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26.02.06, 15:24
I have noticed that every country in this part of Europe has, if you'll
pardeon the pun, "coughed" to possessing bird flu except for two countries
which are bang on the flight path between all the other countries that admit
to having it, and those two countries are Poland and Belarus.

Is Poland now in competition with Belarus to see who can withhold vital
information from the public the longest, or is this country really being
miraculously protected, along with Belarus, from the invasion of the H5N1
virus?

Or could it be that whereas every other country sent their samples to the UK
to get them checked in some fancy world-leading lab that Tony's junta managed
to rustle together, Poland just sends them off to the same local labs that
oddly fail to find any bacteria in our phlegm samples while we are nearly
dying of acute bronchitis? (yes yes, I had that happen once). "If those
Angols can do it, we can do it better!".

In any event, I for one do not believe for one instant that this country is
free of bird flu. And right over Warsaw you often get huge flocks of rooks
coming from the other countries. I would seriously advise people to avoid
contact with birds, and to keep domestoc flocks absolutely caged in, also
caged in well enough that little jenny wren cannot fly in and out. The turkey
flock which had to be slaughtered in France this week was claimed to have
been kept indoors - so assuming the owner wasn't lying to save his ass
(although I didn't hear of any asinine mutations of this virus yet)we have to
assume that the virus flew in to them through a small opening. Please check
your hencoops and turkey sheds for any ways that small passerines could fly
in - as they tend to do as they like to share the food, especially at this
time of year.

Leave any caged birds indoors this summer - don't put your parrot cage out on
the balcony to get somne sun until this has all blown over.

Take care when feeding ducks and swans. Don't hand feed them, don't let them
surround you. Keep your eyes on them. If magpies steal your glistening
trinkets, don't go climbing up to the nest to get them back - you might get
more than you bargained for. If birds poo on your car, don't try to wash it
off with a hanky and a bit of spit, but go straight to a proper mechanical
car wash.

Do not approach any dead birds, and make sure that you take seriously any
control procedures by the government such as driving and walking through
disinfectants, washing your hands after handling birds, etc, if you go onto
farmland. Try to avoid contact with birds if you can.

Hopefully by sticking to this sound and practical advice, you can reduce the
risk to yourselves and your families.

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  • 26.02.06, 22:07
    I think this will all change soon as the bird flu claims its first victim on
    the European soil. Sooner or later we will see the flu come here as well ( US &
    Canada). The minute it claims someone's life you will see a massive bird cull
    all over the place.

    > If magpies steal your glistening trinkets, don't go climbing up to the nest
    >to get them back - you might get more than you bargained for

    That's a good one smile Wait a minute, Dave...what happens if that crow steals my
    husband's wedding ring? He always takes it off before hitting a few holes...

    I got another top 10 list from D. Letterman on bird flu. These are the things
    to be careful about before anything happens:


    10. "Before eating chicken, soak it in Lysol"

    9. "Don't lick unfamiliar pigeons"

    8. "Frighten birds by constantly meowing"

    7. "Stay away from basketball great Larry Bird"

    6. "Anti-bacterial smoothies"

    5. "Move to a place where there are no birds, like the moon"

    4. "Avoid birds that look like they're up to something"

    3. "Go back to the old Y2K bunker, start drinking"

    2. "Fill birdfeeder with Sucrets"

    1. "If you have a chicken, check for swelling in the McNuggets"

    smile
  • 26.02.06, 22:24
    kylie1 napisała:

    > I got another top 10 list from D. Letterman on bird flu. These are the things
    > to be careful about before anything happens:
    >
    >
    > 10. "Before eating chicken, soak it in Lysol"
    >
    > 9. "Don't lick unfamiliar pigeons"
    >
    > 8. "Frighten birds by constantly meowing"
    >
    > 7. "Stay away from basketball great Larry Bird"
    >
    > 6. "Anti-bacterial smoothies"
    >
    > 5. "Move to a place where there are no birds, like the moon"
    >
    > 4. "Avoid birds that look like they're up to something"
    >
    > 3. "Go back to the old Y2K bunker, start drinking"
    >
    > 2. "Fill birdfeeder with Sucrets"
    >
    > 1. "If you have a chicken, check for swelling in the McNuggets"

    This is all very well (although I don't know what sucrets are), but it seems to
    be missing the point.
    Educate birds.
    It's as simple as that. Whatever stupid, irresponsible behaviour the birds
    indulged in, that's their problem, and I'm sure they regret it. But they should
    stop it. Now.
    Apparently scientists have invented and mass-produced special little birdie
    condoms, but for some reason they haven't mentioned this fact in the Polish
    media.
  • 26.02.06, 22:45
    sucrets are antiseptic throat lozenges.

