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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 19:28
Before you nod off Dove - you can have my whelks & tripe with pleasure. Love all other seafood / shellfish - crab, squid & prawns are special favourites - just the texture of whelks - dont mnd the taste

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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 18:52

Sorry to hear about those PM's P'doc - nasty and unnecessarily upsetting for anybody to receive.

If it's any consolation I also find this forum to be a supportive and friendly one and probably more important to be me than it should be.

Your postings are generally succinct and witty - there must be some sensitive souls out there to be upset by you. 

If you don't mind a bit of a drive you should come and join us if we have one of our East Anglian group visits. We sometimes venture a bit further west (some members have even been known to get visas to cross the A1 to get to Barnsdale!) and it's a really nice group of people - very friendly - and you've spoken to all of us at one time or another.

Hope we get something organised for this year - you'll be very welcome if we do 


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 18:13

Can't bear anything I have to really chew through such as tripe, whelks, gristle , unrendered meat fat  . Or anything stringy such as runner beans with stringy bits (just like mother used to make) and cooked rhubarb. The strings always make me think of hair in my food and I have a bit of a thing about hair (in the wrong place) - even my own LOL 

Like porridge lots - but only when made with milk - not too runny - and a spoonful of syrup on top. Top of the milk round the edge is good too ...

David Bowie

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 18:01

A very special talent  

Extra programme on BBC1 tonight 7.30pm - life & music of DB.


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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 17:52

I like this forum just the way it is - plenty of sound gardening advice when required - plenty of timely reminders (for that read kick up the b*m) to get jobs done - and some nice general chat on the Forkers and other threads when I'm sat here on my own drinking tea. I've also met a few other members for garden visits which was a lot of fun - every bit as nice in real life as their virtual personas - & I'd like to do some more of that.

I don't mind tooooo much if there is the occasional thought provoking / controversial thread posted - so long as they don't start affecting the rest of the forum. This forum is special because it is generally a friendly place to while away the time without the back biting & snide remarks which seem to poison a lot of other forums. Too many contentious non-gardening subjects could eventually erode this good feeling.

I do think, however, that the most important thing to remember is that the a written view is not always read as the writer intended it to be - and not everybody reads every single word of a posting to pick up any small nuances. Potentially controversial postings should therefore be written with care.

In my opinion one should restrain from posting when upset or angry (too easy to let too many unbridled feelings spill out of the keyboard) or after partaking of a few alcoholic beverages .

Much better to write it all out in Word (or whatever) and save it for at least a couple of hours & then review it with a calmer clearer head. Amazing how differently things read (even to the author) after they've been left to stand for a while...


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 07:59
Morning all.

Sorry to hear you are feeling low Pat but I can understand why. I'm sure you'll enjoy spending time with your grandson though.

Such sad news about David Bowie - like so many of you he was just there in the background for most of my most formative years. # Sorrow

Absolutely vile day here - January seems to go on for ever and ever and ever.....


Posted: 10/01/2016 at 12:38

Like your style Fidget!! 


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 23:51
Soooo glad you said that about using Facetime & Skype Runny - thought it was just me being vain - makes me look a bit weird too.

Time for sleeps now - night everyone - thanks for the chat today. Stay safe people down under - fires still sound bad.


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 20:40
Thanks for the recommendation Hogweed - will search it out.

Just to add to the Apple debate - have to say I love my iPhone and iPad. My phone is now well over 5 years old and hasnt been turned off since I got it except for the ocassional reboot or accidental run down. Still the original battery which I think is pretty good going.

Find Apple stuff generally fairly intuitive to use & beautifully designed. Bit pricey though and, like Panda, I dont understand why phones seem to have taken the retrograde step of getting bigger again in the last year or two. Like to be able to keep mine in a pocket.


Posted: 09/01/2016 at 18:11


Yes FaceTime is a piece of software that runs (as far as I know) only on Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iMacs) and both users need to be using Apple devices.

It's essentially the same as SKYPE but the advantage of SKYPE is that you can put it on almost all devices - Apple included.

We have Apple stuff but use SKYPE because our families have PC's and Windows and android phones.

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