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Started by SorrellA on Apr 25, 2019 8:58:45 AM
Lost at the Bottom of the World

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SorrellA - 25 Apr 2019 09:01:05 (#1 of 2009)

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tomwaits/bottomoft
heworld.html

Cordelia - 25 Apr 2019 09:16:36 (#2 of 2009)

Morning!

I have just been reading a fascinating (really!) article on hand dryers: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/25/ha
nd-dryers-paper-towels-hygiene-dyson-airblade?


In 1922, in a journal called Hotel World, the American Zephyr Company bragged that its “warm air towel” could dry your hands in 36 seconds. A full seven decades later, dryer developers had managed to shave just six seconds off that time.

TheVoiceOfReason - 25 Apr 2019 09:21:28 (#3 of 2009)

BIG TOWEL

The relative merits of paper towels vs hand dryers are, I’m sure, heatedly debated online, rather like hob vs electric kettles.

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 09:30:26 (#4 of 2009)

I don't know why anybody would prefer a hob kettle, unless they genuinely enjoy waiting ages for their first cup of tea/coffee in the morning.

I enjoyed a lovely soiree with three dear old uni chums last night - at CoteCoteCote, of course. We didn't invite a fourth chap, as he's the one who's turned into an ardent right-winger and none of us could face another evening of finger-wagging, Rees-Moggian lectures.

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 09:55:34 (#5 of 2009)

I don't know why anybody would prefer a hob kettle, unless they genuinely enjoy waiting ages for their first cup of tea/coffee in the morning.

They are quicker in uncivilised parts of the world that don't have a domestic energy supply with enough oomph.

TheVoiceOfReason - 25 Apr 2019 10:30:29 (#6 of 2009)

There’s something pleasingly bulky about my Le Creuset (paging Liz Jones) hob kettle; makes a cup of tea more like a ritual. It is a pain to have to wait for it to boil, though, and also having to rush to turn the whistle off if you’re upstairs.

HouseOfLametta - 25 Apr 2019 10:37:09 (#7 of 2009)

This is enjoyable.

https://mobile.twitter.com/jayrayner1/status/11213
29488317562880

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 10:39:21 (#8 of 2009)

Yes, splendid work from Mr Rayner, there.

Rendered - 25 Apr 2019 10:40:41 (#9 of 2009)

Muttony pisshead Sarah Vine's Twitters name is 'WestminsterWAG'?

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 10:41:19 (#10 of 2009)

Why yes it is. Sexy, eh?

helenskywalker - 25 Apr 2019 10:42:35 (#11 of 2009)

Not even with yours.

Crayola - 25 Apr 2019 11:07:35 (#12 of 2009)

She's the friend of a friend who the 'baby's arm holding an orange' thing came from.

Crayola - 25 Apr 2019 11:08:40 (#13 of 2009)

I love an angry/disappointed Jay Rayner.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 11:48:48 (#14 of 2009)

Jay Rayner's new podcast is very entertaining. I particularly liked Tracey Ullman's Jack Nicholson story; they both had children on the same football team.

HouseOfLametta - 25 Apr 2019 12:50:36 (#15 of 2009)

I enjoyed the article on hand driers. It brought back two teenage memories. One, was of a shitty job where (inter alia) I had to wrap the towels for roller towels in cling film and put them on a pallet. Every so often I would delve into one and write

HeLp I aM a pRisoNer iN a rollEr toWel



Near the middle.

Another was of going into a McDonalds completely off my box on something and going to the loo. I used the hand dryer, not noticing the bin for hand towels was underneath. It set up a beautiful blue blizzard of swirling towels, dancing and whirling which I found entrancing, magical (and apparently memorable). I’m not sure the next user of the facilities would agree.

Cordelia - 25 Apr 2019 12:59:19 (#16 of 2009)

In the staff loo at the Observatory there’s one of those extremely powerful downwards pointing air dryers on the wall, and as it’s a teeny tiny cubicle it’s right next to the toilet paper roll dispenser which is one of those big round ones.

If anything more than the teeniest edge of toilet paper is protruding from the dispenser, the hand dryer is powerful enough to catch the edge and unroll a large percentage of the paper in about 10 seconds - decorating the entire cubicle in a manner which would render the average American teen TPing his neighbour’s tree on Halloween green with envy.

Rendered - 25 Apr 2019 13:01:34 (#17 of 2009)

Talk of hand dryers inevitably makes me think of former poster GeorgeOrwell using a Dyson one to dry his plums.

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 13:02:09 (#18 of 2009)

Talk about low-hanging fruit.

helenskywalker - 25 Apr 2019 13:11:19 (#19 of 2009)

Did he say why they needed drying?

TheVoiceOfReason - 25 Apr 2019 13:13:28 (#20 of 2009)

Poor old GeorgeOrwell and his soggy plums; where are they now?

Rendered - 25 Apr 2019 13:14:10 (#21 of 2009)

On tour with FredDee's sweaty orbs.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 14:09:55 (#22 of 2009)

As I am on holiday I have started on the latest jack reacher. The first chapter he meets seven (7) hells angels from whom he requires some information. Spoiler tag in case you haven't read it yet.

reacher wins the fight by inflicting a series of ghastly injuries on the knees and groins of his hapless opponents including at least one headbutt.

helenskywalker - 25 Apr 2019 15:05:38 (#23 of 2009)

Did he try asking nicely first?

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 15:07:19 (#24 of 2009)

"Excuse me, where's the gents' loo?"

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 15:18:22 (#25 of 2009)

...right in the orbs...

Rendered - 25 Apr 2019 15:29:28 (#26 of 2009)

Yaba daba DON'T!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48041414

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 15:30:46 (#27 of 2009)

Well that sounds delightful.

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 15:35:48 (#28 of 2009)

I'll stick to red wine, thanks.

Also, DON'T!

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/25/mums-sausage-lips-made-friend-sick-saw-filler-treatment-9317855/

Rendered - 25 Apr 2019 15:38:59 (#29 of 2009)

That's a pout alright.

helenskywalker - 25 Apr 2019 15:40:31 (#30 of 2009)

Why "a mum"?

LippyPongstocking - 25 Apr 2019 15:52:56 (#31 of 2009)

Well, it is the Metro, which is part of the Daily Mail group, and they love to characterise women so people can JUDGE them.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 15:58:09 (#32 of 2009)

I do sometimes think Reacher could avoid having to break everyone's knees all the time just by being a little more polite in his questioning.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 15:58:27 (#33 of 2009)

It might be her primary job*, and also she refers to the effect it might have had on her kids.

* or Lippy is right.

Crayola - 25 Apr 2019 16:02:01 (#34 of 2009)

I accidentally caught some of the Cruise Reacher film the other day.

No.No.No. No. No.

Heckler - 25 Apr 2019 16:02:21 (#35 of 2009)

Jack Reach Around.

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 16:04:53 (#36 of 2009)

He’d need something to stand on.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 16:11:04 (#37 of 2009)

I imagine Reacher gets really tired of the Reach Around joke.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 16:14:05 (#38 of 2009)

My sister is doing the genealogy thing. As well apparently as well as being Lancashire royalty by bing related to Johnny Ball I am related to this chap: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Marsh_(mart
yr)

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 16:15:52 (#39 of 2009)

That’s exciting. My dad’s family were in the cotton trade.

HollyGolightly - 25 Apr 2019 17:05:06 (#40 of 2009)

slicey - my Dad is very disappointed with the latest Jack Reacher. I have low expectations so they never disappoint me.

I'm home to start my second shift of the day - to reach the PRA and FCA's business plans and create some sort of interesting blog post out of them...

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 17:16:26 (#41 of 2009)

A reasonably quiet day in Bookshop land today, where I can recover from being utterly manic yesterday. I will do another day tomorrow to cover Big Chief Bookseller which ought to be equally steady.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 17:25:28 (#42 of 2009)

Also discovered today (due to not paying attention) that a friend of mine is going to be conducting Ballo in Maschera at Opera Holland Park. A favourite of mine as an opera, I am really pleased for her - she was not a bad accompanist when we were at college but always a fine musician, and having worked with her a couple of years back, a really cracking conductor. One to watch. She's lovely too - french, eccentric and great company.

HouseOfLametta - 25 Apr 2019 17:27:02 (#43 of 2009)

Schrodinger’s accompanist?

The clock on this station says it’s 17:75.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 17:44:39 (#44 of 2009)

My family were also in the cotton trade, Neems. Although my mum's family worked in the dark satanic mills while my dad's family owned them. Ironically mum is the lifelong Tory and my dad is the labour voter.

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 17:51:11 (#45 of 2009)

The men in mine were pattern card makers. The early programmers. My grandpa was a cotton buyer and travelled the world. I was always boggled that he came back to grandma and his kids.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 18:14:00 (#46 of 2009)

So i am now looking at a copy of the Bolton evening News which talks of a great Bolton family who served in WWI and there is a picture of johnny and zoe ball looking proud. But the picture is basically my racist gran as a baby with her parents and 11 brothers 10 of whom died in WWI.

Yes my family history has been usurped by Zoe Ball.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 18:15:12 (#47 of 2009)

Whereabouts in the country Neems?

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 18:16:35 (#48 of 2009)

Manchester. Duke Street.

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 18:17:18 (#49 of 2009)

The remnants of which are down the road from the Manchester museum of industry.

nemo75 - 25 Apr 2019 18:19:23 (#50 of 2009)

And my G G grandfather on the other side owned a rope works in moss side, with a beam engine just like the museum one which killed at least one worker.

‘But they all got a day off!!’ - grandma.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 18:33:54 (#51 of 2009)

Oooh.

There is a bloke in YouTube who, with suitably flat vowels, does videos about how some random arch up near Strangeways used to be part of a gasworks where in addition to your salary you got two pints of bitter a week and a free coffin when your job inevitably killed you.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 18:36:51 (#52 of 2009)

11 brothers, 10 of whom died in WWI? Christ almighty...

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 18:53:30 (#53 of 2009)

My great grandmother had 12 children in about 23 years. Which is mind boggling.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 18:56:31 (#54 of 2009)

Its also heartbreaking to see this photo with William, John Henry, Earnest etc etc above the heads in my grandmother's very distinctive cursive handwriting.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 19:41:32 (#55 of 2009)

Being irredeemably southern, I don't think there are any cotton mills in my family history.

Sometimes when I'm in a pointlessly reflective mood, I wonder what my ancestors of 150 years ago would make of me and my life. And what would I make of them and theirs? Mutual incomprehension, of course.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 20:20:57 (#56 of 2009)

My mother's side seem to have been mostly Norfolk peasants as far as I know. Her maternal grandparents moved to Blackheath to work in service in a big house there.

My uncle did my Irish side and there are many generations of born in Ballylinney going back to the mid 18th century. Remarkably dull.

MadamGwenver - 25 Apr 2019 20:25:44 (#57 of 2009)

Dubris, we were absolutely sure it was Cornish tin-miners all the way down. But just one generation before the oldest relatives of my mother's youth, the family were Manchester Irish, cotton mills a-plenty...

And on the subject of Cornwall, Ricolas, I think you might enjoy Gavin Knight's The Swordfish and the Star, which I have just finished.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 20:27:29 (#58 of 2009)

I'll check it out - thank you, Gwenners.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 20:29:25 (#59 of 2009)

My family is enormously complex. almost impossible to understand the various branches. However, my maternal great grandmother (upon whose lap I was photographed) had the middle name of "Douzieme" as she was the twelfth child. Of fourteen iirc.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 20:32:40 (#60 of 2009)

People made their own entertainment in those days.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 20:42:20 (#61 of 2009)

She was a profoundly horrible person by all accounts. Imagine how many relatives we ought to know from her siblings alone? Not. One.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 20:47:39 (#62 of 2009)

It may be no great loss.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 21:03:51 (#63 of 2009)

Although perhaps not as dodgy as my great Aunt who (it is sometimes heavily hinted) might have had something to do with her first husband's premature demise...

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 21:06:50 (#64 of 2009)

Did MrsRic know what a risky business it was, marrying into your family?

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 21:15:31 (#65 of 2009)

Don't anger me, Dubris.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 21:18:46 (#66 of 2009)

Everybody stand back! - he's got a book token!

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 21:22:53 (#67 of 2009)

Sharpened into a throwing star, thoughbut.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 21:25:03 (#68 of 2009)

Aaaaaaaaaaaaiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeee!

<takes cover behind display of the new EL James novel>

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 21:26:37 (#69 of 2009)

And it's only worth £6.98 - not not enough for a book for you OR any children you might know MWAH-HA-HA!!!

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 21:29:05 (#70 of 2009)

Good grief. What a terrible thing.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 21:31:23 (#71 of 2009)

Watch out for a flying tweed-panelled brogue.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 21:44:03 (#72 of 2009)

my parents have FORCED me to enter my password and register their TV to my amazon prime account in what I can only describe as MASSIVE FRAUD. they are now watching season 5 of Bosch.

Jeff Beszos will be denied his £7.99 it seems and I can only hope the cops catch up with them soon.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 21:45:48 (#73 of 2009)

I am shocked and appalled in equal measure.

Dubris - 25 Apr 2019 21:55:34 (#74 of 2009)

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, if you take my meaning.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 22:01:12 (#75 of 2009)

Quite so.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:09:29 (#76 of 2009)

It's quite legal, slicey, it said so on Radio 4 last week.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:10:33 (#77 of 2009)

My family were in shipping. My great grandmother spent the entire inheritance gadding about Europe.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 22:22:54 (#78 of 2009)

I cannot defend my parents Finch. And can only hope the beak will show mercy should they end up in the dock.

Unless they sign out when I leave and promise not to watch the rest of the series. Although these are career hardened criminals in their late 70s we are talking about here...

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 22:23:24 (#79 of 2009)

If I had money I would definitely gad.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:26:04 (#80 of 2009)

Seriously, there was a whole thing about Prime and Netflix sharing on R4 last week on a programme about the cost of singledom. It's not illegal apparently.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:29:09 (#81 of 2009)

I would gad too. My great grandmother had a nice life once she'd ditched her husband but all her daughters were left in financially straitened circumstances.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:33:29 (#82 of 2009)

Can anyone recommend a good book?

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 22:33:37 (#83 of 2009)

Life is for gadding, I have always thought so and always will. The magnitude of gaddery is often under the control of a pecuniary governer, but the gad will always prevail.

Tomnoddy - 25 Apr 2019 22:34:27 (#84 of 2009)

Our neighbour over the road was the eldest of thirteen. His name isn't Premier, but he certainly behaves as if it were. He's a nice guy with it though, and an expert on the silver screen.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 22:35:27 (#85 of 2009)

The nearest book to hand is The Inflamed Mind, a sort of treatise on immunopsychiatry. I haven't read it yet but I think its going to be quite good. Probably not for everyone.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:37:50 (#86 of 2009)

Let me know if it is any good. I'm quite interested in that sort of thing.

airynothing - 25 Apr 2019 22:40:35 (#87 of 2009)

Have you read Transcription, by Kate Atkinson? I think you’d like it.

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 22:45:39 (#88 of 2009)

I'm reading this, and really enjoying it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ashes-London-Andrew-Taylor/dp/0008119082

NB don't buy from Amazon obvs.

Sabacious - 25 Apr 2019 22:47:33 (#89 of 2009)

That reminds me I still have a Shardlake that I bought ages ago and haven't got round to reading yet.

slicey - 25 Apr 2019 22:49:45 (#90 of 2009)

I am reading Reacher. You can save reading by just imagining the last one but set in a different mid west town and a different set of knees to be messed up

Tomnoddy - 25 Apr 2019 22:50:09 (#91 of 2009)

Transcription isn't quite up to her usual standard, IMO, but has a nice kick in its tail (tale?)

Ricolas - 25 Apr 2019 22:53:57 (#92 of 2009)

If you are not into multiple joint annihilation, then you might want to reach around the Reacher round, and try something else.

goldfinch - 25 Apr 2019 22:59:09 (#93 of 2009)

I've read half of Transcription but not sure if I want to finish it just at the moment. I will look at yours, Ric. Thanks.

HouseOfLametta - 25 Apr 2019 23:22:24 (#94 of 2009)

If you read Reacher and the pain thing it might cancel itself out.

Cordelia - 26 Apr 2019 07:47:20 (#95 of 2009)

I am reading I contain multitudes by Ed Yong. Just started, but fascinated by my internal hordes already.,

HollyGolightly - 26 Apr 2019 07:53:49 (#96 of 2009)

I recently enjoyed The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, goldfinch. And I have just steamed through Susan Hill’s Simon Serailler series.

Morning! I thought it was meant to rain today? Glorious blue skies instead. I’ll take that.

HollyGolightly - 26 Apr 2019 07:54:08 (#97 of 2009)

And Happy Birthday to Ms Skywalker!

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 08:04:08 (#98 of 2009)

Thank you! I have presents and tea and the puppy is eating wrapping paper.

Bodgit - 26 Apr 2019 08:06:45 (#99 of 2009)

Happy birthday!

goldfinch - 26 Apr 2019 08:23:29 (#100 of 2009)

Happy birthday, helens!

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 08:28:00 (#101 of 2009)

Thank you!

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 08:31:13 (#102 of 2009)

Happy birthday!

goldfinch - 26 Apr 2019 08:31:40 (#103 of 2009)

Thanks for the book recommendations everyone. I will investigate.

Cordelia - 26 Apr 2019 08:37:24 (#104 of 2009)

I am finished with Michelle Obama as well finch, if you wanted to borrow her.

goldfinch - 26 Apr 2019 08:38:29 (#105 of 2009)

Thank you. I would love to .

Tomnoddy - 26 Apr 2019 08:45:41 (#106 of 2009)

Happy birthday from me too.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 08:47:28 (#107 of 2009)

I have been looking at that muscle diagram for breasts and reading about how they work. Once you get over the WTF they look like that!? It is surprisingly fascinating.

TheVoiceOfReason - 26 Apr 2019 08:49:01 (#108 of 2009)

Lesbians! Today is your day to be visible! Get to it.

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 08:51:48 (#109 of 2009)

Unless you're in Armenia.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/26/armenian-mps-call-for-trans-activist-to-be-burned-alive-after-historic-speech-lilit-martirosyan

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 08:54:24 (#110 of 2009)

Thanks all!

Cordelia - 26 Apr 2019 08:55:15 (#111 of 2009)

Happy birthday Helens! I hope it contains many puppy snuggles.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 08:59:03 (#112 of 2009)

All about breasts!

https://twitter.com/SarahTaber_bww/status/11214706
01514844160?s=19

LippyPongstocking - 26 Apr 2019 09:00:21 (#113 of 2009)

Birthday jubilations, Helensky. Drink all the Champagne.

Re books, goldfinch, I recently read The Dreamers, by Karen Walker Thompson, which I enjoyed a lot. It's a quietly compelling tale about the inhabitants of a small town in California who are, one by one, overcome by a sleep from which they do not wake.

Ginmonkey - 26 Apr 2019 09:04:40 (#114 of 2009)

That thread is interesting slicey. However I didn't know people thought you needed suction for milk to come out of breasts. If you think about how people used to milk animals before automation it is obvious.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 09:12:54 (#115 of 2009)

Also in my personal experience i have never been let down by breasts.

airynothing - 26 Apr 2019 09:21:29 (#116 of 2009)

Neither have I. And that’s my bit done for Lesbian Visibility Day.

And happy birthday, Jedi.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 09:29:46 (#117 of 2009)

Happy birthday Jedi!

I don't trust myself to make any comment one way or the other on breasts. I have things to do, and they might be a distraction.

Charisse - 26 Apr 2019 09:36:12 (#118 of 2009)

Happy Birthday Helen! You share your birthday with Mr Preachy Preach.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 09:48:00 (#119 of 2009)

Then happy birthday to Preachy as well!

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 09:48:49 (#120 of 2009)

I am on bright but chilly platform waiting for a train back to London.

