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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017, 15:17

Definitely not a stoat then, they're only little, but that's about the size of our martens. The Mammal Society  say ours are partial to a mixture of cheese, bread and raspberry jam in the evening (honestly, however they are Scottish!) but perhaps Greek ones have a different palate and a healthier diet.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017, 17:00

Oh the Greek ones are completely free range and people don't encourage them with feeding. They say they kill the chickens which I can believe and there are some who have said that they can also kill the lambs and kids, that one I find very hard to believe. There are plenty of rodents and rabbits around without them having to take on something 3 times larger than itself and with protective mothers nearby.

The Scottish ones do sound a tad pampered. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017, 17:36

I'd completely forgotten this ... one of my cat's last Autumn killed, what at the time I thought was a stone marten (known in France as a fouine), but I now rather think it was a stoat (all white tummy and much smaller):



But anyway thanks to your query, ID, and subsequently from several websites I looked at today, I now know it is definitely fouines (certainly not stoats or weasels) that have recently been leaving little cherry-stone-filled turds all around the garden:


I guess there must be quite a few around here though I've never seen one, but I now suspect that might be what I hear squeaking loudly during the night, at the back of the house where there are fruit trees. From Ferval's photo they look very cute, though I'm not sure I want a family of them living in my attic.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 01 Jul 2017, 13:23

I felt a bit mean doing so but I put some sealed boxes of bait down for Pixie's and Dixie's relations.  The instructions said to be careful if one has a pet lest the pet be harmed.  Anyway, I noticed that one of the door posts by the French window had warped and there was a hole large enough for a mouse/some mice to gain access.  I've stuck some wire wool in the gap pro-temp.  The foaming filler from tins is supposed to be effective though I'm told it's  not for the faint of heart.  One has to have all the holes identified because the tins can't be re-used once they've beeen obtained.  I've heard of there being martens on Cannock Chase which is fairly near (a bus ride though - not a stroll up the road) where I live.  Can't say I've ever seen any.  I've heard of somebody using a polecat to flush out rabbits.  Not sincerely thine, I'm a vegetarian.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 01 Jul 2017, 16:52

I need several polecats, plus a shotgun.

The rabbits are back in my garden. They have demolished everything at nose level.

This is total war - the time for mercy is now passed.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 13 Jul 2017, 20:43

Well - I'm fed up of having issues trying to log into Skype - I've mentioned it on another thread so won't go into too much detail here. Regarding the meeces - I haven't seen any lately but that doesn't necessarily mean they've gone. I've bought some caulk to fill in the holes - it just rallying myself to do the job now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017, 10:54

Idly watching TV last night I saw an advert for ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES. Dear God, it's not even the Glasgow Fair yet.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017, 11:00

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Idly watching TV last night I saw an advert for ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES. Dear God, it's not even the Glasgow Fair yet.

Ferval,
Even though I get to see Chrismas trees every year, I'm most pleased to say that I've yet to go/come somewhere with an artificial one.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017, 11:25

Good gracious, Neilsen, no artificial trees in Denmark? I'm surprised, they are very popular here, and in many colours, and I have had a big green one that's about 15 years old although I usually have a small real one as well. It was the timing rather than the artificiality that got to me though, I never wish to hear the C word much before December although that's a vain hope I'm afraid.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017, 13:10

Well, I can't say they don't exist in Denmark.

It's just that I've only seen them in shops, and not in private homes.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 09:08

Lord, it's the "Nordic" diet now:


Eat Like a Viking and Live Forever.

Some of the comments after the article are actually quite funny:



Moderate to light consumption of wine? Have these people been in Oslo at the weekend?

I tried this diet - had to stop after the urge to attack the North of England became too much!


"Eating like a Viking can nearly halve the risk of a life-threatening cardiac event". Mmm - it's not really clear whether the diet is actually what the modern Scandinavian people eat, or whether it's what gave the proper Vikings their strength and energy. Surely Vikings didn't eat wild rice or drink wine? They're for softies.

"Rye bread and cabbage and fish" - I think I'd rather have a cardiac event. Such an event would be - er- at least a bit more eventful than the fish and cabbage option.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 10:50

I had a Norwegian couple staying here a few days ago. Newly married they'd bought a bottle of Tattinger champagne at the duty-free airport shop at Girona in Spain to drink outside when they arrived here. They were saying how amazingly cheap booze was compared to Norway - though I'm not sure one can actually call a bottle of Tattinger Reserve "booze" - having paid just 30€ for the bottle. I asked how much it would be in Norway and they said 230 .... I thought initially they meant in Norwegian Kroner, but no they meant 230€, just for a bottle of champagne! No wonder the vikings came all that way to plunder Lindisfare Abbey of its mead.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:03

Good grief - that's about £203 in real money.

