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  1. I remember seeing the two wherries there (as houseboats) when we used to hire a half-decker from Martham (my parents used to hore a cottage either at Repps or Ranworth (Malthouse Broad). Likely to have been the early 1070s.
  2. Not that I'm a candidate to purchase but what is a "school share" (as opposed to an ordinary share)? I've never come across the term before but maybe that because I've been out of the UK for 35 years apart from rare visits.
  3. Congratulations - 40 years is very good going (especially nowadays). We achieved 30 years last November (we were somewhat older at the time like 36 & just 3 days before her 30th). My wife has a friend who managed to celebrate her Silver wedding twice (i.e. with 2 different husbands)!
  4. I remember the Goodies - and ISIRTA (Sunday afternoons I think it used to be on radio...)
  5. Took This? You youngsters! Whilst I was at school the (totally mad) music teacher used to play Moody Blues (Threshold of a Dream & Children's Children)..
  6. HEM

    Nhbc

    Even that is not necessarily true. If you have access to a server with SMTP you can totally fake things. Many years ago as a UNIX admin I used to know how to do this (via telnet) but my memory fades... Most decent installations nowadays disable telnet anyway.
  7. HEM

    Nhbc

    Its always wise to hover your cursor over the apparent sender and often you see something totally different behind. One curious thing is that often when I order from Amazon (here they usually deliver via DHL) a short time afterwards I get a mail purporting to come from DHL but with dubious hidden sender. Its as if these guys monitor traffic.
  8. Its actually spelt Kassler (with double "s"). Since we are an Anglo-German family we combine both worlds: the German tradition is Christmas Eve evening (just the 3 of us) whilst on the 25th we do turkey UK-style for the enlarged family (9 people). What we will have this evening (Christmas Eve) is not finalised - daughter has stand-by duty from 8am to 8pm at the Tox lab of the forensic medicine department of UKE (Hamburg university hospital). Thus it could be 20:30 before we eat. Wife & I will go for final shopping: it will either be some sort of fish or a steak. Dessert is the same as for past few years: Mousse au Chocolat (I made it up last evening & its in the fridge).
  9. Every Christmas this one gets trotted out here - those who did "O"-Level German at school should manage:
  10. I should add that I'm not a chemist - my father was a crystalographer (Reader in Chemistry @ Manchester University) & my daughter works in the toxialogical lab of the forensic department of UKE (Hamburg University Hospital) so there is some family trait there. On the other hand myself, my (German) wife & son are computer scientists...
  11. It was pretty good All one has to do is to follow the checklist err recipe.... Manchester - thats where I was before moving out here for one year (that was 36 years ago - still here). I worked then for Manchester University lived at my parent's place near Knustford.
  12. Yesterday evenng I made Chicken, Leek and Cider Pie served with boiled potatoes. It was a LOT of work, the wife loved it & daughter ate hers so that means something. If anyone tries to make it do not underestimate the amount of work until the pie goes into the oven! I did use ready-made puff pastry from local supermarket.
  13. HEM

    Feeding Swans

    I remember in the late 60s/early 70s staying in a cottage at Thurne & Basil Curtis of the then village shop said "we loikes to see the visitors feeding the ducks - because when they (the visitors) are gone - out come the guns". I was pals with Basil's son Ernie but have long since lost contact. Ernie worked for a number of years in Singapore & them moved to Ormesby (where I once visited him) but I have since lost all contact.
  14. HEM

    Boat Names

    Reminds me of when I owned a Renault 5: I called it Perky - because it pinked...
  15. Brings back memories - my father bought a (new) Ford Corsair automatic in 1966 to take with us when we spent a year in Germany (Munich). It got sold a few years later just before I got my driver's license.
  16. HEM

    My Day

    There are enough people around our way who believe that flashing red lights (or even lowered barriers) do not apply to them. Some even do it with kids in the back seat & the local Polizei on hand to watch.
  17. I thought that with BREXIT the UK would be rid of the shackles of EU law?
  18. So do you now work from home? (I've not been reading all the threads). I worked from Home Office the final 15 years or so of my working life & for me it was positive. Whilst missing the "by chance" information from colleagues in the office I was not disturbed or distracted by said colleagues - and in my case my immediate team members plus managers were in a different country (e.g. USA) anyway. Saved the half-hour commute each way. In the end I went into local office about once per quarter.
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    My Day

    My sailplane passed its annual inspection today so its good for another 12 months. Not really to celebrate, but we went to a nearby Italian restaurant for a far-too-good meal before our daughter has to be available on-call (she works in the toxicological lab of the forensic medicine department of a nearby major hospital). One more task left for the day: change the clocks in the house.
  20. On a recent visit to NE England & Scotland I was able to buy two Christmas Puddings & a supply of good sweet mincemeat. Since one of the puds is good into early 2020 we are set up for the next two Christmases even if BREXIT prevents my visiting the UK or the import of Christmas puds (at one time rumoured to set off the explosive detectors at Manchester airport) into the EU next year. I can vouch for the explosive detector at MAN story . Some years ago I was in Manchester (where my then employer had the European training centre & I had been helping out) and had a Christmas pud in my hand luggage. Sure enuf a security lady came towards me with my bag to be opened - on seeing the pud & three Terrys chociolate oranges (hand genades?) she just laughed.
  21. This is where it helps to run a computer which uses a deritive of UNIX rather than MS-Windows. Its quite good fun trying to execute DOS commands on a UNIX system.
  22. HEM

    My Day

    A few years ago we stayed at a nice B & B in Keswick. The Bank Tavern is the place to eat in the evening (if you can get in there!)
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