It’s the really very short for the second week in a row open thread!


by Katy
11th November, 2006 at 8:33 pm    

Blimey, it is open thread time again. I completely forgot about it. Too busy cooking delicious things and generally being efficient, organised and disciplined. Oh yes. This is the birth of a new Katy that you are witnessing right here and now.

Except for having forgotten about the open thread, which was an old-Katy relapse. Or possibly a quantum-level evil twin Katy temporarily possessing my body and making me forget about being disciplined and instead causing me to act in a disorganised and forgetful way, which is COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER.

Or at least is completely out of character as of this morning when the new organised Katy was born.

I would love to talk about my new organisedness and disciplinedness and punctualityness for much much longer but talking about it has already made me late to pick up my friend, who is waiting for me at the bus station.

So what I am doing here, really, is putting down a sort of marker, and I will write more exciting stuff about my Rebirth tomorrow.

Probably.

Sort of.

If I remember.

In the meantime, do please disguise the poor quality of this open thread with some funny and interesting stuff in the comments box. I thank you.


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  1. Anon+1 — on 11th November, 2006 at 9:50 pm  

    Okay i’ll start….

    Should traffic wardens be armed?

  2. Don — on 11th November, 2006 at 9:57 pm  

    They should have sniper units.

  3. Anas — on 11th November, 2006 at 10:26 pm  

    JG Bennett a disciple of the early 20th century Greco-Armenian mystic GI Gurdjieff, is heard on the Robert Fripp Solo LP Exposure uttering the line:

    It is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering.”

  4. raz — on 11th November, 2006 at 10:35 pm  

    Just when you thought the Pakistani movie industry couldn’t stoop any lower….

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

  5. Anon+1 — on 12th November, 2006 at 12:07 am  

    ROFL!! Omg how could you post that! It didnt even let you see who won! My bet was on the badass chick in blue ;)

  6. Clairwil — on 12th November, 2006 at 11:14 am  

    Today I am interested in

    Records with big holes
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Right-Track-Records

    cats in sinks
    http://catsinsinks.com/

    and tormenting email scammers
    http://www.419eater.com/

  7. Sunny — on 12th November, 2006 at 11:36 am  

    ha ha! Ace link as ever raz…. that kinda stuff is kitsch gold. I love how their expression remains crazy despite some whack-ass beatings.

    And what is with these bizarre cat websites? Anyone seen the Bonsai kitty site?

  8. Chairwoman — on 12th November, 2006 at 11:43 am  

    I love cats in sinks! I wonder though whether the cats have got in the sinks of their own volition, or they’re a manufactured photo opportunity.

  9. Jai — on 12th November, 2006 at 11:50 am  

    This was posted on Sepia Mutiny earlier last week and you have absolutely got to see this. It’s an Indian version of the “12 Days of Christmas”, in cartoon-form.

    Make sure you have the sound on your computer turned on too.

    It’s absolutely brilliant !

    (And watch out for the bit about the “lotus” in particular).

    Youtube link here.

  10. Clairwil — on 12th November, 2006 at 11:52 am  

    Well Chairwoman I know our Brian loves to sit in the sink and our Sophie favours the bath. I can’t say I encouraged that. It gives one quite a turn when sitting on the loo only for a cat to peep over the side of the bath at you. Most off putting.

    Sunny,
    I have seen the Bonsai Cat website and cats that look like Hitler.

    http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/

  11. Sunny — on 12th November, 2006 at 12:28 pm  

    Oh yeah, I forgot about cats that look like Hitler… hilarious. If only cats knew how much a source of amusement they are.

    By the way, anyone familiar with the rapper Lil’ Jon? Then this clip is indispensible.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfry5g5RwUM

    Ace link Jai… hadn’t seen that. The lotus bit was funny but I thought the 11-syllable thing was more hilarious. Just shows far too many desis in the USA are from the south. Heh.

  12. Clairwil — on 12th November, 2006 at 12:29 pm  

    ‘If only cats knew how much a source of amusement they are.’

    I think cats know a lot more than they’d like us to think.

  13. Chairwoman — on 12th November, 2006 at 12:41 pm  

    Clairwil – I have had cats that sat in sinks, it’s just that some of the cats on that site look – dare I say it – posed.

