thread well there is serise 7 of the wire sorted
https://www.bbc.co.uk/...

or maybe it would make an excellent series finale for the sopranos.... all the kids generation gets wiped out. tony looks on saying that he told those mooks to stay off the phone.

it does sound rather like they got a lot of data

though i see their competitors have welcomed the breach by offering a 10% discount
https://omertadigital....
permalink perfect timing for the hackers with all this confinement and twiddling of thumbs
NZ cops also at it taking out some of their 'motorcycle gangs' and same with S.Korea
i guess N.Korea crime still uses homing pigeons
permalink can you still get Facebook on it?
.
permalink oh you
zooooooom
permalink sold my data
To the Chinese a long time ago. They didn't want it.
thread oops
this seems to have been posted twice
permalink Best post of the year.
permalink i forget which part of OZ you've been sent to.. adelaide?
heard anything of the human c19 trails going on there?
thread my morning was spent listening to some liverpool councilors
give planning permission for a zip wire from the top of the massive radio tower thing, down to the top of the neoclassical library... over a couple of war memorials and the hillsborough memorial.

then they gave permission for the hotel i've been working on for 2 years as an afterthought.

Name of the Day Councilor "Tony Conception"
permalink saw stuff about the zipline
one presumes they've calculated the speed gain from the vertical drop correctly, unlike the classic RIPLine

There are high speed ziplines around that have enormously complicated methods of slowing riders, similar to the systems used on the

permalink Never type whilst using a zip line.
permalink ha! must have been quite a ride
he's landed and still hasn't finished the sentence..
permalink can't be arsed
to finish it
permalink i can only hope so
though crashing into the library would be nice and soft i guess...


it seems an odd choice, as there are umpteen shopping centres and multi-story car parks that would seem a lot more welcoming to the stag dos who are going to be paying for this.
permalink presumably
not enough memorials to go over in the other locations
permalink they've had to add a planning condition here
of dates when it isn't allowed to operate.
permalink Isn't there a convenient Spoons?
??
permalink at the other extreme I went on a big zipline last year
and the roughly 1 minute experience was rendered incredibly dull by being part of a full half hour of induction, safety briefing, harness fitting, harness checking, harness re-checking....it all rather went on a bit.
permalink oh I bet
this Liverpool one has that
permalink plu the "what to do when you vomit" training
the stag dos will need
permalink I've just watched Rampage (on Prime).
It's roughly based on the 80s game, in that there's three massive monsters and a building.

It was alright but probably not worth a watch.
permalink in a "you can see where the lobbying came from" move
the government appears to have sort of legalised electric scooters from this weekend, but only if they belong to a dockless hire scheme that requires registration, and only allows people with driving licences. So anyone using their own one remains illegal.
permalink I guess it's also a way to ensure that
They are correctly speed limited and perhaps insured.

But I suspect mostly, since it's still a test, if they ban them again these companies can just move them to Lyon or wherever... But if you buy one then you can't.

So just buy one and paint it the same colour as lime bikes.
Or actually I wonder if they will include longer term lease deals.. so you keep the same one for a month or whatever.

I quite fancy a go on one
permalink at the moment
it does seem that the way the legislation has been written only Lime etc type hire is legal. Like, you can't have a kiosk running Big Jebs e-scooter hire where you hire them out for the day
permalink London is rammed with them.
Ridden by idiots.
permalink let me edit that for you
"London is rammed with idiots"

but yeah. At the moment every single one of them is being used illegally, but that doesn't stop them. One of the conditions is "don't ride on the pavement" but ahahahahahaha like that's going to be followed or enforced


permalink I've just seen
a fireman rescuing a cat from up a tree, just like the Beano. Off to hang out outside the butcher's in case a dog escapes with a string of sausages.
permalink I like this
permalink good for you
thread I was reading a book earlier
And sneezed... And hurt my elbow.

Not by hitting it on something, it sort of strained it.


Getting old is no fun.
permalink I once knackered my ankle so badly I could hardly walk for a week
just by sitting down a bit funny. Considering the wonders of the human body, it's very easy to break it just by sitting down a bit funny.

Which sounds a bit like something Norman Clegg would have said.
permalink I put my back out like that once.
permalink Back in the days when I could still
have a bath* I'd enjoy said bath then spend the rest of the week with one lame foot. Took me ages to work out that the cause was the way I was resting my heels either side of the taps while stretched out.

