15 January 2010

15/01/10


In 588 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II began a siege of Jerusalem that would last until 23 July, 586 BC.  Elizabeth I was crowned in 1559.  The British Museum opened to the public in 1759.  Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were tortured and killed by the Frei Korps in 1919.

Born today:  Molière (1622-1673), O. Mandelstam (1891-1938), Gene Krupa (1909-1973), Gamal Abdal Nasser (1918-1970), Frank Thornton (1921), Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), James Nesbitt (1965), Claudia Winkleman (1972).

It is John Chilembwe Day in Malawi.

176 comments:

  1. boudican wrote (yesterday):

    Medve, with you, any time. Let's seize the the day. today 15 January, 2010 06:40

    Duly seized up.

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  2. Hi Medve, Mchica (that sounds like a Mexican blues band)

    Southern cooking/cuisine is mighty fine, Mchica, but I'm more envious of your warm climate (normally) right now.

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  3. Was doing the washing up when it occurred to me that some of the powers that be on Compassion is Fucked must surely visit surreptitiously from time to time.

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  4. Boudican, i think Mchica has retired for now.

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  5. Medve--Yes, it's 2am for Mchica.Sweet dreams for her.

    If I'm not mistaken, we have had posts from the Emperor and Lord Seaton himself. (Long standing UTers or Utters please correct or smack heed as needed.) UT is mentioned on the Guardian threads fairly often. They can't resist either, can they?

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  6. well, after all, i feel there is a much higher compassion density here. that's why i am here. and erudition & general smartness as my son might say.

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  7. which of course coexists with the odd tiff.

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  8. Medve been suckered into another one of those reality makeover shows (Tabitha salon takeover) so up for another hour.
    Boudican what moniker do you post under on CiF?
    (that sounds like a Mexican blues band) ...haha. true chica means a hot girl...tooting my own horn I know and M stands for muslim, but I guess easy to mistake for Mariachi

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  9. Mchica: did you read yesterdays stuff about sleep?

    if you say you are "hot" then you must be.

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  10. No what stuff about sleep?

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  11. Hi Mchica--Same moniker on CiF, but with a lower case b. Don't care about religion but if you're hot, you're hot.

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  12. Sheffpixie asked about insomnia and plenty of untrustees told of their own personal sleeping affairs. It all ended with soporific lettuce fumes.

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  13. I must go back and read I have weird sleeping patterns right now, but I think it is winter related

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  14. bon voyage in the land of dreams

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  15. Oh dear just read all that...and the great advise from PhilippaB. I hope sheffpixie doesn't take that prescribtion stuff. An alternative would be valerian root, its herb and helps with digestive system as well

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  16. ok night night that's it for me.

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  17. For the UK UTs--Sonny Boy Williamson; Nine below zero. Should kickstart your day.

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  18. Speaking of Seaton, has anyone seen him lately?

    I cant recall seeing any sign of him for quite a long time now, months. Has he been told not to comment on threads due to his "frank" style perhaps? Or quietly moved to a new position within the Graun? He seems to have gone awol.

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  19. Hi Jay--Don't think we've spoken before. Howdy. Seaton is still there, I think its double secret moderation. Awol would be better.

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  20. Hi Boudican

    I dont think we have spoken no (hi!), i have admired your mini Schnauzer though, my mum had a standard but he died a couple of years ago.

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  21. Jay--Amusing avatar/nomenclature by the way. Great book. Enjoy your posts too.

    Schnauzers are fun but fucking stubborn. 4th one we've had now, and all different. The new one is not quite Mungoesque yet, but the potential is there.

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  22. Thanks Boudican, yeah its a superb book, i do hope they dont spoil it with a film.

    Very stubborn little beasts indeed, really quite pompous, they dont seem to reckon to have to do anything they dont want to, they have the little Lord Fauntleroy complex though in a somehow endearing way.

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  23. Morning all,

    still enjoying the CiF irony of Sir Simon Jenkins of Guardian establishmentville taking up and running with a story that GIYUS has been getting zapped for in last two months.

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  24. Hmm--Pompous, big ears, looks searchingly at odd buildings, nah, couldn't be related.

