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Title: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 25, 2016, 12:41:42 PM
Isn't it great when you come across a new concept, a new idea, a new brand of clothing or footwear, a new food, a new restaurant, a new person, a new activity, a new feature on your latest car, a new function in the latest technology, a new anything that you fall in love with?

Tony and Carmella were so enthusiastic they were happy to pay 40 bucks for a small piece of uncooked fish flown from the other side of the world at their new-found restaurant. Isn't enthusiasm itself wonderful?

My latest is refrigerated oranges.

At breakfast at some B & B in Lytham, they served a fruit platter at breakfast. The orange segments had obviously come straight from the fridge. Not a fruit I really got enthusiastic about previously but straight out the fridge, they are wonderful. I'll have 4 or 5 a week nowadays.

What's your latest new-found enthusiasm?
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Gervaise_Brookhampster on October 25, 2016, 01:03:56 PM
Feet in porno pics :smile: but only when showed in the same pic as her other bits  :twisted:, nae on there own.....that would be perverted  :confused:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 25, 2016, 01:39:56 PM
I dinna get this feet thing at a'


But as long as it's female feet then, although strange, it's nae perverted.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Buc on October 25, 2016, 05:10:21 PM
Not got one that I can think about the now.
Maybe the android box and firestick. That's about it sorry not very exciting really.. :hammer:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: 1903_Redz on October 25, 2016, 05:40:38 PM
I reckon i could beat that for boring Buc.

A few months ago me, the Mrs and the kids were in a nice restaurant down at Pitlochery and with our wine we got a big glass bottle of water which had came out a near freezing fridge. It had one of those Grolsch style caps attached and i don't know what it was about it but the water tasted better than the wine.

Bought myself one as soon as i got home and it gets presented on the dinner table every night along with supper. Water defo tastes better like that.

Word of warning tho... don't srink too much of the stuff or it could kill ye.  ;)
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: mondo on October 25, 2016, 06:36:24 PM
Isn't it great when you come across a new concept, a new idea, a new brand of clothing or footwear, a new food, a new restaurant, a new person, a new activity, a new feature on your latest car, a new function in the latest technology, a new anything that you fall in love with?

Tony and Carmella were so enthusiastic they were happy to pay 40 bucks for a small piece of uncooked fish flown from the other side of the world at their new-found restaurant. Isn't enthusiasm itself wonderful?

My latest is refrigerated oranges.

At breakfast at some B & B in Lytham, they served a fruit platter at breakfast. The orange segments had obviously come straight from the fridge. Not a fruit I really got enthusiastic about previously but straight out the fridge, they are wonderful. I'll have 4 or 5 a week nowadays.

What's your latest new-found enthusiasm?

Simmie for the nice, wee sopranos nod  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 07:59:33 PM
The wife spotted this in a window today so we bought it: -

(http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii507/graemeleslie1/acacia.jpg) (http://s1257.photobucket.com/user/graemeleslie1/media/acacia.jpg.html)

Problem is, it doesn't fit with any of our rosewood and beech-stained pear wood stuff.

Sod it, it's too good not to make room for. Acacia wood from India. And best of all, less than a hunner quid.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: MálagaSheep on November 12, 2016, 08:05:45 PM
The wife spotted this in a window today so we bought it: -

(http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii507/graemeleslie1/acacia.jpg) (http://s1257.photobucket.com/user/graemeleslie1/media/acacia.jpg.html)

Problem is, it doesn't fit with any of our rosewood and beech-stained pear wood stuff.

Sod it, it's too good not to make room for. Acacia wood from India. And best of all, less than a hunner quid.

They seen you coming! Less than a tener then i would of said nothing
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 08:09:18 PM
They seen you coming! Less than a tener then i would of said nothing

Awww. We love it. The wife can't stop stroking it.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: MálagaSheep on November 12, 2016, 08:11:57 PM
Awww. We love it. The wife can't stop stroking it.

We are looking at the same picture arent wee?
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 08:13:28 PM
We are looking at the same picture arent wee?

