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Monday, October 17, 2005

[General] ¿El día hermoso no es él?

A beautiful day in the capital and all is well in the world. I even had my first ice cream of the season. (I just hope the Babelfish translation i used as a title doesn't mean something stupid).

I finally got round to reading a lovely Sydney Morning Herald article that had been sent to me last week. In it Paola Totaro outlines why New Zealand rocks! This is my favourite part:

Clark's personal sense of identity is so strong and blissfully unaffected by vanity that it seems to have rubbed off on her countrymen and women. Who else could have sent one of the world's first trans-gender MPs and a former sex worker - Georgina (originally George) Beyer - to meet the Queen at the airport? It takes a confident nation to make a small decision like that - and big decisions like kissing goodbye the possibility of a free trade deal with the US to retain an unstintingly pacifist stance on the world stage.

"The bottom line is that this Government doesn't trade the lives of young New Zealanders for a war it doesn't believe in, in order to secure some material advantage," said Clark more than two years ago.

Then I read on Public Address that the Fundy Post has uncovered plagiarism within the Maxim Institute (no, not THAT Maxim). Quite a bit of plagiarism actually! As the line goes:

“To quote one source is plagiarism, to quote many is research”

The technology used by the Fundy Post is called Copyscape and is used by university lecturers to check if students are cheating. Well done Fundies!

The Jets lost a close one to the Bills, but I’m not fazed, because it was very close (closer than the score suggests).

The best thing about today is that today I don’t have a hangover whereas yesterday I did. Why the hangover? A friend of mine, who we shall call Miss M threw a brilliant Mexican party. Here is a snap of me and Wellurban blogger Tom (I’m the one who looks like a pirate (go figure).

1 comment:

Tom said...

Ay carumba! What a carnival of cultural stereotypes!

For future reference, here is the recipe for the "Mexican Mountie":

1 measure Agavero
2 measures Cointreau
1 measure dark rum (optional)
juice of 1/2 a lime
2 or 3 green cardamom pods
a decent squirt of maple syrup

Add all of the liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with cracked ice. Lightly crush the cardamom pods (just rough them up a little: no need to go overboard on the GBH, me old son) and add them to the shaker. Pour in the maple syrup, preferably the real stuff, unless you happen to be in a flat that's too stingy to buy it. Shake, and strain into a martini glass - rimming sugar (fner, fner!) optional.

Share with your friends, discuss whether it needs more or less of certain ingredients, and try again with the adjusted proportions. Repeat until you have the perfect combination of smoothness, sweetness, tartness and smokiness; or until you get completely Viv-faced, whichever comes first