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Weekend social 12/10/2012

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?


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15 comments on “Weekend social 12/10/2012”

  1. PJ 1

    Opening Night tonight! Boomshakalaka!

    Then, the Sunday drudgery of tidying up referencing on my dissertation before handing in final copy. Urgh, APA 6th FML!

  2. vto 2

    .
    twisted and blistered
    callused and tanked
    grounded and holed and definitely not banked

  3. Enough is Enough 3

    Clubbing tonight…

    Hoping this sun sticks around so I can hit the beach tomorrow so that I can begin turning this white see through body into a bronze goddess

    • lprent 3.1

      Or a bright red lobster?

      Coming to think of it, they were in Accelerando as well. The Uplifted lobsters.

      • lostinsuburbia 3.1.1

        I can’t help but think of Rock Lobster by the B-52s

        [lprent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szhJzX0UgDM ]

      • David H 3.1.2

        I really must finish Accelerando. I have it on my phone, along with Some of Joe Haldemans best. And the Cory Doctrow Overclocked books I have just finished I Robot. And have I Row-Boat and When Sysadmins ruled the Earth on the go. So there’s my weekend’s spare time taken up.

      • David H 3.1.3

        I really must finish Accelerando. I have it on my phone, along with Some of Joe Haldemans best. And the Cory Doctrow Overclocked books I have just finished I Robot. And have I Row-Boat and When Sysadmins ruled the Earth on the go. So there’s my weekend’s spare time taken up.

        This is the second try at posting this as I got a 500 error again.

  4. lostinsuburbia 4

    reading, time with family and some quiet reflection this weekend. Its been a stressful week!

  5. ad 5

    Preparing for the Party conference with the LEC.

    Then leaving for the Wanaka late snow until Labour Day.

  6. Catch up on the newspapers and listen to Verdi and Brahams .Sunday, Labour stall in Cambridge.Come and buy a raffle ticket if you are in Cambridge . 50cents off for Standard subscibers.

  7. ianmac 7

    Reading Alan Bennett’s hilarious book “The Uncommon Reader.” In which Queen Elizabeth in her old age, discovers the joy of reading books for the first time. And this upsets the System by shifting the way things are done. The System tries to obstruct her reading by hiding her books or sending the young man who was her expert accessor of books for her to read, off to a distant university. Imagine the effect when the Queen instead of enquiring about the name and hometown and other inconsequential bits, she starts asking her lined up subjects what books each one is reading – chaos.

    It did occur to me to wonder if Her Highness’s legs were shaven and if so, did she do so herself or did one of her staff do so? Bennett has this effect.

    • Anne 7.1

      Thanks for the heads up ianmac. Sounds like a book worth reading. I hope it’s available in the local library.

      Btw, it’s Her Majesty! Goodness me, you’ll be tried for treason.

      Are you sure queens and princesses have hair like the rest of us mortals? Anyway, she’s old enough now for them to have disappeared – off her legs anyway. 🙂

  8. Murray Olsen 8

    My weekend will consist of watching the test, which the Aussies just won, and inviting some people around for a Brazilian dinner tomorrow. I’ll also surf the net a bit and think about what it would be like being well enough to catch a plane back home. I might walk a couple of kilometres tomorrow if I’m up to it. Today I managed to get far enough to see yachts on the river.
    I will not look at any conspiracy sites on the internet, but I will communicate with people and possibly make a few donations. If I can help someone by providing a listening ear when they’re struggling, I will. I might read a physics article or two if I come across anything interesting, and may even check a few calculations. 
    Next weekend, and all weekends for the foreseeable future, will be much the same, so those of you who have your health, make the most of it. Go fishing, fly a kite, hug your children, grow some food, and think how we can all build a better world. I’ll do what I can, and I hope you guys will too.

  9. mac1 9

    I was lucky enough to read Sister Pauline O’Regan’s “Miles to Go” last weekend. A lovely treatise on age, wisdom and spirituality; and very funny. I am still thinking about it. Yesterday and today, the muse struck and I’ve spent hours writing poetry derived from the experiences of last week-end which I spent travelling from Wellington to Palmerston North and back.

    “The beast feeds upon itself.
    It slouches slack-arsed toward Bedlam
    Its black time come.”

  10. prism 10

    Weekend social 19/10 is out for the long weekend perhaps.
    There are a couple of things I have seen that might interest.
    From NZ Listener 5/5/12 Quips and Quotes

    “You cannot hope to bribe or twist/ Thank God! the British journalist,
    But seeing what the man will do/ Unbribed, there’s no occasion to.”
    Italian-born English poet Humbert Wolfe (1885-1940)

    And quoted by tree planter and environmentalist Richard St Barbe Baker (died 1982)
    by Californian poet of the redwoods Stanton A. Coblentz

    Songs of the Redwoods –
    Long have I felt all gracious trees to wear
    The looks of comrades; but I never knew
    Even the flowering almond calmly fair
    As these whose pillars climb the templed blue.

    Colossus-footed, with green heads aloof
    As tapering hills that mock at human-kind,
    They rear a feathery-leafed, tremendous roof
    As though to keep our noblest dreams enshrined.

    I think that could the weary world but know
    Communion with these spirits breathing peace,
    Strangely a veil would lift, a light would glow,
    And the dark tumult of our lives would cease.

    In his 1944 book ‘I Planted Trees’ he reports the redwoods reached by Redwood Empire Highway as being unbelievably huge. One he paced around took thirty paces, and he thought that fifteen men with outstretched arms might have encircled its great trunk.
    It towered to 280 feet but was not the tallest.

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