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0457: Stuck in I Think Therefore Iamb 7th Nov, 2018
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Mel Cormac
Well, the good news is Anna will definitely be leaving the flat now.

Clarifications for non-Brits, courtesy of Steveha:
Those of us who don't live in the UK may not be familiar with the idiom "swings and roundabouts". This is a reference to a common phrase "losing on the swings but gaining on the roundabouts", and it means something like "better and worse at the same time, working out to about the same."

Also, in America we would say "bobby pin" (or, informally, "hairpin") rather than "hair grip".
User comments:

TheMario360
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TheMario360
Time for round two apparently. XD
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
So much for sneaking out!
Microraptor
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Microraptor
The best lies are always those with a kernel of truth...

And I was half expecting the last panel to be Seth fleeing in terror.
But it turned out that... he is apparently into that kind of thing.
Well, I won't judge. ;-)
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
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shibazoid!
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shibazoid!
Gemma confirmed for wife material
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
She was secretly best girl all along
steveha
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steveha
Those of us who don't live in the UK may not be familiar with the idiom "swings and roundabouts". This is a reference to a common phrase "losing on the swings but gaining on the roundabouts", and it means something like "better and worse at the same time, working out to about the same."

Swings and roundabouts can be found on a children's playground. In America "swings" are called by the same word, and "roundabouts" are called "merry-go-rounds" (at least in my experience).

In popular culture: the song "Script for a Jester's Tear" by the band Marillion contains these lyrics:

"So here I am once more in the playground of the broken hearts... I'm losing on the swings, I'm losing on the roundabouts..."

Yeah, it's not a cheerful song.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/216204/why-does-swings-and-roundabouts-mean-gains-and-losses-that-offset-each-other


P.S. Also, in America we would say "bobby pin" (or, informally, "hairpin") rather than "hair grip". A "hairpin" could mean an actual pin but nonetheless I've seen about a million movies that have a scene where someone picks a lock with a "hairpin".
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh damn, usually I explain what UK terms mean in the author comment, but in both those examples it didn't even occur to me that they weren't widely used outside the UK! Thanks for the clarifications, is it cool of I copy-paste them into the author comment?
steveha
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steveha
Please feel free to copy/paste my comments anywhere you like. I wasn't planning to sell those comments for a multi-million dollar movie franchise or anything.

"Swings and Roundabouts and Hair Grips... coming soon to a theatre near you. Starring Tom Cruise. Rated R."
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Would hate to steal your intellectual property ;)
ProfEtheric
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ProfEtheric
@ steveha: Dang, you beat me to the Marillion (that song is one of my faves of ALL TIME).

Your explanation actually cleared some things up for me. Thank you.

@ Mel: Oh my stars and garters... Gemma is either really good for Seth. I am unsure which at this point.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
It is unclear to me whether or not their involvement with each other is a net positive... XD
steveha
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steveha
You're welcome! ^_^
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Why am I not even slightly surprised that Seth goes for handcuffs bondage play? How could I possibly have known, or guessed, or even vaguely imagined that he may be into that?

Also, I wonder if this counts as crossing the line twice on Anna's bad mood so that Seth can get out of this scot-free? I could well see this as the straw that breaks the back of Anna's foul mood and wraps it around from incandescently, incendiary-grade incensed through to meditatively, philosophically calm and placid. Or perhaps she'd be creatively inspired?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Or she gets so outrageously angry it shoots the moon and she just starts laughing?

Yeah, there have been speculations in the comments about Seth possibly being a masochist, or at least enjoying punishment, so it makes sense you're not surprised! Apparently he gives off a vibe!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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If it weren't such a perverse grope behind the 4th wall I'd ask if him being "into that" happened because of the comments. If it was, best not to tell us though: Explaining a joke often kills it.
HiFranc
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HiFranc
So he’s a bottom?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Put simply... yes!
HiFranc
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HiFranc
Just had a thought - wouldn’t the marks from the cuffs give him away? Not quite red handed but
...puts on sunglasses...
red wristed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X-LZWMc-OEY
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I love this