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sallysimmons Dec 27th 2010 5:35 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9061819)
I have Corrie'd myself out today since I came home (Windsong some great episodes, Tracy Barlow!!!! :thumbsup:), watched The Royle Family Christmas Special, an old Freddie Starr special (I love him, he is so crackers LOL!!) and am off now to watch whatever Brit TV Christmas stuff I can, there is supposed to be a really funny Ronnie Corbett special, talking of Two Fat Ladies and Nigella cookery shows as you have been these past few days............what about the Two Hairy Bikers..........some good UK TV going on on my laptop as sadly to say Aussie Christmas TV is as abysmal as ever............

I LOVED the Royle Family Christmas special. I think that might have been the best episode ever. Poor Joe when they told him Mary was in the Dyson! :rofl:

I downloaded Upstairs Downstairs, which started last night but haven't seen it yet.

I'm envying your hot weather as hubby and I are about to go out and tackle phase 2 of our drive clearing operation after we had 15 inches of snow. UGH! Where's my shovel? ...

windsong Dec 27th 2010 5:41 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062356)
I LOVED the Royle Family Christmas special. I think that might have been the best episode ever. Poor Joe when they told him Mary was in the Dyson! :rofl:

I downloaded Upstairs Downstairs, which started last night but haven't seen it yet.

I'm envying your hot weather as hubby and I are about to go out and tackle phase 2 of our drive clearing operation after we had 15 inches of snow. UGH! Where's my shovel? ...

Where can I find the Royal Family Christmas Special? I am in the U.S. Is it about THE Royal Family?

I thought the new series of Upstairs Downstairs was to start in 2011, although we are close. I wonder if I can find that on YouTube.

Feeling better today but nowhere near strong enough to do too much. Even though I was sick right through Christmas I am grateful it happened then and not during work time because of my new job. I go back to work tomorrow for three days and off again on Friday for New Year's Eve. I am not sure I am ready to have my brain taxed to the max yet but I don't have much choice. I should be even better tomorrow, though.

windsong Dec 27th 2010 5:44 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9061819)
Hello to everybody on here. I had a very nice HOT Christmas with my daughter, her fiance and my grand-kids. It was about 90 degrees F too hot to eat until about 6pm.

Well that was my last HOT Aussie Christmas over thank you very much. :thumbup:

Got all kinds of mosquito bites, ate too much, drank too much.......hic....but still alive to tell the tale. :thumbsup:

I managed to convert my daughter's fiance's niece to Mr Kipling Mince Pies, so that was a winner. :thumbsup:

We set up the kid's laptops on Christmas morning our end with the Brit Christmas Eve at my sisters place and they all 10 of them watched the grand-kids open their Christmas presents with lots of oohs and aahs.....it was such a laugh, praise be to Skype. :lol:

Have had a really nice weekend here in Australia, but am so looking forward to my next Christmas in the UK. Still having mixed feelings and collywobbles but I am sure I will be OK. :D

I have Corrie'd myself out today since I came home (Windsong some great episodes, Tracy Barlow!!!! :thumbsup:), watched The Royle Family Christmas Special, an old Freddie Starr special (I love him, he is so crackers LOL!!) and am off now to watch whatever Brit TV Christmas stuff I can, there is supposed to be a really funny Ronnie Corbett special, talking of Two Fat Ladies and Nigella cookery shows as you have been these past few days............what about the Two Hairy Bikers..........some good UK TV going on on my laptop as sadly to say Aussie Christmas TV is as abysmal as ever............

Hi Bee - Glad you got to watch all that British TV :) I watched Corrie St and got up to date with the Tracy Barlow situation. I was so grateful it ran on Christmas Day. That was a really nice surprise for me.

Today is only the second day after Christmas and in the U.S. it's already all over :(

I am feeling a little better today. I could do with another day off before returning to work tomorrow but I will be okay. I only work three days this week as we are off again on Friday.

I was going to ask how you got mosquito bites in December but I forgot you are "down under" lol!

sallysimmons Dec 27th 2010 5:46 pm

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No Windsong, it's not about the Queen - we have been discussing it for the last few weeks. It's a comedy about a working class British family up north.

Here's the Xmas special on Youtube:

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSbNz_BngHc
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8L3ZRlGdfk
Part Three:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OumsytEHRw
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTOxfS92Ns

Upstairs Downstairs started last night and runs for 3 nights.

