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[Jan. 26th, 2009|11:16 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
When I turned on my alarm last night before going to sleep I managed to set it to "Buzzer" rather than "DAB"1 so that it woke me this morning with a godawful screeching noise. I bet I forget to change it tonight, and probably every fvcking night this week. I turned that off, and then turned the radio on so that I could lie in bed for a while getting annoyed by Denis MacShane, who actually tried to make political capital for the government over the Corus job cuts. He said something like "At least we aren't seeing plant closures, like we did in the last recession, when Ken Clarke was a member of the government." Srsly. Because, yes, everyone knows that this recession is going to be a cakewalk compared to the last couple, don't they?

He also surprised and confused me by pronouncing the word "tonnes" as "tunnies". Is that right? I'd always assumed it was pronounced the same way as "tons" but he's made me question my own beliefs.

I also managed to come to work today in a dirty top. It wasn't until I got on the train that I noticed the mustard stain. Hooray!


1That's DAB radio, obv, but Wouldn't it be nice if you could get an alarm clock that gently dabbed you awake in the morning?2

2That's called "a wife", isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2009-01-26 11:21 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have the same sort of clock radio as me. I usually set two alarms for the morning - one for about 10 minutes before I want to get up (Five Live, on low volume, to ease me awake) and then my iPod comes on loud, on whatever playlist I fell asleep listening to.

If for some reason I forget to dock my iPod, I get Awful Buzzer From Hell though.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-01-26 11:23 am (UTC)
Mine doesn't do any iPod docking stuff - it just has the option of buzzer, DAB or FM.

I fail to see how waking up to Nicky Campbell could be described as being "eased" awake, especially at low volume. It sounds like the kind of thing that could leak into a dream, and turn it into a nightmare.
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[User Picture]From: nja
2009-01-26 11:38 am (UTC)
I've also heard tonnes pronounced more or less the same as "tongs" but without the g sound. Just as wrong as Denis MacShane.
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[User Picture]From: burkesworks
2009-01-26 11:39 am (UTC)
then turned the radio on so that I could lie in bed for a while getting annoyed by Denis MacShane

You sure your alarm was set to "annoying buzzing noise" all along?
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[User Picture]From: cdave
2009-01-26 11:50 am (UTC)
1I tend to see those initials as DAR because I've been reading it for years.

I did wonder what an American lesbian webcartoonist was doing waking you up.
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[User Picture]From: cob_web
2009-01-26 11:55 am (UTC)
I heard that too, I'm pretty sure he is a numpty, as I always pronounced them the same.

re: 2 - in our house its the other way around. I can never wake up so matt has to poke me. He literally kicked my out of bed the other day. I would have got cross but I did have a meeting to get to.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-01-26 12:16 pm (UTC)
He is an numpty, but at least he's reduced the usual ambiguity caused by the (correct) identical pronunciation of tons/tonnes.

In other news, I need a wife.
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[User Picture]From: classytart
2009-01-26 08:19 pm (UTC)
I've heard the "tunnies" pronunciation before, when making the distinction not in writing. So you get stuff like '1 tun is about 0.9 tunnies'. If not saying both, though, you're just being a dick.

I need a wife, too. I've long argued that what I really need is a foldaway '50s housewife - she can do my cleaning, and wave me off to work, and welcome me home, and sort out the bills, and make me feel all smart, then hop into her drawer when I want alone time/bed/menfolk.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-01-27 08:33 am (UTC)
What I have is a non-foldaway 50-ish husband who does, actually, do a lot of that stuff, but I'm out to work before he gets up with our son, so I'm the one waking him up.
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[User Picture]From: minnesattva
2009-01-26 12:26 pm (UTC)
Not in this house it isn't! :)
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[User Picture]From: classytart
2009-01-26 08:21 pm (UTC)
The most shocking wakeup I ever got was when I left a Rammstein CD in my CD player, which has a timer to come on 5 mins before my HorridNoiseGetOutOfBed alarm. There's nothing quite like being woken by Germans shouting over a heavy industrial soundtrack.
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