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  1. Her name is actually Chasity, with only one 't'. I’m sure she’s spent her entire life correcting people who default to the obvious. People don’t do their kids a lot of favors in the name department.
  2. It really wasn’t just the leakage, though, but that once again, despite good flavors she had much less to show than the others. Here, everyone else had at least three elements inside their jaconde, and she had just one thing other than the runny coulis. From the way Paul spoke about it, it sounded as if they were expected to have at least two more involved layers and neither he nor Prud thought her simple coulis qualified. I’m not vegan, but I’ve made a tofu-based chocolate mousse or pudding — it’s a pretty standard recipe of soft silken tofu, melted chocolate, sugar syrup, and
  3. The other model and outfit the show specifically called out as plus size was not Bones's, it was Meg's on the cool-color team, one of the two who didn’t use a bow. Wasn’t Mimi also a PR model last season, too?
  4. In the US, the situation is more complicated than the overall stats suggest, because it varies so much by location. A number of states have erected barriers that surely make abortion access more difficult for poorer women, like limited locations (in Mississippi, for instance, there’s only one clinic in the entire state that offers surgical abortion care), waiting periods of 24 hours or more, etc. One must have the resources to travel and take the extra time, and so on. Trixie was the one expressing outrage over the disparities between wealthier and poorer women’s access to safe aborti
  5. Yes, of course Trixie knew women were getting abortions, that’s not in doubt. She referenced Valerie's grandmother when she was talking to Sister Julienne about unequal access, and compared the women of means going to the Sister Emily with poor women “on a kitchen table above a pub.” I think Trixie was shocked that he was doing it rather openly while entertaining hiring nuns to work there as midwives, rather than that women were getting abortions. If I’m not mistaken, you said in the first post where you referenced these (American) statistics that they are contemporary, but in the cont
  6. Yes indeed. This was remarked on here when the show started airing in the US. There are plenty of examples of each country assimilating the pronunciation of a foreign word into local phonetics, and the surprising differences between the US and the UK on this, each side righteously insisting that its own way makes more sense (the British seem to stick with French pronunciation of "restaurant" and "trait" for instance). But this seems especially odd to me because they're using an English translation (both words mean "from Genoa") without making the spelling modification that would justify it.
  7. I’m quite sure they receive more substantial instructions for the signature and showstopper challenges than the few words we hear at the beginning, since it will have been laid out in advance so they can come up with what they’ll do and practice. I think in most competition cooking shows, there’s more spelled out than what we see on camera, even if the editing doesn’t reflect it. That said, we have no way of knowing whether Rochica didn’t quite meet the specifics as laid out by the producers, or just didn’t satisfy whatever best floated Paul's boat.
  8. My mother went to public school in New York, graduating from high school in 1961, and had to wear skirts for the entirety of her pre-college education. This was also before full-length tights or hose existed, and she walked to school year-round.
  9. I think the criticism concerned the fact that she didn’t have anything larger than a roll, essentially, just a few different small shapes and the breadsticks that made up her “cage” (which were all wrong for milk bread). Giuseppe didn’t have a large central shape, but everything he made was more substantial.
  10. Did it to me too, but then I went and watched that baking impossible or whatever it is, that has Andrew as a judge, and not only did it have captions, it was dubbed in Russian for some reason. I think Netflix is having a midlife crisis or something. When I went to turn off the mysteriously appearing captions, I saw that the language was marked as Russian, although thankfully there was no actual dubbing on Bake Off.
  11. Vietnamese coffee is made with sweetened condensed milk. While I normally take only milk in hot coffee and drink iced coffee black, I am a fan of Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk, and order it whenever I’m at a Vietnamese restaurant.
  12. I believe season 1 was set in 1958, and we’re now in 1966.
  13. I’ve rewatched earlier seasons, and two hours for a signature challenge, that or even less for technicals, four hours for a showstopper are all pretty much par for the course, even on bread week, when it’s really crazy rushed given proofing times. This particular crew seems a bit less adept at decorating than some past seasons' contestants, so I’m not surprised that some of it is coming out sloppy looking, even when the bakes taste good.
  14. Fred and Violet used to live in the flat above her store. Otherwise, the plot is just the normal stuff of TV convenience and coincidences.
  15. Yes, the idea was that the Sister Emily would pay handsomely to have the Nonnatus nuns work there, and the funds would be, as Sister Julienne said, funneled back into Nonnatus House so they could maintain their community practice in Poplar. As far as Trixie being referred to as Sister, my understanding is that senior-ranking nurses traditionally had the titles of Sister and Matron in at least some parts of the UK (but being American, I’m no expert).
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