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    idiotsavon @idiotsavon

    @pedant Yeah, good news about glucose levels. But what a way to find out. Sounds nasty. I hope the other driver was duly mortified.

    Mudlark @mudlark


    Ouch!  and commiserations about this additional sideswipe by the fates; but excellent news about the blood sugar levels 🙂

    Fingers crossed that the aches and pains will not trouble you for long.

    ichabod @ichabod

    @pedant  O crap on the BMW — I’ve been bashed like that once, no great harm done, by a very old lady driver who told me she’d thought she was on the interstate highway rather than little old Thingie Street, and I found the sheer *shock* of it absolutely — I like a quiet life, thrills and chills and bolts of panic strictly on a viewing screen, than you very much — but cheers on the blood sugar!  I’ve been working on my own numbers, and finding it hard going.


    @ichabod @idiotsavon @mudlark

    Well the other driver’s airbag deployed and probably saved his live – he really didn’t know what day it was for a good few minutes. I can’t see how he was doing less that 40mph when he hit me (the stretch of road is 60mph limit, and my dashcam has a sound like him skidding under breaking). Had he hit me more off-centre (or had I had the wheels angled) he would have pushed me into oncoming traffic, and a side impact probably would have killed me.

    So there could have been worse outcomes.

    Thing I’m most pissed off is that I had been invited to do a photo-shoot in some Ancient Woodlands, was two minutes from the venue, which was up the drive I was turning into, and the light was perfect.

    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    Yikes! What is it about BMW drivers?

    And if he was going under 40 mph in a 60 mph zone, he must be the only BMW driver in the UK who drives under the speed limit.

    Glad you at least found out the blood sugar is regulating. Hope you’re not too shaken up.

    Kevin Who @kevinwho

    @pedant – Glad you came through as well as you did.  Yikes!!!

    I guess it’s the BMW connection that reminds me of a story my sweetie told me years ago.  Her boss had come in late to work, shaken up; his BMW that he’d worked so hard to get had gotten totaled on his way in.

    A teenage girl driving a Porsche or something had slammed into him.  Only the cars were hurt…but she’d looked at the damage, shrugged, and said, “Oh well, Daddy’ll buy me another.”


    Sounds like yours wasn’t quite that aggravating – I hope not!!

    thane16 @thane16


    Man, I get back from frought bus trip to Myall Creek (no seat belts and tired drivers) grateful to be in a piece and you are not!! 🙁   Bad for Mr P.

    BMWs: you should hear my dad talk about some of the Beemer Sunday drivers.

    Glad you’re not too injured. But it sounds scary. I don’t have my learner’s yet even. I think no matter how careful you can be, how well you watch the road it is always the “other drivers” my dad says.


    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    So, how was Myall Creek? It would have been great if you could have been in the Supreme Court as well, to hear about the trial, but I realise that wasn’t possible.


    thane16 @thane16


    It was amazing!! The drive was problematic. But we had several lectures by Indigenous peoples and visited the open -air museum and met one Indigenous actor! It was actually very cold. We had a campfire for the Dreaming which was terrific.

    We now have lots of records and information -primary evidence will does include the supreme court information about how the first trial meant they were all “not guilty” and then this lead to another trial.

    I haven’t slept at all since Wednesday so I need to do this first, see mum and then do some more reading and also watch The Secret River which is our combined History/English assessment. I like that there are two subjects looking at the same concept differently: historically, and English.

    It was very sad hearing about what happened. Two ‘fellas’ jumped into the creek to escape. If they hadn’t they would have been murdered too. They were 14. Children of 12 and 13 (girls) didn’t escape.



    idiotsavon @idiotsavon


    Just checking in. Straight after a big jolt, you might feel ok but the next 24 hours can really take a toll. Hope you’re still ok.


    Whisht @whisht

    @pedant – just to add to everyone else, honestly glad to hear you’re ok (and doing better on the count!)

    But top top top person you are @idiotsavon – its the days after an incident that waves of stuff can hit.

    And though sometimes I will wince at some of his comments, he now has a 5 day pass at being… [ahem] “tough” with trolls and less-than-thought-through comments.

    Just 5 days though, before I start wincing again!




    Stiff in places I didn’t know could go stiff! On the plus side, the lad’s insurers have accepted liability so the admin side of stuff should be less tiresome that it could be.

    Went to the doc earlier just be let her check me out. She’s satisfied there is nothing that is not to be expected, but did note that she has had patients come in complaining of onset post-crash pain up to a week later. That that was cheery (but past the dangerous point for serious brain trauma, apparently).