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 09:54:22 (#121 of 2009)

Happy birthdays, huns

staticgirl - 26 Apr 2019 09:59:19 (#122 of 2009)

Happy birthday Helens!

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 10:04:23 (#123 of 2009)

Happy birthday Preachy!

PreachyPreach - 26 Apr 2019 10:05:55 (#124 of 2009)

Happy birthday Helens. It's a good day for a birthday, provided no more nuclear reactors melt down.

staticgirl - 26 Apr 2019 10:06:49 (#125 of 2009)

Happy birthday Preachy as well! It's a happy birthday day. Apart from where it isn't. :)

Sabacious - 26 Apr 2019 10:07:03 (#126 of 2009)

Happy birthdays everyone!

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 10:23:12 (#127 of 2009)

Happy birthday Sabs!

PreachyPreach - 26 Apr 2019 10:31:02 (#128 of 2009)

HB Sabs.

SorrellA - 26 Apr 2019 10:39:29 (#129 of 2009)

Happy birthdays all. I was just thinking as I posted my mum's card (tomorrow) that it's a good time of year to have one.

HollyGolightly - 26 Apr 2019 10:53:05 (#130 of 2009)

Happy birthday Preachy!

I am feeling wonderful today. Hurrah!

TheVoiceOfReason - 26 Apr 2019 13:51:11 (#131 of 2009)

Is it me or have there been a LOT of superhero films coming out over the last couple of years? Are there really that many people who read comic books about superheroes? Obviously there are or the films wouldn’t get made but it just seems relentless. I suppose it’s how people felt about period dramas in the heyday of Merchant Ivory - they just keep making another one!

LippyPongstocking - 26 Apr 2019 13:56:05 (#132 of 2009)

At least the Merchant Ivory films were generally very good, rather than being three hours of portentous nonsense with a mind-numbing surfeit of CGI.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 13:56:46 (#133 of 2009)

They should mash them up.

Sense and Superheroism.

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 14:02:36 (#134 of 2009)

Captain Maurice

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 14:29:36 (#135 of 2009)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was *amazing*.

Cordelia - 26 Apr 2019 14:42:54 (#136 of 2009)

Was it your birthday treat?

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 14:47:23 (#137 of 2009)

No, I've already seen it. I did have a very nice birthday lunch at Caravan though.

Catspyjamas17 - 26 Apr 2019 14:51:20 (#138 of 2009)

Happy birthday helens!

TheVoiceOfReason - 26 Apr 2019 15:47:32 (#139 of 2009)

I’ve not looked at it, but the The Cult of Greta Thunberg thread is going to be a festival of all the talents, isn’t it?

staticgirl - 26 Apr 2019 15:52:31 (#140 of 2009)

There are masses of superhero films and whilst there were always a sizeable amount of people who wouldn't admit to their paper comic habit I think a lot more people are going to see these films than ever read the comics. I doubt a lot of them even realise these stories were told on paper first, decades ago.

It's the action movie market drawn in by complicated intersecting narratives between hundreds of mostly good looking characters. In very tight clothes.

TheVoiceOfReason - 26 Apr 2019 15:56:24 (#141 of 2009)

I just see so many people on my twitter feed talking about them as if #WeAll know about them but I know nothing about them and am uninterested. Maybe it’s me!

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 15:59:44 (#142 of 2009)

I see what you've done wrong, there.

Sabacious - 26 Apr 2019 16:02:51 (#143 of 2009)

I'm a superhero non-believer too, they passed me by in my childhood and that was that. I see Peter Bradshaw is a fan of the most recent one.

I also note they have I think 6 more planned for release in the next 2 years, which is boggleworthy.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 16:04:50 (#144 of 2009)

By Odin’s hammer!

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 16:28:45 (#145 of 2009)

The thunder god rode out one day upon his favourite filly

"I'm Thor" he cried,

His horse replied

"You forgot your thaddle, thilly!"

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 16:29:19 (#146 of 2009)

I done a bad thing, obviously.

staticgirl - 26 Apr 2019 16:29:48 (#147 of 2009)

You probably mentioned a certain Norse thunder god Marvel character...?

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 16:30:29 (#148 of 2009)

Indeed I did.

TheVoiceOfReason - 26 Apr 2019 16:38:01 (#149 of 2009)

I liked Superman back in the day but that was about it.

Catspyjamas17 - 26 Apr 2019 16:52:54 (#150 of 2009)

I used to do the Wonderwoman spinning thing in the playground when I was 5. I mean the spinning around bit rather than plates or wool, though I'm sure WW could do that as well. Probably at the same time. I also used to watch Mighty Mouse, Superted, Bananaman, and the Spiderman/Iceman/Firestar cartoon, but lost interest in all that by secondary school.

Avonlea - 26 Apr 2019 16:57:53 (#151 of 2009)

Ewbles is a graphic novels geek so knows everything about every superhero ever invented. Ted is keen on Superted (no surprise there) and more recently vintage Inspector Gadget (the remake is pants), but we're keeping him away from the fightier sort for now.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 16:59:53 (#152 of 2009)

Start them on Deadpool.

Catspyjamas17 - 26 Apr 2019 17:00:22 (#153 of 2009)

Oh yes, Inspector Gadget. Though more of an antihero than superhero, with Penny doing all the work.

helenskywalker - 26 Apr 2019 17:02:10 (#154 of 2009)

I loved Dangermouse.

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 17:02:59 (#155 of 2009)

Cripes, DM.

I had a teacher who was the dead spit of Penfold.

Catspyjamas17 - 26 Apr 2019 17:04:25 (#156 of 2009)

Yes, I nearly mentioned DM as well.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 17:04:40 (#157 of 2009)

Pebble is quite the fan of the new Dangermouse. It's pretty good.

Avonlea - 26 Apr 2019 17:14:20 (#158 of 2009)

more of an antihero than superhero



Ted's favourite thing in the whole wide world is people getting things wrong, so this is not an issue.

Sabacious - 26 Apr 2019 17:19:42 (#159 of 2009)

Are you sure?

Rendered - 26 Apr 2019 18:06:20 (#160 of 2009)

Marina is the only Guardian columnist capable of raising a laugh, for the right reasons.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr
/26/brady-batten-backstop-brexit

SorrellA - 26 Apr 2019 18:36:32 (#161 of 2009)

Superheroes movies are because you can sell them easily to all sorts of overseas markets, China and so on, lots of bums on seats there. Plenty of action, easy to dub and no cultural subtleties that don't translate.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 18:37:49 (#162 of 2009)

And fit people in Lycra

Dubris - 26 Apr 2019 18:38:41 (#163 of 2009)

TVoR will be delighted to learn that one of my colleagues went to see the latest Marvel offering last night...

...and people clapped several times during the film.

Clapping at the cinema feels odd.

SorrellA - 26 Apr 2019 18:42:22 (#164 of 2009)

I think the latest one is meant to be good. I can't remember what it's called but male members of the family are going on Sunday.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 18:50:29 (#165 of 2009)

There is something about the latest one that is really important and everyone who goes to see it ends up crying or something.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 18:58:14 (#166 of 2009)

Just crying, or W&C?

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 18:58:28 (#167 of 2009)

...because seriously, that is not a cinema I want to be in.

Dubris - 26 Apr 2019 19:02:20 (#168 of 2009)

Something to do with nemo trying to fit people into lycra, I think. Half of them have fallen out.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 19:02:34 (#169 of 2009)

Only because you put your hand in the damp spot that time.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 19:20:28 (#170 of 2009)

Look, all this talk of attractive people in lycra. I shall go and put on a lycra body stocking now and strut my stuff out and about.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 19:22:47 (#171 of 2009)

For some reason a memory of oomi on Last Night has come to mind. Threatened to wear rubber.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 19:30:48 (#172 of 2009)

I just remembered LycraMan from Glastonburies long ago. I wonder where he is now.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 19:31:13 (#173 of 2009)

I am guessing it's because popular characters die rather than Rivers of Jizz or anything like that.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 19:37:33 (#174 of 2009)

Uh. Pay per view

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 19:56:17 (#175 of 2009)

I did appear once for opera north in a faux-tiger-fur trimmed electric blue leotard. Wipe that nightmare from your collective imaginations.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 19:57:17 (#176 of 2009)

Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 19:57:39 (#177 of 2009)

edited as these who actually did see it probably are still paying trauma councillors.

Dubris - 26 Apr 2019 19:58:33 (#178 of 2009)

Dare I ask which opera required you to suffer for your art in such a manner?

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 20:00:37 (#179 of 2009)

Almost impossible to describe.

There is a photo of me in another costume from the show on FB. Teacher's mortar and gown and beak mask.

Dubris - 26 Apr 2019 20:01:51 (#180 of 2009)

"Smart casual", then.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 20:03:33 (#181 of 2009)

Great show too. Written by someone who started as a singer songwriter too - so there were tunes, and shaping in a modern piece. Being a black woman as well, quite something. Very proud to be part of her work I have to say.

nemo75 - 26 Apr 2019 20:03:47 (#182 of 2009)

Plague casual.

SorrellA - 26 Apr 2019 20:07:00 (#183 of 2009)

I'm imagining Ric's leotard outfit now to the tune of Dylan's brand new leopardskin pillbox hat. A little too much wine to quite work out if it scans.

slicey - 26 Apr 2019 20:19:51 (#184 of 2009)

I am glad you are doing it so we don't have to, Sorrell

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 20:38:10 (#185 of 2009)

It's all powerfully sexy stuff.

In the meantime I am listening to lovely lovely nineties music that made me happy. And it is making me happy. Pebble is indifferently reading a book, tolerating her father. Good for her.

Dubris - 26 Apr 2019 20:39:17 (#186 of 2009)

Indieolas?

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 22:06:47 (#187 of 2009)

Well, I am a funny old thing. Basically I like guitar rock. But I am an opera singer. Equally I have a profound love for musicals. Then of course, I like quirky art rock. And I am no stranger to Prog. But Jazz was one of my formative experiences, and the blues is my musical guidelight. The music of the nineties was my own personal soundtrack, the music I lived and touched.

So I cannot be tribal about music. There are many musics that other will mock, from all quarters, that will move me and take me to a place that makes me remember all sorts of emotion.

Which is why I ignore everyone who loathes a particular genre of music, as it is all so personal.

Ricolas - 26 Apr 2019 22:09:43 (#188 of 2009)

An example: I was asked to perform a ludicrous piece of music once and asked advice on it from a coach. Perform it in a deadly serious way, I was advised.

I was confronted with an audience, half of whom were grinning at its over the top emotion, and another half moved to tears by it. Odd, but if I had mocked the piece, it would not have worked at all.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 22:15:33 (#189 of 2009)

Shifted a lot of car insurance, too.

Cordelia - 26 Apr 2019 22:20:14 (#190 of 2009)

Evil Laz.

HouseOfLametta - 26 Apr 2019 22:43:55 (#191 of 2009)

Ferris Bueller is now grey.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 08:02:16 (#192 of 2009)

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48068457

NB: not one to read over breakfast.

Impedimenta - 27 Apr 2019 08:25:19 (#193 of 2009)

Disappointed. I was hoping to learn which one of those was Code 4.

Rendered - 27 Apr 2019 09:01:15 (#194 of 2009)

Brown prints in the carriage.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 09:31:11 (#195 of 2009)

People are strange.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 09:39:29 (#196 of 2009)

Those poor cleaners.

Why does one always wake-up so early at weekends? Not that it's early now, but I've been awake since 6.30am.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 09:42:22 (#197 of 2009)

I woke at 6.15am and was disappointed because I'd intended to have a lie-in, but did then get back to sleep for an hour or so.

Some time must be spent volestrangling today, which is unwelcome but necessary. And I might go to IKEA for meatballs and to buy a houseplant for the office.

EXCITING TIMES!

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 09:53:22 (#198 of 2009)

I awoke at 7am. We appear to be in sync.

RosyLovelady - 27 Apr 2019 09:53:44 (#199 of 2009)

< I was asked to perform a ludicrous piece of music once >

Oh please tell us what it was, Ricolas.

If it wouldn't be too unkind to any composer who might be lurking here.

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 09:53:56 (#200 of 2009)

I too was wide awake far too early. On my way to work now.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 10:05:36 (#201 of 2009)

Blustery, isn't it?

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 10:12:21 (#202 of 2009)

I am not looking forward to being on top of the hill at Greenwich, that’s for sure

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 10:22:28 (#203 of 2009)

Better today than tomorrow...

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 10:42:59 (#204 of 2009)

Why so?

Ginmonkey - 27 Apr 2019 10:48:21 (#205 of 2009)

There 's some sort of running race going on in that vicinity tomorrow.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 10:50:21 (#206 of 2009)

Ah, that. Not something that figures largely in my thoughts, I confess.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 10:53:50 (#207 of 2009)

I'm waiting for the laundry to finish and will then hie myself out to do something with the day. However, my energy levels are somewhat low on account of a small hangover as a result of Friday night, "It's pay day!", revelry at the work bar.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 10:56:57 (#208 of 2009)

Not to late to don the singlet and plimsolls, Dubs, and join in the fun.

As I have been at my parents for a week, I have been eating crumpets for breakfast. Which this morning lead me to wonder, WHAT ARE CRUMPETS?

Sort of bread, but not really bread and with holes in.

I must admit I mainly like them as they can be loaded with butter in a way which is probably not healthy but is very tasty.

Bodgit - 27 Apr 2019 10:57:45 (#209 of 2009)

Thanks for the reminder, Gin. We’re off to the seaside tomorrow and may need to rethink our usual route out of town. I think Blackheath might be a bit clogged up.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 10:58:52 (#210 of 2009)

Crumpets are A GOOD THING and that's all one needs to know. Apart from where the butter is, of course.

I feel very, very, very certain that the words "singlet" and "plimsolls" are not associated with fun in my world.

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 11:02:49 (#211 of 2009)

True. Getting to work on a marathon day is a bastard. Glad I don’t work Sundays anymore.

airynothing - 27 Apr 2019 11:03:17 (#212 of 2009)

Crumpet = butter delivery system.

HTH

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 11:05:39 (#213 of 2009)

<twinkly eyes of Sid James>

MadamGwenver - 27 Apr 2019 11:06:10 (#214 of 2009)

Egbert is a massive fan of crumpets. Especially massive crumpets, as manufactured by Tory-funding Warburtons. It's tricky.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 11:09:34 (#215 of 2009)

I have enjoyed eating them this week so might have to make them a regular thing.

Although I find they need to be well done enough to slightly burnt and very crispy on the outside and although my Mum likes jam as well, anything that gets in the way of the butter seems like a step back to me.

God I am boring!

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 11:10:22 (#216 of 2009)

Salted butter?

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 11:13:33 (#217 of 2009)

Butter is all that's really needed on a crumpet. However, I do very occasionally smear a bit of Marmite on as well, which blends in very well with the lashings of Lurpak.

HelenDamnation - 27 Apr 2019 11:21:12 (#218 of 2009)

Crumpets are too boingy. Muffins FTW. Sainsers cheese and black pepper, followed by M&S Supreme, followed by Warburtons. IT'S THE TRUTH.

MadamGwenver - 27 Apr 2019 11:24:12 (#219 of 2009)

L and I are fans of Morrisons apple and cinnamon muffins (and I love their cheese ones too). It had never occurred to me that other muffin purveyors might be available, and I feel an in-depth investigation might be a necessity.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 11:27:49 (#220 of 2009)

I have also mostly bought Warburton's out of habit and not knowing they were fascists. I also always buy Lurpak as well which is labelled "slightly salted". I can never remember weather salted or unsalted is the one that indicates I have the culinary sophistication of a Brexit voter.

During my trip home my Dad did accuse me of "going posh" after I said his habit of filling wine glasses 3/4 full was "a bit council estate". He claims he started doing this because when my annoying Belgium cousins come at Christmas it stops my cousin in law helping himself to half a pint of "the good stuff" in one of those modern enormo-glasses, which is a fair point.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 12:36:02 (#221 of 2009)

I think crumpets are pretty much made of yeasty pancake type batter, but in rings. I like them not. Muffins FTW and HelenD is right about the cheesy ones.

Why are Warbutton's fascists?

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 12:38:35 (#222 of 2009)

I googled. Yeast, bicarb, flour, water and milk. No egg! I suppose they are bready and not so enriched.

Rendered - 27 Apr 2019 12:45:32 (#223 of 2009)

Somehow I'd forgotten that up here a breadcake is not a possible dessert but another name for a bread roll.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 13:04:09 (#224 of 2009)

Can you imagine the opportunities for hilarious misunderstandings?

SorrellA - 27 Apr 2019 13:09:02 (#225 of 2009)

Crumpets with butter and honey or butter and marmite. Sainsbury's cheese and black pepper muffins are good but I've served them up so often to children that I can't fancy them myself somehow.

I always though 3/4 filling wine glasses was posher than full up but am no expert.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 13:11:16 (#226 of 2009)

Neither surely? You want a nice big wine glass with room to swirl and appreciate the bouquet. And white goes warm if the glass is too big.

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 13:12:32 (#227 of 2009)

But if the glass isn’t big enough someone else drinks the wine

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 13:15:28 (#228 of 2009)

Ah, yes, in those circumstances I can see that I would pour myself a larger glass.

Ginmonkey - 27 Apr 2019 13:24:24 (#229 of 2009)

I tried to make crumpets once - it wasn't very successful.

Mr Monkey has a habit of filling up wine glasses almost to the top, like he is pouring a pint of beer. Luckily he rarely drinks wine but it is a little shaming when in a posh restaurant.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 13:27:51 (#230 of 2009)

LTB

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 13:39:31 (#231 of 2009)

So I suppose using a straw in your wine glass is a complete no-no.

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 13:41:19 (#232 of 2009)

I’m afraid I’d take a dim view of you using a straw in my glass, yes.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 13:43:25 (#233 of 2009)

A good point, well made.

mazylou - 27 Apr 2019 13:58:58 (#234 of 2009)

Here you all are.

‘Trose do a very acceptable sourdough crumpet. I think I prefer muffins, though.

Happy birthdays, Jedi and Preachy.

I am back from thatSicily, and mourning the lack of almond ice-cream in my day. The food was splendid.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 14:07:25 (#235 of 2009)

Why are Warbutton's fascists?

Tory funders according to MdmG.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 14:11:01 (#236 of 2009)

I always though 3/4 filling wine glasses was posher than full up but am no expert.

Should be filled about half so the surface area is maximised which then maximises the bouquet in the glass and also allows for a bit of a swirl when tasting. Plus those modern enormo-glasses hold about a pint.

slicey - 27 Apr 2019 14:12:50 (#237 of 2009)

At least that's what I was told. Master of Wine Ricolas or Red Wine Expert Lippy may be along to correct me shortly.

Bodgit - 27 Apr 2019 14:21:44 (#238 of 2009)

Crumpets are not absorbent enough and the melted butter falls out through the holes. Muffins ftw.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 15:04:19 (#239 of 2009)

Rejoice! I have solved a problem with a volestrangling pivot table!

Rejoice, I say, and be of good cheer!

breakfast - 27 Apr 2019 15:05:12 (#240 of 2009)

Those poor voles.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 15:08:47 (#241 of 2009)

The manner of their strangling can now be more clearly identified. This is genuinely most exciting*.

*for me

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 15:11:32 (#242 of 2009)

I love a good pivot table.

On my way home from work now, hungry as I’ve had no lunch, and for some reason I’m craving crumpets!

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 15:12:25 (#243 of 2009)

Greasy holes, innit.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 15:39:58 (#244 of 2009)

I shall henceforth think of crumpets as greasy holes.

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 15:40:37 (#245 of 2009)

<win>

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 16:04:06 (#246 of 2009)

Master of Wine Ricolas or Red Wine Expert Lippy may be along to correct me shortly.

I think you are right, slicers. Mind you, I don't always adhere to that method.

In other news, I've just put the heating on. At the end of April! VOR will be ashamed of me.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 16:04:43 (#247 of 2009)

Do you not have a Slanket to snuggle under?

