• winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark  That was a privilege to watch and I am in awe of Stevie and the rest of his comrades in the Bomber Command. His memories were priceless and his loss is a loss for us all.I really liked the bio at the end and the long happy life he had with his wife was a reward he earned again and again. How brave and selfless were those young men who…[Read more]

  • syzygy replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missrori  @whisht

    Absolutely great advice from Whisht & others. it’s true: life aint fair. I’m real lucky that due to Crohns I have “self isolation down pat” -as my niece said when COVID blew in.

    That was just after devastating fires where thousands of people & animals were displaced. Entire towns with huge histories gone overnight even though…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @jimthefish. I have saved the link. I am interested to see how the festival is managed as we are planning on doing our own, very modest. local writers’ festival on line this year.

    @mudlark if nothing else this crisis is showing up just how critical public heath care is. We are all as vulnerable now as the most vulnerable person in our community.…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor


    unless the choice of a fancy breed was a deliberate joke

    I suspect it was partly a deliberate joke and partly that they needed a rabbit that would sit placidly where it was put while David Tennant was ranting at it. It was probably an exhibition or show rabbit.

    But I know what you mean; I remember seeing it for the first time and…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @phaseshift and @mudlark

    Currently I’m catching up with Discovery Season 2, which my brother very kindly posted to me. I’m liking it much more than I did Season 1; they seem to have got their act together and everyone now knows the characters. I’ve also managed to nearly finish one of those ‘books I ought to read’. I think feeling ill helps fight…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave I’ve seen a few memes regarding the delight of dogs, and frank discomfort of cats, at having their people at home all day!

    @Lisa – that’s the thing right now. There is a chance all this could lead to genuine change for the good. And a chance that it won’t. Many policies being implement right now, by Doctors surgeries, for…[Read more]

  • Peace Frog replied to the topic General Music thread 4


    Obviously it was something that needed to be repeated…..


    And I’m out! 😁

  • Rob replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Morning All….. well it could be afternoon/evening/middle of the bloomin’ night, please choose the appropriate greeting

    Thanks to @Mudlark for posting that, very amusing 😃

    @Blenkinsopthebrave good idea to try and use our shared nerdom to reduce isolation and give us all a outlet to manage the pressures of the Coronavirus,  bravo. This is one…[Read more]

  • @craig, @jimthefish, @phaseshift, @bluesqueakpip, @whisht, @mudlark, @thane16, @janetteb, @winston, @rob, @fatmaninabox and..@everyone

    It feels a bit quiet on the site and circumstances seem to be moving fast, and more of us (of a certain age) seem to be self-isolating. Hopefully, things will pass, but it would be great if there was a place where…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Thanks for that – I’m definitely eating my (frozen) greens.

    Further to my advice above, the latest precaution is that you should now AVOID anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Nurofen, Advil) if you suspect your illness may possibly be Coronavirus. Paracetamol (Acetaminophen, Tylenol or Panadol) is still fine.

    That’s…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark  Thanks for that. It was funny and sadly true.I actually heard someone say that “it only kills seniors or people with other illnesses”! First of all to downplay the loss of these people to their families is so wrong it is fu*ked up. As if they don’t matter.  Being a senior I hope I matter but this is a shocking insight to how we are v…[Read more]

  • @mudlark

    That was just wonderful! Thanks for posting.

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    So, while walking through Trafalgar Square on Friday and seeing it empty(!) I got a shock.
    But I can only imagine that that will be amplified over the coming weeks.

    Now…. @mudlark has shown me that it is possible to do humour and a message but.. I’m a simple person, so here is all I got.

    fwiw I thought this music was simply from ’28 Days…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark – bravo!

    and there was me wondering whether the choon I was about to put on the Music thread might be…. problematic.

    fuck it. We need a laugh AND we need to know what fucking egregious stupidity is being done to us.

    the music is mainly a laugh though, so thanks for the ‘these arseholes are killing you because they don’t’.


    But…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I live a few hours north of Toronto and just today a few cases in our area were announced. While OH and I are at the risk age we are still OK an hope to stay that way, but who nose. The panic buying in the city has spread out and there were 10 times the people and traffic going to our town to buy stuff. There was no bread ,toilet paper , potatoes…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave, @whisht and @mudlark

    Alas, I’m already in self-isolation – I managed to develop a cough yesterday (complete with headache and a bit of a temperature). As Mudlark says, I think I may be very bored of the contents of my cupboards by next week.

    I doubt it’s the Dreaded Lurgy Itself, but as you say Whisht, one way I can help is…[Read more]

  • Nightingale replied to the topic General Theatre thread


    Tongue planted well and firmly in cheek 😀 Endgame is one of my favourite plays by one of my favourite writers. I’ve seen it a few times now. The big draw for me this time was they also did Rough for Theatre II which I’d read but never seen before and was rather good.

    Retrospectively the big draw is that it’ll be the last thing I see o…[Read more]

  • @mudlark

    My only concern would be if I ran out of booze

    As I type this, Mrs Blenkinsop is out at the local grocers with an eye to edible provisions. But I think I will have to head out later to the wine store. I will make sure I empty out the boot of the car prior to heading out…

  • @blenkinsopthebrave and @mudlark

    Or maybe they were entities who simply assumed the appearance of the father and the senior policeman.

    I noticed the different reactions when I rewatched as well. I think you’re probably right, Mudlark – the minders assumed the appearance of the two people that Brendan would trust most in all the world. His…[Read more]

  • A good episode. though like @mudlark I was not keen on the bad “Jane Austen pastiche ” at the beginning. It felt “soapy” and reminded me too much of a certain Red Dwarf episode. the S/O was saying that he preferred last week’s episode but then the story picked up and all was forgiven. I do love the Mary Shelley story though am not an authority and…[Read more]

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