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  • It’s another open thread but I’m afraid I can’t think of a specific name for it at this point in time!

    by Katy
    21st April, 2007 at 2:21 pm    

    Charles Schulz, who drew the Peanuts comic strip, had a yearly April Fool strip which was always the same scenario: Lucy would pretend to hold a football (a wrongly shaped American football, not a proper football, but whatever) for Charlie Brown to kick and then pull it away at the last minute. Every year there was a different punchline. In an interview Schulz said that every year he was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to think of a new punchline, and that although so far he had managed it it was getting harder and harder.

    Well, that is where I am with naming the open threads, and I’ve only been writing for PP for a year or so.

    But then again I have to think of a name for the open thread every two weeks, whereas Schulz only had to draw the April Fool’s Day strip once a year.

    So I’m not really sure what point I’m trying to make. But here is an open thread. The usual rules apply: happy stuff, people. No politics, no racism, no arseholery in any way shape or form. I reserve the right to delete any comments that contravene the rules, and also to hack your legs off with blunt instruments. (No, seriously. I run a tight ship here. I believe in discipline. And I have found that the only way to teach people not to spoil the open thread is to hack off their limbs. It’s the only language you people understand.)

    So - to the open thread! But I repeat: no politics, nastiness or miserable stuff. Not if you value your extremities.

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    1. ZinZin — on 21st April, 2007 at 2:30 pm  

      “no arseholery in any way shape or form.”

      Thats discrimination

    2. jailhouselawyer — on 21st April, 2007 at 3:46 pm  

      I thought you was good at name calling, Sunny?

    3. Rumbold — on 21st April, 2007 at 4:07 pm  

      Good name for the thread, Katy.

      Happy birthday to Her Majesty.

      As per Sonia’s request a few threads ago, what about SRK not being invited to Little B’s wedding? Is trouble brewing again?

    4. The iLL Man — on 21st April, 2007 at 5:21 pm  

      Nothing like the threat of dismemberment to concentrate the mind. Not that my mind needs concentrating when it comes to talking harmless nonsense…..

    5. William — on 21st April, 2007 at 6:26 pm  


      On GMTV the othe day there was talk of cat called a Turkish Swimming Cat. Apparently it is a breed of cat that likes water and can swim. It also has water resistant fur. The woman guest (who I believe was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s daughter) said they also have webbed feet. Not sure of the last bit but didn’t know such cats exist. Just shows it takes all sorts to make a world.

    6. Roger — on 21st April, 2007 at 7:00 pm  

      Sure it isn’t an Abyssinian cat in disguise? They’re very fond of water and swimming.

    7. sonia — on 21st April, 2007 at 8:56 pm  

      how cute! a swimming cat..

      i hear its going to be baking tomorrow ..i feel for the poor flora marathon runners!

    8. The iLL Man — on 21st April, 2007 at 9:48 pm  

      Ok, I’ve already apalled a poor Hungarian woman with this one on my blog. I thought I should share it

      This one’s like a Garth Merenghi outtake, except it’s quite funny……

    9. William — on 21st April, 2007 at 10:54 pm  

      Freinds and Willum have just come back this evening from a music concert featuring these guys

      Samyo (South Asian Music Youth Orchestra)
      They were great, the youngest was nine and they played a mixed set of all kinds of stuff from solo vocal to instrumental plus ensamble. All short peices which made a refreshing change from long drawn out rags common to classical music.

    10. William — on 21st April, 2007 at 10:55 pm  

      I mean ensemble

    11. William — on 21st April, 2007 at 10:57 pm  

      and pieces

    12. douglas clark — on 21st April, 2007 at 11:15 pm  

      I don’t exactly know how I came across this, it is the track at the top ‘Whatever’, by a band called the Bastard Fairies. It is strangely strange but oddly compelling, well I think so:

    13. Kulvinder — on 22nd April, 2007 at 2:29 am  

      Why not just call it the open thread?

      Its more or less in the open now, but dan le sac VS scroobius pip “Thou Shalt always Kill”; baz lurman for beat freakz.