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  25. Greetings your grace; GIYUS is a wild card, no? Dedication, obstinacy, off the wallism (fuck it,I make up my own terms now) are to be admired, as they are by many.

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  26. Morning Your Grice,

    Boudican: Having discovered some large holes in the North main wall, where it meats the eaves, trying to do a bit of insulation. in the main wall there is a wooden beam along its length at the top, covered with one final layer of bricks (some of which are missing because of some germans and russians in 1945. found a somewhat soft, could say rotten patch. should i dig that out and replace it with healthy wood?

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  27. So yours is a gazer too is he? Mine'd stare out the window all day long at absolutely nothing. And if he saw a person on a bicycle he would have fits of rage. Very strange creatures, the least dog like dogs i have yet encountered.

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  28. Den dertiende Hertog van Wybourne
    De zoveelste Hertogin van Wybourne

    klinkt niet slecht.

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  29. You know those monkey bikes ridden by misbehaving yoofs ? They get over the heath sometimes, no crash helmets making a hell of a din and being little twats. It must have been the two-stroke engine noise that drove her nuts, but my Jack Russel used to tear after them, she ran nearly as fast as a whippet but a lot of the time in their haste the kids couldn't distinguish her body shape from a pitbull I guess. They used to shit themselves and go away. Peace was restored. Excellent fun.

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  30. Duke
    Good rumour: GIYUS *IS* Simon Jenkins.

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  31. Morning Bitterweed, "Excellent fun." for you or for the dog? Both i suppose.

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  32. Have you put a photo of your beast up in the Pooch Gallery, BW?

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  33. Medve,

    Ik eerder Hertog Jan zijn of drinkt Hertog Jan;)

    Bitterweed. In that case should the Jenkins article not be zapped?

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  34. Nah, Jenkins has a deal with CiF that he can post BTL as The Cynic. Numbers game mate, numbers game.

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  35. "Ik eerder Hertog Jan zijn of drinkt Hertog Jan;)"

    May I respectfully suggest, Your Grice,

    Ik ben liever Hertog Jan en drink nomen est omen

    wasn't there some slogan like you drink what you are?

    No strike that and reverse it.

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  36. More Denham stuff. Couldn't resist a go.
    Back later.

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  37. Medve,

    natuurlijk, geen probleem. Mijn Nederlands zins structuur is vreselijk toch ik vind Hertog Jan lekker maar la trappe is mijn favoriet Nederland bier, vooral de Tripel. Mmmmmmmmm

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  38. Jesus I could murder a pint.

    Jay
    My hound, sadly deceased, left few traces, but I have got one of her looking particularly sweet and another one of her looking particulalry bonkers.

    Watch this space.

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  40. Your Grice, Trappe Tripel is Belgisch bier! En heerlijk uiteraard. Mijn favoriet is Hoegaarden wit bier

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  41. Why can I never spell "particularly" ?
    Stupid fingers...

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  42. Afternoon Sheff! Did you sleep well? Great links from you every time.

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  43. Afternoon medve -I did sleep but only after i took that prescription stuff - think i will try BB's lettuce recipe as I feel a bit yuk today. Am skiving at home again which is a more pleasant side effect!

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  44. Heres another one for you Medve

    Could the Jews be genetically linked to the Taliban?

    If they do - would they have the right of return? Could be interesting...

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  45. Charming comment about the working class -

    "They are functionally illiterate."


    Funny to see the Guardian come out all guns blazing over Denham, anyone would think it had hit a sore spot...

    BW - Montana made a flickr page, a Pooch Gallery. Link at top of page, and if she has your email address she will have sent you the logins. Get your Jack Russell up there, the more the merrier.

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  46. Medve,

    la trappe is a Dutch bier and I was over the moon when the local Morrisons started selling it.

    http://www.latrappe.nl/content.asp?l=NL

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  47. Jay,

    where was that comment on? The whole Guardian attitude to the working class is nothing short of insulting.

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  48. Jay,

    just found it. No further action necessary.

