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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The wine cost 228 Swedish Krona... or 20 quid in real money. That would be 800 Baht up in Isaan!
    That's a pretty good deal, five quid a bottle for drinkable wine.

    Do let us know about the Swedish cider.

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    Have you been to the Red Lion yet?

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    The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has topped $1 trillion... the country's future looks very good but many Norwegians want to reap the benefits now instead of paying huge taxes and having a huge cost of living now to benefit future generations.

    The trick is to earn Norwegian money, not live there and find a legal way to reduce Norwegian income tax liability... but that's another story...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Do let us know about the Swedish cider.
    No problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Have you been to the Red Lion yet?
    No... I nearly went last night but the pavements were too dangerous... and 11 hours in the office is eating into my socialising time.

    This week one night for sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    but that's another story..
    One hopes not including a certain Nigerian financial friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Do let us know about the Swedish cider.

    As promised...

    A brace of ciders (or a pear! )...



    First up... Swedish apple cider

    When considering that they don't have much flat land on which to put apple orchards, this isn't a bad effort I guess. But it's extremely sweet and gassy and not a patch on a proper Somerset cider. I'd give it a 4/10 purely because it's 7% and gives you a buzz.



    Next up... Swedish pear cider

    When considering... same as above but it tastes of pears instead of apples...

    But nah, that's bollox, they both taste exactly the same. I'd defy anyone to tell the difference in a taste test wearing a blindfold.



    Sorry Lom...


    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post

    Is that a full tin of baked beans on your plate? Respeckt

    How many cheese doodles can you fit in your mouth without chewing them?
    If they're like wotsits, then I can do a full pack.

    Btw the rumours about Swedes partaking in anal as a national sport I can concur having had a few Swedish girlfriends in the past.
    You are right to give the table decorations a wide berth.

    Have you kept any of their phone numbers mate? I've had a couple of ciders now and fancy going out...

    ... and I'm getting bored with stuffing Cheezey Doodles in my mouth.


    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Don't order that POTY trophy off Lazada just yet Mendy.
    I'll leave it in the basket for now then!

    But no fancy videos needed here... I made this entire meal with just a microwave and a spoon.

    (with the other half of my tin of beans Chitty)


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    ^ Made me smile


    BTW ... have you sourced any scales yet?

    Not fish scales, nor heavy machinery scales ... but some weigh Mendip scales

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    but some weigh Mendip scales



    A strangely absent topic...

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    Koppaberg is a summers day cider. I doubt it meets your "real cider" expectations. It's a man's Bacardi Breezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Sorry Lom...
    Well, it was expected..

    Swedish produced cider is usually of the sweet kind while British or French cider is usually dry or semi-dry.
    Kopparberg Brewery makes a semi-dry named Naked Apple with less buzz than the ones you bought..

    Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden, is famous for its apple orchards and the brand Kiviks is produced there, they've made ciders long before it became fancy to drink cider in Sweden.

    Here's a link to Systembolagets assortment of dry/semi-dry ciders, you have quite a few to chose between:

    Sok dryck

    click the bottom link "visa fler sökträffar" for more


    quick translator:
    torr och halvtorr = dry and semidry
    flaska = bottle
    burk = can

    or maybe just ask the darling in the shop to help you with your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    or maybe just ask the darling in the shop to help you with your needs.
    If he does that it will have nothing to do with cider!!!

    Mendip I got your email thanks I will have a look tomorrow when I go to Korat to see your friendly dentist again.

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    Good luck Ootai!

    You can't blame me if you have a second bad experience.

    But just remember while you're in agonising pain... I reckon she's pretty cute behind that mask!

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    Does a cute face negate the pain?

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    ^ Yes, I would say so.

    She perforated my sinus tube and I didn't mind in the slightest!

    Although let's see what Ootai says... he had a much worse experience than I.

    And by the way... I've hunted high and low but still no scales to be found anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And by the way... I've hunted high and low but still no scales to be found anywhere.
    Tried nearby heavy industries?

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    ^ I thought better of you Lom...

    If Coco didn't still owe you so may greens I think a red would be in order for that remark!