You can get a bottle of Tatty champers in Asda in Barnstaple for about 40 quid! As you say, it's no wonder those Viking chaps came plundering and looting here. But why here? Why didn't they head for the wine-producing regions of France and Italy? Easy to get here in their big boats, I suppose - were the Vikings not much good at trekking overland to grab stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:13

But they did, didn't they ... they sailed up the Seine, took over Normandy (although admittedly that's more cider and calvados country) and stayed put, at least until that Bastard Guillaume decided to chance his arm and take over all the southern English vinyards and breweries, and then they got themselves well esconced in Sicily with all its wine as well.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:16

Oh, of course - I'd forgotten those beastly Normans!!. They didn't get into mainland Italy, though, did they? The Norsemen certainly went for all the Asda champagne down here:


By the 9th century, the major threat to peace in Devon came from Viking raiders. To confound them, Alfred the Great refortified Exeter as a defensive burh, followed by new erections at Lydford, Halwell and Pilton, although these fortifications were relatively small compared to burhs further east, suggesting these were protection for only the elite. Edward the Elder built similarly at Barnstaple and Totnes. The English defeated a combined Cornish and Danish force at Callington in 832. Sporadic Viking incursions continued, however, until the Norman Conquest, including the disastrous defeat of the Devonians at the Battle of Pinhoe in 1001. A few Norse placenames remain as a result, for example Lundy Island. The men of Devon are said by Asser to have fought the Danes at the battle of the Battle of Cynwit in 878, which may have been at Kenwith Castle or Countisbury, although Cannington in Somerset is also claimed as the site of the battle. In 894, the Danes attempted to besiege Exeter but were driven off by King Alfred but it was sacked in 1001.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:35

Was it the Asda champagne or the BOGOF party-packs of lager? I rather think they were attracted to the west country by the Bucky wine? That seems to me more their sort of drink than champagne, however good the offer.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:45

It was the Bucky Wine Easter eggs that did for the Vikings - they all converted to Christianity on the spot. They were never the same again...




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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:48

Not that bluddy Nordic diet again - there's no way that I'm having live ants and a selection of weeds from some wasteland for lunch and paying a small fortune for the privilege.






I'm quite an adventurous eater but I prefer my protein not to try to escape as I wield my fork: it's bad enough chasing peas around the plate......
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:50

Now that is an understandable offer, Temperance.

Btw. in my case,, do I use the expression 'a posterior viking'?


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 11:55

@ferval wrote:
Not that bluddy Nordic diet again - there's no way that I'm having live ants and a selection of weeds from some wasteland for lunch and paying a small fortune for the privilege.






I'm quite an adventurous eater but I prefer my protein not to try to escape as I wield my fork: it's bad enough chasing peas around the plate......

Where I come from, Ferval, adventurous eating has just about reached the level of Indian curries, with the appropriate level of joking  reaching this low,
'What's the difference between a candle and a Vindaloo? - the candle only burns at one end.'

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 12:08

I'm slightly shocked by the Bucky Easter Egg .... I suppose it's only a small step up from liqueur-filled chocolates but it does seem to be a bit like putting methedone tabs in a Kinder Surprise, or the Junior Smoker Kits you used to be able to get, but with the chocolate cigarettes replaced by a real pack of twenty.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 12:27

@Meles meles wrote:
I'm slightly shocked by the Bucky Easter Egg .... I suppose it's only a small step up from liqueur-filled chocolates but it does seem to be a bit like putting methedone tabs in a Kinder Surprise, or the Junior Smoker Kits you used to be able to get, but with the chocolate cigarettes replaced by a real pack of twenty.


I share your unease. You can get Bucky tee shirts now too - all very funny, except the stuff is actually lethal - horribly addictive to kids, combining as it does some of their favourite things: alcohol, sugar and caffeine. I'm surprised the monks haven't managed to get nicotine - or heroin - into the secret recipe - perhaps they have. All good for business.




The words say: "Don't blame it on the sunshine. Don't blame it on the moonlight. Don't blame it on the good times. Just blame it on the Bucky."

The "it" isn't specified.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017, 21:44

@Temperance wrote:
Good grief - that's about £203 in real money.

You can get a bottle of Tatty champers in Asda in Barnstaple for about 40 quid! As you say, it's no wonder those Viking chaps came plundering and looting here. But why here? Why didn't they head for the wine-producing regions of France and Italy? Easy to get here in their big boats, I suppose - were the Vikings not much good at trekking overland to grab stuff?

Temp,

"Good grief - that's about £203 in real money."

"in real money"... Wink Wink Wink ...Temp, my dear, I couldn't resist...

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 08:43

Poor Mary Beard under attack again for suggesting Roman Britain enjoyed ethnic diversity. Well of course it did as Rome was an Empire, in exactly the same way that the English Empire enabled ethnic diversity. 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/06/mary-beard-twitter-abuse-roman-britain-ethnic-diversity?CMP=twt_gu


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 08:43

Deleted this post because one post somehow became two.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 08:45

Deleted this post because there was a hickup and two posts somehow became three, this is rather like the loaves and fishes. They're multiplying.... affraid
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 09:06

@Islanddawn wrote:
Deleted this post because there was a hickup and two posts somehow became three, this is rather like the loaves and fishes. They're multiplying.... affraid

Are you referring to the words 'go forth and multiply,' ID???