SorrellA - 27 Apr 2019 16:06:52 (#248 of 2009)

Did everyone see the trypophobics crumpets article? I think it's an atavistic fear of parasite eggs myself. Penne pasta which sticks to the pan in end-on clusters gives me the horrors slightly, though I'm fine with crumpets.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48069436

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 16:10:50 (#249 of 2009)

No slankets here, Dubs: they make the place look untidy.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 16:19:42 (#250 of 2009)

Whereas if I had one, I could hide some of the untidiness underneath it.

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 16:56:41 (#251 of 2009)

I also have the heating on - it’s bloody freezing out.

I just needed to share this you - from an article in the Guardian about the measles outbreak in the US - a comment from someone who is apparently majoring in communications.

Several students at Cal State-LA were shocked that their campus could be hit by a measles outbreak.

“When they were like measles, I was like, ‘What? Where did that come from,’” said Sergio Dula, a communications major.

TheVoiceOfReason - 27 Apr 2019 17:31:23 (#252 of 2009)

I am on the sofa under the slanket. And shamefully I too have flirted with the central heating knob. I have thus far manfully resisted, but it’s a close-run thing.

nemo75 - 27 Apr 2019 17:32:54 (#253 of 2009)

Poor old EdgingOfReason

HelenDamnation - 27 Apr 2019 17:50:40 (#254 of 2009)

I've just opened the kitchen window!

HouseOfLametta - 27 Apr 2019 18:13:24 (#255 of 2009)

Today is a good day. I had to go to the tip. There was a 1950s bicycle and a 1960s petrol lawnmower there. I left them there.

HouseOfLametta - 27 Apr 2019 18:13:41 (#256 of 2009)

They wouldn’t sell them to me.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 18:18:12 (#257 of 2009)

I'm at the RFH trying to drink my way out of my hangover and hoping I don't nod off during the Brahms.

HelenDamnation - 27 Apr 2019 18:24:01 (#258 of 2009)

I'm wondering if I dare pretend that the tapas bar my friends want to go to hasn't got any tables left (they're at the cinema and we're meeting afterwards). I am not keen on tapas and would rather have Italian.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 18:26:04 (#259 of 2009)

ti oD

Crayola - 27 Apr 2019 18:26:38 (#260 of 2009)

I am off to a wedding . Had to go out and get last minute stockings as bare legs is not happening today! Fortunately they are getting married in the 91 bus route that stops outside my house so my tottering in heels has been minimised

Crayola - 27 Apr 2019 18:26:58 (#261 of 2009)

On not in

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 18:28:55 (#262 of 2009)

Ah shame, I liked the idea of getting married in the bus.

Ginmonkey - 27 Apr 2019 18:34:35 (#263 of 2009)

I've been to the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Hayward, which is very good. I then had a faintly disappointing chocolate thing at Le Pain Quotidien afterwards - I should have got the Tarte au Citron as I usually do when it is on offer.

Now to work out marathon watching for tomorrow. Due to the different running times of people we are suporting and different preferences of time and plave amongst the suporting group the Whatsapp negotiations are taking on Brexit type complexity.

HollyGolightly - 27 Apr 2019 18:39:34 (#264 of 2009)

I have been asleep all day. It’s been rather nice.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 18:42:01 (#265 of 2009)

#263 Have a massive tantrum and demand that the 5 hour people run it in 3 for your convenience because that's what you implicitly voted for by leaving the house.

Tomnoddy - 27 Apr 2019 18:45:02 (#266 of 2009)

I have been hand delivering letters all over new housing estates I've never set foot in before. Cambridge is growing fast. The wind was horrible. I have just had the last of the cockaleekie, and am about to tuck into a pancake, with rabelasion lemon and sugar.

I am very grateful for these comforts on a day like this.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 18:45:50 (#267 of 2009)

I just ate a pot of those big, wasabe-coated nuts and then promptly rubbed my eyes. NOT HELPFUL.

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 18:46:35 (#268 of 2009)

I misread that as the Diane Abbott exhibition and boggled for a moment.

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 18:47:57 (#269 of 2009)

And have eaten home made salmon fish cake and green veg. Now to tackle some leftover clafoutis.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 18:50:16 (#270 of 2009)

I imagine a Dianne Abbott exhibition would feature lots of pics of her swigging tinned cocktails on public transport.

limegreen - 27 Apr 2019 18:57:14 (#271 of 2009)

Diane Abbot art https://mobile.twitter.com/LouisStaples/status/111
9560054926082048

SorrellA - 27 Apr 2019 18:59:16 (#272 of 2009)

Home made salmon fishcake and clafoutis sounds food of the gods. What fruit in the clafoutis?

Ginmonkey - 27 Apr 2019 19:03:56 (#273 of 2009)

Lol at Diane Abbot exhibition. More nudists, drag queens and italian Americans dressed up to go to Coney island than you would get at a Diane Abbot exhibition.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Apr 2019 19:09:26 (#274 of 2009)

Now I'm thinking of Russ Abbott and Bella Emberg. *worried face*

Cordelia - 27 Apr 2019 19:13:27 (#275 of 2009)

Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Which really ought to be called pinkberries for consistency.

Sabacious - 27 Apr 2019 19:18:24 (#276 of 2009)

Oh Lordy is it the bloody marathon tomorrow? Must avoid going anywhere in that direction.

Also, don’t like tapas?!?!

HelenDamnation - 27 Apr 2019 20:16:25 (#277 of 2009)

Don't eat meat, Sab. And loathe sharing plates. If I've ordered something, it's because I WANT TO EAT IT!

Sabacious - 27 Apr 2019 20:22:23 (#278 of 2009)

Ah, I didn't know about the meat thing, that does limit things somewhat. However I'm perfectly happy to order plates of tapas just for me, everyone else can fend for themselves.

Rendered - 27 Apr 2019 21:01:40 (#279 of 2009)

No central heating here because I have lit my first ever FIRE.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 21:12:20 (#280 of 2009)

<rubs sticks together>

Rendered - 27 Apr 2019 21:25:19 (#281 of 2009)

<calls Guinness Book of Records>

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 21:31:56 (#282 of 2009)

Not like that.

TheVoiceOfReason - 27 Apr 2019 21:52:40 (#283 of 2009)

I am having beer at a homosexualist establishment in London’s trendy Kennington, feeling about 101 years old and wishing I were home by the fire.

Dubris - 27 Apr 2019 22:02:13 (#284 of 2009)

Are the gay young things being irritating?

HelenDamnation - 27 Apr 2019 23:28:33 (#285 of 2009)

Or are the irritating young things being gay? Or the irritating gay things being young?

Distract yourself with this AWESOME headline: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/how-to-keep-std-riddled-ladybirds-out-of-your-house-as-invasion-booms-in-yorkshire-1-9734013?fbclid=IwAR0mD6cL2CkoAUQo76hc9xJ_mL1xh5xdV
dbebEQ_UhrKX9yNs1zvgJvhDuU

TheVoiceOfReason - 28 Apr 2019 07:50:40 (#286 of 2009)

WE ARE NOT GAY

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/
28/dear-mariella-we-are-not-gay-but-secretly-kiss-and-sleep-together

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 08:35:30 (#287 of 2009)

Life is complicated and the phrase "unrequited sleepover" is a fine bit of worthsmithing.

Ginmonkey - 28 Apr 2019 08:41:14 (#288 of 2009)

That problem is a whole world of awkward.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 08:49:01 (#289 of 2009)

And I suspect at least some of their colleagues have already noticed that something is going on.

slicey - 28 Apr 2019 08:51:03 (#290 of 2009)

They seem to have managed to get all the disadvantages of a very complicated relationship without actually having one.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 09:48:58 (#291 of 2009)

Fortunately, the only element missing is a deceived partner who's starting to doubt all the overnight client visits.

slicey - 28 Apr 2019 10:16:48 (#292 of 2009)

The Brexit Party: Nobody can top our truly awful candidates.

Australia: Hold my beer.

https://twitter.com/EssexCanning/status/1122191038
469292033

Ginmonkey - 28 Apr 2019 10:19:12 (#293 of 2009)

Oh gosh. " I did not kidnap three little boys. They were not that little and they came willingly!!!!"

I am not really sure what to say.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Apr 2019 10:24:52 (#294 of 2009)

That’s brilliant!

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 10:35:29 (#295 of 2009)

Erm...

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 11:33:56 (#296 of 2009)

This won't do at all. I've sat about the house all morning and I feel dull-witted as a result. Time for fresh air.

TheVoiceOfReason - 28 Apr 2019 14:03:52 (#297 of 2009)

An interesting interview with Bret Easton Ellis but it got me to thinking. Was the generation above us as scornful of us when we were young adults? I remember a lot of media attention on “Generation X”, but it was general interest stuff rather than all this “hopeless snowflakes” that goes on now. Our generation’s mores must have been challenging to our elders but I don’t remember as much hostility; maybe it passed me by? What do others think/remember?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/28/bret-easton-ellis-millennials-white-interview

DejaLu - 28 Apr 2019 14:10:16 (#298 of 2009)

Our idiocies weren’t magnified by the internet.

Rendered - 28 Apr 2019 14:17:01 (#299 of 2009)

Pretty much that.

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Apr 2019 14:21:26 (#300 of 2009)

Was the generation above us as scornful of us when we were young adults?

Very much so. I remember lots of "They don't know they are born" type comments. Also loads of moral panic in the newspapers about raves, Es and so on.

limegreen - 28 Apr 2019 15:15:38 (#301 of 2009)

There was teenage pregnancy moral panic. Rates were much higher when I was a teenager than now. But it feels like less of an attack on personality.

I do see where some of the snowflake criticism is coming from. But also people have always done it and been me, me, me, treat me this way. Agree it's amplified by the Internet.

LippyPongstocking - 28 Apr 2019 15:54:43 (#302 of 2009)

I can't abide Bret Easton Ellis, but in any event shoulders-with-Lu.

Eek, what a way to go - like something out of a horror film.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/pictured-woman-died-falling-meat-grinder-work-101553922.html

helenskywalker - 28 Apr 2019 16:09:17 (#303 of 2009)

I can't stand the man so sod his opinions.

Cordelia - 28 Apr 2019 16:15:27 (#304 of 2009)

I seem to have managed to spend the whole day inside, mostly studying. Must get some fresh air!

helenskywalker - 28 Apr 2019 16:47:08 (#305 of 2009)

We appear to be watching a bark-along screening of 101 Dalmatians.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 18:30:03 (#306 of 2009)

While out walking earlier this afternoon I was barked at ferociously by a dachshund. You will be surprised to learn that I didn't feel threatened.

nemo75 - 28 Apr 2019 18:31:11 (#307 of 2009)

Horrible dogs.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 18:34:43 (#308 of 2009)

But how dare I have the temerity to walk where she and her humans and their other dachshund were walking? She was quite young and the other dog was quite elderly, so I suspect she was protecting him.

slicey - 28 Apr 2019 19:36:09 (#309 of 2009)

As ever Sir Dubs shows no fear when eye to eye with a giant sausage.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 19:56:32 (#310 of 2009)

Sometimes a sausage dog is just a sausage dog.

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 20:07:50 (#311 of 2009)

Buns

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 20:17:12 (#312 of 2009)

You people are obsessed.

Ricolas - 28 Apr 2019 20:18:27 (#313 of 2009)

...sauce...

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 20:19:26 (#314 of 2009)

I'm going to iron some shirts. So there.

nemo75 - 28 Apr 2019 20:19:57 (#315 of 2009)

<consults urban dictionary>

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 20:20:47 (#316 of 2009)

It's going to turn out to be something dreadful and requiring greater flexibility than I've had in years, isn't it?

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 20:34:17 (#317 of 2009)

A quick glance at the antiques roadshow and the restored Piece Hall and square in Halifax is looking rather splendid.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 20:50:44 (#318 of 2009)

That's quite enough ironing to be going on with. Now to change the bedlinen!

And I've seen pictures of the Piece Hall - it looks very fine indeed, but I wonder how well used it is.

nemo75 - 28 Apr 2019 20:52:16 (#319 of 2009)

That's quite enough ironing to be going on with. Now to change the bedlinen!

<bites tongue>

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 20:56:56 (#320 of 2009)

I am an innocent man. My conscience is clear.

Cordelia - 28 Apr 2019 21:01:11 (#321 of 2009)

requiring greater flexibility than I've had in years, isn't it?

I’ve just attempted a yoga session and decided I am the least flexible person in the history of humanity.

Ricolas - 28 Apr 2019 21:04:06 (#322 of 2009)

I have always been flexible. I don't care to use that ability very often.

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 21:05:42 (#323 of 2009)

I can free up most afternoons.

slicey - 28 Apr 2019 21:06:42 (#324 of 2009)

I just did 100[*] press-ups.

And the sort of press-ups where you do them on your knees so you don't get stuck in the down position on the first one.

[*] 10

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 21:08:46 (#325 of 2009)

I’ve just done one of those press- ups where you reach into a bowl and pick up a single peanut.

Cordelia - 28 Apr 2019 21:11:25 (#326 of 2009)

That’s my kind of press-up.

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 21:13:29 (#327 of 2009)

Actually it was more a clean and jerk. Peanut lifted, grip consolidated at chest level, a sharp twist of the fingers and into my mouth.

I’m about to go for a first attempt or at two peanuts.

HelenDamnation - 28 Apr 2019 21:22:13 (#328 of 2009)

<drumroll>

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 21:28:21 (#329 of 2009)

The tension is unbearable.

Sabacious - 28 Apr 2019 21:30:22 (#330 of 2009)

Passed at two, went straight for three and lost one half under the sofa.

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 21:30:55 (#331 of 2009)

Oh!

Cordelia - 28 Apr 2019 21:34:31 (#332 of 2009)

the crowd groans

Ricolas - 28 Apr 2019 21:42:07 (#333 of 2009)

...he lost points there, Ron...

slicey - 28 Apr 2019 21:49:22 (#334 of 2009)

<holds up card with number 4 on it>

Dubris - 28 Apr 2019 21:50:51 (#335 of 2009)

I feel crushed, just thinking about it.

And now time for bed. Given that I'm waking up earlier than I need to at the moment (because my brain is too full of voles), it makes sense to try to get to sleep earlier than I need to as well.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 07:16:59 (#336 of 2009)

That went down well.

slicey - 29 Apr 2019 07:24:10 (#337 of 2009)

I am also up early as I return to work invigorated after my week off.

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 07:32:28 (#338 of 2009)

I am also returning to work after a holiday.

I expect the invigorated feeling to last approximately 6.8 minutes after entering the building.

Rendered - 29 Apr 2019 08:09:52 (#339 of 2009)

I've been to Edgware, I feel sorry for old Tony.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/
29/tony-slattery-had-very-happy-time-went-slightly-barmy

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 08:10:01 (#340 of 2009)

A sore neck has meant less sleep than I would ideally like. sleepy.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 08:10:38 (#341 of 2009)

A rather sad article, that I thought.

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 08:32:55 (#342 of 2009)

Me too. It makes me want to look after him. I had no idea about his problems - but adored WLIIA and him in particular.

And Richard-Vranch-on-the-piano obvs

LippyPongstocking - 29 Apr 2019 08:41:26 (#343 of 2009)

Yes, a sad tale - and a salient reminder, were any needed, that there is often a very dark side to celebrity.

N.B: a daily diet of two bottles of vodka and 10g of cocaine

Rendered - 29 Apr 2019 08:49:30 (#344 of 2009)

A diet not best suited to manic depression.

I remember meeting him 20 years ago when I was volunteering with the Terence Higgins Trust and we were running a celebrity shopping night thing at Selfridge's. He already looked quite different and seemed timid to the point of being petrified. I suppose it wasn't that long after his breakdown.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Apr 2019 09:18:06 (#345 of 2009)

His chap must be made of tough stuff.

Mike McShane is still alive!

mazylou - 29 Apr 2019 09:20:24 (#346 of 2009)

Years ago, he came and filmed a corporate video at the company I worked for, and I sorted out some stuff for him (no, not that). He was just lovely, and so polite. Sweet man.

Ginmonkey - 29 Apr 2019 09:21:53 (#347 of 2009)

#345 that's what I thought Laz - that really is "for bwtter or worse".

Catspyjamas17 - 29 Apr 2019 10:59:42 (#348 of 2009)

Poor guy. I was such a fan when he was on WLIIA?

At one point, he locked himself in his riverside flat for six months and threw all his furniture into the Thames.

After that part of the article I got an advert for Riverside Apartments.

Charisse - 29 Apr 2019 17:14:25 (#349 of 2009)

I had a huge crush on him in his heyday. My inner teenager is disappointed to discover I really wasn’t his type.

slicey - 29 Apr 2019 17:46:54 (#350 of 2009)

I always found him so annoying I never realised he was handsome.

staticgirl - 29 Apr 2019 17:51:23 (#351 of 2009)

I always thought he was cute too. He still does have a slightly impish look.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 18:43:38 (#352 of 2009)

Good evening, dumplings!

I was another '90s Slattery fan. I want there to be a positive third act for him.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 19:43:35 (#353 of 2009)

Meanwhile, the problem of leftovers: often so much tastier than the meal from which they are derived, yet they can't exist without that meal.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 20:08:22 (#354 of 2009)

Most spectacular example of that was buying, cooking and eating langoustines. They were hassle, but fine. Enjoyable.

But the soup that the little critter's roasted shells made was almost inconceivably excellent.

Sabacious - 29 Apr 2019 20:10:24 (#355 of 2009)

I am grazing on various leftovers, alas no crustaceans involved, but plenty of goodness nonetheless. It helps when herself can't decide what she wants to make but wants to make something and consequently spends all sunday afternoon making a disparate range of goodies.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 20:15:02 (#356 of 2009)

I find myself thinking that perhaps I ought (in my very late forties) to go on a cookery course. It's never something I've been particularly taught, either at home or school, and I suspect I might enjoy proper cooking more and do it more often if I felt I had a sounder understanding of the basics.

So that's another good intention to add to the mountain.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 20:16:19 (#357 of 2009)

Just book one and be done with it. Perhaps a residential one, which would be fun.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 20:17:28 (#358 of 2009)

I have always wanted to go on a knife skills course.

Ginmonkey - 29 Apr 2019 20:17:31 (#359 of 2009)

Do it, it will be fun.

slicey - 29 Apr 2019 20:17:49 (#360 of 2009)

Or just come round to my flat and cook me dinner every night and I will let you know where you are going wrong.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 20:18:40 (#361 of 2009)

Such a kind offer, slicey.

Rendered - 29 Apr 2019 20:26:34 (#362 of 2009)

<notes down idea for sitcom>

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 20:27:07 (#363 of 2009)

Or mine.

Alternatively why not try a recipe box out? They’re usually pretty simple and usefully everything you need is provided (including full instructions) so you don’t have to go out and buy a bottle of red wine vinegar for a recipe that calls for a tablespoon, and risk the cost and waste. I get the occasional Abel & Cole recipe box because it saves me thinking and shopping - this week I have ordered these two recipes:

https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/RecipeBox/RecipeBoxD
etails?rcp=8082


https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/RecipeBox/RecipeBoxD
etails?rcp=8084


Out of this selection:

https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/recipebox

Impedimenta - 29 Apr 2019 20:41:20 (#364 of 2009)

often so much tastier than the meal from which they are derived, yet they can't exist without that meal.



It took me a while to work that one out, then I realised it's because I'm the lazy sod who just eats leftovers, rather than doing anything creative with them.

Tomnoddy - 29 Apr 2019 20:47:00 (#365 of 2009)

Scottish soups and curries (not Scottish, as such) invariably taste better the day after they were made. It appears to be a natural law. No further processing is needed, apart from reheating.

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 20:50:47 (#366 of 2009)

Most stews are better on day 2+.

Tomnoddy - 29 Apr 2019 20:56:33 (#367 of 2009)

That's true.

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 21:02:36 (#368 of 2009)

Gah. My Sainsbury’s order is now officially late.

