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GO! Spill the coffee, B.P

Posted on August 12th, 2010 by Jim

It’s no use crying over spilt milk, or coffee B.P, the damage is done:

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Spillage stories welcomed here and do we really believe that the spill has been contained or was it exaggerated from day one? Hmmmm I wonder….

A coffee myth?

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Jim

It appears that coffee addicts are merely staving off the effects of caffeine withdrawal they’re no more alert than people who regularly do without The millions of people who depend on a shot of coffee to kickstart their day are no more alert than those who are not regular coffee drinkers, say researchers.

A cup of coffee, suggests a study, only counteracts the effects of caffeine withdrawal that has built up overnight.

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“Someone who consumes caffeine regularly when they’re at work but not at weekends runs the risk of feeling a bit rubbish by Sunday,” said Peter Rogers, who led the research at Bristol University. “It’s better to stick with it or keep off it altogether.”

Infrequent coffee drinkers who reach for an emergency hit fare no better, experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety – and withdrawal symptoms the next day.

How genetic differences may influence response was also examined. Blood samples were taken from 379 volunteers who were asked to avoid caffeine for 16 hours.

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GO! Eat the All American Apple Pie?

Posted on May 13th, 2010 by Clinically Clueless
 hostess_fruit_piesCC here from Southern California enjoying my morning cup of coffee.  Tastes like Gruda blend from Peet’s Coffee and Tea. I am also finding out that it is National Apple Pie Day (May 13th).  Apple pie like some many “American” foods are not American at all with their origins being from another country. Unfortunately, National Apple Pie Day is not a day off from work, but a great excuse for eating apple pie.  I have great memories of my Grandpa eating apple pie where ever we went.  My best friend in High School used to eat pie for breakfast.  On got on her case about it, but stopped when she pointed out that the fruit filled “turn over’ type things which were meant for breakfast is just the same thing, but with less.  In researching this post, I found out that she was right, but for a different reason.  Apple pie like some many “American” foods are not American at all with their origins being from another country.

Mr. Breakfast The history of pies, in general, dates back to 2nd Century B.C.. Briefly stated, the Greeks invented it. The Romans invaded Greece and stole it. Jumping ahead to 15th Century A.D., pies had spread throughout Europe. The recipes had become very diverse.  (In 15th Century A.D.) Animated pies or pyes were the most popular banquet entertainment. The nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence… four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,” refers to such a pie. According to the rhyme, “When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King?” In all likelihood, those birds not only sang, but flew briskly out at the assembled guests. Rabbits, frogs, turtles, other small animals, and even small people (dwarfs) were also set into pies, either alone or with birds, to be released when the crust was cut. The dwarf would emerge and walk down the length of the table, reciting poetry, sketching the guests, or doing tricks. (And, I thought it was just a children’s rhyme…now, it creeps me out more)

blackbirdsBy the 19th century, apple and other fruit pies were common at the breakfast table in rural homes throughout America. In our time, pie is no longer common for breakfast. Most of us have had left over pie from the previous night’s desert for breakfast. It’s a great treat, but hardly a morning staple. When we consider that the history of pies, in general, predates Christ, the history of breakfast as we know it — eggs and bacon and Cap’n Crunch et al — is a relatively new phenomenon. The practice of going to a restaurant for pancakes or an omelet in the morning is barely 100 years old. So in many ways, breakfast pie is the infant prodigy of piesOh, now this is why apple pie goes so well with COFFEE…I’ll take any excuse to have coffee.

According to www.thewordly.org, the first recorded, edible crust apple pie recipe was in 1361.The first apple seeds in American came from the Pilgrims in 1620. Mock Apple Pie made from soda crackers instead of apples, was popular during The Great Depression, because apples were hard to obtain.

Apple pie and COFFEE!!

Apple pie and COFFEE!!

While it is uncertain to why either of these dates became National Apple Pie Day, it is well known that apple pies are an important part of the American culture with sayings like “as American as apple pie”. From www.theoi.com, the meaning that apples are not originally from the United States, like many of its people, but they adapted into Americans. Apples have been around since ancient times and are even noted in Greek mythology when Ge gave Hera, bride of Zeus, a tree with golden apples.