    14. The iLL Man — on 22nd April, 2007 at 2:48 am  

      Kulvinder - Yr right, I posted it last week, so it’s gotta be deeply passe by now….. ;D

    15. Kulvinder — on 22nd April, 2007 at 5:43 am  

      crap! apologies! :)

    16. Kulvinder — on 22nd April, 2007 at 5:48 am  

      How about this by him instead

    17. Sid — on 22nd April, 2007 at 1:34 pm  

      Kulvinder, if taking drugs and listening to beat music all night results in sending such great links, then more power to you.

      This is one I *like*, in spite of the crap recording and the noisy drunks in the background.

    18. William — on 22nd April, 2007 at 3:01 pm  

      Doug #12

      Brilliant song

    19. Don — on 22nd April, 2007 at 3:22 pm  

      I’m guessing I’m the only one who here who thinks this is a fine moment;

      I guess you had to be there.

      Anyway, just back from a modest birthday lunch at the Milecastle Inn ( highly recommended ) and about to work off the calories on a bike ride along the Allen Banks.

    20. Chairwoman — on 22nd April, 2007 at 3:34 pm  

      It’s always good to see a young “Whispering Bob”.

    21. Chittersluice — on 22nd April, 2007 at 3:58 pm  

      I’m still getting over the fact I lost my weed half an hour into the rave I went to last night. I ended up staying till 6am anyway, but it was hard going for a while…

    22. raz — on 22nd April, 2007 at 4:11 pm  

      “Not if you value your extremities.”

      Katie makes me hot when she talks that way.

    23. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd April, 2007 at 7:07 pm  

      Me and my daughter wrote a disturbing play today about a Robbin’ Hoodie and a Fried Turk but I drew the line at Little Johnny. I’m not expecting a Parent of the Year award in a hurry…

    24. The iLL Man — on 22nd April, 2007 at 11:42 pm  

      Kulvinder, sorry, not making myself clear. I posted it on my blog. You were the first here. Just saying, it’s the first time I’ve ever been first to something in my life. I even beat Zinzin to it….;D

    25. sonia — on 23rd April, 2007 at 11:04 am  

      i’ve been enjoying myself on facebook last night - i found all these people i thought i’d never be in touch with ever again! *suddenly my past doesn[‘t seem so disconnected anymore!*

    26. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2007 at 11:50 am  

      Should Prince Harry go to work? Yes, let him pay for those £100 cocktails we’re currently subbing him with

      You know the shias and sunnis have vowed to team up to lob off Prince Harry’s ears?

      Well, deposing of Saddam didn’t work.

      Bombing loads of villagers didn’t work.

      Branding anyone that fought against western oppressors insurgents and terrorists didn’t work.

      Send in Harry.

      Bring peace to Middle east by uniting the warring sects.

      Give them your ears.


      He’s not listening

    27. douglas clark — on 23rd April, 2007 at 12:10 pm  


      ‘Cry, God for Harry, England and St George…’

      sprung to mind.

    28. sonia — on 23rd April, 2007 at 12:40 pm  

      just asking for trouble - sending harry in. clearly we want a re-run of the iraninan sailor drama.

    29. Refresh — on 23rd April, 2007 at 12:50 pm  

      Anybody considered ‘white collar ASBOS’?

    30. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2007 at 1:08 pm  

      “clearly we want a re-run of the iraninan sailor drama.”

      Except this time, we’ll hire Max Clifford

    31. Leon — on 23rd April, 2007 at 1:26 pm  

      i’ve been enjoying myself on facebook last night - i found all these people i thought i’d never be in touch with ever again! *suddenly my past doesn[’t seem so disconnected anymore!*

      Went through something similar recently but on MySpace (yeah I know its crap but I’ve found it a good placeholder for people who haven’t seen the Facebook light). Someone I’d not seen in nearly 12 years sprang up and sent me a very excited message. It literally blew my mind!

      It’s crazy that you can lose touch with some very good people in your life only for them to come flying back in out of the blue.:)

    32. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2007 at 2:24 pm  

      I logged onto friends reunited and after sending everyone I once knew messages asking to be friends again the moderator sent me a link apparently better suited to be called friends discontinued. I paid £7 anyway

    33. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2007 at 3:46 pm  

      Shit. I killed Monday :-(

    34. Laban Tall — on 23rd April, 2007 at 8:16 pm  

      Off topic, but does anyone know what this was all about ?

