thread Man the trenches you scurvy dogs!!!
Or I'll rearrange your intestine around your scrotum like a turban.
permalink on a sunday? give over
I've barely left the sofa.
permalink This is why it's all going to China
permalink I did dig the crap out from behind the back fence
and measured the windows to put up blinds, I also watch ed grand prix and put the bins out (green and blue today). Now I'm slow-roasting some belly pork and doing the crossword.
permalink Did the crossword
You finish it?
permalink Did the crossword
You finish it?
permalink I think so
was struggling to get my head round a couple.
permalink just watched the final 3km
of Milan-Sanremo. Seems they took a bus ride for part of the race.

this is Taylor Phinney, having just got on the bus
permalink ah, snowy over the top
I was following it on twitter and taped it, I'll watch it later
permalink I was good and left out anything to do with results
there's loads more pictures of the horror out there, but I'd hold off looking until you want to know the result.
permalink I know the result
I just new I wouldn't sit down and watch it so it's on the box for later if I want it, I might well do now!
permalink Stannard put in a damn fine ride
Cavendish too, didn't have many team mates at the end,
permalink wow
that is a BIG picture...

also, he is trying to eat my soul
permalink he looks like he's been slimed
permalink I just made felafel
I can heartily commend the making of felafel to you all

though if I'm ever rendered unemployed I'm definitely opening a felafel stall - 1.5kg of them and total cost of ingredients less than a quid.
permalink the most impressive thing I made recently
was a martini.
permalink I make those by putting gin
in a glass.
permalink you're doing it wrong
you have to have an open bottle of vermouth somewhere in the room
permalink There is a pub across the road.
That seems to do the trick.
thread Anyone know a temp agency I could use to hire two people
to wear blue zentai suits for a day or two in Birmingham.

The would not need to speak and would be accompanied.
permalink Pervert.
permalink Well yes.
permalink Get flan and thebear to do it.
The frequent radio4 adverts about their new production of Neverwhere got me a bit excited, so I'm watching the 1996 BBC2 version of it this morning.

edit: I just took the neighbour's kids to the pound shop. "That's a grinder, isn't it? *fiddles* Not a very good one though." is slightly depressing to hear from a seven year old.
permalink i watched that in on go
it was ok. I didn't know there was a new one, when?
permalink Radio4 yesterday,
the rest of it is on radio4extra next week.

edit: It was ok, but it was a crap rip. The book was great, and I'm now contemplating getting the graphic novel but that seems a bit obsessive.
permalink I thoroughly enjoyed the book
I'll have a listen to that tomorrow
permalink I'm on a train
just went through Rugby at speed
permalink Stafford
permalink I read that as Rigby
permalink I'm headed your way
but for a flying visit for a mate's 30th birthday. now at Crewe.
permalink CREWE!
Not sure why I did that, really.
permalink Where?
Am watching all teh sport today
permalink I went shopping at 1pm, was settled on the sofa with beers by 2
watched the Six Nations build-up, watched Italy-Ireland (messy), prepped lamb shanks and got them in the oven during the post-match punditry, watched Wales-England (fantastic match), cooked the mash (deployed ricer) and finished the lamb during the post-match nonsense, ate it during the next pre-match build-up, watched France-Scotland (good, shame we lost it in the second half). 8 hours of rugby, beer and food-related activity.

Not a bad Saturday at all.
permalink its was excellent and since I was born in Cardiff I can
claim the victory :)
permalink Anyone?
permalink try gumtree
or search for marketing jobs and see who is advertising them
permalink ask some chuggers
they've already thrown away any self-respect, and it'll only take slightly above minimum wage to get them to discard their bibs
permalink Blue Arrow?
I certainly did some strange jobs through them in my Uni days...
thread Norman Collier has died

I guess that microphone finally cut out
permalink I don't know who any
of these people are.. ever :(

In other news, I got new broadband because Sky bought Bethere: http://www.speedtest.n...
permalink Nice upspeed.
permalink I've got 40odd down
and 9 up, which isn't bad considering I can't be arsed to plug into the box
permalink I have to get off
giffgaff for the same reason. Funnily enough I was with Be till may last year.
permalink Has someone bought giffgaff?
I thought it was all part of telefonica, i.e. o2.
permalink telefonica have sold Be and O2 broadband
to Sky, both will be rebranded as Sky.
permalink I knew that.
But I didn't know anything about giffgaff.

Tico confirms I was right not to have heard.
permalink great!
even less competition :(
permalink giffgaff aren't going anywhere.
Telephonica only sold off their broadbands. All the mobile stuff stays with them.
permalink I know this now,
did some research on the giffgaff forums :)
permalink Oh, come on!
permalink I'm thinking of moving too
Currently on BT at £15.45 a month for line rental and evening/weekend calls plus Be at about £19 a month for unlimited broadband.

We probably could do better, yes. Who's recommended? We're in an area where can get BT Infinity, and the house has previously had Cable (Virgin). Currently got freeview, no interest in TV packages more extensive than that. Preferebly uncapped broadband.
permalink As you can see from my linespeed doodad
I decided to go with plusnet on their unlimited package. It was the cheapest non-scummy fibre I could get.

I got 6 months half price, and £30 cashback by going through quidco.

If they don't do that still, give me a shout and I can refer you, which I think gets us both something.
permalink ooh, that would cover the first payment tidily
I'll look into it. Consulting with the rest of the household.
permalink hmm
Plusnet looks a go-er
permalink I've always had a very good service from Plusnet
although I couldn't tell you about line speed or capping. But I was paying £15 a month including the BT line, which was at least £20 cheaper than Virgin.
permalink blimey that is cheap
permalink last chance for the F1 fantasy game
(not as complicated as the cycling one)

permalink Fred & Jack.

