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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 8, 2002 at 13:53:47:

In reply to: How dare you Madam! posted by Graeme on July 7, 2002 at 15:08:35:

: :So I have a headache, and it isn't
: : entirely due to English beer.

The combination of English beer (which I LOVE, compared to the sad
swill marketed in America), inhaling exhaust from a near gridlock of
coaches and busses in a busy city center, and eyestrain from hours
going over Persian miniatures seems to do my head in. A pub is a nice
place to stop in and have a think, and a pint poured into my head
seems to settle out the mud of the previous day's information
avalance. Damn shame America never got the hang of pubs.

MMMMMM, mention of henna before I have to post this as o/t. Jeremy
and I did some henna/terp tests, and found that though terps seem to
improve all hennaes, they improve some more than others. We tested a
2 year old frozen Indian henna against an Egyptian and an Iranian,
caj terped and plain. The terps will improve a mediocre henna to near
the same level as a good+ henna, so you're getting a greater degree of
improvement if you terp a dodgy henna, than a primo henna, as the end
results of the terping come up to near the same color The terped dot
of the best henna is about the same color as the terped dot of a
second best henna, but the unterped dot of the best henna is waaaaaaay
darker than the unterped dot of the second best henna. To compare: if
you have fabulous strawberries, they're not much improved if you put
sugar on them. They were delicious before, they're only a little
sweeter afterwards. If you have agri-industrial strawberries that are
sour or tasteless, dump sugar on them, and you've got something yummy,
rather than red styrofoam packing pellets cunningly desguised as fruit.

Yes, pics of that would make more sense, but Jeremy's got those. I'll
see about repeating this and getting pics up soon, as it's a cool
sequence, watching different hennaes terped and unterped peak and
demise alongside each other!


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