There is no news today.

Guardian 3There is no news today on account of the fact that I do not do polls.

Someone do something. Please.

I mean, seriously. I’m on the brink of joining Fathers for Justice and performing a naked stunt on the Commons roof terrace, before the Parliamentary authorities fence it in.

If nothing happens at PMQs today, I’m replacing Lib Dem Voice with pictures of kittens and the highlights from Hi! Monkey.

While we’re waiting, I need to learn to cook. I only have hobs and a tiny combo Microwave & convection oven / grill. What do you recommend?

UPDATE: News! At last. Courtesy of Richmond Liberal Democrat council group. Well done you.

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  • I will forward you some pics of the cats that used to live upstairs when they were babies…. They were cute, honest.

    You need to learn to cook. To be blunt, how bad are you? can you make a white sauce? Can you make a basic tomato sauce for pasta? How good do you want to be?

    Polls. Hmm. What about Poles? That provides a tenuous link to Labour’s immigration controls of new EU states…….

  • White sauce – no. Tomato sauce – no. I don’t believe I’ve ever prepared pasta either. Though I can oven bake a Sainsbury’s frozen lasagne like some sort of culinary genius.

    Ooh! I have found some news!

  • I remember when safeways gave you paper bags anyway…..

    Do you have any cookbooks?

  • Peter Hartwell 25th Oct '06 - 12:10pm

    Pity you don’t do polls when there are so many poll junkies out here.

    All pollsters seem to agree/accept a “margin of error” of around 4% which makes today’s ICM poll quite interesting. Focus editors can point out that the “margin of error” could mean that we are ahead of Labour making us the main challengers to the Tories.

    Those who vote Tory simply to keep Labour out may then have to think again!

    Anyway, when are we going to have another Westminster by election so we can prove that the polls have, as always, underestimated the amount of LbDem support?

    Any clairvoyants or “Westminster watchers” who can give us an idea where we can expect to elect our next woman M.P. in another “shock byelction result” ?

  • Blair batted away Ming’s questions just now.

    Kittens it is.

    PS – I have Delia’s ‘How to Cook’ book 1

  • Right – going to email you kitten picks – at least they are “liberal democats”…

    Delia – not a fan…. At lot of her recipes are pants. If you you really are clueless I suggest the new Jamie Oliver (mind you his italian is pretty easy too), and helping other people to cook too – like going to the parental abode and beaing commis-chef (doing the veg etc), while observing those who can cook.

    Half the battle is a bit of confidence – once you’ve got that you’ll be off.

  • BBC (and its viewers) were pretty complimentary about Ming.


  • Stephen Glenn 25th Oct '06 - 1:45pm

    I was surrounded by Poles as usual on the bus into work this morning. So was quite releived to read about the Polls in the paper.

    Having seen my MP in the last week looking as sprightly as ever I don’t think there be a by-election up here. Just as well as were only a year after the one next door and only 9 months after the one across the Forth.

    I agree with Will Grub on a Grant was an excellent source book for the aspiring kitchen Virgin, then you can progress unto Uncle Jamie, Auntie Delia et al.

  • Rob Fenwick 25th Oct '06 - 2:17pm

    “If you somehow managed to avoid cooking as a student” – I did. Because I managed to avoid being a student. I shall look in to all of these suggestions. Many thanks.

    I shall do something with the kitten photos – maybe something with photoshop. I am yet to decide, but thankyou.

  • hywelmorgan 25th Oct '06 - 4:38pm

    Neil – keep a load of plastic bags in your car to use when you do go shopping is my solution (now replaced by the rotating supply of reusable bags)

    Of course I am assuming you have a car!

    You can now be incentivised to do this by the magnificent 1 Clubcard point per bag reused (at Tesco at least). If reuse 500 bags (which will only take me about four years I will get £5 off my shopping!)

    The other way of avoiding carrier bag use is to not let the staff in Tescos pack for you – they usually put what seems like a maximum of three items per bag and even put prepacked meat into a seperate bag for no reason I can easily identify.

  • Duncan Borrowman 25th Oct '06 - 5:38pm

    > going to the parental abode and beaing commis-chef (doing the > veg etc), while observing those who can cook.

    Are you dropping hints about my offspring?

    (p.s. I have more pics of the same kittens, you could regret this)

  • Learn to cook – easy just go look at


  • Still no kitty pix……

    …….am distressed…..

    …..borrowman, was a comment re: you AND your offspring….

  • They’re coming, they’re coming, I’m just… busy…

  • A Shadowy Figure 28th Oct '06 - 11:38am

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