Archive for October, 2010

From Twitter 10-30-2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
  • 00:13:26: Well, tweeps & peeps, time for bed. I know I’ve been pretty silent today: installing stuff, getting rid of trojans, and cooking. Peace out!
  • 00:22:28: Dakota is dreamy… RT DentonPolice: 10/29/2010 18:17 | 20 yo | THEFT UNDER $50.00
  • 07:55:29: Morning all; blue-grey morning in London, nothing on except resting and recreating.
  • 08:23:12: @KCOOKE28_1 Good morning!
  • 08:24:09: Ginger guy looks out of it… RT DentonPolice: 10/30/2010 01:37 | 24 yo | ALCOHOL PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 09:21:41: RT @dhruv_dhody: For Halloween, wanted to be a trapped Chilean miner but i look like one of the village ppl! ooops! << we want pictures!
  • 09:37:24: @mariocruzxxx Goodnight to you as well!
  • 10:16:53: RT @therealgokwan: Does going back to bed after the gym mean I’m cheating? X << Depends on who’s with you…
  • 17:20:16: @jonk What is “drve a leaf” when it’s at home?? Sounds intriguing.
  • 17:20:47: Went to One New Change in the City this afternoon: new shopping ctr across from St. Paul’s. Interesting work in progress.
  • 20:22:11: RT @ianvisits: The clocks go back tonight, which is a pity as I have quite enjoyed having them around. Will miss them 🙁
  • 22:40:22: @Loopzie But was the wine any good?
  • 22:41:53: @cemab4y I am sorry to hear about your dad. Please accept my condolences.
  • 22:46:02: @Loopzie Well, then, the aggro will be worth it!
  • 23:01:55: @angelxxxcruz Your b’day on #Nov8th ? So’s mine!
  • 23:46:51: @GaySkyHooker No, you’re not American, it’s a real big f***ing deal over there while here it’s just a yawn.
  • 23:49:56: @angelxxxcruz Hey, Happy birthday to us!
  • 23:50:41: Blonde is so cute… RT DentonPolice: 10/30/2010 15:39:07 | 19 years old | Bond: $500 | THEFT UNDER $50.00
  • 23:57:53: Well, tweeps and peeps, time to retire. I am exhausted. Thank goodness we have an extra hour of sleep…

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From Twitter 10-29-2010

Saturday, October 30th, 2010
  • 09:01:10: Good morning all. Was indeed knackered last night, but a good night’s sleep has helped immensely. I intend not to exert myself today.

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From Twitter 10-28-2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010
  • 13:45:22: Well, off to FMH to watch my predecessor Laddie get his LGR apron. Then a meeting in Forest Hill tonight. I shall be knackered.

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From Twitter 10-27-2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
  • 11:44:16: Good morning, all. Overcast but somewhat bright here. Hope to get out this afternoon just for the heck of it…
  • 14:45:34: Waiting for a blue cheese burger

Today’s Bad Joke…

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

…courtesy of my friend DA.

The testicles of a Texas midget hurt and ached almost all the time. The midget went to the doctor and told him about his problem. The doctor told him to drop his pants and he would have a look.

The midget dropped his pants. The doctor stood him up onto the examining table, and started to examine him. The doctor put one finger under his left testicle and told the midget to turn his head and cough, the usual method to check for a hernia.

“Hmm…”mumbled the doctor, and as he put his finger under the right testicle, he asked the midget to cough again.

“Aha!” said the doctor, and reached for his surgical scissors…

Snip-snip-snip-snip on the right side…then snip-snip-snip-snip on the left side.

The midget was so scared he was afraid to look, but noted with amazement that the snipping did not hurt. The doctor then told the midget to walk around the examining room to see if his testicles still hurt.

The midget was absolutely delighted as he walked around and discovered his testicles were no longer aching.

The doctor said, “How does that feel now?” The midget replied, “Perfect Doc, and I didn’t even feel it. What did you do?”

The doctor replied, “I cut two inches off the top of your cowboy boots…”

London Stabbie’s shopping trip

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Stabbie thought that today would be a good day to go to Waitrose at Westfield to pick up some stuff for dinner. In, out, maybe have lunch, then back on the 148.

Everything went well until Stabbie got a 148 bus toward the Elephant and Castle at Westfield. The driver did not speak very good English (Stabbie thought he might be Italian) and the announcements on the bus were confined to the mechanical voice announcing the stops. Stabbie settled down for a long but uneventful ride.


At Notting Hill Gate, the bus suddenly took a right turn, without any announcement of a diversion. Stabbie got a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach, but decided to continue on, as he thought, “How bad can it be?”

When the bus got to Kensington Church Street, then turned onto Kensington Road, it just stopped. It lurched, stopped, and started, and stopped again. It took this bus about an hour to travel from Kensington Church Street to Knightsbridge. Thus trip would normally take about 10 minutes. The traffic was dreadful. At one point, the bus stopped and the driver tried to explain to his dispatcher that there was, besides the traffic problems, something wrong with the bus. No luck. The bus soldiered on.

Stabbie has a bad foot, so he tried to get off at Knightsbridge. Other passengers had deserted the bus previously, but they were all sure-footed; Stabbie thought it would be better to wait until Knightsbridge and get off there to take the Tube back to the Elephant and Castle.

