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Tommy Toes
11 Sep 09 15:27
Date Joined: 20 Apr 04
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Second helpings gents.

God bless The Horsebox and all who sail in her!
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Report kenny mann October 12, 2018 2:43 PM BST
Bill Killer's visit recently was a very short one.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet October 12, 2018 8:19 PM BST
Brewers host game one of the league championship series against the LA Dodgers tonight. First pitch scheduled for 1.09. Head says they're slight underdogs, heart says Brewers take series in 4!
Report Joel October 13, 2018 1:00 AM BST
It's Eliza Thompson Cup Day at Wagga today Tommy! And The Bogong Cup Day!
And it's Hamilton Cup day at Hamilton!
And it's Manangatang Cup Day at Manangatang!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE October 13, 2018 1:54 PM BST
I've mentioned on the Forum somewhere not sure if it's on this thread or elsewhere how I feed some birds of an afternoon. A favourite of mine is the Butcher Bird. A plain grey one gets in the backyard and makes his amazing call until I come out and feed him. He gets about as close as 5 feet. I throw a ball of mince and he is off. There is another one with more striking colours and almost as brave but unable to catch a ball of mince mid air.
Report Joel October 14, 2018 1:37 AM BST
I havent seen my Butcher Birds for quite some time.
Report Joel October 14, 2018 1:38 AM BST
It's Tuross Head Cup Day at Moruya today Tommy!
And it's Cranbourne Cup Day at Cranbourne!
And it's Kalangadoo Cup Day at Penola!
Report Joel October 18, 2018 1:58 AM BST
It's Moe Cup Day at Moe today Tommy!
Report Joel October 19, 2018 1:22 AM BST
It's Murray Bridge Gold Cup Day at Murray Bridge today Tommy!
Report Joel October 19, 2018 3:22 AM BST
It's also Krambach Cup Day at Taree!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE October 19, 2018 1:15 PM BST
Last week I bought a record player. I've been looking on gumtree for about 12 months. That means I look every two or three weeks. My budget is less than $200. You'd be amazed at the absolute crap people put up for sale and want less than $200 for. 1970s and 80s stereos that can look kind of retro cool but always comes with some kind of caveat at the end of the ad. Like "doesn't work. $150."

I remember those things from my own time in the 1970s and 80s and no I don't want to pay $150 for some old junk and try to figure out how to get it working and spending more money in the process. Anyway I came across an ad for a record player for $55 this bloke said he bought it to transfer his vinyl onto USB. I called him up and he sounded cool so I went to have a look.

He was at the Gypsy Leather store on Parramatta Rd Auburn. I had a look through the window and it was obvious his clientele was exclusively Outlaw Bikers. I went inside and he was talking to a customer so I had a look around. There was at least 500 Harley Davidson T-Shirts on display. When the customer left I went to the counter and said,"maybe you can help me? I'm really struggling to find a Harley Davidson T-Shirt in this city."  He smiled and said 'you're here about the record player?'

I don't know how this guy got into the business of selling accoutrements to outlaw bikers because he was a little nerdy chap about 5 years older than me. Very nice bloke and I would've liked to continue our chat but a customer came in. The record player was as described- nearly new he just never got around to using it. $55 is a great deal.

I'm absolutely loving it. I've dug out a milk crate of albums and been giving them a twirl. It really takes you back. When having an album and listening to music was a physical thing. Holding the cover in your hands and reading the stuff on it and looking at the pictures. Some of my vinyl discs are dead straight and the needle goes over them smoothly but sometimes it's like there's a heavy swell and the needle or stylus or whatever it's called goes up and down like a hand pump.

