thread So... I was supposed to be getting on a plane to Dubai tomorrow morning
And they've just decided that I should go next week instead.

This is something of a pain in the ass at 24 hours' notice.
permalink They have cancelled all the direct flights in the daytime from Exeter to Amsterdam.
I am going to have to change in fucking Manchester - this is balls.
permalink We all change
when we're forced to go to Manchester
permalink It's a pain.
Both BA and FlyBe have cut Sunday evening flights from Edinburgh to LCY, so I have to get the train these days and don;t get home until 00.30.
permalink This surprises me-
Thought there would be plenty of demand there
permalink I know!
The Last FlyBe on Sunday, which I used to get every fortnight, was always quite busy. Not the usual business crowd you get on the LCY flights, but weekend-away-ers.

The last flight now is about 5pm.
permalink I can only go to Amsterdam in the evening now - all of my meetings will now involve a night away.
Which reminds me of how cool that would have sounded to me a decade ago.
permalink The first flights LCY-EDI are now after 8am...
The old 6.40 has long gone.

permalink How busy
Were the flights?
permalink Sorry, to clarify:
The flights were not cancelled, the service has been.
permalink I rather enjoyed the southend to Barcelona
Flight, but I guess that really isn't helpful for you
permalink He keeps moaning about living in Cornwall
Southend isn't that bad
permalink TJ: Should I be worried about using this iron?
https://youtu.be/1E16C...
thread Saturday thread.
I'm eating Rice Krispies at the moment because I bought a box to make treats with, its weird eating a childhood cereal like it's a real breakfast.
permalink Fuck cereal
Well, fuck milk really. Yuck.
permalink Mmm
Fuck milk...
permalink I have no words.
.
permalink hahahahahahahaha
permalink have it with yogurt
..
permalink I have been known to.
Occasionally.
permalink i have porridge oats with half a can of fruit wcba
and a good glug of 'old jamaican ginger beer'
i used to do the OJ think but this is zzzesty!
permalink I almost always easy coco pops
With 2 Weetabix in top, sprinkled with Fruit and Fibre.

It is a bedtime snack of choice.
permalink No wonder you have irritable bowels
You need about half that fibre a day.
permalink It's Sunday now
I've got a fucking massive hangover
permalink you won't be joining
us in the Townhouse for a sunday roast nosh-up then?
permalink i went to what was going to be a polite little art gallery opening friday night
stopped imbibing naughtiness about 6am this morning and just woke up in time for the football

still waiting for the hangover to kick in..
permalink Well I had an egg mayonnaise sandwich for breakfast this morning
Basically , when I'm in an airport normal breakfast rules don't apply.

Ryanair through stansted was surprisingly efficient.

Though I've realised that on the way back it'll be the old "bus to the plane" malarkey.... so I'm the wanker who paid for speedy boarding to get on the bus first.
permalink speedy boarding is a tax on the gullible.
Ryanair out of Stansted is ok... Ryanair into Stansted is awful if you have bags and/or are arriving from another country.
permalink Carry a walking stick
Book assistance with your flight and get all the speedy boarding and last to get off. Plus lifts & wheelchairs
permalink I have never understood speedy boarding
I deliberately get on towards the back of the queue.
permalink They only allow the first 90 bags on the flight
permalink Is this a Ryanair thing then?
..
thread so to reduce thread size
because the board might be borking.

yesterday was odd. So much work to do, and palliative care nurse apt. getting a occupational health assistant to come round and help us with Scotty's movement so I can learn how to help where possible if things get difficult.
But I got a pay rise and my weekend overtime was cancelled.
weekend plans?
permalink Hullo!
Well I'll be up early for Record Store Day, then various errands, gym, and then the rest of the weekend is devoted to decorating the spare room, which is a small task that has been underway for an unacceptably long period of time already.

Woot on the payrise!
permalink I'm going to do what I always do on Record Store Day
leave it until a week after when I might be able to get to a shop without crowds of old men, then look online for anything interesting left over.
permalink It's a pretty poor list this year tbh
I'm a bit tired of the RSD "exclusive" titles that get a full release in the summer.
permalink there's a The The single I'd buy
because I like The The, but that's pretty much all I think. The Ramones boxset will be a nice thing, but it'll be £50.
permalink £90 on the list from my shoppe
But it'll still sell out almost instantly, as will the The The single.
permalink yipe. I paid £45 for a Dinosaur Jr one a few years ago, that was far far too much.
I'll pop into town at lunch one day next week and have a look.
permalink
permalink I like this
Tsk.
permalink RST really grinds my gears
the first one was a bit of a laugh.. now it's just full of wankers (no offense)
permalink I like to support my local shop
as I'd be distraught if it ceased to exist.

