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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10:46

I love robins... just bought a pretty M&S tin of petticoat tails with a robin on the lid. I'll keep it to put mints in.

Miserable foggy and rainy morning today, everything is blurry to look at outside though thankfully it's not too cold. Hopefully it will lift and cheer up by tonight.

Cost of Marmite has gone up for the second time since Brexit, though I don't see why since it's not in application yet. I'm wondering what will happen once it is. Bought several pots on Saturday because in one of the M&S shops they'd sold out (everyone is stocking up, I guess) and, also, if there have already been 2 price rises it's likely not going to stop there.

I also go to M&S because they have a good selection of cheeses suitable for vegetarians (i.e. which don't contain rennet made from an enzyme taken from the stomachs of un-weaned calves). Well done M&S for that.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 24 Oct 2016, 13:52

Stardust wrote:I also go to M&S because they have a good selection of cheeses suitable for vegetarians (i.e. which don't contain rennet made from an enzyme taken from the stomachs of un-weaned calves). Well done M&S for that.

I always assumed all cheese to be suitable for veggies! Could never understand why some suggested 'Suitable for vegetarians'. Now I know!
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Tue 25 Oct 2016, 08:41

Another foggy day...

Good morning all. happyheart 

Kitkat, I suppose most non-vegetarians don't know about vegetarian cheeses and what makes them so. More details here for anyone who's interested: https://www.vegsoc.org/cheese

It's a pity all cheese makers don't use rennet from fungi since this is available as an option to animal rennet.

There's a problem eating out too, since restaurants tend to put a veggie logo next to items containing cheese, but when asked whether it contains animal rennet they don't know.
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Thank goodness for Indian restaurants where there are lots of good and tasty vegetarian dishes. 
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 26 Oct 2016, 20:10

Stardust wrote:It's a pity all cheese makers don't use rennet from fungi since this is available as an option to animal rennet.

For my own part, I'd be a bit wary about the "rennet from fungi" situation, as I am severely allergic to Penicillin (a source of fungi), the tiniest touch of mould on bread or cheese, for instance, can set off a horrible reaction.  That's why I know not to touch any of the blue cheeses - and I do mean 'touch' - even without ingesting it can set me off.  I remember once when my cat, Pepsi, was ill, and I was having to crush up tablets from the vet to put in his food, 2 or 3 times a day, with friends round for dinner one evening I suddenly became really ill, shaking and feverish, with searing/blinding headache.  I could not eat, couldn't even speak (tongue swelled up), not being able to bear the slightest noise, etc, and had to go and lie down away from everyone.  I had been in the middle of crushing Pepsi's tablets when this happened, so my friend took over from where I had left off.  It was then that she read the warning on the tablet bottle - that anyone who is allergic to Penicillin should NOT touch the tablets and should wear gloves if they need to - and be careful not to touch their mouth while doing so ...

Here's a couple of interesting reads about fungi and cheese, respectively:

The use of fungi in manufacturing of food

Is it safe to eat mouldy bread or cheese?
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Post by Stardust on Wed 26 Oct 2016, 20:36

That was a really bad reaction you had, Kitkat, lucky you didn't go into severe anaphylactic shock.

I'm allergic to penicillin medication too, but it seems this doesn't necessarily mean a person will also be allergic to the Penicillium mold used in blue cheeses.

I haven't checked M&S blue cheeses to see if they're marked as suitable for vegetarians, since I've never bought any, it's a good point to check. Of course it could be rennet from a bacterial source rather than fungal, but that's never indicated on the package, though given the number of allergic people I suppose it should be. In case of doubt best avoided then. I've never had any problem with the harder cheeses from M&S (cheddar, leicester, etc...) but maybe you would.


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Post by Feather on Thu 27 Oct 2016, 13:31

Hi there. I am also allergic to penicillin. You remember all the migraines I have been having lately? Well, it just happens that I had been eating cheddar cheese with bannocks every night for my supper for a couple of weeks. It's always been my contention that bright light was the culprit there but, when I stopped the cheese, the migraines stopped too. It's more complicated than first appears though as I have been given a double dose of BP tablets recently as well with the purpose of easing the migraines. I tend to think that they are working the magic, not the lack of cheese and I am still sure that light/stress causes my migraines. I have eaten cheese freely all my life with no ill effects.In my case, the cheese/migraine thingy was a coincidence.


