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Minor Strangeness

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A couple I used to know in Burton On Trent used to run an online and telephone escort agency for men wanting to hook up with transsexual/pre ops .. I was round theirs one day and someone very famous in the UK phoned up because he wanted to hook up with his favourite date, a pre op called Kylie. I saw the celebrity's credit card details and everything :) .. he's still on TV almost every day but I'm not going to name him out of respect for his privacy .. he's someone almost everyone likes anyway.
Okay, I'm not going to press you for the celeb's name - which kinda takes the fun out of it - but I get confused by transsexual terminology: was Kylie a biological male (a "shemale") or a biological female?
 

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A couple I used to know in Burton On Trent used to run an online and telephone escort agency for men wanting to hook up with transsexual/pre ops .. I was round theirs one day and someone very famous in the UK phoned up because he wanted to hook up with his favourite date, a pre op called Kylie. I saw the celebrity's credit card details and everything :) .. he's still on TV almost every day but I'm not going to name him out of respect for his privacy .. he's someone almost everyone likes anyway.
It's nice to be reminded of how respectful and honest people can be in handling other people's social needs and personal information. :)
That doesn't have to be any kind of strangeness.
 

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Okay, I'm not going to press you for the celeb's name - which kinda takes the fun out of it - but I get confused by transsexual terminology: was Kylie a biological male (a "shemale") or a biological female?
Kylie was a biological male who was taking hormones to grow breasts and on the game so he could eventually afford the gender reassignment surgery to become a woman I was told. Some of them only took the hormones for 6 months a year because men would pay large amounts of money to sleep with them and they also had to plans to have the surgery. I was told one of 'the girls' did this and had bought a Swiss chalet with the earnings. The website (pre-op.com) was a safe place for everyone to meet up and my mate's wife was admin. She said what had been happening in the past was that these 'girls' had been leaving their business cards in the phone boxes in London, had been called for sex, turned up at someone's house and sadly instead been beaten up by groups of blokes. So the website was a vetting process.
 

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I saw the celebrity's credit card details and everything :) .. he's still on TV almost every day but I'm not going to name him out of respect for his privacy ..
Privacy in such places is a nightmare.
But I find the callers often volunteer masses of information about themseves, families, pets, neighbours etc.
Especially the elderly callers, they love to chat and are definitely lonely in the current climate, probably before lockdown too.
I listen and chat...I much prefer that to some rude caller swearing at me.
But usually I do not let the conversation go on for an excess length of time, because there are other callers trying to get through and some of them do have emergency situations which can affect their health if not sorted quickly.
So it's a balancing act between me being polite, genuinely wanting a chat myself, and doing my job description.
 

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Optical illusion minor strangeness . In summer last year my husband and I were walking one morning. We walked past a car parked in a driveway in front of a house, and a young man was sat in the driver’s seat looking at his phone. Except he wasn’t. I had a clear impression of his white t-shirt and dark hair but there was no one there. My eyesight isn’t brilliant but I thought I could still differentiate between another human being and the pattern on a car seat.
 

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Today I drove my wife to Voorschoten, a place near Leiden. While she was doing her thing I took a walk along the parks and country villa's built by rich families, dating back to the 1580's. All was private property and I couldn't get in. Then I saw this weird but wonderful post-modern architectural gem. It may not be obvious for you, but this echoes medieval Dutch architecture: Trapgevel - Wikipedia. I like it. It is for sale and you can look around here: Van Beethovenlaan 100: a luxury Estate for sale in Voorschoten, South Holland Property ID:5e8b708a8e307f0eb8f91146 | Christie's International Real Estate (christiesrealestate.com)
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We recently got a little puppy - cross Jack Russell/Chihuahua (wife's choice!), called Pippi.
Pippi sleeps in my daughter's bedroom and gets fed basically as soon as we all wake up in the morning. Today, my son came in with me and my wife and we were all talking about a game on his tablet when I heard Pippi's food being poured into her plastic bowl in my daughter's room.
I got up a few minutes later and looked in. Puppy happy to see me, food in bowl, daughter fast asleep in her bed.
After I had a shower my daughter came down and asked if I'd fed Pippi, to which I replied, "No, you did. I heard you doing it." She looked baffled and denied it, saying she'd been asleep all morning. I didn't think much more of it although she was quite adamant she hadn't fed the dog (there's no one else in the house).
Then, when everyone left for the day and I was home alone with Pippi she was lying sleeping in her bed, covered right over by her blanket in the dining room. I went to the toilet and heard one of her little toys jangling, a green ring she likes us to throw for her with a bell in it. Came back out the toilet a minute later, green ring now right beside my chair, Pippi fast asleep and tucked under her blanket...

