It’s the don’t-you-DARE-mention- Big-Brother-on-this-thread open thread!


by Katy
20th January, 2007 at 10:32 am    

I think this is my first open thread of the new year, or possibly my second. I can’t remember. But the important point is that PP is reaching saturation point on Big Brother and some of you may now be clutching your throats and making choking, gargling sorts of noises.

Well, help is at hand. Here is a thread upon which you can discuss things that are not BB-related. Such as:

(a) how your week has been (I have moved jobs! Hurray!).
(b) what you are doing over the weekend (I am going to a Surprise Birthday Party this evening and have a Hot Date tomorrow evening! Hurray!)
(c) what you might be doing next week (er, working. That sort of thing.)
(d) Amusing videos in YouTube
(e) Other funny stuff

No politics, no arguing, no fighting, and no Big Brother please. Away you go…


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  1. bikhair aka taqiyyah — on 20th January, 2007 at 10:44 am  

    big brother. sorry. i just had to. peace katy.

  2. ZinZin — on 20th January, 2007 at 11:07 am  

    Does this new job mean more money?

  3. SP — on 20th January, 2007 at 11:24 am  

    Did you see the Colbert report clip in which he interviews that reactionary schmuck (and don’t-really-want-to-admit-he’s-from-us Bombay boy) Dinesh D’Souza? It was fabulous.

    Bigbrotherbigbrotherbigbrother

  4. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 11:35 am  

    The most exciting thing I did this week was to help one of my neighbours find a large section of their back garden fence which simply disappeared on Thursday afternoon.

    Today I’m going to eat masala dosa at Rose Vegetarian restuarant in Kingsbury NW9. I will probably take some pictures on my mobile phone and upload them to flickr right there in restaurant. You will be able to see them as I upload them “live” at http://www.flickr.com/photos/route79/

    Then tomorrow I will go to ASDAand buy a joblot of tissue boxes as I have a sinffly nose. Oh, a couple of years ago I produced a video of the view from my wife’s car as we drove through our neighbourhood on our way to our ASDA. I uploaded that to YouTube so that everybody could enjoy it. Yuo can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgym21i5Ccw

    That’s my exciting stuff for today.

  5. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:11 pm  

    Bikhair, you are so naughty. And yet what would we do without you?

    Zinzin – I bloody well hope so!

  6. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:12 pm  

    Jag, let us know if Rose Vegetarian is good – I’m sick of all my local restaurants.

  7. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:17 pm  

    And the Kingsbury isn’t too far :-)

  8. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:19 pm  

    talking of clutching your throats and making choking, gargling sorts of noises — I just had to give up on an attempted 10 mile run after 8.5 miles after a sharp tightening sensation in my food pipe area.
    My mate the consultant, with whom I’m doing the LM, reckoned over the phone that it was probably a spasm of the oesophagus caused by exhaustion rather than angina or worse. A bit worrying though.

  9. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:21 pm  

    Go to the doctor, El Cid. It sounds like a fairly typical running-exhaustion sort of thing but you’ll feel better if someone in a white coat says so.

  10. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:22 pm  

    About six trees in Clissold Park have also been sawn down as a result of storm damage, I noticed, but Finsbury Park which is on higher ground was unscathed

  11. Ravi Naik — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:23 pm  

    >> Did you see the Colbert report clip in which he interviews that reactionary schmuck (and don’t-really-want-to-admit-he’s-from-us Bombay boy) Dinesh D’Souza? It was fabulous.

    Dinesh D’Souza is from Goa like myself, and thus it was painful to watch him defend his position, which is morally wrong and dishonest. Another prominent indian conservative – Ramesh Ponnuru – wrote a book that accused liberals of supporting a culture of death because they defend killing babies, among other “liberal” things. He was equally slammed by Colbert/Jon Stewart.

  12. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 12:26 pm  

    On a more entertaining anecdotal note, my wife was rummaging around the tank area in the attic (we moved house 4 months ago) this morning, when all of a sudden I heard her say: Cid, I’ve found a gun.
    Speak into my good ear, I thought — a gun?
    Sure enough, she’d found a gun.
    But stand down all you Operation Trident snitches — it wasn’t an Uzi or a Magnum but a very rusty Dick Turpin-type pistol. Still, it’s not something you find every day. I wonder what its history is — they used to have duels in Finsbury Park back in the old days. Was the first owner of my house a wrong’un?

