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What are you most excited about doing at the Harry Potter park?

Posted by Melissa
May 21, 2010, 10:04 PM
Eating the food
2168 (6%)
Riding the Hogwarts Journey ride
11637 (34%)
Riding the Dueling Dragons
1764 (5%)
Shopping
6197 (18%)
Drinking butterbeer
11649 (34%)
  33415 votes in total

7074 Comments

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It looked great, WON. I’m certain Charles would not have loaned it for anything less than a wedding get away car for his eldest son. I noticed he had it back in his possession this morning. I wonder if his mother knew it would be rare and valuable when she gave it to him as a brand new car 42 years ago?

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 30, 2011, 05:48 PM report to moderator
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The people most at risk for flooding are those located near the streams and rivers that are tributaries to the Mississippi River. My DS’s work is at risk. So far tomorrow looks okay for our family but not so much for a lot of other people.

Fortunately, we can’t even think where the nearest stream is to our house. So, with luck we will be okay here but it is a bit intimidating.

Posted by Lady Hawke on April 30, 2011, 06:29 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke It would do no harm to pack an emergency bag, especially your daughter’s medical stuff, and ensure that all valuable documents are waterproof and upstairs. Just in case. Flash floods can be so devastating because they are unexpected. We get them here in the UK if unusually high rainfall occurs.

Off to bed. Be safe everybody.

Posted by Graymayne on April 30, 2011, 07:10 PM report to moderator
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Resting in the hotel after a day of soccer. My face is burnt. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on April 30, 2011, 10:46 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Thanks for the music links. Will listen to them.

Sirius B. For some reason I have watched very little NASCAR this year. Only caught
snippets of tonights race.

Posted by ironsos on May 01, 2011, 12:26 AM report to moderator
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Ironsos too bad, it was a good race, do I need to come for a visit on race days again?

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on May 01, 2011, 02:30 AM report to moderator
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The thing I’m most excited about is snogging Draco Malfoy in the Slytherin Common Room, why isn’t this an option? xD

Posted by Dee [^Hiss^] on May 01, 2011, 07:11 AM report to moderator
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Afternoon all!..HAPPY BELTANE! The first day of the Spring Quarter according to the Celtic Calendar. A day to celebrate the onset of summer and the fertility of the land. We have had a sunny but blustery day and I have been in the garden again.

Yesterday, in anticipation of today, we went out for lunch to a restaurant beside the River Severn. I find their cuisine is exactly right for my palate and their dining room extension is half glazed and has a skylight and overlooks the river and farmland. My DS had sirloin steak and I chose the Gruyere, leek and mushroom flan with salsa dip, and the vegetables were broccoli, carrots, tiny new potatoes and dainty chips (fries). We both opted for the Lemon Posset dessert which was heavenly. I wore my wedding design bracelet and necklace.

Posted by Graymayne on May 01, 2011, 10:30 AM report to moderator
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Photos now up at CC.

Posted by Graymayne on May 01, 2011, 11:01 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I’ve been to CC and made comment on the photos you left there. I wish there had been a photo of the posset. We don’t do possets in the US. I have a vague notion of having read abouta posset served a "posset cup. So, that leads me to believe it is a creamy sweet which can be drunk or eaten with a spoon. I also had the idea it was some sort of alcoholic beverage so I suppose I am totally confused. Is it more a sweet or a alcoholic beverage?

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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I’ve looked up a lemon posset recipe. It looks a bit like a thin pudding. I know you call pudding what we call dessert but a posset looks like a thin pudding to me.

A pudding over here is a creamy mixture made of milk, sugar, eggs and cornstarch for thickening. Puddings can be any flavor from vanilla to chocolate, to lemon, to pistachio. They must be eaten with a spoon but are too thick to drink. They are often served with whipped cream on top. If one uses a commercial pudding mix, most commonly produced by the Jell-O company, one can make a denser pie filling by reducing the amount of milk used.

http://www.kraftbrands.com/jello/products/pudding/

Now, this leads us to a question of semantics. What do you call the pudding we call pudding?

