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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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expressisverbis wrote:

(Thomas, do you understand French? I like to post things in English that everyone understands... By the way "ser um nabo" means "to be a blockhead". I used the word "nabo" and I haven't explained it. I'm sorry about this.)


Sure, I'm fluent in French. Spent 15 years in France. Kids speak English and French (but not Danish) – and their English is not thanks the French school system. Ex is French (monolingual originally from Guadeloupe but nevertheless able to say " ’ello" in English; I'd better stop before I sound too much like Emily in Paris).

Didn't that chocolate song have some zouk rhythm? (Wikipedia: 'Zouk is a genre of dance-oriented music from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique'; about the slower style called zouk love, it says: 'pour la plupart des morceaux, les textes parlent souvent d'amour et de problèmes sentimentaux' at https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zouk ('the lyrics are often about love and romantic problems') – like most pop songs; just the syrupy stuff you need as coffee sweetener.)

Nabo means 'neighbour' in Danish, but as neighbours are sometimes blockheads, it seems a most apt homonym.


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Thomas Nov 2, 2020

I think you're right, the "Chocolat" song has that Zouk rythm.
What a coincidence! I have many blockheads ("nabos") here in the building!
You are fluent in French? I'm very happy to know that.
C'est bien ! Nous sommes sur la même longueur d'onde !


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Babel Nov 2, 2020

expressisverbis wrote:

C'est bien ! Nous sommes sur la même longueur d'onde !


Oui, mais si Tom commence en italien et Mervyn en espagnol, Chris en suédois (ou langue de chat), Samuel en néerlandais, puis Matthias en allemand et enfin toi en portugais, on aura une vraie Tour de Babel.

[Edited at 2020-11-03 01:47 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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eller dansk Nov 2, 2020

Thomas T. Frost wrote:
mais si Tom commence en italien et Mervyn en espagnol, Chris en suédois (ou langue de chat), Samuel en néerlandais, puis Matthias en allemand et enfin toi en portugais, on aura un vrai Tour de Babel.


ولكن لدينا دائما مترجم جوجل


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Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Chris S wrote:

eller dansk
Thomas T. Frost wrote:
mais si Tom commence en italien et Mervyn en espagnol, Chris en suédois (ou langue de chat), Samuel en néerlandais, puis Matthias en allemand et enfin toi en portugais, on aura une vraie Tour de Babel.


ولكن لدينا دائما مترجم جوجل


Jeg har aldrig set den dialekt af dansk før.

[Edited at 2020-11-03 11:34 GMT]


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Jag tycker att någons testiklar ska pressas.
Lyssna inte på den där killen, Chris!


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expressisverbis wrote:

Jag tycker att någons testiklar ska pressas.
Lyssna inte på den där killen, Chris!


"Jag älskar er dock alla!"
Erich Mielke


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Did someone say biscuit? Nov 2, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

There's been a change of criteria about our trip to the UK, and now I'm being asked if they still sell Wagon Wheels over there. Now, don't you bother this time, Rachel, you've done enough.

Surely there must be someone out there ...?


I've been chortling from afar on this thread but now Mervyn's biscuit queries seem to be in danger of going unanswered, I feel like I need to step in (plus it's an opportune transition from our last exchange, which also strayed into biscuits and may have been the very reason this thread was born in the first place?).

So to clear up any uncertainty, Aeros are indeed still widely available in the UK. I'm not all that sure why though, as I don't know anyone who buys them and they're a bit of a weird concept in general, aren't they? If you've already committed to gorging on chocolate, their foaminess would make them a really unsatisfying choice, but they're not in the league of those premium bars you just break a wee corner off and savour either.

Wagon Wheels are still going strong, too. They're a retro fave, and I'd even go as far as to say that they're up there with the all-time biscuit heavyweights. Such a great combo of chocolate, spongy biscuit, marshmallow and a jammy middle. But they've definitely gotten smaller over the years...

I do hope that has cleared things up for you, Mervyn. Any more cookie conundrums, I'm your gal!


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New owner Nov 2, 2020

I knew I'd seen something about Wagon Wheels in the news recently, and sure enough:

Wagon Wheels maker Burton's sells chocolate plant to Swiss firm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-45576521#:~:text=The%20maker%20of%20Wagon%20Wheels,Merseyside%20to%20a%20Swiss%20firm.


