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  • The Weekend Open Thread

    by Clairwil
    27th October, 2007 at 2:09 am    

    I’m in the huff after the outbreak of disharmony on the open thread last week and mark my words if it’s repeated this week heads will roll. To prevent entirely justifiable murder here is one simple rule that must be followed;


    See it’s easy peasy. Now let’s have joyful stuff. I want obscure sports, dogs dressed up as mermaids or walking on their hind legs, soap spoilers, three men in a boat and little kittens mewing in a basket.

    Failing that I rather fancy tales of angry relatives, family comedy and general chit chat but for the love of God keep it light.

    Now before I swan off to bed, I must confess to being involved in an internet racket, it’s perfectly harmless but the upshot is that I earn small royalty payments for operating pointless web pages. If you’d like to make me grin click this link which will take you to one of my little sites. It’s nowt sinister and perfectly safe for work, though maiden aunts should be seated before viewing to avoid injury.


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    1. Sports Illustrated

      Sports Illustrated…

      I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…

    2. Music Lyrics and Downloads

      Music Lyrics and Downloads…

      I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…

    1. Sunny — on 27th October, 2007 at 3:24 am  

      Heh, I love the schemes you come up with Clairwil. One is bound to succeed hugely. Only the other day Riz and I were cursing the guy who came up with Million Dollar Homepage.

    2. Leon — on 27th October, 2007 at 3:47 am  

      Hello folks! Back in Blighty after two wonderful weeks on holiday in Barbados. :)

      My weekend is going to consist of sleeping, going through the 450 pictures I took over there, drinking the rum I brought back, catching up with peeps and generally relaxing.

      What are you guys up to?

    3. Sunny — on 27th October, 2007 at 5:32 am  

      Rummm…. mmmm…

    4. Sunny — on 27th October, 2007 at 5:33 am  

      I was also wondering where the hell you’d vanished to.

    5. A Councillor writes — on 27th October, 2007 at 6:19 am  

      I never mind looking at pages of Morrissey.

      Well, I’ve got what feels like the start of man flu, so I’m going to cuddle up with my casework and later on a purely medicinal dosage of malt whisky.

    6. douglas clark — on 27th October, 2007 at 10:22 am  


      As my heroine, the person that first introduced me to ‘Trapped in the Closet’, I’d thought that when my computer crashed and burned, that I’d missed the ending. ‘Tis not so.

      If anyone reading this is bored, or at a loose end, I would urge you to watch, what is a bizarre, weird and ultimately strange experience:

      I take it that this was serendipity Clairwil, that whilst searching for a mad Paisley apparatchik, you just, like, found this?

    7. Clairwil — on 27th October, 2007 at 12:13 pm  

      I am so jealous of the million dollar home page chap, that was inspired but the fellow I’m really envious of is the one who traded up a paperclip for a house That was genius. I’m actually doing okay with my current wheeze (beer money rather than big money)but I’ll be using it mainly to promote my jewellery and stuff once I get it sorted.

      Glad to hear you had a good holiday, careful with that rum though. It’s been known to make men to strange things.

      A Councillor,
      An elected Morrissey fan-this is ace news. Bad news about the flu though. Eat plenty garlic and drink lots of hot water with lemon and honey you’ll be right as rain in no time.

      Trapped in the Closet is so addictive and I too urge everyone to have a peep.

    8. Jai — on 27th October, 2007 at 12:35 pm  

      Only the other day Riz and I were cursing the guy who came up with Million Dollar Homepage.

      I am so jealous of the million dollar home page chap, that was inspired

      Hell, what about that 23-year-old who invented Facebook from his college dorm room 4 years ago to help students socialise ? Microsoft just bought a stake valued at $240m, and Facebook’s now valued at a staggering $15 billion.

      23 years old !!! $15 billion !!! Outrageous !!! How very dare he !!!

      (Just kidding. Good for him).

    9. Clairwil — on 27th October, 2007 at 12:51 pm  

      Bah! Why wasn’t I thinking like that at his age or even now come to that.

    10. Sunny — on 27th October, 2007 at 3:57 pm  

      I was reading about that too of course. But while Facebook is genuinely a good application and very well made, the Million Dollar Homepage is just…. crap! I mean its just a silly gimmick which worked for some reason.
      I think MS have over-valued Facebook but it still has lots more potential. I love their technology and I think Facebook can do a lot more. If they come to the Stockmarket I’m going to buy shares.