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Post by Kitkat on Thu 27 Oct 2016, 19:30

Mmm, I have no problem with Cheddar, love it. Equally love Camembert and Brie too, but it was when I lived in France that I found out that they don't like me. Didn't know what it was for a while that was giving me rashes and other effects, breaking out in hives etc, but eventually narrowed it down to those two. They are both made with the Penicillium camemberti fungus, so seems likely in my case to be the cause, although lots of people who have Penicillin allergy can quite happily eat the white mould cheeses.
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 10:31

This has turned into a really cheesy topic. giggle


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Feather on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 10:57

We're all smiling and saying"CHEESE!".


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 11:25

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A few facts about cheese. Did you know:
 
To make 1 kilo of hard cheese takes about 10 litres of milk.
 
Some cheeses are stored for more than a year before being ready to eat.
 
In Britain over 700 differently names cheeses are produced.
 
Above facts taken from the British Cheese Board website where you can find lots more about cheese: http://www.britishcheese.com/facts
 
A giant wheel of Cheddar cheese weighing over 1000 pounds was given to Queen Victoria as a wedding gift (a normal Cheddar wheel weights 60-75 pounds).

In 1620, Mayflower pilgrims took Cheddar cheese to the New World.

Cheese is good to build bones. It contains calcium, protein, minerals such as phosphorus, and is a great energy booster.


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Post by Stardust on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 22:16

Just read this quote (author unknown):

"Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things."

So true.

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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by lar-lar on Wed 02 Nov 2016, 12:03

I love many cheeses. I'm also experimenting with crackers at the moment, I particularly like some of those 'thins' at the moment (Jacobs?).

Anyway folks, I'm away for a few days (right up North then right down South) so I'll see you soon.  
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Wed 02 Nov 2016, 17:10

A change is as good as a rest, it's said.  If it's a holiday, enjoy it, lar-lar, and if you're off to see your Dad again I bet that will cheer him up.
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 17:15

Spent hours in the office on a previous computer that can't evolve because it hasn't got Intel inside, emptying out the old files.

It's incredible the amount of documents and files that are in there. I had to trawl through everything before deciding what to bin and erase. Now a colleague will check with me next time to see if he needs to copy anything on a USB key or if I can throw out what's left before the computer goes for recycling.

I liked that computer a lot and it still works perfectly except that it can't be updated, it's so silly.

We have a perfectly good printer in the office too that can no longer be used, even though I've never had any trouble with it over the years, because spare parts are no longer available.

Wasteful and not ecological at all. thumbdown  What about saving the Planet?

In both cases we've had no option but to buy new ones. Makes me so mad. toetap angry


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Feather on Thu 03 Nov 2016, 17:26

That's the way of the modern world, unfortunately."Waste not, want not" doesn't apply any more. It's all about selling more, making more profit. The new products may not always suit us better either. You just have to think about mobile phones. As soon as you buy a new one, there's an even newer one invented.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 08:03

Feather wrote:That's the way of the modern world, unfortunately."Waste not, want not" doesn't apply any more. It's all about selling more, making more profit. The new products may not always suit us better either. You just have to think about mobile phones. As soon as you buy a new one, there's an even newer one invented.
Plus the price of mobile phones has gone through the roof. It's ridiculous. But as long as folk are still buying at these exorbitant prices, they'll continue to increase.
Not to mention that mobile phones are toxic in so many ways.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Sat 05 Nov 2016, 21:12

Is it quiet here because everybody is out watching firework displays, I wonder.
I love them too, all the spectacular bursts of coloured light in the sky, the whizzing and popping.
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 13:34

Couldn't believe my eyes this morning, it was snowing!

After a while it was coming down heavily and some of the snowflakes were huge!