Do any of the scotchers hereabouts know anywhere convenient yet very very cheap to stay in Inverness?
The Travelodge meets the very very cheap requirement (£80 for two nights for a double room) but seems to be a bit of a distance from the centre, so might make beering difficult.

Secondly, any recommendations for place to beer in Inverness? Disappointingly, I had it in my mind there was a Brewdog, but there isn't.
permalink I used to live in Inverness
moved away when I was 6 1/2

/really fucking unhelpful
permalink My uncle lives near Drumnadrochit
which is virtually next door as far as most Scots are concerned. He is not a boozer type though.

/similarly unhelpful
permalink not that its any help
really but my mate lives in the old lock keepers cottage just down the road in forst augustus (loch ness). well i spose it could be i could ask him if he'd answer his phone.
permalink Ooooh!
If you have any luck getting hold of him, any advice would be appreciated!
permalink Loch Keepers Cottage
permalink only if you are talking about a large body of water rather than a canal boat-raising device
permalink Running south west from Fort Augustus
is a big run of locks linking Lochness with the fantastically named Loch Lochy, so I think Lock Keeper's Cottage is correct.
permalink although technically in this case
the cottage was built before the locks so this one is a loch. lovely place but i'd struggle to live there as you literally walk out of his front door and could piss into the loch. i'd ha e fallen in a dozen time by now
permalink though the keeper arrived with the locks
permalink How many lochs
Does a loch lock-keeper lock when loch lock-keeper locks lochs?
permalink She was only the lock keepers daughter
But she had green slimy piles poor girl
permalink I can get you a 15% discount on this place

but it looks miles away... taxis wil be cheap i expect though. they include breakfast as well

though our booking system has been down all day.. somthing has gone very very wrong.

permalink I need three double rooms,
so I wasn't that confident about asking for your discount ;-)

I'll check the prices when it comes back up, but I think it was more than 50% more than the Travelodge, although the breakfast levels that up a bit.
permalink there is no worry about the friends and family discount
it's actively encouraged to dish it around as the saving is still less than the fee agencies like take.
permalink Sent you a facebook

I'm dreading to think how much money our company is losing today.. the booking site has been down since at least 11am... so that's 649000 guestrooms that nobody can book on any channels right now.

even the bill for the resevations staff who are sitting having a very quiet day must be in the 10s of thousands.
permalink Taxi's include breakfast?
permalink yes.. it's not the fucking dark ages you know
permalink Inverness is a bit of a hole.
Some great country near it, but the town ain't great.

I haven't been there for years.
permalink I've stayed in that travel lodge.
permalink i just remembered that i've ben to inverness
I went to a really good adventure playground and stayed in a 1984 ERF or possibly a Foden.

it was green.

thread TOTN
new single from British Sea Power

Video has a bike in it. And a lady riding it.
permalink Actually . . .
TOTN is Stereolab - Ping Pong -
permalink it's good, but that and youtube have really jammed my computer up
what the fuck has happened to youtube? It's so shit and bloated now...

Anyway, having only recently being turned on to him, TOTD is Kevin Ayers 'Fake Mexican Tourist Blues' which I just heard on last night's Gideon Coe
permalink The Youtube app on Android appears to have no volume control
which is kind of a fundamental bug
permalink There should be two buttons
In the side of your 'phone.

Amusingly, I detest the fact that these do not work with the iPhone YouTube app and that I have to mess around with on screen controls. If my 'phone is on silent then it should not make a damned noise.
permalink There are
Not sure how that'll help with using Youtube on my Acer tablet, but I'll give it a go.
permalink I know I don't know about making internet and apps
but when did everything become so shit and bloated and loaded with other crap? In the olden days (2005) people were really keen on things working quickly on everything, loading, doing their shit, then fucking off. Now the Facebook app (say) opens, takes an age, works in the background until you force it to shut down and weights 40meg.

youtube on the internet is so full of javascript and god knows what else, that you need a Cray to run it smoothly.

Manley, sort this shit out.
permalink Not my bag any more,
but I agree.

There is not need for clever shit - just put info up for us to get.
permalink passing the buck, there's the problem!
permalink My acer tablet has buttons on the side for volume
AND the app has a volume control within the video.
permalink Wowee!
This is decadent luxury!
thread Today I am going to share my horse tips.
These are based completely on which ones have silly names and pretty colours on. Therefore, they probably will not win. However, if they do win and you were insane enough to bet on my choices, you have to buy something from http://www.thehandmade... so I can justify spending money on hosses and not on the shop.

Here goes:
1:30 - Captain Conan
2:05 - Shutthefrontdoor
2:40 - For Non Stop
3:20 - Peddlers Cross (oh, is he ever!)
4:00 - Vino Griego

Edit: thebear does better hoss tips, he won me about £300 back in my university days, which I sadly spent on animation equipment. And look where I am now, the best anim- oh. :(

Edit2: And I'd do these EW as I doubt any are likely to actually win. Ever.

Edit3: Huh, well I seem to be up! The system works! Lucky 31, 31 bets * £0.10 EW. I will do it again tomorrow!
permalink subtle as fuck
hope it's going well though.. the window displays look pretty
permalink In times of such economic peril, I must be!
And thank you ;)
permalink funny names/colours always works for mrs witchy.
in other animal news, Devin Townsend reworks 'badger badger badger':
permalink I like Captain Conan best
Go Team Coco!
permalink you know what?
I'll give it a go, and if I win the £20000 I'm in line to I'll buy you new animation gear.
permalink It's fire alarm test time.
Only it went off three times, so we all stood up and had a conversation about whether we shoudl go outside or not.
permalink Much like that
only we couldn't smell burning.
permalink Stick a screen
over it