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  1. Thanks nikki-red. I stand corrected. And yes Delayed - I haven't been banned from SF for criticising the vaccine - but I bet I would have been banned if I'd said the same thing on Twitter. This why I quite like SF. At least we are allowed to express our opinions on here - even if those opinions don't agree with the majority.
  2. I suppose it depends on what you consider to be a "conspiracy" site melthebell. I agree that there is a lot of loony stuff out there, but if mainstream media and official bodies like the ONS & the NHS didn't suppress information, then people wouldn't be as tempted to look at these conspiracy sites. For example, when the BBC journalist Lisa Shaw died of blood clots on the brain shortly after having the AZ jab, the BBC reported her death, but didn't even mention that she'd recently had the jab. I'm not saying the BBC should have blamed her death on the side effects of the jab - but to not even mention that she'd had it? Don't you think that's bit suspicious?
  3. Yes - it was ten year one. I don't think they do the one year passports any longer. I too had only used my previous passport twice to travel abroad in the last ten years, but so many transactions require proof of identity these days and most will only accept either a passport or a full driving licence as proof. I'm a non-driver, so a passport is a must for me - even though I have no intention of going abroad in the foreseeable future. For example, I recently closed a small savings account with Santander and they demanded my passport or driving licence as proof of ID. I had my old bank passbooks, copies of the previous bank statements - but they'd only accept passport/driving licence.
  4. I know a lot of people on here disagree with me, but I still maintain that the vaccines that so many of us have willingly taken (including myself) have caused as much - if not more - harm than the Covid virus itself. So many previously fit and healthy people have died horrible deaths or become seriously ill shortly after taking the vaxx - especially from bleeds and clots on the brain and from heart problems. The BBC journalist Lisa Shaw, the musician Lord Zion, the psychotherapist Dr Stephen Wright. Their friends and relatives have been suppressed from reporting their deaths by Mainstream Media and even banned from popular social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook. You may not agree with the view that the vaccine is dangerous but it makes me very suspicious that anyone praising it is allowed to speak freely, yet anyone criticising it - or even questioning it- is banned.
  5. I needed to renew my passport and even though I'd got 8 months left on my current passport, I decided to renew it early, because I'd read so many horror stories about huge delays and huge backlogs in HM Passport Office. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to get a much quicker and better response than I was expecting. I submitted my application on 12th April, using the Post Office "Digital Check& Send" service. HMPO texted/emailed me at every stage of the process and my new passport was successfully delivered to me on 3rd May. The whole process took only 3 weeks. I'm sure HMPO deserve some of the criticism they've had, but they did well on this occasion, so I thought it only fair to give them a bit of praise,
  6. Oxtail is also great for making mulligatawny soup. Just stew it as per any of the recipes above, allow to cool, skim off the fat and shred the meat off the bones. Reserve the stock and vegetables. Marinate the shredded meat overnight in the curry paste of your choice then gently fry it with some minced garlic, finely chopped hot chilli and minced fresh ginger, until lightly browned. Then puree the stock and vegetables with a stick blender and add it to the meat/ginger/garlic/chilli mixture, a ladleful at a time. Simmer gently for about 45 minutes - add more water, a bit at a time , and stir in until you get your required consistency. It's best left overnight, to allow all the curry flavours to develop - then re-heated. Serve with naan bread, roti, paratha or chapati's . I like my mulligatawny really hot and fiery, so I use hot curry paste and loads of fresh chilli- but if you prefer it milder, just use milder curry paste and go easy on the chilli.
  7. Yes Delbow - Norse Star III - that's the one. It really is cracking - if you can bear to fork out £4.50 for one can of beer! I'll look out for that Acorn Brewery beer you mentioned - I like liquoricey flavours. The Tynt Medow beers mentioned by Zinger549 sound interesting too
  8. Their stuff is very nice, no doubt about it, but as alexander874 says, it's very pricey. Even if you're just popping in by yourself, £6.60 is very expensive for toast and coffee - but imagine popping in for a snack if you've just taken a couple of kids for a trot around the park -it'd cost you the best part of £30 - and that's out of the reach of most people. I understand that these cafes have staff wages and business overheads to pay, but sadly it seems that the only way to be able to afford a day out anywhere with the kids these days is to take your own packed food and drinks with you.
