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  • It’s The Weekend Open Thread

    by Clairwil
    26th January, 2007 at 8:32 pm    

    Thank the deity of your choice -it’s the weekend. Work is a curse, so let’s spare a thought for the poor souls who will be working over the weekend, like Mr Choudray in Shop Smart on the High Street. Truly the hardest working man in small retail. Join me in giving him a round of applause.

    Whilst I’m in a grateful mood I’d also like to thank good, old Mr Clairwil for being the voice of reason earlier this week. There are times when I don’t need encouraging.

    My weekend plans are somewhat lazy as ever, nothing more strenuous that a stroll up to St Mungo’s museum on Sunday for one of their fine lectures. Oh and I expect I’ll spend Saturday marvelling at The Guardian’s latest wallchart. I must have about a million of those things. I realise The Guardian attracts the more affluent type but no-one can have that much wall space, except the Queen and I am reliably informed that she takes The Sun so this glut of wall charts can’t be for her benefit.

    As ever I’d be delighted to hear your jokes, hilarious anecdotes, suggestions for what I can do with wallchart mountain, weekend plans, Kismet Hardy’s sexual fantasies and words of comfort for anyone reading this on the fly from nasty, dreaded work.

    Now did I just hear Gus on Eastenders say ‘I am a sausage’? Good God I think I did.

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    1. El Cid — on 26th January, 2007 at 9:25 pm  

      I’ll be trying another big run — hopefully 10 miles. Hope my ticker holds up. Mrs Cid will go to the Arsenal-Bolton game with my eldest — a bit of son-mum bonding. I’ll catch a couple of pints while the other two are with their auntie (lucky me) and I’ll seek out the Chinese lady with the pirate DVDs and see if she’s got Babel and tune into that.

      Sorry, no funny anecdotes

    2. The Ill Man — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:17 pm  

      Depends on how I feel tomorrow morning. Thinking of going to Dumfries to watch Partick Thistle play Queen Of The South. Or I could just save myself the agony and enjoy a wander round the town itself. I hear it’s quite pleasant.
      If I manage that I doubt I’ll be much use for anything on Sunday.

      Oh, and Three Cheers for Mr Clairwil!

    3. douglas clark — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:27 pm  


      “The performance in the 2-1 defeat at Hamilton last weekend was one of Thistle’s worst displays of the season, and with just a single point to show from their last five games, there are some anxious glances being cast down towards the bottom end of the table. There has been suggestions that the team hasn’t properly recovered from the flu virus that hit the club at the turn of the year, but that doesn’t explain the disappointing run of form that stretches back two months.”

      Oh, the field of dreams.

      My boy is sleeping right now, and it is an aweful expense, but I quite fancy a wee trip to the Doonhammers myself. It’s not the admission, it’s not the Scotrail ticket, it’s the booze. We’ll see in the morning.

    4. El Cid — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:34 pm  

      Partick Thistle?
      I salute you

    5. A.S. — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:44 pm  

      Saturday are usually my doing-things day. Since the shops are closed on Sundays, and I am too busy during the rest of the week, I shop on Saturdays. Grocery, of course, and also anything else. The post-Christmas/Winter sales are still on, perhaps at their last stages. And shop I like (good formal wear) is apparently giving excellent discounts this week for customers holding their Kundenkarte (Customer Cards). So good time to buy a suit. Got to go there early, I guess, as I’m sure they’ll get busier as the day progresses. And clean my flat of course. Later on, I meet up with my theatre group for an impro workshop. Go for drinks with them afterwards. De Sica’s Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) will be screened at the Film Museum in the evening, which I’m embarassed to admit, I haven’t seen yet… so that’s definitely on the cards. Busy day tomorrow, eh?

      Sunday will hopefully be more relaxed. Laundry. My weekly call to my parents; probably meet up for brunch with a friend. Cook. Write some stuff. Go to the lab for a bit. Phone up friends. Read. Drop by at the lab.. my weekends almost always includes at least one visit to the lab… one has to when one is working with living organisms, though in my case these are mere cells. One has to feed them. “Split” them, when required.

      As the say in these parts, Schönes Wochenende!

    6. William — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:44 pm  

      Here’s a clip for anyone who loves beautiful music.

    7. The Ill Man — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:48 pm  

      Douglas, I’m resigned to the expense. Anyway, If I get there early enough I can enjoy Dumfries for a wee while before subjecting myself…..I reccommend the trip, it’s meant to be a bit of a favourite with Jags fans.

      Maybe we’ll play like God’s own XI, I don’t know but I do know that in the league, the difference between 1st and third is about the same as the difference between 3rd and 9th. Can’t afford to lose. Scary stuff.