Anyone heard from Fish n Chips recently? He's awfully quiet. I hope everything is OK.

windsong Dec 27th 2010 5:52 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062368)
No Windsong, it's not about the Queen - we have been discussing it for the last few weeks. It's a comedy about a working class British family up north.

Here's the Xmas special on Youtube:

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSbNz_BngHc
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8L3ZRlGdfk
Part Three:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OumsytEHRw
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTOxfS92Ns

Upstairs Downstairs started last night and runs for 3 nights.

Anyone heard from Fish n Chips recently? He's awfully quiet. I hope everything is OK.

Thank you so much, Sally :) I hadn't been paying too much attention to mentions of it and merely though it probably referred to the the Queen's Christmas message and perhaps a short program about the family. Now I have a new UK program to watch. I love it!!


I just started watching it now. Are they bl**dy gormless or what !!!! lol

Tanto Dec 27th 2010 6:52 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062368)
No Windsong, it's not about the Queen - we have been discussing it for the last few weeks. It's a comedy about a working class British family up north.

Here's the Xmas special on Youtube:

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSbNz_BngHc
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8L3ZRlGdfk
Part Three:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OumsytEHRw
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTOxfS92Ns

Upstairs Downstairs started last night and runs for 3 nights.

Anyone heard from Fish n Chips recently? He's awfully quiet. I hope everything is OK.

I've been thinking the same Sally - I was trying to remember if Fish said he'd be away for a while? Funny how you miss people on here.......
How did the snow clearance go (good exercise!)? I have to go out again and sweep the front ......

Tanto Dec 27th 2010 6:56 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9061930)
Orange pekoe isn't a type of tea but a grade of tea leaves based upon the size/characteristic of the leaves themselves.

Within whole leaf grades the quality ranges from ordinary (OP=Orange Pekoe) to extraordinary (SFTGFOP(1) - Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe).

The real fun begins, when people say how much they love their orange-flavoured Orange Pekoe tea :lol: especially since the word "orange" in this instance has nothing to do with flavour.

Thank you all for attending this mini Tea 101 class. :rofl:

That was very interesting, Denise, thank you! When is the next class?

DDL Dec 27th 2010 7:04 pm

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Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 9062346)
Thank you for that, so Orange pekoe and pekoe cut black mean it's not as high a quality/grade?


Correct, but you generally won't find a high quality pekoe in teabag tea. Companies like Mighty Leaf, Harney and others are, however, producing some very high quality teabags that contain whole leaf tea.

The interesting thing is, though (and research supports this) ... people of the UK are just so attuned to the taste of their tea (PG, etc) the way it is, that even if it meant higher quality, they wouldn't want it. They expect a certain taste in their tea, and they don't want any changes.

The 'younger generation' appear to be much more open to experimentation and trying new teas (flavoured, fruit, etc.) than the 'older generation' who are more than satisfied with the same old bold, strong black tea - usually with milk. There are a number of up and coming British tea companies who are run by young people and who are really pushing the tea envelope.

DDL Dec 27th 2010 7:05 pm

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Originally Posted by Tanto (Post 9062423)
That was very interesting, Denise, thank you! When is the next class?


LOL :D

windsong Dec 27th 2010 7:09 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9061930)
Orange pekoe isn't a type of tea but a grade of tea leaves based upon the size/characteristic of the leaves themselves.

Within whole leaf grades the quality ranges from ordinary (OP=Orange Pekoe) to extraordinary (SFTGFOP(1) - Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe).

The real fun begins, when people say how much they love their orange-flavoured Orange Pekoe tea :lol: especially since the word "orange" in this instance has nothing to do with flavour.

Thank you all for attending this mini Tea 101 class. :rofl:

Thanks, DDL. I really appreciate this because I have totally forgotten what good tea is. I would welcome more lessons.

J.J Dec 27th 2010 8:27 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062368)
Anyone heard from Fish n Chips recently? He's awfully quiet. I hope everything is OK.

sally; Fish said that he would be off line for a week or so over Christmas, gone off some where for the holidays.

Anyone else tried Red Bush (Rooibos) tea, DH has converted to it from Assam, no caffeine, high anti-oxidents, says it is more refreshing, drinks it with slice lemon or with nothing.
In US we bought Assam (and Rooibos) in 1 lb bags loose leaves from ethnic Asian stores.

Dontheturne: sorry to hear your palms failed after not wrapping them for the winter; make a note, Cordyline Australis are the most hardy and generally do not need wrapping if not in exposed position. The are many in this region, people buy them initially because they are attractive spiky shrub but they do mature up to 10m tall

DDL Dec 27th 2010 9:06 pm

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Originally Posted by J.J (Post 9062537)
Anyone else tried Red Bush (Rooibos) tea, DH has converted to it from Assam, no caffeine, high anti-oxidents, says it is more refreshing, drinks it with slice lemon or with nothing.

