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This is the first time that there've been Olympics while I have a television in the house. We tuned in to watch the last few sets of pairs figure skating-short form this evening, after which the commentater had something to say. (Approximately) "While watching such graceful skating, it's easy to forget that there's another Olympic sport which is far less so. Rough, even. Ice Hockey."

Britain is so not an ice hockey country that on the excerpts from today's women's hockey matches, as broadcast on the BBC, which has extensive Olympics coverage of its own, the commentary was done by someone from the US or Canada.

P.S. I've really enjoyed reading all about all the different basic cookbooks you all use. More on that in the next few days.
P.P.S. I had a new London thrill today: actually organizing dinner with friends not half an hour before it happened. I've never been a part of anything in London which was organized for the same day. The same week is usually pretty speedy going for logistics around here.


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Feb. 11th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Britian is so not an ice hockey country I've had to explain the concept of high-sticking.
(Course, I'd be similarly clueless when faced with cricket, so I guess it evens out.)
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Feb. 12th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine has played for the Oxford women's hockey team, which makes three. There's enough for a league, so there are clearly more of them hiding around this country. Of course, my Oxford friend is really a visiting Canadian.
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
Actually, I think forced field hockey in girls schools is possibly why there is so little enthusiasm. Men think of field hockey as a sport only played by girls attending a certain type of school (and therefore not manly enough) and many women resent it (along with netball) because we hated PE at school.
Feb. 13th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
Yes, I know I am a post late.

I have a book given to me as a wedding present called 'The Complete Cookery Book'. It contains no receipes at all - just directions to which cut of meat is which, how to prepare fish, how to make a white sauce, how to make mayonnaise, choux pastry, victoria sponge, brandy snaps, how to serve squid, how to temper chocolate, the difference in the spices, herbs, essences etc....

It's fab.
Feb. 13th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: cooking
That's a very sensible book.
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