Thursday, 31 May 2012

625. Celebrity Quotes (2)

"There cannot be a crisis next week.  My schedule is already full." - Henry Kissinger.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

623. Insults from the Past (19)

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

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Monday, 28 May 2012

622. What we mean is what we don't say (52)

We sayThought I should copy you this e-mail where it tells you that there's a virus that could destroy your hard drive.

We mean:  With a click of the mouse I'm saving all my contacts from a fate worse than death - aren't I the best?

What it says about us:  I can't be arsed to check first on the internet to see whether it's a hoax or not.  More fun to spread the panic.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

621. Questions & Answers on an Australian tourism Website (8)

QCan you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule?  (USA)

A:  Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-ma-ny, which is...  Oh forget it.  Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races.  Come naked.

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Saturday, 26 May 2012

620. A matter of Geography?

Son (8):  This programme is stupid.  First it asks whether the guy is Argentine, then whether he's a Cordobés *.

Gustavo (38):  But that's perfectly correct, if one is an Argentine, one can be a Cordobés or not.

Daughter (11):  Of course - he could have dual nationality...

(Gustavo's comment:  Note to self - buy maps and a big stick.)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.

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*i.e. from the province of Córdoba

Thursday, 24 May 2012

618. Cat Dictionary Series (34)


Woman:  Ooh Banjo you're such a sweetheart, come here for a cuddle...such a HANDSOME pussycat...aren't you purring loudly...love the way you head-butt my hand...my special cat... (sigh) I ought to be cooking dinner...that's why I came into the kitchen you see...

BanjoMmm.  So why do you think I came into the kitchen after you??

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

617. What we mean is what we don't say (51)

We sayI haven't received any of your e-mails - are you sure you used the correct address??

We mean:  'Course, I haven't checked my spam.

What is says about us:  Can't be bothered to check my spam.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

616. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (73)

John Evans (brother of my great grandfather) worked in the coal mines - his nickname was Hell Fire Jack (must have been a powder monkey) and ended up with one leg.

Ken Evans, Australia.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Saturday, 19 May 2012

613. Celebrity Quotes (1)

His mouth is a no-go area.  It's like kissing the Berlin Wall.
- Helena Bonham Carter on Woody Allen.

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Friday, 18 May 2012

612. What we mean is what we don't say (50)

We say: Sorry I haven't been in touch - my e-mail's been down.

We mean:  I haven't been in touch.

What is says about us:  I like receiving e-mails, not answering them.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

611. Questions & Answers on an Australian tourism Website (7)

Q  Can I bring cutlery into Australia?  (UK)

A:  Why?  Just use your fingers like we do.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

610. Glorious Insults from the Past (17)

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

609. Freudian slip?

IT Trainer (32):  ....so if we detect a virus from a competitor, we uninstall it... sorry I mean an antivirus.

(Gustavo's comment:  A case of no proof without evidence?...)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.

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Sunday, 13 May 2012

607. What we mean is what we don't say (49)

We sayI'm gasping for a cup of tea...

We mean:  I'm hot and thirsty.

What it says about us:  Very hot, bitter flavoured water quenches my thirst on a swelteringly hot day by raising my temperature to that of a boiling radiator, so that when I finish the drink the relief is such that I obviously feel cooler... relatively speaking.  (I'm British, you see.  Ice cold water just doesn't cut it).

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

606. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (72)

There is a local barber called Ricky Whoah - as in 'slow down'... He gained this nickname by being over zealous with the electric clippers.

Mag from Merthyr.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

603. IT Helpdesk reporting for duty...

Gustavo (38):  Hey guys, I'm here on behalf of the Helpdesk.  Close down all the programmes you're working on because I'm going to change your antivirus programme.

Colleague (female, 50):  Shall I turn my PC off as well?

Gustavo:  Go on then, I'll install your new antivirus with your PC switched off...

Colleague:  Ah - of course, I see what you mean.  You must think I'm stupid... it's just that I wasn't paying attention...

Gustavo:  Not to worry, it's free anyway, you don't have to pay...

(Gustavo's comment:  She still didn't get the joke - it can't have been a very good one...)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

602. What we mean is what we don't say (48)

We sayI feel all "icky"...

We mean:  I feel sticky and dirty.

What it says about us:  I'm in dire need of a bath, but I'm being cute about it.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

601. Questions & Answers on an Australian tourism Website (6)

QWhich direction is North in Australia?  (USA)

A:  Face South, and then turn 180 degrees.  Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

598. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (71)

In Markham there was a chap called Dai Winding, named after his job of manning the winding gear for bringing the cages up from underground.  And of course there was a Dai the Bookie, but that was probably a common name.
John Moore, Cardiff, formerly of Markham.

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

597. Glorious Insults of the Past (15)

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
Charles, Count Talleyrand

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

596. Overheard at the hairdressers

Older woman with wet towel round her head:  What are you reading?

Young girl with a row of highlight papers going from forehead to crown:  Ooh I dunno, some police thingy.

Older woman:  I can't help noticing the book's torn to bits, you've just got a small piece there... so how will you know what happened next?

Young girl:  Ooh no, the last bit's all here.  I tore off the bit I'd alread read so's I wouldn't have to carry it...

Older woman:  Aaaaaah............. (?)

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

595. On the bus

(Ring Ring!)

Young Miss (26):  Hi love!

Young Sir's voice clearly heard:  Hello baby, will you give me another blow.job tonight then?

Young Miss:  Stop STOOOOP!!! I've left the hands-free on and I'm on the bus!

(Gustavo's comment:  Hands free, mouth busy)

Detail:  Don't know why, she got off at the next stop...

(Very!) loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.

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