The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 39)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!



This time next week Christmas Day will be over and Boxing Day will have begun.  As a consequence this is my last Musings of 2018.  It is therefore appropriate to wish each and every one of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I hope you all enjoy the festivities whatever you have planned and I look forward to reading and following your blogs into 2019.


She Who Must Be Obeyed

I feel I must give SWMBO an honorary mention as it is her birthday on 22nd December.  It’s not just any old birthday, it’s her 60th.  What do you give the women who has everything, including me?  Yes that’s right, nothing.

To be fare a December birthday that close to Christmas is a nightmare.  Unrealistic to go away, pointless going out for a meal when everywhere is rowdy and all that is being served is turkey and hopeless getting people together when everyone is off to their respective families.  In short a disaster and one best deferred until the New Year.

Of course this is my interpretation not hers.  I’ll let you know how well my sales pitch is received in the New Year.  In the meanwhile I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of sleeping with someone who when I was a kid would have been the age of my granny.


Model Feminism

Let me say up front I’m not anti women nor am I a racist or homophobic.  If I don’t like someone or take exception to what they say it’s because I don’t like them or what they have to say.  One of my best mates is gay and I know and like many people from different ethinic backgrounds.  I’ve also had several women bosses over the years one of whom was probably the best boss I’ve ever had and I didn’t have to sleep with her to get on which on reflection was a shame.  The problem is some of people within these groups need to seriously lighten up.  As far as I am concerned I’m with Ricky Gervais in that there is nothing, and I mean nothing that cannot be laughed at and taken the piss out of.  There is only one rule and that is that you have to be able to give it out as well as take it.  As a ginger I’ve been taking it for years!

So where is this leading to?

Well I recently got embroiled in a conversation, quite how I’m not entirely sure.

At a recent gathering I found myself chatting to a women I had never met before and of all things found myself talking about modelling.  To be more specific the Plymouth Modelling Club.  I didn’t pick up straight away that she was some sort of feminist, partly because I was looking at her ample chest rather than registering what she actually had to say.  It was when she said “don’t you think you ought to do more about it?” that I realized that she had asked me a question.

Trying to remember quickly what I had been nodding my head in response to I recalled her asking how many women there were at the club.  Unsurprisingly there are none (you can’t count one of the young lads mum because she has to bring him and stay at the meetings because he can’t drive).

Although I pointed out that women were more than welcome to join (my witty “the pretty the better” remark wasn’t received terribly well) it was probably perceived as a male only club, a remark which was equivalent to lighting the blue touch paper and standing well clear, or so it seemed.

At this point she seemed to go off on one which was shortly followed by my having had enough.  Big chest she may have had but I couldn’t listen to her ranting on any longer.  Bringing the subject to a close I told her that when the WI allows male members and changes its name from the Women’s Institute and when the local swimming pool brings to an end female only swim sessions when there is no male equivalent, then she should feel free to come back and preach to me.

Just to be clear, the Plymouth Model club is open to women although I’m not sure how successful the advert “Plymouth Modelling Club seeks Females for club nights and Exhibitions” will prove to be.


This week TIM has been listening to …


Well that’s not entirely true, what I thought I would do as it’s Christmas week was to nominate my favorite Christmas song.  To my surprise this was tougher than I thought it would be.  It was easy to dismiss everything by Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney simply because their contributions are, to put it mildly, shit.

I Believe In Christmas by Emerson, Lake and Palmer was a candidate, so to was Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Fairy Tale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.  If I went down the romantic route then East 17 with Stay Another Day would have won through.

As it turns out I like more Christmas songs than I realized but a decision for the number one spot had to be made and so in the end I went for …

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizard.

A fun song which is what it should all be about at the end of the day.  Besides Roy Wood shouting “OK you lot, take it” has to be a classic line.

This week TIM has been watching …


Yes, you’ve guessed it, that’s not entirely true either.  I thought I would nominate my favorite festive film.  Not quite so hard for me this time round although to be fare there are some decent nominations.   After some deliberation I decided to go for …

Love Actually.

