Forum posts made by nicola

Topic Ccleaner hacked with viral trojan
Posted 19 Sep 2017 07:47

CCleaner's a pain in the ass anyhow. There are better system cleanup utilities out there.

Which ones?

I periodically use Malwarebytes and Spybot. Like, once a year evil4

Topic Awesome Award 9/18/17: Verbal
Posted 19 Sep 2017 01:39

I was going to put him up for an Awesome Award, for his avatar alone. The rest, meh! kekekegay

Congratulations Verbal! Hugs

Topic new front page banner
Posted 18 Sep 2017 15:22

Fast, perfect fix! Thanks!

And as Buz says, it is a very nicely designed banner ad.

I want my head to do that.

How do you do that?

Topic HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Browncoffee!!
Posted 18 Sep 2017 01:59

Happy Birthday (again!) Hannah!

I hope your head isn't too sore this morning.

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Topic new front page banner
Posted 18 Sep 2017 01:11

Good point. I've added an option to hide (just above the slider) as well as an associated setting in your settings page.

Excellent. Thanks code monkey!

Topic new front page banner
Posted 17 Sep 2017 00:42

I agree Verbal.

I've asked this option to be added to the settings.

Topic Images not showing
Posted 12 Sep 2017 03:05

In plain speak then, the deleted images on my page and those I posted on fire department pages are lost and will not be retrieved? Ugh!computer

Edit __ Fire department! Bloody auto correct is wrong againSword Fight


Please contact the complaints department .

Topic Images not showing
Posted 11 Sep 2017 22:44

It turns out Gav was doing a purge of images which only had a certain number of views over a set period, to free up disk space.

Unfortunately, the numbers entered weren't right, and the consequences, rather dire.

If your sig images or any others aren't showing, please upload them again. The issue has now been fixed.

Topic Information Thread .. Specific Point of Reference for Members
Posted 09 Sep 2017 01:03

The story wasn't taken down. An automatic process saved it as a draft. All of the original comments, votes, views, etc are all still there, it just isn't currently viewable by the public until Gav can make a change to it. If you speak to your co-author he can tell you why because I explained everything to him.

Neither of you are being prevented from submitting a competition entry so feel free to send one in.

Thank you for your suggestion about an information thread. I personally don't think there is a need but if Nicola or Gav feel differently I'm sure one will be set up.

Thanks Liz.

It's an isolated issue. When there's issues site wide, we always post about them.

Topic Let's Get Serious: Unicorns!
Posted 08 Sep 2017 01:27

I agree Liz. They are always white in books and movies. Totally biased.

And why is it always a horse they photoshop a horn on?

Hollywood, we want less stereotyping cussing

Topic What candle are you currently burning?
Posted 07 Sep 2017 08:25

Ear candles. I had really awful tinnitus in one ear, and a Naturopath friend suggested candling.

For those that think it's a myth they work, I can assure you, they do. The amount of gunk that came out of the blocked ear, compared to the other, was double.

Sorry to ick up your thread! If I've upset anyone's sensibilities, please edit my post.

I normally burn tea lights which have no odour. The fragrant ones invariably smell artificial and chemically to me. I put a dozen or so around the small back deck when I have friends around for dinner and drinks. They create such a lovely atmosphere.

Topic Moderator of the Month, for August
Posted 06 Sep 2017 02:56

For her tireless contributions in the forums, around the site in general, and on the helpdesk, it was an easy decision to give August's Moderator of the Month Award to Liz.

Thank you for all your support Liz, particularly over the last few months. You've been terrific. Big Hugs

I'll be in touch about your $100 Prize.

à ta santé 3601

Nicki x

Topic Introducing "The Spa" Discussion Forum
Posted 05 Sep 2017 15:32

Nice concept. Should sticky this thread, though. It's starting to move down as new threads get started.

Thanks for the prompt.


Topic New Forum Added - "The Spa".
Posted 05 Sep 2017 07:50

For those who find "The Think Tank" too hot a kitchen to post in, we've added " The Spa " discussion forum, to the mix.

"This 'safe space' forum, is meant for people who prefer a harmonious and non-confrontational place, to discuss current events, and any subjects which might not fit in other forums.

It will be heavily moderated, so if you like vociferously arguing, trolling and winding people up, this is not the place for you. All posts of such a nature, will be removed, and repeat offenders, blocked from posting here."

More details >>

Now there's absolutely no justification for people to complain when discussions don't go their way. Post in "The Spa" instead, if you prefer a less confrontational environment to discuss current affairs.

Thank you for your attention!


Topic Question about music videos please
Posted 05 Sep 2017 07:42

Well, we're all adults, and if the strict censors at Youtube allow it, I don't see why we shouldn't My 2 cents.

I'd use your judgement on if you think something like that belongs in a place like this, or not.

Topic Images not showing
Posted 05 Sep 2017 07:39

I've messaged Gav. I have a hunch it's something to do with the image server going out of whack, but he'll be able to shed some light on it once he's poked around under the hood I'm sure.

Topic Bacon how do you like it?
Posted 05 Sep 2017 07:31

I consider bacon a comfort food. It takes my mind off these chronic chest pains ...

I picked this up on another site and thought it would be amusing sharing the info.


