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  1. I was born in Yorkshire yonks ago, leaving (=being taken away) for Cheshire when I was 5. I read through these 10 "worst places". Did I really consider returning to the UK at one stage? Note: whenever my wife & I visit the UK we really enjoy it - the last time in April 2019 where we stayed a few nights in Keswick & then Buxton. Great until our disasterous encounter with the security folks at Manchester Airport on departure (a combination of really unhelpful people & their computer system crashing causing a holdup that meant we missed our return flight AND they refuse to accept responsibility for it).
  2. I've also stayed one night (about 50 years ago) with my parents in Traben Trarbach, sitting on the terasse eating our evening meal watching the tractors crossing on the ferry with their tanks of stuff to spray on the vinyards. Back then Mosel wine was pretty thin stuff but global warming will have improved things. We like the wines from the Pfalz (Deutsche Weinstraße)
  3. My mother served in the WRENS - first in Tilbury (she lived with her parents in Kent in "bomb alley") and then on the Mumbles (Swansea). She was a signaller (semaphore) - 4 hours on, 8 hours off. My father was a student studying chemistry at Liverpool university. They hadn't met at that stage (he was a couple of years younger than my mother). Apart from learning to shoot & how to drive an army truck he didn't see active service. We spent a year in Munich (1966/67) where he was visiting the TU München, working with E.O. Fischer who later won a Nobel Prize. This was "only" 20 years after the war. Now 75 years on I've been living in Northern Germany for around 40 years. Made a number of friends, learnt to fly sailpanes... Today the local newspaper had a full page spread about the British army arriving in the local towns.
  4. That is the whole point. Similar debate going on here. Sure - you can get 2 - 3 weeks sunny & hot weather at the North Sea or Baltic coasts but those 2 - 3 weeks can be any time from early April to End September. The rest is likely to be rain & wind. One annual holiday in those conditions & you are looking at Mallorca or even Turkey for the following year. I'm still hoping that our 11 days on Ibiza in September will work out. Many local jobs on the Baleric islands depend on tourism. There is a bit of agriculture but thats in the lower percentages of people (& mostly in what we call Winter).
  5. Many decent wines (especially reasonably good German white wines) have screw tops. The cheap muck usesd plastik "corks". There is an old joke about a decent wind having a screw top (ask spoken by Johannes Heesters who lived to be 108). You'd not understand it.
  6. Together with my brother I paddled a Martham Boat Dev Co half-decker through/under that bridge a number of times in the early 1970s. The only other bridge we did was Ludham to sial up to Barton Broad.
  7. No - you do not pre-cook the apples. Does not matter. I throw in a handful of raisins & a dusting of cinnamon. For the crumble use equal quantities (weights) of plain flour, margerine & sugar. 70g each for a small one; 100g each for larger. Bake at 160 C for 30 minutes or a bit longer.
  8. I hated sports at school. Seems more I hated team sports. That I spend much of my daytime working at all levels (voluntary basis) for a sport is a bit of a turnaround. I consider gliding to be a solo sport in the air & a team sport whilst on the ground.
  9. This last Winter was so mild the birds did not come to the small amount of food we out out in our garden. In previous years they would be lined up in front of the terrass window.
  10. Yep - over 'ere they were first clamouring for "more restrictions" & when they came after 2 days started running around finding anyone (usually not in authority) ready to pontificate (good word that) on how to open up again. The media (& many others) seem not to have cottoned-on to the fact that we are dealing with a contageous virus and not some flash flood thats gone after a couple of days.
  11. I thought Coca-Cola was supposed to be good at cleaning many things - what it does to your stomach is...
  12. The virus got him I used to listen to ISITRA as a school kid - would brighten the day. Then there were the Goodies...
  13. Similar over here I'm afraid to say. The local authorities have an "app" for reporting fly tipping so I sent them a nice photo of piles of packing material (clearly commercial) plus a mower, a sofa & old paint tins. The app reports the location via GPS...
  14. That will be decided by the virus... Of course! BoJo would not want it any other way!
  15. HEM

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    I like 'em as well. This evening's offering: Leg of Lamb & Apricot roast. Lamb was from Lidl - and very tender it was too. Tomorrow its Shephard's pie (& following day also most likely).
  16. If any of you make a visit to Hamburg in the post-Virus future you must visit Miniatur Wunderland. Claiming to be the World's largest model railway (HO scale) it keeps expanding and includes an amazing airport. Terrible narration (the voice)! Many videos on YouTube...
  17. I have the whole set of books - most in the Jonathan Cape hardbacks, a few as paperbacks. The very first one I read was Coot Club - found in the small library at junior school when I was 10...
  18. Ibiza - Cala Mastella: But not such a good idea at the moment as they have big restrictions & going to any beach is not an option. This was September 2019.
  19. HEM

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    Fresh out of the oven (yesterday was the first day since weeks that I saw fresh yeast available)...
  20. The first time I stayed with my family in Repps (late 1960s / early 1970s?) we hired such a lugsail dingh from Martham Boat Dev co. We didn't have too much success with it. On the last day a neighbour took us for a short sail in a Marthem half-decker (also a lug sail) and that was better - gave us the courage to hire a proper half-decker the following year.
  21. Presumably the sequel to the Mornday book.... Mornday, Doosday... I'll get my Jack Wolfskin....
  22. My daughter works in the toxialogical lab of the forensic medicine department of the large university hospital in Hamburg. Apart from her day job which is mostly analysing blood / urine samples from motorists etc. that the police have had reason to apprehend she has night duty (officially stand-by) a few nights per month. Thereby they get "regular customers" - e.g. the 17 yr old girl who swallows various tablets then calls the emergency services to get rescued. The costs for this fall on the community.
  23. HEM

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    2 days ago we bought the garden furniture out of the shed/carport. This normally brings on several weeks of rain but so far none.
  24. Not only is there the moon - but planet Venus is a brilliant light well into the evening in the West (& has been for some weeks).
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