Ken Gargett

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  1. bugger the bachelor or whatever it is. how many (much loved) members sit and watch you and me smoking cigars. never understood it.
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    FOH Challenge Coin

    how? you get about 20,000 like-minded blokes to contribute a similar amount to pay my royalties. what on earth would convince anyone that they wanted our noggins on a coin???
  3. Chinese live-video streamer drank himself to death 21st February, 2019 by Natalie Wang A 29-year-old man living in Northern China has died after consuming litres of alcohol, cooking oil and other beverages for three months non-stop, while doing live-video streaming on one of the country’s popular social media apps. Chu live streamed himself drinking cooking oil (Photos source: Weibo) The man identified only by his surname, Chu, collapsed and died after his final broadcast on 31 December following a live steaming session of him drinking alcohol in a supermarket in the port city Dalian on the Chinese snapchat-like app Liaoliao, Chinese media The Paper reported this week. In old video clips, Chu was seen drinking gallons of alcohol and at one time even cooking oil for viewers and fans in order to generate clicks and cash rewards from them. In some Chinese live streaming platforms, streamers are rewarded with virtual gifts and cash if the content of the video is entertaining and eye-catching, leading many to go to extremes. In one video, Chu was seen twitching and told his viewers he couldn’t drink any more but was encouraged to go on. Other clips showed him passing out after heavy drinking and vomiting on the ground, according to the Chinese report. Sessions like this would bring in about RMB 500 (US$75) a day. A friend close of Chu told The Paper: “He has been drinking for three months. Within that time, he was drinking alcohol, beverages, cooking oil and beer. He never stopped.” Another man called Wang who lent Chu the live streaming rooms felt he was partly responsible for his death, when interviewed. “Of course, I have responsibility,” he said. “After all, he did the broadcasting in my room. I have responsibility but I was only assisting him and did not force him. He’s someone who knew what he was doing. The primary party responsible for this should be the [live-streaming] platform,” he said. The Wuhan-based Liaoliao app has been shut down and blacklisted by Wuhan authorities. Content on the app included drinking, gambling and other “inappropriate” broadcasting material, the report said.
  4. ta for that. you may be right but it all helps.
  5. Ken Gargett

    Weekend vid: Prieto

    spiders are extremely beneficial to the environment. i keep them in check. and they do not bother me but help with all the various insects etc. rather a spider than a mossie. and like it is my fault she had some weird phobia.
  6. one of my favourite moments on fraser island was some years ago when a bunch of commercial netters fronted up on a beach and decided to net anything and everything. one of the recreational fishermen who'd been there for several hours decided he finally had a gutful from these environmental vandals and marched down the beach with a knife and sliced open the nets. he was followed by a large number of supporters so the netters turned tail and ran. as anyone who has been in the area when these guys come through, that area will be stripped of pretty much all life for a couple of weeks. i can remember a few years back seeing them pulling in the nets near where we stay. a heap of mullet, plus some bream, flathead and other species but they did not get many tailor - the targeted species. so they didn't even bother pick up what came in - not worth their while. left the lot on the beach to rot. i know some will say 'but this is their living'. well, they get about 40c a kilo for the tailor which goes to catfood. and it is driving away a great many families and other recreational fishermen who come to the region every year (or did) buying food, bait, gear, accommodation, permits, beer, wine and spirits, petrol, hire of cars and gear, and so much more. this brings in so much more to the local economy but the netters scream about how banning them will remove their livelihood. they never mention all of the other locals losing theirs because of them. they also scream about how with the price so low they are nearly broke. time for a new occupation. anyway, if anyone is interested, here is a petition to stop them. can't happen too soon.
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    Weekend vid: Prieto

    looking forward to the next visit!
  8. Ken Gargett

    Weekend vid: Prieto

    i recognise that woman! she split red wine all over my chair. still having fun.
  9. Ken Gargett

    Favorite movie featuring the military?

