Monthly Archives: February 2019

To extend or not to extend? (Thursday poll)


BBThBobWell, this week we read the not entirely unexpected news that we have wasted the two year and seven month period between voting and supposed to be leaving without managing a deal, and we were lways told that that meant we would leave without a deal. As usual it seems we were told lies and they now seem, both the UK leadership (horse laugh) and the EU, intent on extending the Article 50 period, which seems that the impossible is possible after all.

Interesting.

In a short time we will in fact know whether there is going to be an extension or not, but Theresa May is really leaving it till the last minute, two weeks before the final deadline, to ask for the extension.

The EU is then placed in a position of power, and will call the shots of whether they accept this or not, apparently all the states must agree and already one gerontophilic gnome who is the unpopular dictator of one of the less meaningful of the European countries has said his country (which incidentally we went to war to defend on two occasions) will veto the extension of we don’t have a plan.

Of course Macron won’t see it that way. He will think he is saving the British from themselves, and many British may well agree with him.

He will think he is doing the UK a “grande service de reconnaissance” for our co-operation with France putting blood on the ground against Nazi Germany.  He will be thinking that he can leverage a second referendum in which the British people will decide that they do love the federalist vision after all, and “come back and stay for good this time”, as political commentator Paul Young puts it. Oh that we might indeed vote to stay, but to stay and fight the globalists and federalists, aligning ourselves with the Eurosceptic governments which include the Eastern side and Greece, Italy, Denmark, increasingly Holland. We will see after the next round of Euro-elections just how far the discontent has spread and in fact we are still only at the begiining of the resistance.

Corbyn has already been forced to say he will supposrt a second referendum, although how this makes him less Anti-Semitic is beyond me. Now May, who has discounted the Second Referendum all along, can pull the excuse that “Macron made me do it”.

Today’s poll won’t be open for long as it is a prediction poll and there won’t be any sense in it once we know the results, so please hurry up and vote and share this. The idea is to try to predict if there will be an extension, how long, and if there will be the condition of the UK having a second referendum.

There are so many variables that it is impossible to catch all, please just vote for which of the scenarios you think most likely. Not what you want to happen.

 

Even more Flamenco! (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #7)


Original YT playout date: 7 June 2008
Duration: 13:18

The flamenco night at Corral de la Pacheca continues. If you want flamenco, I got flamenco.
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Huliganov’s Venice Experience #2/5 – Venezia de la Notte


Original YT playout date: 7 June 2008
Duration: 15:37

Venice of the Night. The second Venice video. A small amount of footage was lost, but hope its OK and hasn’t lost the flow too much.
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The James Whale Radio Show on Play Two UK #2


Original YT playout date: 4 June 2008
Duration: 4:01:22

This is the James Whale radio show from 3rd June 2008, this time all four hours of it, unlike last week owing to the technical issues back then, with over an hour of David Icke on the telephone to James Whale.
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Some Q&A about Aquatics (Quora #4)


A couple of Saturdays ago I started a series which was intended to reproduce my inputs on Quora over here on this blog, as a repurposing and collating of them as well as a way of making sure I don’t lose my own content. Once again I recently had a warning from Quora just for letting another Englishman know thatt in saying no Englishman likes Donald Trump he took rather too much on himself as there are those of us who do. This was enough to have a second warning from Quora and so now I need to accelerate the copying over of my own work from that site in case I lose all those hours of work and creativity. Where there is moderation, there is limited trust.

At first I did one article per post, but there are quite a lot of briefer answers and it makes little sense to copy these over in that format, so now I have in mind to produce more answers in a single post, based around onne theme, and I have been preparing lists that analyse these articles into common themes. Last time in #3 we took a few articles I had written about Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish. These answers gave rise to more questions for me to answer (Quora has A2A, or Ask to Answer where people get invited to answer, either because the person asking knows them or they are suggested by the software. Alternatively you can jump in and give an answer on whatever appears on your screen. If you have opted to receive emails, you get a feed from Quora or items that may interest you) and these questions started to be about fishkeeping or aquatics in more general terms, and even (to be looked at later on) about ichthyology. Inevitably I also started to receive questions about sport fishing and I have zero time for that. I am ready to talk about fishery as part of the food industry, but not about angling, fly fishing or any of these sadistic pseudosports.

Please remember that my answers vary a lot from facetious to informative usually depending on my mood, the time available and what I think about the question. Be prepared for a rather broad range of approaches to questions. Quora goes from highly intellectual Q&A to the dumbest things a human being can write or read. I try to vary my own tone to match the quality of the question.

If you want to discuss or ask anything else around these themes, please get a discussion going in the comments. It’s what the comment facility is there for. I hope it is not onerous to log on and make some kind of utterance.

My own Heros severus.

As mentioned in the title, the theme for today is aquatics, and these answers were given by me all in 2015-2016.

