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Charlie November

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Posted: Yesterday at 11:32

KEF, she's not called Gretschen, is she?



Posted: 22/11/2014 at 13:38

Tradition says the tree and the decorations go up and the presents go under the tree on Christmas Eve, carols are sung on Christmas Eve, the presents get opened Christmas Day, the decorations all go away on 6 Jan and for the rest of the year it is not Christmas, I do not want to hear Christmas songs on the radio in November and I do not want 15% off the bird food company's Christmas range in August!

By 24 Dec I'm going to be so sick of it all I'll be looking forward to 7 Jan. I wonder what the public reaction would be if I went out shooting at the tacky ornaments that are still out after the Twelfth Day.

Family tradition is that at least one bottle of gin has been consumed by 10am, my uncle asks my father whether he's drinking that (125ml serving of) whisky or making love to it and my grandparents put as much food on the table as physically possible then insist on everyone having at least a little of everything, which means even if you're a 40lb sprat you're expected to eat at least some boiled potatoes, some roasted potatoes, some mashed potatoes, some chips, some carrot sticks, some grated carrot, some mashed carrot and swede, some boiled carrot, some boiled swede, some parnsips, some Brussels sprouts, some cauliflower, some broccoli, some stuffing, some white turkey meat, some dark turkey meat, some peas, some broad beans, some runner beans, some raw tomatoes, some cooked tomatoes, some roasted onion, some fried onion, some Christmas pudding, some brandy sauce, some Christmas cake, some trifle, some biscuits, some cheese, some chocolates, ...

It used to be presents for everyone. These days I may get Grandma a birthday present but everyone else can sod off. Everyone else except the birds. I feed them.

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:53

Just how many seats of government do have rose gardens? The White House has one, 10 Downing Street has one, ...

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:01

Sure I've heard that line somewhere else before.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:05

Violent video games? As xkcd put it, if the games we played in our childhoods affected our behaviour as adults, we'd be running around in circles in dark rooms, eating pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:50

As long as it doesn't hatch, you're alright. You don't want to meet what comes out of those eggs.

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:55

Origin of the word "paradise" is garden-related: Farsi for a walled garden is pardis, rhyming with "lease."


Another one based on names: a plant named "beautiful lady" has another, more sinister, common name. What is it?

How many of these plants are toxic to cats?
aloe vera
angel's trumpet
autumn crocus
Christmas rose
day lily
marsh marigold
morning glory
venus flytrap

If your neighbour's cockerel lays an egg in your garden, can you keep the egg?


building houses on green belt land

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:35

" ... when you pay £4000 per week rent ... "




building houses on green belt land

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 12:00

I also have a problem with this, and the way it's turning this into this and Bangladesh into a salt marsh. India saw that one coming, by the way. Back in '93 they figured out that rising salt water levels in a low-lying country were going to create a lot of pressure to emigrate ... and started building a sodding great wall to stop them emigrating west. Sea rises? Nature reserves go glug. That's a problem. Doubling the area of Britain that's under concrete won't help.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 11:59

Yeah, some people like to chalk the population issue up to immigration. Cue link to Tory newspaper:

Yyyup. If that paper and that party were marching in step any harder they'd be goose-stepping. To 90% of the country's nightingale population, though, the birthplaces of the people moving into the houses built where their nest sites used to be don't really matter. Rain runs off tiles, through drains and into rivers just as fast whether the people under the tiles call Friday, Saturday or Sunday their day of rest. Sparrows can't find insects to feed to their young in a white person's car parking space any more easily than they can in a black person's car parking space.

There was some clown on TV a while ago, talking about what I might call "uneducated hoodlum sub-culture." He made a lot of valid points about idiotic children who've never been taught manners or respect talking on behaviour patterns associated with uneducated, violent thugs, refusing to speak properly, refusing to learn, harassing anyone polite, educated, well brought-up and/or female, committing various crimes with no regard for anyone else et cetera. Unfortunately for anyone else who ever wants to mention this problem, he didn't call them "spoiled, illiterate thugs" or "walking dogshit." No. He called them black. He told an educated black woman in the studio that "You don't talk like them." Not "You talk like a civilised, educated person with manners," but "You talk like a white person." Consequence? The point he was trying to make gets utterly discredited along with him and anyone else trying to make the valid points about scum being scum on purpose just to be scum gets associated with him and dismissed as a racist.

Yeah, there are immigrants around here. Every ten-child family on benefits insisting the country owes them a 12-bedroom home and a 3-bedroom house for each of the oldest three and a TV and four cars, though? Every woman getting into a sulk because someone refused to lend her newly-qualified son their car free of charge for the week? Every bleached-haired tart blocking the airliner's only aisle whiel everyone's trying to disembark so they'll have to watch her snog her boyfriend, then leaving him in bed to go and party with the entire waiting staff of the hotel restaurant and demanding that everyone cover for her? In my experience, white British, born, bred and "raised." Want to find a school with a really high percentage of A and A* grades? Find one with a lot of S.E. Asian immigrants.

I don't have a problem with immigrants. I don't have a problem with asylum-seekers. I have a problem with the idea of building this all over this.

I also have a problem with this, and the way it's turning this into this and Bangladesh into a salt marsh. India saw that one coming, by the way. Back in '93 they figured out that rising salt water levels in a l

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Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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