.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 March, 2009, 01:47:16 AM
I'm up and awake so I'll jump in where Tweak72 didn't (though I bet he meant to!): gosh SuperSurfer, effing scary. Well done for being so gaddam handy and for coming through unscathed (I presume). In the same situation I'd've had zero ability to defend myself. For my own safety I tend to rely on never being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which can only get you so far.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 March, 2009, 02:53:51 AM
Cheers House of Usher. And apologies people, for the last sarcy post. I just couldn't believe the viciousness of the attack. They actually tried to attack me from behind. No warning, nothing. Talk about skin of my teeth though. I am unscathed apart from a very minor knuckle bruise on my eyelid which is only visible when eye is closed (no swelling). But I did take enough punches to the cranium. Family are pleasantly surprised that I don't even look like I've been in a scrap. I dished out plenty and I think I bopped one of them good – he seemed to disappear at this stage. I hope that was the reason. It is true about seeing in tunnel vision. The problem was that I had to defend myself at arms length due to worry that they might've been tooled up with knives so I couldn't really go at them as I didn't want to walk into anything. I then actually tripped backwards and hit the deck as my trainer heel gripped the road. I managed to reposition and use the ground fighting techniques we have been taught – basically kick at their shins, knees etc. I think the last of the two attackers short circuited at this point and just didn't know what to do and legged it. Last actual fight I had was thirty years ago! Ironically, other than one incident the only hassle I have had as an adult has been on the way to or from karate classes. Guess I should heed the concerns of the Mrs after all these years and drive. The streets of London seem to be getting more and more dangerous at night. Think I'll report it to the local paper so others can try to keep a distance from those two psychos as no doubt they have done this before and will do it again. Where was Peterwolf to come to the rescue?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 March, 2009, 07:22:19 AM
Before the swelling ambition of a new father was crushed by relentless sleep deprivation, I promised that I'd see my then-newborn son learn some (any) form of martial art, just so he could be physically confident and have the ability to react appropriately to situations like that - in a way I never could.  It's occurred to me on and off since, but Supersurfer's post is a reminder that that wasn't as stupid an idea as all that.  Congrats on your reactions SS, and for dealing so well with the obvious after-effects - I'm off to look for local kids' classes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 24 March, 2009, 07:25:26 AM
I remember a lad I once new being jumped in a similar way at a bus stop. He did some sort of Jap-slapping thing (that's the term he used!) and tried it out on them. One of them had a Stanley knife and slashed him across the arms quite deeply before running off at the sight of blood.

SuperSurfer: That must have been terrible. If I was in a similar situation I'd have to resort to my own special defence methods. This involves whimpering and pleading not to be hurt! Glad you made it out of the situation OK, although obviously shocked.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tweak72 24 March, 2009, 09:09:00 AM
: "SuperSurfer"
I was attacked from behind last week. By two hoodies, with faces covered in hankerchiefs. They picked on the wrong person – I'm a black belt in karate. I put up a fight and eventually the savages ran away and I'm here, totally unscathed. The damn event keeps playing on my mind. So many what ifs. What if I didn't turn and react at that point? Christ, I might be in intensive care right now. The police were involved. No sign of the parasites, so case closed.

: "SuperSurfer"
Nearly killed, but I'm doing fine. Thanks for asking.

Sorry SuperSurfer I didn’t realise the gravity of your post as I got to 'totally unscathed' thought all was well. As I have never hit any one but have had a few mates who have I forget that it is not like the movies (unless you like fighting. when it is exactly like the movies. Until there are 12 of them one with a metal bar) and that for those who can fight but would preferred not to it a failed mugging can be as traumatic as being mugged successfully.

Just remember what an army pal of mine once said:

“When you are in a scrap you don’t have time to think about the ‘what ifs’ because when you do you tend to get punched by some c*nt because your not paying attention. And when you win it’s the same. You shouldn’t waste your time thinking about the ‘what ifs’. You won. That’s it. Move on. Other wise the next time you are in a scarp you tend to waste time thinking and then some c*nt punches you in the face when he should be picking his f*ching teeth up. Pint”?

I don' quite know what he meant but it may help  :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Devons Daddy 24 March, 2009, 09:31:39 AM
nasty incident there. lucky you where handy at such things.

myself i always RUN. unless my son or wife may be hurt, then it would be dont stop until they dont/cant get up again.
i realise how lucky  i am to live in such a safe society when i hear such things as that post.

singapore, lowest crime rate in the world for a developed nation they say.(low crime does not mean no crime) just that you can walk home at night with a rolex on. which is very comforting.
your incident makes me realise i should post upon the lifes good thread. may you you never in such a postion again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 March, 2009, 10:53:55 AM
: "SuperSurfer"
The streets of London seem to be getting more and more dangerous at night.
How did I know you were going to say this happened in London? I were in that London recently and felt perfectly safe walking along the Embankment from Vauxhall Bridge to Lambeth Bridge at 4am. It's well lit and pretty busy 24 hrs a day. I wouldn't want to live in London though.

Cardiff feels pretty safe at night. Most of the violent crime here tends to be caused by drunken idiots in the town centre who don't know when to start walking home at a brisk pace.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 March, 2009, 01:01:01 PM
Most of the violent crime here tends to be caused by drunken idiots in the town centre

Bloody Torchwood.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 March, 2009, 01:12:14 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. I am the first person to cross over the road if I see a group of dodgy looking types. And given the chance, I would've legged it. Unfortunately that was not an option this time. They appeared round a bend in the road walking towards me just a few paces away so I couldn't walk around them. As paths were crossed by a few paces they ran at me. I heard a few footsteps and saw their shadows coming towards me as my spider sense was tingling. I turned and they were right there.  

The way I have always seen it is that doing martial arts doesn't mean that someone can do a Nite Owl and Silk Spectre on attackers. It might be that one correct block, that slightest tilt of the head that might in the end be what makes the difference so one can go home with all teeth intact. Totally agree with your army mate Tweak72. A lot of the techniques seemed to go out of the window and it turned out to be just punching. I have heard enough tales of people who do martial arts who have received a kicking. I knew of a Tae Kwon Do guy who was in the reserve British Olympics team way back. He did two spectacular kicks and knocked down two attackers but he wasn't trained to do damage but to score points. So they just picked themselves up and gave him a kicking.

As my instructor says, martial arts are an "equaliser". That was just a day in the life for those scumbags. They must be beating up people every week. But we have grown up being mild mannered and trying to avoid trouble at all costs. They can turn on the aggression and go up to number four in an instance. So by training hard we try to make up for some of that difference.

I actually live in a good area but it changes at night. I get the impression that trouble makers come from further out, thinking they can find easy pickings here.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Hoagy 24 March, 2009, 02:04:39 PM
Good work Supes. Pinch yourself, still alive? Aah, great feeling that.

I think the nice areas are getting a credit crunch knocking as, in South Boho Manchester, there have been a spate of musicians targeted. Two of whom are in my band. 2200 pounds losses. 1000quid damages. IMHO the city centres are so cluttered with surviellence that the honest crimbollock is moving his/her hunting grounds to the outer business districts.

The drummer, who had a snare drum and stands nicked, was feeling eyes on his gear when he put them in the car. He hides them in the boot so he's sure they've been scoping him in the action. Marshall amp was lost, from the guitarist's car, too. Grief !

The drummer felt his instincts tell him to take the stuff back into the pub, but overrode them by telling himself he was being paranoid. Shame really, next time he'll know to listen to his maturing intuition.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 24 March, 2009, 02:13:43 PM
The south Manchester gangs are definitely back in action  after the last crackdown and brief lull. The Cavendish in Hulme has followed the Arch by closing down due to the threats of protection gangs, and almost very bar in Chorlton has been turned over recently by closing-time robberies.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 24 March, 2009, 05:12:04 PM
The south Manchester gangs

We made the mistake of going to a pub in Stockport the other week instead of the city center.

My god, talk about having to form a defensive ring around the car while we rushed into the pub one at a time! We had exactly one drink then ran bck to the car and sped to the city center. Rarely have I felt so at risk in a city, especially Manchester (Eccles came close though).

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 24 March, 2009, 09:38:40 PM
Words fail me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsvcwQEF ... re=popular (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsvcwQEFKAI&feature=popular)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 25 March, 2009, 12:42:16 PM
: "Bouwel"
We made the mistake of going to a pub in Stockport the other week instead of the city center.
My god, talk about having to form a defensive ring around the car while we rushed into the pub one at a time! We had exactly one drink then ran bck to the car and sped to the city center. Rarely have I felt so at risk in a city, especially Manchester (Eccles came close though).
-Bouwel-
Reminds me of a tv programme I once saw: 'Britain's hardest pubs' or something like that. Amazing how some of those chumps take it as a real insult if a stranger dares to drink in their local and got forgive, makes the mistake of sitting on some hardnut's favourite stool.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 25 March, 2009, 12:59:58 PM
God Stockport.

No thank you.

"You lookin at my pint ?"

When i used to spend time in the Lake District the house i used to live in was just outside Cockermouth and Cockermouth is not really a fun place to be on Friday and Saturday nights because of the local geezer population.Very aggressive and my time there did not pass without incident.

In the end it was easier to go and eat out instead in the local Italian or drink at home than to be stared out by aggressive interbred locals or solve territorial disputes outside the pub.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 March, 2009, 05:55:52 PM
Tesco's coming to town.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 March, 2009, 08:11:00 PM
Spandau Ballet reunion.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 25 March, 2009, 08:30:06 PM
Well must say 'Thank grud 'for supersurfers prompt reaction to a very nasty situation. Thank grud too he came through it fairly unscathed.

I bought a shaver this week.£40 it cost. Got home. No bloody shaver in the box. Crap. :angry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 25 March, 2009, 08:45:08 PM
: "Godpleton"
Words fail me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsvcwQEF ... re=popular (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsvcwQEFKAI&feature=popular)
In the prevailing attitude to social problems, the United States is practically a third world country.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Zarjazzer 25 March, 2009, 08:55:29 PM
Well done supersurfer ! I think the recurring thoughts of the attack will hopefully fade in time. And  even though they must have thought they had the drop on you they got a nasty surprise. So good for you!

Life spugs though as I have to go to Acton and I'm lazy and don't want to go. Boo.

on another note the Yanks are mad. probably some congressman thought feeding the poor smacks of "socialism". :evil:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 25 March, 2009, 10:11:18 PM
: "Zarjazzer"
probably some congressman thought feeding the poor smacks of "socialism". :evil:
[nerd mode]It was a city ordinance, so it comes from the Mayor and City Hall rather than Congress.[/nerd mode]
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 26 March, 2009, 06:01:41 PM
I have just had my budget for plastering a loft conversion slashed by 50% which means that what would have been an easy 1000 quid after a weeks work reduced to 500 instead .

Bollox.

2 chippys who were going to get 600 quid for 2 days work for fitting a staircase are going to find that life spugs for them as well because i am going to do it myself instead.

Stupid F -ed up economy.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 26 March, 2009, 09:52:05 PM
Got some great news at work today. Two members of staff are for the chop. Manager kept everyone after clocking off time to give us the news. Thing is, he doesn't actually know who's on the shortlist  until tomorrow so he decided to give everyone on the staff a night of panic before. Quite why he couldn't wait until tomorrow and restrict the misery a little I don't know
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 27 March, 2009, 01:42:52 AM
My main client at the moment is playing hide and go seek. I made some basic errors: working for a 'friend' and not asking for money up front. My (now former it seems) friend, though initially seemingly okay appears to be constantly overruled by his overbearing yet equal partner who is awkward, obstructive and rather than going with any of my advice seems to think he is in some sort of a competition with me. He has himself tried to come up with a 'logo' which is so pathetic I can't imagine a child would come up with something so stupid. I won't go into details here as these guys search around the web looking for reasons why they shouldn't accept my solutions and with sods law and knowing them, they might find this comment.

So spent some of today trying to make progress with my CV, for what it's worth in this climate. Heck, I'm the idiot who walked from his job voluntarily last year on the grounds of wanting to keep my sanity.

Oh, thanks IAMTHESYSTEM and Zarjazzer for your comments.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: radiator 27 March, 2009, 10:12:17 PM
...I've managed to pick up some sort of nasty virus, which means I can't leave the flat, eat or work (not as good as it sounds, as I don't get sick pay), am stranded in the flat alone as my girlfriend has gone away for the weekend, and am spending my time either lying on the sofa, on the shitter or in some weird half-sleep mode where my mind is beset by feverish visions and nightmares.

I was supposed to be out tonight, but since I have to stay in, I was planning on consoling myself with watching QI and Not Going Out - but found out they've both finished their series. Ah well, at least there should be some choice Dredd and Dante to look forward to in the morning!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 28 March, 2009, 05:04:31 PM
I too have picked up a nasty virus, or rather my PC has. It's some sort of trojan that bombards me with "update your security" popups before freezing up. Nearly lost my prog review post, but thank the lord for Firefox's "restore previous session" option, managed to recover and post it. Getting mighty fed up of going through a painful 10 minute shutdown and reboot, followed by 10 minutes of surfing before the bastard goes down again! Norton seems unable to get rid of the nasty little thing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 28 March, 2009, 05:32:04 PM
It's becoming increasingly apparent that I will have to murder my brother before his rampant idiocy and selfishness collapses the universe into a douchetard singularity.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 30 March, 2009, 04:36:30 PM
I have just spent the last hour contacting everywhere I have pre-orders and direct debits with because Barclaycard have advised me my card has been compromised and somebody has just bought £30 of mobile phone credit with it.

I really could have done without this but I'm impressed that they picked it up so quick. I know someone who was done for about £3,000 before their bank contacted them.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 31 March, 2009, 07:40:27 PM
My daughter was rushed into hospital last night with what appears to be a severe case of croupe and is now on a ventilator in the ICU. My heads up my arse at the moment so I am pottering on the internet to keep my mind busy before I get some needed sleep. We've been told it is very rare that a baby with croupe ends up in this condition. Its horrible being so helpless.





V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 31 March, 2009, 07:50:25 PM
wow mate, that puts just about everybody else's little problems, especially mine, into perspective.

I'm thinking good thoughts and beaming positive vibes for your little'un, stay strong.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 31 March, 2009, 07:51:23 PM
Hope things turn out good for you dude, I'm sure they will.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 31 March, 2009, 08:02:16 PM
Hope everything turns out for the best V. Give her a hug from all of us.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 March, 2009, 08:11:24 PM
Och, the poor wee girl.  Wishing you all all the best, Vzzbux, I'm sure she'll be sorted soon, but there's nothing worse than waiting helplessly.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 31 March, 2009, 09:07:55 PM
Bloody hell, sorry to hear that mate. Puts my woes to shame. Hope she's better soonest
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 31 March, 2009, 09:10:14 PM
I hope things turn out well for you and your child, V.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 31 March, 2009, 09:58:20 PM
I was just about to put down something quite trivial until I read V’s post. Hope everything goes okay for her and all the best to the both of you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 31 March, 2009, 10:34:24 PM
My girlfriend had that in 1972. They had to fill the room with steam, and she wasn't to be allowed to cry at all. She sends her best wishes. I send mine too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 31 March, 2009, 10:48:49 PM
I echo all the previous hopes for the best.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 31 March, 2009, 11:17:59 PM
Yes, me too. Hang in there, V. Every parent can imagine how helpless you feel right now.  :(

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 01 April, 2009, 08:15:52 AM
I thank everyone who had left a kind word and all those who are thinking one.
They still have her sedated and on paralysis.
The hardest thing is trying to keep my son's routine in place and not break down.






V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 01 April, 2009, 09:23:48 AM
Horrible still, Vzz.
My two boys both had it at one time or another- though not as severe as this.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 01 April, 2009, 11:57:57 AM
So sorry to hear about your daughter's illness vzzbux. My thoughts are with you and your family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mardroid 02 April, 2009, 04:56:52 PM
...I'm still waiting for this week's prog. Yes, non subscribers will likely receive their issue before me. (An email to Denise me thinks. )
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 April, 2009, 05:22:06 PM
: "vzzbux"
I thank everyone who had left a kind word and all those who are thinking one.
They still have her sedated and on paralysis.
The hardest thing is trying to keep my son's routine in place and not break down.






V

Hope all is well ?


...i have been plasterboarding a loft space all day.You cant just slam sheets of board up and fix them.Each piece has to be cut and measured individually as none of the rafters are equally spaced out and centred correctly and it was pissing me off at times as was the music playlist on Radio 2 today with godawful manufactured R+B Shite like Beyonce among others as well as listening to the Dribblings of Will Hutton and Peter Mandelson on Jeremy Vine.

A thoroughly unpleasent time really.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 April, 2009, 08:24:32 PM
...manufactured R+B Shite like Beyonce

Speak not ill of my future mistress!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 April, 2009, 05:10:53 PM
..i am trying to find or think of a name for a website and everything i think of has already been taken by someone else.

So far  anyway ....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 04 April, 2009, 06:02:02 PM
I note that most WolfWaffle domains are free?  HairyOnTheInside?  WolfInTheFold? Caniservative.com?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 04 April, 2009, 06:33:32 PM
www.ricardolupus.co.uk (http://www.ricardolupus.co.uk) ?

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 April, 2009, 07:15:18 PM
:D  :idea: !! Thanks for the suggestions but its a shared website with other contributors but it doesnt really matter as long as the name is unique.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 April, 2009, 09:02:25 AM
Pack Politics?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Woolly 05 April, 2009, 04:51:36 PM
Life spugs because... I've been out of work for 7 months, my entire savings have been run dry, i have no personal internet connection, no home (living in a shoebox in my sisters house), can't even get a job cleaning toilets, and worst of all....
....NO TOOTH OR MEG FOR 7 MONTHS!
Thats 7 months of cold, boring, nothing-ness, lemme tell you!


Still, as reading this thread has proven, things could be so much worse. My thoughts are with you, Vzzz.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 11 April, 2009, 08:50:52 AM
Tha computer virus I mentioned earlier still has my home pc paralysed and it's really starting to hack me off (I'm typing this at work, so add '8am Saturday shifts at Easter' to the list of spugginess!)

I've downloaded step by step instructions for removal from the symantec website but the bastard machine keps freezing and crashing before I can complete them, and I can't find the registry entries I'm supposed to delete. This is the first real computer problem I've had and it just serves to highlight my depth of ignorance about how this Magic Box actually works. I don't understand nuffink!

Any advice hivemind?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 11 April, 2009, 09:09:30 AM
Not sure how to get rid of your virus but I'd recommedn you ionstall AVG  anti-virus

It's free and is really good

it might even get rid of that virus for you. A PC at a job I had had a virus and after I managed to install AVG and run a scan it cleared the crap right out of it

http://http://free.avg.com/
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 11 April, 2009, 09:20:19 AM
cheers, might give that a go. Norton manages to detect the virus on a scan but fails to remove it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 11 April, 2009, 05:54:58 PM
so add '8am Saturday shifts at Easter' to the list of spugginess!

I share your pain; 7 a.m. 'till 4 for me today.

Ugh. I feel as if something very heavy has sat on me.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 11 April, 2009, 06:02:35 PM
Shadow of the Colossus: The Movie. Same writer as Chun-Li movie.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 April, 2009, 07:57:15 PM
Easter Sunday is the last ever boot fair at Brighton station car park.It has been going for 27 years.This is because of the Dickheads at Southern Rail who sold off all of their car park to developers.

End of an era and it was the best boot fair ever.

 :cry: and GGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..............
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 12 April, 2009, 03:30:35 PM
: "Godpleton"
Shadow of the Colossus: The Movie. Same writer as Chun-Li movie.
I don't even understand how you could make a film of SotC.

On the bright side, I see the Tekken movie has the director of Free WIlly 2 at the helm and Luke Goss (who was surprisingly good in Blade 2) as as it's biggest star.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 17 April, 2009, 08:23:14 PM
there was a builder working next door who decided to empty a bucket full of watered down paint into the drain in the centre of the courtyard which didnt all go down the drain but was left spilt out all over the brick pavers around the drain  which of course has dried making it very difficult to remove .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 18 April, 2009, 01:55:25 AM
Today I spent about an hour trying to scrape some grease or some sort of muck a munce-brained builder left on a tiled surface in my bog. Nice one, Einstein **** for brains.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 18 April, 2009, 10:42:20 AM
The house of multiple occupancy on the corner of my street that looks a complete mess that is owned by a cowboy south london property company is a problem.They applied for planning to extend the back of it and planning did not give them consent to build the extension as it was ongoing.I got a letter through asking what i think about the planned extension.The fuckers have gone ahead and built it without planning anyway.There is a back garden that i overlook that is owned by the property company that now looks like a bombsite.A disgrace.The chinese workers who built it have gone home.

Delicata Properties = Fucking C**** .  "No DHSS".

Time to kick some ass on monday.

Fuckers.

GGrrrrrrrr.........
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 18 April, 2009, 11:52:38 AM
I'm enjoying these dispatches about the lack of attention and consideration shown by builders, especially when they come from people who themselves have a professional interest in construction. I always like an insider's view; it sounds less like nimby whingeing then!

I'm glad to say I haven't had to have the builders in for a while (although the reason why is I've had neither the time nor the money!), but all the builders I use do a terrific job. I'm also glad to say there's no building work going on in properties adjacent to mine. Those upset by minor acts of vandalism will be aghast to learn that the owner of the house next door, who tarted up the property in the hope of selling but has since given up and moved tenants in again to weather the storm, decided it was a good idea to give that house's Victorian glazed porch tiles a fresh coat of white gloss!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 18 April, 2009, 02:59:39 PM
..decided it was a good idea to give that house's Victorian glazed porch tiles a fresh coat of white gloss!

Aaaaaarrrrghhhh!  Personally I blame the Honourable Kirsty Allsopp (who is clearly the grown-up version of Ann from the Famous Five, and despite a certain distinct horsiness gives the impression that she'd probably be heaps of fun in bed.... Position, position, position).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 18 April, 2009, 04:42:48 PM
"..decided it was a good idea to give that house's Victorian glazed porch tiles a fresh coat of white gloss!"

 MMmmmmm.....Lovely.

 I have no need to use other builders as i do everything myself apart from plumbing and electrics.Life is so much easier that way.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 18 April, 2009, 05:07:57 PM
: "peterwolf"
I have no need to use other builders as i do everything myself apart from plumbing and electrics.Life is so much easier that way.
Yup. Better off that way. I never win. I get people in then get fed up and go through phases of doing the work myself. But then what with being busy it takes me over two months to install a lav and concealed cistern. The final result ends up just as I would like it but it takes too long. So following that I get builders in but after a couple of days I realise I have to oversee them so I loose time from work anyway by being there.

Guess in the end you have to pay top dollar and get the best people in. But where are they? I worked for a big organisation and they have been in a brand spanking new building for last few years. It has been featured in architecture magazines and Kevin McCloud the geeza off Grand Designs was at the official opening. But the quality of workmanship in the finishing in places is absolutely atrocious. And the building refurb was designed by top notch architects.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 18 April, 2009, 06:36:39 PM
: "peterwolf"
I do everything myself apart from plumbing and electrics.Life is so much easier that way.

So do I. Everything except plumbing and electrics. And plastering. And roofing, should I ever need any roofing done.  :lol:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 18 April, 2009, 11:56:16 PM
: "TordelBack"
..decided it was a good idea to give that house's Victorian glazed porch tiles a fresh coat of white gloss!

Aaaaaarrrrghhhh!  Personally I blame the Honourable Kirsty Allsopp (who is clearly the grown-up version of Ann from the Famous Five, and despite a certain distinct horsiness gives the impression that she'd probably be heaps of fun in bed.... Position, position, position).

 "Oh you are so awfully mature Julian !"

 Just slap her on the arse but mind she doesnt kick.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 21 April, 2009, 03:53:13 AM
..i have stayed up way too late partly because i was trying to complete a mission on a computer game which i really shouldnt be doing .

Anyway the first attempt failed.

The second attempt failed because of bad luck.

The third attempt was a success except after rushing back to HQ within 5 minutes to save it and after wiping out all the ground based forces and entering the HQ that i just saved in time i walk through the door and somehow the disc doesnt read properly and it freezes and i cant continue.


GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR..................
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Satanist 21 April, 2009, 10:20:09 AM
...After already having a week off unpaid the place I work now wants me take a further 3 weeks before the year is out. Bloody recession.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 April, 2009, 07:02:08 PM
....of Builders .

 (http://http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z122/peterwolf_album/Photo46.jpg)

 The picture is 2 of the 4 screws that i found here at home that were fixing a door lining to the studwork inside the wall.No wonder the fucking thing is moving and needs refixing.Not to mention the doorstop that was fixed with screws that had burred heads that couldnt be unscrewed so instead i had to attack the doorstop with a hammer and chisel that has made a mess of the doorframe and created more work and making good .

It just beggars belief.



I cannot express in words without going into a tirade of foul language how much i despise these incompetent fucking morons that pass themselves off as builders.Really they all belong in factories out of the way.

Useless incompetent shitheads that have no know how and no pride in their work.

I dont like them as people very much as people either.

Next time i move i will buy a wreck and do all the work myself because i dont trust anyone else.

Sick of it.

Best stop typing .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: radiator 23 April, 2009, 07:07:41 PM
... my Xbox 360 passed away peacefully this morning, aged 18 and a half (months) - due to complications arising from RROD syndrome - just after I got Left 4 Dead as well, the bastard.

A moments silence please.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 23 April, 2009, 07:12:57 PM
: "peterwolf"
....of Builders .

 (http://http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z122/peterwolf_album/Photo46.jpg)

 The picture is 2 of the 4 screws that i found here at home that were fixing a door lining to the studwork inside the wall.No wonder the fucking thing is moving and needs refixing.Not to mention the doorstop that was fixed with screws that had burred heads that couldnt be unscrewed so instead i had to attack the doorstop with a hammer and chisel that has made a mess of the doorframe and created more work and making good .

It just beggars belief.



I cannot express in words without going into a tirade of foul language how much i despise these incompetent fucking morons that pass themselves off as builders.Really they all belong in factories out of the way.

Useless incompetent shitheads that have no know how and no pride in their work.

I dont like them as people very much as people either.

Next time i move i will buy a wreck and do all the work myself because i dont trust anyone else.

Sick of it.

Best stop typing .

at least they didn't borrow your fork...
 :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 23 April, 2009, 07:25:40 PM
That really is a dynamic pose. You can feel the pent-up anger. It screams "look AT THESE! LOOK at THESE! The FUCKERS!!". It's almost too dynamic to be a quick snap and would suggest it would make a great cover to the prog.

But please, do your flies up!

;-)

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 April, 2009, 07:42:00 PM
: "SpookyTheCat"
That really is a dynamic pose. You can feel the pent-up anger. It screams "look AT THESE! LOOK at THESE! The FUCKERS!!". It's almost too dynamic to be a quick snap and would suggest it would make a great cover to the prog.

But please, do your flies up!

:lol:

 I didnt even notice that !

 I was angry at the time of taking the picture which was just now.These idiots just drive me mad and i lose patience with them.

Also its because i am a bit of a perfectionist and i hate sloppy work.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 April, 2009, 07:44:48 PM
I just thought you were doing a very cheap and crap impersonation of Wolverine Pete ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 23 April, 2009, 09:08:51 PM
And Pete. Stop chewing your fingernails.




V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 April, 2009, 01:00:38 AM
... of management committees of flats.

Endless arguments. Never ending meetings and AGMs with people who it seems have never been in professional situations where they have to wait their turn to talk and stick to the point. No, they try to use it as an opportunity to rant for ever. Driving me nuts. Agreements made then ignored. Old ground constantly revisited. People not wanting to pay for professional work, offering to do tasks themselves then not doing them. Begrudging using professionals to organise renovation and thinking they can do it. And then making the crapiest recommendations for renovations using naff tosh from DIY stores. I chaired the last meeting and some commented I was firm but fair. I managed to keep a lid on things and prevent the arguments and people storming out, as is the usual scenario. Now the bickering continues by email. Oh, brother!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 April, 2009, 09:39:17 AM
: "SuperSurfer"
... of management committees of flats.

Endless arguments. Never ending meetings and AGMs with people who it seems have never been in professional situations where they have to wait their turn to talk and stick to the point. No, they try to use it as an opportunity to rant for ever. Driving me nuts. Agreements made then ignored. Old ground constantly revisited. People not wanting to pay for professional work, offering to do tasks themselves then not doing them. Begrudging using professionals to organise renovation and thinking they can do it. And then making the crapiest recommendations for renovations using naff tosh from DIY stores. I chaired the last meeting and some commented I was firm but fair. I managed to keep a lid on things and prevent the arguments and people storming out, as is the usual scenario. Now the bickering continues by email. Oh, brother!

These people always think that they know everything.

Not sure if that is preferable to being ripped off by property professionals [property management] instead who constantly bill you for doing nothing or imposing their own cowboys onto you for redecoration etc.

Property management people are scum in my opinion and i refuse to deal with them anymore for any reason because i detest them.Complete tossers in their cheap suits.

£100 quid charge to change a lightbulb.

They can all fuck off because i will never buy a flat for the above reasons.

No way.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 April, 2009, 04:45:00 PM
Yeah Peterwolf, you can't win with flats. I know someone who needs to cough up £20K for renovations to his block! By order of the management group. And there is no arguing with that.

I mean getting professionals such as a surveyor to draw up a spec and make all the correct recommendations regarding regulations such as whether glass needs to be changed, fire alarms, lighting, regs regarding carpets etc. They all seem to know an expert who tells them what we need to do. Problem is, none of these experts are coming to the same conclusions. Or they get quotes but they can't be compared because they make odd requests such as asking the tiler to include in his price filling in the walls etc etc.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 April, 2009, 07:22:54 PM
I am never going near flats ever as i simply have seen far too much.

The only way i would consider it is if i could trouble shoot the management and find out if any money was being wasted or if the residents were being overcharged and that kind of thing and then after that would insist that i did the maintenance myself or oversee any work being done by others.

I have known instances of property management companies dipping into others maintenance funds without their consent.

I used to have to deal with them because i was given maintenance contracts but i am moving into the Heritage sector so hopefully that will be that.

Then this leads to surveyors reports etc .Again there have been instances were the surveyors reports and specs etc were just rubbish and i have had to do my own survey and rewrite it and disregard the surveyors specs as they were either completely wrong or were overspecifying or the materials that were specified in the original survey were completely inappropriate.

Its just aggravation that i dont need.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 25 April, 2009, 04:40:28 PM
... our car packed in. We are to blame as we just didn't look after it. Didn't regularly check the oil or anything else for that matter. Would go weeks without using it. So long that the battery would keep going flat. Oil light flashed on, warning bleeps. Added oil. Car ground to a halt. Needed it as we are planning move very soon and were hoping to do a car boot sale.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 25 April, 2009, 10:44:20 PM
...it remains to be seen wether life spugs yet ....About 6 weeks ago i rented a DVD which was the last time i switched on the DVD player since tonight.I just opened the disc tray and found the disc i rented 6 weeks ago still in the disc tray which means i only returned an empty box.

So this means that i have possibly got an overdue fine that totals 126 quid even possibly more.

I havent heard anything from the shop about it .Its possible they might think they have lost it themselves ?

Anyway i will return it and hope for the best and escape the fine.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Hoagy 26 April, 2009, 05:13:08 PM
Life spugs right, because, my f**cking neighbours come home drunk from about 6pm to midnight onwards almost every night making massive amounts of noise, either arguing or listening/SINGING ALONG to take twat till 2-3am, banging and creating a constantly aggravated atmosphere . THEN, when I strum my guitar for fifteen minutes on a Sunday around 3pm at a moderate volume and rehearse/write songs, they have the f**king gaul to start complaining via the banging of doors and grumpy rumblings.

I'm gonna start calling the cops every time their noise reaches my ears. They have no carpets and lttle furniture. So its also a f**king echo chamber down there.

VEry, disappointing. You know when some couple is acting constantly disfunctional and you bite your tongue hoping they'll see the error of their ways but they never do? Then you find you're arguing with your spouse because of the frustration that's been pent up by living next to (above in my case)the inconsiderate selfish b*stards? F**king assholes. I hate them.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 26 April, 2009, 06:08:32 PM
Yesterday I lost a pound coin, a pen and a bus ticket and for some reason this felt like the end of the fucking world.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 26 April, 2009, 06:30:07 PM
: "Godpleton"
Yesterday I lost a pound coin, a pen and a bus ticket and for some reason this felt like the end of the fucking world.

It's symptomatic of the hollow emptiness of your nihilistic existence. Probably best to end it all now -- it's only going to get worse.

Cheers!

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 26 April, 2009, 06:45:44 PM
I should also point out that the plus side in this situation was that I had to take a highly enjoyable walk home.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 26 April, 2009, 10:33:57 PM
: "Krombasher"
Life spugs right, because, my f**cking neighbours come home drunk from about 6pm to midnight onwards almost every night making massive amounts of noise, either arguing or listening/SINGING ALONG to take twat till 2-3am, banging and creating a constantly aggravated atmosphere . THEN, when I strum my guitar for fifteen minutes on a Sunday around 3pm at a moderate volume and rehearse/write songs, they have the f**king gaul to start complaining via the banging of doors and grumpy rumblings.

I'm gonna start calling the cops every time their noise reaches my ears. They have no carpets and lttle furniture. So its also a f**king echo chamber down there.

VEry, disappointing. You know when some couple is acting constantly disfunctional and you bite your tongue hoping they'll see the error of their ways but they never do? Then you find you're arguing with your spouse because of the frustration that's been pent up by living next to (above in my case)the inconsiderate selfish b*stards? F**king assholes. I hate them.

Go to the local council and talk to the dept that deals with noise nuisance/abatement/anti social behaviour and file a formal complaint and they will deal with it but in the meantime keep a diary of events but dont attack them over it under any circumstance as it may harm your case in the long term.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 26 April, 2009, 11:38:21 PM
Are those lime burns on your fingers, Pete?  ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Shokker_Skreema 26 April, 2009, 11:43:08 PM
Went down on a bird and noticed a small ball of rolled-up 'bleached' pink toilet paper amongst her pubes!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 27 April, 2009, 09:57:48 AM
nice
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 27 April, 2009, 10:11:11 AM
: "House of Usher"
Are those lime burns on your fingers, Pete?  ;)

Its just rough skin that you get from doing physical work plus i had just been skimming ceilings so i had plaster all over hands and it does dry the skin out a bit but it goes away after a few days.I get cuts quite often as well so i always have a roll of silver gaffer tape which is my first aid kit to wrap over any cuts.

I have had lime burns before but the worst is burns from Caustic Soda as i still have the scars from the time when a pair of rubber gloves had holes in when i was using caustic soda.Its a very aggressive Alkaline so you have to neutralise where it has burnt the skin with strong vinegar.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 27 April, 2009, 11:05:36 AM
Went down on a bird and noticed a small ball of rolled-up 'bleached' pink toilet paper amongst her pubes!

Ah well, at least she wipes, and welcome to the board, my good man.  Although I suspect this more properly belongs in the "Life is sort of okay..." thread, due to its somewhat mixed content...

Yesterday I lost a pound coin, a pen and a bus ticket and for some reason this felt like the end of the fucking world.
Now this I can empathise with.  Yesterday after cocking-up a perfectly nice espresso I went to empty the drip tray from my beloved coffee maker and found the only sink blocked with a full basin.  End of the fucking world is about right - cue hours of maudlin self-loathing and nasty bickering. And for what, a 2 second inconvenience?  The human brain is a bizarre thing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 27 April, 2009, 11:56:29 AM
My lovely seaside weekend is over and I'm travelling back to Nottingham in the rain. Back to work tomorrow for the remaining three weeks of my notice. Not really feeling the motivation, to be honest ...

Bah.

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 April, 2009, 11:59:51 AM
That's three weeks of sabotage!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: WoD 28 April, 2009, 03:37:44 PM
or actually when someone tries to blame you and you didn't do it...grrrr....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 28 April, 2009, 04:17:20 PM
you can steal a lot of stationery in three weeks, Jim  :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 05 May, 2009, 01:51:34 PM
I desperately needed something printed on A3 so went to Kwall-Kwik, Prontaprint and a local independent digital printer and NONE of them have an SD card reader, but only accept CD-ROM. What is this - 1994?

Crazy - it's not like an add-on card reader is even expensive and most PCs have had them as standard for years. Surely I can't be the first person who has ever taken these guys an SD card?

One shop not having a card reader I could understand - that's their bad. But three separate businesses offering a walk-in 'while-u-wait' service dealing in digital data, and not one able to read an SD card...!?!

Argh!!!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 05 May, 2009, 03:04:36 PM
You have my sympathies. They all have while-u-wait... Right up until the point that you tell them you don't just want a picture of your dog on a t-shirt.

I had a printers near me that couldn't read .psd files. Shortly after dealing with a 'webmaster' for a very large company who couldn't open a pdf...

And they still get paid  :shock:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 06 May, 2009, 08:14:09 PM
Someone put the cat's bowl in the dishwasher without emptying it first and everything got filthy. I suspect this was done intentionally.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 07 May, 2009, 03:29:30 PM
I recently did some corporate design work for a big public sector company. They loved what I did, paid, and everyone was happy.

I've just been sent an e-mail from an insider showing my idea completely nicked for another event by the same company. I know, I know, it happens all the time. But it doesn't make it any easier to stomach.

Thieving gets.   :x
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buddy 07 May, 2009, 04:04:06 PM
: "Banners"
I desperately needed something printed on A3 so went to Kwall-Kwik, Prontaprint and a local independent digital printer and NONE of them have an SD card reader, but only accept CD-ROM. What is this - 1994?

Crazy - it's not like an add-on card reader is even expensive and most PCs have had them as standard for years. Surely I can't be the first person who has ever taken these guys an SD card?

One shop not having a card reader I could understand - that's their bad. But three separate businesses offering a walk-in 'while-u-wait' service dealing in digital data, and not one able to read an SD card...!?!

Argh!!!!!!

Ah... I see a gap in the market there!

You should open the 'Walk in while u wait SD card reader friendly digital print' shop.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buddy 07 May, 2009, 04:18:52 PM
: "dandontdare"
I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthday (who I fancy big time and who, apparently used to really fancy me - long story!) along with her sister and some young lesbians.

That sounds like a candidate for  'best night out ever'.... how could you possibly top that! (apart from actually getting this girl into bed)?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 07 May, 2009, 04:25:36 PM
: "Uncle Umpty"
: "dandontdare"
I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthday (who I fancy big time and who, apparently used to really fancy me - long story!) along with her sister and some young lesbians.

how could you possibly top that! (apart from actually getting this girl into bed)?

You could get this girl, her sister and the young lesbians into bed...

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 07 May, 2009, 04:28:00 PM
: "Banners"
: "Uncle Umpty"
: "dandontdare"
I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthday (who I fancy big time and who, apparently used to really fancy me - long story!) along with her sister and some young lesbians.

how could you possibly top that! (apart from actually getting this girl into bed)?

You could get this girl, her sister and the young lesbians into bed...

Er... mind if I tag along, Dan?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buddy 07 May, 2009, 04:58:12 PM
: "Banners"
: "Uncle Umpty"
: "dandontdare"
I was supposed to be drinking cocktails in Chorlton to celebrate a good friend's birthday (who I fancy big time and who, apparently used to really fancy me - long story!) along with her sister and some young lesbians.

how could you possibly top that! (apart from actually getting this girl into bed)?

You could get this girl, her sister and the young lesbians into bed...

M@


Ah yes... the Full House!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 07 May, 2009, 05:53:22 PM
heheh. Never did get to meet her sister or the Friends With Sensible Shoes, but we still go out every week or two - subtly working my Jedi mind powers to get her to ditch the IT geek she's seeing. Will post on the 'life is drokkin fantastic' thread if it ever works.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 May, 2009, 07:15:57 PM
Pulled back my lustrous mane in the mirror and was greeted by a worryingly high hairline.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 May, 2009, 07:19:42 PM
And you're only 22!

Bald by 30.

Unlucky.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 07 May, 2009, 08:33:37 PM
Just wait till the grey sets in.





V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 07 May, 2009, 10:07:03 PM
Got called nto work 4 days into a fortnights holiday - first time I've had more than 3 consecutive days off in 12 years of working there - to be informed they are closingthe branch and all staff are out of a job. We are all on a months paid leave after tomorrow - yes, I have to go back tomorrow - while they sort the paperwork but it's a done deal. Absolutely gutting, but I suppose it's par for the course these days. At least we aren't expected to work out the aformentioned month as some places would but to be honest thats small consolation.

Surprisingly jovial atmosphere at work though. A kind of 'Don't give the bastards the satisfaction and go out on a high' attitude.Had a good laugh with some people who've been in my life seemingly forever.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 07 May, 2009, 10:12:38 PM
...first time I've had more than 3 consecutive days off in 12 years of working there

 The redundancy's terrible news, if par for the course these days, but no more than 3 days in a row in 12 years?!?  Jesus, after reading this thread I promise I'll never complain about my job again..
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 07 May, 2009, 10:13:01 PM
Jeez. Sorry to hear that faplad. Hope you can get something else sorted out sharpish.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 07 May, 2009, 10:32:15 PM
Luckily, or not if you consider it probably played a factor in us closing, I live in a town that is swamped with firms doing pretty much what we did. Hopefully one of our many competitors will have an opening or two.

My main concern today was actually for one of my colleagues. He joined the company a couple of months after me but eventually left for bigger things after over a decade. Last year they lured him back with big money offers and promises of rapid promotion on the strengh of ehich he bought a bigger house and he and his new wife started trying for a baby. She's now 2 weeks away from due and he's down the road with the rest of us. Trouble is, cos he left for a period his service is only counted from last year which means he's knackered when it comes to redundancy money. Times are going to be very tough for thaem in the near future I'd wager. A real shame
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buttonman 07 May, 2009, 11:31:30 PM
Tough break Faplad, hope things work out OK for you.

I actually came on to moan that I've got a job starting June 1st. After 3 years of being self employed I thought it best to beat a tactical retreat for the security of paid employment seeing as the government has over mortgaged the country. Just back on the treadmill in time for the imminent tax hikes.

If you are at all interested the job search and interview experiences have been blogged :


No sir I mean your reference number (http://http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=90479139&blogId=487753888)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 08 May, 2009, 05:10:39 PM
I hope things work out well for you Faplad.

I've worked for the same company for 25 years and I'd imagine them closing would be like loosing an arm.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 08 May, 2009, 05:40:49 PM
: "faplad"
they lured him back with big money offers and promises of rapid promotion on the strengh of ehich he bought a bigger house and he and his new wife started trying for a baby. She's now 2 weeks away from due and he's down the road with the rest of us.
:shock:  That's what happens when you make plans. It's why I've always been very risk-averse, kept my obligations to a minimum, and have never taken any chances. It's a hard way to live sometimes and keeping your options permanently open often means having to live very frugally for long stretches at a time, but you're also well placed to weather financial adversity by being adaptable, like working in a low-paid sector that continually ticks over, neither growing nor shrinking, which potentially offers a lot of unpaid leave for personal development once you've settled in. If you can resign yourself to the idea of never having any kids you can live quite comfortably doing what I do. I made that choice when I was 20, never optimistic of my chances of earning enough money to support a family; and lo, it came to pass: I never did.

Sorry to hear your news, faplad. Our economy really is a bloody house of cards, isn't it?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 08 May, 2009, 06:03:15 PM
With the cancellation of the South Bank Show, my employer now has absolutely zero claim to being a force for cultural good.

But that's alright, because I've also learnt that my fine employers are looking into the possibility of outsourcing what I do anyway.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 08 May, 2009, 06:12:17 PM
: "SamuelAWilkinson"
With the cancellation of the South Bank Show, my employer now has absolutely zero claim to being a force for cultural good.

But that's alright, because I've also learnt that my fine employers are looking into the possibility of outsourcing what I do anyway.

Can we get an apology for Demons before you go sniffing around for sympathy?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 08 May, 2009, 06:13:04 PM
I'd issue one, but sad to say it's one of our better efforts of late.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 10 May, 2009, 01:18:24 AM
The new LIbrary building in Brighton is a beautiful piece of architecture [part of the Jubilee St development] and is one of the very few things the council has done that is worthwhile in at least the last decade.

The problem is the council forgot to stock any books in it or hardly any.I didnt have time to see what the Comic/GN section was like today but i am in no particular rush to explore it and find virtually nothing when i do bother to look.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 10 May, 2009, 07:17:59 AM
Books?  In a library?  You don't want to go breaking up the flowing interior spaces with those old things - where ever would all the computers go?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 10 May, 2009, 10:07:17 AM
The computers are all upstairs in the IT dept.There are roughly about 15 small bookshelves with just the same old stock of old books that were moved over from the previous library along with the 1960s style bookshelves.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 10 May, 2009, 10:18:22 AM
Our local library is rather fabulous, with a dedicated ADD mezzanine where they keep most of the computers and all of the comics (although I still wish they could find some way of not shelving Joe Matt's Spent right beside Ultimate Spiderman - I fear the web fluids may mix).  However, it is perpetually full of kids, talking, eating and drinking coffee.  I want to scream 'QUIET!' like the tragic old fart I am, then I think: "Wait.  Children.  In a Library.  Not shooting up or stealing cars, but 'doing' their homework.  Sigh.  The needs of the many...".  So now I'm just the old fart with the earplugs and the twitch.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 10 May, 2009, 12:35:04 PM
Children should *not* be drinking coffee at that age.

Disgraceful.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 10 May, 2009, 10:47:33 PM
My carpet is dirty. Was all my vacumning in vain?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 10 May, 2009, 10:47:57 PM
Been off the site for a couple of days sorting out various things after last weeks pretty bad end so I'll like to thank those people who've posted support at my troubles. I've not been ignoring you honest.  As luck would have it the manager of our nearest competitor - geographically speaking, they're literally next door and we'd often chat through the fence - has let it be known that he'll almost certainly want to take on some of our staff, in the hopes of some of our customers following suit. So now I'm torn between hoping I'm one of the lucky ones and thinking of the ones who don't get in. All mates and some in grater financial need than me.

On a lighter note, I too find it a tad annoying when kids cause uproar in Libraries. I might take the view that we should encourage their prescence except the ones I know are not in fact doing homework but are messing about on roleplay games and sending each other abusive e-mails. Both noble pursuits I'm sure but there is a time and a place and it's not when I'm trying to bloody read.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 May, 2009, 06:33:52 PM
Commiserations Faplad.I am 99 percent certain i lost some work that i had in the South Of France today which was a bummer.

We should all by compensated by Govt for their own incompetence and their ill conceived failed economic experiments.

...of dumb idiots that walk right into you on the pavement when they have plenty of space for themselves to walk around.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 11 May, 2009, 06:37:21 PM
: "peterwolf"
We should all by compensated by Govt for their own incompetence and their ill conceived failed economic experiments.
a) What experiments? What exactly has this government done that wasn't started when Thatcher came to power in 1979?

b) What should we be compensated with? Our own money? Who would pay for it?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 May, 2009, 07:44:33 PM
I dont want to get into politics again particularly.

I am not arguing party politics here as this has zilch to do with Thatcher in I979 as this is totally unrelated to previous recessions.

To be fair though i am 99 percent certain that if Tories had remained in power for another term or 2 then they would have done exactly the same as New Labour.

 A quick answer is that this Govt very shortly after it was elected adopted an economic policy that was first proposed by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve that was made possible by the  wholesale Liberalisation of the banking system worldwide or in the West .This is why lending became very easy and cheap for everyone which eventually span out of control because of lack of regulation in the banking / financial sector.
However thats like the Chicken and the Egg because you couldnt very well have tighter regulation of banks within a Liberalised banking system or you could but the FSA [ a Govt controlled organisation] were effectively a lame duck and the Govt chose to ignore any warnings that it would all end in tears.

The buck stops with them as they were in an elected paid position of responsibility and they failed and they have failed with their solutions as well.

This has all *mostly* happened since New Labour were elected when Building Societies became Banks and introduced very low rates of interest that were set by the newly independent BOE which led to uncontrolled borrowing.The very low interest rates which meant very low returns for investment for anyone with any money in the bank so this in turn created a housing bubble that was fueled by easy cheap lending because of the better returns on reselling the property at a higher price as an alternative form of investment .The higher house prices were caused by cheap easy lending which meant that anyone could borrow money in multiples times income that were simply unheard of and not possible in 1979 or since the last decade.



Globalism is also to blame because the worldwide money markets are all now interconnected a *lot* more than they used to be in terms of foreign investment.If a bank here loses money by investing over there then the bank here loses because they invested badly over there which has a knock on effect here which is exactly what is happening right now.

Globalism is a failed experiment socially and economically .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 11 May, 2009, 07:52:58 PM
: "peterwolf"
I dont want to get into politics again particularly.

I am not arguing party politics here as this has zilch to do with Thatcher in I979 as this is totally unrelated to previous recessions.

To be fair though i am 99 percent certain that if Tories had remained in power for another term or 2 then they would have done exactly the same as New Labour.

 A quick answer is that this Govt very shortly after it was elected adopted an economic policy that was first proposed by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve that was made possible by the  wholesale Liberalisation of the banking system worldwide or in the West .This is why lending became very easy and cheap for everyone which eventually span out of control because of lack of regulation in the banking / financial sector.
However thats like the Chicken and the Egg because you couldnt very well have tighter regulation of banks within a Liberalised banking system or you could but the FSA [ a Govt controlled organisation] were effectively a lame duck and the Govt chose to ignore any warnings that it would all end in tears.

The buck stops with them as they were in an elected paid position of responsibility and they failed and they have failed with their solutions as well.

This has all *mostly* happened since New Labour were elected when Building Societies became Banks and introduced very low rates of interest that were set by the newly independent BOE which led to uncontrolled borrowing.The very low interest rates which meant very low returns for investment for anyone with any money in the bank so this in turn created a housing bubble that was fueled by easy cheap lending because of the better returns on reselling the property at a higher price as an alternative form of investment .The higher house prices were caused by cheap easy lending which meant that anyone could borrow money in multiples times income that were simply unheard of and not possible in 1979 or since the last decade.



Globalism is also to blame because the worldwide money markets are all now interconnected a *lot* more than they used to be in terms of foreign investment.If a bank here loses money by investing over there then the bank here loses because they invested badly over there which has a knock on effect here which is exactly what is happening right now.

Globalism is a failed experiment socially and economically .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 11 May, 2009, 07:54:05 PM
...I'm reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The horror....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 May, 2009, 08:01:13 PM
: "Godpleton"
: "peterwolf"
I dont want to get into politics again particularly.

I am not arguing party politics here as this has zilch to do with Thatcher in I979 as this is totally unrelated to previous recessions.

To be fair though i am 99 percent certain that if Tories had remained in power for another term or 2 then they would have done exactly the same as New Labour.

 A quick answer is that this Govt very shortly after it was elected adopted an economic policy that was first proposed by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve that was made possible by the  wholesale Liberalisation of the banking system worldwide or in the West .This is why lending became very easy and cheap for everyone which eventually span out of control because of lack of regulation in the banking / financial sector.
However thats like the Chicken and the Egg because you couldnt very well have tighter regulation of banks within a Liberalised banking system or you could but the FSA [ a Govt controlled organisation] were effectively a lame duck and the Govt chose to ignore any warnings that it would all end in tears.

The buck stops with them as they were in an elected paid position of responsibility and they failed and they have failed with their solutions as well.

This has all *mostly* happened since New Labour were elected when Building Societies became Banks and introduced very low rates of interest that were set by the newly independent BOE which led to uncontrolled borrowing.The very low interest rates which meant very low returns for investment for anyone with any money in the bank so this in turn created a housing bubble that was fueled by easy cheap lending because of the better returns on reselling the property at a higher price as an alternative form of investment .The higher house prices were caused by cheap easy lending which meant that anyone could borrow money in multiples times income that were simply unheard of and not possible in 1979 or since the last decade.



Globalism is also to blame because the worldwide money markets are all now interconnected a *lot* more than they used to be in terms of foreign investment.If a bank here loses money by investing over there then the bank here loses because they invested badly over there which has a knock on effect here which is exactly what is happening right now.

Globalism is a failed experiment socially and economically .


Yes i know but i felt that i had to answer the question and i couldnt answer it in a very short reply.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 12 May, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
The bus from Newport Pagnell to Milton Keynes is now £1.70. For that price I feel I should at least get to murder one of MK Metro's sociopathic drivers.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 May, 2009, 07:01:02 PM
....someone i know who was a very good mobile car mechanic has just hung himself from a tree in the garden because of relationship problems.First time i have ever known anyone who has commited suicide and it feels a bit weird if i spend too much time thinking about it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 May, 2009, 07:52:24 PM
...it feels a bit weird if i spend too much time thinking about it.

For fecks sake don't spend too much time thinking about it.  We've discussed it at length here before, but I honestly can't think of anything more shattering than the effects of suicide on the 'survivors', even in situations were the death wasn't (fates forbid) a loved one or a close friend.  It's just so unimaginable, and at the same time all too imaginable.  Think happy thoughts our Peter, maybe work at your ever-improving art instead.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 May, 2009, 10:19:18 PM
: "TordelBack"
...it feels a bit weird if i spend too much time thinking about it.

For fecks sake don't spend too much time thinking about it.  We've discussed it at length here before, but I honestly can't think of anything more shattering than the effects of suicide on the 'survivors', even in situations were the death wasn't (fates forbid) a loved one or a close friend.  It's just so unimaginable, and at the same time all too imaginable.  Think happy thoughts our Peter, maybe work at your ever-improving art instead.

Thanks for your post.

I am not overly sentimental about death when it happens as i just see it as a fact of life.Its not something i have ever been in contact with before and it seems like although i have got my head around the idea that if its something that someone wants to do and they are determined to do it then they will for whatever reason but in this case it must have been because of impaired judgment and an irrational reaction to whatever was going on.

You might read about it happening or even have an understanding of it to a certain extent as it has been talked about here before but having heard about it today i just cant get my head round it at all partly because of the circumstances .I just cant reconcile my understanding ? of it with the reality of it .

Whatever.

Time to move on from it as life goes on.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 21 May, 2009, 05:30:17 PM
...because even in very important Proposal documents, you realise three days too late that spell-checkers don't pick up where you've mistakenly used the word "pubic" instead of "public". Dammit.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 21 May, 2009, 06:30:17 PM
Bwa-ha-haaa! :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 22 May, 2009, 01:48:29 AM
Flat management group at each others throats again. Big email ding-dong. I broke the golden rule and sent an angry email before I cooled off. What's the point of having meetings when the moment you get out individuals start getting to work to undo all that was agreed?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tiplodocus 22 May, 2009, 08:45:29 PM
I'm reading THE ROAD at the moment as well.  I'd say it's one for the LIFE'S FANTASTIC thread though because it is fantastic that you get stuff like this to read.


LIFE SPUGS because about 1 in 4 of my colleagues (and possibly me - but I should be safe) will be without jobs in about three months time.  They say it's part of a "strategic review to improve efficiency" but it sounds more like a knee jerk reaction to someone (with a knighthood and a huge pension) pissing 28 billion quid up the wall recently.  

I'm particularly narked by the improve efficiency bit. It sounds as if we've all been twiddling our thumbs for 25% of the time recently...

Oh and if anyone thinks "Well, they deserve it, they work for a bank" then...  you have my sympathy and pity.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 22 May, 2009, 10:18:43 PM
: "Tiplodocus"
I'm reading THE ROAD at the moment as well.  I'd say it's one for the LIFE'S FANTASTIC thread though because it is fantastic that you get stuff like this to read.

It's a bit of both. Emotionally, I'm a bit of a friggin' yo-yo at the moment, so, now that I've finished, yes it was probably one of the best books I've ever read. BUT it wasn't an easy read. I blubbed like a mugged child at the end. Here's hoping the movie is downright incredible.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 May, 2009, 11:00:57 PM
...the church across the road is sometimes used as a live music venue and tonight it was the Brighton Beach Boys yet again.Even the name is a crap pun on a name.They also do an unpleasent line in Beatles covers as well.In short they are complete Shite and its nothing more than godawful Pub Rock as every song they have played tonight like God Only Knows and whatever else has been played with the exact same monotonous moronic time signature over and over again and their horrible loud bombastic style of music.

Not only is the time signature of every song identical but the speed of the time signature is also identical every time.



God Only Knows ....

Brian Wilson would say that they are Shit as well.


Complete Shit .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 May, 2009, 01:35:01 AM
...of drivers that dont indicate.

 Use your indicators you stupid lazy sloppy inconsiderate lame brained useless Twats.

 Grrrrrr.........

 ...... of Cyclists.80-90 percent of them fit the above description.Especially those who use mobiles while cycling.Twats.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 May, 2009, 02:29:37 AM
....of Building Inspectors.In the process of trying to get a job signed off by Council Building Inspectors and needing some information about a Firewall/Party Wall i get told that "i have to look it up on the Internet...".

So i am supposed to spend my time finding out info that they are being paid to provide when asked.

Perhaps i can ask someone else to do my work for nothing because i cant be bothered to do it.

GGRrrrrrrr.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 29 May, 2009, 02:01:30 PM
The youngest and smallest of  our new puppies Sonny's Bhoy died late last night. My Mother used to breed siamese cats when i was growing up , so I knew there was always a possibility that we may lose some (the remaining four are all doing well) but the fact that it has happened is still a bit of a shock and I am very saddened, writing this with tears in my eyes.



filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 29 May, 2009, 03:01:20 PM
Shite, sorry mate.  I am a total softie when it comes to animals and have never met one that I didn't instantly fall in love with. I actually decided to forego pets a while ago cos their eventual demise always ripped me up but I inevitably relent whenever some cute little bundle is in need of a home. Currently housing 3 cats and 2 rabbits. You have my sympathies and I hope the rest continue to do well.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Something Fishy 31 May, 2009, 09:22:21 PM
I'm surrounded by some truly ungrateful morons at work who appreciate nothing that's done for them ever.. and won't take any responsibility for anything.  Actually blew up on someone for the first time in a long time on friday.. grrrr..
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Daveycandlish 01 June, 2009, 10:41:18 PM
the hotter weather makes the ladies wear less clothing...

and around here, that means there is a lot more flesh on display which is an odd mixture of cottage cheese and corned beef
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Darren Stephens 02 June, 2009, 05:53:53 AM
Back to work today after a long weekend. In this weather. Bah!  :cry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: ukdane 02 June, 2009, 04:47:11 PM
I've just received a bank statement, and it shows some munceface has used my debit card fraudulantly and I'm missing just under £700 from my bank account!