Cordelia - 29 Apr 2019 21:04:09 (#369 of 2009)

And in fact they have just called to say he’s running half an hour late. Annoying.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 21:12:45 (#370 of 2009)

That reminds me: I've run out of marmalade.

Tomnoddy - 29 Apr 2019 21:15:18 (#371 of 2009)

I've had a jar of F Coopers' in the pantry for the last 18 months. It will probably still be there in 18 months time. Full of HFCS, which I only found out some weeks after purchase.

Dubris - 29 Apr 2019 21:17:34 (#372 of 2009)

M&S marmalade for me - the blood orange is good.

Crayola - 29 Apr 2019 21:35:32 (#373 of 2009)

I had a nice grapefruit one but sadly am currently marmalade-free

goldfinch - 29 Apr 2019 21:38:07 (#374 of 2009)

I have spare marmalade, Cray.

DejaLu - 29 Apr 2019 21:42:55 (#375 of 2009)

Full of HFCS, which I only found out some weeks after purchase.

Really? I didn’t know we used it much in this country. Will have to be on the lookout.

helenskywalker - 29 Apr 2019 22:20:07 (#376 of 2009)

What it is?

Tomnoddy - 29 Apr 2019 22:22:00 (#377 of 2009)

High fructose corn syrup, a byproduct from processing maize plant stalks. Much more fattening than ordinary sugar.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 22:22:17 (#378 of 2009)

Hydro Flouro CarbonS.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 22:23:04 (#379 of 2009)

You can make bombs out of Marmalade. Or light fluorescent lights. Or refill your fridge possibly.

Look, I don't really know.

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 22:23:09 (#380 of 2009)

What was the question?

Ricolas - 29 Apr 2019 22:25:47 (#381 of 2009)

I've got beer from Peckham. Last night I have beer from Gypsy Hill. No beer from North London for me!

Crayola - 29 Apr 2019 22:25:51 (#382 of 2009)

Two sugars. Half past three

Sabacious - 29 Apr 2019 22:50:37 (#383 of 2009)

Beer from Southern Germany. Peanuts.

Crayola - 29 Apr 2019 22:54:46 (#384 of 2009)

I've brushed my teeth to stop me devouring more nuts. That Aldi in Archway is making me fat.

Sabacious - 29 Apr 2019 22:55:52 (#385 of 2009)

Archway Aldi nuts for me.

Crayola - 29 Apr 2019 22:56:23 (#386 of 2009)

I bought a week's worth of groceries for £12 today.

goldfinch - 29 Apr 2019 22:57:44 (#387 of 2009)

I've had to stop buying the Aldi nuts and chocolate.

Crayola - 29 Apr 2019 23:04:59 (#388 of 2009)

I've managed to resist the choc so far. And I go out of my way to Lidl for their dried fruit. Both nuts and dried fruit are in theory healthy, just not in the volumes I can devour them.

goldfinch - 29 Apr 2019 23:13:22 (#389 of 2009)

I love cashews and they are so cheap there. Impossible not to eat half a bag in one sitting.

I've been getting scam calls on my mobile today from abroad. They ring twice and then ring off and I've had about 10 so far I block the number but they just use another one. Anyone know what I can do to stop it?

DejaLu - 29 Apr 2019 23:13:47 (#390 of 2009)

Aldi chocolate has made me very fat.

Sabacious - 29 Apr 2019 23:39:51 (#391 of 2009)

I had the phone call thing for a while recently. They were from somewhere in Africa first, then after blocking about 10 they started coming from Switzerland. I kept blocking and they soon gave up.

They started immediately after I gave my number to something which escapes me now. Annoying as i’d Like a bit of a word with them.

goldfinch - 30 Apr 2019 07:11:52 (#392 of 2009)

It's a relief to hear they gave up, Sab, thanks. They're still at it. I'm a bit free and easy with my number. Perhaps I should be a bit more careful.

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 07:16:11 (#393 of 2009)

I only get periodic calls from O2 asking if they can check that I'm getting the best deal (ie wanting to move me off pay-as-you-go onto a contract). Each time they are astonished that I only need to top up the 'phone every couple of months, hardly ever make calls, send only the occasional text message and have no need of an allowance for lots of data, thank you.

So yes, I am getting the best deal for my needs.

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 07:56:17 (#394 of 2009)

I get the O2 ones aswell. I tell them I am on a contract. They ask if I would like a payg sim with more data on it. I ask them why I would do such a thing when I still have to pay my contract. They say goodbye. It must be a miserable job.

Meanwhile, Finns. Toc toc toc

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts
/2019/apr/30/hobbyhorsing-what-girls-everywhere-can-learn-from-the-finnish-craze?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Cordelia - 30 Apr 2019 07:56:52 (#395 of 2009)

I was just reading that article. I thought it was quite nice.

helbel - 30 Apr 2019 08:23:09 (#396 of 2009)

Surely that’s just playground games codified. We spent hours pretending to ride horses round the playground in primary school.

slicey - 30 Apr 2019 08:31:29 (#397 of 2009)

Formally judged hobbyhorse dressage seems like a Monty Python sketch.

Crayola - 30 Apr 2019 08:43:19 (#398 of 2009)

I am wfh awaiting the delivery of a sofa that I am slightly scared:

  • they will struggle to get through the door
  • is possibly a bit big for my living room (I did measure it*, but I just mean generally)


* when I say 'measured' it, I mean I got a 6 foot 3 man to lie in the space and lie on the sofa, and it was the right size. Couldn't find the tape measure.



Incidentally, if anyone is around later, I am meeting a now glaswegian marsupial in my local for drink around 7.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 08:46:09 (#399 of 2009)

Fear not, Cray, it's amazing what burly men can manage to fit into spaces which don't look big enough to accomodate them.

Meanwhile, in 'getting old' news, I accidentally got up at 5.20 this morning, because I misread my digital clock. It was only when I'd made a cup of tea and switched on the telly that I realised my mistake.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 08:56:55 (#400 of 2009)

A few weeks ago, I was the only one w**king on my floor and I misread the clock and went home an hour early.

Crayola - 30 Apr 2019 08:57:33 (#401 of 2009)

Between you and Lippy, you're the winner there, Laz.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 08:58:20 (#402 of 2009)

Yeah. It was a bit of a result.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 09:06:54 (#403 of 2009)

Indeed, that's a definite #WIN for you.

limegreen - 30 Apr 2019 09:19:29 (#404 of 2009)

I hadn't realised hobby horses were just for girls

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 09:32:48 (#405 of 2009)

Indeed. Little Len has quite a stable of them, although quite neglected now I suppose. Reverse-Massive-GohGoh was notable as he was an Evil Hobby Horse who used to tell him to draw on the carpet.

slicey - 30 Apr 2019 10:06:34 (#406 of 2009)

THERE IS A MAN WEARING A FEDORA IN OUR OFFICE.

He also has deck shoes, no socks and a check sports jacket with elbow patches and the collar turned up.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 10:08:11 (#407 of 2009)

Is it Matt Goss from Bros?

Ginmonkey - 30 Apr 2019 10:08:38 (#408 of 2009)

Removal men got our sofa not only into our flat, but in the teeny tiny thirties lift. If i recall they took bits of it apart.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 10:13:35 (#409 of 2009)

What colour trousers is Ric The Office Intruder wearing?

slicey - 30 Apr 2019 10:35:55 (#410 of 2009)

He is in a meeting now so I cannot report on trouser colour.

Crayola - 30 Apr 2019 10:38:59 (#411 of 2009)

Sofa has arrived and so far looks like it will fit. Burly men got it in easily. As it were.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 12:01:14 (#412 of 2009)

Men wearing shoes without socks annoys me almost unreasonably. With too-short trousers to display this even better, I fear for my sanity and the human race.

Tomnoddy - 30 Apr 2019 12:04:34 (#413 of 2009)

He may have those invisible shortie socks which don't stand up from the shoes, as it were. Would that make a difference?

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 12:46:09 (#414 of 2009)

It would make me feel slightly happier. But you can tell that they aren't. Ugh.

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 12:51:46 (#415 of 2009)

The trainer sock is a great invention.

helenskywalker - 30 Apr 2019 12:52:34 (#416 of 2009)

Not as good as the personal trainer sock what I have just invented.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 12:53:21 (#417 of 2009)

Did you stick googley eyes on it?

helenskywalker - 30 Apr 2019 12:55:35 (#418 of 2009)

Just as soon as I get home.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 12:57:28 (#419 of 2009)

Trainer socks are always grubby white, aren’t they?

<boak>

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 12:59:12 (#420 of 2009)

You should stop eating them.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 13:01:53 (#421 of 2009)

You’ve been looking at my instagram.

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 13:03:36 (#422 of 2009)

#justsaying #yolo #sockmuncher

helenskywalker - 30 Apr 2019 13:21:44 (#423 of 2009)

The ones I am currently wearing are black with scarlet toes.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 13:47:23 (#424 of 2009)

Racy!

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 14:13:46 (#425 of 2009)

If there's one thing I've learned from my lunch today, it's that apple and Stilton cheese go very well together, but Brie not so much.

Cordelia - 30 Apr 2019 14:40:49 (#426 of 2009)

The ones I'm wearing today are grey (deliberately grey, not just unwashed) with bright blue toes and heels.

HollyGolightly - 30 Apr 2019 15:21:08 (#427 of 2009)

I am having a grumpy day today. On the plus side, it's the first time I've woken before 7.30am voluntarily for ages so it seems as if the unexplained fatigue has fucked off.

Ginmonkey - 30 Apr 2019 15:21:12 (#428 of 2009)

Mine are white and grey striped with red heels and toes and a glittery red stripe at the top.

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 16:04:17 (#429 of 2009)

Today's most bizarre story.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/30/man-jailed-over-plot-to-dump-us-man-with-dementia-in-hereford

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 16:07:23 (#430 of 2009)

If that happens a lot that could explain much about Hereford.

DejaLu - 30 Apr 2019 16:18:56 (#431 of 2009)

No, this is the day’s most bizarre story:

https://apple.news/A9gjNER5DRjK-jQv355W3Jg

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 16:21:07 (#432 of 2009)

I'm not convinced he actually got stabbed by a hedgehog. I think he may have been scracthed by a hedgehog spike.

Cordelia - 30 Apr 2019 16:27:10 (#433 of 2009)

No, the hedgehog shanked him.

DejaLu - 30 Apr 2019 16:27:48 (#434 of 2009)

Definitely. There’s an epidemic, you know.

LippyPongstocking - 30 Apr 2019 16:38:02 (#435 of 2009)

Perhaps it was a crack hedgehog.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 16:39:42 (#436 of 2009)

In my day it was just cheese and pineapple.

nemo75 - 30 Apr 2019 17:18:39 (#437 of 2009)

Was the story on Twitter? Loads of shanking on there.

Catspyjamas17 - 30 Apr 2019 18:08:19 (#438 of 2009)

I can't believe this contaminated blood scandal has only just come up for public enquiry now. It was in the news when I was at school! People are only just finding out now they have hepatitis C.

nemo75 - 30 Apr 2019 18:09:08 (#439 of 2009)

I guess it wasn’t screened routinely?

Catspyjamas17 - 30 Apr 2019 18:10:17 (#440 of 2009)

But it was known about years ago, it was in the news, it was a deliberate decision not to tell people.

Catspyjamas17 - 30 Apr 2019 18:20:40 (#441 of 2009)

Sorry for the non-whimsy, I should stay away from the 6 o' clock news.

slicey - 30 Apr 2019 18:27:56 (#442 of 2009)

When I saw that headline and my first reaction was surely they didn't let that happen again like it did 20 years ago.

goldfinch - 30 Apr 2019 18:29:31 (#443 of 2009)

It's shocking how long people have had to wait and were tricked into signing away some of their rights back then.

In other news, I can smell dead mouse in my larder. I saw it run in last week and couldn't find it. I still can't find it.

nemo75 - 30 Apr 2019 18:30:59 (#444 of 2009)

When I saw that headline and my first reaction was surely they didn't let that happen again like it did 20 years ago.

Me too.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 18:34:54 (#445 of 2009)

It is a fucking awful thing.

TheVoiceOfReason - 30 Apr 2019 18:55:33 (#446 of 2009)

Just left the kebab shop clutching my wares and the v unreliable but wonderfully convenient 284 bus showed up to whisk me home for a meaty feast.

#everythingscomingupmilhouse

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 19:00:24 (#447 of 2009)

The Meat Bus.

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 19:29:10 (#448 of 2009)

Dirty kebab for dinner! Are you sober too?

TheVoiceOfReason - 30 Apr 2019 19:32:24 (#449 of 2009)

Yes! And it was good.

TheVoiceOfReason - 30 Apr 2019 19:33:00 (#450 of 2009)

The local kebab emporium is now on Deliveroo. I may never leave the house again.

Rendered - 30 Apr 2019 19:35:06 (#451 of 2009)

Those Ian Beale posters must be covered in grease.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Apr 2019 19:37:12 (#452 of 2009)

Grease. Yes.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 19:48:33 (#453 of 2009)

Out. Of. The. Gutter. People.

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 19:52:32 (#454 of 2009)

Good evening, kebab fans! My socks today are black with an argyle pattern in two shades of grey.

TheVoiceOfReason - 30 Apr 2019 19:58:33 (#455 of 2009)

Only 48 shades to go, Dubbers!

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 20:07:47 (#456 of 2009)

I think I'll stay as I am, thank you.

Ginmonkey - 30 Apr 2019 20:30:25 (#457 of 2009)

I have just done a Tai Chi class. It's surprisingly hard, those ancient chinese people you see doing it must be nails.

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 20:42:07 (#458 of 2009)

I don't doubt it. There is a vole-related thing that I ought to be doing, but I don't have the mental energy. Would Tai Chi help?

TheVoiceOfReason - 30 Apr 2019 20:56:16 (#459 of 2009)

Washing machine cover, anyone?

https://twitter.com/whingewine/status/112289750014
5430528

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 21:01:12 (#460 of 2009)

Dainty yet alluring.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:10:48 (#461 of 2009)

So. One "queenie"* in and I am all guns blazing. Two and I might be unconscious. Shall I go for it?

* queenie = gin + dubonnet at 2/3 ratio. Half wine glass** full.



** big wine glass

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 21:13:41 (#462 of 2009)

As I say, dainty yet alluring.

Do you want your daughter to be brightly telling her friends "My daddy sought oblivion through gin and dubonnet!" tomorrow?

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 21:26:03 (#463 of 2009)

Fortune favours the bold, Rico. I must get me some Dubonnet.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:28:23 (#464 of 2009)

Oh fuck yes. Another glass it is. I am becoming affectionate and sentimental as we speak. Doubtless I will be preaching soothing homilies to the cat later in due course.

Ginmonkey - 30 Apr 2019 21:28:36 (#465 of 2009)

My washing machine has to make do with a plain white gloss door to maintain its modesty, perhaps it would prefer a flammable purple flouncy curtain.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:29:39 (#466 of 2009)

I could probably do with a flammable purple flouncy curtain to protect my modest.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:29:45 (#467 of 2009)

y

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 21:30:16 (#468 of 2009)

I'm sure you have one to hand

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:32:02 (#469 of 2009)

...rummages...



...opera cloak, co-responandant shoe in half a size too small, eccentric hat...



hm



Apparently not

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 21:34:21 (#470 of 2009)

I have been to Noble Rot for wine and oysters, your hat looks fine.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:38:15 (#471 of 2009)

Because I am married I do not spend my life in regency clothing and wearing eccentric hats.

OR

I am married because I do not spend my life in regency clothing and wearing eccentric hats.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:38:49 (#472 of 2009)

It is one of the two. Either way, the call of regency clothing and regency hats is v v strong.

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 21:40:16 (#473 of 2009)

Embrace the gout.

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 21:42:22 (#474 of 2009)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that MrsRic is "long-suffering".

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:44:33 (#475 of 2009)

"Reader, I <boaks> married him"

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:45:19 (#476 of 2009)

..and lo, a beige slurry engulfs us all...

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:46:04 (#477 of 2009)

In the meantime, this, from the Tankus the Henge frontman . A version of Money Money Money by Abba to frankly terrify:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKlXtV6inRQ

Dubris - 30 Apr 2019 21:55:06 (#478 of 2009)

And I'm off to bed. Goodnight Losts, lurkers and dubonnet fans.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:56:33 (#479 of 2009)

Good night, my dear correspondent fellow. Sleep well, and may no voles interrupt that slumber.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:57:13 (#480 of 2009)

Queenie 3? Perhaps. Perhaps not. I can still walk, so whether to the cabinet of pleasure or bed, I cannot yet tell.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:57:56 (#481 of 2009)

...nb it was a stressful day with legal personal statements etc so I am excusing midweek dringkni in that way.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 21:58:17 (#482 of 2009)

Yes, dringkni

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 21:58:22 (#483 of 2009)

I'm not entirely convinced by Jez Leotard or whatever his name was, queenie 3 however...

Meanwhile, an antidote to Jaz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8cv6PbeFpo

Tomnoddy - 30 Apr 2019 22:05:12 (#484 of 2009)

Don't bother with a third, Rico. Two is ample, as the Bishop said to the actress. (Or vice versa.)

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 22:06:14 (#485 of 2009)

You may have a point there.

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 22:06:51 (#486 of 2009)

NB given it was black and white, do we think that the accordion was purple?

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 22:09:24 (#487 of 2009)

I like to think so

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 22:10:20 (#488 of 2009)

https://www.aboutanimals.com/images/mandrill-alpha-male-walking-820x619.jpg?c14113

Ricolas - 30 Apr 2019 22:27:22 (#489 of 2009)

Marvellous.

SorrellA - 30 Apr 2019 22:33:25 (#490 of 2009)

Letter in Sunday's Observer about sub-par subtitling:

A 1950s western adapted for the French market once had John Wayne’s laconic barroom request for “a shot of red-eye” translated as “un Dubonnet, s’il vous plait”.

goldfinch - 30 Apr 2019 22:34:20 (#491 of 2009)

Very good!

Sabacious - 30 Apr 2019 22:34:36 (#492 of 2009)

Ha!

Tomnoddy - 30 Apr 2019 23:08:33 (#493 of 2009)

Made me snort!

SorrellA - 01 May 2019 09:05:13 (#494 of 2009)

How is Ric's head this morning? Hope the stressful stuff is finished.

Rendered - 01 May 2019 09:08:56 (#495 of 2009)

Ugh. Waking at 2am for three hours was something I could have done without.

LippyPongstocking - 01 May 2019 09:11:07 (#496 of 2009)

I completely misread that initially and was mightily impressed.

Rendered - 01 May 2019 09:13:57 (#497 of 2009)

Ha. I'd be asleep the rest of the day if it had been that.

LippyPongstocking - 01 May 2019 09:20:02 (#498 of 2009)

Commiserations on the disturbed sleep though: most undesirable and it leaves you with that dazed, slow feeling you have when you're obliged to be at an airport at a horribly early hour.

slicey - 01 May 2019 10:04:27 (#499 of 2009)

I woke at 3am and was awake for 2 hours. That basically means today is a completely write off.

Ricolas - 01 May 2019 10:07:10 (#500 of 2009)

I am not as bad as I have every right to be. Which is interesting.

Ginmonkey - 01 May 2019 10:10:40 (#501 of 2009)

I have had a man in to unblock my leaky waste and service my boiler.

Oddly he found about 8 small plastic straws (of the type you get attached to a child's juice drink), rammed right down in the overflow pipe.

To my knowledge we have never had any of these juice box drinks so they must have been there since before we moved in four years ago.

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2019 10:15:35 (#502 of 2009)

Little Len came in about twoish and took up station in the middle of our bed. His complaint, not an unreasonable one, was that his roommate was awake and singing ‘Everything Is Awesome’ to his Lego people.

mazylou - 01 May 2019 10:19:34 (#503 of 2009)

I resorted to earplugs and eye mask last night. It helped.

nemo75 - 01 May 2019 10:22:10 (#504 of 2009)

Did you remember to let her out again?

mazylou - 01 May 2019 10:27:43 (#505 of 2009)

Never. MWHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA.

