Monthly Archives: April 2014

READING FOR KIDS – SHAKING THE WORLD, BUNGEE HORROR, DOG-EATING SNAKES ETC.

I liked the Guardian Mag’s answer to the question: What would happen to the earth if everyone on it jumped in the air at once?” Find it at http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/29/ask-a-grown-up-earth-if-everyone-jumped/ And more in the series, Ask A Grown-Up at http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/ask-a-grown-up/ Experience: … Continue reading

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SWAPS & GIVEAWAYS & FREE STUFF

To be updated here, but Chris Hastings in Sun. Tel. Oct. 11/12 2008 said … In recent months there has been a huge increase in demand for websites such as Barterswap UK, ValueforPeople.co.uk or Tradeyourskills.co.uk which act as online marketplaces … Continue reading

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GARDENING – VEGETABLE STORAGE TIPS

See Late Vegetable Harvests on 2008 Telegraph page at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/3350400/RHS-advice-for-the-garden.html/ More tips on storing fruit and veg and turning them into preserves by Bunny Guinness, quoting Bob Flowerdew, at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3350437/Gardening-Its-time-to-preserve-crops.html/

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POTATOES

Just spiking a cutting on choosing potatoes which looks as if it came from Observer Food Mag … For wedges – Desiree For baking – King Edwards For mash – Maris Piper For salad – Yukon Gold More on this … Continue reading

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BICARB

BICARB & PEELING EGGS Anyone who has ever wrecked a hard-boiled egg, trying to get it out of its shell, will be interested to know that it helps to add a bit of bicarb to the cooking water, as explained … Continue reading

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EGGS – PEELING

Anyone who has ever wrecked a hard-boiled egg, trying to get it out of its shell, will be interested to know that it helps to add a bit of bicarb to the cooking water, as explained at http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/use-baking-soda-for-easy-to-peel-hard-boiled-eggs/ And that … Continue reading

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NAVIGATION – WITHOUT A COMPASS

You can find the same advice all over the place, so I feel justified in lifting the following from a Guardian of 2006 … Simply point the hour hand of your watch at the sun. South is to be found … Continue reading

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JAMBOREE BAG 6

To be filed … NOTES FROM THE CELLAR – ON PAINTING MDF In a piece on careers in construction I once read, somebody was quoted as saying dismissively: “If you can piss, you can paint.” That might apply in the … Continue reading

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MORE SOUNDS INTERESTING …

  * Times has apparently been having a correspondence about good funeral songs. On 10.3.2014, a letter from Prof. John Murrell of Cambridge recommended Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’ve Gone, sung by George Melly. I’d want Miles Of … Continue reading

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Quotable quotes on …

SAVILE & THE BEEB Anyone who knows anyone at the BBC will appreciate Jonathan Maitland’s quote from an insider there at the height of the Jimmy Savile revelations … “I don’t know how it will end but one thing is … Continue reading

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