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For those of you who aren't a member of the Chappism community, here's a small selection of photos from this year's #ChapOlympiad. This year was the tenth anniversary, and sporting highlights included the new event "The Ambassador's Ball" wherein competitors were invited to catapult Ferrero Rocher with the intention of the aforementioned confectionery being subsequently caught in Champagne flutes. Some amount of hilarity ensued.
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Alas I failed to take any photos of my own attire. A three piece tweed suit made of a roughly 15oz tweed, with the temperature being around 26 degrees, was not, if I'm honest, entirely comfortable. It's rather sad that I have nothing to show for the suffering I endured.
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People of London: allow me to present you with a preview of the capital's next food craze. The Macaroni Cheese Pie.

This bit of culinary innovation hails from Scotland, and predominately the East coast I am led to believe. I seek them out eagerly every time I go North of the border, and I have no doubt it can only be a matter of time before Londoners tire of whatever faddish crap they're into this month and are clamouring for something new.
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Some mostly fairly naff pictures from the opening night of #MontyPythonLive.
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im going friday i cant wait i have spare ticket if anyone interested
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At #montypythonlive, disappointed at lack of albatross sellers.
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I had almost forgotten - tomorrow evening I'm going to the opening night of #MontyPythonLive - their first live show in decades. Here's an introduction from Mick Jagger. Of course.
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My wife and I have come all the way from California for this show. Can't wait!
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I had almost forgotten - tomorrow evening I'm going to the opening night of #MontyPythonLive - their first live show in decades. Here's an introduction from Mick Jagger. Of course.
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How the !#@4 do you almost forget that?!
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Following in the now seemingly annual tradition, here's a bunch of mostly rather naff pictures of the proceedings of this year's Chap Olympiad - the tenth anniversary.

I particularly enjoyed the new event titled "The Ambassador's Ball" wherein competitors were invited to catapult Ferrero Rocher into the air to be caught by other competitors in Champagne flutes. I'm quite pleased with the picture I caught of "Chopper", the first contestant to trial this new sport, summarily destroying the required apparatus.
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Visited the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith today. What a splendidly boozy vessel that must have been: pictured here the drinks cabinet for the rear veranda, just one of many drinking venues on board - we spotted at least 3 different bars for the crew on the lower decks.
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Some mostly fairly naff pictures from the opening night of #MontyPythonLive.
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So many great memories from this!
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"Dress Code: elegant finery, period military wear, formal wear, dandy wear. No sportswear please except cricketing whites and absolutely no denim or sneakers."

Yes, I just bought my ticket to this year's #ChapOlympiad.
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Having had ribollita whilst in Italy earlier this month, and surprisingly really enjoyed it (stale bread soup anyone?), I thought I would have a go at making it myself this weekend. I just guessed at the recipe and it came out really well.
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+Alexander Kirillov see other post for a picture of the original.
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Very fresh and lively fattoush, and nicely presented. Cheese sambousek were tasty. Falafel were OK, foul mudames perhaps a bit lacking in the richness I've got used to from other Lebanese places. Overall though a good meal, would happily go back. A bit dead on a weekday lunchtime when I went, which seems a bit of a shame as I think mezze makes for a great working lunch - you can order as much or as little as you want, and they all arrive pretty quickly.
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Recently saw Monty Python live here. The show was great, but the O2 as a venue feels a bit like a banal corporate machine trying to claw money out of you at every possible opportunity. I made the mistake of entering the actual arena area way too early, wherein the food and drink offerings were very limited and overpriced (effectively £5 for a pint of dull generic mass produced lager). Outside the arena it's mostly bland, generic chain restaurants too. With more independent restaurants and reasonable prices I might actually be convinced to plan for a meal and/or a drink before the show, should I ever come here again. As it stands though I'd much rather leave it until the last minute in future, and eat/drink somewhere else beforehand.
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For something that now served primarily as a tourist attraction it's impressively large and realistic, with quite a lot of interesting details. There was a sudden downpour of rain part way through our visit, which frightened most of the other visitors away, but we stayed to watch the rain pour through the floorboards. It was very atmospheric.
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Now just called "Hotel Souvenir", it was extensively rebuilt / refurbished after the mudslide in 2011. As a result it's now a very bright and modern hotel. Standards of cleanliness were really good, staff were very pleasant, and there was also a nice little courtyard where you can sit to have breakfast, or a drink in the afternoon / evening.
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This seemed to be the only place I could find to eat in the O2 which wasn't a generic chain restaurant (OK, they have one other branch, in soho, but we can forgive them for that). They have battered halloumi on their menu and one or two interesting beers (Sambrooks Wandle for example) which are also pluses.
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The first focaccia place we found in Genoa, not far from the main station. Probably nothing special by Genoese standards but we liked it - both the focaccia and the farinata were tasty.
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We stayed here 2 nights out of a 6 night stay in Liguria, and somehow it managed to be both the best and by far the cheapest hotel of the trip. The room was modestly sized, but fine for the price. Amenities in the room were good, and included things like a kettle and complimentary mineral water which we didn't have in the other, more expensive hotels on our trip. The real highlight was breakfast - of all the hotels I've ever stayed it in Italy the Savoia easily had the best breakfast, a really lavish feast of interesting breads, pastries, cooked items, a really good variety of fresh fruit and lots more bits and pieces to choose from. Also there's a great kids play area (the pirates garden - with a pirate ship to play in) and a really nice top floor bar with a view of the city. Very conveniently located right next to the main station.
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