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29th Dec 2008, 01:37
Mr Thunder,

Weren't they possibly thinking of propagating breadfruit to other tropical regions of Empire?

BTW, I've had breadfruit and thought it was quite good.

29th Dec 2008, 03:33
... then a BBC Jane Austen adaption would never have had its most famous moment (and Colin Firth, I'm sure, a far less lucrative career!).
Ooooooohhhhh ... I remember that!

'scuse me ... I'll just go and have a lie down ...

29th Dec 2008, 08:36
Hmm, interesting series of pics in the Daily Mail, and no he didn't get eaten..:E


29th Dec 2008, 08:56
When delivering Dad's Eulogy, my voice returned to full-on native Nor'Eastener. It must have been the emotion; Dad always commented on my "tarkin' arl posh" whenever I visited. No matter how rounded one's vowels may become from daily contact with those poor unfortunates born south of Yarm, it seems to lurk in the back of the mind somewhere, never to be lost. Can we ever truly lose our native dialect?

tony draper
29th Dec 2008, 08:56
Bah! tiz only a littlun that,they had a stuffed one in the Hudson Bay Co Store in Port Churchill that was as big as that car.:uhoh:
Clear blue sky here but it looks nippy outside,nothing specific planned for today,was thinking of a wander over the Toon but twill be full of people taking stuff back because it don't work or don't fit,one likes the Toon to oneself.

29th Dec 2008, 09:12
Er TD, wasn't that little..

tony draper
29th Dec 2008, 09:37
I like Rich Hall's solution to Bear attack in the wilderness,
Always take a friend along,then you don't have to run faster than a Bear, just a bit faster than your friend.

Beatriz Fontana
29th Dec 2008, 10:30

Ah, you're right there about Mr Firth. Although beyond Rupert's appearance there was little to drool over this Christmas, it must be said... :}

Yep, Swiss lakes are freezing in the winter. I didn't feel the cold as much then as I do now. Brrrrr.

29th Dec 2008, 10:44
Mr Blacksheep,

I once had a coworker who hailed from the northern part of Florida. That part tends to be Deep South in accent, so he spoke that lingo as a kid. Then he went to grad school at the Univ of Miami. The school was a hotbed of Yankee-talk and he was ridiculed for his down-home accent. He learned Yankee-talk in defense, but he said that after a few days back home, he would revert to his childhood accent.

29th Dec 2008, 10:49
My northern relatives now accuse me of being a southerner.
It's very hurtful. :sad:

29th Dec 2008, 11:13
Well Norm, to me, you'll always be a bl**din' northerner. Feel better?

29th Dec 2008, 11:25
I have to go shopping. It's my Friends 40th tomorrow and I haven't got her anything. Suggestions anyone?

29th Dec 2008, 11:30
Thanks goudie, You've made my day!!

29th Dec 2008, 12:20
Yep, sis accuses me of "talking like a southerner", Mrs G says I revert to broad Yorkshire when angry or pissed. (That should confuse the septics).There is hope.

Remember first week in RAF, blokes from all over but the few that were totally incomprenesible were one from Cornwall, one from Lowestoft and some poor bugger from Orkney who even the Jocks couldn't understand. He was amazed at the TV set, never seen one before. Then when we turned it on...:)

Lon More
29th Dec 2008, 12:29
He was amazed at the TV set, never seen one before
Shades of Billy Connolly's line about the Shetlander seeing a double deck bus for the first time, "look, a hoose on wheels"

Nice to see the Mail has made it into the 21st Century at last, Mustpost. I think the rest of the world saw those photos about 12 months ago.


29th Dec 2008, 13:20
Had a friend working in the UK from the USA, part of the deal was that the kids went to private school. After three years they went back and the two children, both under ten, went home with very refained Brit accents. After a week in school in Texas they were y'all, y'alling as good as anyone, for about a year thay reverted to Brit if they got excited or angry.

29th Dec 2008, 13:31
Mrs G reverts to Wiltshire accent when annoyed................makes I larf it do.

29th Dec 2008, 13:44
When we moved to Denmark, our children were aged 5½ and 7. For several months they learned Danish at school, but spoke only English to each other at home when playing (a sort of 'comfort' I suppose), however, over time they shifted to Danish when arguing.

tony draper
29th Dec 2008, 13:59
Here be a new mystery aircraft for the airyplaneologists to identify.:)

PPRuNe Radar
29th Dec 2008, 14:09
Ahhhhh De Havilland :ok: Sea Hornet methinks FSL

29th Dec 2008, 14:15
What he said . . .

Edited to add:-
The de Havilland Hornet was a successor of the famous Mosquito. It was designed in early 1940s as a long range fighter to attck Japanese targets in the expanding South East Asia front.
The first flight was made on 28 July 1944 and the performance exceeded expectation.
Production started in February 1945, but it was not in service until 1946.

The Sea Hornet was a naval version with the folding wing and an arresting hook.
Its first flight was made on 18 April 1945, and 79 Sea Hornet F20 were produced.

NF21 was a radar equipped night fighter version to replace the aging Fairey Firefly NF1.
Its distinctive shape with extended nose for ASH radar and an observer dorsal cockpit was rather strange design, though the max speed loss was only 8kmph ( 5mph).
In total, 78 NF21s were produced.

Despite the superb performance of speed and manoeuverability, the Sea Hornet had spent a relatively short period in service due to the rapid progress of jet fighters such as the Sea Venom and Supermarine attacker.

All Sea Hornet and Hornet were scrapped by 1957 - none was preserved.
If it had survived as a museum collection, it could be a popular classic aircraft, but it was said that the wooden structure tended to rot and it was difficult and expensive to maintain.
Only a part of a Sea Hornet fuselage is stored by the Mosquito Museum in Hatfield, North London.

29th Dec 2008, 14:49
Lexxi ... I had some beautiful prezzies for my 40th ... crystal candlesticks, gold bracelet, books, jarrah (Aussie wood) jewellery box, earrings, perfume ... lovely things all of them. Does your friend have a charm bracelet you could add to? A hobby she needs things for? I reckon earrings would probably be a good bet ... birthstone ones perhaps?

29th Dec 2008, 15:06
Gaisey, blokes from Lowestoft? Orkney? Cornwall?
We had 'em from Malaya, Ceylon, India, New Zealand as well!
Oh, and even Venezuela!!!!
Proper little chaotic variety of accents!!

They're having a 50th anniversary bash near Cosford next month.
I, regretably , won't be able to make it 'cos of my Mum not being
very well at present. Pity on both counts. Ah well c'est la vie!!!

29th Dec 2008, 15:19
Luvverly ideas from Bluey, lexx, and I would only add that on my 40th (remember that? I sponsored a race at the gee gees?!) one friend had the brill idea of using "good gifts", and on my behalf donated a goat to a third world family - just google the phrase and you'll get the site. A bit different, and a lasting present! :ok:

Quite agree, Beatriz, Christmas has seen sadly lean pickings in the totty market. High point for me was Dr Who on Christmas Day, and even that was a bit lacklustre, on reflection. :(

29th Dec 2008, 15:33
a goat to a third world family - a lasting present!How long can you make a stew last?

29th Dec 2008, 15:37
Oh hah hah - a live one, you fool, for the milk!


(at least, that's what they told me it was. Can't guarantee it didn't arrive vac-packed... :ooh: )

Hmm, still pondering.
Wonder what Dr Who would look like in a dress shirt, wet?


29th Dec 2008, 15:41
Dr Who? A goat? I'm confused again. :confused:

29th Dec 2008, 15:45
Do keep up, norm, this is something Beatriz and I have been exploring. Sadly, as Dr Who is a bit skinny (unlike Colin Firth) I suspect he would just look cold and uncomfortable. Shame really.

Unless the shirt was in very heavy cotton.:hmm:

29th Dec 2008, 15:47
That was in basic Norm, later on had Malayans, Maltese, Lebanese, Jordanians and Iranians. Latter lot used to walk round holding hands. :suspect:

Hmm, goats cause desertification by rooting out er... roots. Better off teaching them how to fish then they can sit in a boat all day drinking beer.:)

29th Dec 2008, 15:54
You'll NEVER teach a goat to fish!!

But I reckon they'd like the beer idea. :ok:

29th Dec 2008, 16:35
You'll NEVER teach a goat to fish!!

