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Source: (consider it) Thread: Tea and biscuits or GIN and tonic? Britain 2018
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quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
... the speedy microwave trick ...

When we were in Belfast D's boss exploded a microwave by trying to cook porridge in it.

Serve him right. [Devil]

It's now been snowing and blowing a hoolie for the last 8 hours, and showing little sign of slowing down. D. cancelled choir practice* as the forecast was (correctly) pretty grim, and quite a few of the choir have to come from out of town (we're almost on the city limits ourselves, and practically out in the country).

Not looking forward to getting the Pigletmobile dug out tomorrow ... [Frown]

I may cheer myself up with the manufacture of SOUP.


* if the Almighty must dump a foot of snow on us, why does he have to do it on a Thursday? [Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
If only it was just Camembert that was banned… I live in France, aka CHEESE nirvana. 90% of the production is off limits. ‘Tis woe and misery I tell you.

LVER, if you wish to announce the reason for lack of cheese to the wider ship, the traditional thread is here. you could bump (pun intentional) that one. http://forum.ship-of-fools.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=005767;p=5

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
... I may cheer myself up with the manufacture of SOUP.

I did, using leftovers from the Hogmanay party, and now I'm off upstairs to post it on the recipe thread.

[Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by balaam:
quote:
Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
If only it was just Camembert that was banned… I live in France, aka CHEESE nirvana. 90% of the production is off limits. ‘Tis woe and misery I tell you.

LVER, if you wish to announce the reason for lack of cheese to the wider ship, the traditional thread is here. you could bump (pun intentional) that one. http://forum.ship-of-fools.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=005767;p=5
Balaam, LVER did announce it officially but I think it was on one of the threads set up for 2018.

[ 05. January 2018, 04:29: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]

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Its Friday: wet, nasty and dull but never fear -

Beauty is in the eye...

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[Eek!]

I rather like the Lincoln Cathedral one, though...

'JOSEPH! Wake up! It's happened...!!'

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Those are brilliant. [Big Grin]

When we were in Belfast, for no reason that can be fathomed by man, I got roped into "doing" the crib scene. I should explain one or two things first:

  • I have no artistic talent whatsoever.
  • Belfast Cathedral is a very large building, and the Nativity scene occupied the whole of a side-chapel at the West End.
  • There was a limited number of mannikins.

IIRC there were two actually male mannikins (one of whom was Joseph, the other a shepherd-boy). The rest of the shepherds were lady-mannikins with strategically-placed beards, tea-towels, etc. and voluminous robes.

At some point between the last chord of O come, all ye faithful on Christmas morning and D. and I heading across the Irish Sea for New Year, the transvestite shepherds had to be turned into transvestite kings, complete with gold, frankincense and myrrh, which I did with the help of the much-more-talented mum of one of the choristers.

I note from a picture on Facebook that they now have a normal-sized Nativity, which looks much nicer than anything I could have produced!

We got a lot of Weather yesterday - about two feet of it. Because there's a storm-door that opens outwards, we couldn't get out of the front door, and D. had quite a time of it getting out the back (also with a storm-door, but with slightly less recalcitrant snow behind it). Between us we managed to dig along the path, but the Pigletmobile was up to its fetlocks, and a very kind lady in the choir (who always comes to D's recitals) offered us a lift in, so the recital went ahead. There were only three in the audience, but they all enjoyed it, and that's what matters.

When we got home, we met further manifestations of human kindness: a neighbour was busy attacking our drive with his snow-blower, so D. was able to get the Pigletmobile out with hardly any more shovelling at all.

[Overused]

Now the forecasters are telling us it's going to feel like -38° tonight. Even I'll admit that's in the bloody cold category! [Eek!]

[ 05. January 2018, 22:58: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Its Friday: wet, nasty and dull but never fear -

Beauty is in the eye...

A bit "dog-in-the-manger", wouldn't you say?
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Its Friday: wet, nasty and dull but never fear -

Beauty is in the eye...

