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Tinyfish Wibble => Off Topic => Topic started by: Simon on November 01, 2009, 10:33:39 PM



Title: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2009, 10:33:39 PM
I think the last thread of this name got cut in the the great cultural post purge of early '09.

I have a tummy ache.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2009, 10:35:26 PM
I think the last thread of this name got cut in the the great cultural post purge of early '09.

I have a tummy ache.  :(
You've always got tummy ache. Too much Dr. Pepper no doubt.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2009, 10:36:24 PM
I wish it were but Betty has a tummy ache too and she hates Dr Pepper. Must be something we ate.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2009, 10:37:17 PM
Oh dear. Get both better quick. :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2009, 10:40:00 PM
Oh pffft, feeling like crap before a gig is almost a cliché now. I'm sure I'll survive.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 02, 2009, 01:39:52 AM
The events of last night for some reason led to me breaking down. Again. I think I was just in a time and a place that was too much of a cultural contrast to what I'm used to - it was far too mainstream, far too normal.

Looking back, the whole series of events seems more like a surreal, psychadelic trip. Thank God Hallowe'en is only for one evening a year. The Peel on Saturday will be much needed therapy for me, so you lot better not f*ck up.  :P ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 02, 2009, 09:49:00 AM
I'm also hoping we won't f*ck up as well. Jem will laugh at us for one thing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 02, 2009, 09:51:34 AM
There are worse things in the world than having Jem laugh at you. After all, he laughs at almost everything he encounters... doors, trees, bassoons, spoons, jam, geese...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 02, 2009, 04:36:26 PM
...teeth, verbs, water, balloons, jockeys, cream, neo-nazis (as should we all), lists, the colour green, the colour grey, the 1980's, cables, the number 111, dampness, nostalgia, neuralgia, socks, yellow hats, most documents, 38 degree angles, pirates, tennis, decimalisation, Hampton Court, Pringles, boots, mingling, low pressure, harps, javelins, lollipops, nails, chicken korma, gaps of more than nine feet, Pluto, gold, flat tyres, dildos...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 02, 2009, 05:18:01 PM
"...and the last vestiges of our self respect..."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 05, 2009, 10:56:54 PM
Is the tummy ache better, Simon?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 06, 2009, 10:38:16 AM
It is thank you Wilf. I went to bed on Tuesday night and slept for 10 hours straight which is very unusual as sleep bores the crap out of me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 06, 2009, 10:55:08 AM
It appears that your upset stomach has been exported to me, Simon. I hope that it clears up for tomorrow, as it'll be quite a long day tomorrow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 06, 2009, 04:19:38 PM
And you don't want to face time alone in The Peel toilets I fear sir.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 06, 2009, 05:31:43 PM
I saw the setlist for the Magnum tour

NONE of my favourites on it.

Honestly - If I were to complie a top 20 Magnum tracks then perhaps one found it into the setlist and even that would be fairly well down the list.

Giving it a miss.  :'(

Still smarting from being so stupid as to miss the Wings of Heaven tour in 2008.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 06, 2009, 08:38:35 PM
... as sleep bores the crap out of me.

That'll be what sorted out the tummy ache, then.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 06, 2009, 10:32:28 PM
 ;D at Catherine  ;D

I have been listening to Kino, then Milliontown and finally EIMA.  My EIMA is scratched or something in a couple of places and that made me blue.   :(  Though if anyone had seen the inside of my car and the CD's all over the place they would know why.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 08, 2009, 11:31:17 AM
... as sleep bores the crap out of me.

That'll be what sorted out the tummy ache, then.


Nods.  :-[ ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 09, 2009, 10:58:21 PM
Sometimes I hate podcasting.

Most of the time it's fine, you pluck a concept out of the air and the songs that go with it just materialize. This week I'm struggling. I've got a brilliant interview with Mr. So & So - really nice people, and such a good band - which will form the centrepiece of this weekend's offering, and as always I've got my opening and closings sorted, but what to put in between?

It could go one of two ways, short and somehow incomplete, or bloaed beyond belief. Again. Lots of people like the four-hour plus episodes - and with my listener's hat on I can go with that just fine - but it can so easily lose focus.

The European Perspective has its first birthday in a couple of weeks, and I'm reaching a sort of crunch point, I think. There are a dozen or so DJs on The Dividing Line, each with their own paritcular flavour, but I somehow feel a little isolated from the rest. Maybe it's geography - I'm the only UK/European-based one - or maybe it's a different outlook on the music - whatever it is, I feel the need to stretch my wings a bit. I've been considering the possibility of a second show, a different sort of thing altogether, with not just progressive rock in it, but simply loads of stuff that I like. I've even got a name for it - Motorville (sorry, lads :)). The concept is that it's a show for songs, rather than the big sprawling epics - think Tinyfish side by side with Joni Mitchell side by side with Richard Thompson side by side with Kate Rusby.

But is that too self-indulgent? Too diverse? Do I really have the time to make two big shows a week?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ready to throw away The European Perspective, I think that's got a long way to go. But is DLBN the right place for it? Maybe I should hedge my bets, keep the DLBN avenue going as my main distribution channel, but also put the show up elsewhere. Todders and I have been talking about the idea of a 'UK Prog Portal', a kind of supersite for all sorts of content - not just about UK acts, but targeted at UK 'consumers'. The Progboys have really got their site together, in my opinion, it's a model for what a music news site should be - I aspire to the same sort of quality with my podcasts, maybe I'll get there one day!

Anyway, it's all a bit depressing this evening, so I think I'll go to bed. I'll be back to my usual happy self tomorrow, probably.

Night night, folks! :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 09, 2009, 11:42:32 PM
Awww mate. It sounds as if you have had a lot of heartache over this one. My suggestion is to do both shows for a while, or at least as long as you can stand it (i.e. without resorting to drink and drugs). Then maybe see which one your heart says is the best direction to take.

You know that anything you do will always get a listen here. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 10, 2009, 08:56:38 AM
Awww mate. It sounds as if you have had a lot of heartache over this one. My suggestion is to do both shows for a while, or at least as long as you can stand it (i.e. without resorting to drink and drugs). Then maybe see which one your heart says is the best direction to take.

You know that anything you do will always get a listen here. :)
Thanks Simon :)

One of the nicest things about this particular bunch of people is the fact that there's such a collective open mind. It's not all about the capes...

Feeling a lot more postiive this morning, and I think I have a direction for the new episode. Motorhead with Mellotrons, can't be beat!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 10, 2009, 08:03:40 PM
I'm going to change my avatar....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 10, 2009, 08:24:15 PM
So making me blue is not being able to work out how to make this my avatar

(http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s295/ashleaze/misc/100_2190.jpg)

I just thought we should all be drinking tea.  And for your info, it is just builders tea.  PG.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 10, 2009, 08:55:07 PM
So making me blue is not being able to work out how to make this my avatar
1. Get a copy of Irfanview and install it
2. Load the original image
3. Choose "resample" from the Edit menu
4. Uncheck the "Keep aspect ratio" box (the picture looks squareish, you shouldn't need it)
5. Put in new dimensions of 100x100
6. Do a "Save as", and select to save it as a PNG file
7. Upload it to your profile!

Simples! <makes meerkat noise>


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 10, 2009, 09:32:31 PM
Well, just finished recording the next EP episode. Four and a half hours. I'm going to have to start issuing warnings about capped internet connections :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 10, 2009, 10:01:34 PM
Ah but length is everything in prog.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 10, 2009, 10:15:24 PM
So making me blue is not being able to work out how to make this my avatar

(http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s295/ashleaze/misc/100_2190.jpg)

I just thought we should all be drinking tea.  And for your info, it is just builders tea.  PG.
Rob will do it for you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 11, 2009, 12:55:02 AM
Rosanne Kobarr!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 11, 2009, 07:46:09 AM
Ah but length is everything in prog.
Do you REALLY think so?  Surely, as with other things in life, it isn't so much how long something is, but what you do with it.

I really enjoy listening to the European Perspective.  Even the stuff that I don't like is useful listening as it means that I won't buy their CDs.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2009, 08:52:05 AM
I really enjoy listening to the European Perspective.  Even the stuff that I don't like is useful listening as it means that I won't buy their CDs.
I can feel a new promo coming on...

"The European Perspective - we play the music that you hate...so you don't have to buy it!"

:D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 11, 2009, 11:03:36 AM
Ah but length is everything in prog.
Do you REALLY think so?  Surely, as with other things in life, it isn't so much how long something is, but what you do with it.

Nah, not for a moment. I think my veiws on needless epics has been well documented elsewhere on the net (and indeed also in a soon to be released interview with Jem and myself).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 11, 2009, 12:46:54 PM
(and indeed also in a soon to be released interview with Jem and myself).
ooh...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2009, 01:43:31 PM
I don't really have anything to add to this thread, I just liked the idea of the first three items on the page being accompanied by pictures of men drinking tea.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 11, 2009, 01:45:30 PM
... in a soon to be released interview with Jem and myself...

Ah, the legendary Prog entity known as "Jimon"...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 11, 2009, 02:01:07 PM
Some bright spark at the Peel gig suggested that we form a band called 'Jem & I'.  ::) I asked him if he thought this would be the prog equivilent of Withnail & I.

(http://www.revolutionsf.com/bb/weblogs/upload/5/12548688024aaff324691c1.jpg)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2009, 04:43:47 PM
Some bright spark at the Peel gig suggested that we form a band called 'Jem & I'.  ::) I asked him if he thought this would be the prog equivilent of Withnail & I.

(http://www.revolutionsf.com/bb/weblogs/upload/5/12548688024aaff324691c1.jpg)


I hadn't noticed that Pete Trewavas was in that film!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2009, 05:58:22 PM
 :D :D

"Don't leave me alone in here! These are the type of windows faces look in at!"

I love that film.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 11, 2009, 09:29:03 PM
:D :D

"Don't leave me alone in here! These are the type of windows faces look in at!"

I love that film.  ;D
You're at the Withnail & I age.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 11, 2009, 09:47:09 PM
It has to happen sooner or later Nells.

"Come on lads, let's get home, the sky's beginning to bruise, night must fall and we shall be forced to camp."

(http://easyandelegantlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/monty1.jpeg)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 12, 2009, 12:36:45 AM
"Truly we are in the arena of the unwell."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 12, 2009, 09:19:47 AM
"This place has become impossible. Nothing to eat, freezing cold and now a madman on the prowl outside with eels."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 12, 2009, 11:02:07 AM
Shouldn't all these be in the 'What Made You Smile?' thread?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 12, 2009, 11:26:44 AM
"Throw yourself into the road, darling - you haven't got a chance."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 12, 2009, 11:58:57 AM
 :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 12, 2009, 08:49:15 PM
Changing the subject, I maybe a little bit blue on the 27th November.

Cheeky plug/begging alert!!

My fellow fishtankers  :-*  :-*  :-*

I am doing a sponsored camp out on the 27th November to raise money for Christmas Presents for the residents at one of Moat's refuges. This refuge is for women suffering domestic violence and the presents will be for their children. It is also the aim to raise money for bits for the communal room such as a DVD player etc. I cannot do the sponsorship via one of those money raising sites as Moat is not a registered charity.

If you would like to sponsor me, please let me know and I will put your name on a good ol fashioned bit of paper!

I know that for me, camping is not a hardship, especially for one night but it will nearly be December so it will be cold! I will also be without the internet & facebook for a night which is a hardship.... ; )

Thanks


http://www.moat.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

And if you are so kind as to sponsor me, I can always pick it up in advance at DWB...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 12, 2009, 09:50:30 PM
Stick me down for a fiver Sarah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 13, 2009, 07:14:39 AM
Sarah - I won't be at DWB, but I'd like to contribute - can we catch up at Pallas?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 13, 2009, 10:36:53 PM
Not sure if I am going to that one but anytime is ok with me if you wish to contribute  :)  Will def be at Touchstone/Magenta  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 13, 2009, 10:42:33 PM
Stick me down for a fiver Sarah.

thanks  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 15, 2009, 08:39:24 PM
what made me blue? Watching Doctor Who this evening :-(

Russell Davies went so far beyond jumping the shark as to leave us all in shock.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 15, 2009, 08:47:26 PM
Doctor Victorious!?

I actually liked the dilemma part of it. Off course the monsters were a bit diluted, but it made me look forward to Xmas.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2009, 09:10:36 PM
what made me blue? Watching Doctor Who this evening :-(

Russell Davies went so far beyond jumping the shark as to leave us all in shock.
Yeah, bloody 'ell, as my son said afterwards.

I may never eat a carrot again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 15, 2009, 09:19:37 PM
...the monsters were a bit diluted...

I see what you did there. :-)

The dilemma was the most interesting part. But the impact of it got lost in all the other stuff. In contrast to the dilemma in the Pompeii episode where it really hit home.

That whirring sound you can hear is Barry Letts revolving in his grave. I shall watch the two episodes at Christmas, but I'm not hopeful, based on this. The one with the flying bus was just lazy, but this was actually rubbish.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 15, 2009, 09:54:17 PM
Wouldn't it be great if The Doctor became evil and The Master became the good guy... ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 15, 2009, 10:03:23 PM
Just had a friend request on farcebook from someone I was hoping never to hear from ever, ever, ever again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2009, 10:28:06 PM
Wouldn't it be great if The Doctor became evil and The Master became the good guy... ;D
It's on the cards, it really is!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 15, 2009, 10:29:16 PM
Just had a friend request on farcebook from someone I was hoping never to hear from ever, ever, ever again.
Sorry about that. I promise not to ask again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2009, 10:40:18 PM
Tomorrow I shall be heading off to buy a used car. Not a heart-warming thought. As all the franchise dealers I have contacted seem to be frightful oiks I'm following a friend's advice and heading for CarGiant in White City. Opinions of this place seem to vary wildly, but they've got a lot of cars in my price range, and you do see a lot of vehicles on the road with their stickers in, so they must provide at least some serviceable vehicles.

Being a complete imbecile when it comes to anything mechanical the very prospect scares the living daylights out of me. I have read the 'What Car?' guides to buying a used car over and over, so let's just hope I can follow their advice when I'm there floundering around getting incresingly worried about it.

With any luck, tomorrow evening I shall be posting to the "What made you smile?" thread with some more edifying thoughts :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 15, 2009, 11:02:38 PM
Wouldn't it be great if The Doctor became evil and The Master became the good guy... ;D
It's on the cards, it really is!

Here is my take on it.

The doctor is currently split in 3, The Timelord Victorious (TV), The human doctor (HD) in that other dimension and Dr. Donna.

TV is lonely and brings back the Master for company. The Ood bring back Dr Donna and HD. Joined by Rose, Martha, Sarah Jane and K9 they battle the Master and TV. They are most triumphant but TV is injured beyond regeneration but the Ood sings a song TV and HD are reformed into one being, they then perform a mindmeld with Dr. Donna and the Doctor is able to regenerate.

All in HD TV.

Happy Christmas.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2009, 11:15:06 PM
Here is my take on it.

...but the Ood sings a song...
I'm good with this analysis, Bo. But which song? Possibilities as follows:

1. UFO - Doctor, Doctor
2. 10CC - Oh Donna
3. All About Eve - Martha's Harbour
4. Michael Jackson - Billie (Piper) Jean
5. Anthony Phillips - Master Of Time
6. Phil Lynott - Sara (Jane)

...okay, I shall stop now...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: PeterF on November 15, 2009, 11:26:51 PM
Stick me down for a fiver Sarah.

Me too


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 16, 2009, 12:18:52 AM
Here is my take on it.

...but the Ood sings a song...
I'm good with this analysis, Bo. But which song?

Metallica - Master of Puppets

Obey your Master!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 16, 2009, 01:10:47 AM
Wouldn't it be great if The Doctor became evil and The Master became the good guy... ;D
It's on the cards, it really is!

Here is my take on it.

The doctor is currently split in 3, The Timelord Victorious (TV), The human doctor (HD) in that other dimension and Dr. Donna.

TV is lonely and brings back the Master for company. The Ood bring back Dr Donna and HD. Joined by Rose, Martha, Sarah Jane and K9 they battle the Master and TV. They are most triumphant but TV is injured beyond regeneration but the Ood sings a song TV and HD are reformed into one being, they then perform a mindmeld with Dr. Donna and the Doctor is able to regenerate.

All in HD TV.

Happy Christmas.



You only posted that to make me projectile vomit... And only because it's so Russell Davies-ly possible.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 16, 2009, 12:41:03 PM
Who would cause a twinge of sadness when you read of his death

Edward Woodward would

I loved The Equaliser as well as using the above pun at every single opportunity.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 16, 2009, 12:42:45 PM
Who would cause a twinge of sadness when you read of his death

Edward Woodward would

I loved The Equaliser as well as using the above pun at every single opportunity.

Ah, you beat me to it. A shame.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 16, 2009, 01:55:39 PM
Q. Why are there so many 'D's in Edward Woodward's name?
A. Because otherwise he'd be Ewar Woowar!

best read out loud to someone who hasn't heard it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 16, 2009, 02:08:37 PM
Q. Why are there so many 'D's in Edward Woodward's name?
A. Because otherwise he'd be Ewar Woowar!

best read out loud to someone who hasn't heard it.
This has to be one of most favourite jokes :)

Here's another:

Q: What do you call a man with a wooden head?
A: Edward
Q: What do you call a man with three wooden heads?
A: Edward Woodward

...again, best read out aloud...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 16, 2009, 02:51:10 PM
Loving the jokes which I know are mentioned with full respect to the man himself and that he gave us some brilliant TV and film moments. Mr W, you will be missed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 16, 2009, 07:55:31 PM
Stick me down for a fiver Sarah.

Me too

cheers

I am really hoping the weather improves!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 16, 2009, 11:41:39 PM
You only posted that to make me projectile vomit... And only because it's so Russell Davies-ly possible.

There is a spoiler in this picture (http://www.pelicanpromotions.com.au/dalton/threetimelords.jpg).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2009, 02:37:57 AM
I actually really enjoyed The Waters Of Mars. Good to see the Doctor finally being driven mad by his own power and his love of life. And now he's legging it from his death. S'all good in my book. And John Simm's back as the Master, which gets more good marks from me.

Anyways, what's making me blue at the moment is my complete failing to write down something like the definition of volume in the context of audio and sound, finding a place to drop the Fletcher-Munson curve into my essay and then writing about stereo and how people localise sound and so forth. Sigh. Maybe I need some sleep...  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2009, 08:55:24 AM
My iPod has packed up. It's not at all happy. Not one little bit.

I tried all the things they say on the web site, like trying to get it into 'disk mode', but it's not having any of it. A trip to the 'Genius Bar' (don't hide your light under a bushel, chaps!) at the Apple Store in Regents Street beckons, I fear...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 17, 2009, 09:55:20 AM
What are the symptoms? Have you reset it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 17, 2009, 10:51:15 AM
My iPod developed a weird pixel problem on my last trip back to Blighty. Probably as a result of a VERY tiny crack in the screen. Bah!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on November 17, 2009, 11:45:50 AM
I've had two ipods pack up.

1st didn't react so well to being put through the washing machine.

2nd just died about a week after the warranty was up ::) at which point ipod number 1 sparked back into life but it was short lived.

I'm now the happy owner of a Creative Zen X-fi  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 17, 2009, 01:09:31 PM
I've had my iPod three years and (touch wood), haven't had a problem with it in all that time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2009, 02:08:17 PM
What are the symptoms? Have you reset it?
I have, yes...but to no avail.

It froze when I turned it on this morning, so I did a standard "Menu-Select" reset, and then it came up with that rather worrying little red cross in a circle and the address of the support website. The site suggested going into something called 'disk mode', which is "Select-Play/Pause", but it had exactly the same result. It also refuses to run diagnostics.

I'm going to nip into the Apple Store on the way home, I think - lots of good reports of the staff in there, who will look at your device for no money and fix it if they can.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 17, 2009, 04:08:14 PM
Yeah :-/

Sounds like the hard disk has thrown a shoe. Last chance is to hard reset it and lose everything on it, and see if that fixes it. As long as you have everything on itunes, you can just resync it afterwards if it fixes the problem.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2009, 04:23:40 PM
The only thing about my iPod that gets to me (as well as being stupidly quiet) is that some pieces of album artwork decide to show up as black squares, a bit like that Spinal Tap album. I have no clue why it does it, or why it only does it for seemingly random albums (The Tall Ships, Frequency and disc two of Physical Graffiti are three of the ones at the mo), and I know it's only an aesthetic problem and doesn't hinder the listening of the music, but it still really pisses me off.  >:(

I've scoured the Apple forums and no-one there knows why it happens. The only cure I found is to remove all the artwork from the iPod by deselecting it, then re-selecting it to replace it. It sort of works, except that some artwork vanishes altogether (even though it's still showing up on iTunes) and then out of no-where, another album will become black.

I do wish I'd bought a really high quality MP3 player with masses of storage last year, but the iPod was the most convenient choice at the time as it meant I didn't have to transport all of my CDs back to Hull. Ah well. You live and you learn. And I know I should get over the artwork thing, but I really like album artwork...  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on November 17, 2009, 04:33:31 PM
Currently on my mp3 player Porcupuine Tree's The Incident shows up with the with the cover art from a Girls Aloud album  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 17, 2009, 04:39:53 PM
You do know that you can download any album cover you like and just add it to the album artwork via iTunes Tim?

Funny you should mention that Mike. It amuses me to see iTunes trying to pick the most appropriate album artwork for the album in question and then watch it lose the plot completely in it's choice of cover.

Curently when I pull up Le Mer by Claude Debussey, the album cover I get is 'Great Goth Classics of 1999'.

Way to go Claude.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2009, 08:56:30 PM
You do know that you can download any album cover you like and just add it to the album artwork via iTunes Tim?

I do indeed, but this doesn't solve the problem. You can swap images all you like, but they will still come up black. It's been like this since early in the year. Bah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 17, 2009, 09:06:30 PM
You might wish to try a firmware upgrade sir. I believe it worked for Wilf today with his iPod troubles.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2009, 09:32:14 PM
You might wish to try a firmware upgrade sir. I believe it worked for Wilf today with his iPod troubles.
It did indeed!

Got to hand it to the Genius guys at the Apple Shop, they fixed things in double-quick time, and for free. The problem was, apparently, a bug which sometimes manifests itself with the particular firmware version I was on. Normally you upgrade it through iTunes, but of course I couldn't because it was stalled, so they did some arcane magic to get it going and then did the upgrade. I lost all my music, but that's okay because - as Rob said - you just plug it in to the PC later and it resynchronizes.

So I shall have music on my journey to work tomorrow. Hurrah for that!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 17, 2009, 11:07:36 PM
Funny you should mention that Mike. It amuses me to see iTunes trying to pick the most appropriate album artwork for the album in question and then watch it lose the plot completely in it's choice of cover.

iTunes is not the only software with this problem. My main player on my linux box insists on displaying Adam Ant as the album artwork for all the albums it can't find.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 19, 2009, 02:49:52 PM
My main player on my linux box insists on displaying Adam Ant as the album artwork for all the albums it can't find.

So its adamant that it's found the right cover...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 19, 2009, 09:13:32 PM
No need to get your coat, I have it right here ...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 19, 2009, 10:45:34 PM
Spent all day in bed with food poisoning today. My body seemed to want to divest itself of very drop of fluid it could without my eyeballs drying up and yes, I am feeling sorry for myself.  :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 19, 2009, 10:54:47 PM
That's not good, Simon. Hope you're feeling better soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 19, 2009, 11:19:47 PM
Get well soon Simon. I hope I don't somehow get it like I got your last bout of lurgy, which then led to everyone at The Peel asking after my undercarriage...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 19, 2009, 11:24:29 PM
Oh dear, be better soon, sir!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 20, 2009, 08:14:32 AM
Get well soon Simon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 20, 2009, 09:09:06 AM
Spent all day in bed with food poisoning today. My body seemed to want to divest itself of very drop of fluid it could without my eyeballs drying up and yes, I am feeling sorry for myself.  :P
Eeek, sorry to hear that, Mr. Simon - you may wish to ignore my last email to you, or at least the bits that refer to curry, lest a flashback kicks in!

Get well soon :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 20, 2009, 09:36:33 AM
Eeek, sorry to hear that, Mr. Simon - you may wish to ignore my last email to you, or at least the bits that refer to curry, lest a flashback kicks in!

Nah, give him a good strong cork and he'll be sorted.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 20, 2009, 09:54:57 AM
Nah, give him a good strong cork and he'll be sorted.
You're a cruel woman, Catherine. Wanna come back to my place? ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 20, 2009, 11:20:39 AM
It's time to crack out the lightbox, I think. These grey skies are really, really getting to me today. I don't know if I 'officially' suffer from seaonal affectived disorder, but it sure as hell feels like it. Funny, cuz I felt quite cheerful when I got up.

Oh well, I'll live :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 20, 2009, 11:27:53 AM
Nah, give him a good strong cork and he'll be sorted.
You're a cruel woman, Catherine. Wanna come back to my place? ;)

It's a kind offer, Wilf, but I'd better decline.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 20, 2009, 01:34:51 PM
Thanks everyone. Feeling a lot better today although I have a raging thirst on me that just will not go away as my body fights to replace all the water it lost. Back at work and feeling grumpy about it too.  >:(

Oh and Wilf, knowing that you are pondering upon the prospect of Seasonally Adjusted Disorder, just remember that's what The June Jar is about. It doesn't provide any answers but at least you are not alone. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 20, 2009, 01:53:18 PM
Thanks everyone. Feeling a lot better today although I have a raging thirst on me that just will not go away as my body fights to replace all the water it lost. Back at work and feeling grumpy about it too.  >:(

Oh and Wilf, knowing that you are pondering upon the prospect of Seasonally Adjusted Disorder, just remember that's what The June Jar is about. It doesn't provide any answers but at least you are not alone. :)


Come to Sweden! We're not even anywhere near the midwinter yet the sun is coming up here at the crack of 8.30 or so and settling down for the night around 4.30pm. And in between it's quite uniformly grey. Apart from today when the sun shone brilliantly for about an hour. At mid day we had loooooooong shadows the like of which usually appear at about 9pm on a midsummer night in Hampshire. Lorks a lordy!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 20, 2009, 02:05:06 PM
Are you far North enough to be in the land of the midnight sun then sir?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 20, 2009, 02:15:06 PM
Not quite. At the depth of midwinter we can expect the sun to come up around 9.15 and set again around 3.30pm. There's a hell of a lot more of both Sweden and Norway north of here before you get close to midnight sun (during summer) or perpetual darkness (in winter).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 20, 2009, 02:59:46 PM
Oh and Wilf, knowing that you are pondering upon the prospect of Seasonally Adjusted Disorder, just remember that's what The June Jar is about. It doesn't provide any answers but at least you are not alone. :)
Aha, all becomes clear :)

Thank you, Mr. Simon - and I'm glad to hear you're on the mend.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 24, 2009, 02:47:14 PM
We got burgled yesterday  >:(

They took the Wii and all the games, the telly etc. All that I don't care about but they took the necklace I got for Vicky for our first anniversary. :'(

Hanging really is too good for them.

I'm a very very sad panda today.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 24, 2009, 03:33:34 PM
That's really, really awful news Unc. I'm sending hugs your way. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 24, 2009, 05:14:51 PM
Very sorry to hear that UB.

We've been burgled twice and it was horrible both times. The first time they took my engagement ring, which really hurt. Its replacement just isn't the same.

After the second time we got a burglar alarm fitted and I really can't recommend it too highly for the peace of mind it has given me since. There's the cost of fitting it, and an annual maintenance charge, but it's worth every penny.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 24, 2009, 06:48:22 PM
I really feel for you, UB. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 24, 2009, 06:59:15 PM
I really feel for you, UB. 
Me too, sorry to hear about this, UB. Happened to us last year, it's the worst.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 24, 2009, 07:33:15 PM
B@st@rds.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2009, 07:48:11 PM
That's horrible, so sorry to hear that UB.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: PeterF on November 24, 2009, 07:53:43 PM
Awful. Awful, at the very least it was "only" material things, just be thankful you didn't walk in on them - I did and ended up with 12 stitches in the back of my head.
As my Granny used to say - "As long as you've got your health..."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 24, 2009, 08:00:29 PM
How horrible  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 24, 2009, 08:01:11 PM
That is the worst.
Sadly, I can chime-in with a few "me too"s on this topic but I also offer my sympathy - it is one of the most upsetting things.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 24, 2009, 08:07:09 PM
:-(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 24, 2009, 09:57:09 PM
God that is really crappy news UB, :(  I hope that you both get through this quickly and that the wankers responsible all find themselves under the nearest bus in the near future.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 25, 2009, 08:09:33 AM
Thanks for all your kind words.

I just hope we can sort that move down to Cardiff soon. Not that there aren't bad people there, but we'll be able to fortress things up a bit, and not get a house right next to a park.

At least they didn't touch the CD collection, and I've still got my copy of One Night On Fire  ;)

It's all just such a pain sorting things out.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 25, 2009, 01:41:45 PM
I think I may have told some of you before about being burgled nearly 20 years ago.  I was obviously annoyed that my CD thing had been nicked (was my 18th birthday pressie) but what upset me was all of my Fish signed stuff being nicked too.  You know that they would have chucked it.  Yes, still bitter.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 25, 2009, 03:18:48 PM
I was SOOOOOO relieved that they had no taste and left the Marillion collection alone - in fact no CDs were taken at all, and that my den (the tiny third bedroom) is so untidy that they couldn't be arsed to remove all my computer stuff.

And even though they went through the bedside drawers they left all my gig tickets there.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 25, 2009, 04:21:47 PM
There's a lesson for us all then. Messy rooms deter light fingered @rseholes...

...no wait, that didn't come out right! :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 25, 2009, 07:05:58 PM
I'll be alright then, my house really is a building site and will remain so for the foreseeable (how the hell do you spell that?) future!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 25, 2009, 08:24:30 PM
My constant mood swings made me miserable, then angry, then stressed, then calm, then mellow today. I wish my f*cking stupid bipolar mind would sort itself out.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 25, 2009, 08:49:50 PM
My constant mood swings made me miserable, then angry, then stressed, then calm, then mellow today. I wish my f*cking stupid bipolar mind would sort itself out.
Listen to the following three records, in chronological order, all by Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark; The Hissing Of Summer Lawns; Hejira. Those three got me through the bastard early twenties.

And remember, when you're up to your plums in crocodiles it is difficult to remember that the original intention was to drain the swamp.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 26, 2009, 09:26:30 AM
Court and Spark is one of my favourite albums ever.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 26, 2009, 01:28:00 PM
Court and Spark is one of my favourite albums ever.
You were that Free Man In Paris, Rob :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 26, 2009, 02:17:26 PM
"Stoking the starmaker machinery behind the popular song"? You are too kind :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 26, 2009, 05:34:44 PM
"Stoking the starmaker machinery behind the popular song"? You are too kind :D
It comes of feeling unfettered and alive!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 26, 2009, 09:41:50 PM
My boot laces snapped so I have had to put white ones in them  :'( they look even more special than ever now.  I could wear wellies but these boots are so comfy.  They are about 15 years old.  I do get my moneys worth.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 27, 2009, 10:43:19 AM
My boot laces snapped so I have had to put white ones in them  :'( they look even more special than ever now.  I could wear wellies but these boots are so comfy.  They are about 15 years old.  I do get my moneys worth.
I totally understand the sentiment of wearing 'comfort' shoes Sarah (even if they do have white shoelaces).  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 28, 2009, 06:21:16 PM
As facebook browsers will be aware, I did camp out last night.  We were extremely lucky with the weather so sitting round a fire was fine.  It was cold and very muddy.  It started raining about 1am at which point I retreated to the tent.  Had a little browse of CRPP and then decided to try to sleep.  The rain was torrential but most annoyingly it didn't keep up a constant rythym so I would start dropping off when it slowed down only to be woken again when it got heavy.  I was more bothered about wanting to go for a wee than being cold but I didn't want to go out in the rain.  This morning it was very cold and even more muddy, with some huge puddles that my daughter would have loved to jump in.

Today has been mostly spent washing muddy sleeping bags and clothes and trying to get the tents dry. 

It was a lot of fun before it started raining, with the weather as it has been it could have been a miserable experience, I was dreading putting a tent up in the wind we have had recently.  Thank you for your kind words and support.  I have raised over £200, so thank you to those who have sponsored too.

Now pay up....  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: PeterF on November 28, 2009, 08:37:45 PM
I should be in High Wycombe tonight, at the Nag's Head watching Jump, but 'Man Flu' has struck - gutted!!

Sarah - will you be at Pallas at The Peel next week, if so i will give you your sponsor money - good on ya girl.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 28, 2009, 09:55:01 PM
Glad it was a successful venture, Sarah. Remind me in the future to make a late donation  :)  (I'm, officially skint now  :( ).

Apart from being officially skint, what made me blue - no, sorry - what made me bloody furious was National Rail. I was trying to order some train tickets for a trip to Leeds on Thursday, returning Friday. Me and Best Mate Sam are finally going to see Joe Bonamassa  ;D . I got Sam's tickets sorted, but when I tried to order the exact same tickets for the exact same journey (but with a Railcard) the website refused to go through with it. After exceeding sensible stress levels and letting off a good few choice colourful words, we went for a walk.

Two hours later, the tickets have finally been ordered. Turns out the company froze the system because they were about to change the prices. Up by 30p.

It's not the puny price change that gets to me, it's the fact that they were still advertising the original prices but not allowing people to buy them while they changed them. And there was no message of any kind explaining things. All that stress and anger, for a 30p price change.

B*stards.

Anyways, all's well that ends well. We have whiskey and The Thick Of It promises to be a belter tonight. Now, we can smile.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 07, 2009, 04:39:01 PM
I'm trying to write an essay. The essay is about studio design and construction. We need to include several equations in the essay. I have tried several techniques for inserting equations, but it keeps going wrong. I have used Photoshop to draw them, then insert them as JPEGs. Works, but looks sh*te. I have downloaded a program called MathCast which should allow me to create equations and then insert them into my Word document seamlessly. I can create them OK, but every time I try and insert it (in many different file formats and the cut//copy/paste method) it keeps going wrong (it keeps pasting in the toolbar of my Internet browser, for example. I have just discovered how to insert a square root symbol on Word, but I still can't do those little division things where a number/letter sit either side of a horizontal line.

I've been trying now for about two hours. My head is hurting. I might cry.

I'm going for a walk soon to clear my head and buy some food. Bah.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on December 07, 2009, 05:54:04 PM
Mouse - I'll ask David what he uses to put equations in his work and let you know.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 07, 2009, 08:07:05 PM
Cheers, Rob.  :)

Shortly after posting, I actually found the solution - Microsoft Equatioin 3.0, hidden away in the Insert menu. A problem solved by a quick search on Google. I really need to stop getting easily stressed and worked up over small problems like this.

I'm such a goon.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on December 07, 2009, 08:20:13 PM
I'm such a goon.  :D

Goonies never say die!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on December 07, 2009, 08:34:33 PM
See High Voltage thread  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 16, 2009, 11:05:57 AM
(http://www.starjump.org/pictures/amazon.PNG)

Well, not Amazon, it's actually two different 'Marketplace' re-sellers.

Huw has developed a huge interest in something called Warhammer 40,000, which I'm sure is well-known to some of you, but it's a new world for me (I was a role-player rather than a figures gamer during my mis-spent youth). So for Christmas he asked for some Warhammer stuff - a starter set, a couple of books and some paints. I can see the way this is going, actually - my Mum let drop the fact that I used to paint Airfix models when I was Huw's age, and it's going to turn into a male bonding opportunity. My eyesight isn't really up to it anymore, he's going to have the worst painted figures at the Warhammer club at school.

(http://www.starjump.org/pictures/figures.jpg) (how they should look, but won't)

...but I digress.

Yvette, my wife, being a totally sensible person (and who is now feeling totally vindicated) suggested that we buy the figures from the Games Workshop place in Oxford Street, or the one in Covent Garden. As I work in Central London it seemed like a great idea, as I could just nip in over the lunch hour. But no - that was too easy for me. "Let's save ourselves some stress", I said, "and order the stuff online". Amazon had all of the items required, and at slightly lower prices than GW (ever the cheapskate, me), so I brushed aside protests of "but can you rely on them?" and went ahead and placed the order. The order had to be split between two different resellers who work through Amazon's normally reasonable Marketplace scheme.

That was three weeks ago. To date, nothing has arrived. Of course, you don't get to telephone these people, you have to email them, and one of them has got back saying "oh, we sent the order out straight away, surprised it hasn't arrived yet" but offered no further way forward except to say I should pursue any claims for recompense through Royal Mail (yes, that works for me!).

(http://www.starjump.org/pictures/royalmail.png)

From the other one, nothing at all.

So...now we're getting worried, so I ring Games Workshop in Oxford Street expecting some surly youth and got a charming young man who not only confirmed they have everything in stock, but also offered to put the items to one side for me so I can go in later to collect them. Which begs the question, of course, why didn't I do it in the first place? Answer: because I'm a berk.

(http://www.starjump.org/pictures/berk.jpg)

If the other stuff does arrive, then Huw will have a lot more little figures than originally intended, and we'll sell the duplicate books on eBay, or something.

I don't know what I'm more annoyed by - the fact that it all went wrong, or that I'm too much of a pigheaded idiot to listen to reason in the first place.

Oh well...some music, I think!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on December 16, 2009, 12:06:25 PM
David does this Warhammer thing.  He goes to the shop in Reading. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on December 16, 2009, 12:18:25 PM
and check what the marketplace sellers' contract with Amazon is like - I know anyone selling through Play Trade has to offer the same level of compensation that Play.com offer (i.e full refund). Don't know how it works with amazon (although I've had some fairly good experiences and no no-shows)

At the very least you should report their attitude to Amazon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on December 17, 2009, 12:34:32 PM
I had a sudden flurry of childhood relivence when I spied a Warhammer derivative called Mordheim.
Rather than the dozens and dozens of armoured foot soldiers, this featured small groups of figures and various derilict buildings.
Thoroughly enjoyed the model building and painting activities (the Airfix gene is strong in this one) and reading the rules etc. but after that, nothing....never played it...no idea why.
I still have it all in a box. One day....maybe...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 17, 2009, 12:51:21 PM
This tale has a sort of happy ending in that the guys at Games Workshop were an absolute delight. Not only did they have all the stuff ready for me to pick up, but the manager - obviously a huge Warhammer nut - gave me some advice on how Huw should build his army, and suggested that I take him into the store sometime for a free lession, and some tips and tricks that his mates at the school club will be loath to teach him lest he kicks their arses :)

Also, I mentioned it to my boss in passing, and he rang his son up - who is now in his early twenties and doesn't do it any more - and he's keen to pass some stuff on to us for very little money.

Quite heart-warming, really.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on December 17, 2009, 01:15:59 PM
Everyone who works in these shops is a Warhammer nut.  They actively encourage people to drop in and play games as it pushes sales up.  As far as I can tell, for every pound of income, David spends:

98p    Warhammer.
1p      Clothes.
0.99p  Music
0.01p  Study material


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 17, 2009, 01:27:07 PM
Everyone who works in these shops is a Warhammer nut.  They actively encourage people to drop in and play games as it pushes sales up.  As far as I can tell, for every pound of income, David spends:

98p    Warhammer.
1p      Clothes.
0.99p  Music
0.01p  Study material
Sounds about par for the course :)

Thing is, the boy Huw doesn't reallly get out enough - he spends too much time staring at a computer screen, or making podcasts with his Dad (ahem!). The Warhammer stuff at school seems to have at least a small social aspect to it, and the other boys there seem to be somewhat like him. So I'm actually quite encouraged by this one.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on December 17, 2009, 01:46:33 PM
Sounds quite normal to me. There were some folks who grew up to be Tinyfish who spent far too much time huddled in bedrooms playing Dungeons and Dragons. Then they met girls! :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on December 17, 2009, 06:06:15 PM
David has come back here and reported meeting a member of Tinyfish the Games Workshop in Reading.  I'm just not going to say which one. :-X (member of Tinyfish that is, there is only one GW)

Agreeing with you Wilf - I went through the same with David.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 17, 2009, 08:23:32 PM
I was in front of a TV for the majority of my childhood, and I turned out TV.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on December 17, 2009, 08:42:05 PM
I was in front of a TV for the majority of my childhood, and I turned out TV.

When I was a kid we had one channel. It started broadcasting at 18:00 in the evening and finished around 23:00.

If there was cloud cover we could just about pick up Swedish television as well.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 17, 2009, 08:56:02 PM
Quote
When I was a kid we had one channel. It started broadcasting at 18:00 in the evening and finished around 23:00.

If there was cloud cover we could just about pick up Swedish television as well.
Luxury (in a Yorkshire accent)

We never 'ad television. We used to 'ave to shovel coal in't back of t'wireless.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on December 17, 2009, 09:36:57 PM
You were lucky to have a T'WIRELESS! *We* used to have to have a crystal set


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on December 17, 2009, 10:35:30 PM
I was in front of a TV for the majority of my childhood, and I turned out TV.
You're a transvestite? I had no idea :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 17, 2009, 11:27:28 PM
 ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 17, 2009, 11:28:26 PM
You can tell by the way he walks, Nellie.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 18, 2009, 01:41:48 AM
Oi, I'm not the one who disguised themselves as men to get into a certain gig last month, am I?  :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on December 18, 2009, 08:52:52 AM
You can tell by the way he walks, Nellie.

He's a lawnmower now???  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 18, 2009, 09:37:57 AM
Lawnmower? (couldn't find a smiley for "extremely puzzled")


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on December 18, 2009, 10:42:38 AM
It's one of the opening lines to 'I know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)' by Genesis Catherine.

UB was being all 'proggy' :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 22, 2009, 02:48:37 PM
I've just had news that our central heating/hot water has broken down. Three days before Christmas. I've phoned Homecare, but it'll be tomorrow morning before they get someone out - and past experience has taught me that they never have the right parts and they'll have to come back.

Hur-bloody-rah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 22, 2009, 02:58:51 PM
Bad luck David, that's not good. Here's hoping they get someone out to you soon - and with the right bits as well.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Abigail on December 22, 2009, 05:00:30 PM
If there ever was an excuse to buy as many brightly coloured, fluffy socks as you possibly can, that's the one.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 22, 2009, 08:46:39 PM
Thankfully the socks will not be required (not that I ever really need an excuse to wear bright coloured ones, Abigail!). Yvette, my better half, had a word with our neighbour, who suggested trying repeatedly turning the ignition on and off a few times. This didn't get it working again, but while she was giving it a try she accidentally pressed a little red button on the front of the boiler which we've never known the purpose of. Lo and behold, the boiler came back to life :)

So I'm now sitting in a nice, warm living room with the prospect of a bath a bit later. Bliss.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on December 23, 2009, 02:44:33 AM
Yay! That is good news. :)

I don't know if you have Sky HD but I was going to suggest looking at the "Anytime" program listing and finding their "Cosy Log Fire". It does what it says on the tin - fills the screen with the image of a crackling log fire.
Feels warm just watching it...perhaps it is the heat generated by the wheel in the electricity meter spinning around... ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on December 23, 2009, 09:47:08 AM
Thankfully the socks will not be required (not that I ever really need an excuse to wear bright coloured ones, Abigail!). Yvette, my better half, had a word with our neighbour, who suggested trying repeatedly turning the ignition on and off a few times. This didn't get it working again, but while she was giving it a try she accidentally pressed a little red button on the front of the boiler which we've never known the purpose of. Lo and behold, the boiler came back to life :)

So I'm now sitting in a nice, warm living room with the prospect of a bath a bit later. Bliss.

omg. What make and model is your boiler? You can probably find out what that button is supposed to do from t'interent.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on December 23, 2009, 10:28:07 AM
It'll be the little red spark button... ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 23, 2009, 11:21:05 AM
It'll be the little red spark button... ;D
I think that's exactly what it is, Mr. Pedro :)

It's a Worcester Bosch, Rob, we found the manual on the internet - the red button is indeed for sparking the ignition. Hey ho....at leat we're warm now!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on December 27, 2009, 11:34:58 AM
It was only a few hours of blue-ness but I really thought there was something wrong with the physical copy of The Underfall Yard that Santa brought me. I imported it into iTunes several times and on playing it back on my iTouch it kept skipping at about 10:22 into the title track. Playing it back direct from the CD showed no problem at all.
After a bit of interweb searching I tried switching from mp3 encoding to AAC and that seems to have stopped it from happening. (phew)

So it seems that there's something about the track that doesn't encode very well. Does that make sense to anyone?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 27, 2009, 03:02:15 PM
So it seems that there's something about the track that doesn't encode very well. Does that make sense to anyone?
I've had similar things happen, though with different music. My copy of 5Bridges 'The Thomas Tracks' simply won't play on my iPod Classic. It ripped fine (and I don't use iTunes for ripping, I use Easy CD-DA Extractor then import the MP3s into iTunes by hand) and plays back perfectly on the PC, but if I try on the iPod it won't play. Similarly it won't play on Yvette's Classic, but spookily it's fine on Huw's Touch.

I'll have see if ripping them as AAC-encoded files works.

So basically, Mr. Pedro, it makes sense except it doesn't :) I think iPods are a bit
screwy...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 27, 2009, 03:50:32 PM
You can rip files as MP3s on iTunes? I suppose that's what the MP3 encoder setting is for (I = thick). Oh, and have you tried selecting the box with "Use error correction when reading Audio CDs" next to it? It says "Use this option if you experience problems with the audio quality from Audio CDs. This may reduce the speed of importing." This is in the Import Settings box. I haven't tried any of it yet, so I've got no clue if it works.

That reminds me, I'd better re-import A Momentary Lapse Of Reason as Sorrow goes all horribly distorted half way through.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on December 27, 2009, 03:55:19 PM
What made me blue today is the continuing absence of both "Blackout" and "Lovedrive" by Scorpions on iTunes. Gah! It's available at Amazon but only as a ridiculously overpriced Japanese import. If anyone has these on CD, please rip 'em and send me the mp3s with all haste. I need a fix of 80s Teutonic guitar-based RAWK!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 27, 2009, 04:09:41 PM
Just found them both on Play.com if that's of any use, Jim. Bit pricey, though. Long dispatch time, too.

Blackout (http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/152654/Blackout/Product.html)

Lovedrive (http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/577531/Love-Drive/Product.html)

Just realised this is probably of no use! :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on December 27, 2009, 04:31:51 PM
You're being very helpful today Mouse  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on December 27, 2009, 04:52:20 PM
Wilf is uploading mp3s for me as I type! YES!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on December 27, 2009, 05:46:53 PM
To answer some of Mouse's questions, click the Error Correction box to 'on' because if your CD's have any scratches on them, it should stop the resultant file having clicks and pops.

And yes, convert to MP3 if such you want. Set it to 320K if you want extra quality, but be warned that the files will be twice the size. My collection is all in Apple format because I didn't discover the MP3 encoder button until it was too late.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on December 27, 2009, 07:17:14 PM
It'll be the little red spark button... ;D

I want a button to press so the big red spark appears.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on December 27, 2009, 07:30:46 PM
It'll be the little red spark button... ;D
I want a button to press so the big red spark appears.
You could try pressing Wilf's button really hard...?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 27, 2009, 07:46:01 PM
 :o

Pedro, you shouldn't use euphemisms like that in a public forum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 27, 2009, 07:52:44 PM
You could try pressing Wilf's button really hard...?
I feel violated. Not an entirely unpleasant feeling...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on December 28, 2009, 01:04:16 PM
my car won't start  :'( that's the result of having the pleasure of two days not driving


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on December 28, 2009, 02:05:43 PM
I just had a Leon moment and broke my brother's drumstick while playing guitar-hero.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 28, 2009, 05:14:16 PM
That must have been a bad Leon moment - my version of Guitar Hero doesn't even use drumsticks, just a guitar.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on December 28, 2009, 05:28:13 PM
My brother has the version with two guitars, a bass and a drum set.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on December 29, 2009, 08:36:03 PM
That must have been a bad Leon moment - my version of Guitar Hero doesn't even use drumsticks, just a guitar.

He must have been using Tony Levin's Funky Fingers.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on January 03, 2010, 11:06:47 PM
Dr Who Part one not on BBC iPlayer  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on January 04, 2010, 12:07:47 PM
Just assemble some clips of Simm's take on The Master laughing in black & white and David Tennant running with gritted teeth - that will pretty much cover it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on January 04, 2010, 02:34:26 PM
Oy. No spoilers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on January 04, 2010, 04:02:00 PM
Just assemble some clips of Simm's take on The Master laughing in black & white and David Tennant running with gritted teeth - that will pretty much cover it.

 :D - Harsh but fair.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on January 04, 2010, 09:41:22 PM
 :D
My big bruv is quite miffed about the way "nuWho" (as he calls it) has developed, compared with "realWho" and is very dismissive of Russel T Davies and his "something cannot happen ever....oh, but it just has" plot crimes.
I can't get *that* excited about it (and I haven't done all the supplementary reading and all that) but I have found some of the recent offerings a little bit "thin".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on January 04, 2010, 11:48:26 PM
As I  did not grow up in the UK I have had a chance to watch the new Who without baggage.

I had only seen a couple of the old episode and was not really a big Dr Who fan until the new series came along.

I am now a huge Dr Who fan. RTD should be credited for bringing this character back. Ok so he can get carried away at times and a couple of the specials were not up to scratch but I forgive him. I think he realised that it was time to hand over the keys to the Tardis to someone else and I am really excited about Steven Moffats' take on the doctor. Some of my favorite episodes was penned by him. "Blink" is just a perfect Dr. Who episode.

As for what the new doctor will be like. I don't really care. I was not sure about Tennant when he took over. Boy was I proven wrong. I was sure Catherine Tate was going to be awful. Wrong again.

A ongoing serial like Dr Who needs fresh blood once in a while and I am sure I will keep watching ... now if we could only get another season of Torchwood I would be happy.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on January 05, 2010, 06:51:00 AM
Good points, well made. I particularly agree about "Blink" - top notch.
As for the baggage, I don't personally carry very much of it, just a small rucksack for things like "hang on, Tennant's was supposed to be the last possible regeneration". ;) I'm happy to leave the fanatics to wrestle with the huge trunks full of "surely there's no such thing as 'before a time war'! 
I'm more than happy to wait and see where it goes next, just hope they can find and maintain the right balance between clever drama (i.e. what Who should be IMHO) and fart gags. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on January 05, 2010, 10:59:14 AM
...things like "hang on, Tennant's was supposed to be the last possible regeneration".

It's been said before that Time Lords have 13 lives, but they can also live forever. One thing I really like about the new series is that they stick to the 40 year old legacy that went before it when they could've just overwritten it and started again. The fact that they re-used the Macra in the third new series made me more happy than it should've done.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on January 06, 2010, 01:47:56 PM
About two days ago, I booked some train tickets so that I can travel back to Hull next Wednesday, hand in an essay and then travel back the next day. I've just recieved an Email telling me that I need to be back the day before I was meant to be back to do a presentation that was originally scheduled for the week after my essay hand in day. So I'm a little bit annoyed. For extra swearing, see my Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/Mouse_y).

So all my travel plans for the next two weeks are buggered.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on January 06, 2010, 06:19:51 PM
ignoring the presentation, isn't it a bit weird that you can't just email your essay to them?  poor you  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on January 06, 2010, 06:46:28 PM
ignoring the presentation, isn't it a bit weird that you can't just email your essay to them?  poor you  :(

Oh yes, they have this marvellous system where you have to hand in your essay in person and sign forms and everything. They can only really give you an extension if you're very ill or if a family member dies, or something like that. It's incredibly convinient. And the presentation's just something we've already handed in but in a different format. Waste of time...  >:(

Anyways, I've bought a new train ticket now. I might just go back and stay there. I won't be doing anything and it'll be a big waste of money, but if they decide to change more stuff at least I'll be in the same area.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2010, 03:33:20 PM
Snow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2010, 03:34:08 PM
More snow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2010, 03:34:34 PM
Even more snow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 09, 2010, 05:55:43 PM
Getting through the snow from West Wales to London like a breeze only to be scuppered by massive engineering works when we got to Paddington

4 hours to London - 2 hours to cross London.

As the song says "We gotta get outta this place"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on January 09, 2010, 10:34:07 PM
Getting through the snow from West Wales to London like a breeze only to be scuppered by massive engineering works when we got to Paddington

4 hours to London - 2 hours to cross London.

As the song says "We gotta get outta this place"
Hell yeah!
Having recently moved to half way to Wales, I fully sympathise about the traffic. It's one of the many reasons I moved away from London.
Never look back, it detracts from the now!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on January 10, 2010, 10:57:57 PM
I wonder how Jem's move to Bath went?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on January 10, 2010, 11:50:23 PM
Word from Nells on Twitter is that he had a 'mare of a week'. At least that's what I think she said, it could that Jem was made mayor this week...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on January 11, 2010, 01:10:57 AM
I'm imagining Jem's travels to being something like this...

(http://ipy.arcticportal.org/images/uploads/arctic_arc_530.jpg)

Hmm, Jem's Travels... Now there's an idea for a song...  ;) :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on January 11, 2010, 02:21:21 AM
Word from Nells on Twitter is that he had a 'mare of a week'. At least that's what I think she said, it could that Jem was made mayor this week...

heh  you crack me up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on January 13, 2010, 04:39:11 PM
The thought of having to climb onto my bike in a few minutes and cycle home in this tossy weather.

It reminds me of a Ronnie Barker 'News' item on the Two Ronnies.

Ronnie Barker: Weathermen have announced they believe that next year we will have a mild winter....instead of summer.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 13, 2010, 04:47:10 PM
The thought of having to climb onto my bike in a few minutes and cycle home in this tossy weather.
Welcome to the world inside the June June June Jar, perhaps?

ShutupElliottyoutwit

I feel your pain, sort of, Simon. The park was bleak as hell this morning, and it's a long hike from the Tube station into the office. It looked amazing, but felt like someone was trying to strip the skin off my face.

