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Initial post: 10 Apr 2014 09:28:43 BDT
Maggie says:
Over the last few weeks my son and both daughters have asked for the recipe for rock buns which I used to make almost every Sunday when they were children (the youngest is now 47 years old, so it's quite a while ago). What I find strange about this is that none of them knew the other two were asking about this recipe. It seems a strange coincidence don't you think?

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 09:32:18 BDT
I call it "the flux." It's like hearing of some obscure historical figure for the first time on a documentary from another country and then going downtown and seeing no fewer than four different biographies of that person in four different bookshops, translated from four different languages.

Sometimes I think about a person I haven't talked to for months/years and then hear from them. Wild.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 10:40:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2014 10:43:49 BDT
It is a bit like being 'tuned in'.

For example; we tend to keep our cars until they finally disintegrate in an uneconomic heap of rust, so there are not that many others of the type left on the roads, but on the other hand we keep noticing almost identical models.

The brain is odd in the way it picks up on (ie 'notices') something we have an association with, but manages to ignore everything else. Which is one explanation for the 'Cocktail Party' effect, where you can notice that you are eavesdropping on a conversation ten feet away despite the room being crowded and everyone talking too loudly - the talker is someone you know and recognise the voice of.

The precognition is something else though!

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 10:53:35 BDT
Bearman says:
Reminds of the old maths problem that asks what is the probability of two people in a room full of randomly chosen people sharing the same birthdate.

The answer is 100% when the number of people reaches 367. However, 99.9% probability is reached with just 70 people, 97% with just 50 people and most surprisingly 50% probability with only 23 people in the room

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 12:33:20 BDT
I noticed when I was in highschool that at a choral concert or cantata or whatever, if I looked directly at a particular singer and waited for a moment I could pick their voice out of all the people around them. It only works live, though, not with televised concerts, where you are at the mercy of the sound man.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 08:16:44 BDT
pixie says:
I am a big believer in syncronisity, once you start looking for signs they are there.

Also at a certain age nostalgia kicks in big time and you remember the happy things in your past or childhood, obviously mum baking rock buns has some very happy memories for your children Maggie.....funny how food and happiness and good feelings go together.x

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 09:54:03 BDT
Maggie says:
Synchronicity ! Thanks Pixie that was the word tormenting me at the back of my mind. Just couldn't drag it out. Peace at last!
Of all the many "treats" I used to make, I think rock buns were probably one of the easiest. Their other favourites were chocolate caramel shortbread (when did it become Millionaires?), Florentines and flapjacks, and bonfire night was not complete without treacle toffee and ginger parkin.
They surprised me on Mother's Day by bringing cake stands filled with home made goodies - dainty sandwiches, tiny sausage rolls, Florentines , flapjacks, millionaires shortbread, rock buns, and my favourite - lemon drizzle cake.We had a lovely afternoon tea, and several of the grandchildren popped in to join us and give their mums their Mother's Day gifts. It was a very happy and rather nostalgic gathering.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 10:50:56 BDT
Hmm, very good point. It is the modern televised tightly squeezed bit-budget that has snuffed out the details we would normally pick up on - compressed digital makes compromises and throws away a lot of useful stuff that most people don't normally notice both in the sound and the pictures, even in the HD. But when it is gone, and we know it should be there, then we really miss it.

I used to be involved with very high quality sound recording, and when I later played back the stereo of some of the concerts and choral music to the singers, those singers could then pick out all the others who were singing and where they were spread across the soundscape, duff notes and all. Alas, when I later transferred some of those tapes to 256K MP3 and WMA, while they sounded OK to the untrained ear, almost all that intimate low-level detail was lost.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 12:44:09 BDT
Whew! Thanks for bearing me out, because when I heard my first MP3 version of classic seventies rock I grew up with (well, was in my teens with) I began to fear for my hearing. I had an MP3 version of "John Barleycorn Must Die" (Traffic) and all of the little sound-details were missing (finger cymbals in the background etc). Then someone gave me a CD of Brandenburg and I was thinking, "Something wrong here!" but one of my students said it wasn't just me.

Where I live in S. Spain, vynil (or however you spell it) and record players are making a retro-chic comeback at the expensive department store. We walk through it on the way to other places (clean public loos, too) and I saw a "record washer"--yup, a machine! Apparently you stand your records up in it and it cleans them. Who knew!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 16:14:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2014 16:22:32 BDT
CDs are OK since they are simple digitisation of the sound, no compression, which is why you only get about 75 minutes on about 650MB of storage.

The problem lies with all the MP3, WMA, DTV DAB formats that use lots of other clever tricks to chop away 'unheard' sounds so they are not needed for coding. Think how many more MP3 tracks/albums you can store on an ear-player with only 8GB of storage. The compromise is 'Never mind the quality, feel the width.'

However, most people don't notice the flaws in the sound and are perfectly happy with what they have. And I am refraining from mentioning what to listen for because I don't want to spoil their enjoyment!

But after having listened to many 'hi bit rate' MP3s etc on friends 'hi-fi' systems over several years my ears persuaded me not to bother buying a download. I just have just loads of CDs, they cost about the same and sound so much better, even now with old ears, so why not?

CDs are still not perfect, but I can no longer hear the remaining small differences from reality despite regularly re-educating my ears at real concerts with live musicians, eg the PROMs and various gigs (optional earplugs too, 8^)).

