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Healthy eating

insecure people

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Peter Grant’s interview with Japanese doctor, an expert on healthy eating:

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?…

Caboose gourmet burgers

This is being deliberately scheduled between two, sadly, negative posts about idiocy and all bad things.  This one is about good things and public response to that  [until the Common Purpose council shuts it down of course].

Caboose burger

Rossa pointed to it from the Mail and suggested a franchise would be good:

The trio, who opened up just 18 months ago, originally got together at a pub in late 2012 to brainstorm their new business idea after becoming disillusioned with their current careers.

Favourite teams

Thought I’d add a section to my profile on the site – favourite teams. These are the ones which sprang to mind, there may be others – remember they must be current teams, so the Tea Party might have to drop off the list soon:

Geelong Football Club
Brazilian Women’s Volleyball Team
AFC Wimbledon
British Army
Donetsk and Lugansk Forces
Tea Party
Liverpool Football Club
England Rugby Team
England cycling
Australian Rugby Team
Australian Cricket Team
Ak Bars Hockey Team

As you can see, it’s a mishmash. Sigh, can’t help the state of my brain.…

Oz “cuisine”

Australia [or its capital Melbourne and surrounding territory – I understand there’s some place called Sydney up north somewhere] mostly took on British “cuisine” and varied it, then took on Chinese, European and other SE Asian cuisine as those people came to stay.

The result is Tripadvisor listing over 7000 restaurants/cafes in Melbourne alone and that’s only those who bother advising they exist – it cuts out most of the little gems on street corners or in sidestreets.

The tearooms:


The “old” writing

Some things anger us, some things distress us.  One thing which distresses me is not so much this person [H/T haiku]:

end of cursive

… who argues that all handwriting should be dropped – but rather those for handwriting who should know better and who call things cursive which are not and things copperplate which are not.  On top of that is genuine dispute anyway on those terms.…


Lucus and Oscar 001

  • Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner “How can you tell one switch from another at night? They all look the same. ” – “He replied, “It does not matter which one you use, nothing happens !”
  • The Lucas motto: “Get home before dark.”
  • Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
  • Lucas – Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
  • Lucas – Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
  • The three position Lucas switch – Dim, Flicker and Off.
  • The Original Anti-Theft Device – Lucas Electrics.
  • Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices
  • If Lucas made guns, wars would not start.
  • Back in the 70’s, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.

In fairness, they had a LOT of competition from Magneti Marelli.…

Das Boot

First, feast for sore eyes at The Tavern plus a plea for help from you techies out there:

I took over 280 snaps and a lot of video too. I have no idea how to ‘manage’ my own videos on the blog though.

Also, Cherie’s been doing some great work with HMS Warrior – another feast for the ideas. Think there is a hint in here somehow for me to get out and complete a certain craft.

And now to more immediate business. Sometimes, the curmudgeonly kindness of close colleagues brings a tear to the eye. Chuckles:

There you go James, the things we do for you. Stop this wimpish stuffing around with plywood and canvas, and get with the programme.