Blog : Ramblings

Chillies; just how hot is hot?

The Scoville Scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. In 1912 he devised a method of measuring how hot chillies are and his test is officially known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. This test measures the concentration of the chemical...

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Knowing your you’re from your your

Knowing which is the correct spelling of a word is hugely complicated by words which sound the same. When we say your and you’re or there, their and they’re they sound exactly the same and, of course, we learn to speak way before we learn to write so the...

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The classic Margarita. Joy in a glass.

The origin of the Margarita is not 100% clear and stories of who created the first, where it was created and how it got its name are shrouded in anecdotal urban legend. Be that as it may, the Margarita appears to have been concocted in Mexico around the late...

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English language – the joy of words

The English language is difficult enough yet, when spoken, we intuitively distinguish the difference between their, there and they’re or full, fool and fall without flinching, even though they sound very similar. However, it’s only when having to write...

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Love Locks of Dubrovnik

Boninovo – a place of eternal love or the beginnings of an eyesore? On a trip to Dubrovnik in June 2013 we stopped, somewhat bemused, at a wire fence covered with locked padlocks. On closer inspection the padlocks had been written-on or scratched or engraved with the...

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What to nibble during the day

In July 2013 I took delivery of a new juicer that I bought from Amazon.  In the box was a voucher from Graze; a company I’d never heard of and, at first glance, didn’t fully get what it was about. The concept is simple but ingenious. We all get the...

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Making an Ass of Myself

Making an Ass of myself. The complex nature of any language can seem nonsensical and impossible to grasp to the natives, let alone foreigners, especially when trying to make yourself understood. Many years ago in Spain I recall asking a shopkeeper for butter but, not...

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Etsy? You’ve never heard of it, have you?

It shows how vast the Internet is that not just a website but a whole organisation is able to exist and provide an online service to millions, yet even more millions have never even heard of it. Esty started small and has grown year on year to be a sizeable...

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The future is bright. The future is green.

The idea of juicing fruit and vegetables is far from new and there are many reasons why probably everyone should seriously consider incorporating green juices into their every day diet. It’s interesting to see the reaction you get when you show people what...

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