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my tyres are deflated, and so am I

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Just got my first look at a fellow competitor when going through airport quarantine - he looked like a lean-muscled 6'4" Brian Eno uberman, his bike had a large impressive hardcase, each tyre individually zippered into its own cushioned compartment, and as he was asked to unwrap each section he looked over at me & my cardboard box with FRAGILE and This Way Up scrawled all over it with blue marker, with curiosity - I could see him run through his mind as to whether I was a co-competitor before dismissing his own foolishness.

In a film, the above scene would generally form part of the build towards the finale where we'd have 'a moment' in the event where surprised recognition and respect would light in his eyes in cameraderie after he'd had some mishap (he'd probably give me a thumbs-up, or wink), as we both struggled against our own internal demons and made it to the finish.. will report as the story unfolds.
3rd Dec 2008, 19:46   comments (4)

christmas rapping

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um, there *is Christmas 'rapping' paper available printed with rap lyrics, but this isn't it - this is just my not-so-secret-dead-giveaway style wrapping for tonight's evil santa
30th Nov 2008, 16:13   comments (1)

chocolate fudge pudding

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This old reliable recipe came from "Favourite Pudding Recipes" by Salmon Press (available from all UK National Trust knick-knack-bric-a-brac shops), I've made it a few times now, very popular & my contribution for tonight's household Christmas party (pre-cooked ready for re-heating and serving with double cream in jugs later).

When first I made it, thought it might taste rubbish as only included cocoa (so had 70% choc on standby) but fears were groundless - such an easy yum recipe, try it!

Chocolate Fudge Pudding

PUDDING -
4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs
3oz self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder (choose the best you can, all I could find was Green & Black's, worked supafine)
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1-2tbsp milk
SAUCE -
4oz dark brown muscovado sugar
2tbsp cocoa powder
1/2pint boiling water

Set oven to 375F/190C/Mark 5. Place all pudding ingredients into a bowl and beat well to a soft consistency. Using a spatula, spread this lightly & evenly into a lightly buttered baking dish. Combine all sauce ingredients, mix well, pour this sauce over the pudding mixture in its baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes. I serve this straight from the dishes - serves 6.

Just to clarify, the above picture shows the doubled recipe I used to serve the 14 we're having along tonight - as I also bought a pre-made Italian panettone .

roses, green apples, chocolate, cherries

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efficiently converted into liquid form via Polish Vodka Bar, Holburn (expect many would consider this part of 5 a day from recent UK study)
27th Nov 2008, 22:33   comments (0)

entrepreneurdeveloper matchmaking #amp08

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Fantastic contributions/ideas from attendees at my + @cubicgarden session on entrepreneur + developer match-making which will send to NESTA + @afternoon + BBC Backstage and post on web
27th Nov 2008, 19:45   comments (2)

I'm a pirate... (notes cont.) #amp08

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@fellowcreative Datz.com new unlimited download service (set up by Sri's friend) with usb key music download DRM free - @emilicon EU Amendment 138 lobbying for its removal from Telecoms legislation by Sarkozy etc dangerous as essentially means ISPs police+regulate consumers and take law into their own hands @cubicgarden Tribblr BBC product @emilicon think friends will start sharing cloud libraries and annotating ideas (maybe subscribe to LastFM as service/library) and share comments as they will with eBooks in same way other peeps: @tonyhall @Maklouf
27th Nov 2008, 18:14   comments (0)

I'm a pirate notes #amp08

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@cubicgarden talking about piracy, hacking and controls. Will people pay for convenience/moral/professional reputation? Audience guy bought CS4 this week (£600 upgrade) feels he has to give something back. Corporates Small business in Kent fined £60K for using unlicenced Quark. Model where small biz sold software at lower price in exchange for testing tools/provide feedback an idea. @cubicgarden Often those who download most also pay the most for media. @loudmouthman sometimes forced to become a pirate thru DRM on software/media you own. @cubicgarden iPlayer issue as content production company partnership so unable to release programs - currently talking about Creative Commons for non-commercial use. @loudmouthman Apple issues in their cancelling access to content purchasers with email address/password errors etc. Now doesn't hack s/ware as in late 30s can't be bothered. @andyroberts @cyberdees #amp08 #piracy
27th Nov 2008, 17:56   comments (1)

artichoke, lemon & dill tagliatelle

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I've made this a few times now, and noting (as just made for project dinner) before forget how:

500g tagliatelle cooke 'til al dente
250ml double cream
3 handfulls dill
200g roasted pine nuts
juice of one lemon
lotsa cracked black pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4x400g tins artichoke hearts (lazy option, fresh same quantity if have time)

Sautee garlic in splash sunflower oil, add artichokes, lemon juice and pepper, simmer on low heat 20mins while cook tagliatelle and drain, 5 mins before ready add cream and dill - fold together with pasta and serve (with salad, as quite rich).

Sometimes add a splash of white wine few mins before cream.