Four Countries, Two Days

Hi all!

Sorry for my absence! I have been away for the past few days and I am now going away again. Crossing four countries in two days. It sounds way better than it actually is! I left Ireland towards the UK. After that, I took the boat and needed to cross the beautiful country of Wales until I arrived in England. Now, I am just a couple of hours away from flying to Brazil.

It’s quite tiring, but I am not complaining! Just posted this quickly to let you guys know I am still alive and will post some new stuff very soon!

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Backyard Wild Yeast Plum Mead – Part I

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This is a bit of a risky kind of brew, but I will give it a go anyway.

Some fruits come with a natural coat of wild yeast on their skin. This can be beneficial to your brew, but dangerous, because wild yeast can infect your brew.

The way this mead was done was:

  1. Pick the healthier plums from your tree. In this case, I picked them from my own backyard;

  1. See the white coating? This is the wild yeast on the fruit. The aim of this brew is to use that yeast and that alone to kick start the fermentation. This mead is expected to be low in alcohol, so that the fermentation is quick and it gives less times for any infection to develop;

  1. After a quick rinse, the plums are deseeded and quickly hand pulped. This would make homebrewers cringe, but I did sanitize my hands well! Well, back in the day, wine juice was extracted by stepping on grapes, so why not use my hands? Then soak them on a solution of water, honey, lime and lime zest, which was boiled for one hour. Dump the boiling water onto the plums and close the fermenting bin. That’s it. Give it a bit of a mix for the next two days and leave it. A bit of natural selection, after the boiling water in dumped, only the strongest yeast will survive!

Ingredients

  1. 2.5kg of deseeded plums;
  2. 2.5kg of honey;
  3. 13L of water;
  4. Juice and zest of 2 limes;

Updates will follow.

The Ice Bucket Challenge – I did it!

I am glad I took part! If you are part of another charity, please donate a bit extra to them, if you choose to!

This is for ALS awareness and for the nominated people, if you don’t do it in don’t, please donate to the cause!

Esse video e para conscientização de Esclerose Lateral Amiotrofica. Para as pessoas nomeadas, voces tem 24 horas para completar o desafio ou doem para a causa, caso quiserem, claro!

To donate, click here! Para doarem, cliquem aqui!

That’s Where Increased Life Expectancy Was Born

Or with the Oxford group… depends on who you ask!

Due to power failure, I had to walk along Praed St from Edgware Road to Paddington Station and, along the way, this little gem of a place can be seen.

Sir Alexandre Fleming is the person mostly known for the discovery of penicillin,  but the debate that comes with it can be long…. very very long, so I will let you look it up at your own leisure.

I’m lonely in London London is lovely so!

One of my favourite places in the world, London just has everything a person may (or may not) want! Even though I live ridiculously close to it, I must say it has been a while since I’ve been there and, to be really honest, I really miss it!

It is probably the only place in the world that never ceases to amaze me. I’ve been there (as a tourist) well over 100 times and, every single time, I see the same places with completely different eyes, from a different angle that makes it completely different. Maybe none of you will understand me or have a place in the world that you can go many times and still be amazed everytime, well, London is my place!

During the Brazilian Military dictatorship, a very famous brazilian musician called Caetano Veloso was exiled in London, where he composed the following song, that really speaks to me!

Maybe I should do a video with me singing the song…

And it finally happened!!!

For many years, I managed to get tickets for the for some of the world’s best gigs.. U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Simon and Garfunkel’s Reunion, David Bowie, Dylan, McCartney, Harrison, The Police… but I never managed to get tickets to the most wanted of them all… the Rolling Stones. I’ve been chasing that pot o’gold since 1997 Bridges to Babylon tour. Yes, I was a very young Rolling Stones fan. Tickets have never been the most affordable and there were not adults who were willing to take me. What could I do? Ever since then, I’ve been trying to get a hold of a ticket. Sao Paulo, Rio, Dublin, London, Madrid… even Bangkok! Never managed to get a hold of a ticket! In 2006, if I recalled correctly, they played a free concert at Copacabana Beach, where 1.5 million people attended… and I wasn’t there, because I had a fluid mechanics exam. A few times, I queued for several hours, just to find out later that the ticketmaster shop in Ireland opened their doors late. Before opening to the general public, employees were printing tickets for their friends for a profit. When they opened to the public, only the first 5 people in the queue managed to buy them. I was about the tenth in line. I thought that my destiny was to never see them live, after all, 50 and counting, they might be pushing the limit!

The search for the treasure is over! Just 5 minutes ago, I managed to buy 2 tickets for their concert! I am so happy! Rolling Stones, live at Hyde Park, here I come! (With a Bruce Springsteen bonus the week before!)