Christmas Traditions Old and New

December 27, 2008

Christmas flew by in a blur didnt it? All that preparation and then in a flurry of visiting, eating, drinking and gifting, its all over.

Something I noticed this year was a distinct lack of Turkey. We ourselves had Beef and I’ve heard so many people talking about going back to traditional Geese and even 3 Bird Roasts 🙂

We’ve got a little tradition of our own starting up. Over the last few years myself and Paul are getting progressively later when it comes to opening our gifts to each another. The last few years its been late on Christmas day, this year it was late on Boxing day. When it comes to the things I’ve bought Paul and he has bought me, we like to do it in private. Settle down at the back, it’s not like that, no rude pressies! We like to buy each other a few stocking fillers to open, silly bits of stuff that we might not otherwise stock up on. A lot of it is foodie bits that I like and he doesn’t and vice versa. I scored some Olives, Corn Chips, a Nasi Goreng meal kit and a Chilli n Garlic Mill to name just a few. He got some tinned Braised Eel (will he try it?), Toffee Popcorn, Turkish delight (2 kinds) and Chinese Egg Cake (really!) among his gifts.

Of course, we had opened our gifts from other people at the same time they opened theirs. This year it was especially nice that Nephew Jacob, being only weeks away from his 10th birthday, took time to look at and enjoy his gifts. Nephew Joe, being only weeks away from his 5th birthday, continued his tradition of tearing the wrapping off and only glancing briefly before reaching for the next thing to unwrap!

After Christmas lunch, several members of the family took time out to practice another traditional Christmas activity 🙂

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Christmas 2008

Sleeping those sprouts off!!

Tea break.

November 14, 2008

We are off to Malaysia for a couple of weeks, help yourselves to tea whilst we’re gone 🙂

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PS. Sorry there are no biscuits!

Holiday Randoms…..

November 1, 2008

OMG I thought tetra packs of Don Simon for €1 were the bottom of the barrel, in fact this supermarket own brand has it beat by a third. €0.60 for a litre of rose wine. I didnt taste it but I’m sure its more than fit for tramps. It will probably make them sleep too 🙂


Do you think Anthony Worrall Thompson has any idea that he is endorsing this range of kitchenware?

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Another OMG, can you imagine? Lewis Hamilton staying in our hotel???

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Ok, whatever you say, I’m sticking to my story!

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Oh yeah, and him above, taking time off from his internet life as cheezus69 to appear in person as Martin.

Ok, several of these are not quite strictly true, but I thought ’em funny. So there!


September 27, 2008

Is your man, an Assmann?

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Because he’s worth it!

Beni all-inc awaits

September 15, 2008

It’s been a while I know, but finally it’s time for our next holiday. No really, it has been a while, we last went away in April. Unless, you count our 3 days in Prague, which in my opinion you shouldn’t.

So we are off for a week in Benidorm, a bit of luxury this time, we splashed out on 4 star 🙂

Oh, and we treated ourselves with entry to the executive lounge at East Midlands, how much stuff can we rob in 2 hours??

See you next week 🙂

We did get back from Prague!

August 15, 2008

A record of our holiday (in reverse order) as Twittered by me, strangely lacking in comments about Prague itself!

I’m sure I’ll put some photos up soon, I’ve been a bit busy messing around with Linux over the last few days, a bit scary being a newbie again but also having fun with it 🙂

Home 🙂 06:44 PM August 13, 2008 from mobile web

Feeling sad, sat in hotel lobby waiting for car to airport 😦 10:40 AM August 13, 2008 from mobile web

Enjoying free wifi in the hotel 🙂 10:14 AM August 11, 2008 from mobile web

Just started boarding, better switch phone off, will I be able to twitter from Prague? 03:23 PM August 10, 2008 from txt

is now in the airport having a beer, thats how all holidays should start 🙂 02:21 PM August 10, 2008 from txt

is setting off for the Airport 11:47 AM August 10, 2008 from txt

Na shledanou

August 10, 2008

We’re off to Prague for a few days. We did the online check in last night and we are all set to go 🙂

See you soon, be good!


July 13, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day13

Papad 008

What do YOU call these?

According to Wikipedia you might say papad, pappad, pappard, pappadom, pappadum, popadam, poppadam, poppadom, appadum, appalum, appala, appoll or even papari.