Excellent choice! I like Rooibos (pronounced "roy bus") a lot, especially flavoured Rooibos

Not technically a tea at all (because it does not contain the leaves of the tea bush camellia sinensis), it is a plant that grows in South Africa.

My favourite is Harney & Son's "African Autumn" cranberry-orange flavoured Rooibos: http://bit.ly/bvJRRc

windsong Dec 27th 2010 9:28 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9062584)
Excellent choice! I like Rooibos (pronounced "roy bus") a lot, especially flavoured Rooibos

Not technically a tea at all (because it does not contain the leaves of the tea bush camellia sinensis), it is a plant that grows in South Africa.

My favourite is Harney & Son's "African Autumn" cranberry-orange flavoured Rooibos: http://bit.ly/bvJRRc

I must see if I can find Rooibus tea in the stores. If not, I will buy some online. This sounds good.

trottytrue Dec 27th 2010 9:35 pm

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Sallysimmons.....The snow is bad enough but the winds are horrendous almost blow you over. Makes it so much colder and when you are clearing the driveway it just makes it harder. Not enjoying this.:frown:

DDL and JJ...Thanks for the information on tea I pop down to the British store in Peabody and get my tea its quite a bit cheaper than Amazon. I did try Punja tea but when your not use to such strong tea its a bit overwhelming. I got that make from Christmas Tree shops but dont much care for it.

Charleygirl...Hows the storm treating you. Do you have the high winds we are having you must have unless you moved over Christmas.:)

sallysimmons Dec 27th 2010 10:12 pm

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Originally Posted by trottytrue (Post 9062631)
Sallysimmons.....The snow is bad enough but the winds are horrendous almost blow you over. Makes it so much colder and when you are clearing the driveway it just makes it harder. Not enjoying this.:frown:

I'm with you there! We finally got done although it took 3 separate digging sessions with both my husband and I working flat out. Awful!

Mind you, we did have a good laugh when we had finally reach the bottom of the drive, aching all over and wheezing with the effort. We stood back to admire our handiwork, at which point the snow plow truck came by for the first time all day and threw another two feet of snow up over the bit we had just finished. All you can do is laugh otherwise you'd start crying and never stop!

Thanks JJ, for the word on Fish. I can stop worrying now.

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:43 pm

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Originally Posted by Sentosa (Post 9062092)
Looks like we will be home by spring.:D
Had offer on the house after only 4 weeks on the market:)
Now I need to find a home for my cat, just can't bring her home:(

Wow fantastic news, well done!! :thumbsup:

If you are in the Sydney area a poster on MBTTUK has a cat shelter of some kind........let me know and I will find her for you.......

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:46 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062356)
I LOVED the Royle Family Christmas special. I think that might have been the best episode ever. Poor Joe when they told him Mary was in the Dyson! :rofl:

I downloaded Upstairs Downstairs, which started last night but haven't seen it yet.

I'm envying your hot weather as hubby and I are about to go out and tackle phase 2 of our drive clearing operation after we had 15 inches of snow. UGH! Where's my shovel? ...

Oh yes so funny Mary in the Dyson, but I hadn't even realised Mary had died until then !! :ohmy:

The weather now is quite cool, but Christmas Day and Boxing Day were WAY too hot, lots of flies :(, much too hot to eat and enjoy your food, I wouldn't mind a wee bit of snow right now!!

sallysimmons Dec 27th 2010 10:49 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9062782)
I wouldn't mind a wee bit of snow right now!!

Yes, but there's a 'wee bit' and then there's 16 inches. Oh well, at least I burned a lot of calories today :lol:

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:52 pm

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Originally Posted by windsong (Post 9062364)
Hi Bee - Glad you got to watch all that British TV :) I watched Corrie St and got up to date with the Tracy Barlow situation. I was so grateful it ran on Christmas Day. That was a really nice surprise for me.

Today is only the second day after Christmas and in the U.S. it's already all over :(

I am feeling a little better today. I could do with another day off before returning to work tomorrow but I will be okay. I only work three days this week as we are off again on Friday.

I was going to ask how you got mosquito bites in December but I forgot you are "down under" lol!

