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Sioni Sais
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Keith and His Boy spent all day in the house removing the recently repaired old boiler (only five years old mind you) and installing a new one. We therefore have hot water and central heating again!

This coincided with a meter reading: the meter reader was horrified to see the meter out-of-circuit so the work could be done, so there was a bit of a discussion between him, Keith and Mrs Sioni; we'll see what follows.

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quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
I got so fed up I pointed out to the moaning woman, that in Canada in these conditions they'd only be keeping the main roads open and that they'd be having to send a squad of ploughs and gritters down the carriage way every hour - and the Canadian in the room backed me up.

Yes, but at least they would be doing that. There wasn't any sign of any gritters round our way, let alone snow ploughs. We just got snowed on, full stop (and look what happened on the M40). Luckily it's almost entirely melted and we haven't had any more to create further problems on top of it, but it's the basic lack of anything being done that annoys people. Every time this happens we get the same response from the powers that be: this isn't typical of our winters so we haven't thought it necessary to prepare for it. Then the country grinds to a halt.
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I bet the gritters were out, just it will be one gritter whizzing up and down the roads, not the squads that take over all the carriage ways at once, ploughs followed by gritters, which the PtB do have a point, we don't warrant stocking up with. But it wasn't just the conditions, it's also all the idiots who won't take the snow warnings seriously are out too!

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There is still lying snow outside here, crisp and slippy where it has semi-melted and then frozen over again. And it is cold....

EJ, Im a Brit by birth and Im very particular about my tea...and I drink it extremely weak with no milk...a lemon slice if I'm feeling decadent.

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My brother has solar panels and it's great to see the metre going backwards at mid-day, even in the middle of winter!

Minus 4 here today, I've put warm water in the bird bath and a robin is sitting in it having a nice warm up.

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I was surprised to see lots of snow, often biggish bits, as I walked up the canal on my way yesterday. It seems to not melt there the way it's melted in most of our area in central London.

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Sioni Sais
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I nearly posted this in Hell, but it's not worth it.

Sainsburys is being a smartarse for renaming Tiger Bread. It is now 'Giraffe Bread'. Some customer suggested this, based on the pattern. [Disappointed]

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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
I nearly posted this in Hell, but it's not worth it.

Sainsburys is being a smartarse for renaming Tiger Bread. It is now 'Giraffe Bread'. Some customer suggested this, based on the pattern. [Disappointed]

Awww. It's been all over the news, and has been highly acclaimed as formidable reaction to kiddo feedback. [Biased]

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It's proper manipulation. They press released a cute reply to a child, were pleased to see the press release forwarded all over the place through social media, then renamed the product and claimed that this was the public's idea.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wesley J:
quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
I nearly posted this in Hell, but it's not worth it.

Sainsburys is being a smartarse for renaming Tiger Bread. It is now 'Giraffe Bread'. Some customer suggested this, based on the pattern. [Disappointed]

Awww. It's been all over the news, and has been highly acclaimed as formidable reaction to kiddo feedback. [Biased]
Kiddo feedback my arse. Guardian reading, Radio 4 listening parents more like. I'll bet Lily* goes to Center Parcs (ie, Butlins for the middle-classes) for holiday.

*the name is the giveaway for parent ID.

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Wesley J

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I agree. Just teasing. Sorry about that. [Smile]

I'm sure giraffe bread tastes just as lovely as tiger bread. Please carry on.

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What's wrong with holidays in Centre Parcs?

Oh wait ...

... I'm middle class!

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Sioni Sais
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quote:
Originally posted by Wesley J:
I agree. Just teasing. Sorry about that. [Smile]

I'm sure giraffe bread tastes just as lovely as tiger bread. Please carry on.

It tastes the same 'cos it is the same. I find that the loaf loses its shape when cut so one gets a compacted slice four/five inches long but only an inch high. Pretty nasty really. Traditional bloomers keep their shape better.

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Welease Woderwick

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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
...Traditional bloomers keep their shape better.

Surely that depends on who is wearing them!

[Big Grin]

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You can still get tiger bread elsewhere and it's a lot nicer at M-------s. You can actually taste the tiger - I mean, sesame on the top, and I found the bread compulsively more-ish when fresh. I had the giraffe bread a while ago and wasn't impressed by it, it seemed fairly ordinary and a bit tasteless so haven't bought it since. Real tiger bread is great with most things - seems to bring out the flavour.

I think I might even get some tonight on the way home, now.

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quote:
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You can still get tiger bread elsewhere and it's a lot nicer at M-------s.

I'll have to agree with Ariel that -orrison- Tiger bread is better than the S**nsb*ry's equivalent.

