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Hot Buttered Rum

For years I was aware of Hot Buttered Rum partly because of the film Northwest Passage1 and partly due to repeated mentions on the Ian Anderson radio programme, but I had never drunk it nor made it. After a recent viewing of the film I was determined to give it a try, and for your delectation I now present my recipe (cobbled together from various others found on the Internet).

Google Mesh Wi-Fi

Saw this section in a review of Google Mesh Wi-Fi on Alphr:

Aran-coirce

For a many years now we have had a tradition of eating oatcakes and blue-veined cheese with a glass of port in the evening during the Christmas and New Year period. Our port wine preference is for an LBV from W&J Graham. This wine is readily available, reasonably priced and very drinkable. Usually, we have Dunsyre Blue cheese but recently all of the Errington Cheese products have been withdrawn from sale. This year we have Hebridean Blue Cheese from the Isle of Mull Cheese company and very nice it is too.

Not built to last

This is going to sound like one of these moans that things ain't made they way they use to be. It will sound like that because that is exactly what it is. The last time I bought a pair of safety wellies that really lasted was in 1994. They were purchased in a local hardware store, were a great fit, certainly not expensive and lasted me until 2010. I didn't realise it at the time but they were a landmark pair of wellies; durable in a way that modern wellies aren't. Even after a long serviceable life as footwear they fulfilled one more purpose as a gasket for a hot water tank, however that is another story.

Built to last

Our house has many old style British round-pin sockets installed in the skirting boards. We don't use these sockets but bit-by-bit we are making use of the locations to fit more modern square-pin sockets. I recently removed a 5 amp socket, pictured below, in the downstairs hallway and was amazed with the sturdy build of the back box.

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