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On Monday I was supposed to go to choir, but I felt too manky. I did some vague bits of admin stuff instead.

On Tuesday I went to Waterloo to look for Taste Malaysia, but it wasn't there, so I had a not-very-interesting bagel at Smalands instead. Then I got the Northern Line into town to take a few RGL photos, then got back on the Northern Line to head up to Colindale where I was due to meet [livejournal.com profile] catsgomiaow and [personal profile] bob for dinner at Feringgi Bay. I realised on the way that I was going to be ridiculously early, so I stopped off at Golders Green to pick up a few things we needed from Seoul Plaza.

Once in Colindale, I visited the New Chandos (no real ale, friendly enough though) before heading over to the Moon Under Water (a fairly standard Wetherspoons) to meet the others before dinner. Dinner was v.g. — see the RGL review for more.

I didn't do very much exciting stuff on Wednesday, but I did make some lentil soup which bagged three spices for the Snake Soup October challenge. Similarly, the most interesting thing I did on Thursday was make some masala tea that put me another three spices further on.

I have nothing to report for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, except that our house continued to fall apart in increasingly amusing[0] ways.

[0] In the "you have to laugh or you'll cry" sense.
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On Monday I went to Fulham to take some RGL photos. I also had a very nice vegan lunch at 222 Restaurant. Then I got the Tube all the way over to East Ham, where I had dinner at Chennai Dosa before heading on to choir in Leytonstone.

On Tuesday I went out for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] lozette, bellaphon, and MsMarmiteLover to Ganapati in Peckham. It was even better than the last time I went there.

On Wednesday I went down the Northern Line to take some more RGL photos. I went down to Tooting and had lunch at Sree Krishna, then worked my way back northwards, popping into the Jackdaw & Rook and the Nightingale on the way. Then I got a bus from Elephant and Castle over to Surrey Quays, and met [livejournal.com profile] claudacity, [personal profile] bob, [personal profile] flick, and [personal profile] drplokta at Whelan's for a drink before dinner at Royal Palace. Royal Palace is the place I went to a few weeks ago that has a Chinese-only menu; luckily, [livejournal.com profile] claudacity can read Chinese, so we managed to order a vast and delicious spread of dishes, all of which we polished off happily.

On Thursday I went to Camden for london.pm dim sum at Yum Cha. I then dragged Richard around on a mini pub crawl before getting the Tube down to London Bridge to meet [personal profile] bob and the other usual suspects for Mongolian food at the Horseshoe Inn.

On Friday and Saturday I did loads of work to make up for all the fun I had earlier in the week.

On Sunday I joined in the Discworld MUD Bugfix Sunday.
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On Monday I did lots and lots and lots of scanning for [livejournal.com profile] unclutter_2009.

On Tuesday I rewarded myself for a four-hour turnaround on a piece of work with some masala tea, then made dry-fried green beans with hoisin sauce for dinner.

On Wednesday I made some home-made tomato juice.

On Thursday I went on a pub crawl.

On Friday I hung out with [personal profile] bob; first we went for lunch at More, a quite promising new restaurant on Tooley Street, then he went to sort out a misbehaving server for work while I went and took some photos in Shepherd's Bush. Then we reconvened at The Goldhawk, where I drank Brothers festival strength perry and learned that they're having a cider festival next month. Later we wandered along to Patio for dinner; I can recommend the herring and apple salad.

On Saturday I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] lozette at Haandi in Edgware, and then we both headed along for a nice stroll in the sunshine with the ever-lovely [livejournal.com profile] tubewalkers. Then everyone else went to the pub, while I went home to do some work. (Please do not feel sorry for me; I choose my own work hours, and I'd rather work on a Saturday evening because it gives me free time in the week, when pubs and restaurants are much more pleasant.)

On Sunday our bizarre downstairs neighbours had a party which started at the crack of dawn and continued until about 10am, so I got up at 9 and did even more work. In the afternoon I participated in the Discworld MUD Bugfix Sunday to the grand extent of fixing a single bug, then gave up on thinking for a bit and went out and wandered in a big circle around SE1 taking some photos for RGL.
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On Monday I went to choir, as is becoming traditional. It was brilliant, again. I decided not to sing in the concert on Saturday, since I've been to exactly three rehearsals and it's a DECADE since I last sang in a choir. People tried to talk me out of this by praising my sight reading, but I still didn't want to risk screwing up. Besides, there are performances in July I can sing in, instead, and I'll definitely be ready by then.

On Tuesday I made stuffed aubergines, tarka dhal, radish salad, and broccoli rice for dinner. It was v.g.

On Wednesday I made veggie chilli for dinner, using 1.5 scotch bonnet chillies in the process. I think I should have used 2.5.

On Thursday I did a catch-up Tube Walk, going from Eastcote to Rayners Lane. When I got to Rayners Lane, I had some tasty Sri Lankan food at Papaya. Then I went to drink beer with Phil and [personal profile] bob at the new location of the Wheatsheaf. Nine real ales including a mild!

On Friday I didn't do anything other than work (well, I did some knitting, and watched the season finale of Grey's Anatomy).

On Saturday I took some photos of the scarf I posted about last week. In the evening [personal profile] doop and I had a takeaway from Super Nova. The "gluten chicken with green peppers and onions" turned out to contain generous helpings of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chillies, which was a very pleasant surprise. We might have to try eat-in here some time, and see if we can get access to their secret Chinese menu.

On Sunday I did some Bugfix Sunday bugfixing on the Discworld MUD.
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On Monday I went to choir again, and it was again awesome. I sang alto 2 this time. I sang alto 1 last week, but although I can cope fine with the high notes, I like singing the low ones and I missed doing that. I mentioned to a couple of people that I'd be interested in giving tenor a go at some point, and this was greeted with great enthusiasm since like many choirs this one has a fairly low proportion of tenors. I have sung tenor before, but I don't want to go straight into that after such a long break.

During the break, I chatted with [livejournal.com profile] techiebabe and another of the singers about stuff I can explore in the area before coming to rehearsal; the plan is to use this to improve RGL's coverage of Leytonstone and the surrounding areas (Leyton, Stratford, Wanstead, Woodford, etc).

On Tuesday I finished importing my old A-Z walk entries from LiveJournal to here. (New ones will just appear here.) I also made braised cauliflower for dinner (along with pork chops and home-made oven chips); there's something about the combination of cauliflower and red bell pepper that works really well.

On Wednesday I spent far too long deciding where in Earl's Court to go for lunch, and eventually settled on Mohsen. Then I wandered around and took some photos and eventually met [personal profile] bob for dinner at the Botanist on Sloane Square. We tried to pop in to the Crown again on the way home, but it was closed.

On Thursday I went to London.pm dim sum at Leong's Legend, and then took the Tube up to Holloway and did a mini pub crawl down Holloway Road (including the very promising Landseer) before meeting [livejournal.com profile] lozette, bellaphon, and MsMarmiteLover for dinner at Dastarkhan, London's other Kazakh restaurant.

On Friday I had a quiet night in, during which I did some knitting, watched some No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and made prawn bisque with some prawn heads that [personal profile] bob stashed in the freezer a while ago.

On Saturday [personal profile] bob and I went to a beer festival at the Crosse Keys, then walked home along the river and stopped off for dinner at Lovage, a new(ish) modern(ish) Indian(ish) restaurant near Shad Thames.

On Sunday I did some Bugfix Sunday bugfixing on the Discworld MUD and then popped downstairs for a few civilised cocktails with [livejournal.com profile] ali_in_london and [personal profile] montag.

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