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Old 31st Dec 2003, 06:17
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Small white hound is named Cody but that name was thought up 17 years ago when we got our second Small hound, one was overruled at that time and that small white hound was called Rowdy.
One got ones way this time though the name of course was after that great man of the West Buffalo Bill, and not some simpering character in some pathetic antipodean soap opera.
It has however become very popular among hound and children owners since.


PS, Perhaps the best topological configeration for that tunnel would be a Torus, very interesting shape a Torus is,

PPS, That would only be true if one was falling into a black hole feet or head first singaporegirl, spagettification is brought about by the gravitational gradient betwixt ones head and ones feet becoming almost infinite, falling into a black hole in a sort of belly flop just does not bare thinking about.
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 06:26
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Mr Draper

do you mean that that poxy tunnel is topologically equivalent to human beings (incl. Brits) ?

I shall no ask questions about which end is where
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 15:59
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So if I were to fall in feet first, wearing, say, four-inch Jimmy Choo heels, how high would the heels end up? (Might be a little tricky to walk in...)
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 16:36
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Ms. SG:

Walk?

Where have the bearers of your sedan chair gone?

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Old 31st Dec 2003, 16:51
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Dammed cold again here this morning, went outside for a look at Orion last night, again to cold for any astronomical discoveries, have decided that being flung into a bath of liquid helium would not be a pleasent death, will investigate it as a possible means of execution when I finaly take charge.
One had decided to forgo new year resolutions this year, one shall continue with ones life of unrestricted excess and debaunchery .

One has just spent a interesting twenty minutes removing a new shirt from its celophane wrapper, tiz a facinating exercise , bomb disposal chaps could be trained in tracking down dummy fuses and traps just by unpacking new shirts, bits of plastic ,plastic clips and pins, trying to undo the top button at the collar which appears to have been welded to the button hole,so one can actually wear the shirt.
Dunno where said shirt came from, one has draws full of new shirts,but one can picture some commisar in a backwoods chinese sweat shop inserting that last pin and thinking to himself, or indeed herself, (commisar being a equal opportunity profession)
"the running dog capitalist lackey will never find that pin until he put this shirt on"
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 17:02
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Wouldn't said poxy tunnel be more accurately described as a subterranean isthmus than a peninsula, or is my memory of primary school geography letting me down?

I don't feel well today. Think I will have a rare early night tonight, NYE or no NYE.
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 17:21
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My, Mr seacue, what a good memory you have. And how touching, showing such concern for my staff.

They are on holiday at the moment, recovering from all the jostling in the sales ('No, not over here - over THERE.') As you might imagine, they are not very popular in lifts, but have you tried negotiating escalators in a sedan chair? The advantage is that I don't have to queue for a changing room - just draw the curtains, and I have my own little space.

Mr Draper, have you tried bespoke shirts? They come on a nice hanger, one doesn't have any of those problems with pins, and one doesn't have to iron them (or employ someone else to iron them) before wearing them.
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 17:23
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True Mr B, that was the word one was searching for, Isthmus.
In fact if one recals correctly Isthmus's are allowed to have penisulars sticking out of them, as in Isthmus of Panama and the Darian Peninsular.
Of course things were much worse,during the last ice age, as per usual when the north was submerged under a ice sheet half a mile thick the South East was bathed in sunshine and enjoying the good life,at the expence of the North, unfortunatly the english channel was dry then and those dammed foreigners could wander across at will.
Not much change there then.



Alas do not think there are any bespoke tailors left in my town singaporegirl, one can recal the day when every young man had at least one new bespoke suit buit for them every year.
The whole tailoring trade has disapeared,it takes little skill to knock up those tracksuit thingies that they all seem to wear nowadays,I swear I saw a chap come into the chemists the other day wearing his pajama bottoms, in my day he would have been arrested and subjected to a severe beating by the old bill for appearing in public thusly attired.

