• snowy posted an update 1 month ago

    I’m a fizzy drink addict. There, I’ve said it. I am addicted to Diet Coke/Pepsi and have a big glassful nearly every day. I know it’s not healthy but it’s my one weakness, ha ha.

    My husband wants to buy me a Soda Stream. They seem so ‘retro’ because I think I can remember them vaguely from childhood but we never owned one and all I drank in those…[Read more]

    • Emma replied 1 month ago

      We have one somewhere, used to use it to make fizzy water. The coke tastealike is an acquired taste. In your position Id buy cheap supermarket versions in those huge bottles if I wasn’t concerned about going a bit flat.

      • snowy replied 1 month ago

        Thank you I was going to use the genuine post mix syrup that you can buy in a ‘bag in a box’ form online as I’m not keen on the supermarket versions, especially Waitrose, which is vile

        • Emma replied 1 month ago

          Ahh, that’s news to me. Might have to google that. Soda Stream fizzy water was cheaper than bottled when I was doing it and it saved having to lug heavy bottles home from the supermarket. It gets round the plastic bottle issue too.
          * disappears off to find the machine*

    • Our neighbors had one in the 60s and we were very envious. Then my dad got one for his G&Ts and whisky and soda, and I was allowed the cola mixer. I have no desire to get another.

    • donna replied 1 month ago

      We have one 🙂 OH likes fizzy water and he says its fab for that using our tap water at home. also occasionally used for emergency tonic! not sure what model it is, will look when I get home-no doubt he researched the backside out of it.

    • Kez replied 1 month ago

      I was recently thinking of getting one as I buy a lot of fizzy water. But they are so expensive and you have to buy their gas refills. Sort of went off the idea.

    • Ellen replied 1 month ago

      My son gave me one a few years ago to make soda water as I was mixing it with squash and fruit juice a lot, it worked really well and I still use it occasionally but I never bought the flavoured syrups for it so can’t comment on them.

    • nelly replied 1 month ago

      I love mine, use it everyday to make fizzy water which I then add to normal squash. One gas canister lasts my 6 months which works out far cheaper than buying fizzy water plus it’s less plastic! Only thing I’d say is don’t put the bottles in the dishwasher! When they say on the label cool wash only they mean it lol

      mine is 3 or 4 years old now…[Read more]

    • amy replied 1 month ago

      Got mine from Argos, have a continuous supply of fizzy water in the fridge, sometimes dilute down fruit juice with it but mostly ice and lemon.

      On occasion whilst a student made fake champagne…………..one bottle of dry wine in soda stream bottle just add fizz

    • snowy replied 1 month ago

      Thanks everyone I’ll definitely be buying the original Diet Coke syrup as I’m not keen on the supermarket versions as I said previously. What I really want to be able to do is make a glass of Coke every day that’s not too fizzy. I can’t drink it from a can as it’s much too gassy and I have to leave bottles open for a while before I can drink the…[Read more]

    • eee replied 1 month ago

      I have a Source in black and it’s brilliant. It looks smart on the surface and is very straight forward. I don’t use it daily but it’s nice for a change and I like being able to offer people another choice of drink as we don’t have much (water or tea really!)

      I mainly wanted to reduce my plastic waste too which it has done hugely!!

    • katie replied 1 month ago

      I bought a soda stream last year for fizzy water and fizzing up cheap wine – it does not work with wine. 🙄

      I am also a Diet Coke addict and genuinely have never thought of using the soda stream for that. I go through a lot of gas canisters with my two bottles of fizzy water a day habit so can’t imagine there are large economies of scale to be g…[Read more]

      • snowy replied 1 month ago

        It does say not to fizz up anything other than water so naughty katie 😉

        I really want to try it in case I can make Diet Coke a bit less fizzy but I also like the eco element I have to admit.

        I’m glad I’m not the only self-confessed Diet Coke Head by the way

        p.s. I’ve just ordered the Fizzi Soda Stream and a big box of Diet Coke syrup so I hope…[Read more]

    • mike replied 1 month ago

      I wonder if those of you who drink a lot of Coke have ever dropped a coin into a glass of coke and left it for a short time, or used Coke to clean your lavatories. Just think, if it has that effect on metal/porcelain, what kind of effect will it have on your internal organs!

