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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Ubi Dubium » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:08 am

Life is too short for imitation chocolate.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby daftbeaker » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:35 am

Ubi Dubium wrote:Life is too short for imitation chocolate.

Imitation chocolate? Is it an empty packet or painted rice cakes or made of soya or some other ghastly thing I haven't mentioned?

Life is too short for trying to figure out how to set up bloody consumer electronics.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Ubi Dubius » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:41 pm

daftbeaker wrote:
Ubi Dubium wrote:Life is too short for imitation chocolate.

Imitation chocolate? Is it an empty packet or painted rice cakes or made of soya or some other ghastly thing I haven't mentioned?

Life is too short for trying to figure out how to set up bloody consumer electronics.


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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Roy Hunter » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:00 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Imitation chocolate? Is it an empty packet or painted rice cakes or made of soya or some other ghastly thing I haven't mentioned?

You (like me) are British. What you think is real chocolate (Cadbury's, Galaxy, Nestle) is actually imitation chocolate. Stuff like Green & Black's and Lindt is real chocolate.

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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby PKMKII » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:06 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Imitation chocolate? Is it an empty packet or painted rice cakes or made of soya or some other ghastly thing I haven't mentioned?


The New York Times on the imitation chocolate issue:

Real chocolate is made from crushed cacao beans, which provide not only solid cocoa mass but also cocoa butter that is vital to texture because, quite literally, it melts in your mouth. Industrial confectioners have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to be able to replace cocoa butter with cheaper fats and still call the resulting product “chocolate.” The reason: the substitution would allow them to use fewer beans and to sell off the butter for cosmetics and such.


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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Ubi Dubium » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:24 pm

I'm also referring to carob, which the health food industry would foist upon you as an adequate substitute.

Also Canfields chocolate soda, which I don't think has been anywhere near a cocoa bean.

And anything where the label says "chocolaty". Beware those the most.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby daftbeaker » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:34 pm

Ubi Dubius wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Life is too short for trying to figure out how to set up bloody consumer electronics.


Is the blood on the consumer? Or on the electronics? Whose blood is it? As long as it's not mine, I'm OK with it.

Erm, it was mine and ended up on the consumer and the electronics. It's unlikely to happen to you unless you have a tendency to get nosebleeds, hayfever and get elevated blood pressure from trying to get 'plug-and-play' stuff to do what they say on the box.

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daftbeaker wrote:Imitation chocolate? Is it an empty packet or painted rice cakes or made of soya or some other ghastly thing I haven't mentioned?

You (like me) are British. What you think is real chocolate (Cadbury's, Galaxy, Nestle) is actually imitation chocolate. Stuff like Green & Black's and Lindt is real chocolate.

Oh, that old argument. The EU may be a good idea in some areas but they seem incapable of doing anything sensible when it comes to food. Was it them who wanted to call yoghurt 'fermented milk products' unless it came from a certain bit of Greece? I know they wanted to make it illegal to call the low-quality chocolate 'chocolate' and wanted it renamed to something stupid. Morons.

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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby PKMKII » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:48 pm

Ubi Dubium wrote:I'm also referring to carob, which the health food industry would foist upon you as an adequate substitute.


It is if you're allergic to chocolate.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Roy Hunter » Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:55 am

daftbeaker wrote:Oh, that old argument. The EU may be a good idea in some areas but they seem incapable of doing anything sensible when it comes to food. Was it them who wanted to call yoghurt 'fermented milk products' unless it came from a certain bit of Greece? I know they wanted to make it illegal to call the low-quality chocolate 'chocolate' and wanted it renamed to something stupid. Morons.

Well, the Greeks made representations about reserving the word yoghurt, but they were thrown out. The French and the Belgians I think were the ones who wanted to define chocolate at a higher standard than most of the crap we eat, but that didn't happen either.

We have quite successful examples, though: Scotch whisky; champagne; Parmesan cheese, although not Cornish pasties or Melton Mowbray pork pies despite their best efforts.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby ken worley » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:30 am

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What is or isn't chocolate.
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Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:57 pm

Life is too short not to appreciate those around you. You never know when it will be the last time you'll see them.
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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby pieces o'nine » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:02 pm

Life is too short for shoveling out from the third blizzard in as many weeks.

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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:08 pm

Before criticising the EU food labelling restrictions too much, try living somewhere that they have no influence. Believe me, life is too short to stand in front of a supermarked refrigerator cabinet full of 'cream', reading the labels on thirty different brands to find the ONE that has nothing but cream in it! :furious:

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Re: Life is too short for . . .

Postby TwistedSister » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:43 pm

Life is too short for not owning your own cow and making your own dairy products.
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Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:59 pm

Life is too short to amass the money required for the 400 acres you need in Australia to get enough grass for one cow, and is MUCH too short to figure out how to milk kangaroos.

I hope life isn't too short for me to return to Ireland where grass grows profusely everywhere so that there is enough in a field for a hundred cows and a mowing the lawn is a weekly task not a yearly one.


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