Anti-Homeless Spikes

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So Tesco stores in central London are now installing the new fashion of ‘anti-homeless’ spikes outside their stores.

Brits, if you don’t boycott Tesco stores until those things are removed, and any further installations of them stopped, you personally are indirectly supporting the concept of treating the homeless as animals.

(And that’s just putting it in a conventional way).

Be Like Water

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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. shapeless, like water.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.

Be water, my friend.

Bruce Lee.

Wind The Clock…

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White’s missive, penned on March
30, 1973, when he was 74, endures
as a spectacular celebration of the
human spirit:

Dear Mr. Nadeau:

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate.

Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.

Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly.

It is quite obvious that the human race has made a mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.

Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

Sincerely,

E. B. White.

Impulses

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Went into a little store earlier, like a seven-eleven. Walked up to the checkout and said there was a package to be collected. Girl behind the checkout smiles a sweet Swedish smile and says “Ok!” and wanders off behind the scenes to find package.

Meanwhile, I generally look at things near me and there is a display box at perfect impulse buy height full of small bars of chocolate all in bright shiny wrappers looking as impulse buy tempting as they can. Think to myself briefly “perfect impulse selling display, wonder if people are falling for it?”.

Swedish smile girl comes back and hands over package, I leave the store.

Stop outside the store. Go back into the store and up to the checkout. Pick up three of the little brightly coloured chocolate bars, pay for them and leave the store again.

Simple Carrot And Ginger Soup

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This works well and is quite simple, healthy and tastes good.

Makes enough for two, obviously scale it up or down as required.

Ingredients:
A little olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
2-3 cms fresh chilli
3-4 cms of fresh ginger
6 medium carrots
1 medium potato

How:

Roughly chop the garlic, onion, chilli and onion into small pieces,
Heat a little olive oil in a pan and add the above chopped ingredients.
Heat gently, stirring occasionally,  until they soften.
Meanwhile, roughly chop the peeled carrots and the potato into small pieces and add to the pan.
Stir a few times, and then add water to cover.
Cover the pan and leave to simmer until the carrots are soft, add water if necessary to keep the ingredients slightly covered.
Add a vegetable stock cube if you have one, and a little pepper.

Use an electric hand blender to make into a creamy soup.

Serve with bread and butter.

That’s it, done. Eat and enjoy!

Good, Simple, Bread

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wheat and rye breadHere’s how to make a good, simple loaf of bread. It tastes much better than store-bought bread and is quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

700g Plain white flour.
100g Rye flour.
200g Wholewheat flour.
1 sachet of dried yeast/12g
Pinch of salt.
700ml like-warm water.

How:

Add all of the dry ingredients together in a fairly big bowl (this mixture will grow to twice it’s size).
Mix together well.
Make a hollow in the centre of the mixture and pour in about half of the water.
Mix well with your hands.
Add the rest of the water a little at a time and continue mixing together.
Once all the water is added you will end up with a bread dough.

Take the dough and knead well on a lightly floured board for about ten minutes until you have a ball of smooth elastic dough.

Cover and leave for around one and a half hours. The dough will roughly double in size.

After the dough has risen, take it and knead a little more to push out air bubbles. Just thirty seconds will do. Make into a loaf shape and put into a greased baking tin. Cover and leave for a further thirty minutes.

Meanwhile, pre-heat an oven to 225C. Once it has reached that temperature put in the bread dough. Cook for fifteen minutes and then reduced the heat to 175C and cook for a further 25 minutes.

Once finished, remove the bread from the oven and leave to cool.

That’s it. Done. Enjoy!

Telegram Instant Messenger App

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Just a quick note to say that I have been using this Telegram instant messaging app on my phone for the past week or so and it works very well.

This is not an automatic post, I’m just personally passing on the fact that it works, it’s open source, it’s encrypted if that matters to you, it’s free and best of all it has no ads. Recommended.

Link: http://telegram.org/dl

Tractors And Spaceships

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I have just seen what I vaguely assume to be a hybrid electricity/gas powered tractor. Unusual. The two most noticeable things about it were that, firstly, it was quite a lot smaller than a normal tractor, which possibly makes it less useful than a normal tractor, and, secondly, that it sounded just like a spaceship from an old 1950’s movie,, which probably makes it the best thing ever invented.

Hemmingway’s Burger Recipe

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Wild West Hamburger.

1 pound lean beef, ground/soya mince
1 heaping teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon mixed-herb seasoning
1/2 teaspoon monosodium
glutamate
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper
2 spring onions or shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 heaping teaspoon India relish
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon minced parsley or
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 egg, whipped in a cup
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons oil for frying

How:

instructions are wordy, so here’s my abridged version: You mix the dry ingredients with the meat, then you mix in all the wet ingredients. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to one hour.

Shape the mixture into four patties. Heat oil in a pan. For each patty, drop in the patty, then turn the heat down.

Cook for 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Turn heat on high. Flip the hamburger patty and return pan to heat for 1 minute. Lower heat and cook an additional 3 minutes. This method makes burgers that are crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside.

Makes 2 Hemingway-sized burgers.

Via http://imissyoupenguin.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/ernest-hemingways-favorite-burger/

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