The bus driver explained, in broken English, that it was too dangerous to get off the bus there (notwithstanding that he had let people off in places where motorcycles and bicyclists were whooshing by the left-hand side of the bus) and Stabbie would have to wait until Hyde Park Corner to get off. That took an extra 15 minutes.

Finally the bus pulled up at Hyde Park Corner, Stabbie rang the bell, got off, and took a Tube train to Piccadilly Circus, changing for the Bakerloo Line, and getting back to Stabbie Central at 17:15. He had set off around 14:30.

Now Stabbie normally is very polite to bus drivers. They take a lot of abuse from the public, mostly unwarranted. But Stabbie believes that this particular bus driver is an exception. Stabbie likes to be told when the bus is going to be diverted from its normal route. Stabbie would like the opportunity to decide whether to stay with the bus or get off and take another route. Stabbie thinks that bus and train drivers need to give as much information as possible to passengers when traffic is not proceeding as usual.

Thus, Stabbie thinks that this particular bus driver needs a lesson—and the best way to get that is to despatch him forthwith and then deny him directions to St. Peter’s Gate. Instead, he needs to be left at one of those crossroads where both signposts say “This way to the Pearly Gates” and let him figure out that both roads lead downwards.

From Twitter 10-26-2010

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
  • 08:56:17: Morning, all. Cold, grey morning in London. Off to Mark Lodge this evening. Otherwise, not much at all…
  • 13:12:25: @jbttm4u You’ll be very welcome. Weather here is pretty grim, though. Bring your umbrella and wooly undies.
  • 13:15:57: RT @tug: Shouldn’t we be calling him Paul the Calamari now? << Not on my menu you don’t.
  • 13:17:49: RIP Paul the Octopus. who predicted everything except his own demise.
  • 13:19:40: RT @weeteck: There is still goodness. Dropped wallet at wisma atria but cleaner found it n returned it, all intact. Wow >> Great news!
  • 13:20:53: Jayce is hot… RT DentonPolice: 10/26/2010 05:12 | 23 yo | DPD WARRANT PARKED I
  • 13:23:52: Trevor was driving while cute… RT DentonPolice: 10/26/2010 05:14 | 25 yo | DL DRIVING WHILE LIC
  • 13:27:17: RT @candinam: Grammar is important! Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your Uncle …
  • 13:29:04: @soveren I hope your job will be safe. Will keep my fingers crossed.
  • 21:56:40: RT @DentonPolice: 10/26/2010 14:42:17 | 29 years old | Bond: $500 | County Record: | THEFT UNDER $50.00 http: …

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From Twitter 10-25-2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
  • 11:23:24: Morning, all. Been busy filling out a survey that was really screwed-up this morning.
  • 13:22:39: @soveren online survey on food consumption habits.
  • 14:15:33: @maleaddict All human organisations sometimes are prone to allowing their followers to gain fame etc., not just religions.
  • 16:55:26: RT @PiscesFrk: i’m at the office but not getting much done. it’s hard to be productive when you’re…well…hard.<Depends on what u produce
  • 17:01:08: @PiscesFrk It certainly does…
  • 19:55:14: @stevesheeky Good luck to Red Cat…
  • 20:10:36: Just finished my dinner: homemade Chicken Waterzooi…courtesy of Leslie Teo’s recipe. Very rich Flemish creamy chicken stew.
  • 20:11:09: @soveren Aw…it’s OK even alone, but I’m sure you can find a date…
  • 20:33:44: @soveren there a christmas market down here on the southbank of the thames. you should come down for it.
  • 20:35:05: @soveren it was very yummy, but very very rich…
  • 21:07:45: @stevesheeky Glad to hear he’s OK.
  • 23:43:55: OK, tweeps & peeps, I’m outta here on the way to Nod. See you tomorrow.

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From Twitter 10-24-2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010
  • 07:39:10: RT @BBCNews: Forbidden love << Forced marriage for lesbians and gay men in Britain …
  • 07:49:04: @momfood Yup, apparently they used to toast the bread to within an inch of its life so it would stand up to the sauce. Voila, shingle!
  • 08:00:10: Morning, all. Cold this morning. Time for breakfast.
  • 20:35:27: RT @Glinner: The idea of #Xfactor doing a ‘guilty pleasures’ eve is a bit like me doing a special ‘masturbation’ eve.<What’s wrong w/ that?

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From Twitter 10-23-2010

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
  • 07:39:15: RT @dhruv_dhody: Dutch Strokes! << Nice pic; your caption made me think of something else altogether…
  • 07:41:20: @EricDeVourin Sorry to hear about your bf difficulties…there is someone for everyone and your someone is out there…hugs from London.
  • 07:43:05: @KCOOKE28 Good morning from London. My day’s been good so far, but I just got up… 😉 Hope yours is good too.
  • 07:45:08: Morning, all. Dreamed about fresh pineapple last night. How bizarre is that?
  • 07:46:53: @EricDeVourin Oh dear. I know it’s hard in your situation to find a bf but my experience is both find each other. The one is still out there
  • 07:49:55: Time to make the coffee…see y’all after breakfast.
  • 09:37:55: RT @momfood: Creamed Chipped Beef (no shingle) << I want the shingle, darnit!!! 😉
  • 09:39:51: @EricDeVourin I agree with @JoexEd about respect. Being partners means that each respects the other. Then you grow together. Hugs.
  • 09:53:23: @EricDeVourin Well, just like you started 8 years ago. Get support from your friends, mourn the loss, but go forward. We’ll support you…
  • 09:54:14: @jonk The answer’s “Yes”.
  • 09:54:40: RT @robertchua: trying out twitpic #TwitPict << Cute cat!
  • 09:59:50: @EricDeVourin No, I don’t agree. Call a close friend and go out for a coffee with them or just get a hug from them. I wish I were there…
  • 10:08:30: @Sgboy01 Well, complicated people are hard to relate with, perhaps a simple person is easier to talk to.
  • 11:29:23: “A friend will help you move. A best friend will help you move a body.” Dave Attell
  • 11:50:05: @Sgboy01 The guy is not a conoisseur, then…
  • 13:40:16: @Sgboy01 Thank you. Perhaps I missed my calling–comedy instead of software test management.
  • 18:20:30: @maleaddict MMMMMM…Mustafa! Love it.

