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  1. Well I agree with Sean and Bob but I love the intelligence and the evoked outrage of Frankie Boyle.

  2. How to make a sauce! If you have the skills and knowhow to make a sauce from scratch, the possibilities become endless. Start with learning how to make a plain roux from butter, plain flour and milk. It takes patience and constant stirring to create a shiny, smooth consistency. Learn how to alter the thickness of the sauce. Learn how to make the sauce brown not a roux by slightly caramelizing the butter. From that the world is your oyster! With that skill you can make your own gravies, cheese sauce, pie fillings, bechamel, sweet sauces the list goes on and on. Also another great skill is learning how to make shortcrust pastry. Sauce and pastry making are two invaluable skills. The techniques have transferable applications across numerous dishes and are best delivered when the underpinning science is understood.

  3. Been reading the comments about individuals who cheated because they were "not getting their needs met" i.e. not having sex with their partner. I once read that men see sex as an expression of love in a committed relationship. So if there is no sex, they may feel like there is no love. On the other hand women need to feel loved before they can have a satisfying sexual relationship. Therefore, a lack of wanting sex in their relationship may be linked to them not feeling loved. Theories like this are broad generalisations and probably work both ways, no matter what your gender. Plus there are any number of physical and psychological reasons why someone may not want to have sex. Nevertheless, it may be worth considering?

  4. Not seen all comments, but you really must visit The Trip to Jerusalem pub in Nottingham. Some Canadian relatives visited a couple of weeks ago and they loved it. We took them to Nottingham Castle as well which was an awesome afternoon out. But this unfortunately (and quite unexpectedly) closed down a few days later!

  5. Rats will eat anything. A compost heap is an all you can eat buffet for them. Fuckers chewed their way into my compost bin once too.

  6. I live on quite an upscale little community of 11 big houses. Everyone seems to have a bird feeder and many of us have space for big compost heaps. Many of us run both heaps and garden waste bins collected by the council. The rats are rife! You see them scuttling through the gardens, running across the street. They enjoyed the apple feast I provided this year when we had a really good crop and I couldn't keep pace with the windfalls. In fact my vegetable and fruit growing activities bring a lot of 'wildlife' into the garden

  7. Appreciate the response! Sounds like you've got it sorted and are doing something great for the community too!

  8. I am not a bloke but one area that really needs more men signing up is singing. I think musicians gravitate together anyway, but you don't have to read music to join some singing groups. I am in a couple of choirs and both really welcome new male members. If you sing to your self in the bath or car there is probably a singing group somewhere in your community that would be happy to have you. A great way to make new friends. The men often bond quickly because proportionately, there are fewer of them.

  9. Yes it was one of my favourite books as a teenager but for different reasons. She was a redhead as was I and it was her constant bain, as it was for me. It was only as I got older that I realised having beautiful, thick, wavy red hair was a good thing.

  10. Nowhere in OP's post does it say that this is a heterosexual relationship. Is OP a man because we are assuming this, hence concern about strength and violence of 'his' response. Nevertheless, I don't think any violence towards each other is acceptable.

  11. Well this is interesting. When I was much younger (I am 60 + now) if you invited people to a party or dinner (although dinner parties are quite a newish thing - probably becoming more common across the population in the 70s) you did not expect gifts of any sort because it was kind of an insult. However, as dinner parties became more common place, a fashion developed for taking a gift. I can remember the 'After Eight' adverts on the telly in the 70s and I think that wine drinking at home, built in popularity during this time too as European holidays became more accessible to ordinary folk.

  12. I quite like the suggestion that some people are "a waste of space"

  13. I can understand why you thought of Nottingham but what about Sheffield? It is far more groovy than Nottingham is these days (the city its self is looking down at heel with one of the big shopping centres closed and the centre of Nottingham looking unloved) and there are lots of villages in the north of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and in Sheffield that give easy access to the Peak District. Chesterfield area is very popular at the moment with those struggling with Sheffield house prices. I have several friends that have moved there from the big cities and say they were able to purchase properties about £100,000 cheaper for the same sort of size. Beeston, West Bridgeford and Wollaton are nice and easy commuting for Nottingham but a good long way from the Peaks that you love.