I love watching the whole process. I wonder why it was replaced by CD's. They told us CDs wouldn't scratch like records. That was a LIE. What about when you had the CD player on in the car and hit a bump and the track jumped? I must admit I have no idea how a record works. I peer at the spinning vinyl and the needle and look at the speaker and listen to the CHOONS but I have about as much understanding of  how it all works as a pre 1788 Aborigine.
Report Joel October 20, 2018 12:59 AM BST
It's Dandy Cup Day at Narromine today Tommy!
And it's Tattersalls Club Cup Day at Randwick!
And it's Men Of League Cup Day at Wagga!
And it's Avoca Cup Day at Avoca!
And it's Coongy Cup Day at Caulfield! And Caulfield Cup Day!
Report Mikael D'Haguenet October 20, 2018 5:40 AM BST
Brewers win to tie the series at 3-3. Game 7 tonight for the right to play Boston in the World Series CUP.
Report Joel October 20, 2018 6:09 AM BST
How did the Mariners go this year?
Report Joel October 21, 2018 12:41 AM BST
It's Mollymook Cup Day at Nowra today Tommy!
And it's Casey Cup Day at Cranbourne!
And it's Horsham Cup Day at Horsham!
Report Joel October 22, 2018 12:23 AM BST
It's Coonabarabran Cup Day at Coonabarabran today Tommy!
Report Joel October 23, 2018 2:17 AM BST
It's Kayuga Cup Day at Muswellbrook today Tommy!
Report Joel October 24, 2018 5:59 AM BST
It's Geelong Cup Day at Geelong today Tommy!
Report Joel October 26, 2018 12:40 AM BST
It's Gawler Cup Day at Gawler today Tommy!
Report Joel October 27, 2018 3:33 AM BST
It's Moonee Valley Cup Day at Moonee Valley today Tommy
And it's  St Arnaud Cup Day at St Arnaud
Report Tommy Toes October 27, 2018 4:15 AM BST
Hello Joel!

Can you believe it - I'm finally back online!
Report Tommy Toes October 27, 2018 4:17 AM BST
I see I've missed my old mate BillKiller calling in again after all these years.

How bloody bad is that?

I despise and detest all things computer!
Report Joel October 27, 2018 5:05 AM BST
Great stuff! I was just about to send you a text. Winx is running in 2 hours!
Report Tommy Toes October 27, 2018 5:20 AM BST
Go Winx!
Report Joel October 27, 2018 6:30 AM BST
Report Joel October 27, 2018 7:13 AM BST
She won!
Report Tommy Toes October 27, 2018 11:00 AM BST
I saw the last furlong on The Opening Show on telly this morning Joel.

What a beaut she is!

There's a dead-head presenter over here named Richi bloody something or other who knows as much about horse racing as I do computers and he was trying to crab her - agreeing with the nauseous Chapman who's been in Oz spouting the same 'she's beat nothing' nonsense over there.

It makes you ashamed to come from the same country.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE October 27, 2018 2:11 PM BST

I think maybe there is some merit in the "she hasn't beaten much" argument. Some of my favourite horses from the 80s -even 70s- onwards were great because of the great horse that they beat. Unfortunately I don't think Winx can claim that. There's no Hay List. No Gammalite. No Northerly.

What Winx can do which is something I've never seen a Thoroughbred ever do. I've seen it in Standardbreds but rarely from Thoroughbreds. She puts in exactly the same performance every time she steps on the track. That is incredibly unusual even for a human athlete. Put her in a race and she'll charge home as fast as she can for 600m. I've never seen anything like it. And the sectionals are amazing. Forget the opposition. The clock makes good reading too.
Report Joel October 28, 2018 1:55 AM GMT
It's Sale Cup Day at Sale today Tommy!
And it's Queanbeyan Cup Day at Queanbeyan!
Report Joel October 28, 2018 4:34 AM GMT
I dont know of Richi Bloody Something Or Other but I do know of Matt Chapman, I didnt mind him usually but it wasnt a smart idea to say that.
If he says Winx has beaten nothing, then the counter argument is nothing has beaten Winx (for the last 4 years)
Report Joel October 30, 2018 11:37 PM GMT
It's Bendigo Cup Day at Bendigo today Tommy!
Report Joel November 2, 2018 1:28 AM GMT
It's Bragger Cup Day at Wagga today Tommy!
Report Joel November 2, 2018 11:50 PM GMT
It's Mortlake Cup Day at Mortlake today Tommy!
Report Joel November 4, 2018 12:58 AM GMT
It's Spackman Cup Day at Goulburn today Tommy! And Anniversary Cup!
And it's Hollow Cup Day at Muswellbrook!
And it's Peninsula Cup Day at Mornington!
Report Joel November 4, 2018 5:31 AM GMT
That should be Sandy Hollow Cup Day!
Report BillKiller November 5, 2018 5:17 AM GMT
Tommy, I cant reach you.

