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    Quote Originally Posted by williegunn View Post
    I cannot remember just which "old bird" I fished with used to pounce on anyone who suggested we left the dining room and went through to the lounge when we were staying in a lodge." It's not an airport you know" became a standard catch phrase.
    She was clearly unaware of definition 2, here:

    UK: the room in a house or apartment that is used for relaxing and entertaining guests in: All the family were sitting in the lounge watching television.

    Or definition 1a here: a room in a private home or public building for leisure activities.

    I will not lose any sleep worrying about my parents' choice of terms.

    Col
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumble54 View Post
    The fullers teasel, the one with curved barbs, was very common all over the fens, alongside the dykes, when I used to fish there 30 years ago, I tend to think it is more to do with local conditions rather than human cultivation as to whether it is thriving or not.
    30 years ago. And now? Would be interesting to know if it is still the case. I remember a whole nature/science paper about that plant, I should try to find it; I remember they also said a small quantity of seeds were said to be available upon request for the ones interested in conservation of fullers teasel. I think the cultivated one is much sensitive to hybridization with the wild one, reason why it cannot be seen much commonly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raphael View Post
    30 years ago. And now? Would be interesting to know if it is still the case. I remember a whole nature/science paper about that plant, I should try to find it; I remember they also said a small quantity of seeds were said to be available upon request for the ones interested in conservation of fullers teasel. I think the cultivated one is much sensitive to hybridization with the wild one, reason why it cannot be seen much commonly.
    Now?, no idea, I gave up on match fishing there and haven't returned to the fens since. I agree it would be interesting to find out.

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