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  1. What made you laugh today?

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

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

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

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

    It just appeared in the letterbox, handy as I was not there to sign for it. 
  6. 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). 
  7. 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! 
  8. 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.  
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.     
  11. 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. 
  12. 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.  
  13. 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? 
  14. 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
  15. Food outlet - catastrophe

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

    ok, dumb question, what is  steckerlfisch?    I tried translating and that said plug fish, which didn't help in the slightest. 
  17. 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. 
  18. Passport renewal situation (UK)

      That's where the Hook of Holland to Newcastle comes in handy, much longer to sleep, but not much use if you don't want to to to Newcastle!  Have done Rotterdam to Hull, very pleasant and also 'can't remember wherefrom' to Harwich.  Hovercraft, agreed that was fun.  Mostly use the chunnel now, quickest option when heading down south.   
  19. Passport renewal situation (UK)

      Why? Can you not use your German passport? That's what I will do. 
  20. Passport renewal situation (UK)

    My documents were signed for on the 4th and likewise I got many messages reminding me to send my documents. Yesterday I finally got a message saying they had received them, so I think they are just very slow at the moment. I'm guessing that means it's unlikely I'll get the passport back before I need to travel there in April,    As they asked for feedback on the online process, I kindly did so and pointed out how daft it is to send 32 pages (or however many it was) of paper. If I can upload a picture, why can't I upload a pdf of the passport. 
  21. I also missed it, so sorry to hear that and I hope you are doing as ok as can be expected. 
  22. UK Post "Post Brexit"

    Almost snap. I applied online to renew and sent off the old passport (and ridiculous amount of photocopied paper, why can't you scan and upload) in B5 envelope as registered mail rather than a package. All I get now are multiple emails telling me I should send my documents to them even though I can see it has been delivered and signed for. Grrrrr. Maybe package is the way forward. 
  23. For the time being, can't your mum still get them free on the nhs, via a chemist, supermarket or by post (if she, or someone on her behalf) orders them online. I thought it was April 1st the test distribution ends. April Fool's day, how apt! 
  24. No mandatory masks on TfL from today either.