My french line has been cut.

I hope you are well, mate.

Best to you and Glimmer. Is he okay?

Find me on the tube if you can get there:

Lili Marlene ( full )

Now the latvian girls can only german
Can't give latvian guys real kisses
Will have lost all their shame
When a real latvian passes them.
Says is it at boy or a girl
Its till a Fritzes child .

I'm otherwise engaged.

Can't post more for now. Please tell me how it goes and any message from Glimmer.

Will get back when can.

Report kenny mann November 5, 2018 11:30 PM GMT
I'm in touch with Glimmer now and then, Bill.

If you like I can forward a message if you pm me.


I can ask his permission to forward you his address by pm.


You can wait for Tommy.
Report Joel November 5, 2018 11:47 PM GMT
It's Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington today Tommy!
Report Joel November 6, 2018 12:24 AM GMT
And it's Mayor's Cup Day at Muswellbrook!
Report kenny mann November 6, 2018 11:45 AM GMT
Sent you a pm, Bill.
Report Joel November 6, 2018 9:03 PM GMT
It's Kyneton Cup Day at Kyneton today Tommy!
Report Joel November 8, 2018 4:01 AM GMT
It's Ladies Day Cup Day at Hawkesbury today Tommy!
Report Joel November 9, 2018 5:13 AM GMT
It's Kempsey Cup Day at Kempsey today Tommy!
Report Joel November 10, 2018 1:43 AM GMT
It's Ballan Cup Day at Ballan today Tommy!
Report Joel November 11, 2018 3:00 AM GMT
It's Ararat Gold Cup Day at Ararat today Tommy!
Report Joel November 11, 2018 4:41 AM GMT
It's also Cotton Cup Day at Warren.
And York Cup Day at York!
Report Joel November 16, 2018 1:54 AM GMT
It's Snake Gully Cup Day at Gundagai today Tommy!
Report Joel November 17, 2018 12:37 AM GMT
It's Hair Of The Dog Cup Day at Gundagai today Tommy!
And it's Dunkeld Cup Day at Dunkeld!
And it's Sandown Cup Day at Sandown!
Report Joel November 17, 2018 12:49 AM GMT
It's also Roma Cup Day at Roma!
Report Joel November 17, 2018 10:43 PM GMT
It's Coal Miners Cup Day at Newcastle today Tommy!
And it's Donald Cup Day at Donald!
And it's Vigneron's Cup Day at Strathalbyn!
Report Joel November 24, 2018 2:38 AM GMT
It's Men Of League Cup Day at Coffs Harbour today Tommy!
And it's Ballarat Cup Day at Ballarat!
Report kenny mann November 24, 2018 11:55 AM GMT
Give it a rest ffs.
Report Joel November 25, 2018 12:41 AM GMT
It's Goulburn Cup Day at Goulburn today Tommy!
And it's Kilmore Cup Day at Kilmore!
And it's Clare Valley Cup Day at Clare!
Report okeydokey November 25, 2018 8:35 PM GMT
its talk to yourself cup today
Report Joel November 30, 2018 12:30 AM GMT
It's Wodonga Gold Cup Day at Wodonga today Tommy!
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales November 30, 2018 12:34 AM GMT
Report kenny mann November 30, 2018 12:49 AM GMT
Report Joel December 2, 2018 5:45 AM GMT
It's Traralgon Cup Day at Traralgon today Tommy!
And Jericho Cup Day at Warrnambool!
Report kenny mann December 4, 2018 2:44 PM GMT
The saddest line written is supposed to be:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

The saddest picture painted is supposed to be:

An old, thin man sitting on a single bed, facing out into a dark room. On the wall behind him is a painting of a beautiful girl. I think it's called Loneliness but I'm not sure.

pp BillKiller
Report Joel December 4, 2018 9:03 PM GMT
It's Bung Fritz Cup Day at Gawler today Tommy!
Report Tommy Toes December 5, 2018 4:19 AM GMT
Well good evening gents!

