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Post by Stardust on 29th November 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 29th November 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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Post by Stardust on 10th December 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 18th December 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 19th December 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 19th December 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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Solstice

Post by Stardust on 22nd December 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 28th December 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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Foggy again

Post by Stardust on 30th December 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 30th December 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 3rd January 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 3rd January 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 3rd January 2017, 21:37

Who's Pat?



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Post by Stardust on 4th January 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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Post by Feather on 4th January 2017, 09:45

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



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Post by Stardust on 4th January 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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Epiphany

Post by Stardust on 8th January 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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Post by Feather on 8th January 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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Post by Kitkat on 8th January 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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Post by Stardust on 8th January 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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Post by Stardust on 8th January 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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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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Post by Kitkat on 8th January 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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Post by Stardust on 8th January 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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Post by Whiskers on 9th January 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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Post by Stardust on 9th January 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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Post by Stardust on 18th January 2017, 10:24

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