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About gweilgi

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    cigars, wine, good food, pocket watches, music

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  1. vegemite

    Simply dreadful! Any right-thinking person knows that the only proper ingredient here is Marmite.
  2. Well now, when I arrived in God's Own, I told Her Who Must Be Consulted that I wanted a fire engine red HSV Maloo ute, preferably with roo bars and flood-lighting. She said "NO". So I said "OK, lets forget about the roo bars and extra lights. How about it?" She said "yeah but NO" So I asked her if I could at least rent a normal ute to take her to the Deniliquin Ute Muster for three days of drinking VBs, wearing check shirts and listening to Aussie country music. To that, she said "F*CK, NO". At which point, I gave in, said "yes, darling. How about a Jaguar?"....
  3. A 2001 Holden HSV GTS. I bought #21 of a batch of grey imports into the UK. It was loud. It was primitive. There were loose wires hanging around in the boot. Trim started to come off a month after I bought it. Half an hour into a drive, my feet would start to sweat because there was no insulation between the footwell and the V8 engine. It was thirstier than a university Rugby player. The gear knob vibrated so badly, it gave my girlfriend funny ideas. There was a button to turn traction control on or off, but it was pointless because there was just too much power and the weight distribution was crap. When I put my foot down, it would react by going sideways rather than ahead. And I loved it to bits. Lary as hell to drive it in rain, snow, ice or sunshine, on wet and dry roads -- but it was FUN. Got rid of it after I ended in the ditch while going round a bend at 20KPH and discovered the joys of lift-off oversteer. I also discovered that while my car was in Europe, the nearest spare parts depot was in Melbourne, and absolutely every part would take several weeks to arrive....
  4. Goodbye, my Buddy Boy

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. They really are family ....
  5. Hamburg ... from a Bavarian perspective that's not in Germany but in Südschweden (South of Sweden).... Violent crime is always bad, but relatively speaking, there could be worse. On the very same day that a guy walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the US and shot 20 kids as well as 6 teachers, over in China a bloke went into a local primary school and tried to do the same, but armed with knives and a hatchet ... and failed to kill a single person. Sadly, I can see more of this happening. The enormous media attention given to terrorists using cars and knives to murderous effect are inspiring common and garden nut jobs to do copycat crimes. Short of outlawing kitchen knives and private transport, there is no way of stopping them...
  6. offal - do you eat it?

    My apologies in turn: I just noticed you cut one of my posts. The timeline suggests I posted it just as you laid down the law.... Wouldn't wish to offend anyone in here -- this forum is friendly, good-natured and even courteous, all too rare on the inter web these days.
  7. You may not like the USPS, but it's a constitutional duty ... Article I, Section 8. So no chance of getting rid of it anytime soon...
  8. Amen to that. British police officers, by and large, know that the best weapon they have to enforce the law and keep public order is their brains. The guiding mantra of policing in the UK is not "zero tolerance" or "impartial enforcement" or even "keep them quiet using any means you feel like", but "policing by consent". This means the police, by their actions and demeanour, have to EARN the respect and willing cooperation of the public. It does not mean respecting a copper because he or she represents the law, or because they may carry a gun, or out of fear of reprisals. It means we respect them and their work because by and large, we agree with what and how they are doing it. This is fairly unique, as far as I can tell. There, too, I'm afraid. Where once genuine bobbies walked down the street, that chore has now been devolved to Community Support Officers even in the genteel streets of the Royal Borough. Real coppers are far too busy doing paperwork, back at the station.
  9. "a bit of a reputation"? That takes my nomination as the British understatement of the month! As for that unfortunate would-be mugger, gotta give him credit for having the big clanking balls to try that in Glasgow....
  10. Access to guns is seriously restricted in the UK. For evildoers, that means looking for alternatives. Knives are also highly regulated -- lockable blades are flat out banned, and pocket knives may not have blades longer than 3 inches. In addition, if the police do find a knife on you, then you had better have a damned good reason for having it. There is a bit of a wave of knife crime at the moment, so police are very much on the lookout for those ... and a household tool is not only not covered by legislation, it is also far easier to explain away. "Officer, I have this screwdriver in my pocket because I was rewiring a plug on my granny's old toaster" is less likely to get a kid into trouble than "sorry, officer, I was cutting some ham earlier and must have absent-mindedly put the knife in my pocket". For a list of restricted and banned items:
  11. If we are thinking of cigar brands, I would suggest Davidoff, Fuente, Padron. If other luxury consumables: certain brands of rum such as Zapaca, and definitely any number of Scottish Single Malts -- take your pick. If we are talking brands in general, I would say that only luxury goods would make sense. Dunhill has shown the way how one can branch out into all sorts of luxury accessories sold in the penumbra of cigars, from ashtrays and tubes to travel humidors and lighters and all manner of gadgetry. I am sure that the sort of customer who shells out on Elie Bleu desktop humidors to store his Cohiba Behikes might well be tempted by a Louis Vuitton or Hermes leather-covered traveldor or smoking jacket. Thinking further, how about furniture? Linley in London already makes humidors costing many *many* tens of thousands, built and designed not only to house cigars but to be designer interior decoration showpieces. Or audiophile gear: how many of us enjoy high-quality music reproduction while puffing away and relaxing?
  12. offal - do you eat it?

