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The best news right now is that my Dad is visiting me in London! He and his girlfriend will be here in 3 days, arriving on Father's day. :)

They will stay with us for 3 1/2 weeks, although for four of those days Macsen and I will be in Paris (as we've had the trip planned for nearly a year). Fortunately they don't mind and said they can happily occupy themselves with a trip of their own somewhere.

Thank you everyone for participating in my photo poll. I've never printed any of my photos before, so I had a cross-section of photos printed cheaply to see how well the images transfer from digital to print. It's slightly surreal holding tangible print copies of photographs I've become so accustomed to in digital form.. they suddenly seem more real.

Also a huge thank you to Mya (orb8) for the chocolate! :) It is so freaking delicious and better than most chocolate with added sugar. Is there any European candy you've been pining for since moving to America?

To keep with the randomness of this post, here's a few things I've been enjoying this month.

(I'm in love with slicing off silky strips of mango recently, plus sweet potatoes in everything.. anything orange.)

silky mangos, green tea

chili chicken udon with galangal and bok choy ... baguette, homemade duck rilette, cheese, wild boar saucisson

venison burgers with sharp cheddar on ciabatta rolls and sweet potato oven chips with sweet paprika ... pan fried venison steaks with sweet potato mash and red wine gravy

cheap monkfish bought in france and cooked in saffron and crème fraîche ... fresh feta (brought over from greece by M's parents) and tomatoes with greek olive oil and basil

taglietelle with mussels and a piri-piri tomato sauce ... pear and chocolate cake thing

Planting herbs:

basil seedlings a few weeks ago, how they look now

Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született and Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street: Magic Realism, Vol. 2

It took a few months for Rossz Csillag Alatt Született to grow on me, but now it's one of my most loved albums of the year so far... and of course more deliciously atmospheric Hassell goodness.

Brian Eno - Another Day On Earth

"Song writing is now actually the most difficult challenge in music. It's very easy to make music now. I just bought a synthesiser the other day... a plug-in synthesiser... the sounds are so complex that you can just sort of hold a note down and you've got an ambient album... y'know, as long as you can be bothered to keep your finger down for thirty five minutes.

lyrics are really the last very hard problem in music. Software... and hardware... have changed the rest of music dramatically in the last thirty, forty years. It's very, very easy to make pretty good music. I could take anyone in this room and within two hours we could make a pretty good piece of music. 'Pretty good' isn't very interesting, but 'pretty good' is possible. But writing songs is just about in the same place as it was in the days of Chaucer. Apart from hip hop. Hip hop is the only sort of break through in a way. Rap. Because it breaks away from the strict adherence to melody and beat structure and so on. But the problem of how you write a song that is in any way original is a really interesting one I think. And that's way I couldn't let it drop. I thought I can carry on doing instrumental records till the cows come home and I'd love to try doing this really hard thing and see if I can."
-- Brian Eno (from Eno's interview with Alan Moore)

I wouldn't say this to the man himself, but this is one of my least favorite Eno albums. That's not to say it's bad, the production is sublime and it has some shiveringly beautiful moments, but out of his vast body of work it won't rank in my top ten (admittedly I've always preferred his ambient work to his vocal).

Livejournal has finally implemented tags (5 years on and I'm still waiting for a search function).

It has been a hectic month which means I haven't had much time to read or write in lj and it's set to be an even busier summer so I will apologize in advance for being unable to read/comment as much as usual.
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On June 16th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC), ginamoog commented:
I always look forward to your wonderful posts. My gosh. Thanks for sharing, as usual.

I love bulgarian sheep feta.. I get it at my greek grocer. It's so good.
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On June 16th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC), kontessa commented:
mmm mangoes. am taking advantage of all the tropical fruits here in manila, and mangoes are my favourite. it looks like you peel your mangoes and then slice them up into strips?

love the photos too.

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On June 17th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'll bet they're amazing where they're so fresh. Yes, I peel them.. how do you eat them?
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On June 16th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC), closethipster commented:
those photos are seriously drool-worthy. well, you know, i've been drooling over your photos for years now. ever since you posted those shots of that restaurant you went to.. in London? was it Mongolian, maybe? menu had a guy with a yellow hat on and sausages around his neck..?

if you ever decide to let us buy any of your prints, please let us know.
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On June 16th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC), pry commented:
I recently saw a TV show that talked about printing digital photos. Apparently Photo Box (www.photobox.co.uk) is one of the best around. They let you do prints upto some large poster sizes, and according to the TV review have a very good service level.
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On June 17th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you for passing on the url, their prices are excellent and much better than anything else I've come across! I'm envisioning something wall-sized in the near future. ;)
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On June 16th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC), silver_notebook commented:
Wishing you a wonderful time with your father.

You photos are, as ever, quite delicious.
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On June 16th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC), naturesfriend commented:
So glad that you will be able to have a good long visit from your dad! Have FUN!
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On June 17th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC), dreamtech commented:
Maybe seeing your father will ease some of those "nostalgic thoughts of home" you were having.

You took a photo of your prints? - that's just funny to me. Then again, I'm weird. (Btw, I finally made that name change - just took off the '922'.)

Good thing I already had dinner before viewing all of those pics or I'd be really hungry.

May send you an email offline soon and will put 'dreamtech' somewhere in the subject line.

Take care.

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On June 17th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC), gulch commented:
Mmmmmmmmmmangos! Have you tried those skinny Pakistani ones with a little bit of coloured tinsel stuck underneath the label? They are my favourite!

And herbs too... I've been planting lots of herbs (and other things) as well. Unfortunately, my basil seems to be close to death since Gill over-watered it about a week ago, but my other stuff is mostly coming along nicely, and I my tomato plants (the gorgeous big pumpkin-shaped ones) and squash plants have doubled in size this last week (I have them under an improvised mini-greenhouse, made out of a metal shelving frame, like a computer rack unit, with two very cheap clear shower curtains stretched over it).

And... your Dad!!! We really must meet up. I'm actually down in London on Sunday, will Gill & the kids, but I guess it will be quite hectic then and we will probably be heading off to Sheffield at about the time Jef is arriving. I'm sure I'll be down again in the next 3 weeks though - I have a meeting on the morning of 29th June (still not certain whether I can make it though), so perhaps if I came down on the evening of 28th we could meet up then? S'funny, I was just this morning pointing a friend at snarg.net...
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On June 26th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
We were in Southall yesterday and picked up some of the tinsel mangos yesterday on your recommendation.. we haven't tried them yet, but they smell delicious.

We'd all love to meet you on the 28th! Are you still up for it? Maybe we could meet you in central London somewhere?
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On June 26th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC), prettyedy commented:
nomi said:"I've never printed any of my photos before,..."

As a person that grew up in the sixties I find it amusing and wonderful that people in their twenties and younger have never printed photos. I asked a co-worker why she didn't have a picture of her new baby at her desk. She said all her photos are digital. She only prints them to send to family in Lebanon. She promised me she would put a framed photo at her desk as an old-fashion gesture.
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