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2018

November

November 19, 2018 at 04:34PM
Middle of November and it’s warm enough to spend the afternoon sitting in the garden.
November 18, 2018 at 01:23PM
my.
HT @lohang@mastodon.
🔗 A gallon of 2,000-year-old wine found in tomb
ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 🏏 starts today — see tournament guide and players to watch and full fixture list.
Found a minor niggle with the new Mastodon features.
Alone for my evening meal tonight, so I cooked moules marinière.
🔗 King Crimson Cardiff Show by Tony Levin
King Crimson at St.

October

Flooding in Venice 🔗 Acqua alta is a big nuisance
Train to work cancelled because of slippery rails 🚞 🤷🏼‍♂️
Thought this was an appropriate choice to start reading on Halloween 👻 🎃 📚
Currently reading: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver 📚
🔗 Venice under water as Italy hit by fierce wind and heavy rain
🔗 David Byrne: ‘My agent says I’m having a Leonard Cohen moment’
David Byrne at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Saturday 27th October 2018.
🔗 Enchanted garden of frescoes unearthed at Pompeii
I will be tempted 🎮 — Sega Mega Drive returns
Why the ultimate breakfast of champions might just be wine and cheese
Testing out Pi-Hole applied as DNS to a few of our mobile devices - seems to be working well
🔗 Peterloo: The man who ordered a massacre
Blue Monday is a great song by New Order — just eating an equally brilliant cheese of the same name 🧀
What??
Poor season for Glamorgan, but not sure this was called for — Robert Croft has left his role as head coach of Glamorgan Cricket.
Tom Gauld on buying a novel in the digital age — cartoon 📚
Currently reading: Are you experienced?
Echo and the Bunnymen at St.
In a tapas bar with four drinks on the go at the same time — next we’re heading to see Echo and the Bunnymen 🎵
A day in Manchester City Centre
Pint of Titanic Cherry Dark 🍺 in The Salutation — it was on these premises in 1846 that Charlotte Brontë started writing Jane Eyre 📚
At Manchester Metropolitan University Open Day — my daughter considering a Psychology course here.
A day in Manchester City Centre.
Ceiling selfie
Pint of Titanic Cherry Dark 🍺 in The Salutation — it was on these premises in 1846 that Charlotte Brontë started writing Jane Eyre 📚
At Manchester Metropolitan University Open Day — my daughter considering a Psychology course here.
Mentioned this in a previous post, but just seen this in The Guardian, which has a little more detail — Never mind GDP — make free time the measure of UK wellbeing
Sian Berry, the Green Party’s co-leader, made some really good points on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning - Free time should be measure of UK’s well-being
It’s National Poetry Day, so …
I enjoy a Macallan malt, but maybe quite not this much — Bottle of whisky sold for world record £848,000 — the label does look very good though…
Currently reading: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo 📚

