15 July 2009

Daily Chat 15/07/09


John Ball was hanged, drawn and quartered on this date in 1381. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth was beheaded in 1685. The Rosetta Stone was discovered in Egypt in 1799 and Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to Captain Frederick Maitland aboard the HMS Bellerophon in 1815. Celebrating birthdays today: Clive Cussler, Linda Ronstadt, Trevor Horn, Marky Ramone, Joe Satriani and David Miliband. Today is the feast day of St. Swithin in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

117 comments:

  1. The Satch huh?
    And no bitterweed about to do some celebratory youtubin!
    Swifty might though...

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  2. Don’t worry Kiz, I’ll step into the breach.

    The Ramones did their best stuff before Marky joined, IMO, but this isn’t bad Hey, Ho, Let’s Go!

    And back when Marky was still known as Marc Bell, he played with Richard Hell and The Voidoids

    If you really want some Satriani, you might have to wait for bitterweed to come back from his hols.

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  3. St swithin's day and its already rained! :-(

    That's it! summer's over!

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  4. Yeah, Satch can play but hard drivin' rock really ain't my thang as rule.

    Tony Rice - now he's the man. There's a lovely bit of pickin' at the beginning of this old fave. And it's got Jerry Douglas on Dobro as well.

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  5. Swifty, thanks for that, got the old circulation going.


    Beau Lockes

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  6. That's alright, old Cob Blers.

    Always makes me want to get the geetar out, does Tony Rice.

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  7. SwiftyBoy,
    Me too and I can't even play.

    Tess Tickles.

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  8. It might just be me but this little comedy gem from the Palin piece really, really tickled me. I love it when you read a comment and begin to smirk at the quality of the parody, and then the realisation hits you - it isnt parody. Someone wrote this in full seriousness:


    "I love Palin, She has brains and courage. How many of you are willing to tackle deep sea fishing for a living as she does. How many of you hunt as most Alaskans hunt.

    She is well thought of in Alaska because she gets the job done, and is willing to fight the both the Republicans and Democrats regarding any issue she feels strongly about.

    What is it, have most Brits turned in pc correct cowards and trolls.

    Do I agree with Palin regarding all issues? No. Am I Republican or Democrat? No! Am I Christian? No. Am I Jewish? No! Am I well educated holding three University degrees? Yes, but the liberal brainwashing did not work. Hopefully, this will dispense with the usual Brit ad homs, a boy I know them, mum's British, Scots and a U.S. citizen.

    Deist, Feminist, Goy ProChoice, Zionist"



    Without spending too long digging around, can anyone beat that? The first paragraph especially, i was 100% certain was parody, the second paragraph was where the horror set in.

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  9. @Jay:

    It's a beauty, that. I can't be arsed searching, but I reckon the Bindel Elliott axis must surely have thrown up some similar crackers BTL? Or maybe the "half rice half chips Duncan James (out of Blue)" article might serve as decent source material?

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  10. She stirs strong, not to say odd, passions right enough.

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  11. elementary_watson15 July, 2009 10:23

    If there is someone who can compare, it has to be on some BiBuBiBu thread; but it would be tough enough to get near this quality, never mind beating it.

    I thin the comment you found, Jay, really takes the Jaffa cake.

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  12. I dont know Swifty, i cant remember ever reading an ElliBiBuBiBu BTL comment that started with such promise as a quality piece of satire that turned into a truly nightmarish piece of supreme stupidity. There's a lot of nonsense on their threads BTL, from both sides, but I still dont remember seeing anything that jaw droppingly moronic. There's a lot of silly dogma and worthless sociological theorising and stupidity on the gender stuff, and a lot of rather extreme prejudice and bigotry, but for straight up stupidity this is an A+ exhibit rarely matched.

    And now it looks like the mods have fully closed comments, so i dont even get to add my sneer to the pile, quite upsetting...

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  13. @Jay:

    As I say, I can't be bothered looking, but I agree, the more, erm, trenchant comments on those threads do tend towards the default stereotypical humourless radfem (or radhom) position.