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 10:45:50 (#506 of 2009)

Last night, I went up to Bionica’s lair to investigate wails. “What’s the matter, Bionix? What do you want?” “<sob> A cup of tea. <sob>”.

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 10:46:50 (#507 of 2009)

Meanwhile, one of my colleagues has just arrived at work, straight off the plane from a hen do in Nashville. She is very tired and wearing some spectacular cowboy boots.

Crayola - 01 May 2019 11:14:28 (#508 of 2009)

Nashville for a hen do actually sounds aces.

Rendered - 01 May 2019 11:17:23 (#509 of 2009)

As do the cowboy boots.

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2019 11:18:36 (#510 of 2009)

Cowboy boots are safc, obvs. But if I went to Nashville I totally would.

Rendered - 01 May 2019 11:22:37 (#511 of 2009)

Yes, I very nearly bought some when I was in Knoxville but realised they would be an expensive holiday purchase that would never be worn here.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 11:23:30 (#512 of 2009)

I was at a proper Texas honky tonk at a place called the White Horse in Austin and the band were all wearing these:

https://www.texasbootcompany.com/assets/product_im
ages/AB-4427M-1.JPG


It was awesome.

Catspyjamas17 - 01 May 2019 11:24:21 (#513 of 2009)

That really doesn't help the Lego man earworm, Sab.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 11:25:25 (#514 of 2009)

Oops

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2019 11:35:32 (#515 of 2009)

<unst unst unst>

Ricolas - 01 May 2019 11:41:29 (#516 of 2009)

"I shouldn’t feel like I need to say this, but please don’t cement your head inside a microwave." Simon Woodward, the station commander for the West Midlands Fire Service

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/youtuber-almost-dies-after-cementing-his-head-inside-a-microwave/

LippyPongstocking - 01 May 2019 11:44:14 (#517 of 2009)

And we still have universal suffrage.

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2019 11:54:56 (#518 of 2009)

This is a look I’ve always envied

https://www.imgrumweb.com/post/BvIu9nSHgr-

Rendered - 01 May 2019 11:55:41 (#519 of 2009)

I see the Australian Mr Trebus has been sent down.

LippyPongstocking - 01 May 2019 14:20:24 (#520 of 2009)

Not crack squirrels, but coke shrimps!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-48117678

airynothing - 01 May 2019 14:43:23 (#521 of 2009)

The researchers said it was a "surprising" finding.

LippyPongstocking - 01 May 2019 15:35:07 (#522 of 2009)

Yes, I did wonder about that use of quotation marks. It reminds me of a sign in the supermarket, saying, Try Our Selection of "New" Cheeses.

Not great, but the last line did make me giggle:

https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/duch
ess-of-sussex-announces-shes-had-a-cushion-up-her-top-for-six-months-20190501185197

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 15:44:58 (#523 of 2009)

Meanwhile, in an entirely different world. Bloody. Hell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZkxnI_7njU

Cordelia - 01 May 2019 17:56:37 (#524 of 2009)

Oops! I see Gavin Williamson has been a Very Naughty Boy.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 17:57:03 (#525 of 2009)

A bit leaky

TheVoiceOfReason - 01 May 2019 18:51:24 (#526 of 2009)

I have just received a targeted ad asking me to join the “Single Muslim” dating app. Algorithms still have a long way to go, it seems.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 19:02:13 (#527 of 2009)

Have you signed up?

SorrellA - 01 May 2019 19:04:29 (#528 of 2009)

I bought some big bags of pulses and spices online and got ads for Indian/ Muslim matchmaking sites for ages. Not so much Tinder as get your son/ daughter married.

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 19:07:16 (#529 of 2009)

Meanwhile, Cyclone Fani heads for India...

Dubris - 01 May 2019 19:55:13 (#530 of 2009)

Here's something to take your mind off that:

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/01/kim-joy-recipe-raspberry-swiss-roll-with-decorative-bees-and-flowers

Sounds ingenious but fiddly.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 19:59:31 (#531 of 2009)

Or what about this?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2
019/may/01/will-facebooks-secret-crush-end-the-unbearable-pain-of-unrequited-love


Just imagine having a secret crush on him, or her, or her, or even them.

limegreen - 01 May 2019 20:19:34 (#532 of 2009)

I note from a linked article that M&S have made all the Percy Pigs veggie. FFS, veggie Percy are shite!

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:26:41 (#533 of 2009)

It's quite a while since I last bought any Percy Pigs. Not eating the whole packet in one go (then feeling slightly sick) was quite impossible, so it became best to avoid them altogether.

limegreen - 01 May 2019 20:31:01 (#534 of 2009)

Yeah, I don't buy then very often and prefer to eat his friends, but it is a shame.

Ricolas - 01 May 2019 20:32:06 (#535 of 2009)

Nothing says confectionary like rendered down animal goo.

HouseOfLametta - 01 May 2019 20:33:15 (#536 of 2009)

HOOVES!

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:34:12 (#537 of 2009)

The packet of sandwiches I bought this lunchtime contained vegan mayonnaise. It was pleasant enough, but nothing like mayonnaise and I'd have liked it more if it had been called something different.

NOT PERCY

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 20:35:21 (#538 of 2009)

I am at work and have a hankering for filthy fast food, but what to get?

HelenDamnation - 01 May 2019 20:36:20 (#539 of 2009)

On another matter - yes, Gavin Williamson is a duplicitous posturing little twat and I'm delighted he's been sacked. But why is nobody apparently especially concerned at the railroading through Cabinet, against significant opposition both within Govt and apparently from the security services, of access to our data infrastructure by an organisation whose bona fides are, shall we say, less than utterly convincing?

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 20:38:29 (#540 of 2009)

Big brown envelopes bulging with cash, or their equivalent?

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:41:08 (#541 of 2009)

But it's okay because they'll only have access to the non-crucial bits of the system (that presumably support the crucial bits).

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 20:47:12 (#542 of 2009)

Little Gav has been swearing ON HIS CHILDREN’S LIVES on Sky that he didn’t leak. What a twerp.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 20:48:41 (#543 of 2009)

That's a tad twattish behaviour

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:49:21 (#544 of 2009)

I was going to say spectacularly graceless behaviour, but Sab puts it better.

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 20:51:03 (#545 of 2009)

He’s being astonishingly graceless. Though Treeza’s You’re Fired letter was brutal.

slicey - 01 May 2019 20:51:11 (#546 of 2009)

Gavin always makes me think of this classic Stranglers track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xH9_9znxWM

goldfinch - 01 May 2019 20:52:20 (#547 of 2009)

Reminds me of Gummer feeding his small child a beef burger during the BSE crisis.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:52:54 (#548 of 2009)

The PM has no reason not to be brutal - if her party could agree on who to replace her with then she'd be gone in no time. Why try to cultivate loyalty in such circumstances?

slicey - 01 May 2019 20:55:25 (#549 of 2009)

That exact thought just occurred to me, Finch. I also saw Gummer in a restaurant with his now grown daughter about a decade back and my friend and I were trying to work out if she was the burger eater child.

4 pints on an empty stomach and my shit joke about Williamson driving his tank has sent me down a massive Stranglers wormhole.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 20:56:30 (#550 of 2009)

The other day I had an All Saints medley swirling round my head after a comment at work.

DejaLu - 01 May 2019 20:57:03 (#551 of 2009)

Reminds me of Gummer feeding his small child a beef burger during the BSE crisis.

And me!

slicey - 01 May 2019 20:58:32 (#552 of 2009)

I can still remember the picture of her hanging on a five bar gate tucking in to her DEATH BURGER.

goldfinch - 01 May 2019 21:01:50 (#553 of 2009)

Not sure she actually ate it. But still.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 21:03:11 (#554 of 2009)

You can at least see the internal logic of Gummer's publicity stunt: he believed so firmly the beef was safe to eat that he was happy for his own daughter to eat it. On camera.

If Williamson is swearing ON HIS LITTLE SMASHERS' LIVES then he's just acting like a pub bore.

slicey - 01 May 2019 21:06:58 (#555 of 2009)

It turns out I still know all the words to every song on early Stranglers albums.

We came across the west sea

We didn't have much idea of the kind of climate waiting

We used our hands for guidance

Like the children of a preacher

Like a dry tree seeking water.

Nice and Sleazy

Nice and Sleazy does it

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 21:10:07 (#556 of 2009)

Work hunger crisis has been assuaged by the mighty Gigs. Hooray for saveloys!

butterflyeffect - 01 May 2019 21:20:20 (#557 of 2009)

Who was the man that died of typhoid contracted from a glass of water he drank to prove that London water was safe to drink? He's one of my favourite stupid deaths.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 21:20:43 (#558 of 2009)

He should have had a saveloy instead.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 21:22:58 (#559 of 2009)

He most certainly should have. And a pie.

nemo75 - 01 May 2019 21:24:08 (#560 of 2009)

Beer. And pie.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 21:28:49 (#561 of 2009)

I was torn between a pie and a saveloy, so went for both.

I now have chip clog.

nemo75 - 01 May 2019 21:31:06 (#562 of 2009)

Sounds. Woody.

Sabacious - 01 May 2019 21:42:30 (#563 of 2009)

A vehicle for salt and vinegar. Oof.

Dubris - 01 May 2019 21:48:25 (#564 of 2009)

A vehicle for salt and vinegar

Sounds like the title of next year's literary sensation.

TheVoiceOfReason - 01 May 2019 22:41:42 (#565 of 2009)

When they start swearing on their kiddies’ lives, you know they’re 100% guilty. At least that’s how it always is on Cops With Cameras.

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 08:47:43 (#566 of 2009)

Good riddance to that snivelling little shit, Gavin Williamson. The only trouble is, whenever one duplicitous, incompetent degenerate leaves this god-awful government, there are at least two even more unpleasant characters waiting to fill the vacant position.

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 08:49:20 (#567 of 2009)

Mind you, this comment from Andrew Adonis did make me laugh:

Apparently Chris Grayling tried to leak but dialled the wrong number and placed an order for Chinese ferries by mistake.

Cordelia - 02 May 2019 09:15:20 (#568 of 2009)

Hahaha. I do like a politician with an actual sense of humour.

nemo75 - 02 May 2019 09:21:22 (#569 of 2009)

I suppose you have to develop a sense of humour when you have a name like Baywatch but a face like Crimewatch.

slicey - 02 May 2019 10:13:00 (#570 of 2009)

My Baywatch face has done me no favours given my Crimewatch body made my life a misery until

I paid to have Jill Dando bumped off

Rendered - 02 May 2019 12:35:25 (#571 of 2009)

Anjelica Huston being typically acerbic and amusing.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/anjelica-huston-in-conversation.html

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 12:50:07 (#572 of 2009)

Lunch: treating myself to liver, bacon and onions at the local high class spoon.

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 13:02:38 (#573 of 2009)

Anjelica's splendidly forthright.

I love a bit of liver and bacon. However, Im having lentil and bacon soup, followed by an apple and cheese.

Rendered - 02 May 2019 13:08:03 (#574 of 2009)

There is much to enjoy in that interview. Her comments about Ryan O'Neal made me laugh.

Ryan was a great beauty. If I were to say to you that this red-gold burnished god walked in the door while I was at this party and went on one knee and said, “You’re the most fantastic, wonderful, amazing person I’ve ever had the privilege to be in a room with,” you’d have responded, believe me....

Do you think people also get the careers they deserve? He [O'Neal] was on top of the world and then his career disappeared.

Yes, I do. And I think you also get the face you deserve. Have you seen it lately?

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 13:09:14 (#575 of 2009)

Yes, that bit it particular made me guffaw.

TheVoiceOfReason - 02 May 2019 13:26:57 (#576 of 2009)

Here’s something to anger up the blood. Why isn’t this man eating from the bins rather than in an £800k job? And could someone please pay me £450k NOT to take a job? Christ on a bike. Maybe #Corbzy will sort this scum out.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/02/a
ndy-hornby-the-one-time-boss-of-hbos

slicey - 02 May 2019 13:52:34 (#577 of 2009)

had forgotten about Hornby and his appalling crimes and agree it is way too soon to forgive him for Howard the singing bank clerk.

airynothing - 02 May 2019 14:55:22 (#578 of 2009)

I have had cereal for lunch. But that's because it's not my birthday. Happy liver and bacon, Ric.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 15:36:24 (#579 of 2009)

The boss has bought me chocolate tiffins and wine, so I am happy. I am eating the tiffins, and not drinking the wine because I am supposed to be in charge here. Although a mid-afternoon bookshop is quiet except for the occasional local "character" popping in.

HouseOfLametta - 02 May 2019 15:39:11 (#580 of 2009)

Aye aye.

Sabacious - 02 May 2019 15:39:25 (#581 of 2009)

You should nip round to Fan's next door.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 15:50:29 (#582 of 2009)

I am sandwiched between Fag, Mags and Bags and a chic coffee shop. The eccentric converge upon me.

Last person in was telling me about the vibrations in the air, and how she couldn't read too much before she went to sleep - but not too little either, and could I find her a book to find her the perfect man. All illustrated with hand gestures.

Crayola - 02 May 2019 16:00:45 (#583 of 2009)

I am lying on a sofa in the offices of someone from the consortium I am working with. I want to bring afternoon siestas in. I can hardly keep my eyes open.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 16:04:34 (#584 of 2009)

I will confess to a little tiredness I must say. Still, it will pass. I think that I will stay awake until it is time to go to the Woodman.

Rendered - 02 May 2019 16:05:33 (#585 of 2009)

Dirty boy.

I am going to the PUB.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 16:07:25 (#586 of 2009)

PUB

Sabacious - 02 May 2019 16:08:19 (#587 of 2009)

Ooh, pub. I'm going to be walking past the Woodman in a while, a different one presumably.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 16:09:26 (#588 of 2009)

Mine is in deepest Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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ndon.

TheVoiceOfReason - 02 May 2019 16:10:45 (#589 of 2009)

Poor old Ric, deep in a woodman.

Crayola - 02 May 2019 16:12:03 (#590 of 2009)

I am in Vauxhall. Maybe I will go to Chariots.

nemo75 - 02 May 2019 16:12:10 (#591 of 2009)

Splinters in the eye.

Rendered - 02 May 2019 16:12:52 (#592 of 2009)

You probably want somewhere more niche if that's what you're after.

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 16:27:09 (#593 of 2009)

I'm going to the bar for a few glasses of wine, then I'm off to another concert.

HouseOfLametta - 02 May 2019 16:33:21 (#594 of 2009)

This is nice:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/02/g
avin-williamson-to-receive-17000-payoff-after-sacking

Cordelia - 02 May 2019 16:41:52 (#595 of 2009)

Really???? No wonder this country is so shit if we just keep paying people to fuck up then go away.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 16:43:20 (#596 of 2009)

To stop him from demanding the police investigate?

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 19:01:49 (#597 of 2009)

My boss has given me a lovely beaune! Nice woman.

Cordelia - 02 May 2019 19:02:37 (#598 of 2009)

I would think he’d value his principles at a bit more than £17k.

OTOH, he is a Tory...

I have just got totally soaked in a horrendous downpour, and now I’m home the sun has come out. Typical.

Cordelia - 02 May 2019 19:03:12 (#599 of 2009)

And I am jealous of the lovely Beaune.

MadamGwenver - 02 May 2019 19:08:06 (#600 of 2009)

I have my six month work probation review meeting tomorrow.

It would probably help if I'd read the paperwork from my three month work probation review meeting.

It would help even more if I had the faintest idea where I'd put it.

After twenty years of working in places that can't be bothered to do the probation reviews laid down in policy documents from On High, preferring the "if we haven't sacked you in the first six months you're probably fine" approach, current place's Continuous Performance Management Cycle stuff is a shock to the system. It's not doing wonders for our staff retention rates either...

Dubris - 02 May 2019 19:33:44 (#601 of 2009)

Good evening, dumplings!

I went to vote during the downpour earlier. Now I've completely run out of energy.

slicey - 02 May 2019 19:35:25 (#602 of 2009)

Isn't the point of continuous performance management that it's even more likely you would already know about any potential problems?

PS It's in a place you thought was a really obvious place to put important things about three months ago :-)

Sabacious - 02 May 2019 19:36:22 (#603 of 2009)

Elvia Juice and peanuts for me. A weary sapling needs putting to bed sooner rather than later then it’s back to the grindstone for a few hours.

HouseOfLametta - 02 May 2019 19:37:05 (#604 of 2009)

Elvis Juice for me too, please.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 19:39:46 (#605 of 2009)

It's all Greek to me.

HelenDamnation - 02 May 2019 19:39:52 (#606 of 2009)

I am fooking knacked too. Still, day off tomorrow, so four day weekend. Current project is starting to drag me down into the mire a bit, so I need it.

Ricolas - 02 May 2019 19:40:23 (#607 of 2009)

I love Elvis Juice way too much.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 19:43:05 (#608 of 2009)

Tomorrow is very much a working day and I'll either spend a large chunk of the evening at w**k or have to go in for three or four hours on Saturday.

Next week volestrangling steps up from busy to really busy. Then the week after that it steps up again from really busy to extraordinarily busy. And again the week after.

DEEP. JOY.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 19:44:23 (#609 of 2009)

Self-pity is deeply attractive, isn't it?

HelenDamnation - 02 May 2019 19:49:40 (#610 of 2009)

<tents>

Dubris - 02 May 2019 19:53:16 (#611 of 2009)

Erm...

SorrellA - 02 May 2019 20:05:57 (#612 of 2009)

Your voles sound a real hassle - will you have a chance of a break soon?

Dubris - 02 May 2019 20:07:00 (#613 of 2009)

Late July is my next holiday.

MadamGwenver - 02 May 2019 20:38:07 (#614 of 2009)

Isn't the point of continuous performance management that it's even more likely you would already know about any potential problems?

This would be logical and reasonable.

Instead, no-one is ever allowed to be doing a perfectly good job, tick the box and go away and do it. Last time I was striving for too high standards (no idea), while a colleague was adhering too closely to corporate policies (yes, really).

Dubris - 02 May 2019 20:40:06 (#615 of 2009)

That is more than a little odd.

Sabacious - 02 May 2019 20:41:23 (#616 of 2009)

That sounds like a mahoosive waste of everyone's time, apart from the person who has created themselves a job by instigating it.

MadamGwenver - 02 May 2019 20:42:44 (#617 of 2009)

Staff morale is just sky-high.

HouseOfLametta - 02 May 2019 20:43:34 (#618 of 2009)

It sounds like the nhs.

MadamGwenver - 02 May 2019 20:44:30 (#619 of 2009)

Similar levels of chronic underfunding and performance cuntsultancy, yes.

Sabacious - 02 May 2019 20:51:57 (#620 of 2009)

More Elvis Juice

HouseOfLametta - 02 May 2019 20:55:57 (#621 of 2009)

Thangyewvermuch

HollyGolightly - 02 May 2019 20:58:49 (#622 of 2009)

What is Elvis Juice?

Ooof, I am also knackered and probably going to have to do some work over the weekend.

slicey - 02 May 2019 21:04:10 (#623 of 2009)

Give them some upward feedback and tell them they are doing it wrong. The point of the continuous thing is to stop the nonsense of the once a year thing and so you can have a regular, sensible conversation about how stuff is going rather than a pointless box ticking exercise once a year that ends up as a proxy for pay rises.

I have a meeting with my mentor (not my line manager, at least one grade higher Line of Duty style!) every two weeks and we just talk about how things are going. What I've been doing, how well the current work is going, do I have any problems, etc. Sometimes they last 5 mins, sometimes an hour.

Dave (I refuse to use the word mentor) takes brief notes and refers back to notes from previous meetings but there will be no form filling with those MUST BE FILLED IN empty sections with titles like "Areas for Improvement". They are more or less optional and the general vibe is they should be useful for the employee so that people want to go to them.

