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  1. My advice would be to dump them.  I did and wish I'd done it sooner saving myself weeks of hassle and raised blood pressure!   Their customer service is non-existent.

  2. Thats really nice s17 and thank you.     I remember Mam each time I make them.

  3. Hi again, so pleased to receive an email notification telling me how successful all your scones were.   That's a few more people pleased with Mam's recipe!     I've got this from the internet re conversions for fan ovens so it may help for future?

    "Normal" gas; "Normal" Centigrade;Fan

    1/4;100;100

    1/4;110;110

    1/2;130;120

    1;140;130

    2;150;140

    3;160;150

    4-5;180-190;160

    6;200;170

    7;220;180

    8;230;190

    9;250;200

    Hope that helps!     Happy scone eating!    Cheers Memb

  4. SCONES (the way Mam used to make them and the way I have continued for years)

    Do NOT grease the baking tray!!!!!  This makes

    about 8 and as they are so simple to make I'd rather make them fresh

    than make a lot and freeze them.

    Preheat oven 240deg C

    8 ozs gateau flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, good pinch salt, 2ozs butter

    (NOT marg), 1 oz. sugar, 2ozs sultanas, milk to mix (for plain scones

    obviously omit the sultanas).

    Add salt and baking powder to flour then rub in the butter to a fine mix.

    Add the sugar and 2ozs raisins or sultana's (if using fruit), now mix to a soft manageable consistency with the milk.

    Roll them out to 3/4" thick (this is important) for a lovely risen scone.

    Bake quite near the top of the oven for 10 mins.  

    When cool slice and fill with a spoon of jam or sliced strawberries and a dollop of fresh cream.   Heaven....good luck puzzled.

  5. Thats great news, I'm good thankyou, and yourself?   Nice to have a yummy scone and a cuppa!  

  6. Hi sweet17, I'm here, I read LF every now and then!   Glad the cooking is going well !

  7. [quote user="You can call me Betty"][quote user="Marton"]

    Ok depend on Tresco - he/she googles everything.      Open your eyes and get the blinkers off you may see some facts for yourself.

    [/quote]

     

    You seem to have reverted to Serbo-Croat again there, Marton.  However, to respond to what I think you're saying: I, too can google stuff. It's really simple. You should perhaps try it yourself  in order to glean some factually accurate information about some of these issues that concern you.

    As for my eyes, and the blinkers thing: perhaps you'd like to explain to me exactly how you think I may be blinkered? I mean, living in the UK and actually being part of what goes on on a daily basis can't possibly be any substitute for reading about it on the internet from the safety of France, can it? And I wouldn't expect that working on a full-time basis with foreign nationals from all countries living and working in the UK would give me any sort of insight into them or their circumstances at all, now would it? Deary me.

     

    [/quote]

    Its your choice to be on Living France forum.     Deary me you believe we hear things via jungle drums or maybe Tasmanian bongo's.   

  8. [quote user="You can call me Betty"][quote user="Marton"]

    The trouble with lots of posters on here is that you don't believe others are entitled to their opinions.     We all have one, and are entitled to it without the walls being posted.    [/quote]

     

    You have every right to your opinion, Marton, just as everyone who has oppposed that opinion has a right to theirs. However, if you choose to twist statistics, manipulate documents and cherrypick spurious evidence to support your opinion, then it's only reasonable to expect that your use of this supposed "evidence" will be challenged.
    It's not your opinion that I personally wish to challenge. If that's the opinion you want to hold, then fine. I will continue to challenge you, however, where you present unsubstantiated tabloid BS as justification for that opinion. Because it's my opinion that it is wrong to allow misinformation to be disseminated in the guise of "facts".

     

    [/quote]

    Ok depend on Tresco - he/she googles everything.      Open your eyes and get the blinkers off you may see some facts for yourself.

