AlamutJones

AlamutJones

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5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 0 replies · +15 points

GNU Terry Pratchett.

7 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 2 replies · +28 points

Moist has to sell the idea of the Post Office.

We’ve just seen, Moist can sell ANYTHING.

9 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +1 points

There’s a good reason it’s so expensive. Animals shipped to Aus from overseas need to spend a long-ass time in quarantine before they can be given back - being an island, there are an awful lot of animal diseases and parasites that we just don’t have to deal with, and we’d rather not see any of them settle in among the local animals. Quarantine, full vet check...that’s not cheap.

It’s no fun at all for the people who love their pets, but at least it’s not just because Customs thinks it’s funny.

I hope they get their animals back ASAP.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 1 reply · +3 points

I have not. Do you suggest I find it?

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 3 replies · +6 points

I have the sudden urge to go find my copies of the James Herriot books...

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 0 replies · +5 points

It’s been stretched out of shape, but it also IS an older Tiffany. I know this picture too. It’s Paul Kidby making her look older on purpose.

Gur uner oebbpu ubyqvat ure pybnx vf n ersrerapr gb n yngre obbx.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 0 replies · +22 points

I’d like to make it absolutely clear at this point that lambing time is my very favourite part of the year. They are a joy. Tiffany could never have missed this, not for all the stars in the sky.

“Woolly rocking horses” is a very good description. They sort of shamble around like they’re on elastics, and the poddy lambs (the ones you rear by hand because Mum doesn’t want them...twins are common in sheep, but if she has triplets one of them has to miss out; our last poddy was dubbed Lamington, which I think is the perfect name for a sheep!) are all soft, tight-curled warmth in your hands. It’s beautiful.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 2 replies · +32 points

You're right. It's very rare for Granny to be looked after. It's also very rare for anything in her life to be unashamedly beautiful, as well as useful, and that's important too. Go back to how Granny's house is described - there's not a single thing in it that's not strictly utilitarian and needed, she doesn't let herself have things like that...

But if someone like Tiffany GIVES her something beautiful, that in itself fills a need that Granny doesn't often acknowledge is there.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 1 reply · +3 points

For extra weirdness, remember that it’s a George Miller film. As in, Mad Max George Miller.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'A Hat Full... · 0 replies · +24 points

A working dog won't stop working until you say it to them. They can't.

If you're mustering stock and you finish, but you don't say "that'll do", the dog will just sort of hover there waiting for another order. They'll watch you, like what's next boss? What do you need me to do?.

...and five minutes later, when you're on the phone and you say "yeah, I'll come by in a day or two", they'll hear the words "come by" (the command for moving clockwise around the stock to contain it; anti-clockwise is "away to me" or just "way") and get frantic because they can't find anything to come by with even though they really, REALLY want to help work, boss please?!.

"That'll do" is a dead stop. That's it, you're done, you can relax now. Come away from the sheep now.

If Granny Aching didn't say it, I think the shepherds would fret. They'd be just like the dogs, waiting for Boss to tell them what they were supposed to do next.