Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 15 Nov 2017 08:39

You're welcome.
WOW! I can hardly believe it. I finally get to meet a very nice lady that agrees with everything I say. And such a sweet girl she is too.

Nawww shucks! Embarassed

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 14 Nov 2017 14:55

My great-great grandfather was not conscripted, he was in the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 that held back the Germans against insurmountable odds to prevent them taking France in WW1.

My great-uncles both volunteered and served with distinction in WW2 in the Middle East and Burma.

My grandfathers and their five brothers volunteered and fought on land, sea and air in Europe, the Middle East and the Atlantic.

My great-great grandfather never came home, in fact nearly 90% of the BEF gave their lives in the first year.

Neither did one of my great-uncles.

My grandfathers lost three of their brothers.

At home, my family endured one of the most horrific domestic bombing raids of WW2, my father remembers the terror he felt as a four year old.

We cannot forget and will never forget.

They fought for the liberty that gives you the right to say that, they paid a blood price so you have the right to say what you think.

A very felicitous contribution, if I may say so.

D x

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 14 Nov 2017 13:46

THANK YOU Danielle for writing and posting such a moving and heart felt poem. You have managed to speak volumes in those few simple words. This is a truly beautiful piece of writing. Thanks also for creating this thread. Those of us here today will never know the horrors our ancestors went through so we could have the easy life we now enjoy. The only way we can even begin to pay them back for all they did, is to keep the torch of liberty and freedoms burning bright, because if we let it dim or flicker even the slightest, then all they fought and died for will have been in vain. This is why it is so very important that we remember our past and keep reminding others also.

Thank you for your kind words. I couldn't agree more with what you say

Danny x

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 13 Nov 2017 08:44

So all this adds up to the fact that war is a bad idea. So don't do it rather than eulogize the poor bastards who you conscripted to carry out the insanity.

Excuse me. My Great Grandfather wasn't conscripted, he came here from Brno of his own free will with several of his comrades. He wasn't a 'poor bastard.'


Topic Lest we forget
Posted 12 Nov 2017 12:49

That must be very frustrating for you. At least you know what he did.

I know there were some boundary changes. It happened with Czechoslovakia, too.

D x

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 12 Nov 2017 02:47

You came here, all those years ago, when the old country was in turmoil,

You made such a sacrifice, leaving your wife, to land on our soil.

It must have been hard, but you stood fast in the face of the enemy,

You arrived in a strange country, to give what you could without ceremony.

In those dark days, you lost some of your pals as they paid with their lives,

So that we could be free, you flew missions again and again.

I wish I had known you for longer and I could have listened to your story,

I have my Nana - your daughter to tell me about the triumph and glory.

I will hold your distant memory in my heart, always close inside,

I will never forget what you did for us and I'm wearing my poppy with pride.

Topic Tragedy in Texas ~ Mass Shooting at Southerland Springs Church
Posted 07 Nov 2017 13:45

My boss once threw a fit and informed me that he had no shortage of people who could point out problems. What he lacked were people who came to him with workable solutions.

In this case lets qualify that to solutions that would actually work to reduce gun violence in the USA, not in Australia, not the UK, not Japan, not Canada. Solutions that would work in the USA.

Take a ban on "semi automatic military style assault weapons" for instance. Several of the bluest of the blue states, those states with huge Liberal majorities, with sometimes rabidly anti-gun legislatures, tried to ban them. They had a bitch of a time even defining what one is. Eventually they defaulted to the old Federal 1994 AWB definition. But to get the law passed they had to grandfather in those already in public possession. The non compliance rates in California, New York, and Connecticut are estimated to be in the 70% - 90% range. And these are the most anti-gun states there are in the union. What do you think the non compliance rate would be in Texas?

To top it off, there are now several AR-15 variants that comply with the law in all 3 states.

No. NO! This isn't about pragmatism. It's about a culture of owning guns. Donald Trump's comments supporting the fact that a gun owner shot the shooter is the mentality of the Wild West. Yes, some people will want to have them for 'sport' and I mean like international competitions. Some people will want to shoot innocent wildlife. Then you need to make people jump through more hoops, pass more tests and fill out so many forms that they have to REALLY prove they need a gun. For average civilians to own guns is just weird.

Topic Tragedy in Texas ~ Mass Shooting at Southerland Springs Church
Posted 06 Nov 2017 14:45

The number of people killed in mass shootings in Europe in 2016 was 53 and 169 were injured.

In USA the figure was 392 killed and 1502 injured.

Whether you blame guns or people with guns, the USA has a huge problem.

Another awful and senseless loss of life.

D x

Topic Do you have a dog or a cat? Both?
Posted 04 Nov 2017 10:30

I have a cute little pooch

Topic Fuck, Kiss, Bite, Spank, Date, Feed, Pet, Dress the person above or below (or sprite)
Posted 21 Oct 2017 09:36

Spank above for his presumptuousness.