1. Can you overfeed fish? How do you avoid doing so?

You can always add more food but it is harder to take it out. Give enough for everything to be eaten in a few minutes and feed morning and evening. You can leave raw carrot pieces or washed lettuce leaves – not much – or the skins of fresh cucumbers in there for them to eat more gradually.

Feeding too much will cause a nitrate hike, it has a demand on oxygen and will generally poison the fish as well as cause bacterial blooms and too much growth of algae.

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From “Mariam El-Bobini”, the new Disney Musical about an ISIS bride who flew in by means of a magic burqa.


Pwacticawwy perfect in evewwy way?

Super Caliphatalistic Fragile Ego Lupus
All these women went off freely now they want to dupe us
If they say it loud enough the media’ll join their stupors
Super Caliphatalistic Fragile Ego Lupus

Umm diddle iddle iddle um diddle ISIS
Umm diddle iddle iddle um diddle ISIS

They travelled half way round the world, and everywhere they went
They got seduced by terrorists in a desert tent
They got to watch beheadings and girls sent to slavery
While they had tasty kebabs and a lovely cuppa tea – whooh!

Super Caliph etc.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Sham Shamima Sham Shamima Sham Sham Sherie,
I think myself lucky you’re not my mummy
Sham Shamima Sham Shamima Sham Sham Sheroo
Good luck will rub off when they prosecute you.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

And a tankful of NATO makes the ISIS fall down
ISIS fall down, the ISIS fall down
Yes a tankful of NATO makes the ISIS fall down
In a most delightful way.

Baghdadi feathering his nest had very little time for rest
While dodging missiles aimed right at his lair
And every task he undertook, inspired by that book
Became undone, as we all had our fun,

for a
Tankful of NATO makes the ISIS fall down
The ISIS fall down, yes the ISIS fall down
Yes a tankful of NATO makes the ISIS fall down
In a most delightful way.

Would anyone like to suggest further re-edited Mary Poppins lyrics to suit the Shamima Begum case? Your poetic efforts welcomed in the comments below. Or maybe suggestions on how to adapt the screenplay of Mary Poppins to suit the ISIS Brides situation. Instead of the Suffragettes campaigning for women’s votes as in the original, there could be a campaign by woman demanding not to be allowed to vote. Instead of a run on the bank, maybe something to do with the price of Brent Crude? Your creative ideas, please!

How much should Nicholas Sandman win off the Wishywashington Post? (Thursday poll)


Now is the Sandman of our discontent turned glorious Runner by this son of York.

Well, this week we read the welcome news that Covington student Nick “the Smirk” will be suing the wishy-washy wibberal Washington “Oh Father I cannot tell anything other than a lie, Trump chopped down your cherry tree” soon-to-be Ex-Post. The sum he is playing for is 250 million dollars. One can but laugh. If he gets anything close to that, of course, it will cause tremendous sea-changes in the way the media work in similar cases in the future.

Maybe if it goes too far newspapers will be too scared to write anything that is not bland, and already old news and fully substantiated.

Now you can be the Judge in that trial.  Here are some possible awards you can make in favour of Nick Sandmann, all in multiples of 25, to be consistent with what they are bidding for.

 

Bailar mas de Flamenco (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #6)


Original YT playout date: 2 June 2008
Duration: 15:58

The flamenco night at Corral de la Pacheca continues. If you want flamenco, I got flamenco.
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Location: Corral de la Pacheca, Madrid
Other people featured: Crowe colleagues
Genre: Travel, Recommendation
Music used: Several pieces of music used, hence blocked in some places.
Languages used: English, Spanish,
Animals/plants featured: None

The last weigh-in (NTTBS spin off)


Original YT playout date: 1 June 2008
Duration: 4:00

“This is my last weigh in for the Playradio UK weight loss challenge, which closes today, 1st June 2008, after 13 weeks.

The accompanying music and an excerpt of their highly risque clip is Nie Para by Potap and Nastya Kamenskikh.”
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Location: Online, in studio.
Other people featured: Matt Hollick, Stuart Heron, Jo McAfferty,
Genre: Radio show
Music used: Ne Parom, Nastya Kameskikh and Potap.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None

Historical NTTBS (#6 – 10th February 2008)


Original YT playout date: 1 June 2008
Duration: 3:00:48

Purple language warning – not intended for junior viewers.

There is no show on video for 3rd February, so this is the 6th in this series of historical Not The Tommy Boyd Shows.

In this one, Matt starts to introduce his new sounds for the show, but more importantly Jo McCafferty joins the team and Alan immediately uses the opportunity to sharpen what Stu calls his “pulling technique”.

Enjoy.