Lovely while it lasted, but alas now it's gone.

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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 09:02

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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 17:55

Watching for the Super Moon, but too much cloud cover.
That Super Moon is up there but we can't see it from here. crybaby


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Feather on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 21:49

Never mind, Stardust.You'll see it in 2030.  xxx.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 08:17

That's a long, long, long time to wait, Feather, assuming that I'll still be around then and also assuming that it won't be a cloudy night next time too.

I did have a couple of brief glimpses of the moon last night around 10.30 PM but it looked just like any full moon. I love full moons so I enjoyed it anyway. The newspapers and internet will be full of spectacular photos from other parts of the world today, so at least we'll be able to see those.

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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Kitkat on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 12:43

Yes, the Supermoon yesterday was a bit of a damp squid in the end, because all around here anyway was just covered in cloud. We were lucky though, that we did get to see a really spectacular view on the night before (13th - where the moon was still huge and very clear) - and coming back from Wembley in the car it seemed as though it was on the road right in front of us and felt like we were driving right into it!
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by lar-lar on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:05

The moon looked gorgeous! 

Nice enough weather here for the time of year, a bit chilly but has that nice fresh air feeling.

...didn't visit my dad again, was a pleasant few days away..if ya know what I mean  sidestep
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Post by Stardust on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 21:30

Kitkat wrote:... we did get to see a really spectacular view on the night before (13th - where the moon was still huge and very clear) - and coming back from Wembley in the car it seemed as though it was on the road right in front of us and felt like we were driving right into it!
I am definitely jealous, Kitkat, and lar-lar saw it too.   annoyed

But I love your description, it's a consolation to picture it in our mind's eye, for those of us who missed it because of cloud cover.
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Post by Stardust on Tue 29 Nov 2016, 20:14

Trouble with having a portable computer is that you find yourself working at very odd hours and in some very strange places.


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Post by Whiskers on Tue 29 Nov 2016, 23:15

Stardust wrote:Trouble with having a portable computer is that you find yourself working at very odd hours and in some very strange places.

So come on then Stardust, tell us more. What strange place did you find yourself in?  You cant just leave it like that. judge more
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Sat 10 Dec 2016, 21:59

Twas foggy in the morning, twas foggy in the evening, tis foggy now and twas foggy in the day and all day long.
Oh when will we see the stars again, oh when will this foggy fog go back to where it came from and take it's cold and damp away with it.


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Post by Stardust on Sun 18 Dec 2016, 14:58

Went to a museum near the Eiffel Tower with a couple of friends yesterday, followed by lunch in a nearby very friendly café/restaurant.

Never seen the Eiffel Tower so peaceful (strike last few days, but they went back to work midday today). It's sooooo beautiful. Tourists flocked to the Christmas market instead.

Tis a very foggy day again. Recently the air's been so polluted that Parisians had to alternate car use, even/odd number plates on even/odd days, but public transport was free to compensate. Needless to say, with the festive season upon us, local buses and trains were full. Didn't hear anyone complaining though, so that was good.

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Post by Kitkat on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 11:04

Stardust wrote: Recently the air's been so polluted that Parisians had to alternate car use, even/odd number plates on even/odd days, but public transport was free to compensate.

There's talk of possibly bringing that system into London and other cities.  (London has had a fair share of fog recently - but nothing quite like on that scale.)

Car pollution in cities - do number plate schemes work?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38236926

For the past week, Paris has seen a spike in air pollution. Weather conditions are a significant factor. There is a lack of wind along with temperature inversion - warmer air sitting on top of cold. This traps pollutants.

Vehicle emissions are being blamed, especially diesels. The chemical culprits are usually particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). PM, a kind of fine soot, gets into the lungs and can cause cardiovascular problems. Nitrogen oxides worsen breathing difficulties.

The alert has been triggered, according to Airparif, the city's air quality monitoring body, because a type of particulate, PM10, is reaching levels of between 80 and 100 micrograms per cubic metre.