    I have the flash of memory that is a bit like this SF films where the spaceship is out of control and ALLL the lights are going, which was my dashboard. If it had said “Argh! I’ve been shot!” it couldn’t have been less dramatic.

    Today I have mostly been pondering the value of a properly adjusted headrest…


    LOL *cracks knuckles*



    I was slightly giving him credit for braking, albeit WAY too late!

    @kevinwho @mudlark @ichabod @thane16 (yes, don’t tell you’re mum just yet!) @blenkinsopthebrave

    Thanks for your kind words!

    For your viewing pleasure. At 32 secs you see a car joining from the left. We would meet about 22 secs later. Soundtrack provided by Absolute Radio and The Wonder Stuff:

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @pedant As you bring your car to a stop, I am sure we call identify with the universal verbal response to being hit from behind by someone in a BMW.

    Glad to hear that the insurance is working out.

    winston @winston

    @pedant  Ouch!  That looks pretty scary and I join everyone else in hoping you have a speedy recovery.

    idiotsavon @idiotsavon

    @pedant Jeez! I see what you mean about the oncoming traffic. That first grey car did well to avoid you. It does look scary. Lucky there was a decent-sized verge too. Round our way the country roads are helpfully flanked by ditches.

    It would be outrageous even by insurance company standards to try and dispute liability for this. In the other lad’s shoes I’d consider myself lucky not to be in court on a reckless driving charge, frankly. It’s good that they’re not trying it on though and it does make things a lot easier.

    Headrest height is definitely worth a good ponder.

    How are the aches and pains?

    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord


    Your life is certainly being rather on the eventful side at the moment. Glad you emerged from this (relatively) unscathed. Hope you’ll be quickly on the mend….



    Thanks mate. One thing that happened was missing my “so, you’re a diabetic now” course, since I had no viable way to get there. So now I get that and my deep-retina scan all in one week.


    I’ve watch a fair few dashcam vids – it is surprising how limited people’s vocabulary becomes when vexed-behind-the-wheel!


    Shoulders and – bizarrely – chest on deep inhaling, plus a couple of small bruises it took me a while to notice.

    Have also discovers the Milton Keynes Council has been warned repeatedly that this turning is dangerous. Think I might buy an hour of one of m’learned friends’s time…

    thane16 @thane16

    @pedant Don’t “tell her what?”

    I’m sitting in m’bed, begging for my laptop, out of the ICU and wanting to do something in between obs, cleaning out the naso-gastric tube (a real hoot-n-nanny), watching CNN & someone’s had a CAR ACCIDENT??  🙁  Holy mother of them all.

    I’ve seen some of your dash cam vids before -because I like driving & enjoy Christmas lights (any lights, pretty much, to which Thane will attest: garage, rear lights, lights from tall buildings ….) but not a CAR ACCIDENT. Certainly not dash lights that all flash. Diabetes, car accident…..??

    I plan to stay gloomy for the superstitious. A bowl of milk at the door to keep the random ghosts happy; all mirrors checked for cracks; ladders folded and hung;  no salt anywhere unless carefully laid along the perimeter

    @whisht has put up some toons. Outstanding. Not caught up with the latest Who and 1/2 way thru the one Thane calls “the satire with a live troll” which is very interesting….

    Stay safe people. The world is clearly going nuts.

    Puro x0

    janetteB @janetteb

    @pedant hope the aches and pains are now a thing of the past as well as the delayed shock. It looked like a nice day too. I hope you will soon be well enough to get back to the photography.

    I was terrified of driving in the U.K though bit of a lead foot here. I did however manage to get to deepest Cornwall. We were staying in Cheddar Gorge YHA and I had to drop my SO to Bristol airport for a red eye flight to Stockholm. I planned to drive to the nearest camping ground and let the car gather dust until he returned. Thought we should at least have a look at Cheddar Gorge however and by the time I got to the other side I was totally lost. It was not possible to pull over and check the map due to the lack of verge and the boys were too young to help so I just kept driving. It was a lovely day, soft blue sky, the road sunk between lush green hedges, beyond which the verdant fields of the West Country rolled away. I got the feel of the car, bit of a tank but it purred along nicely so I decided to enjoy the drive and consult the map when I finally came to a village. Instead we stopped at an intersection. The sign pointed to Exeter. “Exeter! That is near Cornwall”, I thought. “Oh what the hell, We’ll go to Cornwall.”

