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Piglet
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It's not quite 2018 yet here, but probably time to fold up the old thread and unpack a bright, shiny new one for the New Year.

The kettle's on, the ice and lemon are chilling for the GIN, so off we go ...

In case I'm not around before midnight*, Happy New Year to one and all!

* I probably won't be, as I've got Things To Do before our friends come round, and it'll be well into tomorrow for you folk by the time they leave.

[ 31. December 2017, 15:11: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Piglet
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We had a spot of drama at church this morning: one of the ladies in the choir took not well during the service, and had to be taken off in an ambulance (which she tried to resist, bless her, as she thought it would be expensive ...)

Busy afternoon ahead once D. finishes the second service, what with making haggis, tidying the château ...

Be good over the New Year, and if you can't be good, be careful! [Devil]

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Yes, Happy 2018 to all in Ukland, Canadia, Usania, and other countries whose names I forget (or can't spell).

A tad damp and gloomy here, though mild. Tomato and Basil SOUP for Tea, I think!

[Big Grin]

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Place marking as a frequent reader but infrequent poster. Happy New Year to all Little Britainers and in particular thinking of Our Indian Correspondent .
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Yes, Ferijen. I was thinking of him this morning. I have email but will not use it because I do not know how busy the household is. Twin toddlers can cause a commotion.

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Indeed they do, but I can truthfully report that the old grump adores every minute of it. Except when they stomp on his feet.

I do so miss him here. He has been my friend for longer than we have been on the ship.

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Happy New Year everyone. May 2018 bring good health and happiness to us all.

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Happy New Year everyone.

And soon to be 'Happy New Ship'!

I like the new thread title [Smile]

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Happy New Year everyone, I hope it is a good one for us all. I too miss WW, specially at this time of new 2018 threads.

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Happy New Year to all!
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Raining here again, and the leaks in the Palace roof (I think there must be a crack in the flashing somewhere - difficult to tell exactly where, though) are letting a small but VERY ANNOYING drip of water into the Episcopal bedchamber.

[Mad]

Ah well - back to the WHISKY bottle, I think. Might as well start the year as I mean to go on, as I find that WHISKY cancels out all the adverse side-effects of the meds I have to take.

(I am being facetious).

[Two face]

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I'm just popping in to wish everyone a peraceful and happy 2018. God willing.

I often read this thread on a computer where I'm not actually logged into the Ship, but I am on my own PC today.

Tea, GIN, hot chocolate, whisky, wine - whatever your tipple is, I wish you many mugsfull of it!

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Raining here again, and the leaks in the Palace roof (I think there must be a crack in the flashing somewhere - difficult to tell exactly where, though) are letting a small but VERY ANNOYING drip of water into the Episcopal bedchamber.

Those sorts of leak are very hard to pin down - the place where the water comes out seems to have no relation to where it gets in! My late father-in-law struggled with such a drip for years!

We had a minor flood on Saturday with an overflowing toilet cistern leading to water dripping through the ceiling below, however no damage seems to be caused. Why do these things always happen on holiday weekends?

My wife - coming from North of the Border - is the whisky drinker of the two of us. But she only developed a taste for it fairly recently.

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I too have become a fan of whisky in my later years. It is frigidissimo here (12 degrees F) and tonight I think we must have whisky macs.

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Popping in to say “Um, hello...” and wave a bit.
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Brenda says:
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I think we must have whisky macs.
No, no, WHISKY is only at all efficacious when completely undiluted, even by ice cubes!

[Eek!]

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As I said elsewhere. [Angel]

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
... WHISKY is only at all efficacious when completely undiluted, even by ice cubes!

I'd concur regarding the ice-cubes (heresy), but according to a friend who used to be the manager of the Highland Park distillery, the correct way to drink good whisky* is with just a splash of spring water.

We had a very enjoyable evening taking in the New Year with our friends; apart from a splash added to the haggis mixture, it was sans whisky, but avec rather a lot of wine, some with bubbles.

The only fly in the ointment is that D. seems to have caught the cold that I had a few weeks ago, and it's manifesting itself in him having almost completely lost his voice. He can get a word or two out, then sort of fades to a squeak, and I'm finding that I want to clear his throat for him.

[Frown]

* If you're drinking inferior whisky, you can put what you like in it. [Devil]

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Bishops Finger
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If you're drinking inferior WHISKY, best put Poison in it, and finish the job properly....

Poor D., though - not a good start to the year. Hopefully, he'll recover before he next has to address the choristers in a Loud Voice.

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We have choir practice on Thursday: I hope he's got a bit of voice back by then!

