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  1. I was Commodore all the way (Vic 20 , C64, various miggys) but my mate back in the day had a Spectrum, and so i played on it loads. After 20 years in the industry, looking back it was so important to the Britsh scene. Monty Mole and Manic Miner and all sorts of stuff that was quintessentially British came about because of him. Absolute legend. Also, I lived in a seaside town with a large promenade. Someone was were hiring out C5s to tourists so they could drive up and down it, and making a mint. (I remember one guy showing off to his mates on a scorching hot day, going as fast as he could, then slamming the brakes on to skid. Probably not the first time he'd done it. Just when he did it this time both the tyres burst). I definitely wouldn't want to be in one on the road, but the idea of electric vehicles/bicycles was ahead of its time.
  2. Currently reading the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, right after reading the Adventues of Tom Sawyer. Oh boy they are products of their time and place. The N word comes up from time to time in Tom Sawyer. But it's just everywhere in Huckleberry Finn. It's an odd read. Clearly a kids book. Absolutely not suitable for them. But strangely interesting. Huck seems smarter than I had him pegged. There's just enough here to kep me reading, rather than moving on to something less awkward.
  3. I'm a fan of oat milk. Probably the best environmentally, and tastes great on cereal, because it already tastes a little oaty. I got used to it really quickly in tea and coffee. I tend to buy Oatly Full (haven't tried the Barista one yet). I keep meaning to try Sainsbury's own, which is a quid a litre, but I haven't been drinking that much of the stuff recently. The thing with most of these is that even the fresh ones usually have very long use by dates, so you can stock up when they're on sale, providing you have the fridge space for them. Sainsbury's often have one or other of the branded ones on sale for a quid. I've not tried long-life, but I pick an awful lot of it for customers, so maybe it's not as nasty as long-life cow's milk.
  4. If you microwave beans the day before, and then do it again on the day you end up eating them, they tend to be nice and thick and unctuous. I did not find this out by forgetting about some beans I microwaved whilst drunk, and then used up the next day, let me assure you...
  5. I've been going through Malcolm In The Middle again since I found it's on most days on 4Music (channel 30), with bumper days on Saturdays. Because it was always shown at weird times originally on BBC2 (IIRC), and because I'm picking at it intermittently now, I've seen loads of episodes more than once, and yet still get one I've never seen before from time to time. It's such a great show, I don't mind the repeats.
  6. That reminds me of those tins of Heinz Spaghetti Bolgnese - I used to love those as a kid. Don't half fancy one now (veggie version) especially since I've got salad for lunch.
  7. They do. At work I do notice when they're on sale a little with increased demand, but not that much. They're always fairly popular (I hate the miserable dry powdery things, so it's one of those products I notice more when I have to pick them). Edit: Thinking about it - the increased demand for online sales is probably much less than in-store, because online customers are less likely to look for offers, whereas in-store people are more likely to spot it, and think "go on then". Still - plenty of people buy the nasty things online at full whack.
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    You can feel whatever you want. You're wrong. I genuinely stopped watching The Untouchables right as the Battleship Potemkin tribute kicks in, because the baby crying was pissing me off, that's when I found out the tennis was being shown, so I switched. You can time-check it if you want. I missed the first missed match point, but got the gist and caught the second. I thought she'd probably lose the final set I watched so went for a piss to watch what happened after. For what it's worth I don't believe in jinxes or anything like that. I was just posting what actually happened to me. I never influenced the result one jot or iota. It was just a coincidence. I actually don't even care that much either way, because as I said, I'm not a tennis fan. It was what happened though. Edit: I haven't even seen the shots she won it with. In the replays, they showed a shot focussing on her collapsing after a serve, but they didn't show the shot itself. It's really annoying. If it was cricket, I'd have had twelve decent replays.
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    I think I jinxed this. I find watching tennis quite dull, but obviously I've seen the story in the news, so when I found out it was on twenty minutes ago, I switched over from watching The Untouchables (one of my very favourite films ever). This coincided with Emma missing her first two match points. It was downhill from there. After the injury it was looking touch and go - the momentum had shifted a fair bit. Then I needed to pop off for a quick piss. I heard the roar when she won whilst I was washing my hands. Sorry for putting you through that, I should have just stuck with the film, and just read about it afterwards.
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    The Witness

