Archive for January, 2008


24,January, 2008

I just found this on youtube – enjoy.

The Maple Syrup Pundit

23,January, 2008

I have always thought that I would like to be a pundit. Mainly because I like the title – it’s not scholarly like ‘professor’ or self-aggrandizing like ‘expert’. I could live with the designation – ‘Pundit’.

Here in the UK I always thought it would be fun to be a US election pundit. I’m not completely unqualified: I follow US politics the way real men follow football, I did work as a grunt for Jimmy Carter’s campaign in Pennsylvania and I can string a sentence together. I always fantasized pundit-ing on the radio. A civilised median that they still call “The Wireless” over here and you don’t even have to comb your hair if you don’t want to.

Saying that, now that I have a venue for punditry – this blog – I realised I would be crap at it. My writing style is about boiling a lot of information down to very little – like making maple syrup. Where as a pundit must spout off forever about nothing. I’d be bad at it.

Even so I’ll give it a shot. Here is my breakdown of the US election so far.

It seems to me that most Democrats would be fine with any one of their candidates getting the nomination and the Republican’s don’t really like any of their lot.

What else should we talk about now.

The World Wide Web’s Sock Guru Speaks

22,January, 2008

Some readers have complained that there has not been enough about socks on my blog. To those of you who have voiced this criticism, (you know who you are) I think you really should get out more.

But since I have appointed myself as the World Wide Web’s sock guru – last week I decided to splash out 11 quid (about $15 for the yanks) and buy a pair of anti-deep vein thrombosis flight socks for my journey to Cape Town.

I bought a pair at Boots Chemist in Heathrow airport but when I got on the plane I found I was seated next to an attractive young woman and didn’t have the courage to: show off my pasty pegs, or make it look like I was so old I needed support socks, or explain how I wear new socks every day. So I didn’t put them on. Since I didn’t die on the 11 hour journey down to South Africa, I was prepared to declare flight socks an overpriced con.

But in an effort to be fair, I wore them on the journey home (not a very attractive man sat next to me.) and I must say that they were very comfortable. I still think 11 pounds is too much but I did like the support and my feet slipped easily back into my shoes at the end of the flight.

I still would have given them a better review if I had died on the way out.

Congrats to the winner of the South African Socks!!!!

21,January, 2008

Congratulation to Robert and DJ but the special South African Socks go to Iburpoften!


Sock and Table Mountain Cape Town South Africa.

As soon as I wash these guys I’ll send then off to you.

Here are some more photo highlights of my trip.


Sock & Lizard on Table Mountain

I had to focus on one or the other – I think I made the right choice.


Robin Island, Cape Town and Sock


Camp Beach and Sock


On Top Of Table Mountain in Socks

I’m back and you can have my old socks

20,January, 2008

I’m back from my travels. I have deliberately not told you were I have been because I wanted to post the following competition. Below is the view that would have been from my hotel room, if they had given me a room with a harbor view. The first person to name this famous mountain wins a pair of very special only-worn-once socks.


I’ll give you a clue – the cloud that often flows off the top is call the Table Cloth

Fav Thing I Ever Did on Telly

19,January, 2008

Here is another quick posting. While I am on the road.

This is my favorite thing I ever did on television. From my show on BBC 2 – Stuff the White Rabbit.

Nadene likes quotes

18,January, 2008

I couldn’t just leave you with that last crap posting. How about this?

My girlfriend, the lovely Nadene, likes to put quotes on the bottom of her emails. I’ll leave you with her latest one.

“If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

There is no such thing as a free pair of socks

18,January, 2008

I started this year with a resolution to wear a new pair of socks every day and blog about it. I thought that I would probably post one or two times a week but it is seems that I’ve also resolved to blog every day. As the old saying goes, “There is no such thing as a free pair of socks,”

Saying that, I’m traveling this weekend (more about that later) and am having trouble with my new laptop. (more about that too) so today’s post is short and uninspired.

I like the NY Times article

about the Texas Supreme Court Justice who, with his lawyer wife, has been accused of burning down half of his neighborhood – but the local district attorney (who in under investigation for sending sexual, harassing emails) might not press charges. Boy oh boy, when Texas republicans screw up – they sure do it big.

The Secret Ingredient

17,January, 2008

No inspiration this morning until I made a fresh mango and pineapple smoothie and thought I’d give you guys another tidbit from The Single Dad’s Cookbook.


Ok, let’s start with breakfast. One of the best ways to become a nutritional uber-man is to make sure your kids get their 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day. If you have never tried that before, it’s easier to get a woman to appreciate the tone and resonance of your belching than it is to get your sprogs to put green stuff in their mouths. Fortunately breakfast is the perfect opportunity to slip some fresh stuff by them. The trick – smoothies. I got myself a cool retro looking blender with a tap made by Kenwood. Along with the novelty apron that makes me look like a naked woman, it’s the best kitchen investment I ever made.

Now, I’ve seen smoothie cookbooks in book stores and personally I think if you need a whole book to tell you how to cut up a piece of fruit and stick in into a blender then somebody should have smothered you with a pillow before you were allowed to reproduced. Saying that – my favourite smoothie is banana and strawberry. They are two of the easiest fruits to prepare and I usually put something else in there if I’m fully awake (peach, pineapple, pear, apple, mango.) After the fruit is in the blender, I add a bit of juice (apple, orange) and a couple of ice cubes. Then comes the secret ingredient – a bit of soy milk.

I know what you’re thinking, soy milk is that disgusting stuff made for emaciated, sandal-wearing vegetarians that you see looking unhealthy in health-food shops. Well I agree with you. You would have to threaten to do painful things to my privates before I poured soy milk over my corn flakes but, a tiny bit of the stuff does wonderful things to a smoothie. It gives it that smoothie-ish quality. And soy milk doesn’t need refrigeration before you open it, so you can stock up. That means you only have to put on tie-die and go to the health food store a couple of times a year. Actually, these days you can buy Soy milk in supermarkets. Who knows, there might be an attractive tree hugger behind you in the checkout queue that finds you and your soy attractive? Don’t knock naked solstice sunset dancing until you’ve tried it.


Fruit is Like a Meryl Streep Film

16,January, 2008 has an interesting article on how to live 14 years longer. Since I’m in favour of living longer I decided to read it and was surprised by how simple the recipe is.

1 – Don’t smoke. I can do that.

2 – Drink a little bit. I can do that too.

3 – Exercise a bit more. OK.

4 – Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegitables a day. Mmmm

The last bit shouldn’t be a problem but it is. I’m a meat, potato and bread guy. It’s not that I dislike fresh stuff it just that fruit and veg to me is like a Meryl Streep film. Every time I see a Ms. Streep movie I really like it but I just don’t go out of my way to see them.

Tonight I shall eat a huge bowl of brussels sprouts while watching the Bridges of Madison County.