Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the day

Colin Craig outside the castle where he works.

Colin Craig outside the castle where he works.

Today’s face of the day has stopped tilting at Windmills for a moment, in order to focus on building an affordable housing development.

Colin works in a castle so I was a bit concerned at what his idea of affordable housing might look like.

Colin Craigs castle office

Colin Craig’s castle office

Luckily ‘ Nicky Hager style’, I have had some information ‘ leaked’ to me on a memory stick, ( after I tracked down and hounded the hacker and paid him in bitcoins)

I can now exclusively reveal to WO readers a photo of Colin’s prototype affordable home. It was built at a super secret location with the help of a Green politician and is a truly unique design.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

reify (verb) – To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing,” 1854, back-formation from reification, or else from re-, stem of Latin res “thing, object; matter, affair, event; circumstance, condition,” from PIE *re- “to bestow, endow” + -fy.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 12

21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

Friday nightCap

Dad jokes never get old


Are you here for an argument?

After last week’s Omnshambles, let’s see if I can do better:


Good evening, and welcome to tonight’s ANNOUNCEMENT about tomorrow’s 8:01pm Debate. The Moot:

THAT We should allow parents to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks if medical experts detect a credible risk of major disability to the child.

If you like to participate in that debate, please REPLY to this post and say so.   You will be assigned into teams tomorrow, so you won’t know what side you are on until the debate starts.

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Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

The word “Scientist” first appeared in 1833. (Source)

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A fine romance… with no kisses


They’ve had a bit of a storm surge up top