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 11:56 AM report to moderator
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MM, we’ve missed you. I saw on FB that the soccer tournament has been going well for you.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Hmm, a tricky one! I was a little nervous about the term Posset because I only knew about the term in connection with feeding a sick person who has difficulty coping, but this was definitely set not runny, similar to Creme Brulee without the burnt sugar top, lol. I would definitely consider it to qualify for the term dessert. What you describe sounds a little like blancmange which used to be poured into fancy moulds and you would be served a portion from it. I would only eat it if it was chocolate flavoured when I was a child. Pudding over here is largely an umbrella word which covers anything from rice pudding to plum pudding which are the two extremes. It is often used almost as a fun term because we know that grown-ups use the term dessert when not talking with the family. However, steamed or baked sponge puddings are popular over here, with or without fruit, jam, treacle, but probably no longer home-made because so many women go out to work. They are typical English cooking with shades of the nursery or war-time or hard-times. Since so many of the population have taken to going abroad on holiday our tastes have been changed and supermarkets and restaurants have had to keep in step. Life in Britain has changed radically since I was a teenager.

Posted by Graymayne on May 01, 2011, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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Headmistress, I can not believe you were in Vancouver and did not give a shout

Posted by Margo on May 01, 2011, 03:17 PM report to moderator
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Please see #32-33.

http://theberry.com/2011/05/01/sunday-brunch-52-photos-5-2/

Sirius B: I just seem to have lost interest in NASCAR at the moment. Other activities have filled
my weekends as of late.

Posted by ironsos on May 01, 2011, 03:18 PM report to moderator
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TORNADO SIRENS again… This time we were out in the car far from home and had to take diversionary tactics to drive south of the storm, wait it out, and get the all clear before heading north again.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 05:00 PM report to moderator
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I have it!! What we in the US call “pudding” is what most of the English speaking world calls “tapioca pudding”. Originally it really had products from the cassava plant, but I’m not sure it does anymore, at least the commercial product. ;)

This hit me while we were out getting towel bars and accessories for the new bath. ;)

The sister is definately coming tomorrow, so i really need to get back on the bobcat! First I need a nap! ;)

Bbl or bbt for sure! ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 01, 2011, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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Can’t get this song out of my head… Heineken anyone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiQj0o8BOYw&feature=related

Posted by Won_Two on May 01, 2011, 06:50 PM report to moderator
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LemonFaerie Click on the link in the post from Ironsos and check out picture 2, I think you’ll love it!

Lady Hawke That was scary!

Deanie Rice pudding I love, but I loathed semolina and never touched tapioca, ugh!

Off to bed.

Posted by Graymayne on May 01, 2011, 07:03 PM report to moderator
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I must be weird(no comments from the peanut gallery) but I love tapioca pudding fresh and
hot from the cooking pot. Also like raisins in my rice pudding.

Posted by ironsos on May 01, 2011, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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To me tapioca means those little round balls. I could see if it was made into a powder it could be used for thickening of a smooth pudding but to me tapioca pudding is the pudding with little round balls not a smooth pudding.

GRAYMAYNE, I don’t think what I’m referring to as a pudding would have enough consistency to mold into a shape. It would need gelatin in it to mold and pudding as opposed to Jell-O gelatin (jelly as you call it) does not have gelatin in it.

We have been home about 90 minutes and it is still overcast. We had no rain, just terrible black skies and those tornadoes. I don’t think I have ever been out in a car when the sirens started going off. We were out looking over the flooding situation. I needed to check my friend’s condo as it is much closer to the potential flood zones than we are. While we were out we decided we would check the status of the tributary rivers that were expected to go out of their bounds. All of a sudden the sirens started going off and we decided not to go downtown to see the Mississippi River. So, I checked my Blackberry for the Tornado Warnings to find out where the storm was tracking and noticed it seemed to be heading from the SW to the NE. Since we were in the far east side of the county we decided to head south quickly in the hope of having crossed south before the tornado bisected our path. As we were heading south my DS called to tell me the sirens were screaming in our county in Mississippi. He had turned on the TV and was telling us where the storm was tracking, right over my parent’s neighborhood. My parents were on the little journey with us as they were anxious to scope out their chances of taking on water. As the tornado had not yet crossed the river he agreed we should come due south into Mississippi quickly, then kill time until he called us to give the all clear to take my parents home. So, we sat in a Walmart parking lot watching the storm cross to the north of us. After my DS called the all clear in I took my parents home and headed home myself.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 08:32 PM report to moderator
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Won With the flute, it might be Burger King breakfast one would crave. ;)

Tapioca is processed into a powder and is actually used as a thickening agent. But, yes, what we call pudding is spoon consistancy. Much too thick to drink and far from thick enough to use a fork on.

