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Posted on 19 May 2012 23:51:27 BDT
RedAlFire says:
WTF - just talk around it. At least you're not calling me Mr. RedAlFire all over the place....

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 23:53:30 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
Oh, he just does that. You get used to it. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 23:55:23 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Really? Why would he call you Mr RedAlFire then Mondo?

Posted on 20 May 2012 00:35:57 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
He calls everybody that. Haven't you been paying attention? Even the girls!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 01:03:41 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Me? Pay attention? On here? Yeah right...! ;-)

Posted on 20 May 2012 08:19:14 BDT
easytiger says:
Back from the boozah Mondo? Trouble getting the frock off?

Posted on 20 May 2012 08:49:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2012 08:50:41 BDT
easytiger says:
Bits and pieces. Remember that photo of a mouse with an ear on its back a few years ago? Genetic engineering horror shock? In fact it was not an ear at all and it was not grafted on as such.The surgeon who decided to advance cartilege growth in a mouse decided that, after having been to a Salvador Dali exhibition and on a piss-up with Dr Mengels in Paraguay, the best way to present his findings was to form the shape of an ear from the cartilege as an ear is 100% cartilege anyway. There was also a touch of irony in this as everyone knows mice have 200 times more hearing power than humans, which is why chances are that the only mice you will ever see or get caught in traps are deaf;mice with normal hearing will scatter when they hear you coming upstairs in the lift with your red scooter.
The upside is that this daft stuff was used to cure cases of Poland's Syndrome. a rare genetic defect where half the chest is missing. The obvious question is why the choice of ear and not a great sumptious boob on the mouses back. Science waits.
Back in the Night-Dr Feelgood

Posted on 21 May 2012 01:07:31 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
Ahhh, back in the day, but more especially the night, when Rosy Phantom wore the frock it was always funtime. Can't remember if I told the story about the gang of us in drag at York (or was it Donny?) races on Ladies Day when Derek Thomson, live on C4 Racing picked one of our crowd as a contender for Best Filly (yes, it was in those pre PC days). I didn't have the heart to let it continue; during an ad break I pointed out to the producer where Tommo was going wrong. Now, of course, I wish I hadn't.

Sweet Transvestite - Tim Curry

Posted on 21 May 2012 21:12:46 BDT
Greysuit says:
Magnus Hirschfeld coined the word transvestism (from Latin trans-, "across, over" and vestitus, "dressed") to refer to the sexual interest in cross-dressing. He used it to describe persons who habitually and voluntarily wore clothes of the opposite sex. Hirschfeld also noticed that sexual arousal was often associated with transvestism. In more recent terminology, this is sometimes called autogynephilia. Hirschfeld also clearly distinguished between transvestism as an expression of a person's "contra-sexual" (transgender) feelings and fetishistic behavior, even if the latter involved wearing clothes of the other sex.

One of the better known exponents of the "art" is Eddie Izzard who was greatly influenced by Billy Connolly.

"Shoeshine Boy" by The Humblebums.

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Posted on 24 May 2012 23:57:42 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
humble BUMP

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 08:53:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2012 08:50:21 BDT
Carradale says:
The album "The New Humblebums" has a cover featuring portraits of Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty by John Byrne. One of the tracks, written about Byrne, is titled 'Patrick' , the name Byrne uses to sign some of his works , like the one on the cover, painted in a faux-naive style. Byrne went on to produce covers for Rafferty and Donovan and was also originally commissioned to produce the artwork for the Beatles LP which later became known as "The White Album"
Byrne's illustration(a group portrait of the group) was not used for the album but later appeared in "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" and in 1980 as the cover of the compilation 'The Beatles Ballads'

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

Posted on 29 May 2012 21:08:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2012 21:09:48 BDT
Greysuit says:
Keith Reid (Procol Harum's songwriter) got the title and the starting point for the song at a party. He overheard someone at the party saying to a woman, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale," and the phrase stuck in his mind.

The phrase a whiter shade of pale has since gained widespread use in the English language, noticed by several dictionaries. As such, the phrase is today often used in contexts independent of any consideration of the song. It has also been heavily paraphrased, in forms like an Xer shade of Y--this to the extent that it has been recognised as a snowclone - a type of cliché and phrasal template.

X&Y by Coldplay

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Posted on 1 Jun 2012 01:13:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 01:16:25 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
Everyone knows how the XX and XY chromosome pairing differentiate the sexes, but back in the day Aristotle wrote about how the sex of a baby was determined by how forcefully the bloke shagged the lady. If he was quick and aggressive, a boy would arrive; thoughtful and caring would produce a girl. Still, he was Greek, what would he know about how it's done?

Backdoor Man - Howlin' Wolf

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 01:51:37 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
Wow, a week since a post!