Yes I got a surprise that Corrie was on on Christmas Day. My son was on Skype on Christmas Eve and mentioned that he had never watched an episode in his life until he stayed with my sister where everybody watches LOL!! Here in Australia I suppose he would go outside if he didn't want to watch TV, there in the UK he probably didn't want to go out and shovel snow!!

Oh yes, this one particular mozzie attacked me when I was asleep. :sneaky: It must have got caught up in my pj top as it has bitten all under one arm and down my back, very sore the little blighter!! I won't miss mozzies and flies that's for sure!!

Hope you are feeling much better. I could have worked yesterday for extra pay but decided to give myself a 4 day break from air conditioning as I keep getting flu over and over....

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:57 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9062368)
No Windsong, it's not about the Queen - we have been discussing it for the last few weeks. It's a comedy about a working class British family up north.

Here's the Xmas special on Youtube:

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSbNz_BngHc
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8L3ZRlGdfk
Part Three:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OumsytEHRw
Part Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTOxfS92Ns

Upstairs Downstairs started last night and runs for 3 nights.

Anyone heard from Fish n Chips recently? He's awfully quiet. I hope everything is OK.



He was going to stay with his sister for Christmas and they don't have t'Internet. :ohmy:

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:59 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9062427)
Correct, but you generally won't find a high quality pekoe in teabag tea. Companies like Mighty Leaf, Harney and others are, however, producing some very high quality teabags that contain whole leaf tea.

The interesting thing is, though (and research supports this) ... people of the UK are just so attuned to the taste of their tea (PG, etc) the way it is, that even if it meant higher quality, they wouldn't want it. They expect a certain taste in their tea, and they don't want any changes.

The 'younger generation' appear to be much more open to experimentation and trying new teas (flavoured, fruit, etc.) than the 'older generation' who are more than satisfied with the same old bold, strong black tea - usually with milk. There are a number of up and coming British tea companies who are run by young people and who are really pushing the tea envelope.

What tea do you drink Denise?

I found it a wee bit hard to find "my" preferred tea in the UK as I have lived here so long. When I am in the money I drink Twining's English or Irish Breakfast tea, but at the moment I am drinking Dilmah which is from Ceylon. Is there a Brit equivalent as I found PG tips, etc a bit strong for my palate.

windsong Dec 27th 2010 11:04 pm

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Originally Posted by Sentosa (Post 9062092)
Looks like we will be home by spring.:D
Had offer on the house after only 4 weeks on the market:)
Now I need to find a home for my cat, just can't bring her home:(

Sentosa, why can't you take her with you? She looks upon you as her mama.

ldyinlv Dec 27th 2010 11:16 pm

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Originally Posted by windsong (Post 9062818)
Sentosa, why can't you take her with you? She looks upon you as her mama.

OHOH..not looking good for the 3 suitcase senario..:(....How many did Rodney take???..lol

charleygirl Dec 27th 2010 11:18 pm

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Originally Posted by trottytrue (Post 9062631)
Sallysimmons.....The snow is bad enough but the winds are horrendous almost blow you over. Makes it so much colder and when you are clearing the driveway it just makes it harder. Not enjoying this.:frown:

DDL and JJ...Thanks for the information on tea I pop down to the British store in Peabody and get my tea its quite a bit cheaper than Amazon. I did try Punja tea but when your not use to such strong tea its a bit overwhelming. I got that make from Christmas Tree shops but dont much care for it.

Charleygirl...Hows the storm treating you. Do you have the high winds we are having you must have unless you moved over Christmas.:)

Haha Trotty well thought about driving off but as you have experienced my driving first hand have decided to stay put in the storm, not been out side though.........Paul did the drive and back deck so dog can get out, but OMG the wind.........scary.

Thanks for all the tea info, have struggled for years to enjoy a cuppa here, become a very big coffee drinker since we moved......but when i am home in UK back to tea.
Fish is with family for 10 days.........so I reckon he wont be back til after NY. or close too.
JJ how was christmas for you back home,.......not jealous or anything of course!

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 11:29 pm

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Originally Posted by ldyinlv (Post 9062845)
OHOH..not looking good for the 3 suitcase senario..:(....How many did Rodney take???..lol

I think he had 4 and he is a man, so that means as a woman you will have about 10!! :lol:

ldyinlv Dec 27th 2010 11:36 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9062873)
I think he had 4 and he is a man, so that means as a woman you will have about 10!! :lol:

I already filled 2, and havent even opened my closet yet..this could get expensive...

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 11:51 pm

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Originally Posted by ldyinlv (Post 9062881)
I already filled 2, and havent even opened my closet yet..this could get expensive...

