Devizes Melting Pot

“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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Location: Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 In Review

Top Albums

Daft Punk's Tron Legacy soundtrack
Marina and the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
Cee-Lo - The Ladykillers
LCD - This Is Happening
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Gogol Bordello - Trans Continental Hustle

Top Films

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Social Network
Winters Bone

Top TV shows

Boardwalk Empire
Doctor Who
Downton Abbey

Top Books

Terminal Worlds by Alastair Reynolds
Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim Al Khalili
ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Damaged Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism by Yves Smith
The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

Other things I have enjoyed this year is my visit to Florence & Rome, Italy with my sister in August and seeing the wonderful Royal Ballet perform 'Onegin' in October.

Was also delighted to of celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday in September.

The Worst Things of 2010

British politicians
Politicians in general

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New Years Eve Cat Blogging



Heidi, George and Me would like to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day Blogging

George in the bread basket

the Original Sachertorte, brought back from Vienna by my parents recent visit to the city

My niece beside our Christmas tree

Holding one of her presents (from me)


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day Blogging

Wines to go with our Christmas dinner

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Christmas Day Blogging

Roast Beef Marinated in Red Wine

before the topside of beef goes in the oven

Ingredients (serves 6)
2kg beef scotch (rib-eye) fillet
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups red wine (such as shiraz)
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 red onions, peeled, thickly sliced
horseradish sauce, to serve

Trim fat and sinew from beef. Tie with cooking string at 2cm intervals to help beef keep its shape during cooking. Rub beef with pepper.

Combine wine, mustard, garlic and bay leaves in a deep ceramic dish. Add beef. Turn to coat in marinade. Refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 4 hours or overnight if time permits.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Remove beef from marinade. Pat-dry using paper towels. Heat butter and 1 tablespoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add beef. Cook, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned. Set aside.

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add onions. Toss to coat in oil. Arrange onions in the centre of a lightly greased roasting pan. Place beef on top of onions. Roast for 55 minutes for medium rare, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes for medium and 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours for well done.

Remove from oven. Cover with foil. Stand 15 minutes. Remove string. Slice. Serve with onions and horseradish.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Festive Friday Christmas Eve Cat Blogging

George with his pressie

Heidi doing her impression of Mary, complete with star! No room at the inn either.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Festive Ballet Blogging

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Festive Blogging

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Classical Music Blogging

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Cat Blogging



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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Music Blogging

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Cat Blogging



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Friday, December 03, 2010

Friday Music Blogging

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Friday Cat Blogging

Heidi relaxing beside the heater

George having a good go at the scratching post

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