True, O King - they don't have opposable thumbs.

Beatriz Fontana
29th Dec 2008, 16:50

Hmmm... David Tennant in a wet shirt. Not as Dr Who, though. I wouldn't want that lovely Scottish accent of his suppressed!

Think I need a lie down....

tony draper
29th Dec 2008, 17:29
Had a goatskin rug once,hounds liked it but it always had a strange smell to my nostrils,not a Goat smell, but in truth one has never sniffed a Goat so that statement may not be accurate,more a sort of sharp chemical smell,anyway it's gone now so that's by the by.
Just been out wi hound,tiz bloody cold again.
Hmmm, come to think one lives in a Town that has some connection to goats,Gateshead,
In the old Geordie tongue that means a Headland wi a lot of goats feckin about ont.
Quite right that machine be a Sea Hornet,picky dated 1955,trim looking craft it were.

29th Dec 2008, 17:36
Grimsby & Hull used to be full of fishing goats.

(This is getting dangerously close to Bluey going off on a pun frenzy).:uhoh:

29th Dec 2008, 17:37
Hmmm.......... the distaff element appears to be enjoying a rush of hormones or summat like that.

Lon More
29th Dec 2008, 17:40
Horemones as in complaint in a brothel??

I'll close the door behind me.

west lakes
29th Dec 2008, 17:43
Grimsby & Hull used to be full of fishing goats.

So did Fleetwood

Just for Northern completeness


29th Dec 2008, 17:51
the distaff element appears to be enjoying a rush of hormones

No, goudie, we're always having these thoughts. We save them for special occasions before articulating them, though.


Beatriz Fontana
29th Dec 2008, 18:08
Could be worse, could all be in the same room! :O

29th Dec 2008, 18:13
Grimsby & Hull used to be full of fishing goats.

So did Fleetwood

The only difference being at Fleetwood they were called Fishermens Friends.

29th Dec 2008, 18:32
I blame the nanny state.

green granite
29th Dec 2008, 19:14
(This is getting dangerously close to Bluey going off on a pun frenzy)

She will too just for the halibut :hmm:

29th Dec 2008, 19:17
Sorry to carp on about it but I hake the idea of yet another fish pun frenzy............

29th Dec 2008, 19:29
don't even fin about it...

tony draper
29th Dec 2008, 19:52

29th Dec 2008, 20:54
Coo that picture looks not unlike the school master from the Bash Street Kids, minus moustache and funny hat: maybe that is a wistful view of a Maitré D teacher.

29th Dec 2008, 20:58
Does your friend have a charm bracelet you could add to? A hobby she needs things for? I reckon earrings would probably be a good bet ... birthstone ones perhaps?

No, no, possibly. I've so far made her a batch of cupcakes and will bring a bottle of wine. I just need something else nice. I will find something tomorrow.

WX bloody freezing here.

29th Dec 2008, 22:17
Not freezing here . . . (yet) . . . +1 degC
AccuWeather.com Weather: Local Weather Forecasts & International Weather (http://www.accuweather.com/world-forecast-hourly.asp?partner=forecastfox&locCode=EUR|UK|UK188|Corbridge&metric=1)

Beatriz Fontana
29th Dec 2008, 22:24
Does that picture show a relative of the teacher from Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall video?

29th Dec 2008, 22:45
Well, it's hit freezing here already Wind Map - Britain (http://www.xcweather.co.uk/)

Got a delinquent blackbird here. He's appointed himself Guardian of the Raisins and won't let any of the others near, even his mate gets seen off. Only way round it is for me to stand near the window because the others are all tamer than him and don't worry about my presence.

Blackbird nanny.

DX Wombat
29th Dec 2008, 23:08
Lexxi, something simple and different which I sometimes do for birthday and other occasions is buy a really nice china mug then fill it with a pretty flower arrangement. Your friend would then get some nice flowers (I try to use scented ones) and a mug to remind her of the occasion. If you aren't too happy about constructing your own flower arrangement I'm sure your friendly local florist would be happy to help.

29th Dec 2008, 23:25
Better here today. A few degrees abouve zero and raining somewhat. Snow is slowly clearing so I don't have to climb many of the slippery little mountains that have built up on the pavements. Very good at clearing the main roads they are but 0/10 for the sidewalks.

If the weather is similar here during the winter Olympics, with the same airport and airline foul-ups.........you'll need heaven to help you.

Everyone bought their tickets?

30th Dec 2008, 00:01
Puppy takes up new search dog job

New recruit Bailey is 14 weeks old and has begun his search dog training
A Dorset search and rescue charity is celebrating the arrival of a new canine recruit - 14-week-old springer spaniel puppy Bailey.

The dog and his owner, Dorset Police crime scene investigator Matt Wroe, are the latest team to join voluntary organisation Dorset Search Dogs.

The organisation assists emergency services across the county in searching for missing and vulnerable people.

The dogs specialise in "air scenting" rather than following a scent trail.

The dogs sniff the air to find people in the immediate area and can search up to 80 acres (32 hectares) in less than two hours.

Pc Matt Cooke, chairman of Dorset Search Dogs, said: "The dogs think it's just a big game.

"When they get a find and save someone's life they have no idea what they have done.

"We helped to find a missing lady in Ferndown and all the dog wanted to do was play with her by throwing his squeaky toy towards her."

Mr Wroe said: "Joining Dorset Search Dogs has given me the opportunity to build up a close relationship with my spaniel Bailey, through playing and training together.

"Hopefully this will benefit the community in the long term through the work we will carry out as part of the team."

Dorset Search Dogs currently has two dogs in its service with another three in training.



during a search for good news.

30th Dec 2008, 01:43
(This is getting dangerously close to Bluey going off on a pun frenzy).
Oh, for cod's hake, Gainesy ... I know my plaice.

Hat ... goat ... :E

30th Dec 2008, 02:05
Im wearin
Fur pyjamas
I ride a
Hot potata
Its tickling my fancy
Speak up, I cant hear you

Here on this mountaintop
I got some wild, wild life
I got some news to tell ya
About some wild, wild life
Here comes the doctor in charge
Shes got some wild, wild life
Aint that the way you like it?
Ho, ha!
Living wild, wild life.

I wrestle, with your conscience
You wrestle, with your partner
Sittin on a window sill, but he
Spends time behind closed doors

Check out mr. businessman
Oh, ho ho
He bought some wild, wild life
On the way to the stock exchange
Oh, ho ho
He got some wild, wild life
Break it up when he opens the door
Hes doin wild, wild life
I know thats the way you like it
Wo ho
Living wild, wild life

Peace of mind?
Piece of cake!
Thought control!
You get on board anytime you like

Like sittin on pins and needles
Things fall apart, its scientific

Sleeping on the interstate
Woah ho ah
Getting wild, wild life
Checkin in, a checkin out!
Uh, huh!
I got a wild, wild life
Spending all of my money and time
Oh, ho ho
Done too much wild, wild
We wanna go, where we go, where we go
Oh, ho ho!
I doing wild, wild
I know it, thats how we start
Uh, huh
Got some wild, wild life
Take a picture, here in the daylight
Oh, ho!
And its a wild, wild life
Youve grown so tall, you've grown so fast
Oh, ho ho
Wild, wild
I know thats the way you like it
Oh, ho!
Living wild wild wild wild, life.

Where is Scran?

30th Dec 2008, 03:13
The only difference being at Fleetwood they were called Fishermens Friends.

When one has a sore throat, it always helps to have a good suck on a Fisherman's Friend.


30th Dec 2008, 03:19

30th Dec 2008, 03:39
Hmmm, a Clarnico mint cream...

30th Dec 2008, 03:45
Is that an offer, RT?

May I suggest a diverson to the Tech Log forum. The 'Why do aircraft fly .....?' thread, post 24. Made me smile ... and at this time in the morning.

I think I'll charge the airline next time I fly.:p

30th Dec 2008, 04:49
I have two Clarnicos left.

I will part with one of them.

30th Dec 2008, 05:00
turn on speakers.


30th Dec 2008, 05:04

Speaking of Hornets, the above is a pic from the family album of one getting checked out on one. Not a Sea Hornet. Alas, it was decided that one was still to young to fly it.

