Bellerophon symbol, variation 7
Sunday 1st November 2009

Simon and Becky's Engagement Party
img_3447.jpgimg_3452.jpgimg_3454.jpgimg_3455.jpgimg_3456.jpgimg_3458.jpgimg_3459.jpg Pictured above (or to the left) are moments from Simon and Becky's engagement party. I've been living on this planet for over 30 years now and I've never heard of an engagement party before. Either this means an engagement party is quite a new thing or that I've never been invited to one before. Probably the latter. You can imagine the conversation, "Well, I can barely tolerate his drunken antics at the best of times, so let's just invite him to the wedding. Okay? No point him making a fool of himself to the same people twice, now, is there?" Some of those pictures were taken by A******, some by me, perhaps some by M******. I can't recall. It was good anyway, the engagement party. Loads of Simon and Becky's family were there and there was much curry, wine and beer to consume. Mmmmmmmm, curry.

Sunday 8th November 2009

Nicky Nook - with rain!
img_3465.jpgimg_3469.jpgimg_3470.jpgimg_3471.jpg Erm . . . I think Anna (with daughter Eve), Dawn, Cary (and their son Pete) came round to our house during the afternoon today. I think we then went for a drive to Scorton. Lunch and a walk, that kinda thing. Blah, blah, blah.

Friday 13th November 2009

A well-ripened jalapeƱo
img_3478.jpg Check out these little beauties. It seemed to take a hell of a long time for these to ripen but, at last, I have a load of bright red jalapeños. I've found that the red ones taste a little sweeter than the green ones and also seem a bit spicier. All the spice seems to be in the seeds with these peppers, though. I want to get me growing some proper habaneros or similar; that's next year's plan.

Saturday 14th November 2009

Leeds, slight return

Sunday 15th November 2009

Leeds, slight return (part 2)
img_3557.jpgimg_3558.jpgimg_3559.jpg These three pictures are taken the morning after . . . during lunch or sometime afterwards, M****** and I wandering around Leeds, doing some Christmas shopping or the like.

Saturday 21st November 2009

QUICK! Burn the e-mails! BURN THEM!
For those with the vaguest of interest in global warming and the role that man plays in this, the internet seems to be all a-buzz with news that a load of 'confidential' e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit have escaped. This received vague coverage on the BBC, the Telegraph and no doubt many other places, but if you want to read the e-mails themselves (straight from the horse's mouth), there's always the ever-reliable WikiLeaks, of course. A searchable archive of these e-mails can be found here. I've not had the chance to read through all those hundreds of e-mails, so cannot verify whether quotations like this (the use of emboldened type-face is my own):
I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd [sic] from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Mike's series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for [Northern Hemisphere] land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998.
are genuine or not. The above certainly suggests a healthy massaging of data though. Ho hum. However, I always take news of these 'leaks' with a pinch of salt, as should everyone. Was the data genuinely leaked or did someone, somewhere allow it to happen?

Sunday 22nd November 2009

So what is it - 500ml or one pint?

Friday 27th November 2009