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Brenda Clough
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I theorize that they set up like gelatin, in a short period of time. This also explains why the weight accumulates around your tummy.

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I suspect, sadly, that you're right. Even though I always break a piece of CAKE into two (and share it with the larger teddy-bears, who are very partial to it), I don't think the calories are going anywhere except where I don't want them to go.

I've been quite good today: all I've eaten is a couple of scrambled eggs on toast. That surely gives me a few virtue points so that I can have something nice in the pub after choir practice*.

I don't suppose the two glasses of WINE I'll have with it would negate the calories ... [Big Grin]

* I couldn't sing comfortably if I had supper before choir practice, so I feel quite justified in having something afterwards.

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I watched a TV programme that brought it home to me.

“One extra cracker a day more than you need will put a stone on in a remarkably short time”

True [Waterworks]

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Ah, but if you take out the terrible joke, the paper hat and the naff little trinket, crackers become lighter.
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I watched a TV programme that brought it home to me.

“One extra cracker a day more than you need will put a stone on in a remarkably short time”

True [Waterworks]

Oh I don't know. It has taken me 30 years to get from a comfortable 13 stone to a disgusting 19 stone. That is a gain of less than three pounds per year, which goes to show what can happen.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
I don't suppose the two glasses of WINE I'll have with it would negate the calories ... [Big Grin]

I am afraid not in fact you probably could eat an extra slice of cake if you did not have the wine. If you had a low cal tonic and gin that would be better as well.

Before anyone starts on that is an anti-drinking website please note it is actually run by the drinks industry.

Jengie

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To change the run time into amble time multiply by 3.

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No, no - WINE is a liquid, and therefore contains no calories at all. The idea that it does is a Complete Myth, put about by the anti-wine lobby.

The same goes, of course, for GIN, ALE, WHISKY, and TEA. Also COFFEE, which is made from beans, which are vegetables, and therefore Good For You. The latter also applies to CHOCOLATE, as we have discussed before.

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BTW, the Episcopal Toes are feeling a lot less tender today, and so I was able to do some lawn-mowing and tidying-up at Our Place, the weather being still mild and not too windy.

One of the best things about Autumn is that it brings lawn-mowing to an end for a few months!

[Big Grin]

Walking up-and-down with the mower counts as today's Amble, I think.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
No, no - WINE is a liquid, and therefore contains no calories at all. The idea that it does is a Complete Myth, put about by the anti-wine lobby.

The same goes, of course, for GIN, ALE, WHISKY, and TEA. Also COFFEE, which is made from beans, which are vegetables, and therefore Good For You. The latter also applies to CHOCOLATE, as we have discussed before.

IJ

I am afraid that ain't the lobby at all. The Drink Aware campaign is funded by
producers and retailers
of alcoholic beverages.

The lobby sometimes deliberately turns a blind eye to calories in alcohol as certain teenage girls tend to skip tea so they can drink later. It is seen as better they believe wine has few cals than they skip tea before drinking as they get inebriated quicker and therefore into risky situations.

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Well, we are being somewhat ironic, nay humorous, here.

Moderation in all things is still a Good Principle.

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This is an anti drinking website ? I thought it was a Christian website.

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Well said, BF.

It looks like winter is on its way; although it's a lovely day, with the sun shining over the river, the temperature has dropped to 0° and there were actual sn*wflakes this morning. [Waterworks]

Oh yes, and our wheelie bin's gone walkies. We put out the plastic-recycling box (a big plastic box with an attached lid) last night and this morning it was in two bits, with the box bit across the road in someone else's garden. I retrieved it and put it behind the house (as I thought, out of the wind). When we came back from D's recital, not only had it escaped again, but our wheelie bin (which hadn't been emptied when we went out) was completely absent. I suppose it's possible that the bin-men put it in our neighbour's drive, but we don't think so. All we can do is wait until everyone else has taken their bins in and take what's left ... [Ultra confused]

I'm trying to think positive: as BF said, the advantage of winter is no grass cutting.

