Monthly Archives: February 2011

Coffee….

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Well, I couldn’t find a new coffee machine that was lacking in that other bugbear of mine, BPA, so I went for the traditional percolator. But, on the same shelf….

….. was this bad boy!

Our New Bialetti....Some years ago now, we were treated to a traditional indian curry, by a friend of ours, who regaled us with tales of the acting world and how she was fed up with being typecast, only getting parts as a little Indian woman, then informing us of her next part, playing…. an little Indian woman!

Anyway, I digress, the curry was magnificent, a receipe handed down from her grandmother, as it always seems to be, no forks, all fingers,…. but then she took me into the kitchen to show me her “coffee maker”, a Bialetti.

It was the first time I’d actually had an espresso (I was wet behind the ears, what can I say…..) and was knocked off my feet when I took my first sip.

So, it was with fond memories, I reached for the box…. made in Italy too! No idea why it’s taken me so long to get round to purchasing my own one. She’d give me a right ticking off if I told her.

Now, all we have to do is get the “formula” right and we’ll be away. The good thing too, is this ain’t no ‘lectric dependent gadget, so we can take it on the next camp trip. How very cultured, eh! After a good nights kip, under the stars, getting the first coffee buzz of the day with a campstove espresso. Can’t wait.

On that note, I’ll leave you with the wisdom of a work colleague of the Missus…..

Life is too short for bad coffee and dreadful wine.

Must dash, the 2nd espresso of the afternoon is ready to be poured!

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And Happy Valentines Day….

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Once, I thought Valentines Day was for the special someone in your life, or for unrequited love of, but no, it seems it’s a big deal here in Canada….

Every year, the kids seem to be making cakes and what not, for everyone in the class, the teacher, the principle….. the list seems endless. If she had her way, Miss would have made something for the entire skool.

Valentines Day....

Needless to say, once more, the Missus slaved over the oven for the darlings producing these delights. I managed to sneak one or 2 when she was otherwise distracted with her daughter, arguing as to the amount made.

The one thing I do find a little much, is the Valentine Telegram thing the skools do, where by you pay 50c up to $2 to send some a message, announced, I think, in front of the class. Now, not wanting to be a killjoy, but, if one person, the popular boy or girl, receives all the notes and the lesser, none, how is that helping the kids self esteem, that we all seem obsessed with for the rest of the year? And bullying? You want to stamp it out, you go on and on about it at Parent Teacher meetings and yet, you encourage this . Strange, but, maybe that’s just me….

So, that’s another “celebration” knocked off the list for the year. What’s next? By my reckoning, it’s Easter, although, if I’ve missed one, do let me know…..

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Libraries….

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As I’ve often maintained, here in the Okanagan, at least, the library system is THE best thing ever….

….. in the UK though, they seem to be under attack. Again.

If You Tolerate This….
It’s hard not to feel utterly despondent at the current plight of public libraries.

“….. a good library should offer escape routes down the most extraordinary avenues, pathways into different worlds from the one you’ve left outside.”

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Having not been in the UK for over 5 years, I have no idea what the situation is like, but I do remember the one we frequented in Richmond was always full of young kids with their mums and dads. I remember the one in Eastbourne being the next best thing, with DVD and CD’s rentals. Have they really found themselves that unused? Totally empty? I find that hard to believe.

With the cost of living increasing every time I look and with job security uncertain, the library would and should be, I would have thought, a place to learn new skills, or to develop existing ones and chart a course for yourself over the next few years. New languages easy to try via CD or audio book, tips and books on growing your own food, beekeeping, building a shed.  Far from being depressing, this period we find ourselves in could be, as Wire says, allowing you to find “pathways into different worlds from the one you’ve left outside.”

So, wherever you live, turn the TV off, get your shoes on and bugger off to your library. Support it. You never know what you’re going to discover or what ideas you’re going to have. One day, when it’s too late, you may suddenly realise what you gave up when you allowed them to get rid of them.

The rest of us are waiting for and, relying on you.

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BC Sled Dog Cull….

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Mass sled dog killing probed in B.C.
Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/66fle55

1. I see in the comments, some people equating these dogs to cows and pigs. It’s a bit different, in that cows and pigs are eaten, believe it or not. So, if you overstock on them, you kill them and sell off the meat, no?

2. When the Olympics were over, what were you planning on doing with 300 sled dogs, when everyone had gone home and the demand for your service was down? This is also why it’s not the same, pure money making greed meant you took on way more dogs than you needed and now, you’re stuck with them.

Well, that’s wrong, you’re not. Your "manager" culled them. Barbarically, if the reports are true. I for one won’t use this tour company, should I ever decide to go on a sled trip and I can only hope that others do the same.

Canada, eh. It’s not all sunshine and snow, like they tell you in the emmigration papers…..

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