  9. [quote user="Tresco"][quote user="Bugbear"]At the end of the day does it really matter, surely it's all about how an individual sees a particular situation. T[/quote]

    No, it isn't. On here, it's about people posting stuff, wildly exaggerated claims which reflect badly on minority groups in society, and not providing the slightest scrap of evidence to back up their claims..

    These posters will never, ever, show me the law that has banned Nativity Plays, Gollys, Christmas Carols Singers, in fact Christmas...they will never, ever,  show me the Governments role in 'yielding' to the 'demands' of Muslims, of policies which 'throw away' or in other ways try to 'get rid of' our heritage.
    [/quote]

    I never said there was any law, I said individual education authorities were banning depending on multi-cultural pupil levels.  Remember the issue of the B.A. worker who was stopped from wearing her necklace crucifix.  I suppose that did'nt happen either.   

      ........."Unfortunately for those seeking to blame Britain's migrant population, the student was Polish and the yobs were Brits, and it appeared that the crime for which he was being beaten up was being Polish. It's a funny old world, eh?"

    I never said I was blaming Britain's migrant population for the mugging.    The subject of immigrants was entered into my post when I said systems were crashing because the island is too small and taking in too many people. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3136506.ece

    ........"I dont think there is a law as in written down in black and white, but it is filtering down from up high some how, caused by do gooders and people who are too scared to make a right decision in case some one is offended, I thought an awlful lot of what I was hearing was hear say, jokes, urban myths, until last summer our local school( infant /juniors) sent out in the news letter that children would not be allowed to sing baa baa black sheep and more and the word black was to be replaced by pink, and they were asking parents if they were going to teach there children this song could they teach them the word Pink. which is utter nonsence, im sorry but if any one takes offence to such a song, I to would be the first to tell them to go some where else. there is a lot of this kind of nonsence going on, and I can see why its causing problems between different groups of people. No one should expect to go to a new country and  to have it changed  to fit in with them , they should learn to fit in with the country they have moved to.  NO? I have no problems with any one living where they want as long as they dosnt affect the natives in a negative way."

    Hear hear.    

    The trouble with lots of posters on here is that you don't believe others are entitled to their opinions.     We all have one, and are entitled to it without the walls being posted.     It speaks volumes to me that only two people have commented on the mugging which has devastated our family.     Keep safe because my belief is what goes around, comes around.            

     

  10. [quote user="Russethouse"]

    [quote user="Marton"]....."That means that in the UK, there are people of 13 different nationalities"      which kind of takes us back to the original title of this thread MadMad UK and my statement that the island is too small to take them all.       I will now continue the care and concern for that relative in hospital after the mugging.[/quote]

    But Marton, what you seem to not appreciate is that mugging could have happened anywhere. I don't know many people who have been mugged, 3 in fact, one in London and two in Venice !

    A few weeks ago our decorator (in the UK) had to have a few days off as his brother in law had been murdered, the BIL was French and lived in Bordeaux......

    At least your relative is being treated free of charge, no one asked if they had insurance before hospitalization and whats more my bet is that some of the nurses and doctors make up the number of immigrants you complain about.

    I wish them a speedy recovery.

     

    [/quote]

    Thanks for your sentiments.   Free in the sense he did'nt have to be asked about insurance, but has paid N I for quite some time.   Yes the mugging could have happened anywhere but that does'nt discount the fact it was 50 yards from his door, and his Christmas and New Year celebrations were spent in intensive care and now he could be brain-damaged, it also does'nt discount the fact that his self-employment could be down the pan.  It also does'nt help to know the holders of the iron bars had just been released from prison serving a mere 7 weeks for another offence.    Yob culture to blame, I want what you have and I will get it anyway I can, whether I take your life or not.  

    I am sorry to read the news of your decorator's relative.

  11. ....."That means that in the UK, there are people of 13 different nationalities"      which kind of takes us back to the original title of this thread MadMad UK and my statement that the island is too small to take them all.       I will now continue the care and concern for that relative in hospital after the mugging.
  12. [quote user="Cat"]

    You yourself were happy to quote those "statistics" when they seemed to justify your agenda...