      El Cid, I return yr salute. Is it Arsenal or Bolton the missus supports………..;)

    8. El Cid — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:49 pm  

      You know the answer that one!

    9. William — on 26th January, 2007 at 11:59 pm  

      “The Bicycle Theives” is well worth seeing. This was one of the main inspirations for Satjayit Ray when he started making films. Seen a couple of films last week. One was “Special” which was a budget film about someone who takes a prescribed drug, the side effects make him believe he has superpowers. It gives him a delusion rather than takes them away. Also saw “Pans Labyrinth”. Dark adult fantasy set against the Spanish civil war. Beautifully crafted and shot by the same director who did The Devils Backbone.

    10. douglas clark — on 27th January, 2007 at 12:01 am  

      El Cid,

      It was better when Berwick Rangers and ptfc were in the same division. We could look up proudly at European Cup teams and claim we were playing “an international fixture”. If you support a wee club, your dreams are just as big as those who support Man U or Chelsea. Bit more unrealistic, perhaps. Anyway….boy number one got up for a pee and is going to Archaos tommorrow night, so trips off.


      You were truly right about the music.

    11. Sunny — on 27th January, 2007 at 12:41 am  

      AS - truly a good time to buy a suit… although saying that I hate suits. I bought about 3 blazers from LA which are perfect - casual yet smart. Can’t go wrong. Besides, I’m a journalist/commentator, people expect me to dress casual (I hope).

      Clairwil - glad you brought up the point about the Guardian wallcharts because I didn’t want to be the first to ask that question. Soon they’ll run out of animals / plants etc and ask me to come in and develop a wallchart of religious organisations competing for govt money. Now that would be useful.

      William - that is nice although slightly bad quality… what’s it about? While I was in LA I got a CD from someone of seriously old music… like I think going into the 1940s.. that’s what it sounds like, but it’s very nice and soothing. Don’t ask me who is singing.

    12. The Ill Man — on 27th January, 2007 at 1:41 am  

      Douglas, my only dream is that Thistle are still in the same league this time next season. How’s that for pragmatism?

      Sunny, apparently Asda are selling suits for £20. I don’t like the idea of a suit either but I’m becoming tired of boot-cut jeans, Chelsea boots, over priced trainers, naff tee-shirts and whatnot. The ‘casual’ blazer has it’s part to play in the whole thing too……

      Blokes get a raw deal clothing wise, unless they can lash out……….

    13. douglas clark — on 27th January, 2007 at 1:58 am  

      So Mr Hundal, Sir.

      Bloody blazers, bloody wallcharts, point about the quality of the music though.

      You comment on all the unimportant stuff on this thread and you can’t take a position on whether Mark Roberts should play or not.

      Call yourselves a Thistle site?

      Well, maybe you don’t.

      But the Ill man and I will convert you to the true religion, given time. On the assumption that you lose all your marbles. which is a required entry qualification.

      You’d fit in fine, my friend.


    14. The Ill Man — on 27th January, 2007 at 2:21 am  

      Oi!, I convert no-one. I just happen to have a deeply uninteresting personal life and support a ‘quirky’ football club. Yes, enough bollocks about that bloody team………..

    15. douglas clark — on 27th January, 2007 at 2:28 am  

      Ill Man,


      Still it was fun to hijack an open thread. Still, you should be out there trying to convert folk. I’ve tried the breeding approach, but with limited success. Perhaps you’d be better at it?

    16. The Ill Man — on 27th January, 2007 at 2:50 am  

      Douglas, I can’t breed. I’m forbidden….

      Hijacking an open thread (or any thread) is poor form, though it happens from time to time ;)

      Converting people is far too tiring. It generally involves making them do something they don’t really wanna do and you never hear the end of it.


    17. A.S. — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:15 am  

      Yes, the Satyajit Ray connection makes me even keen to watch the movie. Funnily enough I’ve always missed it. For example, the film club at a previous institute wanted to screen it, but their projector developed a snag mid way. Didn’t manage to get tickets for another screening. And so on. Let’s hope tonight will work.

      Actually I dislike suits too. As a scientist, I rarely have to wear them (t-shirt and shorts are common at work and most meetings during summer), so I think I dislike the air of formality that is associated with the occasions I do wear them. Though I have quite enjoyed myself on the occasions I’ve had to wear them. But I think a slight increase in the number of suits I own is in order, especially with the chances of getting a good bargain being high.

