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18 December 2005

Uncle Tony

I am now an Uncle! My sister finally gave birth to a lovely 7lb 12oz baby girl at around 09:05 on Saturday, 17th December, 2005. As a result, she will be sharing her birthday with Chris, who celebrated his 25th birthday on the same day. (He actually seems to be quite happy that he’s sharing his special day with my niece, but I guess he’s really thinking that I’ll never be able to forget his birthday...)

For all my broody readers – and there are at least two or three that I can think of – here are some photos:

Five minutes old Fifty minutes old Six hours old with Uncle Tony Seven hours old Tony’s hand, tiny hand One day old with Uncle Tony

My new niece is the most lovely, cute, contented, perfect little baby that I’ve ever seen! Congratulations our kid – I’m well proud of you!

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16 December 2005

Hunger Breaks: Kebab Attack

I’ve got a bit of a reputation for eating kebabs. I love them. In fact, I’ve been known to eat them when sober from a few specially selected “five-star” kebab shops. In my first year at university, Damo challenged me to eat three kebabs in a row. Easy-peasy! I’ve even tried frozen kebabs from the supermarket (which were OK) and packet kebab meat (which was a bit nasty). Naturally, when I saw a new kebab-based product on one of the shelves in Asda, I simply had to try it!

Hunger Breaks: Kebab Attack (1 of 3) Hunger Breaks: Kebab Attack (2 of 3) Hunger Breaks: Kebab Attack (3 of 3)

Kebab Attack is part of the Hunger Breaks range from Crosse & Blackwell. On the surface, this obviously sounds like an ideal snack. Beans are great. Kebabs are great. Therefore, beans and kebab meat must be mega-great. This is simply not so. The kebab meat might look like the doner kebab meat you get down at your local kebab shop but that’s where the similarity ends.

The “Beans” (36%) are fine. They look and taste like baked beans – not Heinz Baked Beanz, but baked beans nevertheless. However, the kebab part of the “meal” is actually made from “Chicken Doner Kebab Pieces” (17%). Now, I like chicken and I eat it quite a lot. I’ve had a lot of chicken kebabs too. However, I don’t eat cardboard – and that’s what this tasted like to me. Little squares of compressed cardboard pumped with water, rusk, chicken fat, potato starch, salt, wheat starch, ground spices and stabilisers. Yum.

So... to summarise:

Make: Crosse & Blackwell
Range: Hunger Breaks
Product: Kebab Attack
Weight: 410g
Price: £0.99
Allergy Advice: Contains Wheat, Gluten and Cardboard

My advice? Don’t bother.

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