  9. I've recently developed a real liking for gnocchi - a sort of little dumpling-type thing that can be used as the main carb ingredient in meals and which make a nice change from the usual carb content - like pasta or potatoes etc. They are nice to eat with traditional English type dishes, like soups, stews, casseroles, nice with creamy, meaty or tomato-ey pasta-style sauces . Gnocchi can be bought in the chilled sections in supermarkets but it's much cheaper to make your own - they are quick & simple to make - and freeze well. To make 2 portions 250g floury potatoes (eg King Edwards/Maris Piper) 50g plain flour 1 egg yolk A few chopped fresh soft herbs - eg basil/mint/dill/chives/parsley (optional) Cook potatoes in their skins until tender. Allow to cool and completely dry. Peel potatoes, mash together with flour, egg yolk and chopped herbs. Season with salt and ground black pepper and beat together to form a soft dough. On a floured surface, roll this dough into a sausage shaped rope, about 1cm thick - then cut the rope into pieces, each piece about 2cm long. Roll each piece over the tines of a fork, then chill for about 10 mins in the fridge. To cook, add the gnocchi to a large pan of boiling water - and simmer until they float to the top - then drain and allow to cool. (Toss in a little olive oil/ or any veg oil , to stop them sticking together) Once cooked, these gnocchi can be added to any soup, stew or sauce and gently heated through. They can also be shallow-pan-fried in hot oil and served with bacon and egg, or any pan-fried food. The gnocchi can also be frozen in a plastic bag or airtight container. They last for ages in the freezer - just defrost them before cooking.
  10. Hillsborough is ok for doing a food shop. There's the Morrison's supermarket, a few butchers/pork shops, a greengrocer. It's also quite good for bargain-type outlets, like B&M, Wilko, Poundland - and if you like rummaging in charity shops, there's quite a few of those too. I think Hillsborough would benefit from somewhere that sold decent clothing and shoes and maybe more upmarket deli syle foods. There's quite an elderly/middle aged demographic in that area, so I've often thought that a Marks & Spencer outlet,, that sold food and clothing, would do quite well. I'd also quite like to see a proper wet fishmonger shop and an artisan bakery - but maybe a posh fishmonger and a posh bakery might be a bit too pricey for many people who live and shop around the Hillsborough area.
  11. Thanks Delbow. That St Mars of the Desert sounds really interesting - I will keep my eye out or it. Thanks to you too Zinger 549. I'd never heard of Tynt Meadow and was intrigued by your info about strong stouts - up to 9.4%. I really love a strong stout, because they tend to have a big alcoholic kick, without also having that thick, claggy, treacly texture of a strong ale. I'm currently treating myself to the occasional can of Northern Monk's"Norseman III" strong stout. It's 9 percent and really delicious ,,,,but far too expensive to drink on a regular basis.
  12. Yes, I agree that some parents don't seem to pay enough attention to their kids - especially if their kids' behaviour becomes a bit excessive, but I also think that if you go anywhere where you are likely to encounter small children, you need to be a bit flexible and expect a certain amount of noise and disruption. Children play, they get boisterous, they run around and make noise, they throw a strop when they are tired or when things aren't going quite the way they want. It's just what kids do, it's just natural child-like behaviour. Most parents do their best to ensure that their kids have boundaries in public places - but if you really can't tolerate child-like behaviour, perhaps it would be best to only go out to adult-only spaces.
  13. Your posts are very refreshing Anna B. You are a voice of commonsense and you express your views clearly and convincingly. Can I ask, were you always against the vaccine - or were you like me, took the vaccine, then changed your mind after realising it was all a vast con?
  14. Not sure what the overall percentages would be in each category RJRB, but within my own smallish circle of friends and family - about 30 people in total - only 4 people- just over 10 percent - are out and out anti-vaxxers who have always refused to have the jab from the beginning. The other 26 - nearly 90 percent - all had the 2 jabs and 20 of those also had the booster. However, of the 26 who had the jabs,10 now wish that they hadn't had them, because like me. they've come to realise that the jab is more damaging to health than the Covid disease itself. I disagree that there is compelling evidence that the jab makes symptoms less severe. I don't think there's any such evidence at all - at least no evidence that I believe. I reckon you're just as likely to get Covid and be seriously ill from it whether you've had the jab or not - and by having the jab, all you achieve is to lay yourself wide open to getting a whole load of unrelated illnesses that you would probably never have got in the first place - if you hadn't had the damn jab.
  15. When it comes to talking about the vaccine, I reckon people fall into 3 distinct categories. PRO VAXXERS - these are the people who believe in the vaccine, believe it is a good thing. They've taken all the jabs and boosters they've been offered so far and will continue to take any jabs they are offered in the future. They will continue to believe in the vaccine, despite there not being a shred of evidence to prove that it slows the transmission of Covid or makes symptoms less severe in those who do get it. ANTI--VAXXERS - these are the people who never believed in the vaccine in the first place. They never took the jabs and never will. I think they were right all along PRO-VAXXERS WHO SUBSEQUENTLY BECAME ANTI-VAXXERS - these are the people like me, who started out as gullible sheep, believing what we were told - who took the vaccines willingly, then realised too late and all we had "achieved" was to damage our own health and make tons of money for the big pharmas and their cronies in the process. I have now come to the opinion that the Covid vaccine is, never has been, nor ever will be of any value against the disease. I think that it's, at best, just a cynical, money-making ploy - and at worst, it's a damaging, experimental poison.
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