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  1. You're so right Canny Lass, and I, of all people, should have remembered this, having just forked out £85 to pay a parking 'fine' for my wife & daughter extending their stay in Blyth Morrison's car park just before Christmas. 

    The worst part was, the payment was made via Parking Eye's automated system, robbing me of the chance to tell them to F*** RIGHT OFF! 

  2. Ordnance Survey has released the first digital map of Mars - http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/ordnance-survey-has-released-a-really-cool-digital-map-of-mars-surface--bkf74rtbRg

    What a disaster!

    I've started re-working the map to include information useful to the general public, using the standard OS symbols. It's still work in progress you understand .....




    It's very much like Earth really, with the Post Office being in the back of beyond!

    You couldn't make this stuff up! ............... oops, I just did!

  3. I heard on the news this morning of the Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow that had to turn back after the co-pilot needed medical attention following an incident where he was momentarily blinded by a laser being beamed from the ground shortly after take off.


    Why don't they ban the sale and buying of these bloody dangerous 'toys' altogether and prosecute anyone in possession of them?


    I realise they have probably one, single, legitimate use as pointers during a presentation, but they could get around that by requiring such users to be licenced to use them.


    Last year I suffered such an attack myself along Hirst Villas by a few of our young thugs standing outside the Pantry shop in St. Cuthbert's Terrace. I was pulling out of Hirst Head, a good distance away, and was blinded by a green laser pen. It was actually painful and I suffered a headache for a while after. I raced down to confront (ie. clip) the thugs but they ran off. I have since seen many incidents of these devices being misused in and around Bedlington. Only last night I overtook two such idiots on bikes shining the damn things all over the place as they were cycling along Ridge Terrace/ North Ridge.. The temptation to run them over was overwhelming, but I kept my cool ..... this time!


    This has to stop before there is a death.

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  4. Just an amusing thought ...


    The Famous Social Experiment: 5 Monkeys and a Ladder


    A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top.

    Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.

    After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.

    After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation.

    The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up.

    After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.

    The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.

    What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.

    If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”

    Does that sound at all familiar?

  5. 11 hours ago, pilgrim said:

    It reminds me of an old anthropological tale about a tribe of pygmies (can we say that these days ??) who lived in the savannah grasslands. The tribe were called the Fukawi and were nomadic hunter/gatherers. They had problems with surrounding tribes encroaching on their traditional and very rich hunting grounds and of course wanted to protect what was rightfully theirs by tradition and prevent interlopers from other parts of the area taking all the 'goodies' and depriving them of their rights.

    They sent out patrols every day, but the main problem was they were only 3ft 6inch on average height and the savannah grass was 4ft tall. so they developed a gait involving jumping up every third pace to see over the top of the grass. To emphasise their presence and deter the interlopers they shouted out their tribal name when they leapt above the grass to see what was around them. they called out loudly 'We're the Fukawi, We're the Fukawi'

    strangely enough that may be a good slogan for Bedlington as I'm sure it is heard at many NCC meetings .... 


    Haha! Thanks pilgrim. I remember the Fukawi from my younger days, along with .....


    The Oomegoolie Bird. It dives from a great height,, pulls out at the last second, and yells 'Oo-me-goolies!'


    And not forgetting the Winkee-Wankee Bird. When it Winks it W@nks, and when it W@nks it Winks. 'No lady, don't throw sand in it's eye!!!'


    There are others too from the good old 'We're off to see the Wild West show song.'


    But I digress. Back to the slogan competition ...


    Bedlington, has a proud mining heritage, so how about, 'Why would you visit Bedlington? It's the PITS!' :D

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  6. Sad day for many people. I didn't know whether to post this in music or TV & Movies, as he has been successful in both areas.


    While I was never a Bowie fan, I can't deny he was talented, and I enjoyed a number of his tracks. The most influential for me was Rebel Rebel, which was one of the first guitar riffs I actually managed to nail.


    Of his movies, I was particularly fond of The Prestige, which was a great story in its own right.


    Rest in peace David. You will be missed by many.

  7. Sounds plausible Paul, but then I'm not a rocket scientist. All I know for sure is that my hard-earned disappears into a Black Hole every Christmas, never again to see the light of day!


    What does Hawking have to say about that? :D

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  8. B*ggar Webbtrekker! You're right! Now I'll have to do all those sums again. But, on the other hand - being a seasoned hand at the job, so to speak - He may have purchased the Gaviscon Before he left Scandinavia, where he works between 3 and 4 in the afternoon only, while most fathers are out buying newspapers. 



    Hmmm ...


    So you're proposing that Santa not only had the forethought to buy the Gaviscon, but also had multi-tasking abilities in being able to do his job between 3 pm and 4pm AND buy Gaviscon at the same time? That's preposterous, as that means that Santa would have to be a, .... a, ....  A WOMAN! :dribble:


    No way!!! I'm having none of it!!!

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