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3 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

Our giant house spider Steve XII (or some number like that by now) which I saw crawling into the living room corner last night has died.  

Maybe this makes me a terrible person, but it had me thinking "awwww", which is the most empathetic I've felt in the past 48 hrs.

Steve devoted and gave his entire life to catching annoying insects around my house, which was extremely useful during open-window-season, and unlike some, will actually be missed by this household.

Eta: judging by his size, he must have been pretty old, but one can't help but speculate that he had an underlying health condition.

RIP Steve

I thought I was the only person that left house spiders alone, as long as they keep themselves to themselves.

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1 hour ago, Scorge said:

Regardless of Scotland/England splits, I think it's the juxtaposition of reality in the UK in 2022 against the insidiousness of the monarchy that's grating me. I was in a planning meeting on Wednesday involving the setting up of 'warm spaces' for the winter. Yes, actually making support service provisions for people (vulnerable, disabled, elderly, LTU) who are already regularly visiting a food pantry because they are too impoverished to do a weekly shop, now unable to safely stay under their own roof for chunks of the week because they either won't be able to top the prepayment meter when it cuts off, or are plain frightened of switching the heating on in the first place. 36 hours later, I'm expected at the drop of a hat to feel overwhelming grief for at least two weeks after the peaceful passing of a wealthy, privileged nonagenarian, followed by various orchestrated pieces of glorified (expensive) cosplay to maintain an inherently unfair order of power? No, sorry. Do the minute's silence, pay very basic human respect, then crack on. (This is pretty much what happened at Parkrun this morning.) To a degree, I could maybe understand the mass hysteria of 1997 given the sheer suddenness of it, but with the circumstances this time round, the absolutely relentless onslaught of mawkish uncritical sentiment has felt OTT. The snippets from the Commons yesterday in particular were absolute pass-the-bucket stuff.

TLDR: normal island is not normal.

 

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1 hour ago, Dawson Park Boy said:

Sounds a bit how people behaved during the Covid pandemic with some still affected.

And given they wouldn’t televise Sturgeon’s addresses, it’s a bit rum for the BBC now to pretend they’re arsed about pensioners snuffing it in Scotland. 

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1 hour ago, the aggressive beggar said:

I, for one, am really enjoying this mourning period. 

Thursday - cans while watching the news. 

Friday - cans while laughing at meme's

Gonna mix it up today with a bottle of vodka and blaring 90's Detroit Techno out in the back garden.

Whilst laughing at meme's

This is pretty high on the memeometer 

 

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Although I find it strange when people get upset when famous people they've never met die, I can kind of understand it on a certain level. A famous athlete, actor or musician will have produced moments or pieces art that will stay with you forever. Significant policiticians will have a profound impact on your life.

The Queen? Abstract nouns: constsistency, stability, duty. I think most people, even the most fervent royalists, would struggle to recall more than half a dozen things she's ever actually said or done.

Mental.

 

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4 minutes ago, Carl Cort's Hamstring said:

Although I find it strange when people get upset when famous people they've never met die, I can kind of understand it on a certain level. A famous athlete, actor or musician will have produced moments or pieces art that will stay with you forever. Significant policiticians will have a profound impact on your life.

The Queen? Abstract nouns: constsistency, stability, duty. I think most people, even the most fervent royalists, would struggle to recall more than half a dozen things she's ever actually said or done.

Mental.

 

The whole point of  a constitutional monarchy is that you don’t DO or SAY anything.

To that extent she’s served the country well.

Something that Charles will need to learn to do.

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4 minutes ago, Carl Cort's Hamstring said:

Although I find it strange when people get upset when famous people they've never met die, I can kind of understand it on a certain level. A famous athlete, actor or musician will have produced moments or pieces art that will stay with you forever. Significant policiticians will have a profound impact on your life.

The Queen? Abstract nouns: constsistency, stability, duty. I think most people, even the most fervent royalists, would struggle to recall more than half a dozen things she's ever actually said or done.

Mental.

 

I have been thinking that myself over the last couple of days.

When Sir Alex leaves this world I will be left with the memories of celebrating winning the league at Easter Road in 1980. Three cup wins in a row and a European triumph. I have spoken to him briefly on a couple occasions but in no way could say that I know him though he had a major impact on my teenage years.

As for HRH, well no one could cut a ribbon to open anything like her! 🤦🏻‍♂️

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1 hour ago, Clown Job said:

Always worth a reminder of what they really think about us

 

It's hysterical how successful and establishment old men in suits like Sugar and Andrew Neil turn into gobby teenagers on Twitter.  :lol:

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47 minutes ago, Dawson Park Boy said:

The whole point of  a constitutional monarchy is that you don’t DO or SAY anything.

To that extent she’s served the country well.

Something that Charles will need to learn to do.

There is no point in a constitutional monarchy. 
Second point- if they don’t say or do anything- see point 1. 

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49 minutes ago, Dawson Park Boy said:

The whole point of  a constitutional monarchy is that you don’t DO or SAY anything.

To that extent she’s served the country well.

That really does beg questions about why anybody would bother with a constitutional monarchy then.

If the monarch's job is literally to do and say nothing, then why not just have a republic?

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4 minutes ago, Monkey Tennis said:

That really does beg questions about why anybody would bother with a constitutional monarchy then.

If the monarch's job is literally to do and say nothing, then why not just have a republic?

If you wanted to keep the 'subsidising old b*****d to do hee-haw' angle, we could have the entire country pitch in a tenner and give it all to some random OAP to live out their last in luxury, with a bank holiday when they snuff it. If we could apply a chicken farming efficiency approach to it and start busting them out the hospices for a final fortnight in the Playboy Mansion, could be looking at a day off every 3 weeks. 

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