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From Twitter 10-22-2010

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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Happy birthday, <lj user=”alwaysroom4gelo”>&#8230;

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 10-21-2010

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
  • 08:47:20: Morning, all. Foot clinic day today…sadly. It’s still attached, though, on the bright side.
  • 22:27:33: Great YouTube gay Asian comic: the gay KevJumba: Go watch him. Go now!!!
  • 23:03:47: #FF @TylerMorgyn as he’s a faithful Friday Folowwer
  • 23:05:37: Well, time to go to bed. Can’t eat after midnight-should I gorge myself now? Nah, too tired… Be good, and if you can’t be good be careful!

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From Twitter 10-20-2010

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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From Twitter 10-19-2010

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
  • 10:25:59: Good morning, all. Bright today. Perhaps I’ll have an afternoon excursion somewhere. Deanery Synod tonight.
  • 22:58:34: @therealgokwan Not wrong, but depending on what kind of pub you’re going to just an American jock might be sufficient…
  • 23:07:56: You can speed 69 in my zone anytime… RT DentonPolice: 10/18/2010 22:07:55 | 22 yo | SPEEDING 69 IN A 55 MPH ZONE
  • 23:08:58: Daniel says:Badabing! RT DentonPolice: 10/18/2010 21:38:24 | 27 years old | SPEEDING
  • 23:09:43: Love the orange shirt… RT DentonPolice: 10/18/2010 20:53 | 18 yo | ASSLT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY VIOLENCE
  • 23:11:20: Would like to see more of Roderick… RT DentonPolice: 10/18/2010 14:23 | 21 yo | THEFT UNDER $50.00
  • 23:15:29: Night, all. Another meeting tomorrow night. Maybe I can even get out tomorrow afternoon…

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Happy birthday, <lj user=”jwg”>&#8230;

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 10-18-2010

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
  • 11:30:46: Good morning, all. Didn’t sleep well last night–stuff on my mind. Oh well, that is one of the penalties of having a mind & some principles.
  • 11:40:37: @GaySkyHooker I’ll bet that it was pleasant. You may take the clothespin off your nose now! 😉
  • 14:04:00: RT @tug: The Stop ID Fraud site having taken your personal details, advises not to give them out casually!
  • 16:57:46: @stevesheeky My Thai friend says the same thing: an hour after he eats Western food, he’s hungry again.
  • 18:22:16: @jouerlepanda Good night to you, too!
  • 23:38:06: Well, time to retire. Had a good dinner with a Lodge brother this evening. Cheers and be good!

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From Twitter 10-17-2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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From Twitter 10-16-2010

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

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Stalked? And blocked!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

I was responding to a LinkedIn connection request when I ended up on my home page. LinkedIn will tell you how many people have looked at your profile in the last umpty-ump days and lists in general who they were. So, I idly clicked on that link, and discovered that it’s quite likely that my ex-bf, who now lives in Melbourne, Australia, has been peeking at my LinkedIn profile.

This doesn’t bother me that much, as I’ve looked at his, and found him in various other places on the ‘net (such as Facebook). It’s amazing how he has mostly disappeared from the ‘net since 1997. The one picture I’ve seen of him is either very unflattering or he’s enjoying his pavlovas a bit too much.

A twat on Twitter (Twait?) whom I followed because he looked mildly interesting and was followed by some other tweeters I read sent me back a very rude message saying that I should unfollow him or he’d block me and delete me. I was somewhat annoyed. I regularly block people who follow me who are spammers or who tweet too much drivel, and I assume that others who find my tweets annoying or uninteresting will do the same to me. So, twat, why didn’t you just block me? I’ll be sending London Stabbie across the pond after you if you don’t shape up. Rudeness online isn’t becoming, not in the least.

Happy birthday, <lj user=”obsidianbear”>&#8230;

