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Necro-ing some positive threads.

The original ANZAC biscuit recipe

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats (regular oatmeal) uncooked

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp boiling water

Method

Combine the flour (sifted), oats, coconut and sugar in a bowl.

Melt the butter and Golden Syrup in a saucepan over a low heat.

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter and Golden Syrup.

Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon dollops of mixture, about the size of a walnut shell, onto a greased tin leaving as much space again between dollops to allow for spreading.

Bake in a moderate oven, 180C / 350F, for 15-20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack and seal in airtight containers.

Tips

The American tablespoon is a little smaller than the British/Australian tablespoon, so be generous with your Golden Syrup and Water.

And never, ever call them ANZAC cookies - please retain their original and historic name.


Tuckers Kobolds.... Read the story.


Musical interlude Read about it - Midnight Oil.


I have a rule - I never play the same race, gender, or class twice in a row.


Hey AndrewR this is what the Rich think of us.

"“I believe that any couple making less than $100,000 a year should be forcibly sterilized through a vasectomy or fallopian tubal ligation. Those earning more than $100,000 a year should be encouraged to have as many as 10 or 12 children.
“Only by eliminating waste and focusing on our brightest, most efficient workers can we hope to see off our rivals in the emerging world.”

---Gina Rinehartt


Do you prefer 20-20, One day or Test Cricket?

Who do you think is the greatest Cricket player of all time?

Who do you think is the best team in Test Cricket World Rankings is and do they deserve thier place there?


My group regularly duel classed its wizards starting off as a first level thief and then swapping to wizard on second level. The reasoning was they could be a little more useful after they used all of thier spells once they hit 3rd.


Krensky wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Krensky wrote:
I thought it was football, meat pies, kangaroos, and Holden cars?

We don't eat cars or Rugby League\Aussie Rules depending on what state you live in. Note soccer is soccer not football.

Kangaroo is yummy.

And the reference falls flat.

Bad Dwarf.

;)

I know to what you refer - it is an ear worm that will bouncing around my head for a few hours.

Seriously though, it is so hard to find a good meat pie (not one from Pie Face or Harry's - I dislike both) in Sydney these days.


I am up for wealth redistribution....


Krensky wrote:
I thought it was football, meat pies, kangaroos, and Holden cars?

We don't eat cars or Rugby League\Aussie Rules depending on what state you live in. Note soccer is soccer not football.

Kangaroo is yummy.


Meat Pies, snags, chooks, Chico Rolls, Malteesers, Fredo's, Caramello Koalas, Tim Tams, chips n gravy, sausage rolls, pavlova, lamingtons, late night lamb sandwiches, spag boll, Maccas, Kentucky Chuck, Pad Thai, Vietnamese Rolls, Paddle pops, Icy Poles, Gay Times and a Cheese, who's name is a racist term in the US but means something different here.

We also drink Stubbies, Schooners, Ponies, tall blacks, short blacks, flat whites, Milo, Moove, Oak, Goon (aka - chateau cardboard, corakai handbag and so on), tinnies, square bears.


Chuck had his arse kicked by a bouncer outside a strip joint in Kings cross in Sydney in the 70's.

He was ok but miles from being the best.


Anybody that has read 2000AD and Judge Dread, knows he is not evil, Judge Death on the other-hand sounds like who you are describing.


My uncle is in Latvia with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, they are competing in the World Choir Games, you can like the Choir on Facebook for some great pictures. It looks like they are having a wonderful time.

Also the Bingham Cup starts in August and they have a survey on Homophobia on the sporting field on their website at binghamcup.com

Ian Thorpe one of Australia's greatest Olympic swimmers has come out, it looks like he had a very hard time struggling with his identity.

I hope everybody is doing well.

T8D


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Orthos wrote:
Lincoln Hills wrote:
You're not the only one to wonder what, exactly, is going on with yellowdingo.
Man, NOBODY knows what is going on with dingo.

I do - he is from Darwin.... Imagine the deepest South with gators and banjo's and squeeling pigs. Swap that for crocs, snakes, spiders, even more isolation, rampant alcoholism, poverty, not as many banjos and a fierce scepticism of any form of authority and you have Darwin.


Chose the right team after my Socceroos were knocked out.


Dan Harmon was pushed out by Sony and that is why Season 4 was not as good.


I think that there are more than 13 Browncoats in the world, firefly was hugely successful in spite of Fox and it's mismanagement of the show.

Community is not a failure as there is enough support for 6 seasons and a movie I hope.

TG yeh don't google it - that's a sackable websearch.


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It wasn't the shows that failed - it was the network that failed in both cases.

Failed shows are ones that don't have any fans.

Like American Red Dwarf or American IT Crowd or American Life on Mars.

Both Community and Fire Fly have active fan bases and audiences.


Slatz Grubnik wrote:
My stance is my own, and I'm not here to pick a fight. I'm simply going to say I'm a big advocate of the "OpenSource" movement, and leave it at that. If you have other questions, or want me to be more specific, please PM me.

I have no problem with that. The only problem I have is when people expect open source or fan driven software to be up to date and of a commercial standard. It is a labour of love and with most people neither having the time or funds to invest you need to make do with what is available.

