Food and drink

Operation Cup Of Tea

I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about the rioting at looting that has been taking place in parts of the UK. But I fully support the sentiment behind Operation Cup Of Tea, the “Anti-Riot” that took place on Facebook and Twitter at 8.30pm today. Stay positive and have a cup of tea.

Muesli for the kids

Cereal is worthy but boring. Muesli is worthy but bo-oo-ring. Everyone knows that. So it always helps if a cereal has a good gimmick for the kids. I noticed last week that Dorset Cereals’ berries and cherries muesli turns the milk purple. There is untapped potential here. Marketing people, get your hats on!

Walkers crisps — a miscellany of moans

Limited edition crisps Walkers’ limited edition crisps are marketing genius, but culinary crap. Am I the only one to have noticed that Walkers just wheel out the same flavours over and over again? The only difference is the names. From the current World Cup series, I have definitely had ‘French garlic baguette’ some time before. […]

The Edinburgh Twestival

I had a great time yesterday at the Edinburgh Twestival, an opportunity to meet other local users of Twitter while at the same time raising money for charity: water. A comment I heard a lot from other people was that the event wasn’t quite what they expected. It certainly wasn’t a total geekfest as some […]

Christmas vs. New Year

At work, we are given a choice between working on Boxing Day or working on the 2 January. I have always opted to take 2 January off, even though I tend not to drink much on Hogmanay — certainly not enough for me still to be hungover two days later. Sure enough, this year I […]

Sleeping patterns: progress update

My first post about my sleeping patterns was a surprise hit. So I have decided to write a second update as I reach the halfway mark of my year-long experiment to keep data on my sleeping patterns. The previous post ended on a bit of a cliffhanger as all my graphs were spiking up quite […]

Another day, another populist policy from the SNP

I am rather confused by Jeff’s post on the SNP’s new proposals designed to curb anti-social drinking. He says that the SNP’s approach is radical and is proof that the SNP is not just populist. But when you look at the proposals, they are a who’s who of reactionary measures that could well have been […]

A casual coffee lover’s review of the AeroPress

I like to think that it is a function of my age rather than my popularity that I got only one birthday present this year! If I stretch the concept a bit, it was announced on my birthday that Formula 1 coverage was moving back to the BBC. But not even I am egotistical enough […]

Junk thinking

I saw this on television yesterday but couldn’t find anything about it online — although the video is here. Now Robert Sharp has directed me to a couple of pages on this issue. It seems as though the regulations surrounding advertising junk food are about to be tightened further. Yesterday adverts for junk food were […]

Tasty but inoffensive crisps

Unlike some people, I am not a fat bastard. But for me, a day is not complete without a packet of crisps. Or two. Or three. At work a few months ago I was talking to the representative from Walkers Crisps. He told me that Cheddar Cheese flavour was being discontinued along with Spicy Chilli […]