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Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 27, 2009, 05:10:33 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:47:51 AM »
12 minutes to go...........................................................

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:26:24 AM »
It is Fish and chips day here again, my mind has been building up to it for days, my stomache about an hour ago and my saliva glands have just started anticipating the sensory avalanche. restaurant opens in 35 mins..... 8) 8) 8)

I may just trample on anyone who gets in my way :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 26, 2009, 01:15:45 AM »
Hence the newer title, but still with it's difficulties, First Nations.

President Obama recently had a conference with a representative from all the remaining first nation peoples

and he appointed a member of the Cherokee Nation to his White House team as senior policy adviser for Native American affairs - fulfilling an election campaign pledge.

He also appointed an American Indian as director of the Indian Health Service within the Department of Health and Human Services - the first such appointment.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 25, 2009, 03:09:39 PM »
That reminds me -- what happened to the rule about retailers not displaying Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving?  I saw several stores in October with both Halloween and Christmas sections, and even more stores this month with Christmas items displayed all along. 

Soon it will be spend on everything all year round - not a good thing as it takes the specialness of each festival/time away and further makes it a commercial enterprise - the original meaning of all of them was clan/tribe/family celebrating life (or the ancestors as in Samhain)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 25, 2009, 12:05:31 PM »
Speaking as a non american I can't comment on the commercialisation of Thanksgiving, but it sits closely in original spirit to our Harvest Festival - celebration of the generosity of the Earth (before it became christianised) and sitting just before the slaughter of most animals for food throughout the winter (can't afford to feed what would be eaten later).

If I recall correctly, please let me know if I am wrong, the Native Americans (more modern appelation being 1st Nations) celebrated thanksgiving and actually provided, via their generosity and knowledge of the land, the very means of the pilgrims survival in the first years without which they would have perished.

'Forgotten Founders' by Bruce E. Johanson looks at some very interesting historical developments in the development of the ideas of democracy.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 24, 2009, 06:12:30 AM »
I know hospital food gets a bad reputation - but the food in our staff canteen is not bad (and very cheap). It is not in the same quality (apart from the fish and chips) as the rest mentioned here, but with the second meal I have in the evening I have put on 1/2 stone (does not seem to get higher) since working here.

It was very useful last year when I was way ill with real flu (ie collpased on floor unable to move) as I hate to think how gaunt I would have become without it (the 1/2 stone).

Just had pork and leek sausages, parsely potatoes, mushy peas and gravy followed by a tub of custard. 2.10. Beats making sandwiches etc to bring in.

E-bay say he currently has no items for sale

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:53:09 AM »
Not long and we can start again! ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:36:20 AM »
Food porn=Kim Kardashian eating a Carl's Jr. salad.

I have been told Nigella Lawson was quite sexy when cooking too. Never saw any of the programmes though.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Space: 1999 worth a trip down memory lane?
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:34:53 AM »
I agree with Jez,

Though I believe the acting is a little wooden?

a couple of years ago saw a two foot model of the eagle spaceship - I did not dare look at price but I wanted it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:30:45 AM »
 ??? did not want a huge library stored on the computer so tried deleting library files - Windows did not ask me if I wanted to delete just the library or the actual files from computer and it deleted the lot.... >:(....two days of work dissapeared...... >:(

Anyway managed to set it up so it does not do it again - luckily the computer recognises the discs already backed up so I don't have to do all the typing again - just click the button - so not as bad as my swear words anticipated.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 22, 2009, 03:04:52 AM »
Checked mine - still good, but have started checking and ripping all my CDr discs.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:31:57 AM »
R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy
Meditative, beautiful, echo-y flute. It took me some time to get over my embarrassment for liking this - I heard it in too many 'nature' stores to take it seriously - but I'm ready to admit now that this album has become a desert island selection for me. If you're scoffing now, reconsider the album - you might like it.

I have two Nakai albums, including this one - it is meditative, beautiful and echo-y, but despite the 'nature' and 'new age' connotations it is really neither as it is traditional flute music. Imagine playing a flute in the canyons of the four corners area......

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 20, 2009, 05:37:12 AM »
I was tempted and could not resist despite my better judgement. It was huge, bigger than I had ever had before, my mouth watered, my belly quivered - I could not say no, nor wait any longer and despite the consequences I reached out.......

.....and had a huge portion of fish and chips with parsley sauce  ;D - sorry no pictures.....but perhaps that is for the best.... :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 16, 2009, 12:16:51 PM »
and even worse - the perception that the sound on mobiles is music :o :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:33:12 AM »
I use silver/silver discs with thermal printed black ink for my own discs - not had any yet become unplayable, or anyone tell me they have become unplayable. Personally I think they look great.

I have had experience of stuck on label CDRs becoming unplayable - I assume the glue on the label degrades the recording surface in some way.

I think the HSS CDRs are a good design, with minimal work done on the surface minimising any risks of degradation and still looking professional.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Alcohol at lunch?
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:08:03 AM »
I used to drink in my teenage years - but never really liked the taste or the effect, then I discovered LSD....

Stopped drink and drugs in about 1982.

Recently had my yearly glass of pretty blue flaming cointreau on my birthday - the indian restaurant we go to do it every year and it seems impolite to say no - a couple of sips to feel nicely squiffy and then share it with everyone else. I like the way it glows sideways in my throat as if it was about 2 foot across....

Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:19:05 AM »
Do we know how many films were made in the decade?

Everything and Nothing / Re: College football 2009
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:17:46 PM »
I'm a bit of a philistine as far as team sports go - always thought football/soccer would be more interesting with three teams and two balls. ;D ;D ;D

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