That's £700 that I didn'thave in the first place.

Used on Ladbrokes.com

 :cry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 02 June, 2009, 07:05:05 PM
I've spent the day finishing my entry for the Art Comp, ony for my computer to decide after the last save that "the file is corrupt and unreadable"

Whoop-di-frickin-do.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dunk! 03 June, 2009, 10:02:41 AM
I just had to have a blood test and when it was over the phlebotomist said "Opps" then explained she'd taken the wrong vial in one case and therefore needed to take some more from my other arm.

Brilliant.  :cry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 June, 2009, 05:04:09 PM
....i have got Gripfill [solvent based adhesive] all over my hands which is going to take at least an hour to scrub off in the bath with a green scourer which is making my already bad mood considerably worse and i feel my patience is going to snap any second now.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 03 June, 2009, 08:09:49 PM
I've just come home to find a seventy quid fine for an unpaid parking ticket I didn't even know I'd had!

The story: I went to a gig in Manchester on May 4th. Ginger, from The Wildhearts, since you asked. By the time I got to Manchester, it was getting late, pissing down with rain and I was hoping to avoid getting stuck outside, queueing in the deluge. Poor visibility, unfamiliarity with the area and a little too much haste added up to my parking in a loading bay instead of a parking space. How was I to know? It looked like a parking space at the time! And anyway - the shops were all shut and had been for some hours!

According to the notice, the scumbag, er, parking warden collared me at 22:41. That's PM. Seriously - who could I possibly be inconveniencing in a deserted, partly flooded street at twenty to eleven at night on a wet bank holiday Monday? Even more annoying, I'm pretty sure I was back in my car and on my way home by eleven!

Anyway, either the ticket was never served or some toerag took it off my windscreen, as there was no sign of it when I got back. Obviously, this means I've missed my chance to pay the 50% charge for prompt payment, and I'm lumbered with the full, bloated weight of the seventy quid fine.

And before you say it, I know there was a probably a microscopic, graffiti-strewn "No Parking" sign hidden somewhere on the street, like some sort of litigious, regulation-spouting "Where's Wally" puzzle, but I didn't see it, OK?

Sigh. Life just keeps on finding ways to relieve me of every last bleedin' penny...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 June, 2009, 08:23:08 PM
....I recommended someone i knew to do some work that has since amounted to the value of 120,000 quid.

What do i get in return for doing so since they wouldnt have earnt it if it wasnt for me ?

Sweet FA thats what.

Not even a thank you.

Selfish ungrateful Twat.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 03 June, 2009, 09:17:24 PM
We had a gig lined up in The Granite City- a Box Wars gig- anyone who's unfamiliar with this concept-
To promote recycling, people turn up in costumes made of card, weilding cardboard tube weapons. They proceed to mosh about hitting each other with the weapons whilst in costume! Amidst the carnage, the bands play...
mental!!!

Only I just heard the gig got cancelled because of venue problems-  fucking boooooo!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 03 June, 2009, 11:43:39 PM
I have bored you guys enough with complaints about the management group for the place I am going to be moving into. I have never met so many bitter, argumentative, incorrigible (and tight) people. I just found out that two weeks ago there was a break in through a window in the communal areas. I realise that it was kept shut by the most flimsy and broken window stay. Apparently the burglars broke into one flat and stole some stuff after having tried to open a few doors. Well it turns out that at least two of the flat owners, both on the management group did not inform the rest of us as they have an axe to grind about other issues! Just amazing how twisted some people can become.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 June, 2009, 10:15:48 AM
"Well it turns out that at least two of the flat owners, both on the management group did not inform the rest of us as they have an axe to grind about other issues! Just amazing how twisted some people can become."

I stopped being amazed by things like that ages ago.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 04 June, 2009, 12:27:24 PM
This is my first experience of that sort of management group flats hassle. I regret not selling the damn flat when property prices peaked. Problem is we spent good money to refurbish it and I regret that now. Once prices are up I am getting the hell out of there. The most problematic people are the landlords. Tight and difficult to say the least. In the last years I have come to the conclusion that things are how they are because people are comfortable with how they are. The communal areas are a dump despite the fact that there is lots in the kitty to refurbish. But it just can't happen. Everything reaches an impasse as some of them are more interested in horse trading gripes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 04 June, 2009, 12:44:16 PM
That type of crap is endemic in management companies and residents' groups.  The selfish short-sighted drivel that flows every time any sort of issue arises is soul crushing.  Some poor kid's bike was stolen out of her hands last week, and there's now a genuine push on to put a fucking keypad-controlled gate on all the pedestrian entrances to our 400-unit estate - despite the three public road exits and shared open space with neighbouring estates that already exists.  Hilarious, unless you're paying for this crap.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 04 June, 2009, 02:13:04 PM
Flat management groups are a great advert for dictators. Humans need to have one clear leader in charge. When everyone considers themselves to be the boss, chaos follows.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 05 June, 2009, 12:43:52 PM
...we live in a really snobby, intolerant neighbourhood and were challenged yesterday when we parked our humble little car opposite our house by an arrogant, crusty old harridan. unfortunately for her, we had just come back from a camping trip with 20 students with learning/behavioural difficulties, and although we had a good time, our patience was non-existent, so she got a mouthful. now awaiting a knock form our local bobby...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 05 June, 2009, 12:50:12 PM
Fair play to ya. I can't stand people who think the pavement and road outside their house is theirs and theirs alone. A nieghbour up the road is the same here. I sometimes park there just to wind him up. Talk about life being too short...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 05 June, 2009, 01:04:33 PM
Abso-bloody-lutely, Fester.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 05 June, 2009, 05:22:47 PM
What ever happened to Friday nights in the pub after work and Theweekend startshere!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 07 June, 2009, 03:23:40 AM
It's 2.30am and still got tons of packing to do as moving flat tomorrow morning. Just sending some emails to say I won't be online for a week or so. But running out of steam. And you know what, I'm going to bed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 07 June, 2009, 02:20:36 PM
....of people.

Someone i know gave me a measurement of a doorway in their flat.I found a door to fit from a salvage yard and was going to hang it for them.The door didnt fit because the doorway was nearly an inch wider than the measurement i was given.

They then lied and said i took the measurement when i didnt which caused an argument which they lost.

It makes me wonder why i bother.

..theres always some kind of noise pollution.Someone is flying a small plane overhead.I wish they would just piss off.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 08 June, 2009, 12:14:23 AM
Danny Dyer.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 08 June, 2009, 12:48:14 PM
Good call Roger.

I saw the ad for his new series last night, where he goes to live with nasty criminals on his own without a camera crew. The man is quite obviously a total cock. I thought he'd managed to irritate me before, but by christ this time he's gone too far. I'm just hoping that we can have a phone vote to have him killed in one of three despicable manners.

"If you'd like to see Danny eaten alive by earwigs text A to....."

Or better yet one of these coke fuelled arsehole villains will just have the momentary good sense to beat him to death with a rottweiler or something.

Not that I'll be watching it anyway.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: WoD 08 June, 2009, 01:26:05 PM
: "ukdane"
I've just received a bank statement, and it shows some munceface has used my debit card fraudulantly and I'm missing just under £700 from my bank account!

That's £700 that I didn'thave in the first place.

Used on Ladbrokes.com

 :cry:

Happened to me a few weeks back - check your statement for some other smaller 'fishing' amounts as well.  You should get it all back though, but it is a hassle that you don't need.  AND - when you get your new card make sure you tell the relevant people the number (and if you pay it by Direct Debit, make sure the mandate gets changed or you could end up with charges for late payment on the credit card...just saying)!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 08 June, 2009, 01:54:05 PM
That really sucks. Happend to us too a while ago. Fortunately Barclays smelt a rat and blocked the payment.
if its the one for your toof subscription make sure they know too ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 08 June, 2009, 04:28:48 PM
I havent seen the Ads for the Danny Dyer thing yet but i can already imagine what it is going to be like.

Reminds me of Ross Kemp being filmed in Afghanistan.

They are both Wannabees if you like.

In the meantime who and where are these villains ? cos i want a word with them.Nothing that a knife and a baseball bat wont sort out....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 08 June, 2009, 04:38:39 PM
People voted for the BNP
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 08 June, 2009, 04:42:06 PM
I'd never heard fot this Dyer fella until reading this thread.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 08 June, 2009, 09:04:41 PM
: "johnnystress"
People voted for the BNP

They had actual fucken' blackshirts in Hungary!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 08 June, 2009, 09:06:47 PM
The far right won in Holland too

state of him

(http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/assets/images/2009/06/05/090605110912_090605_witn_wilders_226x152.jpg)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 08 June, 2009, 10:23:56 PM
That BNP lad is a right dozy prat (and other truisms).  It's not often you see a politico outgunned by a Sky News interviewer.  

Ah well, at least we gave Libertas the kicking they so richly deserved.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 08 June, 2009, 11:41:39 PM
....because the media chooses to prioritise its news coverage to the extent that the EU elections were virtually ignored in comparison to the MPs expenses business and the self destruction of New Labour and the long overdue downfall of Gordon Brown.There were hardly any articles in the broadsheets and virtually no debate and very little promotion of it and virtually nothing that explained to voters what it is all about prior to the election.

No debate on the EU issues prior to the EU elections and yes i  believe that this was  partly deliberate or convenient because how is an election !! [every 4 years] less important than some MP who claimed expenses for buying potted plants or garden furniture ?

Stupid slanted media.

They must think everyone is stupid.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 09 June, 2009, 03:24:37 PM
€60 to change a set of tyres! grrrr :angry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 June, 2009, 03:43:23 PM
: "johnnystress"
€60 to change a set of tyres! grrrr :angry:
Sounds like a bargain to me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buddy 09 June, 2009, 03:57:13 PM
I walked 10 miles to get home last night, taking about 3 hours, getting in at 2am, up again at 7:30am and my legs are killing me, as are the blisters on my feet.

Posted this already but it didn't appear for some reason, so apologies if it turns up twice.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 09 June, 2009, 04:17:49 PM
: "ukdane"
I've just received a bank statement, and it shows some munceface has used my debit card fraudulantly and I'm missing just under £700 from my bank account!

Yeah, some joker made a catalogue order from my debit account to the tune of £860 a few months back. Bastards. I got the money back, but still... bastards.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 09 June, 2009, 04:33:17 PM
Almost a million people in this country voted for the BMP in last Thursday's elections (a truly frightening fact) and the only reason two of the morons got elected is because most people couldn't even be bothered to vote.  So, not only do we have an apathetic majority who apparently couldn't give a toss about their democratic rights, we've also elected Fascists to represent us.  Makes you feel proud!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 09 June, 2009, 08:53:36 PM
: "Old Tankie"
Almost a million people in this country voted for the BMP
British Munce Party? Damn them!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 09 June, 2009, 09:20:26 PM
If all the idiots that are protesting against the BNP voted then the Nazi scum wouldn't have got in in the first place.






V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 09 June, 2009, 09:39:07 PM
The Fascists will be scrapping with the Communists very soon if they havent started already which it appears they have.

I dont vote for the BNP and dont support them* but they have a right to speak in a free society [not quite sure about that] so it was a shame to see the Govt affiliated Unite Against Fascism/Searchlight/Socialist worker Party thugs attack their press conference as that is not what democracy is about. Since they were democratically elected then they are legally allowed to hold a press conference without being subjected to violence.

If this kind of activity continues and the UAF have made it clear that it will then if the govt doesnt condemn it and the law doesnt act then *there is a problem*.

If no action is taken in future then it is state sanctioned violence and if this turns out to be the case then we already live in a Fascist society.

They might only be in a minority but they are really no better than the Nazis/Fascists that they oppose.

Morons.

Anti - Fascism becomes Fascism.

How stupid is that ?

*make sure you read that correctly.

This might be really interesting as it develops.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 09 June, 2009, 10:40:43 PM
Glad to see you spotted my deliberate mistake, dandontdare, (I wish!).

I think you're right, Peter, to try and suppress a violent party with violent demonstrations is playing into their hands. The only way to take on the BNP is to challenge them in a debate, which will show up how ridiculous their views are.  I wonder how many of the near one million people who voted for them realize, for example, that non-white people are not even allowed to join the BNP.  It's no good the main-stream parties ignoring them and pretending they don't exist, they have to explain to the population what voting for the BNP actually means.

I don't for one minute believe that ALL the one million people who voted for the BNP are racists, but I think a vast number of them are "politically illiterate."
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 June, 2009, 11:25:56 PM
Yes, you shouldn't attack the BNP with eggs and that. Either ignore them or ridicule their nonsense. Silencing them and confronting them with aggression just makes their idiot supporters feel persecuted and more entrenched in their views and their claim to victim status.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 09 June, 2009, 11:49:19 PM
: "House of Usher"
Silencing them and confronting them with aggression just makes their idiot supporters feel persecuted and more entrenched in their views and their claim to victim status.

Unless, of course, we actually get them all.

That's an unmarked grave no-one will rush to uncover.

Cheers!

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: eggonlegs 09 June, 2009, 11:57:55 PM
because i cant find any 128+ mb smart media cards for my lovely new korg esx
no one sells them any more
bastards
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 10 June, 2009, 12:56:51 AM
: "Old Tankie"
Glad to see you spotted my deliberate mistake, dandontdare, (I wish!).

I think you're right, Peter, to try and suppress a violent party with violent demonstrations is playing into their hands. The only way to take on the BNP is to challenge them in a debate, which will show up how ridiculous their views are.  I wonder how many of the near one million people who voted for them realize, for example, that non-white people are not even allowed to join the BNP.  It's no good the main-stream parties ignoring them and pretending they don't exist, they have to explain to the population what voting for the BNP actually means.

I don't for one minute believe that ALL the one million people who voted for the BNP are racists, but I think a vast number of them are "politically illiterate."

I dont believe that every BNP supporter is a Nazi or a Racist either.Vast numbers of the UK electorate are politically illiterate anyway.



As much as i dislike Nazis or Fascists or Racists i also dislike that filthy rent a mob of trash that i saw today.

Not in my name thanks.

Morons are all the same to me.

The mainstream parties are not ignoring the BNP.Far from it.They are seriously worried and between now and the general election the govt are going to try every dirty trick and smear possible to discredit them.Just you wait and see.

Every member of the BNP and their supporters will have their names and details on MI5 files.I bet they will have a few MI5 moles in the BNP as well.

Its interesting though that the police did nothing [were told to do nothing] when it kicked off while i was under the assumption that protests were illegal within 1 mile of the Houses Of Parliament.

Its interesting that is.I can almost smell the hypocrisy and double standards from here.

Another staged protest.

Thankfully UKIP are getting a lot more votes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 10 June, 2009, 08:33:39 AM
While 'abroad' in recent weeks, I couldn't help but glance the usual selection of days-old British rags outside the tourist shops, and absorb an Adrian Veidt-like overview of the mood of the world from their headlines.  While SuBo Meltdown! was obviously the most pressing matter, the consistent impression given of Global Issue No. 2 was A Tidal Wave of Immigrants Is Costing Us Billions.  I don't think support for the infantile mentality of the BNP is surprising in this light (although SuBo's defeat was a shock).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 10 June, 2009, 10:57:38 AM
: "eggonlegs"
because i cant find any 128+ mb smart media cards for my lovely new korg esx
no one sells them any more
bastards
have you tried amazon ?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuji-128MB-Smar ... B00005Y3RC (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuji-128MB-SmartMedia-Card-Volt/dp/B00005Y3RC)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 10 June, 2009, 09:11:05 PM
We elected fascists when we voted in the labour party, again.

You think they should be allowed to spread their ideas because of 'democracy', then wonder why they manage to get voted in. Think about what youre saying. By defending these cunts 'right to speak' you're actually part of the problem. Sitting around whining about it on a comics forum and saying that the people who are ACTIVELY trying to do something about it are just as bad, will do nothing. Which is essentially what liberals WILL do about it in the long run- shake your head, tut and claim how terrible it is. After all, you don't want anyone to think you agree with them- but life goes on...
That's just what liberals do- nothing will interfere with their little existance in a little bubble of work/ tv/ pub/ bed.

Anything to shut them up- no platform for fascism is acceptable.

The BNP's links to violent, aggressive affiliated groups has long been established- these people aren't interested in discussion and given access to mass media and spin/ publicity of course they will gain followers. Many people are inherently idiotic and refuse to scratch deeper under the cosmetic skin of life than reading bullshit in shitrags like The Scum newspaper and watching the scrollbar on Fox news.

When the population is more interested in who will win Big Brother/ Celebrity Wanker than current affairs, only those with a vested interest will vote.
And that's precisely why extremists like the BNP get voted in. Do we NEVER learn?

And the fact remains that more than a few dickheads have had their 'political opinion' changed by a couple of stiff dunts- suddenly, they realise that it's not a game or a social club/ gang.

Sorry to have a go- but (IMO) yer speakin' shite.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 June, 2009, 04:03:37 AM
"We elected fascists when we voted in the labour party, again."

I cant argue with that really as leaving aside the racism/ethnicity inequality issue Communism and Fascism are either side of the same coin.One is inherently worse because of  Racism but otherwise both kill large numbers of people .

It all amounts to Authoritarianism or Totalitarianism .

Leaving aside the Racism aspect which cannot be defended i was defending the democratic system impartially Nazis or No Nazis in principle because its all there is at the moment.I would have said the same if it was the other way around.

"Anything to shut them up" taken to its logical conclusion could ultimately mean a bombing campaign or violence -state sanctioned or not or mob rule which is what happens in less civilised countries like Zimbabwe or any other shitty country you can think of.

I can go along with not giving the far right a political platform but there are better ways to solve the problem of the rise of the BNP than violence.

Events like yesterday as that was not a peaceful demonstration will be counterproductive as it gives them publicity and generates more support for them from disaffected floating voters who are fed up with New Labour and Conservatives as they see them as being virtually the same  and we are talking very large numbers here so they will possibly vote BNP as a protest against the mainstream parties.The less publicity they get the better as there is a credible non racist/ non -Nazi political party that addresses certain problems  to vote for instead of the BNP.I will criticise the demonstrators yesterday as much as i want to for the above reason.

Its a very sad indictment of a country that is so fucked up that it has the shadow of far right extremism hanging over it as if it doesnt have enough problems already.I blame the govt as usual who have managed to disaffect huge numbers of people by not listening to them and going too far to the left and so many other reasons too numerous to mention plus the fact that Labour and Conservative are virtually the same and so are LibDems.

Its alright attacking the symptom but you also have to understand the cause otherwise its just stupid because they are attracting a following beyond their hardcore members that are not Nazis or Fascists or Rascists and you have to ask why ?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 11 June, 2009, 03:15:10 PM
...my housemate is an inconsiderate cock who insists on playing thumping bass through my bedroom wall at all hours. Grrrr...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Woolly 11 June, 2009, 03:32:27 PM
: "Dark Jimbo"
...my housemate is an inconsiderate cock who insists on playing thumping bass through my bedroom wall at all hours. Grrrr...


Nine Inch Nails. The Downward Spiral. As loud as you can make it. While he's trying to sleep.
Best advice i can give mate!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 11 June, 2009, 06:35:50 PM
: "Dark Jimbo"
...my housemate is an inconsiderate cock who insists on playing thumping bass through my bedroom wall at all hours. Grrrr...

I have a similar problem, but in my case the inconsiderate cocks are my downstairs neighbours. Worse, the music they play is stuff I'd normally quite like, but for it being forced into my bedroom at 3am on a school night.

they got burgled the other week, which was of course sad, but the greater tragedy was that their speakers weren't nicked.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 11 June, 2009, 06:49:08 PM
It's a bit rich, Dog Deever, for you to complain about people moaning about the BNP on a comics forum, when you've just done the same thing!!!  And, if your tirade is anything to go by, I'm glad you weren't elected!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 11 June, 2009, 07:38:14 PM
'Tirade?'
I merely stated my opinion, like you did.
I'm not standing for election, so no worries there.
I wasn't complaining about people complaining- I was merely stating that to do so, when you have no real intention of actually doing anything other than that is just showing face. It achieves nothing.

But if it's an argument you're after, try this...
fuck off, you twat.

: ".Woolly"
: "Dark Jimbo"
...my housemate is an inconsiderate cock who insists on playing thumping bass through my bedroom wall at all hours. Grrrr...


Nine Inch Nails. The Downward Spiral. As loud as you can make it. While he's trying to sleep.
Best advice i can give mate!

Also try Meinhof at full crank- that'll put the shits up 'em
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 11 June, 2009, 09:14:50 PM
Thanks for your kind words, Dog Deever, are you sure you're not in the BNP?  Your linguistic skills would appear to be on their level!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 11 June, 2009, 09:21:57 PM
: ".Woolly"
: "Dark Jimbo"
...my housemate is an inconsiderate cock who insists on playing thumping bass through my bedroom wall at all hours. Grrrr...
Nine Inch Nails. The Downward Spiral. As loud as you can make it. While he's trying to sleep.
Best advice i can give mate!
Only problem is you'd have to listen to it too. Unless you lock your bedroom door and go out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 11 June, 2009, 09:26:01 PM
oops! Yeah there is that!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 11 June, 2009, 09:27:03 PM
Thanks for your kind words, Dog Deever, are you sure you're not in the BNP? Your linguistic skills would appear to be on their level!!

Take yer face for a shit, eh?
 Whining in this thread is acceptable, that's what it's for, but I can't be arsed with your baiting- say something constructive or fuck off and stick me on your foe list. You have nothing to say on this topic that is worth reading.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 11 June, 2009, 09:31:49 PM
I wouldn't dream of putting you on my "foes list", Dog Deever, I think you're wonderful and will always be interested in what you've got to say!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 11 June, 2009, 11:40:56 PM
I took one of my mum's hard-boiled eggs but then I heard her coming into the kitchen. I'd already taken the shell off but I didn't have anywhere to hide it, so I put it in my pocket. When she left, the egg was covered in lint and stuff so I had to wash it before eating it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 June, 2009, 01:13:49 AM
...Gordon Brown proposes changes to the voting system which is constitutional reform.

 I mean who would have thought it ??

 :shock:

 Of all the times that he could have chosen to do it he chooses to "propose" it now ??

 

 What can it all mean ??

 Pathetic.Another all time low even worse than the last one.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 13 June, 2009, 10:54:55 PM
Two things:

1). Someone used the soap dish as an ash tray. Whoever it was, fuck you. Fuck you.

2). Checked a book out from the library and found that someone else had used a crisp packet as a bookmark.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 June, 2009, 03:29:43 PM
2). Checked a book out from the library and found that someone else had used a crisp packet as a bookmark.

Is that better or worse than some git folding down the pages?  (Die, you monkeyfighters).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 June, 2009, 03:59:52 PM
..because of scratched and dirty rental DVDs.I have had to wash these before now and i dont see why someone cant watch a DVD without scratching it or splashing coffee or drink on it or leaving sticky fingerprints on it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 14 June, 2009, 05:39:49 PM
: "TordelBack"
Is that better or worse than some git folding down the pages?  (Die, you monkeyfighters).

I ALWAYS fold down the pages. Bookmarks are evil, and a waste of time. Books are for reading, not keeping in mint condition, like wot comics are. I used to have a book light that also had a mini-recorder in it, so you could record yourself saying what page you were on. My wife stamped on it after being woken up one too many times by "PAGE 304!" in the middle of the night. My current book light is silent.

My day spugs because Primeval's been cancelled.

Sob.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 14 June, 2009, 06:13:11 PM
Went to Jodrell Bank radio telescope for a day out to capture the fun and heady excitement that I remembered from many years ago.

Long story short: Don't bother going there. They've spent the money on something else rather than any visitor attractions (probably science so I can't complain).

The 'day out' lasted 30 minutes and with one exception we'd seen everything (and I do mean everything, toilets included).

Bah.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 June, 2009, 06:26:23 PM
Books are for reading, not keeping in mint condition, like wot comics are.


Yes, yes, and I maul and annotate my own books most horribly, and like nothing better than coming back to a good non-fiction book after a few years to find all sorts of 'Eh?'-s, 'Indeed!"-s and 'FFS check this'-s.  Library books, OTOH, should be left entirely unmolested.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 14 June, 2009, 06:43:59 PM
: "SpookytheCat"
Books are for reading, not keeping in mint condition


It is entirely possible, good Sir, to do both.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 14 June, 2009, 08:35:02 PM
It wasn't as bad as I had feared as none of the pages appear to have crisp grease stains.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 14 June, 2009, 08:46:41 PM
In recent years I've tried to rid myself of my obsessively anal attitude to preserving the condition of books with little success.

One thing I find absolutely vile is strands of tobacco down in the page fold. Especially when I'm reading in bed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 14 June, 2009, 08:57:10 PM
: "The Cosh"
One thing I find absolutely vile is strands of tobacco down in the page fold. Especially when I'm reading in bed.

God, I LOVE that. Free fags!

 :D

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 14 June, 2009, 09:33:19 PM
My sisters husband hung himself in the attic several days ago now. What a tragic waste of human life.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 14 June, 2009, 09:35:56 PM
Sorry to hear that DD. I hope you and your family will be able to pull through.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 14 June, 2009, 09:52:23 PM
Wow DD that is shocking. Sorry to hear that.





V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 June, 2009, 10:12:56 PM
Crap, very, very sorry to hear that DD.  What a nightmare.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 14 June, 2009, 10:23:21 PM
I know. It seems totally out of the blue. I think the family are all baring up really well, but time will tell. Thanks chaps.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 14 June, 2009, 11:28:13 PM
Dreadfully sorry to hear that. Hope the family can get through it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 14 June, 2009, 11:32:12 PM
Very sad news My thoughts  are with you and your sister .




flip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 14 June, 2009, 11:41:27 PM
Terrible news Dog. Thoughts are with you and your family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 15 June, 2009, 11:04:36 AM
Jesus, Bruce. Hope you're holding up, man- anything we can do for you just ask.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 15 June, 2009, 11:07:18 AM
Aw crud. Bruce I'm really sorry to hear this and wish you and yours all the best.

Take care.

Dave
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 15 June, 2009, 11:18:48 AM
Very sorry to hear that DD.

Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 15 June, 2009, 11:35:47 AM
Yeah, me too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: stacey 15 June, 2009, 11:36:45 AM
Oh god - that's awful, hope you are all holding up ok!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 15 June, 2009, 11:44:27 AM
Bruce, god that is awful news,hope your sister is bearing up, it must be difficult for the whole family. if I can help in any way let me know.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 15 June, 2009, 03:53:55 PM
Thanks everyone.
I'm fine myself- bit shocked really,we got on ok at family get togethers but we had never really taken the time to get to know each other and as he was forces he has been away a lot over the last three years so I hadn't seen much of him in some time- I'm not going to go claiming that we were great mates or anything.
Nobody deserves the despair and isolation he must have felt to do what he did.
Another tragic victim of a dirty, savage war.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 15 June, 2009, 04:43:59 PM
Cack, sorry to  hear that DD but good to hear you're coping okay.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 15 June, 2009, 04:47:59 PM
That's terrible Dog, sorry man.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 15 June, 2009, 06:35:45 PM
Sorry for your loss.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 June, 2009, 06:52:51 PM
: "Dog Deever"
Thanks everyone.
I'm fine myself- bit shocked really,we got on ok at family get togethers but we had never really taken the time to get to know each other and as he was forces he has been away a lot over the last three years so I hadn't seen much of him in some time- I'm not going to go claiming that we were great mates or anything.
Nobody deserves the despair and isolation he must have felt to do what he did.
Another tragic victim of a dirty, savage war.

Bummer.

Best wishes and condolences to you and your family and everyone that knew him.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 15 June, 2009, 06:54:03 PM
Terrible news... you and your loved ones have my sympathy man.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Keef Monkey 19 June, 2009, 05:59:34 PM
Shit DD, that's awful. I'd popped into this thread to complain about not being able to get Faith No More tickets but that just seems fucking stupid now. All the best to you and your family through this.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 19 June, 2009, 06:09:05 PM
It spugs because of all the bloody questions they ask you and all the documentary evidence they want from you nowadays just to sign on for benefits you've earned through paying your N.I. contributions! What concern is it of theirs that I was enrolled as a full-time student from September 2007 to May 2008 and was receiving financial assistance from my LEA? That doesn't affect my claim, and nor do dozens of the other questions they threw at me over the course of a 30-minute grilling over the phone. Maybe they're just gathering statistics. In which case they've no business asking.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 19 June, 2009, 10:22:17 PM
Cheers Keef- everyone is bearing up fine, considering.
Funeral next Friday, so that will be a big low point. I wasn't sure posting about it, but it was good to get it off my chest. The advantage of a message board is that you can do things in a relatively dispassionate way which allows you to step back from it whenever you want.

Anyway- life spugs because morose cunts keep posting proper serious grievances on here, and we can't all have a laugh at their expense now, can we!

Och- the whole point of the thread was to pile all the grievances on it- petty or otherwise- so that people can either feel better about theirs because someone elses was worse, or else anyone with serious ones could read all the daft ones and (hopefully) feel cheered up in some small way.

So post away- thie forum needs a repository for human misery.

;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 21 June, 2009, 06:48:16 PM
....of technology.I am sick of this f -ing mobile that doesnt seem to want to send an email.I damn well nearly threw it against the wall just then.

MP3s , Bluetooth ,mobiles ,file sharing , texting,Ipods,bit torrents,Twitter, etc etc etc.You name it - I dont give a fucking toss about any of it.I only have a mobile to make calls with and nothing else.

Not interested.

GGrrrrrrrr....


...of the BBC.Because they are giving airtime to Henry Kissinger.I dont want to see or hear that amoral ,lying filthy war criminal talking about "Regime change" in Iran.I wish he would just die.The planet would be better off for it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 June, 2009, 03:18:39 PM
....because i hate where i live.Too much noise , too many people and activity.Cant stand it and cant concentrate.

Purgatory.

This is *the* last time i ever live in an urbanised enviroment.

Theres some building work going on a block of flats across the way.There is some sort of drilling or powertool being used and it sounds like a demented Cow mooing away every 2 minutes.It woke me up the other morning and i thought WTF was that ?

"VVVMMMMOOOOOOOOOOOO  !!"
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 June, 2009, 03:30:09 PM
One day in the far off distant future I'll be able to own a house and not have to put up with others slamming doors or stomping around. Now in a block with solid concrete floors and walls. And yet one woman who lives above us stomps around like a giant sized toddler who has just learnt to walk and I can hear every step. And when she has her hooves on it is magnified a thousand fold.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 June, 2009, 03:31:19 PM
Oh, and this weekend I woke up to hear 'Daddy, hurting Mommy' from upstairs, if you get my drift. Yuk.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 24 June, 2009, 03:35:14 PM
Shit, that's grim man. Am also in the same ramshackle non-property owning boat. Pah!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 24 June, 2009, 08:39:59 PM
Perez Hilton and Will.i.am had a fight and no one died.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 June, 2009, 09:13:48 PM
: "Roger Godpleton"
Perez Hilton and Will.i.am had a fight and no one died.

Shame that Perez Hilton didnt die.

If i was within reach of Perez Hilton i would assault him as well.With a face like that he is asking for it not to mention the fact that he is an annoying pointless POS waste of space.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 24 June, 2009, 09:23:39 PM
When I heard this being discussed at work today I thought he'd punched Paris Hilton. Now there's an eerie coincidence of name and pointlessness for you.

But on 9/11 I also thought someone had said that a plane had just crashed into the Free Trade Hall - I was surprised I hadn't heard the bang.  :oops:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 25 June, 2009, 01:24:04 AM
: "Roger Godpleton"
Perez Hilton and Will.i.am had a fight and no one died.
Will.i.am is enough of a cunt to get two Glasgow post rounds.

Don't know who the other fellow is: I've read the name from time to time but clearly not in an intriguing enough context to investigate further.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 25 June, 2009, 09:51:52 AM
: "SuperSurfer"
And yet one woman who lives above us stomps around like a giant sized toddler who has just learnt to walk and I can hear every step. And when she has her hooves on it is magnified a thousand fold.

We once lived in a lovely 'villa' house but there was no deadening between us and the flat above... Cue every morning hearing  the beardy sod upstairs ....alarm, feetfalls to bog, piss, flush, feetfalls (no hand wash) radio, etc right through to feetfalls on the stair and front door slam same routine every day, day in day out even weekends... came to dread it but couldn't stop listening out for it, eventually started getting up even earlier to avoid it!!

Noticed the other week when in that area the beardy sod now has sprog, which must make living below them bliss as I saw him negoiating with the screaming brat, still not as bad as your second post SS...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 25 June, 2009, 01:10:27 PM
In York I lived next door to a very deaf elderly lady. She was very considerate though. She used to watch her television with the sound full blare, and told us we should let her know if it were ever too loud. It never was, because our hallway was between her sitting room and ours. However, she did like to wake up early on a Sunday before church, and we got a bit fed up with hearing her radio at 7.00am on a Sunday morning as if it were playing in our own bedroom. She was happy to be told about it, and after that she stopped using the radio alarm and left off listening to the radio until she'd gone downstairs.

She was a good neighbour. She once took delivery of a very big merchant's chest for us which almost blocked her front door. She also used to take delivery of the retired vicar's wine club deliveries when he wasn't there, and the two of them used to laugh about it, months after the fact, what with her being a teetotal Methodist. Years before she had suffered a heart attack while out shovelling snow off the pavement for her then even more elderly neighbours, all of whom were *gone* by the time we moved into the street.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 25 June, 2009, 01:54:06 PM
I too have felt the pain of unsoundproofed flatland.  One young gentleman whose bedroom was directly below us had a girlfriend with a propensity for making protracted, gurgling, piercing and above all loud screams during, um, moments of excitement that sounded like she was being horribly murdered (never heard... err... been told about the like in the wildest excesses of this, the Porn Age).

Happily(?) our floor/their ceiling was so thin that one could usually tell that it wasn't a torturous homicide on account of the sequence of quieter but actually more unpleasant noises that led up to this crescendo, but if you were lucky enough to sleep through the preliminaries, the main event came as a hell of a wake-up call.  These ghastly nights of lying with earplugs in and pillows wrapped around our heads also had the effect of making us paranoid about making any potentially embarrassing noises ourselves, which was a bit of a cramp on our own relationship (not to mention making both parties feel rather inadequate, in the Lily Allen sense).  

We tried complaining to the landlord about the noise (without being at all specific about its nature), but were repeatedly told that it was a 1930's house, wasn't room for any more dampening, etc etc.  The lady in question eventually tired of the gentleman and departed, and we were left to endless replays of his A Woman's Heart CD instead, which incredibly was an improvement.  However, about a year ago I was talking to our our former landlord (small world), and he was full of apologies.  Apparently subsequent tenants of the two flats in questions had almost come to blows over the very same issue, to the point of standing in the street shouting overheard  details of their counterparts' sex lives at each other.  Floors were ripped up, ceilings reset, and allegedly at great expense peace has returned.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 June, 2009, 01:58:09 PM
Once when I lived in student accommodation, my neighbour programmed a keyboard to make sex-type noises and played with it for 2 hours.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 25 June, 2009, 05:41:52 PM
: "The Cosh"
: "Roger Godpleton"
Perez Hilton and Will.i.am had a fight and no one died.
Will.i.am is enough of a cunt to get two Glasgow post rounds.

Don't know who the other fellow is: I've read the name from time to time but clearly not in an intriguing enough context to investigate further.

Please dont investigate further and do an image search of Perez Hilton whatever you do.

What kind of loser has to change their name so it sounds like Paris Hilton ?

I am no fan of celebs especially Hollywood celebs but i would imagine that meeting Perez Hilton outside a club and having him follow you around would be like stepping in Dogshit and not being able to wash it off to get rid of the stink.

Youtube keeps spawning these pointless celeb/publicity obsessed creatures .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 25 June, 2009, 05:58:02 PM
... I've just spent all afternoon trying to fix System Restore on a mate's computer and got precisely nowhere. F*cking, b*llocking, tw*tting, s*dding, c**ting, b*stard Microsoft w*nky piece of sh*t ars*cack software.  :angry:  :angry:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 June, 2009, 12:40:38 AM
.....I have spent the last 2.5 hours drawing a landscape from a photo and i could not make it work so i have just ripped the paper i was drawing on to bits in a fit of pissed - offness.

GGGRrrrrrrrr.......
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 28 June, 2009, 11:59:07 PM
All my clothes have disappeared. Where the fuck are they?

I also have a huge blister.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 29 June, 2009, 12:47:31 PM
...a horsefly bit me on the arm and it swelled up like one huge waterwing, then got infected and felt like someone else's arm entirely. Still, it could have bit me on the balls I suppose.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 29 June, 2009, 01:19:52 PM
: "Roger Godpleton"
All my clothes have disappeared. Where the fuck are they?

I gave them to Oxfam.




Who burnt them.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 29 June, 2009, 02:24:39 PM
Actually I found them all. Crisis averted. The crisis of your ugly face, however, remains a matter of the utmost urgency.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 03 July, 2009, 10:41:38 PM
...my house got burgled last night.
A prime example of the ONE and only time you break your regular routine and somebody is right there to take advantage.
Me and the wife brought the kids up to bed about 8.30 as we always do, she took the baby into our room to get him asleep and I went into the other kids' room to read them bedtime stories and get them to sleep. Normally after they are asleep we go back downstairs to tidy the kitchen, check the windows are locked, watch a bit of tv, etc, and turn on the alarm before going to bed. Last night we were both dog tired, she fell asleep with the baby, I fell asleep in the bed with our other two. Neither of us woke again til this morning. And we'd left a window open in the sitting room.
So someone got in and I am now down a laptop, a nintendo ds, a digital camera, a mobile phone, and about 100 quid cash. Fucker.
During the course of the day, I found out the house a few doors up from us was also targeted....but the owner heard the noise. It was 3am, he heard someone at his sitting room window. He looked out his upstairs window and saw a man, in his late 40s, fat, with a big, totally bald head, halfway in through the sitting room window. He shouted at the guy "What the fuck are you doing!" and the guy, rather than jump and leg it, looked up at him, cool as you like, and told him to fuck off! He CONTINUED climbing in through the downstairs window!!!!!!! Jesus! It was only when the house owner said hed already called the cops that the bastard gave up and SAUNTERED away from the house like it was no big thing...!

All I can say is, thank fuck I didnt hear a noise during the night and go down to investigate...this guy sounds like a nasty customer. The cops seem to have an idea who it might be but obviously dont hold out much hope of getting the stuff back. Pain in the ass. But at least nobody is hurt and the kids are safe and all that so, gotta look on the bright side eh. The stuff taken is just stuff at the end of the day....

Still pisses me off that this cunt was wandering around my house while we were asleep upstairs. Scary stuff.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 03 July, 2009, 11:41:15 PM
Oh, that is real crap bad Van Doom. Sorry to hear that. Yes, just as well you didn't disturb the bastard. All that sort of stuff has been on my mind lately. I mentioned before that we moved into a small block of flats a month ago and the day before we moved in we found out that there was a break in through a first floor window. The two burglars were disturbed and they fled. Within minutes there were 9 policemen in the block. Was livid that we found out two weeks after this happened. It turned out that one of the flat owners whose tenant called the police came to the block to speak to the cops. As the flat owner has an axe to grind about some management issues he (and another flat owner) didn't tell the rest of us. And he said that by email when the rest of us found out! Once I heard I bolted the window permanently shut and I don't care that the hallway now gets stuffy. Apparently some of the women on the first floor were petrified and rightly so and since then three have moved out. I wonder if they moved because of the fact that nothing was done to secure the window. The window has a broken window stay and nothing was done about this for two weeks!  

Also, don't know if I mentioned that I got the local burglar arrested twice a few weeks ago and he did a day in jail thanks to me. At the old place we were living he climbed into the garden and then broke into a van. So he got one night's 'B&B' for that. Then I saw him snooping in a neighbours front garden and I got him arrested but he wasn't charged. I see him walking about. I know who he is but he doesn't know me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 July, 2009, 01:47:52 AM
Thats pretty awful thing to happen Van Dom.

Sounds like it was an opportunist taking advantage of hot weather and windows left open.

I havent ever been in this situation before but i would imagine that if i was disturbed at night by a fat bald 50 yr old and they told me to fuck off after i asked them to leave then i would have no choice but to use force to remove them instead .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 04 July, 2009, 11:07:42 AM
: "SuperSurfer"
Then I saw him snooping in a neighbours front garden and I got him arrested but he wasn't charged. I see him walking about.
That's bloody disgraceful. If the Stazi can follow around benefit cheats and parents claiming false addresses to get their kids into a better state school in the wrong catchment area then they should be following known burgling scum like that around until they attempt a break-in, nab 'em and make 'em do time. Not knowing if they're being watched might then become as big a deterrent to reoffending as prison. The reason why they don't do this has nothing to do with human rights and everything to do with it being cheaper to let them carry on doing break-ins until they're caught in the act due to quick detection and reporting by a householder.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 July, 2009, 04:22:38 PM
...of thick people.I just did a small tiling job in the post office down the road after it closed at 12.30.Every 5 minutes i had some   Zombified Fuckwit asking if it was closed despite the fact that it said so on the door and despite the fact i blocked the doorway with objects to make it even more obvious that it was closed.

So obviously the very second my back was turned because i was cutting tiles with a disc cutter by the kerb some thick useless twat  walked in and walked in all my tiles and squashed them out of position so i had to re lay them and unfortunately [but fortunate for them] they had cleared off out of sight before i realised.

It nearly got to the point that i was nearly telling them all to F off.

It still just amazes me how thick a lot of people are.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 04 July, 2009, 09:25:29 PM
I've naively offered to pay for my Dad's car repairs.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 05 July, 2009, 12:14:26 AM
Sorry to hear that Van Dom.
I had someone break into my shed the other night, they didn't take much, hedge trimmers and an extension lead. The bastard, probably someone called Lee Varnham, a smack head straight out of Cradlegrave, literally unscrewed the hinges of the door and got in that way, Cunt.
I have a pool cue and a flick knife (for protection purposes only, got to look out for my kiddies) next to my bed ready for someone to try to gain entry to my house.








V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 05 July, 2009, 10:46:27 AM
This is some time ago now but i left my bike out in the yard here.Its a courtyard with a sliding gate but no security.

I went out for a couple of hours and got back and then realised that the bike was not there.I was seriously pissed off about this and to add insult to injury the thief swapped my bike which was a Specialised for theirs which was a Lincoln.

If you know anything about bikes you will know that a Lincoln is cheap nasty Crap.

Seriously if i had caught the lowlife who was trespassing in here with the intent of stealing my property i would beaten him senseless without hesitation .

They want their fingers breaking so they wont be stealing again for a while.

It still gets my back up thinking about this incident and apart from the loss of property its the invasion of your personal space that has a profoundly negative effect i find.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 05 July, 2009, 12:20:55 PM
Nasty little chavvy thieves can sniff out pushbikes like airport dogs can cocaine. Where I work, we've had the service users' bikes stolen twice in six months. This despite them only being accessible if you-

Brave an overgrown side-alley
Shimmy over an eight foot wall
Dodge the motion-detector Intruder-lights
Brave the lengthy garden and its dangerous-in-the-dark steps, spikey bushes, etc
Locate the shed
Jemmy the lock and door off
Disable the alarm (not hard, apparently)
Cut the locks and chains on the bikes
Then get them back out, following the same route

They did this twice. Stealing the bikes of learning-disabled adults with Autism. I am tempted, at this point, to sit up all night with a shotgun and blow their fucking heads off. They were even disturbed by a staff member at one point, who was having a fag at 2am and told them to fuck off. They did, she called the police, a car did a "sweep of the area"- and they came back later and nicked them anyway.

Needless to say, both times, the police did fuck-all.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 July, 2009, 06:44:34 PM
Horrible theft stories there all, with Van Dom home first by more than a nose.  My sympathies.

Not trying to compete, but rather bandwagoning with an old ancedote:  when we'd been in our current home a few months, we were woken by an almighty crash and a subsequent rain of glass. I ran downstairs calling for my scary-looking but obviously completely useless dog, to see two lads legging it down the street, through the hole where my kitchen window used to be.  They'd heaved a rock the size of a watermelon through our (new) window, smashing our (new) fridge door right in, and battering crap out of our (new) kitchen table.  One of them had climbed in, cutting himself and bleeding everywhere, grabbed a wallet, and sped off, in the time it took my dog to wake up.  The polis were round sharpish, but to my (non-)amusement, their main concern was that we had no house alarm fitted (yet).  Rrrright, because clearly their stealthy mode of entry was the key to the success of these master criminals, and our failure to add to the nightly chorus of utterly pointless alarm noise made us practically accomplices.

Incidentally, my missus had her chained Honda 90 stolen from the courtyard behind a library in exactly the circumstances Spooky relates.  Honestly lads, if you can muster the energy to get a motorbike over a 10 foot wire-topped wall in broad daylight without being heard in a library, I reckon you could make a go of it in the legitimate world of work.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 05 July, 2009, 09:39:59 PM
: "TordelBack"
Rrrright, because clearly their stealthy mode of entry was the key to the success of these master criminals, and our failure to add to the nightly chorus of utterly pointless alarm noise made us practically accomplices.

Of course it makes you an accomplice to a crime.

My God its tantamount to aiding and abetting some criminal lowlife POS to invade your house if you forget to close and lock all your windows at night and fit a suitable and up to date alarm system.

The same thing if you forget to lock up your bike in town or if you leave it outside a shop for 30 seconds.

How stupid because its "your fault for leaving it unlocked" or "you should take more care of your things.." and all the rest of that rubbish that legitamises the criminal activity and tries to make it acceptable and shifts the blame onto yourself for being careless and irresponsible.

The law is far too lenient on lowlife to start with and if i had my way the criminal who is on or in your property would have already waived all their rights to protection from the law.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 July, 2009, 09:50:06 PM
I took my car in for a full service on Friday, and the difference it made to the car's performance was wonderful. Then today I was driving along the M4 when the engine seized up completely and we had to be recovered by the AA, arriving back home. having gone nowhere, 6 hours after we set out.

(There were alarming noises from under the bonnet and a lot of white smoke and everything)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 July, 2009, 10:17:56 PM
: "House of Usher"
I took my car in for a full service on Friday, and the difference it made to the car's performance was wonderful. Then today I was driving along the M4 when the engine seized up completely and we had to be recovered by the AA, arriving back home. having gone nowhere, 6 hours after we set out.

(There were alarming noises from under the bonnet and a lot of white smoke and everything)

I had more or less the same experience yesterday in my dad's car.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 05 July, 2009, 11:25:35 PM
Still, we're home safe now. I was quite matter-of-fact about it, even though the car suddenly lost momentum in fast three-lane traffic. These things happen. Probably scarier for the occupants of the camper van behind than for me. There was nothing to do but pull over, trying not to hit anything on the way. Losing control of the steering would have been far worse.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 July, 2009, 11:44:44 PM
My dad took the last of the kedgeree and drowned it in curry powder. He said he needs the flavour because he's old. That's what the fish is for, and that fish wasn't cheap.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 06 July, 2009, 05:29:17 PM
My girlfriend got a text message from a casting agency TODAY asking if she might be available for 3 days' work filming Gavin and Stacey on the beach in Barry, starting TOMORROW. She's got no other work on, but we've got visitors coming, so no, she can't do it. You'd think they might plan ahead a little bit, wouldn't you? If they had sent this text by last Friday at the latest we might have been able to take them up on the offer. Good luck to them getting a big enough crowd willing to travel in at their own expense on a single day's notice. They're always desperate because they're always pissing people off and losing them off their books. I've worked for this agency before and vowed never to do it again after the way they treated all the extras on the production I worked on. I really don't like a lot of people who work on the production side of the media, because everything's last minute, everything's on a shoestring, they all expect the slack to be picked up by the next person down the line who's paid less than them, and they expect one-way traffic all the time: always "what can you do for us?" and not "what can we do for you?"
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 July, 2009, 07:05:19 PM
....i am depressed.Everything about today has been shit.I am sick of myself and i am sick of reality and sick of people and i just snapped the nib off a .13 Rotring pen.

....the hot spell has ended and its back to the usual shit weather all week.Mind you after last weeks hot spell and the fact that you couldnt even turn on the radio or go out without hearing some whiney useless lightweight saying "OMG... the heat !!@! ..I cant move and i am aching and i have a headache or something else just became a complete pain in the end.You get a few days of heat in this country and its like the end of the world.

Pathetic.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 07 July, 2009, 01:28:36 AM
I have been bitten. By a horsefly. AGAIN.

ON THE OTHER ARM THIS TIME!!

What the fuck???
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 08 July, 2009, 09:49:19 PM
Forgot our 8th wedding anniversary yesterday, after reminding myself 3 weeks ago, Bastard. So I took her out for a meal when I got home from work while my mum looked after the kids. Nearly had a vasectomy there and then, I wont ever live it down, you know what women are like. Argument, I get the upper hand then WAMMO "at least I remembered our anniversary", for the next 50 years.








V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 08 July, 2009, 09:54:33 PM
: "vzzbux"
Argument, I get the upper hand then WAMMO "at least I remembered our anniversary", for the next 50 years.

This is true, I'm afraid. Suicide is now your only option.*

Cheers!

Jim

* Or murder, hide the body, and re-marry.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Enigmatic Dr X 08 July, 2009, 10:01:20 PM
RE-marry on the same day, though. Otherwise the whole sorry cycle will start again when you celebrate your new wedding anniversary on the old day.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 08 July, 2009, 10:04:44 PM
: "Jim_Campbell"

* Or murder, hide the body, and re-marry.


re-marry???????
You gotta be kidding.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 08 July, 2009, 10:12:06 PM
Forgotten anniversaries??? That staple of '70s sitcoms (like 'Get Me Hennimore') and the '70s throwback sitcom 'My Family' alike. Glad we don't play those kind of mind games in my House (of Usher). Remembering anniversaries is an obligation shared equally, like all other obligations. "Anniversary next Friday". "Okay. Do you want to do something special for it? What d'you fancy doing?" Can't go wrong!

That, and not ever getting married in the first place, goes a long way to avoiding arguments and disappointment.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 08 July, 2009, 10:28:14 PM
: "vzzbux"
You gotta be kidding.

Sui-sue-ide it is, then!

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 08 July, 2009, 11:11:43 PM
I took off my sweaty t-shirt before work and left it in my bag. After work I went to get this week's prog out, and it was soggy from t-shirt sweat. Bleurgh. I shall now flagellate myself 900 times in penance for my (unintentional) crimes against Thrillpower.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 09 July, 2009, 12:18:16 AM
I was meant to be going to Nottingham on Saturday to a 30th birthday party. My mate who was meant to be driving now has to be at work and the once-cheap flights are weighing in at £170. On the other hand, I don't have to go to Nottingham now, so maybe this really belongs in the "life is sort of okay" thread.

Or I do go and I have to leave the house dead early before the posties been and I miss the last episode of Cradlegrave. Aaargh!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 09 July, 2009, 07:58:31 AM
I am pitifully hungover, and on a volume of alcohol that in former years I would have considered negligible.  The long slide into decripitude has begun in earnest.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 09 July, 2009, 01:35:09 PM
I'm back in work after 3 weeks paternity leave. I've been in for what 5 1/2 hours and I'm knackered already. Christ on a bike this is meant to go on for what... another 30ish years and I'm knackered already. I'll never make it.

I HATE the one way system in Nottingham and I don't even drive. Count ya blessings I say The Cosh
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 09 July, 2009, 02:54:34 PM
Don't mean to ruin your first day back at work, Colin, but it goes on well passed 30 years and then the grandkids come.......!!!  But it's all great really, wouldn't wish it any other way!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 July, 2009, 03:14:01 PM
It goes on well past 30 years and then the grandkids come??

My goodness Old Tankie, but you are old! I'd warrant, even as old as Dez Skinn himself. Congratulations. Next time I have anything fizzy in my glass I shall raise it to your longevity!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 09 July, 2009, 03:24:29 PM
Cheers, Ush!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 09 July, 2009, 07:26:44 PM
Today Amazon e-mailed me to say they were cancelling my order for the Walking Dead Compendium. Then, after lunch, I accidentally stuck my finger in my eye and I still can't see properly.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 09 July, 2009, 08:17:35 PM
I went back to my tiling job in the post office today but found that it was impossible to work because of the public who are just a  f****** pain.I wish i had never started this particular job.

One whining pain the arse was complaining that the floor i was working on plus my tools were a "hazard" and that i should put a sign up.

I lost it with her and asked if she was blind or partially sighted and then asked if i could stick a sign on her saying that she is a hazard and a total pain and to be avoided.

Whining two - legged problem creators.

GGrrrrrr............
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 09 July, 2009, 10:21:55 PM
One whining pain the arse was complaining that the floor i was working on plus my tools were a "hazard" and that i should put a sign up.


Ah Pete, if you knew the hours of my life I've wasted in safety management courses just to learn that your correspondent was indeed correct - almost anything is a hazard (including sitting at a keyboard typing shite all day).  You should have responded that while you acknowledge that there is a trip hazard, you have assessed the likelihood of a trip, and the potential severity of resulting injury, and have concluded that the magnitude of risk is in fact very low.  So low in fact that the only necessary mitigation measure is to yell "fuck off!" at anyone who comes near.  There you go, one Risk Assessment and Safe System of Work statement prepared for you gratis.  Think nothing of it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 09 July, 2009, 10:56:51 PM
: "TordelBack"
One whining pain the arse was complaining that the floor i was working on plus my tools were a "hazard" and that i should put a sign up.


Ah Pete, if you knew the hours of my life I've wasted in safety management courses just to learn that your correspondent was indeed correct - almost anything is a hazard (including sitting at a keyboard typing shite all day).  You should have responded that while you acknowledge that there is a trip hazard, you have assessed the likelihood of a trip, and the potential severity of resulting injury, and have concluded that the magnitude of risk is in fact very low.  So low in fact that the only necessary mitigation measure is to yell "fuck off!" at anyone who comes near.  There you go, one Risk Assessment and Safe System of Work statement prepared for you gratis.  Think nothing of it.


Thats quite right and actually quite close to what happened.The annoying woman was mainly referring to an area of floor just inside the door which was covered with a sheet of hardboard and securely taped down to the floor with lots of tape with an edge no thicker than one eighth of an inch which is perfectly acceptable.I just wanted her out of my face as i didnt like her unpleasent attitude and i didnt yell at her as i never raise my voice as i dont usually have to.

.....there is a Grade 2 listed Regency building just along the road [one of a terrace] that has got cowboys working on it.I know this company and they stripped the entire facade of all its original plaster which is definate  no - no .They have since replastered it including architectural detailing and the standard of work is shockingly atrocious.The worst i have ever seen.

I cannot understand anyone wanting to pay for it and if that was my house or i had a flat in there i would have gone absolutely  f****** ballistic.

Its nothing more than destruction and vandalism and completely unneccessary.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 11 July, 2009, 03:46:35 PM
...I'm in work on a lovely sunny day, I haven't read the last part of Cradlegrave yet and last night I started reading Watchmen again and all the way through the first chapter all I could think of was that bloody film (which I didn't hate at the time.)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 11 July, 2009, 04:23:37 PM
...I'm in work on a lovely sunny day, I haven't read the last part of Cradlegrave yet and last night I started reading Watchmen again and all the way through the first chapter all I could think of was that bloody film (which I didn't hate at the time.)

THAT is one of the many reasons I haven't seen the film, and am unlikely to.

Steev
Unused to this new forum... eep.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 July, 2009, 08:10:49 PM
....i have missed last weeks prog.I cycled into town to Borders expecting to find them open until 8 and the f****** closed at 7.00.Why cant they just open and close at the same time every day ?? .Bloody annoying but there might still be a copy in Daves comic shop......
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 14 July, 2009, 08:15:40 PM
… due to my recent move my 2k collection is a mess. Lots of issues missing and I need to plug quite a few gaps. In fact, I haven't read any progs for many weeks as I want a complete run of progs before I do so. But looking forward to getting stuck into them. First of all I need to buy some bookcases, sort out all my books and magazines and find out exactly which progs are missing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: MarcusQQ 14 July, 2009, 08:21:18 PM
I have to work tonight :( yay :-[
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 14 July, 2009, 08:31:24 PM
… due to my recent move my 2k collection is a mess. Lots of issues missing and I need to plug quite a few gaps.
Let me know when you've sorted out what you need SS, I rescued a load of progs from a mates attic when he moved a while back, I'm gonna keep the early ones till I can work out what I've already got but there's a load from 400-700ish.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 15 July, 2009, 01:25:51 AM
Thanks Kerrin. It's very recent progs I am missing. I did see a whole load at Mega City Comics but as I am familiar with the covers through this site, 2000ad review and Barney, I wasn't sure which I am missing. Since then I have a list but need to unpack fully to be sure.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 July, 2009, 09:14:23 AM
...Ireland's only Borders is closing.  Spent many happy Sundays there browsing, colouring-in and snacking with the Boy after an early monring swim.  I suppose the fact that we sometimes treated it like a library makes me complicit, but I must have spent my share on GNs at the same time... 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 15 July, 2009, 10:17:24 AM
Hi, TordelBack
I know I'm going "off Topic" here but we may be having a family holiday in Ireland soon.  Is County Donegal worth visiting?  It's an area of Ireland that I don't know at all.  Would appreciate any input you may have.
Cheers
Tankie
P.S.  A few miles to the east I know very well but I don't think we'll be going there this time!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 15 July, 2009, 10:19:39 AM
Is County Donegal worth visiting?

Donegal is quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 July, 2009, 11:21:19 AM
Donegal is quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth.

I concur with m'learned friend.  It's a top spot, even if some of the people are as odd as two left feet...   ;) Practically anywhere in Donegal is worth a look (including Donegal town itself), but I'll put my personal vote in for Glencolumbcille (SW).   Depending on which bit you're going to, or how you're thinking of getting there, there's a pile of great stuff to see on the way (Bushmills, for example).

Also, always fun being north of the North while still in the South.  Much like being up in Down.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 15 July, 2009, 11:44:51 AM
Thanks for the info, guys.  We'll definitely check the area out, sounds wonderful.  Did the Ring of Kerry a couple of years ago and that was beautiful, so if it matches up to that, I'll be well impressed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 15 July, 2009, 12:16:58 PM
Donegal is quite possibly the most beautiful place on Earth.

