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03:31 am - April ten-spot
1. It's been some time since I last caught up with things; there have been some very low lows as well as some very high highs on my Friends list. I'll not go into the very low lows, other than to say that I'm thinking of, and hoping for, some of you. It's fun to celebrate the highs, though; many, many congratulations to leiabelle on her engagement to dakh! As a great philosopher once wrote, don't it make you feel good?

2. Many cheers for Oxford winning the Boat Race! Admittedly Cambridge did seem to have the better technique, so under the weather conditions perhaps this is a victory that can be attributed 50% to the choice of stations, 40% to the amazing start and 10% to the presence of pumps on the boat. They all count!

3. I really enjoyed the Commonwealth Games, particularly the way they offered non-stop games coverage on BBC 1 overnight which reminded me of World Of Sport without the wrestling. Anyone else remember Breakfast in Brisbane, though, the BBC's coverage of the previous Australian Commonwealth Games in 1982? Was that the BBC's first national attempt at breakfast television?

4. rialtus and jumbach are participating in separate local events of the 2006 edition of the (US) National MS Society's annual walk, and rialtus is collecting sponsorship online, pledging to double whatever donations are made. Sounds like dangerously open-ended benevolence to me. Anyway, please consider giving generously. JKR would doubtless approve.

5. The 888.com Poker Nations Cup and PartyPoker European Open have been fantastic recently - two of the three best poker shows yet broadcast, for my money. The Poker Nations Cup also benefits from the best theme tune yet, which you can download from the composers' audio showreel; a portentous timpani roll winds up towards a swining guitar in what they call a "rock/electronic anthem". Not sure what I'd call it, other than "bloody good".

6. The Melbourne University Puzzle Hunt is over, and it was cracking fun, considerably helped by being on a great team. The puzzles started off being extremely accessible, which gets a big thumbs-up from me, and wound up approaching MIT standards by the end. Londoners may find this puzzle as lovely as I did, though I think it's a lovely puzzle rather than a great one because it's missing a bit of internal logic to tell you, well, which direction to take at each junction. Turns out that there is no such internal logic, which is a bit of a shame. Still a lovely puzzle, though.

7. daweaver came and visited me at the end of last week. I slept through the first three hours of his visit, fed him undercooked stir-fry, showed him that Ice Warriors was as spectacularly bad a show as we all remembered, made him repair my PC once I cavalierly decided to delete the video drivers from it (in an abortive attempt to get VCR-to-PC TV capture going) and made him solve puzzles for us the next day. Man, I know how to show people a good time. Anyway, Iain cracked said puzzle above in well under ten minutes, demonstrating again how smart he is.

8. I want to call someone "the 21st century version of Sid James", but I'm not quite sure exactly who is deserving of that lofty epithet. Are there any more deserving challengers for the title than Ricky Tomlinson?

9. There are signs in the centre of town which say "leave it and someone will thieve it", which remind me of how annoyingly irregular the English language is and how difficult it must be to learn. Consider the verbs "to believe" and "to thieve"; a belief is something that is believed, yet a thief is someone who thieves. Also note the absence of such words as believery or beleft.

10. I'm feeling thin these days, but I'm not feeling very light. Accordingly, I would like to lose a little extra weight. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables to this end; if I manage to get my five portions a day, then I'm doing pretty well towards eating well, as far as I'm concerned. My lunchbox at work normally consists of a salad sandwich, a banana, a pot of dried apricots for snacks, a bag of crisps, a two-finger KitKat and a Coke. The first three are generally good; the second three... well, there are improvements that could be made there.

Accordingly, I'm trying to consider whether I could cut down from regular Coke to a diet variety thereof. I have nothing against regular Coke and its drinkers, but I know enough people who have made the move to diet drinks and coped that it's an obvious option. The problem is that I don't like Diet Coke. Accordingly, I have bought little bottles of Diet Coke with Lime and Diet Coke with Cherry (why not "Diet Cherry Coke", like it used to be?) in an attempt to see whether they're nicer.

