Saturday, 22 July 2017

Viz Bits

Well Said


It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
Robert Anton Wilson

Morning After Pill

I don't give a stuff that Boots want to make profit from the after morning pill and the anguish women/girls go through if they are caught out, greedy bastards though they are.  Boots do not have a monopoly on the drug and there are alternatives to source the tablets at a far better price.

Nor do I care that Anna Soubry, the Conservative MP for Broxtowe (where the Boots headquarters is located), will be "writing to the company asking it to make clear its reasons for not reducing prices".  Erm, none of your business.  Why does a private company have to justify its pricing structure to anyone?

But I will point out this:

  • Cost of the pill at Boots- £28.25 for Levonelle (leading brand) and £26.75 for its own generic version
  • Cost of the pill at Tesco-£13.50 for Levonelle
  • Cost of the pill at Superdrug- £13.49 
  • Cost of the pill in France- £5.50
If there is an outrage, let it be directed at the cost of all pharmaceuticals in the UK.  Wouldn't that be an interesting inquiry?

TG

Scraping the Barrel

Mary Poppins Returns.  Just why?  Wasn't DVD's cockney accent enough to last anyone a lifetime?




How Terribly English

I'd love to know who checks limits and ABVs but only this could happen in England...
In the wake of what has been described in as a “regrettable incident” during a one-day match against South Africa at Lord’s earlier this month, MCC has reiterated its alcohol policy.
‘The home of cricket’ as it is also known is the only cricket ground in the world (for first class and test cricket) where spectators can bring their own alcohol.
Spectators are allowed to bring one 75cl bottle of wine up to a strength of 18% or two pints of beer up to 6%. Any wines or beers in excess of those ABVs or in excess of those limits is confiscated. Similarly, visitors cannot leave the grounds to purchase or bring back more alcohol once they have entered. Any further drinks can be bought at one of Lord’s bars or restaurants.
DB

DYK?

The border of your lips is called the vermilion-skin border.

You Gotta Love This

What a brilliant wheeze.  No idea why this guy didn't keep this until 1st April, but it sure shows a super sense of humour.  i100:

A reddit user has managed to completely baffle the internet with his theory as to why Finland isn’t a real place.

Raregan argues that Finland is just Eastern Sweden, and that the UN has altered world maps as part of a conspiracy theory to keep the myth alive that the country exists.

He writes:

"The idea that an entire country is made up seems so bizarre that nobody would ever believe it, making it easy to do."

He says Japan is the main player in the lie, because Finland’s main company, Nokia, is Japanese. Sweden and Russia “go along with it,” he says, but it’s mainly because of Japanese fishing rights.

The Japanese  can’t fish as much due to “tight fishing regulations,” he writes, so after the cold war they “agreed with Russia to create a 'landmass' called Finland where they could fish”.

"The fish is then transported through Russia where a small percentage of the food is given to the population, (they were of course starving at the time of Finland being invented), and then is shipped to Japan under the disguise of 'Nokia' products. Japan is apparently one of the worlds largest importers of Nokia products despite the fact that 'nobody there owns a Nokia phone' apparently."

And the real clincher:

"What do fish have? Fins. Therefore they named their imaginary country Finland."

Fecundity

fecundity
fɪˈkʌndɪti/
noun
  1. the ability to produce an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertility.
    "multiply mated females show increased fecundity"
    • the ability to produce many new ideas.
      "the immense fecundity of his imagination made a profound impact on European literature"

Some people seem to consider this to be a sign of great intelligence.  Here is the actual definition so there should be no further confusion.

Northern Speak


How the northern clans refer to one another- wifey is not overly impressed at her handle but it's got to be better than the Cod 'eads, surely?

Ta to the s-i-l for chucking this up on her FB page.


News Thump

Hollywood’s top military historians are up in arms over the lack of Americans in the new film ‘Dunkirk’.
The film, which features some bunch of Limeys nobody has ever heard of, has been singled out for lacking realism and credibility by not showing Americans as the heroes.
American reviewers described feeling ‘robbed’ after the film failed to show any of their countrymen in a heroic, leading role, leading to accusations of ‘Britwashing’ the Second World War to make it look like anyone other than the USA was involved.
Dunkirk has been described as a ‘travesty’ of history, with reviewers suggesting its accuracy could be improved by Tom Cruise skydiving onto a Messerschmitt and stealing it by throwing the pilot out.
“This film would have been improved by a platoon of GIs charging up the beach and shooting Hitler, rather than some bunch of Brits running down the beach away from him,” said senior  Hollywood historical consultant Simon-Bob Williams.
“Nobody in their right mind would deny that would have been more true-to-life and historically accurate.
“My next project will be a big-budget historical drama about the battle of the Somme, featuring Ryan Reynolds as a tough marine who wins the fight and gets the girl after he punches the Kaiser in the face.”
NT