One of those dogs is stressed by the situation - guess which one?

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In all seriousness, no, I can't guess! Not being a dog-person....

(Frankly, that whole scene seems to me to be showing disrespect to an intelligent and useful species. Mind you, my sense-of-humour meter might need recalibrating).

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Frankly, that whole scene seems to me to be showing disrespect to an intelligent and useful species.

Now, if it had been meerkats ...? [Devil]
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Your request?

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Hoist with my own petard! Thank you.
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Wodders waves to all here. Had a nice chat with him this morning my time. He was also telling me he had a nice chat with a certain Annoying Penguin and would probably enjoy chats with anyone who has his phone number.

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Good to hear, Uncle Pete! Any progress on his sight?

Still holding him in the Light. [Votive]

Christmas trees, decorations* and cards have been put to bed for another year. As we didn't really have much (a tall tree in the sitting-room window, a star hanging from the curtain-rail, a little tree in the corner beside the dining-table and a couple of sparkly little bent-wire trees), the place doesn't look too bare.

I was a bit worried about where I'd store the big tree: I didn't really want to have to dismantle it and re-dress it next year. Then had a brainwave** and found that it fits perfectly under the hanging-rack in the walk-in wardrobe, in that little bit of "dead" space in the corner. Covered with an old, unused downie cover, it'll be fine until it all comes round again.

* apart from candle-bridges and Nativity figures, which will stay up until Candlemas

** I wonder if a brainwave is the opposite of a brainfart? [Snigger]

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Thanks Pete for news of WW. I have his number but have been reluctant to ring.

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Originally posted by Lothlorien:
Thanks Pete for news of WW. I have his number but have been reluctant to ring.

Give him my best. I don't phone people because of my hearing problems.

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Pete, please could you say hi to WW for me, and send on my best wishes. I hate using the phone - phonophobia?
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Please say hello from Macarius and I as well.

M.

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Please say hello from me too, wishing him well.

I don't like phones and don't hear very well either!

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And from Darllenwr, Lord P and me, with fond memories of a Shipmeets in the Forest of Dean!

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I have WW’s number and have been thinking about him. Will give him a bell.

Did anyone get anywhere with getting him audiobooks? If not, do you think Himself could put podcasts on his phone? Could be a good alternative.

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I have his number, but am reluctant to ring because I'm not sure of the time-zone. How far ahead of GMT is he?

I wouldn't like to breeze in with a phone call and find it was three o'clock in the morning in Woddersville! [Eek!]

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Indian time is currently 10.5 hours ahead of EST. If NB is one hour ahead of Ontario, then you are 9.5 hours behind IT. Greenwich is 4 hours ahead of NB and 5.5 hours behind IT.

IT never changes. But in ADT, it would be 8.5 hours ahead on ADT.

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Ran out of edit time: The above post was to PIGLET Please, if you are in other time zones, make your own adjustments.

It is currently (at 1300 EST, 2330 there.) He will be just a tad grumpy if you phone him now. Best time is between 0900 and 1000 your time.

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Piglet or others this webpage might help. This how I would do it after long experience of getting it wrong with relatives and they are only ever one or two hours before or after us, I can never recall which is current. Yes someone will tell me, but I will just forget.

Thanks

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Thanks Jengie, this should help many. My iPhone clock function also has world times on it andt the ability to save specific locations. Useful when family is OS.

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Thanks, Pete and Jengie. I had a feeling when I lived in Newfoundland that WW was in one of the other "half-hour" zones, but wasn't sure how far ahead they were.

[ 08. January 2018, 04:04: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Good to hear some news of WW, he is much missed.
We celebrated my mother in law's 90th birthday yesterday. She had been saying all along she didn't want a fuss so we just had a simple buffet meal with all four of her children, their partners and 50% of the grandchildren. One of the missing grandchildren phoned and we got hold of the other (in China) on Facetime so it was more or less like she was there with us. I'm just annoyed we forgot to take a group photo as it is quite likely there won't be another such gathering.