  13. Bert Preast — on 20th January, 2007 at 1:20 pm  

    It’s probably been posted here numerous times and if so forgive me, but just in case:

    http://www.betterloverseminar.com/desi_wife_catches_husband.php

    El Cid – that reminds me, I need to send my wife up to remount the water tank too. It’s fantastic being Spanish sometimes, eh?

  14. ZinZin — on 20th January, 2007 at 1:47 pm  
  15. Sid Popadom — on 20th January, 2007 at 2:52 pm  

    That was brilliant.

  16. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 2:55 pm  

    Rose Veg is ace. Regular for me every few weekends at lunchtime. Always busy in evenings too. Extremely popular with local Asian community whish is mostly vegan veg, as this place is pure veg. No license, no alcohol permitted on premises. Menu is very extensive. Prices are 2-3 for starters, 4 to 6 for mains. We had lunch for 2 adults 2 kids (and had to ask for stuff to be put into takeaway container there was so much) for £26 just now. Menu is *very* extensive as they cookup Punjabi (North), Gujurati faves, Southern faves (e.g. dosas, idlis etc.) and also do Manchurian (which is Indian/Chinese fusion). I believe this place was nominated for shortlist of a best vegetarian restaurant in the country award couple of years back. I would recommend you try it. It is no frills, pleasant but unpretentious, no service charge sort of place. You choose your table, you pay as you leave. You can take away. And they have sideline in sweets, paans and icecreams too. The Chillie paneer is one of the most popular dishes here, a very unique taste and a dish you will be hard pushed to find anywhere else. But I like it for the quality and taste of the masala dosas. I uploaded the pics of todays lunchtime spread on my Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/route79/

  17. Sahil — on 20th January, 2007 at 2:55 pm  

    That’s too funny!! “Yes I work in I.T.” , No Shit!! :D

  18. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:00 pm  

    Apologies from the apalling grammar and spelling mistakes in my comment above. It is so not me. I don’t know what happened. In all honesty I am disgusted with myself witnessing what I have done. I do not approve of those badly spelt words that came out of my laptop keyboard, or any of my actions. I’m sincerely sorry to anyone I’ve offended out there or in here. It’s gone absolutely everywhere. I cannot justify myself. It’s nasty. But I’m not a bad spelling person at all. What I did wasn’t thought-out, but it was done in a cruel and nasty way. I’m not a bad speller I tell you, and I sincerely hold my hand up and I apologise. I’m a Dad. I’ve got two kids. I don’t approve of any of the badly spelled words that came out in my comment above.

  19. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:19 pm  

    I believe you, Jag, but at the end of the day you wrote it and I think you’re going to get a hard time for it…

  20. Lazy Gun — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:23 pm  

    I’m just off to buy a hairdryer to thaw out frozen rats (I am not mad).

  21. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:28 pm  

    The chicken paneer looks absolutely divine.

  22. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:33 pm  

    I’m just off to buy a hairdryer to thaw out frozen rats (I am not mad).

    I’m sorry, Lazy Gun, but you have GOT to talk us through this one.

  23. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:45 pm  

    I hear you Katy. Chillie, not chicken, Chairwoman. It’s a vegetarian place. I just found out they have a website with complete menu and some pictures of the dishes at http://www.rosevegetarian.co.uk

  24. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 3:53 pm  

    Jag – sorry, typo. I knew it was chilli. Damn it, I actually put chicken again, but noticed in time.

  25. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:00 pm  

    You probably have the chicken-feet mystery on your mind still. ;-)
    I tend to avoid cooking chicken these days, as I have a habit of undercooking it, which makes me feel ill, and everybody accuses me of looking too thin. So now I just flavour a vegetarian dish with chicken cube by Oxo. One one cube mind you.

  26. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:04 pm  

    Jag – Little did you realise on your journeys on the 183 that you were passing the very site of the chicken feet mystery!

  27. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:19 pm  

    Goodness me. Well I’m guessing that it must be towards the West Hendon-to-Golders Green end of the route. I have to admit I’ve never been further than the big Sainsbury on Edgware Road on the 183. So I’m guessing that your old block was somewhere along the route after it turns left in West Hendon. Perhaps towards GG?