      • snowy replied 1 month ago

        Yes, but I’m a hopeless addict 🙁

      • katie replied 1 month ago

        As a species we do all sorts of destructive things to our bodies – when I was a smoker I was incredibly aware of how dangerous it was as a habit not just to me, but addictions and habits are things that are very difficult to curb. The soda stream was something I purchased to try and curtail my Diet Coke intake and it’s worked to a degree as I…[Read more]

      • snowy replied 1 month ago

        I know I should be ashamed of myself for drinking Diet Coke and that I should probably be even more ashamed for admitting to it publicly. Is this possibly the last remaining taboo in our society?

        However, in my defence I should probably say that I’m a lifelong non smoker, tee total, don’t use recreational drugs or engage in risky sexual…[Read more]

    • dave replied 1 month ago

      My parents had a Sodastream when I was a kid.

      I remember fizzing up a small bottle of tapwater, then putting a spoonful of concentrate into a glass, then pouring the now fizzy water into the glass… Invariably the concentrate would be used up and the sodastream would sit idle for months at a time. Then it would be that the last charge of gas…[Read more]

    • My friend has one. We were at her house the other night and we drank fizzy water all night just because we could! I now want one.

      I too drink more Diet Coke than I should and feel the same as you. It’s my only vice really so I can live with it. I drink occasionally but very little in reality and don’t do any of the other things you mention.

  • Nobert posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Samsung S7 / S6 etc basically how good are they?

    Have a Samsung Note 1 , B2710 Extreme and a broken TomTom.

    Am wondering weather to buy one of the above to replace at least two of the above. Will probably keep B2710 as outdoor phone if it keeps working. How good is Google maps to drive with replacing TomTom?

    Will probably get a Garmin as well…[Read more]

    • Google maps is perfectly adequate, but the Waze App is better (and allows you to stream spotify at the same time)
      Both are available on any android phone (including the Note you already have), so don’t feel tied to samsung

    • S7 user here. Its definitely the best phone I have owned, nice and fast with a very responsive screen. I use it for hours every day to read and edit word documents plus the usuall emails and phone calls.

      Google maps V Tom Tom. I preferred Tom Tom but I have used one for 20 years plus. A couple of lads I work with turned down a company provided…[Read more]

      • Hi My concern about using Google maps or any other new software is can it keep up if your driving fast? Used to do multi drop which is reason I bought a TomTom and only had 3 issues with it over many years.

        Have had a samsung phone for many years and they are reliable from my experience you could say im being conservative (with a small ‘c’)…[Read more]

    • im not especially fond of Samsung phones though. I like Moto G myself , or a Moto z

    • The biggest problem getting an older model is if apps get updated to the point they become incompatible/unsupported with your version of Android or too large for your phones memory. The latter point is especially problematic and a lot of apps can’t be transferred to an sd card. I personally wouldn’t buy any phone without at least 32gb internal…[Read more]

    • I’m still happily using my 5 year old S3. It’s only 3G, 16Gb, (& 32Gb microSD card) running Android 4.3, swappable battery etc. No problems at all running Google maps for sat-nav, even abroad. I don’t use many apps but those I do have run fine. I’ll probably upgrade in due course but only when I have to or feel the need to splurge. I reckon the…[Read more]

    • S6 edge user here. Really like the phone, and the camera is excellent. The display on the edge is very nice, but I wouldn’t pay extra for it (the phone shop sold my S6 by mistake and gave me the edge for the same price).

      My old S2 has only just given up the ghost, and that was a great phone. Like the sound of the S4 active though.

    • I had a Galaxy S2 until it died and would have replaced it with an S6, but it wouldn’t take an SD card and I couldn’t wait for the S7 to come out, so I got a Sony Xperia Z5.

      Think I slightly preferred the Samsung interface, but I’ve not been disappointed with the Xperia, which arguably has a better camera.

