Wow.

A couple of weeks ago I entered a competition to win free tickets to Hammerfest in March next year. Today I got an email telling me that I've won!

There is a catch, though. The tickets don't include accommodation, and the festival is in North Wales, which is a bit far to travel every day from Oxford. They're trying to push...
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bookcouple:
Congrats on winning

In a previous gin-related post, I mentioned a couple of other gins that I wanted to try. Having now tried both of them, I might as well share my impressions:

Opihr: Very nice. Based on how much I like both this and London No. 1, I'm coming to the conclusion that spicy gins are my thing. This actually takes the spiciness further than the...
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Just joined Tinder. All of my previous attempts at online dating have been a complete waste of time but maybe this time will be different, right?

After all, how could I possibly do badly in a setting that is mostly based on (a) looks and (b) the ability to quickly form a rapport with a stranger (particularly via text). Those are only my two main...
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bookcouple:
Good luck
axelfendersson:
Thanks! The match with the woman in Reading came to nothing in the end; she was supposedly going to get back to me about when she was free to meet up but she never did. But I've had a couple of dates with the woman I matched with on Bumble, both of which were good, and we're seeing each other again on Sunday, so it's going well so far.

So I recently discovered that Marks & Spencer own-brand tonic water doesn't contain sweeteners. So yesterday I thought I'd revisit my previous taste comparison between tonics, this time including the third contender.

Method

Chilled new bottles of Fever Tree Indian tonic water, Waitrose dry Indian tonic water and M&S Indian tonic water in the fridge.

Poured out small quantities of each tonic into...
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So it's been over three weeks since my GP referred me for a vasectomy. I still haven't heard anything back. Today I see this on the cover of the Oxford Mail:

HEALTH CUTS: Vasectomies suspended as health bosses try to stop big overspend

Is this why I haven't heard anything? Or did I manage to sneak in just in time and it...
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Tried a few more gins recently. Verdicts:

Hendricks: I'm not keen. I can see where they're going with the cucumber flavour and I can see why some people love it, but it's not for me.

Gin Mare: everything I've read has said not to garnish this with lime (or any other citrus), as supposedly this will overpower it. But I had...
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Mount Gay Extra Old versus Appleton Estate Rare Blend.

I didn't mess about with any quasi-scientific method here, I just poured out a measure of each rum and sipped them alternately.

First up, they're both really nice. They're also quite similar, both very smooth, fairly dry, well-aged rums with plenty of woody spice. If you just gave me a shot of one
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This time it's the remnants of my bottle of Havana Club anejo 3 años versus a new bottle of Appleton White rum.

Round 1: mojitos

Made two mojitos, taking care to use the exact same amount of mint (12 leaves each, carefully picked to be of similar sizes), the two most similar limes in the bag, the same amount of ice, etc.

The two
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dariianity:
Thanks for comparison! Was interesting to read!

Went to see the doctor this afternoon to get a referral for a vasectomy. As part of the process she had to examine my scrotum.

Gotta say: last time a pretty woman had her hands on my junk it was a lot more fun than this.

Apparently, the best-selling rum brand in the world is, unsurprisingly, Bacardi. Perhaps more surprising is that number two is Tanduay, as in Europe and America it's virtually unheard of. In its home country of the Philippines it's hugely popular (and extremely cheap) but while lots is exported to the rest of Asia, it hasn't ever made its way to Europe.

Way back...
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