Archive for the ‘The wider world’ Category

Mobile Roadblock

Monday, September 21st, 2009

At 8 o’clock this morning (and not for the first time), Station Road in Amersham was effectively blocked by a refuse removal truck as it wended its painfully slow passage up the hill.

Are the powers-that-be in the refuse collection world really so gormless that they cannot arrange a route which keeps these trucks off A-roads when people are trying to get to work?

Pearce Hardware?

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

I have been following the newspaper reports about people going around with marker pens and installing missing apostrophes on new road signs. Changing “St. Johns Close” to “St John’s Close” for example.

Well the sad fact is that Pearces Hardware has been ‘Pearces Hardware’ since it started in 1938. Rightly or wrongly. Sadly some drunken yobs (I suspect having been vomited from the Global Café Bar at closing time – thanks heavens that place has folded) took umbrage and pulled down the s of Pearces so now the sign reads ‘Pearce Hardware’. I say sad because the sign was quite elaborate and made from cut and moulded plexiglass in 1984. I retrieved most of the bits from the street the next morning  but it will never look the same again. As with most yobbishness, it just seems such a waste.

My message? The English language always has changed and thankfully always will. If it hadn’t then we would all still be thee-ing and thou-ing. Latin was a rigorously defined mathematical language and look how far that got it!

Lemon Curd in the microwave

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Some time ago I promised a customer my wife’s microwave lemon-curd recipe. She came back a few times before we got our act together and then gave up on us. In the unlikely event she reads this, here it is!

Lemon Curd (makes two jars)

half cup lemon juice
75g butter
one and a quarter cups castor sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
4 eggs

1. Put juice and butter in a bowl or glass jug.
2. Microwave on high for one and a half minutes.
3. Whisk in sugar and rind
4. Add eggs and whisk
5. Cook in microwave on high for 7 minutes
6. Whisk for 1 or 2 minutes
7. Pour into 2 hot, dry, clean jars
8. Cover and store in fridge

If it does not set, microwave again for a few more minutes

Horrid new building.

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Am I the only person who thinks the new flats on the site of the old Iron Horse Pub in Amersham are ghastly? Why does all current architecture have to be fake-something-else. Amersham on the Hill is a late Victorian creation spawned from a railway line. Can a fake-Georgian block of flats be “appropriate” for this environment? If that is appropriate, why can’t a modern design be appropriate? They are both 100 years out of date.

Just don’t mention the new carwash in Amersham. Architectural gem it ain’t. Nice one planning department.