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betjemaniac
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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:


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

thanks to Moseley's recent travails, I've been watching a lot of National 1 the past couple of seasons...not sure much has changed down here...

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D. (who detests most forms of sport) likes to quote the following (quite possibly unfair) definitions:

Cricket: a gentlemen's game played by gentlemen
Rugby union: a yobs' game played by gentlemen
Soccer: a gentlemen's game played by yobs
Rugby league: a yobs' game played by yobs

Obviously, the bit about soccer being played by yobs doesn't apply to Ipswich Town ... [Devil]

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The predicted thaw is certainly happening - it's currently 11° and pouring. It's shifted quite a bit of the snow though: we have visible tarmac and grass. It's not going to last though - it's set to plummet back to freezing tomorrow morning, and all the water that's lying around will freeze again, which is Not A Good Thing.

It was nice while it lasted ...

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+34°C forecast here, currently 33 at midday. No ice except in my water glass that I can see.

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You must be somewhere else too. -36°C here. Windchill of -45.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
D. (who detests most forms of sport) likes to quote the following (quite possibly unfair) definitions:

Cricket: a gentlemen's game played by gentlemen
Rugby union: a yobs' game played by gentlemen
Soccer: a gentlemen's game played by yobs
Rugby league: a yobs' game played by yobs

Obviously, the bit about soccer being played by yobs doesn't apply to Ipswich Town ... [Devil]

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In addition the Gaelic field sports* are, as they say, "Games for hooligans played by hooligans". By extension that includes Aussie Rules while American Football (Gridiron) is a computerised tank battle.

*Gaelic Football and Hurling.

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5°C here. I don’t mind what the temperature is, I just need to see some sun. There has been none here for weeks, just low grey clouds [Roll Eyes]

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Much the same here, though the Great Yellow Face did show himself a few days ago (or was it weeks....?).

Grey is, alas, the predominant colour of most of Ukland - physically and mentally - at the moment. Whether there are more than fifty shades of it, I cannot say.

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(By Great Yellow Face, I mean, of course, the Sun-Star, not the racist monster across the Pond).

IJ

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Orange, BJ, orange. We cannot give over our entire spectrum to him. (I was in New York City last January, and in the theater district the Tropicana people had set up a promotional tent, with coupons for orange juice, etc. They were doing little business, and I said to one of the girls, "Orange will be okay again some day.")

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Point taken, Brenda - I was suddenly afraid that what is usually Benign (unless you catch too much of it) might be confused with that which is Malign (even if you only catch a teeny bit of it).

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Not much in the way of sunshine here today, but all that rain we had last night has certainly shifted some of the snow. D. looked out the window this morning and said if it carries on like this he'll have to cut the grass ... [Big Grin]

As predicted though, it changed to freezing rain, and getting about today was not really much fun - there were Patches of Treachery™ all over the place. Salt has been applied to the path, steps and deck chez Piglet, and if the forecasters are to be believed, we should have a couple of cold but sunny, snow-free days before it all starts again.

Hurrah for January thaws! [Smile]

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Not terribly exciting weather here. Just grey and mibsy. I am staying in and surfing t'internet, reading, and zentangling.

Actually, what good things to do!

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Not so grey or mibsy (lovely word!) here today, but still conducive to staying in, reading, eating SOUP etc.

Mind you, it's been so mild overall that daffodils are beginning to appear already, not to mention the lovely little celandines next to the Vicarage drive...
[Eek!]

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Very grey here, we didn't eat soup but TOAST.
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Grey and shitty here near the oxen ford as we!!, but the first crocus is just starting to open up, and the snowdrops are heading up as well. It's coming...

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SOUP and TOAST are both very comforting indeed. You know there'a new thread upstairs in Heaven about SOUP machines? Who even knew that such things existed?

It's a gloriously sunny but very cold (-12°) day here; the salt seems to have staved off the worst of the Patches of Treachery™ chez Piglet and I'm contemplating what sort of concoction I'm going to make for lunch with part of the roast chicken in the fridge.

Creamy-white-wine sauce or rosemary-and-lemon? Will have a browse round the interweb to see what I can come up with.

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Hmm...rosemary-and-lemon sounds good!

Meanwhile, TOAST has been the chosen item for Tea this evening, with lashings of Butter and Marmalade (yes, I know it's usually eaten at breakfast, but I've run out of Jam...).

