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3 hours ago, Herbert said:

How come people in better off areas of Edinburgh have different accents to people from the poorer areas?  

 

 

Because we barely ever use public transport there is never any need to ask for "uh singul eh?" or "duz this bus go tae uh Greggs?".

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Lemongrab
12 hours ago, Herbert said:

How come people in better off areas of Edinburgh have different accents to people from the poorer areas?  

 

Accents are a funny thing.  I was chatting to a Chinese woman at work a while back. She said that all Scottish accents sounded the same to her. I was a bit surprised,  till I realised that,  with the exception of a couple English speaking countries (USA & Ireland), I wouldn't be able to differentiate between any of the regional accents of any other countries. 

 

As for the Edinburgh's accents, I'd agree with JG, accents are acquired, from those around you, by a subconcious need to 'fit in'.

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LeftBack
On 03/01/2019 at 22:02, Boof said:

 

How's about Gareth Williams?

 

Naked, padlocked in a holdall placed in his bathtub...and dead.

 

"Move on, nothing to see here", say the Met.

Bizarrely was thinking about this last week. A truly intriguing case (pun intended) - and obviously a lot more to it than came out. You would have thought the brains in MI5 would have come up with something more convincing 

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Justin Z
22 hours ago, JimKongUno said:

It shouldnt be possible to crush Mount Everest down to the size of a grain of sand but thats basically whats happening in the theorised singularity

 

Much smaller than a grain of sand, though. Neutron or quark star matter is ridiculously dense but not a singularity. A teaspoonful of quark star matter would weigh as much as all the cars, trucks and buses on earth according to a quick Google search.

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Justin Z
2 hours ago, Lemongrab said:

As for the Edinburgh's accents, I'd agree with JG, accents are acquired, from those around you, by a subconcious need to 'fit in'.

 

This is definitely the case too when it comes to what words you use. My accent hasn't changed much, maybe just in subtle ways, after 3½ years here. I still sound unmistakably American and no one I know in the US has ever commented that I sound different. But when I go back to the States I find myself automatically using words like "trash can" and "pants" and "garbage truck" and "TV" and not using words like "bin lorry"/"bins" and "cheers" and "sorted" and "the like". There are slip-ups but they're rare--it's funny how code-switching happens so seamlessly in the brain.

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Jambothump

Quite rare, a brain in an american 😞

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Maple Leaf
On 02/02/2019 at 12:36, redjambo said:

 

Having the same mass rather than weighing the same, I would imagine.

 

You made me go look up the difference between weight and mass.

 

Got it! :thumb:

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Justin Z
12 hours ago, Jambothump said:

Quite rare, a brain in an american 😞

 

:lol: Too true sadly.

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FWJ

Just heard a song on the radio and though ‘hmm sounds like a Bond theme’ (it’s not - it was (?)Jack Savoretti).  Got me thinking, what makes a song sound like a Bond theme?

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3 hours ago, FWJ said:

Just heard a song on the radio and though ‘hmm sounds like a Bond theme’ (it’s not - it was (?)Jack Savoretti).  Got me thinking, what makes a song sound like a Bond theme?

For most of them you could say 'a Big Band Sound'. Aha and Duran Duran maybe didn't get the memo.

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51 minutes ago, Lemongrab said:

For most of them you could say 'a Big Band Sound'. Aha and Duran Duran maybe didn't get the memo.

 

Female singers too. When you think of Bond themes its Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, Sheana Easton doing For Your Eyes Only or Adele going Skyfaaaallll... that I think of as oppossed to Aha and Duran Duran. 

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Locky

Why is Rugby Park so ****ing big?

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Lemongrab
1 hour ago, Locky said:

Why is Rugby Park so ****ing big?

When it was first built, I think there was a running track round the pitch.

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Lemongrab

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

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Maple Leaf
30 minutes ago, Lemongrab said:

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

 

Because all the sheep get eaten in China? :confused:

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jambo89
1 hour ago, Lemongrab said:

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

 

The Chinese food we eat here is actually British food.

 

I think if you ordered lemon chicken in China, you’d probably be disgusted.

 

if lamb is not in the menu in the British takeaways, it’s because because we don’t have the appetite for it! 

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gjcc
2 hours ago, Lemongrab said:

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

 

Probably because  they just don’t eat much lamb in the Canton region anyway. Whether that be due to environment/terrain for sheep farming, religion, custom/tradition or other factors. 

Pair that with them probably exporting a huge % of the lamb to foreign markets. 

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jonesy
3 hours ago, Lemongrab said:

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

Loads of mutton (rarely lamb) dishes in China, especially as you head west. Most immigrants here are South Eastern in origin.

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Lemongrab
6 hours ago, gjcc said:

 

Probably because  they just don’t eat much lamb in the Canton region anyway. Whether that be due to environment/terrain for sheep farming, religion, custom/tradition or other factors. 

Pair that with them probably exporting a huge % of the lamb to foreign markets. 

