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  • Let’s Have an Open Thread!

    by Clairwil
    10th April, 2009 at 2:13 pm    

    Easter eggs

    It strikes me that there hasn’t been nearly enough in the way of jolity of late. If it’s not war, it’s the economy, if the police haven’t been misbehaving then some politician has and it’s all a bit depressing. So instead I propose we take a day off from worrying about interest rates and carnage and act the giddy goat.

    I spent the morning doing a spot of solo guerrilla gardening and thinking up cruel and unusual punishments for folk who drop litter on my tulips. Having attempted to civilise the community with lupins I am now exhausted and intend to take to the couch strirring only to hoot at Eastenders, swish around the internet and make a spot of tea. Do drop into the comments box and say hello.

    All the usual open thread stupidity and trivia is welcome. Kindly keep your serious points for the clever clogs threads. I will be ruthless in expelling boffins and moaners from this thread. Have you found anything funny on the internet? Read any good books lately? Have you taken an illegal nibble of your easter egg before Sunday? If so I hope you’ll still feel it was worth it when you’re roasting on the hob of hell!

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    1. pickles

      New blog post: Let’s Have an Open Thread! http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/4171

    1. Ala — on 10th April, 2009 at 2:27 pm  

      I’m going to donate my organs this Easter. No, really.

    2. Shamit — on 10th April, 2009 at 2:35 pm  

      “Have you taken an illegal nibble of your easter egg before Sunday?”

      My son (almost 3) and I devoured our easter eggs this morning and have been thoroughly reprimanded.

      But it was way too much fun — especially trying to hide the evidence of our crime until my son gave his mum a kiss with chocolate all over his mouth. It was a true kodak moment

    3. Amrit — on 10th April, 2009 at 3:48 pm  

      I don’t got no eggs, unfortunately, but my bf’s mum gave me a chocolate rabbit. A fancy one. Unfortunately, I left it in my flat, so I guess I’ll be having a belated pre-exams Easter! :-D

      Shamit, that is adorable.

      Is anyone else planning on going to see In The Loop when it comes out?

    4. MaidMarian — on 10th April, 2009 at 3:54 pm  

      Well - it is my birthday tomorrow, so I am hoping for quite a lot of jollity in the White Lion this weekend.

    5. Sunny — on 10th April, 2009 at 3:57 pm  

      that was unusually political Ala!

      I hope you’ll be donating them after you die, not while you’re still living :P

    6. Sunny — on 10th April, 2009 at 4:01 pm  

      and yay for the weekend thread!

    7. Billy — on 10th April, 2009 at 4:03 pm  

      I haven’t even bought my egg yet, most remiss of me.

    8. Leon — on 10th April, 2009 at 4:08 pm  

      I’ve been lazying around watching series 7 of the West Wing. Man I love four day weekends! :D

    9. dave bones — on 10th April, 2009 at 5:04 pm  

      found anything funny on the internet? Yes. Some one on Facebook posted a link to the real religion at easter A Brief History of Religious Sex

    10. Edsa — on 10th April, 2009 at 5:45 pm  

      An open thread is a great idea.
      Could we please have one designated day of the week - say Saturday.

    11. Ala — on 10th April, 2009 at 6:03 pm  

      Sunny, I gave away my brain to the University of London during my first year of studying there. Either that, or I left it there by mistake. I gave my heart away a few years ago, took it back, then gave it away again last year.

      I recommend anyone who’s not on the organ donor register to get on it now! It’s really really easy. Unless of course you insist on taking your pancreas with you to the underworld.

      Oh yes, light-hearted thread. I think I’m going to go watch The Simpsons.

    12. Leon — on 10th April, 2009 at 6:07 pm  

      Could we please have one designated day of the week - say Saturday.

      We used to do them every weekend but kinda slipped…glad it’s back though!

    13. Clairwil — on 10th April, 2009 at 7:33 pm  

      Four day weekends are fantastic. When I seize control of the nation every weekend will be long.

      Sorry I’ve been a bit busy but will aim for a weekly thread from now on.

    14. Roger — on 10th April, 2009 at 7:34 pm  

      “I spent the morning doing a spot of solo guerrilla gardening ”

      I’ve followed the example of a friend who goes in for guerrilla forestry. He grows seedlings on his allotment and either plants them in parks or along the Thames- where his walnuts are spreading- or when they’re a few feet high he plants them in appropriate places in the street with supports and council tags. A surprising number have grown and are doing well.

    15. Andy Gilmour — on 10th April, 2009 at 8:11 pm  

      I’m currently enduring a (brief) bout of “Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease” (courtesy of the smaller domestic monkey, I reckons), so won’t be doing much, but my latest blog posting was all about small positive things - mostly in Edinburgh, it has to be said, but still…. :-)

      Self-regarding nonsense available here!

      hope that worked

      the pictures are nice, at least I can guarantee that…

      Merry Chocolate!


    16. Clairwil — on 10th April, 2009 at 8:28 pm  

      A guerrilla tree planting -ggod stuff. You might enjoy this…..