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Here is a poem to put you in the spirit of winter.

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Good one, Moo.

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Love it! [Killing me]

It's still blowing a hoolie out there, and too dark to see if there's a stray wheelie bin anywhere. [Frown]

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Perhaps the bin has migrated south to Warmer Climes for the winter, and will reappear in spring?
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If it is a brown bin, it will not be allowed to go south to warmer climes in Great America...

[Disappointed]

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I'm delighted to report that it appears to have returned - D. went out a few minutes ago and has restored it to its rightful place.

[Smile]

Perhaps we ought to get a chain and padlock ... [Paranoid]

I'm glad about that - it would have been a pain to have to replace it (and we wouldn't have been able to do anything about it until Tuesday, as Monday's a public holiday here).

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It's clearly a Homing bin. Like the pigeons.
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Our wheelie bins are stamped with the address they belong to. I can't even wheel them across the road to be emptied if I'm a bit late putting them out.

And Piglet - don't replace wine with cake- The NZ economy needs all the help it can get.

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Remembrance Day at our place was rammed this morning - granted, there were hordes of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers - but it was so full that we had to wait for the flag party to process off down the aisle before we could get out the chairs for the late-comers. I counted people in, and I'm still not quite sure I believe the numbers on the clicker.

I haven't been for many years - after the kids left home and Scouts, we felt our space would be more valuable than our presence (absolutely true) but as churchwarden I thought I should put in an appearance. Never ceases to amaze me how many people (nearly said 'folks' [Hot and Hormonal] ) rock up at gone 10 am, to a small-ish village church, hoping to find seats for a family of five AND a push chair [Ultra confused]

Mrs. S, glad to see the place so full

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quote:
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Our wheelie bins are stamped with the address they belong to. I can't even wheel them across the road to be emptied if I'm a bit late putting them out.

We're going to get stick-on numbers for ours in case it wanders off again. [Big Grin]
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And Piglet - don't replace wine with cake- The NZ economy needs all the help it can get.
I help out as often as my economy permits ... [Devil]

The churches here marked Remembrance Day last Sunday. I don't know why, as the secular ceremonies are always done on the day itself, and the public holiday marking Remembrance Day is tomorrow.* I'd have thought that the Sunday in between would have made more sense, but what would I know?

I saw on Facebook that St. Magnus Cathedral was flood-lit in red yesterday - it looked lovely. [Smile]

* Some public holidays here are marked on the nearest Monday, but Remembrance Day and Canada Day are observed on the actual day; if it falls at a weekend the following Monday is a PH.

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We too were packed out for Remembrance Sunday - standing room only even with every single extra chair we could scrape together.

And for the first time the Silence was actually pretty well that - silent. The choir sang like angels (My soul, there is a country by Parry) and the drizzle held-off while wreaths were laid at the end of the service.

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We did the Parry last Sunday too - first time the choir here has done it.

Yesterday we took a wee jaunt down to Rothesay for the installation of our friend (and D's former organ scholar in St. John's) Fr. P. as rector of a church there; the exodus from Newfoundland* to New Brunswick seems to be continuing.

We had a lovely trip down, and were very glad we went: it was a nicely-done service followed by an equally nicely-done bun fight.

* and in particular from the cathedral ... [Two face]

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Yesterday evening, we listened to the Sixteen singing Palestrina in Temple church. The nearest thing to heaven you can get.

M.

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Ooh! Now how did I not spot that? I was at the Barbican for the RSC's Coriolanus, first production of their Romans season, which was not fully booked (how I found a cheap ticket).

