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Beardie

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  1. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    I have never used up my quota, I guess I am a miserable bleeder when it comes to 'liking' stuff ?8^)
  2. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    In my head I am!! so Nah na nah nana na! ?8^)
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Exactly Frank ?8^) is my personal 'quiffed teddy boy' smiley. I am currently using a decrepit old laptop and, for some reason, the actual emoji's on Britmodeller cause my Google Chrome (not supported on my ancient version of windows) to hang up.
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    In Scotland you know your food is 'Piping Hot' when you can hear Scotland The Brave coming from the cooker ?8^)
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Oh absolutely not!!! I rarely eat beans as an adult (usually just to be polite when served them by others) and, as a kid, I always much preferred the ones with the wee pork sausages in. I have eaten baked beans exactly once in over a year which happened to be yesterday while visiting my mother and her husband where I was served a rather tasty Scotch (meat) pie and beans had been added to the top of this local delicacy.
  6. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Do baked beans still have sugar in them? Nowadays they taste like they are full of sweeteners to me. Same with Heinz tomato soup which I loved as a kid. Had some recently and I could have sworn that it was 'diet' from the chemical taste of sweeteners in it and it tasted horribly of real tomatoes too.
  7. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Oh I have given relocating consideration and often fancied living in Bavaria or Austria but the wife doesn't want to move abroad and likes to be close to the sea. I was talking to a chap on another non-modelling forum who lives in Finland and I really found myself envying his winter wonderland.
  8. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    OK Well I have a slightly different take on one of those and that is "WHERE IS MY WINTER!!!????? I want some snow and I want it now not this drizzly mild nonsense that has been the substandard fare for the last couple of months. I was repeatedly promised snow, and plenty of it, by the BBC weather forecasts and there were also newspaper headlines with the most recent being "Beast from the East due to return in the New Year" and yet, to date, nothing! On another tack and following on from Pete - Andy Murray, OK the guy can apparently knock a wee flourescent yellow rubber ball around pretty well but other than that there ain't much going on. I think England should take him to their hearts and make him an honourary Englishman. I would prefer that he wasn't held up to the world as an example of Scottish manhood.
  9. Beardie

    What's your day-job?

    Well I have done a number of odds and ends. Originally I wanted to be a fighter pilot but excessive height and astigmatism put paid to those dreams. I qualified as a Radar and Radio technician. I was trained in analogue just as the world went digital and I never really took to digital and 'board switching' as opposed to fault finding. I then went on to become a technician in a factory making computer monitors. From that I went on to be a technician in a silicon chip manufacturing plant. During those years I also worked as and when I could as concert security doing Glastonbury festival, various other festivals and 'Raves' throughout the UK. Other times I worked as a tattooist and motorcycle mechanic. Next I was back in electronics as a technician in a company making laboratory equipement (Incubators centrifuges and the like), then a short spell as a local authority waste services labourer. After that I was a web designer and then a Graphic designer and then a Civil Servant with Jobcentre. After getting married eight years ago my new wife's health started to decline and her son was diagnosed with Autism so, for the last six or seven years, I have been out of the world of employment and been a full-time carer. Dream job? I don't think I have one, 'Deep thinker about life the Universe and Everything' would probably be it. Free to go where I want and do what I please while exploring the real big questions of the meaning of it all. I used to think that I wanted to be a rock guitarist as I am a brilliant musician (even if I do say so myself) but I think the music business has little to do with the art of making music and the sex drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle that is supposed to be part of the package leaves me utterly cold.
  10. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    He is probably on a bonus scheme for every patient he gets to sign up.
  11. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    @spaddad Here is the recipe for Gourmet spicy Haggis Fajita: 1 tin of Grant's haggis heated in a pan until the fat has thoroughly melted. Other types of Haggis should do just as well though. Add in a good amount of grated cheddar, salt and a healthy 'splosh' of hot sauce (Tabasco or hotter if you can find it) and stir until a gooey mess. Take it off the heat so that it starts to cool and the melted cheese starts to bind it together. Put a healthy dollop of the mixture onto a corn tortilla Add a liberal amount of grated cheddar and pickled jalapenos. Fold in the end and roll it up. Devour the firey, meaty, cheesy delight!
  12. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Don't forget Tunnock's Tea Cakes and Lees Snowballs. I miss Lees Puff Candy that was a great taste of childhood. Then there is Coconut Ice. We certainly do sugary treats very well. @spaddad Hi Dave, Yeah there has to be some secret ingredient (probably now illegal) in those Vesta Noodles. I've had crispy noodles with Chow Mein (In 'real' Chinese food) and they are nothing like the creatures in the Vesta meal, just ordinary egg noodles fried so that they resemble hot shredded wheat. I have to say that the idea of sucking any type of beverage through any type of penguin is not really very appealing to me.
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    You know I just had to google to find out what a Penguin tastes like. Don't think I will be trying one anytime soon. You know it didn't occur to me that Penguin (Biscuits) are Scottish. What a great country we are ?8^) According to Wikipedia the Tim-Tam is based on the Penguin. God is a Scotsman!
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    @Bonhoff many years ago I did quiz them about their 'all weather' capabilities. Apparently they never figured Scottish clouds into the design for their fleet of 'luxury' inter-stellar coaches. I'm told the particular blend of moisture, and other stuff, in the clouds here really musses up the paintwork and makes it hard to see the mountains. Believe it or not they don't have Radar of any sort as they say it interferes with the 'light drive' engines. Essentially these huge transport machines run on massive coils of 'Arcturian light' or, to convert that into English,'Fairy lights'.
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    I have a major grump! Where in the Universe is my transport? I was told some years ago, by one of what you poor people without the Gaelic call the 'Fairies' ( corruption of a Gaelic word meaning 'The Watchers' which is a rough approximation of what the word Arcturian means), that the Arcturian 'Greyhound' inter stellar coach would make an unscheduled stop in my sleepy little glen to take me and my family back to my homeworld of Harrumph. Every clear night over the last few years (we get about five clear nights a year here in Argyll) I have stood outside watching and waiting for them to swing by but still nothing. Anyone got a direct line to the Arcturian Inter-stellar travel bureau or even a passing saucer?
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Five Boys Chocolate? These days that sounds like a decidedly 'dodgy' name. When I were a lad Cadbury's chocolate had a flavour that was like no other chocolate and was instantly recogniseable to the tastebuds. Nowadays it tastes pretty much like any other chocolate, it's long since lost that certain 'something' that made it stand out. Vesta, that brings back memories. I remember those weird sort of pasta-like strips that you stuck in the frying pan and they puffed up like strange, slightly too hard, quavers. Were those meant to really represent some form of oriental food? I certainly have never seen such a thing outside of a Vesta packet meal.
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    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    Shhhh...... Don't mention Cadbury that is a topic that could go 'super-nova' in regard to how the flavour has changed in recent years.
  18. Beardie