There's nothing mega on the list, just a couple of things I'd quite like*, but I like to go along anyway. The more of a queue there is, the more press she gets, and the more trade she gets in the following weeks.

I'm not queuing early, just rolling up a bit before they open.

*there is a Jaco Pastorius box set I'm quite excited about, but I imagine this isn't the fastest selling title on the list
permalink is it just me or does it seem to happen about every 4 months?
... or is that me just getting old
permalink I've got no attachment to vinyl at all
I do wonder what % of vinyl sold gets played once or less. Biggest selling vinyl record this year so far is Ed Sheeran's album.

It seemed a nice idea though when it was all indie labels/small bands to go with it. But one of the headline special releases is from fucking U2.
permalink I see it as little different from collecting stamps or coins.
I play my records, but not that often, as it's not a convenient way to listen to music most of the time, and there are indeed several I haven't played at all (although I've listened to the music through other means).
I like having a physical copy of the music, I like supporting an artist by buying an album outright, I like the large format of the artwork, and I like the tactility and engagement involved in playing them. I don't see what's wrong with that, really, if it's not for you, that's fine.

If I liked Ed Sheeran, I'd buy his album on vinyl. If I liked U2, I'd buy their vinyl releases too. I don't see how your perception of the artist affects the validity of the medium, that's inverse hipsterism.
I don't think cycling is rubbish because loads of rich fat people buy expensive bikes they don't ride.
permalink And yes, Inverse Hipsterism
did a great Peel session, in fact I have a bootleg wax pressing of it in my collection.
permalink The great Brian Bilston...
https://twitter.com/br...
permalink And
https://twitter.com/br...
permalink we're dumping the child at her grandparents tomorrow evening and going for a ruby
not too much booze though, 3yo's party the day after. Might try and squeeze a bike ride in tomorrow morning, but if the weather's nice maybe a trip out somewhere first.

Keep at him, and them.
permalink Mates are away
and Al is going to Barcelona early on Sunday morning so.... watch a lot of tv I guess!
permalink oh that's great news on getting the help and assistance
i had wondered if macmillian were involved.. in as much as someone for you to talk to as well as scotty.. and obviously great news on the job front

looking at my flat i think a spring clean is in order before i pop to
amsterdam for a few days - any TIPS for there would be gratefully received from the board as i haven't been for about 10yrs now
it'll be my first 'kings day'

what are your plans?

permalink plan is to see my dad sunday
otherwise just make sure he doesn't fall over.
permalink i was there yesterday as it happens.
getting out of the very centre is the obvious tip..

I like it round this bar (great friendly local place)
https://goo.gl/maps/zC...

and wandering around Jordaan is nice and not too touristy.

Eat lots of bitteballen (sp?)

where are you staying?
permalink cheers
we're renting a flat ( not airbnb )
permalink I am flying out on Monday evening.
How long are you around for? I could get an earlier flight.
permalink till friday
with my mum for the first time in a while
so unless you're around wednesday on wards it'd be a bit odd if i snuck off to meet someone
are you there for kings day 27th?
permalink Just got into my Edinburgh office.
Weekend with ickleuminator (I should upgrade her to miniluminator really... she's hardly ickle anymore)
thread super happy cheery fun fun thread

https://www.youtube.co...


the muppets doing hip hop.
permalink This did not float my boat
but for the love of beelzebub's boxershorts, somebody say something.
permalink You are
all bastards.
permalink I am writing about human wee, in a professional capacity
..
permalink You're in your element.
'urine' your element! Gettit?!
permalink yes
quite.

It's actually been nice and relaxing, just pages and pages of numbers to look through and put somewhere else.
permalink Huzzah!
I had today's meeting cancelled, so am at a bit of a loss.

I am just catching up on emails and feeling angry about the 5Dynamics thing I had to do, which assesses my entire personality based on a few dozen clicks in a test.
permalink now I'm trying to get to the bottom of some budgets and project scopes​
this is less pleasant and relaxing.
permalink a cow-orker has just
bought one of those infra-red digital thermometers so we're all seeing how hot various things are around the office.
permalink I like those things.
I especially like how they work from FAR AWAY!
permalink what I'd REALLY like is a FLIR
adapter for my phone but thems is expensive.
permalink I have one in the kitchen
Really useful
permalink so
it'll break if he points it at you.

*rowr*
permalink hehe, tell you what we need -
MOAR SNOGS.
permalink I can't bear the suspense.
were they all room temperature?
permalink just finished invigilating an exam
this year's stupid questions - from two different people:

how many days in a week?
how many weeks in a year?