The Hippo and Ghost in the Shell

Loved Stephen Fry's film with Roger Allam stealing the show.  Here's the IMDb synopsis:

A country manor mystery that's actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend's country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts' teenage son, Ted's godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

Ghost in the Shell was also a film I was looking forward to seeing as I was aware it was originally a Japanese manga series/film.  Maybe I was expecting too much as it didn't quite deliver.  Yes, the CGI was spot on, the actors were also good (Scarlett Johansson is always worth her role) and it didn't drag, but at the end it was almost like watching a revamped version of Blade Runner.  Anyway, IMDb to the rescue once more:

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

Typical

Following the last of the old guard out of the door, and possibly the least likeable character in Gerry Standing/Dennis Waterman following his dream to America (ideally suited as he is a sexist, racist at heart) we are introduced to his replacement played by Larry Lamb.

What a shame that the entire new look New Tricks series was not continued after this one (12th) as everyone is better than the originals and it is fun watching the show again.

Shopping Ahead

We're all aware that exchanging currency at airports is financial suicide but even this takes the piss.  Slow-witted travellers leaving their pound for euro swap at Cardiff airport would have been dismayed to find their proud English (Welsh?) quid would have netted them just 88 cents.

Even taking the airport sharks aside, sterling was heading into the shitter reaching the new lows of £1 to 1.11€, the lowest in eight months.

How the people who voted to leave Europe must be rejoicing in the streets, no Johnny Foreigner is getting their hands on the queen's sovs if they can help it.

TG

Credit Where it's Due

Big up to Alitalia.  No sooner had they called wifey on her Thai mobile and advised we were able to obtain a refund on our intended flights to Rome, but the money was re-credited directly back onto our card the very next day.

Most impressive and welcome.

Interesting

Exactly one year ago, KickassTorrents was shut down following a criminal investigation by the United States. While the site no longer exists in its former glory, the name is still around. Several original staffers remain dedicated to carrying the torch, for example. Today we take a look at KAT's past, present, and the future.
Exactly one year ago, on July 20th 2016, the torrent community was in dire straits.
Polish law enforcement officers had just apprehendedArtem Vaulin, the alleged founder of KickassTorrents (KAT) at a local airport.
The arrest was part of a U.S. criminal case which also listed two other men as key players. At the time, KAT was the most-used torrent site around, so the authorities couldn’t have hit a more prominent target.
The criminal case was the end of the torrent site, but also the start of a lengthy court battle for the defendants.
To this day, Artem remains in Poland. He’s currently out on bail awaiting the final decision on the extradition request from the United States, while the other two defendants remain at large. If he is extradited, it’s expected that an extensive court battle will follow.
Although the original KickassTorrents is website no longer around, the ‘brand’ is still very much alive. Soon after the site went down several KAT copies and mirrors appeared. For many, however, the original site is still dearly missed.
The most prominent effort to create a replacement is the product of a group of well-known staffers from the original site. They began to rebuild the community by launching a forum for estranged KAT users last summer. A few months later they expanded their KATcr project to a full blown torrent site, mimicking the looks of the original.
Today, one year after it all started, we reach out to the new KATcr team to hear about their memories and future plans.
“Looking back it was shocking and disheartening for everyone, we know it happens but didn’t expect our ship to sink like that. We’ve written history there though, made many friends, learned a hell of a lot, and achieved so much,” Mr.Gooner recalls.
“It’s thanks to the original site and the loyal, supporting users that we were able to rebuild our ship and set sail again,” he adds.
While KATcr was able to put up a forum within days, getting fully organized was a more complex operation. Several former admins came on board, but without access to the original code or database, it took a few months to build a KAT replacement from scratch.
KATcr today
The site eventually relaunched as a full-blown torrent site last December. Although it doesn’t get as much traffic as the original KAT, many former users have found their way ‘back.’
“Minus a few hiccups and various other minor issues most new sites experience, traffic is increasing at a good rate. We are continuously improving and our name is well and truly out there now. The door is open and everyone is welcomed with open arms, we know all too well what it’s like to lose our home,” Mr.Gooner notes.
A lot of people would think twice before attempting to fill the shoes of a site that was hunted down by the US Department of Justice. However, the KATcr team believes that they are acting within the boundaries of the law.
“As far as we are concerned we operate to every letter of the law,” Mr.Gooner states in full confidence.
In the future, the site hopes to expand its userbase even further. Although it’s now been a year since the original KAT was pulled offline, the KATcr team prefers to look ahead, instead of dwelling in the past. There are some people who are still missed, but other than that, the focus is forward.
“I mostly miss those that are no longer with us. But rather than living in the past, the present day and the future is what matters, so we don’t tend to look back to miss anything else,” Mr.Gooner says.
Looking ahead is what alleged KickassTorrents operator Artem Vaulin will do as well. His concerns are different though.
The most pressing question that has to be answered in the near future is whether Poland will extradite him to the United States. Through his lawyers, he previously floated the idea of surrendering to the US voluntarily to “resolve” the pending charges, but only under the right conditions.
Meanwhile, he remains in Poland on bail.

