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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 21:36:17 GMT
Perhaps if you had been decent on a banjo, Nuge......

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 21:31:09 GMT
Yes, that last sentence certainly sums me up to a tee.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 19:43:35 GMT
Mr. P says:
It could be worse; it could be the 1980's....

Thatcher
wack R&B/Rock/Pop music all with dated, grating synths and 808 drum machines
The mullet
Ronald Reagan
The Jerry Curl
Dumb/pretentious/attention-seeking fashions [New Romantics/Yuppies/80's R&B?Shoulder Pads etc]
The corporate takeover of Music TV, Radio and TV shows in general
NHS/Welfare Cuts, Highest undemployment while highest earners get a tax rebate.....

Hold on!!! Wait a minute......!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 19:41:19 GMT
MC - If you fancy a dinner party feel free to pop round tonight Chez Burrell. On the menu is Steamed Sea Bass with Soy, Lime & Chilli washed down with a bottle or two of Picpoul de Pinet (from Majestic - sorry about that!). I have no problem finding good wine at Majestic, after all they stock wines from £4.99 to £49.99. I do stick with the French & Italian as not keen on New World wines.

More importantly though, currently got two Bourbons open, JWDant Special Reserve and 6 Year Old Fighting Cock. Both bought online from the excellent Whisky Exchange, where I also get my malts. The nearest good stockist of malt whisky is in Lincoln, excellent shop but a bit of a trek. One of my sons, who have both had an excellent education in these matters from their Dad, bought me a bottle of Grappa for Christmas which is slipping down nicely as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 19:27:50 GMT
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Gordon Dent says:
It's more likely to be my lack of sociability, MC. I agree with you about dinner parties: there's a very small number of people with whom I'd feel comfortable sitting round a table and talking about whatever came up, but the social-climbing, one-upmanship, etc., that usually feature when larger groups gather is no fun at all.

Shortly after my previous post I saw a poster in the butcher's shop window advertising an Irish folk night at the roughest pub in the neighbourhood to raise modey for myasthenia gravis research. So the pubs are evidently more socially active than I gave them credit for.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 18:18:10 GMT
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Ach, I'm sure after i'd had a swally or 2 myself I'd mellow.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:56:51 GMT
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No, but I've usually a decent malt MC : )

EDIT: Whoops, wrote my reply before reading yours Peter, even though I am a soft southerner ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:31:58 GMT
Didn't realise Majestic were a chain. Been a huge one not far from house for about a year now. Never been in it.
Prefer reds in the main but Pinot grigio has become popular for ver good reasons as far as i can tell - leastways with the ones I've drunk.
I get my wines from ST Winf Club or Naked Wines though and they don't tend to do mediocre/

And, yes, i generally have at least a couple of decent malts in the house but if you think I'm sharing with some soft Southerner....

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:19:17 GMT
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MC Zaptone says:
Must be your crowd Gordon!
I often sit in the pub with a mixed bag of people, male and female. We usually have at our table, a retired lawyer, electrician, mathematician (Highways Agency), cabinet maker, print room curator (Tate Britain), interior designer (commercial), postman and a fine art restorer (Courtauld Institute) the conversations are usually highly informative and often very funny.
I much prefer this than the alternative dinner party circuit, where there is always an undercurrent of professional jealousy and the conversation never drifts for more than five minutes from their chosen specialist subject, their own sprogs. and all washed down with the interminable ever present Pinot Grigio or whatever mediocre rubbish the local Majestic Wine has managed to fob them off with. Does nobody keep a decent Bourbon at home anymore?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:10:48 GMT
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Kinda like me, I drop in out of the MF. It gets very repetitive after a while, but there's some good characters that keep me coming back. Not going to list them, you might get big headed Nuge.
Stalking you? Nah, just remember you from the latter months of 2008 when I first started posting here. ...or to be accurate the pop forum, which predated this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:01:08 GMT
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Nugent Dirt says:
The beauty of the MF being that I dip in and out of it at will and can avoid any chat about football/biscuits. Have you been stalking me Butler? It's four years minus about one year when I dropped out completely.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:50:20 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
That is an unbelievably gruesome image, Schiz.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:49:42 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
I went through the lengthy process of renewing the photo on my driving licence a few weeks ago. The peculiar thing about this is that you don't actually have to provide a new photo if you have renewed your passport recently (which I have): they just use the picture from your passport. So I'm a little bit baffled about why I had to fill in a huge form and pay £20.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:47:15 GMT
Or to share a golden shower with members of AC/DC!!! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:40:21 GMT
A skelp on the lug or dunt to the back of the heid if your hands were wet on exiting the loo.

