• Insurance companies

    I don't like claiming on insurance. Much less do I like claiming on someone else's insurance. But we recently noticed a small tiny leak on our incoming stopcock in the kitchen. The drop was very slight, in fact the pipe was only damp, it was that small. I tried tightening the nut but it didn't want to move. So I called in a plumber. He was heaving and grunting away and then said it was still leaking. He also said he would need to order parts as it wasn't a standard size. Anyway, a couple of ...
  • Highly Technical Crowd

    So last night the wife and I headed to London. I'd been invited to a meeting by HTC Elevate staff, to preview their next offering, the HTC One Mini. It was great to meet some of the people I see on Twitter or in the HTC members website. Some were as expected, others, well, geek doesn't even cover it! Some people turned up with bagfuls of gear, including ancient handsets and laptops. In the giveaways, there were phones and other goodies. I went there with the ambition of winning an Android ...
  • A new blog arrives!

    Well. What a turn-up! My wife and I love the film "Serendipity". We call it "our" film. It has a good mix of Kate Beckinsale and some sort of storyline. I decided a while ago that when I open my café, it will be called Serendipity. I looked around and saw the serendipity.co.uk was already taken, and that it went to a holding page for a domain auction site. I attempted to contact the domain registrant, but he never replied to any of my emails. By chance, I noticed that the domain was ...
  • Classic Quiche Lorraine

    Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe Type: Light Bites Author: Mike Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total time: 1 hour 10 mins Serves: 4 I saw this being made on the TV by the lovely Rachel Khoo once and it transported me back to my childhood, and I thought “I could make this and NOT have a soggy base!” The seventies weren’t a good time for me, culinary-wise. Ingredients 90g soft butter 1 tsp. sugar Pinch of salt 180g plain flour 2 egg yolks 2 tbsps. cold ...