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“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.

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  1. Gezza

     /  November 14, 2018

    Bluey: Morning Watch & Groom: 7.34 am

    🐧 Avian Aviation Authority 🐧

    Another gloriously sunny, windless day in North Welly. 😎

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 14, 2018

      Blimmin hot here, but a few diehards of all ages are still in winter clothes (faints)

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  2. That’s one fluffed up morning pook right there.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 14, 2018

      He’s a good lad, a responsible dad to young Alex. Quite chatty this morning. He’s about four feet away from me, trav.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 14, 2018

      Big Ella

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      • Gezza

         /  November 14, 2018

        Memo to Nuthafulla

        1. It was nice to see you again this evening at 7.15 pm – you are still the lightest grey coloured eel in the stream.
        2. You’ve really grown since the last time I saw you; you must be about 3 or 4 inches longer now you’re maybe a bit over two feet long.
        3. You have good table manners; just pulling the food of the eel feeding stick, no hard biting.
        4. When Elvira turns up wanting some food too, you were very charming and inoffensive – and sometimes she quite likes that winding around her thing you other smaller eels like to to do.
        5. However once Elvira starts feeding, no matter how hard I try to give you both some food a little distance apart, Elvira wants you out of there!
        6. If you are going to just keep coming back please note that while Elvira is a dainty feeder & usually opens her mouth just enough for the size of the food offering – when you don’t get the message that it’s time to go from a couple of nudges – her mouth opens wide enough for the whole width of your body to fit in it. And she means business, as you found out. So next time, just go.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 14, 2018

          PS:
          7. You have disproven my theory that smaller eels don’t like dog roll, because although Tameiti and Eli spit it out and refuse to swallow it, you like dog roll, same as Ella and Elvira.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 14, 2018

      Nice. I like your taste in music, trav – if not always your politics 😉

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  3. Gezza

     /  November 14, 2018

    Planes are coming in from the North to land. There’s barely a breath of wind & it’s warm – and coming from the East again – an unusual wind for Welly; mostly we get Norwesters, Northerlies, and Southerlies.

    Just checked out the wind map – both these massive systems are turning anti-clockwise and the Eastern one is bending and funnellng up thru Cook Strait:

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  4. robertguyton

     /  November 14, 2018

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  November 14, 2018

    For some reason this tweet made me think of certain people on this site. Not that I’ll mention Kitty personally.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 14, 2018

      Q. How many dim bulbs are there who think that typing “too”, when “two” is the word intended, is a grammar error?

      A. JeepGirl99

      She’s nuts 😂

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 14, 2018

        Apart from the fact that Nazi is a proper name so is spelled with a capital, there is nothing funny about trivialising these mass murderers, and to call a Jewish person a Nazi is very poor taste.

        The Nazis murdered 6,000,000 Jews alone, and ? million others. They were responsible for 6 years of war, which resulted in death and destruction all over Europe. They destroyed some of the UK’s most historic places deliberately to demoralise the English.

        Don’t call people Nazis unless they are Nazis.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 14, 2018

          And yet it is very much a thing – it is used liberally:

          Etymology
          grammar +‎ Nazi (“one who imposes one’s views on others; one who is considered unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict”)

          Pronunciation
          (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæmə(ɹ) ˈnɑːtsi/
          (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæmɚ ˈnɑːtsi/, /ˈɡɹæmɚ ˈnætsi/
          Hyphenation: gram‧mar Nazi
          Noun
          grammar Nazi (plural grammar Nazis)

          (slang, idiomatic) A person who habitually corrects or criticizes the language usage of others.

          You are of a mind with this person:

          Whatever about using Nazi hyperbolically in political contexts to refer to a non-actual-Nazi behaving in a way that may be construed as fascist, I can’t quite get my head around its casual use to refer to attitudes to language use. It has become conventional to the point where many people self-identify, even proudly, as a ‘grammar Nazi’.

          Presumably when people do this they mean to convey that they use language carefully and expect others to do the same; that they take its rules seriously and abhor what they perceive as abuse of words, punctuation, and grammar. They probably love The Elements of Style and its officious, dictatorial tone. So a tongue-in-cheek nazi label may be intended to leaven the earnestness: I take grammar seriously, but not THAT seriously.

          But when I see the word Nazi, preceded by grammar or not, I don’t automatically think of someone who is attentive bordering on fussy, who likes things done right, or who believes strongly in the importance of rules and rectitude. I think of racist sociopaths. Nazi just hasn’t been semantically bleached for me to a realm of harmless irony. And I’m surprised it has for people who profess such care for language use.

          https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/what-should-we-call-grammar-nazis/

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 14, 2018

        Just clicked through to her feed – you’re right. She’s a ehack job. Interesting comments under that tweet though.

        And despite this tweet being on a completely different topic to the association we would have, it manages to remain entirely appropriate:

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