Hrmf.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: cupidstunt on November 12, 2016, 08:45:23 PM
The wife spotted this in a window today so we bought it: -

(http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii507/graemeleslie1/acacia.jpg) (http://s1257.photobucket.com/user/graemeleslie1/media/acacia.jpg.html)

Problem is, it doesn't fit with any of our rosewood and beech-stained pear wood stuff.

Sod it, it's too good not to make room for. Acacia wood from India. And best of all, less than a hunner quid.

Not to my taste at all, neither is the rug but I'm sure you'd feel the same about my mininmalist style, moder living room with clean lines, white walls and high gloss white furnature.

It does look very tactile though so I get the stroking and you dont get much in quality furnature for that sort of money these days.

Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 08:55:48 PM
Not to my taste at all, neither is the rug but I'm sure you'd feel the same about my mininmalist style, moder living room with clean lines, white walls and high gloss white furnature.

It does look very tactile though so I get the stroking and you dont get much in quality furnature for that sort of money these days.

No, I'm with you on minimalism. We're just waiting on planning permission to flatten a fifty year old hoose on a magic plot with North Sea views and building from scratch.

The rug will survive the transition as will the acacia piece. At least one of our new rooms will be dedicated to old wood. Collecting sleepers and all sorts of deadwood for the change. It's like we are collecting ingredients before designing the whole but lots of ideas taking shape.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: MálagaSheep on November 12, 2016, 08:58:07 PM
Speaking about the rug, you hinna been out we the hoover the day min rocket
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 08:59:56 PM
Speaking about the rug, you hinna been out we the hoover the day min rocket

True. Hungover this morning and couldn't be arsed putting the skirt on.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on November 12, 2016, 09:03:12 PM
What is it?
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: cupidstunt on November 12, 2016, 09:40:46 PM
No, I'm with you on minimalism. We're just waiting on planning permission to flatten a fifty year old hoose on a magic plot with North Sea views and building from scratch.

The rug will survive the transition as will the acacia piece. At least one of our new rooms will be dedicated to old wood. Collecting sleepers and all sorts of deadwood for the change. It's like we are collecting ingredients before designing the whole but lots of ideas taking shape.

What you looking to build? Are you going traditional or doing the whole grand designs thing?

There was a cracker of a house built a few weeks ago on it. The guy did wood bending and clad the whole house in wood he bent himself. Amazing to look at, doubt that would last long with a sea view though!
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on November 12, 2016, 10:01:55 PM
What you looking to build? Are you going traditional or doing the whole grand designs thing?

There was a cracker of a house built a few weeks ago on it. The guy did wood bending and clad the whole house in wood he bent himself. Amazing to look at, doubt that would last long with a sea view though!

We have a vision of what we want. Starting to think this plot isn't big enough unless we can buy next door and that might become a possibility in the next couple of years. May end up putting up a kit house and moving on. Depends on the local economy and market.

At our age, we feel there's only one major build left in us. It all depends but lovely working on the possibilities.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: cupidstunt on November 12, 2016, 10:07:53 PM
(http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/51/590x/secondary/The-house-after-its-stunning-makeover-675670.jpg)

Thats the one from Grand Designs, probably the nicest I've seen on that program.

We'll probably build one house for ourselves but not until a few years time. I'd want to manage it myself, best way I can think of to stop the missus going spend crazy so I'd need a year off.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Three Crazz on November 12, 2016, 10:42:42 PM
FFS guys & im worried about ,knocking out the old staircase and doing up the hallway , stairwell & living room
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on February 14, 2017, 01:49:04 PM
I dinna get this feet thing at a'


But as long as it's female feet then, although strange, it's nae perverted.
They need to be small and obviously in good nick. A pair oh Nora batty's wouldn't do at all.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on February 14, 2017, 01:50:40 PM
The wife spotted this in a window today so we bought it: -

(http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii507/graemeleslie1/acacia.jpg) (http://s1257.photobucket.com/user/graemeleslie1/media/acacia.jpg.html)

Problem is, it doesn't fit with any of our rosewood and beech-stained pear wood stuff.

