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Pizza du jour: a double pepperoni frozen slab, with smoked anchovies, garlic powder, rosemary, and sliced zucchini (courgette). The anchovies twist and turn dangerously with the pepperoni, whilst the zucchini stands there, wagging its finger. Delicious.

Rodentine sorts might like to peek at this gallery of 14 photos of some particularly talented rat models. ^_^

Looking up information about flucloxacillin, and penicillin in general, turned up this rather fascinating footnote about its early days of mess production: "The challenge of mass-producing the drug was daunting. On March 14, 1942 the first patient was treated for streptococcal septicemia with U.S.-made penicillin produced by Merck & Co. Half of the total supply produced at the time was used on that one patient. By June 1942 there was just enough U.S. penicillin available to treat ten patients. A moldy cantaloupe in a Peoria, Illinois market in 1943 was found to contain the best and highest-quality penicillin after a worldwide search. The discovery of the cantaloupe, and the results of fermentation research on corn steep liquor at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory at Peoria, Illinois, allowed the United States to produce 2.3 million doses in time for the invasion of Normandy in the spring of 1944."

And I even managed to make it back safely last night after the GBBF. ^_^ Got there around noon, met up with an old friend shortly after, and proceeded to partake of much good beer (though I completely neglected to visit the cider alley this year - but with Middle Farm not far away, that's not such a loss), before taking a couple hours' break around 4pm. Hopped over to Exhibition Road, where we all readily agreed that a visit to the Science Museum would be fun. Food was good, as usual - amongst other things, the kudu burger was most tasty, not to mention an exemplary spicy pork pie. =:9 I did wind up bringing a few bottles back with me, too - three bottles of very pleasant mead, and (from the same company) a bottle of utterly gorgeous toffee vodka. Seemed to be selling quite healthily, too - they'd brought along enough for the show, or so they thought, when they had to restock on Friday morning. ^_^ I may post a photo or two sometime, both of the festival and museum - the latter included exhibits such as Difference Engine no.2, and J J Thompson's e/m tube.

So, apparently, there's going to be a sixth H2G2 book: And Another Thing, courtesy of the Artemis Fowl author. Not a series I've read, though I've heard positive mutterings. Anyone know the guy's work well?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hee! Great to hear him again. Speaking of which, what were those recent-ish radio series like - did they live up to the original?

I'd re-read the books, but like so much else, they've fallen victim of a move at some point or other. *sigh* (I won a copy of Restaurant back at school, as an English competition prize, too =:)
The ones with Stephen Fry doing the voice of the Guide? They weren't bad, actually: not (IMO) as good as the originals, but considerably better than I'd feared. One of the problems is that the later books aren't as much to my taste as the earlier ones: Life, the Universe and Everything is quite fun, but I've never liked So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. As for Mostly Harmless, it has its moments but Random irritates me.
Yes i agree. I was potty over the first two, and it sort of tailed off. Both with the books and the radio plays. And if i'm really honest the version that came out on LP and Tape "cassette" were the best. Like Red dwarf British Scifi often goes off after a few series.