The film has a great cast and some great moments.  I could have gone for any number of brilliant clips but chose to go with “Colin’s Trip To America”.  Having been state side myself I can vouch for how true this scenario plays out.  I guess we English just have what it takes.  Meanwhile I’m off to Wisconsin for Christmas.


Until the New Year.


35 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 39)

  1. Well Dave I’m glad you have ended the year with another Pisser ! but I have to say you have competition over here in Auss ,the other IMP is starting to give me a few good laughs as well ,I told him it’s because he really is a pom, and that your mob have truly made humour into one of your greatest exports ! .PS( how old and how big !) .

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    1. Hi John, just sent you a follower invite as you have gone missing off my list. Had the same problem with Le Bim and oddly IRO contacted me the other day by email to say he was having problems with wordpress too. Looks like it might be playing up so might be worth checking your details at your end in case yo too have had people go awol. All the best, Dave

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  2. Merry Christmas! What this American does not understand is Boxing Day. Yeah, I looked it up in Wikipedia but we really have no equivalent. I think we do give folks stuff at Christmas instead. Interesting, and may your wife realize that you’re the gift that keeps giving, until she buys a new life insurance policy on you, and then seek sanctuary Dave!

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    1. Didn’t realise Boxing Day wasn’t a US thing but then again you have Thanks Giving which we don’t so perhaps that’s how they balance. You might be right about the life insurance, I’ll have to keep my wits about me. The irony at the moment is we both have policies but I pay for them both! She’s a good women and she knows I will make it up to her early in the New Year so I think I will be able to get away with things 🤞. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    2. Boxing Day isn’t a gift-giving day (at least in my lifetime) That’s Christmas Day – but it’s still a public holiday. Traditionally (in Aus, anyway) it’s when all the shops have their big sales, which you’d compare to Black Friday. Essentially when they get rid of their overstock and people spend all their Christmas money. The good thing about that is since we now have Black Friday (on limited stuff, like games and electronics) but we also still have the traditional Boxing Day sales!

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    1. A good shout on Shaking. Although we often moan about the Christmas songs, partly because they get so over played in such a short time, the reality is quite a few of them are actually very good. Seasons greetings to you and your family too. All the best for 2019 as well and I look forward to your posts in the New Year.


  3. You make me laugh you grumpy old coot haha. I agree on the jokes thing entirely but have learnt, after many, many years, that it’s important to choose your audience. For instance you pay to go see a stand up comedian because, presumably, you know what their content will include. However said comedian wouldn’t just turn up at a church gathering and start taking the piss out of God. Although that’d be quite entertaining to me! I laugh at myself, I laugh at others and I laugh every day. For me laughter is a necessity in life. In a happy life. I even laugh when shit hits the fan. A few months ago we hit a kangaroo while driving on a back road in the country. In the car was me, my wife and eldest daughter. After making sure everyone was alright I started laughing. The eldest daughter was crying but I soon had her laughing too. The wife said I was nuts but started laughing too. Hopefully the fucking kangaroo who dented my wife’s car wasn’t laughing though!!!! Haha. Merry Christmas Pal 👍🏼

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    1. Grumpy old coot, you are a cheeky git!😉

      I agree with choosing your audience and whilst I think everything is up for comedy grabs you do have to pick your moment. It certainly isn’t my aim to upset people, unless they upset me that is and then it’s gloves off, just lightening things up. Life has simply got far to serious and people have forgotten to laugh. One thing I did leave out, you too, is something I always tell my kids. It’s not what you say but how you say it. I’ve always been a cheeky chappy with the girls and to be honest I’ve gotten away with verbal murder all my life. That and not giving a shit really helps.

      I think initially I would have been upset about the kangaroo but more annoyed about the car. Then I would have had a laugh like you!

      Happy Christmas to you and your family and here’s to a good few laughs I’m 2019. 😊

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      1. Ah! An out-of-season Birthday Gift! What a great tradition you’re beginning here – since her birthday is adjacent to Christmas, she gets all the usual Christmas stuff, and then her actual Birthday present can strike ….out of nowhere! Any time of the year!

