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April 5th, 2006

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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 photo review of Diet Coke with Lime.Collapse )
Current Mood: optimisticunder a week until Meg, whee!
Current Music: 888.com Poker Naitons Cup theme

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Date:April 5th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
I love Diet Coke with Lime. You, sir, are a heathen.
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Date:April 5th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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?
Date:April 5th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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.
Date:June 17th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)


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Date:February 9th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)


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