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  1. Things that piss you off that shouldn't

    Following on from the previous thread, a new thread was advised to be started so here it is. Instant barbecues. What on earth? Horrible little things.
  2. We've had a things that piss you off that shouldn't thread that went on for hundreds of pages. So I thought I'd start a more positive one. About things that cheer you up or make you feel good when you've been a bit down. If this makes it even 100th as long as the 'things that piss you off...' thread I'll be amazed! So anyway what's happened to you recently that's cheered you up or made you feel good. Anything really. From an unexpected phone call from someone you haven't heard from in ages, to finding a fiver in your jeans that you'd forgotten about. Maybe you've got a holiday to look forward to. Come on people let's have some positivity! I'll start us off. I go to Germany on Thursday for 9 days, followed by a day at the Notting Hill Carnival. Last weekend my best mate asked me to be best man at his wedding. I kind of thought that I would be anyway, it's was always going to be me or one other. But just to hear him say it felt good. And then to hear him tell his wife to be that there was no way he was getting married at the World Cup in Brazil if I wasn't going to be able to go (insurance issues relating to my illness, same as not being able to go to this World Cup). Finally after tomorrow I get four weeks off chemo, which will be great (especially as it means I'm off treatment for the Germany trip. So we've all got miserable things in our lives (me more than most probably) so come on, let's hear something good in your life or something that's cheered you up recently.
  3. Things you often Wonder

    Don't think it's covered elsewhere but this a thread for those simple things that you've often thought about ( suppose it could have been the Ask BOF anything thread but he appears to have turned into Wenger and can't see it ) Anyway my question is : When I go visit my nan at her care home they often have group sessions where they all sit around and sing songs .. they are always singing "Roll out the barrels" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" etc so I wondered .... When I'm 80+ and in a care home will my group music sessions involve sitting around an out of tune piano singing Nirvana and Oasis songs with my fellow inmates .. or is Get me to the church a timeless classic that I need to start learning when I'm 79 ?
  4. General Chat

    This is the slowest I've seen the forum on a Monday Morning... Do we all have that feeling...? Everyone doing ok today? EDIT: Changed to General Chat Thread per message on page 2, let me know if not ok.
  5. Dogs...

    Rival thread Nothing better than a good walk with the dogs in either summer or winter IMO.
  6. Sometimes I consider taking a year off the internet. I think I might really like it.
  7. Been a while since we had a weekend thread... so I thought I would start one! So, what's everyone got planned? I'm relaxing tonight, might be in Manchester tomorrow and chilling on Sunday. Want to watch Stranger Things on Netflix as well. Not exactly a rock n roll weekend but it'll do for me as I feel shattered.
  8. Things You Don't "Get"

    What Off Topic so clearly needs is a thread devoted to stuff other people do, or wear, or eat, or enjoy, etc. that you think is bonkers. Kindof like a Religion thread, except including (but not limited to) all human activity in every possible field of human endeavour. People who don't think it's bonkers can then explain why it isn't, in fact, bonkers after all. I'll start, with a fairly trivial example: Sportswear. Why do people pay for branded t-shirts (etc.) made of plastic fibres that look crap and get smelly very quickly because of the plastic. Why not wear a nice cotton t-shirt or something? You can even wear one that shows something of your personality, if you have one.
  9. What is your experience of mental health?

    Following the success of Bedlam on Channel 4, I thought it would be interesting to get people's perspectives on mental health problems, particularly as at any given point 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetimes. FWIW I have not experienced a mental health problem but I work in the field and find the stigma to be the worst thing, particularly in terms of stopping people looking for support
  10. That's pretty cool...

