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Have you ever been photographed sat on a balcony eating a croissant; or wallowed in luxury just for the sake of it? What's the most ostentatious thing you ever seen or done?

(, Thu 28 Jul 2011, 13:18)
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I listen to the Smiths.
It's not expensive, but it is self-indulgent.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 14:36, Reply)
When I was a wee lad
I stuck my head under the icecream machine at Pizza Hutt and just ate it straight out the machine

Why can't adults do this kind of thing? :(
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 14:19, 1 reply)
On the first day of Christmas...
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 14:06, Reply)
I once went to a Muse concert...

(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 13:12, 11 replies)
Tonight's the launch party for the Edinburgh Festival
...I've just overseen delivery of half a metric fuckload of free Stolichnaya. So far we've got 1400 on the guest list with four free drink tokens each, some big name acts who will all be wanting megapennies, fireworks, jazz, etc etc etc. I can't even imagine how much is being laid out on this one, but I've put aside a small envelope of the drinks tokens for personal use.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 13:11, 5 replies)
This morning, as I breakfasted on ryvita and organic apricot jam (I'm on a diet as I want to get slim for my holiday)
I was listening to my new digital radio, and heard about the Somalians dying of starvation.

That must be terrible.

Still - must dash - I've promised myself a new laptop and a few computer games.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 11:13, 1 reply)
Dook Nookem 4eva
Not only did I buy the game, I went and bought the Balls of Steel special edition for the PC.

Miniature Duke bust, playing cards, two die and a couple of gambling chips all for £50.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 10:54, 4 replies)
Wet wipes for that luxury post-shit pampering.

(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 10:50, Reply)
Liquid gold Ozzie style
Due to all sorts of natural disasters in between sunshine - probably due to God trying to smite out the budgie smuggler* epidemic that has remained unchecked in the last 50 years, Australian bananas are now stunningly expensive. AU$13.00 per kg, recent comparison in a newspaper suggested a UK banana remains well under $1 compared with 3 to 4 dollars EACH in Australia.
So, not only do I sit on our balcony looking smug with a curved food item not a croissant, I also let them go a bit black, squidgy and yerghh and then make banana bread for extra ostentatous nyoms. Will be exploring lobster cake next

*"Speedo" style snug swimwear as worn by politicians and fat men. BMI of individual inversely related to size of cozzie usually
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 10:18, 3 replies)
Worlds strongest beer?
After sampling Brewdog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin with friends (32% and 35 quid) which at the time was the strongest beer in the world I decided it needed pimping.

As us men were sampling the real stuff the girlies were enjoying a bottle of Veuve Cliqot Champagney stuff.

I needed to mix the two. I felt indulgent. And the outcome was rather nice actually.

Buggered if I can find the photos we took of it though.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 10:00, 13 replies)
Not exactly conspicuous or consumption
So I haven't been on holiday in six years - my holidays have usually been taken up with work whether I've liked it or not, or otherwise have been borassic - and just started a new job. I've booked a week off in a fortnight's time.

What to do? Holiday in Benidorm? Holiday in Cornwall - actually scratch that, it'll cost less to go abroad than to holiday in this lousy country.

No. My schedule is:
Saturday 20 Essex v Gloucesters at Colchester
Sunday 21 Bedfords v Lincolns at Luton
Monday 22 England v India at the Oval (last day of the 4th Test, tickets £15 online. Result)
Tuesday 23 Bucks v Norfolk at Slough
Wednesday 24 Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford
Thursday 25 Berkshire v Hertfords at Lord's
Friday 26 Kent v Indians at Canterbury
Saturday 27 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

Either I will be in crowds of one where no-one will notice me or in crowds of tens of thousands where no-one will notice me. So not that conspicuous. However it should set me back less than half what a week in Bognor would set me back, and I'll get just as sun tanned anyway, and enjoy it more. Just wanted to self-indulgently squawk about it. If anyone spots a Honda Accord in any of these places, it's mine.
(, Thu 4 Aug 2011, 0:00, 3 replies)
I had a huge meal once
Ate out a fat girl.

(, Wed 3 Aug 2011, 22:08, 1 reply)
I decided to splurge
on a couple of Middle Eastern wars. Well, I didn't decide. But I did pay for it.
(, Wed 3 Aug 2011, 18:43, 71 replies)
The labelled protein I use costs £200 for 0.1 mg.

And someone else pays for it.

*Blows raspberry*
(, Wed 3 Aug 2011, 17:46, 16 replies)

I have a good friend who was for a long time a gamekeeper on an Oxfordshire estate belonging to a Middle Eastern minor royalty type. The whole estate existed purely for this guy and his friends to fly in on the helicopter and shoot some birds in the Autumn.

One time i visited and whilst doing the usual burn around in the 4x4 my mate asked me to see if i could spot what was different about the estate. I knew there was something different from the previous trip up of 3 years previously but couldnt quite put my finger on it, Turned out that the 4 acre island studded pond/lake we were driving round hadnt existed. The owner had flown in one season and decided he was bored of the view from his mansion so decided to have a nice new aquascape sculpted by JCBs etc and then beautifully landscaped as well as stocked with some rare breeds of water fowl and lots of those posh carp.

I still to this day cant really get my head round the whole "I'm bored of the view, change it" kind of ostentatiousness.

The following year year the estate manager was given a somewhat luxurious tip of a brand spanking new Range Rover, one which had been bought purely for the one trip over by a friend of the owner and who couldnt be arsed either shipping or selling the thing after the shooting jollies were over. Its only 60grand of truck after all, not worth fucking about with for that kind of small change. My mate did alright out of it too as he inherited the estate managers 2 year old Land Rover
(, Wed 3 Aug 2011, 17:13, Reply)
dr baconlove or how i learned to love the working in a supermarket
I didnt think i had anything to share but themanwithplan's story made me remember 2 incidents back when i was a student.

The first was one night when I was working in a supermarket which rhymes with Tesco. A manager had found a couple of hundred quids worth of bacon going out of date that day at 730pm. no chance of selling it so divys it up and I go home to have 2 bacon rolls with approximately 12-15 rashers per roll...heaven!

the second involves my flatmate at time who worked in corporate catering with a bank almost wholly owned by the government now. He had been working at some corporate function with a buffet and when it was finished he loads of food home for us to eat. We were going out that night though, so cue our post pub munchies being tonnes of smoked salmon, fist thick fillet steaks and chicken skewers!
(, Wed 3 Aug 2011, 16:26, 3 replies)

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