    It's a good game though, this one, so I'll be keeping an eye out.

    Incidentally, I've noticed exArmy's back reporting for duty and providing plenty of suppressing fire these days, what with the proliferation of articles on the 'Stan and Trident. Good to have old Colour back, although the young shavers down the Lads' Club must be wondering why he's not been turning up for the boxing and bayonetting lessons this past week.

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  14. God I am boring when I'm drunk. I'm so tediously boring that I bored myself sober just to get away from myself.

    Still a little discipline has returned - I didn't drink my cellar dry on this occasion. Always good for the self respect to end the session with a few bottles still full.

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  15. Maybe a regular duel for Cretin of the Week could be fun, all nominations to be submitted here. We couuld then go over to the relevant thread to award the prize on friday afternoon (if the poster was about). Their reaction could provide some good comedy too.

    Exarmy has been about a lot more, though i havent been reading the threads too closely, i have seen his name crop up a lot more. Have you and him had many disagreements over military matters?

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  16. Watson - it could be hard to beat, i think. It has just the right mix of earnestness, arrogance and stupidity to make it a very serious contender. The BiBu stuff is usually more Pseuds corner, isnt it, whereas this is more "simpleton with terrible delusions of grandeur and redneckitis".

    I think i've picked a winner here.

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  17. @Jay:

    Cretin of the Week? Brilliant. So many cretins, so little time...

    exArmy is an interesting case. He's mentioned before he's ex 29 Cdo (NGS, "naval gunfire support") which is interesting in itself. Sort of a forward observer for sea-based naval/aerial/long-range artillery gunfire. And apparently he trained as a "stay behind" - basically, if the front lines had rolled over our troops in the Cold War, "stay behinds" were supposed to hide in enemy territory and disrupt communications/blow shit up etc.

    He gave me a bit of a ragging when I asked whether the baddies in AfPak were capable of hitting us over here, but he slightly misunderstood my point and flew off in a different direction.

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  18. "So many cretins, so little time..."

    Thats the beauty of it, to be awarded Cretin of the Week would be bloody hard to do, the competition is ferocious. Imagine being handed CiF Cretin of the Week... the shame...

    exarmy sounds quite an interesting chap, though as i recall he often talks nonsense on some issues (though cant remember which, but i seem to remember him being very hit n miss depending on the debate0.

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  19. @Jay:

    A note of caution - some Cretins of the Week may take a perverse pride in the award, we need to be careful. I can foresee a situation where a gaggle of cretins are competing for the most outrageously cretinous post.

    Like all of us, exArmy is nothing more than a product of his times. He'll have left the Army at the beginning of the 80s, when we were in full-on Red Threat mode, and it colours all his thinking on defence matters. Re. AfPak, he doesn't think we should be "fighting them over there to stop them fighting us over here", although the irony that he served in Germany to stop the Russians doing precisely that, seems to have escaped him.

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  20. Edit

    "Early 90s" (he's about fifty, I think). Still, the point stands I reckon, the majority of his service was during the Cold War.

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  21. Well-meaning but dimwitted, self-obsessed, unemployed bisexual actress and serial poster, imogenblack, shares more personal information that is strictly necessary on a thread:

    'My first orgasm was with another girl when I was at primary, would this have been counted as sexual behaviour and got me expelled?'

    I think different cretin categories might be needed.

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  22. "I think different cretin categories might be needed."

    Maybe a wildcard award for the week would cover all bases - it could be a quality snipe, joke, bit of narcissism (Tanya Gold would have to be excluded on that front), just anything of note, though Cretin of the Week should be a standalone award i think.

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  23. Cretin of the Week - genius....

    Only problem being that the quality of articles on CiF recently is quite poor and i'm not sure that I can be bothered trawling them to dredge up a cretin.

    I'd like to make a nomination for MrPB though, as runner up this week;

    BTW, I delivered my oldest daughter - the missus had no pain relief (and I didn't get a drink till an hour later when the paramedics finally turned up) and she describes that as her easiest delivery by far.

    'Smug' dosn't really do that man justice.