How?


I was reminded of the jockey who'd been in church and listened to the sermon, so the next racing day he went fourth, and was hauled up before the stewards ...
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 17:37

Looking at ID's post about Mary Beard being criticised on Twitter, I remember a few years ago before I realised just how toxic the internet can be, I typed something on a site where some very racist things were being said about a news story to the effect that there had been black people, possibly not great in number but there had been some, in late 18th century and in 19th century London in that the writer Thackeray alluded to a negro servant in "Vanity Fair" and in Henry Mayhew's "London's Poor" he mentions a black street sweeper.  I had some very discourteous replies - implying that I a brain transplant though some were even nastier though I don't remember them exactly.  Also some years ago there was a (very loose - more or less a retelling) of the King Arthur story for the kiddiwinks on the Beeb - "Merlin".  It was fairly harmless and aired if I remember to fill the spot between "Strictly Come Dafties" and the lottery programme on a Saturday night, but the showrunners cast an actress of mixed race to play Gwenevere.   Some people were jumping up and down about that - I thought that it was feasible in Dark Age Britain that there might be people of African descent but probably not a great many of them.  As ID says, Britain was part of the Roman Empire which extended into part of Africa, so there could have been soldiers of African descent (and possibly sailors from Africa manning vessels which visited these shores).  I have some dim and distant memory of reading something that way back in the shrouds of time Britain traded with Phoenicia (though of course that was the eastern Mediterranean rather than Africa).

I had my six monthly check up with the consultant about coeliac disease today and was disappointed that my blood tests taken in advance showed that I was still testing positive.  I have been buying the gluten-free bread and soups  etc etc but some cross-contamination has obviously crept in somewhere.  I sometimes get some things like french fries only made from lentils - maybe they are cooked in oil that is cross-contaminated.  it is possible to make one's own snacks so maybe I'll have to try that.  A failure albeit an unknowing one to fully exclude gluten could be why I've still been getting tired sometimes.  I tried to have 40 winks this aft for that reason but it didn't work.

Maybe I need some Bucky wine to cheer me up but if it's as lethal as Temperance suggests maybe not - and I have no idea whether or not it is gluten free.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 07 Aug 2017, 21:33

@LadyinRetirement wrote:
Looking at ID's post about Mary Beard being criticised on Twitter, I remember a few years ago before I realised just how toxic the internet can be, I typed something on a site where some very racist things were being said about a news story to the effect that there had been black people, possibly not great in number but there had been some, in late 18th century and in 19th century London in that the writer Thackeray alluded to a negro servant in "Vanity Fair" and in Henry Mayhew's "London's Poor" he mentions a black street sweeper.  I had some very discourteous replies - implying that I a brain transplant though some were even nastier though I don't remember them exactly.  Also some years ago there was a (very loose - more or less a retelling) of the King Arthur story for the kiddiwinks on the Beeb - "Merlin".  It was fairly harmless and aired if I remember to fill the spot between "Strictly Come Dafties" and the lottery programme on a Saturday night, but the showrunners cast an actress of mixed race to play Gwenevere.   Some people were jumping up and down about that - I thought that it was feasible in Dark Age Britain it was feasible there might be people of African descent but probably not a great many of them.  As ID says, Britain was part of the Roman Empire which extended into part of Africa, so there could have been soldiers of African descent (and possibly sailors from Africa manning vessels which visited these shores).  I have some dim and distant memory of reading something that way back in the shrouds of time Britain traded with Phoenicia (though of course that was the eastern Mediterranean rather than Africa).

I had my six monthly check up with the consultant about coeliac disease today and was disappointed that my blood tests taken in advance showed that I was still testing positive.  I have been buying the gluten-free bread and soups  etc etc but some cross-contamination has obviously crept in somewhere.  I sometimes get some things like french fries only made from lentils - maybe they are cooked in oil that is cross-contaminated.  it is possible to make one's own snacks so maybe I'll have to try that.  A failure albeit an unknowing one to fully exclude gluten could be why I've still been getting tired sometimes.  I tried to have 40 winks this aft for that reason but it didn't work.

Maybe I need some Bucky wine to cheer me up but if it's as lethal as Temperance suggests maybe not - and I have no idea whether or not it is gluten free.


Lady in retirement,

did some research about "coeliac disease". We have a nearly (coming) family member. She has also to eat without gluten and even now without milk products. She looks as if she has anorexia...As I read it on the fiche of the coeliac disease foundation it is a very serious disease, I feel with you...

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 11 Sep 2017, 14:58

I'm putting on weight so perhaps I am slightly recovering from the effects of coeliac disease.