30th Dec 2008, 05:32

30th Dec 2008, 09:07
Fisherman's Friend.Bought some Victory 'V's the other day. They ain't how they used to be. No doubt one of the ingredients wasn't politically correct. Like, Coke has never been the same since they took out the coke, eh?... :oh:

tony draper
30th Dec 2008, 09:38
Dammed cold here,not a lot else to report.
Hmmm item on the news,secret papers released from the seventies state the RAF didn't have enough cannon balls to defend us agin Ivan should he have attacked.:uhoh:

30th Dec 2008, 09:56
Ah, but MAD or mutually assured destruction was the thing.

We who stood fast on the front line of the Cold War with our Red Beards, Green Grass, Yellow Suns and Blue Steels warned him off until the Grey Funnel Line took over with their Polaris and Trident un-floaty boats.

One notes that President Ahmedinejad said that Iran doesn't want Nukes because they are mightily expensive and yet cannot be used, therefore they are useless. I beg to differ. They've worked very well for us over the past 63 years.

Rather be Gardening
30th Dec 2008, 10:19
Morning all,

Took the rellies out for a walk along the Golden Road yesterday - a prehistoric trackway across the Preselli Hills. A bit like the Ridgeway in Wiltshire, but more wild and remote. Lots of cairns, some hillforts, reputed source of the bluestones in Stonehenge. Bitingly cold wind, hoar frost on the ground, fresh sweet scent in the air from the vegetation. At one point we stopped to look at the scenery and realised we could have been transported back 5000 years - no traffic or aircraft sounds, no sign of modern man, just the sound of the wind and the running water, and the buzzards calling.


tony draper
30th Dec 2008, 10:53
Five thousand years ago those hills would have been thickly forested,that stone circle was prolly in a clearing.
Good stuff though, one likes lumpy landscape.

30th Dec 2008, 11:18
At one point we stopped to look at the scenery and realised we could have been transported back 5000 years

Yep, sums up Wales.:E

30th Dec 2008, 11:28
Lexxi, one of my nicest 40th presents was a massage - booked and paid for by a good friend. Heavenly experience, a real treat (and I really needed it as I'd had a baby 6 weeks before, so was in need of some tlc.

Can't believe it's nearly a year ago...time for another I think!

Beatriz Fontana
30th Dec 2008, 11:52
I love the document releases: I found it mildly amusing that the Soviets told the Brits that South Africa was planning on testing nuclear weapons. Good piece, too, on the government bailing out the car industry.... history repeating itself?

BBC Radio Four's "UK Confidential" will be on the BBC i-player in a short while.

DX Wombat
30th Dec 2008, 12:36
Gainsey: Yep, sums up Wales.Bryn says "Watch it! Grrrr!"
I'd be very careful if I were you, he's got a mouthful of very big, very sharp teeth. :ooh: :ooh: :ooh:

30th Dec 2008, 12:45
Today's Telegraph reports: 'Hunt for escaped beaver.' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4029240/Escaped-beaver-leaves-trail-of-felled-trees.html)

Hmmm. Janet Jackson had another wardrobe malfunction?


30th Dec 2008, 12:53
Brass monkeys here. Have spent the morning waiting around to do the ferrying in PickerMotor of a harpsichord for tomorrow evening's concert. Trouble is the other members of the transfer team were two music students. :rolleyes:

My Harry Potter Interactive Wand arrived today! Now I can have fights with Stockette, as she has a Hermione Granger one. :ok:

30th Dec 2008, 12:58
...time for another I think!
Baby or massage, Octopussy2? :E

30th Dec 2008, 13:03
Hi folks. I'm back. :ok:

My op went fine but I got an infection in one of the incisions and have a ruddy great hole (well about the size of a golf ball) in my side.

Will atemmpt some of sort of read in and be back later.

Trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas. :)

30th Dec 2008, 13:14
Hi Mate, watch out, all the birds are having some sort of hormone surge, :uhoh: best keep a bucket of ice water handy.:)

DX tell Bryn that one has a huge collection of doggy comestibles available.

tony draper
30th Dec 2008, 13:21
Prollly a berra class of person in the UK 5000 years ago, have you noticed how standards are slipping these days.:)

Bryn the Sheepdog
30th Dec 2008, 13:25
Bryn says "Watch it! Grrrr!"
I'd be very careful if I were you, he's got a mouthful of very big, very sharp teeth

Grrrrrrrrr, yes I do mum :ok:


30th Dec 2008, 13:43
One has discovered another ruse by which the long suffering citizens of this country are being ripped orf,"Shaving Foam",by cunningly installing propellant sufficient only to emit half the contents of the cannister they oblige us to go out and purchase another of their products,

That was from Drapes on December 5 (I told you I was reading in).

They do it with windscreen de-icer as well. The oomph disappeared from the can while it was still half full this morning. Minus four it was as well. :mad:

Edited to add from mamasan

I happily do feel the obligation to go out and blow.

As timm might say, "Form an orderly queue gentleman." :E

30th Dec 2008, 13:50
Heyyy, angels, good to see you back! We were starting to wonder...

The latter, Bluey,definitely the latter!:eek:

30th Dec 2008, 14:23

You're back!!!! http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f47/Magz01photos/Huggie.gif

30th Dec 2008, 14:27
Welcome back Angels. Many of us were concerned.

Now, almost two years after my gall bladder removal, I have a rather deep crease where the incision leaked. Sounds like the "simple keyhole" advert was just as incorrect in your case as mine. At least I didn't have an infection.

I certainly wish you well.


30th Dec 2008, 14:34
Wishing you well - you will have noticed by now that concern for your well-being was being expressed in Morse:ooh:
Good luck:ok:

green granite
30th Dec 2008, 14:37
Welcome back Angels

30th Dec 2008, 14:42
Hey, thanks folks, it really is good to be back.

I will give the full gory details of what happened at a future date. When I get the technical assiatnce I require, there will also be a picture which knocks lexxi's finger (it was lexxi wasn't it?) into a cocked hat -- figuratively speaking.

Sailor Vee
30th Dec 2008, 14:45
Good to see you back here, Angels, and just in time to organise the New Year bash!

30th Dec 2008, 15:04
Ref Jerry Coe's post 1324. Escaped beaver!
If that's the sort of damage a "Love sick" beaver
can do, no wonder they were hunted to extinction! :mad:

I suppose they could be eaten though? Being vegetarian?

PS Welcome back Angels, You didn't miss much.

tony draper
30th Dec 2008, 15:05
Welcome back Mr angels:ok:
This is a good webcam if yer like watching those airyplanes landing and tootling about,it's the heavier than air machine docks at Los Angeles.
LAX_WEBCAM #2 Over The Pacific (http://www.cargolaw.com/lax_webcam2.html)

30th Dec 2008, 15:21
Checked that webcam several times Mr Drapes,
I reckon they're all still in bed!!!

Correction, one just taxied in. :ok:

30th Dec 2008, 15:48
Glad you're back, angels! Think it was Rads' finger you meant. So, how do they go about filling in a hole in a forex guru? Dollarfilla? :}

the incivil beast
30th Dec 2008, 15:54
Welcome back angels, 'tis nice to read from you again :ok::ok::ok:

30th Dec 2008, 16:24
If that's the sort of damage a "Love sick" beaver
can do, no wonder they were hunted to extinction!

I suppose they could be eaten though? Being vegetarian?

I saw an episode of that UK wildlife fella in the USA, where he had a 90 year old gent making beaver stew - so thay can be eaten (apparently very tasty too). Not only that, but the church declared them "fish" in the middle ages (as they hang about the water) - so you can even eat them on feast days and fridays!

30th Dec 2008, 16:49
Must dash off to the local "chippie" for beaver 'n chips.
We've eaten all the cod.

PPRuNe Radar
30th Dec 2008, 17:16
Another nice evening up here, if a little nippy !!

Not my pic alas as my camera has been sent off to the repairshop after only 3 months use. This is probably due to the fact that half the Namibian desert seems to be inside it :ok:



Pics courtesy of DJ

30th Dec 2008, 18:23
Have managed to get to page 47 of the new Trabb. I see that someone had to be shown the door. It was a bit odd seeing responses to posts that had disappeared but I soon sussed out what must have happened. Pity I missed all the fun.