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 02:23:33 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Well, the cost of a stamp it's hardly surprising is it?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 02:27:27 BDT
RedAlFire says:
Have you ever heard a wolf howling at the moon? Ever wondered why wolves like the moon so much and always howl at it??

The answer is that scientists have found that wolves' howling doesn't actually have very much (if anything) to do with the moon. Most likely, the reason we associate the howling with the moon is that wolves are more active on bright, clear nights, so we mostly hear them howling on nights when we can also see the moon. It's probably just a coincidence that the two so often occur together!

In truth, most researchers have found that wolves' howling is much more about communicating with each other. Howls are used by wolves to say many things - they can express happiness, loneliness, or can be a way of letting other wolves know where they're at! And even though they're most famous for howling, wolves can also bark, yelp, growl, and whimper!

Bark, Bite, (Fight All Night) - Lou Rawls

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 22:45:21 BDT
Greysuit says:
As a quick follow up to three of the four posts since my last input:

If we're talking about Greeks - they can't afford a stamp - so what would they know about a week post (or even a weak post Euro lifestyle) ! ? ! ?

And as for RAF's post :

The film 'Barking Dogs Never Bite' tells the story of an out-of-work college professor who is irritated by the sound of barking dogs in his apartment building, and eventually resorts to abusing and kidnapping them. Meanwhile, a young woman working at the apartment complex decides to investigate the matter after she starts receiving notices from the tenants about the missing dogs.

Of course - when we start talking about missing dogs - we need to respect the website that allows us to post information about our missing pooches online in the hope that someone will not only read it, but also try looking.

A Forlorn Hope by Brahman.

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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 23:17:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2012 23:18:09 BDT
RedAlFire says:
The Forlorn Hope (from the Dutch 'Verloren Hoop' - literally 'Lost Heap') and adapted as 'Lost Troop' were those soldiers (usually volunteers and led by an officer who wanted to get ahead...without losing his) sent ahead of attacks to gain a foothold before the main wave attacked.

The French equivalent (called Les Enfants Perdus or The Lost Children) were all promoted to officers if they survived. Presumably some were 'disposed of' by their countrymen during the attack if they looked like surviving, to save shooting them in the back at a later date after they'd been made officers and become reviled by their subordinates.

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2012 23:50:39 BDT
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Greysuit says:
I didn't know that survivors of the Forlorn Hope could / would be commissioned - but - hey - you learn something new evey day. Thanks Red.

The Nancy Sinatra cover of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" featured in the first volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film 'Kill Bill'. Although the soundtrack album is good - there are a number of songs missing. One of which is heard, appropriately enough, when The Bride tracks down Buck's truck.

"Truck Turner Theme" by Isaac Hayes.

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Posted on 13 Jun 2012 14:42:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2012 14:44:30 BDT
easytiger says:
Truck Turner was from the early 70s age of the horrendous flared trouser scene. I bet you didn't know the following:

History of Flared Trousers
Ancient Trousers

Flares were introduced to Britain by the Romans over 2000 years ago. These fun loving Italians were best known for their togas but it is a little known fact that they wore flared trousers when spending an evening at the equivalent of a modern day disco, or diskos as they would have called it back then.

The flare fell out of fashion for several thousands of years. This style was simply not practical for medieval man as he set about his business on horse back preferring to wear stockings instead.

Popular Seventies Clothing

It was not until the 1970s, when popular British TV star Richard Madeley became a leading fashion icon of the time, that flares began a resurgence of popularity here in the UK.

The fashion press of the day was renowned for following the style fashion trends set by Richard, and where he went, the rest followed. Before long the flared trouser was a necessary fashion accessory.

Footballers, hippies and even the British royal family all took to flared trouser wearing during this brief idyllic moment in history. If you weren't wearing flares, you might have not bothered wearing trousers at all.

Modern Resurgence
Unlike Richard's popularity, the common flare fell out of fashion in the 1980¡äs.

It is hard for us to accept but flares were widely ridiculed throughout the following decades. Children would point at photos of their parents from the seventies and routinely laugh out loud.

¡°true style never goes out of fashion¡±

Modern style icons such as Lady Ga Ga, Richard Madeley and Simon Cowell have continued to support the cause ¨C flare wearing is once again at the top of the fashion agenda.

DrMarten Boots-Alexei Sayle

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 03:01:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2012 03:13:52 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
Klaus Märtens was a doctor in the German army during World War II. While on leave in 1945, he injured his ankle while stamping on some Beatles in a Berlin Beerkeller. He found that his standard-issue army boots were too uncomfortable on his injured foot, so, while recuperating, he designed improvements to the boots. Then, encouraging Germans to loot valuables from their own cities, Märtens took advantage of the confusion to nick a load of leather from a cobbler's shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of boots with air-cushioned soles using the tyres of the also stolen "Ja-Ja-Jackboots Ist Us" company vehicle used to transport the leather from the crime scene.