  28. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:24 pm  

    Between West Hendon and Hendon Central to be precise. We’re very parochial in NW London :-)

  29. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:35 pm  

    Ah yes, the last time I was in that parish was sometime after midnight on 31st January 2003. The night that 4 cms of snow fell upon the country. It took me 9 hours to get home from my workplace in Hammersmith that night. At one point I ended up in Golders Green station hoping to get a 183 towards Kingsbury that would never arrive. the full story is here: http://www.jag.me.uk/transporthell/index.htm but when I figured that there would be no bus that night I ended up walking home from Golders Green (or skating home more accurately). It was whilst in your old parish that I happened upon an elderly Jewish gentleman who I had witnessed falling over several times on the sheet ice. So the good citizen in me made me hold onto his hand and go at his pace – which meant very slowly. His name was Kenneth. And since I wasn’t very familiar with the area, but he was, he did a deal with me: I hold his hand and take him to his house, and he tells me how to get to West Hendon Edgware Road. (Clever guy.) So I did just that, I ended up walking him all the way to his front door, and he told me how to navigate the suburb to the point where I was familiar. I may very well have walked past your old block that night.

  30. Don — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:39 pm  

    Lazy Gun,

    Snake or raptor?

  31. Chairwoman — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:54 pm  

    Jag – I remember that day well. Although I was at home, Katy was working and got caught in a tremendous traffic snarl-up on the way home. All the main roads were grid-locked, when Katy suddenly remembered what her then car, a Daihatsu Sportrek, had that most cars don’t. Yup, 4 wheel drive. So she wacked it into 4 wheel mode, and off-main roaded, and was home in only 3 hours.

  32. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:57 pm  

    This is why I sneer at people who think you don’t need a 4×4 in London.

    Although having said that, I no longer drive one (she added hastily).

  33. Katy — on 20th January, 2007 at 4:58 pm  

    Jag, I’ve heard that lots of Indians are thin because they eat funny food with their hands and can’t talk English properly and that.

  34. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 5:04 pm  

    Yes, even well after midnight in the Hendon Central and West Hendon areas, the main roads were gridlocked. By the way, “Gridlock” was the name of the Channel 4 “Cutting Edge” series documentary that was filmed in 2004 and aired in 2005. It featured the stories of about five people who suffered bad journeys home that night in 2003. And I was one them! (The one representing the London transport nightmare.)

    Trudging through the side roads in West Hendon that night, it was indeed the case that off main-road was devoid of any traffic, and devoid of any grit to disperse the snow. I can see exactly why 4wd helped Katy that night!

  35. Jag — on 20th January, 2007 at 5:10 pm  

    Katy: so true. Re the funny food, eating with hands and not being able to talk English. Goodness knows where my hands have been. Only a small circle of friends trust me enough to pick out their onions with my fingers.

    And I thought 4x4s were only popular for their ability able to handle the puddles you might have to drive through on the way to Tesco carwash.

  36. Chris Stiles — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:31 pm  

    Snake or raptor?

    Neithr, mammals rule:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=_Ez5QPW-ku4

  37. William — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:32 pm  

    ZinZin #14

    Love it!!!

  38. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:32 pm  

    Bert, what is you saying man?!
    You is making me out to be da macho man innit?
    Me is da hairy macho in da sack — you well know it, dats why you is dreaming about me innit — but me is well respectful ov da poo-nahnee. You know it. Espesss if she is da wife, na’ata meen. Anyhow me iz gonna get Mrs Cid to sort u’z out if you make any more stereotype-like refs to da spanish, you know what i is saying star. ex-mercenary or no ex-mercenary, me know where you lives and me av family in malaga, proper like, you know it

  39. Vandana — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:38 pm  

    So were are the best indian places to eat. There is a couple of excellent ones im stoke newington, where i live! What other places, on the 73 bus route please!

  40. William — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:40 pm  

    I had one of those nearly embarrassing moments this week. I was standing peeing into a urinal in a shopping centre loo and my phone went off in my top left pocket. Of course anyone with sense would just let it ring off and let them try again later. But of course not me! I wanted to answer it there and then. I went through a number of thoughts in the space of a second such as don’t turn quick or you’ll pee on the guy next to you or should I reach up for my pocket and hope that my pee aim will remain in target without my hands. Then, I will feel embarrassed talking with people standing next to me in this position and anyway I want to wash my hands first.