I concur with m'learned friend.  It's a top spot, even if some of the people are as odd as two left feet...   ;)

Heeey!I'm from Donegal....and..well,.... no your're right

don't mind me

If you're in the north west check out Errigal and The Poison Glen. Weather permitting take a trip out to Tory Island, land of Balor of the Evil Eye

(http://www.oboylephoto.com/ireland/Poison_glen.JPG)

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 15 July, 2009, 01:04:18 PM
...Ireland's only Borders is closing.  Spent many happy Sundays there browsing, colouring-in and snacking with the Boy after an early monring swim.  I suppose the fact that we sometimes treated it like a library makes me complicit, but I must have spent my share on GNs at the same time... 

The Blanchardstown one...... ?!? I didn't know it was the only one. Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
I love that place!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 July, 2009, 03:16:40 PM
...Ireland's only Borders is closing.  Spent many happy Sundays there browsing, colouring-in and snacking with the Boy after an early monring swim.  I suppose the fact that we sometimes treated it like a library makes me complicit, but I must have spent my share on GNs at the same time... 

The Blanchardstown one...... ?!? I didn't know it was the only one. Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
I love that place!!!!


My local Borders which was like a gift from the gods when it first opened because *everything* was good about it what with the best possible selection of music plus rows of headphones for listening to new music on plus the best ever selection of esoteric books among other things.

This is no longer true because the cafe that was a good meeting place has now been turned over to a franchise coffee shop , the newspaper/magazine section has been moved downstairs away from the cafe,the music listening section has gone,the selection of books is no longer as good with some sections having a disproportionatly large selection of books to the detriment of others,a large amount of bookspace has been turned over to /DVDs,the layout doesnt seem to have any logic behind it,the area at the back of the shop is an open space that is wasted with no books or music - not sure what its for exactly, and last of all the seating inside the shop has now gone.There were benches inbetween each booksection plus the black leather armchairs that for someone reason were always occupied by small Japanese girls and sofas have all gone now.

So if borders closed now i wouldnt care that much really.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 July, 2009, 10:11:30 PM
Van Dom, the Blanch one indeed.  I dropped in today, and they have a 50% sale on everything and a two hour queue.  I've never seen anything like it.  Picked up a few Casefiles (and a crateload of science, history and kids books), but there weren't many left.  Still worth a look though , if you can spare the time.  Bloody sad experience mind, that was a cracking shop and the only real reason to visit that hellhole of a shopping centre.  Their Starbucks may have had the worst service of any cafe anywhere, but it was a cafe in a bookshop with a massive GN section, and there's precious few of that divine combination left.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 15 July, 2009, 10:32:02 PM
Thats what Iloved about it, a fantastic graphic novel section, loads of manga, Marvel, 2000ad stuff....
I live in Kildare so don't get up there very much, maybe once a month or so, but I always enjoyed taking an hour or two out with a few graphic novels up in the Starbucks.
Thats well bummed me out that has!
And yes....not much else about the Blanchardstown centre is very appealing.
Ahhhhh sugar! Very bad news!

(But Im glad you posted it or I would have gone up there in a couple of weeks only to find the store gone. That would really suck!)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 18 July, 2009, 04:35:10 PM
Ive just been over to Borders, it seems I've missed a lot of the good stuff , lots of empty shelves

I did get a good haul of graphic novels and a couple of CDs though.

They still have a load of Manga and they even have Thrill Power Overload- half price makes it about 25 euro-still a bit pricey for me.

The queue was ridiculous, might try and get in again early tomorrow morning
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 18 July, 2009, 05:33:53 PM
Ive just been over to Borders, it seems I've missed a lot of the good stuff , lots of empty shelves

Any idea of the closing date at all?
This is a massive disappointment, I love that place.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 18 July, 2009, 05:40:44 PM
Closing on 9th August
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 18 July, 2009, 06:38:03 PM
Thanks johnnystres, must try and make it up there next week then.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 19 July, 2009, 01:18:33 PM
...went to our professional institute conference yesterday to have confirmed what we all knew already - well over 80% of my profession is now out of work.  52% of full time staff and 82% of contract staff lost their jobs between June 2008 and January of 2009 alone, and it's only got worse since.  What larks.  Luckily I've been staving of bankruptcy on a weekly basis for two years straight now, so it's no real hassle for me, but it was grim to see so many old friends left on the bench.

Went to see Harry Potter afterwards for a cheer up.  No luck.  For some inexplicable reason they left both the climactic battle and the happy ending out (Bill and Fleur don't appear at all).  Thanks, lads.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 19 July, 2009, 01:25:19 PM
Aw shite - screwed up the spoiler tags and can't seem to edit or delete.  Buggerybugger.  Sincere apologies, folks.  If there's a mod about for Grud's sake zap it for me!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 23 July, 2009, 07:08:34 PM
The Castlevania movie is being written and directed by the creator of Saw. Fuck that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 27 July, 2009, 12:09:15 PM
The Big  Green Gathering, a lovely 5 day hippyfest in Somerset that I've been going to since 2002 has been cancelled at the last minute by the council and police. They cite fears of crime and disorder which is just laughable - you couldn't find a more harmless bunch of sandal wearing crystal-toting organic veggie pacifists if you tried. Radio 4 were going to do gardener's question time for drokk's sake!

It was due to start wednesday and now i'm stuck here in Bristol seething with anger whereas normally these 5 days are enough to charge my chill batteries for the year ahead!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 27 July, 2009, 01:30:32 PM
… yesterday went into central London to do some shopping with the Mrs. Victoria Line was closed for maintenance and severe delays on Picadilly Line because someone was "under a train at Hyde Park" – suicide I assume. (Amazing how something like that doesn't even make the local news.)

So we had to get the overground train to King's Cross and then get back into the tube network. On the way down the escalators at King's Cross, while standing on the right I felt a knock on my left side, thinking it was someone rude just barging through, even though there was plenty of space. My wife who was in front of me was knocked off balance, falling to the right / backwards and taking some sort of knock to the back of the head. I shouted out aloud "Oy!!", then realising it was a wild hoodie running down the escalators. 'It' wasn't brushing past people but it was purposefully elbowing and shoulder barging every few people and knocking them flying. I saw one man in particular get a direct hit and was knocked fiercely to the side. I shouted out even louder but no one else said a word as overall, people are pretty placid and no doubt fear repercussions as should anything happen, assume you are on your own.

So the Mrs had a bit of pain on the back of the head. Not sure if I was knocked onto her or if she fell back and hit her head on the escalator handrail.

We reported this to a member of staff who looked to find the idiot and suggested we mention it to the station supervisor which we did. Station supervisor called London Transport Police who were fine but said there is virtually no chance of finding the hoodie and that they can only look at the CCTV footage if there is a full investigation. So we said there is no point it taking it further. I just thought it would be a case of someone taking some time to rewind the footage and spot this idiot.

What gets me is the senselessness of this. I can at least get my head round an animal like that trying to impress its friends but somehow it was massaging its own ego by slamming into people.

Oh, and my wife later mentioned to me that earlier on she spotted another hoodie in the station hanging around at the bottom of another set of escalators with hood up and with a bandana over his face.

All this crap about stop and search really pisses me off. Stop the idiots and get the knives and drugs off them.  

And WTF do these morons need hoodies for on the underground, in shops etc? The cops were quite amused when I pointed out to them that the hoodie is the modern day balaclava.

Sick of these idiots.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 27 July, 2009, 01:46:29 PM
There's a weird invisibility thing that happens on the tube. Get on during a working day and you won't hear a single person speak. Get on at the same station at 8 - 9pm and everyone is chatting away.

In a former life I had to brave the Northern Line at 7:30 am everyday, trying to get onto a carriage that was full to bursting (sometimes it was acually difficult to breathe, you'd be so squashed) And still no one would ever say a word. Deathly silence.

The same goes with anything out of the ordinary. I was witness to an assault three seats from me which I attempted to break up. The victim hadn't even said a word to his assailant prior to it, and still people buried their heads in books all around the carriage. Tube staff are helpless really as they have a definite set of rules to adhere to (mate of mine works on the network) and can only pass on evidence to the police.

None of this really helps your situation Surfer, I know, but the overall set-up really plays into the hands of the idiots and they know it.  The problem isn't that people aren't scared of facing up to them. It's that people choose to ignore it because it isn't happening to them directly. And that level of selfishness is a more damning indictment of our society than the idiots taking advantage.



: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 27 July, 2009, 02:28:54 PM
Well done for trying to break up an assault Uncle Fester. I once saw a tv programme which looked at public incidents and the likelihood of people intervening. They concluded that people are more likely to get involved if there is no one else around as everyone leaves it to someone else to do something and no one usually does.

My brother was on a bus recently and a group of girls were at the back throwing Smarties down the aisle which were accidentally on purpose hitting people. No one said a word until one hit my brother on the back of the shoulder. He turned round and shouted at them "****ing ****holes!" and they shrunk into their seats. People just need to start standing up for themselves more.

And a then few years ago I was on one of the small buses in north London with my wife as she had a hospital appointment. We had the misfortune of being in a bus full of kids going to school. They were showing off to each other explaining their antics about being stopped by the police, giving false details etc. One well spoken middle class woman turned round and this ****ing little upstart of about 15 years old started mouthing off to her: "what you ****ing looking at!? What you ****ing looking at!?"

"Oh, nothing, it's nothing, I wasn't looking at you, I just turned round and you caught my eye."

I was muttering "****ing idiots!". When we got to hospital and were waiting I noticed my wife had phlegm in the back of her hair. So no doubt one those scum probably sitting behind her spat on her as it got off. Oh, boy, oh boy, if I had seen that happen...

I knew someone who used to teach at that school. He said when you see the parents of some of those kids, all fits into place.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 27 July, 2009, 05:00:06 PM
The Big  Green Gathering, a lovely 5 day hippyfest in Somerset that I've been going to since 2002 has been cancelled at the last minute by the council and police. They cite fears of crime and disorder which is just laughable - you couldn't find a more harmless bunch of sandal wearing crystal-toting organic veggie pacifists if you tried. Radio 4 were going to do gardener's question time for drokk's sake!

It was due to start wednesday and now i'm stuck here in Bristol seething with anger whereas normally these 5 days are enough to charge my chill batteries for the year ahead!

Further investigation suggests a total stitch up  by police. Trying to decide whether to:
a) just go camping instead
b) pay for another festival somewhere
c) turn up anyway and do battle at the barricades (apparently at the meeting when the 'decision' was taken, the senior policeman was heard to step to one side and radio "operation fortress is go" so it wasn't exactly unplanned. The chief inspector said the decision came from above his pay grade and was made weeks ago. Impossible road closures were another cited reason - the pigs have now managed to close all these roads and more to prevent anyone reaching the site!)

BASTARDS!   >:( >:( >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 27 July, 2009, 05:13:53 PM
Bl***y Hell!!  I've heard that Pot Bellies are supposed to be intelligent, but closing roads, stopping access to humans, and cancelling festivals, now that's really cool!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 27 July, 2009, 05:25:58 PM
c) turn up anyway and do battle at the barricades

Not wanting to discourage you from fighting the good fight, but wouldn't that be just the sweetest thing you possibly could do on behalf of whoever made this silly-seeming decision?   "Violent clashes at supposedly peaceful festival, missiles hurled at police, local residents trapped in their houses with fear"', etc. etc. Surely abandoning this year's fun and setting about concerted campaigning for next year is the only way to go? 

TOTAL ASIDE NOT IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH DANTONDARE'S WOES:  I worked with a young lad who was vocally into anti-capitalism 'riots', as he put it (presumably distinct from the anti-capitalism protests themselves).  When asked if he'd been part of the group throwing themselves in front of the imported water cannons the Gardaí were amusingly if half-heartedly deploying at the time he said: "fuck no, I didn't want to wreck my i-pod".  Maybe they knew what they were doing, so. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 27 July, 2009, 05:59:29 PM

WTF is going on ??

I thought the BGG was an established festival ?

If this decision was made weeks ago then you might have thought that the police would have the decency to inform the festival organisers that the event was going to be cancelled because of "Crime and disorder" to save everyone who bought tickets the frustration and disappointment of the bullshit that is spoken of here today.

They are deliberately wating everyones time because they can.

"Operation fortress is go !"

 Pathetic .

 Police and councils are corrupt like anything official is in this country.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 27 July, 2009, 06:16:30 PM
Seems to me like they want a violent reaction so it can be cancelled for good.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 27 July, 2009, 07:56:35 PM
They'd never get one from this bunch! They might get chanted at in an aggressive manner, or their chakras maligned, but that's about all.

I've been trolling the messageboards (who knew their was such animosity between UKhippy and the tribal people!) and it seems that the council and police had it in for them for ages, but incompetent management and these draconian (and expensive) new licensing laws handed them every excuse they needed.

Basically the police dictated which expensive security company (stuarts or stewarts) they could use - these ex-job bouncers then demanded 60% of the fee up front at the eleventh hour and then pulled out even as the organisers were on the way with a cheque. They then inform the cops that all these dangerous radicals will have no security and....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 July, 2009, 10:20:12 PM
Drank a lot of energy drinks in one go. Not a good idea.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 27 July, 2009, 11:48:49 PM
Bloody Hippies and Tribalists and soap-dodgers.

Hose them down.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 28 July, 2009, 08:49:59 AM
A photographer has sent through some great shots from a shoot last night, but he hasn't accounted for the copy space we specified - so they're all unusable.

Dammit.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tanky 28 July, 2009, 09:15:48 AM
...I've been trolling the messageboards (who knew their was such animosity between UKhippy and the tribal people!) and it seems that the council and police had it in for them for ages, but incompetent management and these draconian (and expensive) new licensing laws handed them every excuse they needed.

Basically the police dictated which expensive security company (stuarts or stewarts) they could use - these ex-job bouncers then demanded 60% of the fee up front at the eleventh hour and then pulled out even as the organisers were on the way with a cheque. They then inform the cops that all these dangerous radicals will have no security and....

Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. I know of at least two other festivals this year that've been pulled last minute on exactly the same grounds. The licenses take forever to get sorted, by which time it's essentially too late to book your security and the whole thing gets shut down last minute leaving everyone out of pocket. Your experience does sound unusually pre-meditated by the 'authorities' though - you don't happen to know who this security firm are by any chance?

So, yeah. Life spugs because Tanky was supposed to play a set at one of these festies and will now be missing out on a paycheque she was going to use to move house with  >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 July, 2009, 04:08:02 PM
I just had a look at the BGG website and i hate to think how much cash has been lost by the organisers and anyone else who had invested time and money into it.

Does this even occur to the authorities who make these decisions at the very last minute ?

I dont know if this particular festival had any kind of corporate sponsorship but it probably didnt and its probably the lack of it that is the problem here because if there was the festival organisers could probably have afforded to pay off these MFs to allow the festival to go ahead.

 If i was the organiser i would make a case for claiming compensation because the authorities way of handling this is unreasonable and ostructive and unjustified.

C****.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 29 July, 2009, 01:22:00 PM
Well, we're off to the Stokes Bay Festival nr Gosport instead as they're offering discounts to BGG refugees and it's on over the same five days. It's cost me over £100 more though, including trains. I'll be offline till Monday, so wish us luck (and dry weather!).

These licensing laws are wrong on so many levels - it has made it virtually impossible to organise a private gathering and consensually police it oneself without ridiculous security demands and vast expenditure. It's also made it much harder and costlier for any village hall, cafe, youthclub or pub to put on any live music.

At which point does a nanny state become a police state?  >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 29 July, 2009, 01:37:31 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's Nu Labour!!!  3,500 new laws and rising!!!

Have a great time at your Festival but remember to be very polite to the security guards as, under one of Nu Labour's great new laws, accredited security guards, i.e. "bouncers", can now issue on-the-spot fines for disorderly conduct!!!!  Have fun!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 July, 2009, 02:22:56 PM
We are already in a Police State.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 July, 2009, 03:19:36 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's Nu Labour!!!  3,500 new laws and rising!!!

Have a great time at your Festival but remember to be very polite to the security guards as, under one of Nu Labour's great new laws, accredited security guards, i.e. "bouncers", can now issue on-the-spot fines for disorderly conduct!!!!  Have fun!!


I just read about this.I think the bouncers have to fail rigorous intelligence tests before they are given licences to issue fines and it takes months of training apparently.Lots of learning by repetition.You get these all over the states now as well .They are not Police but they apparently have powers of arrest and they are govt created minimum wage jobs for useful idiots.

I was actually stopped on my bike by 2 Community police officers [Plastic police] for cycling on the wide seafront pavement instead of the road.They were very pleasent and polite and reasonable and they explained why they were there when i questioned them and i ended up chatting to one of them for a couple of minutes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 29 July, 2009, 03:22:43 PM
We are already in a Police State.


I was actually stopped on my bike by 2 Community police officers [Plastic police] for cycling on the wide seafront pavement instead of the road.They were very pleasent and polite and reasonable and they explained why they were there when i questioned them and i ended up chatting to one of them for a couple of minutes.

Fucking Nazis.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 29 July, 2009, 03:34:33 PM
Fucking Nazis.

Yeah, I was going to say.  First they came for the pavement cyclists, and I did not speak.  Mainly because I didn't want to interrupt what seemed like a nice chat.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 29 July, 2009, 03:49:17 PM
HA HA HA HA HA, You guys! Made me chuckle.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 July, 2009, 04:09:25 PM
They were Police community support officers and i dont object to them at all as they have clearly defined duties and guidelines that they have to abide by.

PCSOs are not indicative of a police state.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 29 July, 2009, 05:10:38 PM
Yes, their defined duties are to ring for the real police whenever they spot a crime, especially if an old lady drops a small piece of paper. Then the Fucking Nazi's arrive about 2 hours later and body slam her into a wall, handcuff her, take her to the station, leave her in overnight and the outcome is she loses her home to pay the fine that's roughly about £20,000 I think.
I hate real criminals. Death to them all ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: DavidXBrunt 29 July, 2009, 05:25:43 PM


And WTF do these morons need hoodies for on the underground, in shops etc? The cops were quite amused when I pointed out to them that the hoodie is the modern day balaclava.

Sick of these idiots.

I imagine I'd be quite amused too. Because it sounds like something Adrian Mole would say. Sorry it happened to you and yours but still...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 July, 2009, 05:39:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxJYtfOReI
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tanky 30 July, 2009, 04:02:39 PM
Well, we're off to the Stokes Bay Festival nr Gosport instead...

Hang on... You're voluntarily having a wet weekend in Gosport? For a holiday?!* ;D





*actually it's quite nice out at the moment, on this side of the water at least. Hope you have a goodun x
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 30 July, 2009, 04:19:08 PM
Hanging's too good for anyone over the age of twelve caught cycling on a public pavement.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 30 July, 2009, 04:23:28 PM
And WTF do these morons need hoodies for on the underground, in shops etc? The cops were quite amused when I pointed out to them that the hoodie is the modern day balaclava.

Sick of these idiots.
I imagine I'd be quite amused too. Because it sounds like something Adrian Mole would say. Sorry it happened to you and yours but still...

Don't understand. But still what? The police completely agreed with me. Don't know why it is tolerated for animals like that to be wondering around the underground with bandanas over their faces and hoods up just so they can take their chances with crime and get away scott free. At least last time two such animals tried it on me, again with hoodies up and bandanas covering their faces I gave them a good punching to.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 30 July, 2009, 05:34:14 PM
Don't understand. But still what?

Ehhh, I think DXB has his sights set on the 'cranky bugger' niche recently vacated by Logan.  If the feckers had pushed over my missus I'd want their heads for footballs, never mind their bloody hoodies.

(I'm especially aggrieved by the appropriation of the hoodie by scumbags, since it was my own favourite piece of clothing for many a long year).


: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 30 July, 2009, 05:54:36 PM
My Mrs played down how she felt right after the incident purely for the purpose of keeping me calm (not that I'm a hothead or anything, quite the opposite). She had a pain on the back of her head for rest of the day and wasn't sure if it was from a direct knock or if it was because she fell back and hit the handrail. 

Yes, the hoodie seems to have been appropriated I'm afraid.

When I was living in Holland I had one of those green MA1 jackets which were worn by skinheads but then became quite popular in the UK. Colleagues over there couldn't believe it as in Holland they had been appropriated by 'Mullets' the Dutch 1980-90s version of 'chavs'.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 30 July, 2009, 06:45:12 PM
Hanging's too good for anyone over the age of twelve caught cycling on a public pavement.

The particular stretch of seafront pavement where i was stopped is the only place where i do cycle off the road ever.

Further to that i have been doing so for absolutely years [at least a decade] and in that time i have not caused injury or been a nuisance to anyone.Not a single incident.

Thats all i have to say on the subject.


And WTF do these morons need hoodies for on the underground, in shops etc? The cops were quite amused when I pointed out to them that the hoodie is the modern day balaclava.

Sick of these idiots.
I imagine I'd be quite amused too. Because it sounds like something Adrian Mole would say. Sorry it happened to you and yours but still...

Don't understand. But still what? The police completely agreed with me. Don't know why it is tolerated for animals like that to be wondering around the underground with bandanas over their faces and hoods up just so they can take their chances with crime and get away scott free. At least last time two such animals tried it on me, again with hoodies up and bandanas covering their faces I gave them a good punching to.

They are an insult to Animals.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 30 July, 2009, 08:09:44 PM
Sorry Pete but cyclists should stay on the road. It really pisses me off when I am pushing my little princess in her buggy and my son is pottering a few meters ahead of me and then some moron comes scooting up the path on his mountain bike and doesn't even bother to slow down, and then he gets aggrieved when I knock him down to the floor. That taught him a lesson though.






V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 30 July, 2009, 08:25:25 PM
I had an incident like that a while back vzzbux.
I was walking down the town with Sam, Carolyn and her friend. It was a lovely sunny day and this bloke cycled straight towards Sam and shouted something along the lines of "get out the way".
I being the mild mannered person that I am, dragged him off his bike and told him in quite colourful language that I don't expect an adult to ride down any pavement and tell my son to "get out of the way".
I then dragged him over to Sam and made him apologise to his face, this I did by forcing his head down to Sams face.
The good lady and her friend just let me get on with it as I am very protective about my family, especially Sam due to his autism.
When I go out with Sam on our tandem I make sure we do everything correctly, especially as I do all the bloody pedaling.

Death to all pavement cyclists (children are okay so long as they climb off when encountering pedestrians, if not shoot 'em)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 30 July, 2009, 08:36:11 PM
I hear what you are both saying but like i have already said i have never caused a problem to anyone on this stretch of seafront and i am a safe responsible cyclist and i am especially vigilant of children and my conduct is exemplary.The bit i cycle on is usually empty of people *nearly* all of the time and i dont tend to cycle fast anyway.

I do know what you are talking about though because you get loads of irresponsible and selfish and belligerent cyclists here as well but i am not one of them .

The problem i have here is that the cycle path runs directly paralell with and forms part of the pavement with only a painted line dividing it so in summer its a nightmare because people walk all over the cycle path so its a case of cycling around them like an obstacle course and its a pain but like i say i have been doing this for a decade now so i know what i am doing and what i am talking about.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 30 July, 2009, 08:36:37 PM
Death to all pavement cyclists (children are okay so long as they climb off when encountering pedestrians, if not shoot 'em)

Can I endorse this statement, and add cyclists who still cycle on the road when there's a bloody cycle path or lane provided for them?  I speak as a cyclist of long standing, incidentally.  I therefore request exemption for cutting through the park when there's no-one in the way.

Note:  Not an attack directed at PeterWolf, just both practices in general.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 30 July, 2009, 08:53:56 PM
That I can never understand, TordelBack!
There is a cycle path in Maidstone that helps you avoid a major roundabout next to the M20 and the route only goes left, as right is the motorway, and still I see twats on the road. I mean for Gods sake there is a safe route and yet they still go on the road. I believe you should be allowed to knock them down and then sue them for any damage to your car.
Cycles in parks are fine by me as that's partly what parks are for. Safety for everyone and enough space to avoid each other.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 30 July, 2009, 09:00:15 PM
By the way Peter, I am quite happy for you to run anyone down who is walking in the cycle path. I have been to Brighton many a time and know the area you speak of and I have seen the fools walking along the cycle path even when they can see a bike approaching.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 30 July, 2009, 10:23:22 PM
By the way Peter, I am quite happy for you to run anyone down who is walking in the cycle path. I have been to Brighton many a time and know the area you speak of and I have seen the fools walking along the cycle path even when they can see a bike approaching.

That whole stretch of seafront is a Dickhead magnet.I hate it in summer when its busy and i will choose an alternative route or use the road because i find it too stressful  to plough my way through them as they just wind me up in the end especially when you get some lairy drunken dickheads who thinks its clever to start waiving their arms around and shouting and causing an obstruction deliberately .Luckily i have always been able to avoid physical contact with them but there have been times in the past when i have just felt like knocking them out and shutting them up permanently.

Further to that any adult that rides on the pavement and shouts at a young child to get out of the way deserves to have the shit kicked out of them in my opinion.Its inexcusable behaviour so well done for doing the right thing.


: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 30 July, 2009, 10:53:19 PM
Shoot the prats, that's what I say!!  The centre of Peterborough is pedestrianised and cyclists are supposed to dismount but, of course, they don't.  The wallys just carry on cycling, causing grief to everyone in their path.  Should have machinegun posts mounted at each end of the high street; one warning shot, and if the b******s don't dismount, take 'em out!!

Family groups of cyclists make me smile; Mummy, Daddy, Jane & Jimmy.  The kids are wearing helmets but the parents don't bother (so "uncool").  So, when the car ploughs into them, Jane & Jimmy will probably be okay but Mummy & Daddy will be 'brown bread'!!  Ah well, they'll just have to grow up in an orphanage!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 30 July, 2009, 11:06:43 PM
I'm not entirely sure that cycling helmets are proof against a car running into you, OT.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 31 July, 2009, 03:22:45 PM
van loaded, dog sitters organised, just about to hit the road..and the venue cancels the gig at the last fucking minute

cunts

 >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 31 July, 2009, 05:05:20 PM
Can I endorse this statement, and add cyclists who still cycle on the road when there's a bloody cycle path or lane provided for them?  I speak as a cyclist of long standing, incidentally.
Nay, nay and thrice nay. These are optional and, in the case of cycle paths in particular, I'd say geared towards a completely different kind of cycling than simply getting from A to B.

Perhaps if there was a nationwide network of cycle lanes and paths analogous to the road network which had been properly thought out and developed rather than a slapdash smattering of broken, irregular routes located wherever was cheapest and most convenient for council planning departments desperate to look like they've done something towards encouraging increased cycle use without, in many cases, actually employing anyone who is likely to use them. And perhaps if cycle paths weren't dimly lit backwaters litterd with dogshit, broken glass and potholes frequented by gangs of feral youths and requiring the user to bump up and down kerbs (which their wheels aren't built for) every 100ft.

I don't know what it's like in Ireland, but we're quite a long way from achieving that here in the UK. Off the top of my head, I can think of two places within a mile of my flat where to attempt to use the provided "cycle lane" would contravene anything a child learns in cycling proficiency tests and be far more dangerous than adopting a proper position in the road. Using a cycle lane, particularly a discontinuous one, on a busy road can actually be more dangerous because you're taking yourself out of the flow of traffic but you still have to move in and out of that flow as lane stops and starts, as you pull out ot avoid the morons parked in at and so on. This gives drivers approaching from behind the opportunity [not the right word] to pay you less attention than they should which can be lethal as you approach a left turn. The flipside is that you have to wait in the same queue of traffic at the lights rather than sidling up to head of the line, but that isn't much of a price to pay for being safer on the road.

There are one or two places where I will get off and use the alternatives (crossing the Newbridge roundabout Eastbound) but a bicycle is a road vehicle which can and should be ridden perfectly safely on virtually all roads. The best way to make the roads safer to ride on is to ride on them safely and visibly, adopting a space in the road which forces drivers to treat passing you in the same way as they would another vehicle.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 July, 2009, 05:44:05 PM
.. but a bicycle is a road vehicle which can and should be ridden perfectly safely on virtually all roads.

Yes, but not (as is the case on my journey to and from work) where the road has been narrowed to make two separate cylce paths to such an extent that there really isn't room for two cars travelling in the opposite direction plus a bike going either way, while a deserted raised cycle lane on each side of the road mocks us.

The best way to make the roads safer to ride on is to ride on them safely and visibly, adopting a space in the road which forces drivers to treat passing you in the same way as they would another vehicle.

By the way, I completely agree with this part.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 01 August, 2009, 01:45:49 AM
I can't sleep. The thought of teaching 600+ hours next year for not much more than £13,000 is keeping me awake. Hourly paid teaching sucks. Not being on a salary always means you end up doing work for free. I can't go on like this indefinitely. It takes a heavy toll.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 01 August, 2009, 08:05:57 AM
Ush- I'm sure you have a really hefty workload, but 600 hours over a year (even allowing for naff all in August) is still only 54-55 hrs a month.

I'm assuming there is a significant amount of prep work and marking to do, but it still doesn't seem to match up with the amount of hours that, for example I pull.

I work for 1700 hrs approx per year allowing for leave, and a great many folks here do the same, if not more.

So whilst I'm sure you work plenty hard, and do the best job you can, you are still pulling over £20 an hour. For teaching. Mrs Bolt works in an A&E dept for less than that, and she is qualified in all sorts of stuff.

So, forgive me for telling you to just get on with it man, there are lots of folks worse off than you. This is meant to be in the vein of 'hey, come on, it isn't that bad- at least you are still working' though I am aware that it may not read that way.

Now I'm off to letter comic strips and put together comics for free...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 01 August, 2009, 08:30:14 AM
Ush- I'm sure you have a really hefty workload, but 600 hours over a year (even allowing for naff all in August) is still only 54-55 hrs a month.


Careful on this one Bolt old boy. I speak from a well placed position to observe but with relative neutrality as a librarian in an FE College were 600 is the standard teaching year with remission for various other roles tutors are required to take. Its an incredibly demanding years work load. Remember those hours are confined to typically about 36 weeks in the year and include only face to face contact time, every hour of which can be exhausting depending on who you're teaching .

The fact that teachers get a great deal of holiday (and in FE it is most definately not all the times the College is on 'holiday') is not a reason 'cos a great proportion of that time is spent doing numerous administration functions that are impossible to do in the typical term time week.

On top of the generally acknowledged and recognised work teacher shave (marking etc) a good tutor, one you would like your kids in front of, will have an incredible amount of pastorial work, one to one to help with the specific needs of individual students at heart, a need to constantly redefine and redevelop their teaching methods in line with new opportunities available today and the changing learning style of students various college meeting, working groups etc etc.

Teaching, when done well, is an incredibly hard job and the first couple of years are particularly so. Don't forget those teaching contact hours are in front of typically a group of teenagers who are often testing their boundaries and learning so much at such different paces that the group of people in front of you can be stunningly intimidating.

Don't underestimate the pressure of teaching its massive.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 01 August, 2009, 08:38:40 AM
Pah 600 hours a year.
Now when I was a lad we used to work 600 hours a week and if we didn't...... ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 01 August, 2009, 10:29:27 AM
Ush, if you're up at 1.45a.m., stressing about your job, it's time for a change of career.  You're obviously an educated and intelligent guy, there must be other careers open to you that would make you happier.

My son recently changed career after 10 years in a well paid, high-pressure job that was slowly sucking the lifeblood out of him.  He has now bitten the bullet and is doing something that he's wanted to do since he was five years old.  I've never seen him happier.  The change of career, combined with being a new Dad, has left him a very happy, if knackered, 30-something!!

Remember, life's too short, and there are no pockets in shrouds.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 01 August, 2009, 02:07:07 PM
Old Tankie, you're quite right: I should move on. The person who answers the phone when you ring up the council gets £18,937 and for that they only want A-levels or a year's call centre experience. I'm having to apply for jobs in order to qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance, and if I get any salaried job offer I'm taking it.

My 600 hours' teaching is only spread over 10 months, and £13,000 was a very rough over-estimate that includes holiday pay. Teaching 20 hours a week involves being there 25 hours and a minimum of 10 hours' marking and 10 hours' preparation. Last year it was more than that because of the amount of new material I had to originate. Nine to five would be civilised by comparison, and better paid. A salaried teaching post would be luxurious. What's bugging me at the moment is receiving memoranda from work all through July and August when I'm not even on the payroll!

Thanks for the pep talk, Bolt-01. I appreciate it could be worse. Having a lifetime's qualifications at least keeps me in the £10-20k earnings bracket and means that realistically I don't have to go back to retail again, for which I'm thankful.

I know I could make hourly paid teaching work for me if I only had to teach GCSE. That's the easiest part of my job. The hardest part is teaching leisure learning courses assessed by coursework over 30 weeks to make up the hours, because they generate about 10 times more marking and admin. As Colin_YNWA points out, it's the first couple of years that are hardest, and I'm not past that stage yet.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 01 August, 2009, 02:16:55 PM
I'm sure I mentioned this before when you were having a hard time keeping your enthusiasm up Ush (I know for a fact that I couldn't do what you do) but have you considered taking your skills abroad for a while. Better pay, living conditions, cost of living etc, obviously there are downsides but...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 01 August, 2009, 02:39:03 PM
Nope. Can't do it. They don't need sociologists and social anthropologists abroad, because they've got their own; and if there's an opening for a Brit they'll always prefer one who's middle class, public school and Oxbridge. There are loads of new universities opening up in the middle east, but they don't want what I teach, because all the demand over there is for technical education, not humanities. I don't really want to teach English abroad because it kind of makes a mockery of everything I've learned since, and besides there are loads of willing teachers half my age who are willing to work for travel money. It's not an old man's game. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not really looking for solutions, just having a whinge, as is the purpose of this thread!

 :) ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 01 August, 2009, 03:45:24 PM
.. but a bicycle is a road vehicle which can and should be ridden perfectly safely on virtually all roads.

Yes, but not (as is the case on my journey to and from work) where the road has been narrowed to make two separate cylce paths to such an extent that there really isn't room for two cars travelling in the opposite direction plus a bike going either way, while a deserted raised cycle lane on each side of the road mocks us.

The best way to make the roads safer to ride on is to ride on them safely and visibly, adopting a space in the road which forces drivers to treat passing you in the same way as they would another vehicle.

By the way, I completely agree with this part.

So do i.

A lot of cyclists simply should not be allowed on the roads because they are a hazard to themselves and others.Wether i am driving or cycling i keep as wide a distance from them as possible as i dont want to be near them.They are unpredictable and irresponsible but having said that its easy to differentiate between a competent cyclist and an incompetent cyclist.


: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 01 August, 2009, 04:54:46 PM
...although I was incredibly excited to receive my Dan Francisco/ Mutie Scum badges in the post today, I was less than pleased to immediately sustain multiple injuries getting them out of the envelope! Both safety pins were left open and I stabbed myself twice (okay, perhaps not "multiple", but who cares) on them.

I now haz hurty fingers.  :(

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 01 August, 2009, 05:15:45 PM
Widdums. Come on man, toughen the funt up! Pain is a mere sensation. I laugh in face of badge pins, ha-ha-ha. You don't want Mr.T throwing Snickers bars at you, do you, well do you? Grrrrrr! Man up hombre.

God it's a miserable day out there. I think I'll settle down to making a start on next months art comp with a nice cold beer. Not all bad then.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 01 August, 2009, 06:18:50 PM
Pain is for wimps.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 01 August, 2009, 06:23:54 PM
You say that- but what would have happened if it'd been a full, overhead mask with badges for eyes? Eh, did you think of THAT? I would have immediately put it on and stabbed myself in the eyeballs! Hooked my eyeballs on the safety pins and pulled them, punctured, pussing and leaking yellow ichor, out of my gaping sockets while screaming in agony. That's what would have happened! Then, the eyeballs would have still been attached to both the mask and my head, via their stretched and raw optic nerves, and I'd've somehow had to work my hand up inside the mask, unhook them, get the mask off and slip them back into my skull before going to the hospital.

And that would not have been zarjaz.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 01 August, 2009, 06:31:04 PM
Good point.


Tee-hee.





: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 01 August, 2009, 07:31:55 PM
...although I was incredibly excited to receive my Dan Francisco/ Mutie Scum badges in the post today, I was less than pleased to immediately sustain multiple injuries getting them out of the envelope! Both safety pins were left open and I stabbed myself twice (okay, perhaps not "multiple", but who cares) on them.

I now haz hurty fingers.  :(

Steev
Thats nothing. I once opened an envelope from a graduate who sent his cv looking for work experience. I stuck my fingers in the envelope and got stabbed by a fish hook attached to fishing tackle. He was trying to be creative and his covering letter had a load of tosh about him being the "right catch". I thought, ok joke over and went to take the cv out and got jabbed by a second hook. Good one. Needless to say he didn't get a placement at that company. The moral is: job seekers, don't stab any prospective employers.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 01 August, 2009, 09:11:42 PM
What on earth was the post he was applying for? You don't work for John West salmon, do you?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 01 August, 2009, 10:04:07 PM
Ha ha. No, it was in a Dutch graphic design company years ago. And the fish hook sending graduate was German. Wartime animosity, perhaps? As a Dutch person once said to me "the war will truly be over when a Dutch man calls his son Adolf". Actually, it was just a case of creativity gone wrong. Dutch design companies were very good at helping out students and graduates and many companies always had a junior or two there doing a placement. As graphics in the Netherlands is pretty hot they would get applications from all over the world.  
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 01 August, 2009, 11:22:38 PM
Two tragic losses for the world of music.

1). The Pussycat Dolls have split.
2). Paul McCartney ain't touring no more.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 03 August, 2009, 06:28:13 PM
The stupid fucking c*nts that live next door, not content with trying to learn scales on an electric guitar have managed to set off both the burglar and fire alarm simultaneously.

The Fire Brigade have now departed -- there apparently not actually being a fire -- leaving these alarms still blaring and the c*nts having no clue how to stop them.

It's so bad, I'm actually contemplating booking into a hotel for the night.

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 August, 2009, 06:45:46 PM

 Cant you go nextdoor and talk to these idiots and find the control panels to the alarms ?

 Its quite simple to switch these things off by resetting them .

 Thats what i would do anyway.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 03 August, 2009, 07:00:54 PM
'Silence' then 'reset'. If that doesn't work, turn the key to the other position, and try again. Or push it in really hard, becasue there's always a little spring that pushes it back out again. Or is that not funny in this context?  ;)

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 03 August, 2009, 07:28:17 PM

 Cant you go nextdoor and talk to these idiots and find the control panels to the alarms ?


My cats speak better English than my neighbours.

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 03 August, 2009, 08:05:23 PM
I got back from my distinctly second-rate festival experience last night and ever since I've been puking up and shitting water - seriously guys, I've had the runs before but this is extreme - I drink a glass of water and half an hour later a glassful of extremely stinky water just falls out the other end. And I've also found I can't trust my arse if it feels like it wants to fart.

The only lucky point is that we decided to come home a day early, so I'm feeling like death on my own sofa rather than in the back of as crammed car with a hyperactive 10 year old for a four hour drive.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 August, 2009, 08:17:14 PM

 Cant you go nextdoor and talk to these idiots and find the control panels to the alarms ?


My cats speak better English than my neighbours.

Cheers

Jim

Are they foreign or ignorant or inarticulate or inconsiderate or all of those things ?

Are they deaf as well ?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 03 August, 2009, 08:26:32 PM
I drink a glass of water and half an hour later a glassful of extremely stinky water just falls out the other end. And I've also found I can't trust my arse if it feels like it wants to fart.

You are going to have one scary time in bed tonight, everytime you feel a fart brewing you'll have to run to the throne.
Then again you could wear some incontinence pants >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 03 August, 2009, 08:30:54 PM
If the alarms are directly linked to an outside network it is not just a case of reset. You need the key codes from the alarm company. Turning off the electricity isn't enough either. Get hold of some ladders and smash shit out of the bell boxes and any internal bell that exist. Failing that stick skewers in your ears.






V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 August, 2009, 08:34:01 PM
I cut the cable to someones burglar alarm that was next door to a friends house i was staying in years ago because i was sick of hearing it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 03 August, 2009, 08:39:57 PM
I cut the cable to someones burglar alarm that was next door to a friends house i was staying in years ago because i was sick of hearing it.

Is this while you were breaking in Peter ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 03 August, 2009, 09:34:36 PM
I drink a glass of water and half an hour later a glassful of extremely stinky water just falls out the other end. And I've also found I can't trust my arse if it feels like it wants to fart.

You are going to have one scary time in bed tonight, everytime you feel a fart brewing you'll have to run to the throne.

Yes thank you, I discovered this the hard way about 5.30 this morning. And then made that very run every fifteen minutes for many hours!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 August, 2009, 09:42:24 PM
I cut the cable to someones burglar alarm that was next door to a friends house i was staying in years ago because i was sick of hearing it.

Is this while you were breaking in Peter ;)

Heaven forbid i would do such a thing !
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 03 August, 2009, 10:54:33 PM
...I've just put my thumb through the screen of my laptop- resulting in a crack across it, and a big white space where computery loveliness used to be.

Any ideas how much this is going to cost to get fixed?

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 04 August, 2009, 04:40:08 PM
Seal the crack with cheese should work a treat.
(Too much on the cheese?)






V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 August, 2009, 05:31:41 PM

....because i found out today that a certain person i know of has been spreading a false allegation that i am a Paedophile.They have done this through word of mouth and by sending emails and i know where and who at least some of the emails were sent to .

They will send more emails that will clear my name.

I know who this person is and i know where they live and if they are lucky they might just get off with a roughing up and they are going to be told in no uncertain terms where they stand and i can be 99 percent certain that they wont do it again.The roughing up probably wont be necessary because after i have had a word with this individual he will know that i am not fucking about.

GGrrrrr.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 06 August, 2009, 10:26:20 AM
You mention paedophilia allegations and suddlenly an otherwise "active thread" drops to page four! That's terrible, Peter- I'm not sure what to do in these situations, so trust you'll find a way out of it without resorting to assault or GBH. Mind you if the same were intimated about me, and I knew I wasn't, I'm not sure I would be in any way calm enough to handle it sensibly.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 06 August, 2009, 11:48:21 AM
Hope this gets messy situation gets sorted it out Peter, without any aggro.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 06 August, 2009, 11:54:31 AM
Ouch.  Very sorry to read that Peter, hope it gets sorted.  Beware of carrying out any serious punching (although I can't think how else I'd react myself), as that's a whole other mound of trouble.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 August, 2009, 12:42:22 PM
Thanks for your kind words everyone.

I am 100 percent certain this problem will be resolved without resorting to anything physical as talking to him will be enough as he will get a warning and he will know where exactly where he stands afterwards and he wont do it again.Fear is something these types of people always understand.

These types often use paedophillia as a smear as i have heard of lots of examples of this but in this case i dont think anyone is taking him seriously.

This individual is a resident in a block of flats that i was supposed to be doing a maintenance contract on but he has tried to sabotage the fact that i was going to be doing the work by sending emails to the managing agents and to others in the building.I have it on very good word from others that live in the building that he is mentally unbalanced.

This can be resolved because i know the chairman of the residents committee and i know others in the building as well.The residents are extremely dissatisfied with the agents and the contractor who was supposed to replace me as the chosen contractor have also been sacked because their work is below substandard as they recently rewired and redecorated the public ways in the same building.Cowboys.

I am seeing the chairman of the committee sometime on friday or saturday and i am still the favorite for doing the work anyway because thats what i was told the other day.I might also be able to see to it that the managing agents are sacked as well as i am going to tell the chairman of the committee everything i know about them as i know quite a lot about them and their dodgy practices.

I have a feeling this is all going to work out just fine.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 06 August, 2009, 01:33:17 PM
Perhaps best to obtain a printout of the offending email and take it to the police and make a complaint.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 06 August, 2009, 01:56:55 PM
Defamation.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 06 August, 2009, 02:17:17 PM
Defamation.

Infamy!  They've got it... etc.

INAL, but I'd be hesitant to take the offending e-mail to the cops just yet, simply for the (possibly irrational) fear that even raising the issue connects you with it in their minds, or worse yet, their files. Hang on to it, and if things can't be otherwise resolved by all means march down to the station, but I wouldn't do it as a first step.  

I say this because I was once in the wrong place at the wrong time during a combined anti-terrorist/drugs squad operation on a house I was renting, and while everyone verbally accepted that I was not connected in anything but an innocent way with the guys they were looking for (the owners), and I was neither arrested nor charged, a query through a family friend revealed my name still prominently attached to the case file.  I wasn't amused.  

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 06 August, 2009, 02:41:39 PM
How sad that, in our society, the innocent have almost as much to fear as the guilty. Makes you wonder if the Nazis really did lose the War  :-\
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 06 August, 2009, 03:20:30 PM
I'd be hesitant to take the offending e-mail to the cops just yet, simply for the (possibly irrational) fear that even raising the issue connects you with it in their minds, or worse yet, their files.

I originally typed a longer and ironic message, which I scrapped in favour of keeping it simple. Something to the effect that of course the police don't have better things to do than to widen an investigation beyond the initial terms of the complaint (defamation) in the absence of any evidence that the complainant has committed any offence.

But I agree: collecting and retaining evidence is as important as letting the culprit know you're onto him and warning him against doing it again, and definitely more of a first step than going to the police. Who are pretty useless much of the time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 August, 2009, 03:32:44 PM
I think that talking to this despicable dishonest POS will be quite enough.It will be a shock and a surprise for him when i do.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 August, 2009, 09:53:12 PM
Ouch.  Very sorry to read that Peter, hope it gets sorted.  Beware of carrying out any serious punching (although I can't think how else I'd react myself), as that's a whole other mound of trouble.

Its a shame that that option can lead to a whole other mound of trouble which is the only thing stopping me from introducing a fucking baseball bat to his head.

Repeatedly...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 06 August, 2009, 09:58:50 PM
Its a shame that that option can lead to a whole other mound of trouble which is the only thing stopping me from introducing a fucking baseball bat to his head.

Repeatedly...

Perhaps a cricket bat might be more in order; the larger, flatter barrel would distribute the damage to a wider area.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 06 August, 2009, 10:58:27 PM

Perhaps a cricket bat might be more in order; the larger, flatter barrel would distribute the damage to a wider area.

Wet sand in a sock. Hurts like a bastard; minimal bruising.

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: DavidXBrunt 06 August, 2009, 11:00:27 PM
Its a shame that that option can lead to a whole other mound of trouble which is the only thing stopping me from introducing a fucking baseball bat to his head.

Repeatedly...

Even the greatest criminals can make a small mistake that leads to their downfall. His was announcing his intentions in advance, via a public forum...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 06 August, 2009, 11:10:48 PM

Theres a very big difference between what i *feel* like doing and what i will or wont do and besides the wording in my post was clear enough.

Its not my actual intent but right now i am displeased and that was refelected in my comment.

Thoughts or feelings are not against the law and there is no such thing as pre-crime or the thought police yet and besides you would have to prove that that was my intent.I could say right now that i am going to jump off Beachy Head but it doesnt mean i am going to.


Read it again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 07 August, 2009, 11:57:41 AM
Feck me, but this economy lark is getting hard.  As of today we haven't got one single  project we tendered for in the past two months.  The most recent one, the preferred tender was 25% of ours (that's not 25% less, that's a quarter of our price), and we were cutting our own throats (® T.Pratchett) to get there anyway.   With 90% of us having lost our jobs in the last year, there's obviously a rake of hugely experienced folks who'd just rather be out doing something rather than nothing - hard competing with that.  Have the weekend to work out a schedule of redundancies.  Feels unusually hopeless for a sunny Friday.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 07 August, 2009, 06:47:53 PM
… I had less than two hours sleep last night.

I suggested a meeting a few days ago with a supplier but didn't hear from them. Turned out they were expecting me yesterday as my email had gone nuts on me and I didn't get their message. So ended up working until 6am for a rescheduled meeting this morning. My plan was to finish meeting and go into town at my leisure as felt I earned the rest of the day off. But had a call while in meeting to say some other work had to be changed so rushed back to do that and just finished now. Knackered.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 August, 2009, 08:34:55 PM
Have the weekend to work out a schedule of redundancies.  Feels unusually hopeless for a sunny Friday.

Shit, that's harsh TB. 

It's a kick in the bollocks man and I'm sorry to hear it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 August, 2009, 08:49:52 PM
I've always thought that peeing in the shower and/or sink was completely unacceptable in a civilized society, but recently I've become aware of the possibility of this not being the case.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 07 August, 2009, 09:04:45 PM
Pissing in a sink was part of being in the military when the ablutions were based about 200 metres from your block.
We may have been able to do the 30 miler in under 6 and a half hours across the moors, but 200 metres is a lot further in the middle of the night ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 07 August, 2009, 09:12:15 PM
Cheers Kerrin, but I've absolutely no right to be complaining, every other thing in my life is absolutely tickety boo right now, my brother and his wife are expecting my first nephew/niece this weekend, and I am the most fortunate of men in matters of health an family  - hence restricting myself to moaning here!  Life does not spug - but work or lack thereof certainly does.  If something has to suck, better it be that.

Please to ignore the following, just getting it off my chest.  Look away now!

It's been coming for a long time, two years at least, to the point where it's sort of old hat at this point, as long-term boarders can boredly attest.  Difference right now is that there doesn't seem any reason to hope things are going to improve even if we could hang on a bit longer.  We've plummeted down from 80 staff to 50 to 25 to 15, and now fuck knows - 5 for bit, and then none?   My business partner stupidly let a pile of good people go last year in a panic when there was no need, but I managed to re-hire most of them and we've been struggling along for the last year on the strength of their skill and hard work.  But when there's no work, there's no money, and when there's no money, there's no wages.  I just utterly hate putting good folk out on the street, especially this time when there really is absolutely no chance of them getting another job anytime soon.  You're just fucking up their lives in the worst way.  For some reason this weighs on my mind even more than the implications of bankruptcy and tax bills and overdraft guarantees and all that other good stuff.  

I know I do go on like this a lot, but I genuinely find moaning here quite therapeutic, particularly since right now I don't want to load troubles on my very, very pregnant wife, and most of my mates lost their jobs some time ago and frankly don't need to hear my tales of employer hardship.  

Anyway, who knows, a giant contract could land on us Monday morning and all this hand-wringing would be for nowt.  

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 07 August, 2009, 09:37:10 PM
Hope things get better soon on the work front TB.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 07 August, 2009, 09:51:03 PM
I agree with Old Tankie as you never know what's coming around the corner.
Good luck!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 07 August, 2009, 10:42:07 PM
Cheers Kerrin, but I've absolutely no right to be complaining, every other thing in my life is absolutely tickety boo right now, my brother and his wife are expecting my first nephew/niece this weekend, and I am the most fortunate of men in matters of health an family  - hence restricting myself to moaning here!  Life does not spug - but work or lack thereof certainly does.  If something has to suck, better it be that.

Please to ignore the following, just getting it off my chest.  Look away now!

It's been coming for a long time, two years at least, to the point where it's sort of old hat at this point, as long-term boarders can boredly attest.  Difference right now is that there doesn't seem any reason to hope things are going to improve even if we could hang on a bit longer.  We've plummeted down from 80 staff to 50 to 25 to 15, and now fuck knows - 5 for bit, and then none?   My business partner stupidly let a pile of good people go last year in a panic when there was no need, but I managed to re-hire most of them and we've been struggling along for the last year on the strength of their skill and hard work.  But when there's no work, there's no money, and when there's no money, there's no wages.  I just utterly hate putting good folk out on the street, especially this time when there really is absolutely no chance of them getting another job anytime soon.  You're just fucking up their lives in the worst way.  For some reason this weighs on my mind even more than the implications of bankruptcy and tax bills and overdraft guarantees and all that other good stuff.  

I know I do go on like this a lot, but I genuinely find moaning here quite therapeutic, particularly since right now I don't want to load troubles on my very, very pregnant wife, and most of my mates lost their jobs some time ago and frankly don't need to hear my tales of employer hardship.  

Anyway, who knows, a giant contract could land on us Monday morning and all this hand-wringing would be for nowt.  



Theres no point in beating yourself up or going on a guilt trip over events that are part of a bigger picture and are out of your control.I know its a natural reaction and i am not saying you are wrong to feel the way you do but understand its not your fault as you have done what you can.

Remain positive as thats what i am doing as i have lost 65,000 quids worth of work because of the previously mentioned individual who falsely claims i am a Paedophile.I should have been doing that work right now.


I have been paying particular attention to our friends across the Atlantic in the U.S for some time now and right now i am watching a country that is utterly divided down the middle ,that has been runned into the ground by Corporate/Financial/Globalist Elitists who have sucked it dry over successive administrations [especially GWBush] collapse in on itself in a political/economic shitstorm that will be unprecedented because of the left wing totalitarian govt now in office just as predicted.

The cracks are beginning to show and it will get worse before it gets better unfortunately.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 August, 2009, 10:47:25 PM
I agree with Old Tankie as you never know what's coming around the corner.
Good luck!
Yep, good luck to you TB. I don't know what it's like in the Republic but on the mainland things are starting to pick up again...slightly (and that's in a fairly specialised area of manafacturing) so hopefully you can tough it out. But like you say, it's only one aspect of life, and that fat contract may very well land on the doormat monday. Fuck it and punch on.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: DavidXBrunt 07 August, 2009, 10:53:33 PM


I have been paying particular attention to our friends across the Atlantic in the U.S for some time now and right now i am watching a country that is utterly divided down the middle ,that has been runned into the ground by Corporate/Financial/Globalist Elitists who have sucked it dry over successive administrations [especially GWBush] collapse in on itself in a political/economic shitstorm that will be unprecedented because of the left wing totalitarian govt now in office just as predicted.

The cracks are beginning to show and it will get worse before it gets better unfortunately.

Just so you know, you sound mental there. And not in a good way. Have you considered going for a walk in the park and feeding ducks instead of sitting at a pc brooding? You might just find it helpfull.

I mean tomorrow of course.

Feeding ducks at night would be creepy beyond words.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 07 August, 2009, 10:59:51 PM
on the mainland

Oops. Do we say that?

.....

Anyway, sorry to hear about your multiplying woes, TB, and thanks for keeping us informed. We do care. I think you've done amazingly well to build up such a business in the first place. It's a tall order for anything to be recession-proof.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 August, 2009, 11:04:24 PM
on the mainland

Oops. Do we say that?

Don't we? Sorry. My bad. Here in the U.K.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 07 August, 2009, 11:11:42 PM


I have been paying particular attention to our friends across the Atlantic in the U.S for some time now and right now i am watching a country that is utterly divided down the middle ,that has been runned into the ground by Corporate/Financial/Globalist Elitists who have sucked it dry over successive administrations [especially GWBush] collapse in on itself in a political/economic shitstorm that will be unprecedented because of the left wing totalitarian govt now in office just as predicted.

The cracks are beginning to show and it will get worse before it gets better unfortunately.

Just so you know, you sound mental there. And not in a good way. Have you considered going for a walk in the park and feeding ducks instead of sitting at a pc brooding? You might just find it helpfull.

I mean tomorrow of course.

Feeding ducks at night would be creepy beyond words.

I think i know enough about you and for certain reasons i wont react to that comment.

Just so you know it might be an idea for you to talk to someone else as i dont particularly like your attitude.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 07 August, 2009, 11:13:11 PM


I have been paying particular attention to our friends across the Atlantic in the U.S for some time now and right now i am watching a country that is utterly divided down the middle ,that has been runned into the ground by Corporate/Financial/Globalist Elitists who have sucked it dry over successive administrations [especially GWBush] collapse in on itself in a political/economic shitstorm that will be unprecedented because of the left wing totalitarian govt now in office just as predicted.

The cracks are beginning to show and it will get worse before it gets better unfortunately.

Just so you know, you sound mental there. And not in a good way. Have you considered going for a walk in the park and feeding ducks instead of sitting at a pc brooding? You might just find it helpfull.

I mean tomorrow of course.

Feeding ducks at night would be creepy beyond words.



Just so you know it might be an idea for you to talk to someone else as i dont particularly like your attitude.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: DavidXBrunt 07 August, 2009, 11:25:43 PM


I think i know enough about you and for certain reasons i wont react to that comment.

Just so you know it might be an idea for you to talk to someone else as i dont particularly like your attitude.

I meant that in a good way. Sometimes it's really easy to get caught in a negative mindframe, stewing over things that you can't change and can't influence. From there it's only a short hop to paranoia and conspiracy theory thinking and that's never healthy. A break from the norm, a step outside, a chance to contemplate simple pleasures can do a body a world of good.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 07 August, 2009, 11:57:00 PM


I think i know enough about you and for certain reasons i wont react to that comment.

Just so you know it might be an idea for you to talk to someone else as i dont particularly like your attitude.

I meant that in a good way. Sometimes it's really easy to get caught in a negative mindframe, stewing over things that you can't change and can't influence. From there it's only a short hop to paranoia and conspiracy theory thinking and that's never healthy. A break from the norm, a step outside, a chance to contemplate simple pleasures can do a body a world of good.

I wish you had said that without your previous comment as i misconstrued it.

Apologies. 8)

For what its worth though i totally agree with you and i like what you say.

I can only say in all honesty that i am not stewing over it all and i am not stuck in a negative mindframe over it.Years and years ago i used to be in a negative mindstate over things like this and i was actually clinically depressed [i think i have mentioned this before] but now i have left all that behind and hopefully for good.I think you come out of these things stronger than you were before.

I do get involved in all this stuff and comment on it because i find it fascinating and  i just observe stuff without being depressed about it as lifes too short.

Positivity [especially in terms of health] is the answer and we are at a very interesting critical juncture in world events and politics etc and i dont feel like i cant influence anything as i actually think you can collectively and i see the evidence of this whenever i read comments online and i actually feel optimistic about things in the long term.



: Re: Life Spugs because...
: DavidXBrunt 08 August, 2009, 12:11:33 AM
See...paranioia has already set in...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 08 August, 2009, 09:16:23 PM
I keep thinking i am paranoid.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Satanist 08 August, 2009, 10:51:58 PM
Anyway, who knows, a giant contract could land on us Monday morning and all this hand-wringing would be for nowt.  



I'm a bit pissed. I've thought for a while about posting my personal woes here but then I always give it a miss.I know its a bit cheesey but try and concentrate on the positives. At the mo my list goes...

