General chat

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

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

20 Comments

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  September 18, 2017

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 18, 2017

      I have seen those, too ! I can’t understand why so many birds come here, but I am glad that they do-the area is like a bird sanctuary, and many come into my little garden.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 18, 2017

        We even had a white blackbird-not totally white, more like a Dalmatian from what I remember. I spent ages trying to find out what this unknown breed was before someone told me. I thought that the shining cuckoos were oddly marked thrushes at first; I now keep a book of birds handy. They are terrible time-wasters, but what fun they are to watch.

        • unitedtribes2

           /  September 18, 2017

          For whats worth Kitty they throw other birds eggs out of the nest and lay their own in there place to be hatched and cared for by the unexacting foster parent.. They turn up here from somewhere in the pacific every spring. You should start hearing them anytime soon.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 18, 2017

            Hence the word ‘cuckold’ and Shakespeare’s “Cuckoo ! Cuckoo ! O word of fear/Unpleasing to a married ear.’ It was years before I understood this, as I began to read Shakespeare at a very young age.

            It was fascinating to see a documentary about English cuckoos and how they go about it. I think that the young cuckoo biffed the others out; I may be wrong, but seem to remember that they are built to do this. They make sounds like several birds squawking at once, so the unwitting foster-parents don’t notice (must be very dim, even so) and the eggs look the same…the cuckoo spends ages on its quest to make other mugs rear its children , and takes a lot of trouble. it was a very interesting film.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 18, 2017

            WS also said ‘Sound a recheat in’s forehead’, which mystified me for years as to why it made them roll in the aisles in his day.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  September 18, 2017

        My mystical mumbo jumbo ‘take’ on that is that birds are sensitive to atmospheres; they will naturally congregate where they feel safe and welcome.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 18, 2017

          Yes, but there are so many species around my garden; far more than there were in our other house. They must feel very safe and snug here, bless them.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 18, 2017

    😡

    • Gezza

       /  September 18, 2017

      Trouble getting out the back screen door again this morning.
      Had a fat ass lazy duck problem again! Charlie! 🙄
      Banging on the metal mesh screen at the bottom with his beak.
      Refusing to shift his butt so I could get out to the bin.
      Had to push the door open slowly to persuade him to move his ass off the ramp.

      After that he was-behaved enough, to be fair. Raving on to me about bugger-all though, as usual. God that duck’s a bullshitter!

      Prettygirl ❤️ never gives me this sort of trouble.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  September 18, 2017


        Obviously I am nowhere near old enough to remember this; must have studied NZ Music History…or something.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 18, 2017

          (hastily) I don’t remember it either….Hogsnort who ?

        • Gezza

           /  September 18, 2017

          Dave (Also of Life Begins At 40 fame), another Pom, like Alec (RIP) is still alive & kicking & runs the Northern City Music Works shop at Porirua. We know each other reasonably well. I dare not visit there too often. I’ve got 7 guitars already – no – 8, counting one Samick electric I keep meaning to repair, customise & upgrade.

          Plus two keyboards, one of which – a Roland – is still pristine in its box.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  September 18, 2017

          You missed a magical time in this country’s musical coming of age ps. We had our own psychedelic thing going at festivals modelled on Woodstock. Very few here would remember the first Sweetwaters. Great memories

          • Conspiratoor

             /  September 18, 2017

            Oops, Nambassa predated Sweetwaters and in my view was miles ahead, probably because until that point I had never seen pubic nudity on such a scale. Had my first dabble in an illicit substane there. Don’t recall the music but it would have undoubtedly enhanced the mood

            • Gezza

               /  September 18, 2017

              Druggies! Dad said. Call that music?? Dad said.
              Shaddup Dad! I said.
              What would you know, you old bugger. I said.

      • Gezza

         /  September 18, 2017

      • High Flying Duck

         /  September 18, 2017

        Who you calling a fat ass & lazy?!

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 18, 2017

    I emptied the rain gauge last night; this morning there was 10mm in it. It really peed down.Rain, rain, GO AWAY !!!