August 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm #1256445IzbeckistanParticipant
@General Lighting 491277 wrote:
comes from Late Middle English apparently, when we still had Ø in our alphabet (I have this great curiosity and interest in North European languages and their history..)
Nice one! I found out today the collective term for baboons as a ‘flange’August 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm #1256417General LightingModerator
@apatheticsquirral 491279 wrote:
Nice one! I found out today the collective term for baboons as a ‘flange’
it was originally a joke (from a comedy show the BBC made when I was a young boy!) but was later adopted by genuine zoologists (this isn’t odd, the BBC employs a lot of zoologists around Bristol to make the nature programmes)August 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm #1256422thelogParticipant
I decided to have a natter with the staff at the premier inn while off my face on K. I didn’t get to speak with lenny henryAugust 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm #1256419sinner69Participant
ehhh…lolAugust 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm #1256436know_hopeParticipant
@thelog 491284 wrote:
I decided to have a natter with the staff at the premier inn while off my face on K. I didn’t get to speak with lenny henry
in a proper friendly mumsy type voice, was so funny. the rest of us were heads down – lmaoAugust 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm #1256446IzbeckistanParticipant
@General Lighting 491281 wrote:
it was originally a joke (from a comedy show the BBC made when I was a young boy!) but was later adopted by genuine zoologists (this isn’t odd, the BBC employs a lot of zoologists around Bristol to make the nature programmes)
which show was that??August 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm #1256418General LightingModerator
not the nine o clock news (from the early 1980s, there was a sketch with fake wildlife programme where griff rhys jones was dressed up as a primate and being interviewed)…
I used to work for the UK’s environment ministry and this is the sort of sense of humour folk working there had… (it is often very silly but gets introduced into the legit stuff).
I worked in the IT/Finance area rather than the frontline (I don’t have the right degrees (or any sort of uni degree) for being a official eco-boffin) but the scientists were really sound folk and would informally let me know where there was nature reserves so they didn’t get raves on them (they knew I had something to do with these events), as in those days Natural England didn’t make the full locations public knowledge like they do now.
I’d also report back any interesting creatures we saw whilst exploring the woods or even urban areas (these included a black adder (they do exist as actual mutation of the snake, not just a TV show title) and giant spiders. One caused 90% of the folk to do a runner out of a squat, including many otherwise big hard blokes. In the end these big hard blokes paid a 10 year old boy (the son of one of their friends) a quid to trap the spider in a plastic container and release it alive but “as far away from them as possible, they didn’t ever want see a creature like that again”
The eco-boffins said it was harmless but due to good weather at the time and being near the river these spiders did grow bigger than most people expected British spiders to be.August 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm #1256448TIROTGWDParticipant
too many things to listAugust 13, 2012 at 2:41 am #1256437Pat McDonaldParticipant
I remember being stopped in the street and asked by a couple of very well dressed people if I was interested in some overseas financial investments.
I responded “What’s the scam then? Drugs? Guns? Prostitution?”
How silly of me. They weren’t locals at all… oh, how I laughed all the way to the police station in the back of the van.
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