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How to poach an egg

Poaching an egg:

I find what works best is to boil the water in a kettle whilst leaving a small amount of water at the bottom of a small pan and heating it on a high heat (I use 5 out of 6 on my electric heat cooker). When the kettle is boiled add water to the pan to fill it up, put the lid on and hopefully it will start boiling violently in a short amount of time.

When the water in the pan is boiling violently, turn it down to minimum heat setting on an electric cooker (generally it will be 1).

Then you can add the eggs, by breaking the shell with a tap on the side of the pan and splitting them and emptying the contents, either directly into the pan or you could use an special egg poaching cup within the pan to keep things a bit neater and tidier.

Cover the pan and let the egg cook for 4-5 minutes depending on whether it is a medium or large egg. After 5 minutes you can remove the egg and it will be cooked with the yoke slightly runny on the verge of solidifying.

I would then serve …

Talking about the sex consent talks and workshops at Cambridge University

Sex should not be merely a question of whether a person innocently says yes or no but more of a societal thing. Let's be honest, who really cares about some bimbo's opinion, or even some highly-educated British man's opinion. Rape is about politics. I think it is ridiculous to assume someone would care about whether you consented. Rather other people's opinion is what seems to count. I think consent is when a woman abuses you. If a woman calls you “gay” or “a virgin” that should count as consent to sex as it is “incitement to sexual intercourse”. If someone treats you properly and says no to sex and can give a rational enough explanation for the decision that might stand up in court?

It's probably safe to assume that someone isn't interested [in sex] if you haven't already had sex with that someone and they enjoyed it.

Modern Manners and Social Etiquette

Now that rape has become an established social crime - we are all sinners - and the concept of criminal harassment and malicious communication are becoming increasingly powerful considerations on the internet and in our daily lives, I seek to establish a modern code of behaviour that is fit for purpose.

I would like to suggest some comments that have now become socially more acceptable ways of complaining about people of the opposite sex. Whereas in the past these comments may have been ways of vouching for a lady's respectability, in the modern world quite often it would make a woman seem like a creep or a harasser and quite disrespected and antisocial. It is right to give women the chance. Obviously there are miscreants who do not participate in society, for example they drop out of a bad school and behave badly, who would create the opposite effect if they made these comments:

"She did not even give me a blowjob"
"She did not even offer me sex"
"She wo…

Abolishing the Houses of Parliament in Westminster in favour of the European Parliament

What is Westminster really doing for you? Spending your taxes on working against the progress and efficiency of a single European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Working to keep you poor and limit your opportunities.

I believe the time has come to put our differences aside and get rid of the British Parliament in Westminster.

I feel they have not represented my interests or done anything for me. I am happy with Europe and the EU. Their rules and regulations have added something to my life and I no longer feel like a Britisher but would now consider myself as a Western European. As such, unless there is a dramatic change in politics, I would be quite happy to see the end of this antiquated and outmoded ancient behemoth that has had its ascendancy and now lost it. Let us advance, let us progress, it's time to make the change, let's abolish Westminster.

RE: Grant Shapps fundraising email

Dear Grant,
I agree with your policies apart from cutting welfare. I think if you make the right investment in people than we would become a much richer nation because of it. Too often I see people who cannot afford to live the middle class life when relegated to a life on benefits due to the vagaries of our culture and economic system. Empowering people with the money they need to get on in life will create a more equal and fairer society which will generate more money. 

Sure enough immigration should be limited to those with some kind of connection to the UK - giving power to groups who are opposed to our success is not justified regardless of the hardship they may otherwise face because of their actions and beliefs and failure to support our ambitions for a better world. Think about it.

One more thing is that minority groups, specifically Anglo-Indians are not being protected or represented as they should be. They are a British ethnic group comprising millions of British people around…

Shallow comparison of HTC One and Nokia Lumia 925

These are both great phones and similarly priced. I got the HTC One because it was cheaper than the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and was phone of the year and had a lot of things going for it. It is the same price as the Nokia Lumia 925 and I thought it would be much better as I was a bit disappointed with the functionality of Windows Phone and also the performance of my previous phone, the Nokia Lumia 800 which was faulty and could not be repaired so was replaced with a Nokia Lumia 925.

Nokia Lumia 925 seems to have corrected some of the issues I had with the Nokia Lumia 800 such as the weak USB port connection which was the fault that could not be repaired. It has a very decent camera that makes very nice pictures even in low light. Sound quality is decent and there are many graduation levels on the volume control which is excellent, but the speaker is mono and rear facing so some sound is lost. Screen is good. Windows Phone 8 is decent. My complaint is that some of the prev…

Haircut

How hard is it to get the haircut you want?

Barbers charge ridiculous prices and try to do all sorts of things to you that you don't want and charge you extra for it. It is literally a fight to get out of having my hair shampooed when I visit the barbers, even though I have just shampooed it at home before I left the house.

Some common terms which barbers use that are quite well defined generally but do not produce the expected results: tapered and trim. I think the standard tapered cut would involve some use of the clippers around the border but then it should be long on top and mostly cut by scissors.

Barbers never seem to offer trims anymore but if you get your haircut regularly that is all you would want. A trim would literally be trimming the edges of the hair around the border so that it would be neat and then he would obviously blend it in for me. This was explained to me by a barber in Bristol who would trim my hair for £3. Obviously he would often try to ask for the full…