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Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 10:00am
by Pastychomper
Cugel wrote:(It's frustrating trying to dip a soldier into a hard-boiled egg).


yes, but is it as bad as washing your windows with a soft-boiled one?

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 27 Sep 2019, 1:03pm
by Cugel
Pastychomper wrote:
Cugel wrote:(It's frustrating trying to dip a soldier into a hard-boiled egg).


yes, but is it as bad as washing your windows with a soft-boiled one?


A soft-boiled egg has never appealed as a window-washing sponge - but were you meaning a soft-boiled soldier? Most soldiers seem rather hard-boiled so where would one find such a thing, anyway?

The window cleaner that comes 'round once a month may be an ex-soldier of some kind. I never asked. He is very quiet and cannot meet one's eye.

Cugel

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 4:04pm
by mercalia
DAB radio frequencies

I am getting sick and tired of the people who control the frequencies. AGAIN I have had to retune and change my presets. I dont want to listen to Punjabi radio or some Christian bleating out when I press the preset for to radio 3 or LBC. I had to do that just over a month or so ago. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :evil: SO who ever is it charge make up your minds and stop <expletive deleted> me around

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 5:59pm
by Cugel
mercalia wrote:DAB radio frequencies

(snip)I dont want to listen to Punjabi radio or some Christian bleating out when I press the preset for to radio 3 or LBC. I had to do that just over a month or so ago. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :evil: SO who ever is it charge make up your minds and stop <expletive deleted> me around


You may be confused as BBC R3 has a habit of putting out the "Christian bleating" of an afternoon time, in the form of miserable dirges moaned out by a "choir" along with even more miserable sermonising about how we're all doomed sinners who need to be chastised and made even more miserable. I believe it's "the afternoon service".

My own R3 consumption is generally in the workshop as I spoil murdered tree bits. I enjoy all the strange noises it makes - the hootings and parps as well as the melodious traditional stuff in which things are in tune and there are few unidentifiable creaks, ratter-tatts and sounds like a drain gone wrong.

When the Christian moaning and dirging comes on, I take those jobs saved for the occasion, which require the use of loud motors in planer-thicknesser, tablesaw, router or even belt sander. The motor racket plus the screams of the abused wood drown out the dirging entirely.

I would like a reverse R3 where the motor + wood-screams noise could be piped into the moaning-halls of them Christians. Taste of their own medicine - with knobs on!

Cugel, not a fan of High Church miserable moaning ministries.

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 28 Sep 2019, 9:27pm
by mercalia
Cugel wrote:
mercalia wrote:DAB radio frequencies

(snip)I dont want to listen to Punjabi radio or some Christian bleating out when I press the preset for to radio 3 or LBC. I had to do that just over a month or so ago. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :evil: SO who ever is it charge make up your minds and stop <expletive deleted> me around


You may be confused as BBC R3 has a habit of putting out the "Christian bleating" of an afternoon time, in the form of miserable dirges moaned out by a "choir" along with even more miserable sermonising about how we're all doomed sinners who need to be chastised and made even more miserable. I believe it's "the afternoon service".

My own R3 consumption is generally in the workshop as I spoil murdered tree bits. I enjoy all the strange noises it makes - the hootings and parps as well as the melodious traditional stuff in which things are in tune and there are few unidentifiable creaks, ratter-tatts and sounds like a drain gone wrong.

When the Christian moaning and dirging comes on, I take those jobs saved for the occasion, which require the use of loud motors in planer-thicknesser, tablesaw, router or even belt sander. The motor racket plus the screams of the abused wood drown out the dirging entirely.

I would like a reverse R3 where the motor + wood-screams noise could be piped into the moaning-halls of them Christians. Taste of their own medicine - with knobs on!