Edit. Washing records works, up to a point. I have several LPs which were either not released as CD or the CD version was a bad transfer with too much noise reduction to get rid of tape hiss etc. So I've digitised a few of them, big hassle with keeping the surface clean and damp to cut out surface noise and stop the needle rattling, but it can be worth it for a precious few LPs.

Posted on 12 Apr 2014 11:26:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2014 11:32:03 BDT
Ad and I have always been hifi buffs, dad understands the technical bits like you do RF. Me, I just like to listen to the music. Many years ago I had all vinyl records and a good deck and amp, but not being a technical person I turned to the wonder that wasCD,s many moons ago. Hubby bought me a quad system with tuner amp and CD player, I kept my old speakers because I didn,t like the sound of the slim quad speakers they were trying to sell us at the time,too much top for me and they sounded sort of empty if you know what I mean. Anyway, it,s all irrelevant now..Dad and I are as deaf as posts and sadly I couldn't tell the difference between a crystal set and B & PS. Sadly today a lot of young people have never heard their music on a decent sound system and have only listened on their phones or downloads on computer or iPods. At least I know what I,missing out on.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014 12:09:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2014 12:21:56 BDT
Maggie says:
Years ago when we were being told how great CD's were, how much clearer etc etc my OH got rid of our sound system and bought into the new technology. He was quite happy with it, but I regretted the change quite soon. I bought CD's of some of my favourite musicto replace the vynils(? Correct spelling , whichever way I spell it it looks wrong). I was very disappointed, they seemed "flat" somehow and really lacking in atmosphere. The recordings" in concert" just didn't sound anywhere near as good. Worst of all was that we gave our old LP's and 45's away. Now retro decks are here, and I can't buy one because I have no oldies to play on it. I could weep. Sorry to learn you have lost your hearing, I went almost deaf after a bad ear infection and it made me feel quite isolated, I felt "left out " of conversations, and struggled to keep up with what everyone was doing, fortunately it was only temporary, but I am struggling to make out what actors are saying in some drama series, but I'm not sure whether it's me or their bad diction, or maybe the sound recording. Must say I gave up on Shetland on TV. Couldni't work out what was being said at all. Pity because I wanted to watch it, but the struggle was too much

Edit: correct spelling......vinyls...... checked just now, should have checked before I posted....

Posted on 12 Apr 2014 21:19:55 BDT
Yes, I,m struggling with Shetland, and turning up the sound is not the answer, it just sounds boomy then. I,m reet fed up with it

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014 22:19:32 BDT
Ah, the ears, the ears... Tell me about it... I heard that! Pardon? ...

Getting older plays havoc with the way the body works, and now my earwax is gritty crystalline and irritating, instead of smooth and soft and soothing. Oily ear drops soften it, and hey presto in a couple of minutes and after a gentle ear massage I can hear everything again.

Do not use that awful peroxide based stuff like Otex which only makes it worse!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014 22:50:55 BDT
I use a product called earol, it,s an oil spray. It doesn,t help much I,m afraid. It softens the wax but it doesn,t remove it. I can,t gave a syringe job, they usually suction it out at the hospital, but now the GP is not allowed to refer me to the hospital if I have earwax...what?? I,m between a rock and a hard place at the moment. I wondered if Hopi candles were any good, but some think they are unsafe. I just don,t know.xx

Posted on 13 Apr 2014 05:38:26 BDT
And any hints on dealing with tinnitus? It's the kind that gets worse when you're tired. Woke up at 4 AM after only 4 hrs of sleep...expect cicadas in my head today. Loud ones.

I take ginko biloba and that helps some. The doctors say "you'll get used to it." Well it's been 4 yrs and I haven't.

Posted on 13 Apr 2014 09:17:36 BDT
Maggie says:
Thanks you so much for the links RF, I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed the first two series of Peter Tinniswood's Brandon family. Robin Bailey's Uncle Mort was wonderful,I shall now try to re read some of Tinniswood's work, I remember reading his articles in the Sheffield Telegraph and Star Newspapers when I lived in Sheffield many years ago.
I also vividly remember Charles Laughton as Quasimodo was spite of his terrible makeup.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 09:59:43 BDT
Ivan says:
I cured mine by getting a divorce!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 10:37:18 BDT
Don,t know Ori! I suffer myself but mine!so more the hissing kind or loud ringing on occasion. Some people reckon cutting dairy helps but I don,t really know.xx

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 10:38:32 BDT
Hahaha that s called nagging, not tinnitus you fool. Ear drops wouldn,t help that either.xx

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 10:45:49 BDT
Ivan says:
Whatever was constant.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 11:03:05 BDT
We usually do it because the man in our life was just not listening to us anymore and we don,t know how to get through to him. We keep repeating ourselves, men call it that what you wer doing, watching the

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 11:08:27 BDT
Ivan says:
It's what men do.

Posted on 13 Apr 2014 11:50:07 BDT
Maggie says:
If I don't respond to request to do something .........he reminds me.
If he doesn't respond to request to do something ..........I nag him.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2014 12:02:49 BDT
I accept that now Ivan, I don,t take it personally anymore. Trouble is it,s taken me over 40 years to get to this point, wish someone had explained the rules at the start.
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