Social Networking Site Spam

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

They nearly caught me, until I realised I'd have to give them my e-mail address... I'm talking about a new social networking site that shall remain nameless because they don't deserve promotion. They contacted me through Flickr, asking for permission to use one of my pictures: People have used my images before. ...

Ice-cream bean

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I've got to get me one of these: Ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) A large nitrogen fixing tree which produces bean pods up to 1 metre long which contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. Comes from Central and Southern America. I wonder ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...

Easter Show 2007

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Went off to the Easter Show yesterday with Brian, Chris, Belinda and Fiona. I missed out last year, as I was in London at the time. Nothing much has changed at the Show, but it's one of those places you just have to visit, even if it's only once a ...

Robbed again

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

What did I do this Saturday? Well, I had to cancel my UK credit card again. I used my netbank this afternoon, the only way to view transactions, and I noticed a transaction for over 100 pounds that I hadn't made. Though my credit card was in my wallet, it ...

Tracky Dacks in Harrods

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

The Globe was closed for a dress rehearsal today so I didn't get my Shakespeare. I made up for the disappointment by going to the Tate Modern and seeing the stuff I hadn't see last time and taking one of the free tours, this one around the Surrealists. Love gallery ...

Goat curry

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

There's an all you can eat buffet selling Indian and Chinese food on the way to the station. One of the dishes it sells is goat curry. I've never eaten goat before and I have to admit that I shudder at the thought...

Paddlepops

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

At work there are three Australians, me, Nat and Michelle, sitting fairly close to each other and naturally, we talk about Australian things. The current discussion is Paddlepops. Nobody else knows what we're talking about as you can't get them over here. (In case you don't know, Paddlepops are Australian ...

British Taste Tests #1 and #2

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Britain has a terrible reputation for food and drink, much of it deserved. Food was far from the highlight of my visit in 1996. Nearly everything I ate was around the level of the worst Australian pub bistro food imaginable. Fatty, tough roast meats, with soggy, overcooked vegetables that had ...

Shopping in East Ham

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Walked to Upton Park Tube station and shopped for food. Bought fresh vegetables to make soup, yoghurt, stock cubes, eggs, tins of beans and Italian tomatoes. East Ham is an exotic place to shop, thanks to all the Africans, Bangladeshis and Muslims who live here. The fish shops stock tilapia. ...

Barrenjoey

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Had a really good hike and geocache around Barrenjoey today, with Chris and Belinda. It was a perfect day for it. Not a cloud in the sky and utterly calm. First we hiked up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and we were lucky enough to book into the next guided tour (we only ...

Xmas lunch

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Work's xmas lunch today at the Terrace. Great food. Everyone kept checking out the wind up torch I bought for my boss.