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  24. Excellent Swifty, BTW, is RP really, really anyones 'natural accent'?

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  26. Maybe Cretin of the Month would be more practical?

    CiF is rubbish at the minute but i think that helps - morons are everywhere at the minute, its a deluge of stupidity, and it keeps us a bit busier until cif picks up again (which it always seems to at some point).

    Vari - no need to go hunting, just something to keep in mind when mulling the CIF boards: if you see a piece of cretinary (cretinery, cretination? Whats the crack?) that really impresses you with either its originality, its pompousness, its mislaid sense of intellect, anything you fancy - just pop over and put it up here with a description of why your entry is a deserving winner. This could provide hours of quality banter.

    Maybe on the first day of each month the Wildhack could post two threads, one daily chat and one "cretin of the month" which is used for the whole month exclusively for nominations and debate about nominations. We could whittle down a shortlist in the last week of the month in a communal manner of debate and compromise and then have an informal 'onthread' vote for the winner (unless Wildhack is feeling very active and wants to make a proper poll, like the ones she used to do).

    Eh?

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  27. There is an unfortunate inclination among some of us to want to police these threads in one way or another.
    This latest could be seen as a cruel hounding of people who do not cleave to what some see as the Guardian consensus and may well be unacceptable to the mods on cif.

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  28. @Anonymous:

    "This latest could be seen as a cruel hounding of people"

    I know, it sounds like fun, doesn't it?

    Count me in Jay, I shall be keeping a look out for particularly egregious examples of cretinry and village idiocy. I may even nominate myself if I say something particularly dim.

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  29. "There is an unfortunate inclination among some of us to want to police these threads in one way or another."

    I dont think this is a question of "policing", its just an idea for a bit of banter though it would add a tiny bit of structure to the UT in the sense that there would be one thread each month for a specific purpose, alongside 31 daily chat threads - i dont think it'd be too prohibiting to be honest but will happily bow to community feeling.


    "This latest could be seen as a cruel hounding of people who do not cleave to what some see as the Guardian consensus"

    The guardian consensus is regularly attacked and ridiculed by the crowd here, we're hardly alfalfa munching earth mothers, and i dont think it could be considered "hounding" because most people nominated would never even find out - this is quite a small blog, unless we have thousands of readers who dont comment.

    "and may well be unacceptable to the mods on cif."

    The graun/cif staff have never voiced any objections to anything we have done here before, i dont think they really mind what we do here.

    Cretin of the Month might not be everyone's cup of tea, but i think its pretty harmless at the same time. Though as i say, if im in a minority and the mod in general objects then thats fine, was just a thought.

    Swifty - a UTer winning the award would be priceless.

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  30. Didnt mean to get too "line by line" with you, Anon, im really not too fussed about the whole thing just found your objections a little odd.

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  31. Interesting stuff. I once had the privelege of housing an unemployed actor in my flat in London for an extended period (and at one stage there were three of the fuckers). It was tremendous fun though. One night Bob and I were down the pub (me buying the beers as he was skint as usual) and we met a lorry driver from 'oop north' who was staying over. He hated London and he hated students. When Bob told him he was an unemployed actor who had done a three-year drama degree, the guy got really pissed off and asked why he should be paying taxes for ponces like him to get student grants and unemployment benefit. 'What did you fucking learn at that poofter college anyway?' he bellowed. And Bob said 'They taught us how to pretend to be a tomato. Thanks for your financial support. Cheers mate!' The guy was rendered totally speechless, but needless to say it all ended happily, and the emergency services were not required.

    btw one of those unemployed actors got a decent role in a BBC drama series, but has since disappeared career-wise. He still owes me £20 for the phone bill.

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  36. Jay: I’m not really in favour of your suggestion for a Cretin of the Month award, not because it might be offensive (though it is, you insensitive bastard), but because I don’t think you can “institutionalise” the sort of banter that works so well here.

    And because next month you’ll get bored with that and come up with another suggestion – what was it last time? ;-)

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  37. Swifty: slow day at work, mate?

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  38. Andy - i see where you're coming from, it is hard to give structure to banter, i just like the idea of somewhere where we can share the very best of cif stupidity in one place.

