Sourdough masterclass with Dan Lepard at the Cookery School at Little Portland Street

I’ve been baking sourdough bread for over a year now. It’s fair to say that the majority of that year has seen variable quality in my bread, as I gained experience to the extent now that I’m at a stage where I feel like I’m in as much control as one can be when dealing […]

The yard is nothing but a fence, the sun just hurts my eyes…

Finally finished treating the poxy fence in the garden. That’ll be the fence I first mentioned nearly two weeks ago. A combination of the glorious British summer (rain, wind), work, illness and the sheer horror of the thought of having to do the stupid thing has meant that we’ve had a two-tone garden fence for […]

Girls who are boys who like boys to be girls…

This blog post – American Apparel really know about that ”unisex” thing. Damn well. – is pretty horrific. American Apparel sells unisex clothing, which is pretty cool. (I’m not so politically correct that I think you can’t have different types of clothing for men and women, but there’s no reason why some stuff can’t be worn by […]

I know I’m right ’cause when you’re gone there’s nothing left at all…

I was out for the night on Monday, meeting up with old school friends. Somehow five of us have managed to meet on a regular basis, despite living in different parts of London (and, in my case, just outside of London). We’re creatures of habit – give us a break, we’re all approaching 40 – […]

Chris Hadfield – the astronaut’s best tweets, photos and videos

Chris Hadfield – the astronaut’s best tweets, photos and videos | Science | guardian.co.uk Colonel Chris Hadfield handed over command of the International Space Station yesterday, and to mark the occasion posted a remarkable performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in which he and his guitar float around the space station in a most peculiar […]

It’s so easy to laugh, it’s so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind…

Well, I guess I tempted fate when I said “I always, but always, read the many comments on the Guardian’s Doctor Who series blog after each episode, so I know it’s not comments per se that I have an issue with,” because it appears that even that once-happy place has been taken over by the trolls. Or maybe […]