Job = Shit
Finances = Fucked
Life = Pretty Fucking Gash
Wife & Kids = Great
Mates = Solid

I hope something comes through for ye. Oh and Congrats to you & the Mrs.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 08 August, 2009, 11:32:39 PM
I was all set for a great day out up London with the family this morning when the postie delivered a parcel and a letter.
The parcel was the Best of Judge Dredd, hurrah!
The letter was from my car insurance saying that they had not received my no claims documentation from my previous insurer.
 I was straight on the phone fuming, but I calmed down before I eventually got through to a human.
I explained that they had not received the 'actual renewal form' from me, from my previous insurer when I sent that and since then I had also sent them a cover note from the previous insurer which was recorded delivery and here are all the relevant details.
Upon this the lady said that there might be a delay due to the amount of post they get each day. I replied why don't YOU check with my previous insurer as this is getting beyond a joke. She then said she will look into my case and get back to me in the week.
For Fucks sake, you do everything correctly and you still end up buggered >:( >:( >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 August, 2009, 02:06:44 PM
I've been off work since mid-June. I put in a claim for council tax benefit to save myself about £100 a month until I get back to work again in the autumn. However, the council still haven't processed the claim because they are insisting upon supporting documentation.

Because my partner is self-employed they want to see her accounts for the past year (which she hasn't done yet because they aren't needed for her tax return until January 2010). When we informed the council of the fact, and said it's irrelevant anyway because she only earns £xxxx per year and hasn't earned more than £20 per week since the end of June, they asked instead to see proof of all her business-related expenses (which are immaterial because her earnings have all but ceased) and asked her to fill in a proof of earnings from self-employment form, which asks for all the same information she would need to have done her accounts in order to provide. Effectively they are asking to see a pile of receipts for stationery amounting to approx £600 - when our claim for council tax benefit is essentially predicated upon neither of us working between June and September, and hence having no earned income! If we are entitled to council tax benefit anyway, what difference does it make if she earned £10,000 or £12,000 for the year, or if she claimed £300 or £1,200 for tax-deductible expenses?

Reflect, for a moment, upon what it is costing the council, and hence tax payers, to chase up and then scrutinise my partner's accounts, and photocopy and leaf through her receipts, only to decide "you are entitled to full council tax benefit because neither you nor your partner is working."
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 August, 2009, 03:08:59 PM
Just to clarify: she states that she has claimed £600 expenditure against tax. They demand to see the receipts. She gives them a pile of between 50 to 120 receipts. They have to go through them and add them all up. Then they say "yep - added them all up, and it comes to £600 like you said." To check her calculations for business use of home tax allowance, they need to see our mortgage statement, home insurance, 12 months' gas, electricity, telephone and broadband bills. Then they disregard the information they've devoted so much effort to collecting and just give us the council tax benefit we're entitled to because we're signing on for Jobseekers' Allowance. The Department of Work and Pensions has already collected sufficient evidence from us (not including her receipts or accounts) to establish our entitlement to benefit.

Because her business is so small, the Inland Revenue is happy to take her word for business expenses with a signed declaration.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 09 August, 2009, 04:37:16 PM
Now why am i not surprised by that account of wasteful and unnecessary govt bereaucracy ?

Oh and whatever happened about the MPs expenses scam ?

Nothing.Just like i expected.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 09 August, 2009, 06:37:46 PM
I bought some pens but the lids don't fit properly on the end. What the FUCK is up with that?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 09 August, 2009, 06:44:32 PM
As I understand it, Ush, contribution-based job seekers allowance is not means tested, whereas council tax benefit most certainly is.  The fact that you are trying to claim two different benefits, one means tested and one not, will surely delay things, as your local council has to check thoroughly that you are entitled to a means tested benefit.

There is a non-contribution-based job seekers allowance, which is means tested but I assume that neither you nor your partner are claiming that, as you have said before that you have both worked in the past and would presumably have paid National Insurance stamp.

I totally agree with your council making thorough checks before paying out a means tested benefit and those checks can be completely different from other government departments, therefore the delay.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 August, 2009, 07:12:53 PM
As it happens, my local Job Centre seems to think that because self-employed people pay Class 2 and Class 4 contributions they can only receive means-tested Jobseekers' Allowance, and not contributions-based. They also tell us that as a couple we can't have a claim that is part-contributions and part means-tested, so our joint claim has to be for means-tested Jobseekers'. The Job Centre seems to be satisfied of our means, but the council isn't, despite having been given the same information. Now they are seeking evidence of her expenses claims (not her earnings) for a period wholly outside the period being claimed for, presumably to establish that she doesn't have capital worth more than £16,000. She doesn't. We've said she doesn't. They want to count up her receipts to make sure. The chances of them coming to more than £16,000 are pretty slim, and I think if we were trying to defraud them we'd have left out receipts for any purchases that exceeded £16,000. I think what they're trying to do is trip up those criminal geniuses who not only neglect to conceal their major purchases when claiming benefit, but also declare them for tax purposes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 09 August, 2009, 10:20:27 PM
...of BSOD error STOP: 0x00000007B (0xF78CE528, 0xc00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 10 August, 2009, 12:31:59 AM
Mum hid the bagles.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 10 August, 2009, 12:48:05 AM
Mum hid the bagles.

Oh no! That's harsh. And on top of the thing with the pen lids too. Life can be so cruel.

 ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 10 August, 2009, 12:52:31 AM
Um, yeah. That was kinda the whole point of the joke.

And besides, there is no "Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments" thread and I'm certainly not starting one.

 ;) or whatever.

PS I'm not actually upset
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 10 August, 2009, 01:38:56 AM
PS I'm not actually upset

I KNOW !!

And besides, there is no "Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments" thread and I'm certainly not starting one.

I'm disappointed. That I would like to see.

 :-X or whatever.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 10 August, 2009, 11:16:28 AM
Mum hid the bagles.

Is it just me or does that sound all kinds of wrong?

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 10 August, 2009, 12:03:55 PM
Mum hid the bagles.

Is it just me or does that sound all kinds of wrong?



It does sound all sorts of wrong. The mind fairly boggles as to what dire purpose Godpleton wanted the bagless (vacuum cleaner?) for. Something exceedingly pervy, I'm sure. Explains why his mum might have hidden it.

 :o
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 10 August, 2009, 08:43:59 PM
Mum hid the bagles.
Is it just me or does that sound all kinds of wrong?
It does sound all sorts of wrong. The mind fairly boggles as to what dire purpose Godpleton wanted the bagless (vacuum cleaner?) for. Something exceedingly pervy, I'm sure. Explains why his mum might have hidden it.

 :o
I think you've got the wrong end of the stick there Ush. Godpleton's mum didn't want the light of her life wandering round town like a painted whore attracting the unwanted attention of scrawny lads with starchy grins and big dogs. That's why she hid all the bangles.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 10 August, 2009, 09:00:19 PM
That's why she hid all the bangles.

What? Even Susanna Hoffs?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 10 August, 2009, 09:37:03 PM
That's why she hid all the bangles.
What? Even Susanna Hoffs?
I'd love to have it off with Susannah Hoffs! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWE0xkCKmSc)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 10 August, 2009, 10:13:13 PM
I am so fucked off with our sales team. They sold an extra large TV package to a customer with learning difficulties and it would have been obvious even on the phone. It was free for the first month then whammmo massive bill thereafter. Where in I got an earful of his carers and lost one of my jobs for today which goes against my completion rate for the day. >:(







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 10 August, 2009, 11:20:58 PM
It turns out she put them in  the freezer, which means they won't taste of anything once they've been defrosted.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 August, 2009, 03:43:21 PM
Everytime i do the lottery my choice of numbers are always very nearly the same as the winning numbers.I am usually out by about 2 on each number yet my choices are nearly always in the same numerical order from lower to higher as the winning numbers and its bizarre how often this happens.

My magic is weak so i need to sort it out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 11 August, 2009, 04:07:38 PM
I know I'll never win the damn lottery >:(








Mainly due to the fact I won't buy a ticket, ever ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 11 August, 2009, 05:30:32 PM
Mainly due to the fact I won't buy a ticket, ever ;)[/color]

You and me both. I haven't yet given up hope of achieving something through my own efforts to the extent that I'm resigned to trusting entirely to luck!

 :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 August, 2009, 08:41:57 PM
Mainly due to the fact I won't buy a ticket, ever ;)[/color]

You and me both. I haven't yet given up hope of achieving something through my own efforts to the extent that I'm resigned to trusting entirely to luck!

 :D

I am trying to achieve something through my own efforts but the state of the  economy keeps getting in the way at the moment.

I just have a flutter sporadically that only costs a couple of quid so its no loss.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 11 August, 2009, 11:09:28 PM
I just have a flutter sporadically that only costs a couple of quid so its no loss.

Nobody's really judging you, Peter. We're just having a laugh. You carry on!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 11 August, 2009, 11:28:47 PM
I still can't beat the wife on the basic step and advanced step games on the Wii Fit. I thrash her on everything else, but can I get perfect on the stepping off the board, can I fuck. I spent an hour trying to get to the top of the leaderboard earlier and failed each time.
I eventually gave up in disgust and enhanced my scores on some of the other games to feel like a man again ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 11 August, 2009, 11:34:34 PM
I still can't beat the wife

Well ... as soon as the Daily Express' predictions come true and we're all living under Sharia Law ...

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 11 August, 2009, 11:41:03 PM
Well as soon as we do become a Muslim state under Sharia Law we can asll look forward to interest free loans and mortgages as Sharia Law forbids Usury.

Not sure if you have to be a devout Muslim to qualify though.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 12 August, 2009, 01:22:46 AM
That nice Jesus chap wasn't keen on usurers either. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 August, 2009, 02:24:12 AM
That nice Jesus chap wasn't keen on usurers either. 

I cant say i am that keen on them either.

 ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 12 August, 2009, 10:56:31 AM
I am owed £800.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 12 August, 2009, 01:10:46 PM
And now...

I am owed £802.37

Bastard.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 August, 2009, 01:14:26 PM
I wish i was owed some money.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 12 August, 2009, 02:09:15 PM
Rant on:

A few days ago I received the book "Dark Forces" a collection of short horror stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Karl Edward Wagner, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King and so forth. This morning, I read the tale "Dark Angel" by Edward Bryant and found myself incredibly angry. Here's why:

As a freshman and sophmore in college I took a creative writing course. The first year went on and a fellow whose name eludes me now established himself as the teacher's pet - he was constantly praised, his work continually rea aloud to the class. I have to admit I was a bit envious, because he always presented well-polished lyrical prose for reading sessions while, the rest of the class generally showed up with what amounted to rough or first drafts. Stories were due at the end of every week, and had to be anywhere from 5 to 10 pages. Fine, except most of us were full-time students with a heavy workload - so a 10 page story was a difficult task. Anyway, this bloke was flawless every week while I had many of my endeavors ripped into by the professor. Quite disheartening.

There was a story he wrote - and I only remember it because that night we both were to read our works aloud to the class - that dealt with a voodoo curse a woman puts on a man. He had abandoned her after getting her pregnant and she returned the favor by using magic to have him conceive a child, the hitch being that when she fashioned the clay voodoo doll, she left out a birth canal. His story was praised by the teacher and the class, again was extremely well-written and well thought out. Again I will admit I was jealous, though mostly because my effort was dismissed with little comment.

At the end of every year, like most schools, the creative arts department published an annual showcasing art, photos, poems and short stories. I had a story or two in the annual every year, but this guy didn't. I put it off to him being stuck up about it - because I figured he had to be publishing elsewhere. Well, there was a much different reason for that...

Well, this morning as I read "Dark Angel" I was struck by how familiar it was to me even though I had never before heard of the author. As the tale unfolded I began to realize I had read it before - in that damn creative writing class. That bastard had ripped it off word-for-word, and had probably ripped all of his stories off.

Maybe I should feel good about it, that I "caught" him after all this time, that he couldn't really have been that good - but I feel sick instead, and disgusted. I think about how I struggled to complete those stories in between classes and on late nights while my buddies were partying, and I remember how amazing the teacher thought he was and how marked up my pages were when returned to me.

How I wish I would have read this then and could have shot him down. But then, that's petty isn't it? I shouldn't have been envious anyway. So he got away with it. Looking back now I realize that he was an idiot; had be been caught, he would have been booted from the university and that would have been that. Hell, maybe he did get caught at some point. I guess the my revenge is that when I got my first story published I felt immense satisfaction and pride - he may have snowed the professor, but had to feel extremely empty afterwards. Especially if he truly wanted to be a writer.

Anyway, not sure anyone will read this rambling post but it is nice to get this out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 12 August, 2009, 04:00:07 PM
The sniveling bastard.   And what a maroon of a teacher that he didn't cop it at the time.  In my mercifully brief stint as a lecturer plagarism (and there was plenty) stood out like a bloody beacon, and yet students always seemed shocked when they were caught out (my favourite:  cut-and-paste sections from Encarta that still had their American spellings intact).  Obviously there's a far wider field to police in creative writing, but still....

The sniveling bastard.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 12 August, 2009, 04:47:00 PM
The sniveling bastard.   And what a maroon of a teacher that he didn't cop it at the time.  In my mercifully brief stint as a lecturer plagarism (and there was plenty) stood out like a bloody beacon, and yet students always seemed shocked when they were caught out (my favourite:  cut-and-paste sections from Encarta that still had their American spellings intact).  Obviously there's a far wider field to police in creative writing, but still....

The sniveling bastard.

The thing that bothers me most, I think, is that most people that sign up for creative writing classes - or any other class artistic in nature - want to be creative and express themselves. This may be good or bad depending on the student's talent, but at least work is being put in. This fellow took the space of someone that wanted to be there to learn and practice, and stole his passing grade.

American spelling intact? Wow, that is bad. No wonder they were easy to catch!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 12 August, 2009, 07:37:41 PM
Radiohead aren't making rekkids no more.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 August, 2009, 07:47:43 PM
All the while this idiot in the writing class was cheating he was only cheating himself and wasting everyone elses time as well as well as giving apples to the teacher.

You wont learn anything by cheating.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 12 August, 2009, 08:10:12 PM
Radiohead aren't making rekkids no more.
Is this on the right thread? ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 12 August, 2009, 08:23:42 PM
Life spugs because everything that could go wrong -did go wrong! My computer vaped itself and I had to get a new one that took me ages to get up and running. Ah well hopefully the worst is behind me now.(SIGH)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 August, 2009, 08:52:45 PM
Radiohead aren't making rekkids no more.
Is this on the right thread? ;D

I was going to say exactly the same thing . 8)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 12 August, 2009, 11:23:28 PM
All the while this idiot in the writing class was cheating he was only cheating himself and wasting everyone elses time as well as well as giving apples to the teacher.

You wont learn anything by cheating.

Being honest with myself, what bothered me most is that I was jealous - and I rarely get jealous. But as an 18 year old with aspirations of being a writer, looking across the room at a fellow not much older and churning out great professional stuff beyond his years was difficult to take. I got jealous, got mad at myself for being jealous, and went home and tried to glue my fragile psyche back together. Stupid as the whole thing was, I was incredibly sensitive about it - so much so that it stuck with me through these past eight years. And for some reason, even though I found out he was a fraud, I don't feel any better.

And that's why Life Spugs.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 12 August, 2009, 11:51:22 PM
I've just started a second job working evenings and weekends doing PC-repairs on a call-out basis.

Yeah, I thought it was good news, too. That's before you factor in the relatively low hourly rate, the distance I'm having to travel to and from jobs (2 jobs in and I've yet to have a round trip under 70 miles). And the sheer stress of fixing faults against the clock in an uncontrolled environment (customer's homes), without access to all my usual tools and fallbacks (like, say, the internet or Windows OS CDs).

I'm giving it one more go before I kick it in the head as not worth my while...  >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 13 August, 2009, 08:21:46 AM
But as an 18 year old with aspirations of being a writer, looking across the room at a fellow not much older and churning out great professional stuff beyond his years was difficult to take.

Without being even remotely over-dramatic (well, maybe a tad), I think you need to make the ruination of this pathetic creature the sole focus of all your energies for your remaining years.  Start slow, send him postacards of kittens with just "I know" written on them, and build from there.    Then, later, when his life lies in tattered heaps around his ankles, and his sole remaining possession is his undeserved diploma, write a book about it!

Or, as The Proclaimers would have it, harness pain.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 13 August, 2009, 08:30:32 AM
Or failing that take a chill pill!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 13 August, 2009, 09:08:01 AM
Yes, or that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 13 August, 2009, 09:28:32 AM
Ah chill pill taken. Nothing calms me down like a good night's sleep!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 13 August, 2009, 11:09:18 AM
It's bad when someone gets away with passing off other people's work as their own, especially if they manage to make themselves look better than everyone else into the bargain. I don't think I've ever been up against 'cheats' in my learning, because the resources for that cheating were not available on the Internet (we didn't even have an Internet before I started my PhD), and all my formal assessments were based upon original data collection and analysis or relative skill at handling lecture notes and reading lists provided by corse leaders, so they would have known the books students would have been copying from.

In my teaching experience, plagiarism in the non-GCSE classes I teach doesn't even matter (there, I've said it!). The only GCSE student whose plagiarism I uncovered dropped out of the course when the student she was copying from refused to let her read any more of her essays. Yes it was as simple and as bare-faced as that.

The most serious case was when I was teaching adult education for the university where I did my teacher training. I had a student there who had to submit two pieces of work for a 12-week course. She plagiarised both from the Internet adding very few words of her own. Having been caught once she did it the second time. When I gave her a failing grade she complained to the course leader that I hadn't given her enough guidance and that she didn't know what else to do under the circumstances. Of course: how eminently reasonable; to say little of the fact she had missed classes when the assignment was discussed, she had not availed herself of the individual tutorials offered, and she was in any case busy with a personal project unconnected with the course at the time the assignment was given.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 13 August, 2009, 06:26:38 PM
I've just started a second job working evenings and weekends doing PC-repairs on a call-out basis.

Yeah, I thought it was good news, too. That's before you factor in the relatively low hourly rate, the distance I'm having to travel to and from jobs (2 jobs in and I've yet to have a round trip under 70 miles). And the sheer stress of fixing faults against the clock in an uncontrolled environment (customer's homes), without access to all my usual tools and fallbacks (like, say, the internet or Windows OS CDs).

I'm giving it one more go before I kick it in the head as not worth my while...  >:(

I know someone who used to do this and they said it was nothing but hassle sometimes partly because some of his clients were stupid and unreasonable.

It seems to me that anyone asking for a callout at short notice should be charged a premium for the privelage as its not unreasonable.Also i dont know if you can charge them your fuel costs per mile and perhaps try and factor in an extra tenner or so for your time spent in the car but its an idea.

*

I had a chat today with the alleged Paedophile accuser and it seems that he doesnt know what i am talking about and he denies ever saying such things and given that i am very good at spotting if someone is lying i am inclined to believe him because if he was lying or uncomfortable i would have noticed it.The person who informed me of the accusation is also a bit of a troublemaker so unless i see the proof which is the emails i am never going to be absolutely sure which one of them is telling the truth but quite honestly i would rather just let it lie and move on because i dont have the time to play silly games with people.

Also i learnt to control my aggressive impulses a long time ago so its a good thing i didnt overreact if you know what i mean.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 13 August, 2009, 06:31:29 PM
Have they started rationing punctuation now?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 13 August, 2009, 06:41:40 PM
That's the way Peter talks, he doesn't give you the chance to jump in ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 13 August, 2009, 10:01:21 PM
It seems to me that anyone asking for a callout at short notice should be charged a premium for the privelage as its not unreasonable.Also i dont know if you can charge them your fuel costs per mile and perhaps try and factor in an extra tenner or so for your time spent in the car but its an idea.

Sadly not. I'm working for a company, so I have to abide by their pricing/charging scheme, which somehow sees the customer paying significantly more and me receiving significantly less.

On the up-side, today's job was relatively hassle-free, situated on my way home from the day job and involved setting up a router and printer for an amazingly attractive young lady and her two sisters. I feel marginally better about the whole situation now...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 14 August, 2009, 12:45:35 PM
1. the Job Centre is making work for itself by assuming my partner's earnings to be constant from one week to the next even though they're variable and have actually ceased from 1st August. Thus they have calculated our income incorrectly resulting in an underpayment of £10 per week rising to £20 per week. This, despite having given us fortnightly forms on which to declare her earnings. Because they guessed a regular weekly income they've now got to reassess the claim, despite having been told amounts and dates of earnings.

2. claims are routinely suspended for reassessment even when benefit entitlement is being looked at for revision upwards, so even if they may need to pay you more than they have been paying, they stop paying you anything until they've worked out the new amount.

3. my partner did a teaching job that paid £60 over two weeks. She gets to keep £20 of that. She might as well have turned the work away.

4. despite paying her own self-employed N.I. contributions, she can't receive full JSA, so hers is means tested. As a couple we receive about £30 less than two single people sharing the same house, yet the same amount of her earnings is deducted from benefits as would be deducted for a single person. The same decuction leaves a couple more out of pocket.

5. I want a salaried job so I don't have to deal with this kind of crap any more, dammit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 14 August, 2009, 04:21:00 PM
That's what always riled me when I was unemployed. Whilst I was actively looking for work and wanted to work, it would have been madness to consider taking a part-time job. I'd have been no better off financially, but I'd have less time to invest in looking for a full-time job. Bit of a counterproductive system, I thought.
Surely it would encourage more people into taking up part-time positions (and thus improve employment figures)if the worker was allowed to keep some of the money they earned? How much of the twenty quid your partner was granted do you reckon was spent on transport to and from the job?

We might as well all give in, sign up for the Jeremy Kyle marathon and start going to the shops in our pyjamas during the mid-afternoon.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 August, 2009, 04:22:32 PM
5. I want a salaried job so I don't have to deal with this kind of crap any more, dammit.

Have you considered a management position in the Job Centre?  Seems like you'd ace the interview!   :-*

I feel for you though squire, any day now I'm expecting your Poe avatar to turn into a large beetle.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 14 August, 2009, 04:51:35 PM
...we have made a complaint against a supplier about an order where 10% of the items (exactly 25 out of 250) were sub-standard and unusable. Despite being a regular, repeat customer of theirs, our supplier has said that whilst they accept these 25 were sub-standard, their policy is to only deal with complaints where more than 10% of items have been affected.

Ggnnnnhhh!!!

M@

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 14 August, 2009, 05:59:14 PM
That's just plain crap. If we tried that with a customer (and we wouldn't) I would fully expect to them to find a new supplier. What a way to do business. I presume you're only going to pay for 225 of the items Matt, personally I wouldn't pay for any until I had the 250 in fully satisfactory order.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 14 August, 2009, 06:04:58 PM
our supplier has said that whilst they accept these 25 were sub-standard, their policy is to only deal with complaints where more than 10% of items have been affected.

Fark. And they want people to do repeat business with them??
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 14 August, 2009, 07:45:06 PM

Gregor Allen Poe!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 14 August, 2009, 10:53:48 PM
In retrospect my sister getting a 2:2 is far more impressive than my underacheiving 2:1 ways.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 14 August, 2009, 11:10:51 PM
I just scrapped a piece of art i was working on as it went wrong.

Oh well there goes 5 hours of my time and effort wasted.

I Fucking HATE IT when that happens.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: WoD 15 August, 2009, 12:36:38 AM
USHER changes profile pick...and now I'm confused...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 15 August, 2009, 12:52:37 AM
USHER changes profile pick...and now I'm confused...

It's only temporary, until things become less Kafkaesque...  ;)

In the meantime I'm chasing bits of paper, supplying information in triplicate and changing overnight into an enormous insect. Possibly.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: WoD 15 August, 2009, 12:56:56 AM
possibly....probably...take up the fly-paper just in case...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 15 August, 2009, 07:21:18 AM
*gets out the Vapona and prepares for Description of a Struggle*

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 15 August, 2009, 10:01:27 AM
Cheers Fellas,

: Kerrin
I presume you're only going to pay for 225 of the items Matt.

Unfortunately we pay up-front...

: House of Usher
Fark. And they want people to do repeat business with them??

...and they're also quite a bit cheaper than anyone else, so, regrettably, we'll be going back to them. Ah well...

M@

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 August, 2009, 01:09:35 PM
Cheers Fellas,

: Kerrin
I presume you're only going to pay for 225 of the items Matt.

Unfortunately we pay up-front...

: House of Usher
Fark. And they want people to do repeat business with them??

...and they're also quite a bit cheaper than anyone else, so, regrettably, we'll be going back to them. Ah well...

M@




That must be their justification then and they must be so cheap that you can effectively write off 10 percent or less of the goods that they sent you or if you look at it another you are getting the faulty goods for nothing.

Theres different ways of looking at things.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 16 August, 2009, 09:47:54 PM
My mum asked me to bring in the long dead rabbit's water bottle from the shed and in a fit of pique I decided to drink the leftover water in said bottle. As much as I enjoy the mechanism of rodent water bottles and the stop ball thingy they so effectively employ it doesn't change the fact that I was putting my lips around an object last used by a creature who attempted to escape from the cosy blameless domesticity we so graciously provided only to be eaten by a dog. Does cheese prevent myxomatosis, cos I did have some cheese afterwards.

Now I shall cut and paste the lyrics to "Myxomatosis" by Radiohead.

the mongrel cat came home
holding half a head
proceeded to show it off
to all his new found friends
he said "I've been where I like"
"I've slept with who I liked"
"she ate me up for breakfast"
"she screwed me in a vice"

"but now
I don't know why I
feel so tongue-tied"

I sat in the cupboard
and wrote it down in neat
they were cheering and waving
cheering and waving
twitching and a-salivating like with myxomatosis
but it got edited fucked up
strangled beaten up
used in a photo in Time magazine
buried in a burning black hole in Devon

I don’t know why I
feel so tongue-tied
don’t know why
I feel
so skinned alive.

like my thoughts are misguided and a little naive
I twitch and I salivate like with myxomatosis
you should put me in a home or you should put me down
I got myxomatosis
I got myxomatosis

yeah no one likes a smartarse but we all like stars
that wasn't my intention (tension), I did it for a reason (treason)
it must have got mixed up
strangled beaten up
I got myxomatosis
I got myxomatosis

I don’t know why I
feel so tongue-tied
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 16 August, 2009, 11:46:40 PM
In the bath I lathered up my left forearm and decided to write song lyrics in the lather1. Obviously, I decided to write Sometimes People Make A War. However, when I got to "Don't know what its for" I realized I had neglected to include proper punctuation and I had to start from scratch. On the second attempt I got to the same point and realized I had to forgotten to include the pivotal "(Business)". At this point my right arm was too tired for me to continue.




1. In order to do this I frequently had to wipe over the lather in order to continue writing more letters, essentially forming the illusion of a continuous line of text for my own amusement.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 17 August, 2009, 03:21:07 PM
More dealings with the Council Tax Benefit division today. Aaaaaarghhhh!

"Please confirm what business expenses are for in June, July and August, totalling £103.88" - so that a) we haven't tried to conceal income in June by passing off personal expenditure as business expenditure, and b) we haven't tried to reduce savings in June, July and August by making unnecessary purchases in order to slide under the savings and capital threshold to qualify for benefits.

What does it matter what those expenses were for??? You can't get council tax benefit if you've got savings and capital of £16,000. £103.88 is a long way short of £16,000. Our savings are a 4-figure sum rapidly heading for 3 figures or a negative sum, as I've told them repeatedly and supplied supporting documentation. They want copies of 7 receipts totalling £103.88, including for a £4.00 storage box and £1.77 lever arch file dividers, in order to establish that we haven't been inventing purchases of office supplies to convert savings into expenditure, when the amount concerned is so small and if we'd spent it on vodka instead it wouldn't even be being looked at. It's insane.

I've now told them what those expenses are; that the small sum I received in June (before the claim started) is my share of my late grandmother's estate; money my partner paid into her account before the claim started was her earnings for June(duh!); and that the £500 deposit in my partner's account came out of my account (as shown in the statements they asked us for) and was for her to pay her income tax and our council tax with!

It's barmy that they're so thoroughly interrogating the information I've provided when everything is well below 'applicable amounts', and they're making the assumption that a fraudster will have given them details of all their bank accounts and won't have concealed major purchases by paying cash and not declaring them for income tax purposes as deductions against declared earnings.

Yesterday I thought things were becoming less Kafkaesque in my corner of the universe, but I guess that's because it was a Sunday. Monday morning rolls around and it justs starts all over again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 17 August, 2009, 03:33:21 PM
If you worked out the people's time who are checking all this detail, it would no doubt add up to far more than the 'possible' saviing to the Council.

hey should give the clerks some leeway to say 'look this guys not at it can we just cough up and start chasing the businessman who owns us thousands or indeed helping out some poor bugger who hasn't got the wits to jiont up the dots'

Just remember HoU: This too shall pass
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 17 August, 2009, 03:34:03 PM
iT. jUST. dOES.

Big time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 17 August, 2009, 03:35:15 PM
My cynical advice to anyone who is in a couple both with insecure employment:

If one of you has a contract and the other is self-employed, the self-employed partner should cease trading as soon as the contracted partner's employment ends and the self-employed partner's earnings fall below the threshold at which they can claim benefit too. Don't continue working the odd few hours here and there until your client pool dries up, regardless of how much you value those clients. As soon as your earnings fall below threshold for claiming benefit, turn away any clients until your partner starts working again.

If you continue to work self-employed for a few hours a week while your partner claims Jobseeker's Allowance a) it will complicate your claim for JSA, b) most of your earnings will be deducted from your benefits anyway and you'll still be taxed on them, and c) it will complicate any benefit claim you have with the council, they will want to know far more personal information than if you stop trading when your partner's contract ends, and payments may be delayed by up to 8 weeks (my best guess so far).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 17 August, 2009, 06:01:57 PM
They want copies of 7 receipts totalling £103.88

Sheesh, Ush, just admit that you bought Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose collections for 'research' purposes.  They may put you on the sex offenders register, but at least they'll want you off the phone/out of teh office as fast as possible.  Hell, you might even qualify for Disability Benefit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 18 August, 2009, 12:56:45 AM
I had a very vivid dream this morning where i was either working with a team of building conservation people restoring a delapidated stately home or they were working under me .I cant remember which way round it was but life spugged when i woke up and realised it was all a dream.

Oh well - Back to reality again.....

It will happen for real at some point in the not too distant future though .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 18 August, 2009, 05:26:51 PM
the parcel I was expecting, containing all the recent progs has been safely delivered...to the wrong address


idiots  >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 20 August, 2009, 07:49:44 PM
Good mood was blackened by student loan statement.

Also I have to housesit for my parents for the next two weeks. Would be fine except for the bad brother being around to throw mess-producing parties for people who in all likelihood avoid him like the fucking plague for the rest of the year. He seems relatively docile these days, but he could pull his "Why isn't there any food in the house?" routine at any time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 20 August, 2009, 10:24:32 PM
Would be fine except for the bad brother being around to throw mess-producing parties for people who in all likelihood avoid him like the fucking plague for the rest of the year.

Oh god, that sounds exactly like my life 20 years ago, having to drink myself insensible so I could sleep through the horror of my brother's 'guests' vomiting and shagging on every available surface, sometimes in that order.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 20 August, 2009, 10:36:57 PM
50 Cent and Soulja Boy on the same song. It's happening.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JOE SOAP 20 August, 2009, 10:45:10 PM

Oh god, that sounds exactly like my life 20 years ago, having to drink myself insensible so I could sleep through the horror of my brother's 'guests' vomiting and shagging on every available surface, sometimes in that order.

Jaysus TB, I never knew you grew up in an industrial school.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 23 August, 2009, 09:20:53 PM
I accidentally set off the intruder alarm going into work this morning and now I keep hearing alarms all the time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 August, 2009, 08:35:41 AM
I accidentally set off the intruder alarm going into work this morning and now I keep hearing alarms all the time.

Have you tried turning it off?  This possible solution never seems to occur to any of my neighbours.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 24 August, 2009, 08:55:24 AM
When using a 'Pay at the Pump' console at the petrol station, I put my credit card in the slot where the receipt comes out, and it got stuck there.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 24 August, 2009, 01:43:44 PM
...I managed to crick my neck really badly during the night, and now I'm hobbling around like Igor, whimpering quietly to myself.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 24 August, 2009, 02:24:32 PM
As you may or may not recall I had a break-in a couple of months ago and a few bits and pieces were taken. I went through the rigamarole of proving my possession of certain items with the insurance company and finally received a settlement last week of just over a grand. In the same week, my 3 year old son was hit by a car outside our house and had to be rushed to hospital. LUCKILY - thanking Christ, as the phonecall I got at the office when it happened was the most horrible phone call I have ever received and I never want to hear the likes of it again - he was completely fine, apart from some cuts and grazes to his stomach. It still required a couple of days in hospital though, a lot of x-rays and CT scans and the like... Had to be done as you never know... Anyway, received the bill from the hospital today - 1500 smackers. And without getting into too much detail, as the person who was driving the car at the time is family...its up to me to foot the bill... So I won't be using the insurance pay-off to replace the laptop that was stolen after all.

Easy come,easy go I guess.

But at the end of the day, its only cash and my son is alive and well, and thats the main thing. But what a bad couple of months we are having!!!!!! That's got to be my share of bad luck out of the way for at least five years now - hasn't it?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 24 August, 2009, 02:27:22 PM
Bloody hell, Van Dom. I came to report that the satsuma I just peeled is rotten in the middle, but your tale has kinda put that into perspective.
Glad your boy's alright- I know the fear of that phone call- although thatnk grud I've never been on the receiving end of it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 August, 2009, 03:33:28 PM
You put our minor worries into perspective with that one, Van Dom.  And while I know you're happy to pay it given the circumstances, €1,500 for a few days in hospital and some tests... jeezuz, this country.  And meanwhile in the US the anti-Obama boys are knocking the concept of the satanic NHS. Hah. 

Very glad your boy was okay, and hope you find a mega-cheapo laptop solution soon.   
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 24 August, 2009, 03:44:06 PM
€1,500 for a few days in hospital and some tests... jeezuz, this country.  And meanwhile in the US the anti-Obama boys are knocking the concept of the satanic NHS. Hah. 


I am entirely unable to comprehend how anyone can think of universal health care as a bad thing. I just really, really, don't get it.

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 24 August, 2009, 03:48:23 PM
Van Doom, glad to hear you boys alright, it is a horror of a phone call to get,

I had a similar one many years ago when the eldest Huff was ran over by a car, he is still getting his teeth fixed due to the accident, Thanks to the NHS we have never had to shell out a penny for:

parmedics, there in minutes
the days in hospital,
hours in surgery ( the surgeon spent hours on delicate needle work instead of zipping him up, she 'didn't want him to have a scar'),
three sets of teeth that have since been knocked out( by a golfball, an elbow and a bar of Highland toffee)
oh
and all his asthma treatment is taken care of too

God Bless Nye and the NHS 

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 24 August, 2009, 03:56:35 PM
You put our minor worries into perspective with that one, Van Dom.  And while I know you're happy to pay it given the circumstances, €1,500 for a few days in hospital and some tests... jeezuz, this country.  And meanwhile in the US the anti-Obama boys are knocking the concept of the satanic NHS. Hah. 

Very glad your boy was okay, and hope you find a mega-cheapo laptop solution soon.   

Thanks Tordelback. Someone said I can claim some of this back through tax at the end of the year but I'm completely ignorant of all things tax-related so no idea how that works. I'll look into it though, as these are big bucks we're talking about!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 August, 2009, 04:04:58 PM
Glad to hear your kid is unhurt.

As for the healthcare issue in the US i followed that with interest .

I attempted to explain to about the NHS on a couple of political forums to US forum users about how socialised healthcare is a good thing for everyone.

I also explained how in the UK you have a choice between NHS or private if you pay the insurance to cover it.

There are a *LOT* of reasons why there is opposition to Obamacare which i wont go into or bore you with but the main point that is dividing the US is that the Govt is going to run healthcare wholesale and removing the option for you to pay for private healthcare therefore denying you any choice in what treatment you receive which in my opinion is wrong.

Not to mention the Death panel that will decide who does or doesnt get treatment because of costcutting.

Anyway some in the US are opposed to socialised healthcare [without any good reason] full stop which i dont understand because presently there are 47 million in the US who dont have *any* healthcare and in a first world country [at the moment anyway] that is a disgrace.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 24 August, 2009, 04:57:15 PM
I'm very glad to hear that your son is on the mend. What a terrible, terrible phone call to have to recieve.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 24 August, 2009, 05:15:13 PM
Bloody hell Van, I'm glad to hear the little fella's alright. For some reason I'd always assumed you had an equivalent to the NHS in Ireland, we winge about this and that in the UK but the NHS is something that we should all be grateful for. What with my brother being a type 1 diabetic and my Dad being in extremely poor health for years now, we've had more than our moneys worth as a family. If we lived in the USA 'd hate to think how much it would have cost over the years.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Old Tankie 24 August, 2009, 05:23:17 PM
The fact that 47 million Americans have no healthcare insurance does not mean that 47 million Americans have no healthcare.  Most American states insist that healthcare insurance companies provide basic and emergency care to anybody, whether insured or not.  The insurance companies then put the cost of treating the uninsured onto the premiums that the middle classes and the rich pay for their insurance.  Seems like a good socialist policy to me!!!

No way is the American system as good as the NHS but I do find it interesting that they spend twice as much of their Gross Domestic Product on healthcare than we do.  Our system is not as good as we like to make out and their system is not as bad as we like to make out!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 24 August, 2009, 07:02:54 PM
Yeah... but what about my satsuma..?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 24 August, 2009, 07:11:40 PM
Well it is good to here that your kid is on mend and I hope a cheap laptop comes your way soon.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 24 August, 2009, 08:45:39 PM
Thanks for the kind words all. Yeah the little fella is fine now and its all a distant memory for him. Of course he got spoiled rotten by all and sundry and now has a nice haul of brand new toys to enjoy for his troubles!! He probably thinks it was a better deal than christmas!!!

I can live without the laptop for a little longer...but I don't know how long Rac is going to last without a satsuma... Maybe if we all chipped in a penny.... ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 24 August, 2009, 09:19:14 PM
Good man, Van Dom!

Yeah the little fella is fine now and its all a distant memory for him.

Yeah- that's the wonderful amazing thing about youngsters. My nephew was attacked and badly bitten by a dog a few years ago. He remembers nothing of it at all, but every adult in the family still worry everytime he goes near another dog...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 25 August, 2009, 07:18:07 PM
Van Dom- so glad to here the little fella is okay. That is an absolute fucking nightmare. My youngest has a habit of getting out of cars and running round them- and no matter how much we yell at him, he won't stop doing it. I live in fear of something similar. So- brrr. I went cold just reading your post.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 25 August, 2009, 09:58:30 PM
...of Microsoft (at least in Poland).

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2009/08/msft_sux_engadget.jpg)

Link - US Site (http://www.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/default.mspx)
Link - Polish Site (http://www.microsoft.com/poland/businessproductivity/default.mspx)

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 August, 2009, 10:14:51 PM
Funny you should mention that.

http://microlove.ytmnd.com/
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 26 August, 2009, 03:53:27 PM
No way is the American system as good as the NHS but I do find it interesting that they spend twice as much of their Gross Domestic Product on healthcare than we do.

But they spend it unequally. Our NHS benefits from an economy of scale. The reason why the Americans spend so much on healthcare is because theirs is more expensive because of the profit motive. The same treatment costs more in America. It's like the difference between buying a coke in a six-pack from Tesco and buying a single coke from the mini-bar of a 5-star hotel.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 August, 2009, 08:57:41 PM
My phone is dying, charger don't work. Serves me right for buying a cheap piece of shit from Tesco's.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 August, 2009, 05:36:23 PM
On a similar note to Roger Godpleton, my phone now has no "up" or "right" button and it hasn't been able to synch with my PC for the longest time.  And I can't afford a new phone for a while yet.

So all the lovely pictures of my nieces and nephews and video of my mum when she was healthier and able to play with them are PRESENT but I can't VIEW them OR save them to my PC.  And given the dip in her health these last few months it's honestly making me really down.  Although she IS improving slightly so that MIGHT not be the complete nightmare it WAS.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 28 August, 2009, 06:43:02 PM
Mike, you may be best just to rescue the stuff by paying to e-mail it somewhere.

As for a new phone, get thee to moneysavingexpert.com and use the links there. I got an amazing deal on a contract phone via that site at the turn of the year. Less than a tenner a month (factoring in the cashback; £15 a month otherwise) for 100 minutes a month and unlimited texts.

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 August, 2009, 08:01:55 PM
...salesmen.  >:(

Bunch of arseholes. Car salesmen who lie about the APR on finance.
Computer salesmen at PC World who lie about previous editions of Microsoft office software being incompatible with Vista to try to sell unnecessary updated versions.

We just walked straight out the door and bought the same laptop elsewhere.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 August, 2009, 08:02:50 PM
Ah, fair point.  Hadn't really thought about that, Trout.  Thanks. 

Proof these boards are more than JUST a lovely way to waste time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 28 August, 2009, 09:34:15 PM
This is going to sound lame but I've just cleaned up after my brother and he's managed to get tobacco, fag ash and butts absolutely everywhere. What the fuck is wrong with him?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 28 August, 2009, 09:37:45 PM
This is going to sound lame but I've just cleaned up after my brother and he's managed to get tobacco, fag ash and butts absolutely everywhere. What the fuck is wrong with him?

The fact that he shares DNA with you might be a clue.



ZING!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 28 August, 2009, 09:39:02 PM
simply return his property like a good brother - in his bed, his shoes, his tea....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 28 August, 2009, 09:39:25 PM
I'm fairly certain I share DNA with you as well.

Think it through.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 28 August, 2009, 09:45:03 PM
Dammit, the old zing-return. I'll never live it down.


So's your face.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 August, 2009, 09:54:02 PM
I'm fairly certain I share DNA with you as well.

Your mother!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 29 August, 2009, 11:24:17 PM
... Because I just spent £15 a head and sacrificed three hours of my life on a production of As You Lke It that would have embarrassed a small-town am-dram society.

Absolutely fucking shamefully bad. If I'd ordered a meal in a restaurant that was this bad, I'd have sent it back.

Heartbreak Productions, folks -- they're a touring company, so you have been warned!

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 31 August, 2009, 11:08:25 AM
...because the scaffolder has arrived and has started taking the scaffolding down on the adjacent house which means unless i go out i will have to listen to the fucking noise of poles and boards and clips crashing around all fucking day instead of having some piece and quiet on a bank holiday.It will take all day because this inconsiderate old twat is so fucking slow.

The other thing is i wanted to go out and do some work on the wall and his truck is in the way so he is going to move the fucker out of my way.

If i had my way he would fuck off and come back tomorrow.

I am going to give him a piece of my mind anyway.

GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR................
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 August, 2009, 02:08:59 PM
..somebody in this here library smells utterly rank.  I hope it's not me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 31 August, 2009, 02:32:03 PM
..somebody in this here library smells utterly rank.  I hope it's not me.

No it's that bloke in the overcoat by the crime section.
He has a dead dog in that bag.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 August, 2009, 03:43:38 PM
He has a dead dog in that bag.

Not implausible.  I've been working in here all day and the things I've seen, c-beams glittering in the dark near tannhauser gates have nothing on it.  

Just right this minute, from my desk I can see:  The guy two desks in front of me has fully opened his sopping golf umbrella and rested it against the bookshelves to dry.  The mother using Facebook on the computer by the pillar is (not) watching her two kids pushing library DVDs into the microfiche reader and scrunching the glass trap back and fro.  The two 20-somethings on the local history tables behind me have their hands in each others pants.  The four school kids on the group study table at the far end of this level are eating McDonalds.  And the ridiculously hot Polish librarian is wearing a sheer black bra under a billowy white lacey top, which is not helping me concentrate on the woefully overdue report I'm trying to finish.  
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 31 August, 2009, 04:43:49 PM
He has a dead dog in that bag.

Not implausible.  I've been working in here all day and the things I've seen, c-beams glittering in the dark near tannhauser gates have nothing on it.  

Just right this minute, from my desk I can see:  The guy two desks in front of me has fully opened his sopping golf umbrella and rested it against the bookshelves to dry.  The mother using Facebook on the computer by the pillar is (not) watching her two kids pushing library DVDs into the microfiche reader and scrunching the glass trap back and fro.  The two 20-somethings on the local history tables behind me have their hands in each others pants.  The four school kids on the group study table at the far end of this level are eating McDonalds.  And the ridiculously hot Polish librarian is wearing a sheer black bra under a billowy white lacey top, which is not helping me concentrate on the woefully overdue report I'm trying to finish.  


You just need a bunch of noisy toddlers running around either with or without parental oversight and someone else committing a lewd act to complete the picture.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 August, 2009, 05:03:50 PM
You just need a bunch of noisy toddlers running around either with or without parental oversight

White noise at this point, my friend, white noise.    

By the way, while I enjoy complaining about my local library, and the odd fact that is apparently now acceptable here to talk loudly on a mobile phone while buttering bread for a sandwich, it is an absolutely marvelous place. The blindingly fast WiFi access and the copy of Stray Bullets Vol 1 currently sitting beside my computer as a 'finish this thing' carrot offset any number of the Starbucks-drinking wiggers within earshot.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 31 August, 2009, 05:17:21 PM
He has a dead dog in that bag.

Not implausible.  I've been working in here all day and the things I've seen, c-beams glittering in the dark near tannhauser gates have nothing on it. 

Just right this minute, from my desk I can see:  The guy two desks in front of me has fully opened his sopping golf umbrella and rested it against the bookshelves to dry.  The mother using Facebook on the computer by the pillar is (not) watching her two kids pushing library DVDs into the microfiche reader and scrunching the glass trap back and fro.  The two 20-somethings on the local history tables behind me have their hands in each others pants.  The four school kids on the group study table at the far end of this level are eating McDonalds.  And the ridiculously hot Polish librarian is wearing a sheer black bra under a billowy white lacey top, which is not helping me concentrate on the woefully overdue report I'm trying to finish. 
I don't know what to feel, what to think.  I should be annoyed and ashamed you've caught me and my good lady fooling around in the library, but I'm too pleased I've been mistaken for a 20something....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 August, 2009, 05:31:18 PM
I should be annoyed and ashamed you've caught me and my good lady fooling around in the library, but I'm too pleased I've been mistaken for a 20something....

Ah, so that was the smell!  Old people sex!  I suppose I should have recognised it...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 31 August, 2009, 05:37:29 PM
Well, we elderly geeks know that rare smell.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 31 August, 2009, 06:30:27 PM
Having worked in libraries for the last... what 15 years in one role or another the stories I could tell, oh the stories I could tell.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 31 August, 2009, 06:48:07 PM
Having worked in libraries for the last... what 15 years in one role or another the stories I could tell, oh the stories I could tell.

Go on then Colin, share away!
I for one am intrigued. My brief trips to the library graphic novel/sci-fi/baby sections have been dull and uneventful.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 31 August, 2009, 07:12:33 PM
Looks like my brother might have stolen Arkham Asylum off of me before I've even played it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 31 August, 2009, 07:22:38 PM
...because Marvel have been bought by Disney, thereby utterly destroying my occasional habit of picking up a Spider-Man trade and reverting to a seven-year-old (the last time I could get my head around superheroes other than Batman and simliar costumed non-powered folk).

In all conscience I can never again buy a Spider-Man comic.  Thanks to Disney.  Not content with brain-washing children and providing work for Phill Collins and Elton John, they are now stealing Spider-Man from me.  Motherfunters.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 01 September, 2009, 10:37:49 AM
One of my favourites was when working in West Kirby Public Library way back when a bloke who was living rough and known locally used to come in week in week out and seemed to wee on the same seat. If you were on desk on that day you used to have to keep ya eye out for the fella and gently move him aside without making any accusations as we never actually say him in the act but the librarian pretty confident it was this one man. Anyway this progressed through out the summer and however much we gently persuaded him to sit in a more visible seat loe and behold at some point when we got to the chair that sweet scent of urine hit you.

One Wednesday in August as someone was tackling said suspect gent a lass thought to check on the seat at the same time and loo and behold a couple of very innocent looking teens were there one swatting over the seat. It turns out this lads and this lass were so amused that they'd got a way with it the first time (they never said what motivated that first instance and claimed it was an accident) and that people assumed it was this fella cos he was living rough that they continued to use him as a distraction to teach us a lesson.

So while the librarain banned them I think we all got a bit of a wake up call about making assumptions of this nature.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 01 September, 2009, 11:54:39 AM
Colin, that's a hell of a story.  Were it not to feature pee quite so heavily it'd be a guaranteed dinner party anecdote...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 01 September, 2009, 12:22:06 PM
Colin had post number 666.

Mike had reply number 666.

Both of them squandered it.

I hate them both.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 01 September, 2009, 01:31:53 PM
and behold a couple of very innocent looking teens were there one squatting over the seat.

People are WEIRD!  :o

Great story. I guess as a library is free public space, more weird people who have nothing to do will congregate there.

/me looks sideways at TordleBack
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 01 September, 2009, 01:58:20 PM
loo and behold

Now you see, with better signposting in West Kirby's public library the whole unpleasant business could have been avoided! A mistake anyone might make.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 01 September, 2009, 02:09:40 PM
Sorry Roger,

If it's any defence at all, I didn't know.  Yes I know that ignorance of the law is now excuse creep.  But was does that bit about "hi-ex" mean exactly.

OW!

That really hurt.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 September, 2009, 11:27:16 AM
...my wife's boss is a worthless spineless cowardly piece of shit who isn't fit to lick dog vomit off her shoes.  And that's all I have to say about that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 02 September, 2009, 12:03:12 PM
I left the book I am (was) reading on the bus yesterday.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 02 September, 2009, 12:18:37 PM
...my wife's boss is a worthless spineless cowardly piece of shit who isn't fit to lick dog vomit off her shoes.  And that's all I have to say about that.

Just say the word, and there's an excellent chance he could be found dead in a ditch with an iPod stuffed ... Oh, sorry, am I on the right thread?

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 September, 2009, 08:15:26 PM
I was just given 2 cans of beer.

It was Carling Black Label.

 :(

It would have been impolite to refuse them at the time but i just dont how i am expected to drink that foul chemical piss.

Any beer that is brewed in the UK i dont drink.All that brewed under licence Trash.

YUK
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 September, 2009, 10:32:37 PM
...my wife's boss is a worthless spineless cowardly piece of shit who isn't fit to lick dog vomit off her shoes.  And that's all I have to say about that.

Just say the word, and there's an excellent chance he could be found dead in a ditch with an iPod stuffed ... Oh, sorry, am I on the right thread?

Cheers

Jim
I think you MIGHT actually have the right thread there, Jim.

Life spugs because I went with my dear old mum to the hospital today and found out her cancer is back.

Gutted.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 September, 2009, 10:45:34 PM
That's terrible news Mike, your poor Mum.  Nothing worse than facing into all that again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 02 September, 2009, 10:52:50 PM
Sorry to hear that Mike. I hope you can all get through it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 September, 2009, 10:55:29 PM
Thanks guys. 

Staying brave and optimistic is the key to dealing with horrors.  That's how we did it the first time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 02 September, 2009, 10:57:15 PM
Crap news Mike, best wishes mate.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 02 September, 2009, 10:57:57 PM
Sorry to hear that Mike. Hope it all turns our brilliant in the end.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 02 September, 2009, 11:22:35 PM
Really sorry to hear that Mike. My family on my mothers side has a long history of cancer and you're absolutely right that you can never give in to it. Positivity is the only way. All the best in the days to come.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 02 September, 2009, 11:45:02 PM
Very sorry to hear that Mike. Thoughts are with you and your dear Mum.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 03 September, 2009, 12:48:28 AM
Hope things work out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Odd_Bloke 03 September, 2009, 01:04:59 AM
Sorry to hear that, Mike. :'(  I can't even imagine what it must be like.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 03 September, 2009, 01:37:25 AM
I’m very sorry to here that Mr. Gloady. After seeing my grandfather put up an extremely brave fight against it several years it not something I’d wish on anyone.  Tell her to keep up the good fight from all of us here and stay strong and positive yourself. Hopefully she will beat it again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 03 September, 2009, 08:43:05 AM
Sorry to hear that Mike. My best wishes to you and your mum.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 03 September, 2009, 09:34:33 AM
Nothing much I can add- hope everything works out well, and keep positive.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 03 September, 2009, 09:48:41 AM
Mike, that's really rubbish news but I hope that there treatment goes well and you are all able to stay positve.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 03 September, 2009, 10:25:40 AM
Ouch. All the best Mike-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 03 September, 2009, 11:02:04 AM
Thanks everyone.  It means a lot, both the posts here and the PMs. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 September, 2009, 04:52:13 PM
Hi Mike.

Sorry to hear about that.

Try googling Cancer/vitamin B17 and look into it.

Also positivity and getting the right nutrition can help as well.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 03 September, 2009, 05:18:24 PM
That's terrible Mike- all my best to your mum and hope the whole family gets through okay. I guess we've all of us had encounters with cancer in one form or another, and it's never, ever, anything other than deeply frightening. Thoughts are with you, as if it needed saying.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 03 September, 2009, 06:45:34 PM
Thanks guys.  It's one of those things that, if you live long enough, is going to happen but happily these days it doesn't have to be the death-sentence it was in my grandmother's day. 

All support very welcome indeed.  Very much appreciated.  On the upside my mum insisted upon wearing her blue and white striped hoody today because she "felt like a sailor".  So life is sometimes drokking fantastic AND spugging heavily both at once.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 03 September, 2009, 08:26:04 PM
Big Momma's House 3. Yeah, it's happening.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 03 September, 2009, 08:39:47 PM
Big Momma's House 3. Yeah, it's happening.
Oh Dog no!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 03 September, 2009, 11:41:24 PM
Thoughts and feelings to you and your Mum , my Mum went through breast cancer last year doing alright now touch wood.



filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 04 September, 2009, 02:39:24 AM
Best wishes to you and your mum, Mike. I'm helping to organise a fund-raising event for a cancer charity this weekend (it's a beer festival, happily) and I'll spare a thought for you and yours as an example of why it's worthwhile.

No, I'm not able to get drunk at it. I'm behind the bar.

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 04 September, 2009, 06:22:26 AM
No, I'm not able to get drunk at it. I'm behind the bar.

But dude!  That's where the beer is!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 04 September, 2009, 12:41:06 PM
We have 25 barrels of beer (plus one more beer in bottles, which a brewery donated) and three barrels of cider. Yes, that's a total of 30 to try. Must... resist... drinking... it... all...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 04 September, 2009, 09:24:17 PM
Okay- deep breath. Bear with me, this is difficult. My wife has just shown me a message she received, on Facebook, from someone both of us "unfriended" a month or so ago. This person had distressing links to a third party, whom neither my wife nor I wanted to have any connection to our lives, however tangential.

When this person was "unfriended", my wife sent them a very polite message explaining why- and that it was nothing personal to them specifically, just that in the circumstances it was the only thing we could do.

I'm going to now post BITS of the message here for you to read. I've deleted names, obviously. The complete message is saved on my wife's profile and a copy on our desktop, in case we need to seek further advice.

"My sister was in a very controlling marrage, you seem to exhibit the same manerisims, plus from what i have heard about (my name) (or "[my wife's name]'s boyfriend") causing trouble at various gigs you've performed at and his general reputation as violent, unstable, delusional and generely unplesant...

Obviously I don't know you that well but I just get a bad feeling, you seem a nice girl and a lot of people say very good things about you... everyone seems to say the same thing about your husband to the point where I am actually scared of him.
I am sure you know you've lost gigs because of him and others refuse to work with you because they don't want him turning up and attacking the audience etc."

Phew.

Now, quite patently, that is ALL a bunch of old bollocks. To me it's at the very least libellous (which is why I'm saving it up)- what does the Hive Mind think? The scary thing is that the person who wrote that friended me on Facebook- because they are a regular here, on the 2000AD forum and recognised my (then) avatar when searching.

I don't need to defend myself- but once again: the description of me this person paints is absolutely untrue.

Anyone who wants to know the name of this person, PM me- and watch your Friend Requests.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 04 September, 2009, 09:44:51 PM
It's not very nice around here at the moment, is it?   
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 04 September, 2009, 09:53:53 PM
What the hell? That's bloody awful Spooky. What on earth is going on round here at the moment?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 04 September, 2009, 11:01:52 PM
What on earth is going on round here at the moment?

Fucking Forum Cancer.

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JOE SOAP 04 September, 2009, 11:07:55 PM
Is this how it ends? One rainy afternoon in late Summer.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 September, 2009, 11:11:22 PM
No, of course not Garageman.

All i will say is this: I'm going away for a while.  Facebook lunacy happened to me too today (resulting in the death of an actual real-life friendship for reasons I'm still totally unsure of, other than I didn't do ANYTHING) and that, plus fluage returning (JOY!  I get to have the pig plague TWICE!  Thank you mutation!) and my mum's cancer coming back - this time "incurably" means I'll probably have a break for a few days. 

Apart from anything else, crawling to the keyboard is hard work.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 04 September, 2009, 11:13:11 PM
Fuck, Mike.

Puts this Scojo shit in perspective.

Be well, and accept my entirely inadequate -- but nonetheless well-meant -- best wishes.

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 04 September, 2009, 11:15:57 PM
Absolutely, and that goes from me too Mike. Take it easy and keep it together.

Steev
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JOE SOAP 04 September, 2009, 11:18:39 PM
That's just the worst news Mike. Whatever happens, Good Luck.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 04 September, 2009, 11:27:12 PM
Aye Mike, the very best of luck with what sounds like a perfect storm of crap.  Come back soon.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 04 September, 2009, 11:33:16 PM
Take care, Mike. See you on the other side.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 05 September, 2009, 12:03:12 AM
Thoughts are with you and your family Mike. For what it's worth, if a fat geek can offer any help or support, just ask.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Professor Bear 05 September, 2009, 12:11:45 AM
Sorry to hear about your troubles, Mike.  All the best.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 05 September, 2009, 12:16:13 AM
Same from me, Mike. Good luck with it all.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 05 September, 2009, 12:20:28 AM
What they said.

best wishes mate
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Odd_Bloke 05 September, 2009, 12:24:54 AM
Ditto, of course.


Hope to see you back soon. :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 05 September, 2009, 12:39:18 AM
Everybody else has said what i've been thinking my thoughts are with you and family.



all the best



filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 05 September, 2009, 01:24:52 AM
All the best Mike. Thoughts are with you and family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 05 September, 2009, 08:20:42 AM
See you soon Mike, thoughts are with you and yours.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: stacey 05 September, 2009, 08:24:11 AM
that really is the shitting shit Mike. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 05 September, 2009, 09:50:10 AM
Board hugs to the Mighty Mike!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 05 September, 2009, 12:37:40 PM
Thanks again everyone.  As it turns out crawling to the keyboard is the only thing I was able for today, all your best wishes have done make my heart tremble.  Thanks to you all. 

