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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1648862)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Decisions... decisions... always decisions.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1648639)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Monday 2 Mar 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6483063 8753 2188 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4915164 7150 1787 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4601786 6424 1606 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4332919 6357 1589 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4246604 6355 1588 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941076 2 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3354676 6309 1577 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127043 4 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2355473 6319 1579 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1785530 8880 2220 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 3358 196 49 1381 42 1381 US United States Nothing2c here 81 3 0 117 2 117 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Mon 02 Mar 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Thu 26 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Julie, Sparky, you are welcome!
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1647917)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
If Bruce photobombs me one more time, I swear I'll peck him to death!
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1647913)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Thursday 26 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6474310 7058 2352 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4908014 6379 2126 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4595362 5858 1952 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4326562 5762 1920 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4240249 5866 1955 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941074 2 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3348367 5804 1934 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127039 3 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2349154 5795 1931 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1776650 6994 2331 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 3162 150 50 1423 25 1423 US United States Nothing2c here 78 3 1 119 4 119 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Thu 26 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Mon 23 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Julie, Uli, Sparky, you are welcome!
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1647761)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
"Order! Order!"
"Thank you, m'lud. I'll have a large gin and tonic, please."

There was a clear winner, but very difficult to choose second and third place!

First, special thanks to Blurf for setting the bar high with the first entry.
"The man of the house, Sidney Snodgrass, requests the pleasure of your presence this evening at 'The Snoring Boar' pub. Please do not mistake it for Miss Miggins pub next door."

Bonus points were available for entries in French or leveraging the original context. The not-so-quiet Zalster was Gaelic rather than Gallic but also gets a language bonus with:
The Babhdóir calls upon the Widow Tallane to arrange for the traditional "walking out" with Squire Danaher

I'm not familiar with that film, but while looking it up I was reminded that Mildred Natwick (who played the Widow Tallane) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in one of my favourites, Barefoot in the Park.

Lynn also gets an honourable mention for very cleverly picking up on Zalster's entry, with:
A quiet man is a thinking man, A quiet woman is hatching a plan.

In third place is Mr Grenade, with an inspired rhyme in a seductive mix of French and English:
"Thérèse, mon cher, shall we repair to tus boudoir?

(although it would have been even better as "Thérèse, ma chère, shall we repair, à ton boudoir?")

Annie takes second place with her reconstruction of a "humorous side of the 'cause célèbre'":
Maître Henri-Robert: So your "inheritance" was one brick and one half penny coin... "sniff" ...English.

Thérèse Humbert: Oh yes sir. Why! I had no idea people valued such things so highly. Just my luck they fell out of favour... you know... after I'd borrowed so much against them... I think that's because of where the brick came from personally... and possibly the coin...

And the winner is... Chris!
Mrs, Miggins, will you please tell the court in your own words, why this iPhone came to be found in your nether garments.

"Well your Honour, I use it as a bush telegraph"

A message is on its way, naturally on the bush telegraph.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1647091)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts

Thérèse Humbert et Maître Henri-Robert
Author: Paul Renouard (fr) (1845-1924), Graphic (1903) (New York Public Library)

I imagine that the imagination of my fellow Setizens will bring life to this tableau.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1646811)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Thanks Angela, Admiral, Julie. I will post the next picture this evening (Europe).
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1645923)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Quick - it's running your way
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1645686)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Monday 23 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6467252 10709 2677 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4901635 8261 2065 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4589504 7553 1888 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4320800 7322 1830 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4234383 7382 1845 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941072 2 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3342563 7397 1849 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127036 5 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2343359 7313 1828 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1769656 9028 2257 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 3012 41 10 1448 11 1448 US United States Nothing2c here 75 3 0 123 1 123 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Mon 23 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Thu 19 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Julie, Lynn, Uli, Mark, you are welcome! I never got started with Yarold at all.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1644717)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Thursday 19 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6456543 8240 2746 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4893374 6259 2086 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4581951 4964 1654 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4313478 5012 1670 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4227001 5005 1668 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941070 1 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3335166 4901 1633 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127031 3 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2336046 5002 1667 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1760628 6176 2058 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 2971 9 3 1459 -2 1457 US United States Nothing2c here 72 3 1 124 3 124 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Thu 19 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Mon 16 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Julie, Sparky, Lynn, you are welcome!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1643885)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Airborne sonar - not as easy as it looks
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1643074)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Monday 16 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6448303 9809 2452 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4887115 7011 1752 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4576987 6297 1574 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4308466 6034 1508 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4221996 6225 1556 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941069 3 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3330265 6203 1550 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127028 5 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2331044 6250 1562 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1754452 7604 1901 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 2962 17 4 1457 1 1457 US United States Nothing2c here 69 3 0 127 5 127 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Mon 16 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Thu 12 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Sparky, Mark, Julie, Lynn, you are welcome!
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Best womam,Megan, in the world rescued me. (Message 1642647)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Well done Megan and thanks.

