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    ^^^ I just licked the screen, comrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukan Kizmiaz View Post
    Their first day back at work after Covid self-isolation. 10am.

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    somebody is a bit grumpy today

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    somebody is a bit grumpy today

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    You sre a braver man than I, getting that close to a swan with its cygnets. They can get quite defensive.

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    ^ They can be aggressive but as they live on the cut they are fairly used to people and people feed them. She was obviously a bit grumpy, compounded by me not having any bread for them. Amends will be made tomorrow

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    I was behind this car in traffic today.

    Nice to know there was a baby in there.

    Of course what the sticker failed to mention was that said baby was perched precariously on it's mother's knee in the front passenger seat with no seat belt being worn, leaving it's wafer-thin skull about 6 inches from the dashboard... (hopefully with no airbag).


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    Was nice to escape the city for the day

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    ^ Air quality looks fine

    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    They can be aggressive
    They can easily snap your arm with their wings, I heard.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    what the sticker failed to mention was that said baby was perched precariously on it's mother's knee in the front passenger seat with no seat belt being worn, leaving it's wafer-thin skull about 6 inches from the dashboard... (hopefully with no airbag).
    You not immune to those sights yet? The amount of babies I've seen on scooters and school kids asleep on the back of them. I did toot my horn and inform one of them. Never again, they don't like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    They can easily snap your arm with their wings, I heard.
    Wives tale Dill, they are relatively strong but when you handle them and feel their wings the bones are light which you'd expect - their wing would snap before your arm. Their beaks can give you a nasty peck and with such a long neck you need to keep your face out of reach but that's about as dangerous as they get - they hiss a lot but so does Ron so you get used to it.

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    ^ I think it's a jail term for molesting The Queen's birds too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    They can easily snap your arm with their wings
    There has never been a case where they have broken someone's arm with their wings.

    They are much more likely to break their wing in attempting to do so. Their wing bones are smaller, thinner, and hollower than a human arm bones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I think it's a jail term for molesting The Queen's birds too
    Just night in the cells, an 80 quid fine and put on a registrar banning you from keeping pets for 18 months.

    ...so a friend tells me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    There has never been a case where they have broken someone's arm with their wings
    A little google...

