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Thoughts from July 2006

the early bird

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If getting up in the middle of the night to check out interesting fruit is your cup of tea, then we'd recommend a visit to the Western International Market. Our Lucy went at 3 o'clock in the morning to get hold of the last of the fresh alphonso mangoes. Sadly they were all out. But she did manage to get some yellow passion fruits from Vitacress and some new Indian Kesar mangoes. Apparently when she picked up the mango box, "it was really warm, it seemed to be generating heat as it ripened".

The market is on Hayes Road, Southall and costs £5 to get in. Other highlights include a fine selection of hot baked potatoes, world-beating chocolate muffins and a particularly grumpy security guard.

boring post

No need for anyone to read on unless you're feeling geeky. This is a just a post to help us activate our Technorati Profile. Technorati is a site that allows you to search other blogs for all sorts of useful and useless information. If you're anything like us, you'll find that a simple search on Technorati can lead to hours of aimless wandering through the minds of other people from all over the place.

Posting this means that it'll be a bit easier to find us on Technorati. And now, after boring you for a few minutes, we'll take our leave and clear off.

hot chip

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We could have done with this man at our place today. Our computers got so hot that we had to shut them down for most of the day. No email, no voicemail, no internet. So we got lots of other stuff done, with paper and pens and talking.

They say that tomorrow is going to be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK. Maybe we'll go and buy a hosepipe.

oranges

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Here's a short post after the last long one. It's all about a book called Oranges by John McPhee that we like a lot. Mr McPhee has an ambling, rambling style that takes you through the history of the orange, and along the way we encounter such characters as Confucius, Louis XIV, Columbus and Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida (it's a real place). There's something about the rhythm of his writing that makes you want to just slow down and think about oranges, maybe whilst snoozing under a tree. It's very clever when you can make people feel like that by choosing exactly the right words.

Thanks Mr McPhee.

You can check out Oranges here. If you read it, we hope you enjoy it.