I may have ranted about some of these before but I find myself increasingly hating some expressions here. "You guys" for females or being called a "dude" irritate me and I don't care if "guy" was originally non-gender specific and "dude" comes from Mrs Dudders. Another phrase that has come on my radar recently which I instinctively loathe is "girlcrush" which I think is used to express a straight woman's liking for another woman - say liking a female actress. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with women liking female actresses but why can't someone just say she is a fan of actress X?
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 14 Sep 2017, 05:11

Sorry I've been away and am just catching up. Yes LiR, it is quite bizarre to think one can be part of a pure race, or advocate for it unless one wants to be inbred of course.

This is quite funny even though this level is self delusion is also dangerous, when fact collides with fantasy. I don't get the fuss, does it really matter where one's ancestors originated? 

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 14 Sep 2017, 18:07

ID, I wonder how they coped with the (average) 2% neanderthal content of their persil white DNA?

LiR, weren't 'crushes' a staple of boarding school stories, usually for a young female teacher or an older girl, males of any sort other than perhaps a grizzled old gardener being conspicuously absent from those establishments? I certainly remember queries about these being a regular feature of the Problem Pages in girls' magazines in the far off days when I devoured such things. Always described as a phase then though.

MM and our other male correspondents, did you discern any such undercurrents in boys' fiction? On reflection, what I read of that variety - Bunter, Biggles, Tom Brown and such like - I don't recall anything overt but then I was young and naive and didn't understand the seething sea of hormones that lay under those tales.

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Fri 15 Sep 2017, 04:44

@ferval wrote:
ID, I wonder how they coped with the (average) 2% neanderthal content of their persil white DNA?




There is always Creationism as a last resort, it has easy answers for any uncomfortable truths.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sun 17 Sep 2017, 17:55

I don't mind the word "crush" - it's "girl crush" I hate. I suppose you are right, Ferval, "crush" was used in school stories in a more innocent time (or was it that I was just unknowing then?).

I missed this programme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZpviszpJlg - something about a re-imagining of William Shakespeare's young days I think. I think I was lucky to miss it. I know there is some ambiguity about Shakespeare - whether those of his sonnets that were addressed to a young man were in the spirit of friendship or of friendship with benefits etc. But why the heck did the people making this show feel the need to put sixteenth/seventeenth century women into 21st century party frocks? And what's with the modern pop music? Mercifully, the show was cancelled after one season.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 13:37

With my TV down I've been spending more time on the internet - there are some good things on YouTube - "How to" videos for example - mind you I managed to mess up following a sewing video. Anyway, I chanced on some extremely laughable (well they would be laughable if they weren't so nasty) videos by someone called "Jon Humanity" - doesn't show his face but claims to be a psychologist; it's a fundamental religious channel but among other things he's made a string of videos claiming that several famous people including many of the lead characters in "Game of Thrones", Dame Joan Sutherland and Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe and a whole host of other people are transgender. I did an internet search to see if anyone had called BS on it but I only found a couple of people who had done so and they didn't get an awful lot of views. He's not the only one doing it but he's the nastiest calling fellow human beings "it" - there are SOME people who believe him going by the comments he gets. But it's like he's got a bee in his bonnet about this.

Do I hear you say "But Dame you KNOW their are nutters out in internet land - why did you bother watching this cr*p?" I could ask myself the same question - I suppose I got sucked in. Apparently one of the ways of telling is by looking at straight shoulders (women don't have 'em apparently) - now I've always wished I had straight shoulders because I had a problem in younger days when I wanted to wear sun-dresses/tops with thin straps and they tended to fall off (and don't get me started on the bra strap thing) because I have such sloping shoulders. I've met women with straight shoulders and backs too.

Being serious I did look some of the things referenced to give away a transgender person and women CAN have a longer ring finger than index finger and women can have large voice boxes http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/parts/why-dont-women-have-adams-apples.htm (an Adam's apple was said to be a way one could "tell". Mind you, if Dame Joan Sutherland and Beyonce and Whitney Houston etc were allegedly "fixed" when they were little kids the Adam's apple wouldn't have formed in a male way because it's something that develops in puberty.
The channels postulating this garbage tend to be the same ones that say the earth is flat, the Holocaust never happened, the moon landing never happened blah-de-blah. It worries me a little that people believe it though. I guess it's in the same league as the urban legend years ago that somebody had sold his blood in America (somewhere where blood transfusions were or could be paid for anyway) and had been found with a bulging wad of cash in his pocket and not a drop of blood in his body. How came nobody light-fingered never made off with the cash was never explained. Mind you, if they could make fake boobs as good as those (allegedly) sported by Marilyn Monroe back in the '60s or the '80s my relation who had to wear a "falsie" after a breast cancer operation - and a work colleague in the '80s who had a similar thing were ill-served in that they were only ever offered a prosthesis and specially adapted bras. I know it's laughable but it's insulting to women also - as if a woman can only have a good singer if she is a secret castrato. And don't we women have enough to worry about in terms of looks without having to worry in case we look like a "secret transgender". Please don't think I am making light of the transgender issue - I know that people who undergo such extreme surgery must have been very unhappy to go through something like that; it's the meanness of these videos and seeing something that isn't there that annoys me. Apparently it's the "Elite" who are responsible for it all - er no, I don't need to believe in an "Elite" to know that the world is unfair and that as they say money may not make one happy but it can take the sting out of being miserable (I don't know who said that). Rant over, I'll know to avoid such videos in future.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 13:48

I think it's high time we all have a whip-around and get you a new TV, LiR!