Cugel, not a fan of High Church miserable moaning ministries.


those were just examples I come across as I have to go thru all the channels . Another that comes to mind is one for Poles. re Christian, I dont mind the Choral Evensong but those channels that are evangelical in nature or bible classes. I have my dads old shortwave receiver and used to listen to those Yanky Billy Graham type Repent Ye funadmentalist channels for a laugh

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 29 Sep 2019, 7:42am
by Oldjohnw
I'm both a Christian and a musician. I love singing choral evensong.
I can't stand happy clappy inane rants

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 29 Sep 2019, 12:14pm
by Cugel
Oldjohnw wrote:I'm both a Christian and a musician. I love singing choral evensong.
I can't stand happy clappy inane rants


Well, I am a Christian too - not of the organised type and not one that believes the obvious mumbo-jumbo, fairy stories and so forth .... just a recipient of the long and multifarious cultural and mental underpinnings of centuries of Christianity. All that ten commandments stuff has somehow stuck. Perhaps it was all the exuberant hymn singing of a morning at school? In truth I find a lot of meaningful and even inspirational stuff in CHristian writings (as well as in those reacting to or attempting to reject aspects of Christianity).

My daughter spent three years at Durham Uni, in Hatfield College digs, on the top floor. The college abuts the cathedral and she spent many a happy morning & evening enjoying the fine choral singing, not to mention the regular organ blasts, emitted from the cathedral to enter the window of her college garret room. Even today, 30 years later, she enjoys choral of the Christian kind and even a bit of organ .... as I do myself. (I enjoy Victoria and Du Fay most of all, though).

I don't know whether you listen to the afternoon service broadcasts of Radio 3. I have always found them to be miserable, depressing and seemingly constructed to induce those feelings. The droning sermons of doom! The mournful dirges chosen as "the music". They could be far more inspiring; much less Victorian; something for Christians other than the High Church doomsters.

Cugel

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 29 Sep 2019, 12:18pm
by Cugel
Oldjohnw wrote:I'm both a Christian and a musician. I love singing choral evensong.
I can't stand happy clappy inane rants


Cugel wrote:Well, I am a Christian too - not of the organised type and not one that believes the obvious mumbo-jumbo, fairy stories and so forth .... just a recipient of the long and multifarious cultural and mental underpinnings of centuries of Christianity. All that ten commandments stuff has somehow stuck. Perhaps it was all the exuberant hymn singing of a morning at school? In truth I find a lot of meaningful and even inspirational stuff in CHristian writings (as well as in those reacting to or attempting to reject aspects of Christianity).

My daughter spent three years at Durham Uni, in Hatfield College digs, on the top floor. The college abuts the cathedral and she spent many a happy morning & evening enjoying the fine choral singing, not to mention the regular organ blasts, emitted from the cathedral to enter the window of her college garret room. Even today, 30 years later, she enjoys choral of the Christian kind and even a bit of organ .... as I do myself. (I enjoy Victoria and Du Fay most of all, though).

I don't know whether you listen to the afternoon service broadcasts of Radio 3. I have always found them to be miserable, depressing and seemingly constructed to induce those feelings. The droning sermons of doom! The mournful dirges chosen as "the music". They could be far more inspiring; much less Victorian; something for Christians other than the High Church doomsters.


Cugel

PS I too could wax lyrical about the dreadful happy-clappy born-aginers. I know several and feel that their adoption of the mode has spoilt their otherwise good natures. And this from moi, a self-admitted virtue-signaller and holier-than-thou-er!

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 29 Sep 2019, 12:54pm
by Mike Sales
It's more than fifty years since I wore cassock and surplice, but I still have a liking for plainsong.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy …


I remember one Sunday the only worshippers were two of us in the choir and the vicar.

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 4 Oct 2019, 10:06am
by mercalia
Here is a story thaty makes me fume

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49930673

Caerphilly council chief to appeal sacking after £4m pay saga

A council chief who was sacked after being suspended on full pay for more than six years has said he will appeal the decision.

Anthony O'Sullivan, the former chief executive of Caerphilly council, said he had "nothing to apologise for".

He was suspended in 2013 amid arguments over pay for senior staff and earned a salary of £137,000 a year since then.



what the heck is wrong with this country when such people feel entitled and they arent dealt with quickly? If I was a local tax payer I would be livid :evil: :evil: That £4m could have paid for so much rather than this?

Re: ** The thread for Rants & Odds and Sods **

Posted: 4 Oct 2019, 4:44pm
by mercalia
another rant why oh why do maps like Google or Bing maps or even OpenStreet maps use a low contrast "pastel" colourless scheme that you cant see in daylight, rather than like the OpenAndroMaps I now almost soley use?

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