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Friday, April 16th, 2010
1:27 am
"Sharpe" Weekend in Woolwich, at the Firepower museum
Living History Sharpe Weekend
Go back in time at the Living History and Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe Weekend at Firepower this 17 - 18 April. Meet cast and crew of the ITV drama, see re-enactments from the Napoleonic Period, and much of the Museum's world-famous collection is from the Napoleonic period when Sharpe is set so Firepower is the perfect venue for this weekend salute to one of literature’s most famous soldiers.


More details: http://www.firepower.org.uk/events/event.asp?id=120"
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
5:27 pm
"Tokyo Day" in London
... a weekend exhibition of traditional and modern culture, from Silk Painting to Anime, and of things typically Tokyo, in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

Sat & Sun 30/31 Jan
http://www.tcp2010.com/
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
12:41 am
Mostly for ladysprite: Bigos
Here's a family economy/bucket cooking version of a Polish hunter's stew, Bigos. My step-grandfather was Polish, so I'm sure there was some influence from that quarter. Serves 2-4.

  • 1 medium cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 4-8 thick sausages (usually pork, but a mixture of different pork, beef and venison would be closer to the original)
    EDIT: Leftover meat can go in too, and is true to the original. OTOH, if you want to go veggie, use something like Cauldron Cumberland Sausages, and half-cook them first, or they will fall apart in the absence of a skin. You may want to add them later too.
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large potato, diced into large pieces
  • Large tin chopped or plum/cooked tomatoes (undrained)
  • Tube tomato puree
  • Salt, ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 bayleaf leaves/powdered bayleaf/"Old bay" (OK, there aren't many people in the UK with "Old Bay" Seasoning, but I really like the mixture! Pork seasoning is not dissimilar). Either Old bay or pork seasoning will reduce the amount of salt & pepper needed
  • Dash of oil


  • Take a large pan. Heat the oil, add the onions and garlic and sweat off the onions a little.
    Add the potatoes next, and give them a few minutes.
    Put the sausages into the pan. (Depending on your taste, you may want to brown them quickly in a pad first, but I personally like the extra cooking together from going straight in.
    Put in the seasoning (light on the salt at this stage!) half the cabbage, the tomatoes (with their juice) and tomato puree, then just cover with hot water (dissolving in the puree), and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30-40 minutes with a lid on, stirring occasionally. (The sausages should be cooked by now).

    Check the seasoning, then add the rest of the cabbage, and carry on until it has softened - a total cook time of probably an hour. Serve with baked potatoes or hunks of bread & butter.

    Any left-overs will be even better the next day :-)
    Monday, November 16th, 2009
    12:11 am
    We are stardust, we are golden...
    The Leonids are back - Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. For London, the weather forecast is marginal, and we'll have poor viewing of the (very well modelled) peak. It should still be good, though, if clear.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18152
    Sunday, October 25th, 2009
    9:48 pm
    "House" - S6 "Epic Fail"
    The whole episode is built around an immersive video game, which looked great. Some lovely ideas, especially when the patient went nuts and the hospital turned into the game....

    No details, alas. It was obviously a mock-up but so far outside the usual show parameters, the crew had excelled themselves. Alternatively, a game creative team were involved.

    I particularly liked the idea of video capturing the players' (real) movements to move the characters - 13 moving hand-over-hand hanging from the ceiling was really suggestive of future play modes (and then who needs Wii Fit?)
    Saturday, October 24th, 2009
    2:36 pm
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
    12:54 pm
    Reasons to have DirectX 11
    (Or an NVIDIA DirectX 10 GPU)

    Your graphics card can run as a coprocessor, using "Direct Compute".

    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/partner/archive/2009/08/22/gpu-computing-and-windows-7.aspx

    In other news, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has promised that an external Blu-ray drive is coming to the Xbox 360 - probably just in time to sit next to my (planned) PS3.
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
    10:27 pm
    Later....
    Paloma Faith - bonkers, great performer, great dress, great tats. (yes, tAts)
    Jummy Ruffin.... the voice has suffered.
    Magazine - OK, but I wasn't a big fan first time round
    Wolfmother - perfectly competent.

    Seasick Steve. How can an old hobo, with a 2x4 plank with a single string and a slide groove so well? Of course, it does help his drummer sounds huge. bluesman, if you haven't come across him, check him out - raw, stripped down blues.

    EDIT: Having watched the full version, I like Magazine's other performances much more, and ditto Devendra Banhart.
    Monday, August 10th, 2009
    6:00 pm
    Watch the Skies...
    The Perseids are back...

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17572

    And the forecast for Tue/Wed night (for London, anyway) is clear, though with moonlight
    Saturday, July 25th, 2009
    8:21 pm
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
    12:35 am
    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
    9:52 pm
    Sunday, September 28th, 2008
    2:55 am
    Blown away by some excellent acting, but...
    Just watched the "Stargate Atlantis" episode The Shrine and loved the disintegration of Dr McKay, as played by David Hewlett - in particular, the video diary. I'd also missed up to now the fact that his sister really is so in real life, adding an extra poignancy to those scenes. Award nomination time, perchance...

    However - it was such a complex portrayal as to make the rest of the regular characters look far more simplistic and wooden than normal - even Rodney's normal self, which may in future reduce my enjoyment.

    I also hope they now pick up too, that they have a specific cure for a "common" (& devastating) disease among the natives of the Pegasus Galaxy, and not just leave them...
    Thursday, August 14th, 2008
    12:38 am
    gEEK!
    Two Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs are currently available. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 retails for about $200 in the United States and delivers 1 teraFLOP of computing power and 512 MB of 2Gbps GDDR3 memory. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 retails for about $300 and provides 1.2 teraFLOPs of computing power and 512MB of 3.6Gbps GDDR5 memory.

    Well, it impresses me!
    Monday, August 11th, 2008
    10:35 pm
    Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight (mon/tue)
    Assuming you have a clear sky (alas, unlikely here), the shower will be most visible once the moon has set, after about 1:30am

    http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn14507-perseid-meteor-shower-set-to-dazzle.html?feedId=online-news_rss20
    Saturday, August 9th, 2008
    7:41 pm
    For once the BBC get their priorities right...
    BBC Radio 4 will broadcast live from Cern on 10 September. The Big Bang Day starts in the LHC control room at 0830 BST for the official start-up, and then continues through the day with related programmes, from in depth discussions about particle physics to a special one-off radio version of the popular TV drama Torchwood.
    Thursday, August 7th, 2008
    11:52 pm
    Two items of note for this Friday
    1) In the morning, it will be 08:08:08 08/08/08. (And for anyone who misses that, it will be 20:08 20/08 2008 fairly soon too.

    2) ITV2 are re-showing "Pushing Daisies" and the cut episode #2 IS being shown.
    Monday, July 21st, 2008
    12:36 am
    One weekend watching small white balls being abused in high winds. I find it helps me relax.

    And why did I only find out about this just before it disappears off free viewing?

    Sunday, June 29th, 2008
    3:09 pm
    Tonight on BBC2...
    ...they are repeating Jezza's astonishly good homage to the St Nazerre Raid - the first test of the Commandos. Largely considered to be a suicide mission, horribly under-resourced, and one of the most astonishing cases of "winging it" in existence.

    Highly recommended.
    3:11 am
    BBC Glastonbury Coverage - Elbow(?)

    I caught the end of a clip where someone who I presume to be Guy Garvey of Elbow was singing in front of band and Orchestra, an anthem with motif "throw open the curtains", which may rival the Farm's "All together now"

    Cam anyone fill me in on the details?  I can't link the lyric exactly to them, nor has this yet appeared on the BBC website.

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