• What did we gain - if anything - from the Nazis?

    I'm working on an assignment and the question is really making me think. I study world history at university, the module title is "Atrocities, Peacekeeping, and the Road to Democracy." The lecturer assigned this question: "Pick one atrocity covered in this module. What was gained from your chosen regime, and how does this compare... show more
    I'm working on an assignment and the question is really making me think. I study world history at university, the module title is "Atrocities, Peacekeeping, and the Road to Democracy." The lecturer assigned this question: "Pick one atrocity covered in this module. What was gained from your chosen regime, and how does this compare to what was lost?" The optional regimes are: - The British Empire from 1842 to 1950 - The Soviet Union, 1905 - 1991 - The Third Reich, 1933 - 1945 - Rwanda, 1996 - 1997 As hard as it may be to believe, I'm doing Nazi Germany because I read and speak fluent German, and most of my original sources are in German. It's also going to make me stand out and hopefully get me a higher mark. My conclusion is, undoubtedly, going to be along the lines of "The Holocaust was undoubtedly the lowest point in history" (I haven't figured out how to word it yet) but I'm also thinking that, without the Nazis and their atrocities, there would be a lot we wouldn't have today. For instance: psychology, engineering, automobiles, to name a few. There are also still lessons to be learned from this period. I feel awkward about this line of argument as my lecturer scooted his chair away from me, but my point still stands. What do you guys think? AGB x
    6 answers · History · 5 years ago
  • Would you consider this weird?

    Today is my boyfriend's mother's birthday, and she hasn't met me yet. She knows I exist, but hasn't officially met me. My mother hasn't met him either, but for Christmas she put together a sweet bag for him. I was facebook-messaging him earlier, and he said he was treating his mother to a birthday meal. I replied "Ah,... show more
    Today is my boyfriend's mother's birthday, and she hasn't met me yet. She knows I exist, but hasn't officially met me. My mother hasn't met him either, but for Christmas she put together a sweet bag for him. I was facebook-messaging him earlier, and he said he was treating his mother to a birthday meal. I replied "Ah, I'll leave you to it then. Tell her I said happy birthday." He sounded a bit surprised when he said "You? Okay." and a second later, "She says thanks. She wants more of those sweets your mum gave me." So, would you consider it weird that I wished a woman I don't know a happy birthday? I wouldn't consider it weird since everyone likes a happy birthday message, but the way he reacted was a bit odd, and a couple of my friends have told me, "Anna, you don't even know this woman. That's a bit too friendly for someone you don't know." Thoughts? Thanks! AGB x
    4 answers · Other - Family & Relationships · 5 years ago
  • What do you serve with French toast?

    I'm curious - I really like French toast but I'm not sure what really 'goes' with it, if that makes sense. It's a very versatile recipe that can be made sweet or savoury, but I prefer it as a breakfast meal. My boyfriend loves it, and as his only day off is Thursday I want to surprise him with it for breakfast. What can I serve... show more
    I'm curious - I really like French toast but I'm not sure what really 'goes' with it, if that makes sense. It's a very versatile recipe that can be made sweet or savoury, but I prefer it as a breakfast meal. My boyfriend loves it, and as his only day off is Thursday I want to surprise him with it for breakfast. What can I serve it with? Thanks, AGB x
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Any suggestions for making a risotto?

    I normally make a really good mushroom risotto, but my boyfriend is staying over on Friday after having spent the week in Bristol (he works as a freelance script supervisor for various film projects around the country). We'll be spending the Saturday together and I want to cook dinner for him before he goes home (he lives just outside of... show more
    I normally make a really good mushroom risotto, but my boyfriend is staying over on Friday after having spent the week in Bristol (he works as a freelance script supervisor for various film projects around the country). We'll be spending the Saturday together and I want to cook dinner for him before he goes home (he lives just outside of Cambridge, but it takes him a while to get there from my house). I told him that my risotto is pretty good, and since he loves mushrooms he wants to try some... plus he's a really good cook and I'm competitive so I want to beat him at his own game, haha. Any tips or suggestions when making risotto? Thanks! AGB x
    4 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Can I use plain flour for pasta?

