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Laura Corin

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  1. Be aware that almost all the students on the programme will be from the US (or other non-UK), if that matters to you.  Of course you will be mixing with UK students whilst at St Andrews, but it's very rare for a UK student to take the joint degree, as it is so much more expensive than taking a St Andrews degree with a year abroad.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 1 hour ago, Matryoshka said:

    Do American front loaders heat the water, or do they just do cold and hot from the tap (and warm to mix) like US top loaders?   If not, the much, much higher temp on European front-loaders (30, 60, and 90°C, as I recall ) could also have a lot to with the difference in performance. 

    I usually wash on cold though. The cotton programme takes over two hours.

  8. 2 hours ago, EmilyGF said:

    Yes, I had this experience with my clothes washer, too, but I persevered because all the super picky Germans I knew swore BY front loaders and swore AT top loaders. (Some of them LITERALLY boiled their towels after washing them in top loaders because they said the top loaders didn't get them clean.)

    What worked for me was to totally give up on the "Normal" setting, which was rather quick, and use the "Bright Whites" setting that takes about four times as long. It still uses less electricity, because it just isn't having to handle the weight of water a top loader does, and of course the amount of water is less, AND my clothes are clean at the end.  I think the washer companies thought Americans wouldn't accept a long cycle so they made up this short cycle that is TERRIBLE and makes people think the front loader is AWFUL. But it is the stupid cycle "Normal" that shouldn't exist.

    A plus is that I've cut back on detergent by so much that I've, so far, saved $300 on detergent. I use about 25% as much detergent as before. Less water = less need for detergent to get the same concentration. And that's good for the environment and good for my budget. Also, since they are so much drier at then end because of the fast spin cycle, they don't need as much energy in the drier to get dry. Win - Win - Win.

    That's interesting. I've always had front loaders and haven't been able to understand why they have worked so badly for some US customers.

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  9. 1 hour ago, lulalu said:


    But I live in a country where kids wear hats and gloves at 70F! And I get yelled at by old ladies cause my son is in a t-shirt 😃

    These things are seriously cultural.  When I lived in another country thirty years ago, I was scolded for going out with my long hair damp after washing it.  It was hot (well over 70 degrees F), but wet hair outside was considered unhealthy.  I was told that I would get headaches when I grew old.  I'm waiting...

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  10. Just back from holiday, starting to plan again. I cook mostly veg, Husband likes meat but will eat veggie meals. Younger son has just decided to go veggie for environmental reasons. He's happy to make an omelette when husband cooks. When I cook animals, they will be lean. My overall aims are similar to your link.

    I need to get lots of veg in to snack on, and make big satisfying veggie meals. We bought some rabbit on the way home, so I'll marinate that overnight and will make a big pot of black beans for son to heat up when he likes. In a second I'll walk the dog and see if the neighbours have eggs for sale.

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  11. Could be other prolapses, rectal or bladder. Make sure to talk through risks and long term prognosis of surgery, as well as non-surgical options. I can give more detail if you like, but have no experience of uterine prolapse.

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  12. Can your brother store some things for now? When I moved my mother, I put some things in boxes for her to sort out 'when she had the energy' then I didn't mention them for a year. When I did bring them up, she said that she didn't really want them any more. It was as if all the stuff was actually a burden, even if she couldn't admit it. I sorted out the things with emotional significance and binned or donated the rest.

  13. 4 minutes ago, Reefgazer said:

    I fear accident an on desolate roads, where they are even more desolate at two in the morning. I fear shopping at a Walmart and coming out to a desolate parking spot because it’s two in the morning  and that gives opportunities for crime,  more so than in a well populated daylight situation.  I see that just about anything can happen at two in the afternoon as happen at two in the morning, but the fact is most places are less populated and very desolate at two or 3 AM, and I think for that reason  I am more nervous about her being out at night.

    I can understand that, but at some point she needs to make those decisions for herself. My first child left home to go to university at 17. I had no idea where he was or what he was doing. I just had to trust that I'd taught him a bit of common sense. So far so good.

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  14. I have a full length down coat that I wear over my lightweight office clothes from about 6 degrees C. However at weekends I wear a lot of layers in the house, so at that temperature, I'm more likely to wear a light shell to go out.

    The level of humidity also makes a big difference. Lands End temperature gradings don't translate to Scottish conditions.


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  15. 5 hours ago, LucyStoner said:

    I’m pushing up on 40 and very suddenly, I don’t have much of a choice in how much I sleep,  if my biveody isn’t rested enough, I’ll pretty much just fall asleep.  I have remarkably little prerogative in this.  I’ve recently fallen asleep on the couch, at my desk and twice I’ve had to pull over and rest before finishing drying home unless I wanted to fall asleep at the wheel.  

    I've been on holiday this week and averaging well over 8 hours a night, and I feel great. Adequate sleep is a kind of superpower. I am not sure how to keep that going.

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