22 January 2010


Ok, me again, again hope Montana's OK!

Notable birthdays today, my mate Dave, doesn't everyone have a mate called Dave?



  1. Hello Dotterel.

    What about the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (22 January 1973) worth a mention maybe. Oh, i just mentioned it.

  2. Perhaps teh kitteh has had a malign influence on Montana's network connection.

  3. As long as it's not... "call me Dave"...

    I have a good mate in Rugby called Dave who saw Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of White. I asked him what the camping was like. He said "what camping ?".

  4. thauma: A kitten could only possibly have a benign influence methinks.

  5. Not at the moment, no Dave's here..

    January 22nd 0871
    Battle at Basing: Danish invasion army beats Ethelred of Wessex

    January 22nd 1371
    King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned

    January 22nd 1528
    England & France declare war on Emperor Charles V

    January 22nd 1575
    English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly

    January 22nd 1673
    Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated

    January 22nd 1760
    Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French

    January 22nd 1771
    Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain

    January 22nd 1814
    1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, NYC

    January 22nd 1816
    Lord Byron completes "Parisina" & "Siege of Corinth"

    January 22nd 1859
    Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres, Hanover

    January 22nd 1873
    Britains SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness England, 300 die

    January 22nd 1879
    Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa

    January 22nd 1881
    Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" erected in Central Park

    January 22nd 1905
    Bloody Sunday: Russian demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops

    January 22nd 1939
    Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University

    January 22nd 1946
    US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency

    January 22nd 1951
    Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter

    January 22nd 1964
    World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin

    January 22nd 1968
    "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC

    January 22nd 1968
    Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made

    January 22nd 1969
    Billy Preston becomes 5th Beatle

    January 22nd 1971
    John & Yoko record "Power to the People"

    January 22nd 1973
    Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions

    January 22nd 1990
    17th American Music Award: Milli Vanilli

    January 22nd 1992
    Princess Sarah Ferguson wears paper bag over her head on airline ride


    January 22nd 1969
    Judy Garland, singer/actress (Wizard of Oz), dies at 48 of an overdose

    January 22nd 1973
    Lyndon B Johnson, president (1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

    January 22nd 1979
    Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes

    January 22nd 1994
    Telly Savalas, actor (Kojak), dies of prostate cancer at 70

  6. Apart from No.1s and No.2s of course.

  7. My mate Sam went to the Isle of Wight festival, he stood in the same spot for four days, no food, no toilet.. So he could see Jimmy Hendrix...

    Sorry, got a bit carried away with the ol' history there...

    All the best to Montana and Cinnamon ;)

  8. January 22nd 1575
    English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly

    And when Tallis died, Byrd wrote

    "Tallis is dead, and music dies"


  9. At College, we differentiated between 'Irish Dave' and 'Scottish Dave'. Unfortunately all the Eds were English, so they were 'Piss-Ed', 'Physical Ed', and 'Crack-Ed' respectively.

  10. My mate Mick went to see The Doors at the Roundhouse. I said, what was it like. He said "I don't know, we took six black microdots each."

  11. Thanks all for the proper history,


    We used to have to number our Daves, the one who's birthday it is was always just Dave, or Dave 1 though. My Dad (also Dave) once worked in an office where everyone was Dave: tall Dave, short Dave, old Dave, new Dave etc., except one woman, who ended up being called female Dave, for convenience!

  12. Bitterweed, sounds like us at the Beastie Boys, SECC..

    Six months later, a colleague mentioned the gig, I say, 'oh, were you there?'

    He sez, 'We had a long chat, don't u remember getting everyone on the bus home singing happy birthday!?!'

    Which is why I don't do acid anymore....

  13. BW - not sure if you've got access to your email account at the moment - my phone's on now, mate...

  14. I should be asleep, but here's what my mate Dave says and I have to point out that the football section of Guard almighty is asking a serious question: Poll: Is Gary Neville a 'boot-licking moron'?
    I love the sillyness in this world.

  15. Hank
    I checked this am - will bell you later mate. Cool bananas.

  16. Lord Miners talking on World@1 sounds like he's hyperventilating. really very unnerving. not designed to make you feel reassured with the situation when the chap 'in charge' sounds on the verge of being given a paper bag to blow into, and urged to put his head between his knees...

  17. Dotterel, this anecdote about your father reminds me of Blackadder II. Now, let's see if I can find it on youtube ...

    Here it is.