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  39. @andy:

    "slow day at work, mate?"

    Yep. I'm "holding the fort" as everyone else is on a course (I've already been on it) and I'm stuck in the bloody office. I'm smoking like a bloody laboratory beagle and drinking cup after cup of coffee, so I'm also a little bit, how can I put this, on edge.

    I'll calm down soon enough.

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  40. elementary_watson15 July, 2009 13:59

    I sort of like imogen.

    Knowing someone's most intimate details sometimes will do that.

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  41. We're not all that PC here, but the colloquial meaning of 'cretin', for better or worse, is simply 'idiot'. It's not intended to be an attack on people with genetic disorders. However, perhaps we should rebrand the proposed title. The concept is sound in itself, and Cif uses the title 'You said it'. Perhaps our title could be something like WTF?

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  42. 'Knowing someone's most intimate details' Yeah, you and the other 2 million unique users per month. Do you feel special?

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  43. elementary_watson15 July, 2009 14:08

    "You said WHAT!?!"

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  44. Anyway, enough of this unstructured banter.

    Have any of you seen this?

    Who’s first in pre-mod? I’m popping out for a haircut, and if the shit hasn’t hit the fan by the time I get back, I’ll be very disappointed...

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  45. Instead of Cretin of the Week then, it could be an alternative 'comment of the week'? No?

    (Thats my Jessica Reed impression BTW)

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  46. I floated the idea of a monthly funnies award a few weeks back. It didn't find favour and when I thought about it later I reached the conclusion that andy reached above.

    I also thought that Swifty would win it more often than not and then it would become tedious.

    deano

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  47. elementary_watson15 July, 2009 14:17

    scherf: Looks like you didn't get the joke (or rather, the fact it was meant as a joke).

    Since you don't get it, I should try to deliver it better, I guess ...

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  48. Aha, so one can call Mr B a cunt.....

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  49. Swifty may win the funnies too frequently to make it a worthy contest, whereas Cretin award would probably be much more varied, though mainly, i suspect, given out to the 'one hit wonders' who float in to grace us with their fatuous drivel...

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  50. Sorry, watson. Nuances of tone and all that - a three pipe problem, no doubt.

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  51. Holy crap! 150+ comments on Blair as EuroPres in one hour!

    Jay - you can slap polls up here, too, you know...

    I've got no problem with the award thing, myself. Cif Razzies, as it were.

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  52. There are a lot of awfully pointed chins in that collection of alumni. Bizarre.

    Ms. Black's natural accent may be RP, but she certainly doesn't have the slightest familiarity with received spelling.

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  53. Montana - ok you would have to show me how to do it though, im actually quite rubbish on IT stuff. And we havent even decided yet if cretin monthly's viable. I think it would be amusing. Give the Blair thread another hour and it be closed, i suspect.

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  54. @scherfers:

    "Perhaps our title could be something like WTF?"

    If not that, perhaps it could be "I spoke my brains"?

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  55. Thauma -- c'mon! Spelling is just so overrated!

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  56. Peddunts of the werld, untie!

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  57. "Peddunts of the werld, untie!"

    Tickled me.

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  58. afternoon all

    See you have been busy hatching plots....I like the sound of some banter with cif posters - not opposed to cretins...one of the things I like about this place is the absence of pc. we're also in dire need of some laughs, well I am.

    Have just come home from work early wheezing and sneezing like a good un and feeling like shite. My daughters' best friends' bloke is flat out with the swine thing so am wondering...??

    If i have got the bloody thing I will keep you posted so you know what to expect! nothing like sharing out the misery and be grateful our conversations are virtual.

    Used to work in the theatre as a scene painter so I know all about thesps, dahlings. They can be quite fun if you can get them off the subject of themselves.

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  59. Sheff

    Hope you feel better soon!

    #They can be quite fun if you can get them off the subject of themselves.#

    Is that actually possible?

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  60. Jay

    Wonderful restraint by you over on the Blair thread. Much admired, I like to think that we can all learn from our mistakes although in my case I sometimes have to struggle to stare down the evidence to the contrary.