Hope you won a bung on Bung Fritz Cup Day, Joel!

I won't bore you with the details of my latest absence other than to say: I loathe despise and detest all things computer.

As for mobile 'phones....pfft!

I luckily spoke to an Irishman - Brendan, from Dublin - on a Pay Pal call centre help line sometime in the latest quagmire of weeks who said to me:

"Now listen Tommy, are you listening Tommy as this is very important? When you see a telephone number you either have to press the green button or write it down and call it, you don't just tap your screen!"

Both of us then broke down in hysterical laughter!!

It did me (and him, to be sure) the world of good!
Report Tommy Toes December 5, 2018 4:27 AM GMT
Bill, I'm not very savvy with the Tube (or anything else, to be honest!) but if you go to the 'new site' - aka the crappy forum feature on Betfair - you can send me a Personal Message.

I never use it, but I'll keep having a look and then switching back to 'Classic' - that way you can contact me and I can reply.
Report Tommy Toes December 5, 2018 5:13 AM GMT
A few musings on horse racing recently (last couple of months!).

KAMI, I agree, Winx just keeps doing what she's at her brilliant best at: doing the same thing over and over again and winning.
Let's not forget she's the Mighty Zenyatta's half-sister, who did exactly the same thing, albeit in a different race style.

Superb racehorses should be acclaimed and not crabbed - especially by tuppeny ha'penny half witted media reporters who say things just to stir up controversy - and bloat their own self-image, as worthless as it/they are.

Talking of superb racehorses, Enable winning the Arc and then The Breeder's Cup Turf was as good as it gets.
Words are superlative.

Finally, let me also mark the passing of the great Denman, as belated as it is.
I adored the wonderful horse and always rooted for him over his buddy Kauto Star - and any other horse for that matter.

His Gold Cup win will stay with me forever, as will his first Hennessey win.
'The Tank' was bred in County Cork. So fitting for a relentless battler.
Report Tommy Toes December 5, 2018 5:23 AM GMT
Now the Joel, I think The Coachmakers is back up and running!
I've noticed lights in there constantly for the last couple of months when I've passed by on my way to work.

So how about flying over for a swift pint for Christmas?!
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales December 5, 2018 3:23 PM GMT
suicides up in Pay Pal call centre help line centres
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales December 5, 2018 3:24 PM GMT
...and Save The Coachmakers!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 12:05 AM GMT
Welcome back Tommy, I wouldnt mind heading over to The Coachmakers but sadly I'm a bit busy for Christmas.

It's Amicus Cup Day at Mornington today Tommy!
And it's Mudgee Cup Day at Mudgee!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:09 AM GMT
Fishy, I've just remembered it wasn't Brendan but Bernard from Dublin in the Pay pal help centre (I have as much trouble with names as I do computers, that's why I call one customer 'Fergal' instead of Joe!) but he said to me after about 10 minutes of my non-sensical ramblings about computers and mobiles and me begging to pay him in full instead of the fiver he wanted: "Tommy, I'll deal with about 200 calls to customers today but I can guarantee you this will be my favourite one!"

Joel, it's a shame you can't nip over for Christmas but seeing as I've only got the one day off it's probably just as well you can't make it.
I'm rotaed off for 5 days over the New Year though. Whoop!

I'm thinking of taking a train somewhere.

Possible targets are Uttoxeter races on New Year's Eve, Bournemouth - yes Bournemouth(!), or even Robin Hood's Bay, the hometown of my dear old Sparky.

The problem which may hinder me in these ludicrous flights of fancy could well be negotiating train time-tables via computer...
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:12 AM GMT
I've been radio-hopping and have found they have the ABC broadcast of the Aussie v India Test at Adelaide on Radio5 Extra.
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:22 AM GMT
Have you thought about Mongolia? You might have to change a few times but not a bad place for to spend a  few days!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:23 AM GMT
Good stuff, shame Australia is so rubbish at cricket these days though.
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:26 AM GMT
Joel, if I tried to get to Mongolia I fear the transportation system of the whole world may collapse!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:27 AM GMT
It's cracking listening to the Aussie commentators though Joel.

