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May 25, 2007

Ultimate Bloody Mary

A lifetime of turning to a proper Bloody Mary once the sun has gone over the yard arm has evolved a Bloody Mary recipe as follows:

Materials & Ingredients:



Use ice even if all or any other main ingredients are frozen.
Lemon and salt are fundamental (garlic salt can also be used, but easy with it).
Measures given are for serious alcoholics with depraved senses of taste and smell - reduce according to (lack of) experience.
Celery is a somewhat distracting embellishment, inappropriate for hard drinkers but appealing to vegetarians. Stick or finger is better.
Enjoy it with all necessary caution. Change to something else after 2/3 glasses.

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Blog Block and how to beat it

I’ve never been what you might call a frantic blogger, unfulfilled if posting less than five insightful stories every day, being altogether more intermittent in my blog work as in so many other of my life tasks, but never has so much time passed by as the thirteen blogless months between the increasingly puerile Finnish vid below and this moment, now.

And even though finger has finally been put to keyboard in this blockage-breaking undertaking, experience teaches that the odds on anything actually crossing the vast divide between a Google Docs draft and a live appearance on wonderful web are as laughably unattractive as the speaking voice of the secretary of state for communities and local government.

A debilitating succession of such chasms between intent and action mark out the broken lives of all chronic sufferers of advanced blog blockage syndrome (BBS); twixt the idea and the written words, the story in the head and the story on the page, the rough draft and the next draft, any draft and the final draft, final draft and the new entry form, new entry form and the preview, twixt the preview and the publish button, here lie the beckoning exits along the via dolorosa of the blocked blogger.

Oh, its tea-time at Headingley. With England on a magic 222 for 2, only right that I join our resurgent lads in a cup of Yorkshire Gold, which will hopefully refresh my spirits sufficiently to see this disappearing post through to a proper conclusion. What a huge day for Michael Vaughan (just reached his century -the Barmy Army go barmy), what another tragic day for the Windies, such a far cry from that majestic team of the eighties. When they were playing then, I was squatting in Electric Lane, Brixton, the culture which made them jumping all around me. Now I’m in a cute flint cottage on the North Norfolk coast, on top of Hungry Hill. So much has happened since he last entry penned in New Cross, so much content under the bridge, so few (no) posts. What a waste.

Oh hoh, I’m just starting to wonder whether the time has come to jack this entry in - can’t remember what it was really about, except a snappy headline. Same old same old.

Wait a minute, I think it may be coming back to me. The cure for Blogger’s Block? Publish something. Anything. Just do it and hopefully the rest will follow, pouring out through the crack you make in the ice.

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