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  • Birthday June 12

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  • Location Hessen
  • Nationality Irish
  • Hometown Dublin, Ireland
  • Gender Female
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  • Interests Nordic walking, cooking, baking, listening to podcasts

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  1. Today's book

    I’ve started reading again after many years, and I’m really enjoying it.  For those of you who have heard of her, I’m a big fan of Maeve Binchy and other books of that type.  I enjoy books about interpersonal relationships, family dramas, etc.   I have a friend who is an avid reader, and she has persuaded me to start reading again.  Some days I read more, some less, but I try to get a few pages in every day as I think it’s good for the mind.  We’ve talked about why my friend reads so much and why I, and many others, don’t read today, and a lot of it has to do with lifestyle.  She is married, (to a wonderful man, I hasten to add) but he loves sports and most of evenings and weekends centre around what’s on TV sport wise.  So, she takes a book and reads as she’s not interested in sport at all.  I, on the other hand, don’t have anyone here and I’m in complete control of my environment, so I choose what I want to do and when.  Like @optimista, I’ve also become a huge podcast listener.  BBC Sounds is a great resource, also lots of good stuff from the US and I have some favourites from Ireland that I like to listen to.    When it comes to reading crime novels, are they any different to watching crime series on TV, which have been popular everywhere for a long time. Starting with series like Hill Street Blues, Murder She Wrote, to Criminal Minds, NCIS, and of course, the wonderful Inspector Morse, Lewis, Midsummer Murders, Tatort, etc. Let’s face it, we all enjoy a little murder mystery now and again. 
  2.   I was caned.  One evening, I decided not to go to Rosary, which we had every evening.  I went to my dormitory instead because I didn't feel well, and a nun caught me there.  I was taken to the Mother superiour's office and caned.  After 4 years in the school, I told my Mother that I didn't want to go back, and thankfully, she found a day school in Dublin that agreed to take me, life got better after that.
  3.   It took me 3 attemts to get through that film.  The woman the story is based on, Philomena Lee, is still alive and has done a lot to bring attention to what had gone on back then.  
  4.   No, I don’t agree that the running of the church should be handed over to the nuns.  Have you heard about the mother and baby homes run by nuns in Ireland?  Here are a couple of  links. https://www.humanium.org/en/a-shameful-chapter-of-irish-history-mother-and-baby-homes/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_and_Baby_Homes_Commission_of_Investigation   I spent 4 years in a boarding school run by nuns, and it was awful.  Apart of one nun I remember who was very kind, the rest were cruel and unhappy women, and I wouldn’t put them in charge of anything.
  5. Why are you unhappy today?

    I agree, there have always been bad people in the world doing bad things, but we weren’t aware of most of it. Today, whatever awful thing happens in whatever part of the world, we know about it within seconds and the more terrible the crime, the more clicks the reporting media outlet gets.  This is why I really dislike when people post the worst piece of news they can find that day, here on TT, just to share it with the rest of us – who really don’t need to know about it.     For example,   “Crime in the United States has been recorded since its founding. Crime rates have varied over time, with a sharp rise after 1900 and reaching a broad bulging peak between the 1970s and early 1990s. After 1992, crime rates began to fall year by year and have since declined significantly.” https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Crime_in_the_United_St...       It just seems like it's getting worse because there's so much of it reported and we have access to it all very quickly.  Stay away from it, it's not making your life better.  
  6. Merry Christmas to all on TT

      And good health to you all!  The past week has taught me not to take that for granted.
  7. Why are you unhappy today?

    Look what I got for Christmas, pneumonia!!!   I thought I had started a cold last week, no problem. Over the weekend, I thought I was developing bronchitis, again, I could handle that. After a really bad Sunday, I went to the doctor on Monday, had blood tests and a chest x-ray. I was put on a strong antibiotic and told to go home, drink lots of tea and stay there. Christmas with my family is at risk now as I'm still not feeling much better, but that's ok, it's just a day in the calendar.   My reason for posting?  Don't presume it's nothing serious and delay seeing a doctor if you feel unwell over a couple of days.  I don't get ill very often and how bad this is has really shocked me.  
  8.   This is exactly my point too.  When someone tells you where they're from, believe them, then let it go.  The offence comes from not being believed because someone doesn't look like they come from "here", wherever "here" is.   P.S., some people are being deliberately obtuse, which happens quite often on TT.
  9.   It was just a test of the system, no need to bring out the Feuerwehr.
  10. My daughter has a friend who is black.  She was born in Germany, as were her parents.  She is constantly asked where she’s “really” from, and it does upset her.  It gives her a sense that she either doesn’t “really” belong here, or that she should be grateful to be here.  My daughter, on the other hand, seldom gets asked because she’s white and blends in.   We need to be a little more cognisant of who we’re talking to.  I’m often asked where I’m from because I don’t sound German, but with pale skin, the chances are I’m from another northern European country.  She, on the other hand, is being asked because of her skin colour, and that is different. 
  11. Airfryers

    I have an airfryer and I love it.  Most foods that you cook in an oven, can also be cooked in an airfryer, you just need a bit of confidence to try it.  It's great for fish and meat, and falafal which I do quite often.  Also vegetables, I make my own fries, with real potatoes, and they come out so very good.  What I did buy is a little spray bottle for oil as I like the flavour, but you don't actually need it.   Last weekend, I tried baking.  I made some fruit scones in it and they came out really well.  I had the opportunity to borrow one for a couple of weeks to try out and have now ordered my own.
  12.   Yes, it is Noel Fielding, currently of the Great British Bake Off.  I was quite taken aback watching the video and by Noel being in it, I'd never seen that video before.  It's also so relevant for today.  
  13. heirloom tomato suitable for germany

      It's a great recipe Rob, try it, and the sauce goes with everything.  If you've any questions, get in touch.
  14. heirloom tomato suitable for germany

    Well, I got the recipe from someone from Yemen, but yes, it may well be Italian.
  15. heirloom tomato suitable for germany

    I make a middle Eastern sauce called Arrabbiata. It's so easy and tastes wonderful.  You can google the recipe, but I'll add it here for some people.     1 Kilo of tomatoes mixed with 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed.  1-2 teaspoons dried crushed chilli flakes.  1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme. a pinch of salt and some black pepper. 2 tablespoons olive or rapeseed oil.   Cut the tomatoes in half, then add all the above ingredients.  Put them on a baking tray and roast for 20 minutes at 200 degrees.   Then put 20/30 basil leaves in a kitchen machine, add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt.  Add the tomatoes when they're finished in the oven and mix until smooth.  Fill the sterilised jars with the sauce and store.   I've been making this for years, it's so very good!   I don't peel the tomatoes as most of mine are cherry or cocktail