    Basically, I couldn't decide if the below should go in the TV or film thread, and it's not particularly funny, so couldn't really go in the funny pic thread. As such I decided to make an all inclusive thread. The premise is post stuff you've seen, that struck you as being "pretty cool". It could be media, photography, art, comic books, music, fashion, poetry, literature, a joke, whatever. Anyway, here's an example from The Poke. If modern favourites were on VHS
  11. i will start at the moment i am playing saints 2 (i know i am behind in the series) what a game so much to do i think i will be on it for years. some strange things on it like covering buildings in shite and a camera show? none the less good fun what game you currently on?
  12. Business Ethics

    Would you knowingly destroy another person's business if you could increase your own sales by 50%?
  13. On This Day In History

    A thread to celebrate whatever happened on X years to the day. Funny, sad, political, sporting - an opportunity for dewy-eyed nostalgia. It's 28 years today since Maradona did the most iconic warm-up ever -
  14. Privacy

    We don't have a general thread for privacy issues. I'll start with this link for those in the Birmingham area on the 17th Feb. PS. Please remember that when you do this, you are reducing (or removing) the revenue paying for the "free" sites that you use. Please consider donating to them instead. Particularly the smaller ones. Like VillaTalk. PPS. If you want to discuss donations to VT, please start a thread in "Site Issues". This thread is for privacy stuff.
  15. Drugs

    I can`t figure out why drugs like coke and heroine are so popular and getting more and more popular ? I mean they are very addactive and once hooked that is your life as you know it flushed down the toilet.So what I can`t get my head around is that when a person is first offered horoine or coke, why don`t they just say, no thanks I like my life as it is.Why do they even try it knowing that the rest of their life is going to be focused on getting enough money for their next hit and nothing else ?
  16. Big Think - This may be a worse case scenario generally, but I actually think some industries job losses will be even more acute. I'm currently working with people developing systems that will put many thousands out of work. So if you think it's shit now, how do you think Tory England (cos let's face it, Scotland's leaving) is going to deal with this? We must surely also add May that is trying to right royally screw up education for the poor, just to hammer in an even bigger wedge between the haves and have nots. The medium and long term picture for the majority is a race for the bottom as far as quality of life is concerned. Sticking two fingers up at this failing society and getting out of it becomes more attractive with every passing year. Especially with independently developed technologies improving all the time. A growing number of my friends are seeking alternatives. A few are proper hippy types in permaculture collectives and such. Another is raising a family in a yurt. This isn't quite as drastic as it sounds. It's a multi yurt, a large central space with smaller connected yurts - Think glamping more than camping. Others have moved to warmer climes and have installed solar power equipment. They grow much of their own food and trade with local farmers for dairy and meat products. They work in the UK over Summer to cover their bills such as N.I contributions. Another friend is making a 'Hobbit House' under a hill - Though I must admit her outside toilet gives me the fear! She should have an inside bog at some point. Her guest house is nearer completion. Visiting folks over Christmas it became obvious even friends earning good money were wanting out. I signed up to a couple of off grid collectives and it surprised me how much has been forgotten. For example it's possible to grow Mediterranean fruit further north in walled enclosures, as they create their own microclimate. Throw in a couple of polytunnels and you're starting to get towards being self sufficient for fruit and veg. Mixing the old and the new seems like the way to go. Septic tanks under the garden that break down effluent into nutrients that slowly pass through the walls of the tank and into your garden. These folks get a quite a bit of power out of a fairly small pipe. Apologies to Darren and the Tree Hugger thread. I'd discussed this with maqroll before, and I don't think you have to be a tree hugger to want something different in today's World.
  17. Moving to Basel in July and would be good to meet up with some fellow Villa fans, will prob attend a few FC Basel matches too but will definitely head home to watch some Villa games too. Looking also for some local 5 or 7 aside footy to play and of course a decent bar where the footy will be on. Any advice etc please PM me and if keen to meet up then let me know, cheers Steve
  18. Xbox One