      Check out Navmii for free sat nav that…[Read more]

  • katie posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    English language fish plurals.
    1: the plural is the same as the singular – e.g. cod, haddock, whiting, whitebait, herring, trout, perch, tench, pike, bream, halibut, tuna, barracuda, piranha, salmon

    2: the plural has an “s” e.g. sardines, anchovies, sharks, rays, eels, minnows

    What is the rule? It seems that apart from the eels, the rule is “if…[Read more]

    • Rule? This is English, don’t expect logic!

      • If the distribution were more random, I wouldn’t be considering the possibility of a rule! And yet, aside from the eels, in the examples I gave, just some species off the top of my head and I know there are outliers but in terms of what you generally picture when you think of these fish(es), there is a pattern!

    • It’s always been a tricky one, even with the word “fish” itself. According to one source, Shakespeare used “fish” as the plural eight times and “fishes” eleven times (Jonathan Hope, Shakespeare’s Grammar).

  • pablo posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Do you ever feel like somewhere is too posh or something is too nice for you. Is this a feeling anyone else gets?
    I’m flat hunting at the moment (only rental) and have booked to view a place which, asides from an ill-thought out tiny kitchen, is pretty much perfect. It’s a new build but done as a one off rather than part of a big development and…[Read more]

    • Yes you are being silly! If you love the place then snap it up and make it your home. Nothing is “too good” or “too posh” for you (I don’t just mean you, I mean each of us). If you genuinely like something and can afford it then have it.

      No idea re council tax, sorry

    • Yes, you are being silly! You deserve the best. So, if you can afford the new build, put a deposit on it quickly. You can put your own stamp on anywhere you live and can show your good taste through charity shop buys and other bargains, everything doesn’t have to be mismatched as in ‘doesn’t go together’. You just need to choose carefully.

    • Yes I agree with the others your being very silly. I know someone who can afford the very best of everything but delights in furnishing her home with ‘homemade’ shabby chic – nothing matches but she delights in showing people what she has rescued from skips and charity shops and then tarted up. Go for it put your own stamp on things.

    • We felt the same way when we viewed our current house! A beautiful Edwardian house with original tiled hall floor, high ceilings etc. We thought surely people like us can’t live in a place like this? But we bought it anyway and absolutely love it. Still don’t have any downstairs curtains in the living room but hey ho! One day!

      • That’s like me! I bought a derelict Victorian house and did it up. I’d never have been able to afford it if it had been in England. I love it to bits but I still feel sometimes like I’m here under false pretences and one day someone is going to find me out

    • We bought a house that I felt like that about. At first our furniture was swimming in it! Been here 19 years now, we have filled it!

      Go for it, as long as the council tax and heating bills etc are manageable.

    • You should definitely snap it up, (so long as it’s within your budget) and enjoy it. Why on earth shouldn’t you? Furnishing it your own way is what makes it your home and is really fun.
      I started out with all second hand furniture and carpets in my first homes and often checked skips and charity shops for items I could recycle, (and still do). I…[Read more]

    • You are being silly.
      If you love the place then go for it – actually if the fixtures and fittings are good quality then breathe a sigh of relief – you won’t be needing to replace them for ages (if ever).
      It’s not the cost of furniture that’s important – it’s the love and thought behind choosing those pieces that’s important. Everyone has…[Read more]

    • Thankyou everyone.
      We have a slightly unusual set of criteria for the house/flat and not the biggest budget ever given the area we are in. If we could stretch to another £200 a month it would be a lot easier to find something suitable, but we can’t and there has to be a line drawn somewhere, so we are having to look at things a bit differently…[Read more]

    • I think there’s a difference between wondering if it’s too good for you (which is rubbish, by the way ) and something which just isn’t going to work for you. A lovely cream carpet in the hall would feel like luxury to me, but it would be completely incompatible with my lifestyle aka im one dirty person.

