Friday 23.6.17



180 responses to “Friday 23.6.17”

  1. justamentalpatient says :

    nn, lovely Canuck.


  2. JamesFrance says :

    Woohoo ! Wahay Justy !
    Now I’m chuckling over here at As the Brexit vote turns one, leaving has never been more uncertain

    I don’t believe it, quite, but I do think the EEA lark à la Norway is a possibility. That would be fun 🙂

    A UK a bit more like Norway is no bad thing. They have good mountains and glaciers, this could be good in the UK too. Polar bears at Dover, glaciers, caribou, and lemmings in Yorkshire?

  3. JamesFrance says :

    From the untrusted over the way: “Many times people have asked, “What benefits are there in leaving?” Answer came there none.” – Richard Lichfield.

    Where does that phrasing come from? What’s it a reference to? It rings a vague bell.

  4. justamentalpatient says :


    Rings a bell here, too.

    Norway should have been the country to share Navy assets with (if any). But some muppet picked France.

  5. JamesFrance says :

    An interesting article, this, which is a bit odd in that it manages to sit on the fence with a very very slight note of regret at last summers’s vote, or so it seems to me – maybe it’s not as subtle as it seems to me? Is it a skit? Here:

  6. JamesFrance says :

    Justy, what’s “share Navy assets with”?
    Foxed here.
    Grasping at straws.
    Puzzled, and searching.
    What does it mean ???

  7. justamentalpatient says :

    A few years back, it was decided to share aircraft carrier capability.

    Norway would make a better partner in naval matters, IMO.

  8. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :


    “Answer came there none”, Lewis Caroll innit.

    LL on +1 here. 🙂

  9. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    France is doing our energy (nuclear) as well, Justa.

  10. justamentalpatient says :

    Interesting piece, james.

    The author lacks the integrity to openly admit they might have been wrong, perhaps?

  11. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Baguettes in your knickers might not be a bad thing after all.

    Although rhinestone toilet roll is, I think a step too far.

  12. justamentalpatient says :

    France and that great democracy known as China…

  13. polly says :

    “Now I’m chuckling over here at As the Brexit vote turns one, leaving has never been more uncertain

    I don’t believe it, quite,”

    I’m at the point where I will believe anything James, other than that we’ll have a halfway competent government in my lifetime.

    The latter being why leaving has never been more uncertain. This lot couldn’t organise the proverbial piss up in a place where they make beer.

  14. polly says :

    “At the moment the balance is moving away from Leave as the costs and the damage piles up. I’m not sure I would vote Leave again. I’m sure I want another vote. It will come, and Jeremy Corbyn should promise one. ”

    Slightly ignoring there Corbyn’s long term opposition to the EU and the labour party’s stated policy.

    You should have voted Fib Dem if you wanted another referendum.

    Do people ever think of finding out what is in the various party’s manifestos before casting their vote? Obvs they won’t necessarily stick to them (though slightly more likely now arch fibber in chief Clegg is toast), but still….

  15. justamentalpatient says :

    Nah. Some of us mark any box as long as it’s not Labour. After voting for Brexit.

    Saves drawing a cock, or simply spoiling.

  16. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Yes, I think they do, Polly. I think it was a masterstroke of Labour’s to have theirs “leaked” and everybody got a good look with enough time to reflect on its contents. And I think that was what made their much result much better than it might otherwise have been.

    Sorry, but people will not forgive the Lib Dems for the student fees debacle, it’s still way too soon. And their leader at the time of this GE would not give his views, candidly, on gay sex.

  17. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    I soooo love Kathy Burke (I’m still on +1).

  18. justamentalpatient says :

    I love that she doesn’t fuck about or BS.

  19. brusselsexpats says :

    My baguette came up on the x-ray when my hand luggage went through the machine. It looked quite impressive – the baguette that is. Some of them are so long you could hide a knife in there.

    I know food on the plane is pricey but I’ve never tried hiding a cheese sandwich in my knickers…..

    Nighty night all.

  20. justamentalpatient says :

    Ha! Half a chicken sandwich in each bra sling might work…Great story for sharing, bru.

    Nighty night

  21. justamentalpatient says :

    Bra sling?

    Deffo time for pre-bed wind down.

    Goodnight chundies.

  22. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    I have variously sized chicken fillets to turkey thighs in mine, Justa. Nn xx

  23. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    For James and because it’s so very lovely:

    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
    Of cabbages–and kings–
    And why the sea is boiling hot–
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    “But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
    “Before we have our chat;
    For some of us are out of breath,
    And all of us are fat!”
    “No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
    They thanked him much for that.
    “A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
    “Is what we chiefly need:
    Pepper and vinegar besides
    Are very good indeed–
    Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
    We can begin to feed.”
    “But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
    Turning a little blue.
    “After such kindness, that would be
    A dismal thing to do!”
    “The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
    “Do you admire the view?
    “It was so kind of you to come!
    And you are very nice!”
    The Carpenter said nothing but
    “Cut us another slice:
    I wish you were not quite so deaf–
    I’ve had to ask you twice!”
    “It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
    “To play them such a trick,
    After we’ve brought them out so far,
    And made them trot so quick!”
    The Carpenter said nothing but
    “The butter’s spread too thick!”
    “I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
    “I deeply sympathize.”
    With sobs and tears he sorted out
    Those of the largest size,
    Holding his pocket-handkerchief
    Before his streaming eyes.
    “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
    “You’ve had a pleasant run!
    Shall we be trotting home again?’
    But answer came there none–
    And this was scarcely odd, because
    They’d eaten every one.

  24. xenium1 says :

    When I come home from the pub & change the channel, the first phrase I want to hear is “stick a piece of garlic up his bum.” Genius.

    Academically inclined, my arse.

    And gay buildings. The West Port toilets in St Andrews? Nah? Thought not. More metropolitan wankers spouting shite about the community, ignoring the peovincial & working classes. But they don’t matter. Never have. Stick ’em in a sink estate & crap school & be done with it…

  25. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Not lovely at all, really, v v good but not lovely. About duplicitousness. Well spotted and chosen, Mr Lichfield.

  26. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Sorry. Xen, not you obvs, you are wholly lovely.

    Did you know the phrase to “ginger them up” is a reference to sticking a piece of ginger up a too passive/knackered horse’s bum? They used to do that at horse sales to make the nag appear more lively.

    Stuff you learn along the way, innit? 😉

  27. xenium1 says :

    And schooling. Hey. I climbed trees & smoked & mucked around the bike sheds with the bad ‘uns.

    Didn’t stop me paying attention in class, studying Latin for a year, always having a book on the go, taking Don Quixote out of the school library at the age of 14.

    I learned as much from the other kids too. ‘Cos I mixed with them. They were my peers & mates. Silly me?

    All kids together. Forever.

    Wotcha, 51. You’re lovely too… x

  28. xenium1 says :

    Glasto Latino?

    Will the middle classes not be happy until they’ve ruined everything?

  29. JamesFrance says :

    Emily Maitliss is fantastic.
    Kisrty Wark too. Each is better than the other, and vice versa 🙂

    I’m just having a look at news night, today, the 23rd, and … hey, she’s great. What more can I say.

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