Saturday snippets

It’s not been a good week for Partner. Apart from the aforementioned summons, he’s not done too well on the shopping run.

Who can forget my rant about the shelves being depleted of vegetarian, low salt, organic stock cubes?

Well, luckily Partner breezed in with three packs of vegetarian organic stock cubes. But were they the low salt version? Oh no. They were the Improved Recipe version which, to me, always spells a Bad Thing.

Containing glucose syrup, raw cane sugar (I really don’t give a shit if it is raw or not it is still sugar), and caramelised sugar. That’s just what I want in my savoury food. It might as well be a fucking dessert. WHO puts sugar in stock cubes? And WHO didn’t read the ingredients? He had bought the WRONG stock cubes.

There were significant sulks in the roughseas ship when I mentioned this one. Something on the lines of ‘Why don’t you go to the shops yourself then?’ may even have been mentioned.

He calmed down when I struggled over to the library, carrying four books, a mere two minutes walk away. Although I was a long time, wandering around a couple of art exhibitions, (may post on roughseas if I remember to take pix), and receiving careers counselling from a librarian (?!!), before I finally staggered back with the haul which included two Andy McNab books.

McNab is one of these shoot-the-shit guys, former SAS, and churns out novels like some of us churn out blog posts. Except he gets paid.

I like these sort of books. They are an easy read. I got through 500+ pages yesterday. They don’t involve disgusting and sadistic descriptions of mutilated bodies, rapes, raving psychopaths, child abuse, violence against women etc etc. His books are about a character (not unlike himself) who signed up to go kill people so that’s his living. All the ethics around that, deniable operations, and intelligence services, are a different matter.

However, in terms of an easy read, a good night’s sleep, compared with the freaky books that I seem to receive from the unofficial book club, his are a whole lot better. Apart from anything else, the ‘hero’ always seems to stuff it up, which I suppose is a good way to build empathy with the readership.

I devour books. My partner does not, but even he can manage a McNab book in two days.

Back to the shopping. Coming back on the bus the other day, it was busy, he put his bags in one of the baggage areas at the front of the bus, next to the side-on dicky seat. A small child was sitting in it. Lots of old people got on and the child remained glued in place. My partner stood next to the shopping, because like me, he doesn’t want to sit at the back of the bus and discover his shopping has gone missing, even though Gib is a very nice place.

Eventually, the mother pulled the child onto her lap so someone else could sit down. But the people getting on walked down the bus, so Partner said, with his usual tact:

‘Do you want this seat back, son, or can I have it?’ And he sat down. Why does an 8-year-old boy have a right to a seat before a 56-year-old man? (with two heavy shopping bags).

I mention this because Jean raised the issue (on more supershopping, link above) about intervention, particularly with regard to children. None of us do intervene or question behaviour. I find it grossly annoying that as a 50+ year-old woman with two or three heavy bags of shopping, that I have to struggle to the back of the bus because people are so ignorant that they hog the front seats. I would probably fall down in a faint heap before I asked someone to move their spoilt brat from a seat they didn’t need. And yes, I do still get up to offer my seat to someone older, or disabled, or whatever.

Today, he went to buy razor blades. He’s already forgotten them twice this week. I don’t write them on the list because I don’t need them. Mach 3? he says. Quattro Four I replied.

He came back with a new razor. They didn’t have any Mach 3 Quattro 3s. So he had to buy Quattro Four and the accompanying razor.

Um. You already have two of those dear. Those are the blades you should have been buying anyway. Not Mach 3 or Quattro 3 or whatever else 3 you could think of. Quattro 4. Dear me. Why does a man not know what blades he uses?

There was another comment about who does the shopping. And he buried his head in Andy McNab. I bet Andy McNab doesn’t buy the wrong blades. I bet he uses a Swiss Army Knife or a Leatherman if he ever shaves.

To finish with, (doesn’t merit its own post), a few blogging wordpress comments having read some more inspirational advice from the Daily Post telling me what I already know.

Choose a catchy title. In fact, choose the perfect blogname. The two perfect examples quoted were Where’s My Toothbrush? and Raising the Rainbow.

My response to the first one, would be – in the bathroom. Although in fact ours are in the kitchen cupboard which is more protected from hoards of marauding cockroaches. The second one is a child blog. Ah. Thought it might have been environmental or inspiring. No, just another kiddy blog.