TF

Recommended but Untested

123Netflix.com apparently...

Better

Following their opening game's draw, Germany took a vital win against Italy's Ladies in the Women's European Championship in Holland.  Although currently still in second spot behind Norway, both teams look hopeful to qualify for the quarter final knock out rounds.  Team Eng-er-land Ladies are also on course to qualify having duffed up the Scots 6 - 0.

Previous history of winners does look good for the Germans but it's a long way to go yet.

2013: Germany
2009: Germany
2005: Germany
2001: Germany
1997: Germany
1995: Germany
1993: Norway
1991: Germany
1989: West Germany
1987: Norway
1984: Sweden

C & H

Friday, 21 July 2017

Emma

Image result for happy birthday

Viz Bits

Playing by the Rules

Reports have emerged that tourists are being asked to show they have 20,000 baht (£455) in cash before they’re allowed entry into Thailand. 
Immigration officials at some border checkpoints are being more stringent when it comes to letting in those with a history of tourist visa entries, reports the Asia News Network. Educational (ED) visa holders are also facing extra scrutiny.
The move is thought to be an attempt to keep out those who are not genuine tourists and may be working in Thailand illegally. It could also help put a stop to “begpacking” – the practice of Western backpackers begging for money to fund their travels around Asia.
It has been reported that immigration officials at Padang Besar were pulling tourist visa holders aside on Friday 14 July, taking anyone who could not show they had 20,000 baht in cash away for questioning.
A British national in Hua Hin was reportedly asked to show 20,000 baht in cash when trying to enter the country at Don Mueang airport on Wednesday 12 July. He had three previous tourist visa entries in his passport and was questioned about whether he works in Thailand and how he could financially support himself while staying in the country.
Another tourist in possession of an ED visa was held at Suvarnabhumi Airport last week after he was asked to show 20,000 baht in cash and only had 8,000. The man in question previously had four tourist visas and a 30 day stamp on arrival.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently doesn’t mention anything about needing a minimum amount of money to enter Thailand – however, it does advise having return flights booked. “Immigration officials in Thailand may ask you for proof of onward travel (e.g. a return or onward air ticket),” reads the FCO advice. “You should make all reservations before leaving for Thailand. Some airlines have refused to board passengers without evidence of onward travel.”
This is hardly news as it has been a possible necessity for as long as I can remember.  I am unsure why the FCO haven't made people aware of this, perhaps it's because it was not compulsory? Since the military took over they have been enforcing many requirements in an attempt to stop "tourists" from working- and quite rightly too.  I have no idea why people think they can do as they please and flout Thai law because it suite them.  They wouldn't do this in their country, would they?

And we most certainly have been asked of proof of onward journey before our long haul returns to Thailand by airline companies.  Again it is a requirement which has not been rigorously implemented but it most certainly has been public knowledge.

Until now, perhaps?

TInd

Factuals from the Front

Little "secrets" airline pilots have revealed in TInd today:

