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Sunday, 16 November 2008
How not to serve beer

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One of the easiest ways to ruin a perfectly good draft Belgian beer would be to serve it with a wedge of orange on top. Why would anyone want to do that?

Posted by bigblue on 16/11/2008 at 05:55 PM
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
Chicago

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Somehow I don’t think I’m in Kansas anymore. Despite Chicago being Obama’s home town, the political souvenirs were to be found in Washington not here.

Posted by bigblue on 15/11/2008 at 11:45 AM
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Friday, 14 November 2008
Lightning strikes twice

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I took this photo coming into the greater Washington City area by plane.

A strange thing happened to me before catching this plane. The front wheel on the plane I was due to catch had to be replaced after it landed at the airport where I was waiting, {and this delayed me, although I ended up taking a different plane). The same thing happened last week. Perhaps it is more common than I had assumed.

Posted by bigblue on 14/11/2008 at 05:16 AM
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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Obamania

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There’s a certain face in America that’s being used to sell a lot of merchandise: magazines, books, t-shirts, badges, stickers,... The McCainiacs and Palinists can get their stuff at 50% off though, and they have a greater diversity/more sizes to choose from.

Posted by bigblue on 13/11/2008 at 12:09 PM
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Planes

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I’ve had my fill of planes and airports the past two weeks. As I’m in an airport now I can’t say I’m suprised there’s a plane hanging down from the ceiling. My meeting with th client went well today. I’m meeting up with a colleague from New York then heading on to Chicago. I deliberately avoided travelling via New York so I can’t really complain that about the cities I’m passing through.

Posted by bigblue on 13/11/2008 at 12:07 AM
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
World bread

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I knew I was back home when I found myself in the “World Bread” section of a local supermarket and it contained only Hovis, Warburton, Alison and the (British) supermarket’s own house brand.

Posted by bigblue on 11/11/2008 at 07:28 AM
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Monday, 10 November 2008
Scandinavia

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Airlines that serve meals allow one to pick food from a list of “meal options”. As a vegetarian, who is also dairy and wheat intolerant, I have found that none of the choices cater for my precise need. (Airlines don’t seem to think that wheat and dairy intolerance go together).

One option is to request a vegan (dairy-free) meal and throw away the bread roll. Something else I would consider is asking for a “Hindu” meal option. But last week I discovered that BA serves chicken and SAS serves beef as a Hindu meal. Strange that.

I’ve spent last week travelling in Denmark and Sweden visiting a client. The photo above was my ride home, a flight that was delayed because the nose tyre had to be replaced after it landed in Copenhagen. This was good news because my inbound flight was delayed and I would have missed it if it had departed on time.  Also lightening striking twice and all that.

Posted by bigblue on 10/11/2008 at 08:06 AM
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Sunday, 09 November 2008
90 years later

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At villages around the country this morning traffic stopped, wreath-laying ceremonies and minutes of silence were held, the last post was played. We are reminded that this country is currently involved in two wars that have lasted longer than World War I.

What worries me is the creeping militarisation of our society, the army presence at sports events, at schools, fairs and bonfire nights. The talk of heroic youth and glorious dead. It seem that collectively we have chosen to forgot about the reality of war. See also what JimJay wrote and a debate provoked.

Posted by bigblue on 09/11/2008 at 03:54 PM
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