      Equally, if you want matchy furniture, it’s…[Read more]

    • You don’t want things that match too well and make it look like a show room, I would find that uncomfortable. I’m in the process of decorating with a combination of second hand and OHs furniture and my random bits and pieces with a few quality new things to tie it all together and I think that makes it all the more lovely and personal. Also I bet…[Read more]

  • pablo posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    I finally have a box for printer waste collection cartridges which has come through our stationary supplier but I am a bit confused as to whether we should be putting the cartridges in loose or retain them in their original packaging (we did this anyway whilst we stored the used ones in a cupboard awaiting our waste collection box). There are…[Read more]

  • Kylie posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    How on earth do you claim benefits? Decided I would have to bite the bullet, and make a claim. Cash has run out, and I have bills to pay. What a nightmare! It’s taken me 3hrs to find the correct benefit, umpteen phone calls to useless desk jockeys, and a fair amount of swearing and tears.
    Have finally got the correct form online, and filled it in…[Read more]

    • Don’t struggle. Go straight to the job centre and they’ll help you.

    • Sadly the system is designed to be as difficult as possible imo I think the idea is to put as many people off as possible. What people never talk about, when discussing those who they perceive as claiming everything under the sun, is the amount of unclaimed benefit left in the system. This, in my experience, is because they make the system of…[Read more]

    • Citizens Advice are the best ones to help you. I sympathise with you OP. Although I have never claimed myself, I volunteer in my local food bank and the majority of people who come in say the reason they’re in is due to benefit problems. If a form is filled in wrong, or an appointment missed (even if the person was in intensive care) the benefits…[Read more]

      • I help out at Food Bank too. AND (a while back) considered becoming a Cits Advice “voluntary adviser” (i.e. unpaid!!) – the commitment they were expecting, one full day or two half days, was IMO way too much commitment to be fair for a volunteer, and the training was 10 weeks where you had to be prepared to commit to two half days either training…[Read more]

    • If it make you feel better..or not when I was only working a few hours a week due to illness (all I could manage) I claimed ESA.. the work i was doing got approved etc etc then a year later they decided It wasnt approved and I should pay all the money back I had received for a year!

      The stress and all the tears after receiving very threatening…[Read more]

    • Definitely go to CAB, they have paid for advisers to help, or its worth calling the Benefits Advice Team in the Council. Don’t struggle on alone, you will probably have a terrible time!

    • I’m amazed that people like my neighbour, who have so little intelligence can do so well out of the benefit system!
      A friend claimed housing benefit and not only did they make it impossible to navigate the forms etc, when she did go to the housing officer for help, they filled out the dates wrongly for her and she now has a huge overpayment to r…[Read more]

    • Ah yes, the benefit system. I have 2 opinions, 1 is that those who know how to work the system and make it work for them, are those that see benefit as an acceptable way of life. Opinion 2 is that they make it so complicated, those of us who hope we never have to use it, but occasionally fall on difficult times (which is what I thought the system…[Read more]

      • It’s awful! I think I’m reasonably intelligent, but just finding the right thing to apply for was confusing. Not helped by office workers who were as clueless as me! Couldn’t verify my ID, so had to book an appointment to go in and show them my driving license. Then I get another appointment to chat about my options! Because combining the two,…[Read more]

  • Sara J posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    I was shopping in my favourite town when I entered an interesting looking shop.
    There were books about all sorts of Magic and spell casting.
    Lots of very macabre items, potions, herbs etc.
    I must say it was very tempting to buy something.
    Has anyone dabbled?
    Ever felt hexed?
    Is it dangerous do you think or a bit of harmless fun?

    • I used to work with a lady who kept very quiet about being a witch. We were working alone one day when the other staff hadn’t turned in and the subject came up. She seemed very knowledgeable but warned me its not the sort of thing to mess around with. She knew how to cast spells and had taken part in witches sabbots.

      I once read a really good…[Read more]

    • I read the Tarot cards, never been wrong.
      Does that count?

      • Yes it does Sweetie, you must have the gift.

        I sometimes think I have a curse on me MC.
        Something very odd happened when I lived in Africa involving a zebra’s head (without it’s body) I think some bad muti took place that affected my life.
        Anyway, I wish sometimes I could cast spells but I don’t think bad ones are allowed!