    18. Jag — on 27th January, 2007 at 9:33 am  

      Wallcharts, suits, Partick Thistle. Nothing so glamorous for me I’m afraid; I’m doing my tax return today. And I just discovered that I cannot file it online this time. (Apparently because I have some absolutely massive capital gains that need to be declared.) So I have to download the forms and fill them in by hand and pop them in the post. Sounds simple really, but I know what will happen. I will spend all day trying to find my P60, my P11D, PXYZ and PABC, as well as my dividend vouchers and tax credit statements (for those massive amounts of shares that I own), my bank interest statements (for the massive amounts of interest I’ve earned in my current account) etc, PAYE coding notice etc. By about 7pm I will be in a position to start filling in the forms, will get a headache by 8pm, at which point I’ll crack open a beeer and watch Big Brother, order a Chinese Takeaway and go to bed. On Sunday morning I will resume filling in the forms and will probably be done by the time the supermarkets are closed. Sigh. What have I done to deserve this? Why does the taxman detest me?

    19. douglas clark — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:43 am  

      There’s a thing called synchronicity, where completely unrelated events have an underlying meaning, according to Jung.

      The nickname for ptfc is the Jags. Now if I could just figure out how to reverse the temporal stream, like in Ghostbusters, I’d have massive capital gains and Jag would be supporting a crap football team. Maybe.

    20. Sid — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:54 am  

      Mrs Sid and I are in the headless chicken runaround stage as we organise our son’s aqiqah ceremony for tomorrow. An aqiqah is a Muslim child’s naming ceremony. For us its basically an excuse for a big bash, to bring together our friends, family and rellies together, eat lots good food and compare our voting patterns on CBB. The phunction will be at a Catholic church hall, the boy’s name is Bengali, the musicians are Muslim, the DJ is Jewish. The cultural significances are profoundly affecting me.

    21. William — on 27th January, 2007 at 12:51 pm  

      Sunny @11

      It was recorded off the internet radio hence the quality. The whole title is something like As She Is lying Down and Resting. I believe they are called the Bulgarian Singers or something. Can’t find the track though. I have got some stuff of worse quality. Kind of got used to it. some even adds to the atmosphere.

    22. William — on 27th January, 2007 at 1:10 pm  

      El Cid @1

      Good to see a mom taking her son to the match rather than a dad. Must admit I don’t like football although I once had a girlfriend who was really into Wolves and went regularly to matches. She took me along a few times but I couldn’t be converted. Once I went to a Rangers Celtic match with my uncles. It was pretty tame though.

      It is hard to believe that Wolves once had a good team.

    23. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 1:50 pm  

      I must confess I have a love-hate relationship with suits. I hate wearing them all the time to work (not that I do — a born rebel without a cause, that’s me).
      I also hate the way a once nice suit turns into a shiny teacher’s number (no offence intended Don).
      On the other hand, have you ever had a made-to-measure suit from a quality tailor, mahybe even a Saville Row number? Laaaaverley, just laaaaverley. If you can ever afford one — and we’re talking 600-700 knicker, at least, so many can’t — treat yourselves lads. It’s a bit like that Manolo Blahnik shoes thing with girls.
      The English (with bit of Greek help) know how to make the best gent suits. Then finish it off with an Italian shirt.
      Forget all that stuff about Mr Khan or Mr Wang visiting from Bombay or Hong Kong.
      Go on, get in touch with your dandy side.

    24. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 1:55 pm  

      P.S. I did my 10 mile run, which is enouraging if knackering.
      After last week’s food pipe spasm though, I’m still going for a full chest examination next week at the Homerton. Apparently, I’m gonna be put on a treadmill and given all sorts of tests — a bit like Lee Majors (you have to be at least 35 to get that one).
      My doctor said I tick all the boxes in the departure lounge — I’m 40, I smoke, I drink, and I’m overweight.

    25. justforfun — on 27th January, 2007 at 2:27 pm  

      El Cid - can I have your Barry Manilow records if you go? I’m sure your children won’t want them. Kismet can have your other collection, as am sure it won’t be appropriate for the Oxfam shop.

      Just back from my son’s six and under match - 6-1 victory - he was the brick house in defence - he hates to have the ball but just loves to tackle people and then hoof the ball up to other end where his best friend knocks it in. But he suprised us all by letting the girl in the opposite team run round him for their goal - her flowing blond hair must have distracted him. I shall have to have a word with him about that.

      But poor boy - seems he has missed his era, but he awaits his call up for the Scotland squad with great impatience. I shall have to speak to him about that as well!


    26. Don — on 27th January, 2007 at 2:30 pm  

      Used to wear suits to work, but now they’re strictly weddings and funerals. Trouble is, away from work my imagination doesn’t stretch beyond jeans, T-shirts, desert boots and a fleece. More or less unchanged for thirty years. Besides, wear a suit around here and you’re apt to mistaken for the man from Defra, with grim consequences.

