The next couple weeks

Starting this weekend for about two weeks I’m going on holiday. This will limit what I can do here to a varying extent.

I’ll endeavour to keep the Open Forum and Media watch posts going each day so the community can continue to put things of interest up for discussion.

Due to the high interest in US events and how the Trump presidency is progressing I might also run a daily ‘USA Today’ post unless I have time to put up specific US related posts (or I might do both).

Some days I’ll be able to do more, other days I may not have internet access or time.

Any ideas on what else would be good to keep things ticking over?


Moderation – I will have less time available to do this. I ask that you regular commenters continue with what is usually good self moderation.

If I see anything that needs my attention I’ll park it until i can get around to dealing with it, that may take longer than usual.

Due to nuisance visitors I have left on automatic moderation for first comments.

Automatic moderation  also applies if you change your email or pseudonym, and this sometimes happens accidentally due to typos. Bear with me until I can get to it.

Auto moderation also kicks in if a comment has more than three links, this is a standard protection against spam. If you want comments to appear immediately and have a lot of links spread them over several comments.


Thanks again to both regular contributors and occasional visitors, you all help make this work. It has been an active start to the year and should continue with our election coming up and with the interest in Trump and the US, and in Brexit and the UK.

28 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2017

    • Conspiratoor

       /  February 1, 2017

      Pgs a mate of Donald’s? Respect! Maybe he’s off to sort the immigration crisis out with a round or two on the way back. No pussy grabbing though PG or I’ll tell the missus. Cheers,c

      • I feel that it’s quite offensive to associate me with Trump’s claimed and denied behaviour like this. A dirty connection. I don’t want any continuation or escalation in comments like this, and an apology would be appropriate.

        You disagree with my concerns about trump’s presidency, fair enough. But stick to arguing the issues and stop the character attacks.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 1, 2017

          Can’t take a joke Pete? No one would read that and see it as anything but good fun.

          • That is a dirty sort of joke if that is how it was intended. It’s common for insinuations and associations to be used to personally attack people. I’ve made it clear repeatedly I don’t want that sort of thing here aimed at anyone.

            You don’t speak for everyone. You may see it as ‘good fun’ but you’re safely anonymous, and you may nor care about personal and website reputations, but I do.

      • Not a promising start on a post that asks for responsibility in self moderation. I knew there were risks in signalling my reduced availability.

        If there’s any sign of anyone taking advantage of my reduced time and of abusing the culture here I won’t hesitate to put holds on commenting rights. I’m not going to have my holiday stuffed around by people abusing things here.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  February 1, 2017

        If I have caused offence, I am happy to withdraw and apologise. Cheers,c

        • Gezza

           /  February 1, 2017

          Can I be released now from my promise not to do any more fake Trump tweets – if they’re only from time to time, don’t mention PG or YNZ, & and are only eve in the best possible taste ❓ 😳

          • Gezza

             /  February 1, 2017

            * ever (I’ll leave Adam & Eve out of it)

            • Pickled Possum

               /  February 1, 2017

              Greaza, Gez.
              Man I thought You of All was the Dux of this School of thought. 🙂
              Best possible Taste; would it be entirely acceptable here? …
              When we remember with fondness Nelly, KG and then Klick and a few others toO long gone to remember their names, they put up far far worse memes and not a peep.
              I have now worked this out and to my knowledge not one of them mentioned the Boss by name.
              I mean, Really!!! There is not comparison
              Pete is white and Trump is ginger.
              any how I expect the usual suspects (meow) will keep things rolling along at an acceptable level. So the Boss can go sun himself or what ever Southern men do on vaca and can have a deserved break from this School of Thought The Sun is soo hot.
              I always behaved when my parents went away and left us to our own devices. 😎

            • Gezza

               /  February 1, 2017

              “I always behaved when my parents went away and left us to our own devices. 😎”

              Me too. Except for the party. The place was spotless when they got home, except for the beer glass stain on the mantlepiece, the boys had carted away the empty beer bottles, but my little brother was still hung over & I totes forgot about the neighbours.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  February 1, 2017

              Me too G, except in my case I didn’t know that the guy at the local bottle shop was mates with my step dad. In hindsight it explained how easy it was to get the booze, he’d be given warning I might be coming and step dad figured we’d get up to less trouble drinking at home than wandering the streets looking for fun.

      • Gezza

         /  February 1, 2017

        c, you did have three points on the board, but looking at the votes you’vr got at the top, I afraid you’ve not only lost all three of them, but you took one of mine out in the process as well.

  2. FGANSAZ

     /  February 1, 2017

    Pete ive watched from afar for awhile. You’re too generous with trolls. They play stupid games with your good nature, especially that clown Lurcher. Ban them until you get back from your holidays. That’ll remove your problem. Have a great holiday.

    • lurcher1948

       /  February 1, 2017

      I don’t feel that I’m a clown and remember his remarks on personal abuse…everyone’s comments counts.

      • Gezza

         /  February 1, 2017

        Ya lob a few grenades in though, Lurch … just saying.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 1, 2017

          Doesn’t everyone here lob a grenade now and then?
          Most are done without intention, and some explode without comprehension, but the great majority are thrown without malice.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 1, 2017

            That depends whether Gezza is my target.

          • Gezza

             /  February 1, 2017

            Personally I reckon the worst I’ve managed is two stink bombs.

            • Gezza

               /  February 1, 2017

              There might be a third if someone’s not careful.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  February 1, 2017

              Two stink bombs, A few F bombs and countless Typeedoes.

            • Gezza

               /  February 1, 2017

              It’s just a hand / eye coordination thing & an FiP. F bombs I’m sure are only used where absolutely essential to convey depth of emotion.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 1, 2017

              We need to check with Kitty if it should be an or a before FiP.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  February 1, 2017

              That would depend entirely on wether the ‘F’ is for ‘F’n’ or ‘Flippin’ / ‘F**ken’

    • lurcher1948

       /  February 1, 2017

      Keep reading from afar opps fgansaz for you im not a clown but a born and breed NZr are you ummmmm,…..?

      Have a great break PG ENJOY

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  February 1, 2017

    Enjoy your holiday Pete, you deserve it.