thread Thatcher's dead
this post sponsered by the committee to upset Manley
permalink someone just said that accross the office
there was an odd silence as people didn't really want to se cheering.
permalink Much the same here...
The next 24 hours should be fun.
permalink Bit of a piss-up in Scotland tonight then?
permalink send her raddled corpse up here.
We'll deep fry it in batter.
permalink unfortunately I was in Yorkshire and just got home
I would have like to have been at work when that news broke
permalink i shall remember to cheer
when your parents die / dance on their graves now
permalink I've not met Al's parents
I bet they don't have such a polarising effect on people though.
permalink so what?
permalink so, some people despise
her for beginning the destruction of the welfare state and destroying swathes of the north of the country. some don't.
permalink it says much of the people themselves
and the state of politics imho
permalink unfortunately
we do not live in a utopia where everyone agrees with everyone else.
permalink And nor should we.
Living in a civilised land where no man glorifies the demise of another should be attainable though, no?
permalink I very much doubt it.
permalink seems unlikely
if someone despised her in life, why change just because she's met her inevitable end? Death comes to us all, why should that alter your opinion of someone?
permalink Unless David Cameron is Thatcer in a gimp costume
her being dead changes nothing, and there is no benefit or purpose to celebrating her death even if you hate her.
permalink If i despise someone
it does not mean I wish them dead or glorify in their suffering.
permalink she died peacefully apparently
and no, neither do I necessarily, but I can't stand the woman, what she stood for or what she did. she's dead now. I still can't stand her.
permalink You can not like her,
it is the revelling which I object to.
permalink don't worry
I'll do the same when someone left wing dies as well to even it out.
permalink Top hole!
permalink I'd be fucking delighted
if George Galloway was in a position where he could no longer say anything ever again. Permanently or mute or dead.
permalink To be fair,
whilst I will not celebrate the death of anyone, Al's parents didn't destroy dozens of communities across the country, cause thousands of people to suffer unnecessarily, sell off national assets to the highest briber and rig things to ensure that the working class would never get a fair shake in this country again.
permalink well... they covered it up well, I'll give you that.
permalink I went to an independent school thanks to the tory government paying my fees.
Labour scrapped that scheme as it was elitist, preferring to put the money in to reducing nursery class sizes.

She didn't fuck all of us and I'm with mosschops.
permalink typical socialists
doing something to benefit the majority
permalink I said that labour put the money in to reducing nursery class sizes.
I didn't say labour reduced nursery class sizes by diverting the money. I realised that looking in to it would turn out to pointless and no doubt make me exceedingly angry.
permalink which was a fucking rare
thing for Balir's lot to do
permalink they also didn't "pilot" a manifestly unfair tax regime
where they had little political support to start with, the effects of which included many jailed unessecarily, mass disenfranchisment and a census that was barely meaningful
permalink Well said.
permalink finally
now can we put the country back together?
permalink The tories are going to sell it all off
in her honour
permalink I felt we had to have this arguement
I've said all I'll say though
permalink well, sadly, it won't undo the damage done
but there is some joy in knowing that we don't have to share air with that evil old hag anymore

DING DONG indeed...

I just wish she could have waited till July, and I could have had a pint back in Blighty in her dishonour
permalink oh go on then
the Morning Star

For them, that IS holding back. I bet there was a discussion there about running a "ding dong" headline
permalink that is
REMARKABLY restrained

permalink the Mail on the other hand
has gone for beatification
permalink Jesus Fucking Christ
On a moped, pulling wheelies, John the Baptist balanced on the handlebars in a sequinned onesie.

I suppose it's what one should expect of the fucking mail.
permalink that's quite a picture
permalink the Telegraph
have used the same one. Full collection

Yes, that's Socialist Worker with the blood soaked tombstone and "REJOICE" headline/ But I wouldn't go near anything to do with the SWP.

Meanwhile the Independent appears to have used a picture of Tony Blair
thread Morning thread
Good weekends?

My Sunday was spent experiencing the first solid food & solid bowel movements in a week. The Noro virus is not a pleasant thing...

Celebrated this fact by going to a FOAF's pub for a roast where we were entertained by by a semi-naked Indian gentleman bhangra dancing to traditional Irish folk music in a bedroom window facing the pub.
permalink we made a rather awesome roast yesterday
though it was maybe a little under-done in the middle... it'd been in the fridge defrosting for 24 hours but may still have been a little frosty in there.
permalink Not bad ta. Went to Bristol to see some people
then drove a van that's older than me home.
permalink I have socks
that are older than you . . . .

permalink Yes, but I've not travelled 170 miles in your socks.
edit: It doesn't sound very far now I've typed it. It took quite a while and I've no idea how fast I was going as the speedometer isn't exactly a paragon of accuracy.
permalink I'll send you some
if you want?

