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  1. GrandpaGrumble

    Full English Fry Up

    Rate good! I've still got the 'Arfur Tow Crate' booklets I bought in the 70s. I'll have a go as well soon, but unfortunately I've kenched my thumb so no fancy cooking for a few weeks. Yes, the bacon/cheese/sausage combo is the way to go, though I have been known to use up left over ones with tomato and olive oil. Agreed, definitely not for sweet things!
  2. GrandpaGrumble

    I know no one will care but...........

    I always have a few bottles of kriek and gueuze for my Christmas treat. They're all right so long as you're not expecting them to taste like beer More like dry cider but with a lot more complexity. Perfect out of the fridge on a hot Aussie day. Oud Beersel's and also Boon's Oude Gueuze / Oude Kriek / Mariage Parfait / Schaarbaekse Kriek (not all of which are necessarily spelt correctly there) are the best ones that are (just) within my price range, at Australian prices. I've never actually tried Lindemans as they've got a rep for being too sweet, but Tim Webb says the kriek is OK so I should give it a try. [Plus I don't mind the straight 'Kriek Boon', which is also fairly sweet.] Yes, it helps to have the right glass. Adds to the occasion even if it doesn't necessarily make any difference to the taste. Disclaimer: All in my opinion of course.
  3. GrandpaGrumble

    Full English Fry Up

    They definitely look like the real thing, I'll give it a go. Many thanks!
  4. GrandpaGrumble

    Full English Fry Up

    Yes, from the Moorlands.
  5. GrandpaGrumble

    Full English Fry Up

    That would be great (but no worries if not of course). The tweaks are probably the most important bit! Oatcakes were the first solid food my nipper ate. Just coe me Owd Grandad Piggott.
  6. GrandpaGrumble

    Full English Fry Up

    Ar'd goo a long wee fer a coupler Staffy cher wrote cakes. I've tried making them but without much success ... do you think he'd share his recipe? And what does he cook them on? In the shops they use a kind of convex griddle.
  7. GrandpaGrumble

    CTP premiums

    Our insurer has just given us a quote for CTP that's 22% higher than last year. None of the rating factors have changed apart from us being a year older. Is this a general trend, or time for us to look for a new insurer? There might be legitimate reasons like a big increase in claims, just wondering what other people are finding?
  8. GrandpaGrumble

    Things you miss about Britain

    I like that idea - thanks! If you don't mind me asking, where is your local deli? Should be visiting ACT soon so could stock up. Yes that's where we get our Henderson's from (or "Hendo's" as we should probably call it here). There's also a place out in WA that has it a lot cheaper, but things are more likely to get damaged in transit coming from there, as their web site admits.
  9. GrandpaGrumble

    Things you miss about Britain

    Mushy peas yes. Also 'Our Mate'. Bisto is pretty identical to Gravox. We do mail order a few things - Encona hot pepper sauce, Henderson's Relish, decent malt vinegar to go with the mushy peas. Embarrassed to say that we go one further than your husband and buy frozen Yorkshires - a bit lazy as they're not hard to make from scratch.
  10. GrandpaGrumble

    Primary School Admissions

    As mentioned, it's not a question of the public school making you an 'offer'. If you're in the catchment zone you are guaranteed a place there, as far as I'm aware. This can make it difficult for head teachers to make plans for their school (speaking from experience on our school's P&C), but it's not a problem for parents. If you're in NSW, you can double check which school's enrolment area you're in here: https://schoolfinder.education.nsw.gov.au/ Other states presumably have something similar. But if you're just across the road from the school it's pretty certain that you'd be in the catchment ... though I have seen counterexamples to that in the UK.
  11. GrandpaGrumble

    Primary School Admissions

    To clarify, if you're on a permanent visa the public school will be free apart from some fairly nominal fees, but if it's a temporary visa some states will charge you more for a public school than you'd pay for a typical private one.
  12. GrandpaGrumble

    Primary School Admissions

    Yes I can confirm what others have said. In NSW at least if you're in a public school's catchment area or 'zone', then (unlike in the UK) you're guaranteed a place at the school. Can't vouch for other states though. Depending on the state, and what type of visa you're on, the Catholic school might be cheaper.
  13. GrandpaGrumble

    Pronunciation

    I've only ever heard people ask for 'chips' in chip shops. As Parley says, they're not going to think you're asking for a bag of crisps. They did have a chuckle when I asked for tomato 'ketchup' though - said they hadn't heard that one for years. And I still have to stop myself from asking for potato 'fritters' instead of scallops.
  14. GrandpaGrumble

    What owl is this?

    Recently ranked as the world's most "Instagrammable" bird: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/researchers-find-frogmouth-is-worlds-most-instagrammable-bird
  15. GrandpaGrumble

    What owl is this?

    I'm thinking Tawny Frogmouth, which isn't technically an owl apparently.
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