  14. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 1:34 pm  

    html lesson for my son, plse ignore

  15. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 1:42 pm  

    hyperlink to another site
    he just asked one of those ‘how do you..’ questions, while I was scanning the site.. plse ignore again, it’s all in a good cause, unless i mess up of course and my legend status within the family is ruined (inevitable)

  16. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 1:44 pm  

    how to amaze an 8-year old in a few easy minutes!

  17. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 1:52 pm  

    we both liked that catsthatlooklikehitler site btw, even if some of the kitties looked more like D’Artagnan, Poirot, or Mugabe.

  18. Sid — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:06 pm  

    Clairwil

    those records you buy are examples of probably the finest pop music ever made. respect.

    I found this on the putfile.com site that the records link to. Borat is so brilliant.

    Just come out of 2 days in the labour ward at Whipps Cross. A sidling has landed.
    He was born this morning at 7.54am at 6lbs. Mother and child are well. Father’s recovering.

  19. Don — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:22 pm  

    Congratulations, Sid. Great news!

  20. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:25 pm  

    well done geezer (and lady Sid).. 2 days! blimey, sounds exhausting

  21. Chairwoman — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:33 pm  

    Mazeltov to Sid, Mrs Sid, and, of course, the Sidling.

  22. Katy — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:40 pm  

    A sidling!

    The world is now a better place. Congratulations to Chateau Sid…

  23. Clairwil — on 12th November, 2006 at 2:56 pm  

    Congratulations,
    A new Sidling!

  24. Iberian 12th century warrior — on 12th November, 2006 at 3:14 pm  

    ….which reminds me of something very personal that happened to me recently…. hmmmmmm… how do i put this? maybe i’ll just blurt it out now that Cidling number 1 has gone and i’ve tweaked my moniker in case he tunes in to PP later.. coughENDOSCOPY..
    ahem, yes i had one of those a couple of weeks ago at Homerton Hospital. It was on the NHS. Bowel cancer precaution you see as it runs in the family.. very odd experience but, since I got the OK, a very positive one.. I never thought my arse would look so lovely on the inside.. anyway getting back to my original train of thought.. they pumped me with air to ease the camera’s passage.. so when it was all over and I was convalescing, well it was very painful indeed — VERY! — to get rid of all that air.. I was bending over in agony as the big bubble of air move southwards from somewhere in my mid-rift south.. the pain came and went and came back until i finally gave birth to the beast.. I kinda of figured it was the nearest thing to a contraction that I could ever feel..

    I bet you’re glad I shared that with you (Remember knowledge is the power)

  25. Sid — on 12th November, 2006 at 3:17 pm  

    Thanks all. :-)
    El Cid – 2 days man! We’re physically, psychologically and hormonally exhausted. My eternal gratitude to these wonder women called midwives and the NHS in general.

  26. Iberian 11th century warrior (CORRECTED) — on 12th November, 2006 at 3:18 pm  

    Congrats again bruv !

  27. Jagdeep — on 12th November, 2006 at 3:56 pm  

    Well done Sid, best wishes to your wife and new youth.

  28. Zak — on 12th November, 2006 at 5:06 pm  

    Hey anyone seen Mischief night..i saw it last weekend, and it had me in stitches.

    It has some killer lines about fundamentalism, paedophilia white on asian and asian on white racism..the best bits were about cut and paste Muslims looking for a fast track to heaven ..and loads of others

  29. Don — on 12th November, 2006 at 5:29 pm  

    I liked Tina Goes Shopping and Tina Takes A Break ( a bit less so). I’ll check it out.

  30. Jai — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:01 pm  

    Sunny,

    That link was part of an article posted on SM on Tuesday (here).

    I thought the ball-tampering joke was hilarious too. And yes you’re right about the large numbers of Southies over in the US — it’s had some interesting ramifications on some of the conversations on SM too, as you no doubt know ;)

    It’s also one of the reasons I think that “American desi” culture is diverging from the British version in some aspects.

  31. Jai — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:02 pm  

    Sunny,

    That link was part of an article posted on SM on Tuesday (here).

    I thought the ball-tampering joke was hilarious too. And yes you’re right about the large numbers of Southies over in the US — it’s had some interesting ramifications on some of the conversations on SM too, as you no doubt know ;)

    It’s also one of the reasons I think that “American desi” culture is diverging from the British version in some aspects.

