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26 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

I used to have a breadmaker, and found that I got better results by using it just for the preparation (mixing, kneading, rising etc.), then baking the results in a regular oven.

ditched our breadmaker years ago... as we have a great local bakery and never used the breadmaker... mmm may not have been a great decision in hindsight and some may say we should have got better prepared for the outbreak...mmmm

Anyway me old dad was a dab hand at making soda bread... which is quite easy to do and no need for yeast, etc.  I shall have to follow in me late dads footsteps and get cracking...

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7 minutes ago, redjonn said:

ditched our breadmaker years ago... as we have a great local bakery and never used the breadmaker... mmm may not have been a great decision in hindsight and some may say we should have got better prepared for the outbreak...mmmm

Anyway me old dad was a dab hand at making soda bread... which is quite easy to do and no need for yeast, etc.  I shall have to follow in me late dads footsteps and get cracking...

I grew up with a solid fuel aga and wife with a rayburn - a lot easier to prove bread when you have cookers like that (we also kept welding rods in the bottom left of the 4 ovens)

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25 minutes ago, JohnM said:

Re: Water filters. We bought one of these drinking water filters 10 years ago. Works really well. Filters last 6 months, kettle doesn't scale up and there's no #### on the tea.

https://www.pozzani.co.uk/index.php?cPath=200

i once nearly sold NSA water filters (when i was a student) until i worked out it was a pyramid scheme and i would have to pay for the sample filters up front

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1 hour ago, Bleep1673 said:

I filter my tap water, and have dove since 1992. Manchester has great non polluted tap H2O, London is carp, here is ok, but still needs filtering. Filter tap water, or it will be contaminated

Thirlmere - its full to the brim at the moment

Fed by gravity all the way to Manchester. Another great piece of Victorian engineering. Though controversial at the time - those against it were John Ruskin and those who later founded the National Trust

Agree with you - there's no need to buy bottled water. And definitely no need to stockpile it 

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39 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

I grew up with a solid fuel aga and wife with a rayburn - a lot easier to prove bread when you have cookers like that (we also kept welding rods in the bottom left of the 4 ovens)

We had a solid fuel Aga for several years. If the wind was blowing in one direction, it'd barely be warm; if strongly in another direction, the stove top would glow dull red with the heat. You had to decide what to cook, based on the day's weather.

"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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There is something beautifully naive about the people believing China's coronavirus figures.

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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17 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

We had a solid fuel Aga for several years. If the wind was blowing in one direction, it'd barely be warm; if strongly in another direction, the stove top would glow dull red with the heat. You had to decide what to cook, based on the day's weather.

Absolutely, wrong direction it was luke warm, if it also rained at the same time my sister got tar coming through the chimney breast wallpaper in her bedroom 

Used to burn something called phurnacite but the coalman reckoned ours was most economical he delivered to - you had to drop it down the centre of the hot hob. We looked at an oil or gas conversion but it was real old (my dad was paid to remove it from a big farmhouse who were electrifying someone before we moved in with him in 77) and non convertable as firebox too small/wrong shape

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THIS NEXT POST IS FAKE _ DO NOT CONSIDER IT REAL UNLESS YOU ARE A CERTIFIED TIN HAT WEARER

COVID-19: THE TRUTH: The Government don't want you to know this! This whole outbreak was due to a deal made between the Rothchild's, the owners of Andrex Toilet Paper, and the Governments of the New World Order during the 9/11 tragedy. Within the next few weeks, you will be issued with Govt issued toilet paper (actually branded as being Andrex) which contains Nano-technology implants; these are designed to crawl up the crack of your ###### and implant themselves into your alimentary canal , thus allowing the Government to control your thoughts via 5G technology (see wiki leaks for more about CAT - Contactless ###### Technology - where do you think "they" got the terminology of CAT Scanners from? THINK about it !?!) which is why this whole COVID-19 thing was manufactured to deliberately cause an acute shortage of toilet paper in the first place. You can protect yourself by using alternatives to clean your crack and derriere (in order to avoid the implants and mind control technologies) by using things like Dock Leaves, Old Newspaper, Small Pets and, in extreme circumstances, the edge of your least favourite curtains. If it's too late, and you've already been exposed, you can find out by going to ANY retailers with contactless credit / debit card technology. Stall the cashier by asking for some cashback, swiftly drop your pants, part your ###### cheeks and quickly position your hoop over the card reader. If it says "checking details" on the terminal for more than 5 seconds then you are carrying an implant. The best way to neutralise an implant is easier than you think! All you need to do now, is to get into some sort of altercation which will involve certain police intervention, and encourage them to Taser you. You must carry on resisting once they've deployed the Taser, as it going to take about 4 zaps to disrupt the implant. Stay Safe Everyone! Stay tuned for next week's revelation, where I'll explain how the fluoride in your toothpaste is used and controlled by Rupert Murdoch to control how you subscribe to Sky Sports