Mind you, I'm not sure if 99% "reality TV" and "news" coverage of Trump tweets is quite the antidote you need. These individuals can often only serve to make that crud you've unearthed seem positively intellectual.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 13:53

Oh, I can probably get a new one - just procrastinating nordmann (is it nordmann with a small n or Nordmann with a capital N).  In fact one lady I know had cleaned out the dwelling of a friend and now has a (small - what we used to call a portable) TV to spare that none of the deceased lady's family wanted, which she said I could have if I wish. It's a case of getting off my sitting down apparatus and sorting it (same as stopping watching silly YouTube videos and tidying the house up PROPERLY is something I need to do).


Editing to clarify that in my previous post it was my straps that used to fall down - not my shoulders - though as I say my shoulders are kind of sloping.  By the way this is how to spot a transgender person if one is interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgxNlE9yJIk&list=PLYq3FpvjyfWOcctvz7ytro82Hul41c7Zj&index=2
(no I don't take it seriously - there is also a more serious video called something like "transgender 101" not by a fundamentalist).  This one is by someone called "Rebooting Christianity" - he includes enough science to be crudely plausible but the rest is just conjecture and he is shrewd enough to say "may" and "tends" so his back is covered in case someone he has "transvestigated" ever calls his bluff.  I don't think the realistic "moon bump" (convincing looking fake pregnancy thingy) has been around all that long - I remember a "Behind the Scenes" of a show which was popular in the '80s where an actress who was playing a pregnant character showed her "baby" and it was the old cloth and cotton wool thingy under the street clothes.  I couldn't really give two brass monkeys about celebrities - especially nowadays when one can become famous by being on some silly TV reality show but I don't like to hear untrue things being said about people even if they are people I have never warmed to particularly.  I avoid Big Borer and I'm a Celebrity if I can.  I'll (or I did when I had a TV) watch the news, or a good drama (a declining species) or a documentary.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 14:03

Norwegians are as mean about dispensing capital letters as Germans are profligate. For the foreseeable future I will persevere with a shrunken "n" until such time as I end up starting a sentence (which pending the court case could be any time soon).

Speaking of the portable TV, I actually saw it being dispensed as genuine advice from a newspaper "agony psychologist" to someone who claimed to be terrorised by modern news coverage to switch to as small a screen as possible. She was afterwards flooded with thanks from people with the same affliction who had taken her advice. Apparently the true significance of Trump is revealed the more like a microdot he is portrayed. Modern life, eh? To shrink your troubles simply shrink the apparatus you get them from.

Only one respondent pointed out the existence of mobile phones to her. And no one pointed out the existence of "off" buttons.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 18:09

This afternoon I made one of my very occasional forays to Whole Foods, 'occasional' since it is ludicrously expensive and infested by with smug hipsters and poseurs happily paying well over the odds for organic veg harvested by moonlight on the equinox, beef individually hand reared in someone's kitchen and exotic pills, creams and potions that promise instant vitality and eternal youth but it's the only place that stocks a couple of things that I use.
Its USP is its green credentials and environmental superiority but what is almost blocking one of the isles? A huge display of cases of bottled water. And not just bottled water but bottled water from FIJI! Does it contain essence of dusky maidens and taste of tropical breezes wafting through the palm trees? Heaven knows but I refrained from demolishing the erection, paid for two tins of San Marzano tomatoes and left.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 20:47

But was the organic veg harvested by moonlight at the vernal equinox or the autumnal equinox, ferval?  (I suppose that's a bit like the relative density of a European swallow or an African swallow - people will probably know that's a Monty Python reference and I didn't even like Monty Python and the Holy Grail).


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 21:21

@LadyinRetirement wrote:
Oh, I can probably get a new one - just procrastinating nordmann (is it nordmann with a small n or Nordmann with a capital N).  In fact one lady I know had cleaned out the dwelling of a friend and now has a (small - what we used to call a portable) TV to spare that none of the deceased lady's family wanted, which she said I could have if I wish. It's a case of getting off my sitting down apparatus and sorting it (same as stopping watching silly YouTube videos and tidying the house up PROPERLY is something I need to do).


