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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 17:20 
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We just had a flash of lightning and an almost immediate rumble of thunder, but seems to have gone again already. Disappointing.

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We’ve had another hour or so or mega storm. I guess if Armageddon is going to seed anywhere it makes sense that it would be here.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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Long storm in our area of sout Manchester last night, Ollie (the dog) was not happy at all.

And of course, it rained quite hard at school run time yesterday and today.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 18:39 
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On my way to collect mini fop from school today I passed a cyclist in his twenties on a busy road cycling with no hands on his handlebars, texting with both hands.

I shook my head at him as I passed.

He went fucking crazy. He started screaming at me and chased after me, asking me to fucking apologise for shaking my head at him and to stop or he was going to knife me.

I have to cycle through the park to get to the school so I turned into the park and he continued chasing me, screaming that he was going to kill me and my family, that he was the wrong guy to fuck with. Park was teeming with people but I just carried on cycling, didn't look back. I eventually got to the school where there were loads of parents and children and he was still right behind me. I cycled into the school and he stayed away, shouting that I was fucking lucky. I waited till he was gone then made my presence known to my daughter to ensure he wouldn't see her, and went home a different way.

Have told the police, but it was fucking scary. I don't believe he had a knife, if I did I wouldn't have gone to the school. I think he was just a mouthy person trying to have a fight. But still shaken up by it. And feel silly for doing that so British a thing of basically tutting at him.


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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 19:07 
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Jesus! What a nutcase! Glad nothing came of it, you did the right thing by reporting him. Did you get a pic of him for the police?

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 19:11 
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That sounds petrifying, and I’m glad you got back safely.

I’ve stopped Russell tutting, or even looking at people in annoyance because of that same kind of thing. You never know when someone is going to spin off.

When D was a baby we were trying to go down our road, when two (or was it three? Can’t remember) lads were just walking straight down the centre of the road. Not actually walking, just kind of dawdling, lingering, so we were stuck behind them. After a few seconds of them just taking the poss and standing there, Russell beeped the horn, they started swearing and gesturing, and Russell squeezes the car by. But it was about 30 metres from our driveway, so they followed us in, surrounded the car, and started banging the window and shouting at Russell. They referenced that his wife and baby were in the car so why was he going to try it in with them. It was terrifying. I think it scared Russell a lot and now he keeps his head down. Shouldn’t have to, because they were purposefully being jerks and looking to make trouble, but right outside our flat was the wrong place for Russell to react.

Were you on a bike picking Mini Fop up? Or walking? I assumed a bike from the way it was written. If so, do you have one of those helmet cams, just in case?

Try to pass it off as a single bad occurrence. Something awful may have happened in his life today. He may have just wanted a fight from any quarter and you were the unlucky guy who happened to have a oath that crossed his today.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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Sorry, you very clearly say you were cycling, over and over. My brain was elsewhere in the details.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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Fucking hell. Should've shanked him, it's the only thing they understand.

But seriously, you did the right thing by avoiding a fight. Not worth getting hurt by some posturing wank-puffin


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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 20:35 
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Shit man, glad you’re okay. I can only echo the comments above that you did the right thing. People are fucking nuts.


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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 20:47 
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Mimi wrote:
That sounds petrifying, and I’m glad you got back safely.

I’ve stopped Russell tutting, or even looking at people in annoyance because of that same kind of thing. You never know when someone is going to spin off.

When D was a baby we were trying to go down our road, when two (or was it three? Can’t remember) lads were just walking straight down the centre of the road. Not actually walking, just kind of dawdling, lingering, so we were stuck behind them. After a few seconds of them just taking the poss and standing there, Russell beeped the horn, they started swearing and gesturing, and Russell squeezes the car by. But it was about 30 metres from our driveway, so they followed us in, surrounded the car, and started banging the window and shouting at Russell. They referenced that his wife and baby were in the car so why was he going to try it in with them. It was terrifying. I think it scared Russell a lot and now he keeps his head down. Shouldn’t have to, because they were purposefully being jerks and looking to make trouble, but right outside our flat was the wrong place for Russell to react.

Were you on a bike picking Mini Fop up? Or walking? I assumed a bike from the way it was written. If so, do you have one of those helmet cams, just in case?