I did look up tapioca pudding on Wikipedia as they seem to have a UK twist to many food oriented articles. It explaind that in the UK it is served in all consistancies from liquid to fork ready. Ours is really pretty close to soft-serve ice cream in consistancy, without the drippy melting. As I said, I’m not sure if boxed pudding mixes even still have tapioca actually in them.

I think that the last time I remember actually reading the word tapioca on a food container, it was over 20 years ago and on a jar of baby food. Considering it is made from the poisonous root of the cassava plant, I think it is a good thing that there are substiutes. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 01, 2011, 09:11 PM report to moderator
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Yay!!! I found a map with the 100 year and 500 year flood planes marked off. My parents are not in a flood plane. I was worried about the large drainage ditch near their home but they are not in the flood plane, not even the 500 year flood plane. Now I don’t know how they know what the 500 year flood plane is considering no one was here 500 years ago. Anyway, I am very much relieved to know it is very unlikely my parents are included in this potential flooding.

I’ve seen a map of my own county and there is very little of it that does flood, almost all of it near a large lake close to the Mississippi River that is far, far away from our home.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 01, 2011, 10:41 PM report to moderator
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I just got a text from a military source/friend… Pres. Obama is going to announce soon that Bin Laden is DEAD! I dunno if this is 100%… But this guy is kinda high up in the DC ‘food chain’… Lets see…. :+o

Posted by Won_Two on May 01, 2011, 11:27 PM report to moderator
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Yep Won! I came here cause it’s all over the news and the Internet. Bin Laden is dead!

Posted by Felipe on May 02, 2011, 12:26 AM report to moderator
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Hi, everyone! We’re home from BC. Had a wonderful time, though it was over way too soon. It’s nice to be home, except for the veritable mountain of laundry awaiting me. Ugh.

MARGO!!!!! What a dunce I am! OMG! I was not even thinking, I don’t know what’s wrong with me! I’m so sorry, that would have been ideal. Next time, for sure! LP is already angling for her turn up there, so I suppose it won’t be too long. {{{{{{{MANY HUGS}}}}}} in the meantime!!!!

Graymayne I did indeed love that photo from Ironsos’s post! Too perfect. I wonder where I might find that wallpaper… ;)

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe from weather, flooding, all catastrophes in general. Enough is enough, right?

Won I saw that news when I got home. If it’s true, it makes me extremely happy, though I believe it’s like cutting off one head from the Hydra. Another three will rise to take his place, I’m sure, and God forbid, could even be worse, but still, it is a victory.

LH thanks for all the links, I had fun looking through the rest of the photos. :)

I’m off to get some rest and be ready to hit the bike and treadmill HARD tomorrow, and every day after that until the trip. Only 70 more days to LeakyCon! Ten weeks. I can’t wait, but at the same time it doesn’t seem nearly long enough to do everything I need to do between now and then. We’re kicking in to high gear around here.

:)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on May 02, 2011, 03:35 AM report to moderator
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Morning all! We have another Bank Holiday and the weather is fine, most unusual. It is blustery and chilly however, despite the clear blue skies.

Lady Hawke This will take you to the restaurant where we had Lemon Posset. Clink on the May menu
http://www.theriversideinn.net/
There are one or two photosgraphs.

Posted by Graymayne on May 02, 2011, 06:14 AM report to moderator
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Morning all!

I just got to work and went to FB to make a post saying “Happy Victory Day – it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and the fall of Voldemort” but I saw the news about Bin Laden and thought my non-HP friends might find it inappropriate to be celebrating a “fictional” victory instead of the real-life one. So, I will say it to all of you, who I know will understand! ;)

I’ll be back later to finally catch up.

Posted by Bookworm Jen on May 02, 2011, 08:05 AM report to moderator
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Aloha! ;)

Jen, I thought of the Battle of Hogwarts last night after I had ended my time on the computer. I think it is wonderful that our own Graymayne had worked out the date before any “official” word came out! ;)

Off to justify my existance. This week should be all we have to do this. It is a major irritant to everyone here in the office. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 02, 2011, 09:10 AM report to moderator
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Crickets… ;)

Lunch lurk! ;)

I can’t get into Ya from this computer and I have my desk too full of files to set up the netbook. ;)

bbl. ;)

Posted by Deanie on May 02, 2011, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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