    In the end I just zipped up quick and walked over to another part of the loo and answered it, without washing my hands. Disgusting!!

  41. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:43 pm  

    Hey Jag,
    It’s route 79 man — nice to see you

  42. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 6:48 pm  

    this is an excellent restaurant — very different to what i’m used to anyway (not sure about chicken pickle though): http://www.rasarestaurants.com/UserPages/index.aspx

  43. Vandana — on 20th January, 2007 at 7:01 pm  

    Rasa is very yummy!

  44. William — on 20th January, 2007 at 7:46 pm  

    Glad to see that the radio4 programme Down the Line is Back on Tues 11pm. There was a trial run of the programme last year and some of them were quite funny. It’s a spoof phone in show and some of them were quite funny although not always pc. Shocked some of the genteel radio4 listeners. Some people didn’t know at first that it was a spoof.

    Haven’t heard any of the new ones yet but here’s a link.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/downtheline.shtml

  45. William — on 20th January, 2007 at 7:47 pm  

    Repeating phrases again “some of them were quite funny” in a rush

  46. ZinZin — on 20th January, 2007 at 8:09 pm  

    William
    I am happy that you appreciate it.

    Down the Line. It is written and performed by Higson and Whitehouse. Suits me sir.

  47. Rakhee — on 20th January, 2007 at 8:31 pm  

    Hello my lovely pickling friends. I have to share this with you. I was in the states for a month in december working and we went to a proper, urban hip hop gig in Dallas (it was work related I promise).

    Anyways, that night a contest called ‘Baby Backin’ was held (do you need an explanation?) and as we all could do with a laugh I thought I’d forward the link. Was one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnHWaQ8lQHI

  48. douglas clark — on 20th January, 2007 at 9:37 pm  

    Just had a curry in what must be one of the earliest Indian Restaurants in Scotland, it dates back to 1948, allegedly. Damn fine Naan, great lamb whatymacallit. Shish Mahal, good grub, next time you come to the true centre of the Universe. At least for Indian food.

  49. leon — on 20th January, 2007 at 9:44 pm  

    My weekend is much like the latter part of this week; filled with family. My Gran passed away Wednesday just gone, me and my sisters have been down at the family house (along with an ever growing number of Bajan family members, many I’ve never met) drinking, eating, remembering, organising for her funeral. It’s been oddly comforting as well as sad to be so immersed in so much family stuff…it’s the passing of an age.

    I’m the eldest Grandchild so have some duty and obligations to perform in all this…hmmmm maybe not quite the happiest thing to write on a thread like this but whatever, that’s me right now.

  50. El Cid — on 20th January, 2007 at 9:44 pm  

    you’ll be a lot further from the centre when you become independent 8)

  51. Ali-g — on 20th January, 2007 at 9:46 pm  

    The Times January 20, 2007 (MUST READ)

    My Week: Jade Goody
    According to Hugo Rifkind

    Monday

    I’m in the kitchen in the Big Bruvver Haaahs, an’ I’m drinkin’ a cup of Oxo cube tea. Everybody is trying to talk, but I ain’t listening. I’m trying to work sumfink aaht.

    The fing what I don’t get, yeah, is taps. Coz there’s all this water in there, innit? And you turn it on, and it comes out, only it keeps coming out, like forever. And taps ain’t that big and water dunt get smaller when you squash it. Or maybe it does, but only a bit. So what I want to know is how you fit, like, a big lot of water into only a little bit of tap. Yeah? I try asking Sheeepa, the Indian bird, but she laughs at me like I’m makin’ a joke or sumfink. Stuck up f***ing bitch.

    Tuesday

    I’m in the Diary Room.

    “Jade,” says Big Bruvver. “How do you feel about Shilpa?” I shrug. “The fing abaaht Shimpa, yeah, is that she’s a girl, right, but she dunt talk about farting or shagging and she dunt drink.” “Jade,” says Big Bruvver. “Is this a problem?” I snort. “Problem for her, innit? It’s like she’s well sheltered. She ain’t enjoying the finer fings in life. She ain’t ciliv

    . . . ciphiph . . . cizal . . . ” “Civilised?” says Big Bruvver. “Yeah,” I say. “That’s the one.”

