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Old 1st Dec 2015, 07:08
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Good morning all. Mine loads OK must be the Spanish internet, Manyana manyana.!

Raining here again. Woke at 530am got up at 630am after the heating had come on.

A visit is badly needed as I've run out of kippers.
Now I have to look in the freezer to see if I have any.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 07:14
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Morning peeps,dark wet and ghastly here beyond words,unless I am obliged to(lack of milk or some such) one shall not venture out today.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 07:29
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Just when I thought I'd survived the cobblers that is Black Friday, Black
Weekend and Cyber Monday, I get an email informing me that today is
Giving Tuesday.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 08:35
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Mr D, about halfway down this article there is a short video of the Scandyhooligan ship bobbing around the Tyne when it came adrift from it's mooring yesterday (?)

UK weather to see Storm Clodagh bring 79mph winds and snow | Daily Mail Online
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 10:02
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Well here's an interesting little factoid; that small piece of human anatomy that we all thought was a redundant leftover may actually perform important services for us. The appendix, apparently, is a repository for beneficial bacteria that help to fight off such things as food poisoning and can help to boost the immunity system. It's a kind of organic safe-house for little microbes which it shelters and protects. Who would have thought?!
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 10:20
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Well I have hung on to mine Madam BD, and me tonsils, not a easy thing to do for a sprog in the fifties when the medical profession set itself the task of relieving all the nations urchins of its tonsils,still got nearly all me teef as well due to a loathing and avoidance of the profession of dentistry almost as much as I do Doctory.

Yer saw the thing about the scandyhooligan, it olden days when I knew me river she would probably have hit half a dozen other ships during her drift.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 11:44
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I see the ghost pages have thankfully disappeared.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 11:58
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Beeching frequently fiddled the books. The most important criterium for a passenger line was the number of passengers carried. In many rural areas morning and evening trains were pretty full as kids went to school and adults to work. Rather than using these figures he used figures from midday when they were often empty, thereby justifying closure. Wonder why nobody ever though to count the number of tickets?
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 19:20
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Beeching cut the line to Swanage, Dorset, and the area became somewhat depressed. Luckily the line was preserved and is now a Heritage railway. It gradually added more track in order to reconnect permanently to the main line and allow direct trains o and from London. About two years ago they were given a grant of about £2 million as the re-connected line would bring "investment, visitors and employment to the area". Odd that a Tory/Tory-led government ordered the cut, and now the new investment!
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 20:06
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handsfree wrote "Would someone from the southern hemisphere please report on the warmth of the sun..." - I'm just about to have morning tea, curtains drawn, windows closed now, fan on and directed across the room to me: currently 27deg. C and rising.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 20:53
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Just had a drink of (British) full-cream milk.

Why does Austrian milk taste so different? (chalky)

Admittedly it was 'up in the hills' rather than in a city.
I can still recall the surprise that it didn't taste like (English) milk.

Could it have been sterilised?
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 22:09
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I think peeps have forgoten what proper stuff like full cream milk tastes like,frinstance I have been taking the green cap sterilized milk in me tea for so long I no longer like full cream milk in me tea when I occasionally buy a bottle of the blue top stuff by mistake, it's too ere creamy
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 00:02
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All nine of the ghost pages have returned.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 00:49
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I think just about all the milk we buy in supermarkets down here is homogenised which may account for a 'chalky' consistency?
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 05:35
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Manyana manyana.!
You really MUST improve your Spanish, Nigel,now that you spend so much time in the States!

It's mañana.

Now as for "Many ANAs" I didn't think you would remember the large fleet of Manchester Corporation Daimler Fleetlines with ANA registrations
ANA 655B-ANA 684B,operating the routes to Ashton, Stalybridge and Hyde,which were known locally as the Ana's. Happy days!

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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 06:11
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I don't really know why Aussie milk would taste chalky. As I understood it, homogenisation was a process whereby the cream was made to distribute evenly through the milk rather than float to the top and most of our milk here is homogenised (and Pasteurised of course).

I have never seen sterilised milk here at all although we do see raw milk straight from the cow. There has been a lot of controversy over this of course because although it is sold as bath milk and not for human consumption, plenty of people (usually the hand-knitters of pasta and yoghurt) will drink it. It is illegal here to SELL raw milk but that's how they get around it.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 06:29
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Morning all.
The sky looks a lot more promising this morning.
+10C and only partly cloudy.
Thanks for the sun report Karearea. It helps to know it still exists.

Stalybridge got a mention on a re-run of Have I got News For You (a
UK statirical news quiz) in the headlines from obscure specialist magazines.
The headline was something like "Trolley bus order from Stalybridge in 1959
cnnot be substantiated".
The host quipped "If you want to know what Stalybridge was like in 1959,
just go and visit Stalybridge now".
An element of truth in that.

Why does Austrian milk taste so different? (chalky)
I didn't think it did; at least not in the 50's and 60's when I used to go and
stay with my grandparents in Styria. Mind you at that time it was collected in a milk
tin from the urn at the shop.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 07:03
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Morning peeps, nasty streak of redness in the sky here which bodes ill.
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 09:00
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Good day all. Been busy from the crack. Getting on top of jobs to do before I leave.

Still deaf as a doorpost in left ear, nothing seems to be shifting it.

News last night from my boss that our engineer who is basically a waste of space, put in his resignation on Monday whilst she was off sick. He leaves next Monday. Means I have to his job and mine now. Told boss no matter what I am taking 3 weeks vacation next March, this to visit a certain person (!).
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Old 2nd Dec 2015, 10:01
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Means I have to his job and mine now.
I have to disagree with that, laser. You continue to do your own job and let the company start the process for finding a new engineer. If you even start doing any of his work, it will, as sure as eggs, lead to the company's saying that they don't need anyone else and you will have made the biggest rod your back has ever seen. Please, please do not fall into that trap. It is not your place to step into anyone else's job and I would strongly advise that you firmly resist any attempts the company may make to persuade you to do that. Alternatively, if you choose to do the engineer's job (and win it through the appropriate selection process) then you relinquish all aspects of your current job before you start the new one.
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