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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
11:53 am
Gah -- "friends" page styles
Anyone know how to turn off LJ's new "feed" style friends pages? Do not want. I find my existing 25-entries-per-page to be much more manageable.
Sunday, December 25th, 2011
12:08 am
Merry winter-festival-of-your-choice, all of you!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
3:47 pm
Gissa job...
No, no, not me, but a friend of mine is losing his retail job this coming Monday when the place where he works closes down. (Nice timing...) Anyone knowing of anything going in the South London/NE Surrey sort of area, let me know? Driving, manual stuff... he's a bit sick of retail but I suspect "something" rather than "nothing" would be what's required just now.

(Public so that it can be linked to/answered.)
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
11:29 pm
Chakalaka Restaurant, South Wimbledon
Should you happen to be considering going to Chakalaka Restaurant in South Wimbledon -- don't! It's not there any more -- it's now a pub called the Horse and Groom. The fact that they still have a web site up and running is, sadly, neither here nor there -- and if you happen to get an answer on the phone number on their website, whoever that person is will cheerfully "take a booking". And then you'll turn up at the location -- having struggled to find it in your minicab -- and say to the pub people "where is the restaurant?" and they will say "not here any more, and those people over there had the same problem".

Dear person with that phone number -- I'm sure it must be very annoying to get calls for the restaurant, but you came quite close to screwing up our wedding anniversary, you tool. Thanks a ton. Good thing we have a sense of humour.

Should you find yourself in this situation, though, Confucius are only about half a mile away (easy walking distance) and are reliable and very nice. And, you know, still there, which is a bonus.
Friday, October 15th, 2010
11:13 am
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
9:48 pm
25 years since Live Aid. Where does the time go... think I'll go and watch some of the DVDs.
Friday, July 9th, 2010
9:07 am
Snoop Dogg's next No. 1
I noted this article on the BBC, saying that Snoop Dogg had asked his agent to get him a part in Coronation Street. sweet_lil_sis and I had heard him at Glastonbury and commented on one particular aspect of his lyrics, and she has now composed his next hit for him:

Cut for language, no, really, lots of itCollapse )

Just let me know if you need to send her the royalties, Snoop old son...
Friday, June 18th, 2010
12:17 pm
Happy birthday rotwang!
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
6:38 pm
Monday, June 7th, 2010
2:41 pm
It's a shame I'm quite busy today and thus I didn't really have the time to string along the guy who just called the home phone and attempted to convince me that my home computer was infected with lots of malware and that he was calling from the Microsoft Windows Service Centre to help me clear it up. I lasted about two minutes before telling him, in my sweetest and most dulcet tones, that he was a lying, cheating scammer and that if he called me again I would report him to the police. (A little hard to do that last without a phone number to go on, but hey.)
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
11:59 am
Happy birthday, lucyas!
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
6:21 pm
For those of you who've been wondering where the foxes are; they're still here, and now they have their very own blog:


Enjoy :)
Friday, May 7th, 2010
12:53 am
I'm sure I could run an election better than this one. (No, I don't want the job.)
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
10:22 am
Election day playlist
"Election Day", Duran Duran Arcadia
"Wind of Change", the Scorpions
"Put The Message In The Box", World Party
"Everything Counts", Depeche Mode
"Won't Get Fooled Again", the Who

Friday, April 30th, 2010
2:19 pm
With a hat-tip to Charles Stross, I boggle quietly at the concept of Microsoft Education Competencies: Humour.
Sunday, April 25th, 2010
5:09 pm
Congratulations t__m__i :)
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
7:26 pm
Anyone out there got an email contact for Infinite Imaginations Inc.? Can't see one on their web site and I've got a question re: their GenCon games for this year.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
10:07 am
Just another reason to believe the Digital Economy Bill is misguided...
May I commend http://www.stop43.org.uk/ to my photographically-inclined brethren? I'm sure you were already aware, but just in case...
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
1:37 pm
Do not buy the Philips HR2304 Ice Cream Maker...
for yea, verily, it is useless. Leaving aside the first one having turned up broken due to inadequate packaging on the supplier side, its replacement has just had its lid fail for the second time and thus will be returned with a note mentioning the phrase "not fit for purpose".

The idea with the Philips is that you have a disc which you freeze beforehand, rather than freezing an entire bowl -- it seemed like a good plan given that the chances of being able to fit a bowl in our freezer were pretty much zero. The disc sits at the bottom of an insulated unit, then there's a beater that goes into a motor which in its turn clips into a plastic lid. You turn the motor on to start the beater, then pour your ingredients in, and about half an hour later (ish) you should have ice-cream.

The main problem seems to be that the beater doesn't clear stuff from the frozen disc sufficiently efficiently. This means that you get a build-up of frozen ingredients on the disc, which causes the beater to move upwards and eventually that movement starts to push the motor out of alignment. The motor then starts moving more against the plastic lid, and eventually this will cause the lid to crack at the point where the motor is clipped into it. Well, I say "eventually" but in the case of the replacement lid which arrived yesterday, "eventually" was "within the making of its first batch of frozen yoghurt".

Ho hum, time to look for an alternative...
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