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2 hours ago, Smudger06 said:

I'd say get a not unreasonable amount of flour and yeast, they ain't touching much on the baking aisle, a long ago forgotten aisle. 

You what? Not where I live.

Not been able to get flour of any description in our local Tesco all week, never mind the strong stuff for bread making.

Finally managed to get some yeast today, only about 6 cans left on the shelf though.

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                      Wish I was joining you for a pint in Wibsey. No bars,cafes or anywhere where you can go out for a drink,you can not even go out so makes no difference if there was any bars open.It is amazing though about pallets of Corona in the supermarkets,it is the same here,nobody seems to want to buy it.Strange,wonder why?

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1 hour ago, redjonn said:

ditched our breadmaker years ago...

I'm our breadmaker. Or rather, Kenwood is. For the last 15 years we've saved a fortune on bread. Maybe 5 % or less is shop bought. 

Late father in law owned 5 confectioners and bakers in Hindley, Leigh etc. Having seen how hard work it was, none of the family stayed in the business. 

Four legs good - two legs bad

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4 minutes ago, BryanC said:

You what? Not where I live.

Not been able to get flour of any description in our local Tesco all week, never mind the strong stuff for bread making.

Finally managed to get some yeast today, only about 6 cans left on the shelf though.

No flour, no yeast round here, either. 

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Just now, JohnM said:

No flour, no yeast round here, either. 

Same here in East Anglia. My Mother who is in her 80s and has always made her own bread is very upset about it. She suspects many packets will be sitting on panic buyers' shelves going off, as they will never actually get round to making any

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just tried to ring an old work mate whos in his late 70s and had health issues to check up on him and his mrs - why the feck can people of that age not switch their phones on or if they do not answer them- then ring you 3 weeks later saying "did you ring? I got a missed call"

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they come swinging round that corner, they think they're benny goodman

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30 minutes ago, JohnM said:

No flour, no yeast round here, either. 

When they still had in store bakeries if you asked the baker sin Tesco they would give you some of their live yeast in a  little bag - dont know if any of your local supermarkets still bake in-house not just finish in ovens ?

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its natures PAY BACK time, you cant expect to treat animals, reptiles, fish , birds etc as the Chinese have done through history and not expect any consequences 

they come swinging round that corner, they think they're benny goodman

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How is this kind of reporting helping?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51961624

"Food production could be hit next due to staff shortages" - cue more panic buying and more issues on the supply chain.

Time to dust off those ration books. It'll be the perfect way to celebrate VE Day, which everyone has forgotten but will now inevitably be cancelled.

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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17 minutes ago, tim2 said:

How is this kind of reporting helping?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51961624

"Food production could be hit next due to staff shortages" - cue more panic buying and more issues on the supply chain.

Time to dust off those ration books. It'll be the perfect way to celebrate VE Day, which everyone has forgotten but will now inevitably be cancelled.

Yes. The reason for rationing wasn't because everyone was being, erm, rational. Quite the opposite. It's because there were a right lot of sods during the war.

Oh, and a lot of people died. That's the other part that people who've been invoking the Blitz spirit didn't think about too much during the past 75 years.

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First Day back at work and in crisis meetings,  Schools anticipated to be off until September 2020. Situation grim.Not just London but whole of South East going into lockdown. Ghost Trains with the few passengers on them coughing and sneezing..

A point i did not make in mty earlier post, not that I am in favour of closing the borders as this backfires with Asian countries getting a second wave of coronavirus as nationals return but when I got back to Heathrow on Tuesday morning there was no attempt to check whrher or not I had a fever just straight through the I-Gates.

You would think you could identify those pasengers who were coming in with a fever and thus protecting the population as a whole including getting the rest of the aircraft passengers to self-isolate if a COVID19 carrier identified

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