    Wednesday

    “I fink she should just go home,” says Danielle, who got famous by getting sacked from being Miss England for shagging a footballer, and is a well classy bird.

    We’re naked in the hot tub, ’aving a competition to see who is best at burping out whatever song was playing on the car stereo when we each lost our virginities. We just invited Shoopa to join in, and she weren’t havin’ any of it. Made out like she was better than us, which musta looked pretty bad on the telly. That’s the thing about them foreigns, innit? They don’t know when they look stupid.

    Thursday

    The fing what I don’t get, yeah, is how come nobody else in the house realises I’m the most famous person here. What have they all done? There’s Jermaine Jackson, who’s only here coz of his brother, and Shrimpa, who might as well be from the Moon. If any of the others have ever done a fitness video, I ain’t seen it.

    Friday

    The fing what I don’t get, yeah, is how I can be a racistalist. Coz a racistalist, yeah, don’t like people coz of the colour of their skin. I coont give a monkey’s about Sherpa’s skin colour. I just don’t like ’er manners, cooking, clothes or the way she worships gods wiv all them arms. But what’s that got to do with racistalism? A normal person could do all that, and I wouldn’t like them either. So it aint got nuffink to do wiv Shampoo being a darky, alright?

    “Jade,” says Big Bruvver, in a sort of tired voice. “You have been evicted. Please leave the Big Brother House.” “You what?” I say, startled. “Why?”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2557136,00.html

  52. Clairwil — on 20th January, 2007 at 9:54 pm  

    Wasn’t our Sunny a credit to us on the news the other night. I thought he looked very smart in his suit.

  53. Anas — on 20th January, 2007 at 11:08 pm  

    I saw the weirdest thing today. I’m used to seeing Orange Walks past my window since my flat seems to be located on the route of all the main Orange marches. But today I saw a Catholic version passing down St Vincent Street just outside my window, with people waving Irish flags and carrying banners with Irish Gaelic writing. Apart from that it just was the usual smart drum and flute procession.

    Also for some reason there were a lot of tramps and beggars in Glasgow City Centre and a lot more uglier people than there usually are — which is a lot anyway. Is there some kind of conference on?

  54. Anas — on 20th January, 2007 at 11:15 pm  

    *Apart from that it was just the usual smart drum and flute procession.

  55. sonia — on 21st January, 2007 at 12:04 am  

    ummmmmmm masala dosas! gorged on plenty of those in Mumbai yum yum

    how was your hot date katy? and congrats on your new job!

    i’ve been busy recovering from jetlag and trying to get back into work etc. Watched Casino Royale today..still not sure about this cRaig man as Bond..

  56. sonia — on 21st January, 2007 at 12:05 am  

    Sorry to hear about your Gran Leon

  57. Leon — on 21st January, 2007 at 12:21 am  

    Cheers.

  58. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 12:40 am  

    Anas,
    It was a Republican March for Bloody Sunday. They’re always at it round my way as well as the Orange folks. I’ve grown rather fond of them all over the years. It was either that or explode with rage.

  59. Chairwoman — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:38 am  

    I wish you and your family long life, Leon.

  60. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 1:10 pm  

    Thanks Clarwill. It made a nice change from the usual Orange march waking me up from my Saturday lie-in.

  61. Chairwoman — on 21st January, 2007 at 1:18 pm  

    Clairwil and Anas – I have only seen the Orange Lodge marching once, and that was in 1970, along Everton Brow in County Liverpool. As a Londoner I found it a real eye-opener, and pretty scary too. Obviously it doesn’t have the same connotations today as it did almost 40 Years ago (and that’s even more scary!), but during the Troubles, it was most definitely a call to arms.

  62. Sahil — on 21st January, 2007 at 2:15 pm  

    Sorry about your Gran Leon, hope family is well.

  63. William — on 21st January, 2007 at 3:06 pm  

    If anyone wants to see a clip of me. Well here I am feeding the pigeons in Birmingham.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyNO9k199B8

  64. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 4:30 pm  

    Chairwoman,
    It has improved a fair bit over the last five years or so. Largely as a result of pressure from the Scottish Exec. Not everyone involved with these things is a nutter, though for many it remains a call to arms/excuse to noise up the fenians.

