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Rum Doings Episode 16

by on Feb.10, 2010, under Rum Doings, The Rest

Hello. This would be episode 16 of Rum Doings. We’re not afraid to not discuss the subjects that aren’t topical, and such it is that we’re not discussing the true meaning of Christmas.

Instead we begin with a celebration of oat milk, whatever on Earth it might be. First the carton is dissected, and then the insides are consumed. Will we like it? Will we paw at our tongues?

Fond memories of the daily porridge man arise, before we knuckle down to this week’s theme: a discussion of The Rules. This causes conversation about how to pronounce clip-art, pause buttons at the cinema, cats drinking from toilets, boobies, the pleasure of being rained on, hole digging, Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow jokes, and John’s rather heartwarming rules for bravery.

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14 Comments for this entry

  • Flameberge

    Best pun I have seen is a hairdressing salon in Sheffield called Curl Up and Die.

  • Oddtwang

    Surely “Dye” ? Otherwise that’s not a pun, it’s just an extremely rude sign.

  • Thants

    The Simpsons had a hairdresser called Hairy Shearers, which was quite clever for obvious reasons.

  • jsutcliffe

    The best part of being caught out in heavy rain is the moment when, having been grumpily hunching your shoulders and wishing you weren’t getting piddled on, you give in and embrace the fact that you’re getting wet and might as well enjoy it.

    Drying your hair when you get inside is great too, though I can’t quite explain why. I can see why my parents’ cat likes to go out in the rain then come in crying, get dried off by a kindly towel-wielder, then go straight back out again.

  • MrsTrellis

    There is, or was, a kebab shop in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, called Ma-Doner.

  • Ubernutz

    Not a pun, but there’s a pie shop in Reading called ‘Sweeney & Todd’s’. Best pies ever. Think there might be a barbers next door actually…

  • James Campbell

    Some comments:

    – The shaking of the oat milk was not a pleasant sound.
    – Umbrellas are acceptable, especially when going to a job interview.
    – There is a children’s toy shop in Glasgow called Weans’ World.
    – In the future I would advise doing one rule an episode otherwise it becomes a tad tedious, though that in itself may be a tad too ‘format’ for your liking.

    That is all.

  • Bobsy

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Looking forward to the rest of the Rules.

    On umbrellas, I’m totally with you. I look down with contempt at the moronic bleating masses that are seamingly phobic of the slightest touch of rain. There was a light drizzle in Coventry a few days ago, brought in on the flimsiest of breezes. It wasn’t even worth putting a hood up for, let alone an umbrella. As I walked into town I passed several people who were struggling to cope with the concept that they might become slightly moister than usual. One woman in particular looked ridiculous, staggering across the road as if she was struggling through a hurricane, a piece of paper to protect her hair and a a face scrunched up in what must have been an agony of the soul.

    But for girls especially, it’s the bloody hair that’s the thing. They can’t get their hair wet. It’ll frizz up. Oh dear god they may look sub-immaculate for a little while. Boo fucking hoo. A girl with wet hair is a girl with wet hair. The very worst that can come of this is that it will engender sympathy, and for me I am more impressed by someone willing to risk the perils of getting a bit wet than by someone so vain as to take measures to keep their hair in perfect dryness and order when there’s a massive rainstorm outside.

    There was a hairdressers in (I think) Nottingham a while back called Public Hair. I didn’t get it at first. I had to have it explained to me. By my mum.

  • devlocke

    Re: the blown-up people, I get what you’re saying, but I think that the heroism-tag gets applied to the victims of 9/11 due mostly to the people on the plane that crashed before hitting its target. I’m a bad American, and therefore not intimately familiar with all of the details, but I’m pretty sure that one of the planes ended up crashing into a random field somewhere because, upon realizing that the plane had been hijacked by terrorists, the passengers tried to retake the plane. It’s at least arguably heroic that, rather than passively allow the plane to be plowed into the White House, they attempted to retake control of the plane.

    I have never owned an umbrella and think it’s silly to bother with them, but I also think it’s silly to pay significant amounts of money for a hair-do. People who pay anywhere from $100 up for their hair to be sculpted in ways that are messed up by water are – IMHO – perfectly justified in being concerned about their investment. So they’re behaving logically in protecting it by using an umbrella. The illogical thing is blowing that much cash on such a temporary and silly sort of thing.

  • Geejay

    Good lord, I didn’t realise that there was an American alive who doesn’t know the full story of Flight 93. I am not sure if I find that reassuring or disgraceful. It was even mentioned specifically in the podcast (“the let’s roll people are heroes”) yet devlocke didn’t even pick up on it. Astonishing.

  • devlocke

    Haha… my bad… disgraceful, I’m sure, Geejay. I don’t watch television, and I go through periods where I don’t listen to news on the radio. Plus, anything that smacks overly sentimental and saccharine patriotism just sort of disgusts me, so I deliberately avoided things like the TV movie based on the flight and what-not.

    I did preface the statement with “I’m a bad American.” :)

  • EthZee

    I don’t use umbrellas, but not out of the inherent sensibility that water does no harm; dear me, no (getting rained on is to be avoided wherever possible). I find that they’re not effective at deflecting rain that comes in at angle other than straight down, and that a large hood on a coat will do a better job.

    If the rain is angled towards my face? Then I pull the hood down, or don my gas-mask. Simple.

    (The day will come when someone will design a hood with a transparent section that covers most of the face; then I will be happy.)

  • Arthur

    Can we get an exception to the umbrella rule for people going to the office? I’d prefer to not sit in a cubicle for eight hours in soggy clothes.

  • jeff

    mr r k herring has an excellent method for avoiding the pavement dance – always go left!