    11. Vikrant — on 27th October, 2007 at 4:42 pm  

      Hows it going folks, have been busy with stupid mid-terms. Engineering is an ass rape. Youtube may have been born here but University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has become the biggest bane of my existence. Well this may be a top engineering school here but its located bang in the middle of corn! There nothing but corn for 100 miles in any general direction. Whats more celebrated my 18th recently with NO BOOZE! American drinking age laws are GAY!!!

      *sob**sob* I’m transferring back to Reading next year.

    12. Riz — on 27th October, 2007 at 6:01 pm  

      Nooo…the reminder of the million dollar home page makes me projectile vomit all over my pc and trousers. I’ve given up trying to make money off the internet. I like to think I am above that (I like to think I am above working, full stop)…I am not, but I like to think so. These days, I use the internet to save money where I can, subscribing to sites such as, which is quite nice if you like penny pinching. I am also selling all my million dollar ideas for £5 each, if anyone would like to buy them. They include:

      * A remote control duck.
      * Family book. A Facebook type app purely for tracing one’s family all over the world.
      * A brokerage to hook up 4-5 year old children from the East (they have a surplus) with parents in the West (can’t afford childcare, and this way they can send the kids straight to school, saving tens of thousands). This idea will cost you £10.

      I accept Paypal, dirhams, and shekels…just no dollars, they are worthless.

    13. Riz — on 27th October, 2007 at 6:04 pm  

      ooh, good brain food for the weekend. Stephen Fry has a blog. You must read:

      If you bookmark this please send me money.

      The purveyor of quality links.

    14. sonia — on 27th October, 2007 at 10:05 pm  

      happy birthday Vikrant!

    15. bikhair aka taqiyyah — on 28th October, 2007 at 9:30 am  


      Youre in the Chi? I’ve heard about that Uni. I lived in WI for half a year. It was ok. Small town life aint no joke. But anyway maybe if you werent such a docile looking South Asian geek you could buy a beer without getting carded. lol.

      Shouldnt drink anyway child.

    16. Anne Arquist — on 28th October, 2007 at 1:35 pm  

      Could I propose a weekend / casual thread sometime? Just as an idea I think would be interesting to have on here:

      “Ask an anarchist…”

      You ask, I (and maybe others) answer. Questions on anything you want, though presumably with some relevance to an anarchist’s take on things.

      Far from being childish and rebellious, anarchy actually strikes me as the most “grown up” political position - in terms of recognising that we must take responsibility for ourselves.

      It’s a position I think has some considerable merit to it (otherwise I wouldn’t hold it myself), but it’s also one that has many unanswered questions around it. I’d like to explore that, and maybe be left with a few questions that I can’t answer yet.

      Maybe give us all something to think about, and something that doesn’t usually get much mainstream coverage.

      What do you reckon? (And feel free to tell me to get lost!)

    17. El Cid — on 28th October, 2007 at 1:39 pm  

      Anne, meet Kulvinder. Kulvinder, this is Anne.

    18. Sunny — on 28th October, 2007 at 3:12 pm  

      Hi Anne, there’s actually quite a few anarchists on our site. Kulvinder, Sonia and Dave S for a start. You’re welcome to join in!

    19. Jai — on 28th October, 2007 at 3:33 pm  

      Pickled Politics: “Cafe 21″ without Rajesh Mirchandani (but with more swearing).

    20. Jai — on 28th October, 2007 at 3:38 pm  

      And with attempts by missing-in-action PP hero Kismet to turn it into “Blunt TV”. Crikey, the aunties and unclejis were really p*ssed off with that short-lived attempt to push the boundaries when they stumbled across the show on Zee TV back in the 90s. Tauba tauba tauba.

    21. Sunny — on 28th October, 2007 at 3:41 pm  

      ha ha!

    22. Anne Arquist — on 28th October, 2007 at 4:03 pm  

      Cool, so maybe a thread on it sometime? I just feel it’s really quite badly misunderstood out there, but is still incredibly relevant to modern life / the modern political climate.

    23. Leon — on 28th October, 2007 at 7:43 pm  


      Heh, yeah I thought I’d be back before anyone noticed I’d gone.


      Hehe, no worries, been a rum drinker since my teens, I can handle the stuff! :D


      What do you think about you writing a short piece about your views on Anarchism? Might be a good way to get that type of discussion going…:)

    24. Rumbold — on 28th October, 2007 at 8:22 pm  

      Pickled Politics’ clocks need setting.