    Well done sir.

    Take it easy Sheff - my sometime wife's been struggling with a dose of the non swine flu so you might be ok.

    deano.

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  61. Thank you, Deano, I typed and deleted a number of possibilities before deciding they all ran the risk of premodding, or worse, so in the end couldnt be bothered.

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  62. sheff: sorry to hear you’re under the weather.

    My GF’s daughter had some sort of viral thing a month or so ago. Half her class were off at the same time, and one of them had it diagnosed as the dreaded Swine Flu, though it didn’t seem to hit her too hard.

    Can’t be too careful though – take a few days off and put your feet up; more time to chat here!

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  63. We're going on hols at the end of next week, so the middle of next week would seem like a golden opportunity for the God of Contagious Diseases to lay one of us low. Similar has happened before, I'm fairly confident we're going to have another holiday ruined through illness.

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  64. Spelling?

    ghot = fish.

    gh = f as in enough
    o = i as in women
    t = sh as in station

    bloody indifferent teachers!

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  65. Swifty: just make sure none of your posts get too close to any of sheff’s.

    “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases!”

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  66. Thauma

    Its not easy I agree but worth the persistence - especially if you get them drunk, then you can just sit back and watch them go - the bitchery and gossip can be hilarious.

    I've seen similar things done on cif too - clever posters who are good at winding people up.

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  67. Andy

    I have a friend who swears by the following remedy for flu/bad colds and says it does it for him every time.

    One bottle cheap whisky poured into a very hot bath (as hot as you can stand it).

    Soak for as long as you can bear it - topping it up and keeping it hot, (remembering not to drink the bath water is quite important..)

    Follow this with a tepid shower and 2 Ibuprophen 400 and a good nights sleep. He wakes up fresh every time. He could be lying of course. I might give it a whirl later.

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  68. Andy - like when a Doctor grab your testicles and says "cough" and you say "no it spreads diseases"

    .........and he smirks........ squeezes ......and your eyes water.

    Where to for the hols Swifty?

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  69. Sheff - it must be the shock of seeing it all go down the plughole at the end. They say shock can conquer all.

    deano

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  70. Deano - as long as it's cheap whisky it isn't so painful - can just imagine using my prized Islay malt - which I will be having an early night with tonight.

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  71. sheff: did you see a reputable medical practitioner yet?

    Maybe you haven’t got Swine Flu after all; maybe you’re in love!

    Sometimes the symptoms can be easily confused, but as my colleague Dr Cohen says There ain’t no cure for love

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  72. Assuming Anon @ 17.21 was Deano, I nominate HIM for funny guy of the day, week, month, whatever.

    MY eyes were watering for two reasons at once :-)

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  73. In love andy - I bloody well hope not - it's much worse than a dose of the flu which at least only lasts a week or two.

    will consult quack if things develop overnight. Its probably just a summer cold mixed with a little paranoia.

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  74. I’m off round to my GF’s with some fresh potatoes as a love offering. Yes, you’re right, she doesn’t deserve me.

    The thought of potatoes and sex in one evening is almost too much...

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  75. That’s potatoes first and sex later, obviously. Potatoes and sex simultaneously would just be sick.

    I can’t believe you even thought of it, far less suggested it...

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  76. Sheff hope you feel better soon!

    When I was allowed to drink I used to savour the odd glass of malt! Lovely!

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  77. No better cure for colds than whiskey applied directly to the proper place. And that ain't the bath, imho. It's also the best sleeping aid.

    Hmm, have some Black Bush in the cupboard....

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  78. Andy - I have some potatoes roasting in the oven as I type, but unfortunately the mister is otherwise engaged this evening. :-(

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  79. Ah whiskey with an e - a favourite of mine.

    Kiz used to a Woolies girl she's just revealed over on the Guard. I am in shock but delighted. That's a seat in Furnivall's boat marked out for her.

    deano.

