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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 85. On Caffeine.

You know you’re a caffeine junkie when:

a) You’ve gone to the bother of making the nicest cup of coffee you can, given your circumstances, and you don’t even remember drinking it.

b) Being jittery is your default setting.

c) You can tell your Java from your Colombian.

d) You drain a pot of coffee quicker than a toilet can flush.

e) Your concern for your kidneys is at odds with your serenity.

f) Your response to a customer query is WHAT NOW? CAN’T YOU SEE I’M STRESSED OUT?

g) Going cold turkey fills you with a sense of dread.


On This Day…29 September

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Good morning and thank you for coming over to today’s On This Day. I hope your day is filled with cookies, chocolate, chips – and chocolate chip cookies. That’s all the major food groups covered.

Let’s move on directly and start with events on this day in…

61 BC – Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday. That’s what happens when someone buys you an X-Box as a gift.

1650 – Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters – the first historically documented dating service – in Threadneedle Street, London. Now that I’m newly single, maybe I’ll check it out.

Bobbys on the beat. (Image: historic-uk.com)

1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.

1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.

1916 – John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire. Buddy, can you spare a dime?

1949 – The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China.

1964 – The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time.

Mafalda comics. (Image: andrewferguson.net)

1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.

2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

Birthday wishes today go to:

We had Brigitte yesterday; today it’s the turn of Anita Ekberg, Swedish sex symbol of the Fifties, who is 79.

Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock ‘n’ roller, is 75. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

Silvia Berlusconi, the controversial Italian prime minister, is a Mafia-endorsed 74. (Don’t quote me!)

And finally, on a really silly level, twins Matt and Luke Goss, of Eighties pop band Bros, are 42. They were famous – for a while.

Thirsty Thursday

Yummy! Image courtesy of fotosearch.com

Being a non-drinker, I’m always on the lookout for new and refreshing ways to enjoy an alcohol free life. I find there’s only so much Coke and 7up a man can drink before becoming bloated. I found this recipe on a UK website called goodtoknow.co.uk. It’s called a Mocktail, and this is what you need to make it:

  • Handful of cherries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Sparkling natural orange drink, like Club Orange, Fanta or Orangina.

The way you go about making it is quite simple:

  1. Crush a handful of cherries with a fork or in a hand blender.
  2. Crush a handful of raspberries.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve and discard the pips.
  4. Add chilled sparkling natural orange drink.

Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!