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Forum: SLC 24 February 2018, 03:58 AM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
Icon24 Blimey, I've picked lots of posts to reply to... ...

Blimey, I've picked lots of posts to reply to...



We do have it, but it's not a "tradition" as such. Maybe in an Enid Blyton book, if somebody mentioned lemonade this might be what they meant -...
Forum: Police Blotter 24 February 2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
Icon24 I'd been going to say this at the beginning of...

I'd been going to say this at the beginning of your post, but I'm glad I read to the end. You know a hell of a lot more about these situations than I do, and I'm also not a fan of the solution (I...
Forum: Rantidote 23 February 2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 483
Views: 28,855
Posted By Richard W
"Would you like some more plates?" (sarcastic) ...

"Would you like some more plates?" (sarcastic)
"Would you like some more plates?" (incredulous)
"... Would you like some more plates?" (hesitant)

I could go on. Some of the possibilities involve...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
It depends really. Fizzy drinks is one term, as...

It depends really. Fizzy drinks is one term, as Seaboe says. Fizzy pop is one that older people might use, or possibly there's a class-based or regional factor there too (generally, posh people and...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
Yes, exactly - referring to egg-and-spoon races,...

Yes, exactly - referring to egg-and-spoon races, which used to be a staple of primary school sports days, along with the sack race, the parents' race, and (back in the 1970s) the Space Hopper race -...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
We have the word in UK English, surely, even if...

We have the word in UK English, surely, even if we don't have pep rallies? You can talk about "pepping something up a bit" if you want to make it more exciting - adding a bit of spice or flavouring...
Forum: Police Blotter 23 February 2018, 12:56 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
Apparently there was actually an armed guard at...

Apparently there was actually an armed guard at this school, but he decided not to go in to the building where the shooting was going on:
...
Forum: Police Blotter 22 February 2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
If the answer is to have more trained people with...

If the answer is to have more trained people with guns in schools to prevent this sort of thing, wouldn't it make more sense just to station troops there? Soldiers already have the weapons and...
Forum: SLC 22 February 2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
The "vulgar term" is spelled "fanny" rather than...

The "vulgar term" is spelled "fanny" rather than "fannie". And it's not all that vulgar really - it's almost a children's term. I don't get the impression that it's much more vulgar than "fanny" in...
Forum: SLC 22 February 2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,528
Posted By Richard W
Well, quite. I bet WildaBeast wouldn't even have...

Well, quite. I bet WildaBeast wouldn't even have known that was the right way to fix them.
Forum: Amusement Bark 21 February 2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 954
Posted By Richard W
Well, I did initially read the thread title as...

Well, I did initially read the thread title as "Billy Graham still dead at 99"...
Forum: SLC 21 February 2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,528
Posted By Richard W
When I was in Beijing one of the hostels / hotels...

When I was in Beijing one of the hostels / hotels I stayed in had a little breakfast café, aimed at Western tourists and quite upmarket. I went there for breakfast several days running and they often...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 20 February 2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 96,203
Posted By Richard W
1. I know what shape they are - sort of like...

1. I know what shape they are - sort of like mouse droppings, but the question implies a specific phrase that must be the meaning of Bacillus. Is it "rod-like" or something?

I don't know many of...
Forum: SLC 20 February 2018, 01:47 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,528
Posted By Richard W
It probably makes sense to do that if you're into...

It probably makes sense to do that if you're into trucks (or cars or whatever) to the extent that you're doing up or maintaining old vehicles. If so, then the owner probably parks at conventions and...
Forum: Amusement Bark 19 February 2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 254,567
Posted By Richard W
Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known...

Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known as Gareth from the original version of The Office. From his past work and the parts he's played, I'd expected something with far more of a cynical or...
Forum: Fun House 18 February 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 437
Posted By Richard W
Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end...

Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end of those...! I found that some script or other on the page seemed to make it lock up quite a bit, though.

(eta) One star does mean that it's an...
Forum: Amusement Bark 18 February 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 254,567
Posted By Richard W
I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie...

I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Young as two guys in a metal detecting club. I've watched the first two series now and it's fantastic - beautifully shot, very well...
Forum: The Doctor Is In 18 February 2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 702
Posted By Richard W
I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last...

I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last novel before he died), which is about some people setting up dummy issues of a possibly "fake" but definitely very cynical newspaper that's not...
Forum: Police Blotter 18 February 2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how...

The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how totally obvious all that stuff is, too...

I mean, even I have a fantasy wherein something dangerous is happening and I take out the bad guys...
Forum: SLC 15 February 2018, 02:01 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,528
Posted By Richard W
That is a weird crime. It's almost like software...

That is a weird crime. It's almost like software piracy (in that the item itself doesn't vanish when you steal it, and will regrow or can be reproduced - although in the case of a tree, it's possible...
Forum: Police Blotter 15 February 2018, 12:35 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
... Whereas it's already the main headline on...

... Whereas it's already the main headline on both the BBC and The Guardian. So it's made international news already, even if it hasn't been reported on local US channels.

To be fair, I can't see...
Forum: Police Blotter 14 February 2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
"In custody" is good. Too often in these things*,...

"In custody" is good. Too often in these things*, it seems the perpetrators end up dead and are never brought to justice. (Unless you consider death to be justice, I suppose).

* By which I mean...
Forum: Police Blotter 14 February 2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,206
Posted By Richard W
The important thing is to work out whether or not...

The important thing is to work out whether or not it's a school shooting. How close to the edge of the school was it? The car park doesn't count.

Also, I believe it doesn't count if nobody dies -...
Forum: SLC 14 February 2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 28,660
Posted By Richard W
The main thing that's wrong with this advert is...

The main thing that's wrong with this advert is that it's for Heinz, not Lea & Perrins!

(eta) Sue, definitely ignore the narrator in Hans Off's video. The man in Bill's gets it right eventually,...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 14 February 2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 96,203
Posted By Richard W
Where does that Oz one come in the series?...

Where does that Oz one come in the series? Several of the others are first novels. But that's not unusual without something else - every published novelist has a first novel after all. And I assume...
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