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What if they threw a thread and no one came? No hang on, that's Andrew Simms I'm thinking of. Carry on.
Dia dhuit Eddie.Must be that the dénouement to yesterday’s match was so exciting that everyone’s recovering in bed this morning.Personally, I was a bit disappointed with the easy home win. I was hoping to see a tad more artistry and composure from the visiting “spotted-dick faced nipper” but he seems to have suffered a nasty spot of choking in front of goal... and the petulant, hissy fit he threw shortly before heading towards the tunnel was hardly in the spirit of things.Not to worry, though. I’m an optimist by nature, and I’m sure he’ll be back to prove me wrong.
RedMiner 15 February 2011 10:38PM copied this on wobbla --"Government advisers deliver fierce attack on work test""The government is set to ignore recommendations from its own benefits advice body, after it delivered a scathing assessment of the controversial work capability test.The social security advisory committee (SSAC) had been examining proposed changes to the work capability assessment (WCA), a test introduced by the Labour government to assess eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits and now at the heart of the coalition’s welfare reforms.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted it would still introduce the changes – set to come into force in March – even though the committee said many of them should be postponed." ....ETCOriginal article
Spamfoldered, now without clicky links --RedMiner on wobbla - 15 February 2011 10:38PM"Government advisers deliver fierce attack on work test""The government is set to ignore recommendations from its own benefits advice body, after it delivered a scathing assessment of the controversial work capability test.The social security advisory committee (SSAC) had been examining proposed changes to the work capability assessment (WCA), a test introduced by the Labour government to assess eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits and now at the heart of the coalition’s welfare reforms.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted it would still introduce the changes – set to come into force in March – even though the committee said many of them should be postponed." ....ETChttp://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/9591505www.bhfederation.org.uk/federation-news/item/1083-government-advisers-deliver-fierce-attack-on-work-test.html
How's she cuttin', Shiloh! From my finger on the Twatter pulse, I have learned the following. Drogba will be pissing off to Galatasaray in the summer. The student protests aren't dead, there are currently 300 British student activists in Paris plotting revolution. There is a brewing scandal involving a Lib Dem minister and a "big black dominatrix". The last tidbit originated from a London cabbie, the other two wouldn't be from such an unimpeachable source.
afternoon all! Hope Montana's Ok Thanks for putting up today's thread Thauma.
Latest UK Unemployment Stats.
Yes, Montana's okay. She's just a bit too old to agree to cuddling on the sofa with her son before a thread has been put up. One minute you're cuddling and watching some idiotic cartoon that your son likes. The next minute, it's 4 am, the lights & tv are on, and the two of you are still on the sofa.Turned off the lights & tv and snuggled back up with him.
And thanks from me, too, thauma.
First things first Montana - good on you girl.
Hello all. Have a look at this picture. There's something very "Italian neoclassical art" about it. (Apologies to educated art students, you might be able to more accurately classify it.)
Seeing as how self-employment these days is largely self-unemployment, today I got myself down to the local FAS centre (Irish Job Centre) and had a good old chat with a perfectly splendid chap there.End result, a 11 week course/once a week/3 hours per evening learning web design. Good point: the government pays for it. Downside: it's on fecking PCs, not my beloved Macs. I shall just have to rough it I suppose.
I know what you mean Habib. It's like The Last Supper or The Taking of Christ for psychopaths.What the fuck was Sicknote Woodgate getting involved for? What was he going to do when he got there - cry?
@ habib. Yup, nice composition.FWIW, I'd say Joe Jordan, even at nearly 60, would bray the crap out of Gattuso.
Aye!For those who don't know, the bare chested man - Gattuso, head butted probably the hardest man that football has ever seen - Scotland's Joe Jordan.
Something encouraging and positive in a negative world.anne linnet
Something encouraging and positive in a negative world.anne linnetTrying again. And I forgot to say 'beautiful'.
Souness’ outraged comments after the game about Gattuso “backing in” to the Crouchinator made me laugh.That’s Graeme Souness. Outraged at a bit of handbags. Brilliant.
Ah, Gattuso. The man who makes Vinnie Jones look like Gary Lineker.
Translation of some bits - 'It can be difficult to tell the difference between truth and lies'. And 'everything can go wrong, and a heart can explode into a thousad pieces, but if you ever thought of me as a friend, then I am still there for you.'
@habib not only did gattuso headbutt jordan but milan intimidated corluka and the tottenham medical team who were trying to access his injury,one player even tried to drag him off the field when he could have had a broken leg
Looks like my posts are being binned - I'll try yet again.anne linnet - tusind stykker
Gattuso: "We were both speaking Scottish, something that I learned when I played in his home city of Glasgow.""See yew. Yir deid.""Gettaefuck ya bas."
Wow, a comments box.Sorry for such a plain thread - have to be sneaky about this things at w*rk. Feel free to add pics etc., anyone who can.Scherfig - wondered what you were on about! Will have a furtle in the spam bin.
Dotterel - there's a birdwatchers' thread...
