23 June 2009

Daily Chat 23/06/09

On this day in 1180, the Genpei War of Japan was begun with the first Battle of Uji. On this day in 1888, Frederick Douglass became the first black man to be nominated as a candidate for President of the United States. And on this day in 1985, a bomb explodes on Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard the plane. Celebrating birthdays: Frances McDormand, Colin Montgomerie, Zinedine Zidane, KT Tunstall, Patrick Vieira, and Duffy. It is the Grand Duke's official birthday in Luxembourg.

33 comments:

  1. One of the good things about getting up at 5.30 is you can get the first comment in on Montana’s Daily Chat thread.

    So I can be the first to tell the Grand Duke of Luxembourg to fuck off. Hope that spoils his “Official Birthday”.

    Show HIM the pigs!

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  2. Oh I will try to redeem myself and the tarnished image of the nippon with a bit of obscurity.

    Japanese national charcter is beyond my expertise - but as well as the magnificant seven they gave the example of Acer parties.

    Apparently in the eigtheenth century they would hold special parties to which dear and respected guests would be invited to admire the shape and colours of the leaves of these sometimes stunning plants.

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  3. Andy,
    The Grand Duke always speaks well of you.

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  4. Acer parties, like the cherry blossom ones in Japan? Sounds good to be. BTW, glad to see you're back on form, Deano.

    And here's some news from the equality watchdog, which has finally noticed that some of the BNP policies & practices are perhaps a bit off:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/23/bnp-legal-threat-race-equality

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  5. Swifty, the book of the week on Radio4 is 'The Junior Officer's Reading Club' by Patrick Hennessey. Of interest to you, perhaps?

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  6. MsChin

    I was quite rude to you a couple of days back on a CIF thread about banning the BNP from teaching. Accusing people of self-recommending is a bit low and breaks my personal CIF etiquette.

    I'll stand by any point I make but if I overstep the mark then I'll always apologise. Hence, I apologise.

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  7. Thanks, staybryte - much appreciated.

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  8. Staybryte
    I always recommend myself. I'm great ;-)


    By the way, what IS it with these bell-ends walking round holding their mobile phones like they're about to blow an oyster ?

    It all started with those foreskins on the Apprentice, and now eveyrone under thirty seems to think the cool way to hold a phone is like a sodding ryvita.

    Tossers. I presume they think they're being trendy and clever at the same time, avoiding harmful radiation and all something. But they're actually exposing themsleves to lethal doses of w@nkerdom.

    Show THEM the pigs.

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  9. Absolutely, I also get unnaccountably annoyed with people who use the hands free while just walking along with free hands.....

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  10. Does anyone else remember when someone walking along the street talking to themselves was odd?

    I remember discovering they'd invented hands free by walking in on my then housemate chopping onions and talking to her boyfriend, I wondered why she was telling herself she loved herself...............

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  11. Dot, your housemate wasn't talking to her boyfriend. She was pretending. She WAS telling herself she loved herself. Because her boyfriend wouldn't say it.

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  12. ...and people who have conversations in public toilets whilst on the loo! You're sitting there, minding your own business, and then the person in the stall next-door says "hi!".

    "Er ... hi!"

    And then you realise they're not talking to you at all.

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  13. 'And then you realise they're not talking to you at all.'

    Although they might be, and that's even worse.

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  14. thauma
    It's an invasion of priv(ac)y ...

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  15. Or a shortage of loo roll in the next cubicle.

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  16. Scherfig, her boyfriend is now her husband.........

    Thauma,

    she also used to take the cordless into the bathroom with her and talk to him while on the loo, very disturbing!

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  17. What was that movie where a guy in a toilet cubicle asked the guy in the next cubicle to pass him some toilet-roll, then stole his watch?

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  18. Yes, exactly: when someone speaks in the bog, you expect the next thing they say to be, "Is there any bog roll in there?", and not, "Omigod, Tracy is SUCH a bitch and I've just given her boyfriend a blow job."

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  19. Dot - revolting. Hope she washed her hands and the phone afterwards!

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  20. 'her boyfriend is now her husband.........'

    Has he said it yet, dot? I hope so :0)

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  21. Right, chaps, must be off - kick-off is in an hour!

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  22. scherfig, yes he has, they have a lovely son together and they all lived happily ever after...........

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  23. Dot, I love a happy ending. You've cheered me up.

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  24. Just feel the need to say that MartyninEurope is a self-obsessed, extremely uninteresting, boring fuckwit. Can I say that here?

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  25. I dunno if any of the other parents here had problems with their offspring coming to ask them questions when they were on the loo... my son would have a fit if I shut the toilet or bathroom door when he was a toddler. Even now at 14 he thinks nothing of barging in if he wants to talk to me!

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  26. Why would the Guardian carry 14/15 pictures of that red headed Wade woman attached to a small news piece about her new job with News International.

    Photo Ed looking for a new job perhaps.

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  27. I talk to my daughter on the pone while on the loo! She tends to phone me in the mornings when the water tabs I take are acting. i need to visit about every 10-29 minutes at some points in the morning so she has sort of got used to it.

    Mind you she's a nurse - nithing much shocks them.

    Sure you all wanted to know that!

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  28. I think there is a problem about toilet phone calls that the mobile phone manufacturers have twigged.

    I dropped a two month old Sony Ericcson K850i down the bog last year. When the camera and then the mp3 stopped working a few days later I took it back to the Three shop - young lass opened it up smiled and said "water damage sir, sadly not covered by the warranty"

    I looked puzzled she said "they put a special tab into mobiles which changes colour if it gets wet". "Saves them a fortune when folk drop them down the toilet or go swimming with them in their pockets"

    You win some you loose some!

    So be warned I had the next one attached to my belt but my propensity for drunken swimming may yet let me down.

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  29. Just came across the inside story on why a series of pictures of Ms Wade - the first picture used when the story broke was accompanied by a less than flattering picture which attracted a number wry comments.

    Thus an apology and pictorial history of the rise and rise of said woman. The behaviour of the Guardian gets odder and odder.

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  30. What's wrong with chatting on the loo.. you bunch of stuffy old farts!

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  31. K. - toilets were always places for reading. That is why we have squares of newspaper hanging on nails behind the door>

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  32. scherfig
    Yes. He's got way too a simple approach unfortunately, and it does seem to boil down to self-love, largely.

    Too may lefties are tossers. Discuss.

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  33. May I add pretentious and sanctimonious to the list of M-I-E's attributes?

    And BB -- mine thinks nothing of interrupting me on the toilet or in the shower. Sometimes just to regale me with a Dr. Who plotline that he's worked out in his head, complete with casting suggestions.

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