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  • If Ever We Needed an Open Thread!

    by Clairwil
    29th December, 2007 at 1:25 am    

    Hello folk,
    I’m just home and may it please you to know I am now Aunty Clairwil to young Angela. Naturally I’m taking my ‘aunty’ responsibilities very seriously -a library has been started! It’s a weird one. I wouldn’t wish bookishness on my worst enemy but I am compelled to foist it on my poor niece. I am diseased.

    I realise it’s not the happiest time in history but this thread is for personal triumphs, failures, nothing of consequence, plans, jokes, videos, cute kittens -that sort of thing.


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    1. digitalcntrl — on 29th December, 2007 at 2:00 am  

      Words Cannot Describe This…

    2. Leon — on 29th December, 2007 at 2:35 am  

      Nice one! Being an Uncle is great fun, it’s like being a parent but without having to change nappies or deal with tantrums!

    3. Steve M — on 29th December, 2007 at 2:36 am  

      Clairwil, that’s a great video. For me it’s the sound of Christmas 2007. All that and paper planes as well. Thanks.

    4. The Dude — on 29th December, 2007 at 10:59 am  

      I just love this song! Great video! Lovely desi babe. What else can a man ask for? This song is going to become the theme of 2008. I run a events photography company ( I will even be working in Brentford, New Year’s Eve) and this has become our theme song. With a serious credit crunch on the horizon, my sole aim for 2008 is to make as much money as possible without getting burned. So watch out for a big ole black man waving a camera and singing this song cos it just might be me. Happy New Year, everyone. The Dude

    5. Dave S — on 29th December, 2007 at 12:16 pm  

      Hey Dude at #4, isn’t there something better and more enduring you could aim for than to make as much money as possible?

      Money is just a tool to get you somewhere - seeking it in itself is a fairly pointless activity, and a rather good way to find unhappiness.

      How about just make the most of 2008, spread the happiness around, and when a bit of money comes into the equation just see it for what it is - a facilitator of some aspect of your life.

      The credit crunch won’t affect you much if your life is about people, not things. There’s no boom-bust with friends!

      So that’s gonna be one of my aims for 2008: practise what I preach and make sure everybody around me knows how much I value them just for being themselves and being my friends. You can’t put a price on that! :-)

    6. El Cid — on 29th December, 2007 at 1:22 pm  

      Hey Dude at #4, isn’t there something better and more enduring you could aim for than to make as much money as possible?

      It’s a black thing Dave.
      “Uh-ahh, you cant tell me NUH-thing”

    7. Sid — on 29th December, 2007 at 2:12 pm  

      “Smoking on the trees at a hundred degrees”
      Greenery - by the great Madlib as Lord Quasimoto::

    8. Rumbold — on 29th December, 2007 at 3:05 pm  

      Does anyone else watch Mutz Cutz on Zee Music? That Murtaza Ali is a very personable chap, if a bit excitable.

    9. Marvin — on 29th December, 2007 at 3:36 pm  

      Liberation Army Against Freedom!

      Dutch government firework safety ads featuring a spoof Islamist terrorist group have been criticised as insensitive…

      Bungle of MCB thinks its amusing so cant be that bad!

    10. Dave S — on 29th December, 2007 at 7:12 pm  

      El Cid:

      It’s a black thing Dave.
      “Uh-ahh, you cant tell me NUH-thing”

      Well, I have a reasonably wide variety of black friends and can’t say I’ve noticed any such tendencies among them!

      Originally coming from a white middle class background myself (we weren’t rich, but we weren’t poor either, though we never went on expensive holidays or had any particular luxuries more than music lessons), all I can say about money is that it ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.

      A load of bloody hassle, and for what?

      My dad hung himself because of work pressures (no joke I’m afraid), and he could have so easily taken retirement two years early and jacked in his largely pointless corporate job.

      I guess having a dad who committed suicide because of failure to realise the futility and pointlessness of the never-ending quest for the much fabled “financial security” has somewhat shaped my views on a lot of things: money, work, the corporate machine, my relationships with other people, consumerism, what I want out of life, the importance of finding happiness right here right now and so on.

      Yep, nothing like a horrible and utterly pointless death very close to you to wake you the fuck up about there being so much more to life than working non-stop for a wage, or placing any allegiance with corporations.