And this evening I have the long, long walk from Snaresbrook to Huw's school to meet him - about a mile in each direction. Ho-hum.

It would be so, so good if we could have some sunshine and temperatures above freezing.

Love and kisses,

Mr. Grumpyarse
xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2010, 04:08:36 PM
The boiler in my flat is leaking. The carpet's waterlogged and covered in mould and it stinks to high heaven. It's located in the kitchen and I don't want to eat food prepared in that sort of atmosphere. I ache.  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on January 14, 2010, 04:22:17 PM
Sorry to hear that Mouse. Boilers frighten the crap out of me because of the potential for carbon monoxide to kill you in your sleep...

...I'm not helping am I?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on January 14, 2010, 04:54:25 PM
The boiler in my flat is leaking. The carpet's waterlogged and covered in mould and it stinks to high heaven. It's located in the kitchen and I don't want to eat food prepared in that sort of atmosphere. I ache.  :'(

Get a splendid take away and charge it to your land lord.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 14, 2010, 05:03:30 PM
The boiler in my flat is leaking. The carpet's waterlogged and covered in mould and it stinks to high heaven. It's located in the kitchen and I don't want to eat food prepared in that sort of atmosphere. I ache.  :'(

Get a splendid take away and charge it to your land lord.
Chips!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on January 14, 2010, 10:03:08 PM
An oldie but a goodie....

A novice sky-diver on his first solo jump was falling towards the earth, he pulled the ripcord but nothing happened.
He pulled his emergency 'chute and still nothing happened.
Then, he saw another man coming up to meet him and they caught hold of each other.
"Do you know anything about parachutes?", asked the sky-diver.
"No", said the man, "Do you know anything about gas boilers?"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on January 15, 2010, 01:41:19 AM
heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on January 15, 2010, 10:22:15 AM
An oldie but a goodie....

A novice sky-diver on his first solo jump was falling towards the earth, he pulled the ripcord but nothing happened.
He pulled his emergency 'chute and still nothing happened.
Then, he saw another man coming up to meet him and they caught hold of each other.
"Do you know anything about parachutes?", asked the sky-diver.
"No", said the man, "Do you know anything about gas boilers?"


What a great metaphor for the way Tinyfish record albums.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on February 22, 2010, 10:42:24 PM
Every work day since our 25th anniversary holiday in October last year, I've grabbed a panoramic shot from some web-cams in Funchal, Madeira and sent it to Mrs Pedro at her work - along with a suggestion like "shall we go for a walk around the harbour?" or such like.  Soppy really but it was a very uplifting trip and we are thoroughly enjoying remembering it.

So I was completely floored today when the web-cam site was broken and I followed a link to a site that brought me chillingly up-to-date with the storms/floods/mudslides and (so far) 42 deaths that happened on Saturday. I was blissfully unaware until that moment.

This made us both very blue.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on February 23, 2010, 09:37:25 AM
The video I have seen of the flooding is truly frightening stuff.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on February 23, 2010, 04:09:19 PM
I haven't got the blues per se but I am going to a free blues bar in Charlotte Street (just behind Tottenham Court Road in rainy central London) tonight to see some...er, free blues.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on February 23, 2010, 04:11:42 PM
It is now snowing in Northampton (again) - I was thinking of going up to Nottingham to see Mastodon this evening.  I am now not thinking of going anywhere other than the local Premier Inn.

Not just blue, but livid.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 23, 2010, 04:11:51 PM
I haven't got the blues per se but I am going to a free blues bar in Charlotte Street (just behind Tottenham Court Road in rainy central London) tonight to see some...er, free blues.
...nice...!

I'm having a curry. Is anyone surprised? :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on February 23, 2010, 06:04:56 PM
I haven't got the blues per se but I am going to a free blues bar in Charlotte Street (just behind Tottenham Court Road in rainy central London) tonight to see some...er, free blues.
Which is just down the road from where I lived as a student many many years ago. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on February 24, 2010, 09:44:19 AM
It was a fantastic night, I watched a great blues band (fronted by a brilliant guitarist singer called Tony Diavilo), got to see my mate attarct loads of birds 'cos he can jive like billy-o and even heard some Screaming J Hawkins covers which is never a bad thing. All for FREE!!!!

(http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/s/screamin-jay-hawkins/album-voodoo-jive-the-best-of-screamin-jay-hawkins.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on February 24, 2010, 09:45:57 AM
My night was crap  :( but tonight I am going to see Big Elf  ;D in Wolverhampton  ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 24, 2010, 05:13:18 PM
Today, I've had enough.

I've been working for my current employer for just over seven years, during which time (and I'm sorry if this sounds too much like own-trumpet blowing) I've transformed their IT infrastructure from something that didn't work into a functional, coherent set of systems which allow real people to do things, and turned the support team into a working unit where once all was anarchy and strange, prehistoric pondlife.

Now, I don't expect them to fall on their knees with gratitude or anything, they've paid me on the last day of every month, and this has kept the wolf from the door and fuelled my son's Warhemmer habit very well. But it would be really, really nice if they actually took a step back sometimes and said "hey, this works, that's nice" rather than going out of their way to find holes, make complaints, and just be generally arsey about things. It would also be nice if they would, occasionally, treat me like I'm a reasonably rational human being rather than some sort of alien creature.

If I could I'd give the whole bloody lot up tomorrow and become a professional prog DJ. Actually, if I could, I'd do a milk round or something rather than the cerebral equivalent of banging my head repeatedly against a brick wall.

Blah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on February 24, 2010, 05:18:58 PM
There are days when I feel like that.  The problem with your job is that you're like a referee.  And you can't even issue a red card.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on February 24, 2010, 05:22:29 PM
I thought you were an alien creature...

In all seriousness, I know precisely how you feel, and you have my absolute sympathy - it's a crap feeling.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on February 24, 2010, 06:48:58 PM
I hear you Wilf and I totally sympathise with your plight,

I think the perennial problem with any job in IT Wilf is that when everything is working fine, nobody notices you. The users idea of a 'well done' in such instances is to say nothing (which lets be honest, is not really the stuff of whoops and high fives all 'round).

On the upside, rest assured that if I ever win big on the lottery, you will have a patron willing (and able) to fund a certain DJ's 24 hour prog station. ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on February 24, 2010, 07:24:26 PM
My night was crap  :( but tonight I am going to see Big Elf  ;D in Wolverhampton  ???

Or I might just be stuck in the office  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on February 24, 2010, 08:04:38 PM
That sucks big time James.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on February 24, 2010, 08:09:09 PM
Luckily I have a ticket to see them in London tomorrow at Underworld in Camden...so, one last chance !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 24, 2010, 08:59:04 PM
I hear you Wilf and I totally sympathise with your plight,

I think the perennial problem with any job in IT Wilf is that when everything is working fine, nobody notices you. The users idea of a 'well done' in such instances is to say nothing (which lets be honest, is not really the stuff of whoops and high fives all 'round).

On the upside, rest assured that if I ever win big on the lottery, you will have a patron willing (and able) to fund a certain DJ's 24 hour prog station. ;D
You're spot-on, of course, Simon - I've learned to love silence. Anyway - sod them all, there's tunes to be played and rockin' to be done, innit? :)

I shall pray you win the lottery. Or that I do. I'd be bankrolling certain progressive rock bands if I won. But I'd have to buy a ticket to do it, I suppose....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 04, 2010, 12:29:03 AM
My flat's boiler is down. I'm freezing my nads off in here. My room's fire alarm is running out of power, so approximately every 30 seconds I get a screech which feels like it's cutting my head in two.

I also tended to some business today with the family to do with recent circumstances. I think you can get the gist of what's happened when I say that right now I'm emotionally and physically knackered and have been for the past four weeks or so. On top of all that, I've got to concentrate on college work so that I don't fall behind and try not to worry about moving house in just under five weeks.

But you've got to carry on, haven't you? If you stop moving you die, just like a shark, or Bob Dylan.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 04, 2010, 12:31:26 AM
Like a shark ?

Quick, get to 1000 posts !!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 04, 2010, 12:35:24 AM
can't you just pull the battery from the fire alarm?

and I'm sorry to hear about all the troubles, Mouse.  things'll get better, for sure.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 04, 2010, 12:43:52 AM
can't you just pull the battery from the fire alarm?

The ceiling is tall and I am not. I wouldn't even be able to reach it if I stood on a chair.

And I'm getting slightly paranoid about the boiler leaking various gases. I keep thinking I can smell something... But then I remind myself that carbon monoxide is odourless and if I was breathing that I'd be unconcious right now, so that's alright.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 04, 2010, 03:15:16 AM
ah, bummer.  got a broom or a long stick?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 04, 2010, 07:21:34 AM
or an air rifle?

I hope that things pick up for you soon, Mouse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 04, 2010, 09:07:18 AM
Grrr - I've been shouting at traffic again. Crossing the road on a green signal some twattish cyclist (are there any other kind in central London?) decides that the red light and the extra bit of road he's allowed in front of the other traffic isn't enough for him and decides to nearly run into me.

I really was scloser than I've ever been to actually smacking someone in the face and I don't like feeling like that.

On the plus side it means today I will woprk on two applications to leave this stinking pile of horse manure and go somewhere a little (Ok probably only a little) more civilised.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 04, 2010, 09:35:16 AM
Yeah, sorry about that. I didn't see you there UB.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 04, 2010, 01:18:38 PM
Yeah, sorry about that. I didn't see you there UB.

you?  riding a bike? and in your condition?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 04, 2010, 01:51:10 PM
I expect the cycle clips are absolutely essential today...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on March 04, 2010, 02:22:42 PM
Thinking how short life is :(

x


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 04, 2010, 06:21:09 PM
You OK, Sarah?  Hugs from me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on March 05, 2010, 11:51:21 AM
I have been ill with a cold for the last couple of days, but felt ok this morning so I went into work.

One hour later I decided to leave and when I got home I was sick.

I hope I will be ok by Sunday.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 05, 2010, 03:27:46 PM
I hope so too! And not just for selfish reasons!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on March 05, 2010, 04:07:47 PM
I actually suspect that the sausage sandwich from our canteen is partly to blame.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 05, 2010, 05:11:04 PM
I actually suspect that the sausage sandwich from our canteen is partly to blame.

Thanks Bo. I shall know to steer clear of them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 07, 2010, 08:05:48 PM
that effing mouse - stop peeking from under the sofa and go to the mouse trap


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 07, 2010, 08:21:22 PM
The best thing for baiting mouse traps is Snickers bars - much better than cheese!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 07, 2010, 08:28:32 PM
We've found chocolate coated raisins most effective.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 07, 2010, 09:26:03 PM
tonight they are hopefully dining on peanut butter - if that doesn't work, Steve has also put a female mouse out as bait  ;D 

It was a chipmunk but it was still funny

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41I1uRT7aoL._SL500_.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 07, 2010, 10:18:30 PM
gotta love a school-girl uniform...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 07, 2010, 11:23:55 PM
I don't like Snickers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 08, 2010, 12:41:48 AM
I've got a horrible feeling those weren't chocolate coated raisins...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 08, 2010, 03:13:58 AM
ewww




hahahaha



heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 08, 2010, 07:37:49 AM
Blech, sore throat this morning...both Spoffo and I are down with it, so we're both staying home.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 08, 2010, 08:05:03 AM
Well, at least that means you'll be over it by the weekend.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 08, 2010, 10:14:04 AM
I've had a sore throat recently, brought on by the cold I nearly caught from my frozen flat. Hope it clears off soon, chaps.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 08, 2010, 10:48:05 AM
Your frozen flat had a cold ?

Reminds me of a bit from the football commentary over the weekend, describing a team who were having to put up an increasing defensive display..."Now they're just waiting for the Alamo".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 08, 2010, 11:44:17 AM
Something didn't get me blue this morning... just very, very, very angry. Almost apoplectic with rage in fact. And I can't tell you who, what or why I got angry which just makes me seethe. Grrrrrr!  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 08, 2010, 11:52:50 AM
Honestly, my post about H being an Uninvited Guest was just a joke, sorry  :(

In all seriousness, I hope your anger finds a resolution which is acceptable to you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 08, 2010, 12:03:34 PM
The last time I read a posting like that was on facebook by Alan Reed.  I hope that things sort themselves out for you Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 08, 2010, 12:17:58 PM
To be fair I think Mr Reed expressed exactly what was making him angry.

Hope things become less angry Jim - Anger is the path to the dark side.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 08, 2010, 01:09:54 PM
Not exactly, UB.  Alan is one of my Facebook friends.  His initial expression was more or less exactly the same as Jim's.  It was about 48 hours later when Alan made his public statement.  I can't say what happened in the intervening period.

Alan was at the Shadowlands concert last week, and from comments made to me by others, it seems that it still veery raw.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 08, 2010, 01:15:27 PM
Rest assured that it's nothing to do with anyone or anything surrounding Tinyfish. Another band, perhaps... but not this one.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 08, 2010, 01:26:23 PM
It's all right, Jim - you are among friends here.  We ALL hate Coldplay.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 08, 2010, 01:37:12 PM
Alan was at the Shadowlands concert last week, and from comments made to me by others, it seems that it still veery raw.

That's only to be expected - I really hope when he's dusted himself down Alan gets to work with a cracking bunch of musicians and starts making some great music. He's undoubtedly a talented frontman and a fine singer.

It's very likely that the communication breakdown that seemed to be hinted at by both parties in the split caused more acrimony than either would have wanted, and I suspect that the rest of the band were probably worried and upset at the turn of events too, but they did what they felt they had to do in their best interests.

It's a shame that the dirty laundry from both sides got splashed all over facebook and various forums and newsgroups, but I understand the impetus to lash out when you're hurt and angry.

I don't know either party so I guess I'm not really affected - I would offer a hand of friendship to all members of Pallas past and present in thanks for all the great music they have given me over the years.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 08, 2010, 01:53:00 PM
Hope you find a cushion or a pillow or something to lay into, Jim. I hate it when anger builds up and doesn't get let out, it can make me feel really ill.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 08, 2010, 02:05:51 PM
but look on the bright side Jim - your anger has got you past 1000 posts!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 08, 2010, 02:07:12 PM
Soon have to rename it the seel-o-canthtank


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 08, 2010, 07:14:26 PM
but look on the bright side Jim - your anger has got you past 1000 posts!
It's a good job that Jim is in Sweden.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 08, 2010, 10:45:55 PM
I lost my mp3 player last week fell out  the pocket of my Frost* hoodie in the back of a taxi, really missed it today on the train journey to the NEC :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 08, 2010, 11:42:23 PM
That's bad luck, Mike.  :(  I can't cope going on a journey without my music. I would probably go insane and start singing my favourite songs at full volume and barricade the doors of whatever I was travelling in so that no-one could escape.

Man, I've thought this through...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 09, 2010, 09:12:57 AM
Heard last night that my best friend's mum has died after a long illness. She was my surrogate mum for a lot of my childhood (they were the first to get an Atari console and I was constantly round there)

Fortunately my friend, who is now living in Turkey, managed to get back in time to see his mum.

We're going to see my parents this weekend, so at least I will get to go and pay them a visit and my respects.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 09, 2010, 10:55:26 AM
I heard last night that an old family friend died yesterday. It's like another link with my childhood has been snapped.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 09, 2010, 11:07:36 AM
I have a hug for anyone who needs one.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 09, 2010, 02:07:43 PM
Nellie hugs come highly recommended.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 09, 2010, 08:36:57 PM
Indeed they do. The first one I had nearly broke my nose.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 09, 2010, 08:44:15 PM
That's why I keep my very English reserve.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 09, 2010, 08:45:21 PM
Reserve what?  nose?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 11, 2010, 10:21:54 AM
The M1, this and every morning.

(http://www.covershut.com/cd_covers/Chris-Rea---The-Road-To-Hell-1989-Cd-Cover-18282.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 12, 2010, 11:02:27 AM
Eeek!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 12, 2010, 11:16:57 AM
This morning that very same road annoyed me by having these big signs

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01388/Speed-sign_1388092c.jpg)

when it was patently obvious you could not drive above 30mph  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 12, 2010, 11:22:43 AM
Shees! Not only do you have to drive on the M1, you have to listen to Chris Rea!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 12, 2010, 11:54:34 AM
Your lucky - the M40 was shut last week because someone was literally stuck to it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 12, 2010, 12:03:52 PM
Wut? Jacknifed superglue lorry?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 12, 2010, 12:07:28 PM
I just looked up the cause of my delay yesterday

"Delays after M1 accident
Date: 11 March 2010

AN ACCIDENT on the M1 has caused serious delays for drivers this morning (Thursday, March 11).
At 3am a car went into the back of a lorry, causing a number of bottles of coke to spill over the motorway between junctions 15 and 15A.

The M1 has now reopened but the back log of cars had reached the M25. The latest information received from the Highways Agency says drivers are experiencing delays of an hour-and-a-half.

Traffic is expected to get back to normal from 11.30am."

I hope they were HUGE bottles of coke !!!  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 12, 2010, 12:18:37 PM
Surrounded by idiots  >:(

I ask if we have told a company they could hold back on paying us some money until we sort out a dispute.  I am told in no uncertain terms that we would never allow that to happen.  The other side have now sent me the email where we allowed it to happen.

Thank god I did not only listen to Airbag this morning...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 12, 2010, 06:01:04 PM
Saw Food Inc. at work today (I work for the Food Standards Agency) and we're all f****d.

Basically the Twin Elephants in the Room are

  • We need to share out resources better
  • We need as a species to stop breeding so fast

And NO politician is ever going to touch either of those with someone else's bargepole.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on March 17, 2010, 11:58:50 AM
Not a very good reason, but I want to go to Amsterdam. In actual fact, just a holiday would be nice.

xx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 17, 2010, 12:16:47 PM
I have a daytrip to Medway tomorrow.  The glamour side of my business life.

Thank goodness I won't actually mind the 3 hour trip from there to Poole, because that is to be at a Gavin Harrison drum clinic.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on March 17, 2010, 12:25:46 PM
I won't actually mind the 3 hour trip from there to Poole, because that is to be at a Gavin Harrison drum clinic.
Aww, you got a poorly drum?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 17, 2010, 12:40:15 PM
It's got an upset tomtom.

Ha, see that's where I'm getting in under false pretences, because little do they know I know nothing (about drums or drumming).

Lordy, I hope there isn't a test or anything.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 17, 2010, 02:11:50 PM
Coming soon to a variety theatre near you - Pedro'n'James!

They make Little and Large look like comedians!

(http://static.hullcc.gov.uk/hullinprint/archive/decjan2002/images/little_large.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 17, 2010, 02:21:56 PM
We're a bit like

(http://www.doggettandephgrave.co.uk/images/homepage/doggett-and-ephgrave-17.09.09.jpg)

only older and not* shit.

*open to debate


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 17, 2010, 03:44:52 PM
I laughed a lot at the "Star Trek" gay porn letter.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 17, 2010, 10:55:34 PM
Not a very good reason, but I want to go to Amsterdam.
xx

I am blue because I am back.  It was great.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 17, 2010, 10:57:40 PM
Not a very good reason, but I want to go to Amsterdam.
xx

I am blue because I am back.  It was great.

Not sure you should be associating yourself with 'blue' and 'Amsterdam', you little minx  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on March 17, 2010, 11:00:48 PM
I laughed a lot at the "Star Trek" gay porn letter.

It was my non Spandex Ballet highlight.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 18, 2010, 08:18:59 PM


Not sure you should be associating yourself with 'blue' and 'Amsterdam', you little minx  ;)

It was very very cold  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 19, 2010, 06:18:45 PM
I'm thinking maybe I should have taken the bereavement counselling instead of pouring it out here....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 19, 2010, 06:20:03 PM
oh poo - I have to do it



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 19, 2010, 06:33:47 PM
So this morning I was in a good mood, it being Friday etc.  Dropped K off at nursery and then put Spandex Ballet on.  It was my first listen and I laughed out loud a couple of times.  Parked and then when I approached the office I saw the xxxxx and someone from HR waiting for me.  As I got nearer, I saw xxxxx had been crying.  They take me into the ground floor office and tell me that Bill (fellow accountant that sits opposite me) dropped dead last night.  Obvious shock.

All employees of xxxxx had to do a compulsory community day this year otherwise nobody would get paid a corporate bonus.  Doesn't matter that xxxxx won't reach void turnaround targets or reduce arrears so we won't get the bonus anyway.  I did my little camping thing but most people have been painting fences or picking up litter, that sort of thing.

Bill was always anti the community day, mainly because it was compulsory.  But it is near the end of our financial year and he really had to do something.  So he joined several others with the facilities team yesterday to do some pond clearing etc at one of our sheltered schemes in Essex.

At the end of the day when most people had gone home, he went to his car and then collapsed.  It being a sheltered scheme a district nurse was on the spot immediately, as were my friends xxxxx and xxxx.  There was soon a doctor and an air ambulance but it was too late.  xxxxxx and xxxxx were with him when he died.

Of course the positives are he went very quickly.  I want to go like that.

I am just so saddened cos he was so lovely.  He was only a couple of years away from retirement and he was going to sell his house and move to Northern Ireland to live near his son and grandchildren.  It's so unfair.

On a personal note, after a couple of hours I couldn't take sitting opposite his empty desk so moved to the other side of the office.

AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Sorry.  I hope you don't mind me pouring it all out here.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 19, 2010, 07:13:29 PM
pour away. Sarah. I am so sorry.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 19, 2010, 07:26:12 PM
Oh crap, I'm so sorry to hear that Sarah. As you say at least he went quickly but that kind of thing must leave a huge hole in the lives of everyone that knew him. I can imagine it would really unsettle you as well and what a terrible loss it must be for his family.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 19, 2010, 09:00:52 PM
More hugs ((x))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 19, 2010, 10:25:44 PM
Huge hugs from me too Sarah.

Yesterday I went to the funeral of the mum of my best friend from school. They were my second family growing up, it was alwas their house I went to after school (they were the first ones with an Atari games console). While their dad fixed our bikes it was Jenny who fixed our scraped knees.

She was a magnificent woman who did so much for others with fewer thanks than she deserved.

I don't know where I'm going with telling you about this other than to say I found having everyone round me yesterday helped, so hopefully you've got people round you to help.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on March 20, 2010, 12:30:17 AM
How very sad indeed.
*kneels down
Spare hugs available on demand


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 20, 2010, 08:05:25 AM
Thanks  :)

I spent last night eating pizza and talking to Dame about it which helped tremendously.

It dawned on me whilst talking to Dame that yesterday at work, that I was being there for Chrissie and Amber and couldn't really say I felt awful cos compared to what they went through actually being there...

Anyway, it will take a while.  I spent 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with him which is a lot more time than I spend with anybody else.  Work is going to be weird. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 20, 2010, 09:45:17 AM
Oh man. Sarah... words really don't do something like this justice. Naturally I'll be thinking of you.

J x


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 20, 2010, 10:57:32 AM
Horrible news, Sarah, my thoughts are with you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 20, 2010, 01:26:02 PM
I'm thinking of you Sarah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 20, 2010, 02:01:43 PM
I'm so very sorry to hear that, Sarah. Hugs and positive vibes are being sent your way. x


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on March 20, 2010, 03:12:56 PM
So sorry Sarah.

It's no recompense, but at times like this, I find that this poem helps:-

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.


My thoughts are with all of you whose lives were touched by this Man.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 20, 2010, 11:17:00 PM
Hugs to you, Sarah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 24, 2010, 02:03:00 AM
Thanks  :)  In case you were wondering, I amended names in earlier post as I forget that this is can be read by anyone.

Sat kept busy and then it was a friends 40th with free bar so had a good night.  Sun was a birthday meal.  Thought I was ok by Monday morning, was ok till 5 when I said my usual byes but .... today I have been a complete mess, when yet another person came over to say how lovely he was, I started to cry.  Finally, so probably a good thing.  One friend mentioned in earlier post seems to be doing ok, the other one hasn't been in work.  HR/Management can only say phone the EAP for counselling  ::) and tomorrow my worker is back in so I have got to say the same to him  ::)  Tomorrow the chief exec is visiting his wife.  How awful.  I'm rambling again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 25, 2010, 10:18:43 PM
I am not blue anymore.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 26, 2010, 09:58:06 AM
Surely you should have posted this in the what made me smile thread?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 26, 2010, 10:23:41 AM
I get a new car on Monday.  The old one has done 199400 miles and is being sent to the great parking lot in the sky.  I know that it is a just a hunk of metal and has no feelings, but I do feel sad that it has reached the end of the road.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 26, 2010, 10:28:44 AM
I get a new car on Monday.  The old one has done 199400 miles and is being sent to the great parking lot in the sky.  I know that it is a just a hunk of metal and has no feelings, but I do feel sad that it has reached the end of the road.
I know exactly how you feel, Rob. I scrapped my old Primera last year...had it since just after Huw was born, and even though we did far less miles it became our car in a way which neither the Mondeo which we now have or the Accord which ran into the wall near Wath did.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 26, 2010, 10:37:31 AM
I get a new car on Monday.  The old one has done 199400 miles and is being sent to the great parking lot in the sky.  I know that it is a just a hunk of metal and has no feelings, but I do feel sad that it has reached the end of the road.

You could have done another 600 miles and watched the 1 on the mileometer flip over to 2! 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 26, 2010, 10:41:56 AM
I get a new car on Monday.  The old one has done 199400 miles and is being sent to the great parking lot in the sky.  I know that it is a just a hunk of metal and has no feelings, but I do feel sad that it has reached the end of the road.

You could have done another 600 miles and watched the 1 on the mileometer flip over to 2! 
I very much like how your mind works Catherine.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 28, 2010, 08:23:08 AM
Not really a biggie...but today I'm taking Spoffo to his grandparents for the week. He's broken up from school and Yvette's school doesn't finish until next weekend, and we don't want him home by himself...

I always miss Huw when he's away. We can talk to him on the phone, of course, but it's not the same as actually falling over his feet every five minutes, or just being able to share a silly joke or something.

I dread to think what it'll be like after he's left home...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 28, 2010, 10:23:30 AM
My boys are never leaving home, ever!
You have us, Wilfie ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 28, 2010, 12:15:22 PM
At least he can't lock you in the attic.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 28, 2010, 03:18:49 PM
At least he can't lock you in the attic.  :)
Well, that's true!

And thank you, Nellie, you're right - I have you all to talk nonsense to :)

Handover successfully accomplished, the Spoff last seen in the back of Grandad's car playing Unitopia on his iPod. He'll have a wonderful time.

We took advantage of the situation shamlessly by nipping into B&Q to get paint and curtains and stuff like that for Huw's room's makeover. The plan is to get it done while he's away so it's a surprise when he returns next weekend.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 28, 2010, 03:20:44 PM
You're going to paint his curtains?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 28, 2010, 03:21:54 PM
Ah, no, it's a sort of strange type of painting we do with curtains....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 28, 2010, 03:35:43 PM
We're back to Vision On again aren't we?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 28, 2010, 04:14:08 PM
We took advantage of the situation shamlessly by nipping into B&Q to get paint and curtains and stuff like that for Huw's room's makeover. The plan is to get it done while he's away so it's a surprise when he returns next weekend.

It won't be a surprise if he reads this forum of which he is a member, will it?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 28, 2010, 04:16:15 PM
We took advantage of the situation shamlessly by nipping into B&Q to get paint and curtains and stuff like that for Huw's room's makeover. The plan is to get it done while he's away so it's a surprise when he returns next weekend.

It won't be a surprise if he reads this forum of which he is a member, will it?  ;)
Aha, he has no internet access this week :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 28, 2010, 05:44:40 PM
I miss my three boys.  the oldest(19) is in college in Florida, 1200 miles away, and my twins (15) live with their mom in Iowa, 1200 miles away.  right there with you, Wilf about tripping over them and sharing a silly joke.  the phone just doesn't cut it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 28, 2010, 06:04:02 PM
Heavens, Rog, that's rough. I don't have much to complain about compared to that...I feel for you :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 28, 2010, 06:08:55 PM
I can't believe how old you two are...

...oh crap, so am I.  :-[  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on March 28, 2010, 06:18:24 PM
I really feel for you Roger.  I don't see my daughter very often - every couple of weeks and she only lives a 5 minutes amble away. 

I'm 50 this year.  David is 21 in two weeks, Sara is 18 a week later.  I do not feel old - I'm one of the oldest i(in years) in the office yet I have the fullest social life.  The youngsters couldn't keep up with me. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 28, 2010, 09:57:48 PM
Might be time for a group hug (((()))) ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 28, 2010, 10:56:11 PM
So, I didn't see Panic Room again.

Still one last chance, so only bordering on blue...while being SO NOT motivated towards my work.  Maybe if they had given me something even resembling a decent pay rise, instead of the insult which, frankly, was worse than if they had simply said there was a pay freeze (again).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 28, 2010, 11:15:37 PM
That's not good news JamesA. Sorry to hear about that sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 28, 2010, 11:27:45 PM
It's not the money - as I said, another pay freeze would have gone down better with me - it's the lack of respect, it's how much 'value' they attach to me when I am not at the forefront of their minds...and yet right now, in so many ways, I am the most important person in the company, I am the one being relied upon, and I know it will be forgotten by the middle of next week.  Which is a shame, because I like the job.

There, got it all out of the system now  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 29, 2010, 06:51:35 AM
It's not the money - as I said, another pay freeze would have gone down better with me - it's the lack of respect, it's how much 'value' they attach to me when I am not at the forefront of their minds...and yet right now, in so many ways, I am the most important person in the company, I am the one being relied upon, and I know it will be forgotten by the middle of next week.  Which is a shame, because I like the job.

Hmmn. Sounds like the list of reasons I had for leaving the last company I worked for full time, before my life of self-employment. Which, right now, is the thing that's making me smile - after spending the entire weekend sorting a panic job for one client in the UK while simultaneously sorting a repair job for another client in NYC, at the end of today I can sit back knowing that I have nothing more to do for a couple of days. Nice.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Paul on March 29, 2010, 06:58:35 AM
It's not the money - as I said, another pay freeze would have gone down better with me - it's the lack of respect, it's how much 'value' they attach to me when I am not at the forefront of their minds...and yet right now, in so many ways, I am the most important person in the company, I am the one being relied upon, and I know it will be forgotten by the middle of next week.  Which is a shame, because I like the job.

Hmmn. Sounds like the list of reasons I had for leaving the last company I worked for full time, before my life of self-employment. Which, right now, is the thing that's making me smile - after spending the entire weekend sorting a panic job for one client in the UK while simultaneously sorting a repair job for another client in NYC, at the end of today I can sit back knowing that I have nothing more to do for a couple of days. Nice.  :)

Apart from the Tinyfish stuff of course  ;) ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 29, 2010, 07:07:25 AM
Obviously...  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 29, 2010, 09:39:20 AM
 :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 29, 2010, 10:40:22 AM
Sorry to hear about all the troubles, James.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 29, 2010, 11:36:07 AM
Sometimes I feel as if I'm the only person in the company I work for who understands spelling and grammar. The youth of today are completely hopeless.

I pointed out to a colleague (by email) that he had mis-spelt a client's name (and the client's company's name as well) and got a reply saying "Oh dear. That wouldn't of looked good."

Wouldn't of? WOULDN'T OF ????? ?????  :o
Words fail me.   ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 11:45:00 AM
I'm glad it isn't just me.

I run a team of seventeen, all of whom are quite a bit younger than I am (I think the oldest is thirty-three against my...quite a bit more than that :)). None of them - not a single one - can punctuate, use appropriate grammar, or even spell terribly well. In a couple of cases I suppose it's excusable, as English isn't their first language, and written communication is always more problematic than spoken in those situations. But the rest - there's no excuse, quite frankly. They're all graduates, which distresses me even more.

My wife thinks I'm a facist, and that I expect too much of them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 29, 2010, 12:22:34 PM
My wife thinks I'm a facist, and that I expect too much of them.

a facist, Wilf?  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 29, 2010, 01:09:11 PM
I'm glad it isn't just me.

I run a team of seventeen, all of whom are quite a bit younger than I am (I think the oldest is thirty-three against my...quite a bit more than that :)). None of them - not a single one - can punctuate, use appropriate grammar, or even spell terribly well. In a couple of cases I suppose it's excusable, as English isn't their first language, and written communication is always more problematic than spoken in those situations. But the rest - there's no excuse, quite frankly. They're all graduates, which distresses me even more.

My wife thinks I'm a facist, and that I expect too much of them.

Once upon a time I was in a position to be hiring people to work at the company I was employed by. Any CV that came in with spelling mistakes, bad grammar (or poorly designed, since we were a design agency) went straight in the bin. I was called a spelling nazi by one of my colleagues. I responded saying that if someone has that slipshod an attitude towards spelling and grammar in something as important as a CV then I wouldn't trust them to pay attention to the details of a particular job while actually working. So f**k 'em - I won't hire 'em. My colleague grudgingly agreed I had a point and walked away nodding to himself. He was the MD.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 01:17:29 PM
a facist, Wilf?  ;D
My point exactly! Like that Mr. Hilter bloke...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 29, 2010, 01:18:56 PM
Of the National Boshalists?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 29, 2010, 01:19:27 PM
My wife thinks I'm a facist, and that I expect too much of them.

a facist, Wilf?  ;D

As in "I don't like your face"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 01:29:34 PM
Of the National Boshalists?
...in the North Minehead bye-election, exactly so :)

"Mr Hitler...er Hilter, he says that historically Taunton is a part of Minehead already"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 29, 2010, 02:02:38 PM
The youth of today are completely hopeless.

Oi!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 29, 2010, 02:11:57 PM
Any CV that came in with spelling mistakes, bad grammar (or poorly designed, since we were a design agency) went straight in the bin. I was called a spelling nazi by one of my colleagues.

I read a rather good article by David Mitchell about calling people "Nazis" the other day. Here it is (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/28/godwins-law-nazis-healthcare-mitchell).

I think it's appalling that attitudes towards spelling and grammar are becoming more and more relaxed, especially in this age of everything being written on computers which can spell check everything for you at the click of a button. Although, even though I make sure to use correct spelling in my texts and such (I'll have none of this "lol" sh*t, either), I admit to not being on full marks as far as grammar is concerned. The apostrophe still gets to me, grrrr.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 29, 2010, 02:47:32 PM
Grrr has only three "r"s  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 29, 2010, 03:02:37 PM
heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 29, 2010, 03:25:38 PM
I have a friend (I won't say who as he does lurk here on occasion I believe), who has in the past seen an erronious apostrphe on a sign e.g. Fish and Chip's, and gone back the next day to remove it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 29, 2010, 08:53:35 PM
It annoys me when I see a reference to "KPI's" in a legal document, but I always feel reticent about pointing it out, because to do so pretty much shouts IDIOT !!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 29, 2010, 08:55:36 PM
I gave one of the rent finance girls a sizeable pay rise by promoting her to a performance & expenditure analyst.  She has not disappointed, uses her initiative and picks tasks up first time.  Her emails just make me cringe so much.  :(  She is obviously bright, so why can't she spell?  (No spelling mistakes on her application - I too have that rule)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on March 29, 2010, 08:58:09 PM
It annoys me when I see a reference to "KPI's" in a legal document, but I always feel reticent about pointing it out, because to do so pretty much shouts IDIOT !!!

I had never thought about that.  I think the whole of my company puts the apostrophe there... must look tomorrow.  The worst dept for spelling errors, typos and the like is of course the PR dept  ::) 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 29, 2010, 09:04:20 PM
I gave one of the rent girls a sizeable pay rise by promoting her to a performance & expenditure anal yst.  She has not disappointed, uses her initiative and picks tasks up first time.  

Yeah, that's how I gets my thrills these days  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on March 29, 2010, 09:53:44 PM
I spend more time than I should at work pointing out things that are wrong on our web-sites or posters, brochures etc.
I share the frustrations of you all and, in particular, Catherine who has mentioned this more than once.
As a tribute, to offset the frustrations and in recognition of her many other powers, I offer this mass of spelling errors (which was also posted on the Frost*ies forum but she may never re-visit that thread!).
Those who remember the original will have to do the music and voice-over themselves in their own heads...

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o265/waitepb/CatherinePepsi.gif)

*reaches for the 2p pieces...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 29, 2010, 10:50:05 PM
Love it Mr P.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 30, 2010, 06:09:20 AM
I spend more time than I should at work pointing out things that are wrong on our web-sites or posters, brochures etc.
I share the frustrations of you all and, in particular, Catherine who has mentioned this more than once.
As a tribute, to offset the frustrations and in recognition of her many other powers, I offer this mass of spelling errors (which was also posted on the Frost*ies forum but she may never re-visit that thread!).
Those who remember the original will have to do the music and voice-over themselves in their own heads...

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o265/waitepb/CatherinePepsi.gif)

*reaches for the 2p pieces...

Now this, on the other hand, is genius!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on March 30, 2010, 06:17:40 AM
Now this has made me a little blue over the last couple of days.

I love coming here to the Fishtank and waxing the light fandango with you t'riffic peeps very much indeed. But it occurred to me that I know almost everyone who posts here regularly on a personal basis and can name the regulars thus: Simon, Robert, Paul and me (but we're band and therefore don't count); Wilf, Nellie, Pedro, JamesA, Rog, Mouse, Catherine, Bert, MikeEvs, RobH and of course Uncle Bulgaria. There are one or two that lurk and post once in a while: Spoffo, Giggling Magda, Jem. And that's it.

So the thing that's making me blue and, it would seem making me wonder out loud, is why are there not more people here? Is there an underlying reason why, given the number of members we have, that no one comes and posts anything?  Is it simply because BRS is not out yet? Are we not gigging enough? I wonder if the conversations we have here are seen as being full of in-jokes and therefore a bit clique-ey? Is there not enough chat about our music or other band's music? Are we simply not PROG enough to warrant more attention?

I'd love to know people's thoughts on this and see if there is anything we can do to rectify it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on March 30, 2010, 07:12:36 AM
At Winter's end I discovered that several of the people there knew me from this forum even though I have never seen a post from them. There are a some lurkers which have never posted. I do not think it is too clique-ey.

However it might be an idea to use other sites to drive more users into the fishtank. There are currently 219 fans of Tinyfish on Facebook, but only 119 members of this forum. 






Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 30, 2010, 07:38:31 AM
I think with most forums there's only a minority who post regularly, of the 4 bands forums I vist daily this and the Frost* forum are easily the most active. 

I think myspace/facebook/twitter have had an impact on forums in general I've seen several close over the last couple of years as people just stop using them.  I don't think that will happen here as bands always have a hardcore of supporters who keep places like this going.

Whilst it would be great to get more people involved on here more doesn't always make for a better forum. For example one of the four forums I go on has over a 1000 registered users (the most of the four) but is the least enjoyable to visit as it is plagued with negativity, frustration and in fighting.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 30, 2010, 07:50:49 AM
I come here for a bit of light relief from the Marillion forum which, although I am one fo the culprits sometimes, gets quite insane.

I really like the fact that it's a smaller select group of people, and that the atmosphere is one of support and friendliness, and barring games of Mornington Crescent no attempts at one upmanship.

In fact I'd say I enjoy visiting The Fishtank more than the MOLF now.

Different places you meet, like life, have different vibes. This is like a small bar where you meet your friends before going out to a noisy club where you don't know all the people, and some you do know you acknowledge, but wouldn't choose for company if they didn't go to the same club as you.

It's like the difference between a gig at the Peel and one at The Forum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 30, 2010, 08:37:48 AM
That was beautifully put, UB.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 30, 2010, 08:41:11 AM
I spend more time than I should at work pointing out things that are wrong on our web-sites or posters, brochures etc.
I share the frustrations of you all and, in particular, Catherine who has mentioned this more than once.
As a tribute, to offset the frustrations and in recognition of her many other powers, I offer this mass of spelling errors (which was also posted on the Frost*ies forum but she may never re-visit that thread!).
Those who remember the original will have to do the music and voice-over themselves in their own heads...

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o265/waitepb/CatherinePepsi.gif)

*reaches for the 2p pieces...

Pedro! That's lovely! I'm quite overcome now!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 09:05:09 AM
I was going to write all sorts of piffle about how wonderful the forum is, but Uncle Bulgaria encapsulated it brilliantly, so I'll just take the lazy way out and say "what he said".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 09:15:01 AM
I would say this is the most active forum I frequent.  But don't worry, I am sure I will ruin this one soon as well.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 09:42:30 AM
I've spoken to a lot of musos over the years about our forum and many commented that the Fishtank is incredibly active in comparison to their own (which is a wonderful compliment both to us and the people who post here). I'm not going to name names but I'm reliably informed that we have been 'lurked' on more than one occasion by members of a certain US prog metal band and indeed the rest of Transatlantic as well. ;)  

I blame Jim because he knows just about everyone in the western world.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 09:44:01 AM
"All right, you motherf*****s, this one's called All Of The F****** Above! Kick ass"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 09:49:17 AM
MP sucks cock.

(that's the sort of headline we'll get in the News Of The World if any of you vote Liberal in the elections)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 09:51:55 AM
MP sucks cock.

(that's the sort of headline we'll get in the News Of The World if any of you vote Liberal in the elections)

It also sounds like a line out of a Kevin Smith film.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 30, 2010, 10:13:47 AM
Are Military Police with no teeth allowed on chicken farms?  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 10:14:35 AM
Are Military Police with no teeth allowed on chicken farms?  ;D
See, that's why I love this forum :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 30, 2010, 10:57:57 AM
"You tell those Fishtankers I don't suck cock or James will kill you"

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v286/mphgt/medt.jpg) :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 10:59:31 AM
 :D :D
Fantastic photo Mike.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 30, 2010, 11:34:33 AM
I think Unc and Mike summed it up. I'm horrified at some of the other forums where the so-called fans behave like spoilt brats. A lot of forums are really dull too.
Everybody sing......"We are faaaamily....." ah then it goes all wrong (singalong fail :-\)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on March 30, 2010, 11:58:32 AM
Obviously, Jim has missed out the really special members ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2010, 12:14:53 PM
 :D :D @ Mike's photo.

On the subject of the forum stuff, I'll take an even more lazy way out than Wilf and quote...

I was going to write all sorts of piffle about how wonderful the forum is, but Uncle Bulgaria encapsulated it brilliantly, so I'll just take the lazy way out and say "what he said".

...and then adding, "what he said".

This place may not be overflowing with fishies, but it's in constant motion with those who do post here contributing daily, even hourly. I'm on four forums (here, Frost*, Touchstone and Marillion). The Touchstone one is nice, but nothing much happens there. I only visit the MOLF to gather little bits of news and ideas and such, but stopped actively posting as it's a little too busy (and a tad too negative at times), and it's this busy business that (for me) removes the personal element. I love the Fishtank (these are brackets) and the Frost*ies Forum because it's like talking to real, proper friends. Maybe because I am.  :)

...And I've just ruined my "more lazy" claim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 30, 2010, 12:15:38 PM
"You tell those Fishtankers I don't suck cock or James will kill you"

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v286/mphgt/medt.jpg) :D

JR stole my beard.


and nellie said "members".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2010, 12:16:59 PM
John Petrucci's doing an action figure pose.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 12:22:34 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 30, 2010, 01:02:18 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o

<rant>
THE BANDS NAME IS DREAM THEATER! I don't care how the word theatre is spelt in UK English that's not their name!

Sorry DT fan boy rant over</rant> ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 30, 2010, 01:09:16 PM
I have yet to sample the delights of Dream Theater, but I have just nabbed a copy of Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Hopefully I'm in for a treat.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 01:46:00 PM
I have yet to sample the delights of Dream Theater, but I have just nabbed a copy of Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Hopefully I'm in for a treat.

The cover versions disc is great  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 01:58:00 PM
I like Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Scenes From A Memory. I've not really listened much to the rest - too much music, not enough time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on March 30, 2010, 02:37:53 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o

<rant>
THE BANDS NAME IS DREAM THEATER! I don't care how the word theatre is spelt in UK English that's not their name!

Sorry DT fan boy rant over</rant> ;D

So they spelled their name wrongly? Shocking.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 02:40:14 PM
That's only one of the reasons why Catherine does not like them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 02:51:08 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o

<rant>
THE BANDS NAME IS DREAM THEATER! I don't care how the word theatre is spelt in UK English that's not their name!

Sorry DT fan boy rant over</rant> ;D
I think JamesA is having a little fun Mike.  ;) If you want any more proof, I'd check out his DREAM THEATRE thread.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 30, 2010, 02:58:38 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o

<rant>
THE BANDS NAME IS DREAM THEATER! I don't care how the word theatre is spelt in UK English that's not their name!

Sorry DT fan boy rant over</rant> ;D
I think JamesA is having a little fun Mike.  ;) If you want any more proof, I'd check out his DREAM THEATRE thread.

Yes I know hence the smiley face after my rant ;D but it does wind me up slightly when I see publications mis spelling the bands name :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 03:02:31 PM
It's all right, Mike - I get wound up in the same way when I see people abusing the band name Tingfish


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 03:11:05 PM
Is Mike really just a Dream Theatre glovepuppet  :o

<rant>
THE BANDS NAME IS DREAM THEATER! I don't care how the word theatre is spelt in UK English that's not their name!

Sorry DT fan boy rant over</rant> ;D
I think JamesA is having a little fun Mike.  ;) If you want any more proof, I'd check out his DREAM THEATRE thread.

Yes I know hence the smiley face after my rant ;D but it does wind me up slightly when I see publications mis spelling the bands name :D
It's my turn to press the 'dickhead' button then.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 03:36:32 PM
My socks hurt. I think I put a pair of Spoffo's on by mistake.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 03:44:24 PM
I've done the same with my wife...

...only her's were stockings...and her knickers....

...that's normal isn't it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on March 30, 2010, 03:44:53 PM
I've done the same with my wife...

...only her's were stockings...and her knickers....

...that's normal isn't it?

more pictures!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on March 30, 2010, 03:45:41 PM
I'll run out of space on my camera at this rate.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 30, 2010, 03:46:25 PM
...that's normal isn't it?
It certainly is, Fiona.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 30, 2010, 03:51:07 PM
Fiona is my sister's name.

Maybe I am Luke, and Mikey Portly is my father.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on March 30, 2010, 04:22:10 PM
Leave him alone, James.  :D :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on March 31, 2010, 10:33:58 PM
Yesterday I went to see Airbourne at Colston Hall in Bristol. I was really looking forward to this gig, ok I actually forgot about the gig and had to go in my work clothes but still I had been looking forward to it as I've seen them live before and they were great.

Anyway first up was a band called Taking Dawn, from Las Vegas and the front man reminded me of Sebastien Bach in his enthusiasm they didn't let the vocals cutting out for most of their best song bother them and had a really good time on stage they ended on a metal version of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain". ;D

Next up was Black Spiders, the only reason I can think of for them being higher on the bill than Taking Dawn is because they were English and playing in England.  Didn't think they were as good as Taking Dawn bit more bluesey but still ok.

Now I started to get a hint that things might not be so great during the break before Airbourne came on, they tried out the lead guitar and my god was it loud and I thought they can't seriously leave it at that volume.  Anyway Airbourne took to the stage and my fears were confirmed way too loud the sound was terrible it was distorting and I couldn't tell you what the first three songs were as it was so loud they all sounded the same.  I should point out myself and my mate/boss Tony were sat upstairs in row P about 6 or 7 rows from the back. I think a few people went and complained of just plain left, before a member of Colston Hall staff came around offering ear plugs to anyone that wanted them myself and Tony greatfully accepted.  This improved the clarity of the songs for me and I could actually make out words and what they were playing.

Tony has seen Motorhead over 10 times and Manowar 5 times and said neither of them got so loud that the sound was as bad as it was for Airbourne, it was a real shame as it spoiled the show for both of us.

To top our night off the M32 was partly shut coming out of Bristol and we had to take a diversion also the M4 was shut for a few junctions which meant we had to over the old seven bridge and go via Chepstow and then were diverted all around Newport to miss out the bit of the M4 that was shut.  Took us just over 2hours to get home when it normally takes us less than 90mins and most of the drive was accompanied by a mixture of rain, sleat and hail stones.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on March 31, 2010, 10:44:34 PM
Did you buy a Taking Dawn cd ?  It comes with a guarantee of more pussy  ;D

I saw Black Spiders with The Answer and think they have potential, for their type of music - they have a really good AC/DC cover on one of their cds.

I saw Airbourne on their last tour at the Astoria and they were far too loud - could not make out any difference between one track and the next.  I just went and stood at the back and left right as soon as it finished.  Put me off going to see them this time around.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 01, 2010, 09:39:56 AM
Did you buy a Taking Dawn cd ?  It comes with a guarantee of more pussy  ;D

I saw Black Spiders with The Answer and think they have potential, for their type of music - they have a really good AC/DC cover on one of their cds.

I saw Airbourne on their last tour at the Astoria and they were far too loud - could not make out any difference between one track and the next.  I just went and stood at the back and left right as soon as it finished.  Put me off going to see them this time around.

I once went to see Forgotten Sons and it was so loud the volume started messing with people's inner ear and their ability to stand up. People were reeling all over the place bouncing around like ten-pins. The whole thing made me feel sick and dizzy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 01, 2010, 01:15:58 PM
I went through my big photo bag today to extract my tripod and found a extention lead belonging to Simon.

I hang my head in shame and will be returning before mentioed lead through Robert.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 01, 2010, 01:19:18 PM
That sounds like it's going to be painful for Robert  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on April 01, 2010, 01:30:33 PM
heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 01, 2010, 01:34:13 PM
"...I'm twice removed from Oscar Wilde, but he didn't mind, why, he just smiled..."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 01, 2010, 01:57:12 PM
"...I'm twice removed from Oscar Wilde, but he didn't mind, why, he just smiled..."

Once again Rob goes off on "Obscure Quotation Safari" while the rest of us stay back at the lodge playing bridge and trying to keep the flies off our Pina Colladas.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on April 01, 2010, 01:59:30 PM
it made perfect sense to me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 02, 2010, 09:05:16 AM
My continuing upset stomach.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on April 02, 2010, 09:30:29 AM
My continuing upset stomach.  :(
Too much rich Swedish food, Jim?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 05, 2010, 05:20:04 PM
Not only do I not want to go back to work tomorrow - and it's only for two days, as I've got some leave after that, so this just shows you what a whiney old git I am - but I REALLY don't want to go back to work tomorrow.

I think it's partly because I'd originally intended to take the whole of this week off and most of next, and have a nice, extended visit to my Mum's with Yvette and Huw, and all the jollity that ensues. However, work went and bloody spoiled it by setting up a series of meetings for tomorrow and Wednesday, and then supplier presentations for the following Thursday and Friday, thus making a re-arrangement of these plans necessary. I'm also going to have to travel out of town for the meetings on Wednesday, because it was felt that it would be better to do them offsite - true, I suppose, but the location is far more convenient for those who set up the meeting than it is for those of us who don't live out that way.

Really, I'm just grouchy about it all.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 05, 2010, 10:51:28 PM
I picked something off the floor yesterday and as I stood up banged my head on the dining table.  Amazingly (as my Mum was there), i didn't swear.  It still hurts.  I think it's cos I didn't swear.

I am also blue cos Jim missed me out  : :'(  I know I don't post as much as I used to but I am hurt  ;)

Re the forum lurking stuff, I am on a lot of forums due to the Mattfest promoting last year but I am only really on three, here, Frost*, and Touchstone.  Touchstone is very quiet, so I don't go there very much but they (esp Moo and Cotters) are very active on facebook so it isn't really needed.  Frost* I don't go to as much now as Pedro kindly posts anything important here.  The reason I like it here is as what UB said.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 05, 2010, 10:58:19 PM
And because I keep returning to threads well after they have moved on...

(http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s295/ashleaze/misc/P1010257.jpg)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 05, 2010, 11:54:19 PM
Look at how much ink they wa'sted on that apo'strophe  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 06, 2010, 06:10:57 AM
I am also blue cos Jim missed me out

This made me blue. Sorry love!  :-[


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2010, 09:14:22 AM
 :-*  you're forgiven


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 06, 2010, 12:26:46 PM
I just looked in the mirror and I appear to have two black eyes !

I have not been fighting, so I clearly look as exhausted as I feel  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 06, 2010, 12:39:55 PM
Either that or you're transmogrifying into Kung Fu Panda.

Get some sleep James!  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 06, 2010, 12:46:25 PM
Oooh, I want to be Kung Fu Panda !!!  8)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2010, 12:53:04 PM
I've had a kip today  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 06, 2010, 12:57:23 PM
I've had a kipper today  ;D

(no, I haven't really)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on April 06, 2010, 01:08:59 PM
my lovely wife, Cairn, slipped on some stairs and broke and tore ligaments in one finger, suffered a mild concussion, and whacked her back out of whack.  she's home recuperating, but it makes me blue to see her hurting.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2010, 01:12:41 PM
 :( poor Mrs RogerG - hope she gets better soon

The election has been called.  That doesn't make me blue but reading this policy did...

"give social tenants with five years of "good behaviour" a 10% equity stake in their properties;"

Sod Accounting for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it will be a hung parliament so I don't need to worry that any such scary legislation will get through.

This being the lovely forum it is - that will be my only political post.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 06, 2010, 01:17:03 PM
my lovely wife, Cairn, slipped on some stairs and broke and tore ligaments in one finger, suffered a mild concussion, and whacked her back out of whack.  she's home recuperating, but it makes me blue to see her hurting.

Blimey, that's her out of the World Cup then  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 06, 2010, 01:18:46 PM
But it will be a hung parliament so I don't need to worry that any such scary legislation will get through.

Apparently there is actually very little, if any, chance of a hung Parliament - it seems the poll which was suggesting that was heavily skewed towards Labour in the way it was 'managed'  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2010, 02:01:44 PM

well if that legislation does get passed, I hope somebody from Moat is on the SORP team


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 06, 2010, 02:27:17 PM
Sorry to hear about Mrs. Rog, Rog :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 06, 2010, 03:07:43 PM
Indeed. That sounded extremely painful :-(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 06, 2010, 05:05:18 PM
my lovely wife, Cairn, slipped on some stairs and broke and tore ligaments in one finger, suffered a mild concussion, and whacked her back out of whack.  she's home recuperating, but it makes me blue to see her hurting.