      To everyone else,
      I found this rather funny, if only because I can imagine the look on their faces.

    17. Katy Newton — on 10th April, 2009 at 10:35 pm  

      Hurrah for the return of Clairwil and the open thread!

      Can I just announce that Pesach turns out to be exactly the wrong week to start a diet.

    18. Amrit — on 10th April, 2009 at 10:38 pm  

      I recommend anyone who’s not on the organ donor register to get on it now! It’s really really easy. Unless of course you insist on taking your pancreas with you to the underworld.


      Clairwil, your 2nd link was GREAT. Thank you!

      Katy, why on Earth are you on a diet? Surely you are too good to warrant such unjust treatment from yourself. :-D

    19. Sunny — on 10th April, 2009 at 10:39 pm  

      heh, ala - very poetic of you.

      Is uni that bad? Are you coming to the Picklers meetup on the 18th?

      We’re having a meetup everyone! I’m going to make another thread for it later, but everyone’s welcome!

    20. Leon — on 10th April, 2009 at 10:55 pm  

      It’s true, the Pickled massive is meeting and even I will be there, as ordered by Emperor Hundal. :D

    21. Clairwil — on 10th April, 2009 at 11:34 pm  

      God gave yacht rock to the world!


    22. Sunny — on 11th April, 2009 at 1:26 am  

      hah - nice link Clairwil (the BNP one).

      But I thought you said no politics allowed? :P

      Leon - you better be there bwoy! hehe.

    23. Vikrant — on 11th April, 2009 at 3:54 am  

      I’m missing Easter dinner with gf’s family cos i have to revise for an exam thats on Monday :( .

    24. Clairwil — on 11th April, 2009 at 8:57 am  

      I did say no politics but felt that story owed as much to comedy as anything else so let it slip through

    25. abc — on 11th April, 2009 at 9:21 am  

      is anyone talking about the Visa College/Student Visa abuse/Manchester terror plot?

    26. BenSix — on 11th April, 2009 at 9:28 am  

      “Can I just announce that Pesach turns out to be exactly the wrong week to start a diet.”


      Although I seem to be starting diets every other week…

      We’re having a meetup everyone! I’m going to make another thread for it later, but everyone’s welcome!

      Excellente. Could we, by any chance, go and storm something to make up for my missing today’s demo?

      Anyway, webjunk: http://www.rolcats.com/

    27. damon — on 11th April, 2009 at 2:30 pm  

      I only just found out about this woman the other day, after an article about her in the Independent.
      So I checked her out on YouTube, and then bought her CD yesterday.
      Ladyhawke ….. She rocks.

    28. Ala — on 11th April, 2009 at 2:37 pm  

      No, actually, I quite enjoyed uni. The studying wasn’t bad either. Can’t wait to go back in September, although this time I’ll be donning far too many suits to actually feel like a student.

      This is the wrong place to ask, but is there any chance of moving the meet up to Sunday? I really would like to come, but on Saturday I’m quite err…preoccupied.

    29. Clairwil — on 11th April, 2009 at 8:29 pm  

      I hadn’t heard her before but she is good -thanks for the link.

    30. Foxyullah — on 12th April, 2009 at 8:26 am  

      I’ve taken a break from t’mill and brought family down on train for a nice holiday in London, its been a great week, apart from the bl@@dy srilankans, disrupting the buses yesterday… They should be a bit more considerate about t’gether people… relax buy a few bits of disposable fashion from Primark and chill out:-)

    31. A Councillor Writes — on 12th April, 2009 at 8:27 am  

      I am lucky enough to have a six day weekend, the joys of academentia being such. Unfortunately, I’m clearing my parents house this weekend, which is not such a pleasant task.

      However, I am taking today off and I have a 70% Dark Chocolate Extra Thick Fair Trade Egg :-)

    32. Rambling Man — on 14th April, 2009 at 2:55 pm  

      So there’s gonna be a meet up this Saturday somewhere in London? I’d love to come just to listen to everyone speak. I’ve been reading this blog for years but this is my first post.

    33. halima — on 14th April, 2009 at 3:21 pm  

      Thank god for this thread, I was getting really exhausted from reading PP posts lately, my brain can’t take it!

      I am having a 5 day break and really enjoying it! I went to a national park on Sunday and saw a royal bengal tiger in the wild - it’s my dream to see one, and I did in western Nepal, hurray !

    34. Shamit — on 14th April, 2009 at 3:31 pm  


      You are lucky. I have been to the Sunderbans, to the Terai, to Kajiranga to Palamou to see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Alas it still eludes me.

      I am yet to see one in the wild. How dd you get to see it? Do let us know. Btw, you should have the bought the lottery that day too.

    35. halima — on 14th April, 2009 at 4:56 pm  

      Hi Shamit,

      Yes, I know it was rare and lucky to see one, I still can’t believe it, and i see so many people coming to India/Bangladesh and Nepal to see one - but it really is hard! I hope you do get to see one, soon!

