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October 3rd, 2007

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04:24 pm - General update ...
So, it's the second of October. Supermarkets around here have Halloween stuff (but we're in the UK, dammit!) and Christmas stuff (aaaargh !). On the other hand, if we wanted to post something to Australia via surface mail to be there in time for Christmas, it had to leave on Monday, so I suppose for a few people, it's good that there's stuff in the stores already.

Meanwhile, a question ... on toast. Raise your hands if you like cold toast ("cold" in this case meaning "not sufficiently warm to melt butter (or other spread of your choice)"). Ok, now raise your hands if you've ever been served cold toast at a hotel or B&B or other accommodation.
I'm betting that many more hands were (virtually) raised for the second question than the first. Surely it's not so hard to provide half-decent toast in the morning ??

Past and future events, wot I ought to write up proper like : Fenced in Edinburgh last night, fenced in Highland Open in Inverness on Sunday (drove up Saturday and back Monday morning). I had a very middling sort of day, seeded in the middle of the DE (17th), beat no. 16, then lost to the 1st seed and eventual winner, finishing ... in the middle. rwrylsin won the women's sabre, though, and has a nice shiny trophy and medal to show for it.
Fencing club committee meeting tonight, and fencing training here tomorrow night. Can you tell that the fencing season has started again ? Considering doing the Leicester Open in 10 days, Welsh Open in early Nov, Miller-Hallett in late Nov, and a Satellite comp in Dublin in early December (well, the Welsh is already booked, the others are all just plans so far).
Two Tuesdays ago, I tried to get to Edinburgh Fencing Club to train, but left here a little late, and then spent most of an hour wibbling around in the Old Town trying to find the right street (I had, of course, left the Edinburgh Street Directory at home). Honestly, would it be too much trouble to at least have clear and obvious street signs ? And to not change street names every block ??
10 days ago, we were in Paris, and it was lovely, and I must post some photos.
I've pretty much recovered from the cold I was coming down with on the way home from Paris, and most of my fitness seems to have survived, fortunately.
Satellite 1 coming up this weekend, too. Whee !

And finally ... we have two tickets, and possibly more to come ... to the Olympic Fencing next year. Yes, we're completely mad planning to go to China next year, for just over two weeks. Yes, I have forgotten most of the Chinese I learned 10 years ago at uni, so I'm going to have a little revision do to over the next 10 months. I'm going to need a bigger iPod to hold all the Chinese podcasts I'm going to download, though, mine only has 300Mb or so left ...
Current Mood: busybusy

(6 touches | En garde !)


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Date:October 3rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Just call it All Hallows Eve and you are back in the Old World. And if you even say it fast it sounds almost like halloween.

At least you no longer get the war between the two type of traditionalists who demand that (a) Sahmain should be celebrated then because that's the time it has always been celebrated, or; (b) Beltain should be celebrated then because that's the way the seasons turn when one is clinging desperately to the underside of the planet hoping not to fall off. Actually, come to think of it, most of the proponents of (a) are ex-pat English Gardenarian or Alexandrian Wiccans, which does go to explain a lot. Still, it can make for interesting times.

And I've found people do tend to hit you when you remind them there are only 53 shopping days left until Christmas. Especially if they happen to have small kids within listening distance. Sometimes, it's just too easy being Evil (maybe I should get a job at Microsoft or something).

Now the question you should really be asking is whether hot or cold toast is better for creating an anti-gravity drive system. I would check it out myself, but there is a curious absence of stray cats near my laboratory since my last series of anti-gravity experiments...

Oh, and btw, I've heard that if you represent your country you get to go to the Olympic fencing for free, and if you win, people get to throw paper at you when you are driven down the street afterwards. although, I suppose, with the demise of ticker-tape and the advent of computers, they'll get to throw monitors at you instead which probably wouldn't be as much fun.

Just so you know.

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Date:October 3rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
I was just at Tesco, and all the big pointy hats were being unloaded onto the shelves....
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I prefer my butter to not melt into the toast so I can mush up whatever else I am also adding to it with the butter. This is particularly important for both marmite and (not runny) honey, less so for jam. However, I'm not particularly fond of cold toast, and there is temperature between not-melting butter and cold toast so it's a matter of gauging it.

This is why I eat cereal for breakfast during the week, because I don't have time or even awakeness to perfect my toast, to my taste, during the week.
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Edinburgh Fencing Club? Is that the one that's now at the St. Thomas Aquins school, or whatever? If so, it's a bugger to find; when we were there (briefly), the street had no name sign on it at all...
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Date:October 3rd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, the good old toast rack! I'm sure some of those B&Bs just make a large batch of toast at 7 a.m, put it in the racks to cool, and if you come down to breakfast at 9 a.m, that's just bad luck.
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Date:October 4th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)

a little bit of Toast....

Traditionally toast SHOULD be served cold. Probably this was a practical matter of large breakfasts being set up in the dinning room and the "upstairs" household serving themselves (servants didn't serve breakfast).

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