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nature notes

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Don't get excited. I'm not saying I'm going to get back to posting regularly again. I'm still prioritising life over blogging ;-)

But I thought I should log that I just witnessed a crow attacking a heron in Regent's Park. I was coming up to the gates where my route from town joins the inner circle, heard a squawking and screeching and looked up to see a very strange outline in the sky. It was a heron with wings and legs spread out randomly dropping towards me as if coming in to land. It righted itself and arrowed over my head pursued by an angry crow.

Earlier this year I heard woodpecker-like sounds two days in a row on my way to get the paper and decided to keep my eyes open on the way home. A spotted woodpecker was sitting on a tv aerial pecking away at it. Apoa saw it the next day so it obviously spent a few days there expressing itself.

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linguists still love jamie

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All the linguists I spoke to were early adopters and big fans of Jamie Oliver when he first started off as a young lad zipping around London on his scooter picking up ingredients and drumming with his mates. He's still got the ability to come up with recipes that look simple, turn out to actually be simple and taste good when you've made them. We've just started a routine where the kids cook one evening meal each every week and Apoa is starting off by referring to the first Naked Chef book

Last night we had her own adaptation of 'Pappardelle with mixed wild mushrooms' It was, indeed, delicious.

We're impressed by her creative and artistic approach. Her first thought was to ask us if we could pick up any enoki mushrooms and she's had us out sourcing ingredients for the past few days.

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the end of fopp B-(

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This makes me very sad. I was in Fopp last week when they were taking cash only but didn't realise it wasn't just a blip with their card machines. B-(

the damned utd

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Met Tim in the pub and lent him the excellent the damned utd which he hadn't read yet. He revealed to me he was living next door to Brian Clough when he was winning the league with Derby and stuff. Don't think he features in the book, though.

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script frenzy

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dug told me to sign up for script frenzy so I did

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not dry

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The party was great. Not dry at all. The wine was consumed rather slowly, but that may have been partly to do with the fact that there had been some consumption in advance. Nice to see students outside class and with no more coursework or anything hanging over them (in most cases). And to hear about plans for the soon-to-be-graduating and the views from the end of year 1 and year 2.

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deadline day

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It's the final deadline day of the semester so I'm sitting here typing this above a hall full of administrators gathering work from tired students. The union bar is closed until September so the only way the students can get a drink after handing in is if they come to our unbelievably hip and groovy 'handing in party'. I don't think the students know there will be alcohol available as I just heard one of them say it would be 'well dry'...

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Billy on the beach