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Dherinia farmers market

May 22, 2017

Mainly farmers with fruit and vegetables. 

One stall had fresh caught fish.

I was told there is fresh bread, cakes, honey, but not on Saturday morning when I visited.

A weekly market, Saturday mornings.

Yanis Varoufakis discussing Adults in the Room

May 1, 2017

Yanis Varoufakis and Paul Mason in conversation at Union Chapel to discuss Adults in the Room, an account of the European Deep State.

Larry Summers asked Yanis Varoufakis, are you in the inside or the outside?

In other words, are you one of us?

Christine Lagarde, after hours of fighting with Yanis Varoufakis, relaxing afterwards, admitted, he was right, and what was was being done to Greece was wrong, but it had to be done to satisfy the political establishment.

In discussion with US Treasury, they admitted, what was being done by the EU to destroy Greece, they were not happy with, but Greece was Germany’s sphere of influence, and they could not interfere.

Yanis Varoufakis was then  warned, be aware, in a week, a smear campaign will be launched against you by the EU.

One week later, that was what happened, a smear campaign was run. Lazy journalists, with ties to the Deep State, were briefed, they print their lies, and the rest  of the media regurgitates. Lies become facts.

If Yanis Varoufakis attempts to correct the lies, it is then reported as Yanis Varoufakis denies he said. That was never said, not reported.

Until that is he was interviewed by the New York Times, and said it was all a  pack of lies. Who should we believe, it is your word against theirs? Ah, yes, I recorded the meetings.

Not all journalists are of the calibre or integrity of Paul Mason.

Greece was neither here nor there. Greece had to be destroyed to serve as a warning to others.

We are seeing the same with Brexit. UK cannot be seen as being better off outside the EU. It must be punished to serve as a warning to others. That this will destroy Europe is seen as irrelevant.

Yanis Varoufakis set up the Untouchables, a secret task force to deal with Oligarchs and tax dodgers. They obtained records from the banks to show where the money was flowing, then compared with tax receipts. They then offered an amnesty, declare and we will tax you at 15%, we are letting you off lightly, fail to declare and we will bring criminal prosecutions, and by the way, we know who you are.

This programme, which would have brought in billions of euros, was scrapped by the Troika.

The Troika was supported by the Oligarchs, the Troika in turn supported the Oligarchs.

When Greece held its referendum, the media campaigned against No to the Troika. The media owned by the Oligarchs. The Greeks showed courage, they voted No, even though they knew there would be a price to pay. They were betrayed by Greek politicians.

A condition of the next bailout, was to scrap the programme to claw back the tax that had been dodged.

Know who is your enemy, the enemy within. In Labour, those who sabotage the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

In Brighton, it is insanity for Labour to oppose Caroline Lucas.

Everyone urged to join DiEM25 to form progressive alliances across Europe.

We have to transfer power back to nation states, back to town halls, back to people, at the same time, network and cooperate.

When Greece needed help and support, they were betrayed by politicians across Europe, politicians who pretend to be progressive.

When someone says they want to be a politician, want power, they are the people not to vote for.

Mayday in London

May 1, 2017

Mayday, a cold wintry day, more like winter than the beginning of May, though it warmed up a little in the afternoon.

South Bank Street Food Market is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, today being a Bank Holiday, also Monday.

I was heading to Home Slice in Covent garden, but as I was hungry, I had a dosa off one of the stalls. It was not great. Far better off the chutney stall on Guildford farmers market.

But my real interest was coffee.

There are two stalls, one a battered old Citroen van the other Ethiopian Coffee Roasters.

When a stall adulterates its coffee with syrups, cannot be bothered to grind fresh for each coffee, then avoid, which is why I had a coffee off the Ethiopian coffee stall. The other reason, it is probably the best coffee in London.

I also picked up a bag of Ethiopian beans.

Across Hungerford Bridge. One of the best views of London. And absolutely great news, the Garden Bridge which would have blocked this view will not be built.