Feed below with lemon meringue and get them all sticky

D x

Topic Have you ever experienced racism?
Posted 15 Oct 2017 03:39

I am a blonde with big boobs. So, no I've never been at the wrong end of racism.

It's my understanding that if you've got dark skin, it's almost inevitable that you will experience some kind of discrimination, directly or subtly, some time or some place in the UK. That's so fucked up, I don't know what to say.

D x

Topic Over or Under?
Posted 11 Oct 2017 13:41

You are not alone, Danny.

We are not alone.

Well it's reassuring. But 83% are over. That's crazy talk.

Topic Over or Under?
Posted 11 Oct 2017 13:32


The voice of reason!

Topic Bitter v Sour
Posted 08 Oct 2017 10:53

By sour milk, I guess they mean yogurt? How is this like an orange?

Not that the two are same, but both are classified to come under the sour tasting things.

If they didn't do that we would have been discovering hundreds of tastes everyday and soon there would have been no new names or numbers to identify them. dontknow

It sounds like you're saying the difference is both subjective and arbitrary

Topic Bitter v Sour
Posted 08 Oct 2017 10:31

By sour milk, I guess they mean yogurt? How is this like an orange?

D x

Topic Bitter v Sour
Posted 08 Oct 2017 05:49

there are five basic tastes that can be perceived by the human tongue. these are bitterness, sourness, saltiness, sweetness and savoriness. bitter is the most sensitive among these tastes, perhaps an evolutionary response to the fact that a large number of toxic substances found in nature are bitter. sourness, on the other hand, is indicative of acidity.

examples of bitter: coffee, bitter melon, beer, unsweetened cocoa, citrus peels.

examples of sour: lemon, orange, grape, melon, wine and sour milk.

bitterness is perceived to be unpleasant, sharp, or disagreeable. the perception of bitter taste is facilitated by the combination of a taste receptor (Type 2) and a G protein (gustducin). the type of taste receptor, monomeric or surface bound, determines the various bitter ‘ligands’. in genetic studies for bitter taste perception, synthetic substances like phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and PROP or 6-n-propylthiouracil are used. To ‘supertasters’ both these substances are extremely bitter.

sourness is detected by the concentration of hydronium ions in the hydrogen ion channels. hydronium ions are formed from water and acid. hydrogen ions formed permeate the amiloride channels allowing for detection of sourness. apart from these mechanisms of sour taste detection, there are other mechanisms also suggested. among these prohibition of potassium channels by hydrogen ions leading to depolarization of cell, conversion of CO2 to bicarbonate ions facilitating weak acid transport are notable.

wtf is a bitter melon?

Topic Over or Under?
Posted 08 Oct 2017 01:25

Under! I can't believe how many have voted over - it's crazy!

As an aside, my Gran keeps the next new one in this cute little knitted dolly thing.

D x

Topic Bitter v Sour
Posted 08 Oct 2017 01:16

The truth is, I've never been comfortable with the difference between bitter and sour. I get salty and sweet and the new umami, but I think the other two are a bit blurred. I even looked it up and when I read the scientific explanation I was as confused as before. Some of the things I thought were bitter are meant to be sour etc.


Danny x

P.S. I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, because it seems to cross perceptual, philosophical, lexicographical and culinary boundaries. I thought I could do least damage here.

Topic Anyone have a life-motto?
Posted 21 Sep 2017 10:03

When you've exluded the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be the truth.

Topic Question for Writers
Posted 02 Sep 2017 03:46

Considering the current political climate and with ethical dilemmas constantly challenging us as individuals, I was wondering how you as a writer feel about the following quote.

To be an artist and to be political is the same thing.
-Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei #WritersLife #AmWriting

Personally I don't write intentionally with an agenda. But with the emotionality of my characters and the "why"of it, I do at times tackle relevant issues that can be an indication of my personal politics. The fact that I always include racial diversity in my writing is an example. Not all writers of color do. I've been criticized for including interracial relationships. Or, I've been told that removing either would help me have more of a mainstream audience. So I agree with the quote.

Note: Please answer the question presented; this is not a forum to debate your actual political views.

I wouldn't describe any of my writing as politically motivated. Having said that, I would say that our politics can inform our writing to some extent, though I feel my upbringing and my education are far more relevant. I don't know the Chinese dissident in question, but I imagine that writing and politics are more likely to be conflated when you're raised in a country where self expression isn't encouraged.

Another point which makes this question harder to answer is that in the UK politics is often confused with party politics. I don't think I have ever made any statements around socio-economics in my stories, although I have included political things as plots or sub-plots, but I don't think this question is about that.

D x

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 22 Aug 2017 21:43

If I'd been on before the eclipse I'd have posted this. Here it is anyhow, and it is especially dedicated to Danny...