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  49. Ah, after all that talk of sleep yesterday, I found myself wide awake at 2.30 and forced to takee my own advice and get up! Resulted in going back to bed at 4, hitting 'off' rather than 'snooze' on the alarm and waking up at half past twelve. Bugger. But, have spent the last three hours writing, so that's a good thing.

    Listened to that 'Decision Time' programme that is being bigged up on CIF, and it was in fact very interesting - more like Yes Minister / the Thick of it that any textbook says! Particularly liked the backbencher explaining how he'd wrangle a revolt. Even Purnell didn't sound like an idiot on the process (although the firm opposition to the proposal - cutting benefits to the wealthy - sounded a bit 'protest too much' to me).

    "double secret moderation"
    heh heh. one of my favourite films:
    "I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part"

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  50. Your Grice: I stand corrected. Bloody globalisation.

    Sheff: Oddly enough i have personal experience of this. A IDF deserting Israeli girlfriend (a long time ago) had a grandfather born in Kabul.

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  51. Philippa: Always place your alarm so that you HAVE to get out of bed to attend to it. I am quite a double ended burner (candlewise): check the timestamps of my posts.

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  52. Medve,

    geen probleem. I don't have a religious bone in my body but those trappist monks who produce those brews in Belgium and the Netherlands have definitely been sent from God.

    Sheff,

    great joke for you

    knock knock......

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  53. Dedicated to Your Grice:

    In de hemel is geen bier
    Daarom drinken wij het hier
    Ik wens geluk en veel plezier

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  54. lettuce bloody sleep will you?!

    Shall I get my coat?

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  55. LOL Yr Grace -thats cheered me up....:-)) amazing how mad lack of sleep makes you feel.

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  56. -Frappe frappe-
    Qui est la ?
    Le sti !
    Le sti qui ?
    Exactement !

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  57. Medve,

    nice Dutch drinking song!

    Sheff,

    I'm available for corporate functions and private parties.

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  58. Cheers Your Grice, it was penned under Your Grice's patronage (graft).

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  59. Sheff - or how thrown your body clock cann get - far as I'm concerned, it's currently lunchtime...

    speaking of which
    [exits to kitchen]

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  60. Phillipa

    I sympathise as am feeling rather peculiar and don't know how much is the accumulated lack of sleep and how much is pharmaceutical. Will definitely try the lettuce tonight - that Zipoclone stuff is a bit dodgy if you ask me.

    Worst thing about sleep remedies is I've been told not to read in bed - one of my absolute must haves if life is to be tolerable.

    Yr Grace

    will put you on my list of required acts next to Bitterweed's band for my next private function.

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  61. Sheff,

    "Worst thing about sleep remedies is I've been told not to read in bed - one of my absolute must haves if life is to be tolerable."

    B#ll&cks! It's all just guidelines anyway! Maybe limit how much you read in bed (if you like to read for 2 hours a night read for 1.5 hours in the living room then go to bed for the last 30 mins) but I can't go to bed and just go to sleep straight away*: the bed's not warm and comfy!

    * I just about manage sometimes, when sharing the bed/room!

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  62. Sheff - if reading in bed is a habit and you haven't previously suffered problems, that guideline may not suit you! I stick to it, because it's all about bed being for sleep only. I do my reading stashed on the sofa with a blanket.

    I think the main idea behind that guideline is not to do anything that involves your brain working hard, as that can stop you goetting to sleep - so, nice relaxing novel, prob ok, quantum physics textbook probably not.

    the aftermath of an endorphin rush can also help you, ahem, get off, but I'll leave it to you to decide how you might want to manage that...
    [cough]

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  63. the aftermath of an endorphin rush can also help you, ahem, get off,

    hmmm.. phillipa - perhaps I should invest in one of Scherf's Danish vegetables, or is that too much information?

    And where are you Scherf? It's npt the same without you!

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  64. prob. synd. art. by nobel winning krugman just gone up.

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  65. Medve, you are a creature of the night, day, morning and afternoon! No lettuce in your diet, I guess.
    ;-)
    Here, have a Friday night song.

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  66. Love Live music ?
    Sign the petition...