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Poor baby en rouge. Not even due until June and my family members are already arguing over footballing allegiances…

My brother, an Arsenal fan, mentioned over the phone to my parents that he’s hellbent on tracking down an Arsenal babygro and has been scouring the internet for same. My Dad is now outraged, and says that in that case, he’s definitely going to get hold of a Liverpool one.

(Personally I’m not all that bothered about the beautiful game. I’d much rather watch rugby.)

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My sons used to wear Manchester United tops - a fashion thing. When we went to my friend’s house her husband used to put one boy under each arm and dump them in his garage.

It worked, they are now City supporters and mortified that I ‘let them’ wear Utd shirts 🤣🤣

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I took delivery, yesterday, of a nearly new keyboard and stand which will facilitate my half-arsed attempt to teach myself piano. A nearby church was closing down and the priest, previously of my church, was trying to find a good home for it. Some friends (the deacon and pianist) were distributing various things including spare crib figures and an advent candle stand to other churches.

It felt like watching a whale carcass on a nature documentary being taken apart by colonies of smaller creatures.

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At least the vessels and so on are going on to an ecclesiastical use.
I have a friend who married again. Her new husband is of German extraction and on their honeymoon they went back to the old country and visited the village of his ancestors. The church there was completely on its uppers, almost in ruins. A vast huge altar painting, formerly hung behind the altar, had been taken down, rolled up, and stuffed into the back premises to preserve it from being rained on. The people in charge begged their rich American scion to take it home and keep it safe. So he did.
The canvas is about 20 feet by 30, and depicts St. Peter betraying Christ outside of the Temple, one of those florid early Victorian paintings. It is far too big to hang up in any ordinary room. He had to build a room onto the back of his house for it, and then hire conservators to clean and mount the canvas. It is lovely -- but it's no longer a church furnishing, alas. It's weird, to sit in front of the TV watching the game and then look back over your shoulder and see the mournful Christ giving St. Peter the fisheye.

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Wow. Sounds as though it really ought to be in some cathedral or other... [Eek!]

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La Vie, as Arsenal and Liverpool both play in red, why not get a plain red baby-gro and keep everyone happy?

You could always tell them Baby Rouge is an Aberdeen supporter ... [Devil]

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Red for Baby Rouge seems entirely appropriate, anyway.

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quote:
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Red for Baby Rouge seems entirely appropriate, anyway.

IJ

Problem is that football teams that wear red are usually Scumbag FC. I give you Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Nottingham Forest (remember Brian Clough) were no better. When the first two play I want both to lose and for decades Arsenal would score a goal and, rather than go for another, play with two rows of five across the park and kill the game.

No, don't do it.

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Meh. I’m working on the basis that any kind of free clothing not paid for by me has got to be a good thing. I can see the family rivalry working in my favour here [Snigger] [Two face]

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O indeed - make the most of it!

[Big Grin]

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posted by Sioni Sais
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Problem is that football teams that wear red are usually Scumbag FC. I give you Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Nottingham Forest (remember Brian Clough) were no better. When the first two play I want both to lose and for decades Arsenal would score a goal and, rather than go for another, play with two rows of five across the park and kill the game.
OTOH if you go to the website of the WRU they do a fetching red babygro or vest complete with PoW feathers... there's lovely!

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I don't know if it's a good thing you just showed me that...

I want the Captain Adorable one really, really bad [Big Grin]

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Piglet
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Originally posted by L'organist:
... there's lovely!

I wondered about a Welsh rugger strip, but wasn't sure of La Vie's allegiance ... [Big Grin] Those are utterly adorable. [Smile]

The temperature here got up (briefly) into plus numbers today! [Yipee] An hour or two later it was blowing a blizzard, but it was what they call a snow-squall - nasty, with near-zero visibility, but usually mercifully short-lived.

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Nenya
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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Its Friday: wet, nasty and dull but never fear -

Beauty is in the eye...