This table which was done be a PHD nutrition student at a Uni:!/publish-confirm

It shows bacon is one of the healthiest foods, about 10 on the horizontal and vertical axis (carb 1 & sugar 1)

Funny thing is chocolate appears to have 1/2 the carbs / sugars of apples
Chocolate has carbs 24 & sugar 23
Apples have carbs 49 & sugar 57

Less carbs & sugar = less weight gain

Animal fat (in bacon) is not fattening - that is done by the sugars and carbs, in case you were wondering.

So bacon and chocolate are less fattening than apples according to that bloke!

Erm, yeah, sure they are ... How about we use some common sense?

Topic Do people really fall in love on lush?
Posted 05 Sep 2017 03:10

Most people have no idea what love is. If you look at most relationships you will notice that they fall under the category of "fish love"

I had to look that phrase up! I've never come across it before.

Excellent article:

Topic Images not showing
Posted 05 Sep 2017 02:50

I see what you mean.

I wonder if there's something up with our image server, as those are uploaded images to our server.

I'll send a message to Gav.

Profile image link as an example:

EDIT: odd that the image I've just uploaded, works in the forums!

Topic Introducing our new "Bookish" Stories Competition, $150 1st Prize
Posted 05 Sep 2017 02:48

From simple minds come simple questions.

Could some would-be contestant get away with : comic books, cook books, coloring books, etc.? Not that I'd resort to something so hokey, not me. I'm just wondering. ;)


The theme is books and reading. I don't think you would read a coloring book! Cookbooks are (usually) for checking ingredients and following recipes, rather than "proper" reading, if you get my drift.

I guess comic books would be fine, if you wanted a light hearted approach.

Topic Introducing "The Spa" Discussion Forum
Posted 05 Sep 2017 02:34

This "safe space" forum, is meant for people who prefer a harmonious and non-confrontational place, to discuss current events, and any subjects which might not fit in other forums.

It will be heavily moderated, so if you like vociferously arguing, trolling and winding people up, this is not the place for you. All posts of such a nature, will be removed, and repeat offenders, blocked from posting here.

As is the case across the site, hate speech and other inappropriate content, is disallowed.


Topic Happy Birthday to Elizabethblack — the kindest and most wonderful lady in the Lush universe
Posted 04 Sep 2017 13:43

Happy Birthday Elizabeth.

I hope you have a lovely day and are spoiled rotten!

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Topic Introducing our new "Bookish" Stories Competition, $150 1st Prize
Posted 04 Sep 2017 05:01

September includes both "National Read a Book Day", and "International Literacy Day", which has inspired our latest competition.

Stories should be related to books / reading in some way.

Competition Theme

A scattering of plot seeds might help some authors harvest a few ideas:

Nerdy but kinky bookworms, sexy librarians, hot teacher / professor, literature / reading circles, author / editor / publisher power plays, sex games involving reciting book quotes and spanking as a punishment for failure, reading cafe hookups, undercover journalists investigating BDSM clubs and getting too involved, a ghostwriter hired to write for a sexy politician, sports figure, or actor etc.

As an added literary challenge, stories should be between 2500 and 3000 words.


Winner: $150
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50

Full details can be found here >>

Topic I made a terrible mistake
Posted 22 Aug 2017 04:16

Did he accidentally turn off voting and commenting?

Topic Tolerating Intolerance
Posted 21 Aug 2017 09:48

I think most of the people interested in this thread, probably know your views by now, from your 16 posts in it.

How about stepping away and hearing other people's views?

Our membership are interested in a wide range of opinions, rather than one person's repetitive meanderings.

Topic Back Pain Anyone? Why not use a Hammer?
Posted 21 Aug 2017 05:58

I'm booked in to see this guy, next week.

He seems to have a gentle empathic nature:

Topic The economic climate is challenging - retailers have to diversify.
Posted 21 Aug 2017 05:04

Fixed the image for you. I find opening them up in a free editor like MS Paint, then saving as a PNG works most of the time, or save it as that, open it again, and rotate 90 deg as required.

It's a minor irritation with cameras. Despite the claims to fix orientation or otherwise, they very often come out sideways for me too. You don't use an iPhone 5 per chance?

I think you've been spending too much time in here. Mind you, that's the first thing I thought of too Embarassed

Topic Tolerating Intolerance
Posted 20 Aug 2017 23:47


Back to the topic. I think Sasha Baron Cohens character, Borat is racist and offensive. My 2 cents

I fail to find it funny. He was repeatedly warned, and is now on a 7 day suspension, for vitriolic abuse against a mod in the public forums.

If you find Borat racist, you clearly have no understanding of satire, or what a parody is.

Here are some simple words that might help you "get it":

Topic Gav, are you responsible for this debauchery?
Posted 20 Aug 2017 11:06

I wondered where you'd got to. A week long bender with your crew.

Shame on you! I have proof!

Topic Spirit Animal
Posted 20 Aug 2017 10:18

I've never been called a dog, so that's a start...

I have no idea, so I took a highly scientific and factually based quiz, off a .info domain. It must be true!

I'm a turtle apparently:

This one: said I was an elephant. How rude!

Finally. This is the test to take everyone!