It’s a great big happy weekend open thread!


by Katy
24th February, 2007 at 2:33 pm    

And boy do we need one. This website looks positively cloudy this weekend. You are a miserable bunch of gloomy people and no mistake. “Oh isn’t America horrible.” “No! America is lovely and YOU are horrible!” “No, YOU are horrible!” “No, YOU are horrible!” If these threads were in writing we’d have no rainforest left – and for what?

Now, cheer up, damn you all. It’s spring! Sort of. And it’s sunny! At least when it isn’t raining torrentially. And although someone drove straight into me whilst I was stationary at a zebra crossing earlier in the week and totalled my exhaust, I now have a lovely big silver car with a proper computer screen that tells you how to drive and has exciting buttons all over the steering wheel whilst they sort out the old one for me. It is a time for celebration.

So come and join me on the Open Thread for a big party about stuff which is good, like the fact that Dragnet is going to be on TV today, and where stuff that is bad is banned. No arguing about America. No mention of the hijab, the niqab or anything else with the suffix -ab. No monologues about education, no justification of cannibalism – it is not for nice people. No bad news, no political bombshells, no ranting, raging, haranguing, arguing, fighting, squabbling, nitpicking, henpecking, whingeing, bullying, carping, grouching, nidgying or insulting allowed. And anyone who breaks these rules will be set on fire. You have been warned…


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  1. Leon — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:00 pm  

    Yeah that America thread wasn’t probably a good idea. I nearly put up one about Israel/middle east yesterday but thought better of it…so much for free speech.

    Anyway, my weekend is a bit of a mixed bag, got birthday presents to buy, my sister PC needs updating (I’m the only person in the family that has a clue about computers) and at some point I’ve got to do a photo assignment for Monday.

    It’s meant to be 12 pix of an event, location or place but there are conditions on what type of pix they can be (amount of light, exposure etc). The good thing though is I have my work’s lovely Sony a100 (£600 of digital SLR) to play with! :D

  2. ally — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:01 pm  

    I got sent a freebie copy of the new Stooges album this morning!

    Iggy is in my ears and all is well with the world.

    Oh, and my missus (see http://www.claresudbery.co.uk) is expecting our second baby :-)

  3. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:26 pm  

    for all you crazy tilers out there: http://arstechnica.com/journals/science.ars/2007/2/22/7180

    congrats ally — she’ll be able to hold a lot more than 17 pencils soon

  4. Fe'reeha — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:37 pm  

    Well so much look to forward to indeed. I will be starting my new job from first March and have found this new diet plan which works wonders.
    It’s called seven foods in seven days, with one food allowed every day. It fills you up, and really works.

    Congrats Ally on the baby, baies are great. The best stress relievers in the world!
    Mine is now just forming speech. When he cannot think of a word to express himself he makes gestures with hands to make you understand. At least babies do not have communications problems. They will do everything to make you understand what they are saying.

  5. Kulvinder — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:46 pm  

    No cannibalism!!?!

    I’ve also got a mixed weekend, infact ive got to buy a get well soon card for someone who had a heart bypass and some type of congratulations card for someone else who had a new baby! Apart from that im hoping to slob out, i have to meet friends for dinner tomorrow but hopefully i can get round that.

  6. Kulvinder — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:47 pm  

    btw congrats on the new baby ally!

  7. ally — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:59 pm  

    Thanks folks, although I’m disappointed that you all congratulate me on the bairn and nary a word on Iggy and the Stooges. Where are your priorities people?

    But arf @ Cid. I reckon she’s up to about 19 pencils already and still about 8 months to go. I guess it’s quite an honour to snuggle up to the most notorious droopy boobs on the blogosphere ;-)

  8. Katy — on 24th February, 2007 at 3:59 pm  

    Oh no – nothing wrong with the America thread itself, or indeed any thread, except for the way that they all seem to degenerate into bickering only tangentially related to the original topic once you get past comment 125!

