Obscure things you have often wondered about..

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Postby aero280 » May 22nd, 2018, 9:09 pm

I remember a company called Bushe Boake Allen, but I don’t think that’s the one. I’m fairly sure it was something like Stephenson and somebody, but it was a very long time ago...
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Postby karadekoolaid » May 23rd, 2018, 1:56 am

earthmaiden wrote:I'm not sure they claim to bake it on the premises do they? The reason I don't like Subway is that all the rolls are soft - and I like crusty ones!


Hahahaha!! And I go there because I like the soft rolls! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby suffolk » May 23rd, 2018, 7:39 am

Bush Boake Allen are stored in my memory ... pretty sure they supplied flavours to RHM for the manufacture of Frokrums
(I worked for them fora very short while) Frokrums were made for Birds Eye and other frozen food manufacturers to coat fish fingers etc.
BBA were subsumed into International Fragrance LTD .
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 23rd, 2018, 8:33 am

I love the soft rolls of Subway, mainly because if I buy bread for home, I usually go crusty. It makes a nice change, and their bread is ten times tastier than, say, McDonald's buns which I think must be made of cotton wool.
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 8:55 am

Aero the only Johnsons we dealt with in the area were one that made bottles and vials
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Postby WWordsworth » May 23rd, 2018, 8:25 pm

Why does the word phonetic begin with ph and not f.
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Postby karadekoolaid » May 23rd, 2018, 8:33 pm

WWordsworth wrote:Why does the word phonetic begin with ph and not f.

Because it´s Greek, not French :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby WWordsworth » May 23rd, 2018, 9:22 pm

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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 24th, 2018, 6:27 am

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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Badger's mate » May 24th, 2018, 6:58 am

I wondered why the first sequel to the dinosaur epic wasn't called Cretaceous Park. However they'd have run out of eras by now.
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Postby PatsyMFagan » May 24th, 2018, 11:52 am

StokeySue wrote:Aero the only Johnsons we dealt with in the area were one that made bottles and vials


That's a blast from the past ... I worked at the Johnson's factory in Portsmouth when I lived there before becoming a mum. I think I was probably temping in the accounts office iirc . I think this factory made (at least) the Fairy Liquid bottles :tu:
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Postby cyprusmoira » May 24th, 2018, 2:47 pm

WWordsworth wrote:Why does the word phonetic begin with ph and not f

The Greek ph for f has caused terrific rows here. Over ten years ago a Minister decided that f was more logical than ph, especially in place names, consequently it is now Pafos not Paphos, I persist in the latter spelling except when it is Pathos. She also tried to rationalise the spelling in translation, of various other place names The Greek X is pronounced as the ch in loch. The little fishing port of LATXI (Greek version) refused to be written as LATSI in Roman script and insists on Latchi on the road signs.

I object to Sulphur being written as Sulfur, I blame the Americans. Interestingly my spell check does like the word Sulfur

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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Herbidacious » May 25th, 2018, 7:35 am

Badger's mate wrote:I wondered why the first sequel to the dinosaur epic wasn't called Cretaceous Park. However they'd have run out of eras by now.


Ha! :D
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Herbidacious » May 25th, 2018, 7:39 am

I don;t understand why most bathroom taps in the UK aren't mixers. Is that a quirk of historical plumbing? It seems like a no-brainer when it comes to washing one's face (without filling the basin.)
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Gruney » May 25th, 2018, 7:49 am

How did the "Keep off the grass" sign get there?
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby StokeySue » May 25th, 2018, 7:59 am

Herbidacious wrote:I don;t understand why most bathroom taps in the UK aren't mixers. Is that a quirk of historical plumbing?

Certainly the first house we had when a child, and various cheap rentals I lived in when first in London had hot water directly from a gas geyser (Ascot) or small cylinder heater that needed its own tap and couldn't have safely been connected to a mixer
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Herbidacious » May 25th, 2018, 8:03 am

Yes but that’s not been the norm for a long long time.
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 25th, 2018, 12:02 pm

Gruney wrote:How did the "Keep off the grass" sign get there?