The best way to travel long distances in a Transit is in the back wedged between a drum kit and an ancient Marshall stack that keeps threatening to topple over on you
permalink Yes, but it's tricky to drive from that position
permalink Will they walk there themselves ?
Morning wankers by the way
permalink Morning tosspot.
permalink They'd run!
If I don't nail them to the floor they attempt to make a break for the door
permalink *sighs*
Them was the days...
permalink good ta. cycling, gardening, eating, sleeping
this morning I note that gmail have stepped up their efforts to make the user experience even worse than hotmail and yahoo. Composer view. Christ.
permalink My gmail checks my hotmail for me
and as I use Chrome I believe my browser keeps my gmail account alive and so I don't have to check either of them other than once every few months when I delete everything.
permalink I use gmail as my main personal email, Yahoo is so awful these days`
if Al is about, that football team were named after General Haig because after WWI a group of Argentine rail workers wanted to form a team and needed their boss's permission. He said they could if they named it after Haig.
permalink What did we think
about this weeks Dr Who?

I found it rather poor myself
permalink SHUSH! I haven't seen it yet.
permalink It wasn't very good, no
Like they had a couple of things they needed to plant for the wider story-arc & forgot to put them in any proper episodes so just plonked them in a place holder.
permalink these first two do seem to be all set up for something
it better be the Master.
permalink poor
with one or two sort-of-OK moments. But mainly poor.
thread First sunny and mild Saturday for ages yesterday... so time to hit the hills...
Ochils, top of Ben Cleuch, 2ft of snow, sun. Spectacular. Especially when the stormclouds came in:



We never got rain/snow, thank goodness, but the sun through the grey clouds on the snow made the ground look like bad soldering under a microscope. Amazing and weird.
permalink spent a lot of time in the Ochils as a kid
as I grew up in Menstrie and was in the Scouts. They're lovely hills.
permalink So did I, as I went to school down the road (yes... there)
Knowing you were a local, I thought of you as we slogged up the brutal front of Tilly Law.

It was lovley up there... must be 20 years since I was on top of Ben Cleuch.
permalink my old secondary
has since been flattened- they've replaced Alva, Alloa and Lornshill Academies with newbuilds in recent years. Only Lornshill got replaced on the same site- they moved Alva to the floodplan, and Alloa across town. I've been in Alva since they did it- the site looked weirdly small cleared, considering it was a pretty big school.

Need to get up and get walking up there- ages since I've been up even Dumyat.
permalink I've just driven from Bristol to Leeds
in a mk1 transit. Fun, but I didn't really like that none of the mirrors were functional (other than the driver's side one if you held it in place, but that meant you had to turn the indicator on with the wrong hand, and letting go of the wheel usually involved a veer to the left).
permalink Bad Soldering Under a Microscope?
sounds like a prog rock album...

looks very purdy
permalink I'd buy it :)

TOTN - Turing Machine - Lazy Afternoon Of The Jaguar -
permalink nah,
'tallica and Jasun reunited:
permalink 'tallica?
Is that like Metallica, but with the "meh" taken out?

Still seems pretty meh to me...but that may just be me ;-)

thread bought a DAC today so I could pipe my tivo and
imac through the hifi properly. Normally I'm skeptical about people's reviews of stuff like this but fuck my old boots, the difference in sound quality between iMac running through the headphone socket and telly just using its speakers is incredible. I'm hearing stuff in records I've not heard before and even old repeats on Dave sound much fuller and better :D

AQ: what shall I have on my baked spud?
permalink ive ordered something similar
Hopefully it's not shit.

And re your aq: ink... From bic ballpoints
permalink a 'how its made' last week
taught me that Bics are made solely in Paris by people called Jean-Claude and Marie.

