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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:58 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

It's a shame the adverts are causing problems.  I hope Jamie goes away soon!  I used to quite like him (his book taught me how to make risotto, which is now a staple for me!), but as with all TV chefs, over-exposure and the increasingly irrritating ways they find to create new TV programmes and rehash old ideas have turned me against him.  At least, nothing really against him, but he does make me switch off...would feel as you do, Chris, if his advert was bugging me on here!

I can only say again that, as a Firefox user, since I downloaded Adblock plus life has been so much sweeter on many sites - here and Facebook are now advert-free, and blissfully so.  It's free, and it works - unless you have reasons not to use Firefox as your browser, I would heartily recommend it!  Other browsers may have something similar, I haven't investigated.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
(his book taught me how to make risotto, which is now a staple for me!)


Me too! Though I only tried the vermouth version once and found it too noticeable, so now I always stick to white wine. He made a very nice 15 minute meal last night, which I caught quite by accident. He is far too much a brand these days, but I still think (part of ) his heart is in the right place.
Well, that's enough about books!  Very Happy


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In support of Jamie Oliver (and I do agree he is over-exposed these days), a few years ago I was part of a Governors' committee at my children's primary school to co-ordinate the school's 50th birthday.  As part of this, some of the children wrote to various celebrities, inviting them to visit the school, or alternatively to donate something for the summer fair.  Jamie Oliver was the only one (of many approached) who sent a proper reply (as opposed to a photocopied missive from their office/agent).  He even sent us some autographed pictures of himself.



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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do think Jamie is a good bloke, I'm just tired of his programmes - but even the utterly fabulous Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is going the same way, with these celebrity programmes he's doing...  Good to know that Jamie responded to your school - I think his involvement in trying to get children interested in healthier eating was/is genuine.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I agree about Jamie. I think he is genuine but his business is mega these days and I suppose some aspects of it are run by very diffrent types of person from him. Not that I haven't put some of his china on my Christmas list!  Smile

And I agree about Hugh FW. He used to be so non-celebrity, having local neighbours and farmers sitting down to eat his food even if they did have blobby wine-red noses and crazy eyebrows and such. I find myself enjoying such "normal" characterful faces on film and TV even more now that most presenters & actors are uniformly attractive and snowy-toothed. Hugh FW just needs to give the TV a rest if he can't think of any other way to work his shows but have over-exposed celebs in. I did get a bit sick of the shows featuring the hearty celebrations he and his staff and mates had, all dressing up in silly costumes...which seemed to be designed to show what a good bloke Hugh is and how dull our own workplaces and social circles are in comparison! A bit like Jamie, that - though I do feel slightly wry when I see the friends/employees press-ganged into jolly "winter" celebrations in what's probably August to fit in with filming schedules.
But - to get back to books - I do like his range of small books about preserves, hedgerow food etc. They are a nice size and shape.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
It's a shame the adverts are causing problems.

Anyone else plagued by an ad for cheap money on the last post of a topic? A minor irritant but still it shouldn't be there!


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been getting ads too, though I have forgotten what exactly they were for.  I know they were moving ones which is more irritating than still ones.

I think Evie or someone was paying for us not to have them.


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen any ads yet, but I'm probably just lucky. I'll keep monitoring the situation. In August 2011, records show, we found ads were slowing the loading of pages to the extent that it became annoying, so the four managers (as I recall) clubbed together to pay to make the board ads-free for a year. When the ads came back they didn't seem so much of a problem. It was about 40. Not very keen to go down that road again unless it's really making things intolerable, especially now we're down to only a handful of regular posters. Do you have such a thing as an ad blocker? If not, you might like to investigate their applications.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Not very keen to go down that road again unless it's really making things intolerable, especially now we're down to only a handful of regular posters. Do you have such a thing as an ad blocker? If not, you might like to investigate their applications.

Agree with you on the cost, Chib. If the ad gets too bad I will look at an ad blocker. Strangely enough, now I've mentioned it, the ad has disappeared - maybe it will resume in the morning.


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have never seen a single ad.



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