The columnist says Scotland could be a very rich country, on a per capita basis. But only if they make the right choices, and one suggestion is to be like Singapore. I can see that happening, the Scots would happily hand their social freedoms over so some of them can get rich. Hah.
As it’s only us here in the south of England, we didn’t have a reunion dinner or go visiting anyone today, the first day of Chinese New Year. But I did realise how simple it was to make sago, so I made sago gula melaka*.
It was good. It’s times like these that I don’t miss the food at home quite so much.
* I don’t like coconut milk, so I substituted with Greek yoghurt.
It’s absolutely ridiculous to be angry at someone who happens to share your faith (though, clearly, that’s a broad definition) and isn’t offended by a comic. It’s even worse that lots of Muslims want him de-selected as a Parliamentary candidate because he’s shown he’s not prone to flying off the handle about something as harmless as humour.
I might have made Neil take us to Ikea to buy stuff like shelves and a new sofa bed mattress this weekend. Oh, the glamour.
I expected The Pioneer Woman’s potato soup to be pretty good, but not actually perfect. I don’t peel potatoes (why get rid of the good bits) and I used shallots, cayenne pepper, and paprika instead her suggestions, plus I tend to be a bit maverick with the quantities of potato, carrot, and celery (this is what my life has become, I’m wild and crazy with vegetables), so I’d say her method of making a creamy soup is fantastic.
The proof? Neil says it’s as good as the soup we used to get at Black Angus in Singapore, and we both love the soup at Black Angus. And I made it in the thermal pot while Anne was napping, only finishing it off about ten minutes before I wanted to serve dinner. So it’s a winner all round.
The second lot of acceptable snaps from the charity shop Halina Paulette. As previously stated, there has been no retouching.
These are some shots from the first — and so far only — roll of film (Fuji Superia Xtra 400) I’ve put through the charity shop camera. I haven’t retouched any of them.
Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a bad thing? It seems like the smaller countries involved are hedging their bets. This could be fun.
My belief is that a lot of people in Singapore actually know that the economy has been inflating and slightly deflating an economic bubble for a long time. They’re the ones who aren’t buying shitloads of real estate even though they have the cash. I don’t know what the government will do when things start trending downwards, but with their stranglehold on all things policy, I’m sure they’ll find something to drag the country through. Not without casualties, mind.
What’s wrong with these two sentences?
A demographic study in 2012 by the Pew Forum found that that roughly one-in-six people around the globe (1.1bn, or 16 per cent) have no religious affiliation.
This makes the unaffiliated the third-largest religious group worldwide, behind Christians and Muslims, and about equal in size to the world’s Catholic population.