It’s The Weekend Open Thread


by Clairwil
9th February, 2007 at 8:26 pm    

Hello,
All my fellow picklers will be spending Saturday afternoon on a pickle meet. Naturally I was invited (I was! -I can prove it) but London is a bit awkward for me to get to at short notice. So I’m relying on you all to stop me feeling left out and lonely. In other words I’m making a bold bid for attention.

I’ve been off work all week with a touch of the ‘Winston Churchills’ (depression not alcoholism) so I’m a bit bored, though oddly cheery. For some reason the depression goes every time I leave work. Do you think there could be a connection? So I’ll be after cheerful stuff only please. If your dog has left you and your wife has worms you have my sympathy but I don’t wish to hear about it. Sorry but it’s holiday plans, jokes, japes, funny links and pictures of dogs in dinner jackets only.

To kick off the funny stuff I’d like to introduce you to Scottish Hip Hop, more specifically Glaswegian Hip Hop. It’s hard to know how to describe it, though piss yourself hilarious isn’t a bad start. More so when one considers ‘The Schemes’ video was recorded to show another side of Arden after it’s rather grim showing on Channel Five recently. Quite how depicting it as a shithole full of lousy rappers improves things is beyond my understanding. Poor Steg G the tragedy of the man’s life is that coming from Arden just doesn’t conjure up the same danger and swagger as being say being from Compton. As one fellow comments beneath his truly remarkable video ‘I’ve heard better beats watching two boys fighting on the estate’ and I have no doubt he’s right. Beyond parody. Beyond belief.


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  1. ZinZin — on 9th February, 2007 at 8:33 pm  

    http://dokcyezz.blogspot.com/2007/02/trouble-with-champ-man.html

    Apologies for shamelessly promoting my blog. The link in this article is frankly disturbing. Witness this and you need never fear depression again.

    There is always someone worse off than you.

  2. UK Daily Pundit — on 9th February, 2007 at 9:29 pm  

    Hello Picklers. Ever heard of Kevin Gardner? Probably not. But I bet you’ve heard of Parviz Khan, Basiru Gassama, Amjad Mahmood, Mohammed Irfan, Zahoor Iqbal, and Hamid Elasmar: they were all charged with terrorist offences today.

    So why haven’t you heard of Kevin Gardner who was charged with similar terrorist offences yesterday – ‘the collection of information regarding, and preparation for, acts of terrorism’? In fact, why has hardly anyone heard of Kevin Gardner? Full story on my blog.

    http://the-daily-pundit.blogspot.com/2007/02/did-dirty-bomb-exercise-lead-to.html

  3. anandkumar — on 9th February, 2007 at 11:11 pm  

    It seems Indian women are making their mark in the world.

    Sunita Williams in the News with her record breaking space walk.
    Indra Nooyi now named chairwoman of Pespi
    Shilpa Shetty the toast of Great Britain

  4. El Cid — on 9th February, 2007 at 11:23 pm  

    That is straight out of the sink estate failing comprehensive school of rap. Former star pupils include Robbie Williams and Madonna.

    Here’s some Andaluz hip-hop. See what you think:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlv1ckMUkp4

  5. Riz — on 9th February, 2007 at 11:53 pm  

    Armando Ianucci’s excellent take on the UK obsession with all things Shilpa Shetty:

    http://media.guardian.co.uk/presspublishing/comment/0,,2006413,00.html

    Armando, you are a genius !

  6. The Ill Man — on 10th February, 2007 at 2:15 am  

    Oh, you know….Football and alcohol. The usual. If it snows on sunday I shall be a happy chap, but it looks fairly unlikely.

  7. El Cid — on 10th February, 2007 at 9:30 am  

    Nice one Riz
    I’ve had enough of shilpa dilpa.
    Feed her to the Leons I say (*turns thumb down in emperor fashion).

  8. douglas clark — on 10th February, 2007 at 10:12 am  

    Riz,

    Well, that cheered up an otherwise boring Saturday. Great stuff!

  9. ZinZin — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:05 pm  

    What the hell is a pickle meet?

  10. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:11 pm  

    #9 Yeah WTF how come we’re not all invited. LIBERAL INTELLIGESTA!!!!!!! Sounds like a communist party meet to me. I resent being characterised as a peasent.

  11. El Kulak — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:21 pm  

    it’s peasant and intelligentsia you peasent! ;)

    actually, i’m not invited either, which is understandable.