Blimey, that's her out of the World Cup then  :o

Poor Cairn; hope she recovers soon, and tell her to take more water with it in future.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on April 06, 2010, 11:16:10 PM
Ouch!! Poor thing - hope a speedy recovery is forthcoming.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 07, 2010, 06:16:34 AM
Best wishes to Mrs Rog from me too. Sounds painful.

One question though... why did her parents name her after a small pile of stones on a hillside in Scotland?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 07, 2010, 08:43:07 AM
Or a very cute terrier.

(http://images02.olx.com/ui/1/50/48/2524248_1.jpg)

Hope Mrs Rog feels much better soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on April 08, 2010, 01:08:51 PM
Best wishes to Mrs Rog from me too. Sounds painful.

One question though... why did her parents name her after a small pile of stones on a hillside in Scotland?

actually, her name is Karen, which she has never liked, so when I met her and learned of her love of rocks and crystals, I mentioned that Cairn would be a good name, and so far, she still likes it.  and she does think those little Cairn pups are very cute!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 08, 2010, 01:20:39 PM
What made me blue is that we have had imposed a new "corporate" wallpaper on our PCs at work.

Firstly it looks like a child of four made it, the colours are attrocious and the design - well I shouldn't even use the word design about it.

Secondly it's the lack of respect and trust and the drip dsrip drip of corporatisation (we are civil servants, and reasonably expect to be treated as both humans and adults, neither of which we are at the moment).

Grrr!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 08, 2010, 01:56:37 PM
yeah, we're getting a dose of "corporate rebranding" atm which makes rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic look like an amazing world spanning achievement.

Luckily I can ignore most of it. Maybe you could pull the Lisa Simpson defence and get it removed because it looks like child porn?

(http://blog.brainstormbrand.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/olympics_2012.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 09, 2010, 06:20:11 AM
What made me blue is that we have had imposed a new "corporate" wallpaper on our PCs at work.

Firstly it looks like a child of four made it, the colours are attrocious and the design - well I shouldn't even use the word design about it.

Secondly it's the lack of respect and trust and the drip dsrip drip of corporatisation (we are civil servants, and reasonably expect to be treated as both humans and adults, neither of which we are at the moment).

Grrr!

Show us! Show us! Screen grab! I'm sure I could come up with some fabulous design rationale for why it shouldn't be used!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 09, 2010, 10:27:33 AM
Ok I've glassed the logo (and it's slightly cropped), but here it is in all its horror.

Particularly galling as it replaced Roger Dean's painting for Asia - Alpha

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e103/lostmarbles2005/rubbishwallpaper.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 09, 2010, 10:33:59 AM
That's just a paint swatch from B&Q


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 09, 2010, 10:42:50 AM
No, it's 2 green buttocks.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 09, 2010, 12:44:25 PM
No, it's 2 green buttocks.

"Hanging on the wall - two green buttocks, hanging on the wall... and if one green buttock should accidentally fall..."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 09, 2010, 01:44:17 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 09, 2010, 01:50:20 PM
What were you doing with green buttocks in...

No, I'm not going there  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 09, 2010, 10:42:09 PM
Hope Cairn's on the mend, Rog.  :)

UB, allow me to enter "b*llocks talking" mode and assess this logo of yours. The two green bodies could represent the business and the consumer. Both being the same colour, albeit a different shade, establishes a common relationship between the two, with the overlapping of the two bodies connoting a connection and understanding. Green is generally a good colour, a healthy colour and, in this environmentally conscious world, a clean colour.

That sort of crap got me good grades a few years ago. Speaking properly now, it's a boring piece of bland sh*t. It looks like two peas trying to get intimate. Utter arse trifle.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 09, 2010, 10:47:18 PM
I've got a cold. Again. It's a good job I'm not a man, otherwise I'd be at death's door now.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 09, 2010, 11:28:40 PM
We've just been hit at my place of work with the same thing as UB. The word has come down from on high that all desktops where we are have to adopt the new company picture:

New Company Wallpaper (http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/113/113458_f_1.jpg)

Ba*tards.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 10, 2010, 06:28:20 AM
Hope Cairn's on the mend, Rog.  :)

UB, allow me to enter "b*llocks talking" mode and assess this logo of yours. The two green bodies could represent the business and the consumer. Both being the same colour, albeit a different shade, establishes a common relationship between the two, with the overlapping of the two bodies connoting a connection and understanding. Green is generally a good colour, a healthy colour and, in this environmentally conscious world, a clean colour.

That sort of crap got me good grades a few years ago. Speaking properly now, it's a boring piece of bland sh*t. It looks like two peas trying to get intimate. Utter arse trifle.

I'll go one further than that and give you a very genuine reason why UB's new company-imposed desktop picture is a seriously bad idea:

It's a distraction. Searching for and finding files, folders and drives on a desktop that looks like this is going to blind employees. And if, heaven forbid, any part of their job is of a visual nature, they are utterly fecked. Simply for ease of use and avoiding eye strain, a computer desktop wallpaper should be as neutral as possible, allowing the full attention of the user to be focussed on the matter in hand and not distracted by some garish, high contrast and potentially colour-clashing graphic.

My own computer set up (2 screens) has 2 different pictures of Moni taken on the island of Møn in Denmark. But I've taken both images and given them a colour hue and contrast value that roughly equals one of Apple's neutral but swooshy backgrounds. I get to look at Moni clambouring across rocks at the seaside but without giving myself a migraine.

UB - want this removed from your computer? Tell your superiors that it's giving you headaches and the health and safety mob will have it consigned to Room 101 post haste.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 10, 2010, 06:42:02 AM
Sorry - it took me until Jim's post to realise it was wallpaper not screen saver, we have a corporate screen saver but no corporate wallpaper.

We don't have any permissions to change anything on our computers so nobody has their own wallpaper, which is a good thing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 10, 2010, 06:43:01 AM
oh an I am blue cos I have to be in East Grinstead by 11 for a childrens party  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 10, 2010, 06:41:04 PM
If I added a wallpaper to my corporate laptop it would be in a permanent state of having crashed...goes crazy enough when I dare to have Lotus Notes, the evil interweb and a pdf open at the same time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 10, 2010, 08:45:25 PM
I picked up my P.O.S. Yamaha keyboard from my flat today. I haven't played it for a good long while, and by God does it show. It never happens with a guitar if I don't play that for a while and it saps any enthusiasm and potential for any projects I happen to be working on at the time. I was working on soundtrack pieces for a three minute clip of Monsters Inc. (college work, needs to be handed in on Wednesday), but in my current mood I just feel like throwing everything out and starting again. No time for that, though - I'm supposed to be mixing it tomorrow.

Arse trifle with crackers.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 14, 2010, 09:22:10 PM
I have a cold (which makes me both grumpy and incredibly good at Barry Manilow impressions).

(http://www.dance-lyrics.com/ama/ultimate_manilow_b00005usbh.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 14, 2010, 09:25:26 PM
Awww....here's some cold remedy and a nice, warm duvet, Simon. Oh, and a copy of the new Odyssice album. You will enjoy all of these :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 14, 2010, 09:25:55 PM
Boo.  :(  Get well soon, bud.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 14, 2010, 09:37:28 PM
You are always ill Simon.  You need to start smoking and drinking and living in a dirtier house.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Paul on April 14, 2010, 09:39:49 PM
I have a cold (which makes me both grumpy and incredibly good at Barry Manilow impressions).

You always get ill just after we finish recording. It is a tradition.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 14, 2010, 09:40:38 PM
or an old charter or something


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 15, 2010, 09:34:01 AM
Hope you feel better soon, Simon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 15, 2010, 05:38:04 PM
Thank you boys and girls.  :) I felt horrible all day and tipped 5.8 on the grump-o-meter but at the risk of sound like an extra from Will & Grace, you're all fab!



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 17, 2010, 08:13:36 PM
I need to re-apply for my course to do the third year, because it's technically a different course. I have to go through the UCAS system again. I tried to log in too many times (every password I tried was wrong) and so it's blocked me until tomorrow. I use my main password elsewhere in the same website and it works fine there, but not for the application section.

These stupid, pointless, frustrating, infuriating and ultimately f*cking useless academic systems that we have everywhere in this country really get to me sometimes. They're only there to piss us all off, to make things take more time so that some lazy arse twat who files and archives all of this crap doesn't have to do part of his job. W*nkers.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 17, 2010, 08:41:01 PM
Cool, wet grass underfoot Mouse, cool, wet grass....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 18, 2010, 12:19:34 AM
Yes that belonged in the DMGS thread - poor Mouse  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on April 18, 2010, 03:27:29 PM
Irony being an absolute CAAAHNT! :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on April 18, 2010, 04:33:40 PM
Remember Mouse: the computer system is not there to make your life easier.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 19, 2010, 06:51:40 AM
Irony being an absolute CAAAHNT! :(

Nice Saaf Lah'n accent you put on there lady. So tell us, what did Irony do to you today and can we punch it on the cock in retaliation?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 19, 2010, 07:44:34 AM
Remember Mouse: the computer system is not there to make your life easier.
As someone who has overall responsibility for several academic computer systems (though not the one that's causing grief for Mouse) I can categorically state that it's not there to make anyone's life easy. It's there to make someone's life more profitable. Sadly, not mine...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 19, 2010, 09:19:51 AM
Irony being an absolute CAAAHNT! :(

Nice Saaf Lah'n accent you put on there lady. So tell us, what did Irony do to you today and can we punch it on the cock in retaliation?

She's a girl, so I thought she meant ironing.

I've already got my coat.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 19, 2010, 10:41:56 AM
She's a girl, so I thought she meant ironing.

I've already got my coat.

I think it's going to remain creased after that comment  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 19, 2010, 02:23:48 PM
Nicotine-withdrawal.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 19, 2010, 02:29:27 PM
poncey day-glo daleks.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 19, 2010, 03:05:30 PM
poncey day-glo daleks.  >:(
Are you having a go at the Lib-Dems again UB?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 19, 2010, 03:06:11 PM
They're iDaleks, I swear.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 19, 2010, 03:55:20 PM
Either that or Dalek Coopers

You're only supposed to exterminate the bloody doors off.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 19, 2010, 05:21:51 PM
Nicotine-withdrawal.

ooh - you trying too Bo?

I had quite a successful week last week but decided to smoke today.  Which has made me blue.  But I was sad anyway as it was Bill's funeral today.  Will try again tomorrow.

Good luck Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 19, 2010, 07:49:04 PM
I am doing it in stages. I am cutting down first.  I am going to try to reduce my intake by 3/4 to start with.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on April 19, 2010, 08:29:47 PM
I once heard of a trick to give up smoking.
Get an ashtray full of fag butts, cover them in water, then every time you want a ciggie, have a good sniff at the contents. Mmmmmmmmmmm....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 19, 2010, 08:44:53 PM
It is very strange how quick the body changes when you quite, or semi-quit.

I had 1/2 a cigarette this morning and then 1 around 10 am and then nothing until tonight when I just had to have 1/2 a cigarette.

The micro waved black bean beef I had tasted heavenly. I now understand why people who quit smoking gain weight. Everything taste heavenly.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 20, 2010, 07:21:57 AM
It took me a couple of years of smoking only at gigs to finally stop properly - I haven't had a single cigarette in 2010.

The indoor smoking ban certainly helped.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on April 20, 2010, 07:26:29 AM
I gave up smoking for a while once. It was amazing - after about a week I could smell Meadow Flowers and Summer Fruits on my clothes... I started smoking again as I was concerned that quitting had made me gay.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 20, 2010, 08:06:00 AM
Apparently quitters never win.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 20, 2010, 11:02:40 AM
I gave up smoking for a while once. It was amazing - after about a week I could smell Meadow Flowers and Summer Fruits on my clothes... I started smoking again as I was concerned that quitting had made me gay.  ;)

 ;D ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 20, 2010, 12:20:53 PM
Found out that someone high up in the French side of our business died last night.  There is a wider story around that, and he had had a troubled life for the past year, but it is a massive shock.  I had a lot of dealings with him and I think we worked well together, while he was not much liked by most others within our side of the business - I happen to think that says more about them, and how he perceived them, than it does about him.  My French boss telephoned me to communicate the news, and it must be pretty devastating for him because he reported directly into him.  I am pretty sure he said I could treat going to the funeral as a business trip.  I'd actually quite like to go, although I suspect it will clash with going to RoSfest.  I am not sad or tearful or anything like that, just a bit numbed and reflective.  Seems to be a lot of it about - comes with getting to this age, I suppose.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 20, 2010, 01:30:23 PM
*nods in sympathy and agreement*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on April 20, 2010, 04:49:10 PM
It's sad James.  These thing can dwell for some time.

A little story, which I feel that I have to tell now.  While the company I work for was developing the new computer system, we were working closely with Qantas who were the first customer to go live.  We worked with two Qantas people who were relocated to London for about 5 years.  Because of my job, I worked very closely with them.

The month before the system was due to go live, one of the two Qantas people, Colin Taylor, had a heart attack and died.  He was early forties and just entered a civil partnership.  It took a long time for that hole to heal.  When the system went live, Qantas booked a seat on the first flight for Colin - a lovely touch.  Just thinking about this now makes me feel rather tearful.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 20, 2010, 04:54:22 PM
Thanks for that, Rob - and that was a lovely gesture from Qantas.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 20, 2010, 06:45:16 PM
That I am not suffering from Nicotine-withdrawal.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 21, 2010, 09:34:48 AM
That I'm suffering from food withdrawal... I decided that finally I really did need to do something about my "mummy tummy" and so I am hoping to become a shadow of my former self.

I've started the Dukan diet - after 2 days in the "attack" phase (and 3lb lighter) - eating only low-fat protein - I get to eat vegetables today! Luxury!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on April 21, 2010, 06:44:03 PM
Not earning enough money from a crappy job that I hate everything about, as well as said job taking up ALL my spare time, thus preventing me from doing the 2 things in life I really want to do and that would make me genuinly happy. It's a sad day when you can't afford £40 and a couple of hours a week to make your life what you want it to be. Bloody GRR!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 21, 2010, 06:56:32 PM
Poor Sarah.  :(  I'd go outside in the sunshine and have an ice cream.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on April 22, 2010, 05:18:39 PM
The sunshine is gone by the time I get home from work, Mouse. :( Just feeling sorry for myself at the moment. Woe is me and all that guff...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 22, 2010, 06:04:59 PM
I just telephoned MBNA to talk about my credit card, and to get to the point where they have still not done what I am requiring them to do, I have told 6 different people my mother's maiden name.

Can't help feeling that question is not so secure any more  ::)

On the bright side, I'm not Sarah  :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Sarah on April 22, 2010, 06:13:27 PM
Mother's maiden name is never a secure one to be honest. It's a pretty easy one to get a hold of unfortunately. For all everyone is Data protection crazy, and insist you answer the millions of questions, the questions and answers dont tend to be any bloody good! Crazy fools.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 22, 2010, 06:35:38 PM
I have two spots come up just under my nose but they feel like cold sores  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 22, 2010, 09:58:39 PM
Mother's maiden name is never a secure one to be honest. It's a pretty easy one to get a hold of unfortunately. For all everyone is Data protection crazy, and insist you answer the millions of questions, the questions and answers dont tend to be any bloody good! Crazy fools.

And what happens to you if your first pet was called Semtex O'Timing-Device?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 23, 2010, 11:43:06 AM
I have got to pack.   :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 23, 2010, 01:35:10 PM
I'm having one of those "what's it all about?" days. Well, to be accurate, one of those "why am I doing this job?" days.

For my entire paid career I've worked in IT. I've always rather liked it - I've got a fairly geeky sort of brain (goes with liking prog, maybe :)) and I was a pretty decent network engineer, even if I do say so myself. These days my job is entirely managerial - it's not that I ever made a decision to go that way, more that this is the way it happens. This is partly because I like to do things my own way - I'm terrible at doing what I'm told - and partly because network engineering, at least in the sector I'm comfortable with (not-for-profit/education/charity) pays extremely badly and I have a famliy to support. As far as I'm aware I'm an okay manager - I've been at my present place for seven and a half years; they haven't sacked me yet.

Over the last twelve months my employer has been undergoing significatn change in the way it does things, and they've been reviewing the way things like IT are managed. I've been sitting through a lot more in the way of coaching, team-building, and similarly titled courses, listening to a lot of people talk about things like skill/will matrices and life orientation. Now, I like to think I'm open-minded, so I started off with this very positively, "let's give it a go" sort of thing, but the longer it has gone on, the more I feel it's just nonsense. Or, at least, it doesn't make sense to me - I'd much prefer to be doing things, solving problems, than getting into all this seemingly very flimsy management-speak.

So I guess I'm a bit fed up and reflective because I feel like what I'm doing isn't worthwhile over and above the fact that it pays well and keeps Yvette, Huw and I in food, clothing, Warhammer figures, Peel tickets etc. - by no means small considerations, but it's a bit demoralizing to be spending seven hours a day, five days a week doing something that's essentially worthless.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 01:45:55 PM
I doubt very much that it is worthless.  The dressing they are trying to wrap around it is the worthless part, and you have spotted that.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 23, 2010, 01:56:51 PM
I'm having one of those "what's it all about?" days. Well, to be accurate, one of those "why am I doing this job?" days.

I never wanted to be an IT-manager anyway. I wanted to be . . . A LUMBERJACK!

My 2nd all time lumberjack quote:

"She wants to play lumberjack, she's going to have to learn to handle her end of the log."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 02:08:16 PM
To be honest, they'd not stand out in the average Peel audience

(http://blogs.twincities.com/city_hall_scoop/upload/2007/11/FamilyFeudPhoto-thumb.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 02:08:53 PM
Apart from the girls, obviously.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 23, 2010, 02:09:27 PM
The guy in the yellow jacket is a deadringer for Neal Morse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 23, 2010, 02:11:18 PM
Apart from the girls, obviously.

What girls?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 02:30:43 PM
I presumed the one in the yellow jacket is one of those things called 'girls', as real real men don't wear yellow.

(http://images2.cafepress.com/product/100141342v4_225x225_Front.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 23, 2010, 02:49:47 PM
Apart from the girls, obviously.

What girls?
Harsh.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 23, 2010, 04:35:14 PM
(http://blogs.twincities.com/city_hall_scoop/upload/2007/11/FamilyFeudPhoto-thumb.jpg)

The to the left of the chap in yellow looks like Richard Hammond, I think.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 23, 2010, 07:42:55 PM
I've just failed miserably to make a Drum Slayer T-shirt for Leon. I also bought the wrong sort of shirt, so I'm not able to make myself a new Mr. Prog one, either. Bah.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 07:55:01 PM
Did you study at the Ashlesausageaz School of Tshit Design ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 23, 2010, 07:57:36 PM
Did you study at the Ashlesausageaz School of Tshit Design ?

Er... I think she designed T-SHIRTS, James!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on April 23, 2010, 08:23:57 PM
 :D :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 23, 2010, 08:36:32 PM
I'm pretty sure I knew what I was typing  ;)

Though, to be fair, that's what she sausageid at the time  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 23, 2010, 10:37:39 PM

Would you date a girl wearing plaid?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on April 24, 2010, 11:13:31 AM
My laptop is broken.   :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 24, 2010, 12:04:30 PM
My laptop is broken.   :(

Oh dear, what happened?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 26, 2010, 01:56:53 PM
I've just come back from an appointment to see a neurologist, having been referred to him a little while ago with pains in my left neck and shoulder, and shooting down my arm. Last time I went I had loads of tests and proddings and scans and so on, and this time around he has confirmed what I'd originally thought, namely that I'm suffering from a repetitive strain injury. It's most likely the legacy of many years spent hunched over computers in cramped server rooms - that and the fact that my typing posture is dreadful and I've signally failed to listen to the advice that's given.

Anyway, it appears I'm stuck with it. He suggests that I use a computer less, which I do anyway these days, and that I take active steps to improve my posture when I do, but apart from that it's down to taking painkillers and resting it when it aches. He tells me that with these non-specific sort of ailments there's not usually any actual damage (or at least none that's detectable, all my scans came back normal) so it could actually vanish at any time, but he also warned me that most of the patients he's seen are stuck with it forever. It's been a bit nasty this last week, actually and I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself, as well as feeling very silly because ultimately it's my own fault. Hey-ho.

The doctor also told me that I'm a fat b*****d - but that's fair enough I suppose, as it's true (that I'm fat, that is, my parents were married at the time of my conception and birth, I've seen the marriage certificate and everything). I should really eat less.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on April 26, 2010, 01:58:08 PM
bummer, Wilf.  keyboard height and placement can make a huge difference, as I'm sure you know.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 26, 2010, 02:04:50 PM
Just let me know if you want to sue any band who happen to have an addictive forum and have contributed to this condition...

I'm very good at not listening to advice, so you have my absolute sympathy/empathy.  Naturally, being a male, you are allowed to feel sorry for yourself for a reasonable period of time (anything up to a couple of years), but don't let it get to you too much.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 26, 2010, 02:57:17 PM
Let me add my sympathies to the mounting pile Wilf. It's never good to live with any illness but it's my hope that things will get better for you.

I hear that curry works wonders. In fact, if it can't be solved with curry, there is no hope at all.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 26, 2010, 04:06:01 PM
Thank you all :)

I can never maintain the self-pitying stance for long, fortunately, and I'm already pondering Simon's contention that curry is the answer. I fancy he may well be right - even if it doesn't nothing to cure the latter condition the neurologist described. It could be a positive hindrance!

But I don't care. I like curry.

(http://mifrahabid.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/indian-curry-thumb.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 26, 2010, 04:11:59 PM
I've had some RSI hassles over the years, and I can recommend a combination of Pilates and a mouse like this one have helped a lot. Oh yes, and curry as well.

(http://www.corporatecoms.com/magento/media/catalog/product/cache/5/image/265x/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/O/R/OR46900000141656.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 26, 2010, 04:17:38 PM
Pilates is the devil's work.

My ex is a yoga teacher, so I am programmed with that response (still).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 26, 2010, 04:37:08 PM
I can recommend a wrist rest like this one. That sorted out my problems when my wrist started acting up with RSI.

http://www.100-gift.com/custom_product/158/2581-1/Gel-Mouse-Pad-with-Wrist-Rest-TP111302-375168.html (http://www.100-gift.com/custom_product/158/2581-1/Gel-Mouse-Pad-with-Wrist-Rest-TP111302-375168.html)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 26, 2010, 04:37:54 PM
Yep, those are good things too.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on April 26, 2010, 05:32:17 PM
Did you study at the Ashlesausageaz School of Tshit Design ?

Just cos I wasn't here to defend myself grrrr  ;D  ;D

And sorry to hear about your RSI Wilf.  I started thinking I was going to get that cos of playing Bejewelled Blitz.  I too sit poorly at my desk.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on April 27, 2010, 02:14:04 AM
My namesake Bo Hansson has passed away aged 67. This Swedish keyboardist was one of the pioneers of progressive rock music and many of you will be familiar with his "Lord of the Rings" album.

He influenced and inspired musicians beyond prog rock. Even Jimi Hendrix covered one of his songs.

My condolences to his family and many friends.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 27, 2010, 07:51:27 AM
My namesake Bo Hansson has passed away aged 67. This Swedish keyboardist was one of the pioneers of progressive rock music and many of you will be familiar with his "Lord of the Rings" album.

He influenced and inspired musicians beyond prog rock. Even Jimi Hendrix covered one of his songs.

My condolences to his family and many friends.
That's sad news indeed - I agree, Bo, the other Mr. Hansson was indeed a groundbreaker in the symphonic style, as well as one of the forefathers of what later became known as 'New Age' music.

I'll be listening to Lord Of The Rings in his honour today.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 27, 2010, 08:16:17 AM
Sorry to hear about the RSI Wilf.

My hand turns into a claw if I use a mouse for more than 1/2 hour, so I have one of these at work

(http://www.allgraphicdesign.com/images/Wacom-Intuos3-6x8-InchPenTablet.jpg)

and one of these at home

(http://www.letsgodigital.org/images/artikelen/71/wacom-bamboo-fun.jpg)

I find it helps enormously.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 27, 2010, 08:21:17 AM
Thanks everyone for the valuable advice - gleaned from first-hand (pun intended!) experience of the matter. I can see I shall have to do some research. My Boss said, yesterday, "just buy in whatever you need", which is good and supportive, so hats off to him for that.

I've already got rid of the techno-chair I was using, which never felt right, and I've replaced it with a bog-standard typist's chair, which feels more comfortable already.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 27, 2010, 08:27:43 AM
And if you replace your techno-trousers with a normal pair that'll help as well...

(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20071224230935/wallaceandgromit/images/thumb/1/17/The_Wrong_Trousers.jpg/299px-The_Wrong_Trousers.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 27, 2010, 09:03:20 AM
My namesake Bo Hansson has passed away aged 67. This Swedish keyboardist was one of the pioneers of progressive rock music and many of you will be familiar with his "Lord of the Rings" album.

He influenced and inspired musicians beyond prog rock. Even Jimi Hendrix covered one of his songs.

My condolences to his family and many friends.
I think we were only talking about him of the forums a short while back. Sad to hear of his death and I echo your sentiments Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on April 27, 2010, 04:38:29 PM
Did you study at the Ashlesausageaz School of Tshit Design ?

Just cos I wasn't here to defend myself grrrr  ;D  ;D

And sorry to hear about your RSI Wilf.  I started thinking I was going to get that cos of playing Bejewelled Blitz.  I too sit poorly at my desk.

Zakk Wylde and Black Label Sausage (http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=34131410&blogID=533488653) need you !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 30, 2010, 03:06:52 PM
Today I am getting shooting pains radiating from my shoulder down to my elbow. They're really making me wince, and I'm not very happy about it!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on April 30, 2010, 03:09:31 PM
Today I am getting shooting pains radiating from my shoulder down to my elbow. They're really making me wince, and I'm not very happy about it!

I would (as did Catherine) recommend Pilates. It puts things in the correct place


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on April 30, 2010, 03:10:40 PM
...or a hot bath.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Paul on April 30, 2010, 03:12:36 PM
...or a hot bath.

What about pilates in the bath?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on April 30, 2010, 03:16:45 PM
ARRRRR!!

sorry, I thought you said pirates...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 30, 2010, 03:48:09 PM
I would (as did Catherine) recommend Pilates. It puts things in the correct place
I shall have to look into it, Nellie.

What's put me off the idea of Pilates in the past is that one of my ex-staff members, a very, very deeply strange person, is a Pilates instructor in her spare time. But that's just predjudice, really.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 30, 2010, 03:49:15 PM
...or a hot bath.
Now, that's my usual way of thinking! I may well spend an appreciable part of the evening in the bath reading the rather excellent book I have on the go.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 30, 2010, 03:49:22 PM
As with everything there are good and bad Pilates instructors. My first one was brilliant; I haven't found anyone to match her since.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 30, 2010, 03:50:03 PM
...or a hot bath.

What about pilates in the bath?
Ah, I can't do that Paul, my Mum told me that such things are sinful...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on May 03, 2010, 09:09:21 PM

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/4575638819_fbefbc0f6f.jpg)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/4575638819/)

Because I can't use it until I get home as it need iTunes to work and I only brought my laptop with linux on.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 03, 2010, 09:30:01 PM
...or a hot bath.
What about pilates in the bath?
Ah, I can't do that Paul, my Mum told me that such things are sinful...
Not Pontious, surely?

(I know Pontious Shirley wasn't a patch on her brother but she was still a nasty piece of work)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 03, 2010, 10:27:07 PM

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/4575638819_fbefbc0f6f.jpg)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/4575638819/)

Because I can't use it until I get home as it need iTunes to work and I only brought my laptop with linux on.
Ah, porn in a box.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 04, 2010, 11:10:41 AM
I'm writing something called the "Information Systems Strategic Plan 2010/11". Ten thousand words and counting. I read through what I've done so far and I ponder on the following:

1. I don't recognize the person who wrote this, i.e., me
2. It's ten thousand words of utter, utter b***ocks

...and now I shall eat my sandwiches.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 04, 2010, 12:14:23 PM
I'm writing something called the "Information Systems Strategic Plan 2010/11". Ten thousand words and counting. I read through what I've done so far and I ponder on the following:

1. I don't recognize the person who wrote this, i.e., me
2. It's ten thousand words of utter, utter b***ocks

...and now I shall eat my sandwiches.

Did you get sucked in by the need to talk in "Business Buzzword Bingo" Lingo? Dreadful, isn't it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 04, 2010, 12:27:26 PM
Did you get sucked in by the need to talk in "Business Buzzword Bingo" Lingo? Dreadful, isn't it?
Innit, though, Jim? (as the kids say)

The word that gets to me is 'work' - in the context of inane phrases which say things like "work has been done to consolidate the management streams". No-one 'works' at such activity - it would be 'work' to fix a PC or a network switch, or write some code, something like that. This is all about 'meta-work' - perhaps I should think of a different word to describe it, while simultaneously demonstrating how utterly futile it is. Hmmm...I think 'trouser' is a good way of putting it.

"A system administrator will receive training and develop knowledge in a specific application which is closely associated with his or her area of work trousers"

"The IS Department has developed the key policies in this area as part of the strategic review, and work trouser on the remainder is ongoing"

"The key to this is to confirm the management roles and empower staff to take ownership of their own work trousers"


Yes, that's much better.

Fortunately my sandwiches were very nice - left-over roast chicken and mayo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 04, 2010, 12:37:26 PM
I never was big on left-over mayo.

but trousers are the pants!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on May 11, 2010, 07:21:49 PM
This week keeps going from bad to worse and with working away in Brigg and Shefflied to look forward to for the rest of the week I really don't think it's going to get any better


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 13, 2010, 10:57:40 AM
Hope things have started to get better, Mike. I'm sure they will at some point.

It looks like, due to a lack of funds, I'm going to have to miss out on Transatlantic next week.  :(  LFE, thank you so much for the offer of the spare ticket, but it's either spending everything on train travel or having some money to last for the next few weeks.

I hope everyone attending has a fantastic time!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 13, 2010, 12:47:04 PM
Aww - Feeling bad for both Mike and Mouse.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 12:54:24 PM
Work appear to have blocked my access to MySpace  :o

Worried about how far this slippery slope will now go...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 13, 2010, 01:11:56 PM
That's a pain in the arse James - We're not allowed to look at Myspace, YouTube, Twitter or Farcebook here either.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on May 13, 2010, 01:15:20 PM
We had all those things blocked and then a group of people lobbied to get them reinstated as they could have legitimate business purposes (promotional work, corporate blogging, slagging off the boss in public, etc...)

And now they're all back! Woohoo.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 01:19:49 PM
I have been coping without YouTube - I don't have any sound coming from my pc anyway, and we are not allowed music in the office.  I do not use fb or twat.  Not having MySpace will mean I will have to do all that from home (or bring in my own laptop and see if the office wifi has less restrictions attached...) - and that has a time impact.

I can't think of a legitimate business reason right now lol


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 01:21:28 PM
Damn, damn, damn...someone just left a comment on my MySpace blog and I do not know who or what they said  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 13, 2010, 01:29:55 PM
It says "James, you are more evil than Chris de Burgh".

A couple of months ago I had to write a policy governing the use of Facebook etc. at the College - well, two policies, really, one for staff and one for students. It was all triggered by us finding an employee constantly trying to access porn sites - he was getting blocked, but of course we have so many students trying to do exactly the same that monitoring actively would be a right pain. Anyway, someone grassed him up, and he was off the premises pretty swiftly.

However, it started a bit of a witchhunt - typical senior management mentality, "oh, the internet is a terrible problem, we must do something about it". Initially it was mooted that we ban all the social networking sites, but there was almost a riot, so I chose my moment and said "hey, how about we have a policy on this which says that you can use these things as long as you don't take the wee-wee (well, I might have said it a little differently) and subject to your manager being able to veto". "Oh, great idea", they said, "and you're from the North of England, how remarkable you had a good idea!".

I've been here nearly eight years and they still have the capacity to amaze me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 02:01:12 PM
I'm heading over to the 'smile' thread (possibly only for a while, I guess)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 13, 2010, 02:10:43 PM
I need a poo, but I don't want to get up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 02:14:10 PM
You need to have a word with your office furniture supplier

(http://www.cedarlaneantiques.com/Commode-open.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 13, 2010, 02:26:32 PM
That would do the trick nicely :)

I had to go in the end. The good bit was I made a cup of tea on the way back, and now I'm drinking it.

Is this just me - or does anyone else try to time their toilet visits so they happen at work on the firm's time rather than your own?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 02:34:12 PM
My only consideration in timing toilet visits at work is that they do not come straight after the guy who routinely manages to wee on the floor  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 13, 2010, 02:36:34 PM
Oh, you can't avoid that here. Students - they're all bloody animals :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 02:40:11 PM
Mice, natch.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 13, 2010, 03:13:23 PM
Arse off, old men.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 13, 2010, 03:15:13 PM
Trays elo kwent


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 13, 2010, 09:31:33 PM
Arse off, old men.
Language, Timothy!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 13, 2010, 10:07:15 PM
 :D every time when James and Mouse come together.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 13, 2010, 11:05:54 PM
co



no, I can't.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 14, 2010, 06:09:38 AM
co



no, I can't.
Don't worry, rog. It happens...(allegedly)...maybe you're tired...or stressed...?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 14, 2010, 08:51:07 AM
I'm proud of you both.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2010, 08:55:56 AM
I need the toilet again. This really is getting tiresome.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 14, 2010, 09:29:33 AM
Lay off the Ex-Lax, Wilf!

I'm a bit blue after not enough sleep - went to bed too late last night, couldn't get to sleep for ages, and then ping! Wide awake for no good reason at 5.28am. 2 pints of tea and 2 cups of coffee later, the only part of me that's really functioning well today is my kidneys...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 14, 2010, 09:30:50 AM
So I don't need to take the...  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 14, 2010, 03:53:14 PM
I'm being taken to court by the builders who cannot build or do anything without making a competely mess of it. I have decided not to pay them a % of their bill as they are crap and don't deserve it. Bah!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 14, 2010, 04:26:02 PM
Not wishing to get all legal, but does your contract allow you to withhold payment ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 14, 2010, 05:22:27 PM
There is no contract. I stupidly thought that I would employ some locals who called themselves professionals. The agreements were all done verbally and with goodwill.  ::) One day, I will learn my lesson.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2010, 06:08:02 PM
Kill them. Kill them all.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on May 14, 2010, 06:30:16 PM
Kill them. Kill them all.

Good album that.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9f/Metallica_-_Kill_'Em_All.jpg/200px-Metallica_-_Kill_'Em_All.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 14, 2010, 07:20:24 PM
I prefer the cover featuring the toilet.

You need to get them on quantum meruit then - you pay them what their work deserves.  Are you sure they do not think their standard terms apply or something...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 14, 2010, 09:24:13 PM
I prefer the cover featuring the toilet.

You need to get them on quantum meruit then - you pay them what their work deserves.  Are you sure they do not think their standard terms apply or something...
They don't have any standard terms. They are a bunch of unprofessional yokels. Under those terms, they'll be owing me money!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 14, 2010, 09:29:29 PM
Let me know if/when they issue proceedings and we can sort them out


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 14, 2010, 09:37:58 PM
The court has sent the paperwork which I shall look at over the weekend and report back.  :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 15, 2010, 11:50:50 AM
Poor you, Nells. Give 'em Hell!

Meanwhile, I've got a headache which started yesterday and has gotten worse today. It's really taken the edge off of the day, and now I just feel like doing sod all.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 15, 2010, 01:16:56 PM
Meanwhile, I've got a headache which started yesterday and has gotten worse today. It's really taken the edge off of the day, and now I just feel like doing sod all.  :(

squeeze the fleshy part of your thumb (between the thumb and forefinger), on the left if your headache os on the right, etc. both if your head hurts all over.  that and some pressure on the lower part of the back of your head, where there's a couple of bumps.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 15, 2010, 01:18:07 PM
Meanwhile, I've got a headache which started yesterday and has gotten worse today. It's really taken the edge off of the day, and now I just feel like doing sod all.  :(

squeeze the fleshy part of your thumb (between the thumb and forefinger), on the left if your headache os on the right, etc. both if your head hurts all over.  that and some pressure on the lower part of the back of your head, where there's a couple of bumps.

... and if there aren't any bumps on the back of your head, hit it a couple of times with a rolling pin and then you should be fine for bumps.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 15, 2010, 01:44:05 PM
Meanwhile, I've got a headache which started yesterday and has gotten worse today. It's really taken the edge off of the day, and now I just feel like doing sod all.  :(

squeeze the fleshy part of your thumb (between the thumb and forefinger), on the left if your headache os on the right, etc. both if your head hurts all over.  that and some pressure on the lower part of the back of your head, where there's a couple of bumps.

... and if there aren't any bumps on the back of your head, hit it a couple of times with a rolling pin and then you should be fine for bumps.

that works, too!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 15, 2010, 01:53:13 PM
Yes, Catherine is still all woman  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 15, 2010, 04:10:16 PM
What made me blue:  walking up to the end of the road (we live on the edge of a State Forest), and finding that someone had backed their truck up to the roadside, and dumped their trash: tires, old car seats, chairs, tables, plastic junk.


some people suck, and don't deserve to be here.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 15, 2010, 04:15:01 PM
Really sad to read that Rog - I agree, some people do not deserve to be here.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 15, 2010, 06:11:11 PM
Yes, Catherine is still all woman  ;D
We're not entirely comfortable with the way you expressed that, James. Report to the police this minute :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 15, 2010, 06:27:28 PM
You mean, the way that he posted his conclusion that I was still all woman in the "What Made You Blue" thread?
I found that a bit disturbing as well.

Well, I'm sorry, James, but I'm not planning on having a gender reassignment just to cheer you up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 15, 2010, 06:30:15 PM
I think hitting people with a rolling pin makes you all woman.  I don't even own a rolling pin.  Well we have ones for play doh in the house.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 15, 2010, 06:41:37 PM
See, Ashleaze is unfortunate to be on the same wavelength as me.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zDKAHGIXQ74/SuIdrFZ7hJI/AAAAAAAACfU/0oNsIcvCWZA/s400/housewife-woth-rolling-pin.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 15, 2010, 06:46:51 PM
GRENDEL


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 15, 2010, 06:49:02 PM
I don't think Grendel was ever as scary as that...

I was Brian's first victim during the Progeny rendition  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 15, 2010, 06:50:16 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2010, 06:21:14 PM
See, Ashleaze is unfortunate to be on the same wavelength as me.



bit delayed in a response here but if we're on the same wavelength, you like Coldplay.....



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 16, 2010, 06:37:25 PM
The wavelength clearly only goes so far as rolling pins.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 16, 2010, 06:55:23 PM
It's not just women that can use rolling pins. This man's got a huge one.

(http://nanabanana.typepad.com/.a/6a00e550039a8388330120a8c21db4970b-800wi)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 16, 2010, 07:03:25 PM
That is indeed a big tea cup.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 16, 2010, 07:24:26 PM
Ronnie James Dio RIP

(http://powerlinead.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ronniediophoto.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 16, 2010, 07:35:53 PM
Ronnie James Dio RIP
This may be a hoax - I guess we'll find out soon enough...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 16, 2010, 07:38:24 PM
I think it was conjecture before, but now his wife has sadly confirmed it.

"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever." Love, Wendy


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 16, 2010, 07:46:26 PM
Sad news indeed.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 16, 2010, 10:26:16 PM
Crap. That is terrible news.  :'( Jim, Paul and I were only talking about Ronnie last week at Progeny 3.

Rest in peace sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 16, 2010, 11:33:08 PM
RIP RJD


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 17, 2010, 08:35:59 AM
Sad about RJD - one of the great rock vocalists. Was SO looking forward to seeing Heaven & Hell at HV, a great loss to music.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 17, 2010, 08:58:13 AM
I am resuming blueness about the MySpace situation at work - as I suspected, when access was restored that was the error


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 17, 2010, 09:23:47 AM
I spent all yesterday trying to upload the Tinyverse #9 and as with the Tinyverse #7, the upload kept failing just before the end. I'm going to try another machine in the house (possibly the blender) and see if it's just an issue with my wireless set up.

Grumpy Simon.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 17, 2010, 01:15:38 PM
Boo.  :(  Have some Maltesers.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Maltesers.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 17, 2010, 01:18:18 PM
I am devastated that I forgot to bring any Maltesers along to the Robbins Well.  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 17, 2010, 01:21:28 PM
And the band had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide...no, that's Pallas


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on May 17, 2010, 03:26:35 PM
Still haven't sorted out accomodation for Friday's Transatlantic gig


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on May 17, 2010, 05:44:37 PM
Mouse not being able to come to the Transatlantic gig on Friday.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 17, 2010, 07:43:01 PM
I see your tales of woe and raise you the following:

Today has been one of the worst days I've had to endure in a looong time.

Monika is in Norway running two clinics and teaching during the intervening week with the exception of today which is a National holiday in Norway. She left last Thursday sporting a terrible cough and I told her in no uncertain terms to look after herself - I didn't want her coming back dead.

Her cough got worse and worse. Until last night while out walking with her friend Kristin and Kristin's dog when she suffered a massive pain in her chest, and all down her arm. She couldn't breath. She went back to Kristin's and went to bed hoping that it would be better in the morning. And it was.

Until she drove into Oslo today and suddenly couldn't breath again. having made her way to the nearest Emergency Room she was x-rayed and told she had a collapsed lung. And I know what that's like having had it twice.

They ferried her off to a big hospital in Oslo where she is now spending the night, on her own, scared as she is of doctors and hospitals, with a tube stuck in the back of her hand and another stuck in her chest. And I've been as close to tears as is possible without actually crying all afternoon, wrestling with a) wanting to get to Oslo as quickly as possible and b) her telling me to stay put as someone needs to look after the dogs and the hroses as they won't feed themselves.

I feel dreadful.
 :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 17, 2010, 08:06:02 PM
Jim, for whatever it may be worth, you are both in my thoughts and prayers right now.  Take care of whatever she says you need to take care of - right now she has other people taking care of her.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 17, 2010, 08:15:30 PM
Still haven't sorted out accomodation for Friday's Transatlantic gig
Mike, if all else fails, you are very welcome to kip down on our sofa bed sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on May 17, 2010, 08:31:19 PM
Jim - at least it seems like everything is under control. 

You and Monika are also in my thoughts.  Take care.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 17, 2010, 08:33:16 PM
I feel dreadful.
 :'(
My best wishes for a speedy recovery there, Jim, and a return to sanity. I'm not surprised you're feeling terrible...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 17, 2010, 08:41:05 PM
Jim's news - hoping for a swift return to health and feeling in control again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 17, 2010, 08:43:22 PM
Sheesh Jim that's terrible news. Immense good vibes coming across the North Sea to you from me and Mme Cholet.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 17, 2010, 09:09:00 PM
@ Jim (((((((((((massive hug))))))))))))))
Mon is being looked after by proper looking after people so that you can look after real life.  She might be scared but she is alive and will be well soon. Stay strong for her! xxxxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 17, 2010, 09:49:31 PM
hugs from across the sea, and whatever good energy I have is yours.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on May 17, 2010, 10:29:25 PM
Jim, that is terrible. I don't know what to say but I am sure Mon is in good hands.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on May 17, 2010, 10:30:32 PM
Jim, really sorry to hear about that, I can only imagine how it feels for both of you. Here's to a speedy recovery and a joyful reunion very soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 17, 2010, 10:43:58 PM
Jim, I'm sending you and Mon positive vibes and warm thoughts. Hope it's a speedy and comfortable recovery. Hang in there, bud.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on May 17, 2010, 11:13:48 PM
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the pair of you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 18, 2010, 06:40:27 AM
Thanks everyone. My facebook page was swamped with well-wishers too. It's good to have friends.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 18, 2010, 08:23:58 AM
Hope Mon's recovering well, Jim. (hugs)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on May 18, 2010, 11:53:34 AM
Jim very sorry to hear what Monika and yourself are going through I hope she pulls through soon


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 19, 2010, 10:02:32 AM
Continuing good wishes to Jim and of course Monika.

On a more trivial note my netwok made me change my password so it is no longer tinyfish  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 19, 2010, 10:05:53 AM
netwok
Have you changed it to tinystirfry ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 19, 2010, 05:56:48 PM
 :'( at Jim.  So sorry to hear about Monika.  Feed her horses etc so she doesn't have to worry about them.  How does a lung collapse?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 19, 2010, 07:15:38 PM
Feed her horses etc so she doesn't have to worry about them.

is she THAT hungry?  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 19, 2010, 09:45:19 PM
 ;D

I should really be more careful with my sentences  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 19, 2010, 09:54:17 PM
;D

I should really be more careful with my sentences  ;D

I really don't think that will help.  :¬ )


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 20, 2010, 07:33:13 AM
Feed her horses etc so she doesn't have to worry about them.

is she THAT hungry?  :o

I wish I'd spotted that.

Monika update: She's in hospital in Oslo for her fourth day and is now exceptionally bored with the whole thing (not that it was ever fun you unerstand) and wants to be over. They will most likely do another x-ray at some point today, they prevaricate a while before finally deciding that it's OK for them to remove the chest drain which will be done some time in the next year or two. At least, that's how it feels. Actually the docs told her last night that in all likelihood she would be out today at some point. She'll then spend tonight and tomorrow with her friend Mette before doing a riding clinic on Saturday (which doesn't actually involve her riding at all thankfully) and then heading home on Sunday.

Footnote: Next weekend we were supposed to be going on holiday but the doctors told her not to fly for 6 weeks. I still have no idea where we're supposed to be going (it's a surprise) other than it will take us about 24 hours to drive there.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 20, 2010, 08:27:43 AM
Footnote: Next weekend we were supposed to be going on holiday but the doctors told her not to fly for 6 weeks. I still have no idea where we're supposed to be going (it's a surprise) other than it will take us about 24 hours to drive there.

It's only 24 hours to Tulsa so I'm told.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 20, 2010, 08:32:59 AM
What, from anywhere?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on May 20, 2010, 10:07:05 AM
What, from anywhere?

Not in a Swedish car, it's not...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 20, 2010, 12:26:49 PM
perhaps in a surrey with the fringe on top.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 20, 2010, 12:48:01 PM
*Groans* slap, slap, slap that man Rog!   :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 20, 2010, 12:54:57 PM
I'm just a man that cain't say no!     8)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 20, 2010, 08:14:49 PM
Yerr in a tairibull fiiix...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 21, 2010, 06:25:25 AM
Moni is out of the hospital as of last night (Hooray!) and is staying with a friend of hers. However she still has the catheter in her chest (Boo!) which is uncomfortable and painful for her (Boo! Boo!) and meant she didn't get much sleep again last night (Super-boo!). She has had to cancel all remaining lessons she was due to do (felching BOOOO!) including the riding clinic she was supposed to be doing tomorrow (Oh. My. Boo) since tomorrow she has to go back to the hsopital at 9.30am for another x-ray ("Boo!" you say?) before they make a decision on removing the catheter (I'm running out of Boos). During this time I shall be travelling on the train from Göteborg to Oslo and then getting a cab to the hsopital before driving us all the way home again. This, ladies and gentlemen, shall be how I celebrate my birthday - Oslo and back in a day - about 9 hours of travelling. Fuck1ng whoop-de-fuck1ng-doo. ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 21, 2010, 06:28:03 AM
Jim,

Glad for the hooray - sad for all the boos. Hugs.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 21, 2010, 07:30:30 AM
(I'm running out of Boos).

I'd best buy you a drink then.

ba-dum Tish

Glad to hear that Monika is on the mend - that's better than all the irritations in the mending process.

I'd say getting her home was a good birthday present, if you wanted to look on the bright side.

Still sending the positive vibes your way.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on May 21, 2010, 11:13:53 AM
Agree with you UB.  Have a safe journey, Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 21, 2010, 04:52:05 PM
What UB said. Hopefully, that's light appearing swiftly at the end of the tunnel, Jim. Take care.

Meanwhile, today I'm feeling down, out, most certainly blue and depressed. Haven't felt like this since quite a while before the move (now over a month ago). I think my hayfever season's just around the corner too, where I will enjoy about two weeks of not being able to breathe or see. I get bad hayfever. And I wish I could've got to Transatlantic tonight.

Oh well. You get on with it, don't you?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 21, 2010, 05:14:19 PM
I'd say getting her home was a good birthday present, if you wanted to look on the bright side.

And I do, and I am. Thanks for all your support everyone. You have no idea how much it means to me.  :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 21, 2010, 05:32:52 PM
good news Jim  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 22, 2010, 01:23:16 AM
I'm only buying you a drink after you have done all that driving...

Take many rests along the way - I drive a lot and some long distances, but that is a mamoth one - you take care.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on May 22, 2010, 11:07:36 PM
My very expensive lens which I wanted to use tonight is not working :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on May 22, 2010, 11:58:50 PM
Awww - mate.   :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on May 24, 2010, 08:07:29 AM
If it's not one thing, it's another. Moni arrive home and while she's hobbling around, clutching her chest and trying hard not to cough, we have realised that our holiday next week is almost certainly off the cards - not only because it's unlikely that she will be up to the journey but mainly because one of our dogs, Kimo, is very, VERY ill.

He has had kidney problems for years but it all seems to be catching up with him now. We're taking him to the vet later today but Moni has told me to brace myself for the possibility that this could be it for him and we should ready ourselves to say goodbye.

Fuck I'm depressed.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on May 24, 2010, 08:48:06 AM
Fingers crossed for you, Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on May 24, 2010, 08:54:13 AM
If it's not one thing, it's another. Moni arrive home and while she's hobbling around, clutching her chest and trying hard not to cough, we have realised that our holiday next week is almost certainly off the cards - not only because it's unlikely that she will be up to the journey but mainly because one of our dogs, Kimo, is very, VERY ill.

He has had kidney problems for years but it all seems to be catching up with him now. We're taking him to the vet later today but Moni has told me to brace myself for the possibility that this could be it for him and we should ready ourselves to say goodbye.

feck I'm depressed.  :(

Awwww, bloody hell mate. I'm really sorry to hear that.   :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 24, 2010, 10:06:56 AM
Aww Jim that's bloody horrible news.

Very sorry to hear it. Hope you're bearing up under all the sh*te life seems to be chucking your way at present.

Much love and good vibes as always


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on May 24, 2010, 10:08:58 AM
Damnation Jim :-(

I obviously need to cross more fingers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on May 24, 2010, 11:53:19 AM
Another huge hug coming your way. Your life is a bit pants at the moment, make it stop right now!  :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 24, 2010, 12:09:33 PM
More hugs to you, Jim.

Makes the minor gripe that I was going to post about of having bought an 8GB SD card last week and finding that it's too slow to record more than 30s at a time of HD footage with my new camera seem pretty trivial, really.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on May 24, 2010, 12:10:14 PM
I'm so sorry, Jim.  sucks when everything goes in the hole all at once. hugs and energy coming from here!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on May 24, 2010, 04:21:45 PM
I'm in the hug donor queue too, Jim. Hate it when stuff like this happens.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 24, 2010, 05:50:15 PM
 :( for Jim.  Hugs n kisses from here too.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on May 26, 2010, 07:03:16 PM
All of the above from me too, Jim. Hope things start to pick up very soon.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on May 27, 2010, 10:03:39 AM
Leon doesn't like my dress sense  :'(   ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 27, 2010, 07:41:19 PM
So what gives him the right to be sartorial arbiter?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 04, 2010, 09:45:37 PM
Got home this evening intending to have a lovely half-hour sitting in the garden with iPod on and cold drink to hand - got out there and the roofer doing next door but one fires up his angle grinder - Flocking barsteward!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on June 04, 2010, 10:58:35 PM
I am on call again. I am now just cooking my tea. And I will have to do some work at 8 am tomorrow morning as well.

At least it will pay for my Summer's End ticket.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 07, 2010, 10:16:49 PM
resisting the temptation to sing along out loud tonight

the snippets of music being too short

it not being longer


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 09, 2010, 09:48:31 PM
I've started smoking again cos I've put on a little weight....

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs619.snc3/32565_431613494578_774549578_5727899_2486830_n.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 09, 2010, 10:24:51 PM
And you've had your hair done.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on June 09, 2010, 10:51:01 PM
I am not sure that is you. Can I see your ID?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 10, 2010, 08:02:05 PM
Dame keeps asking to do a fat booth pic of my ID  ::)  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on June 15, 2010, 06:03:30 PM
Pro tools keep crashing.

Doing a full reinstall :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 16, 2010, 06:53:27 AM
As FBers would have noticed, I have been poorly recently.  It was just a cold but it appears to be a chest infection now.  :'(  But I am doing a lot of reading  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on June 16, 2010, 11:13:41 AM
I hope that you get better quickly Sarah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 16, 2010, 11:30:37 AM
As FBers would have noticed, I have been poorly recently.  It was just a cold but it appears to be a chest infection now.  :'(  But I am doing a lot of reading  ;D

The perils of getting your chest out for George.

Or of sitting on the floor of The Peel.  You should have asked for my crate.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 16, 2010, 12:41:50 PM
you should have offered  ::)  ;D 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 16, 2010, 12:50:43 PM
You saw the crate - that would have been an insult  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2010, 12:23:11 PM
My hayfever has been triggered. I have itchy eyes and a blocked up face. Further more, because of the heat, I had hardly any sleep last night and I'm feeling dreadful today.

I'm not happy.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on June 23, 2010, 12:28:00 PM
You poor bugger Mouse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 23, 2010, 12:30:14 PM
Aw, Mouse - hopefully these will cheer you up

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2642/4029693912_e8f29155e3_o.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 23, 2010, 01:28:45 PM
The budget - no pay rise for UB for two years and 25% of most departments being cut.

So basically any move to Wales is not happening any time soon, and the axe hovers over with no certainty as to where it will fall.

