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Laura Corin

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  1. 6 minutes ago, SKL said:

    You said "completely uneducated," which apparently means something different to you than it means to me.  Moving on.

    It's interesting how these words develop nuance. When my MIL said someone was 'ignorant' she seemed to imply 'purposefully unwilling to learn' or 'deliberately uncouth'. To me it just meant that the person didn't know something.

  2. 20 hours ago, heartlikealion said:

    Not the dumbest thing but frustrated me. I tried to mail a letter to my sister in England. The postal worker put the wrong postage on it (dh took it inside the post office for me) and the letter came back. I was like what the heck?! Turned out she thought New England ... ?

    Years ago, someone asked me when I was visiting the US where I came from.  I said 'England' (which is both true and usually better understood than Great Britain or the UK).  The reply came, 'You mean New England?'.  I didn't mean to be snarky, but what popped out of my mouth was, 'No, Old England'. 

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  3. My dog food, ordered through Amazon, has been delivered to a location over 200 miles from my house, as far as I can see. It's the city where Hobbes goes to university, but the shipping address on the order is clearly mine. Sigh. This will take a while to sort out.

    Sorry, off topic

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  4. 49 minutes ago, saw said:

    Well done Calvin! I don't know where he's looking for work or what field, but if he is looking in London for anything legal/finance, please feel free to pm me if you like. Happy to see whether any of my contacts would be willing to do an informational interview with Calvin or suggest openings. 

    Thank you. For now he's looking at jobs in the city where he has been at university. I don't think he wants to tackle London.

  5. If he is unwilling to floss, a pointy brush for between the teeth and along the gums makes a big difference. And a brushing timer. The brush I use is similar to this

    I would supervise his brushing for several weeks and see if his gums recover.


  6. 6 hours ago, wathe said:

    I had a Confused Canadian moment when traveling in the US , ordering toast at a restaurant, and being asked "white or wheat".    Pause.  Thinking  - what's the white bread made of exactly if not wheat?  Then realizing the waitstaff meant white or whole wheat.  I'd never heard of whole wheat bread being referred to as just "wheat" before.

    I had exactly the same Confused Brit moment

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  7. 1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:

    That’s not what I’m referring to.

    Rather, when you get into an idea that your current existence is the pinnacle of your life and the thing that only ever drives anyone is reproduction, like an animal, social Darwinism and a cold, transactional view of the landscape of potential mates is not an illogical leap.  Especially for a person who is looking for a reason they haven’t paired up in anything but their own choices and decisions.  It’s just that they can’t attract a top shelf mate and it’s not their fault they’re beta material or a 4 on the scale.  Etc etc.

    This really isn’t uncommon in some form or another, nor is the companion view - I’m attractive and talented and *deserve* a better girl than all of these, and I have one shot at this so I’m going to sort and pick through and wait until I get the one I deem the very best, because this is important and I’m not settling.

    *Plenty* of people don’t choose mates based on physical criteria, or even as the ‘top’ of the pool of people they could court.  Of course.  That’s my experience as well.  But this reduction of human sexuality to drive and competition and best or nothing isn’t something I encounter in religious circles by and large, even faith traditions that are not my own.  

    Honestly, I've not personally encountered anything similar to this description. I don't know any atheists who think of life in terms of being driven by reproduction alone. I am driven by companionship, love, fellow feeling, fun, charity, human kindness.  Therefore life as competition for the best mate just doesn't arise.

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  8. When I was a teenager I met a tourist in Wales who told me at length about how much research he had done about his family origins in Wales. He was about to travel to his ancestral town. I commented that I hoped he had fun, and that it was a Welsh speaking area, so that would be particularly interesting. He then decided to argue that there was no such thing as a Welsh language.  

    Ignorance is fine, but belligerent ignorance is dumb. 

    Welsh language clip here 


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  9. 1 hour ago, regentrude said:

    I run in secular circles only, and this is not at all my experience. Never encountered this view.

    Nor I. I met my husband when he accidentally gatecrashed a party that I was holding with some friends, which then turned rowdy and a pot of paint was thrown through the window (not by him). He was unemployed at the time. I don't think I was impressed by his superior status. He was just really good to talk to.  

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  10. 8 hours ago, lmrich said:

    That if I am allergic to dairy that I am allergic to eggs. (I get a lot of people are) but this woman insisted that I could not eggs since I am allergic to dairy. I explained to her that eggs come from a bird and milk from a mammal - they are not the same thing. She continued to argue with me that eggs and dairy are the same. She. would. not. stop. 

    That's one of those country-specific labelling things.  From memory, the eggs in US supermarkets were in the dairy section.  In the UK they are on the shelf (not refrigerated) and normally in the baking section.  I would be surprised if a Brit would think of eggs as dairy.

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  11. 5 hours ago, Laura in CA said:

     Who in the U.S. would accept a 2.5-hour cycle? You do have to plan ahead! ... we're used to popping stuff into the washer and expecting it to be done in, well, under an hour.

    I tend to come home from work, change out of my office clothes and look to see if there's enough of one kind of clothes in the laundry basket for a load.  Then I put it on before thinking about supper.  After supper, take clothes out of the washer and (if needed) throw in the drier.  It's dry by bedtime.  It's all a matter of habit.

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  12. 33 minutes ago, Serenade said:


    And that's the thing with eating, what is it now, 8 servings of vegetables a day?  If I ate that many vegetables, I wouldn't have room for anything else, and I would be entirely unsatisfied.

    Veg is satisfying to me.  Yum.  Veg rarely gets left over when I'm around.  I probably eat 8-10 portions of fruit and veg per day.  Much of it is raw without dressing, so it doesn't add much energy.  It's just delicious.

