thread Right, enough of being sad at former C&W stars
Although a further "wahey" to Jiva!

You lot are a well travelled, cosmopolitan lot, innit. Say we were looking for a nice hotel for a stopover in Hong Kong in October, anyone have any good recommendations from the mind of hive?

Of course, this does mean that prior to HK, we will in fact be in Blighty for a few weeks. Definite likelihood of at least a London, Cambridge and maybe Naarch bash or bashes, more to follow once we've got our heads around when/where we will be. But you may be (un?)lucky enough to be having an actual beer(s) with us afore too long.

AQ: Is it as wet over there as here, cos it's well wet here at the mo.
permalink I had breakfast in the Conrad and it were gert lush
couldn't afford to stay there, mind

currently planning a city break in Lisbon for later this year...any suggestions for nice places also welcome, only a short stay so can splurge a bit
permalink You don't really even need to splurge in Lisbon
Is so nice and breakfast for a euro
permalink It's like being in Tin Tin
These guys are great: http://www.wehatetouri...

The famous custard tarts at the monastery in Belen aren't the best because they're too eggy

Food here is excellent: http://cantinhodoavill...

But so is peri peri chicken near the beach at Caiscais

Don't stay in Barrio Alto if you like to sleep. And do get to the National Tile Museum because it's brilliant
permalink ta
thinking of staying in Bellend, certainly planning on eating my weight in egg tarts
permalink you can get pretty awesome egg tarts in
stockwell (london) on your way home
(maybe not next year)
permalink can get some here too
but they tend to be quite pricey, whereas I want to sit and eat a pile of them
permalink HK can be really good value, unless you time it with some conference on
then it's horrible.

my pick would be Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, cool cantilevering rooftop pool and cocktail bar, lovely rooms, minor vertigo.

On a budget, Holiday Inn express Soho is well placed and is actually very nice. (floors 20+ have significant vertigo) free breakfast in express

The Holiday Inn golden mile is a good location, but older property.

I'd avoid the Intercon, the conran will be really cool but expensive, I think there is a JW Marriott next to it that'll be slightly cheaper. The penisula is famous for it's starke designed bar, it'll be ££££ but cool.

never been but the HI express in Mongkok also seems reasonably well positioned (taxi and trains are super cheap)

I have a discount code, but it's not really worth it nowadays as we offer a very similar discount for rewards club members (join before you book) give me an email or somethng if you want it anyway
permalink Sweet. Thanks!
I shall look into them
permalink Indigo does look funky
So we've gone with that one!
permalink I'm looking forward to physical presence beerage,
although I might be doing a weekend California trip in October some time, so the sooner you can let us know the more like I am to successfully juggle some dates. Or prunes.

Was well wet yesterday morning, then gorgeously sunny and cloud free for outdoor Shakespeare at Chatsworth last night.
permalink Madly enough, we've been around the far north of Scotland for a few days and the weather has been...
... stunning.

Beautiful sun at Sandwood Bay... one of the best beaches in Britain and really remote. Drive to the back of beyond, then drive a bit further, then hike 5 miles. We wild-camped there and had the beach to ourselves for an incredible sunset.

permalink Och, that sounds ace!
I love the north coast.
Planning another stupid drive up round there for the end of September as we speak.
permalink We leave Londinium on Oct 19th, so it'll be before then
Conferencing 15-18th, so probably somewhere in there, likely towards the end.
permalink Sweet, as I'm heading stateside after that in
any event
permalink Bad day today
what am I going to do when I get fired?
permalink Buy an ice cream van
sell ice cream.
permalink Down my way
that is an invitation to have your house burned down and young kids attacked with baseball bats.
permalink but a petrol and weapons van
Sell petrol and weapons.

My mate in Norway had just set up a business doing motorbike tours around Bergen. Do that. But where you are, not Bergen, that'd be daft.
permalink Buy a XXXX van
sell XXXX

(complete for your own version of XXXX)
permalink Ewww,
permalink I would give a XXXX
for just about anything else...