Editing to clarify that in my previous post it was my straps that used to fall down - not my shoulders - though as I say my shoulders are kind of sloping.  By the way this is how to spot a transgender person if one is interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgxNlE9yJIk&list=PLYq3FpvjyfWOcctvz7ytro82Hul41c7Zj&index=2
(no I don't take it seriously - there is also a more serious video called something like "transgender 101" not by a fundamentalist).  This one is by someone called "Rebooting Christianity" - he includes enough science to be crudely plausible but the rest is just conjecture and he is shrewd enough to say "may" and "tends" so his back is covered in case someone he has "transvestigated" ever calls his bluff.  I don't think the realistic "moon bump" (convincing looking fake pregnancy thingy) has been around all that long - I remember a "Behind the Scenes" of a show which was popular in the '80s where an actress who was playing a pregnant character showed her "baby" and it was the old cloth and cotton wool thingy under the street clothes.  I couldn't really give two brass monkeys about celebrities - especially nowadays when one can become famous by being on some silly TV reality show but I don't like to hear untrue things being said about people even if they are people I have never warmed to particularly.  I avoid Big Borer and I'm a Celebrity if I can.  I'll (or I did when I had a TV) watch the news, or a good drama (a declining species) or a documentary.

Lady you made my day.

That's the real light weight conversation to bring people again on earth after my struggling through the Nietzsche stuff from a philosophical thread...
I am not that much interested in transgender persons, although my wife looks at all such documentaries as the ladymen of Thailand and all that.
But to help you (if the http is immediately following another word it doesn't work. You have to put it in one line apart) I copied the https



I skipped through it as I was not that interested and the quick American English is not that understandable to me (I prefer the BBC English), but can someone explain me what at the end "rebootingchristianity.com" has to do with the subject? Or is that other crap from the youtubes? Or was it an American satire?

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 21:25

@ferval wrote:
This afternoon I made one of my very occasional forays to Whole Foods, 'occasional' since it is ludicrously   expensive and infested by with smug hipsters and poseurs happily paying well over the odds for organic veg harvested by moonlight on the equinox, beef individually hand reared in someone's kitchen and exotic pills, creams and potions that promise instant vitality and eternal youth but it's the only place that stocks a couple of things that I use.
Its USP is its green credentials and environmental superiority but what is almost blocking one of the isles? A huge display of cases of bottled water. And not just bottled water but bottled water from FIJI! Does it contain essence of dusky maidens and taste of tropical breezes wafting through the palm trees? Heaven knows but I refrained from demolishing the erection, paid for two tins of San Marzano tomatoes and left.


Ferval,

what a description! It is nearly a novel and I saw it all for me as real Wink ...

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 22:36

Paul,  the transgender video is really something where to take a phrase a critic wrote when describing the TV series "The White Queen" "a lot of cod had to lose their wallops" for it to be made.  It's pseudo-science backed up (not really) by a few things found on Wikipedia.  "Rebooting Christianity" is the name of the channel - it's a "truther" channel - i.e. one of those channels who think anything to do with pyramids or butterflies is an "illuminati" sign but a bee some of the truthers seem to have in their bonnets now is that for the last x-z years Hollywood has been tricking people by putting actors who were born male in female roles and actors who were born in female in male roles.  I think I mentioned something on another thread about somebody thinking Arnie Schwarznegger was really a lady and Trike or someone posted a picture of Arnie in drag in one of his films.  It's really all very silly but some people do believe these assertions.  The video is not satire though I did wonder if it was a hoax.  There was a hoax back in the late 1950s/early 1960s about clothing naked animals which was outed as a hoax on a Walter Kronkite show
http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/the_society_for_indecency_to_naked_animals.   People will probably know that Walter Kronkite was a host of serious American programmes (not that I've been to America).  So the transvestigation videos are conspiracy theory videos, much like videos which "prove" the earth is flat, that the human race has never been to the moon*, that kind of thing.  I was being flippant and jokey when I said people could if they desired click on the video to be enlightened because I really think it's twaddle.

Mind you, I've always had my suspicions about the moon landings since nobody ever interviewed Aiken Drum playing on his ladle.  (That's just me being as silly as the conspiracy theorists though - people for whom English is a first language will probably know already but for visitors to these boards from other lands there is a nursery rhyme (I think it's originally Scots- where's ferval when one needs her?) "There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon, There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum - and he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle and he played upon a ladle and his name was Aiken Drum".)