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      2. Like your thinking and just goes to show what a great guy I am! 😉 in truth neither of us are great fans of when our respective birthdays are so we started a tradition a couple of years ago to make the most of them but to make more of our wedding anniversary which falls at a better time of the year.

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  4. You should have told your new friend that “what you’re going to do about it” was that she’s more than welcome to join if she wants to begin making a difference instead of complaining at you for the enjoyment of hearing the sound of her own voice.

    As for a lack of female modellers, it’s something that has to come slowly, and from the yoof. Erm, the youth. Basically, it’ll need to come from young girls and young women getting into that hobby from an early age and then continuing through. It’s started to happen much mroe with videogames in the last decade or so, and starting to happen with miniatures gaming, though expect some pushback from overly-political right-leaning fuckheads who will label every attempt to include non-hetero-male-whites of European ancestry to be “bowing to SJWs” and “the liberal left”. Because including non-whites and girls into our treehouse of toy soldiers and videogames is a hotbutton political issue. Apparently.

    Also, expect equally fuckwitted expectations from the other side, expecting the inclusion of things like women with bionic/prosthetic arms wielding spiked cricket bats in frontline British Army combat units in WWII, and female non-Primaris Space Marines to be considered canonical.

    I’d just like to lock the people from both extreme groups in a room together.
    That’s it. Not to talk it out. Just to be locked in a room together. That I’d walk away from and never return to, let alone unlock…

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. It was one of those annoying conversations where once you got home you thought of all the things you could and should have said instead. If I ever ruled the world people like her would be amoungst the first I’d put up against the wall and have shot.

      I do think women will come into the hobby though. We know of some already via our blogging and they do some really great stuff. It is after all a creative past time and really it’s only the genre that tends to make it a male dominated world but with so much out there now there is no reason for this not to change.

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      1. Yeah, the historical nature of the modelling hobby is a little more at odds with female inclusion in terms of content, because while you do have Viking Shieldmaidens and Boudica, those are more the exceptions than the rule. That’s where moderns, and especially sci-fi and fantasy pick up the slack, which we see in our little circle of bloggers. Of course, that’s where much of the childish pushback comes from, but as I like to say: “Fuck those guys!” 🙂

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      2. So did we! We just never called our dolls and doll houses by those names. We had “Action Figures” instead (not to mention toy soldiers!) I never had a Castle Greyskull, but I did have the Star Wars Droid Factory. I’d love to get a Greyskull these days to turn into a Chaos Castle…
        The “fuck those guys” is to people who don’t want to let girls or nonwhites into the hobby and get bent out of shape when they perceive companies pandering to them because having a more diverse player base is somehow a bad thing. While Battlefield V made a godawful mess of their depiction of WWII by making every decision a poor one, I see nothing wrong with women in modern, sci-fi or fantasy combat situations, or even with them in “alternate history” situations. Along with, of course, all of the actual historical representations. 🙂

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      3. Fare point regarding action figures. As for history, too many people trying to rewrite it when the emphasis should be on learning from it. I’ll be glad when this politically correct nonsense comes to an end. Personally I don’t chose between colour, sexual orientation, religion or any form of “ism”, I just see people. Most I like, some more than others obviously and some I don’t like. Simple really. All have something to offer whatever it is you are in to.

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      4. I don’t know if it *will* come to and end, though – the age of social media makes it really easy for people to find echo chambers and become more and more radicalised into ..anything. Like, literally any whackjob end of every and any political ideology. People are more easily offended now than in any point in the past, and of course, people often have the reaction of stupidity of one stripe to go a little more extreme in the other direction themselves – as we see all too often…

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  5. Just (finally) watched your clip. I have to admit, I kept waiting for the twist/sting in the tail. I guess the twist was that there was no twist.
    By the way, no more blogging from me for awhile. Given what Americans seem to think about the Aussie accent, I’m off to Wisconsin for ̶J̶a̶n̶u̶a̶r̶y̶ ever.

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