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Post by Pettytyrant101 Tue Feb 15, 2022 5:09 pm

Arg, since you pointed out the eyebrows I couldn't get past it.- Halfy

{{Took me a coupleof her vids to get over them, they had me sort of mesmerised for a bit, which given her other, um, prominent couple of aspects that's quite something! Shocked

'in fact for old men this should be insisted upon'- Halfy

I resent that! I'll have you know Im planning as I age disgracefully to grow a pair of Gandalf's. Ones that, once age has made voicing all my crabbit to much of a physical effort, I can use to bristles at folk, and fully convey the inner crabbit without the need for words. Twisted Evil

If I'm really lucky I'll get a pair of Dennis Healey's! }}

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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Feb 15, 2022 7:34 pm

Shocked cor blimey guv, those are whoppers
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Post by azriel Wed Feb 16, 2022 6:39 pm

They are grown specially like that for the lack of hair on the bonts. Keep those little doozies growing & soon there will be enough for a decent comb over. With time you might even be able to go down the back of the head. Be interesting at the barbers Smile " a little off the top Sir?" ---- not bloody likely ! You could even go a stage further & get the old ear growth going ! now theres a thought Smile join them all up & bingo, a thatch Smile or near enough Smile

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Fri Feb 25, 2022 6:07 pm

{{ History with Kayleigh has a live stream, in 2 days, but you can go wait now if you like! But the actual reason Im putting it up now is if you go to her channel now you can hear her sing an old folk song. She doesnt have the greatest singing voice in the world, but its ok, and with her accent it has a peculiar quality to it I find rather endearing. }}


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Post by halfwise Fri Feb 25, 2022 7:00 pm

Something about the embedding means you can't go to it.  May try this link instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqqNiLkM-jU

(First time I've heard a mainstream non-southern American accent described as "endearing".)

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Fri Feb 25, 2022 8:15 pm

{ Ah probably cause its just a live stream. I think I find her singing endearing because it sounds like an old celtic folk song, maybe Irish, and she does an endearing attempt at it in the celtic style. }}

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Post by halfwise Fri Mar 18, 2022 2:26 am

I don't know why this thread is in the big bad serious forum, fits better in off topic. But anyway.


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Post by Mrs Figg Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:24 pm

So things are changing here due to the war we are seeing the first effects in the shops. There is hardly any sunflower oil used for cooking. Empty shelves on that. There is a shortage of pasta. There is a shortage of animal food and paper goods. Wood pellets used for heating have had a huge price hike. All of these goods come from Ukraine. Diesel is also hugely over priced.
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Post by halfwise Sat Mar 19, 2022 12:34 pm

Probably the wrong thread. But I think it's kinda cool that many italian homes have wood burning stoves for heating.

The only impact we are seeing is higher gasoline prices. Do you think Europe will hold strong on sanctions as shortages appear? Normally Russia would fill in for Ukrainian exports I'd think.

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:11 pm

its hard to say, because people need things like cooking oil, I suppose people will use alternatives, luckily Europe has a lot of olive oil producers. Wood pellets for heating come from Ukraine so I suppose they will use wood from other countries. Everyone is going to have to get used to higher gas prices. On a recent video from the Russian couple to their local mall, many Western stores were closed, but some were open, like Calzedonia which is Italian owned. So not all European companies have left as of yet. Poland is asking for a full European trade ban, which would hurt and lead to shortages in many sectors, but maybe it needs doing.
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Post by halfwise Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:17 pm

The war takes Ukraine out of the market, the embargo takes Russia out, that's a pretty big hole in continent!

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Mar 19, 2022 11:49 pm

Russian guy showing us which stores are closed.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Mar 21, 2022 6:21 pm

Went to the shops today. There's no more cooking oil in any of the shops. No sunflower, or frying oil. The only thing left is olive oil. So no more chips. Mad No
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Post by halfwise Mon Mar 21, 2022 6:42 pm

I finally started noticing a distinct jump in food prices a little less than a week ago.

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Post by halfwise Fri Apr 08, 2022 7:02 pm

If anyone missed seeing HBO's Rome (they cut it short in order to do Game of Thrones, but it was an excellent precursor in attention to detail) you would have missed the street news reader.  It seems he was always reading authentic announcements, and using the hand gestures that may have went with them.  One of the best things in an excellent series.



and a very entertaining interview with the actor about the part. https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ian-mcneice-interview/id1512364912

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Post by Forest Shepherd Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:20 pm

Now if only the show spent as much interest in things other than T&A...

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Post by halfwise Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:24 pm

Actually Rome was not T&A heavy at all. They were aiming for authenticity rather than accuracy for storyline reasons, and no show has come closer to giving a feeling of what ancient Rome was probably like. There was a touch of ogling but didn't go overboard like game of thrones.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Sat Apr 09, 2022 2:59 am

Oh I was thinking of bloody Spartacus.

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Post by halfwise Sat Apr 09, 2022 12:20 pm

Spartacus knocked my nose out of joint at first mainly due to the comic book touches, but I came to admire it for the storytelling and acting. Given that the subject was gladiators the violence certainly wasn't out of place, and I'm not sure the sex was overdone either. But I doubt authenticity was their goal in including either one; more of an excuse.

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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:07 am

A while ago Petty and I had a discussion about the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. I had long believed what we were taught in America, that it was to prevent a ground assault bloodbath. Petty presented evidence that it was more to send a signal to Russia. The Japanese were ready to capitulate except that they could not accept forfitting the power (and hence divinity) of the emperor.

But I think this BBC clip shows that it all can be true together. The Americans did indeed soften the terms to allow the emperor to remain in power, but the Japanese rejected it.


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Post by halfwise Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:38 pm



I would have liked to have seen the baths of Constantine.

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Post by chris63 Mon Jul 25, 2022 9:01 am

A space ship?


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Post by halfwise Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:12 am

It says it's private.

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Post by chris63 Tue Jul 26, 2022 7:34 am

It does now. Strange I just watched it.

Wasn't that good to be honest. There trying to raise money for a 2nd trip. People accusing them of trying to make money out of nothing. There lives and kids lives being threatened. Quite sad what people are willing to say and do for having an opinion confused
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Post by halfwise Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:39 am

Don't know what you're talking about because can't even see the title of the video.

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