    Just to clarify: yes, there is "pink slime" in hot dogs and other processed meat products (baloney, spam, burger patties etc) but such "lean finely textured beef" does not contain offal. Think centrifugally recovered cartilage, connective tissue etc... As for chooks, they do come in differing sizes, don't they? A common chicken for roasting as may be had at a normal supermarket is rather smaller than a poulet de Bresse .... but then, it would be a crime against haute cuisine to waste a poulet de Bresse on a chicken pie.
  13. offal - do you eat it?

    Not to ruin your dietary habits, but if you have ever eaten hot dogs, you will already have had every unnamed and unmentionable bit of animal ...
  14. Depends: from which side are you approaching the border? Ours is not a hoarding family -- the family motto is "oooh, this could come in handy one day!". We collect and tie together bits of string to make longer string. We have jars of rusty and bent nails, because you can always straighten them out and re-use them some day. There are drawers full of junk mail cut up into handy note-sized bits for shopping lists etc. The drawer above is filled with hundreds and hundreds of old Christians cards, ready to be cut up and re-used as decoration or gift tags when the opportunity presents itself. My mother has the third-largest collection of used plastic bags in Europe. I am right now looking at stacks of empty cigar boxes because they are too good to burn and yes, might come in handy some day. We have a large jar with nothing but old keys -- from drawers belonging to furniture that has long ago been given away, from suitcases that were used half a century ago, from padlocks for bicycles that we used to get to school several decades ago, etc. Could all come in handy some day, right? In a corner of the cellar, there is a stack of boxes with hoover bags for hoovers that went out of production in the last millennium ... they cost money, you know, and you can't just throw this stuff out! Small electrical appliances used to come with detachable cables and boxy little transformers, so of course, when we throw out the old answerphone or radio alarm clock, we keep these cables and transformers, never to be used again. But, and this is important: we are NOT hoarders! All of this stuff is *useful* and could come in handy. Some day.
  15. offal - do you eat it?

    Haven't had the pleasure of eating at Tartufo yet (but it's bookmarked for the next time I get to Brisbane), but the best tripa I have ever had was at Stefano's in Mildura. Subtle, light, mouthwateringly tender. As for offal, it's all good. Devilled lambs' kidneys are a feast, and a major British contribution to world cuisine (stop laughing!!). Saumagen, haggis, andouilette -- all supremely tasty! In Norway, I had smalahove, the local equivalent of the Icelandic svid (sp) -- sheep's head that has been dried, salted, smoked and then steamed for several hours. Germans, of course, have their own specialities: black pudding, hot liverwurst, pannas (leftover bits of a slaughtered pig boiled with flour and blood, then left to set, often served with sugar beet molasses), and pancreas sausage (breaded and shallow-fried -- a Bavarian delicacy!). Tongue is good in all ways: carpaccio, boiled, persillé, in aspic, you name it. Ditto, of course, foie gras ... although I am a peasant and prefer a glass of oloroso Sherry to the classic sweet wine. The only downside is that all of this makes Her Who Must Be Obeyed shudder and refuse to kiss me after I indulge....

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