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    Quote Originally Posted by Sits View Post
    Late in the piece Next Directory shook it up with a glossy hardback cover and their fashionable at the time clobber. I bought a suit from them once but sent it back as the material looked crappy when it arrived. They would have lost a bit on that venture.
    A mate of mine bought a tweed jacket from Next, way back when. The material was astonishingly flimsy, to the point that Massimo Osti could have made a selling point of it; Membra-tweed, three atoms thick, graphene's unruly Scottish ancestor. I doubt that Next are too hurt by our criticism though; they sell more clothes than Marks these days, mystifying all night queues for the Boxing Day sale and all.

    I watched an old Taggart re-run recently and the wardrobe department had obviously done a big run to Next, or Principles, for all of sidekick Jardine's gear. Blazers and chinos for the Friday night scrapping crowd.

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    Thank you all for your condolences.

    If first met Si on the our first day at six-form college. He moved down to London in 1975, and I did so seven years later. We were in close touch until this last decade, when I gradually saw less and less of him. Having had a chat with his ex-partner, I now know why. I'd only been thinking of him yesterday morning. I'll miss him.

    Oh, and it appears that my debit card's got a fault, and I'd totally forgotten that my bank's login method had changed. It's sorted now...

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    Any recommendations for decent boozers closeish to Cambridge train station? I'm moments away and just discovered the mate I am meeting has zero local pub knowledge.

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    Right. Scrub that.

    Curry houses? Hic.

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    After 10 years of just about 6 hours sleep a night and 1-2 hour each way train commutes, I'm now trying (but not quite managing to sleep 7.5-8 hours) and a 20 minute commute and I'm constantly absolutely fucking knackered. It's 8pm and all I want to do is go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HORN View Post
    Right. Scrub that.

    Curry houses? Hic.
    Sorry, have never been to Cambridge. Drink more beer, and the curry house won't matter (or might turn into a kebab shop).

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    I went to a Brazilian restaurant tonight, for a friend's birthday, forgetting I'd booked a Tesco delivery between 8-9. Quickest all you can eat buffet I've ever eaten.

    My neighbour let the delivery man in, so the stuff was in my hall when I got home.

    Meanwhile, the gardener sent me a text that he'd fed Milly the dried food in the pouch, as she "seemed hungry". The pouch being an entire packet of Dreamies. Even she couldn't eat them all, but her pupils seem large and she has a faraway expression.

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    So your neighbour has.., oh I won't really understand.

    On train back to Lonfon. Curry house was ok in a "I'm effin desperate. ANYWHERE will do" kind of way.

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    Talking of curry houses, as I wasn't on here much during my visit to the UK, I'd just like to say: you lot who were talking about it and made me want to try it could have mentioned that even in the middle of the day on a weekday, there are queues halfway down the street to get into Dishoom. We're going to have to go next time we're back, instead.

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    Didn't have enough Country Crisp for a full bowl this morning, so I topped it up with Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

    It was OK.

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    Things you don't see every day #88(b):

    Background:

    * our office is on the 18th floor of a former bank HQ, reasonably upmarket building in the centre of Sydney
    * as the CFO and in the absence of many office managerial or HR functions, I often get asked a lot of shit (more of this shortly) which isn't really my job

    At about 11.30 this morning the Receptionist bustles round to me breathless, "Sits, there's an emergency in the kitchen". Now, I assumed this meant a pint of milk had leaked, the toaster was broken etc.

    So I enter the kitchen. And am faced with the right hand of our two sinks, now playing host to a foot-high Old Faithful of liquid sewage gushing out, pouring all over the worktop, into all the drawers and running down onto the floor. I was asked to send round an email, since no other bugger was going to.

    11:45am:
    URGENT - DO NOT USE THE KITCHEN IF YOU CAN HELP IT
    We basically appear to have waste water (or worse) coming up through the sink. Itís not hygienic, to say the least.

    Suggest you avoid the kitchen if you possibly can. No staff should try and stop this please for hygiene reasons.

    [RECEPTIONIST] has gone to building management and will call an emergency plumber.


    Within five minutes it covered half the floor of the kitchen, from one end to the other, and was seeping under the partition wall into the Reception carpet. The smell was pretty intense.

