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Hamsterbert

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  1. 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

  2. That's because Melvin Bragg's a ****ing ****er, a posh bar-steward who pretends to care about the arts and culture, but in reality doesn't care if/how it impacts on us normal people.

    Lynnski, stand for public office, please: I will vote for you. biggrin.gif

  3. its still costing Strathclyde police £2.5 million to police the various events in Glasgow....

    i wonder who'l get the bill for that?

    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. angry.gif

  4. 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. biggrin.gif

    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.

  5. Looks to me Cameron has just wandered into a big SNP bear trap. Now, beware perfidious Albion.

    Oh, that clever Mr. Cameron being a bit silly? Ach, heaven forfend. The very thought! biggrin.gif 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.

    ... Ministers in Mr Cameron's Coalition hope that an earlier vote would enable campaigning for a referendum to take place in the afterglow of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympic Games....

    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. biggrin.gif

  6. 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.

  7. I have the completely opposite response. Tell me something is good for me and I avoid it like the plague..... like tofu.rolleyes.gif

    Interesting findings... I can see how that would work.

    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. ph34r.gif 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. ohmy.gif

    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. ohmy.gif

  8. On the BBC news tonigh - one in five City of Ely Community College pupils were disciplined on the first day of a crackdown on "low-level disruptive behaviour".

    This included pupils wearing odd socks!!!

    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.)

    What a bunch of numpties..... and we trust these people with the minds of our young people. rolleyes.gif

    Mind you, I once got a detention for changing my hair to a centre parting. I was told it was defiant and the height of cheek!laugh.gif

    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. :lol: 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. :lol:

  9. ...

    Looks as though it's in the lap of the gods rather than the technicians.

    Oh dear. We'd better hope the gods are not in the smite and attack with famines and plagues mood. ohmy.gif

    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. biggrin.gif

  10. 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. smile.gif 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! smile.gif

  11. Dabs, Paper tattoos, I think that was our name for them. Did you get them with bubble gum?... :lol:

    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. laugh.gif

    Anyone remember the Klackers that were popular in the 70's. Hard, really hard balls on a string...

    Yep. Scary things!

  12. I think we called it consequences ...

    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. laugh.gif

    we that is our street :lol: called it consequences too

    What were "dabs" ?? just a name that came to mind and peeries????...

    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.biggrin.gif

    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. :)

  13. 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. biggrin.gif

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