Has anyone else been to the new Bridge Theatre? Nicholas Hytner's new enterprise near London Bridge station and the GLA building, in that area of the Southbank. It's another comfortable theatre, a new build, with decent seating with leg room and a huge foyer with the bar and amazing lighting. The ladies' loo is like walking into a actress's boudoir with the lighting around the mirrors. (I do like the way I can just tuck my legs in for people to get down the row for their seats at the Bridge or in the Barbican, compared with most of the London theatres.) I saw Young Marx there a couple of weeks ago, which told a fascinating history, played for laughs, which I wasn't so sure worked so well. The set and staging was fantastic.

I have also seen a couple of recordings at the BBC - the last Museum of Curiosity of the next series, with Rory Bremner among the guests and a couple of episodes of TEZ Talks 2, Tez Ilyas satirizing the experience of being a British Muslim, due to go out next February. I have had tickets but not been able to get there in time.

Procrastination are us - I need to deep clean the flat for my daughter to return to write up her PhD, to make sure it is nut and shellfish free - and that date is sooner rather than later, but it's so nice having time to get to the theatre not working late every night. I was planning to go away when I finished, but November is not so nice for walking as September.

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quote:
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... the Sixteen singing Palestrina in Temple church. The nearest thing to heaven you can get ...

... next after The Sixteen singing Byrd, Tallis or Gibbons. [Big Grin] I bet the Palestrina was pretty heavenly though. <insert envy smilie>

My life isn't quite as exciting as that - today involved an amble round Costco followed by dividing and bagging up bacon and steaks. At least now we've got a deep-freeze full of Useful Stuff.

I also had a look at their Chr***mas trees (our one didn't make the move from St. John's) and am horrified at how expensive they are. Admittedly it's several years since we bought one, but even so ...

I'm going to have to use the "it'll last us the rest of our lives" gambit if I'm going to persuade D. that we should get one; if it were up to him, there wouldn't be any decorations at all (bah! humbug!).

At least he packed the candle-bridges (he doesn't mind them, as we first saw them in Iceland, a country of which he thoroughly approves). [Smile]

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quote:
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I also had a look at their Chr***mas trees (our one didn't make the move from St. John's) and am horrified at how expensive they are. Admittedly it's several years since we bought one, but even so ...


You're in Canada for goodness sake. How can trees be expensive? I expect them to be expensive on Orkney, but in Canada?

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quote:
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I also had a look at their Chr***mas trees (our one didn't make the move from St. John's) and am horrified at how expensive they are. Admittedly it's several years since we bought one, but even so ...


You're in Canada for goodness sake. How can trees be expensive? I expect them to be expensive on Orkney, but in Canada?
I expect she's talking about artificial trees...the kind you can keep from year to year, practicaly for ever. The kind used by, I would guess, the majority of Canadian houses.

I'd suggest she try a store like Canadian T*** or L**** or Home D****.

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Artificial trees in Orkney, perhaps, but the real things in Canada, surely?

OTOH, a 'real' Christmas tree often seems to be a waste of a perfectly good tree, unless one plants it in one's garden come Epiphany. I once knew of someone who did just that, and whose modest front garden was a lovely little Pinetum.

In other news, my daily Amble has been restricted today to a few tottering steps to and from the new Episcopal Carriage, on account of another visit to the Chiropodist.

She has removed yet more fragments of ingrowing toenail, but good progress is being made, and hopefully next week's appointment will see the end of the process. Today's blood loss was less copious than last week's.

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

Any virtual GIN or CAKE floating around in cyberspace will be very welcome, though some actual WHISKY has magically found its way into the Palace... [Paranoid]

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quote:
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Artificial trees in Orkney, perhaps, but the real things in Canada, surely?

OTOH, a 'real' Christmas tree often seems to be a waste of a perfectly good tree, unless one plants it in one's garden come Epiphany. I once knew of someone who did just that, and whose modest front garden was a lovely little Pinetum.

I converted a number of years ago (when I returned to being single). An artificial tree with the lights already hung is a great convenience.

Real trees, in addition to being wastes of perfectly good trees, are difficult to handle, shed needles all over the house, cause allergy problems for many of us, and are just not worth the hassle. They sell some here that are the kind you're supposed to be able to replant after Christmas, but this just isn't the climate for them, no matter what the salespeople try to tell you.