Flight durations are inflated so that they're “on time” even if they're late.
If a flight is only supposed to take an hour, it will be scheduled as an hour and 15 minutes so that it will still be officially “on time” even if it runs late.
Pilots don't eat the same food as passengers.​
“Flight attendants give us special meals, so that if the airline food shipment was contaminated, we won't get sick,” wrote Quora user Hari Sanil.
Tap water on planes can be filthy.
An EPA study found that one in every eight planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety. According to one Quora user, this is because the ports to empty the toilets and refill drinking water are near each other and can cross-contaminate when serviced at the same time.
This is why flight attendants would never drink coffee or tea on a plane.
Oxygen masks only last 15 minutes.
Fifteen minutes is just enough time for pilots to get to a lower altitude where people can breathe normally.
They often forget to turn the “fasten seatbelt” sign off.​
Pilots are human too, and sometimes they'll simply forget to turn off the “fasten seatbelt” sign. That doesn't mean you should ignore it entirely, but it's probably alright to move about the cabin if it's been on for a while without there being any major bumps.
Pilots will downplay any problems.​
They'd never say that there's “zero visibility,” they'd just say there's some fog. A delay for “technical reasons” probably means something is broken. They're not lying, necessarily — they just want to keep passengers calm.
Planes get struck by lightning all the time.​
Apparently, every airplane is struck by lightning at least once a year, but they're built to withstand it.
Some pilots carry guns.​
“Federal Flight Deck Officers can carry a firearm in the cockpit,” wrote an anonymous Quora contributor. “Lots of protocol exists to ensure that the training, concealment, and utilization is standardized.”
They've been known to sleep in the cockpit.​
Many functions are automated these days, so pilots can take it easy between takeoff and landing.

HP Sauce



We all know that this brown sauce is called HP and that stands for Houses of Parliament (hence the picture of Big Ben and surrounding buildings) but did you know both Tommy and I bought a bottle yesterday?  Hardly stunning news, I agree, but when he mentioned he'd paid THB 113 I had to chuckle.  Big C were knocking bottles out as they were coming up to their "best before date" and I paid a piffling THB 30.

*snigger*

Latest Jerky

Getting better with making up new batched and gone old school for the spices.  I wash the slivers of beef in red wine vinegar and press out the excess before salting.  Then it's a case of splashing over Worcester sauce and sprinkling over chilli, garlic and black pepper.

Hang the strips up in the drier, turn on the fan and overnight it will dry to a crisp finish, that can sometimes be a little too dry, but don't worry.  Place your treasure into an airtight Tupperware box and after a day or so it will soften up.

De-lish.

Southend News Network

A source at the BBC has revealed that filming of the new series of Doctor Who has been SUSPENDED after the new Timelord Jodie Whittaker has been unable to park the Tardis.
According to our contact within the corporation, this is the second incident to stop filming in two days after Whittaker also complained that the interior of the Tardis was ‘just awful.’
He said: ‘We began filming a number of months ago while the identity of the new Doctor was kept a closely guarded secret, but it became clear soon after Jodie arrived that she was having a few problems getting the Tardis parked properly.’
‘We got our team to add some larger wing mirrors and those sensors that beep as you get close to a stationary object, but she still managed to scrape Davros’ 1968 custom restored Ford Cortina – he went apeshit.’
News of Whittaker’s casting as the thirteenth Timelord led to huge reaction on social media, with some members of the viewing public outraged that the BBC had become ‘obsessed with diversity.’
One poster called Daniel Miso-Génisto said: ‘It’s political correctness gone bloody mad – whatever will they come up with next?’
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if the next James Bond is black, and I mean proper black like Ghana or something with a funny accent and he or she will probably be gender fluid or transatlantic as well and disabled and bisexual and homosexual and straight and asexual.’
‘I mean I’ve never actually watched the show myself, but it’s a fucking outrage.’
SNN

Well Said

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
E Joseph Cossman

Less is More

Once more we have noticed how companies stuff your laptops with "bloatware" but this time we're not accepting it.  I find CCleaner to be a very powerful tool to remove unwanted programs and have started to strip out the shite that infests our latest toy.

We're also not bothering about an anti-virus program as both the free issues of AVG and avast! are now so full of pop adds it has put us right off.  We're just going to rely on Windows Defender which, having read up a little on the subject, shows it is just as good as the free anti-virus programs without the annoying reminders and ads.

Safety First

As with all of our touch screen stuff (read mobiles) we fit a protective cover to keep things clean and finger print free.  I wasn't sure if they made them for 14" screens but this laughing chap assured me they did but he'd have to cut it to size.

He did a perfect job (it took him about half an hour) and he even punched a hole out for the camcorder lens.  Well worth the tenner it cost.

DYK?

Old School and a Seafood Curry

Browsing the shelves at Tops supermarket at Rama 9 I picked up a pack of prepared liver.  I haven't had that in years and love it with baked beans and mash with loads of gravy.

I also bought a couple of packs of mixed seafood, including mussels, shrimps, prawns and squid.  With some Steamed rice and a bowl of curried lentils, it's going to be a feast of a weekend.

Turbo Charged and Then Some

Found a super little place that said they could add extra RAM to our latest laptop/tablet ranging from an additional 4 Gb to 16 Gb.  Of course I asked for the maximum and half an hour later they rang me to collect.

