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Re: ok sweetie

Knowing my daughters, zikikins, they will have taken this book to their hearts and will be quoting such phrases with much hilarity until they are old and grey. I only hope they don't come across someone who has taken the book seriously!




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LOL, this really strengthens the sisterly bond and also my abdominal muscles...ROFL, I can see why you guys had fun.
Maybe next time you see your daugters they will have incorporated a couple of phrases knowing them by heart....

ziki :-)


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Re: HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Choisya asked,
"Perhaps there is a lot of Latin blood in Americans?"

I would think so, given they share the same hemisphere and colonial history (everywhere but the Northeast U.S). Remember, we're the country who brought you "Spanglish."
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Re: Bob silver spoon- off topic

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Ziki wrote:

"The book is huge, bigger than my EOD and nothing to travel with. I dropped the package three times on my way home from the post office(glad to report the book survived unharmed)."

Now I'm little leary of the investment. I'm not a collector of cookbooks as books, no matter how beautiful. Do you have the French Laundry book? It's supposed to be equally heavy and impeccably produced. Bob

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Re: English politeness

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Ziki, you wrote, in regards to using polite phrases:

It does but it helps if it is also trully meant. If it becomes just an empty phrase it doesn't engage your heart. However, I'd say.... it's still better than having a stranger screaming insults at you. That's not good for your heart rate.

You can't mean Brits are not polite. They are even more polite than Americans but in a different way. It also feels like they mean it.

kind regards,
ziki
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Ziki, is this were I give you the big spoon to stir the pot! No, I didn't mean that the Brits are less polite....good grief almighty, Charlie Brown! :-)
Now, dear heart...take on the day!

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Re: A question for Americans..no for moderators



Choisya wrote:
Thanks ziki - that's a lot of lines:smileyhappy: Yes those sweets (candies?) are still sold, usually under the slightly more polite name of humbugs. They are large, striped and mint-flavoured although I seem to remember that one of their delights was that as you sucked, the flavours and colours also changed - hence the name.

http://www.mrsbrowns.co.uk/acatalog/MINT_HUMBUGS.html



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Choisya wrote:
Do folks here know the phrase 'suck it and see'? I have just had a post containing this common (English) idiom removed from a board and was surprised to find that someone found the expression offensive. It only means trying something to see if you like it and is thought to originate from a large old-fashioned sweet called a gobstopper which changes colour as you sucked on it.




Help!I don't believe it! It is in my dictionary of idioms.

Maybe BNC initiates a course on idioms for moderators, heheh!
Can you still find those sweets nowadays?

Choisya, it's great you post this and help BNC to draw the line correctly.You're not out of line but you put your neck on the line. I hope you stay in the front line and I do enjoy you being on line so frequently.

ziki :-)





I just consulted my two daughters....They're here wrapping packages...Yes, these are called Willy Wonka's Gobstoppers. (small jawbreakers, different colors, none are mint flavored though)
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editing also quoted posts

When you quote, Choisya,(and anybody) it would be better to edit the quotes appropriately otherwise it leaves long tails of posts and that is just as confusing and time consuming to wade through.

ziki :-)
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Re: editing also quoted posts

Does anyone besides me have trouble editing things you want to quote? I keep getting long red warning notices that I'm doing something wrong.



ziki wrote:
When you quote, Choisya,(and anybody) it would be better to edit the quotes appropriately otherwise it leaves long tails of posts and that is just as confusing and time consuming to wade through.

ziki :-)


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parma violets candy



Choisya wrote:
Ah Parma Violets -.... This site has them but alas! not in the old-fashioned shape of violets




I used to get some from my grandmother,not sure where she bought them....

I happen to find'em (albeit not that often) by chance when I am travelling. Once in Spain (Barcelona or Valencia, not sure) and once in California (near Hollywood) in some sweet shop of proper rank...those are festive occasions.
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Re: parma violets candy

Could it be these?

http://www.regals.fr/violette.htm



ziki wrote:


Choisya wrote:
Ah Parma Violets -.... This site has them but alas! not in the old-fashioned shape of violets




I used to get some from my grandmother,not sure where she bought them....

