46, 47, 48 …

I had to ask Old Spouse how old I am. It’s a bit distressing to find I’ve spent all of this year thinking I am only 46, when I am – in fact – 47. The reason I wanted to know is because it would have been my parents’ 48th wedding anniversary today. Yes, I…

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TOOLBOX ANXIETY

My husband is a clever man. He’s a busy business executive; I’m told he is quite a force in the boardroom. He travels extensively for his business and, most weekends, he likes to kick back and relax, have a couple of beers or a Scotch, watch a game on TV and walk the dogs. Occasionally,…

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THE BRIGHTWATER COMMONS

Yesterday’s lunch was underwhelming for a variety of reasons I’d rather not detail in this post. For the weekly photo theme of WATER, I’ll just share some pics I took and a bit of Johannesburg history, courtesy of Wikipedia. The Randburg Waterfront was originally built in 1994, and consisted of a large oval of shops…

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STOLEN AND REPLACED

Someone is stealing from me. Little things; a manicure set, an empty perfume bottle … I have an idea who it may be, and I have sufficient knowledge of psychology to understand – and be sympathetic to – the reason why. But the latest theft is distressing beyond words to me. I love notebooks and,…

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COMFORT FOOD

When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we…

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MIGHTY MARMITE

Umami [uː mɑː mi], popularly referred to as savoriness, is one of the five basic tastes together with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Umami is a loanword from the Japanese umami (うま味?) meaning “pleasant savory taste”.This particular writing was chosen by Professor Kikunae Ikeda from umai (うまい) “delicious” and mi (味) “taste”. The Chinese characters…

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PEAS AND PRIKS

Foodreference trivia for 25 May back in 1986: Six million Americans participate in ‘Hand Across America’ by holding hands and singing across 4,150 miles of road in support of the hungry and homeless. Well, I don’t know that the hand-holding and singing filled anyone’s belly. It strikes me they could all have made big pots…

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I’LL SKIP THE MOVIE, THANKS

There is, Google tells me, a film titled ‘Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death’. I promise I am not making this up. It has great dialogue: Dr. Margo Hunt: Dr. Kurtz, I’m unfamiliar with the academic guidelines at Radcliffe, but I would think any major university would consider warring on the United States…

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RATTLESNAKE SUNDAY

On this date, back in 1931 Canned rattlesnake goes on sale. Packed by George K. End of Arcadia, Florida. Not quite as big a hit as Spam. (source foodreference.com) I’ve really got nothing to say about canned rattlesnake, but I am curious as to whether it is still available, perhaps Nancy can tell me? And…

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