• Promises them plenty

    Posted February 13 by Jonathan

    As I watch Rome burn, I've often been thinking of this 3 Stooges skit. This is exactly how the Lying Corrupt Talking Yam got elected: Moe: What's a dictator do? Mr. Onay: "A Dictator? Why, he makes love to beautiful women, drinks champange, enjoys life and never works. He makes speeches to th...

  • talk about the weather

    Posted February 13 by Bunny FKA Geology Byotch

    ARGH please can we have an early spring? And a mild summer. Thank you!

  • QotD: bring the music

    Posted February 13 by Jack Yan

    QotD: if you were to learn a musical instrument, which one would it be? I started learning the piano at age 17 for about five hours, and after that I could play by ear, as long as there weren’t too many key changes. My chords are very basic. I’d love to know more about chords and some o...

  • Anticlimactic

    Posted February 10 by TreeSweater

    My blood pressure - the reason I was going to the doctor in the first place - was not only not high for my age group, it wasn't high at all. It was back down to the normal, healthy pressure it has always been. Go figure. He did order a blood draw to do some tests, including checking my thyroid, and...

  • Tonight's Moon

    Posted February 10 by Liv


  • the end of an era

    Posted February 10 by Bunny FKA Geology Byotch

    Bibble came into my life in March 2009 as a wee baby. He was born in January. Masha bought him from a garden centre (naughty!) because I wanted a cat or a dog when I moved here permanently. Masha had had house rabbits with his ex and didn't want a cat or dog. The cat because of Little Bird, the dog ...

  • Living in America

    Posted February 10 by Liv

    A friend on Facebook posted a great a-capella version of Rammstein's "Du Hast".   It made me think of this song. I adore this band (yes who would have known that this little middle aged chick was a metal-head, eh?): (German lyrics below)English translation of lyrics (2004 Jeremy Willi...

  • All right, who shared their cold?

    Posted February 8 by TreeSweater

    I started feeling symptoms Monday night (dry, irritated nasal passages), so I’m trying to think where I was Saturday that I might have picked it up. All I did was go to the salon to get my hairs did, and my stylist wasn’t sick, as far as I know. But that’s all. We cooked, so we d...

  • I don’t brake for icebergs

    Posted February 7 by Jack Yan

    So good it wound up in the China Daily newspaper. The cartoon was drawn by Stéphane Peray, a freelancer based in Thailand. It’s being reported that the newspaper editor didn’t see the Nazi connotations, and occidentals are surprised. Well, China did have its hands full with anot...

  • Slothtastic TeachingFodder

    Posted February 6 by paikea

    So I teach English in Germany [as some of you might already know].  One of my teaching tools is a series of videos about everything that Google puts out - super high production values, about literally everything - Great Big Story. You should check them out. [There is also a handy-dandy app.] ...

  • When you can replace ‘Putin’ with ‘Trump’

    Posted February 6 by Jack Yan

    As I posted earlier, the one area where I have some agreement with President Trump (still weird writing those two words) is his willingness to talk to President Putin. If the two guys in charge of over 90 per cent of the world’s nukes get on, then that’s not a bad thing. Reagan got on wi...

  • passaporte

    Posted February 1 by Bunny FKA Geology Byotch

    My new passport arrived today! Yay! Because I want to go back to Italy soon. Also, amazing, very quick. And what they do not advertise on the immigration website, is you can keep your old one too and just use the visa in that, along with your new one, instead of buying a new visa for over £300...

  • Trump: he tells it like it is

    Posted February 1 by Jack Yan

    Donald Trump gives good advice and asks the right questions.  

  • In which women conduct: SHOCKER. *snark*

    Posted February 1 by paikea

    I just watched this little segment on PBS on women conductors. I am somewhat still nonplussed as to why there aren't more women conductors. In a realm of arts I so love and have existed in my whole life, this is such a disappointment.  Watch this segment. It's only 7minutes and quite illuminat...

  • Honeymoon over

    Posted January 31 by Jack Yan

    Via Will Jordan on Twitter: days until achieving majority disapproval, according to Gallup.   Ronald Reagan: 727 George Bush: 1,336 Bill Clinton: 573 George W. Bush: 1,205 Barack Obama: 936 Donald Trump: 8   Will’s Tweet: https://...

  • All are created equal, just some more equal than others

    Posted January 31 by Jack Yan

    I was always taught, and read in US textbooks, that upon leaving office, a president becomes a Mr (since the US still hasn’t managed to elect a woman to the office) again.   You can refer to former president Barack Obama now, but technically President Obama is incorrect, unless you a...

  • shocking

    Posted January 30 by Bunny FKA Geology Byotch

    I am finding it shocking the direction the world is going. In our country as well, the awful Prime Minister and BREXIT, the dreadful woman the PM put in charge of DEFRA.  As for America, it's incredible. Is this how the people of Europe felt as Hitler took power and was implementing his takeov...