Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pivovar Herold, Czech Black Lager

Today with lunch I had a bottle of Czech Black Lager from Pivovar Herold. I picked it up in Lidl the other day.I seemed to have missed this beer when I was in the Czech Republic.
It pours well with a nice caramel coloured head that lasts well.
On the palate are lots of interesting flavours. Toasted nuts and dried fruits are followed by toasted malts, caramel and cocoa.
It is a nice light summer beer with a good mouth feel and a decent finish.
Pivovar Herold, Czech Black Lager

Blog post by Richard Randall

From Russia with Love = Scam

Hey hey. How are you doing? I write to you with my personal email so write to me at any time. I will be always glad to answer you. I with pleasure will tell to you about me and about my life. I send you my photo if it is pleasant to you, I will send to you more. I also will be glad to see your photos. I’m from Russia, I hope this is not a problem for us.


Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, Easington, County Durham

On Sunday we decided to head just up the road to the Vintage Fair being held at Plants R Ross Garden Centre.
But before I write about the fun of the fair, first the weather, well, I’m British – it’s a top topic. It was a bit hit and miss, whether we would go or not. The skies were very grey all morning, and there were a few spots of rain about an hour before we had planned to leave from home in Easington Colliery.
The sky was still a steely grey when Laura, Barley the Lurcher and I bundled into the car, but it was at least dry. A few minutes later we arrived at Plants R Ross, handed over a £1 each (Barley was excluded from the entrance fee because he is under 16 years of age) and we parked up.
Given the weather, it was a nice surprise how many over folk had risked a possible drenching. Even more people arrived during the 90 minutes we spent there. In fact it was positively crowded when we departed for Easington Colliery and lunch.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County DurhamAt Midday ‘the beefy la slap trio’, a Rockabilly trio, burst into life and knocked out some good tunes. Barley the Lurcher enjoyed the music greatly, and so did we. That’s not sarcasm, or an attempt at humour, Barley really like live music.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Lickety Split had there ice-cream van at the Vintage Fair. Normally we spot the van parked outside their shop in Seaham. They seemed to be doing a good trade, even though the weather was far from perfect ice-cream weather.
Laura said she was trying to make herself fancy an ice-cream, but it wasn’t working, she just wasn’t in the mood, which was a shame because Lickety Split ice-cream is very good.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
So, not being in the mood for an ice-cream, we opted instead for a beer.
A bottle of APA from Allendale Brew Company, for £3. A nice hoppy beer, it’s just a shame it was served a tad warm. Still we did managed to drink it to the bottom of the bottle. Waste not, want not. 😀
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham

The market stalls were selling a variety of goods; vinyl, 1950’s/retro products, such as clothes, handbags, jewellery, artwork, and there was a pop-up barbers for your ‘short back ‘n sides’ and a professional hair stylist giving make-overs for hair and make-up in the rocker-billy, 1950’s style.

We enjoyed wandering round looking at the stalls, but not being in a retail therapy mood for what was for sale on the market stalls, we had a gander at the classic cars that were on show. If the sun had been shining, the cars would have looked even better.

There were lots of people wearing traditional rocker-billy fashions, and I felt comfortable in my dark wash jeans, and black leather jacket, but Laura said she wished she hadn’t have worn her anorak. 😉
We’re glad we went along, and it’s something to consider for next year – but it is a long way to come back from Monaco.

Below, a couple of Willys Jeeps. Armed and ready for action.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham

A few American Classic Cars.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham
A British Alvis.
Vintage Fair at Plants R Ross, County Durham

Northallerton – Farmers Market, and High Street Shopping

Last Wednesday, Laura and I decided to go to the Northallerton Farmers Market, which is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Northallerton is about a 45 minute drive (depending on the whim of our SatNav) from where we live in Easington Colliery.
We arrived in Northallerton at about 9.30am.
The high street was busy with market traders, shoppers, and cars. I drove along one side of the high street looking for a parking spot, missed one, then drove back along the road in the opposite direction, missed another spot, and then third time lucky, found a spot and parked. Laura chucked some coins in the pay and display machine, and off we all went for a mooch about.
I say all, because we took Barley, our Lurcher with us. No doubt he thought we were going to the beach as that’s where car journeys usually end, but he was very happy being somewhere busy, well, much busier than where we live, and he received a lot of attention from people stopping to chat to us about him, and to stroke him. He seemed to be of great interest to the people of Northallerton, no doubt due to his good looks.
The brown plaque to the left of the door says - 'The Fleece Inn. The oldest pub in Northallerton, where Charles Dickens is said to have wrote Nicholas Nickleby.' ????#pub #building #architecture #Northallerton #Hambleton #NorthYorkshire #England
So, enough about the dog, more about Northallerton. We had a good wander, looking at the town, popping into the church yard, and then sightseeing over, we began the main event, we started on the food shopping – the reason we’d gone to Northallerton.
Our first purchase was 4 Lobster and Crab burgers (£7) and some Rollmops from the Carricks Fish van.
Fish. Market. Northallerton. #fish #food #market #Northallerton #Hambleton #NorthYorkshire #England
I cooked the Lobster and Crab burgers for our lunch the next day, and they were might tasty. They had a lovely strong fish flavour, we could really taste the lobster and crab; they weren’t full of fillers, and the texture was really good. Impressed.
We continued strolling along the high street, browsing the market stalls and the shops.
Our next purchase of the day was some Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb. Laura said she’d make rhubarb crumble, it’s a favourite of mine, but I’m still waiting……. I could make it myself, but sweets are not part of my kitchen duties. Hahaha!
I also picked up half a dozen eggs. Not really sure why, because we had about a dozen at home in the fridge, but when I get into food shopping mode, nothing can stop me!
National Espresso. ?????? Like London. But not. ???? #doubledeckerbus #redbus #coffee #cafe #market #Northallerton #Hambleton #NorthYorkshire #England
We were pleasantly surprised by Northallerton, it was really nice to be somewhere that felt alive, unlike so much of Britain with its boarded-up shops and dying high streets.
Northallerton is a thriving market town, with a decent number of good food shops, and we spotted at least two butcher shops that stocked a wide range of fresh and cooked goods, as well as several small independent shops, which gives it character; it’s not all big chain shops; betting shops and take-aways, that you see elsewhere. There were lots of pubs too, but unfortunately Barley can’t drive, so we didn’t imbibe.
One of the butchers we spied had pies in the window, they looked tasty, and I couldn’t resist them. Laura went in and purchased a pork and black pudding pie, and a pork and apple pie, while I kept a very firm old on Barley who was seriously eager to go in the butchers and help Laura.
The meaty aromas coming from the butchers (Thompson J, 125 High St Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8PQ), were driving Barley a little crazy.

