Hello. Read on for my thoughts on the perils and upsides of travel, my failures as a chef, and anything else I deem interesting enough to write about.

Edinburgh Fringe

After a year and a half in Edinburgh, I’m assured I’d still not be mistaken for a local as I don’t yet detest the Edinburgh Fringe. I also don’t understand pies. Why does everything here have to be a pie? Meat pie, Scotch pie, breakfast pie, chips pie. I don’t know.
I kind of get the Fringe animosity. For the month of August…

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Chickpeas

Recently, I’ve been veering towards vegetarianism, something that is sure to make me deeply unpopular with meat eaters and actual vegetarians. I was a vegetarian for a couple of years when I was about 17 (and 16 or 18 I suppose, by that logic)…

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Manny

As a child I was obsessed with Goosebumps books. I easily read at least 40 of them. Looking back I find it quite remarkable that the R.L. Stine managed to come up with so much horror content when I struggle to write one blog post a month. My favourite was Say Cheese and Die.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series

One day, I opened my Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (the name is important in case any poor soul decides to buy this mechanical travesty of a laptop) to find the screen was coming away slightly from the casing. I thought “I should really investigate that” and being a normal person, I did absolutely nothing about it. Over the next few weeks, the problem got notably worse.

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Christmas Amp

What good is a brand new amp for your stereo system if you don’t immediately build some sort of switch comparison circuit to test it against another amp?

My parents got me a new amp – an Onkyo A-9010 – for my sound system for Christmas. I had one (Rotel RA 972) that was good once upon a time…

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Plants

I’m not great with plants. I like the idea of growing my own herbs, like Jamie Oliver, but it never really looks like Jamie Oliver’s herb garden. I once kept a parsley plant alive for about 9 months but really, for the last four it was practically begging me to let it die. I never…

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Mats

Some absolute legend of a prankster switched all the doormats around in our apartment building. So now we have a thick luxurious mat, and two doors down is stuck with our threadbare, furled mat. More hilariously, this rogue decided that the little cupboards in the shared hall could use their own welcome mats. So some…

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Edinburgh

I got a job in Edinburgh so we moved here yesterday. Our reasoning was that we’d moved to Australia with a suitcase-worth of stuff, and that was fine. So really, bringing the car on the ferry was just so we could get the car over, not so we could bring 400kg of belongings. So we…

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