(*this house has a bath but the boiler can't spit out enough hot water to fill it, so thank feck I have an awesome shower)
permalink And wouldn't you know I fucking
did this last night when I put my feet up. Awkward angle on the left side so now I'm in agony. Boll and indeed ocks.
permalink you could always light a fire
under the bath
permalink mm lovely lovely
melty melty.
permalink only in a plastic bath.. and then it gets splashy splashy
pretty quickly.

in my previous visit to a bath factory* they showed some photos of their polish team using one of their products as a BBQ, which seemed to work surprisingly well


*remember the fun reason's we'd leave the house 6 months ago.
permalink Plastic bath as a BBQ? Whatever next.
Unfortunately the splashy splashy fun would be in the kitchen but since I'm planning on putting a downstairs bathroom in anyway...

One of Mrs Witchy's more epic work trips was to a bog factory in The Valleys, she had to fly to Cardiff then get driven all the way to look at the fine porcelain and ultimately not buy any of it.
permalink it was a steel / enamel bath
and shower tray place...

and while i dont buy any myself, I do put them in standard spec books and they sell a metric shit-ton of them... though they had enough baths and showers in stock to entirely refit something about the size of edinburgh, and that was 3 weeks stock.
permalink have you considered
not using this bloke?
permalink we only work with the best,
so we have to.

permalink fully understand
that your hands are tied (probably in a shower hose, somehow)
permalink The body is feeling suspiciously OK
after running an 82 km week for the first time.

I'm sure something will go wrong in a comedy fashion though. And I am monitoring a whole bunch of niggles, and fighting them with a combination of yoga, soaking in the bath and compression stockings
permalink I'm trying the same... But just using beer and squirty cream
..
permalink Obviously I applied squirty cream
before putting on the compression tights
permalink I made the mistake of doing a coached session on a clay track
having never run on clay before

and have had to lay up for the best part of 3 weeks for my shins to recover
permalink A clay track?
You mean a normal red running track?

Surprised that would be worse than running on tarmac/concrete, should be bouncier. Presuming it was more the effort than the surface? I've only run on a track a couple of times, mostly cos our only proper track is miles away in an inconvenient place. When I do fast speedwork, I try and do it on a good grass surface. Which is difficult now it's winter and most playing fields are turning into bogs

permalink it's an old 1960s track
so I think maybe cinder rather than clay (I'd assumed the latter because it floods, but google tells me it's cinder), and not in a great state - uneven and with a loose surface

was already having a bit of shin problems, then a hard session on that tipped me over the edge, was genuinely worried I'd fractured sommat, but all seemingly good now

permalink Yeah, shin splints suck
permalink mrs meep has just bought a load of books on injury prevention
I shall estudiously read them all and ignore all the advice
permalink Good man!
That's generally the idea!
permalink compression sleeves
usually sort them out
permalink they help a bit
but I worry they just disguise the symptoms rather than treat the cause
permalink if i feel i'm getting them.. and it's usually bad/insufficient stretching
especially if i know i'm going up hills.. what i've found recently is that zero drop shoes have stopped me needing them altogether
your mileage may differ
permalink i walked the south downs way in 3 days to meet my bubble last week during the 32 degree heatwave
carried my food but thankfuck for the public taps!
saw 2 runners.. 30 odd other hikers & a shit tonne of cyclists who acted like they owned the place naturally

feet needed a good rubbing down with ghetto tiger balm
permalink Trying to work out how one makes ghetto tiger balm
Some Pritt Sticks and a bottle of Sriracha?
permalink nice recipe
i think the official one is vaseline mothballs and turmeric.. i just get the two pack from the one pound shop ;)
permalink Getting old is way better than the alternative.
How is your elbow now?
permalink All fine it seems
Maybe it just wanted to remind me it was there.
permalink First day at home alone.
I am not dealing with this so well.

Is there any possible excuse not to drink myself sick?
permalink Because it would reduce the amount of cake and ice cream you could eat?
....
permalink It seems that I was wrong about unemployment.
It is not as much fun as I had hoped.
permalink traditionally, this is done in the park with fellow job seekers
Have you been to the job centre to sign on? You should do that
permalink I cannot sign on,
I am not eligible for any help at all.

permalink Oh, a rejection email just arrived.
FUCKING FUCK!
permalink You'll get lots and it's ok.
I applied for loads of stuff before I ended up at Currys and even then it was months between applying and actually getting a response.