  18. Courtesy of BBC licence payers:

    On this day -

    1879: British soldiers are massacred by Zulus at Isandhlwana, but 140 hold out against 4,000 at Rorke's Drift.
    1901: Victoria, the longest reigning monarch in British history, dies aged 81 after 64 years as queen.
    1905: Russian troops fire on protestors in St Petersburg (Bloody Sunday), sparking the 1905 Russian Revolution.

    And finally

    The Ultimate ASBO

  19. ...It's the complaint from the postman that got me...!FFS.

  20. Afternoon all

    Nothing better than an early finish on POETS day - first one I've had for ages.

    Feet up, cheese and branston french bread sarnie and a cuppa. Sheer bliss!

    Hope Montana is ok. Hugs if she looks in. x

  21. Oh, I heard Myners on W@1 too - he did sound like he was about to cry didn't he?

    Well done to Obama, I say. I just wish we had the balls to do the same, but the problem is that Germany and France won't, and that would put the City at a distinct competitive disadvantage. Or something. I pretend I know what I am talking about when it comes to big finance, but I never even read the business pages, me...

  22. Interesting link up of National Trust and Google (Street View Technology)

    Class Views

    Perhaps Andy is destined to be a film star?

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  24. Wonderful light-based parodies going on on Waddya. May have to clip the whole lot for posterity...

  25. POETS Day, huh?! I decided to use up my last day of leave today so I could go to the salon to make myself beautiful for tomorrow. I get a gloating text at half twelve to say I should have saved the leave for another day, they've all been sent home. Big fire at an electricity sub-station and all the power's down.

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  27. Chuck Berry's on the Radio
    All my mates have sloped off home
    Everybody's happy
    And I've got fucking fuckloads more work to do and I ain't cocking happy.

    - Poet's Blues, 2010, Bitterweed

  28. Sick news Hank. I noticed last night that you were still talking of the meet up in Warwick - I trust you will have noted the change of venue?

    Hope you all have an enjoyable and memorable meeting.

    My third and final attempt at this UNESCO sites link:

    UNESCO Sites

  29. Noticed something, deano, thanks. As long as the pub's showing the rugger I'm easy.

  30. Hank - that is Sod's bloody Law if ever I heard it. Gutting.

    I'm quite happy cos the past few Fridays my clerks have conspired to fit me up with either two cases in one day or a day's trialling in somewhere stupid like Waltham Forest or similar, which is a transport nightmare from where I am.


  31. Hello all,

    popping in to wish you a grand time down the boozer tomorrow.

    Off to the Faither's Bowling club Burns night tonight. It's mason central, however Burns himself was one I suppose and is always a good chuckle. I'm down drinking with the big boys tonight, they throw whisky down like water and appears to have no effect.

    Anyway, hope you all enjoy getting adjacent to sober, into an advanced state of refreshement, tired and emotional, three sheets to the wind, medicated, blootered, pished, rat-arsed and all the other euphemisms for drunk.


  32. Brilliant interviewing on PM re the leaking of the Doncaster Social Services review - "so, this is such an important document that we are not allowed to see it, that the judge in a criminal trial was not allowed to see it, but instead time and effort must be expended on who leaked it?"
    cue deathly silence...

  33. Hello everyone & thanks, Dot!

    We had an ice storm/freezing rain on Tuesday and internet & cable have booth been flaky ever since. I've stayed home from work, sick, yesterday and today with a throat that feels like I've been gargling acid.

    Internet just came back up a few minutes ago.

    Cinnamon is settling in well. They told us she'd probably hide from us for a couple of days, but she hasn't. She wants to be with one or the other of us all the time. She's sleeping with him right now. (I let him stay home today, too. 'Cos I'm a bad mother.) She's just such a little sweetheart -- the sprog & I are both smitten.

  34. hey Montana, hope you feel better soon!

  35. Lovely picture of your boy and the wee puss btw Montana. Hope you'll be feeling better shortly - the ice storm sounds grim.

  36. Get well soon Montana, and Cinnamon looks ever-so-cute.

  37. Hey Montana

    Have you been snogging my husband, cos he is at home with the same lurgey by the sounds of things! :o)

  38. An instructional video on how to shag ...from PeterNW1 on the Khaled Diab thread


  39. Cheers for the link, sheff. Will watch it tomorrow before I head off to the BnB. I've told BW that I've booked two single rooms but I could only get a double(-;

  40. In that case Hank, i think the link will disappoint you...:-)) I'm bringing a camera btw - everything will be recorded!