Great fun!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:30 AM GMT
By the way, I'm still on the Rum and in the lead up to Christmas and the supermarkets offering good value on booze deals I've found a cracker: Kane's Golden Rum, which is a blend of 3 year old rum from Barbados, 2 year old rum from the Dominican Republic and fresh rum from Trinidad.

It's bloody gorgeous!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:38 AM GMT
Yeah I always used to enjoy listening on the radio, cant really do it while watching it on tv these days as they are not in sync.
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:38 AM GMT
Sounds good but I better not start it for fear of not being able to stop!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:42 AM GMT
They're talking about which cricketer they'd like to have a few glasses of red wine with at the moment Joel.

Which is rather coincidental!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:50 AM GMT
I tried Tesco's own Spiced rum the other week as Tesco's own dark rum is very nice indeed - but I found the Spiced version far too full of vanilla.
Only had the one drink of it and have left it as a spare to experiment with at sometime. Might benefit from a huge dose of lime or something to take the sweetness off.

This Kane's Golden Rum is a delight though - as is Appleton's Estate Jamaican rum.

Not forgetting Mount Gay and Cockspur - which are both delicious too.

Dark/golden rums are as intricate in their flavours as are whiskys - and it's great fun finding a new one to quaff!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:52 AM GMT
Kerry O'Keefe is on the TV now, he used to be on ABC up until a couple of years ago. He is amusing, sometimes..
Report Joel December 7, 2018 4:56 AM GMT
I might have to give them a try as I'm going on another cruise next I'm sure I've said I am more of a Vodka man but trying to give that up....
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 4:59 AM GMT
Another cruise Joel!

Where are you going to this time?
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:03 AM GMT
Nowhere too exciting, Noumea and Mystery Island and then back to Sydney. It's a mostly free cruise because I frequent their casino so often but could only be for 8 nights and there wasnt too much available.
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:04 AM GMT
Mystery Island is where you might end up on your train trip Excited
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:09 AM GMT
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:23 AM GMT
Jim Maxwell back now on Radio5 Live.
This is really good stuff when you're having a Kane's or several!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:28 AM GMT
hah yes I am sure, he is usually pretty good most of the time though
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:31 AM GMT
I've missed who he's talking to at the moment but they're having great fun as Jim is talking in Imperial measures and his Aussie cricketing chum is talking in metric!

It might be Gillespie.
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:34 AM GMT
Hahah it was 'Dizzy' and the next bloke up is still talking in metric!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:37 AM GMT
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:45 AM GMT
Australia real are bad Plain
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:47 AM GMT
Ah they'll come good again Joel.
They always do.
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 5:50 AM GMT
I'm enjoying this so much.
Dead of night, listening to Aussie commentators at a Test match, drinking rum and chatting to my mate Joel.
What a cracking way to spend time!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 5:54 AM GMT
Yeah I'm sure they will eventually, they have plenty of decent bowlers, just their batsmen are rubbish and have been for a while
Report Joel December 7, 2018 6:01 AM GMT
Good stuff!
Report Joel December 7, 2018 6:10 AM GMT
Plus the Mudgee Cup is on in 5 minutes!
Report Tommy Toes December 7, 2018 6:36 AM GMT
Hope you won the Mudgee Cup, Joel!

I've had to do stuff and now I have to go to bed in readiness for tomorrow's (today's) ten hour night shift.

See you soon old chum.
Report Joel December 7, 2018 7:54 AM GMT
Good to see you again!
Report Joel December 8, 2018 2:13 AM GMT
It's Pakenham Cup Day at Pakenham today!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 8, 2018 11:50 AM GMT
Next time you're watching your puppy chewing a soft toy just remember this is what he'd rather be doing.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 8, 2018 12:10 PM GMT
Trying to catch these blokes accents. Where do you think it is? I must say I've never seen a happier bunch of dogs. I'm struggling to think of any dog I've owned or looked after that wouldn't be well up for this. Even my old mate Yinnie, a delicate 12yo gentleman poodle that I used to mind while her Mum went away would have loved to run amok here.
Report Joel December 9, 2018 12:56 AM GMT
It's Grandstand Cup at Pinjarra today Tommy!
And it's Werribee Cup Day at Werribee!
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