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Hamsterbert

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  1. Sad news. I'm sorry to hear it and I know he will be missed very much.
  2. Wow, I am VERY late to this. Congratulations, Lynnski! May you be wonderfully happy together.
  3. Perhaps they have her on the programme for guaranteed controversy. I had never heard of her until reading about her name prejudices and I think I wish I had still never heard of her. Sounds like a ghastly person.
  4. I doubt I'll be there but it's a very worthy cause and I do hope it is a success. Huntington's is what killed Woody Guthrie, isn't it?
  5. Ah, seeing this topic reminded me of a funny sketch: That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathic A&E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0
  6. There was a recent item about George Square in the Herald,: http://www.heraldsco...roes.2012109866 From article: " ... But what I want to know is why there are no statues to Glasgow's rebels and working class heroes. (Okay, there's one of Burns but he was an Ayrshire man.) For example, why is there nothing to commemorate that famous day in 1919 when the tanks were called out to quell the huge demonstration, red flag and all, in the Square. Willie Gallacher's bandaged head (courtesy of a police truncheon) would surely make a great subject for a statue. Or what about Thomas Muir, the 18th century radical, transported for his support of democratic reform? His smashed face (courtesy of a Royal Navy cannonball) would make for another interesting pose. The most glaring omission is the lack of any memorial to John MacLean. I'll forgive you if you say, 'John who?' History was my favourite subject at school and I studied it at university but in 17 years of a Glasgow education, there wasn't a single mention of MacLean in any of my lessons or lectures. ... " And the readers' comments are also very interesting and worth reading.. Certainly, Mr. Morrison is quite right. How many of us ever heard of John McLean, or Thomas Muir, or many other important people at school? To be fair, though, I did get to learn about somebody in a different country not being good at making cakes. I suppose that was a very important thing to know.. The article, AND the reader comments, are worth a look, I think
  7. Lynnski, stand for public office, please: I will vote for you.
  8. Oh well, Seb Coe could pay that out of pocket change, so that's all right, obviously. Ach, no, you don't mean all this rubbish will be paid for by our council tax, do you? Oh yes, that's right, it certainly will. What a tiresome ridiculous load of nonsense, and expensive too. I iz not a happy hamster.
  9. Hmm, yes, I think I can see a pattern emerging. Poor Lynnski. Now, what you have to do is print loads of copies of your C.V. and offer to take money from employers NOT to go and work for them. Because if you have turned into a sort of harbinger of corporate doom, it should be well worth their while to pay you to stay away. Sort of a Danegeld thing. AND as the economy gets worse and risk gets bigger, they will get even more worried and so you increase your fees. Oh, and 10% consultancy fee in a brown envelope for me, please.
  10. Oh, that clever Mr. Cameron being a bit silly? Ach, heaven forfend. The very thought! As if! It is because, of course, we are all going to be feeling happily and easily fooled in the "afterglow" of Great Events. So that's us tellt then. http://www.independe...ar-6286985.html Unwise though it may be to make predictions, I think those events will not give me any glow at all, and I doubt I'll be alone in that. I don't recall feeling especially glowing the last time the queen had some kind of jubilee, and the London Oversized Expensive Sports Day will not cause me much joy and warm feeling. Indeed, even most London residents, having to put up with the whole thing (whereas the rest of us only have to put up with subsidising it) will be a bit cheesed off with the whole thing, I am sure. Nope, "call-me-Dave" has called it wrong, I think. But I think it's good, 'cos I wanted a wee bit of a relaxing laugh today. Ta much, Daftie Davie.
  11. Oh, that yin was forever swallowing fish bones, wasn't she? Probably held the world record for it. Hey, maybe that's why her name always seemed to be "the-queen-mum-cod-bless-her".
  12. The fun bit would be finding out, if he is treated by any "foreign" doctors and nurses, whether he can manage not to be racist and rude to them.
  13. Well, that's nasty and a bit weird. I don't know anything about cars, so are "Astra" cars particularly expensive and desirable or what?
  14. "Within 4 years the SNP will be asking for my vote, my family's vote .." I had somehow thought that you lived in London. It's possible that I am mistaken in this.
  15. If Scotland did not charge, then our universities would be oversubscribed, leaving no room for Scottish domiciled students. It is up to the Westminster government to vote against tuition fees in England and for the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland whatever-its-name-is to deal with tuition fees in their own areas. Scottish students choosing to study in England, Wales, and N. Ireland pay fees.
  16. Um, no. Or possibly, but on the same day we see pigs flying over Parliament. But not hardship for the powerful.
  17. Like that carob stuff. I had often enough read about how terribly good it was, alternative to chocolate, etc., but having no objection to caffeine or theobromine, had never felt moved to try it. But one day a friend offered me a bit of it, and I said "oh, yes, have read/heard of this and often meant to try it, tastes a bit like chocolate, is that right?" But it was not like chocolate at all. Not at all, at all! Friend then helpfully remarked "yes, it is said to taste a little like chocolate, but it tastes a lot like a blackboard eraser". I put it out of my mouth into a tissue and he said "oh, easier just to throw it out of the car window - I suppose it must be biodegradable at least", but I wonder whether the nearby cows, sheep and even the seagulls might have been poisoned by it. And it must surely take a lot to poison the average seagull. I daresay I would give it another try if circumstances forced to me to make a chocolate cake for someone who has a dislike of/an intolerance to chocolate. But I would be a lot more likely to avoid the bother and make something else. Also, why did friend seem to know what a blackboard eraser would taste like? Ye gods, there must have been some really old-time punishments at his school.
  18. Ah, but didn't Adrian Mole and his pals find a way round the socks issue? (I only ever refer to the most high-falutin' intellectual literature, as you can see.) That might depend on whether you are Mr. Harper or Ms Harper today. Thing is, I can't see why they'd object to girls with a centre parting, as it seemed to be quite usual to me - worse when young and there was centre parting and bunches/pigtails. With bloody RIBBONS! I thought it was probably allowed and approved for for girls, quite possibly because it is so unflattering. If you were a young Mr. Harper, well, young lads with centre partings do look a bit silly, (although courageously defiant towards authority, ect ect chiz chiz). I've never read Pudd'nhead Wilson, but good old Project Gutenberg will soon sort that out for me.
  19. Oh dear. We'd better hope the gods are not in the smite and attack with famines and plagues mood. Lynnski, yes, it's ghastly about the "payback for Pearl Harbor" people, although I looked at the Daily Mail site the other day and there was NO shortage of the same attitude with regard to war, prisoners of war etc. I had thought that war was over, but obviously I just don't know enough history.
  20. They're all very impressive. Particularly to someone like me who only ever specialised in cutting people's heads off with a Kodak Instamatic (well, not actually heads off, no blood or anything, but you know what I mean), but that Scalectrix Corner one is really wonderful. I expect you'll be able to sell christmas cards of that image next year (later this year, I mean). Great stuff! Edit to say, you really should!
  21. Hamsterbert

