Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cute Printer – Free .pdf writer

Hey! If you like my recipes (or anything else on the web) and the page hasn’t got a print button (I don’t know how to do that yet!) or you’re not connected to a printer then what you need is … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Style Slow Roast Pork Chops

Ingredients: (serves 2) 2 large pork chops (you can use loin steaks if you wish) 8 baby new potatoes 8 baby vine tomatoes ½ red bell pepper – sliced ½ green bell pepper – sliced ½ red onion – sliced salt … Continue reading

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Pondering the Meaning of Dreams

Pondering the Meaning of Dreams I said this blog would have random “stuff” on it; well this is pretty random… …I suppose we all sit and cogitate the meanings of our dreams – those of us that dream (I find … Continue reading

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Smoked Mackerel, Bacon and New Potato Salad

1 smoked mackerel fillet 2 rashers smoked back bacon 8 baby new potatoes ½ red onion salt & pepper chopped parsley 3 -4 dessert spoons mayonnaise 2 teaspoons English mustard 1 dessert spoon Worcestershire sauce Method: boil the potatoes still … Continue reading

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Farewell to J.J. Cale – Blues Legend

As a bluesman myself (albeit in a small way) it’s always sad to say goodbye to one of the greats of the genre. Straight to the point – ANYONE Eric Clapton would share a stage with as second string is … Continue reading

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Guest Poet Podcast Series

Friday is POETS day – continuing my series of readings of guest poets this week a double dose of brilliance: “Balassi” by Debi Swim & “Encompassing by Sara Vinas. Check them out at www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Guilty as Charged (Hush now!)

In response to the prompt: Charged @ Poetic Asides/charged poem ‘Twas I, I cannot lie I plead my case as self defense You smiled and stole my precious heart I sent you flowers and wrote you notes Twas I, I will … Continue reading

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Infinitesimally Small

Infinitesimally Small Like a speck of dust like a culture on a slide like a sub-atomic particle of astounding insignificance I see the world…Read More

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous She was stunning, beyond compare Helen of Troy would have wept and clawed out her own eyes in a jealous rage you could hear the rush of air as wedding bands left fingers and entered pockets you … Continue reading

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Front Terrace Herb Garden

I have a small terrace outside the front of the house. Last summer I had it re-tiled and over the spring I made it look pretty. It’s a lovely place to sit… Read More

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At Home with my Cats

A new page on my menu: Random photos of cat nonsense/cuteness and a peek inside the writer’s lair. The cats in question are Pickle (the black one) and Smudge (the rascal) Read More…  

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Excursion Photos

Just posted a load of photo albums from summer school excursions from Oxford. Check them out in the drop down menu at From Amidst the Dreaming Spires 🙂

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Magic Bread

I have to confess.. I LOVE magic! Conjuring, up-close and personal sleight of hand…. this is about as ridiculous and amazing as it gets: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuvzcoTYOXw]

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Beyond this point there be Dragons!

Originally, this was to be the name of my new blog but there was a lot of variations already in the search engines and I decided on “Without Anaesthetic“. Why? Well the idea was that I share thoughts and musings … Continue reading

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Drawing on the expertise of others…

I cannot draw, ask my students! But, I know people who can and the word from the colonies is that both artists working on illustrating hope-to-be-children’s books are making progress. Very excited about the prospect of making submissions for these … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet

The highlight of St. Hugh’s so far came today… …teaching a class on interpreting Shakespeare, using Romeo and Juliet 2.2 (the balcony scene). With some guidance on the metaphors they worked it out and then I played the first two … Continue reading

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Guest Poet Series

Friday  is POETS day and continuing my series of guest poets, this week I am reading “Scrambled Love Letters” by  Connie L. Peters – a fellow member of The Baker’s Dozen Poetry Group and a dear friend whose writing I … Continue reading

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Unprompted

I can’t remember the last time I wrote without a prompt, just sat down and started writing… …and as I haven’t written for a couple of weeks and felt inclined to do so, I thought I’d share the outcome. Unprompted … Continue reading

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From Amidst the Dreaming Spires

Where? I hear you ask. Why, Oxford of course! Here is where you’ll find an insight into my summer school adventures in England. specifically I am teaching English as a Foreign Language at a school based in St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. … Continue reading

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Getting there bit by bit…

…well some progress is being made. Hmm..is it terribly pretentious to use the passive when I am the agent? Probably! Never mind! I have uploaded all of the cookery content to date and 25% of the poetry archive from the … Continue reading

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Frustration at the blog creation station….

leads to the question begging is wordpress right for me, do I have to spend money on a premium upgrade, will this ever work?????????? The WP blurb says make your own website but it just doesn’t do what I want … Continue reading

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