  41. No problem, sheff. I don't show up on photos anyway for some reason.

  42. You mean Buffy hasn't slain you yet. I'll get MsC on to it.

  43. Oh right, you're thinking I'm a vampire, yeh?

    Had to deal with this sorta shit all my life as an albino who chooses to dress predominantly in white.

  44. Well then, given that it's likely to be pissing down and shades of dingy grey will predominate you should show up quite nicely.

  45. Just you and me tonight then, sheff? Was there an email we didn't get?

  46. Just watched the first epp of carnivale on u tube... Sink a few for me tmra guys..

  47. Evening folks - all 3 of you?


    I'm sure someone will oblige and sink a few on your behalf in your absence.

  48. That's one happy looking cat & boy in the photo, MW.

    The ice storm seems to have hit Iowa pretty hard. There are some photos of the frost & ice on this news website.

  49. Waddya's good tonight. Radicalpole's post at 21.35 is just asking to be banned though...

  50. hey Turminder - you're watching Carnivale? Fantastic show - did you enjoy it?

  51. Hank

    I do hope not, radpole makes a very salient point.

  52. Enjoyed it so much that i kept some of the rental dvds for 4 weeks, I could have bought them.. Watched the first epp, just now, it in 6 instalments, still brilliant. Then read the wiki page about possible directions if it wern't canned... Bit disappointing.. ;(

    Like a SF book i got in woolies as a kid (pt2), then as a teen, found Pt1!, for years I hoped that i would find parts3+ and the story would conclude..

    Just last year, after long resistance, googled it. only 1+2 ever published..

  53. Turminder - I borrowed series 1 from a friend a couple of years ago but had to buy both series afer that - utterly addictive. Brother J is just so deliciously evil - brilliant writing. Going to have to start watching it again now...

  54. I'm quite enjoying the input from happycatdetective myself, but mainly because I can't wait to see the avatar.

    Cat in deerstalker smoking meerschaum, or in spats and a small moustache twirling a cane?

  55. 'Anyone awake at Graun Towers?

    Easy way to find out.. I'll post an addendum to my last..

    As Mr. Vonnegut says, [paraphrased] "Swearing or profanity gives an excuse for someone not to listen to you" Ya cunt.'


  56. 'Lived off the parents, he said, the capitalist pigs.

    - your cat friend had pigs for parents? Even taking recessive genes into account, is this biologically possible? :-)'

    This is mom, Chief Inspector Taser, and dad Sergeant Taser, my parents, the capitalist pigs.

    I'm here for the next couple of hours, try the schnitzel...

  57. News Quiz trying Buckfast. There may now be issues...

  58. I do hope not, radpole makes a very salient point.
    i must say i completely agreed with his being in two different minds about being schizo,,very understandable given the circ.


  59. I'm here-ish. Watching "Moon" cos I heard it was good. Not bad so far. Kind of cross between 2001, Sunshine and Solaris so far. Strange.

  60. And I'm off to bed, so good night from me.

    I leave you with hermione's rather fab response to radpole's rather fab 'r u hosting a cuddly meerkat party' question:

    "no. it was my 'burn a banker - bring & buy fondu get together'

    we raised $32billion for the fred goodwin enforced retirement fund".

  61. Goodnight from me too - rodents, felines, porcines... y'all sleep well now...

  62. Hank

    Thank you kindly for your invitation to the do tomorrow. Can't make it for various reasons.

  63. @BB no spoilers, I'd heard it ws good, ain't had chance to check it yet

    @Pip, Two sniffs of the cap an they were all steamin' very funny ce soir.. partic Mr. Donaldson.. : )

  64. No spoilers then, Turminder, other than it is better than I thought it was going to be. Takes a while to "warm up"

  65. Evenin' all! How is everybody? Turminder, bai, ki haal heh?
    Music tonight?

  66. @mschin - i like radpole's response...

    @staybryte - better be good reasons. BeautifulBurnout is making it despite the treaacherous weather conditions and the fact that her hubby has expressly insisted that she won't go.

    So what's your excuse?

  67. LOL!

    If my husband expressly insisted I didn't go, it would be all the more reason for me to come up there. I wish I could! I know you lot are gonna have far more fun than I will in a silly dress at a boring dinner. Sigh.

  68. Hank,

    My reasons are my own and they seem good to me.

    I must say I am flattered to be invited to a gathering of people whom I occasionally converse with and just as often disagree with.

    I hope you have a great time. I don't know Warwick well, especially the sticks at the Whitnash end of the place. I worked in Leamington for a while but never really had a night out there so can't recommend anywhere.

