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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by gillianren on June 09, 2021, 10:01:51 AM »
Zane gets very upset when people mispronounce his classmates' names, which makes me happy.
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by JayUtah on June 09, 2021, 09:53:41 AM »
I was introduced to the notion of ANZAC biscuits by one of the actors in the film Danger Close, who at the time was dating someone in my city and therefore had occasion to mingle with our film and theatre community.  My sister (whose birthday coincidentally it is today) is legitimately gluten-intolerant: diagnosed ciliac disease.  So if anyone finds a good gluten-free biscuit recipe, I hope they share it.  Bless the kids today who just habitually think of kindness toward the historically marginalized.
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on June 09, 2021, 01:09:09 AM »
8YOD has long hair, but she's reluctant to give it the brushing it requires. This results in almost daily requests from my wife and I to her to brush it properly, and occasional parental interventions.

After another brushing request produced another half-hearted brushing attempt, she groaned, "Your nagging is more pleasant than brushing my hair."
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on June 08, 2021, 03:15:02 AM »
10YOS will soon be 11YOS...

There's a tradition at our kids' primary school of bringing in a plate of cupcakes or some other treat on their birthday to distribute to classmates and teachers (yes, I figure it's likely to be a widespread thing these days).

Anyway, I've generally prepared a box of my Anzac biscuits for our kids to hand out - they're easier to make, lots of kids seem to love them, and a few parents have mentioned that they make a lot less mess in the back seat of the car than cupcakes...

Of course, not everyone can eat the biccies, as they're not safe for those who are gluten-intolerant. So, bless my little 10YOS, on his own initiative he asked me if I could come up with a gluten-free version of the recipe, and asked his teacher if there were any gluten-intolerant kids in his class.
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General Discussion / Re: Nice Touristic Sites
« Last post by onebigmonkey on June 07, 2021, 03:21:58 PM »
I still have an old Turkish 1000000 lira note. It was worth about 50p at the time :)

In terms of the OP, I listened to a radio programme sellng Lebanon as a long weekend destination and it did sound fascinating.
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General Discussion / Re: Nice Touristic Sites
« Last post by smartcooky on June 05, 2021, 08:20:20 AM »
With the dollar equaling 12,500 Lebanese Liras (L.L.) nowadays after it was equal to 1,500 L.L., you can buy half the country with its goods I guess ;) 
And to encourage, (again, and after a long time), tourism when it is most needed, I am posting two sites, better seen on facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveLebanonn


https://www.facebook.com/WeAreLebanon


and the Ministry of Tourism's site http://destinationlebanon.gov.lb/

There are photos of very nice places that I myself did not know existed before. Baalbeck's Temple and the Cedars aged thousands of years are the most famous, but there are also many, many others worth exploring.

The security situation is good also. No demonstrations since a long time, no Israeli wars, no assassinations.

If you come or not, I hope you enjoy looking at the nice views.

The only time in my life that I have been a multi-millionaire was when I visited Italy in 1989.... in the "cambiavalute" at a bank in Mendrisio, Switzerland, I exchanged £1000 for L6,500,000 !! 
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by bknight on June 03, 2021, 10:51:12 AM »
Well we have a delay again.

https://spacenews.com/jwst-launch-slips-to-november/

Maybe this year.  I do hope ESA gets the faring issue solved, this must be making NASA nervous.
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by gillianren on May 31, 2021, 11:26:13 AM »
Sandy has taken to telling me when she's upset at me that I've broken her heart.  Four years old and mastering the guilt trip!
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on May 31, 2021, 06:01:02 AM »
Reading a Friday Barnes novel...

8YOD: So, is gelato made in Italy?

Me: Yes, it was invented by the Italians.

8YOD: Wow, so there are some real things in this book!
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on May 30, 2021, 10:15:18 PM »
Mastering the non sequitur

I'd brought 10YOS and 8YOD to my den, where I store wargames and related material. 8YOD was looking around...

8YOD: I see this game [points in one direction] and that game [points in another direction] have similar names and writing, so [points in a third direction] what's this ruler for?
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