And with a cheery wave…

The end of the summer. read more

Tickle me more, dad!

The Irksomes #4: stingy nettles

I share my contempt for the humble stinging nettle.

Rich raspberry ripple ice cream

Rich raspberry ripple ice cream

It’s about time I put my ice cream maker through its paces again. Much as I love the chocolate and coffee flavours, I needed to make something different and fruity to show that it’s possible. Raspberries are in the shops so I bought a couple of punnets and found this recipe on the BBC Good Food site. Now, I’m on a singing course at the Benslow Music centre in Hitchin this week, and I didn’t want the raspberries to go off in my absence so I found myself starting this ice cream at 9.30 last night. Making a custard-based ice cream is a bit of a faff and generates rather too much washing up but once you get going it’s fine. Picture the scene: I have cream and full fat milk coming to the boil with a vanilla pod on the hob. I have...

The Irksomes #3: Earphones

I’ve had it up to here with earphones.

Pansies

You might have heard of Paul Harfleet’s Pansy Project? It sets out to commemorate homophobic incidents and attacks, first in London and the UK, and increasingly around the world. Pansy, is of course, a clever play on words: in English a term of homophobic abuse an read more

Dear Mrs Bulldog,

I find myself, yet again, writing a post about racism. It’s tiresome but I we need to acknowledge that it actually happens.

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