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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:02
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Cooked myself a stir fry for lunch, was pretty nice. Im in a bad mood though now, I'm having an 'Ugly' day, I know the ladies will find it difficult to comprehend, but today I feel particularly ugly.

This usually means that in 3 or 4 days I'll be intollerable as I bounce back by having a 'drop dead gorgeous' day.

If you two are really such financial wizards, can you prove it to me by starting a rumour that BA are going to release the biggest profits ever heard of and force their shares to hit the £25 or £30 marker, I'll be able to take a few weeks holidays if you can do that for me. Ta in advance.
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:09
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Thanx, TC but I'd rather keep my job - not sure anyone'd believe me after the traffic stats the other day, anyway - load factors down, mix weaker (front cabin slower than rear) - must say I'm watching the thread on R&N about the plight of the folks at cityexpress very closely!

Anyway, this is all getting a bit too meaningful for this thread, so to pick up on your other point - I've stopped doing stir-fry and now getting a bit more adventurous with home-made curries; my Chicken Dopiaza has been especially successful.

For the uninitiated, "dopiaza" means "onions twice" - in other words, you use them in the basic recipe then add some rings sauted in ghee (or unsalted butter) at the end.

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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:15
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Topcat -- every day I'm what is colloquially known as a 'Fugly'. So, don't worry....

And re point two - Stocky is ya man, I know sweet FA about equities, although I can see some problems with keyboards in Scotland since Stocky's overweight is up some seven percent today.

Perhaps we should call him 'Stickys'.....

The trouble n'strife has called and tells me the cat has just rushed in from the rain and pranged bigtime into the fridge due to watery landing gear.
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:26
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actually, angels, (pauses, blushes, rubs toes in circular pattern in the earth) I'm a girl - someone seems to think even girls can run money these days!
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:38
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and the clue was in your comment about Mr. S liking you to keep your weight in check
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:44
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Glad someone noticed, SN! Mind you, I think we have to forgive him - after the news that came out at lunchtime, I reckon he'll be tied in knots this afternoon - cable's almost back to 1.85 and the yen's almost down to 105.5 against the dollar - buy your holiday dollars now!

(with the obvious provisos to professional financial advice that prices can go up as well as down and I know nothing about you!)
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:51
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I'd noticed too however I wasn't going to be drawn into commenting on it.

My mood has taken a remarkable upturn in the last 45 mins.

I'm dancing, romancin' and shakin' to the groove.
I'm twistin' and turnin' and WOW watch my body move!!!!

TC - shakin' his ass off on the way to the blk & white printer.
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:58
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er, yeah (nervous grin)

what do they sell at that nursery of yours, TC? wacky weed?
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Old 6th Feb 2004, 21:59
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Eek! Humble apols Stocky. Owe you for that error.

I wasn't that troubled by the numbers, I'm not a prop trader now (47, too old you see) and essentially just pootle about dispensing 'wisdom' etc. The bondies are happy and have largely bailed out of their long bund position.

As the weekend beckons, the Angels taxi service for kids starts in a couple of hours time.

Good w/e to all.

I think Drapes has been lynched by neighbours outraged at his skill with the soldering iron.
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Old 7th Feb 2004, 00:06
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taxi service for kids
As the saying goes, you deliver your children obstetrically once then by car for the next twenty years.

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Old 7th Feb 2004, 00:09
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angels

I guess the lynching, if any, would have more to do with the result of Mr D's skill with the soldering iron, i.e. playing the electric guitar with those amps at full throttle
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Old 7th Feb 2004, 00:40
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Mr Binoculars, I apologise for my most recent poetic attempt not meeting your high standards. You are quite right; my only excuse is that I did it on the hoof.

Perhaps the following will meet with more approval?

Mr Binoculars
Ever so jocular
Likes the odd bet
(But ainít rich from it yet).

He works within ATC
(Not within ACT)
And dreams about Phuong
(Though he canít stand Ralph Bong).

"Just Binos" his motto
("Just vinos" when blotto)
He claims that he hates this thread
(Strange, then, he knows whatís said).

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Old 7th Feb 2004, 07:59
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Then came that day way down in the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin
Miners were praying and hearts beat fast
Everybody thought they'd breathed their last
'cept John

Through the dust and the smoke of that man-made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a sagging timber gave out with a groan
and like a giant oak tree just stood there alone,
Big John

With all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
then a miner yelled out, "there's a light up above!"
and 20 men scrambled from a would-be grave,
Now there's only one left down there to save
Big John

With jacks and timbers they started back down
then came that sound way down in the ground
and smoke and gas belched outta that mine
Everybody knew it was the end of the line
for Big John

THey never re-opened that worthless pit
just placed a marble stone in front of it
These few words are written on that stand
"At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man,
Big John."

RBATPSOI - apparently that song holds a record for the most words for the length of the music.
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Old 7th Feb 2004, 10:01
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Ms singaporegirl ... it appears we may have been wise to choose the South American venture and work with llamas. I found this news item (sorry, I don't actually know how to do links) which seems to indicate that elephants should have their own masseur (or masseuse in this case). Apparently the creatures are subject to stress and need a massage every now and then to keep them happy.


Stressed elephants get massages
From correspondents in New Delhi
February 4, 2004

INDIAN wildlife officials have invited a US massage therapist to carry out "pioneering" work with stressed-out captive elephants.