Not long now Jackie!!! Are you nervous? Excited? Happy? Scared? Does your daughter have any plan to move with you any time in the future or is she too "American?"

I got the collywobbles on Christmas Day looking at the family etc. And you know you get those Christmas "sentimental" feelings. I had to go off for a wee while and compose myself. They gave me a really beautiful silver necklace as my daughter said she wanted to give me something to remember them by, as if I could ever forget!!! So that started off the waterworks again.....:(

Hope you are doing better!!! Less than 5 weeks to go for you, then I think Don will be another 3 weeks behind you, then I am a week after him!! Less than 9 weeks for me!!!! :eek:

dontheturner Dec 28th 2010 12:56 am

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Originally Posted by J.J (Post 9062537)
sally; Fish said that he would be off line for a week or so over Christmas, gone off some where for the holidays.

Dontheturne: sorry to hear your palms failed after not wrapping them for the winter; make a note, Cordyline Australis are the most hardy and generally do not need wrapping if not in exposed position. The are many in this region, people buy them initially because they are attractive spiky shrub but they do mature up to 10m tall

Hi J.J. Most people in the UK, buy them as small plants in pots, while on holiday in the Torbay area, where the streets are lined with whatever variety they are, and of course, I wouldn't be able to advise anyone, where to buy other varieties, which as you refer to, may be hardier. I and most of my family, will not buy them now, for that reason. Even garages, in Torquay sell them, at the side of the road. (I would think, any you may see in gardens, in the UK, are probably bought when on holiday there.) dontheturner

sallysimmons Dec 28th 2010 2:15 am

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9062921)
Jackie,

Off the subject!
Anyone else notice how slow the internet is today?

Cheers

Hey Cheers. It doesn't work that way. The Internet isn't slow for everyone at the same time. It's a series of lots of different connections, and they're different for every one of us. Think of it like roads all leading to a major city. You take one road and hit no traffic, but I choose a different route and there's an accident and suddenly I'm slowed down.

That's what's happened to your Internet connection today - but none of us share the same connection so none of us have a slow down.

If you ever experience a real slow Internet connection, the best thing is to reboot your modem or router. When you turn it on again, it might take a different route and you'll find it is faster again. Or just wait and the broken server will be fixed, wherever it is.

cheers Dec 28th 2010 2:35 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9063027)
Hey Cheers. It doesn't work that way. The Internet isn't slow for everyone at the same time. It's a series of lots of different connections, and they're different for every one of us. Think of it like roads all leading to a major city. You take one road and hit no traffic, but I choose a different route and there's an accident and suddenly I'm slowed down.

That's what's happened to your Internet connection today - but none of us share the same connection so none of us have a slow down.

If you ever experience a real slow Internet connection, the best thing is to reboot your modem or router. When you turn it on again, it might take a different route and you'll find it is faster again. Or just wait and the broken server will be fixed, wherever it is.

Thank you for that.
I talked to the provider just now and he had me disconnect the modem and reconnect and now all is well. Thanks again.

Tanto Dec 28th 2010 8:09 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9063027)
Hey Cheers. It doesn't work that way. The Internet isn't slow for everyone at the same time. It's a series of lots of different connections, and they're different for every one of us. Think of it like roads all leading to a major city. You take one road and hit no traffic, but I choose a different route and there's an accident and suddenly I'm slowed down.

That's what's happened to your Internet connection today - but none of us share the same connection so none of us have a slow down.

If you ever experience a real slow Internet connection, the best thing is to reboot your modem or router. When you turn it on again, it might take a different route and you'll find it is faster again. Or just wait and the broken server will be fixed, wherever it is.

I read this after I'd written a reply to Cheers. Thanks for the explanation, Sally. Hope you've recovered from your snow clearing episode.

DDL Dec 28th 2010 10:50 am

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9062806)
What tea do you drink Denise?

I found it a wee bit hard to find "my" preferred tea in the UK as I have lived here so long. When I am in the money I drink Twining's English or Irish Breakfast tea, but at the moment I am drinking Dilmah which is from Ceylon. Is there a Brit equivalent as I found PG tips, etc a bit strong for my palate.


Barb, I'm a PG girl, but recently we've been making a special point to pop into Waitrose to purchase Williamson's Traditional Afternoon Tea. It is gorgeous.

I'm almost certain that Dilmah is sold here in the UK, but if not you will be able to find plenty of Ceylon teas. I love Ceylon but for more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea (which traditionally will contain Assam). Next time we're at Tesco, I'll check the tea aisle and see if they carry Dilmah.

