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The Food in Barcelona. Rotten octopus pasta.

There is  nothing wrong with Spanish food but what I have been served this week has been in general terms very poor. Let me rant through it. The hotel breakfasts at Diagonal Zero hotel were the same each day, and I don’t mean the same type of food but the same food exactly. What was not eaten was put back. Pineapple with black bits attached of dubious origin appeared each day. Eggs of various descriptions appeared and all uniformly ranging cool to cold in temperature.

Dinner night 1 – in the hotel bar an alleged Salmon Club Sandwich –  well ok, nothing major to complain about

Night 2 – Dinner in Barcelona FC. Set menu. first course smelled of rotten fish and I think was rotten fish ( octopus in ravioli with squid ink sauce) followed by uncooked  steak with vegetables so small that they may have been grown in…

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Photographs of Food. Are you really not hungry?

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Elephants Head Camden open mic Nights

An excellent small pub in  Camden where every wednesday from around 8 pm they have open mic that attracts around 20 performers each week. Each is allowed to sing 3 songs.

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Mirabilis Jalapa. The Mystery Plant

For the first 6 months this year outside my front door was a large black plant pot with nothing growing. The two previous plants had died a long while ago and I was considering dumping all the soil in the pot in case that was a factor. One day I noticed a few green shoots appearing and presumed them weeds, however over the next few weeks, these “weeds” grew ferociously and looked actually quite charming. So I left the plant alone, watered it sometimes and expected that I was growing some huge weed. A couple of weeks ago some flowers appeared and since then some more. Using an online plant app, seems my plant is Mirabilis Jalapa. Also known as the 4 o’clock flower.A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers with different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant. The plant hails from tropical South America, but has become naturalised throughout tropical and warm temperate regions. In cooler temperate regions, it will die back with the first frosts, regrowing in the following spring from the tuberous roots. The plant does best in full sun. It grows to approximately 0.9 m in height. The plant will self-seed, often spreading rapidly if left unchecked in a garden.The flowers are used in food colouring.

Seems also that if one gets ill this plant might help or cure most things.

In herbal medicine, parts of the plant may be used as a diuretic, purgative, and for vulnerary (wound healing) purposes. The root is believed an aphrodisiac as well as diuretic and purgative. It is used in the treatment of dropsy.

The leaves are used to reduce inflammation. A decoction of them (mashing and boiling) is used to treat abscesses. Leaf juice may be used to treat wounds.

Mirabilis Jalapa with flowers emerging

Mirabilis Jalapa with flowers emerging

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa flowering

Mirabilis Jalapa with no flowers.

Mirabilis Jalapa with no flowers.

Hairy Ears. Are these the hairiest ears in the world?

Having noticed the choice of glasses on this gentleman, one could not but notice the aural hair.

Hairy Ears Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Hairy Ears
Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

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