Brockie - very sorry to hear your news re the letter. Didn't realise the bar stewards could make you redundant. How easy it is for scum like this to pick on the sick and the infirm. :mad:

Re breakfasts, the biggest one I ever saw was the 'Truckers Outback Breakfast' at a caff in Bourke, NSW. It had all sorts of stuff (sausages, bacon, lamb chops, minute steak etc). I managed to eat about 2/3 of mine over an hour and a half or so. One truckie came in, had one placed in front of him, said, "Ah. Tucker!" and had finished it all and gone within 30 minutes.

Off now, will be back tomorrow. :ok:

30th Dec 2008, 18:46
Welcome back angels. Hope everything is sorted out now.

30th Dec 2008, 18:47
Good on ya Angels. keep it going

30th Dec 2008, 18:58
The family is complete again. Good to have you back, angels, even though it be incomplete!:ok:

Speaking of nosh demolition, I walked past the local chippie the other night on the way to the next door corner shop to buy milk. As I walked past a young gent was just taking delivery of a large plate of fish 'n' chips. Fish hanging over the edge of the plate and what looked like a double portion of chips. Passed by again no more than than 5 mins later and it had all gone.:eek:

I know I put up the bet for the three grandkids' christmas piccys and acknowledge that Duckbutt and lexxi have responded. My picture will be forthcoming when Sammi gets back from her holiday sojourn with a camera full of Lily.;)

30th Dec 2008, 19:27
which knocks lexxi's finger

Not me, Radz it were.

tony draper
30th Dec 2008, 22:17
Hmmm,interesting thread on another website re stowaways,never had any experience of any meself,but apparently there were quite a few ten pound poms took one look at Oz ,cast about out the nearest vessel blighty bound and stashed themselves in the life boats,and quite a few made it home as well,apparently the protocol was to sign them on at sixpence a month and work em like dogs until the white cliffs hove into view.

30th Dec 2008, 23:05
Five thousand years ago those hills would have been thickly forested,that stone circle was prolly in a clearing.

Apologies for the delayed response, FSL - I was telling Mr Picker about the pic and your response to it, in the pub tonight. He asked the very valid question - if it had been all that forested, how would they have celebrated the winter solstice? Or does the sun get (much) higher in winter in Wales than it does here in Jockistan? It didn't look to be a particularly high spot, so surely if it was surrounded by trees they wouldn't have had the vital rays of sunshine?

Lon More
30th Dec 2008, 23:32
Welcome back Angels.

Just when you think everything is starting to get better....
Was told at the cardio that he wants to have a look at the inside of the gubbins. Catheter type thingy into the heart. had a look at the possible side effects, death made me sit up a bit. bugga

30th Dec 2008, 23:45
Five thousand years ago those hills would have been thickly forested,I don't dispute the claim (I've always believed that myself), but who cut them down (and why?)?
I've heard that in Nelson's time (maybe earlier) that they were taken to build ships, and some were felled to provide space for agriculture - but surely not up there? Maybe they just wanted the wood to burn?

Maybe the stone 'circle' was something other than what we thought?

31st Dec 2008, 00:38
... death made me sit up a bit. bugga
Well that's a bit odd, Lon ... normally it has the opposite effect. :uhoh: Only kidding. Lots of people have that procedure and all is well but even so, I think I'd be scared sh!tless myself!! When is it due to happen?

31st Dec 2008, 08:21
I suppose they could be eaten though?... and we're talking about beavers; right? :E

It was -5º C yesterday and it took Mrs BS and self ten minutes of scraping to get the car fit to drive. Yet when I walked from the car park to the hangar I arrived fresh and glowing. Today it was only -1º C and the car was fit and ready, but in addition to the frost, it was misty. Walking in the mist turned my lugs blue, hurt my lungs and brought tears to the eyes. So much for wind chill, "mist chill" is much worse. BTW, where have all the trees in Wales gone? The same way all the trees went in Scotland. Sheep farming and trees don't mix.

31st Dec 2008, 09:10
Catheter type thingy into the heart. had a look at the possible side effects, death made me sit up a bit. bugga

Ah Lon, the angiogram. It´s when they see the results and tell you what they are going to do next that you get worried.

Trust me, I´ve got the T shirt.

31st Dec 2008, 09:24
Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away: Free MP3 Download (http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=1134061&song=Cowboy+Take+Me+Away)

Lon More
31st Dec 2008, 09:37
Dunno when it will all happen. Hospital is supposed to be moving to a new location, but one or two important things were forgotten, like O2 and connections to the computer monitoring system. Doc wants to wait til it's all sorted out
and tell you what they are going to do next

That was what really worried me. Time to stick fingers in ears and sing "La la la la

Lon More
31st Dec 2008, 09:42
Summat strange. Time at forum title page is correct. Time on posts is -9 hours. Checked my settings, they're OK
Edited to add - this one shows 1042, which is correct. Previous post, 5 minutes ago shows 0137.

Has someone been barging around with the Tardis?

31st Dec 2008, 09:45
Here's one for ya TD BRIGHTHELM JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS since 1974 (http://www.dogs.net.au/brighthelmjackrussells)

These are my chums in in OZ, still got & breeding good looking Jacks:ok:

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 09:56
Yup great looking pooches,strange, whe we first took a interest in Jackies they had to have a saddle ie a patch of colour on their backs now they all seem to be all white with a patch of colour just on on their faces like SWH.
Hmm just reading some statistics on another website the UK is 28th in the list of the world fattest folks,Oz and Kiwi are way ahead of us at 21st for Oz and 17th for New Zealand.
The Pods are becoming Pod shaped apparently

31st Dec 2008, 10:25
Angels is back :


Stand-by in Holland. Ice everywhere and skating fever has taken hold of the nation. Scenes are stunningly reminiscent of what Brueghel painted in the 17th century.

Steady stream of teeth-through-lip and suspected-concussions coming into the surgery, and an old but very spry chap was just ambulanced off the premisses with a heart attack. My mate is being kept busy on his brithday.
Have offered to do the driving back from the New Year's Eve party tonight so both he and his wife can drink. Feeling extremely virtuous (and stupid) here. ;)

If not called out today and tmrw it'll be off to Lagos on the 2nd.
If anyone knows the answer to my electrickery/computer question on the forum just above; baited breath here.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 10:30
Did he not paint Icarus falling from the Sky? his demise being studiously ignored by the Cloggies on the ground?
See Drapes is not a complete philistine.:)

31st Dec 2008, 10:36
This should get angels and ms. stockie going.

Good job neither of you were with me in a bar in town yesterday, where some feckwit was trying to get people to invest all their available cash in a "day trading fund", claiming massive gains over the last three months personally. His investment of quarter of a million had returned ninety grand in that period, so he claimed.

He described the investment as " higher risk" ! :eek:

I decided to invest in another pint. :)

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 10:40
Fascinating prog on telly int early hours about famous murders on the railways in my baillywick,they show nowt but poo all night then show the good stuff at 1 am,daft I calls it.
This was one of them,bloke was guilty as hell,and suffered the last public hanging in Carlisle.
Images Of Cumbria - The Durran Hill Murder (http://www.stevebulman.f9.co.uk/cumbria/durranhill_f.html)
Can't find the other one,twer about a pit Paymaster being shot six times and robbed of the payroll on the Newcastle to Berwick line,the prog reckoned the bloke what swung for it didn't do it,frankly looking at the evidence I thinks they hung the right un.
Another interesting one was the famous or infamous robbery at the Alnwick Vicarage,a great miscarriage of Justice where two innocent men did 6 years iof life sentences, which led to the Laws on appeals being put on the books.

31st Dec 2008, 10:51
A "leap second" will be added onto official clocks around the world at midnight to account for the Earth's slowing spin on its axis.
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Extra second to keep UK on time (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7805534.stm)
So when did 'Worldwide' time become universally adopted? What regions don't comply?

Who determined that there would be 24 hours (and why 60 minutes - and 60 seconds)? Why not 10 (corresponding to the number of fingers)? And why 7 days in a week?
I can understand that a month is related to the moon phases (and a day length is 'fixed' by the sun's traverse) and likewise the year, but what determined the divisions - and how come there is (almost) universal agreement across the World?