Argh......my head just exploded!
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby earthmaiden » May 25th, 2018, 12:20 pm

Unless you have very modern plumbing, it takes such an age to get the temperature right by mixing hot and cold through a mixer tap I think it's easier not to mix it at the tap. You know the scenario, water takes ages to come from the tank or boiler and only gradually comes through hot, then you mix it with some cold and then someone else in the house or on your shared supply turns on a tap and the temperature changes ... and so on. I can honestly say that I rarely love mixer taps. I do like the modern ones where the water is heated on the spot and comes through at the desired temperature though.
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby WWordsworth » May 25th, 2018, 2:25 pm

How did the "Keep off the grass" sign get there?

Now that is a darn good question :?
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Herbidacious » May 25th, 2018, 6:49 pm

We have a mixer tap for our bath but not our sink. We have one for our kitchen sink and our downstairs loo. If we ever get a new bathroom suit, I think the only thing holding me back will be aesthetics.

We have a combi boiler (these are not the legal requirement anyway?)
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Postby Badger's mate » May 26th, 2018, 7:20 am

I've never really got on with mixer taps or combi boilers. We've got a condescending boiler and a hot water tank.
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby earthmaiden » May 26th, 2018, 7:31 am

I've got the combi boiler from hell (which considering I swore I'd never have one after a year with a job dealing directly with related customer complaints serves me right!). In some cases they work well for ever and in others they don't (and yes, I know many of the reasons!). They're pretty good for central heating though.
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby StokeySue » May 26th, 2018, 6:33 pm

I have mixer taps and a combi boiler
Just as well I have mixer taps as my hot water is very hot (and can't be turned down)

I find hot water tanks a terrible faff - either you heat water and never use it or someone needs an unscheduled shower and you run out of hot water, in my experience. I think combis work well for small households
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby WWordsworth » May 26th, 2018, 7:09 pm

Yes it was difficult to have a hot bath in my days of house sharing.
Either someone used all the hot water or the bathroom was occupied when I needed to get ready for work.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2018, 8:27 am

Something I wonder about is mainly obscure because I haven't asked anyone for the answer before! What are those abbreviations that lots of you use on here such as DS? I know you are referring to a person in every instance (I think!!) but have never been able to decipher. :oops:
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby suffolk » May 27th, 2018, 8:50 am

Dear Son, Dear Daughter, Sister In Law/Son In Law (you have to work that one out from the context),Brother In Law, Mother In Law, Father In Law etc etc etc :)
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2018, 9:09 am

Ahhhhhhh, it was the Dear bit I was stumped by (it doesn't take much.... :lol:). Thanks for putting me out of my misery!
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Postby suffolk » May 27th, 2018, 9:13 am

Just to complicate things, I have a SSIL (Super Son In Law) :lol:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2018, 9:20 am

Good job you explained that one! :lol:
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 27th, 2018, 8:26 pm

Why does it happen every single time I try to watch a programme like I did today - 'Football's 47 Best Worst Songs' - that without fail I fall asleep just before the end?
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby aero280 » May 28th, 2018, 6:12 am

Congratulations on staying awake that long. :) I wait for a favourite program and then fall asleep soon after the start!! :rolleyes:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » May 28th, 2018, 7:11 am

:lol:
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby Grasshopper » May 28th, 2018, 8:11 pm

EmWilk wrote:Talking of smells, I always wonder why, if it's supposedly freshly baked bread, doesn't Subway smell like freshly baked bread? The smell of Subway is unique, but it's not fresh bread smell! What is that?!

I know many think Subway is revolting, and so do I for that matter. But occasionally, for ease and when I want at least SOMETHING with plenty of salad, I'm quite partial to a veggie patty sub, toasted, with cheese, with all the salad items and southwest sauce. I know, I'm disgusting. I couldn't get the "meat" though :sprout:


I once tried a bacon & egg sarnie from Subway - the WORST I've ever had! :sprout:
Needless to say, I've never had another sarnie from there! :sprout:
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Re: Obscure things you have often wondered about..

Postby WWordsworth » May 28th, 2018, 8:40 pm

[quote]i have a SSIL/(quote
And I have a SFH :lol:
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