I cannot imagine being unemployed now - I think it would push me over the edge. It scares the living crap out of me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2010, 06:09:47 PM
Aw, Mouse - hopefully these will cheer you up

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2642/4029693912_e8f29155e3_o.jpg)

MY EYES!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2010, 06:10:40 PM
The budget - no pay rise for UB for two years and 25% of most departments being cut.

So basically any move to Wales is not happening any time soon, and the axe hovers over with no certainty as to where it will fall.

I cannot imagine being unemployed now - I think it would push me over the edge. It scares the living crap out of me.

I can't imagine how horrible that must feel, UB. Hopefully, if the axe has to fall, it won't be anywhere near your good self.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 23, 2010, 07:34:54 PM
finance restructure looming  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on June 23, 2010, 10:09:13 PM
Sorry to hear that UB. I sincerely hope that you dodge the axe and keep it together.
Until about 3-4 weeks ago, I was deffo getting the chop at the end of September. Then they told us they need us after all and we go back to business as normal.
This is of course good news for us, but I lumped on about 3 stone in comfort eating and I've been on quite a short stress-fuse with just about everyone (work and home). Not good.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on June 24, 2010, 06:12:45 AM
The only certain thing right now is that things are going to be uncertain.

At the moment, I'm lucky - I'm in a job.  The horizon looks reasonable - may be 3 years.  After that, I really don't know.  I'd also appreciate a pay rise as I haven't had one in four years.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 24, 2010, 07:55:00 AM
Thanks for the kind words.

I know it's tough for everyone at the moment - but when I joined the civil service it was in reaction to the second time I'd been made redundant (this time cos of the dot com crash) to get stability and never havve to go through it again.

As it was at the time I was incredibly fortunate that my folks gave me three months rent to give me time to find a new job.

But now I've got so many more commitments - a mortgage, Mme cholet...

However, I am encouraged that the work I am involved in is required by EU law, so someone has to do it - hopefully they'll let it be me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 24, 2010, 08:17:49 AM
As over 85% of our students come from overseas (and also, typically, from very wealthy families) how the college performs is more dependent on the economies of places like the former Soviet states, the USA and the Middle East than it is on the domestic one. However, that hasn't stopped them from freezing our pay for the last couple of years, and I suspect again this year.

I had to smile, though - I was put under pressure to rush through a procurement because the FD wanted me to get the purchasing completed before the budget in case they put VAT up straight away. The clever money (pun intended) was always thinking they'd delay the rise for a while, so I said this - and now I'm looking more canny about financial matters than the accountants.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 24, 2010, 08:21:46 AM
Thanks for the kind words.

I know it's tough for everyone at the moment - but when I joined the civil service it was in reaction to the second time I'd been made redundant (this time cos of the dot com crash) to get stability and never havve to go through it again.
If it's any help, I was in the Civil Service during the swingeing cuts of the eighties, and no-one I knew was given the push. Cuts are usually made in central government departments by making 'efficiency savings', which means losing people through voluntary redundancy, early retirements, and cutting down on non-staff running costs.

There's some truth in the Yes Minister adage that it actually costs more to cut jobs than it does to keep them in place.

Also, you're doing something relating to an EU committment, which is bound to help.

I've only been made redundant once (so far), and that was after I'd left the Civil Service.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 24, 2010, 08:36:15 AM
However, I am encouraged that the work I am involved in is required by EU law, so someone has to do it - hopefully they'll let it be me.

You could take an active part in their cuts consultation process by sending them a list of all your colleagues...you will then become a monopoly, and either have a job for life, or be banned by the EU...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on June 25, 2010, 04:39:43 PM
I just had a RTA.

What is it with drivers and roundabouts in this country?

Even the mini ones cause problems.

Imagine the scene, I have reached a mini-roundabout and am doing a left turn. There is a car coming at speed from the right, about 10-15 meter away from the entry of the roundabout. I do my left. The car behind me honks the horn and at the sound I stop the car as I am startled. The car behind did not stop.

Anyway the driver behind me starts ranting that she had the right of way as she was coming from the right and then started to berate me for stopping.

I held my cool and pointed out that there is no rule that cars coming from the right has the right of away. The only rule there is, is that cars already in a roundabout has the right of way and that she was not keeping the correct distance to the car in front as she rear-ended me.

She seemed miffed and was inspecting the damage to heir front spoiler. There was no damage to my car. She then said as there was no damage to my car we would leave it at that.

I win!



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on June 25, 2010, 04:44:55 PM
I am sure I could fashion a case for her, but I won't  ;D

"When reaching the roundabout you should

- give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights

- check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way.

If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on June 25, 2010, 09:54:36 PM
Laser guns and grenade launchers attached to cars; that's what the public wants.

(http://thethoughtgarden.com/__oneclick_uploads/2009/08/carwars2.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on June 27, 2010, 01:54:44 PM
The guy who sits next to me in the office has been spluttering and coughing all week, except Friday which he took off ill.  Now the inevitable has happened and I fell like $#!+.  Unlike my colleague, I will not be in the office tomorrow to pass on the benefit of the germs.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on June 27, 2010, 02:07:07 PM
Get well soon, Rob.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on June 27, 2010, 06:15:15 PM
Get well soon xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on June 27, 2010, 08:36:28 PM
Indeed. Have some echinachea.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on June 27, 2010, 10:17:05 PM
Indeed. Have some echinachea.

Regardless of how spiky they are.

Get well soon!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 28, 2010, 12:03:53 PM
Get well soon, Rob - if you need musical help, try Brighteye Brison's Believers and Deceivers. I had forgotten what a cheerful and positive album this is. Perfect for recovery from colds and the like :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on June 28, 2010, 02:14:18 PM
Thanks everyone.  The Harvest CD dropped through my door this morning - this cheered me up enormously. 

I don't mind being off work.  But if I'm not at work, I don't get paid.  I'll be back tomorow because I do fell much better now.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 01, 2010, 09:01:15 AM
I was surrounded by people sneezing and coughing on the plane back from Singapore. Now I am a pitiful snuffling dribbling wreck of my former self, and am busy infecting my colleagues with my exotic Asian lurgy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 01, 2010, 12:35:36 PM
Well, I hope you get better soon Catherine.  I've had a bug that's knocked me out completely for the last few days.  I think that there's something going round.  I fell better now though.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 01, 2010, 08:03:50 PM
I have a non-taxing evening lined up, consisting of the episode of Desperate Housewives that I missed last week, and a large slug of Night Nurse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 01, 2010, 09:11:57 PM
I have a non-taxing evening lined up, consisting of the episode of Desperate Housewives that I missed last week, and a large slug of Night Nurse.
You madwoman. Step away from the DVD player.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 05, 2010, 08:25:56 AM
Bloody mozzies. Woke up this morning with a dozen mosquito bites on my arms and legs, including one really awkward bugger on that flap of skin between my left forefinger and thumb (I'm left-handed, it's quite uncomfortable to hold a pen). This despite covering myself with one of those repellant sprays last night, and having lavender from the garden all about the bedroom (they don't like it, apparently).

Yvette's worse off than me, her legs are covered. Fortunately Huw hasn't had any his time - I guess the little bugger didn't make it into his room.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 05, 2010, 11:10:18 AM
Fortunately Huw hasn't had any his time - I guess the little bugger didn't make it into his room.

Where did he spend the night then?  ;D ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 05, 2010, 11:18:40 AM
Fortunately Huw hasn't had any his time - I guess the little bugger didn't make it into his room.

Where did he spend the night then?  ;D ;)
LOL

Give him another couple of years..... ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 05, 2010, 11:21:38 AM
You see, it was only an artist's impression...you weren't actually meant to leave the roof off...
(http://pimm-smith.com/Images/Low%20Cost%20Housing/house%20no%20roof.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 05, 2010, 03:52:42 PM
I'm just feeling generally down today.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 05, 2010, 03:54:49 PM
Could be worse - you could be a student.

Oh...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 05, 2010, 04:02:08 PM
Could be worse - I could be a lawyer.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 05, 2010, 04:05:14 PM
Bet you're smiling now  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 05, 2010, 05:41:50 PM
I am, but that may be because I now have chocolate, Coca-Cola and Moon Safari.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 06, 2010, 02:54:43 PM
Bloody mozzies.

"A spokesperson for The Amazing Wilf has confirmed that he is being treated in hospital for malaria.

It follows news yesterday that the Prog Podcaster has cancelled all work commitments for this week following advice from doctors.

The non 'X Factor' judge reportedly collapsed at the weekend during a photo shoot for his new podcast at a North London studio.

It is believed he contracted the disease during the night, and not during a visit to the east African country of Tanzania last month.

Malaria is transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes and symptoms include headaches, fever and vomiting, much like the symptoms of a Sonic Attack.

If not treated promptly it can become life-threatening, or career-enhancing through the attendant publicity and sympathy."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 06, 2010, 03:05:46 PM
And they've put me in a ward with Cheryl Cole. I can't decide whether this is a good or a bad thing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 06, 2010, 03:14:58 PM
Just don't turn off the holographic generator that powers her.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 06, 2010, 08:31:39 PM
Why should the attendant get the publicity and the sympathy?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 06, 2010, 08:32:43 PM
Far more deserving than the Geordie chav.

Or Cheryl.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 06, 2010, 08:49:38 PM
Hey! I'm not a Geordie, I'm from Sunderland :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 06, 2010, 08:53:20 PM
It's all Greek to me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 07, 2010, 07:19:16 AM
My iPod has decided not to play any music or video today. The games are fine, and they even make noise, so the headphones are OK

I won't be able to fix it until I attach it to iTunes tonight.

Does anyone know if when you back up your apps to iTunes if it keeps the full data. I have an app that I've kept going for about 6 months and would be very annoyed to lose it if I have to do a factory reset.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Paul on July 07, 2010, 08:00:54 AM
from what I can tell, when you back up the ipod, all info on both itunes and the ipod are collated in Itunes, so if you have downloaded an app to the ipod, it is then put on itunes.
Have you tried resetting the ipod, not a factory refresh? It's in the settings icon on the ipod, and then general. It resets all the levels but keeps all the apps and music etc untouched. I've had to do this for my wife's ipod a couple of times.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 07, 2010, 08:33:02 AM
Does anyone know if when you back up your apps to iTunes if it keeps the full data. I have an app that I've kept going for about 6 months and would be very annoyed to lose it if I have to do a factory reset.
Yes, it does.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 07, 2010, 09:16:59 AM
Just heard thsat our civil service compensation scheme is going to be arbitrarily scrapped riding roughshod over the act of parliament that set it up and the recent judicial review that upheld the act.

Basically this is a bit of a financial year Zero.

If you are OK now you will probably continue to be OK, otherwise you will be royally screwed by the Government's ideologically motivated attack on the public services you use and which some of us supply.

I know that's in response to the other lot's screwing up of the economy - but if you read between the lines of this lot, it is spiteful knackering of the public sector with no visible gain to the private sector.

It's a bit like Bush using 9/11 to go into Iraq. An ideologically-motivated attack on a predetermined target expedited by a need to address a different problem.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 07, 2010, 09:48:25 AM
I have a dentist's appointment today where they will be re-doing a filling that was really painful when they did it last time (about 6 months ago) and has been giving me a lot of trouble since. I'm not looking forward to it at all, as I know I wil be left with a half-numb face again and it's still going to hurt. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 07, 2010, 09:50:18 AM
Is your appointment at half past two ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 07, 2010, 10:37:38 AM
To quote the inestimable Simon Godfrey: Slap, slap, slappity, slap slap


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 07, 2010, 11:41:34 AM
Malaria is transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes and symptoms include headaches, fever and vomiting, much like the symptoms of a Sonic Attack.

 :D  Sorry for interrupting the recent blueness, but that did make me laugh.

Just don't turn off the holographic generator that powers her.

Shouldn't that be a perception filter? Pedro loves those.  ;)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 07, 2010, 11:58:20 AM
Just don't turn off the holographic generator that powers her.
Shouldn't that be a perception filter? Pedro loves those.  ;)
LOL
I'll settle for an "I woke up and it was all a dream" if you can't manage a PF. ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 07, 2010, 01:48:16 PM
Appointment was 12.30. Still have no feeling in lower half of face (apart from in my teeth, which hurt when they were drilling them) and can't eat at the moment, or drink without dribbling horribly. I'm also worried I might be leering at people without meaning to.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 07, 2010, 02:04:39 PM
whereas leering at people wjhen you mean to....

Hope you feel better soon Catherine


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 07, 2010, 07:34:46 PM
My lips are now fully under my control again and don't feel like they're made of plasticine! I can drink without dribbling! It's a miracle!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 07, 2010, 08:18:24 PM
Hooray!

Meanwhile, Ted Striker still suffers from his drinking problem...

(http://asset.soup.io/asset/0593/6561_4a80.jpeg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 07, 2010, 09:01:49 PM
 :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on July 08, 2010, 04:41:53 AM
Today's "What made me blue" has no foundation in reality but it's left me with a nagging feeling of not-right-ness for the hour and a half I've been awake...

I dreamed that Simon borrowed my Les Paul and when I collected it from him it was... damaged. About an inch deep of body and binding was all worn away at the top where the pickup selector sits, by the strap button. He apologised and claimed that it was the result of the guitar strap rubbing against the body but it looked for all the world like someone had taken a belt sander or an angle grinder to it. And then for some reason he demonstrated how the strap wore away the guitar body by singing part of Grendel while rubbing the strap against the worn away section. I was really upset in my dream, both by the damage to my guitar but also upset that Simon thought I'd believe the strap story. Then there was a bit about one of my cats being able to walk up walls and across the ceiling and me learning the secret of how to do this but I was too distracted by my knackered guitar so I decided to wake up. It was 5.15 am and I was so distraught I couldn't get back to sleep.  ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 08, 2010, 06:46:47 AM
We did warn you about eating cheese just before going to bed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 08, 2010, 07:55:28 AM
If it's any help, Jim, when I have those kind of dreams, I try and relax, take lots of deep breaths and say out loud as many times as seems necessary: "It's not real, it didn't happen."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 08, 2010, 08:28:58 AM
Yes, that's what I said to myself after having a rather disturbing dream back in May about Twang running a shoe shop for trannies and ladies with big feet, with piped prog playing loudly on the sound system. I can still see myself sashaying across the shop floor in a pair of 6" red stilettoes to the strains of It Bites and Kino...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 08, 2010, 08:37:22 AM
I think it was Sir Thomas More who said something along the lines of "If everyone could see what was in each head, we'd all be locked up."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 08, 2010, 08:59:33 AM
I dreamt something on the lines of the aftermath of Arthur C Clarke's story "All The Time In The World" in which people are given bracelets that virtually stop time outside a small bubble. (In the story this allowed time travelling aliens to rescue the Earth's art treasures before a "superbomb" test blew up the planet)

The dream dealt with the real consequences of having to live in a world where interaction with others was only possible in short stints when you were right there next to them, and the consequences for travelling. The upshot was me and a couple of other people who had the same bracelets had to get to a rural setting, where we couldn't get trapped in crowds that panic as the wrold around them seems to come to a halt.

It was really involved and completely true to its internal logic (although it's internal logic doesn't deal with the relative slowing of light outside the are of effect), but when I woke from the dream at 4.15 this morning I was knackered but wide awake.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on July 08, 2010, 11:09:59 AM
My Dad woke up Sunday morning and his face was swollen, Monday he went to the doctors and when I asked him what he'd said my Dad explained that they tested his eyes as he'd been having headaches, which he didn't mention to me on Sunday.

Yesterday his right eye was almost completely closed so he went to the doctors again this morning and they sent him to the hospital for a scan.  Just had a call to say their keeping him in hospital and that's all I know :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 08, 2010, 11:24:29 AM
That sounds nasty Mike.  Hopefully the hospital will sort it out quickly.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 08, 2010, 12:54:52 PM
Fingers crossed Mike. Hopefully it's just some pesky allergy thing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 08, 2010, 01:03:58 PM
... but when I woke from the dream at 4.15 this morning I was knackered but wide awake.

This would have been a much better story if it happened at midnight. But I guess this was part II.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 08, 2010, 01:40:46 PM
Let's hope it turns out to be something small, Mike. Hope he gets better soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 08, 2010, 01:52:09 PM
I am sure he is looked after, Mike and my wishes for a speedy recovery.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on July 08, 2010, 04:31:38 PM
Mike - sorry to hear that. This kind of news certainly puts my whining at a weird dream into perspective.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 08, 2010, 04:40:59 PM
That sounds horrible Mike. I hope he feels better soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on July 08, 2010, 04:42:54 PM
Thanks guys going to visit him in hospital in a couple of hours hopefully he will have had the scan that's required and they'll be able to tell us a bit more about what's wrong


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 08, 2010, 05:05:19 PM
Just read this - hope it all comes out ok, Mike.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 08, 2010, 06:28:55 PM
+1. Fingers crossed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 08, 2010, 06:38:12 PM
Anyway, everyone else's Summer's End ticket numbers has really got me down.  Just to bring some perspective in here.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 08, 2010, 07:30:28 PM
Every time I try to get some perspective I can't seem to get hold of the vanishing points....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 08, 2010, 07:35:11 PM
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/perspective.png)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on July 09, 2010, 05:03:32 PM
My Dad is out of hospital after having Blood tests, an ECG, a CT Scan, chest x-rays and an MRI and they still don't know what's causing his right eye to close.  They think it's neurological and have referred him to a neurological consultant.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on July 09, 2010, 05:46:30 PM
sorry to hear it's still an unknown, Mike.  you're in my thoughts.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 09, 2010, 11:45:21 PM
Sorry to hear it's still a mystery, but at least he's out of hospital. Let's hope they do find out what it is soon and that it actually is nothing major or serious.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 09, 2010, 11:50:31 PM
Quite a while ago now, Cubase stopped sending any sound through my laptop's speakers. That was OK, because they're crap speakers and I just used headphones. Just now, I accidentally clicked on something that it turns out stopped sound going to the left channel of my headphones. While trying to figure out how to get it back, I lost the right channel. I turned both options back on again - nothing. I clicked Reset - nothing. Turned it off and on again - nothing. I shut down the laptop and loaded everything up again - nothing. Nothing I do will work.

I can't get any sound to come out of Cubase. At the moment, it would appear that, on the music making front, I am well and truly f*cked.  :'(

Update: I've managed to get sound back in both ears, but the click track remains exclusive to the right channel. Curious. It'll do, though. That was a bit scary...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 10, 2010, 10:34:17 AM
Seeing a picture of Fearne cotton wearing an Iron Maiden World Piece Tour T-Shirt.

Iron Maiden is NOT some chic you can just put on and take off at will. I was at the F**king tour crushed against the barrier and my T-shirt has disintegrated through wearing proudly. You weren't even born you cow!

Get your own memories. >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 10, 2010, 10:47:33 AM
Fearne Cotton is very annoying when it comes to stuff like that.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 10, 2010, 10:55:52 AM
Fearne Cotton is very annoying when it comes to stuff like that.
Fearne Cotton is very annoying, full stop.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 10, 2010, 10:58:29 AM
True.  Delete 'very' and insert 'especially'.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on July 10, 2010, 12:54:07 PM
Fearn Cotton the name always reminds me of some sort of material for pants...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 10, 2010, 06:30:59 PM
They sound like they'd be a bit itchy...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on July 10, 2010, 07:39:16 PM
They sound like they'd be a bit itchy...

Good point catherine i think they would be,i was too busy trying to be clever instead of thinking about the practical side :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 11, 2010, 05:52:06 PM
Standing in the toilet at The India Club and hearing the band Air playing live at Somerset House just next door. It sounded great and I was instantly jealous of UB and Mme Cholet who I knew were grooving away not 100 yards distant from my wee.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 11, 2010, 07:33:34 PM
Thanks for sharing. Simon.  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 11, 2010, 08:25:16 PM
I suppose they should be grateful they weren't any distance closer to your wee.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 11, 2010, 09:48:03 PM
It's a scientific fact that in London you are never more than ten feet from my wee.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 11, 2010, 10:07:40 PM
...said Simon "incontinence" Godfrey...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 11, 2010, 10:08:35 PM
...said Simon "incontinence" Godfrey...
Incontinence? Not just London then?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on July 12, 2010, 01:33:09 AM
wee what?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 12, 2010, 10:23:08 AM
It's a scientific fact that in London you are never more than ten feet from my wee.
Robert and I nearly followed you into the gents by mistake, which would have led to this being true. Fortunately we stopped ourselves just in time. Its not manly to accompany each other to the toilet.

Why do women always do that? I reckon the seats are high up, so they have to go in pairs to give each other a bunk up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 12, 2010, 10:46:48 AM
I've got backache. It's my first ever proper backache and I'm very bored of it already.

I can't stop and lay on a hard floor for a day either, it's one of those weeks that saying "your health is the most important thing", however true, simply won't work.

It's just a constant pain - not excruciating, but unrelenting.

OW!!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 12, 2010, 12:01:14 PM
Its not manly to accompany each other to the toilet.
Why do women always do that?
Erm, because none of the women I know are manly....is this a Northern thing?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 12, 2010, 04:13:56 PM
[Erm, because none of the women I know are manly....is this a Northern thing?  ;)
lol...don't get me started on that. Let's just say there are reasons I married a girl from the South-West...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 12, 2010, 04:34:44 PM
It's like the Macc Lads song where he goes out with a Geordie girl and she calls him a "Southern poof"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 14, 2010, 10:57:12 PM
I was looking forward to listening to Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 this evening. My digital TV box refuses to believe the BBC Radio channels exist (even after numerous tunings and re-tunings) and the live stream from the website isn't working. They had music from Tristam Cary on tonight's show, too.

I hate technology sometimes.  >:( :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 15, 2010, 10:03:49 PM
I had a lovely lunch today and now I think I have some weird kind of food poisoning involving a high temperature and indigestion. I slept this evening and now I am awake :-(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on July 15, 2010, 10:12:52 PM
sorry to hear that Robert.  hope you're well soon!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on July 16, 2010, 01:21:27 PM
I've got backache. It's my first ever proper backache and I'm very bored of it already.

I can't stop and lay on a hard floor for a day either, it's one of those weeks that saying "your health is the most important thing", however true, simply won't work.

It's just a constant pain - not excruciating, but unrelenting.

OW!!!

I suffer from occasional bouts of Sciattica so you have my undivided sympathy. In fact I did all of the last L=M tour with cronic back pain and was only saved by some interesting blue pills given to me by Ian who was suffering too. Mr h offered me something else entirely telling me " it won't take away the pain - you'll just not care about it". I declined knowing that me going on a chemical safari would not have helped the band's profit margin!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 16, 2010, 01:46:54 PM
I suffer from occasional bouts of Sciattica so you have my undivided sympathy. In fact I did all of the last L=M tour with cronic back pain and was only saved by some interesting blue pills given to me by Ian who was suffering too. Mr h offered me something else entirely telling me " it won't take away the pain - you'll just not care about it". I declined knowing that me going on a chemical safari would not have helped the band's profit margin!

Did they have any particular side (or in any other direction) effects, and was a certain Ms Jordache in a particularly good mood that day  :o

Mr H is no stranger to the happy pills (allegedly) - I've aways found it results in aching feet, then again it always made me dance all night. Fortunately for my brain and unfortuanately for my waistline all that is in the distant past.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on July 16, 2010, 03:15:47 PM
Discretion prevents me from commenting further...  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 16, 2010, 06:47:02 PM
I had some blue pills on my honeymoon in Thailand.  Probably a story I shouldn't share. 

Hello!  I haven't been here for a week and that has made me blue.  But I am here now, so all in the pink again  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 16, 2010, 08:04:07 PM
Welcome back Sarah!  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 17, 2010, 08:14:12 AM
Well I was hoping that there had been some announcements re the BRS in my absence but...  ::)  ::)  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 17, 2010, 08:22:00 AM
And the porcine aerial display team is due any moment.

(http://cgreport.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/flying_pig.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 18, 2010, 06:06:00 AM
 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 18, 2010, 09:28:08 AM
Maybe I'm naive.

If I'm part of a 'collective' I expect that efforts I put into the common weal will be mirrored by others, and that I will be treated with some level of equanimity. However, today it has been made abundantly clear to me that:

(a) the 'collective' is a two-tier system, and I'm most definitely in the lower tier; and
(b) assurance and guidlines aren't worth the (virtual) paper they're printed on

I can see I will have to re-evaluate my options. But I'd rather not have to.

As I say, maybe my expectations are just too high when I expect people to behave in the way they say they're going to.

...oh, for the avoidance of doubt, this isn't aimed at anyone in the Fishtank. Or even anyone in this country. I'm just ranting.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 18, 2010, 10:52:07 AM
People are arse!

I'm very lucky to know some of the exceptions to this general rule, but much of what I see around me and around the world leads me to that inescapable conclusion.

Fortunately those few who are exceptions tend to flock together and this little community is one such place.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 18, 2010, 12:09:29 PM
I've been through similar experiences, David.  I used to be a leader in the Scouting organisation - just at the local level.  The politics was unbelievable.  Dealing with the children and their parents was a doddle.  Dealing with the other leaders was a right pain in the arse. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 18, 2010, 02:51:54 PM
Well, after lunch out with Yvette, Huw and my Mum, a very nice pizza, some ice-cream and a couple of cold beers I'm feeling a little better disposed towards the world in general :)

Ultimately I think that most human beings are fine, actually - which is maybe why I get disappointed or annoyed when numptyism raises its ugly head.

I agree, though - the Fishtank is full of damn fine folk...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 18, 2010, 05:02:23 PM
I agree, though - the Fishtank is full of damn fine folk...
...and you, sir, are (at least) one of them! Thanks for your recent help. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on July 18, 2010, 05:39:10 PM
This happened in MotoGP today in Germany:
(http://a.imagehost.org/0832/10001.jpg)

Poor Randy De Puniet (guy on the floor) has a broken tibia and fibula,  on the day that Valentino Rossi returned to racing just six weeks after breaking his tibia


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 18, 2010, 06:20:43 PM
I agree, though - the Fishtank is full of damn fine folk...
...and you, sir, are (at least) one of them! Thanks for your recent help. :)
Any time, Mr. Pedro, any time :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 18, 2010, 11:35:02 PM
Work.

Sick to death of being taken for a mug because I actually possess a work ethic and a sense of responsibility for the welfare of the company.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 19, 2010, 11:26:12 AM
I feel for you James.  I'm fortunate in that work rarely impinges on my time.  If I really have to stay late, I do - but I am on a short term contract and my monthly timesheet states that until I do 2.5 hours beyond my contracted 7.5 hours, the company won't give me any extra money.  So there's a massive disincentive to work - I mean - I wouldn't claim the extra money or time, but if I'm going to sign something every month that says I will give time to the company for nothing, I'm certainly not going to go the extra mile.  That, and like so many firms, no one is smart enough to say "thank you" if you do put yourself out for them.  When I was managing a team, I went out of my way to say thank you.  Cheap and effective, but, sadly, not in most managers vocabluary.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 19, 2010, 12:16:30 PM
I wish more people had the courage to let things fail where an organisation was not investing the appropriate resources.

I know it's hard, especially in flaky economic times, where you can't really tell the organisation to stick it up their corporate butthole.

I seem to have found a winner. Unless I need to make timesheet time up I am gone at 4pm (generally get in for 8am). This is of course negotiable, but I have the final say. It took some training, and every time there is an organisaational change I have to train a new boss.

I give reasonable deadlines for my work, and if work comes in I cannot do in the time I am given to do it I simply say it cannot be done in that time and we look for a solution to the problem, rather than simply expecting me or someone else on the team to be taken for a ride.

I look forward to being told I have to work longer hours for less money as I'm in the public sector - I hope they look forweartd to this not happening. The less money thing is a given (quick - find me a hedge-fund manager to stab!) but if they squeeze the resources, less work will get done rather than working for free.

OK, so I don't suppose it's do-able for everyone, but once work is costing you money (which not going to loads of gigs you have bought tickets for is the equivalent of) then it's time to seriously wonder what you do it for.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 19, 2010, 12:52:48 PM
If I'm part of a 'collective' I expect that efforts I put into the common weal will be mirrored by others, and that I will be treated with some level of equanimity.

I think it is time to play:

Where do I fit in the collective?

(http://www.seanwang.com/illus_gallery/Cyb_Borg.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 19, 2010, 01:40:58 PM
Looking at that picture, Bo, I'd say it all depends on the colour of your thighs... and your lights, of course.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 19, 2010, 07:05:42 PM
Recruitment agencies make me blue or actually red.

I am not looking for a job.  I am happy with being at Moat, it is a short drive to work (M25 allowing), I do 35 hours, sometimes a bit less sometimes a bit more.  Pay is crap for a qualified accountant but I have kids and prefer to work to live rather than the other way around.

Anyway, get mailshots from recruitment agencies every so often.  (It's the only mail I get that says ACMA)  Usually they are totally irrelevant but last week I got one for a well paid job for a housing association in Dartford.  So I updated the CV and sent it to them.

I spoke briefly to someone last Monday, heard nothing and thought well it was a bit too much of a pay increase, whatever.

Today I get a call saying come for an interview on Wednesday.  When I said "oh its just to register at the agency" the bloke was quite adamant that no it was the first interview, but then I would have two with the employer.  Yeah right.  But I decided to go with it and they were to send me the details to my home email.  Look at my email tonight and there are two emails - one from last week saying "sorry you aren't up to it sod off" and the next one saying come in on Wednesday...

Why did they lie?  If he had said it was to register and then they would look for suitable roles for me then fair enough but to say its a "first" interview for a job that they have already emailed me about to say no?!?

GRRRRR.  >:(  >:(  >:(  >:( Probably should have been in the DGMS thread.

But on a happier note....  got a distinction in my last assignment.   ;D  So that was a merit in housing management, a merit in development & law and a distinction in finance, it & comms.
I can now do a MSc in Housing if I a mad enough.




Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 19, 2010, 08:18:56 PM
Well done for the distinction, Sarah.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 19, 2010, 08:21:17 PM
Well done indeed - and alas, recruitment consultants, like estate agents, are the scum of the earth. I don't think any of you are estate agents.

And before you say anything, James, I'm not mentioning lawyers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 19, 2010, 09:46:27 PM
But on a happier note....  got a distinction in my last assignment.   ;D  So that was a merit in housing management, a merit in development & law and a distinction in finance, it & comms.
I can now do a MSc in Housing if I a mad enough.

I'm quite good at making a Mess in my house. Is that the same?

Congrats on the Distinction.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 20, 2010, 09:03:01 PM
to assist me in giving up smoking Dame is attempting too.  It is not good in the ashleaze house at present.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 20, 2010, 09:32:03 PM
But it'll be way better if you both stick at it.

it's worth the general grumpiness.

I know because I gave up about three years ago, and gave up properly (even including gigs) at the end of last year.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on July 20, 2010, 09:36:52 PM
But it'll be way better if you both stick at it.

it's worth the general grumpiness.

I know because I gave up about three years ago, and gave up properly (even including gigs) at the end of last year.

So there is no chance of me getting back the roll up i gave you last year then :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 21, 2010, 12:03:28 AM
It appears that the washing machine motor's brushes have worn out again. Second set in about 10 years.
Better than our old Hotpoint though, which chewed through a set every year!
More hassle than I need right now though. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 21, 2010, 07:10:20 AM
So there is no chance of me getting back the roll up i gave you last year then :-)

'fraid not Todders - thanks anyway - it was very welcome at the time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 21, 2010, 01:31:52 PM
My iPod's started pausing itself at seemingly random moments when I'm out and about. It even does it when it's just lying in one very still place. I can't actually trigger it (no matter how hard I shake it or hit it) and it's annoying me greatly. I've had it for just under two years. I've been meaning to look into a replacement (I dislike the thing anyway), but I can't afford one right now, and I don't know if it'll need repairs or what that'll cost, etc...

Not a big problem, I know. It's my own fault for not being able to venture outside or go on journeys without listening to music.  :D  Still, it's annoying. And I seem to have hit a creative wall with my own music.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 21, 2010, 01:38:35 PM
(no matter how hard I shake it or hit it)

When you sue Apple, I suggest you leave that bit out.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 21, 2010, 01:57:00 PM
My iPod's started pausing itself at seemingly random moments when I'm out and about. It even does it when it's just lying in one very still place. I can't actually trigger it (no matter how hard I shake it or hit it) and it's annoying me greatly. I've had it for just under two years. I've been meaning to look into a replacement (I dislike the thing anyway), but I can't afford one right now, and I don't know if it'll need repairs or what that'll cost, etc...

Not a big problem, I know. It's my own fault for not being able to venture outside or go on journeys without listening to music.  :D  Still, it's annoying. And I seem to have hit a creative wall with my own music.  :(

My advice would be to completely reformat it and load all the music onto it anew. I presume it does this even if you have the hold key on?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 21, 2010, 02:16:08 PM
Aye, even with the hold key on. I would be a little unhappy at having to reload nearly 80GB of music back onto it, but if that's what sorts it out, then so be it. I needed to re-import everything as MP3s, anyway.

How do I reformat it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 21, 2010, 02:44:54 PM
You do it through iTunes - there's a button called "Restore" which is on the first windows that pops up when you connect your iPod to your computer.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 21, 2010, 02:46:31 PM
But obviously make sure that all the music is in your iTunes library before doing it :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 21, 2010, 03:14:28 PM
Eek. That could take a very... long... time...  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 22, 2010, 08:09:53 AM
well... the complete re-thingy-ing might still not fix it, but if you have to get a new one you will still have to make sure everything is in your iTunes Library...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on July 22, 2010, 08:25:30 AM
2 days after getting my new phone and I've already lost the data cable which you also use to charge it, so now have no battery left and despite having a ton of USB cables in the house and at work none are the right size to fit the phone.

Have just ordered two new cables online hoping they make good on their promise to ship the same day you order


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 22, 2010, 10:51:54 AM
Aye, even with the hold key on. I would be a little unhappy at having to reload nearly 80GB of music back onto it, but if that's what sorts it out, then so be it. I needed to re-import everything as MP3s, anyway.

How do I reformat it?

Why MP3 ? AAC is a better compression format.

Aoart from that, as you were !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 22, 2010, 12:05:46 PM
Why MP3 ? AAC is a better compression format.
Depends on how you define 'better', Mr. Bert! True, you get more bang for your buck - a 128k AAC file is smaller and (marginally) better quality than the equvalent MP3, but you've got the fact that the latter format is compatible with a wider range of devices and software to take into account.

There was a huge debate about all this when it became clear that DLBN was shifting more bytes via podcasts than it ever did as a streaming service. They used to use OGG Vorbis - again, a technically superior format, and unencumbered by copyrights - but not all media players support it. AAC was considered too, and a big point in its favour is that iTunes shifts a lot of podcasts and that's it's 'native' format - but in the end, MP3 won out, purely because it was the lowest common denominator.

Having said all that my music collection is a mix of AAC and MP3 - partly because I started ripping my CD collection using iTunes with default settings (and couldn't be bothered to do them all again) and partly because I bought quite a lot of music from the iTunes store, where it's AAC all the way. For new music I use MP3 VBR level 2, which seems to give a reasonable file size as a decent quality - it's good enough for the podcasts, certainly, where it all gets bounced down to 160k anyway (for bandwidth reasons).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 22, 2010, 02:42:28 PM
The iTunes AAC default settings were 128kbps, and the MP3s I'm now importing are 320kbps. Not only is that better audio quality, I will also be able to play them on a different portable medial player device if/when I get one to replace the iPod.

My preferred music format is still CD, with digital being more for convenience, and MP3s seem to be the most universally convenient for me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 22, 2010, 09:40:55 PM
Travel.

First the flight got delayed 10 minutes and then 20 etc. The flight finally departed one hour late. Then I had to wait 50 minutes for my bag to turn up.

Then my bank card does not work, so I have to withdraw cash on my credit card, that is going to hurt.

Finally arrived at my parents house and the only food in the fridge is fishloaf.

Aargh.

There is sparkling wine though so it is not all bad.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 23, 2010, 09:49:30 AM
is fishloaf as bad as it sounds?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 23, 2010, 09:53:28 AM
Bat out of a Wilderness of Mirrors

EEEK!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 23, 2010, 11:03:14 AM
is fishloaf as bad as it sounds?
Why, does a fishloaf make a lot of noise?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 23, 2010, 11:09:00 AM
It's the food of the Gods - mainly because it's all Jesus ever rustles up at his legendary bring your own water parties.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 23, 2010, 11:14:20 AM
Well, that and bread-and-butter pudding. Without the butter.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 23, 2010, 12:03:02 PM
Bat out of a Wilderness of Mirrors

EEEK!

 ;D  ;D

Erm - I would like to apologise for an earlier rant re recruitment agencies and say how lovely this particular one is.  :o

I had sent them a stroppy email saying pretty much what I said here and the chap phoned me up and was extraordinarily apologetic but explained that the secretary had sent the not on the shortlist email in error.  So I did go for the interview on Wednesday.  Its still doubtful that I will get to be an assistant director of finance but I haven't heard anything yet and no news is good news.  Or something.  And anyway I have a job which I like so it doesn't matter.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 23, 2010, 12:10:15 PM
Assistant to the director of finance.

 ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 23, 2010, 12:18:40 PM
yeah - that's more like it  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 23, 2010, 12:31:13 PM
I hate lawyers.  Other lawyers, mostly.  But generally.  And especially the ones who are using their position to try to screw people.  Even more when they try it on with me.

Had a written demand from a law firm for payment for a legal book I had received at work.  I had not ordered the book, so it was sent unsolicited.  This law firm should have known that demanding payment for an unsolicited item is an offence.  I have had to write a letter to get them to go away, and I have better things to do with my life.  I am also in a position to know I did not have any liability, which is likely to be a better position than some others.

Their client has totally caved immediately, but once I have a credit note against their spurious invoice I will be contacting Trading Standards and the Law Society and I shall have my revenge for the 5 minutes of my time they have stolen.

Seriously, hate law firms like this.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 23, 2010, 01:32:55 PM
"Why don't sharks eat lawyers?"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 23, 2010, 02:06:02 PM
Because even they have standards ?

Because they don't eat their own ?

Because the lawyers are easting the sharks ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 23, 2010, 02:18:06 PM
Because the lawyers are easting the sharks ?

is this prior to Northing them so that they can be put into a geographically searchable database?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 23, 2010, 02:26:54 PM
is fishloaf as bad as it sounds?

It was actually very nice.

Here is how to make a Norwgian fishloaf:

Remove skin and bones from fish with sharp knife and reserve for fish stock or bisque.
Put raw fish through food grinder, using fine blade.
Then pound pulp for 10 minutes with mallet or edge of a saucer.
Add flour, yeast, nutmeg, salt, dulse and knead for 5 minutes.
Add milk and cream gradually, kneading after each addition.
Turn into well-oiled loaf pan.
Bake at 325 °F. until firm, about 1 hour.
Cool.
Unmold.
This loaf may be served hot or cold.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 23, 2010, 02:41:55 PM
"Why don't sharks eat lawyers?"
Professional courtesy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 26, 2010, 01:54:12 PM
"Why don't sharks eat lawyers?"
Professional courtesy.
Because they smell of poo and their shoes are rubbish?

I'm only saying what I've been told in the past.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 26, 2010, 02:01:33 PM
My shoes are just fine, I'll have you know.

Oh...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 26, 2010, 02:01:55 PM
Tyres. Tyres are poo. I needed two new ones on my car when I took it in for its MOT and service today.

The good news is that the car is absolutely fine otherwise, hurrah! Had it serviced too, and they wash and vacuum it for free if you do that, so it will be clean for the first time since I bought it.

This isn't a photo of my car, but of one that is the same make, model and colour...

(http://www.cargiant.co.uk/Photos/MP/47/29/MP472996P1.jpg)

It goes 'brum brum', and I can drive it to gigs and stuff. I like my car for this.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 26, 2010, 02:11:09 PM
'Tyres Are Poo' That really should be put on a t-shirt.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 26, 2010, 02:19:04 PM
'Tyres Are Poo' That really should be put on a t-shirt.
Yes! Or a badge - I think I'll get Yvette to make me one with her excellent badge-making machine.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 26, 2010, 02:23:49 PM
Looks a bit like a tyre
(http://rlv.zcache.com/ipood_tshirt-p235055028965333940trqt_400.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 26, 2010, 02:52:02 PM
The law is an ass. Immigration law, in particular.

I have a member of staff (or I should say 'had', for reasons which will shortly become clear) from New Zealand. He came to us originally through an agency, working on a contract basis, and we liked him a lot - unilike most of the numpties who arrive here to do first and second line technical support he's motiviated, has an excellent way with the punters, and is very good at fixing things. Before he could go permanent he had to return home to get a specific visa, which he did last summer, and on production thereof he was able to apply for, and get the permanent role.

Case solved Des, I thought. It turns out that his visa was 'piggyback' on that of his girlfriend, who has an ancestry visa, and is therefore able to work here without restriction. They split up a couple of weeks back, and Mike 'fessed up to me immediately, becasue he knew there may be problems going forward. So like a fool I went to our Human Resources department who said they'd look into what we needed to do in order to continue Mike's employment. They assured me it could all be sorted out as we still had 'slots' left to sponsor migrant workers, which would be the fallback position.

So today I get a phone call from my HR advisor asking me to come up and see him. Mike's already there, looking very, very distressed. Turns out the HR guy got it hopelessly wrong, and we don't have any sponsorship places as the government have moved the goalposts on the number you can have and our quota is full now until April of next year. As Mike doesn't qualify under the exception rules (where you've got to have so much in the bank AND be under 29 AND have earned £40 in the last year) he won't be able to get a visa on his own account unless he goes back home and applies from a fresh start. Our legal advisor tells us that there's practically no chance of him getting one even if he does that.

But the best bit is that the legal advisor also said we had to terminate his employment forthwith and send him straight home. There's also a very strong chance that he'll have to return to New Zealand immediately as his visa doesn't even give him right to remain despite the fact that he's not working.

So...he's incredibly cut up about it, even asked if he could stay and finish his workload unpaid (which HR wouldn't countenance), and I'm deprived of a committed, responsible employee. There's something wrong about all this.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on July 26, 2010, 04:40:08 PM
We had a similar situation last year with a Singapore citizen.  Because he was not directly employed by the company (and neither am I), HR would do nothing to assist.  They pointed him to another contracting company - the only one that would use - who wanted a huge cut of his salary.  Things went right down to the wire when his current contract was dur to expire.  Eventually the contract company relented and offered a much more reasonable fee.  By the it was all too late and he left.  He had to get out of the country at the weekend, went to France to apply for a temporary tourist visa so that he could tidy up his affairs.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 27, 2010, 09:01:44 AM
It does seem crazy that there is no restriction on people without work coming to the country to look for work, or to bolster the "grey economy" yet people from Commonwealth countries who are already here legitimately working are barred from doing so.

I'm not particularly an advocate of completely free movement. I think that if the world is going to be divided up into countries then the Governments those countries elect should be able to decide on their policies based on whart is best for the people who elected them (albeit not in contravention of international law or the human rights convention)

However, as with pride in the best bits of your country, any rational debate on immigration, particularly in England, swiftly descends into accusations of racism.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 27, 2010, 09:23:32 AM
Racist.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 27, 2010, 09:28:29 AM
Those bloody Siamese Fighting Fish coming over here commenting on our posts  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 27, 2010, 09:42:33 AM
No-one else in your forum land want the job.

I comment long time 5 dollar.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 27, 2010, 01:39:15 PM
I blame that tosser Enoch Powell. You are quite correct in that ever since that stupid Rivers Of Blood speech, immigration and racism in this country have been very close bedfellows. It seems mad that simply because the poor lad split up from his grilfriend, he now has to leave the country.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 27, 2010, 01:42:53 PM
Yes, Enoch was a bad 'un. Mad as a March Hare, and for some reason people listened to him...I mean, could you trust a man who looked like this?

(http://www.sterlingtimes.co.uk/enoch_photo.jpg)

And even more interestingly, when I did the Google image search it said "related searches: Nick Griffin".

I can hear the sound of cases being rested...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 27, 2010, 10:52:35 PM
It seems mad that simply because the poor lad split up from his grilfriend, he now has to leave the country.

I had a girlfriend like that once.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on July 28, 2010, 07:54:34 AM
It seems mad that simply because the poor lad split up from his grilfriend, he now has to leave the country.

I had a girlfriend like that once.

Yeah, but I think Jem trumps us all on that count!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 28, 2010, 06:33:59 PM
The Toys Girlfriend?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 28, 2010, 07:23:59 PM
The hotel that I had booked for Bert and I for 8 October has decided that it cannot accommodate us so I'm having to find somewhere else. This is a pain.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on July 28, 2010, 08:20:26 PM
The hotel that I had booked for Bert and I for 8 October has decided that it cannot accommodate us so I'm having to find somewhere else. This is a pain.

Catherine that is a right royal pain i can imagine..

the fountain inn may be worth a try if you become really desperate..

if they havent any normal rooms,they have some type of large dormitory that sleeps groups of people.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 28, 2010, 09:21:05 PM
The hotel that I had booked for Bert and I for 8 October has decided that it cannot accommodate us so I'm having to find somewhere else. This is a pain.

Are you two also going to come to Summers End ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on July 28, 2010, 09:41:45 PM
The hotel that I had booked for Bert and I for 8 October has decided that it cannot accommodate us so I'm having to find somewhere else. This is a pain.

Are you two also going to come to Summers End ?

:o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on July 28, 2010, 09:43:14 PM
either that or they are booked for a dirty weekend non Summers End related


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on July 28, 2010, 10:19:22 PM
either that or they are booked for a dirty weekend non Summers End related

ashleaze good point,my wifes asks whether i had a dirty weekend away every time i attend. i presume she is talking about how many showers i have :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 28, 2010, 10:58:07 PM
The hotel that I had booked for Bert and I for 8 October has decided that it cannot accommodate us so I'm having to find somewhere else. This is a pain.

Are you two also going to come to Summers End ?

:o

Ahem, I am here you know...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 28, 2010, 11:01:57 PM
Blimey, are you the Bert with Catherine then  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 29, 2010, 09:53:19 AM
Blimey, are you the Bert with Catherine then  :o

Is there another  ;)

Apart form Ernie's mate on Sesame Street, of course  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 29, 2010, 01:47:02 PM
This is great. Who needs daytime soap operas? *sits back on sofa, munching popcorn*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on July 29, 2010, 02:49:26 PM
Blimey, are you the Bert with Catherine then  :o

Is there another  ;)

Apart form Ernie's mate on Sesame Street, of course  :D
:D Wait until Freddie sees this :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 29, 2010, 02:54:25 PM
Well, I dunno, Bert, if all they're going to do is gossip and speculate then it hardly seems worth us going to the gig... particularly if the hotel's nice...  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 29, 2010, 03:19:33 PM
"And so he went inside there to take on what he found..."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 29, 2010, 03:57:37 PM
*munch, munch, munch....*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on July 29, 2010, 04:13:58 PM
In Norway when summer ends we huddle up together for heat.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 29, 2010, 08:44:51 PM
Well, I dunno, Bert, if all they're going to do is gossip and speculate then it hardly seems worth us going to the gig... particularly if the hotel's nice...  ;)

I quite agree. I'm sure we'll have a MUCH better time, and we'll be able to use the uniforms anyway.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 29, 2010, 08:52:21 PM
Do you need anyone to write a review ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 29, 2010, 08:55:35 PM
*munch, munch, munch....*
Sweet or salt popcorn, Simon?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 29, 2010, 08:56:49 PM
Do you need anyone to write a review ?

Well, I AM my own worst critic... ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on July 29, 2010, 11:15:23 PM
Well, I dunno, Bert, if all they're going to do is gossip and speculate then it hardly seems worth us going to the gig... particularly if the hotel's nice...  ;)

I quite agree. I'm sure we'll have a MUCH better time, and we'll be able to use the uniforms anyway.

Ooh, Bert! And you said you were't going to bother with a uniform!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on July 30, 2010, 08:58:32 AM
*munch, munch, munch....*
Sweet or salt popcorn, Simon?
I swing both ways Vicar.  :P ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 09:11:13 AM
Said the tart  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 30, 2010, 09:16:08 AM
You're in a fiesty mood today, James


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 09:26:42 AM
Something has corrupted my tiny little mind.

It's either driving for 6 hours yesterday, or having listened to evil rock music for about 11 hours in total  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on July 30, 2010, 10:01:15 AM
Something has corrupted my tiny little mind.

It's either driving for 6 hours yesterday, or having listened to evil rock music for about 11 hours in total  ;D

Was there any Judas Priest ? They've got backwards masked devil messages on you know. That would account for it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on July 30, 2010, 10:10:29 AM
Was he driving backwards for 6 hours?

Lawdy!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 10:26:21 AM
There was no Judas Priest, but there was a sampler cd from Tseirp Saduj - I think they are from somewhere in the Balkans.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on July 30, 2010, 10:32:00 AM
There's your problem - you've put the CD in upside down, causing it to play backwards.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 30, 2010, 03:41:56 PM
I'm just feeling generally low today, as I have been for the past couple of days. I have dispatched Season 8 of The Simpsons as a remedy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 04:13:49 PM
(http://www.wine-journal.com/wine-journal%20images/brian%20blessed%20flash%20gordon.jpg)
"Dispatch war rocket Ajax to bring back Mouse alive."

I appear to have mixed my quotes, but Brian will boom them out anyway.  Blessed, not May.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 30, 2010, 10:11:24 PM
I appear to have mixed my quotes, but Brian will boom them out anyway.  Blessed, not May.
Brian May may too....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 10:21:43 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1108/1219959142_d4fe234ee6.jpg)
"Dispatch war rocket Ajax to push him off"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on July 30, 2010, 11:51:20 PM
Ajax sounds like a brand of condom.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on July 30, 2010, 11:59:45 PM
(http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/ajax.jpg)

You're not going to need condoms if you get sexual with this stuff.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on July 31, 2010, 12:08:35 AM
Q: What do drummers use as a contraceptive?
A: Their personality


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on July 31, 2010, 12:30:21 AM
Q: What do drummers use as a contraceptive?
A: Their personality

ba doom tish


I'm a bit blue as we went to look at a house today, and it was disappointing.  going to take money we don't have to make it what we would want.  but, we've only just started really looking so, we'll be patient!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on July 31, 2010, 12:50:53 AM
I'm a bit blue as we went to look at a house today, and it was disappointing.  going to take money we don't have to make it what we would want.  but, we've only just started really looking so, we'll be patient!
Sorry to hear that.
You should be looking in the area across the road from The Peel...nowhere near as attractive as where you are now and a hellish commute for your day jobs...but think of the gigs! ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on July 31, 2010, 12:59:08 AM
that's a great idea!

/runs off to find a good UK internet real estate site....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 02, 2010, 01:59:42 AM
blergh. the young couple that we hoped would buy our house (which would then allow us to buy a wonderful house that we have found) have decided not to buy.  they were convinced by their hardly-objective parents that it wasn't right, which is a load of rubbish.  it would be perfect for them.

ah well. back to the drawing board. and the hoping...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 02, 2010, 09:43:36 AM
Awww mate. Sorry to hear about that but in the end it will be their loss as someone will no doubt pick up where they left off.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 02, 2010, 10:55:32 AM
thanks, Simon.  we're just hoping that we don't lose the house we want.  we can't buy until this one sells.

ah, well.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on August 02, 2010, 10:57:34 AM
My sympathies, Rog.

The buying and selling of property is a real minefield of ups and downs - I'm not too keen on going back to it any time soon, it has to be said.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 02, 2010, 11:13:14 AM
Indeed - I want to do it precisely ONCE more, and that's only because we want to move cities.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 02, 2010, 11:17:53 AM
we want to move cities.
I admire such ambition.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 02, 2010, 11:31:32 AM
we want to move cities.
I admire such ambition.
:)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 02, 2010, 11:33:15 AM
we want to move cities.
I admire such ambition.

I don't have the faith to move mountains so ambition will have to suffice  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 02, 2010, 12:02:28 PM
thanks, Simon.  we're just hoping that we don't lose the house we want.  we can't buy until this one sells.

ah, well.
Chin up, Rog - I'm sure it will turn out ok in the end. They do say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do.

So this (http://castlecairn.com/siteplan.html) is not your plan then?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 02, 2010, 12:09:34 PM
thanks, Simon.  we're just hoping that we don't lose the house we want.  we can't buy until this one sells.

ah, well.
Chin up, Rog - I'm sure it will turn out ok in the end. They do say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do.

So this (http://castlecairn.com/siteplan.html) is not your plan then?

Quote
Cape Foulweather

sounds lovely.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 02, 2010, 02:52:19 PM
We had it easy when we moved house(s). Because my Mum's a priest, it was the church who handled the houses and such. Still, I'm looking forward to not moving house at least for a very, very long time. Keep going, Rog. You'll find what you're looking for in the end.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 02, 2010, 03:14:54 PM
oh, we found what we're looking for, it's someone else that needs to find us, and fast!

 :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 02, 2010, 05:39:42 PM
"Dispatch war rocket Ajax to buy Roger's house!"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 02, 2010, 10:03:28 PM
Because my Mum's a priest, it was the church who handled the houses and such.

(http://www.megahaber.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/VATIKAN.JPG)

Bloody clergy always looks after itself ;)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 02, 2010, 10:08:45 PM
That's just the outside loo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 02, 2010, 10:12:07 PM
That's just the outside loo.

In my Father's house are many rooms.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 02, 2010, 10:18:00 PM
That's just the outside loo.

In my Father's house are many rooms.

"Each one of 'em got a fireproof floor"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 02, 2010, 11:03:44 PM
"Dispatch war rocket Ajax to buy Roger's house!"


heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 04, 2010, 11:22:21 AM
I've seen the weekend weather forecast for Cambridge.  Heavy rain.  Still, at least I can go home on Friday night and dry out.  I feel for those poor souls who will be bailing water out of their tents.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 04, 2010, 11:26:54 AM
Oh  :(

Might have to book a Travellodge...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 04, 2010, 11:41:23 AM
I sense a weekend with Toy Story 3 on the Wii coming on.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 04, 2010, 11:59:10 AM
I've seen the weekend weather forecast for Cambridge.  Heavy rain.  Still, at least I can go home on Friday night and dry out.  I feel for those poor souls who will be bailing water out of their tents.