    I survived the roads but the painted on roundabouts nearly caused me grief several times. I just did not expect a roundabout to be simply a painted circle on the road, (here they are major constructions impossible to ignore) and wondered why cars were turning in front of me.



    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    Just reporting the passing of Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor who was the voice of HAL the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    It was so ironic, and so brilliant, that he expressed more humanity than the humans in the movie.


    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    Just reporting the passing of Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor who was the voice of HAL the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    It was so ironic, and so brilliant, that he expressed more humanity than the humans in the movie.


    winston @winston

    @blenkinsopthebrave  I was sad to hear about Douglas Rain who was a classic.

    Also just heard that Stan Lee has passed. A legend.

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @winston and everyone else

    How could one appreciate the humanity of HAL (and the voice acting quality of Dougla Rain) without watching this?


    ichabod @ichabod

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Ye gods.  That clip really *hurts*, after all this time — and so much else that has hurt and continues to hurt.

    Arbutus @arbutus

    Just finished winding my way through about a month’s worth of fascinating pub conversations to get here, and good grief. @pedant, I gather that you are okay, but how scary. I trust you’ve continued to recover. And great news on the blood sugar! I’m about to get my own checked as it was a little dicey last spring, and I was told to ease off the white flour products (my weakness more than the sweets!)

    I’m sorry to have missed so many interesting discussions! (Debates? Arguments? Everyone here is so polite.) My immediate takeaway is that @thane16 has to write essays for maths class! I believe Arbutus Jr. would have thrown himself off a bridge. Even in primary school, he was outraged by “explain your answer” questions. He felt that one place at least should have been free of handwriting, spelling, and grammar.



    Thank very much. I’m OK, although still keep getting flashbacks to my dashboard light up like the friggin’ Blackpool illuminations. On the plus side, since there was no credible dispute about who was at fault, the insurance has been sorted very quickly.

    I get the proper glucose testing a few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if the good news in maintained!

    Arbutus @arbutus

    Okay. We’ve all done the dumbass thing with the blender, right? Where you fill it with lentil soup to puree, and for who knows what reason, you put the lid on without the little knob thing in the hole? And one pulse later, there are Puy lentils all over that corner of the kitchen? Which in my kitchen means the espresso machine, the bean grinder, the olive oil dispenser, the salt container, the counter, the wall, the electrical outlet, and the bottom of the cupboard? You’ve all done this, right?

    I don’t think I’ve used the F-word so many times for one incident. 15 minutes to clean it up, and I’m going, “I just want to eat my effing dinner.”

    I feel a bit better now, after a couple glasses of Cabernet, the soup, and the roquefort. But damn.

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    Lentils. It brings back memories of The Young Ones


    Arbutus @arbutus

    @blenkinsopthebrave     Ha! “I think the time has come for us to go down to the pub.” Well, that’s pretty much what I did, isn’t it?  🙂

    Mr. Arbutus found some more lentils underneath the espresso machine this morning, and did not hit me over the head with a bottle, or behave badly in any other way. So that’s something.

    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    The bit where you leave out the little knob thing in the middle isn’t half as annoying as the bit where you remember said little knob thing AND put the lid on and the madly vibrating blender still somehow makes the lid (and accompanying soup) fly upwards and then deposit said lid (and soup) all over the kitchen.

    Alas, BBC Studios have claimed copyright infringement and is blocked ‘in my country’. So there.

    Arbutus @arbutus

    @bluesqueakpip   The maddening thing is that I somehow thought that by leaving out the little knob, it would prevent the heat-based explosion from happening. Which it did. The lid didn’t come off. The soup just shot out through the hole, hit the overhanging cupboard, and rebounded downward in multiple directions. This is me being clever. I do wonder about myself, sometimes.

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    There are so many lentil jokes in The Young Ones–hopefully this one won’t be blocked.


    janetteB @janetteb

    @arbutus I did something similiar once with pumpkin soup. Hope all the lentils are now discovered and dispatched.

    @blenkinsopthebrave. AT four am stuck on hte sofa helping R3 complete an English essay The Young Ones are just about the required viewing. “Guys Lentils are on the floor” is often quoted here, usually on MOndays when I am serving up veggie/lentil soup. We will be discussing The Young Ones on our Cult Tv Blog some time soon. (it is on the list but is a very long list. Next up is the 60s Batman then the Avengers episode with the evil Santas. (Have to do some research to find which episode I am thinking off. Not a job for now.)




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