  32. Jai — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:05 pm  

    Apologies for the double-post above — I’d forgotten to include the link to SM in #30.

    **********************************

    Sid,

    Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your child. Virtual-barfis for everyone !

  33. William — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:35 pm  

    Congragulations Sid.

    I know what ohters mean about American Desis diverging from the UK. Can tell from the site

    http://www.sulekha.com/?res=800

    This is set up from and run from America

  34. William — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:36 pm  

    Absolutely love the cats that look like Hitler site.
    Brightened up this dark sunday evening.

  35. sabinaahmed — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:44 pm  

    Sid, many congratulations. May he not keep you awake every night!
    Iberian warrior ,sorry to hear about the pain and the wind but your post serves a serious purpose. People with family history should have regular check ups.We dont publicise prevention very much in this country.
    By the way,the procedure is called sigmoidscopy.Endoscope is the flexi tube. it is also used to examine the upper digestive tract.(Though the instruments are kept seperate, i hasten to add!!)when it is refered to as endoscopy.

  36. Don — on 12th November, 2006 at 6:56 pm  

    Interesting link from that site, William.
    Fame at last;

    http://movies.sulekha.com/hindi/don-the-chase-begins-again/default.htm

  37. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 7:19 pm  

    Thanks for the extra info Sabina.
    We dont publicise prevention very much in this country.True, but I guess that’s because it costs too much.
    I was thinking about going one step further and trying some kind of genetic profiling. I would be interested to find out about my family/racial history as well as about any inherited biological defects. Wouldn’t everyone? The science is there. Unfortunately, I imagine it costs mucho wonga.

  38. sabinaahmed — on 12th November, 2006 at 8:02 pm  

    ElCid

    Family history is of great significance. Diseases like coronary heart disease,strokes and high blood pressure and diabetes, are all passed on. I have campaigned for years and have just about got the local health autority to agree to ask GPs to take family history and screen those who have had immidiate family members who have suffered those conditions.
    Am a national (unpaid) representative of a charity called http://www.sahf.org.uk.
    This is a charity for South Asians, as they are 50%more likely to have and inherit these conditions.I have been working since 1997 to raise awareness among Asians and the NHS alike, so please forgive me if I seem to be ranting/preaching.

  39. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 8:52 pm  

    Not at all Sabina, I’m already aware of the issues as my recent actions demonstrate (I after all had to lobby my GP in the first place). I also read this two years ago:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Language-Genes-Steve-Jones/dp/0006552439/sr=8-43/qid=1163364447/ref=sr_1_43/026-3561382-3938813?ie=UTF8&s=books

    It highlighted the genetic susceptibilities of Britain’s Pakistani community — in particular — because of a tendency for cousins to intermarry or for uncles to hitch up with their nieces. Or are there broader South Asian genetic issues?

  40. sabinaahmed — on 12th November, 2006 at 9:09 pm  

    ElCid

    There is the issue of coronary heart disease, South Asians have double the risk for it.A lot of research is now in public domain and it is said that when they tested the cord blood of new borns,it was found that Asian babies had high levels of a protien which pre-disposes them to heart disease.The rate of CHD is highest among Asians living in the West. The NHS has started taking it seriously since the year 2000.Will you believe that early this year I organised a teaching session for the local doctors by the South Asian Health Foundation, and 80% ofthe doctors attending said that they didnt know there was problem in Asian community!

  41. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 9:30 pm  

    Since the rate of CHD is highest among Asians living in the West, surely we need to drill down deeper than just “south Asian”, no? Or are punjabis, bengalis, and tamils equally vulnerable?

  42. sabinaahmed — on 12th November, 2006 at 9:53 pm  

    You are right it is high among ALL Asians living in this country. Though mortality is higher among women,one theory being that their customs and religion doesnt allow them to take excercise and they tend to be home makers and have a relatively sedantary life. They tend not to seek help /advise/screening.
    Now after a lot of campaigning by various groups and BHF, money has been put in and there are DVDs (DIL KI BaTIEN) and booklets and leaflets in various languages. The Asian diet though healthy in its origin is loaded with Ghee,a lot of sugar and salt is consumed and people think any form of excercise is naff.Now there is type 2 diabetes among young (Asian)children,one theory being that as they tend to be small at birth ,loving parents feed them too much, and weight gained in infancy can lead to being obese early in life.