    I've only been watching for 30 seconds and I've already sworn 3 times. This is crazy.
  11. I almost always create the foxiest female avatar I can for myself. I will take penalties to look as sassy as fuck. I get enough of me on a day-to-day basis. Why would I want to play as that? Also, it's what I'm going to be looking at whilst I play. Might as well be looking at something nice, rather than a fat, middle-aged, unshaven man, who is starting to go grey. (Do any character editors do realistic "starting to go grey" hair colors anyway? I.e. largely natural colour, but with just enough greys to be visible.) The only exception is in something like the old Harvest Moon games where I know there will be wooing involved. I'd rather woo women, so I have to be a bloke. In Stardew Valley though, you can be a woman and woo one, so that's a win-win. "Woo" might be one of the best words. Woo!
  12. Yeah. Got a few decent ones tonight. Poor vowels round though by my usual standards. If I know it I usually get it before the contestants buzz in, but tonight several slipped by (I got them before they said it, but still, it's the principle - it doesn't count as a point if I don't beat them to the buzzer...). Also a few I got nowhere near at all.
  13. I rarely cook spinach without throwing a little freshly grated nutmeg at it. It's one of those things that just works so well, that for me once I knew about it I just never stopped.
  14. MarkN

    Cricket Thread

    Yeah, I like Tuffers. he's fun. It's the mixture that makes TMS for me, and the constantly changing pairings of presenters. I like that they usually get commentators from the opposition in, and the whole thing feels so much less partisan than other sports. But I agree - the level of commentary is so very good compared to anything else I watch. And Ebs has become a favourite.
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    Cricket Thread

    Gosh I love Tammy Beaumont. Didn't get her century, but she just plays with a cheeky grin on her face all the time. One of my favourite cricketers to watch.
  16. This one bakes it. It still uses a little oil and cornflour, but probably a lot less oil than you would frying it. I don't think I've tried it yet (I don't get through much tofu), so can't vouch for it, but it sounds like it would work. Would probably work well with a mix of dry spices/garlic powder etc. in the flour rather than a marinade. https://cookieandkate.com/how-to-make-crispy-baked-tofu/
  17. I'm guessing it's been edited to make it as good as possible. I'm guessing he's talking over the bits that weren't worth watching. If what they were saying was witty and intelligent I think you'd be seeing it. He's just linking the good bits together.
  18. MarkN

    Cricket Thread

    I hope Hameed is given a good long run - even if he has a few fails. He seems like a proper hope for a solid opener, which I would happily swap a couple of flair players for. A bit more experience will do him the world of good. Root is on another level right now though. It looks like they don't have a clue how to deal with him.
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    Cricket Thread

    This is madness. 67 for 9!
  20. Lee Mack has been great value for money so far. Surprised this doesn't get more love. It's such a fun show. Edit: If this show doesn't end up called "New labia" there's gonna have to be something amazing in there. That's just beautiful.
  21. The recipe works for me, and I don't think I've ever been to that site. This does sound lovely. Might have to give it a go. Black beans are the best beans (butter beans second -fuck me I've just realised I could probably make a top ten list of pulses, and actually be sincere about it).
  22. I'm only like that with pistachio nuts, thankfully - I only stop when my fingers hurt from opening the shells (although someone recently told me to lever them open with a half of shell, so there won't be any stopping me next time...)
  23. There's only one of me. The full bag would be about 700 calories.
  24. I'll have to give those a pop. I've got a bag of their dark chocolate coated almonds on the go, and those are really good too.
  25. Also, not enough nuts. The odd peanut and cashew, but they are so few and far between. I'd buy this again definitely - it's really tasty, it's just not Bombay Mix as I know it.
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