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The Bar & Grill / Re: Well... That's one way of putting it.
« on: December 05, 2021, 09:34:41 PM »
That child needs watching.  I don't know what she'll end up doing, but it's not going to be anything ordinary.

Word Play / Re: We all have questions
« on: December 05, 2021, 02:55:43 PM »

This is Skye.  She's a shepweiler - German Shepherd father, Rottweiler mother.  As you see, she isn't quite what you'd expect from that crossing.  Her mother, Rose, is a particularly sweet dog, and Skye gets her temperament from her.  Her dad Max is a big, handsome dog but not just as much of a people person.

I had a lurcher once, Gyppo - Grace, a cross between a greyhound and a harrier, two of the few breeds not selected for biddability.  And boy, did it show!  She was charming and I loved her dearly, but I never got a reliable recall into her.  All hr off-base exercise had to be at the end of either a lead or a long rope, and my garden would have confined a moderately hungry T-Rex.

Never had anything really little, although my (approximately) Cocker Spaniel Jess was pretty small.  Except in personality.  There's a reason bossy women are described as bitches!

I've only the one horse now, Chick; and yes, I own him, mainly because no one else wanted to.  If I hadn't taken him, he'd have been sausages by the end of the month.  I remind him of that whenever he pisses me off, which he still does regularly.  But I suspect that, after twenty years, I'm not going to be able to send him back.  For one thing, I bet his last owner moved house and didn't leave a forwarding address as soon as I drove him out of the yard.

I exaggerate, slightly.  He was a bit of a nightmare as a young horse, but we figured things out between us.  Now he's no more of a dangerous lunatic than the average horse.

Next question: Did we domesticate wolves and turn them into dogs, or did they domesticate us and turn us into servants?

Word Play / Re: We all have questions
« on: December 04, 2021, 09:23:00 AM »
Best trip ever.  A couple of years ago now, and only a day trip.  Home (Ards Peninsula) to Strabane (near Derry).  Motorway nearly all the way; motorway and torrential rain all the way back.  So what made it such a good day out?  Bringing my new dog home.  Stupid long way to go for a mutt, but it was worth every metre.

Is it all right to talk about owning a living animal, or should we think of it as custodianship?

Ask a Question / Re: Public domain
« on: December 04, 2021, 09:17:42 AM »
I'm not an expert.  But I do know it's a minefield.  Public domain is a legal status, and is not the same as being publicly accessible.  Finding something on the internet is no guarantee of any kind.  If you want to reproduce any work by anyone with the intention of enhancing your own work, it's worth your trouble to track down the original publisher and/or copyright owner, and getting formal approval.  If you don't, you could end up paying through the nose.

Word Play / Re: Your favourite news headline of the day
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:34:42 AM »
Am I unduly suspicious, or is this crypto-currency fad going to be the South Sea Bubble of our age?  I had my doubts even before I learned it was run by a hamster.

Word Play / Re: Still making it...
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:46:59 AM »
The thing about dairy farms is, they're pretty well all in the country.  Many of them are up little country lanes where a weasel would need to do a three-point-turn.  And the thing about milk tankers is, they're big.  Very big.  So if you're a dairy farmer who's gone to the trouble of widening his approach road so that the milk tanker can get in, get turned and get out again without undue difficulty, the tanker driver will describe your place as Can-tanker-ous.  And mean it as a compliment.


Word Play / Re: Pundemic
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:43:02 AM »
If I was a Greek, I think I'd resent the way bad things are constantly labelled in my alphabet.

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:39:59 AM »
You sound a bit frazzled, Deb.  Anything you want to talk about?  Or are you going to hot-house it until you can bring it out as a best seller?!!

Seriously, I hope you're looking after yourself.  And also being kind to yourself - because if you aren't, who's going to be?

You know where we are if you want us.

The Bar & Grill / Re: Just a phonecall away. Sometimes.
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:37:35 AM »
The thing about real friends is, you've never left it too late to get in touch again.  Sometimes it feels embarrassing, if you haven't called for  months or more, to pick up the phone again.  But it shouldn't.  If we remember someone fondly, they almost certainly remember us the same way; and who wouldn't want to hear again from someone they remember fondly?  Do it.  Do it this weekend.

The Bar & Grill / Re: BWF Bar and Grill
« on: November 21, 2021, 09:14:54 AM »
Sorry for your crap week, Frank.  Hope it all works out OK.  We get so used to thinking of this as a regular slot on the TV news, and then suddenly it's horribly personal.  Anyway, best wishes.

The Bar & Grill / Re: Grumbly old git. Proofreading errors.
« on: November 20, 2021, 02:22:04 PM »
It make you think nobody read that book until it was on the shelves. 

These are not difficult words to master.  Every English-language dictionary ever printed knows them.  The writer should have known them.  The editor should have known them.  The proof-reader should have known them.  I've even had a canny printer query something before now. 

If in fact all these people were part of the equation - if it wasn't a self-published effort, in which case the writer takes the full blame - their incompetence should be reflected in deductions from their pay-packet.  Getting it right is not an optional extra.

Word Play / Re: The Unlikely Game
« on: November 19, 2021, 09:13:05 AM »
She really enjoys your company - no, really - and believes that absence makes the heart grow even fonder.

An unlikely place to go on holiday, and an unlikely reason to go there.

Word Play / Re: Still making it...
« on: November 19, 2021, 09:10:19 AM »
The chief citizen or mayor of any Germanic community.  Many are tough, but quite a few are chicken.


Word Play / Re: Still making it...
« on: November 18, 2021, 09:32:02 AM »
What people say when they can't think of anything worth saying but haven't the wit to keep quiet.


Success Stories / Re: Night Song - a poetry collection
« on: November 18, 2021, 09:26:34 AM »
Congratulations, Dan!  And very best wishes for its success.  And now, on to the next one...!

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