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 10:53
It is very complicated Mr G-C,so one shan't bother explaining it.:rolleyes:

31st Dec 2008, 11:22
It has been my considered opinion that those without sheds and practical skills: might well require time for explaination and understanding.
A pounds worth of theory is not equal to ten pence of experiance.

People should watch Royal Institution lectures, inspirational they are.

31st Dec 2008, 11:29
'morning all - last day of the Old Year.. I do love New Year's Eve.. dunno why, but there is something about the starting anew thing that makes me all hopeful!! :ok: I shall make sure to have a good nap this arvo so I can be awake for midnight... 'tis the law :E

WELCOME BACK angels!! Very happy to see you - sorry about the infection, that sounds as if it might have been worse than the op itself... once you are all recovered I am sure you will be delighted, as was I, to eat without fear of pain - even cheese!!! :ok: Thanks for the commiserations about the redundancy krap... so far I haven't received anything personally directed at me, just minutes of meetings held between staff and management where it is noted that "HR will send copies of documentation to those on long term sickness" which explains who is sending me the papers at least!! Oh well.. it is said that we only get stuff thrown at us that we are capable of dealing with and I am clinging to the old adage of what doesn't kill us makes us stronger ... 2009 WILL be a good year heheheh

LonMore - sorry to hear you need an angiogram - I think the fact that Drs have to give you all the potential downsides of any procedure these days just makes things worse somehow. We all think of the bad stuff without any help from the medics!!

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 11:51
The starting anew bit does not occur until March for me,when the world starts coming back to life when spring starts kicking in,the next two months are a waste of time,one hates Jan and Feb.

31st Dec 2008, 12:02
Interesting bit on't telly this morning.
Chatting about the clock mechanism that controls when
Big Ben chimes.
The chap responsible for it's accuracy talked about the
old pennies used to modify the speed of the pendulam.
It seems that removing 1 old penny from the pendulam
causes the mechanism to speed up by 2/5ths of a second
per day.
Now that's what I call an interesting fact!
Firmly rooted in my cranial filing system forever! :ok:

Sad really.

Rather be Gardening
31st Dec 2008, 12:03
Agree with you there, Mr D!

Great news that Terry Pratchett has been knighted in the Honours List - that man has given so much laughter and pleasure to people with his books. :ok:

31st Dec 2008, 12:23
:confused: Got a rose about to flower, what global warming/cooling/insert pet theory of your choice.

Beatriz Fontana
31st Dec 2008, 12:29

I feel a thread coming on... you have an extra second, what will you do with it...?

It would all depend upon who you were with and what you were doing at the time... :ok:

31st Dec 2008, 13:41
...wants to have a look at the inside of the gubbins. Catheter type thingy into the heart. had a look at the possible side effects, death made me sit up a bit. buggaDon't worry Lon, 'tis a doddle and extremely interesting if you are technically minded like me. I've had two; one to see what re-plumbing I needed and another ten years later, to see if the original work was holding up. It was. Phew!

The mortality rate is definitely higher than for driving on the motorway, but looking on the bright side, its safer than sky-diving and people do that for fun.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 13:42
Hmmm, another year passes without a letter from the Palace.:(:rolleyes:

31st Dec 2008, 13:43
Which palace? The one in London or the proper one in Durham?

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 14:16
Been in Durham Nick a few times Mr G,in one's professional capacity of course,on one memorable occasion we sent a Yops kid to see if he could borrow a hacksaw off one of the screws,they was not amused.

31st Dec 2008, 14:23
Hi folks. Had me dressing done this morning. The hole in my side is healing up, tis about a 1/3 of the way to vanishing entirely, nice n' bloody inside which is how it should be. Taken another picture for your later edification.

mamasan - is it cold enough in Cloggieland for the canal iceskating race? Can't recall the name without Googling. Ijshammer or something?? Was in the Netherlands one year when it was on and it seemed like the entire nation turned out. Great fun!!

Lon - panic not mate. Easy for me to say having not had the procedure, but I know quite few people who have and all are still fighting fit. Look at it this way, if they do find something amiss -- which they probably will not -- then be glad that they did while they can do something about it!

A very happy new year to all. :ok:

31st Dec 2008, 14:34
Wishing folks a prosperous New Year is probably pointless, however I will wish all a (more) healthy 2009 . . .

31st Dec 2008, 14:41
Have a Hippy New Year Folks!!!!
Go and get stoned!!!!!:ok:

Beatriz Fontana
31st Dec 2008, 15:03
I'm about to head out into London (wish me luck) for the evening. A Happy New Year, and hoping it's a prosperous one for all and see you in 2009.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 15:04
Hmmm,this has one a tad puzzled,this is a live picky from LAX, LA is on the West coast is it not? that webcam states it is overlooking the Pacific,so how come the sun is rising in the West?:uhoh:

green granite
31st Dec 2008, 15:07
Quite simple Mr D everything is backward in the States :E.

31st Dec 2008, 15:10
Look at the time on the top left corner.

Date 30-12-08, It's not live Capt Drapes. Sorry.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 15:17
Ah sorry,a trained observer of Drapes caliber should have noticed that,hmmm,one blames advancing years.:(

31st Dec 2008, 15:25
That, or LAX has just been nuked.

31st Dec 2008, 15:33
You on-line at home now Angels?

31st Dec 2008, 15:35
It's the start of the slippery slope into senility. :sad:

Well, that's MY excuse!!!!

PS Gainsey, Did you find that Manchester Regiment badge yet?

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 16:00
Oh dear,switched over the telly there and got a fright,one had to grope swiftly for the remote again.chitty chitty bloody bang bang was on, one has successfully avoided that movie along wi the likes of the sound of music all one's life up to now.

31st Dec 2008, 16:09
Do you know where the phrase "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" comes from?

Apparently, so I was informed by my Grandad, it was from the practice
in the first war of issuing the troops on leave from the front line with
"Chits" to allow them to enter brothels! For a bit of "Relief" :D

No chit! No bang!

31st Dec 2008, 17:59
Found a useful bit of forum info. At the top of each thread page is a bit called "Thread Tools", and under the drop down list is "Show Printable version". Selecting this squeezes everything together when a pic has spread the page out beyond the right hand side of the screen, and you no longer have to scan left and right to read everything. :ok:

Why are the Jetblast mods so in love with Tony Robinson??

31st Dec 2008, 18:07
................ah the old ones are the best Norm. All the best to every one for 2009, fingers crossed.

Have the grandson here tonight, he's 5 yrs old and wants to see the New Year in. We've agreed but I suspect I'll be carrying him up around nine o' clock

Sir Lee B´stard
31st Dec 2008, 18:54
Report: UK database could be privately managed - Taiwan News Online (http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=826337&lang=eng_news)

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 18:56
Here's a mystery engine for the Steamengineologists to identify.:ok:

31st Dec 2008, 19:00
A fine looking bit of engineering. Built to last a while!

west lakes
31st Dec 2008, 19:20
Don't know the type but the Vulcan Foundry was near Newton - Willows in Lancashire. It later became part of thre English Electric Group. If I recall the Deltics that used to run up & down past Mr D's were also built there.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 19:32
The Cowcatcher is a bit of a give away,tiz a made in American one being shipped to France,(they Frenchmen canna build machines ,they's just good at making soups sauces and such)
The picture was dated 1935,the Vessel the Belpamela was lost with all hands in bad weather carrying another cargo of Railway Engines 12 years later in 1947.

31st Dec 2008, 19:46
With respect Mr D are you sure? After a quick Google I would tentatively suggest the Dampfmobile in your photo could be one of the 24 Chinese Government Railways Class KF1 4-8-4's built at Newton Le Willows in the mid thirties.

No 610 is preserved at the National Rail Museum in York.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 20:11
Apologies Mr Duckbutt one should have read the caption more carefully,you are quite correct.
This is the caption that accompanied that photo.


5 - locomotives being unloaded ,at Shanghai docks from S.S Belpamela,this ship was lost, with all hands in a ferocious gale, in mid- Atlantic in April 1947, while conveying 16 new locomotives, from the U.S.A to France.

Award yourself ten points.:)


31st Dec 2008, 20:30
Most gracious Mr D. I shall spend all evening basking in the glow from those 10 points.

31st Dec 2008, 20:37
I got a re-roster tomorrow! WOO and indeed HOO! Should have been doing an 0500-1330 but now doing a 1200-2000! Very pleased with that. :ok: Had to venture forth at just past 0400 this morning, the temperature readout in the car said "barsteward freezing."

