Monday, September 27, 2010

Chefs gone wild (Gimme the book!)

We ate it, along with others, over tagliatelle in a creamy white wine sauce. Also, we're still alive.

Dominique's puppy

This is Matilda, the 'fur baby'. Apparently she might move to Tasmania.


we got one of Dan's mates to record some songs for a demo cd.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Got up early to watch the second half of the AFL Grand Final.

Here's Charles waiting for me to put the camera down so that we can get on with preparing the bottles.

They're now capped and sitting in the shed. 42 pint bottles. Boy, does it need to mature. We'll leave it for at least a month.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ten Wazzas

What is it with putting people on bank notes?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Let's mess with the stock photos:

From The Age:

Cabin fever

Hey, I think I'm a bit lost here.

'Road Atlas, I can't find Norton..'

'You want my help? Why? You've been tarting it up on that Google Maps, haven't you? Has she led you astray?'


'Well, I have said my bit. Over the A34 and go through Sutton Scotney. I'm not helping you any more than that. I suggeset you pray to St Christopher or something.'

'I'm not Catholic.. Anyway, St. Christopher protects Catholics while on their journeys, or protects them while in transit, or something. He doesn't give directions.'

Road Atlas shrugs.

'Whatever, minger. Try turning left.'

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How about it, Nintendo?

Giancomo Puccini, Theme from Tetris, Sixth movement, Allegro. Originally scored for 8-bit Gameboy. Arranged for forty piece orchestra, Gelder, 1987.

Murakami's 1983 Super Mario Bros Underground pizzicato Leitmotif. Adagio.

Takanawa's Zelda Boss Theme for Level 3, con brio

Or Xbox. Call it 'Orchestra Pit Star'.

Doop doop doop, drivin' down to Winchester, listening to BBC Solent. Who's this getting a plug for their gig in Fareham? Chloe and Chris did the interview, Teal was apparently out looking at real estate. Heh.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fermentation update

23:52 GMT

Airlock on the barrel is currently functioning at about 12 BPM

-burps per minute

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Meanwhile, in the shed

more random stuff

For the hell of it

Badgers! I haven't seen a badger in real life, I just found this on teh webz






Garfield minus Garfield

Thanks BBC. Proposed site of Islamic Cultural Centre (read YMCA.. no, YMMA) not near Site of World Trade Centre.



Come on, there are doctors reading this stuff.

Friday, September 10, 2010

ha ha

Brewing for dummies

Drink C. Put B into barrel. Seal barrel with A. 

Get it right!

This is the primer. Pint of warm sugar with yeast in. Froth froth.

For the barrel!

Also, now we play the waiting game

More 'Sadly, No!' gold

Mysticdog said,

September 10, 2010 at 4:45

If I had the time, I would print the Quran on an American flag. Just to watch some heads explode.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island


Night Freight...

Self postage?

Before that..

There's a working family farm on the A27, the folks there will press your apples for you:

The apple chipper

The press

Squish. The grey tray is catching the juice

The leftover apple mush. For cows OM NOM NOM

Getting all pinickity

Charles, sterilising the barrel

Natural yeast on the apple skins starts fermenting the sugar. We'll add some Champagne yeast too.

Hydrometer shows a Specific gravity of about 1.040. Apparently this will give us a cider of about 5.5% alcohol.

Off the tart scale: Charles and I couldn't figure out the pH. Guy at the home-brew shop says it shouldn't matter.

So we got another pH test kit but couldn't figure that out either..

So, while starting out trying to be all scientific, it did end up at a bit of a 'she'll be apples*' effort.

Friday will mark the start of the adventures of the Champagne yeast.

*Thanks Kerls, I didn't think of that.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Horsing around on local radio

Did some promo stuff for the Beatles cover band. Fun!

Jonno the presenter

Dan, George, George's ass, and Pete

Thank you, King Wally Otto in the sound-proof booth!