      I sometimes glance at articles giving sartorial advice for the middle aged man, but they always seem to be saying ‘dress like Monty Don.’

    27. Clairwil — on 27th January, 2007 at 3:53 pm  

      God I hate suits as well. Anytime I wear one I imagine I resemble Blonde Ambition era Madonna. It’s only when I catch a glimpse of my reflection I realise that I look like someone’s mother. I prefer a nice frock myself.

      The Guardian are giving away a wallchart of big dogs today. Be still my beating heart. Mind you I’m quite taken with the Spanish Water Dog.

      I’m thinking of going to see The Last King Of Scotland at the pictures today. Has anyone seen it? Is it any good? I haven’t read the book yet, so I’ll be able to watch without tutting and going ‘oooh they’ve done that wrong’ and ‘pah they’ve cut out the good bit’.

      Today I nearly bought some houmous that had been made in Israel. However I quickly realised that I was in a shop near where Anas lives and grew frightened. I put it back and scuttled out the shop.

    28. Chairwoman — on 27th January, 2007 at 4:33 pm  

      Sid - I bet things are somewhat frenetic chez vous today. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time tomorrow, and that they’ll be many lovely presents for the Sidling.

    29. ZinZin — on 27th January, 2007 at 4:42 pm  

      Today I helped my dad mend/replace the fences that were blown down in last weeks storm. I’m a good son, when i can be bothered to get off my arse.

    30. Don — on 27th January, 2007 at 4:49 pm  


      Whatever the appropriate felicitations, consider them made. Is there an aqiqah greeting?

    31. William — on 27th January, 2007 at 5:55 pm  

      I must admit I haven’t got over my prejudice towards suits since they were seen as the morally right option in the 60′s. That is ever since my uncle pointed at Mick Jagger on the TV and said “look it’s disgusting, he’s made of money and he can’t even be bothered to buy himself a suit” disgracefull! Also stuff like.

      Long haired scruffs get yourself a suit!

      Long haired fairies, put them in the army!

      Real men wear suits!

      Get yer air cut!

      Stuff like that.

      Of course later on Mick Jagger was well kown for wearing suits.

    32. Don — on 27th January, 2007 at 6:19 pm  

      First suit, Burtons in Newcastle 1973. Mum picked it out, full monty at under a fiver.

      God, I hated that suit.

    33. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 7:58 pm  

      Barry Manilow, wtf?

    34. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:22 pm  

      Nice one mate. Congrats.
      How does this work then?
      Is this like its proper name — which presumably you gave at birth, or thereabouts — or some additional name, like a saint’s name. I mean you’ve already registered the birth right?

    35. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:28 pm  

      treat youself to that proper suit.
      Just the one — an object of beauty in your wardrobe.
      (I haven’t got one myself at the minute, but it’s an aspiration)

    36. Don — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:43 pm  

      But then there’s the shirt, and the tie. Maybe even the cuff-links… And brogues.

      Although I did once indulge in an Italian jacket, £280 down from £500. Lovely garment, wore it three times.

    37. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:53 pm  

      There’s a shop in covent garden called Bailey. I don’t think they have a website — but WICKED fitted shirts, about £60. Don’t worry about the tie. As for shoes.. not sure about brogues.. that’s a bit trickier.

    38. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 8:58 pm  

      On the other hand, just watching Ant & Dec and they have made-to-measure suits and they look shite. Must be a Geordie tailor with too much NBA! ;)

    39. El Cid — on 27th January, 2007 at 9:31 pm  

      Sunny, no comments allowed on the Holocaust thread. Is that on purpose?

    40. Chairwoman — on 27th January, 2007 at 9:31 pm  

      Never real brogues with a suit. They are heavy country wear. Wingtips (as the Yanks call them), which have a punched pattern similar to brogues are fine with a suit, but only black in town.

      I have no idea how I know all this stuff, but my mother would be proud of me.

    41. Clairwil — on 27th January, 2007 at 9:58 pm  

      El Cid,
      I’m not sure. I can understand why he would be wary of allowing comments. However I’m a little disappointed all the same. Though glad to be spared the denial drivel that such a thread is sadly likely to attract.

    42. Sunny — on 27th January, 2007 at 10:00 pm  

      El Cid - Yes, I don’t want its message to be hijacked.

      AS - does that means underneath those white coats scientists usually have a t-shirt and shorts on? Now we know your secret :|

      Douglas I don’t even know who Mark Thomas is!