Happy New Year All, see you in 2009!

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 20:37
Buggah! just been out wi SWH, tiz really really really cold out there,one would not like to be first footing tonight,not that one was ever given that duty what wi being a fair haired Nordic type,first footers had to be wee dark chaps,prolly a folk memory of when yer Celts held sway in the land,possibly induced by our guilt at killing them all,but progress had been made at least we didn't eat em like we did wi the Neaderthals.

31st Dec 2008, 20:41
Bugger, 2009, and I thought it was still 1969.

31st Dec 2008, 20:52
Would that it was (1969) . . .

Lon More
31st Dec 2008, 21:09
Disadvantage of being a doggy person FSL.

Much easier with a cat, just send them out to do it and a couple of minutes later they'll be clawing at the door, job done.

31st Dec 2008, 21:10
Been very cold and foggy here all day, with everything covered with a thick layer of frost. Looked very pretty (frosted spiders webs and all that. Memo to self. Must dust porch sometime), but a bit chilly when out on one's perambulations and a bugger to clean off the car before going into town.

Anyway on a venture outside just now to replenish my nicotine level I notice that while the temperature is about the same as it was earlier (-2) the frost has all gone. Odd that - humidity must have dropped is all I can think of.

Of to mates in a few minutes for New Years thingies so Happy and Prosperous New Year to all here and whereever.

31st Dec 2008, 21:24
they Frenchmen canna build machines ,they's just good at making soups sauces and such

You missed out the crappy cheese, the vinegary wine and the white flags, FSL.


31st Dec 2008, 21:29
Presently enjoying a precious few peaceful and recuperative minutes stolen in our room upstairs from the baying mob downstairs - 30 'young' and 15 or so 'oldies' - these stolen minutes are necessary to endure beyond night's noon.

However, it does gives me a chance to wish all Trabbists a VERY happy and healthy new year from us both. :)

Rwy in Sight
31st Dec 2008, 21:49
Should we start a thread for all the 2009 wishes or use this thread?

31st Dec 2008, 22:02
Don't know whether this is the right place. Found the following on another forum:
Every Microsoft 30 gigabyte Zune ever made committed sucide this morning at 2 AM. Ones that weren't on at that time commit suicide as soon as they are turned on. Every 30 Gb Zune audio player ever made is now a doorstop.

Microsoft has no comment
The message was posted by someone in California, so your time may differ. Surely some Microsoft programmers will be enjoying a stressful New Year's party.

tony draper
31st Dec 2008, 23:47
One hasn't a clue what a zune is so it is a matter of complete indifference to me,

Hmmm,isn't a zune a type of rocket fired by those fast pointy things?

cockney steve
31st Dec 2008, 23:57
Re- Mr. Norm's post @<hidden> chitty, was the name given by Count Zbrowski, to his Aero-engined racing-cars in the early twenties.
According to" Motor Sport", It was "chitty chitty bang"....purportedly the clatter of valve-gear (exhaust, inlet),...bang of combustion....quite plausible, given the size and revs of these beasts....the Brooklands societ use the more common C,C,B,B,form, as popularised by the film of that name...I must say, there is reference to the possibility of a link to a bawdy WW1 song, The Count was known for his sense of humour and it fits in...a jolly thought.

DX Wombat
1st Jan 2009, 00:00

cockney steve
1st Jan 2009, 00:02
So, microshaft cocks it up again....what's new?

Linux or Apple......they work, they aren't plagued with malware attacks.
Havent used m/s**t since windoze 3.11 and don't miss it :)

1st Jan 2009, 01:14
Showing my extreme age, I understand that a Zune is something like an iPod ... a portable music player.

There is now thought that the problem may be that 2008 has/had 366 days, but the Zune was unprepared for a year having more than 365 days. Microsoft's statement:
"Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30-GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used)," Microsoft said in an e-mail. "The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year. That being the case, the issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30-GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you're a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device."
Edited to add Microsoft's statement.

1st Jan 2009, 01:38

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
Alice is marrying one of the guard.
"A soldier's life is terrible hard,"
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We saw a guard in a sentry-box.
"One of the sergeants looks after their socks,"
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We looked for the King, but he never came.
"Well, God take care of him, all the same,"
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
They've great big parties inside the grounds.
"I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds,"
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
A face looked out, but it wasn't the King's.
"He's much too busy a-signing things,"
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
"Do you think the King knows all about me?"
"Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea,"
Says Alice.

This was put to music once upon a time with a charming girl singing. Very unique north country accent had she. Heard on the bbc while driving through the Oxfordshire countryside, and a very pleasant time it was.

1st Jan 2009, 04:27
Brits spend 1/2 billion pounds a year on sausages.

Economy sausages must be at least 32% meat but that can contain connective tissue, skin and rind.

Go to a good butcher, go for the 80% meat.

If you can find a good butcher these days

If you can, support them

1st Jan 2009, 05:22
First day as management. Assigning tasks to the crew at 07:00.

" I thought we'd start out by singing the company song and then 15 minutes of calesthenics."

A couple of months ago lying on a bed in emergency. Doctor and Triage Nurse approach the room and I hear from the nurse just outside "I've never seen anything like it, No drama"

Doctor comes into the room and introduces himself. Asks how I am feeling.

"As well as can be expected" says I. This generates smiles from both.

Always start with a joke.

1st Jan 2009, 07:07
Words and Music by Joan Baez)

I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

1st Jan 2009, 07:28
I see Sydney had a usually fine fireworks show near/on the bridge. I remember being there watching it a number of years ago from a hill just west of Watson's Bay.

Still 2008 here now.

1st Jan 2009, 07:52
Seven minutes to go, RT.

Happy New Year to all. May we live to see a safer world and more prosperous 2009!

green granite
1st Jan 2009, 07:58
Happy New Year to one and all.

1st Jan 2009, 08:01
Happy happy at 00:00 westcoast time.

Capn Notarious
1st Jan 2009, 08:45
This is the first www that I have visited in 2009.
Is there a better place to start?

tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 09:23
Morning peeps,nice lie in this morning,best way to start a new year,one decided not to go out with the hunt today one's horse has a knobbly knee.
This is interesting,twer some Italian called Julius Caesar who decided that new years day would be Jan 1st,we told him to buggah orf and made it Annunciation Day (March 25th,then some Norsemen invaded us in 1066 and they made it Jan 1st again,wish they would stop feckin about wi things.

1st Jan 2009, 09:46
...and a goodly New Year to all!

In a musical mood after Jools Holand´s "Hootnanny" last night. Can´t believe how badly Martha Reeves is wearing and how good Dave Edmunds is. Only 4 years between them. He looks to be approaching 60 and is 64, whilst she is 68 and looks in her eighties!:eek:

Now watching "The Pirates of Penzance".

tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 10:41
Very quiet here last night ,just thinking, one seldom hears ale fuddled persons tottering up the road singing There's a Old Mill by a Stream Nelly Dean,as we did int olden days when I were a lad.
Nowts the same.:(

west lakes
1st Jan 2009, 10:51
Lovely crisp morning here, there is so much frost on the land that it looks as though it has been snowing!

Treated (??) to 20 minutes of fireworks at midnight, which didn't impress MWL as she was up early to go to work.

tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 11:11
Here's a good Hogmanay day menu.:)
Spookily we are to have cutting fra the fameyard grunter ourselves today

1st Jan 2009, 11:18
Mr R Thunder,


It's not been all that many years since IBM employees started their day by standing facing a picture of Thomas J. Watson and saying "All hail Mr. Watson."

As Management, perhaps you could substitute the picture and name of your Glorious Leader. Singing the company song was more a Japanese tradition.

And Happy New Year to all.

Beatriz Fontana
1st Jan 2009, 11:23
RT, you wait. Your team will be playing bulls*%t bingo against you in no time! :}

The fireworks at the London Eye were superb. Wasn't too cold but there was hardly a breeze so at the end there was a big of a fog what with all the smoke. There's only so many times one can turn the Eye in to a giant Catherine wheel so roll on next year to see what they can do with it!

Lon More
1st Jan 2009, 11:27
RT Christopher Robin (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=W_Z5LpHuXVE&feature=related) on You Tube.