After the pie purchase, we continued walking until Laura spotted a market stall selling baked goods. Laura perused the stall for a while before deciding to purchase some vegetable samosas. I reheated the samosas a couple of days after we’d bought them, they were fairly large, had a lot of filling; various vegetables, obviously as they were vegetable samosas, and a good amount of spice, they were might tasty indeed. Another good buy.
Last but not least to go into our shopping bag, was some bread from Olivia’s Bakery and Cafe. I bought a sourdough loaf, a baguette, and a trio of rolls.
The bread was excellent quality. The baguette reminded us of the ones we used to buy when we lived in rural France. The sourdough was as good as any I’ve ever made, and that is high praise indeed.
All three of us enjoyed our trip to Northallerton Farmers Market, and I’m sure we will return.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Warren Buffett Loves Me!

Maybe Warren Buffett does not really love me, but he did send me this rather wonderful email with an offer of $5 Million and from his sick bed. Poor chap. He even signed his email “Mr Warren Buffett Billionaire investor” so I would not confuse him with the Warren Buffett who works down my local car wash.
I will decline this rather generous offer from “Mr Warren Buffett Billionaire investor” and suggest he donate it to some of the friendly folk in Nigeria who I’ve meet online 🙂

Greetings to You

You have been gifted $5 MILLION USD donation fund. Contact us at this email
for your claim:

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know
why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $5,000,000,00 USD, our information
below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below:

My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to you as part
of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over
the world from our $12 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people
before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance
because i saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you.
Susan my wife and i have decided to make sure this is put on the internet
for the world to see. my wife has cancer and she died at colchester regional
hospital, my wife just didn’t die but she was a great person and I miss her
so much and this is why I have decided to do one thing i promised her forever.
as you could see from the webpage above, am not getting any younger and you
can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire investor
and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Before
she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals
around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti,
hospitals in truro where Susan underwent her cancer treatment, and some other
organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, alzheimer’s and diabetes
and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of this charity
donation. we have kept just 40% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining
days because i am sick and am writing you from hospital computer because
i dont know when i will die.

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which
have been donated solely to you, you are to send us

your full names……………..
your contact address…………….
your personal telephone number……………

so that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping
that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there
in your country. please you have to do you part to also alleviate the level
of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money
in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this
money to you in the first place.

I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this services as we will not
be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be. use the money wisely,
we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is
the only thing that makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here
with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have few months
left on earth. I will advise as you as the prospective lucky Person to be
calm not to loose this great opportunity which millions of people are trying
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and have never seen such before.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google
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God bless you
Mr Warren Buffett Billionaire investor

Scams of the day!

A few scams that have arrived in my inbox over the past couple of days.
Hello, My Dear Friend!

How is your day going? I’m Katherine, but you can call me Kat if you like. What’s your name by the way?
I know you’ve been visiting this website quite often. And I was going to chat with you the other day but you suddenly went offline.
What do you think about us spending some time here talking to each other? I would be glad to hear from you.
My email

Best wishes,
Greetings, attractive guy. If you will txt me fast at 1.732-523-8278, I will message u my hotel address & couple of naked pictures too. I will not wait for too much. bb
Hey there, how are you doing?

My name is Darina, and what’s yours?
Hope this letter finds you in a good mood, because I would like to talk to you about something important.
I have some interesting information to share with you, and I’m sure you’ll like it when you hear it.
Please, don’t waste time and write me as soon as possible.

My email –

Sincerely yours,
Hello, My Dear Friend!

How is your day going? I’m Katherine, but you can call me Kat if you like. What’s your name by the way?
I know you’ve been visiting this website quite often. And I was going to chat with you the other day but you suddenly went offline.
What do you think about us spending some time here talking to each other? I would be glad to hear from you.
My email

Best wishes,
Hello dear,
My name is Leonie i am impressed with your profile that i read and i would like to become your friend and i can be reached through( ) so while waiting take care.

SilverCrest Hand Blender Set from Lidl

Every now and then, when I’m doing certain tasks in the kitchen I wish I had a hand blender, but by the time I’m sitting down in front of the computer and could order one online, the thought that a blender would be useful has completely slipped my mind.
The other day whilst on a wine run to my local Lidl in Peterlee, I spotted the SilverCrest Hand Blender Set and a little (very little) light came on in my head.
The price of the hand blender was £14.99, which seemed a bargain, so into my trolley it went.
Since purchasing the hand blender I’ve used it a few times, and it does exactly what says on the box. Blends. The quality of the product feels good, well-made, and it works very well. Plus side, it comes with a 3 year warranty. Only downside is the colour, pink, which rather clashes with my orange apron. 😀

Blog post by Richard Randall