Recent aberrance aside, this still really is the friendliest place on the web.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 05 September, 2009, 01:12:20 PM
All the best Mr. Gloady.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 05 September, 2009, 08:23:37 PM
Bloody hell Mike thats the worst news mate. I'll be sending positive vibes your way.
And Steev too....what a headwrecker for something like that to happen. cant believe it could be someone whose posts I read and interact with on here regularly....woah!
What a heavy couple of days around here....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 05 September, 2009, 08:41:38 PM
Mike, best of wishes. My mom recently had a tumor that thankfully turned out to be benign, so while I don't know exactly how you feel, I know that you must be agonizing. Truly, my thoughts are with you and your family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 September, 2009, 08:30:56 PM
"Poker Face" is the most downloaded song in UK history.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 08 September, 2009, 02:10:55 PM
Only just learned of your awful news, Mike. I'm so sorry and I wish you well.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 08 September, 2009, 02:33:38 PM
Take care Mike.............
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 08 September, 2009, 06:27:23 PM
Thanks again folks.  On the upside her wheelchair arrived today so her year of enforced indoorsyness is over.  Had a quick run up the shops with her, park tomorrow.  Picnic with grandkids planned later in the week.  Oh yes. All this takes teh sting away.

Roger's news is completely nightmarish and there doesn't appear to be a silver lining.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Odd_Bloke 08 September, 2009, 11:34:40 PM
Roger's news is completely nightmarish and there doesn't appear to be a silver lining.

I guess at least downloading music is considered an acceptable thing to do now...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 09 September, 2009, 12:36:22 AM
Roger's news is completely nightmarish and there doesn't appear to be a silver lining.

I guess at least downloading music is considered an acceptable thing to do now...

Not round 'ere. We burn witches!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Odd_Bloke 11 September, 2009, 12:24:51 AM
The digital camera which was nicked in our burglary had all of the photos from my 4 week trip to America on.  I was just browsing through the photos thread and saw the White House/Capitol photos and it made me sad.  :(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 11 September, 2009, 01:48:13 AM
Ouch.  That's a pisser, Odd Bloke.  I once had a laptop nicked with a pile of unbacked-up (never again) holiday photos on it, and even years later I feel a twinge when I think about it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 11 September, 2009, 09:13:23 PM
because, after only one afternoon of renewed vigour and lease on life following the delivery of her wheelchair, my mum spent the last few days in bed, unable to do anything other than suffer until we got her into the local hospice this morning.  She doesn't have long.

The silver lining?  She's very comfortable, happy and, when she's awake and lucid, she's been nothing but lovely and fun and upbeat putting me and my brother to shame.  Helping her eat her ice cream and drink her tea (and getting dirty looks when we're not being quick enough with either) was a joy, if not a pure one, unalloyed by sorrow.  Those are the memories I'll hang on to when she does eventually leave us (which will probably be in the next 24 hours unless I miss my guess).  It'll get harder, but this afternoon/evening holding her hand seeing her smile as visitors arrived made it that easier to bear.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 11 September, 2009, 09:18:27 PM
My family's thoughts and prayers are with you Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 11 September, 2009, 09:25:21 PM
I really admire your perspective on this Mike, but I can't pretend to know how it feels (not yet had to face the trauma of inevitable parental mortality). Nobody can avoid death, but a 'good' death is precious - sounds like your mum is getting care and is surrounded by a loving family, so however painful it inevitably is, there are worse ways to go.

Hope the above doesn't sound glib, 'cos I know it's always going to hurt like fuck. Tell her that loads of anonymous geeks around the country (and the world!) are wishing her well  - what does she make of that?

Chin up mate.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 11 September, 2009, 09:30:03 PM
I told her the other day, she was genuinely touched.  As am I.  I can't possibly express how much knowing the goodwill of you anonymous avatars has helped us both.  I was going to tell my brother earlier but I got choked up and couldn't manage it. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 11 September, 2009, 10:41:10 PM
Aw Mike, that's terribly sad news.  I know it's something we all have to face (if we're lucky), but for what little it's worth you and your  family are in my thoughts.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 11 September, 2009, 11:24:02 PM
Sad to hear how things have deteriorated lately Mike.

For what it's worth, I am my mother's carer now. Nearly lost her to an infection she picked up in hospital but she battled through intensive care. Every day she's still alive is a bonus.

Take care.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 11 September, 2009, 11:27:51 PM
I hope you and your family pulls through this loss.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 11 September, 2009, 11:31:23 PM
Our thoughts are with you Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 11 September, 2009, 11:37:09 PM
I'm very moved by your posts Mike. My thoughts are with you and your family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 12 September, 2009, 11:02:13 AM
You and your family take care, Mike.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 12 September, 2009, 12:56:11 PM
My thoughts are with you all.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Odd_Bloke 12 September, 2009, 01:10:50 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 12 September, 2009, 04:02:02 PM
As I've said elsewhere Mike- if you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. I know the anonymous wishes of comic-fans whom you don't know from Adam can't possibly make it any "better", but it's all we can do, sadly. I hope you manage to summon the strength to come through this... you seem a damn site stronger than I think I would be in a similar situation. But I know that appearances can deceive. Thinking of you, anyway.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 12 September, 2009, 04:29:10 PM
What they all said.
You'e a brave man, Mike. Stronger, I think, than I would be in the same situation.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 12 September, 2009, 04:47:07 PM
I have been through all this with a very close relative so i know what you are going through.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 12 September, 2009, 05:36:24 PM
Thanks everyone.  Getting this heads-up that it's soon is a lot easier than my dad who just went without warning with a heart attack while climbing the stairs one day.  I've been my mum's carer for a while now and I've known it'd be sooner than later for a while.  This way I get to make every memory count and they're all great.

Sample follows.

MUM: "Mikey, you've been great this past year.  Do I ever tell you that?"

MIKE: "Yeah mum, you say it all the time."

MUM: "Yeah, I'm an awful liar." *squeezes hand and laughs*
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 12 September, 2009, 06:16:10 PM
Nice post, Mike. Best wishes,

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 12 September, 2009, 06:31:53 PM
Best wishes from the northern wastes, Mike.

Not a lot I can add to what others have already said, really, other than to pass on the story my uncle Tom's last words to his wife, Elizabeth, when he was nearing the end of his time in the Marie Curie hospice.

An emotional look in his eyes, he beckoned her over - clearly having something of great importance to say. Elizabeth leaned down tenderly, and he whispered in a tone of weary indignation what were to be his final words on this earth: "You can't shit in a bag..."

Sheer brilliance, and summed the man up perfectly. Made me and his close family smile for a long time afterwards.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 15 September, 2009, 10:27:31 PM
Life spugs because of...

Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! (dotcom)

An advert that makes me wish for an immediate and distractingly painful death.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 15 September, 2009, 10:33:16 PM
Steev, you're so right.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggghhh!

HATE IT. 

HATE

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 16 September, 2009, 01:05:40 PM
My wife's return from her deployment to Afghanistan was just extended - AGAIN.

September 10th was her 6-month mark, she was supposed to fly out of there on the 11th. Three days before thsat, she was notified she had to stay til the 19th.

Then the 26th.

Now the 29th.

Three day trip home to the UK.

She'll have been gone for nearly 7 months. If she doesn't get extended again.

Fucking military machine.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 16 September, 2009, 02:40:06 PM
Life spugs because of...

Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! (dotcom)

An advert that makes me wish for an immediate and distractingly painful death.

SBT

And now I have the tune stuck in my head....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 16 September, 2009, 02:41:49 PM
Locusts that's fucking terrible! Sorry to hear that man- must be horrible for your young ones too...

And thank god I don't know that advert... and I'm listening to System of a Down at the moment anyway.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: zombemybabynow 16 September, 2009, 03:38:12 PM
How can you hate Webuyanycar! (dotcom)- it's kraftwerk-esque inspired genius and if my wife's a little down, i dance around the lounge to it which always makes her laugh, (no divorce papers seen as yet!)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 16 September, 2009, 03:51:01 PM
She'll have been gone for nearly 7 months. If she doesn't get extended again.

Christ, Locusts, that's shite.  I don't know how you cope, man.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 16 September, 2009, 07:17:34 PM
Thinking of you and the little Locusts, buddy.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 16 September, 2009, 07:52:11 PM
Life spugs because of...

Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! Webuyanycar! (dotcom)

An advert that makes me wish for an immediate and distractingly painful death.

SBT

Not seen this ad so the post puzzled me at first  - I was reading it as one word, rhyming with Lubyanka (and it's not often you can say that).

Altogether now.... Moooooon-piiiig!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 16 September, 2009, 08:09:21 PM
My wife's return from her deployment to Afghanistan was just extended - AGAIN.

September 10th was her 6-month mark, she was supposed to fly out of there on the 11th. Three days before thsat, she was notified she had to stay til the 19th.

Then the 26th.

Now the 29th.

Three day trip home to the UK.

She'll have been gone for nearly 7 months. If she doesn't get extended again.

Fucking military machine.

Sorry to hear that, you cant trust the military. I cant remember my tour's being like that but then again the armed forces wasn't as stretched back then. Although when the first gulf war so abruptly stopped we were waiting around doing literally nothing for about 2 months before we were finally shipped out back to blighty.
Another gripe while it is fresh in my mind. We were the first SATCOM detachment in Kuwait, via Iraq and they kept us on the outskirts of Kuwait City then flew in a fresh detachment from Saudi, Fucking rear echelon mutherfuckers.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 16 September, 2009, 09:54:53 PM
Thanks for the words guys. The ironic thing is that she joined the Air Force to get on the fast track to a medical degree. She works in the hospital, but she's just cleaning up the carnage - the hospital is too busy to even allow her to administer aid in the surrounding villages. She wants to save the world.

The little ones miss her, but they're being brave.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 17 September, 2009, 11:38:24 AM
I cant get Sharon Corr's new song out of my head


sob  :(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 17 September, 2009, 11:43:59 AM
That's funny, I can't get her arse out of my head.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 17 September, 2009, 12:33:13 PM
My wife's return from her deployment to Afghanistan was just extended - AGAIN.

September 10th was her 6-month mark, she was supposed to fly out of there on the 11th. Three days before thsat, she was notified she had to stay til the 19th.

Then the 26th.

Now the 29th.

Three day trip home to the UK.

She'll have been gone for nearly 7 months. If she doesn't get extended again.



Fucking military machine.

Sorry to hear that.This brings home how the war machine directly affects so many lives apart from those who are directly participating in it.

The war machine is expanding its operations in Afghanistan plus it is also expanding into Pakistan which has been going on for a while now and now Somalia so anyone expecting an end to it all can just forget it.

Heres to Hope and Change......

Because of yesterday.Just a chain of events that was unbelievable which meant i got very angry and stressed and today i feel drained so i am not going to work.

Even the simplest thing like getting a takeaway goes wrong.3 times i asked for double burgers only to find out when i got home half my dinner was missing because BurgerKing employ people who cant count even up to 2 and hardly speak English.

I typed out a rant full of expletives to get rid of some of the aggression and then deleted it which helped.

"WE buy any car"

They will but they wont pay you very much so you are better off selling it yourself.I dont want to hear it again but i didnt find it annoying.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 17 September, 2009, 01:11:03 PM
webuyanycar.com is a shameful attempt to create the 00's version of the legendary Chatback ad. Nothing will ever supplant "oh ate nine won FIFTYFIFTYFIFTY oh ate nine won FIFTYFIFTYFIFTY"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wBifkGjrx4
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 17 September, 2009, 01:25:03 PM
webuyanycar.com is a shameful attempt to create the 00's version of the legendary Chatback ad. Nothing will ever supplant "oh ate nine won FIFTYFIFTYFIFTY oh ate nine won FIFTYFIFTYFIFTY"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wBifkGjrx4

 ;D ;D

That made me laugh for the first time in 36 hours.Thanks.

Its always funny when the advertisers use themes that are "street" or "urban".The WeeByAneeeKa ! ad is rap or garage mixed with club or rave music.

I just thought it would be really funny for anyone who has the technical know to change that Ad to "WeStealAnyCar - Anymake - anymodel - anyage - anyprice - We SteelAnyKa ....

Someone needs to do this.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 18 September, 2009, 09:35:58 AM
Get to it, PeterWolf.  These things are surprisingly easy these days - very little specialist gear needed to get a basic version of a track going, the software is out there.

Roger, you're right and I can't quite believe I'm not the only one who remembers that phone number.  Thansk for the laugh.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 18 September, 2009, 03:12:05 PM
Norton Internet Security. If you ever purchase Symantec Norton Internet Security as a download using a credit card, they will bill you an annual subscription fee every year thereafter, even if you stop using their product and cancel the auto-renewal online. Norton will just reactivate auto-renewal without your knowledge or consent.

Just look online to see how many people there are who have exactly this complaint. Symantec seems not to be nearly so interested in making money by selling Internet security software as it is in farming customers' credit details and billing them annually for products they no longer need nor require. I have raised a dispute through my credit card provider.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 18 September, 2009, 03:18:58 PM
You need anti-anti-virus.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 18 September, 2009, 06:32:09 PM
Norton Internet Security

When I used to repair PC's for a friend Norton fecking things up was one of the main sources of income for us.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 18 September, 2009, 09:45:21 PM
I'll bet it wasn't Norton's billing department that was making the work for you though!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 19 September, 2009, 08:32:04 AM
I'll bet it wasn't Norton's billing department that was making the work for you though!

I'll say I never came across this problem, although it's now a good nine years since I did PC repair work. Mostly it was Norton deciding to randomly crash the operating system when the user was installing software. A nice easy source of cash along with replacing modems that had been fried by lightning (oh, but that can't happen as BT have lightning arresters on the telephone lines..or so they'll tell you if you complain).

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 20 September, 2009, 02:21:49 PM
I still cant access my emails because the servers at Mail.com are still down .

WTF are they doing ?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 21 September, 2009, 04:34:10 PM
.... because I just accidentally biffed my nose really hard against the edge of the door (not looking where I was going, not domestic violence, honest) and it's sore and swollen with pronounced hard lumps either side.

On the upside I now have an "interesting" face, on the downside I may well have traded my youthful beauty for it. </narcisism>
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 22 September, 2009, 12:29:55 PM
....I've done my back. I managed to do four days last week with it smothered in Ibuleave gel and strapped up but since Friday it's been frickin' agony and I'm hobbling around the house like I've been buggered by a Teknosaur. Must be getting old I guess, at least I've managed to watch plenty of "Monk" on daytime TV. And I've done the pencils for my first "Adventures by Dimension Trike" strip, plus a bit more on this month's art comp, so it hasn't been a complete loss. Still stumped for a short story comp entry though. Bah!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 22 September, 2009, 06:14:01 PM
....I've done my back. I managed to do four days last week with it smothered in Ibuleave gel and strapped up but since Friday it's been frickin' agony

May I humbly suggest Effol horse balm:

http://www.morganhorse.co.uk/effol-horse-balm-x-50-ml-p-1258.html (http://www.morganhorse.co.uk/effol-horse-balm-x-50-ml-p-1258.html)

Yes. Horse balm. It works wonders (I have a chronic bad back that normally requires very strong painkillers/anti-inflammatories). There's also another horse liniment out there which is stunningly effective but I forget the name now.

Just clomp your hoof three times to let me know you've tried it...

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 22 September, 2009, 06:26:00 PM
Cheers Bouwel. I'll give it a shot.

The painkillers I've got off the doc are effective but not much use when your job involves industrial woodworking equipment. Might seem fussy, but I like having the full complement of digits, eyes etc, and the presciption stuff makes me a bit dopey(-er). I'll give you a clomp when I've tried it. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 22 September, 2009, 08:08:59 PM
I now officially have no where to put my very large 3D cinema display of the Judge Dredd movie. At the moment the missus has made me put it in the shed. This will force my hand to create a sort of shrine in my loft, trouble is it is too low to stand up straight in and I refuse to give it up.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 22 September, 2009, 08:12:07 PM
Build an extension?

Seems reasonable to me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 22 September, 2009, 08:44:13 PM
My cinema display (along with all my other standees) is also in the loft and I try and visit it every few days.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 22 September, 2009, 09:47:03 PM
I missed last week's 2000ad. I may or may not get time to pick up this week's tomorrow, so I may not be seeing either until Monday. I'll have three waiting to be read by next Wednesday. I may not get to pick up next week's until next Friday... (etc.)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 22 September, 2009, 11:25:55 PM
I'll bet it wasn't Norton's billing department that was making the work for you though!

I'll say I never came across this problem, although it's now a good nine years since I did PC repair work. Mostly it was Norton deciding to randomly crash the operating system when the user was installing software. A nice easy source of cash along with replacing modems that had been fried by lightning (oh, but that can't happen as BT have lightning arresters on the telephone lines..or so they'll tell you if you complain).

-Bouwel-

Why don't I listen to the Hivemind? I've been using Norton for a while and it seems to have kept me secure, but the daily "do you want to run live updates" prompt was a bit annoying, and my startup script has become painfully slow. A few days ago I accepted the free upgrade to Norton 2010 (see what they've done there? - I'm using software from the future!!!).

Since then it updates itself without prompting (but informs me it's performing "background tasks" every few hours). In addition, I get two new glitches when logging on (easily clicked away), my favourite game will no longer load (Civ4) and I've had the blue screen of death four times. Might not be all Norton's fault, but I'm starting to wonder...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 23 September, 2009, 01:36:42 AM
Yep, that sounds like Norton. What you're experiencing is its inability to cope with any software that isn't MS related, and the viruses (virii?) that you've picked up (Evidenced by blue screens and slow processing) because Norton misses them. Waste of money. Get rid of it now.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 23 September, 2009, 12:36:49 PM
Yep, that sounds like Norton. What you're experiencing is its inability to cope with any software that isn't MS related, and the viruses (virii?) that you've picked up (Evidenced by blue screens and slow processing) because Norton misses them. Waste of money. Get rid of it now.

Done! A bit galling since I had nearly 2 years to go on my Norton subscription, but I've replaced it with the free AVG anti-virus and turned the Windows firewall back on. Does the hivemind think that will be sufficient? I'm paranoid about web-security (especially when visiting *ahem* "gentlemen's leisure" sites.)

Good job I was looking out for that little message in small print "uninstalling a product will not cancel your automatic subscription" - cheeky sods! But Civ4 now works again and the PC was marginally faster to boot up.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 23 September, 2009, 01:56:05 PM
I've used Comodo for over a year now, and it works fine. It's a free firewall/antivirus etc thingummy that you can get from here:  http://www.comodo.com/home/download/download.php?prod=cis
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 September, 2009, 12:43:36 AM
Stupid Barclaycard have not followed through with sending me a dispute form after registering my complaint of unauthorised debit by Symantec. Will have to chase that one up.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 24 September, 2009, 08:17:37 AM
I've used Comodo for over a year now, and it works fine

Another vote for Comodo from me. Lovely bit of kit.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 September, 2009, 03:44:35 PM
....New Labour party scum are back in Brighton for their annual conference which wastes an awful lot of council tax payers money and is a hassle for the local community not to mention that the entire thing is paid for by taxpayers.

Sellout C****

Apologies but i just found this out.

You cant take a bike onto a train at Brighton Station but you can take a bike off a train at Brighton Station.If you want to take a bike onto a train from Brighton you have to use one of the not so central smaller stations.

So much for the green initiative.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 24 September, 2009, 05:11:25 PM
Count yourself lucky, the feckin' Tories are coming here.... >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 24 September, 2009, 05:14:14 PM
Just rang the Ramada Inverness to sort out the Hell Trekkers sleeping abode >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Nothing more to say. I am exhausted and nothing was sorted, 1 bloody hour for NOTHING!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 24 September, 2009, 05:29:11 PM
They might have thought your bike was a security threat, Peter.

Someone I knew a few years ago was a lobbyist for Green issues at the temporary Welsh Assembly. He used to cycle there once a week and leave his bike chained up on the railings by the entrance. After one meeting, he went outside to discover the bike missing so he went back in to ask security if they'd seen anything.

"Yes," they said. "We removed it."

"Why?"

"Security threat. It could've had a pipe bomb or anything attached to it."

"Pipe bomb?"

"Yeah. You know what it's like at the moment. It's stupid to leave things outside public buildings so we removed it."

"If you let me have my bike back, I promise I won't leave it there again. Please, where is my bike?"

"Okay. It's in the security room, behind reception."

True story. As far as I'm aware they still haven't compensated him for the broken lock and chain.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 September, 2009, 05:31:31 PM
That's HUGELY stupid.

Morons.

So this assembly of temporary Welsh people, did they resume their previous nationalities?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 24 September, 2009, 05:36:54 PM


So this assembly of temporary Welsh people, did they resume their previous nationalities?

Not quite. This happened in 2002 and the Senedd didn't open until 2006. At the time the Welsh Assembly were using the office block opposite the Halifax in Cardiff Bay.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 September, 2009, 05:58:45 PM
"Okay. It's in the security room, behind reception."

Best punchline ever.  Tiplodocus could use that in his act!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 September, 2009, 06:18:56 PM
I have heard that pipe bomb/bicycle nonsense before.Stupid lame crap.

I can tell you that i get fucking sick of this paranoia about bombs and packages in this country.Its been like this ever since i first lived here in 1978.

Theres no litterbins at the station because of paranoia about bombs.

The stupid idiots would close a station off if there was an empty pizza box lying around on a platform because it might be a Pizza bomb.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 24 September, 2009, 06:25:44 PM
'Pizza Bomb' sounds like a TV show in Mega City One involving fatties
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 25 September, 2009, 10:41:41 AM
... 'cos I just went to the dentist and going to need tons of work done to my chompers. Damn. That's what I get for leaving it so long. Gonna cost plenty and due to the current financial situation will be a real stinger – don't even know if I have the funds. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 September, 2009, 12:24:57 PM
I HATE CHILDREN SO GODDAMN MUCH.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 25 September, 2009, 06:04:32 PM
... 'cos I just went to the dentist and going to need tons of work done to my chompers. Damn. That's what I get for leaving it so long. Gonna cost plenty and due to the current financial situation will be a real stinger – don't even know if I have the funds. 

Try not to worry, I left it nearly 13 years and all I had done was a replacement filling and he only did that because I told him I was suffering pain otherwise all I would have had done was a clean and polish.





V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 25 September, 2009, 11:14:42 PM
Try not to worry, I left it nearly 13 years and all I had done was a replacement filling and he only did that because I told him I was suffering pain otherwise all I would have had done was a clean and polish.

Thanks vzzbux. Had check-up and definitely need some heavy duty treatment. My fault as I needed to go a long time ago and I delayed it. I'm actually looking forward to getting it done and out of the way – as much as someone can actually look forward to going to the dentist. Lesson learnt.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 September, 2009, 11:27:45 PM
My back hurts. (FROM SEX, HONEST)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 26 September, 2009, 08:15:26 AM
My back hurts. (FROM SEX, HONEST)

I believe you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 26 September, 2009, 01:34:53 PM
My back hurts. (FROM SEX, HONEST)
I believe you.
I don't.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 26 September, 2009, 01:59:30 PM
My back hurts. (FROM SEX, HONEST)
I believe you.
I don't.

You should. I can hardly sit down.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 26 September, 2009, 03:11:17 PM
My back hurts. (FROM SEX, HONEST)

That'll be from leaning over the computer all the time ;D ;D ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 26 September, 2009, 11:20:08 PM
because my mum seems near indestructible, despite suffering horribly from advanced, terminal and widespread cancers.  And because the hospice, who've been so VERY helpful, can't hang onto this seeming Wolverine among elderly Irish women any longer.  And beceuse she wanted to come home.  Which means me, on my own for most of the day*, doing everything in between sobs.

And because, horribly predictably, saying "I love you" and squeezing a hand does NOTHING to reverse time or eradicate the mutated cells eating her alive.  I know.  I've tried it all day.  

* Marie Curie nurses at night mean I have time to type, read and generally salve my sanity (little danger of sleep I'm afraid, but the possibility of it is in itself almost heartbreakingly welcome and beautiful - if my heart wasn't broken 10 times over already) and the district nurses during the day and the two folks the hospice send to wash her and change her clothes, catheter bag etc are a massive help.  As is my brother, who popped by after bunking off work early to allow me to get some fresh air for a bit and pick up some food etc.

Oh, by the way, welcome as all the good wishes are, I don't have the heart to read any more.  I can't imagine my eyes hurting any more or being any more desicated.  Thank you anyway.  x
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 26 September, 2009, 11:55:53 PM
because my mum seems near indestructible,

I kind of understand, Mike. It's a wholly different scenario that I won't go into, but I do understand the idea of wishing for either:

1) a miracle recovery (in its most literal sense)

or

2) a merciful, painless death

for a loved one who, in the face of all medical predictions, seems entirely indestructible. If there's a deity who listens to you, then he, she or it gets my prayers for you, too.

Hard as it is, there is an end. My thoughts are with you, sir.

Take care,

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 27 September, 2009, 12:02:39 AM

Hard as it is, there is an end. My thoughts are with you, sir.

Take care,

Jim


ditto



filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 27 September, 2009, 01:30:23 AM
Yeah, Mike, we're all thinking of you. Take care of yourself, too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 27 September, 2009, 10:45:04 AM
Hey Mike - though you won't be reading this, my thoughts are with you Helltrekk brother. Your mum is a remarkable fighter.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 27 September, 2009, 01:51:54 PM
Aw Mike. It was six years ago yesterday that I was going through exactly the same as you. I hope it's over for you both soon...

Much manly love to you and your lovely mam, sir!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 27 September, 2009, 02:33:05 PM
It's a hard stretch of road, Mike. Kudos to you for pulling on your boots and sticking to it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 27 September, 2009, 03:00:32 PM
Having been through all of this with a very close relative i really can sympathise.

In my case it just seemed very surreal and i couldnt get my head round it at all.

Take care Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 27 September, 2009, 03:15:38 PM
I've said little up until now, but in autumn 2007 my mum went through the same thing you're going through now, Mike. I wasn't there. I can't say anything more about it but I know how hard it was for my grandmother and her two daughters.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 27 September, 2009, 03:26:52 PM
Take care Mike
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 27 September, 2009, 04:36:32 PM
Yes, take the best of care Mike.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 27 September, 2009, 07:16:08 PM
Thinking of you both Mike, make sure to look after yourself too mate.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 27 September, 2009, 08:07:07 PM
Keep your chin up Mike.







V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 27 September, 2009, 08:16:47 PM
Thanks again everybody.

Mike
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 27 September, 2009, 10:39:59 PM
I mentioned to my wife a short while ago that you passed on the words of support from the fellow boarders here to you mother and that you got choked up and couldn't tell your brother. I had to compose myself to tell that to my wife.

Brings back memories of when my father was in intensive care three years ago. It was a long period of limbo for us while he was in intensive care and then lost the battle.

Sounds like you are dealing with the situation admirably.

Thoughts are with you, Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 28 September, 2009, 09:17:34 AM
Stay strong and take care Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 28 September, 2009, 09:59:56 AM
Guys, just wanted to let you know that I won't be around much for the next week. My brother was in an accident and I'm returning Stateside for a bit to be with him.

He seems to be okay, but the shitty thing is that I have to fly out on the same day my wife returns from Afghanistan so we have to wait an extra 8 days to be a family again. I don't know why I even type all this to you guys, but I really feel like we're friends.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 28 September, 2009, 10:10:35 AM
He seems to be okay, but the shitty thing is that I have to fly out on the same day my wife returns from Afghanistan so we have to wait an extra 8 days to be a family again.

Dear god Locusts, you just can't get a break.  Hope your brother is doing okay, and hope you keep your sanity for another week.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 28 September, 2009, 10:53:17 AM
No, dear client - using your swanky iPhone for a bunch of crappy JPEGs isn't quite what I expected when you said "don't worry about sending a photographer - I've got a brilliant new camera so we'll take care of it".

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 September, 2009, 11:21:31 AM
I don't know why I even type all this to you guys, but I really feel like we're friends.

It's because we are.  8)

Best of luck to your brother. You sure take family obligation seriously. If there were an ocean between us rather than just a four-hour drive on the motorway, my brothers would just get a phone call. And a card. I only say this because it's true.

No, dear client - using your swanky iPhone for a bunch of crappy JPEGs isn't quite what I expected when you said "don't worry about sending a photographer - I've got a brilliant new camera so we'll take care of it".

I'm guessing your client is about 25 years old.  ::)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 September, 2009, 11:27:36 AM
...having said that, I'm quite worried about your brother now.  :-X


I wasn't sure what weight to put on 'seems to be okay.'
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 28 September, 2009, 11:36:39 AM
Tch! And you call yourself a medical Gronk...

Hope it all turns out okay, Locusts.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 September, 2009, 11:56:23 AM
jeez locust, thats not good. hope all is ok when you get there. ive just found yr pm btw- hold for
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 September, 2009, 12:00:01 PM
now obv, and ill message you when youre back. best wishes to your bruv. sbt
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 September, 2009, 03:07:42 PM
Just found out my neighbours are moving to Portugal.

I did get on with them very well but didnt really make the most of them and kind of neglected them and quite honestly i am a little bit sad to see them go .
: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
: Mike Gloady 28 September, 2009, 03:16:38 PM
Locust, my old chum! We ARE friends. Hope your brother's ok.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 28 September, 2009, 03:40:06 PM
Best wishes to you and your brother, Locust.

In fact, this thread's been a bit too real lately, so best wishes to each and every one of us and our families, whether they need them or not. Spread the lurve.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 29 September, 2009, 06:08:56 PM
Hope your brother is ok Locust.

Life Spugs 'cos...

Went to dentist today for major works. They were highly recommended to me and are a bit far but I decided they are worth going to. Appointment at 2pm. They close for lunch so waited outside for about 25 mins as they opened up about 2.10. Waited in waiting room for almost another 40 mins to then be told they need to reschedule as the dentist's mother fell ill.

Now if I don't give them 24 hours notice if I am to miss an appointment I have to shell out plenty of bucks.

Effing wind up.

And…

Block committee for flat kicking off with antics again. Great sitcom material. Bunch of idiots. Just unreal.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 29 September, 2009, 06:39:59 PM
Hope your brother is doing well, Locust.
And hopefully a safe trip back for your wife.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 29 September, 2009, 06:47:53 PM
Waited in waiting room for almost another 40 mins to then be told they need to reschedule as the dentist's mother fell ill.

This wouldn't be an 'Oasis' dentist by any chance?

If it is, don't get me started on them...or HSA dental insurance for that matter *grr*

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 29 September, 2009, 11:31:42 PM
I'm supposed to go on holiday to Edinburgh in two weeks but at the moment it's gonna be more trouble than it's worth. Despite the fact that she isn't coming my mum is insisting it go ahead because she can't get the money back.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 30 September, 2009, 10:05:15 PM
Waited in waiting room for almost another 40 mins to then be told they need to reschedule as the dentist's mother fell ill.
This wouldn't be an 'Oasis' dentist by any chance? If it is, don't get me started on them...or HSA dental insurance for that matter *grr* -Bouwel-
No, it's not part of a chain, if that is what Oasis is. Had appointment today. Inflamed nerve. Hopefully it won't give me gip when they start the heavy duty work in a couple of days time. So far, the dentist seems very good.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 30 September, 2009, 10:40:36 PM
Good luck with the dentistry, SuperSurfer.  I've got a few troublesome teeth (and a few missing - I got monumental kickings at school) and whenever they need maintenance it's always a worrying experience but if you've got a good dentist, hang on like mad - they're all that stands between you and NEVER visiting again.  A kind, thorough and experienced dentist makes the whole thing bearable.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 01 October, 2009, 01:50:06 PM
My dentist is a very attractive young lady. ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 01 October, 2009, 04:34:38 PM
My dentist is a very attractive young lady. ;D

Mine would be better suited to bricklaying.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 01 October, 2009, 04:47:13 PM
I once had an incredibly beautiful student dentist who I was, in those brief pain filled moments before having her pull out my shattered teeth which I had smashed on the Leadmill floor, I was quietly falling in love with. Imagining great passion and then a quieting of our relationship as we settled down to raise little uns.

My dreams were shattered when it became apparent from her conversation with her tutor that she didn't really know how to inject painkiller into a bloody mouth and actually managed to make the process of administering said pain killer more painful than actually having smashed three of my front teeth in (or out in fact).

Shame she was very nice.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 01 October, 2009, 05:05:29 PM
No, it's not part of a chain, if that is what Oasis

Now, I can't say what the rest of the chain are like but in the short time I was with my local Oasis dentist they:


As you can imagine I've since changed dentist (I couldn't at the time of the treatment as I had to complete the agreed course with Oasis due to my dental insurance company). Oh, and Oasis have since called me three times at home asking me if I'd like to come in for a check-up as they haven't seen me for a while (two years). This is despite me asking to be removed from the database and added to their do-not-call list.

But it's all sorted now with my wonderful new dentist. She's nice, bright, doesn't cause pain and, more importantly, has big boobs and leans in close quite often.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 October, 2009, 08:32:43 AM
Just so you know guys, my situation has changed in the way we all expected it to.  I won't go into details beyond saying it was peaceful. 

If you know what I'm talking about already then thanks for your support but if you don't, then I don't want to drag the thread right back down to the gutter again (hence the somewhat cryptic nature of the post).  Rest assured your comments were welcomed by ALL concerned.

I've got some organising to do. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 October, 2009, 08:54:26 AM
PM'd you, Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 October, 2009, 09:00:35 AM
Thanks TordelBack, thanks JohnnyStress.  Thanks everyone.  x
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dunk! 02 October, 2009, 09:09:16 AM
On a similar note to Colin's story I once had a beautiful young phlebotomist turn up to take my blood in the place of the usual nice, but more maternal lady.

My mind romance lasted only up to the point where it became very apparent she was crap at taking blood and reduced my arm to a ragged pin cushion with her efforts.

Reluctantly I decided that our relationship would have to just be mindless sex and not the marriage/kids deal first proposed by the initial sight of her. Ho hum.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dunk! 02 October, 2009, 09:10:58 AM
Sorry Mike, your post occured whilst i was typing my attempt at humour which now seems out of place. Sorry for your loss.

Dunk!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 October, 2009, 09:22:14 AM
Don't be daft, swimini tulkas.  I like it.  Have a similar story, but I really think that failed phlebotany tales is the greatest new thread that'll probably never happen.  I'll put it this way, the bruise MET at the other side of my elbow and lasted for over two months.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 02 October, 2009, 10:02:27 AM
As a carer myself, my thoughts are with you Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 02 October, 2009, 10:28:13 AM
Take it easy, Mike.

Cheers,

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 02 October, 2009, 11:00:16 AM
Apparently my Father in Law has decided to visit this weekend meaning I can't go to Sheffield for the ice hockey.  :(
There is nothing good about his visits usually. This just makes it worse.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 02 October, 2009, 11:26:43 AM
Thoughts are with you Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 02 October, 2009, 11:27:14 AM
My thoughts are with you, Mike.
– Chris
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 02 October, 2009, 12:27:59 PM
My heartfelt condolences to you and yours, Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 02 October, 2009, 12:35:40 PM
Thoughts go out to you Mike.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 02 October, 2009, 01:22:37 PM
You're one of the good guys, Mike, and you deserve better. All the best from all of us.

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 02 October, 2009, 01:57:09 PM
What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
My thoughts are with you Mike and I am glad that it was peaceful.
All the best.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 October, 2009, 06:12:04 PM
All the best Mike.

*

Life spugs because i have just found out that the work i was going to look at this afternoon has been given to someone else instead right at the last minute.I waited and waited for their return call which didnt happen so i called them back to ask what was happening and this is how i found out because they were not even polite enough to return the call to say the deal was off.

I dont take kindly to being left hanging on like that waiting for a call and i dont appreciate having my time wasted and my expectations raised unnecessarily.

I hate fucking timewasters


GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...............

People are a fucking pain.Useless Fuckers.


I have got to start driving again as i have been off the road for a bit so i can work in the heritage sector and FUCK these timewasters in Brighton off permanently.

What a fucking great way to end the week.

****ANGRY****
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 02 October, 2009, 07:16:34 PM
My condolences Mike. Take care of yourself.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 02 October, 2009, 07:33:44 PM
Big manly hugs Mike. Don't forget to look after yourself while you're 'organising.' I don't think there's a member of this board who isn't totally in awe of the bravery and dignity you've shown over the weeks and months. She'd be so proud.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 02 October, 2009, 07:41:27 PM
Thanks everyone.

Peter, that's a real pisser.  Some people have no decency in them at all.  Like the three people who cancelled skips my brother was dropping off yesterday afternoon.  He just said "sod 'em, let 'em try and get a skip off me NEXT time" and took the perfect excuse to go home, give his kids hugs, have an early dinner and make his way to mum's to join me for the end.  Just as well as it turned out. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 October, 2009, 09:15:30 PM
Life spugs because i have just found out that the work i was going to look at this afternoon has been given to someone else instead right at the last minute.

Aaaaargh indeed - it's happened to us all.   I particularly love the part where they continually postpone the job at a day's notice, and after more than a week of this you begin to think 'shit, they're talking to someone else', and then bingo, after they've wasted day after day of your time, they only tell you that they've gone elsewhere after you ring them, no doubt having shown your carefully worked-out quotation to some cowboy and saying 'can you beat that?'. 

The second worst kind of client (right after the ones who won't pay you).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 02 October, 2009, 09:20:21 PM
mike, i cant add anythink. your band of geekmates are here should you need us. take care buddy.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 02 October, 2009, 09:22:17 PM
Take care of yourself Mike.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 02 October, 2009, 09:36:43 PM
I hate those job interviews where they pick your brains in the process and actually expect you to have done part of the work entailed in the job description before they decide who to employ. So, you want me to tell you all my best ideas, so you can keep them and implement them even if you don't give me the job? Thanks. I'm glad I haven't had an interview like that in a good long while.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 October, 2009, 11:36:13 PM
Life spugs because i have just found out that the work i was going to look at this afternoon has been given to someone else instead right at the last minute.

Aaaaargh indeed - it's happened to us all.   I particularly love the part where they continually postpone the job at a day's notice, and after more than a week of this you begin to think 'shit, they're talking to someone else', and then bingo, after they've wasted day after day of your time, they only tell you that they've gone elsewhere after you ring them, no doubt having shown your carefully worked-out quotation to some cowboy and saying 'can you beat that?'. 

The second worst kind of client (right after the ones who won't pay you).


Well exactly.

They have no backbone a lot of people as its pretty clear that they shy away from being courteous and informing you with a simple phone call that you havent got the work.Its the lack of communication that gets my back up apart from anything else.

The same old bullshit is endemic in every kind of business.

I always call it the human Factor.You have to allow for it because its inevitable that someone will fuck things up in some way or another or choose to be dishonest and i have Zero tolerance for them.

You hear far too much about builders and contractors from hell and not nearly enough about clients from hell.quite often i have lost to some other cowboy so then all i have to do is watch it go wrong.

I really do need to get my own act together but i have been trying to work less than usual so that i could devote some time otherwise spent working improving my artwork but this cant go on forever as i need to earn some serious cash and get things moving again .
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: maryanddavid 03 October, 2009, 12:41:06 AM
First time I have really read this thread, and fair play to all for having the strength to share their lives and personal troubles. Mike, sorry for your troubles, my thoughts are with you this evening.

David
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 03 October, 2009, 08:12:57 AM
Sorry to hear the news Mike. Not been on the site for a few days, gutted for you.








V
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Zarjazzer 12 October, 2009, 06:28:37 PM
My 5000 word story got canned. Too many typos despite putting it through software and checks. And basically they didn't like the premise. Shit. i meant oh well i should be more careful next time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 12 October, 2009, 08:08:58 PM
Sad to hear that, Zarj.  Onwards and upwards - maybe treat it as a learning experience.  

I used to write a collumn for the student paper at uni and found getting someone else to proof-read so invaluble I ended up doing that for my essays too.  I know that's sort of the wrong way round, but it's a great strategy so who cares how I happened across it?  I'm sure someone here would be willing next time?

Regarding my own recent troubles, funeral over, eulogy delivered and my brother and I feel we did mum (and my long-departed dad) proud.  Thanks again to all of you and I reckon it's time to get on with the next chapter.

No, not a godawful reality show following me about.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Zarjazzer 12 October, 2009, 08:17:04 PM
Thanks Mike, but your problems certainly put my moaning into perspective!

Your stoicism and humanity through it all is the real lesson. All the best to you and your family in the next chapter.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 15 October, 2009, 02:43:28 PM
Having designed a 12 page brochure for free in aid of a supposedly worthy cause, the organisation are now playing us off against other printers. On one hand I can understand a little haggling but it strikes me as a little rude on their part, especially as the differential is minimal - there is surely a degree of goodwill to be sought in dealings of this nature.

Of course, if they go elsewhere to get it printed, there's not much I can do to stop them. But it means they probably don't realise that the PDFs I've been sending are only at 72dpi. Heh.

M@

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 October, 2009, 06:38:52 PM
On one hand I can understand a little haggling but it strikes me as a little rude on their part, especially as the differential is minimal - there is surely a degree of goodwill to be sought in dealings of this nature.

I've been involved with a charity for some years, and watched a new manager systematically alienate all the local print businesses who used to do massively discounted work, through exactly those shenanigans.    We used to be able to get free banners, free inserts, free layout on small jobs, precisely because we were a well-liked charity with regular orders. Not any more -one family firm is even suing over non-payment for changes to an order.  Should have come as no surprise that the same manager turned out to be a total wanker to the staff and volunteers too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 15 October, 2009, 07:15:23 PM
Oh dear. Nothing worse than a new manager making an impact, 'hitting the ground running.' So many of them join organisations and willingly destroy decent working relationships within, as well as with suppliers. If something isn't broken, break it and then fix it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 October, 2009, 07:20:52 PM
Oh dear. Nothing worse than a new manager making an impact, 'hitting the ground running.' So many of them join organisations and willingly destroy decent working relationships within, as well as with suppliers. If something isn't broken, break it and then fix it.

If something isnt broken,break it and then fail to fix it properly.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 18 October, 2009, 04:51:09 PM
This fucking month:

The Dishwasher broke;
The Washing Machine has broken;
My fucking Xbox has broken (sob!);
The Missus' car has broken;
Our internet has slowed down to a crawl for some reason;
We've all had pig flu.

Bastards, bastards, bastards - I am so fucking skint it's not funny.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 18 October, 2009, 07:07:08 PM
This fucking month:

The Dishwasher broke;
The Washing Machine has broken;

What's wrong with the wife ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 18 October, 2009, 07:14:57 PM
On the bright side, you've got the makings of a decent Muddy Waters track there.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 18 October, 2009, 08:18:19 PM
This fucking month:

The Dishwasher broke;
The Washing Machine has broken;
My fucking Xbox has broken (sob!);
The Missus' car has broken;
Our internet has slowed down to a crawl for some reason;
We've all had pig flu.

Bastards, bastards, bastards - I am so fucking skint it's not funny.


You forgot to mention "Godpleton went on holiday for a whole week."


Rivers Cuomo has really lost it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 19 October, 2009, 11:32:24 AM
Next time Godpleton goes on holiday he should announce it, so we appreciate him all the more when he comes back. 

I still think he was ROBBED of the victory in the last short story collection.   ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 23 October, 2009, 12:42:41 PM
I'm up Shit Creek, basically.  :-X
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 23 October, 2009, 12:46:34 PM
: House of Usher
I'm up Shit Creek, basically.  :-X

Jeez, that's no fun. A collective board group hug is surely forthcoming ;-)

Take it easy,

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 23 October, 2009, 12:53:35 PM
I'm up Shit Creek, basically.  :-X

But you have a paddle, right?

Sorry to hear that HoU, work situation crapping in your porridge again?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 23 October, 2009, 12:54:16 PM
Aye Usher, hope all works out. Shit creek is no fun, whatever the cause.

Rather than a group hug, perhaps a life jacket might be more appropriate?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 23 October, 2009, 01:02:28 PM
Thanks, both. I won't make a meal out of it. It's just a dozen factors all coming together at once to make life kind of difficult. Lack of sleep from keeping up with the pace of work doesn't help. It's an ongoing saga, really. All could have been avoided by not being too ambitious and opting for a simple life.
 ::)
At least the missus and I have a place of our own and very good health, so there's plenty to be thankful for.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 23 October, 2009, 01:12:50 PM
Y'know what helps me when I'm down. Burger King. Go on. We won't tell.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 23 October, 2009, 01:15:56 PM
All could have been avoided by not being too ambitious and opting for a simple life.

You don't strike me as a simple fellow, Usher. So maybe working through this is best. At the end it will all be worth it. Sorry for the cliche 'look on the bright side' post, but cliches are cliches for a reason I suppose  :D.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 23 October, 2009, 01:29:57 PM
Lack of sleep from keeping up with the pace of work doesn't help.

Very little fucks with your mental well-being like persistent shortage of sleep. If there's any way you can arrange an evening off and a long snooze, you might find solutions to some of your other problems waiting for you when you wake up.  Even if you don't, they won't seem as bad with a clear head.

Take it from a man who's been averaging 3 hours a night since his second bundle of joy was spawned.  My head is like candyfloss spun from turds. 

So no change there.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 23 October, 2009, 04:00:34 PM
Thanks for all the goodwill. I've nothing else to say really, except I'm off for a nap. Some things will look different when I wake up, some things won't, but I can at least tidy up later on and concentrate on getting things done that should make things a bit easier and increase the chances of success in my next desperate attempt to improve my lot.

 :)


And thanks for the Burger King tip! I'm not really hungry, though. I had a cheese and cucumber sandwich for lunch. It sufficed.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 23 October, 2009, 04:13:12 PM
Thinking of you Usher.

Cheese and cucumber?  Mmmmmm.  Nice.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 23 October, 2009, 06:36:59 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/oct/23/uk-economy-lonest-recession-record
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 23 October, 2009, 11:17:13 PM
...because I have just done one of the most disgusting things it is possible to do.

Ahem.

I can't believe I'm posing this.

I just went to the toilet. While sitting on the toilet, I noticed a slug on our bathroom floor- so I took some bog roll, leaned forward and picked it up, so I could flush it- which is what I usually do with the little bastards.

However, I was then distracted by a text message, and when I had read it, proceded to absent-mindedly wipe my arse with a slug. I felt it burst on my ringpiece.

Laugh or be sick and die- it was a hard decision. I couldn't leap up and run away, there's no escape from your own arse.

I go now, in my shame.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 23 October, 2009, 11:21:33 PM
EUUUURRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

I have a pathological hatred of slugs, and you've described possibly just about the single worst thing I could think of.

From now on, no matter how bad things get, I'll always be able to think 'Oh well, at least I'm not wiping my arse with a slug.'
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 23 October, 2009, 11:22:57 PM
/me speechless

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 October, 2009, 11:30:15 PM
Hey SBT didn't your good lady have a slug episode the other week.
What is going on down Hastings, Invasion of the Slugs.
"Quick get the salt."

"No, don't waste salt, we shall teach them a lesson for invading our homes, we shall wipe our arses with them."
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 23 October, 2009, 11:32:13 PM
I'm a balcony gardener constantly at war with slugs. In summer, I go out nightly (with my pipe and torch) and give dozens of slugs a trowel-assisted flying lesson.

I can't stand squishing them 'cos it's gross and squishy.

Wiping my arse with a burst slug - that's about as disgusting as I can possibly imagine!

there's no escape from your own arse.

Possibly the wisest statement ever.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 October, 2009, 11:35:32 PM
A couple of years ago I did a week of slug hunting in our back garden. I collected loads of the little shits each night and the next morning I placed them on the road outside our house and pissed myself as various vehicles drove over them ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 23 October, 2009, 11:36:45 PM
Yep, she drunk one in her coffee.  :D

We have a terrible slug problem here- luckily, I'm not overly worried about them (except when they wettly explode on my anus, obviously!) and my kids just think they're cool. My wife though, just freaks out at the merest glimpse. We've got all sorts- teeny tiny ones and huge monster-slugs about four inches long, with speckled backs. I've become quite a connosieur.

Have tried everything, bar slug-pellets, to get rid, but I figure they have every right to exist, so I just salt in the obvious places and we tend to ignore them- flushing when we see one.

I'm not going to crush any more between my buttocks though.

SBT

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 23 October, 2009, 11:38:09 PM
EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 October, 2009, 11:40:26 PM
I'm not going to crush any more between my buttocks though.

This could be a new craze to sweep Mega City, quick ring John Wagner ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 23 October, 2009, 11:40:56 PM
EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

I'd like to second that remark.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 October, 2009, 11:47:30 PM
I bet during that micro second when you realised what was going to happen* but your body was too slow to react, you appropriately thought "SHIT."           


*the slug was at it's stretchy limit and it's body was going to pop and cover your ring with it's very own organic lube.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 23 October, 2009, 11:50:39 PM
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq47/spugnut/Futurama_204_-_Fry_and_the_Slurm_Fa.jpg)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 October, 2009, 11:53:06 PM
It looks as if he's about to shout, "BRACE for impact!!!!"
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 October, 2009, 11:55:30 PM
If you have got Slugs living in your house then you have got problems.

Have you got damp problems ?

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 24 October, 2009, 12:00:55 AM
Hhmm, 15 guests viewing at the moment. There is no way that the rest of the intrawebz doesn't here about this.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 24 October, 2009, 12:13:58 AM
hear about this
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 24 October, 2009, 12:23:50 AM
EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

I'd like to second that remark.

thirded




filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 October, 2009, 12:27:40 AM
EUUUURRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!

I'll second that!  ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 24 October, 2009, 12:48:14 AM
EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

I'd like to second that remark.

thirded




filip

This.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 08:50:14 AM
Steev.

I feel your pain.

My belly hurts from laughing.

I'm about to upload a screen capture to Facebook.  This is the biggest laugh I think I've ever had.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 24 October, 2009, 08:57:37 AM
I think we should all present him with slugs at Hi-Ex ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 09:18:40 AM
"Fancy a sandwich Steev?"

"Ooooh, yeah ta.  That'd be lovely, thanks Mike"

"Ha ha.  Joke's on you Lllllloser!  They're SLUG SANDWICHES!!!!"

"Um, Mike.  Didn't you eat one already?"

"Ah"
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 24 October, 2009, 09:20:06 AM
Hows about a board comp? Biggest slug, photo proof with a size reference (ruler, keys, wienis etc), winner gets a bog-roll.

Anyone?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 09:55:54 AM
...because I have just done one of the most disgusting things it is possible to do.

Ahem.

I can't believe I'm posing this.

I just went to the toilet. While sitting on the toilet, I noticed a slug on our bathroom floor- so I took some bog roll, leaned forward and picked it up, so I could flush it- which is what I usually do with the little bastards.

However, I was then distracted by a text message, and when I had read it, proceded to absent-mindedly wipe my arse with a slug. I felt it burst on my ringpiece.

Laugh or be sick and die- it was a hard decision. I couldn't leap up and run away, there's no escape from your own arse.

I go now, in my shame.

SBT

*does a mini-sick* you poor thing! Still, I'll bet it wasn't in the slug's horoscope quite how it was going to die

edit: hang on text message? ON THE LOO?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 24 October, 2009, 10:02:13 AM
Slugs have horoscopes? "Uranus is retrograde and dark paths lie ahead".

This bugger was twice the length (yeah, I know, they all say that) but by the time I got camera he'd reached the fence and squidged up.

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq47/spugnut/P1000080.jpg)

I bet someone can beat that. Comp thread?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 24 October, 2009, 10:04:48 AM
Hows about a board comp? Biggest slug, photo proof with a size reference (ruler, keys, wienis etc), winner gets a bog-roll.

Anyone?

Just look at the damage this little bastard caused.

(http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb239/worldshown/slugattack2.jpg)

Maybe I should invite SBT down here to deal with my slug problems.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 10:10:58 AM
The slug-photo compo appears to have started. 

We can leave photos of the carnage they cause out of this, if only because Steev would be obligated to participate, we'd all look and there'd be a sizeable minority who DON'T want to see that sort of thing (I know, unbelievable eh?)

If we get another photo of a slug with scale we ought to start a new thread.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 24 October, 2009, 11:27:49 AM
Maybe I should invite SBT down here to deal with my slug problems.

I'm sure he could rectalify the situation.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 24 October, 2009, 01:15:48 PM
last night Mini Huff annouced there was a frog in our kitchen,his description: cute no big and under the fridge. must have been after the slugs :P
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 24 October, 2009, 01:27:58 PM
Slugwipe is the best post on this board since bumsex girl.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 01:29:39 PM
Bumsex girl?

I'm comparitively new, so forgive me but EH?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 02:10:30 PM
Bumsex girl?

I'm comparitively new, so forgive me but EH?

The first rule of Bumsex Girl is that you do not talk about Bumsex Girl.

Oops, sorry, I'm confusing it with the Private Pavillion.  As you were.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 02:42:34 PM
Slugwipe is the best post on this board since bumsex girl.

*tuts* what is it with you men and THAT?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 October, 2009, 02:46:45 PM
Bumsex girl?

I'm comparitively new, so forgive me but EH?

Happy to oblige. You'll find all the answers you need right here:
http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,21891.0.html (http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,21891.0.html)

Enjoy.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 03:04:21 PM
...what is it with you men and THAT?

Suppressed homosexuality would be my guess (sorry, 'bi-curiosity', very incorrect of me).  But the joy of that particular thread has little enough to do with the act itself, more the marvelous Board foolishness that ensues from posting about speed-dating experiences. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 03:28:28 PM
Fair enough, I was only jesting - don't suppose you could point me towards the thread about speed dating? it sounds excruciating!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 24 October, 2009, 04:01:32 PM
Slugwipe is the best post on this board since bumsex girl.
*tuts* what is it with you men and THAT?
To be honest, I think it's desensitisation due to over-exposure to internet porn. I've never seen the attraction myself.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 04:13:15 PM
I've never seen the attraction myself.

I suppose if you have a very skinny wang the anal passage would be easier to fill, not being explicity designed for having things shoved up it.  Other than slugs, obviously.

Usher's post has the link to that most magical of all threads, Wild:

Happy to oblige. You'll find all the answers you need right here:
http://2000adonline.com/forum/index.php/topic,21891.0.html
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 04:18:26 PM
I've just been reading it, my eyes have been opened in ways I never thought possible!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 04:21:44 PM
I've just been reading it, my eyes have been opened in ways I never thought possible!
Me too.

My god, the things some people do for fun.  *makes furious notes for future .... use*
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 October, 2009, 04:29:27 PM
Slugwipe is the best post on this board since bumsex girl.
*tuts* what is it with you men and THAT?
To be honest, I think it's desensitisation due to over-exposure to internet porn. I've never seen the attraction myself.

The same as and i am not open minded enough to want to find out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 04:40:50 PM
I feel I should add 'seagulling' to that long list of not-at-all-made-up experimental practises
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 24 October, 2009, 04:44:01 PM
I...think I need to lie down now. In a bed. Surrounded by a circle of salt.

Oh god..the slugs...

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 04:57:29 PM
I feel I should add 'seagulling' to that long list of not-at-all-made-up experimental practises
What's "seagulling" then, Kate?

Kidding.  I know.  And wish I didn't.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 05:12:55 PM
Yes, I remember that conversation - where's the mind bleach when you need it?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 24 October, 2009, 06:13:45 PM
I would just like to thank everyone for their concern at my horrible arse/mollusc experience. Are slugs molluscs? I forget.

Especially Mike, for spreading the love to Facebook!  :D

Thankfully, I am over the shock now and am not having any flashbacks of any significance. But yes, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SamuelAWilkinson 24 October, 2009, 06:14:24 PM
Is seagulling the same as the Spiderman?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 06:24:32 PM
I would just like to thank everyone for their concern at my horrible arse/mollusc experience. Are slugs molluscs? I forget.

Especially Mike, for spreading the love to Facebook!  :D

Thankfully, I am over the shock now and am not having any flashbacks of any significance. But yes, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone.

SBT
Sorry buddy, I can take it right back down if you like.

I figured, perhaps wrongly, that if a bunch of people you didn't know were to be laughing about it, it made sense that a bunch of folks you DO know got to chuckle.  Sorry.  No offense meant.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 24 October, 2009, 06:28:43 PM
I would just like to thank everyone for their concern at my horrible arse/mollusc experience. Are slugs molluscs? I forget.

Especially Mike, for spreading the love to Facebook!  :D

Thankfully, I am over the shock now and am not having any flashbacks of any significance. But yes, I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone.

SBT
Sorry buddy, I can take it right back down if you like.

I figured, perhaps wrongly, that if a bunch of people you didn't know were to be laughing about it, it made sense that a bunch of folks you DO know got to chuckle.  Sorry.  No offense meant.

Absolutely none taken!  :D It should stand as a warning to always keep your mind on the jobby, when wiping.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 06:39:18 PM
Great!

Slugs/snails are (i'm 90% sure) molluscs, and thus part of a family that's primarily marine in nature.  I had a very long lecture and practical at uni about molluscs as a result of their importance in archaeological dating techniques* (the visiting lecturer COULD have made it exciting, but no.  He just prattled on in a Richard Whitely fashion and we were all mesmerised by his snail tie-pin - the magical powers of which I attribute my not witholding a single bit of information from that lecture (and so I had to research it all from the ground up for the lab book for that unit, yay!)).  

* Personally I've always preferred the strategies outlined on the bumsex girl thread.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 06:54:45 PM
Is seagulling the same as the Spiderman?

I don't know what 'the spiderman' is and to be honest I'm too scared to consult Dr Google
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 24 October, 2009, 06:59:26 PM
Great!

Slugs/snails are (i'm 90% sure) molluscs, and thus part of a family that's primarily marine in nature.

Gastropods, technically. And yes, primarily marine.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 07:01:38 PM
Great!

Slugs/snails are (i'm 90% sure) molluscs, and thus part of a family that's primarily marine in nature.

Gastropods, technically. And yes, primarily marine.
Ah, told you I'd retained nothing.  My false impression about molluscs must have been the old "Molluscs Have Ruined My Life" group that sprung up unaccountably on Facebook on my uni at around the same time. 