It rained REALLY hard on the Thursday night at the Cambridge Rock Festival last year - they're not lucky with the weather. Still, the stages are under cover and the loos aren't bad... and there are some good bands playing this year! :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 04, 2010, 12:15:28 PM
The stages ARE under cover...which means once the standing areas in front of the stages flood on the Thursday they will never recover - could be a muddy Sunday  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 04, 2010, 12:33:19 PM
It dried out pretty well by the time we got there to play (it was still a little Somme-esque in place though). Fingers crossed for everyone that it turns out nice in the end.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 04, 2010, 12:42:16 PM
Wellies with shorts is always a good look.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 04, 2010, 01:31:44 PM
Especially if you are David Attenborough.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 04, 2010, 11:31:24 PM
Oh, you said wellies! Right, I'm up with the hunt now.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 05, 2010, 11:12:29 AM
Life is making me a bit blue at the moment. I get so angry at all the shit things that go on, - murderers of a 10 year-old boy serving only four years, a massively overprivileged knobhead saying that those who can only afford council houses should not have secure tenancies, even the stupidly little stuff like train failures that eat into my free time because of someone else's incompetence.

I get so angry about it and then I'm grumpy around the people who make it better (mostly Mme Cholet). Then I get self-loathing about treating the people I love badly.

I always snap out of it, but today is one of the dark days.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 05, 2010, 12:37:02 PM
When this happens to me I tend to warn people that it is going on as soon as I realise and then move away from them for a bit so they don't get caught in it.

As you say, it will pass. If you can, try and think yourself back to an excellent time in your life, to the point where you can feel as excellent as you did then. It may not last, but it can be a help.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 05, 2010, 12:40:14 PM
When this happens to me I tend to warn people that it is going on as soon as I realise and then move away from them for a bit so they don't get caught in it.

As you say, it will pass. If you can, try and think yourself back to an excellent time in your life, to the point where you can feel as excellent as you did then. It may not last, but it can be a help.

Or you could just get pissed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 05, 2010, 01:21:17 PM
Alcohol is a depressant. Not a good plan.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 05, 2010, 01:28:16 PM
I was expecting Bo-san to suggest you go and kill a few whales.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 05, 2010, 01:46:50 PM
I hear you, UnBu.  that and having someone you love going through it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 05, 2010, 08:25:59 PM
, a massively overprivileged knobhead saying that those who can only afford council houses should not have secure tenancies,

social housing head on... what knobhead? link?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 05, 2010, 09:27:27 PM
I was expecting Bo-san to suggest you go and kill a few whales.

For my Most honoured friend, James, a haiku:

A whale!
Down it goes, and more and more
up goes its tail!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 05, 2010, 09:36:20 PM
Still sounds like you're eating it  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 05, 2010, 09:45:48 PM
Oh dear! Group hug time  :)
I know it sounds shallow but sometimes it's the only way to be or else you go completely bonkers!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 05, 2010, 10:12:29 PM
That's what this place is for, isn't it - people who have gone completely bonkers?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on August 06, 2010, 05:49:38 AM
Alcohol is a depressant.

How come it makes me all happy and giggly then? I understand it being a soporific (being drunk is essentially your body not having the energy to process the alcohol so it sends your body to sleep bit by bit to allow energy to go where it's needed most) but largely, booze is great! And taken with a measure of sweet-fizzy-brown or sweet-fizzy-clear it makes most folks jump around like loons! FUN!  ;D ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on August 06, 2010, 07:59:39 AM
, a massively overprivileged knobhead saying that those who can only afford council houses should not have secure tenancies,

social housing head on... what knobhead? link?

The knobhead who (sadly) runs the country?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 06, 2010, 08:48:03 AM
Alcohol is a depressant.

How come it makes me all happy and giggly then? I understand it being a soporific (being drunk is essentially your body not having the energy to process the alcohol so it sends your body to sleep bit by bit to allow energy to go where it's needed most) but largely, booze is great! And taken with a measure of sweet-fizzy-brown or sweet-fizzy-clear it makes most folks jump around like loons! FUN!  ;D ;)

I'm not an expert, but I would guess it would be because you are not depressed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 06, 2010, 09:30:27 AM
I always imagined, talking as a complete ignoramus, that excess alcohol just emphasized your normal state.  Which for me would probably mean I'd be extremely depressed.  And that is a good reason for me to avoid alcoholic beverages.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 06, 2010, 10:30:00 AM
Hurrah - today the sun is shining and it's Friday. Well that's something good.

Thanks for putting up with my self-indulgent gloominess - I had a bit of Lego Harry Potter and a nice toasty bath and it's not so bloody awful if you don't watch the news for a day or so.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 06, 2010, 11:31:53 AM
, a massively overprivileged knobhead saying that those who can only afford council houses should not have secure tenancies,
social housing head on... what knobhead? link?
The knobhead who (sadly) runs the country?  ;)
"sadly"...is that cos he's pissed too?

I like the sound of a toasty bath but all that cheese can't be good for you....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 06, 2010, 02:04:46 PM
Just lost it big time with someone. In this instance my level of frustration boiled over when a guy who works for me turned his back and walked away during an important conversation. A red mist settled over my vision and people three blocks away could hear me tearing him a new arsehole. I hate myself when it happens as it's usually as much about me as it is with the poor sod that is the focus of my anger. The one thing guarateed to bug the hell out of me are people who don't pull their weight and the guy in question has been a malingering b8astard for all the time I've known him. 6 months of frustration in response to his lazy arse attitude poured out of me like a ruptured watermain.

Grrr  >:( and oops.  ::)




Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 06, 2010, 02:12:13 PM
better him than the wife.

but I definitely feel your frustration, Simon, both with him, and yourself, and I'm sorry.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 06, 2010, 02:21:57 PM
It's fine and thanks Rog. I think we've all encountered people like this guy in our lives. For my part, I can only hold it in for a certain length of time before things boil over which I guess is probably the same for a lot of us.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 06, 2010, 02:25:06 PM
However bad you feel about losing it, sometimes the release is good. From the sound of it this guy needed telling. People who care little enough to screw their workmates over with extreme slackness generally have thick skins. If they worried about what people thought of them they wouldn't be so workshy.

People are c****s - we're all lovely, but people are c****s. Sometimes they drag us down to their level, but so long as we start the climb back up straight away then we can rise above them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 06, 2010, 02:35:09 PM
my Dad always said, "I love humanity, it's people I can't stand."


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 06, 2010, 03:16:18 PM
There's a guy at my work who has a whole sack of potatoes on his shoulder about - well - stuff.

Eventually we had an enormous row (well, I sat and watched him while he shouted at me) and now I just act as if he doesn't exist unless he talks to me directly. Which he's learning not to do.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 06, 2010, 03:22:50 PM
Simon, I need you as my Customer Support Manager.

It wouldn't work, though, as you wouldn't be able to take me seriously as your boss ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 06, 2010, 03:51:13 PM
Simon, I need you as my Customer Support Manager.

It wouldn't work, though, as you wouldn't be able to take me seriously as your boss ;D
Work is work and play is play but maybe you are right. I feel we'd get on brilliantly but sooner or later, both of us would revert to the 21 year old prog geeks we know ourselves to be and I'm not sure that would help anyone.  ;D



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 06, 2010, 03:54:12 PM
Work is work and play is play but maybe you are right. I feel we'd get on brilliantly but sooner or later, both of us would revert to the 21 year old prog geeks we know ourselves to be and I'm not sure that would help anyone.  ;D
21 is pushing it a bit, Simon ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 06, 2010, 04:02:41 PM
Work is work and play is play but maybe you are right. I feel we'd get on brilliantly but sooner or later, both of us would revert to the 21 year old prog geeks we know ourselves to be and I'm not sure that would help anyone.  ;D
21 is pushing it a bit, Simon ;)

heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 06, 2010, 04:28:11 PM
careful Simon - those types are the ones that make complaints and sue  ::)  it's absolutely impossible to sack someone from our place for being lazy or incompetent but when you finally do - employment tribunals claiming everything from bullying to racial discrimination  ::)

I just swore in the chemist.  It closes at 6.30 and I got there well before then yesterday but they had locked the doors.  So today I get there before 5 and politely query why they had closed early.  Surly shop assistant looked at me blankly and shrugged.  When I asked if she was going to apologise or answer my query she ranted that she was processing my prescription, it was nothing to do with her and she couldn't do two things at once.  (obviously - that is why you are a shop assistant)  She still did nothing and then her supervisor came over and I asked again why they were closed early.  She shrugged her shoulders said she didn't know, ask the manager.  It was at that point I swore and walked off.

It's a crap chemist.  They often don't have my prescriptions when they should.  They blame the doctors not sending them there but I don't believe that.

But hey its Friday and only a week to my holiday!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 06, 2010, 08:09:07 PM
one of our three kitties didn't come home this morning.  no sign of him yet, which is a bad sign.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 06, 2010, 08:57:46 PM
Just lost it big time with someone. In this instance my level of frustration boiled over when a guy who works for me turned his back and walked away during an important conversation. A red mist settled over my vision and people three blocks away could hear me tearing him a new arsehole. I hate myself when it happens as it's usually as much about me as it is with the poor sod that is the focus of my anger. The one thing guarateed to bug the hell out of me are people who don't pull their weight and the guy in question has been a malingering b8astard for all the time I've known him. 6 months of frustration in response to his lazy arse attitude poured out of me like a ruptured watermain.

As others have said I think it is better to let the frustration out at regular internal to avoid a big  explosion. I used to work with a French-Algerian developer and we used to have so heated discussion/arguments that my manager set up a meeting so my colleague and I could sort out our differences as he put. When our manager told us the purpose of the meeting we looked at him and doubled over in laughter. The culture in other countries are different than over here. People are much more reserved and afraid of confrontation. I know this is a cliche, but it is true. My colleague and I actually got on famously, but as we did not behave to the norm my manager was used to, he misunderstood our relationship.

Sometimes I wish people could actually say what they mean and show some chutzpah. Let us all be more impudent!



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 06, 2010, 10:05:35 PM
Had a few conversations with our German colleagues about the bizarre dances we Brits go through at times.

Our emails to them typically contain things like "Sorry to bother you but I think there may be a problem with your software, would you mind taking another look at it?".

They would be quite happy if we said what we meant; "Your code is crap, try again.".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 07, 2010, 12:04:59 AM
one of our three kitties didn't come home this morning.  no sign of him yet, which is a bad sign.
Fingers crossed for the Kitten sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 07, 2010, 03:52:01 AM
Bah, woken at 4.30 am, though no idea by what.

However, we were planning to be up at 5.00 am anyway, to get a few miles on tbe clock towards St. Just before the world starts to wake up. So I'm having a cup of tea and enjoying it mightily, and as we packed the car last night, soon we'll be away!

Depending on whether the cottage next door have secured their router this year or not I may be popping in occasionally. Otherwise, see you all in a couple of weeks!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 07, 2010, 07:44:22 AM
one of our three kitties didn't come home this morning.  no sign of him yet, which is a bad sign.
Fingers crossed for the Kitten sir.
Any news?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 07, 2010, 01:05:40 PM
one of our three kitties didn't come home this morning.  no sign of him yet, which is a bad sign.
Fingers crossed for the Kitten sir.
Any news?
(hope it's good news... it's not nice when kitties don't come home)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 07, 2010, 01:12:35 PM
one of our three kitties didn't come home this morning.  no sign of him yet, which is a bad sign.
Fingers crossed for the Kitten sir.
Any news?
(hope it's good news... it's not nice when kitties don't come home)

sadly, a second morning with no cat.  trying to keep hopes up. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 07, 2010, 08:41:58 PM
Here's hoping the little fella turns up soon, Rog. Cats seem to be the sort of creatures who can really handle themselves.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 08, 2010, 08:51:50 AM
fingers crossed xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 08, 2010, 12:06:53 PM
Bah, woken at 4.30 am, though no idea by what.

However, we were planning to be up at 5.00 am anyway, to get a few miles on tbe clock towards St. Just before the world starts to wake up. So I'm having a cup of tea and enjoying it mightily, and as we packed the car last night, soon we'll be away!

Depending on whether the cottage next door have secured their router this year or not I may be popping in occasionally. Otherwise, see you all in a couple of weeks!

Have a good trip sir. Just kick back and relax because I think you've earned it. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 08, 2010, 02:36:35 PM
Cheers Simon :) So far, so good, into relaxation mode almost immediately!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 08, 2010, 03:54:59 PM
have fun!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on August 08, 2010, 07:38:26 PM
Even though iam on a diet,i`d thought i would treat myself to fish and chips at thorpe park.

What a mistake that was £4.95 for this as below:

(http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/213/dscf0325x.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 08, 2010, 07:51:50 PM
Did they actually cook it before serving?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on August 08, 2010, 07:55:42 PM
Did they actually cook it before serving?

Well mouse they did but it probably would have been better raw,i managed to scrape out some white bits though and dip them in mayonaise along with four chips.. :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 08, 2010, 09:35:40 PM
"Gach is best served live!"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 08, 2010, 09:36:15 PM
And Mark Gatiss is a ****. That is all. Thank you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 09, 2010, 12:28:36 AM
Say it ain't so! What's he done?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2010, 12:34:30 AM
Watch Sherlock and then you will know. He wrote this episode...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on August 09, 2010, 06:51:27 AM
Is this the new Shelock Holmes stuff that's on TV in the UK now and features old whatsisname form the office as whatsisname, Holmes' funny assistant? But all set in modern London. Is that it. Why is someone a ****?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 09, 2010, 07:03:17 AM
I think Rob may have been referring to the ending of last night's final episode of the 'series' (sorry, three episodes does not constitute a series) which was...well, no spoilers, eh? :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2010, 07:13:05 AM
Yes Wilf, that was exactly it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 09, 2010, 09:00:29 AM
What made me blue was all the people at the Cambridge Rock Festival (Richard Goff and David Robinson, you know who you are!) who kept telling me that they had heard The Big Red Spark and what a great album it is - and I've still not heard it yet.  :'(

It's really not kind to rub someone's nose in it like that.  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 09, 2010, 09:31:27 AM
Yeah - and they, apparently played a small part to the CRS people, who reported back to James that it was very good and unexpected.  I'm not suggesting that there is any link between those adjectives.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2010, 10:02:37 AM
That belongs in "what made me smile" :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 09, 2010, 10:07:16 AM
We should start a 'what makes me want to kill people' thread.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 09, 2010, 10:25:44 AM
We'll start with "people"  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 10, 2010, 01:56:12 PM
The network printer in the office - currently printing off 6 copies of a 75 page document, and jamming between each page it prints.

And not jammin' in a good way  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 10, 2010, 04:14:13 PM
Just for you James.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffCmFDzaYyQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffCmFDzaYyQ)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 10, 2010, 05:19:39 PM
still no kitty. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 10, 2010, 09:46:24 PM
still no kitty. :(

That's crapper than crap ((((((((((((((( :-[)))))))))))))))))))))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on August 10, 2010, 09:49:17 PM
Going back a while when i move house about ten years ago my cat "Benny" went missing for two weeks but still appeared back again a little scruffy but in good health.So dont give up hope.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 11, 2010, 12:18:06 AM
(http://www.thekittenchannel.com/images/benny.png)

If Benny can do it....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 11, 2010, 04:06:14 AM
Just for you James.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffCmFDzaYyQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffCmFDzaYyQ)

Or this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_wZQJYlo0)

And being on call made me blue. I am now very tired. And my poor new team member who only joined us today(yesterday) will be alone in the office today. I am hoping Rob will keep him amused.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 12, 2010, 08:28:54 PM
Looks like I won't be able to get to Touchstone's gig at The Borderline next month.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 12, 2010, 08:30:55 PM
Why not, Mouse ?

There may be ways and means.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 12, 2010, 08:53:01 PM
Any reason, Mouse?  You can come stay with us if you wish.  Sara's room is available.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 12, 2010, 09:58:55 PM
Any reason, Mouse?  You can come stay with us if you wish.  Sara's room is available.

Is it now?  :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 12, 2010, 11:29:52 PM
It's money, I'm afraid. A severe lack of.

Thanks for the offers of help though, fellas.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 13, 2010, 06:18:41 AM
Any reason, Mouse?  You can come stay with us if you wish.  Sara's room is available.

Is it now?  :P
OK - so Sara is my 18 year old daughter, who generally lives with her mother a couple of streets away from my house.  She sometimes visits.  She is currently working as a bouncer at Legoland before, hopefully, heading off to university in the distant north, at a place called Birmingham.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 13, 2010, 07:44:57 AM
She is currently working as a bouncer at Legoland

(http://www.foxnomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/girl-jumping-in-bouncy-castle.jpg)

That has to be my dream job, bouncing all day as a job.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 13, 2010, 08:45:58 AM
She is currently working as a bouncer at Legoland

(http://www.foxnomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/girl-jumping-in-bouncy-castle.jpg)

That has to be my dream job, bouncing all day as a job.
:D :D - love it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 13, 2010, 09:17:57 AM
After having 2 children, bouncy castles and trampolines are to be avoided :-[


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 13, 2010, 12:06:49 PM
Bo, wait til that little girl has finished before you jump on there, she doesn't look properly dressed for going into orbit.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 13, 2010, 04:41:09 PM
Idiots and incompetents just need to give me a clear berth for the forseeable future, if they value their lives.

(this does not affect anyone on here, btw)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 13, 2010, 04:46:17 PM
Lawyers, guns and money. The s*** has hit the fan?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 13, 2010, 04:52:02 PM
Fed up with my life being made harder because of the idiots and incompetents I have to deal with, and especially the smug ones who believe themselves to be superior, and the ones who are supposed to be providing assistance but instead increase the workload.

I am supposed to be on holiday next week.  I will already not be on holiday on Monday.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 13, 2010, 05:48:22 PM
I have a killer, vomit-inducing(sorry) migraine, that nothing seems to be touching.  not happy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 13, 2010, 06:32:43 PM
Drink lots of water and stay away from computer screens!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 13, 2010, 08:14:47 PM
As a migraine sufferer, when nothing is working to get rid of it, I feel that avoiding the computer just makes you more miserable.  I know it isn't helping but it sure beats lying in the dark.

I hope it goes soon, is it stress induced due to missing kitty?  Is kitty back?

My wmyb today is bras.  36E. Men might think that's great but my back and bank balance doesn't.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 13, 2010, 08:30:12 PM
My wmyb today is bras.  36E. Men might think that's great but my back and bank balance doesn't.

Speaking for my gender I can say with certainty that we stopped reading that post after 36E. (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=29127625)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 13, 2010, 08:33:17 PM
 ;D 



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 13, 2010, 09:31:35 PM
My wmyb today is bras.  36E. Men might think that's great but my back and bank balance doesn't.

Speaking for my gender I can say with certainty that we stopped reading that post after 36E. (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=29127625)

yes, thank goodness you put that as the last sentence, ash!

I'm feeling better, thank you all.  not 100% yet, but getting there.  naps, excedrin, ibuprofen, a shower, and ice cream, and yes, water!  obviously, I can't stay away from the computer, but I did for awhile!

sadly, no, the kitty (Tham) hasn't returned.  it's always a risk, living where we do (in the woods) to have our cats go outside, and over the years, we have lost some.  but it's always so sad, especially to lose such a special kitty as Tham.  well, they're all special, aren't they?



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 14, 2010, 02:52:33 AM
It's 3.50 in the morning, I woke up an hour ago and try as I might I can't get back to sleep. In this tiny cottage you can hear everything that's going on, so I'm currently listening to someone snoring (think it's Y rather than H).

Bah!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 14, 2010, 09:39:20 AM
So I went to M&S to change the bras and then got some pants n socks for the husband.  Got to the till - couldn't pay as I had transferred all my cards n cash to my holiday purse - DOH!!  :-[


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 09:49:29 AM
Will we have to wait until you get back from your holiday to fnd out if you nicked them and did a runner via their emergency chute...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 14, 2010, 09:59:56 AM


My wmyb today is bras.  36E. Men might think that's great but my back and bank balance doesn't.



Agreed!! xx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 14, 2010, 10:32:15 AM
Passing thought for Miss Purr - replacements were 36F!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 11:38:25 AM
Yes, that will only result in thoughts on here for Miss Purr  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 14, 2010, 01:05:50 PM
Passing thought for Miss Purr - replacements were 36F!

Crikey love! Do M&S still charge extra for DD+ bras? I never did quite understand it, it's not like we chose to have big tits they just grew!

Yes, that will only result in thoughts on here for Miss Purr  :D

I leave the sensible comments to those that are sensible. Everyone knows I have a brain but they don't always know I have big tits  ;) ;) ;) ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 01:11:31 PM
I should clarify...I meant there will be many more on here than just you who are provoked into all sorts of thoughts when confronted with the code '36F'


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 14, 2010, 03:11:19 PM
I leave the sensible comments to those that are sensible. Everyone knows I have a brain but they don't always know I have big tits  ;) ;) ;) ;D

Well they do now!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 14, 2010, 10:00:50 PM
Being on call :(

I stopped being on call on Thursday but due to a couple of call outs, I was really knackered today and had to leave during the intermission at the Twelfth Night gig at the Peel tonight. It would not have been safe for me to drive if I stayed to the end.

I had not heard any Twelfth Night before, but after tonight's performance I need to buy some CDs I think. They kicked ass.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 11:10:13 PM
I did wonder how on earth can a Bo hide in The Peel.  Damn, sorry to hear you had to go.  I won't tell you how storming the second half was.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on August 14, 2010, 11:20:31 PM
I did wonder how on earth can a Bo hide in The Peel.  Damn, sorry to hear you had to go.  I won't tell you how storming the second half was.

James go on make him feel even worse lol :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 14, 2010, 11:37:12 PM
I did wonder how on earth can a Bo hide in The Peel.  Damn, sorry to hear you had to go.  I won't tell you how storming the second half was.

James go on make him feel even worse lol :-)

At least I got some decent shots.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4891719007_bc4f25dac8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/4891719007/)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 11:39:19 PM
That would be cruel, although as he does not know the material he will not appreciate just what he missed in Creepshow, Blonde And Fair and the Collector.

I did also manage to give Alan Reed a flyer for the Luminaire gig, but he only appeared for part of one song in the encore, so not too much to be disappointed about.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 15, 2010, 12:30:51 AM
It's nice to know they found their form. I love TN to bits.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 12:32:41 AM
They really did - it was an excellent performance.

I have a horrible feeling this may well be it for them, though  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 15, 2010, 12:48:26 AM
They really did - it was an excellent performance.

I have a horrible feeling this may well be it for them, though  :(

Why?

(This post is just an excuse to post this photo)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4891902315_033684b648.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/4891902315/)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 12:53:55 AM
I think they have each moved on in their lives - half of the live band is not 'the band' anyway.  I am sure the band would continue to exist and release (old) music - and Brian clearly has plans for that - but I think live gigs are a different matter. It would be a real shame, because The Peel was packed tonight, but then it has always been a real shame they were not the ones who broke through back in the day...

(that pic of Andy is stunning, by the way)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 15, 2010, 01:57:50 PM
I don't like the Andy Sears material anywhere near as much as what they did with Geoff, but that's probably the old fart in me speaking. Although XII has its moments far too much of it just sounds like Simple Minds or something.

And I think James is right - Brian and Clive are both extremely busy with their dayjobs, and Andy Sears lives in Spain. The others in the 'current' live band are all essentially just hired hands. And Andy Revellnis missing. a huge part of their sound.

Glad they played a blinder at the Peel, though - I'd hate to think that the show I saw them do was the final word.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 02:05:51 PM
There's not necessarily anything 'wrong' in sounding like Simple Minds, and I could understand what they were doing at the time, trying to stretch boundaries, and it should have worked.  Damn Virgin.

If last night was the last UK gig then it was a fitting send off.  Still a shame, but an understandable one.

Mark Spencer was obviously made up I had a couple of La Host demo tapes for him to sign, and then even more made up when I produced the bootleg tapes I had made of their gigs at The Marquee - he has taken them away to see what he can do with them, and I am eagerly awaiting the results.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 15, 2010, 03:00:12 PM
I leave the sensible comments to those that are sensible. Everyone knows I have a brain but they don't always know I have big tits  ;) ;) ;) ;D

Well they do now!

Hurrah!

I'm sulking because my weekend off is almost over!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2010, 03:02:11 PM
I wish I could get back to work. My third and final college/university year doesn't begin until late September.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 17, 2010, 11:53:09 AM
Grrr...Frost* forum is unresponsiive here at work. :(
I wonder if Jem has unplugged it so he can plug-in a new gadget....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on August 17, 2010, 12:32:35 PM
It's working fine for me Pedro


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 17, 2010, 12:42:45 PM
yup, I was just there.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 02:29:56 PM
Maybe Pedro has been banned by the Copland estate...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 17, 2010, 02:39:07 PM
One of my little ones has broke my window buttons. Poor Cubby   :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 02:46:15 PM
I can understand each one of those words, but when they come together in that sentence... ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 17, 2010, 02:51:14 PM
"Little ones" = one of my weekend staff.

"Window Buttons" = The buttons that make your window go up and down.

"Cubby" is my VW Fox!

Sorry babe!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 17, 2010, 03:06:05 PM
There's a whole world out there that I know nothing about.

I do like cakes though.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 17, 2010, 03:16:44 PM
yup.  my interpretation was pretty wrong, too!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 17, 2010, 03:53:49 PM
Sorry my lovelies, I didn't realise I was speaking in riddles!

It would make perfect sense to my close friends! xxxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 17, 2010, 04:06:38 PM
well, it makes sense now!  so does that mean we're close friends?  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 17, 2010, 05:24:25 PM
I do like cakes though.  ;D
I'll see if I can lay on some cake for the interview. Do you have a favourite flavour or variant?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 17, 2010, 06:15:09 PM
I love you all xxxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 17, 2010, 06:19:06 PM
I'm very keen on fondant icing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 06:44:27 PM
The last three posts above me are simply wonderful together  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 17, 2010, 06:52:44 PM
My laptop is not charging anymore.

It looks like it is time to invest in a new one.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 17, 2010, 08:07:00 PM
I'm very keen on fondant icing.
Cup cakes...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 17, 2010, 08:50:54 PM
I do like cakes though.  ;D
I'll see if I can lay on some cake for the interview. Do you have a favourite flavour or variant?
Are you going to make cakes for the gig Wilf?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 08:54:43 PM
Oooh cakes from Wilf and cookies from Nellie.

I'm definitely going to (be trying to) go to this gig  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 17, 2010, 08:57:33 PM
Oooh cakes from Wilf and cookies from Nellie.

I'm definitely going to (be trying to) go to this gig  ;D
I thought I was making a cake (which is not chocolate audio).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 17, 2010, 08:59:20 PM
Have you found the cookie recipe, Nellie?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 17, 2010, 09:09:16 PM
Who is bringing the Roast Pheasant with Clementine, Onion and Sage Stuffing?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 17, 2010, 09:15:29 PM
Have you found the cookie recipe, Nellie?
Yes (phew) it was in a secret place.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 09:18:28 PM
So Nellie is making cake and cookies (and hopefully not using up all the bad eggs which Neil does not buy, so we have some left for the end of the set) - is anyone down for potato salad yet ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on August 17, 2010, 09:19:02 PM
The friend of a friend who decided to tell me this afternoon that she thought £20 was too much to pay for an 8x12 print of Valentino Rossi, after I'd already posted the print this morning as she needed it quickly for her boyfriends birthday.

That's the last time I rush something out for a friend without ensuring I have the money first :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 17, 2010, 09:24:18 PM
I'll see if I can lay on some cake for the interview. Do you have a favourite flavour or variant?
Are you going to make cakes for the gig Wilf?
No, he's going to lie down on some. ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 17, 2010, 09:25:38 PM
Sorry to read that, Mike - I really hate it when stuff like that happens.  It's not as if she could have gone into a shop and behaved like that, and it is just a betrayal of trust  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 17, 2010, 09:26:31 PM
The friend of a friend who decided to tell me this afternoon that she thought £20 was too much to pay for an 8x12 print of Valentino Rossi, after I'd already posted the print this morning as she needed it quickly for her boyfriends birthday.

That's the last time I rush something out for a friend without ensuring I have the money first :(
That is so wrong! You have her address though......


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 17, 2010, 09:42:34 PM
My laptop is not charging anymore.

It looks like it is time to invest in a new one.
That happened to Huw's laptop, Bo, and we got It fixed for twenty quid.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 17, 2010, 09:46:57 PM
Are you going to make cakes for the gig Wilf?
Well, I'm better at scones - Yvette is the cake-baker. Hmmm...I'll give it some thought ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 17, 2010, 10:04:09 PM
My laptop is not charging anymore.

It looks like it is time to invest in a new one.
That happened to Huw's laptop, Bo, and we got It fixed for twenty quid.

So far I have changed the keyboard, cd drive and hard drive on this laptop. I think it is time for a new one. Hell with all the money I am making as a prog rock photographer I can get a top of the range one. Oh ... wait ...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on August 17, 2010, 10:13:55 PM
The friend of a friend who decided to tell me this afternoon that she thought £20 was too much to pay for an 8x12 print of Valentino Rossi, after I'd already posted the print this morning as she needed it quickly for her boyfriends birthday.

That's the last time I rush something out for a friend without ensuring I have the money first :(
That is so wrong! You have her address though......

Yes I do, she has said she will send the print back to me but I guess I'll have to wait and see she might think 66p is too much to pay for postage ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 18, 2010, 04:48:07 AM
Dark mornings  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 18, 2010, 08:42:14 AM
I am a very stupid man.  >:(

I broke the lock on one of the front windows of my house last night and I've now had to take a day off in the hope that I can get it repaired by a guy before my wife gets home tonight and notices what I've done.

I'm currently scoring very highly on the Tw*t-o-meter.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 18, 2010, 08:55:21 AM
Surely the breakage was a result of you foiling a raid by an armed gang of flying monkeys - medals all round !
(http://www.megacoolstuff.com/TheFlyingMonkey/TheFlyingMonkeys200.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 18, 2010, 09:23:50 AM
Yes..that's probably what happened.

(http://img.listal.com/image/1186868/500full.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 18, 2010, 11:42:46 AM
does she check the locks often?  how about a diversionary tactic?  shave your head or something?  wear two different shoes?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 18, 2010, 12:16:25 PM
Are you suggesting that Simon normally wears two identical shoes?

Does he literally have two left feet?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 19, 2010, 04:07:25 PM
I am hungry.  Tonıght my husband wıll have to get hıs gut out wıth the belly dancers.  I hope everyone eats fırst...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 19, 2010, 05:04:05 PM
Cornwall has decided to be nasty for the final couple of days of our hols. Very windy, driving rain and quite frankly chilly. I think we might cross the road to the local pub in a bit, taking a puzzle book with us.

Fortunately we have sausages from this place (http://www.vivianolds.co.uk/) for tea.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 19, 2010, 05:39:10 PM
Ooh now that place looks great. Nom, nom, nom, nom.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 19, 2010, 05:58:51 PM
Ooh now that place looks great. Nom, nom, nom, nom.
We had a long chat with the proprietor this morning - he does a delivery to a place in London every week and says he'd deliver a box of stuff to us for not very much money. Now that there's room in the freezer...

...and his bacon is the best I've ever had, no kidding...

(The sausages were great, by the way, and Yvette made onion gravy)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 19, 2010, 08:00:52 PM
A butchers with their own website.  Wow.  I suppose it's what they have to do to survive.

When I was first married, we lived in Alton in Hampshire which is a small market town - maybe 10k people.  In the town there were 3 butcher shops, a couple of greengrocers, two or three bakers and so on.  I wonder how many there are now.  There aren't any butchers or greengrocers in Wokingham, and the only bakers is one that sells sandwiches and cakes to office workers.  It makes be rather nostalgic for the days when we would walk to town, go around all the different individual shops and buy what we wanted.  Now I just dash around Sainsbury which isn't even in town and throw what I need into the trolley. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on August 20, 2010, 07:26:31 AM
When I was first married, we lived in Alton in Hampshire which is a small market town...

Crikey - my Grandparents lived in Farringdon, just outside Alton. Endless weekends, sumer holidays, easters and Christmases spent as part of the forced child labour team, forever weeding their garden which was unofficially the largest in Hampshire. It's why i hate gardening now.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 20, 2010, 08:29:38 AM
But you still like butchers, yes?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 20, 2010, 11:08:56 AM
"As a youth I used to weep in butcher's shops..." (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094336/quotes)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 20, 2010, 11:12:14 AM
Le grand garçon est dans la boucherie.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 20, 2010, 04:54:52 PM
We've just been getting stuff packed and in the car ready for the drive home tomorrow so there's a slight gloom descending about returning home after a really nice holiday and the return to work (for me, at least) on Monday.

But holidays wouldn't be holidays if they didn't have an end, and in some ways I'll be happy to be back home. There's a lot of exciting stuff happening over the next few months - as Simon said a few days ago, it's an exciting time to be into proggy sorts of music, and I'm looking forward to getting back to doing my little bit for it all in the next TEP.

So onwards to a blistering autumn and winter season!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 21, 2010, 02:16:42 PM
Yes - I feel an air of the end of summer drifting in.  I hate this time of year, it makes me sad to think that another summer has drifted by.  But on the upside, it is 3 weeks before Kilburn and 7 before Summers End.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 21, 2010, 03:33:23 PM
I think my general lack of cash is getting me down right now. All these wonderfull looking albums popping up all over the place, gigs I still need to sort out travel to and from, gigs themselves to pay for, a certain album to pre-order... All on a waiting list. It wouldn't be a problem if my worthless ex-property managers pulled their finger out and sent me my bond money back (about £200 I was told) for the flat that I no longer inhabit. It's now been well over two months since I returned my keys, and I've heard nothing from them. I've just sent a rather annoyed Email, and if I still don't get a form of response, then I know where they are and I will go Malcolm Tucker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjAyazqtQj8) on them. Arseholes. At the end of the day, it's my money in their account and I want it back.  >:(

And Student Finance have sent me yet more f*cking forms to fill out. It seems that filling out two identical forms, including addresses, birth details, a birth certificate, addresses and contacts of both parents, Mum's tax information and college course information still isn't enough to verify I am who I say I am. They now want someone who knows me but isn't related to confirm I am who I say I am. For f*ck's sake. When will it end?! Next, they'll want another person to verify the identity of the person, who had to verify my identity, who bought the cat to catch the rat that lived in the house that Mousey built!  >:( >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 21, 2010, 03:39:09 PM
Point them to your Wiki page for verification of your existence  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on August 21, 2010, 04:39:05 PM
That's the downside of being a student.  I know of a student who lives rent free, has his meals supplied, gets transportation to and from college paid, goes to about 50 gig in a year (someone else pays) and has access to all the wonderful new music being released.  The identity of this mystery student will remain hidden.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 21, 2010, 07:34:53 PM
And Student Finance have sent me yet more f*cking forms to fill out. It seems that filling out two identical forms, including addresses, birth details, a birth certificate, addresses and contacts of both parents, Mum's tax information and college course information still isn't enough to verify I am who I say I am. They now want someone who knows me but isn't related to confirm I am who I say I am. For f*ck's sake. When will it end?! Next, they'll want another person to verify the identity of the person, who had to verify my identity, who bought the cat to catch the rat that lived in the house that Mousey built!  >:( >:(

If you need me to verify who you are, you need only say the word, Mouse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 21, 2010, 10:59:57 PM
That's the downside of being a student.  I know of a student who lives rent free, has his meals supplied, gets transportation to and from college paid, goes to about 50 gig in a year (someone else pays) and has access to all the wonderful new music being released.  The identity of this mystery student will remain hidden.

Oooh, I would really hate someone like that if I ever met them  >:(

Lucky for them they do not come on here  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 22, 2010, 01:36:13 PM
My boy has contracted an ear infectıon and he was booked to go divıng tomorrow.   :(  I am going in his place now  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 22, 2010, 06:56:55 PM
Won't they notice?













...I'm not helping, am I?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 23, 2010, 01:42:45 PM
If you need me to verify who you are, you need only say the word, Mouse.

Cheers bud, but I think we have already someone sorted. If ever all my evidence of address, contacts and identity is not enough to prove I am who I am again (  ::)  ), then I'll give you a shout.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 25, 2010, 11:41:00 AM
The conference call has started.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 25, 2010, 04:21:18 PM
we had one of those today. Despite us telling the dilberry organising it that we had no responsibilities for thing X, had no influence over thing X and COULD NOT HELP THEM WITH BLOODY THING X.

The only good part was that I wasn't on it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 25, 2010, 05:26:37 PM
This weather is now really starting to annoy me. I don't mind staying every day but my 2 boys are going mad!!! They need to be let out every day for a run around otherwise I end up drinking too much!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 25, 2010, 05:33:00 PM
You only really have 1 boy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on August 25, 2010, 08:03:42 PM
You only really have 1 boy.
Oh but one looks bigger than the other one. Is that because I'm on my side?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 25, 2010, 08:04:56 PM
One is small, but the other is far away.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 25, 2010, 08:25:13 PM
 :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 25, 2010, 10:58:53 PM
that exchange is pretty nearly as good as the owls.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 26, 2010, 09:30:19 AM
Masive overreactions to a stupid woman putting a cat in a bin.

Wrong, yes, but why is people's default response to "wrong"to issue death threats.

I blame the Internet.

Death to the Internet!

(http://www.whereistheoutrage.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/dead-computer.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 26, 2010, 09:39:21 AM
Where's the Mouse ? What have you done with the Mouse ???
(http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/8/10/hasbinwaitin4128628582218235421.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 26, 2010, 12:09:28 PM
Heard this morning that Here & Now's van was stolen last night - containing the drum kit, guitar amp and bass amp. And they're off to Hawkfest to play tomorrow. Not good.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 26, 2010, 12:24:08 PM
That's not good  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 26, 2010, 02:50:56 PM
Aww that's crap. My symphathies go out to them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 26, 2010, 09:44:37 PM
I know it's generally wrong to nick other people's stuff (really generally wrong!), but it's just not on to nick a musician's gear. That's their livlihood and passion you're taking away from them, like nicking brushes from a painter, a the notebook from a JamesA.

Anyway, heartfelt sympathy to the band. Hope they find the git(s) who took it.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on August 27, 2010, 05:53:31 AM
Heard this morning that Here & Now's van was stolen last night - containing the drum kit, guitar amp and bass amp. And they're off to Hawkfest to play tomorrow. Not good.

That's amazingly shitty . This is one of the reasons why we, as a band, try to never leave anything anywhere unattended where it might get lifted. We've been known to empty entire cars full of gear into unsuspecting Travelodges at 1am, just to make sure nothing gets pinched.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 27, 2010, 09:31:49 AM
My Raichle shoes, which I've worn pretty much every day since I got them about eight years ago, have finally given up the ghost. The right shoe is now letting in water to an alarming extent. They were probably the best ninety quid I ever spent - before that I'd always bought cheap shoes, but I can now see the value of getting decent ones.

So it's off to Ellis Brigham at lunchtime to seek replacements. Raichle are called Mammut now, I understand.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 27, 2010, 09:57:27 AM
The right shoe is now letting in water
Bloody hippies
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Iv_2k1rnKko/SrmMVrTKghI/AAAAAAAAANs/WUEiBZWjFXM/s320/neil_holef.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 27, 2010, 11:36:32 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Iv_2k1rnKko/SrmMVrTKghI/AAAAAAAAANs/WUEiBZWjFXM/s320/neil_holef.jpg)

Mike Rutherford's not looking too well, is he?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 27, 2010, 11:38:20 AM
Have you heard something Mouse or just seen a recent photo?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 27, 2010, 11:45:24 AM
I'll edit my post...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 27, 2010, 11:52:04 AM
I'll edit my post...
Is that the interweb equivalent of getting your coat  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 27, 2010, 12:29:08 PM
Waiting for the bloody postman.... ggrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 27, 2010, 12:32:36 PM
I'll edit my post...
Is that the interweb equivalent of getting your coat  :D

It is now!  :D  *retrieves coat, leaves*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 27, 2010, 01:00:13 PM
Waiting for the bloody postman.... ggrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
What are you waiting for?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 27, 2010, 01:04:16 PM
Waiting for the bloody postman.... ggrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
What are you waiting for?

The postman, obviously, Simon!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 27, 2010, 01:10:21 PM
It's not been a great day so far....on the way back from getting new shoes (that was a result, I got a really good pair at a sale price) walking through Baker Street station I tripped on a step and went flying. Came down quite heavily - at first I thought I might have grazed my leg quite badly (it felt like it) but fortunately I haven't - just stings a bit.

Now I'm going to eat my lunch, hopefully without injuring myself further...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 27, 2010, 01:16:05 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31W6ASB5ZWL._AA280_.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 27, 2010, 01:16:57 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31W6ASB5ZWL._AA280_.jpg)
;D

"You yellow bastard! I'll bite your legs off!"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 27, 2010, 01:49:51 PM
http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/26082010/19/cowell-downs-spark-lawsuit.html

part of me wants Cowell taken down a peg or two, but all of me wants to slap this twit about the head and neck with a couple of herring.

Grrr - people!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 27, 2010, 02:47:55 PM
I'm glad they didn't have a picture.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 27, 2010, 02:51:40 PM
True, it is horrendous
(http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01095/SNN30TV3_05_1095483a.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 27, 2010, 02:54:09 PM
When I first scanned it I was thinking "huh, more nonsense about a silly TV programme". But then you realize....a man in his late fifties?

That's into Chinese Elvis impersonator territory, that is...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 27, 2010, 02:58:03 PM
If you don't want to know the results then look away now

(http://estb.msn.com/i/15/6A478BEE88144EEA4AA045BB73.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 27, 2010, 03:01:11 PM
Grrr - people!
People are fine, Unc. It's other people who are the problem.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on August 27, 2010, 03:18:25 PM
Grrr - people!
People are fine, Unc. It's other people who are the problem.

"The people - the things - "
"The things are *also* people..."
"The people - the - other people - "


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 27, 2010, 03:55:09 PM
I love humanity, it's people I can't stand.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 27, 2010, 04:03:27 PM
When I first scanned it I was thinking "huh, more nonsense about a silly TV programme". But then you realize....a man in his late fifties?

That's into Chinese Elvis impersonator territory, that is...

(http://www.chineseelvis.com/Resources/AOLbanner.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ɹǝʇsɹoɟɾɹ on August 27, 2010, 04:04:09 PM
That's into Chinese Elvis impersonator territory, that is...
But he can do Elwis more effishontrie that eny of you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nlW5jcK9mQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nlW5jcK9mQ&feature=related)
at 7:33
But watch the whole thing, Sledge Hammer is fantastic.


Cheers

Rick


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 27, 2010, 04:12:51 PM
That's into Chinese Elvis impersonator territory, that is...
But he can do Elwis more effishontrie that eny of you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nlW5jcK9mQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nlW5jcK9mQ&feature=related)
at 7:33
But watch the whole thing, Sledge Hammer is fantastic.


Cheers

Rick


Especially the special effects.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 28, 2010, 07:46:12 AM
Waiting for the bloody postman.... ggrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
What are you waiting for?

I was waiting on a friends birthday present, but typically it's gonna be late doh!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 28, 2010, 01:57:37 PM
I am so very incredibly angry. Student Finance again. This time, they want official documents on my Mum's divorce (because they don't believe her) and a letter from her taxman, because an official stamp with all of his official stuff on it to say that all the information is legit isn't enough (because they don't believe him).

This now beyond a joke. I would find it less irritating if this was the first time I was applying, but I've been using their services for the last two f*cking years. I'm now convinced that they are being purposefully difficult for no justifiable reason other than they are behaving like complete and utter c*nts.  >:(

If I ever meet someone from Student Finance, it's going to be like a bar fight. They're going to get a pool cue up their arse, a glass in their eye, and another pool cue in their other f*cking eye.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 29, 2010, 06:33:37 AM
you will feel even angrier when it starts coming out of your paypacket  >:( >:(

Hello - I'm blue cos its forecast to be 16 degrees with heavy rain and I have spent the last two weeks in 45 degrees  :(

I also have a washing mountain and the night flight has made me very tired.   Thankfully its a bank holiday tomorrow but I have to do panic uniform buying.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 29, 2010, 09:45:17 AM
Gah! I don't have a panic uniform either! Where can I get one!!  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 29, 2010, 09:46:25 AM
Gah! I don't have a panic uniform either! Where can I get one!!  :o

It comes with the VIP version of the Big Red Spark.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 29, 2010, 02:06:41 PM
The Big Red Spark will come with a free thought, which you can use to build your own Machine.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 29, 2010, 03:09:38 PM
I just got a call from my mother informing me that my favorite uncle has died. It was not a big shock as he was 94, but I am still sad.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 29, 2010, 03:14:28 PM
Sorry to read that, Bo


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 29, 2010, 03:15:51 PM
At least he had a full life and was lucid to the end.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 29, 2010, 03:35:52 PM
Well at least that's a small comfort - sorry for your loss Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 29, 2010, 03:52:22 PM
Yes, sorry to hear that Bo. Our thoughts are with you mate but I'm happy to hear that he had a good life.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on August 29, 2010, 03:59:10 PM
I'm very sorry for your loss, Bo. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 29, 2010, 04:10:40 PM
Sad news, Bo - our sympathies.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 29, 2010, 04:18:32 PM
Sorry Bo.
94 and lucid is marvellous....I hope that we all get that far.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on August 29, 2010, 04:38:37 PM
I'm sorry, Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 29, 2010, 06:38:48 PM
Sorry Bo.
94 and lucid is marvellous....I hope that we all get that far.

are any of us lucid still?  ;D

thoughts with you Bo xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 29, 2010, 06:49:24 PM
I was just thinking that being lucid and having a full life is two up on most of those who go to The Peel  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 29, 2010, 07:07:41 PM
the volume of posts in the "other bands" - have got through the other boards but don't think I will be bothering to catch up with that one


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 29, 2010, 07:09:49 PM
Good.  You will miss all the comments made about you, so our plan to hide them within Other Bands has worked.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on August 29, 2010, 10:59:32 PM
The death of 13 year old Peter Lenz who was racing in one of the motogp support races at Indianapolis today :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 29, 2010, 11:11:27 PM
Oh man,   :( Rest In Peace Little 'un.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 30, 2010, 01:13:58 AM
Thank you all for your comments. I am not a man who believes in mourning, I am more partial to celebrate the life of someone who has passed.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mACqcZZwG0k)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 30, 2010, 01:30:50 AM
Well, if it's a proper wake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiHNyo8MsTM&feature=related) you're after, then this lot will give you one, and no mistake !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on August 30, 2010, 08:07:24 AM
Sorry to hear your news Bo.

Also very sad to hear of the death of a child in a motorcycle race. It seems daft to say it but motorcycling (in any form, as Rich Harding [and I too] will testify) is not like sitting in an armchair. But those who do it, do it in the full knowledge that it's dangerous. Which is some of the appeal. While it's awful for his family and friends that this young lad has been lost, I feel a little less sad than maybe I should, knowing that he went doing something he loved and something that probably made him grin like a fool at every corner, along every straight and every time he overtook another competitor. That young boy probably lived more in his short 13 years than many do in an entire lifetime.

Rest in peace chap.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 30, 2010, 08:44:52 AM
Thomas Cook wouldn't of let him  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 30, 2010, 11:44:48 AM
The notion and method that the Irish employ to celebrate the life of those who have died i.e. have a good party, is one of the most civilised concepts that humankind has invented. When I pop my clogs, I'd like to think that my friends and family would see me off with a beer in their hand and a smile on their faces, jigging about to some decent tunes.

It would be the best compliment anyone could give me.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 30, 2010, 11:50:39 AM
I found another clip of the same track, but what I love about this one are the shots of the crowd - there is not one person who is not bouncing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgY_Lz09ZE), and as you say, Simon - that's the way I want my send off to be.  With someone taking copious notes, natch.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on August 30, 2010, 12:01:37 PM
...and writing them up when no-one can remember being there? ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 30, 2010, 12:05:44 PM
Oops.  I actually printed off the review I wrote of The Pineapple Thief from their album launch gig, and in a normal type it was 5 and a half sides of A4...so now I know why they seem to be taking so long - that's more than I used to write in exam essays at Uni  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on August 30, 2010, 12:08:31 PM
When I go, I want my body to be placed on a viking longboat. While the boat makes it way out to sea, I want my friends to shoot fire arrows and set the boat ablaze. All while this song is playing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiyC125Cuck) And then I want everybody to party like it is 799.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 30, 2010, 12:09:58 PM
I'll be getting the Brazilian Bruvvas over for that one \w/


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 30, 2010, 06:49:32 PM
When I go, I want my body to be placed on a viking longboat. While the boat makes it way out to sea, I want my friends to shoot fire arrows and set the boat ablaze. All while this song is playing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiyC125Cuck) And then I want everybody to party like it is 799.

Cremate me the cheapest less pompous way you can think of. I really don't care what happens to me after I'm dead lol!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 30, 2010, 11:24:14 PM
The podcast keeps coming to an end.

What I really need is a self-contained version of the last hour without the chatting.  I wonder how I could get something which would do that...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 31, 2010, 10:31:55 AM
That's just madness James. Who would attempt such a thing?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 31, 2010, 01:50:25 PM
I said the womble, with my copy of Sony Audio studio.

I will have that new album on my iPod

although I will of course do you and Wilf the courtesy of listening to the podcast version first.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 31, 2010, 02:20:56 PM
I said the womble, with my copy of Sony Audio studio.
Blimey, Unc, you're sophisticated - I use Audacity.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on August 31, 2010, 02:23:31 PM
Bastard tossers !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 31, 2010, 02:24:42 PM
That's rich, from a lawyer :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 31, 2010, 02:25:31 PM
I was used to using Sound Forge at work in a previous job, so the outlay for the Sony Audio Studio meant I could hit the ground running.

I record a CD for Mme Cholet's birthday each year as a sort of record of the year just gone, with chopped up songs/bits form telly progs etc. (in which it is possible that Tinyfish may appear for the first time) and I need a reliable audio editor that I know inside out.

@James - you can't call me a bastard, my mother loved that milkman  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on August 31, 2010, 03:38:49 PM
Why UB, you old romantic you.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 31, 2010, 03:48:42 PM
I've got a copy of Sound Forge buried away somewhere - nice bit of kit.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on August 31, 2010, 08:12:03 PM
Watchng my whole knee blow up blue/black. I really have 2 left feet and took a tumble today....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on August 31, 2010, 08:14:46 PM
 :( 

Is it the same knee you did something to before?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on September 01, 2010, 05:40:53 AM
:( 

Is it the same knee you did something to before?

No, I guess it was my left knees's turn....  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 01, 2010, 06:15:24 AM
I think you need to stop sniffing the yeast


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 08:07:45 AM
I woke up after having less than four hours sleep feeling cold and generally poo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 08:55:41 AM
That'll teach you to fall asleep while listening to The Big Red Snooze outside...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 01, 2010, 12:33:28 PM
Sorry to hear that Sara. Get well soon m'luv.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 02:36:48 PM
I'm now even more blue as my nine year old copy of the Floyd's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is fecked.  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 01, 2010, 03:06:50 PM
Aww mate. Is it a CD copy?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 03:08:23 PM
Is it fecked in the philosophical sense that Bert has now made you see it in a different light ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 01, 2010, 03:18:41 PM
I'm now even more blue as my nine year old copy of the Floyd's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is fecked.  :'(

you need one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skip-Doctor-DVD-Repair-Device/dp/B00005B9W6

I have one and although the CD looks more scratched afterwards than before, it actually fixes it...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 04:01:58 PM
I was going to get round to replacing it sooner or later. Some twat ruined the booklet years ago, but now I've got a proper excuse to buy a new one. A different twat ruined the boxes of some of my other Floyd albums years ago, too.

I don't think I was ever liked at school.  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 01, 2010, 04:19:10 PM
yeah. You know how every school has a School Bully? I was the School Bullied.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on September 01, 2010, 06:07:31 PM
Sorry to hear that Sara. Get well soon m'luv.  :(

Thanks honey! mmwah! xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on September 01, 2010, 06:53:51 PM
Apologies in advance if this comes across as a selfish rant, given all that is going on in the world and all the people less fortunate than me, but I need to vent...

I work for a company, which will remain nameless, as an "Employed Consultant' on client sites generally giving the client the benefit of my huge brain and unparalleled industry experience  ;D

I started working for them, against my better judgment, in November last year, as having lost my job at a major high-street Bank (who will also remain nameless) I needed the work. One of my t&c's was a 5% retention bonus if I completed a year continuously at the client site at 90% utilization.

I found out today that they take holiday entitlement and bank holiday's into consideration when working out the utilization figure which means that you don't have much margin left in terms of unforeseen absences before you miss the 90% target.

They very kindly told me today that the 15 days I've had off due to having had a heart attack means that I won't get my bonus in November, as well as not being paid either.

I'm mildly peeved.

Thanks for listening, I feel a lot better now.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 01, 2010, 07:14:04 PM
 >:(  not good, no apologies needed and in no way a selfish rant


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 07:16:08 PM
Why are they not paying sick pay ?

Are you an employee or not ?  Is this utilisation document an employee document or specifically within your contract ?

Happy to look for any loopholes which might exist...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 01, 2010, 07:25:22 PM
the tosser has his uses


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 07:27:41 PM
And so do I.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 01, 2010, 07:31:32 PM
I am just trying to get to 2000 posts in the same way that you got to 4000


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 07:34:45 PM
Through the art of insult ?

It's one way to do it.  Just watch out for Mr Manning - I think I annoyed him.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on September 01, 2010, 07:46:34 PM
Why are they not paying sick pay ?

Are you an employee or not ?  Is this utilisation document an employee document or specifically within your contract ?

Happy to look for any loopholes which might exist...

