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by NeilFann
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Les Miserables
Replies: 12
Views: 4522

Re: Les Miserables

Not heard him but if Hugh Jackman can sing as well as say Colm Wilkinson then yes that is encouraging. I've heard Crowe's rock band before and there's nothing there to suggest he can do something like "Stars" justice. I guess I'm just inclined to prejudice after Gerard bleeding Butler in t...
by NeilFann
Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Les Miserables
Replies: 12
Views: 4522

Re: Les Miserables

My fear for this one is if they cast non-singers in an, er, musical. They did this for Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler in the title roll. Yes, he's famous and stuff but he can't SING.

Not hopefull looking at the cast with Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe etc.....
by NeilFann
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Brilliant people. The wind up power cell is one of the best suggestions to date. I'm looking for a guide on how long it would last with a full wind up but it it looks good I might stick one in storage. Music is a definate concern - life without music would not be good so one of these with some spare...
by NeilFann
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Cheers guys! Quite timely given that the apocalypse may be starting..... Potatoes are going to be the staple diet - I've just got 25kg out of half a row and could do three rows of them. That's a pretty good start! I have terraces though so I'm not sure how useful a plough would be compared to hand p...
by NeilFann
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parental Trolling
Replies: 99
Views: 18233

Re: Parental Trolling

Since you have long enough you could probably do something cool with auto-hypnotic suggestion. A tape played every night by their bed telling them to kill the president in 2025, that kind of thing....
by NeilFann
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parental Trolling
Replies: 99
Views: 18233

Re: Parental Trolling

Pick a rarely used word and make up an alternative for it. Use it all the time in the house and wait for them to discover by themselves that it's not what the rest of the (English speaking) world uses. My father used to tell me he was going to sell me and make me stay whilst he went and quietly aske...
by NeilFann
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

A good library of "forgotten" skills, such as the Foxfire books will be very helpful.


True - just looked up the Firefox books. They're specific to a region that doesn't exactly apply here since you don't get so many snakes on the Penines. Will have to find a local version.....
by NeilFann
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Cheers guys. Keep them coming! Some of these are more leaning towards a wilderness strategy which is fine if that's your terrain. I'm however going for the stay at home strategy. I should be able to grow enough food to survive and defend my patch from marauding zombie bankers. Also - I'm in the UK w...
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Goats would be too ambitious for our garden - also liable to eat the veg. Chickens on the other hand are on the to-do list. They will require some proper planning though....

User asked not to double-post. -Lanicita
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Bike is a good call. I've got one but am short on puncture repair kits and that would be a single point of failure. The water related kit is worth mentioning for those without their own supply but we're alright on that front. Pressure cooker - presumably needs electricity to run? That wouldn't work ...
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10454

Apocalypse shopping

Suppose there were to be an event that caused a breakdown in society and you wanted to be prepared for it. I'm thinking of some obvious potential examples such as a proper banking crisis or oil shock. I've got a house with reasonable grounds that could become self sufficient with luck, skill and pre...
by NeilFann
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Failing Skies
Replies: 8
Views: 2544

Re: Failing Skies

I liked the pilot. It has potential. At the very least it could be some decent sci-fi action and goodness knows there's not enough of that around. I liked the aliens, creepy things, and the basic premise. It's in no way original but I'd be happy to see the usual scenrio done really well. It's a sham...
by NeilFann
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 317
Views: 179663

Re: I need a TV series recommendation

@HiFranc

Moonlight I tried without being grabbed but Ultraviolet looks interesting. It's gone on my Lovefilm rental list. Thanks for that.

Just started the Walking Dead which looks ace from the first ep I've seen. Love zombies too (28 Days/Weeks Later).

Once again, I love you guys....
by NeilFann
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 317
Views: 179663

Re: I need a TV series recommendation

> Wait, are you anti emotions, or anti teenagers having them? American high school teens. Like totally. Whatever. Just can't watch them have dramas about who's dating who and having issues and stuff. Certain shows seem to feel the need to include them, probably to capture that key demographic, very ...
by NeilFann
Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 317
Views: 179663

Re: I need a TV series recommendation

I love you guys. Seriously, thanks for the help. The three contenders that keep cropping up are Stargate SG1, Farscape and Lexx. Out of that, Lexx the most sounds intriging - dystopian comedy with nudity ticks a few of my favourite things. I saw some Farscape way back without getting drawn in but ma...
by NeilFann
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 317
Views: 179663

I need a TV series recommendation

Hi - related to the movie recommendation thread (from someone else), I need a TV series recommendation since we're about to finish the 4400. Series I've devoured, in order of greatness from greatest first: Firefly T: SCC Dollhouse BSG Fringe Dr Who (recent ones only) Angel Buffy Torchwoord Trublood ...
by NeilFann
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Number Plates [Solutions]
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Re: Number Plates [Solutions]

