thread Calling the Meeps!
If the weather isn't horrible, are you up for a cheeky Munro next weekend? Sunday probably ideal, could be Saturday. Monday at a push... flexible as to where - follow the weather is my usual mantra.

Let me know?
permalink If anyone else happened to be around central Scotland (Al?)... you're welcome of course...
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permalink I lack suitable equipment
what with not having done any serious walking like that in years, else I would. Not even a pair of boots.
permalink Sounds lovely
Can't beat some winter walking

Although my legs are a bit tired after walking up/running down Mt Cargill repeatedly in upside-down Edinburgh on Saturday.
permalink hello!
yes, hills are good, Sunday is best for us too

don't have much in the way of winter gear, but that can be remedied during the week, always good to have an excuse to splurge at Tiso

happy to wait and see what the weather brings, I haven't done much up Crianlarich way for some time, or something Perthshire way like Ben Chonzie
permalink Cool
Lets stay in touch through the week.

If you're not heavily winter-equipped, then Crianlarich or Perhshire would make sense.

Personally, I'm happy to get out the crampons and axe... but I'm sure we can find something a little less wintery...
thread Oh dear holy fuck.
permalink So, in summary:
More fucked than a fucked thing, that has been repeatedly fucked over and over and over again.

Bollocks
permalink Fucking this.
What the actual fucking cunting fuck?
permalink I am currently updating an HD full of music.
It just started spontaneously playing this:-

https://www.youtube.co...
permalink Great tune
And indeed we do not
permalink As the saying goes
The fucking fuckers have fucked it
permalink CUUUNTS
CUNTRY FULL OF FUCKING CUUUUUNTS
permalink anyhow
looking forward to getting a Republic of Scotland passport
permalink and dear fucking lord
the DUP Westminster leader losing to Sinn Fein is a giggle
permalink beaten by
Pat Finucane's son, for extra spiciness.
permalink This is quite amusing,
as I despite the DUP, obvs.
permalink Remember when we used to do secret santa mix tapes on cd?
Why don't we do Spotify playlist limited to a maximum of two hours?
permalink Me and a bunch of mates
still do the CD thing every Christmas, our favourite songs of the year. This year it's a double album, our favourite songs of 2019, plus the best 25 songs *ever*...
permalink because this is 3hrs 35
and I refuse to cut it down

Additions are welcomed, however.
permalink I'll be honest, I'm drunk
Still, panto tomorrow,l.
permalink 3rd xmas do of the week
tonight was the massed Glasgow public sector one

I don't know much about much, but East Dunbartonshire Council seems to be where the party is, possibly living free from Jo Swinson

also, the DJ looked just like Corbyn and I have never seen such fear as the incomprehension among the Edinburgh visitors when the Slosh came on and the floating venue lurched sideways from 300 bespangled weegies sprinting across the dancefloor to do their unexplained line dance
permalink I've got our works do tonight
at Haydock racecourse.

I hope the food is good.
permalink The food was excellent
and the company was good.
permalink Ah... the Slosh. You know you're in Glasgow at tht point.
Was it the traditional "Beautiful Sunday"? Or close seconds Amarillo or Knock Three Times?
permalink Beautiful Sunday
I have heard tell of a wedding where it was done to Du Hast
permalink Beautiful Sunday is canon.
There's a great joy to a Slosh danced by a bunch of drunken Glaswegians to Beautiful Sunday. Very happy to be part of that any time.

Rammstein? I'm struggling there tbh. I'd love to see it.
permalink AQ: beans?
A close friend has landed a good job. His wife bought him a bean to cup machine. Could someone please recommend some beans to buy him?
permalink I use two places
https://www.hasbean.co...
https://www.glenlyonco...
permalink I like
https://www.nudeespres... and https://perkyblenders....