I guess I would say poppadom, except privately me and Paul say papad, a shared reference to spending time in India. I’ve tried all sorts of papad in India, plain ones and ones with bits of chilli or garlic or pepper in them. They are also wonderful served as a rolled snack, filled with prawn or meat curry.

The pack on the left came from India, I always like to bring some back with me, are Ganesh garlic papad, they cost 23 Rupees which is about 30 pence. The Ruby brand plain poppadums are from Morrisons were about a Pound I think.

They say to fry them but you can also bake them, I even used to put them in the pop up toaster which worked well. Nowadays, my usual method is to microwave them. You have to turn them half way through, or they dont cook in the middle otherwise.

Its amazing how they allow you to see the microwaves working, as they rotate past the microwave emmiter, they puff up in an odd pattern. I wonder if I could get a video of it to show you?

Anyway it gives a great texture, all dry and crunchy and not like the oily ones you get from the takeaway. You can taste the papad, not whatever else was cooked in the oil 😦

We enjoyed them with some fresh onion salad prepared by Paul, followed by the leftover curry from the day before. Wasting food is in the news at the moment, its just not something I’ve ever done and of course, curry always tastes better the next day!

Movies and motives, hidden or not.

April 28, 2008

On last weeks flight to Cyprus we were treated to the movie Enchanted. I didn’t watch it all, I only managed a few minutes and switched off around the bit where the animals are helping clean the apartment. I couldn’t stand to watch any more, even though I have always had an eye for Patrick Dempsey, going way back to seeing him on VHS in Catholic Boys aka Heaven Help Us. This may also have been the first movie I saw Andrew McCarthy in, unless I saw St. Elmos Fire first, whatever, I had the biggest crush on them both!

Come to mention Andrew McCarthy (I did didn’t I) I’m still surprised that The Sight wasn’t picked up for a full series.

Eeerrrmmm, so, where was I?

Oh yes, on the return flight we had the pleasure of watching August Rush which I have to say was very nice little movie.

It took a few minutes to figure out a few things, “is that him grown up?”, “no its still him now”, “is that his Mum?”, “no, at least I dont think so, hang on, maybe it is.”, “Who did he used to be?”, “Oh, urm, give me a minute, oh its the boy from Willy Wonka.” After that it’s all magical moments whenever the boy is playing an instrument, the guitar stuff is particularly good.

So, blah blah blah, it’s a nice movie and amongst the cast it features Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Can I just say his name again?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Can I also say thanks for reading the whole of this post? It almost makes it legit that I was really just looking far a reason to post this.

(Warning : Gratuitous boy tit ahead, look away now!)

Yeah I know this is taken from the The Tudors which I haven’t watched yet, but he doesn’t get his tits out during August Rush 🙂

Thanks again 🙂

A present from Cyprus

April 24, 2008

I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little stiff. My ankle felt like I’d slept on it funny and was quite difficult to get out of bed. I walked it off around the pool, thinking it would be ok once I got it moving again. By the time we were at the Airport it was feeling a little stiffer and again I shrugged it off, no way I’m going to be refused travel by asking to see a Doctor!

Landing in Manchester, I was in agony, the damn thing had seized up completely and it was a real struggle getting home, I just tried to sleep as much as possible in the taxi. I took some painkillers once we got home and then went straight to bed.

Paul badgered me about seeing someone this morning, the swelling was getting worse and I then remembered the bite on my ankle. He was sure this had something to do with the swelling, I had to agree at this stage, (I’m not good about being poorly) so eventually he won me over and we went to the Hospital walk in centre.

Turns out it’s quite common, the Nurse I saw had worked in Cyprus, and she was quick to diagnose a Spider bite. A prescription for antibiotics and antihistamines was quickly filled and I was in and out in 20 minutes. I was actually pretty impressed by the NHS service.

Here is a lovely illustration of the swelling 🙂 I can’t put any weight on it at all now and am reduced to hopping around the house in a very undignified manner.


As I write, I think its actually swollen by half again over the last few hours. If it starts going funny colours or anything I’ll be sure to get more photos!

Of course, this all means that I’ll be taking a few days off work, my first sick time since September 2002.

Daytime telly is already driving me to despair, thankfully I have a few items in the Sky+ planner to catch up on. Oh, and the Internet, thank god for the Internet, anyone for Scrabulous??