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The Plan – Update

A little bit of news, as a follow-up to this previous post; Itchy Feet (again)…A Euro Wander.

The Plan is now coming together nicely for a move hopefully in September sometime.

The next step is to buy a new largest-sized flight kennel for my largest-sized canine friend, Odin.

…which is proving more complicated to arrange than was expected.


Left-Handers Day 2003

A few erm…’facts’ about us left-handers:

Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.

There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.

Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).

Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.

Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.

Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers.

4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.

1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.

Left-handers are generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative and multi-talented than right handers ( based on discussions among members of the Left-Handers Club! 🙂

The Giant Iron Wok

(This one is a bit complicated, but worth it)


1.5kg fish (ikan sardine)
10 cups water
12 dried chillis, scalded and left to stand
3 fresh red chillis
Thumb-sized piece of tumeric
3 stalks lemon grass
300 gms shallots
20 gms piece of dried fish-shirmp paste
2 cups tamarind juice (obtained by soaking 100 gms seeded tamarind)
8 stalks aromatic leaves or mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt to taste

1 cucumber, shredded
1/2 pineapple, shredded
1 onion sliced
1 pink ginger bud (bunga kantan), sliced horizontally
3 red chillis, sliced finely
1 bunch mint leaves
1 stalk lettuce, shredded
20 pieces pickled shallots (optional), sliced finely

1 small bowl of black prawn paste, thinned to flowing consistency

1 packet thick bee hoon soaked then scalded or blanched in boiling water

Put oil into wok when it is already hot. Pour in the pounded ingredients and stir over steady fire for about ten minutes. Then put in fish and allow to simmer gently until cooked.
To serve:
Put bee hoon (scalded in hot water) into a bowl and garnish on top the different types of prepared vegetables. Pour hot gravy over it and serve with a spoonful of prawn paste if desired.

Rogi: The Weblog

An RSS Note To Those At The Back

A quick note to all you out there in the cheap seats reading this site via RSS:

I think I have finished playing about with the various feeds, and normal service should now be resumed.


Posted at 6:55 pm
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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Hot! New! Iron! Wok! Latest!

Chilean Fish, Eggs Florentine, Mackeral Rillettes, Beetroot And Potatoes, Spicy Pork With Rice, Floating Market Soup, and Malaysian Chicken.

Posted at 2:54 pm
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Friday, September 22, 2006

Eighteen Tricks To Teach Your Body

Want to learn how to do these things?

Experience supersonic hearing!
Overcome your most primal urge!
Feel no pain!
Clear your stuffed nose!
Fight fire without water!
Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
Make burns disappear!
Stop the world from spinning!
Unstitch your side!
Stanch blood with a single finger!
Make your heart stand still!
Thaw your brain!
Prevent near-sightedness!
Wake the dead!
If your throat tickles, scratch your ear!
Impress your friends!
Breathe underwater!
Read minds!

Easy. Just read this.

Posted at 8:46 pm
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Irish Potcheen

I have no idea how to pronounce it properly, nor can I choose which ‘correct’ spelling of it to use (Potcheen? Poteen? Poitin? Depends where you are from, maybe?) but, firstly, Bunratty Potcheen is seemingly now legal once again…

‘Bunratty Potcheen (Clear Spirit), is the first since it was banned to be legally produced and bottled in Ireland. Originally distilled for its smooth extra strong sensation, you can now taste and recreate this Celtic magic with Bunratty Potcheen. It was a truely spiritual deed of the Irish long ago, when they trapped the purity and magic of nature to create, from sunshine and rain in the mountains and valleys, the most natural and original treasured Irish Spirit-“Potcheen”.

…and secondly, if this stuff really is authentic and not just a tourist version, I want to try some.

What does it taste like? Anyone know?



Posted at 5:50 pm
Cultures • Enjoyment • Ireland • Notes to self • Questions • Comments (2) •

Monday, September 18, 2006

Time To Try… A Sticky Pad

I haven’t tried one of these yet, but I’m planning on ordering one to have a closer look:

“By some material genius, this pad holds stuff on your dashboard so it doesn’t fly off as you drive. Non-adheasive, non-magnetic, it grips cell phones, PDAs, sunglasses, GPS, binoculars, CDs, anything that you want to grab quickly and easily. I have no idea why it holds things so firmly, but it does without adhering to the object or your dash, keeping all in place on curves, hills, and sudden stops”.

Sounds interesting, no?

Posted at 10:52 am
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Friday, September 15, 2006

Welcome Aboard, Fear Of Flying…

Not for those with a fear of flying is this amusing piece over on The Economist.

It includes such things as:

“Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now. In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero.”

You get the idea.

Posted at 1:58 pm
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

How Safe Is Safe?

NASA’s idea of ‘safe’ and mine seem to be, well, worlds apart.

“Nasa officials scrutinising footage of the space shuttle Atlantis’ launch say some debris did hit the orbiter, but that there was no visible damage”.

I think I would describe that as ‘lucky’, rather than ‘safe’, personally.

Posted at 8:25 am
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Song For Tony Blair

You know, it’s strange, but over the past few days whenever I have read an article like this one, or this one or even this one…

…the jukebox in my mind has suddenly started playing this song.

I can’t think why.

Posted at 8:42 am
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Making Money By Standing Still

So a photographer and an inanimate object are sitting in a bar, drinking a few beers…

Inanimate Object: “So, Mr Photographer, we have both been working pretty solidly for the past seven months, then. And we have both taken an awful lot of photographs, have we not?”
Photographer: “Yep, we have indeed, and I don’t know about you but I’m tired. It was a tough seven months, wasn’t it”.
IO: “No, I found my work quite easy, actually, and very rewarding financially”.
Photog: “Really? I did well too, but if you don’t mind me asking, how much did you make?”.
IO: “Oh, around one point two million pounds sterling, tax free”.
Photog: “Wow”.

I’m clearly in the wrong type of photography, I should be a motorway speed camera.

Posted at 8:00 am
England • In the news • Photography • Unbelievable • Comments (0) •

Sunday, August 27, 2006

No Longer A Toddler

I just noticed that this weblog is five long years old today.

Well, well.

Back then it was said that weblogs were just a passing thing.

“They’ll never catch on, you know”, they used to say…

Remember that?


Prettiest Site Of The Day

Please note that this weblog has moved to here Please update your links! Thanks, Rogi.

Scribbled by Rogi at February 12, 2002 12:16 PM


Nice colors, but needs work. It’s hard to read just like Delacour’s before he redesigned.

Posted by: meryl on February 12, 2002 01:08 PM

Humm…I don’t find it hard to read at all I must say – maybe it’s my photographer eyes helping me out. I do like those colours though. They look even nicer on a laptop as well as they get a bit of that LCD metallic sheen to them. Oh well, I liked it anyway. 🙂

Posted by: Rogi on February 12, 2002 01:24 PM

I’m wondering if it has to do with the monitor at work. I didn’t notice it until a few weeks ago… I had trouble reading a site at work, but never at home. Too lazy to mess with the calibration.

Will try the site again at home.

Posted by: meryl on February 12, 2002 04:04 PM