I booted up and nearly fainted at the speed, checked the new specs and saw the total RAM was now 20 Gb.  We've never had such a powerful set up, the current max is a mere 12 Gb, but wifey is going to freak when she gets on it.

C & H

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Viz Bits

Well Said

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favours.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
French author & moralist (1613 - 1680) 

Getting Older

The Work and Pensions Secretary (David Gauke- who?) has announced that the state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, which brings the change forward seven years earlier than was initially planned.

The changes will be brought in over two years, reducing the rise by 0.4% of GDP in 2039/40- the equivalent to a saving of around £400 per household.  It would save £74 billion by 2045/46 compared with the previous proposals.  He guffed:

"I want Britain to be the best country in the world in which to grow old, where everyone enjoys the dignity and security they deserve in retirement."

BWAHAHAAHHHAAAHHAHAHAHA...  😆

The UK looking after its elderly citizens?  My feckin' arse.

More at Metro

The Hippopotamus

Is a wonderful book by Stephen Fry (very old now) that has been turned into a film.  We have a copy of it and this will be the main event over the weekend.  I know it will not come close to the novel but I have heard good things so I am hoping it will not disappoint.

Be Aware

Following the recent major upgrade of Windows 10 (I hate to think how many hours I have lost wasting time on resetting things to how I like and not MS  want them) I thought I had everything sorted.

Until I logged onto our banks and found out all of our saved passwords and customer numbers have been re-set.  Talk about panic as I scrambled to remember what they were.

So just make sure you have them to had as the last thing anyone wants is to be locked out of their own accounts.

News Thump

BBC salaries
The BBC has revealed that it will now focus its investigative journalism on the wealth and income of senior members of the government.
Although the corporation denies this is linked to being forced to reveal their top salaries, the move has been dubbed by insiders as “Operation Fuck You Too”.
Programming Director Simon Williams whose salary will be revealed today, said that the BBC has taken on board the new mood for transparency.
“We have wholeheartedly committed to the wonderful idea that the public has the right to know a person’s finances if they take public money. Second jobs, directorships, that sort of thing.
“Philip Hammond used to work for the Malawi government. Now I’m sure a financial consultant for an East African government is as pure as the driven snow, but let’s have a look.
“Just like Liam Fox. Don’t you wonder what Adam Werritty is up to now? Because Panorama is going to find out.”
Mr Williams also stated that the BBC was taking steps to ensure license fee payers got value for money.
“The era of the long lunch on expenses is over.
“When we send twenty journalists fanning across Europe to see if any prominent brexiteers own continental property in their spouse’s name, those reporters will travel economy class.”
However, political expert Amanda Tinnock says that the move was unlikely to impact support for the Conservatives.
She explained, “This is the party where Jacob Rees-Mogg is a leadership contender, and he’s basically a caricature of an evil Toff in a Socialist Worker’s publication. Only less realistic.”
NT

Bonus Day

As we're not heading off to Pattaya I think I will use the day wisely and go to Rama 9 to add a little extra to the new laptop/tablet combo.  Extra RAM, a USB hub extension, a spare power cable and a USB adaptor (mini to standard).

It's fun going shopping for stuff.  😊

Gerraway

Wifey's mobile was ringing (I didn't even hear it and I was in the same room) and she looked at the number saying it was a call from Italy.  Usually with strange or unrecognised number they instantly get shut down but I suggested it could be Alitalia as I had chased them up over our cancelled* flights.

So she picked up and it was.

A number of "that is correct" and a "grazie mille" had wifey beaming as she put down the phone.  Turns out they had agreed to a full refund and the monies will be re-credited to our card in the next five working days.

Never thought we would get a cent, let alone the full monty.  Well chuffed.






*Clever wifey- she picked up on the fact they had cancelled our flights and not merely changed the take off time.  She's well sharp.

I'm Convinced

After a bit of head scratching and grumbling about "why can't they leave things alone?", I have to admit that the new Coke Zero taste really is better and more like the original.  Even wifey has been won over.

Not sure about the packaging though, it's going to be so easy to mistake the new livery for a regular tin and that won't be funny.

Nearly Had It

EMGN - Regret5

DYK?

Tom Selleck was tapped to play Indiana Jones, but due to a contracted commitment to Magnum PI, he decided to do the honourable thing and keep the agreement. Ironically, an ensuing writers strike delayed production long enough that he could have acted in Indiana Jones.

Finally

Good news from the tax man.

