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by Skippy
Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: Food in England BBC tv
Replies: 9
Views: 4738

Re: Food in England BBC tv

Yes ,probably a generation thing. My mother (born in the 1930's ) always overboiled veg. I've seen carrots done for up to half an hour.


Pete
by Skippy
Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: Food in England BBC tv
Replies: 9
Views: 4738

Re: Food in England BBC tv

I've not seen all the programmes in this food season but the ones I have caught have been entertaining. The one about the sweets brought back several memories even though we don't eat many and Clarissa Dicken's denounceation of Mrs Beaton as a force of almost evil in British cookery was funny to wat...
by Skippy
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: 19th November - International Men's Day
Replies: 3
Views: 1512

Re: 19th November - International Men's Day

Probably just another attempt at growth by the greetings card industry. :roll: . I'm not going to knock that industry as the other half buys pallet loads and resells them at a profit but here's a little story. On one valetines day my wife showed me a box in the garage and said that if I wanted to g...
by Skippy
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Homemade dubbin type thingy
Replies: 9
Views: 3150

Re: Homemade dubbin type thingy

There was a old "trick" used by soldiers in the past and that was to fill the boots with urine and let them soak for a few days to protect the leather (I wouldn't try this on plastic mind). Completely vegatarian but up to you if you want to try it out.Evidently goat urine is said to be better than h...
by Skippy
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Using old sterilising powder
Replies: 6
Views: 1776

Re: Using old sterilising powder

If it's the sterilising powder that I think it is then it's sodium metabisulphate (or is that sulphide?) , anyway try mixing some up and you should be able to smell the pungent whiff of sodium dioxide which is what it decomposes into. It'll probably still be ok to use but at a guess it may have lost...
by Skippy
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: Bubblewrap - only one so far ....
Replies: 16
Views: 8365

Re: Bubblewrap - only one so far ....

Just thought, does anyone remember the episode of Red Dwarf where someone takes a small sheet of bubblewrap, paints it red with the words "tension sheet" on it and sells it as a stress reliever and in the process becomes exceedingly rich?


Pete
by Skippy
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: Bubblewrap - only one so far ....
Replies: 16
Views: 8365

Re: Bubblewrap - only one so far ....

I'll admit this isn't a brilliant idea but it worked up to a point. Years ago I was camping and it was pretty cold and I happened to find some bubble wrap and so folded it to form a kind of mattress to sleep on. As I said it only worked to a point because over a couple of nights the air was gone fro...
by Skippy
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Market Research into local cut flowers
Replies: 20
Views: 2339

Re: Market Research into local cut flowers

GeorgeSalt wrote:
Skippy wrote:I'm not a florist and don't really know much about flowers, indeed on those rare occasions I bring flowers for my wife she normally says "who's garden have they come from?" or "off the building site then?"
If she only knew.. ..
She does , nothing much gets past her


Pete
by Skippy
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Market Research into local cut flowers
Replies: 20
Views: 2339

Re: Market Research into local cut flowers

I'm not a florist and don't really know much about flowers, indeed on those rare occasions I bring flowers for my wife she normally says "who's garden have they come from?" or "off the building site then?" That said I don't think you can go wrong with roses especially red ones, thinking romance and ...
by Skippy
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: my name's .......and i'm an amazonaholic
Replies: 15
Views: 7894

Re: my name's .......and i'm an amazonaholic

i know but ... I know too. I was made redundant last year and some of the people that I worked with went to work for Amazon, we have one of there disribution centers about 15 miles away. This was in the lead up to christmas. I'd found a job elseware so didn't even think about going there but kept i...
by Skippy
Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life
Replies: 28
Views: 3863

Re: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life

Sounds like you know what you are doing Berry, and take the time to make a decent job. I've been clearing my parents house and if my father is looking down on me I pretty much meant him by my comment. I loved him but he didn't half manage to infuriate me with repairs made with sticky tape or nails. ...
by Skippy
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life
Replies: 28
Views: 3863

Re: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life

know how to repair a book I'd make that " how to make a decent job of repairing a book" because if there is one thing that irritates me then it's books "repaired" with ugly great strips of sellotape that eventually dries out and leaves horrible yellow patchs. as to teaching the young , I'm quite pl...
by Skippy
Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 39 steps to a better life
Replies: 24
Views: 2083

Re: 39 steps to a better life

MKG wrote:Step 40 ... Make paper aeroplanes from pages of Country Life.
or refer to number 25

I tendedto lose count of the part answers as well so gave up and then there are the ones such as the dancing one, sure I could dance to all the music listed but every dance would look the same.


Pete
by Skippy
Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Beware! Laundry in Progress
Replies: 20
Views: 4493

Re: Beware! Laundry in Progress

I post on a building forum and often a thread will start with someone asking why they have mould and damp in their house. One of the first questions they are asked most often is "do you dry the washing indoors?". You wouldn't spray a couple of litres of water around the house but letting it evaporat...
by Skippy
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What did you do with your extra hour?
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: What did you do with your extra hour?

I spent a little of it in the workshop but when it started to get dark early I spent most of it wondering why we actually bother moving the clocks as the percieved benefit (to me at least) is pretty much negliable.


Pete