Don't accidentally buy something that's already ground
permalink Thank you both
`
thread the christmas pudding vodka is prepared and steeping
and I've got 3 different work xmas do's this week, with the liver transplant service on standby

how's your dark and damp decembers?
permalink We've had some interesting weather of late
Been hot and muggy, but really fucking windy, which is weird for Welly and for this time of year. And then we had several bouts of frankly apocalyptic thunderstorms. Especially between about 4-7 am yesterday. Then all the rain, with lots of localised flooding/fucked roads. Still, at least we're not on fucking fire, like much of NSW/QLD.

Or course, now that it's Monday morning, blue skies and calm once more prevail!
permalink I see bits of NZ
are exploding
permalink Indeed
Just a burp, but sadly not looking good
permalink ok ta.
New neighbour next door has moved here from Taunton. He fancied living up north and Wigan was cheap so here he is. His wife and their three kids will be joining him soon. He got a job with vodafone up here, didn't like it so ditched it after a few days and got another job. I admire his spirit of adventure.
permalink had an excellent afternoon/evening
of drinking with people from around these parts in that london yesterday.

And now I feel a little delicate?
permalink HOW'S THE HEAD
FEELING?
permalink Fucking frustrating, with said
frustration broken by two very fun days over the weekend in Cambridge and Londinium yesterday with Al for some bloke called Dave's birthday.

TIL that the boiler in my 'new' house wasn't registered with the local authority when it was installed so said installation isn't legal even though a GasSafe engineer serviced it last year. I can't proceed with buying the place unless the sellers buy indemnity insurance or I waive that requirement and buy the fucking insurance myself. My solicitor goes on holiday in 11 days' time.

*pulls hair out*
permalink Any progress?
Sounds like fun.
permalink Yes, ish. The seller has said
she'll happily pay for indemnity insurance but unfortunately this revolves around my solicitors talking to hers. Today the roofing company rang asking if they could replace the garage roof today.....grrr...fingers crossed for next week even if I have to pay my solicitors 'exchange and complete on the same day' tax which is a fucking joke.

*breathes*

Lovely to see you and the bloke, that was a very excellent afternoon out :D
permalink *crosses available appendages*
Can be a right royal pain in the arsebadgers this house buying lark!
permalink It is when one of the parties
are clearly fibbing to me.
permalink After an utterly stonking birthday weekend...
...it's back to the grind for the last tweo weeks of chaos before christmas.

Goose ordered though...
permalink We ordered our turkey yesterday
We haven't started a Christmas spreadsheet.. but we are hosting my parents and our mates so it's a close run thing.
permalink getting there. getting there.
.
permalink Would it help if I said that it'll be 25° today?
And more importantly after the last few weeks, calm and sunny. Had my first post-run dip in the harbour last night too. Still chilly (always is) but quite refreshing
permalink it's all gone a bit wild and windy here
electric blanket has been sent to work early
permalink at a point
of wishing actual physical harm against the fucking arsehole and all the other senior tories, possibly spreading to anyone who votes for the fuckers.
permalink One of the reasons I'm glad I'm not there
I'm getting angry enough from 19000 km away. I'd probably asplode if I was actually present
permalink This.
A massive row broke out in the kitchen at work this morning between two Tories and three Corbynites.The latter defeated the former by the lowdown trick of using facts to defeat lies and hyperbole.

And one of the Toriest of Tories in another part of the office has announced he will not be voting Tory this time. I asked him who he was going to vote for, and he said "I don't know, I might just draw a massive cock".
permalink there were actually 3 tories
one was hiding in the fridge
permalink Was he the massive cock?
...
permalink Erstwhile Toriest of Tories
has voted Lib Dem, the first time ever he didn't vote Tory. And he's given up his party membership too.
permalink I met some colleague of yours yesterday at some do
Maybe called nick or Rick? Don't worry our secret is still safe.
permalink Don't think we've got any other Ni(c)ks in London,
but we have three Ricks, Baptista, Sequeria and Candel, all engineers.

