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Rushton
23rd Aug 2005, 10:22
Is it me? I cannot get my head round cling film. I've watched the former Mrs R peel of cling film from the cardboard container and with a flourish tear it neatly with the serated cutter and then proceed to wrap all and sundry very neatly. But when I try it I can't find the beginning of the film and when I do it wont tear straight (I have even drawn blood on that daft cutter), sticks to itself and generally ends up it a tight ball being thrown across the room. When I eventually succeed in getting a piece off it is usually too small.

Is it a male thing? Are we not programmed to use the stuff properly? Is it a similar problem to men being able to make most things stick to non-stick pans?

R

lexxity
23rd Aug 2005, 10:26
Rushton I too cannot work cling film, however Mr L is a skilled and deft wrapper of stuff in clingy plastic. I also can make things stick to a non-stick pan and my all time genius moment in the kitchen? Was turning a jar of white wine sauce bright ORANGE.

Is it something to do with working in aviation, I do and he doesn't. :oh:

Biggles Flies Undone
23rd Aug 2005, 10:34
Clingfilm is great stuff.... Lift toilet seat (preferably at work or someone else's house) place clingfilm across bowl, lower seat, retire to a safe distrance and wait for the fun :E

Grainger
23rd Aug 2005, 10:42
Yeah, cling film :mad:

And while we're at it, I can never get those :mad:ing plastic bags open at the supermarket. They seem to be made out of some totally frictionless plastic and presumably they have loads of fun sticking the openings together at the factory.

The damn things are absolutely impossible to open, yet women never seem to have any trouble :confused:

Biggles Flies Undone
23rd Aug 2005, 10:45
yet women never seem to have any trouble
They practice on Scotsmen's wallets ;) :p

Rushton
23rd Aug 2005, 10:54
I can never get those plastic bags open at the supermarket

Yeah those too. Have in the past asked the checkout girl to open them for me - told her I had a problem using my hands.

Of course open anything plastic can be a no-no. Why do manufacturers lie? If it says peel hear why does it not?

Gainesy
23rd Aug 2005, 10:59
"Plug in and play".
"Easy open pack".
"Peel here".
"Re-sealable pack".

AAARRRRRGGGHHH!:mad:

PPRuNe Radar
23rd Aug 2005, 11:05
They practice on Scotsmen's wallets

Ye'll no get your hands on my gold lassie ;)

sprocket
23rd Aug 2005, 11:12
Cling film. Aaarggghh!

Supermarket plasic bags. Aaarggghh!

Cardbaoard containers with cardboard zips that have tear here written on them. Aarggghh!
They should have .... "For the comencement of the total destruction of this container and it's contents, just try to tear here." :* Aarrggghhh!

newswatcher
23rd Aug 2005, 11:19
I cannot get my head round cling film :hmm: It's when you try and get cling film round your head that you should start worrying!

OpenCirrus619
23rd Aug 2005, 11:29
I remember seeing a "training" film ;) when I was at University - seems the lady star had no problems wrapping the male star from head to foot :ok:. On second thoughts there was a bit of anatomy that seemed to cause problems - was left unwrapped. :E :E

tall and tasty
23rd Aug 2005, 11:43
Supermarket plasic bags. Aaarggghh!

Little tips and it works for any plastic bag including the rubbish ones, make sure your fingers are moist and then rub the bag between the thumb and forefinger and it will separate in one easy go.

Cling film is all to do with the taughtness of the box away from the film in the other hand and you have to do it in one swift action. Hesitation causes it to fold and stick on itself.

very similar to putting a duvet into the cover.

But other uses of cling film takes me back to uni days, toliet seats as have been mentioned, over ash trays and watch pretty little holes appear,

TnT :p

SpinSpinSugar
23rd Aug 2005, 11:48
Tecos managed to cement their place at the top of the supermarket food-chain for me recently when they introduced plastic bags that open when you take them due to having a pull-tab on one side of the bag only which opens up when yanked....

Brilliant. As I can't for the life of me open normal ones up, that rules out all other supermarkets.

SSS

Dead_Heading
23rd Aug 2005, 15:03
Feed bags. Hate them hate them hate them hate them. Some funny string goes across the top, theory is that if you pull part of this in just the right way, all the string comes out and you have a perfectly opened bag. My @rse it does. I do, on a very few occasions manage to get it to work, on all others I end up ripping the damn thing open with a knife after trying again to open it properly, in the vain hope that some day I will learn "the technique"

tart1
23rd Aug 2005, 15:09
I have never understood why men can't use cling film and supermarket bags.

Not exactly rocket science is it? :p

It is probably the same reason they can't do ironing ........... they say, 'Oh I'm no good at this, you do it so much better,' and some muggins female usually does it for them then. :hmm:

frostbite
23rd Aug 2005, 17:51
There's some excellent advice on some of the cling film cartons :-

'Keep out of the sight and reach of small children'

I always try to!

ShyTorque
23rd Aug 2005, 18:59
"Tecos managed to cement their place at the top of the supermarket food-chain for me recently when they introduced plastic bags that open when you take them due to having a pull-tab on one side of the bag only which opens up when yanked....

