Monday, September 15, 2003

I've moved!

Come on over and have a cup of tea and a natter...
Posted by Daisy on Monday, September 15, 2003 | link
Saturday, September 13, 2003

To the person searching this site for pictures of Fiona Bruce

There aren't any! Try using the "images tab" of any search engine with "Fiona Bruce". It'll be quicker, honest.
Posted by Daisy on Saturday, September 13, 2003 | link
Sunday, September 07, 2003

We interrupt this programme to bring you the news that

service will be disrupted today due to tinkering in the archives.

Yep, I'm finally shifting over to TypePad permanently. Hopefully I'll get the posts moved today, comments tomorrow.

Is it because Bleugger was down for 24 hours? No. Let's face it, there are more important issues in the world than not being able to post for 24 hours. What has really annoyed me is the total, total lack of any communication from the folks at Blogger. It's been back up for about 12 hours now and is there any mention on the home page? Nope. Did anyone from Blogger think to post a message to one of the user groups? Nope.

I really don't want to move. I love the Blogger interface. It's like sitting in a comfy, squishy old armchair. Ok, the stuffing might be coming out in that spot at the back. And the dogs have chewed one of the arms and you haven't bothered to fix it yet. But it's home.

Moving to TypePad is like switching to a swish new chrome and leather designer chair. The dogs wouldn't dare chew this one. Oh get over it. I'll make it home, right? Of course right!

So why haven't I gone the MT road? I just don't have the time. I'd love to spend hours tinkering under the hood, getting help from you guys, learning all the while - but there are only so many hours in the day. I work long hours and frankly, I've come to realise that I'd rather be reading, linking and posting in those odd moments I get away. Even if I blocked out a weekend to get MT up and running, I suspect that it needs quite a bit of ongoing maintenance. So there we go.

Here's the plan ~ I'll spend a couple of days transferring things but I'll only post there. Could I ask you to hold off from changing your bookmarks/blogrolls just yet? - there might be a bit of domain mapping going on and I'd rather ask you to do it just the once. Diolch.

In the meantime we're off to meet up with my brother and family on their way back from a holiday in France. They will be very brown and very relaxed and I shall be desperately jealous but hey, they're bringing a stack of half price cigarettes so I'll get over it...
Posted by Daisy on Sunday, September 07, 2003 | link
Friday, September 05, 2003

Best laid plans...

Well no, I didn't actually have the day off today but I sure as shit ain't working this weekend so I'm still celebrating. I filched this picture from someone's blog this week and I can't remember where - if you recognise it could you let me know so that I can give credit? Cheers m'dears. It has brought much amusement to folks in the UK, Tokyo, Barcelona, Warsaw, Paris and Amsterdam. I'm starting to sound like a carrier bag.

Would you pay $450 for this? or this? I thought not. I would love to build a wooden bed for the dogs though. Kind of a low level bunk bed thingy. You see, Frodo likes to have his head under wooden things - he often lies with his head under the coffee table or lies completely under the dining table. Yet Dizzy likes to perch on top of the sofa. So instead of building a window seat in the bay window I reckoned we could make a large shelf with foam padding on top, and put Frodo's bed under the shelf. Does any of that make sense without a picture? I'll try and find the sketch and scan it in sometime over the weekend. I think we'd better make strong supports for the shelf, ensuring that it takes the weight of both dogs since they often curl up together in the same bed when they think no-one's looking.

And in other news. We looked after the granddaughters last weekend while their parents went to Belgium. Many thanks to Graeme for the link to homestar runner which proved even more popular than Barbie. But not as popular as a bedtime reading of One Snowy Night...

Posted by Daisy on Friday, September 05, 2003 | link

Quick links

I worry about what goes on my head sometimes. I just scored 9/10 on this quiz via mrtn at pink shirt yellow tie and to be honest it would have been 10/10 but I hit the wrong button on one question. Does this mean I know enough serial killers and programming language inventors to be able to spot the difference? Casts nervous glance behind shoulder... No I think it's because on the rare occasions I get a chance to "have a flick" (use the remote control in a desperate attempt to find something, anything interesting to watch among the 800 or so available channels on bogawful Sky, there always seems to be a documentary about a serial killer.

Anna's back with a lovely, funny tale of orgies and - well go go read it.

And primal purge (via Kate) has a link to a vile and disgusting story about cockroaches. Years ago I took over the lease of an appartment in the centre of Brussels (a spit away from the main EEC buildings made famous by many a BBC news report). The lease on my old apartment had ended but I needed to work another four weeks before moving to London so a colleague offered me the use of her studio at an exhorbitant rent while she stayed with her dripping-with-money sugar daddy new boyfriend. Miaow. But I digress. I moved in on the Sunday night, went to work on the Monday and um, well came home on the Monday night, tired and in need of a hot bath and bed. Bear with me, it's late and I should be in bed.

So I opened the front door and switched on the light. Something was not quite right. Wasn't the carpet beige or pink this morning? And then the carpet started moving. I'm sorry to distress you further, gentle reader, but you have to know that the "carpet" was in fact a sea of cockroaches disturbed in their - what do cockroaches do? - by the sudden light.

