News stories

Here's a few news stories from me

Auntie Wendy MBE!

posted 31 May 2012, 16:18 by John Barber   [ updated 31 May 2012, 16:22 ]

Here is my Aunt Wendy receiving her MBE from Princess Anne.
Proud of you Wend.

Adventures in unemployment

posted 22 Oct 2011, 02:39 by John Barber   [ updated 28 Oct 2016, 14:55 ]

2011: A scheme called voluntary redundancy was offered and I decided now was a good time.
This allows me to do what I want, when I want and gives me an opportunity to go travelling.

First stop was Barcelona, Spain. My first stay in Spain.

[Update July 2012]
Subsequently, I have been to visit my buddies in Vancouver and Switzerland, and been travelling to South America with mother.

You only get one shot at life so you have to make the best of it!

Pics are now on flickr

2016: I handed in my notice so am now servicing my notice period:

Now currently working through the curriculum

Blackberry problems :)

posted 19 Dec 2010, 08:22 by John Barber   [ updated 19 Dec 2010, 08:24 ]

The One Ronnie has trouble with his Blackberry

NFL (that's American Football)

posted 1 Nov 2010, 08:15 by John Barber   [ updated 31 May 2015, 14:08 ]

Yo 49ers!!
So having the taste of a live NFL game after going to the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa, I got tickets to the Bronocs-49ers game at the new Wembley. It was a pretty awesome show. I was high-fiving everyone after every touchdown like you do!

Anyway here are the photos from the day:

Come Dine With Me 2 : Garry's

posted 5 May 2010, 23:25 by John Barber   [ updated 9 Jun 2010, 13:48 ]

Well I say. It's been a while since the actual day so I have finally got down to writing up a review.
The presentation on the night was excellent. The food was great, mostly. And the entertainment was as always first class.
Starter was a combination of nibbles. Fried bread with chorizo, nachos with meat/cheese & cerrano ham salad. All ok but nothing too adventurous.
Main course was a Mexican(?) dish chimchanga with chicken. This was ok but Garry managed to balls up the rice.
Pudding was a spot on Tiramisu which for some reason I thought was Greek! I have been corrected. Muto bene!
And afterwards, instead of going out, we replayed the diary room vids and played scrabble. No guesses the winner ;)
So all in all a great one from G Man!
Starter 7
Main 6
Desert 10
Presentation 8
Entertainment 8

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posted 26 Apr 2010, 01:58 by John Barber   [ updated 19 Oct 2015, 08:25 ]

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Bike riding again

posted 10 Apr 2010, 12:04 by John Barber   [ updated 31 May 2015, 14:12 ]

Now we are getting some good quality weather, I'm out riding tomorrow with one of my relatives.
We will be setting off at 8am! Yes that's going to be quite an achievement for me I can tell you!!!
About 20 miles around south/east Leeds towards the River Aire - Calder navigation.

Come dine with me, Round 1

posted 28 Mar 2010, 14:19 by John Barber   [ updated 28 Mar 2010, 14:35 ]

Here's my thoughts on round one, hosted by me.
I was keen to do this as I haven't really done anything like that before so I was looking forward to it.
The preparation went well but I was disappointed that the guest re-arranged the start time from 6pm to 7:30pm and then turned up at 7:45pm!
Obviously, I couldn't start cooking until they arrived so I was getting pretty hungry myself.
The starter, balsamic mushrooms is something that is quick and easy and I have tried a couple of times. I think it's tasty and can even be eaten cold, but maybe I over did it with the Vinegar/Wine. Anyway, I would give myself 7/10 for that.
Main course, turkey/apricot bake, done with chicken instead. This was done well and well received. I would give myself full marks 10/10 for this. Tip for next time would be to soak the apricots to soften them a bit.
Pudding. I really wanted to do a jelly but because of ingredients and timings, decided to just do blackberries in Cassis. Pretty plain and simple but no one liked it except me. Oh well. 5/10. Gonna practice making jelly for next time.
Presentation. I impressed myself by getting the house fairly presentable. Need to keep it up! 8/10 for effort.
Entertainment. I put some music on my Mac which went well but didn't have a lot else. Oh, I almost forgot. I did a menu and prepared a diary room for the guest to pass comments. That was good so maybe not so bad on the entertainment. But did we really need to go out? If the guys would have preferred to stay in then I would have seen that as total success. Just showing a few holiday snaps of New York was not really going to cut it. 6/10.
Starter 7
Main 10
Desert 5
Presentation 8
Entertainment 6
Let's see how Garry does next round!

New York trip

posted 1 Mar 2010, 16:13 by John Barber   [ updated 25 Feb 2013, 15:39 ]

Back from snowy New York after a week long vacation.
Spent lots of dollars but managed to buy a few things and visit some famous places...
  • Helicopter ride over Manhattan
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York Public Library
  • Grand Central Station
  • Tour of Carnegie Hall
  • Tour of Madison Square Garden
  • Top of the Rockefeller Center
  • Natural History Museum

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