Re: Harbinger Of Spring

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Tell the old man happy birthday.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:00 PM
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Happy birthday, Buck!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:01 PM
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HBD, Buck! I remember when you were (very briefly) Mr. Breath.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:06 PM
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Happy birthday to him, but more importantly, what are the details on that cake?


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:10 PM
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Happy birthday. And I believe that cake is called a pie.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:13 PM
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Happy birthday to him; that was a good year for me.

Frosting looks like a Sachertorte, although I'd see more jam if it were.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:18 PM
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Presumably Boston cream pie.

http://www.unfogged.com/archives/week_2011_03_27.html#011192

(pasting the link because I'm on my phone.)


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:28 PM
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Happy day to Buck!


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:32 PM
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That's obviously black tar. One way to celebrate, I guess.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:42 PM
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An abomination unto God and man. Happy birthday!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 7:43 PM
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A chocolate-sauced monument to a giant among men.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 8:01 PM
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Aww, happy birthday.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 8:34 PM
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Iberian Fury and I had a great time at the screening and reception, and got pictures with almost everybody, which I'll post when I get them from her. Thanks so much to Halford & all of you for donating! Even though I guess it was purely Halford's connections that actually got us in. But yay for doing good works, etc.
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Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 8:36 PM
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That looks amazing, LB! I think Boston cream pie is one of those iconic desserts that truly deserves its iconic status (just deserts for a dessert, and so on). Even though it's more a cake than a pie.

Happy day to Buck.


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 8:57 PM
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It's cake frosted with pitch, and it's taken 49 years for the frosting to spread out like that.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 9:45 PM
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13 -- pics!! pics or it didn't happen!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 11:29 PM
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it was purely Halford's connections

wait, really? we didn't win? ALL THAT MONEY FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE, AND FOR NAUGHT?


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 11:35 PM
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And they damn well better include nudity and sloths.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 11:35 PM
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(hi megan)


Posted by: (Opinionated K-sky) | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 11:36 PM
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17: I forget which thread he mentioned it in, but yes. We didn't win, but Halford pulled some strings/blew some people to get the trapnels in anyway. Hollywood: surprisingly corrupt!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03-16-14 11:38 PM
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The daffodils are out here in the englandiest part of England. Very springlike.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:09 AM
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We have 6 inches of snow in the DMV. The crocuses are buried. Time for spring. And happy birthday Buck!


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:13 AM
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Snow and long lines. The government is a failure.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:22 AM
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I assume the Englandiest part of England is Essex.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:25 AM
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re: 24

Urgggh.

I'd say the bit in the middle: Oxfordshire/Berkshire/Buckinghamshire/Surrey(ish) would be the bit I think of as particularly typically 'English'.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:31 AM
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The parts without any cities in them? OK, John Major.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:36 AM
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re: 26

Well, there's a few smaller cities in that area, but yeah, if you are thinking of what most people would think of as typical English _countryside_, that's the bits you'd be thinking of. Leafy, low rolling hills, etc. The bits that look like 'The Shire'.

Your typical English person, on the other hand, statistically, lives in London or Birmingham, I suppose.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:41 AM
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Beautiful! Happy Bucksday.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:56 AM
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The pics are on her camera, so they'll go up in the pool when I have them.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 5:59 AM
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Tweet from Jammies' tweet list: "If this Malaysian plane thing turns out to be a publicity stunt for Liam Neeson next movie, I'm going to be so pissed."


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 6:02 AM
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I don't know who it was who posted from the Englandiest part of England, though I agree with ttaM that it would be the Shire-ish bits - including Sussex and parts of Wiltshire. North Essex, Northhants, also.

However, there are other parts of England, too, from which I present a special-for-apostropher headline:

Did attacker castrate the WRONG man? Father-of-seven whose penis was hacked off 'could have been victim of mistaken identity' (Mail headline, because it's better; link, though, goes to the Mirror's version of the story)


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 6:14 AM
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Ach, rural authenticity. If we used the same standard, the most American part of the US would be Indianna. Screw rural authenticity.

I'm tempted to say that the most American part of the US would be a mid-sized, non glamorous city, like Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia, or (ahem) Cleveland. I suppose Birmingham might be the English equivalent.

OTOH, the most American part of the US might be Florida, God help us. I don't think anyone has an equivalent to that.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 6:45 AM
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Your typical English person...

Valet, monocle, Drones Club, Aunt Agatha, right?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 6:47 AM
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Your typical English person...

