Merry Christmas!

Oh, I’m definitely going back to take more pictures of this house on Washington Avenue. A very good friend of mine says that if they, John and Ethelyn Unger, dared do this in Spain, their neighbours would burn the house down. He’s right. I bet they would. Merry Christmas and welcome to America!



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Bay Rum Cologne

bay_leavesWas this what they used as aftershave in westerns? I wonder.

2 ½ ounces crushed bay leaves;

1 ½ teaspoon ground cardamom;

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon;

½ teaspoon ground cloves;

1 pint Jamaican rum.

Add bay leaves and spices to the rum and shake well. Strain and bottle. This cologne will stay true for months if kept at room temperature.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 214 posts. There were 177 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 23mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 133 views. The most popular post that day was Interview with Shakira.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for heath ledger, emmeline pankhurst, shakira, cindy lauper, and manet.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Interview with Shakira April 2010


Purple, White and Green December 2008


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl April 2008


Lizzie Borden Ditty November 2007


Boxing Day Jumbled Paragraphs July 2007

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Go, Technorati! Go!


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For Technorati

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Concerning Antonio’s Rants and Ravings

For those of you who are mystified by the entries that I’ve been so randomly posting under the category labelled ‘diary,’ you ought to know they’ve been snatched from your teacher’s journal while he was, in all fairness, pretending not to notice. I’m no snoop, but— Heck! What’s a rag doll (some of you, I bet, wouldn’t stop at calling me a ragamuffin or worse) with a flair for picking locks with a hairpin to do when it comes across such a chance in a million? Like witty, winsome Oscar used to say, ‘L’unico modo per liberarsi dalla tentazione è cedere.’ Only he said it in English. Oh! By the way, the entries have been bowdlerised. So no harm done… except to some.

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EOI Levels

Just in case you’re wondering what a B2 Upper- Intermediate student is, here’s a list of the EOI levels:

  • 1st year: A1 Beginner

  • 2nd year: A2 Elementary

  • 3rd year: B1 Pre-Intermediate

  • 4th year: B1 Intermediate

  • 5th year: B2 Upper-Intermediate

  • 6th year: B2 Advanced.

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