  43. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 9:58 pm  

    oh i see, so we’re not strictly talking about a genetic trait

  44. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 10:00 pm  
  45. sabinaahmed — on 12th November, 2006 at 10:19 pm  

    Genes alone are never solely responsable for anything.They predispose you and if you provide the “environment” then only the genes will do their work.
    Hence some women, if they have a family history of breast cancer,have a mastectomy as a precaution.
    Asians have the genetic tendency and as they provide the “right”conditions by their lifestyle,they have the highest incidence of these diseases.

  46. El Cid — on 12th November, 2006 at 10:29 pm  

    Of course but.. and this is getting a little circular — do all South Asian groups actually have a greater genetic predisposition to CHD (i.e. comment no 41) or just some?

  47. Kismet Hardy — on 13th November, 2006 at 9:49 am  

    Who here is from Birmingham UCL? C’mon. ‘Fess up. I know you, you and you. But which of you is really you? Hmm?

  48. Kismet Hardy — on 13th November, 2006 at 9:54 am  

    From the State where drink driving is considered a sport, comes a true story from Carrick-on-Suir Ireland.

    Recently a routine Gardai patrol parked outside a local neighbourhood tavern. Late in the evening the Garda noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

    The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes,with the Garda quietly observing.

    After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

    Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night), flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights.

    He moved the vehicle forward a few cm, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left.

    At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road.

    The Garda, having patiently waited all this time,now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a Breathalyzer test.

    To his amazement the Breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all!

    Dumbfounded, the Garda said “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the Police station this Breathalyzer equipment must be broken.”

    “I doubt it,” said the man, “tonight I’m the designated decoy”.

  49. sabinaahmed — on 13th November, 2006 at 9:57 am  

    ElCid

    YES, all asians are highly susceptable to certain diseases,CHD being the most common.

    Email me and i will send you some interesting research papers then you can make your mind up.

  50. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:40 pm  

    sabinaahmed

    Asians don’t help themselves with their diets — the message has to get through to them not to use so much butter in their cooking and things like that! Especially when certain groups have high risk, and then have parantas every Sunday morning, and put big knobs of butter in their dhal and on their rotis! There was a leaflet at a gurudwara about this, but they should educate more and target healthy eating information specifically more towards Asians I think.

  51. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:44 pm  

    Tarantino copied this scene for the dance scene in Pulp Fiction — well he steals all his ideas from Godard and East Asian cinema. Cute though, and cute song

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ekQZPozjCX8

  52. Katy — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:45 pm  

    I am deleting both Anas and Anus’ comments.

    The open thread is not political, as Anas and Anus both know perfectly well, I am sure. This thread is supposed to be light relief. If you want to post political cartoons you can both do it elsewhere. Grow up, the pair of you.

  53. Katy — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:53 pm  

    I’ve just frisked the thread and am removing bikhair’s comment on suicide bombers too. There are threads on every political subject under the sun on this blog. Use those if you want to make a political statement, but please – leave my poor little open threads alone!

  54. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:53 pm  

    Jagdeep – Please stop making my mouth water. I don’t remember the last time I had butter, and the thought of it in dhal or on rotis (something else I never have) is driving me to distraction.

  55. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:55 pm  

    I thought the cartoons thing was pretty funny.

  56. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:58 pm  

    Chairwoman, I am talking about white wheat chappatis (none of this brown bread nonsense!) hot off the flame, which are finished off when they expand like a balloon and burst, still steaming hot, onto your plate, with a nice dollop of butter that melts over them, and then you break off a piece and plunge it into your dhal or saag (spinich and greens), which also has a knob of butter melting through it, oh my gosh I’m feeling hungry now too.

    Just to add to the cholesterol there will be a bowl of full cream kheer (Indian rice pudding) for desert.

    Let me just e-mail the wife and tell her what I want for dinner!

    (only joking. It’s probably fish fingers and beans with potato wedges if I’m lucky)

  57. Jai — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:59 pm  

    =>”I thought the cartoons thing was pretty funny.”

    They were extremely inappropriate. Also, considering that Katy is Jewish, they were also incredibly insensitive.