Sod it, it's too good not to make room for. Acacia wood from India. And best of all, less than a hunner quid.
Far's at fae min? Exactly what I'm needing for beside my reading recliner.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on February 14, 2017, 05:39:36 PM
Far's at fae min? Exactly what I'm needing for beside my reading recliner.

Stonehaven. The other side of the river on the same side of the road as the Carron chipper. Some magic stuff in there, cheap as chips.

That piece hasn't got a home in our home yet. Doesn't match our stuff. But not seeking to flog it. We will fit it in one day somehow.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on February 14, 2017, 06:54:32 PM
Excellent Mr Scientist, TY.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on February 21, 2017, 10:30:15 PM
My newest enthusiasm is cheese, or more specifically, cheese-eating accompaniments.

To narrow it down properly, I'm talking about knackebrot.

You want more detail? Ok already, sourdough crisp bread. From Peter's Yard, the original model.

The brits are so stupid, they think Jacobs cream crackers hit the spot. I'm qualified to know. I was one of them for decades.

I never ate much cheese and never more than the equivalent of a packet of cream crackers every 3 or 4 years because the cracker never inspired me and neither did it's staple, cheese.

Now, with 2 or 3 weeks experience, I'm wondering how any cunt can ever eat cheese with oatcakes or JC crackers ever again! They're fucking shite, tasteless garbage to fill the ever-gaping and ever-increasing carb hole.

The thinner water biscuit variety grabbed my attention for a tiny period but get yersel into sourdough crisp bread you cunts. It's fucking awesome.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Tyrant on February 22, 2017, 04:51:30 PM
Point taken, Rocket. Will give it a try. I'm a big fan of sour dough bread so keen to try this too.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on March 07, 2017, 11:02:27 AM
Walking in the woods near Drum Castle last week, took this photo: -

(http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii507/graemeleslie1/tree%20drum.jpg) (http://s1257.photobucket.com/user/graemeleslie1/media/tree%20drum.jpg.html)

Isn't it beautiful how the bough broke to create a literal clitoral image?
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: RicoS321 on March 07, 2017, 12:26:46 PM
What's it called when someone has both a cock and a fud? That's what that tree is. That's what true photography is about.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on March 07, 2017, 02:06:12 PM
What's it called when someone has both a cock and a fud? That's what that tree is. That's what true photography is about.

Haha. I never saw the cock. I was getting a semi at the big giant fud to consider diving in to. But the wife was with me.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: RicoS321 on March 07, 2017, 03:13:24 PM
Haha. I never saw the cock. I was getting a semi at the big giant fud to consider diving in to. But the wife was with me.

Tree-fucking. One of nature's most beautiful sights.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 14, 2017, 11:34:27 PM
Talking of new found enthusiasms, I may be binning one of mine.

The wife's birthday is next month so we always spend some time in London, one of our fav cities on the planet.

We will never bin our London trips in November but we may need to revisit our accommodation strategy.

Last year was the Savoy and 2015 was the Dorchester. China Tang and the Savoy Grill were outstanding culinary experiences but you don't have to stay there to eat there. Next month we are staying at the Ritz. But deliberately not dining there. This time I want to judge the accommodation on its own merits and not be taken in by the quality of the meal served from within its environs. I suspect the money they charge for their rooms isn't actually worth it so if you have any recommendations for decent hotels in London, I'm all ears.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: manc_don on October 15, 2017, 01:31:12 AM
St. Pancras hotel is supposed to be brilliant  :thumbsup: not sure about prices though. Pricey is my guess.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 15, 2017, 09:25:46 AM
London's a shitehole.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Ten Caat on October 15, 2017, 06:29:03 PM
London's a shitehole.

Seconded
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: manc_don on October 15, 2017, 07:49:27 PM
London's a shitehole.

Incorrect.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 15, 2017, 10:30:27 PM
If you're tired of London, you're tired of life.