    As a kid I was told to keep away from swans as they can break your leg with their wing. Has this ever been recorded anywhere as actually happening?
    Carl Tyler, Boston USA
    My great uncle had his arm broken by a swan while canoeing on the canal near Gorton Manchester
    Tim Haughton, Upholland, UK
    From an incident two years ago i can vouch swans are quite capable of this. My freind and i were walking back to our residences in stirling when another student walking by the lake must have got too close to a nest by accident. The resulting attack by the mother swan was serious enough for hospital treatment, and a leg cast. whether the injury was caused by the wing or by the beak I couldnt tell you but the swan was pretty ferocious. I give them a wide berth now.
    Allan Steele, Ayr, Scotland
    I've never heard of anyone's leg being broken by a swan, but my grandmother had her arm broken by one. She was a keen ornithologist and got too close to a pen on her nest, hence the attack and resulting injury. I don't know how old she was when the attack took place or if she suffered from brittle bones but it happened before I was born and she was in her late 50s when I came along.
    Alistair Morris, Billericay, UK
    I'm not sure, but I was bitten by a swan when I was 10 and it nearly broke my foot. I was wearing sandals, so all I suffered was shock and some bruising and bleeding. I have read that a swan can kill a man by flapping its wings (the wingspan can be longer than an average human's height, and they do have powerful muscles). I would advise warning children to keep away from swans and large geese, as they are quite strong (and vicious!). Many people like to feed them like they feed ducks, and this can lead to injury. There may be records of this happening, because there are so many swans in parks where kids feed whatever animal is around with a bag of stale bread. They are quite beautiful creatures, though!
    Thomas Effing, Agness, USA
    We had a family friend who sometimes amused himself (possibly when in tedious company) by raising the subject of swans, as he said he could guarantee that within 5 minutes someone would state that swans could break your leg (or arm). Apparently every time swans were mentioned this 'fact' would be rolled out, but no-one could ever verify it was actually true or that it had happened to anyone they knew. Not much help this, is it, but you could try the same trick if you're at a boring dinner party.
    Eleanor, London UK
    Eleanor, I usually forestall this conversation with: 'Did you know, just one blow from a man's can break a swan's wing?'
    Peter Brooke, Kinmuck, Scotland
    I work with a guy whose college classmates were brutally assaulted by swans multiple times per year. They had to build snow forts to keep the swans at bay. They would break multiple students arms and legs per year. Be careful!
    Dizzle, Detroit USA
    I actually saw two swans attack a man they set about him in a savage way before dragging him into the lake near by he was managed too escape but lost a leg during the fight
    Nathan, London, UK
    this is a myth made up by exuberant storytellers,pull the other one....
    david, Edinburgh scotland
    I was walking along the canal and encountered a 'family' of Swans. Although they looked quite defensive and was staring me out, they did not even attempt to break my leg.
    Steve N, Birmingham Uk
    My friend went to the park with a bag of bread and a golf club and set about antagonising the swans. She had her arm broken and was so traumatised that she off work for months.
    Marnie, Glasgow UK
    They had black swans walking around at our local zoo. In front of the area where the swans were (with other ducks), there was a wooden bench. We placed our nine-month-old daughter down on the bench so we could take a few photos with the swan in the background. The swans crept closer and closer to my daughter. We thought nothing of it, until the one got VERY close and my husband snatched her up JUST AS the evil swan jutted at her with a powerful peck that startled and scared her. It was very scary at how aggressive the swan was. He could have taken off her toe or really hurt her.
    Laura, Richmond USA
    Swans, geese and other large waterfowl are all capable of breaking every bone in your body and also causing you to be burned beyond recognition. They can do this to hundreds of people at once. All they need to do is clog up the jets of an aeroplane, causing it to crash.
    Viktor D. Huliganov, Warsaw Poland
    Yes! It is a known fact, a swan, and any other large bird or animal can do damage to a human and it is happening so much more often now because we do not respect nature as we once did. Animals are retaliating,we should stop bringing them so close to us. They really do not want to be bothered, and people should just leave them be!
    Linda Trudeaux, New Orleans, USA
    Me and my mates were walking home from a night out and were beaten up by a bunch of local swans hanging around the area. Multiple limbs were broken. Nasty little buggers.
    Ian A, Birmingham United Kingdom
    Yes, this is very true, I was walking through the local park listening to my music, minding my own business, then suddenly I was attacked by two evil swans! They grabbed me by my arms and took off, I was then took to there home where they tried feeding me to there young'uns. I have been scarred for life, lucky to be alive to tell the tale.
    Andrew Medlicott, Birmingham, England
    When walking around a local lake one evening, I accidentally stumbled upon a group of at least 8 ferocious sexy looking swans ... They set upon me and not only broke my leg but also used their beaks to tear my ass hole I still can't walk properly n I have shit at least 4 eggs a day since .... Also I am I'm not lying!!!
    Carolinesw, Swansea Wales
    I am in a fair bit of trouble with the wrong type of swans. Owe them some fat stacks for a deal that went wrong. They are giving me 24 hours before they will break my legs. If you don't hear from me again, blame the liffey swans.
    Ger Hughes, The Bronx
    I do t know which ones are true and which ones aren't haha!
    Jodie, Bournemouth England.
    Once got into a wing wrestling contest in the Norfolk Broads with a couple of cygnets. Guess what happened?
    Phil, Nottingham UK
    We have just got back having spent a night in casualty so don't appreciate the cruel jibes! We were feeding some ducks along with our little dog Teddy (he is pommoranian) at the waters edge at a beautiful lake. Whilst feeding the ducks I turned to my boyfriend to ask where Teddy was. I called out to him but there was no sign, we spent a good twenty minutes looking for him and we were starting to worry when all of a sudden he came out of nowhere with some signets. All of a sudden we heard a loud screeching noise and my boyfriend was savagely attacked by two large swans. I quickly grabbed Teddy in my arms and screamed for help. It all happened so quickly I couldn't believe what was happening - they literally started dragging him towards the water. Fortunately a passer-by saw the vicious attack and used his fishing umbrella to prise them off his legs. However my boyfriend suffered from severe bruising, three broken toes, fractured wrist, black eye, 2 broken ribs,we are also waiting for the vision in his right eye to come back as he hit his head during the fall, he also has a broken nose. I think generally it's ok to feed the ducks and swans etc., but you just need to be wary this time of year when they are with their young as they see us as a threat and are just trying to protect their young.
    Jack Wilderness , Midlands United Kingdom
    Be careful out there Sid

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    A mate of mine spent ages chasing and catching one after a night in the pub.
    Had a shock when he saw it in the kitchen the next morning.
    Nutter.

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    ^^ Hearsay BS.


    Not that you'd ever fall for that.