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 10-14-2010

Friday, October 15th, 2010
  • 11:39:54: Whatta baby face! RT DentonPolice: 10/14/2010 04:46 | 19 years old | Bond: $500 | CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR
  • 11:41:24: Nick is defiant… RT DentonPolice: 10/14/2010 05:24 | 23 yo | | DPD WARRANT
  • 11:42:20: The Periwig Inspection Commission #18thcenturyquango
  • 11:44:44: The American Rebellion Investigation Commission #18thcenturyquango
  • 21:15:59: RT @jonk: note to self: it would help, if you’re looking for backups, to look in a folder called “backups” &lt;&lt; Unless the folder’s empty. 🙁
  • 21:16:56: RT @soveren: @chrishansenhome poohs in latin? XD &lt;&lt; Yes, it is.
  • 22:50:16: RT @laurawalker86: Girl, 2, saved by Facebook after family friend spots eye cancer in photo taken by mother ~
  • 22:52:13: RT @BrandonPinckney: RT @BrizzyFlow: What if we got paid to go to school? #thatwouldbeawesome &lt;&lt; Teachers do!
  • 22:59:27: @sonicchubb OK, I guess. Baked banana bread, got the dried kidney beans soaking for Boston Baked Beans tomorrow…how about you?
  • 23:03:18: @sonicchubb Sounds great. I’d send you a pic if I had one…
  • 23:04:19: RT @TheBlackoutBlog: At first I told myself not to flirt with the straight, Dominican security guard… &lt;&lt; I’ll do it for you if you want…
  • 23:57:00: Good nite, tweeps & peeps. Boston Baked Beans tomorrow, homemade. Sleep tight.
  • 23:57:41: @GaySkyHooker You may have balanitis or an infection. Get to A&E immediately and have it looked at.

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From Twitter 10-13-2010

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
  • 08:49:38: @soveren is this workman very cute? perhaps you could get a picture?
  • 09:03:51: RT @ruskin147: new blog post-on why Facebook probably knows about you even if you’re not on it &lt; Interesting & sinister
  • 09:08:21: Good morning, all! It’s a wonderful day–we are all Chileans for the day as the trapped miners are rescued at last!
  • 09:09:02: @maleaddict You need to carry namecards with you and pass them out to guys like the one you just described for future photo opportunities!
  • 09:18:32: @RealMattLucas: Having a tuchas, like Matt Lucas #dreamsinrhyme
  • 09:19:57: RT @Will_J_MS: “The Conservative Party – putting the ‘n’ in ‘cuts'” #tory #coalition
  • 15:58:26: @soveren @jonk I want to know!
  • 16:03:19: @soveren @jonk Google is (sometimes) your friend:
  • 23:41:24: @jonk You want a cinematic sobfest, watch “The Wedding Banquet” with your bf, like I did.
  • 23:43:20: @jonk Don’t tell him, just drag him along. Bring hankies.
  • 23:44:25: @RichTheTiger Whisky is _never_ wrong…
  • 23:47:59: @soveren I read it in Latin…Winnie Ille Pu.

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Chilean miners coming to the surface

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I am sitting in the living room doing something I almost never do in the morning: I’m watching TV. The amazing story of the trapping of these miners and then their discovery, their preservation, and now their rescue is inspiring. The first four who have come up look amazingly well given their ordeal. But, it seems to me that this entire operation is a metaphor for the human condition. We are here for a time, and we are all in this together. No one is in it alone. When one or a group of us is in difficulty or danger, our best efforts, our prayers, and our knowledge and forethought should be put to the task of rescue, of making safe, and keeping healthy.

I am hopeful that all of them will be rescued expeditiously, that their future lives will be happy and healthy, and that those of us who have been waiting above will treat them with the respect and awe they deserve. Let’s also spare a thought for those who still work underground to mine the minerals and metals we use in our mobile phones, our computers, our TVs. They so easily can be the victims of the brutality of the mines, and we should think of them when we use our technological marvels.

From Twitter 10-12-2010

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
  • 11:00:53: Morning, all. Been feeding four squirrels and answering email this AM. Installing Ubuntu 10.10 on the laptop too. Quite busy…
  • 14:40:53: @soveren Grey, of course. There are no red squirrels left in London.
  • 23:21:48: RT @Hey_its_AJ: Newscaster was listing off some of the things that the miners hav been w/o for 2mos. 1 was sex… says who?! LOL!
  • 23:46:54: OK, tweeps & peeps. Good night, all. Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful.

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There will always be an England, Ornamental Gardening Department

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Topiary is not the subject that comes top-of-mind when you’re weeding your garden or clipping the hedge, but for Cantabridgian Ian Ashmeade one of his bushes was growing remarkably like a phallus. So he decided to help it along.

Of course, in England there is always some officious humourless jobsworth whose only pleasure in life is removing everyone else’s joy. So the police have ordered Ashmeade to clip his cock or be fined (news story with picture is here).

As Ashmeade is the world pea-shooting champion, he has reshaped his cock into a pea-shooter. Apt.

From Twitter 10-11-2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
  • 09:49:25: @phillip0125 And I care too…I hope that everything is OK. xxx
  • 18:41:06: Well, tweeps & peeps, busy day today. Went to Westfield Shopping Ctr Waitrose for stuff I can’t get here. Changed foot dressing alone!
  • 18:48:44: RT @jonk McRib Resurrection Is Coming /I’m going to be in molded pork product heaven. &lt;may God have mercy on your soul!
  • 18:52:23: Cocky cute mofo… RT DentonPolice: 10/10/2010 22:25 | 25 years old | FAIL TO MAINTAIN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY |
  • 21:03:34: Horizon on BBC2-what happened b4 the Big Bang?
  • 23:51:36: OK, tweeps & peeps, time for bed. End of Coming-Out Day. I’ve not been in for decades now, so it’s problematic. Hope y’all had a good one.

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Armless pianist wins <i>China’s Got Talent</i>

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You may remember the story and video of Liu Wei performing on China’s Got Talent a while back. It’s an inspiring story of a teenager whose arms were amputated at 10 after an electrical shock while playing hide-and-seek damaged them beyond repair. Instead of accepting his condition passively, Wei decided that he wanted to teach himself to play the piano with his feet. He was repeatedly told that he could not do this, and yet he persevered.

