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Turn your brunch into Cinders

In case you’re cooking up brunch, Chuckles rushes you this one:


Yes folks – turn your meals into cinders too.  As they say:

I’m predicting right now that, for the next decade, all of the new advances in home cooking are going to be geared toward precision. There was a time not too long ago when home cooks and restaurant chefs alike were perfectly content to play all loosey-goosey when it came to temperature control and heat output.

Handpan mushrooms

There’ve been issues this morning with Broadband, I believe but it may have been brought on by Skype. Once I could eventually exit from Skype, the rest fell into place but it’s taken some time and there are no posts yet.

Give me time.

Meanwhile, while the Beeb would once run the test pattern in these situations, we run the Rossa pic and today’s is the handpan mushrooms.

Someone my Uncle knows has created this ‘fantasy’ photo of handpans as mushrooms! The handpans are made in France. 

handpan mushrooms


1. What is the policeman’s name in Noddy stories?
2. What do the letters D.O.M. on liqueur bottles refer to? Literally?
3. What is the third major Balearic Island with Majorca and Minorca?
4. If a numismatist studies or collects coins, what else might he collect under that term?
5. The Shatt-el-Arab is the confluence of which two other rivers?
6. What’s the Sheffield Shield?
7. At which town did Billy Butlin open his first holiday camp? …

You bloodmooning early morn?

or just howling a bit?

When the moon is at “perigee”, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.
The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth’s shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated until 2033.

Mini-quiz from Chuckles

You’re obviously allowed to use Google or other means.

In 1923, who was the:

1. President of the largest steel company?

2. President of the largest gas company?

3. President of the New York stock Exchange?

4. Greatest wheat speculator?

5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?

6. The Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world’s most successful of their days.. Now, 80 years later, the history asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them..?

Impermanence and permanence. Y-e-e-e-s-s-s-s.

Answers a bit later.…

General quiz for Monday

1. Vodka, Galliano and orange juice are used to make which classic cocktail?

2. Which classic was written by Anna Sewell?

3. Which Briton won an ice-skating Gold at the Lake Placid Olympics?

4. What is the national game of the Basques? Describe it.

5. If cats are feline, what are sheep?…

Wimmin in Waterproofs #001

Brightside Bob asked if we could not have a series on Wimmin in Waterproofs.

There were two dangers and one annoyance. If you put in girls in waterproofs, it suddenly gives you pre-pubescent and you have to get out of there as fast as poss, also the concept of waterproofs and wellies for wimmin converges on angles we cannot run on a family blog and lastly – there are just not enough good shots.

However, we’ve cobbled together some:


Didn’t we have a luvverly day, the day we went to Telford …

midland game fair

Went to Midland Game Fair today and scooped up a nice knife for paring and fish gutting, plus cutting ropes on the boat – I mean really nice, black, rubber grip – plus a sharpener plus a pair of 12×50 binocs.

The 7×50 were the ones I wanted but the 12s had the anti-glare plus the condensation clearer and rubber surrounds. Nice carry bag too. Means I’ll have to make a monopod for them to attach to the inside of the gunwhale but that’s easy enough.…

The extra pound

On August 8th, George created a new account with £50, no interest question involved, fees, no hidden charges or additions. He then began regular withdrawals:

Aug 15: Took £20, which left him with £30
Aug 22: Took £15, which left him with £15
Aug 29: Took £9, which left him with £6
Sep 06: Took £6, which left him with £0


He took a total of £50 which was £51 less than he’d put in.