    I want to try making my own tagliatelle pasta. I know it requires eggs, oil and flour, but does the type of flour matter? I have plenty (about two kilos) of plain flour to get through as well as some eggs and olive and was wondering if I could make pasta from these things. Thanks! Tips welcome :) AGB x
    I want to try making my own tagliatelle pasta. I know it requires eggs, oil and flour, but does the type of flour matter? I have plenty (about two kilos) of plain flour to get through as well as some eggs and olive and was wondering if I could make pasta from these things. Thanks! Tips welcome :) AGB x
    1 answer · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • What are some good dinner recipes I should try?

    My friend Dean is coming over on Saturday for a movie marathon and it's going to roll quite late so he's going to be staying for lunch and dinner. I'm also a student, so it has to be within reasonable price range (I can do a week's worth of shopping on £15). Does anyone have any recipes I could try? Cooking Italian, Indian and... show more
    My friend Dean is coming over on Saturday for a movie marathon and it's going to roll quite late so he's going to be staying for lunch and dinner. I'm also a student, so it has to be within reasonable price range (I can do a week's worth of shopping on £15). Does anyone have any recipes I could try? Cooking Italian, Indian and French comes naturally to me, and neither of us is particularly fussy. If it helps, I plan on baking a chocolate and strawberry cake for dessert, hence dinner should be quite light. Thanks, AGB xxx
    5 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • How long do you cook salmon for?

    I bought some salmon while out shopping and I want to bake it with a herb and cream chese crust, but I'm never sure how long to cook fish for. They're fillets of salmon, only about the length of the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the plam, and 1.5 inches thick. Is there a standard rule of thumb, or a set time I should stick... show more
    I bought some salmon while out shopping and I want to bake it with a herb and cream chese crust, but I'm never sure how long to cook fish for. They're fillets of salmon, only about the length of the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the plam, and 1.5 inches thick. Is there a standard rule of thumb, or a set time I should stick to? Thanks! AGB xxx
    4 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Where can I find Soviet economic documents?

    My dissertation is a comparison of KGB and CIA intelligence, and at the moment it looks like it'll be a comparison of the influence of the different economic models on intelligence overall (i.e. on operations, agents and international spies). I have a lot of CIA economic documents from 1954-1963 but I'm lacking in the Soviet bloc. RGASPI and... show more
    My dissertation is a comparison of KGB and CIA intelligence, and at the moment it looks like it'll be a comparison of the influence of the different economic models on intelligence overall (i.e. on operations, agents and international spies). I have a lot of CIA economic documents from 1954-1963 but I'm lacking in the Soviet bloc. RGASPI and RGANI have proven useless as I do not have a Russian keyboard and whenever I do successfully translate a page, it always seems to be along the lines of "This part of the website will help you..." Where can I find some Soviet economic documents? Thank you, AGB x
    2 answers · History · 5 years ago
  • How would you answer these questions in a job interview?

    I've applied for a few waitressing jobs for some restaurants, but I always falter on the same questions: "Have you ever eaten at one of our restaurants before?" "How was your experience?" and "Why would you like to work here?" I'm nearly in my third year of university, so any money is helpful and I really... show more
    I've applied for a few waitressing jobs for some restaurants, but I always falter on the same questions: "Have you ever eaten at one of our restaurants before?" "How was your experience?" and "Why would you like to work here?" I'm nearly in my third year of university, so any money is helpful and I really need to get a job so I can start putting away to continue living in the city. How do you answer those questions? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks, AGB x
    4 answers · Other - Careers & Employment · 5 years ago
  • What's a good brownie recipe?

    I'm going to make some brownies for my classmates in September and I want to get an early start so that I know the recipe well by the time the semester starts. Can anyone recommend a good or unique recipe? Thank you! AGB xx
    I'm going to make some brownies for my classmates in September and I want to get an early start so that I know the recipe well by the time the semester starts. Can anyone recommend a good or unique recipe? Thank you! AGB xx
    4 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Where can I get foreign language books?

