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  1. There has just been a programme on Brit TV about 'why does peanut butter have such a long shelf life'. It is due to the lack of water and high oil content. PB has a free water reading of 20%; (crisps (potato chips in US) have a free water of 30%; jam (jelly in US) has free water of about 80%. The more free water the more that mould, bacteria etc. will grow. Preppers recommend PB as a staple supply for the zombie apocalypse.
  2. That picture reminds me of the little gem of a restaurant we discovered in Florence just around the corner from the Uffizi gallery. https://www.laprosciutteria.com/firenze/ If we ever get back there...
  3. Flatbush Flyer has absolutely nailed the mass-market v premium v luxury debate re cost. It all comes down to the individual's preferences. We like good itineraries; run up a significant bar bill; do not like amusement parks; like good food and good service. When we checked out our cruise spreadsheets for NCL, Princess, P&O against Azamara, Regent and Silversea etc. we are on pretty much the same cost per day, but with a better experience (for our wants). It has nothing to do with the name or status of the line - one of our most memorable and talked about cruises was on CMV to the Amazon (3 star and cheap but great nevertheless).
  4. Fortunately we have a stall at our local farmer's market which sells nothing but Gloucester Old Spot. The shoulder roast is just gorgeous: crackly, porky, juicy - what's not to like!
  5. Gewurtztraminer or viognier go rather well with duck, and then finish the bottle off with a reblechon cheese before hitting the puddings. The French do get it right with cheese course before pudding course, finish the good dinner wine with the cheese and then break out the dessert wine with pudding (then the cognac/armagnac with coffee obviously!).
  6. If you like Gewurtzraminer (I do too!) then you might like a Viognier. Montbazillac with seared foie gras is rather good too.
  7. Sock, sock, shoe, shoe. Practical reason - we live in a flat so it is soft shoes (or no shoes) in the flat to reduce noise. Outdoor shoes go on just before we go out.
  8. It used to be a sartorial 'rule': 'No brown in town'.
  9. A surfeit of green tomatoes = chutney making time.
  10. You might find it called Summer Cup - it seems it might have been re-branded.
  11. Sipsmith gin, seared foie gras - I have found my soulmates! We first met Sipsmiths at the Taste of London festival when they first started out. We have unopened bottles of batch 1 Sipsmiths gin and vodka. Sipsmiths did not keep any bottles from batch 1 (big grin). Also, if you can find Sipsmiths London Cup it is far superior to Pimms IMHO.
  12. In England that would be (colloquially): "I am a tad miffed".
  13. It is slightly disturbing to us that we have not had any official notification from anyone about this. People are posting that their banks is telling them about it etc. - we have heard zip/nada/zilch. Our S75 paperwork is ready to go tomorrow though.
  14. Talking of bacon (mmm drool), attached is a foolproof way of cooking scallops. Just to add to the recipe - a sprinkling of chopped chives is lovely. Bacon Wrapped Scallops.pdf
  15. Not all of us have got emails - we are in the hole for a deposit (booked direct with CMV about a month ago) but we have not heard anything officially from either CMV, administrators or ABTA. We are already getting our ducks in a row for the S75 claim.
  16. ABTA link for UK customers https://www.abta.com/south-quay-travel-leisure-limited-trading-cruise-maritime-voyages
  17. Try calling your credit card company now - they might be able to stop the payment going through (just a thought).
  18. We did 42 days to the Amazon and back with CMV - there were issues, but the price and itinerary was just too good to miss. Out of 20 cruises it is still the one we talk about the most. Silversea is an awesome experience though - watching England stuff the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup semi-final whilst sailing between Japan and China was rather fun (as was watching the quarter finals in a Hooters bar in Tokyo). Their ships, service and food are just sublime (all booze included as well, including a litre bottle of Glenmorangie for my nightcaps in the room).
  19. 4 days on the Norfolk broads next month (boat-driven pub crawl with our cruising buddies who also lost the Spirit cruise). Silversea out of Peru in December with a Peru pre-cruise package (very unlikely to happen TBH). Cruise and Maritime 35 days ex Tilbury to Canada, Greenland and Iceland in Sept 2021. Chalk and cheese re the cruiselines I know, but the itineraries are rather good. Thanks for the good wishes.
  20. Spirit out of Cape Town sailing 22 March - cancelled by NCL 13 March. Just got the remaining refund today. All done - now to move on to the rest of our cruising life (which is unlikely to involve NCL in the short to medium term).
  21. First or second day he was at a table next to us in the smoking area giving it large. My BS radar went into overdrive. One of our cruising buddies also had him pegged as a wrong 'un from day 1.
  22. That's them. Almost certainly they were at it on our cruise as well (Jan/Feb 2018). They were nicked in Feb 2019 whilst on a CMV Amazon Caribbean voyage.
  23. We did a 42 day Amazon cruise where they held a passenger 'talent' show one night. The 'talent' was very variable. There was one guy (very full of himself) who did a stand-up routine which was pretty dreadful. Roll forward about a year and I open the newspaper one day to see his and his wife's picture on the front page. They had just been arrested for drug smuggling in a port in Portugal (allegedly carrying designer suitcases as sales samples for someone else). They are now doing a long sentence in a Portugese prison. I feel sorry for his cellmate...
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