18Aug

Busy, Meat, Whisky

Worldcon whizzed by at the weekend, hence the lack of activity here. There’s far too much to talk about, so I’ll simply say it was a lot of fun, good to meet new faces and catch up with grizzled old ones. The only thing to add is that, on my whisky site, I’ve written about the Iain Banks memorial whisky tasting, which was excellent.

And, whilst I stayed over in London, I found some time to talk about meat. Lovely meat.

10Aug

Nine Worlds

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That’s me on the ‘Food in Fantasy’ panel, alongside Esther Saxey, Ed Cox, and the especially entertaining Gail Carriger. (Photo stolen shamelessly from the J for Jetpack Twitter account.)

This was the first time I’d attended Nine Worlds, which is now in its second year. I have to say it was one of the most positive, inclusive and relaxed genre conventions I’ve ever been to. In fact, I’d say it was easily the most well-organised, thoughtful and well-planned conventions. It was great to see a new generation of SFF geeks in attendance, too.

I could only make it for one day, but next year I’ll almost certainly try to make it there for two days.

Next stop, Fantasy in the Court on Tuesday night, and then Worldcon next weekend.

6Aug

Recent Whisky Reviews

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I’ve been ramping up activity over on my whisky website recently, with a view to growing traffic and using it as a platform for other things in the future. (Basically, I’m not just blogging for the sake of blogging, I’m writing to a strategy.) The whiskies I’ve reviewed recently are a very nice limited Caol Ila release; a very nice offering from Deanston distillery; an amazing bourbon; and the David Beckham whisky (yes, that’s right). I’ve also reviewed a very interesting technical book on whisky production.

4Aug

Allotment Updates

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A proper afternoon of graft on the allotment at the weekend, which was much needed. Lots of weeding done, pulled out a sprawling mass of nasturtiums, and harvested a few bits and pieces. One sunflower stands a few inches taller than me at the moment. We also planted out leeks and celeriac for the winter.