The best free software I have seen is Kyle Olsens Combat Manager. I recommend that everybody takes a look.

HL while having an ugly UI and being somewhat unintuative, does the job well for me and I am more than happy to pay for the hours of data entry and coding I would have to do my self.


What's your objection to HL?


sanwah68 wrote:

OK, for those of us who are not American, just a question. My understanding from reading between the lines is that the issue here is that in the normal course a company's employers would be covered for contraceptives under the medical cover offered by the company. Is that right??

The Australian medical payment system is very different. So I am just making sure I understand.

Makes me happy to be Australian.


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The problem is Hama if everybody you know plays Pathfinder exclusively then you are stuck.

I don't have time to start a new group and I like the people I game with we have been playing together since the 90's.

When our current GM can't make the game, I have been testing the Rolemaster beta out on our group and I have just bought SR5 so I will be running that for off games as well.

I am slowly weening my group off Pathfinder exclusiveness. There have been games that didn't gel like the WH40k RPG.... not sure why. I have the Dr Who RPG keen to try it out but half the guys I ply with aren't fans.


Sandbox games are tricky... When I GMed I used a combination of a calendar flow chart and locations.

The calendar had events and I had what would happen if the characters didn't act on the event flow charted out so I could insert them as follow on events.

For example

March the 1st
Event 1 Baron Von Badass dispatches a coded message to Earl D'Evilguy telling him it's time to assassinate King Goodking.

Event 2 BB realises there was a spy amongst his servants and dispatches his thugs to kill the dude.

Event 3 PC's see a "mugging"

If they intervene they arive too late to save the guy as he has had acid poured down his throat and his jaw smashed with a mace. But he does have a copy of the coded message. They also have BVB on their tails.

If they don't intervene a few days later I insert the death of the King and the ascension of EDE to the throne and the beginnings of tyrannical rule.

So March the 6th could be...

"You talk with the Beige Ratter an independent non guild aligned thief about the coded message he turns grey as he deciphers the code... Ye gods man it's a coded message from BVB to EDE telling him to kill the king. We are all dead men if he catches us.

Or

Sad news reaches you that King Goodking "accidentally" brutally cut his own head off while shaving and his cousin now sits on the throne. In other news King D'Evilguy says non humans are responsible for all of the kingdoms problems and are being relocated to reeducation camps.


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I started playing with the Red Box in the 80's

I was visiting a friend in Wollongong (an industrial city south of Sydney) and 14 hours drive from my home on the far North Coast of New South Wales.

I was talking about Lord of the Rings and my friends mum said I would probably like the game he plays as it has elves and dwarves and wizards - so I played the choose your own adventure part in the players book and my friend DMed the adventure in the DMs book. I still hate Bargle to this day

I was hooked... When I got home it was all I could talk about. I made my mum buy it for me on her next trip to Sydney she got me the Red and Blue Box plus Horror on the Hill.

My problem was the nearest city was 3 hours away and Sydney was 12 hours away - to get any books I had to wait for family holidays.

Then in the days before the internet I found the Military Simulations catalog, ask any old school Australian role player from the country, Mil Sims was a wish book and lifeline.

I bought MERP, Rolemaster, Robotech, GURPS and Shadowrun from that catalog.

I have been Playing for about 30 years now not much chance of that stopping.


Not a failed show "failed" is a bit trollish... Its show that does not fit with the mainstream but its fans have the power to keep it going.


What part of Sydney are you in? I suggest that you try some of the PFS games and see if you can build a group from there.


GeraintElberion wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

Fair weather and all that...

Pick a second team, Germany is doing very well for me.

Rugby is my favourite, Australian Rules football my second and while soccer ranks below American football in interest for me - I do "get into" the world cup fever.

Why I love Rugby.

Why I like Aussie Rules.

** spoiler omitted **

Stick with it guys. The final stages are the most intense.

I love the commentary in Welsh.

The only thing better than breaking an Englishman's spirit, is crushing it through skill and determination (on the sporting field).


Fair weather and all that...

Pick a second team, Germany is doing very well for me.

Rugby is my favourite, Australian Rules football my second and while soccer ranks below American football in interest for me - I do "get into" the world cup fever.

Why I love Rugby.

Why I like Aussie Rules.


Cr500cricket wrote:
As my neighborhood chocoholic I have to cheer for Belgium. And since the USA is good at everything else, I would like them to leave soccer for the rest of the world.

Americans are crap at Rugby, "socialism", and Australian accents.

Also Belgians not only are good at chocolate and beer but waffles as well.


Vod Canockers wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
I base all my history knowledge on Mel Brooks films. ;-)
I'm still waiting to see Hitler on Ice and Jews in Space.

Merchandising!


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I base all my history knowledge on Mel Brooks films. ;-)


Sissyl wrote:
Bah. How bad can it be? I mean, you just use your smartphone and walk for an hour or so and you're in the nearest major population center. Duuh.

This is comedy gold... Hah haha

Thousands of square kilometres with nothing... No reception, no water and minimum 113'F or 45'C during the day 0 at night.

