• thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave @JanetteB

    thank you for your responses regarding ‘icons.’

    Agreed: depressing to wake up to but entirely predictable. The notion that a LNP would support and invigorate teaching and education is nonsense, isn’t it? LNP politics argue for continued & increased funding for private education and with fringe parties I’m sure…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave @JanetteB

    Dear Mr Blenkinsop at the Blenkinsop manor. I love that phrase. Someone else used the phrase and mum really liked it. I haven’t been on the site in all year.  ANd I agree with what you’re daying. Mum used to say that if she had the lottery she would move to Canada or the US -but she changed from mentioning the US…[Read more]

  • @thane16 and @janetteb

    Oh, crikey. Where to start?

    I started writing, but realized (a) it required a lot more thought, and (b) it is close to midnight where I am. So I will respond properly when…well, when we might know who  is the new government.

    But before I go to bed I do want to say that in my lifetime, three Prime Ministers changed…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @JanetteB

    Yes, what was meant was: as an exercise, what things “Australian” pop to mind?  You know, like vegemite (despite, yes, it aint Australian) but meat pies, pavlova, wattle tree, ANZAC biscuits..

    Black Arm band for Bob Hawke or Australia in general?

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @JanetteB @Blenkinsopthebrave @Craig @pedant @missy @winston

    Paging anyone anywhere..

    mate of mine is taking a last minute contract at university for 1st years where the topic is, basically, modern Australia. She’s wondering if anyone can add ideas as to what concepts or items are icons for Australia (forgive my bad gramma but it’s “Australia…[Read more]

  • @Craig  @janetteB

    I believe he was viewed as a safe pair of hands

    And therein, I think, lies a problem. Because if a safe pair of hands is all the producers of the show have to fall back on Doctor Who will inevitably, whether in the short, medium or longer term, stagnate and lose the magical element which has, with a intermittent hiccups, kept it…[Read more]

  • @JanetteB Yes, this episode has a strong air of ‘quick, find some more filler!’

    Andred seems to be suffering from a certain reluctance to kill his Head of State. Not to mention suffering from an episode where he’s largely acting as an excuse to explain the plot or have the plot explained to him. I’d imagine the long process of teaching him to…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark and @thane16   We have periwinkles here and they are sold as ground cover and tend to grow in shady areas where nothing else wants to grow. I love the dark shiny leaf and the purple/blue colour. I don’t have them here because I am afraid they would get loose and invade the creek banks as a few other plants have done but the in-laws have s…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    TV in reception areas is a menace, but in the clinics and outpatients departments in the hospital here (as far as my experience goes – six different clinics and outpatient departments and counting) the TVs in reception and waiting areas are generally tuned to the BBC News channel and have the sound off and subtitles only, so…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark

    That was silly of me wasn’t it! “Oh yeah, terrific photos.”  So, Puro LOOK at it before commenting on the vinca!

    My response: “euw.”

    they look kinda weedy?  So, I’ve learned all about botany today & appreciate it mudlark. Thank you.  I’m attempting to grow more bougainvillea @JanetteB & definitely, rosemary thrives in the dry do…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    I have a strong suspicion that we are not talking about the same plant. The vinca minor in @pedant ‘s photo and the vinca major which lurks at the back of my shrubbery – aka lesser and greater periwinkle – are the common varieties in these parts, native to Europe and adjacent regions,  and they are low growing hardy, e…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteB @mudlark @winston

    Did someone mention “vinca”  ??

    Part of my gardening work (motive: helps with pain relief; as the garden sits VERY close to the footpath & we have a large tuckeroo,  judiciously taken care of, – but presenting a tendency to naughtiness: it doesn’t like to share the water) was to double dig & work on my soils For t…[Read more]

  • @JanetteB

    I didn’t mean to be so detailed I stopped anyone saying anything!

    Yes, the Time Lords have terrible taste in hats – though I did rather like the more ‘working class’ headgear used in The Day of The Doctor. The purple, embroidered taqiyahs managed to be both practical and recognisably ‘Gallifreyan’.

    The guards are completely useless,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Winston  @janetteB

    Bear in mind that there may have been the teeniest element of hyperbole in the description of Mudlark Manor 😉 As Puro well knows, the ‘rolling acres’ consist of a plot measuring 54ft x 54ft – about average for the garden of a mid 1930s English suburban house, but unusual in this case in that it is attached to a purpose-built…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant @bluesqueakpip Late to the party of sugar.

    Wondering if Diabetes is hereditary? Is remission something that lasts for a few years only anyway? I know with Cancer or Crohns (both with unknown etiology) that a few years only can be widely interpreted. Are sounds being made to indicate that the study mentioned would rid the body of Diabetes…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark

    Hilarious, and bang on. She reminds me of Kathy Bates in Misery.

    And it seems she’s survived yet again. Perhaps she’s handcuffed herself to the radiator?

    @janetteb

    I cringe thinking about the UK’s international reputation at this point.

    Although I’m a passionate Remainer, I cling steadfastly to my belief that Remainers and Leavers…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    By which you mean that is how you prefer them.

    Yes,  that is exactly what I meant.

    On the subject of maple syrup, I agree that it is delicious. I acquired the taste for it very early in life during the time of post-war food rationing, when relatives in Canada used to send us food parcels which included boxes of maple sugar candy. Since I…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @mudlark @pedant and @janetteb   Yup! You are all correct, my pancakes are a thicker version of crepes (I do love crepes) but they are not sweet by themselves just by what you put on them. They are usually eaten for breakfast and yes often put in a pile till they are limp and tepid depending on the size of your griddle and the speed of…[Read more]

  • @mudlark @thane16 @janetteb @winston

    For preference they should be eaten with lemon juice and sugar

    By which you mean that is how you prefer them. Much as lemon and sugar gives me warm memories of mum, pre-diabetes I would happily swamp them in maple syrup, for the simple reason that maple syrup is the greatest creation of nature But there are…[Read more]

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