Weekend open grass-cutting thread


by Sunny
29th April, 2006 at 5:47 pm    

It’s a glorious day in London folks, perfect for cutting the grass! As I was forced to do it, I hope none of you escape this torture either.

Any plans for May Day?


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  1. Katy Newton — on 29th April, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

    I tried to force my brother to cut the grass, but we have no edge cutter thingy you see. So he was saved. No point in mowing if there’s no edge cutter thingy to edge with.

  2. leon — on 29th April, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

    Nope, shamefully not, unlike years past when my Maydays used to be filled with being chased around the streets of London by the police!

  3. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 5:55 pm  

    Katy, We have no edge-cutter thingymagic either! But I was still forced to mow the main bit and do my best to do the edges. :(

    But given I made 35 pounds in poker last night (even though we only go in with 5 pounds to start with), it’s been a good start to the weekend.

    Leon – I used to do the Mayday marches too! Demonstrating in front of the Totthenham Court Road McDonalds :)
    Those were the days…

  4. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 5:59 pm  

    Open thread eh? Something Awful alerted me to:

    “Conservative blog queen, media slut and general devil woman Michelle Malkin has embarked upon a new Internet adventure with HotAir.com. It’s your usual screeching political blog combined with an almost Naked Newsian Malkin strutting her moderately good looks alongside her grotesque political opinions in video clips.

    Naturally the comments section is full of the sort of braindead extremism you would expect from any political website, liberal or conservative.

    Malkin will always be the poor man’s Ann Coulter, but at least she doesn’t have those giant hands. Coulter could enclose a beachball in her palm. The Vent videos are worth watching if for nothing other than watching Malkin shill for the Michigan Militia version of Hot Topic.”

    And watch this video, see – evolution is easy, you hear me creationist dorks?!

  5. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:06 pm  

    Ooooh! Ok I find Malking intensely irritating, but she is hot. So err, sign me up. I’ll tolerate right-wing garbage just to see her in fluffy bunny shoes. Ahem.

  6. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:18 pm  

    Sunny your repeated branding of Malkin as hot must stop. At first I thought “sure, he’s just saying that comparing her to Melanie Phillips, haha Sunny is so funny.”

    Then you said it again. I nervously laughed thinking “perhaps it’s become a running joke. Ironic, he’s being ironic. IRONIC.”

    Now you do it again.

    She. Is. Not. Hot. As SA puts it “moderate”. I can cope with that. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. In the land of politicians, Michelle Malkin is hot. But we’re not politicians, don’t limit yourself. Talk to Raz or something. There’s still time to save yourself. No Malkin. Besides, I can’t find someone so ugly on the inside attractive. Like Brigitte Bardot (although I can tell myself perhaps she wasn’t such a racist when she was young and sexy).

  7. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:30 pm  
  8. Vladimir — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

    Raz lol! hey what are you guys reading at the moment, I need recomendations…

  9. Vladimir — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

    Raz lol! hey what are you guys reading at the moment, I need recomendations…

  10. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:56 pm  

    Malkin is a pleasure I feel very guilty in owning up to :(
    I’m sure there are others, I hope.

    Vladimir – Bloody nothing! I’m waiting for Amartya Sen’s book to arrive via Amazon.com but its taking forever. It’s not available from the .co.uk site.

  11. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 6:58 pm  

    Sunny, get help! Malkin is hot NOT. Not even in the land of septuagenarian old male politicians.
    For some perspective:
    Aung San Syu Kyi is old enough to be your mum but she’ll always be superglam and hot.

  12. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 7:12 pm  

    I’m not sure I’d describe Aung San Suu Kyi as ‘hot’.

  13. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 7:19 pm  

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Daw_Aung_San_Suu_Kyi.JPEG

    For a 61 year old, eminently ‘do-able’.

    *PP gazes at raz in disgust*

  14. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 7:37 pm  

    Lol, there’s hope for you yet, raz!

    And that was not even a good pic of our girl, ASSK.

    This one is better:
    http://www.britannica.com/nobel/micro/41_21.html

    How many women wear flowers in their hair still? How superfeminine is that? Coupled with that cleareyed resolve and character ?

  15. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 7:45 pm  

    Ok, now that is waaaaayy of the scale! I feel much better for having fancied Malkin, thanks. :)

  16. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:02 pm  

    Who the hell are you people? What IS this place? Malkin and a 61 year old Nobel Prize winner are the sole names nominated when talking about hotness? Oh are we limiting ourselves to politics again? In that case…

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Bonk.jpg
    http://www.alp.org.au/people/sa/ellis_kate.php
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/05/south_asia_afghan_election_candidate/html/1.stm

  17. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:10 pm  

    Anybody who post pictures of Benazir or Indira is going to be shot. I mean it!

