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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:48:11 am »
Of course I realise not all cyclist are like this but it's the ones like this that give all the others a bad name.

Sadly, it seems like there are too many bad ones.  Whilst outright maliciousness like your hand-hitter is rare, I see far more cyclists disobeying the law of the road than those sticking to it.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:41:16 am »
Have a brilliant day, Don B!

Here's what youget it you gimage 'Don B Party':



The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:16:39 am »
Summer holiday 1996, somehow ended up in Venice.  Cafe near Rialto, waiting for the No.1.

"Due Doppi, per favore"
"Doppi?"  The incredulity was not because of the word, but because we were ordering large coffees.
"Si, doppi"

Then a small while later....

"Non grazie, Nero"
"Non grazie".

And then his eyes widened even more as we downed them in one to make sure we caught our waterbus.  My Italian isn't great, but I think he said soemthing about hairs (capelli) on chests.

This was a much better experience than in an alipine hut (rifugio) a few days earlier, where I had asked for a few things and "...un caffe doppio".  The person at the bar gave me a confused look, handed me the other things and then left me waiting for the coffee.  It was a bit noisy, and it turns out she thought I had said "un caffe dopo", meaning "a coffee after".  She was confused because , it being a self-service hut, you went up to the bar when you wanted something - and if I wanted a coffee later, I should go to the bar later.  Oh how we laughed!  (Well, not really, but ever since then I have been careful to pronounce my double pp's and i)


The Coffee Bar / Re: The Garden Shed and Allotment Chinwag
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:55:55 am »
I think there are two approaches with Tulips and such like:

  • plant them fairly shallow (9"-1' ish) and lift each year.  You'll get results, but it's a pain, as you need to lift soon after the bulbs have done their stuff, and that means a period when you'll have bare soil whilst other plants get going.....
  • bury them 2ft under and plant over the top.  Tulips will come up through whatever is established on top.  However, you'll need to dig up every 3-4 years or so, as the bulbs need to be disturbed to really put on a show


The Coffee Bar / Re: The Garden Shed and Allotment Chinwag
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:57:55 pm »
Magnolia should not be on the walls indoors!

Ignore the half made stream, etc. Tree's much prettier!


The Coffee Bar / Re: CAPTIONS!
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:39:47 pm »

No Slava, you can't suck my finger again unless you agree to play my Cello Symphony.

The Coffee Bar / Re: CAPTIONS!
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:28:33 pm »

For some reason I just can't think of anything other than "Peter?  He's not the Messiah.  He's just a very naughty boy!"


The Coffee Bar / Re: The Questions Room
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:05:38 am »
Jim, 3VS - thank you both.  Parson's code it is, and this helped immensely.


The Coffee Bar / Re: The Questions Room
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:51:18 pm »
I'm sure we had this on this forum sometime (or maybe it was the old version), but I can't find it.

You know when you have an earworm but can't identify it?  What do you do?  (Other than ask a music friend....)

I think it was Ollie who highlighted a website into which you put the profile of the melody - Up Down Up Up, etc, depending on what the notes do in your head.  And it gives you suggestions (for the piece, not "Get a life, loser").

Anyone know where that is, or did I imagine it?

Ta muchly


PS It's for a friend. I am not afflicted with any earworms at the moment apart from 'Strangers in the Night', for some strange reason.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:52:23 am »
Belated Happies from me Stanley - I hope you had a super day.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Separated at birth
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:45:37 am »
BENN   (minus hat rim)                                                       HOCKNEY


Cooking / Re: What's that burning?
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:47:34 am »
Now burning, for tomorrow's Xmas lunch party in London, my contribution:

The most authentic Bolognese ragu I could find after extensive research, and after sampling the real thing in that fair city recently. (It's *nothing* like I've tasted before!) Reduction in wine followed by reduction in milk followed by 5 hours slow cooking. Took most of the day to make, for 20 people... and tastes Ubernom! To be served with freshly-made stuffed tortelloni  :P  :P


I heard somewhere that you needed equal proportions of beef, lamb, and veal for authenticity, or does that not come into it?  I agree on the milk, btw - makes a huge difference.  The rest sounds nommy, if time-consuming.


Television / Re: Television - General Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2014, 12:07:30 pm »
Anyone else troubled by the brazen and very exact rip-off of the film (originally the brilliant graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd), V for Vendetta? I was.  >:(

Yes.  Me too.  V for Vendetta was so much better than this first Sherlock episode.

Actually, I'm not enjoying this series as much as the last.  The two episodes so far seem too bitty - and seem like lots of small puzzles not necessarily well knitted together.  I'm hoping that as this series finishes, it pulls together cords from all the episodes into one mind-blowing "Goshthatwascomplexhowdidanyonethinkofthat?" denoument.  But I may be disappointed.


The Coffee Bar / Re: The off-topic replies thread
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:36:01 pm »
Don't mind if I share that? I have since Dec 16 been working for Wolfram Technologies as a translator.

Of course not.   And congratulations on the job (and thanks for sharing the site with us).

And a small amendment to your wonderful pattern comes up with soemthing also lovely.

I could spend hours on this site.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Connecting Songs Game
« on: December 24, 2013, 11:06:58 am »
I think there are two connections between these:

Winter Wonderland
The Christmas Song

But maybe you can find more?


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