Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic OMG, did we invent "fake news"?
Posted 22 Dec 2017 14:02

Shouldn't that be fake nieuws?

Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 22 Dec 2017 13:51

Firstly, race is a myth.

Everyone on Earth is one race. A simple scientific fact that many chose to ignore either out of ignorance or political expedience. We simply haven't been separated for long enough to have developed into distinct races. Unfortunately the notion of race appears to be hard wired as a result of lack of education on the subject.

The fact that we are all one race is very counter-intuitive because most people don't know the first thing about inheritance, evolution and anthropology. Race is bandied about in the media so freely that it becomes real. It's seductive. It's the original fake news.

So, my definition of racism is: behaviour that directs prejudice towards someone, judges someone or treats someone differently based on the mistaken belief that they are 'racially' different.

D x

Topic Your profile views
Posted 09 Dec 2017 13:16

130,353 - #26 on the list... but closing in on BUZ (I do have over 725,000 story views though, and on only 65 stories)

#26 on what list?

Topic Lesbians
Posted 08 Dec 2017 07:19

If she approached me - I would ensure she is well aware I am bisexual and not lesbian. I would be sure she was of legal age if she appeared not to be.
If she was happy then I would ask her what she wanted me to do with her - if she knew - then we would proceed. If not then I would explain what I would like to do with her and make sure she was happy with that.

Should she show any signs of being uncomfortable during the process - I would stop and hopefully explain what was happening and where it was leading. Then proceed if she was happy.

I think you would need to get it in writing

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Topic Lesbians
Posted 06 Dec 2017 14:04

I would cop a feel of her tit's and run for it.

Topic Conjugating Verbs
Posted 06 Dec 2017 13:59

Definitely a useful resource for beginners, for most verbs. Although there are a few I could argue about


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Topic What do you do to stay fit?
Posted 04 Dec 2017 14:15

Three times a day on my sybian.

Topic This will be available for a limited period only!
Posted 03 Dec 2017 12:43

Topic 'Best Before' dates
Posted 28 Nov 2017 12:33

If the bb date has expired I will assess the product. More often than not I will use it and have had no repercussions. If there is a doubt I discard it.
Normally our canned goods don't carry a BB date. If I were to find a jar or a slightly rusty tin out of date I would check to see if it has 'popped' or not. If not I use it.

This sounds sensible, Meggsy. I often go by the one sniff test. If it smells okay normally it is okay.

I love smokey bacon and you always know when it's not right cos the smokiness goes when it's gone past its best.

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Topic 'Best Before' dates
Posted 28 Nov 2017 09:34

Does anyone take any notice of these? I regularly eat stuff that's days or sometimes weeks past it 'Best Before' date. The only exception is fresh meat, I'm a bit more picky there. I bought some deli coleslaw last Tuesday. It was meant to be used by Friday. We had it last night with some smoked salmon and it was perfectly okay.

It was instilled into me as a little girl never to throw away food, because so many people are dying for want of a meal.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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