  65. Nyrone — on 21st January, 2007 at 5:34 pm  

    how are people feeling today?

  66. Nyrone — on 21st January, 2007 at 5:37 pm  

    I feel blue with patches of yellow.

  67. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 5:43 pm  

    William #63, you’ll catch a disease doing that. Pigeons are just rats with wings you know.

  68. El Cid — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:12 pm  

    I feel just dandy, euphoric even :)

  69. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:23 pm  

    Anas,
    Don’t say that. I love pigeons. My papa used to keep them. They’re lovely, friendly birds.

  70. Chairwoman — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:29 pm  

    I also like pigeons. They nest on the ledge above my bedroom. I like to hear them coo. I must admit some of them can be heavy-clawed.

  71. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:34 pm  

    Hairy Japanese bastards. My petrol pump is dead.

  72. El Cid — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:40 pm  

    come again?

  73. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:42 pm  

    Pigeons are rats with wings; my car broke down today and I have to wait 3 days for the part, and it’s nearly 300 euros.

  74. El Cid — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:44 pm  

    i feel your pain (def rats, but as a city dweller I’m biased)

  75. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:45 pm  

    Aw I love a cooing pigeon. They used to congregate on my window sill but they moved on for some reason. I miss them, they were a laugh and a great comfort when my guinea pig died.

  76. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:47 pm  

    I was also drafted in by the tow-truck driver to translate and direct him to an idiot Irishman with a flat battery. When will these people learn English, ffs?

  77. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:47 pm  

    A public service announcement for anyone living in Renfrewshire. This fool is on your council

    http://councillorterrykelly.blogspot.com/

    Please use your vote more wisely in future.

  78. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:50 pm  

    Come on guys, pigeons spread disease.

  79. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:51 pm  

    Seems a bit of a ranter. Ranters should be barred from politics.

  80. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 8:57 pm  

    https://www2.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=35177951&postID=1575630538546030429

    These lads will be well entertaining when they get their independence. :D

  81. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:06 pm  

    From looking at his blog it seems that Kelly’s making a lot of sense when it comes to Iraq and Palestine, Clarwill.

  82. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:07 pm  

    Not even a little ranting?

  83. William — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:09 pm  

    Is Paisley in Renfrewshire my Uncle Alister lives in Paisley.

  84. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:12 pm  

    Is he a stumpy fat four eyed git with a penchant for veiled threats of violence?

  85. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:19 pm  

    Paisley is indeed in Renfrewshire.

    Anas he said at one point that Israel shouldn’t exist. Seems a little harsh to me.

    That aside he was elected to represent people in his part of Scotland yet displays nothing but hatred and contempt for Scotland and it’s culture.

    Bert Preast

    ‘These lads will be well entertaining when they get their independence’

    I doubt it. We weren’t all that funny before we sold it. We shall see.

  86. William — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:23 pm  

    Anas #67

    Don’t care I love um. My grandad used to keep them.
    Ask yourselves this. Why are doves seen as better looking than pigeons. They are basically the same shape. Somehow they are lower class aren’t they why. Why are they the chavs of the bird world. Oh I get it it’s their markings isn’t it. They are just a different colour aren’t they. Come on it’s prejudice isn’t it.!!!!

  87. Bert Preast — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:23 pm  

    I should have said “entertaining from the point of view of an Englishman over 2000 miles away”.

    If it happens I think you’ll make a good enough go of it. I wish you luck, and I’m honestly sorry to see you go after three what can only be described as quite incredibly interesting and productive centuries. Well played.

  88. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:32 pm  

    Mr Preast,
    You are very gracious and I salute you.

    William,
    Anas is a featherist! I’m horrified. Truly shocked.

  89. El Cid — on 21st January, 2007 at 9:49 pm  

    Come on Kulvinder, I’m like a coiled spring! (this could be fun)

  90. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:12 pm  

    El Cid,
    You and me both! C’mon lets have it.

