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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2009 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

TOP 20 SMELLS WHICH MAKE BRITS HAPPY
1. Freshly baked bread
2. Clean sheets
3. Freshly mown grass
4. Fresh flowers
5. Freshly ground coffee
6. Fresh air after rain fall
7. Vanilla
8. Chocolate
9. Fish and chips
10. Bacon frying
11. Roast dinner
12. Babies
13. Lemon zest
14. Lavender
15. Petrol
16. Apple and blackberry crumble in the oven
17. A freshly lit match
18. Roses
19. Party poppers
20. Rubber tyres
http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/08/bacon-vs-baby-who-wins-the-smell-test/

Personally, I’d add “frying chicken” and “freshly printed Phil Olivier calendar”

to the list, but that’s just me.

And what's with the "freshly lit match"?

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2009 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Petrol?!?!?!?!?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2009 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Weird list. Bacon and fish and chips, definitely! smile And mushy peas.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2009 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

They sound pretty good to me Dave.

These are a few of my favourite smells.....providing #12 only smells of Johnsons !

Oh!.....and I hear that Phil smells even better than his calendar big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2009 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

TOP 20 SMELLS WHICH MAKE BRITS HAPPY
1. Freshly baked bread
2. Clean sheets
3. Freshly mown grass
4. Fresh flowers
5. Freshly ground coffee
6. Fresh air after rain fall
7. Vanilla
8. Chocolate
9. Fish and chips
10. Bacon frying
11. Roast dinner
12. Babies
13. Lemon zest
14. Lavender
15. Petrol
16. Apple and blackberry crumble in the oven
17. A freshly lit match
18. Roses
19. Party poppers
20. Rubber tyres


A fine list. However, I'd dump 12, 14, 15 and 20, to be replaced by floor polish, ice cream van diesel, carparks behind indian restaurants and my old bendy Once Upon A Time In The West LP.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 12:22 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

TOP 20 SMELLS WHICH MAKE BRITS HAPPY
1. Freshly baked bread
2. Clean sheets
3. Freshly mown grass
4. Fresh flowers
5. Freshly ground coffee
6. Fresh air after rain fall
7. Vanilla
8. Chocolate
9. Fish and chips
10. Bacon frying
11. Roast dinner
12. Babies
13. Lemon zest
14. Lavender
15. Petrol
16. Apple and blackberry crumble in the oven
17. A freshly lit match
18. Roses
19. Party poppers
20. Rubber tyres


A fine list. However, I'd dump 12, 14, 15 and 20, to be replaced by floor polish, ice cream van diesel, carparks behind indian restaurants and my old bendy Once Upon A Time In The West LP.


I'd go with Tall Guy's revised list except 14 and 15 to be replaced by cinnamon and creosote. I'd keep his old Once Upon A Time In The West LP though - it really is a beauty.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I love the smell of old books.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Wet paint is quite evocative... the excitement of moving house, a fresh start, new beginnings, etc.

I'm surprised that "school dinners" didn't make the list. The whiff of anything that remotely resembles the smell of school dinners will make most Brits, me included, glaze over with nostalgia. God knows why.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Wet paint is quite evocative... the excitement of moving house, a fresh start, new beginnings, etc.

I'm surprised that "school dinners" didn't make the list. The whiff of anything that remotely resembles the smell of school dinners will make most Brits, me included, glaze over with nostalgia. God knows why.



Oh! how true Heath, how true!

And, do you remember chocolate sponge with pink custard.......or, was it the other way around ??

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Wet paint is quite evocative... the excitement of moving house, a fresh start, new beginnings, etc.

I'm surprised that "school dinners" didn't make the list. The whiff of anything that remotely resembles the smell of school dinners will make most Brits, me included, glaze over with nostalgia. God knows why.



Oh! how true Heath, how true!

And, do you remember chocolate sponge with pink custard.......or, was it the other way around ??


You were right the first time. Choc sponge (with the irresistible, slightly over-baked crispy top bit) and pink custard. Not exactly healthy food for kids or adults, but I couldn't half do with a bowl of it right now. big grin

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2014 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

1) "In seedy restaurants [in England] blowsy waitresses serve chemically indoctrinated baked beans force-landed on soggy toast - and the unholy customers love it..."

(Cassandra, Daily Mirror, 12/2/55)

2) "... to be born south of the Tay [is] to be effeminate, weak, fickle and wrong."