On the rubbish front, I've just read that2m motorists run the risk of £1000 fines for failing to update the photo on driving licence. One of the reasons is the car could be driven fraudulently (presumably by someone who is the spitting image of the holder 10 years previously) by another person. This is even more ludicrous when you consider i don't even have a photo on mine nor am I lehally requred to

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:39:02 GMT
Different strokes for different folks, nobody expects that everyone will enjoy the pub experience, it's obviously not for you. Fair play. But I entirely disagree that the majority of pubs are aggressive, smelly and threatening, and if I may politely say, the content of your posts indicates you are not really an authority on the subject.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:29:30 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
What form did those lessons take, Peter?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:26:11 GMT
Yeah but he does it while taking a dump so it's just a way of pasing the time.

I can'tspeak for the South but up here it's cosidered bad form to pee in the bar or over the lounge carpet so that smell has never been a problem. Same with the washing the hands businees, our parents taught us not to piss on them in the first place

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:21:56 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
Well, yes, I was undoubtedly picking sour cherries, but I just don't find anything appealling about buildings full of people getting drunk and talking rubbish. The smell, aggression, etc. are on a continuum: there are pubs where these are extreme and others where they're absent, with most somewhere inbetween. But even if you find one that's clean and unthreatening (I disagree entirely that most pubs are welcoming), they still represent a very expensive way of spending an uninteresting time.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:17:48 GMT
"I'm also not one for sitting around for hours on end in pubs just to engage in brainddead Beavis & Butthead type banter, banal chit chat about the woeful performance of the Arsenal back 4 etc."

So instead you've spent four years chatting on the amazon music forum. Oh the irony!!!

Sorry Nuge, couldn't help pointing that out. Made me chuckle:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 16:01:23 GMT
Well said Butler!

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 15:45:25 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
OK maybe I was exaggerating a bit but in many towns where I've lived many local pubs were known as places not to go to if you're an outsider.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 15:39:23 GMT
Cornish, the 'problem' with cars is that everyone complains about how bad they are whilst continuing to use them.
We all stopped walking everywhere as soon as someone sat on a horse. What's the problem in complaining about cars? Western lifestyle doesn't 'almost' demand you have a car. It point blank demands. Our entire economy and layout of the country is based on horsepower transport, it was founded on actual horses and now it's combustion engines, and we now seem to be progressing towards the next gen of horsepower. Chevrolet Volt anyone?
Complaining about using cars is akin to complaining about the roof over your head.

I read somewhere that the pollutiion and air quality in New York today, is better than the pollution and air quality when it was full of horse drawn carriages.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 15:24:33 GMT
I really enjoy visiting quality pubs, and I really look forward to hitting the city for a night of socialising and visiting pubs ...old favourites and new discoveries.

Which is why I find the comments below annoying.

"Cant say I miss the British pub at all. Most stink of p*** and are chock full of lowlives that would soon as give you a bottling than a cheery welcome."

"Re pubs. There appears to be a choice between pubs full of middle-class wenkers and their offspring or pubs full of pot-bellied, loud-mouthed racists (aka "locals")."

"I find the smell of many pubs pretty nauseating. The smell of stale beer & p*** never really shifts, and some still stink of stale smoke however many years after the smoking ban. don't feel that British pubs compare favourably with their equivalents in some other countries."

These comments are such ill-informed sweeping generalisations they qualify as ignorant and border on insulting.

The UK is full of warm, cosy, welcoming, friendly clean pubs. No anecdotal evidence is required to back this up, it's a simple fact of life.

Sure, there are plenty of bog standard no-frills `working mens' pubs, (certainly plenty in Scotland) but in my experience, they may look intimidating, but if you offer a handshake and make an attempt to join in, you'll make friends. I can't say these pubs are for everyone, but the people who frequent them don't deserve to be accused of being violent loud mouthed racists.
If you walk into a pub like that (or any pub) with the attitude that everything and everyone is beneath you, then you are not going to have a good experience.

If you are too far up your own colon to frequent a spit and sawdust pub, then find a decent traditional unpolluted pub. Anyone incapable of negotiating their way to a convivial clean pub in a decent sized town is not worthy to comment.

Are bars in continental Europe so different? I've sat at plenty `outside tables' where you have to walk past the smoking barflies indoors to get to the toilet.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 15:21:12 GMT
sounds like a good night down the pub to me
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