Eating and Drinking: wine food beer cooking Italy-Italia Journal Language Thoughts

Shopping list? Dinner menu?

Doing the shopping the other day, the shop owner gave me this 5 euro note, saying it had been going in and out of his till for a week or so! (It’s a small village) It says: Eats only mozzarella di bufala campana – or is it the imperative Eat only mozzarella di bufala campana . . . who knows?

It reminded of a friend at university whose parents would occasionally send him some cash with the notes carefully inscribed with the legend:‘For food NOT beer!’


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 Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 201 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 202 posts. There were 308 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 191mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 8th with 184 views. The most popular post that day was Remake of classic science-fiction.

Where did they come from?

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

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, rowland jones italy, rowland jones, sherlock holmes syndrome, and sherlock syndrome.

Attractions in 2010

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


Remake of classic science-fiction November 2010


Rowland Jones December 2008


‘My Imaginary Lives’ August 2010


What is RAM? April 2010


RAM Exhibition April 2010


Typnig errors . . .

For those of you who quite understandably don’t recognise the hunter with binoculars, that phrase should read: ‘hunt and peck’ usually ‘ . . . and miss’ . . . . well,  it was early in the day . . . .


RAM on canvas

For a while I have been planning, and preparing to do some work on canvas: I’m pretty pleased with this . .


RAM notebooks now available!

Yesterday it finally arrived the proof copy of RAM reallyaccessiblememory notebook. I’m, really pleased with it. But, you may ask, what is it exactly?

Well it’s essentially an 80 page notebook: with a cover which pays more than a little homage to my favourite Moleskine ! ! ! AND to help you get over the blank page fear, or maybe just to inspire or entertain you (hopefully) there’s already ‘stuff’ in it.  There are around a dozen pages of text – things that have amused me and hopefully that will amuse you, and through the rest of the book there are quotes, sketches, photos and newspaper extracts. You can get the book from here. Hope you like it!