Tuesday, 20 September 2005


Today has been a good day. Not because the sun has been out, or because I'm taking time out from work and can therefore do my own thing in my own time, but because I've had a couple of eureka moments.

Eureka 1
I've found a builder who is knowledgeable and 'is bovverd'. He was working on a house and I chatted to him. He went on to show me what he'd done and I was very impressed. He spoke with great knowledge of architectural history and construction and, blow me down, didn't speak condescendingly to me either.

Got your number.

Eureka 2
The Plumstead Common Co-Op didn't have a queue. I almost had to pinch myself.

Eureka 3
I discovered that custard can be explosive. It's a great discovery and if you see people with ruck-sacks in Co-Op, emptying the shelves of the great pudding accompaniment, contact your local bobby.


Anonymous said...

The explosivness in Custard is due to the combination of cornflour and sugar. Both of these are highly combustable when in a finely ground state and the dust is released into the atmosphere. Take a quick look across the river, The old flour mill buildings on the Royal docks were built to be bombproof, but not from attack from the inside, the volumes of flour they processed represented an internal expolsion problem. Across the road from here is Tate & Lyle again with a high explosion risk. This is the main reason that there still is a fire station on Silvertown way and it hasn't become part of the cutbacks to the fire service.

Custard (due to the cornflour)also has Thixotropic properties, ie it can exist as both a liquid and a soild. Under normal conditions it is liquid, however appying rapid pressure realigns the bonds within the starch molecules to give it solid properties,as the pressure is released the molecules go back to being losely aligned and reverts to being a liquid, this explains how you can walk on custard. Try punching a small bowl.

chellie said...

Are you John Tickle!!

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