Internet highlights – w/c 7th April 2019

13 04 2019

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Internet highlights – w/c 31st March 2019

6 04 2019

Why the Toy Story films are genius!

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April Fools 2019

1 04 2019

Can’t quite believe it’s my tenth year of doing this! (see the back catalogue here – although I imagine many of the older links will be broken by now!), anyway, in the hope of finding out Brexit was all a big joke, here we go…!

Thumbs Up release new range of pet-tech including: Drone dog walker, Paw scanner pet door, and Catapoop.

Telegraph: Parliament ban April Fools jokes.

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You would not paint over a van Gogh, would you? The all-new BMW i-setta with fully-electric drive train. True to its style, ready for a new century. #THEi #BMW @BMWi #BMWi __ BMW i-setta (40 Ah): Energy consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 6.1. Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0. CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0. The driving range depends on a variety of factors, of course. We mean: like always, huh? For example your personal driving behavior, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning. The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (UKL) 315/2002. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration and white paint finish, registered in Germany. Virtually, the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the somehow real model. The values of the vehicles are already based on the new WOOT regulation anyhow and are translated back into the older NEXT ONE-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1916/E30/DACES and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. Ever wondered, if someone really reads all the text. But, the values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEXT ONE cycle for the classification. If you really care, you can have a deeper look into further information about the topic of fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars in the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points.

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Items I saw listed on other roundup pages but couldn’t find evidence for on the actual internet (will add links later if I find them):

  • Colman’s Mustard Custard.
  • Uber Pogo Stick.
  • Brussells banning British Biscuits from EU meetings after Brexit.
  • Sainbury’s Pink Avocados.
  • Kia Touchscreen Steering Wheel.

Items found after I published at midday:

Daily Express: Britain to leave Eurovision after Brexit.

Internet highlights – w/c 24th March 2019

30 03 2019

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Off Menu – My perfect meal

28 03 2019

I’ve got completely addicted to James Acaster’s and Ed Gamble’s Podcast “Off Menu”, where celebrity guests discuss their perfect meal. The waiter-genie that is James offers them various choices and they construct their ideal meal this way. It’s very light hearted, a lot of chat and debate on the way through, plus sharing stories as some courses can end up being *very* specific. Geography is no object, time is no object, money is no object – he’s a Genie, remember!

I’ve actually found it’s a really fun conversation to have with your friends too, like the “dream dinner party list” conversation, and having talked about it a few times now, here’s my dream menu set out via the questions they ask (and again, sometimes very specific)!

  • Water for the table: Still, sparkling or tap?
  • Definitely tap. Sparkling water just tastes weird, and still and tap are essentially the same thing other than price.

  • Poppadoms or bread?
  • A fresh-from-the-oven tiger bread roll, crusty and chewy on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside, warm enough that the butter melts into it as you spread it.

  • Starter
  • A Chinese starters selection platter. Including:

    • 1 sesame prawn toast
    • 1 chicken satay skewer with peanut sauce
    • 1 butternut squash spring roll
    • 1 mouthful crispy seaweed
    • 1 duck pancake with the sauce and green stuff
    • 1 mouthful of deep fried crispy chilli chicken (normally a main, but couldn’t be missed out!)

    Is that too big for a starter?

  • Main Course
  • Chicken Tikka Chasni. In 2014 I went to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a friend, and one day we were looking for somewhere for lunch, anywhere that had air-con as there was a heatwave going on (yes I know, in Scotland!) and we dived into a place called India Quay that looked like it’d do. On the menu I saw this dish with the description, “A rich creamy sauce with a twist of sweet and sour”, thought I’d give it a try and was not disappointed!

  • Side Dish
  • A big onion bhaji. Several years ago I went on a course at Oracle University in Reading, and at the canteen one day experienced the best bhaji I’ve ever had!
    None of this mixing-in-lentils nonsense, just lovely crispy onion and massive! I’ve told many people about this bhaji in the intervening years, no bhaji I’ve had since has lived up to it!

  • Drink
  • Cheap, translucent, room temperature apple juice. None of this fancy “cloudy” nonsense, and definitely no ice. When it’s chilled the flavour is so muted, and the cheap stuff is so much sweeter than the fancy stuff!

  • Dessert
  • Slug and Lettuce used to have an amazing dessert on their menu called the “Cookie Cup Explosion”. It was essentially all good things on a plate. A chewy cookie forming a shallow bowl, containing bits of brownie, chocolate honeycomb, marshmallows, chocolate sauce and ice cream, – just amazing!
    The good news is that a different part of the Stonegate Pubs family now has it on their menu!

What about you? What are your answers to these questions?

The Great Gatsby – by F Scott Fitzgerald

24 03 2019

After loving Rebecca, I felt more confident and so picked up another 20th Century Classic from my bookcase.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one so much – I persevered primarily because it was only 180 pages and wasn’t necessarily difficult to read, it just didn’t feel like anything was happening at all until about 40 pages from the end! Upon finishing my main feeling was just relief that I could tick it off and move onto something else.

It’s supposedly one of the greatest pieces of American Literature, but I just didn’t get it – not one for me!

Internet highlights – w/c 17th March 2019

23 03 2019

Marmite & peanut butter.

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