Monthly Archives: January 2012


Ramana in his generosity has honoured me with The Liebster Award.

I was aware that in German “Liebster” means dearest, or favourite.  Here I become confused – I will return to this point later.

Having learned in the past by my mistakes while using the German language, I thought I better check on the meaning of the word “Liebster”.

This is what I found:

German     English

liebster        beloved
liebster        boyfriend
liebster        dearest
liebster        sweetheart

Now my mind is more than a little addled and who can blame me?
Sudden declarations of love on my blog.  His belovedHis Dearest. His Sweetheart.  Any one would be enough to bowl a girl over, if she heard it in a romantic situation surrounded by soft lights and sweet music….

But to be his BOYFRIEND! 😯 That shock was more than enough to set my heart going.  It took half a can of my spray to get it back on even keel.  I didn’t think he swung that way.

Where were my Toyboys, my protectors when I needed them.  Ashok, Nick, Magpie, Conrad, Mayo, Paul, Will and Tee O, I need your help.  What am I to do?

As for the first point… The Bounder; the Rascal has conferred the honour on FOUR other women:- Gaelikaa’s Diary, Padmum, Delirious and Silver Fox.

The Cad.

I should have listened to my mother!

I am off to lie down in a darkened room…..

I can’t even offer the award to my Toyboys listed above because their wives might not appreciate having me around for extra curricular distractions! 🙁

Food Monday ~ Braised Orange Celery

Braised Orange Celery
Preheat the oven to 180°C

4 large sticks of celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 onion, diced
300 ml stock
rind & juice of 1 orange
5ml coriander
25g butter
Dice celery, onion and carrot. Heat the butter in a pan, add the vegetables, cover with a layer of greaseproof paper and sweat for about five  minutes.  Add the stock, orange rind & juice, coriander and seasoning.
Place all the ingredients in a casserole dish and braise for 45 minutes or until tender.


I think I am headed in the right direction….

Not far to go….

I found it!

Anne ~ Slate resin figure on Mirror polished stainless steel
Sculptor ~ Lucy Glendinning

A 7m high mirror polished stainless steel column with internal lighting a laser cut pattern with coloured perspex insets and a life size figure cast in slate resin. The figure faces Saint Anne’s Cathedral.

On Lucy Glendinning‘s website, not alone can you learn about her but, see her commissions, exhibitions and read her poetry.

Anne is a commissioned sculpture for Saint Anne’s Square, the new city centre piazza behind Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. The sculpture was installed in November 2009.

A multi £million leisure, commercial and residential development on redeveloped land in the Cathedral Quarter, it was partially open when I visited. This elegant scheme will comprise of ground floor bars and restaurants with turnkey offices at ground and first floor level.

Rising over four floors from the second level will be residential apartments. The focal point of the development will be a new 14,000 sq ft piazza creating a new public space with potential for performing arts and events. An hotel is already open on one corner of the scheme.

The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is set to open in early 2102.  The venue, will be six storeys high with two theatres, visual arts space and dance studios.

Openings ~ 23

Joy’s Entry – What a lovely name.

It is very narrow and connects Ann Street to High Street.

Home to several pubs, such as McCrackens Cafe Bar.

The Entry takes its name from the Joy family who were prominent 18th Century residents of the city. Francis McCracken, shipowner, married Anne Joy, daughter of Francis Joy. The Joy family made their money in linen manufacture and Francis Joy McCracken was founder of the Belfast Newsletter in 1737. It was first printed here in Joy’s Entry.

Henry Joy McCracken, a grandson of Francis, became interested in radical politics and joined the Society of the United Irishmen in 1795. He was court martialled and hanged at Corn Market, Belfast, not many yards from Joy’s Entry in July 1798, on land his grandfather had donated to the city.

The best view is from the Ann Street end.


Would you like some Ice?

Following the 7th July 2005 London bombings, the Emergency Services found mobile/cell phones in pockets or lying around amongst the carnage with no idea of the holders name. Unfortunately some of the phones were all that remained. Some of these phones were used in order to discover the identity of some of the victims. Not an easy task.

I bet you have at least one mobile/cell phone.

Let us play a little game….

Imagine for a moment that you have… collapsed in the street/fallen under a bus/are in the middle of an explosion…

You are unable to help the Emergency Services with your identity or tell them who is your next of Kin.  What to do? Would scrolling through the phone book on your Mobile/cell phone help find out?

Is it John, Maisie, Puff Bunny or Mum?

John might be the guy you picked up met at the nightclub last night, Maisie the little old lady you visit once a week because she lives alone, Mum (91) half gaga and well… Puff Bunny says it all!

Can you imagine getting a call asking “Do you know the owner of this phone”?