Hanging upside-down in a cave is one thing. Not a good idea in a kayak.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us a Caption #59 (Message 1642232)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Whatever those people from Seti@home come up with, We will not be amused.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1641399)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Thursday 12 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6438494 8315 2771 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4880104 6364 2121 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4570690 5427 1809 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4302432 5284 1761 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4215771 5407 1802 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941066 1 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3324062 5390 1796 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127023 3 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2324794 5357 1785 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1746848 5441 1813 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 2945 13 4 1458 1 1458 US United States Nothing2c here 66 3 1 132 5 132 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Thu 12 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Mon 09 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Sparky, Julie, Mark, you are welcome! Our bbcode has just had its oil changed and a new coat of paint and is looking fine again.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1639686)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Thanks for the update, Michael, even if a bit jumbled.
They've been playing with the page formatting today, and I'll bet they broke something you use to set your tables up with.
Hopefully, they'll get the word and fix it tomorrow.

Meow.

Ha! I couldn't see anything wrong until I bypassed the browser cache. Yes I imagine that will get fixed...
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1639514)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Monday 9 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6430179 7560 1890 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4873740 7425 1856 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4565263 6358 1589 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4297148 6279 1569 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4210364 6221 1555 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941065 4 1 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3318672 6292 1573 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127020 4 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2319437 6261 1565 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1741407 6291 1572 40 0 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 2932 13 3 1459 2 1459 US United States Nothing2c here 63 4 1 137 14 137 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Mon 09 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Thu 05 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Julie, Sparky, you are welcome!
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1638586)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Today I found Eva sleeping in one of Eric's shoe boxes. She had opened a sliding closet door to get in there!

Cats and boxes from Wired via BBC.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1638130)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Michael Roberts
Stats for Thursday 5 Feb 2015:
Name Pop Rank Country now change 24hrs now change highest Seti City 6422619 8351 2783 4 0 4 US United States Skofus 4866315 6492 2164 1 0 1 NO Norway Ariz Moon City 4558905 4986 1662 2 0 2 NO Norway UAE Residents 4290869 4898 1632 2 0 1 AE United Arab Emirates KWSN 4204143 5008 1669 2 0 2 GL Greenland DvorakSociety 3941061 2 0 16 0 4 GB United Kingdom rwrwton 3312380 5000 1666 11 0 11 CA Canada TFFE 3127016 3 1 6 0 2 IS Iceland city of rOZZ 2313176 5049 1683 15 0 15 BE Belgium Thirteenth Tribe 1735116 6466 2155 40 1 40 GB United Kingdom En-Ki-Du 2919 17 5 1461 3 1461 US United States Nothing2c here 59 2 0 151 4 151 ZM Zambia Statistics taken at Thu 05 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC Previous figures from Mon 02 Feb 2015 18:09:05 UTC

Thirteenth tribe gains a place. Julie, Lynn, Uli, you are welcome. Uli good luck with hydra.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1636796)
Posted 3 Feb 2015 by Profile Michael Roberts
Stitches came out today, everything looks fine.

Southern Germany was hit by 3cm or so of snow which caused traffic difficulties and some bus services were suspended. Anyone would think this was England! German cities have been saving on winter road clearing measures in recent years. That meant that taxis were also scarce. I had the hospital visit and then a massage elsewhere. While I was hopping to a café after the massage the same taxi which had taken me there stopped again and offered to take me home! It is at times like that when I think that I am in tune with the universe. What was a difficult day for many travellers was really OK for me.


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