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Old 20th Oct 2003, 02:46
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Perhaps Drapes needs to convert to "dropped" eggs. Early in the previous century I spent a couple of years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the USAF. The crummy place near Harvard Square where I ate breakfast served dropped eggs. Preparation was simple. They had a large pot of boiling water. The egg was broken above the pot and the contents fell into the pot. It was fished out when the white was solid enough.

Never a worry about the shell cracking while being boiled.

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Old 20th Oct 2003, 03:14
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Grumpy. Left it on bar but ice started to melt so I had to drink it myself.

And off the subject, this lunchtime in local pub, about 2.30, place is emptying, couple of blokes sat in corner and some locals at bar. Two women come in and go to bar, conversation goes:-

Landlord:- "Can I help you?"
Woman:- "Two pints of beer please"
"Any particular beer?"
"The cheapest please. And do you mind if we pour them over the heads of the two men over there?"
"Pardon?"

Turned out the women were the wives of the two men and they should have been home for dinner at 1.30. The landlord wasn't too impressed with the idea of pouring beer all over the place (gets very sticky) so the women were provided with a couple of pints of water which they then poured over their husbands.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 05:59
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To the Chinese, an unbroken spider's web is the sign of a long life.

On the other hand, many of them also believe that eating a spider adds 10 years to your life.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 06:03
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I thought the chinese only had a taste for creatures on the endangered list.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 06:07
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We're not fussy, Mr Draper. The problem is that there are so many of us that any creature we acquire a taste for is likely to become endangered sooner or later.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 06:17
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Watching that documentry on Concorde set me to thinking, I thunk to meself, how is singaporegirl gonna get about now that Concorde is no more.???

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Old 20th Oct 2003, 06:18
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Singaporegirl

That is actually a very profound statement.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 06:50
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Tonights snippet.

In The reign of Henry VIII. (38 Years) It is said that no less a number than 72,000 criminals were executed. In the ten years between 1820 and 1830, there were executed in England alone 797 criminals.The place of execution in London (formerly generally at Tyburn) was in front of Newgate from 1783 to 1868, when an act was passed directing executions to take place within the walls of the prisons. The dissection of the bodies of the executed persons was abolished in 1832.


They didn't piss about with probation or comunity service in those days


Oerrr, Germaine Greer is on now in a program about nobs, I wunder if she is gonna get hers out.


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Old 20th Oct 2003, 09:37
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To me, Singaporegirl, an unbroken spider's web is the sign of a near-at-hand unbroken spider, and a further sign to assemble the several cans of Raid I keep for spider harassment (I have long observed that it does not really kill the little swine; they just pretend to be dead, roll into a ball, and then run like mad below the bed or whatever and wage guerrilla warfare, seeing but unseen), the vacuum cleaner less that brush device on the end of the tubular extension, and as a last resort Mrs Davaar.

On the other hand, the eaten-spider-adds-years-to-the life (and strength)-theme is not limited to the Chinese. There was a lot of that going on in Transylvania. See "Dracula".

P.S. The Chinese might see advantage in the intensive Dracula methodology, which was to eat the sparrow or other bird that had eaten the spiders that had eaten the flies.

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Old 20th Oct 2003, 10:02
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It seems to me that cats munch on spiders, among other things.

Perhaps this accounts for at least some of their 9 lives.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 10:31
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The house cat, one vicious, fur-covered, silver tabby fauna-killing machine ( who loves to stretch herself out on my pillow and allow me to scratch behind the ears. .. . . hers, not mine) is bent on reducing even sparrows to the point of endangerment.

Current tally, since start of Spring, one bird every 2-3 days. Said victim is paraded (read: batted around shedding feathers) across the lounge carpet accompanied by feline equivalent of victory anthem. Well, these are the ones I do see.
Now, if I can only persuade the furry, nocturnal, 4-legged terminator to remain in of an evening maybe she'll catch the mouse that's taken up residence in my bedroom. Ornithocide to rodenticide isn't that hard.

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Old 20th Oct 2003, 16:12
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Dammed cold this morning, one had ones Russian fur hat with the ear muffs, thermal gloves and long scarf , small white hound was clad in his Munro Tartan coat
We hate the feckin winter
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 16:13
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I went a whole weekend without drinking afterall....well bar one glass of wine Friday night.

I hate spiders but no-one knows as to admit fear would cause everyone I know to hunt them out and wave them near me...so I have to act calm as cheshire cat and not get flustered...even had to get em out of the bathroom when my mum's had a paddy-fit after seeing one...erggh...makes me feel queezy thinking about it.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 17:23
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Yes, cats do eat spiders.
And rats. Well mine leaves half on the carpet for me out of politeness.
Occasionally brings home the odd live one.
Is he trying to teach me how to hunt?
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 17:27
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Good heavens, Mr Davaar, are you telling me that the old woman who swallowed a fly was Trannsylvanian?

On a jungle trek in Costa Rica my guide told me that the thread of a particular Costa Rican spider was so strong that the locals used it as fishing line. At least, I think that's what he said - he was down on the same level as my sedan-chair bearers, so it was sometimes difficult to hear him clearly.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 18:17
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Because of one of Drapers favourite laws(not a man made one)called the square cubed law (one has mentioned this before)Spiders simply cannot get much bigger,so it is unlikely that a man eating Spider will evolve.
Or indeed a woman eating one.



Hmmm, one wonders who is named as the contracter in that letter
?.
Or should that be the contractee, Mr Davaar??
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 19:25
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On a jungle trek in Costa Rica............. he was down on the same level as my sedan-chair bearers
Monday morning, nasty weather, and I've got a lousy cold so maybe I'm feeling a bit grumpy, but wtf is all that about?
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 19:31
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Suffered from the Drapes insomnia syndrome last night.

PPRuNeing at 4:30 am did not seem normal. Hardly anyone in JB, but loads in chat.
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 19:39
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Monday morning, nasty weather, and I've got a lousy cold so maybe I'm feeling a bit grumpy
Not at all, BFU, seems perfectly normal behaviour to me. <--- (Use of smiley to indicate joke.)

One finds it difficult to trek through the jungle in high heels. <--- (Use of smiley to indicate joke.)
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Old 20th Oct 2003, 19:45
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Actually, I do have a very robust sense of humour as, hopefully, those PPRuNers that have met me will confirm. Top of my (short) list of things that I cannot abide is pretentiousness and flashy behaviour.

Clearly in this case I made an error of judgement and I apologise <=== (use of frown to indicate seriousness)
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