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Food and drink / Toffee Apples?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 02 January, 2019, 11:01:31 PM »
Yep. Toffee apples.  Remember toffee apples?   When I was a little kid, toffee apples seemed to be everywhere.  But I just realised that I never even see a toffee apple anywhere anymore. And haven't for donkey's years. 

So, question one... Why?  What made the world suddenly go off toffee apples?  I can't figure it out.  Can you?

And (an easier question) here's question number two...How many other 'treats' of your childhood have also disappeared without trace?  And why do you reckon they have disappeared?

I can start the list of disappeared treats rolling with...Tiger Nuts - Gawd, tiger nuts.  They probably disappeared because they tasted like chewing builder's gravel.  Bleuuurch!  No great loss to the world.

Can you add any more to the list?
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Language / Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Last post by ecollen on 18 December, 2018, 01:58:46 PM »
Hi Duffield
Thanks. Yes, that sounds reasonable.
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Language / Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Last post by Duffield1 on 18 December, 2018, 01:24:21 PM »
I'd say it depends on usage - if you are instructing yourself, I'd tutoyer rather than vousvoyer, so 'achète' would be correct.
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Language / Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Last post by ecollen on 18 December, 2018, 06:17:26 AM »
Hi P-Kasso2
Merci for your reply!
Yes, it sounds logical that it should be the imperative - but then who said language is logical ... :-)
Tres rusty - ha ha - that's good.
As you say, it might be good to get another opinion. I wonder if there's a French equivalent site to IA. It would probably be quite useful if I could find one like that.
Thanks,
Errol
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Language / Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 17 December, 2018, 01:03:28 PM »
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According to my schoolboy French (which is now so tres rusty it desperately needs an MOT check)...

Achetez is the correct verb to use. Achetez, as in the sentence...

" So I told him 'Achetez des cartes de Noël!' "

That's the imperative. At least I think that is right. Could be un petit wrong though. Best to get a second opinion methinks?
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Language / In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Last post by ecollen on 16 December, 2018, 09:07:16 AM »
or for a note/reminder to yourself, e.g. "buy (say, Xmas cards)"?
Is it the imperative:
"achète (des cartes de Noël)" (informal), or
"achetez ..." (formal)?
Or is it the infinitive:
"acheter des cartes ..."?
Although a bit illogical, I think it might be  the infinive, but I'm not sure.
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The Debating Lounge and Speakers' Corner / Re: Republicanism in the UK........
« Last post by moonzero2 on 02 December, 2018, 11:10:04 PM »
Just look at America, and forget the whole thing.
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The Debating Lounge and Speakers' Corner / Re: Rodneys car horn
« Last post by moonzero2 on 02 December, 2018, 11:07:59 PM »
I Think the air powered variety were banned in the UK some years ago.

Of course electronics have now filled the gap. I once knew a chap whose car horn played colonel bogey.
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I have heard of a few reasons given for baldness, but water quality has never been one of them.
as far as I know, it mainly comes down to genetics.

The only scientifically proven cure is apparently to become a eunuch.
Makes the legs cross just thinking about it.
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This I am asking for a friend - because if there is one really valuable legacy my father left me was his genes  for an incredibly healthy head of hair. In fact every barber I have met says that I have a staggeringly thick shock of hair. And they should know.

This question is asked for a rapidly-balding friend of mine who has lived on the South Downs all his sad follically challenged life.

His theory (or feeble excuse) is that "It is all down to the local water".

I, of course, tend to pooh-pooh this idea but, to be on the safe side, is there any likelihood that the quality of local water determines how quickly people go bald?

In fact, does water affect the rate of hair loss at all?
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