    Saints Row 4, Alan Wake 2, and a new COD game are also apparently already under development for Microsofts next Xbox. I guess it will be pretty much be a given that many here will buy it on release, and as much as I don't think I'll get one anywhere near it's release date (I have always been late to the party with Microsofts consoles I guess - didn't own an Xbox and only bought an old 2nd hand 360 on the cheap a good few years after release), I am really curious to see exactly what this will have under it's hood. The recent BF3 Beta has demonstrated very well that the latest in PC graphics can do considerably more than the latest home consoles, as the tech in those is getting on a bit now, after all. What features do you think we can expect? Blu-Ray drive? Built-in 1tb+ harddrive? Built-in motion control? MIND CONTROL?? 4D aka. SMELL-O-VISION???
  19. Transgenderism

    Obviously a hot button issue these days...today I read an article about a high school wrestler who is a male that identifies as a female, and he's destroying the competition, sparking some debate about if he/she should be allowed to compete against girls. IMO, it's an honest question, and with merit, but nowadays you'll get crucified for even questioning it. I support transgender rights, but where do you draw the line? In a case like this, in sport, it's so obviously unfair to the girls. What about their right to compete on a level playing field so to speak?
  20. Internet Nostalgia

    Can you think back to your early days on the interweb and the first times when it reached it awesomeness potential I was on the web quite early in the "Mosiac" days but it was all a bit meh at that point ... I think they thing that made me realise the webs true potential (other than for looking at porn) was the "I kiss you all over man" who sadly I can't find any trace of but it was essentially some Greek (??) man who had created a dating profile if I recall he was a cross between Borat and and a Harry Enfield impression , but it appeared to be genuine He had the immortal line of "I Kiss you all over" and then people started getting pictures taken with this phrase and uploading ... Probably the first instance I can think of when the web went viral other notable mentions would be the Geeky looking kid with braces who was selling his virginity on ebay and bidding had went up to a few million $'s and [http]Claire Swire - who made the mistake of sending an email to a work colleague telling him how nice his man juice tasted though at 2000 this was quite a late entry so what other pioneering internet sensations can you think of
  21. Snow Watch!

    Morning, snow fans! Well it looks like the first white stuff of the year is coming. Is that good or bad? I was going to drive to Brum from London today but bugger that, not with what I'm watching get closer here
  22. New Years Eve Plans

    Happy New Year fellow VT'ers! What are you all upto tonight? Going out? Staying in? Me, for the first time since 1996 I'm not going out, going to a house party or probably even staying up to see the new year in. I must be getting old But not that old, as I wait for my missus to finish work I'm sipping a nice bottle of Mescal and playing my old house records on my new turntable. Whatever you do, stay safe and have fun. UTV!
  23. I don't think its too early? I became festive on Friday... the Christmas lights were turned on in Edgbaston, so i saw that from my work window. The German Market is up and running and I heard my first Xmas song on the radio driving home on Friday. Winter's Tale by David Essex btw So, what we all got planned? Staying at home? Visiting relatives? On holiday? (Tony, i'm looking at you) I shall be round my parents again, as usual. I do like this time of the year. Not for Christmas itself, but everyone seems far more social and friendly. Loads of parties to go to! On the flip side, it can be the worst time of the year to be single. I'll be working until Christmas Eve and between Christmas and New Year, but I don't mind as the office is quiet and the roads are quiet!
  24. Gaming in 2016

    I'm quite excited about gaming again and am wondering what we have for 2016? Persona 5 is one (I think is out this coming year?), and also rumours of a Star Wars MMO too (although with no announcement that could come early 17). What else are we looking to next year?
  25. Well we have to accept it, either begrudgingly or in ecstatic fervor, Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States of America. Regardless if you’re on the “good, the world of politics needs a shake up” side, or in the “ WTF, OMG aaaarrrghghgbsuhckluhdfjnjdfeil!! we’re all doomed” side, I thought that this demanded it’s own thread. So feel free to post thoughts & observations of the orange, spray-tanned monstrosity here and I guess I’ll see you in the camps after he wins the election for Emperor of the World in 2018, (alongside his Vice-Emperor Farage.)