Some old dude said that.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 15, 2017, 11:08:27 PM
Ah, Samuel Johnson, the well known arsehole.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: RicoS321 on October 16, 2017, 09:58:10 AM
Aye, I don't particularly like London either. I value my lungs. I just find it a badly laid out, unsustainable, mess and I don't get the hype. In fact, I think the hype is the hype. I'd knock most of it down, as it obviously does have some excellent parts.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 16, 2017, 10:10:34 AM
I doubt you’re being serious but I’m certain that there will be a “London’s a shitehole” attitude within many in the NE.

This is worthy of examination.

As someone who was born in Foresterhill of NE stock going back as far as memory allows, with not one ancestor coming from south of the Dee and probably every one of us being within a 40 or 50 mile boundary and therefore a 20 or 25 mile radius (but no record of cousins or worse marrying so confidently NOT interbred) with not even a solitary Fifer or weegie in sight, feel I’m qualified to observe be the differences between characteristics of the NE and elsewhere. Living 15 years overseas and a further 10 years away from Abz in other Scottish places made these differences an area of interest for me.

Aberdeen’s a shitehole and the inept coonsil who ran down our declining city centre isn’t saved by the unique nature of our people. The NE is so sick and so thick, it returned Conservative in a number of constituencies. Not even Kirkcaldy or Dundee or even weegieland were that stupid.

Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 16, 2017, 11:22:46 AM
Ah.......but London....
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 16, 2017, 01:41:35 PM
Ah.......but London....

Best customer service in UK, as experienced in best hotels and restaurants.

Best for arts and entertainment.

Best for shopping.

All served by an incredibly efficient transport system.

It’s got everything. Aberdeen doesn’t even have one excellent restaurant!
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 17, 2017, 10:00:45 AM
I'm not defending Aberdeen but I can guarantee that Eastern European customer service is just as pleasant and efficient in Aberdeen as it is in London.

Arts and entertainment? are you only comparing it to other shiteholes in the UK

Shopping is for girls.

Most expensive transport system in the world?

Everybody likes a different city for a different reason so fair enough.

Full of pretentious arseholes at one end and thick minker arseholes at the other as far as I'm concerned. 

Worst of all they seem to equate being ridiculously expensive with quality, a sad error.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 17, 2017, 10:51:29 AM
The reason why customer service is better in London is the amount of competition. You’ve got to be good to survive. Increased choice also provides wider price ranges. Camden Lock and Brixton market offer a massive diversity for every taste and the quality is as good as food can be and not expensive.

Arts and entertainment. London has it all. Probably the biggest choices on the planet. Even football spectating has more choices.

Shopping isn’t just for girls. Men wear stuff too.

Pretentious people as a genre died out years ago. There are the inherited wealth arseholes you come across very occasionally in the expensive places but the biggest “class” for disgust are the moneyed Arabs who treat the service staff like shit and stare at our women’s tits. Minkers are everywhere but the majority of people in every city are neither minkers nor pretentious. You don’t know the place.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 17, 2017, 11:50:18 AM
Well, it's been a while since I've been, I'll give you that.

However I've paid at the gate at Upton Park and White Hart Lane.
I've been a guest of the BBC at Television Center and their Westminster studios.
I've squatted in the East End.

So I've seen a fair bit of the place, I avoid it like the plague.

The closest I've been for a long time was a couple of weeks ago when I had the misfortune of frequenting Luton Airport for a few hours.
I wouldn't go as far as blaming the city of London for anything as obnoxious as Luton Airport but it did give me a wee reminder of the superior  attitude of the South East resident which I can well do without.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 17, 2017, 12:18:58 PM
Luton is a shithole, I'll grant you that. I stayed there for 3 nights last month, my first time there for years. But the pub around the corner from the Premier Inn city centre was awesome, down-to-earth folk, working folk, non-working folk, father and son getting a good drink in, ethnics of all sorts, a good pool table - the pub team captain took me ages (5 frames over two nights) to eventually beat, a barmaid I would've shagged, tattooed criminal-looking types, tattooed non-criminal-looking types, folk having a joint in the beer garden and a fucking great atmosphere and vibe. They all knew each other but they were friendly to a stranger who didn't walk in expecting it to be a shithole and who was free from preconceptions. Attitude, it's everything.