Are you staying in your field or looking at other stuff?
permalink Let's hope it's not come to him
staying in a field yet
permalink Badum!
Hello stranger... how are you?
permalink I am fine, thankee
Work seems to be picking up for the time being, so that's nice, and I've not gone bust in the meantime, so that's all good.

How are you?
permalink Exhausted
I've had 3 days' holiday in 6 months.

But basically alright.
permalink I specifically wanted to be a Funeral Director
I got a couple of roles back in February and turned them down, but did not get the local one.

Sadly the woman who hires locally hires for almost everyone locally, so her dislike of my haircut is probably a deal breaker for the career in general.

I shall look for some contracting / consulting gigs. I fancy qualifying in gender analysis so I can consult on inclusiveness governance. seem reasonable?
permalink I'd forget about Funeral Directing
I hear it's a dead end job
permalink I had a rejection email
at quarter to 7 on Sunday morning
permalink Hopefully
that sounds like the sort of place you do not want to work.
permalink that is very much the case
Although it took me about a day to find it funny
permalink great lyrics for a
blues song too
permalink People still do those?
Most jobs usually just ghost you
permalink got to be careful with Manley
if you're not very clear about it he'll just turn up on Monday
permalink The assumptive close
I calls it, see?
permalink Has someone not been paying their NI?
...
permalink We are the Knights who pay
NI
permalink No,
someone lets out part of their house.
permalink also, re your tweets this morning
if you're still a "non exec" does that mean you're still getting an income from them that way?
permalink No
it is just stock and expenses.

It suits me well, and will benefit me looking for other roles, but pays no bills.
permalink OK
...
thread went to the seaside yesterday
thankfully Felixstowe wasn't too busy, unlike Bournemouth.
permalink the park in th emiddle of epping forest was a zoo
100s of kids doing balloons and drinking... the sheer number of shitty cars with tweaked exhausts makes me think it's become the go-to spot for the essex yoot.

permalink I cycled through a bit of Epping Forest on Monday afternoon...
...but I managed to stay away from the busiest bits I think.

Car parks were mobbed.
permalink this is basically at the highest point
there is a pub there but I dont think that was causing the problems.

foresters arms on the loughton side is worth pausing at if you are near.
permalink I didn't go that far north...
....
permalink Sensible... There be dragons and all that
.
permalink it's always pretty ugly up there.. pandemic or not
the wedding receptions held up there full of blinged orange people with their curious hair is pretty funny though
permalink I was going to say that it was all getting a bit crazy in Kelvingrove
which was evacuated by police yesterday after a thousand teenagers decided to have an impromptu festival

but now that's looking literally like yesterday's news
permalink Indeed.
WTF was that all about?
permalink turns out the folk who were warning
that dumping asylum seekers in hotels without access to support services might create issues

were right
permalink If I had to live in a park Inn for 3 months
I'd have stabbed someone a while ago.

permalink as there's nobody in the city centre these days
other than rehoused homeless and asylum seekers, with the odd far-right rally, it is apparently something of a skid row-esque mental health disaster area
permalink So pretty standard for Glasgow
...
permalink Dawlish was shit.
Don't come to Dawlish.
permalink it's OK
East Anglian coast is definitely my limit for now. Would like to make sure that on day trips I spend more time at the place than I do getting there.
permalink Google reckons it would be 4hrs 27minutes driving, leaving now
curiously it reckons the fastest route is via Birmingham. Wouldn't have expected that, my instinct would be to go via the fucking M25 and M4
permalink M6, M5
it's a bit counterintuitive but it does work (to Bristol anyway if the M25's really bad)
permalink Yup, A14/M6
whizzing through the lovely (now) catthorpe interchange, M42(S), M5. Much better than utilising the circle of doom and all who sail in her.
permalink I'm informed that the M6/M42 bit had changed
so I'll never be able to drive to Birmingham airport again without ending up in Wales, but yes.
permalink It's all clearly marked but think
of it as leftmost lanes for M6/M42(S) and rightmost lanes for Toll/A446/M42(N). Stick in the middle for M6 Cov/Brum.
permalink If we now start discussing golf handicaps
And house prices we might have to close this thread as breaking too many middle-aged-men-at-a-dinner-party clich├ęs.

What you driving nowadays anyway?

permalink Hehe, I've just driven that road an awful lot over the years :)
My current steed is a Passat Estate 190 TDI DSG and is currently covered in rook shit as I've only used it 3 or 4 times since March. Golf can get in the sea.
permalink "Do you play golf? what's your handicap?"
"I can't got the little ball straight"

And so on