Even though apple pie is commonly associated with being American, apple seeds were brought over by the Europeans, as no apple trees existed in the Untied States before the time of Columbus. However, apple pies soon began being a part of the culture and history as it is believed that the apple pie and recipe was brought over by the early English settlers. Henry Finck stated a claim that apple pie was an American Nation Dish in his book “Food and Flavor” written in 1913. Making the statement that “The apple pie is ours, as much as our flag”.

According to www.gwinnettmagazine.com Apples pies became highly associated with the US during World War II when the soldier were heading off to war. Soldiers would answer when ask why they were going to war… “for mom and apple pie”.  Apple pies have also been involved in a big patriotic ad by General Motors in the 1970s, stating the company was as an “American Tradition just like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie”.  Given all the roots, tradition and association to apple pie, it’s no wonder that America celebrates this holiday twice a year. While it there is not an international apple pie day, there are other international apple holidays celebrated.

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Apple pie is actually a European creation. The French have “tarte tatin,” the Austrians “apfelstrudel” and the British apple pie.

Apples found their way to the United States via the early British colonists who carried over apple seeds and apple tree seedlings. The apple is a tricky fruit to grow as the characteristics of the mother plant do not necessary carry over to the fruit grown from its seed.

Still, Americans were creating–and writing about–apple pie from the early 18th century onwards. The phrase “as American as apple pie” actually comes from the World War II era where servicemen and women were instructed to answer reporters that they were fighting for “mom and apple pie.”

My cousin makes the best homemade apple pie that I’ve ever had, so I asked him for the recipe.  Here was his response:

I don’t really use a recipe. It’s green apples (sliced thin)mixed with a little bit of flour, butter (couple tablespoons), cinamon, and sugar to taste. The apples should be lightly coated. Put it in a pie crust. I usually use the pre-made refrigerated crust or just the basic pie crust recipie. I sometimes put a crumb topping of cinamon, sugar, flour, brown sugar, and butter. Or I lay sliced pieces of crust over the top. I use my moms Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for cook times and the crust recipe.

So, can you think of a food item that is American in origin? What is your country’s “national food?”

Irish Coffee: A new writer at GO! Smell the coffee

Posted on April 18th, 2010 by Jim

Welcome ‘Irish Coffee’  – our latest writer to get amongst it at GO! Smell the coffee so top o’ the mornin’ to all.

 I’m updating the old coffee badges in an attempt to make this place a worthy site to visit as part of your valuable time online.

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Irish Coffee is a 26 year old male from Ireland. Currently writing up four years of research in Systematic Theology, while considering launching a career in life coaching. When it comes to recreation,  he is also drawn to books, but this time to the sort of books that read him. When he’s had his fill of the books, he enjoys playing or watching soccer, running, meditating, and travelling. He relishes all sorts of challenges, physical and mental.  However, the greatest challenge he faces, the one which he just cannot seem to overcome, and yet the one which brings him the most joy – is the challenge of knowing himself!

Welcome to GO! Smell the coffee : Irish coffee! Discuss…..

Coffee anyone?

Posted on March 12th, 2010 by Jim

GO! Smell the coffee anyone?

Having taken time out today to read all CC’s hard work and post, plus Angela in Canada dropping back in and the one n only Elton John getting back amongst it I’ll be reconnecting with some of the old regulars via Facebook and see if we can crack on and brighten up people’s time online.

With far less time online (with the exception of my daily facebook status update) I’ve been a bit blind to GO! Smell the coffee carrying on after all the initial hard work and thank all for this involvement to date and in the future.

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Let’s see how we GO! Comments welcomed….tweets optional.

And now for something completely different!

Posted on December 11th, 2009 by Jim

Anyone a fan of surrealism?

Well the latest football results may just appeal to you:

 

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SURREAL MADRID fish

Thank you – examples of surrealism are welcome right here!

Keep happy, Son, keep happy……

Posted on November 19th, 2009 by Jim

It’s 6 weeks since I’ve had the energy or desire to write a post here at GO! Smell the coffee and thanks to those who have kept of trucking here in my absence and for your understanding.

As my father used to say  ‘Keep happy, Son’ which I will do as I realise that whatever life throws as us it’s not the end of the world although it’s felt pretty close to it at certain times during 2009.

