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Tapman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)

20130908 Tapman Tap Face 150x150 Tapman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)A couple of days ago Edwin sent in a staggering 7 images.  Here is the first in the series. This is a mixer tap that looks like a little man (and for those wanting to be politically correct, he’s definitely a man, otherwise the post title doesn’t work) – the Tapman, like the Scatman but different.  Remember Scatman John?  I’m listening to his song “Scatman” as I type this.  It’s amazing how timeless this tune is.  At the time it might have been perceived to be “modern” and “loud”, going “boom boom boom boom boom”, but compared to some of the modern stuff kids listen to these days this is pretty tame and melodic and lyrically quite inspiring to people with speech impediments.

As an aside, when Scatman John scats, he sounds like he’s speaking gibberish in Vaxian…

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Lord of the Pies

20110427 Demonic Cornish Pasty 150x150 Lord of the Pies

Bought sandwiches are full of fat and are expensive.  But is there a convenient way to eat healthy food?

A couple of days ago I wrote about the Royal Wedding (Kate someone and Bill something or other… 😉 ) and mentioned the variety of memorabilia that are on sale, which included sick bags and pies.  A close cousin of the pie is the pasty.  They are both pastry-based foodstuffs, yet they look different.  And I have just caught myself unnecessarily increasing the word count of this article by stating the bleeding obvious.  I call it nihilwafflication.

There is a nice pasty shop on the high street in the town in Wiltshire where I work. Their pasties are delicious, albeit a bit expensive.  I had a sudden craving for them recently, possibly to do with the sudden change in temperature.


Have you ever noticed how your appetite for certain foods varies with the seasons and the weather?  Maybe not, but I for one don’t find fresh fruit and vegetables particularly appealing in the winter or when it is cold.  Perhaps this is because vegetables, like cucumbers and tomatoes (technically not a vegetable but a fruit), are kept in the fridge and make you feel cold.

People often speak of good and bad foods, but surely no food is that bad if eaten in moderation.  Pies and pasties are definitely not foods I would eat every day, as they are not just bad for you but actually evil.  More on this later…

Packed lunch

I have recently taken to making my own lunch again after a prolonged period of buying ready made sandwiches, sushi, pasta, pasties and other such expensive junk.  This is mostly in a drive to eat more healthily and as an added bonus, it is cheaper.  Most bought sandwiches contain shocking amounts of fat, usually in the form of mayonnaise and some actually contain more calories than a Big Mac (although interestingly the calorific value of the latter varies by country).  I recently read McDonald’s were paying rappers for dropping the word “Big Mac” into their “songs”.  So, Mr Kroc (he’s dead, I know), that’ll be £100 please.  Paypal preferred! 😉

Yesterday I was talking to my colleague about the nuisance of making packed lunches and he told me his secret.  He usually buys bread, cheese and peanut butter (I did question the combination, but apparently it is delicious) and makes one humongous batch of sandwiches out of the entire loaf, putting them all back in the original bag and freezing the lot.  Apparently if you take out your day’s lunch in the morning it will be defrosted by lunchtime.  The only drawback is that you can’t have cucumber or any other vegetables whose cell membranes are ruptured in the freezer.  But there’s nothing stopping you slicing fresh cucumber and adding it on the day.  This has the added benefit that your bread doesn’t go soggy.

So there you have it, free culinary tips dispensed by John (not his real name) to Vic, to you.  Who’d have thunk it!  Is there nothing Vic Suckerbag won’t do? 

Lord of the Pies

This bad boy in the photograph is a delicious Cornish Pasty – or it might even have been a steak and stilton pasty.  Whatever it was, it is now a part of me.  Reiterating what I said above, it is not a bad food – nay, it is pure evil: it is one bad-ass mo fo!  Forget the Lord of the Flies, this is the evil Lord of the Pies.  Eat too many and they will haunt you and cling onto you, only to let go after vigorous exercise. 

Anyone for a frozen cheese and peanut butter sandwich?

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