“Well now, I am sorry to tell you, S/he is under the Doctor (Northern Ireland speak for being ill) at St Methuselah’s Hospital/Hire a crane she is under a bus/bring a holdall, the bits are at the morgue!

At the back of a Passport is a space for the name and address of our next of Kin, why not the same in our phones?

This is where Ice Numbers come in.

In Case of Emergency

I use two ICE numbers, just in case the first person is not available or out of the country. Both are filled in in the same format.


First name: ICE 1 Milly
Last Name: MacAdoo (daughter) –  follow up with the number in the usual way.

I am fortunate that this information is visible on the display screen of my mobile phone, so there is no waste of time searching.

Do think about it…. do something about it…. NOW.

The person you pick needs to be calm and sensible, know you, and be able to say if you have particular ailments e.g. heart problems, diabetes or allergies.  While you are at it, do the same with all mobiles in your household – children’s phones included.

It might save a life!


The topic Simplicity was set for us by Conrad, who unfortunately has had to step back from blogging for the foreseeable future.  Conrad we will miss your regular contribution and wish you well in all your endeavours.  I know you will visit and comment whenever possible.

Now hop along to see what our active members are offering today: Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Magpie 11, Maria SilverFox, OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, Rohit, Will Knott.

This subject is revisited from an old blog post of mine from 2006.  Worth repeating.

Thursday Special ~ The Pharmacist

A man walks into a pharmacy and asks for a pack of condoms. As
soon as he has paid for them, he starts laughing and walks out.

The next day, the same performance, with the man walking out
laughing fit to bust. The pharmacist thinks this odd and asks
his assistant that, if the man returns, to follow him.

Sure enough, he comes into the store the next day, repeating
his actions once more. The assistant duly follows.

Half an hour later, he returns.

“So did you follow him?”

“I did.”

“And…where did he go?”
“Over to your house!”




I cannot remember which of you Toyboys sent me this one?


Yesterday I was listening to a BBC radio programme about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was one of the most versatile and adventurous engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.  The name has a certain ring to it, but it was certainly not on my list when expecting a baby.

In the flow of comments on this weeks Food Monday recipe post, Tee O The Old Fossil informed us of his good lady wife’s name: Mary Alice Arlene Mildred Louise Roena Knickerbocker. I wonder if she was an only child, or the first of a new generation? If the latter, perhaps the names were to insure inclusion in the Wills of all four grandmothers. 😉

I do hope Tee O doesn’t mind, but it set me thinking of names….

There are many examples of multiple middle names. I do know an Aline Mary Veronica Anne and an Eileen Mary Philomena!

Royalty are rather fond of multiple names too,

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary does well despite the fact she does not use a surname. You don’t recognise the name? Why she is well known as Her Maj Elizabeth II Queen of England.  Good old Charlie is actually Charles Phillip Arthur George, Prince of wails Wales. His two sons are officially: William Arthur Philip Louis The Duke of Cambridge  and Henry Charles Albert David Prince Harry.  The Princess Royal was given the names Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise.

What about a musical sounding name like John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – Is it any wonder that he became an English writer, poet and university professor, perhaps best known as the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

British musician Brian Eno’s full name is Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno.

Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas named their son Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland.

The name Rose entered the English language as a form of the Old German word ‘hros’, (horse). The attributes and beauty of the horse were much admired in ancient times. However since the 19th century when flower names became popular, Rose is usually taken to be from the flower.

I did meet a family of flowers, the mother was Violet and her daughters were Heather and Iris. I am glad my parents didn’t go down that road with me or I might have ended up being called Dandelion!

A middle name could be one’s mother’s maiden name, very common in Northern Ireland, or the last name of another recent ancestor (for instance a grandparent).

William Atticus MacGhilleseatheanaich, is rather a mouthful to pronounce and even to write.

Featherstonehaugh is believed to be the longest English surname, it originates from Featherstonehaugh, not far from Haltwistle, in the county of Northumberland.

Now can you imagine telling this guy that his dinner was boiled…

Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe¬schlegelstein¬hausenberger¬dorffvoraltern¬waren¬gewissenhaft¬schaferswessen¬schafewaren¬wohlgepflege¬und¬sorgfaltigkeit¬beschutzen¬von¬angreifen¬durch¬ihrraubgierigfeinde¬welche¬voraltern¬zwolftausend¬jahres¬vorandieerscheinen¬wander¬ersteer¬dem¬enschderraumschiff¬gebrauchlicht¬als¬sein¬ursprung¬von¬kraftgestart¬sein¬lange¬fahrt¬hinzwischen¬sternartigraum¬auf¬der¬suchenach¬diestern¬welche¬gehabt¬bewohnbar¬planeten¬kreise¬drehen¬sich¬und¬wohin¬der¬neurasse¬von¬verstandigmen¬schlichkeit¬konnte¬fortplanzen¬und¬sicher¬freuen¬anlebens¬langlich¬freude¬und¬ruhe¬mit¬nicht¬ein¬furcht¬vor¬angreifen¬von¬anderer¬intelligent¬geschopfs¬von¬hinzwischen¬sternartigraum, Senior.

