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January 5th, 2003

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02:52 am - Datatastic entry minus one
More snow today; unfortunately I have sneezed about ten times and picked up a runny nose. (Britbleeders, please remind me if this is sufficient for me to have to ring up the Blood Service and warn them that I gave 'em a duff batch of A+ yesterday.)

Followups: I somehow managed to miss this at the time, but yesterday's fake Hansard might not actually have been as expletive-ridden as this factual senior civil servant effing and blinding last year.

lambertman loves football. :-)

On the fantastic game show front, there are some new developments on Timegate, the hoped-for Knightmare pseudo-sequel, as we find this highly promising-looking 8.76 MB .wmv-format pilot/promo video clip. Still highly possible to cock the game up from here (and, more importantly, no news of the show actually having received a commission) but I like what I see.

Back on the 13th of December, I was directed to the availability of free fairtrade chocolate. Twenty grams (or, as we refer to it in the chocolate-scoffing trade, "just enough to give the kids a treat") of finest Green and Black's Organic Chocolate arrived today, as if there weren't enough chocolate in the house already. I have silly pictures.

The front of a bar of appetising chocolate.

The back of a bar of delectable chocolate.

A scary photo of me enjoying some of the chocolate.

The chocolate was less obviously fairtrade and more obviously organic than I was expecting, but that's not a bad fault. It was pretty good, too. (Apparently Green and Black's is all fairtrade without them needing to trumpet the fact on the wrapping. Thumbs up.)

On another topic, we recently "enjoyed" some of the chocolate that we bought for Christmas 2001 which we have let expire past its "best before" date. It was one of those cheap sold-all-around-Europe efforts and the back cover is a veritable Rosetta stone (a Cadbury's Rosetta stone, surely?) for names of ingredients of cheap chocolates in many interesting languages. Look! (.png format, just under 3 MB, may disappear after the end of January 2003.)
Current Mood: chocolatey
Current Music: "Burning Heat" .mp3

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Date:January 5th, 2003 01:35 am (UTC)

Hahha! Finally, the chocolate arrived! Glad you got it (and enjoyed it, apparently)!
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Date:January 5th, 2003 02:56 am (UTC)
i. I want snow! YOYOY is the South East so wretchedly balmy?

ii. I think you should be OK on the blood front. They seem to have got a lot less strict about what might threaten a recipient's life lately.

iii. Got my chocolate yesterday too. Haven't tried it yet.
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Date:January 5th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Mmmm, wafer! Definitely not SUCKY!

I think a new usericon is in order here. :)
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Date:January 5th, 2003 08:34 am (UTC)
Nope - chocolate, all chocolate, rather nice chocolate too. Hurrah for Goodness Direct, who sound like they should be suppliers of indulgences and your one-stop pan-religious superstore.

Scary-face usericon isn't a bad idea by any means, but I'm trying to get rid of usericons with faces and replace them by usericons without faces. Except funny ones, naturally.
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Date:January 6th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC)

Give that man a rosette-a!

Thanks for the scan of the chocolate in many languages. A friend recently suggested going around the house noting just how many languages you can find on packaging - it can be a surprise. Especially in the bathroom: our lodger left some toiletries rebranded for Slovakia and any Gillette product provides four Scandinavian languages.

In your case I imagine board game instructions will be fruitful...
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Date:January 6th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)

You should be stoned for that one

Yes, I thought that you in particular would be likely to be amused by that.

Board game instructions tend to have too many sentences involving grammar and too few nouns, except for the classic (but sadly apocryphal) Das RollenDicenMovenDobberenSchtuffenUpDerDuffenSpiel. Darren.

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