Although I have now seen where their brewery is in Brissie
permalink to be fair it tastes astoundingly different (in a good way) at the brewey
or that pub by the river that gets wooden casks from there
permalink 6X?
permalink I have multiple spreadsheets.
In my spreadsheets I have multiple datetime columns (and other numeric and character columns).
In order to import them correctly I need to add an apostrophe in front of every dateTime value.
Is there a way I can do this which doesn't involve either a) copying and pasting out multiple columns in multiple spreadsheets, or b) creating a new column with a formula for multiple columns in multiple spreadsheets?
permalink Why do you need to have an apostrophe?
I can think of lots of ways of doing it with options A & B

Only other thing that occurs to me is to write a little VBA macro.
There's something you could adapt at th ebottom of the thread here:
permalink Because otherwise Foxpro fucks with the date upon import.
The macro in that thread seems massively complex.

Anyway for now (as I'm hoping not to use these spreadsheets) I've discovered that you can run the following in the Immediate window:

for each v in selection : v.value = "'" & v.value : next

which does the trick in a basic way.
permalink It did seem somewhat over long,
but maybe it was thorough and diligent or some shit.
permalink you're coming over here when
there ISN'T a Biscuit gig on? Hells!
permalink when in October?
I'm in high level discussions about attending football matches, but be good to do a Cambridge half if we're all about.
permalink Likely to be in Cambridge
around the week 9th-14th or so. But will confirm nearer.
permalink groovy
permalink Yay for a Scoffbash!
Let us know!

Last time I was in HK, I stayed at the Langham Kowloon. It was ok but probably not worth the moolah.

Staying in Kowloon is nice though. Get the Star Ferry over to Central.
permalink Yup, I must, if nothing else, collect a badge off of you!
But obviously, beerage good
permalink Excellent! Well with me and Jen up this way
We can have a bigger party. I have the last week of October as holiday planned.
But might want to have a dirty long weekend in London too. Also looking for a good deal on somewhere to stay. (Hopefully not alone)
permalink not cheap but the VIEWS and savings in travel might work out

nice (cheap.. bash friendly pub next door) oh and i'll happily carry your bags ;)
permalink That looks
Amazing but only available 3 days in March next year or from august next year :(
thread I guess at least Glen Campbell
had already said goodbye. With this, which is utterly fucking devastating
permalink Oh
permalink Foolishly listened to it at work
I'm now hiding in the loo.
permalink Oh shit
I had heard about that song when the film was out, but hadn't actually heard it or seen the video before. Blimey.
permalink it's hard going
permalink Neuro-degenerative diseases
Are fucking horrible
permalink It feels like a real life version
of the opening sequence of UP!
permalink you're not wrong
the same love, affection and loss
permalink Although thinking about it
The other way round. The early part.of UP! is more told from his point of view watching her die.
permalink Love before it ends
the separation is reversed, but it is still ultimate separation.
permalink bloody hell
I came here to be cheered up, you fucking glum bastards.
permalink Still, could be worse
Could already be dead in a nuclear fire
permalink That made me cry
the first time I saw it. And the second. And the third. So I'm not going to play it again
permalink Unusually
He wrote it (his big hits were mainly Jimmy Webb). Which makes it even harder.
permalink Stop playing with it
now is not the time.
permalink Damn that
Is sad.

Can I interest anyone in better news? I've had a young gentleman ask if I could be his girlfriend today. I've said I would like that. We were on approximate date no.5 sorta lost track in the past 2 weeks.
permalink woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
permalink And we've mostly been well behaved
Acting all adult and trying to be romantic rather than rush in to things. :) it's all a bit exciting.
permalink Wahey!

