Happy Diwali EGers! Page 3

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  • THFourteen 26 Oct 2011 16:31:07 53,839 posts
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    Happy Diwali innit!
  • smoothpete 26 Oct 2011 16:40:48 37,264 posts
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    Would it be inappropriate for me to say that I'm totally having a vindaloo later?

    Is there some religious significance around putting coconuts in rivers? Desperate to know why I keep seeing coconuts in the thames. This morning there was even one on the path next to the river so I threw it in myself. So I'm part of the mystery, I just don't know what the mystery is

    Edited by smoothpete at 16:45:18 26-10-2011
  • DocX 26 Oct 2011 16:42:08 1,963 posts
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    Aye, happy Diwali!
  • senso-ji 26 Oct 2011 16:44:53 10,114 posts
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    Happy Diwali to all. Firework displays are always a good thing.
  • smoothpete 26 Oct 2011 16:46:27 37,264 posts
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    look, coconut

    Here is another further along the river under a ramp

    WHY please god tell me why
  • neilka 26 Oct 2011 16:52:00 23,627 posts
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    Lots of laden swallows flying south this time of year.
  • DocX 26 Oct 2011 16:53:01 1,963 posts
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    Good luck, blessing from the gods, something like that. There's always a coconut in Hindu rituals.
  • smoothpete 26 Oct 2011 16:55:45 37,264 posts
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    FUCK your swallows!!!

    Seriously I even have my friend at the Environment Agency looking into it! She emailed my query to some dude who works in the waterways department. The response so far is quite funny, I will share:

    "Pete sounds like a crazy cat, does he have other hobbies, or is he just a coconut spotter. He needs to watch he doesn't burn himself out and leave a charred husk.

    You are in luck, coconuts are my specialist subject.

    I am generally stupid, but I do have a thought on this because I have noticed down the years quite a few coconuts coming past me as I pootle about waiting for something exciting to happen. I think that there are a couple of explanations:

    1. The fair is in town, some of those coconuts are not actually super-glued on to the shy and there is a chance that someone might actually knock one off. Then what do you do? Frankly, if you are of the Thai cuisine persuasion then you are middle class enough to buy a tin of coconut milk, so you are stuck with a surfeit of coconuts: ergo sling it in the river. If you are not middle class, then what are you supposed to do with a coconut: ergo sling it in the river.

    2. Hindus. I think that they have a number of religious festivals where food is offered to the river. Coconuts also have a symbolism in Hinduism that I recall from school, but can't remember. I think there is a harvest festival called Pongol or something which I guess is about this time of year, I can imagine Hindus lobbing coconuts into the River Thames because they can't afford to get to the Ganges.

    3. They are not coconuts, they are unmentionables escaped from Reading sewage treatment works, don't try to crack them open and gnaw on the milky innards.

    That's all I can think of. If I had to choose which was most likely, its probably the Hindus."
  • THFourteen 26 Oct 2011 17:06:25 53,839 posts
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    Lol

    there is something religious about coconuts, often used in blessing ceremonies but I'm not a very good Hindu so I don't really know.

    I'm cooking an m&s easy cook biriyani to celebrate.
  • Sonic_D 26 Oct 2011 17:08:09 126 posts
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    Happy Diwali to my fellow EG'ers.
  • MetalDog 26 Oct 2011 17:17:15 24,076 posts
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    Happy Diwali guys!

    Mmmm, curry. Shop night as well, curry will be at least bought for so I can make one on Saturday =)
  • JoeBlade 26 Oct 2011 19:27:42 5,377 posts
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    Being Indian nor British I wasn't aware of the existence of Diwali until a couple of months ago.
    I learned about it through a film trailer of all things. It was for some cheesy Bollywood action flick which was meant to be released "this Diwali".
    The deep dramatic voice uttering the words made sure I'll never forget about it :p
  • PazJohnMitch 27 Oct 2011 00:02:49 16,303 posts
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    Can people please stop setting off fireworks now?

    It was been like WW3 for the last 3 hours. I thought it has the festival of light not loud bangs.

    :evil:
  • senso-ji 27 Oct 2011 09:38:14 10,114 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    Can people please stop setting off fireworks now?

    It was been like WW3 for the last 3 hours. I thought it has the festival of light not loud bangs.

    :evil:
    You're going to be even more annoyed in a week's time...
  • THFourteen 27 Oct 2011 09:47:05 53,839 posts
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    actually it was just people playing battlefield 3 really loudly
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    All the best
  • PazJohnMitch 27 Oct 2011 21:23:28 16,303 posts
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    senso-ji wrote:
    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    Can people please stop setting off fireworks now?

    It was been like WW3 for the last 3 hours. I thought it has the festival of light not loud bangs.

    :evil:
    You're going to be even more annoyed in a week's time...
    Fireworks lasted until 2 am last night. Completely ridiculous. Much worse than previous years where people generally tried to compete on lavish fireworks not who could set off the same cheap set the latest.

    Generally people here do not bother with Nov 5th.
  • Deleted user 27 October 2011 21:32:32
    Is that what the fireworks were for, :) Thought my town wasn't multicultural enough.

    Quite cool.

    Edited by bitch_tits_zero_nine at 21:34:07 27-10-2011
  • Deleted user 13 November 2012 13:48:04
    Happy Diwali time again!

    Remember to eat loads of fatty food! :)
  • 1Dgaf 13 Nov 2012 13:59:53 5,161 posts
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    It's actually divali, with a V. Which is a bit weird, considering that Indians can't W words properly.
  • Stickman 13 Nov 2012 14:01:52 29,986 posts
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    No it isn't.
  • Deleted user 13 November 2012 14:04:39
    And Indians can pronounce Vs.
  • neilka 13 Nov 2012 14:10:10 23,627 posts
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    And it's Easter.
  • Dirtbox 13 Nov 2012 14:10:16 91,582 posts
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  • 1Dgaf 13 Nov 2012 14:11:29 5,161 posts
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    OK, I generalised a bit. Of course millions of them can, but it's common thing in the same way that L is harder to say for Japanese speakers.

    Next time you go to INdia, just ask one say to say 'Victor vetted the vectors of his videos'. And, yes, it's divali with a v.

    Actually, it's then a bit weird that they have names like Vijay and cities like Varanasi.

    Edited by 1Dgaf at 14:12:07 13-11-2012

    Edited by 1Dgaf at 14:13:57 13-11-2012
  • Stickman 13 Nov 2012 14:12:29 29,986 posts
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    No it isn't.
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