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What a year!!!


Cool times in Blackpool, Manchester, Lancaster, London, Bristol, Spain, Exeter. Did I realy visit them all? On Megabus 🙂
Best food and wine was from “Exploding Nights” @explodingbakery close on their heels “Wokyko” then “The Almond Thief”
Rae Morris Smashed it again. Lancaster and London. I found the joy of Poteen , an artisan product that deserves respect. “The Sun Tavern” Bethnal Green cool place. “Phill is Canal Man”
A Big Country gig was attended, superb gig. It was a weird story of how I got there.




Bilbao is a great place for a short visit. Tapas overdose cheap good wine. Nice people, nice place. “Bcool Hostel” was cheap and good. Area is policed heavily, that tells you a lot. I have lived in tough neighbourhoods, other people may not be used to this.
La Ribera Market is a must visit open late for tapas etc. Guggenheim Bilbao is also worth a visit, not as good as Tate Modern though.
Sit down three course meals, looked very touristy.
Back to Bristol “WokyKo” delivers yet again with very nice wine food and sake. TheKorean Fried Cauliflower third restaurant is amazing, as are the others. The Korean fried cauliflower was something else. If your on a budget share a ramen or hit the noodle bar. My meal was £38 for 4 plates large wine and sake, good value. All dishes were superb, as was the wine/sake.
After missing the bus by 1 minuet, I decided Stokes Croft was obviously the place to go. Crofters Rights at last, PIL played as I entered bar staff wearing Sub Humans T shirts, superb pub!!! A few brews later I’m on the bus home. Interesting chat with passenger next to me. Hopefully Exploding bakery will give her a hand at negotiating good food in the area.

Lali Puna Being Water


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More superb music from Valerie and Lali Puna who tours this month
I’m seeing her and the band at Rich Mix in London , cant wait. I’m spoilt Lucy Rose followed by Lali Puna lots of good food, a glass of something and good times as well.
This video is from Munich where I once lived, I think saw MarKus and Valarie pass me once, I was as ever to nervous to say hi, I will never no for sure if it was them 🙂


Lucy Rose “No Words Left”


Pleased to hear Lucy’s new album live at Rough Trade. A great album as expected.
No drums, superb bass (fretless) and strings. Honest as ever, hauntingly beautiful. A proper album.
Great to hear music being used in the way Lucy has with this album. Subjects that are close to my heart. One song made me loose sleep a bit, previous long term relationship. Lucy’s music has helped me a lot with stressful times
Some great Interviews with real wordsmiths better than I
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Strongest album to date, I think the Union Chapel gig will suit the new material very well. One of my favourite artists in one of my favourite venues.
Thank you Lucy and all involved!

Buy this album see Lucy Rose live

Forage for Flavour!


Back on the beach, tide not out. Never the less some Sea Beet leaves, Wild Fennel, three cornered garlic, and Pennywort  were picked. sea-beet-aspects

Most people in the UK. walk past some amazing free greens in the winter, straight to the supermarket. Plastic bags filled with gas to make the contents last longer.

With many of us poor, not so healthy and a planet that is looking similar. It’s a no brainer! What I picked is in abundance! I seriously needed the exercise! The end results of cooking are superb! Great flavour and lots of nutrients.

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Sprout Bhajis


This is a work in progress. First try after reading about them in Manchester, via seriously cool food and drink. Amazingly I couldn’t taste the sprouts, in the ones I made, spice was nice though. Bhajis take longer to cook than I thought. I will cook them until they are darker next time. 180 degrees is what you want, a doughy interior is what you dont want. Other recipes call for shaping the mixture, not mine, I like the rough look, with crunchy exterior. My recipe was totally vegan. Seriously go eat at Manchester or Leeds.sbhaji