  91. The Ill Man — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:15 pm  

    Pigeons are indeed carriers of disease. That said, the last time I looked the human race seemed to be one enormous virus repository so I don’t think we should be so harsh on the poor old doo’s. As long as you don’t get too intimate with them they’re pretty harmless. I’d be a sadder chap if they didn’t exist. Only yesterday I spent a wonderful hour down in Kelvingrove watching pigeons, squirrels, ducks, crows and various small birds swarm around a hanging feeder next to the river.

    The old feral pigeon doesn’t bother me too much and as far as I can tell hasn’t caused an outbreak of bubonic plague in Glasgow for, oh, at least ten years….. ;D

  92. El Cid — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:24 pm  

    I’m not allowed to mention you-know-what but ain’t they picking on Dirk and mimicking his accent and and and and..

  93. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:34 pm  

    As long as you don’t get too intimate with them they’re pretty harmless.

    I don’t think letting these disease ridden vermin peck bread from between your toes is going to do you any good whatsoever — at the very least you’re probably going to need a tetanus shots. I mean some people keep rats and mice as pets, but I don’t generally enjoy seeing them run around my close.

  94. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:41 pm  

    Anas,
    Do you stand in the close with a broom looking stern?

  95. suck_my_chitterjuice — on 21st January, 2007 at 10:55 pm  
  96. Sunny — on 21st January, 2007 at 11:01 pm  

    I concur with Ill man’s thinking. We used to have about 40 pigeons in our house in India. Loved them little critters. Eventually they got friendly enough to fly down and eat grain from my hand… and I used to stroke the feathers on their neck as they pecked at my hand. :D

  97. Anas — on 21st January, 2007 at 11:10 pm  

    at the very least you’re probably going to need a tetanus *shot*

  98. Clairwil — on 21st January, 2007 at 11:25 pm  

    My Papa used to keep them in the loft in his house. Though they were banished to the shed when my granny heard them cooing. I’ve never needed a tetanus shot. What is it one catches off pigeons anyway?

  99. The Ill Man — on 21st January, 2007 at 11:53 pm  

    Anas, you’ve lost me on this one. Who mentioned anything about letting them peck bread from between yr toes? I know of nobody that indulges in such an odd activity.

    Anyway, here’s my personal favourite pigeon. A fine looking chap I think you’ll agree.

    http://illmandirtynotes.blogspot.com/2006/03/people-you-meet.html

  100. Anas — on 22nd January, 2007 at 12:22 am  

    See post #63, ill man

  101. Anas — on 22nd January, 2007 at 12:53 am  

    I’m with these guys:

    http://www.pigeonresistance.com

  102. The Ill Man — on 22nd January, 2007 at 1:06 am  

    Ok, so William is quite clearly a foolhardy chap. His choice though and to be honest, since it hasn’t killed him, I’m willing to believe that such actions don’t necessarilly lead to instant death. Thing is, I don’t think he’s in the majority when it comes to using his bare feet to feed pigeons, so frankly I don’t see why it’s an issue. Until such times as the world and it’s wife decide to follow his example (in which case I’ll be beyond caring because the world will have gone quite delightfully insane) I shall remain a friend of the humble pigeon.

    Have you read “The Pigeon” by Patrick Suskind? It’s better than Perfume, I tell thee…..

  103. Nyrone — on 22nd January, 2007 at 2:09 am  

    Pigeon resistance:)

  104. Chairwoman — on 22nd January, 2007 at 9:29 am  

    When Katy was at school, she had a friend whose mother was absolutely terrified of pigeons. A real phobia. Unfortunately her husband’s office was only a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square (aka Pigeon Central). When visiting his office, she had to transported round Trafalgar Square in a taxi, with a blanket over her head. She always told people about this as soon as she met them so they wouldn’t be surprised if a pigeon appeared in the vicinity and she had to take evasive action.

  105. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd January, 2007 at 11:41 am  

    The next time you find yourself on a plane, sitting next to someone who cannot resist chattering to you endlessly, I urge you to quietly pull your laptop out of your bag, carefully open the screen (ensuring the irritating person next to you can see it), and hit this link
    http://www.thecleverest.com/countdown.swf

  106. Anas — on 22nd January, 2007 at 12:33 pm  

    he next time you find yourself on a plane, sitting next to someone who cannot resist chattering to you endlessly, I urge you to quietly pull your laptop out of your bag, carefully open the screen (ensuring the irritating person next to you can see it), and hit this link
    http://www.thecleverest.com/countdown.swf

    and spend the next 5-6 years in solitary in Guantanamo?