 

5 hours ago, jonesy said:

Loads of mutton (rarely lamb) dishes in China, especially as you head west. Most immigrants here are South Eastern in origin.

 

These make sense.

 

7 hours ago, jambo89 said:

 

The Chinese food we eat here is actually British food.

 

I think if you ordered lemon chicken in China, you’d probably be disgusted.

 

if lamb is not in the menu in the British takeaways, it’s because because we don’t have the appetite for it! 

 

Some of this makes sense. I'd probably get lemon chicken feet.  I can't see how we wouldn't have an appetite for it though; we eat a lot of lamb dishes in our own, and other cuisines. 

 

8 hours ago, Maple Leaf said:

 

Because all the sheep get eaten in China? :confused:

 

Well... :D 

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Jambothump
19 hours ago, Lemongrab said:

China has more sheep than any other country.  Why do you never see lamb on the menus in takeaways here?

So Good ? On Slateford Road has lamb on the menu, only Chinese I've ever seen it 

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superjack

The all new seethe thread,  was there an original seethe thread?

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A Boy Named Crow
6 hours ago, superjack said:

The all new seethe thread,  was there an original seethe thread?

I think the OP says something  like “It’s been a while since we had one of these...” so I’m guessing there were others that came and went. I’d like to know that was so special snout this one that it became the enduring go to thread for all things seethe.

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been here before

Spiderman shoots webs left, right and centre to help him get from A to B in a hurry.

 

Once he's fired his web, swung on it and left it dangling what happens to it?

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1 minute ago, been here before said:

Spiderman shoots webs left, right and centre to help him get from A to B in a hurry.

 

Once he's fired his web, swung on it and left it dangling what happens to it?

You always see spiders webs left behind,You often get them in the face if your first out in the morning.

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milky_26

why does a fridge have a light in it but a freezer does not?

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gjcc
13 minutes ago, milky_26 said:

why does a fridge have a light in it but a freezer does not?

 

Because you don’t nip through to the freezer in the middle of the night for a quick frozen lasagne. Well I don’t anyway. 

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redjambo
7 minutes ago, gjcc said:

 

Because you don’t nip through to the freezer in the middle of the night for a quick frozen lasagne. Well I don’t anyway. 

 

Where else are you going to get a frozen lasagne?

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gjcc
2 minutes ago, redjambo said:

 

Where else are you going to get a frozen lasagne?

 

Probably the back of the fridge if the missus has messed with the bloody thermostat again. 

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Just now, gjcc said:

 

Probably the back of the fridge if the missus has messed with the bloody thermostat again. 

 

:D

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superjack
13 hours ago, milky_26 said:

why does a fridge have a light in it but a freezer does not?

Mine does. 😋

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Mr Benn
On 08/02/2019 at 04:38, gjcc said:

 

Probably because  they just don’t eat much lamb in the Canton region anyway. Whether that be due to environment/terrain for sheep farming, religion, custom/tradition or other factors. 

Pair that with them probably exporting a huge % of the lamb to foreign markets. 

 

And lots of the Chinese lamb will be consumed by Chinese Muslims in the west of China and they are not the ones who left to open up Chinese restaurants around the world. 

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FWJ
On 08/02/2019 at 10:26, Jambothump said:

So Good ? On Slateford Road has lamb on the menu, only Chinese I've ever seen it 

Taste Good.

Weird coincidence I was there a couple of weeks ago and had a (delicious) lamb dish - mainly because I’d never seen lamb on a Chinese menu before.  I asked the waiter why this was and he said Scottish lamb is so good - so why not?

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All roads lead to Gorgie

Do some coffee shops and pubs block mobile networks to force people to use their own WiFi. Sometimes I find no signal on my network whilst inside but it is fine again outside? 

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Lemongrab
4 hours ago, All roads lead to Gorgie said:

Do some coffee shops and pubs block mobile networks to force people to use their own WiFi. Sometimes I find no signal on my network whilst inside but it is fine again outside? 

A lot of the places I have trouble getting a connection are on the ground floor of old tenements; specially towards the back. Are the places you've experienced this in older properties?

 

I was in a ground floor flat in Dalry earlier,  and couldn't even get a phone signal with either Vodafone or EE.

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All roads lead to Gorgie
6 hours ago, Lemongrab said:

A lot of the places I have trouble getting a connection are on the ground floor of old tenements; specially towards the back. Are the places you've experienced this in older properties?

 

I was in a ground floor flat in Dalry earlier,  and couldn't even get a phone signal with either Vodafone or EE.

You could be right it tends to be on ground floors and in the city centre areas where most of tenements are. Cheers. 

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On 11/02/2019 at 08:25, FWJ said:

Taste Good.

Weird coincidence I was there a couple of weeks ago and had a (delicious) lamb dish - mainly because I’d never seen lamb on a Chinese menu before.  I asked the waiter why this was and he said Scottish lamb is so good - so why not?

That's right, Taste Good,  I had a pal, that would  travel from travel the Southside, just for a takeaway from there.