There is no perfect title. The truth is, a blog title will stay with you if you like the content. I can think of very few titles I remember off the top of my head, and won’t write down the ones that I do for fear of offending the ones that I don’t remember. Anyway, I read too many to remember you all. Or maybe I just remember the ones who comment on mine? πŸ™‚

As for Where’s My Toothbrush? The theme is a travel blog and the author leaves her toothbrushes behind (I think). I’ve only ever done that once (in MΓ©rida, Spain, before you all ask) and I was extremely annoyed as it was a battery-operated one, and we must have left it on charge. But in all my years of backpacking I never lost a single toothbrush. So I think it is a silly title.

Another post was about a featured blogger. We received endless helpful tips from this blogger. Write nice comments on someone else’s blog. Make sure you read the post before you write the comment. Be genuine. Topics not to write about – politics. Or anything controversial. Well, that’s me shot in the arse isn’t it?

What a load of banal sugar-coated trite drivel.

Anyway, my one top tip, for those of you who haven’t listened or haven’t read it before is:

I don’t care who you are, or however good your content might be, I just wish the whole world would write short paragraphs.

A sentence can be a paragraph.

So there you go. Easy.

About roughseasinthemed

I write about my life as an English person living in Spain and Gibraltar, on Roughseas, subjects range from politics and current developments in Gib to book reviews, cooking and getting on with life. My views and thoughts on a variety of topics - depending on my mood of the day - can be found over on Clouds. A few pix are over on Everypic - although it is not a photoblog. And of course my dog had his own blog, but most of you knew that anyway. Pippadogblog etc
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26 Responses to Saturday snippets

  1. Kyanite Blue says:

    Sorry A is having a tough week, but on the whole this post did make me chuckle.
    And, I do have to hold my hands up re the Veggie stock cubes as I do prefer them, as hate the salty ones like Oxo’s.
    Re respect, I have to say the folks of Norfolk are very polite – never had so many doors opened for me before!
    Re blog titles – as one who has had & abandoned blogs because the title didn’t fit anymore, get your drift – I recently changed mine as you will have noted to fit my mood!


    • Weeks go like that don’t they?

      It was meant to be light-hearted, unlike the atmosphere each time I pointed out the WRONG purchase. And the UNNECESSARY purchase.

      You can buy as many veggie stock cubes as you like, just not the ones I prefer πŸ˜€

      Older people in Gib are extremely polite – a generational thing? We all stand around at the bus stop telling someone else to go in front, or telling them to get off before us. It’s the younger people that are rude and discourteous. Not all, but a fair percentage.

      I’m not sure which of us has had more more blogs or more titles, but I agree it should fit with the mood and the feel of the blog. Cheers D πŸ™‚


  2. cobbies69 says:

    the thought of leaving a toothbrush behind is rather an offense to the gummy lady that cleans the room, Stock cubes have you seen the selections out there, it can be so confusing, do i get liquid,or gel or cubes or maybe powder, and then vegetarian and so on, needs a diploma to understand which one to use. good old oxo.. ps roughseas done your new request….


    • yeah, it is a bit, well, slummy really πŸ˜€ I reckon any cleaning person would have nicked my battery one and just changed the head!

      Stock cubes are not confusing for me. It’s pretty easy being vegetarian, cuts down your choices by so much πŸ™‚ I will use a good jar one eg Vecon or a plain yeast extract, or any decent stock cube without sugar or E numbers. I got a powder one when the decent stuff wasnt around, but it is still sitting in the cupboard. I should use it up I suppose.

      I recommend good quality cubes or jars. Oxo. Yuk. Although my mother used it until she upgraded to Knorr πŸ˜€

      Aww, I did see Gerry, but we have had a library weekend, ie reading books so no noise allowed on the computer! I’ll wait for the early morning dog walk tomorrow and then sneak it on for a listen. Great bit of detective work by the way, well done.


  3. EllaDee says:

    The first thing I did after reading this post was go over to Cy Klopps, Rides Again and play the Golden Earring clip… whch I’m listend to as I comment, nice. Then I checked my stock powder but no, I’m safe – it has sugar in it so I’m not using up the supply of something that would suit you better, doesn’t bother me – as you know, I add sugar to savoury stuff to enhance the flavours anyway… I’m afraid in the modern world with or without bags neither you or A are old enough to qualify for preferential seating… and if you could call A to the computer screen and not read this last bit yourself… A, I would also have suggested to Roughseas to do her own shopping… πŸ˜‰


    • That was for me, but the other one he is referring to is Manfred Mann’s version of Black Betty which a) I didn’t even know they had done and b) couldn’t find on a quick internet search, but Gerry managed it for me πŸ™‚ Ask him for an AC/DC request, I’m sure he’ll oblige.

