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Post by Martyn Simpson » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:40 pm

What about if you live round my way, where most women are grandmothers by the time they hit 30?

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Post by Andrew Feist » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:55 pm

Richard Adams wrote:Juvenile? That's another pan of sausages altogether.

Lesley's grandson and granddaughter were both adult and consenting.
Am I the only one that needed several minutes to mentally re-create that sentence as "The grandson and granddaughter from Lesley's example were both..."?

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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:57 pm

What has my thread become :(

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Post by Lesley Hines » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:44 am

You're worried? I report something that (admittedly may or may not be true - didn't check it out terribly thoroughly cos I didn't want to think about it too much) was the result of a fairly animated conversation with a copper, and the next thing I know I've got grandchildren! Who are at it! My life! :shock: :lol: :shock:
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Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:24 pm

Lesley Hines wrote: I report something that (admittedly may or may not be true - didn't check it out terribly thoroughly cos I didn't want to think about it too much) was the result of a fairly animated conversation with a copper
I think the real trade secret here is that the police generally have very sketchy knowledge of the law.

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Post by Lesley Hines » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:50 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Lesley Hines wrote: I report something that (admittedly may or may not be true - didn't check it out terribly thoroughly cos I didn't want to think about it too much) was the result of a fairly animated conversation with a copper
I think the real trade secret here is that the police generally have very sketchy knowledge of the law.
***LIKE***
(Although I should put in this case the copper was my sister who has two undergraduate degrees and several post-graduate qualifications, is absolutely no muppet, and lectures for the OU in her spare time when she's not inspectoring).
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:45 pm

McDonald's pro tip: 6 chicken nuggets = £2.25. 4 chicken nuggets: £0.99. Life-changing.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:09 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:McDonald's pro tip: 6 chicken nuggets = £2.25. 4 chicken nuggets: £0.99. Life-changing.
And another: Large meal, +50p. Potato wedges, +50p. Both, +50p. So if you're getting potato wedges you might as well get the large meal. (This is open knowledge on the price list, but it's phrased in a deliberately confusing way IMO.)

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Post by Andy Wilson » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:20 pm

and why not get creative while you eat

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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Andy Wilson » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:49 pm

Ah bollix. Sound.

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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Julie T » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:30 pm

Crap hoax, but then I'd read the bollix comment before viewing. Why don't youtube remove it?

Rechargeable batteries are the way to go, certainly for AA and AAA size which are readily available as are their chargers. I can't understand why anyone uses non-rechargeables. Yes, they're expensive to start off with, and you have to buy double the amount you use so that you can keep some charged up ready, but the savings in the long term (as well as to the planet) are huge.
I've been using them for donkeys years, and my kids have grown up with remembering to keep charging up batteries for their gadgets so they're not stuck when their current ones run out.
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Post by Phil Reynolds » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:04 pm

Julie T wrote:Crap hoax, but then I'd read the bollix comment before viewing. Why don't youtube remove it?
:? Why should YouTube remove it? It hardly qualifies as a "hoax" anyway, unless you can't read, seeing as the opening title says GAGFILMS in large cartoony letters.

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Post by Mark James » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:33 pm

On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to?

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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:56 pm

Mark James wrote:On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to?
Six months? Am currently on three years of extra use on the set in front of me at the moment in Devon. Admittedly these days the remote only gets used during Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays and some half terms, but at least the first year after the batteries message first popped up the remote was being used nearly ever day before I moved to London.

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Post by Mark James » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:45 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mark James wrote:On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to?
Six months? Am currently on three years of extra use on the set in front of me at the moment in Devon. Admittedly these days the remote only gets used during Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays and some half terms, but at least the first year after the batteries message first popped up the remote was being used nearly ever day before I moved to London.
Six months wasn't an exact number, it was just something to put down to make the point. It can be shorter or longer than that. Sometimes the message appears cause I'm not pointing the remote at the box properly or something is blocking the infra red thing on the box.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:03 pm

Yeah sorry. Didn't mean to accuse you of not using your remote enough or being a battery ponce or anything. Meant to agree with you, those messages are massively ignorable.

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:36 pm

Indeed, and when the thing finally does seem to have given up the ghost, just take the batteries out and put them back in again. You can get at least another couple of years out of them that way.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:44 pm

Haha yeah I love doing that. Batteries are a funny thing.
I have a rechargeable battery charger that isn't massively old, only 5 or 6 years, but has seen a lot of use, and it constantly gives me aggro with the LEDs.
I have to keep tapping the batteries or spinning them round or taking them in and out before the lights will come on to say they are charging, though I've never bothered trying to find out whether it's just the LEDs failing or if they really are a true sign and its the metal contacts that are dying.

In other battery news, I remember always being told not to mix batteries of different charges or different brands when I was younger, I've never paid much attention to that advice either, and never paid for it (unless charging empty batteries with half full ones is what has killed my charger prematurely).

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Post by Charlie Reams » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:15 am

Julie T wrote: you have to buy double the amount you use so that you can keep some charged up ready
Surely you only need as many as might reasonably run out at once?

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Post by Julie T » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:09 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Julie T wrote: you have to buy double the amount you use so that you can keep some charged up ready
Surely you only need as many as might reasonably run out at once?
In theory, yes. In practice, having plenty avoids arguments if you have multiple kids depleting batteries in their gadgets at any one time. It also means that there are spares for when a new gadget is bought.
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Andy Wilson » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:48 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote: the opening title says GAGFILMS in large cartoony letters.
Now I want to gag.

