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Forum: Rantidote 25 February 2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,499
Posted By Richard W
Yes, thank you. In the end I had sausages with...

Yes, thank you. In the end I had sausages with boiled potato, fried onion and garlic, broccoli, a fried egg and some gravy (Bisto, for want of anything better). Being generally reluctant to start...
Forum: Rantidote 25 February 2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,499
Posted By Richard W
I've got a similar problem to Sue's. I have the...

I've got a similar problem to Sue's. I have the ingredients to make a fish pie for tea, but I just checked and I've not got enough potatoes for the mashed potato topping. I could go grocery shopping...
Forum: SLC 25 February 2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
The stuff I had in Romania seemed to be just...

The stuff I had in Romania seemed to be just lemon juice and water. If they'd added any sugar at all, it certainly wasn't much. I wondered if they wanted people to add their own sugar to taste but I...
Forum: SLC 25 February 2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 14,701
Posted By Richard W
A couple of nights ago I was walking to the pub...

A couple of nights ago I was walking to the pub at about 9.30pm and looked down a subway tunnel under the railway line near my house, and there was a guy standing in there playing a guitar. OK, a...
Forum: Spook Central 25 February 2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 32
Posted By Richard W
The secret on the ocean floor: was the ocean mining boom sparked by a 1970s CIA plot?

(I adapted the headline slightly to fit in the space).

The secret on the ocean floor (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/deep_sea_mining)

A really interesting article from the BBC about...
Forum: Weird News 25 February 2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 56
Posted By Richard W
I almost posted this after reading it, but didn't...

I almost posted this after reading it, but didn't get round to it and then forgot - it's a very interesting story. And good that she doesn't seem to have been too badly damaged by it.
Forum: SLC 24 February 2018, 03:58 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
Icon24 Blimey, I've picked lots of posts to reply to... ...

Blimey, I've picked lots of posts to reply to...



We do have it, but it's not a "tradition" as such. Maybe in an Enid Blyton book, if somebody mentioned lemonade this might be what they meant -...
Forum: Police Blotter 24 February 2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,717
Posted By Richard W
Icon24 I'd been going to say this at the beginning of...

I'd been going to say this at the beginning of your post, but I'm glad I read to the end. You know a hell of a lot more about these situations than I do, and I'm also not a fan of the solution (I...
Forum: Rantidote 23 February 2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 29,339
Posted By Richard W
"Would you like some more plates?" (sarcastic) ...

"Would you like some more plates?" (sarcastic)
"Would you like some more plates?" (incredulous)
"... Would you like some more plates?" (hesitant)

I could go on. Some of the possibilities involve...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
It depends really. Fizzy drinks is one term, as...

It depends really. Fizzy drinks is one term, as Seaboe says. Fizzy pop is one that older people might use, or possibly there's a class-based or regional factor there too (generally, posh people and...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
Yes, exactly - referring to egg-and-spoon races,...

Yes, exactly - referring to egg-and-spoon races, which used to be a staple of primary school sports days, along with the sack race, the parents' race, and (back in the 1970s) the Space Hopper race -...
Forum: SLC 23 February 2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
We have the word in UK English, surely, even if...

We have the word in UK English, surely, even if we don't have pep rallies? You can talk about "pepping something up a bit" if you want to make it more exciting - adding a bit of spice or flavouring...
Forum: Police Blotter 23 February 2018, 12:56 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,717
Posted By Richard W
Apparently there was actually an armed guard at...

Apparently there was actually an armed guard at this school, but he decided not to go in to the building where the shooting was going on:
...
Forum: Police Blotter 22 February 2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,717
Posted By Richard W
If the answer is to have more trained people with...

If the answer is to have more trained people with guns in schools to prevent this sort of thing, wouldn't it make more sense just to station troops there? Soldiers already have the weapons and...
Forum: SLC 22 February 2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 29,271
Posted By Richard W
The "vulgar term" is spelled "fanny" rather than...

The "vulgar term" is spelled "fanny" rather than "fannie". And it's not all that vulgar really - it's almost a children's term. I don't get the impression that it's much more vulgar than "fanny" in...
Forum: SLC 22 February 2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 14,701
Posted By Richard W
Well, quite. I bet WildaBeast wouldn't even have...

Well, quite. I bet WildaBeast wouldn't even have known that was the right way to fix them.
Forum: Amusement Bark 21 February 2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,002
Posted By Richard W
Well, I did initially read the thread title as...

Well, I did initially read the thread title as "Billy Graham still dead at 99"...
Forum: SLC 21 February 2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 14,701
Posted By Richard W
When I was in Beijing one of the hostels / hotels...

When I was in Beijing one of the hostels / hotels I stayed in had a little breakfast café, aimed at Western tourists and quite upmarket. I went there for breakfast several days running and they often...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 20 February 2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 96,454
Posted By Richard W
1. I know what shape they are - sort of like...

1. I know what shape they are - sort of like mouse droppings, but the question implies a specific phrase that must be the meaning of Bacillus. Is it "rod-like" or something?

I don't know many of...
Forum: SLC 20 February 2018, 01:47 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 14,701
Posted By Richard W
It probably makes sense to do that if you're into...

It probably makes sense to do that if you're into trucks (or cars or whatever) to the extent that you're doing up or maintaining old vehicles. If so, then the owner probably parks at conventions and...
Forum: Amusement Bark 19 February 2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 254,782
Posted By Richard W
Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known...

Yes, in the UK he's still probably better known as Gareth from the original version of The Office. From his past work and the parts he's played, I'd expected something with far more of a cynical or...
Forum: Fun House 18 February 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 473
Posted By Richard W
Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end...

Did it eventually - I hardly ever get to the end of those...! I found that some script or other on the page seemed to make it lock up quite a bit, though.

(eta) One star does mean that it's an...
Forum: Amusement Bark 18 February 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 738
Views: 254,782
Posted By Richard W
I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie...

I've been watching Detectorists, with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Young as two guys in a metal detecting club. I've watched the first two series now and it's fantastic - beautifully shot, very well...
Forum: The Doctor Is In 18 February 2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By Richard W
I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last...

I just read Numero Zero by Umberto Eco (his last novel before he died), which is about some people setting up dummy issues of a possibly "fake" but definitely very cynical newspaper that's not...
Forum: Police Blotter 18 February 2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,717
Posted By Richard W
The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how...

The funny thing from a non-US perspective is how totally obvious all that stuff is, too...

I mean, even I have a fantasy wherein something dangerous is happening and I take out the bad guys...
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