Thanks James. I may well have to go to law I think. I just need to work through some details first


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 08:24:43 PM
Why do good people end up working for w*nkers.  >:(  Hope you can get the issue sorted out quickly and cleanly, Bert.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 01, 2010, 08:29:07 PM
Why do good people end up working for w*nkers.
Because I needed an assistant.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 01, 2010, 08:34:43 PM
Why are they not paying sick pay ?

Are you an employee or not ?  Is this utilisation document an employee document or specifically within your contract ?

Happy to look for any loopholes which might exist...

Thanks James. I may well have to go to law I think. I just need to work through some details first

More power to your elbow, Bert.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 01, 2010, 09:39:15 PM
that sucks, Bert.  good luck to you. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 01, 2010, 10:05:27 PM
Yes that's really sh*tty Bert. Give 'em hell.

Hell, give 'em James.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 11:02:39 PM
Yes that's really sh*tty Bert. Give 'em hell.

Hell, give 'em James.  ;D

We here have Bert, who gave them Hell, who gave them James, who gave them law, who gave them court, who served them damages, who came from the place where Bertie worked.

...That's sh*t, isn't it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 02, 2010, 07:11:30 AM
Sounds like they neeed publicity. Presuming you are looking for other work as this company has turned out to be a bunch of c...s then a well placed phone call could get a story even in a local paper.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 02, 2010, 02:35:26 PM
Sounds like they neeed publicity. Presuming you are looking for other work as this company has turned out to be a bunch of c...s then a well placed phone call could get a story even in a local paper.

Sir, you are machiavellian in your malevolent and manipulative machinations. Marvellous!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 02, 2010, 03:21:08 PM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 02, 2010, 03:54:44 PM
The 'What made you smile?' thread.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 02, 2010, 03:55:24 PM
That's just cuz you don't understand, isn't it, James?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 02, 2010, 03:59:41 PM
Yes.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 02, 2010, 04:00:40 PM
Would you like me to make you a sandwich?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 02, 2010, 04:02:15 PM
Sandwich cake  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 02, 2010, 04:02:49 PM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!

So probably not the time to mention that in 1987 I walked the Pride march with my lesbian friend wearing a wedding dress and off my head on LSD.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 02, 2010, 09:27:31 PM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!

So probably not the time to mention that in 1987 I walked the Pride march with my lesbian friend wearing a wedding dress and off my head on LSD.

that was you?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 02, 2010, 09:30:03 PM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!

So probably not the time to mention that in 1987 I walked the Pride march with my lesbian friend wearing a wedding dress and off my head on LSD.

Ahh well never again then uncle Bulgaria..???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 02, 2010, 10:28:22 PM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!

How about "Mate"?

Anyway, everything's a bit gloomy for me recently. No reason, just one of these turns. Just got be put up with it and ride it out. Wheeee.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 03, 2010, 07:14:34 AM
The alliteration could have been improved somewhat if you had addressed UB as "Madam", but I expect that would probably have upset him!

So probably not the time to mention that in 1987 I walked the Pride march with my lesbian friend wearing a wedding dress and off my head on LSD.

Johnny H - you are my ABSOLUTE FUCKING HERO!  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on September 03, 2010, 07:10:47 PM
When you tell me "ok i'm emailing you in a few minutes! cheers" I don't expect to still be waiting for the email over an hour later ::)

I'm impatient at the best of times but this is news I've been waiting for grrrr


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 03, 2010, 07:43:51 PM
I found a Unitopia album in HMV! Yay! They wanted £16 for it. W*ankers!  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 03, 2010, 08:10:32 PM
And how much do you think the band gets of that. One of the reasons why I have stopped buying music from HMV.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 03, 2010, 09:26:45 PM
The M1.

Didn't get to the Touchstone gig  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 03, 2010, 09:30:29 PM
That sucks.
Getting there from Nottingham on a Friday evening was just one of the logistic hurdles that stopped us going.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 03, 2010, 09:37:25 PM
Suddenly came to a standstill - and it was an early start for the gig with a 2230 curfew, so I was always going to be cutting it fine after my day was 'arranged' for me.

Definitely need to sort out next Friday a lot better.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 03, 2010, 10:07:06 PM
Shame not to see you, James - next Friday, I hope :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 03, 2010, 10:07:46 PM
I will be leaving the office at 0901 next Friday...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 05, 2010, 04:12:23 PM
There wasn't a huge turnout for the DAM / ARK gig in Maltby last night - which is a huge shame because both bands played an absolutely blinding set. DAM have evidently been practising hard since the Cambridge Rock Festival, with some extra shred-tastic bits on some of the songs. I was completely blown away by Secret Lives and Promised. And Ark were great - I wasn't really sure what to expect, and hadn't listened to any of their material before the gig, but as the band contained both a drummer (Tim Churchman) and bas player (John Jowitt) that I rate highly, I was hoping for good things, and wasn't disappointed. They're another prog band without a keyboard player, but they make very good use of a guitar synth.

I really hope the audience is bigger in Bilston tonight.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on September 05, 2010, 04:29:07 PM
Having to report on a motor bike race that sadly saw another young racer lose his life, just a week after 13year old US racer Peter Lenz died at Indianapolis, Today saw 19 year old Japanese racer Shoya Tomizawa tragically killed at the Misano Moto 2 race.

RIP Shoya:


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4768366044_8b6710801a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeevstog/4768366044/)
Shoya Tomizawa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeevstog/4768366044/) by MikeEvstog (http://www.flickr.com/people/mikeevstog/), on Flickr


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 05, 2010, 04:39:14 PM
I read that sad news earlier and it reminded me that you had only posted recently about another similar tragedy  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 05, 2010, 05:53:09 PM
There wasn't a huge turnout for the DAM / ARK gig in Maltby last night -

arK were always a smaller draw back in the day so it is not surprising.  The nostalgia draw of Pallas and Twelfth Night is wearing thin I think.  I used to like arK for Tonys stage stuff and looking at the pics he still is doing that.  I can wait til Summers End.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 05, 2010, 08:24:09 PM
student loan co has found me  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 05, 2010, 08:31:04 PM
H's revenge  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 06, 2010, 08:22:27 AM
A founding member of rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed onto his van.

Cellist Mike Edwards died after the 94 stone bale careered down the side of a steep Devonshire field before it smashed through a hedge and onto the road.  The 62-year-old died instantly in the accident on Friday afternoon.  Police are now investigating whether the bale may have fallen from a tractor working on farmland next to the A381 in Halwell, near Totnes. They believe the musician was killed after the loose bale gathered momentum as it rolled down the hill before landing on the front cab of his white van.  He is understood to have swerved into a similar vehicle as he was struck, at around 12.30pm. The second driver was unhurt in the collision.

Sergeant Steve Walker of the Devon and Cornwall police traffic unit, said: "This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO.  We have used photographs and YouTube footage to identify him but we now need help contacting his family for formal identification. We don't believe he was ever married and we have identified an ex-girlfriend but she is currently abroad."

Officers were hoping to contact a man named David in the Yorkshire area who is believed to be Mr Edward's brother.  The musician is understood to have no immediate family but may have taught cello in Devon.  Police, who are liaising with the Heath and Safety Executive, have asked his students to contact them if they have any further information about his relations.           


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 06, 2010, 08:29:55 AM
I'm not sure what the saddest bit of this story is - that he lost his life in the accident, or that he has so little family. That's a real shame, on both counts.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2010, 08:58:28 AM
I'm not sure what the saddest bit of this story is - that he lost his life in the accident, or that he has so little family. That's a real shame, on both counts.

Talk about bizarre farming accident :-(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 06, 2010, 10:17:15 AM
This new broke my heart a little. Our Mr Edwards was part of the team that recorded propably my favourite early period ELO album On The Third Day.

RIP sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 06, 2010, 10:32:20 AM
ELO were my first "favourite" group when I first got into music.

Another sad loss after Kelly Grocutt last year.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 06, 2010, 11:41:18 AM
When I first starting reading that I thought it was James being silly.  What a shame.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 06, 2010, 12:12:50 PM
very sad.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 09:17:29 AM
Having been stood at the platform at Stratford station trying to get on any sort of transport into Central London is not doing anything positive for my temper.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 09:20:00 AM
It's madness on the roads today as a result of the tube strike as well Wilf. I saw two stand up arguments between car drivers on the short 20 minute ride to work this morning.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 07, 2010, 09:21:39 AM
Did they only start arguing after you sailed past them with a cheery wave? :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 09:23:35 AM
I wasn't going to mention that....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 09:26:03 AM
I'm rapidly reaching the 'turn around and go home' point. If I didn't have a new boss who is a bit of an unknown quantity about these things I wouldn't have waited this long.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 09:36:17 AM
I wouldn't blame you sir. I guess the District line is your only way there and back isn't it?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 09:39:38 AM
Yes, thats pretty much it at the moment - that or an overground to Liverpool Street from Stratford, but they're just as rammed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 07, 2010, 09:41:21 AM
I remain of the opinion that if the rail workers want to strike they should be made to do it from their place of work, so they have to go through the same misery as the commuters.

Maybe having to make the journey with banners round their necks saying 'striking rail worker'  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 07, 2010, 10:00:57 AM
I remain of the opinion that if the rail workers want to strike they should be made to do it from their place of work, so they have to go through the same misery as the commuters.

Maybe having to make the journey with banners round their necks saying 'striking rail worker'  ;D


I am a branch secretary for the union where i work and it is a difficult one as far as unions are concerned especially striking.

It is normally taken as a last resort,but unfortunately these days striking does not really have any effect whatsoever apart from alienating the public from the real cause.

Unions in themselves seem to have little power these days and the only real way forward is negotiating round a table and being in a position to have a voice that is heard.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 07, 2010, 10:13:19 AM
I know we should be gunning for the banks, but we have to deal with the fact that we've got a Tory government and the banks are off the hook.

That being the situation I don't know why the rail unions think their workers are a special case. I work in the public sector and we will be getting a pay freeze and large numbers cut from our budgets which means at least no replacements on leavers and probably redundancies, voluntary or otherwise.

The simple fact is that since the Oyster card there isn't as much need for ticket office staff. This isn't the same as station staff, there are still station staff.

I agree that strike action generally doesn't work, but this one in particular makes me angry at the staff and to think less of them, as I think they are living in cloud cuckoo land (or the 1970's).

Oh and Bob Crow should be pecked apart by the brids with whom he shares a name (those Bob birds can be vicious)

And I generally support unions and collective strength and the right to strike - it's just that these b*stards seem to take relish in it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 07, 2010, 10:16:38 AM
oh you tricky forumites! I'm not getting involved this time!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 10:19:16 AM
Oh yes you will!

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/12/05/Twankey460x276.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 07, 2010, 10:22:20 AM
no I won't. I'm not opening my mouth about politics again.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 10:30:44 AM
Well, I'm back home now, and trying to be as productive as my anxiety about what New Boss will say.

What's the worst they can do, anyway? Sack me - then I'll start my career as a prog DJ properly. In absolute poverty, of course... ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 07, 2010, 10:32:35 AM

And I generally support unions and collective strength and the right to strike - it's just that these b*stards seem to take relish in it.

I agree "Unity Is Strength"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 07, 2010, 10:33:22 AM
I have had to travel into the City from the other end of the Metropolitan Line through too many strikes to retain any sympathy for whichever cause they pin to their last mast.  It generally comes down to everything will affect health and safety, so the public should be scared, very scared.  I think the pubic are bored, very bored, and I think Bob should have a walk through London on one of the strike days to find out what the public really think.  It becomes even more annoying when the strike 'day' has an affect on the previous day and on the day after.

And Wilf's position is a good example of how they have an absolute disregard for the employment status of anyone who might have to use their services - though clearly everyone who works in London is a fat cat capitalist fascist enemy of the workers  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on September 07, 2010, 10:33:46 AM
Getting bounced around from tour manager to US PR person to UK PR person trying to get photo access for some upcoming gigs


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 10:44:32 AM
And Wilf's position is a good example of how they have an absolute disregard for the employment status of anyone who might have to use their services - though clearly everyone who works in London is a fat cat capitalist fascist enemy of the workers  ::)
That's me :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 07, 2010, 10:51:08 AM
I'm just a big-boned cat  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 07, 2010, 11:08:31 AM
The thing that gets me with these strikes is when someone gets up and says "we're very sorry and we're trying to keep disruption to the public to a minimum".  Humpff.  this is the purpose of the meeting.  I'd have much more sympathy if they were honest - "we know that this is going to mean that no one will be able to go to work.  But that's not our problem, is it?"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 07, 2010, 11:25:49 AM
I think ranting about tube strikes is allowed  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 01:04:40 PM
I discovered yesterday that my auntie Eileen has died. She lived up near Preston, Lancashire and was practically a second mum to Jem and myself when we were growing up as we spent a lot of our summer holidays up there around the late 70s/early 80s. Mum has taken the ferry over from the Isle Of Man today in order to go to the hospital where her body is currently being held so she can be formally identified (I've no idea at all how one emotionally deals with such a situation). I feel for our mum too as Eileen was one of the last remaining close family members from her generation. Poor Mum and poor Eileen.  :'(



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 07, 2010, 01:06:36 PM
Sorry to read that, Simon, and my thoughts are with you.  It is hard when it is any family member, but especially hard when there is that bond.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: PeterF on September 07, 2010, 01:06:46 PM
My deepest condolences Simon and Jem


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 07, 2010, 01:09:46 PM
Sorry to hear that sad news Simon. It's horrible to realise someone we loved so much will not be around any more, but always helped by remembering the great times we had with them.

I know that's a cliche, but it helped me out when we lost my nanna last year.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 07, 2010, 01:41:26 PM
Sorry to hear this news, Simon - my thoughts are with you and your family.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 07, 2010, 01:49:38 PM
Sad news, Simon, I was so sorry to hear about your loss.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on September 07, 2010, 01:53:27 PM
Simon, so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you and your bruv and your Mum are doing OK


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 07, 2010, 02:29:37 PM
hugs to the Godfreys xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 03:56:28 PM
You are all wonderful, wonderful people.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 07, 2010, 04:08:36 PM
Hugs x


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 07, 2010, 04:11:39 PM
I'm sorry, Simon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 07, 2010, 04:57:01 PM
Hugs for you and your family Simon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 07, 2010, 07:12:31 PM
Hugs to the Godfreys from here as well xx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 07, 2010, 07:50:49 PM
It's an awful thing to have to deal with and distances never help.
Add our hugs to the supply as required. :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 10:48:35 PM
Thanks again boys and girls. We really appreciate it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 08, 2010, 05:50:58 AM
Simon iam really sorry to hear such sad news. There is never a right thing to say in these situations but my thoughts are with you and your family.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 08, 2010, 07:45:06 PM
My deepest condolences to you Simon, Jem and the Godfreys.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on September 09, 2010, 08:06:18 PM
Sorry to hear that honey, lots of love to you and your brother. Endless strength to mum to have to deal with the viewing xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 12, 2010, 12:23:20 AM
jubilee line
people who take whiney kids to gigs
people who take whiney girlfriends to gigs

 ::)

Muse were good btw.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 12, 2010, 12:40:45 AM
So what you are saying is that being on the tube makes you blue.

 ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 12, 2010, 07:48:22 AM
So what you are saying is that being on the tube makes you blue.

 ;)

Depends on which line she takes. In this case I would expect it made her grey.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 12, 2010, 08:38:07 AM
I always think of it is silver.  As in silver jubilee. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 13, 2010, 10:47:30 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 13, 2010, 10:54:34 AM
You're too good for a blurred credit that no-one can read  :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 13, 2010, 10:56:34 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 13, 2010, 11:00:06 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(

no no, I'm an idiot!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 13, 2010, 11:10:35 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(
Is this a "Spartacus" moment or a "Life of Brian" moment?

no no, I'm an idiot!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 13, 2010, 11:13:47 AM
You included your comment within the quote - you're an idiot !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 13, 2010, 11:23:52 AM
That's because he's an idiot...  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 13, 2010, 11:32:19 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(
Oh sorry, I didn't see that.
Everyone knows I like to hold a grudge for ages, I like the adreneline rush so I might mention it once or twice in the future ;)

I know you love me really ;D :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 13, 2010, 11:40:08 AM
To quote Marge Simpson - "Lisa, you're a woman you can hold onto that anger for the rest of your life"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 13, 2010, 11:41:02 AM
You included your comment within the quote - you're an idiot !
I blame the website makeover and the fact that I am using the wrong browsers (Gromit)...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 13, 2010, 11:42:34 AM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(
Oh sorry, I didn't see that.
Everyone knows I like to hold a grudge for ages, I like the adreneline rush so I might mention it once or twice in the future ;)

I know you love me really ;D :-*

Oh noes! Nellie has brought out...

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:KmFjEJTO324D0M:http://www.andreaharner.com/NYC11.07_Goldfish_Orange1.jpg)

...the Goldfish of Drama!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 13, 2010, 01:49:40 PM
No "thank you" on the sleeve :'(

Yes as stated in my 'Sorry' post. All I ask is that you don't blame the other guys as this was totally my fault for not proof reading the copy m'luv.

I'm an idiot!  >:(

no no, I'm an idiot!

We're all idiots. We all read it. We all "proofed" it. We all had a say about who should be listed and not one of us remembered Nellie. This was a band effort and such it was a band omission. However, since Paul is Nellie's big brother I suggest it is he who should be punched in the arm or given a chinese burn. Or a dead leg.

Sorry Nellie.  ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 13, 2010, 01:57:10 PM
At this point I should just like to distance myself from the band  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 13, 2010, 02:00:10 PM
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100913/tuk-teen-banned-from-us-for-barracking-o-45dbed5.html

Oh dear. The land of the free indeed. I thought the paranoid overreaction was supposed to have left office with GWB.

(for our American firends - I love you but your administrations are as f**ked up as ours - which is a lot.)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 13, 2010, 03:55:24 PM
My back isn't very good today. The Tube promises to be a giggle....poo, basically!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 13, 2010, 03:59:38 PM
I understand the Tube can be a lot of fun.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 13, 2010, 04:29:11 PM
I understand the Tube can be a lot of fun.
I heard that many different things can be seen on the tube.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 13, 2010, 05:35:19 PM
The London Underground; so useful and yet so uncomfortable. Just like handcuffs.

...sorry did I say that out loud?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 13, 2010, 06:20:35 PM
The London Underground; so useful and yet so uncomfortable. Just like handcuffs.

...sorry did I say that out loud?
You did, Simon, and I for one am now making scurrilous assumptions about your private life ;)

The Tube was a bit pants tonight, multiple signal failures on the Jubilee line, but now I'm home and about to try to get my iPhone to work as a controller for Ableton Live.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 13, 2010, 06:29:36 PM
Ah fiddling with music technology; the panacea for all ills.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 13, 2010, 06:35:59 PM
Ah fiddling with music technology; the panacea for all ills.  ;D

I like the word panacea a cure all,think we need one for modern man.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 13, 2010, 06:52:15 PM
Ah fiddling with music technology; the panacea for all ills.  ;D

I like the word panacea a cure all,think we need one for modern man.

I have this machine I've been building...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2010, 07:09:12 PM
I understand the Tube can be a lot of fun.
I heard that many different things can be seen on the tube.

I spoke to Twang today to order tickets for Fish.  I am aware of my best friends actions.   Tis fine.  If I can't pay the fine I shouldn't have committed the crime.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 13, 2010, 07:39:55 PM
I understand the Tube can be a lot of fun.
I heard that many different things can be seen on the tube.

I spoke to Twang today to order tickets for Fish.  I am aware of my best friends actions.   Tis fine.  If I can't pay the fine I shouldn't have committed the crime.

Sarah - I have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about.  I did bump into Matt (I assume that you are referring to Matt) but all he told me was that he is planning a two day MattFest next June.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2010, 07:46:35 PM
paranoia

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs658.snc4/61869_426979641330_708751330_5498765_4550519_n.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 13, 2010, 07:55:13 PM
Were you showing your ID again, Sarah?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 13, 2010, 09:10:52 PM
I have no idea who any of those people are.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 13, 2010, 09:19:12 PM
Ah fiddling with music technology; the panacea for all ills.  ;D
It's made me stupidly happy this evening :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 17, 2010, 03:08:39 AM
being on call

i am not up early ... i am up late  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 17, 2010, 09:38:18 AM
The idiot across from me telling everyone just how much she got done working from home yesterday - how about you feck off back there today as well  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 17, 2010, 10:47:30 AM
Having a flat tyre on my bike and knackering my right knee the day before a walking holiday in the Cotswolds.

Bums.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on September 18, 2010, 03:34:28 PM
My photo editing is being delayed as the graphic card in my oldest PC has died, and I've had to swap out the graphic card on the PC I do my photo and video work on as I need access to software that's only on the old pc this weekend.

So now have to shop around for a new graphic card for my photo/video editing pc


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 22, 2010, 03:25:24 PM
I've had far too much coffee today, and I'm feeling as rough as a camel's scrotum as a result.

Furthermore I spent three hours in a meeting with the FD today which could have taken 30 minutes if he wasn't such a bloody windbag.

Oh, and one of my two deputies has resigned. She's got a better job much closer to home so I'm pleased for her, but I could do without the layers of complication that recruiting a replacement is going to to introduce.

Incidentally, are there any Project and/or Development managers out there with experience in the higher education sector?

Bah.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 22, 2010, 03:31:03 PM
"Higher than an education, you say..."
(http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2008/08/01/bruce460.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 23, 2010, 12:28:37 PM
What is the point of gutteral singing?

I am just listening to Opeth - Dirge for November from the latest CRPP CD. Excellent song, but I hate it when the gutteral singing begins.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 23, 2010, 12:32:13 PM
It's to add contrast and texture, and (I am convinced) to take the piss  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 23, 2010, 12:36:53 PM
Or all the singers are actually Vogons.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 23, 2010, 04:35:46 PM
They are bidding for a spot on the "Never mind the Buzzcocks" mis-heard lyrics round.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 23, 2010, 07:11:09 PM
Am I the only one who finds Wilf's new avatar disturbing?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 23, 2010, 07:37:01 PM
Or all the singers are actually Vogons.

Apathetic bloody forum, they have no sympathy at all.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 23, 2010, 07:40:02 PM
I've had a nasty turn with good old depression for the past two weeks or so, which explains my lack of posting nonsense recently. No clue where it came from, or even if I'm out of it, but if there's one thing that makes me smile, it's Tinyfish and the Fishtank. Right, keep calm and carry on...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 23, 2010, 08:15:30 PM
Am I the only one who finds Wilf's new avatar disturbing?
:D :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 23, 2010, 08:16:42 PM
I've had a nasty turn with good old depression for the past two weeks or so, which explains my lack of posting nonsense recently. No clue where it came from, or even if I'm out of it, but if there's one thing that makes me smile, it's Tinyfish and the Fishtank. Right, keep calm and carry on...
Group hug Mousey (((x)))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 24, 2010, 05:41:40 PM
Thanks, Nells.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 24, 2010, 06:22:20 PM
I've had a nasty turn with good old depression for the past two weeks or so, which explains my lack of posting nonsense recently. No clue where it came from, or even if I'm out of it, but if there's one thing that makes me smile, it's Tinyfish and the Fishtank. Right, keep calm and carry on...

Mouse keep your chin up,i can at times also suffer and it is a difficult thing to try and explain to anyone who hasn`t been through it. Glad you are back posting.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 24, 2010, 06:34:32 PM
been there, Mouse, and sadly, sliding back at the moment.  so, brothers-in-arms.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 24, 2010, 06:55:36 PM
My ISP is now traffic shaping me as I have downloaded over 4 GB today. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 24, 2010, 07:01:16 PM
I had to authorise redundancy payments at work today  :(

Also, last week another member of finance died and it was her funeral today.  It wasn't as traumatic for me as when my other colleague died as she has been ill for a while so it wasn't a shock.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 24, 2010, 07:45:38 PM
My ISP is now traffic shaping me as I have downloaded over 4 GB today. :(

Tell them you are shaping lives and shaping worlds :-)

(Our bollocky new company slogan. My reaction was "Terraforming? Cool!")


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 24, 2010, 08:43:34 PM
Tell them you are shaping lives and shaping worlds :-)
(Our bollocky new company slogan. My reaction was "Terraforming? Cool!")

The reason I was breaching my download limit is that Civilization V was released today. And yes I have been shaping lives and shaping worlds. In my first game I won a domination victory and unlocked the Exterminate! Exterminate! achievement :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 24, 2010, 09:24:10 PM
been there, Mouse, and sadly, sliding back at the moment.  so, brothers-in-arms.
Oh no you don't! C'mon, join the hug (((((((x))))))))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 24, 2010, 09:39:02 PM
thanks, nellie!  well, I got my TBRS tshirt today, so that helped!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 24, 2010, 10:02:41 PM
And if you get cold tonight you can burn it  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 24, 2010, 10:34:07 PM
Hugs to Rog and Mouse...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on September 25, 2010, 06:30:11 AM
And if you get cold tonight you can burn it  ;D

Big red flame?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 25, 2010, 07:51:19 AM
Big repeat sales  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 25, 2010, 08:19:08 AM
I've had a nasty turn with good old depression for the past two weeks or so, which explains my lack of posting nonsense recently. No clue where it came from, or even if I'm out of it, but if there's one thing that makes me smile, it's Tinyfish and the Fishtank. Right, keep calm and carry on...
Group hug Mousey (((x)))

Depression. Seen as a female affliction but (I seem to recall hearing) it's more likely to be suffered by men. We just don't talk about it or seek help for it.

I can't say that I've ever suffered from what would be termed clinical depression but I have had some very low periods. However, my ex-wife suffered terribly from bouts of energy-sapping depression and was, for a while, on medication. And do you know what helped her more than anything else? Exercise.

It rarely helps to tell someone who suffers from depression to "pull themselves together and get on with it" because it doesn't work that way. However, pulling yourself together and getting on with it, seems very often to be the key to not quite solving the problem but at least getting on the road to solving it. The brain is really good at fooling itself - give it something else to do and it quickly forgets the thing that was bothering it initially. Add to that the endorphin hit from exercise and you have the beginnings of a recipe for getting things back on track.

My ex began walking. Short walks to begin with. Then they got longer and longer. Then they got quicker. Light jogging. The runs became longer and longer and the more she ran, the better she felt about herself - eventually not just because of the endorphins but also because of her self-image, feelings of achievement, feeling physically fit and healthy and finally being able to sleep at night.

I'm not going to tell anyone to pull themselves together and get on with it. But the support and understanding that my ex had from me is available to anyone here who needs to talk about stuff and needs some encouragement.

I really hope none of that sounded to pious and holier-than-thou.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 10:11:12 AM
I want to write something but my husband is hovering - four computers in the house but he needs this one


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 25, 2010, 10:59:19 AM
That sounded great Jim - and confirmed that about exercise and depression that I had previously only suspected.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 11:27:55 AM
Anyway - fluoxetine aka generic prozac - it's great!

But on the whole what Jim said is correct, but it doesn't have to be exercise, just making yourself do anything helps. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 01:27:56 PM
and this is some fb nonsense which I actually agree with - not enough to press like but it is apt here

Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 25, 2010, 03:01:19 PM
Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long.

I'll remember that one. I like it.

Jim, all you said was great indeed. When I lived in my flat in Hull City Centre, I used to go for walks all the time, mainly because I couldn't bear to stay in a place inhabited by loud Performing Arts people, but also to clear my head. I used to walk to an Asda which was one or two miles away, and with time, my walks got longer. I changed my route so that I was walking along with the Humber, usually at night or late evening. I saw some spectacular skies and sunsets. It was that combination of movement, location and music (I go everywhere with my music) that helped me think about what was going on, have a breather and, in a few cases, let some of it out. In his book Ghost Rider, one of the reasons Neil Peart takes off on his motorbike is to keep his Little Baby Soul quiet and calm. He found movement very comforting. I think it tends to be the same with most people.

I've moved house, so that walking route of mine is no longer open to me (without spending money on bus fare). I need to find a new walking route, which shouldn't take too long. There's a footpath which I think goes all the way to Hornsea on the coast, so I'm definitely not cut off from everywhere (which is what it was like oop North near Middlesbrough). I think I'm out of the dark part of the woods now, and college starts for true on Monday, so I'll have plenty to look forward to and focus on soon.

Thanks, everyone. And if I fall into trouble again, there's usually a Tinyfish gig every few months or so, and they are guaranteed to make me smile.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 25, 2010, 03:46:40 PM
Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long.
That phrase reminds me so much of my Dad. He was a particular type of Northern Male (if you'll excuse the stereotype). Generous to a fault, moved heaven and earth to support his family (including working in the Middle East away from them for fifteen years because he couldn't get a job at home), but felt he had to be 'strong' to the point where he felt displaying any kind of weakness was the most abject failure.

He suffered from mental illness for long periods of his adult life. His first breakdown happened after the death of my brother (eighteen months my junior) from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three. I don't remember much about it myself (my only memory is of my Mum telling me that Ian had died, after which I lost about six months of any sort of recollection - before that I can remember stuff quite well...memory is a funny thing) but I'm told that he basically went into denial. He simply wouldn't show any emotion at what had happened, and it precipitated quite quickly into his first, and worst nervous breakdown. Even as late as 1969-1970 they were still giving ECT. I can't imagine what that must have been like. He had at least four breakdowns after that, though I think he probably suffered from an underlying depression for most of his life.

He never talked about Ian at all, except when he was on the verge of his later episodes. As far as he was concerned, you just didn't. Being a husband and father was, to him, about being strong - to display strong emotion was a sign of weakness. Dad was probably the most 'bottled up' person I ever met, it made him very difficult to get close to. The only time I ever heard him come even close to acknowledging the fact that perhaps it had done him no good was the second to last time I visited him in hospital last year, shortly before his death. I'd taken Huw with me, and he told me how proud he was of me for being Huw's Dad, with what was almost a whispered admission that "you do it so much better than I ever did". There just weren't words to respond to that...I can remember squeezing his hand (my Dad's hands were huge, like shovels, even compared to the way mine are now they were big), and him looking at me almost on the verge of tears. He knew he was dying, but couldn't admit it - that would have been a weakness.

I find it very hard to say this, but I don't really miss him. That's because I never really knew him, he never gave enough of himself to let you in. And that is a very, very sad thing to acknowledge.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 25, 2010, 04:44:14 PM
Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long.
That phrase reminds me so much of my Dad. He was a particular type of Northern Male (if you'll excuse the stereotype). Generous to a fault, moved heaven and earth to support his family (including working in the Middle East away from them for fifteen years because he couldn't get a job at home), but felt he had to be 'strong' to the point where he felt displaying any kind of weakness was the most abject failure.

He suffered from mental illness for long periods of his adult life. His first breakdown happened after the death of my brother (eighteen months my junior) from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three. I don't remember much about it myself (my only memory is of my Mum telling me that Ian had died, after which I lost about six months of any sort of recollection - before that I can remember stuff quite well...memory is a funny thing) but I'm told that he basically went into denial. He simply wouldn't show any emotion at what had happened, and it precipitated quite quickly into his first, and worst nervous breakdown. Even as late as 1969-1970 they were still giving ECT. I can't imagine what that must have been like. He had at least four breakdowns after that, though I think he probably suffered from an underlying depression for most of his life.

He never talked about Ian at all, except when he was on the verge of his later episodes. As far as he was concerned, you just didn't. Being a husband and father was, to him, about being strong - to display strong emotion was a sign of weakness. Dad was probably the most 'bottled up' person I ever met, it made him very difficult to get close to. The only time I ever heard him come even close to acknowledging the fact that perhaps it had done him no good was the second to last time I visited him in hospital last year, shortly before his death. I'd taken Huw with me, and he told me how proud he was of me for being Huw's Dad, with what was almost a whispered admission that "you do it so much better than I ever did". There just weren't words to respond to that...I can remember squeezing his hand (my Dad's hands were huge, like shovels, even compared to the way mine are now they were big), and him looking at me almost on the verge of tears. He knew he was dying, but couldn't admit it - that would have been a weakness.

I find it very hard to say this, but I don't really miss him. That's because I never really knew him, he never gave enough of himself to let you in. And that is a very, very sad thing to acknowledge.

Nothing to say to that, that wouldn't sound trite or flipant. You're a good man Wilf.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 04:52:26 PM
I can't believe the ECT bit.  And ditto what Jim said.

After the birth of my boy, I got post natal depression.  Other factors such as the decline in my relationship with his father, and also caring for his father (who had alzheimers and other things) turned that into full blown clinical depression.  After a bout of counselling and leaving his father, I got myself onto a university course and that sorted me out for a while.  However, even after 13 years I still get bad swings back into depression but I have learnt to recognise the swings downwards now and can sort of stop them getting worse.  This current time of prozac has been nearly two years now but it is mainly for my migraines/headaches.  I reckon I will be on prozac for life.  Hey ho!  Let's post something in the What Made You Smile thread now please!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 25, 2010, 05:06:21 PM
I can't believe the ECT bit.

My best friend is, what used to be called "manic depressive" but is now referred to as being "bi-polar". He is now in his 40s but had his first manic episode at the age of 16. He had to repeat all of his first year of Upper 6th as a result of the 3 months he spent in a clinic in Harrow where he underwent an astonishing drug-appraisal programme (which involved the doctors basically drugging him to the eyeballs and then taking two months of gradually reducing his daily dosage until he found an equilibrium) and yes, ECT. And this was in 1984.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 05:28:24 PM
I've just looked up ECT and it is still used in the UK.  At least the data I am looking at is for 2002.  Was not aware of that. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 25, 2010, 05:32:33 PM
My father and others keep telling me I have clinical depression but I simply cannot be bothered to do anythng about it.  I just plough on regardless and do not smile very much.  I have not exercised in far too long, and sometimes I use work as a reason why, and sometimes I use work as an excuse - it is fortunate I do not drink.  I suppose I treat it in the same way as stress, and refuse to acknowledge it.  I would not recommend that as a course of action to anyone, by the way !

I do find a release in gigs (although it annoys me how many reviews I have not written up yet - my first look in CRPR is at the reviews section to see which gigs they have written up before me), and I have to say I find a massive release through this blessed place.  So now you know why I have been on here for 48 days  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 25, 2010, 05:37:41 PM
Yes, that release thing. For me it's TEP - not so much the recording of it (which is pretty much a mechanical process I do on a Saturday), but the planning of shows, talking to interesting folk for interviews, all that sort of stuff. I worry sometimes that it occupys way too much of my headspace when I should be thinking about other things (like work...remember that?), but I'm told that I've been so much happier a person since I started doing this that it's not really a major problem, I think.

What's also cheering (and maybe this should go in the "smile" thread) is the thought of seeing James' face when I present him with a copy of DramaRama.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 25, 2010, 05:40:14 PM
That moment will be the trigger for the clinical depression to finally dawn on me  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 25, 2010, 06:26:07 PM
I just go out and put kittens into dustbins.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2010, 07:57:51 PM
 ;D  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 25, 2010, 11:21:33 PM
I had a slight "episode" when I was at college, which resulted in a few meetings with the college counsellor. I didn't feel they were helping any, so I quit after a month or so. A few months later, I was in the queue at Marks and Spencer and there she was in front of me. So I said "hi".

She grabbed her child and ran out of the shop.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 25, 2010, 11:30:34 PM
Let's hope this is not the first thread that new members head for...we sound like a right bunch  ::) ;) ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 25, 2010, 11:35:09 PM
Let's hope this is not the first thread that new members head for...we sound like a right bunch  ::) ;) ;D

Yeah, especially as they have just heard the joyous celebration of life and laughter that is the Big Red Spark.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 25, 2010, 11:37:35 PM
Maybe it seems a bit brighter to those in the outside world...it is only by living through the fishtank that you come to appreciate the full import and realise that all hope is...hopeless.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 26, 2010, 06:51:29 AM
No - like childhoods end there is a reprieve with wide awake at midnight


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 26, 2010, 11:46:42 AM
Misplaced led to Clutching...OMG we're doomed !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 26, 2010, 12:40:36 PM
nothing wrong with clutching


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 26, 2010, 02:38:47 PM
It's my favourite album of theirs...maybe because it is so dark and depressing  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 26, 2010, 02:40:31 PM
It's my favourite album of theirs...maybe because it is so dark and depressing  :D

In which case your favourite album of theirs should be Brave, no?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 26, 2010, 02:43:35 PM
I have never been able to get into Brave, despite many attempts (though I know exactly what you mean).

I think I shall give it another listen/try tonight.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 26, 2010, 03:59:02 PM
Brave has always eluded me too.  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 26, 2010, 04:11:18 PM
Refreshing the Events section of the Frost* shop, just in case...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 26, 2010, 04:42:07 PM
I have never been able to get into Brave, despite many attempts (though I know exactly what you mean).

I think I shall give it another listen/try tonight.

Take the advice of the sleeve notes - play it loud with the lights off. Just immerse yourself in it and it will become clearer.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 26, 2010, 06:34:22 PM
Misplaced led to Clutching...OMG we're doomed !

I trust you are referring to those well-known albums, Misplaced Sausages and Clutching At Sausages...?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 27, 2010, 09:32:07 AM
On the subject of Brave. For me, it is pure emotion. It's anger, sadness, loss, lonliness, isolation, confusion and desperation, all wrapped up in the context of the young girl. In that context, I find it incredibly powerful. Thank God there's an upturn at the end. Yeah, love that album. One of those albums that came along at the right time (although, admittedly, I too didn't 'get' it at first).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on September 27, 2010, 09:37:39 AM
On the subject of Brave. For me, it is pure emotion. It's anger, sadness, loss, lonliness, isolation, confusion and desperation, all wrapped up in the context of the young girl. In that context, I find it incredibly powerful. Thank God there's an upturn at the end. Yeah, love that album. One of those albums that came along at the right time (although, admittedly, I too didn't 'get' it at first).

I didn't get it for years either. But when I did... blimey! One of my top 10 albums ever.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 27, 2010, 09:49:35 AM
I had another try...it is still a very good album.  Yeah, still hasn't clicked.  I will return to it again, though.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 27, 2010, 04:30:39 PM
The conniving, small-minded behaviour of some people (well, one person) has got me reasonably annoyed this evening. So I think I shall go home, where all is sweetness and light.

Hasten to add, it's no-one on this forum!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 27, 2010, 04:33:38 PM
Well, not until I invite him to join...because it can surely only be one person.

It's not Wally.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 27, 2010, 07:45:54 PM
Took my beloved British Eagle vintage pre Boss 1992 mountain bike into Evans to get some much needed repairs done and the bill came to £300.  :o :o :o :o

Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette, the brake blocks, new pedals and replacement brake and gear cables. All that will remain from the original bike will be the frame and the crank. I'm not really surprised though as I rack up nearly 4000 miles a year on it just wizzing around London and commuting to and from work.

The bloke in the shop said that it will look like a real mongrel after the work is done and I said that's fine. Brand new bikes are just asking to be stolen in London. This new creation will look like a pile or crap but will fly like sh*t off the proverbial shovel.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 27, 2010, 07:54:10 PM
Bloody hell, Simon, that's MOT expensive  :o


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 27, 2010, 07:55:33 PM
Well, not until I invite him to join...because it can surely only be one person.
I doubt he'd join, we're far too parochial for him.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 27, 2010, 08:05:20 PM
My MOT and service came to £297 last week.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 27, 2010, 08:07:54 PM
Did you get the car done as well ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 27, 2010, 08:09:46 PM
stands on chair and slaps James


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 27, 2010, 08:13:35 PM
Standin' hon hay chair hiz hay cleehar breach of elf and safety  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on September 27, 2010, 08:19:41 PM
only for you...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 27, 2010, 08:26:25 PM
No need to stand on a chair, slap the backs of those little legs of his :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 27, 2010, 08:39:11 PM
Took my beloved British Eagle vintage pre Boss 1992 mountain bike into Evans to get some much needed repairs done and the bill came to £300.  :o :o :o :o

Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette, the brake blocks, new pedals and replacement brake and gear cables. All that will remain from the original bike will be the frame and the crank. I'm not really surprised though as I rack up nearly 4000 miles a year on it just wizzing around London and commuting to and from work.

The bloke in the shop said that it will look like a real mongrel after the work is done and I said that's fine. Brand new bikes are just asking to be stolen in London. This new creation will look like a pile or crap but will fly like sh*t off the proverbial shovel.  ;D

Should have bought a PK Ripper!!!

Umm all this talk of bikes and Reynolds 501 tubing has reminded me of a game i played when i was a youngster.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 27, 2010, 08:56:27 PM
Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette,

It is old then - you should replace it with a CD player.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 27, 2010, 08:58:03 PM
Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette,

It is old then - you should replace it with a CD player.

Rob that is what i like about you,there is always a comedy moment in everything   ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 27, 2010, 09:01:50 PM
at least it's not an 8-track.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 27, 2010, 09:10:36 PM
at least it's not an 8-track.
(http://ecosistemaurbano.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/walking-bike-max-knight1.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 27, 2010, 09:55:59 PM
Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette,

It is old then - you should replace it with a CD player.

Rob that is what i like about you,there is always a comedy moment in everything   ;D

Although I'm telling you now, it has led to some awkward moments.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on September 27, 2010, 10:14:55 PM
Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette,

It is old then - you should replace it with a CD player.

Rob that is what i like about you,there is always a comedy moment in everything   ;D

Although I'm telling you now, it has led to some awkward moments.

I can only imagine Rob.  :-[


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 27, 2010, 11:28:14 PM
Both wheels need replacing, the chain, the rear cassette,

It is old then - you should replace it with a CD player.

Rob that is what i like about you,there is always a comedy moment in everything   ;D

Although I'm telling you now, it has led to some awkward moments.

I can only imagine Rob.  :-[

well, I haven't met him, either, but I believe he exists.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 28, 2010, 07:06:35 AM
I can only imagine Rob.  :-[
well, I haven't met him, either, but I believe he exists.

Rob is a lie.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 28, 2010, 08:51:09 AM
Which Rob ?  Or is there just one Rob and two mirrors ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 28, 2010, 08:58:40 PM
I'm fed up because I'm cold. Since I got put on medication for blood pressure (the Elliott family curse, it seems) it's become much more difficult to get warm and then stay that way. It figures, I guess, and I'd rather that than drop down with a stroke, but it can be a mild annoyance sometimes.

Mind, this programme about the Church of Scientology is on which threatens to get my blood pressure up again, so maybe now is a good time to take a bath...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 28, 2010, 09:16:44 PM
You could always set light to your clothes.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on September 28, 2010, 09:32:05 PM
Mind, this programme about the Church of Scientology is on which threatens to get my blood pressure up again, so maybe now is a good time to take a bath...

I watched that as well.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/South_Park_Xenu.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 28, 2010, 09:52:28 PM
Mind, this programme about the Church of Scientology is on which threatens to get my blood pressure up again, so maybe now is a good time to take a bath...

I watched that as well.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/South_Park_Xenu.jpg)
iz had a civilisation for u but I eated it


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 28, 2010, 10:12:02 PM
You could always set light to your clothes.
You're assuming I'm wearing clothes.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 28, 2010, 10:49:27 PM
You could always set light to your clothes.
You're assuming I'm wearing clothes.
*falls off chair with a clattering sound*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 28, 2010, 11:10:21 PM
For the love of Prog will someone take those blue pills away from Wilf  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 29, 2010, 05:40:35 AM
@Wilf: Before El Doctore changed my BP meds I too had trouble getting warm. Slowed pulse meant worse circulation.
New meds work differently. ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 06:29:47 AM
You're assuming I'm wearing clothes.
*falls off chair with a clattering sound*
Relax, boys, I'm married.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 06:36:42 AM
@Wilf: Before El Doctore changed my BP meds I too had trouble getting warm. Slowed pulse meant worse circulation.
New meds work differently. ;)
Good point, Pedders, I should go back to the doctor and talk to her about it. It's a bit of a mission, that's the only thing - her English is diabolical and she seems to subscribe to the notion that the more tablets you have (I have four - a thiazide diuretic, a calcium channel blocker, an ACE inhibitor and a beta blocker) the better she's doing her job.

Mind, reading about the possible side-effects on the leaflet, I've got off very lightly with just a bit of chilliness as the evenings draw in...

Isn't getting older a pain in the bum?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 29, 2010, 06:59:48 AM
Isn't getting older a pain in the bum?

I give thanks that I'm getting older.  The alternative does not appeal.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 07:01:06 AM
George Burns!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 29, 2010, 08:11:11 AM
Speaking of getting older, I was installing a new monitor for Bet last night and something went 'ping' in my back. I'm now practically unable to move (typing this in bed courtesy of Bet's laptop).

Knowing this forum as I do and the wealth of accumulated personal experience it can bring to bear, can anyone suggest good ways they know of to ease a problem of this nature?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 29, 2010, 08:51:03 AM
Speaking of getting older, I was installing a new monitor for Bet last night and something went 'ping' in my back. I'm now practically unable to move (typing this in bed courtesy of Bet's laptop).

Knowing this forum as I do and the wealth of accumulated personal experience it can bring to bear, can anyone suggest good ways they know of to ease a problem of this nature?

Osteopath or Chiropractor. Not sure what the difference is between the two.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on September 29, 2010, 08:59:37 AM
One hurts but is recommended by the NHS, the other hurts but is considered a quack.
You pay your money and take your choice. From experience, Osteopaths tend to leave you feeling less 'beat up' after a session.
Both seem to work for many back problems.
If you get a cranial osteopath, the efeect of manipulating the scalp to ease pain around the body is odd to say the least.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 09:00:24 AM
Eeek, I feel your pain! Well, I don't, but you know what I mean...

The temptation is to lie on it, but my own experience suggests that it's actually best to try to keep things moving - obviously gently at first! A hot bath can also work wonders.

If you're amenable to painkillers to give you some relief then I've found that Ibuprofen-based ones generally work better for back pain than Paracetemol. You can also get Ibuprofen gel, which is quite good, though I've not used it for back pain, only for the burning sensation I occasionally get in my upper arm and shoulder*.

Beyond that, if the symptoms persist, I've found a chiropractor helpful in the past, which involves manipulation of the affected area together with other bits that might come into play. As Rob says, osteopathy can help (I understand) which is a more holistic approach - well, so is chiropractic, but considering you're a pretty fit geezer in the first place, Simon, it's going to be more about fixing the problem itself.


* Which, as an addendum, I have today - I can hardly turn my head. Bloody hell, we're all falling to pieces!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 09:00:51 AM
Incidentally, I should point out that Bryan's doctorate is in heavy metal only ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 09:05:48 AM
Speaking of getting older, I was installing a new monitor for Bet last night and something went 'ping' in my back. I'm now practically unable to move (typing this in bed courtesy of Bet's laptop).

Knowing this forum as I do and the wealth of accumulated personal experience it can bring to bear, can anyone suggest good ways they know of to ease a problem of this nature?

Clearly the answer is to not help other people and then it would not happen in the first place.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 09:11:05 AM
I'm reporting you to the Law Society, so I am!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 09:15:08 AM
They'll give me a medal for a statement like that.  And it will be a big medal.
(http://bf2.free-gfx.com/bf2_awards/AirCombatMedal_big.png)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 09:18:44 AM
That is indeed a big medal. Is it made of chocolate?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 09:24:30 AM
Being made of chocolate is a whole higher level away from the statement I made.  QCs get all the chocolate medals.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 29, 2010, 10:06:43 AM
Today I am feeling frustrated about the generally very poor levels of written English being displayed by my staff. I'm reviewing a proposed service level agreement, and I come upon this:

The ISD iare obliged to make to best use of the IT resources which are available for the benefit of the College, should a request be made to the ISD which is not in the best interest of the college the ISD have aright to decline in performing the task.

First, it's ungrammatical. And second, it doesn't mean anything.

And third, and perhaps the most depressiing part of all this, the author has an honours degree in English from a supposedly reputable university.

(Fourth, I really hope she's not reading this - but I think I'm on reasonably safe ground having heard some of the music she plays in the office she's in)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 29, 2010, 10:09:33 AM
Personally I'd stick to recognised medicine rather than the school of "I reckon this'll help..."

(http://rlv.zcache.com/doctor_of_chiropractic_quack_t_shirt-p2354011946602179733ryr_400.jpg)

for the benefit of lawyers fresh from their defeat in the Simon Singh case there is no connection between the statement and the picture (hmmmm!)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 29, 2010, 12:04:00 PM
The Ibuprofen is a good idea Wilf, I usually take Asprin and Red Bull which seems to work wonders for almost any illness except snow blindness and athlete's foot.

The hot bath is an option I've already tried this morning and it appears to have loosened things up a little.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 29, 2010, 12:17:10 PM
I have found the self-adhesive heat pads you can buy in the medicine bit of supermarkets to be quite helpful....if you have to keep moving/working/whatever.
I don't know if it's sympathetic (or just pathetic) but my back is still killing me after carting stuff into my lad's flat at Uni at the weekend. The daft parking arrangements meant that we had to park on the other side of a rather busy 3-lane road with no crossing...so as well as lugging heavy stuff there was a timed sprint between unrelenting taxis.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 29, 2010, 12:21:37 PM
I have had good results with my chiropractor.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 12:24:06 PM
I have had good results with my chiropractor.

And have the good results helped your back  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 29, 2010, 12:25:49 PM
I have had good results with my chiropractor.

And have the good results helped your back  ;)

heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 04:34:17 PM
Tomorrow I am in a company conference all day with no internet access.

The rest of you may all now post in the 'Smile' thread  ::) ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 05:06:53 PM
Grrr.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 29, 2010, 07:54:19 PM
Tomorrow I am in a company conference all day with no internet access.

The rest of you may all now post in the 'Smile' thread  ::) ;D
I'll miss you :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 29, 2010, 08:00:00 PM
Aww, Nellie, he'll be back before you know it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 08:00:42 PM
I'll send someone along as a surrogate fan
They're gonna find out where this band really stands
Are there any queers in Dream Theater tonight ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 29, 2010, 08:22:02 PM
Have ticket to go to a recording of 8 out of 10 cats tomorrow, but can't go due to having just got back from hols and going to Wolverhampton on Friday for premiere of Marillion DVD.

Poo!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 29, 2010, 10:16:57 PM
Bah, that's too bad, Unc.

I'll send someone along as a surrogate fan
They're gonna find out where this band really stands
Are there any queers in Dream Theater tonight ?

You're prodding the scorpion there, James.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 10:20:35 PM
Lordy, I hope not...
(http://images.clubzone.com/images/upload/scorpions.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on September 29, 2010, 10:22:01 PM
Thank God I was born in 1990.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on September 29, 2010, 10:28:10 PM
Music died in 1989  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 30, 2010, 08:12:00 AM
You do sometimes look back at the metal bands of the day and wonder what they were thinking don't you?  ::)

Still off work with my back (grrrr). Not sure I could stand a third day of daytime TV so one way or another, I'm going in tomorrow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on September 30, 2010, 08:38:04 AM
Read Robert Chamber's "The King In Yellow" instead. It's free, as well.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8492 (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8492)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 30, 2010, 09:03:17 AM
I'm actually reading a Harry Harrison anthology to pass the time.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on September 30, 2010, 10:03:21 AM
gotta love the Stainless Steel Rat.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 30, 2010, 02:36:07 PM
Grrr - now my back hurts - not massively badly, but enough to be annoying.

Going to lie down with a podcast.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 30, 2010, 03:27:16 PM
I feel your pain sir.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on September 30, 2010, 06:38:57 PM
Work.  Just when I thought I got things under control, a load more stuff is dumped on me.  I'm now stressed out.  And knackered.  So knackered I could even watch golf on the tv.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on September 30, 2010, 08:36:12 PM
I feel your pain too sir.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on September 30, 2010, 08:43:51 PM
I decided to have a bash on Catherine's no carbs diet. No problem, I thought. Lots f protein, plenty of veggies, no carbs. Today, was day 3 and I've been having panic attacks and a blinding headache. Amazingly, after a nice big bowl of pasta and sauce and cheese, I feel much better.
I don't think I've lost any weight though, just a bit more sanity.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on September 30, 2010, 11:07:45 PM
Did the Atkins thing for a while and lost some weight for a while.
Got quite seriously into it with urine testing strips to determine that I had entered the expected "ketosis" state.

Absolutely loved the food, I think my system is mostly tuned for a meat-based diet, but it was the shortest lived weight-loss I've ever had. The weight came back almost instantly upon sniffing anything faintly carb-like.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 01, 2010, 07:32:58 AM
It is seriously bad for you to cut out a major food group for any length of time.

Yes you may lose weight initially but the only way to achieve long term weight loss is to cut down on energy in and increase energy out while maintaining a healthy diet.

Following any "diet" is just storing up problems for later on.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 01, 2010, 07:49:23 AM
Eddie Izzard once said "I've got this dieting thing licked - eat less bloody food".


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 01, 2010, 09:05:48 AM
Back at work.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 01, 2010, 09:13:19 AM
Me too. Badgers!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 01, 2010, 09:20:05 AM
Back at work.  >:(
I feel your pain  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 01, 2010, 09:26:30 AM
Ah. Back from the conference then, are you?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on October 01, 2010, 09:42:11 AM
Just found out that my youngest brother's father-in-law passed away in the early hours of this morning in a hospital in Montreal. He was one of the loveliest people I've ever met and I am not ashamed to admit that i have just shed a few tears. Although I only spent a handful of occasions in his company he always made me feel like part of his family. While I am deeply saddend by his passing, my brother Robin is heart broken and his wife, Victoria is absolutely devastated as are John's entire family. He was a calm and steadying influence on a vivacious and exuberent family and he will be sorely missed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on October 01, 2010, 10:09:19 AM
That's sad news Jim. Love to Robin and Victoria.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 01, 2010, 10:28:17 AM
Sad news, Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 01, 2010, 10:38:07 AM
Awww mate. Sorry to hear about that sir.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 01, 2010, 10:46:31 AM
Very sorry to hear that, Jim, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 01, 2010, 11:10:18 AM
I'm sorry to hear that Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 01, 2010, 11:42:02 AM
Very sad indeed.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 01, 2010, 12:12:51 PM
Sad news, Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 01, 2010, 12:19:08 PM
I'm sorry, Jim. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 01, 2010, 12:32:06 PM
:-/


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Prog Cat on October 01, 2010, 12:59:58 PM
.......in 15 minutes I have my annual appraisal. That is sure to make me blue (and possibly red too!) Was that poetry? :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 01, 2010, 01:03:34 PM
You'll ace it. You're a good boy :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 01, 2010, 01:05:08 PM
Good luck sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Prog Cat on October 01, 2010, 01:08:31 PM
Ta muchly squire - reckon I might need it this year. My mind has been on things Prog and the like. (Still, work is excellent for writing Adrian's reviews).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 01, 2010, 01:12:42 PM
virtual hugs to Jims brother and his sister in law even if that is a bit weird as I don't know them - virtual hug to Jim too


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on October 01, 2010, 07:45:53 PM
Thanks for all the well-wishes everyone. It's greatly appreciated.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 01, 2010, 10:23:30 PM
Thoughts and prayers with you, Jim.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 01, 2010, 10:40:16 PM
I live in Hedon. Hedon is just outside of Hull. There are a handful of buses that go from here to Hull City Centre, all in the same general direction, with a few small differences here and there. There's another bus that goes to the same places, but takes a different route. A longer route, one which I like because it goes through fields and it's usually a nice ride.