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:08 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:56 pm
Mark James wrote:On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to?
Six months? Am currently on three years of extra use on the set in front of me at the moment in Devon. Admittedly these days the remote only gets used during Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays and some half terms, but at least the first year after the batteries message first popped up the remote was being used nearly ever day before I moved to London.
Any news on these batteries?
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu May 21, 2020 2:12 pm

Have you ever tried dunking biscuits in orange juice instead of that borderline toxic brown liquid that people sometimes use? It helps if it's the higher quality freshly squeezed stuff. You are very welcome.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 21, 2020 3:08 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Have you ever tried dunking biscuits in orange juice instead of that borderline toxic brown liquid that people sometimes use? It helps if it's the higher quality freshly squeezed stuff. You are very welcome.
That sounds disgusting.
Although I have been known to dip toast in that borderline toxic brown stuff (coffee in my case )
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 21, 2020 3:13 pm

Peanut butter with Marmite is better than you think
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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri May 22, 2020 10:23 pm

It's exactly as good as I think it is.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat May 23, 2020 6:40 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
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It's exactly as good as I think it is.
Same here.

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Post by Ian Volante » Sun May 24, 2020 8:01 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:08 pm
Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:56 pm
Mark James wrote:On the batteries subject, I keep getting an on screen message that the batteries in my Sky remote need changing but I don't change them and they last another six months. Could this be a ploy between Sky and the battery companies to get you to buy batteries when you don't need to?
Six months? Am currently on three years of extra use on the set in front of me at the moment in Devon. Admittedly these days the remote only gets used during Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays and some half terms, but at least the first year after the batteries message first popped up the remote was being used nearly ever day before I moved to London.
Any news on these batteries?
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Post by Mark James » Sun May 24, 2020 8:03 pm

We got a Sky Q box with new batteries about a year ago. As far as know the other ones are still working.

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Post by Fiona T » Sun May 24, 2020 8:25 pm

My mouse/keyboard batteries seem to need changing every few weeks. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun May 24, 2020 8:42 pm

Fiona T wrote:
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My mouse/keyboard batteries seem to need changing every few weeks. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(
You're using a mouse and keyboard that need batteries. That's what you're doing wrong.

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Post by Fiona T » Sun May 24, 2020 9:10 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:42 pm
Fiona T wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:25 pm
My mouse/keyboard batteries seem to need changing every few weeks. No idea what I'm doing wrong. :(
You're using a mouse and keyboard that need batteries. That's what you're doing wrong.
But they are sleek and beautiful. As long as your keyboard doesn't give up mid apto-round.
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Post by Marc Meakin » Sat May 30, 2020 9:19 am

Not sure if this is a trade secret or something I've only just realised.
When preparing jam on Bread , toast etc.
Use a tea spoon to get the jam out of the jar rather than use the knife you use for the butter.
Also works for peanut butter and marmalade ( not together though ....unless )
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Post by Paul Worsley » Sat May 30, 2020 3:24 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 9:19 am

Use a tea spoon to get the jam out of the jar rather than use the knife you use for the butter.
Using the same knife for the butter and the marmalade/jam/marmite is a heinous crime in the Worsley household, and still policed officiously by Mrs W, even after 29 years of marriage.

Crumbs of toast in the Lurpak is another big no no. Full Metal Jacket style inspections can occur at anytime and without warning.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Sat May 30, 2020 4:59 pm

I have to use kitchen roll on the knife after every spread.
Maybe I should use the spoon for the butter too.

My stepson in-law says that he used to use a spoon ( the bottom ) to butter the bread , when he worked in a sandwich shop .
Apparently it's the best way to avoid damaging the bread
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat May 30, 2020 6:02 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 9:19 am
Not sure if this is a trade secret or something I've only just realised.
When preparing jam on Bread , toast etc.
Use a tea spoon to get the jam out of the jar rather than use the knife you use for the butter.
Also works for peanut butter and marmalade ( not together though ....unless )
Isn't it just obvious that if you don't want to get one thing contaminated with another you use a different implement (or clean in between uses)?

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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat May 30, 2020 6:41 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 6:02 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 9:19 am
Not sure if this is a trade secret or something I've only just realised.
When preparing jam on Bread , toast etc.
Use a tea spoon to get the jam out of the jar rather than use the knife you use for the butter.
Also works for peanut butter and marmalade ( not together though ....unless )
Isn't it just obvious that if you don't want to get one thing contaminated with another you use a different implement (or clean in between uses)?
I counter , if it was obvious , to me , I wouldn't have posted it 🙂
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun May 31, 2020 7:14 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:44 pm

In other battery news, I remember always being told not to mix batteries of different charges or different brands when I was younger, I've never paid much attention to that advice either, and never paid for it (unless charging empty batteries with half full ones is what has killed my charger prematurely).
In more other battery news, I have a Flex from about 1987 and the batteries have never been changed. Every so often I turn it on, and it always works.

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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Paul Worsley » Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm

A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.

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Post by Fiona T » Sun May 31, 2020 9:22 pm

Paul Worsley wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm
A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.
Co-incidentally I was zoom-chatting to a mate yesterday who was making bacon vodka. His next project is bacon gin.

I once proposed the hypothesis that there is no dish in existence that cannot be improved by either the addition of bacon, or the addition of gin.

He's combining the two - this might just be the perfect lockdown breakfast!
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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:41 am

I agree with the chilled vodka ...don't like any gin though.

On the subject of alcohol , I cannot stand hot alcoholic drinks
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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:40 pm

Paul Worsley wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm
A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.
Surely this effect is even more pronounced for poor-quality alcohol?
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Re: Trade Secrets

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:24 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Paul Worsley wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 8:21 pm
A good quality vodka tastes better out of the fridge. The same is true for gin.
Surely this effect is even more pronounced for poor-quality alcohol?
I'm sure taste bud impairment must be affected around 4 degrees C or so
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