  18. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:16 pm  

    I dunno Raz, in this pic she looks quite cute, despite the massive hooter. And look who she’s meeting! All your dreams come true.

  19. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:26 pm  

    Yuck.

    *pukes*

  20. Jai — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:30 pm  

    Well, since this seems to be a random thread about hot women (which is a time-tested method for interfaith/international bridge-building here on PP, despite events on a certain other thread over the past few days), my nomination for Asian babe of the month is that model in the Dessous (sp ?) video for “Rocking Medley”, which those of you with access to Zee Music will no doubt have seen. The girl with the blue eyes and the Angelina Jolie lips. Yes, that one. You know who I’m talking about. Yes you do, admit it.

    She was also in the video for “Dildarian” by Amrinder Gill, although she had straight hair in that one (as opposed to curly in the more recent vid).

    Rohin, with your contacts in the dsi music biz, no doubt you know exactly who she is, you sly fox ;)

  21. Jai — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:31 pm  

    *dsi music biz

    typo: DESI music biz

  22. Bikhair — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:38 pm  

    Sunny,

    You guys have lawns in London? Back and front yards with white picket fences? No way? Here I am thinking its some gloomy concrete jungle.

  23. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:39 pm  

    I thought we were limiting ourselves to east-asian(looking ) politicos.

  24. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:40 pm  

    Sunny has more contacts than me, he may know. I make it my business to avoid anything Zee-related like the plague, but I feel I may just be watching now…I’ll keep my eyes peeled Jai.

  25. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:41 pm  

    Were we mirax? Oh crumbs, I don’t know enough of them to suggest any lookers.

  26. Jai — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:42 pm  

    On an off-topic note, Our Man on The Apprentice is now Our Man Off The Apprentice.

    Ah well, I had a feeling he was about to run out of luck, and frankly it looked like his own energy and motivation was somewhat exhausted this week — he seemed a little crushed throughout the show, I guess all the previous, repeated flack from SAS may have finally affected him and demotivated his usual zeal.

    Although, as everyone on the studio discussion show afterwards said, it was unlikely he was going to be able to survive against Ruth in the boardroom.

    All I can say is : Well played, Syed, well played. You had a very good inning, and gave it your best shot.

  27. Bikhair — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:43 pm  

    Pickled Purse Snatchers,

    What is the weather like in London now and how do you think it will be in September? Just wondering.

  28. Prescott_Luva67 — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:44 pm  

    I attended an anti-vivisection protest in the CIty of London, will put the photos up later on.

    Also watched em animal rights activists protest outside the Mauritian embassy…first time I ll bet the poor Mauritians have ever been protested against. w000t!

  29. Prescott_Luva67 — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:45 pm  

    ^^^ EEEEK , I “attended” sounds like I ‘took part in’.

    I observed…..

    The Police were real nice to me too…got to ride with them on the tube :)

  30. Jai — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:48 pm  

    Rohin,

    Well, I thought you might be familiar with her due to your previous entanglement with the Rouge babes (who currently have a very stylish and expensive-looking rap-remix version of “Don’t Be Shy” frequently playing on B4U Music).

    I guess I’ve given you some motivation to check the lovely lady out eh, after my description ;)

    I think I have to add her to my list of ladies I’ve conferred “Most Favoured Babe” status to, along with Angelina J and Monica Bellucci…..

  31. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:50 pm  

    Bikhair, if you’re asking about weather in September because you’re thinking of visiting, it will be torrential rain, blizzards and ball lightning. A few tsunamis too. If you are considering it, please, please do not come. I don’t want you in my country and definitely not in my city.

  32. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:53 pm  

    Jai I’ve been trying to find a picture of the presenter of Eastern Mosaic for you just now, which is South Africa’s weekly ‘Network East’ or ‘Desi DNA’. She was smoking. No luck though.

  33. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:59 pm  

    Good on ya Prescott! Pics would be great.
    what have those evil media-controlling Mauritians been up to, to deserve a protest?

  34. Jai — on 29th April, 2006 at 8:59 pm  

    Rohin,

    Keep trying. I nearly said “try harder”, but you know how that’ll take this thread into an evern smuttier direction, especially when Raz decides to drop by ;)

  35. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:01 pm  
  36. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:08 pm  

    I knew I recognised Eunice Olsen from Miss Universe – she was Miss Singapore in 2000. Then she became Vanna White and now she’s in parliament? Cool!

