A Bit of a Change of Scene
We have finally managed to get another news page together, many apologies for the months of absence but this has been unavoidable.
As most of you know we now have a temporary home in Sussex, we have plans to bring Rukbat here in the not too distant future too. In the meantime let's hope we have no problems.
Once again, from all of us here, best wishes for a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2005.
face to a name
CF and Sylv
from left Sylv & Kirsten
from left Sylv & Bee
Some highlights from 2004
some of us went to Borough Market in October!
could this be ...
the 'March of the Mods'
from the left Sue Stuart, Sue L and Kim
Chrissy (left) and Bee
Kim (Geezerbird) left and Chrissy
from the left, Jude, Bee, Katie, Kim, Sue L, Sue S (rear view, sorry Sue)
Sue L, Sue S and Bee
Then there was the Good Food Show in November
from the left, Shirley's daughter, Shirley, Bee, Sue Stuart
from the left, Jude , Pat and Kim
from the left, Sue Stuart, debnfloyd Sylv, Jude and Pat (rear view again)
Thank you Dave for taking the GFS photos.
Edited highlights from the BiteBoards
Predictions to be watched!
"skirts will be long. Vietnamese food will be the Next Big Thing"
"Blair will remain in Government"
"... Blair will be caught up in some sort of scandal and be deposed by Gordon Brown."
"Ainsley Harriott will try and revive his flagging career by going on 'I'm a Celebrity etc."
"Blair will step down after Labour win the next election, after Britain joins the euro euro he'll get a top job in the EU - but that won't happen next year.
Jamie Oliver will find that his star is fading in Britain...
Modern Spanish cuisine will continue to be popular, ... Nuevo Cubano will become the new buzz word."
"Blair will win the election"
"Norwich City will drop out of Premier League, ..."
"We will end up with a 'hung' Parliament.
"Bush will not be President of the USA by the end of the year.
Ruth Kelly will be replaced.
Blunkett will be back in the cabinet, maybe even as PM.
Children's behaviour will get worse and some schools will introduce armed guards.
Parenting classes will be made compulsory for the parents of children who break the law.
The weather will continue to become even more unseasonal and dramatic.
America will not sign the Kyote agreement.
Some NB Members are so nice that People give them Presents
"Sue Lawrence's Book of Baking and Peter Osborne's biography of The D'Oliveira Affair"
" ... diamonds ... set into a cross."
" Crazy Water and Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry"
"I was given a boxed Larousse Gastronimque set of books"
Sue S and Carole Morgan are going to find things a bit of a grind:
"I got a monster 'granite' pestle and mortar and a lovely Le Creuset pottery casserole dish.", says Sue. (Carole it seems did not get a casserole as well, odd that.)
"Shrek I and II ... a couple of good books and (best of all) my very first pestle and mortar. It's made of granite and weighs a bloody ton "
"...two books - 'The Two of Us' by Sheila Hancock and 'Himalaya' by Michael Palin."
Tracey (clearly into metal working):
"Mum sent me a mini blow torch."
"A book, 'First, Peel the Otter' ... two packets of rum truffles... and (olive) oil can ... a Klein bottle, ... three drip bags from Nurse, two bottles of claret ..."
Sallyann's friends think she's an insect
"Three pairs of bl**dy slippers":
"I got the AWW Great Asian Food Book ... which looks v exciting, and a salad dressing maker. ... Still I think my cookery course has got to be the best present."
Not sure what upset this member:
"Got one a couple of years ago. Bloody useless."
Was it a partner, a magnesium fireguard or a blowtorch? No prizes
"A mini-whisk to replace the one my mum stole from me when I moved out. And a little 'Asian Starters' set with chopsticks and herbs. And a microwave ...'
" set of cast iron Floyd pans that she has had forever and a set of mugs ... a hamper of kitchen items including two Le Creuset baking dishes, a crockpot, a baking try, a pyrex measuring jug, a pizza wheel and various other items"
"I got a goat for OXFAM, and a Fair Trade Coffee selection and some vanilla scented incense sticks..."
"We got the goat from Care Australia too ..."
The NB team have already placed an order for goat-hangers to allow Members to keep their OXFAM goats tidy in the wardrobe
Across: A bright shiny suffix, the present participle of a verb, we hear.
Coming next month
Nanny the ultimate expert in all things domestic will be dispensing advice on a number of subjects.