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  1. Yep - used to enjoy the Water Margin too! Wasn't too sure about Monkey though, probably didn't give it enough time. In a different vein, anyone used to like Marine Boy as a nipper?
  2. Let's hope it's a good one! (Can't wait to get home for a real coffee...)
  3. River, Blue - Joni Mitchell A sad Christmas song, but soooo beautiful. If you have time to get off the merry-go-round for half an hour, have a listen to this from Radio 4's Soul Music series: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001l70 (Not sure if you have to be logged in to BBC iPlayer to listen to it.)
  4. Sorry - off-topic alert: Is @MildredM in the 10,000 Club or the 100,000 Club? (Just how old is she?)
  5. As it hasn't been mentioned - consider the ACS Vesuvius - a beautifully made and highly flexible (pressure profiling) machine. But I like all your other options too (boring or not)!
  6. I don't actually know what caused it to fail. As far as I'm aware I followed the user guide. The odd thing was that it continued to function after it had ruptured and was leaking the magnesium oxide into the brew water. I do prefer clear brew water though
  7. Blink and you miss it! Power to the forum ... and well done @coffeechap
  8. 1. Coffeechap 2. ashcroc 3. Stuartb27 4. PPapa 5. Salty 6. Banjoman
  9. I've got no specific experience of this, but I'd be surprised if the landlord could deny access to any required area. Surely it's a public health issue?
  10. ^^^ oh-oh! Have you got the production line set up Joey?
  11. I don't have an RCD. I only knew it was the element after I opened the boiler up. Perhaps I should get an RCD!
  12. I bought it new from the makers, ACS. It's a beautiful machine, and good as new again now. I'd have no hesitation in recommending them.
  13. Indeed! I don't think it changed the taste significantly - but I'm glad it's not there any more!
  14. I provide below a description of the process I went through to solve the problem of a ruptured brew boiler heating element on my Vesuvius. I’d had the Vesuvius for maybe 2 months when I started to notice the brew water had become very cloudy. When I was sure the water was actually always coming out cloudy, I stopped using the machine and asked for help on the forum. Whilst everyone was helpful, I was convinced the problem was not the obvious: needed a good clean, e.g. start backflushing regularly; what kind of water are you putting into it? The water was just too cloudy for these
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