Month: January 2007

playlet

A short play.

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Losing my Wizard of Oz virginity

I know, I know… Not worthy to be called a homosexual. I have tried to watch the Wizard of Oz a few times and always fell asleep. Mind you, it might have been because it’s usually on at Christmas when

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Eat Brit: conclusions

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. A few things I learnt by avoiding

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inroad

A hostile invasion; a raid. An advance, especially at another’s expense; an encroachment. Often used in the plural.

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What I saw three years ago

I was tidying up stuff on the server yesterday and I found this series of photos I had taken between December 2003 and January 2004. They used to be part of a gallery I scrapped when I redesigned this website

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Eat Brit: day 7

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. I had little time for Sunday lunch,

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multifarious

Having great variety; diverse. Versatile.

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Sunday lunch: Thai beef salad

I made this last night for Dr B. while I was having hearty British food (leeks, potatoes, sliced green beans and beef). I have adapted the quantities and part of the preparation from the Thai beef salad recipe at iVillage.co.uk,

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Eat Brit: day 6

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. On Saturdays I usually have a healthy

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gorgon

A woman regarded as ugly or terrifying.

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7 things I did not know last week

The average life sentence under Labour is 11 years (The Independent, 27 January 2007) Captchas (distorted scattered characters on patterned background that users have to type to prove they are not a machine) have become more complex. This week I

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Eat Brit: day 5

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. Hurray for pears, and for my local

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gnar

To snarl; growl.

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Eat Brit: day 4

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. If my previous update mentioned that I

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snafu

(Slang) A chaotic or confused situation.

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Eat Brit: day 3

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. I won’t mention breakfast or mid-morning and

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joey

(Australian) A young animal, especially a baby kangaroo.

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Eat Brit: day 2

I am trying to see how hard it is to eat only food that was produced in the UK for a week. You may Read all my Eat Brit posts on one page. Yesterday sourcing breakfast was easier (I just

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britches

Breeches. ‘Too big for (one’s) britches’ (idiom): Overconfident; cocky.

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Eat Brit: day 1

Yesterday I started an experiment: I want to see how hard it is to nourish myself entirely with British produce for a week. These days you can carbon-offset everything you do by paying somebody to plant a tree for you

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beleaguer

To harass; beset. To surround with troops; besiege.

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Something I am bursting to tell you

Lately, I have been waking up between two and five times a night to go have a wee. My paranoid nature, fuelled by decades of ominous forecasting by my diabetes-obsessed family (my dad had it, and it made most of

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lam

To give a thorough beating to; thrash. To strike; wallop.

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The tables have not turned

One of the aspects that we were most excited about when we moved into our new flat last May was that at last there was room for a dining table. I was very keen to buy one straight away and

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mottled

Spotted or blotched with different shades or colors.

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7 things I did not know last week

Firefox lets you select an unlinked URL, drag it in the address bar and it will open it for you. Similarly, you can drag and drop an image from Firefox into Photoshop, or into a Windows folder. Also tried these

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moot

Subject to debate; arguable. Of no practical importance; irrelevant.

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Not berry delicious

A few days ago I was searching my laptop for a recipe that I had remembered saving while watching Taste (the designer food programme repeated on Sky Three around 5am). While doing that, I came across a recipe I had

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sesquicentennial

(adj.) Of or relating to a period of 150 years. (n.) A 150th anniversary or its celebration.

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Media circus lands in Parliament

Some series of Big Brother (Celebrity and ‘normal’ – whatever that means) I watch, some I ignore. I lost all interest in the current Celebrity Big Brother one when Leo Sayer kept bouncing about declaring he’s such a happy, positive

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