Try to pass it off as a single bad occurrence. Something awful may have happened in his life today. He may have just wanted a fight from any quarter and you were the unlucky guy who happened to have a oath that crossed his today.


That sounds so horrible. I'm grateful my kids weren't with me at the time as I'm not convinced it would have altered his behaviour. But you're right, even the mildest reprimand isn't even worth it. You never know how people will react.

Thanks everybody, it's all good now. I didn't get a picture of him, didn't have my phone, but I gave a reasonable description to the police, who were really lovely. I just wanted them to know there's a rather volatile man on the loose.


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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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Some good tips here on how to reprimand a stranger:



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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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I have you as more of a bindle man.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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I was thinking just now why mermaids have boobs, given their lower half is fish so they must lay eggs, and then I was all "Hang on a moment, MaliA, why do they have tummy buttons?". Relatedly, it's a warm day and the cherry ale is nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Bits and Bobs 50
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MaliA wrote:
I was thinking just now why mermaids have boobs, given their lower half is fish so they must lay eggs, and then I was all "Hang on a moment, MaliA, why do they have tummy buttons?". Relatedly, it's a warm day and the cherry ale is nice.

Because some of the geezers that painted them are pervs. In certain prominent depictions, the ningyo (Japan) is not quite half-female, but has a human female head resting on a fish-like body. Whatever turns you on, I guess.

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Fish stop human legs?

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Last night we did a "virtual escape room". It worked pretty well and is a bit like a choose your own adventure book. there were pictures, videos, and sound clips to give clues. It took a couple of hours to work through, but there were two puzzles that were so fiendishly hard we had to look up the answers to, but it was quite the fun thing to do. I would recommend, as an entertaining distraction.

https://www.trappedintheweb.com/

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MaliA wrote:
Last night we did a "virtual escape room". It worked pretty well and is a bit like a choose your own adventure book. there were pictures, videos, and sound clips to give clues. It took a couple of hours to work through, but there were two puzzles that were so fiendishly hard we had to look up the answers to, but it was quite the fun thing to do. I would recommend, as an entertaining distraction.

https://www.trappedintheweb.com/


This sounds like an ideal antidote to family quiz.


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Findus Fop wrote:
MaliA wrote:
Last night we did a "virtual escape room". It worked pretty well and is a bit like a choose your own adventure book. there were pictures, videos, and sound clips to give clues. It took a couple of hours to work through, but there were two puzzles that were so fiendishly hard we had to look up the answers to, but it was quite the fun thing to do. I would recommend, as an entertaining distraction.

https://www.trappedintheweb.com/


This sounds like an ideal antidote to family quiz.


The screen sharing via whatever Google hangouts is now called wasn't ideal,but it worked as much as it needed to. I would happily do another.

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These 'new faces of art' challenge entries in B3ta are brill.

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I thought Baroque Obama was a moment of genius.

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I thought Baroque Obama was a moment of genius.

That was my favourite, for the pun alone :D

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Long read

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020 ... -falklands

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Yes, but fascinating.

I imagine most of us knew very little about the Falklands before the war, and it appears we know just as much about what's happened there since. I certainly had no idea about how much investment there had been.

Some of its history is quite bizarre.

Thanks for posting.

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We've got new neighbours. We only knew the name of the geezer, so I checked FB to see if there was anything known.

Turns out to be this bloke. Elmano

Never heard of him before.

Mrs. W has heard him singing.

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We've got new neighbours. We only knew the name of the geezer, so I checked FB to see if there was anything known.

Turns out to be this bloke. Elmano

Never heard of him before.

Mrs. W has heard him singing.


Not heard of him either. Quite like that website though. And he seems to get high praise from Guy Garvey.


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Warhead wrote:
We've got new neighbours. We only knew the name of the geezer, so I checked FB to see if there was anything known.

Turns out to be this bloke. Elmano

Never heard of him before.

Mrs. W has heard him singing.


I'm liking his stuff lots.

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I've just never had a moments discomfort even after a full day's work and then a couple more hours gaming in the evening.

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I've just never had a moments discomfort even after a full day's work and then a couple more hours gaming in the evening.

I have.

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