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    Let The Lunacy Begin!

    The Feast of The Black Nazarene kicks off in Manila tomorrow. Basically, this little slice of religious insanity involves slightly more than 10 MILLION Filipinos descending on Manila for about three days, trampling each other to try to touch a statue of some black guy.

    Then, four or five days later the Pope, whose church has done the best possible job of keeping Filipino families poor for centuries, shows up for a four-day frenzy of lunacy. Six MILLION are expected just to hear one mass in a Manila park.

    Then weeks to clean up the mess. Manila's off my list until February.

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    Read a news report that police on duty during the pope's visit will have to wear adult diapers?
    Perverse or what?

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    How do I post these pictures???

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    ^^Bizarre. Even more bizarre to put it in all the papers. How many portable toilets do you need for 10 MILLION people? Manila should be fragrant for quite a while after the festivities end.

    Thanks Betty. Don't think I'll attend....................

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    ^Disappointing Davis, We would have enjoyed your on site reports...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    ^Disappointing Davis, We would have enjoyed your on site reports...
    , but that just isn't going to happen.

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    ^Sad bit that. I thought by now your bull shit tolerance level was up there with the Pope? Would have been a nice piece of posting from your view point. This bit of religious frenzy isn't connected to the Easter one with the Crucifixions I take it? No self sacrifices to be seen or taken? Lovely those one's.

    I was told that Filipino's even go to loan sharks so they can throw their weekly parties...is that true? Got to hand it to the Pope, he knows his audience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    ^Disappointing Davis, We would have enjoyed your on site reports...
    , but that just isn't going to happen.
    Wimp...


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    Com'mon man, go on down and do it! Good to rub shoulders with the great unwashed.

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    Bloody wierdos those catholics I tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    ^Sad bit that. I thought by now your bull shit tolerance level was up there with the Pope?
    My bullshit tolerance level is quite high, but doesn't extend to things religious.

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    ^Duly noted...but everyone loves a parade!

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    Faaark!
    You wouldn't want to be flying in to Manila on those dates, an absolute shitfights I would imagine

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Faaark!
    You wouldn't want to be flying in to Manila on those dates, an absolute shitfights I would imagine
    To put it very mildly................

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    ...and there was me planning a trip.

    Fek it ill leave it till songkran

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    My bullshit tolerance level is quite high
    You are a master of irony Davis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Basically, this little slice of religious insanity involves slightly more than 10 MILLION Filipinos descending on Manila for about three days, trampling each other to try to touch a statue of some black guy.
    If you make the following substitutions:

    Filipinos --> Americans
    Manila --> DC
    statue of some --> 'n actual

    it sounds a bit like Obama's 2009 Inaugural Address!

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    I suppose that means the porn webcams will be of line for a few days then!

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    The trick is to use these kind of things to your advantage. Go somewhere nice that's normally overcrowded, and enjoy it while it's unusually quiet.

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    The problem is getting there, and back. Thanks, but that's a non-starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toslti View Post
    I suppose that means the porn webcams will be of line for a few days then!
    Doubt it - probably will increase productivity, as people will be forced to stay home and do creative things to avoid the insanity outside.

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    Nothing more extreme than Christians that weren't designed to be Christians.

    Freakish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy View Post
    The trick is to use these kind of things to your advantage. Go somewhere nice that's normally overcrowded, and enjoy it while it's unusually quiet.
    easier said than done fozzy, Manila traffic is nuts at the best of times combine that with a papal visit then your really up a ducks ass. I wouldn't like to be anywhere near the place if I was in the philippines

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Bloody wierdos those catholics I tell you.
    Systematic extermination.

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    I remember some years ago, Calibo I think it was, some 'Easter' celebration called ati ati han or something like that. A very bizarre amalgamation of easter and some local pagan day of the rotting corpses celebration or something. Fucking weird.
    As far as I could see just me, three Israeli chicks and some weird hippie expat type were the only foreigners anywhere to be seen. Definitely not a tourist attraction but a genuine local thing.
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