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Location: Online, in studio.
Other people featured: Matt Hollick, Stuart Heron, Jo McAfferty,
Genre: Radio show
Music used: Several pieces of music used, hence blocked in some places.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None

Some Q&A about Betta splendens or Siamese fighting fishes (Quora #3)


A couple of Saturdays ago I started a series which was intended to reproduce my inputs on Quora over here on this blog, as a repurposing and collating of them as well as a way of making sure I don’t lose my own content.

As explained last time to group answers around themes and I have a little sheet where I am preparing them for these Group posts, based on the format I’ll be doing today.

Please remember that my answers vary a lot from facetious to informative usually depending on my mood, the time available and what I think about the question. Be prepared for a rather broad range of approaches to questions.

Male Crowntail Betta by Wikipedia User Anandrajkumar

If you want to discuss or ask anything else around these themes, please get a discussion going in the comments. It’s what the comment facility is there for. I hope it is not onerous to log on and make some kind of utterance.

As mentioned in the title, the theme for today is Betta splendens, and these answers were given by me all in late 2015 or the first half of 2016.  It seems very random that I emerged as an expert on this species in Quora as I haven’t had an awful lot of them myself but I do know a thing or two about them.

1. What’s a good way to keep the temperature constant in a small fish bowl for a Betta?

Personally I would not keep him in a bowl at all. Just because an aquarium fish is hardy and will accept unnatural temperatures without dying and can breath air so that it is not affected by poor oxygenation it does not mean that the quality of life of a fish will be pleasant in a bowl.

A person needs to deserve to be looking after animals, you know, and the basis of that deserving is giving the animal a pleasant life. I would give a Betta a heater/stat and filter, gravel and plants and decent lighting and regular water changes and good food just like any other aquarium fish.

The specifics for Betta males is you can’t keep two of them together and you should avoid keeping them with fish that are likely to nip their lovely flowing fins. But you can keep them with small catfishes like Corydoras or Ancistrus no problem. I think it is nicer for them to have that kind of tank mate than be stuck on their own.

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Much Ado About Polish #4 – a question of “communication”.


Maybe in the future, when I read over this article again, it will all have blown over and will seem like another Y2K big fuss over nothing, but right now, in February 2019, with Brexit a month away and no major plan still in sight after 95% of the time available for negotiation has been wasted, it looks actually very tense for British people in Poland and Polish people in Britain.

In fact, Poland has been one of a minority of countries making generous overtures to the British living in their land that nothing bad will happen, they will get a transitional period and be able to get residence if they have been here a while.  At this point I said that finally the moral debt incurred when the UK allowed Poles full working rights on entry to the EU when all the axis powers, Germany and France especially, blocked them for years in a way not known when they had their own referendum on joining, but we UK or Irish people (soon followed by Sweden and Spain) had no returning advantages over the Germans or French living in Poland. As far as the UK is concerned, the concern that Poland has had to let us know that we are still welcome has gone a long way to cover that. Although some may say that 800,000 Poles in the UK are closer to their heart than 8,000 Brits in Poland, many of whom by the way already did obtain Polish citizenship or who have rights accorded to them by virtue of marriage with a Polish citizen, which is not my case, although I do intended to apply for Polish citizenship.

What is not so clear, though, even with Poland’s display of goodwill, is the issue of whether we will be able to exchange our driving licences so easily or indeed drive on our British driving licenses after leaving the EU. Probably we are not going to penalise them for their EU licenses. After all, before 2003, they could use their licenses in the UK and nobody really policed the issue of whether they changed thsdrem after a specific period. The idea was that people were supposed to be allowed to drive around wherever they liked, as part of the general freedom of movement. After all, it is hard to talk about freedom of movement and then have Soviet style restrictions on driving from region to region in your car.

As it is now, in February 2019, UK citizens can still simply exchange for any other country’s licence in the EU if they live there for six months or intend doing so. I am talking in rough terms. In fact you are supposed to do so, so as to make it easier to get your points if you are driving in a particular part of Europe and we farm animals should make jolly sure we don’t make it harder for Old Farmer State to get a full bucket of milk out of us, nevertheless if you do decide to “laisser passer sous silence” this petite nuance of EU living in practice nothing happens. I did have the police moaning and groaning about it, but given the way the laws are set out in a way that smacks more of guidance than absolutes, the Polish police were not ready to take anything further and were content to take the money without the points, this being, after all, what is most important to Farmer State, be that in Poland, the UK, anywhere you like to mention. They can’t give themselves pay rises out if drivers’ penalty points.

In the looming uncertainty of Brexit though, in which Heisenberg might as well stand in for Juncker, Tusk, May et al for all the uncertainty it is giving us, in fact I would not be surprised if the noted physicist cum drug dealer came back from the dead and launched a leadership challenge to the 1922 committee, things start to take a different turn.

I decided I had better change it while I am still entitled and while it is still easy and get at least one EU ID doc I can flash around and not get the worst case scenario maybe if everything goes pyriforme at the twentynides of March.

