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Barbecue Like a Pirate Day 2015 20 September 2015

Surprisingly good weather after a week of mostly rain, so I left the tent down again for the relatively small party (if it rained we could all shelter in the gazebo, though it didn't anyway).

Also didn't bother with a crate for the beer, and this seemed to work reasonably well.

The food waiting to be cooked was out in the sun, but I stacked it so that only what was next up to be cooked anyway was getting significantly irradiated.

I made sure the lamb got a bit more time over the flames, so that it was properly seared on the outside and tender inside.

We had a lot of kebabs in the freezer from last time. Mostly the sticks didn't catch, though some of the meat was distinctly fragile.

The Wheel of Cheese. Supplied by our local Cheesemonger, Owen Hudson, this included (from twelve o'clock):

  • Westcombe Red
  • Cornish Brie
  • Westcombe Cheddar
  • Dorset Red
  • Cheshire
  • Dorset Blue Vinny
  • English Caerphilly
  • Shropshire Blue

Here's his stall a few days ago:

The chicken marinade proved mildly incendiary. (I used a lot of old charcoal, with one bag of the usual accelerant-wrapped stuff to get it all started. Might do that again; it seemed to work quite well.)

A cunning instant lantern to sit on top of an LED torch and disperse the light.


  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:07pm on 20 September 2015

    Sorry I couldn't come, but it seems my decision was correct. After a week at a new job with a new chair my back is complaining, and a couple of hours each way sat in the car wouldn't have done it any good.

    My hope is that relevant muscles will develop and I'll get used to my new chair. I don't want the one from my old job back, that made my legs and backside go numb after a couple of hours (though it was great for my back).

  2. Posted by Michael Cule at 02:56pm on 20 September 2015

    Many thanks for the invite and another lovely afternoon of good food, good booze and good company. For the record I liked the Cheshire, the English Caerphilly (shurely a contradiction in terms?) and the Blue Vinny the best of the cheeses. I think I managed to sample them all. Where might one find that allegedly local cheesemonger? I've not seen his stall in Wycombe, methinks.

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 03:04pm on 20 September 2015

    Amersham on Tuesdays, Chesham on Wednesdays, Princes Risborough on Thursdays. I don't believe he does Wycombe Market at all.

  4. Posted by Chris Bell at 10:01pm on 20 September 2015

    If your chair at work is causing you pain, tell them so! Since about 1980 and the first RSI cases went to court and won, it's reasonable to ask for a chair which doesn't give you back-ache. A friend of mine persuaded British Aerospace back when they were still BAe and stood for something to get her a chair which fit her 5'5 frame and short legs rather than the too-big-for-her chairs provided as standard in that (technical) office for long-legged men of 5'8 and over, and made all the different to her spine by doing so.

    Tell them now that it is hurting you, and they'll probably see your point; leave it a month and they will think that you are just swinging the lead.

  5. Posted by Owen Smith at 09:24am on 21 September 2015

    It's not that simple Chris. I injured my back in 1995, probably slipped a disc. I have exercises for it, they take half an hour a day. To a first approximation I am never free of pain. I've found for the last 20 years that any new chair takes time to get used, usually several weeks, so changing a chair after one week is premature. They are aware I have this problem. This chair does have all the right features, in particular when I tilt the back the base goes with it thus maintaining the angle between legs and back.

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