Archive | 2010

Christmas Lights

Happy Holidays & a White Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy holiday season and all the very best for the New Year.  Here’s a small selection of the xmas lights from our local village – it’s quite a local attraction… I made Florentine biscuits for xmas from my mother’s famous recipe.  There’s nothing […]

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Born to be Wild

I happened to watch the BBC program ‘Country File’ the other day (28 Nov 10) in which they had a segment on salmon farming in Scotland.  It was all very interesting, but one small comment really caught my attention…  it was just a throw away comment by one of the fisheries representatives which said something […]

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Lucky Name Change

On the eve of the Cancun Climate Change Summit, the north of England is experiencing ongoing heavy snow falls, the earliest snowfall in this region for 17 years.  And it’s expected to continue for another week! It’s just as well they changed the name from ‘Global Warming’ to ‘Climate Change’. And up here in North […]

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It appears that the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) in the USA is fighting back against allegations that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is increasing the risk of diabetes, liver disease and obesity by…  Can you guess how?  No, it’s not new scientific research or in-depth clinical trials, but by…  Changing the name! If the CRA […]

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On The Boat

Push the boat out…

I was lucky enough to be onboard the YachtPlus boat, Ocean Sapphire, last Monday for a special event with two of Australia’s top celebrity chefs, Gary Mehigan and Adrian Richardson.  Gary Mehigan is now a major personality in Australia for his lead role in Masterchef & Adrian Richardson is renowned for his part in Boys […]

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Sugar sucks!

My personal experience has now been ‘confirmed’ by science – carbohydrates are addictive (Sunday Times, 5 Sep 10 – Fat fix…).  I have seen it with my own eyes, though I’m not convinced that ‘addictive’ is the correct term.  Perhaps ‘strong cravings’ is really a better description! My experience comes from Mike.  We have been […]

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Feed the man meat…

That was the marketing slogan for the Australian meat industry many years ago & we Aussies of a certain age still remember it… Well there was an article in the Sunday Times recently (Eat Meat and Save the Planet, 19 Sep 2010) in which a prominent eco-warrior, Simon Fairlie, proclaims that by eating meat we […]

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In a Jam!

It’s the end of August and the plums are getting ripe.  The problem is, as usual, that all the plums are becoming ripe at the same time!  I’ve just picked 16lb (7.2kg) off a single tree, and there are still a lot left on it.  And I haven’t even touched the other trees yet… So […]

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