Month: March 2007

7 things I did not know last week

April Fool pranks throughout the world are celebrated on 28 December in Spanish speaking countries, on 3 April in Iran, and on 1 May (in addition to 1 April) in Denmark. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie was a child star

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obstreperous

Noisily and stubbornly defiant. Aggressively boisterous.

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whippet

Any of a breed of swift, short-haired dog developed in England for racing, resembling the greyhound but smaller.

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How to calculate your carbon footprint

A friend of mine who works for WWF yesterday sent me a link to the WWF Footprint Calculator. Turns out I am not so kind to Old Mother Nature after all. Here’s the reply I sent my friend: Thanks for

Posted in environment, rants

apotropaic

Intended to ward off evil.

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Social software can be a bit hit and miss

Sometimes social software blows me away. Like the other day when I was clicking through people Ziki thought had affinities with me, and I landed on a colleague’s page. And yes, I happen to work with people I like and

Posted in technology

The kitchen is closed: weeks 4 and 5

I have given up eating between 11pm and 7am for Lent. I forgot to update last week, or better there was nothing to update. Week four went without a glitch. Not so week five, I’m afraid. It was all going

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behove

To need or require.

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Sunday lunch: Thai chicken soup with udon noodles

I know, it’s not Sunday. But believe me, once you try this, every day is going to be Thai chicken soup day for you too. I think Dr B. first picked up this soup a few weeks ago. It;’s hot

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stent

A device used to support a bodily orifice or cavity to provide support.

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blowhard

A boaster or braggart.

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tor

A tor is a type of rock outcrop formed by weathering, usually found on or near the summit of a hill. In the South West of England, where the term originated, it is also a word used for the hills

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7 things I did not know last week

Last.fm has an Events tab (like a gig-only upcoming, which makes sense) and a Journal tab which is perfect to blog about gigs, like my friend J-Sin here. Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz) was in Doctor

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garnet

Any of several common, widespread aluminum or calcium silicate minerals used both as gemstones and as abrasives. A dark to very dark red.

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din

A jumble of loud, usually discordant sounds. To stun with deafening noise.

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bonobo

An anthropoid ape of north-central Congo, having black hair and more arboreal habits than the common chimpanzee. Also called pygmy chimpanzee.

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sod

A section of grass-covered surface soil held together by matted roots; turf. The ground, especially when covered with grass.

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Go out, breathe in

Scotland implemented smoke free legislation in March 2006. This will be followed by Wales and Northern Ireland next month (2 and 30 April 2007 respectively) and finally it will be banned to smoke in all enclosed public places in England

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heifer

A young cow, especially one that has not yet given birth to a calf.

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Sunday lunch: Spinach and mushrooms salad with goat cheese and pine nuts

A variation on the basic goat cheese and walnut salad we often have. Adapted from a BBC h2g2 salad recipe Ingredients Washed baby spinach leaves Goat cheese Lemon juice Pine nuts Sliced mushrooms Garlic Olive oil Salt and pepper Preparation

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pwn

In gaming, to trounce an opponent totally and completely.

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7 things I did not know last week

Saint Patrick is the patron of Nigeria, engineers and excluded people, as well as Ireland. Michel Thomas, language teacher to many stars (he speed-taught Grace Kelly French when she was due to marry Prince Rainier), died in January 2005. You

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avocation

An activity taken up in addition to one’s regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.

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Buy Shaggy Blog Stories for Comic Relief

Red Nose Day is the main way the charity Comic Relief raises money for countries in Africa and disadvantaged people in the UK. There is special TV programming (the main sponsor is the BBC) and fundraisers. So today I am

Posted in books

conveyance

A written instrument, such as a deed or lease, that transfers some ownership interest in real property from one person to another.

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Google stereotypes

I have had a bit of fun asking Google, our modern oracle, to spit out the general consensus on four nationalities I know well. Here is what I found in the first page of results: “Icelanders are known for“: their

Posted in britishness, technology

tusk

An elongated pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, extending outside of the mouth in certain animals such as the walrus, elephant, or wild boar.

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The kitchen is closed: week 3

I have given up eating between 11pm and 7am for Lent. Week three of my abstinence from food at night is now complete. Pretty uneventful if you ask me, even boring. So this is how normal people live. Yawn. The

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Happy Pi day

Pi Pie, originally uploaded by tchemgrrl. Today, 14 March or 3.14, is Pi Day. It also happens to be Albert Einstein‘s birthday. Mmmh, Pi… Trivia: In her song π (from the album Ariel), Kate Bush sings the digits of Pi

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20 tips for a better gym workout

As usual, when I speak of sports and nutrition, I feel I should point out that these things work for me but possibly not for you. And obviously, do not start any sort of intense physical activity without the OK

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