Ask @Hadacol:

Which do you go for in food, taste or texture and why? Bad texture freaks me out but I usually like the taste of everything. (I will be following up some of your answers with more questions too)

King Fink
I like lots of things mate, today I breakfasted on porridge, a banana & an orange, didn't have any dinner as I wasn't hungry and tea was as follows:
Veggie burger on toasted rye bread with butter & mint sauce.
Toasted rye bread, peanut butter & jam
Yoghurty peanuts & raisins
Some small bars of vegan chocolate from the health shop
It would take too long to list all my likes and dislikes (though I will single out that horrible processed "tomato" sauce in tinned beans & spaghetti as something I especially loathe) so I've just given a list of foods for the day instead :)

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What with the current state of the environment, growing numbers of the population becoming vegan lately and so many typically omnivorous brands releasing vegan alternatives do you think veganism is fhe future? Why/why not? (I will be following up some of your answers with more questions too)

King Fink
I don't believe so; I myself eat meat and dairy and, while I'm interested in veganism (my uncle has been vegetarian since 1977 and is on the brink of going vegan, so I know one can eat well that way, and I've had a vegetarian day today) I don't think it will catch on globally.
Although there are millions of religious vegetarians in India and ethical vegetarians in the West and elsewhere, I believe over time there will be more meat not less as more and more people in Africa and other places will have more children and will begin to adopt a consumer lifestyle.
Perhaps understandably, they want to eat meat after having not been able to afford it for most of their lives.
As the developing world becomes better off they will eat more meat; they may eventually take up veganism as is happening in the west but there will be much more livestock farming and I imagine the trend will rise over the decades to come.

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Do you believe in extra terrestrials? Why/why not? (I will be following up some of your answers with more questions too)

King Fink
I think it is a possibility that forms of life exist on other planets, but I don't know?
CS Lewis had this to say; even if (like me) you're not a religious believer, you can easily see what he meant in the context of the way people carry on and the diseases physical and spiritual they might carry to extraterrestrial life forms.
"I look forward with horror to contact with the other inhabited planets, if there are such. We would only transport to them all of our sin and our acquisitiveness, and establish a new colonialism. I can’t hear to think of it. But if we on earth were to get right with God, of course, all would be changed. Once we find ourselves spiritually awakened, we can go to outer space and take the good things with us. That is quite a different matter."

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What's your personal opinion of the Trump wall? Do you want it to be built? Why/why not? (I will be following up some of your answers with more questions too)

King Fink
I don't want it and I think it's an absurd piece of theatre; conservatives loved saying Obama was style over substance, but then fell for someone who actually is that.
If he doesn't want immigrants, why not stop buggering up everyone else's country, such as by his cheerleading for Saudi atrocities in the Yemen?

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Which animal is your spirit animal?

Interesting question. Once I went to Snowdon
http://dry-valleys.tumblr.com/post/180044009269/oer-ywr-eira-ar-eryrioryw-ar-awyr-i-rewi-oer
http://dry-valleys.tumblr.com/post/180042999164/copar-wyddfa-yr-ydych-chwi-yma-yn-nes-at-y
And saw an eagle flying free so I took a picture of it.
That bird, I said to myself, is my spirit animal :)
Little did I know there was a pigeon on the floor, so now I'm cursed because a pigeon is my spirit animal!

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I'm going to be sending out a bunch of questions with very polarizing topics today. If any of you wish to now answer any of them or don't know much about the topic, please just delete it or use it as filler.

King Fink
I'm happy to answer any question I can think of an answer to; if I delete a question it's probably due to having nothing to say! I certainly don't mind your questions, which look to be interesting.

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What's a hidden Netflix gem that you love? I recently found Kim's Convenience on there. It's about a Korean-Canadian family and I love it. If you don't have Netflix, what's a hidden gem that you found in a store? Like, the last pair of nice shoes, a reduced but usually expensive item of clothing etc

King Fink
I haven't used it much as I had it but cancelled before my free trial was out, I was only there in order to view The Last Kingdom.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Kingdom_(TV_series)
It's terrific, set amidst real events, and with the storytelling of Bernard Cornwell who is second to none. There are a number of Irish characters, including Uhtred's second in command, and they have always considered themselves better than the Britons because unlike us they were never conquered by Rome.
It's not very cheerful but Uhtred is a great character who is noble in the truest sense, the stories are so well written and you can't lose with that time period so I recommend it.
(Another hidden gem that I found is a masseur that I've been visiting for more than a year; her rates are very competitive and she really helps me relax and so on).

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In the Royal family, there is a rule that no royal is allowed to find out the sex of a baby that a Royal is pregnant with. Not even the pregnant mother or the father. What's your opinion on this and why do you think this is?

