July 13th, 2008

Taunted by chocolate

As part of the quest for world domination, our local Tesco has an aisle of stuff that would normally be sold in local ethnic shops where e.g. you can buy large containers of spices for the price of the naff little jars two aisles along, cheaper chick-peas than available in the canned food section etc. They also have some Polish stuff including Mella Galaretka which are chocolate covered fruit jellies which are vegan. They are best described as being like Jaffa Cakes but without the cake.
Perplexingly, the box shows pictures of flavours other than orange, viz cherry and something purple which could be blackberry or blackcurrant. More perplexingly, a search on the web reveals there are at least 3 other flavours including these three i.e. 6 in total. However, whilst there are on-line Polish shops in the UK, they all deliver themselves rather than sell by post (one only in London, one in London and other places where they presumably have partner shops), the only place I have found which does them mail order is from Poland and I don't think I want them that much.
The Polish shop down Cowley Road was shut when I went past it yesterday evening, but didn't obviously have any unless on the one shelf not visible from the window, I shall go and check though.

Incidentally, the doomed shop (on the corner of Bullingdon Road and St Mary's Road, I think) has shut again, it is going to open as a Bangla fish and stuff (and Afro-Caribbean stuff) shop later in July. It has been, in fairly short order, a tattoo parlour, a Brazilian food shop and a Polish shop. Better luck this time, I guess :-)

Hamsters within wheels within wheels

I was amused to find, in the Wikipedia entry on Noel Coward, a reference to a Dr. Who novel Mad Dogs and Englishmen in which, I quote from Wikipedia 'The Doctor Who novel Mad Dogs and Englishmen features a version of Coward who has allied himself with alien poodles and gained time travel technology'.
I did wonder whether The Boy Who Told Plausible But Dull Lies had been at work again, but it appears to exist.

Mat Coward appears to have written a Dr. Who short story ( see 'losing the audience' in http://homepages.phonecoop.coop/matcoward/). Looks interesting, but not interesting enough to buy a book of Dr. Who short stories, I don't think. This bizarrely leads round in a circle because Coward (Mat, not Noel) says “Losing the audience” involves several of my great fascinations; Doctor Who, of course, and radio comedy, as well as BH itself, and a period of history that I’m very interested in - the plans for the British Resistance during World War Two', and the reason I was looking up Coward (Noel, not Mat) was that I had just read the Noel Coward play 'Peace In Our Time' which is set in a Britain defeated by the Germans in 1940 and subsequently liberated in Act 2, and largely concerns the Resistance.

And finally for now...

... have upgraded the iPod Touch to version 2.0. There is always something about seeing long lists of bits of software like the AppStore or whatever they're calling it set out together on a slab in the manner of fish at a fish-monger's, particularly when lots are slightly lame utilities, is somewhat soul sucking...
On the other hand, it does now have a scientific calculator, so if I ever want a 15 digit random number I know where to find one.