Besides, this strikes me as an excellent excuse to try out lambertman's old "review soft drinks through the medium of mugging for the camera" routine, which is (a) easily funny enough to rip off and (b) long enough ago that almost all of you won't remember it. Admittedly I know that I'm also ripping off Zzap! 64 as well, but that's a good thing. (Isn't it?)

My review of Diet Coke with Lime: not much taste to it, and what taste does exist tends to be aftertaste. The hint of lime is very weak; perhaps it's meant to be calcium lime rather than citrus lime, or something. But you're not here for the text, you're here for the silly photos.

On a scale of to ,

I award Diet Coke with Lime:


PS Do I need a haircut and should the sideburns go? Meg gets the only vote on these matters.
Current Mood: optimisticunder a week until Meg, whee!
Current Music: 888.com Poker Naitons Cup theme

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From:meggitymeg
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
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*snogs the silly t00b*

If you can make it look like this photo, then, yes. You've been using the Dread Hairbrush again, haven't you?
From:2ndavemusic
Date:April 5th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
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Undercooked stir-fry is fine (unless there's some dangerous protein involved). Overcooked stir-fry is mushy and altogether nasty. I'd say you erred on the right side of the ledger.

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From:imc
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
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I doubt that anyone will find themselves offering me stir fry, but I feel the need to point out that I prefer mine to be mushy. :-p
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 9th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Whisper it, but that is the direction I prefer mine to err on as well.
From:tleberle
Date:April 5th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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In my overseas travels, I marvel at how good the European Coke Light tastes, while our Yankee version Diet Coke is the closest thing to ass that you can legally put in a bottle. I would say to go for Coke Light. Tastes great, less of the buzz.

That picture scale was the funniest thing I've seen all week. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 5th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
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See, lambertman's were much funnier. You can still see the links to the Soft Drink Review posts, but unfortunately the pictures ain't where they used to be. Help us out, please, Chri$?
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From:lambertman
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I can dig them out, but I really think yours beats mine. You are intrinsically more humourous than me. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 9th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I dunno - it's pretty hard to beat



for an interpretation of the :-\ emoticon.

Dig them out, or I might be forced to... ;-)
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From:jumbach
Date:April 5th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
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Two things:

1. I won't be participating in the MS Walk this year; because I work for a nonprofit myself, there are strict rules about my soliciting donations for another. Even on my own time. However, there is nothing that says I can't DONATE to the walk, so we'll be sponsoring Carl on his walk.

2. Speaking of word vageries, you may enjoy my most recent post.

2a. Diet Coke? Yuck; I'll stick with the real thing.
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From:titanic_days
Date:April 5th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
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Ricky Tomlinson? Are you quite mad?

Alan Sugar, surely.
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From:imc
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Bingo! At least on the visual side of things. I can't imagine Alan Sugar as the main character of a sitcom, really. (By leaving the digital box on Paramount Comedy 2 every night we are being "treated" to frequent doses of "Bless This House" (which has the distinction of being the only other thing I've ever seen Mumford from Rentaghost in)).
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From:bateleur
Date:April 5th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
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I like the photo review very much indeed !

And that London puzzle took me much less that ten minutes... to give up on, shaking my head in bewilderment. ;-)
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From:oinomel71
Date:April 5th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
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3. The never-wrong Wikipedia reports that BBC Sport has had live coverage of every Summer Olympics since 1964. Bearing in mind the time difference, that suggests Tokyo 1964 coverage as being the very first attempt at something breakfast televisiony in Britain.

<rantzen>Unless, of course, you know different.</rantzen>
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From:oldbloke
Date:April 5th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
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My kid Jack, at 2.5 years, has a laugh that's very nearly Sid James - with a bit of pirate mixed in, and he does have normal 2.5yr laughs as well.