      Ill Man - Yes I’ve heard about Asda’s offers… but to be honest if I was going to wear a suit I’d make sure I look good in it. When I did have to wear one at work, back in the day during my uni work placement, I developed a bad habit of buying expensive designer ties. Not good.

    43. The Ill Man — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:05 pm  

      I think I’d spend a wee bit more than £20 on a suit too. I was thinking of it being a boon for people caught short for things like funerals, weddings, court appearances……

      Douglas, I’m very happy I never made it to Dumfries. A ghastly performance by all accounts….

    44. A.S. — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:17 pm  

      Well, we only wear labcoats when we are working with radioactive stuff, infectious agents or stuff that could stain our clothes. OR, when the TV crew is running about and the PRO has warned us they might film us as a background for interviewing some top scientist.
      But you’re essentially right during summer, many of the people in labcoats in research institutes/university labs (NOT labs in the industry, they’d be better dressed, I think) would have shorts underneath… at least in this part of Europe… looks kinda funny I admit.

    45. sonia — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:40 pm  

      have been amusing ourselves gorging on old favourites: monty python and the holy grail and the life of brian. Never fails to amuse!

      ALso giggling over collection of india photos from recent trip- we didnt manage to get any of our own due to silliness and general lack of organization - luckily other people are more snappy happy. anywone who might want to look feel free to browse they’re all publicly available here

    46. sonia — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:43 pm  

      sounds like good fun sid!

    47. sonia — on 27th January, 2007 at 11:59 pm  

      A.S. you sound like you have incredibly busy weekends. i never know how people managed to do so many things and somehow consider it ‘downtime’/. perhaps there is something wrong with me…? I love the thought of doing lots of things but somehow the reality is always quite different..! the fact that i was out late last night and didnt get into bed till 4:30 meant i didnt get up till about 2:30 p.m. - by the time breakfast was over it was around 4 p.m. started watching the films about 5 and thing you know it’s almost sunday… The trick must be to get up early i suppose? thing is though i find it v. hard enough to get up at 9 a.m. during weekdays so weekends are a whole different ballgame..

    48. douglas clark — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:11 am  


      You really confused me, which is not difficult, I’ll grant. It was Mark Roberts, not Mark Thomas! You’ve passed the second test. Not knowing the names of the players. You would fit in perfectly. Whilst Mark Roberts is an attacking mid field player (is this right Ill Man?), Mark Thomas is an out and out striker, much given to taking the piss out of the arms trade.


      The Ill Man,

      We have to believe in Clairwills writing to the Universe thingy, for worldly solutions seem to be beyond us. Shit, staying up is now my ambition too.

    49. Desi Italiana — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:30 am  

      Hello Picklers!

      My weekend- I’m back in the Bay Area, CA after six years. It’s been lovely, I love San Francisco!

      Last night we had my uncle’s retirement party, ie an Indian Function. Half of it was composed of Anglo Americans who were my Uncle’s co-workers, and the other half, Indians.

      It was an Indian function, though, because when the waiter brought out trays of barfi, I saw a uncleji take a plate, stack on about 15 barfis, cover it with a napkin, and take it home. For himself.

      You see?

    50. Desi Italiana — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:32 am  

      Where are uncle and auntie? I don’t want to eat dinner without them, but I’m really hungry for roti.

    51. douglas clark — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:47 am  

      Desi Italiana,


      What is barfi?

      That word has strange connotations on this side of the pond.

      Just chatting, mind :-)

    52. El Cid — on 28th January, 2007 at 2:01 pm  

      Sunny — you seen this?

    53. ZinZin — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:02 pm  

      There is an Islamic Medical Association?
      Are Leeches UnIslamic?

    54. Sunny — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:21 pm  

      Desi, SF is nice but I think I prefer LA… more going in LA I reckon. SF felt a bit more dead to me… has the internship started?

      El cid, to be honest there will always be people like that. The Indy should stop giving credence to such people. See this.

      Douglas, whoops!

    55. El Cid — on 28th January, 2007 at 3:50 pm  

      fair enough

    56. Vikrant — on 28th January, 2007 at 6:21 pm  


    57. Sahil — on 28th January, 2007 at 6:38 pm  

      I got a hold of a web version of Road to serfdom by Hayek, check it out over here:

    58. El Cid — on 28th January, 2007 at 8:07 pm  

      Hey Viks

      What’s the prob?

    59. Desi Italiana — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:43 pm  

      Hi Sunny,

      “Desi, SF is nice but I think I prefer LA… more going in LA I reckon. SF felt a bit more dead to me… has the internship started?”

      SF was a bit dead to you???????? But that is the thing I love about SF, that it’s so alive!

