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  1. No problem here but I do connect through a proxy server. Could that be the reason for better service?
  2. On the subject of dingy grey net curtains, have you noticed the revolting colour state of the net curtains at 10 Downing Street and other government buildings that are constantly being shown on British television news programmes? My mother would have had apoplexy if her nets became as bad as that.
  3. I understand that he was known by that in his early days at the BBC when he shared a closet (broom cupboard) with some stuffed rodent puppet.
  4. Phyllis Schofield is almost unknown here but these (hopeful) headline grabbers are commonplace worldwide. Often the sign of a flagging career - make some revolutionary announcement that will rouse the sympathies of the feeble minded - which it seems to have done - in the expectation of new contracts of employment.
  5. He who laughs last is just laughing out of politeness and still hasn't seen the joke.
  6. Brenda, I was going to ask about your lemon tree. I assume it is the same one as last year whose leaves dropped off just after you acquired it.
  7. That is where I live, Beekay. My villa appears on several published pictures of le BsL. I'm not going to locate it precisely as I did that once and was then deluged with visits from all sorts of undesirables - not that I'm saying Nottstalgians are undesirables but this forum is open to public scrutiny. The peel is the most valuable part of the oranges that are grown here. They aren't sweet to eat - they are called Bigarades, very similar to Seville oranges used for marmalade. An explanation of the uses of the oranges is given in this article https://loumessugo.com/orange-festival-on-the-french-riviera-la-fete-de-l-oranger/ (which, incidentally, I had a part in writing). The juice isn't wasted, it makes a very nice, very alcoholic 'wine'. Almost all of the dried peel is used in making Cointreau, Grand Marnier and Triple Sec where is it the major flavouring agent and in loads of other drinks where it forms part of the overall bouquet. Oranges aren't the only crops here. There are a number of vineyards and lots of fields of plants used in perfumery and flavours (Grasse, the worldwide centre of the perfume and flavour industry is only a few Km away and is where I used to work and how I came to live here).
  8. I think it's a good year generally for citrus fruits at the latitude we live, Brenda. The orange crops here are enormous so it will be a busy Fete de L’Oranger at Easter. Is it global warming, I wonder? https://www.google.com/search?q=easter+festival,+bar+sur+loup&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB867GB867&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=IJSa4OCZuknhpM%3A%2C3IOBNuKKPVCDbM%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kSXQ6vhzZQGzBFz-u1AHKOFVW405g&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjmkKqhh7_nAhUGTxUIHc-TDXgQ9QEwAXoECAkQBw#imgrc=IJSa4OCZuknhpM:
  9. Brew, on a somewhat larger scale there is a similar situation here - it's called Marseilles.
  10. The Radford Road area was pretty disgusting when I was around Hyson Green (living on Sherwood Rise, working at Gerard's, Wilkinson St. 1974 - 78). It seems not to have improved.
  11. There was Kent & Cooper pianos as well as Clements - I always got the two mixed up but, I think Kent & Cooper was the shop on Market St.
  12. I remember my grannies bolster pillows - the went the whole width of the bed and seemed to be filled with crumpled wire - impossible to sleep on without a soft pillow on top. I found out years later that what I thought was wire was actually horsehair.
  13. JPS (John Player Special) in elegant black plastic drums with gold foil lettering. - matched the JPS racing car(s). They were sold here for a time but they seem to have disappeared completely now. I used to give them as small Christmas presents - the cigarettes, that is, not the cars!.