Speculation: The number plates are irrelevant and what we're looking for is the shape made by the placement of the rectangles in the white space in the image? I can almost see various things like a distorted map of the British Isles but it's not that. Some kind of statistical distribution on a scatt...
by NeilFann
Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Evidence for Protein Supplements
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Re: Evidence for Protein Supplements

What a perfect illustration of the best and worst of the internet. People, I really appreciate those who have tried to help and add to the discussion and just wish that we could reach a consensus where <I disagree with the point you just made> != <I disrespect you and everything you stand for> Anywa...
by NeilFann
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Evidence for Protein Supplements
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Re: Evidence for Protein Supplements

Cheers guys, this is all good stuff. It may be worth continuing for the placebo effect alone, crazy as it sounds. The act of making the shakes each day means you're "living it" which makes you put in the extra reps in the gym. That is not to be discounted. None-the-less please keep the har...
by NeilFann
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Evidence for Protein Supplements
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Evidence for Protein Supplements

Hi All, Question: What scientific evidence can you point me to for the effectiveness or otherwise for taking protein suppliments to gain muscle mass? I'm aware of the received wisdom of 1-2g of protein per kg but that seems to have been influenced by biased sources i.e. the supplement industry. I'm ...
by NeilFann
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Euphoniums Unite!
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Euphoniums Unite!

Dudes,

You might want to check out a Kiwi band The Mutton Birds and the solo work of it's frontman Don Mcglashon. He uses a Euphonium in an indie-rock context to create amazing dark sounds. Check out The Falls from their last album, Rain Steam and Speed.....
by NeilFann
Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Technically Complicated Folk
Replies: 11
Views: 3226

Re: Technically Complicated Folk

Give me some folk in 7/8, with some decent chord extensions, and I will be a happy man. Prob not cool to use this thread for gratuitous self promotion but here's one of mine: http://www.methodmeetsmadness.co.uk/song.php?song=TooGood seems relevant since it's folky and in 10/8 with a few coloured ch...
by NeilFann
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] West Yorkshire (Leeds & the like)
Replies: 4
Views: 2360

Re: [UK] West Yorkshire (Leeds & the like)

Hi, am in the Huddersfield neck of the woods any time you want to cross the M62....
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 170681

Re: Post YOUR music here (Merged : The Rainbow Correction)

HI All, This is what I do: http://www.MethodMeetsMadness.co.uk It's mostly folky-pop with a lot of finger picking on a Spanish guitar (far nicer than an accoustic for my taste) with the occasional foray into rock and even comedy metal for when I feel like making some noise. You can prob tell from my...
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Kitchen equipment
Replies: 13
Views: 2644

Re: Kitchen equipment

Pestle and Mortar - a heavy one in greenstone - for pepper initially but now I buy all my spices in seed form, not powder, and dry roast then grind them. Much better.

I looked at culinary foams recently - turns out you need a compressed gas canester to make them which would undoubtedly be cool...
by NeilFann
Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2473

Re: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe

Moo, Thank you for the recipes which I will enjoy working through! The quiches went pretty well last night - didn't quite nail them but that may be because the muffin tray didn't fit in the micro-oven we use over summer (since the aga is off) and I had to put them over a as ring. Still, pretty damn ...
by NeilFann
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2473

Re: Courgette Recipe

Like it, PAstrychef. Like it a lot. I'll have a crack at that over the weekend, there's at least one courgette staring at me on the kitchen top that is big enough.

Cheers.
by NeilFann
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2473

Re: Courgette Recipe

K - I'm going to try that tonight - tune in tomorrow to find out how I get on. It'll go with last night's left over lasagne and maybe some more salad because the missus loves it (far too bitter for me).
by NeilFann
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2473

Re: Courgette Recipe

Cheers for that. Questions: Does the quiche need a base or is it more akin to omlette - not a bad idea in itself as that would also work with the potatos we've grown (artichokes are our othe big producer)? The Bake sounds good too. If you have the recipe then that's appreciated - I'll get googling t...
by NeilFann
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Recommendations for Stew seasoning?
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Recommendations for Stew seasoning?

Sounds like good advice already so I haven't much to add. I've got a pestle and mortar as essential kitchen equipment for my crushed spice needs.

For that stew I'd be looking at fresh ginger - so full of heat and depth and flavour.
by NeilFann
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Courgette / Zucchini Recipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2473

Courgette / Zucchini Recipe

Hi All, /edit/ I've been informed that what I know as Courgettes are known as Zucchini in part of the world. Well I never! /edit/ I need courgette recipes and fast. Reason being my wife and I have got into the Grow Your Own thing as part of preparation for the Zombie Appocalypse which is imminent. A...

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