    yes, excellent. even better than i had hoped.
  10. Ken Gargett

    RyJ Tacos EL 2018

    etched on the brain for good!
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    RyJ Tacos EL 2018

    am i allowed to put up this link? my thoughts.
  12. When Divorce Was Off the Table, English Couples Dissolved Their Marriages With Beer The practice of “wife-selling” wasn’t legal, but a drink signaled freedom from a relationship that had soured. by Zara Stone February 13, 2019 This 1797 engraving was said to be inspired by a real-life wife sale in London that year. A man reportedly took his wife to Smithfield Market, tied her to a railing, and sold her for a guinea, along with “twenty pounds in bad halfpence,” to a Paddington florist. George Cruikshank/Public Domain On June 2, 1828, inside the George and Dragon pub in Tonbridge, England, John Savage paid George Skinner one shilling and a pot of beer for his wife, Mary. George ordered his beer, and John left with Mary. The pair held hands as they went to start their new life together. This wasn’t an unusual scene. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, English wives were “sold” for a variety of payments. Prices varied—“as low as a bullpup and a quarter of rum” all the way to “forty [British] pounds and a supper,” the North-Eastern Daily Gazette reported in 1887. Half a gallon was the total sale price for a 26-year-old known as Mrs. Wells, purchased by a Mr. Clayton in 1876, as reported by The Sheffield Daily Telegraph. Clayton approached Mr. Wells, professed his love for the man’s wife, and asked if he could marry her. Wells shrugged—for the last two years, his wife had lived with Clayton, and he didn’t care what she did anymore. He told Clayton he could have her “for nowt” (or “nothing”), but Clayton insisted he name his price—he did not want her “so cheaply.” Wells countered with a half-gallon (four pints) of beer, and the three of them went off to the pub. After buying Wells his beer, Clayton also offered to adopt the Wells’s daughter—Mrs. Wells was rather attached to her—and when Mr. Wells accepted, Clayton bought him another pint. Mrs. Wells was so pleased with the arrangement that she purchased an additional half gallon of beer, which the three drank together. The practice of wife-selling was immortalized in engravings—and even songs. Public Domain; John Leech/Public Domain; Library of Congress “[Wife] sales were located at inns, ratifying pledge cups were quaffed and purchase prices were often in alcohol,” wrote historian Samuel Pyeatt Menefee, in his 1981 book Wives for Sale. “In several cases liquor appears to have played an inordinately large role, often serving as the total purchase price.” In 1832, a sand-carrier named Walter sold his wife at Cranbook Market in Kent for one glass of gin, one pint of beer, and his eight-year-old son; other sales are known to have been brokered with rum, brandy, whisky, cider, a home-cooked dinner, and a Newfoundland dog. When money was involved, it tended not to be very much, even by the standards of the day. In 1825, for instance, a wife in Yorkshire was sold for one pound and one shilling, and one in Somerset for two pounds and five shillings, while a corpse sold to a medical school went for the much higher sum of four pounds and four shillings. (This isn’t to say that the wife was a valueless commodity to be traded, but that the sale was more a formality than a business venture.) Despite these other tenders, beer—by the pint, quart, and gallon—was the most-common currency. These drink sales had more to do with the lack of divorce options than a bottomless love of booze. In 1857, the U.K. Parliament created the Matrimonial Causes Act, which allowed divorces in certain circumstances. Husbands could be granted a divorce if they had proof of their wife’s infidelity; wives had the added burden of proving incestuous or abusive behavior. Prior to this act, limited as it was, there were even fewer options for ending a marriage in England. You could petition the church or government for a decree, or desert your spouse. Middle-class couples might opt for private separation, which often included a deed stipulating that the ex-husband continue to funnel money to his former wife. Otherwise, desertion often left women impoverished. Related Stories When Indian Hosts Opened Their Homes to Pakistani Cricket Fans In Alaska, Birch Syrup Is a Sweet Sign of Breakup Season Inside the Belgian Library That Tore Itself Apart Ostensibly, the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act addressed this problem, but it was still too expensive for the majority of working-class folks. For many unhappy couples, wife-selling was viewed as an easy pathway to divorce, at a time when legally separating was often out of reach. “The practice in England was not really a sale, but rather a sort of customary divorce plus remarriage in which a woman who had committed adultery was divorced by her husband and given to her partner in adultery,” says Matthew H. Sommer, a Department of History Chair at Stanford University and author of Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China. Officially divorcing would have cost around £40-60 in an era when