ISTR some research claiming that people using diet versions of soft drinks don't lose any weight. I've switched from PepsiMax (which has the best taste of all the colas, for me) to standard Pepsi when I want a cola, but have made my main drink flavoured lowfat milks (only 36p per half litre bottle at Costco).

Re the English language, I assume you'll have see this poem somewhere at some point. Though it addresses only pronunciation, not the vagaries of declensions and conjugations.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 5th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
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You assume wrong.

Crikey, of all the reasons to be glad to be born British, linguistic convenience and good fortune that the USA chose English rather than German (or Spanish) is actually towards the top of the list.
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From:lathany
Date:April 5th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
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I found that diet drinks were like giving up sugar in tea and coffee. At first they tasted a bit odd and undersweet; but now I couldn't drink the sugared versions.

Loved the photos.
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From:sir_quirky_k
Date:April 5th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
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5. Not quite sure I like the theme as much as you, but it does work. I think. Perhaps listening to it through tinny headphones at 10am doesn't do it justice, which with that guitar is very possible.

9. That is just a bizarre (mis?)use of the English language. The second most desperate rhyme I've ever seen. I'll let other people try and guess the first.

10. Personally I've never liked fizzy drinks. Or indeed any carbonated drinks at all - and yes, that does extend to sparkling water. For some reason it just feels completely wrong. But that is just me.

And that's an amusing photo post.
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From:missingdonut
Date:April 5th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
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Thank you for my new avatar. As for the PS... what sideburns?

I drink only diet soda because the regular strength is too sweet. Then again, I generally prefer savory flavors to sweet. A better way to start on diet sodas might be to find diet fruit-flavored sodas, such as grape, orange, or cherry instead of the diet colas.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 5th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
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Hey, knock yourself out. (Perhaps I ought to upload the 17 photos I took in the hope of three good ones.) I have a suspicion that I'll be seeing that usericon on (almost?) every post you make to this journal, though :-)
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From:missingdonut
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
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You'll be seeing that usericon a lot. It's just one of those epic one-of-a kind pictures from a normally staid character that you have to keep for posterity. It would be like if the host of the British version of Deal or No Deal wore a pink dress on one show.
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From:meggitymeg
Date:April 5th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
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*nods* The nutritionist I saw lately said the same thing - to start with diet fruit-flavored drinks, rather than diet Coke. I'm a purist, though - I drink it for the taste. Ergo, I've switched to alternating my cans of Coke with bottles of water, in an effort (mostly successful) to A)drink more water and B)drink less Coke. :)
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From:missingdonut
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Diet Coke recipe:

1 bottle Coke
1 bottle water

That way you don't have to alternate!

I'm tempted to make a parody avatar of yours that says coke addict but I don't have any powdered sugar around here. I do have Biz laundry detergent, that might look reasonable.
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From:hawkida
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
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I never used to like diet drinks but the company I worked for supplied them for free. I had the choice of developing a taste for them or paying good money for alternatives. I did the former. I do worry about the amount of aspartame I consume as a result, though. If you are switching for health reasons then consider moving to plain old water.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 5th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, I drink plenty of water at work as well; I like having something caffeinated as well, what with the length of the shift and the desire for some sort of legal chemical stimulant. I will drink a cup of coffee on about half the shifts, normally black, 1½ tsp of sugar and quite strong, but I don't really like the taste, whereas I do like the taste of Coke.

Water plus ProPlus (or generic equivalent...) would be the brutalist solution, I suppose.
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From:strangefrontier
Date:April 5th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
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I tend to prefer diet sodas to full-sugar ones, because normal ones are too sweet in a syrupy way (which is entirely odd for someone with such a sweet tooth like me!). I found Diet Coke with Lime very tasty, and a particularly good mixer for dark rum.
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From:chrisvenus
Date:April 5th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Awesome review. Great photos. I'm tempted to steal the idea (or a varition of it) myself at some point. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 9th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Go for it! Clearly the way of the future.

