Monday, 22 January 2018

BRAND IDENTITY vs BRAND IDIOCY

In the blogging community two of the leading consortiums (TCI leads by a very big margin) have adopted new logos to bring instant recognition to their existence.

One, THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ has adopted a logo that quickly informs the viewer of the nature of the blog association:



In this case 'curmudgeon' is stated clearly and concisely and the associated grouping of curmudgeons is indicated by the cluster of heads above the wording.


  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Informative
  • Elegant

The other, THE BASS BAGGING HEXAGRAM has committed to a confusing logo that says nothing about bass bagging and could be promoting any kind of six-sided identity:



This is pretty. .............. pretty awful, ha ha ha, - a little marketing joke there.

It doesn't tell us anything about the association it represents.

  • Confusing
  • Obtuse
  • Distracting
  • Irrelevent

To my mind THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ logo is a clear winner. The other one is idiotic.

SAVED BY THE ..... PANTS

I was running a bath and decided to ask The Old Girl if she wanted the water after me.

She was working in the study with the door closed. I walked in to see that she was on a work video-conference call. I apologised and backed out. It was kind of like this:

CORRESPONDENT INTERRUPTED BY HIS CHILDREN ON AIR

Richard will be pleased to know that I was wearing shorts. Just shorts. It was lucky that I hadn't stripped those off for the bath before going in to the study. As it was the person The Old Girl was talking to thought it was funny.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

NEW POST - THE CURMUDGEON'S AGONY AUNT

The Curmudgeon's Agony Aunt has created a new post.

It seems that she's a bit cantankerous at the moment and  is a bit harsh in her comments.






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At THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ we do not censure members posts as we consider that they are all old enough and ugly enough to know better and to take responsibility for their own actions.

We do have a service however whereby aggrieved individuals can contact THE CURMUDGEON and I will make appropriate soothing motions and say something nice in mitigation. Note: No other blogging incorporation offers this service.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

NEW POST - THE NEW DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BILL

Bill just got back from travelling and published a new post     HERE 








It's good that he's busy but I'm starting to have some second thoughts (sorry Robert) about his appointment.

We'll just have to have a think about this.

ROBERT'S BACK

Yes, you heard it here first - Robert's back.



OK, OK no need for the thundering applause. Don't get too excited. The new incarnation is hardly the second coming.




See HERE if you want to check out the new blog or his second one HERE .

"Bugger the violin - give me a couple of tambourines'


The first is named RP (he forgot the 'I') and the second one is named A composer's Journey. At least the first one has a sort of post attached. The second would be better named 'A Decomposer's Journey'

Oops, best to be careful not to be critical or he'll delete them again and we'll be left having only Richard's infrequent posts to read.

Maybe I should take over one of his blogs and at least try to write a few posts (in the Robert style). Richard or Angry Jesus made an attempt but it fizzled.




NEW POST - THE NEW DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BILL

Ha ha, Bill's been busy.

He's created a new post after having been back to about 1963 in Wellington.
He took a pic of me and brought it back.

That's quite considerate of him ... I think. I hope he's not taking the piss....nah, Bill wouldn't do that. Well done Bill. Keep up the good work.







Friday, 19 January 2018

NEW POST - THE NEW DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BILL

Bill asked me to link to a new Post he's written.

I haven't had time to read it yet but I trust him ....I think.... I've been up to the Club this evening and had a couple of Chardonnays. Richard would approve. They are in big glasses, it's a good (not cleanskin though) Gisborne Chardonnay at $ 5 a glass.






NEW POST - THE NEW DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BILL

New Different Time Zone Bill is a great addition to the team. He's been busy going back and forth gathering some fantastic information that he'll share with us when he has time. (joke).

He has a new post where the little prankster went back and took a shot of me as a little kid. I don't think he's taking the piss - we'll see.





NEW POST - THE DARKER CURMUDGEON


I was going to entertain readers with some items from the past in the good old radio and television summer tradition but a grumpy old bastard (even grumpier than the various curmudgeons) objected.

Instead I trawled through all of the unpublished Drafts which have been shared out among members of THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ.