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I didn't know you could make bread from tigers. Or giraffes for that matter. Do they work in bread-making machines?

Wodders - sorry about duff dates - we'll have to content ourselves with waving across the ether. [Smile]

TV is now sorted - my best friend and her husband (who have every electronic gadget known to man) came round and pointed out that the remote-control that came with it is un fat lot de bon on its own - you have to use the digi-box one as well.

Unfortunately, the new DVD machine will only work in black-and-white unless you connect it with the right sort of cable (which costs more than the machine did), so we're exchanging it for one that has the cable included ...

What a faff. [Help]

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Welease Woderwick

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quote:
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...Unfortunately, the new DVD machine will only work in black-and-white unless you connect it with the right sort of cable (which costs more than the machine did), so we're exchanging it for one that has the cable included ...

What a faff. [Help]

Yes we needed a specific cable to connect the new camcorder to the TV, normally I buy cables two at a time as I always seem to lose them but this time I bought just the one as I didn't want to upset my bank manager too much - how can a little bit of wire cost so much?

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I didn't know you could make bread from tigers. Or giraffes for that matter. Do they work in bread-making machines?

If you can put a tiger in your tank, you can put one in your bread-making machine.

Though it could be that the bread is made by tigers - you know, one of those "handmade by members of a tiger community in the wilds of Sumatra" types of bread. I must look more closely at the labels some time.

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<dog/house sitter sorted, sunhat packed, passport and tickets in bag - check>

We're off!

See you in sunny Mexico!

**waves**

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Firenze

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quote:
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Though it could be that the bread is made by tigers - you know, one of those "handmade by members of a tiger community in the wilds of Sumatra" types of bread.

More likely "Produced in a rehabilitation centre which helps reintegrate disadvantaged tigers into society".

Vaguely apropos of which, I was given a small gift in SA - an item produced by some struggling fraction of society. It is embossed brass, about 3" long, shaped a bit like a teensy-weensy crozier and with a pendant bead on the end. I have absolutely no idea what it is - does anyone else?

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Ariel
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Vaguely apropos of which, I was given a small gift in SA - an item produced by some struggling fraction of society. It is embossed brass, about 3" long, shaped a bit like a teensy-weensy crozier and with a pendant bead on the end. I have absolutely no idea what it is - does anyone else?

It's funny you should say that – I was sent something similar once for my birthday years ago, with a rather fancy bit of jade green knotwork at the end and a nice jade (or lookalike) drop hanging from it. To this day I have no idea what it is or does, and was obliged to write a thank-you email that went something like "thank you very much for the lovely jade thing." Mine is about 6" long and silver-coloured, btw. Taking the jade (or more likely, jadeite) into account, I'm guessing it's not from SA.
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Well, I think it is a teensy-weensy crozier thing and with a pendant bead on the end!

I think Canadians must be designed a bit different from other folks - at supper tonight Pete informed us that his legs were aching from his head to his toes! [Ultra confused]

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quote:
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It's funny you should say that – I was sent something similar once for my birthday years ago

It'll be what archaeologists call A Ritual Object.


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Are you sure it is not a bookmark?

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Firenze

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quote:
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Are you sure it is not a bookmark?

It could be used as a bookmark, but why not straight and tapering, instead of curved and a bit fatter at the end? If I ever come across some old jewellery findings (which I know are somewhere), I'll make it into a brooch.
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I did wonder if it was a bookmark but it seems a slightly odd one. I don't think I've ever had a metal one before with - hmm, now that I've managed to get it out of the drawer and look closely - a jade bead, the aforementioned fancy knotwork, a small jade frog (how could I have forgotten that?) and two long tassels.

I should really have asked what it was at the time but am perfectly content to accept the archaeologists' standard interpretation of a cultic object. As is clearly borne out by the frog.

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Something like this is what I thought of when I first read your description.

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Ariel
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Yes - apart from it being blue and frogless - that's it.
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Similar but longer have been sold in $2 Shoppes (TM) for some time. I have two, both gifts, with enamel butterflies on hook. They don't work very well and I don't use bookmarks anyway, I remember page numbers.

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It's a bookmark--we used to sell them in the place I worked as a teenager. And no, they don't work very well. Though I've never tried to use one as a cultic object.

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Just back from dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday (50th [Eek!] ) which is on Friday. Good food, good company and a little drink or two. [Smile]

It started sn*wing about half-way through dinner, and if it carries on like this we might get a sn*w-day, which would be quite nice ... [Big Grin]

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Welease Woderwick

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It's Friday here so Happy Birthday piglet!

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Happy Birthday,piglet.

