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by bungeejumper
October 23rd, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Unintended consequences (continued)
Replies: 0
Views: 15

Unintended consequences (continued)

Nice to see that Sainsburys have stopped supplying the freebie transparent plastic bags that customers have hitherto used when they're shopping for loose fruit and veg. From now on, they want you to pay 30p for a plastic net bag that you can use and then take it home to re-use the next time that you...
by bungeejumper
October 23rd, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Tired?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Tired?

C saw a mental health doctor yesterday. In trying to address C's lack of ability to sleep Dr. asked C is C would like/consider sleeping pills to help C sleep. Doesn't sound like much of a mental health doctor to me. My missus (psychotherapist) has spent her career working with this kind of issue, a...
by bungeejumper
October 22nd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Sales of green spray paint to soar
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Sales of green spray paint to soar

T'would be a double gamble for anyone who was tempted to try it. First, for not having a VOSA-legal numberplate format, and second, for having the cheek to try and avoid the road charges while still sporting a tell-tale exhaust pipe. ;) Every numberplate cam in the country could tell in an instant t...
by bungeejumper
October 22nd, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: New car?
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: New car?

Can’t do that with my other halfs Ford Kuga, which just about fits the pram in the back. It doesn’t have to be a Volvo, but it’s the only car I’ve had that genuinely has pushed all the right buttons for me. The only other estate I’ve had is a Ford Focus estate and it was OK but didn’t enamour itsel...
by bungeejumper
October 22nd, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Prince William ‘worried’ about Harry’s mental health
Replies: 25
Views: 670

Re: Prince William ‘worried’ about Harry’s mental health

I'm one of those who took rather a long time to come round to Harry. The red-haired extrovert-loony of the family who explored just about every extreme of teenage rebellion, including snorting cocaine, berserk dangerous sports and wearing a nazi uniform at parties. And generally being loud, physical...
by bungeejumper
October 22nd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: New car?
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: New car?

Are you looking at Volvos exclusively? (I'm assuming you want an estate, but there are plenty of those from other manufacturers.) It's your budget I'm thinking of. Would I buy a big old Swedish/Chinese bus that's shed 90% of its original on-the-road price but is loaded with expensive comfort electro...
by bungeejumper
October 21st, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Family Matters
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Re: Spelling

A former English teacher writes: The majority of averagely intelligent, non-dyslexic children will have completely 'got' spelling by the time they reach 13 or thereabouts - partly through immersion, partly through peer pressure, and partly because their growing teenage brains have developed in ways ...
by bungeejumper
October 20th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Punctuation in Google Translate speech input.
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Punctuation in Google Translate speech input.

Google? Punctuation? In English, you mean? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: For some reason I am reminded of Dr Samuel Johnson's misanthropic verdict upon hearing about a woman delivering a sermon at a Quaker gathering: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not ...
by bungeejumper
October 20th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Second Hand Goods
Replies: 23
Views: 932

Re: Second Hand Goods

£4,000 for a cooker?! I’d want a new kitchen for that. :shock: I doubt that you'd get much change out of five grand for a high-end catering-level cooker. But then again, if I told you that replacing our boiler would cost the thick end of £10,000 by the time it was fitted, you'd probably be off to S...
by bungeejumper
October 19th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

Before I had my bean to cup machine I liked to use Café Noir. Strong and very flavoursome from a cafétiere. Available practically everywhere... I think you mean Carte Noire? It's our usual go-to whenever we're camping in France - agreed, it's reliable and works well in a cafetiere. Minor complicati...
by bungeejumper
October 19th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

Interesting, thanks. So I'll ask the £500 question. Are any of these bean-to-cup coffee machines as good as doing it the hard way? Any recs? Admittedly, it'll take a lot to part me from my trusty Krups 963, https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/233088110426_/Krups-963-Mini-4-Cup-Espresso-Maker-Bla...
by bungeejumper
October 18th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

When I lived in cold-war Germany ( "Kinder/Küche/Kirche/Kaffeeklatsch" **), all the supermarkets had coffee grinders in the aisles, where you could select your bag of beans, grind them to your preferred texture, then decant the coffee back into the bag that had contained the beans, and th...
by bungeejumper
October 18th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

I'd agree with this in terms of freshness, I grind my beans right before making my espresso, it is also key how long ago they were roasted, I like my beans to have been roasted no more than a week or two before purchase and then I only buy small amounts. The OP asked for a supermarket brand though ...
by bungeejumper
October 18th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

I have been given coffee that has apparently passed through the digestive system of a Balinese rodent. Apparently it is quite expensive and delicious. It remains unopened. A cat, not a rodent, I believe. They say it's best if you civet before you drink it. Wikipedia: Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is...
by bungeejumper
October 18th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Coffee

We've tried rather a lot of ground coffees over the years, and although we like Arabica-heavy blends best, a good many of the popular brands (especially Dutch ones) aren't really roasted quite high enough to get me started in the mornings. You can always add strength with a small Robusta quotient, o...
by bungeejumper
October 18th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Car cover
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Car cover

I've never had a car cover, so I can't help, except to say that I'd buy the one with the best wind resistance. One stormy night, and a loose flapping cover can go right through your clear coat lacquer. But anyway. I am a bit surprised that tree sap is causing you such a lot of trouble at this partic...
by bungeejumper
October 17th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Running the car?
Replies: 13
Views: 792

Re: Running the car?

Had a VW Golf a few weeks back, one jet into the middle of the windscreen, one over the drivers door mirror straight into the face of any overtaking motorcyclists, one jet bypassing the windscreen altogether and up onto the roof, and, most impressively, one firing a full ten feet at 90 degrees side...
by bungeejumper
October 17th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: New car?
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: New car?

And another thing. Since when have recovery drivers used words like "fooked"? Sounds like they sent out the village gorilla to your breakdown. His technical knowledge may have been a reflection of that factor. Another reason why I'll probably stick with the AA, who have always been impecca...
by bungeejumper
October 17th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: New car?
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: New car?

Maybe this is the belt that has broken. The car did just glide along for a bit, and not just immediately stop. It was the belt on the outside he pointed at, and not the belt in the casing. That would be excellent news if so. I suppose there's a chance that some electronic cut-out might have axed th...
by bungeejumper
October 17th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: New car?
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: New car?

No chance. He could have turned over the starter motor to propel it for a bit though. Either that or the belt isn't really snapped. First things first. On most diesel cars, a failed timing belt would have bent the valve gear so badly that nothing would rotate at all, so the starter motor would have...

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