  • nev posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    SpaceX rocket was a hoax
    The image of the Tesla with a round earth behind it was, a good marketing hoax to sell cars, according to The Flat Earth Society.

    Are they serious in their beliefs, or just joshing and don’t know how to stop now?

    “Perhaps unsurprisingly, we’ve received many questions about the recent SpaceX launch, and the resultant “li…[Read more]

  • Columbo posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Is the future of farming to be found in lorry containers for feeding massive cities?

    I can see the benefits of farming in confined spaces but the main cost was electricity. I can’t help feel that concept has been over complicated to needing huge amounts of energy and a need for solar power to keep costs down.

    Would it be too radical to grow in…[Read more]

    • What do you do when all the fields are full of skyscrapers?

      • Put fields on their roofs?

      • Maybe these containers could be put on rooftops as independent farmers/veg shops.

        It’s an interesting idea for colonisation in space. Would such a project work on the ISS?

    • There are all sorts of reasons why growing crops in fields is bad. These include:

      -Huge losses due to pests and diseases (and costs/ damage due to chemical treatment)

      -Water use efficiency. Not a problem in most parts of the UK, but globally a huge issue

      -Radiation use efficiency. Not necessarily a problem, but photosynthetic pigments only…[Read more]

    • This is a cool idea. You could even bury them underground in hot or cold climates and isolate the farm from harsh daily thermal cycling whilst still getting energy from the sun. All the more important as more and more regional climates go to hell.

      Eventually when low cost nuclear fusion is cracked (probably not soon…), you can then build very…[Read more]

  • nev posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    Why is it so hard to escape Earth’s gravity?
    This may be a stupid question to a rocket scientist, but i’d appreciate it if somebody could dumb down the science to help explain it to me.

    • Getting up there is relatively easy. But staying in orbit needs enormous sideways velocity; you need to be going so fast that rather than falling into the earth you miss it. There is an excellent way to think about this involving a really tall tower, and throwing a ball from it faster and faster – the ball lands further and further away, and…[Read more]

    • You need a certain force (the rocket) to lift whatever you want against gravity. But that also needs to lift itself so it needs to be bigger.

      Then add in the air resistance once it’s moving and you need a bit more rocket to overcome that resistance, and even more rocket as it moves faster as drag increases at the square of the increase in…[Read more]

    • Seems an odd question. You might as well ask why is it so hard to breathe underwater or why is Andromeda so far away.

      It’s not hard, or easy, it’s exactly as you would expect.

    • It isn’t as hard as people think – rockets are a very poor way of doing it. It comes down to the fact that you need rocket fuel and reaction mass to push the rocket, and you need more rocket fuel and reaction mass to push that rocket fuel etc etc.

      If there was a solid road to push against you wouldn’t need reaction mass, or reaction mass to…[Read more]

    • I think if you integrated the equation for potential energy to increase height above surface with respect to distance, g decreases, you would be surprised by the magnitude of energy required works surprise you, add to that the energy to burn to a velocity to keep orbit stable.

      Fuel is heavy.

      • Most of the energy is in forwards velocity, not height, for a stable orbit. Although the OP didn’t specifically refer to orbits.

        It’s not actually that much energy required. A quick estimate suggests the minimum energy required to put mass into geostationary orbit is about 60 MJ/kg or 16 kWH/kg, or about £2.50 worth of electricity at reta…[Read more]

    • It’s not gravity itself but the energy required to accelerate the payload and the initial but decreasing propellant mass up to the required velocity to achieve a more or less stable orbit, the point where instantaneous velocity and acceleration due to gravity reach a balance. remember the formula for kinetic energy includes V squared, so the…[Read more]

      • The energy required for a change in velocity also helps to understand why the Voyager missions were fly-by affairs rather than orbital insertion and long term study. At the speeds required to escape earth and, with the gravitational assistance of some of the planets, and at the eventual approach velocity there was never any question of something…[Read more]

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