I had mature cheddar.
permalink i love how its made... in fact im currently watching
The bit about growing flowers
permalink ooooo
Masking tape now
permalink remember my 'oo fuck, really?'
moment about cornflakes..... :)
permalink Isn't it called Veet now?
permalink I'll avoid Roubaix spoilers
other than minor bits like Offredo going down. After going up:
permalink and in video form
he seems to be more or less OK, though he did quit the race.
permalink Oooosh, that must have hurt
but what a stupid mistake!
permalink yowser
easily done though when you are in a large group like that
permalink I did pretty much the same thing into
the back of a parked car back in 2000, landed up in high-dependancy unit at hospital. /fool
permalink I have done it with interaction with a moving car*
and broke both my arms...which wasn't much fun

*not my fault, I hasten to add
permalink an incredible race
permalink I've taped it
I'll enjoy the various bits later
permalink what channel was it on?
permalink Eurosport
assuming it was and I've not taped curling.
permalink for some reasone my UCI series link didn't pick it up
will watch the highlights later.
permalink there's ITV4
highlights at 9.
permalink good race
mad that they were almost doing track stands at the end.... i think the guy who came second should have gone from further out... though may have made no difference
permalink he sat up as cancelerra passed him
if he'd had enough left that he could have gone from further out, he'd have had enough to fight one last time. He didn't. He'd pushed an utterly superb cyclist to the very edge though.

Superb race- watching the four hours of live coverage, there really was rarely a dull passage.
thread so over 150m£ will be betted today on whether a
pack animal will jump and break its neck..
greatest day in english sport i'm sure.. but it'll be sunny so who gives a fuck

but those nags are on a benefit system so they should be added to the lasagne like the poor/disabled
permalink well, I've always hated
permalink i was scarred by a childhood
Where there were only 4 TV channels and 2 of them would show horse racing at the same time.
permalink we're all nags
just waiting for which flavouring we'll end up in..
permalink We talked about a sweepstake at work
for the first to make it to Tesco
/done before
permalink why is horse racing
traditionally bet on?

/doesn't understand all the fuss
permalink To add an element of excitement to something
otherwise relatively dull?
permalink i was in melbourne on their 'big day' (which they were convinced was the biggest worldwide)
there's a weird excitement about imagining the rest of the world gives a shit about a third/fourth city of a nation organising animals to run for your entertainment
permalink because British people
will bet on anything. I've had the remnants of my ladbrokes account on Seabass, if it comes in, I stand to win upwards of £11.

In other news, the new ladbrokes website is fucking awful.
permalink wait till they start doing it in bejing (vicks vapour rub under their snouts obviously)
though the soup of air could restrict camera action.. the betting will be off the scale
send horses called 'shark fin' or '8' and you'll make a mint
permalink there's a much closer relationship between
horse racing (and greyhound racing for that matter) and betting than with other sports.

Meanwhile: the betting adds on Eurosport, which I'm now able to stream legally, really fucking annoy me. betvictor can fucking burn in hell.
permalink fucking hell
the Spanish were just excelling themselves with the worlds worst helicopter camera shot.
permalink not betting the house
on Cancellera for tommorow's race?
permalink I had a feeling for Boonen
until the silly twat fell off last week.
permalink Fabien's been down twice this week
once in a race, once on a reconnaissance ride.

I'm thinking Stannard might finally come good, but not confident enough to put money on it
permalink it makes me laugh how the commentaors
gloss over how the owners killed a horse.. collateral damage.. real shame etc

i hope the pretty things in their uppers get to taste at least one steak of it.. unless it's bute loaded then two at the very least
permalink I was talking cycling
what with being unable to give a shit either way about the geegees
permalink haha whoops.. speaking of cycling what is the very best/designed in keeping warm
while cycling clothes and they don't still put newspapers up their jumpers do they?
permalink on cold descents from the top of very high mountains they often put papers down their shirts
because they can be 10s of kilometres down at 70/80 kph so there's quite a lot of windchill.

for normal cycling, people swear by merino wool baselayers, I'm not convinced, a wicking inner and a decent winter jersey should be enough.

can anyone explain to me why ladbrokes website won't let me bet? fucking awful.
permalink I have this completely irrational
feeling that if I don't watch, more of them will die. So I watch it feeling slightly sick. I also like looking at the horses because they're beautiful.

Still if Seabass and Katie Walsh won it that would be cool but there's been way too much hype.

edit: heh, as unpredictable as ever.

edit: the magic worked - the horses came back safely
permalink i wasn't sure if it was hype or just normal as i've just re-started listening
to a bunch of talkback shows to get an idea of what people think/feel
and besides this race it was lunatic presenters explaining how the welfare system is corrupt (without mentioning their own births/doctors/schooling/fire service/rubbish collection/A&E/pension/hospices which they've paid into)
it was bad before but now i see the poison infomercials like FOX really do

permalink The horses and dogs or Britain and Ireland
have been sought after since Roman times so there's always been a strong connection between them and the people in these islands - not necessarily a particularly sentimental connection - they've always been an important export and work animal.

But yeah talk radio is enough to turn the world insane. There's a constant roar in the media that corrupts people's minds with the myths they peddle.
permalink at least we're good for something
i suppose..