      I went to Bardia National Park, in Karnali district, western Nepal, and I had no expectations whatsover to see one. We were on an elephant safari, and when we approached the tiger, the elephant started making a fearful noise before any of us sighted the tiger, it was strange to see such a large elephant freaking out and it wouldn’t move .. the monkeys high up in the trees started making disturbed noises and our guides erratically spoke in Tharu tongue ..in desperate excitement they said ‘Bag!!!’. We chased this magnificantly orange /black creature into the bushes -twice to get another view as it was ever so quick.

      I’d been dreaming about seeing one for so long, but in that moment, i was struck with fear like the elephant, the birds and the monkeys - and begun to tidy my dangling legs from on top of the elephant in case it got too close!

      Really and trully one of the most memorable things that ever happened to me. I hope you are succcessful in seeing one - that’s quite a few locations you’ve been to see one, and I am sure it’s any time now!

    36. justforfun — on 14th April, 2009 at 5:31 pm  


      Bandhavgarh or Kahna Kisli

      These both are the best Tiger Sanctuaries in India. I guarantee you will see tigers in either of these.

      Tigers, when not under stress of poaching, are actually very predictable in their habits, unlike Leopards and other cats. In Bandhavgarh and Kahna you can set your watch to the times that tigers will patrol and arrive at their favourite waterholes and scratch trees etc. It can get to be quite a herd of jeeps around these spots at different times of day. The tigers don’t disappoint and will wander down the rows of jeeps, even occasionally spraying the odd tyre!

      However it requires a ‘surge’ of guards, rangers and tourists - with their money to protect these animals. Unfortunately the Forestry Service in India is not keen on the tourist money, and beleive in a pristeen forest with no human interferance. While a noble ideal in a perfect world, the unfortunate consequance of this is that its open season for poachers as there is no one around to challenge them. So this policy of the last 50 years has failed.

      So while the number of tourist who go to places like Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kahna might be a real problem, but at least the tigers are alive and have not ended up in some Chinaman’s penis dysfunctional medicine!

      Halima - a chase on elephant back - what luck. As boy I remember clinging on as the elephant and mahoot set off after a tiger in the Jim Corbet Park.

      Anyway you were right to be concerned. Watch this video.

      The mahoot was luck to survive.


    37. halima — on 15th April, 2009 at 3:03 am  


      a chase 6n an elephant as a boy? beats most childhood memories…Must look up where Jim C Park is..

      thanks for the link, pretty scary.

      I don’t know about India, but in Nepal they are under threat from poachers. Where i visited Bardia National Park is quite remote, little human interferance, and they protect it well, and eco tourism. But even so, there’s nothing stopping the poaching, there’s also high end markets across in China for this illicit wild life trading as you say!

      Sadly, it’s common for male tigers to kill other cubs.

      I did hear from friends tell me a story about being on foot in Chitwan and seeing two cubs and a tigress which has got to be the ultimate scare. Without knowing the correct behaviour the friend instictively started walking backwards WITHOUT turning around, slowly and surely . Aparently if you turn around to run, you run the risk of being over-run and eaten alive by the female anxious to protect her babies.

    38. justforfun — on 15th April, 2009 at 8:46 am  

      Halima - yes , a better childhood than I deserve.

      The Corbett Park must be very much like the Bardia National Park as it looks to be at the same latitude in the foothills and has the same grassland etc.

      Poachers are everywhere - there are few tigers left in India. Its counter-intuative- but the more remote the park and less the ‘state’ is around, the fewer the tigers. There really is no-one around to stop the poachers and often ‘guiding’ of poaching gangs is the only source of hard cash for the local people. Once the area has tourists, the tiger numbers increase, but of course this has to be very carefully managed, as tourists do change the forest. It is no longer that empty spine chilling dawn as the mist lifts and the langur and chitral alarm call all around.

      Tigers need food - pig is best - they love wild boar. Just follow a pig and you’ll eventually be joined by a tiger, also licking his lips (mmm- Cracklingy - you just can’t get it now). They do not need that much space if there is plenty of game, less than you imagine - 6-10 square Km which is not much (in bandhavgarg its twice as dense). They range for long distances if there is little game and thats when they are picked off. Unlike Leopards which are very elusive but are everywhere - if you see no pie dogs - then there are leopards around - they love dog. Tigers are not so secrative if they are not under poaching stress. They are remarkably tolerant of human activity such as tourism.

      Yes - a new male in a territory will kill cubs to bring the female back into ‘heat’. Usually the father of the cubs will stick around the perimeter of the female’s territory to keep away other males and so protect his cubs, but he often does not succeed and is either killed or driven off by the younger and strong new male.

      Everyone - Forget visitng ruins, palaces, temples and mosques etc - take every opportunity to go to these parks - the locals need your money and its really the only way we can save these reserves in any form. Pick out the lodges that are simple and least intrusive - ie the ones without the swimming pools!! If you balk at the prices quoted, look up the state tourist lodges or even the Forestry dept lodges - the prices are much less. If you are an NRI or POI - you might even be able to swing the local rate - but that is between you and your conscience.


    39. BenSix — on 16th April, 2009 at 1:49 pm  

      Any update re: the meetup?


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