Helga: The face that made a thousand ice-creams

20110425 Smiling ice cream maker lid 150x150 Helga: The face that made a thousand ice creams

It’s been a hot Easter here in the south-west of England and it’s come and gone for another year.

Easter has come and gone for another year and what a fantastic one it was; the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I managed to sneak in a couple of picnics.  Because of poor planning on my part I had already eaten before I turned up on both occasions but enjoyed the sunshine, the company and watching others eat: a picnic by proxy perhaps, or a proxnic.

With the Royal Wedding next week (that’s Kate Middleton and Prince William, I think…), … Click to read more

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An eternal stare

20110419 Kenwood Mixer Face 150x150 An eternal stare

I love interaction from readers, as it alleviates writer’s block and sets the random train of thought in motion.

Martin from London sent in another picture, this time of his trusty Kenwood 250 mixer.  He writes:

In a rare outing, the Kenwood 250 looks wistfully out to the other side of the kitchen. Thinking outside the box he contemplates his future whilst still enjoying the moment. He thinks of the comrades that have fallen before him after battle. The Breville that got squashed at Cheddar and the future not being so bright for the orange juicer. He remembers the other Click to read more

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Basket Case

20110418 Grumpy picnic basket 150x150 Basket Case

It’s always great when readers submit pictures.  It’s even better when they write a little bit as well!

Martin from London sent in this picture of the picnic hamper in the kitchen in the house he shares with his partner.  He writes:

 The picnic hamper has a melancholy back story. I think the basis of his saddened demeanour possibly lies in his whole existence.  Initially created lovingly by a wickersmith for the purpose of containment of food and drink, the basket then fell on hard times.  He was disappointed to be purchased not by a potential loving owner. But by Click to read more

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The tin can

20110409 Green giant smiling can 150x150 The tin can

In my last full article I wrote about relative size, but what about time?  In our stressful lives it seems we could all do with more of it.

How often have you heard someone say time flies when you’re having fun?  So if time has flown, you’ve had fun, right?  Not necessarily.  I have known time to fly even when I wasn’t having fun.  This often occurs in situations where I am engrossed in something I have to do – fun or not – or if there are a hundred million things to do all at once.  Work is one … Click to read more

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Bananas, baked beans and crème brûlée

20110319 Bananas Baked Bean Cans 150x150 Bananas, baked beans and crème brûlée

Regular readers will no doubt have spotted that I usually post an update on Thursdays.  Unfortunately (for you, fortunately for me) I was at a lovely Mexican restaurant on Thursday.  Speaking of food, this photograph is one I took a fairly long time ago now and despite first appearances this is not a contrived face but genuinely the product of randomly unpacking my rucksack after an apparently unproductive trip to the supermarket…  Rest assured I do eat more nutritious meals than just baked beans and bananas.  These items have one thing in common: they have all been eaten and no … Click to read more

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That question again…

20101127 Tin Can Sticking Out Tongue 300x225 That question again...Sometimes I wonder whether product designers ever look at their creations and go, “Ha! It’s a face,” or whether they build faces into products deliberately, purely for fun. This particular design of can has a tab, negating the need for a tin opener – a can of baked beans, I believe. In its unopened state there is nothing special about the can, apart from its delicious content, but pull the tab and a cheeky face emerges. Cheeky? Or perhaps another “gaper”. What’s a gaper? That question has been asked and answered before, I believe… 😉… Click to read more

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Chew on this!

20101127 Scary Tin Opener 225x300 Chew on this!Ever tried opening a tin can with your teeth? No, nor me. Never had to, thanks to this little thing called a tin opener. Ever used your teeth to open a bottle? Again, never had to. But this cheeky little chappy has. It’s a combined tin and bottle opener with massive front teeth. He has opened many a bottle for me in the past: bottles of ale, cider and fruit juice to name but a few. He has a slightly psychopathic look in his eyes, either from a lifetime of opening bottles with his teeth, or maybe that’s the reason … Click to read more

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A Different Perspective Part 2

20101013 Fridge Door Handle 300x225 A Different Perspective Part 2In my previous post, A Different Perspective, I talked about tilting my head to reveal an image of a face where otherwise the image didn’t exist. Well, I spent the next two days walking around with a tilted head. Nah, that’s a lie. I wish I had, though. Imagine the looks you’d get from people and then having to explain that you’ve been “seeing things” and you’re “looking for faces”. Hmmm… yes… This whole thing reminded me of a conversation I once had with my brother (I think). It went along the lines of: if you’re lying down on … Click to read more

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Ready, Steady, Cook!

20101009 Saucepan 300x225 Ready, Steady, Cook!In the spirit of a previous post entitled Macaroni Cheese, I realised that I needed another saucepan to make my cooking extravaganzas easier. I went to my local “pan shop” in town and went straight to the saucepan department. I always fancied myself a bit of an expert in the field of pan shopping… not. One thing I do know is that the thicker the base, the better, as they tend not to buckle as easily. Again, I managed to look like a nutter in the shop, tapping various pan bases and listening to them resonate and comparing their … Click to read more

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Macaroni Cheese

20100926 Saucepan 300x225 Macaroni CheeseCooking is one of those things I don’t do enough of. After a long day at work and a fairly long commute home, often the last thing I want to do is cook myself a meal. In fact, I don’t often have time. I go through periods where I think to myself, “You know what? I could cook a large batch of [insert dish here] and freeze portions for when I’m busy.” Of course, the next day I’ll be busy [read: lazy] again and the nexy day, ditto… So it’ll be five days of macaroni cheese in a row… OK, … Click to read more

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