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  1. 4 hours ago, chameleon said:

    in the national poll of the 10 worst places to live  in the uk 6 were in yorkshire, ...

    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.



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  4. 1 hour ago, EastCoastIPA said:

    Generally speaking the Brits go abroad because it's cheaper than staying at home to holiday and they normally go somewhere you can pretty much guarantee the sunshine.

    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).

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  5. 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.

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  6. On 18/04/2020 at 10:27, SwanR said:

    Changing the topic a bit but wishing to take advantage of your chef’s skills and knowledge Ian ... to cook or not to cook the apples before cooking the apple crumble? No brown sugar so which do I use ... ordinary white or castor sugar with the apples ... which to further complicate things are Braeburn eating apples not Bramley’s cooking apples. Haven’t made a crumble in years and am going to need a recipe but don’t want to waste the apples that we haven’t got round to eating !! 🤭

    No - you do not pre-cook the apples.


    No brown sugar so which do I use ... ordinary white or castor sugar with 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.

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  7. 21 minutes ago, Timbo said:

    I've never been a 'sporty' type person

    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.

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  8. 4 hours ago, MotorBoater said:

    Reminds me of when we started feeding the birds in the garden. In my wisdom I ordered 15kg peanuts, 15kg bird seed, a box of 150 fat balls and 2 x 10 suet cakes.

    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.

  9. On 18/04/2020 at 15:59, floydraser said:

    Also, the media have a lot to answer for as regards confusion of information. They all seem to be trying to earn Journalist of the Year for stirring up the biggest controversy.

    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.

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  10. 11 hours ago, JennyMorgan said:

    Went to the chemist on Saturday, it's right next to a bottle bank, the pile of dumped/fly tipped rubbish was enormous!  Our local tip is closed, the green bin collection suspended and people have time on their hands, the result is inevitable I'm afraid. 

    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...

  11. 1 minute ago, Vaughan said:

    In France, Macron has just given a speech and the total lockdown will continue until 11 May.  After that they plan to re-open schools and colleges gradually,....

    That will be decided by the virus...



    I take it that means the UK!

    Of course!  BoJo would not want it any other way!

  12. 11 minutes ago, ranworthbreeze said:

    Being a stones throw from Bakewell, I like Bakewell Tarts

    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).

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  13. 1 hour ago, JennyMorgan said:

    Re lugsail dinghies, back in the 1960/70's there were hundreds of them on the Broads, simple sailing dinghies...

    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.

  14. 11 hours ago, EastCoastIPA said:

    Should they consider some form of charge for those who burden the NHS through their own recklessness as a result of drink or drugs?

    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.

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