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A good friend of mine went to Manchester in the early 90s and stayed for 10+ years. In fact, I think he would of stayed there but personal and economic circumstances forced him to move.

I don't know what it's like there now, but he assured me that while there were certainly problems, a lot of the tabloid headlines were overstated (aren't they always?). It's a major city, so you get all the pros and cons of that. (And there are significantly worse cities you could live in eg: Detroit)

Anyway, he was a skinny, long haired, alternative looking, architecture student type and he survived there without any problems. That's not to say people didn't drive past in cars and yell "ORANGE TWAT" at him because of a coat that he used to wear but, I don't think he was ever in any real physical danger that I know of.

One of his big regrets in leaving Manchester was missing out on the Indian food.

[explaining the paperwork I had to fill in for my new part-time gig]

Me: So, they took a copy of my green card and my social security.
Mrs Mang: Why did they want your SS?
Me: To prove I am legal to work here.
Mrs Mang: THEY TOOK OUR JOBZ!!!!!!!!

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:28:03 am »
Iron Maiden shirt? Clearly a "Vato Loco". I must have broken his heart knowing that I stole another white wimmenz away.
The only way he could have hated me anymore was if I was black,had a thug life tattoo on my knuckles, and reeked of menthols, and cocoa butter. Because to him all black people love them some cocoa butter.

Black people love cocoa butter? This is a strange new stereotype I've never heard of. You're going to have to explain

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:11:56 pm »
Long hair, leather jacket, heavy metal shirt. You don't look like a bogeyman so much as absolutely everyone I hung out with in the 80s.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: The Checklist
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:05:19 pm »
"My racist* humor makes me edgy and more liberated than you!"

*Can also be substituted for sexism, or paedophillia.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Snow.
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:59:01 pm »
Hah, Mang, if you want a thought to help keep you warm....just imagine how people in England would react to 3 feet of snow.

True! The UK usually grinds to a halt for an 1" of snow, let lone 3'. For me, the snow isn't really much of a problem. My early life was spent in Newfoundland, so huge snow drifts was business as usual. Hell, they didn't ever used to call it a 'storm', it was just 'snow'. It was never an 'if' only a 'when' and 'how many feet'.

Don't know what it's like in other states, but in Connecticut, just about anything that falls from the sky is called a 'storm' even if you get a few tiny flakes gently drifting to the ground. For me, storms imply violence so, if I don't see trees bending over or high-speed debris taking flight, it ain't a storm, it's just winter.

We did have some gusts but nothing like what was promised, at least not where I am in the middle part of the state. The shore got hammered yet again.

My concern wasn't the snow so much as losing power or running out of oil (or both) because I didn't want the pipes to freeze. That would've been the death blow to our rather anemic finances, hence me seeking extra employment.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Snow.
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:34:46 pm »
The Territories of Mangville.

About 3ft of snow. No loss of power which is a friggin' miracle. Managed to avert a running out of heating oil disaster with an 11th hour purchase of 5 gal. of Kerosine.



Why must you all Ragu(f) off? This is a serious topic!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Jung's Red Book
« on: February 09, 2013, 02:07:24 am »

Here's a source for Dr Hoeller's lecture material. Given that I'm up to my ass in snow, I might post some of my notes (as long as we don't lose power).

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Jung's Red Book
« on: February 08, 2013, 09:10:51 pm »
I do own the Red Book, have read some of it but not much. It is a truly remarkable piece of work. A couple of summers ago, Mrs Mang & I heard a weekend presentation by Dr Stephan Hoeller, an expert on Jung, especially where Jung's work intersects with Gnosticism. The amount of detail and context that he provides makes tackling this book a lot easier. (I took a shit load of notes)

A few weeks ago I went to a presentation at our local Jungian society. I was introduced to some old dude who's name I cannot recall, but I was told that he was one of the translators for the Red Book.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:20:10 pm »
is it?  :?

Yeah they are Inuit.

And a bazillion other tribes.  calling a non-Inuit tribe member an Inuit also pisses them off.

I just punt and call them "people" or "Native Americans" if I have to be more specific.

Thats right, I remember in Island of the Blue Dolphins (which I read as a kid) the girl in the story kept dealing with the Aleutians (I think she was Inuit) and there's also some other major tirbe that starts with a Y I think.

Also they don't live in igloos. In fact, a lot of them live in houses which are slowly sliding into the rivers due to the warming trends.

ETA: Actually she was Nicoleņo Indian apparently. I just googled it.

The other big group you're probably thinking of is Yupik.

Also, Glenn Beck seems to be epically missing the point that allowing women and gays to fight isn't about making our army more terrifying. It's that it also won't make it LESS terrifying. Enemy soldiers won't know that someone is transgender... they will know that they're getting SHOT AT.

Not the point.  He's pandering...Nothing new, but he's doing it badly.

If Filthy Assistant is disgusted by his appeal to ridicule bullshit, then he's missed his target.

 :lol: Good point.

Glen Beck epically missing points. That's all he's the whole reason for his existence - to acquire a 'little knowledge' of things and then get them wrong, on purpose.

Oddly enough, February is generally ok for me. Things have sucked so much for months (since say, Sept) that by the time Feb rolls around the hassle has either ended or I have ceased caring.

For me, February is my birthday and that means Mrs Mang's offensively chocolatey CHEEZ CAK!!!!!!!!  :banana:

I'm going to have to post the recipe because I'd rather that everyone on PD was having killer cheesecake than having to put up with stress and bullshit.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Burning question
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:18:31 pm »
I posted the abyss on Facebook and it became a meme.

There's an Abyss other than Facebook?

Gun control - The brit approach   :lulz:

My old home town!

Sounds like the typical Plymouthian approach - mob action. You don't get shootings, stabbings or one on one conflict. No, the usual means is for a group of individuals to attack a single person (armed or not). For once, the person on the receiving end wasn't an innocent bystander which is the norm.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Looking for help / feedback on a thing I did
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:36:18 pm »

I sampled a couple of these and I really like them. I'm not sure if it's a useful or even accurate comparison, but it put me in mind of Brautigan's "Troutfishing in America". Short, odd pieces with a poignant twist. I say, keep at it!

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