Today, I got a return ticket into town on one bus (the most direct one), then at the end of the day, saw that there was a 277 (the one that goes the longer route) along in five minutes. I thought I'd have a nice bus journey home in the rain. When it turned up, the driver wouldn't let me on because I'd come into town via a different route to his. Now, this made me furious because...

1. The bus company couldn't lose any money from letting me on. I've paid my fare. I don't want to go to any of the other places on his route - I want to go home. OK, I got a different bus in (which is cheaper than getting a return on the 277), but the destination is the same. No extra money is spent on the bus company's side taking me home via this different route. So, no logic there.
2. The fact that I've been able to get one bus in and the 277 out for the last six months and have had no problem prior to this event is a bit annoying. Have I been getting away with something for all this time? Why had no-one flagged it up before? Hm, maybe because it doesn't matter.
3. The bus driver was a complete moron and a f*ckwit. Gormless as they come. He hardly said anything. He just stared at my ticket, mumbled, looked up the price of a return ticket via the 277 route (which I assume was his reasoning for not letting me on), mumbled a different bus number, then just sat there staring into the windscreen. And these people get employed...

I had to wait 30 minutes for a different bus so I could get home. I know it's just a small gripe in the grand scheme of things, but the idea that the driver was the sort of man who couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat just infuriated me.  >:(

Ooh, I forgot I have Maltesers! I'm happy now.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 01, 2010, 10:46:57 PM
the driver was the sort of man who couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat

Was he Jesus ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 01, 2010, 10:53:20 PM
Good one.

Hey James, I've found you an avatar!

(http://www.pollsb.com/photos/o/45815-tosser.jpg)

 :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 02, 2010, 11:04:52 AM
 :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 02, 2010, 08:16:30 PM
It is Saturday night and I am going in to work :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 02, 2010, 08:18:16 PM
I hope it is a smooth shift for you !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 02, 2010, 08:30:49 PM
Think about next week Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 02, 2010, 08:48:04 PM
Good luck Bo. That can't be fun for you sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 02, 2010, 09:16:11 PM
the state of my BRS insert.  K has trashed it.  Not on purpose, she likes to "read" the book of whatever CD I am listening to and I never get back to putting the inserts back in the cases.  It is slightly ripped now and has what I can only hope is biscuit crumbs stuck to it. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 02, 2010, 09:20:49 PM
You can get a replacement from the band for £10.99 - it comes with a free cd and dvd.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 02, 2010, 09:22:34 PM
I thought you were going to flog me one of your spare copies then  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 02, 2010, 09:26:36 PM
They are not spare, they're 'allocated'  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 02, 2010, 09:33:01 PM
but even worse is my copy of Tinyfish where I haven't seen the insert in years  :(  can't afford a replacement one of those


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 02, 2010, 10:11:28 PM
Good Heaven, woman! I won't even buy an album if I don't like the condition of it. Very picky, me. Or, I just like to have nice looking CDs in nice looking conditions. I leave it to other people to decide.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 03, 2010, 06:52:21 AM
so telling you that I have a scratch on EIMA wouldn't go down to well...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 03, 2010, 07:14:52 AM
I used to be very precious about my CDs and prior to that my vinyl.  I used to always treat them with care and respect but I am not so bothered about possessions anymore.  Digital age and all that.  I generally listen to digital stuff on the computer.  I do have vinyl that is in mint condition from back in the day when I collected Marillion and Mission stuff.  I think I lost the incentive to look after things when my house got burgled and all of my signed Fish stuff was nicked.  I could understand them nicking the stereo but what did they want with my Fish CDs?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 03, 2010, 08:20:07 AM
It would certainly narrow down the range of suspects to 500 though.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 03, 2010, 08:28:13 AM
Did the suspect dye his hair ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 03, 2010, 08:36:36 AM
 ;D allegedly


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 03, 2010, 08:41:38 AM
;D allegedly

It was Colonel Mustard!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 03, 2010, 04:40:48 PM
I'm having a 'bad prog day' today. Because I'll be at SE next weekend I thought I'd get a show together to go up on to the download site next Friday morning - not that I'm obsessive about these things or anything, but I hate to miss a week. However, I'm really struggling to put together coherent playlist. Part of it might be just too much choice, but I'm wondering if I'm a bit progged out. Maybe I should leave it...after all, I want to enjoy the music at the festival next weekend, so I shouldn't wear out my prog ears, so to speak.

So I'm listening to Prefab Sprout instead, which always makes me grin a bit.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 03, 2010, 04:51:27 PM
Maybe do a non-Prog one - just a bunch of left-field choices


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 03, 2010, 05:23:30 PM
So, so tempted by that. I'm not entirely sure how the 'general' audience might respond, though, and it sort of flies in the face of the DLBN station charter. Though I could stretch the envelope a bit...hmmmm.....now you've got me thinking...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 03, 2010, 05:56:38 PM
Yes, but there's left-field and then there's left-field - do something along the lines of 'bet you didn't think this was Prog' - sort of what you did by throwing in some Iron Maiden.

Wake them up to possibilities.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 03, 2010, 06:00:37 PM
I'm having a 'bad prog day' today. Because I'll be at SE next weekend I thought I'd get a show together to go up on to the download site next Friday morning - not that I'm obsessive about these things or anything, but I hate to miss a week. However, I'm really struggling to put together coherent playlist. Part of it might be just too much choice, but I'm wondering if I'm a bit progged out. Maybe I should leave it...after all, I want to enjoy the music at the festival next weekend, so I shouldn't wear out my prog ears, so to speak.

So I'm listening to Prefab Sprout instead, which always makes me grin a bit.

I suffered a bit from this last year,i think you perhaps need a break for a week.

I did not buy an album for ten months or listen to prog for about six months,made up for it since though.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 04, 2010, 08:29:58 AM
Back to work after two weeks off on the day of a tube strike.

Oh well, four day week with Summers End on Friday, so it's bearable.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on October 04, 2010, 08:45:34 AM
Made it to work (no tube problems in Gloucestershire) but forgot to bring latest TEP. Have to listen to an old one instead.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 04, 2010, 08:56:30 AM
Don't let Wilf know I told you, but there are other podcasts available  8)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 04, 2010, 09:48:07 AM
Ah yes, but I know where he lives :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 04, 2010, 10:18:08 AM
Would it be Gloucestershire?   ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 04, 2010, 11:39:12 AM
It would - but I have names, addresses, telephone numbers and inside leg measurements ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on October 04, 2010, 12:00:34 PM
I would never say anything against Wilf or TEP.
I might not get fed on my next visit otherwise.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 04, 2010, 01:14:41 PM
It would - but I have names, addresses, telephone numbers and inside leg measurements ;)

I bet you don`t know what lead he uses in his pencil though  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 04, 2010, 01:24:59 PM
Any further comment from me on this matter would probably be a very bad idea.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 04, 2010, 01:51:30 PM
"There are places in Sherwood where the soldiers won't go."

"There are places in Sherwood where *no-one* will go!"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 04, 2010, 01:52:24 PM
not even Maid Marion (and she's no better than she ought to be)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 05, 2010, 03:25:57 PM
My b*stard Brother destroyed my Curly Wurly.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 05, 2010, 03:41:40 PM
My b*stard Brother destroyed my Curly Wurly.  >:(

sounds very painful ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 03:00:22 PM
The fact that other podcasts are available and are operated by f**klards  >:(

I know I am very, very crap at getting my reviews out in any sort of a reasonable time, but I write them to benefit the music, not myself.  Can't help feeling that some people within this 'scene' are more interested in what they can do for themselves than what they can do for the music.  If they want to give me their address I will happily send them two-thirds of the ticket price so they never have to come back again.

 >:(

Bangin' cryptic  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on October 06, 2010, 04:12:31 PM
I'd just like to mention that I have been very grrrrr-rumpy this week, so I apologise both in advance and in retrospect.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 04:21:19 PM
I've lifted the boycott so you can cheer up now  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 06, 2010, 08:32:09 PM
I've lifted the boycott so you can cheer up now  ;D


Thank bloody god for that  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 08:36:25 PM
Only the boycott on Bert.

All other boycotts are continuing unless I have stated otherwise.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 06, 2010, 08:51:28 PM
I've had enough of this boycotting business.  From now on I'm boycotting your boycott.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 08:53:21 PM
I am afraid you leave me with no alternative but to boycott your boycott of my boycott.

I would say I am sorry it has had to come to this, but I am boycotting making such statements.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 06, 2010, 09:09:10 PM
(http://www.lords.org/data/images/width150/79651286-10-37818.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 09:11:56 PM
The only God besides Prog  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 06, 2010, 09:17:10 PM
Foxes. They're noisy buggers, and they're being noisy buggers in one of the gardens out the back.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 06, 2010, 09:18:39 PM
in one of the gardens out the back.

Serves you right for owning an estate, Lord Wilf of Prog  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 06, 2010, 09:28:59 PM
There's a big statue thing outside Hull City Hall. (Shows how much I know, I've only lived here for nearly all my life.) There are toilets underneath it in a kind of underground area. When I was in town today, there was police tape surrounding it as there was some poor soul standing on top of it, looking, shall we say, worse for wear.

As I was walking by (I didn't think it was right to stand and gawp like the large crowd standing round, I felt that respecting the guy's privacy was the best thing I could do), some utter c*nt with his gormless chuckling cohorts behind me decided to shout "jump" at him, followed by more laughter. I wanted to turn around and snap the f*cker's neck. I can't understand just how someone could be so f*cking moronic.

Now, this statue thing isn't exactly the highest place, and I reckon that he would've broken himself badly at best and not ended it all, but the poor chap was obviously under some immense distress to have gone to those lengths. And some cretin shouts that at him and then laughs.

It makes me sick, sometimes.  >:(  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 06, 2010, 09:37:57 PM
Which is what sets you apart from him.  You have humanity; the heckler did not.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 06, 2010, 09:44:56 PM
Hear hear those men Rob and Mouse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2010, 10:28:00 AM
Huw not coming to Summer's End. Ultimately it was his decision - he'd have to miss two days at school, which he was reluctant to do when push came to shove, and he was concerned about getting 'progged out'.

But I like having him along to gigs, he's great company. And really...he's growing up very fast at the moment, which is a shock, for all that we knew it would happen.

Glad he made TBRS launch gig, though :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 07, 2010, 10:33:16 AM
Is there such a thing as getting 'progged out' ?   :o

Seriously (and ignoring the whole debacle of the Saturday night) there are certain points which I think may more drift past me this weekend than engage me.  But I know that others feel the same way but in respect of the bands I am most excited about - which for me makes it a good mix.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2010, 10:47:56 AM
Seriously (and ignoring the whole debacle of the Saturday night) there are certain points which I think may more drift past me this weekend than engage me.  But I know that others feel the same way but in respect of the bands I am most excited about - which for me makes it a good mix.
...and one of the great things about a festival where you've got a mix like we've got at SE is that you never quite know who the ones you enjoy most are going to be. I'm pretty sure I'll be happy with the Friday night lineup, but apart from that it's all up for grabs, and it'll be interesting to see who cuts the Wilf mustard, so to speak.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 07, 2010, 10:56:23 AM
Is there such a thing as getting 'progged out' ?   :o

Seriously (and ignoring the whole debacle of the Saturday night) there are certain points which I think may more drift past me this weekend than engage me.  But I know that others feel the same way but in respect of the bands I am most excited about - which for me makes it a good mix.

I think there is James i suffered from it last year a bit like Dartitis without the darts :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 07, 2010, 11:19:33 AM
This year will be different for us I think.
In recent years I have tried my hardest to get to the front for just about every bit. I shall be doing this for the Friday, natch, but I think the Saturday and Sunday will be less intense in that respect, a more relaxed approach, taking in a bit more of the whole festival rather than just being glued to the stage. Watching from different parts of the room, etc.
I did this at The Robin the year that Pain of Salvation played and it was a very pleasant experience.
My only concern is that the vertically challenged Mrs Pedro gets to see more than just the backs of T-Shirts from time to time. :)
A little bit of sitting down (other than the curry!) might be welcome too.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 07, 2010, 01:16:11 PM
You need one of these, Pedro...

(http://hotbeanbags.com/photos/super-couch.gif)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 07, 2010, 01:23:08 PM
Catherine is clearly off-message.  This is the one you want, Pedro.

(http://www.airliteinflatables.com/images/beanless_sofa_red.gif)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 07, 2010, 11:37:43 PM
got the news that my Mom's colon cancer has returned.  no idea of the scope or severity at this point; she has some tests on Monday, but it just sucks.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 07, 2010, 11:40:30 PM
Rog, really sorry to hear that - all my thoughts and prayers are with you - positive vibes coming to you and yours the whole weekend from all of us at Summer's End, ok !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 08, 2010, 12:52:36 AM
thanks, brother.  I will be thinking of you all this weekend!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 08, 2010, 06:43:31 AM
 :( @ Rog - fingers crossed


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 08, 2010, 08:41:46 AM
Rog iam really sorry to hear this, My thoughts are with you and your family.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 08, 2010, 09:48:01 AM
I'm sorry to hear that Rog.  We'll all be thinking of you and you mum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 08, 2010, 10:33:39 AM
That's terrible news Rog. My thoughts (like the rest of the guys and girls here) are with you and your mum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 08, 2010, 12:29:23 PM
thank you all.

on top of that, our house sale fell through, so we're back to square one.  a hell of a day.

ah well!  it's Friday, and friends are enjoying lovely curry and music tonight, and for that, I am happy!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 11, 2010, 10:06:32 PM
Dear Fishtank,

I have been unfaithful. I have posted my first post on the frost* forum. Can you forgive me?



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on October 11, 2010, 10:07:50 PM
Dear Fishtank,

I have been unfaithful. I have posted my first post on the frost* forum. Can you forgive me?



That's like cheating on this forum with its sister... bad bad Bo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 11, 2010, 10:41:26 PM
Dear Fishtank,

I have been unfaithful. I have posted my first post on the frost* forum. Can you forgive me?
Forgive you? We actively encourage you sir.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on October 11, 2010, 10:49:11 PM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 11, 2010, 11:09:56 PM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.

I will soon put an end to that.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 11, 2010, 11:13:33 PM
Belated thoughts and prayers for you all, Rog. x


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 11, 2010, 11:14:37 PM
I have a cold, probably because I don't have anymore superb live rock music to groove to. Oh well, I've got Charlestown on and a whole heap of new albums to enjoy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 01:22:49 AM
Belated thoughts and prayers for you all, Rog. x

thanks, Mouse!  we did hear today that her colon is clear (yay!), but now that have to check some other things because of the results of her tests last week.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 01:23:43 AM
Dear Fishtank,

I have been unfaithful. I have posted my first post on the frost* forum. Can you forgive me?



there are a couple of us here that have spent some time over there, too...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 12, 2010, 03:06:29 AM
I am blue because I have also caught a cold and am up at 4:00am because of it :-(

Throat feels like small blast furnace is contained within.

Must sign off now, pigs are walking on the ceiling.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 12, 2010, 05:56:11 AM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.
Interesting how this has happened (possibly directly related to the amount of time the artist(s) spend(s) in their own forum?) However, the silliness and fun doesn't make itself, it's a two-way street, so if people stop giving there's bound to be less to take. So if you are wondering why it's happened, it's your(plural) fault....tossers! ;)

Besides, with two pages of updates to wade through here everyday there's precious little time to go anywhere else! :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 12, 2010, 06:40:08 AM
I have to go to work  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on October 12, 2010, 09:02:08 AM
Belated thoughts and prayers for you all, Rog. x

thanks, Mouse!  we did hear today that her colon is clear (yay!), but now that have to check some other things because of the results of her tests last week.


Great news Roger! Hug anyway ((((((((x)))))))))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on October 12, 2010, 09:03:34 AM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.
I'm afraid it's always been silly here :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on October 12, 2010, 09:17:35 AM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.
I'm afraid it's always been silly here :-\

Good! I was just worried that the silliness was fading from the Frost* forum (largely due to a whole new load of people there, I think - there are lots of names there I don't recognise any more.)

God I sound like an old man, moaning about all these young whippersnappers coming in and taking over our forum...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on October 12, 2010, 11:47:14 AM
Is it just me, or has all the silliness and fun migrated over here from there?

I keep checking back every couple of days but don't find a lot worth replying to. It's all got a bit... sensible.
I'm afraid it's always been silly here :-\

Good! I was just worried that the silliness was fading from the Frost* forum (largely due to a whole new load of people there, I think - there are lots of names there I don't recognise any more.)

God I sound like an old man, moaning about all these young whippersnappers coming in and taking over our forum...

I'm fairly sure that we can maintain a respectable amount of sillyness (not to mention a large dose of immaturity) on this forum, for your posting pleasure!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 12, 2010, 12:52:21 PM
Fart. Boobies. Poo. Gerbils.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 12:58:23 PM
Boobies...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 12, 2010, 12:59:21 PM
LOL
I wonder if there should be something like a required silliness ratio (similar to that which some filesharing sites have) so you can only enjoy so much free silliness before you have to contribute some.  ;)
These places don't just exude silliness, it comes from the members, so I repeat, if the Frost* forum has become less silly, it is because you(plural) and others have stopped making it so.
We lost some of the original core members over there who seemed to not like the place anymore when it moved and took on a number of newbies....not very "progressive" but there it is.

It is also safe to say that there are people who don't like de-railings and silliness and if they ask an earnest question about something, they would quite like some sort of answer, instead of three pages of advice about the best way to polish a crocodile.
 
I could run about over there injecting random stuff and calling eveyrone tossers, etc. but I fear it would wear thin very rapidly - and even I get tired of the jangling bells on the jesters hat sometimes...  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 12, 2010, 01:42:50 PM
rog said boobies.

I am boycotting the word 'tossers' until I have worn thin enough to use it again.  The diet starts after tonight's curry.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 12, 2010, 06:20:53 PM
I don't visit the Frost* forum so much as here as it is a pain to load.  You have to keep clicking and pressing refresh. Nothing to do with who is on there and what is being posted.  To be honest, this place has the Now Listening to Thread which I DETEST as my introduction to forumness was from the Frost*ieland where such nonsense is banned.

Boobies and Tossers.  BORING posts. 

See I am soooo happy to be home I am taking it out on you lot.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 12, 2010, 06:23:34 PM
I don't visit the Frost* forum so much as here as it is a pain to load.  You have to keep clicking and pressing refresh. Nothing to do with who is on there and what is being posted.  To be honest, this place has the Now Listening to Thread which I DETEST as my introduction to forumness was from the Frost*ieland where such nonsense is banned.

Boobies and Tossers.  BORING posts. 

See I am soooo happy to be home I am taking it out on you lot.

Aaaaaaarrrrrre you Leon in disguise? Are you Le-e-on in disguise?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 12, 2010, 06:37:35 PM
In my roundabout way I was saying that I love this forum - it is so easy to use  :) 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 12, 2010, 06:46:24 PM
I'm waiting for the Leon-moderated on-topic only thread  ::)

 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 12, 2010, 07:43:16 PM
I have to say the Now Listening To thread has proved to be the main reason as to why I need a bigger iPod now.

You bastards.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 12, 2010, 08:33:22 PM
In my roundabout way I was saying that I love this forum - it is so easy to use  :) 

It sounds like they need the website rebooting - remember when I had to get ours to do that because it was incredibly slow?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on October 12, 2010, 08:47:03 PM
I don't visit the Frost* forum so much as here as it is a pain to load.  You have to keep clicking and pressing refresh.

Can't say I've ever had to do that or that it works any differently to here, apart from the new posts icon which pops up here next to threads that is very handy


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 09:30:16 PM
I like SMF better than phpBB, but I've never had the problems you mention, Ash.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 12, 2010, 10:03:08 PM
It has been since it went over to the current layout.  Sorry about earlier rants.  No offence to anyone. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 12, 2010, 10:33:28 PM
We're all tossers here, we can take it.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 10:41:24 PM
catch, Mouse!

/toss


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 12, 2010, 11:02:35 PM
(http://www.funnyaccidents.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/FunnySportsAccident.jpg)

Ow.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 12, 2010, 11:19:36 PM
(http://www.funnyaccidents.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/FunnySportsAccident.jpg)

Ow.

ooh, sorry dude.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 13, 2010, 06:41:58 PM
Grrr.  Maybe I shouldn't take it so personally, but I will  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 14, 2010, 11:44:00 AM
Just the usual.

Asked to update a webpage, also asked to alert the users of that webpage to the change.

So do I send an email with a brief explanation and a link to the webpage or do I almost entirely duplicate the contents of the webpage, ensuring that the email remains unread by most people because it was too long?

Guess which one I, with many many years of e-communications experience suggested, and which one the (increasingly pointy-haired) boss prefers.

Feck em then - if they want a keyboard monkey that's what they've got. I'll keep any useful input to myself. Bastards!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 14, 2010, 11:51:10 AM
Print off the webpage and fax it to everyone.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 14, 2010, 12:24:43 PM
Print off the webpage and fax it to everyone.

they'll wonder why the links don't work...


Title: Coming home from Summer's End to find we'd lost another cat.
Post by: ɹǝʇsɹoɟɾɹ on October 14, 2010, 01:17:20 PM
Freya had a world class lap detector and would take moments to find and sit on any lap in the house, no matter who it was. She had been missing since the weekend but only yesterday (Wed) did we get confirmation from the council that a cat was run over outside our house and her markings matched Freya. They couldn't read her microchip so we'll never be 100% sure it was her but all the signs point to it being Freya.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/5081136888_6a911d1afa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjforster/5081136888/)
Freya IMG_0389.JPG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjforster/5081136888/) by rjforster (http://www.flickr.com/people/rjforster/), on Flickr

This comes only four months since we lost Dodo, who simply disappeared without a trace.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5080550867_ea0900ba84.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjforster/5080550867/)
Dodo IMG_0423.JPG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjforster/5080550867/) by rjforster (http://www.flickr.com/people/rjforster/), on Flickr

Not my normal cheery self

Rick


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 14, 2010, 01:21:19 PM
That is terrible. I am a cat person myself and know the heartache of loosing a pet.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 14, 2010, 01:24:16 PM
I'm so sorry, Rick.  we lost two cats this summer, too.  we miss our Maggie and Tham very much.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 14, 2010, 01:42:54 PM
As you know I am off sick with the Summer's End virus at the moment.

Does that stop a certain project manager calling me twice yesterday and three times today.

As I have not answered these calls he has now started texting me.

To end the calls, I sent a text saying that I was off sick.

Do you think that stopped him?

FFS Stop contacting me!!!!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 14, 2010, 01:46:29 PM
FFS Stop contacting me!!!!!
Yeah, stop contacting him, Robert!

;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 14, 2010, 01:57:26 PM
...Hotchkiiiiiiiiiss...!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 14, 2010, 05:43:30 PM
Rick, so sorry to hear about your beautiful cats. I have one at the moment (used to have 2, but the daft fluffy one wasn't smart enough to avoid the traffic on the road outside 2.5 years ago). I'd be devastated if anything happened to him.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on October 14, 2010, 08:27:12 PM
for all you cat people - as an antidote to blue  - access Autumn watch ( probably thru' BBC i player now)

They found scottish wild cat kittens!!!!

total  aaaaahhhhh moment  :'(



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 15, 2010, 10:07:34 PM
Very sorry to hear about your beautiful cats, Rick.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 15, 2010, 11:44:49 PM
Stupid train fares. I can't afford to make it down to see Manning at The Peel.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 15, 2010, 11:45:49 PM
How much is it, Mouse ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 16, 2010, 05:43:12 PM
...realising that after an hour of brutal editing just the Friday of my Summer's End in Ten Minutes montage has already filled nearly 5 minutes...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 16, 2010, 05:54:30 PM
...realising that after an hour of brutal editing just the Friday of my Summer's End in Ten Minutes montage has already filled nearly 5 minutes...

Well you will win back some valuable minutes when it comes to Saturday night.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 16, 2010, 06:03:19 PM
...realising that after an hour of brutal editing just the Friday of my Summer's End in Ten Minutes montage has already filled nearly 5 minutes...
Well you will win back some valuable minutes when it comes to Saturday night.
LOL


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2010, 07:43:03 PM
My iTunes library has become corrupted...bah.

I'm taking the 'opportunity' to re-construct it with a fresh scan...but these things take time, and it's boring.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 16, 2010, 09:18:09 PM
My iTunes library has become corrupted...bah.

I'm taking the 'opportunity' to re-construct it with a fresh scan...but these things take time, and it's boring.

Bad Apple, use Win Amp much better!!!   ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2010, 09:30:59 PM
Bad Apple, use Win Amp much better!!!   ;D
If I wasn't an iPod and iPhone user I'd dump iTunes. Bastards have got you over a hurdle.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 09:33:21 PM
Rush are tossers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 16, 2010, 09:42:08 PM
Rush are tossers.

5497 posts....  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 09:43:37 PM
Most of which have included the word 'tosser', and I currently have a real live one in chat


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2010, 09:44:59 PM
Ah, would that be the fragrant Mr. Caines?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 09:52:46 PM
He just picked up on my comment that Genesis best material came after Duke...I think he agrees.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2010, 10:01:29 PM
The man is one of the biggest Kuwati Tankers to walk this earth.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 16, 2010, 10:01:49 PM
Ah, would that be the fragrant Mr. Caines?

hey!  quit typing so loudly!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2010, 10:06:34 PM
I'm downstairs now, Rog, on the laptop...but I can't listen in on it ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 10:08:29 PM
I think you can participate in chat without listening  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 16, 2010, 10:18:08 PM
I think you can participate in chat without listening  ;D

he's right, you know!  and gonzo is playing Phil Collins right now!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 10:20:33 PM
And it was a world away from that Lamb.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 16, 2010, 10:26:46 PM
No Tinyfish yet.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 16, 2010, 10:33:52 PM
Yet...he owes us for this


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 17, 2010, 06:25:09 AM
I'm downstairs now, Rog, on the laptop...but I can't listen in on it ;)
Puzzled by the "can't listen". Why not? My iPodTouch will stream (and record) TDLBN quite happily.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 17, 2010, 08:59:48 AM
I'm downstairs now, Rog, on the laptop...but I can't listen in on it ;)
Puzzled by the "can't listen". Why not? My iPodTouch will stream (and record) TDLBN quite happily.
Yvette had the telly on, and I couldn't face headphones for a moment longer after a day mucking about with Reason.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 17, 2010, 09:28:52 AM
Ah, "can't" = "mustn't" ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 17, 2010, 09:51:24 AM
Well, yes :) I was being diplomatic...or something...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: todders on October 17, 2010, 10:52:39 AM
4 hours spent upgrading website to new version of drupal, i hate mysql databases. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 17, 2010, 12:15:25 PM
4 hours spent upgrading website to new version of drupal, i hate mysql databases. :(
They're better than the alternatives ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 17, 2010, 12:59:52 PM
4 hours spent upgrading website to new version of drupal, i hate mysql databases. :(
They're better than the alternatives ;)

DB2?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 17, 2010, 01:09:54 PM
God, just don't go there, Bo ;)


Title: Re: Coming home from Summer's End to find we'd lost another cat.
Post by: ɹǝʇsɹoɟɾɹ on October 17, 2010, 05:43:38 PM
Thank you to those who replied about Freya. It hit Tracy really hard but we are mostly better now.
Luna isn't helping much at the moment. She's one of the two we have left and is part Siamese. She has taken to making those Siamese cries that really do get annoying after a while.
Bear, on the other hand, seemed to grieve for a couple of days for his lost sister but is now back to his supervillan-in-cat-form self.

Cheers

Rick


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 17, 2010, 09:34:06 PM
After helping to complete TBRS album, my faithful music PC has keeled over and died today. RIP little Spark; you will be remembered.

Can we get a goldfish now?

(http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/poltergeist-header.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 07:46:48 AM
After helping to complete TBRS album, my faithful music PC has keeled over and died today. RIP little Spark; you will be remembered.
Gentleman, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build...well, you know what it is, don't you, readers? After all, you've heard (or downloaded from BitTorrent) the record, you've bought the (non-downloadable) T-shirt...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 18, 2010, 09:18:35 AM
As a big supporter of DDIY I can recommend Yoyotech systems.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 11:01:05 AM
The word on the street is Misco in point of fact sir.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 18, 2010, 11:05:42 AM
Well, Misco is where you get *bits*, certainly. Do they make systems now?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 12:43:38 PM
In tribute to the Little Red Spark machine, Wilf and I will be stripping out it's innards and replacing them with components purchased from Misco. If all goes well, the new machine will be an Intel Core i7 950 LGA1366 processor  (plus an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev2 Quiet CPU Cooler), an Asus P6X58D-E Socket LGA1366 Motherboard, a Zalman ST Two-Forward Switching Design Series Power Supply  (600W) and 3 x Kingston ValueRam 4GB PC10600 DDR3 RAM. The spec and design is in the hands of The Amazing Wilf to whom I extend muschos Kudos for his efforts upon my behalf ;D

If it all works, I should have a machine capable of handling the next album without too many problems.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 12:48:14 PM
Don't forget the RAM coolers!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 12:49:30 PM
The Blue thread has become the Gear thread, which does not leave me blue, as such, merely (more) confused (than usual)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 12:49:58 PM
That's because you're a lightweight, innit?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 12:51:14 PM
I know my biros and my notebooks - nothing more is necessary.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 12:52:27 PM
If everyone was like you we'd still be recording harmonica solos on to wax cylinders.

Henry Cow!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 12:57:24 PM
And we'd not have autotune...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 01:41:08 PM
Having to attend a private reading of Antigone tonight. I like to think if myself as being pretty well educated but I'm afraid Greek tragedy doesn't hit the mark. Like golf, opera and anal love, it's ability to hold my interest eludes me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 01:57:33 PM
I only know the version by Jean Anouilh.

If you hum the theme tune from Eastenders you may instill a sense within it which could make it bearable - it largely covers the same subject matter.  Bianca could so easily have said "I am disgusted with your happiness! With your life that must go on, come what may. You could say you are all like dogs that lick everything they find. You with your promise of a humdrum happiness--provided a person doesn't ask much of life. I want everything of life, I do; and I want it total, complete: otherwise I reject it! I will not be moderate. I will not be satisfied with the bit of cake offered for being a good little girl. I want to be sure of everything this very day; sure that everything will be as beautiful as when I was a little girl. If not, I want to die!", although she would likely have left out half of those words and replaced them with 'Ricky'.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 02:11:12 PM
Having to attend a private reading of Antigone tonight. I like to think if myself as being pretty well educated but I'm afraid Greek tragedy doesn't hit the mark. Like golf, opera and anal love, it's ability to hold my interest eludes me.
It's all Greek to you, eh, Simon?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 18, 2010, 02:16:07 PM
Greek comedy, on the other hand is very funny. I saw Lysistrata at Richmond Theatre and there was a fantastic mass intake of breath the first time someone on the stage said "****"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 02:17:13 PM
Greek comedy, on the other hand is very funny. I saw Lysistrata at Richmond Theatre and there was a fantastic mass intake of breath the first time someone on the stage said "****"
....συνουσιάζομαι


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 18, 2010, 02:17:58 PM
"none of your clever foreign jokes, young feller me lad!"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 02:19:11 PM
Rob, you're starting to sound like Huw. This is worrying...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 18, 2010, 02:21:07 PM
It's actually a quote from Asterix. As the pirates have been trashed by Asterix and Obelix as usual, the old pirate says "Alea jacta est!" and the reply from the pirate captain was...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 02:23:35 PM
Greek comedy, on the other hand is very funny.

What's a Greek Urn ?  A lot more than my mother-in-law.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 02:24:47 PM
It's actually a quote from Asterix. As the pirates have been trashed by Asterix and Obelix as usual, the old pirate says "Alea jacta est!" and the reply from the pirate captain was...
It's a few years since I read Asterix - we did some of them at school, in French, so I don't know many of the stories that well, despite having read them ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 02:47:29 PM
Having to attend a private reading of Antigone tonight. I like to think if myself as being pretty well educated but I'm afraid Greek tragedy doesn't hit the mark. Like golf, opera and anal love, it's ability to hold my interest eludes me.
Actually, Simon, you could always use the fact that Tiresias is in Antigone as a way to mentally rewire the play in a Genesis direction. Also, the play was filmed with Irene Papas - who makes the orgasmic noises in the song ∞ from Aphrodite's Child's 666 album - in the title role.

So prog will find a way! You can smile quietly to yourself, particularly when they bury her alive...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 18, 2010, 03:20:54 PM
I have become poorly on the day of the Richard Herring podcast. I'm very very sad about this.  :'( :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 03:37:12 PM
Aww mate. I hope you get better soon.  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 18, 2010, 05:19:36 PM
It is my turn to suffer the waiting on the restructure announcement.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 06:53:14 PM
I find a good way to pass the waiting time is putting knives in the backs of everyone else...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 18, 2010, 06:59:25 PM
...it's the Lawyer's Way, that is ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 07:00:53 PM
Better than what Howard does.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 18, 2010, 09:56:36 PM
I reckon I will just suffer job matching but I am worried about my colleagues.  If any do get made redundant and I don't it will be horrible. But I truly can't see what jobs they could get rid of.  Maybe a couple of the part time posts?  Oh well - find out Friday.  :(  Knowing the way my director hates me it could just be me that goes.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 19, 2010, 06:16:04 AM
I've been through the redundancy thing a couple of times.  The big thing is to remember that this is not about what needs to be done but how much money there is to do it. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 19, 2010, 06:29:42 AM
indeed and going by this article - not a lot

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11570923

No point worrying til Friday tho


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 19, 2010, 10:04:31 AM
So my Network Manager has resigned, and he's decided he's going to spend a month being an utter knob. Because of the odd way his new employer works we've provided references already, so it looks like he reckons he can get away with behaving like a five-year-old, chucking his toys out of the pram at every possible opportunity, and not doing what he's told to do. He's majorly teed off because I pulled him off a one-week training course that he was scheduled to go on in a couple of weeks once he'd resigned - I need those skills in-house, so someone else will go instead.

"I'm very disappointed at the lack of opportunities I've had in this job, David"

"I'm very disappointed that you haven't bloody grown up"

Still, in a months' time he won't be my problem.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 10:17:06 AM
David: Hello Mr Soon To Be Gone Network Manager; what has two thumbs and doesn't give a crap?

(http://i.imgur.com/2Dki0.png)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on October 19, 2010, 10:22:25 AM
David: Hello Mr Soon To Be Gone Network Manager; what has two thumbs and doesn't give a crap?

(http://i.imgur.com/2Dki0.png)

I knew that one day, giving you those Scrubs DVDs was going to pay off! I knew exactly where it came from even before the picture loaded. BTW - for those interested in this sort of trivia, during the "Tinyfish" section at the end of the first album, you can hear this Scrubs character's name being used!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 10:48:48 AM
They are required viewing at our house Jimbo. Thank you a million times over for giving us the DVDs.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 19, 2010, 05:38:43 PM
this isn't making me blue as it is not affecting me but thought Wilf might be interested

IT is now reporting to our exec finance director  ::)  apparently he thinks he is good at IT
it is sort of affecting me as my wonderful IT chaps seem a bit blue at the mo and I don't think the two are unrelated


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 05:51:10 PM
*sings* There may be trouble ahead....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 19, 2010, 07:36:39 PM
There you go, you see - IT reporting to Finance. It never works...

I had yet more fun and games with the man who shall only be described as 'cretin' today. Some bloody big chickens came home to roost, in that our mail server fell over because it ran out of disk space. Now, every other organization in the world, more or less, places restrictions on mailbox size and enforces them, but I've consistently been told that this isn't possible because staff are far too busy to attend to keeping their mail within reasonable limits. It's not like they get piffling amounts of space - 1GB each should be enough for anyone.

Anyway, the disk on which the mail is stored got full up, which causes an immediate dismount of the mail store - that is, it stops working. My senior tecchies spent all day trying to apply a fix, but in the end we had no choice but to kick off a full migration of the mail server to a virtual machine with bags more disk space. This should be completed by morning.

So just before pushing off this evening I ring the cretin to give him a quick update. Before I can tell him what the problem is he says "I reckon you've got a virus". "No, it's not a virus, we know what it is". "Oh, well, it's an attack from the internet, then". "No, it's not that either, the disk ran out of space. we know what it is". "Well, in that case we need to limit the amount of space people have for mail".

Actually, the better I get to know him the more I wonder how he got to be a Finance Director at all. I've worked for three FDs before, and although none of them really understood IT they knew that, and were prepared to let me get on with my job. This guy is just a fool - and I'm somewhat comforted by the fact that everyone else seems to think he's a fool, it's not just me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 19, 2010, 07:45:12 PM
I have no restriction on my mailbox size because I told IT the company could end up being sued if I did.

I report only to my own evil mind  8)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 08:06:13 PM
We have a half gig limit and it is enforced by squadrons of evil flying monkeys.

(http://www.bartcop.com/burns-flying-monkeys.JPG)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 19, 2010, 08:26:56 PM
Cue JamesA to say he's only ever seen you deliver half a gig....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 19, 2010, 08:30:37 PM
Cue JamesA to say he's only ever seen you deliver half a gig....
....in aggregate.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 10:25:37 PM
That exchange was a work of art.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 19, 2010, 10:27:06 PM
We're here all week.
Try the fish.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on October 20, 2010, 08:05:52 AM
1Gb ?
500Mb ?

 :o

Pah, we get 100 Mb for mailbox and network storage per person. It's a right shag I can tell you, 'specially if you're a document and attachment hoarder like me.   


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 20, 2010, 09:49:05 AM
Pah, we get 100 Mb for mailbox and network storage per person. It's a right shag I can tell you, 'specially if you're a document and attachment hoarder like me.   
Well, mailbox restrictions are great if you're allowed to enforce them. I'm not. I've got a couple of quite senior users who just keeping demanding an increase in their mailbox size, and the CEO backs them up when I turn them down.

Mail is still down - we managed to back the server off to a new VM overnight, and the guys are currently moving the mailstore from the migrated disk to a much larger one, but 390GB takes a while. What I'm hoping is that the organization views this as a wake-up call, and that it's a good idea to listen to their IT department sometimes.

What made me smile this morning, though, was trying to explain how Exchange works to the cretin.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 20, 2010, 09:54:30 AM
What size is 7,000,000 ?  I've got 10 documents in my inbox right now which are bigger than that.  Will have more put into folders...

I have 487 over 1,000,000 in my inbox.

Is that good ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 20, 2010, 09:59:25 AM
1,000,000 is probably a megabyte, which isn't too dreadful in and of itself. The fact you've got 487 of the buggers isn't quite so good.

Putting them in folders doesn't really help in a standard Exchange setup, as they continue to live on the server. Easier for you to find, but not helping when it comes to disk space management.

Maybe your IT Department have got it all under control. But using a mailbox as a document storage system is a really, really bad idea, because if you lose the mailbox, you lose the lot.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 20, 2010, 10:02:53 AM
#All mails lost, all mails lost...#


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 10:32:09 AM
 ;D * Catherine


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 20, 2010, 06:30:40 PM
Picked up K from nursery to discover they have put halloween decs up.  I'm not the biggest fan of this imported "celebration" but that is not what made me blue.  The staff are not allowed to put up pictures of witches as this could offend some religions.   ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on October 20, 2010, 07:28:31 PM
Picked up K from nursery to discover they have put halloween decs up.  I'm not the biggest fan of this imported "celebration" but that is not what made me blue.  The staff are not allowed to put up pictures of witches as this could offend some religions.   ::)

Huh ? One would have thought that, if one was to be offended by Halloween, from a religious standpoint, then one would be offended by the entirety of it, not just parts of it. To be semi-offended by Halloween is not logical, Captain.

Coming next, pictures of the Baby Jesus not allowed at Christmas as it might offend other religions that don't celebrate Christmas.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 20, 2010, 08:19:40 PM
Political correctness gone mad.  It offends me that we can't put up pictures of witches.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 20, 2010, 08:20:16 PM
You should ask them which religions are offended by witches.

Halloween is a religious festival, for heck's sake  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 20, 2010, 08:41:23 PM
God bless those pagans.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 20, 2010, 11:56:27 PM
we got more info about my Mom's cancer. today's tests resulted in bad news, good news, and very good news. The spot on my mother's liver is cancer; however, it is small, and that was the ONLY cancer found in a very thorough scan. yay! Now, multiple doctors are researching options and trying to determine the best choices for her to consider. We'll know more Monday.

(if this doesn't quite sound like me, it's because I copied it from my sister.   :P )


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 21, 2010, 12:02:50 AM
That's (overall) great news, rog.

Now get your sister to join here and we'll soon sort out this typing coherently thing she seems to have.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 21, 2010, 12:21:46 AM
Hopefully, she'll get fixed up quickly and effectively, Rog. It's looking mostly good, but you can still have hug, prayers and positive vibes from across the big pond.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 21, 2010, 06:13:33 AM
Yes Roger, we'll continue with those good thoughts until she's all fixed up completely.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 21, 2010, 06:50:33 AM
positive vibes from me too


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 21, 2010, 09:26:17 AM
Wishing her all the Best Rog.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 21, 2010, 11:23:15 AM
thank you all!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on October 21, 2010, 12:30:15 PM
Great news Rog, more ((((hugs))))) from me ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 21, 2010, 12:49:38 PM
As all above have said....plus a bit for proportional representation!  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 21, 2010, 01:38:33 PM
bast wishes and may the proportion of good news tend towards 1:1


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on October 21, 2010, 04:46:47 PM
All the best Rog.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 21, 2010, 05:36:56 PM
indeed - thoughts are with you, Rog - may the news continue to be good


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 21, 2010, 06:12:55 PM
when I got my uniform out of the loft a couple of weeks back, in the bag were gaiters and a map case.  After umming and ahhing a bit, I decided I would never need them again and threw them out.  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 22, 2010, 04:26:35 PM
and continuing with what has been a blue week for me all round, it is going to be a long long blue month.  :(

restructure fun!  it is unclear whether I will be job matched or made redundant


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 22, 2010, 04:36:42 PM
fingers crossed for you Sarah - went through the whole frigmarole last year - survived intact thank goodness, but it's a worrying time for it to be happening.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 22, 2010, 04:38:50 PM
Yes, I'll keep everything crossed, Ms. Leaze, uncomfortable as that may prove...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 22, 2010, 07:13:04 PM
I think you can uncross some things Wilf, the odds are pretty much in my favour.  5 people 4 posts.  (Or 5.5 people 4 posts) Unless, like I said previously, it is just me as the director hates me  ;D  But going by the person spec I can only see it being somebody else. 

The team as a whole of 28 has only lost one part time position and 2.5 management accountants.  (Team really 30 if filled) The whole cashier function has disappeared and been bizarrely renamed as sort of completely different jobs.  Financial accounting gains a post which will be 1 of the management accountants. Purchase ledger & Rents stay the same.  It could have been a lot worse but because rents and management accountants have been running with vacancies, most of the redundant posts were unfilled anyway.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on October 22, 2010, 07:37:47 PM
My turn to join the restructure merry go round may not be far away

Big political hoo-hah over 3 London councils joining together to become one....

Shared services is the mantra of the future.................... ???


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 22, 2010, 08:01:25 PM
but hurrah!  I have found my gaiters  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on October 22, 2010, 09:08:44 PM
 :-X :-X :-X :-X

An over inflated ego is staying in Manchester......


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 22, 2010, 09:27:52 PM
At least they're not in Oasis anymore.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: benb on October 27, 2010, 04:52:02 PM
This day last week my father died.
He'd been ill for a while & was fading away but it still came as a shock to us.
He was 88 & had a long & interesting life(his words).
RIP dad :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on October 27, 2010, 04:56:26 PM
Really sorry to read that news, but hopefully there is some comfort for you in his own words, and sometimes when someone is fading it can be a blessed relief.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on October 27, 2010, 05:17:19 PM
That's really sad news. It's always bad for the nes left behind. He's probably having a whale of a time  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 27, 2010, 05:36:47 PM
Hurrah for the long and interesting life your father led.

My sympathy for your loss and sadness.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on October 27, 2010, 05:40:50 PM
My sympathies as well Ben. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 27, 2010, 06:19:54 PM
Thoughts are with you Ben


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on October 27, 2010, 07:58:17 PM
I'm sorry, ben.  it's never easy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 27, 2010, 08:07:32 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, Ben. My Dad died last year...I know it's a difficult time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 27, 2010, 08:08:23 PM
Hugs, Ben.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on October 27, 2010, 09:02:19 PM
It's an awful time and there's little that can be said to help.
I know it's a cliché but time really is the big healer. Be strong.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 27, 2010, 09:48:16 PM
My thoughts (like everybody here) are with you mate. I'm glad you dad led a full life and your memories of him I hope, will always stay fresh. He lives inside you now.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 28, 2010, 01:18:49 PM
I'm very sorry, Ben. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 29, 2010, 01:13:02 AM
I was just recording a lovely little improvised piano thing, all nice and atmospheric, then the recording abruptly stopped so that Pro Tools could tell me that my Playback Engine's buffer size was too small. Great.  :(

The buffer size is now set to the maximum option. It was set to the second highest one before. I hate technical things like this, they really piss me off.  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 29, 2010, 09:50:10 AM
If I could be so bold sir, may I ask what your system spec is, what version of PT you are running and what plug-ins you usually use during a session? I ask as I've often encountered similar issues in the past and there might be a few things I could suggest that could help coax a little more out of your system.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 29, 2010, 01:53:41 PM
Oh dear. These are the sorts of questions that usually get answered by my friends who know more about my computer than I do. Oh well, here goes. Were're my reading glasses...?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with a shot battery and a 500GB hard drive that spins at 72,00rpm. I am running Windows 7 and my version of Pro Tools is Pro Tools LE 8 (the one that comes in the M-Box 2 Mini package). The only plug-ins I have so far are the ones that come bundled with the software. Still early days for me, innit?  :)

Er... I think that's correct.  :D  And thanks.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 29, 2010, 02:03:47 PM
a 500GB hard drive that spins at 72,00rpm
I really, really hope that you mean 72,000 rpm!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 29, 2010, 02:04:22 PM
no, it has a stylus


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 29, 2010, 02:06:49 PM
a 500GB hard drive that spins at 72,00rpm
I really, really hope that you mean 72,000 rpm!

do you not mean 7,200 rpm, Wilf? :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 29, 2010, 02:07:48 PM
do you not mean 7,200 rpm, Wilf? :D
Oh, buggrit ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 29, 2010, 02:08:02 PM
The read/write access is just insane on a 72k RPM disk  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 29, 2010, 02:10:03 PM
Oh for the love of God, I told you I wasn't any good with this sort of crap.  ::) :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 29, 2010, 02:10:55 PM
The read/write access is just insane on a 72k RPM disk  ;)

for the thirty seconds before it breaks loose and saws through the wall...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 29, 2010, 02:11:30 PM
Gotta love that ultrasonic whining though!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 29, 2010, 02:11:35 PM
If it's powered by mouse, then 72.00 rpm is quite good surely??

(http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/images/mousewheel.gif)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 29, 2010, 02:11:52 PM
Oh for the love of God, I told you I wasn't any good with this sort of crap.  ::) :D

It's ok Mouse - we've moved on to taking the piss out of Wilf who should know what he's talking about :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 29, 2010, 02:19:20 PM
It's ok Mouse - we've moved on to taking the piss out of Wilf who should know what he's talking about :D
Rob's right - I fully expect to be quoted on bash.org at an early stage.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on October 29, 2010, 02:22:00 PM
Seriously though Mouse. There is a lot of stuff you can do to make your PT system a bit better but this site is probably the best for good advice on optimizing the system.

http://davidfranz.berkleemusicblogs.com/2009/08/11/optimizing-pro-tools%E2%80%99-performance-part-i/ (http://davidfranz.berkleemusicblogs.com/2009/08/11/optimizing-pro-tools%E2%80%99-performance-part-i/)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on October 29, 2010, 02:25:32 PM
That's fantastic Simon, thank you so much! I'll put it into action when I next fire the new girl up. Cheers!  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 29, 2010, 02:32:28 PM
I could only get 4 Take That tickets and I had to do that through German Ticketmaster  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 29, 2010, 02:34:01 PM
So you are going to see Take Zatt!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 29, 2010, 02:38:57 PM
doubtful - as I am off this week I agreed to go online and get tickets for people who really wanted them and if I went too that would be a minimum of 6 tickets.  I completely forgot they went on sale this morning and when I remembered, I couldn't get 6.  I'm not that bothered.  I can get six Peel gigs for the cost of that ticket!  Also, ticket agencies as they are, if I try and get another two I think I will lose the will to live. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on October 29, 2010, 02:45:40 PM
So you are going to see Take Zatt!

I think you'll find they are called Haende Hoch :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on October 29, 2010, 03:09:23 PM
sorry completely missed UBs joke!  :-[   ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2010, 07:06:45 PM
A "malfunction" light has come on in my car. I called the garage to ask if they could slot me in urgently and they replied that Friday is the earliest they could fot me in.
I'm planning to go to the houseband's firework display on Friday night (70 miles away) and then watch his band on the Saturday. Bum! Can't do that with an exploding engine. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 09:07:49 PM
If only Friday came before Saturday...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 01, 2010, 09:56:28 PM
mental daughter


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 01, 2010, 10:08:13 PM
A "malfunction" light has come on in my car. I called the garage to ask if they could slot me in urgently and they replied that Friday is the earliest they could fot me in.
I'm planning to go to the houseband's firework display on Friday night (70 miles away) and then watch his band on the Saturday. Bum! Can't do that with an exploding engine. :(

treat the kids to a train trip and we'll pick you up from somewhere?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2010, 10:27:55 PM
A "malfunction" light has come on in my car. I called the garage to ask if they could slot me in urgently and they replied that Friday is the earliest they could fot me in.
I'm planning to go to the houseband's firework display on Friday night (70 miles away) and then watch his band on the Saturday. Bum! Can't do that with an exploding engine. :(

treat the kids to a train trip and we'll pick you up from somewhere?

Thanks but I'd never get there in time. I'm going to leave the car with them tomorrow and make them feel guilty as they look at it every day. Maybe they'll find half an hour to FIX IT!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 10:29:57 PM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2010, 10:34:13 PM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.
I thought you were a lawyer  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 10:35:28 PM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.
I thought you were a lawyer  :-\
And my name is not Jim.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 01, 2010, 10:45:38 PM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.
I thought you were a lawyer  :-\
And my name is not Jim.
Now then, now then.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 10:50:14 PM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.
I thought you were a lawyer  :-\
And my name is not Jim.
Now then, now then.
When I was at school my mates used to call me Jim, and they would use that name when they telephoned my home to speak with me.  If my mother answered she would simply say "there is no-one here with that name" and put the phone down  ::) ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 01, 2010, 11:57:11 PM
But if they asked to speak to "SpamBot" she'd pass the phone to you quite happily!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 11:59:33 PM
Not sure the ZX80 supported SpamBots


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 02, 2010, 08:14:06 AM
Ask for the mechanic called Jim.  He'll get it done.
I thought you were a lawyer  :-\
And my name is not Jim.
Now then, now then.
When I was at school my mates used to call me Jim, and they would use that name when they telephoned my home to speak with me.  If my mother answered she would simply say "there is no-one here with that name" and put the phone down  ::) ;D

My parents (and one of my sisters) are just about the only people in the world who call me James. My Mum occasionally calls me Jim but you can see it's a bit of an effort for her, like chewing a lemon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 03, 2010, 01:30:41 PM
Hearing some w*nker in the office kitchen boasting about how he never washes up, uses his dishwasher for a single mug and never recycles.

People who are proud of their selfishness should be put through a woodchipper and fed to pigs.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 03, 2010, 01:33:46 PM
just one of those days.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 03, 2010, 01:37:13 PM
On top af eveything else I share a name with this C*** (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8105570/Prisoner-votes-killer-John-Hirst-celebrates-with-champagne-and-a-spliff.html)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 03, 2010, 02:04:30 PM
who are proud of their selfishness should be put through a woodchipper and fed to pigs.
Bit hard on the pigs, that!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 03, 2010, 03:17:57 PM
On top af eveything else I share a name with this C*** (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8105570/Prisoner-votes-killer-John-Hirst-celebrates-with-champagne-and-a-spliff.html)

I'm kind of torn on this story. Yes, he's a horrid madman who chopped up his landlady, but on the other hand, the Tories look like tits. And at least he's actually *in* prison.

Unlike the completely non-ironic Tory MP who said "isn't it about time we scrapped the Human Rights Act?"

so you see, conflicted.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 03, 2010, 03:24:39 PM
Not sure how the Tories look like tits given that it was Labour who refused - other than all the tits who have spoken out about it.

My personal conflict is around why a convicted criminal should retain the same 'rights' as me.  If you offend against society then why should you continue to benefit from that society's way of working ?

