Monthly Archives: May 2020

Drinking gin in aid of local business

Yesterday morning I was listening to Ann and Susan read the FATN Talking News and one item caught my ear. It was about a local gin maker called Bramley Lloyd and his Heathland Gin. In fact, it is so local … Continue reading

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Messy-lingual Gaz

I was lying on Freya’s sun lounger this evening, reading the latest Sharpe book (number nine) and counting my blessings. ‘Blessings’ isn’t a word I generally use because the religious connotations of the word tend to make me shy away, … Continue reading

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It’s been five years

My researches today revealed something I’ve not come across before. A family of two sons and a father, all of whom served during the war. One son in the Bedfordshire Regiment, the other a decorated a flying ace in the … Continue reading

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A collective noun during Coronavirus: a parkful of families

Mirinda was very busy today, mostly online. Being a Thursday she had the usual Dr Rox Show but then, unusually, she was part of a presentation given for the NHS regarding how to handle a crisis. The latter was interesting … Continue reading

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Two new puppies

Since lockdown started, the girls have not had a haircut. I realise they are not alone in this. One of the things most people seem to be missing is going to the hairdresser. There must be quite a lot of … Continue reading

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The universal Andrex scale

I need to make an apology. A while ago I wrote a blog post claiming that a chap who bought 1,000 rolls of toilet paper during the Great Toilet Roll Frenzy of 2020, was going to be stuck with enough … Continue reading

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Madness and the Russian Revolution

Today I decided to try something different for dinner. Having used the Syrian cookbook for the barbecue (not on it) on Saturday, I wanted to attempt one of the main courses. I went for fetteh makdous. Stuffed aubergine for the … Continue reading

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Cummings and goings

Back before Lockdown became a thing in the UK, an idea was lightly posited by the Conservatives. It was sent out and given an airing but was quickly taken back when the general mood of the country declared it unfit … Continue reading

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Making your meat stick

Years ago, Sophie bought me an amazing cookbook. It is by a group of women, all refugees from Syria, and features a collection of everyday recipes which they would prepare at home before the Civil War started. It also contains … Continue reading

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61 days later

One of the things that Mirinda has missed with not going into work is her occasional indulgence in the M&S prawn cocktail. She sometimes picks one up at Waterloo Station to have on the train coming home. And she raves … Continue reading

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