Madeleine

Madeleine

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Yes, it's Learning Tree. I haven't checked out the maps yet - I was going to do that nearer the time. Good to hear it's the KX/StP side of Euston, so it will be feasible to catch a ThamesLink and...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Was watching the wood pigeons chasing each other round my garden a few minutes ago - don't know whether it was 'hey girls - wanna f***' or 'my mealworms - keep off'. If the latter, the starlings and blackbirds were...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm a slow walker and have dodgy knees, so it's a toss-up. Besides, I don't know what I'll be needing to lug with me - packed lunch probably as the local eateries sound problematic for me. In any case, on...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I live outside Huntingdon, and commute via Finsbury Park where I change onto a Moorgate service. At least it's not as bad as when I would try and get onto the Northern Line at Kings Cross to get to the...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I got rid of my Kilner jars when I moved 5 years ago. They were mostly ancient and had narrow necks and I couldn't get the seals or replacement (glass or metal) discs any more. I was mostly using them...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I've seen counter top dishwashers (I was considering getting one for himself's mother but I suspect the plumbing arrangements for it might have been tricky). We (2 people) run ours on average once daily - more often if I'm doing...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Basically the set up my mother went for in 1964? 1965? She made my father pay to have the kitchen remodelled and she had a New World gas hob with eye level grill, and off in a unit to one...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I certainly wore them when cycling around London in the early 80s. Basically bib-and-brace overalls, and I also owned a boiler suit at the time as well. I think dungaree is in use over here along with overall....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I encountered goblin as a name for an underground dwelling race in the George MacDonald (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_MacDonald not the Flashman one) children's books - The Princess and Curdie, and The Princess and the Goblin. The goblins here seem to derive from...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Lamb and Okra stew. I use the recipe from Claudia Roden's A Book of Middle Eastern food. Unfortunately, these days I can't tolerate the seeds, so I can't have it anymore (it used to be a rare treat when we...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    More likely the seller listed the item with the Ebay Global Shipping programme. It charges around £20-£30 per item (and doesn't offer combined postage) and hence makes buying from US sellers prohibitively expensive. As a result, I don't touch US...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    And from my old neck of the woods: the River Piddle, and Puddleton (which used to have an 'i' instead of a 'u'....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Re The Battle of Bamber Bridge: I wonder if Nevil Shute was drawing on that for one of the threads in The Chequer Board....
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences. My father died over 20 years ago (we weren't close - my parents were separated) and my mother went 4 years ago following the dementia with care at home, stroke then nursing home path, so I understand what...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I always though that applied more to Tony Blair. Mind you, the description seems apt for politicians of any flavour once they're in politics for sufficiently long enough....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Useful to know - my hair isn’t that long, but it’s thick and wiry, so it clogs motorised brushes. My current machine is an older model Dyson; to upgrade will mean replacing all the attachments as the attachment point has...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Given I live in market town Cambridgeshire in a house built to standard in the 1970s, having space for such things is understandable. Still not as big as my late mother's house, though. We had the utility room put in...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I have a pulley airer in my utility room. It's great - I got rid of my tumble dryer on the strength of it. I also dry in the garden (weather permitting) - got all bar a bath mat dry...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm an immigrant to the area and now live further west in Huntingdonshire after moving to Cambridge in 1990. My grandfather was up at Emmanuel prior to doing his clinical training in London. We have (probably had as things got...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Hah - I was thinking about some of the roads up round Wisbech. Especially the time when I was collecting some furniture......
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    i wonder if all children should be taught basic domestic skills as part of their general education. Not all parent have the skills or inclination to pass this knowledge on. I was lucky; I didn't do any domestic skills classes...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Yup, I was a little earlier - I did my 'As' mid-70s. I started at the convent in the late 60s; it might have better at the grammar but we were RC and I ended up bussing across town to...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    For those talking about sewing and clothes making in a domestic setting, I was taught to sew at my convent school. Back then there was still the attitude that nice girls became wives and mothers and all they needed to...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Short of making the Internet completely genderless - no public photos or avatars, user names a random collection of alphanumerics assigned automatically, social media banned, I don't see that it will change anytime soon. I trust (but take leave to...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    @673: @768: I lurk here but rarely feel the need to comment. I am more vocal on other fora, but not here. I think generally speaking as a female commentator is that the prevailing attitude (conscious or not) is that...
  • Commented on Story time!
    In the future, washing machines will be mechanical; human powered. I think in the future drying clothes after you wash them will go back to the way my Mom did it when I was a child. Hang it out on...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Wasn't there also a plot element of a line marriage in TMisHM? I seem to recall a conservative attack on the lunar representative claiming they were a bigamist. (It's been a while since I read it so I may well...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    As long as it doesn't involve zombies... Seriously, I like Georgette Heyer as an author; despite being mildly antediluvian in M/F relationships and very white bread (the Jewish moneylender in The Grand Sophy is a caricature) she's far and away...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Don't forget the Baen CDs, zip files are still available here: http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/. (There are other places, but they are less legitimate as they include CDs no longer available.)...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I gave up on Kobo devices when my Touch started playing silly b's with my Mac. I now have an Icarus - an Android device that's vendor-neutral. It can be a bit flaky (make sure you keep the original USB...
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