  12. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:22 pm  

    DAMN!!!!!

  13. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:22 pm  

    Okay I can;t spell of puntuate but damn it!!!

  14. Clairwil — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:34 pm  

    ‘What the hell is a pickle meet?’

    The other contributers are all meeting for tea and buns this afternoon, I christened it a pickle meet because I couldn’t think of anything else to call it.

    As for the invites they were circulated by e-mail. I’d never have mentioned it if I knew you’d all get cross.

  15. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 12:47 pm  

    I’m kidding, Clairwil, BTW where in Glasgew do you live? I used to live in Edinburgh and one of my buddies is doing a PhD there.

  16. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 1:59 pm  

    If anyone is interested in my old band, I was 16, let me know, I can try and get some track online, BUT only by popular demand.

  17. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 1:59 pm  

    I moved this from another thread I might have hijacked. Apologies

  18. Sahil — on 10th February, 2007 at 2:16 pm  

    If anyone is interested in my old bass skills check thisout:

    http://www.uploading.com/files/ZYH52QFI/02_Ricochet.m4a.html

  19. Jai — on 10th February, 2007 at 6:06 pm  

    =>”Shilpa Shetty the toast of Great Britain”

    Poetic justice, I think. Good for her. I’m quite proud.

  20. El Kulak — on 10th February, 2007 at 7:11 pm  
  21. William — on 10th February, 2007 at 7:35 pm  

    This is one of my favourite songs I recorded it off Late Junction radio4. Reminds me of Marlene Dietrich or something off Cabaret or something. Really seductive voice. I did not get the artist or title so I just called it the German Woman. However played it to a freind tonight and he said it sounded yiddish. Does anyone know the artist.

    http://www.fishinabox.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/samples/germanwom.mp3

  22. Clairwil — on 10th February, 2007 at 7:52 pm  

    ‘I’m kidding, Clairwil, BTW where in Glasgew do you live? I used to live in Edinburgh and one of my buddies is doing a PhD there.’

    I live in the city centre at High Street. Glad you’re not upset by the meet. I’m sure no offence was meant.

    Please keep your clips coming. I’ve not had a chance to view them all yet but they’ll keep me out of mischief when I do.

  23. Chairwoman — on 10th February, 2007 at 8:44 pm  

    Hi Jai, How’s the new job?

  24. Nyrone — on 11th February, 2007 at 12:00 am  

    @Riz

    Thanks for the Shilpa Shetty based article by Armando Iannucci…

    I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair.
    The definition of a hilarious piece!
    I’m currently tracking down other articles by him.

  25. Anon+1 — on 11th February, 2007 at 12:56 am  

    http://www.virginmedia.com/news/uk/uk-story.php?storyid=2284577

    Made me laugh, no wonder he hugs hoodies, they are his suppliers!

  26. Nyrone — on 11th February, 2007 at 12:58 am  

    LOL

  27. Katy — on 11th February, 2007 at 1:05 am  

    I couldn’t go to the meet because I have had to WORK all weekend. And I am annoyed about it.

    So I am leaving the open thread immediately because otherwise I’m just going to bring you all down, maaaaan.

  28. William — on 11th February, 2007 at 12:09 pm  

    If you’re stressed or down just sit down and chill.
    Here’s a chill track to sit down and chill to.

    http://www.fishinabox.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/samples/Hildegard.mp3/

  29. leon — on 11th February, 2007 at 3:59 pm  

    It was good meeting the Picklers yesterday! Claiwill and Katy we missed ya both, hope to see you and the others at the next one (we really should try and make this a bit more regular…):)

  30. Billy — on 11th February, 2007 at 5:44 pm  

    That Armando Ianucci thing is excellent.

  31. Riz — on 11th February, 2007 at 6:03 pm  

    Scottish hip-hop…that clip nearly put me in a trance.

    William – I tried the link to relieve my stress, but it crashed my browser, so my stress went up even more!

    Happy to see there are other fans of Iannucci’s surreal brain. From Armando’s latest article ‘Never fear, Britons – your civil liberties are safe with us’:

    Tony Blair: “Today, I am launching a jihad against snide rumour-mongering.”

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/7days/story/0,,2010412,00.html

    he is too good

  32. Jai — on 11th February, 2007 at 6:31 pm  

    Chairwoman Auntie,

    =>”Hi Jai, How’s the new job?”

