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  1. mercurydancer

    What colour was the original Santa?

    I am a supporter of animal charities. It is known that Santa had Randolph the brown nosed reindeer. He could fly as fast as the other reindeer, but could not stop as quickly.
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    Restaurants

    I asked in my local pub for deep fried sprouts. Surprisingly they were very nice.
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    Restaurants

    Jill Good quality ingredients are the key. I live close to Wensleydale (cracking cheese) and I get it at a specialist cheese shop in Thirsk, which has an artisan bread shop across the square. Fave cheese for me is either Keens or Montgomerys. In a sandwich, has to be with a good pickle. My own piccalilli is legendary, but it takes weeks to mature.
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    Restaurants

    nonna, I envy you. The Italians know how to cook for certain. I love Italy and the food is superb. Due to getting a visa for my wife (she is a Russian national) we have to go to Italy for her to open her Shengen visa. Not a hardship to visit Pisa and Firenza again. I dont care much for Rome. A well done steak can be done correctly, it just takes a little more skill from the chef.
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    Restaurants

    The food was to the expensive end of being acceptable. £15 for a course. Steak about 20 quid. Wine was expensive and very average. We went for a "flight" of wine, and it was three glasses of about 100ml in each glass. I am no expert in wine but I know some. I know of some restaurants in London which are far better, and cheaper.
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    Restaurants

    I am a bit of a foodie, I will admit, but Jill, you raise the issue of cheese on toast - now are you going for a full on welsh rarebit with grated cheese, egg and mustard? Pub style toastie? What cheese? Gotta be a good melting cheese. This could be a new thread - the ultimate cheese on toast.
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    Restaurants

    Was in London recently with my wife and we went to one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants for her birthday treat. I am vegetarian but she is a carnivore. She loves steak so I though that this would be a good choice for her. This was the Maze in Chelsea. First of all it was busy, and cramped. I like a little space to eat. I dont suppose they can help the clientele but loudmouthed Londoners were the rule. She hated her steak. We ordered well done but a competent vet could have got that cow back on its feet. After a disagreement with the waiter, almost getting to an argument, it was taken back and returned. Obviously microwaved, and was the consistency of boot leather. The choice I had was grilled octopus. It was slimy. Wine was expensive and disappointing.
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    Christmas In The O.M.S.

    Far too early. Its November!
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    5 Melsonby Place

    Cliff Ton is up to his usual standard of genius. How he does it I dont know, but for sure, this site needs his level of knowledge
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    How's your day?

    Got an invitation to a local TA unit where I served previously. I got there early and had to scrounge a coffee off the RLC cooks. Superb buffet lads and lasses! All credit. Had a fantastic day, some laughs, some tears. One laugh was an RSM who I knew very very well. Not seen him in donkey's years. After a hug, he looked at my hair and said "Mr T, you look like a f%$^ing sheepdog". Kept me giggling for the rest of the day.
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    Garden Centres

    My wife is a garden fanatic and she rates the Moorgreen garden centre highly. I find it expensive but the plants are of good quality, rather than pathetic seedlings which arent going to grow.
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    Nottinghams Heritage Assets

    Oh. I love the Nottingham of my childhood, but there it remains. In my childhood. The fogs, the smells, the buildings, the buses and the neighbourhoods. All a long time ago. I do think that with a little sense, things like the Central market could thrive again. With the emerging trend for organic and fresh food, a city centre market providing excellent quality food, cheeses, wines, meat, then this would be possible. My example would be the Borough Market in Southwark. Nottingham is crying out for this type of market! I do not share the cynicism that Nottingham is not worth its salt. It is a beautiful city, it has much in its favour. Certainly it is not like it was, but we are where we are. It is pretty in a way that Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds are not. It is certainly thriving. It is relatively safe. I could take you to towns like Middlesbrough where it is decidedly NOT safe. At night Boro is positively dangerous. Nottingham is not anywhere near as menacing. Nottingham is also interesting. It has bars which equal those in London and for curry it beats any city hands down... I am talking about curry corner on MMW and Mount Street. Although it does not specifically have a China Town, Chinese restaurants are good. There are many interesting restaurants which I have neither the time or money to go to, but they are there. I am all for the Lace market being full of curious cocktail bars and clubs. The unique building structures (Well at a push some parts of Leeds do look like that) have the potential, to be wonderful quirky places and deeply fascinating. I went to Mundella so I know the Embankment well. It is still lovely. A peaceful walk along the river, and so close to the town is a joy. OK I will admit, if Arkwright Street still existed, the walk into town would be immensely better. Real ale. A subject near to my heart, but probably will stop off in my liver. Nottingham excels at real ales. I am amazed at the high quality and availability of superb beers. It really is stupendous. Every week there is a pub or bar opening that serves good quality beers. Nottingham is quite compact compared to some other cities, so the competition provided by pubs increases the quality and the different types of beers. I dont have a beard, a notebook or a beer-stained jumper, but I do admire the work of Notts CAMRA. However, I would say to CAMRA - stop now, you have won. I rubbed the rose tint off my glasses a long time ago, but every time I return to Nottingham I find it a resurgent exciting and beautiful city.
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    Did you do a stupid thing

    Ah yes, doing stupid things in airports. I did a beaut last year. I use a black pack for all my travels. It has everything I need in it. I took it camping before we booked a flight to Pisa. I usually have a fair sized camping knife which is totally necessary. Necessary for camping, not to go to Italy with. Yep, I still had it in the bottom of my black bag when I went through security and found a surprising number of police around me. It took some explaining, but they accepted by story.
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    Did you do a stupid thing

    I have often said to my wife "If it is useful you will hide it" I still dont know what she has done with my sandwich grill. Before she went to Russia we were in a hotel and I could not find my reading glasses. I started chuntering, and she tapped her head. I chelped back that I was not mad. She tapped her head again and pointed to my head. My head. That is where the reading glasses were.
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    Nottingham Coop Fridge Department

    Sometimes it is very rewarding to go through posts from some years ago, and to turn up some diamonds. This is one. I clearly remember the van arriving at the gate (the only one where cars could get into Mundella) and they had Pork Farms pies and for me, a special treat would be a sausage roll. I have been vegetarian* for close to 3 decades now so cannot really remember what sausages taste like, but I recall enjoying the sausage rolls. My dad worked for GNCS and got me a Sat'dy job for me whenever he could. One short lived one was on the milk floats from Beechdale Road. Walking from Bobbers Mill Road to Beechdale was a torment at 4am. I used to get back home for about 11am and go back to bed. Nowadays it would be said to interfere with the circadian rhythm or the body clock. *The meat in a pork pie I can live without, but I have experimented with hot water crusts and veggie jelly, but still have not perfected the absolute, undeniable best ever porkless pie. The search goes on.