You will find shite in every place if that's what your looking for/expecting.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 17, 2017, 12:30:29 PM
I agree

But in some places it's floating in front of you.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 17, 2017, 12:45:48 PM
One man’s floater is another man’s cocktail.

Kirkcaldy. Lochgelly. Cowdenbeath. Now these places float and not with nice imbibements. Closer to home, Brechin appears to have zero redeeming aspects. But London, I love the place.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 17, 2017, 01:36:42 PM
I dinna mind Brechin.

Not that I would want to stay there mind you but at least the bloke in the butcher's a Dons fan
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Ten Caat on October 17, 2017, 07:22:20 PM
Spent my formative years growing up in Glenrothes...fantastic in the 70s but an absolute toilet for the best part of 30 years. Kirkcaldy is utopia by comparison. I get what you are saying about Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly though.....
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 19, 2017, 11:19:04 PM
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Madbadteacher on October 19, 2017, 11:53:29 PM
Congratulation to her, you must be vewwy pwoud!
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: RicoS321 on October 20, 2017, 01:29:11 PM
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.

Well done indeed. Do we get to read it? Not suggesting I'd understand it like.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 20, 2017, 01:46:32 PM
I'm sure you will understand it. The whole point was making it comprehensible to us lay people. The articles are all on that website now.

“When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all”
That’s actually a quote from the TV show Futurama but it’s also a clear way of explaining why people are not always good at taking their medications. Imagine: you‘re taking a drug to prevent yourself from having a heart attack.
But if you don’t feel any different after taking the drug, how can you know it’s even worked? Maybe you weren’t going to have a heart attack anyway? Maybe the drug you’re taking is giving you side-effects and besides, it isn’t worth it because you felt fine before. You don’t want to bother your doctor getting a new prescription and your blood pressure wasn’t that high anyway...So you stop taking your drugs and you hope for the best.
But heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. And it’s preventable.
This is particularly bad news if you happen to live in Scotland, where we lead the way in the number of heart attacks, strokes, and more-or-less everything that can go wrong with your heart. But why? We have access to lots of different types of drugs for your heart, and in each of these groups there are a range of specific drugs to choose from, so there should be something that works for everyone. Shouldn’t there? Unfortunately the problem isn’t that simple.
Once your doctor has identified high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or anything else that might increase your risk of a heart attack, a few steps have to happen to reduce that risk:
o Step 1 is prescribing a drug.
o Step 2 is taking the drug.
o Step 3 is the hard one.
Step 3 is taking the drug at the right time and continuing to take it for as long as you need to. And that’s hard. It’s hard because for the drugs we‘re talking about, ‘as long as you need to’ can mean ‘for the rest of your life’. And the rest of your life can be a long time.
 
So my research project will look at: how well people in Scotland manage to stick to Step 3, who is and who isn’t sticking to Step 3, and whether sticking to Step 3 does actually improve your chance of avoiding a heart attack or stroke.
To do this, I’m going to be using patient data from across Scotland to look back over the years and see whether or not people are picking up their medications from the pharmacy on time. This might sound straightforward before you remember that there are over 5 million people in Scotland. And, as I said before, we are not the healthiest bunch. So that’s a lot of people, with a lot of unhealthy hearts, and a lot of drugs prescribed by their doctors. To do this I’m going to have to enter a world that has always seemed distant, complicated, and honestly a little bit intimidating: the world of Big Data.
Firstly: what is Big Data? Is it Facebook working out your personality based on the number of cat pictures you like? Or apps predicting the next flu pandemic based on the number of people tweeting about a runny nose? Or targeted adverts based on your google history? The answer is, in a way, yes. Big Data is all those things and more. Big Data is what it says on the tin: data, but a lot of it.
For me, Big Data is looking at everyone in Scotland who has ever been prescribed a cardiovascular drug – or more simply, drugs for their heart – and looking to see if they picked up their next lot of drugs around about the time their first prescription should have run out. If they don’t, it means they are more likely to be skipping days, having gaps, or they might have stopped taking them altogether. By linking this to medical records I can see if people who aren’t taking their medications are statistically more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or even die.
And by looking across the whole country I can also see if people are more likely to take their drugs if they fall into different groups: if they are older or younger, male or female, or if they are living in wealthier areas or not. By doing so, I will be able to see if certain groups of people are more likely to miss their medications, and with that information, I might be able to work out who needs help at sticking to Step 3. If we know who is at risk, we know who we can help.
And if we know who we can help, maybe we can mend a heart before it breaks.

MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Competition 2017 Shortlisted essays

Edit: And she's a Dons fan, she was at the Parkred final.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 20, 2017, 04:14:23 PM
Congrats to you min.



My daughter's a genius too ;D
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on October 20, 2017, 07:02:28 PM


It’s got everything. Aberdeen doesn’t even have one excellent restaurant!
The Garlogie Inn ya cheeky cunt :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on October 20, 2017, 07:05:39 PM
rocket’s daughter just won...

https://www.mrc.ac.uk/news/browse/2017-max-perutz-science-writing-award-shortlist-announced/

Not quite the best day of my life - I was there on 11.5.1983 - but so proud.
Fucking hell rocket man, congrats to rocketette. I think this may be better than ECWC and you're just being typically modest.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Garlogie_Granite on October 20, 2017, 09:36:06 PM
Is Leigh McKenzie the new Vicki Butler-Henderson? Vroom vroom!
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on October 31, 2017, 12:18:16 AM
Before the tyrannically hypocrite mod wades in with his Abbott or Mundell-like power to put ma lights oot - despite him lying about voting to keep me - spurred on by his illiterate, incoherent new mate, a gift for you.

Socks. Don’t underestimate them. When you think you’ve got a full wardrobe, shoes and boots and jackets for every eventuality, trousers and jeans for every occasion, shirts of every colour and style, you’re fuck all without socks.

I started with Chup and GlenClyde but get your feet into Anonymous Ism. They’re the best. You’re not complete without kwolity socks. Fact.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on October 31, 2017, 02:41:24 PM
OH!  put a sock in it.








Sorry, I delayed writing that for about 12 hours but temptation got the better of me.



Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: donsdaft on November 30, 2017, 10:52:10 AM
Bloody daughters.

Here is the full edition of the email I got yesterday.

Having a great time, we are now in Queenstown in the south island, it is very pretty.



Within half an hour I hear a exclamation from Mrs Donsdaft who's looking at her facebook shite.
What's the cause of her expletives?
Pictures of said daughter skydiving from 15,000 feet.


Very pretty indeed

She's getting kept in.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: manc_don on December 01, 2017, 04:35:21 AM
Bloody daughters.

Here is the full edition of the email I got yesterday.

Having a great time, we are now in Queenstown in the south island, it is very pretty.



Within half an hour I hear a exclamation from Mrs Donsdaft who's looking at her facebook shite.
What's the cause of her expletives?
Pictures of said daughter skydiving from 15,000 feet.


Very pretty indeed

She's getting kept in.

Meant to be very good sky diving in the South Island! Bunny jumping was also invented not too far from Queenstown, hope to try it out myself at some point!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Nips_and_Tatties on December 02, 2017, 12:53:33 PM
I jumped on a bunny once.

The fucker was fast but I pinned it down and got my carrot back thank god
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: tom_widdows on December 02, 2017, 01:19:51 PM
Meant to be very good sky diving in the South Island! Bunny jumping was also invented not too far from Queenstown, hope to try it out myself at some point!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Actually Manc Bungy jumping as a 'sport' was invented by Oxford Uni students.
Mr Hackett just hit on the idea of making money from it.

Sky diving is ok pretty much anywhere in NZ as long as you do it with a company that is based at an airport rather than one that an old crop duster in a farmers field.