    [quote user="Marton"]

    Why do these people head for the UK, the above speaks for itself. [/quote]

    but now you rubbish them when the full text makes it clear that they do not?

    [quote user="Marton"]

    Figures, figures, figures. [/quote]

    You really can't have it both ways.

    [/quote]

    I did'nt rubbish them at all.     I was quoting figures figures figures simply because I could'nt be bothered to replicate what had just been written.  

  13. [quote user="You can call me Betty"][quote user="Marton"]

    Figures figures figures......the whole point is its money being given to those who have not contributed sufficiently (if anything) to take it out.   I came to France expecting no funding from France, indeed we had to sign a declaration stipulating that.    Would the masses have stayed if they had been asked to do the same?    I think not.

    [/quote]

     

     

    Oh, so now they don't suit YOUR argument, they're "figures, figures, figures"??? ROFLAPMP[:D][:D] What an absolute joke!!! Well done, Marton.

    [/quote]

    What an absolute joke you are!    You astound me!!    You think I'm going to replicate your figures when the IPPR has set them out so clearly.      Get a life.

  14. [quote user="You can call me Betty"]

    OK, I've been through where Marton got these entirely spurious figures from, which is a report done for the IPPR for a Channel 4 Despatches programme. In order to show just how easily snyone with an agenda can take statistics out of context and manipulate them to provide fodder for their own argument, however tenuous that argument may be, I reproduce them below with the notes to the tables from which Marton so selectively "lifted" them. I've added the real meanings of the percentages (in brackets) and would recommend that if you're interested, you have a look at the report itself, particularly the bits pertaining to average incomes and average rates of tax and NI being paid by each group. It's a real eye-opener, very interesting, though really not suitable for proving Marton's agenda!!

    1. Proportion of population claiming Income Support by country of birth 2005/06

    UK = 4%  (being 4% of nearly 53 million people)

    compared with the highest 3 ... Bangladesh 11% (being 11% of a total population of just over 208,000 or 0.35% of the UK population) / Turkey 21% (being 21% of a total population of just over 69,000 or 0.12% of the UK population) /Somalia 39%.(being 39% of a total population of just over 82,000 0r 0.14% of the UK population)

     The report goes on to say, in relation to this information

    Of all of the groups, those born in the US, the Philippines, Poland, France and Australia are

    the least likely to be claiming Income Support. Somalis are the most likely to be claiming it,

    due to the high incidence of poverty among this group. It is interesting to compare these

    figures with those for the (largely UK-born) population of some of the UK’s most deprived

    areas. For example, in the 15 per cent most deprived areas of Scotland, more than 40 per

    cent of children are dependent on a parent or guardian who is in receipt of Income Support

    (Scottish Executive 2005). Significantly, though, the majority of groups have lower income

    support take-up rates than the UK-born. Of the groups with higher rates of Income Support

    claims, many are likely to be recognised refugees or naturalised British citizens.

     

    For this next bit, the report explains:

     

    Table 5.11 presents data on sickness and disability benefit claims by country of birth. This

    includes payments such as Incapacity Benefit and other benefits paid to people who are

    unable to work because of a long-term health problem or disability

    2. Proportion of population claiming sickness and disability benefits by country of birth 2005/06

    UK = 6% (of 53 million)

    compared with the highest 3 ... Kenya 8% (of 123,000) / Cyprus 9% (of 64,000) / Pakistan 10%. (of 300,000)

    The variations between country-of-birth groups in Table 5.11 are narrower than is the case for

    Income Support, but there are still substantial differences. Polish-born people are unlikely to

    be claiming any form of disability benefit, which reflects both their ineligibility for many of

    these benefits and the generally youthful nature of this group. Irish-born people, by contrast,

    with the highest average age of the groups studied in this report at 56 years, have a greater

    tendency to claim benefits available to people with a long-term sickness or disability. Other

    groups with relatively high rates of disability include settled communities such as the Pakistani

    and Cypriot born. In 2001, according to the Census, 30 per cent of Irish-born people in

    England and Wales had a limiting long-term illness (LLTI). Twenty-three per cent of the

    Pakistani born and 25.3 per cent of the Cypriot-born had LLTIs. This compares with 18.2 percent of the UK-born population.