      Man stabbed as violence erupts at Sikh festival

      Apr 23 2007

      By Anna Jeys, Birmingham Mail

      A MAN was today fighting for life in hospital after being repeatedly stabbed as Vaisakhi celebrations in Birmingham erupted into violence.

      More than a dozen other people were also injured in the trouble which began in Handsworth Park and spread to surrounding streets.

      A fleet of nine ambulances were sent to scene, and paramedics gave first aid to victims as the violence continued for more than four hours yesterday.

      One motorcyclist paramedic had to be escorted from the park after being intimidated by a gang and in a separate incident an ambulance had its rear lights smashed.

      ??? Gangs ?? Religious trouble ? “Intra-communal” ???

    35. Kulvinder — on 23rd April, 2007 at 10:08 pm  

      Laban neither i nor anyone i know was there, but enough has filtered through to get the gist of what happened read this.

      I’m not normally one to support or call for action from the police/cps, but they either take a tough line with those involved or these types of incidents will just escalate.

    36. Sunny — on 23rd April, 2007 at 10:11 pm  

      Laban - My sources tell me it was a punch up between two has-been gangs, Shere Punjab and Babbar Khalsa. Although there are always rumours flying around, its not inter-communal as much as inter-gang fighting over largely nothing (I’m told).

    37. Kulvinder — on 23rd April, 2007 at 10:13 pm  

      Oh and the second article/written piece here is also worth reading.

    38. Kulvinder — on 23rd April, 2007 at 10:21 pm  

      nb if you read about Babbar Khalsa’s recent ‘activities’ on wiki you’ll get a pretty good idea why practically all other sikhs wish a pox on both houses.

    39. Laban Tall — on 23rd April, 2007 at 11:37 pm  

      thanks. I presume Babbar Khalsa aren’t actually identical with the people who blew up the Canadian airliner off Ireland - are they ?

    40. Kulvinder — on 24th April, 2007 at 1:47 am  

      Same organisation.

    41. Kulvinder — on 24th April, 2007 at 1:52 am  

      Oh and i wouldn’t even bother giving permission or granting a license next year if i were in Birmingham city council (im serious); if people start behaving like dickheads they shouldn’t really expect anything different.

    42. Hope not Hate — on 24th April, 2007 at 7:43 am  

      Weird, St George’s Day in England and our brown brothers are having massive violent confrontations amongst themselves on England’s green and pleasant land.

      Surely the evil BNP must have been involved in some equally vicious activities during yesterdays celebrations?

    43. Katy Newton — on 24th April, 2007 at 8:58 am  


      Does anyone read the rules on the Open Thread? Just wondering.

    44. Rumbold — on 24th April, 2007 at 9:00 am  

      “Does anyone read the rules on the Open Thread? Just wondering.”

      Raz does.

    45. El Cid — on 24th April, 2007 at 10:01 am  

      For the record, I ran the London Marathon in 5 hours 18 minutes — not that anyone cares.
      Not a great times but I beat Lorraine Kelly’s 5 hours 45 minutes, which is the worst-case scenario within Internazionale (Hackney) F.C. circles. So there.
      I’m also working from home today because I can’t put my shoes on due to the blisters.

    46. Chairwoman — on 24th April, 2007 at 11:10 am  

      El Cid - Well done! Full of admiration!

    47. Katy Newton — on 24th April, 2007 at 11:12 am  

      Fantastic, El Cid. I hope the blisters heal soon.

    48. William — on 24th April, 2007 at 4:50 pm  

      El Cid


    49. Don — on 24th April, 2007 at 5:10 pm  

      Congratulations, El Cid. Puts you in the top 30%, doesn’t it?

    50. Laban Tall — on 24th April, 2007 at 5:40 pm  

      Sorry, Katy - but I couldn’t think of a better place to get my query answered … my extremities are now under armed guard at an undisclosed location.

    51. El Cid — on 24th April, 2007 at 8:40 pm  

      Thanks for the kind comments. Top 30%? You’re having a laugh, aint ya Don? :)
      Call me racially paranoid but I couldn’t help notice…

    52. Katy Newton — on 24th April, 2007 at 10:20 pm  

      They will not escape my chopping equipment, Laban.

      And your children shall know you as Laban the Thread Derailer!

      Oh yes!

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