23.2.2018 – Captain Cook?
Posted Feb 23, 2018
Today I had a cooking class, well, officially I am participating in a study run by the Applied Human Nutrition Department on 'Whether a Cook and Eat intervention improves the frequency and quality of family mealtimes', but it amounts to the same thing.
With my cooking skills I've been classed as having 'access issues'. All I did was ask when I signed up how you can follow recipes that say things like 'cook until golden brown' or 'ensure it is no longer pink' if you are colour blind and can't see if it is pink or golden brown?
Today we made banana pancakes and I was told the best way to see if a banana is yellow or green is to see if it feels bumpy or smooth. I never knew that.
13.2.2018 – 'Dawn' (1928)
Posted Feb 15, 2018
After work I went to the Uni Up the Road to see a showing of 'Dawn', a silent 1928 film about the true story of Nurse Edith Cavell starring Sybil Thorndike. Nurse Cavell saved the lives of over 200 prisoners of war, smuggling them out of occupied Belgium, and was executed. Though one of the most controversial films of the 1920s for fear it would promote hatred, the film itself is anti-war rather than anti-German.
A new score was composed for this showing by some of the students in the University of Southampton's music department, and there were parts where the audience were encouraged to join in. Notably when the prisoners escaped under the German's noses we were encouraged to whistle 'Colonel Bogey March' (originally composed 1914, later known as 'Hitler has only got one Ball'). It's not often you get to accompany a priceless Steinway by whistling.
Before the showing I popped into the University of Southampton's library to see if they had a book, only to meet with a surprisingly hostile reception.
6.2.2018 – 1918 Representation of the People Act
Posted Feb 6, 2018
A century ago my Great-Grandfathers and Great-Grandmothers got the vote! Yes, before 1918 only the wealthiest 60% of men held the franchise – it was felt that only if you owned a fair portion of the country should you have a say in how it is run. Also before 1918, you had to be resident in the UK in order to qualify to vote, so any man who had served his country during the Great War had been disenfranchised, leaving only rich old men allowed to vote – until a century ago today!
So we all owe a huge debt to Dame Millicent Fawcett, suffragist and President of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.
22.1.2018 - Oliver Twist
Posted Jan 22, 2018
We took our Oliver to the vets for his inoculations and microchipping, only to be told that Oliver is a girl. So we now call her 'Ollie' (my wife doesn't like the name 'Olivia').
9.1.2018 - Oliver
Posted Jan 9, 2018
We've now got a 16-week old kitten from a home where they just discovered that they were allergic to cats. My son named him 'Oliver' and he's very cuddly. After spending the first few hours after we got him nervously hiding behind the sofa, he now seems very happy as long as he's with someone. He's eating well and enjoys playing and being very cuddly so all the signs are good, though he doesn't like being on his own at all.