  37. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:20 pm  

    The same, Rohin. You have an astonishing memory for obscure beauty queens…!

    She is in parliament without winning an election though. Still she is very popular.

  38. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:25 pm  

    “You have an astonishing memory for obscure beauty queens”

    You could not have paid me a higher compliment.

  39. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:33 pm  

    Er, it’s a bit creepy for me, Rohin. Olsen only flipped onto my radar when she became a nominated MP, not when she was just another pretty face. I did not even remember her wheel spinning days until YOU mentioned it! How do you manage to keep all this needless/useless info in your head?

  40. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:36 pm  

    …but I am impressed!

  41. StrangelyPsychedelique — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:37 pm  

    Good on ya Prescott! Pics would be great.
    what have those evil media-controlling Mauritians been up to, to deserve a protest?

    The protesters were riled up about the export of infidel monkeys from Mauritius. They also protested outside the office of a Travel Agent in Knightsbridge. I’ve never seen a protest outside a travel angency before – it’s something to behold Sunny.
    Demo-crazy in action :D

  42. mirax — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:41 pm  

    infidel monkeys?

    Thought the entire lot had dutifully reverted back to the one true faith…

  43. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 9:52 pm  

    “ok, my local lot of women MPs contains a few lookers”

    Ah, seems Mirax is confirming my theory :)

    “t you know how that’ll take this thread into an evern smuttier direction, especially when Raz decides to drop by”

    Rohin is far worse than me. You should have seen this picture he emailed me once – you know what I’m talking about Rohin ;) . God knows what our friend Ismaeel would have made of it!

  44. Rohin — on 29th April, 2006 at 10:05 pm  

    Ha, I had to do a gmail search to remember. Cripes, that was shocking. But it was to illustrate a point you were curious about – don’t blame me for being resourceful!

  45. raz — on 29th April, 2006 at 10:15 pm  

    “But it was to illustrate a point you were curious about – don’t blame me for being resourceful!”

    Revisionist history I think – I only became curious because you mentioned it in the first place! As I said, I think such matters would be highly educational for our friend from the MAC ;)

  46. Sunny — on 29th April, 2006 at 10:54 pm  

    There’s a lot of things that may be educational from our friend from MAC, though he prefers to be a bit narrow in his focus. Oh well, his loss.

    SP – really. Well how bizarre. I didn’t even know such a protest was taking place. I bet the Mauritians were a bit riled! haha!

  47. Bikhair — on 30th April, 2006 at 4:52 am  

    Rohin,

    Dont be mean. See if you were a good Muslim you would welcome all strangers. Where is that old time beduoin hospitality when you need it?

  48. Roger — on 30th April, 2006 at 11:00 am  

    “Where is that old time beduoin hospitality when you need it? ”
    Not in Britain. The British custom- dying now unfortunately- is to ignore people for twenty years. After twenty years you can get together to ignore the later incomers.

  49. El Cid — on 30th April, 2006 at 11:16 am  

    C’mon Ro, Malkin IS hot.
    Maybe your threshold is higher than mine, but she def passes my I-wouldn’t-push-her-out-of-bed test.

  50. El Cid — on 30th April, 2006 at 12:34 pm  

    Vlad: try “Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt. It’s what I’m reading at the moment and it’s ingenious.

  51. Nush — on 30th April, 2006 at 12:51 pm  

    Anyone heading down to Trafalgar Sq for the Vaisakhi Celebrations?

  52. foxy — on 30th April, 2006 at 1:32 pm  

    For all you guju desi rappers out there, something for you to sink your teeth into:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?search=desi+rap&v=WozNyxxALms

    desi-guju rapping Amreekan styleee!

  53. foxy — on 30th April, 2006 at 1:38 pm  

    Cid,

    I read this review on Freakonomics, by an economist about a year ago, meaning to get round to the book, but haven’t quite made it yet..

    http://www.arthurdevany.com/archives/2005/05/review.html

  54. Jai — on 30th April, 2006 at 1:48 pm  

    Rohin & Raz,

    You guys can’t just leave us all hanging like that — at least give us a hint regarding what you’re both talking about.

  55. Salim — on 30th April, 2006 at 1:49 pm  

    I wonder what the brave men at Ligali will have to say about this:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4959980.stm

    Police hunting a man who firebombed a shop in south London, killing one employee and injuring three others, believe he is a racist serial arsonist.

