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From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 22 Apr 16 07:41
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Ignominy: generally, nothing of mine is not yours.

 
From General Discussion / Books That We've Recently Read
Posted 19 Apr 16 05:14
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Your Rockhopper Penguin mention in the other thread reminded me about the biography of Shackleton by Roland Huntford.

A book I couldn't put down. Seriously.

Shackleton, not a trained explorer, often set off on his Antarctic explorations totally unprepared for what was to follow, but, somehow, survived along with ALL of his men.

So, at a time when the Norwegians were setting of with packs of dogs and sleds, Shackleton and his men alighted from the ship and set off walking, and, indeed, almost made it to the South Pole.

Then, on the way back to 'civilisation', he had to leave a large group of men on an island along with a lot of penguins, whilst he sought help. Adventures at sea in what amounted to a piece of wood, are described in detail. There are some great descriptions of the various characters involved, too, and personal anecdotes and diary entries.

Captain Scott was better prepared, having the support of the Admiralty, but fared notably less well, and their rivalry is documented. Mentions of Amundsen, too.

Seek it out.

 
From General Discussion / Books That We've Recently Read
Posted 9 Apr 16 07:22
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Quote: Erskin Quint

Just read Bleak House. Now reading David Copperfield.




Have you read Hard Times, EQ?

I thought it was a brilliant read. I can't say I'd ever bothered too much with Dickens, but I enjoyed the way he seemed to be chipping away at Mr Gradgrind's beliefs on 'education', and the divorce law of the times.

The only thing which got on my nerves, slightly, was his love of trying to reproduce the local dialects of the folks in his stories.

Apparently, he visited the Preston area before he wrote this book to get a feel for the working and living conditions the people experienced.

Quite a reformer.

 
From News Discussion / Doc Corbyn "has built a time machine back to the 1970s"
Posted 8 Apr 16 09:25
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You mean taboo, don't you, JO?

 
From General Discussion / Exclusive Preview of My Novel
Posted 8 Apr 16 09:22
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I think it has great potential. Particularly in the first six words of the story. After that, it needs work.

But, writing is a learning curve. Or so I'm led to believe.


What do I know? You could make another fortune from this, EQ.

 
From News Discussion / Doc Corbyn "has built a time machine back to the 1970s"
Posted 31 Mar 16 05:03
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I do a lot of emboldening, JO.


Should I desist?

 
From General Discussion / Books That We've Recently Read
Posted 31 Mar 16 03:00
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I've just finished reading Plain Tales From The Raj, a very interesting book by Charles Allen about the British Raj in India.

It contained many accounts from people who were in India at the time, and was illuminating, to say the least. When I go home, I'll seek out some of the funny anecdotes from the book, and post them on here.



 
From General Discussion / The War on Error
Posted 30 Mar 16 03:11
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I thought we might make a new Acronym Game out of this thread. It's not going very far, so let's give it a try.



Quote: victor nicholas

I totally understand this.





I totally understand shit.


And I'm not joking!

 
From General Discussion / Trivets
Posted 23 Mar 16 03:16
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Oh, yes! I should say so!

 
From General Discussion / Trivets
Posted 22 Mar 16 03:14
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I absolutely refuse to join in with this silliness.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 22 Mar 16 03:13
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Yuletide: unusually lonely, endless, traumatic; initiating Decembrous ennui.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 20 Mar 16 01:14
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Woe, or ecstasy?











 
From General Discussion / Jimmy Savile Anagram Fun
Posted 17 Mar 16 07:28
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Mamy! Evil jis!



In poor taste, admittedly, but, with him, what else was there?

 
From General Discussion / Flightless Birds
Posted 17 Mar 16 07:23
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There isn't.

 
From General Discussion / Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted 21 Feb 16 05:52
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Merry Christmas.


Either the one just past or the one coming up.

 
From News Discussion / Eric Pickles Replaced by Dugong in Election Battle
Posted 9 Feb 16 05:19
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For some reason, I thought this Eric Pickles bloke had been stolen from an old story of mine, but it turns out I have become slightly confused. However, seeing as it took me some time to unearth the story in question, here it is:

http://www.thespoof.com/spoof-news/entertainment-gossip/15613/funny-man-dies-laughing



It's so 'funny'!

 
From General Discussion / Commercials
Posted 9 Feb 16 05:09
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This is the kind of intense, academic discussion that has been, for so long, missing from the site.

Welcome it back, and long may it prosper!

Tally ho!

 
From General Discussion / It's all in the name
Posted 9 Feb 16 05:07
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I read Justine recently, E.

A rather racey read for its time.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 9 Feb 16 05:05
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Nigh impossible, grating honey!

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 6 Feb 16 05:22
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Greenock, Renfrewshire. East end nice, over Clyde (Kilcreggan).



Queer? I should say so.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 31 Jan 16 10:11
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Dwindling: withering, 'increasing negatively', draining, leaking incrementally, not growing.



Hello, E.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 20 Dec 15 09:25
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Scratching causes rashes, and tickly coughs hatch increasingly nagging 'gravel-throats'.

 
From General Discussion / No need for Spam
Posted 3 Dec 15 14:32
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None whatsoever.

 
From General Discussion / What happened to queen mudder and Monkey Woods?
Posted 3 Dec 15 14:31
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Quote: Jean Le Fete

Don't forget to feed the ruddy gerbils...




Gerbils?

Ich kann das nicht verstehen.

 
From General Discussion / Acronyms
Posted 3 Dec 15 14:28
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Empathy: morbid, pathetic and tediously haughty yarbles.

 
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