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I think the last time I lived in a house that had a real tree was in Helmsdale, before we moved to Orkney, when I was a very small piglet.

When we moved to Orkney in 1965, my parents bought an extremely naff silver-tinsel tree, and decorated it with the same fairy-lights and baubles that they'd always had; it was covered in a bin-bag and put in the loft at Epiphany and brought out every year until the early 1980s, when I put my foot down and said they really ought to replace it. They did, with a green artificial tree (and a new set of lights!) which was treated in the same way until my dad moved into an old-people's home.

We inherited a tree and several sets of (mercifully white) lights with the house in St. John's; I replaced the tree a few years ago because the one that was there was really too big, but D. didn't pack it when he was packing up the rest of the stuff. (In fairness, he only had a couple of days, and it wasn't really high priority).

Now, having looked at the web-sites of the shops John mentioned and one or two others, it seems to me that it's going to be very hard to get a plain, unlit tree - I'd really rather put the lights (which will be all-white and preferably incandescent) on it myself. Coloured lights are, IMHO, the mark of the Beast - I'm surprised they don't come in packs of 666.

[Devil]

Will be investigating further ...

It's a properly Novemberish day today - the view from the château is notable by its absence. [Frown]

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You're quite right about lights piglet. They must be warm white, with baubles, wooden Santas, candy stick and bells. Coloured lights are a no-no but there is a special circle of Hell for blue lights and those who but them up.

There are already some around, which is way too early, and we had our first card yesterday.

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I like white lights, but my husband whos is Mr Minimalist in most things insists that coloured lights are what a Christmas Tree needs. Our string is so old I'm always surpriesed when it works each year. Our tree was bought the year our son was three. He is thirty next year, but it is still goign strong. My thing is to always buy at least one new decoration a year, the tree is a bit full up now.

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O, I dunno - blue lights always seem to me to have an Adventy kind of look....but I agree that white lights are best.

I especially like the candle bridges people put on their inner window sills - D. obviously has Good Taste.

[Biased]

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I have a double string of lights (two wired together) bought from the Cardiff branch of Woolworths in 1952. It has lovely BIG differently shaped lamps and is just about the only bit of "family" Christmas from my childhood still in existence. I have some spare lamps that I tracked down 15 or so years ago but so far it is still going strong with around 80% of its originals.

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No tree or lights for us - we are away for Christmas and the new year in Heidelberg. A first for us.

New Year’s Eve will see us in Heidelberg town hall at a classical concert by the Heidelberg symphony orchestra followed by a meal, all paid for by Boogielet 1.

[Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
I have a double string of lights (two wired together) bought from the Cardiff branch of Woolworths in 1952 ...

Wow - that is impressive. [Overused] I suspect the ones my parents took to Orkney in the 60s were probably of that vintage. Do they have to be routed through a low-wattage light-bulb to stop them blowing the circuit, or was that just one of my dad's little foibles?

There was a Christmas craft-fair today in the farmers' market building, so I had a wee browse round there after lunch. Lots of nice hand-made bits and pieces - mostly rather over-priced for what they were - but a pleasant way of passing the time. I came away with a tree decoration in the shape of a musical note (about 6" long) made of metal and stained glass, which I'm going to send to a friend in Newfoundland who collects anything of a musical nature or with notes/clefs/what-have-you on it.

My Christmas shopping appears to have begun - better think about getting the sprouts on* ... [Snigger]

* not really! [Eek!]

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The lights arose because my papa met a mate in Cardiff who was busy shopping for tree lights after a row with his wife over the necessity of having a decorated tree when their child was less than a year old. Feeling guilty, the old man went into Woolies and bought the most expensive lot they had - unaware that mother had decided to mutiny against the (as she saw it) unsafe practice of real candles on a tree with small children and had decided to "buy the bloody lights and have the row later" and done exactly the same. End result: two lots of lights with 30 lamps on one (fixed) and 24 on the other (with flashing unit) so 30 stay lit and 24 flash - no set pattern, just random. They used to have a light socket fitting but I fitted a proper plug about 30 years ago.