      I definately prefer SF to LA, and the Bay Area to So Cal. Without a doubt.

      No, the internship hasn’t started yet. Next week!

      Douglas Clark:

      “What is barfi?”

      Barfi is a sweet, one that I love a little too much- I have gotten sick due to overeating barfis.


      Desciption of what it is:

      One thing that wiki leaves out here is that some varieties of barfis are made with A LOT of butter. Yum.

    60. Desi Italiana — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:43 pm  

      Think I am going to go have myself some barfi from uncle’s party….

    61. William — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:46 pm  

      Dunno if Big Brother is out of bounds still but Shilpa has won. Big finale! when she came out. She has just been surprised with the news of the international incident!!

      Was the win a sympathy vote though, Oh cynicism! cynicism!

    62. Clairwil — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:48 pm  

      What a speech! Whatever else she is, she’s certainly got class.

    63. El Cid — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:50 pm  

      More importantly,
      She carries off it well, so suspend the cynicism

    64. Clairwil — on 28th January, 2007 at 9:52 pm  

      Indeed I’m slightly in love.

    65. Sahil — on 28th January, 2007 at 10:06 pm  

      But did you look at her face when she heard the things that they had said behind her back. She would have fried by 8 ounce with those eyes. But she’s too well mannered.

    66. Clairwil — on 28th January, 2007 at 10:12 pm  

      You could almost see her swallow her temper. I can’t stop saying the word classy. Just wow. As I said I’m a little bit in love.

    67. Sahil — on 28th January, 2007 at 10:14 pm  

      Me too :)

    68. William — on 28th January, 2007 at 10:18 pm  

      El Cid

      I like Shilpa a lot and would like to have a conversation with her. I am curious now what will be going on next with all this. Will we see more of her in the UK.

    69. Clairwil — on 28th January, 2007 at 10:44 pm  

      Will we see more of her in the UK.
      Oh yes, her mother has hired Max Clifford to represent Shilpa. I think she’s here to stay. Can we claim her?

    70. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:03 am  

      I tell you one thing, I am never going to swear again. Seriously. They showed this clip where Jade was effing and blinding. Shilpa said to her, “Jade, I am not going to use that language” and Jade bawled, “Well, good for you! Now **** off!” Guess who came out looking classier? It’s asterisks all the way for me from this day forth. Seriously.

    71. Refresh — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:58 am  


      Good for you.

      Started watching an american film about relationships where the F-word is used a lot. I totally switched off. I can see its still on, but thought I’d rather pay a visit here.

      I have gone right off Russell Brand - such vile language and grotesque descriptions of his anatomy on BBBM (I think that’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth), and Davina McCall and Dermot O’Leary repeating them.

    72. Psychohobbit233 — on 29th January, 2007 at 1:45 am  

      “The human tendency to explain away hatred and bigotry still continues to alarm me, but only by continuing to remember such a huge blot on our collective history can we build a better future”

      Maybe. Maybe not. Is there an Anne Frank Museum in Biafra? Or the Sudan? Would it make any difference if there was? I don’t think it works like that, and I suspect that this endless Holocaust stuff just makes people think yawn yawn yawn that was 60 years ago, grand-dad. Yes, I may be wrong.

    73. Elusive — on 29th January, 2007 at 6:26 am  

      @ desi italiana and sunny.

      The bay area isnt so bad. LA is a faster paced bay area and LA is also, extremely superficial. Yes, yes what place isnt, but the bay area definitely has something going for it. I was in LA over the christmas holidays as well as the bay area and both are definitely a breath of fresh air.

    74. Billy — on 29th January, 2007 at 8:47 am  

      It’s only worth swearing if you can do it as well as David Mamet.

    75. El Cid — on 29th January, 2007 at 9:12 am  

      there’s more to class (in the non sociolological sense of the word) than fucking swearing.
      I’m well fucking classy me

    76. Refresh — on 29th January, 2007 at 10:04 am  

      “there’s more to class (in the non sociolological sense of the word) than —— swearing.
      I’m well —- classy me”

      You used to be able to give that impression.

      [just trying out ----- instead of asterisks]

    77. sonia — on 29th January, 2007 at 11:03 am  

      59. Desi - I hear ya! :-)

    78. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 11:07 am  

      Funnily enough, Refresh, I did the same thing but with asterisks.

      My non-swearing objective is going very well so far. I did shout a Really Bad Word at the kettle this morning, but I was on my own and the kettle is inanimate so that doesn’t count.

    79. Refresh — on 29th January, 2007 at 11:22 am  


      I really upset our five year old, by using the phrase ‘For God sake what have you done’. Took me ten minutes to get him to stop sobbing.

