They do casual Fridays for office supplies now?
They do casual Fridays for office supplies now?
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Daily Open ThreadDaily Open ThreadWhen I woke up this morning, I heard a disturbing sound

Friends, Romans (probably not Romans) Countrymen (a lot of you sound more rock’n’roll actually....& I have a sneaking suspicion some of these opinions might not belong to your actual men, as such) lend me your ears.


I come not to bury Splinter but to praise him (it, whatever - can’t you see I’m trying to do a bit here) ah, what the hell - I’m no Shakespeare.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;

The good is oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus

Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.

Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–

For Brutus is an honourable man;

So are they all, all honourable men–

Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:

But Brutus says he was ambitious;

And Brutus is an honourable man.

He hath brought many captives home to Rome

Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:

Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:

Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;

And Brutus is an honourable man.

You all did see that on the Lupercal

I thrice presented him a kingly crown,

Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?

Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;

And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,

But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love him once, not without cause:

What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,

And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,

And I must pause till it come back to me.

‘E were a right canny cove, weren’t he?

Unless it’s true that he didn’t really write the stuff himself.


I mean, somebody must be making something up at this point.


But if the Guardian & the Telegraph agree on something I’m pretty sure it’s up there with this kind of thing & we should probably act accordingly.

& speaking of hysteria (& authors who may or may not be responsible for things) I’d like to apologize for the whole A. (non-E) Mouse thing about who “I” am.


There’s a fair few people I could be & off the top of my head I can’t even really remember if I included my own account when I followed lots of you at the weekend so the clues aren’t exactly abundant.

More importantly, I’d like to think that with this hat on I’m more of a rep than a stakeholder so I wouldn’t necessarily object if this particular I became a we without ever quite admitting to the me bit.


Or you can spend all day trying to figure it out, I suppose.

It is practically the weekend, after all...

On a more serious note, I can’t remember to what extent I managed to draw anyone’s attention to this already but of the trio of posts that should show up as links below this the one on the left directs you to a post by Rooo. You could do a lot worse than to start there. With all due respect to the other posts noting the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings yesterday I think you’ll agree this one has the spread beat.


Word of advice, though. While I have learned that it pays to pay attention to what the lady has to say, I have also learned that she deals with trolls the way most of deal with traffic. In fact, I somewhat overstepped when I first suggested a post of hers about the debates but she’s generously offered this one up for cross-posting. Speaking for myself I’d like to be able to find more of her stuff hereabouts so I’d consider it a favor if you’d be on your best behavior when visiting any posts of hers.

Some if not all of them are found on bona fide sub-blogs & we are very much the new kid at this particular school.


Obviously in your own “home” the house rules are your own & I don’t think any of you have broken any of the rules I haven’t managed to set but those places are essentially shared accommodation in this analogy & we didn’t get invited by everyone that lives there.

Quick addition, via Lymond:


& one more from Holly:


Which naturally panned out just great, didn’t it?

Holly: Oh my everything. :(

UN chemical weapons inspectors have announced they are gathering information following accusations that burning white phosphorus was used by Turkish forces against children in Syria earlier this week.


On a lighter note - because who amongst us could use one of those - & because Hannibal suggested the cross-posted version might not be showing up:

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