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  13. 3 minutes ago, SKL said:

    Well I am glad someone mentioned stinky front loader washers.  Here I thought I had bought the only stupidly designed washer.  I am certain this is something they could fix in the design process!  So annoying, and I'm sure some people aren't able to keep it clean even if they try.  And I was not warned before buying.  Gruff gruff!!

    If you are using more than a tablespoon of powder, try cleaning the machine then minimising the powder and conditioner.

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  14. 21 minutes ago, Matryoshka said:

    LOL, I was thinking the same thing.  I think all US machines, other than the newer front-loaders with the 'sanitary' cycle, just mix from the hot and cold taps in varying proportions and it's guesswork how cold or warm or hot the water actually ends up being.  

    I remember hearing about a US expat coming to London on a generous moving allowance who insisted on bringing their top-loading washing machine over (despite then needing a transformer for the voltage difference) only to then find that the flat was not plumbed with hot water in the utility corner.  The landlord was unwilling to have holes tunnelled through the walls to pipe hot water to the washing machine, so it was cold water wash from then on.

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  15. It's been a long haul, with two extended periods of absence-on-leave due to illness.  He will graduate in three weeks.  He is job searching - he has found one part-time gig already and has been invited to interview for a full-time position.  Onwards and upwards.  Very relieved.

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  16. 50 minutes ago, Æthelthryth the Texan said:

    I think part of the front loader issue in the States has been mold. The class action lawsuits already took out one manufacturer and looks like more could follow. I’m not sure why ours mold and ones in Europe and elsewhere don’t- at least the ones here made in the last 10-15 years is when it seemed to start.  If you Google Frontload washers and lawsuit you’ll be able to read up on it for days. What’s ironic is they still sell them and it doesn’t seem like they actually fixed or changed anything..... 

    I just checked my washer and it has no mould.  According to this article, fabric softeners and some detergents contain animal fats, so if you put in too much, it will accumulate and grow mouldy, then attract bacteria:


    Complaint #2: “My washing machine has a foul odor and/or causes a pungent odor in my clothing”

    The nasty odor coming from your washing machine is very likely the result of using too much liquid fabric softener and soap over an extended period of time. Some laundry detergents and nearly all fabric softeners contain a small amount of animal fat. When you use too much of these products, the fat will congeal and gum up on the lower part of the machine under the tub. In most cases, this area of the machine is not accessible to consumers, so it is very difficult to clean. Using too much soap over a period of 6 months to 1 year will cause this goo to grow.

    As the congealed soap scum forms, mold, dirt, and bacteria stick to the goo, which in turn creates a very nasty odor.

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  17. 1 hour ago, Quill said:

    I’m curious about this. I often post meals on social media because I enjoy good food and cooking. The last several times, though, someone always comments on my small portions. It’s actually starting to get on my nerves. 😐 I don’t think these dinners are remarkably small, though they are not very large; I agree with that. The US in general is known for big portions, but I thought that was mostly a restaurant thing, or the fare of big, burly men. But every comment is made by female friends, not restaurant owners or big, beefy guys. 

    Would the following picture make you think, “wow, such a small meal!” Or does this just look like a normal meal to you? 

    The meal is Salmon with Lemon Caper sauce, rice and steamed squash. 


    I'd probably have that much fish but might skip the white rice and instead fill the whole of the rest of the plate with veg.

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  18. 35 minutes ago, Matryoshka said:

    Okay, so is 'cold from the tap' option the little picture at the bottom with the asterisk in it below the 30ºC? I don't have symbols or temps, it just says Hot, Warm, or Cold on my old top-loader, so I'm symbol challenged, lol.  I'm fairly sure that option didn't exist on the German machines I used (this is also probably 30 years ago I'm remembering from!)

    Yes, that's right.

  19. 56 minutes ago, Matryoshka said:

    Hm. Do you mean the coldest setting your machine has to select, or does it just use cold water from your pipes? I could swear that the German machines  (really the only ones I'm familiar with) didn't have a setting lower than the 30°C, because I remember worrying about it, as I wash almost everything on cold here, and there was nothing colder than 30°C to choose. 30°C is probably closer to our 'warm' setting,  although it's not an exact science here, as 'warm' literally just mixes the unheated water from the tap with the water from the hot water heater, which is different by house depending on how it's set, but I think is never supposed to be hotter than 120°F, so people don't scald themselves. That's only about 49°C, so our hottest cycle still colder than the 'medium' setting on the European ones I've seen.

    It's cold from the tap, which is pretty chilly in Scotland. It's a Zanussi, which is an Italian brand.


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  20. 1 hour ago, Pawz4me said:

    My guess, or at least one of them, is that too many Americans use way too much detergent. Front loaders really need just a tiny bit. And if you're used to using a regular water hog top loader it's hard to wrap your mind around using such a tiny amount. Too much detergent hampers cleaning and causes all sorts of other problems (like build up of gunk in the machine). And unfortunately the detergent manufacturers don't do anything to discourage overuse--their directions are usually not very clear, and caps aren't well marked. If you don't do independent research, or at the very least read the machine instructions, it's really easy to use much more detergent than necessary and create all sorts of issues. Years ago I started using one of those two tablespoon shot glass measuring cups for detergent. I never use more than two tablespoons of detergent, even in the largest and dirtiest loads. I've never had a machine that didn't clean well.

    But it' also very possible, maybe likely, that the machines over there are made better.

    I use even less powder than recommended by the machine manufacturer. It works well.

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