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    The list of people that he called "friends", that he shared a stage with, that he praised and that he eulogised over when they were gone tells me everything I ever needed to know about the man. His mask slipped for me when he stood outside Grenfell Tower, saying that the illegal immigrants who survived the fire should be housed by expropriating the homes of the wealthy. That was the moment when I went from mild dislike to loathing the man.
  2. I confess to many bread making failures before I adopted high hydration doughs as my go to method. I've not done it for a while because I'm on a fairly low carb diet ATM but results were edible and consistent, just using ordinary plain flour.
  3. I've done a few no knead recopies using high hydration dough and they work reasonably well but take quite a bit longer than normal because you're using extended proving to stretch the gluten. I got marginally better results by increasing the hydration a little more to the point where I could actually stir the dough to stretch it, then bring the flour content up and make it into cobs. It'd work even better with a stand mixer and dough hook but I don't got one.
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    I'm mostly using Vitalin at the moment with hemp and pellets and occasionally flavourings added. I always prepare it the night before by pouring boiling water over it in a small cool-box, so everything is nice and soft.
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    Sorry to hear you're not well Elton. I'm working through this and two colleagues in my small team have been ill with it so far and are slowly making a recovery. It's been a crappy ride for them! Sadly, two people on the team have already lost relatives. My extended circle of friends includes several in healthcare, including a consultant anesthetist at a major hospital and they are having a rough time right now. I had to fight to get basic safety protocols adhered to at work, so if anyone else is still working in a non-healthcare area, I've linked the cleaning guidelines below - they are not optional for employers. Government guidance for employers is to: “frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products”. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19 Government guidance to employers also states that: “All surfaces that the symptomatic person has come into contact with must be cleaned and disinfected, including: objects which are visibly contaminated with body fluids all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as bathrooms, door handles, telephones, grab-rails in corridors and stairwells” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings
  6. A nice little tribute. With a rolling 12 month licence, there doesn't seem much point in buying one at the moment though, so buying a licence will be on my to do list as soon as lockdown is eased.
  7. I did read that a medical fetish site donated all of its inventory of masks to the NHS. No. I can't get the images out of my head either.
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    GDP took a huge hit as a result of the 2008/9 financial crisis, so real terms spending on the NHS is the way to go.
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    The attempts at political point scoring are pathetic.
  10. Alas there will be no more reviews from this poster as Harvey Weinstein can't access his Amazon account any more. Veet for men reviews always used to be worth a gander.
  11. But as we've said before, a high tax, high social services economic model is not socialism/communism and also only works if you limit provision to citizens.
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    Was in the post office yesterday and there was a terrible panic when three blokes came in through the door wearing masks. Then one of them said "This is a robbery" and we all calmed down a bit.
  13. The weird thing about socialism/communism is that no matter where you look, no matter how many millions of people have starved to death, no matter how many are murdered or shipped off to gulags, it never seems to have been implemented "properly" anywhere. It's advocates always seem to think that they will be able to achieve their utopia with just a little more crushing of individual freedoms or perhaps a few million more rotting corpses.
  14. Chocolate seems to be the latest thing for hoarding. In Morrison's today, there were people with trollies loaded up with the stuff - all egg shaped.
  15. Over here, we decided to prevent recreational anglers from taking a few bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) for the pot so that the French could hoover them up with pair trawlers just prior to spawning.... Makes sense to me....
  16. It's confusing: In the United Kingdom there are four different medicines using the Solpadeine name, with no common active ingredient between them. The range includes: Solpadeine Headache, containing paracetamol with caffeine Solpadeine Plus, a compound analgesic containing paracetamol and codeine (co-codamol), with caffeine Solpadeine Max, a compound analgesic containing paracetamol and codeine (with a higher codeine content than Solpadeine Plus) and caffeine Solpadeine Migraine, a compound analgesic containing ibuprofen and codeine This is why I'm not a big fan of branded drugs - just tell me what's in the damned pills!
  17. Kenny Rogers - Country music star. I suspect that this is going to be a bumper year.
  18. Spelling error corrected - although I maintain that strippers get a lot of money moving through the recreational sector..
  19. I'm a self confessed lure nut. Everything from fly fishing a stream to chucking poppers for GT's. I also indulge in a fair bit of bait and wait fishing, partly as a way of spending more time with my father and partly because my mobility has decreased recently due to a dodgy knee. I spend way more on lure fishing than on bait fishing, even when I'm abroad. One of the biggest issues for my UK lure fishing at the moment is the lack of pike due to poaching. I have gone whole seasons without hooking a pike on the middle Severn despite most of my angling being lure oriented. I now almost exclusively fish small plugs and spinners to target the chub, perch and trout in the fast, shallow water and adjust my tactics to target the perch and zander where the water is deeper and slower - or head to the coast for the bass. I presume you are aware of the US studies looking at the economic value of recreational striper fishing, compared to commercial fishing activities.
  20. Everybody knows it's not happening. It's sort of sad that the Japanese are trying to keep up the fiction that it is.
  21. Just so long as you don't have to wipe your bum on some of the slightly fury leaves on the trees in your neck of the woods.
  22. The over the counter one is paracetamol and caffeine. The prescription one is the same as a cheap generic co-codalmol 30/500. OK, so they might do a fizzy version but that's not going to get the drugs into your system more than a minute or two quicker.
  23. I'll be the weirdo. While I like baicasters for lures upto a couple of ounces, I prefer a fixed spool outfit and a 7' rod for anything heavier. Anything longer than 8' makes casting all day a chore.
  24. Solpadeine max is just Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) and caffeine. You're as bad as my dad who insisted for years that "Anadin" was the only painkiller that worked for him. Tylenol is the same stuff too.
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