And so I did what is necessary, and I urge any UK readers living in the EU who have this little matter outstanding to go thou and do likewise. It takes a month to do it, we are one month and 12 days away from Independence Day, so you have about 10 days from the date of publishing to get there and do it. What happens after that might be something or it might be nothing, but changing the licence seems to be a personal hedging move with more upside than downside. Even if we need to go back to the UK, I don’t think the holding of an EU license is going to stop anyone driving while they are in the UK, or prevent us from being able to take it back withoout doing lots of tests again, and the tests to be done in Poland are much tougher, including psychometric tests, which we just don’t have.

But this is a Polish language blog series rather than a European Union driving one, so let’s get to the language points which emerged from the exercise.

The first thing is, you need to go to your Urząd Miejski, or Town Office. For those in village areas it could be an Urząd Gminy – Gmina is like a Borough, but not in the sense of a London Borough – the larger Polish cities have Dzielnicy. My own one in Warsaw is called Ochota – after an old Inn on the way out of Warsaw that gave its name, meaning “feeling like something” – and the Urząd Dzielnicy Ochoty is translated as “Ochota District City Hall”. I am not sure what a “District City” is, but okay.  Arriving there in the actually very well-redesigned and renovated building (with full disabled access and very friendly and helpful staff – as well as love-heart sweets to help yourself to for Valentine’s) and saying what I wanted to do, I was given a place in the queue (only one person ahead I hasten to say) for the Wydział Komunikacji.

This means “the Department of Communication”, or at least it looks as if it does, but the usual use of the word in Poland is not so much for communication between people. It can indeed mean that, but there is a perfectly good Polish word “porozumiewanie się” and therefore this Latin term (which loses the double “m” it has all over western Europe in the interests of being true to Polish spelling conventions) is more likely to be heard as one of the words talking about road use, rails, etc., in short getting from a to b. The word “transport” exists and is practically a synonym other than also being used for goods transport. So if you want to talk about traffic you could use komunikacja, or “road movement” which is “ruch drogowy”. The word “Trafik” is used as the name for a bookshop which I think went under a few years back, but it isn’t used for traffic or even drugs trafficking which is “przemyt narkotyków”, or even human trafficking which is “Handel ludźmi”, in honour of Handel’s song on the subject with the lyric “Did you not see my lady?”.

The word “telekomunikacja” exists, but the Company that was the state phone company Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. was bought by the French and included in Orange, as described in the song lyric “Bien sûr nous eûmes des Oranges, vingt ans d’amour ça fait bien de coups de téléphone…”.

So we see a number of false friends going on here. Komunikacja doesn’t necessarily mean communication, which does rather make things difficult for communication. “Ruch” is the main word for “traffic” but is also said when it’s your move, “twój ruch” or turn at Chess. (Backgammon is barely known or played by Poles, by the way).

The actual driver’s licence is a good example of how collocations trump isolated vocabulary in language learning every time. If you know that a driver of a car in Polish is known as a “kierowca” and a licence is usually called “licencja” (in fact numerous words exist depending on what kind of licence we are talkinga bout, but being the cognate form, that’s the one you might think of first rather than “zezwolenia”, “prawo” “koncesja” or all sorts of other permit words that there are. So you might expect the Polish for “driver’s license” (in US English) or “driving licence” (in UK English) might well be “licencja kierowcy”. This is likely to give rise to blank looks in Poland though, and if they do understand they are likely to explain that the term is “prawo jazdy” which in turn iterally means “a right of ride”, which is not really a very precise term as everyone of course has the right to ride along as a passenger, with or without this piece of paper, but this is the term which has become a fixed expression. You will usually find it as the full “prawo jazdy” or just abbreviated to “prawo”.  When the police stop you for speeding or not having your lights on (24/7 all year round in Poland, by the way) then they might come up to your window and say “prawa” – “your rights”. This is shorthand for “prawo jazdy” just as “dokument” is shorthand for your vehicle registration document and “dowód” (‘proof’) is shorthand for your ID card or passport. These tend not to be the meanings assigned to these singe words in dictionaries and so anyone dealing in these situations with the police who has learned Polish with a dictionary only, and not delved into this blog or lived here and learned the hard way, will find their interaction with the police or municipal wardens, “straż miejski” rather confusing. These days, the officers are able to speak basic English as too many people were getting away from their fines by not being able to speak Polish.

There used to be a story told of how a couple of traffic police stopped a motorist and asked him for his dowód, dokument and prawa, and the motorist said he couldn’t speak Polish, could they speak English, then he tried the same in French, German and Italian. Everyone got bored so   they simply let him go. Then the younger policeman says to the older “maybe I should have another go at learning foreign languages” at which the older replies “Why bother? He knew four and it didn’t get him anywhere.”

 

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