The Darker Curmudgeon chose this one as he thought it better to be hidden rather than to appear on the regular Curmudgeon's page as The Old Girl might object.







THE END OF THE GOLDEN WEATHER



There's always a bit of tristesse at this time of year when Summer holidays are finishing and the working year looms.

I don't work anymore - that sounds funny as it suggests that I'm broken - no, I'm retired being the proud bearer of a Gold Card and a Senior Cinema Buzz Card so don't have to go back to work after the Summer holidays but still feel the sentiment.

This morning National Radio announced the last day of their 'Summer Report'. To me in the past this was always the official recognition that the fun was over and it was time to get serious.



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THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ members have been enjoying a well deserved break but today will remind them that it's time to start cranking up their lap-tops, dusting off the old cerebral cobwebs and to get out there researching interesting, informative and funny stories for our readers enjoyment and edification.

To this end, to help ease their way back in we will have a week of revisiting some old favourites that each of the members will select depending on subject matter and the relevance to his/her orientation.

THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ - 'MANY HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE'







NEW POST - THE CURMUDGEON EXPRESS

Richard (of RBB) has complained that some members of THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ have been dragging the chain a bit and don't seem to have come back from holiday yet.

Fair enough but we at THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ believe that hard work should be rewarded so allow our members at least 2 months holiday a year.

THE CURMUDGEON EXPRESS has volunteered to do a post to keep the old guy happy.





Thursday, 18 January 2018

I WILL LOOK FOR YOU, I WILL FIND YOU, AND .....

......... I will make you watch my latest lot of stuff and nonsense movie.





GOOD OLD LIAM - STILL DOING IT



It's been raining heavily up here for a couple of days and there's not much to be done outdoors unless you have a dog to walk or are a nutter so when I went into town today, I thought I might as well see a film. Actually I went to the local cinema where they don't show films, they show 'movies'. I have an O.A.P. Cine Buzz card ( naff naming I know) which lets me see 'movies' for $9 and I get credits towards free 'movies'.

There wasn't a lot of choice as it's still school holidays (Bah Humbug) but there was the new Liam Neeson one named 'Commuter' that, being an 'M' would bar most of the screaming kids from going in to view. I bought a ticket for the next screening and went outside to find a coffee bar to kill a half hour. 

I left my car in the carpark building that houses the cinema complex. All day parking is $1.00. Yes, you heard it right. $1.00. Parking is cheap in Whangarei. I took the 'Two Hours Free' option though and parked on the roof (uncovered) which was one floor up. Us O.A.P.'s need to watch our pennies you know otherwise how would we ever afford those bottles of Mission Special Reserve Chardonnay at $20.99 each.

Richard would have loved this movie. Why? Because it was crap. It was full of ridiculous fight scenes. Unbelievable train crash scenes. Rubbish dialogue. Poor acting. Liam using the cell-phone a lot - speaking menacingly in a deep voice. All held together by a tenuous and utterly nonsensical plot.



Just like a Bruce Willis movie 





NEW POST - THE CULTURED CURMUDGEON

See:  "YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE..."



Wednesday, 17 January 2018

BREAKING NEWS - NEW BLOGGER TO THE COMMUNITY


A new blogger has joined THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ.

Welcome to    THE NEW DIFFERENT TIME ZONE BILL




Different Time Zone Bill has been around for a while but suffered an unfortunate 'accident' before Christmas that laid him low for a while. After some time he has decided to refresh his blog and his associations. We have a chance to chat with him about this now.

Interview Wednesday 17 January : The Curmudgeon (TC) and The New Different Time Zone Bill (B):

TC: Well Bill, thanks for coming in this morning, I know that you must be busy.

B: No, I'm never busy TC, at least not in the conventional sense as with my ability to switch time zones I can just backtrack at any time or simply just bugger off elsewhere.

TC: Yes, I see. I'd love to ask you about the future but "Que Sera Sera ...."

B: I can see what you did there TC. Doris Day - very clever. This is why I've decided to leave Richard (of RBB) and go with a blogging community that understands classic literature and comedy and makes great use of puns.

TC: Yes, let's talk about that Bill. I know that there was an unfortunate ....

