Thursday 24.11.16

secret santa bubble bath

as recommended by Xen and Jane Russell


148 responses to “Thursday 24.11.16”

  1. justamentalpatient says :

    Sounds like your boss is even more of a knobrash than I thought, emms. And that a few discreet questions might be OK.
    It might not help, but keeping a written record won’t be a bad idea.

    So you’re joining Cubs, tybes?

  2. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    I got a sewing badge and a helper badge when I was in the Brownies, Tybes, a bit like that? 😉

  3. Tybo says :

    If you think that sounds good Emms, how about this, the UP3 by Jawbone Activity and Sleep Tracker It’s half price!

    “The UP3™ tracker has patented multi-sensor technology that automatically tracks your resting and passive heart rate, the true stages of your sleep and makes activity tracking simple. Combined with the intelligence of Smart Coach, UP3 gives you the big picture of your health and the guidance you need to reach your goals.”

  4. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    But which one is it, Tybes? That bloke is wearing loads of bracelets and none of his are pink. 😉

  5. Tybo says :

    I am attempting to buy a computer again, which is why I am really wading through this ridiculous shit.

    I bought one from Argos back in July. A truly beautiful little thing. But it went cursor mad because of Windows 10 after about an hour of use and I had to take it back.

    What is mostly interesting about “Black Friday” so far at least is that the offers are rather less good than they were in July with no fanfare at all.

    I have to buy from Argos, in case you are wondering, because I got lots of vouchers from family for my 60th back in June.

  6. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    And hehe, Argos getting super-excited. A little notice just came up when I was looking at it saying “2 people are looking at this now”. I thought, yeah, Justa and Emms. 😉

  7. Tybo says :

    Yes Fifty, but I think you are missing the point which is that he is a cool skateboardy dude and so having something that monitors your activity while you are asleep (for whatever reason, I confess that is a bit of a mystery to me) must be well sick, too.

  8. justamentalpatient says :

    Can you hang on until spring, tybes?

  9. Tybo says :

    They have got Amazon Fire’s for thirty quid which is good. They are usually fifty which is already amazingly cheap.

    Clearly though, they are so cheap because they have gimp shackled Android so you can only buy Amazon stuff. It is definitely possible to unlock it but I have looked online and it is way beyond my skillset.

    But a decent tablet for thirty quid is appealing. Anyone know how to unshackle the gimp?

  10. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Windows 10 and I don’t get on, Tybo. I installed it because I had to do a fair bit of internet shopping this year and security support for W8 was being withdrawn. I have fixed most of its gremlins but I can’t get it to talk to my printer. I can print a test page and nothing at all else. Aaarrrgghhhh!

  11. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Ermm. loosen the buckles?

  12. Tybo says :

    Well I can definately hang out til the January sales, Justa.

    Basically, I need a portable computer but I am not going anywhere until the New Year. But in February I hope to go to Spain for a bit and also hopefully will be launching the Blog and comic.

    And my partner in crime, Denny will not be up for fielding the feedback etc when we launch it. So Spring, not really, January sure but I will need to get one up and running by the start of Feb at the latest.

    That or fly Ryan Air to Spain with an enormous desktop.

  13. polly says :


    I see there has been another stabbing in ‘a fight over a girlfriend’ in Manchester according to the Guardian.

    They are responsible for most of the teen murders/episodes of GBH these girlfriends. Nothing to do with drugs, no sirree.

    Locally, a while back, someone was stabbed in a pub and the chief witness was then found shot throught the head on waste ground. Fight over a girlfriend apparently.

    Women – they should be banned.

  14. Tybo says :

    I could just get an Amazon Fire for thirty quid and try to do Blog stuff on that but I fear that would probably lead to me smashing up on a pavement in Fuengirola.

  15. justamentalpatient says :

    Ah, so you’re stuck with an OS unless you can didge it. Bill and Gramps would be my go to people on that one here.

    Any pooter geeky dudes around you IRL?

  16. polly says :

    “That or fly Ryan Air to Spain with an enormous desktop”

    Just tell the cabin crew you’re a hipster.

  17. Tybo says :

    That seems a bit excessive, Polly. Women are OK, so long as they aren’t girlfriends.

  18. justamentalpatient says :

    That jawbone thingy doesn’t do anything about tooth grinding.


  19. Tybo says :

    Desktops, the new vinyl.

    That might actually work!

  20. justamentalpatient says :

    Donkey on OT banging on about the sodding people.

  21. polly says :

    They could become girlfriends though Tybo. Maybe lesbians, asexual women and nuns can be allowed to remain in Manchester. But the rest of the female sex are clearly dangerous and causing a crime wave.

    Nowt to do with drugs, just remember that when you’re in court.

  22. Tybo says :

    My BIL is very geeky but I don’t want to press him. He has enough problems keeping the NHS IT system working.

    If he started on it he would surely fix it. I saw a western once which had this tracker, who did not want to catch the guy they were tracking He liked the guy and hated the people trying to catch him.. But once he started he could not stop himself. Tracking trumped everything.

    Alf is a bit like that when it comes to solving IT problems.

  23. Tybo says :

    Lesbians are the worst though, Polly. They can have and be girlfriends at the same time.

  24. justamentalpatient says :

    Good luck to him on that one, tybes!

    Lesbians. Pah!

  25. justamentalpatient says :

    *Stops watching TV in order to bang head against wall*

  26. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Well, that’s archbishops for you, is all I can say, Justa.

  27. emmachisset says :

    t Jesus Christ didn’t turn water into wine. No, he turned it into beer. The earliest scriptures state that Jesus, the lead character, turns water into shekhar, a Hebrew word meaning strong drink and, crucially, a derivative of the ancient Semitic word sikaru – which means barley beer. The reason beer was banished from subsequent versions of the Bible was that, in an astonishing display of academic arrogance, 17th-century English translators believed beer to be beneath the son of God. So they took it upon themselves to transform Jesus Christ into a cork-sniffing, cravat-wearing wine-drinker,

    from the G.

