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13 Amp fuses from Bradbury's Store of Things in Hackney.

The London Win: Fuse Edition

By     |    Sep 26, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    No Comments

We blew a fuse on the electric tea kettle. Not sure how I managed that, but I did. Tripped the breaker in the house too. Finding and flipping the breaker back was easy. The fuse, that was another matter. In Chicago, we lived around the corner from a mini Home Depot. Down the street from that, there was an Ace Hardware store. On Clark, a block in the other direction, […]

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Dessert! Madeleines and Chocolate Ice Cream.

Offal Lunch at St. John Bread and Wine

By     |    Sep 25, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England, Food, London     |    1 Comment

I cut into it and it spewed, simple as that. Not a bad spew. Just a spew. Didn’t want Lisa to see though, so I mopped it up and shoved it in my mouth. Damn, it was tasty. “What was that?” she asked. “I’ll tell you later,” I told her. “Tell me now,” she insisted. “Better later.” I kept chewing, but I couldn’t convince her. So I told her: “The […]

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Bookstore, boat, house.

Things I Love about London

By     |    Sep 24, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    1 Comment

London is a great city. Here’s what I’m falling in love with: Free museums. Most museums have free general admission. Special exhibits are extra. Smart. “Real” ale. I asked what “unreal” ale was and got strange looks. So much for that inquiry. Anyway, the beers here pulled from the old-school taps are phenomenal. I love their low carbonation and large size. One of my favorites is Adnams Bitter. Breakfast. I had a […]

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We're ready, Virgin Atlantic.

“Direct” Flight to London

By     |    Sep 20, 2012
Posted in: Air Travel, England, London, Travel, Wisconsin     |    No Comments

We wanted a direct flight when flying to London, didn’t want to transfer. Of course, no flight is truly direct. Here’s what we went through to get from A (Lake Geneva, WI, USA) to B (London, England, UK). Drive to Harvard, IL (40 minutes) Our travel day started with a drive into Illinois. We had been staying with my mom in Wisconsin. She was nice enough to get us through […]

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The Dogs Are Better In London

By     |    Sep 20, 2012
Posted in: London     |    2 Comments

We’re just around the corner from London Fields park, one of the seemingly endless London public parks. The parks are wonderful, but the space isn’t the most amazing thing about them. It’s the dogs. Like a lot of parks, people bring their dogs to London Fields. The dogs run and play and sniff and sit. Which you’d expect, that part is just like every other park in the world. The […]

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Whiskey and Gin in a can for $2.50 ($4.06).

Drinking is EXPENSIVE in London

By     |    Sep 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England, London     |    No Comments

Damn, wine’s expensive here. Booze is expensive too. Let’s do some maths. (Things get pluraled oddly over here. “Horsepowers” is  a legit term.) In California, where we found the cheapest wine on our trip, they sell Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe’s– a bottle of Charles Shaw wine for $2. Converted into £s, that’s £1.23 (the current exchange rate is £1 = $1.60). Now, we know we’re not in California. Everywhere else in […]

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A Very Google Summer

By     |    Sep 18, 2012
Posted in: Travel     |    No Comments

Well, we certainly Google’d a lot this last year. Every time we found ourselves in a new town, we’d need to figure out where the grocery store was, where the library was, where they sold tacos, etc. Our first source was nearly always Google Maps. Lisa would pilot us into town, while I’d research options on my phone, add a few stars on the map. Our map got to be […]

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Yummy tea with milk and sugar.

Gangnam Style Tea

By     |    Sep 17, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England     |    1 Comment

I used to drink my tea straight, unmolested, and I used to hardly drink any at all. Here, I’m sucking down maybe a liter of hot tea a day. It’s delicious. This is, mind you, in addition to my normal ration of coffee. It’s just something to sip. I don’t mind drinking it in the afternoon, because it’s not too high in caffeine. For most of last week, I’d kick […]

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The Brighton Pier.

Brighton in Black and White

By     |    Sep 17, 2012
Posted in: England     |    3 Comments

We ventured down to Brighton this weekend and I snapped a few pictures.

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Our Local Pub: The Prince Arthur

By     |    Sep 13, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., London     |    2 Comments

Update: We’ve been over-charged twice now (they keep putting extra items on our bill), so we’re no longer in love with this place. Lisa’s in love with The Fox. I’m partial to The Spurstowe Arms. We’ve found our local pub. I, honestly, don’t need to go to any other bars in London. I just want to hang out at my pub, The Prince Arthur. We’ve ended up there the last […]

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