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Bishops Finger
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Which, if he doesn't, conjures up the horrifying image of the unfortunate D. completely unable to control his Unruly Regiment of Singers!

(I'm sure they wouldn't be so inconsiderate.....)

Some nice, soothing remedy is called for (apart, perhaps, from GIN). Honey, lemon, and glycerine, maybe, if it's still available? IIRC, very tasty, and comforting.

IJ

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Happy new year from the land of the frog [Big Grin] .

Back to Paris today after a bumpy flight from Toulouse yesterday evening due to storm Carmen, but we didn’t see the worst of it. It was much blowier around Bordeaux and in Brittany.

After much food, the en rouge diet is going to consist of soup, fish and easily digested vegetables for the foreseeable future.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
If you're drinking inferior WHISKY, best put Poison in it, and finish the job properly....

Poor D., though - not a good start to the year. Hopefully, he'll recover before he next has to address the choristers in a Loud Voice.

IJ

If an organist can't use his voice could he find a chord that shuts everyone up? Something slightly off, to make them cringe?

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quote:
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If an organist can't use his voice could he find a chord that shuts everyone up? Something slightly off, to make them cringe?

As a guitarist I find G on the low strings and G# on the three high strings is perfect for this, he could try G in the left hand and G# in the right.

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As for the thread title, that depends on the GIN, and on the tonic, no G*rd*ns or Br*tv*c for me.

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St. David's Hall in Cardiff has recently opened a Gin Lounge. There are over 30 gins on offer, and the bar staff carefully match the tonic waters to suit.

Or so my wife says (who likes Cardiff Eccentric Gin and H+ndr+cks).

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Noting from her post above that la vie en rouge's future diet is to include quantities of fish (and I guess France is a good country in which to indulge in such culinary necessities), I beg to announce that I am this evening cooking some nice Mackerel Fillets (from bonnie Scotland) for my Tea.

Yum. Yum.

Some new Potatoes, and some Bread and Butter, will accompany the said Repast.

This will hopefully negate the depressing Effects of a day of Gloom and Rain...

IJ

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We had finny haddock, roast potatoes and sprouts.

Very nice too [Smile]

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Fish fingers, oven chips and peas for us.
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quote:
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Fish fingers, oven chips and peas for us.

That sounds an easy meal to prepare. I had an easy meal too. One son visited the other day and brought me three small pork fillets in a spicy marinade he had put together himself. I seared the last of them in hot pan last night and had some easy vegetables to prepare. A large salad at lunch upped the vege quota for the day.

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Ours was an easy meal as well. Partridge stew put together and fridged last night, then put in the slow-cooker this morning before we headed out for a day at the British Museum. All that needed doing when we got back was turning it to high, making dumplings, and waiting 20 min whilst they cooked [Big Grin]

Perfect for a somewhat damp and breezy night. There was a little green veg on the side, just to try and be vaguely healthy!

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We had fish too - slightly spicy salmon pieces (reduced price offering from a local supermarket), stirred into portions of rice cooked with leeks, peas and spinach. The rest of the rice mix was put aside to make stuffed peppers with the leftovers of a meat loaf tomorrow.

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Fish fingers, oven chips and peas for us.
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We did leftovers today as well (our main meal of the day is usually a late lunch): D. had been making cottage pie a couple of weeks ago and, finding that he had more minced beef mixture than he needed, made a sort of cobbler thing with a scone topping. We had half of it before Christmas and froze the rest, along with some left-over cottage pie, so I mixed the two and heated them through. Not haute cuisine, perhaps, but a decent feed all the same.

I'm now contemplating some of the pâté that's left in the fridge with a slice or three of bread for supper, possibly with a glass of WINE.

D's voice is a bit better than it was: he went to the staff meeting this morning and rehearsed the band this evening, although he's still coughing like an engine and dosing himself with Mentho-Lyptus and hot Lem-sip.

If the weatherists are right, we might not be having choir practice on Thursday anyway: they're telling us we're going to get another foot of sn*w, which could cause a fairly major bollocks. [Waterworks]

[ 02. January 2018, 23:03: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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quote:
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St. David's Hall in Cardiff has recently opened a Gin Lounge. There are over 30 gins on offer, and the bar staff carefully match the tonic waters to suit.

Wow.

And here I was excited at a distillery opening near me.

Happy New Year Britons!

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quote:
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St. David's Hall in Cardiff has recently opened a Gin Lounge. There are over 30 gins on offer, and the bar staff carefully match the tonic waters to suit.

