• @craig @jimthefish

    I don’t think Dr Sachin Gupta is the right kind of Doctor…

  • @thane16, @craig

    Hi Syzygy the elder–or, indeed Puro (the incomparable),

    l seem to to be still courted by Kayla. Not that I want to be, of course.

    p.s. Has your name changed as you indicate? Has mine? Mrs Blenkinsop still seems to recognize me, and to be honest, that is all that matters.


  • syzygy replied to the topic Website comments (2)


    I’ve had several emails from  a number of sweet young ladies with many important and urgent things to discuss.

    As well as items for removal -should I wish it. Frankly, I’d be thrilled down to my bootstraps if they would remove  carpet from d’house and take it to waste disposal. Heck, they can have the old wet mattresses from d…[Read more]

  • @craig

    Sheee’s baaaaack…


    I am fairly sure I would be less inept at using chopsticks.

  • @craig Ah, Kayla–she is persistent, isn’t she?

    @pedant How do I know that you are not Chinese?

  • @craig @jimthefish

    I suspect I’m not the only one to get a very tempting offer from Kayla Noyes, who if she is in the USA as claimed I’m Chinese.

    Also, we seem to have acquired a bevvy of Indian removal firms…

  • @craig

    It seems that Kayla wants to get to know me. Unfortunately, I don’t really want to get to know Kayla. I am sure others on the site may be experiencing the same.

  • @craig @jimthefish

    I think dfhghdfg05 might be a spammer. Just a hunch.

    And hbfdxcvnfghdgdf

  • winston replied to the topic General Films thread

    @craig  I borrowed this from the library awhile back and it was really good. The cast was very good and I also recommend watching it for something new. In fact I think I will borrow it again as it is worth a re-watch. And if you like trains well……..!

  • syzygy replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Yesterday after our QCS test (Qld Core Skills ) test, a man was on the stage in the hall. He spoke about how important it is before these tests (they’re about 9 hours worth in October) to get a good sleep and not worry too much. I knew I’d pretty much failed the practise test because most of it is geography, maths and science. 🙁

    He’d…[Read more]

  • syzygy replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Well that’s very difficult, but as your neighbour says, you really can’t save everyone. Nor can you always be in the right place to save them. And sometimes it takes a few gentle words, kind words, particularly if you happen to know the person relatively well. Or a bit.

    I remember, nearly two years back at 5 am my mum being told, “Oh, get…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @JanetteB @Blenkinsopthebrave @Craig @pedant @missy @winston

    Paging anyone anywhere..

    mate of mine is taking a last minute contract at university for 1st years where the topic is, basically, modern Australia. She’s wondering if anyone can add ideas as to what concepts or items are icons for Australia (forgive my bad gramma but it’s “Australia…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @pedant  @craig

    Absolutely phenomenal, wasn’t she?

    Two nights ago we were watching a Doris Day movie (hadn’t done this in AGES) and when we awoke the next morning, found out she’d died.

    A genuine talent to be missed.

  • @craig

    Any excuse (this actually trended on Twitter longer than que sera)…

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Absolutely. You did a wonderful thing. A necessary thing. I think @whisht‘s idea of speaking with the Samaritans yourself -if you feel you may need to – is top advice.

    Also, what @pedant said -it’s rarely capricious.

    It must have been difficult to do & you could’ve looked the other way. You turned towards them, Craig.

    Puro and Thane.

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @craig   Your post really hits home as I lost a friend of 40 years to suicide a few months ago and it is devastating to those left behind. So many questions and so many ifs. While we thought he was fine, his world was crashing down on him.We would have listened and helped but he never talked to us, in fact he seemed to be a fairly happy person b…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    I just talk to them.

    And that, and above all listening, is the first and most important thing and what the Samaritans are trained to do – not to counsel or comment or advise, just to listen. Because in many cases it seems to be the lack of someone to talk to who will actually stop and listen to them which drives people to that desperate…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @craig – you’ve helped individuals and their friends and families a huge amount.

    There was a time that a friend and I were due to have one of our ‘meet up for a few pints’ every 3 or 4 months. We’d done it for years.
    This time it drifted and I didn’t drop him a note.
    And yes, then it was too late. I don’t ‘blame’ myself but… but. Its easy to…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Craig. That is about the most worthwhile thing it is possible to do. Well done. I imagine that it is also emotionally taxing for you too so take care of yourself.

    Talking is so important. I have always stressed the importance of talking about issues to my boys, whether to us, (parents), friends or just sympathetic strangers. Talking enables us…[Read more]

  • What @Craig said. Absolutely, every time.

    Superb work fella.

    And on the hour’s travel: you only have to read a couple of well known suicide notes to see that the sufferer sees it as supremely rational. They are often very organised and meticulous in how they go about it.

    Suicide is almost never capricious.

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