  58. Katy — on 13th November, 2006 at 1:59 pm  

    Political satire can be funny but is always political, and this thread is always a politics free zone. I usually say so every week in the article but I was rushing out to pick my friend up from the bus station.

    Non-political cartoons always welcome, Anas :-)

  59. Jai — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:02 pm  

    Chairwoman,

    Let’s not forget the image of a large “naan” with a knob of butter sliding all over it and melting as it goes.

    And various “Mughlai”-style curries with plenty of cream mixed in.

  60. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:04 pm  

    Jagdeep – stop it now! I am also a big fan of saag, and bhindi too. Mmmm.

  61. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:04 pm  

    Jai – Naughty person!

  62. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:06 pm  

    Also, considering that Katy is Jewish, they were also incredibly insensitive.

    I think that might be a bit patronising to Katy.

  63. Jai — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:07 pm  

    =>”I think that might be a bit patronising to Katy.”

    I think it’s being considerate, not patronising. Why don’t we ask her ?

  64. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:08 pm  

    Lets torture Chairwoman by describing various delicious foods, when all she has in the fridge is a cheese sandwich.

    Piping hot samosas with special HP sauce and tomato ketchup with added masala chutney sauce on the side.

    Mmmmmmm…….delicious!

  65. Jai — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:09 pm  

    Foodwise, I’ll tell you what’s also good. Huge deep-fried puris/bhaturas, with nice spicey cholle (chickpea curry).

    The puris/bhaturas have to be expanded like a balloon, like Jagdeep’s chapattis.

  66. Jai — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:10 pm  

    Aloo Parathas (ie. with potato filling), with a large knob of butter melting on the top, eaten with full-fat Greek yogurt.

  67. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:13 pm  

    Hey, there’s lots of exciting news stories out today. So, why aren’t there some new threads on the frontpage?

  68. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:15 pm  

    Chick peas, I love them, they’re a traditional Purim (Jewish holiday) treat BTW. And the Aloo Parathas sound absolutley divine. I had houmous and crudites for lunch.

  69. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:15 pm  

    Are you suffering Chairwoman?

    I’ll tell you what. How about abit of monkfish chunks grilled and sizzled with a masala and lemon rind and jeera marinade, fresh lime juice squeezed on it, with a tangy tomato chutney and drizzle of mint-yoghurt sauce on the side, red onion and cherry tomato and cucumber salad, with an ice cold glass of Cobra on the side.

    Are you in torment Chairwoman let us know. This is bringing the sadist out in me.

    (That recipe is my wifes by the way and it’s amazing, had it a couple of weeks ago when some friends came round, monkfish is a fish that tastes almost meaty)

  70. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:18 pm  

    Chairowoman living in north London you should know all the restaurants up in Wembley that serve the best Gujarati food outside India! Delicious vegetarian stuff.

  71. Katy — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:19 pm  

    Oh please let’s not all argue – that’s why I deleted the whole Anus/Anas exchange in the first place.

    I didn’t think that Jai was trying to patronise me, I just thought that he was being thoughtful. But for the record, I have no problem with people criticising Israel, in general. It is just that:

    (a) when Sunny first invited me to write for PP it was on the basis that I would provide cheery light relief, and in keeping with that I try to keep the open threads happy and politics-free; and

    (b) when I discover that two people, one of whom is calling themselves “Anus”, are trying to out-offend each other with political cartoons on my happy weekend thread, it ruins my happy weekend vibes. Monday mornings are bad enough already.

    Now everyone be CHEERFUL!

    And NON POLITICAL!

    That is an ORDER!!!

  72. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:20 pm  

    Oh yeah, with the monkfish, you add some peppers and mushrooms to the mix half way through the cooking, so they are roasted so they are just so succulent *smacks lips*

  73. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:24 pm  

    Even if it is non-political does it have to be happy? I’m a miserable bastard.

  74. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:28 pm  

    Jagdeep – Because of the chair thing, it’s about 4 years since I’ve been to Ealing Road, but as I am finally improving, I hope to be there again soonish. Could you prevail upon your wife to let us have the recipe for her monkfish delight, please.

  75. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:29 pm  

    Actually I need some advice. My teenage cousin, who is 16 years old, has started to wear a beret. What my mum wants to know is, does that mean he is gay. I said probably not, but he does want to be an actor, so it might. But wearing a beret is very pretentious.