I'd like to say that I (wo)manfully dealt with the situation but instead I ran screaming from the room, spent the night at an ex-boyfriend's and made arrangements for all my belongings to be de-loused and removed. And now I'm going to go dream about bloody cockroaches. Dammit.
Posted by Daisy on Friday, September 05, 2003 | link
Thursday, September 04, 2003


Just finished up on the last but one project in the current cycle so I'm free-ish until Monday. It's a bit disconcerting to realise that I now have no excuse not to clean the house and empty the washing basket. But there should still be time for some fun. Like long walks with the dogs and catching up on blogging mates. Comment boxes here I come!

So apart from boring things like cleaning the house and catching up on washing and ironing, what will I do will all this free time? Well I could:
  • make a magic book.

  • check out a few new visitors such as Renee (although I think I'm about to be junked from her bookmarks *sob*); gang stories; webguerillas; Andrew at the idea shop (I should make a comment about the writing --good, especially the short fiction-- but check out the pictures, girls. If I were five fifteen years younger. And not mad about M. And not the other side of the atlantic. Bit of a non-starter really, eh?)

  • plan a holiday, maybe Andrew's link to the library hotel in midtown Manhattan? But it's more likely to be a wellies and fishing rods week in rainswept Ireland. I'll have to take several copies of Family Circle then.

  • make some hand made cards. Despite being for the most part quite creatively challenged, I do make nice cards. A rather posh woman at a wedding once offered to sell anything I made at her rather chi-chi boutique in Berkshire. But it wouldn't be fun then, would it?

But for now, I'm just going to make a nice pot of tea and settle down to watch the last part of tonight's scary, scary Haunted. Since M is fishing until the early hours, it's a good job I've got a big hairy German Shepherd curled up at my feet...

Goede nacht, tot morgen.
Posted by Daisy on Thursday, September 04, 2003 | link

What we're eating a lot of chez Daisy...

Pasta with crushed peas and tomatoes
An amended version of a recipe seen in Family Circle magazine. I buy it for the recipes ok?

Serves 4 normal people (or 2 piggy very hungry people with just enough left over to reheat for a tasty lunch the following day).

I think this would be popular with children - you could replace the bacon with mushrooms if they have veggie tendencies (but haven't tested this).

400g (140z) linguine (tagliatelle or spaghetti are also fine)
110-220g (4-8oz) bacon, cut into small pieces
1 large (or 2 small) red onion, finely chopped
1 small packet (around 250g or 9oz) frozen peas (broad beans will probably be nice too, will test next week and update)
At least 220g (8oz) cherry tomatoes (or any tomatoes will do, whatever's on the reduced counter or looking lonely at the bottom of the fridge)
Small tub of crème fraiche (half fat tastes better than full fat)

  1. Get the water boiling for the pasta and start cooking it according to packet instructions.

  2. Heat a heavy based saucepan (I use a wok) and add the bacon. Cook for two minutes then add the onion and saute until transparent.

  3. Add the tomatoes, cook until soft then add the frozen peas. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

  4. Take off the heat, add the crème fraiche stirring all the while. Put the pan back on a low heat for a minute or two and stir until the crème fraiche is mixed in with the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Take a potato masher and lightly "mash" the mixture.

  6. The pasta should be cooked by now, drain and add to the main mixure, stirring all the time.

  7. Serve with crusty bread, grated parmeggiano and a nice bottle of plonk.

Posted by Daisy on Thursday, September 04, 2003 | link
Wednesday, September 03, 2003

From the inbox

Earthquake rocks Essex

Epicentre: Basildon, Essex.

Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly muttering "fackin ell" and "whatta cant" The earthquake decimated the area causing approximately £30.00 worth of damage. Several priceless collections of mementos from the Balearics and Spanish Costa's were damaged beyond repair.

Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their giro arrived. Essex FM News (State Radio Station) reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered, still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Basildon.

One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said "It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay Mercedes came running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two, Tyler-Morgan and Megan-Storm slept through it all. I was still shaking when I was watching Kilroy the next morning."

Apparently though, looting, muggings and car crime did carry on as normal.

The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Sunny Delight to the area to help the stricken locals. Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, which include benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and Bone China from Poundland.


This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing, parcels for those unfortunate to be caught up in this disaster. Clothing is most sought after, items most needed include:
Fila or Burberry baseball caps
Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers)
Shell suits (female)
White sport socks
Rockport boots and any other items usually sold in Primark.
Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.
Required foodstuffs include Microwave meals, tins of baked beans, ice cream and cans of Colt 45 or Special Brew. 22p buys a biro for filling in the compensation forms, £2.00 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 9, £5.00 will pay for a packet of B&H and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.
Please do not send tents for shelter, as the sight of posh housingis unfair on the population or neighbouring areas of Vange, Pitsea and Laindon.

Breaking news**
Rescue workers found a girl in the rubble smothered in claret - "where are you bleeding from?" they asked - "Romford" said the girl - "but woss that got to do wiv it?"

And a timely reminder that the class system is alive and kicking in the UK...

Oh and apologies to non UK visitors, if any of this doesn't make sense, leave a comment!
Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 | link
Monday, September 01, 2003

From the inbox

Posted by Daisy on Monday, September 01, 2003 | link

Thought for the day

Look away now if you don't listen to the Archers.

Can anyone tell me why Sonja (Greg's daughter) talks with an English accent? If she's been living in France for a number of years, especially growing up there and going to a French school, surely she'd speak with an accent? And not refer to the icecream as "delish".
Posted by Daisy on Monday, September 01, 2003 | link

Quote of the day

"My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."
Posted by Daisy on Monday, September 01, 2003 | link