    I'm looking to improve my French and Italian, as well as lock-in my Russian and German (yes, I know four languages). Where can I get some books in these languages? I've tried my local bookshops but their foreign language sections are made up of "Teach Yourself..."-type books. I'm looking for fiction and history books in any... show more
    I'm looking to improve my French and Italian, as well as lock-in my Russian and German (yes, I know four languages). Where can I get some books in these languages? I've tried my local bookshops but their foreign language sections are made up of "Teach Yourself..."-type books. I'm looking for fiction and history books in any or all of the above languages, so if anyone knows a site or a bookshop in the United Kingdom please let me know. Thanks :) AGB xxx
    6 answers · Languages · 5 years ago
  • How do I fill my muffins with cream?

    I'm making dark chocolate and strawberry muffins for my first day back at uni and I want to fill them with a strawberry-flavoured white chocolate cream (although it turns out more like fondant). I have a muffin recipe already, and I want this to be special because they're going to be a 'welcome back/let's finish this' thing for... show more
    I'm making dark chocolate and strawberry muffins for my first day back at uni and I want to fill them with a strawberry-flavoured white chocolate cream (although it turns out more like fondant). I have a muffin recipe already, and I want this to be special because they're going to be a 'welcome back/let's finish this' thing for the start of my final year at university. How do I fill the muffins with the cream? Do I just cut off the tops and use the cream to 'glue' them back on? Thanks, AGB x
    5 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 6 years ago
  • What are so-called 'English Values'?

    You guys have no idea how embarrassed I am to ask this... My mother supports to EDL, UKIP and 'all things English.' Her reason for supporting the above parties is 'They stand up for English values', yet when I ask her, she can only name three of these so-called 'values': the monarchy, the flag and the currency. Das is... show more
    You guys have no idea how embarrassed I am to ask this... My mother supports to EDL, UKIP and 'all things English.' Her reason for supporting the above parties is 'They stand up for English values', yet when I ask her, she can only name three of these so-called 'values': the monarchy, the flag and the currency. Das is alle! E' tutti! That is all she can name! (apologies for the butchering of the German and Italian languages, btw). She's made jokes about my political beliefs (I'm a Socialist, borderline Labour), for instance: she'll disown me if I become a local Councillor for any party other than UKIP because then I'll have failed to grasp 'English values.' Just what the heck ARE 'English values'? It's driving me crazy with her only giving me the same three answers! Thank you, (a very embarrassed) AGB x
    2 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 6 years ago
  • Shouldn't I be feeling hungry?

    I was in the gym for two hours this morning and burned 2100 calories (would have been 1600, but I was reading a book while on the stationary cycle and lost track of time). When I was done I drank a litre of water to prevent dehydration, then showered, dressed and walked home. When I got home to make my breakfast I noticed that I wasn't feeling... show more
    I was in the gym for two hours this morning and burned 2100 calories (would have been 1600, but I was reading a book while on the stationary cycle and lost track of time). When I was done I drank a litre of water to prevent dehydration, then showered, dressed and walked home. When I got home to make my breakfast I noticed that I wasn't feeling hungry, I actually felt stuffed even though I hadn't eaten anything, but I forced myself to eat anyway because I didn't want my body to start eating itself. I've just had my lunch and I had to force myself to eat it. Is this normal? Thanks, AGB x
    3 answers · Diet & Fitness · 6 years ago
  • How do you roast a beef joint?

    I bought a toprump beef joint from Asda today for dinner tomorrow. I'm serving it with mini sweetcorn, roast potatoes and sprouts. Although I know how to roast a joint, my guests are a tad picky: one likes his meat well done, another likes it pink and I like mine a bit of both. Is there a way I can roast the joint to please... show more
    I bought a toprump beef joint from Asda today for dinner tomorrow. I'm serving it with mini sweetcorn, roast potatoes and sprouts. Although I know how to roast a joint, my guests are a tad picky: one likes his meat well done, another likes it pink and I like mine a bit of both. Is there a way I can roast the joint to please everyone? Thans, AGB x
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 6 years ago
  • Which name sounds better for this character?