You can see her in the top photo as she is right now, still asleep. Then a couple of other photos of her being the boss.
 

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In our family a birthday cake gets three candles for past, present, and future no matter the age.

With the family gathered around for our last birthday, the candles were lit ready to sing Happy Birthday and all three candles went out at the same time in an instant.

We all joked about spirits in the room, then lit candles and “ stayed calm and carried on “.
 

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In our family a birthday cake gets three candles for past, present, and future no matter the age.

With the family gathered around for our last birthday, the candles were lit ready to sing Happy Birthday and all three candles went out at the same time in an instant.

We all joked about spirits in the room, then lit candles and “ stayed calm and carried on “.
I like this idea. I may steal it.
 

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We recently got a little puppy - cross Jack Russell/Chihuahua (wife's choice!), called Pippi.
Pippi sleeps in my daughter's bedroom and gets fed basically as soon as we all wake up in the morning. Today, my son came in with me and my wife and we were all talking about a game on his tablet when I heard Pippi's food being poured into her plastic bowl in my daughter's room.
I got up a few minutes later and looked in. Puppy happy to see me, food in bowl, daughter fast asleep in her bed.
After I had a shower my daughter came down and asked if I'd fed Pippi, to which I replied, "No, you did. I heard you doing it." She looked baffled and denied it, saying she'd been asleep all morning. I didn't think much more of it although she was quite adamant she hadn't fed the dog (there's no one else in the house).
Then, when everyone left for the day and I was home alone with Pippi she was lying sleeping in her bed, covered right over by her blanket in the dining room. I went to the toilet and heard one of her little toys jangling, a green ring she likes us to throw for her with a bell in it. Came back out the toilet a minute later, green ring now right beside my chair, Pippi fast asleep and tucked under her blanket...

You can see her in the top photo as she is right now, still asleep. Then a couple of other photos of her being the boss.
That is adorable. A killer (of small things) but adorable.
 

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Not remotely Fortean, but...

Is it just me, or has the taste of marzipan changed?
I've just had a mini Battenberg cake and the other day I had a Bakewell slice. Both tasted just weird to me. They're not how I remember marzipan used to taste.
AFAIK, I haven't had the Covid, so my taste buds haven't changed.

Anybody else notice this?
 

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Not remotely Fortean, but...

Is it just me, or has the taste of marzipan changed?
I've just had a mini Battenberg cake and the other day I had a Bakewell slice. Both tasted just weird to me. They're not how I remember marzipan used to taste.
AFAIK, I haven't had the Covid, so my taste buds haven't changed.

Anybody else notice this?
Did you buy a cheaper brand, maybe? Though I don't know what they'd bulk out the almonds and sugar with as an alternative.
 

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Did you buy a cheaper brand, maybe? Though I don't know what they'd bulk out the almonds and sugar with as an alternative.
Mr Kipling.
 

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He's usually so exceedingly good, too!
Yes.
I have also noticed a change in other products, too (e.g. Shloer). I wonder if the sugar content has been significantly reduced?
 