I sem to remember slightly different words :\

1st Jan 2009, 12:10
Happy 2009 to all!! may the New Year bring us all happiness, health, the strength to cope with any and all hassles and the wisdom to count our blessings!

luv brockie

1st Jan 2009, 12:27
New Years Resolution fulfilled - ansd not often I can say that by lunchtime on New Years day. Finished pruning that damn apple tree.

Off to the annual 'January the Wunf Skittles Match' shortly -held to raise money for cancer research in memory of a mate who died a few years ago. Drink some beer, throw a ball or two around and generally socialise.

1st Jan 2009, 12:45
A very HAPPY new year to ALL Ppruners.
Hope all goes well this coming year for everyone.
May your biggest worries fade away, and may all
your investments in both time and money bear a
load of good returns, Hopefully!


tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 12:45
Hmmm, sods law,since one got this new fancy digital multi meter off Santa nowt int Towers has broke down,going by past experience nowt will blow up for the next six months.
One recalls the year 1973,clear skies every night,took delivery of me brand new specialy built at great expense Astronomical Telescope and the clouds rolled in from all points of the compass and remained ensconced overhead and down to the horizon for the next six months.
Hmmm the power supply for the door intercom has got a bit noisy,one thinks one should take some readings.

1st Jan 2009, 15:11
Thank you lot for all the nice wishes, so good to read and know that they are a sincere expression of the affection within this crazy thread. :D
That's beautiful New Year's wish there Brockie, can't do better than that so to my fellow Trabbers:

What Brockie said! :ok:

Wasn't called out to work, attended a nice friendly relaxed shambolic party with friends most of whom I've known for 20 plus years while their variously aged offspring weaved in and out. Lots of booze, snacks and an awesome amount of fireworks. Hosts had put a tall table for the champers outside, plus two fire bowls and a gas warmer, so we were all toasty while doing our own fireworks and watching other people's. Great display. We stayed the night, got a big breakfast and arrived home in time for me to start today's standby.
.. and after a fantastically happy month at home with the family, and knowing that all 3 of them were having a nice time, I didn't even have to feel sad for not being with them. It was all good. :ok:

1st Jan 2009, 15:40
I see I was rather busy last night.

"That's some bad hat Harry"

Movies for a New Year's Day.

1st Jan 2009, 16:03
We just got back from the Islands on 30th after a 24 hr journey with an 18 month old and a 3 yr old. Knackered we was!

Hate to admit it but went to bed on New Years Eve at 2100hrs, changed a diaper at 0200 and said Happy New Year to each other.

From me: A sincere Happy New Year to all the people who inhabit this strange thread! Take care all of you and enjoy all that life has to offer....after all, 'tis better than the alternative.:ok:

Brakes on
1st Jan 2009, 16:03
quote: "Has someone been barging around with the Tardis?" unquote
Wasn't me, honest, guv. My lease only starts in a few days, have to sort out the itinerary:
- drop Lady Blue at Rigel III
- pick up Lady Blue
- watch solar wind surfing championships off Betelgeuse
- holidays on Delta Drakonis
- search for ballpoint pen planet
- search for Solo, the planet socks lost in washing machines go
Does anybody have an IT solution to the 'Travelling salesman problem?

Happy New Year to all.

1st Jan 2009, 16:18
Does anybody have an IT solution to the 'Traveling salesman problem? Low-tech solution would be to lock the door, pull down the shades and turn off the lights. That might convince the salesman to go somewhere else.

Oh, you mean THE Traveling salesman problem. I think some GPS* units will do it.

*Gallactic Positioning System, well some Earth-only versions do.

1st Jan 2009, 16:22

My neighbours have three children, all in their twenties. this year the parents went away for New Year and left the three youngsters to have a party for their friends. At 19.00 there was a knock on the door.The three were standing there looking a bit sheepish. They explained that they were having a party and that it might get a bit noisy. "If it gets too loud please let us know and we will tone the volume down, and would you like to come and have a drink with us at midnight?"

Well, it did get noisy, but what the hell! I did not complain as I was just as bad when I was young. I also thought that having an old fogey at their party would not be a good idea so decided not to join them at midnight. At 23.45 there was another knock on the door. Same three plus a couple of others. "Get your coat on we are going to have the fireworks". After a bit of pressure, and not looking forward to being with thirty odd youngsters, I did go down. The upshot was that at midnight Sekt was drunk and fireworks duly let off. At 04.00 this morning I returned to my apartment having spent a few hours drinking far too much and singing songs from the sixties an seventies (their choice of music).

A comment on the youth of today.

Brakes on
1st Jan 2009, 16:23
Thanks for your suggestion. However, my problem is in what order do I go where. I only have a time-limited lease for the Tardis and the time-travel module seems unstable.

1st Jan 2009, 17:46
You lucky, lucky b*st*rd:E:}:ok:

1st Jan 2009, 17:49
I do so want to comment on Gaza.....but I won't.:\

1st Jan 2009, 17:53
New Year seen in with the Lexx's - and a Happy New Year to all Ppruners, but especially my own crew of correspondents - you know who you are!

Have ridden our first steam train of 09 - but met with a small problem!

All water supplies frozen up, and of course in these days of carbon footprint, and Elf n Safeteigh, no-one dare keep a lighted brazier near to said water facilities to keep them from freezing.

west lakes
1st Jan 2009, 17:56
Someone needs to think laterally - patio heaters?? the modern day equivalent

1st Jan 2009, 18:12
Guess you'll just have to resort to mixing hydrogen and oxygen . . .

1st Jan 2009, 18:33
Happy New Year to every one.

I hope 2009 brings good fortune to all our TRABBists and their families. :D

Ooh my head. :\

1st Jan 2009, 18:37
Sekt was drunkIsn't he always!

Happers to all my pals on this here thread ... tis a nice place to while away spare moments and learn lots of ... yanno what I mean. Hope to see more of you next year. Bash on through each day as if it were your first and make it last.

Herself sends regards ... she is concoctorising pudding at the mo. One is drooling not even knowing what it might be.

solution to the 'Travelling salesman problem?You already have it. Inserting a travelling 'buysperson' (Bluey) into the time continuum balances out the 'salesperson'. QED.

Either that, or a pair of Joo Janta 200s .......

tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 20:04
Buggah! one ate ower much again,sat here bloated like a ere bloated thingy,just had a quick shufty at Ebay,nice 62 Fiesta Red Strat on there with a buy it now price of 57,000 squids.
Time for some Kipling

Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark -
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk;
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie -
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by

the incivil beast
1st Jan 2009, 21:23
Boldog Új Évet!
A happy new year!

1st Jan 2009, 21:45
I did feel a lucky b*st*rd last night. However, this morning my head was telling me that I am getting too old for all this drinking. I only mentioned the event as I get a bit fed up of hearing how bad the youth of today is (the youngest person there was seventeen).

1st Jan 2009, 21:48
Sitting here with a stupid grin on my face from some responses to various threads. Enough, time to go out for brunch.

tony draper
1st Jan 2009, 22:31
A rather good little movie on ITV4 at the mo,Fatherland,one of they future different history thingies,the premise being that Germany won the war and the plot builds around that.

1st Jan 2009, 22:42
"I do so want to comment on Gaza.....but I won't."

Our (alleged) Middle East Envoy appears to be adopting that attitude as well.
Never known Blair so quiet.

Beatriz Fontana
1st Jan 2009, 23:19
Had a long conversation with my big bro earlier. He went to Stonehaven for the fireballs ceremony last night. He reckoned it was great, but absolutely heaving, so it was incredibly difficult to see what was going on. Better atmosphere than Edinburgh but is getting a little too popular, apparently.

1st Jan 2009, 23:33
How it's done round here:- YouTube - 2006 Allendale Tar Barl Ceremony (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gkRmTLrhNys)
YouTube - Allendale on New Years Eve (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JGMadFTBuKc)
New Year Tar Barrel Parade - NORTH COUNTRY WEB (http://www.north-country.co.uk/tar-barrels.htm)
Allendale (http://www.go-britain.com/html/allendale.htm)

DX Wombat
1st Jan 2009, 23:37
Bryn would like to wish everybody BLYDDYN NEWYDD DDA! (His posting rights appear to be faulty again :( )Some of his Christmas photos:
Is this really for me? His parcel wasn't wrapped but put into that box because we were going to be at the home of friends and I didn't want him making designer confetti from wrapping paper and distributing it all over their house.
Opening the present.
Oooh! It's a Rudolph rope pull toy.
AND .... I've been given a yummy bone too (I like these friends)
However, a puppy can't be too careful so I'll just keep everything close to me so I don't lose anything.

