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([personal profile] emperor Jul. 20th, 2017 06:02 pm)
Fans of the coffee stall on the Cambridge market (link to my previous post on opening hours) may be interested to know that he doesn't seem to be open on Thursdays any more - AFAICT he's now Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat.

Not entirely co-incidentally, my coffee supplies are now rather low :(
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([personal profile] wildeabandon Jul. 20th, 2017 09:34 am)
Today is my last day at work before my holiday, and rather unexpectedly my team just came in and gave me an early birthday present (and sang at me). They got me a very goth card, a bread & cakes recipe book, and theatre tokens. Considering that I'm a temp and I've only been here for three months, I'm awfully pleased and surprised that they bothered at all, but especially that they seem to have got the measure of me quite so spot on. Lovely team :)
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([personal profile] wildeabandon Jul. 18th, 2017 09:56 pm)
My church runs a soup kitchen every Tuesday evening to support the homeless and those in food poverty in the area. We're looking for volunteers to oversee the project about once every six weeks. The church is about 5 minutes walk from Finsbury Park station, so easy to get to from anywhere on the Victoria or Piccadilly lines. More details are here if you're at all interested, and if not but you know people who might be then I'd appreciate you pointing them there or here.
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([personal profile] wildeabandon Jul. 18th, 2017 11:17 am)
It's all gone a bit hectic. Definitely in a fun way, but at some point I should probably schedule some quiet nights in...

I mentioned last month ago that I was trying climbing again, and since then I've been going most weeks. So far I'm making fairly measurable progress in terms of each time getting up a route, or at least further up a route, that I got stuck on the previous week. I was particularly pleased because one of those routes hadn't been graded the first time I tried it, and when I came back to it the following week it turned out to be three grades higher than anything I'd successfully climbed before (I still didn't quite make it to the top, but I got past the move I was stuck on, and I'm fairly confident that I'm going to make it to the top tomorrow).

I've been swimming a bit as well, both on my own and with [personal profile] sfred. The funny thing about swimming compared to most other forms of exercise that I do is that whilst I'm doing it it feels as though I'm going fairly gently and not working very hard, and then I get out of the pool and all my muscles go "gosh, that was bracing!". I think it's a combination of the water softening the impact of the motion, and feeling as though the only reason ones breathing is constricted is because of being underwater half the time, rather than from the exertion, and as Fred pointed out, not noticing that you're sweating, because it gets washed straight off.

I had my first singing lesson in ages last week, to get in a bit of improvement before choir starts in September. I'd forgotten how physical singing is when you're doing it right - I think my core muscles were getting more of a workout then than from the climbing!

I've also been enjoying various dinners. Last month I went to Morito with [personal profile] borusa and a couple of weeks ago I went with my sister to the Barbary to celebrate her birthday. They both do Middle Eastern/North African small plates on barstools overlooking the kitchen. Both were very good, and in both cases the aubergine thing was the high point of the meal. On that comparison Morito comes out on top, because their deep fried aubergine with date molasses and goat's curd was so delicious that I ordered a second plate of it instead of pudding. The crisp batter/melty soft aubergine texture contrast was heavenly, and the curd was light and fluffy but with a warm richness just made to be cut through by the sweet/sharp molasses.

Last weekend had more delicious food. On the Friday [personal profile] hjdoom was in town, so I had the fun challenge of finding somewhere good for a coeliac vegan to eat. We went for Itadaki Zen, the vegan Japanese place near Kings Cross, which is always fantastic. We had a mixture of small dishes to start, with lots of crunchy textures and umamish seasonings and sauces, then six pieces of sushi, all exquisite. My main was decent, but Oliver's tempura really won the day. I was especially excited by the vine leaf and the seaweed. On Saturday Ramesh & I went out for a very (very!) belated celebration of our anniversary to St Moritz. We ate all the cheese. And then we ate all the chocolate as well, because why not. I didn't think the fondue was quite as good as the late lamented L'art du fromage, but it was still basically giant pile of cheese, so hard to complain too much. On Sunday I'd invited Beryl, one of the St John's grandames, over for lunch, and then delegated the cooking to [personal profile] robert_jones, who did us proud with a lovely summery pea and basil soup, roast lamb that was just perfectly tender, and strawberries in balsamic syrup.

Tonight I'm dining with [personal profile] borusa again at Rok, and planning a dinner on Friday, when I've got the day off work so can pull the stops out a little bit. Then next week Ramesh & I are off to Amsterdam, where cultural and culinary delights various await us.
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([personal profile] ceb Jul. 18th, 2017 09:22 am)
Worldcon has a programme! See here: http://www.worldcon.fi/programme/schedule/

Also, Worldcon has an at-con volunteer sign-up page! See here: https://urly.fi/Nos
If you're happy to help me set up the Exhibits hall on Tuesday then please say you've been assigned an area and pick "Exhibits MIMO" and I will be eternally grateful :-)
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([personal profile] ceb Jul. 14th, 2017 06:47 pm)

Good morning,my friend,Selina again J

The toys I recommend today is :

BEACH TOYS

BEAUTY SET

WATER GUN

KITCHEN SET

SHOPPING CART

BABY NURSERY SET

BABY NURSERY SET

BEACH TOYS WATER GUN BEACH TOOL TOYS BEAUTY SET SHOPPING CART


That last one's quite specific, I wonder if they sell many?
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([personal profile] ceb Jul. 12th, 2017 03:58 pm)
* pantomime villains
* diagetic sound (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diegesis#Film_sound_and_music)
* exciting optics (sundogs, fresnel lenses, fibre optics, eclipses, moiré patterns...)
* guerilla art
* multilingual punk bands
* popping candy in serious cooking
* pre-70s monster movies
* signs on broken toilets apologising for the inconvenience
* real-life versions of fictional things
* lego versions of real-life things
* really good drummers
* ARGs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate_reality_game)
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([personal profile] emperor Jul. 9th, 2017 07:58 pm)
It's getting to the end of the choir year, when some of the older children will be leaving us to go to university. Tradition is that they get to suggest music to do for the last few services of term. So while evensong did rather over-run this evening, we did have some lovely music - A 12 part magnificat by Victoria, Holst's 8-part setting of the Nunc Dimittis, and the anthem was also by Holst, Psalm 148 [links are to youtube recordings of other people singing these pieces].
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([personal profile] wildeabandon Jul. 9th, 2017 09:34 am)
So I guess the high point of my weekend was being on stage with this charming gentleman...



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