Oliver Cromwell.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:00 AM
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Anyway, the daffodils are out in Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol, to my certain knowledge, so I'd guess anywhere south of the Great Glen.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:00 AM
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Birmingham will become majority minority within 20 years, I believe, which rather sharpens the divide between that and English Heritage England.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:01 AM
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36. London already is, apparently.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:09 AM
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Really? That must depend on where you're measuring. Leicester and Birmingham are the two places I've heard discussed in this context.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:12 AM
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Good thing Boris Johnson is in charge then. That guy definitely seems down with la gente.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:12 AM
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Nobody lives in London anymore, it's too crowdedexpensive.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:13 AM
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21 was me. So the Lake District is not the englandiest? It's pretty damned englandy, although I guess the hills are too pointy.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:17 AM
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You wandered lonely as a cloud?


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:24 AM
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Happy Birthday to Buck! Enjoy the black tar heroin frosted cake!


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 7:43 AM
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41: No, the Lakes are in the North. Cumbria is historic Rugby League territory and therefore not very Englandy at all. Of course there is a huge tourist industry smearing fudge shops over it to confuse matters.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 8:01 AM
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Hang on. What are you doing in the Lake District?
Not knowing this is clearly the penalty I pay for working


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 8:06 AM
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45. IIRC, he's at some conference that isn't focused on Swallows and Amazons. He'll be available (One Night Only!) for a Mancunian meetup.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 8:26 AM
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re: 37

I'd guess, as Nworb says, it depends where you are measuring. There are certainly large areas of London that would be majority non-white, though.

Looking at ONS numbers, the borough of London I live in is about 30% White British, but the particular council ward I live in, is 'whiter' than the borough as a whole, at ~40% White British. Which fits with my personal experience, and the demographics of the particular housing development I live in.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 8:32 AM
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Manchester! If that's the alternative, what's wrong with Fresh Salt?


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 9:49 AM
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Happy birthday, Buck!

Also, holy shit primordial gravitational waves. I mean, I actively avoided ever working on inflationary theories because I was so absolutely confident those would not be detectable. What the fuck, universe. This is awesome.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 10:06 AM
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Who knew there was a microwave telescope named BICEP?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 10:24 AM
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I have noticed a smear of fudge shops.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 10:42 AM
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Manchester was as shitty as advertised passing through it this direction. Also, I finally got to try British train station food, and it too was as shitty as advertised (by Douglas Adams, mostly).


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 10:56 AM
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The Lakes are not very Englandy. Too rainy, even by our standards. Not enough thatched cottages. Too uphill. People are probably too friendly.

The daffodils are out here. Reading is rather Englandy I reckon - all the same shops as everywhere else, the river Thames, a variety of people, and surrounded by pretty bits. Kent has some very chocolate box-y villages as well.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:02 AM
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Yeah, the Lakes are basically Scotland, just dragged a bit further south.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:07 AM
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Happy Birthday to Buck. That's a mighty fine pie there.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:23 AM
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54: that would explain the dudes in kilts and the bagpiper right outside my room earlier.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:25 AM
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Also, I finally got to try British train station food, and it too was as shitty as advertised (by Douglas Adams, mostly).

What, they didn't have a Pret?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:25 AM
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Once took a train from Berwick to Carlisle and at some point the carriage was invade by an entire troupe of Morris dancers in full fig. At Carlisle they all disembarked and went into full swing. We continued on to Birmingham.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 11:32 AM
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My bit is definitely Shire-like, especially the villages round these parts. So charming! The thatch! It's everywhere!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 12:06 PM
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We also seem to have more than our fair share of Morris dancers.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 12:07 PM
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60: Don't they spray for that?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 2:13 PM
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There were shitloads of Morris dancers in North Essex. Now I am out in the Fens, and the best I could hope for is a marshwiggle. Actually, I would rather see a marshwiggle than a morris dancer any day. They don't in fact liven up market days at all.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 2:14 PM
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The bagpiping has abated. No Morris dancers. The food at the hotel was, honestly, fine but not all that great, except for the dessert which was some thing called "sticky toffee pudding" that is presumably subject to export restrictions as a national treasure. There is allegedly famous gingerbread not ten paces from this hotel; I'll have to go check that out and see if I can figure out what the hell "famous gingerbread means". Also it is march, there are daffodils, clouds floating o'er vales and hills, and tomorrow I will go down to the lake to check the confluence thereof.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 4:02 PM
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except for the dessert which was some thing called "sticky toffee pudding"

My favourite. This is the dessert that made me realize there is more to life than chocolate.


Posted by: Just Plain Jane | Link to this comment | 03-17-14 8:04 PM
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