Month: October 2012

What can 56% of women do?


What a great concept! Read on, courtesy of margekatherine

(Something strange happened to the reblog. The article is worth a read – click the link above.)

Originally posted on Marge Katherine: logo

It’s election time in the US again and there are two men competing to run the country and vying for the female vote. Where are the female candidates?
In 2012 there are currently 20 Female World Leaders serving as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors serving their countries.  In the US, we don’t even have a female Vice President on the ballot.

And yet – there is a way. We only have to follow the example of Rwanda. Yup – that third world country that none of us knows anything about.  In four years time they went from 30% females in leadership roles to 56%. Guess what happened then …

Rwanda ranks #1 in the world in terms of women in the national legislature. It ranks above Sweden, Cuba, Norway, and Denmark, and 191 other countries.

The US currently ranks #79.

“What would happen if ‘overnight,’ women who are already…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign

So, what is foreign?

We recently visited a motoring museum. We weren’t the only ‘tourists’ visiting that day.

A small group from overseas were being given a quick tour of the site. If you look closely you will see that the object of the lens of these other visitors was actually  US! Ironically, he had totally missed the object of our attention……

Frankly, the Napier Railton was far more photogenic. It’s on display at the Brooklands Motor Museum. We watched it being rolled out to this position, and then it was filled with petrol in readiness for a race the next day.

Motoring isn’t like that any more……

Lots more entries to the challenge, and full details so that you too can enter, can be found here. There are few others below.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Esenga’s Voice
  2. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : FOREIGN « beyond toxicity
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | StandingStill
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: FOREIGN « iñigo boy
  5. CHINA: Foreign to me | Summerfield84’s English blog
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Joy and Woe
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « Kingdom of Sharks
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « A New Day
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « AfghansAbroad
  10. Foreign « Galang Pusa
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreign | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « What’s (in) the picture?
  13. WordPress Photo Challenge: Foreign « A year in the Life
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Italian Brat’s Obsessions
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | My Sardinian Life
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign | Just Snaps
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Far Away
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « Afghan Videos and Music
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Lucid Gypsy
  20. Foreign « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  21. Foreign Cows « wingrish
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « Disorderly Chickadee
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Bams’ Blog
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « beyondpaisley
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « It’s Just Me
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « Keith the Green’s Blog
  27. Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Teaching in Bahrain «
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign | Chittle Chattle
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign | Figments of a DuTchess
  30. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FOREIGN « Francine In Retirement

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette

Each day (when I’m at home) I stand at a particular spot and take a photograph of a specific view. I document it here, and one of the pictures I took this morning fits perfectly into the theme announced a short while ago by the Weekly Photo Challenge.

There have been a number of grey starts to the day over the last while, so ‘silhouette’ is often a result of the quick photography session.

These are just some of the other entries:

  1. Solo simples siluetas « La Mandraka
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « britten
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhoutte « The Laughing Housewife
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Express with Photos
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Italian Brat’s Obsessions
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – Joy and Woe
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Figments of a DuTchess
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge; Silhouette « So where’s the snow?
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette of the mighty palms « patriciaddrury
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Welcome to my world…
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: SILHOUETTE | eagerexplorer
  13. Photo Journal/ Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette «
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « A Happy and Beautiful World
  15. Silhouette « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « Disorderly Chickadee
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Wind Against Current
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « …between the latitudes…
  19. Different Plants, Different Silhouettes | Empire of Lights
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette | Chittle Chattle
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Esenga’s Voice
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette | Just Snaps
  23. WordPress Photos Challenge: Silhouette « A year in the Life
  24. Silhouette « bukaningrat ™
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Pretty little thing, waiting for The King, down in the jungle room…
  26. photo challenge: silhouette « A Meditative Journey with Saldage
  27. Roadside Advertising: Not just a Load of Bull « East of Málaga
  28. An Estnoian Silhouette « wingrish
  29. An Estonian Silhouette « wingrish
  30. weekly photo challenge: silhouette « a nomad in the land of nizwa
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette « What’s (in) the picture?
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette | Far Away
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge : Silhouette | Les Petits Pas de Juls


You remember that it was in the post?

It was a food package to a(n almost) starving student!

Arrival was a little delayed due to the Royal Mail, but all was delivered safely today.


Just for fun

I sent this too

Mounted and ready for hanging on a student wall! Bright, cheerful, and a chicken.

A chicken?!

Well, why not? :lol:

A Four Letter Word -Off

Now I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do watch the news at certain times of the day, and more often than not I am sceptical about some of the reporting. However, I must be gullible too, as I believed every word of one report this morning. Now, let me try and give you the gist of what was said.

