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expressisverbis
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All fixed now Oct 19, 2020

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

expressisverbis wrote:

Yesterday, after my last post, a big tile fall on my head.
I am still solving it, and technicians most part of the time don't help at all.
Although, I am a bit sad and upset, it is always a pleasure to read you!


It sounds as if the soup tiles were a bad omen. I’m glad you’re still able to write, but it must’ve been an unpleasant experience. I hope the rest of the building is still standing. In the US, you could probably have sued someone for $5 mio.


Thank you, Thomas.
Yes, it is all fixed now!
I lost my Internet connection all of the sudden last Saturday. Fortunately, I could work with my laptop during the weekend, while fixing the other pc.
The bad guy was the most recent update of Windows 10.


 

expressisverbis
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Short hair Oct 19, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

Actually, if you go down the page a little, the same scene is in full colour, and not so sinister this time. Almost happy, in fact. As well it might - after all, they're trying to sell this stuff. And the Potential Poisoner has even managed a little smile. Chief Taster, though, still looks rather sneaky. Maybe she's planning on slurping up all that soup on her own. But the cross-dresser on the left remains depressed. Still trying to figure out whether he's a boy or a girl, I suppose.


Looks like a boy to me.


 

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A comic (story book) old Kaiser Wilhelm II had to grow up with: Oct 19, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:
What sticks out in my memory, though, was a book for German children, a story book with pictures. But a lot more sinister than Knorr … there was a little boy in the story, but the illustrators had done their best to make him look unpleasant, so he was a fat kid with a permanent scowl. I’m pretty sure the story was that he refused to eat up his greens or something, stamped his foot and threw tantrums and the rest of it, and his parents told him if he didn’t eat up, the something-or-other-Man would get him, kind of like our Bogeyman. But he paid no heed to his parents, and stomped around and shouted, and then one day Der Fingerschnitter or whatever he was called came along with a huge pair of shears and cut his fingers off! I remember the pictures with the blood and all, and the kid shrieking. It struck us as rather over the top for kids, but it must have put the fear of God into a generation or two. So the kid on the tile had better watch out.

[Edited at 2020-10-19 10:22 GMT]


Here we are:
Der Struwelpeter! Nasty stories to produce nasty children in nasty times (mid of the 19th. century).

You may switch between the German and English version:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter


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expressisverbis
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A scary Edward Scissorhands Oct 19, 2020

Matthias Brombach wrote:

Mervyn Henderson wrote:
What sticks out in my memory, though, was a book for German children, a story book with pictures. But a lot more sinister than Knorr … there was a little boy in the story, but the illustrators had done their best to make him look unpleasant, so he was a fat kid with a permanent scowl. I’m pretty sure the story was that he refused to eat up his greens or something, stamped his foot and threw tantrums and the rest of it, and his parents told him if he didn’t eat up, the something-or-other-Man would get him, kind of like our Bogeyman. But he paid no heed to his parents, and stomped around and shouted, and then one day Der Fingerschnitter or whatever he was called came along with a huge pair of shears and cut his fingers off! I remember the pictures with the blood and all, and the kid shrieking. It struck us as rather over the top for kids, but it must have put the fear of God into a generation or two. So the kid on the tile had better watch out.

[Edited at 2020-10-19 10:22 GMT]


Here we are:
Der Struwelpeter! Nasty stories to produce nasty children in nasty times (mid of the 19th. century).

You may switch between the German and English version:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter



He is the spitting image of Johnny Depp!


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Thumbsucker Oct 19, 2020

Thanks, Matthias! It's all coming back to me now. So der kleine Konrad sucked his thumb, that was it, and so he lost his fingers. Drastic, but effective. As a well-known compatriot of mine once said, "Statistics prove that 100% of people executed for murder never do it again." Like Konrad never got the chance to do it again, but on the positive side there's the edifying personal challenge of learning how to get through life with a couple of hooks instead of fingers and thumbs. Few problems with ... See more
Thanks, Matthias! It's all coming back to me now. So der kleine Konrad sucked his thumb, that was it, and so he lost his fingers. Drastic, but effective. As a well-known compatriot of mine once said, "Statistics prove that 100% of people executed for murder never do it again." Like Konrad never got the chance to do it again, but on the positive side there's the edifying personal challenge of learning how to get through life with a couple of hooks instead of fingers and thumbs. Few problems with an Erbewurst roll, because you just spear it and eat it like a kebab, but you might be there for a while with a bowl of Knorr soup. That's if Chief Taster and Chief Poisoner even let you near it, but again on the positive side now you have a couple of fearsome weapons to hand to ensure yourself a place at the trough.

