Wednesday, 24 January 2007
In other news, Arsenal's young lions (starring Walcott, Denilson, Hoyte & Traore) fought back from 2-0 down against Spurs to draw 2-2 in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final. Julio "The Beeeeeeeast" Baptista bagged both (whilst also netting an own goal...) to set up the second leg at the Emirates for a do-or-die showdown next Wednesday 31st.
For which, luckily enough, I now have tickets...
Tuesday, 23 January 2007
The two finalists (Rowan & Antonia) were judged in four distinct categories:
- Moisticity (how crumbly or otherwise was the cake?)
- Booziness (was the alcohol content detectable?)
- Marzipanity (what was the complexity of the almond layer?)
- Cheddarism (how well did the item work with cheese?)
And so the inaugural Christmas Cake-Off has ended in an honourable DRAW, with 'highly-commended' rosettes winging their way to Acomb and Stockwell respectively. Many thanks to both participants for their efforts and they can rest reassured that all Tupperware will be returned very soon. The judges will now be on a diet until around September, when they might start thinking about Cake-Off II: The Revenge...
Monday, 22 January 2007
Saturday, 20 January 2007
- I used to be on an elite panel of chocolate tasters for Rowntrees (now Nestlé) in York.
- From 1974-1976, my family lived in a house on stilts in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
- I am allergic to nickel (and therefore also anti-single EU currency).
- Aged 11, I unknowingly played in goal for the first half of a football match with a broken arm.
- I once had a girlfriend who dumped me for Hunter from 'Gladiators'.
originator of the meme)
Friday, 19 January 2007
Anyway, it's good to test one's on-the-spot London Transport knowledge in these situations so in case you were wondering:
- Walk to Borough High Street
- Jubilee Line* to Southwark
- Walk to Waterloo East
- Train to Ladywell
- P4 bus to Honor Oak Park
* I wonder if the people I was on the Tube with ever got home to Brighton?
Thursday, 18 January 2007
The Final Of The Official 2006 Christmas Cake-Off
Results to be announced at a special presentation dinner to be held at Claridges, with special guests Barry Chuckle, Shergar and
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
With the current exchange rate (£1=$1.96) they work out around a tenner each and shipping is a flat rate $9.95 to the UK. So it's actually cheaper than buying a one-day travelcard and going to Urban Outfitters on Oxford Street. How mad is that?!
P.S. If anyone fancies placing an order, let me know by leaving a COMMENT and we can split the shipping costs...
Tuesday, 16 January 2007
This looks amazing - it's only a development version at the moment but this will download and install Ubuntu Linux on your Windows system without the need for burning and ISO to CD or re-partitioning or changing the default boot drive, etc, etc. It looks like it installs it in the Windows partition and then adds a line to the Windows bootloader, thus giving you the choice at startup. Outstanding issues are discussed in this forum but I fully intend to give it a try later this week (they are currently uploading a new version to their servers) on my little Toshiba Portége* 340T (which has no floppy or CD drive).
UPDATE: I have started to download the Ubuntu installer torrent - 23.6% and counting (only ~7 hours to go)
UPDATE2: Installer successfully downloaded (and still 'seeding' like a good little torrenter). Now, bet you can't guess what I shall be doing this evening...
- Her real surname is (deep breath) Vukadinović.
- She is related to Benny Hill (cousin, twice removed).
- Her 2002 hit 'Kiss, Kiss' was the fourteenth cover version of a song called 'Simarik' (meaning "spoilt") by the Turkish artist, Tarkan.
- She was recently in the TV show, 'Prison Break'.
- Her mother is Rachel Stevens. No, not that one. (Enduring mental image, though...)
What? You want five things you didn't know about me? Bah...
"Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Peter Jackson, Neil Finn, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jonah Lomu - we have beaten them all! Helen Clark, can you hear me? Your boys took one hell of a beating..."
(courtesy of the over-enthusiastic BBC online OBO commentator and with apologies to Bjorge Lillelien)
Monday, 15 January 2007
Apparently, I have to post "five things that you probably don't know about me". Given that the readership of this blog is (a) rather small but (b) almost certainly includes both my parents and Social Services, I shall be giving this some further thought before passing the 'tag' on :)
Pop back soon...
Sunday, 14 January 2007
"Arsenal made light of the 12th-minute dismissal of Gilberto to deservedly beat Blackburn, thanks to goals from Kolo Toure and Thierry Henry. Gilberto was shown a straight red card for flicking a leg out at Robbie Savage after the pair had tangled."
You can't blame Gilberto for lashing out - when you see the idiotically-grinning figure of the lank-haired stinky Welsh pikey that is R. Savage Esq. hurling himself towards you, you've got to be fearing for your wallet. Still, an excellent headed finish from Kolo and then (yet another) contender for Goal Of The Month from Monsieur Thierry saw justice done at Ewood Park. Watch out Liverpool, we're right behind you...
Thursday, 11 January 2007
But Apple has never really tried to appeal to the bleeding-edge-tech-spec crowd, focusing instead on the user experience and minimalist design qualities. It doesn't launch in the US until June (Q4 over here) and you wouldn't back against them having had at least some of those gripes in hand but held back until after the launch to see exactly what dust got kicked up in the scramble to take a look at it. Also, given Apple's history with screens, it will be interesting to see how they have addressed that issue with something that solely uses it for UI; and that re-imagining of the mobile phone interface could be the absolute kicker. Less is indeed more.
If nothing else, Apple is master of the big announcement - our office talked about nothing else for about two hours yesterday morning, with the COO at one point asking if they might even replace the ubiquitous Blackberry. Apple stock went up 8% (with RIM and Palm down 12%) on the back of the announcement - and they haven't shipped a single unit yet. There is already a countdown site where you can make one out of paper (and also here).
And even if Doug thinks it will be, and I quote, "DRM-infested arse", if they get the price point right (look how much iPods have come down in the last year) and offer decent discounts for those prepared to take on longer mobile contracts, for many people this is going to be a very desirable device. If they can get the legal wrangling over the name sorted out :)
So here it is:
You know you want one...
Tuesday, 9 January 2007
Monday, 8 January 2007
They utilise a fairly strong spring for a firm feel but the scalloped arms also have gently pointed ends for moving more delicate food items. The hooked part at the top also operates the clever twist mechanism which locks them in the closed position. They truly rock. And I am very sad :)
Friday, 5 January 2007
Thursday, 4 January 2007
*I'm not really suggesting you line the pockets of Channel 4 / Endemol, obviously. This means you, de Cozar!
** Have you noticed I've been using footnotes a lot recently? Weird. Must keep an eye on that...
Tuesday, 2 January 2007
Think on :)
* yes, that's the correct spelling - something to do with Queen Elizabeth I
Monday, 1 January 2007
* Yes, Rowan, you can have my Arsenal hat...