September

The Facebook account breach extends way beyond the site itself.
Cooked rakott kelkáposzta — Hungarian layered savoy cabbage casserole — last night, using Quorn mince in place of the meat, adding a few chopped mushrooms and chopped roasted carrots and using some smoked paprika in addition to the sweet.
Went to see the incredible Norwegian band Major Parkinson at Exchange in Bristol last night.
Just upgraded Acorn image editor from version 4 to version 6
Adding to the post-a-homescreen timeline.
Cooked with cime di rapa for the first time last night — spaghetti with cime di rapa, garlic, chilli, lemon and parsley, topped with parmesan — a very simple, tasty meal.
September 24, 2018 at 08:32AM
Olive and anchovy 🍕
Interesting ‘earliest’ stories in the news this week — Earliest animal fossils are identified, pushing back the age of earth’s first animals by millions of years, and World’s oldest brewery found, meaning beer is also a lot older than was thought.
Peace Park, a small park I walk through on my daily commute, looks to have completely flooded in heavy rain last night.
Haven’t seen crows congregating next to Aberdare railway station before.
Cricket commentary for Micro.
Moeen Ali in immense form — as captain, batter and bowler — successfully leads Worcestershire Rapids to victory in the 2018 Vitality T20 Blast Final.
Worcestershire set 158 to win in the T20 Blast Final.
Trying an unfiltered natural wine for the first time.
It’s the Sussex Sharks meeting the Worcestershire Rapids in the final of the Vitality T20 Blast 🏏
And the Worcestershire Rapids win the first T20 Blast semi-final.
The good thing about the timing of the T20 Blast Finals Day is the return of England players to represent their counties — Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler and Keaton Jennings all appearing in the first semi-final — Worcestershire Rapids vs Lancashire Lightning 🏏
Vitality Blast T20 Finals Day today — plenty of cricket to be watched; two semi-finals plus the final.
September 15, 2018 at 09:28AM
These are impressive — India to break record for world’s largest statue - twice
Good luck to NASA!
Still intend to skip today’s iteration of the iPhone X — after a decade or so of getting a new phone every two years (and handing my cast-offs to other family members) I’m determined to make my current device last at least four years.
Currently reading: The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo 📚
Alastair Cook’s final Test innings for England is just starting now at The Oval - England’s most capped Test player and highest Test run scorer 🏏
Google’s Art Selfie goes worldwide and there’s no getting away from it — I am Man with a White Beard
A little Hive to pass the time in the airport.
Checked in at Zakynthos International Airport Dionysios Solomos (ZTH) (Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ζακύνθου Διονύσιος Σολωμός).
September 01, 2018 at 08:34PM
September 01, 2018 at 10:13AM
Alykes, Zakynthos.

August

Checked in at Al Fresco
More from Pigadakia!
Happy in the village of Pigadakia, having consumed a fair amount of taverna produced wine and raisins plus a light(ish) lunch.
Checked in at Kaki Rahi Taverna
Carcassonne in the bar
Checked in at Anatolitiko (Ανατολίτικο)
Currently reading: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo 📚
Currently reading: Percy Bysshe Shelley — Poet and Revolutionary by Jacqueline Mulhallen 📚
More food!
🥚 🥪 action!
Family meal in El Greco, Alykes
Checked in at El Greco
Checked in at Paolos Corner
View from Zakynthos to Kefalonia after today’s rain.
Experiencing a little disruption to normal service 🌧
Currently reading: An Endangered Species by David Gower 📚
Checked in at Taverna Zorbas
Greek coffee ☕️
Checked in at Al Fresco
Checked in at Alykanas Beach (Παραλία Αλυκανά)
Checked in at Zakynthos Port (Λιμάνι Ζακύνθου)
Checked in at Κλαυδιανός
Checked in at Anatolitiko (Ανατολίτικο)
Checked in at Apollo Taverna
Checked in at Taverna Asteria
Checked in at El Greco
Checked in at Αλυκές
At Fito Cafe opposite the fish market in Zakynthos Town yesterday.
Agios Charalambos — Αγ.
Watching the procession of Saint Dionysios through Zakynthos Town.
Some limited space cooking — tomato, cheese and oregano omelette and garlic/tomato bread.
Currently reading: The Complete Short Stories of Raffles by E.
A couple of excellent grilled sea bass earlier this evening.
Currently inhaling insecticide, playing crib and drinking ouzo.
A view from a sun lounger.
Currently reading: Terror and terroir — The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France by Andrew W.
Indulging
Just noticed that the book I’m currently reading is published by Cambridge University Press but just inside the back cover it states ‘Printed in Great Britain by Amazon’.
Currently reading: Monteverdi’s Unruly Women by Bonnie Gordon 📚
Perfectly acceptable retsina at €2.
Zakynthos for a fortnight 😎
Two of my favourite places in Cardiff - Bar 44, on the left, and Tiny Rebel, on the right.
Rain stops play :( Surrey defeated Glamorgan by 24 runs under the DLS Method.
Delayed restart — view from opposite side of the stadium — Michael Hogan bowling to Aaron Finch — weather not good 🏏
Interval, but covers on and raining ☔️ 🏏
Glamorgan vs Surrey — Tom Curran bowling to Colin Ingram 🏏
Tiny Rebel XLPA 🍺
Kizuna — Japan Wales Design — exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff
🔗 Celebrity is not harmless fun
Finished reading: Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis 📚
‘Let the victims’ heads turn towards Erebus [the deep darkness]: / We who had nothing will teach them tranquillity.
august 13, 2018 at 04:46pm
Chris Woakes gets a well deserved century against India at Lord’s.
I have got to try and make this — Manousheh: the Lebanese breakfast pizza that stole my heart
My first ever Japanese whisky (bottle started a few weeks ago, not tonight!
KT Tunstall 🎵
One of our cats appears to have lost her front legs — the other is fine!
England’s 1000th test match since 1877 - won against India by 31 runs in just over 3 days.
Lovely sunny breakfast this morning - going to be another hot weekend I think 😎
The Life of a man of virtue and talent, who should die in his thirtieth year, is - with regard to his own feelings - longer than that of a miserable priest-ridden slave, who dreams out a century of dullness … Perhaps the perishing firefly enjoys a longer life than the tortoise.
The great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born On This Day in 1792 - The Later Romantics
Meschede makes 77 as Glamorgan win a thriller by two runs 🏏
august 03, 2018 at 09:48pm
Dramatic finish!
august 03, 2018 at 07:57pm
Some impressive interiors in this collection of The world’s most beautiful libraries.
tiepolo bacchus and ariadne