I'll TRY and post about something sensible next time but I'm not promising.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 07 Oct 2017, 22:55

I think I said on another thread that I'd binge-watched "Versailles" recently - a little bit of fact about the reign of Louis XIV of France mixed up with a lot of conjecture and hokum - but it was relatively enjoyable hokum - though they had (I think I said this on the other thread) left out some true events and characters who could have been interesting. But I digress - the actress who played Madame de Montespan in that series wore one of the fake pregnancy thingies and it was very convincing but I don't think they had convincing fake pregnancy bumps like that 30 years ago. Also, there was a film of Beyonce (not that her style of music is what I really like) when she was pregnant and a fold in her dress slipped and some people thought her baby bump fell - ergo she could not really be pregnant. The studio (in Australia) that interviewed Beyonce showed the event from another angle and it did look like the dress slipped but some folk had got hold of the fake pregnancy idea and wouldn't let it go.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sun 08 Oct 2017, 00:03

@LadyinRetirement wrote:
Paul,  the transgender video is really something where to take a phrase a critic wrote when describing the TV series "The White Queen" "a lot of cod had to lose their wallops" for it to be made.  It's pseudo-science backed up (not really) by a few things found on Wikipedia.  "Rebooting Christianity" is the name of the channel - it's a "truther" channel - i.e. one of those channels who think anything to do with pyramids or butterflies is an "illuminati" sign but a bee some of the truthers seem to have in their bonnets now is that for the last x-z years Hollywood has been tricking people by putting actors who were born male in female roles and actors who were born in female in male roles.  I think I mentioned something on another thread about somebody thinking Arnie Schwarznegger was really a lady and Trike or someone posted a picture of Arnie in drag in one of his films.  It's really all very silly but some people do believe these assertions.  The video is not satire though I did wonder if it was a hoax.  There was a hoax back in the late 1950s/early 1960s about clothing naked animals which was outed as a hoax on a Walter Kronkite show
http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/the_society_for_indecency_to_naked_animals.   People will probably know that Walter Kronkite was a host of serious American programmes (not that I've been to America).  So the transvestigation videos are conspiracy theory videos, much like videos which "prove" the earth is flat, that the human race has never been to the moon*, that kind of thing.  I was being flippant and jokey when I said people could if they desired click on the video to be enlightened because I really think it's twaddle.

Mind you, I've always had my suspicions about the moon landings since nobody ever interviewed Aiken Drum playing on his ladle.  (That's just me being as silly as the conspiracy theorists though - people for whom English is a first language will probably know already but for visitors to these boards from other lands there is a nursery rhyme (I think it's originally Scots- where's ferval when one needs her?) "There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon, There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum - and he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle and he played upon a ladle and his name was Aiken Drum".)

I'll TRY and post about something sensible next time but I'm not promising.


Lady in retirement, I thank you for the enlightenment. You are my guide in this troubled world Wink .
And I learned now "binge-watching" from you...and Beyonce...thanks for the philosophy of the easy belief of people...and Beyonce... was that her that I saw in full glory in a picture with the pregnant belly entirely exposed...I didn't find it an aesthetic photo...

Kind regards from your friend Paul.

PS: And in admiration for your narrator skills...
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sun 08 Oct 2017, 11:01

Well, Paul, before I do some typing (which the lady wants back tomorrow so I'd better not delay) - for a bit of levity here is a link to a site about "moon bumps" http://www.moonbump.com/ - they do look realistic; I think they used them in films, as I said an actress called Anna Brewster wore one playing Madame de Montespan in a TV series called "Versailles" - although it was a European series it was a bit like Louis goes to Hollywood though - when Montespan and the King end their affair she is still slender and beautiful whereas in reality she had put on quite a lot of weight though she was with the King a number of years. It's strange because I have found I want to champion people I don't even particularly like. I mean I don't hate Beyonce nor did I hate the late Whitney Houston, but their styles of music were not (are not in the case of Beyonce) what I like to listen to. I have wondered if Beyonce felt pressurised to show off her pregnant abdomen when she was expecting her twins because she had been accused of faking her pregnancy first time round. It's all so undignified. But some people still believe she was faking it second time around so if people believe that I guess it will stick. Rebooting Christianity has a book to sell http://www.rebootingchristianity.com/ now why doesn't that surprise me? I would have thought if he was really concerned that the rest of humanity was on the way to the fiery furnace he would be wanting to spread the word for free. I was a bit annoyed when I first saw these videos which were bordering on libellous part of my annoyance was that people believed them (a minority I'm sure but a minority that made their feelings felt).

Somebody was exposed on British TV (must be decades ago now - before the Millenium) for selling maps allegedly depicting where Captain Blood's treasure was buried on a Caribbean island - it turned out there was a hotel built on the alleged site. Mind you, I still sporadically get phone calls from random people (none of whom have English accents) telling me that I have something wrong with my computer or my router/hub. I would have thought that scam would have faded away now because it's been exposed on TV/radio a few times.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sun 08 Oct 2017, 14:40

I promise this is my last posting today about transvestigation videos. A website called "Kiwi Farms" or something similar which posts about eccentricity on the internet has collected a bunch of these videos (to laugh at 'em not to believe 'em) on a thread. https://kiwifarms.net/threads/transvestigation-community.30972/ but you probably have more serious things on your plate. I'm about to go and re-read "War and Peace" in the original Russian.*

*I lied - I don't speak Russian. I have some mundane typing to do.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 11 Oct 2017, 19:48