      I am now on his “meanie” list. I feel really bad.

      I am intrigued, what did the kettle do?

    80. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 11:59 am  

      The press releases some folk send:

      “On offer in Selfridges shop will be a mind expanding range of creative goods from mirrored nails (to reflect your external soul) to mouth-watering, and mind-boggling, ChoccyWoccyDoodah confections.

      As Dali said “The only difference between myself and a madman is I am not MAD!” The fine line between Selfridges Surrealism and Dali’s vision is a till receipt”


    81. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:10 pm  

      Refresh - the kettle is one of those ones that filters water and it wasn’t filtering quickly enough and I was in a hurry because I NEEDED tea. So I shouted at it. And then in the end I had coffee instead and it was all fine.

      Do not feel bad about your five year old - he’ll cope. I’m sure you’re a lovely dad. What did he do, just out of curiosity?

      Kismet - that sounds like those weird spam emails that are excerpts from books but are really selling prescription drugs. “It was the best of times, it was the BUY VIAGRA CUT PRICE INTERNET ONLY worst of times, it was the VALIUM BEST PRICES NOW…” etc.

    82. Chairwoman — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:23 pm  

      Kismet - You’re not really up on your Dali, are you? My husband was addicted to everything surreal, and Dali in particular, and you have used one of his favourite quotes. Another of his, however, was ‘Everyday the post brings me many cheques, a positive diarrhoea of dollars!’
      As he got older, Salvador was more interested in the money than the art, and signed thousands of blank pieces of paper, on which many ‘limited editions’ of his works were printed.

    83. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:46 pm  

      It’s an actual press release from selfridges. But it makes sense in a this is not a pipe kinda way. They’re holding a surrealism exhibition in conjunction with V&A’s Surreal Things exhibition (29th March to 22nd July)

      Oh, and I did my BA in history of art, so well, fish, basically

    84. Chairwoman — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:49 pm  

      Doesn’t mean you’re a surrealism buff though, does it? Na na n-na na :-)

    85. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 12:59 pm  

      Tell that to selfridges!

      I know my magritte from my reet petite I’ll have you know missy :-)

    86. Chairwoman — on 29th January, 2007 at 1:04 pm  

      Well look at you, look at you, look at you, look at you. Look at you-oo!

    87. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 1:09 pm  

      Don’t tell the police

    88. Chairwoman — on 29th January, 2007 at 1:14 pm  

      If it’s all reet with Magritte.

      And what and whose album is that on the back of?

    89. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 1:20 pm  

      Sting wrote most of the songs, but I preferred stewart copeland. Regetta D’Blanc is my favourite album, but it’s on the back of bob marley I should think

      An apple a day and a bowler hat for thee

    90. Clairwil — on 29th January, 2007 at 2:25 pm  

      Mind you I like the sound of those mirrored nails.

    91. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 2:26 pm  

      A window to your external soul…

    92. Anas — on 29th January, 2007 at 2:40 pm  

      Hey Clarwill, I notice you seem to be pretty clued up about local politics. I was wondering whether you had any opinions on the proposed Sanctuary demolition and rebuild in Anderston that was on the front page of the Evening Times on Saturday.

    93. El Cid — on 29th January, 2007 at 2:49 pm  

      Regatta d’Blanc — that’ll be “Bed’s too big without you” then, Police’s biggest tribute to the bassline of Sly n Robbie.

      fuck fuck fuck fuck fucking fuck fuck fuck

      Dali, that reminds me — ever been to the Dali Museum in Figueras? Well worth going to — amazing how he stuffed that donkey into a piano.

      I remember showing my kids around the Reina Sofia — Gris, Miro, Picasso, Dali… all the modern greats. And there was Guernica too for that wow factor. Shame I cut the tour short by nimbly distracting them with a quick and popular offer of burger & chips after I spotted the title of another Dali classic (it’s the ninth one down):

      that’s class, of the fucking variety, and so is this:

      A major tiff Salvador once had with his dad. He sent him 10CC of Harry Monk with a note which said “Now, I owe you nothing.”

    94. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:07 pm  

      Or perhaps you mean:

      “**** **** **** **** ******* **** **** ****”

      My posts are going to end up looking like Jerry Springer after sanitisation by bleep has taken place :(

    95. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:11 pm  

      You just said bleep?

      What was it? Cunt or Paki?

      I want to see the mastertapes now.

      (still floating down the river of pointlessness since Shilpa left me me. I’ll never talk sense again)

    96. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:42 pm  

      Or perhaps you mean,

      “What was it? **** or ****?”

      Forget Shilpa, Kismet, she’ll never love you like I do. Never.