Ceylon tea and egg mayonnaise [sandwich] are an excellent pairing, by the way. (Tea and food can be paired just as wine and food can be paired.)

J.J Dec 28th 2010 10:59 am

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Originally Posted by charleygirl (Post 9062852)
JJ how was christmas for you back home,.......not jealous or anything of course!

I thought hard how to describe it, best one word I can come up with is 'connected'. meaning that we felt part of it rather than outside it.
Christmas Eve we walked to local pub, pub was full, surprising to have little kids in there with there parents. We chatted to strangers, although one recognized me from my walks round the village, we we are beginning to build relationships.
We spent Christmas day at BIL with Johns parents, DDL's dinner plate photo would sum up ours too, including the ready-made Yorkshire. Then we sat and watched telly and had a late cold meats supper. They all live about 1 hour drive from us (Spalding) so we drove over and were taxi for parents to BIL while he cooked.
Travel was fine here in Norfolk/Lincs, roads had black ice but the journey was 10 mins less this time because of no tractors or lorries out on Christmas morning. We came back at night, didn't stay over.
Then Boxing Day we walked to the pub to see Morris Dancers and have a couple beers, pub was chock-a-block. I am so grateful for the no-smoking law.
Now we been invited back over to Johns parents to help finish off the left-overs.
Add to this the carol service in the preceding week and it all feels 'connected', which it never did when we were away.

DDL Dec 28th 2010 11:01 am

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Sally S. - I was just looking through all my old Facebook photos and I found some piccies I took of my first attempt at making Cornish Pasties (when I was living in the States), kind of a "step-by-step" photo montage. :)

Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...6&id=551029124




Beedubya Dec 28th 2010 8:14 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9063551)
Barb, I'm a PG girl, but recently we've been making a special point to pop into Waitrose to purchase Williamson's Traditional Afternoon Tea. It is gorgeous.

I'm almost certain that Dilmah is sold here in the UK, but if not you will be able to find plenty of Ceylon teas. I love Ceylon but for more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea (which traditionally will contain Assam). Next time we're at Tesco, I'll check the tea aisle and see if they carry Dilmah.

Ceylon tea and egg mayonnaise [sandwich] are an excellent pairing, by the way. (Tea and food can be paired just as wine and food can be paired.)

Thanks Denise, I knew YOU would know. :lol:

Beedubya Dec 28th 2010 8:25 pm

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JJ loved that word "connection" that is exactly how I feel when I go back to the UK, here I feel disconnected and detached, oh I am soooo looking forward to that feeling of connection again.

Talking of Morris Dancers, on that Freddie Starr special I watched he has these big boxers and other hunky men doing Morris dancing, it was so funny. :)

DDL Those pasties look almost as good as Gregg's. :lol:

Hope everybody else is having a good last few days of this year before we head into January 2011. How time flies, even when you are not having fun............:sneaky:

windsong Dec 29th 2010 12:59 am

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Originally Posted by Tanto (Post 9063336)
Hi Cheers,
I think you can get travel health insurance when you leave the UK - friends did that and it's not expensive. Yes, I had noticed that the internet was slow and not connecting immediately a couple of days ago and a friend in Philly mentioned it too.......
What does it mean?!!
Going back to tea for a minute - I bought some Tetley 'British Blend' tea bags from the supermarket here (LA) - they were about $4 for 80. It's quite palatable, I think!

I was in the local grocery store today and, lo and behold, I saw something there I have never seen them stock before - PG Tips teabags! I grabbed two boxes lol! I came home, made a full pot of tea and drank the whole thing by myself lol! They must have picked up my vibes recently :)

ldyinlv Dec 29th 2010 1:03 am

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Originally Posted by windsong (Post 9064668)
I was in the local grocery store today and, lo and behold, I saw something there I have never seen them stock before - PG Tips teabags! I grabbed two boxes lol! I came home, made a full pot of tea and drank the whole thing by myself lol! They must have picked up my vibes recently :)

You are gonna be wired all night now..lol

windsong Dec 29th 2010 1:03 am

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Originally Posted by ldyinlv (Post 9064675)
You are gonna be wired all night now..lol

And I plan to have at least another POT before bedtime! I think I am homesick lol!

windsong Dec 29th 2010 2:42 am

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Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 9064742)
So you'll be here all night keeping us amused :lol:

Mummy, you just may be right! I haven't even had that second pot yet and already my mind is on high speed.

Must put the kettle on now :rofl::rofl:


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