Apparently EVERYBODY in the country (please now interpret that as EVERYBODYminusOne) has been following the GBBO. To the uninitiated (I was one until this morning) this is the Great British Bake Off, or (because four words are more than the average person can apparently understand) ‘Bake Off’. It would appear that people have been enthralled by watching people tackle a variety of recipes. I thought that maybe the cooked items were hurled at the other contestants to make it more exciting, but no, it is based around watching a cake rise. Last night a winner was chosen and certain ‘delectable delights’ were baked, all being illustrative of the competition

Photo courtesy of and linked to the BBC

This picture might fill you with desire. It might start your mouth watering, and you may well try the recipe from which the picture was taken. As far as I’m concerned, however it evokes unpleasant memories of childhood teatime and is the dreaded ‘stuff’ of which ‘Scottish’ High Tea is made. (High Tea is a meal served in late afternoon or very early evening. It isn’t ‘tea’ and it isn’t ‘dinner’ it’s somewhere between the two. It is served in several parts of the UK, including Scotland. It often consists of a cooked main course followed by a selection of cakes, and the ones that I remember most vividly were served at a particular place in Scotland.)

Home baking was the policy when I was a child. Grandmother, who lived close by, had a baking day, and so too did my mother. We still cook many of the recipes that were handed down, and, of course, they are all delicious. Not all families followed the same principle, however, and shop cakes were available for those that did not bake. Visiting friends for tea was often a bit of an adventure, and one of the things that sometimes took pride of place on the table was a plate of ‘Fondant Fancies’. These were usually either pink or yellow, and I hated them. Not only were they covered in the sickliest icing imaginable, but horror of horrors, there was a blob of butter icing to contend with too. Reading the recipe linked above I see that these too are made in that fashion. I really can’t believe that they were part of such a competition. In fact, I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t written this post as I’m already beginning to feel queasy at the thought of them. The worst thing of all was that they were even served for tea at the Ritz. An that was a tremendous let down.

I’d be interested to know what you all think. I’m willing to bet that I’m in the minority, but actually, I don’t even think that the above items look appetising. This post isn’t in response to this post, but it does fit in with the theme (food), so I’m linking with it. If you write on the same subject this week let me know and I’ll pop over and visit.

Autumn Fun

I’m not dodging the issue, but there is no revelation of the contents of yesterday’s packages as the parcel has yet to be delivered! Sadly Royal Mail let down the recipient! So, I thought I would give you a little glimpse of what I did today.

The day started well with a good meeting with a friend and colleague. It’s always good to meet with like-minded people, and today we were both very much on the same wavelength. I will have more to tell you about this in the future, but our meeting had to be curtailed. A quick dash homeward was needed for grandmotherly duties. Here is the recipe for some fun, but I forgot to take pictures all the way through. (You will have to use your imaginations)

Wash hands well and make sure they are really dry, then crumble flour and butter together. Mix a little sugar in there too, but only as much as Grandma says!

Take one apple picked from Grandpa’s tree. Watch while Grandma peels and slices, then carefully arrange in the bottom of a dish. Watch again while Grandma repeats the operation with an apple from Daddy’s tree, arrange these slices on top of the others. Now sprinkle a generous portion of blackberries hand picked with Grandpa over the top and then sprinkle with sugar. Grandma will say ‘Not too much’ again.

Next use a spoon to put the crumbly mixture all over the top.


This was fun


Wow it looks good!

Sadly it takes a while to cook, so just time to play Draughts and Tour of Britain with Grandpa while it was in the oven. Grandma took this photo while we played, but she thinks she could have done better.


It was yummy, but Grandma and Grandpa had to go homebefore we all ate it…..

It’s in the post ….

I’m not the one that’s travelling, but the ‘travel’ tag is justified by the fact that these are :)


No more clues as the recipient reads this blog. One is expected….

I wonder what the others are?

All wrapped in hand dyed paper too. Wonder how that will be used next?

Breakfast on the go!

I can’t remember the first time I had this. It was probably cooked by my grandmother, but we often had it on picnics as I grew up. I know that my great-grandmother cooked it, so I suppose you could sort of say that it’s a family recipe. However, it’s so basic that I don’t think we can lay claim to owning it.

First, shortcrust pastry. I only made a mix of 70g margarine to 140g of plain flour as the dish I was using is only 7 inches in diameter (I hope you like the mix of metric and imperial – hopefully everyone is satisfied by one of the measurements ;) )

Divide it into two and roll it out to fit your container

(I used a small pie plate.)

Sprinkle small pieces of bacon over the base

Break the odd whole egg on top

then add more bacon on top.

Carefully break the yolks, don’t mix them around, just let them gently ooze out a little. Season, but be aware that the bacon is probably salty. (I just use black pepper)

Make a hole, or a few slashes, in the other piece of rolled pastry

pop it on top, sealing the edge and brush with milk. Avoid the slashes, the milk will seal them.

Bake for approx 30 mins at 200 deg C (if it’s larger reduce the temperature to 190 deg C an increase the time)

It should be a lovely golden brown. You can see the area that I didn’t brush with milk. I did that to show you the difference.

It’s good served warm or cold.