General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  September 16, 2017

    I might have to put Charlie on a diet. Couldn’t even out my back screen door before. Charlie had his big fat butt in the way, sitting in the sun on the ramp, bullshitting the Mrs about his fkn flying exploits when he was a youngster. 🐦 🛩 🐤 Just couldn’t be arsed moving his butt for me. I’ve packed him off down to the stream & told him to get paddling! Work some of that lard off! 💪🏼 😠

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 16, 2017

      I love to see the goldfinches and waxeyes pecking away (what at ?) on the Bird Hotel tree then whizzing over to the pittosporums and back. What on earth are they doing ?

      The tweet-eet-eet-eet bird is always heard but never seen; is this an invisible species ? Even when the sound is coming from a tree that’s very close, there’s no sign of anybird in it.

  2. Conspiratoor

     /  September 16, 2017

    The last note in Nessun Dorma is not as I’ve always believed, a high C. The final “Vincerò!” features a B4, followed by the final note, a sustained A4, a full 2 whole notes below the hallowed C5. A4 is a cake walk compared to a high C.

    Here’s what the great man had to say about the high C…

    “Excited and happy, but with a strong undercurrent of fear. The moment I actually hit the sweet spot, I almost lose consciousness. A physical, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control”

    If you want to hear Big Luciano hit the money note not once but three times, have a listen to the cadenza from Donizetti’s ‘La fille du Regiment’

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  3. Gezza

     /  September 16, 2017


    Investigator: Sir Gerald Bradders, UE, RSVP, UFB
    Incident Location: Gezza’s Fence, Gezza’s Stream, North Wellington
    Aircraft Type: Duck. Mallard/Grey Duck Hybrid
    Pilot: Charles Montague (Charlie) Drake
    Damage: 1. Wounded pride. 2. Dings in 3 outer R ailerons. 3. Slight elevator feather adjustment required post-landing

    Pilot deviated from normal standard flight plan on landing approach. Normal flight pattern is take-off from mid-Gezza’s Stream, approximately 10m North of intended landing zone & fly straight up to top of block wall, 4 webbie-steps of runway required on landing.

    After takeoff, pilot observed another aircraft already on approach to landing zone (Mallard/Grey Duck Hybrid Hen)

    Instead of circling until runway clear, pilot decided to try a hazardous approach (see Photograph, Appendix 1) on Runway B.
    There is no Runway B.

    Pilot cannot remember whether intention was to fly over fence top, land on lawn, with extra runway available if required on patio – or to land on fence top. Pilot is untrained in both approaches. (Pilot IS trained in Night Flying.)

    Pilot failed to notice several tiny branches crossing the landing approach air corridor. Pilot failed to make correct calculation of wingspan, also weight.

    Pilot attempted to fly through the roughly square opening between branches (see Appendix 1), lowered landing gear too early, brushed outer left wing feather-tips on protruding obstructions flying thru, altered trajectory, attempted touchdown on fence top, had lost too much airspeed, thudded into fence approx 3″ from fence-top, bounced off, flapping wings, landed on butt, on ground, on stream side.

    Emergency crew quickly on scene. Damage minimal. Pilot able to waddle from scene without medical attention.

    Pilot denies he had been drinking. Passed on-scene sobriety test.

    Accident Cause: Pilot error
    Contributing Factors: Pilot is a fat ass lazy duck.

    Action Taken: Pilot instructed:
    1. Next time runway is being used, pilot is to circle above stream & land on Runway A when runway is clear.
    2. Pilot is to attend remedial classes in calculation wing & undercarriage clearances when flying in unfamiliar or hazardous air corridors.
    3. Pilot advised to never try that again.
    4. Pilot advised to get more exercise, paddling in stream & flapping wings, preferably while airborne, to get some of that lard off, as this probably didn’t help matters.

    Pilot comments:
    Pilot disputes point 4. Says extra padding likely prevented serious injury. Pilot is bring placed on diet.

    Investigation Status: File Closed. NFA required.


    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2017

      Downticker is also a fat ass lazy duck.
      🌸 😘

    • pickled possum

       /  September 16, 2017

      Could this blighter is one of those kamakazee pilots, Sir G.

      I mean even the Red Baron (real name: Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen) would think twice bout going thru that menagerie of exotic branches To chase Snoppy
      An element of ‘Bulletproofism’ being a Dead give away … maybe?

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2017

        He’s a boy! 🙄

        Don’t tell the mokos. 🤐 All about it is already in the next Chapter. Hope to have that to you tonite. 😐

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  September 16, 2017

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 16, 2017

      Hee ! I have those in the garden sometimes and hear them here and elsewhere….I have seen one in the garden ! How I wish that I’d looked out when one was right outside my bedroom window.