@Eddie:I bet Big Joe picked up a smattering of “useful” Italian when he was at AC as well.
Thauma:will have a furtle in the spam bin ?Is that permissible in polite company?Hello Sscherfig ;)Spike:How's the health things going? Hope you OK?Habib:That's definitely a masterpiece!
and just fer youse, badpenny....our current resident piss taker.....Serrano
Is that permissible in polite company?No, but luckily this is the UT.
Bit early for music but here's a classsic from Wilson Pickett
Gennaro Gattuso- mouthy little shit who was a proper second prize when it came to altercations in Glasgow City Centre of an evening when he played for the manky mob. Had Joe 'Jaws' Jordan lost the head he would have ripped his lungs out.
My latest link has been binned as per!Could someone fish it out for me.Cheers!
thauma,Where? I can only see the twitcher thread....;-)
Great picture Habib. It put me in mind of this one. The Twickenham streak
evening allhere is one for all non admirers of gattuso....as james dscribed him...hobbitthis is his attempt at attracting tourists to calabria.....under the slogan "We give you our hearts" left out the head butt though....
I'll go fishing Paul and Thauma will go-furtling ;)
Your Dukeship.You will be interested, well saddened actually, to hear of cuts happening at Glasgow university, many subjects are on the out, languages, social work, or merging faculties, ie histroy, classics and archaeology. Sad news, and also at the same time the university is expanding in to 'business friendly' courses- things to attract the £10000+ a year non EU international student market, particularly the Chinese, things like 'international marketing and advertising', business administration and all that bollocks. You see it a lot in Glasgow, and everywhere in Britain. Strathclyde have recently opened a shiny new expensive business school which seems to be largely composed of international students.In other more interesting news, the job centre gave me details of an opening at Celtic Park as a football boot cleaner, although I didn't pursue it!
Dot - I never said it was a good thread.
John Harris's latest video is well worth watching.
Bloody hell, I've done a MsChin.
Funny you should say that, thauma ...
Hm, my comment box disappeared for a while after you posted. This might explain something!
Hi La Rit.Not too bad. Had another CAT scan yesterday and will have the results tomorrow afternoon, so I hope I'll know what's what then.* * *I see some Tory MPs want to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, which would of course mean the UK leaving the Council of Europe and joining Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Vatican in rejecting European human rights.@BeautifulBurnout if you're aroundDo you know just how withdrawal from the ECHR and so the Council of Europe would affect the UK's EU membership?
Spike - I understand that the ECHR is a precondition for EU membership?Could be wrong though.
SpikeThis is not good news. When the ConDems have stripped away our public services and our employment rights, their piece de resistance will be to then strip away our human rights.
@thaumYes, it seems so. I've found this on Wiki.Although signing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is a condition for EU membership, previously, the EU itself could not accede to the Convention as it is neither a state nor had the competence to accede. The Lisbon Treaty and Protocol 14 to the ECHR have changed this: the latter binds the EU to accede to the Convention while the former formally permits it.So basically, these Tory MPs are suggesting leaving the European Union, unless the UK government believes it can negotiate an opt-out on Human Rights as it did on the Social Chapter. That would appear to be more complicated though, as I imagine it would require an entire new treaty.
Demonfreaker on the 'Cut the NHS' thread(Simon Jenkins)The NHS needs to become an health insurance fund ONLY and stop being a charity operation, open to all comers (the dumb, the drunk, obese, lazy, drug addicts etc.)He'd love me! I'm a pensioner, have arthritis, asthma and heart disease. I really should have the decency to die.I bet this excuse for a human being has private health insurance and has never had a day's illness in his life. He probably thinks he's highly intelligent as well.Probably thinks the dumb - can't be bothered to ask if he means they can't speak or have learning difficulties. If the latter what does he suggest - extermination? There is after all a precedent (OOPS! I Godwined!)Gave up after reading that. Now I know why I don't read the Cif threads much now.
Spike-- Been thinking of you this long time mate. You've still ,I very much hope , got a long way to go to be as big a drain on the frog NHS as me :-) Hey -- maybe the EuroParliament could insert a clause somewhere --" Former employees of the Commission whose State subsequently leave the EC lose all previously conferred automatic pension rights, as these were acquired solely because they were representatives of a member state ( as well as being carpet-bagging nonenties - add invective to taste ). and the member state will no longer be contributing to EU funding.Hardship cases will be considered on an individual basis " BB'd do it better, tho may not like the 'retrospective legislation' ! Well, I'm looking forward to more of it , and the idea of McShame and the Kinnock Dynasty being less rich is a nice thought?
so did my comment work? get on barca smash them goons(oh yeah u lot dont play do ya ha ha)
Spike:Fingers crossed and thinking of you ;)
SpikeAll the best for tomorrow mate.Hope all will be fine.@Hi LaRit!
Hi Paul!Top comment from you on the Harris thread. :)
Spike - hope everything goes okay tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Cheers, everyone. As far as I know, the worst risk I run is a fairly routine op, so no particular worries. I'm not in danger, just sick of feeling a bit crap after two months. Thanks for all your kind wishes.And, Dave, hope everything's all right with you, mate.