    I would think they already signed up for their own birdie classes. I would.
    A birdie told me there are a few of those around:

    "I don't want my throat slashed 101"
    "Birds against gas - let's crap on this guys car 202"
    "Hens on strike - I am not laying any more eggs"
    "I will haunt you when I die 303"


    The classes are filling up real fast. And I was wondering why there is no more
    birds in my back yard....

    > Apparently scientists have invented and mass-produced special little birdie
    > condoms, but for some reason they haven't mentioned this fact in the Polish
    > media

    That's soooooo cute. I hope they come in certain flavors like sunflower seeds
    or toasted bread crumbs. Who says they can't have some real fun?

    smile
  • 27.02.06, 11:00
    Apparently preparations are already under way for attacks on Turkey and the
    Canaries.
  • 27.02.06, 02:00
    kylie1 napisała:

    > I think this will all change soon as the bird flu claims its first victim on
    > the European soil. Sooner or later we will see the flu come here as well ( US
    &
    >
    > Canada). The minute it claims someone's life you will see a massive bird cull
    > all over the place.

    You will start culling all the Eurotrayush for sending these birds over in the
    first place, I expect.

    >
    > > If magpies steal your glistening trinkets, don't go climbing up to the ne
    > st
    > >to get them back - you might get more than you bargained for
    >
    > That's a good one smile Wait a minute, Dave...what happens if that crow steals
    my
    > husband's wedding ring? He always takes it off before hitting a few holes...

    It's very tolerant of you to allow that, Kylie. I hear tell that it actually
    doesn't help taking the wedding ring off though. Nowadays these floozies are so
    brazen they almost seem to prefer seducing the married men. That's what I hear
    anyway, I wouldn't know.

    >
    > I got another top 10 list from D. Letterman on bird flu. These are the things
    > to be careful about before anything happens:
    >
    >
    > 10. "Before eating chicken, soak it in Lysol"

    I'm not sure we have that.

    > 9. "Don't lick unfamiliar pigeons"

    Good advice.

    > 8. "Frighten birds by constantly meowing"
    >
    > 7. "Stay away from basketball great Larry Bird"
    >
    > 6. "Anti-bacterial smoothies"
    >

    Well, it's a virus, so that won't help much.

    > 5. "Move to a place where there are no birds, like the moon"
    >
    > 4. "Avoid birds that look like they're up to something"
    >
    > 3. "Go back to the old Y2K bunker, start drinking"

    What about the Y1K918 bunker?

    > 2. "Fill birdfeeder with Sucrets"

    ??

    > 1. "If you have a chicken, check for swelling in the McNuggets"
    >

    The problem is, the McNuggets ARE the swelling.

    Letterman's success bears eloquent testimony to the dearth of quality US
    comedians.

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  • 27.02.06, 02:18
    Someone sounds pretty bitter... Do I sense Maggie's wrath or it's just a subtle
    way of saying: get off "my" forum, lady?
    I don't need to be hit with a 2x4 over my head to get your message Dave.

    rgds

  • 27.02.06, 10:46
    kylie1 napisała:

    > Someone sounds pretty bitter... Do I sense Maggie's wrath or it's just a
    subtle
    >
    > way of saying: get off "my" forum, lady?
    > I don't need to be hit with a 2x4 over my head to get your message Dave.
    >
    > rgds
    >

    There is no such message, you seem to be oversensitive of late.

    I never said you were anything other than welcome, and there is no "my" forum.
    This is our Forum. If it were MY Forum, I wouldn't be banning people and
    squelching posts as I have started to do this morning. But I was asked to do
    that by the regulars.

    Now that I have started moderating, and therefore chased off one set of
    contributors, it seems another set is dead set at taking offense at a gentle
    friendly ribbing and storming off too.

