Wednesday 31 August 2016

Recipe: Great night down to our - 5 star guests!

Thank you everyone for your patience last week! Thanks to Phil and Sam without who’s the night simply wouldn’t have happened!! I had a great time talking to all of you after service. It’s always such fun to engage with everyone, great conversation, and great humour, and a little ribbing! 

Thanks to everyone who joined us . . . photography of the evening by Sam, thanking you!!! (and well done!)

Big hugs to Flo (of Flo & Elle) and Stuart (can't thank you enough for the g&t at the end of the other night!!) thanks Flo for a really lovely post!! I read it on Monday night at the end of a gruelling weekend and it brought a great big smile to my face!! Thanks also to the Foodieboys nice to have a bit of a chin wag, sorry for getting dragged off, I have your twitter lets hook up! I got a great vibe from you guys especially from your post! Not sure I remember the roundhouse kick! Doesn't mean it didn't happen, I hope it was swift and fair! I had a great time talking to folk at the end of the evening, only a shame I missed Yifei and friends, it was a great buzz all round!

I've put up a few photos and your comments, and the answer a question that I got from a lot of people, but didn't have to do justice. . . .

So guys, what do you think the deal is with the blue hair?? Hmmm?
OK, OK, already! . . about the blue hair: I went to music an science festival called: BlueDot

Which is nod to “Pale Blue Dot - by Carl Sagan”  a really special read and even better as an audio book because of the timbre of Sagans voice resonating with a deep understanding of science bolstered by critical thinking. Just one passage which is a description of what is essentially a clockwork video recorder traveling at mind boggling speed past Saturn truly fires the imagination. (I think it was Saturn, one of the planets in our solar system anyway.)

But from a broader perspective . . . I think his words speak for themselves:

You can listen to it here 3m 31secs

Roughly:  “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilisation, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

So dyeing my hair was a nod to Carl Sagan, and a pun on the title of the festival. Which was awesome, Underworld were SPECTACULAR live! Result! (As were the speakers at many of the lectures given at the festival) So there you go, back to the comments and thanks from the banquet!!

Apologies again for a slightly later start than billed. I really appreciated your patience, and your feedback!

Bigs hugs to everyone at the banquet last week!! Simon (aka ferdie) xxx..

I promise it will on the table in 5minutes!!!

'as always done with character and warmth'
'Show me the way to home . . . .'
'started too late! But . . absolutely delicious. Thank you! xx'
'Amazing food - great night!' - Sorry about the wait guys! My bad.
'Fantastic experience - more veal.'
'I thought the grapes were cherrries [SIC]'
'Food was amazing - late service forgiven'
'Every dish was amazing!'
'nuts yum! waiter yum! .. Great way to celebrate my birthday' - I cant take credit for that!
'great job!'
'its my third time - loving the new items on the menu'
'Delicious food as always'
'Heart the dessrt!'
'.. interesting blend of ingredients .. Serve up on time though hey!?' - Again my apologies.
'OMG Delicious, well flavoured dish'
'Yep yum - non offensive!'
'Yummy - Amazing'

you can't kill progress - specially if it doesn't exist!
same story different decade!

the snuggle for survival

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