John Hawkins



Dr John Hawkins

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Recent Entries:
Lincoln's Inn Fields
Fox, Cava, Tarp
Beans
Clock Tower
Birthday
Sunday
Brent Cross and Environs
East Meon
Heath with Christian
Wednesday
Tuesday
Monday
Belgravia in the Car
Pink Sky on the Heath
Small Beer
Boundary Stones
Car, Budget, Girl's Day
Tuesday
March
Sunday
Saturday
Spring Springing on the Heath
Flowers and Heath
Boots
Fourrier Bourgogne Rouge
Monday
Daffodil
Saturday

Lincoln's Inn Fields
[Friday 19th March 2021]
Took the afternoon off work and walked down to Lincoln's Inn Fields to meet Andrew.
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Fox, Cava, Tarp
[Thursday 18th March 2021]
Somehow a fox got into our garden this afternoon Spanish food and Cava for dinner. Put up a tarp in the lounge later on in the evening.
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Beans
[Wednesday 17th March 2021]
Bulk order of beans, lentils etc from Hodmedod's arrived today.
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Clock Tower
[Tuesday 16th March 2021]
Erika and I finished off the Lego Hogwarts Clock Tower this evening.
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Birthday
[Monday 15th March 2021]
My birthday today. Took the afternoon off work, went for a walk to the heath, then when I got back had black forest gateau with the girls, and in the evening started building the Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower with Erika.
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Sunday
[Sunday 14th March 2021]
Not much to report. Tulips started flowering in the garden.
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Brent Cross and Environs
[Saturday 13th March 2021]
Erika's Japanese school was back to having lessons in person today, so we drove her there in the car, and Chie and I hung around in the area until pick up time. It was a bit dull. Later on I headed to the heath.
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East Meon
[Friday 12th March 2021]
A glass of East Meon in the garden to round off the working week.
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Heath with Christian
[Thursday 11th March 2021]
Met Christian for some wine on the heath.
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Wednesday
[Wednesday 10th March]
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Tuesday
[Tuesday 9th March 2021]
Had some breaky bottom in the garden.
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Monday
[Monday 8th March]
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Belgravia in the Car
[Sunday 7th March 2021]
First drive in our new car. Went down to Belgravia for pizza from Oliveto followed by gelato from Olivogelo.
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Pink Sky on the Heath
[Saturday 6th March 2021]
Went to the heath to catch a bit of the sunset towards the end of the day.
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Small Beer
[Friday 5th March 2021]
Worked quite hard today, and was still going at 5:30, which is unusual for a Friday. Tortelloni for dinner (we'd had an Ocado delivery the day before).

Tried "Small Beer" this evening, a brand I'd had my eye on for some time, and discovered this week that Ocado sold it. I thought their lager tasted pretty good and is only 2.1% ABV. Although at 11.99 for 6 350ml bottles (5.70 a litre) they must be making good profits on it (and for once it doesn't seem to be any cheaper anywhere else than it is at Ocado). At current duty rates, were that bottle a 5% beer it would incur 33 pence of duty. However there's a different band below 2.8%, and so the duty here is just 6 pence. Much higher margins on an already premium priced product. Once taxes are made (and ignoring retailer margins) they'll make 4.61 per litre. Compare that to something generic like Foster's, as sold in a 4x440ml pack at Ocado (3.60), at 4% ABV means the cost per litre without any taxes is 1.07. That's quite a difference!

Small Beer as a company only makes beer at 2.8% or lower, and what initially sounds like a laudable attempt to make decent tasting beer without some of the downsides of typical ABV levels actually starts to sounds more like a shrewd business opportunity.
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Boundary Stones
[Thursday 4th March 2021]
In the interest of trying to make my walks to Hampstead Heath a bit different, today I went looking for the boundary stones I'd seen marked on the Ordnance Survey map.
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Car, Budget, Girl's Day
[Wednesday 3rd March 2021]
A lot on today - we bought a car, the budget (thankfully nothing bad for me) and also it was Girl's Day in Japan.
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Tuesday
[Tuesday 2nd March 2021]
Quick check on the cherry tree. Not much more progress.
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March
[Monday 1st March 2021]
So it's March then.
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Sunday
[Sunday 28th February 2021]
Took Erika to a playground for a while in the morning. Tidied up the wine racks in the cellar a bit. Later on I went for a walk to the heath.
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Saturday
[Saturday 27th February 2021]
Yet again the heath.
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Spring Springing on the Heath
[Friday 26th February 2021]
Yet another early evening stroll to the heath, and definitely starting to feel like spring is springing now.
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Flowers and Heath
[Thursday 25th February 2021]
Yet another similar set of daily photos - checking up on the garden earlier on in the day, then later on a walk to the heath.
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Boots
[Wednesday 24th February 2021]
Cleaned my walking boots today.
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Fourrier Bourgogne Rouge
[Tuesday 23rd February 2021]
Some Fourrier Bourgogne Rouge arrived today, and I went for a late afternoon / early evening stroll on the heath.
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Monday
[Monday 22nd February 2021]
Just a quick early evening walk to the heath after work.
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Daffodil
[Sunday 21st February 2021]
First daffodil flowered.
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Saturday
[Saturday 20th February 2021]
Checked on the state of the flowers in the garden then a walk to the heath later on.
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