    You want to get that sense of humour of yours working full-time again, if you
    don't mind my saying so. This part-time arrangement isn't helping the Company.

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  • 28.02.06, 07:37
    >very tolerant of you to allow that, Kylie. I hear tell that it actually
    >doesn't help taking the wedding ring off though. Nowadays these floozies are
    >so brazen they almost seem to prefer seducing the married men. That's what I
    >hear anyway, I wouldn't know.

    I really don't think there are that many floozies on a golf course... Besides,
    who's gonna give him a backscratch the way I do or make a Polish schnitzel
    with wild mushrooms? Maybe that's why I never had to worry about it, thank
    God smile

    > 10. "Before eating chicken, soak it in Lysol"
    >I'm not sure we have that.

    It's just a disinfectant...it comes in wipes, air freshener, cleaning
    solutions, etc

    >Letterman's success bears eloquent testimony to the dearth of quality US
    >comedians.

    Letterman's Top Ten is not even "his" any more. Did you know that Johnny
    Carson used to write most of the jokes for Letterman right up till the end.
    When he died (J.C.) the secret was finally revealed. Letterman used Carson's
    jokes in his monolgues (beginning of the show) as well as his Top Ten. Right
    now you can actually submit your own Top Ten through his web site and you might
    be read on Letterman's show! I am not all that crazy about the show itself but
    I like his interviewing style. It has improved incredibly over the years. It's
    very perceptive, funny, and probably the best style on late night television.
    You just need to know who's gonna be on to make it worth watching.
    Can you guys watch it in Poland?

    Are you familiar with Robbin Williams and his humor?

    I will gladly write when I have the time. Unfortunately, I won't be able to
    fill up all the gaps left by the sadly missed Waldo, Drabiniasty and the likes
    of those two.

    smile
  • 28.02.06, 10:37
    kylie1 napisała:

    > >very tolerant of you to allow that, Kylie. I hear tell that it actually
    > >doesn't help taking the wedding ring off though. Nowadays these floozies a
    > re
    > >so brazen they almost seem to prefer seducing the married men. That's what
    > I
    > >hear anyway, I wouldn't know.
    >
    > I really don't think there are that many floozies on a golf course...

    Oh, Golf! OK, I thought you were referring to some other activity...


    > Besides,
    > who's gonna give him a backscratch the way I do or make a Polish schnitzel
    > with wild mushrooms? Maybe that's why I never had to worry about it, thank
    > God smile
    >

    Love is the greatest preventer of infidelity, that's for sure...

    > > 10. "Before eating chicken, soak it in Lysol"
    > >I'm not sure we have that.
    >
    > It's just a disinfectant...it comes in wipes, air freshener, cleaning
    > solutions, etc
    >

    Ugh. Sounds like a good way to kill the chicken's flavour.

    > >Letterman's success bears eloquent testimony to the dearth of quality US
    > >comedians.
    >
    > Letterman's Top Ten is not even "his" any more. Did you know that Johnny
    > Carson used to write most of the jokes for Letterman right up till the end.
    > When he died (J.C.) the secret was finally revealed.


    Did they say "heeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny" when he came to the pearly gates, I
    wonder?

    > Letterman used Carson's
    > jokes in his monolgues (beginning of the show) as well as his Top Ten. Right
    > now you can actually submit your own Top Ten through his web site and you
    might
    > be read on Letterman's show!

    1.5 minutes of fame.

    > I am not all that crazy about the show itself but
    > I like his interviewing style. It has improved incredibly over the years.
    It's
    > very perceptive, funny, and probably the best style on late night television.
    > You just need to know who's gonna be on to make it worth watching.
    > Can you guys watch it in Poland?
    >

    I don't think so. When I worked in TV in Moscow there was some big idea about
    buying it for the russkies and dubbing it, and I think some channel might have
    gone for that, but we didn't.

    Nevertheless, you can do a lot of things on Russian TV which wouldn't fly on
    Polish TV.

    > Are you familiar with Robbin Williams and his humor?

    We are talking about the actor of mrs Doubtfire, and the genie in Aladdin,
    right? And Jumaji, and all of that. Mork and Mindy, etc?

    Yeah, I know him. I'd give him a six out of ten, personally, but I can see how
    he would be popular with a lot of people.

