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Well, I have to say, I don't often get presents from banks - but there they are, one bottle of 2005 Ruitersvlei Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc and one 2006 Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais Villages. I think this should happen more often. And they're not even my bank. ^_^

As brigus asked about food porn pics, here's a simple example (high res) from Friday evening. Basil papardelle with wild mushroom, caper, and artichoke sauce, asparagus, baby corn, and fillet steak (aka filet mignon). Photo courtesy of the very cool coworker and his amazing dancing Minolta A200, which I may take on a trip this weekend, if I can decide on where.

Poll #1192854 It's Eurovision Time!

Will you be watching?

With friends! And blackjack!
0(0.0%)
Probably. Cheesemas comes but once a year.
4(21.1%)
Going to a gathering, but mostly for the company.
0(0.0%)
Maybe, in the background.
1(5.3%)
Other plans!
5(26.3%)
I'll be busy pushing matchsticks under my nails.
1(5.3%)
The whosian whatsit now?
8(42.1%)

The Baltics will give douze points to:

whomever they consider the most worthy entrant
2(12.5%)
Russia
14(87.5%)


Like many others watching the British electoral scene, I was quite pleased with the recently Crewe & Nantwich result - whilst giving the Conservatives a leg up, it's sent a clear message to "New" Labour that attempting to eradicate the 10% tax rate for the lowest earners was one step too far, atop a litany of discontent with Blair, and Brown's utter failure to stand for any positive change away from those mistakes, so far removed from the promises that swept them into power. It's unfortunate the LibDems fared so poorly, but Clegg still doesn't seem to have stood for much inspiration either, seemingly also swallowing the line that the party must, for reasons unknown (and not voted for!), echo Labour's lazy - but lucrative, for those sufficiently connected - drift to the right.

Sorry about my slow replying to comments sometimes, especially those inviting a more detailed reply; they aren't forgotten.

Dalek Diary, part 1. Not a heavy-handed attempt, either.. a bit more Charlie Brooker meets mild-mannered Chris Morris. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mother refused point blank to watch Eurovision, putting the 2 hour Robin Williams movie "What Dreams May Come" on instead (the one where he's a bloke who dies and goes to the afterlife"). That was the 'other plans' I put in the poll. :P
Oh, my sympathies. Not such a bad flick, but a very formulaic story - more of a showcase for CG and digital compositing than a movie as such.

Still, the voting seems to be panning out to be the most generic of all, with only Armenia displaying originality.. I certainly didn't seriously expect Greece to be leading the pack! =:P I just chose them and Denmark as being exemplary of the most generic entries. (Yet Denmark's not going anywhere)

Were you able to catch the net.feed over on the EBU site?

No, I had to catch up on Lj answering and communicate with Moth so I didn't see a net feed (or know one existed for that matter!)
Ahh.. there, you see, I could help. ^_^

Agh, true, I forgot to include the links. I should've thought to do so. Still, the event will appear in downloadable form quite soon - and worth enjoying, I'd say.

The official site is/was over here. A bit of a mess, unsurprisingly - it depends on a never-used-anywhere-else plugin, Octoshape, which apparently runs some kind of P2P scheme to make the bandwidth needs feasible across member nations, which in turn enforces a Windows Media requirement. If you can navigate your way through it all, it does wind up working quite well, even if it seems determined to fix the view to the plugin's dimensions, not full screen width.