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  • One gadget I wouldn't be without is an egg stabber.  It pierces the shell where the air sac is, which prevents the egg from cracking when you boil it.
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  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited December 2021
    One gadget I wouldn't be without is an egg stabber.

    Another thing I had never heard of! 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,979
    A tea infuser!  If there are any discerning tea drinkers out there, I'd recommend ditching your tasteless teabags for this simple gadget.  It rests on top of a mug and you simply place a teaspoon of your favourite loose tea in it, pour in boiling water, wait four minutes and a good cuppa awaits!  I have been amazed at the depth of flavour of loose tea varieties and no longer purchase tea bags, especially those premium pyramid types!  
    I couldn't agree more.
    I get through 10-12 mugs/day on a good day and was annoyed at the fine mesh remaining in my compost from the rotted bags.
    I switched to an infuser about 3 years ago and not looked back.
    I've got a taste for red bush tea over the last couple years and I now drink more of that than Assam. It's caffeine and tannin free too
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited December 2021
    It's a bit of a tangent - but as a 1970s child, one thing my friends and I completely took for granted were cassette tapes for audio books and music. I think we had an early reel-to-reel too. As we do, I assumed they had been around forever, but in fact, it had just been mainstreamed before I as born. They were a massive part of my first 30 years. They were pretty much a defunct format by the end of the 1990s - so cassettes were only really a thing for thirty years or so, which is quite amazing.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,833
    I still have loads of cassette tapes @Fire because I copied all my singles and LPs onto tapes so that a they wouldn't get scratched and b I could play them in the car.   These days cars don't even have a CD player, let alone tapes but I still have a tape player so I'm keeping them.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,328
    edited December 2021
    We recently went that way too although our diffuser sits in a glass teapot. We suddenly woke up to just how much microplastic was going into our bodies and the environment from teabags.
    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border - where old gardeners often wet their plants.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,640
    I had my cassette deck serviced last year to digitise the hundreds of cassettes that we still have. The original UK distributor from the 1980's still supports them which is nothing short of amazing in our throwaway society today. Copying CDs to the PC is quick and easy but tapes have to be played in real time then edited to create tracks making it a very slow process. Came in handy for a foreign language learning series which only came out on cassette. I might get around to the reel to reel tapes eventually but the 78s (Jimmy Shand anyone?) will remain in storage :)
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,122
    Oh that takes me back .... Jimmy Shand.

    When we first moved to Scotland we went to view a house in Auchtermuchty that was owned by Jimmy Shand.
    I'd no idea who he was, and didn't like the house anyway.

    I casually mentioned this to work colleagues the next day.
    They were all in awe, and excitedly asked if we were buying the house. 
    I had to ask who he was, and they were all gobsmacked that I didn't know.
    I explained that he might be big licks in Scotland, but in Liverpool he was unheard of.

    This was just one of many occasions when I put my English foot in it.

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,564
    Try answering the Scottish question “how?” with an English answer.

    English person: “Im going to go to London tomorrow.”
    Scottish person: “How?”
    English person: “By train.”

    Expected answer in Scotland: “To see my sister.”

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It took me a while to understand that one pansyface and even now I have to think about it. Another one is, 'where do you stay?'
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
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