    25. Anne Arquist / Dave S — on 28th October, 2007 at 8:54 pm  

      Leon: Cool, didn’t realise it was as simple as that to contribute articles around here! So I just write something and submit it… somewhere? :-)

      Might as well come clean about this now too… I’m actually Dave S posting under an alias, just in case (for some unknown reason) my suggestion for a thread was taken badly.

      Thinking back to a few hours ago, I’m not at all sure what that reason would have been, but I thought I’d apply a little caution just in case. Glad to see encouraging responses to the idea, anyway! :-)

    26. Leon — on 28th October, 2007 at 9:15 pm  

      Yep, email Sunny (check out the contact us page) with it and he’ll make the decision.;)

    27. A Councillor writes — on 28th October, 2007 at 9:54 pm  

      Ah well, the bottle of Caol Isla has managed to just about keep me functioning this week, although its taken a terrible hammering compared to my usual nip or two a week.

      I am afraid I am an unashamed iconodule at the church of St Stephen Morrissey, I have a theory that people mainly get trapped in the music of their formative periods, which explains the ridiculous amount of post-punk and indie music in my CD collection (although the vast majority purchased in the last five years has been contemporary classical!).

      I once had to do an Desert Islands Discs thing for a magazine, the other four were easy, a bit of Joy Division, a touch of Shostakovich, a Blyth Power track and a smidgen of William Bragg, Esq. But I wanted a Smiths/Morrissey number and I spend hours havering between various tracks. After a very, very long ponder, I finally went for “How Soon is Now”.

      Feh, I’m going to have some more “medicine” and listen to early Simple Minds.

    28. VIkrant — on 28th October, 2007 at 11:43 pm  

      Yeah right Bikki! I already got busted by the cops once. $375 for under age drinking. $195 for public urination + counselling :( :( :( .

    29. Kismet Hardy — on 29th October, 2007 at 12:08 pm  

      According to my itunes most played list, my favourite mozza tracks are, in order:

      5. Sweet & tender hooligan
      4. Interesting drug
      3. Suedehead
      2. What difference does it make?
      1. You’re the one for me, fatty

      Weird how the one you think and say you love (There is a light that never goes out) isn’t the one you actually listen to the most

    30. Jai — on 29th October, 2007 at 12:36 pm  

      I have a new theory for what happened to M.I.A Pickler Jay Singh.

      Behind the scenes, visible only to the gundas managing the dubious “gentlemen’s establishment” The Pickled Pindoo (located just off Southall Broadway, across the road from the cash & carry and behind the petrol station), there had been an increasing amount of conflict between some members of the PP inner circle. Veiled stares, stilted conversations, the air so thick with tension you could cut it with a kirpan, that sort of thing.

      Something dangerous was definitely in the air, and it wasn’t just the pungent whiff of your auntie Neena’s overcooked saag paneer.

      One day, Jay Singh was sitting behind his laptop, writing one of his guest articles for Pickled Politics. “The Cosa Nostra and Bhupinder Uncle’s Progressive Bridge Club — A Warning for Our Times”, it was called. Jay began typing, his kara occasionally clanging against the keyboard, a mug of Indian masala chai veering dangerously close to falling off the edge of the table onto the maroon shagpile carpet with all the haldi stains his guests pretended not to notice.

      “It has been occurring to me recently that Sunny Hundal’s progessive Asians movement, which he cryptically likes referring to as ‘This Thing’, is not quite what it may seem. People keep disppearing. Katy Newton, who the PP consiglieri have taken to calling ‘Adriana’, may not be long for this world. Something dark is afoot in the kingdom of Ealing, something rancid, something monomaniacal, something Manichean.”

      Jay briefly traded suspicious glances with the sinister teacher known only as “Don”, as the latter entered the room and walked past Jay, out of sight.

      Struggling to shake his mounting sense of foreboding, Jay sipped from his mug as his computer screen flickered and his cellphone began vibrating insistantly. Frowning, he answered the call: “Look, I can only talk for a couple of minutes, I’m just about to get cracking on my article, and you know how — “

    31. Jai — on 29th October, 2007 at 2:36 pm  

      Okay, so who’s managed to figure out what the hell happened at the end of The Sopranos finale last night ?

      Definitely a “WTF ?!” experience…..

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