New Year’s Eve was Banging

I think I’m sober now, after what turned out to be the most drunken New Year’s Eve party ever.

Daughter invited friends over, worried for half a day that we hadn’t got enough alcohol or food, then that no one would come, then that her drunken mad friends who just decided, on the spur of the bottle, to come over, would prove to much for us. Not so. We had riotous fun, drink only got spilled on the kitchen floor, which is washable. Heidi got a lot of garden time, and I have not laughed so much in my life!

Come the morning, I woke up starving and not hung-over. Result! I had toast and more toast, and waiting for someone else to get up to make me a cuppa. I just could not handle a kettle! Then I got to watch three still-drunk people cook a chorizo / bacon / potato thing for breakfast. And fry eggs.

Husband slept till 1.30 and Daughter has just finished washing up all the glasses in the house. We decided that next party we have, plastic throwaway glasses are going to be used. Sorry. But sometimes you just have to choose.

Left over party food for dinner – chicken wings, olives, and coleslaw will feature heavily, as we have finished all the bacon and eggs.

Work tomorrow. NOT looking forward to that!

So, how went all your New Year’s Eves?


You know it was a good party when there is not a clean glass left in the whole house.

Not Going Nowhere

That is a lot of belts! Those trousers are going nowhere.


Either that, or he doesn’t realise trying to get them through without paying excess baggage is going to be a right pain when he sets off the security scanners. I left my purse in my pocket when I left London, and it cost me 15 minutes of waiting to be scanned, being patted all over – respectfully, I might add, no groping round the personal bits at Luton! – and finally released.

And I know, grammatically speaking, Not Going Nowhere is supposed to be an error. Pah, I say, If  a double negative was an intensifier for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for me!


#30 of #365 – Dr Who and Some News

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Went to Olympia with Daughter today, to see the new Dr Who exhibition they have on there. There’s an interactive section, then an exhibition with a lot of Dr Who stuff.

Most of my pictures were crap – too dark, I forgot the flash, and when  I remembered the flash, it whited out everything, and I didn’t adjust my camera as I was having too much fun! But I do think the Cybermen came out well – they are quite freaky, I think – scarier than Daleks, but not by much!

Had a burger at a Gastropub first (the Defectors Weld @ Shepherds Bush) – I have never seen a burger so tall before – it was taller than my wine glass and held together with a stick. I would have taken a picture, but I removed the stick first. Bad mistake – it all fell down!

Daughter received a text during lunch from her friend, D2 (she has the same name as Daughter).  A few months ago D2 entered a competition, and she received the news today that she had won a prize! Yay!

Oh. What’s the prize? A 3k run through Battersea Park in a Sumo suit, to raise money for charity? Wow. Good going, girls! Better start the training soon!

So they have 109 days to panic, and train to run 3k. Husband showed them his Couch Potato to 5K training plan, but they are more inclined to get good fitting shoes (a must) and go to a Zumba class. There could be a problem here…

Waiting for Sister Bliss to fill this space

Which she did, very nicely thank you\!

Photos to follow, soon .

On My Way!

The Most Amazing Cycling Video Ever.

Bike trials is a form of mountain biking where the rider attempts to go over an intense obstacle course without putting her feet on the ground.

Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill is a master at street trials. In this demo video, he rides around Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle, bunkers on the island of Inchgarvie, and a power station in the Scottish Highlands. 

Scariest Nurse Ever!

I wouldn’t have minded going to this – as long as SHE was NOT going to be there too. Freak out complete in 10… 9…

Although I guess being scared is the whole point of Halloween?

A Week without Teh Internets

and I am nearly insane.

Sorry, smartphones do not cut it when it comes to accessing the web. I could not see my junk mail. My passwords were giving me loads of trouble. My phones has a tiny tiny screen which is hard to read even with reading glasses.

But Husband is back from Scapa and has fixed everything, He is a bleeding marvel he is!

So what have I been doing this last week-without-teh-internets?

I went to Clacton on Sea for a weekend break. Single room in a hotel – wow, they are small.

Long walks on beaches were involved, plus lots of cups of tea. It was sunny but coldish. On the second day I had the best steak ever. Well, it was pretty damn good!

On the train home I sat with a couple and their friend. I wondered why he immediately put his earphones in and shut his eyes. I soon enough learned because they carried on the same row they must have been having all day. Who paid for this, who paid for that. Who was embarrassing who the most. Who was the worst boyfriend ever. I wanted to move but the train was packed.

And yet, when we got to Liverpool Street station, they got off hand in hand and wandered off together, just proving that you cannot judge what folk will do.

Then – NEW CARPETS! Throughout the house. That was a long day.

Then I took Heidi to the vet, so she could get her hips x-rayed. Yes, she does have hip displacia. And a fucking big abcess which needing cleaning, stitching and draining. I paid the largest bill ever in one swoop – £781.00 for the abcess and the x-rays. Bugger and Thanks for Insurance.

So then I had to take more time off work. Cos I was not leaving her with a cone on her head for 6 hours a day more than needed. She has to have it on at night.

But now I shall be able to post more often.

See you all around!

William Gibson and Cory Doctorow, Live in London, Oct 4

Live On Stage – The Inventor of CyberPunk

My, Mr Gibson, you sure are cute!

Reading Zero History now, if I get chance I will also read Spook County. I got two weeks – I should manage it.

Anyone I know going too?

Curry Night at The Elachi

Went out for a Curry Night on Friday, to The Elachi, which serves Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine.  Very yummy indeed!.  Went there for the Diving Club Curry Night last year, too.

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Arrived early, so went to the pub for a drink.  But the No Smoking law is not yet in force, so I decided to take my drink outside, where the air was (marginally) clearer.  Until this couple sat at the next table…

Walked the hundred yards down to the Elachi.  Lovely place – modern décor and very attentive staff.  Afrer all, there were suddenly 43 people asking for dinner at the same time – quite a feat for a restaurant, that!

First to arrive on the table were the obligatory poppadoms served with  Mango Chutney (sweet), Lime Pickle (sour and hot), Onion Relish and Minty Yoghurt dip.  Just to make sure you have enough calories in your evening, and give you something to nibble while ordering drinks and your main course. 

But I always have a starter.  So, Mysore Chilli Prawns.  Hot and tender.  with a sweet aftertaste.  Husband had Special Kebab – now, does that look like a kebab to you? 

Mysore Chilli PrawnsSpecial Kebab

Then I had Lamb Shank Goan Style. with Naan and Sag Aloo.  Now lamb shank requires a lot of cooking to become tender – this one could have been cut with a spoon.  Yes, I know, that is a picture of a bone.  I was hungry, and did not want to muck about taking a picture before I got stuck in!

Where's My Dinner?I Like Naan BreadLeft the Salad - Too Healthy!Sag Aloo - Spinach & PotatoesRemains of My Dinner

I was not the only one to clear my plate…

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I even dressed up.  Yes, I am in the Ladies Room.  Only place with a mirror!

I expect it will be the same venue, about this time of year, next year.  And I just might have that Lamb Shank dish again.

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