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  1. I think I've come across another gremlin. I've tried twice to PM peeriebryan but not heard anything back; the first time (after I'd logged out!) there was this message waiting for me: [mod]Error noted and saved, thanks.[/mod] The second time (when I included the above information) there was nothing to suggest anything wrong, but PB hasn't answered so I suspect it still didn't get through. Any idea what's going amiss?
  2. Well, after some delay, I've succeeded in getting the address of the Nottingham FreeCycle "owner", and I emailed her asking if she'd be happy to talk less American English to someone in Shetland. Her reply: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Steve Unfortunately to set up a Freecycle group you have to go through the correct channels to enable it to be incorporated into the Freecycle system, if they contact uk@freecycle.org they should go through to Neil Morris which is the UK Freecycle Coordinator and therefore bypassing the Americanisms. Im sorry I couldnt be of any further help but do hope they have a better succces with Neil than with the "American woman" Kindest regards Paula Nottingham Freecycle Owner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So there you go, Neil Morris looks like the man if somebody wants to get the ball rolling and become the Shetland FreeCycle Owner.
  3. ^^^ Hear, hear. Thanks Koyaanisqatsi for an excellent link.
  4. ^^^ Check. She and her greedy free-market acolytes put a price on everything while knowing the worth of nothing. Before 1979 the UK may not have been perfect, but we had a lot of good things, like profitable nationalised industries subsidising unprofitable ones via the Treasury's kitty. Now every last detail of life has to run at a profit to feed its shareholders, never mind that the service it provides is not as good as it was. Look at the poor old Royal Mail struggling to keep its universal business - i.e. delivering to unprofitable places like Shetland - going in the face of a lot of private sector sharks who have creamed off all the profitable business and can't be bothered with such "unprofitable" places. She was the worst of Englishness. But there are good ones too, honest. There's one writing this
  5. You want pointless ... http://www.buzzardbros.com/gallery/albums/pictures/signs/normalsigns0044.jpg
  6. Mind you, they've been saying that about cyclists for years ...
  7. Couple of friends once drove a VW from London to Nottingham with the throttle cable broken. The guy in the back seat did all the accelerator work while the "driver" did the rest. By the time they came off the motorway, they were really getting into it, double declutching and all. Hate to think what the boys in blue would have said if they'd caught them :)
  8. It may just mean she has begun reading as well as the average 3-year old or something, at her age she's probably not actually doing much with it.
  9. Here's one for the weekend ... KORDAX: A dissolute dance of ancient Greek comedy And one to go with it: EUOI: interjection, expressing Bacchic frenzy Example: "I am not "falling about all over the place", my beloved, I am giving my interpretation of the ancient Greek kordax. Euoi!"
  10. I'm sorry you feel that way, ArabiaTerra, though in fact I completely agree with you (hence my desire to get out before things get any worse) - FWIW everybody I know, including yours truly, feels the same way as you about That Woman, and I haven't forgiven ... whoever it was voted for her ... either. There are some good English!What we're up agin here is the UK's terrible political system where you can get absolute power just by having the largest minority in a small turnout, not the "over 50% of the population" which people think. Also, if Scotland declares independence, you're condemning us English to perpetual Tory government, and if I remember right, there's a clause in the European Convention on Human Rights against "cruel and unusual punishment" ... please, don't blame us all for Thatcher, bear in mind that she NEVER had a proper majority but just rode the UK's stupid voting system for all she was worth. As I said, I'm 56 now, and I have never lived under a government which represented the majority. 'Nuf sed.
  11. Sorry JM but there are times when (as they say round here) it "gets on yer". Most of the time, actually ... Aye to that. Maximum de fraternite, minimum de veto et opt-out.
  12. To the question posed by the thread name, I say, "Alas, yes". And I apologise in advance for the length of this post, but if you read it you'll see why it is so. Actually, it's not so much "swamped" as "browbeaten and threatened by some horrible, toilet-mouthed little addict breathing his halitosis into your face from about four inches off the end of your nose". The police, unfortunately, no longer patrol streets in which they themselves live and control this sort of "person", they are too busy either watching the "fun" on CCTV from their concrete bunkers, or filling in the insane amounts of paperwork which successive governments have foisted on them. If you actually get to have a few words with a copper, many of them despair of the situation as much as we civilians do. Yes, this is true. This particularly since Margaret Thatcher seized power, tore the country to pieces to flog off to her greedy friends, and began the great lie that "there is no such thing as society". We now have a whole generation which has grown up in this nightmare dystopia believing that, so her poisonous dictum has become a self-fulfilling proposition. Er, wrong tense. The mindless thugs already rule the streets, and are very good at disregarding the infestation of CCTV cameras which are the only "response" of a snooping, intrusive government. One guy who was shot dead not far from my house died in a shop which was barely ten metres from a camera - you see the level of the thugs' contempt for the things. Given that the attackers got clean away, you can see why. Well, in my case not the US, which suffers from the same sort of free-market dogmatism that has ruined England, but when I see what Blair "absolutely rules out" in the EU constitution discussions I feel deep, deep shame that people might think this man "represents" me. Union rights? Oh, no, can't have those back, might be bad for business. EU-style levels of social security? Good God no, if people don't fight hard enough to save for their own misfortunes, let them go to beggary. And so on, and so on. I'm with Europe on EVERY thing Blair "won't tolerate". Possibly right. Even growing up in the 50s and 60s though, I must admit that my main identity was British, rather than English, and I still feel that all of us resident in this little island cluster ought to stick together at least to some extent. I don't think it's so very unreasonable for my English self to celebrate James Watt as well as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, or James Clerk Maxwell as well as Isaac Newton. I'd like to see Eire "in with us" too - not in that we should rule them, but in the sense that we're all here together and ought to get on. (Listen to RTE Lyric FM sometime on the net, and you'll hear some real foot-stompin' good Irish folk music, absolutely gorgeous even to my alien English ear.) Sadly true. The decent among us are cowering at home while the oiks run riot in the streets, mostly because we are risking hospitalisation or worse if we try to do anything about it (see note above about policing). I passed 56 recently. For the first half of my life I was living in a country which was good to live in - not perfect, but fun and decent. For the second half, I've watched the place being broken down, broken up and hawked off to whatever financial institution wants to strip a few assets. It's more like living in a prison camp now, especially after Blair's assault on basic liberties, and I'm afraid I am truly ashamed to be identified with the place now. My ideal scenario: 1: I move to Shetland (please); 2: Scotland declares independence, taking Shetland with it; 3; Shetland declares independence, either joining Norway or Denmark (I've been reading the Shetland history thread!) and I'M OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE LITTLE COUNTRY!! And God knows I wish 'twere not so. As I said, 28 years plus ago, it was not so, but England has degenerated so far now that there's nothing here now that I recognise as "my country". Thank you, my "representatives", for such a thoroughly comprehensive pig's ear of a job, and may I say here that I respect you all. Just very, very little, is all.