The dinner certainly would be both boiled, burnt and cold by the time you were finished, and so would you in more ways than one!

And finally….

Maybe I would need to make a vegetable curry if I was inviting this guy to dinner:
Umayalpuram Krishnamurthy Venkatramana!

Bucket List…

It came in an email from Brighid.

The idea was to:-

Hit forward and place an X by all the things you’ve done,
remove the x from the ones you have not, and send it to your friends. So being a good sport, I am prepared to share it with all of you:

This is your life:

( ) Shot a gun
(X) Gone on a blind date.
( ) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die – alas, more than one

Visited any of the following:
(X) Europe – I live in Europe and have visited quite a few countries
( ) Africa
( ) Asia
( ) Australia
( ) Antarctica
( ) Canada
( ) North America – Massachusetts
( ) South America

(X) Flown on a plane – often
(X) Served on a jury – Once
(X) Been lost – only once
(X) Travelled to the opposite side of the country – Not difficult in Ireland
(X) Swam in the Ocean. – Atlantic
(X) Cried yourself to sleep – more than once
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Played cowboys and Indians
(X) Recently coloured with crayons
(X) Sang Karaoke
(  ) Sang a solo or duet in public
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(X) Made prank phone calls – as a child
(X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Had children – ONE
( ) Had a pet
( ) Been skinny-dipping outdoors
( ) Been fishing
(X) been boating
(X) Been downhill skiing – Does sitting on the slopes unable to stand up for laughing, count? I was wearing Skis.
(  ) Been water skiing
(  ) Been camping in a trailer/RV – No!  I’m Irish!
(X) Been camping in a tent – without a groundsheet too!
(  ) Flown in a small 4-seater airplane
(  ) Flown in a glider
(  ) Flown in a helicopter
(  ) Flown in a hot air balloon
(  ) Walked on a glacier
(X) Driven a motorcycle/been a passenger – Yes a passenger
(  ) Been bungee-jumping
(  ) Gone to a drive-in movie
(X) Done something that could have killed you-but not – Yes went on a date, it nearly did!
(  ) Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life – Regrets are a waste of energy.
(  ) Rode an elephant
(X) Eaten just cookies or cake for dinner …and ice cream for breakfast
(X) Been on TV
(  ) Stolen any traffic signs
(X) Been in a car accident – minor
(X) Donated blood
(  ) Gone Curling

Favourite drink:  Good coffee
Favourite number: 10
Favourite Colour: Cornflour Blue
Favourite movie:  84 Charring Cross Road
Favourite dessert: Not sure I remember dessert.
Where you hope to be in 10 years:  Hopefully still getting out of bed unaided and chasing Toyboys!
Furthest place you will send this message:  You tell me

Food Monday ~ Tiddly Fruit Crumble

Tiddly Fruit Crumble
Preheat the oven to 200°C
Serves 4

500g Bramley Apples peeled and chopped
2 fluid ounces of whisky *
Grated lemon and orange rind to taste
4 tablespoons Demerara sugar
1 teaspoon of mixed spices

For the Topping:
200g All-purpose flour
20g Ground almond (optional)
100g Light brown sugar  1/2 Tsp Sea salt
100g Unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces

Grease four ramekin dishes or a 2-pint pie dish.
Place the prepared fruit into the ramekins or dish.
Mix the lemon and orange rind, mixed spice and Demerara sugar and spread evenly over the fruit.  Then sprinkle the whiskey over the fruit.
Leave to soak in while making the crumble.

For the Topping:
In a medium bowl, mix all the dry topping ingredients together and rub in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs.
Spread it evenly over the fruits in each dish.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the fruits are cooked and the top is golden brown.
Serve with whipped fresh cream or ice cream.

* Orange Juice can be used in place of the alcohol.

The Speaker

The Speaker ~ Bronze
Artist ~ Gareth Knowles

This life-size bronze sculpture was inspired by the historic tradition of public speaking at Custom House Square where crowds would gather to listen to the orators of the day.

The ground in front of the sculpture has bronze footprints to suggest the crowds that would gather to hear the outpouring of the speaker.

Gareth Knowles was born in Belfast and has been sculpting for the last 20 years. Another commission by the Grand Opera House, Belfast, was to create a bust of Frank Matcham, the venue’s architect.  I could tell you more but he puts his story so well on his website, I would hate to spoil it, so please follow the link.