nursemaids earned £17 pounds a year. This arrangement benefited all parties—the wife got out of a miserable marriage, her new husband got a partner, and her ex got his buzz on. This French engraving pokes fun at the English practice. Yale University Gallery/PUBLIC DOMAIN At the time, alcohol authorized all kinds of deals. People across many fields—laborers, farmers, agriculture workers, and more—would seal contracts with a handshake and a pint of beer, “to wet the sickle and drink success to the harvest,” Menefee wrote. “In such ritual carousels, the connection of drinks with a change of state and especially with a contract is emphasized.” Indeed, the process was generally viewed as binding. “The great majority of those who took part in wife-selling seem to have had no doubt that what they did was lawful, and even conferred legal rights and exemptions,” The Law Quarterly Review reported in 1929. “They were far from realizing that their transaction was an utter nullity; still less that it was an actual crime and made them indictable for a conspiracy to bring about an adultery.” (A murky understanding of the rules surrounding wife-selling is a plot point in Thomas Hardy’s 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character.) Twenty-five-year-old Betsy Wardle learned that lesson the hard way. In 1882, her husband sold her to her lover, George Chisnall, for a pint of beer. The pair married, but Betsy was soon charged with bigamy, arrested, and brought to Liverpool Crown Court to stand trial. When Betsy’s landlady, Alice Rosely, took the stand as a witness, she told the judge that she knew of the ale sale, but believed it was legal to house the couple. “Don’t do this again,” Justice Denman warned her. “Men have no right to sell their wives for a quart of beer or for anything else.” He sentenced Betsy to a week of hard labor. In 2019, it all looks terribly misogynistic. Menefee reported that some sales hinged on complaints about a woman’s barrenness or her “nagging”—suggesting that a man wanted a younger or more submissive partner. Some of the visuals are also especially hard to stomach: In satirical cartoons of the era, husbands were shown to peddle their wives at busy Smithfield Market in London wearing halters—the same way they’d transport livestock—or ribbons that would tie them to their new ‘owner.’ Some of these cartoons were based on real events. “Men have no right to sell their wives for a quart of beer or for anything else.” But despite the sexist overtones, women were often on board with the process. In his 1993 book, Customs in Common, historian Edward Thompson indicates that the sales were often approved by the women, reporting that out of 218 wife sales he had analyzed between 1760 and 1880, 40 were cases where women were “sold” to their existing lovers, and only four “sales” were recorded as being non-consensual. He did note that consent was sometimes forced, or the best of a number of unappealing options, as was the case in 1820, when one wife stated that her husband had “ill-treated her so frequently that she was induced to submit to the exposure [of the ritual] to get rid of him.” (However, Thompson added, the wife had lived with the purchaser for two years before the sale.) Writing in the Review of Behavioral Economics in 2014, economics scholar Peter Leeson noted that wives could also veto the buyer. Menefee also notes that many of the purchasers had “more remunerative, socially prestigious positions,” than the sellers, suggesting that upward social mobility may have played a part. Though many accounts seem to indicate that wife-selling usually worked out fairly well for the women, wives’ voices are rarely heard in the historical accounts, which end around 1905. Most of the narratives are told from men’s perspectives. Of course, it wasn’t a panacea for all of the problems faced by women of the era, married or not—they still faced high-rates of mortality in childbirth, had limited educational offerings, and were expected to defer to men. For those who willingly entered into the sale, though, it may have been a start.
  13. we have a sports desk? will depend on the form of others and yes, a suspension does not help, but if he is fit, i'll be surprised if he does not get at least one game. he is better than fifita. think the broncs would struggle to win it all this year. they need halves to click and to manage the game. nikorimi's defence is dire and he does not manage the game. milford is terrific but not that cronk/lockyer/johns/lewis game manager. sounds like dreaden might be that but he is only 17. there are 5 young halves following nikorimi and milf - dreaden, paix, o'sullivan (from the roosters), tanah boyd and one i forget. they consider that they have some seriously talented kids here. young forwards out the wazoo - haas, fifita, joe o, tevito P, lodge, sua, flegler, carrigan, turpin, mago et al. plus gillett, glenn, mccullough, fulsom?, a few more.
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    So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    just saw it offered here at around $90 a bottle. not tried it but i see jim murray raves about it.

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