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  80. thauma

    not whiskey related (not directly - I think the McGowan prefers G 'n Ts) but you might like this -

    Spancil Hill

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  81. es, deano? - rubbish drug - certainly in comparison with that pink speed that came out of Manchester back in the mists of history (late 70s, early 80s, I think). Of course now I'm old and sensible and only hit the swally, oh and the fags of course, so perhaps not so sensible.

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  82. I enjoyed that thauma

    - me daughter married a mick and I've always loved the impishness of that wonderful race and my favourite cooking whiskey is Jameson - it has that certain something that catches my throat were it needs to be caught.

    Piss taking is an olympic sport in Yorkshire but pure art in Eire.

    I love the finest singles from all the celts.

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  83. It was a mental job workin in that caf Deano.. specially on Glasgow wk/end... you've no idea!

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  84. We reckon that me sometime wife had irish/spanish antecedents.

    The wrecking of the Armada off the west coast is what we have put down her wildly wonderful tongue to.

    d

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  85. Deano - Theres a great Irish music festival in Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare, (the Willie Clancy Memorial Fest), in the summer. You can camp out at Spanish Point where the armada was run ashore. Christy Moore's sister used to run a little place out there, exceptionally good craic.

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  86. Kiz - Oh I have it was the Glasgow week that I had in mind. I once found myself in Blackpool with em.

    I once went to Glasgow on a political protest and found myself wrestling in the streets with a Glaswegian Pole - we were fighting about who was going to buy the next drink. He said "me" and I said "me" and so it went on I had some difficulty walking for the next week or so.

    You are up for a sainthood - when on the sauce those tossers take some beating.!

    deano

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  87. I had a Saturday job on the leccy counter at Woolies for a few weeks, then went to BHS cos they paid about 25p more!

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  88. Never worked in Woolies but I once worked in a sanitary towel factory in Saltley, Brum - grimly unhygienic as I recall and I didn't last long. They came at you down a conveyor belt and I ended up waist deep in the bloody things, I was hopeless and a complete laughing stock as far as the other women were concerned.

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  89. Ah Saltley - so much happier for Scargill than Orgreave.

    Battles of old - a special old friend of mine lead the lads from the old Quaker firm of Joseph Lucas (Electrics/automotive etc) out to join the miners picket at Saltley Gates..........

    Never worked with sanitary wear but I did work in a brickyard Jabez Wooley (Leeds) as a lad with similar results.

    God that's a long time since circa 67ish.

    deano.

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  90. You guys seen MAMs post @ 6.19 on the Sudanese flogging of trouser-wearing women thread from Nesrine Malik?

    "Sure, and if New Labour, the nanny state and Health and Safety isn't bad enough, Sharia is a threat as well.

    I would normally agree with this but we are doing fine destroying our own way of life and pleasant pastimes without Sharia getting much of a look in. There is nothing on that list the Government and its stupid laws have not tried to ban - without even as good an excuse as Sharia.

    I wonder if this applies to the Shalwar Kamiz - think that if we sent some of our more recent arrivals from South Asia to Sudan in clothes that even Cherie Blair would not defend in court on law aid, they would get flogged?"

    How the heck do you get health & safety into a comment on flogging women for wearing the wrong clothes - no, NO, please don't answer that!

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  91. Thanks, Sheff - I enjoyed that!

    #I ended up waist deep in the bloody things#

    I hope you don't mean that literally!

    Deano - piss-taking is the main thing in my family get-togethers. Except for my mother, who occasionally co-operates, but mostly she does piss-giving.

    No, I have not yet got over the recent trip to the homeland!

    Me auntie gave me a mug with the caption, "If you think I'm a bitch, you should meet my mother." It seemed very funny at the time, but I used it this morning and it pissed me off all over again!

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  92. How did MAM get Cherie Blair into it too - I thought earlier today that a Cretins Award would all too often have MAM as the person to loose it month after month etc.

    By any standard an extraordinary commenter.

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  93. MAM is relentlessly obtuse - have given up responding and now just ignore him/her. Only way to save whats left of my sanity.

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  94. Good point, anonymous, so I went back to the thread & put that to him ...