Sorry Spike - meant to say, good luck tomorrow!
Evening allFlying visit. Spike - hope all goes well tomoz. Hugs to everyone. Bloody knackered here so I will catch up with you all later xx
Hi All Best of luck Spike, hope all goes well for you. Gattuso's antics were nothing new, he is sort of modeled on Robbie Savage. Well done to Spurs, they took it to them but I was shocked at the seemingly apathetic way that Milan played. Mailing it in perhaps. Even more surprising was Arsenal's comeback. Didn't look really on but they showed more grit than they are known for. OK peeps, the pub beckons. Laters. Oh, and Paul, that tune is a classsic!
Good luck, Spike.
Hope all goes well Spike
Hi all. Flying visit too - as am knackered too at moment (hi bb - hugs from one knackered lady to another).Spike - good luck for tomorrow.Deano - hope all is well now?
Spike -- stable!Im about to be less ignorant about the TV news and people everybody knows about except thauma and me. Followed a link to Channel4 prog on Food Povertyhttp://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/display/playlistref/160211/clipid/160211_gibbon_16Is the aged presenter Jon Snow?Anyway I loved the beginning "A year ago this loaf was 75p, now it's a £, a rise of 25% !"Tosser.
Hi PCC and everyone else. I should be in bed but I can't even make my way up the stairs... :o)DaveEnGaul - I failed my maths o level the first time round and even I can see the error in that calculation...
Thanks, everyone. Off to bed now. Goodnight!
PCC - all now well with me thank you. As they say, am now as fit as a butchers dog!Me new dog is coming on well too - all down to King of Cool Mungo.Hope you are well enough to call in at UT on Saturday for the two year birthday celebrations?
Good news, Deano, on both the health and the doggy counts. Does Mistress Heidi have the same extravagant taste in coats as Mungo?
BB Have had to rename her - Heidi just don't sound Yorkshire enough. This week I've been trying out Miss Tess of Whitby..... but watch this space.As a 17 month tri-coloured Border Collie her own coat is beautifully sleek and shiny. But I've no doubt she'll fall in on any campaigns that Mungo mounts - she seems to have taken to him and he treats her like a favourite niece so it could well be two against one.......You seem to have been working extra hard of late - don't overdo it......you don't need me to remind you that there's more to life than work.Hope your dad's op goes/went well.
Thanks DeanoWell, I have taken the week off work, officially, (although I am still bombarded with requests for paper-based stuff)to take care of my Dad. His op was yesterday, and 12 hours in theatre as they had to remove quite a big chunk at the back of his neck then rebuild it with a bit of muscle from further down his back. Saw him today and he was totally away with the fairies to begin with, as he had been heavily sedated during the night, but gradually came round and back to his usual self a bit - flirting with the nurses. :o)Will be back to see him tomorrow, then his partner arrives friday so will pick her up and take her along. Hopefully he will be out of ICU by then. One thing is for sure, I will never hear a word against the NHS. His treatment has been amazing, and he has a dedicated nurse 24/7 at the moment. It makes me want to cry when I think about how that cunt Cameron wants to dismantle it all.
BB Glad the news is encouraging thus far.There are a lot of decent/caring folk in the NHS as I can testify from recent experience. But parts of the system are plainly over-managed - the silly amount of paperwork that the fab nurse, who looked after me, had to fill in for what in truth was a simple routine activity was utter nonsense.Talk about check-lists to help you fill in check-lists!Anyways young miss I'm away to my bed, early call on the morrow - Goodnight all.
Whizz-bang 'puter on a big crane-like thingy so it can be position virtually anywhere in the room in the Marsden ICU, Deano. Dad's room looks like an ops room in NASA with all the various bits of machinery and screens. And all on the NHS. I am totally blown away by it all.I am going to attempt the stairs myself,now, Deano. NN xx
NN all XX
Hope things go aok Spike.Here's Watermelon Slim with Black Water
Dodging trafic with flyin' feet...
Summer slowly comes creeping upon ushttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI1OsWSb5lsDelius...
Hello Nightshifters.Click on Vannesa Williams-Lazy Afternoon on THIS LINK and for a few minutes you will be transported to a chilled out summers afternoon.Enjoy!(that's if the sodding link don't end up getting binned!)
Look out. It's The Ramones. And they love you baby.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4H9yZBjgSI
Cheers HCB. I've been woken up by my upstairs neighbour's beautiful teen daughter whose bedroom is over mine in the building. She has her alarm hiked to Spinal Tap's volume 11 every morning at 6 o'clock. I'd probably complain but every time I meet her, she gives me a smile that makes me melt. It probably means I'm a sad old bastard, but I cannot find it in me to growl at a glowing young woman who genuinely seems to like the world, even with me in it(!).So I just balance the sound pollution against the glorious smiles. The smiles win.Does anyone know how I can be twenty again now I've forgotten everything that was crap about that age? ;-)
Just watching 'Lord Fraud' on CH4....sickening