Cut through Jubilee Gardens, marvellous bed of white tulips.

Up through Covent Garden, to Home Slice in Neal’s Yard.

Home Slice serves excellent pizza, but word has spread, now something of a disaster,  as even mid-afternoon, an hour or more wait to be served.

I was offered a slice of pizza to take out.

Too messy to eat outside.

Excellent organic tea in Neal’s Yard Remedies. Freshly made. I think, lavender, mint and elderflower, but I may be wrong.

Monmouth Coffee closed.

A long chat with a lovely Japanese girl.

I suggested read Debt by David Graeber, Sacred Economics  by Charles Eisenstein also Global Minotaur, And The Weak Suffer What They Must?  by Yanis Varoufakis.

I also suggested A Japanese girl’s dream come true.

Then on to Union Chapel for a talk and book launch by Yanis Varoufakis.

Opposite, Benita Bakery, a bakery and coffee shop, alongside Costa and tax dodging Starbucks.

But sadly not a clue. The coffee not ground fresh for each cup, I checked what they use, a freshly opened bag, it smelt disgusting, no roast date, basically rubbish for catering supplies.  Pastries and stuff to be hotted up. No flapjacks or cookies.

The best to be said of the coffee, drinkable.

But why bother.

Yanis Varoufakis in discussion with Paul Mason excellent. Adults in the Room, to be published 4 May 2017, an expose of the European Deep State.

Appalling bad organisation by Union Chapel, or at least by those who prepare the food. By the time the doors opened, no time to eat. This was explained to those preparing the food, that food should be available later. It was at the last event.  After the event had finished, no food, so few people stayed, whereas at the last event, it was busy.

Questionable the bookseller was charging full price for books. It is the norm at such events to discount. And the point blank refusal to hand people bags, was appalling.

I am all for supporting indie bookshops, but not when they have this attitude.

Cappuccino at Makushi

April 25, 2017

As always, excellent cappuccino at Makushi.

I had hoped they would have had their latest beans available, but sadly not.  Test roasting to determine optimum roast profile.

Cappuccino and latte at Stokes on High Bridge

April 25, 2017

Stokes used to set the standard for coffee.  Either they are going downhill or my taste is improving, not sure which.

A cappuccino that looked yuk, the taste was not great either.

I checked the beans on sale in jars, none had a pleasant aroma.

I was told the light roast not suited for espresso.

Not true. Try telling that to Makushi, single source, traced back to farm, light roast.

The least worst was beans from Nicaragua.  Medium roast

I was told roast earlier in the week or last week.

Then when they were weighed out, I checked again, told roast 17 February.

No way.

I settled for a blend, that is meant to emulate Blue Mountain.

They offered to grind.

No way.

As I write,  the aroma fills the room.

My cappuccino, and I assume the latte too, was from an espresso blend.

I headed up Steep Hill to Makushi, looking in Madame Waffle on the way where they source beans from Square Mile Coffee Roasters.

Stained glass workshop at Glassumimass

April 13, 2017

A stained glass workshop at St John’s Church in Washingbough, associated with though not part of Glassumimass, an exhibition of stained-glass lanterns.

I had no idea what to expect. Images of furnaces, molten glass, production of stained glass.

Er, not quite.

This was a session in production of stained glass panes.

I chose a wonderful complex piece.

No, no, I was told, far too difficult.

I also learnt I was looking at it the wrong way around.

We were given simple designs to try.

I decide to design my own piece.

A mistake, but I learnt the hard way.  I also learnt, no way could I have achieved the complex piece I had laid my eyes upon.

First choose pieces of stained glass from boxes of off cuts.

Nothing goes to waste in the world of stained glass, stained glass is expensive.

This was where I hit the first problem.

Without choosing a large off cut of stained glass, I could not find pieces large enough.

Choosing colours was abandoned, I thought vaguely abstract sea, maybe blood red sky.