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/livemusicevents/

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  67. Hi all

    Sheff my dear young miss you made me smile.

    I hope that your sleep problems are not related to tossers at work. I reckon one of the largest sleep deprivers is immature/insecure twats who find themselves in managerial positions and then flounder to the detriment of those they are supposed to manage.

    I have known many who have been happy in life and have then been visited by a tosser who can turn a bearable job of work into a nightmare. Hope that's not happening to you our lass.

    When I go to bed tonight I will change my prayers....dear lord ...may I find myself locked into an off licence ....and may my good friend Sheff..... find herself locked in a greengrocer cum off licence...

    xx.

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  68. Medeve - thanks for the link to Kruger's piece - I'm struggling with a heavy cold/flu and would probably have missed it and I like to tread what he has to say.

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  69. Petition signed BW and sent on to mates.

    Deano - Thank you for your kind thoughts. Greengrocers/off licence/pub...think I've seen one or two of those in Ireland. Sadly none round here.

    Medve - Krugman makes sense. Lets hope HMG gets off its supine knees and starts demanding some of our money back too.

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  70. If you fancy a little direct action read through to the end of this:

    Shut Rush Limbaugh up

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  71. That is sick - the French international rescue team in Haiti are focussed on the international Hotels to rescue the rich.

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  73. Nice one Sheff, thanks.

    now, anyone with an aversion to country music look away.

    Everyone else, enjoy this treat...

    Willie Nelson reckons it's funny how time slips away...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU

    Made me all teary that has.

    Back later.

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  74. Scherf/Hank/Monkey et al

    We need an article on UT2 about the absurdity of the international responses to these kind of disasters.

    How many lives do we expect the 50+ UK specialists sent in to save. It is more than arguable that had they stayed home and not taken a flight slot then more lives might have been saved.

    The people need water and then food, not western diggers and dogs whose landing cost more lives than they saved.

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  75. Great song, BW. Petition signed.

    "What kind of music do you usually have here?"
    "oh we got both kinds, we got country AND western."

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  76. The inversion of logic in crisis is astonishing

    Lass on Ch4 said ----"...they need shelter and food and water...."

    What common-sense dictates is that need water then food then shelter.

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  77. Evening all

    Not long in and finished me dinner. What a tedious day! Knew it was going to be meh even before I started.

    Sitting here sipping a wee dram of Sailor Jerry's rum, which is warming the cockles of my heart.

    Just gonna take a look at CiF and the comments on here.

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  78. heyhabib: nice one.

    deano: let your white blood cells give them virus hell!

    Sheff's link: hear hear let's get the t-shirt.

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  79. Evening BB: weekend is here!

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  80. Medve - sorry about my misspell of your moniker.

    The cells are at 'em comrade.

    I enjoy your contributions here, the place is richer for all the more that the likes of you join us.

    I have a cure fore constipation - it's a Yorkshire one which ` involves introducing a bum to the reality of the factorials of the Hawthorne twig.

    Enjoy the weekend BB

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  81. Boudican - I have small worry about this thing called a new year..

    Mungo woke me up from fever last night - I had a choice to make...was he ...wasn't he.

    I think he was, I know it could be fever,... but I know about these things ...............the bastard woke me 'cos he was humming........


    ..La Marseillaise .... me life's gonna be difficult.

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  82. deano: identified strong evidence for digital anthropogenic globalised cardiac cockle warming:

    DAGCCW

    i suggest we divide the Utters into two opposing camps:

    deniers and fanatics. By the relentless logic of the legendary ASS computer, those Utters reluctant to conform to either extreme can enter a Please_Yourself state.

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  83. Oh Sherf

    .. my Danish/Irish friend my paragraph could not be complete without a sentence from you.

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  84. GRRRRR!! I cannot believe that my husband - who is currently trying to meet my Dad's partner at Heathrow - would be dumb enough to call me in a panic cos he can't find her then TURN HIS BLOODY MOBILE OFF SO I CAN'T TELL HIM WHERE SHE IS!!

    Blood pressure.... watch the blood pressure....

    Sigh.

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  85. Med on BBC2 only within a clash of a memory ...............xx

    There was never a cold toe in my entire folk's history.....