    >
    > I will gladly write when I have the time. Unfortunately, I won't be able to
    > fill up all the gaps left by the sadly missed Waldo, Drabiniasty and the
    likes
    > of those two.

    It wasn't so much the volume he wrote, as the fact that he always evoked a
    response.

    >
    > smile

    Nice to see a smile on your face again.

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  • 01.03.06, 00:52
    > Oh, Golf! OK, I thought you were referring to some other activity...

    And just what were you thinking ABOUT, Dave?? Were you thinking about what I
    think you WERe thinking?


    Dave, I really like Robin Williams. He is a great actor and there is a whole
    lot more to his career than "Dork and Mindy" ( sorry, "Mork and Mindy"). He's
    been in Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and many more
    inspirational movies. He is absolutely brilliant, I think. He's won tons of
    Oscars and Golden Globes. Apparently he has been suffering from a bipolar
    disorder all his life but he has an extremely high IQ. I ran into him a couple
    of times in Vancouver. A lot of the movies are made in Vancouver but he also
    says he really likes coming here. The first time was,I think, in 1994 when they
    were filming "Jumanji" in New Westminster ( which is right outside Vancouvr).
    Whenever he is being interviewed he gets really fidgety but that's part of his
    bipolar personality but he uses it to become even more creative.
    Have a look at this:

    thetravisty.com/Stand_Up_Comedy/WMV/Robin_Williams_Golf.htm
    (not for kiddies) he is speaking here with a Scottish accent and I think it's
    pretty good. My son has the entire video. He is a really good stand up comedian
    and unlike Letterman he writes his own jokes. This one has a few swear words
    because he pretends to be drunk and he's stumbling around.

    smile

  • 01.03.06, 01:52
    Yeah I have to admit he was good in GWH and in Doubtfire and in DPS. What I
    didn't like was the film "Whatever dreams may come" - not so much because of
    his acting but because of the severe gospel-subversive timbre of that film.

    That as well as the Mork and Mindy beginning I can never get entirely out of my
    head with him made him less a favorite with me than he would otherwise be.

    People with bipolar can have tremendous creative drive when they are "up" and
    then they carry all before them, but then they pay for it later when they are
    down and chucking themselves off of buildings. On balance they have the same
    light as other people, but instead of 12 hours on 12 hours off like people at
    the emotional equator they have 6 months on and 6 months off like the people
    living at the two poles. That's why "bipolar" is a very fitting term for their
    disorder. Better than "manic depressive disorder", which sounds bad enough to
    give you it just by listening to it.

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  • 01.03.06, 05:36
    Couldn't agree more about Robin Williams.

    He's a comic genius - capable of a 2hr stand-up routine that keeps everyone in
    stitches, as well as quality acting. The problem is keeping up with him.

    Do you remember Good Morning Vietnam? And talking about Mrs Doubtfire, I play
    the video every now-and-then (last time a few days ago) when I feel in need of a
    reel laugh, just to see the resaurant scene.
  • 01.03.06, 05:56
    russh, go back to bed for crying outloud! Can't sleep?

    Yes, this is MY favorite movie too.

    -" Daniel..?, Daniel...? (higher pitch), "Danieeeeel"?!!... Why in God's name
    are you dressed like woman"?!!!!

    - " Oh shit! Welcome to Mrs Doubtfire show. I am the old granny that can hip
    hop , be-bop, dance till you drop and make you a sweet cup of cocoa"

    or something like that...

    Oh, I did see Good Morning Vietnam but it was so long ago. I should probably
    rent the movie and watch it again. I am glad you like him too. How do you like
    the Scottish video clip?
    I agree with you, I think the guy is a riot.
    smile
  • 01.03.06, 06:21
    No, woke up at 5, as usual, and thought I'd see what's happened.

    With GMV, he ad-libbed most of the comic lines.

    I am not a great lover of American TV comedy (friends nothwithstanding), but
    love as comics;

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor & (sometines) Eddie Murphy. None of them up to Robin's
    standard, but great.

    On the British front (don;t know if you've seen or heard of them), I love;

    Rowan Atkinson for the same reason as I love Williams - he is capable of a
    stand-up routine just as easy as an acting role (even though his has been
    effectively a totally comic acting career). His face has to be the most
    incredible creation of all time - can you think of anybody who can contort their
    features in the same way? Just looking at his face makes me laugh. He is also a
    very clever guy - ex Cambridge (like Dave).

