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Old 5th Aug 2015, 09:40
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there are hours and hours of soothing music, sea and forest noises of all types
I've tried getting that perfect mix of frogs, small and large, crickets, nocturnal beasts and monkeys bedding down for the night combined with the mysterious sounds of movement in the undergrowth that I enjoyed on the veranda of an evening, but so far without success.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 10:15
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Morning. Nice here. Whenever I say that it clouds over almost immediately. We'll see.

parabellum - I seem to recall the Harry Ramsdens was off the ECP past the stadium, not as far as Siglap. I used to live in Pandan Valley, so to the west of the CBD.

As for the Honkers Ramsdens, I was there when it was raided by nearly 40police for not having a liquor licence. It was very funny and made for a good piss-take (front page) story in the SCMP after I tipped them off about it.

Gotta dash.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 10:21
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Ha Ha, Nigel! I used to hire the function-room upstairs at the Sparrowhawk, for a twice-yearly trade-show....it was a bit run-down then! (early 1970's)
Before that, Venue was the Royal Duke at duke-bar.

Ramsden's was sold a while since....the original Guiseley operation has been totally rebuilt and it is possible the name will be seen internationally again.
Quality and consistency are the keys in any Franchise operation.
I shun all chain-outlet caterers, on principle, but have to give it to the likes of Mc D's, people use them because the same mediocre crap is available universally.(so I'm told)
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 11:19
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While reading through an article in one of the newspapers today, in reference to rationing during WW2, it was stated that bread was not allowed to be sold on the day it was baked as freshly baked bread was so nice that it would encourage people to eat it too quickly.

Does anyone know if this was true

Edit: Apparently true. This from Wiki

Most controversial was bread; it was not rationed until after the war ended, but the "national loaf" of wholemeal bread replaced the ordinary white variety, to the distaste of most housewives who found it mushy, grey and easy to blame for digestion problems. [12] An order was passed that bread must not be sold to a customer until the day after it was baked: the stated reasons were to reduce usage because (1) it is difficult to slice just-baked bread thinly; (2) the tastiness of just-baked bread is likely to encourage people to eat it immoderately.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 11:25
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Nope, didn't say it was in Siglap, I said; " The chippy was about half way from us, near Siglap, to the CBD".


put brackets around (near Siglap) if you wish.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 11:30
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Oh dear! Lines crossed!

What I meant that it was to my side of Siglap, IE to the west of it, just for geographical info.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 11:44
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One is starting to get a picture of Nigel's sleep machine in mi head of something akin to a franking machine. He turns up at the hospital and they ask him how many hours of zzzzzzz he wants putting on it.They then charge it up with those hours of zzzzzz and give it back to him
Wish they could do that. Have new machine, new type mask as well. Fingers crossed for tonight.

Ha Ha, Nigel! I used to hire the function-room upstairs at the Sparrowhawk, for a twice-yearly trade-show....it was a bit run-down then! (early 1970's)
Always had good beers on. Geoff was more interested in the bar manageress than the business!! Stayed there once as a big party on and didn't want to stagger home. Not the cleanest rooms!!
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 12:25
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I just had an ACARS message that says:

"Satcall. Capt. advises MOC of a whining noise behind P2..."

Now, I know we used to get that problem on the B727 but the B767 Freighter is a two-crew aircraft.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 13:58
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No probs angels, bottom line, Harry Ramsdens in Singapore went from good to bad to closed!





Bran flakes for breakfast which is a bit like eating tasty cardboard.
Agreed, try the Raisin Bran, or chuck a handful of sultanas in the bran flakes !
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 14:45
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Mrs HF has got me some blueberries, bran flakes for the chucking in of, Mr Parabellum.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 15:15
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Talking of Fish'n Chips in Singapore, back in the sixties there was a "Bobby's" operating from a van opposite the main entrance at RAF Changi and another ("Doris's"?) over at Jalan Kayu, but the problem was that you don't get Cod or Haddock in equatorial waters, so it was never quite the same.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 15:39
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you don't get Cod or Haddock in equatorial waters
Its worse than that!

Cod is not only a cold water fish, it is northern hemisphere only

Our staple is Hake, which I like, but 'er indoors prefers fancier (expensive) breeds.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 16:35
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Was told the rule of thumb fishywise was,the more bonny coloured the fish the ghastlier it tastes,tiz a evolutionary defence mechanism, it says, look at me I'm bonny coloured so dont eat me Mr predator, coz I taste like shite.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 18:25
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Thunderstorm going on here at present.

What about mackerel FSL? They are fairly colourful.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 18:42
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Cod should not be a problem in southern climes.
When prices were steeply rising, about 8 years ago, we were buying Namibian Hake....Caught in Namibian waters, shipped to Australia for processing, (skinned,gutted, boned, filleted) it was shipped to UK in the form of individual Quick Frozen (IQF) fillets and was markedly cheaper than Cod or Haddock.

I used to fry small samplers and give free with every Cod purchase (we did Haddock and Plaice but the sales were insignificant, but yes, they came with a taster as well.)
Despite positive feedback on taste, texture and price, it just would not sell.

Members of the National Federation of Fish Friers are scattered across the globe....cases of Frozen at Sea Cod are readily available. the majority being Icelandic and Norwegian . (other players in the market, such as Russia)

Even in the trade, there are fiercely polarised views on whether Wet "fresh" fish,which is , away from landing-ports, several days old,.....or Frozen at sea, which is processed packed and frozen within a few hours (4, typically)....is the tastier.

I, personally favoured the consistent quality and price,and the assured stock of FAS (always kept 2x60lb. cases in reserve in the freezer!) and had a reputation for "the best local fish"...or should that be "the best fish locally"
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 18:58
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We used to regularly go wreck fishing using rod and line and bring home cod weighing well into double figures in lbs. Nothing beats a fresh cod steak from a fish landed a couple of hours previously, although turbot and brill are also fairly tasty.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 20:40
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I find Mr BirdsEye's fishy fingers to be consistently good.
Starvin,Dins first wash up later.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 22:17
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I was walking through a car park today and nearly got run over by one of them new electric cars ( a Nissan Leaf). I didn't hear it coming up behind me and the ****** driver had her nose buried in her mobile. Think the powers-that-be should bring in extra safety measures, like a bloke walking in front with a red flag.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 22:27
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Compulsory fitting of Clackers on the wheels, like we had on our pushbikes.
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Old 5th Aug 2015, 23:12
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Nah, come on. You'd be taking all the fun out of it... if the driver's awake, that is. Made a few people jump, I have.
But probably not the best choice to do it outside the doors of the crematorium. A bit embarrassing if 'the worst' happened
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