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How have you smelt the coffee recently? Do tell, clown metaphors welcome. Cheers!

GO! Get Hyper!!

Posted on October 25th, 2009 by Clinically Clueless

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Now, I think that caffeine is the most socially acceptable drug/substance in the world and isn’t illegal.  I know, I can’t go without it…but I can stop anytime.  I have friends who under no circumstance will they ever be allowed to have coffee as they get so hyper.  I’ve come about 3 dials down from Jack in this clip. 

Once, I was so unaware of the amount of caffeine that I had consumed and boy was that a big mistake.  I had my usual amount of coffee and as a treat pick up a latte on my way to work.  Then, they did a coffee run, so I requested my usual latte.  Well, by 9:30 am, I was driving everyone crazy including my self.  My secretary asked, “what the h*** is wrong with you today?”  She was laughing at me when I told her what I had done.

Share a time that you became really hyper by something  (legal).

Michelle Obama preaches healthy on Sesame Street!

Posted on October 5th, 2009 by Jim

tick tockFresh (ish) from my New York trip I unfortunately didn’t get to catch up with the gang from Sesame Street as I was’nt sure if it was set in the Bronx or Queens! The trip was a success as an East Coast publisher requested the manuscript of GO! Smell the flowers so we’ll have to wait & see.

With the U.S  of A’s hearty food portions (tick tock diner filled me up) I was never short of energy enjoying walking around the east side, meat packing district, MOMA, Bryant Park and the theatre district. 

Central park by horse, Manhatten island by boat and the subway wherever possible I really got back into the New York way of life (beep, beep)

Back to the topic in hand – FOOD! I was impressed to find this clip of one of the most powerful women in the world preaching healthy foods on Sesame street, brough to us, of course, by the Childrens Television workshop:

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Good old Elmo, taking it in his stride and I wonder if cookie monster is now surplus to requirements?

Comments welcomed on the state of healthcare situation in super-sized America in conjunction with sharing who your favourite Sesame street character is!  Try and link the two in your answer and let’s see where this one GO’!s

This post was brought to you by the number 8 and the letters F, Y & I.

GO! Learn your golf terms

Posted on October 3rd, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Dubai where I’m determined to improve my golf swing. As those who have ever hit or attempted to hit a golf ball will appreciate humour is an essential part of the game. So, when things GO! wrong why not use one of these comparable golf terms that makes it all feel better with a chuckle as opposed to throwing a club into the nearest hazard:

A Sally Gunnell – not pretty but a good runner
 A Paris Hilton – an expensive hole
 A Dennis Wise – a nasty 5 footer
 A Maradona – a very nasty 5 footer
 A Salman Rushdie – impossible to read
 A Rio Ferdinand – lipped out
 A Rock Hudson – looked straight, but wasn’t
 A Cuban – needs one more revolution
 An Elton John – a big bender that lips the rim
 A Hitler – two shots in the bunker
 An Arafat – ugly and buried in the sand
 A Kate Winslett – a bit fat but otherwise perfect
 A Kate Moss – thin and close to rough
 A Gerry Adams – playing a Provisional
 A Glen Miller – kept low and didn’t make it over the water
 An Arthur Scargill – a great strike but a poor result
 A Rodney King – over-clubbed
 An O. J. – got away with it
 A Paula Radcliffe – not as ugly as a Gunnell but still a good runner
 A Princess Grace – should have taken a driver
 A Princess Di – shouldn’t have taken a driver

*Darth Vader interlude:

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 A Robin Cook – just died on the hill
 A Michael Jackson – too high to make it
 A Douglas Bader – looked good in the air, but didn’t have the legs
 An Arsene Wenger – never saw it
 A Ken Livingstone – quite far left
 A Jean-Marie LePen – a long way right
 A Ladyboy – looks like an easy hole but not what it seems
 An elephant’s arse – high wide and sh*tty
 A condom – safe but didn’t feel real good
 A circus tent – a BIG top
 An Anna Kournikova – looks great, but unlikely to get a result
 A Vinnie Jones – nasty kick when you’re not expecting it
 A Ryanair – regular flight but lands a long way from the objective
 A Blondie – a fair old crack
 

So there we are, golfing stories are most welcome right here in comments. FORE!

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