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Post by Eldorion on Tue May 09, 2017 9:26 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{Streakers, on a Scottish golf course- have you forgotten the midgies! No }}}

What do they eat when they can't get Scotshobbit?
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Post by David H on Tue May 09, 2017 9:51 pm

Eldorion wrote:What do they eat when they can't get Scotshobbit?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge

Female Highland midges are well known for gathering in clouds and biting humans, though the majority of the blood they obtain comes from cattle, sheep and deer.
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Midges tend to hate dry cloudless conditions, and are thus prevalent in humid, wet and cloudy conditions. Rain does not put them off, nor does darkness. However, they tend not to go into houses or buildings, but will enter tents.

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Post by halfwise on Tue May 09, 2017 10:01 pm

They don't seem very logical. Why would tents be okay but not buildings? Tents let in more light, but they don't care about darkness. At the size of a midge, fabric should be just as much a barrier as a slat of plywood.

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Post by Bluebottle on Tue May 09, 2017 11:40 pm

They certainly have no trepidation about buildings No

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Post by halfwise on Tue May 09, 2017 11:51 pm

Well then I'm glad we don't have the little buggers. USA

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Post by halfwise on Fri May 12, 2017 8:56 pm

I'm on the bus down to Washington DC, where most of my friends still reside (I wish there was a hidden political meaning to that, but there ain't). Going to a concert by Lisa Fischer, who was one of about a dozen backup singers for every band you've ever heard of from the 70's - 90's.

I always pay a few extra bucks to reserve the front seat at the top of the double decker bus, for a panoramic view. Wifi for once is working, and between the scenery and the vehicular vibrations I'm very relaxed. Should have thought to fill up a hip flask with scotch or something.

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Post by Norc on Sat May 13, 2017 6:46 pm

the weather is unlike the rest of europe this spring, gorgeous! and my roomate has his birthday today, but he refuses to go out and have a beer... like. utepils... ??????

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Post by azriel on Sun May 14, 2017 6:21 pm

As I was shopping yesterday..



Entrance to a small indoor shopping......... place. I think it looks so pretty. Very Happy

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun May 14, 2017 8:56 pm

{{I like that! Very Happy

-been unseasonable here too Norc, my bits are sunburned No }}}

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Post by halfwise on Sun May 21, 2017 7:33 pm

Spent part of the weekend with a friend who had been posted to Rome with the UN.  She's from Russia, spent the previous 6 years in the US, you'd think she'd love the change to the Eternal City.

She hates it.  Says, the food is wonderful, but the only thing the Italians are interested in eating is Italian food.  Can't get Indian, Mexican, Chinese, etc, etc.  It begins to grate on you.  She used to give Starbucks the cold shoulder as a corporate chain, now after months of nothing but espresso she craves it (I used to look down on Starbucks until I discovered its enlightened corporate culture, now I'm a booster even if I rarely drink coffee).  

She recently spent a few days in Glasgow and loved its more open culture.

I wonder if Figgs felt confined by the provincial Italian attitude; what it took to get past it, how much of a difference being married to an Italian made.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun May 21, 2017 11:13 pm

{{Ah well if they are Russian doesn't surprise they feel more at home in a northern European city with an industrial root than a southern European country. }}}

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Re: Tales of Home [7]

Post by halfwise on Sun May 21, 2017 11:18 pm

Has your Italian squeeze shown any interest in eating anything other than Italian food?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun May 21, 2017 11:24 pm

{{Actually now you mention it- no, not really. scratch I mean even when she doesn't make something thats strictly traditionally Italian, she sort of makes it more Italian.
She does occasionally make me something non Italian- but I get the feeling its done out of niceness and with some inner disdain at serving less than a perfectly balanced Italian meal!
Still turns out I can live with that! Very Happy (well so long as she keeps disguising the vegetables so I dont know they are there that is!) }}}

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Post by halfwise on Mon May 22, 2017 12:47 am