    11:50am:
    DONíT USE THE KITCHEN AT ALL. [RECEPTIONIST] has alerted building management

    Fortunately the geyser stopped pumping after about ten minutes but the stench was pretty bad. I'd been enjoying a snack of salted peanuts when the storm broke, and was suffering a consisderable gag reflex.

    Within about 90 minutes cleaners came, and a plumber so things were cleaned up, basically. There had been some seepage into one of the fridges staff put their lunch etc. into (I won't touch the things, I reckon they're hazardous at the best of times). To avoid any risk of dysentry in the workforce the MD stepped in at this point:

    2:35pm
    DO NOT ENTER THE KITCHEN UNTIL WE/[RECEPTIONIST] GIVES US THE ALL CLEAR - ALSO I SUGGEST YOU DISPOSE OF ANY FOOD YOU HAD IN THE CUPBOARDS OR FRIDGES AS A MATTER OF HYGIENE PRECAUTION

    3:27pm
    Kitchen Update - You can now enter the kitchen and take your containers home for cleaning - YOU HAVE 15 minutes!!

    During the flurry to fill water bottles etc. (technically not permitted during this 15-minute window, see above) I was asked "If I fill my bottle from this water filter, will I get cholera?" to which I replied "I don't know".

    Never a dull moment.

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    "The council should concentrate on important things"

    "The council should abolish VAT on sanitary products"

    (My guess is one of the fucking Kippers from Stocksbridge)

    https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/sho....php?t=1524991

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    Didn't have enough Country Crisp for a full bowl this morning, so I topped it up with Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

    It was OK.
    The cub always insists on half-and-half Rice Crispies and Cornflakes at Breakfast Club at school.

    At home he'll only eat Shreddies. Whereas I've been known to mix up Shreddies and Cheerios in the same bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Profumo View Post
    How it swells my heart with pride to be from Sheffield.

    "The council should concentrate on important things"

    "The council should abolish VAT on sanitary products"

    (My guess is one of the fucking Kippers from Stocksbridge)

    https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/sho....php?t=1524991
    But never mind, "Continuity Gove" has got it covered!

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    Bleeuuch, Sits Ė bad luck indeed, hope the place isn't too foul-smelling tomorrow.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sits View Post
    3:27pm
    Kitchen Update - You can now enter the kitchen and take your containers home for cleaning - YOU HAVE 15 minutes!!
    What was this about exactly, though? Was the 15-minute window the maximum duration anyone was legally allowed into the biohazard zone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    Talking of curry houses, as I wasn't on here much during my visit to the UK, I'd just like to say: you lot who were talking about it and made me want to try it could have mentioned that even in the middle of the day on a weekday, there are queues halfway down the street to get into Dishoom. We're going to have to go next time we're back, instead.
    We went back a month ago, the queue was horrendous but I thought at least the food would be worth it. For me it wasn't, small portions and over priced with much of it warm to cool. Would be interested to hear of an alternative as I'm not planning on going back.

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    To be sure of a decent not overpriced curry, it has to be Brum or Glasgow in the UK.

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    Tayyabs. That's all I'm saying.

    EDIT: Although OTF led me and some mates to Adil's in Sparkbrook and it was stellar. So, yeah. Brum it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
    ...to Adil's in Sparkbrook and it was stellar.
    I wonder how often dyslexic grocery shoppers end up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby Gymshorts View Post
    Tayyabs. That's all I'm saying.

    EDIT: Although OTF led me and some mates to Adil's in Sparkbrook and it was stellar. So, yeah. Brum it is.
    Was closed down for employing illegals.

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    Details, schmetails.

    (Yes, I know. It doesn't excuse any of their past behaviour, but they're open again. That's all.)

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    That's good to know; I've got a couple of hours to kill in Whitechapel tomorrow between a talk and a concert and was thinking of going there.

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    It's good that you spelled "hours" correctly there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjm View Post
    That's good to know; I've got a couple of hours to kill in Whitechapel tomorrow between a talk and a concert and was thinking of going there.
    I did the Jack the Ripper tour. Or are you talking about a different Whitechapel?

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    No, it's that Whitechapel.

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