Welcome to the Rhino House: new readers start here

Why ThursdayAgain?

Ford Prefect: How would you react if I told you that I’m not from Guildford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse?
Arthur Dent: I don’t know. Why? Do you think it’s the sort of thing you’re likely to say?
Ford Prefect: Drink up. The world’s about to end.
Arthur Dent: This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Why Rhino House?

“The boys were all feeling rough
Dear God we’d all had enough……
And the dressing room was filthy & cold
With orange wallpaper, 40 years old.
It stank like a Rhino House.”

Who is the jester figure?

His name is Hugo, & no, I don’t know why he looks miserable.

What is a charivari & why is ThursdayAgain almost one?

charivari n.
1. a discordant mock serenade (often to newlyweds), made with instruments & mock-instruments such as pans, kettles, etc. Usually delivered in the form of a parade.
2. a confused noise; din
[from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy].

As a blog, ThursdayAgain has the advantage of only being a very small din, is only mildly confused (or concussed, if you prefer) & can be enjoyed indoors – hence “almost”.

Should I take advice from the Agony Aunts or plan based on the ThursdayAgain horoscopes?

NO!

Do try & keep up......

Do try & keep up……

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Just another day at the office #331

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After 2 years unemployed Kevin seemed genuinely pleased to have found a job where his extensive background in manufacturing and quality control marked him out for rapid promotion. His employers were therefore taken by surprise when after a month he resigned on health grounds, citing feelings of “depression, inadequacy, and an uneasiness in dealing with some vegetables and fruits.” Apparently he was also having some problems at home, according to his wife, Betty.

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Moments in automotive history #146

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The development of the so-called “spa car” in California looked promising in the initial focus group sessions and in September 1967 a number of prototypes were produced for testing customer feedback in other states around the US; unfortunately, due to delays in the project’s administration, the initial models were not delivered to selected dealerships until January 1968. The resulting feedback, combined with a class legal action from frostbite suffered in Alaska caused the entire idea to be shelved before the end of the month.

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War is hell #59

disappointed

It would be fair to say that recruit Jang-Chi was disappointed when the Honor Cadet promotion went to his best friend Xi-Lao. The determination and original thought the he displayed in dealing with the situation resulted in him being awarded the vacated position and his appointment as leader in the full military honours that were granted for Xi-Lao’s funeral.

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Thinking about it #6

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall, in misery, the time when we were truly happy.” – Dante Alighieri.

OR

“There is no greater consolation to sorrow than to recall, in misery, a time when we were truly happy.” – Rhino House (on a good day, heading downhill, with a following wind).

Sadly time proves only one of these aphorisms* to be valid; which do you hold to be the most truthful?

 

 

*aphorism
ˈafərɪz(ə)m/
noun
noun: aphorism; plural noun: aphorisms
1.  A pithy observation which contains a general truth.”the old aphorism ‘the child is father to the man’”
2.  A concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author.”the opening sentence of the first aphorism of Hippocrates”

 

Hogging the high road

The Philippine’s capo del capi, Rodrigo Duterte, yesterday spoke of his “sorrow” on having to give-up his motorcycles on becoming president, and offered his thoughts on riding and why it’s not worth owning a Harley. He banged-on (at some considerable length) about touring the Philippines by motorbike and how as a city mayor he used to ride every week on a motorcycle that his security team made him junk after winning the presidency earlier in the year.

Duterte’s pose as an urban cowboy is a major part of his “hard man” image that has endeared him to those millions of Filipinos who haven’t yet lost a family member to his “robust” approach to law enforcement. In spite of his apparent enthusiasm for dishing-out legal proceedings to offenders at the “pointy-end” he boasted of having reached speeds of 180 kph and owning a Yamaha and Honda as well as a Harley Davidson, although he said he was not too happy with the “hog” model as it over-heated. “Throw it in the ditch. It is useless and hot,” he said.

So far, in his presidency, more than 2,500 people have been killed, about three-quarters in police operations, and the rest apparently victims of vigilantes or druglords eliminating rivals.

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The new ‘bike for the Drug Squad in down-town Manila, 2017.

I wonder how long before traffic offences start to attract the same level of official approbation.