Well I can well understand not wanting to cook anything outside one's bailiwick. The real test is if you are wandering down a distant town street, both feeling full-on peckish with no prospect of getting home and cooking anything soon. So you turn to her and say brightly "hey, how about dropping in yon shop for a nice plate of curry? I've heard this place is the best." Will she perk up, or try to drive you towards a decent Italian restaurant?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon May 22, 2017 12:58 am

{{{Mmm well last time such an occasion arose I dont think there was an Italian restaurant- place we did go to she had a salmon bisque- which is french in origin but obviously in this case made with local Scottish salmon.
Not so sure if that shows willingness to eat outside the Italian box, or the fact it was the least Scottish thing on the menu! (ok salmon is pretty Scottish we got tons of that, but bisque ain't)}}}

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Post by halfwise on Mon May 22, 2017 2:43 am

I would've gotten the salmon bisque too. Nod Jury still out.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon May 22, 2017 6:00 pm

halfwise wrote:Spent part of the weekend with a friend who had been posted to Rome with the UN.  She's from Russia, spent the previous 6 years in the US, you'd think she'd love the change to the Eternal City.

She hates it.  Says, the food is wonderful, but the only thing the Italians are interested in eating is Italian food.  Can't get Indian, Mexican, Chinese, etc, etc.  It begins to grate on you.  She used to give Starbucks the cold shoulder as a corporate chain, now after months of nothing but espresso she craves it (I used to look down on Starbucks until I discovered its enlightened corporate culture, now I'm a booster even if I rarely drink coffee).  

She recently spent a few days in Glasgow and loved its more open culture.

I wonder if Figgs felt confined by the provincial Italian attitude; what it took to get past it, how much of a difference being married to an Italian made.


How long you got? Laughing  It was a HUGE culture shock being a totally undomesticated Mancunian hippy type the Italian way of thinking was bizarre at first, and then I grew to appreciate parts of it. Basically its like living in the 70s, family is all important and men and women still have traditional roles, for me it would have been a prison and at first it was impossible to adapt, I felt my entire essence being put in a cage and tamed, but I rebel inside and it never 'got' me. The first years of my marriage were one long fight, he wanting conventional, ie right shoes for right occasion, and me saying, Screw That! one red sock and one green one will do just fine thanks! But slowly he changed, became more relaxed, let me be me, laughed at my eccentricities, accepted me for the free spirit I feel all Tolkien lovers are, deep down. I changed too, I learned to be less selfish, think of others, do the dishes without thinking that I was caving in to domestic servitude, I relaxed too. its give and take with the Italian culture, some of it is great some of it drives you barking. But yeah Starbucks is ok. Razz
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Post by halfwise on Mon May 22, 2017 6:40 pm

Ha! You broke him down. I'd expect no less, even if you had to give in some yourself. I suspect he found your lack of domestication to be part of the attraction, but had to learn over time how to let go of his cultural expectations.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon May 22, 2017 10:25 pm

yep he is an anglophile 80s Mancunian music lover so he got the anarchic sarcastic side straight away. A straight up Italian male wouldn't have worked. He calls me his female Johnny Rotten, says it all really.  rabbit
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Post by David H on Tue May 23, 2017 1:05 am

Mrs Figg wrote: He calls me his female Johnny Rotten
That's both sweet and terrifying I love you pale

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue May 23, 2017 1:17 am

{{Makes absolute sense to me Nod Sofa }}}

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Post by azriel on Tue May 23, 2017 3:20 pm

Dam right !!

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Post by chris63 on Wed May 24, 2017 5:00 am

Took a while but winters finally come.

Got some rain this week 20° and sunny today thou. ☀︎

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Post by Norc on Sun May 28, 2017 9:21 pm

yeah winter... that's what we call a  good summer

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Post by chris63 on Mon May 29, 2017 5:44 am

Very Happy

Used to the warm weather now, not sure if i could handle months of cold.
Always looks good thou.



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