Lol. Thank you, Buz lol

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 21 Aug 2017 10:29

We're watching it on NASA TV. It's so cool

D x

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 20 Aug 2017 00:37

Actually, that's one of the other states which begin with the letter M Missouri .

99.7% totality beyotches! evil4

Ah, I wondered who would spot my deliberate mistake Fugly


I've edited the OP now. The resource I used just gave the state codes and I must have got this one in a muddle.


D x

Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 22:20

An example? Heh heh

Communications satellites
Smart phones
Human footprints on the moon
Computers you could put on your desktop, or in your pocket
Hypersonic aircraft
Laser weapons
Self driving cars
Living humans with bionic implants
Genome editing
Companies offering to sequence your DNA
Robotic observatories around other planets
Hundreds of confirmed extra solar planets
An earth orbiting space station with a multinational crew
A global communications network that supports sites like this one
Drones that can remotely monitor the health and safety of a single elephant

That's just a fairly shallow scratch of the surface.

I thought you would say something like that. Yes, some technology would have been bamboozling to my Grandparents but nothing on your list is beyond conceptualisation. For example inter-stellar travel and supersonic flying cars at the moment are totally impossible, but it's not outside my comprehension or acceptance that it might one day be possible. That is in a wholly different ball park to explanations of what happened before the big bang by using theoretical constructs.


Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:47

Think for a minute just how much of the things you take for granted every day were "science fiction" in your parents' and/or grandparents' time.

Do you have an example?


Topic North Korea and The United States
Posted 16 Aug 2017 13:43

You seem to be under the impression that I care about what is or isn't apparent to you. I don't.

I'm happy to have been able to clear that up for you.

*Goes for some popcorn*

Topic Was there a time before the universe came to exist?
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:56

I think some of these theories are bordering on science fiction. The way forward in understanding the universe will come in landmarks, as it has thus far. The next big landmark has to be discovering what is responsible for gravity.

D x

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 16 Aug 2017 11:49

I'll ask my friend who was there with me in '99 if she remembers. I don't care much for cold, so perhaps I just didn't pay attention to it.

I wonder, if you walk from the sunlight into the shadow of a building for instance, does that represent a similar temperature difference? dontknow 15ºC is quite a lot.

I asked my Dad. He said it definitely was colder. Maybe not 15ºC but noticeably. I thought I had heard him say that before, even though I wasn't aware of it myself. Also, the air pressure dropped.

D x

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 15 Aug 2017 22:23

I don't remember it getting colder as if it was night, and this doesn't really seem to make sense to me either as the eclipse only takes a couple of minutes.

Thank you for the input, Noll and the reminiscence. Maybe I got that wrong, but I thought it did. There were boffins measuring that kind of thing. Also we were by the coast and maybe that makes a difference?

D x

Topic Danny's Guide to the 2017 Solar eclipse
Posted 15 Aug 2017 14:25

For those who don't know and for those who do, there is a total solar eclipse visible in the United States on 21st August of this year.

It will begin in Salem, Oregon around 9.05am and totality will be first seen around 10.15am. It will then pass across the centre of the USA in an arc and eventually finish in Charleston, South Carolina at around 2.47pm.

I saw an eclipse when I was nine years old and I can confirm you don't want to miss this! My Dad says it's the best thing after me being born! binky

A total eclipse occurs when the moon passes in a direct line between the Sun and Earth at such a distance that for a time, the moon's disc completely obscures the sun. All the stars will come out, birds will think it's bed time and it will go as cold as if it was night.

The duration of the total eclipse depends on some very bad ass geometry, but the maximum will be visible from Hopkinsville, Kentucky and last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. In most places it will last for around 2 minutes.

Below is an at a glance guide to what time the eclipse will be visible at key locations:

Ideally, you should be in the path of totality to have the full experience. While a very near total, of say 90%+ is spectacular, you won't experience all the wonderful things associated with a total. Below are links to where you need to be, in order to see the total eclipse. The path of totality is a notional line, where the angle of the moon and sun give the observer a view of a total eclipse. The further you are from this path the more you are away from being able to see a total eclipse. In this instance you will see pen-umbra and only a percentage of the sun will be obscured.

If you live in Oregon, click here

If you live around Oregon and Idaho, click here

If you live around Idaho and Wyoming, click here

If you live around Wyoming and Nebraska, click here

If you live in central Nebraska, click here

If you live around Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, click here

If you live around Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, click here

If you live around Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina, click here

If you live around Georgia and South Carolina, click here

Please note: Under no circumstances should you look directly at the sun before the total eclipse with the naked eye. Do not look at the sun directly with binoculars or a telescope as this can result in permanent blindness.

If you wish to view the sun before the eclipse, a welding glass with allow you to do this safely.

Happy watching

Danny x