I note that lambertman stopped after about three sets, and I suspect quitting while you're ahead may well be the winning move here - a few photos go a long way. :-)
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From:fruufoo
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
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If you're trying to cut down on fizzy drinks, I'd say go for water instead. Caffeinated things in general aren't good because they're addictive and give you insomnia and other ickyness in the long run, so if you cut down you'd probably find you need less of it to get by after a while anyway.

Have you thought of opting for water plus a snack, like fruit or something similarly sugary as an alternative? That way you get vitamins and fibre with your sugar fix, and it should still wake you up fairly effectively. :D I find that bananas and apples are good for that. :)

Personally, I've never liked non-diet coke; it makes my teeth feel funny! I love your photos; I'm looking forward to seeing how you review various other drinks. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 9th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I do well on the fruit and water front over the rest of the shift; a Coke pick-me-up at lunchtime does the trick!
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From:fruufoo
Date:April 10th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
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I can't help thinking that if you're only drinking the coke at lunchtime, you don't really need it, because if you needed the caffeine and sugar that badly, you'd be going for it towards the end of your shift. ;)
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From:heinous_bitca
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
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I love Diet Coke with Lime. You, sir, are a heathen.
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From:imc
Date:April 5th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I can't speak for the diet one, since I find most Aspartame-containing things to be vile (which is why it irks me so much that Tesco and Sainsbury's seem to have more or less stopped selling non-sweetener versions of most of their own-brand drinks. I mean, Tesco's ginger beer comes in diet and non-diet versions, and even the non-diet one now contains Aspartame — what's that all about, then?). However, I drank Coke with Lime last time I was in the USA and found it rather pleasant. My other half is a fan of Diet Coke with Lime.

As for Diet Coke with Cherry, it appears to be not the same as Diet "Cherry Coke" (the latter of which I think was rebranded "Coca-Cola Cherry" some time last year) because it's black-cherry flavoured while the traditional Cherry Coke is red-cherry flavoured.

I recently found out that there exists something called "Dr Pepper Berries and Cream" which sounds intriguing and we'll have to try to locate some next week.

BTW: what sideburns?
From:daweaver
Date:April 5th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Cambridge did seem to have the better technique

Not for the two of us who were listening to David "The Games" Goldstrom on Eurosport. Oxford were putting in more strokes per minute, so had to be quicker on the buzzer when Thorper asked the really difficult questions just after Hammersmith-bridge.

Anyone else remember Breakfast in Brisbane, though, the BBC's coverage of the previous Australian Commonwealth Games in 1982? Was that the BBC's first national attempt at breakfast television?

The Transdiffusion or OTT teams would be able to give you a definitive answer. To the best of my recollection, there were early morning programmes on 29.07.81 (Chuck and Chucker) and on 28.05.82 (Karol Wojita's visit to the UK), then for the duration of the Brisbane games. Regular service, of course, began 17.01.83, and that was the first time there was any form of regional programming.

O'Mel's point about Tokyo doesn't quite square with The Fourth Programme's Sport in the Sixties broadcast last year. Most of the coverage came by air on film, with Wednesday events in Tokyo forming Thursday's programme on the BBC. Live coverage was dependent on Pacific and Atlantic satellite availability, and the doc intimated such coverage was restricted to an hour or so per day - presumably the evening events, which would have gone out late morning UK time.

However, it is highly possible that there was some form of early-morning catch-up for the Montréal games in 1976. If I get the chance, I'll look this up in the bound volumes of Radio Times (or the microfiched newspapers) in the Central-library.

Upon further reflection, the puzzle in point 6 is always going from interchange to interchange. It would, I suppose, be an appropriate Sponsored Event to follow this route. Allow just over two hours to follow the route exactly, and don't forget that you've got to pass through Mornington Crescent.

Point 10: are you taking some exercise? Something as low-impact as pilates or yoga might be do-able in ten minutes when your shifts have finished.
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