We wrote to him/her to advise them that our accountant was retiring and that we were going to do our own returns from now on.  The problem was that as we are non-resident we do not own a UK mobile, a necessity to gain access to our on line accounts.

They have confirmed, in writing to our new address, that we can in fact use a Thai number so all is well.  It is also pleasing they have confirmed our Thai address too, which further proves our non-residency.

As we have been now for over 11 years...

Very Nice

We had a look around our new 7/11 and whilst there was nothing new to see, it has been a superb rebuild and I am sure the store will turn out to be most convenient in the future for us.

That was Fun

Forgot to mention that there was a Tiumph motorcycle display at Mega Bang Na recently and we had much fun slinging legs over bigger bikes again.

Wifey fell in love with the Bobber and I would have picked the Thruxton R.  Which do you prefer?

THRUXTON 1200 R


  • Single bullet seat set-up with painted seat cowl
  • Higher specification brakes and suspension
  • Twin floating Brembo discs
  • Brembo Monobloc radial calipers
  • Brembo master cylinder
  • Race bred, fully-adjustable Showa big piston forks
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres
  • More high quality details and finishes with a polished top yoke, stainless steel tank strap, clear anodized aluminium swinging arm

BONNEVILLE BOBBER


  • ABS
  • Switchable traction control
  • Ride By Wire
  • Road and Rain riding modes
  • Torque-Assist Clutch
  • Immobiliser
  • LED rear light
  • Trip Computer
Triumph

All Change

Got late notification that Khun Saeri has to leave the country on business tomorrow morning and so it would really be worth a trip to Pattaya for just one night.  We're also being considerate of our old pal as travelling is no fun with a hangover!

It's not a problem as we have plenty to do before we go on holiday ourselves, just a real shame as we were both looking forward to seeing him again.  Not to worry though we shall drop in on him later in the year and have a double catch up then.

I've always wondered what Christmas must be like in Pattaya?

C & H

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Intermission

We're off to Pattaya tomorrow lunch time but I doubt we'll get time to Blog until we return.  Enjoy the break and we'll be back after the weekend.  😎

Viz Bits

6

Six is the first perfect number, which means it is the sum of all its divisors (3, 2, 1), and the only number that is both the sum and product of the same three consecutive positive integers (1, 2, 3).

It's also the atomic number of carbon, the biological basis of all known life.  Six-sided shapes (hexagons) are everywhere in nature.

Well Said

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
Euripides
Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

Good Move

Rip-off surcharges on credit and debit card payments will be “consigned to history”, the Government has announced.  The extra fees of up to 20% which companies levy on card payments for items such as flight tickets are to be banned from the start of 2018. 
The total value of surcharges for debit and credit cards was an estimated £473 million, according to Treasury figures.

More at TInd

Really?

The "ladies and gentlemen" greeting on Tube announcements is to be scrapped by Transport for London (TfL), replacing the phrase with
"hello everyone" in an effort to become more gender-neutral.

I would have thought the traditional format covered all basis rather well aside perhaps from transgender folk.  No doubt this decision took a committee of several dozen, consultations with interested parties and countless debates before it was given the go ahead.

I wonder how much it cost to implement this?

BBC

News Thump

Jodie Whittaker the new Doctor
The new female Doctor Who has kicked up a shitstorm after discovering her starting BBC salary will be substantially less than a male Dalek fresh out of RADA.
Following the BBC’s decision to publish a list of high-profile salaries, the newly-regenerated Jodie Whitaker blamed a culture of sexism extending throughout the galaxy.
After looking at the small print on her contract, Whitaker is also seeking legal advice over a clause that mentions ‘basic tardis cleaning duties’.
Whitaker said, “Trainee Dalek sixty grand and a bonus for stairs? Males need only apply!
“Then you’ve got the Cybermen – they’re on about fifty grand with Gallifrey weighting. Plus time and a half for Saturday mornings. They were only in it once!”
BBC spokesman, Simon Williams, said, “We inserted that cleaning clause at the eleventh hour. After twelve male occupants, the tardis is a right old mess. Jelly baby wrappers everywhere..”
But Whitaker hit back, adding, “I don’t remember Peter Davidson’s beautiful companion getting down on her hands and knees – at least – not for cleaning duties.”
Meanwhile, Williams defended the new Doctor’s measly salary, telling reporters, “Her starting salary might look small, but like the tardis, it’s actually a lot bigger than you think it is.”
He added, “Anyway, Peter Davidson might have been a shit Doctor, but he was guaranteed not to get up the duff and go on maternity leave for twelve months.”
NT

Snigger

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DYK?