The Mexican, who most people underestimate because she is so smiley, has cuddly toys on her desk and, lets face it, doesn't have a penis refused to attend hers until they assigned someone who "was not an idiot and doesn't scratch his arse through his trousers like he has worms". Although I believe she put it more diplomatically than that.

slicey - 02 May 2019 21:04:28 (#624 of 2009)

sorry for long dull post.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 21:05:16 (#625 of 2009)

Not dull at all.

MadamGwenver - 02 May 2019 21:07:35 (#626 of 2009)

We're all on transparent salary scales achieved by collective bargaining here, which is one small mercy.

My comfort mantra is "This time tomorrow it will all be over", which airy might recognise.

slicey - 02 May 2019 21:24:47 (#627 of 2009)

Everyone's salary being secret is the last traditional city barrier we have not broken down yet. Whenever I mention it there is lots of awkwardness like someone just mentioned the fact that someone in the meeting had farted.

The one level higher manager who the Mexican refused to meet with was basically the test team manager and, we eventually found out, earned £180k a year. £180k for telling some contractors which things to test!

In our new regime we only pay our CEO £200k and pay bonus over three years and incentivise senior staff via shares.

My comfort mantra is "Things won't seem nearly as shit after a night's sleep".

surferboogiewhatever - 02 May 2019 21:25:42 (#628 of 2009)

Hope it goes well, MG.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 21:26:23 (#629 of 2009)

The (possibly) strange thing is that although I moan about the volestrangling, I do feel strongly that it has value and purpose. If I didn't feel that, I wouldn't want to do it.

slicey - 02 May 2019 21:39:58 (#630 of 2009)

I think that's true of most of us Dubs. Although for many of us outside the public sector the value and purpose comes from the people we work with as much as the mission itself.

Also as much as a firm like ours is in the grubby business of making money for its own sake we are not all evil. We just spent the last year finding a new charity complete with charity consultants, employee surveys, etc. Our old bosses would never have done something like that.

Our chosen charity, btw, is a mentoring service for disadvantaged children in East London. Although I pity the poor child that is going to be encouraged to learn computer programming so they can be a cynical miserablist like me.

https://twitter.com/ReachOutUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoo
gle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Dubris - 02 May 2019 21:45:59 (#631 of 2009)

we are not all evil

A missed opportunity, quite frankly.

slicey - 02 May 2019 21:54:51 (#632 of 2009)

scatters upturned plugs and lego bricks on Dubs's bathroom floor.

Dubris - 02 May 2019 21:55:33 (#633 of 2009)

You beast!

Crayola - 03 May 2019 10:08:25 (#634 of 2009)

I have none of this performance management nonsense since working for myself. It's GLORIOUS. Particularly when you consider some of the twats I've managed.

I am, however, currently filling in a spreadsheet. So it has kept other parts of my job equally dull.

In other news, I had a not drinking during the week fail. And am hungover as a result.

LippyPongstocking - 03 May 2019 10:25:52 (#635 of 2009)

Huzzah. I do like it when other people have a hangover as well: it somehow makes me feel better about my own. Given that I'd only had a bowl of soup for lunch yesterday, drinking lashings of red wine during the evening was rather foolish. But fun at the time, of course. Still, all things considered I don't feel too bad, just rather slow and woolly-headed. And our bar/restaurant is closed all day today, so I'm going out for lunch with some young colleagues, at which there'll doubtless be some hair-of-the-dog.

Ginmonkey - 03 May 2019 10:39:19 (#636 of 2009)

I think my kitchen sink is trolling me. For a few weeks we had a slow leak from the waste pipe. Called a plumber and he could not find one but replaced the waste.

Later the same day I used the sink and wouldn't drain for an hour and then suddenly one of the pipe joints explodes in a fountain of drain water.

Plumber returns, replaces all waste piping and hoovers out a blockage. Water runs fine while he is here.

This morning, the sink drains slowly ans now tbe added bonus of the washing machine drain water rising up into the small sink. FML.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 10:43:29 (#637 of 2009)

I have gymmed then eaten a very healthy breakfast of home made coconut and chia bircher muesli, with chopped hazelnuts, passion fruit and fresh figs.

Current mode: smug and glowing with health!

However I was up at 5.30 this morning and have a three and a half hour training course starting at 1.30 so I fully anticipate that by 2.30 I will be tired, grumpy and disinclined to play nicely.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 10:52:08 (#638 of 2009)

At which point a quick pint will be in order.

Ginmonkey - 03 May 2019 10:54:40 (#639 of 2009)

I too am feeling smug having got up at 6am both mornings of my leave and tackled domestic cleaning, tidying and small repair jobs.

I anticipate I will lose the will to take the pile of de clutterd stuff to the tip/charity shop later and it will sit in the hall for days, ruining my tidy flat.

LippyPongstocking - 03 May 2019 11:04:37 (#640 of 2009)

Hello schadenfreude, we meet again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-essex-48146485/election-results-mp-vicky-ford-upset-as-tories-lose-council

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 11:24:27 (#641 of 2009)

The bloke who helps me in the garden sometimes hasn't turned up, as usual. Neither has my order from JL. I was told I would get a text from DPD but it turns out they haven't got my mobile number. 'My bad' was the response from the JL bloke in the call centre when I questioned something he was doing.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 11:26:58 (#642 of 2009)

At which point a quick pint will be in order.

Unfortunately not possible in the middle of a training course. Shame though - it might liven things up.

finch they are all bastards and I would just curl up with the cat and a book for the rest of the day if I were you.

Crayola - 03 May 2019 11:28:02 (#643 of 2009)

I have two cats here that can be used while I am on a call.

LippyPongstocking - 03 May 2019 11:29:17 (#644 of 2009)

'My bad' was the response from the JL bloke in the call centre.

Dear god, standards have fallen.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 11:31:08 (#645 of 2009)

Good idea, Cords. I just might do that.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 11:33:07 (#646 of 2009)

I feel hungover even though a drop did not pass my lips last night. I think it's the hayfever. My nose is itching like a bastard today.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 11:39:47 (#647 of 2009)

I am Lady Sneezy McSneezeface of Snotty today as well. Bloody hayfever.

slicey - 03 May 2019 11:42:43 (#648 of 2009)

Since we have shutdown the human trading side of our business I am currently deleting all the work I did over the last 2 or 3 years. This is oddly satisfying and means I will never have to fix it if it goes wrong.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 11:44:05 (#649 of 2009)

I’m not sure human trading is strictly legal.

Avonlea - 03 May 2019 11:44:31 (#650 of 2009)

I knew Slicey was the UCO in the OCG.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 11:45:22 (#651 of 2009)

OMG! STB!

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 11:46:40 (#652 of 2009)

<issues Reg 15 notice to slicey>

Which reminds me, I need to create my Line of Duty bingo card for drinking during LoD on Sunday evening.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 11:48:13 (#653 of 2009)

I watched LoD for the first time ever last sunday to see what all the fuss is about. Suffice to say I hadn't got a clue what was going on.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 11:48:24 (#654 of 2009)

Now you’re suckin diesel!

slicey - 03 May 2019 11:50:17 (#655 of 2009)

I INSIST A POSTER ONE RANK HIGHER BE PRESENT. MODS PLEASE HELP.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 11:51:04 (#656 of 2009)

Meet me above the atrium!

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 11:51:08 (#657 of 2009)

Sab - that's part of the fun! It's complete nonsense really.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 11:51:22 (#658 of 2009)

beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
p

Rendered - 03 May 2019 11:53:28 (#659 of 2009)

Is it flower pollen at the moment? I always forget but think mine is triggered by grass pollen, which releases later. It hasn't hit yet at any rate.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 11:59:19 (#660 of 2009)

Still trees, I think.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 12:01:55 (#661 of 2009)

The plane trees are still pumping something out; very noticeable crossing Euston Road onto Tavistock Square.

RosyLovelady - 03 May 2019 12:06:24 (#662 of 2009)

That must also be one of London's most polluted spots. I remember it well.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 12:10:13 (#663 of 2009)

Euston Road is unpleasant, Tavistock Square much less so.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 12:27:10 (#664 of 2009)

Gray's Inn Road is disgusting.

I worked from photoshoot this morning. That's a new one.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 12:33:03 (#665 of 2009)

What were you modelling?

Catspyjamas17 - 03 May 2019 12:38:21 (#666 of 2009)

Gray's Inn Road is disgusting.

It also used to be very easy to get yourself run over crossing it.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 12:39:12 (#667 of 2009)

Ooh look! A Friday Happy story!

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/03/th
erapy-dogs-bound-into-aberdeen-airport-to-alleviate-stress

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 12:39:15 (#668 of 2009)

I was Pilating in my sister's studio and had a proper make-up job too. My conclusion is that I'd look a lot more awake if I wore mascara more often.

TheVoiceOfReason - 03 May 2019 12:40:05 (#669 of 2009)

The Man is getting his pound of flesh from me today. Thank god for three day weekends.

slicey - 03 May 2019 12:55:03 (#670 of 2009)

Full on session at The Hoist, Patters?

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 12:56:13 (#671 of 2009)

Today I am working off site to liaise with our strategic partners

This has so far yielded a sausage sandwich and quite a lot of riding an old fashioned bicycle whilst wearing a tweed jacket. Also lots of cover for stealth pubbage.

So, made of win.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 13:01:07 (#672 of 2009)

I want a sausage sandwich now. But I don't want indigestion in half an hour. It's a pickle.

HelenDamnation - 03 May 2019 13:04:00 (#673 of 2009)

No, pickle will probably make it worse, by increasing the acid in your stomach.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 13:06:52 (#674 of 2009)

Gherkins are not, technically ‘vegetable sausages’.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 13:08:59 (#675 of 2009)

They are when featured with two olives.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 13:09:04 (#676 of 2009)

I have had a piece of healthy frittata but am planning cookies in order to keep sugar levels at their height for this afternoon's training.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 13:12:16 (#677 of 2009)

And have also realised that right outside the building I work in are four sodding huge plane trees. No wonder I am sneezing myself to death

RosyLovelady - 03 May 2019 13:15:15 (#678 of 2009)

Lucky for me, I only get very mild hay fever and I enjoy a good sneeze.

airynothing - 03 May 2019 13:44:18 (#679 of 2009)

Everyone needs a hobby. Bless you.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 13:51:22 (#680 of 2009)

Turns out my delivery was delivered to my neighbours 3 days ago.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 14:55:58 (#681 of 2009)

Pork pie, cheese and onion and a pint of ferryman.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 14:56:28 (#682 of 2009)

You went to the Hoist too?

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 14:57:28 (#683 of 2009)

That’s where I had my sausage sandwich.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 14:58:05 (#684 of 2009)

...it probably just felt like a pint.

PreachyPreach - 03 May 2019 15:06:08 (#685 of 2009)

<insert joke about singer of Soft Cell here)

slicey - 03 May 2019 15:16:25 (#686 of 2009)

... well it had been a while.

TheVoiceOfReason - 03 May 2019 15:33:58 (#687 of 2009)

YOU PEOPLE

TheVoiceOfReason - 03 May 2019 15:34:25 (#688 of 2009)

In any case, The Hoist is no longer with us (so Rendered told me).

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 15:51:13 (#689 of 2009)

It is now the petard.

LippyPongstocking - 03 May 2019 15:52:03 (#690 of 2009)

The Hoist is no longer with us

STI clinics will doubtless be relieved.

I've just returned from a long lunch with two of my lovely young colleagues. (Hic.) I think I'm officially classed as 'a bad influence' by upper management.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 18:13:26 (#691 of 2009)

Have I correctly understood that TVoR's flesh is being pounded by a man?

I'm so happy for him.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 18:19:30 (#692 of 2009)

Long weekend. It’ll be like a crispy creme by Monday night.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 18:21:03 (#693 of 2009)

Putting the "ugh" into "donut".

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 18:24:11 (#694 of 2009)

The sapling was picked up from school at 3.30 today and apparently insisted that they stop at the kebab shop on their way home. I got home at 6 to a lukewarm large lamb shish with chilli sauce.

She'll go far.

DejaLu - 03 May 2019 18:31:19 (#695 of 2009)

Bionica, meanwhile, has been sitting on the potty for an hour, according to a text from MrLu.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 18:42:44 (#696 of 2009)

She's got staying power, that child.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 18:56:31 (#697 of 2009)

If the cap fits...er...

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 18:57:05 (#698 of 2009)

A nice sit down for an hour would be just the thing right now.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 19:04:10 (#699 of 2009)

Do-nut is the frosting.

Rendered - 03 May 2019 19:15:04 (#700 of 2009)

I have the driest of martinis, made with Edinburgh Gin and a roaring fire in the hearth.

airynothing - 03 May 2019 19:20:04 (#701 of 2009)

I have a splendid gin and tonic, made with Blackwood’s Vintage Dry and am basking in the late afternoon sunshine.

From behind double glazing, obvs. I’m not some kind of masochist.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 19:20:56 (#702 of 2009)

I'm drinking a rum liquor.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 19:21:47 (#703 of 2009)

I’m wishing I had wine. But that would mean going out again.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 19:22:37 (#704 of 2009)

I’m sucking the carpet in Wetherspoons.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 19:26:24 (#705 of 2009)

I'm updating several volestrangling spreadsheets.

Crayola - 03 May 2019 19:41:32 (#706 of 2009)

I have to go and meet the young man shortly. Can it stop raining please?

Until then I am watching a made for TV film called Newly-wed and Dead.

It's as good as it sounds.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 19:42:15 (#707 of 2009)

I had my knee stroked in Wetherspoons. Slightly unsettling.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 19:43:06 (#708 of 2009)

"I'm sorry madam - there's been a terrible misunderstanding."

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 19:44:31 (#709 of 2009)

Not quite.

Rendered - 03 May 2019 19:44:51 (#710 of 2009)

Good to know MrC RIP is still alive.

slicey - 03 May 2019 19:57:59 (#711 of 2009)

If you get out of a Wetherspoons with everything but your knee intact you are doing quite well by MrC. standards.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 19:58:03 (#712 of 2009)

Shocking.

I'm fed up with spreadsheets. Time to be off home, via the supermarket to buy muffins for tomorrow's breakfast.

slicey - 03 May 2019 19:59:17 (#713 of 2009)

Nice pivot there, Dubs.

gets coat.

HelenDamnation - 03 May 2019 20:10:44 (#714 of 2009)

I've just had prawn laksa with broccoli. Om Nom Nom. Strawberries for pud.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 20:13:56 (#715 of 2009)

Hoiking back rioja while perusing the Virgin wine site to refill the vaults. A dangerous mix.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 20:14:24 (#716 of 2009)

I have had three pints of Peroni. Whoops!

Crayola - 03 May 2019 20:15:11 (#717 of 2009)

I really want Laksa. RIGHT NOW. I think I am having a kebab instead. Bah.

DejaLu - 03 May 2019 20:15:52 (#718 of 2009)

I’m waiting impatiently for curry.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 20:20:01 (#719 of 2009)

The puppy is doing an exotic dance on and around my feet, making use of a toy hedgehog, a rope ball, a contact lens holder and a twig.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 20:50:54 (#720 of 2009)

Ooh. You’ve reminded me I have close to £300 in my Virgin wine account Sab.

I have given up on anything other than flopping on the sofa and watching old episodes of Queer Eye, feeling all the feels.

Ricolas - 03 May 2019 20:54:18 (#721 of 2009)

I am going to pour myself something strong as I actually feel I have achieved something today. Managed to install a new battery, keyboard and optical drive into my ageing MacBook Pro. Given I also replaced the RAM recently , I am essentially only one internal item away from it genuinely being Trigger's broom.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 21:13:39 (#722 of 2009)

Careful not to fall through the bar.

Ricolas - 03 May 2019 21:17:18 (#723 of 2009)

Awight, Rodders!

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 21:21:50 (#724 of 2009)

Ah, computer woe, what japes. When I left work for easter I switched my computer off, when I went back a few weeks later it wouldn't switch on. Bloody thing. Probably a graphics wotsit which is alas integral to the motherboard. Arse biscuits. New computer time.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 21:23:03 (#725 of 2009)

I’m contemplating an ssd for our prehistoric MacBook.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 21:25:03 (#726 of 2009)

It still has a whirry spinny thing? How quaint.

Ricolas - 03 May 2019 21:26:56 (#727 of 2009)

Hohoho. I still have a normal hdd as I cannot afford a fancy schmanzy ssd. But that will be the next step I would have thought.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 21:27:24 (#728 of 2009)

Makes a big difference.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 21:28:43 (#729 of 2009)

Best upgrade.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 21:28:52 (#730 of 2009)

My ancient homemade machine that just died even had an SSD, which had better still be functional as its got all my long obsolete software on it.

nemo75 - 03 May 2019 21:31:17 (#731 of 2009)

Should be ok. They’re resilient

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 21:32:05 (#732 of 2009)

It needs to do one more thing - migrate everything on to the new one - and all will be well. We shall see.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 22:11:42 (#733 of 2009)

<is mystified>

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 22:14:57 (#734 of 2009)

Its magic

Dubris - 03 May 2019 22:21:40 (#735 of 2009)

I thought as much.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 22:27:07 (#736 of 2009)

OMG. I have a ridiculous weakness for French and Saunders' spoofs of films, and I'd never before seen their take on Silence of the Lambs. I'm crying a bit.

Ricolas - 03 May 2019 22:27:58 (#737 of 2009)

That's a rather good one.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 22:28:58 (#738 of 2009)

What did the Krankies say to you just then?

They said... fandabidozy

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 22:29:24 (#739 of 2009)

I think I’ve had a little weep several tomes now. Must stop watching Queer Eye and go to bed.

Rendered - 03 May 2019 22:31:54 (#740 of 2009)

Jennifer Saunders' Jodie Foster is unerringly good.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 22:36:38 (#741 of 2009)

Their version of The Hobbit made my face spasm painfully. Also Cold Mountain.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 22:38:11 (#742 of 2009)

I haven't seen the Cold Mountain one but can imagine.

Cordelia - 03 May 2019 22:38:20 (#743 of 2009)

Where are you wat hing all these Helens?

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 22:40:19 (#744 of 2009)

I’m stuck on ToTP 1977.

Rendered - 03 May 2019 22:40:26 (#745 of 2009)

Poor old Bozza deleted the top tweet here when realising there were no elections in London yesterday.

https://www.politwoops.co.uk/p/conservative/BorisJ
ohnson

Dubris - 03 May 2019 22:42:18 (#746 of 2009)

Would anybody care to persuade me that he isn't a lying toad?

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 22:44:46 (#747 of 2009)

Channel 5, Cords.

Sabacious - 03 May 2019 22:44:59 (#748 of 2009)

Wasn’t the story out out that he actually voted in Oxfordshire, where there were elections? If so, seems an odd thing to delete it.

He is a lying toad is the only conclusion.

Rendered - 03 May 2019 22:50:50 (#749 of 2009)

Keanu Reeves is 54.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 23:00:26 (#750 of 2009)

Bill and Ted are middle aged. Dude.

HouseOfLametta - 03 May 2019 23:10:17 (#751 of 2009)

A friend of mine, who is famous for having little engagement with popular culture, was entrusted by a friend to show her visiting cousin around Oxford some time in the 1990s.

He was a quiet young man, attractive in a quirky way, but gentle and witty. He avoided places with lots of people.

It turns out my friend was taking Keanu Reeves (then one of the biggest stars in the world) around the bus systems of Cowley and Abingdon with no idea who he was. The friend who nominated her for this duty didn’t mention his status “because you’d freak out”.