(ibid, 10/25/63)

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

1) "In seedy restaurants [in England] blowsy waitresses serve chemically indoctrinated baked beans force-landed on soggy toast - and the unholy customers love it..."

(Cassandra, Daily Mirror, 12/2/55)

2) "... to be born south of the Tay [is] to be effeminate, weak, fickle and wrong."

(ibid, 10/25/63)


1) Half a century out of date. Today it would read as 'In seedy pseudo American franchised burger bars mechanically extracted meat by-products are jammed into soggy buns and the unhinged customers love it"

2) Northerners with massive chips on their shoulders. T'was ever thus.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


10. Bacon frying
11. Roast dinner
12. Babies


eek

big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 1:35 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

The freshly lit match one I can understand.

Petrol I don't like, but diesel works for me, as does the smell of a steam locomotive (or in fact any of the infernal, steam-driven inventions, like static steam engines or traction engines! smile ).

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

That list sounds about right. I don't like lavender, but love petrol (& have a crafty sniff when I fill up), & babies smell lovely. I'd add evo stik adhesive & the smell of a curry on the go.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

If you love the smell of petrol (I don't) you should come here. I got it all over my hands and clothes this morning when filling up the car.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

If you love the smell of petrol (I don't) you should come here. I got it all over my hands and clothes this morning when filling up the car.

At least you didn't drove away with the fuel hose still in the car, which someone managed to pull off (literally) here in Belgium couple of days ago. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

TOP 20 SMELLS WHICH MAKE BRITS HAPPY
1. Freshly baked bread
2. Clean sheets
3. Freshly mown grass
4. Fresh flowers
5. Freshly ground coffee
6. Fresh air after rain fall
7. Vanilla
8. Chocolate
9. Fish and chips
10. Bacon frying
11. Roast dinner
12. Babies
13. Lemon zest
14. Lavender
15. Petrol
16. Apple and blackberry crumble in the oven
17. A freshly lit match
18. Roses
19. Party poppers
20. Rubber tyres


A fine list. However, I'd dump 12, 14, 15 and 20, to be replaced by floor polish, ice cream van diesel, carparks behind indian restaurants and my old bendy Once Upon A Time In The West LP.


I'd go with Tall Guy's revised list except 14 and 15 to be replaced by cinnamon and creosote. I'd keep his old Once Upon A Time In The West LP though - it really is a beauty.



Jehannum: Odd you mentioned Creosote, just reading the word brings it front and center in front of my nose. I always thought Robert Duvall should have said 'I love the smell of creosote in the morning; smells like victory'! in Apocalypse Now.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Never stayed for a school dinner in my life. But I do remember the smell of the dining room of my primary school, because we used to watch tv in there. Schools programmes of course, and the Apollo mission of Neal Armstrong landing on the f*****g moon for goodness sake!!!!

That school was there when I came back to my home town one night, while I stayed at my mother's, on the eve of my wedding. I had a great night at the pub, and walked home. As I drifted past the school I decided to jump over the fence (we didn't need real protection in those days), and walked all around the place smelling the walls, feelin' 'em, all sorts of emotional stuff like that. All the memories came flooding back.

So glad I did, because over the course of the next few months visiting mum, to my horror, I saw that wonderful red brick school being torn down. Possibly one of the most depressing times of my life, not to mention traumatising!

This was the place where for a split second I was on BBC 1 television! The last two years of that school we didn't sing the hymns, we played them on recorders. Subsequently our wonderful headmaster Mr Walker, who bore a strong resemblence to Walter Pidgeon (Morbious in Forbidden Planet), got us on tv!! Nationwide around 1972. Incredible experience.

And that smell as I walked around my lovely old school, brought it all back. Probably wiped now, along with all those lovely Doctor Who episodes (among so much other classic British television).

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

1) "In seedy restaurants [in England] blowsy waitresses serve chemically indoctrinated baked beans force-landed on soggy toast - and the unholy customers love it..."

(Cassandra, Daily Mirror, 12/2/55)

2) "... to be born south of the Tay [is] to be effeminate, weak, fickle and wrong."

(ibid, 10/25/63)


1) Half a century out of date. Today it would read as 'In seedy pseudo American franchised burger bars mechanically extracted meat by-products are jammed into soggy buns and the unhinged customers love it"

2) Northerners with massive chips on their shoulders. T'was ever thus.



You know where the Tay is, right? big grin

Typical southerner - no idea about geography north of the Watford Gap!

 
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