How can you tell snail tracks from slug tracks? While your typical garden slug leaves a continuous trail of slime in its wake, snails leaves more of a dotted line, since they move forward in an up-and-down fashion, kind of like an inchworm.

90 Minutes

Not just the length of a football match but also how long we were on the phone to our eldest nephew in the UK.  A really good catch up and can't wait to see him over here next year after his "A" levels are over.  Don't worry, the time will fly by.

Spooks

We'd seen a few episodes back in the UK and thought it was jolly fine.  It was recommended to us again recently and so we took another look and it really is very good.  Unfairly it has been likened to the UK version of "24" but that is nonsense as it is far grittier and more realistic than Jack Bauer taking on the world single handidly.

Anyway, re-watch it if you get a chance but don't get too attached to any characters, they may not make it to the next episode.

Latest BTS Map

Buses or Busses?

The spelling threw me as I went for the former and the spell checker (UK) kicked in with the latter, double "s".

It seems that was how you accepted the plural until about 1961.  All the gen from Merriam Webster:

The plural of bus is buses. A variant plural, busses, is also given in the dictionary, but has become so rare that it seems like an error to many people.
Nevertheless, buses is problematic: it looks like fuses, but doesn’t rhyme with it. Abuses doesn’t rhyme in two different possible ways: the noun with the \s\ sound or the verb with the \z\ sound. Words that do rhyme with bus are usually spelled with a double s, like fusses or trusses.
Until 1961, 'busses' was the preferred plural of 'bus' in Merriam-Webster dictionaries. But the word 'buss' is a synonym of 'kiss'. Perhaps it's just as well that 'buses' took over.
Confusing the issue is the word buss, a synonym of kiss which could make for some funny interpretations of parking signs for buses. Buss meaning “kiss” seems to have evolved from the sound of giving a kiss, whereas bus meaning “a large vehicle for carrying passengers” is an abbreviation of omnibus, their original name, from the Latin word meaning “for all.”
When the word bus was new, the two plurals were in competition, but busesovertook busses in frequency in the 1930s, and today is the overwhelming choice of writers and editors. Busses was the preferred form in Merriam-Webster dictionaries until 1961.
As for the verb bus—which may mean either "to transport someone in a bus" or "to remove dirty dishes from [as from a table]"—we do recognize bussed and bussing as variants. But the decision to buss a customer's table could cost you your job.

Mega Bang Na

Is the huge shopping complex further east out of town but so easy to get to.  Three stops on the BTS (unlimited one way travel to all stations from On Nut to Samrong, the latest final station on the Sukhumvit line, for just THB 15) takes you to Bang Na and then just wait for a free shuttle to take you to the mall itself.

The buses run about one every twenty minutes and it takes at least that long to reach your destination depending on traffic.

Top Shop

Picked up five new Xbox games:

  • 007 Bloodstone
  • Iron Man 2
  • WRC 5
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • MotoGP 13
I've had problems in the past with copy games, ie they don't run, but all all of these are perfect and booted up first time.  Total cost THB 500- about a tenner.

I just need to find time to play now...

C & H

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Well Said

It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.
Kingsley AmisOne Fat Englishman (1963)
English author & humorist (1922 - 1995)

123 Movies

Has been upgraded to GoMovies and can be found here.

Well worth a look...

DYK?

A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.

News Thump

There was widespread relief this morning as it appeared that civilisation may actually survive in the wake of the announcement that Doctor Who will be played by actress Jodie Whittaker.
Many had assumed a fictional space being with two hearts who travels through time and space in a phone box being made a woman was too much for humankind to take and that civilisation would fall apart.
“It’s literally the worst thing that’s ever happened,” said 34-year-old virgin Simon Williams after the announcement yesterday.
“It’s worse than Nazis, cancer and that Star Trek film where Captain Kirk meets God.”
Mr Williams wasn’t the only Dr Who fan to express his anger, outrage, and unreconstructed sexism that is an embarrassment to men everywhere.
Within hours of the announcement, authorities around the world were preparing for protests to sweep across the globe as right-thinking people came together as one to halt the relentless tide of political correctness that culminated in what swiftly became known as the Whovian catastrophe.
It was widely thought that the protests would quickly escalate into violent riots in the major cities around the globe and civilisation collapsing before the night was over.
Happily, the sort of people who think a female Doctor Who is a bad idea were told to stay in their bedroom by their Mums and stop causing a rumpus, and so civilisation survives.
NT

Arse

EMGN - Regret

Ever Decreasing Circles

I have no idea why this gem of a British comedy is so overlooked.  It stars Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton and Peter Egan and it is so drily funny it has me in fits of giggles.

