The Anonymous Widower

Leaving The Olympic Stadium

I took these pictures as I  left.

Or a friend took two as you can see.

The stadium is not as impressive yet, as it was at the Olympics, but I suspect it’ll get there.

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Friday At The Anniversary Games

These pictures show some of the races at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Friday night.

It all happened very much to time.

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , | 1 Comment

The Rocket Man

The Los Angeles Olympics of 1984 may have had the  Rocket Man, but we also had one on Friday.

Usain Bolt seemed to be enjoying himself.

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Vegan And Vegetarian Food, But No Gluten Free

The food was worse than at the Olympics.

Vegan And Vegetarian Food, But No Gluten Free

Vegan And Vegetarian Food, But No Gluten Free

There was nothing that was gluten-free, like the excellent Indian food, I got last year and all I bought was water.

Just like Wembley!

But then I’d made sure, I’d had a good meal at lunchtime.

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Arriving At The Olympic Stadium

I arrived at the Sainsburys Anniversary Games about six on Friday evening.

The grounds are still being remodelled to create the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Hopefully, when they finish, we’ll avoid having to enter the park from the east through Eastfield and can come in off the Greenway from the west.

I bet you don’t and you’ll always be routed through the shopping centre.

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Lost In Clapham

Yesterday, I had to deliver something to an address in Battersea.  I found the address easily after taking a 35 bus to just round the corner.  But then I tried to walk through the area to Clapham Junction station to get the Overground home. There were none of the usual bus stop maps and no Legible London signs.

A Useless Bus Stop

A Useless Bus Stop

The picture shows a typical bus stop on I think Lavender Hill. It may have had an information display, but that is not very useful, if you don’t know the routes of the buses.

I should say that I did see several night bus route maps, but I wanted to get home now, not wait until late at night.

In the end I took the first bus and got off, when it told me it was at Wandsworth Road station. I finally found a lone Legible London lith.

A Solitary Lith

A Solitary Lith

But it was unnecessary for me, as I had arrived at a station, where I could get a train home.

Perhaps people only go to South London to get lost.

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lindsey Bareham Does A Delia

Delia Smith over the years has become famous for something called the Delia Effect.

Items to have benefitted from the “Delia Effect” include the Kenwood mini-chopper, Martelli pasta and Aunt Bessie’s mashed potato.

I actually have one of the Kenwood mini-Choppers, as I’ve never been good with knives. I have a scar on one of my fingers, where I sliced my finger open with a craft knive at about the age of ten.

Lindsey’s effect is less dramatic, but it started with this recipe for pulled ham hock and pea pasta with herbs.

This is the ingredients for four people.

350g fusilli, penne or other short pasta
200g frozen petits pois
180g pulled ham hock or thick-sliced ham
150g Greek yoghurt with honey
2 limes
2 tbsp finely sliced chives
1 tbsp shredded marjoram or basil

She says this about the pulled ham hock.

Whenever I see pulled ham hock on sale – it’s sold in an eye-catching red 180g double pack – I pile it into my shopping basket. It’s such a useful standby; perfect for quickie pasta suppers like this one, but ideal, too, for sandwiches and gratins. These chunky pieces of well-flavoured ham get mixed with my other favourite standby; frozen petits pois.

And that caused the Bareham Effect! My local Waitrose is at the Angel in Islington and this is their pulled ham hock. But it was totally sold out and hasn’t been seen since the recipe was printed. But I suppose it is Islington!

I cooked the recipe for the first time on Wednesday and it was so good, I cooked it again last night. As I live alone and generally only cook for one, I have modified the recipe to match my skills and needs.

I started by getting a tumbler of Carluccio’s gluten-free pasta, half a mug of frozen peas and shredding some ham.

Pasta, Peas And Ham

Pasta, Peas And Ham

The ham was actually one 180g bubble of Waitrose’s honey roast ham. I just tore it into smaller pieces. I had put a saucepan on to boil.

A Saucepan With A Built-In Strainer

A Saucepan With A Built-In Strainer

Note the lid with the built-in strainer. I find this very easy-to-use with my gammy left hand.

When it was really boiling hard, I added the pasta, which needs eight minutes to cook. After five minutes, I added the peas. Incidentally, I washed the cup in the boiling water, to make sure no peas were stuck inside.

After the pasta and the peas were cooked, I drained them and then added the ham, half-a-tub of Rachel’s Greek yoghurt with honey, the juice of half a lime, the chopped chives and the herbs and stirred it all together.

Ham And Pea Pasta

Ham And Pea Pasta

One of the amazing things about this dish is the aroma, as you combine everything together. The taste is very good too, as otherwise why would I cook it twice.

Incidentally, the first time, I didn’t have any limes handy, as one doesn’t, so I used some lemon juice.  So I only needed to buy the ham and the yoghurt.

The next time I make it, I probably use some of my normal yoghurt and the honey, that I generally have for breakfast.

It’s definitely, a recipe that fits my staple foods, so even the shopping is minimal.

I suppose though that automatic computer stocking in supermarkets being what it is, Waitrose at the Angel will be piled high with pulled ham hock in the next week!

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , , | 2 Comments

The Archbishop In The Wonga

Before you open your mouth, it is always best to check your facts or in the case of Justin Welby, your church’s investments. If he had he’d have found that his target yesterday, was a company they’d indirectly invested in. It’s reported here on the BBC.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Robert Peston’s views on Wonga. I said this.

Obviously, Wonga did a lot of analysis on their data and this has led them to their success, as they have the right model and technology. Peston says Wonga’s technology is world class.  If banks such as RBS, Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley had had world-class technology, they might not have gone bust.

I would add to that now. Perhaps, if when you sign any credit agreement or loan, how many would be refused if versions of Wonga’s technology is used. The success of any loan or credit company depends heavily on the quality of its lenders.

But the downside is that there would be a hard-core of people unable to get any form of credit.  No reputable lender, and especially a credit union, would ever touch them.

July 26, 2013 Posted by | Finance, World | , , | 2 Comments