  9. Leon — on 24th February, 2007 at 4:33 pm  

    Yeah true…thing is it can be a bit disheartening sometimes. A few times I’ve gone to make a post then thought I can’t be bothered with the same old arguments and screaming debate that would come…think I’m getting a bit burnt out with politics tbh…

  10. Riz — on 24th February, 2007 at 4:34 pm  

    I went to a seafood disco last night, and pulled a muscle.

    bud-a-bing!

  11. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 5:11 pm  

    Riz, tell me more about this real man fraternity???
    and are you sure most men these days are measured by their grades (wish they were)

  12. Sunny — on 24th February, 2007 at 5:15 pm  

    Hah, Riz you joker.

    Congrats Ally!

  13. Katy — on 24th February, 2007 at 5:46 pm  

    Oh – sorry – yes, Ally, congrats to you and Ms Pencil, whose blog everyone should read by the way.

  14. Riz — on 24th February, 2007 at 5:50 pm  

    El Cid, it’s about reminding ourselves who we ‘are’, about asking what makes us tick, about seeking out and reconnecting with our roots, our essence. It’s about attempting to transcend current norms and perceptions because they are ephemeral, but our ‘man core’ is constant. It doesn’t necessarily involve weekend war games, or chopping down trees with an axe, but this helps.

    Borat – So you hunt a lot?
    Hunter – I hunt a lot? Yes.
    Borat – You are a real man.

  15. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 5:59 pm  

    million man march kinda a ting or an ironic blokey tool-belt ting? i assume it’s more the latter if you cite borat

  16. Bert Preast — on 24th February, 2007 at 6:02 pm  

    El Cid – ah, the golden days of tiling. When a tiler’s genius was much respected and appreciated among such plebian types as mere scribes and traders. I keep telling people of my genius, but they just point and laugh. :(

  17. Katy — on 24th February, 2007 at 6:21 pm  

    Leon, posting about politics is horribly frustrating. I burnt out years ago. I’m only good for light relief these days :-D

  18. William — on 24th February, 2007 at 6:25 pm  

    Ally congrats on the new baby. I remember being fascinated when my freinds baby started to make sounds. Didn’t think a baby could make sounds of so many shapes and colours, it was pure jazz.

  19. William — on 24th February, 2007 at 6:34 pm  

    By the way don’t you all just love the taste of Marmite. Well now there is a new Guinness + Marmite hybrid!! mmmmm lovely on toast.

    http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2007/02/marmite_guinnes.php

  20. Vikrant — on 24th February, 2007 at 6:55 pm  

    Busy with fucking exams… :(

    Life is a biatch.

  21. Riz — on 24th February, 2007 at 9:12 pm  

    Here’s a fun project for the weekend for fans of ‘Lost’. Follow the link below to find pdf labels to make your own Dharma Initiative food item labels (to be enjoyed while watching Lost of course!).

    http://www.insanelygreattees.com/news/?p=27

  22. Clairwil — on 24th February, 2007 at 9:30 pm  

    I can bring dancing in a kebab shop and free sweeties to the festivities.

    http://clairwil.blogspot.com/2007/02/happy-things.html#links

  23. Sid — on 24th February, 2007 at 10:00 pm  

    tiling, hmmmmmm.

    As a confirmed Al-Andalusian (re-instate Islam back in Spain) :-) , I’ve been putting lots Islamic geometeric patterns up in the kitchen.

  24. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 10:15 pm  

    sounds a bit “busy” Sid unless you have a big kitchen. assume you’re toning it down with a bit of white, maybe?

  25. Katy — on 24th February, 2007 at 10:32 pm  

    So far Clairwil’s contribution to the great big happy weekend thread is the best. And, you know, possibly the best in the history of PP open threads ever.

  26. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 10:40 pm  

    so our tiling discussion doesn’t thrill you?