    So give me some advice people, on how I can prevent my cuz making himself look pretentious. I mean, come on, a beret.

  76. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:30 pm  

    Chairwoman I will get the missus to type out the recipe and e-mail it to me so I can publish it here for you.

  77. sonia — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:33 pm  

    Sid – congratulations to you and mrs. sid! hope you recover soon!

  78. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:38 pm  

    Jagdeep – He’s 16 for goodness sake. He’s a bit of an exhibitionist and wants to be noticed. He probably is not gay, but sounds very 60s fake existentionalist. He should, however, be careful where he wears the beret.

  79. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:41 pm  

    Your cousin sounds quite cool, Jagdeep. What’s wrong with a beret?

  80. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:46 pm  

    Sorry, I’m really really bored at the moment and just typing out the first thing that pops into my head.

  81. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:49 pm  

    It’s dangerously unconventional.

  82. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 2:54 pm  

    Yeah, he’s going to get the mickey taken out of him when he goes out wearing a beret, especially with the chavs and hoodies. You are right Chairwoman, he is being a proper Parisian wannabe! He’s the type that writes poetry and sighs alot. I’ll have a word with him.

  83. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:03 pm  

    He’ll grow out of it. It is, however, your duty to take a photo of him wearing it to show him when he’s a High Court Judge.

  84. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:05 pm  

    Good idea — there are pictures of me as a teenager that are sometimes used to humiliate me now. I need this to potentially do the same in the future to him should the need arise, purely as a contingency, of course.

  85. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:23 pm  

    It will arise, trust me.

  86. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:27 pm  

    Sid ole man congrats…. as for meh? Still down with malaria…. batlling bouts of semi-concsciousness………..Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  87. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:30 pm  

    Lost 13 lbs now. Darn….

    On the brighter side, my many cousing and (girl) friends have been visitng me with cliched box of chocolates. My gran for obvious reasons is not happy!

  88. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:32 pm  

    Err Jagdeep… beret? He gonna have hard time at school. Make him stay clear of the assorted homeboys from the council estates.

  89. funkg — on 13th November, 2006 at 3:56 pm  

    don’t worry about the homeboys jagdeep, let your cousin wear his beret you should be proud that he’s no sheep

  90. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 4:47 pm  

    From Mrs Jagdeep for Chairwoman — she wants to say she doesnt know about exact measurements and amounts because she just uses her instinct to measure things out with her hands.

    ==========

    Monkfish fillets — cut into chunks, red paprika, salt, lovage or fenugreek, a spoon full of Indian masala powder, fresh lemon juice – mix it altogether and marinade for at least an hour — grill or fry with olive oil on grizzle pan

    Roast/grill or grizzle some mushrooms and pepper strips

    Serve with tomato chutney — one tin of peeled plum tomatoes simmer until reduced with tobasco sauce for the zing and some mixed herbs

    Or just West Indian hot chilli sauce

    And add some mint to yoghurt as a cold sauce to counter the hot sauce and also serve salad (especially red onions)

    Ideal with a cold beer and fresh buttered naan bread

    ====

    I don’t know if the recipe works with other fish Chairwoman, I think this is almost like kebabs because of the texture and meatiness of monkfish…..

  91. Kismet Hardy — on 13th November, 2006 at 4:49 pm  

    Random. I’ve just spent the whole afternoon in a cafe with a copper (sunny’s fault)* He let me play with his baton

    I’ll leave an otherwise tedious tale with an air of intrigue

    *Raja from AiM

  92. ZinZin — on 13th November, 2006 at 4:56 pm  

    Jagdeep just because he wants to be an actor doesn’t mean he is gay.

    I am amazed that you believe all actor are gay. They are all egotistical attention seekers so maybe wearing a beret is a sign that he will succeed.

  93. Chairwoman — on 13th November, 2006 at 4:58 pm  

    Thank Mrs Jagdeep for me, she is a woman after my own heart, I too measure with the eye. Katy finds this very frustrating as when she asks how much of an ingredient to put in something I never know. I agree about the monkfish texture. We will try this at the weekend.

  94. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:08 pm  

    Let us know how it tastes Chairwoman!

    I am amazed that you believe all actor are gay. They are all egotistical attention seekers so maybe wearing a beret is a sign that he will succeed.