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  86. Mungo humming the Marseillaise! A dog after my own heart! :o)

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  87. Have a cracking weekend everyone (I'll be working alas, going through wannabe clin psychologists' application forms, oh joy of joys). Probably not be able to post here until Monday so cheerio until then.

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  88. BB: about yesterday's business of the father who could no longer be that ..

    odd thing really, but you used the word dad which places the whole thing into a different context for me. he actually used the word for father, who could also be an absent one, a situation i had just experienced for the last third of my life (i was with my grandmother: oma). i actually remember thinking along these lines at the time. so i am sticking with the most stupid thing he said -- yet he was definitely not a stupid man.

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  89. That is a really weird thing for him to have said, Medve, for sure.

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  90. For everyman and his dog. Did anyone see "la Vie en Rose" on telly the other week? Blimey, Edith had a tough life.

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  91. Have a good weekend, Alasdair. I have a lot of work to do this weekend too, unfortunately. Meh.

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  92. "Oma". Medve, one word for grandmum in punjabi is "umma". Small world.

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  93. Broonian piece up on a Friday night? Shurley shome mistake. Ah... but then I notice that it's not open for comment... :o)

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  94. Anyone read the Gordon Brown piece - title says summat about breaking the glass ceiling?

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  95. BB: if the phone is a nokia it could have switched itself off in a software glitch. has been known to happen. if god forbid, a pickpocket has made off with the phone then it could also have been switched off. so follow Douglas Adams' advice: don't panic (in large blue friendly letters) and stay calm for the sake of your blood pressure.

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  96. BB

    Similar thing happened to me last night, only the person was at a railway station, not the airport. It took about 20 minutes before the twassock realised & rang me back!

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  97. Chin
    - them twassocks, I'm away with the fever but you made me identify

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  98. Evening MsChin: quickly bla bla-ed through GB.
    "• Comments will be open on this ­article on Saturday morning"

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  99. Did Sheff say if the lettuce thing worked?
    Vaguely lettuce-related song.

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  100. I identified Peter and Dan Snow ( both Oxbridge half bakes).

    I find the idea that these two twats are experts in European history an utter outrage. These guys are half baked cunts.

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  101. Fair dos, guys. I was letting off steam without knowing the situation. Nobody has called either my Dad or I back yet though... eek.

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  102. heyhabib: the sugar coated is too sweet for me. now if that could be honey ..

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  103. heyhabib: i don't know how you do it ;)

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  104. God that bartlett's a bell end.

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  105. BW

    I take it you're referring JBs offerings on the music thread, in which case, yes.

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  106. BW - he certainly is.

    Everything about his posts smacks of "I don't like your tone, young lady!"

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  107. Medve-- To answer your question, yes you can replace part of the beam, providing there is a bearing wall underneath. Very important to ascertain that the wall supports the beam.

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  108. deano--Just back from vet and groomer, Miss Lily is fit and pretty. Why does Mungo hum in French? Have you been treating him to Cognac?

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  109. Here about the dyslexic rock star ? Choked to death on his own vimto...

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  110. i have tuppenced this.

    Boudican: Cheers, yes, gravity works in Budapest as well. Thanks for the advice though. I have dug out the bad part. The beam rest along its entire length on the main North wall, so no problem there and on top of that the beam structure of the roof is over-designed by about an order of magnitude, that is it is about ten times as strong as need be. Luckily.

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  111. Dyslexia means never having to say you're syrro, BW :o)

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  112. It's a Sartre confusion. We'll have it sorted by next week.

    The TV news at Haiti continues to outrage me.

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  113. BB
    Get in there ! ;-)
    (btw Can't be arsed with him any more)

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  114. deano30
    Can't bear to watch the Haiti thing. I just know how the US have fucked them for so long... and now everyone's just going "wha ??". ...will have to get the wallet out tomorrow though.

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  115. deano

    He will be blaming the others then.

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  116. Wyclef Jean has had a development fund going for Haiti for years now. yele.org

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  117. BB - I think not me lass.

    The presence is no more than a cause for pause.