I have a rant about yesterday.  In our slimmed down more efficient NHS system (or that's what they tell us) I was scheduled for a bone density scan.  I had to go to Stoke which is between 10 - 15 miles from where I live (admittedly I had to get a bus out of Stoke (well actually I went to Hanley) to get to where the hospital was).  I caught a bus from the centre of my hometown at about 1.13 to get to Hanley - then the other bus I caught was delayed so it was about 3.00 pm when I left Hanley Bus Station.  It was supposed to take approximately 13 minutes to get from there to Haywood Hospital where the scan was to take place.  With roadworks etc it was after 3.30 pm by the time I got to the hospital but at least I got there for my appointment time which was 4.00 pm.  It was circa 7.00 pm when I got back home though I did do some shopping in Tesco after getting back to my hometown.  I treated myself to a cab after that so I would have been even later getting home.  I might have hoped things would be more efficient in the second decade of the 21st century but seemingly not.  I'll have to wait a while for the results.  I have been self-medicating with a vitamin D tablet daily and keep promising I will get up a bit early in the morning to have a walk round the block (I do try to walk into town if I have to go shopping even if I get a bus home).  I don't have a car and I dislike driving in any case - to be honest I haven't done much driving in my life although I passed my driving test in the early 1980s, but when public transport is so abysmal I can at least in part understand why people who do have a vehicle will drive rather than use public transport.  To add insult to injury before I had the scan (which went ahead uneventfully) I had to be weighed.  The chap doing the procedure said my weight in stones and pounds and suffice to say it was more than I would have liked it to be.  Somehow when people say it in kilogrammes it doesn't seem so bad (even though in England we have been told to "think metric" for over 40 years).  I have put back the weight I lost when I had the low red blood count with interest it seems.  I guess if I really put my mind to it I could exercise at home - going up and down stairs and doing some curls and stretches and so on and so forth.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sun 15 Oct 2017, 11:44

Going back to ferval’s comment about the bottled water from Fiji, I suppose we are assuming it’s the Polynesian Fiji?

I only mention this because I have been to Paris (Texas), London (Ontario) and St Petersburg (Florida).

I wouldn’t put it past a global drinks company to rename their bottling plant in (say) Heckmodwike as ‘Fiji’ and our Trading Standards department will wave it on through.

If you remember the egg-and-beer shampoo of the 60s made by Linco-Lin, they were able to get away with this description because one egg was added to each vat of shampoo (which contained many gallons of liquid). 

Advertising and it’s deviousness deserves a whole thread to itself!
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 23 Oct 2017, 10:48

I attended a sort of conference last week about Martin Luther and the Reformation - an odd sort of holiday, I suppose, but I was looking forward to it very much. It was at a Christian Centre, so I suppose I was asking for trouble - and I got it. The history bit was indeed very interesting, but the religious discussion - all those extreme evangelical Protestants telling me what I should think - was alarming in the extreme. And what on Thursday morning started out as what I had sincerely hoped could be a friendly and good-natured discussion about the merits of tolerance, love thy neighbour, live and let live and other such woolly nonsense ended in me becoming rather distressed. I was told in no uncertain terms that Jesus would "spit, spew or vomit (choose your own translation of the verb) me out of His mouth". A verse from Revelation 3 apparently was written with people just like me in mind:

King James Bible
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

A verse from Hosea was added to drive the point home:
 
"Ephraim is a cake not turned."-Hosea 7:8

I think that means I'm half-baked.

I am trying to laugh about this, but I did leave the conference early, Thursday lunch time - couldn't take any more. As I went through reception, head bowed in shame, wheeling my sad little suitcase behind me, I informed the staff: "God's fired me."

You have to watch The Apprentice to get the joke, not a very good one, I admit, but laughing is sometimes the only way to cope.

Anyway, here's to being woolly and/or half-baked - if that means not being a fanatic - and on that point I am firm and cooked through thoroughly.

PS I wonder if we do actually get our expression "half-baked" from that verse from Hosea? I like it better than "Moab is my washpot". Poor old Ephraim - I wonder what he'd done - or not done - to be so insulted?

PPS Apparently the hot and cold thing is all about the water piped to Laodicea, a place which had no decent water supply. I've been reading about it - very interesting. How clever those Romans were.






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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 23 Oct 2017, 11:08

@Temperance wrote:
"... The history bit was indeed very interesting, but the religious discussion - all those extreme evangelical Protestants telling me what I should think - was alarming in the extreme. ..."
" ...King James Bible
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

A verse from Hosea was added to drive the point home:
 
"Ephraim is a cake not turned."-Hosea 7:8

I think that means I'm half-baked. ..."


Temp,
There's a point where we agree, I think, I don't like extremists of any kind telling me what to think, I'm almost extreme in my loathing of such to a point where I may 'love' mankind but detest its acts.

I shouldn't really comment on the King James Bible as I haven't seen or read it, other than what's been told here. I was raised as a Lutheran evangelical, whatever that means, but if my questioning may mean I'll be spewed as well, so be it.

As to being half-baked, aren't we all at - at least - one point or another?
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