Ta for the clear up.  I remember other aspects of that unit.  But snails?  You'll be lucky.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 07:04:45 PM
Urgh, that militant vegan is on 'come dine with me' - her feeble arguments for becoming vegan make me angry  >:( MONGROL SMUSH!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 07:13:00 PM
I had a very long lecture and practical at uni about molluscs as a result of their importance in archaeological dating techniques* (the visiting lecturer COULD have made it exciting, but no

Was it Vita-Finzi?  If so, same experience here.  Although I don't recall the tie-pin.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 07:32:16 PM
I had a very long lecture and practical at uni about molluscs as a result of their importance in archaeological dating techniques* (the visiting lecturer COULD have made it exciting, but no

Was it Vita-Finzi?  If so, same experience here.  Although I don't recall the tie-pin.
Can't recall off the top of my head the name, but he was a Mr Bean-like man.  Very knowledgeable, very NICE, but doomed as a lecturer because I caught STAFF nodding.  Always a bad sign.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 October, 2009, 07:46:31 PM
Gastropods are molluscs, aren't they?

(Gastropoda being a class of the phylum Mollusca)


Urgh, that militant vegan is on 'come dine with me' - her feeble arguments for becoming vegan make me angry  >:( MONGROL SMUSH!!!

I wish I had been watching that. Sounds hilarious! Better than doing half-arsed DIY and cooking the dinner while the missus carries on sanding woodwork like some kind of indefatigable Arnie Terminator robot, and occasionally looking sadly at my shoes wondering where she gets her energy from.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 October, 2009, 07:57:07 PM
Gastropods are molluscs, aren't they?

(Gastropoda being a class of the phylum Mollusca)





Gastropods are Molluscs in the broad sense but they are a sub species that dont have shells and i forget what the exact terminology is.Polyphylectic or something similar.Also slugs are not a marine species as they breath air so are land based.

Like all these things the more revolting they are the more healthy and nutritious they are to eat.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 08:00:53 PM
Like all these things the more revolting they are the more healthy and nutritious they are to eat.
Thanks Peter.

Um, I'm now really glad I didn't pay attention in this lecture.  If it were THIS chock-full of delicious serving suggestions I'd have chucked all over the lab.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 08:24:14 PM
seriously anyone who uses the lack of fibre in a beefburger as a valid reason for veganism (seriously has anyone ever thought 'I need more fibre in my diet, I'll gorge myself silly on burgers' - ?) deserves a stern talking to (not a slap, I abhor violence even towards vegans). It's a food-fad that can only be entertained in the west by dint of the fact we have so much we can afford to act like a fussy 6 year old about food
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 October, 2009, 09:06:49 PM
Another political forum i use has reverted back to its silly little game of arbitarily deleting my comments yet at the same time another comment that was posted that was not related to the topic in question that involved a guide on how to shove a Hamster up your arse and extract it again is allowed to remain.

I spent half an hour typing a long paragraph about Capitalism [Long posts are fine on this forum] only to have my time thought and effort wasted because it was deleted instantly despite the fact it was reiterating the message contained in a film recently released by the websites owner.

Stupid ChickenLittle Moderator.

At the same time its somehow acceptable not to moderate a troll and leave up their 50 plus repetitive attention seeking inane comments.


GGGRRRRRR........
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 24 October, 2009, 09:11:32 PM
The X Factor.

What a bunch of talentless mutants, who are essentially victims as music industry professionals (who will make lots of money whatever happens) tell them they can sing.

Un. Be. Fucking. Lievable.

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 October, 2009, 10:11:36 PM
Gastropods are Molluscs in the broad sense but they are a sub species that dont have shells

Well, no: they're molluscs in the strict sense that that's how Linnaean taxonomy works. Snails have shells and they are also gastropods.

It's a food-fad that can only be entertained in the west by dint of the fact we have so much we can afford to act like a fussy 6 year old about food

But not really. A western diet that includes meat makes excessive demands on world agriculture for the input of energy and water necessary to grow grain to feed to animals that only consumers in an advanced capitalist country can afford to eat. A diet which is heavy in meat literally takes food out of the mouths of people in developing countries, whose own diet is typically largely vegetarian if not, indeed, vegan, because the bulk of their crop goes to feed animals in the west. They are growing food they can themselves barely afford to eat. However, a third world diet is rarely vegan by choice but rather by dint of a lack of affordable alternatives; as such, one would never turn down an opportunity for novelty, so it makes sense to keep a goat or two, catch fish if you live near a river, lake or ocean, and eat any animals you can catch in the wild (because you don't have to feed them at your own expense).

Veganism in the west is for people with genuine dietary issues like bowel problems on the one hand and middle class wankers who have nothing better to do than turn their three meals a day into a life-defining hobby on the other. Personally I haven't got the time to muck about like that and I enjoy food too much to give up eggs and dairy as well as meat and fish. Meat and fish are a luxury I can do without, but eggs and milk make life easier in so many ways I'm not bothered to do without either.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 10:17:33 PM
Snails can be absolutely yummy.  I've had land snails stewed or minced in the French style many times, but I ate a giant heap of them in their natural state this Summer, cooked  in the Cretan 'hohlious' style, i.e. boiled in their shells, with just a bit of onion and rosemary.  They were delicious hot winkled straight out of the shell, chewy but yielding like properly cooked squid, and with a flavour not unlike mildly seasoned white pudding.  

And yet the idea of eating slugs does not appeal one bit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 24 October, 2009, 10:28:02 PM
Vegetarianism yes, Veganism no.

If it was a matter of survival I'd kill something and eat it but since the human body can survive quite well on a vegetarian diet I don't see the need.

On the other hand, milk in my coffee and a nice fried egg sandwich are luxuries I'll not soon give up.
: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
: Mike Gloady 24 October, 2009, 10:42:08 PM
I'll never eat another snail. Five years ago i ate one that hadn't been purged and fell so ill i've yet to recover. And lost thousands thanks to the insurance scum not paying out for no good reason. I'll never go back to the third world, my decadent western belly can't cope.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 October, 2009, 10:50:03 PM

But not really. A western diet that includes meat makes excessive demands on world agriculture for the input of energy and water necessary to grow grain to feed to animals that only consumers in an advanced capitalist country can afford to eat. A diet which is heavy in meat literally takes food out of the mouths of people in developing countries, whose own diet is typically largely vegetarian if not, indeed, vegan, because the bulk of their crop goes to feed animals in the west. They are growing food they can themselves barely afford to eat. However, a third world diet is rarely vegan by choice but rather by dint of a lack of affordable alternatives; as such, one would never turn down an opportunity for novelty, so it makes sense to keep a goat or two, catch fish if you live near a river, lake or ocean, and eat any animals you can catch in the wild (because you don't have to feed them at your own expense).

Veganism in the west is for people with genuine dietary issues like bowel problems on the one hand and middle class wankers who have nothing better to do than turn their three meals a day into a life-defining hobby on the other. Personally I haven't got the time to muck about like that and I enjoy food too much to give up eggs and dairy as well as meat and fish. Meat and fish are a luxury I can do without, but eggs and milk make life easier in so many ways I'm not bothered to do without either.

I totally take your point and obviously if you have a health problem which can be aided by dietry change then go for it - but if it's simply personal choice then... Beliefs are lovely and a bit like a big cock; lovely to have but NOT to be shoved down someone else's throat (thanks Mike!)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 October, 2009, 11:00:31 PM
Five years ago i ate one that hadn't been purged and fell so ill i've yet to recover.

But tasty, no?   :-*

Seriosuly, sorry to hear that Mike, tell me it wasn't that awful rat lungworm meningitis thing? 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 24 October, 2009, 11:02:50 PM
Gastropods are Molluscs in the broad sense but they are a sub species that dont have shells

Well, no: they're molluscs in the strict sense that that's how Linnaean taxonomy works. Snails have shells and they are also gastropods.



I didnt word the post very well in hindsight but you at least recognise that one species having a shell and the other not means that they are each a different family of Gastropods/Molluscs..

Which is what i failed to articulate properly.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 25 October, 2009, 02:12:53 PM
Life spugs because I think I've upset a good friend and all via the medium of misunderstanding. He was one half of a couple who split a few months back and while on good terms with the lady half I never got round to reassuring him that far from taking sides I was the very epitome of neutrality. So the other day I thought it'd be a good idea to do so, only now I think he's taken it as me making a pass at him (they used to come and stay with me regularly, she still does so it was only fair to make the same offer to him) - he knows that I not only have a boyfriend but am VERY happy thanks awfully for asking. The question is should I feel bad or is he the arse for misunderstanding my good intentions?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 25 October, 2009, 03:05:38 PM
You shouldn't feel bad.  He is an arse (albeit a semi-arse as I don't know how badly the break-up upset him - often you feel your ability to read the opposite sex is desperately screwed through being a bad judge of character or whatever).

And I'm pleased to hear you're so happy *beams happily*  So am I.

*sound of the rest of the forum doing mini-sicks*
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 25 October, 2009, 03:26:15 PM
You shouldn't feel bad.  He is an arse.

Harsh! I wouldn't say he was an 'arse' - just 'male.' God knows it only takes a grateful smile from a pretty lady in thanks for holding a door open and I'm already imagining what we might call our first child.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 25 October, 2009, 03:28:20 PM
I corrected myself by saying mini-arse, semi-arse or similar.  Something like that. 

And yes, I know what you mean, Jimbo.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 25 October, 2009, 04:00:49 PM
There's always the option that he hasn't thought that at all and I'm worrying for no reason, although I have no intention of asking him!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 25 October, 2009, 09:11:55 PM
God knows it only takes a grateful smile from a pretty lady in thanks for holding a door open and I'm already imagining what we might call our first child.
Oh, I've been there Jimbo.

He probably hasn't thought that way at all Wild and just taken it as the friendly gesture you meant it too be.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 25 October, 2009, 09:28:43 PM
He probably hasn't thought that way at all Wild and just taken it as the friendly gesture you meant it too be.

Hmmm, I'd say he has probably entertained the possibility (being a man, and thus forced to entertain any possibility, no matter how unlikely), but doesn't really believe he's got the right end of the stick, so give out any clear indications that he was mistaken and he'll go back to normal without any repercussions.  In fact, even if the circumstances were different and there had been a genuine if subtle offer, he'd still go back to normal once there was a hint that he had been mistaken.  

As a gender we're used to missing the point on an almost daily hourly basis, and by adulthood we've usually learnt not to let it concern us.  
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 25 October, 2009, 09:50:22 PM
I think that Tordels is probably right.  

I'd ask if you may have misread him as if the communication was digital and non-verbal that might be a possibility.  Although usually reading us blokes is child's play for you lovely ladies.  We're not exactly complex (i.e. we say what we mean and don't expect psychic powers *wink*).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Tiplodocus 25 October, 2009, 09:59:22 PM
He's probably gone home and had a right good wank though, regardless of what you think he thought.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 25 October, 2009, 10:02:57 PM
I think that goes without saying.  As Sabrina the Teenage Witch once remarked, "the mystery of men is that there is no mystery".
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 25 October, 2009, 10:11:22 PM
Thanks chaps, I'm sure he'll realise the error of his ways!

He's probably gone home and had a right good wank though, regardless of what you think he thought.


Er thanks Tiplodocus! *heads towards the cupboard for a large bottle of mind bleach*
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 25 October, 2009, 10:16:20 PM
I think that goes without saying.  As Sabrina the Teenage Witch once remarked, "the mystery of men is that there is no mystery".

 Theres always exceptions to that rule.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 25 October, 2009, 10:22:15 PM
I think that goes without saying.  As Sabrina the Teenage Witch once remarked, "the mystery of men is that there is no mystery".
And as Xander Harris remarked: "Sometimes I think about two women doing a spell... and then I do a spell by myself."
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 25 October, 2009, 10:22:51 PM
Theres always exceptions to that rule.

Well obviously she wasn't including Mr. Furious or the Shoveller, never mind the Blue Raja.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 26 October, 2009, 12:24:31 AM
Just read about 'Incident at SBT's Ring'. Ha ha, what a way to go.

Starfish vs Slug – and the slug didn't stand a chance.

Oh, starting to feel a bit sick now that I've visualised it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 26 October, 2009, 01:32:29 PM
Checked my email late last night for first time over the weekend. At about 11pm I read an email that was sent to me lunchtime Sunday. I am expected to design an advert. Problem is the deadline was Friday and the 'client' was given an extended deadline by the publication, which is today. I was not told about the initial deadline or the extended one until Sunday. Oh, small point, no text or content has been supplied to me. WTF am I supposed to do, magic all this out of my arse!

SBT, did you scan the toilet paper? If so, please save it as a hires PDF and I'll submit it for this required full page advert.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 26 October, 2009, 01:34:27 PM
"X PRODUCT/SERVICE - Better than wiping your botty with a slug"

Could work...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 26 October, 2009, 01:39:32 PM
Problem is the deadline was Friday and the 'client' was given an extended deadline by the publication, which is today.

I see a delay coming. Their ad's going to be hitting the issue after, isn't it?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 26 October, 2009, 01:48:08 PM
I called publication and got extension until Wednesday but for sure, they will see this as their deadline to submit content to me as my bit is magic and computers can do anything these days.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 26 October, 2009, 01:50:53 PM
I think I'm having the same day as you...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 26 October, 2009, 01:54:48 PM
... everytime I seem to post on this thread, it's usually without reading what had gone before and usually in the middle of someone having a really shitty time, making my Spuggins seem relatively insignificant and making me feel like a cock for posting :S

oh .. and life spugs as I have to go to Newcastle for the day tomorrow. :( Nothing wrong with Newcastle other than its going to be a long arsed day.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 26 October, 2009, 02:30:43 PM
SuperSurfer- Stop complaining- you only have to press a button, after all. :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 26 October, 2009, 03:03:53 PM
: SuperSurfer
Oh, small point, no text or content has been supplied to me.

You could try "Just buy one, dammit!"...?

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 26 October, 2009, 10:25:39 PM
... everytime I seem to post on this thread, it's usually without reading what had gone before and usually in the middle of someone having a really shitty time, making my Spuggins seem relatively insignificant and making me feel like a cock for posting :S

More of those please! It's where the thread came from. Nothing too trivial. Go on, spoil yourself!

 :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 26 October, 2009, 11:37:33 PM
"Pants Off Dance Off" on new freeview channel Viva is pretty much the most depressing show I have ever seen.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 27 October, 2009, 06:39:33 AM
"Pants Off Dance Off"

And yet having no knowledge whatsoever of the genre/content/tone, it sounds like my sort of thing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 27 October, 2009, 09:02:24 AM
And mine.

Come on Roger, see if you can enter it.  I'd consider PAYING to see that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bouwel 27 October, 2009, 11:00:58 AM
Pants Off Dance Off

As if by magick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XidT5cM1Uwc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XidT5cM1Uwc)

Not bad, but seen better.

-Bouwel-
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 27 October, 2009, 11:05:48 AM
"Pants Off Dance Off" on new freeview channel Viva is pretty much the most depressing show I have ever seen.

I bet you watched it to the end whilst cavorting sorry, dancing around the living room :-[
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 27 October, 2009, 11:18:21 AM
Pants Off Dance Off

As if by magick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XidT5cM1Uwc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XidT5cM1Uwc)

Not bad, but seen better.

-Bouwel-


Bit worried about the Google ad that accompanied that video - Wedding Dance Lessons! Maybe when all the guests have left perhaps? Not sure about it being suitable for the first dance when Auntie Mable is still enjoying her second slice of wedding cake.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 27 October, 2009, 11:55:32 AM
"Pants Off Dance Off" on new freeview channel Viva is pretty much the most depressing show I have ever seen.

The title didn't give you a clue then! Does it actually involve nekkid dancing?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 October, 2009, 05:43:03 PM
They show right up to the participant shedding their smalls before cutting away. I think the formula is one hot girl and one hot guy, a sorta hot guy or girl and two obvious weirdos (one from each gender).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 27 October, 2009, 07:55:42 PM
I am just about to wash up!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Queen Firey-Bou 28 October, 2009, 03:24:06 PM
Life spugs because I'm sufficiently poorly to be playing on PC instead of doing whatever it is I usually do...

However having had this thread slug issue pointed out to me may I say I haven't laughed so much in ages. Thankyou.

to people in spug, my sympathies.

 To Mr slug, I once found one in saucepan of pasta we were eating, thankfully I think it had crawled in afterwards. One of my girls once had a burst one stuck in her long hair...NASTY.... however, your story is the most disgusting thing in the universe.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 October, 2009, 03:41:24 PM
QFB: i thankyou. glad my slugbum horror amuses others as much as it now amuses me. sbt
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 28 October, 2009, 05:00:31 PM
Just had my first proper eye test and I now own a pair of drokking reading glasses. *sigh* Is this what I can look forward to from now on? Perfectly healthy bits of me gradually wearing out one by one?

On the upside, I'm testing them out reading my prog which finally made it through the picket lines today.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 28 October, 2009, 06:16:14 PM
You could always try contact lenses; all the fun of sticking your finger in your eye but with the bonus of sight at the end
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: eggonlegs 28 October, 2009, 08:41:21 PM
bou is back bou is back
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 October, 2009, 09:11:25 PM
HEY!

You're a meany, eggs!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 05 November, 2009, 05:54:53 AM
Wow, no misery to report on the board for a week. Well done everyone. Sad to say I have to break the streak.

 I'm on overnight babysitting and dropping off at school duties with my 5yr old nephew cos his mother is working funny hours again.

Thats not the bit that Spugs though. Its the fact that having put him to bed at 9pm last night - he was up late because he'd been to a firework display - I had expected him to pass out quite quickly from the lateness and excitement. Not so. He's still awake now, having had a brief spell of about 20mins sleep at 4:30ish. Apparently his ear hurts and he's been sobbing, screaming and wandering up and down stairs for drinks all night cos the sobbing makes him cough and the coughing hurts his throat. He's not slept, I've not slept and of course there isn't going to be a school drop off today.

It's not that I begrudge him the attention, he's ill after all, but I had job hunting planned for today which has now gone out the window The best I can hope is that he gets off to sleep soon so I can get a couple of hours myself once the school office is open so I can tell  them the gen.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 05 November, 2009, 06:58:56 AM
Aw, poor little fella.  Hope he (and you) get some rest and put your head down for a bit. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 05 November, 2009, 11:10:30 AM
Some idiot phoned me in the middle of the night and I couldn't get back to sleep.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 05 November, 2009, 11:27:12 AM
Some idiot phoned me in the middle of the night and I couldn't get back to sleep.

Sorry. You didn't have to be so mean about it though.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 05 November, 2009, 01:38:18 PM
You're the fifth person today to admit being responsible for that call.

I'm so confused!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 05 November, 2009, 01:41:56 PM
It was me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 05 November, 2009, 01:49:01 PM
Actually it was us.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 05 November, 2009, 03:19:44 PM
Bloody council digging up the pavement earlier right outside the house. Only managed to get 3 hours sleep so I'm going to have to grab some before work, or I'll die >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 November, 2009, 03:57:49 PM
Only managed to get 3 hours sleep so I'm going to have to grab some before work, or I'll die

I'm saying nothing.

Oh alright, I'm saying that I have verified experimentally that this is not true.  9 weeks of ca. 3 hours sleep a night will not kill you.  It will however make you very, very cranky, and not a little stupid, and will make you wish that it would kill you. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 05 November, 2009, 04:00:37 PM
It will, as I'll be driving a 44t unit and trailer around the South East ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 05 November, 2009, 04:25:43 PM
Another Windows update, another complete system freeze. What's the point?

(Sent via phone).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 05 November, 2009, 04:28:43 PM
My driving licence needs to be renewed this month.

I can't believe the youthful face on the old one used to be me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 05 November, 2009, 04:37:44 PM
V for Vendetta is on the telly tonight, and sadly people will continue to be ignorant to the far superior comic.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 05 November, 2009, 04:42:47 PM
My driving licence needs to be renewed this month.
I can't believe the youthful face on the old one used to be me.

I had that years ago when I needed a travelcard. Dug up my previous photocards and couldn't believe how my face had flabbed up to the point that I could barely recognise the younger version of me. It was a case of "oh yeah, I remember that face." Not talking League of Fatties but it's surprising how one puts weight on the chops. So I snapped out of it, became a bit of a fitness freak and am back to the younger version. Not as fresh faced but doing ok.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 05 November, 2009, 04:49:43 PM
It will, as I'll be driving a 44t unit and trailer around the South East


Ha, that'd do it alright!  I can barely make toast these days without incident, spell every second word wrong, and have to drive at old-lady speeds to compensate for system lag.  Grud knows what would happen if I had to operate anything larger than a landrover, but I suspect it would involve Dredd calling in the Holocaust Squad.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 05 November, 2009, 05:42:36 PM
I made the pasta I was so excited about having.

It tasted bloody horrible.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 05 November, 2009, 06:06:43 PM
Only managed to get 3 hours sleep so I'm going to have to grab some before work, or I'll die

I'm saying nothing.

Oh alright, I'm saying that I have verified experimentally that this is not true.  9 weeks of ca. 3 hours sleep a night will not kill you.  It will however make you very, very cranky, and not a little stupid, and will make you wish that it would kill you. 


You can end up in some curious mental states through sleep deprivation and that was after just 3 days.

Delays to projects i have lined up before Xmas or one in particular which is a good payer is causing me a certain amount of stress which i can manage adequately but i am on a knife edge and if i am pushed then i can go off on one and start snapping and snarling at a seconds notice and tonight is Bonfire night in Lewes but i am not going to go because the crowds will make me get stressed out and i can be unpredictable so i am staying in instead.

I have not been this quiet workwise in 15 yrs or more.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Minkyboy 05 November, 2009, 08:15:01 PM
I've just eaten the best pie of my life.

Now it is gone.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 05 November, 2009, 09:30:21 PM
That's so sad. I felt like that about a dinner i had earlier this week.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 05 November, 2009, 09:37:54 PM
Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all, right?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 05 November, 2009, 11:45:33 PM
I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LLIIGGHHTT.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 06 November, 2009, 08:17:12 AM
Pies are fine, good and yummy, but nothing can beat a cheesecake. Unfortuanately, I've got a couple of weeks before the wife bakes one for Thanksgiving....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 06 November, 2009, 08:35:43 AM
Mmmmmmmmmm......Cheesecake........
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 06 November, 2009, 08:38:09 AM
There's always the hope that the NEXT pie you make will be even better.......
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 06 November, 2009, 10:38:30 AM
of the Civil War raging at work. Caught in the middle. Know what a Falais pocket was? Well I feel I'm on the recieving end of a rocket firing Typhoon. Not a lot of fun but zero I can do about it. I don't see any compromise either. Endure it I guess. :'( 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 06 November, 2009, 11:19:29 AM
Bloody postie woke me up at 10:35 >:(                (Helmet delivered) ;D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 06 November, 2009, 12:16:36 PM
I found a grey hair on my head. At this rate I'm going to look like fucking Reed Richards by 26.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 06 November, 2009, 12:33:31 PM
At this rate I'm going to look like fucking Reed Richards by 26.

As long as you also get to bang his latino whore, I'd call it a good deal.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 06 November, 2009, 02:52:01 PM
I already do.  Faint but unmistakeable badger stripes arrived last year (when I was 34) but I found my first grey aged 18 and they are no longer rare, although massively outnumbered.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 06 November, 2009, 07:30:32 PM
I already do.  Faint but unmistakeable badger stripes arrived last year (when I was 34) but I found my first grey aged 18 and they are no longer rare, although massively outnumbered.

I like the badger stripes, don't you DARE eye up that bottle of 'just for men'
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 06 November, 2009, 07:33:11 PM
Cut it short perhaps a number 1, that'll hide the grey ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 06 November, 2009, 07:39:22 PM
Bwahaha, by the miracle of genetics, I shall stave off the grey hair and general look of old age for years to come (if my dad is anything to go by), and I shall not go bald! (if the genes of my grandfather on my mother's side favour me)

Sadly, none of this is certain and I could be grey/bald as a plucked chicken by the age of 30.

Life also spugs because people never answer their bloody phones when I need them!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 06 November, 2009, 07:46:04 PM
Life also spugs because people never answer their bloody phones when I need them!

Well I'm not going to answer the phone after you were so rude to me last night when I called.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 06 November, 2009, 07:51:26 PM
I bite my thumb at you sir. I also shake my fist, which results in me looking like some jittering lunatic.

I hope you're happy!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 06 November, 2009, 11:04:46 PM
My hair began abandoning ship years ago. Cue purchase of Babyliss hair clippers. That's what happens to mutineers in my universe.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 07 November, 2009, 09:23:03 AM
I'd never dye my hair to it's NATURAL colour (nothing wrong with bleach though, that's been a semi regular feature in my youth, but I reckon 35 is quite old enough to knock that on the head).  No chance of baldness, no history on either side.  And seeing as my dad had a thick head of pure WHITE hair in his early 20s I'm only surprised I've kept my original colour so long....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 24 November, 2009, 12:36:52 AM
...well not for me, but I just read this article and I really can't imagine anything more horrifying. Surely you would just go mental.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8375326.stm


: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 24 November, 2009, 12:41:38 AM
I just read that article before reading your post. How that guy didn't just go insane is beyond me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin YNWA 24 November, 2009, 08:24:57 AM
That there's a pretty incredible man.

On a similar note there are numerous cases of people being operated on while the anaesthetic has paralysised them they are still conscious. Ouch.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 November, 2009, 08:29:38 AM
Ouch.  I feel some Metallica coming on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgGTTtR0kc
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 24 November, 2009, 08:50:47 AM
...there are numerous cases of people being operated on while the anaesthetic has paralysised them they are still conscious. Ouch.

Happened to my mum, that.  She had nightmares for the rest of her life, as you'd expect.  Ouch indeed.  My last conscious thought the last time I went under in an operating theatre was "God I hope it's not genetic, this is my sack here...."

Good call on the Metallica, TB. 

Life spugs because Metallica haven't been worth listening to for a while.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 November, 2009, 11:13:40 AM
... because I was at another meeting from Hell of the management group of our small block of flats. Just unbelievable. Constant spoiling tactics of those who wish to derail the refurbishment of the communal areas which are a complete embarrassing dump. Can't people understand that if a vote goes against them then tough! That doesn't mean they have automatic right of veto. Was like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 24 November, 2009, 03:06:52 PM
Because shit roles downhill and it always seams to stop right in front of me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 24 November, 2009, 03:09:10 PM
Stand somewhere else Gavin :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 24 November, 2009, 03:09:59 PM
preferably away from the shit seam
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 24 November, 2009, 03:10:45 PM
I've tried, but it's a very steep hill.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 24 November, 2009, 03:18:42 PM
Find a different hill with a better view.


...I'm barely hanging on to the analogy here, aren't I?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 24 November, 2009, 04:16:34 PM
My last conscious thought the last time I went under in an operating theatre was "God I hope it's not genetic, this is my sack here...."

surely the spelling is 'sac' as in 'le sac magique' - ?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 24 November, 2009, 07:51:26 PM
Ouch.  I feel some Metallica coming on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgGTTtR0kc


Darkness imprisoning me, all that I see, absolute horror,
I cannot live, I cannot die, trapped in myself, body my holding cell.

Landmine has taken my sight, taken my speech, taken my hearing,
Taken my arms, taken my legs, taken my soul, left me with life in hell.

ROCK ON.
(http://www.rufkm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/horns.bmp)





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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 28 November, 2009, 02:27:54 PM
life spugs cos I knackered my leg last night and can barely walk. I wasn't even (very) drunk, but whilst walking between pubs, I simply turned a corner and my left calf muscle just seemed to go TWANG. The bastard still hurts like hell.

Oh and after limping painfully to the shop and back, I discover my newspaper is missing all the magazines and TV guide. Grrr.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 November, 2009, 03:35:45 PM
Its another wet sunday coming up and that will be the 6th in a row now or maybe the 4th or 5th.I want to stall out and sell some tat before Xmas and i miss my weekly fix of rummaging through junk on a Sunday.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 November, 2009, 06:22:54 PM
Mmmmmmmmmm......Cheesecake........


MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....Cheesecake.........


Top Tip:The only cheesecakes that you can buy off the shelf that are worth eating are M+S cheesecakes.They are not just any cheesecakes as they are M+S cheesecakes i will have you know.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 November, 2009, 06:47:48 PM
Tesco's reduced fat mandarin cheesecake is not half bad.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 28 November, 2009, 06:53:06 PM
I havent tried that.I have never baked a cheesecake but i am sure its not difficult.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 November, 2009, 08:12:41 PM
It isn't.  I'm planning on doing one this week.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 28 November, 2009, 08:44:26 PM
You should try my wife's home made cheese cakes. Lush.







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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 28 November, 2009, 10:02:29 PM
It isn't.  I'm planning on doing one this week.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who'll be demanding pictures!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 28 November, 2009, 11:43:59 PM
The job I've accepted in order to get out of low-paid teaching and into a realistic prospect of a pension isn't that gret aktully. The perks are excellent but it feels like starting yet another apprenticeship. It's the eighth time I've been here.

 ::)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 29 November, 2009, 02:53:00 PM
The war is over but the fallout has just begun. At least I took the right step and walked away from one job. I'll miss the money but not the hassle and the early starts.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 29 November, 2009, 02:59:41 PM
The job I've accepted in order to get out of low-paid teaching and into a realistic prospect of a pension isn't that gret aktully. The perks are excellent but it feels like starting yet another apprenticeship. It's the eighth time I've been here.


My entire approach to work has changed philosophically over the last couple of years. If I'd seriously wanted a career of some kind, I should have been fucking people over twenty years ago. It's too late now.

Work is -- when you boil it down -- the process of converting time into food and shelter by means of labour. I will not be judged on the status or merit of the work I do, nor will I allow an employer, ever again, to convince me that there is anything more to our relationship than my expending time in their service and them compensating me for it. Them expecting me to work for no pay is as insulting as me expecting them to pay me for no work.

Do I have food? Do I have shelter? Then I've done enough work to serve its purpose.

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 November, 2009, 03:08:04 PM
After the work i have lost this year for various reasons i am never going to recommend anyone else again and i am never going to let anyone else know my business and i am never going to do anyone else any favors.

The biggest mistake i ever made this year or ever was recommending another company.

Never Ever Again.


I dont trust anyone anymore.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 29 November, 2009, 03:23:15 PM
My entire approach to work has changed philosophically over the last couple of years. If I'd seriously wanted a career of some kind, I should have been fucking people over twenty years ago. It's too late now.

Wise words, mate. I feel the same way, especially the bit about fucking people over. I really think it's too late for me now too, hence accepting a graduate entry-level post 16 years after graduating. I have come to see work as just something I have to do to pay my way, and if it's well paid and comfortable then so much the better.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Hell Trekker 29 November, 2009, 03:37:08 PM
The job I've accepted in order to get out of low-paid teaching and into a realistic prospect of a pension isn't that gret aktully. The perks are excellent but it feels like starting yet another apprenticeship. It's the eighth time I've been here.


My entire approach to work has changed philosophically over the last couple of years. If I'd seriously wanted a career of some kind, I should have been fucking people over twenty years ago. It's too late now.

Work is -- when you boil it down -- the process of converting time into food and shelter by means of labour. I will not be judged on the status or merit of the work I do, nor will I allow an employer, ever again, to convince me that there is anything more to our relationship than my expending time in their service and them compensating me for it. Them expecting me to work for no pay is as insulting as me expecting them to pay me for no work.

Do I have food? Do I have shelter? Then I've done enough work to serve its purpose.

Cheers

Jim

Words to live by right there!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 29 November, 2009, 03:43:50 PM
You beat me to it, Hell-Treker.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 29 November, 2009, 06:12:33 PM
...nor will I allow an employer, ever again, to convince me that there is anything more to our relationship than my expending time in their service and them compensating me for it.

How I wish I'd understood this most basic of life lessons 20 years ago.  I've been shafted be employers I "trusted" so often that you could drive a rad-wagon up my metaphorical jacksee - entire years of my life have vanished into pits of unpaid overtime, of 7-day weeks and 14-hour days, as I worked to get projects finished because We're All In This Together, It Has To Be Done, And It'll Be Better Soon.  Now that I'm on the other side of the fence, I do my best not to be that bastard, but so often it's impossible:  no matter what extra lengths someone has gone to, no matter how much I like and respect the person, when there's no money in the bank I can't pay them. You can soften things by stretching contracts out beyond sense,  buying pints, souping up expenses, and insisting that people only work the hours they're paid for, but ultimately it's "thanks for everything, see ya".  That's work. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 29 November, 2009, 06:40:45 PM
I think most of us sympathise with your position, Tordelback. You've always come across as a concerned and hardworking employer in a field where nobody can take work for granted and an industry that's on a knife-edge. I think a lot of us would be only too glad to have a boss like you! The day-to-day dilemmas you sometimes describe are agonizing.

It's quite different from the experience of working in an industry that has a long-term future (e.g. post-16 education) where the daily business of that industry involves salaried management and admin staff relying upon casualized labour to deliver front-line services: employees doing more than their reimbursed hours of work and carrying a disproportionate share of risk (e.g. classes may be cancelled due to low enrolment, resulting in reduced earnings; having to seek alternative sources of income outside term time).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 29 November, 2009, 06:44:32 PM
: TordelBack link=topic=24364.msg472886#msg472886 date=1259518353
How I wish I'd understood this most basic of life lessons 20 years ago. 
[/quote

Heh ... the old "If I could back in time and give myself some proper career advice" line of thought. That way madness lies, TB!

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 29 November, 2009, 06:45:49 PM
You've always come across as a concerned and hardworking employer in a field where nobody can take work for granted and an industry that's on a knife-edge. I think a lot of us would be only too glad to have a boss like you!

Two things, Ush:

1) You've got a job

2) He's not hiring!

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 29 November, 2009, 09:40:45 PM
2) He's not hiring!

Yeah, but the casting couch is always open to the... appreciative candidate.  Anyhow, wasn't intending to suggest i was a good employer, I've seen good employers and I'm not in the running. All it takes is one bad quarter to shatter those illusions.  What I was getting at is that it starts and ends with money, irrespective of greed or altruism, and I honestly never understood that until I was trying to pay wages on a maxed-out overdraft.  

I tried to work in Usher's sector, had always seen it as my ultimate goal really,  and lasted exactly one year - I've never had a worse job, and the lives of almost all my mates in that field would make for a good joke if they weren't actual human beings.

 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 30 November, 2009, 03:54:33 AM
I tried to work in Usher's sector, had always seen it as my ultimate goal really,  and lasted exactly one year

Hmmm, let's see: I lasted three-and-a-half years in HE (research) and two years in FE (teaching), after 10 years of training (the 11th year had some overlap with actual employment). Fortunately the same training gets me in at ground level in the civil service, my next destination.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 01 December, 2009, 12:56:20 AM
I've had a urinary infection for ages now- a week long excruciating testicle/ groin and two and a half weeks of screaming kidney.

Whilst any kind of infection is positively de jour for a self-respecting scabby punk, if I piss any more I'll start tae fucking dessicate.
And if I drink any mair cranberry juice I will fucking VOMIT red.
Anyone got a spewing smiley?

Hate the world. Fuck everyone. Fuck everything.
>:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 01 December, 2009, 09:07:38 AM
Been there.

Testicular cysts are particularly unpleasant.  Had two now.  Fucking painful operations.  Urinary infections are nasty.  Nothing like the feeling of pissing hot coke in tiny, painful spurts.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 01 December, 2009, 10:20:28 AM
de jour? WTF?
I meant de rigueur.
See that's what happens when the ignorant stay up past their bedtime and post when they aren't thinking straight.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 01 December, 2009, 11:16:59 AM
It's what happens when you're in pain - I've suffered from similar quite regularly and am very familiar with the pain. I reccommend the cranberry forte tablets (you can get them in boots) take one each night before bed, it's super concentrated cranberry and saves having to drink the juice all the time. Hope this helps
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 01 December, 2009, 11:23:22 AM
I shouldn't say this, but Dog and Mike have just made me feel a lot happier about my own life, and dissauded me from writing the childish rant that was to occupy this space.  You poor bastards.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 01 December, 2009, 12:00:10 PM
Rant away, TB, I'm at home bored and miserable so I'm looking for stuff to occupy my brain.

Thanks for that Wild-Seven- I'll check them out. These Trimethoprim antibiotic tablets don't half make you feel shit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 01 December, 2009, 08:04:15 PM
I have a third Testicle. Well its not exactly a third but its a large lump. Have had it checked out ages ago and it is nothing to worry about. Shat myself at the time though.







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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 01 December, 2009, 08:25:21 PM
I have a third Testicle.

So I forget, which one are you again - Himmler? Goebbels?

Anyway, surely this belongs on the Excellent thread - a spare clip can't be a bad thing! 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 01 December, 2009, 08:28:41 PM
a spare clip

That's really made me chuckle :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 01 December, 2009, 08:29:48 PM
I am the next step in human evolution, and I cum buckets.







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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 02 December, 2009, 12:41:52 AM
Fucksticks, mothers cunt.

Freezer packed in tonight, barely two weeks after the washing machine packed in.
With less than a month til xmas.
Neither of them still on guarantee.

Fuckin fuckity fuck. What a load of SHITE.
What a barrel-load of infected bollocks.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 02 December, 2009, 01:02:37 AM
Dog, I feel your pain. This last month has seen so many similar problems in my house that I won't list them all. Hellish awful.

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 02 December, 2009, 06:42:53 AM
Freezer packed in tonight, barely two weeks after the washing machine packed in.

I sympathise.  Earlier this year, our Washing Machine, Tumble Drier, Freezer, Toaster, DVD player, TV and my car all packed it in during the same month.  It felt like Curries were bleeding us to make puddings.  Other than the TV and car, all the other yokes were bought when we moved in four years previously.  So apparently that's your lot on white goods these days:  four years.

But at least in wasn't just before Christmas.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 02 December, 2009, 08:43:20 AM
My students are all really lovely and my classes are going really well and we're getting on great together, especially the sociology class, and I have to tell them I'm not going to be coming back after Christmas because I've got a better job. It really spugs. I'm feeling quite cowardly at the moment, but I have to tell them sooner rather than later, and I can't put it off forever.

 :-X
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 02 December, 2009, 09:13:50 AM
Fucksticks, mothers cunt.

Freezer packed in tonight, barely two weeks after the washing machine packed in.
With less than a month til xmas.
Neither of them still on guarantee.

Fuckin fuckity fuck. What a load of SHITE.
What a barrel-load of infected bollocks.

Do you have anything like freecycle.org or jumbletown in your part of the world?

People are always giving stuff like this away

A decent used one will see you through to the new year

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 02 December, 2009, 10:23:37 AM
The bolt-mobile is in for MOT...

I effing HATE this day...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 02 December, 2009, 10:30:01 AM
we had a powercut last night. Just 15 minutes or so. When the power came back on the boiler is no longer working. No central heating or hot water, and boy was it nobblingly cold last night. Now I have to take a 1/2 day I can't afford to take for the Gas man to come visit during the small window of between 12 and 6. Nice
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Devons Daddy 02 December, 2009, 11:09:55 AM
because they called a meeting at head office,
 
i was meant to be off tomorrow.
not being there gets noticed of course, which is never a good thing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 02 December, 2009, 12:31:29 PM
That's bad news Bruce, white goods now have a built in Obsolescence... four years sounds about right, just after the guarentee runs out.
I have sworn never to return to Curries after they fleeced the Huff partner time and again with phoney extra cover  called cover everything of some guff) which it doesn't. The spotty youth in the shop are uninterested,ditto shop managers and their head of customer service couldn't give a flying f*ck.

The best thing to do for white goods is find the cheapest around then go to John Lewis(if you have one in the Ness) tell them they are being under sold at Blahblahs and it cost blahblah there, they then sell it to you at that price.



: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 02 December, 2009, 12:38:23 PM
: Bolt-01
The bolt-mobile is in for MOT...

If it's not too far away from you, Bournville Garage will sort you out nice and fairly. My S-Reg Fiat (not much longer for this world) got through its last MOT there, no trouble.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 02 December, 2009, 12:43:08 PM
having worked briefly in retail, the 'super extra cover protection' is almost always run by the shop itself and is just a way of milking free money (this is probably known by everyone anyway) As goods these days are usually reliable to a reasonable level and if not, covered by manufacturers guarentee, they make a packet for jack shit. I've been told according to european law all goods must be working and defect free for 6 years. As long as it's not a wareable part (like washing machine brushes for example) you should be able to go stamp your feet and create a fuss at the store to get a replacement. As for buying, always try to deal with the manager if you can. They don't get commission so give better discounts ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 02 December, 2009, 02:05:58 PM
Banners- thanks for the thought- and Mini Bolt is at Bournevile, but I'm working in Walsall so I use one of the local garages there. They've been pretty solid for me for the last few years, but Bolty is getting on a bit now.

£350 all in. SOB.... My first car was only that much!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 December, 2009, 05:58:34 PM
Its interesting really because i was just reading these comments about electrical stuff going wrong and how it seems to have built in obselescence where it goes wrong just before Xmas.

I was thinking how unusual it was that nothing of mine has broken down but sure enough my hoover has just conked out.It was going just fine until just now.Just like that.

Dead.

Thats 3 of these MFs in a row now that have conked out in as many years.It might be able to be repaired but i dont know.Its not like i abuse them or anything and i clean the filters quite often.

I might write a stinging letter to Dyson and they might offer a free repair.Its got to be worth a try.

Fucking Dyson Shit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 02 December, 2009, 07:26:26 PM
Fucksticks, mothers cunt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwASebgPPw

WARNING








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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 02 December, 2009, 09:14:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwASebgPPw

oh yeah- that's exactly where I got the phrase. Good old Kunt and the Gang- Kevin Bloody Wilson for the Big Brother Age.

I did think about going second hand again- those two items were the first time we'd ever bought brand new white goods.
We got a new washing machine for £160 off t'internet, free next day delivery the same spec as the tits-up one (which cost a fuck of a lot more than that).
Mrs. D ordered a new freezer today for a similar price. So that's our xmas presents sorted. No slew of graphic novels to read in work-free comfort this year.

I am either a beacon for negativity or else a veritable negativity generator.

Still, it's great preparation for a gig next Thursday- anger, dejection and resentment will fuel some manic nasty, guitar noise to inflict on other people.
Och well- bollocks to the world and everything in it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 02 December, 2009, 09:42:07 PM
Saw Kunt and the Gang live earlier this year. Funny as fuck.









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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 02 December, 2009, 10:28:50 PM
Did he have his cock out for a wank?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 02 December, 2009, 10:40:59 PM
almost constantly.







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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 02 December, 2009, 10:53:56 PM
Och well- bollocks to the world and everything in it.

Sore bollocks, at that?


Ouch. Sorry.  :-\
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 04 December, 2009, 07:52:54 PM
Fucksticks, mothers cunt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwASebgPPw

WARNING


That fucking deranged piece of work i clashed with the other day on a forum kept using the word "Fucksticks" as term of abuse obviously directed at myself which was starting to become very annoying because i knew it was a word that had been picked up from somewhere on the internet.

I dont like the word and i wasnt impressed with the Kunt and the Gang video either and it was basically a rip off of Rabbit by Chas and Dave.

Or was it Gertcha ?

possibly...


Gertcha :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwvnkPRgo_E






: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 December, 2009, 08:05:25 PM
Life spugs because my singing Tina Turner songs in a falsetto voice no longer elicits laughter from my mate Adam.  He just stared at me.  I over-used it perhaps, but it's so difficult to make him laugh.

Anyway, that's it. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 04 December, 2009, 10:19:26 PM
No! 'Private Dancer' doesn't work anymore? A moments silence to mourn it's passing...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 05 December, 2009, 07:15:28 AM
Well, 'We don't need another hero!'
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 05 December, 2009, 02:49:30 PM
It was "Steamy Windows" actually, accompanied by my patented "Batty Dance" - like Beyonce does. 

It normally turns women to jelly and makes men laugh nervously.  Nothin'!  Gutted.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 07 December, 2009, 12:25:52 AM
*sighs*

cooker- fan assisted oven- 200degrees- 25mins- stone cold- AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!


More 'white goods' woe! (even if it is grey).

Fucksticks. Again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 07 December, 2009, 07:55:41 AM
Because I have to buy a load of rubbish this week for my strange relatives. I am embarrassed to say that I will have to walk into a shop and ask for the following:-

2 x JLS CD's  >:( >:(
1 x Nolans DVD  :-[
1 x Best of Will Young  >:(

I was going to do it over the web, but then there will be a physical trail that says I bought them. Why Me?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 07 December, 2009, 08:04:18 AM
"Strange relatives", that old chestnut, I see. So, is it one JLS CD for home and one for the car then John?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 07 December, 2009, 11:03:05 AM
I never did believe that story about "having to test" the wife's Take That CD. Be proud of your cheesy musical taste CF and stop inventing tall tales about wives and relatives!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 07 December, 2009, 11:15:12 AM
I like JLS.  Mainly because it'd only take a little work to make their logo read "JIZ".
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 07 December, 2009, 11:34:43 AM
their lyrics confuse me

"everybody's in love/so put your hands up" - put your hands up WHAT exactly?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 December, 2009, 12:12:03 PM
Your. Own. Mother.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 07 December, 2009, 02:46:11 PM
I must add these relatives are on Carolyn's side. My lot might be a bunch of muties from beyond the city walls but they have some taste ;)

As for Take That, I thoroughly enjoyed singing along to that double CD. I actually put the live disc in 'twice'.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 07 December, 2009, 02:49:11 PM
...because the first of several estate agents are visiting to value my mum's house tomorrow.  And I've got to make sure the place looks it's best.  And sort out what stuff of mine's going into storage. 

The progs are going by the weekend, most likely and from there they'll be going to whoever ends up buying them after I've put them on ebay in the new year.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 December, 2009, 11:48:03 PM
Dad's Mid-Life Crisis. TWO.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 07 December, 2009, 11:53:52 PM
I hate JLS. Why do they wear those weird matching outfits, like hip hop versions of International Rescue? Shithouse.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 08 December, 2009, 12:02:52 AM
Thankfully I don't know what a JLS is. I'm not sure I've ever heard of them, unless I've made this observation before. Are they a Justice League of something? Shoreditch, Southampton or Switzerland?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 08 December, 2009, 12:03:52 AM
SUCKING.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 08 December, 2009, 12:07:54 AM
Thankfully I don't know what a JLS is. I'm not sure I've ever heard of them, unless I've made this observation before. Are they a Justice League of something? Shoreditch, Southampton or Switzerland?
Justice League of Shoreditch. Brilliant! They don't know what to do now that the Avengers have moved out of Hoxton.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 09 December, 2009, 08:48:35 AM
I was woken up this morning by the sound of my mother tripping over her feet and crashing through my bedroom door head first.

Thankfully, she was alright, but it was two hours before I realised that the phrase "Drokk, incoming eldster" now has a personal relevance to me.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 09 December, 2009, 08:55:57 AM
WS, that made me grin.

Glad she's ok.  It means I can laugh guilt-free.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 10 December, 2009, 12:35:59 AM
A dirty great big unpaid bill reared its ugly head today and had to be paid which has put paid to picking up some progs that were being offered to me elsewhere on another thread.

Fucking bills.

GGGGRRRRRRR>>>>>>>>>
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 10 December, 2009, 11:35:25 PM
I think mum is planning on including broccoli in this year's Xmas dinner.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mikey 11 December, 2009, 01:01:15 PM
My father in law had a stroke recently, went through neurosurgery to relieve the bleeding, had to have a tracheotomy and now has MRSA. Fuck me! How much can one person go through?

To add to the general tension chez Mikey, the fuckers renovating the house next door left a pile of waste outside MY HOUSE because one of MY NEIGHBOURS threw stuff in the skip overnight. Both denied responsibility, but the crumb of comfort for me was the really helpful Council dude going over to my neighbour with letters taken from the bin bags with his name & address on them - he still tried to deny it but eventually had to lift his rubbish back. If it was still up to me, both would have been in court along with the skip company. The thing that wound me up is that neither of them would have lifted a finger to sort it out  >:(

/breathe out

M.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 11 December, 2009, 01:09:42 PM
Your lack of murder is a credit to you, Mikey.  Hope your FiL kicks that bloody MRSA soon.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mikey 11 December, 2009, 01:34:14 PM
Tordels - there's time yet. The house is being renovated because of a murder and subsequent arson. I'm normally pretty reasonable but my fuse is short at the minute I tells ye. Jeebus, there's a lot of shit has happened over the last year; Mrs Mikey with the cancer, scaffolding lorry writing of my car with her in it between surgeries, nearly being burned out of me house and this recent barrel a monkies. When's January again?  :-X

News just in! Mr Mikey in Law is on the mend! He's able to talk, albeit rubbish apparently.

M.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 11 December, 2009, 01:39:11 PM
Currently doing eleven and a half hour days six days a week, and it's killing me. Something will have to change in the new year.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 11 December, 2009, 01:41:21 PM
WTF!  That certainly does sound like an Horrible Anus, Mikey.  I'm now visualising your fuse as a millimeter-long wisp of down.  Hope 2010 plays out a wee bit more smoothly for you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 11 December, 2009, 01:54:51 PM
Sounds tough, Mikey.  Thinking of you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mikey 11 December, 2009, 03:43:57 PM
Cheers chaps!

I'm alright now; was a bit fraught earlier on and ready to throw my hammer at someone.

M
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 11 December, 2009, 10:18:36 PM
Jeebus Mikey.

Before you do anything rash count to 10....then wallop the bastards with a hammer.








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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 12 December, 2009, 04:02:11 PM
AAARgh again...
On my way to my dad's earlier this morning to see if my exhaust could be patched up til my next paycheck comes in, as I'm skint due to the washing machine/ freezer and cooker packing in this month, and guess what...

my windscreen cracked from almost one side to almost t'other.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 12 December, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
Bruce what didyou do in that previous life?  feeling for you, you seem to be a bad karma magnet just now, hope things improve for the New Year.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dog Deever 12 December, 2009, 04:13:39 PM
Think I must have been a Calvinist in an earlier life!

Anyway- I'm always a bad karma magnet! I have come to the conclusion that it's so bad that I don't attract it- I generate it!
Still- I'm almost impervious to it now- my psyche is like old shoe leather!
Bring it on, karma- I jiz in the eye of ill fortune!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 12 December, 2009, 04:19:02 PM
That's the spirt! No wonder Churchill left the HD behind to cover the inglorious retreat of The Guards
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: satchmo 12 December, 2009, 04:22:18 PM
Stomach bug abounds at Chateau satchmo. Precautionary trip to hospital, The Boy With No Name is fine though.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 13 December, 2009, 10:44:30 AM
My Christmas Radio Times wasn't the one with a Dalek on the cover.  :-X
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 13 December, 2009, 11:23:19 AM
It is cold here.
It is so cold that the sea is frozen!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: satchmo 13 December, 2009, 11:27:59 AM
It's still so foggy here I'm expecting Pirate Ghosts knocking on the door at any minute.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 13 December, 2009, 11:40:07 AM
It is cold here.
It is so cold that the sea is frozen!

Seriously?  I've never seen that in RL. Careful that Them don't use the ice as a bridge to the Cold Place.  Pictures, RAC, pictures!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 13 December, 2009, 11:41:55 AM
It is cold here.
It is so cold that the sea is frozen!

Seriously?  I've never seen that in RL. Careful that Them don't use the ice as a bridge to the Cold Place.  Pictures, RAC, pictures!

I'll get you pictures- but not this morning, I've just had a shower and by beautiful locks would freeze to my precious head.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 13 December, 2009, 12:13:42 PM
Seriously?  I've never seen that in RL. Careful that Them don't use the ice as a bridge to the Cold Place.  Pictures, RAC, pictures!

I've seen the edge of the sea freeze in Brighton in the 1970s and in Swansea in the winter of 1990-1991.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 16 December, 2009, 08:40:53 AM
My 3 year old son, while playing cars with his sister last night, slipped and fell into some shelves, whacking his face off the corner of a photo frame and cutting his cheek quite badly.
Took him into A&E and were left waiting for a f**king hour before anyone would look at him, and then when he did get seen, they discovered that they didn't have any of a special suturing glue "in stock" and had to send some orderly off to another clinic to get some. FFS.
Anyway, he got fixed up but the bad thing is he's going to be scarred there, right under his eye. Poor little bugger. He's a damn good looking kid too (if I do say so myself).
Sucks.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 16 December, 2009, 08:50:05 AM
VD,

I had a bad cut on my face (some nutter attacked me at school with a compass) and was informed I'd have a serious scar from my forehead down to my jawline.  I was 15 or so. 

It HAS scarred.

But I'm the only one who can see all of it, only two or three people have ever noticed the most obvious part of it.  There are scars and scars.  Try not to worry.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 16 December, 2009, 09:01:35 AM
Anyway, he got fixed up but the bad thing is he's going to be scarred there, right under his eye. Poor little bugger. He's a damn good looking kid too (if I do say so myself).

The poor little man!  I bloody hate A&E at the best of times, mercifully been spared it with the kids thus far (touching all manner of wood here (quiet, Godpleton)).  As for the scar, he's only wee and you'd be amazed at how much it will fade, and as that wise man Calvin's Dad would have it, it "builds character".

From another perspective, I have a couple of scars on my face from childhood climbing and cycling accidents, and they're about the only part of my appearance I actually like!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 16 December, 2009, 09:20:48 AM
Thanks for that guys. Feeling better about it already.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 16 December, 2009, 09:26:22 AM
Good. 

There's a picture of me on the lookalike thread.  Despite my fecking about with it, *I* can see this huge scar of mine.  I doubt anyone else can.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 16 December, 2009, 09:42:01 AM
HUUUGE ructions yesterday afternoon. Everything was tickety-boo in the morning, by evening my family had torn itself apart. All the Christmas decorations have been taken down in a frankly childish fit of pique by my twat of a stepdad, the atmosphere in the house is positively frosty, and the evening was spent packing suitcases and arguing about who gets the dog. My mum's falling apart, people aren't speaking to each other and I don't know where I'm going to be living a week from now.

So.

It ain't going to be much of a Christmas.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 16 December, 2009, 09:44:11 AM
Damn, Jimbo. That's horrible.

I've had a crap year and want to ignore the whole thing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 16 December, 2009, 09:45:44 AM
It's all just confirmed to me why I need to move out, and the sooner the better; ironically, though, the whole thing was caused in part by my mine and my brother's attempt to do just that...

There are things in the pipeline, wheels are in motion, and by February this'll hopefully all be a bad memory and a certain person making my life hell right now I might never need to speak to again - it's just not going to be very pleasant until then.

Reality bites, let's talk about comics instead.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kev Levell 16 December, 2009, 10:07:59 AM
I never really know what to say when bad stuff is happening to good people. My thoughts are with you Jimbo, for what it's worth. It's a cruddy thing to be happening at any time of year - let alone Chrimbo.

Comics and 2000AD especially are definitely part of the cure...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 16 December, 2009, 10:18:15 AM
Yeah Jimbo mate, keep your stones dry and your pecker hard (or some such ridiculous masculine pep-talk). Shit stuff is made about 20 times shitter when you have to go through it at christmas. All will hopefully be well soon. So, you read any new and exciting comics?

And Mike - I'm with you there. Lost my mum on the 6th January this year. The last time she knew who I was, was Xmas eve. So I'm giving the whole frigging thing a bit of a miss this year too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 16 December, 2009, 10:25:19 AM
That's just plain shit Jimbo. Reading between the lines of what you are saying, I went through something exactly the same ten years ago this year. It doesn't help much right NOW, at this present moment in time, I know, but - it WILL get better. I didn't speak to certain people for many, many years after this happened but now - well, lets just say we'll all be having christmas dinner together.
Anyway, I hope you make it through to February ok.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 16 December, 2009, 10:35:02 AM
Lads, FWIW you put my own un-Christmassy feelings into telling perspective, as in: 'these ones are small, those ones are far away'.   Bugger all use to Jimbo, Mike and Grimm, but at least my blessings are being counted now.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 16 December, 2009, 12:52:07 PM
Thanks lad, genuinely means a lot.

Hard as it is for me to believe at the mo I keep telling myself 'It could be worse.' It doesn't seem much compared to what Grimm and Mike especially have been through.

The might prog 2009 shall see me through these dark days!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 16 December, 2009, 12:56:30 PM
Don't know what to say other than what's already been said, Jimbo. Best of luck.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Paul faplad Finch 16 December, 2009, 05:53:45 PM
Good luck with everything Jimbo. I know a little something about families falling apart and how difficult it can be. As others have said, small consolation though it may be, things will get better.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 17 December, 2009, 11:09:43 AM
Keep your chin up Jimbo; it sounds trite, but literally it can only get better
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mikey 17 December, 2009, 11:14:52 AM
Manly hug

I've been in a very similar predicament Jimbo - keep your eye on the prize and don't let the shit set you back so far as you lose sight of it. Hope you can get your head showered during the bull bait.

Cheers

M.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 17 December, 2009, 11:53:39 AM
Jimbo- I deeply empathise. This sort of thing is one of the reasons I live 80 miles away from most of my family.

It will get better, eventually.

Just ask yourself, 'What would Mr Sun & Mr Moon do?'

Dave
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 17 December, 2009, 12:01:21 PM
Thanks again chaps (and chapess). Funny that the words of people I've never actually met can mean so much!

I'm endeavouring to keep a stiff upper lip for the duration.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 17 December, 2009, 02:01:55 PM
missed my flight to Manchester- had to pay an extra €150 to reschedule this evening

Richard Hawley - you'd better be worth all this
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 17 December, 2009, 05:10:52 PM
Fuck it and punch on Jimbo. Best wishes are with you mate.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 17 December, 2009, 07:34:56 PM
Jimbo, if anything your problems would've been MORE difficult to deal with than what I've had on my plate recently.  At least my ma was happy (and my da before he died too) and they had each other, whatever arguments were had were the small ones we all have and, like everyone, I was sort of prepared for losing them both (especially my mum).  It sucks, but it's doable because I was expecting it ever since childhood.  You have my best wishes, hope it gets easier (or at least easier to cope with, a different thing, but we take what we can get don't we?). 

MGB, you're in my thoughts too, obviously. 

The best part about the whole thing is that my brother's promised to keep certain topics off limits and keep certain maudlin annoying people far away.  Meaning I can read WHATEVER THAT BOOK SHAPED THING KATE GAVE ME FOR CHRISTMAS and play on the floor with the kids and that's it.  That, and too-much dinner and mince pies are what it's all about.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 17 December, 2009, 07:40:08 PM
You've been fondling your presents haven't you? Naughty!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 17 December, 2009, 08:00:43 PM
It's book shaped.  I put "The Dead Man" and "Mechanismo" on top of it and it seems VERY SIMLAR. 

Of course, I have NO IDEA WHAT ON EARTH IT COULD BE.

