I thoroughly recommend the Privacy bloc


So Saturday the 20th has arrived. I can’t recall how many blocs I have been invited to

Justice bloc

NHS bloc

Animal Rights bloc

Housing bloc

Queer bloc

Green bloc

Climate bloc

Unite bloc

Student bloc

Trident bloc

Squatters bloc

No more deaths of our street bloc

Anti racist bloc

Anti war and peace bloc

Womans bloc

Feminist members bloc

International bloc

But for me if I were to go at all it’s all about the Privacy bloc. We are not talking blac bloc here. We’re not talking about people that want to go and get spikey and smash things up. Covering my face is about my human right. If I feel that the when the state is doing something wrong I have the right as a human being to stand up against those wrong doings. But by standing up to the injustices doesn’t make you a criminal and we should not be treated as such. The state has no right to single you out as a person whom they should keep tabs on, record your movements, track your car just because you don’t fall into line and stand up to state oppression. You should be able to stand up against a wrong doing as a citizen and this doesn’t give the right for the state to punish you as an individual. Your freedom of movement and your rights of association are yours and yours only.

See the other thing about the privacy bloc is it should be all the blocs.

St Pauls 11.30 Privacy bloc. See you there or should I say won’t see you there.

A Hampstead Mum


Ginger Fetish


Last weekend I went to a country show which was as much traumatic as it was fascinating, entertaining and educational. there was the dog and duck show and there were a lot of tractors. It was most definitely a mixture of Made in Chelsea meets Coventry. And plenty of real ale was being drunk in the tent whilst large beautiful onions and sheep were being judged at either end of the field. The educational bit being a stand showing the kids where their food came form which was the best bit for me as we keep on hearing of the lost connections we just need to put it where the kids can see it.

Talking of where you food comes from I learnt that one local ginger product contained ginger from China. Now that’s a rather large carbon footprint for some crystallised ginger sold as a local product,  Anyway aside from that little fact his stuff was amazing, ginger syrup, crystallised ginger,some thing combining the 2 and  ginger marmalade. I had always had crystallised fruit down as them soft jelly fruity things in the shape of the fruit that they tasted of. All laid out in a crinkly plastic and i always related to old relatives.  But these were amazing. My sister and I bought some ginger syrup, ginger marmalade and when we got home research how to make crystallised ginger.

OMG it is so easy. Today as a distraction tactic I decided to give it a go and it is so easy, exciting, tasty and omg lush. And the transition from a raw ginger root to crystallised ginger was a visual dream. And it made the house smell amazing.

I took a IIb of ginger which cost me about £2 if I had picked that up down the East end instead of Hampstead would have been much cheaper.I peeled it and sliced it up in 3/4mm slices and I place it in a pot with 5 cups of water, covered the pan and boiled till it was soft.


I drained the ginger but kept the juice, Weighed the ginger and weighed the same amount of sugar returning them to the pan adding a little of the liquid reserve.Heating it adding a little more reserve and then reduced still it till it become a bubbling syrup stirring all the time.

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Then it starts turning and the crystals appear very quickly. Keep stirring all the time.

Empty the contents on to a cooling tray with a sheet of grease proof paper. Leave cool and separate the crystallised  ginger from the excess ginger sugar. Haven’t used this yet but I can think of a hundred things the sugar can be used for.


But the crystallised ginger is out of this world and the kids agree. WINNER !!! Now to find ginger that hasn’t got a massive carbon foot print.

Hampstead mum