Well the last one provoked a comment about the digestive system of the edible snail. Which is just as well as Dearieme was quite right. The instrument of torture, James, is for holding the escargot while you attempt to wrestle the mollusc from its shell with a pin or a little 2 pronged fork.
So now for the next one. What is this and what is it used for?
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The incomparable [except perhaps Nina]:
Into the night:
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I love jelly but as you might have guessed I prefer to make my own. Grown up jellies are a lot of fun and easy to make. You can invent all sorts of flavours like gooseberries in an elderflower jelly, summer fruits in a sparkling rose jelly or like I’ve made this weekend Fruits of the Forest in a blackcurrant & cassis jelly. And for the ladies watching their weight it can be low calorie as you can substitute sweetener for the sugar.
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Karl puts it gently [cheers, Wolfie]:
The bottom line now is that Bernanke thinks he can continue to paper over this crap with yet more “QE” and other monetary games. He’s wrong. All he’s done, along with Greenspan, is enable not just bad behavior but outright lawlessness, while at the same time savers, senior citizens and those on fixed incomes are seeing their mandatory spending soar, destroying their savings. Instead of using his regulatory power to put a stop to it, he feeds the bankster criminals that in their drug-induced mania have trashed our nation with yet another shot of heroin laced with meth, empowering yet another wilding binge of destruction.
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If you’re at all interested in the final 40 pages of the doctorate manuscript I’m currently proofreading [it was lots of fun last evening, after work], here is a small sample for your delectation:
The minimum lag for the exogenous variable is determined through a contemporaneous structure, using a non-synchronism correction matrix (Table 5.1-2) and maximum lag is obtained from the maximum detected lag where the cross-correlation coefficient is found to be significant in s-statistics of the Cheung and Ng (1996) CCF causality test. The estimation is based on full sample data (3130 observations). The rejection of the causality hypothesis at 5% and 1% level of significance are represented by marks * and ** respectively. Mark “A” represents a case where the CCF causality test is not detected, by cross-correlation, to be significant in s-statistics, thus, models (21& 22) are not applied. Mark “B” represents a case where the convergence of estimated models is not achieved. Mark “-“ displays not applicable cases in Panel B and Panel D, where oil price cannot be adjusted on itself.