Half way through now (four series in total) and already looking forward to tonight's helping.

7/11

Our nearest 7/11 was open for business yesterday, though we haven't been in yet.  From demolishing the old garage to gleaming new business in just five weeks.  It's quite remarkable.

Three Weeks To Go

And now we are beginning to panic a little as we realise we have done very little to get ready for our European holiday.  We don't even have proper carry on luggage for wifey, so we need to sort that out today when we go to Bang Na- Khun Ayr is due in later to sort out the pad.

Dead Chuffed

The new lappie is almost ready for use and it's bloody brilliant aside form being a tad slow due to basic RAM.  This will be sorted out next week at Rama 9/Fortune Towers but in the meantime, I am having fun setting it up and playing with some of the new features.

The tablet mode is really impressive as you get a 14" screen- lovely watching a film on that.

C & H

Monday, 17 July 2017

Top Marks

Who said May isn't doing a bang up job?  As per TInd, I reckon she is finally getting it right:

Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a "better reception".  The US President asked the Prime Minister to prepare a "warm welcome" before he agrees to set a date, it has been claimed. 
The pair spoke on the phone to discuss the planned state visit, which has now been postponed until next year. 

News Thump

Tony Blair on EU
Britain could remain a member of the EU according to the same intelligence used to murder half a million Iraqis.
Former PM, Tony Blair, made the astonishing claim based on watertight evidence gained while avoiding prosecution for war crimes in the Hague.
Blair says he used his unexpected freedom to promote reform of the EU from within – time he would have otherwise spent tying his shoelaces together to form a makeshift noose.
In addition, Blair has produced satellite images which clearly show chief negotiators shifting their positions on the freedom of movement and indulging in pro-British sentiment.
Blair said, “Here’s a picture of Donald Tusk wearing a Cool Brittania t-shirt, in a bar in Brussels, sharing a drink with Keith Allen.
“Meanwhile, this very compromising one shows Jean Claude Juncker giving expert oral relief to a cigar-smoking bulldog.
“Just look at that technique. The length of shadow cast by the cigar suggests it happened during a debate on the Common Fisheries Policy.”
However, critics of Blair maintain the so-called evidence has been sexed-up.
Brexit supporter, Simon Williams, said, “The bulldog has clearly been photoshopped from the Churchill car insurance advert.”
But last night Blair hit back, adding, “These findings would allow Britain to have its cake and reduce the plate on which it is served to a wasteland containing only crumbs.
“Trust me on this.”
NT

DYK?

In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.

McAfee Twats

I'm trying to remove a "free" McArse program from the new laptop and it's taking a fucking age.  I didn't ask for it nor did I want it, yet I am wasting time and energy getting this shite out.  Bastards.

Well Said

There are too many people, and too few human beings.
Robert Zend

Doctor Who # 13



Is, going by the picture above, quite clearly a burd.  In fact it is Jodie Whittaker and I'm sure the 21st century twist will be a welcome choice. How long now until we have a lady Bond, or perhaps even a black dude?  Wouldn't that be good.

No Bikes

No racing this weekend and quite a break until we get the next MotoGP which will be in Brno, Czech Republic, on 6th August.  The WSBK has an even longer summer holiday and will not be back until Lausitzring, Germany, on 18th August.

Hhmphh.

Real Places in Britland

Couldn't Wait

Having decided to buy a new laptop I couldn't see any reason to wait until Tuesday and so I caught the BTS into town and picked up the latest addition to our travelling technology.  I had no idea just how good it is until I got it back home and had a quick play.

Back lit screen, 1 Tb HD, 4 Gb RAM (soon to be doubled or more, next trip to Fortune Tower) 7th Gen i5 processor and best of all, a 14" touch screen.

One of its neatest tricks is that the keyboard folds back 360 degrees and so becomes a monster tablet, complete with touch screen key pad.

Still setting it up but it's a beauty.

Sporting News

As watched live at the bar last night.

  • Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic
  • Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory at Silverstone to tie the all-time record of five career wins in the British Grand Prix.
  • The War Elephants win the 45th Kings Cup beating Belarus on penalties after no extra time
It was a good evening all round.

C & H

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ira

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Move Like Your Parents

"Science" has just discovered the key shapes to throw on the floor when trying to get sexy.  Apparently one has to:

1. Wide swings of the hips

2. Legs moving asymmetrically

3. Moderately swinging arms

It sounds just like the way I try to get to the bogs when crossing the dance floor.

i100

I Bet Someone Will

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