Since 2010

Please resume start playing the game

Sunday 11 January 2015

There’s a reasonably well documented niggle with Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4, which I logged with the game creator, Rockstar. I swear on my eyes this is the response I got:

Hello Scott,

Thank you for contacting Rockstar Support.

We understand your concern, Please resume start playing the game, keep on playing the game the error wont appear. Hence request to play the good game on avoiding issues.

Best Regards

Santiago F. Rockstar Support


Friday 2 January 2015

Christmas at a distance

Monday 22 December 2014

John Carey at sums it up nicely:

While the rest of the world I know back west anxiously gathers their wits in preparation for Christmas, I walk through the streets of a country where it feels more like a novelty, an afterthought, a coincidence. This has given me new point of view on the holiday as I usually know it. I have no tree in my living room, no presents to wrap, no frustration over having enough spare money around for gift giving or who I may forget in that process.

This is not to say I have no Christmas spirit. I love this time of year and the calmness it brings to family and community. I love the way it puts life on pause while we all take a collective sigh of relief, if not just for one day. Being away from the U.S. has given me a refocused perspective on what is so great about this time of year.

Lesley's scones

Saturday 13 September 2014

  • 8oz self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1½oz butter, softened and cubed
  • 1 generous tablespoon sugar
  • Handful dried fruit [optional]
  • 1 egg, roughly beaten
  • A wee bit of milk

Grease a baking tray and set the oven to 180ºC.

Rub the flour, baking powder, salt, and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and optional fruit. Make a well in the centre, add the egg, and fold through the mixture. Start stirring in the milk until the mixture is almost wet enough to start sticking to the bowl.

Flatten the whole lot out on a well floured surface. Aim for a thick scone rather than one with a large diameter. Cut and place on the baking tray.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with lashings of butter and jam, and a fresh pot of tea.