Tweets on 2011-05-19

  • Today has not been specially productive as this morning Tombraider Anniversary Wii arrived. I just cannot get the hang of grappling. #
  • Criminals of 1871-1873 – a set on Flickr http://bit.ly/lB8so3 (@nghodder) #
  • @alixmortimer Oh, thank goodness for that, I thought it was just me! #
  • Thinking about going on silent retreat on my return from cat-sitting. #
  • @alanfleming well, don't keep us in any more suspense, is it or isn't it?! #
  • Does liquorice really melt?! http://bit.ly/lwkA1M #
  • Not tonight, darling, I'm knitting http://bit.ly/kKwzOx #

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Tweets on 2011-05-18

  • Lovin' the new repeat Rx service. (@ Boots) http://4sq.com/miPr3U #
  • @stephenbarker blimey you seem to have got from miles away to not that far really in the blink of an eye. #
  • @owenblacker yeah, cos Lab MPs have such a good record on Lords reform! #
  • @cllrkemp I can't believe you'd be married to a woman who would care if you gave her permission or not! #
  • RT @freakonomics: The Neuroscience Behind Sexual Desire: Authors of "A Billion Wicked Thoughts" answer your questions. http://ow.ly/4WrqG #
  • "Hawkear. The future of bell ringing" – can hawks hear all that well? http://bit.ly/mqhvSG #
  • Him: can't taste any pea or ham in this soup! Me: it's leek and potato. #
  • I was once hospitalized by a Bakewell Tart. #
  • @dr_nick yup #
  • RT @Linguagroover: @alexfoster Comrade, if you think you can become managing director of the IMF on that flimsy record, think again #
  • Suddenly much more positively minded towards an LDV submishe now that I've seen the author's mugshot #fickle #

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Tweets on 2011-05-17

  • Pleuriel needs a fine tune (@ Ace Auto Services) http://4sq.com/mUt1Ug #
  • I use buses all the time but there's always something vaguely upsetting about driving somewhere and getting the bus home. #
  • @helenduffett it won't be today 😦 #
  • Noting with alarm the airport code for Ryanair's Brittany home, Dinard, is DNR. #
  • RT @journodave: FROG IN HOT WATER is the splash I never got to see. #dsk #
  • Just looking at the website for the garage I used today. They have some awesome stories on there! http://bit.ly/lyl4XM #
  • Opening a bottle of something with an actual cork. Don't know how long it's been since I last did that! #
  • RT @stephen_gilbert: spent 7.5 hours in the Chamber today to give a 6 minute contribution! Time for food! #fb << mad! worse than council! #
  • Listening to Woman's Hour talking about work in 25 years' time and feeling so veh, veh tired. #
  • Buying a small poster tube (@ Staples) [pic]: http://4sq.com/jZGIjM #

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Improvised individual cherry cheesecake

Improvised individual cherry cheesecake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Alex Foster
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 2 hours 10 mins
Serves: 2
Few ingredients, tasty, simple individual cherry cheesecake. Would work just as well with any frozen berries.
Ingredients
  • 4 Digestive biscuits
  • 30 grams butter
  • 100 grams cream cheese
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
  • tablespoon icing sugar
  • frozen cherries
  • kirsch
  • caster sugar
Instructions
  1. Crush the biscuits, melt the butter, combine, and press into the bottom of two wine glasses.
  2. Mix the cream cheese with the lemon juice and zest and add the icing sugar. Beat until smooth. Check the taste for sweetness and add more icing sugar if necessary. Spoon the mixture over the biscuit base and chill.
  3. Add a glug of kirsch to the frozen cherries in a saucepan and add a tablespoon or so of sugar. Boil them up until they are beginning to take on the consistency of jam. Allow to cool slightly then divide the mix between the two cheesecakes.
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Dead simple recipe made up as I went along. Presented using a fancy new plugin that will apparently make the recipe appear hot to Google. I took a photo but it looked awful.

Tweets on 2011-05-16

  • Goddamnnit, had got so far, then just happened to read something with the Eurovision result in the first line. 😦 #
  • If anyone can use my non-refundable first class tick Nottingham to St Pancras there and back on Sat 28th, let me know! #
  • @catofstripes really, not a problem! If there's any chance someone can use it, so much the better but was booked far enough out to be cheap. #
  • @catofstripes but the quid pro quo of cheap is non-refundable! #
  • Bayeux restaurant review – English speakers amazed, French speakers appalled… http://bit.ly/lmuS9l #
  • RT @catofstripes: @alexfoster Mème en Grande Bretagne j`ai mangé mieux. I see what you mean 😉 #
  • What nice things shall I put on next week's meal plan for two? low budget, at least one veggie night. #
  • @dr_nick how could they be? #
  • @helenduffett well, there's a word. #
  • Nottm City Council is late on 41% of FOIs. Feels far higher than that from reading website http://bit.ly/jkwarP #
  • Latin graffiti at Southwell. Complete with graffiti corrections. http://bit.ly/jKHYNn #

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Tweets on 2011-05-13

  • RT @ianvisits: As Lord Mandy once said… "if I can come back, anyone can come back." #davidlaws #
  • @chriskeating @guardianstyle best zeugma from Flanders & Swann. Struggled to put out his cigar, the wine, the lamps and the cats. #
  • If I make this again, think I will leave out the whole peppercorns. Hot hot hot! #

  • Not-quite-veggie-nite: mushroom and stilton pie but ran out of veggie stock cubes http://flic.kr/p/9GUFUj #
  • V busy with people watching Forest v Swansea. (@ Fellows, Morton & Clayton) http://4sq.com/igkXaB #
  • RT @owenblacker: RT @georgie_guy: Two great @popbitch jokes this week.
    What's blue and can't sing?
    Blue. #
  • @10anta if I were you, I'd stop coughing. #
  • Layout members' newsletter? or make cupcakes… #

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Tweets on 2011-05-12

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“What’s a permalink?”

Earlier today I tweeted at CllrKemp that he needed to learn about permalinks.

That’s because whenever he tweets about a new blog post (which by the way, is always worth reading), he uses the base address of his website – http://richardkemp.wordpress.com/

The problem with doing this is that if you come across the tweet a couple of days later, the tweet will be pointing at the most recent blog post. It may no longer have anything to do with the rest of the tweet.

Every blog post you create has a permanent address that refers to only one post. So today’s post by Richard Kemp about new councillors has a “permalink” that is http://richardkemp.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/some-advice-to-new-councillors/

Now the clear problem with that is that it is too long and won’t fit in a tweet. But any time you use that you can be sure it will point at exactly the right content, whilst the base address of the blog will just point at the most recent content.

The way most people square the circle is to use URL shorteners. I use bit.ly – it converts the long url above to http://bit.ly/mwe8Uh – again, we’re back to something short enough to fit into a tweet.

The other advantage of bit.ly is that with a simple twist, you can also satisfy your urge for metrics. If you add a + to the end – ie http://bit.ly/mwe8Uh+ – you get a page that tells you how many of your readers actually clicked on the link.