Dubris - 03 May 2019 23:25:32 (#752 of 2009)

That is rather wonderful.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:36:07 (#753 of 2009)

Bodacious.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 23:41:20 (#754 of 2009)

I’m home alone and watching David Bowie on YouTube. For some reason him singing Sound and Vision makes me weep.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:45:00 (#755 of 2009)

I'm watching First Dates. For those people who think I live in a North London wank bubble, I'd just like to say that yesterday I was greeted friendlily by Beth Orton and Julian Barratt.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:46:07 (#756 of 2009)

CLANG

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 23:46:40 (#757 of 2009)

Does Adrian Dunbar live around here, helens? Apparently he's making an appearance at Salvino's tomorrow. They've got a food festival on.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 23:47:36 (#758 of 2009)

I wouldn't recognise Julian Barratt.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 23:50:02 (#759 of 2009)

Mother of God!

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:50:05 (#760 of 2009)

Not seen him, goldfinch. We have Olly Murs, Bill Nighy, Suggs and Sam Smith though.

Although I think Olly only visits because of his songwriter, who is Laurie's friend's father.

CLANG

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:50:22 (#761 of 2009)

Line of duty bingo, Holls?

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:51:47 (#762 of 2009)

Oh and Damian Lewis. And Helen McRory.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:52:08 (#763 of 2009)

CLANG

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 23:52:56 (#764 of 2009)

I've seen Bill Nighy around, he smiled at me once, as did Julian Barnes. Paul Morley lives near me but he's a miserable git.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 23:53:04 (#765 of 2009)

Indeed, Helens. I’m bored and lonely and Tinks has buggered off to bed. I wish I was dancing round the living room and talking shit with pals.

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 23:53:33 (#766 of 2009)

Arthur Smith has vaguely scowled in my direction.

goldfinch - 03 May 2019 23:54:22 (#767 of 2009)

He scowls so well.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:55:56 (#768 of 2009)

Aw, Holls. Come for a dog walk soon?

HollyGolightly - 03 May 2019 23:57:02 (#769 of 2009)

Yes - we must sort afternoon tea too.

helenskywalker - 03 May 2019 23:59:40 (#770 of 2009)

Deffo.

Why in fuck do First Dates couples go to Leicester Square? It's shit.

Catspyjamas17 - 04 May 2019 02:42:57 (#771 of 2009)

It's the Paternoster Chop House at St Paul's where they meet.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 06:36:40 (#772 of 2009)

I’ve been to Bill Nighy’s house where I played drunken guitar while he sang drunkenly to it.

I vaguely knew Julian Barratt at university as he played guitar in a band in Leeds called Little Chief.

Not so much clangs as a pair of tings.

Avonlea - 04 May 2019 06:47:14 (#773 of 2009)

We in TW11 have Jed Mercurio and Keely Hawes (who’s a horrid snob) to contribute to the LoD map of fame.

slicey - 04 May 2019 06:51:07 (#774 of 2009)

Nobody can beat me at this game.

-- I have flooded the bathroom of a minor character actor whose face you will know but whose name will escape you.

-- My cleaner used to be Anouska Hempel's butler.

-- I live quite close to North London socialite Helenskywalker (although I have never walked her puppy).

When I said nobody I did of course mean anybody. You will specialist equipment from Cords' physics lab to detect my CLANGette.

slicey - 04 May 2019 06:51:31 (#775 of 2009)

Keely Hawes (who’s a horrid snob)

NOOOOOOOOO! Say it aint so.

MadamGwenver - 04 May 2019 06:54:22 (#776 of 2009)

I have not felt kindly towards Keeley Hawes since she played, essentially, a monstrous snob in Tipping the Velvet. It's quite nice to know this wasn't entirely unjustified.

Ginmonkey - 04 May 2019 07:29:45 (#777 of 2009)

Well I can beat you all - Trevor from Trevor and Simon lives round the corner from me.

Bodgit - 04 May 2019 08:15:55 (#778 of 2009)

Simon, from Trevor and Simon, was in my choir, as was Dr Ranj and Joanna Scanlan was in my running group. And, Jo Brand once asked me to keep an eye on her kids while she popped to the loo in the park cafe. That’s virtually besties, that is.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 08:30:48 (#779 of 2009)

Good morning, Losts of the rich and famous!

I have no connections to well-known people. May I bask in the faint reflection of your reflected glory?

RosyLovelady - 04 May 2019 08:33:37 (#780 of 2009)

Every contact leaves a trace.

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 08:34:07 (#781 of 2009)

Ewww.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 08:34:08 (#782 of 2009)

And this is why we have Dettol.

Rendered - 04 May 2019 08:34:16 (#783 of 2009)

Brown prints in the kitchen.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 08:38:00 (#784 of 2009)

It's okay: we don't judge you.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 08:49:56 (#785 of 2009)

I also very much loved the F&S spoofs. I need to find my headphones to watch some of them now. I recall very much enjoying their being Bros.

I am wide awake. BF is fast asleep so I have moved to the sofa. I fucking love my new sofa for many reasons including its availability for these situations

RosyLovelady - 04 May 2019 08:51:52 (#786 of 2009)

I got a new sofa five years ago and I still think of it as my wonderful new sofa. I think I always will.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 08:52:02 (#787 of 2009)

In first word problems. I am going to JFK next week and have been told the security/passport wait is horrendous. Should I book a cab (not going into Manhattan so a ball ache to use public transport) for an hour later? I have a window of 1 hour 15 according to the cab company.

nemo75 - 04 May 2019 09:00:01 (#788 of 2009)

The wait wasn’t bad a couple months ago. I have known it take an hour.

Worth checking out rail links though. There is a quick cheap route into Penn Station that is better than any other route into Manhattan. You might find something similar.

Rendered - 04 May 2019 09:00:11 (#789 of 2009)

The wait can vary quite a lot. Sometimes I've sailed through and a couple of times it's been over an hour. There will be a million yellow cabs when you get to the other side so no need to book, unless you're going somewhere especially far away.

nemo75 - 04 May 2019 09:01:37 (#790 of 2009)

Rail is way cheaper than a cab. Quicker too.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 09:03:57 (#791 of 2009)

I'm not going to Manhattan. And don't care about cost. Birthday. Want a man with a sign with my name on.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 09:05:47 (#792 of 2009)

Also, are yellow cabs not stupid money like black cabs in the UK when you rive at an airport? I could probably do a yellow cab I guess.

goldfinch - 04 May 2019 09:06:56 (#793 of 2009)

Uber?

Rendered - 04 May 2019 09:07:08 (#794 of 2009)

They have a set fair to take you to Manhattan, not sure about elsewhere.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 09:07:34 (#795 of 2009)

Checked fare finder. Same cost for a yellow cab as man with sign cab. Uber is pricey at airports.

Rendered - 04 May 2019 09:07:57 (#796 of 2009)

Ubers weren't allowed to collect directly from the airport last time I tried in Merka.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 09:18:53 (#797 of 2009)

I WANT A MAN WITH MY NAME ON A SIGN!

nemo75 - 04 May 2019 09:19:45 (#798 of 2009)

Written in Crayon?

CinqueCento - 04 May 2019 09:48:57 (#799 of 2009)

Go via Dublin and use pre-clearance.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 09:50:18 (#800 of 2009)

Go to Weston-Super-Mare instead.

HouseOfLametta - 04 May 2019 09:54:45 (#801 of 2009)

Or just go to York. You can have a fish supper at Drakes and a night out at Toffs.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 10:11:53 (#802 of 2009)

Meanwhile, in "people are generally ghastly" news:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/
03/how-to-stop-exs-wife-ruining-daughters-wedding-annalisa-barbieri

slicey - 04 May 2019 10:47:56 (#803 of 2009)

In find myself in some not inconsiderable pain today, albeit from my troublesome back rather than anything more complicated. It's not clear how one converts a bad back into a free car, massive telly and a life of Riley on benefits.

So obviously I have attempted to address this by buying some stuff I don't really need and will self medicate with Gin later.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 10:57:23 (#804 of 2009)

Crayola could teach you how to pole dance, if that would help.

helenskywalker - 04 May 2019 11:09:42 (#805 of 2009)

Someone on one of my autism groups on Facebook just referred to something being a viscous cycle. I’ve looked quite hard but it doesn’t seem to be ironic.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 11:13:03 (#806 of 2009)

Are they being a bit thick?

helenskywalker - 04 May 2019 11:13:54 (#807 of 2009)

Repeatedly.

LippyPongstocking - 04 May 2019 11:14:37 (#808 of 2009)

Sticky.

I'm off daahn saarf for the long weekend. A nice pub lunch will be just the ticket for curing my second hangover of the week.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 11:17:35 (#809 of 2009)

A pub lunch sounds just the ticket.

LippyPongstocking - 04 May 2019 11:20:06 (#810 of 2009)

Do I go for fish and chips - said pub does the best f&c I've ever had - or PIE?

HollyGolightly - 04 May 2019 11:20:53 (#811 of 2009)

I have had a luxury lie in and am glad we decided not to go camping this evening.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 11:30:22 (#812 of 2009)

I misread that as "luxury pie in", which was quite understandable in the circumstances.

And now I'm back with the volestrangling spreadsheets. Crazy funtimes!

HelenDamnation - 04 May 2019 11:51:11 (#813 of 2009)

Cray, unless things have changed dramatically recently, cab fares in NY (and the US generally) are far cheaper than here. But a lot of the drivers will be expecting to go to Manhattan.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 12:55:49 (#814 of 2009)

In which case Crayola will have the element of surprise.

Ricolas - 04 May 2019 15:48:54 (#815 of 2009)

Is that what you need with cabbies?

Ricolas - 04 May 2019 15:50:19 (#816 of 2009)

I have just eaten my FREE Barburrito buritto. Loaded with all that is hot, my head is now going "zing!" A happy bunny.

helenskywalker - 04 May 2019 16:19:07 (#817 of 2009)

I have done some washing, walked the dog on the Heath (blustery but v pretty) and made salt liquorice liqueur.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 16:32:14 (#818 of 2009)

The voles have had five (5) hours of my time today. That's quite enough to be going on with. I prefer the sound of the Jedi's Saturday.

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 17:19:05 (#819 of 2009)

I seem to have spent the last hour shivering at assorted bus stops in very windy bits of London, getting caught in nasty showers, and I am frozen to the bone.

At least I am now on the final bus and heading towards home where I can put the heating on and have a mug of tea.

HelenDamnation - 04 May 2019 17:29:57 (#820 of 2009)

I have been putting away winter clothes and getting out summer ones. Looking out of the window, I'm not sure why. But presumably the freezing rain is my fault for moving too early.

Ricolas - 04 May 2019 17:32:18 (#821 of 2009)

Very odd Spring weather today I must say. Bright and sharp with cold this morning. Then rain. Then hail. Then sun - so as I drove back from town the roads were steaming. All very unusual.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 17:34:56 (#822 of 2009)

Indeed - I got hailed on hanging the washing out, then sunshine. Went to the garden centre where the heavens opened and then bright sunshine. Its now blowing a gale but sunny. Odd day. It was 29C this time last year.

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 17:55:48 (#823 of 2009)

I just got rained on for the last half mile from bus stop to flat. FFS. It’s sunny now. I have the heating on and a mug of hot tea. And sod cooking, I am Deliverooing tonight.

goldfinch - 04 May 2019 18:20:08 (#824 of 2009)

There's lightening and thunder here.

HollyGolightly - 04 May 2019 18:20:33 (#825 of 2009)

I have a larb gai craving so will be making that for dinner, along with a Thai noodle salad with peanut dressing. I have been pottering and went out to buy some peonies and grapefruit gininatin. Now my late night home alone, listening to music and drinking red wine has caught up with me.

Ricolas - 04 May 2019 18:21:43 (#826 of 2009)

The cats are v confused, and a trifle put out by the changes. Sensibly, they decided to sleep it out and see what happened later.

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 18:27:24 (#827 of 2009)

Urgh yes. Thunder, rain and a howling gale. And to cap it all my wireless has just collapsed over 90% through the penultimate episode of Bodyguard!

goldfinch - 04 May 2019 18:43:18 (#828 of 2009)

My VM broadband has gone down again. I must switch providers as it keeps happening.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 18:49:58 (#829 of 2009)

I went to a drum and bass rave and was refused entry for not having the right id. I have left the boyf there and am now happily also at one of several bus stops of the day. It’s fuckimg freezing

mazylou - 04 May 2019 18:52:36 (#830 of 2009)

I have had an excellent sausage roll, a nap, and now I am sipping a glass of Rueda in the sunshine.

goldfinch - 04 May 2019 18:53:19 (#831 of 2009)

Sunshine?

mazylou - 04 May 2019 18:53:39 (#832 of 2009)

Yup.

goldfinch - 04 May 2019 18:56:18 (#833 of 2009)

Huh.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 19:07:18 (#834 of 2009)

What is the correct id for an early evening drum and bass soirée?

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 19:09:41 (#835 of 2009)

Yay! Broadband is back again.

Ricolas - 04 May 2019 19:12:59 (#836 of 2009)

I was pondering that myself, Sab. I am reckoning it is not a Brexit Party membership card.

slicey - 04 May 2019 19:15:08 (#837 of 2009)

Mine was also down just now. With that much of North London offline the world likely ground to a halt for 20 minutes.

Rendered - 04 May 2019 19:19:58 (#838 of 2009)

Fax machines were dusted off and handwritten sightings about Sadie Frost were flying on the telegram from Chalk Farm to Golders Green.

Impedimenta - 04 May 2019 19:43:55 (#839 of 2009)

Glorious sunshiny evening in the West Country. There's a steampunk cabaret at the Regal. It's all going on down here, including Pointless Celebrities on my mum's telly.

HouseOfLametta - 04 May 2019 19:47:35 (#840 of 2009)

We’ve been blown about on Dartmoor. Had a wonderful day and have now all fallen out about bedtime and are sulking at 7th dan level.

LippyPongstocking - 04 May 2019 19:54:28 (#841 of 2009)

Very windy down here at Pongstocking Towers: for much of the afternoon it looked more like autumn outside than late spring. Still, we have eaten and drunk lovely things, so all is well. Now I'm off to bed with a book. Luxury.

Crayola - 04 May 2019 19:56:51 (#842 of 2009)

Passport or driving licence. I don’t have the latter and since I am on holiday on Thursday didn’t feel the former was a good idea. I took my police ID thinking that would be good enough but security nicely said no. Himself is now off the radar and I don’t suspect I will see him until he remembers his keys are at mine for similar reasons .

DejaLu - 04 May 2019 19:59:13 (#843 of 2009)

I’ve catapulted an exhausted Bionica into bed and am trying to tune out the pointed exclamations of “Oh dear! Oh dear!” coming from upstairs.

HouseOfLametta - 04 May 2019 19:59:41 (#844 of 2009)

It’s a rave That needs ID?

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 20:00:05 (#845 of 2009)

Passport or driving license only? How odd.

Tedious bedtime shenanigans are...tedious, sympathies Laz. Now do as you're told and go to bed.

DejaLu - 04 May 2019 20:01:29 (#846 of 2009)

Tedious bedtime shenanigans are so tedious.

Rendered - 04 May 2019 20:02:52 (#847 of 2009)

I am watching Pointless Celebrities and boggling at the awfulness of Mutya's tattoos and the well preservedness of a 48 year old Toby Anstis.

LippyPongstocking - 04 May 2019 20:06:49 (#848 of 2009)

Toby's looking well fit, init.

HouseOfLametta - 04 May 2019 20:07:35 (#849 of 2009)

Is Mutya Buena?

helbel - 04 May 2019 20:08:50 (#850 of 2009)

I have a feeling that Crayola might have tried to get entry to the place my brother is at. He’s at some kind of rave/festival this weekend in London and has flown down from Scotland especially for it.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 20:12:36 (#851 of 2009)

Mutya is most definitely no buena...I was flicking through channels and stumbled on Mutya's tattoos. Not a very pleasant site. Fortunately the delights of Britain's Got Talent and booze are close to hand.

Impedimenta - 04 May 2019 20:14:00 (#852 of 2009)

Toby Anstis clearly Works Out.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 20:19:55 (#853 of 2009)

Yes, but has he "had work done"?

Crayola - 04 May 2019 20:32:57 (#854 of 2009)

It was a record label thing for hospital records. Goldie, Roni Size, other people I am unaware of

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 20:35:05 (#855 of 2009)

At a loss during the Great North London Internet Outage of 2019 I finally got around to watching the first ever episode of Game of Thrones on Blu-Ray. I was given the first three seasons what feels like a million years ago.

I assume at some point you do actually start to work out who they all are. So far there’s been Sean Bean, scary monsters, rape, Sean Bean, incest, bloody executions, Sean Bean, intrigue, the chap off’ve Stargate Atlantis, and Sean Bean. Being very Northern. It’s terribly confusing.

Cordelia - 04 May 2019 20:35:48 (#856 of 2009)

Having said that, I am now being confused at episode 2.

HollyGolightly - 04 May 2019 20:37:28 (#857 of 2009)

My larb gai was yum. We have a bottle of Greco di Tufo and watch Follow the money. Very autumn.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 20:40:18 (#858 of 2009)

There are clear blue skies at dusk in glamorous mid-Berkshire.

helbel - 04 May 2019 20:43:47 (#859 of 2009)

My brother is a big Hospital fan.

However I think I’ve found what he’s at - it’s some event in North Greenwich.

MadamGwenver - 04 May 2019 21:07:10 (#860 of 2009)

I don't have either a passport or a driving licence at the moment. Fortunately, we weren't a trial area for voter ID.

I keep meaning to renew them, but both cost money (admittedly only £17 for the driving licence, but for the past few years even £17 has been too much) but they never quite make it close enough to the the top of the to-do list.

All is quiet upstairs. Egbert has found an ovoid stone and declared it a dinosaur egg. When he remembers, he incubates it.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 21:07:36 (#861 of 2009)

I'd always assumed that Toby Anstis was about ten years younger than me, rather than being my very close contemporary.

<avoids mirrors>

But does he have my natural gravitas?

Dubris - 04 May 2019 21:08:50 (#862 of 2009)

When he remembers, he incubates it

No wonder the dinosaurs went extinct.

MadamGwenver - 04 May 2019 21:11:37 (#863 of 2009)

Tonight he decided it was a bit uncomfortable, so he put it on a shelf.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 21:20:44 (#864 of 2009)

That's one approach to parenthood, certainly.

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 May 2019 21:21:57 (#865 of 2009)

I’ve just been larging it in newly-fashionable Woolwich!

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 May 2019 21:26:02 (#866 of 2009)

Now passing through SE London’s iconic Eltham McDonald’s roundabout!

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 21:26:20 (#867 of 2009)

Living the dream.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 21:28:08 (#868 of 2009)

Is Woolwich fashionable, then? Out in the provinces we can't keep pace with all this.

Ginmonkey - 04 May 2019 22:30:45 (#869 of 2009)

Last time I was asked for ID was at a club in St Albans where I was attending hen do. Obviously none of us had ID due to being in our late thirties.

Reader - we were turned away.

limegreen - 04 May 2019 22:41:42 (#870 of 2009)

You get it sometimes as a security thing, rather than an age thing. They scan your ID rather than just checking your age. Some places that have had trouble the police demand it as a condition of the licence.

I don't really think you should have to show ID for something as every day as going to a bar. But if you're in a group, you're kind of stuck if that's where the group is going.

Dubris - 04 May 2019 22:45:14 (#871 of 2009)

Or in Gin's case, not going.

Sabacious - 04 May 2019 22:57:56 (#872 of 2009)

A lucky escape I imagine.

Ginmonkey - 04 May 2019 23:04:24 (#873 of 2009)

Well I wasn't that upset it is true!

Dubris - 05 May 2019 08:14:10 (#874 of 2009)

No voles for me today or tomorrow. This is A GOOD THING but leaves the puzzle of what to do with the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Impedimenta - 05 May 2019 08:21:03 (#875 of 2009)

Hike!

RosyLovelady - 05 May 2019 08:23:14 (#876 of 2009)

Do as little as possible; rest; goof off; unwind.

