Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Thanks to our hosts at Blogger, I am unable presently to post comments on other blogs, unless they allow anonymous comments. I suspect a conspiracy. And I have so much to give.

This is because I have 'upgraded' to "Blogger beta". For those of you not familiar with technological terminology, 'upgraded' is a euphemism for 'change for the worse'. It means that suppliers have removed some of the things that worked, and added things that someone who has not had any human interaction since Nixon was president has decided might be nice.

Anyway, I was over at Richard's just now, and noticed that our old friend MJ has posted something about "New Year's". Why do the North Americans refer to "New Year's" (in the south it is "New Years" - folks down there can't count)? New Year's what? If someone were to ask me what I was doing for 'New Year's budgerigar', my reaction would be to tell them to mind their own business, then to think them a trifle eccentric, but it would certainly remove the uncertainty that would be reaction to the question "What are you doing for New Year's?".

You may think that I am scraping the bottom of several barrels if I have nothing better to complain about, but were I to tell you the contents of the document I interrupted composing in order to post this, you would all understand.

25 comments:

Richard said...

The comments thing is a touch ropey all over I think. Let's see if this posts.

tom909 said...

I wondered why you weren't commenting on my post, you old bastard!

Geoff said...

Over at Richard's what, Vicus? Richard's beard?

I wondered why you'd stopped commenting on my posts. Now I know it's because you've gone off me.

MJ said...

I knew the minute I clicked 'post' that it would become an issue. Yes, many people say it over here but that doesn't make it correct, does it? And I don't usually slip like that myself. It was laziness on my part. Apologies. I'll soon find something else to irk you though.

Pamela Troeppl said...

I find myself not irked in the least.

Vicus Scurra said...

Where have you been irked, Pam, and how much fun was it?

tom909 said...

But Pammy, I so need you to be irked now and again.

Betty said...

I should say that the reason I've put a stop to anonymous commenters on my blog is that it's in response to an abusive commenter who has been visiting, and that it wasn't done as a way of keeping Vicus at bay.

Honestly.

Vicus Scurra said...

My quarrel is only with blogger, Betty, not with you my old porpoise.

Carmenzta said...

Vicus, dear old cabbage, I think you need to go to Happy Hour!

realdoc said...

Was the document you were reading Clinical Governance in Primary Care perhaps. If it was I would definately understand.

Vicus Scurra said...

Even more boring Realdoc, and I was writing it. I managed to inject a little of the bizarre into it, but I suspect my efforts will be in vain.

Cherrypie said...

I just assumed you were too overcome with emotion that I was looking at other men x

raincoaster said...

Well you can of course leave comments on my blog, and you'll be in fine company if you do. Everyone likes Albanians; anything for a laugh, those guys!

And you think we have an issue with "New Year's." I can only explain that "ropey" has quite another meaning over here, so I guess that makes us even.

Pamela Troeppl said...

So Tommy, you'd like to irk me?

I'll need details.

I promise not to irk and tell.

Frontier Editor said...

M'thinks we have the makings of a circle irk.

Vicus, I think I discovered the inspiration for Blair's choice of podium . . . . http://frontier-editor.blogspot.com/2006/09/vicus-i-believe-ive-found-blairs.html#links

Dave said...

As you know, old fruit, you are still able to comment at my place. If I sign uop for beta version, will that stop you?

tom909 said...

Pammy, I bet you are hot when you get irked. I'd best stay away.

Richard said...

Raincoaster, please to explain ropey to us.

(I am very sorry, I have been to your Albanian thread and I found it necessary to be pedantic. I didn't want to get involved in the fight though)

raincoaster said...

The Albanians will come for you anyway. They're vindictive bastards, as if you couldn't tell. And they will mistake you for A.A. Gill, of which no good can come.

Ropey. See #3, which is the commonest 'round these parts. So to speak.

Richard said...

No no. He's the gay one.

They have got a point about language - did I not read somewhere that each NOUN in Albanian has a potential 72 cases so it's a wonder they actually manage to learn their own language before embarking on a different one.

xuobiwe: Albanian for ropey. Only used when addressing female roadkill.

Richard said...

Apologies to him because I thought I'd read he was. Possible that I had made some kind of subconscious connection between him and AN Wilson. Why the hell can't they use their Christian names?

Barbara said...

From way back - New Year's Eve (at Richard's beard). I think.

njeyg: The same in Albanian (shqipe!).

Vicus Scurra said...

Thank you Barbara. I suspect that that was a genuine (and very kind attempt) to answer my question.
I am a little surprised, because no-one has ever taken notice of anything I said before, and by the time the comments have passed 12 in number they bear little relation to anything in the original post.
So, do not worry if the others look at you oddly. You are very welcome here.

Barbara said...

Sorry, trapped at computer preparing lectures, answering questions is a professional deformation. Google makes it much much worse. Did you know that... Stop! Nobody cares!