    GRUMPY MODELLERS

    American chocolate is pretty awful even though I am not a chocolate fan. The wife bought a bag of Hershey's Kisses some time back thinking they sounded nice and exotic. She was disappointed when she found out they were just blobs of chocolate and she was horrified when she tasted them. She tried to offer them to my stepdaughter and various other people but I think her 'sales technique' was flawed - "Would you like to try these, I think they taste like vomit?" Surprisingly no-one was willing to sample these 'chocolate' delights.
  19. Beardie

    Happy New Year

    Aye happy New Year to all from me too.
  20. Beardie

    Seasons greetings from the asylum

    Hi all, First may I say a big thank you to those who enquired over my absence and your best wishes. I would like to wish all on Britmodeller a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The nice chap in the white suit has freed up my arms for a short period that I might post this message. I am still alive and haven't been abducted, or should I say repatriated by any aliens and passing saucers are rare in this part of your Earth so hitch-hiking the Galaxy is somewhat difficult, especially at Grumpmas which is a time when I normally revel in a darned good moan. I have to admit here that I am actually an alien on this planet myself from a planet whose name, phonetically translated into English, would be something like 'Harrumph!' where grumping is considered an essential exercise for the intellectual muscles and 'sweetness and light' are punishable by death with extreme satisfaction to all except the convict. I will return to the forum properly in the New Year but, as I am having trouble with the equipment that keeps my grump volume down to a low, human, level it is best that I keep a firm hold on my tongues for the moment. Have a good one folks or, if you can't, have a bloody good moan about it.
  21. Beardie

    All I want FOUR Christmas

    with some serious assault
  22. Beardie

    All I want FOUR Christmas

    well eat a horse
  23. Beardie

    'Tis the Season...to Grump

    Absolutely spot-on about the unemployment figures. I wonder what the figures would be if they sacked the courses that don't have any real chance of resulting in employment and allowed 16-18 year old's to leave school and 'sign-on' while they looked for work.
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    'Tis the Season...to Grump

    I am sure there are plenty of expert, caring and dedicated staff in the NHS. The problem is that neither my wife, myself or other members of my family seem to have been lucky enough to meet them. I have had only two operations in my life, one was a complete failure with surgeon apologising that he had made a mistake that meant the operation failed, in the other, 25 years ago for appendix I was taken out of surgery after the recovery room was closed so I was taken straight up to the ward unconscious and hurled into a bed as I was coming around in agony I then endured two days feeling like my left arm had been hit with a sledgehammer, I asked the nurses several times why my arm was feeling like this and was ignored until a new nurse actually listened, understood the problem and turned down the drip feed rate resulting in instant relief. I have to say that, in neither case did I sue, or even complain just limped off into the sunset but I have lost any confidence I had in the service. I don't wish to see a private health service as, from what I know of private health services, they aren't better just much more expensive. I do have to say that I think the end of the NHS is inevitable and, judging by the increasing number of adverts on TV for private doctors, WebMD's, etc. it is probably going to be sooner rather than later. The sharks are circling and they have finely tuned senses as to when the blood is in the water.
  25. Beardie

    All I want FOUR Christmas

    if it ever happens (for about eight weeks now the BBC weather reports have been promising snow in around a weeks time and, in all that time not one flake of snow!)
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