And happily a no-snow day here, as my car is in dock and the person due to give me a lift to w*rk can't get out of her drive in the event of significant snow.

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We have snow, again - it's very pretty! but I want it to go away, I have to move an offspring's goods and chattels to Nottingham next week.

Happy Birthday piglet

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quote:
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Just back from dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday (50th [Eek!] ) which is on Friday.

You'll find you don't look any older than you did the day before. As with 40, it's the start of another new decade, you're still alive, still able to move around and do all the things you did yesterday. Enjoy your birthday!
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Cold, but no snow. Cloud down to the ground, mizzle and general dampness.

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For me I think the best thing about being in my 50s, if I can remember that far back, was feeling even less concerned with what other people thought of me than I had been in my 40s.

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Happy Birthday, Piglet! 50 is just so 'in' now! [Big Grin]

Cold, cold, cold here, and anything that was snow/slush/water is now frozen solid. Hard work taking the dog out, I have to keep to the grass as otherwise I am likely to fall over. [Eek!]

Trying hard to think of something sensible/newsworthy to say, but the only "interesting" email I have received is one to say my library books will be overdue in three days time.

There must be more to life somewhere. [Help]

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Snow! So pretty but of course it's the day we're hiring a car and driving for an hour or two. It doesn't look like *much* snow so hopefully we'll be okay.
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Happy Happy birthday Piglet!

***Waves from sunny Mexico**

Husband not pleased as I'm tapping away on the computer at 6am - body clock not adjusted yet - hehe!

He came over last weekend to prepare stuff (we are doing charity work with street kids followed by a little holiday in Palm Springs, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Diego)

Now I'm going to annoy him further by finding Chris Evans breakfast show on the computer.

[Big Grin]

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Another inch of snow last night so had to dig the car out -- again

come Monday and it will be 33 degrees in Cape Town.

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quote:
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come Monday and it will be 33 degrees in Cape Town.

So cooled down a bit since a couple of weeks ago.
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We had about 3-4" of snow here. Most of which melted, so the roads are mostly clear, though what's left of the slush is turning rapidly to ice. TV reception is now virtually non-existent except for fragments of subtitles appearing now and again. I bought a more expensive set-top box today, hoping it would be better, and it completely failed to find any channels at all. Ho hum. Roll on spring.
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Hipy papy bthudy Piglit!

Hope you had a great one - as the shoe advert says "Act your shoe size, not your age"...which only works if you take your UK shoe size pre-metric. Although now I come to think of it my continental shoe size would be quite good too!

Still frozen slush here...had enough of it now.

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happy birthday Piglet! Hope you've had a good day. [Yipee]

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Happy Birthday, piglet!!

I'm deeply miffed that the snow was as pathetic as it was.

We'd had the usual "What to do in snowy weather" e-mails and reminders, ("Don't even think of thinking you can't make it into work" being the general gist and "Living 30 miles away is no excuse", though my line manager is sympathetic to that one for me, as I've got the best attendance and punctuality record this year!!)and as it was only today left before 9 days mostly off, I'd girded my loins, and psyched myself up to battle through the snow, prepared to be Very Late, or lost in a snow drift, or stuck on a train unable to move anywhere...or even hopeful of no trains at all.

I was 2 minutes later than usual. Snow's almost all gone.

I will now go and love and cherish my outside pipes, though. I do not want to sacrifice a second Saturday morning running to persuading them they do not wish to remain frozen.

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quote:
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... we might get a sn*w-day ...

... then again we might just get some rain which was enough to create four-inch puddles but not really enough to displace much of the accumulated snow. Mind you, they're forecasting up to 45mm (about 1¾ inches in English) of rain on Sunday - that could facilitate some heap-diminution.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. You're quite right - I don't really feel more than a day older than I did yesterday. D. and I are planning to carry out some research tomorrow at a restaurant we've been meaning to try for ages - will report back. [Smile]

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Glad you had a good day, Piglet. Relax and settle into your new decade.

Another very cold but bright day today. A bright orange sun in the sky this morning, with frost, snow, ice and mist everywhere, plumes of smoke and steam rising up from chimneys to greet the dawn. Everything white, silver, shades of coral and peach, a really pretty winter's morning. The birds have turned up the volume and are shouting away now - what a racket.

Went to Stratford on Avon yesterday hoping for pictures of snow-covered Tudor houses, but most of the snow had melted by the time I got there, so that will have to wait for another occasion.

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Most of our snow has gone, but on the "roofs" particularly not of homes, there is still lots of snow. I wonder what will be good or bad for the place by us that is being mended indoors and is very snowey on it's "roof"....

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