Of course they match them carefully, as well as skilfully and after a deep (and meaningful) conversation to find the particular characteristics appealing to that customer. Then they remember the details for the next time the customer pays a visit. In other words. it sounds a bit like 99, 100 change hands to me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
St. David's Hall in Cardiff has recently opened a Gin Lounge. There are over 30 gins on offer, and the bar staff carefully match the tonic waters to suit.

Or so my wife says (who likes Cardiff Eccentric Gin and H+ndr+cks).

I see your 30 and raise you 600.
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I'd better not show her that ...
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On similar lines, while hiking round Scotland with my parents a few years ago, we discovered this establishment, which is the official home of the Scotch Whisky Parliament. Yes, that’s really a thing. They have a “short” whisky list, featuring about 100 different types, or the “big” list, with 600 different choices. I’ll let you guess which one my Dad wanted to look at [Biased] .

I’m not much of a whisky drinker most of the time, but when in Rome… Usually my preferred poison is good Armagnac or Cognac. That said, all of the above are off limits at present, which surprisingly I actually don’t feel all that deprived about. Even if it was a bit cruel to buy a bottle for Christmas from the year of my birth. Go toast my health without me [Roll Eyes] . CHEESE, on the other hand – well, let’s just say I hope the Bubble appreciates the effort I’m making. We have some quite nice Cheddar in the house, which I’m allowed to eat, but we wants Camembert, precious.

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O well, if you're allowed to eat Cheddar, The End Is Not Nigh. Camembert is fine, but not the only CHEESE in the world...

The CHEESE Shop...

IJ

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Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
On similar lines, while hiking round Scotland with my parents a few years ago, we discovered this establishment, which is the official home of the Scotch Whisky Parliament. Yes, that’s really a thing. They have a “short” whisky list, featuring about 100 different types, or the “big” list, with 600 different choices. I’ll let you guess which one my Dad wanted to look at [Biased] .

Just a slight point but some establishments have over 3,000 whiskys.

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O well, if you're allowed to eat Cheddar, The End Is Not Nigh. Camembert is fine, but not the only CHEESE in the world...

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.

Over the holidays, and facing a particularly tantalising CHEESE platter, I did wonder if I could appoint my family as official tasters, Roman Emperor style. They’d all been eating the stuff for three days and none of them had died of listeria poisoning…

OTOH, I was not in the least bit upset about having to decline oysters. I have never understood the appeal of this supposed delicacy. Apart from not liking the taste over much, I can’t deal with food that isn’t dead [Help] .

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Agreed re oysters. Ewwww......

Commiserations re CHEESE, though.

[Frown]

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Clearly the throat lurgy is doing the rounds as MuminElmet and I were both struck down over the weekend. We saw in the New Year (or saw off the Old Year) with Father Ted repeats and doctored cocoa. The hard partying will have to wait for a few days.

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The Lunar Rogue, aka The Choir Pub, is known for its whisky collection, which is certainly pretty impressive, especially for this side of the Pond. The first time D. and I went there, I challenged him to try a nip of each one (not at one sitting, you understand).

His usual tipple is Steam Whistle, an Ontario beer; so far, he's had one dram of Highland Park* 12-year-old, which he had instead of beer one evening for medicinal purposes ... [Biased]

We're bracing ourselves for that weather-bomb: it looks as if we're going to be splat in the middle of it, and probably get at least another foot of sn*w. [Waterworks]

I blame Trump. [Devil]

I've just finished baking a batch of French sticks, so at least we won't starve, even if we get a power-cut (although we might freeze: our only source of heat is electricity).

* I don't think he could have brought himself to order any other brand. [Big Grin]

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Curiosity killed ...

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I have made a new discovery - porridge with cinnamon and grated apple. I used to put cinnamon in my porridge when I tried 5:2, to make porridge made with water edible, so when I tasted the porridge I was making with soya milk and found it tasted as if made with water, I tried experimented.

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sounds like a nice addition

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Porridge with cinnamon is very good for the diabetic, or so they tell me (IANAD, but you knew that already)

Mrs. S, who ate too much porridge as a student ever to contemplate it these days [Projectile]

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I always cook porridge with cinnamon and add more after, since I dislike too much sugar.

As for adding grated apple Quaker Oats has been doing that for years with their instant mixes - disgusting stuff, but if you make your own cereal...
very nice

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Curiosity killed ...

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This is porridge without sugar, made with gluten free oats and soya milk for my daughter, ordinary milk and oats for me. Gluten free oats cook better in a pan rather than the speedy microwave trick I use. I was grating fresh apple over the porridge when made.

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