    John Cleese (You just have to see Fawlty Towers, if not already done so), Billy
    Connelly (you can see where Ian gets his humour from), Ronnie Barker (dead
    sadly), Peter Sellers (another dead genius), Tony Hancock (just try and see The
    Blood Doner) - the list could continue for a little, but I've got to get ready
    for work. Have a great day!

  • 01.03.06, 23:46
    >None of them up to Robin's

    That's true. Robin Williams is sure one of a kind guy and when everybody was
    raving about Bob Hope (Bless him) I found him "hope-less".I think he was 170
    years old when he died... MOst of them don't have a clue how to be funny unless
    it's all scripted and in front of them on Q cards. I am not even that fond of
    the rest of the American dudes that you mentioned. The "creme de la creme" in
    stand up comedy is a relatively rare breed. I like Jeff Foxworthy and George
    Carlin next to Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby is always quality clean humor ( great for
    all ages).

    > His face has to be the most incredible creation of all time

    You've got that right!

    Have you seen him in The Popeye movie? I think it came out in the 60's. I truly
    love his playdough-like expressions. I kinda feel this particular movie has
    always been a little underrated but it's still on my fav list.
    I am not really familiar with any of the Br guys except Rowan Atkinson. I love
    this fellow too, especially as Mr. Bean - so silly but so loveable. I should be
    able to find the rest of these guys in video clips, I am sure.

    > He is also a very clever guy - ex Cambridge (like Dave).

    Dave went to Cambridge? Wow! I went through Cambridge too. I think someone gave
    me wrong directions...

    Does POland have any good stand up comedians?

    smile

  • 15.03.06, 12:35
    I like Robin Williams too. Some years back in a London Pub he was there
    privately and did a stand up show spontaneously, I don't think I ever laughed
    so much in my lifesmile Great talent!
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  • 27.02.06, 10:57
    Your analysis of the situation is interesting David. Although comparing it to
    Belarus is taking it far.
    I can't say I am worried about bird-flu.
    I think it's all about the pharmecuticals to be honest. After all, there hasn't
    been an epidemic or thousands dying from bird flu, apart from those few cases
    in Asia.
    The UK is most probably on high alert after what they had to put up with
    during 'foot and mouth'.


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  • 27.02.06, 11:30
    nasza_maggie napisała:

    > Your analysis of the situation is interesting David. Although comparing it to
    > Belarus is taking it far.
    > I can't say I am worried about bird-flu.
    > I think it's all about the pharmecuticals to be honest. After all, there
    hasn't
    >
    > been an epidemic or thousands dying from bird flu, apart from those few cases
    > in Asia.
    > The UK is most probably on high alert after what they had to put up with
    > during 'foot and mouth'.
    >

    It was the alertness and openness of our Government which kept the F&M under
    containment. Back then, it looked like an overreaction. When it all died down
    people moaned about the cost in burned cattle. The same with Creuzfeld Jakobs
    Disease or Mad Cow Disease. But now we still have a beef industry, and who
    knows what would have happened if we had not taken serious action.

    The worst enemy is complacency.

    We know that the most serious illnesses ever to affect the human race are owing
    to micro-organisms which first affected animals and then crossed over to human
    beings. There are probably very few infectious diseases, as opposed to
    congenital ones, which evolved only in humans with no other animals affected.

    Whether you talk about polio, malaria, ebola, AIDS, Spanish Flu, filariasis,
    Bubonic Plague, or a bunch of other major bummers from Mankind's
    epidemiological casebook, the common denominator is that some animal is
    involved in it somewhere along the line.

    Some people smugly say, ah, don't worry about it. But these people are those
    who have taken some bizarre Pascal's wager in reverse - they know that if there
    is no major plague now, they will be lauded for having told everyone not to
    lose sleep over it and will preen themselves for their lack of over-reaction,
    whereas if there is a major plague and many people end up dead, then people
    will have more things on their mind than remembering who told them not to panic
    ahead of time. And the laissez-faire commentators are just gonna be happy to be
    alive anyway, if 20 million fall, as with Spanish flu.