Especially to the mostly bit
permalink ^
permalink I agree
with Manley
permalink for the nth time
this year so do I. This is becoming a habit*

(*insert nun/sewing machine joke here)
permalink That sewing machine joke is an absolute
permalink Had me in stitches!
permalink ...and its popularity is
still hanging on by a thread.
permalink Jolly nice!
permalink Yay!
I hope that means you've been getting a well-deserved seeing-to, of a suitably skilful nature.
permalink Not as yet
At my own request. Waiting till after I've scattered the husbands ashes out of some respect and closure. But SOON.
permalink nice one
just be careful X
permalink it's beautiful
thread ‪I used to have the Bonnie Tyler voiced satnav.
Kept telling me to turn around, and every now and then it fell apart. ‬
permalink I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
I just can't put it down.
permalink I am just going to post that on twitter and pretend I wrote it.

Right fucking now.
permalink I am going to claim this response as my own too.
"Sure you'd only ever be making a right?"
permalink I'm planning a trip to Switzerland at the moment.
People ask me why i want to go and I tell them I don't know, but the flag's a big plus.
permalink *ahem*
permalink That was over a week ago!
But, yes, I knew I'd remembered it from somewhere, sorry.

I am going to Switzerland though, that bit's true.
permalink stealing that
permalink I was in the health food shop earlier
when a giant bottle of Omega 3 fell on me from the top shelf.
I was worried I'd broken something, but my injuries were only super fish oil.
permalink we were at a festival at the weekend
the highlight for me were "the Gents" who were a cockney knees up covers band, their rendition of that song (with kazoo solo) was memorable
permalink As far as I can tell
I am the only person ever to use the phrase 'Fucking arseboy' on the Interwebs.
permalink i find that difficult to beleive
but i'm not searching for it at work.
permalink I was quite shocked
permalink I've just quit reddit.
permalink Can I have your account
permalink Yeah, I'll give my Century Club, Eternity Club, double default mod account to you who does something
you never quite explain but is probably related to online advertising. I can't see anything wrong with that ;)

[I've already deleted it. I wish I'd have thought of selling it.]
permalink I am horrified.
I was intending to use it purely for personal malevolence.
permalink I' m sorry to hear that.
I guess the mod work is hell, huh?
permalink Quite the opposite.
It was getting in the way of real life far too much. The askreddit mods are a really nice bunch of people, the iama mods are great too but I never really got involved enough in that sub.

When I started using the app I actually visited subreddits I didn't mod, and that was far too much of an additional time sink.
permalink reallife, schmeallife
that's what I say*

*actually I don't really

permalink it's not patch on here
permalink Yep.
At least I've met a lot of you.
permalink I bought a fairground recently and discovered
I didn't like the waltzer. But still, swings and roundabouts.
thread Things I am destined to never fully understand
The huge scrum at the Harry potter thing in king's cross at half eight on a Sunday evening
permalink That pretty much sums up HP for me
Bunch of OK kids' books (if you like that sort of thing, which I don't), made into a bunch of passable films you'd watch if there was nothing better to do. But each to their own, I guess
permalink I don't understand the scrum at any time on any day
I read a few of the books and then completely lost interest and the films were even worse. Though I have respect for J.K. Rowling mainly because she actually believes in paying tax and supporting the state that supported her when she needed it.
permalink The best thing to come out of it all
has been JKR as a public figure, especially her twitter.
permalink The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy film, however
is excellent.
permalink except they forgot to make it all that funny
permalink the only funny bit in that whole
film is the things that came out of the ground and slapped them when they had an idea or a thought. But then I'm old and was hoping it was going to be just like the TV series.
permalink I think Douglas Adams did a great job on it.
The jokes were told in a refreshing new way and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am something of a DNA nerd and I was expecting to be disappointed and was pleasantly surprised.
permalink I was expecting to be very disappointed
and was only mildly so.

Which you could take as a small win, but I cannot help but feel if DA had still been alive during the making of, rather than just having been involved in an early script it would have been much better.

Frankly a frame by frame remake of the TV series, just with better special effects and general quality is all that was required.
permalink I was expecting, may looking forward to, hating it.
I rather enjoyed it.

permalink I quite like it.
One of the things about H2G2 is that each iteration is different and has its own merits, and the film sticks with that philosophy in my opinion.

