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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.

There are now over ten years of photographs on my blog! It all started with a photograph I took on the 1st of May 2004... It's been a wonderful journey, thank you all who have shared it with me, and made this blogging community one I keep coming back to!

Interesting things I read recently:

"Only one in five people born [in the UK] since 1975 believes in God".
Source: Prof David Voas, University of Essex

"For every dollar invested in the Human Genome project, $141 was returned to the US economy". Francis Collins, NIH
Source: New Scientist 27 July 2013.

I am Pavlovs_dog on PSN and would be happy to link up with Playstation-owning mobloggers : )

Too Much Information: The first album I ever bought was the Fraggle Rock soundtrack. Pretty cool, eh? I was only 16 : )

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Spiderbaby's British cultural evening

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1) Ann demonstrates scone assembly technique.
2) The audience
3) The slideshow (I'd swear she moved deliberately to blur the photo)...
21st Nov 2008, 22:09   | tags:,,,,

Twiglet says:


Edit: Just noticed the tags. Of course scones!

22nd Nov 2008, 08:07

OCD Sprocket says:

lol - left to their own devices, gawd only knows how those Yanks would put a scone together

22nd Nov 2008, 13:01

Dhamaka says:

ha - excellent!
cream tea should be a mandatory British Cultural Experience (unless medical or religious reasons forbid it) for all interested foreign citizens

22nd Nov 2008, 13:10

Rich says:

Putting a buffet on the flag? Shocking behaviour, eh wot? The queen is going to kick your ass when she finds out.

22nd Nov 2008, 14:58

hildegard says:

Scones eh? Definitely best foot forward on international relations there. :)

22nd Nov 2008, 15:12

MaggieD says:

Is that a can of squirty cream I see in the top pic ? Surely not ..... only the best artery clogging clotted cream should be used in the preparation of an English Cream Tea ... tsk, tsk .......

22nd Nov 2008, 18:16

Spiderbaby says:

There was one notable "buttering of the flag" incident by one of the American attendees but we weren't too harsh on him. The Indian members of the audience were just pleased to have some nice tea for a change. They really liked Ringtons and we're hopefully going to have a just tea evening to follow on.

Thanks very much to Hildegard and Twiglet for the use of some of your images, especially the Morris dancers, tea shops and fireworks ones. I have spent far too much time on Wikipedia for my own good of late!


22nd Nov 2008, 18:40

Twiglet says:

It was a pleasure Spiderbaby, we are glad the event was a success!

22nd Nov 2008, 19:10

Spiderbaby says:

I think giving everyone cake first was the right way to go :)

22nd Nov 2008, 19:14

swamprose says:

cake! that's all you have to do! no one really knows the giant influence of cake on the daily life of the UK. good show, s'baby.

22nd Nov 2008, 23:09

OJ says:

Mmmm, scones. What a good idea.

The Union Jack makes me laugh. You'd never see it in that context in the UK.

4th Dec 2008, 18:48

crickson says:

I hate seeing our flag associated with far-right politics. It's time we took back our national symbol and there's nothing better for it to do than act as a conveyor of scones, I reckon.

4th Dec 2008, 19:01

hildegard says:

I'd always thought of the union jack as a staple street party tablecloth. Used just like this, as a pride-of-place tablecloth for the best puds. Pretty sure you can even get them in wipe-clean vinyl...

4th Dec 2008, 19:25

OJ says:

I've never felt any connection with it myself Crickson (or any other flag for that matter).

But then I've never been to a street party (gawd bless her majesty etc.) so perhaps that's why not.

5th Dec 2008, 10:47

crickson says:

Oh c'mon OJ! There's much worse things to be than British! I think you should get yourself a little union flag for Christmas and try to connect to it : )

5th Dec 2008, 14:58

OJ says:

I didn't say I didn't like being British....

...though I would still prefer to be Scandinavian, probably. Far more civilised, not to mention taller....

5th Dec 2008, 16:27

Helen says:

I'd quite like to be Scandinavian too.

*Adopts flag of Norway*

5th Dec 2008, 16:33

crickson says:

Ok, but remember Norway hunts whales. And that's just not on at all.

5th Dec 2008, 18:36