    That's why the commentators are prone to be laid-back, and not because it is
    necessarily the appropriate reaction.

    You talk about pharmaceuticals, but in fact there were no stockpiles of Tamiflu
    to need to shift. Roche is working overtime to produce them. The Chinese have a
    better inoculation than anyone else has, since they were isolating the virus
    earlier than others and they also have more excess production capacity than
    others, but it takes months to produce a flu vaccine, even after the strain is
    isolated, and H5N1 is mutating all the time. It undergoes a fresh mutation on
    a world wide scale probably several times a day, just that most of those
    mutations are evolutionary dead ends. It is only a question of time before it
    succeeds in becoming a virus that can as easily be passed from mammal to mammal
    as it is from bird to bird.

    The downside risk of overreacting is that we spend money on propping up the
    pharma industry. OK, if it turns out to have done nothing more than swell their
    profits this time, at least there is a healthy pharma sector with a bit more
    experience in rapid reaction than there was before, and I dare say the human
    race will benefit one way or the other. The profits they make will trickle back
    into the general economy anyway, even if it is via Switzerland.

    The downside risk of underreacting is that millions of lives may be lost - even
    millions of lives within this country. That includes people we know, even some
    people who are writing to these fora, although the fact that internet-minded
    people don't get out much could be a secret weapon for them in the fight
    against infectious disease.

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  • 28.02.06, 10:56
    usenetposts napisał:

    > I have noticed that every country in this part of Europe has, if you'll
    > pardeon the pun, "coughed" to possessing bird flu except for two countries
    > which are bang on the flight path between all the other countries that admit
    > to having it, and those two countries are Poland and Belarus.
    >
    > Is Poland now in competition with Belarus to see who can withhold vital
    > information from the public the longest, or is this country really being
    > miraculously protected, along with Belarus, from the invasion of the H5N1
    > virus?

    Well, I may be misinformed, but I have read yesterday in De Telegraaf an article
    on bird flu. The map to the article shown that Czech Republic is also virus
    free. Couldn't see much more, because the map concentrated on Benelux and
    surrounding, but seems that Benelux is also up to date sane zone, although
    France, Germany and UK (?) report the flu.

    So there may be enclaves free of disease. I think also that Poland is on the
    migration path, but the birds are not flying yet over our beautiful country. So
    the flu may come soon or never.

    FM
  • 28.02.06, 13:54
    firemouse napisał:

    > usenetposts napisał:
    >
    > > I have noticed that every country in this part of Europe has, if you'll
    > > pardeon the pun, "coughed" to possessing bird flu except for two countrie
    > s
    > > which are bang on the flight path between all the other countries that ad
    > mit
    > > to having it, and those two countries are Poland and Belarus.
    > >
    > > Is Poland now in competition with Belarus to see who can withhold vital
    > > information from the public the longest, or is this country really being
    > > miraculously protected, along with Belarus, from the invasion of the H5N1
    > > virus?
    >
    > Well, I may be misinformed, but I have read yesterday in De Telegraaf an
    articl
    > e
    > on bird flu. The map to the article shown that Czech Republic is also virus
    > free. Couldn't see much more, because the map concentrated on Benelux and
    > surrounding, but seems that Benelux is also up to date sane zone, although
    > France, Germany and UK (?) report the flu.
    >
    > So there may be enclaves free of disease. I think also that Poland is on the
    > migration path, but the birds are not flying yet over our beautiful country.
    So
    > the flu may come soon or never.
    >
    > FM


    I think it is almost certainly here already, and avoiding wild birds is good
    policy already, as is making sure your eggs are thoroughly cooked.

    An effective way to do this is to cook them whole in the microwave until they
    explode, but it does cause a lot of work, may damage the machine, and they are
    not fit to eat afterwards.

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  • 28.02.06, 15:45
    usenetposts napisał:

    > An effective way to do this is to cook them whole in the microwave until they
    > explode, but it does cause a lot of work, may damage the machine, and they are
    > not fit to eat afterwards.

    That's my favourite way smile Why you need A-bomb if you can just cook 30 eggs in
    a microwave.