    Demanding, but luckily I have a knack for my particular role so I’m enjoying the work. Most of the people are okay, although there are some stereotypical Essex chav types in the more low-level back office functions who don’t seem to be too amenable towards Asians (at least those who are in the more senior/prestigious areas of the industry), but fortunately my contact with them is fairly limited. It’s balanced by the large number of intelligent, professional types who aren’t threatened by successful Asians, luckily.

    Depending on which part of the organisation we’re talking about, there is a tendency for some people to be very loud and opinionated. A lot of cockiness and bluff’n'bluster. But there are plenty of calmer, civilised people around too. Generally-speaking, I think you need to be fairly assertive and strong-minded to work in the City, because there’s a lot of aggressive and ambitious folk around who sometimes create a lot of unnecessary friction and office politics.

    Nevertheless, the location’s quite glitzy and glamorous anyway, and it’s an exciting industry to work in — financially and professionally the prospects can be outstanding. Some parts of these buildings can literally be like 5-Star hotels inside too — all very plush and luxurious.

    Thank you very much for asking, it’s really nice of you :)

    *Chairwoman, avert your eyes now*

    To everyone else,

    Guys, there are a huge number of insanely hot women working in the City ! They’re everywhere. The industry seems to attract a disproportionate number of foxy, strutting, leggy glamorous types. If you’ve ever been in the area during the weekdays (during working hours) then you’ll know what I mean.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course…..

  33. Vikrant — on 11th February, 2007 at 6:47 pm  

    Hey punks!

    How was yer meetup? Hopefully i’ll be able to attend a PP meetup sometime. Wont be back the country till May tho…

  34. Bert Preast — on 11th February, 2007 at 7:24 pm  

    One for El Cid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1grxzg-N-4

    A public service announcement from the seminal Capitan Canalla and his banda.

  35. sonia — on 11th February, 2007 at 8:32 pm  

    yes – and lots of nice coffee!

    just come back from a jaunt around limehouse..

  36. El Cid — on 11th February, 2007 at 9:12 pm  

    Bert, er… thanks, I think, for that seminal piece of Spanish shite.

  37. Bert Preast — on 11th February, 2007 at 10:58 pm  

    El Cid – Tio, you need to lighten up a bit. Less stiff upper lip?

    How about Alazan – Amarrado a mi cintura?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IROAraFtB6A

    For real music though you want the Spicy Shaker version by Julien Carrera. Now this took some finding, so watch it. Though um, I don’t think the vid is original. I’m tired of looking a thread-braking buffoon so the URL is in two parts, and shouldn’t require the brains of an archbishop to work out. Let’s do it:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid
    =587921262932135366&q=bf1942+big+attack&hl=en

    And have some Ritmo de la Noche for good measure:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5KLg2FmX-0

    Just fantastic. Kismet needs to see ‘em, too.

  38. El Cid — on 12th February, 2007 at 12:48 pm  

    You got me wrong Bert
    The written word can look more angry than it really is. Simmer down na!
    Capitan Canalla is shite in the same way that .. er Black Lace is shite (altogether now.. ah-gah-doo, doo, doo, push pineapple, shake the tree, agadoo-doo-doo, push pineapple, grind coffee)

  39. Clairwil — on 12th February, 2007 at 1:26 pm  

    Bloody hell! Is anything going to happen with the scandal here or is Sunny toying with us?

  40. Bert Preast — on 12th February, 2007 at 3:00 pm  

    El Cid, you miss the point of both the Capitan and Black Lace. They take shiteness to new levels, where it metamorphosises from a maggot to a slug and becomes a true art form all of it’s own.

    Mind, it’s still a hit and miss business – Bicho malo pille is a fine example of how to get it right as is Black Lace. Whereas the Baile de los pajaritos is not and needs a damn good gassing.

    *la bar-ba-coa, la barbacoa* Yeah man, groove on down and don’t diss the Dann.

  41. Sunny — on 13th February, 2007 at 1:24 am  

    Good to see everyone over the weekend! I think we should make them monthly or something… whdday reckon folks?

  42. William — on 13th February, 2007 at 10:35 am  

    Naaaah! weekly, ther’e a bit of fun and gives everyone a break. This is quite a serious blog and it
    is good to lighten things up.

  43. sonia — on 13th February, 2007 at 11:27 am  

    Yep it was good to see people – definitely should try and meet up more often.

  44. William — on 13th February, 2007 at 7:39 pm  

    Sunny *41

    Sorry thought you were talking about the weekend open thread.

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