5th year MEng students, by the way. About to go into the wider world and build your electricity system. Maybe not those two.
permalink ask them back
how many months have 28 days.
permalink Send them to B&Q
to ask for a long weight
permalink And they'll need a long stand for it too.
....
permalink and a bucket of
blue steam.
permalink Don't forget the tartan paint.
....
permalink We used the long weight
a lot.
permalink An AC battery
is a good one.
permalink Isn't that what Tesla sell now?
permalink What, a battery for one of these?
http://batterysavers.c...
permalink As the quote says:
nothing would indeed have got you cooler.
permalink Why are they asking questions?
???
permalink I don't know
because the only response they're going to get is "I'm sorry I can't help you with that, it's an exam"

I had another asking me what a certain word meant, as they hadn't come across it before. The question was literally asking them to define it.

We also have sticky foldover strips on the answer sheets so that we can't see the names while we're marking. It's amazing watching a room of soon-to-be-engineers struggling with peeling off a bit of plastic and folding a flap.
permalink aaaaaaaaaaaargh
etc
thread Blimmy
General eelctions eh? didn't see that coming.

I wonder what fresh hell this will unleash.
permalink its a very clever ploy
because if she gets in again at all, its completely the will of the people, not her choice, not her cabinets choice, being out of Europe will be entirely the british peoples fault.
permalink Well, that is what it is right now, too.
She just wants to underline that.
permalink and avoid a general election in 3 years time
once the shit is travelling fan-ward and everyone is sick to teh back teeth of the tories.

get one in now, gives you 4 years to lock it all down.


frankly whenever anyone gives the reason for an election as "secuity" i get the heebee jeeebies
permalink I think we have a rough ride ahead of us and whomever has the reins should hold them
until the strategy is complete.

It makes sense, but I do not want May. I wish Charles Walker was pro EU - I'd back that fucker.
permalink or in the obverse position
I think whoever has the reins should be doing so in the firm knowledge they're going to directly face the court of public opinion again one year after brexit.

calling this election means they don't want that to happen, which means they expect things to look pretty bad in 2020, which I think is not a reassuring thing at all.
permalink Whoever starts this thing is going to be massively unpopular
Because it is a shit idea.

We do not need change the years into a transition and Matt can negotiate much more effectively (and keep the more rabid right wing elements in check) with a greater mandate.

I do not like her at all, but I feel this is best for the nation.
permalink I hate the term, so what do you mean by mandate in this context?
just coming out of it with more whippable MPs? Because as far as brexit goes, that's not needed, because they have the Labour whip too.

or do you mean greater % of the public vote? Because as far as brexit goes, they already have a referendum result.

This snap election isn't anything to do with the national good, this is just about the party interest and supporting the oncoming governmental power grab that will come in 2019.
permalink Ack! My response got eaten.
It was more verbose than this, but in essence I said that I specifically mean that she will have won an election, something which only half of post war prime ministers have achieved, and doing so will allow her to further temper the extreme right.

I also mentioned that I agree about the party, but the side effect of stability is one I embrace.
permalink Did you see that Deutchebank are creating all bearish fx trading on Stirling?
Duck me, that could be good news.
permalink interestingly they suggest a longer 'transitional arrangement'


The three material changes cited by Deutsche Bank are as follows:

"The deadline to deliver a 'clean' Brexit without a lengthy transitional arrangement by 2019 far less pressing given that no general election will be due the year after."
Deutsche Bank argues that MPs pushing for a hard Brexit will have their influence diluted, thanks to a larger Conservative party majority.
Finally, Saravelos suggests that a fresh election strengthens "the PM's overall negotiating stance who in recent weeks has clearly fallen in line with the European negotiating approach."

permalink Well, that is pretty much my take on things.
I mean, angry Bongo may have better intelligence.
permalink I'm not angry
I just think you're a wrong headed prick
permalink I know you do.
It is a shame, I hate to see an active mind swamped by bigotry.
permalink Of course you do Manley
Because you're a wrong headed prick
permalink No, I am just a conservative liberal pragmatist.
If they binned off that prick Corbyn and stood on an anti Brexit card then I'd vote Labour. I am not partisan, I just want whatever is best for us all in the circumstances.
permalink Is a conservative liberal pragmatist like a contrary cunt?
permalink Contrary to your totalitarian left wing nonsense,
yes.
permalink given that at the moment labour couldn't organise a village fete
it's not a terrible move.

I don't expect the tories to give any clarity exactly what they would be voting for.
permalink I'm sure they will make it very clear
by painting it on a fucking bus.

