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This Blog needs you!

I’m really a bit of a newbie when it comes to blogging. I’ve had a couple of ones in the past where I didn’t really know what I was doing (not that I know much more now) but this blog has only really been going with any degree of seriousness for a couple of weeks.

It’s all growing very nicely and all my complicated graph thingies are moving in very encouraging directions but I’m still looking around for all sorts of good ways to bring more people in and make the blog all that more enjoyable.

I also seem to have hit a slight wall when it comes to coming up with good ideas for blog posts. It can be pretty tough trying to come up with something everyday.

So, through my ingenious brain power I hopefully have come up with a way of killing two birds with one stone.

I want to create more of a sense of community and encourage you lot out there to comment a bit more so we can have some debate and a bit of interactivity.

So heres the plan, I want you to comment on this post with suggestions for what you would like me to write about. It can be about anything, I have a pretty varied set of interests and can always do a bit of research in order to bring you an informed response to any of your suggestions. Just let your imagination go wild.Bring your ideas no matter how ridiculous, in fact the more ridiculous the better. Even if you have just stumbled on this blog from a random link on the other side of the internet, comment, bring ideas, get involved.

Blogging is supposed to be social.

I’ll be taking suggestions all week and should post one of your suggested articles next week.

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Vegetarian Chilli Experiment

Today marked the start of my week long experiment with vegetarianism.

I’ve never really thought about going veggie full time before.
I’m all for humane treatment of animals and all that sort of thing but generally I see meat as an essential part of a good diet and far too tasty to give up. I know very well where meat comes from and in fact would have no problem with killing an animal if i needed to for food. I like seeking out new food and have eaten kangaroo, Zebra, Ostrich, Wild Boar, Tripe and Shark, all pretty good. The only exceptions I make to eating anything is a refusal to eat foie gras, veal or any other cruel food. Basically my view is if the animal doesnt suffer, you treat it with respect and know where it comes from its fair game.

So after spending most of the day in much the same way as i would normally, cereal for breakfast, cheese sandwhich for lunch, I started on dinner.

I started with the attitude of simply exchanging the meat in the meals i would normally cook for a veggie alternative. So armed with a bag of soya Mince i set to work on a chilli con carne.

The Soya mince looked alarmingly like sawdust

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I was pretty skeptical but carried on making the chilli in the same was as i normally would just exchanging the mince for soya mince.
I didnt seem quite the same so i added more chilli powder to overpower whatever might be the taste of the soya. dscf04361The end result was definately edible, if not entirely filling, could help but think that what it really needed…was some meat.

Update: well after a couple of days of cheese pizzas and beans on toast I lost inspiration and again and failed in giving something up. I just like meat too much. I’ve decided that giving things up just isn’t for me.


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An absence of abstinence

I’ve been set the challenge of giving something up for one week.

Only I’ve never been particularly good at giving things up. I could try and blame that on my live-for-the-moment never say never always say yes attitude to life but the truth is probably just that I have no self control. Abstinence has always seemed like a dirty word to me but when it was suggested that I try documenting giving something up for a week via this blog an old idea came back to me.

I’m a music obsessive, I constantly listen to music, and constantly play music, (I’m a singer-songwritey guitar type person) and have a knack for accumulating vast amounts of useless music trivia. One of the stories which has always intrigued me is the one about Kraftwerk sealing their KlingKlang studio off to all external sounds, going so far as to have a silent ring-tone on their phone which they only picked up at pre-arranged times, apparently as an attempt to avoid all outside influences in their hermetically sealed music of the future.

So there was the plan. Give up music for a week, it’d be an interesting experiment to see whether it worked and even more interesting to see if it made my music any more independent of my vast range of influences.
The first 24 hours went well, I simply avoided my music system, I went and cooked a meal and watched TV( yes i know TV has a lot of music in it but I had to do something to keep myself entertained,) and the time flew by.
but then I got bored of TV and ran out of books, my fingers began to itch for my guitar and I snapped.

I lasted just over a day with my incompetent attempt at sonic deprevation.

So, I needed another idea, something to give up for a week. My mind froze. I don’t have any particular vices, I don’t smoke, I don’t to drink a dramatic amount and so a whole host of other ideas leapt to my mind.

Attempt to live in the dark, eat only bread, avoid buying from corporations, but none of them seemed to work.

I went out with some friends and over a few drinks decided that a great idea would be to live without shoes for a week.
Five minutes later I’d trodden in broken glass and had had my foot skewered by a stiletto heel. The idea quickly lost its appeal.

So after much deliberation this week I’ve decided to experiment with vegetarianism. For a student who views bacon and sausage as seperate food groups this could be tricky…..


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