    3. Proportion of population claiming child benefit by country of birth 2005/06

     

    UK = 14% (of 53 million)

    compared with the highest 3 ... Pakistan 29% / Bangladesh 33% / Somalia 40%.

     

    Because Child Benefit is available, obviously, to people with children, the proportion of each

    country-of-birth group in receipt of this benefit is affected by the groups’ age and family

    structures. The group with the highest proportion claiming Child Benefit is the Somali-born,

    who have an average age of 31 and are the youngest of the country-of-birth groups featured

    here. The second and third highest proportions are found in the Bangladeshi and Pakistaniborn

    groups, which tend to have larger family sizes than the national average. At the other

    end of the spectrum, the American-born are the least likely to qualify for Child Benefit, Polishborn

    people are less likely to have families in the UK and are therefore unlikely to qualify, and

    the high average age of the Irish-born means that a small proportion of this group have

    dependent children and again they are therefore unlikely to qualify. People born outside of the

    EEA who are claiming Child Benefit are likely to be naturalised British citizens.

    4. Proportion of population claiming unemployment-related benefits by country of birth 2005/06

    One of the primary public concerns around migration is the belief that immigrants are a drain

    on the public purse, despite research evidence that suggests otherwise (Gott and Johnston

    2002, Sriskandarajah et al 2005). In the lead-up to EU enlargement in 2004, for example,

    much of the media attention was focused on the possibility of migrants from the new member

    states coming to the UK solely to claim benefits. Even post-enlargement, there have been

    claims that these migrants are a drain on the public purse, with the Daily Express claiming

    that they are ‘costing the taxpayer £77 million a year’ (Whitehead 2007)

    UK = 1%

    compared to the highest 3 ... Bangladesh 5% / Somalia 5% / Iran 5%.

    The table reveals that even where there is a relatively high level of unemployment among

    some groups, the proportion of people who claim unemployment-related benefits is very low.

    For example, while 4 per cent of the Polish and South African-born populations are

    unemployed, the proportion of those populations claiming unemployment benefits rounds to

    zero. This is likely to be because of ineligibility for benefits, whereas some of the groups with

    higher proportions claiming unemployment benefits are likely to be naturalised British citizens.

     

    To be clear.....red bits are mine, italic bits are those omitted by Marton in presenting the stats

     

    Edit: Yes, it's the report Cathy published the link to while I was having fun doing this. Let's ban the Irish, I say (JOKINGLY!!)

     

     

     

    [/quote]

     

    Figures figures figures......the whole point is its money being given to those who have not contributed sufficiently (if anything) to take it out.   I came to France expecting no funding from France, indeed we had to sign a declaration stipulating that.    Would the masses have stayed if they had been asked to do the same?    I think not.

  15. [quote user="LanguedocGal"]

    Oh not these jolly statistics again. (imagine a bored smiley here)

     Can someone please explain why these stats tend to be trotted out (I'm sure they've been on here before) by people who do not actually understand them?

    Marton, do you understand these Stats? If so could you explain them to prove that you do? You may think that they support your anti immigrant ''freeloader'' argument, but when you really understand them, they don't. We've seen them before. 

    Tell me, do you represent the good o' quality monocultural element of the UK that the nation should be aspiring to resemble? (another yawn smiley).

    Edit: thank you, Betty, you beat me to it.

    [/quote]

    Just imagine an even more bored smiley is my reply to you.

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