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I studied it for ‘O’ Level at school about 26 years ago it was all about the politics.
But when I read it this time I was much more taken with the love story in the book between Julia and Winston.
Funny how the mind alters.
Sitting here listening [ Jason Mraz - The Dynamo of Volition : Thinking of Ty & Krazy J : You guys listen to it and see why it reminds me of being ' On A Boat '] to some easy vibes , watching the sun kissed sky coming to an end.
Thinking of my extra special chums , I am blessed with chums , but as most readers know my Iwi are extra extra special to me , and I miss all that gang every time I’m away from them.
I long for the day when I’m free from the tie of job in a crazy mixed up country and I can sit and reflect in ‘ The Tree House ‘ for however long I wish.
I never noticed Rab C Nesbitt was in this movie when I saw It, but the again he was not famous then.
Helo to people I know so v little about , but I spend my time chatting to you.
Chris & Heather.
Chris & S
Ahh don’t you just love it , a little bit of now , possibly the wrong type of snow and Britain well England comes to a bloody standstill.
It snowed a little last night by the way.
As my mate a nurse stated this morning .
I love the fact that I have got into work without any problems (apart from it taking a little longer due to having to drive a bit slower) in my Clio, yet the hospital car park is empty of most of the Chelsea Tractors [ ED- 4x4 Gas Guzzlers that ladies that do lunch in own ] as their owners haven’t ‘braved’ the roads. Its only deep when they’re still finding bodies after three days!
I’m looking forward to cycling to work , just have to take it a bit easy and leave a bit earlier.
Anyway these chillier days have allowed me to conjure up some comfort food recipes that are fairly cheap , seasonal , and filling , no preservatives or dodgy colours just good tasty grub.
So here for Stivs , Jun Ya & Co , The Kiwi Iwi are 2 new ones that my house mate approved of and consumed like a Dyson.
Mushroom , Stilton & White Wine/
50g / 2 oz Butter
1 Large Onion , Finely chopped
1 Clove Garlic , chopped
400g / 13 oz Closed cap mushrooms, sliced
700 ml / 1 1/4 pints Vegetable Stock
100g / 3 1/2 oz Stilton cheese , crumbled
1 Tablespoon Fresh parsley , chopped
200 ml / 7 1/2 fluid oz white wine
Melt half the butter in the pan , sweat the onion and garlic off without colouring and until soft.
Add about two thirds of the sliced mushrooms to the pan all of the stock then bring to boil , cover and simmer for about 20 minutes , stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat add the cheese and half the parsley , then stir until the cheese has melted.
Blend until smooth.
Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a pan fry off the remaining mushrooms for about 5 minutes until lightly coloured , stir in the remaining parsley and set aside.
Return the blended soup to the pan [ I have one of those hand blenders so do it in the pan as it cooks , it always seems to work for me ] add the wine, season with some fresh black pepper.
Reheat gently , then stir in the fried mushroom and serve.
I know the Stilton may seem expensive but it’ makes the difference , i was fortunate to get some at a stupid price of 20p for 100g. hence that’s why I cooked up this one.
It could do 4 normal people , but I think one would be tight on the portions.
I think it does 2 [ allowing for a smaller second portion each if so desired ] as good supper.
So there you go.
Anyway Heathrow has now been closed , so has the airport behind me , it’s very quiet.
Better get some more snaps in.
My bro has just made a rather interesting statement , when will Christmas cards stop having snow on them and Easter cards start having snow on them ?
Pathways all cleared for my neighbours , stops them sliding about I suppose, and I have clearded off the bird feeding station so that the little ones can actually get some grub in today.
I do hope that the trains are running later , otherwise I’m knackered for my work.
I was going to post another recipe now that I have just finished and again it’s been given the housemate approval.
Home made baked beans , they may take some more time making but hell they taste a whole lot better.
Maybe i’ll do that on another day.
Been away for my birthday , away to the country all with intention of getting some game pigeon and rabbit .
I ended up starting my chums veggie plot off , I remember the days of excess at birthdays and now we manage gardens , is it the new Rock N Roll ?
Less than 10 % made the effort, enough said
Just in from Dick Catt. For Dover Express
The weather did it’s upmost to dampen and detract from this Remembrance weekend, but had those being remembered decided the weather was too bad to defend us where would we be now.
So it was that the Old Boys (and girls) from the Duke of Yorks gathered to remember, with the first stop for many being Dover Rugby Club. For some this included pulling on the Duke of Yorks Rugby shirt for the first time in many years, unearthing the house socks, borrowing some boots and playing alongside old school mates and school legends.
Dover put out two sides an under 30’s and an Over 30’s to ensure their guests from the OBA had good opposition. Len Wilby MD of company “Lawmed Ltd” unveiled the new OBA over 30’s shirts, and although not playing himself supported from the touchline with many others. Dover RFC laid on a various curries with all the trimmings for players and supporters alike thanks to John and Carol Mercer, while Howard kept the lubricant at the bar moving.