    For any real ale freaks like me, look out for beers from the Warwickshire brewery or the Chapel End brewery. UBU and Pure Gold are worth a snifter.

    For anyone heading back through Coventry, the Old Windmill in Spon Street has a good range of ales on offer, and both Wetherspoons' in the city centre, particularly the Flying (declining) Standard also have excellent quality ale, though with a Z-list customer base.

  69. Habib, salam bai! mai tik thaak, tusi daso? Terra soan changa si? Merra punjabi, booat khrab heh!

  70. For once in my life!


    Not bad....

  71. @staybryte - don't be such a pompous twat. All of us going tomorrow disagree with each other. That's why I'm looking forward to it.

  72. Here's Tony Rice
    He knows..


  73. Mair tunes! Check Doc at 2.05! Off to bedie byes for this SC drone, have fun stormin the castle!

  74. I did think I was being a bit of a pompous twat. Cheers for confirming my suspicions.

    I just can't come. It's not because of any disagreement real or imagined.

  75. staybryte
    You will probably enoy this though


    Who wouldn't ??!

  76. PS.
    Turn it up loud.
    Hell yes...

  77. Turminder, both songs khoobsurat! BB, Kickin music!

  78. Ooh, liking Freeborn Man, BW.

  79. Who wouldn't indeed, Bitterweed?

  80. No really am goin to bed..Last one! NN all... Sat sri Akal!

  81. staybryte, you do realise this is THE Midlands meeting ?
    Just do it.

    Hell yes!

  82. Oh that's perfect, Turminder!
    Meri akal chal gai heh, kinnah chir hogaya.

  83. turminder.. nice.. If you're there tomorrow, I'll tell you a story about Roy !

  84. hey heyhabib
    "Meri akal chal gai heh, kinnah chir hogaya."
    What ?

  85. Meanwhile, here's Elbow...

    I think they're pretty fucking amazing.


  86. BW - Bullfrog blues IS my kind of Friday night - I can smell the funny smoke and taste the stale beer. Love it still!

    Oh, translation - sorry to all, I lost wisdom and all sense, years ago.

  87. That's the translation and a fact.

  88. sat sri akal

    i used to use that with a sikh co-worker who told me it meant "truth is one" but its seems a bit more political than that when looking at wiki
    Roy Harper wrote my all time favourite snippet of lyric,,

    And half the blasted idiots
    are stuck in Yugoslavia
    with hardly a dinar
    and looking no cleaner
    than a chinese wrestlers jock fried in chip fat on a greasy day

  89. Cheers
    Check this out heyhabib


  90. Well *that* takes me back heyhabib.

    Here's another refence point.

  91. Hell yes

    Get some of this: the opposite of dancing



  92. damm,,i screwed it up

    wrestlers jock "strap" fried in chipfat etc etc

    stuck in my head for 40 yrs and i screw it up the first time (?) i write it down,,

  93. Blimey, Bitterweed, that's good. Looking out of the window music. Longing for distant times or a love too far away.

  94. heyhabib
    My dad's out there somewhere... it's universal I guess...

  95. In the mean time. A how how how !!!

    getting back to your thing in a moment !

  96. From The Little Prince:

    "In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night . . . You--only you--will have stars that can laugh!"

    And he laughed again.

    "And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure . . . And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you . . ."

  97. Hot damn, Bitterweed! Haven't heard that for AGES! That's getting favourited.

  98. Hell yes
    Modern Times

  99. That's beautiful, BW. Even in Bob's voice.

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  101. A how how how

    John Lee called and said " back off Hairyboy"

    and then there is the connection from Doc Watson to
    ZZTop via way of John Lee,,

    sorry thats Mr John Lee

  102. Glad you enjoyed!
    Got to go to bed now. But just before, let's rock!

    Hell yeh !!! Eighteen again :-p

  103. Oh well... Meanwhile here's a recap of David Bowie's finest mid seventies romantic moment. Nice piano bits too.

    Don't you know you're life itself ?


  104. anyone else find youtube messed up since the new screen came on line yesterday,,i never had to wait for anything before,,now i have to wait quite a while for any video to start,,and its impossible to tell what ,if anything is happening whilst waiting,,my other common video feeds all work the same,,pretty much instant,,

  105. More Lizzy !!!


  106. Hey Montana, you star, you have mail.

  107. Gone all quiet, so here's a song for those who know a bit about love.

  108. My friend, Peg, went with this. Although good taste prevailed at the last minute and she saved it for the reception.

  109. But there's always Lizzy to wake us up to dance.