    I'm designing a character, and I need to choose between two names. She's a French opera singer who, for my other character Samuel, represents hope, second chances, forgiveness and compassion.Her physical appearance is thus: warm brown eyes, red hair which is naturally frizzy but is always styled to look wavy, thick eyelashes, pastel-pink... show more
    I'm designing a character, and I need to choose between two names. She's a French opera singer who, for my other character Samuel, represents hope, second chances, forgiveness and compassion.Her physical appearance is thus: warm brown eyes, red hair which is naturally frizzy but is always styled to look wavy, thick eyelashes, pastel-pink lips, rosy cheeks, a slight gap in her front teeth, around 5 ft 6 inches in height, strong French accent (she is from the Champagne region). The two names I'm trying to pick between are Camille Chastain and Elaine Delacroix. I feel like Elaine Delacroix would suit her more because she's from a classy family and it sounds more hopeful, but Camille Chastain feels more like the name of an opera singer. What do you guys think? Thanks, AGB x
    3 answers · Books & Authors · 6 years ago
  • How do you make cannoli?

    I've been thinking about making some for the past couple of days now, and I'd really like to know how to make them. Does anyone have a recipe I could use? Thanks, AGB x
    I've been thinking about making some for the past couple of days now, and I'd really like to know how to make them. Does anyone have a recipe I could use? Thanks, AGB x
    2 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 6 years ago
  • What's a good sandwich for lunch?

    I'm getting some cash through on the 20th and I'm trying to decide whether it'll be worth it to get some crusty bread and roast a beef joint to have roast beef sandwiches for lunch when I'm at work. When I do sandwiches I normally do two slices of standard bread with peanut butter and jam or some cheese but it's getting a bit... show more
    I'm getting some cash through on the 20th and I'm trying to decide whether it'll be worth it to get some crusty bread and roast a beef joint to have roast beef sandwiches for lunch when I'm at work. When I do sandwiches I normally do two slices of standard bread with peanut butter and jam or some cheese but it's getting a bit boring. What fillings should I try? Thanks, AGB x
    5 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 6 years ago
  • What dessert am I thinking of?

    I've been thinking about making it, but I can't remember the name of it so I can't Google a recipe. It was an Italian biscuit-based recipe, but the biscuit part was folded over like a cigar, caramelised and filled with sweetened cream cheese, then dusted with icing sugar. Does anyone know what dessert this is, or sounds like? I... show more
    I've been thinking about making it, but I can't remember the name of it so I can't Google a recipe. It was an Italian biscuit-based recipe, but the biscuit part was folded over like a cigar, caramelised and filled with sweetened cream cheese, then dusted with icing sugar. Does anyone know what dessert this is, or sounds like? I think the name began with a 'c'. Thank you, AGB x
    3 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 6 years ago
  • Any advice for asking guys to hang out?

    Although I do have guy friends, it's normally a case of they're wholly nerdy and I've befriended them because we started talking about comic books or fantasy games. There's a lad I'd really like to hang out with as friends (not to be confused with "go out" as in a date), but the way I met him is a bit different to what... show more
    Although I do have guy friends, it's normally a case of they're wholly nerdy and I've befriended them because we started talking about comic books or fantasy games. There's a lad I'd really like to hang out with as friends (not to be confused with "go out" as in a date), but the way I met him is a bit different to what I previously explained: we went on a trip to Paris together with the History department at our university. I'm a third year History undergraduate, he's a second-year postgraduate doing an MPhil in the history of toy soldiers. We've talked a few times and he's really nice, the kind of person I'd typically be friends with, but I'm pretty screwed because I'm rubbish at asking people to hang out unless I'm comfortable with their energy (that probably doesn't make much sense). Since I work at a cinema, I get free tickets for me and my friends; I'm fixing to see World War Z (great book, not sure how they'll pull it off as a movie) with a friend and we want to be in a group of four which is the max number of tickets I get per week for friends. She's going to invite someone else, and i'll invite someone else. Would a simple "Hey, me and Vanessa are seeing WWZ when it comes out. Fancy joining us?" suffice? And I'd just like to make clear: I'm very socially awkward, so I obsess over things like this a lot. You wouldn't believe the extent to which I panic over socialising. Anyway, any advice? Thanks, AGB x
    1 answer · Friends · 6 years ago