    So I see now the irony in your first post.
  • 28.02.06, 15:04
    Two questions.
    1. Is a well-fed teal really less of a threat to us and, above all, our
    defenceless little children than a desperate, hungry teal?
    2. What colour are teals?
  • 28.02.06, 15:50
    ianek70 napisał:

    > Two questions.
    > 1. Is a well-fed teal really less of a threat to us and, above all, our
    > defenceless little children than a desperate, hungry teal?

    A FED teal may be dangerous or not, depending how fast M3 aggregates.

    > 2. What colour are teals?

    Hmm... what about #008080?

    FM
  • 28.02.06, 16:01
    ianek70 napisał:

    > Two questions.
    > 1. Is a well-fed teal really less of a threat to us and, above all, our
    > defenceless little children than a desperate, hungry teal?

    It's not the state of hunger of the teal, it's the act of feeding. It brings
    you into proximity with teals or any other wild, migrating duck and goose
    family member, if that "anser"s your question.

    There is a song that you can sing to wild ducks, whilst feeding them. It is
    based on an old African American spiritual:

    "Teals away, teals away, go away, you pintails
    Teals away, widgeons go home, and mandarins cannot stay here.

    Mallard calls me, he calls me by the duckpond
    The shoveller shoves off to Muscovy
    And mandarins cannot stay here."

    tinyurl.com/p2y3h offers sheet music, midi files, you name it, only they
    get the words to the teal song a little bit wrong.

    A more jazzed up version is on www.albertarose.org/Music/gospel/steal-
    away.mid but you don't get to come in until about the nineteenth bar, by which
    time you could already have caught avian flu, so I would say that this version
    is more use for theoretical learning than practical use in the field.

    > 2. What colour are teals?

    Teal.
    Aka #008080.

    Hth.

    Around the eyes, anyway, as this link showing the Welsh name of the bird for
    some strange reason shows
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Corhwyaden.jpg
    Other than the eyes, you may note that the common teal is mainly grey.

    However there is also the grey teal (Anas gracilis), which is brown.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Teal
    Now if that's not ornithological irony, I don't know what is.

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  • 28.02.06, 16:57
    usenetposts napisał:

    > > 2. What colour are teals?
    >
    > Teal.
    > Aka #008080.
    >
    > Hth.
    >
    > Around the eyes, anyway, as this link showing the Welsh name of the bird for
    > some strange reason shows
    > en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Corhwyaden.jpg
    > Other than the eyes, you may note that the common teal is mainly grey.
    >
    > However there is also the grey teal (Anas gracilis), which is brown.
    > en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Teal
    > Now if that's not ornithological irony, I don't know what is.

    As I thought.
    Teals are duck-coloured, while teal-coloured hats and scarves are turquoise.
  • 28.02.06, 18:13
    ianek70 napisał:

    > usenetposts napisał:
    >
    > > > 2. What colour are teals?
    > >
    > > Teal.
    > > Aka #008080.
    > >
    > > Hth.
    > >
    > > Around the eyes, anyway, as this link showing the Welsh name of the bird
    > for
    > > some strange reason shows
    > > en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Corhwyaden.jpg
    > > Other than the eyes, you may note that the common teal is mainly grey.
    > >
    > > However there is also the grey teal (Anas gracilis), which is brown.
    > > en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Teal
    > > Now if that's not ornithological irony, I don't know what is.
    >
    > As I thought.
    > Teals are duck-coloured, while teal-coloured hats and scarves are turquoise.

    It's a fair cop.

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  • 07.03.06, 00:28
    I wrote, at the head of this thread:

    > Is Poland now in competition with Belarus to see who can withhold vital
    > information from the public the longest, or is this country really being
    > miraculously protected, along with Belarus, from the invasion of the H5N1
    > virus?

    And now this:

    wiadomosci.gazeta.pl/wiadomosci/1,53600,3197988.html
    So, does Uncle know how to call them OR WHAT?

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  • 07.03.06, 00:36
    it's a matter of time before the bird flu breaks out all over the place. And
    unfortunately it will come to the Americas as well. Scary thought ...
  • 14.03.06, 00:32
    your English semantic is wrong, you need to work more on your English writing,
    'before the bird flu breaks out ...., you can not use ,before,.Avoid long
    sentences. A sentence in English is short.
  • 14.03.06, 00:57
    Hannah, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
    I am sure you've heard that one before.
    We will be getting a lot of those. You watch it.
    smile
  • 14.03.06, 01:03
    But you were not lovers; unless there's more going on here than meets the eye wink
    Like Dave, I think it's a pity you two fell out, but I thought it was water
    under the bridge.
  • 14.03.06, 01:18
    > Like Dave, I think it's a pity you two fell out,

    It is but you don't really know people you are with online. You take your
    chances.