Hang-gliding, Para-gliding, Luging, sky swings, white water rafting, river boarding all crop up in Queenstown which for me is an bid to hide how dull the place actually is to stay in especially given how expensive and/or restrictive some of the accommodation was when I was there (you want to stay longer than 5 days sir? well you will need to check out and go somewhere else for a couple of days then come back...or use BASE/ YHA on the high street which are twice the price)

Blackwater Rafting in the North island (Waitomo) would be my recommendation followed by walking the Tongariro crossing near Taupo (mid-early spring) and experiencing a proper Mauri Hangi.
South Island is the Milford Sound but at all costs avoid Dundedin & Invercargill.......grim.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: Nips_and_Tatties on December 02, 2017, 09:37:59 PM
I loved the glaciers Tom.

Helicopter ride and lovely scenery.

Stayed with friend in a little town called Hokitiki.was freezing.

Never been to Queenstown but yeah, its very expensive.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: manc_don on December 02, 2017, 09:44:18 PM
Actually Manc Bungy jumping as a 'sport' was invented by Oxford Uni students.
Mr Hackett just hit on the idea of making money from it.

Sky diving is ok pretty much anywhere in NZ as long as you do it with a company that is based at an airport rather than one that an old crop duster in a farmers field.

Hang-gliding, Para-gliding, Luging, sky swings, white water rafting, river boarding all crop up in Queenstown which for me is an bid to hide how dull the place actually is to stay in especially given how expensive and/or restrictive some of the accommodation was when I was there (you want to stay longer than 5 days sir? well you will need to check out and go somewhere else for a couple of days then come back...or use BASE/ YHA on the high street which are twice the price)

Blackwater Rafting in the North island (Waitomo) would be my recommendation followed by walking the Tongariro crossing near Taupo (mid-early spring) and experiencing a proper Mauri Hangi.
South Island is the Milford Sound but at all costs avoid Dundedin & Invercargill.......grim.

Wasn't aware of that! Will let the Kiwis know  ;D

Have to say I was a bit disappointed with how Queenstown looked, but I could see it being a neat hub for winter / summer sports. Some nice lakeside restaurants too. Only popped in so didn't get the chance to explore the area let alone pop up in the gondolas. We tried the Tongariro crossing last time I was over but the weather wasn't a quite shitty so we opted against it.  It's definitely on our list!
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: tom_widdows on December 02, 2017, 10:21:24 PM
I loved the glaciers Tom.

Helicopter ride and lovely scenery.

Stayed with friend in a little town called Hokitiki.was freezing.

Never been to Queenstown but yeah, its very expensive.

Helicopter ya fucking jessie

If ya climb them you get to chat with the locals

(https://scontent.flhr2-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/226753_20185660480_3701_n.jpg?oh=59e7188ec21b4c7cfe23016095b8e3f8&oe=5AC823B1)

Did you manage to take in the wonderful' atmosphere of the Lake mahinipua hotel (about 5km south of Hokitika)?
Ceiling was decorated with hundreds of old bras when I stayed there but probably been 'gentrified' now

Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: rocket_scientist on March 29, 2020, 04:54:48 PM
After watching my daughter on her yoga mat - she's been doing it for years in classes and stuff - I just had my first Yoga session in my life. I'm hooked and plan to do it every day.

She recommended the down dog App and I just completed the first Beginner session of Vinyasa, 14 minutes of coordinated moving and breathing. Loved it.
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: tom_widdows on March 29, 2020, 05:13:15 PM
Accupressure Matt and Pillow

Got of off amazon for £25 and now onto using it without a t-shirt etc.
As you would expect it is not comfotable at the start but by about 10mins in I find myself completely zoning out.
Trying to do 40mins a day.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91i1N7saYKL._AC_SX466_.jpg)
Title: Re: New enthusiasms
Post by: manc_don on May 04, 2020, 12:24:06 AM
Accupressure Matt and Pillow

Got of off amazon for £25 and now onto using it without a t-shirt etc.
As you would expect it is not comfotable at the start but by about 10mins in I find myself completely zoning out.
Trying to do 40mins a day.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91i1N7saYKL._AC_SX466_.jpg)

We've been using the shakti mats for about two years (on and off).  I find it so therapeutic, haven't done it for more than 30 mins but I could see it easily being done