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Fun with Fabric / Re: The king of polyester fabric
« on: Yesterday at 13:49:25 »
They're not provided (in this Force area at least) as they're no longer cost effective apparently.  Those that were issued them previously can still wear them but those of us who haven't don't get them.  For passing out the store rooms will lend you one, and also for commendation awards, but that's it. We even have an agreement with the courts that uniformed officers turn up in their daily uniforms to give evidence.  Except you have to remember to turn your radio off as the magistrates/judges get a bit sniffy otherwise! 

Fun with Fabric / Re: The king of polyester fabric
« on: Yesterday at 13:33:24 »
Our police uniform tops are made of wicking.  Although I am mostly in a 'plain' clothes role (I use the word 'plain' here conscious that my superintendent begs to differ) when uniformed it is wicking shirts under stab jackets and they are great because they are very sweat absorbent.  Plus the benefit of being able to stick them through the washing machine and they're dry within an hour.  I also wear one when I colour my hair!!  When I first joined it was white shirts and the joys of having to wash 6 of them and stand there ironing with lots of starch is something I do not miss.  I know a lot of people preferred to see police in the white shirts, and I can see why, but the days of the bobby walking around in a tunic and white shirt and tie don't have much place in modern policing unfortunately.  When in full uniform these days I actually weigh an extra 18lbs!!

That’ a lovely dress.  I’d definitely wear that one.  Are you sure this competition isn’t make one dress for three people?! 

The Cafe / Re: Do you like gin?
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:52:46 AM »
I’ve had a few bad experiences with gin. But then again I could say the same about men and I haven’t let that put me off! Hope the venture goes well Fran.

The Cafe / Re: Cordless vacuum cleaners
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:03:27 AM »
Joining in this one here, I have a plug in Dyson, a handheld Dyson and a Gtech battery operated vacuum. 

Why the obsession with vacuum cleaners Ravingdoll did I hear someone ask? 

I bought the top of the range Dyson with my ex husband’s credit card when I was moving out so that accounts for that one.  Rarely used but makes me smile.  The handheld has its uses around where I do my sewing, on the stairs, for getting rid of Toby the Thug’s hair on the curtains where he charges through with no finesse to sit on the window sill and is constantly charged up, to hand with the long tube on in the event that there is a spider in the house that Toby the Thug is unable to reach.  It hasn’t happened yet, but it will she says grimly, it will, and I am ready for that moment. 

The Gtech one is a recent acquisition and surprisingly useful.  Unlikely as I am to sit with my friends extolling its virtues I would go so far as to say I am impressed with it.   This comes courtesy of my father who has to have top of the range toys gadgets and decided that he and muv needed to upgrade to the latest version despite this one being quite new.  Farve is also a bit of a Boy Scout at heart and likes to be prepared for every eventuality, so when he bought this one he also bought three rechargeable batteries for it ‘just in case’.  Needless to say they do not fit the new one.  So I was given the now unloved Gtech with four rechargeable batteries given that it already came with one, and therefore I am happy to report that I am unlikely to feel the desire to upgrade it unless it breaks, and definitely do not hoover enough that four batteries will be rendered useless in my lifetime!  :D

The Cafe / Re: Today's BIG TSP's Birthday Wish ...
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:51:50 AM »
Happy birthday Lollipop!  Have a great day.  Xx

The Cafe / Re: Got a bit of a problem...
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:00:54 AM »
Thinking about it Jessie, although a long shot, I would make enquiries with the police as if someone was on the theiving all day and got picked up later all property on him or her would be seized.  Our Reg E is full of unclaimed stolen property that we can’t find owners for!

The Cafe / Re: Got a bit of a problem...
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:28:28 AM »
Jessie have you thought about visiting local second hand jewellery and ‘cash for gold’ shops to see if it has been sold to them? Also do a search on eBay. A lot of thieves/drug addicts do that kind of thing, bearing in mind the street value of a bag of heroin is £10 that’s all it needs to be worth to them.

Technical Help / Re: Narrow chest adjustment?
« on: February 11, 2018, 13:41:11 PM »
Well since I do that all the time and never felt I had to arrest myself I guess it must be ok! I think you are right, whatever works for you.

The Cafe / Re: Living in a marshmallow world!
« on: February 11, 2018, 13:37:48 PM »
I have my parents and two of my brothers with wives coming for dinner this evening. They don’t know (well muv does) that the SG is back on the scene so there will be a few surprised faces. Oh yes I should mention he is invited too. I’ve also made white chocolate ice cream with hot blackberry sauce. So it is a sugar rush evening chez moi!

The Cafe / Re: Living in a marshmallow world!
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:32:03 PM »
Oh dear Effie, but if you ever want to lose weight sounds like a week with me would do the trick! 

The Cafe / Re: Living in a marshmallow world!
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:03:40 PM »
There’s no danger of them lasting a long time when you have a large family.  In fact they’ll be lucky to make it to Valentine’s Day.  That’s probably why I didn’t have a small cake tin, I’m used to making for the masses! 

The Cafe / Living in a marshmallow world!
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:40:42 AM »
It’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday and everyone likes marshmallow right?  So I decided I’d make some.  Almond and honey no less.  First problem, apparently Exeter has a shortage of flaked almonds.  Ground almonds only.  Although come to think about it, I probably could have gone to a health food shop but I get nervous in those.  Too many alien words and concepts for my liking. I cannot see the point of alcohol free wine, truly I cannot.  Anyway I got over that by getting chopped mixed nuts.  I suppose almonds must feature in there somewhere, otherwise they wouldn’t be mixed.  The recipe said to use 11 leaves of gelatine.  That seemed quite excessive and it only took four to make my Turkish delight cheesecake and it is a fairly old book so I wondered if maybe gelatine leaves have doubled in size since it was printed?  Big mistake Raving Doll as I ended up with a blancmangey kind of mess.  No the book isn’t joking, you really do need 11 leaves of gelatine.  So back to the shops I went, as I needed more honey, nuts and gelatine.  Came back and started again.   It’s cost me a lot this marshmallow malarkey as I also had to buy a new cake tin as you need a square one 15cms by 15cms which I didn’t have.  The irony of coming back to see a new shop opening just a couple of minutes walk away which is one of those retro sweetie shops (with loads of marshmallows beautifully wrapped) was not lost on me.  Anyway I tried again and this is what I got.  Absolutely delish it is, you can really taste the honey.  It’s more of a pudding than a confection which means that I don’t have to glare at the shop’s goodies when I pass it either.   :D

Technical Help / Re: Narrow chest adjustment?
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:29:15 AM »
If you have to consider a SBA and it is too baggy around the upper bust are you sure you are using the right size pattern and maybe it would be worth trying a size smaller?  I often make two sizes smaller than my full bust measurement as I have a 42inch bust but narrow shoulders and back and necklines often gape.  I also have a 31inch waist and 40 inch hips so I am a little top heavy so if I made for my full bust then I would be making an 18 (in most pattern sizes) whereas I actually tend to make a 14 and do an FBA.  Even then I sometimes get a bit of excess in the high bust area and neckline but because it is only a little I pinch it out on the tissue paper - it’s best to do a couple of little pinches rather than a big one - and make sure you don’t distort the sleeves (although it is easy enough to alter back again if you do.) 

The Cafe / Re: First of February's BIG TSP Birthday wishes....
« on: February 10, 2018, 13:28:38 PM »
Have a wonderful birthday Pearl. Xx

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