  28. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Or even Tybes.

    Around here a lot of people grow their own. Drugs, not girlfriends or nuns. And when the police were around here a lot a couple of years ago, there was so obviously a grow going on a couple of doors away, you couldn’t miss it but that was not their brief, they were here for another reason and just ignored it. Which was nice. Keeps peeps here quiet and happy.

  29. justamentalpatient says :

    Archbishops are lesbians? 😉

  30. justamentalpatient says :

    Gold Label is pretty bad stuff, emms.

  31. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    I couldn’t possibly comment. But I do like their dresses. 😉

  32. justamentalpatient says :

    The hats are a bit daft, though!

  33. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    But they add height. And, ermm, a bit of pointyness.

  34. emmachisset says :

    “Around here a lot of people grow their own. Drugs, not girlfriends or nuns. And when the police were around ”

    One of the daftest aspects is that seeds, books on growing, all the lighting and equipment needed to grow is 100% legal and on sale in specialist high st shops.

    You buy a bag of seeds, and it’s labelled ‘not to be grown/not for horticultural purposes’, or something equally stupid.

    If the gov’t really wanted to close the industry down, they’d have outlawed all the stufff.

  35. polly says :

    Actually Tybo I have witnessed the odd lesbian fight over a girlfriend….but they usually involve a lot of drama while everyone else rolls their eyes. Got particularly bad when there were 4 of us in a car and I genuinely thought I was going to die. In the end, much to my relief, we pulled over and one of the parties had a tantrum at the side of the road. No one was stabbed though.

  36. emmachisset says :

    🙂 i rather like Gold Label, but the price puts me off, it

  37. Paul says :

    Lesbians have the worst rate of dv in the country Polly although the worst outcomes are for straight women at the hands of straight men.But i also believe a lot of dv is mutual irrespective of whether a couple are gay or straight .And a distinction should be made between couples where both partners are abusive but one come off worse and couples where one is clearly the abuser and one the victim.However feminist control of the narrative on dv means that getting any recognition of that is an uphill struggle..

    Agree we have a problem of females instigating violence between males which also isn’t recognized as widely as it should be.

  38. emmachisset says :

    A computer, for £30, ! i’m so out of touch,

    got my first ever laptop recently for under £300,

  39. jamesvalenciano says :

    ‘night all !

    In the dark, moonlight nightscape of the underground, there’s probably nobody left except me:

    “Mais je suis quand même la”

    as Rita Mitsouko sings, on that fantastic song which Emms put up again, cheers Emma, I just listened to it. Again.

    Did anyone notice she’s a dancer? She was a shady dancer sort of dancer, I believe, before she became a famous singer. And other careers, some of them quite old, as careers go, the oldest even. She has had quite a life, has Rita.

    And did anyone notice the similarities with “The Seventh Seal” ? The dancers all dancing away at the end is like death leading the characters away into the distance at the end of the 7th seal. I guess “Le p’tit train” is an allegory of life an death, as is the seventh seal, where this is the final scene of death leading people away:

    Swedish: one of the best sounding languages ever.

  40. jamesvalenciano says :

    Moving on, there’s a story in the Gruardina about a train hitting a wild boar in France:

    “the train arrived safely in Paris, suggesting it was not seriously damaged. It is understood no one was injured but there has been no further information about the wild boar.”

    they say. Are they taking the mick, there? Is some subeditor having a bit of a chuckle ? They might have added “no further information about the wild boar, which les forces de l’ordre (police) suspect may have been taken away for the pot by enterprising persons French on the scene of the collision”.

  41. emmachisset says :

    i listened to it again when i got in thisevening, very quirky 🙂

    Swedish sounds great, i’ve never heard it much, maybe ‘cos all the Swedes i’ve met spoke amazingly good English.

  42. justamentalpatient says :

    Seen plenty of dyke fights. But I can’t understand violence against someone anyoone proclaims to love. So in spite of growing up with DV it confuses the hell outta me.

    As for women egging blokes on to fight, yes. Disturbingly common.

    Stopped (adult) sisters fighting earlier this year, the 12yr old daughter of one was distraught. Her aunt loudly proclaimed that the biological father of the poor kid was a convicted paedophile. Publicly and repeatedly.

    Kept the mum from battering her sister while others looked after the daughter.
    When the aunt knew she wasn’t getting her way she stormed off, only to come back with her chap and his mates.

    Luckily, their respective partners had the sense not to play her game. And she was trying hard to egg them on. The blokes made peace and she was not a happy bunny.

    But that was unusual, IME.

    There are some nasty people out there who use others to fight their stupid battles for them.

  43. jamesvalenciano says :

    Oh, hello Emms, hello Justy !
    However, it’s about bedtime here. Lots of work tomorrow.

    On that Petit Train thing, I love all those people dancing around. Indian dance, wonderful, on this thing inspired, I suspect, by Igmar Bergman “7th seal” as I said, absolutely brilliant.

    Right right, night night, hey, that’s a pome I mean poem practically.

  44. justamentalpatient says :

    James, you are a sweetheart!

  45. emmachisset says :

    There i was, trying to understand commodity fetishism, and i can’t remember why, and i sure don’t understand it,

    “In Karl Marx’s critique of political economy, commodity fetishism is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. As such, commodity fetishism transforms the subjective, abstract aspects of economic value into objective, real things that people believe have intrinsic value”

  46. justamentalpatient says :


  47. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Right, that is me off to eat hot pork pies. CU anon lovely Chundies. xx

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