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Fine by me, I don't like too-sweet food and drink, except in moderation (I couldn't drink cola every day, but I like a Dr Pepper once in a while). I do know Scots were up in arms when Irn Bru reduced their sugar content and were convinced it had ruined the taste. I didn't notice any difference, but I'm more coffee and fruit juice drinker.
 

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Yes.
I have also noticed a change in other products, too (e.g. Shloer). I wonder if the sugar content has been significantly reduced?
When the 'sugar tax' came in, a lot of companies reduced their sugar content, and i dont care what anyone says, low sugar products dont taste as good as full sugar versions.
 

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Fine by me, I don't like too-sweet food and drink, except in moderation (I couldn't drink cola every day, but I like a Dr Pepper once in a while). I do know Scots were up in arms when Irn Bru reduced their sugar content and were convinced it had ruined the taste. I didn't notice any difference, but I'm more coffee and fruit juice drinker.
I do like a can of Dr. Pepper :D
 

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Not remotely Fortean, but...

Is it just me, or has the taste of marzipan changed?
I've just had a mini Battenberg cake and the other day I had a Bakewell slice. Both tasted just weird to me. They're not how I remember marzipan used to taste.
AFAIK, I haven't had the Covid, so my taste buds haven't changed.

Anybody else notice this?
I had Kipling's Bakewell slices last week, tasted fine. I don't like the marzipan coated Battenbergs. I prefer the Cork version - triangular cross sectio, coated in chocolate.

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A while ago I bought some of those Mr. Kiplings small cakes and I didn't think they tasted like the marzipan I was used to either.
 

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We recently got a little puppy - cross Jack Russell/Chihuahua (wife's choice!), called Pippi.
Pippi sleeps in my daughter's bedroom and gets fed basically as soon as we all wake up in the morning. Today, my son came in with me and my wife and we were all talking about a game on his tablet when I heard Pippi's food being poured into her plastic bowl in my daughter's room.
I got up a few minutes later and looked in. Puppy happy to see me, food in bowl, daughter fast asleep in her bed.
After I had a shower my daughter came down and asked if I'd fed Pippi, to which I replied, "No, you did. I heard you doing it." She looked baffled and denied it, saying she'd been asleep all morning. I didn't think much more of it although she was quite adamant she hadn't fed the dog (there's no one else in the house).
Then, when everyone left for the day and I was home alone with Pippi she was lying sleeping in her bed, covered right over by her blanket in the dining room. I went to the toilet and heard one of her little toys jangling, a green ring she likes us to throw for her with a bell in it. Came back out the toilet a minute later, green ring now right beside my chair, Pippi fast asleep and tucked under her blanket...

You can see her in the top photo as she is right now, still asleep. Then a couple of other photos of her being the boss.
We have a 6 year old staffy/jack russell cross. Have always had staffies/bull terriers before so can account for all the staffy in her. And it's the jack russell that's the weird part. She communicates in growls (never heard a staffy growl), she's scowling all day (staffies good natured and smile) - all the grumpy, miserable bits of her personality are the jack russell gene. Someone else I know with a different kind of jack russell cross told me their dog's exactly the same...
 

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A while ago I bought some of those Mr. Kiplings small cakes and I didn't think they tasted like the marzipan I was used to either.
I reckon the whole industry has changed the ingredients without telling anybody.
 

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Ground almonds are not cheap, so there may be a financial incentive to replace them with fillers and almond essence? :sherlock:
You may be right. Food manufacturers are always finding ways to make an extra penny or two.
 

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We have a 6 year old staffy/jack russell cross. Have always had staffies/bull terriers before so can account for all the staffy in her. And it's the jack russell that's the weird part. She communicates in growls (never heard a staffy growl), she's scowling all day (staffies good natured and smile) - all the grumpy, miserable bits of her personality are the jack russell gene. Someone else I know with a different kind of jack russell cross told me their dog's exactly the same...
I had a JRT cross, always friendly to humans but not to other dogs.
 
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