July

Fantastic result from Glamorgan CC as they chase down 195 to defeat Surrey in the Vitality Blast T20 🏏
Currently reading: Opening Up by Mike Atherton 📚
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights — in charts 📚
Currently reading: Poetry Notebook: 2006–2014 by Clive James 📚
Variation from The Green Roasting Tin — Courgette, Beetroot, Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart @missminifer
Cartoon — Tom Gauld on The Odyssey
European troika, the tripartite committee led by the European Commission with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Leaving an outside light on has attracted a few moths.
Currently reading: Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson 📚
Inter-band reading :)
Fantastic — The Selecter at Caerphilly Castle 🎵
Very strange to buy a full bottle of wine in a plastic bottle.
Definitely quite a unique setting for a gig 🎵
Arrived at Caerphilly Castle for open air concert with the 2Tone bands The Selecter and The Beat 🎵
Stig of the Dump — published the year I was born, a book I remember extremely well from my childhood!
Good article by Owen Jones in The Guardian today — Protest against what Donald Trump represents, not who he is 🔗
He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!
Too stressful.
The Breeders at the O2 Academy Bristol, Tuesday 10th July 🎵
Pip Blom 🎵
At the O2 Academy, Bristol awaiting The Breeders 🎵
Glamorgan vs Sussex Sharks in T20 Blast at Sophia Gardens on Sunday 8th July.
England-India at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff England 149 for 5 India 148 for 5 England win by 5 wickets 🏏
The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer @missminifer arrived today — Oven Baked Ratatouille cooked.
England - India T20 cricket 🏏 starting now, England - Colombia World Cup ⚽️ match in an hour and a half.
Nice little quiz, in a format I haven’t seen used before — NHS at 70: how well do you know the health service?
Currently reading: Islam for the Politically Incorrect by Khaled Diab 📚
22:42
Ouzo summer evenings time.

June

I’ve heard of Cyberpunk and Steampunk before — and read books that fall into those categories — however, Solarpunk is a subgenre of science fiction that is new to me.
Being a little traitorous tonight … but enjoying it #ENGBEL 🍺 ⚽️
Now reading Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide by Philip Thody (Author) and Howard Read (Illustrator) 📚
Now reading The Fall by Albert Camus 📚