Or if you are in the wetlands, snakes crocs and mozzies...

You are proper f+!!ed if you are left in the middle of nowhere at the arse end of the Earth, with no experience, no transport and no equipment.


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Songs to listen to as you build a fire on the beach, drink beer and have a smoke while the sun sets.

Xavier Rudd - Let Me Be Music Video.

John Butler Trio - Zebra.

Custom Kings Up Late.

No Aphrodisiac - The Whitlams.

The Cruel Sea - A simple goodbye.

Hoodoo Gurus - 1000 Miles Away.

PAUL KELLY - Dumb Things.

The Church -Under The Milky Way.

You Am I - Heavy Heart.


Xavier Rudd - No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley Cover).


Dropkick Murphys- TNT (AC/DC Cover).

The Beards - Sharp Dressed Man (ZZTOP).


I will have to look at hollow point.... The show kind of works for those RPGs where the PCs are hard to kill and NPC die by the bucket load.


I was watching a few episodes of Archer last night and thought this would be fun to run over a few beers.

What system would be good to use?
- I lean towards Ninjas & Superspys by Palladium

Would you make the players part of ISIS or a rival organisation?

How would I communicate the "point of the game" to the player asside from making the watch a few episodes?

I was thinking of "borrowing" adventure ideas from "Get Smart" and the Pink Panther can anybody think of other sources of inspiration?

Anybody have any other ideas to throw around?


Aeglos - Deutschland Deutschland Deutschland oi oi oi!


GE I had to support the Poms against the Italians... Made me feel dirty ;-)

It's a law in Australia you can't support England in any sport unless they are playing against the Kiwis in Rugby (you can get away with supporting them over the South Africans as well) or the Italians in Soccer or the US in anything except Rugby.


So so close, part of the problem is we panic when we get in front and can't settle down.

Tim is a total champion, 5 goals all up in his World Cup appearances.


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Playing Oriental adventures rolling up social rank, I rolled upper middle class and everybody else rolled low. Joking around I started calling the rest of the players peasants at the table, when one of the guys started to say something I said quiet low life I am your social better. The hosts mother walked into the room at that time and gave me a strange look.

A little later she lectured me about my attitude and how I wasn't welcome in her house if I thought my parents income made me think I was a better person than my friends. I tried to explain it was just part if the game. She wouldn't believe me.

All my mates were falling off thier chairs laughing, eventually when it looked like I was going to get a perma-ban, the host pointed out the tables in the books and said "mum how many times mum when you walk into the room do you hear us say we are killing people and casting spells".

She let it go but I was on her hate list - she would say stuff and dig at me.

After a while I started hosting at my place, until my mum made one of the players cry by shouting at him for walking dirt into the carpet. We all laughed got into trouble and hid outside while he cleaned up the carpet.

Then we moved locations again because everybody was afraid of my mum (me included).


British is a term that encompasses the Scots, Welsh, and English and is appropriate to use.

The current game that is Rugby was codified at the Rugby School in Warwickshire England.

The best Rugby Union team in the world is the New Zealand All Blacks, then South Africa, Australia and England fight it out for second best. Wales, France and Ireland are the next tier down.


Cool, I just looked up Ghana in wiki, it's history is very interesting, I knew it was on the west coast of Africa but that was it. I have Ghanian food already when I looked up Ghanian restaurants in Sydney it turned out one of them was under my sisters old unit in Newtown - I have eaten there twice.

Portuguese and German history is easy for me and I eat the food all the time.


Never....

I won't be censored by you KC (sans your "Sunshine Band").

I stand for truth justice and BEARDS!


I have a friend who bases his characters on the artwork he finds... Problem is every game there is new artwork and new characters.


Did you tear up at the sad part D78?


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People with beards are most excellent! - fact!!!!


aeglos wrote:

here in Germany our team has a bit of a hard time, after the desastorous semi-final at the last Euro the public and the press turned their back on the Coach and the Team

opinion is: they can play but don't know how to fight and win

and a lot of the nay-sayers expect that we will loose every match,
typical German pessimism at work

if we win tommorrow, everybody will change his mind and will tell you he always belived in the team

I have to say the first 20 mins against Chile was how I expected the Aussies to play the whole game, but they lifted and played so much better.

Pessimism - is not just a German thing....


aeglos wrote:
Aranna wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

After Arannas comment I am supporting anybody that plays the US and I hope they get bundled out in the first round.

Hey go easy on us you big meanie it's not like our men's team can actually win the world cup yet... but it would be nice to get close.

Aranna,

I guess 8thD reacted to your "don't care how anyone else does" comment, that was a bit of an unsports(wo)menlike thing to say

Yes that's it in a nut shell. This is a chance to look beyond your horizons to find out a bit countries other than your own.

Ask any Australian who is your 2nd team and you will get a multitude of answers.

I chose Germany because last weekend I was at the Concordia Club eating pork-knuckle, sauerkraut and drinking Erdinger, when my friends asked who my second team was.

Other friends chose the Dutch, and mostly South American teams, except one who chose Italy and she promptly had napkins good naturedly thrown at her.

I had Argentina last World Cup.

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