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We had relatives on the Titanic. Charles Valentine Clarke died, his wife Ada Maria survived the disaster.
Representing Belgium is Loïc Nottet:
Loïc Nottet is a young and complete artist who is already conscious of the universe he wishes to create. He participated in the total conception of this project. He composed the music, melody, collaborated the choreography, co-designed the look and visuals that will be used during the presentation in Vienna.
Russia has Polina Gagarina:
Polina Gagarina is one of the shining stars of the Russian show business, and she is not only famous as a singer but also as a songwriter and actress. In Vienna she will represent her country with the anthemic song A Million Voices.
Don't think we're winning a prize this year, but at least we didn't draw the UK.
Centred on Sandwich and deep underground. Friend at work who lives in Deal felt it.
Kent Online has lots more, including comments from local people.
It's been disconnected for ages as I've not had a brew on, but I've wired it back up just to keep an eye on the beer fridge for now. Going to be some odd temperatures in there as I have been testing it in another room.
☠ raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Harry got a new badge at swimming last night. It's one that's well overdue, they just don't assess them very often. He had regressed a bit from his previous lesson though, suddenly could only do a few strokes before putting his feet down again. I think his session in the big pool on Sunday worried him a bit. Still, onward!
A less good day for Tommy, as well as being a bit bored being dragged around to Harry's activities, he fell on his face at the swimming pool, there was actual blood! He bashed his lip and his nose bled a little, seems ok though.
Clare was out all day in London bridesmaid dress shopping.
Oh I made soup with the soup maker too for the first time. Jim has given it to me (after some prompting), I was sure he would not use it. I got some end of the day veg from the supermarket at a bargain price and made spicy sweet potato soup, with onion and leek. It's great! Definitely going to do more of these. I didn't follow a recipe, but did look up some guidelines. I got the "800g of veg to make 1.6kg of soup" from this website, and just blagged the rest. Great to chuck the ingredients in and just leave it. There was hot soup ready when we came back from swimming.
So we had lunch on the UK side instead of the French side, in Leon, it was OK. Nice that they mark up their vegan stuff clearly on the boards, saves me taking a chance. We were called to our gate, but ended up sitting in the car for ages, an hour or more I suppose.
Once we got to the other side everything's so easy. We went straight to the big wine shop and properly stocked up. I got thirty or so bottles this time, plus a few beers. Only one of the wines is gone already, but all the Mort Subite cherry beers are.
Spent some time in the Carrefour supermarket too, grazing really, though I like some of their own label stuff. Got some good dark chocolate with salt, and some crisps, and some olives and things too.
Didn't do any wine tasting that I thought we might. Two of the four of us had to drive. Well, I did really, I drove there, but we'd arranged that Jim would drive my car back if necessary. We had some spare time so we then went to the Three Brewers brew pub for a couple before heading back. They brew their own beer there, so I had a little sampler first of all, basically four large shots of beer to choose which one I liked, one wheat, one lagery, one bittery, and one brown. Then I followed it up with a pint of their amber bitter. While we were in there paramedics were called for one of the other patrons. Didn't quite see what was going on but it did not look good. Here's me in the Three Brewers:
If that worked I'll sort out my other photos in a bit...
No trouble on the way back, it was very quiet. There were only about four cars on our train, and we were the last. Odd to see the whole train behind us empty.
Did a bit of shopping before that and had lunch in Pizza Express. Clare was lucky enough to find some extra free protein in her super food salad - a bug. She was over half way through it, and these things do happen, but it's pretty disgusting and offputting. We got that dish for free, and they've taken our details too. Not sure if they're planning to send us vouchers or just look us up on the social media and see if we're serial complainers, or the kind of people who take bugs with them!
Something similar happened to us before in the same Pizza Express a few years ago, there was quite a lot of dirt on the salad. Again they gave the same excuse, it was the supplier, they get the salad pre-washed.
Mine was fine, I had the Pianta again. The boys enjoyed theirs too, though it was busy and theirs was late coming out, though we'd asked for it first, so Tommy was kicking off a bit.
A lovely day, apart from the bug.