The Anonymous Widower

Better Than Chugging

I saw this sign outside Oxfam in Islington.

Better Than Chugging

Better Than Chugging

It’s so much better than annoying people with chuggers.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Gluten Free Bread In Carluccio’s

On Friday night after the film, I had a quick supper in Carluccio’s in Islington, where the manager informed me that they now had gluten-free bread.

As I was in a hurry and only having a salad, I didn’t partake.

But this morning, I went back for breakfast on my way to football at Ipswich and had an eggs florentine with gluten-free bread.

Carluccio's Gluten-Free Eggs Florentine

Carluccio’s Gluten-Free Eggs Florentine

It was so much better, than one without, as the bread was ideal for soaking up the yolk of the egg.

The bread incidentally is Yes You Can, who would appear to be an Australian company, who don’t have a UK web-site. My only problem, could be that the bread is manufactured in Norwich.

Are we starting to see a tipping point, where no professional cafe or restaurant doesn’t offer gluten-free bread? After all, I found that this was very much the case in my visit to  Stockholm a couple of months ago.

I did hear that new menus are being printed in Carluccio’s, but certainly Islington has jumped in to offering the new bread.  I’ll try a couple of others in the next week or so.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greg Dyke On Qatar 2022

Greg Dyke, who is the new FA Chairman, can always be relied on bucketfuls of common sense. His pronouncements this morning on holding the World Cup in 2022 in Qatar are forthright and should be taken seriously by the bunch of elderly time-servers, despots and bribe-takers called FIFA. Here’s an extract of the report on the BBC.

“Even if all the stadia are air-conditioned, I think it will be impossible for the fans,” Dyke said.

“Just go out there and wander around in that sort of heat. I just don’t think it’s possible.”My position, and I suspect the FA’s position, will be: ‘You can’t play it in the summer.'”

I think the whole tournament is already dead-in-the-water and that it probably won’t take place in Qatar. If it does, it will be in fully-enclosed air-conditioned stadia, with virtually no spectators and absolutely no real fans or atmosphere.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Why Am I Watching An Empty Stadium?

I’m just watching the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on BBC Television.

But where are all the fans?

Surely, World Championship and Olympic events, should be given to countries, who’ll actually go to watch them!

August 10, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

Alan Partridge

I went to see the new Alan Partridge film at the Barbican last night.

My late wife was a fan of the original Alan Partridge television shows and she would have found last night’s film funny. I can remember seeing Cock and Bull Story with her in Cambridge, which we both enjoyed immensely.

Especially, as a lot of the film was set in Norwich, a town she knew well, as she’d practised as a barrister in the city on and off for more than thirty years.

So, although, I enjoyed the film and will give it four out of five, as both The Times and Guardian did, I found the film slightly sad. Especially, as I watched it alone.

If say the film had been set in say Bedford, Shrewsbury or Stoke, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Shame Of Forced Marriage

There has just been a piece on Radio 5 live on the BBC, about forced marriage.  They interviewed a lady, who many years ago as a thirteen-year-old, was taken to Pakistan and told she couldn’t come back until she was pregnant. She said that little had changed in all those years and now works as a counsellor.

Surely, the behaviour of parents like this is little different to some of the high-profile sex abuse cases we’ve had in the news lately. They should be prosecuted now, if they are still alive.

All of these practices must be stamped out.

My late wife, who dealt with a lot of child abuse and abduction cases, once said that a lot of problems could be helped or even stopped, if every time a child was taken out of the UK, the passport was checked and noted.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | News, Travel, World | , | Leave a comment