  27. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 10:43 pm  

    just watching channel 4′s 100 biggest sex symbols .. i can’t believe raquel welch is 15 places above cameron diaz and 14 above anna kournikova — it’s a disgrace. i’m ringing c4 as we speak
    million years b.c. (*bites fist*)

  28. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:03 pm  

    and vigo mortenson is, what, 20-30 places above Antonio Banderas and Steve McQueen. get out of here!! my missus is livid

  29. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:08 pm  

    alan rickman at no 14 — fuck off!!
    obviously not much happening in the El Cid household tonite. Trash tv and wine (don’t hold it against me)

  30. William — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:28 pm  

    Of course Arthur Mullard hasn’t been on yet so the ladies are still waiting in drooling anticipation.

    http://www.trashfiction.co.uk/arthur_mullard.html

  31. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:41 pm  

    angelie jolie, ok, i can live with that, but where was bella emberg and nora batty??

  32. William — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:48 pm  

    Personally I prefer the real Lara Croft!!

  33. Sahil — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:56 pm  

    El Cid, William I saw that tonight as well, and the thing still that grinds me is that Elvis is still so popular. WHY? Please explain this to me.

  34. El Cid — on 24th February, 2007 at 11:59 pm  

    c’mon sahil… elvis, alan rickman…. elvis, alan rickman… elvis, alan rickman..

  35. William — on 25th February, 2007 at 12:46 am  

    Myself I can say that as a heterosexual male I am not sure but I can tell he is handsome. People say he was one of the most beautiful men in the world. Young teenage girls used to say that about Marc Bolan. Maybe it’s the androgenous bit. Of course his voice was original and maybe a bit feminine??

  36. Don — on 25th February, 2007 at 3:06 am  

    Madeline Smith didn’t even place? What madness is this?

    http://www.lovegoddess.info/Madeline%20Smith%20revised.htm

  37. Sahil — on 25th February, 2007 at 2:38 pm  

    Whoo Hoo I’ve had a good day so far, I’ve just seen Mallrats and got a copy of the Empire Records soundtrack. Damn I miss the 90s :(

    BTW El Cid, I can see why Rickman is sexy, but Elvis is so mommy’s boy. He was certainly good looking, but way too ‘perfect’ to be sexy.

  38. Sunny — on 25th February, 2007 at 2:43 pm  

    We’re back! Sorry folks the website was down earlier because the hosting company had issues. It should all be sorted now.

  39. Jai — on 25th February, 2007 at 3:38 pm  

    Angelina gets my vote. Monica Bellucci would too, although I don’t know if she was on that list since I missed the show.

    *************

    Anybody go to the Zee Carnival last week ? I did. Lots of fun. Lots of people. Lots of Shilpa. Lots of that foxy babe from the CTS/Claim-Today Solicitors commercials. Lots of live music. Great fashion show (definitely no anorexic size-zeroes there). I hope those of you who did decide to go had a great time too.

  40. Katy — on 25th February, 2007 at 4:09 pm  

    El Cid, if the tiling conversation involved free sweets I’d be enthralled :-D

  41. William — on 25th February, 2007 at 6:14 pm  

    This weekend I have started working again for an arts Cabaret in Wolves called the Big World Cabaret, formally called the One World Cafe. It’s a monthly event with artists from all over the world. This Friday we had the Gallagher Brothers who were an traditional Irish band who were great and a black comedian from Brooklyn called Tamika Campbell who was really warm and pulled no punches at the same time in her interaction with the audience. Also we had a story teller called Chris Lowe. We should have had some belly dancers but they couldn’t make it.

    I just did the stewarding but it was all good fun.

  42. The Dude — on 25th February, 2007 at 11:09 pm  

    I just love the opening titles of “Dragnet” and the score performed by the Art of Noise. Pure brilliance. Every time I hear it the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Hooray for virgins called Connie!

  43. The Dude — on 25th February, 2007 at 11:16 pm  

    Congrats Ally to the new arrival. I had a really good weekend stuffing down a load of curry with some legal eagle friends in Surrey. Thanks Suki! That was until Arsenal lost to the Chelski in the Carling Cup. At least John Terry will be seeing double for the forseeable future.

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