Well, now he’s won the national TV talent show.

My question to myself, and to you, is this: in a similar circumstance, would you, or would I, be able to overcome a setback to produce such an inspiring life story?

Congratulations to Wei, and may he go from strength to strength.

From Twitter 10-10-2010

Monday, October 11th, 2010
  • 00:30:15: Baby face stoner… RT @DentonPolice: 10/09/2010 15:14:47 | 18 years old | POSS MARIJ &lt; 2OZ
  • 00:32:06: Well, tweeps and peeps, I need my beauty sleep. It hasn’t worked yet but I live in hope. Be careful out there!
  • 07:59:40: @momfood Thank you.
  • 08:03:21: @jouerlepanda Only resign if that is right for you!
  • 08:07:49: Good morning all. Church, then maybe lunch. After that, rest. Had a busy day yesterday.
  • 08:08:26: @soveren soz I didn’t answer yesterday. I had lots of unplanned cooking y’day and was tuckered out by the end of it…
  • 17:59:22: @MrPandaBehr Dream if you’re bi, nightmare if you’re not. Maybe your unconscious wants to see whether the grass is greener on the other side
  • 18:07:38: @MrPandaBehr OH, well, at least in a nightmare you can wake up.
  • 18:15:59: Today’s Weird News Item: 12-y-o boy detained by naked PRC lady: She wanted to punish him for peeking…
  • 23:27:36: OK tweeps & peeps. Time for bed. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. See y’all tomorrow.

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From Twitter 10-09-2010

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
  • 00:02:48: Well, tweeps & peeps, time to retire. Be good, and if you can’t be good be careful, and if you aren’t careful name it after me…
  • 09:56:54: Big hair…and cute. RT DentonPolice: 10/09/2010 03:40:15 | 21 years old | DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
  • 10:01:22: Wanted for unruly hair… RT DentonPolice: 10/08/2010 17:31:25 | 20 years old | LOCAL MUNICIPAL WARRANT
  • 10:02:58: Cute twinky deer, meet headlights! RT DentonPolice: 10/08/2010 15:20:23 | 26 years old | EULESS PD
  • 10:47:32: Heath’s hair’s longer now.. RT DentonPolice 10/09/2010 04:36 | 21 yo | County Record: |
  • 10:57:00: Forgot to wish everyone “Good morning!” Hope you’ve all behaved yourselves overnight.
  • 18:35:17: Cooking chili at the moment…another @momfood entry–two in one day!
  • 23:11:18: RT @djalfresco: I have an aunt dieing of cancer she at stage4. Please pray for her… 🙁 &lt;&lt; sorry to hear it; will light a candle at church

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From Twitter 10-08-2010

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

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From Twitter 10-07-2010

Friday, October 8th, 2010
  • 09:44:27: Good morning, all. Brighter today. Foot clinic later 🙁 I hope they can tell me when the wound will be debrided…
  • 17:58:12: Back from the quacks. Still don’t know when the wound will be debrided, but they weren’t unhappy with progress…
  • 17:58:18: Back from the quacks. Still don’t know when the wound will be debrided, but they weren’t unhappy with progress…
  • 17:58:50: Back from the quacks. Still don’t know when the wound will be debrided, but they weren’t unhappy with progress…

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From Twitter 10-06-2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
  • 00:12:55: Well, peeps, back from rehearsal; Master at 1st full Lodge meeting 2morrow after being installed. We’re raising a brother. Hope it goes well
  • 00:13:11: Sleep tight, all!
  • 10:24:12: Morning, all. Getting ready for Lodge meeting later.
  • 11:23:37: Just heard the news: Bp of Woolwich has been appointed Bp of Southwark. He is my Area Bishop. Interesting appt.

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The Rt Rev’d Christopher Chessun has been appointed C of E Bishop of Southwark

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As it happens, Christopher is my Area Bishop, so as Lay Chair I have had closer dealings with him than most laypeople in Southwark have.

I am still collecting my thoughts about the appointment, which, I must admit, left me kind of gobsmacked. Not because Christopher is unfit to be Bishop of Southwark, because he is eminently fit. It is out of the ordinary for a suffragan bishop to be appointed Bishop of the Diocese in which he was suffragan, at least in the Church of England. Other clergy in the diocese have remarked that they thought he might get Truro (before that was filled). So appointing him to Southwark was an unexpected pleasure.

I must say, at the conference where Bishop Tom introduced Christopher (then Archdeacon of Northolt in the Diocese of London) as Bishop of Woolwich that nice Stephen Brown, from the Grauniad, asked a pointed question about Christopher’s sexuality (as he is unmarried). The answer was politely non-committal, but the gist of it was that Christopher was living within the Church’s norms for unmarried people.

At the time I put out feelers to the network of openly-gay priests I knew to see what they thought about the whole business, and the verdict I got back is that he is not gay, as far as they were aware, and certainly not gay-unfriendly. The gay clergy here in Southwark who have had dealings with him in re the civil partnership thang (Tom left it up to his suffragans to enquire whether priests who wished to commit civil partnerships were aware of the Church’s teaching on the subject of gay sex) who have discussed it openly or with me say that he was very sympathetic and not at all judgmental.

A couple of things occur to me at the moment. First, Christopher is a priest’s bishop. He is a pastor to the priests in his area, which is a good thing. One mustn’t neglect the laity, though, as we are the largest order in the Church, and there is always the danger that a priest’s bishop will not spend enough time with the lay people in his care.