B: Look TC, please don't be mealy-mouthed about that. Gardener king hit me OK? He and his cronies Reacher and Humbert are bastards. I can't stand that Baxter guy that hangs around BBB ..

TC: BBB?

B: Yes, BBB - stands for
Bass Bag Blogs' - Richard's new consortium. The Confederation fell apart. It's not a very clever name but hey, It's Richard we're talking about. What can I say? He comes to a bad .....oops, shouldn't really say that should I. Anyway I hate this Baxter guy but I'm pleased that he's taken it to those neanderthals who..

TC: Calm down Bill. Think nice thoughts ...Bill...Bill....

B: Sorry T, I just shot off to Tahiti there to relax and calm down. My old mate Gaugin and I had some absinthe and ogled a few delightful Polynesian girls. Very nice.

TC: Good. Anyway, on behalf of THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ. I'd like to offer our sincere apologies for any, um, misunderstanding and we'd like to ....

B: Hey TC, no problems. I would have been bothered but Richard and his cronies sidelined me. After my ...... accident they basically forgot about me. They formed a new clique made up of the old guy, Angry Jesus, Akish, Bin and the other two Richards. They left me out the ungrateful bastards and now he's gone off on holiday to Masterton...

TC: OK, I get the picture. Now can you please sign this contract here. I'd like to get things underway.
       THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ. has need of a guy with your skills. It would be handy to go back in time to read Robert's blog posts .......

B: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

TC: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

B: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....TC you crack me up.

TC:  Ha ha ha ha ha ..wooeee! Ha ha . Yes, that was funny. No, we'd like to have you go back and forth to check out things for us. Are you up for that Bill?  Bill?......Bill?...

B:  Sorry, had to go forward a bit to see if Robert creates a new blog. We're safe for a little while. I checked out Richard as well. He's on holiday as you know and is still moaning about Shelley having bought a $20 bottle of wine. He should get over it (but won't).


Bill signed the contract and then had to shoot away promising to write some posts in the future (or the past).

The Curmudgeon has to go for a walk while the wind has dropped down a bit.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

GONE AGAIN




No, not the excellent Patti Smith song and album of the same name, but Robert's strange and disturbing blog. Gone again.

Robert does this regularly like a snake shedding skin. He writes a lot of posts (some good) and then, in a fit of pique, boredom or as a response to a scathing comment from Richard (and I must confess, once or twice from me) deletes not just the posts but the entire blog.

Richard did this a couple of years ago to his own blog in a paranoiac response to some work Nazis discovering his blog and making some sort of issue of it. He would have been better making a hat out of aluminium foil and wearing it rather than deleting the blog and all of its history as, believe it or not, Richard had written some pretty amazing posts over the last decade (strange yes but also good).

In the recent incarnation Robert's blog looked like it was here to stay. He hadn't been deleting the posts and, apart from the religious diatribe and nonsense relating to creationism, catechism  and other 'isms' promulgated by the Catholic Church, was contributing to the lively dialogue practised by the many, few, two other contributing blogs.

It was kind of like a voluntary 'burning of the books' as done by Martin Luther, The Nazis, the Soviets, and the rabid Right in USA.



Robert just cuts out the middleman.



Oh what a loss to humanity.






A CONFESSION

In a couple of previous posts I suggested that I wander about naked up here in the North.



This got two old jokers down in Lower Hutt into a bit of a tizz. They got a bit excited about this for some reason although one of them, Robert eventually embraced the idea and now wanders around shopping malls with no clothes on. He is a house cleaner and I suspect that he gets his kit off when he's inside other people's homes. I bet they get a bit of a shock if they have security cameras installed.



The truth is that I don't wander around naked except for when I have a bath or a shower and walk down our long hallway to get fresh clothes from the laundry cupboard. It's been really hot up here the last couple of weeks though and I tend to just wear underpants and shorts.

There's nothing wrong with the old body though. It might no longer look like Donatello's David but it's still pretty good.






BRAND IDENTITY vs BRAND IDIOCY

In the blogging community two of the leading consortiums (TCI leads by a very big margin) have adopted new logos to bring instant recognitio...