Anyway, does anyone else find it amusing that we're reviewing a film which is already a dozen years old?
Shall we review Withnail & I next? Casablanca? Battleship Potemkin?

ed: OK, if you insist. Respectively: brilliant; tedious; needs more sex.
permalink If a bit more contemporary and on subject
The recent American adaptation of Dirk Gently (with a new story) was excellent I thought. Except Dirk was too skinny.
permalink Yeah I heard that was good.
Maybe if we ever finish American Gods I'll get hold of it.
permalink It's on Netflix. I enjoyed it, even if it was only tangentially Dirk Gently.
I did prefer the Stephen Mangan BBC version though, shame that never returned.
permalink I enjoyed that immensley
the SM one.
permalink "brilliant; tedious; needs more sex"
also describes my teenage years.

These days it's just the middle one.
permalink It so
isn't. Even if the books and audio hadn't existed before it still would have been shit.

You can't help being wrong
permalink Well I completely disagree -
Douglas Adams liked it too, incidentally.

It is not the same as what you grew up with, but that does not make it bad.
permalink eh? are we talking about a different film then?
he died before the mos def one came out
permalink did he tweet about how much he liked it
using his iphone?
permalink He liked it as much as Isaac Asimov liked
I Robot
permalink How the fuck could DA like a fillum
that was made a number of years after he died?

permalink He did write an early version of the screenplay
but he was dead four years before filming began. The John Malkavich character arc was his main contribution.
permalink Oh indeed
I referenced that up there *points*

Has it stopped pissing with rain in that Japan yet?
permalink Yes, looks like the typhoon
has passed, heading north and dissipating. Going to spend the day messing about in Hakone - art galleries, botanical gardens, views of Fuji-san - before heading down to Kyoto tomorrow
permalink He was involved in the screenplay
and supported all the major changes which people hate about it.
permalink No he didn't,
what with being dead when many of them were made. According to the biography, one thing he especially didn't want it to be was a romance ending with Arthur Dent defeating the baddies and getting the girl
permalink Yeah
I did not like that much, to be honest - but of course Arthur DOES get the girl - Random is his child.
permalink Random Frequent Flyer Dent
was produced by artificial insemination, obvs
permalink Obvs.
It's weird that bit - I fucking love it.
permalink This.
permalink it was the dialogue changes i didn't like

and it'd be impossible to say he liked it, if ha never saw the finished result, he was known as a pretty much 'finish at the last minute' guy
permalink it was quite pleasent
I thought
permalink I totally agree with you
mediocre books with poor plots.
permalink to be honest
I've never really understood that mass hero-worship insanity is anything. Even things I really love, is struggle to get that worked up about. Maybe the data more about me than anything.
permalink I'm not sure that scrum
ever goes away, even when I've been getting the old 00:32 to cambridge there's been people there.
permalink I mean
thy have to queue and pay now I think. I'm fairly sure I've even seen a secondary, holding, queue outside the station
permalink when i was gettign the 7am to edinburgh
there would be a few people waiting for the guy to set up and open it.
permalink Cats are cute
Let's all think about cats.
permalink lets.

Bah, pic too big and I can't be arsed to resize tonight.
permalink as the bishop
said to the actress!
thread I love packing for hols!
I also have the word 'hobākurafuto' (see below) going around my head. It is the Japanese word for 'hovercraft' and I *heart* it.

permalink I am in Halfords
permalink No moar sleepz!
permalink I'm not in Halfords any more
permalink I am much happier now
I had been worrying.
permalink Nobody should ever be in Halfords
For tis a bad place
permalink I had to but car headlights
we were passing, there isn't another car parts place close to us.
permalink Is it full of
permalink Of
permalink Then we are all good here.
Carry on.
permalink recently
we (me and Jen) were visiting dating apps and there is one now referenced to as "coat full of eels guy"
I will let Jen explain that if you ever need to ask her.

I have since deleted said apps. Currently in fishing mode with a hot younger guy.