(that "to hand" bit was unintentional, but I think I'll leave it in)

I notice another story there to light up one's day:

Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug ("The Very Sad Tale with the Matches"): A girl plays with matches, accidentally ignites herself and burns to death.

Some heavy morals in those stories. How to keep your children frightened, cowed and under control at all times. Then again, maybe Mickey Mouse and Basil Brush turned subsequent generations soft.
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Windows Oct 19, 2020

expressisverbis wrote:

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

expressisverbis wrote:

Yesterday, after my last post, a big tile fall on my head.
I am still solving it, and technicians most part of the time don't help at all.
Although, I am a bit sad and upset, it is always a pleasure to read you!


It sounds as if the soup tiles were a bad omen. I’m glad you’re still able to write, but it must’ve been an unpleasant experience. I hope the rest of the building is still standing. In the US, you could probably have sued someone for $5 mio.


Thank you, Thomas.
Yes, it is all fixed now!
I lost my Internet connection all of the sudden last Saturday. Fortunately, I could work with my laptop during the weekend, while fixing the other pc.
The bad guy was the most recent update of Windows 10.


I saw your post, wondering if your computer had been in a close encounter with soup or tiles, but I had no useful suggestions to add.

I installed the same update on Saturday without any problems. I guess the problem may be related to specific hardware components or configurations. It could have been caused by a dubious updated driver possibly updated by a learner driver programmer.


expressisverbis
 

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Ffycityffycityffycffyc Oct 19, 2020

I was going to express the above comment on the news of a second full lockdown in Wales from Friday on the Coronavirus thread but it has mysteriously disappeared...

Are Dark Forces at play?

(And yes, Ffycityffycityffycffyc is a Welsh word. Ish.)


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expressisverbis
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Yes, we experiencing "dark forces" since the beginning of the year Oct 19, 2020

Chris S wrote:

I was going to express the above comment on the news of a second full lockdown in Wales from Friday on the Coronavirus thread but it has mysteriously disappeared...

Are Dark Forces at play?

(And yes, Ffycityffycityffycffyc is a Welsh word. Ish.)


I hope you can control or minimise it with that short lockdown period.


 

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.......... Oct 19, 2020

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[Edited at 2020-10-19 13:24 GMT]


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expressisverbis
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Maybe :) Oct 19, 2020

Thomas T. Frost wrote:

I saw your post, wondering if your computer had been in a close encounter with soup or tiles, but I had no useful suggestions to add.

I installed the same update on Saturday without any problems. I guess the problem may be related to specific hardware components or configurations. It could have been caused by a dubious updated driver possibly updated by a learner driver programmer.


By the way... speaking of tiles and soups, we have also a soup called Stone Soup ("Sopa de Pedra"):

https://www.tasteatlas.com/sopa-da-pedra

There is a story behind stone soup. It is a common fable (no, not a scary fable) told to children at the dinner table.
It describes the poverty of the times when most people didn’t have much to eat and the only ingredients around were very simple and local.
Each person can have its own interpretation of this fable. I see it as a lesson about doing a good deed and it suggests that helping others in a time of need benefits everyone. You can read the story in the link above.


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Linguistic lockdown Oct 19, 2020

Chris S wrote:

I was going to express the above comment on the news of a second full lockdown in Wales from Friday on the Coronavirus thread but it has mysteriously disappeared...

Are Dark Forces at play?

(And yes, Ffycityffycityffycffyc is a Welsh word. Ish.)


I'd say there's a good case for locking such words down. It looks like a linguistic virus.


 

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Stones Oct 19, 2020

expressisverbis wrote:

By the way... speaking of tiles and soups, we have also a soup called Stone Soup ("Sopa de Pedra"):



First tiles and now stones. Do you like to break your teeth in Portugal? 😁


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Excess nonsense Oct 19, 2020

It could be her computer had reached its nonsense-storage threshold, and this thread and certain other threads simply pushed it over the edge.

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expressisverbis
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Learning should be fun! Oct 19, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

It could be her computer had reached its nonsense-storage threshold, and this thread and certain other threads simply pushed it over the edge.


As a matter of fact, I am learning new things with these "nonsenses" of this frivolous thread.

[Edited at 2020-10-19 17:41 GMT]


 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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@Tom/Chris Oct 19, 2020

Well, you both seem to know, but we're on tenterhooks here. What does "Mae llygred aer yn ladd Arafwch" mean?

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