Second, the appointment of an insider to the See of Southwark will radically change the dynamic in the diocese. I suspect you will see a mass exodus from the Diocese’s top ranks as people who have served with Christopher either as equals or as fellow members of the Bishop’s Staff Meeting will start looking around for “pastures new”. This will probably take a year or two, but I predict that by 2014 Christopher will have a staff largely of his own appointment. This is especially true of the suffragan bishops: Bishop Richard (Cheetham, Kingston) has done well in the interregnum and I would expect that he is floating up toward the top of the list for a vacant diocese somewhere. Bishop Nick (Baines, Croydon) is an extremely good communicator and I expect that he will also get a diocese within the next few years and subsequently be a top candidate for Canterbury when the incumbent slinks off into academe again. One Archdeacon has been talking of retirement for a while, and several others are probably on the Episcopal “A” list and will get mitres in due course. Hopefully Archdeacon Christine Hardman, who is one of the best clergy among them, will still be working when female bishops are approved here as she would make an excellent Bishop. Barring that, a Deanery (Colin Slee is 65, I believe…) would be a great place for her to exercise her priestly ministry. Americans: if you are looking for an excellent Suffragan bishop nominee from England please take a look at Archdeacon Christine.

In fact, Christopher’s elevation has also made him “papabile” for Canterbury. He is the right age (54 last August), so if Rowan retires at 65 Christopher will be 59 and will have the administration of a complex diocese on his CV. I’m reaching now, as only one Bishop of Southwark has been promoted to an Archbishopric (Cyril Garbett, to York). But one never knows.

Third, Christopher is not a man who is going to rattle cages anywhere. Tom came into the Diocese 11 years ago like a whirlwind. I am given to understand that George Carey sent him here, like a Rottweiler, to “root out the gays” and that Tom was initially quite a bully in meetings with lesbian and gay clergy. However, his opinion subsequently changed, through contact with the excellent gay and lesbian clergy we have in this Diocese, most of whom were ordained after Mervyn Stockwood retired and thus are not Mervyn’s “creations”. He became, most famously in his Thought for the Day in which he extolled the work that his lesbian and gay clergy were doing here, one of the great boosters of equality of opportunity for lesbian and gay clergy in the C of E.

Christopher, however, is not a Rottweiler. He is very well acquainted with the ministry of the lesbian and gay clergy and lay people of the Diocese and will not go after them in any way, shape, or form. On the other hand, I do not expect him to be celebrating or preaching for LGCM or Changing Attitude, the way the Primate of Canada did for Integrity/Toronto a few days ago.

I do not expect Christopher to turn up on the “Thought for the Day” rota, although stranger things have happened. Once he is elevated to the Lords, I expect he will be duty Bishop quite often (he lives fairly close to Westminster, after all) and I expect he will be a point man on the Church in the Inner City, which he knows so well.

Fourth, and last, the danger of appointing an insider as Diocesan Bishop is that structures, attitudes, and opinions that need examination and a new, fresh outlook will not be subjected to rigourous examination. There are a couple of things that Tom did in his last few years that need thinking about. The “renewal” of the Board for Church in Society into three different committees happened 3 or 4 years ago, and has not yet really taken root. There were indeed problems with the old structure (people were appointed or elected to the BCS and never bothered to attend, for example) but the new structure is very much sub-rosa and not yet the forceful body it was pre-Tom. The rolling-up of the OLM scheme into the NSM structure (Ordained Local Ministers have been combined with the non-Stipendiary ministers) was controversial even for Tom, and there was a goodly amount of ruckus in that normally pretty supine species, Synodus Diocesanus over it. I expect that there will be some tweaking of both structures.

I wonder if more cross-Thames cooperation might be in the cards. Tom, of course, had been Archdeacon of Northolt and Suffragan Bishop of Willesden in London, but had moved away to Leicester before coming south again. Christopher had spent a lot of time in London, both in Stepney and in Northolt, before being appointed to Woolwich 5 years ago. There has often been some talk about various ways in which London and Southwark could cooperate (sometimes combined with Guildford, St Albans, and Chelmsford) but I don’t believe any of it came to anything substantial.

Well, we shall see what happens. At last, the waiting is over.

From Twitter 10-05-2010

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
  • 07:32:50: Morning, all. HWMBO is back to work today; I shall be solely responsible for feeding the squirrels…

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Nobel Prize in Medicine pisses off Vatican

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

There is no doubt that in-vitro fertilisation has made many millions of couples into happy parents over the last 32 years, ever since the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, sometimes referred to as the world’s first test tube baby. Professor Robert Edwards, now 85 years old, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this feat; his co-researcher, unfortunately, died before the prize could be awarded and Nobel Prizes are not awarded posthumously.

When I heard this news I thought to myself, “I’ll bet the Vatican isn’t very happy about this.” and was rewarded by reports that the spokesperson had said that this award was “out of order”—a very English phrase. Well, the National Catholic Reporter has the entire story of the Vatican’s complex response, and it’s the best example of sour grapes I can think of. When you are trying to pour cold water on a development which has brought joy to so many people who thought they were condemned to childlessness, this response compares with taking candy away from babies. The English refer to it as “po-faced”.

I would not expect the Vatican to welcome this prize with rapturous joy. However, this implicit rebuke to the Nobel committee and the medical community at large is likely to fall on deaf ears and mark the Vatican as, yet again, seriously out of touch with scientific progress.