    I suspect Jean Paul would have found himsen brassed off to find himself atop a class without presence.

    It is refuted his lass could be sensed a County away when the wind blew.

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  118. Night all - I need to take the control of my rant.

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  119. Night from me too. After reading everyone's insomnia cures last night, I couldn't sleep!

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  120. BB/BW I thought I was the only one with bad jokes:
    Did you hear about the angry fly on the toilet seat? He got pissed off.

    AC/DC raises the bar a lot. Stones. (sorry, medve!)

    Deano, keep it on the road, my brother!

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  121. heyhabib: you did it again. i like the stones.

    good night MsChin.

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  122. Medve--Glad its working out for you, and sorry, didn't intend to question your intelligence. You wouldn't believe how many people do not under stand gravity and loads. Then again, you just might.(-:

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  123. NIght night, deano - keep well, my love. x

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  124. Boudican

    Please do not apologise: you drew attention to a very real issue, just tried to underline my agreement. no offence perceived.

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  125. Night gang. Picture of hound = up.

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  126. Deano - La Marseillaise! I do hope Mungo is not planning to support France in the Six Nations. If so, I shall have to fall out with him.

    BW: on the US's involvement in Haiti: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20100115/cm_ucru/thehaitianearthquakemadeinusa.

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  127. Time for bed me dears. Can't keep my eyes open tonight!

    Ciao for now! x

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  128. heyhabib: thanks for the tunes, wont take machine into bathroom, i'm off to have a soak.

    thauma: greetings

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  129. Oooh! glad that worked, right, off to bed.. NN xx

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  130. Turminder - lol and sweet dreams! Am off meself in a minute.

    Hi Medve...

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  131. No music from anyone tonight?

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  132. must go now, that bath gave off soporific lettuce fumes.

    good night

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  133. Medve, "are you working?"
    I'm not the best judge to describe it that way.

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  134. "It is refuted his lass ....."


    It's not refuted at all - it's reputed. Still its Friday night happen I'll be forgive..

    Hope you are asleep miss Sheff

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  135. Hope you call by again turminderxuss

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  136. Nice. But it's Friday night. The tunes really ought to be more up tempo.

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  137. Oh dear Montana what a delight - the sparrow. I adore Ms Piaf what a lovely sound to go back to sleep to...

    xx.

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  138. Up tempo, si. but have a couple back of that time. Sincere and more sincere.
    x

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  139. Followed by habib's link to Len's Marianne - I'm 18 again...

    bliss

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  140. Hey deano! Wasn't she great? You don't even have to know a word of French to feel what she's saying.

    Habib -- good thing that first one isn't Phil on his own. Yecch.

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  141. 18 again and all that shit to face. I'd trade, would you, deano?

    Phil on his own yecch indeed! But the sun shines even on a dogs arse, some days.

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  142. Montana my lovely she is superb - Pet Clarke may have been the lady for you, but from the first time I heard Edith................I had an overwhelming desire to readjust the dresses of all French ladies everywhere, whenever, and wherever I might meet them. French is such a plausible language for a non speaker.


    I can understand 'non' in French but all the other words in-between in a sentence sound to me like ......maybe.......possibly..... French is the perfect language for a guy of my disposition. Even though my understanding is so limited it always gives me cause for optimism.

    Sleep calls me back - goodnight dear friends.

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  143. Medve you still there?
    Last, last song. Damn some women drive you crazy!

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  144. Did I ever mention how much I like bluegrass? Especially train songs. My grandfather was an engineer with the Burlington Route. He used to sing train songs and had a lovely voice.

    New thread up soon.

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  145. Well, they got me on pre- mod. I guess quite a few others too, after Gordon Brown's piece this morning. For me, it only took one word of his article to do the damage. His first word: "fairness." Not something that immediately springs to my mind about the Labour Government.

    Anyway, I'm here to beg for your collective wisdom. How long will pre- mod last? And if I keep posting in the meantime, how likely is it they'll ban me altogether? (Bearing in mind I campaign for alcohol- a revenue stream for the Guardian- to be classified!)

    All advice gratefully accepted!

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