I remember when I was in Indonesia (about 12 years ago), the airport must've been up quite high on a hill, because on the journey from the airport on the way into Jakarta I remember seeing down below us this massive black smog cloud just hanging above the city, covering a huge area.  It was really quite scary to see.
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Post by Stardust on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 20:18

Kitkat wrote:I remember when I was in Indonesia (about 12 years ago), the airport must've been up quite high on a hill, because on the journey from the airport on the way into Jakarta I remember seeing down below us this massive black smog cloud just hanging above the city, covering a huge area.  It was really quite scary to see.
Yuk, Kitkat, I think I'd have turned right round and got on the next plane out of there. Shocked

You can see here when the air is polluted too, but it's a grey fog-like curtain in front of everything, not yet black like you had in Jakarta. Goodness knows what havoc it plays with our lungs... only time will tell.


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Post by Stardust on Thu 22 Dec 2016, 16:19

First day of Winter yesterday and thank goodness, at last, the days will get no shorter and will soon start getting longer again. Disperse the darkness and bring on the light.
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Speaking of lights, the town hall has put a pretty blue and white decoration across our street just outside.
It looks so pretty at night time all lit up and sparkling. I love it.   catlick


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Post by Stardust on Wed 28 Dec 2016, 19:11

Had a terrible morning, internet playing up and couldn't get my work done. Ended up with a whopping headache and had to take a pill, yuk! Better now on all fronts, thankfully.


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Post by Stardust on Fri 30 Dec 2016, 11:40

I don't remember a year when we had so much fog. Coupled to the pollution it means covering mouth and nose when outside to try and avoid breathing in those disgusting micro-particles from exhaust fumes, chimneys, and goodness knows what else. Not a lot of fun when it's already cold and damp out there.

This is another example of the consequences of climate change, and it's not going to get better any time soon unless people start to change their ways. Not enough of us are taking notice and action even though we can all see where it's taking us.

I love planet Earth, it makes me terribly sad to see what greed for financial gain is doing to destroy it.

Let's all stand together and do our best to inform those who still don't know (where have they been all this time?) and unite to save our precious and beautiful Earth.


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Post by Feather on Fri 30 Dec 2016, 12:17

It's the old idea that what we as individuals do won't make a difference----so wrong.


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Post by Stardust on Tue 03 Jan 2017, 16:03

Pat is driving me potty. When's he gonna tell us what his unexpected and unusual Christmas gift was?
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Nobody has found out yet.  angry  
Come on, Pat, we wanna know. The suspense is driving me mad. nuts


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Post by Stardust on Tue 03 Jan 2017, 16:19

Two unexpected phone calls today.

One from the blasted phone operator trying to sell me something, I didn't even want to know what. The phone if for my use, not theirs. If I want to contact them, I will, but I don't want to be hassled. Plus it's hell trying to get them off the phone once I've picked up.


The second was from a cousin I've not heard of for the last year (life's like that sometimes, other things take over) so that call was a lovely surprise.


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Post by Feather on Tue 03 Jan 2017, 21:37

Who's Pat?


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Wed 04 Jan 2017, 07:08

Pat Marsh and Erika North
12h00 to 16h00
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiokent
You can get BBC regional radios, wherever you are. yay We're spoilt for choice.

Trouble is I usually change stations according to my mood or switch off while I'm working, but now I have to remember to listen every day until Pat tells us what this gift was, or until somebody has guessed.
I bet they'll give the answer while I'm in a meeting and I'll miss it.  shrug  angry


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Feather on Wed 04 Jan 2017, 09:45

O, I see. I was searching all over here for a member called Pat.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Wed 04 Jan 2017, 09:50

giggle 
If I ever find out what strange present Pat received, I'll post it up here.

Feather, I can also listen to this on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_scotland_fm


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Post by Stardust on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 08:51

To celebrate epiphany, today all over France people will be eating a "Galette des Rois", and what I love most about it is the creamy almond filling.

Hidden inside the galette is a small figurine called a "fève" (i.e. broad bean which is what used to be put in, but now they have themed "fèves", e.g. Disney characters, Asterix, etc).