    Bonspiel

    Was Wolfe the one with that "no great mischief if they fall" idea? Nice man.
  22. Ah well that bit ought to have been easy enough. Glasgow is good at overcast days. That bit not quite so easy, I think. Impressive stuff. Well done, you!
  23. Aha, yes, I think they did come with bubble gum. That explains why, when thinking of them, I had this vague guilty feeling that they were things I wasn't meant to have. Funny how things stick with you. Yep. Scary things!
  24. YEAH! I have been wondering since I read the post mentioning it, and I *think* that was its name. It might have had another one too. But I would never have remembered any name for it apart from "that thing you do with folding paper .... etc", had a name not been mentioned. I think of "dabs" as being sort of temporary tattoos. A papery thing possibly with a bit of plasticy film - not sure - shove it on your arm or whatever, make it all wet and press it on, and lo and behold, you get to have a tattoo. Well, more likely a smudgy blurry mess, IIRC. Peeries? Isn't that the the game with a spinning top and a wee whip? Not that I am old enough to remember it, oh no! Edited to add: I now think that what I said about "dabs" might be all wrong and the things might have been called "dabbities". Still, they might both have been the same thing. Oh no! There were sherbet dabs too, but they weren't a game, or at least not *intended* to be a game of making a mess.
  25. If you are running out of space, can't you just grab the ones you want to keep and put them on Google Docs or whatever other online WP thingmyjig? You can't lose it in the way anybody might lose data stored on a thumb drive that might fall out of your pocket.Then you have the stuff saved, and you have some space clear. Sort of like having your cake and eating it, only less tasty.
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