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Post by Rutabaga » 3 months ago

It seems it's OK to grab and kiss on the mouth a complete stranger on a train as long as you mean well when you do it (and presumably you are also one of those alcoholic footballers that we all love so much we let them off anything and everything, god knows why). Not for the first time, I despair.
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Post by Joan » 3 months ago

"It's a compliment, love" and has now got precedent as an defence for sexual assault.
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Post by Greg » 3 months ago

The 'Sir Norman Fry' defence
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Fuck Prince Andrew

Post by Joan » 2 months ago

...and Nicholas Witchell

And Emily "sir" Waitlis.
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It's a black day

Post by Joan » 1 month ago

Gary Rhodes, Jonathon Miller and now Clive James.

RIP

(actually, Rhodes is outside my ken, but mourning Miller and James)
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Post by LowlifeDes » 1 month ago

Joan wrote:
1 month ago
Gary Rhodes, Jonathon Miller and now Clive James.

RIP

(actually, Rhodes is outside my ken, but mourning Miller and James)
And Gary Lineaker's dog Snoop.
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Post by Lullabelle » 1 month ago

Joan wrote:
1 month ago
Gary Rhodes, Jonathon Miller and now Clive James.

RIP

(actually, Rhodes is outside my ken, but mourning Miller and James)

Gary was fun to watch and a great chef, he will be missed :(
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Post by Joan » 1 month ago

The guardian quoted someone describing this ad as being like a hostage video, and apparently it's caused the share price to drop 9%.

I had to watch it.



<shudder> Seeing that she seems to be fit and lean at the start, has it changed her by turning her into a shut-in? I can't decide if it would be creepier if she was fat at the start. Yeah, probably creepier.
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Joan wrote:
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[..](peloton)[..]
I enjoyed a comedian describing Peloton bikes as "for anyone who looked at a normal bike and wished 'If only it couldn't move and would scream at me.'"
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Post by Dunckel » 1 month ago

I think it was on HIGNfY last night that the actress from that advert has now done another one for gin where she sits in a bar with her female friends, downs an entire G&T in one and the tag line plays " Exercise bike not included"

Edit: I was almost right.

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Post by Joan » 3 weeks ago

I think I can stop reading news for the rest of the year, after this headline:

Prominent lawyer clubs fox to death while wearing kimono

(I had to click the link to find out which one was wearing the kimono)
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Post by Joan » 2 weeks ago

When I was a kid growing up in Australia, my dad spoke in awe of the Black Friday fires: 13/1/1939. He was 5 at the time, but it cut a deep mark in his psyche. Then came the Ash Wednesday fires, in February, 1983. Most recently, there were the conflagrations in early 2009. They called it black Saturday, because it's not going to happen 3 times on perfectly descriptive days. But it was a pattern. Every 30 to 50 years, when a enough fuel had accumulated (people had already realised we don't know how to manage the bush to prevent these disasters), large swathes of countryside would burn. But now, less than 10 years after the 2009 fires, we may be seeing the worst disaster experienced since European settlement, and most likely in a millennium - the native population knew how to manage fires. Unfortunately no one asked them before .. yeah, not going there.

But this summer has things I haven't heard of before. There were fires in October. Bad ones, that killed people. At the same time, there were wild fires in California. October used to be one of the months that had no wild fires. And the east coast of Australia used to share fire fighting equipment with California, because their fire seasons did not overlap.

ARGH! This is getting bleak. I will save further rants for a new post. But if you value your sanity, do not look at the concurrent climate-change-denial by the Australian Government, or the deputy prime minister's response to the first deaths.

Meanwhile, Melbourne of 4-seasons-in-a-day was 40+ yesterday and around 20 today. So, yay for that, I guess. Though it's hard to dress for a NYE party when it's that cold.

Meanwhile, meanwhile, I just saw video of firefighters protecting homes on the edge of Melbourne. This is bad, and this is early in the season.
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