There was a minutes silence observed between games, followed by some further tinkering with playing positions and personnel, and thanks to the latest kit sponsor.
DYRMS-OBA Under 30’s (21) -v- Dover RFC Under 30’s (13) Referee: Bryan Burr
The OBA side captained again this year by Andy Black ran out winners in a good strong contest with rolling subs ensuring all wishing to play were able to take part. This game ebbed and flowed, with some committed drives and some noticeable out of hand kicking, affording several the time to draw breath.
DYRMS-OBA Over 30’s (0) -v- Dover RFC Over 30’s (24) Referee: Ray Biggs
The OBA captained by Ian Kennet, in the absence of Dave Shott (who was called to duty and missed his first game in 10 years), were unable to overcome the Dover aged. This was a strongly contested game with some fine performances, but the OBA numbers were not as prolific and the odd spot of rust showed while their heart was without question.
Presentations were made by the OBA Committee member Andy Barlow, with the OBA U30’s regaining the “Remembrance Shield” and the Dover over 30’s laying claim to the “Armistice Shield” for the first time. John Redman was on hand to present the OBA over 30’s man of the match salver, presented in memory of Christian Redman (Dukie and Dover RFC player) who died in the Bali Bombing.
The celebrating went on well into the night and for many well into the morning. But as always I am proud to say when 10:15 chimed on Sunday morning, all were well turned out with only the faintest hint of fatigue being shown and fell in for parade. Respects having been paid at the war memorial the day concluded with another memorable service of Remembrance. The school chapel was full to overflowing and the cacophony of several hundred voices patriotically and movingly celebrated the memories of those who sacrificed so much for us.
Richard Catt – OBA & Dover RFC
TSL you should have some new ideas of where I’m going nowadays.
Check your inbox.
Any help with a Great Talkover for the intro will be great. Cheers.
Very tiring couple of days, finished nights and then it’s been full on up until 0600 hrs. this am.
We’ve been sneaky and surprised Zebra Mum with a visit from our Dutch Family in honour of her 65th party.
All a bit cloak and dagger, but it seemed to go okay.
Sorry if the blog is sparse with photos and entries but I’ve been working on another job of mine that needed a serious overhaul.
Been getting used to new software and as a result created a new look smarter alumni website , which is on the off but needs tweaking and teasing yet to adds some more content.
Hope you’re all well.
Jb’s back and doing his stuff after singing with Whitney for Mandela
Well what a complete waste of a day I’ve had.
I had to go into ‘ The Office’ to try and blag some essential equipment I need for a 1-day training course tomorrow.
Mine seems to have ‘vanished’ somewhere or other.
So I had to go into the place of hell, to see if I could blag some spares.
Spent the day in music with a new widget that works on the Mac that provides all the lyrics and artwork for my I Tunes library, adds another dimension to listening to the music.
Matron is back from her travels.
Chakra is trying to get ‘ on the up;
Kurt M has cut off his mullet and is on the way up with his new family members.
HKH has become HugeInMumbai.
Glad you’re all well.
Everyone is prepping themselves for Old Boys already.
Good to see.
Well gradually getting there on this Mac stuff, finally have an office on here of some sort, which finds me just dropping a brief note on here for you readers of blogs.
Finally finished my application for a new job, thanks to some sterling help from Spike & Windy.
Along with this project I have decided to overhaul the old DYRMS85 Class website and bring it up to date, so those readers who have photos and stuff hidden away in drawers, please feel free to mail me stuff, no matter how bad the haircuts.
Watch this space for a slicker less cluttered site.
Minimalism but clean and informative.
New member of the kite stables lost it’s cherry today, a Lime Green Pansh Spirit race kite, 5m, which plugs the gap nicely between the 2.5 Rage & 6.5m Pepper.
Initial teething problems of sorting put brake lines etc was followed by no wind or very little wind.
Hey ho us kiters are never happy.
All tomato crop has now been collected and processed away, so until next year, no growing progress photos.
Tweaked all my blueberry bushes into some nice shapes and hopefully it will encourage them to grow evenly.
Added three more raspberry bushes to my five first provided to me for nothing by my lovely web hostess and her hubby, I never realised they provide off shoots that pop up everywhere.
Delivered two trees, that I secretly loathed and eight strawberry plants to another to Mr & Mrs Dukie [yes both of them went there], her father was a teacher there. So they were very happy, it added to the other plants they had off me in the earlier part of the year. I was very jealous of their jalapeno’s which had done amazingly well outside of all places, whereas mine only provided some little seed capsules for sowing next year.
Home made cider doing well, the ASDA Cider is far dryer than the Lidl Variety, but both tasting scrumpy like..
Huge finally relocated safe and well , thanks for touching base Mumbai Man