Elke Riesterer, who has worked for six years with African elephants at Oakland Zoo in California, spent a few hours yesterday at an elephant colony on the banks of the river Yamuna that winds its way through the Indian capital.

She uses a combination of several massage techniques to assess animals' stress levels.

"The animals here are far too tense," she told another newspaper, The Hindu. Riesterer uses a technique of "touch healing" and works on an animal for anything between 15 minutes and an hour.

She begins with their feet, often a problem spot for large roaming animals forced to a sedentary life, works up each leg and progresses to the elephants' ears, then massages the face and tail.

In the past, there have been cases of some of these elephants turning violent.



I think she's having a lend of us ... 15 minutes to massage an elephant???

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Old 7th Feb 2004, 11:02
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Just Binos indeed, a simple man me,
A drinker, a punter, a sinner indeed;
A deeply flawed man with a taste for the booze
And none of the skills that Drapes has to use.

So Iím totally flattered to think that SG
Would take up the time to write verse about me;
Her writing ability fills me with awe,
Her wit and her style all Prooners adore.

I donít really know if she does look like Phuong
But itís a nice mental picture to help me along
While I prowl through this thread for things she has writ,
Unable, alas, to avoid all the rubbish.

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Old 7th Feb 2004, 16:24
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One is pleased to report a beautiful morning here on the Coaly Tyne,though a tad chilly, small hound is away to his holiday home on the Northumberland coast for the first time this year.
One is obliged to stay at home this morning as someone is driving up from Birmingham to collect a frozen chicken and some frilly net curtains. (don't ask)


South America is a splendid idea BD, one wandered the East Coast of that fine continent during ones early teens, in the olden days that was, one recals dark haired dark eyed maidens scuffling over Drapes for possession of his blond haired blue eyed aryan body.
One did not see any Llamas as one understands they dislike salt water,but one did steal a horse in Buenos Aires.
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Old 7th Feb 2004, 17:04
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Stockpicker,
I'm not at all surprised the wimminfolk are the "cheque-book drivers", wot with the number of mortgage-holders w/ whom I talk over the year.
If 'er indoors dint control matters and solve the budget he'd be in debtors' prison before he could say "Wasn't me - society is to blame!" S/times I'm sure certain boys marry so they don't have to worry about $$, cos they view money/simple budgeting as some arcane secret of the Illuminati.

"Here you go, dear, your pocket money to go play with the lads."


Herr TD, what's this about frilly curt........ (sound of silenced Beretta 7.5 mm fired in standard, CIA 2-tap style, body hitting floor..... fade out....)
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Old 7th Feb 2004, 17:14
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One was trained in the Jerusalem double tap Mr R with the Colt Woodsman, up close and personel as we used to say.
One will say this however before forever remaining silent on the matter, the frilly lace curtains are nowt to do with me, one is merely acting as a middle man in the affair of the frozen chicken and window hangings.
One has already perhaps unwisely admited to horse theft on this page ,although in truth the statute of limitations has probably run out on that one.

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Old 7th Feb 2004, 17:26
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Mr Binoculars
Won't be too popular -
Dissing old-timers
Because they ain't rhymers.

His praise gives me red face
(May make me a head case)
So please call a stop
Or my ego will pop!


Ms Diamond, like you, I cannot believe that it takes only 15 minutes to massage an elephant. Philippe the Belgian takes at least 30 minutes to work out the knots in my shoulders, and - let me assure you - I am hardly elephant-sized.

I have been thinking about our little trip, and I cannot help feeling that we are a little short on hard facts. So I have decided to go on a recce to India next week, just to help smooth our way a bit - make contact with some diamond merchants, local llama and eagle experts and the like. This will, I hope, save us time and money in the long run: it will look more businesslike doing initial negotiations without a string of llamas causing havoc all over the place, wouldn't you agree?

Let me assure you that this is not an attempt to bag the biggest diamonds for myself before you get there. Oh no - I am adamant that we should split the spoils equally. And if I do happen to pick up one or two little trinkets while I am there, it is solely so that we can assess the quality together, and decide whether the effort will be worth it. I'm sure you understand.
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Old 8th Feb 2004, 03:15
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All admirers of Miss singaporegirl and Mrs Blue Diamond watch with their project with interest. Although there is no early scholarly link between Scotland and the elephant (my own circus days excluded), it is not so with the llama, native to that country, and having indeed its own annual festival:

It fell about the Lammas tide,
When muir-men win their hay,
The doughty Earl of Douglas rode
To England for a prey:
He chose the Gordons and the Graemes,
The Lindsays licht and gay;
But the Jardines wad not with him ride,
And they rue it to this day.
And he has burn'd the dales of Tyne,
And part of Bambrough shire:
And three good towers on Reidswire fells,
He left them all on fire.

You understand, Mr Draper, it was all meant as good clean fun and taken in the same spirit. None laughed, we may be sure, more heartily than the chaps at Reidswire, always good sports, even though the joke was on them. That was as far back as 1388. It begins, as you see, with the Lammas.

This is not to say a thing against the Lindsays, mind you, nothing wrong with them, but the balladeer might with no great loss have stopped the line at ďlichtí.

The Jardines, party-poopers to a man, were more of a problem. They rued on and on and then emigrated to Hong Kong, where they did well in the opium trade.

I just mention this so that the ladies do not overlook relevant factors and networking that may prove valuable in their diamond hunt.

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