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  95. Sheff

    That Irish gig sounds an interesting call - it is an ambition of mine to spend some months in Ireland before I go.

    That along with a view of the Northern Lights.

    My oldest dog is now nearing the end of her wonderful life and I don't want to go too far away until then. She is to join her mum in the a wooded place in the centre of the field in which I currently live.

    When that's done a trip to the emerald is high on my list. My daughter and son in law are much keen on my visit - and after the wedding I have a large family out there.

    I don't know much about pink tablets - I have always been intimidated by things pink. I think it was the idea of angosturia bitters and pink gin that done it for me. Navy I always wanted to be - but I'm not officer material.

    I know that that is not the correct way to spell ang? bitters but here on UT someone will know how it's done.
    deano

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  96. sheff
    True, but just occasionally worth the effort. No?

    BTW I'm also trying out my Jessica Reed impersonation here ;-)

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  97. I think I got the 500th comment in on the Blair thread - but since in respect of Jay I called him a cunt I may not last long.

    I also missed the 22.00 estimate I made by one minute. 21.59 don't quite have the ring I hoped for. Life is life.

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  98. Thauma: I have mug envy.

    Deano/anon: just take the 'i' out. A N G O S T U R A (unless this is a Brit English vs. US English thing; like aluminium/aluminum

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  99. Evening all. Just a flying visit. Been watching the offspring at his school show this evening. Another evening of it tomorrow too. Kisses to you all xx

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  100. Deano

    I recommend that particular festival in Clare when you get the chance. Definitely one to do before you go. You can camp above the beach at Spanish Point - looking out to sea - it's beautiful. In the mornings they do master classes in everything from the tin whistle to the guitar and fiddle - singing too. Then from lunchtime until the death they have sessions in all the pubs in the town - of which there are many. Musos come from all over, including Britanny so it gets pretty hectic what with the seemingly everlasting guinness and whiskey.

    Saw Davy Spillane play at the Central Hotel - a genuis on the eilean pipes amongst many others.

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  101. I think I may have another contender ..
    newsed1, 15 Jul 09, 1:42am on Jenna McWilliams' teens & social networking thread - I think we can safely assume that newsed1 either doesn't have much expeience of teenage lads or is an expert worker of irony:

    "The idea that you (as a teenage boy) only use mobile to talk to girls - because the boys are all locked onto game consoles and make calls to other boys via those - is gold dust. Who knew that?

    The mobile companies will be all over this gem like a rash - with marketing campaigns aimed at getting boys back into mobile use before they lose the habit for good".

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  102. I liked the pipes Sheff - in fact I loved it and have bookmarked it.

    A lament - oh dear girl a life well lived who could complain at that.

    Montana - methinks you spell better than me our lass - thank you.

    deano

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  103. I just played that again Sheff - I had quite forgotten how an ear ring looks so well on a man.

    In my late 20's I had a simple gold sleeper put in my left ear. That far back it was rare for a man to have a ring in his ear. I loved it and wore it constantly until the day many years later when it had finally worn away and fell from me.

    I think I may go have a new piercing in my left ear - this time of Silver which I always preferred to gold.

    deano

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  104. Deano

    Davy Spillane is my absolute hero - he plays a mean blues on those pipes - jazz too. Do you remember a a wonderful Irish band called Moving Hearts, from way back when - Christy Moore played with them as well - what a fantastic bunch they were

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  105. Deano - an earing does look very well on a man , (especially when he's playing the pipes)

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  106. Cheers babe - hope you feel ok on the morrow.

    Night - deano.

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  107. Get well soon Sheff, I have been driven to panic whiskey drinking as a preventative measure against the dreaded swine flu.

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  108. How about this one?
    From the president Blair thread

    axiomy -"People should stop being sentimental. Aside from Iraq war, Tony Blair was a very good Prime Minister. He deserves to be Europe President if he wants it."

    No argument for this statement just telling people 'not to be sentimental'!!

    'Aside from the Iraq war' so that doesn't count I suppose.(FFS!)

    idiot!

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  109. Unless it was meant to be ironic! Taking everything literally today!

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