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I was looking forward to being tree-free this year (I'm going to see the Pope on Christmas Day - along with 10s of thousands of other people) but I've offered the use of it for the church Christmas Tree festival in early Dec, so as it will be out of the roof-space I suspect I might even decorate it at home. Although I suspect the Advent arches in each of the 4 upstairs windows will be as far as I get.
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We have quit doing a tree at home. The cats enjoy it far too much, and I have to set one up at my office. The office tree was for years a point of some contention, because the boss bought a set of shiny ornaments in blue and silver, the colors of the Dallas Cowboys. Another football fan instantly acquired a load of red and gold ones (the Washington Redskins). I have tried to amalgamate them by decorating in red and silver, or blue and gold; finally someone bought us some totally different colored balls and peace may reign.

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I suspect the only answer for that dilemma, BC, is to have two trees, preferably at opposite ends of the office (or one in the foyer, or whatever). [Big Grin]

I must admit I've never thought of Christmas trees in terms of sporting colours; if I'm decorating a tree, it'll be in red, gold (or silver) and possibly green.

Must dash now, as we're going to supper with friends in a few minutes.

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Mr St Everild does our tree, which lives quite happily on the terrace (OK then, the bit of concrete outside the sitting room window) from January to December. It is then hosed off, brought inside (which gets more difficult every year, owing to the fact that it keeps on growing) and is decorated on the Saturday nearest to Christmas.

I assist him by keeping the cats out of the way, and making helpful comments...

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I have a feeling I will need a tree this year. My old permanent tree was used in work for several years and was left there: it wasn't being used at home because I've tended to buy one of the tree festival real trees after the festival. Having been away for Christmas for the last few years, I haven't been worrying about decorations at home. but this year we are going to be here. Although I love the smell, I am not sure I really want a real tree, particularly as they are not available when I want to put one up on Christmas Eve.

Piglet, there are a number of undecorated trees available in the UK, at not ridiculous costs.

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quote:
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... Piglet, there are a number of undecorated trees available in the UK, at not ridiculous costs.

Maybe so, but the costs incurred getting them from the UK to Canada would be beyond "ridiculous" and out the other side*. [Help]

We had a very enjoyable evening with our friends last night - the reason for the (more-or-less) impromptu party was that their fridge-freezer had gone phut and they were clearing out the food while waiting for its replacement to be delivered. They had a few pizzas they wanted help to get rid of, and we were happy to oblige.

It's a very wet miserable day here today - somewhere between "dreich" and "coorse" - just what you'd expect in November. Chicken casserole for lunch with a glass or two of Pinot Grigio should send the winter blues shuffling off. [Smile]

* An international stamp for a letter costs $2.50 (£1.48). [Eek!]

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Piglet, don't forget the harmonized sales tax on the 2.50 stamp. The actual cost is 2.85, which in English coin is closer to GBP2.69

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Good point, Pete - I think we may not be sending very many Chrimble cards this year ... [Mad]

D. used to parcel our UK cards up and send them to his mum, who would stamp them at UK rates and drop them in a post-box, and then he'd send her a cheque, but she's getting on a bit and is easily confused these days, so we couldn't burden her with it.

E-mails all round, methinks. [Frown]

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The French traditionally send cards for New Year, rather than Christmas.

The only paper card I religiously send is to my 94 year-old Grandad. He had an uncle in France when he was a child (said uncle came over during WW1, married a French girl, and stayed) and getting beautiful “bonne année” cards from across the Channel is one of his childhood memories.

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I report with some guarded optimism that a certain friend in India has reported some minor progress. Which is better than no progress at all, says I.

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