*smirk*
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 17 December, 2009, 08:41:19 PM
Poor, Jimbo. Hope you get through it alright and best wishes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 17 December, 2009, 09:38:35 PM
Sorry to hear your news DJ.



Gear box in van went Kaput today which made my day a late one and to top it all it snowed and was bloody freezing. Coalville has to be the coldest part of Leicestershire.






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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 17 December, 2009, 10:27:57 PM
My thoughts are with you Jimbo, my family stopped talking to me about 10 years ago, was hard at the time but time heals.




filip
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 18 December, 2009, 09:32:51 PM
Sodding snow, Its too pissing cold to work.








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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 19 December, 2009, 04:20:08 PM
...my mother had a mini-stroke this morning.

She was fine when the carer arrived this morning to give her a wash, but in the two minutes between the carer coming downstairs and my sister going up to check on her she had suddenly lost the ability to articulate a sentence.

No other symptoms, no facial slumping, weak arms or slurring like they show on the awareness scheme. Just an inability to speak more than three words (ie "I can't eat...", "I want..."

Thankfully, whilst waiting three hours for the out-of-hours doctor to arrive, she managed to recover a lot, but we've been warned there's a good chance she could have another one within 24 hours.

I know that she's been ill for a long time, but I really wasn't expecting that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 19 December, 2009, 04:29:49 PM
Man, I know EXACTLY what that's like. Thinking of you mate.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 19 December, 2009, 05:08:05 PM
Sorry to hear that Worldshown, I went through that with my Mam when I was at school and witnessed the first one in our living room, terrifying as a 13 year old.
I hope that she recovers well and she has a good chance, it being a mini-stroke.

One bit of advice I can give you is never finish sentences off for her as she will need to push herself to talk. It'll be very hard for you as you will feel you are trying to help because you will be watching your Mam struggle but you must not do it.

My thoughts are with you and your family.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 20 December, 2009, 10:44:43 AM
Christ Worldshown sorry to hear that.
Certainly puts the word into perspective.





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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 20 December, 2009, 12:14:55 PM
Sorry to hear that worldshown. My thoughts are with you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 20 December, 2009, 12:39:56 PM
Best wishes WS, that's really rough. These things are always that much worse at Christmas.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kev Levell 20 December, 2009, 01:01:34 PM
best wishes Worldshown.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 20 December, 2009, 06:26:24 PM
Thanks for the concern, guys.

Thankfully, there's been no repeat of the incident today. If anything, she's been more alert than she has been for quite a while. Even survived a visit from the great-grandkids.

I appreciate the advice CF. With luck I'll be better prepared if it happens again
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 20 December, 2009, 06:34:07 PM
Manly hugs Worldshown!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 20 December, 2009, 06:56:03 PM
Sorry that this happened to you and yours at Xmas WS.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 21 December, 2009, 04:45:37 PM
She's fortunate to have you looking out for her.

CF's advice is excellent by the way, I speak from direct experience.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 21 December, 2009, 08:13:20 PM
My job is shit, I work for a bunch of cunts and get no back up when getting blamed for something I didn't do and get threatened with the sack. Watch this space.








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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 21 December, 2009, 08:16:14 PM
Are you going 'POSTAL' vzzbux?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 21 December, 2009, 08:30:46 PM
If things don't improve, maybe.






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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 21 December, 2009, 08:37:30 PM
You don't work in a call centre, do you, Vzzbux?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 21 December, 2009, 08:38:39 PM
Nah install for Virgin Media. Fucking clowns.







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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Darren Stephens 21 December, 2009, 09:00:31 PM
The PS3 I got myself for Christmas has failed to show...despite the tracking saying its been delivered. Phoned the company, and was told I have to wait 24 hours for them to 'interview' the driver. Twats!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James 21 December, 2009, 11:47:15 PM
Tomorrow's the last day of trading for my store, through no fault of mine or my staff's.

We're all looking at potential redundancy in a couple of months.

Merry farking crimbo!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 21 December, 2009, 11:50:06 PM
Sorry to hear that James, I was thinking about you when I first heard the news.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 22 December, 2009, 12:03:27 PM
Shame about the bad news James. What a bad time to find out.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 December, 2009, 01:19:59 PM
My hoover packed in a short while ago due to the motor burning out and so someone i know lent me theirs temporarily [No ! dont buy another -save your cash and borrow mine-almost insistent that i borrow theirs] and as usual in theirs the bag was full and the filters full of dust and in any case theirs is a cheap piece of shit with virtually no suction power whatsoever not to mention it is so noisy you need ear defenders to use it.

I just dont know how others get by and i have yet to think of a point in making a hoover that doesnt have any suction so they can have it back.

I am either going to have to buy another OR if i am lucky i think i have a Henry packed away somewhere....

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 22 December, 2009, 02:40:52 PM
I hope you're using it to clean the floors Peter! :) They might not want it back otherwise!
But yeah its a pain when this happens. I had some builders in the house a few weeks ago insulating a wall. Not only did they fill my hooverbag up with styrofoam and nails and wood and huge chunks of masonry, they broke the frikkin' air-stopper slidey thing off as well. Didn't they ever hear of a dustpan and brush. Bastards!

James - that sucks about the job. I'm in the print industry and there's places going belly up left, right and centre around me. Scary stuff. Just today another company we work closely with was shut down and there isn't even enough money to pay the guys any redundancy. Scary times.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 22 December, 2009, 05:04:09 PM
I have got Henry back into active service so no worries now but i feel a little stupid posting about that when i read about others workplaces and businesses closing down and other things on this thread.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 22 December, 2009, 05:17:20 PM
At this time of year, this thread takes on a blacker and more terrifying aspect. James- terrible. Best of luck! And to everyone else who has life-suckage at the moment, board-thoughts are with you!

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 22 December, 2009, 11:22:24 PM
My penultimate pay slip for teaching post-16 arrived in the post today. I've been paid 14 hours short. The twats.



Edit: sorry, wrong thread.  ::)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 23 December, 2009, 12:10:42 PM
I have got Henry back into active service so no worries now but i feel a little stupid posting about that when i read about others workplaces and businesses closing down and other things on this thread.

Don't feel stupid, hoovers are very important this time of year, what with christmas tree bristles and cake crumbs going everywhere! Good ol' Henry eh!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 23 December, 2009, 12:18:53 PM
Go Henry.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 23 December, 2009, 02:06:49 PM
Refurb finally started on the block we live in.

Every day brings a new chapter of hassle and stress. Nothing to do with builders. They seem fine so far. Problems are with the disfunctional management committee. Some people just dig their heels in and won't shift.

Draining all my time and energy.

Work began about a week ago in order to save on VAT increase. (I found out 15mins before work was to start.) Problem is it's interfering with people's Xmas now and some of the tenants are absolutely livid, with good reason.
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: TordelBack 23 December, 2009, 02:11:35 PM
What you need my friend is Judge Rico living in your basement.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 23 December, 2009, 02:17:37 PM
I think a stint on Titan would be more pleasurable than dealing with the block's management committee. Ten Chief Judges just doesn't work.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 23 December, 2009, 02:46:14 PM
Whilst in 'The Grinning Demon' (local comics emporium) earlier I was informed of this amazing news.
Kent Connection, a government jobless club thingy that helps the unemployed try to get back into work (I'm all for our taxes paying for this, as you never know when you may need it), well here it is, prepare to be amazed.

The Maidstone members (this is the unemployed remember) went to watch Avatar last night and today they all had a meal in Nandos in the town, paid for by US!
Now WHAT THE FUCK HAS THAT GOT TO DO WITH JOB HUNTING (calm down John) I ask you. I'm sure a lot of employed people would like others to pay for a night at the pictures and then a meal out the next day. God knows what else is planned over Christmas as I didn't dare ask as I might have exploded even more!

I always thought that these clubs were there to teach people CV writing skills, computer skill, interview skills etc........My how times have changed.

Still I bought my Big Issue whilst I was down there and had a good chat with the bloke who was selling them. I wonder if he went to see Avatar as well?
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: Kerrin 23 December, 2009, 03:42:36 PM
Thoughts are with you James and Worldshown. I've been having a shit time of it recently but that puts it in perspective, best wishes.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 December, 2009, 04:39:45 PM
I have got Henry back into active service so no worries now but i feel a little stupid posting about that when i read about others workplaces and businesses closing down and other things on this thread.

Don't feel stupid, hoovers are very important this time of year, what with christmas tree bristles and cake crumbs going everywhere! Good ol' Henry eh!

Henry is 7 or 8 years old and still going strong and he has been used for building work and has fallen down stairs and everything else.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 23 December, 2009, 04:57:28 PM
Nah install for Virgin Media. Fucking clowns.

Ha ha! Half right, then. I used to work for them (well, Telewest, at any rate) in their Liverpool call centre. Dreadful company...
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: vzzbux 23 December, 2009, 10:16:20 PM
Don't understand my company. First they are trying to sack me now they are telling me that I have a pleasant surprise waiting for me tomorrow. Probably an extra 2 jobs on top of my workload which is a full days work on Chrimbo eve.








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: TordelBack 24 December, 2009, 05:32:24 AM
Nah Vzzbux, I reckon they've booked you into a special Christmas spa where you'll be bathed in brandy butter by Santa Kylie lookalikes while watching The Great Escape on 3D Imax. 
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: House of Usher 24 December, 2009, 10:22:42 AM
I reckon they're going to present you with a framed printout of your recent 2000ad message board posts!  ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 24 December, 2009, 01:49:08 PM
Not for this thread but to continue on.
I received a £100 bonus for reaching my targets this month for modem and digi activations. And an early finish.










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: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 December, 2009, 02:06:38 PM
Wow, spend it wisely and that could be 15-20 Star Wars figures (the hard currency of geekdom)!  Well done that man, clearly your five forward gears and three reverse gears were working!  (Although personally I'd have preferred the Santa Kylies).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 24 December, 2009, 02:14:50 PM
Once upon a time in 1990, I was offered a Christmas bonus of £150 (two weeks' wages for every employee!) just for working one year part time in a stationer's shop, but I was unable to pick it up because I had to leave the job in October to go to university. Needless to say it was the best Christmas bonus I ever came within sniffing distance of.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 24 December, 2009, 09:22:27 PM
... Because I just found out my neighbour's dog -- George -- died yesterday. A big, daft Old English Sheepdog, George was a beast of boundless good humour and charm, and your day couldn't help but be brightened by an encounter with him. I shall miss him terribly and remember him fondly.

Cheers

Jim
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: COMMANDO FORCES 24 December, 2009, 10:13:55 PM
You soppy twat Jim




 ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 December, 2009, 12:15:28 AM
SUSAN SARANDON AND TIM ROBBINS HAVE SPLIT I MAY JUST CRY.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 25 December, 2009, 12:18:17 AM
What, in half?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 25 December, 2009, 09:38:06 AM
I have a list.

Because my mate Jim's cat, Button, was run over a few days ago.

Because Chrimbo morning cartoons are apparently shite this morning.

Because I've got the winning combination of clinical depression (exacerbated by recent bereavement) and that perenial favourite IBS.  Resulting in a massively disturbed night's sleep and genuine fear that I'd mess the bed.  Whoop.  Nothing like it to make you feel like you want to get out there and see the family.

Because I'm alone in a house that'll be sold in a few months which I and my brother grew up in, and I'm remembering last Christmas Day - which consisted of cooking a Christmas dinner, taking it upstairs to my sick mother, presenting it, seeing a weak smile and watching her sleep.  She'd be in hospital the next day and not out of it much after (and almost never out of bed).

Because I have bugger all money and couldn't afford much in the way of presents for my brother's four kids.

Because, the way I'm feeling (physically and mentally) I don't want to go to my brother's brother-in-law's house because I'll kill everyone's buzz, curled up quietly in the corner. 

Because I just want the whole fucking thing, new year included, to be over. 

I've not even started, but that's enough.  Sorry to drag everyone down.  All good reasons to stay at home and not talk to a soul.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 25 December, 2009, 03:19:21 PM
Hope my home run cheers you up.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: amberkraken 25 December, 2009, 03:48:57 PM
Ah, IBS. I have that too it's drokking awful.
but the reason life spugs today is...


My wife left me yesterday. I had to drive her to her mums, and spend the night and morning alone and sobbing. Have gone to my 'rents today because I couldn't stand being alone all day.
Hopefully she'll be back soon.
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: Mike Gloady 25 December, 2009, 04:56:44 PM
Mate, that totally blows.  I'm thinking of you Sir.  Horrible at any time, but somehow any sadness seems multiplied just by virtue of the date, it's silly but it's human nature - contrast throws up darker shadows. 

Keep it together, I'm sure your parents are glad to have the opportunity to take care of you.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Maybe keep a diary of your moods and mark down every small thing that feels like an achievement, after a while, you'll be able to look back and see how far you've come.  It's a shallow gradient, but keep going long enough and you'll come up.  Good luck.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 25 December, 2009, 06:40:37 PM
Take care amberkraken, I hope things turn out right for you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Colin MacNeil 25 December, 2009, 07:41:51 PM
Mike and Amberkracken, sorry to hear about your woes. I have Crohn's so I understand the IBS condition, it sucks the big one! We spent a very uncomfortable xmas with my bed-ridden mother so I can comprehend your troubles Mike. And Amberkracken, as shite as this time for you may be, never forget anything is possible in one's life. It's never too late, until you take your final breath in this particular existance. I got dumped once right before xmas, it was heartbreaking. But now I'm married to the most wonderful girl in the world. You just gotta keep on keeping on. Life is just one great big adventure. Some bits are fun, some sad, some enlightening and some seem hopeless, but they are but momments in our life. Whatever happens just "keep on trucking"!
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: COMMANDO FORCES 25 December, 2009, 07:59:25 PM
"keep on trucking"!

I'll be doing this tommorrow night Colin, thanks.

But seriously I have to agree with Colin on what he said. Life can change so quickly, one day you will have everything against you but the very next day it may all change for the better.

I see life as a rough ocean. There are troughs and crests as far as you can see, but you can only see the crests and that's how I travel through it. I just put all the bad things that have happened to me away and try never to think of them and just remember the good things when I was on the crest of those waves. Life has more fantastic things to offer than bad.

My son has autism and we have extremely trying times but all the amazing times overshadow these. We know he'll probably have to live with us till we die but we don't think about that as there is no point, we just live life to the full, well as full as Sam lets us ;)

Now for the soppy bit 'It's a wonderful life' is how life is, we do things for people and never give those things a seconds thought but those people do and love us for it.
We are all loved by many people.
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: Mike Gloady 25 December, 2009, 08:04:35 PM
When I go for my regular check-ups, I'm always faintly ashamed by some of the other folks there who have Crohn's, Celiac or other (far worse) conditions).  They've got real troubles and I feel very silly for being floored so badly and regularly by my condition.  Still, not my fault so I keep trying with whatever resources are available.  The state of mind makes these things worse, so trying to remain positive and upbeat is key.  Thanks for the kind thoughts Colin.  I'm trying to keep on the up and taking my own advice.  One foot in front of the other is the only way.  I reckon that might apply in most circumstances really.  

Amberkraken, just remember - the girls you split up with are the ones who teach you what you really want, what you'll put up with, what you won't and what you OUGHT to do with the one you finally end up with.  Hard to see that right now, I know, but it'll come in time - thinking of you and I hope it all turns out right eventually - remember - "keep on truckin" as Ace Garp (I mean Colin) said.

And CF speaks sense.  He's a good guy AND he can cripple a man with his thumb. 
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: Roger Godpleton 25 December, 2009, 08:24:40 PM
Sorry to hear that AK. I'm ashamed to admit I shyed away from posting a reply at first simply because I couldn't imagine what you must be feeling like.
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: Van Dom 25 December, 2009, 09:58:49 PM
Mike and AK - sorry to hear whats going on in your respective lives guys. Wish I could help in some way but I can't really. Don't even know what to say really except, hope things start looking up for you both, really really soon.
Take care dudes.
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: wild-seven 25 December, 2009, 10:28:47 PM
Amberkracken: I really don't know what to say other than I really hope things take a turn for the better soon mate *hugs*
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: SmallBlueThing 25 December, 2009, 10:29:28 PM
Mike and Amberkraken- I know it means relatively little, next to the wishes of non-digital friends, but I'm sure that- like me- the rest of this board is thinking of you on this day of all days.

Sincere hopes that life gets immesurably better for both of you in the very near future.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 26 December, 2009, 01:57:46 PM
Ah, IBS. I have that too it's drokking awful.
but the reason life spugs today is...


My wife left me yesterday. I had to drive her to her mums, and spend the night and morning alone and sobbing. Have gone to my 'rents today because I couldn't stand being alone all day.
Hopefully she'll be back soon.

I hope you are feeling a bit better today plus its good that you have your parents to fall back on and i hope they were or are supportive.

*

And Mike that must have been bloody awful for you .Not much else i can say but the best thing is to flog the house which will mean closure of the whole thing so hopefully when thats done you can move forwards.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 26 December, 2009, 02:05:23 PM
Mike & Amberkraken,

There's nothing I can do or say for either of you right now, other than to wish the both of you the strength to pull through your respective troubles.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 26 December, 2009, 02:37:10 PM
Amberkraken, Mike - sorry to hear how rough you've both got it right now. It's good to hear Colin, Commando Forces and yes, Mike himself, talking such good sense. Mike's idea of taking a systematic approach to keeping a diary is a good one. As important as it is to record your negative thoughts and feelings, it is equally important to list positive alternative thoughts for balance and note anything you've achieved each day. If I were you, amberkraken, I'd leave it until the new year has begun, but it can help.

I also hope things get better for you very soon. If you're still reading Ray Bradbury, don't neglect to track down a copy of Dandylion Wine, Bradbury's nostalgic fictionalised memoir of a childhood in 1920s Illinois.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 26 December, 2009, 03:32:21 PM
For the record, while I very nearly had a meltdown on the MORNING of Christmas day, by lunchtime my brother had arrived and sat me down and talked.  I realised my keeping myself to myself on this day was massively selfish and deprived him of an opportunity to chat about it, after all he was just as upset as I was.  So we talked and afterwards things were better. 

So I ate sausage and mash for lunch, pasta for supper, opened my pressies, watched Dr Who & Citizen Kane (part of as I'd forgotten it was on and missed the first half) and a Dave Allen DVD and had a pretty fun day on my own.  Still in pain now, but taking active steps to alter your mood can have very successful results for both head AND belly.  And nice chat with other half (Christmassing with her dear pa) and mates on phone also helped.  So don't worry about me, a minor abberation in an otherwise slow upward trajectory.

AmberK, feel free to PM me if you want to chat, ok?  I'm not kidding myself my previous relationship hassles remotely measure up to your current troubles, but I understand how difficult these things can be and might be able to help, even if it's only by listening/reading.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 26 December, 2009, 03:42:41 PM
Oh poo, sorry to hear that both of you, really horrible stuff. I hope things turn out better for you both. However Mike, your reply to Amberkraken was lovely and demonstrates exactly why you are such a valued member of this board.

Life spugs for me today cos, after a really lovely Christmas, Mrs Pete was puking, pooping and, really scarily, blacking out and fainting all night. She felt, and still feels, really weak too. It can't be food poisoning as we all ate exactly the same yesterday so we'll have to see what the doc says next week. She shit the bed twice too which was... not the nicest of jobs for me to clean up. Merry Christmas!
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: vzzbux 26 December, 2009, 10:59:34 PM
Pete I am sure your wife is going to love the fact that you have shared that with us all. I hope she is OK, but still.

Mike and AK thats really shitty. Hope all ends well for you both.







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: COMMANDO FORCES 27 December, 2009, 05:49:25 AM
This is what makes me smile, we have members who wipe their arses with slugs and others, who's wives can't even be arsed to get out of bed for a shit.

Long live this forum and all who post on it ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 27 December, 2009, 06:11:44 AM
Wasn't deliberately ignoring this thread the past few days but somehow managed to (laying siege to a plastic castle is a time-consuming business).  MG and AK (and Mrs. Pete too), blimey lads, those are some rough waters you're in at this most difficult time of year.  I've nothing useful to offer, but my thoughts are with you.  I'd tritely echo the sentiments and advice above, and as always highlight the importance of keeping on putting one foot in front of the other and noting the successful completion of each stage of each tiny task.  Only way to get through is to keep on moving, and be aware you are.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 27 December, 2009, 06:58:52 AM
Pete I am sure your wife is going to love the fact that you have shared that with us all.

Naturally I took great pleasure in letting her know that I'd posted it here  :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 27 December, 2009, 08:55:55 AM
She's not alone, I've done that too. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 27 December, 2009, 10:50:51 AM
She's not alone, I've done that too. 

Mike- you shit in Pete's bed?? This board gets more interconnected every day!

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 27 December, 2009, 02:44:16 PM
It was Godpleton with his talk of Boston Pancakes that gave us the idea!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Trout 27 December, 2009, 03:37:21 PM
I'm organising a Helltrek to Pete's house so we can all shit in his bed! Who's with me?

(Serious bit: hang in there, everybody!)

- Trout
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 27 December, 2009, 03:47:27 PM
I'll bring the laxatives so we can really go to town ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 27 December, 2009, 05:05:31 PM
Pooing the bed is surprisingly easy for me with my digestive tract as it is, you can save my dose of laxatives for someone more ... solid.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 December, 2009, 07:40:50 PM
I'm sore all over.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: maryanddavid 27 December, 2009, 09:05:50 PM
Shis might seem a bit insignificant compared to othe peoples troubles, but we were all crying in the house this morning and a 2 year old pretending to cry so as not to be left out.

Mary brought our 10 month old sheepdog to the vet this morn, he wasnt eating his food and very listless. The Vet took one look and said he eat rat poison and probably wouldnt make it. We have to wait till tomorrow to find out if he will make it, but hopfully he will, got a call from the vet a few minuites ago and said that he was a bit better, but still couldnt say whether he would make it. Roll on tomorrow.

David
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: Peter Wolf 27 December, 2009, 09:31:08 PM
Shis might seem a bit insignificant compared to othe peoples troubles, but we were all crying in the house this morning and a 2 year old pretending to cry so as not to be left out.

Mary brought our 10 month old sheepdog to the vet this morn, he wasnt eating his food and very listless. The Vet took one look and said he eat rat poison and probably wouldnt make it. We have to wait till tomorrow to find out if he will make it, but hopfully he will, got a call from the vet a few minuites ago and said that he was a bit better, but still couldnt say whether he would make it. Roll on tomorrow.

David

That not insignificant at all and i truly hope that your dog recovers.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Darren Stephens 27 December, 2009, 10:00:19 PM
Theres me whining like a baby because my PS3 did'nt turn up, and all you guys have these probs to deal with.  :-[  Hope all turns out well for everyone. New years resolution : Count my blessings.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 27 December, 2009, 10:03:19 PM
What Peter said.  

Hope your friend makes it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 27 December, 2009, 10:39:12 PM
My sympathies to all those going through such tough times at the moment – Amberkraken, Mike, Pete's wife, David and family. Life can really throw some nasty sidewinders at us which somehow are magnified at this time of the year. And yes, in this period of the year our thoughts do go to those close to us that we lost. Somehow we have to try and draw strength and get through. Don't know what wise words I can offer other than saying that my thoughts are with you. Hope things get better soon for all of you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 27 December, 2009, 11:21:09 PM
My legs feel like they've had enough lactic acid to fell an elephant injected straight into them.
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: TordelBack 28 December, 2009, 11:00:24 AM
That not insignificant at all and i truly hope that your dog recovers.

What Peter said.  I'd never underestimate the pain of losing (or fearing you're going to lose) a pet.  Despite various far more significant human losses in the years since, I still feel like crying every time I think of putting my dog to sleep 15 years ago now.  And I've never stopped looking for my eldest cat, missing for two years now and obviously long dead.  They aren't people. but you and your family are, so the feelings are real.

All the best of luck for your hound, David.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 28 December, 2009, 04:29:36 PM
What a morning I had.

I had just climbed into bed at about 08:15 when my wife came running back into the bedroom in hysterics. There were feathers all over the garden (goodbye sleep for me) so I went to investigate and a scene of horror awaited me.
As I walked through the conservatory I could see the feathers spread all over the garden. I approached the girls house and there just outside the sleeping quarters lay poor Gladys, minus her head!
I searched the coup for Crystal and Elsie but they were not there, so I used my Winthrop search technique to find them. Crystel was walking about at the back gate with a small bit of blood around her beak. Where was Elsie, she was hunkered down behind the shed with a gash down her back.

It was was a sad morining in the FORCES household. I rang the bloke who we bought them off and he said that it was a fox, due to the missing head (poor Gladys) and that they will be in shock for a couple of days. After all the advice he gave we moved the girls into the conservatory and bedded them down after some first aid.

At this moment they seem to be just chilling out but who knows. The weird thing is that I have seen many things in the forces and nothing ever bothered me but I keep seeing poor Gladys sat on her perch watching the beast enter and trying to defend her sisters! Nature is cruel.

Well I have reinforced their home during the day and started converting Sam's old den into their new home. There is no fucking way that anything will get into that!
I've also laid out half a dozen snares in places that I reckon could be used as runs.

By the way, guess what we are having for tea tonight..........correct, and it's not Gladys :'(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 December, 2009, 05:16:31 PM
Ah, CF, that's horrible. As you say Nature is very cruel. Not a fun thing to happen.

My own tale of woe for this thread is currently making my blood fucking BOIL. I will elaborate.

We took the boys into town today, so they could spend some of their xmas money (and so we could do some shopping). While we were in Gamestation and my eldest was deciding what to buy, my wife decided to go to Holland & Barratt to get some Vitamin E capsules. We finished our business, walked out the shop, and wandered along the road to H&B- stopping outside and mucking about, while we waited for her.

What happened next defies belief. Suddenly, my youngest was grabbed by an old woman who had been standing at the busstop and before I knew what was happening, she was bend over, holding him by the shoulders screaming at him to tell her where his mummy was. Naturally, I removed her briskly from him and told her to "go away and see a doctor, as I feared for her mental health". Though I may not have used those exact words.

She then starts shouting at me that I'm "abducting these children". I try to move the boys (who are by this point, becoming distressed) on, but she grabs them again and shouts that "I'm not taking them anywhere", and again starts demanding to know where "mummy" is. I tell my youngest that everything is okay and that we are going to the toyshop now, and she has a fit, begins shouting again, and forces me to- er, no fuck it, why not just say it- I pushed her forcibly away and back to the busstop and told her to leave us the fuck alone and if she so much as looked at us again, I'd put her in hostpital, as she was terrifying my children and was clearly mental.

She stayed put, but gave us evils.

At this point my pig-headedness kicked in, and instead of just going into the shop and getting away, I decided that we should stay outside and continue what we were doing, as we were doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Her medication must have kicked in, because at that point she approached again and tried to apologise. However, she made the mistake of saying "I was just protecting the children, because that's what the world is like now and you can never be too careful". I'll admit, if I had to pick a series of words guaranteed to piss me off and cause me to engage full-on rant-mode, those would have been the exact ones- so I let rip with the absolute full force of my invective, and told her to engage what remained of her pathetic Daily Mail-reading brain before jumping to ridiculous conclusions based on nothing except a dad walking along the street, playing with his children. Then I restated my point with a little more venom, just for good measure. Then we went into the shop.

When we came out, she had the stupidity to STILL be staring at us, but by this point, I was trying to calm my by-now extremely upset youngest who was cowering from her.

WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with some people???

I swear, I was <this close> to punching her in the face, wrong-side of seventy or not.

ARGH!

SBT
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: House of Usher 28 December, 2009, 05:25:31 PM
What a world. Although I'm sure "She's in Holland & Barratt, why don't you mind your own fucking business?" would have done. There are some crazy, busybodying people out there.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 28 December, 2009, 05:31:33 PM
Hope the lads are okay now SBT.

This is the way the country seems to be trying to head. A man, alone with two children, that's just plain wrong, he therefore must be a pervert!

What a sad world we sometimes live in.

Oh! by the way, I would have behaved just like you
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 28 December, 2009, 05:39:16 PM
I rang the bloke who we bought them off and he said that it was a fox, due to the missing head (poor Gladys) and that they will be in shock for a couple of days.
That's a bit shit CF. I'm surprised at it being a fox though unless it was caught in the act. When we lived on the farm it would be very odd for a fox to kill something and not take it off to eat. I remember the time a Badger got into one of the henhouses, though. It killed the whole lot which was quite a mess.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 December, 2009, 05:40:52 PM
What a world. Although I'm sure "She's in Holland & Barratt, why don't you mind your own fucking business?" would have done. There are some crazy, busybodying people out there.

Which would have been my response, if she hadn't have grabbed my youngest bodily and dragged him away. She really could not see that she was doing the wrong thing.

And, what if mummy HADN'T been in H&B? What if daddy was just out with his children? What if there wasn't a mummy? Why do I need to have a mummy nearby? No, she's fucking lucky to still be standing.

I know what you're saying Ush, but tehre should be no tolerance whatsoever for people of that mentality.
SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: mygrimmbrother 28 December, 2009, 05:41:59 PM
My cat is dying, and it's bloody heartbreaking.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 December, 2009, 05:44:19 PM
Steev - that's a sad and unpleasant tale.  Hope the boys weren't too upset by the whole thing.  I sympathise entirely.  To hear certain morons speak, you'd think child cruelty had been invented in 1997.  It's exactly the same world it was 100 years ago, just that we're more aware of the horrible things that can happen and take steps to talk about them with our kids so they're prepared, cautious and aware that these things aren't ever THEIR fault - I'd like to think that's actually called PROGRESS.  I'd have done precisely the same as you too.  

CF - WILL you be eating Gladys?  I understand if not, that's a very sad story too.  It took about halfway through your post to realise you're talking about your chickens, I thought you kept your female offspring in a hut at the bottom of the garden!  

According to my dad, foxes are a bit thick sometimes, if they're HUNGRY they'll drag the carcass off somewhere to nom it there and then, if not hungry but have the opportunity to kill something, they will and come back later when they ARE hungry (by which point, of course, us humans have seen what's happened and cleared it away.  

Hugs to the pair of you.  
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 28 December, 2009, 05:45:34 PM
And you MGB.  Hope your kitty isn't suffering too much.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 28 December, 2009, 05:45:44 PM
My cat is dying, and it's bloody heartbreaking.

Yes, it bloody is. I'm sorry to hear that, MGB.

Cheers

Jim
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: COMMANDO FORCES 28 December, 2009, 05:45:55 PM
I forgot to add. The useless twats that live next door said that they saw a young fox the day before as it went for their ducks and bashed one about a bit (they are more resilient than our chickens).
Now why the fuck didn't they tell us, another reason to hate them!

So due to it's size it wasn't big enough to carry her away. I was suprised when I found the other two alive as I had always read that the little gits will kill everything in sight. Perhaps it was disturbed or too tired to fight anymore due to the cold, etc..

With a bit of luck one of my snares will catch the bugger and then I will show it some of my military skills with no mercy >:D

EDIT. Mike these girls are egg layers and they are not bred to eat, not enough meat. I mean I could eat her but the missus would go mental.
Gladys now resides in the bin :'(
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: House of Usher 28 December, 2009, 05:47:01 PM
I know what you're saying Ush, but there should be no tolerance whatsoever for people of that mentality.
SBT
I know, dude; I sympathise very strongly. But I want her locked up, not you. I'm not brave enough to stick to the principle that I'm in the right and she's in the wrong, and I'd have gone for whatever made her look stupidest quickest, whether it be "she's at her mum's" or "she's dead, okay?" The main thing, of course, is that she should take her damn hands off your kid.
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: COMMANDO FORCES 28 December, 2009, 05:51:04 PM
My cat is dying, and it's bloody heartbreaking.

Sad news indeed MGB, my thoughts are with you.

 

On a lighter note, it seems we should all be sitting in a circle and holding hands as we all seem to be big softies at heart.
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: SmallBlueThing 28 December, 2009, 05:55:02 PM
I know, dude; I sympathise very strongly. But I want her locked up, not you. I'm not brave enough to stick to the principle that I'm in the right and she's in the wrong, and I'd have gone for whatever made her look stupidest quickest, whether it be "she's at her her mum's" or "she's dead, okay?" The main thing, of course, is that she should take her damn hands off your kid.

Thanks Ush- and thanks for correcting my ranty-pounding-keyboard-typing-error! Breathe Steev, breathe!  :)

Grimm- that is awful. I have nothing constructive to add, except that I hope it's as painless as possible and he/she doesn't suffer.

Hugs all round, I think.

SBT
SBT
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: Mike Gloady 28 December, 2009, 05:58:07 PM
HUGS.  Many hugs.
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: mygrimmbrother 28 December, 2009, 06:08:26 PM
Thanks fellas. My girlfriend's had her since she was 5 weeks old and could fit in the palm of her hand. She's now pushing 20 so she's a long-lived old girl, and she's had a bloody good life (lived with us for the past 6), but it's still awful.
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: wild-seven 28 December, 2009, 06:59:32 PM
SBT - oh my cod! I hope the boys weren't too distressed by it all and I also hope the mad old crone gets locked away, that's unacceptable behaviour in anyone's language

MGB - You have my deepest sympathy, when I lost my cat I wasn't even allowed to see him (he'd been kept by my evil hag of a mother) and I found out through an old neighbour what had happened. Give her lots of love and hugs and that goes for your girlfriend too
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: Peter Wolf 28 December, 2009, 11:48:20 PM
What a world. Although I'm sure "She's in Holland & Barratt, why don't you mind your own fucking business?" would have done. There are some crazy, busybodying people out there.

Which would have been my response, if she hadn't have grabbed my youngest bodily and dragged him away. She really could not see that she was doing the wrong thing.

And, what if mummy HADN'T been in H&B? What if daddy was just out with his children? What if there wasn't a mummy? Why do I need to have a mummy nearby? No, she's fucking lucky to still be standing.

I know what you're saying Ush, but tehre should be no tolerance whatsoever for people of that mentality.
SBT

the unfortunate thing about thst incident is that it was traumatic for the kids and unfortunateloy they tend to remember things like that for a long time.

The old woman in question sounds like she was mentally unstable and because of that and the way she was behaving she did more harm than good.

*


I have felt shit all day and i think i pulled a muscle either last night exercising or this morning somewhere around my ribcage and it has been fucking agony all day plus i have felt like i am on the edge of coming down with a virus of some kind with borderline depression as well.I have achieved absolutely nothing and i havent enjoyed any of it.

Tomorrow is my birthday but luckily i celebrated that yesterday so if i feel like death in the morning it wont matter but i hope not as i plan on going out for the day.
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: amberkraken 29 December, 2009, 09:31:16 AM
Thanks everyone for their kind words on here.
Things are weird here, she's moved back home (but into the spare room), and has told me there's no chance of us getting back together. We are trying to stay friends, but it's pretty painful (we've been together 8 1/2 years!)
but I'm taking each day as it comes.

p.s. almost wishing I didn't post on here as now I'm getting notifictions about everyone elses shit luck. My heart goes out to everyone too. (I'm much more a cat person, than a dog one) and well done...............(insert name here (sorry I forgot).) you've a stronger will than me, I'd have punched that old bag right in the chops the minute she would've touched your child. I don't have kids, but do occasionally take my niece and nephew to the park (or whatever) it gives me chills now thinking that people might think I'm a perv....what a world!
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: Roger Godpleton 29 December, 2009, 11:31:09 AM
A similar thing to SBT's happened to me when I was taking my sister to Girl's Brigade and some retards pulled their car over to ask her if she was okay with me around. If I was going to abduct her, I wasn't going to do it on a busy road (which you are now holding up, fartface).
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: SuperSurfer 29 December, 2009, 11:57:24 AM
Sorry to hear about the cat being in a bad way, Grim.

SBT – that kind of stuff is so annoying. Stupid busybodies. There was an Esther Rantzen programme a while ago in which they had a kid actor pretending to be abandoned in a shopping centre and virtually no one tried helped the kid as everyone is paranoid of what passers by would think. Sad state of affairs.
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: Peter Wolf 29 December, 2009, 12:36:38 PM
I dont know what i have picked up or come down with but i wouldnt wish it on anyone.I have got pain that feels a bit like a severe muscle pain all around my lower abdomen and chest on the right side which is restrictive because it makes breathing normally very painful so i am having to shallow breath.Last night i felt like i was nearly suffocating along with shivering and a temperature and a feeling of nausia.I cant liedown because its too painful so i hardly slept.

I just dont know what this is as i have never had anything like it.
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: mygrimmbrother 29 December, 2009, 12:59:37 PM
Hope you feel better soon Peter.
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: Mike Gloady 29 December, 2009, 01:05:21 PM
Get yourself checked out, Peter.  They usually have a thingy next to A&E where you can get things like that checked out.  I put my continued double-globed-ness down to that place at the BRI. 
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: TordelBack 29 December, 2009, 01:21:02 PM
Peter, I'm not suggesting it's actually the same thing, but I had something very similar a few months back, as did my Father-in-Law.  It passed in about a week, but we were both very unwell with it - felt like a bizarre cross between a severe stitch, a pulled chest muscle and bad bloaty food poisoning.  Neither of us went to the doctor, but both concluded it was a bug rather than an injury.  

That said, I'd get your arse to a medical type - what you describe sounds more severe than our experiences, and you don't want to mess with lopsided pains in your chest.

And if such a thing were possible, Happy Birthday!
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: Mike Gloady 29 December, 2009, 01:24:25 PM
Chest pains don't mess around.  Get it seen to quick.  If you can't get seen emergency appointment-style at the GP, take your arse to A&E or the place I can't remember the name of I mentioned above.  You might be there for hours, but a personal stereo and a book will help the time pass and you'll be seen eventually.  Needs sorting quickly. 

As I said, I'd've lost a testicle if I hadn't gotten into that place a few years back.
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: Jared Katooie 29 December, 2009, 01:37:29 PM
Get it checked out Peter. Worst case scenario you get given some antibiotics or painkillers.

Never leave these things untreated. Worrying about them is almost as bad as the illness itself.
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: Peter Wolf 29 December, 2009, 01:44:12 PM
I am off up to A+E right now as luckily its only less than 10 minutes walk away from here and also my Mum insists on it like you are doing.
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: Peter Wolf 29 December, 2009, 02:54:09 PM
It turns out its muscle strain .They seemed pretty certain about that.
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: Dandontdare 29 December, 2009, 03:18:31 PM
It turns out its muscle strain .They seemed pretty certain about that.

ooooh, I've had that across the ribs - hurts like a motherfunter. I'm still suffering from a shoulder/arm injury sustained by falling over pissed on 5th Dec - it's not clearing up, so I might need to bite the bullet and go and see my niece, who's a physioterrorist, but she'll cause me pain and have no sympathy.
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: SmallBlueThing 29 December, 2009, 04:44:23 PM
Glad you got to A&E Peter- always best to check it out. Last year I had all the signs of a heart attack one night- sweaty, creeping numbness and pain all down one arm, intense chest pains, babbling nonsense, bad breathing. My wife called the ambulance and I was rushed off to A&E. And therein lies another story: One in which I was told it was a "panic attack" (for no reason? Really? Despite no history of them, and no overt stress?), hooked up to a beeping machine for six hours, accused by hatchet-faced nurses of being someone who "comes in regularly with phantom symptoms" (despite never having been in hospital in my adult life- except when my wife had our children, and when I've had to take service users or my kids in for checkups) and kicked out at 4am, in just a tshirt, with no help to find the exit and left to wander the freezing carpark hoping to flag down a taxi.

In a follow up to my tale of woe from yesterday, I spoke to the police today. I was reassured that I was completely in the right, and was given a crime number.

SBT
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: Kerrin 29 December, 2009, 04:50:42 PM
Glad to hear that Peter (well glad that it's not more serious if you see what I mean). I've had that myself, thought I was having a bloody heart attack. Sod's law of course that despite doing heavy lifting every working day it was while I was picking up a sock. Scared me shitless and as DDD says, it hurts like a bastard.

And my sympathies to all fellow squaxx who've been having a crap festive season.
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: TordelBack 29 December, 2009, 04:52:29 PM
Well done for doing that, Peter, glad it's not more serious, although it still most definitely spugs.
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: Mike Gloady 29 December, 2009, 04:56:17 PM
Good news Peter.  Glad you got it looked at, always better to be glared at by a medical professional (who shouldn't be in the job if that's their attitude - see Steev's post) for "taking the mick" than actually taking a risk with your health.  Hope it clears up soon.

Hugs to all.
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: Peter Wolf 29 December, 2009, 05:01:59 PM
Thanks for all your kind words and advice everyone and sharing your various stories because it really helped as i was in extreme pain .

It also makes you realise how lucky we are having the NHS available anytime we want it.I only had to wait 10 minutes before being seen to as well.

Ibuprofen seems to be doing the trick now.....  :D
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: Dandontdare 29 December, 2009, 05:07:10 PM
In a follow up to my tale of woe from yesterday, I spoke to the police today. I was reassured that I was completely in the right, and was given a crime number.

That story must've made an impression on me, 'cos it (and you!) cropped up in a bizarre dream last night. I was recounting to some friends the tale of some mad old lady harrssing a friend's kids, when (in that dream-like way that makes no sense) you were there in person to finish the story. Wierdly though, you looked like the various pics of yourself you've posted, except really fat and bloated - your face was about twice the size as normal, and all red and blotchy, with red-rimmed eyes. I remember telling you that you really didn't look well (and thinking that you'd been cheating or photoshopping your online photos)!

This was only a minor part of a long convoluted dream, but make of it what you will!
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: SmallBlueThing 29 December, 2009, 05:09:28 PM
In a follow up to my tale of woe from yesterday, I spoke to the police today. I was reassured that I was completely in the right, and was given a crime number.

That story must've made an impression on me, 'cos it (and you!) cropped up in a bizarre dream last night. I was recounting to some friends the tale of some mad old lady harrssing a friend's kids, when (in that dream-like way that makes no sense) you were there in person to finish the story. Wierdly though, you looked like the various pics of yourself you've posted, except really fat and bloated - your face was about twice the size as normal, and all red and blotchy, with red-rimmed eyes. I remember telling you that you really didn't look well (and thinking that you'd been cheating or photoshopping your online photos)!

This was only a minor part of a long convoluted dream, but make of it what you will!


I make of it, Mister Dan, that you've been spying on me! Cos that's exactly how I feel right now!

SBT
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: Roger Godpleton 29 December, 2009, 05:14:23 PM
I may or may not have been drinking an entire bottle of whiskey which was a good idea at the time.
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: Dandontdare 29 December, 2009, 05:16:38 PM
In a follow up to my tale of woe from yesterday, I spoke to the police today. I was reassured that I was completely in the right, and was given a crime number.

That story must've made an impression on me, 'cos it (and you!) cropped up in a bizarre dream last night. I was recounting to some friends the tale of some mad old lady harrssing a friend's kids, when (in that dream-like way that makes no sense) you were there in person to finish the story. Wierdly though, you looked like the various pics of yourself you've posted, except really fat and bloated - your face was about twice the size as normal, and all red and blotchy, with red-rimmed eyes. I remember telling you that you really didn't look well (and thinking that you'd been cheating or photoshopping your online photos)!

This was only a minor part of a long convoluted dream, but make of it what you will!


I make of it, Mister Dan, that you've been spying on me! Cos that's exactly how I feel right now!

SBT

Damn, found out! And can you ask your missus to stop drawing the curtains when she's rehearsing...  ;)

But seriously, this wasn't Xmas bloat, you looked like Rab C Nesbitt! The night before I dreamed my whole family were playing fruit machines in some huge arcade/hotel complex, but it turned out to be in the middle of a cult's compound - they'd walled off an entire section of town, shops, houses etc. Me an my brother were wandering around nonchalantly looking for an excape route through which we could get ourselves and our aged parents out! That one made no sense whatsoever!
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: Peter Wolf 30 December, 2009, 02:55:35 PM
The more i think about it seems like what i have got is some kind of chest infection or pneumonia as all the symptoms i have got confirm this but curiously i havent had a cough to go with it.I have been coughing up phlegm with blood in it which is typical of a chest infection/pneumonia.

It also seems to be on its way out after 48 hrs which isnt bad going.Either it wasnt a particularly aggressive virus or bacteria or whatever it is that causes it or i have a very efficient immune system because i feel relatively OK today.

Raw Garlic is good for colds because it contains high concentrations of Vit D.

Glad you got to A&E Peter- always best to check it out. Last year I had all the signs of a heart attack one night- sweaty, creeping numbness and pain all down one arm, intense chest pains, babbling nonsense, bad breathing. My wife called the ambulance and I was rushed off to A&E. And therein lies another story: One in which I was told it was a "panic attack" (for no reason? Really? Despite no history of them, and no overt stress?), hooked up to a beeping machine for six hours, accused by hatchet-faced nurses of being someone who "comes in regularly with phantom symptoms" (despite never having been in hospital in my adult life- except when my wife had our children, and when I've had to take service users or my kids in for checkups) and kicked out at 4am, in just a tshirt, with no help to find the exit and left to wander the freezing carpark hoping to flag down a taxi.

In a follow up to my tale of woe from yesterday, I spoke to the police today. I was reassured that I was completely in the right, and was given a crime number.

SBT

I had very severe chest pain once which i think was stress related.I went to a hospital and had X Rays and curiously i never heard anything from the hospitaql as it wasnt followed up."Phantom symptoms" or not its no joke as i thought i was having a heart attack or Angina.

Another incident of severe pain that wasnt explained was after going out for a meal on Xmas day in Battle with my family years ago.I got home and had severe chest pain which got worse and worse to the point i was lying on the bed in complete agony.Thankfully i passed out at about 5am and then woke up the next day and felt fine as if nothing had happened.
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: Albion 01 January, 2010, 06:09:12 PM
.....my neighbours are arseholes.

They've lived next to us for about three years now and barely a day has gone by without a blazing row that we get to hear because of thin walls and the fact they can't do anything quietly.

They have two small children and on Christmas morning we could hear the kids were up at about 7 o' clock. Nothing wrong with that but what kind of parent goes in to the kids room and says "Why are you up so fucking early? Get back to bed!"

New Years Eve topped it all though. They went out. We had some peace, went to bed and I was having a lovely sleep until they get home at 3.30am.
Massive argument, physical violence, one of them ends up with "superficial knife wounds" and 3 Police cars, 1 van and an ambulance come to sort it all out.

Nice quiet day today though and a lovely dinner at home with Mrs Albion's family.

Happy New Year!
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: wild-seven 01 January, 2010, 08:41:18 PM
They have two small children and on Christmas morning we could hear the kids were up at about 7 o' clock. Nothing wrong with that but what kind of parent goes in to the kids room and says "Why are you up so fucking early? Get back to bed!"

answer to your question - mine!
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: Peter Wolf 01 January, 2010, 08:46:12 PM
It sounds like the children will be taken into care after that incident because they sound like unfit parents.
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: Mike Gloady 01 January, 2010, 09:14:10 PM
Poor buggers.  No one deserves that kind of parenting.
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: Albion 01 January, 2010, 09:16:53 PM
They aren't just unfit parents they are unfit human beings.
 
They have no respect for the people around them. Constantly trying to borrow stuff off everyone round here while pissing off everyone with their attitude. They have no intention of ever working for a living but want whatever they can get from the government and others.
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: Dandontdare 01 January, 2010, 11:14:39 PM
My cousin Joe died of a suspected aneurysm at 2am this morning while celebrating the new year with neighbours - apparently, he went upstairs to the loo and never came down. We weren't particularly close, largely due to his unpleasant views on immigrants,  but he was such a fixture of my childhood, it's a real shocker.

I got the news today while nursing a well earned hangover following an absolutely fantastic new years eve - off my tits and dancing my ass off till 4am with some good friends. Best night out of the year.
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: locustsofdeath! 02 January, 2010, 12:26:52 AM
Condolences, DDD. I'll give a few thoughts to you and yours, mate.
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: House of Usher 02 January, 2010, 09:16:08 PM
It turns out its muscle strain .They seemed pretty certain about that.

I had that too, and mine also felt like a chest infection so I went to the doctor's. It all fell into place when I remembered all the stretching I'd been doing while standing up a ladder. I think I most probably did it grouting the bathroom tiles.

 ::)
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: TordelBack 03 January, 2010, 12:01:46 PM
Very sorry to hear that DtD, it's terrifying how suddenly these things can strike.  This sort of news makes me very glad I wasted my morning playing with the kids and ended up outrageously late for work.  Carpe diem, as Mork would have it.
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: Mike Gloady 03 January, 2010, 12:05:50 PM
Sorry to hear your news, DDD.

Nothing I can say.  I had a cousin who I never really appreciated until her husband stabbed her 20-odd times.  These things just hurt so much, particularly if you didn't like/appreciate them much while they lived. 
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: Peter Wolf 03 January, 2010, 12:49:03 PM
Condolences DDD.

Try not to feel guilty about it if you werent close because there isnt any law that says you have to be close to someone just because you are related.

Not sure what else to say.

It turns out its muscle strain .They seemed pretty certain about that.

I had that too, and mine also felt like a chest infection so I went to the doctor's. It all fell into place when I remembered all the stretching I'd been doing while standing up a ladder. I think I most probably did it grouting the bathroom tiles.

 ::)

This was a chest infection or pneumonia and it was misdiagnosed at the hospital because there were other symptoms besides what i thought was muscular pain.Its the most ill i have ever been and i am not completely over it yet either.
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: House of Usher 03 January, 2010, 03:35:13 PM
This was a chest infection or pneumonia and it was misdiagnosed at the hospital because there were other symptoms besides what i thought was muscular pain.Its the most ill i have ever been and i am not completely over it yet either.

Oh bugger, that's a misfortune. Poor you.

I mis-remembered the cause of my agonizing muscle strain. It wasn't grouting, it was hefting the weight of a hammer drill above eye-level while up a ladder. That'll do it.

Hope you're feeling better soon, Peter.
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: COMMANDO FORCES 03 January, 2010, 04:01:36 PM
Jesus Christ on a bike, what is wrong with our government and the US's. Now we're meddling with The Republic of Yemen, by sending our bods out there to 'help' with the terrorist threat.

This is it then, we'll soon be taking over the world. We will send our agent provocateur's  out to start a bit of terrorist trouble and then we and our cousins can just walk in and take over!
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: TordelBack 03 January, 2010, 04:14:57 PM
I particularly enjoy the entirely terrorist-directed nature of international affairs.  Terrorist pushes Button A (idiot gets on plane with pants full of chemicals), World produces Answer B:  Take over, errr I mean, 'support' Yemen!  Introduce Body Scanners!  That'll show 'em!  That's certainly not exactly what they wanted us to do.

I heard a (get this) Security Expert on the radio this morning telling me that the body scanners that will now apparently save mankind would have detected the compounds because they detect 'different levels of heat'.  Now would that be the Compton scattering x-ray type or the millimeter wave scanner?  Because unless I was seriously misled in Physics class neither technology has anything to do with heat.  This fills me with confidence.

The fact that the boy involved was a known nutter and wasn't stopped or searched properly is obviously neither here nor there when there are countless millions to be spent.  It makes me weep for all the bottles of water I've ditched in airport bins.
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: Old Tankie 03 January, 2010, 05:00:15 PM
I wouldn't worry about us Brits invading any more countries, when the defence cuts kick in from next year, we won't be able to take over a take-away!!!
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: Peter Wolf 03 January, 2010, 05:01:53 PM
Jesus Christ on a bike, what is wrong with our government and the US's. Now we're meddling with The Republic of Yemen, by sending our bods out there to 'help' with the terrorist threat.

This is it then, we'll soon be taking over the world. We will send our agent provocateur's  out to start a bit of terrorist trouble and then we and our cousins can just walk in and take over!

Interesting article that explains what is going onregarding the Yemen.

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/billions-in-recent-yememi-investments-and-the-underwear-bombers-daddy-its-a-small-world-aint-it/

Ignore the lies that our NWO/Globalist warmongering Pigs and filth and political whores i mean Leaders in the UK/US and that shithole called Israel tell us about AlCIAda.

lies lies lies lies......

The Detroit incident was clearly a staged event which first provides a spurious pretext for some kind of proxy war [Central Instigation agency] or invasion of the Yemen [its actually already started] that is to do with resources [although most of the yemens oil has been used up] and oil pipelines and non repayment of IMF loans and a refusal to submit to their terms on conditions and its "terrorist threat" which is sponsored by the the US through the previously mentioned Central Instigation Agency and also its to do with control of the region as the list of countries now includes Iraq - Pakistan - Somalia - Afghanistan - and the big one being Iran which has been simmering away quietly while our media like the Guardian demonises them over their alleged nuclear programme.

Its also to do with oil pricesm that will now go up because of the tension in the area and its to do with controlling the exit from the Red Sea and the Suez Canal and also the Yemen will be used as an area to stage US/Israeli attacks on Iran.

The Yemen is the latest "failed state" and the latest addition to the "axis of evil" so another country gets raped and pillaged.

Perpetual war syndrome.

Lies.

The scanning machines are another story but i will leave that out for now but isnt it curious how these machines are being wheeled out at a moments notice ?

I smell a rat again because the Detroit incident is so very clearly a staged event and a Hegelian Dialect or to be more precise a multiple Hegelian Dialectic that provides the pretext and the solution for 3 or 4 different objectives.

Oh yes and before i finish The Sun loves and supports the troops but it also supports those that send them into yet another third world shithole :

Article :


http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2791365/Gordon-Brown-calls-emergency-summit-to-stop-Yemen-becoming-new-terror-base.html
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: TordelBack 03 January, 2010, 05:42:59 PM
Helpmaboab! I hate it when I find myself agreeing with Peter!   ;)
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: wild-seven 03 January, 2010, 05:57:39 PM
that shithole called Israel

Erm Pete, steady on - just because you don't agree with a Country's foreign policy doesn't mean you should dismiss it as a shithole; the people of Israel are in a position which we can only have nightmares about ie one where all your neighbours want to wipe you from the face of the earth.
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: TordelBack 03 January, 2010, 06:05:43 PM
... the people of Israel are in a position which we can only have nightmares about ie one where all your neighbours want to wipe you from the face of the earth.

While agreeing with the moderating sentiment, I suspect the people of Palestine could top those nightmares, being in a position where their neighbours are wiping them from the face of the earth.  But maybe we should move the political discussion o another place, even though it is most definitely on-topic?
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: Peter Wolf 03 January, 2010, 06:16:40 PM
that shithole called Israel

Erm Pete, steady on - just because you don't agree with a Country's foreign policy doesn't mean you should dismiss it as a shithole; the people of Israel are in a position which we can only have nightmares about ie one where all your neighbours want to wipe you from the face of the earth.

Apologies .

I should have posted on the Night Of Heroes thread but i didnt think about it.










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: vzzbux 03 January, 2010, 06:21:59 PM
Israel is not the problem, its the bigotry all around the world from all walks of life that's the problem, you can't just pinpoint one country/religion/nation/ideal. Someone's heaven is someone else's hell.








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: wild-seven 03 January, 2010, 06:23:46 PM
Israel is not the problem, its the bigotry all around the world from all walks of life that's the problem, you can't just pinpoint one country/religion/nation/ideal. Someone's heaven is someone else's hell.

Exactly, well put and I think maybe this particular line of debate should be steered away from? It's only a matter of posts before the 'N' word is used!








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: Peter Wolf 03 January, 2010, 07:30:09 PM
My comment about Israel was no more bigoted than my comments about the UK and the US Govt and it was directed at govt but saying it was a shithole was unnecessary and irrelevant to the topic.

I have watched videos on youtube of what goes on in the west bank and of Israeli settlers and i had to stop because its depressing and its easy to dislike them but it happens because they are indoctrinated with their religious and political beliefs and hatred of each other so really both sides are victims ultimately so if you are bigoted against Israelis for example you are just part of the problem yourself.

Also this incident will just create more demonisation of Islam and more Islamophobia.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 03 January, 2010, 07:32:03 PM
People still have their Xmas lights up. I don't care if it's not Wednesday yet, be miserable like everyone else.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 07 January, 2010, 07:32:48 PM
It's january 7th - they've got hot cross buns in the supermarket. I love them but funting hell, christmas has only just finished!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 07 January, 2010, 07:38:31 PM
Spotted the Sunday after Christmas: creme eggs in Superdrug.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jared Katooie 07 January, 2010, 07:40:52 PM
Happy Easter everyone!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 07 January, 2010, 10:37:55 PM
I don't like creme eggs and not just because of the story I remember from school about some lad who'd licked the filling out of one then tossed himself off into it and fed it to his girlfriend.

I assume this is a generic tale that everyone heard at school about somebody but you were never quite sure who.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 07 January, 2010, 10:41:41 PM
That's a good story. I've never heard it before, ever.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 January, 2010, 11:14:33 PM
Hot cross buns are delicious and should be on sale all year.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 07 January, 2010, 11:15:26 PM
I thought they were.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 07 January, 2010, 11:25:15 PM
Not according to w7 they're not.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 08 January, 2010, 08:04:33 AM
I don't like creme eggs and not just because of the story I remember from school about some lad who'd licked the filling out of one then tossed himself off into it and fed it to his girlfriend.

That's my evening sorted!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 08 January, 2010, 10:05:47 AM
QUITE, TB.

I saw an advert for Creme Eggs the other day.  GOO!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 15 January, 2010, 12:24:27 PM
Spent over two hours yesterday with my hand down the bog trying to clear a blockage. Not nice I tell you. As we have two crappers I had to resort to scooping out from one and flushing down the other in order to get the level down. Sorry, just sharing that with you. Enjoy your lunch.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 15 January, 2010, 12:30:15 PM
Haven't looked at this thread for ages, so I've just caught up on the Christmas Day goings on!
Jesus- hope you guys are holding up!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 19 January, 2010, 09:45:41 PM
Cos I feel like crap - woke up with a sore throat, after about an hour at work had to go home as I was aching all over and doing the old shiver/sweat tango. Slept all afternoon, so I'm now likely to be up all night.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 19 January, 2010, 10:36:32 PM
As we have two crappers I had to resort to scooping out from one and flushing down the other in order to get the level down.

Wow, just like the Beckhams!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 19 January, 2010, 11:34:22 PM
I can't stop eating.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 20 January, 2010, 10:27:55 AM
...I'm falling out of love with my beloved Eastenders. I haven't enjoyed it since New Years, and as it's just about the only programme I watch these days I might be giving up the old tellybox completely. That or just cave in and get digital.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 20 January, 2010, 10:36:35 AM
I gave up Eastenders when Dirty Den came back from the dead. Caught an episode lately and thankfully had no idea (or desire to know) who anybody was. It felt quite a relief, like an addict who's kicked the habit or an alcoholic who can finally go out to the pub without needing a drink.