    Perhaps it's how Mike Tyson died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    We have just got back having spent a night in casualty so don't appreciate the cruel jibes! We were feeding some ducks along with our little dog Teddy (he is pommoranian) at the waters edge at a beautiful lake. Whilst feeding the ducks I turned to my boyfriend to ask where Teddy was. I called out to him but there was no sign, we spent a good twenty minutes looking for him and we were starting to worry when all of a sudden he came out of nowhere with some signets. All of a sudden we heard a loud screeching noise and my boyfriend was savagely attacked by two large swans. I quickly grabbed Teddy in my arms and screamed for help. It all happened so quickly I couldn't believe what was happening - they literally started dragging him towards the water. Fortunately a passer-by saw the vicious attack and used his fishing umbrella to prise them off his legs. However my boyfriend suffered from severe bruising, three broken toes, fractured wrist, black eye, 2 broken ribs,we are also waiting for the vision in his right eye to come back as he hit his head during the fall, he also has a broken nose. I think generally it's ok to feed the ducks and swans etc., but you just need to be wary this time of year when they are with their young as they see us as a threat and are just trying to protect their young.
    Jack Wilderness , Midlands United Kingdom
    jeeeesus swans dragged her boyfriend, was he that midget off GOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    jeeeesus swans dragged her boyfriend, was he that midget off GOT
    She saved her dog, then watched her boyfriend's ordeal.

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    Post any pic anytime as many as u like-20200526_063422-copy2-jpgCan someone kindly explain how to turn a pic the right way up on TD?
    The software always rotates my pics 90 degrees anticlockwise. I tried rotating this pic 90 degrees clockwise and saving it that way before uploading it but no, TD software saw through my intention and rotated it 180 degrees.

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    Upload to Imgur first. Then copy the image from there.

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    I've found cropping the image a little bit then posting seems to stop the rotation as well. No idea why.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Can someone kindly explain how to turn a pic the right way up on TD?
    The software always rotates my pics 90 degrees anticlockwise. I tried rotating this pic 90 degrees clockwise and saving it that way before uploading it but no, TD software saw through my intention and rotated it 180 degrees.

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    Back in the city, in a world of closed borders and quarantines there are far worse places in the world to be stuck.

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    Post any pic anytime as many as u like-20200526_063422-copy3-jpg

    Cropping worked. Weird.

    I took this pic at the car park in Nongbualamphu on Tuesday two weeks ago after my early morning amble around the nong. This being Thailand I wasn't surprised to see it marked as a parking space although I wondered who would make the effort to park there.

    Anyway the back story is what is just out of shot. As I finished my exercise I saw a man standing at the edge of the lake and he somehow caught my attention. He was wearing a shirt and blue jeans and one of those Thai workers' hats that look like the unhappy child of a fedora and a niqab. He was barefoot and holding a piece of string about 2 metres long. One end of the string was attached to a black plastic bowl and I watched him tie the other end to a belt loop on his jeans. Then he clasped his hands in prayer for a while before climbing down into the lake, which was nearly chest height on him. I had a strange feeling, I had often seen people fish with rod and line but not this, I wanted to intervene without having any reason to do so. As I turned to walk back to my car I saw two other men, similarly equipped, preparing to enter the lake a short distance away. I left and took this pic whilst still thinking about the men.

    It later transpired that the three men were just starting this venture when I spotted them early on Tuesday morning. They hadn't done it before and so far as I could learn neither had anyone else.

    I didn't go to the lake on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday evening the gf was watching the local online news and it was all about these three men. They had returned to the lake on Wednesday morning. When they didn't return home as scheduled the family went to the lake and found their shoes and their motorcycles. The bib were alerted and later that day they fished all three bodies out of the lake. How very curious that all three could drown, unnoticed, it isn't like they were in a boat together or something. The news had no explanation and the gf was quick to point out that this was where people released animals to make merit and there were 'things' in the lake that made it unwise to go in there.

    I was back at the lake on Thursday morning. There was little left of three lives.

    Post any pic anytime as many as u like-20200528_063321-copy1-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    there are far worse places in the world to be stuck.
    That river will be no obstacle to a hungry wolf pack, summer or winter, plan accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I was back at the lake on Thursday morning. There was little left of three lives.
    Sad but not unusual in 3rd world countries, risking their lives for very little.

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    Just had a surprise present from M'Sahib. I have osteoarthritis in my hip, for which I take tablets daily. She just presented me with this to try, some medical marijuana. Each cone contains 3 cigarettes, and the pack has 4 cones. 690 baht.


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