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On 28/12/2018 at 22:51, been here before said:

To get or to give pelters.

 

What is or was a pelter?

 

Was it originaly a thing or is it more to pelt with ridicule, abuse, punches? Something to do with animal hides?

 

 

 

Anyone help a brother out with this?

 

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1 hour ago, been here before said:

 

Anyone help a brother out with this?

 

Isn’t to ‘pelt’ something to throw things at it - so rather than something physical, like rotten tomatoes, eggs etc - you’re throwing insults/abuse?

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19 hours ago, All roads lead to Gorgie said:

You could be right it tends to be on ground floors and in the city centre areas where most of tenements are. Cheers. 

 

Quite a few things affect phone signal, there are something like 6 frequencies of mobile signal used in the UK from 2g,3g and 4g. 2g is best at building penetration but modern phones try to connect to the fastest available so will select a weak 4g signal over a strong 2g one.

 

Modern building regulations also have an impact with things like foil lined insulation blocking more of the signal.

 

Only real solution at the moment is that if you are somewhere for any great amount of time is to switch off 3/4g leaving 2g/gsm as your phone signal and then use wifi for data. 

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Maple Leaf
8 hours ago, been here before said:

 

Anyone help a brother out with this?

 

Isn't it just a colloquialism?

 

What's worse - giving someone pelters or giving them laldy? 

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All roads lead to Gorgie
16 hours ago, Ribble said:

 

Quite a few things affect phone signal, there are something like 6 frequencies of mobile signal used in the UK from 2g,3g and 4g. 2g is best at building penetration but modern phones try to connect to the fastest available so will select a weak 4g signal over a strong 2g one.

 

Modern building regulations also have an impact with things like foil lined insulation blocking more of the signal.

 

Only real solution at the moment is that if you are somewhere for any great amount of time is to switch off 3/4g leaving 2g/gsm as your phone signal and then use wifi for data. 

Very good info. I don't use my phone that often when having a break in a cafe or pub anyway but will try to switch to 2g if I do have to. I was always wary of open wifi for security but I think that has been improved and is mainly safe now. A lot of refurbishment is happening around the older areas of the city and the insulation is another factor as you said. Cheers.

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LeftBack

Why does a 2 litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost 56p and and a 1.5litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost £1.20...now sitting on train with a muckle big bottle out of principle/meanness

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Lemongrab
15 hours ago, LeftBack said:

Why does a 2 litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost 56p and and a 1.5litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost £1.20...now sitting on train with a muckle big bottle out of principle/meanness

Just be glad they weren't selling a 5ltr one for 40p.

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I asked this yesterday in the Terrace but perhaps this thread might be more suitable...

 

Now this is perhaps a bit random but it just came to me today after attending live games for 35 or so years...

 

...why are attendance figures announced during a game?

 

Unlike other announcements hey have absolutely no bearing on the game itself and arent issued for safety reasons. They have no influence on the mood of the support win, lose or draw and they dont suddenly turn a shite game into a good one or vice versa. They dont really matter.

 

Do any other sports do this?

 

Any suggestions?

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Maple Leaf
22 hours ago, LeftBack said:

Why does a 2 litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost 56p and and a 1.5litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost £1.20...now sitting on train with a muckle big bottle out of principle/meanness

 

A 2-litre bottle costs half the price of a 1.5-litre bottle?  Unless that was a special promotion they were running, eg, they were over-stocked on the bigger bottles and needed to get rid of them, that doesn't make sense.

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graygo
43 minutes ago, Maple Leaf said:

 

A 2-litre bottle costs half the price of a 1.5-litre bottle?  Unless that was a special promotion they were running, eg, they were over-stocked on the bigger bottles and needed to get rid of them, that doesn't make sense.

 

Not just M&S.

 

 

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Obviously the packaging is different on this one but even at that it's a rip off.

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This would have been a better example.

 

 

 

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Cade
23 hours ago, LeftBack said:

Why does a 2 litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost 56p and and a 1.5litre bottle of still Scottish Mountain water in m&s cost £1.20...now sitting on train with a muckle big bottle out of principle/meanness

A couple of reasons.

Larger bottles have less packaging per litre. Obviously not enough to cause such a large price-per-litre difference in the two sizes.

 

The real answer is that people only want smaller bottles, so smaller bottles get whacked up in price. It's simple supply and demand economics.

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Toggie88
On 18/02/2019 at 15:48, Cade said:

A couple of reasons.

Larger bottles have less packaging per litre. Obviously not enough to cause such a large price-per-litre difference in the two sizes.

 

The real answer is that people only want smaller bottles, so smaller bottles get whacked up in price. It's simple supply and demand economics.

 

Correct. It's the convenience you're paying for (and for it to be refrigerated).

 

But yeah, you'd be amazed at the amount that packaging actually costs. The 'sports cap' adds costs as well. 

 

It won't be long until everything goes up by 15/20p though with this Deposit Return Scheme they are bringing in. 

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