  56. Salim — on 30th April, 2006 at 1:54 pm  

    Ligali’s hard work begins to pay off:

    “We are very concerned that this individual may offend again. It’s my opinion that we’re dealing with a serial fire bomber who is targeting small Asian businesses.”

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/30042006/325/police-hunting-fire-bomber-racist-attacks.html

  57. Rohin — on 30th April, 2006 at 2:28 pm  

    Jai it’s hijabi porn. You must remember that conversation now!

    El Cid I read half or so of Freakanomics a while back, hmm…I don’t know, I thought it was a bit pointless.

  58. Rohin — on 30th April, 2006 at 2:34 pm  

    Thanks for the link foxy, that’s a cool video. Bit cheesy but ten orders of magnitude better than most British fare. I’ve had my eye on Karmacy for a while, but they’ve not really pushed through. Here’s their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/karmacy

  59. foxy — on 30th April, 2006 at 3:16 pm  

    Rohin, thanks fcor the name, I didn’t know what they were called, just listened to some of their stuff and it’s sic man.. innit…………..sorry I mean good :-)

  60. foxy — on 30th April, 2006 at 3:24 pm  

    yep as you can probably tell I’m chillin’ and wastin’ time this aftertoon on the lappy, while spread across my couch, indulging in a bit of tube-in’…… check out this link, it’s some seriously cool shit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk

  61. Rohin — on 30th April, 2006 at 3:25 pm  

    Great article here – right up the PP street. The only thing I disagree with is he calls Neil Biswas ‘talented’.

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1764420,00.html

  62. Rohin — on 30th April, 2006 at 3:34 pm  

    Meh – that guy nicked David Belle’s moniker, the Urban Ninja. I’ve seen better – the parkour’s OK but then he starts dojo tricking and that’s boring. Hit David Belle or Sebastian Foucan into YouTube, or ‘parkour’ (but then you get lots of shite). One of Belle’s most famous clips is from Banlieue 13.

  63. Jai — on 30th April, 2006 at 3:37 pm  

    Rohin, re: post #56 — Okay, I remember that conversation and I know what you’re talking about now.

    ‘Nuff said ;)

  64. Rakhee — on 30th April, 2006 at 5:58 pm  

    Cutting the grass has caused much hysteria in the past in my family. Memories of arguments between my mum/dad, mum/bro, dad/bro are clearly etched in my mind. Thankfully, I never got involved.

    I learnt from it though. I pay an extortionate service charge each year but gleefully watch as the gardeners arrive each week to clear the leaves and mow the lawns.

    Sometimes, money can buy you happiness!

  65. Sunny — on 30th April, 2006 at 6:39 pm  

    Haha! Well not all of us are willing to shell out money for gardeners Rakhee… you know the old Indian adage of doing everything yourself instead of calling in an expert. Ahem.

    I liked Freakonomics too btw, they also have a blog somewhere that I follow but can’t be asked to find the link for.

  66. Jai (msg for Geezer & Rohin) — on 1st May, 2006 at 11:44 am  

    Guys,

    I just came across this and thought you two might find it interesting (esp. you, Geezer buddy):

    BSG is apparently going to have a spin-off prequel series. Here’s a link with more info:

    http://www.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Caprica_%28series%29

  67. j0nz — on 1st May, 2006 at 4:54 pm  

    Have you seen the e-fit of that black firestarter? He looks completley deranged.

  68. Rakhee — on 1st May, 2006 at 6:43 pm  

    Yes Sunny, I’m all too familiar with having to do everything myself and agree that to a certain degree one should. However, just yesterday I had dinner with my family and my mother nearly choked on her dhal when I suggested I should get a cleaner. Thus followed an hour long lecture things were back in the day.

    Why the hell is it that if my brother suggested it, there would be no problem?! Indian, Muslim or flipping Italian – sons are sooo spoilt!

  69. Sunny — on 1st May, 2006 at 6:59 pm  

    Indian, Muslim or flipping Italian – sons are sooo spoilt!

    haha! I can’t disagree with you there. But since I have no sisters, I did not have the opportunity to be spoilt :(
    We even have to do the washing-up at family dinners :(

  70. Rakhee — on 1st May, 2006 at 9:01 pm  

    Ahhhh. Poor Sunny. Hope you used Fairy ;-)

    Seriously though, my family is huge but all of my aunts and uncles have both sons and daughters – some more spoilt than others. I guess it is different if you are an all male bunch.

    I just know my brother gets away with everything when my mum’s around…

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