  14. Well isn't that how infidelity often works? One partner has low self esteem, is flattered by the attentions of another which bolsters their self esteem; It's bad, its wrong but it feels so good. Then, in this case, it spirals out of control big time, always the lying that catches them out and the cover up. Well of course he is sorry now, he has lost, thrown everything away, including his job and financial security and possibly his family and wife, maybe even gained a criminal record.

  15. On the subject of pie shops; if you head north to Scotland - way north there is a fabulous pie shop chain called Harry Gow. Try their macaroni cheese pie.

  16. Congratulations. It's a wonderful feeling isn't it. It can be painful tipping up money to the cause such as bonuses from work or inheritance money (some people are not that lucky) because you really want to use any unexpected income to treat yourself. However, the joy of being entirely debt free can't be underestimated. Well done.

  17. WB has been historically known as "Bread and Lard Island", implying that its people had spent so much on big houses and fur coats that they could only afford to eat bread and lard.

  18. Not central heating; log burners. WB won't be so desirable when the low lying mist drifting from the Trent mixes with log smog :joy:

  19. I agree. As a former lecturer I think it would be much better to record the lecture separately in a sound controlled environment and post it for listening to, if there are no spaces given for questions. Often if there are questions they are difficult to hear (on the recording) and the responses made, particularly if the lecturer leaves the lectern. Alternatively, webinars are a good replacement. Online lectures, cameras off, with the ability to ask live questions that everyone can hear and the answers. these can also be recorded and posted for listening afterwards. Having said all of that I was always happier in the seminar environment with fewer students. Some lecturers are great at delivery in the big theatre setting. Missing those 'performances' when they are live, can be a great loss. However, those that are good at the big theatre delivery are few and far between. Changing the model of delivery is complex and a major challenge. We saw that during the pandemic.

  20. Hissing of Summer Lawns - Joni Mitchel released 1975 - It is a challenging listen at first, but it widened my taste for music and made me more open to different genres. Also made me a life long Joni fan.

  21. Yes Nando's! I am sure it is all very straightforward if you have been a couple of times but I was struggling to keep up and the lovely waitress had a really strong regional accent which didnt help!

  22. I would ask you what it was about City life you enjoy so much? Beeston is great with lots of young professionals renting there but the price is consequently exorbitant. It is full of groovy eating places, a cinema, nice shops and good pubs and the Tram. We considered Beeston but ended up living in a slightly more rural setting nearer Derby, Belper. Belper is just as groovy as Beeston, has lots of independent shops, micro breweries and other good pubs, its own really nice cinema, a thriving cultural scene, a train station and..... a pretty decent view of fields and hills from many parts of the town. Your new RR colleagues and friends will likely live nearer to work than Nottingham, although some will, and it will be easier to socialise with them if you do too. Plus the commute to Derby from Nottingham is horrendous (I know, I did it for many years), plus the cost of fuel.

  23. We were on holiday and I was cooking on an unfamiliar hob. I became distracted by the cute stray cat that came calling for any scraps and didn't notice my olive oil bursting into flames behind me! Luckily, I spotted it before it spread and used a damp tea towel to smother the flames. We had to scrub the splash back and cooker hood for ages to get all the black smoke marks off. Scary thing was, that our accommodation was one half of the owners farmhouse. I could have been responsible for burning down their home!!

  24. I am always reminded of a friend that had a responsible job in health care. She had years worth of experience and qualifications. Unfortunately, she had some poor mental health for a while and couldn't really cope with the pressure, so she resigned and went to work in a supermarket on the tills. Her health began to return and one day a customer coming through the till was so impressed with her 'people' skills he offered her a job. She ended up managing his private health care clinic and probably earning a lot more than she had in the NHS.

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