Edit: Ah, yes we do indeed have a Nick, Mr St John, good bloke him, and a very good engineer. We worked on KGX1 together, though I'm with a different team now. He's just stopped by my desk to tell me he ran into you.
permalink And the square is circled
I also met someone who lives around the corner from me and worked at price and Myers with loads of people I know.

permalink I was there many years ago.
Many at AKT were.
permalink I wonder if locking yourself out of your house
When going to the polling station across the street should make your vote count for less.

Mind that would be hard I think we are in one of the safest labour seats in the country
permalink So are we...
Still turned out to vote though. Turnout matters, even if it doesn't change anything in your particular constituency.

I'm popping into Brewdog Shoreditch on the way home... Brewdog are giving away a free pint in their bars if you show them a selfie of yourself at the polling station.
permalink that would involved
going across town to Brodog. Went into my local, almost as close to the house as Al's polling staton is to his house, on the way home. They weren't giving away free booze but did have a nice wiezen on.
permalink Leigh went conservative after being Labour for nearly 100 years.
Makerfield was close, tory + brexit got more votes than Labour so it was a bit too close for comfort.

I didn't even read the tory propaganda that came through the door.
permalink So it was all Brexit related?
Just out of curiosity
thread Still trying to digest that
a genocidal wannabe dictator was in Cambridge today because Cat Stevens (as was) invited him here.

Reality is broken
permalink I just read that
him and Billy Bragg in the same week, you can't tell me that's coincidence.
permalink It's utterly
bonkers. It's like people here don't read the news that doesn't involve their local area.
permalink and it's an awful message
for the senior members of the mosque to be sending to Kurdish muslims living in Cambridge (turns out there's quite a few)
permalink But the mosque is eco friendly.
So that's all right.
permalink I was confused and wondered why trump would go to a mosque.
...

In other fake news, what's the deal with this site, it's content seems to be entirely scraped / lifted from other news sites, but all seems pretty inane stuff.. is it just for the ad revenue? but that must be tiny for a site nobody knows?
https://thewashingtont...
if it is a fake news site.. why is the logo so bad?
permalink To catch mis-types?
https://www.washington...
permalink presumably.... maybe its more of a domain squatting thing
...
permalink what telly did you get?
we want one about the same size/price and I can't be arsed doing my own research
permalink this
jvc lt-40c890 40" smart 4k ultra hd

seems decent but if i had teh space i'd probably go for teh 43 inch LG one.
permalink They're all on clearance at about 220 now (in curry's)
with the Fire TV version replacing it (currently £299)
permalink tell 'em jammers sent you
and you get another fiver off.
permalink do you do a five-finger
discount?
thread Last day in my 40s...
And off to somewhere secret for a surprise mini-trip tomorrow. All I know is that I have to get an early flight to Geneva...
permalink The are going to put you in the large hadron collider
and you'll emerge in your true form and discover your super-power*


*a slight nagging pain in your right hip just before it rains.
permalink Maybe I AM dark matter
...
permalink or a higgs bozo
.
permalink Or the even rarer
Higg's 90nz0!

permalink Shows up clearly in the data though.
Very reflective...
permalink Welcome to the Old Git Club.
Though I suspect you'll have been practicing for membership for some years. I know I did.
permalink dignitas?
permalink -guilty laugh-
permalink That’s Zürich. Unless they have a French-speaking branch now.
Christ. I’m worried now.

I was hoping for a visit to CERN!
permalink I've been in Zurich for most of this week
They need it more
permalink And here I am at fucking CERN!!!!
Geekiest present ever!!!!!
permalink he's got a hadron
..
permalink I said that on the twitters
yesterday and got exactly one (1) like. Very poor.
permalink That’s a “large hadron”, if you want to be accurate.
Now off to birthday surprises part 2... Lyon for the fete de Lumieres. Once we manage to get a train since the striking French are fucking everything up...
permalink 4rf!
permalink Excellent - the best thing about Switzerland?
Well, the flag's a big plus...
permalink That never gets old
On a serious note... Switzerland is a beautiful, amazing country. Unfortunately, it's got the Swiss in it.
permalink ^^^^^^
fortunately it has swiss dogs in it too