      I’ve been known to put honey in occasionally, or add fruit/fruit juice, but that’s the nearest I get to cooking with sugar derived from cane or beet. And then there is the whole issue about sugar not being processed vegetarianly (I’m sure that’s not a word but should be).

      Whether we are old enough or not, we are not a skippy little young child, a teen or a twenties. All of those age groups sit blithely in seats watching older people, some with sticks, stagger down the bus. It is rude and ignorant.

      I laughed. My Sunday morning chuckle. In fact we agreed I would do it today, but when I woke up I heard the rustle of the orange condoms and the door close behind them so he’s obviously gone again. I better get on with the washing up before he gets back 😦


      • EllaDee says:

        πŸ™‚ When Radar Love ends I’m going to listen to Black Betty…


        • Yes, I said I would do it this morning – perhaps while doing the washing up in fact?


          • EllaDee says:

            It didn’t do it for me. I prefer the Ram Jam & Spiderbait versions, but I did really enjoy Golden Earring’s extended clip of Radar Love. Also, I do remember your Thai Green Curry post, and at that time I craved it and so had to go to the Thai takeaway to get my fix. I can see a repeat happening.


          • I like the hard rock sound of Ram Jam, but I did like the middle instrumental bit of the MM version. I have stories about radar love from my teenage years πŸ˜€ but I still love that song. Brilliant. Sorry about the Thai curry craving. Today, was Indian so maybe not such a problem for you. It was extremely delicious I might say, caul, broc, courgette, in a korma ish sauce, with bombay pots and a raita with onion and banana. Seriously good.


          • EllaDee says:

            Your Indian meal sounds delicious and is not a problem for me, but only because we hadn’t done any shopping and were feeling slack on Saturday night so walked up and got Indian takeway… and talked about how good it was it half the next day… I had Malai Kofta, cottage cheese & potato dumplings in a sauce sort of like Butter Chicken sauce (the G.O.’s fav) but lighter… it was divine and I’m having the left over sauce & rice with spinach for lunch today… I love vege indian πŸ™‚


          • I had a tiny bit left, so it will get used today at some point. Poor Pippa was deprived of it with his breakfast. πŸ˜€ Yours sounds a good meal, and quite imaginative, most around here are sort of veg in the same old slop sauce which is why they are only used in desperation.


  4. Wait … I’m not supposed to write about politics? I think the writer/s at the Daily Post are trying to justify their existence by writing any stupid thing they can think of into a post. I wonder if they get paid… I’ve definitely given up on their “advice.” I have no idea what folks want to read or what titles catch their eye. Neither does the Daily post writer.


    • I wasn’t clear enough, I figured people had too much time on their hands like me and actually read it, although I leave it alone for a week and then do a catch-up. I think the writers are not the best in the world and am convinced they have an average age of 17 (at most). This advice came from one of their ‘featured bloggers’ (who also sounds about 17) on her own super blog post, and who are even less impressive than their freely pressed posts, or maybe equally as bad.

      That’s not to sound ageist, although it is, just that it would be nice if they catered for people who are actually out of nappies their teens. /end sarc.

      The DP staff swing from one extreme to the other with blogs they feature, either highly unfunny trival garbage, often about food and totally banal, or extremely emotive ones on the lines of all my family have suddenly got cancer/had a heart attack, my children have got drugs/some whacky religion/support the wrong politics, my cat/dog/hamster got run over, my partner has run off with my best friend, but I’m still rolling along. You get the idea.

      On a separate but related note, Sparks in Shadow is good I think. It does stick in the mind. I don’t know whether because it is partly alliterative with the Ss, the contrast between sparks and shadow that creates a visual image, or whether it just stands out. Where did I leave my toothbrush did nothing for me. All I envisage is a toothbrush in a glass/mug in a bathroom replicated all over the world. So what? If I was going for an inspirational travel blog, that wouldn’t be the first thing that would come to mind as a title. But titles aren’t everything. As some of us who don’t pay attention to the DP know.


      • I love how you put things. That second to last paragraph had me in stitches. And I heartily agree!

        Thanks for your thoughts on the SIS title. It took me a while to think of something simple that I thought sounded interesting. “In The Forest, Falling” sounded good to me, too, but last week my sister said she had no idea what the heck it meant. I’m glad I didn’t ask her before I used it. It sounds right to me somehow.

        I like the name of this blog, too. I was drawn to it because of that.

        But I agree that titles aren’t everything. Sometimes a person is a better writer than a title-er. πŸ™‚


        • Thanks SIS. I don’t feel I’m wasting my time if I bring a smile to peoples’ faces.