If anything happened to my beloved Corrie on the other hand....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 20 January, 2010, 10:53:32 AM
It doesn't help that Dot hasn't been in it for ages now. I might wait until she comes back then give it another go.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 20 January, 2010, 08:15:08 PM
I gave up on EastEnders when I went to university and had no telly for 3 years. Or maybe it was before that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 21 January, 2010, 01:01:42 AM
.........because i just watched Inglorious Bastards and it was a boring load of CRAP and i feel totally dissatisfied.

I shall never pay to watch ANY more Tarrantino tripe EVER.

GGGGGRRRRRRRR.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 21 January, 2010, 01:15:11 AM
Eastenders hasn't been the same since old Reg died.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dark Jimbo 21 January, 2010, 10:31:40 AM
Eastenders hasn't been the same since old Reg died.

Well, I can't argue with that!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 21 January, 2010, 11:09:05 AM
I've just received an Amazon order and realised I've already got it. D'oh!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 21 January, 2010, 02:54:52 PM
Bought a new microwave oven last night- didnt work

Took it back to shop- worked fine

Took it home again -- doesn't work

dammit
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kev Levell 21 January, 2010, 04:43:08 PM
Looks like the job I've just finished (that is being paid in Euros) won't be worth what it is now when I finally get paid in 90days.
Just had an estimate for some electrical work, it will cost me £1500, it actually cost me £176 to find that out via an electrical survey and... it might be more subject to further investigation... wasn't that what I just paid you for?
Fuxache...
You wouldn't get much business as an Illustrator if you treated your clients like this: (This is a stereotypical, mildly exaggerated and adapted version of my recent experiences trying to get quotes for some work to be done).
CLIENT CALLS AN ILLUSTRATOR ON THE PHONE.
Client: Hello, I'd like a drawing please.
Illustrator: Hmmm, well, I might be able to come and look at your job in a month... how's that sound?
Client: Any chance of coming out sooner.
Illustrator: I have a special call out charge of £50, is that alright?
Client: Well I suppose, I need the drawing for my wife's birthday in a fortnight.
Illustrator (thinking): KA-CHING!
Illustrator: Ok, I'll come and you can let me know what you want.
Client: Ok
DURING THE MEETING.
Client: I'd really like a picture of my wife taken from this picture... and, could you be a bit kind to her?
Illustrator (thinking): Yeah 'cos she Fugly!
Illustrator: I'll make it as flattering as I can.
Client: Not too much though, it still needs to look like her.
Illustrator: Obviously. (rolling eyes)
Client: So can you do it do you think.
Illustrator: Well, you've got the wrong kind of photo, needs to be at least a 6Mp ref photo, can your wife come to my studio to sit for me in the nude? Also, I'll need £500 now as a deposit for materials.
Client: It was supposed to be a surprise, but, if that's how it has to be to get it right... Does that include the £50 call out?
Illustrator: No, sorry, that's extra.
Illustrator: Oh, and that's before VAT too.
Client: When will the picture be done.
Illustrator: In time for, the what was it? Birthday?
Client: Yes, her Birth..
Illustrator: (interrupting): Yeah, Birthday.
A DAY BEFORE THE BIRTHDAY. PHONE CALL.
Client: Hello, I contacted you a little while ago about a picture for my Wife's birthday...
Illustrator: Yeah?
Client: Yes, well her Birthday is tomorrow, I was just wondering if you'd had a chance to do anything yet.
Illustrator: What was the name again?
Client: >their name<
Illustrator: Aww, yeah, that was the one you was wanting for her birthday wan' it?
Client: Yes, have you done it?
Illustrator: I ran into difficulties, you see your wife had the wrong sort of face and I just couldn't draw her right.
Client: Oh, well what am I supposed to do now?
Illustrator: I could try to work something out for you, but given the time frame, I'll have to charge you a bit more.
Client: How much more?
Illustrator: Well, it's gonna be tight, I'll need to subcontract out some of the final stages to get it done, call it, phew, £500 plus VAT.
TWO DAYS LATER, THE ILLUSTRATOR DELIVERS THIS:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4292651319_b0a71bc397_o.jpg) and a bill for £1233.75
You'd never work again.
(This really should have gone in the impediments topic... 'tis not that bad after all)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: I, Cosh 21 January, 2010, 06:06:46 PM
Bought a new microwave oven last night- didnt work

Took it back to shop- worked fine

Took it home again -- doesn't work

dammit
Sounds like a broken socket to me. Just stick a cocktail stick into it until it pops back up. Or a fork.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 21 January, 2010, 06:31:19 PM
Bought a new microwave oven last night- didnt work

Took it back to shop- worked fine

Took it home again -- doesn't work

dammit
Sounds like a broken socket to me. Just stick a cocktail stick into it until it pops back up. Or a fork.

tried it in a few sockets- didnt think of sticking a fork in any of them though :)

In the end I exchanged it- the new one is so smart its intimidating


love the "Im your wife" tale of woe
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 22 January, 2010, 04:09:09 PM
...it's Friday, I still don't have last week's prog yet, I haven't been on the Internet all week, my wife is sick, I'm broke, it's looking likely that I'll have to pull out of Hi-Ex because we need the money to get her to Canada (which has suddenly become rather vital, due to family stuff), I have a headache, I've had to contact the local council's Antisocial Behavior department due to the neighbours at work, resulting in a horrible few days, my youngest son is sick, the CD I ordered ages ago seems to have got lost in the post, and the piece of work I wanted to do with a writer-bloke known to some of you may have fallen through simply because of the unintended consequences of all the above.

Spugs? It's sneckin' drokkin' funtin' no hee hee an' no mistake.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 22 January, 2010, 04:24:41 PM
Holy crap SBT, that's a lot of different spugginess all at once. Look on the bright side though, if we have  a certain allocation of good events and shitty events, wouldn't you rather get all that crap out of the way in one shitty month, followed by unadulterated good times, or have at least one shitty thing happening all the time?

Really hope you can still make Hi-ex.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Proudhuff 22 January, 2010, 04:33:06 PM
Bought a new microwave oven last night- didnt work

Took it back to shop- worked fine

Took it home again -- doesn't work

dammit
Sounds like a broken socket to me. Just stick a cocktail stick into it until it pops back up. Or a fork.

put some cheese in the back and the socket that should do the trick.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 22 January, 2010, 05:52:25 PM
Sorry to hear that about your better half and youngest SBT, hope it all turns out well soon.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 22 January, 2010, 07:52:51 PM
SBT - that sucks big balls, hope your nearest and dearest feel better soon and I hope you can still make it to Hi-Ex
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 22 January, 2010, 08:20:37 PM
Sorry to hear all that SBT, hope it all works out soon.

As for me, I'm sitting in casualty with really knacking ribs after a head on smash with a drink driver. It was 5.50pm, she was more than twice over the limit and had two bairns in the car. Thankfully they're okay.

My car is totally written off, Happy days!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 22 January, 2010, 08:23:50 PM
Bad stuff Pete, what new car you gonna get along with all those private commissions. Once you are better, obviously ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Pete Wells 22 January, 2010, 10:25:52 PM
Hey guys I'm home with a nice new  broken rib, ouch.  S'nice getting loads of gentle cuddles off everyone and being appreciated just for being here. Thanks for all the messages of support you lovely lot!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 23 January, 2010, 12:14:53 AM
Bloody hell, Pete. Take it easy... You too, SBT.

M@
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Jim_Campbell 23 January, 2010, 12:26:00 AM
SBT - that sucks big balls, hope your nearest and dearest feel better soon and I hope you can still make it to Hi-Ex

Not sure if getting your big balls sucked actually qualifies for the "Spugs" thread, TBH!

Cheers

Jim
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JOE SOAP 23 January, 2010, 12:29:44 AM
SBT - that sucks big balls, hope your nearest and dearest feel better soon and I hope you can still make it to Hi-Ex

Not sure if getting your big balls sucked actually qualifies for the "Spugs" thread, TBH!

Cheers

Jim


It does if you have no penis.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 23 January, 2010, 08:45:06 AM
Bloody hell Pete! Thank Grud nobody was more seriously injured. I hope you have a speedy recovery with the ribs mate.

And best wishes Steev, sounds like you're having a rough time of it. I feel certain however, that a man of your calibre will prevail in the face of such adversity. <stirring martial music, strike heroic pose and gaze into distance like man in cardigan section of Gratton's catalogue>
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kev Levell 23 January, 2010, 09:13:57 AM
Bloody hell. Really sorry to hear you've both been having a rough time of it. Hope things sort themselves out soon SBT and Pete, take care of yourself - I prescribe a morning sat on the sofa under a blanket with a prog and a cup of tea!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Albion 23 January, 2010, 03:37:56 PM
I prescribe a morning sat on the sofa under a blanket with a prog and a cup of tea!

Wise words from Dr. Kevlev. Take it easy Mr Wells, glad it wasn't worse and I hope the drink driver gets a hefty punishment from the Judges.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 23 January, 2010, 03:49:59 PM
Well let's see.
I can't get people to visit my sites..
When I adopt RPG chreters to help other players out...they inevitably leave without so much as a bye-your-leave, explination or appology... leaving muggings here to "run" the whole blasted team which spoils the fun...
I'm "stuck" on my stories and people hate my comic writings..
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 23 January, 2010, 04:06:47 PM
Hope things work out for you soon SBT and you manage to get to Hi-ex.

Take it easy Pete, thankfully it not more serious and I hope you get well soon. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Buttonman 23 January, 2010, 04:08:27 PM
Sorry to hear all that SBT, hope it all works out soon.

As for me, I'm sitting in casualty with really knacking ribs after a head on smash with a drink driver. It was 5.50pm, she was more than twice over the limit and had two bairns in the car. Thankfully they're okay.

My car is totally written off, Happy days!

I deal with motor personal injury claims so let me know if you need any pointers!

If you see a doctor a bit of travel anxiety or even PTSD can double your money.

On second thoughts don't bother - I'm sooo busy!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 23 January, 2010, 04:26:44 PM
That sounds nasty. Make sure whoever sees you is AWAKE and not at the butt end of a 50+ hour shift...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 23 January, 2010, 04:49:46 PM
Best wishes to both Pete and SBT. I'd send you some telepathic healing and good luck vibrations through the cosmic ether using the innate psychic powers of my mind, but I don't believe in all that bollocks so I'm afraid simple best wishes will have to do.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 23 January, 2010, 05:15:00 PM
Things are marginally improving- so all the well-wishing here has possibly worked! Thanks so much. I've now got, and mostly read the prog (Dredd, Sticky, ABCs) and saw some fish today. Fish always cheer me up.

Pete- that's appalling. Wishes for a speedy betterness.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 23 January, 2010, 07:01:55 PM
Ouch ouch ouch, Steev and Pete both.  Hope all continues to improve for both of you.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 January, 2010, 08:03:58 PM
Disappointed that SBT might not be able to make it to HIEX but glad things are picking up for you otherwise.

And PeteWells dont laugh or cough !!

And finally myself i spent an hour and a half in Bexhill on Sea today.  :'( :thumbsdown:

It was probably quite a pleasent place at one time back in the age of elegance but not anymore but as its one of those places that is behind the times a lot of original shopfronts have survived the onslaught of modernisation which is a rare sight nowadays.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 23 January, 2010, 11:04:07 PM
i spent an hour and a half in Bexhill on Sea today.  :'( :thumbsdown:

It was probably quite a pleasent place at one time back in the age of elegance but not anymore but as its one of those places that is behind the times a lot of original shopfronts have survived the onslaught of modernisation which is a rare sight nowadays.

But did you go in the indoor market down Western Road? That's usually good for an hour or so's browsing the millions of books, DVDs, VHSs and knick-knacks. Don't use the cafe though- no toilet, and there's usually dired egg on the spoons, in my experience.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 23 January, 2010, 11:35:04 PM
i spent an hour and a half in Bexhill on Sea today.  :'( :thumbsdown:

It was probably quite a pleasent place at one time back in the age of elegance but not anymore but as its one of those places that is behind the times a lot of original shopfronts have survived the onslaught of modernisation which is a rare sight nowadays.

But did you go in the indoor market down Western Road? That's usually good for an hour or so's browsing the millions of books, DVDs, VHSs and knick-knacks. Don't use the cafe though- no toilet, and there's usually dired egg on the spoons, in my experience.

SBT

No i didnt unfortunately but actually i might go and explore the place again as it is quite interesting.Today was pretty gloomy anyway so that didnt help but i have always noticed that Bexhill has got a certain kind of atmosphere or vibe to it which can be a little bit depressing.I havent been to St.Leonards in a while either as that used to be good for junk shops.Might have a look sometime next week sometime.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: maryanddavid 24 January, 2010, 01:07:05 AM
Chin up Steev, hope everthing works out OK. Some days can seem very bleak, up and on.

Pete, was in a car accident a few years ago, my oldest girl broke her leg, I broke my nose, Mary did her back in, (it was like someone danced on it for a week) and Brendan was fine, or so we thought. Take time out from work Pete, it might be a week or so before it hits you, make sure you have time for yourself and family.

Cheers

David
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: JOE SOAP 24 January, 2010, 01:10:04 AM
Fuck me, if it's not an arse it's an elbow.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 24 January, 2010, 01:49:08 PM
Fuck me, if it's not an arse it's an elbow.

I didn't know there was a difference...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 24 January, 2010, 10:18:39 PM
I deodorized my balls with Lynx: Africa and they started to sting. They feel like they are on fire.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 24 January, 2010, 10:24:39 PM
Ah Roger lad, you do give me some right good laughs! 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 24 January, 2010, 10:27:48 PM
Man, those are some pretty major spugs, Pete W and SBT. Hope things get better.

No sympathy for Roger though.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 25 January, 2010, 07:37:26 AM
I deodorized my balls with Lynx: Africa and they started to sting. They feel like they are on fire.

Dangle them in a teacup full of CYLLIT BANG! That will soothe the burning sensation and give them a healthy shine.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 25 January, 2010, 03:25:22 PM
I would refrain from taking the advice from the poster above me....

At least if you are going to follow it ... film yourself. That is the kind of stupidity that'll bring you instant fame.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 27 January, 2010, 07:49:32 PM
...because I have just done one of the most disgusting things it is possible to do.

Ahem.

I can't believe I'm posing this.

I just went to the toilet. While sitting on the toilet, I noticed a slug on our bathroom floor- so I took some bog roll, leaned forward and picked it up, so I could flush it- which is what I usually do with the little bastards.

However, I was then distracted by a text message, and when I had read it, proceded to absent-mindedly wipe my arse with a slug. I felt it burst on my ringpiece.

Laugh or be sick and die- it was a hard decision. I couldn't leap up and run away, there's no escape from your own arse.

I go now, in my shame.

SBT

You do realize that someone, somewhere has just been inspired to try this as a sexual fetish don't you?
(New to forum, so forgive V lateness of responce)

BTW don't flush the slugs... that's what they WANT you to do. They have an empire down there.
Save them up and feed `em to the nearest hedgehog.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 27 January, 2010, 08:14:11 PM
What's the Goverment doing sbout the slug menace?

Never be ashamed SBT. Hold your sphincter high and think of....something non slug related.  :D
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: wild-seven 27 January, 2010, 08:45:09 PM
What's the Goverment doing sbout the slug menace?

They're contemplating spraying every single slug with Lynx Africa, then dipping them in Cillit bang - instant crispy slug
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 27 January, 2010, 09:17:20 PM
Ah, Bumslug Revisited: *nostalgic sigh* How we laughed!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 27 January, 2010, 09:55:08 PM
And still are  :lol:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SmallBlueThing 28 January, 2010, 11:34:09 AM
I am sooooo tempted, in the light of the reanimation of the 'Bunsex Girl' thread, to re-christen myself 'BumSlugBoy'.

But I won't.

Sigh.

SBT
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 28 January, 2010, 12:08:18 PM
Surely, sbt, you've seen the film "Slugs". Be thankful it wasn't one of them...
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 28 January, 2010, 12:41:19 PM
Slug Bum Tickler
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 28 January, 2010, 05:16:23 PM
Just got this from Amazon - We regret to inform you that the following items have been delayed as we are still awaiting stock from our suppliers :  Aaron Dembski-Bowden "Judge Dredd: The Mega-City One Archives Vol. 1"Estimated arrival date: February 12 2010 - February 18 2010.
What is up with all 2000AD stuff like this, everything is always delayed, models, cards, figures, books, what next!!!!!
It's a good job I'm a patient man, no don't ask the wife :-X
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 28 January, 2010, 11:52:21 PM
My chest is eating itself and my workload is incredibly punishing.

Help.  :|
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 29 January, 2010, 12:33:42 AM
For the past 4 days I have not been able to sleep properly... I do not knpw why cause I certainly feel tiered enough...

It's making my perminant headache even worse... and the meds just arn't working
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 29 January, 2010, 12:44:18 AM
My chest is eating itself and my workload is incredibly punishing.

Help.  :|

Just take a wank break and get the fuck on with it. Stop interrupting me when I'm eating my 18 pack of Real McCoy.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 29 January, 2010, 09:46:11 PM
My DVD/CD player downstairs seems to have died for some inexplicable reason.All i did was go downstairs and change the disc over that had finished playing.

I Fucking hate it when this happens and right now i am Fucking angry.

 >:( >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Christov 30 January, 2010, 01:58:52 AM

Just take a wank break and get the fuck on with it. Stop interrupting me when I'm eating my 18 pack of Real McCoy.

But what if my job is wanking? Do I take a work break?

In other news, my lungs and throat are now playing Twister with each other, and I had a harrowing experience in an art gallery that I shall never forget.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 30 January, 2010, 02:02:51 AM
While you were out I gave your mom a real good harrowing.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 31 January, 2010, 04:19:02 PM
My girlfriend's idiot brother finally succeeded in drinking himself to death last night. Good work, fella.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 31 January, 2010, 07:09:10 PM
Shit Matt, that sounds terrible. I hope you and yours can keep things together.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 31 January, 2010, 08:59:19 PM
Horrible situation, Noisy - sincere sympathies to your girlfriend and her family, and of course to you for the difficult times you have ahead.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Kerrin 31 January, 2010, 09:17:47 PM
That's harsh news Noisy, condolences. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 31 January, 2010, 09:24:22 PM
My condolences Noisy and you have my sympathies. My uncle on his way to doing the same thing to himself.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 31 January, 2010, 10:19:04 PM
My partner's step-uncle Peter's like that. A very disagreeable bugger he is. A bottle of scotch a day and very deep frustration with the whole world. An unsmiling misogynistic widower, Tory voter, party bore, born-again Edwardian gastronome and dyed-in-the-wool Daily Telegraph reader. When his visiting brother from New Zealand popped up to see him for a week, the visitor was phoning another brother to be rescued after 3 days.

Sorry for your girlfriend's loss, noisybast.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: IAMTHESYSTEM 01 February, 2010, 10:05:39 AM
It's back to the morning job I thought I'd abandoned for good. Oh well only 2 days a week early rising till they find someone else. BOO! Damn you council tax!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: James Stacey 01 February, 2010, 01:39:29 PM
.. after 12 years together and 6 years of marriage, my wife is leaving me, giving no reason why or chance to do anything about it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 01 February, 2010, 01:58:10 PM
jesus- sorry to hear that james
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Bolt-01 01 February, 2010, 01:59:27 PM
Ouch. Sorry to hear that James.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 01 February, 2010, 01:59:49 PM
Shit.
Just....shit.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 01 February, 2010, 02:11:42 PM
Horrible.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 01 February, 2010, 02:27:25 PM
My girlfriend's idiot brother finally succeeded in drinking himself to death last night. Good work, fella.
Sorry to hear that.  For both you and your girlfriend.

My uncle and his wife (I refuse to claim her as any kind of relative - I share blood with him and he has his good points, but I disown her) are doing the very same.  It's like he noticed one day he was an Irish artist forced by injury into a life of not painting and thought he'd take the stereotypical approach to the rest of his life.  Idiot.  

If he'd been less of a fuck up he might've been able to visit his own sister when she was dying.  It's a tough situation - mostly because of the mixed emotions of sadness adn anger with the recently deceased.  Your girlfriend may well only be displaying one of those emotions but I'm sure there's a bit of the other one there too.  You've had the business of helping your lady back onto her feet thrust upon you.  It's not easy but try to remain strong.    

You, for your own part, are entitled to resent the selfish little fucker.  Just make sure to do it very quietly though, eh?  

.. after 12 years together and 6 years of marriage, my wife is leaving me, giving no reason why or chance to do anything about it.
I don't have ANY frame of reference for that.  I'm sorry mate.  I doubt there's anything anyone can say that'll help.  Just know that you're not alone and, if it helps, there are folks here who're willing to listen and offer what advice we may have (I know I have little myself, but others are bound to have been through similar experiences and have useful ideas).

Best wishes to you both.  And to everyone else who's having a hard time now, whether I've mentioned you by name or not.  Hugs all round.
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: Dandontdare 01 February, 2010, 02:44:21 PM
My thoughts are with all the guys who are having such a shitty time at the moment. I was about to have a minor whinge about my job, but these stories put things in perspective and I realsie how lucky I am.
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: Richmond Clements 01 February, 2010, 03:35:40 PM
Matt- sorry mate, have a virtual hug.
You too, James!
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: locustsofdeath! 01 February, 2010, 04:31:19 PM
My wife is being deployed again in March on account of a military 'mistake'.

She has been home for four months after being deployed to Afghanistan for seven months. She's been doing nothing but crying, I've been doing nothing but fuming. We just found out this morning
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: COMMANDO FORCES 01 February, 2010, 04:39:20 PM
Jesus Christ, I can't (but do as it's the military) believe this mate. You would think the military would rectify this as soon as it's spotted to keep the morale of the troops high. I hope it gets sorted out soon for you both,
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: Van Dom 01 February, 2010, 04:42:29 PM
Christ. She was supposed to be done with all that wasn't she?
Is there anything you can do to stop it?
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: Kev Levell 01 February, 2010, 04:46:18 PM
What's going on?
We've got some terrible news on this board today. Heartfelt sympathies to all.
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: uncle fester 01 February, 2010, 04:46:30 PM
Christ on a bike, it's nothing but good news today isn't it? So sorry for everyone's news today. This must go down as the shittiest on record with family events. My thoughts are with you all and I hope at least a few rays of light brighten your lives at such difficult times.
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: SuperSurfer 01 February, 2010, 05:12:05 PM
I know this thread is doing what it sets out to, but there is a very sad run of comments on it lately.

My thoughts go out to all of you – Noisybast, James and locustsofdeath.

I spent the morning dealing with some petty emails but the recent posts really put things into perspective.
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: Banners 01 February, 2010, 05:19:00 PM
Take it easy, fellas - your next drinks are on me...

M@
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: Mike Gloady 01 February, 2010, 05:19:45 PM
Locusts, hope that mistake gets cleared up sharpish.  I was under the impression she was done with that for the foreseeable.  Hope it turns out to still be the case.  

You're allowed to not be on the internet and give her a hug under these circumstances - we'll understand.
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: TordelBack 01 February, 2010, 05:22:09 PM
Aw lads, James and Locusts both, that is some seriously crap news. 

In Locusts' case, I almost can't believe they can mess you all around like that after what seemed like an endless tour the last time.  She's only just back fercrissakes!

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: wild-seven 01 February, 2010, 06:53:26 PM
James - that's some seriously shitty news, you're in my thoughts

Locusts - Let's hope they rectify that mistake pretty bloody sharpish, keep strong mate X
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: vzzbux 01 February, 2010, 08:08:30 PM
Shit makes mine pale in comparison. Did a vodka binge Saturday night and made an ass of myself and have only just recovered.

Hope all turns out fine for everyone.





V
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: Kerrin 01 February, 2010, 08:16:43 PM
That's terrible James, best wishes mate.

And Locust, that's just fucked up man. Really hope this gets rectified ASAP. Fat beardy hug to Mrs.L.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Gavin_Leahy_Block 01 February, 2010, 08:40:48 PM
What a really shitty time everyone here has been having.
James, that's awful news and hopefully something can be done to help sort this out.

That's terrible Locust, she isn't even that long back and there sending her off again, it's a bloody disgrace, hopefully something can be done soon about it.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: locustsofdeath! 01 February, 2010, 08:49:37 PM
Many thanks all. Here's what happened: shortly after she got home she made rank. This latest deployment needed someone of that rank. Because she just made rank she was fresh on everyone's mind - so they added her to the list.

Last weekend we were told she was to deploy and we spent the entire weekend worrying, but then Monday her superior said he would tell logistics that she just got back and didn't need to go. Well, he forgot to mention it, the paperwork went through and she leaves the end of this month. The only consolation is that it's a three month deployment rather than six (which then turned into seven).
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: Dark Jimbo 01 February, 2010, 08:54:40 PM
Why do bad things happen to good Squaxx?  :(

Hope everything comes right for all you fine folks in the end.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 01 February, 2010, 09:04:25 PM
Many thanks all. Here's what happened: shortly after she got home she made rank. This latest deployment needed someone of that rank. Because she just made rank she was fresh on everyone's mind - so they added her to the list.

Last weekend we were told she was to deploy and we spent the entire weekend worrying, but then Monday her superior said he would tell logistics that she just got back and didn't need to go. Well, he forgot to mention it, the paperwork went through and she leaves the end of this month. The only consolation is that it's a three month deployment rather than six (which then turned into seven).

Officers. all brains and no common sense. I bet he doesn't get chastised for his fuck up.
I was quite lucky when I was in the forces as I had no attachments and was happy to go here, there and everywhere. I am glad I am now off the reservist list.





V
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 01 February, 2010, 09:06:23 PM
Having actually read the moving stories on this thread I see how insignificant my work problems really are. Same sentiments as Dark Jimbo, folks.
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: House of Usher 01 February, 2010, 09:10:49 PM
Sorry LoD. I don't know what to say, but I know how I feel about it. Very angry. Having never served in the military myself, I feel that I'd just refuse to go, and I'd ask them to point out where in my contract it says I have to do another tour of duty because someone made a mistake, when the mistake has been acknowledged but failed to be corrected. I'd say it's not my problem. If they had a problem with that they'd have to come and arrest me. By my reckoning she's doing overtime, so she ought to be getting paid +50% for her trouble.

F***ing c***s.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 01 February, 2010, 09:39:09 PM
What HoU said.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Darren Stephens 01 February, 2010, 09:45:32 PM
Lets hope things start to improve for peeps around here soon. Bets wishes all. X
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: Noisybast 02 February, 2010, 11:46:34 AM
Latest development: Girlfriend's hard-drinking dad has defied all expectations by pulling his shit together and reducing (if not actually curtailing altogether) his alcohol consumption.

Her alcoholic diabetic mum, on the other hand, has lost the plot big time and waded into the various bottles of strong stuff she's got stashed in countless locations around the house. Just last night we found three empty 1l bottles of fortified wine, one empty 1l bottle of blue VHF and a carrier bag load of empty beer cans (assorted). Oh, and she hasn't eaten since Saturday.

She's now retreated into a hysterical drunken hyper-glycaemic rage in her darkened bedroom and verbally/physically attacks anyone who comes near. This would be a terribly upsetting thing, if it was just because of her son's death, but it's far from the first time it's happened. I'm mostly just angry at her for what she's putting her remaining children through.

I was all for trying to help her until she feigned death, seemingly for the express purpose of terrifying my girlfriend with a repeat performance of her brother's demise. Now my gf's dad has reached breaking point and is moving away to stay with his sister, leaving his two daughters to deal with what's left of their mother.

Anybody know what the procedure is for getting someone who clearly has significant mental health issues and is posing a serious danger to themselves and others around them sectioned?






Also: James, Locusts - that's some heavy shit guys. Hope you can sort things out.
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: Van Dom 02 February, 2010, 11:51:44 AM
Good point HoU.
Locusts - what would actually happen if your wife simply refused to go? Would they arrest her? On what grounds? Surely she would have a pretty good case with her superior as a witness? He's the one in the wrong...
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: Proudhuff 02 February, 2010, 11:52:42 AM
Two doctor's signatures
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: James Stacey 02 February, 2010, 11:54:30 AM
Thanks guys. Not sure what prompted me to post my heart on a forum when I haven't even told my parents yet. I'm still holding on that she wakes up and realises what she is doing but she does seem dead set on going through with it. I still haven't even had a clear reason why. It's like everything I've held onto in the world is spiraling away out of my control and reach. Fortunately friends and work have been fantastic which has been a massive help.

Locust, I hope you can get it sorted and if not, hold onto the feeling you had when you came on here posting she was on her way home last time.

Noisy, as far as I'm aware you just need 3 people of sound mind and in agreement to get anyone sectioned.
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: Noisybast 02 February, 2010, 12:20:24 PM
Therein lies the rub. Her GP's bloody useless and seems reluctant to do anything that doesn't involve the patient voluntarily strolling into his surgery. Fat chance of that happening...
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: Peter Wolf 02 February, 2010, 01:07:39 PM
Therein lies the rub. Her GP's bloody useless and seems reluctant to do anything that doesn't involve the patient voluntarily strolling into his surgery. Fat chance of that happening...

Seems like the answer here is to contact social services and request a Mental Health Act assesment which is conducted in the home .An approved social worker will contact yourselves first before the assesment to gather any relevent info regarding her behaviour past and present to determine what the problem is before going any further.



It might also be an idea to remind her GP that he is being negligent by not acting on any request by yourselves to get her some treatment and anyway once an approved social worker is involved her GP will be involved anyway.

hope this helps.
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: Peter Wolf 02 February, 2010, 01:15:37 PM
Correction:

An MHA is a Mental Health Assesment NOT a Mental Health Act assesment as you are not wanting to assess the various mental health acts or act in the singular as thats legalities.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Noisybast 02 February, 2010, 01:42:58 PM
Thanks Peter. Definitely something worth looking into there.

The problem we have is that she's wily and can turn it on and off like a tap. She tends to appear quite reasonable and act like she doesn't know what all the fuss is about whenever anybody "official" is present (see every time a doctor or paramedic has been called out to one of her earlier episodes).

I'm not even sure posting this on here is a good idea, as my girlfriend would almost certainly be very upset if she were to read it. In mitigation, she doesn't have any interest in my geeky hobbies, and I think I'm doing this for a good reason. I mean, I'd like nothing more than to just post chapter and verse on all the horrible things she's done to cause pain to my girlfriend and everyone else around her, but I won't. That would just be me venting, and a) wouldn't be appropriate and b) wouldn't actually help. I think I'm posting this stuff on here in the hope that someone would point me towards a previously unexplored avenue, which I think you may have just done Peter.

Cheers.
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: TordelBack 02 February, 2010, 05:25:10 PM
The problem we have is that she's wily and can turn it on and off like a tap.

This happened to a colleague of mine with her partner.  He had serious problems, with elaborate paranoid delusions that were really  quite scary, but was able to smile nicely at his GP and look hurt that anyone would think he was anything other than happy and contented.  Eventually the GP started accusing my colleague of being the one with the problem - which she plainly was not, unless we really are all being mind-controlled by the Vatican through magnetic strips in Euro notes, which can only be resisted by burning your money, drinking a bottle of vodka a day and removing all the doors in your house, including the front door.

It took the rather clever move of having the partner accompany her to her own GP on some pretext or other, and having that GP make an independent assessment. Even that was fraught with jurisdictional squabbles, but it was enough to get a mental health specialist involved, who seems to have done wonders.  I know it's a different scenario to yours Noisy, but it's an idea.


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: Trout 02 February, 2010, 09:22:16 PM
Jesus Christ! I don't know where to begin with this thread. I only looked in because I'm having a very shitty time myself, but I think I'll just shut up.

All the best to you, lads. I hope things improve.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 02 February, 2010, 09:36:03 PM

All the best to you, lads. I hope things improve.

Same to you Trouty, whatever bad crap you are enduring.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 02 February, 2010, 10:38:17 PM
The problem we have is that she's wily and can turn it on and off like a tap.

Eventually the GP started accusing my colleague of being the one with the problem - which she plainly was not, unless we really are all being mind-controlled by the Vatican through magnetic strips in Euro notes, which can only be resisted by burning your money, drinking a bottle of vodka a day and removing all the doors in your house, including the front door.






I thoroughly recommend the use of Tinfoil for these kind of problems.

It works for me anyway.


 ;)
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: Jim_Campbell 02 February, 2010, 11:10:25 PM
I thoroughly recommend the use of Tinfoil for these kind of problems.

Nice hat!

Cheers

Jim

(Am I the only person who shouts at the TV every time a TV chef refers to wrapping something in "tin foil" ...? Tin is FUCKING POISONOUS, YOU MORONS! It's ALU-fucking-MINIUM FOIL! FFS!)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Van Dom 02 February, 2010, 11:18:59 PM
 :lol:
You shouldn't be watching those kind of things Jim, bad for your blood pressure!  :)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 03 February, 2010, 02:39:55 AM
I thoroughly recommend the use of Tinfoil for these kind of problems.

Nice hat!

Cheers

Jim

(Am I the only person who shouts at the TV every time a TV chef refers to wrapping something in "tin foil" ...? Tin is FUCKING POISONOUS, YOU MORONS! It's ALU-fucking-MINIUM FOIL! FFS!)

Shiny side of the tinfoil facing outwards.  Very important !!


As for the TV chefs and their advice to wrap and cook things in tinfoil it must be another of the govts/elites soft-kill policies.

I think we have foiled that particular plan.
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: Mike Gloady 03 February, 2010, 10:18:25 AM
Am I the only person who shouts at the TV every time a TV chef refers to wrapping something in "tin foil" ...? Tin is FUCKING POISONOUS, YOU MORONS! It's ALU-fucking-MINIUM FOIL! FFS!
No, you're not.  But as has been scientifically proven, I'm dangerously pernickety.  Well done on spelling it right.  As soon as the US get the memo about that piece of standardisation I look forward to a whole continent falling into line.

Noisy, James, Locusts - recent developments don't seem that great.  I forget who wrote the proverb "wish in one hand, shit in the other and see which one fills up first" but it seems all too accurate right now.  Thinking of you all.  This thread was a lifeline to me in the hardest times, hopefully I can be part of it helping others.  Even if it's just by typing.

And Noisy, Peter's suggestion may well be the best favour you could do your GF's mum.
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: SuperSurfer 03 February, 2010, 11:54:29 AM
(Am I the only person who shouts at the TV every time a TV chef refers to wrapping something in "tin foil" ...? Tin is FUCKING POISONOUS, YOU MORONS! It's ALU-fucking-MINIUM FOIL! FFS!)

Am I the only one who shouts at the TV when viewing TV chef's hygiene habits? Handle raw meat, clean hands (wipe on cloth or place under running tap for millisecond). Chop raw salad on chopping board where meat was. Share tasting spoon with others.

Another one that winds me up is "oh, but isn't olive oil fattening?" and yet nothing ever said when mountains of butter or sugar added to ingredients.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Dandontdare 03 February, 2010, 12:50:53 PM
Handle raw meat ... Chop raw salad on chopping board where meat was.

I pissed myself when one of the contestants on Masterchef was chucked out on the very first skills test for doing something similar. The judges refused to even taste her food.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: brendan1 03 February, 2010, 02:37:37 PM
Handle raw meat ... Chop raw salad on chopping board where meat was.

I pissed myself when one of the contestants on Masterchef was chucked out on the very first skills test for doing something similar. The judges refused to even taste her food.

What if you're making steak tartare on a bed of salad?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mikey 03 February, 2010, 05:05:32 PM
Yer woman from Masterchef - Monica? - held a strange appeal for me, that I don't quite understand. I believe she would only sleep with a man who had defeated her in combat.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 03 February, 2010, 06:22:06 PM
During my mum's last illness she would snooze while my brother and I watched that last series of Masterchef each night.  Bite marks on the back of my hand lasted for weeks - it was too funny, particularly that plum who scuppered their chances through their bad practice. 

And yeah, she came off as very Klingon didn't she?  I suspect she's had smiling lessons but didn't finish the course. 
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: TordelBack 03 February, 2010, 06:38:56 PM
That last series of Masterchef was priceless - possible the only 'reality contest' show I've ever enjoyed.  OTOH if I heard the narrator say 'Michelin-star food' or 'Michel Roux Junior' just one more time it would have been beer-glass-through-the-telly time.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 03 February, 2010, 06:47:46 PM
I think it was the last show my mother ended up watching an entire episode of.  Made her chuckle too. 

The narrator was infuriating.  The big fella had some very odd mannerisms though.  I literally couldn't drag my eyes away if he was shovelling something into his gaping maw. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: House of Usher 04 February, 2010, 12:07:45 AM
What if you're making steak tartare on a bed of salad?

As Peter Kay said a thousand times, "the dirty bastards."  :lol:
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 February, 2010, 11:54:49 AM
As Peter Kay said a thousand times: "GARLIC BREAD?!?"

Talentless oaf, surfing the same routine for years on end, selling multiple versions of the same gig recorded in different locations....  Yawn.  Never been a less funny man.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 04 February, 2010, 12:00:37 PM
Ah, but "...covered in piss," from the toilet scene in Phoenix Nights - sublime.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 February, 2010, 12:06:20 PM
Only funny thing he was in was the "Wait till I get you upstairs" on the stairlift moment.  My mother very nearly threw up a lung laughing at that.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 04 February, 2010, 12:06:30 PM
Never been a less funny man.

Jim Davidson? Jim Bowen?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 February, 2010, 12:07:22 PM
Without being racist or presenting Darts-based quizzes I mean.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 04 February, 2010, 12:15:42 PM
Without being racist or presenting Darts-based quizzes I mean.

Michael Barrymore then.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 04 February, 2010, 12:22:55 PM
That pool sketch was kinda funny.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 04 February, 2010, 12:28:37 PM
Johnathan Ross, funny as arse cancer.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Richmond Clements 04 February, 2010, 12:49:00 PM
Yer woman from Masterchef - Monica? - held a strange appeal for me, that I don't quite understand. I believe she would only sleep with a man who had defeated her in combat.

Ha!

And what the fuck is a 'palette test'? Eating it, you say? WELL JUST FUCKING SAY 'EATING IT' THEN!





Ahem. As you where.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 04 February, 2010, 12:54:16 PM
Oh boy, one character whose other half owns one of the flats in this block is really winding up me and others. He seems to latch onto odd details and totally misses the overall picture. Just unbelievable. And he doesn't let go. He says he will rectify things that are affecting the building and just doesn't do it, preferring to tamper rather than replace. I waste my time pointing this out to him for well over a month and he doesn't sort the problem. Then others start telling him he needs to sort things out and he sends an email to everyone on the committee suggesting I didn't inform him. So I email him, now including others reminding him of the ongoing reminders by email and he has reacted. To use an old fashioned school term he was "sussed". He has now gone into tit-for-tat revenge mode by email. What a bloody handful. Kept me awake until 3.30am I was so angry. It's chewing up my time and I am under extreme pressure with a work project this is all holding up. The guy has issues.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 04 February, 2010, 01:30:59 PM
Citizen's Advice Bureau.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: johnnystress 04 February, 2010, 02:50:48 PM
The guy has issues.

Essential reading

http://strangerthaneviction.tumblr.com/
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: uncle fester 04 February, 2010, 03:33:57 PM
Where do you find this stuff, Johnny?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 04 February, 2010, 03:56:50 PM
The guy has issues.
Essential reading
http://strangerthaneviction.tumblr.com/

Really busy so I've just read a few lines and ditto! Will read later. Yup. Cleaning bill for non-cleaning. That's another issue here. Great little earner that one.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 09 February, 2010, 02:09:27 PM
Got a 'client' going ga-ga on me. Designed ad advert for them to go in a magazine.

"Can you take the logo off?"

Apparently it interferes with the message. I mean look, just fuck off. I have wasted a good couple of hours on emails since yesterday telling them they are talking out of their council gritters and even more time doing endless versions of the advert when I should have just told them to shit off from the outset. Time wasters.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 09 February, 2010, 02:12:02 PM
Keep on charging for every alteration.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Banners 09 February, 2010, 02:16:20 PM
: SuperSurfer
Got a 'client' going ga-ga on me...

Isn't the kind of thing you describe par for the course? It is for me(!)

M@
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: Peter Wolf 09 February, 2010, 02:18:32 PM
Got a 'client' going ga-ga on me. Designed ad advert for them to go in a magazine.

"Can you take the logo off?"

Apparently it interferes with the message. I mean look, just fuck off. I have wasted a good couple of hours on emails since yesterday telling them they are talking out of their council gritters and even more time doing endless versions of the advert when I should have just told them to shit off from the outset. Time wasters.

There is nothing worse than timewasters.I  just passed up on some work because the clients are idiots and will not listen to good advice and insist on throwing their money away plus there was a property management company involved as well who are properly fucked up who i refuse to deal with in any capacity so i just walked away from it.

Less work and less cash but most importantly less hassle.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 09 February, 2010, 02:21:54 PM
I generally give two alterations for free and then start charging a fiver for each subsequent alteration. This started after I did something for one client who kept on saying things like "Excellent! Can we try it in blue?" and "Perfect! How would the lettering look in green?" etc.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 09 February, 2010, 02:37:33 PM
Life Spugs Because... Nothing changes :(

(http://www.contributorbulletin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/billboard.jpg)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 09 February, 2010, 03:03:11 PM
I generally give two alterations for free and then start charging a fiver for each subsequent alteration. This started after I did something for one client who kept on saying things like "Excellent! Can we try it in blue?" and "Perfect! How would the lettering look in green?" etc.

We do the same thing with planning reports - one meeting and one set of reasonable revisions for free (inclusive, really), then charge for every meeting/revision after that.  Focuses the mind, we find.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 09 February, 2010, 03:48:13 PM
Life Spugs Because... Nothing changes :(

(http://www.contributorbulletin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/billboard.jpg)

Try and keep positive because it will change and it is changing but it wont happen overnight and anyway it will change permanently as soon as everyone stops voting for these muppets as ultimately its the people that are to blame so they all need to wake up which they seem to be doing in large numbers.

Having a positive outlook is very important because remember that "they" want you to feel hopeless and depressed and disenfranchised.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 09 February, 2010, 03:51:31 PM
...remember that "they" want you to feel hopeless and depressed and disenfranchised.

...and that the only way you'll feel better is by buying stuff.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 09 February, 2010, 05:13:12 PM
Is anybody else having the same damed toruble with the redesigned Facebook?

I've "lost" two applications, Knighthood & Superhero city... Grrr
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 09 February, 2010, 07:20:12 PM
Thanks for the comments about my 'client' woes, people. Working on my own, I can stew on these things.

One remark made is that they would like to "get an opinion from a professional marketeer" [ie bullshitter].

What, to say "you are correct, you don't need your logo on your advert"?

How draining.

As the good Captain Beefheart said: "Somebody had too much to think."

Thank God I have some work to do at a company tomorrow.

: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 09 February, 2010, 10:34:46 PM
On the intro to Newswipe the announcer pronounced "caustic" as "costic".







Is this where my licence fee is paying?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Roger Godpleton 09 February, 2010, 11:24:33 PM
Patrick and/or Michael ate six of the twelve pancakes I bought.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 09 February, 2010, 11:26:32 PM
Still leaves you six!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 09 February, 2010, 11:34:37 PM
I've yet to encounter any Facebook troubles yet, Doc.  But then I don't use very many applications and the ones I *do* use warned me they'd disappear in the next update unless I gave them a tab.  Mine updated this morning, no hassles yet (touch wood).

Drop the support folks a line, they're sure to be encountering a lot of this and should have an idea what to do.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 09 February, 2010, 11:36:40 PM
I don't know why they keep fucking around with it!!!!!
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 09 February, 2010, 11:44:02 PM
I remember complaining when they let non uni-students on, but now I wouldn't be without the wider world on FB.  Some of the changes may well be improvements.  As for the other ones, well, they'll probably change it back.  I've been on there long enough to remember certain features being removed and reinstated.  Mwahahahaha!  The power of the people.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 10 February, 2010, 04:30:03 PM
It's alright. I am now getting used to the new system. Why do people feel the need to change things for changes sake?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Legendary Shark 10 February, 2010, 04:41:24 PM
It's all part of out culture of planned and perceived obsolescence.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 10 February, 2010, 04:42:29 PM
They have to give the folks taking care of it something to do when they're not fixing problems etc.  My guess is that in that sector, keeping up with the pace of change and user's needs is essential.  They don't want to turn into another MySpace (who?).
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 11 February, 2010, 05:11:28 PM
...my mother has managed to successfully conceal an infection from me for just long enough to bugger up her kidneys, which is why I have spent most of the last 14 hours in A&E listening to doctors saying that they will stop all treatment if she doesn't improve tonight.

Just come home for something to eat then I'm back down there.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 11 February, 2010, 05:14:18 PM
Oh I'm sorry to hear that.
I'll keep stum about my petty troubles.
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: TordelBack 11 February, 2010, 05:15:57 PM
Feck, worldshown - that's terrible.  Fingers crossed for you both, mate.
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: Dandontdare 11 February, 2010, 05:29:49 PM
that's rough worldshown, keeping my fingers crossed for you and your ma. My dad's the same with doctors - he's well at the moment, but he's almost 80 and I just know that if he does get any symptoms he'll keep it to himself as long as possible.
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: uncle fester 11 February, 2010, 05:34:53 PM
Sorry to hear it worldshown... Here's wishing your ma all the best.
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: Gavin_Leahy_Block 11 February, 2010, 05:36:42 PM
Really awful, Worldshown. My best wishes to both of ye.
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: Kerrin 11 February, 2010, 05:58:39 PM
Best wishes Worldshown.
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: The Legendary Shark 11 February, 2010, 06:10:12 PM
Best wishes, Worldshown.
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: wild-seven 11 February, 2010, 08:33:53 PM
Best wishes Worldshown - I'm unsure what else to say but we're ALL thinking of you
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: locustsofdeath! 11 February, 2010, 08:54:57 PM
Hey Worldshown, I hope you can return to us with good news. My thoughts are with you and yours. Take care as best you can.

Sad that this thread has reached 100 pages. Hear's to hoping 200 doesn't arrive...ever.
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: Pete Wells 11 February, 2010, 09:39:22 PM
Oh maaaan, manly hugs to Worldshown.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: vzzbux 11 February, 2010, 09:47:37 PM
Sorry to hear your news worldshown.

I must get myself in for a DR's visit. I get the odd twinge every now and then. I got a massive twinge the other day around my left chest muscle and have put it down to cramp, I couldn't stand straight for about 20 seconds without doubling over with pain. You would think I would have learnt with the way my dad died.





V
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: Lady Festina 11 February, 2010, 10:25:11 PM
See the doctor. It might just be that all your shoulder muscles are knotted up (posture, stress etc) and that the twinges you'd normally get there have come forward into your chest. BUT it's best to know.....
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: flip-r mk2 11 February, 2010, 11:01:07 PM
Worldshown hope every thing go's well with your Mum my thoughts are with you, Vzzbux get your arse down to the doctors and get checked out.





filip 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 11 February, 2010, 11:09:53 PM
All the best to you and your mam Worldshown.

I think the problem with a lot of us is that we think it can't happen to us, don't want to bother the doctor, can't take time off due to monetary concerns, are too embarrassed to tell someone, etc....
Sometimes as hard as it may seem we all need help and we should be grateful that we have loved ones who care and an NHS system that even with all it's faults will help as best it can.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: The Doctor Alt 8 12 February, 2010, 04:28:47 PM
Ah my luck continues...

I was very kindly bought another internet dongle.... this time with a years unlimited internet accesss...

I instaled it... with no problems


I made one post with it as a test..

Shut down my P.C.

Turned PC back on to use internet again and...

Am told that there is either a fault with my hardwear (The dongle) OR the programe to run the dongle has failed to instal proberly...

BRILLENT!

Roberta "Death To Technology" Roe strikes again.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 12 February, 2010, 04:51:32 PM
Sorry to hear about your troubles, Worldshown. 
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: Peter Wolf 12 February, 2010, 05:08:43 PM
All the best Worldshown.

I think that there might be a possibility that i might have skin cancer as there is a sort of mole type thing that appeared out of nowhere and its sort of scabby on the right temple.

Its very easily treatable if it is.It just gets scraped off but i will get this checked out.I could travel up to Cheshire to see the top Dermatologist in the Manchester area who is a friend of my mum and dad and get a consultation.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 12 February, 2010, 05:19:49 PM
Always best to get those things checked out, PW.  Early check ups might make you feel like you're being silly over nothing, but better to catch it as early as possible.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Cyberleader2000 13 February, 2010, 12:59:11 AM
I was coming back from watching AVATAR 3D today great film gave me a headache any that was not to bad but I got off the bus stop 5 stops early to pick up my 2000AD and Judge Dredd Magazine when horror my local shop no longer stocks Judge Dredd Magazine. >:(
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 13 February, 2010, 01:05:43 AM
That's because it's a green grocers.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Cyberleader2000 13 February, 2010, 01:08:34 AM
That's because it's a green grocers.

its the co op
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: Hoagy 13 February, 2010, 03:15:42 AM
Hey cyber ell? Nice to see in those two posts, concerning Avatar, a real improvement.

And I couldn't come onto this thread without wishing you well Worldshown. Good luck. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: worldshown 13 February, 2010, 08:15:21 AM
Thabks for the thoughts and comments guys. It really does mean a lot to me right now.

I've just come back from another long stint at the hospital for a shower and shave and then it's back for the endgame. Mum didn't respond to treatment and is currently in managed unconsciousness. My sister is currently with her and she'll let me know if anything happens while I'm home.
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: locustsofdeath! 13 February, 2010, 09:55:34 AM
Take care, WS. Our thoughts are with you.
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: Dark Jimbo 13 February, 2010, 10:48:36 AM
Ouch. Devestated for you, WS.
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: TordelBack 13 February, 2010, 10:55:44 AM
Take care Worldshown. 
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: Mikey 13 February, 2010, 01:22:48 PM
Sincere best wishes Worldshown.

M.
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: Noisybast 13 February, 2010, 03:37:13 PM
Ayy, hope things work out, Worldshown.
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: Gavin_Leahy_Block 13 February, 2010, 08:16:02 PM
Best wishes Worldshown, remember to try and get some rest and look after yourself too.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 13 February, 2010, 08:56:54 PM
I know what you're going through, WS.  I was in a similar situation late last year.  If the support of the board helps you as much as it helped me, I'll keep pulling for you mate. 
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: Van Dom 13 February, 2010, 09:02:48 PM
Sorry to hear your news Worldshown.
Thoughts are with you.
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: Trout 13 February, 2010, 10:58:30 PM
All the best, WS.
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: vzzbux 14 February, 2010, 08:44:01 AM
Take care WS we are all thinking of you.






V
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: Pete Wells 14 February, 2010, 09:08:40 AM
Bah sorry WS. Hope it's all over for you and your family soon. Remember, board hugs are with you!
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: strontium71 15 February, 2010, 02:28:33 PM
i've been photographing every single bit of dredd/2000ad merch i have to store onto an external hard drive . all the photos so far have been carefully cropped and labelled. last night i dropped the hard drive and now nothing won't load from it at all , i can't even access it via my home or work computer. even our tech lad says its internally fucked . so all 3000+ photos that i had on there :'(
luckily i hadn't actually finished photographing everything or i would have lost at least twice that!
 the moral? make sure you have a back up on at least 1 memory stick or two... :-[

edit : i wrote this without looking at the previous posts , i wasn't being insensitive by changing the subject :-[
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 February, 2010, 02:32:42 PM
Anonymously dob yourself in as a paedo (letter to the Mail ought to do it), the police tekkies will have all your files back in a jiffy.   Seriously though, that is a colossal pain - I have a knackered HD from an old unbacked-up PC that I still hold on to in the Vault-like hope that one day technology will permit its resurrection.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Mike Gloady 15 February, 2010, 03:47:51 PM
I have to sell my main guitar.  On account of having literally NO money and the possibility of £300 odd quid on second hand market is way too tempting for someone struggling to make bills and feed himself. 

Probate on my mum's will is now complicated by the fact that they have to do it on my DAD'S too, despite him dying over a decade ago.  House sale is also delayed and I've been feeling 1. physically shite and 2. mentally shite too.  All reasons why life is shite, but also reasons why I have no money. 

Yawn.  Life sucks balls.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 15 February, 2010, 03:58:54 PM
Very sad to hear how things have been lately, Worldshown. I went through something very similar four years ago when my father died. It was a never ending cycle of going to the hospital every morning and coming back home very late, having a few hours sleep and then dashing back. As others have mentioned, please make sure you look after yourself. I only realised later how the lack of rest and food had affected me throughout.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: TordelBack 15 February, 2010, 04:07:17 PM
Aw Mike, that's a pain.  God I HATE probate.   If there's a system more designed to kick people when they're down...

A minor anecdote of inconvenience follows, not worthy of this thread:  My missus lost a friend of hers to cancer the the year before last, and she and another friend were named as executors (no family in the country).  The two of them spent literally months sorting out what should have been a very simple estate, bar arranging the house clean-out and sale, except there was a brother in South Africa that kept interfering (wanted to know how much extra he'd get if  they sold the fridge separate to the house etc.).  Eventually the probate was through, the transcontinental relatives paid off and shut-up etc. and the two executors were paid for the expenses they incurred sorting it all out (which were not inconsiderable), as per the Will.  Then this Christmas we got a nice card demand from the Revenue for 'tax due on earnings from the sale of a property' - and it started all over again.   What, I ask you, was the probate paperwork for if not to determine the costs, value and disposition of the estate?
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: SuperSurfer 15 February, 2010, 04:08:42 PM
… i dropped the hard drive and now nothing won't load from it at all , i can't even access it via my home or work computer. even our tech lad says its internally fucked . so all 3000+ photos that i had on there :'(
Might be worth taking your hard drive to a company to recover the files. Will cost a bit though. Apparently it's actually quite hard to permanently delete files off hard drives. 
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: COMMANDO FORCES 15 February, 2010, 04:14:47 PM
Just take more photo's ;)
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 February, 2010, 05:35:40 PM
… i dropped the hard drive and now nothing won't load from it at all , i can't even access it via my home or work computer. even our tech lad says its internally fucked . so all 3000+ photos that i had on there :'(
Might be worth taking your hard drive to a company to recover the files. Will cost a bit though. Apparently it's actually quite hard to permanently delete files off hard drives. 

From what i understand you have to repeat the delete file feature 30 times to actually wipe it clean with no trace if you are using a PC.

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: TordelBack 15 February, 2010, 05:43:41 PM
From what i understand you have to repeat the delete file feature 30 times to actually wipe it clean with no trace if you are using a PC.

...unless you're working towards a critical deadline, in which case a single mouse click can somehow irrevocably corrupt every significant file.
: Re: Life Spugs because...
: Peter Wolf 15 February, 2010, 06:03:21 PM
The UK Govts CSCS card scheme sucks because it doesnt seem to recognise and make any allowances for someone like myself who is multiskilled and the rest that is way beyond that which i wont even go into here because i never went to college to get NVQs and City and Guilds and all that crap.I just left school at 16 and worked for my dad and then got jobs on building sites and learnt that way and worked upwards from there......

As its a Govt scheme then its typical that its ill conceived and inflexible but i admit that i havent pressed them further about this yet but i will  >:( if they dont comply with my requests.I am doing a CSCS health and safety course right now but i am wondering why i am bothering if am going to be excluded or disqualified from working as a sub contractor and having a CSCS card.I dont normally work for employers anyway and its mostly large commercial contractors and housebuilders that insist on having the card and i dont do that kind of work anyway so it might not be a hindrance in the long term.

I just get sick and tired of how qualifications should rule an industry that is based on vocational skills which is why i chose to go into the industry to start with because i am good with my hands and already had insight into construction from a young age to get away from the need to have qualifications and study because i left school after failing all my exams.

Fucking government.
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: strontium71 15 February, 2010, 06:46:04 PM
Just take more photo's ;)

if you can see my eye twitching right now...

although that's exactly what i'm going to have to do.

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: House of Usher 15 February, 2010, 08:12:55 PM
I am doing a CSCS health and safety course right now but i am wondering why i am bothering if am going to be excluded or disqualified from working as a sub contractor and having a CSCS card.

Having worked as a temp in the testing centre, my advice would be get a copy of the handbook, read it, and book yourself a test. It's touch-screen and multiple choice. With your brains you should ace it. The trouble is, fairly typical of this government, they'll want money off you, almost as if it were designed to create lucrative opportunities for private sector training and examination bodies rather than improve safety standards on building sites.
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: Peter Wolf 15 February, 2010, 09:54:44 PM
I am doing a CSCS health and safety course right now but i am wondering why i am bothering if am going to be excluded or disqualified from working as a sub contractor and having a CSCS card.

Having worked as a temp in the testing centre, my advice would be get a copy of the handbook, read it, and book yourself a test. It's touch-screen and multiple choice. With your brains you should ace it. The trouble is, fairly typical of this government, they'll want money off you, almost as if it were designed to create lucrative opportunities for private sector training and examination bodies rather than improve safety standards on building sites.

You have got to keep those Third Sector workers employed and subsidised by the taxpayer no matter what.The course itself is actually quite good and its free as its govt/taxpayer funded and it probably does inprove safe working practices and awareness but you have to marvel at the stupidity of a govt that promotes a scheme that actively alienates a percentage of the indiginous workforce.The scheme itself was probably concieved in the Third Sector by the kind of people that dont have a fucking clue.

Everything nice and simple and black and white and streamlined with no grey areas to accomodate those who dont fit into convenient little boxes or categories.

You cant even go to college in Brighton and learn plastering so if the cousres are not available then where are the NVQ qualified plasterers going to come from for example ?  :-* ::)

Its alright if certain sectors of the industry want to adopt this scheme but its becoming unilateral and there simply will not be enough NVQ qualified trades around but its alright for now as there is high unemployment within the construction sector but in the long the industry is being very shortsighted.

Stupid government.
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: House of Usher 15 February, 2010, 11:01:28 PM
Did you know that the government is predicting that by 2020 there will only be 600,000 jobs for people who don't have level 1 qualifications? (GCSE is level 2) - where did it get this figure from? Lord Leitch published a report in which it was predicted that by 2020 only 600,000 adults in Britain would not have level 1 qualifications. The government has misrepresented this figure as a count of jobs, rather than people lacking qualifications, to back up its 'skills agenda' and panic people about their employment prospects to try and make them train