Sabacious - 05 May 2019 08:23:56 (#877 of 2009)

Voles (or their equivalent) for me today and herself tomorrow, which is a pest. There is a vague plan for a trip to Kew Gardens first, dependent on womenfolk getting up and dressed. Weather could be better.

nemo75 - 05 May 2019 08:26:15 (#878 of 2009)

The latest copy of gardeners world has a two for one ticket which includes Kew.

Sabacious - 05 May 2019 08:30:11 (#879 of 2009)

Hmmm, that’s useful. Where to find a Gardener’s World...

nemo75 - 05 May 2019 08:42:48 (#880 of 2009)

Tesco have them.

Mind you, it’s about £6 but you can use the pass for a year.

Sabacious - 05 May 2019 08:43:20 (#881 of 2009)

Splendid, thanks Neems!

nemo75 - 05 May 2019 08:43:53 (#882 of 2009)

Maybe check the offer online. It covers 100s if gardens

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 09:01:40 (#883 of 2009)

How lovely to wake-up sans hangover. The sun is shining and the wind has dropped, but it's still rather chilly, so we won't be sitting in the garden reading today.

Dubris - 05 May 2019 09:34:43 (#884 of 2009)

I have a plan. While in the bath, I decided to go to Bath. Simple and elegant, non?

And I have the purple blandness of a Premier Inn room booked there tonight, so I don't have to rush about.

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 09:37:13 (#885 of 2009)

Will you be 'taking the waters'?

Dubris - 05 May 2019 09:40:01 (#886 of 2009)

Gracious me, no!

Rendered - 05 May 2019 09:55:15 (#887 of 2009)

I managed to fall down the stairs this morning which was both painful and embarrassing.

Dubris - 05 May 2019 09:57:04 (#888 of 2009)

U OK HUN?

When I tripped over a pair of shoes the other weekend and fell against a bookcase, I ended up with a fascinating bruise that is only just disappearing.

Hope this helps.

Cordelia - 05 May 2019 09:59:03 (#889 of 2009)

I am still in bed contemplating the rest of the day. I may have another coffee and contemplate some more.

Rendered - 05 May 2019 10:00:44 (#890 of 2009)

My left foot is rather tender. I suppose I'll have to put rails on the staircases as they are both rather steep.

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 10:02:01 (#891 of 2009)

#887

OUCH. I hope all that's injured is your dignity.

I ended up with a fascinating bruise

Does it have the uncanny likeness of Saint Bibiana?

Dubris - 05 May 2019 10:04:29 (#892 of 2009)

No, but for a while it was the most beautiful yellow-green flecked with purplish spots - just like the flowers of a slightly decadent orchid.

<languid eyes of Des Esseintes>

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 10:05:59 (#893 of 2009)

<wafts indolently>

HelenDamnation - 05 May 2019 10:07:24 (#894 of 2009)

Dubs, you should pack your swimming togs and go to the Spa in Bath, as late in the day as possible. Swimming around in the rooftop pool watching the sun go down is awesome.

Dubris - 05 May 2019 10:10:07 (#895 of 2009)

Swimming togs? I haven't been swimming for thirty years or so.

Yikes.

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 10:22:48 (#896 of 2009)

Where is that all-in-one, candy-striped bathing costume?

Dubris - 05 May 2019 10:36:37 (#897 of 2009)

The bathing costume was always the trouble. Ever since I was a small child I've been acutely self-conscious about my body* - and swimming trunks are far too revealing for me to feel comfortable in them.

*I didn't start wearing the top button of my shirt open until my late teens. I was a mostly happy but definitely slightly neurotic child.

Dubris - 05 May 2019 10:48:25 (#898 of 2009)

Confession is good for the soul, it seems. Time to be off westward.

Enjoy your Sunday in various ways, Losts, lurkers and bathing belles/beaux.

airynothing - 05 May 2019 10:48:45 (#899 of 2009)

Here you go, Dubs. Style and modesty: https://www.beefcakeswimwear.com

Dubris - 05 May 2019 10:51:09 (#900 of 2009)

You are a bad woman. Keep it up.

Rendered - 05 May 2019 10:53:20 (#901 of 2009)

BEEFCAKEY

LippyPongstocking - 05 May 2019 11:06:47 (#902 of 2009)

I was expecting something more like this:

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/123060886546-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

nemo75 - 05 May 2019 11:13:11 (#903 of 2009)

The bathing costume was always the trouble. Ever since I was a small child I've been acutely self-conscious about my body* - and swimming trunks are far too revealing for me to feel comfortable in them.

Swimming short then. Longish ones.

TheVoiceOfReason - 05 May 2019 11:16:26 (#904 of 2009)

This is what Dubbers needs to banish those body confidence blues. After seeing 5736388483 fat Germans and Sun readers in the altogether, he’ll realise his body actually fine.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6895962/best-nudist-beaches-europe-from-turkey-to-greece-france/amp/

Cordelia - 05 May 2019 11:37:47 (#905 of 2009)

I think the chap in #902 has a terrible headache.

slicey - 05 May 2019 14:05:49 (#906 of 2009)

I am sorry to hear Young Mr Renders has "had a fall".

I was though pleased with Dubs' nominative determinism form of holiday planning. Although I am struggling to think of any more examples than a trip to Bath.

airynothing - 05 May 2019 14:19:05 (#907 of 2009)

While making breakfast, I was struck by an impulse to visit Towcester.

HelenDamnation - 05 May 2019 14:21:34 (#908 of 2009)

I was just nodding off when I was seized by a desire to see Bedford.

Tomnoddy - 05 May 2019 14:22:18 (#909 of 2009)

Bakewell for a tart.

Tomnoddy - 05 May 2019 14:23:46 (#910 of 2009)

I have spent many happy hours over a pint and a ploughman's in Towcester, among friendly, warm-hearted company.

RosyLovelady - 05 May 2019 14:23:55 (#911 of 2009)

Reading for the bookish sort.

Sabacious - 05 May 2019 14:24:40 (#912 of 2009)

Wetwang is a little damp this time of year.

Sabacious - 05 May 2019 14:24:54 (#913 of 2009)

As for Dildo, Newfoundland...

airynothing - 05 May 2019 14:25:11 (#914 of 2009)

Rushing to the loo, it occurred to me that I’d never yet visited Slackbottom.

slicey - 05 May 2019 14:27:49 (#915 of 2009)

Is there anything to do in Bedford other than have a quick nap?

HouseOfLametta - 05 May 2019 14:28:42 (#916 of 2009)

Whilst watching the itv breakfast show I resolved to visit Twatt in the Orkneys.

Tomnoddy - 05 May 2019 14:48:19 (#917 of 2009)

Feeling a bit short of the readies, I've decided to visit Dollar, Clackmannanshire.

slicey - 05 May 2019 15:04:04 (#918 of 2009)

"If I ever get out of jail", said Oscar Pistorous, "I am going to visit Bolton".

RosyLovelady - 05 May 2019 15:15:38 (#919 of 2009)

guilty arf

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 08:52:17 (#920 of 2009)

Morning Losts! What are we all planning for this Bank Holiday Monday?

I am working the afternoon up at the Observatory. Looking forward to it - Bank Holidays are usually busy and fun.

Sabacious - 06 May 2019 08:54:57 (#921 of 2009)

Morning! The sapling is determined to set up and fill a paddling pool in the garden. Herself has decided work can wait until tomorrow so a fairly uneventful relaxing day hopefully - u TIL they go to bed and then I can start work again. Hmmm.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 08:58:20 (#922 of 2009)

Morning all.

Up at 5.45 this morning with the sun streaming through the window of my bedroom at PT. We've already had a full English breakfast and will now read the papers/our books until it's time to go out for lunch. Thereafter I must return to London and catch up with a few chores.

limegreen - 06 May 2019 09:01:59 (#923 of 2009)

I AM about to bet out of bed and head to the gym. Then worky stuff/tidying.

Ginmonkey - 06 May 2019 09:02:09 (#924 of 2009)

Mr Monkey is working today. A few light chores for me and then I will take advantage of uninterrupted control of the remote to watch something fluffy and unintellectual on TV.

I will then spend the evening trying not to think about the Everest of emails waiting for me at work after a week off.

Ginmonkey - 06 May 2019 09:03:39 (#925 of 2009)

At the moment I am lazing in front of the TV watching a feature about a woman in Wales who has a hole with water in it in her living room.

RosyLovelady - 06 May 2019 09:05:59 (#926 of 2009)

I'd like to crash out and watch BBC Parliament all day, but there's brainwork to be done.

HouseOfLametta - 06 May 2019 09:17:16 (#927 of 2009)

I have gone out on the bike. I went too fast on the way out and am now in an overpriced cafe thirty miles from home wondering what to do about it.

limegreen - 06 May 2019 09:26:58 (#928 of 2009)

Oh, I forgot, also watch Game of Thrones! I love bank holidays.

Ricolas - 06 May 2019 09:32:28 (#929 of 2009)

I want lunch at a favoured Indian place but back holiday which facilitates this fantasy also ruins it.

HouseOfLametta - 06 May 2019 09:36:33 (#930 of 2009)

£4.75 for a bacon sandwich!

It better be made from Peppa or something.

Impedimenta - 06 May 2019 10:12:28 (#931 of 2009)

Have you cycled to a motorway services by mistake?

I am Resting today.

Ricolas - 06 May 2019 10:30:30 (#932 of 2009)

Coffee done. Now, alas, to the shops to purchase a missing ingredient for Pebble's Tudor gingerbread (!) and then see if there is anything that will be jovial for supper.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 10:34:15 (#933 of 2009)

Jim Davidson en croute.

Ricolas - 06 May 2019 10:34:49 (#934 of 2009)

Not in the mood for Gammon.

slicey - 06 May 2019 10:47:06 (#935 of 2009)

I'm in the mood for Gammon

Roast hammin'

For grilling the night away

Rendered - 06 May 2019 11:07:35 (#936 of 2009)

Half of my foot now resembles the colour of cooked red cabbage. No Peaks for me today.

limegreen - 06 May 2019 11:59:48 (#937 of 2009)

I hope you are making a giant half timbered gingerbread house, Ric.

Ricolas - 06 May 2019 13:04:44 (#938 of 2009)

I am hoping I get it right, because if I don't, Phoebe might go Tudor on my ass and cut my head off.

staticgirl - 06 May 2019 13:18:48 (#939 of 2009)

I have cleaned the floors. I intend to do nothing much else today.

HollyGolightly - 06 May 2019 13:26:41 (#940 of 2009)

I am working this afternoon after a lazy morning. I am feeling odd - not sure whether it's the wine consumption or the fact that I fucked up collecting my meds and haven't had any since Wednesday evening!

helenskywalker - 06 May 2019 13:30:58 (#941 of 2009)

Oh dear, that doesn't sound good.

I have finally given in on the packed lunch battle with Laurie and have made six days' worth of soup, plus some for today.

HollyGolightly - 06 May 2019 14:00:26 (#942 of 2009)

I may beg a WFH day tomorrow but feel as if it won’t go down too well....

Avonlea - 06 May 2019 14:09:36 (#943 of 2009)

We are spending the day celebrating a small person’s 5th birthday, mainly through the medium of yet more Thomas the Tank Engine merch.

airynothing - 06 May 2019 14:09:59 (#944 of 2009)

Happy birthday, Ted!

MadamGwenver - 06 May 2019 14:14:04 (#945 of 2009)

Happy birthday!

We have been baking cakes and building cardboard siege engines. I have half-heartedly suggested a walk a couple of times, but every time I do it starts raining again.

TheVoiceOfReason - 06 May 2019 14:25:26 (#946 of 2009)

“Not write to Pamela Stephenson Connolly about it” would be the correct answer.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/
06/i-have-just-discovered-my-brother-secretly-wears-womens-underwear-what-should-i-do

LovelyBigEyes - 06 May 2019 15:22:10 (#947 of 2009)

Afternoon all. I too am about to start working. Why did I decide on a career change with homework? I am currently fantasising about being able to shut the door and forget about school on weekends.

LovelyBigEyes - 06 May 2019 15:22:33 (#948 of 2009)

And happy birthday Ted!

PreachyPreach - 06 May 2019 15:24:19 (#949 of 2009)

I have been priming my corvettes and lighters all morning, and playing Ticket to Ride in the afternoon with the small thing. The Horniman Lego exhibition we went to yesterday with some other internet weirdos not on here is also very good for smalls

Happy birthday Ted.

goldfinch - 06 May 2019 15:36:24 (#950 of 2009)

Happy birthday to small person!

HouseOfLametta - 06 May 2019 15:39:34 (#951 of 2009)

Happy birthday Little Ted.

Out one had been freaking out at the village inbreeding Mayday celebrations. Now he’s wedged in the back of the sofa, watching Madagascar.

Sabacious - 06 May 2019 16:15:18 (#952 of 2009)

Happy Birthday Ted!

The sapling definitely seems to have inherited my affinity with the cold and is currently sitting in the paddling pool in the garden having a whale of a time.

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 17:02:08 (#953 of 2009)

Blimey. She’s nails. I’m wearing gloves and scarf with my coat!

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 17:02:31 (#954 of 2009)

Oh - and happy birthday Ted.

Sabacious - 06 May 2019 17:39:00 (#955 of 2009)

I've only just managed to prise her out - she was floating on her back with just nose and eyes above water singing Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 17:57:55 (#956 of 2009)

Oh, no! Where did she pick that up from? Not you, I'll wager.

slicey - 06 May 2019 18:05:10 (#957 of 2009)

Happy birthday, Ted!

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 18:14:08 (#958 of 2009)

Meanwhile, I'm at the RFH eating wasabe nuts and quaffing (yes, QUAFFING) red wine. After a lovely lunch with the LippyPs, I returned to London and did a few chores, but I'll be blowed if I'm going to spend the remainder of the bank holiday weekend ironing.

DejaLu - 06 May 2019 18:19:01 (#959 of 2009)

I’ve been w**king like a demon and am now depressed by the imbalance between how much I know about the royal family and how little I care.

TheVoiceOfReason - 06 May 2019 18:22:33 (#960 of 2009)

ROYAL BABY JOY:

https://twitter.com/vmania79/status/11253940253878
88640

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 18:44:22 (#961 of 2009)

I don't bear them or the baybay any ill will, but give even the most ephemeral of shits about royal procreation news I do not.

HollyGolightly - 06 May 2019 18:49:15 (#962 of 2009)

I have also been working whilst also feeling quite unusual.

Solpadine max + SSRI withdrawal for the win.

Rendered - 06 May 2019 18:58:39 (#963 of 2009)

I welcome Prince Afro American baby to the world.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 19:00:29 (#964 of 2009)

<piggy eyes of Tommy Robinson>

DejaLu - 06 May 2019 19:00:39 (#965 of 2009)

Andtherevolution would be a nice name.

Rendered - 06 May 2019 19:01:03 (#966 of 2009)

Here's a misleading film title.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8179388/

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:22:16 (#967 of 2009)

Good evening, dumplings!

I'm back from Bath and feeling rather tired. It is possible that I did a little too much walking around.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 19:26:14 (#968 of 2009)

You see? If you'd taken the waters your tired limbs would've felt rejuvenated!

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:32:02 (#969 of 2009)

Damn.

Tomnoddy - 06 May 2019 19:33:12 (#970 of 2009)

Or you guts would feel rather sorry for themselves. I've tried the waters.

LippyPongstocking - 06 May 2019 19:35:09 (#971 of 2009)

I don't think you're supposed to drink them.

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 19:36:56 (#972 of 2009)

The spa is great. I had the water several times without problems.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:37:42 (#973 of 2009)

Another time, perhaps.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:40:18 (#974 of 2009)

I should persuade my friends in Bristol to join me for lunch in the Pump Room:

https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/pump-room-restaurant

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 19:41:36 (#975 of 2009)

It’s nice but you really need to book.

slicey - 06 May 2019 19:44:47 (#976 of 2009)

It's bloody freezing!

Indeed I even note, motorsports fans, that this weekends 6 hours of Spa had a couple of safety car stops because of snow. In May!

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:46:47 (#977 of 2009)

#975 - They have the sort of complicated lives that mean booking would be necessary anyway.

I was thinking of putting on my unnecessarily luxurious dressing gown, to add cosiness to the evening.

TheVoiceOfReason - 06 May 2019 19:52:31 (#978 of 2009)

I have dined on sausages and am now under slanket with a cat on top of me, watching German crime on All4.

When o when will the warm weather come? Thank god only two weeks until I’m off to la belle France where hopefully it’ll be above 20 degrees.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 19:53:53 (#979 of 2009)

But doesn't the warm weather cause people to wear clothes that you disapprove of?

HouseOfLametta - 06 May 2019 19:58:14 (#980 of 2009)

I went to a wedding reception atThe Pump Room once, it was absolutely insane. It was a reception in the form of ‘Afternoon tea’. One of the guests was wearing a pair of pyjamas she had made especially for the occasion, a red-faced noisy man in hairy tweed was shouting about how he had bullied an ambulance crew to take him to the hospital of his choosing, rather than the local one, but now his arm didn’t work (he banged it on the table), and an amiable American woman made of plastic surgery kept telling me how much she loved ‘taking tea’ in the afternoon. Eventually she said ‘honey, can you show me how to make this tea?’ But only after she’d poured milk in the pot.

slicey - 06 May 2019 19:59:47 (#981 of 2009)

Of course when we finally do get some warm weather, it's probaly going to be instantly 34 degrees for a month.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 20:00:57 (#982 of 2009)

Those of us who don't have air conditioning in our workplaces are very much hoping that won't be the case.

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 20:00:58 (#983 of 2009)

Was the Mad Hatter marrying the Dormouse?

I have not been to Bath since before the baths were reopened. I should go.

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 20:04:05 (#984 of 2009)

You should! It’s grate.

Tomnoddy - 06 May 2019 20:05:41 (#985 of 2009)

In a mountaintop village in Spain, I am now worrying about my tomatoes. It is forecast to drop to 3 degrees on Thursday night, just before we go home.

paces restlessly.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 20:05:44 (#986 of 2009)

My walking about included Prior Park, where one of the ponds has been drained because American crayfish have damaged its banks to the point where they might collapse.

Tomnoddy - 06 May 2019 20:06:55 (#987 of 2009)

Bath is swarming with Americans at the best of times.

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 20:07:38 (#988 of 2009)

Ah yes. I remember them red tape challenge listing the Crayfish Regs for abolition. Turds.

HouseOfLametta - 06 May 2019 20:07:57 (#989 of 2009)

That’s true. It’s even worse than Oxford.

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 20:09:10 (#990 of 2009)

I moved there for a year as a student. It was a nightmare.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 20:12:49 (#991 of 2009)

This weekend I noticed several buskers with a guitar and a set of effects pedals. Ed Sheeran has a lot to answer for.

Oh, and a violinist on a tightrope. Obviously.

nemo75 - 06 May 2019 20:13:57 (#992 of 2009)

I suppose they’d run out of piano wire over the weekend.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 20:16:16 (#993 of 2009)

Not forgetting the busker singing Lady in Red with Chris de Burgh vocal mannerisms.

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 20:17:45 (#994 of 2009)

On second thoughts, maybe not Bath.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 20:19:12 (#995 of 2009)

You never know, he might fall victim to a freak accident in which he is covered in biscuit crumbs and then eaten alive by pigeons.

Sabacious - 06 May 2019 20:22:34 (#996 of 2009)

Lady in Red busker needs introducing to American crayfish, lots of them.

Dubris - 06 May 2019 21:00:27 (#997 of 2009)

Horrific.

Rendered - 06 May 2019 21:07:50 (#998 of 2009)

This cold weather is allowing me to perfect the old fire lighting and maintaining thereof. I've also ordered one of my favourite paintings to go on the chimney breast.

Cordelia - 06 May 2019 21:10:57 (#999 of 2009)

Oh lovely! I know you’ve coveted this for a while.

https://tinyurl.com/y25gw6so

Dubris - 06 May 2019 21:11:50 (#1000 of 2009)

Not this?

http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/8/855/6XRY000Z/posters/s-pearson-wings-of-love.jpg

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