Ugali #POTD

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It’s been International Fortnight these last two weeks here at Tearfund which means loads of our people who work all over the word come back to Teddington.

Today lunch was an African BBQ and I tried the Ugali. Ugali is not a meat or anything exotic. In fact it’s utterly disappointing but it was good to try it.

Ugali is a kind of a maize based mash..or rather mush. It looks quite like mashed potatoes and has a similar consistency but that’s where the similarities end. It tastes of blandness. If you imagine what it would be like to eat really watered down smash that had no saltiness then that’s what it tastes of.

This is eaten all over the African continent and comes under many different names depending on where you are. It’s interesting to have tried something that is a staple for so many.

Googlers! #POTD

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Today we had an team of amazing Google Developers come in to give their time and advice on a project we are developing at work.

They gave us some really great insight and advice and were generally all brilliant! Really lovely bunch of people whom we hope to work with in the future!

Good times!

1.7f Lets get more creative! #POTD #4000thPost

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Photo Of The Day has been going on for over a year now but the last 3/4 months I lost the discipline which has not helped.

The idea behind it was to be creative and force myself to be creative by taking a photo each day which it did do for the most part but I think I just became lazy.

I want to think about how to push this again for the next 6 months. Up until now the majority of the photos were shot on my HTC Desire and this was down to convinience. I can span a photo, adjust it how I want and then upload on the spot.

My wish is to make more use my GF1 and the gorgeous Pentax lens I have which my epic brother bought for me a while back. This is a little difficult as it would mean thinking more proactivley but it’s not beyond me. Would be interested in any Opinions/Tips/Ideas you may have.

Sadly this is not a new idea  – I thought this up here and did nowt about it!


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It’s that time of year again and I’ve just booked the car in for it’s M.O.T. with the garage down the road from Tearfund. The car is definitely starting to feel old so I’m hoping that it passes with relative ease. If it’s expensive that may be a problem cause with the change in the law to women’s car insurance brokers this year, it means that our policy will cost more.

We may be looking at having to replace her which is sad as I think this week our last payment just went out which means that she is finally all ours!

I really love our car.

There are a few things that need doing:

  • The Annoying Rattle: for over a year now there has been this really annoying tinkly/rattle coming from the front passenger side of the car. I don’t know if it’s from the wheel or the suspension but I do know that it didn’t affect the MOT last year. It kinda sounds like a loose washer or summat.
  • Rear Window Wiper: About 18 months ago was the last time i was able to use the rear wiper. Either the wiring or the motor has gone but for months there was a hopeful clicking, sometimes a whine from it but now it just clicks at me but doesn’t actually do any wiping. Nits now a decorative piece a bit like the angel on a Rolls only more rubbery and its on the back of the car instead on the nose.
  • Groaning / Squeaky Brakes: They either groan or they squeak, it’s not fun but luckily it’s also not all the time. They were last changed at QuikFit and the i brought it back to them a few days later when it was squeaking quite a bit but was told it would take a while for the pads to bed in…they’ve been “bedding in” for 2 years now.
  • Sticky Clutch: Over the past few months the clutch has stated to stick when letting it out. It occasionally  gets caught on the last third of its extension which means you have to hook your toe on it and pull it free which is irritating.
  • Full service is also due, so should get new sparks and oil too.

Will just hope and pray it’s not mahoosivley expensive!