    > but I thought it was water under the bridge.

    So did I. In fact that was agreed upon through a private email. "I will leave
    you alone and you leave me alone" type of thing. It was my suggestion.
    Obviously, it doesn't seem to work. Hopefully all that steam coming out of her
    ears will help clear her head and will make her feel better.
    I feel very uncomfortable around people who openly admit cozy relations
    with "Gazeta" administrators. People who say " I know more than you do",
    or "trust me". I just get the shivers.
  • 14.03.06, 01:35
    I can't remember terribly well what or how Maggie said what she said but I took
    it to mean generally that as a moderator on Gazeta's forum she was familiar
    with the protocol and saw no need for petitioning the admin and actually
    thought it would be counterproductive at that point. I didn't read anything
    creepy into her view as I assumed her knowledge would have easily come from her
    induction and experience in her role.
  • 14.03.06, 01:39
    I appreciate it.
    Things were said in private emails.
    I would like to leave it at that.



  • 14.03.06, 00:53
    maggies friend again?
    welcome to the forum baby!

    Now, it's "semantics" for one thing, and "English" is redundant unless you
    thought I was writing in German.
    "semantic" is supposed to function as an adjective.How could you miss that?

  • 14.03.06, 07:33
    If what you are saying is true, then maybe there was some truth in what Waldek's
    feelings and rantings relating to the same subject.
  • 14.03.06, 08:13
    That's exactly what I am thinking.
    I think I can understand Waldek much better now than I ever did before.
    Well, live and learn, what can I say. I have more important things on my mind
    than Maggie and her sour grapes.
    smile
  • 14.03.06, 12:52
    I read you were packing up to go on hols in Mexico.

    Have a great time!
  • 14.03.06, 22:12

    russh napisał:

    > I read you were packing up to go on hols in Mexico.
    >
    > Have a great time!

    Thank you, russh. We are leaving Saturday for just one week.
    smile

  • 14.03.06, 13:24
    kylie1 napisała:

    > That's exactly what I am thinking.
    > I think I can understand Waldek much better now than I ever did before.
    > Well, live and learn, what can I say. I have more important things on my mind
    > than Maggie and her sour grapes.
    > smile

    Well what's done is done. Even if we had another vote, I doubt whether he will
    come back now.

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  • 14.03.06, 16:01
    mniklas5 napisał:

    > your English semantic is wrong, you need to work more on your English writing,
    > 'before the bird flu breaks out ...., you can not use ,before,.Avoid long
    > sentences.

    To raczej kwestia gramatyki, ewentualnie składni, a nie semantyki.
    Ale ja i tak błędu nie widzę, być może dlatego, że nie chodziłem do polskiej
    szkoły. Ani do kanadyjskiej, w przeciwieństwie do kylie1.

    > A sentence in English is short.

    Really? Which one?
  • 15.03.06, 10:04
    If, as is generally believed, bird flu is God's way of punishing the birds,
    then why does it affect swans more than pigeons?
    Swans don't make a lot of noise in the morning and rarely crap on windows.
    A few swans and some bread can keep a small child happy and quiet for up to 5
    minutes, which can't be said of pigeons. Unless it's a pigeon sandwich.
  • 15.03.06, 21:23
    > Swans (...) rarely crap on windows

    Even the swan ballet dancers don't do it as far as I know.

    Near the ocean we get the seagull-crap-encrusted winshields a lot. It's a real
    bird crap-o-rama from those sky rats. Even my shirt got crapped on by a seagull
    a couple of times but then I thought I should auction it off on eBay. If a guy
    can get $8000 for a wrinkled T-shirt, then my contribution with this generous
    endowment from nature would be that much more meaningful. Seagul crap got so
    bad even the regular wisnhield washer is not strong enough to remove the
    stains. It's what they eat - they love McDonalds parking lots, fly in, crap
    all over everything, then leave.
    It's rude.

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