2nd Jan 2009, 01:42
- search for ballpoint pen planet
Oh that's not a problem, Brakes on ... it's just past the odd-sock planet but the approach is a bit of a difficult one. You have to go past the planet itself then do a 180 degree turn ( I won't tell Avi we did handbrake turns in the Tardis), then you have to engage the hyper-drive for no more than three seconds. The really tricky part is engaging the drive the day before you need to, while you're still in Time Warp.

If you don't get it right, the entropion effect kicks in and the consequences can be awful. Last person who got it wrong ended up having afternoon tea with Germaine Greer.

It wasn't pretty.

tony draper
2nd Jan 2009, 08:58
Hmmm,it's a mistake having Christmas and new year in the middle of the week stuff don't get back to normal until monday.
Bloke in Newcastle has found a old Bugatti in his uncles garage it's been there for fifty years,worth three to six million now,
lucky buggah.:rolleyes:

2nd Jan 2009, 09:11

Vroom vroom

tony draper
2nd Jan 2009, 09:43
Yer looks like that one only covered in dust cobwebs and pigeon poo,3 million,eh,one is old enough to remember when 3 million was a lot of money.:)

Lon More
2nd Jan 2009, 09:48
A local builders' supply merchant has a couple; one of which he races. He's not really a typical old car lover, the other one used to have an eight track player - probably now got a multi-disc player in it.
Another local, Jean Prick, was expressly refused by his father on the grounds that he was a bad driver, IIRC, to inherit one of several Bugattis. When the father died his brother and sister relented and allowed him the use of one.

Even this http://www.british-car-auctions.co.uk/images/VW_T35Rep_001.jpg, based on a 1969 Beetle is estimated to be worth nearly £4000

2nd Jan 2009, 11:26
Morning all. Another dressing change this morning. Still healing nicely.

Am at work, although I don't know why, there's SFA going on.

2nd Jan 2009, 12:49
I see Bryn is well into the current lead - how many is that?

2nd Jan 2009, 14:35
I still can't figure out what a Geordie was doing owning a Bugatti?
I thought that the horse and cart was the latest technology up there?

Just read on another thread that Isreal were going to invade Gazza!
Surely the poor bloke has enough problems as it is without them
joining in as well?
AND he's an ex Tottenham player as well!!! Shouldn't be allowed!

2nd Jan 2009, 16:39

2nd Jan 2009, 16:42
Lot of bloomin' hotheads up there then!

2nd Jan 2009, 19:12
Sailor Beware by Gil Elvgren. Very nice.

tony draper
2nd Jan 2009, 19:18
They Pigs Ears is banned from next door,they honk a bit and make a right mess when they have been chewed for two days,that's how long it took us to get one off SWH,
Been a funny sort of day today,have the SRH lodging with me this week,SWH stays next door out of her way,can't say one blames him.
Hmmm,apparently when asked what is the one thing they would like to do most before they die, most people say Swim with Dolphins.
Hmmm I suppose if you are a none swimmer you could combine both.

2nd Jan 2009, 21:42
Happy New Year to all!

Been out today to spend my Christmas Present Vouchers. Got me a rather nice dress. Down from £225 to £67.50. I noticed some marks that a good dry cleaning will get out so asked what could be done. Reduced to £50 was the answer. :ok:

tony draper
2nd Jan 2009, 21:52
225 Quid forra dress??? buggah!! one is glad one is not womaned up at the mo,they's got very expesive to keep since my day.
A set of new clogs piny and a headscarf and they was set for another year when I were a young man about town.

Beatriz Fontana
2nd Jan 2009, 23:30
Is it just me that's looking forward to getting back to work on Monday? I've had enough of the festive season... :(

3rd Jan 2009, 00:46
Just make sure you have snow chains ready.

3rd Jan 2009, 01:12
Some of us are more ready for Monday than you can imagine. :ok:

tony draper
3rd Jan 2009, 09:49
Morning peeps,
It just don't pay to upset the Road Menders.:uhoh:

3rd Jan 2009, 09:59
Morning. Have come in to battle the 878 e-mails that were in my basket when I got back. Bloody hell.

Very sad news from the Travolta household overnight. It's always incredibly wrong when parents have to bury one of their children. Its not what nature intended.

3rd Jan 2009, 10:40
Indeed. I read that too on the BBC site. :suspect:

Beatriz Fontana
3rd Jan 2009, 11:03
Hot date then, City? :O

3rd Jan 2009, 11:25
Very sad news from the Travolta household overnight. It's always incredibly wrong when parents have to bury one of their children. Its not what nature intended.
Indeed, angels ... a very sad thing to happen to any parents.

tony draper
3rd Jan 2009, 15:29
Spectaculer sunset here,sun is seting almost due West on my boy scout camping compass.

3rd Jan 2009, 15:47
As promised pages ago, the third of the JB Juniors' chrissy photos. Lily shows off the shoulder strap of her favourite fairy dress, with a look that says, 'Just how many more are you going to take?'


3rd Jan 2009, 16:38
Yon child grows more beautiful by the day, Baron!! And thank you and the Baroness for that wonderful Christmas card ... okay, it arrived a little late thanks to our often slack postal service, but it was worth waiting for. Tell the baroness I intend to frame that one, it's so pretty and I think she's very clever!!

Brakes on
3rd Jan 2009, 19:18
Lady Blue,
I've heard about a fate worse than death, but having tea with Germaine Greer? How could that be described?
Can we use an egg-timer to start the sequence of events or should we ask Zaphod for a toned-down version of the improbability drive?

tony draper
3rd Jan 2009, 19:18
Hmm, as one has observed on many occasions Trabbinauts seem to bring forth bonny sprogs,one could claim credit for that but it could be misunderstood.:)
Here's one of they Bears in training for a proper job at sea.:E

3rd Jan 2009, 20:25
Yes, Beatriz, Jan. 5th is indeed a date and there are a couple of us looking forward to it. :ok:

3rd Jan 2009, 20:32
Brakes on
should we ask Zaphod for a toned-down version of the improbability drive?
Probably not.

3rd Jan 2009, 20:52
Took Leo to spend some of his Christmas money today. He bought a marble run. Totally uninfluenced by me. :ok:

tony draper
3rd Jan 2009, 21:01
Ah! a gem among the usual Saturday night dross of celebs and would be celebs desperately trying to get their shallow vapid selves in front of the camera and feckwit dramas seemingly aimed at eight year olds
A History Of Scotland.
Great stuff :ok:

green granite
3rd Jan 2009, 21:54
followed by Michael Palin :ok:

3rd Jan 2009, 22:06
A History Of Scotland
seemingly aimed at eight year olds
shallow vapid selves in front of the camera


Now that's the right order, Tony..

3rd Jan 2009, 22:06
Unless you changed over to BBC4, for a documentary film on Prog, followed by a tour documentary from Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

You can keep your "three chords and the truth", I want 27¼ chords, a 7/8 intro and a six-minute solo on a Hammond organ with knives stuck in the keys. Sometimes, more is more, innit? :E

3rd Jan 2009, 22:09
Oooh what a Lucky Man...

Beatriz Fontana
3rd Jan 2009, 22:11
Ah come on, City, spill the beans - anyone we know? :}

Meanwhile, back in the UK, is it just me that gets a bit wound up with the latest Just For Men hair dye ad? Two young girls get their dad to dye his hair so he can pull a bird. I mean, come on, new girlfriend is going to go ape when she finds out that her hot new boyfriend dyes his hair! And anyway, the grey looks FAR sexier!

3rd Jan 2009, 22:37
And anyway, the grey looks FAR sexier!

Beatriz, you really know how to cheer up a mature person. There's a rather wide centre parting but the sidebits are grey.


3rd Jan 2009, 22:42
Bea, I'll say no more than it is a person known here. :oh: But, why would one really care, anyway? :ok:

3rd Jan 2009, 22:50
One seconds Shack37's comments.

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