The month plods on, and in 10 days' time the ingrowing Episcopal Toenail is due to be removed. Some stout open-toed sandals are on order, and warm thermal socks have been bought, as the chiropodist advises me that the initial post-op dressing is HUUUUGE (or bigly, even).

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

[Waterworks]

IJ

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I have just spent an entertaining weekend with a team of Guides on indoor camp at the Pedal Car Olympics, the only Guides team present, although there were quite a few girl scouts there. We were there mob handed as we had a girl with epilepsy with us, and if she has a problem she takes out at least one adult.

Thursday night, I saw The Transports and Wednesday night attended the local panto with Guides, at what I suspect was the dress rehearsal: Cinderella with Prince Charming and Dando performed by girls in tights and boots, the Ugly Sisters as men in drag, and a number of fairly current hits.

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IMHO panto has to have the principal boys played by girls with good legs in tights and boots, and the dames played by blokes.

It's tradition, innit? [Smile]

In the end my lunch concoction included pretty much everything: lemon, rosemary, cream and mushrooms. It was OK, but I think I got the chicken/mushroom ratio wrong - D. really isn't all that keen on mushrooms - so if I do something similar again, I'll put in more chicken.

I do, however, now have half a lemon in the fridge, which provides an excellent excuse for GIN.

[Big Grin]

eta: BF, it doesn't matter what time of day it is - marmalade is always the right thing to put on toast. As Clement Freud put it, "only cads and Frenchmen eat jam for breakfast" (or, I would add, on toast any time of day). Jam is for eating on (preferably freshly-baked) bread.

[ 15. January 2018, 05:40: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Yes, marmalade on TOAST is a Good Thing, and yet more proof that God loves us, and that She wants us to be happy.

A lovely day here today, not grey and mibsy at all, but sunny, with a fresh north-westerly breeze, and some impressive cloud formations.

A successful shopping expedition has resulted in the acquisition of some nice new Tea Towels for the Palace, along with pea and ham SOUP for the Episcopal Tea.

I really need to get out more...... [Help]

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Marmalade on toast is one of the few things I'd rather have with a cup of tea rather than coffee, but it has to be STRONG tea, Assam is perfect, but Builders' (sans sugar) is also good.

When will it stop raining? It's been like this since before dawn. I have things that need doing. [Frown]

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Of late I’ve been eating rather more in the mornings than usual. My regular “I hate mornings and I don’t want anything but I’ll force some yogurt down” routine has been replaced by toast AND the yogurt AND possibly some fruit as well. Oh and also a Pooh bear-style snack mid morning. My digestive system is behaving most oddly at present.

Now until now, I was spreading my toast with Marmite. And the Marmite was tasty, and I was perfectly contented. But now I have a longing for marmalade which I fear nothing will assuage. I may have to pass by Marks and Sparks on the way home (one place I am sure I can get the proper English confection).

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This is currently a marmalade free zone, must get some. I wonder if the nice Mr Sainsbury has some of the Old English style, made from fermenting oranges, if there is a Marmite among marmalades this is it.

As for the weather, the rain I spoke about earlier stopped. By turning to snow, then, when I could defer going out no longer, it changed again. I went out in driving hail. Fun.

Current weather, sleet. Current status, warming nyself up with a coffee.

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lver, you are, of course, now eating for two, and it is clear that Bubble Rouge is in plain need of TOAST and MARMALADE....a visit to Marks n'Sparks little corner shop is definitely called for.

[Big Grin]

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But - as far as I know - M&S doesn't stock that prince among marmalades, Wilkins' "Tawny". Better go to S++nsb+ry's.
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Not stock Wilkins'!!

Is Outrage!!

(Thanks, BT, for reminding me of the name of Ukland's finest MARMALADE company. My Old Dad used to stock a few jars of it in his little corner shop).

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They also do "Little Scarlet" strawberry jam ... but that can't be eaten in the close season, of course.

By the way, the Wilkinses were strong Congregationalists and endowed the chapel at Tiptree (now URC). The fascinating museum at the factory does have a small section dedicated to this.

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My favourite Wilkins' jam was Raspberry.....

...where's that drooly emoji when you need it?

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BTW, the Chapel is quite an attractive building, as seen here.

Why, they've even painted the doors in Strawberry Jam Red!

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quote:
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My favourite Wilkins' jam was Raspberry.....

I like it too - but my son calls that Devil's Jam because of the seeds in it which get stuck in one's teeth!
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