Zattoo, trust me, it IS worth reading this :-)

June 15, 2008

Zattoo, frankly its amazing, live TV, real time streaming, its uber! I really can’t say enough about this, go to, download and sign up and youre watching telly. Oh, I’m running XP but had to use the Vista version, it works for me πŸ™‚

Yes Stella, its allowed in Switzerland, the channels include;

* BBC One
* BBC Two
* Five
* BBC Three
* BBC Four
* BBC News
* BBC Parliament
* S4C
* Bloomberg UK
* CBBC Channel
* CBeebies
* Channel 4
* Community Channel
* Deutsche Welle
* EuroNews
* France 24
* France 24
* Information TV
* Russia Today
* SF info
* ABC News Now
* Al Jazeera Arabic
* AutoMoto TV

Last nights dinner, Squid edition.

June 15, 2008

Calamari coated and fried in my exclusive secret coating mix, served with potato and a fantastic beetroot salad.
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Here is the Calamari sitting in my exclusive secret coating mix, waiting to be fried.
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New adventures in cookery

June 10, 2008

I stuck these photos up on Flickr last week expecting to regale you all with compelling and well-written tales of my latest culinary adventures. Sadly, it didnt quite happen due to a few minor crisis and a very busy weekend. Not being one to be put off entirely when thing don’t go to plan, I present them here in short form, after all I wouldnt want to deprive you of the chance to share in my gastronomic journies πŸ™‚

Mussels, King Prawn, Squid and Scallops in a Tomato sauce with Reginette Pasta.
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Last Fridays dinner and a fairly quick but very impressive meal, a packet of frozen mixed seafood (defrosted), cooked quickly in my home-made tomato sauce (the most time consuming part) then tossed together with (slightly over-cooked) Reginette Pasta.

Cheesburgers with Avocado and Tomato.
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Last Thursday we enjoyed Cheesburgers with Avocado and Tomato, pretty standard fare, completely transformed by Avocado instead of the usual fried onion. So fresh and light, in short, bloody fantastic !

Fish and Peas.
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Last Wednesday it was good old Fish and Peas. Homemade mushy peas, Alaskan Pollack encrusted using my own secret fish coating recipe method.

Bon appΓ©tit πŸ™‚

New car :-)

June 10, 2008

I was so excited when the new car arrived today, I couldnt resist a little picture to preserve the mileage reading when the car was delivered. 14 Miles!

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You can be sure there will be more pics to come πŸ™‚

How Do I Know That Song?

June 10, 2008

First of all you probably need to see here for background info. In a nutshell the lovely Ms.Mac was telling us how the kids think they invented music and their fave hits cant possibly be cover versions of song we knew and loved back in the day. I whole-heartedley agreed that, yes the kids are alright, but they dont know music like we did πŸ˜‰

Imagine my embarrasment listening to radio recently and hearing Mona, which I thought was a lively ditty by Craig McLachlan of Check 1-2 AKA Henry Ramsay off Neighbours.

In fact it was first released in 1957, and I quote…

Hey Bo Diddley is Bo Diddley’s 7th single. The B-side “Mona” was covered by The Rolling Stones.

I was left in a right state I can tell you, Craig doesnt even get a mention on the original song page, just something about some “Rolling Stones.”

I’m not even going to begin to explain how I felt a few days later on hearing the first few seconds of the Stevie Wonder tune, Pastime Paradise He has like totally ripped off Coolio!


June 6, 2008

sniggersome product name…..


Tell me you’re not sniggering!

You can earn bonus points by telling me what spazio “might” mean to you, if translated back to English from the language of your choice πŸ™‚

An open letter to the NSPCC.

June 4, 2008


Thanks for your letter dated May 2008, you really didn’t need to write to thank me for my donation. Oh, I see, you didn’t write for that reason alone, but rather to ask for more money. You’ll remember that I began making my monthly donation in response to one of your Television appeal broadcasts. If I recall correctly you said, “We need you to donate this small amount and to keep on donating this small amount each month.”

Now, it seems, this small amount isn’t enough and you’ve quite regularly been sending these letters asking for more money. I do appreciate that ending cruelty to children is going to take a lot of time, effort and money. I also appreciate you keeping me informed of “Chloe’s” story via the enclosed booklet.

You may find this mean-spirited of me, but I don’t care and I’m going to ask anyway. How much did it cost you to send me this letter?

I mean really, how much? Lets see, postage of initial envelope, 2 sheets of A4, a freepost return envelope and a booklet of 4 pages on 5″x7″ card. I’m guessing that with bulk discounts for printing, design and postage it probably still comes in around 40 pence.

Now I’m wondering how much of my monthly donation is spent on sending out letters. Letters asking for more money from people that are probably already giving what they feel they can afford. How much of my monthly donation is left over to be used to help stop child cruelty?

I have to tell you, receiving these letters on a regular basis usually make me question the value of making my donation in the first place. I’m sure you’ll be horrified to learn that the letters actually make me think about completely cancelling my donation. Oh course I don’t, something inside always says, “think of the children!”

So look guys, you have my email address, why not use that instead? You can send me and all the emails you like. It’s basically free, and you could still send me nice booklets and stories in PDF format or similar and we all win!

How about it?


PS, Don’t get me wrong, I still believe you do a great job and are a very worth cause, that’s why I’m putting this link here so that anyone reading this has an easy way to check out your donation options πŸ™‚

Towel trouble.

June 3, 2008

I looked over over our fence into the neighbours garden the other day. Can you imagine my horror when I spotted this display?

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I mean really, I know the new neighbours are straight, but please!

I could forgive them any of these colours if they had actually made a choice and they were all the same chosen colour. In fact, I’d probably applaud their bold choice of, for example, orange or yellow.

As it is, this collection of mis-matched garish-ness would be more at home on a set of prayer flags strung out across the high peaks of the Himalayas.

I do hope that you, dear reader, dont have any similar crimes against interior design lurking in your airing cupboards!