      If it wasn’t such a shit thing to go through, I’d highly recommend the personal learning experience side of having a family member commit suicide. (Although if it wasn’t such a shit thing to go through, I wouldn’t have learned as much from it either.)

      Oh bugger… now I’ve gone all serious on what’s supposed to be a non-serious thread. I guess you were probably joking anyway!!

      Still, all I really wanted to say is that people matter a fucking LOT, and that money, possessions and job titles matter absolutely jack shit in the grand scheme of things. With good friends, you become the richest person alive.

    11. sonia — on 29th December, 2007 at 7:23 pm  

      season’s greetings everyone from dhaka and hope you all have a happy new year, and congratulations clairwil!! hope you are having a wonderful time being an auntie..

    12. aperson — on 29th December, 2007 at 7:29 pm  

      Thanks Dave S. That brought a tear to my eye, because it’s so true, and we do need reminding. I just watched Gone Baby Gone, and at the end you are left questioning what’s right and what’s wrong. What really matters?

      Thanks for your story Dave S.

    13. Clairwil — on 30th December, 2007 at 1:12 am  

      Yep that’s pretty much my approach! Hand her back in a crisis.

      The Dude,
      I’ll keep my eyes open for you in the new year. Best of luck getting rich.

      I’ve just read your recent comments over at Terrywatch. Cheers!

      Everyone else.
      Thanks for the comments and links!

    14. El Rosebud — on 30th December, 2007 at 1:19 pm  

      Thanks “aperson”.
      I will revise my outlook on life as a result of your comments. :)
      Thing is, though, you can aim to make as much as money as possible without forgetting the good things in life. The other thing is, unless you’ve been poor I don’t think you can appreciate the mindset that comes with naked bling bling ambition. Maybe my kids (and possibly the Dude’s, though he is own man and I can’t speak for him) will have that middle class experience you describe since for both Mrs Cid and me work hard through the week but I’m betting that they won’t.
      As a fictional gangster once said: “The problem with communists is that they’ve got nothing and they want to share it with you.”

    15. Rumbold — on 30th December, 2007 at 5:20 pm  


      “I’ve just read your recent comments over at Terrywatch. Cheers!”

      I keep asking Terry to produce some evidence, but he seems unable to do so. It will not stop me asking mind. I think that I am one of the few people he has not banned yet.

    16. Clairwil — on 30th December, 2007 at 10:38 pm  

      Oh give him time Rumbold. It’s a mystery to me why I’m banned I deliberately went easy on him because he’s… oh dear how can I put it….not as bright as most folk.

    17. Sunny — on 31st December, 2007 at 12:38 am  

      hello hello hello!

      I got bqack yesterday from three amazing nights in LAs Vegas… now planning to go crazy for new years eve… oh YEAAAHHH.

      Hope you lovely people are having fun too!

    18. Don — on 3rd January, 2008 at 8:20 pm  

      Wow, Rumbold. You have the power to close a thread?

      And you used it.

    19. Rumbold — on 3rd January, 2008 at 8:26 pm  

      I hate doing it Don, but it was just one of those threads.

    20. saqib — on 3rd January, 2008 at 8:46 pm  


      How many other people have been ‘banned’ by PP in the past…it seems i have missed quite a lot?

      The thread was becoming fairly sterile.

    21. Rumbold — on 3rd January, 2008 at 8:49 pm  

      Only two or three. It is just that one keeps popping up.

    22. saqib — on 3rd January, 2008 at 8:58 pm  


      “Only two or three. It is just that one keeps popping up.”

      Okay, I think I know who you mean…he actually visited my blog in the summer and left a nice message…must have caught him on a good day.

      It’s a real shame that some individuals spoil it for the rest of us, who actually are willing and able to hold a decent conversation.

    23. Refresh — on 3rd January, 2008 at 9:14 pm  


      Your #162 on that other thread. Had me in stitches.

      I only wish I had asked El Cid to explain what he meant.

      Brownist: What do you mean?

    24. Refresh — on 3rd January, 2008 at 9:19 pm  

      By the way Rumbold, you are better with the thread control than Sunny. He used to get too worked up - and then wham the thread’s gone.

      In fact you are better with the whole thing, especially your blogs - no convoluted thinking required to understand why you say what you do and without a required outcome. Lets hope Sunny parties for the rest of the year.

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