    97. Kismet Hardy — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:48 pm  

      You stood me up on our wedding. I had the honeymoon booked so I had to take this bloke that looked like Jade’s mum

    98. El Gooseberry — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:51 pm  


    99. Katy — on 29th January, 2007 at 3:52 pm  

      Perhaps that was no bad thing, especially if it was following her Extreme Makeover which she had for free despite her daughter being worth £8m.

    100. Clairwil — on 29th January, 2007 at 4:00 pm  

      Very mixed feelings. The owner occupiers should have been consulted, I’m concerned that they are going to have great difficulty in buying new housing as I don’t imagine they’ll be offered much. There seem to be a lot of mixed reports about the state of the properties, so it’s hard to say whether or not demolition is the best course of action.

      I suspect it’s just part of the ongoing yuppiefication of the city centre. I can’t see most of the tenants being rehoused in the city centre. I haven’t seen what they propose rebuilding in it’s place as yet. Any thoughts?

    101. Chairwoman — on 29th January, 2007 at 4:19 pm  

      El cid - we always planned to go Figueras, but something always came up. Also to Cadaques, where I believe he was born. But something always came up, and so we never went.

      I never been a fan of the painting you indicated, I think it’s popularity is due in part to its title.

      Kismet - Jackson Brown, ‘Late for the Sky’. The cover was obviously Magritte inspired.

    102. William — on 29th January, 2007 at 5:23 pm  

      Used to love Dali. Saw some of his stuff at the Tate years ago. Always looks much more vibrant in real life. Love Kandinski even more.

    103. Anas — on 29th January, 2007 at 6:55 pm  

      Thanks for your opinion, C. Yep I have many thoughts on the subject, tho I should declare my interest, I’m involved with the owners occupiers opposing the demolition. The thing that wasn’t reported in Saturday’s Evening Times pieces is that Sanctuary have taken every opportunity they can get to rip off the owners and to sideline them and not consult them. Personally from discussions I’ve had with others it seems like a very sneaky and roundabout way of overcoming the difficulties with the shortage of housing stock that have resulted from council tenants having the right to buy. The whole thing stinks if you ask me.

    104. Clairwil — on 29th January, 2007 at 9:13 pm  

      It sounds similar to the housing stock transfer. Tell all the tenants that they’re going to get better housing and frighten them with tales of ‘can’t guarantee repairs’, ‘we’ve no money to do anything’ and so on. Basically don’t give people anything resembling a choice.

    105. Clairwil — on 29th January, 2007 at 9:42 pm  

      On a totally different subject, have you heard of this?

      It’s a weekly round up of Scottish blogs. Thought it might interest you as a fellow Scot.

    106. douglas clark — on 29th January, 2007 at 10:28 pm  



      Delighted you got a mention on there. Their comment about you being able to write on the basis of something in the Metro is high praise indeed. In fact it is a silk purse….

    107. Clairwil — on 29th January, 2007 at 10:42 pm  

      Cheers Douglas,
      They’ve been very kind to me on a number of occaisions on the round up. I don’t know how widely it’s read but I’ve found loads of great blogs through it.

    108. douglas clark — on 29th January, 2007 at 11:37 pm  

      I’ll check it out.

      Beyond your good self, t’Ill Man, Anas, Shuggy and, Robert Sharp, who I think is a Scottish blogger, I’m not really aware of other Scottish stuff.

      That, and is about it.

      I really found this site on the basis of it’s universal values. Which I am just about to contradict.

      Y’know, late night piss up, Flash Gordon shit:

      Ming the magnificent says:

      “So, who do you think you are?”


      “Citizen, Planet Earth, and Centre Forward for Partick Thistle”

      Obviously, he disappears in a puff of smoke. As you would. Still, it’s what the wee boy in me thinks.

      Even Hollywood thought it was a crap script. :-)

      Funny that, they made Brokeback Mountain and it is so girly. :-;

      See, emoticons can be a force for good. Like Ewoks.

      “Sorry, this has been a stream of conciousness brought to you by Murdoch TV, and Chardonnay. Especial thanks to our brewing buddies.”

    109. Refresh — on 30th January, 2007 at 12:02 am  


      I was washing his hair (actually he’s my grandson) and he started squirting conditioner into the bath water when I wasn’t looking. It was only after I realised he was trying to squirt it onto his hand but misjudged it totally.

      I need to check myself especially when I am tired. Too many late nights.

    110. Anas — on 30th January, 2007 at 3:51 pm  

      Er no, Clairwill. I hadn’t seen it before but it seems like a great idea. Your blog is excellent BTW.

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