Have to take care eating the galette until somebody has found the "fève", or you could break a tooth (!).

In order to choose who gets which portion of the galette, a child hides under the table and calls out a name as each part is cut and it goes to that person.

Adults often have a glass of champagne too and children a non-alcoholic fizzy drink. Whoever gets the "fève" is crowned King (or Queen) and in order to choose their partner they put their figurine into the glass of the chosen one. Both get to wear golden paper crowns and are King and Queen for the day.

A little history, photos, and recipe can be found here:
http://www.patisseriemakesperfect.co.uk/galette-des-rois/
The recipe provided includes raisins but most bakers generally do not, though increasingly they are adapting their recipes to include e.g. apples instead of almonds, etc, so people have more choice (and probably in order to sell more). The best for me though is the version with the creamy almond paste.

This is the Northern version. In the South of France they have a different type with crystallized fruit instead of almond filling. However, some industrial versions have been found to have coloured pieces of turnip instead of the crystallized fruit, so vigilance is necessary when reading the ingredients if buying in a supermarket.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Feather on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 09:45

I've never heard of such a thing before,Stardust.What a wonderful way to brighten up a January day!I wonder what its origins were.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Kitkat on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 13:06

Stardust wrote:Pat is driving me potty. When's he gonna tell us what his unexpected and unusual Christmas gift was?
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Nobody has found out yet.  angry  
Come on, Pat, we wanna know. The suspense is driving me mad. nuts


You must surely have found out by now, Stardust(?)  You have me intrigued now too! It'll probably turn out to be a bit of a let-down after all the mystery and suspense ...
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 14:00

Feather wrote:I've never heard of such a thing before,Stardust.What a wonderful way to brighten up a January day!I wonder what its origins were.
The word "roi" means "king" and it celebrates/honours the 3 kings who took gifts to see the newborn baby Jesus.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 14:07

Kitkat wrote:
Stardust wrote:Pat is driving me potty. When's he gonna tell us what his unexpected and unusual Christmas gift was?
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Nobody has found out yet.  angry  
Come on, Pat, we wanna know. The suspense is driving me mad. nuts


You must surely have found out by now, Stardust(?)  You have me intrigued now too! It'll probably turn out to be a bit of a let-down after all the mystery and suspense ...
Darn it, no I haven't, Kitkat. When I listened again Erika North was not there and Pat Marsh did not mention his strange present again. He couldn't just ignore it though so I assume he must have told listeners at a time when I wasn't listening (i.e. quite often).

If you want to look on Facebook he might have mentioned it there, it would be great to know if the present really was as unusual as he was making it out to be.

If anyone finds out, please tell me, it's annoying not knowing after all that suspense.


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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Kitkat on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 14:29

I don't know if you can get BBC iPlayer where you are - but if you can, you can listen here for the episodes that you missed and so find out what the mystery was all about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qdpr1/episodes/player
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Sun 08 Jan 2017, 15:16

Each daily programme lasts for four hours so there's no way I can listen to all the hours I missed. I did listen to parts, but didn't hear anything on the subject.

On Tuesday 3rd they ended the programme without anyone having found out what the mysterious present was, then Wednesday 4th Erika was ill, Thursday 5th I listened to parts but apparently it wasn't mentioned again.

I checked his tweets and there was nothing on there that I could see. I'm not on Facebook so can't check there. An internet search comes up negative too.

I don't suppose I'll ever find out, short of sending him an e-mail to ask, but would he tell me? Not if he's not told everyone on air and I ask myself why he's not inundated by messages demanding to know.

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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Whiskers on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 15:38

shtum Maybe he has been inundated by messages from other regular listeners. Why not send him an email anyway and see if you get a reply. albino
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Re: Stardust on the Moon

Post by Stardust on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 21:12

Whiskers wrote: shtum  Maybe he has been inundated by messages from other regular listeners.  Why not send him an email anyway and see if you get a reply. albino
Can't be bothered. yahboocat

I listen to different radios, so I probably missed the answer since last week, and when I'm working I'm not concentrating on the radio anyway. shrug cheesy

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