And whoever is in charge of the prison where that clip was filmed should be ashamed and should do something about it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 03, 2010, 03:31:23 PM
My personal conflict is around why a convicted criminal should retain the same 'rights' as me.  If you offend against society then why should you continue to benefit from that society's way of working ?

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit).jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 03, 2010, 03:44:46 PM
And for every corrupt regime in the world there are so many more which are not.

You did not put up a photo of his wife, though.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 03, 2010, 04:10:09 PM
Not sure how the Tories look like tits given that it was Labour who refused - other than all the tits who have spoken out about it.

The Tories are now the ones carrying the can for Labour's buggerup... plus (as you say) the incredibly interesting and well informed comments from their MP's...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 03, 2010, 04:14:40 PM
And whoever is in charge of the prison where that clip was filmed should be ashamed and should do something about it.

I agree. I think the release of this film shows a shocking security breach...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 03, 2010, 10:53:31 PM
Pro Tools continues to bugger up my plans with no reason in sight other than I don't know what I'm doing. Oh, it's probably the laptop or blah blah, but it's still putting a complete halt to all of my work plans and projects. I thought I was doing quite well for someone who started a degree course in Music Production without any serious knowledge about any of the technology or how it worked. Now it just seems like the last two years were spent learning about how to do things in theory as I can't even try to put any of it into practice.

I reckon I spectacularly bluffed my way through those years, anyway. I was absolutely clueless half the time. And what the hell kind of good will it do me anyway? People won't exactly want to employ someone who's got zero work experience (of any kind), but can precariously set up a Pro Toos session for you. The only life experience I've got so far are the sh*ttiest aspects of life that got thrown at me at least ten years too early. That's what one gets for following a schoolboy ambition of being in a band and making music. "Do you know how to do office work?" "No, but I can handle death quite well by now."

Why the f*ck do I even bother?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 03, 2010, 10:59:36 PM
Oi, bloody student - that's more than enough of that.

Most of us on here have met you for real, and none of us who have would say any of those things about you, so don't start trying to put yourself down in that way.

Take a deep breath, and throw a bottle of vodka at it !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 03, 2010, 11:22:18 PM
What the lawyer said.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 03, 2010, 11:31:03 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit).jpg)
David Gower's is looking quite distinguished these days...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: gr8gonzo on November 04, 2010, 12:44:40 AM
There's one less Godfrey on Facebook.  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 04, 2010, 07:43:13 AM
so there is - its not like he was ever on it anyway, it was his twitter feed - oh well (I'm still not going on twitter)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 04, 2010, 09:34:27 AM
So...by not joining facebook in the first place I was actually ahead of my time  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 04, 2010, 10:13:16 AM
There's one less Godfrey on Facebook.  :-\

There's one more tear in our eye...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 04, 2010, 10:32:03 AM
There's one less Godfrey on Facebook.  :-\

There's one more tear in our eye...

I'm ashamed to say I recognised that instantly.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 04, 2010, 10:57:36 AM
And I manfully resisted the urge to correct it to "fewer" - (oops, I just did)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: gr8gonzo on November 04, 2010, 12:16:00 PM
Ooo... shame on me! My mother would disown me if she saw that.

And I realize Jem was just mirroring Twitter on FB, but I prefer FB and now must use Twitter if I wish to stay in the loop. Not a big deal, just one more thing to log into every day.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 04, 2010, 06:01:18 PM
I won't.  As much as I will miss staying in the loop.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: gr8gonzo on November 04, 2010, 07:19:02 PM
No worries, Sarah. I'll assist you in loopstaying.  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 04, 2010, 09:45:08 PM
thank you  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 04, 2010, 10:40:25 PM
His Twitter feed is on the website anyway.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 04, 2010, 10:41:38 PM
Why don't you all just go and camp outside his house  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 04, 2010, 10:50:17 PM
Why don't you all just go and camp outside his house  ::)
:D This is why he's having a bit of quiet time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 04, 2010, 10:55:37 PM
Why don't you all just go and camp outside his house  ::)

Who are you calling camp, sweetie!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 05, 2010, 07:54:48 AM
I don't wish to go on about this, but I am anyway.  Today the director responds to our responses about the restructure.  I didn't make many responses as I couldn't see the point.  We are not going to be able to change anything.  Next week job matching starts!  I have been so busy at work this week I cannot comprehend how it will work when the restructure is done.  I have been thinking keep my job and get double the work v redundancy - not sure which I want now.  :( 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 05, 2010, 09:02:30 AM
I find it hard to believe how we sem as an entire nation to have swallowed this balls about "deficit".

The deficit is as made up as the numbers that the bankers shove around on their screens and yet because it reaches some arbitrary number real people have to alter their real lives, real people lose real jobs, everyone gets told they have to do more and receive less for it.

It's all a crock - it's a sad reflection on our land that we're not hurling bricks at the banks and parliament.

On this occasion you gotta love the French - their leaders try and make them swallow this cack and they are out on the streets in their thousands.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 10:22:51 AM
Yes, but the French cry revolution if someone makes some fizzy wine and calls it Champagne  ::)

What is really going to annoy me is if my pay rise for next year (yes, I am presuming I will get one, and that in itself may be dangerous) does not take into account the extra money the taxman has been taking from me this financial year.  I joined the company 3 years ago and I now take home less than I did then, and yet my petrol costs have gone up at least 25%.  I really am paying to come to work, and not getting refunded when I cannot use a gig ticket because I am still sitting here.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 05, 2010, 11:45:47 AM
THE Announcement  :'(

very very happy for you guys, but there's just no way I'm going to make Pennsylvania.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 11:47:33 AM
I'll bring you back a tshirt  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 05, 2010, 11:50:04 AM
Awww fanks mister  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 11:51:07 AM
"My mate went to RoSfest and all he brought me back was this tossing tshirt"

 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 04:21:38 PM
At 0930 on Monday morning I will be in a meeting discussing VAT matters  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 05, 2010, 04:31:25 PM
That sir, must suck big time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 04:48:49 PM
Not quite as much as finding out you are considered to not be a 'people-person'  ::) >:(

Friday just turned decidedly crappy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 05, 2010, 05:48:27 PM
James - consider this - you have undoubtedly contributed to getting Tinyfish to the US.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 05:50:32 PM
Maybe I only get on well with tossers, and no-one round here even comes close to being a tosser.

And they have no idea that is an insult  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 05, 2010, 05:56:43 PM
F--- em. I'm not a people person - I tend to think that people are a bunch of a*se. I'm glad to know a decent number of execptions, many of them from this very tank, which is why I keep coming back, but people in general you can keep.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 05, 2010, 07:44:55 PM
Well the email response came at 4.30! As predicted the "consultation" did not change a damn thing apart from - they have now decided to get rid of another 0.5 of a person!!  yeah - I really believe that people suggested that!

So after 3 weeks, still waiting....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: gr8gonzo on November 05, 2010, 07:48:34 PM
people in general you can keep.

So true.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 05, 2010, 09:04:14 PM
My whole weekend (9.30 am Saturday until 4pm Sunday) will be taken up with work-related matters. As they are putting us up in a swanky hotel, they are not expecting us to count it as work time so I won't get time off in lieu. And I have to give a talk on Saturday afternoon. There was a gig I quite fancied going to this evening, but I could not go as I wouldn't have been able to get to Bury St Edmunds on Saturday in time, and having had enough sleep, afterwards.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 05, 2010, 09:34:08 PM
I don't wish to go on about this, but I am anyway.  Today the director responds to our responses about the restructure.  I didn't make many responses as I couldn't see the point.  We are not going to be able to change anything.  Next week job matching starts!  I have been so busy at work this week I cannot comprehend how it will work when the restructure is done.  I have been thinking keep my job and get double the work v redundancy - not sure which I want now.  :( 

There's too much of this about
We were given the heads up yesterday that our restructure will be announced next Friday...

Ho hum.....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 05, 2010, 10:47:07 PM
my Mom's cancer is worse than we were previously led to believe,and surgery is really the only option.  and it's serious surgery, with real risks and a long recovery time.  she's hanging in there like the stoic she is, but it sucks.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 10:52:12 PM
Oh, rog - all my thoughts and prayers are with you right now - be strong, my brother


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 05, 2010, 11:06:24 PM
sorry about the news, rog


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 05, 2010, 11:06:56 PM
Big hugs, positive vibes and prayers coming your way, Rog.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 05, 2010, 11:10:18 PM
That is crappy news Rog. Really sorry to hear that mate.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 05, 2010, 11:24:52 PM
We're thinking about you all.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 05, 2010, 11:29:22 PM
thank you all.  it means so much. 

what a crazy day; I'm worried about my Mom, but so happy about ROSFest.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 05, 2010, 11:30:41 PM
Oh Rog, that's awful - hugs to you & your mum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 05, 2010, 11:48:16 PM
puts my job worries into perspective - big hugs xxx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 06, 2010, 12:09:30 AM
Will keep everything crossed, Roger.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: benb on November 06, 2010, 07:30:02 AM
Hi Roger, healing thoughts heading your way.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 06, 2010, 07:39:29 AM
(http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/lucyfan01/cross-eyed-cat.jpg)

keeping everything crossed.

Much love and good vibes Rog.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 06, 2010, 08:18:06 AM
puts my job worries into perspective - big hugs xxx

Me too!

Focussing positive thoughts in your direction...xx


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 06, 2010, 09:11:46 AM
That stinks Rog.  My thoughts are with you and your mum.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 07, 2010, 11:23:06 PM
"Surely we need a paragraph in here about keeping on topic"

NEVER!!!

I always think this is a bizarre rule in other forums (fora?)  When you have a normal conversation in the real world the topic will drift so why not here?  I understand that it does drift quite bizarrely here at times...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 07, 2010, 11:28:31 PM
"Any impersonation of a user within these forums, in any mode of communication, is strictly prohibited and will result in a banning."

So far as I am concerned, the person who posted that was doing a very poor impersonation of Leon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 07, 2010, 11:35:02 PM
Tossers

(am I guilty of impersonating James?)  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 08, 2010, 12:40:13 AM
I have a ticket.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 08, 2010, 05:47:39 AM
Apparantly, you're all going to heck.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 08, 2010, 10:12:29 AM
I've been to heck and back  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: benb on November 08, 2010, 11:21:49 AM
I'm on the higway to heck. ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 08, 2010, 11:23:16 AM
Heck ain't a bad place to be.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 08, 2010, 11:29:11 AM
I have a ticket.
Get a flight to go with it!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 08, 2010, 12:38:34 PM
I've just found out that The Metropolitan Opera will be staging Robert Lepage's new Ring Cycle in 2012. The minimum subscription to guarantee tickets is $10,000. Getting tickets will be nigh on impossible.  :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 08, 2010, 12:58:37 PM
What colour will Gandalf be this time?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 08, 2010, 02:03:00 PM
Will it be sponsored by Zanussi ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 08, 2010, 11:28:41 PM
With narration by Joe Mangel?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 09, 2010, 01:10:38 PM
I have no idea what Robert Lepages Ring Cycle is and that is probably a good thing.

Restructure update!  Rents finance have been matched which is nice for them.  The rest of us are having meetings next Monday and Tuesday.  So the wait continues....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on November 09, 2010, 06:19:41 PM
The Ring Cycle always makes me think of a video I saw back in the 80's.
Udo Lindenberg 'Germans'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL9M7Y9yzno

Probably be banned these days.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 09, 2010, 09:07:05 PM
I'm on the higway to heck. ;D

This one, Benb?

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1323/5161823385_0d40ec084e.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 09, 2010, 09:35:21 PM
The Ring Cycle always makes me think of a video I saw back in the 80's.
Udo Lindenberg 'Germans'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL9M7Y9yzno

Probably be banned these days.

I am speechless.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 09, 2010, 09:36:35 PM
The Ring Cycle always makes me think of a video I saw back in the 80's.
Udo Lindenberg 'Germans'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL9M7Y9yzno

Probably be banned these days.

I am speechless.

Must be worth watching then  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on November 09, 2010, 11:08:44 PM
Grrrrr  :-[ :-[ Don't ever buy Insurance from Scottish Provident


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 10, 2010, 09:43:31 AM
The Ring Cycle always makes me think of a video I saw back in the 80's.
Udo Lindenberg 'Germans'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL9M7Y9yzno

Probably be banned these days.

I am speechless.

I didn't know Udo Lindenberg did any songs in English. I have two of his albums :-)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on November 10, 2010, 09:54:59 AM
I saw the video on TOGWT, and some images remained in my memory. Youtube allowed me to find it again, and it's as bonkers as I remember.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on November 10, 2010, 02:45:43 PM
Losing my sodding, bastarding, buggering wallet.

Thank god I'd already paid into my account the £750 I'd had in it hours previously.

The most annoying thing is not the cards, which can be stopped and replaced easily, it's my driving licence which contains my full name, date of birth, address... you know, all the stuff which anyone needs to try and take out bogus credit in my name.

 :-[

Oh, and the cards are quite annoying too since I had a fun packed weekend planned which is now going to be difficult without access to cash.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 10, 2010, 02:49:26 PM
Ah, you poor bugger sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 10, 2010, 02:52:52 PM
That truly is a day-fracking occurrence. All the effort to try and stop the cards, and as you say, the worry of someone having your ID. I just hope it is found by somebody honest who makes the effort to hand it in to somewhere secure. It does happen - I left a bag in a pub with a memory stick in it that had a load of personal photos (no, not THAT sort of personal) and some kind soul handed it in.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 10, 2010, 02:56:44 PM
I didn't know you had been trained by MI5, UB.

Sorry to hear that, James - it is enough of a bugger when my bank's fraud department think me buying cds from abroad is reason enough to put a hold on my account  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 10, 2010, 03:08:50 PM
I was trained by MFI - I hold the secret of the flat-pack.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 10, 2010, 03:16:21 PM
Be careful - I hear Ted Nugent got Flat Pack Fever.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 10, 2010, 03:43:55 PM
Was that from reading The Joy of Shelves

(http://www.sotcaa.net/archivereview/images/absolutely_denzil02.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on November 10, 2010, 04:05:13 PM
That truly is a day-fracking occurrence. All the effort to try and stop the cards, and as you say, the worry of someone having your ID. I just hope it is found by somebody honest who makes the effort to hand it in to somewhere secure. It does happen - I left a bag in a pub with a memory stick in it that had a load of personal photos (no, not THAT sort of personal) and some kind soul handed it in.

Yeah, I really hope so too. Or that it's in the bottom of my laundry basket or something...  ;)

I suppose I should try calling the police station and see if anyone's handed it in.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on November 10, 2010, 11:02:37 PM
Oh. Of course.

I found the damn thing- right in my laptop bag where I thought I had put it yesterday morning.

Never have I been so annoyed and relieved all at the same time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 10, 2010, 11:04:32 PM
Thank Kevin for that! But you cancelled your cards...doh!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 10, 2010, 11:06:18 PM
Tosser  ::)

 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 10, 2010, 11:25:58 PM
Better than than the alternative. Good news sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 10, 2010, 11:47:00 PM
Now the only thing you have to worry about is the possibility of encroaching Alzheimers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 11, 2010, 12:01:21 AM
good news!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2010, 01:29:16 AM
Whoops. At least you found it in the end. It could've turned out a lot worse. ...You fool.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 11, 2010, 08:49:32 AM
I found the damn thing- right in my laptop bag where I thought I had put it yesterday morning.

You ninny!  ::)

Gald it's safe though.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 11, 2010, 01:22:19 PM
Gald it's safe though.  ;D
You are gald? (#Gald! Always believe in your soul...)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 11, 2010, 01:25:23 PM
Hey, you sounded just like Simon when you typed that.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on November 11, 2010, 02:15:30 PM
Oh. Of course.

I found the damn thing- right in my laptop bag where I thought I had put it yesterday morning.

Never have I been so annoyed and relieved all at the same time.

Them bloody Borrowers. Same thing happened to my with my bus pass. Lost it for three weeks, put my hand in my bag that I use for work everyday, having looked in it over and over, and there it was.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 11, 2010, 02:20:13 PM
You really don't look old enough to have a bus pass - well done, you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 11, 2010, 03:46:00 PM
The prices for tickets at the 2012 olympics make me blue. It will be happening very near where we live (and at this rate will still be living in 2012) but other than a few £20 tickets, which are almost certain to have a terrible view, tickets for most events are £50 or more for finals.

Apart from a few token tickets at £20.12 the cheapest tickets to the opening ceremony (which I would LOVE to go to) are £150.

So much for being for the people. I'm not poor, but I can't afford to go to more than a couple of events. I'd be happy with a couple of quarter finals in the hockey, some preliminary rounds in the canoeing etc. but it looks like even that is way too much.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 11, 2010, 04:48:01 PM
Connection problems  >:(

Pretty annoyed about the previous post too - has put me off wanting to go.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2010, 05:02:16 PM
Pretty annoyed about the previous post too - has put me off wanting to go.
We live in Newham. The whole thing is a con.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 11, 2010, 05:04:03 PM
They should have held the olympics in the Southbank Centre - then they could have got £££s in subsidy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 11, 2010, 05:12:27 PM
Maybe The Luminaire should have applied to host some events


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 11, 2010, 05:13:48 PM
They should have held the olympics in the Southbank Centre - then they could have got £££s in subsidy.

unlike the £££ they are getting in subsidy already you mean.

The Government may be pretending it's all self-financing, but the mount of effort from pretty much every Department expended on the olympics is staggering.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 11, 2010, 07:23:12 PM
I had a bit of a LF moment this evening.  I didn't lose something but made a bad decision that resulted in a two hour journey home  :(

Flaming wind closing the bridge.  Flaming accident on the back country lane that got me lost.  Flaming sat nav telling me to go one way but that "chosen route" has a traffic "event".  Yes I know there was a traffic "event" which is why I didn't go that way in the first place.   ::)  And then giving up and going back to where I started and my bit of the road was more clear than usual aghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 11, 2010, 07:33:26 PM
I am sorry to hear that you have flaming wind
(http://wendyzukerman.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Fighting-farts1.bmp)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 11, 2010, 08:08:39 PM
> I am sorry to hear that you have flaming wind


oh, never have I been so happy to see a blue ?.

:D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 11, 2010, 09:08:35 PM
always guaranteed to make me less blue  ;D flaming tossers


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2010, 11:05:50 PM
Sodding National Rail making my possible venture down to London (including the Luminaire Watch gig) on Saturday impossible due to expensive ticket prices. Bah! I was going to buy Simon a cake, too.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 12, 2010, 11:14:23 AM
Give me cake.....bastards!  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on November 12, 2010, 11:29:34 AM
Sodding National Rail making my possible venture down to London (including the Luminaire Watch gig) on Saturday impossible due to expensive ticket prices. Bah! I was going to buy Simon a cake, too.  :(

That also made me blue...
 :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 12, 2010, 11:35:05 AM
Yes, I think we were all after some of that cake  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on November 12, 2010, 12:11:50 PM
Sodding National Rail making my possible venture down to London (including the Luminaire Watch gig) on Saturday impossible due to expensive ticket prices. Bah! I was going to buy Simon a cake, too.  :(

Where do you need to come from Tim ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 12, 2010, 01:12:34 PM
People talking absolute inane drivel with an aggressive tone of badly perceived and frankly misplaced authority.

Prog save me from 'PA's  :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on November 12, 2010, 01:27:34 PM
People talking absolute inane drivel with an aggressive tone of badly perceived and frankly misplaced authority.


Have you been ringing yourself and listening to your answer machine again James ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 12, 2010, 01:30:04 PM
I do like the sound of my own voice.

I wonder if that is reflected in my behaviour on here  ::)

 ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 12, 2010, 02:26:20 PM
People talking absolute inane drivel with an aggressive tone of badly perceived and frankly misplaced authority.

Don't blame me - you voted for them.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Keithd on November 12, 2010, 02:38:24 PM
I think this sums it up for today

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_6kAUnYYDed4/SQHXBDy0BFI/AAAAAAAABuQ/OfJo7z6L38U/s576/Motivation_320.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 12, 2010, 03:11:54 PM
I love that photo.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 12, 2010, 04:16:51 PM
I hate bloody lawyers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 12, 2010, 04:26:36 PM
I love that photo.

me, too.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 12, 2010, 05:59:18 PM
I really hate bloody lawyers now...yes, may not make yet another gig - and hardly in the mood for one now !  This lot are supposed to be working for us, but they are worse than useless - last time we will have anyone acting for us that we have not selected ourselves  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 13, 2010, 12:43:24 AM
Bloody lawyers - get you to the Luminaire tomorrow and we'll slag 'em off together.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 13, 2010, 01:02:31 AM
But I am still thinking of The Peel...or more likely neither  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 14, 2010, 04:45:00 PM
back ache  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 14, 2010, 04:57:46 PM
So sorry, I don't mean to go on.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 14, 2010, 05:05:50 PM
As much as I would like to blame you for all the ills in the world, I don't think you can take credit for this  :D :D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 14, 2010, 05:19:17 PM
Damn, foiled again  >:(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 15, 2010, 03:32:07 PM
Apparently "the needless sarcasms and cutting remarks that we think make us sound witty" is a flaw and not a positive within interpersonal behaviour.

I'm glad that was included within a list or I would never have thought of it  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 15, 2010, 03:41:22 PM
Interpersonal behaviour is overrated. They only use it against you later.  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 15, 2010, 04:03:39 PM
Restructure update...

None of us were job matched  ??? ???  we are therefore all at risk of redundancy.  I am leaning towards taking voluntary redundancy rather than applying for the job that I do but apparently don't do.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 15, 2010, 04:15:46 PM
Oh sh*te

Big hugs

If it's any consolation, I wasn't job matched in our reorganisation, but even though they made me go through the rigmarole I carried on doing pretty much the same job.

And if you apply for it then at least that's practice for applying for jobs if you decide to tell them to f*** off.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 15, 2010, 04:44:46 PM
Restructure update...

None of us were job matched  ??? ???  we are therefore all at risk of redundancy.  I am leaning towards taking voluntary redundancy rather than applying for the job that I do but apparently don't do.

See, this just baffles me...if NONE of you were job matched then who the heck is doing any work around there, and more to the point who should be doing what you are doing ?  And whose job should you be doing ?

Personally, I would only take voluntary redundancy if the terms were very generous and I had something else lined up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2010, 04:47:18 PM
We need a Finance Director, Sarah, preferably one who isn't a cretin. The downside is you'd have to manage me...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 15, 2010, 04:49:11 PM
I know nothing about finance, but I want that job  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2010, 04:54:41 PM
I know nothing about finance, but I want that job  ;D
Believe me, James, you know more about finance than the current incumbent.

However, I'd resign so fast if you did it...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 15, 2010, 05:39:14 PM
well after curry the world should look a better place, will get the kids into bed, well the young one anyway, discuss with husband

the redundancy terms are standard but would be enough to cover me for a few months


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 15, 2010, 10:51:15 PM
That's a crappy lot you've been handed there Sarah but at least there is Hubby and curry...and the kids of course!  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 16, 2010, 12:29:43 AM
These are crappy times indeed....I can only sympathise, having been there myself for most of this year.

Having been "saved" at the last minute (to return to the yearly will-they/won't-they of budget negotiation) we had our MD up on his hind legs today talking about "the pain we all went through" (actually only the 15 of us out of 200 went through it but thanks for suffering those interminable golf games and management bonuses for us) and the challenges we now face going forward leverage synergy inbox big ask in this space with a few points to cover off....(where do they get all this flippin' cobblers from?).

Anyway, I too would advocate taking the money if it is big enough (in my case it wasn't and will never be now I fear) but apply for one of the remaining posts anyway.

Further hugs available on demand.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 16, 2010, 12:36:56 AM
(where do they get all this flippin' cobblers from?).

If it is anything like our place then people spend £600 to go to a 'workshop' (twats) to learn it.

Still, it makes it all the funnier when they get excited about a 10% rise in usage of the intranet, only to find they cannot actually understand figures and it was a 0.1% rise ("it's still a rise", said one), and there's me thinking I could change all that in one fell spam  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 16, 2010, 07:46:22 AM
If it is anything like our place then people spend £600 to go to a 'workshop' (twats) to learn it.
I believe it was St. Alexei of Sayle who one once said "anyone who uses the the word 'workshop' in anything other than a light engineering context is a complete rotten chap"

Well, he didn't say "rotten chap", exactly...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 16, 2010, 07:49:38 AM
My prawn bhuna was scrum  ;D  I also applied for a couple of jobs last night  ;D

I'm outta there.   ;D  Very scared but at the same time very excited  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 16, 2010, 08:06:49 AM
Good luck Sarah. 


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 16, 2010, 09:12:28 AM
Stuck home with a stinking cold today...oh well, it's the time of year...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MikeEvs on November 16, 2010, 09:40:56 AM
Stuck home with a stinking cold today...oh well, it's the time of year...

I did that last week


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Keithd on November 16, 2010, 09:48:20 AM
We need a Finance Director, Sarah, preferably one who isn't a cretin. The downside is you'd have to manage me...

That's what I'm employed as.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 16, 2010, 09:55:31 AM
My prawn bhuna was scrum  ;D  I also applied for a couple of jobs last night  ;D

I'm outta there.   ;D  Very scared but at the same time very excited  ;D
You go girlfreeend!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 16, 2010, 02:45:10 PM
Good luck Sarah and get well soon Wilfey boy.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 16, 2010, 04:48:54 PM
I'm outta there.   ;D  Very scared but at the same time very excited  ;D

Good luck - this time find a job they will say you are doing in a year's time  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 16, 2010, 06:10:29 PM
well todays installment..

due to the responses they got yesterday they are reviewing the job matching and the timetable for the restructure is not valid now and they need to do a new timetable  ::)

I'll make you lot as fed up with this as I am!!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 16, 2010, 06:24:34 PM
My advice would be to keep looking for a new job, and then you have options when they finally decide to actually do something.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 16, 2010, 06:24:57 PM
Sarah - it all sounds a bit grim - keep your chin up.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 16, 2010, 06:30:35 PM
Were the responses "we are all ****ing off now - have fun storming the castle!" ?

I hate that. They sound like they are too rubbish to even bollocks it up properly.

I had an interesting experience the other day. In our TV room, there is a big square bookshelf where people dump books and mags for other people to read. There was a book called "Multisourcing" which sure enough, was some horrid management rubbish about how to do outsourcing more "scientifically". It was the usual stuff that makes you want to throw up about three paragraphs in.

Inside the front cover was a post-it note, saying something like: "I thought this would come in handy considering the job you have to do" and lo and behold it was addressed to the guy who had been in charge of organising the outsourcing to Romania we were going to have before the customer found out and said "Woah, Nelly!". So I changed the subtitle of the book to "How to treat your employees like meat and hope they don't notice" and put it back on the shelf.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 16, 2010, 07:02:16 PM
My advice would be to keep looking for a new job, and then you have options when they finally decide to actually do something.
That's what I would do as well.  The more chances you give yourself, the better off you are.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 16, 2010, 07:34:19 PM
indeed  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 16, 2010, 09:08:05 PM
"Woah, Nelly!"
No one can stop Nellie...

So I changed the subtitle of the book to "How to treat your employees like meat and hope they don't notice" and put it back on the shelf.
:D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 08:09:49 AM
"Woah, Nelly!"
No one can stop Nellie...

Nor should they - go girl!  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 09:00:14 AM
Yes.  Go !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 17, 2010, 09:18:03 AM
Yes.  Go !
I'm watching you  :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 09:21:15 AM
I'm not here.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 09:29:14 AM
This statement is a lie!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2010, 09:30:31 AM
Bloody cold - off work again today. I've reached the coughing stage, very attractive....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 09:31:51 AM
This statement is a lie!
That makes my mind spin.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 17, 2010, 09:52:18 AM
Translate it into mathematics and you have Gödel's Theorem!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 11:10:08 AM
Quote
Any effectively generated theory capable of expressing elementary arithmetic cannot be both consistent and complete. In particular, for any consistent, effectively generated formal theory that proves certain basic arithmetic truths, there is an arithmetical statement that is true, but not provable in the theory

Mine was snappier  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 01:45:20 PM
Hope you feel better soon, Wilf.

Sarah, hugs on request if you need them. (I'm having trouble keeping up with your situation and actually understand any of it, so I'll just stand in the corner until requested for support.  :) ) Wilf can have a hug too, if he wants.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2010, 01:46:21 PM
That's a massive over-simplification of Gödel :)

The man was a complete fruitcake. Apart from being a chronic hypochondriac, he starved himself to death because he was convinced someone was trying to poison him.

But the impact of the Incompleteness Theorem on mathematics can't be overstated. It destroyed Russell and Whitehead's attempt to derive the entire of mathematics from logic by establishing the principle of undecideability, and mathematicians are still arguing today about what this means for the 'completeness' of the subject. Can we, for example, ever totally rely on a mathematical proof if the set of axioms you start with are always going to be flawed?

(Just saying...:))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 17, 2010, 01:47:58 PM
Wilf  can have a hug too, if he wants.
That's kind of you, Tim, but I wouldn't want to give you this cold...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 01:48:30 PM
Come on, boffins - we want answers, and we want them now !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 02:05:05 PM
Forty-Two


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 02:25:43 PM
That's numberwang !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 17, 2010, 02:31:40 PM
Come on, boffins - we want answers, and we want them now !

Sorry, I'm lost. What is it you want answers to? Or do you just want any answers, in which case, UB has already obliged in a self referential way.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 02:32:55 PM
I want an answer to that !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 17, 2010, 02:34:27 PM
As you well know, the answer to Forty-Two is in fact the question. Both of which may not be known in the same universe or it will implode.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 02:44:09 PM
Well done, boffins - that's sorted that out once and for all !


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 02:51:28 PM
Anyone fancy a pint?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 02:56:03 PM
I made a reference to something once, too.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 02:56:44 PM
Were you a referee ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 03:26:01 PM
(http://www.naijasmostincredible.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/red-card.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 04:13:38 PM
I'm not that young. Maybe when compared to most people here...  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 04:15:57 PM
Do you own a whistle ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 17, 2010, 07:50:56 PM


Sarah, hugs on request if you need them. (I'm having trouble keeping up with your situation and actually understand any of it, so I'll just stand in the corner until requested for support.  :) ).

I'm having trouble keeping up with my situation!!  ;D



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 17, 2010, 09:27:36 PM
In the beginning the earth cooled and then the dinosaurs came, but they were big and bad and they had to go.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 09:39:24 PM
So Keith packed up his things and sued Greg.

Carl lived happily ever after.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 10:28:46 PM
I've just recieved another static shock from my iPod. Turns out it wasn't my pair of earphones I originally suspected (and had bought a replacement for). According to a quick search on Google, quite a few people have been recieving static shocks to their ears and/or heads while listening to their iPods. Apple have said that it can happen, that it can also happen with other electrical products and have said you can avoid the shocks by, amongst other things, dehumidifying your room, moisturise your skin, avoid taking it out of your pocket and keep it out of the wind. Great.  ::)

I must be going through a special static phase as I was getting a few shocks from various metallic surfaces last week, but still, it's not nice. Especially as I really don't like getting electrocuted in the ear.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 10:31:29 PM
I am glad to read that Apple are keeping me covered.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 17, 2010, 11:38:56 PM
what guitar?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 17, 2010, 11:41:14 PM
heh


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 18, 2010, 03:55:27 PM
The doctrine of estoppel.

Bloody law.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 18, 2010, 03:56:53 PM
Oh it's a law... I thought you were having a game of D&D  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 18, 2010, 05:31:28 PM
Oh it's a law... I thought you were having a game of D&D  ;D

D&D is rubbish. AD&D is good.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 18, 2010, 05:49:16 PM
Oh it's a law... I thought you were having a game of D&D  ;D

D&D is rubbish. AD&D is good.

Is that a cross between AC/DC and ADHD?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 18, 2010, 05:53:54 PM
MAD


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 18, 2010, 07:16:28 PM
Men Are Dead?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 18, 2010, 07:42:27 PM
(http://991.com/newgallery/Ian-Gillan-Mutually-Assured-50743.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 18, 2010, 10:24:00 PM
MAD

How should I know?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 18, 2010, 10:26:41 PM
How should who know ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 18, 2010, 10:27:14 PM
What guitar?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 18, 2010, 10:40:28 PM
perzackly.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 18, 2010, 10:41:09 PM
It's looking increasingly unlikely that I'll be able to go to the Frost* Manchester gig.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 19, 2010, 05:32:41 AM
Transport woes again?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 19, 2010, 07:53:57 AM

Tell me I'm mad. I have been here for so long.

See? Someone else gets it Mouse.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 19, 2010, 09:51:10 AM
No European Perspective this weekend. I'm in no state to record something even vaguely coherent.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 19, 2010, 10:03:31 AM
No European Perspective this weekend. I'm in no state to record something even vaguely coherent.

Drunk again?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 19, 2010, 10:34:38 AM
You're a fine one to decide.

(I'll leave you to imagine what that's a reply to  ;D)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 19, 2010, 11:33:06 AM
I had a very David Lynch dream last night. I was getting together with an old friend, and he was telling funny stories about the old days, when I suddenly realised (in the dream) that these stories weren't funny or interesting at all.

It's just as well that all the stories were "true in the dream" but utterly made up in real life.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 19, 2010, 11:42:48 AM
No European Perspective this weekend. I'm in no state to record something even vaguely coherent.

Just guess what I am thinking  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 19, 2010, 11:58:57 AM
Just guess what I am thinking  ::)

(http://www.amightywind.com/animationfactoryf/mad_scientist_thinking_of_evil_lg_clr.gif)

Something evil, no doubt


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 20, 2010, 02:45:04 PM
Transport woes again?

Actually, it could be possible again now. We'll see.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 20, 2010, 05:02:30 PM
I've not been around much the last few days. This is because there's some unpleasant stuff going on for me at the moment, I'm feeling crappy and depressed, and I've not been sleeping. It could be quite some time before the situation is resolved, and most of the eventual outcomes aren't very nice, which is one of the reasons I'm feeling so down about it. I'm seeing the doctor on Monday because it's been raising my blood pressure (I'm chronically hypertensive and on medication for it), and I'm going to ask if there's anything she can do to help too.

I don't really think it's a good idea to go into specifics (Chris, Simon and Robert know the situation, and my view that these three gents are about the best friends you could ask for have been further reinforced), but they say it's a good idea to be up front about how you're feeling with people you trust, so I wanted to let you all know. The one I'll say it isn't is family problems. If i didn't have Yvette and Huw I figure I would have gone completely mad.

As I said before there's no TEP this week, and I've had to cancel the interview with Richard Allen from Mogador that would have provided the foundation for next week's show. I'm hoping that by next weekend I'll feel up to putting a show together - that's another thing that makes life worth living, even if it's just for me and not the poor listeners.

I hope to return to something resembling normal Wilfness at some point, though at present I don't know when that might be.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 20, 2010, 05:07:33 PM
Many calming and detensing vibes coming your way Wilf.

I very much enjoyed chatting to you throughout the weekend at Summers End and you are a top fellow who deserves only nice things.

I hope those things that you do not deserve take flight or expire soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 20, 2010, 05:09:49 PM
Wot the Uncle said. You're a proper top bloke, Wilf. If you ever need to chat about anything - serious, stupid or silly - then I'm sure we'll all be here for you.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 20, 2010, 05:14:53 PM
Hang in there buddy. Whatever the outcome, there will come a time in the future (maybe a week, perhaps a month, maybe even a year) when you'll look back on this and think "I'm actually pleased that happened. It sent me down a path that lead me to where I am now".

Go and listen to something uplifting - This old quack suggests "Revolution Earth" by The B52s. A song that always makes me feel almost blissful.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 20, 2010, 05:18:42 PM
You're a top bloke Wilf.  I hope things get sorted soon.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 20, 2010, 05:55:40 PM
Echoing everything Mouse & robh say

Everything i read tells me you are exactly that - proper top bloke with heart in right place

Hang in there - and what Jim said - you will look back and know it made you stronger
 :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 20, 2010, 06:44:16 PM
Virtual hugs, handshakes or just manly nods of acknowledgement are yours as required - or all three if you like.  :)
This community is all the richer for having you in it.  :)



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 20, 2010, 07:16:15 PM
Hope whatever it is sorts itself out to a way that will make you well again xxx  take it easy - nothing is worth getting ill over


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 20, 2010, 07:25:06 PM
Hugs coming your way, Wilf.   :-*


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 20, 2010, 09:27:58 PM
If you don't produce an edition of TEP then how the heck am I going to be able to boycott it  >:(

Let me know if I can do anything specific to help, and in the meantime you have all good thoughts for me (though they may still be evil thoughts compared to all the norms on here).


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 20, 2010, 09:32:27 PM
Hugs to you Wilfie and take all the time you need. Try not to take too long though as we all miss you!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 20, 2010, 11:01:27 PM
what everyone has said, Wilf.  ((hugs))


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 21, 2010, 10:55:17 AM
Thanks everyone, for your kind words and best wishes.

I did actually sleep last night, at least until around 6.30 this morning, but I woke with a general sense of panic and disorientation. Everything is very uncertain, that's the trouble - and there's a real tension between wanting the uncertainty resolved and being absolutely petrified of what this is all about. That's the trouble - when you're in the dark your mind fills in the gaps.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 21, 2010, 11:34:39 AM
I know this sounds stupid, but when I had a situation which induced similar feelings, I listened a lot to Tan Dun's soundtrack to the film 'Hero'. It had a calming effect on me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Trace on November 21, 2010, 11:39:49 AM
Just been out for a pleasant 5 mile walk along some of the local roads before they get crowded (being the country it's all relative - I only saw 2 cars). The walk was good, but the amount of litter and stuff dumped in hedges and ditches really pissed me off. My village organises a clearup around the village twice a year, but just outside the village it's depressing.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 21, 2010, 01:56:32 PM
PANIC PANIC PANIC

Son #1 only just fits into largest size of boys clothes in Primark......gonna need to start saving to buy real clothes costing real prices very early in the new year.......

Why do they grow up so fast?
 :'( :'(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 21, 2010, 02:01:12 PM
I feel your pain, Ursula - the Spoff, aged only 13, now takes a size 9 in shoes and it's adult sizes for all his clothes.

They grow up to be so beautiful, but does it have to be so fast?  :-\


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 21, 2010, 02:47:47 PM
As a member of the younger generation, I feel it's my responsibility to apologise for the unfortunate inconvenience of us growing up, at least physically and hopefully not mentally.  ;)  It's only because our parents take such good care of us and look after us so well.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 21, 2010, 04:21:34 PM
PANIC PANIC PANIC

Son #1 only just fits into largest size of boys clothes in Primark......gonna need to start saving to buy real clothes costing real prices very early in the new year.......

Why do they grow up so fast?
 :'( :'(

It could be worse, they could be man giants like me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 21, 2010, 10:33:36 PM
I have a friend who is a giant on this programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ts04x  which actually makes me smile


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 21, 2010, 11:33:35 PM
PANIC PANIC PANIC

Son #1 only just fits into largest size of boys clothes in Primark......gonna need to start saving to buy real clothes costing real prices very early in the new year.......

Why do they grow up so fast?
 :'( :'(

It could be worse, they could be man giants like me.

My older son, aged 15, is now 6'6" and size 13 feet - it's getting very hard to find clothes to fit him now. My 13-year-old is a similar size to Spoffo. The days of popping into Mothercare are long past!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 09:09:55 PM
The 'new' MySpace.

I need to find a different place to stay, because they just ruined it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 22, 2010, 09:15:05 PM
oooh it looks nice - less cheap n busy

but James - it says the wait is over! 

"The new Myspace is here

Since you've been so loyal to us, we wanted you to be one of the first to see the newly, redesigned Myspace.

Updated and new features include:


   
See what's new
   

We'll be rolling out more changes over the next few months, so stay tuned for more updates.

Your fans at Myspace UK"


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 09:17:27 PM
It is squashed up and busy and does not let me easily see which blogs I have not read, which is my main reason for being on there.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 22, 2010, 09:19:48 PM
you'll get used to it


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 09:22:02 PM
Only if I can be bothered to.  I've read comments saying they have made it look like facebook...I have no idea if that is true, but it would simply confirm my suspicions if it is  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 22, 2010, 09:26:48 PM
It does in a way but it doesn't have the shoddy side adverts that are on fb.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 09:33:41 PM
Mine has adverts...I keep seeing the Mr Men advertising Specsavers


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 22, 2010, 10:05:19 PM
That is a great advert, though.  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 22, 2010, 11:00:52 PM
I still have Man Flu. Everyone knows about it and I'm still not better!  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 11:01:41 PM
Scan and post.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Nellie on November 22, 2010, 11:03:49 PM
I'm too ill :P


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 22, 2010, 11:12:45 PM
I can make you feel much worse  ;D


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 22, 2010, 11:46:26 PM
I didn't know you were ill, Nells. Have a hug.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2010, 07:26:50 AM
My sons friend called the house at 6.30  >:(  To be honest, Steve was less than impressed with him too.  I have an alarm clock - it is called a daughter and I don't like being woken by an other kid.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 23, 2010, 08:11:13 AM
Get well soon Nellie - big hugs

(http://users.isp.com/bojo163/assets/images/thats_a_big_hug02.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Bert on November 23, 2010, 11:09:23 AM
Get well soon Nellie - big hugs

(http://users.isp.com/bojo163/assets/images/thats_a_big_hug02.jpg)

Whoever that chap is in the photo, he has to be bonkers.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 23, 2010, 11:44:48 AM
Isn't it Mouse?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 23, 2010, 11:56:56 AM
I can't see any picture, therefore I'm starting to dread just what you're on about...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 23, 2010, 12:43:23 PM
WAS that Siegfried or Roy?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 23, 2010, 01:40:32 PM
No, it was Mouse! Keep up, Pedders!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 23, 2010, 02:12:51 PM
actually, that's a cool story.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 23, 2010, 07:15:06 PM
D'Oh! Sorry, you miss one episode and you have no idea what's going on...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 23, 2010, 09:33:27 PM
My Japanese term has ended early as my sensei has to return to Japan due to visa issues.

I do hope she gets it sorted out for next term.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2010, 10:23:35 PM
Home visit by the teacher.  She seemed nice.  K was on top form.  However I got the impression that another child was going to be let down by the education system.  Boy was ignored because he was below average and she is going to be ignored because she is above average.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 23, 2010, 11:17:17 PM
Since mine have been going to school I have been coming to the opinion that the educational system is only as good as the time and effort the parents can put into supporting their children through it...I thought I could just leave them to it, but that is not the case at all.  Fortunately I am not a 'leave them to it' person, so that has not had an effect, but I think that is missing the point of what the educational system should be providing.

Had a tough day at work today - there is stuff going on that I cannot talk about, and other stuff going on that I really cannot talk about.

But it is other news which has me blue.  Sometimes life is just crappy when it should not be.  Not for me - lord knows I appreciate that in the big scheme of things I have it easy - but for someone I consider to be a friend, and who deserves much better.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2010, 11:18:11 PM
 :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 24, 2010, 10:22:54 AM
I'm just thankful that I don't have kids - I don't think I'd cope well with crap education provided for them, especially having had a largely decent one provided for me.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 24, 2010, 02:00:51 PM
Okay, an update on Planet Wilf is probably due.

The headline news is that I am now unemployed. I'm not going to go into the circumstances surrounding this, and in fact the ink isn't yet fully dry on the paperwork, but I've left my employer with a small settlement, and the next period is going to be tough, until I find a new job.

Although this is a shock I'm determined to move on and make the best out of this that I can. I'm lucky - I have Yvette and Huw, the best family anyone could hope for, and I have skills that I'll be able to take elsewhere (if anyone knows of anywhere that needs an IT/Network Manager...). It's no secret that I've not been a happy bunny workwise for a while, and perhaps this is the clean break I need to sort myself out. The timing isn't great but hey, when is?

But the last week or so has also reinforced the value of having friends, paramount among whom are you guys. The messages of support, both on the public forums and in private messages and telephone conversations, have been absolutely overwhelming (don't believe a word of the gruff, cynical front that some very prolific posters to these pages put out :)). I can't thank you all enough...when circumstances allow I'm going to have a bloody big party, and you're all invited.

Maybe I'll be lucky and find another job quickly - if not, then I'll likely be here a fair bit. I'll also be able to put a little more time into the podcast, so I'm afraid the suffering doesn't end for everyone else ;)

Thanks folks - I owe you all big time.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 24, 2010, 02:31:34 PM
Hope you find something that is right for you Wilf.

It was very clear from what you had said about the previous place that you leaving was a good thing in all but financial terms.

Hopefully that will not become an issue and you will regard this time, however difficult to get through, as a blessing, albeit one with a false nose and glasses on.

Sending good vibes your way. Make the most of your (hopefully short) time off.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 24, 2010, 02:41:00 PM
It's good news that a page has been turned and you've emerged from the other side with your life intact sir. It's also nice to know that when push comes to shove, there area lot of individuals here that look out for eachother.  :)





Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 24, 2010, 02:49:03 PM
Nowt wrong with gruff

(http://www.nydamprints.com/goatsgruffweb.jpg)

It keeps away the trolls


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 24, 2010, 03:52:15 PM
That is not what a troll looks like.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 24, 2010, 04:03:38 PM
That's why the goats are not looking so gruff yet.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 04:05:47 PM
...when circumstances allow I'm going to have a bloody big party, and you're all invited.

CURRY!

 ;D

Glad to hear that you're looking from a positive viewpoint, Wilf. And you know that we're always here if you need us (especially James).  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 24, 2010, 04:06:41 PM
I'm never here.  And if I am, I never hear.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 04:08:27 PM
Wot?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 24, 2010, 04:10:17 PM
CURRY!
I like your way of thinking, Tim...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 04:14:01 PM
I'm having one tonight.  :)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 24, 2010, 04:16:47 PM
A billy goat or a troll ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 04:50:42 PM
Whatever meat it is, it's in a curry.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 24, 2010, 05:13:27 PM
Whatever meat it is, it's in a curry.

Beef/pork or chicken ?  You choose...
(http://images.free-extras.com/pics/s/snoopy_snuggling-1472.jpg)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 24, 2010, 06:31:29 PM
Jeez Wilf - feel for you.  On the plus side it was all very quick whereas my restructure....  ::)

Good luck in finding a new role and I hope that your superiors aren't finance directors!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: RobH on November 24, 2010, 06:53:45 PM
Best wishes Wilf.  I'm sure that something will turn up sooner rather than later.  In the past I've lived with job dissatisfaction, likely closures and unemployment.  I am so much happier now that I've found a job and a company that I really like working with.  I hope, and I expect, that this will happen for you as well.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 24, 2010, 07:21:18 PM
Jeez Wilf - feel for you.  On the plus side it was all very quick whereas my restructure....  ::)
Yes, your restructure...that's real purgatory...I hope that'll get sorted, and in your favour, as soon as may be.
Quote
Good luck in finding a new role and I hope that your superiors aren't finance directors!
Well, I can dream....;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: MissPurr on November 24, 2010, 07:30:50 PM
Running out of alcohol always makes me feel blue...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 07:50:22 PM
I hear that.

I ended up not having the curry. No-one could remember how long it has been in the fridge for, so I decided to leave it in favour of another pasta meal. I really should stop with those pasta meals, I do tend to have a few...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 24, 2010, 09:10:51 PM
so now the pasta's gone?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 24, 2010, 10:21:23 PM
Hey! The pasta's gone!  :D

...and only grain will linger on?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: hoboslobo on November 25, 2010, 09:03:41 AM
stupid engineers who do not bring the correct parts and when they come back from getting the part realise that the part the brought is also wrong

aaaaaaaarrrrrggggggghhh

oh and not sleeping for 25 hours


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: roger on November 25, 2010, 01:46:05 PM
sorry, Wilf.  that just sucks.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Pedro on November 25, 2010, 01:58:03 PM
Hey! The pasta's gone!  :D
...and only grain will linger on?
;D I see what you did there!

Sorry to hear your news Wilf. I join the wish (maybe we should build a machine) that you find sometihng suitable (and better) in the very near future.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 25, 2010, 02:06:51 PM
That reminds me of Paul at rehearsals singing;

Why be a chef, tell me why?

Silly man.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: James_H on November 25, 2010, 04:20:04 PM
Also sorry to hear your news, Wilf... (although secretly looking forward to extra podcasts!)

Maybe we should all pay a TEP subscription to keep you in beer and CDs until things improve...  ;)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 25, 2010, 04:36:14 PM
Maybe we should all pay a TEP subscription to keep you in beer and CDs until things improve...  ;)
Don't tease me ;)

Thanks for the kind thoughts.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 25, 2010, 04:58:59 PM
You could always have a discretionary paypal 'donate' button sir.

We here at Tinyfish Towers are looking into a scheme where if fans of the band make a small donation, you will be ushered to a super secret part of the website where you can see a picture of Robert in just his pants.

It's this kind of creative thinking that made U2 the financial behemoth it is today.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 25, 2010, 05:00:31 PM
If we make a larger donation are we banned from that area of the website ?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Jim on November 25, 2010, 05:49:04 PM
If we make a larger donation are we banned from that area of the website ?

No. You make a donation and if it's deemed to be "not quite big enough"...


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 25, 2010, 06:53:11 PM
We here at Tinyfish Towers are looking into a scheme where if fans of the band make a small donation, you will be ushered to a super secret part of the website where you can see a picture of Robert in just his pants.

Can we not?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Mouse on November 25, 2010, 06:59:26 PM
Fine, I won't give you anymore of my money. (Although, I still need to buy a BRS T-shirt...)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Simon on November 26, 2010, 10:45:17 AM
But...but...think of Robert's pants boys and girls, think of the pants.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 26, 2010, 10:57:06 AM
Suddenly I don't feel well....


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 26, 2010, 10:57:20 AM
(http://www.active-noise-reduction.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/noise-fingers-in-ears-001.jpg)

La la la la la - I can't hear you!


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 26, 2010, 02:28:46 PM
But...but...think of Robert's pants boys and girls, think of the pants.

Must we?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Robert on November 26, 2010, 03:25:42 PM
But...but...think of Robert's pants boys and girls, think of the pants.

Must we?

Besides, Catherine, you've already seen them, apparently :p


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 26, 2010, 03:58:39 PM
That, and not liking Rush  ::)


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: chopper on November 26, 2010, 04:05:05 PM
But...but...think of Robert's pants boys and girls, think of the pants.

Must we?
Please no, not the pants.  :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: chopper on November 26, 2010, 04:08:23 PM
Okay, an update on Planet Wilf is probably due.

The headline news is that I am now unemployed. I'm not going to go into the circumstances surrounding this, and in fact the ink isn't yet fully dry on the paperwork, but I've left my employer with a small settlement, and the next period is going to be tough, until I find a new job.

Although this is a shock I'm determined to move on and make the best out of this that I can. I'm lucky - I have Yvette and Huw, the best family anyone could hope for, and I have skills that I'll be able to take elsewhere (if anyone knows of anywhere that needs an IT/Network Manager...). It's no secret that I've not been a happy bunny workwise for a while, and perhaps this is the clean break I need to sort myself out. The timing isn't great but hey, when is?

But the last week or so has also reinforced the value of having friends, paramount among whom are you guys. The messages of support, both on the public forums and in private messages and telephone conversations, have been absolutely overwhelming (don't believe a word of the gruff, cynical front that some very prolific posters to these pages put out :)). I can't thank you all enough...when circumstances allow I'm going to have a bloody big party, and you're all invited.

Maybe I'll be lucky and find another job quickly - if not, then I'll likely be here a fair bit. I'll also be able to put a little more time into the podcast, so I'm afraid the suffering doesn't end for everyone else ;)

Thanks folks - I owe you all big time.
Sorry to hear your news David. We are currently awaiting the results of a "restructure" due to "globalisation" here at the IT department of a well-known Scottish Bank so there could be more competition for IT jobs soon! Good luck, I might bump into you at interviews.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 26, 2010, 06:22:30 PM
I'll keep my fingers crossed that the axe doesn't fall for you, Sir.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: chopper on November 26, 2010, 07:12:57 PM
You're too kind.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: ursula on November 26, 2010, 10:34:52 PM
THAT announcement we've been dreading for the last fortnight was made at 10am this morning

28 roles become 14
we have 10 days "consultation" now.......

A technicality on my job description is keeping me out of the competitive assimilation pot this time...........can't help looking at my colleagues faces and remembering exactly how I felt 2 years ago ( pretty much to the day as it happens)

Its grim out there.... good job its cosy in here. :(


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 26, 2010, 10:51:08 PM
I made a decision a few weeks ago which may have saved me from such a consideration, and in fact may well have shoved me to another end of a spectrum.  I'm talking in riddles, sorry.  I have a lot to thank my new colleague for (she's been here 6 months, I should stop calling her 'new' (and maybe use her real name instead  ;))) though I could categorise it that she 'simply' allowed me to find myself.  Just in time.

So my thought go out to all of you, in a there but for the grace of god sort of way.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 26, 2010, 11:08:04 PM
28 to 14 omg!!  so your technicality in your job description has saved you?  good news for you - must be hell for the other 27 - why do they have to make the suffering so much longer with "consultation"?


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James on November 26, 2010, 11:10:56 PM
Because the law says they have to - blame the unions and Europe for making it so.  Brought in to avoid 'last in, first out', which was seen as unfair - consultation is meant to mean you keep the people best suited for the jobs available, based on a fair and reasonable selection process.

Yeah, totally impossible to fix it.


Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: Ash on November 26, 2010, 11:16:59 PM
when I got made redundant before, I was called into an office, told, went back to my desk where my computer had been switched off and went home - much better  ;D

I have had weeks of colleagues speculating, asking what you thought, what you are going to do, etc etc and quite frankly I think employment law rather than there to protect you, is there to make you suffer more.

- why do they have to make the suffering so much longer with "consultation"?
This was more of a plaintive rhetorical moan about my situation rather than why.  It is "best practise" rather than actually the law.  Otherwise Wilf wouldn't have been shafted so quickly.



Title: Re: What Made You Blue? (Mk II)
Post by: A James<