Märtens did not have much success selling his shoes until he met up with an old university friend, Dr. Herbert "I put the Fun in" Funck, in Munich in 1947. Funck, already experiencing some early recognition for the self-named music he had invented, was intrigued by the new shoe design, and the two went into business that year in Seeshauptfeet, Germany, using discarded rubber from Luftwaffe airfields. The comfortable and durable soles were a big hit with housewives over the age of 40.

Sales had grown so much by 1952 that they opened a factory in Munich, purchasing the tyres of used VWs from der schkrappenmerchants. In 1959, the company had grown large enough that Märtens and Funck looked at marketing the footwear internationally. Almost immediately, British football boot manufacturer and scrap rubber tyre dealer, Ryan Giggs Group Ltd. bought patent rights to manufacture the shoes in the United Kingdom. Giggs anglicized the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching, and trademarked the soles as AirWair (slogan "AirWair 'R' Soles").

The first Dr. Martens boots in the United Kingdom came out on 1 April 1960 (known as Das Fools style and still in production a fortnight later), with an eight-eyelet Ox Blood Smooth leather design. They were popular among workers such as postmen, police officers, factory workers and housewives over the age of 40.

By the early 1970s, skinheads started wearing them, and by the late 1980s, they were popular among scooter riders, punks, some New Wave musicians, and housewives of a certain age.

You Need Feet - Bernard Bresslaw

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 21:05:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2012 21:09:53 BDT
nocheese says:
"Active Resistance to Metrication is a group of people opposed to forced metrication. We have no issue with people choosing to use the metric system, as has been the case for example in describing car engine size in cubic centimetres or wine bottles in litres, centilitres or decilitres. But we are opposed, like millions of fellow British people, to having the metric system forced on us by criminal penalties, especially when the system of British weights and measures is in several key respects superior to the metric system.

A.R.M. was first set up following a meeting held in June 2001. Its first and current Chairman is Mr Derek Norman of Huntingdon. Its first and current Secretary is Tony Bennett of Harlow. Five members set up the group and it has now grown to dozens.

The initial focus of A.R.M., for which we are best known, was our direct action campaign to tackle the mushrooming of illegal metric road and footpath signs erected by various local and other authorises, including the Highway Agency.

Over the past 6 years, we have been able to convert over 2,500 road and footpath signs, that were illegally signed in metric, to British distances such as miles, yards, feet and inches. We use professional techniques including professional adhesive labelling and plates made by sign manufacturers. Where we make amendments to signs which are governed by the strict rules of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, we use Department of Transport-grade adhesive reflective material and of course the same size and font style of lettering (Transport Helvetica) used by the Department of Transport, The Highways Agency, and local authority highways departments. You will find many examples of our professional amendments, which we have carried out in many different parts of the country, on our website. On many other occasions, we have persuaded authorities to make the changes voluntarily."

We Shall Not Be Moved - The Housemartins

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 01:22:11 BDT
Mondo Ray says:
After the war, when Delichon urbica refugees first started coming over here to build house extensions on the cheap, it was accepted that they would go back to where they bleedin' came from over the winter months. But as the years progressed, some of 'em thought they could just stay here and claim benefits while expanding their huge families in quarries and on cliff faces. It wasn't on, mate! Swallow it and eff off sez us, but they got that Taylor Swift bird to teach 'em We Shall Not Be Moved when they all perched on some telephone wires where they'd formed an on-line chat site. So they continue to feather their nests at our expense without even having to work on our houses any more, egged on by flighty pop stars like the Doves, Emma Bunting and Lieutenant Pigeon. Sick as a parrot, or what?

One Day I'll Fly Away - Randy Crawford

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 09:31:15 BDT
easytiger says:
Well seeing as it seems to be "Laugh at the Greeks Week", we should all know the story of Icarus who is a symbol of failed ambition. His dad made him some wings which were attached to him with wax. He was warned not to fly to close to the sun but hoyed a wobblah in the heat, flew too close anyway, the wax melted and he made an unexpected splash landing in the sea;deed. He is the today the emblem of the Hellenic Air Force Academy, honest, and I suppose King Midas is the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Achilles is the patron St of DM boots.

Ice in the sun-Staus Quo.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2012 15:52:16 BDT
nocheese says:
Or ice in the oven:

Baked Alaska is a seemingly impossible pudding made of ice cream covered with meringue. The trick is to cook it in a very hot oven, just long enough to cook the meringue. The meringue acts as an insulator, and the short cooking time prevents the heat from getting through to the ice cream. I've never tried it, but I'm sure it works.
February 1 is Baked Alaska Day in the United States. That's the day before Groundhog Day, which must mean something, though I can't think what.

History Repeating - Shirley Bassey
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