  107. A.S. — on 22nd January, 2007 at 9:37 pm  

    I thought spring had followed after a mere two weeks of winter after Christmas (ok, there had been some snow in early Nov). Even the allergic have started sneezing, so the flora must have started pollinating prematurely. But they said the temperature was supposed to go down today, and it was supposed to rain and then snow all night… and they forecast snow all week. I’m sitting inside, so I don’t know whether it is colder now. I hasn’t rained, at least not that I have noticed, and it has certainly not snowed yet. Probably tomorrow morning when I look out of the window, I’ll see snow all around.

    I do like snow… good snow, not the slushy stuff that’s more rain than anything. But not when the snow melts under the traffic and refreezes in the morning to make crossing the slippery roads difficult. I also hate bringing in a kilo of small stones with my shoes.. the stones that they scatter on the pavements to prevent people from slipping. But winter somehow doesn’t seem complete without snow and the cold any more. Am I actually looking forward to it? Who would have thought?
    *

    I thought I’d just type in some nonsense to support a thread that avoids the episode that should not be named… but I might as well have put this in my own blog. Well, I’ll let you suffer my verbosity.
    Would I be infringing on my own copyright if I copy-pasted this onto my blog?

  108. Clairwil — on 22nd January, 2007 at 10:17 pm  

    Look at what Councillor Kelly is saying about me!

    ‘Some people don’t like me saying these things as well as my claim that my position is far more honest and benefits Scotland far more than theirs. I was told about a blog called ‘clairwils’ which is a good example of this, read it, and weep for your country, you could not make this poisonous drivel up, reactionary nationalism in it’s most puerile form, written it would seem, late on in the pub after a beating by England, if I thought these people were in any way typical of Scots I really would pack it in.’

    I don’t think he likes me.

    http://councillorterrykelly.blogspot.com/2007/01/patriots-scoundrels.html#links

  109. Sunny — on 22nd January, 2007 at 10:40 pm  

    AS – no you wouldn’t. I say let’s share nonsense!

    Clairwil – brilliant!

    Anyone catch me on Sky News tonight? Hilarious… was on there for far too long… started sounding like an authoritarian Tory.. *cough*

  110. The Ill Man — on 22nd January, 2007 at 11:13 pm  

    A.S. It was fairly chilly today, despite the high pressure. Maybe I’m going mad, but I’m sure I’ve seen small patches of blossom on some bushes and trees. Surely not?

  111. Clairwil — on 22nd January, 2007 at 11:29 pm  

    Sunny,
    I don’t have Sky so I didn’t see you. I thought you were very good on the Channel Four news last week. What are you going to be on next?

  112. justforfun — on 24th January, 2007 at 3:18 pm  

    Happy New year to you all.

    The other threads are just to depressing – however to just bring some interseting article – mixes it all.

    Big Brother, Cricket + for Jai – it looks like Shilpa Shetty is here for some time, or so it appears.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2007/01/24/schugh24.xml

    Starting the article I was cheered up – I thought what a great idea – then I saw how the contestants would be eliminated and the humilation is just not right – more that these children should be made to bear. By the end my worst fears were confirmed. I agree with Anjali’s comment about the judging.

    While we here in the UK squabble over the right to get our towel on the deck chairs, a tsunami of trouble is way out in the ocean of humanity that is the sub-continent.

    I think I need to up my medication

    Justforfun

  113. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:28 pm  

    Ignore this.

    Does this work?

  114. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:31 pm  

    Just keep ignoring this.

    How about this?

    or this

    I really mean it.

  115. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:34 pm  

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    Is this big?

    Is this bold?

  116. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:34 pm  

    Nope. Sorry about that. I’ll stop now.

  117. Bert Preast — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:56 pm  

    [URL=http://clairwil.blogspot.com/]I am a URL god[/URL]

  118. Bert Preast — on 31st January, 2007 at 6:56 pm  

    Bugger.

  119. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 7:12 pm  

    I think it’s the pointy brackets, not the square ones.

    like this.

    How do you switch it off?

  120. Don — on 31st January, 2007 at 7:13 pm  

    Bugger.

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