• 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]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16, @mudlark, @winston In Australia we call “drop scones” pikelets and I have a very deep affection for them. Mum used to make them in her usual, “measure everything and do exactly as the cooking rule-book says” mehtod and I thought them ok but boring. (Like all Mum’s cooking) until I was a teen. On Saturday afternoons I would go over to a…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston  @thane16

    Pancakes mmmm 😊

    American style pancakes (which in the UK are more like what we would call drop scones or scotch pancakes) are very good with butter and/or maple syrup, if a little sweet for my taste, but pancakes on this side of the pond (crepes in American English)*  are as illustrated in the Olney pancake race (thanks @pedant…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  I am happy that you got some rain and I hope it helps your garden. I have a plastic tub with a lid that I keep at my sink for coffee grounds and tea bags to be worked into the garden all winter. In the summer I put them in a big bucket of rain water and dish water to use in the garden. My Grandma did it so…..it must be good.

    We have…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    In your climate a tank would obviously be more appropriate for rain water storage than the kind of water butt we normally use here, but even so, $5ooo seems extortionate unless the tank is absolutely vast. I have two rain water butts, one 300 litres (66 gallons) capacity and the other 100 litres, and they normally supply enough to water…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic General Music thread 3


    I used to have a rather battered 18th century copy, possibly a first edition, of John Newton’s autobiographical An Authentic Narrative … but several years ago I gave it to someone I thought would appreciate and value it. My brothers and I found it, along with a couple of school atlases c. 1810, in the loft of a house we lived in during th…[Read more]

  • @winston @thane16

    (moved to pub)

    Ta for the kind words. It was an unexpectedly challenging shoot, since for the first week of March the sun was high and bright, so contrast from heavy was a real problem.

    The pancake race itself has run since 1445 and is open ONLY to the women of the town (pop c8000). Legend has it that it started when the wife…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @pedant and @thane16   I second thanes “whoa”  and add a…… what!

  • @thane16

    It wasn’t Woodstock, it was Monterrey. You can see at the beginning of the clip where a myth might come from. The bemused crowd is a joy.

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    Hi @pedant @winston @thane16

    I only heard about Peter York’s death a few minutes before checking in here and I’ll admit a certain “awwwww no”.
    I grew up seeing them on the TV, sandwiched between The Banana Splits and I thought of them as a joke band, though couldn’t figure out how some of their songs were so damn good.

    Sometimes it can take me…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16   @pedant and @whisht   I heard about Peter Tork earlier and although I am very sad at his leaving I also remembered all the fun he brought me as a young girl watching the show ,singing the songs and trying to decide who was the cutest. .As a much older person I have learned to appreciate their music and even took a Monkees CD  on our…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16 – it might surprise you to learn that I haven’t heard Meddle (I know, I know) but that reminded me for some reason to Us and Them (which I have heard before – yay team me!)

    Thankfully (due to me looking for something about him) this popped up in my right hand panel of YouTube.
    Sometimes YT proffers stuff that isn’t…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16  (puro)

    The curse of headline writing. Headlines have to be succinct but, as in this case, compression frequently leads to ambiguity. It is usually possible to discern the intended meaning, nevertheless, and  Thousands march in protest against the failure of governments to take effective and timely action to prevent devastating climate c…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @winston @thane16 @pedant Many thanks.  And @pedant – that Buffy quote has come to mind so often lately, it just sums up the experience of losing someone, at whatever stage of life and in whatever circumstances.  It’s always sudden.

  • Craig replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @blenkinsopthebrave @bluesqueakpip, @thane16, @winston, @janetteb, @cathannabel,

    I’m afraid I’m currently having to deal with some personal matters but normal service should be resumed in March. Hopefully you can wait until then.

    We still have a short Chibnall retrospective to do, and a whole host of female Timelord stories lined up too.

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @craig, @bluesqueakpip, @thane16, @winston, @janetteb, @cathannabel, and, well, everybody

    I mentioned this before, but, I think it would be a great idea if we could have a discussion about Dr Who again. After all, that is why we are here.

    So @craig, (and everyone) what about “The Meddling Monk”?


  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16  Thanks for the thoughts!  It seems appropriate to talk about my mum-in-law (who died just before New Year) on this particular forum (she’s had a mention or two elsewhere, mainly in relation to the challenge of watching the Christmas special with her after the dementia set in and her attention span was somewhat erratic), as she was a m…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16 @geoffers @whisht Just been enjoying some Snarky Puppy on BBC Radio 3’s Saturday jazz prog, J to Z, which we listen to religiously.  I was thinking, now where have I heard that name before, and suddenly realised it was in this lovely place!

  • Craig replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @thane16 @kevinwho and everyone else. Apologies as always. I have marked our new friend as a spammer. (sorry for the delay but I was asleep – I have to sleep, sometimes) 🙂

    Please do not respond to their emails. I have quite a tight ‘bot’ stricture on this site, but if a human signs up and posts nonsense messages then I’m kinda at your mercy.…[Read more]

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