04 April 2004 11:14
Re: I now have a little time.
You're going all over defensive on me again. We all live in and around this town and want whats best for it, if you had been at all the possible meetings you would have known what was being asked for. I thought you had your own contacts who would have brought you up to speed. We are a small community and everyone knows everyone or they know a man who does, so it doesn't pay to slag someone off. Yes Trude,( normal nickname) knows that since she has the job she has she will never please all of the people, and is up for taking some stick where deserved or otherwise since it goes with the territory, being called such things as pitiful however tend to stick in the craw. So now that things seem better from your perspective, although why you should ever think providing our yoofs with a skatepark was down to the cops alone I'll never understand, she has asked that instead of knocking her and her boss you lend a hand. She has asked me to pass on her compliments and to ask if you will help OSSKA set up it's own website when it goes for the site at the Rugby Club so that instead of slagging off those who are genuinely trying to do something, you can put something into the society that you say you are a part of. She says that you know where to find her if you are willing to help! She also said that as her name ends in i it is not a derivitive of either Ermentrude or Gertrude, which are both German, but is from the Swiss version, like Heidi. She will however answer to most thing provided they are polite! Enjoyed your latest page, much improved whilst still good fun. Cheers, The Lady.
04 April 2004 16:12
Can't think why I'd go all defensive. It's almost as inexplicable as why people curl up in a ball when they're having the crap kicked out of them. It also presupposes that the only way to settle an argument is to shout very loudly and ignore counterpoints. I was actually brought up in the educated tradition of debating a point of contention. Still, I suppose it is the inevitable consequence of being prepared to do something yourself and stand up and be counted for it. It is, after all, far easier to just sit on the touchlines and cherry pick your arguments when it suits you. Oddly enough despite the many accusations of malfeasance, incompetence and error not one of those critics has actually had the honesty or commitment to counter SSI with their own website.
You miss the point as to my railing against Trudes & co. I never thought that getting the skateboard park was down to the police. What upset me and what I commented on in the website bulletins, if you care to backtrack through them, was that the police appeared to be only concerned with providing the park. Whenever the subject cropped up in the press it seemed to boil down to resis/visitors complaining about skateboard harassment and the police saying that it was because there wasn't a skateboard park. There never seemed to be any public admission on the part of the police that there was any sort of criminality taking place within the skateboarder flocks. As I said in my e-mus with Winwaloe last week, what came out of the meeting at the Guildhall seemed to be the first public admission that there was a law and order problem, not just a leisure issue, involved. Now that that situation has been acknowledged I feel more inclined to charity.
That said, I'm not sure what use I'd be to Trudes and OSSKA. For starters I am old and decrepit and I thought the problem was that there was a lack of young blood coming into OSSKA. Also, as you have never hesitated to point out, my website's crap. Why would you want such a turkey as myself to set up another poo website? Would you really trust someone who is "slagging off those who are genuinely trying to do something"? Given that you have railed against anything and everything I've done on the website how can you logically justify asking for my input? Abuse may be the highest form of flattery but I fear your man-management skills might need working on!
However, in the unlikely event that your assassins haven't caught up with me and I'm still alive when these things come to pass I could help Trudes out if she's desperate. (She'll know where to find me). That said, you seem to have your finger completely on the pulse of everything so wouldn't it be better if you did it?
PS. The 'i' on the end of names is a diminutive in the German language, not a Swiss affectation. Same as we stick 'i's and, more usually, 'y's on the end of diminutives in English. (Hardly surprising given the philological commonalities of English and German). Hence, 'Hansi', 'Fredi', 'Dolfi', 'Willi', etc. I presume that Trudi is a diminutive of Gertrude (I'm not even sure that Ermintrude is a real name!). Of course, I'm not disputing that Trudi is a 'Trudi' as opposed to a Gertrude but it is like when parents these days actually christen their sprogs 'Bill' rather than 'officially William but universally known as Bill'. Still, at the end of the day 'Es macht nichts, nicht wahr?'.
PPS. How come you are acting as Trudes' interpreter? I know she can speak, read and write and, as you have pointed out, she knows how and where to find me.
04 April 2004 21:27
1. I don't know you well enough, nor your little side-kicks to be able to 'cherrypick
jack shit. I take you as I find you and that is wanting.
05 April 2004 11:20
1. Au contraire, you shouldn't be so hard on yourself, you do it very well.
Then why bother trying to engage my services?
06 April 2004 00:34
Yeh, yeh, deserved the slap, not only from you but also got one from Trudi, literally, for using bad language. No I am nothing to do with OSSKA and have no axe to grind either way. It's been a bit of fun in an otherwise boring life at the moment,however I concede and will hand you over to Trudi herself, provided you promise not to put her e-mail address into the public domain at any point. I take it that you are happy to help OSSKA and if so Trudes will be delighted. Once you have replied with affirmatives I will cease to darken your door, The Lady.
06 April 2004 08:50
07 April 2004 23:53
Sorry for the delay, my system crashed and Trudi was not going to be back on line until today, perhaps she has already been in touch? If you would like to help the man to see is Peter Williams at the candle shop in Fore Street, he is going to be the , excuse atrocious pun, guiding light behind OSSKA from now on. It was his idea apparently to put OSSKA on the net. He is online and I'm sure he could do with some help from an officionado such as yourself. Go on Jelly, bite the bullet. I agree with you that a skateboarder detester could actually be useful in the creation of a balanced website. I think I cocked up again, if I can use that expression on this so polite interface, what Trudi wishes is dialogue with you alone and not to have her posted along with the other few who regularly chat to you. If that's not allowed then please tell her when and if she get's in touch. I may be seeing her tomorrow and expect another ticking off! We're good mates really!! I have made nuffink up in our chats together, I have never been in the Sloop with her so have no idea where she sits however the idea of you spying on her I found unsettling. Promise me you'll go and speak to her if it happens again. Hope to speak to you again provided she doesn't unplug me, The Lady.
08 April 2004 09:35
No sign of her, so far. [Spoke to her today (Good
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