    Luvvie, don’t be so cruel. Actors are artists who push the boundary of their creativity for the benefit of our souls. They are so brave and vulnerable and they act for us. Oh luvvie.

  95. ZinZin — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:15 pm  

    Its the make up thing that concerns you or your fears that he may fall into a “Withnail and I” lifestyle of unemployment and alcoholism.

  96. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:15 pm  

    I told him that acting is tough, especially if you’re an Asian wannabe. Get ready for a lifetime of playing cornershop owners I told him.

  97. Jagdeep — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:19 pm  

    Well ZinZin, its good that he’s being individualistic, he is only 16 after all. But it’s other Indian youth that will give him a hard time for the beret and ‘Russell Brand’ look, not so much other people, although I’m sure your average hoodie will give him grief too.

  98. ZinZin — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:22 pm  

    Russell Brand look this demands an honour haircut.

  99. William — on 13th November, 2006 at 5:52 pm  

    In the 1970′s I once had very long hair, smoked a pipe and wore a long velvet cloak. Oh yeah I used to
    hitch hike in a long fur coat. (fake fur). Also once wore womens shoes. I am not gay either.

    Be crazy be pretentious!!

    But make sure there are photos so people can look back and cringe and laugh. Cringing is actually part of the fun. Just teach him how to run fast when he needs to. I had to occasionally run from skin heads.

  100. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 6:07 pm  

    Russell Brand’s really cool.

  101. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 6:08 pm  

    Anyways sorry for going OT guys… Jagdeep maybe you can tell me. Are there no Hindu Cheema Jatts? They are having a battle over at at wikipedia. With Pakistani Jatts claiming there arent Hindu Jatts! Whats more just today i learnt my ancestors the Rajputs werent Hindus but Buddhists! Arcane…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheema

  102. Anas — on 13th November, 2006 at 6:14 pm  

    lol
    “…due to the nature in which Cheemas talk it may seem vulgar and rude to others, especially in the west this is because of the Punjabi accent, the rude way individual words and expressions are uttered when talking they may come across as arrogant and narcissistic to others who are not familar with the Punjabi cultrue.”

  103. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 6:20 pm  

    Found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatts

    The Jat regions in India are among the most prosperous on a per-capita basis (Haryana, Punjab, and Gujarat are among the wealthiest of Indian states).

    Hahahahaha

  104. Vikrant — on 13th November, 2006 at 6:24 pm  

    Just going over at Caste articles at Wikipedia. Each article sounds like a boast page.

    Found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maratha

    The Marathas were designated by the British as a Martial Race. Martial Race is a designation created by officials of British India to describe “races” (peoples) that were thought to be naturally warlike and aggressive in battle, and to possess qualities like courage, loyalty, self sufficiency, physical strength, resilience, orderliness, hard working, fighting tenacity and military strategy. The British recruited heavily from these Martial Races for service in the colonial army. [1]

    Darn serville attitude.

  105. Clairwil — on 13th November, 2006 at 11:08 pm  

    ‘when Sunny first invited me to write for PP ‘

    How the heck do you get asked? I had to barge my way in like a mad bull for a guest slot. I will now sit silently and watch what goes on here.

  106. Katy — on 13th November, 2006 at 11:26 pm  

    Clairwil, I think I nagged Sunny so much for more open threads that he asked me to write them in self defence…

  107. Clairwil — on 13th November, 2006 at 11:31 pm  

    Hmmm!
    What should I ask him for more of? And then volunteer to write it.

  108. Vikrant — on 14th November, 2006 at 4:59 am  

    I had to barge my way in like a mad bull for a guest slot. I will now sit silently and watch what goes on here.

    Claiwil you become a regular when you write atleast 3 posts i believe…

  109. Clairwil — on 16th November, 2006 at 12:41 am  

    Thank-you Vikrant,
    I’ve done two. Poor Sunny must be trembling in his boots.

  110. miraxx — on 17th November, 2006 at 6:47 pm  

    Where’s the open thread Katy, now that I am finally free to indulge in one, hmmn? I am feeling pretty sore I tell you, cause I always seem to miss the fun bits somehow and just end up with the sticky bits of PP where you get called islamophobe or racist after your very first post(after a while). Very demoralising. Too much like my teenage years.

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