Archive for December 25th, 2010

I sat in my Staterooms at midday alone, listening to Church bells.  I had to my right, a glass of Rioja. The Archbishop of Canterbury was calling for the rich to help;  a speech which I am sure was followed closely by HMRC and The Treasury,  and he was suggesting that the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton would bind the very fabric of Britain together again.  I have no idea what planet he is on, but it seems a harmless enough activity in these dark days to wander about in medieval robes with a shepherds staff and try to communicate with what is largely a ‘mammonic’ heathen state.  His ‘oppo’ in Rome,  Papa Ratzi, called for an end to conflicts – ironic, given history,  since Popes of old seemed to start most of them or sanction them.

Unfortunately, because I was rather busy qua Chef Charon preparing an exquisite haute cuisine lunch for one – a creazione of roast lamb slices built into an absurd display, complete with smeared nonsense, on the plate and a Claridge’s Chicken pie a la Ramsay, complete with Marsala wine…….I missed HM The Queen auditioning for a spot on BBC Sport at 3.00.  I shall pick it up on MonarchyTube later.

I enjoyed looking at tweeted pictures of burnt potatoes and ‘unusual’ christmas lunches on Flickr for a few minutes and had a most enjoyable Skype call with a fellow blawger and friend, Cathy Gellis, a US lawyer in California.  It was 8.00 am her time, so she was not drinking.  This would not, of course, have stopped me on a holiday day, but I was well into the vino rosso and continued as we talked about a pleasingly wide  range of interesting issues.  Skype video is a remarkable invention.  And talking of inventions – it is the 20th anniversary of the founding of WWW by Tim Berners-Lee

Wikipedia notes: Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA (born 8 June 1955,[1] also known as “TimBL“), is a British engineer and computer scientist and MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in March 1989.[2] On 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN, he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet.

I decided that I would not watch any TV today – so, thankfully, I missed the One Ronnie and a host of programmes dug from the mists of telly time.  This decision improved my life and mood.

For a picture of Vince Cable, Business Secretary, dressed up as Santaplease click here.

As I only had one Christmas present to open this year – opened early (naturally) – I had plenty of time to do other things.  My Christmas present was from a good friend (and former user of twitter as @infobunny):   Home made Damson GINS, excellent chocolate truffles and two packets of dried insects, which I am particularly partial to.  These weren’t any old dried insects…. one pack contained *Dried BBQ Flavour Worm Crisps*  and the other *Thai Green Curry Crickets*.  Both delicious as a pre-prandial snack.  I am quite relaxed about eating locusts, ants and other creepy crawlies after my time in Africa.  Locusts are but flying King Prawns.

I have also started several paintings. This year, rather than do all the F**kArt paintings in 20-30 minutes, I am taking a bit longer.  Whether this will result in any improvement remains to be seen.

Tomorrow is Boxing Day… and the caff is open… so the *Seige of The Staterooms* is over…thankfully…for another year…. and I can get back to enjoying the 364 days of the year I actually do enjoy.  I may even shoehorn a bit of law in to my blog on the morrow.  Hope you enjoyed your day.

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