Brilliant. As I can't for the life of me open normal ones up, that rules out all other supermarkets".

I thought so too. Until I pulled the first tab and about 300 carrier bags came straight off the holder onto the end of the counter :}

Pulling the second tab separated a huge wadge of 50 bags from the 300. I ripped off half a dozen, chucked them and the shopping in the trolley as usual, paid up and beat a hasty retreat to the car park.... :(

Airbanda
23rd Aug 2005, 19:41
Cling Film: - An Irish solution to an Irish Problem

rhythm method
23rd Aug 2005, 19:48
Hesitation causes it to fold and stick on itself.

very similar to putting a duvet into the cover.


Yes, my duvet cover is forever sticking to itself, but I thought it was something else causing that problem!

:}

airship
23rd Aug 2005, 20:54
Little tips and it works for any plastic bag including the rubbish ones, make sure your fingers are moist and then rub the bag between the thumb and forefinger and it will separate in one easy go. And how do you get yer fingers moist at the checkout?!

I reckon tnt does this by looking in the direction of the old codger who's been giving her the once-over - raising her fingers to her mouth and then licking them with a gentle up and down motion of the head...?! Well, I can only dream! ;)

sprocket
23rd Aug 2005, 20:57
Little tips and it works for any plastic bag including the rubbish ones, make sure your fingers are moist and then rub the bag between the thumb and forefinger and it will separate in one easy go.

TNT: I shall ensure the a have a lady with me next time I'm in the supermarket. (Just to moisten the fingers of course.) :p

BOFH
23rd Aug 2005, 21:01
And how do you get yer fingers moist at the checkout?!

Indeed. You don't know where the bag has been.

A tip for fellow men. Forget your fingers and use your opposed palms on the body of it. Works a treat.

We are discussing the opening of supermarket bags.

BOFH

patdavies
23rd Aug 2005, 22:24
re. supermarket plastic bags


i find these quite simple to operate. When asked by till person as to whether one needs any help packing, simply respond 'YES'.

Being of an age that can remember (as a child of course;) ) going to the local grocer, choosing one's food with help from the somewaht aptly named 'assistant', paying for it (or putting onto parent's account) and then having it delivered later in the day; one despairs at modern shopping in supermarkets where on ehas not only to go a get the food for oneself, but is also expect to pack and carry it!

tony draper
23rd Aug 2005, 22:34
Doggy poo bags present similar problems, lick fingers and open up said bag pick up offending material, and deposit bag in the bins provided, the problem arises ,when pooch does second jobby,one is most reluctant to lick ones fingers a second time.
:uhoh:

fmgc
23rd Aug 2005, 22:48
AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH

The cellohpane that goes round CDs and DVDs, that little piece that you are meant to pull never works.

The hard plastic packaging for things like the memory card that I just had delivered.

Always manage to cut myslef on it all.

Capn Notarious
23rd Aug 2005, 22:52
Then there is the packaging around bacon. So that when egg bacon sarnie beckons, one becomes enraged as shrink pack rebutts, the hungry.

tall and tasty
24th Aug 2005, 00:23
Then there is the packaging around bacon.

that one is easy - keep a set of kitchen sissors handy and one quick snip and away you go...........

TnT ;)

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Aug 2005, 05:06
You could always borrow Kevin from Mr Gainesy........:ok:

Blacksheep
24th Aug 2005, 09:05
Clingfilm is for wimps! So are supermarket bags.

Those who think opening a cornflakes box is tricky, should try 'unwrapping' a fresh pheasant, rabbit, trout or salmon. :suspect:

Chickens and ducks are usually sold alive and pecking in the market over here. Getting them out of their feathers and into the pot is quite an art too...

They usually don't want to go...

The innards aren't in a little plastic packet either...

Real food fights back! :ok:

Clingfilm indeed. We'll be expected to rip the top off a yoghurt pot next I suppose?

tart1
24th Aug 2005, 21:39
The packaging I have a really big problem with is the Braun electric toothbrush heads pack.

It is like trying to get into Fort Knox.

A sturdy pair of scissors is the only way in - you absolutely cannot do it by hand alone. :(

tall and tasty
25th Aug 2005, 00:46
Chickens and ducks are usually sold alive and pecking in the market over here. Getting them out of their feathers and into the pot is quite an art too...

Best trick I saw was a vet nurse with a packet of paxo ( stuffing premade in a box for those outside Blightly) and the bird keeled over.

Plucking was easy - pull the skin taught and off you go plucking in one direction. Rabbits start at one end and peel...........

still think it is easier that a cheese wrapped in that thick film. but like I said sissors get through it quickly

TnT

Blacksheep
25th Aug 2005, 01:04
Rabbits start at one end and peel...........Ah yes, but that's just the outside TnT.

... and, (sorry about this but I just couldn't help it) I always thought you seemed like a pheasant plucker. :ouch:

JudyTTexas
25th Aug 2005, 01:44
hmmm... I use to think "Cling Film" (...and adds to list...) was a Euro term for a porno movie. :}