  13. Well, it amused me: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/20/man_diagnosed_with_heavy_metal/
  14. Boring old f*rt that I am, read this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/20/youtube_security/
  15. And I've drunk diesel (accidentally, you understand) ... and scrutineer's RIGHT! Only vodka this evening tho'.
  16. Useful definitions: A philosopher is a blind man in a dark cellar at midnight, looking for a black cat that isn't there. He is distinguished from the theologian in that the theologian finds the cat. He is also distinguished from the lawyer, who smuggles in a cat in his overcoat pocket and emerges to produce it in triumph. William L. Prosser, "My Philosophy of Law," Cornell Law Quarterly, 1942
  17. An engineer, a physicist, and a lawyer were being interviewed for a position as chief executive officer of a large corporation. The engineer was interviewed first, and was asked a long list of questions, ending with "How much is two plus two?" The engineer excused himself, and made a series of measurements and calculations before returning to the board room and announcing, "Four." The physicist was next interviewed, and was asked the same questions. Before answering the last question, he excused himself, made for the library, and did a great deal of research. After a consultation with the Bureau of Standards and many calculations, he also announced "Four." The lawyer was interviewed last, and was asked the same questions. At the end of his interview, before answering the last question, he drew all the shades in the room, looked outside the door to see if anyone was there, checked the telephone for listening devices, and asked "How much do you want it to be?"
  18. They might have done better to get a few gamers interested - I've heard some estate agents use the Quake engine to mock up buildings for sale, so prospective customers can "stroll" through them. And a game engine is going to be very quick and slick in its performance compared to what they have on show, interesting as it is.
  19. Dandiprat A young or insignificant person
  20. A certain lawyer was quite wealthy and had a summer house in the country, to which he retreated for several weeks of the year. Each summer, the lawyer would invite a different friend of his to spend a week or two up at this place, which happened to be in a backwoods section of Maine. On one particular occasion, he invited a Czechoslovakian friend to stay with him. The friend, eager to get a freebie off a lawyer, agreed. Well, they had a splendid time in the country, rising early and living in the great outdoors. Early one morning, the lawyer and his Czechoslovakian companion went out to pick berries for their morning breakfast. As they went around the berry patch, gathering blueberries and raspberries in tremendous quantities, along came two huge bears, a male and a female. Well, the lawyer, seeing the two bears, immediately dashed for cover. His friend, though, wasn't so lucky, and the male bear reached him and swallowed him whole. The lawyer ran back to his Mercedes, tore into town as fast has he could, and got the local backwoods sheriff. The sheriff grabbed his shotgun and dashed back to the berry patch with the lawyer. Sure enough, the two bears were still there. "He's in THAT one!" cried the lawyer, pointing to the male, while visions of lawsuits from his friend's family danced in his head. He just had to save his friend. The sheriff looked at the bears, and without batting an eye, leveled his gun, took careful aim, and SHOT THE FEMALE. "Whatdya do that for!" exclaimed the lawyer, "I said he was in the other!" "Exactly," replied the sheriff, "and would YOU believe a lawyer who told you that the Czech was in the Male?"
  21. Oh, Malcolm, what have you started? Good News: A busload of lawyers ran off a cliff. The bus was destroyed and there were no survivors. Bad News: There were three empty seats. Q: What's black and brown and looks good on a lawyer? A: A Doberman pinscher. Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree? A: Cut the rope. It was so cold last week that I saw several lawyers with their hands in their own pockets. What's the difference between a lawyer and a rooster? The rooster clucks defiance. Q: How was copper wire invented? A: Two lawyers arguing over a penny.
  22. It could be worse. We got sold to Richard Branson recently ...
  23. And not only that, sassermaet ... she can't POSSIBLY claim Alzheimers! 6/10 for the weepies. Really not convincing. Think of it as your contact with the "real world", Paris, dear. Maybe it'll kick a little sense into you. But for now ... :lol:
  24. Radio is, after all, and you used to need a licence for that. I agree, if TV is a necessary service it should be free at the point of use, like other state services. When I encounter advertising, I let it persuade me - IF I'm vaguely interested in the product, of course - to go for a competitor who has not paid money to ruin my viewing / listening. Ultimately, that's the only language they understand. No TV Licence = One less Gov't department = Less tax = Fairer to all. But for Heaven's sake don't make it compulsory ... 90% of it is still crud. No, make that 99%. Hope I make some sense. I should probably be in the "Wheeesht" thread ... errrrr ... vodka ... cricket ... no, errrrrrr was about right.
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