I had just got back to my desk after having a shower.
One of my Facebook friends had shared a link to the Wizard of Oz, “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” …
Another one announced that all weekend plans were cancelled as a bit party was to be arranged.
Others are already debating whether she did good or bad.
So – the most famous Food Scientist (after Magnus Pyke) is dead.
There’s a guy cutting the grass on my housing estate with ear protectors on – he probably doesn’t know.
Surfing is great, isn’t it ?
What on earth did people do for entertainment before the internet?
I love this song by Paul & Dan Kelly.
Now, play it again.
Now – tell me you’re not singing it ?
This has been entertaining me tonight – Flightradar24.com
Zoom right in and see all the planes queuing up to land at Heathrow
Find out where that one over the north sea is heading (Chicago, from Schiphol!)
See what’s flying over your house, in real time
Click on each plane to see the Top Trump details
… and isn’t it amazing to see how many planes are up there!
Yes, you heard me – the cure.
This works particularly well with those painful, hard hiccups, the sort you get when you’ve had too much wine or eaten too much (not sure why else you would get hiccups to be honest).
Just ordinary vinegar – anything you have handy – premium or bog standard. as long as it’s full strength.
So by now you’re thinking, “But it’ll taste horrible! What sort of person takes vinegar straight?” – Well, someone who wants to get rid of their hiccups, that’s who.
All you need is one teaspoonful to see the effects. It’s nothing to do with the chemistry – in fact if you’ve overdone it with food or drink the chances are that your stomach is too acidic and this will only add to it – no, this is to do with control of the diaphragm.
Hold the teaspoonful of vinegar in front of you – preferably over the sink or something because let’s face it, you’re probably going to spill it – and think about how painful it would be if you hiccuped* WHILE you’re trying to have that spoonful. I’ve done it – it hurts, believe me. In order for you not to hiccup, you need to control your breathing. You need to concentrate. Get in the vinegar zone. Ready?
Now, carefully pour out and drink the vinegar. DON’T HICCUP!
Now wait. If you hiccup again, take another spoonful. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe.
Have your hiccups gone? No? Well click here to get your money back.
*why does this not have two p’s? And, why do we put an apostrophe in “p’s”?
In honour of this momentous arbitrary occasion, my friend Fi decided to invite people to take photos during this minute and launched a Facebook and Flickr group for people to store their images. I only stored one in each but these were the ones I took during the whole minute.
I popped out for lunch and decided to stop just down the road from our offices, close to Penrith. There has been a cold frost for several days here and today the fog had lingered for most of the day… the sun came out just for these shots.
I first listened to Fi being interviewed on Radio Cumbria, and when the time came I did actually still have a mobile signal (yay!) so posted up my pic, then ate my lunch, listening to a fieldfare in the tree next to me.
When I turned the car around to drive back to the office, The fields and trees had already started to defrost back to green and brown instead of white.