I happen to find'em (albeit not that often) by chance when I am travelling. Once in Spain (Barcelona or Valencia, not sure) and once in California (near Hollywood) in some sweet shop of proper rank...those are festive occasions.
ziki


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Laurel wrote:
Does anyone besides me have trouble editing things you want to quote? I keep getting long red warning notices that I'm doing something wrong.



ziki wrote:
When you quote, Choisya,(and anybody) it would be better to edit the quotes appropriately otherwise it leaves long tails of posts and that is just as confusing and time consuming to wade through.

ziki :-)







I do too. I just don't know enough about html. You can ignore the red warnings if things look ok in the print preview. It fixes things up somehow. Sometimes I just cut and paste what I want from the previous message rather than fight with it.

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Re: editing also quoted posts

True Ziki although sometimes wading through all the html is a fag.
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Re: parma violets candy

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Ah yes, Laurel, thanks. I was only searching UK & US sites. I had forgotten too about that sweet perfume, which my old mother-in-law used to wear. Memories:smileyhappy:



Laurel wrote:
Could it be these?

http://www.regals.fr/violette.htm



ziki wrote:


Choisya wrote:
Ah Parma Violets -.... This site has them but alas! not in the old-fashioned shape of violets




I used to get some from my grandmother,not sure where she bought them....

I happen to find'em (albeit not that often) by chance when I am travelling. Once in Spain (Barcelona or Valencia, not sure) and once in California (near Hollywood) in some sweet shop of proper rank...those are festive occasions.
ziki




Message Edited by Choisya on 12-26-200611:08 PM

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Re: editing also quoted posts



Laurel wrote:
Does anyone besides me have trouble editing things you want to quote? I keep getting long red warning notices that I'm doing something wrong.


Thanks, Laurel (and others on this thread).

We're actually working on a better, graphical message editor that will make writing and quoting messages eaiser. We'll have information about it in the next week or two, and will announce it in the Book Club Blog. In the meantime, it sounds like you're running up against the character limit on messages, probably because of the amount of "quoted" material. ... Try eliminating all but the essential part of the quote, and you should free up some space to actually post your own comments.

Hope this helps.
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Great Kevin, thanks!
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cook book- off topic

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French Laundry Book? That one escaped me but I did a search on it now. Nouvelle French- Californian food porn one review said...hmmm, but it got a very good rap. I do not think I am on that chef level yet.

French cooking scares me. The Italians have a bit more relaxed attitude in the kitchen, I think.

I do not collect cookbooks. They collect themselves. I was only partially successful these past few days because I've got rid of eight older cookbooks but the six new ones are bigger so I am in the red anyhow when it comes to shelf space.

In the Silver Spoon there is just about everything.I started with the easier recipes, so far so good. But everything is everything: there is also a picture of a black risotto with cuttle fish p. 339....help, a pile of black slimy yuck. And I am not likely to make a calf's head either. OTH in the French Laundry they feature Braised Stuffed Pig's Head. Not a lot better, LOL.

But the spinach and salmon pie is good.

Then:
Joy of Cooking 75th aniversary is a safe hit: I like it a lot. But it tells you how to skin a bear and cook in high altitude. It seems like each cookbook of any rank has to have some excentric points.

ziki
PS come over to the cooking section

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Re: parma violets candy



Laurel wrote:
Could it be these?




Not in my case, these look very real. The ones I am thinking of are more like regular 'bonbons'.
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Re: cook book- off topic

What cooking section? I must be missing something. By the way, your review was incredibly helpful. You gave a terrific endoresement for Joy of Cooking.
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B&N-fantastic cookbooks' section

Yay, let me tell ya: Barnes&Noble New Book Clubs do not live just on whales and other classics alone. Reasonably enough they have a section for cooks with and without cookbooks led and moderated by chef Jon. Drop in there if you care (non fiction department). Right now it is quiet but people are probably still busy eating the Christmas food.

Endorsement? Yeah, BN got me! :-) I think I was always interested in cooking, I just didn't realize that.

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Do I see Moby Dick on the horizon?

Hi all sailors of the writt word,
I'll be with you shortly. For now I am caught up on another ship, Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out. I've been putting off both these trips for quite some time.

ziki
seasick but enjoying the view
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Re: Do I see Moby Dick on the horizon?

I am up to my gills in Moby Dick, The Jungle and Kafka ziki and would drown if I swallowed any more literary plankton right now:smileyhappy:




ziki wrote:
Hi all sailors of the writt word,
I'll be with you shortly. For now I am caught up on another ship, Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out. I've been putting off both these trips for quite some time.

ziki
seasick but enjoying the view


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