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Everything posted by skadi

  1. Why are you happy today?

    Bournville, dunked in coffee. Nuff said. 
  2. What are you watching right now?

    Did you see the finish to the men's marathon, that was another impressive German effort! 
  3. What made you laugh today?

    It would appear to be an Australian retailer.  
  4. Why new 'discount' food shops?

    Perhaps the old stores are very uneconomical and un-environmentally friendly to run. Things move on you know. 
  5. 3G in Restaurants?

    This thread is like a car crash, you know you shouldn't look but you just can't help yourself. 
  6. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    Wishing you a speedy recovery John. 
  7. Passport renewal situation (UK)

    It just appeared in the letterbox, handy as I was not there to sign for it. 
  8. UK Driving License "umschreiben"

    Same for me. Beamterin said I could keep it because of BrExit (ironically, my appointment was on the original March 'let's not leave quite yet' date). 
  9. Passport renewal situation (UK)

    I find the whole thing very bizarre. My mum applied at Easter to renew her passport and received it back within 2 weeks. I don't understand why they would not prioritise those applying from abroad, as many people don't have dual nationality and so are left without proof of identity. As my mum is quite elderly, maybe they thought they had to get it done before she pops her clogs! 
  10. 3G in Restaurants?

      I think you'll find that aircraft are one of the better ventilated methods of transport (info from European Air Safety Agency 2020) .    How is air recirculated in the cabin and is it safe? Answer The quality of air provided during a flight is very high. This is due to frequent exchange of air (the entire air supply is typically exchanged every 3-5 minutes) and the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which are used on board of most modern aircraft. Airlines and airport operators will work together to ensure that passengers are not kept on board an aircraft without proper ventilation for longer than 30 minutes.  
  11. Politics Gen XYZ

      Are there people who cannot cook/budget well? Yes. Hence he is not is not wholly wrong.  Are there people who use foodbanks who cannot cook/budget well? Yes it seems so (otherwise why would foodbank charities hold cooking/budgeting courses). Hence, he is not wholly wrong.  Do people only use foodbanks because they cannot cook/budget (well)? No. Hence conflating the two is a crass comment.    And with that...I'm out. 
  12. Politics Gen XYZ

      @KelethThis.    So what is the problem with giving them a clue? Stop being so obtuse and distance yourself from the foodbank aspect.   By the way, I agree entirely with your answers, but I just don't see what the problem is with having a wider conversation re the issues some people are facing even if the trigger was some tory knob.     
  13. Politics Gen XYZ

    Hence, why some recipe ideas are not so stupid. Yes, tory bloke is a tory arsehole and he was very crass in what he said. but the wider point remains, if some people have not learnt to cook and/or budget well, then teaching them can only be a good thing. And if this opens up a sensible (I wish) discussion about the topic, wunderbar. 
  14. Politics Gen XYZ

    I'm a crap cook, but I had the luxury of being able to learn to cook something (barely) edible and not worry if I had to bin it. If that's the only food you have, then experimentation is not an option so learning some basic recipes can only be a bonus.    And no, it's not normal for Brits to use foodbanks, desperate times = desperate measures.  
  15. Politics Gen XYZ

    Crickey, you'll fall off that high horse if you are not careful. If people who don't know much about cooking or budgeting (not because they are poor or stupid but because nobody ever taught them) can learn how to make their money go further and any food they have go further, how is that wrong? 
  16. Politics Gen XYZ

    I am not so sure that what he said is totally wrong, as lot of people have never been taught how to cook or budget.  However, could he have phrased the whole thing better and not sounded like a patronising arsehole, absolutely
  17. Food outlet - catastrophe

    Brilliant, would love to try one. Thank you. 
  18. Food outlet - catastrophe

    ok, dumb question, what is  steckerlfisch?    I tried translating and that said plug fish, which didn't help in the slightest. 
  19. Passport renewal situation (UK)

    Unsurprisingly, my nice new blue (it looks black to me and like a cheap forgery) passport arrived a week after I left for the uk.   Re processing times....It took 8 weeks from when I posted the old one back (7 from when it was received and signed for at HMPO) for the new one to arrive in my letterbox. The expired one has not yet been returned.