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@A Burt Nov 2, 2020

Thanks for leaping in there. But you probably do know people who buy Aeros. They're just not saying. It's the shame. They're staying schtoom because of the stigma attached to them. In reality they probably buy boxes at the Cash & Carry, look left and right on the way back to the car, throw them in the boot with a blanket over them, and only bring them into the house after they've taken the bin out late at night and there's nobody around. Me, I don't care, I just come out with it, because I recko... See more
Thanks for leaping in there. But you probably do know people who buy Aeros. They're just not saying. It's the shame. They're staying schtoom because of the stigma attached to them. In reality they probably buy boxes at the Cash & Carry, look left and right on the way back to the car, throw them in the boot with a blanket over them, and only bring them into the house after they've taken the bin out late at night and there's nobody around. Me, I don't care, I just come out with it, because I reckon that guilt cripples, but Aeros heal.

All the same, I do think I'd better lay off the cookie talk for the duration.
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@Rachel Nov 2, 2020

Certainly doing your overtime today, Rachel! Thanks again. Other people simply haven't lifted a chocolate finger to help ...

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It's better to continue in English, Nov 2, 2020

because I don't want Herr Proz Staff chasing me.
I find it hard to believe that some people who are supposedly professional translators can write terrible things to their colleagues.
There are things I cannot fully digest. My digestive system is quite sensitive. That's all.
I like you all! Thanks Matthias!


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Who are the Aeroheeds? Nov 2, 2020

If you want to know who's who out there, there are various tests. Simply invite them round for a drink (or even better, a coffee, because it gets them thinking). Maybe leave a crumpled Aero wrapper in the ashtray/on the kitchen counter/on the coffee table. Be discreet, but watch their eyes at all times for dilating pupils, trembling lips, eyes darting around everywhere, or any kind of nervous gesture at all that could denote cold turkey.

If you detect a reaction, then goad them on a
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If you want to know who's who out there, there are various tests. Simply invite them round for a drink (or even better, a coffee, because it gets them thinking). Maybe leave a crumpled Aero wrapper in the ashtray/on the kitchen counter/on the coffee table. Be discreet, but watch their eyes at all times for dilating pupils, trembling lips, eyes darting around everywhere, or any kind of nervous gesture at all that could denote cold turkey.

If you detect a reaction, then goad them on a little more by innocently throwing the four-letter word into the conversation, maybe even casually intimating that why, yes, you partake every so often yourself. This usually declams people. The truth is nobody likes harbouring a guilty secret, but the shame is overpowering. They want to tell, but they feel they can't. Only when they know everything's kosher will they sheepishly bring out the two or three foosty ones they keep in their jacket pocket to deaden the urge even though they wouldn't dare eat them in public, simply to have but not to hold. Watch them sob in relief when they know it's all right.

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A big admission Nov 2, 2020

I've never said this before but I feel safe amongst all you kindred spirits so I'm just going to come straight out with it.

I think my own husband is one.

I once found a half-eaten bar in the cupboard and since it definitely wasn't me and my kids aren't yet old enough to be stealing my purse and running off to Tesco to stock up on bad chocolate substitutes, I can only assume it was him. We never talked about it but I did keep checking to see if it was still there and th
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I've never said this before but I feel safe amongst all you kindred spirits so I'm just going to come straight out with it.

I think my own husband is one.

I once found a half-eaten bar in the cupboard and since it definitely wasn't me and my kids aren't yet old enough to be stealing my purse and running off to Tesco to stock up on bad chocolate substitutes, I can only assume it was him. We never talked about it but I did keep checking to see if it was still there and then one day it just wasn't. The fact that he is Spanish and didn't apply his otherwise haughty food standards to this particular snacking choice somehow makes it worse. What should I do?
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Made in Portugal, I'm sorry Nov 2, 2020

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

Certainly doing your overtime today, Rachel! Thanks again. Other people simply haven't lifted a chocolate finger to help ...


There is also a video demonstrating how we make chocolate:
https://arcadia.pt/?lang=en

And if you are a fan of biscuits and cookies:
http://villasegolfe.co.ao/en/articles/info/1189/


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