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Postby dids » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:50 pm

Killiney wrote:
Usually, the red colour comes from cochineal beetles, hence 'cochineal' on the ingredients list :lol: see article and this article


here is one thing I learnt today... :wink:
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Postby Spiritualized » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:23 pm

Some people try to pull a fast one to get something done by claiming they were promised a resolution immediately when in fact they weren't, and moaning like hell because we need to look further into things (my team were conveniently were left out of the information being sent between areas) :roll:
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Postby Angoid » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:32 am

Some people try to pull a fast one to get something done by claiming they were promised a resolution immediately when in fact they weren't, and moaning like hell because we need to look further into things (my team were conveniently were left out of the information being sent between areas)

At work, I .never. promise anyone anything, by any timescale. Ever. Reason? The instant you make a promise, you can bet your bottom dollar that your boss is going to come up to you and give you something else to do immediately, thus forcing you to break your promise before you can even start to make it good. It happens all the time.

I don't mind customers knowing this, but I do give them my word that I'll get it done 'as soon as I can', 'hopefully by the end of the week', 'at the first opportunity', and so on. If anyone tries to force me to give a timescale, I simply tell them (truthfully) that I don't know what problems I'm going to encounter, and giving a timescale which I cannot keep to would only lead to disappointment. But I do assure them that I'll work on it as soon as I possibly can.

Oh well, that's not something new I've learnt today, is it? :mrgreen:
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Postby Kate » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:53 pm

I learnt (yesterday):

You can actually buy Irish dirt :shock: in the Irish shop in my city!!

So that means I can buy some, take it home, spread it on the ground, walk on it and say I've walked on Irish soil :? :lol:

somehow not the same as going to Ireland :( :wink:
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Postby Turlough » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:05 am

That reminds me of when Moya was a guest on "Podge & Rodge", and she brought a tall bottle of "Donegal Fresh Air".
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Postby Turlough » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Angoid wrote:Something I learnt last night.....

How many of you were aware that in English we have a word 'defenestrate', which means, 'To throw someone out of a window'?


Might you have learned that from the Python tutorial which has an example of a list,
Code: Select all
 ["cat","window","defenestrate"] ?
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Postby Angoid » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:58 am

I learned the word from a fantasy story by David Eddings - one of the Malloreon books I think, but can't remember which one (there are five).

Don't think I've learned anything new today yet, except for something relating to my work (which will be boring for you).

But something I learned a few weeks ago .... Fingals Cave, on the Island of Staffa in Scotland, is supposed to be the other side of the Giants Causeway. I've been there (Fingals Cave, that is)
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Postby Dubhy63 » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:25 pm

Fionn Mac Cumhaill could have used Fingal's Cave to hide from the rain :D

I learned today that looking for the best possible photo of a cd cover can take up some time.I'm still working on my digital collection,ripping the cd's to MP3 files ,but I don't fancy scanning all the covers.Google is a great help but comes up with many options at almost every occasion,it can be looking for the infamous needle in a haystack. :?
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Postby Sandy » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:40 am

One thing I've learned - and not just today either!!

I've learned that 50 is NOT old :D 8) :P :wink: :mrgreen:

I'm not old until I reach triple digits!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Postby Angoid » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:24 pm

Well done Sandy :)

This was a couple of weeks or so ago, but another word I've learned....

Pandiculation

It means "Stretching and yawning at the same time"

Has anyone pandiculated today?
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Postby Dubhy63 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:29 pm

I've learned something the hard way today,never pull a blind back when there's a statue on the windowsill.A few of my toes have a different colour compared to this time yesterday because the statue used them for a soft landing. :(
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