    One thing for sure though... I won't be over-eating in Sweden!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tried nearby heavy industries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Tried nearby heavy industries?
    Many farm supply stores have large weighing machines and understanding and knowledgeable assistants. A search of the internet is always a good start.

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    Maybe I should do a selfie on the weighbridge at the entrance of the docks... just to keep everyone amused?

    But FFS... as I've said before, this is a thread about the trials and tribulations of commuting for work during these awful Covid times... it's not a thread about my weight (which isn't as outrageously bad as people seem to think).

    But a few questions for Lom tonight...

    I've noticed several doorways into the solid rock around here Lom... at first I though it must be just people taking advantage of natural caves but this rock is hard... metamorphic by the looks of things and not normally conducive to cave formation. These underground areas must have been hewn out of solid rock at great effort... I can see the evidence of drill and blast at the edge of road cuttings.



    And another...



    And this looks like some kind of bunker from the war? But Sweden was neutral?



    And from behind...



    I need a local historian Lom... all these pics were from my office area.

    And another... a green if anyone can spot the link!



    I needed help with this work and managed to get an old Russian mate from Saratov on the project... partly because he's a damn fine geo, but mainly because he doesn't drink!

    Yep, a bottle of duty free came my way!



    I'm as shallow and corruptible as that... but I needed cheering up after reading Thai Dhupp's fine story about the difficulties of returning to Thailand.

    Maybe I'll be contributing to Bogon's thread before the night is out...

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    A very fine drop. Enjoy.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    it's not a thread about my weight (which isn't as outrageously bad as people seem to think).
    But how would you know, or more importantly prove that?



    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    but I needed cheering up after reading Thai Dhupp's fine story about the difficulties of returning to Thailand

    keep the work up? $$ in the pocket helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    've noticed several doorways into the solid rock around here Lom... at first I though it must be just people taking advantage of natural caves but this rock is hard... metamorphic by the looks of things and not normally conducive to cave formation. These underground areas must have been hewn out of solid rock at great effort... I can see the evidence of drill and blast at the edge of road cuttings.
    All mountains in and around Gothenburg is of gneiss, go 100km North and there it is all granite.
    The doors you see are entrances to a huge man made mountain room that once was part of Gothenburg's harbor defense.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And this looks like some kind of bunker from the war? But Sweden was neutral?
    Maybe an air exhaust from the mountain room?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I need a local historian Lom... all these pics were from my office area.
    Nya Varvet has a long history but I guess that is not of general interest for other TD member so I'll send it to you as a PM.

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    ^ Lom, fascinating stuff... thanks for that.

    I've revoked the red you had coming for the 'heavy industries' comment!

    I thought it was gneiss but I didn't want to show off. That's Betty Boo's favourite rock type by the way... I wonder where he is these days?

    I called my daughter today from the office and the first thing she said was, 'Papa, are you at the airport?'

    She'd mistaken the glass office walls for the windows at an airport... when I told her I was still at work her disappointment was palpable. Nearly had me making an entry in Bogon's thread to be honest.

    This is a really strange situation... I'm into my tenth week of 12 hour shifts (well... only 11 hours in the office)... and I can feel the signs. I've been there before... but when you can't just jump on a flight home it changes everything.

    The Aberlour is evaporating even faster than the Highland Park did.

    Bloody Covid.

    But rest assured... this week I will look for some scales!
    Last edited by Mendip; 04-10-2020 at 12:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I need a local historian Lom... all these pics were from my office area.

    And another... a green if anyone can spot the link!


    The link is ... Swede!

    Parsnips and swedes. Wonderful vegetables.

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    ^ Yes!

    Nev, well done! Green owed (this all sounds very familiar)...

    A Swede in Sweden!

    I can't wait until I visit the capital of Belgium one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I called my daughter today from the office and the first thing she said was, 'Papa, are you at the airport?'

    She'd mistaken the glass office walls for the windows at an airport... when I told her I was still at work her disappointment was palpable.
    Aww bless. So you get called 'Papa' too. We were in Europe a few years ago and my relatives found that adorable.


    Don't worry, you'll be back home soon.

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