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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 10,018
    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,612
    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    S - The Brazilian beach volleyball team
    W - Wiggle Honda

    "This year will be harder than last year. But that is good news; this year will be easier than next year."
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,262
    pinno said:

    US boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer trademarked his catchphrase "Let's get ready to rumble".

    It has generated 400 million USD in revenue since 1992.

    How on earth do they calculate that?!
    I bet PJ & Duncan are devasted :wink: sorry Ant & Dec :smile:
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 3,975
    pinno said:

    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    Probably more practical than being made out of battered Mars Bars.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 10,018

    pinno said:

    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    Probably more practical than being made out of battered Mars Bars.
    I was thinking more along the lines of bearskin. Could've chucked in the copyright for Mars bars if you want to continue. 🤣
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,667
    The US idiom for 'piss up in a brewery' is '3 car funeral'

    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 6,887

    The US idiom for 'piss up in a brewery' is '3 car funeral'

    Been following the Iowa caucuses then?
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,667

    The US idiom for 'piss up in a brewery' is '3 car funeral'

    Been following the Iowa caucuses then?
    Yup
    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • The Polish idiom for "not my problem" Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy

    not my circus, not my monkeys
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,366

    The Polish idiom for "not my problem" Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy

    not my circus, not my monkeys

    Common phrase round these parts, and we're a long way from Poland!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,423 Lives Here
    In Dutch, when someone's true intentions or the true situation is revealed; 'now the monkey comes out of the sleeve'.
  • LongshotLongshot Posts: 663

    In Dutch, when someone's true intentions or the true situation is revealed; 'now the monkey comes out of the sleeve'.


    I assume that doesn't apply to road cycling jerseys.
    You can fool some of the people all of the time. Concentrate on those people.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,625

    orraloon said:

    The blanket may have been named after its inventor, Thomas Blanket, in the 14th century.

    RHLSTP!
    I learnt quie a while ago to check the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Etymology: < Old French blankete, blanquette blanket, < blanc white + diminutive suffix -ette ; see blanchētus , -um in Ducange. Compare blunket adj. and n. (The Thomas Blanket to whom gossip attributes the origin of the name, if he really existed, doubtless took his name from the article.)
    Both things can be true. A Flemish weaver with a name derived from blanquette could have moved to Bristol, anglicised his name, developed a new way of weaving, named it after himself, and bingo. Thomas "the tank engine" Blankets are born.

    RHLSTP!
    and then the next thing you know
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 15,734
    edited 5 February
    pinno said:

    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    Surely if they were cavemen, they wouldn't have domesticated wheat or other grains and therefore would have no flour to make batter. You've just not thought this through. :)
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    1980s BSA 10sp

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,423 Lives Here
    Mustard after the mealtime is another favourite,
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,612
    rjsterry said:

    pinno said:

    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    Surely if they were cavemen, they wouldn't have domesticated wheat or other grains and therefore would have no flour to make batter. You've just not thought this through. :)
    Funny.
    S - The Brazilian beach volleyball team
    W - Wiggle Honda

    "This year will be harder than last year. But that is good news; this year will be easier than next year."
  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,137
    I appreciate that I'm probably the last cyclist in the world to realise this but it was only last month whilst reading a Christmas present ('Ventoux: Sacrifice and Suffering on the Giant of Provence by Jeremy Whittle) I learnt that Big Tex's 'Mellow Johnny's' bike shop is a play on the words maillot jaune :(
    FCN = 4
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 15,734
    pinno said:

    rjsterry said:

    pinno said:

    pblakeney said:

    orraloon said:

    Somehow I doubt that the blanket was 'invented' in the 14th century. Human beanz been around for a long long time.

    No doubt there would be a caveman wishing he had copyrighted the fur pelt if he were still around... ;)
    Made out of battered Foxes?
    Surely if they were cavemen, they wouldn't have domesticated wheat or other grains and therefore would have no flour to make batter. You've just not thought this through. :)
    Funny.
    It would be a first.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    1980s BSA 10sp

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,513
    That my Bro is on Instagram

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51356217

    The above may not be entirely accurate...
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 15,734
    Fire is dependent on photosynthesis, at least on Earth. Without the latter, atmospheric oxygen levels would be too low for fire to exist.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    1980s BSA 10sp

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,015
    rjsterry said:

    Fire is dependent on photosynthesis, at least on Earth. Without the latter, atmospheric oxygen levels would be too low for fire to exist.

    TIMK
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 15,734
    Yes.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    1980s BSA 10sp

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,141
    Ever noticed that banana flavour (sweets etc.) doesn't taste anything like banana?

    Apparently, banana flavour is based upon the Gros Michel banana which went out of commercial production (1950s) because of fungal diseases making it difficult to grow. It was replaced by the Cavendish variety which we have today.

    (and yes, the Cavendish might also get a fungal disease and we won't have that one either)
    The older I get, the better I was.

    Call it "booty" if you like, to me it's still a fat @rse.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,612
    I have noticed that due to this Cavendish disease (though they don't suffer road rash), we have been seeing ;lots of different varieties at the supermarket.
    This is only a good thing because there are over 1000 varieties of banana and when I was in Kenya, the banana's were all different and actually had flavour.
    S - The Brazilian beach volleyball team
    W - Wiggle Honda

    "This year will be harder than last year. But that is good news; this year will be easier than next year."
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,412
    There's a genre called "Electro Swing"

    I love George Michael's version of Roxanne - ( ) - heard it years ago - must've stumbled on it by accident. Played it the other evening - found that it was part of his swing album. Trying to concentrate at work today - played his album then wanted more swing music - so just typed Swing into the music app - and it suggested electro swing ... probably a little over processed for my liking though ...
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 10,018
    edited 11 February
    Likewise reggae jazz. A strange combo that works if you just want to chill.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 13,552
    The difference between Chorley cakes and Eccles cakes.
    Chorley are made with shortcrust pastry and Eccles with puff.
    Northern monkeys would no doubt know that.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,513
    That people ride bikes on a frozen Lake Baikal. 205km on, rather than in hopefully, the water.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-51518787/racing-on-a-frozen-lake-as-ice-cracks-below
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