One of those dogs is stressed by the situation - guess which one?
Is it the one with his/her tongue hanging out?

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Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
Poor baby en rouge. Not even due until June and my family members are already arguing over footballing allegiances…

My brother, an Arsenal fan, mentioned over the phone to my parents that he’s hellbent on tracking down an Arsenal babygro and has been scouring the internet for same. My Dad is now outraged, and says that in that case, he’s definitely going to get hold of a Liverpool one.

The Intrepid Grandson, 2 on Boxing Day, is now the proud possessor of a complete Wales FA strip and a West Ham one - his parents have no interest in ball games so his uncle, Master S, sees it as his role in life to carry on the family traditions [Killing me] WHU is a family tradition, honestly, in his defence - when Mr. S's father moved to the East End he supported them, and used to take Mr. S along. They've never managed to shake it off, though it causes untold heartbreak.

Personally I have no idea when he'll be allowed to wear either of them - unless Miss S sends him to nursery in them, on muddy or painting days! [Two face]

Mrs. S, who thinks he looks impossibly cute in anything [Axe murder]

PS my nephew had a Liverpool babygro which read 'You'll never crawl alone!'

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Piglet
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quote:
Originally posted by The Intrepid Mrs S:
... a Liverpool babygro which read 'You'll never crawl alone!'

[Killing me] [Killing me]

We decided this afternoon that a forage around Costco was a good idea, and when we left the house I couldn't believe how warm it was.

It was actually -2°C, but it's been so bl**dy cold here for the last couple of weeks, it felt positively spring-like.

According to the forecast, it's going to be +12° on Friday, but back down to -19° by Sunday night - a plummet of more than 30° in the space of 72 hours.

At least the weather here's never boring ... [Eek!]

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Boogie

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quote:
Originally posted by Nenya:
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Its Friday: wet, nasty and dull but never fear -

Beauty is in the eye...

One of those dogs is stressed by the situation - guess which one?
Is it the one with his/her tongue hanging out?
Yes it is.

He may look like he’s ‘smiling’ but panting when it’s not hot and they haven’t exerted themselves is a sign of stress. If it were hot they’d all be panting.

In other news I have two new GINs to try this evening with some excellent tonic.

A new Schwartzwald one and a bottle of Whitley Neill
[Smile]

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Piglet
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Just checking in here while a batch of stock does its bubbling thing - will strain and decant it before choir practice.

There's a slight, but visible, decrease in the amount of sn*w on the drive chez Piglet; it's currently +4°. If the "January thaw" they're predicting happens it might shift some more, but even if it gets to 12° tomorrow, it's not expected to last nearly long enough to make much of an impression.

Back to shovelling, shuffling and sliding at the weekend ... [Frown]

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Moo

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When I lived in New Hampshire, the January thaw typically started between January 20 and January 25.

Moo

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betjemaniac
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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
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Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Red for Baby Rouge seems entirely appropriate, anyway.

IJ

Problem is that football teams that wear red are usually Scumbag FC. I give you Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Nottingham Forest (remember Brian Clough) were no better. When the first two play I want both to lose and for decades Arsenal would score a goal and, rather than go for another, play with two rows of five across the park and kill the game.

No, don't do it.

Of course, certainly in England, *proper* (ie XV man) football teams with a bit of red in them are usually the nice guys - Moseley, London Welsh, Gloucester, Rosslyn Park, Blackheath....

Not Quins so much, but then they play in virtually every colour under the sun so the red gets diluted...

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Sioni Sais
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I grew up with a scholboy's free season ticket watch Bath FC (as was) around 1970. Bath weren't the power they became in the 1980's so the matches against Bristol and Glaws were X certificate stuff. Gloucester could live with the worst any Welsh club could offer (with the possible exception of Pontypool) and as for Blackheath, well, they lived up to their nickname of "The Hackers" for a long time. 'Quins on the other hand were regarded as a bunch of wusses by all West country clubs and they got a good shoeing.

Rugby isn't what it used to be. I've got stud marks to prove it.

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