          I like ITF,F too, does it matter what it means to the author if it evokes something to the reader? and it immediately gives me at least three images. Plus, you would have plenty of scope for header pix with that. I think it will do for your next blog πŸ™‚

          Thanks about Clouds, it is a pretty basic title, although I suppose it parallels roughseasinthemed. Both are really about, this isn’t going to always be a happy sunny read – although sometimes you may find one πŸ™‚ Of course I swing from one extreme to the other in fine WP style πŸ˜‰ – Pippadogblog being about Pippadog, Just Land Rovers being about Land Rovers, and Everypicturetells one, being about every picture tells a story. A bit like WordsOneHundred being 100 word stories.


  5. You know that you are getting old when you need a shopping list to prevent forgetting things.
    The most polite place I have visited for giving up seats on public transport was Moscow.
    I see that you are still getting angry about WP blogging advice – I’d ignore it if I were you and just carry on doing what you do best!


    • I don’t need the list – he does πŸ™‚

      OK maybe I do too, I just try and avoid doing the shopping. Or once I’ve written it out I don’t need to take it as it is in my head. Or I think of how many items I need eg five or seven or whatever and then I can usually remember what they are.

      Communism inheritance clearly has some benefits then?

      No I am not angry. I have no intention of ignoring it. As WP has chosen to take away the most interesting forums (which I haven’t visited for a zillion years) and some people oddly share my views, I shall continue to snipe from the sidelines so that those of my readers who wish, can share a sense of bewilderment, or derision, depending on the point of view. It’s an opportunity for people to say, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one that thought that was rubbish too,’ or whatever.

      If I kept my mouth shut about things I didn’t agree with I wouldn’t be blogging would I?


  6. Vicky says:

    Awww! poor A, he certainly got it wrong in your eyes. πŸ˜‰
    Though I will admit to doing similar with T, he’ll pop something in the shopping trolley only for me to remove and replace with ‘my’ choice of identical goods, as ‘my packet’ looks better πŸ˜‰

    I’ve noticed in a lot of recipes, salt is added to something sweet, and sugar to savoury, I guess a lot depends on our individual taste. I do like salt, though it has to be rock or sea salt, and honey for sweetening.

    Hotel or campsite, I’ve never lost my toothbrush, it’s always the first thing to be packed, probably because I have total paranoia regarding not being able to clean my teeth.
    T recently left his Mach 3 razor at a campsite though.


    • Well, yes poor A, but I nearly bought those sugary stock cubes too, but I did stop and read the ingredients and so should he and that’s why he takes 20 pairs of glasses πŸ˜€

      As for the razor I TOLD him it was quattro four at least four times. But that obviously doesn’t compute as we now have three of the same razors kicking around πŸ˜€

      I use rock or sea too. Use a bread knife for grinding since Pippa knocked the pestle and mortar on the floor …..

      Is there really a mach 3 razor? Sh, A will think he had justification in getting an extra razor by being confused with 3s and 4s πŸ˜€


  7. bluonthemove says:

    I was in my local Sainsburys (London) today and was amazed at the amount of ΜΆwΜΆaΜΆsΜΆtΜΆeΜΆdΜΆ shelf space packed full of Cauldron sausages, Kello stock cubes and related items πŸ™‚

    I bought some of those Knorr ‘herb infused’ stock pots a few weeks ago, to my horror reading the ingredients list after purchase, which in order of largest first is:
    1. Water
    2. Glucose syrup
    3. Salt
    Some herbs do appear towards the bottom of the list. Hope to be able to grow my own herbs at some point.

    My blog has ‘on the move’ in its title. Its not doing what it says on the tin yet, but the general idea is a lot of it will be about travelling when I get my bottom in gear.


    • So Sainsburys has bought up all the Cauldron sausages then? 😦
      Seriously, try the low salt variety of Kallo, the one with the blue strip on the top right. It’s pretty junk free or I wouldn’t bother with it, and does taste nice too.
      You sound like Partner, not reading the ingredients. Take your glasses with you πŸ˜€
      Don’t buy the original improved recipe – it sounds pretty much like the Knorr one. Glucose syrup, raw cane sugar, caramelised sugar etc etc
      Hope the house sale is still on.


      • bluonthemove says:

        I blame the power of advertising, I’d seen them on the TV and wanted to try them. Usually I scan both the ingredients and nutritional information on anything I buy thats in a packet, to look for nasties. I don’t need to take glasses with me either, I can read any size print thats used in labelling without, my sight problem is finding the shops in the first place.


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