Just to see what spirits themselves are like with no alcohol burn at all, I diluted a number of them with plain water by three to one, to cut their alcohol levels to the equivalent of a low-alcohol wine. All of them remained plenty aromatic, a couple of English gins spectacularly so. With a bit of lemon juice and sugar, they made an odd but pleasant drink: an aqua-gin.
Food nerd guru Harold McGee on diluting for more flavour.
I've never been a fan of brewed coffee but maybe that's just because the kinds of places that serve it (business hotels are the worst) use terrible beans and bad technique. I might try one next time I'm at Mecca.
Rachel and I took Louis out to Flemington for our fruit and veg co-op shop this morning. Holly got a sleep in.
Louis loved all the sights, smells and colours. As usual the ethnic grandmothers loved Louis.
The watermelon partyJuly 31, 2010
Green or red, it is not necessarily the Greens' political colours that should interest voters, but their economic philosophy, write Nick O'Malley and David Humphries.
Given the SMH isn't allowing comments on this article, I have to comment here.
Nice one Fairfax running comment as news, without giving us any background on who's slinging the mud or their agenda. One of the reasons I don't tend to read Fairfax media.
Note the breadcrumb showing the section gives no indication that this is comment or opinion. Sloppy.
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And whoever subbed the article, WTF?
If they sat with Brown and really talked to him, if they asked him what his core philosophy was, the one big idea that drives the Greens over any other, he'd tell them a story that would make their hair curl.
The article then goes on to talk about Brown tracing his political awakening to a hike along the length of the Franklin River. Hair curling stuff!
And just in case the SMH goes and modifies or removes the article, here's a screenshot.
I bought the Beyonwiz DP-Lite PVR a few weeks ago so I thought I'd write up my impressions of it. It's important to understand that I bought this after having used MythTV mostly happily for about 4 years. MythTV's problem is that it relies on PC hardware and digital TV tuner cards, and so I've had various hardware issues over the years. I've also had lots of problems during upgrades. My hope here was that a dedicated hardware PVR would reduce some of these shortcomings. So far it's reduced those, but at some costs.
What's with the live TV orientation?
iii) 'Blessed are those who dig in the earth and profiteth from the treasure therein, for they shall see me afterwards.
xiv) For Gough begat Malcolm and Malcolm begat Bob. And Bob begat Paul, although this was attended not by the cherubim or the seraphim but by both argy and bargy.
We finally made it beyond the immediate surrounds of the hotel and out to Ubud where we visited the legendary Ibu Oka for Babi Guling, roast suckling pig. it was... sensational!
A great example of how arbitrary our current Internet censorship is, and it's the model for the new censorship regime. Somehow describing in detail how to make hash brownies is not "detailed instruction in drug use".
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