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2018

September

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.
Earliest animal fossils are identified
World’s oldest brewery found in cave in Israel, say researchers
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September 19, 2018 at 06:14PM
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
September 12, 2018 at 11:35AM
September 11, 2018 at 01:29PM
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
British hotelier’s Spanish civil war experience to be adapted for film
Greece and Grapes
Holiday wine to bring home the sunshine
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
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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 📚
Twitter Imagine if he got cocky and decided to play them all at once https://twitter.
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 😎
august 17, 2018 at 09:34pm
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
Corbyn’s Labour is being made to fail — by design
🔗 Celebrity is not harmless fun
Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun — it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine
Greece brain drain hampers recovery from economic crisis
Review of Holland 44 — Operation Market Garden from GMT Games
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
Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for piccalilli spiced rice
Drinks With Dead Poets — The Autumn Term by Glyn Maxwell
How did 18th century’s literary women relieve domestic distress?
How amateur sleuths finally tracked down the burial place of William Blake
Chris Woakes gets a well deserved century against India at Lord’s.
cardiacs
I have got to try and make this — Manousheh: the Lebanese breakfast pizza that stole my heart
Manousheh — the Lebanese breakfast pizza that stole my heart
My first ever Japanese whisky (bottle started a few weeks ago, not tonight!
Beetroot seed cake recipe
KT Tunstall 🎵
One of our cats appears to have lost her front legs — the other is fine!
august 04, 2018 at 12:31pm
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
Death and destiny
GoGlam #CantKeepAGoodManDown
august 03, 2018 at 09:39pm
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
august 02, 2018 at 04:30pm
The Abundance of Nature Kicking off my contribution to Dogs Days of Podcasting 2018.
august 01, 2018 at 12:18pm
july 31, 2018 at 09:22pm
Some impressive interiors in this collection of The world’s most beautiful libraries.
tiepolo bacchus and ariadne
Discovering Tiepolo’s ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’ Anew

July

Fantastic result from Glamorgan CC as they chase down 195 to defeat Surrey in the Vitality Blast T20 🏏
The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English
Currently reading: Opening Up by Mike Atherton 📚
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights — in charts 📚
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights – in charts
On The Jolly Swagmen podcast, discussing economics, the economy, politics, Europe & Greece
Communism — A short guide for confused journalists
‘That’s when I lost my temper’
Fool’s gold — what fish oil is doing to our health and the planet
Currently reading: Poetry Notebook: 2006–2014 by Clive James 📚
july 23, 2018 at 07:16pm
july 23, 2018 at 03:09pm
july 18, 2018 at 02:09pm
Variation from The Green Roasting Tin — Courgette, Beetroot, Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart @missminifer
Rachel Roddy’s recipe for tomato risotto
Frederick Seidel
Cartoon — Tom Gauld on The Odyssey
Ushering in a new school of principled politics
Markdown Syntax Documentation
Has Greece finally escaped the grip of catastrophe?
The cashless society is a con — and big finance is behind it
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 📚