From Twitter 10-04-2010

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
  • 09:11:18: Morning, tweeps & peeps. Quiet day today; last day before HWMBO returns to work from his holiday…
  • 13:33:15: @JoexEd and hello to you, too! what’s new and exciting?
  • 13:35:24: @JoexEd “take care of the moo”? You have a cow? It’s a bit hoarse??
  • 13:40:39: @JoexEd Oh, that explains it. Nothing like fresh milk, tho… 😉
  • 20:38:00: @daveyrobson gotta jack faster, i guess…
  • 20:53:52: @Perfect_Aries Great vid! Loved it!
  • 22:28:04: @Perfect_Aries any time…loved your xtube stuff too…
  • 22:31:04: I actually thot he was already pining for the fjords… RT @soveren: RIP Sir Norman Wisdom
  • 22:52:38: @therealgokwan shopping, at this time of night? all the pavements have been rolled up…
  • 23:21:39: Well, tweeps & peeps, time for bed…count your universal benefits before they disappear, folks!
  • 23:23:46: @soveren You’ll die of salt poisoning if you eat the chicken & mushroom…
  • 23:26:01: @soveren It does…how many children do YOU have??
  • 23:26:49: @soveren I used to have one for lunch every day. Blood pressure went astronomical! I like the curry flavour but can’t eat them now…

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From Twitter 10-03-2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010
  • 00:37:55: @soveren Try buying brioche (Tesco’s has it). Slightly sweet French bread; I like it but can’t eat much of it.
  • 00:38:59: Baltazar is a cutie… RT DentonPolice: 10/02/2010 17:28 | 25 yo | DL/DRIVING WHILE LIC
  • 00:44:37: Wotta pinhead… RT @GaySkyHooker: lol some anonymous gimp just sent me a message on Formspring saying ‘You’re a …{rest deleted for taste}
  • 00:48:51: Well, tweeps & peeps, shout-out here to all those who are feeling blue. (I always thot the past participle was “blown” but who knew?) Nitez!
  • 08:06:22: I think I would have given up travel after this set of experiences: She is someone to admire.
  • 08:07:01: Good morning all. Going to rain cats and dogs today. I shall watch it from indoors.
  • 21:53:51: @GaySkyHooker Was it that bad? Really? Sorry to hear it.
  • 21:55:04: @RichTheTiger Sorry…many cyber-hugs.
  • 22:05:19: Just read “Room”. It’s a real page-turner & you won’t put it down until you’re finished.
  • 22:10:29: RT @se1: Reverse graffiti campaign spotted Elephant & Castle:
  • 22:18:11: @GaySkyHooker Holy Jumped-up Jesus, what an epic! I hope you’re OK.
  • 22:36:42: @soveren good nite, sleep tight.
  • 23:07:50: @GaySkyHooker Better than fluey–at least you can wash it off. Say a rosary for me sometime if you remember, btw. I need it. Tnx xxx
  • 23:11:22: @GaySkyHooker Thanks! Joyful is just what is needed. I’ll say one for you, how’s that? And I’m C of E!
  • 23:23:55: @GaySkyHooker No…gross is when you kiss your gran goodnight and she slips you her tongue. That’s gross.
  • 23:30:29: Well, tweeps & peeps, off to the land of Nod yet again. Keep your knees loose!

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From Twitter 10-02-2010

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
  • 08:05:05: @momfood Made ricotta! Lovely!
  • 08:05:53: Morning, tweeps & peeps. Going to have a quiet Saturday, I hope.
  • 11:27:00: His eyes are intoxicating… RT DentonPolice: 10/02/2010 03:38 | 23 yo | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 11:38:37: Travis is a cutie… RT DentonPolice: 10/02/2010 03:39 | 24 yo | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOX
  • 11:42:26: Very hot photo… RT @JoexEd: Photo: foreskinfriday:
  • 11:47:52: @soveren U OK? Huggles in any case…
  • 14:32:15: Sorry to hear that Mrs. Lee (wife of Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor of Singapore) has died. May she rest in peace.
  • 14:34:26: RT @ianvisits: Has anyone told the Daily Mail that God fathered Jesus out of wedlock, then abandoned him without paying maintenance?
  • 14:37:26: Went to the Elephant & Castle Farmers Market this noon. Very good produce, bread, and meat. I recommend it highly!
  • 14:38:52: @corfmeister We Americans are _everywhere_! Now see what you can do about pronouncing “vitamin” with a long-I in the first syllable.
  • 14:41:33: @infernoxv When I followed Ris Low 2 suggestions Twitter gave for also-follow were Nasa and CBF-Football. NASA? Because she’s spaced-out?
  • 15:00:52: @infernoxv I know who she is…the 12 days of Ris-mas was funny. I thot Twitter was a bit OTT in suggesting I follow NASA if I followed her.

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Yesterday’s anniversary

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Twenty-two years ago, October 2, 1988, I was received into the Episcopal Church at the Church of the Holy Apostles on 9th Avenue at 28th Street in Manhattan. The day that I walked into St. Luke-in-the-Fields on Hudson Street, sometime early in 1988, has changed my life utterly, I hope for the good.

PS: Yes, I know it’s October 3rd already. But only by 5 minutes, so I hope you’ll all be indulgent.