King Fink
I didn't know this! Despite being British and having lived here all of my 33 years, I had never heard of this rule until now!?
This is a list of all the rules, none of which I knew about, thanks for telling me and I hope everyone finds it interesting!
https://www.businessinsider.com/pregnancy-rules-the-royal-family-has-to-follow-2018-3?r=UK

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In honor of Betty White's 97th birthday, I'll use one of her famous lines: If you could have anyone over for dinner, living or dead...what would you eat? Answer however you want (or don't). Happy Birthday, Betty!

Grace
I've just eaten so I'm not in the mood for anything :)
Myself and my guests Graham Greene, Bruce Chatwin and William Dalrymple would eat curry while discussing their round the world travels.

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When you visit a website nowadays, you often get a pop-up asking you if you want to allow ad/tracking cookies. Do you just click “accept all” and carry on, or do you turn off all the cookies you can? On the sites where they don’t even give you that option, do you “accept” or just leave the site?

Doug
Iclick on reject or leave the site, but I do wonder if that does more harm than good as it causes me to get random adverts instead of targeted ones (which, very occasionally, are useful).
The reason I pay for things like, for instance, my subscription to The Economist or Spotify is to avoid things like this as I know things have to be paid for, and I'm concerned about the idea that if you don't pay for the product then you are the product. But since I hardly ever buy anything-and if I do it's something I like but wasn't aware of- they are just a petty annoyance.
I find the random adverts annoying and faintly amusing-yesterday I was listening to the Grateful Dead and an advert for some godawful rap compilation came up. What were the admen thinking when they imagined a deadhead would like that?

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What are you going to eat for dinner??

Since it's 8:45pm here, I have already eaten :)
I cooked a vegetarian meal based on a sauce of fried onions & peppers, tinned tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano & rosemary.
While cooking this mix I boiled and drained some fresh fusilli, then added it to the pan of sauce with some peanut butter at the last minute.
Served with toasted crusty wholemeal rolls.
Dessert of some nakd bars which I often take as they are nice and sweet but not too heavy, which is the best thing after a big meal.

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Have you ever been bullied? I haven't but I watched others get bullied and did nothing.

First, don't blame yourself for what happened then. An adult should have stopped it and it's not your fault if they failed to. If it happens again go and tell someone immediately and only get involved if you're certain you can help, and not do more harm than good.
Yes, I have been bullied some. Physically i got beat up on my first day in high school and thrown in a pond another tine, and this youth would follow me round insulting me and later thumped me. One day he had me cornered and I dread to imagine what would have happened if my friend hadn't come along, pushed him to the ground and told him what would happen unless he left me alone (which he did, and I haven't been bullied since).
I have also had a lot of name-calling, and whatever thoughtless people say, that is very hurtful and should be stopped.
I have learnt a number of things, including the sense of unfairness I felt. The kid at school had been bullied by my brother, who behaved terribly at my school, and his victim vented on me, but how is that fair? I condemn what my brother did, how is it my fault? I managed to avoid this youth and his friends (I hid in the library!) but I knew he hated me and how unfair it was.
Also, the youth who bullied me later was someone who went to a different school and ai didn't know him. When I asked him what he had against me, he said I had insulted his family. Of course I'd done no such thing, but some fucker told him I had so he hated me for it!
You soon learn how unfair that is so please take my advice and tell a responsible person if any bullying happens again as I hope you've learned a lesson.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nb4e4qRGSxs

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Greetings new friends . Just trying to get to know everyone on my friends and follows list. Please tell me something about your selves and then I'll! Do the same :)

Serin Simpson
Good morning, it's 6.30 am so I'm a bit exhausted.
This year I've made a resolution to cycle more as yesterday I cycled after more than a month out of it due to holiday and my bike being bust, but niw it's fixed I vow to do a lot more cycling.
So that is hopefully the new, supervit me in 2019!

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Another question, do you love pizza? If you do what is your favourite toppings to put on it? 😂😂💖

Yes, I like pizza and I ate a ham & pineapple pizza today. (I didn't know until recently how many people disilke that topping, but I like it).
I also like margherita, pepperoni, and most things unless they involve vegetables I dislike.

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❄️ This winter in the UK has been mild so far, however it’s been the worst I’ve known for friends catching nasty viruses and getting sick. I’ve also read about outbreaks of measles in the USA and Scarlet Fever here. Have you managed to avoid getting sick recently, wherever in the world you are? 🦠

Doug
Yes, I've been fit and healthy ever since Easter, when I randomly caught norovirus, and equally randomly shook it off after 2 days.
I have got a bit of a hangover though!

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