Then they will run around explaining that they had their fingers crossed behind their backs all the time, ya, boo, sucks.
permalink just so you know
my reply down there, should have been here. not sure if board is wonky.
permalink You were clearly just drawn to the dogging.
Filth.
permalink I'm pretty sure that it's only dogging
if someone's watching.
permalink We were all in that bus that drove past slowly.
With binoculars.
permalink in my bad old days up in
Silverhills in my RS Turbo there would quite often be the same car driving past several times as well as an old council van, and in one memorable occasion the polis :)
permalink I thought it was the act of watching
that was called dogging.
permalink *flashes headlights*
permalink Much as I dislike the current government,
if I had to vote today, I'd be very scared of voting Labour, Corbyn seems borderline dangerous at this point.

The only way anyone will beat the tories is by committing to withdrawing Article 50, and making no other policies. Then they might get 48% of the vote.

Having said that, our electoral system wouldn't guarantee a victory with 48% of the popular vote.
permalink I don't think you'd actually get 48% of the vote either on that
...
permalink i still like corbyn when he's given the chance it's hard to argue against what he's saying
his big problem, as ever, is his dislike for soundbites and media HATE that
so no-one will get the chance to listen
permalink when he's sayign something he's alright
when he's doing anything it looks incompetent.

My leftie Meeja mates are pulling their hair out a bit, at this sot of stuff
http://www.newstatesma...
(excuse miss-use of phrase 'meme')
permalink oh the board has started eating posts.. or maybe just anti-tory ones...*waves to echelon or whatever
i didn't realise they'd opted out of mainline media and that article points out their stoopid mistakes not only with tweets but traditional fliers
if they have opted out that wipes away a massive demographic that don't have time to mess with twitter (and i suggest they'd be the ones more likely to vote ukip)

they do kick themselves in the foot rather A LOT!
permalink there's quite a lot of long threads on this page
so it's probably on the fritz
permalink that's a symptom of the wider problem
that he doesn't seem to understand that as leader of the OPPOSITION he doesn't get to set the political agenda of the day - he needs to respond to what's going on in government. Even today, an absolutely prime moment to attack Matalan Maggie, he just waffles on about generic fairness. It's not that he doesn't do soundbites, it's that he doesn't even acknowledge anything that's happening, and you can't print his response to an issue if he doesn't respond to the issue in the first place. On the radio today, when asked about the election opportunities he was talking about the 2008 financial crisis and Osborne's austerity package for fucksake.

I agree with nearly all of his politics, but the guy is an absolutely fucking awful politician. The small good that comes of this is that we get the election needed to shift him done sooner.
permalink "Matalan Maggie"
:-D
permalink Hear
Hear
permalink good point
ALSO i didn't realise they had to vote on the election and corbyn went for it
poor tactical politicking there i think
permalink It's worse than that
She's holding it because the party could lose their majority under the CPS investigation, they'll be better off if the polls prove correct (which they probably will). They will move the shit hitting the fan to the next time they could lose the election, and even if they lose this they can blame it on the next Government.
permalink And I expect that a sound argument is that
a hung parliament/coalition means ineffective representation at Brexit talks, so Brexit becomes even worse than it already is.
permalink yay
I was starting to worry we were running out of politics

I'm going to start the Shutting the Fuck Up and Just Leaving Everything As It Is Party
permalink "As it Was", surely.
....
permalink I guess at the moment we have
the Making Everything as it Was in 1950 Party
vs the Making Everything as it Was in 1972 Party

plus here in Scotland the Making Everything as it Was in 1706 Party
permalink I'd settle for this time last year.
Not great but better than this shitstorm.
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permalink are you trying
to replace @endless_scream?

Splendid, carry on.
permalink Can't take thus
At all
permalink I mean just
permalink Hmm
Emojis cause issues
permalink one thing occurs
surely this gives NI and Scotland the opportunity for the SNP etc to stand on a "we want a referendum" platform that would rather clearly demonstrate their mandate for this.
permalink well yes, this will clearly add to Sturgeon's perceived mandate for Indyref2
NI continues to be a mess and this does not help clarify anything there
permalink in slightly connected news
just had a staff meeting where we were informed we've had a 60% year-on-year increase in student applications from rUK for September, not connected to any particular activity on our side
permalink rUK?
?
permalink Rest of the UK (i.e. England, Wales and NI)
traditionally English and Welsh students are a very small proportion of Scottish undergrads, something like 5-10% (excluding oddities like St Andrews), so clearly something has happened in the past year that is driving a huge number of 17-20 year olds to want to be north of the border....
permalink So, if it was 5% last year and you got a 60% increase
That would be a little over 10%, so in line with normal levels, no?
permalink Please make June
the end of May!
permalink bravo
*polite applause*
permalink TJ:
What is our Neil called on Twitter?
permalink thirdman.
permalink No, @thirdman is Japanese.
Any advances on Thirdman?
permalink I'm sure that's not
what your question originally said. Anyhoo, he's @thirdmanuk
permalink Thanking you,
kind sir!