philippa smith2

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What is this ?

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:52

If not Physalis ( either edible or ornamental, could it be Nicandra physolodes ( Shoo fly ) ?

They tend to have a bluish tinge to them - perennial in the right climate but usually an annual here.  Either plain green foliage or variegated ( green / white ) with blue flowers.

Look what I got for my birthday!

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:42

Not so much a HH bum - really rather more like an expanded brillo pad wearing a little skirt.  I've seen quite a few of those

The media

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:26

Frank and Scroggin.......I can assure you that I wouldn't "gawp" at any RTA or similar event.  I cannot begin to imagine why people prefer to take a picture on their mobile before they think to contact the emergency services in such cases.  Granted, eye witness accounts backed up by photo evidence can be useful in some instances but even so ???  Actually, I don't even have a mobile phone so I'd be a rubbish witness anyway

It isn't that I am desperate to see horrific images plastered all over the place when watching TV news - it just seemed to me that the phrase " too distressing to show" is used on practically every bulletin these days. Shouldn't we be made to feel distressed about what is going on ?  Perhaps it is actually the use of the word "distressed" that I object to.  I'm aware of the dictionary definition but in today's world, it is often used ad lib to convey upsetting, mild discomfort, etc.

We obviously all see things from a different perspective but sadly whether or not we agree on this particular issue, it's going to take a hell of a lot to make this kind of debate redundant.

Scroggin - I hope your blood has settled to simmering rather than boiling - I'd hate to be the cause of you bubbling over  

Look what I got for my birthday!

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 14:38

HH proof ......well done you and Hog

Butternut Squash

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:51

It looks as if they have been too damp.

Wipe the skin and use now - it won't store.

You can either cook in the skin ( which you will then discard ) or remove skin, chop up and use to make a Squash Risotto.

The media

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 18:42

It's interesting to hear other's point of view on this. 

Hogweed's mention of that iconic Vietnam photo ........I believe I heard on the radio some weeks ago that this image was posted on Facebook ( no idea why or in what context ) and was removed as an "indecent image".  To be sure, it was indecent but not in that way which most springs to mind these days.  After some complaints, the photo was reinstated.

Luckily too young to have known war such as Frank, Dave and Scroggin describe ( tho Grandfather in 1st WW and both parents in 2nd WW ), that Vietnam photo has stuck in my mind since the day it was shown.  It made one hell of an impact on me.

I don't believe you can "imagine" the carnage  - that's my whole point altho I can agree with the Celeb stories which come before such issues as " %%%people killed in a bomb blast ".  A tad skewed to say the least.

The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 19:19

Just something which niggled.........not a good idea..........

The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 19:17

It doesn't improve point was why make a report on something without showing the full consequences ?


Posted: 02/10/2016 at 19:08

I am not sure what Mubarak heaps are but if you have artificial grass I think you can just use a hoover to suck up any detritus and then wash it ?  

Depends on the size I suppose but if only small, pick it up and shake it ?

Someone experienced in the subject may well have some more useful advice

The media

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 18:39

I don't suppose I'm the only TV viewer who is becoming more annoyed by the day when watching "The News".

We have a reporter, usually looking fairly dishevelled and surrounded by rubble and describing the latest atrocity.  Then comes the "we can't show you these scenes as they are too distressing " - for which I read " we are trying to make you aware of what is going on but we don't think too graphic an image is good for you.  We are seasoned reporters in a bad world but you are "the public" - hence we cannot risk upsetting you".

If you are reporting war, then for heavens sake report it -graphically - forget this "nanny knows best" thing. Make us cringe in horror and go to bed thinking about things.

Rant over 

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Last Post: 22/09/2016 at 19:42

Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 15:18

Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 18:10

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Last Post: 22/06/2016 at 19:40

Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Last Post: 08/05/2016 at 22:06

Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2016 at 19:23

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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