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  1. Another hang over from earlier days: Police officers in the UK are sometimes referred to as ‘bobbies’ after Sir Robert Peel, the politician who set up the first modern police force circa 1820. However people in the UK railway industry still refer to signalmen as ‘bobbies’. Why bobbies? In the infancy of the railways, the railway police were responsible for controlling and giving signals to trains out of which function the job of signalman developed. Tenterhooks: Mr Wiki tells me they are the hooks on a tenter, a frame on which a length of cloth would be stretched to dry after wa
  2. l remember looking at the opening remarks of this story way back when, but for some reason had to put it to one side and then never picked it up again. Thank you Dude for prompting us to go back to it. I thought there would be a previous thread with some erudite comments on the story but, alas I could not find it. As might be expected, Mihangel gives us an engaging tale, enlightening us with historic detail and colour. If, like me, you haven’t done so before read and enjoy. The story, however, is also something of an allegory or parable drawing attention to facets of human nature st
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    Graeme again

    Graeme, I’m relieved to hear that you are okay. That is he most important thing. If you get back to writing and finish your Leopard story, that would be a welcome bonus. Best wishes Stay safe.
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    Er? Really?

    But, as far as I can tell, only in Australia.
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    Er? Really?

    It appears there is a petition started seeking to rename the iconic Aussie ice-cream ‘Golden Gaytime’ https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/03/24/golden-gaytime-petition-rename/ https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-aussie-man-launches-petition-to-get-golden-gaytimes-renamed-20210324 Have we really become that precious that we take offence at an ice-cream being named gay? Personally I love the idea and think it a physical manifestation of the Aussie sense of humour. My guess is the petitioner is either a shit-stirrer or a first generation immigrant who doesn’t understand Aussie h
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    Graeme again

    Seeing this thread about one of Graeme’s excellent stories, prompts me to ask if anyone has heard anything from him lately? I hope he is okay. I think it must be nearly two years since his last comment here.
  7. Thanks Talo. Interesting and useful to know if reading/writing something not in your home territory. In conversation I think they would usually be referred to without the ‘phone’ : cell -USA; mobile -UK, movil -Spain, same root as mobile; Handy -Germany, I’m guessing because it is held in the hand or alternatively from the English word handy meaning convenient. What do the French use? Portif? As for using a phone of any sort? Brits use all of those listed except ‘pull the cord’** (which is what you do to stop a train in emergency). We also ‘give someone a bell’. I can never rememb
  8. And there was I thinking it was a full stop and therefore an exceptionally subtle way to put down calls for sequels.
  9. Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Today we should remember the Jews, homosexuals and others murdered in the Nazi ‘Final Solution. We are also asked to remember those killed in subsequent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, and be ever mindful that it can happen again and probably is already somewhere in the world.
  10. Impressive. That floor must be smoother and more polished than it looks.
  11. Greetings to all our Australian cousins.
  12. Maybe a successor to the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky?
  13. Unless the Senate run offs result in a change in control, Grim Reaper McConnell will either block or at least so water down any proposals put to Congress that Biden will not be able to achieve much. However for those who nevertheless feel a little quiet celebration is warranted, I offer you this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pRhjWdr-LAA
  14. That’s adult humour, not ‘adult’ humour, before anyone gets the wrong idea. It’s not the panto season yet! Interestingly, although the ‘k’ is silent, the family name Knutt is believed to derive from Canute/Cnut.
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    Good one. And next up after that was this offering :
  16. Another gentle take on the tradition by Cole. Nicely done! Read here and enjoy: http://www.awesomedude.com/cole-parker/tricking-and-treating/tricking-and-treating.htm No prizes for guessing who missed reading the rubric at the top of the story and had to work out who Ryan was the hard way!
  17. Thanks Mike. Makes you wonder where they are now. Have they pursued music as a career?
  18. Thats great fun. Do you know anything about who the boys are or where the setting is?
  19. I couldn’t find font smoothing on my version of safari. I did manage to find an option called smart invert colours under ipad general settings>accessibility . The near-black on black becomes grey on light-gray which is readable. Of course all other apps are converted which can give some strange looking results. The setting also slows things down as each pages is loaded then then converted. I won't be keeping the setting as my default, only use it when I think there is something hiding.
  20. Hi Talo Thanks for your suggestion. The iPad browser is Safari. The settings function does not appear to have a high contrast mode. I have tried the high contrast mode under accessibility in general settings but with no improvement. I can get a very slight improvement by increasing the screen brightness in general settings, but it makes every other webpage and application too bright for me. P
  21. I use an ipad most of the time and I have a problem that I think is more to do with the theme than functional updates. A number of the buttons, particularly those associated with user profile at the top of the page and the edit post and related functions are rendered with a very dark grey font with very little contrast with the background which is the same as the general background such that they are nigh on impossible to see or read. It’s only If I can remember where they are supposed to be that I can access the functions. If I try and change the theme using the dropdown in the page foot
  22. And great fun to watch as long as it’s not you being tied up in the red tape. Made me chuckle, something much needed in these ‘interesting times’. Thanks Joe.
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    R.B.G. R.I.P.

    Expect a nomination on McConnell’s desk first thing Monday, and all other Senate business put on hold until confirmation pushed through. Unfortunately it will also embolden reactionaries elsewhere. [ Aside - ‘Reactionaries? ‘ makes me sound like a bearded, sandal-wearing, 1960’s leftie and a term I never thought I would have cause to use, but somehow seems more apposite than ‘conservative’ .]
  24. I’m enjoying this. I hope others are too. Up to ch9.
  25. Ah’s thinkin’ we should have a new forum section here Cole's Classic Cookery Classes I will confess to using a 7” cooks knife for dicing onions for the dexterity when doing the horizontal cuts. My big 10”s comes out for things like root veg and grating cabbage for coleslaw. Whatever knife you use it must be sharp. Oysters in stuffing? My first thought was yuck, but it’s not really any different to oyster sauce in chinese cuisine. It’s a way of adding umami. I think I’ll stick with sage and onion with maybe a forcemeat based on pork sausage on extra special occasions. Some
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