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Old 31st Dec 2003, 19:05
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The Isthmian Games were held on the Isthmus of Corinth, near the Saronic Gulf shore. They were like the Olympic games, but held every two years - as well as athletics, they also included painting and music competitions. The winners received either a chaplet of pine or a crown of wild celery.

Can't see modern-day athletes being happy with that. Imagine supper in the Radcliff household:

Mr Radcliff: So what did you get for winning the marathon, dear?
Paula Radcliff: You're eating it.
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 19:21
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Many years ago Drapes voyaged to Port Churchill in the chilly Hudson Bay.
Soon as the gangplank hit the quayside up swarmed a couple of RCMP, they gathered us together in the Crew Rec room and advised us thus.
"Do not do what seafarers have done for millenium on the first night ashore,ie drink yourself into a stupor,then crawl away find some nook to fall asleep in, for it is doubtfull if you will ever wake up, or you may be happened upon a Polar Bear who will commense to gnaw upon you".
Most of us heeded this advice
One swears it is colder outside now than it ever was in the Hudson bay.
Tonight will be a dangerous night for those inclined to fall asleep in bushes or on park benches ect.
Take care,proonerso leastwise you will not be troubled by very Large White Bears in the UK.



PS, the aforementioned RCMP did not have their mounts with them,Port Churchill being deemed far to cold for Nags, however in those days they still wore the bonny red coat, sam brown belt and desperate dan headgear.
One thinks they were called The Royal Canadian On Foot Police

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Old 31st Dec 2003, 20:10
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....thank you very much Mr D

I was tipping a bottle of juice into my mouth when I read that last line... On Foot indeed... have now snorted juice all over my hands, keyboard, tie....

Euugh - and I'm still at work!
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 20:51
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So if not Mounties, what are they called in popular parlance, Mr D? Walkies? Potteries? Pedestrians?

According to Philip Pullman, polar bear liver is highly toxic. On investigating further, I find that this is because of the high level of vitamin A it contains. Still, I expect polar bears need good night vision if it is permanently dark for half the year.
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Old 31st Dec 2003, 21:49
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I wonder what King Wenceslas would have done if the page had replied “Dunno guv, never seen him before in me life”?

Prolly would have thrown the logs on his own fire, snaffled the flesh and wine and snored all night long, instead of having to battle with that rude wind’s wild lament.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 01:51
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One has just spent a interesting hour connecting and setting up a plasma screen TV, thankfully one did not have to refer to the instruction manual even once, one does not know what you civilians would do were it not for folks like Drapes about the place.
The surround sound system however took a little longer, but it is now lifting the roof off in a most satisfactory manner.
One can see why the cousins across the pond now tend to have dedicated TV rooms.



One still thinks Plasma Screens are crap compared to the good old fashioned CRT, the technologists will have to come up with something new before Drapes is tempted to change.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 05:21
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In less than two hours it will be a new year.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 06:43
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Half an hour to go, gonna nip next door and snaffle some sausage rolls an stuff, weather is absolutly grim, snow bleaching down and wind blasting straight from the arctic.


Anyway Happy new year everybody.

Oh yes, the cable has been off most of the night, heads will roll.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 08:32
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Instruction manuals are for people like me, Tony. I read the instructions for new toasters, irons and jugs. It is people like me wot keep people like you living in luxury. Happy New Year!
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 08:47
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It is acceptable, Miss singaporegirl, to refer to them as "The Horsemen". No allusion to Four or the Apocalypse is expected or, I suppose, welcome if offered, and if recognised. They always get their man and, if they are Alan Ladd, they find mountains in Saskatchewan.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 09:33
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last year was 2003

the year before that was 2002
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 10:27
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Happy New Year everyone.

Mr. D., why were you hoping for something to happen while looking at Orion? I was looking at the same constellation myself (almost directly overhead at this time of year) and it appears the same as ever.

Can you also see the Southern Cross?? The two are not all that far apart. To look at, I mean.

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