Now it was down to find appropriate size pieces of stained glass.

These found, next stage was cutting the pieces to my pattern.

Not as easy as it looked.  I was not applying sufficient pressure to the glass cutter.

Straight lines not too difficult, but curves, and I had plenty of curves, much more difficult.

Breaking off the glass, once cut, was surprisingly easy.

But, my cutting was not too accurate the pieces did not fit together.

It was now a session on the grinder, a long session, to try and make up for my poor quality glass cutting.

It is also necessary to go all around each piece with the grinder, to establish a rough edge for the next stage.

But first, all the pieces to be washed and dried, to clean off any dirt and grease.

Next, apply a thin strip of copper tape all the way around each piece.

This was relatively easy, and practice improved.

Now already against the clock.

I did it too quick, the edges not centred on the tape.

Next smooth down the tape with a special tool, and the edges.

Now apply the solder.

Apply the solder, plus the copper tape, is what is known as the Tiffany process, named after Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) of New York who developed the copper foil process.

This too was relatively easy.

I cannot say I am too happy with my final stained glass, but, it was a first attempt, not bad for a first attempt, and now I have the hang of it, my next piece will be better.

If nothing else, next time I look at a stained glass window, I will now have a deeper appreciation of what I am looking at, the skills involved.

Many thanks to Marion Sanders of artsNK for all her help, and the lady who runs on a Thursday morning a stained glass workshop in the neighbouring village of Heighington.

Glassumimass a project of artsNK that has resulted in three glass lanterns inspired by local churches along Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail.

Glassumimass exhibition at St John’s until 23rd April 2017. It will then tour other churches on the trail.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Washingborough is a small village three miles east of the city of Lincoln on the lower slopes of the limestone escarpment known as the Lincoln Edge where the River Witham breaks through the Lincoln Edge at the Lincoln Gap.

Cappuccino in Makushi

April 6, 2017

A pleasant sunny morning.

A walk to the top of Steep Hill, then how to get to The Lawn?

I asked at Lincoln Castle. Walk straight through and out the other gate, the helpful guide explained. But I do not have a ticket. You do not need a ticket, it is free.

This surprised me that it was free. Apparently Lincoln Castle has been free since 2014, though there is a fee to access parts of Lincoln Castle.

The Lawn has been purchased by Stokes for the princely sum of £250,000. It looks derelict and unlikely to be open any time soon.  When open it will house a coffee shop, a roastery, a tea and coffee museum, and provide coffee training.

Outside Lincoln Castle, a guy playing classical guitar.

On my way back down, cappuccino in Makushi.

I had hoped for their new beans from Brazil, but no, maybe by Friday.

Bottom of The Strait, a new coffee shop is due to open Good Friday.

Top of the High Street, just through The Stonebow, Bartek Dabrowski playing acoustic guitar. He ws quite good.

Cappuccino in Makushi

March 30, 2017

A lovely warm spring day.

A walk half way up Steep Hill for an excellent cappuccino in Makushi.

A new coffee grinder. What struck me was whereas most are vertical, this grinder horizontal, as I have seen in Istanbul and in Cyprus, old coffee grinding machines.

Makushi is one of the few places to stock Standart. Strictly speaking not stock, but there to browse.  I had a quick browse of Standart issue 5.

On my way back down Steep Hill, I popped in Madame Waffle top of the High Street. Do not be put off by the exterior which gives the impression of a junk food chain, it is an excellent indie coffee shop.

I picked up a copy of Standart issue 7. Luckily I did. Last copy. Only copy left, display copy.

For anyone who has not seen Standart, it is worth finding or subscribing to.

Heighington

March 25, 2017

Pleasant spring day in Heighington.

Frost at six in the morning, a lovely warm sunny spring day.

Garden flowers

March 25, 2017

For about a week, spring flowers have been out in the garden.

Frost at six in the morning, a lovely warm sunny spring day, sat in the garden reading Standart issue 6.