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

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Our dinner

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

There is an innovation at the Elephant and Castle: we now have a farmer’s market on Saturdays. It’s not very big: 5 stalls, with bread, drinks, 2 vegetable stalls, and a meat stall. I bought some bread, 3 ears of very fresh corn, some Brussels sprouts that are the size of mini cabbages, and four free-range chicken thighs.

Now I’m not a vegetarian, nor do I play one on TV. However, I am becoming more and more disillusioned with the way that our food is grown and provided to us by the big supermarkets. Tesco often has corn on the cob, two smallish ears, wrapped up in cellophane but bereft of the protective leaves, ready to cook. I have found it pretty insipid. Their free-range chicken is expensive but just doesn’t taste like Mom’s chicken, in any way, shape, or form.

So I baked the four chicken thighs, set the pot of water on the stove and shucked the three ears of corn. I cut one ear in half (there are only the two of us), and boiled them for the scant amount of time that it took for them to be heated through.

So we sat down to a salad, 1-1/2 ears of corn, and two medium-sized baked chicken thighs. Everything was perfect. The corn tasted almost (but not quite) like the corn we used to buy from my step-grandfather’s farm stall in Marblehead. Fresh, juicy, easily bitten off the cob, delicious with or without butter.

We don’t say grace before meals. I never have, except in the seminary. However, as I looked at the plate, I said a silent prayer of thanks for the farmer who dragged his produce all the way from Kent to a farmer’s market in deepest, darkest South London—a market which is not yet popular enough to have crowds thronging the stalls. I also thanked the chicken for giving up its life for our table. This might seem somewhat pagan but, you know, it made me feel much better, for some reason. The Spirit that animates us all certainly cast a little bit of itself into that chicken, and the least I can do is thank that little bit of Spirit for keeping us nourished.

Bits and Bobs

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

As an amateur genealogist, I’m always looking around for new facts about my family. I’ve finally downloaded a copy of the book written in the 1880’s about my mother’s family. I’ve discovered that Samuel F.B. Morse was my second cousin 6 times removed. (1)

I have also discovered that I have something called trigger finger, which at the moment is not painful, only uncomfortable. Apparently it is one of a number of hand complications that may develop in diabetics. Oh joy. If it persists, I can get an injection of steroids into the sheath surrounding the tendon, which normally relieves the symptoms. In some cases minor surgery is needed. The doctor said that if I liked, she could do it in the surgery, or I could go to the Hand Clinic. I told her that since I’m already being seen in the Foot Clinic, I’d rather not have to go to a Hand Clinic as well—one end is enough.

The Gauguin exhibition at Tate Modern is well worth seeing. It’s on until mid-January 2011. If you’re in London, or even in the UK, you should definitely try to get tickets and go to see it. We went on Wednesday, the day before it officially opened, as it was an open day for Tate members. It wasn’t very crowded, thank goodness. I overrode HWMBO’s objections and bought the catalogue. This is the first London exhibition of Gauguin in more than 50 years.

(1) For those who don’t know who he was, he is the gentleman who invented the telegraph and Morse code. (2)
(2) For those who don’t know what a telegraph is, it was the first electrical instrument that was capable of communicating over long distances using Morse code, natch.

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

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From Twitter 10-01-2010

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
  • 15:10:12: @NixonAzukiT My mom always said that I was a wise guy…thx!
  • 15:11:49: Good afternoon, tweeps & peeps. The quack says that my right ring finger has something called “trigger finger”. I don’t even like Roy Rogers
  • 20:44:36: @mrdentalhygiene Your haircut is as cute as the face underneath it! Which is to say, “very”.
  • 20:50:21: Have just pre-ordered Aunty Gok’s autobiography. Should be interesting… @therealgokwan love you…
  • 20:51:13: @seismic007 Can’t you be naughty at work? Misfile a piece of paper or something like that…
  • 20:53:39: @urbanbohemian Perhaps they should put a post office in the local Starbucks, or vice versa…no?
  • 20:56:08: @Loopzie Hope you have fun tonight!
  • 20:57:18: @dhruv_dhody First class I taught in Bangalore I was flummoxed by the wobbly head movement. Had to get a quick culture lesson…
  • 20:59:28: @RichTheTiger And if his first-born is a girl?
  • 21:00:23: RT @tsgnews: Drug suspect denies owning cocaine police found in his buttocks:
  • 21:08:31: @RichTheTiger I suspect it’d be Britney I, or perhaps Boadicea II…
  • 21:29:23: @Loopzie Thankx–mine’s almost over unfortunately…(my Friday, that is…)
  • 21:30:35: @dhruv_dhody Thanks for that; I wish I’d read it before I set off for Bangalore…
  • 21:33:41: @urbanbohemian Some pubs here in England open as a post office for a few hours a week when Royal Mail has closed up the real Post Office.
  • 21:40:03: @Loopzie I’m originally from the US so we’re both someplace where we weren’t born, I guess. I have a Pinoy friend who works in Germany now.
  • 22:27:25: @GaySkyHooker Yummy! Shrivelled means it was well cooked…
  • 22:42:09: @GaySkyHooker Raw is OK as long as it has a cream filling…
  • 23:19:09: G’night, all!

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Friday, October 1st, 2010

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From Twitter 09-30-2010

Friday, October 1st, 2010
  • 21:14:59: @GaySkyHooker More prayers going up today. Hugs…
  • 22:12:52: I am 21,146 days old today, or 57 years, 10 months, 23 days, including the end date. I feel old, suddenly.

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