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Pizza Oven

This is the inside of a pizza oven that I saw at a pub. I'm going to build one soon like this.

2019-04-01T17:54:21+01:00June 5th, 2012|

Why I love my HTC One X

I’ve been awaiting the release of the HTC One X ever since it was first announced, and for a while I was trying to come up with as many reasons as I could to justify buying it. Well, the other day, I finally took the plunge and splashed out on the device. I bought the One X in white, and it really does look great. I’ve been meaning to write a full review on it since I first got hands on it, well – here it is…The first thing that I really like about the One X is one of the phones defining features; its size. [...]

2019-04-01T17:54:23+01:00April 17th, 2012|

Watch Monty in an ad for Pedigree

2019-04-01T17:54:24+01:00April 3rd, 2012|

Chickens are laying again

Even if one of them is a tad small, at least they are laying. Had a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, Moroccan flat bread spread with Harissa and an espresso made with a coffee pod.Should chickens be laying at this time of year?

2019-04-01T17:54:25+01:00December 4th, 2011|


Not all of them have horse poo on them, result!Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:26+01:00September 18th, 2011|

Oh No What Have I Done?

We are in a new town 4 miles from the coast, not much to see, stopped at a restaurant for a quick lunch and ended up buying the 2nd most expensive meal of my life !!!I thought the kids steaks were going to be like burgers, at 4.50 euros each. Turned out that I had mis-read the menu and they were 45 euros. Total bill was 185 euros !!! which is nearly what we are paying for 2 rooms in tonight's hotel which is a 4 star ! I had to go on a long walk on my own afterwards to calm down.

2019-04-01T17:54:29+01:00August 20th, 2011|

My new latte jug.

5.90 Euros with a solid stainless steel body and a soft rubbery handle cover.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:29+01:00August 19th, 2011|

One more espresso

I'm loving having a coffee instead of a beer, when in a bar which is odd for me! Half a teaspoon of sugar, quick stir, 2 sips later and its gone. Watching the barista's is good entertainment too, but it is so much easier using a coffee pod.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:30+01:00August 19th, 2011|

Where do all the lost biros go?

I don't know where lost pens and odd socks disappear to, but whenever the mountain of them is found there will also be found a pile of marble nobs, as it seems all the statues in Rome are missing there's.

2019-04-01T17:54:30+01:00August 19th, 2011|

What does this say?

It was on the road outside an apartment. Anyone care to translate as it must be important?Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:30+01:00August 18th, 2011|

Time for moules

I'm not sure how to make moules mariniere, so I made it up as I went along. It has been 20 hours since and no-one died, so that is good.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:31+01:00August 18th, 2011|

Palatine Hill

Collisium is good but Palatine Hill is more interesting and the ruins are much bigger than I expected. We had to dash from shaded area to shaded area to stay alive, as it is 34 c.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:32+01:00August 18th, 2011|

Derek’s Birth Certificate

Just as well Derek brought his birth certificate as it for him a 12 euro discount at the Colliseum ! They were asking for ID to prove he was a pensioner and be was the first to have a birth certificate on him. He has carried that around for 60 years and this was the first time it came in handy.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:32+01:00August 18th, 2011|


This room has air con so we can relax away from the sun. Barnaby is now on his third Chris Ryan book, which makes me proud.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:32+01:00August 18th, 2011|

Squid preparation

Sam making an appetizers with a squid we bought together. His name was Squidward and he died in a good cause.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:33+01:00August 17th, 2011|

Colloseum is closed Eeek!

Union meeting at the Colliseum means it is closed for the morning, and we got here super early to beat the heat. Oh boy it is hot but there are water fountains all over dispensing beautiful cold water which we take advantage of whenever we see them.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:34+01:00August 17th, 2011|


Bloomin' hot today so went on an open top bus tour that had a roof (so and open sided bus tour really) and then spent the afternoon underground in the catacombs looking at 2000 year old graves. I couldn't care less what we were looking at 'cos the temperature under ground was 16c and I could have been looking at portraits of Margaret Thatcher for all I'd care. Bus tour round Rome is good though, even in the heat, what a great place, made a mental note to come back in January, when the temperature is under 30c.

2019-04-01T17:54:34+01:00August 16th, 2011|

Coffees pot spares

In the supermarket here in Rome they sell all the spare parts for cafeteria pots that you might need, even handles !Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:35+01:00August 16th, 2011|

Amish beard

This year my holiday beard style is Amish. Today at the zoo I was mistaken for Norwegian, (and confusingly, Spanish !) Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:35+01:00August 15th, 2011|

Pizza pie

5 minutes after finishing this meal the restaurant suffered a power cut and we sat in total blackout for ages. Wendy refused to sneak off without paying the bill, of course.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:36+01:00August 15th, 2011|

No Crema

Crema is the foam on the surface of a good espresso but using this pot produces no crema.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:36+01:00August 15th, 2011|

Espresso set-up

Enjoying plenty of coffees, at home and when out and about. This is how the apartment is equiped, with stove-top espresso pot, enough for 3 demi-tasse.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:37+01:00August 15th, 2011|

Rome Zoo

Has elephants, lions, tigers and best of all brown bears that you can watch swimming through a glass walled tank. We later saw one peeing like a dog and Wendy reckons our garden in Canada smelt the same.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:37+01:00August 15th, 2011|

Park near where we are staying.

You can see St Peters beyond the park, which looks close enough to walk to. Trouble is the park enjoys the worlds largest collection of broken glass, rubble and humping hobos.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:38+01:00August 14th, 2011|

Rome ‘ere we come.

Highlight so far was watching Derek return his wallet to his 'secret' pocket after passing through the Gatwick security. It is pinned into his trousers and he looked dodgy rummaging around in there for ages. Should be pickpocket proof though.Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

2019-04-01T17:54:40+01:00August 14th, 2011|

Monty in a movie (ad)

This is the Little Thor viral video ad Monty was in. Sonia, his trainer, took him to London for the day and got him the part.

2019-04-01T17:54:41+01:00April 26th, 2011|