Soya Bean Elena

Bought these seeds at Homebase 2 weeks back. They are doing really well it seems. I will be planting them out in the next couple of weeks. I am struggling to find record of anybody else who has successfully grown these in the UK. Anybody out there?


Dear (ex) Employer (thank the lord),

Here is what I think of you……

You seem to suffer from a disease of the brain. Stupidity and hotheadedness doesn’t cover it. You are a little man with delusions that you are some sort of God, clever and powerful and respected by all. How wrong you are. This is characteristic of your syndrome, ‘little man syndrome’. 

Firstly, you are not clever. All of your letters have to be rewritten before sending, and everyone who reads your pathetic attempts laughs at you behind your back. Our favourite example of your illiteracy and inability to talk properly is your constant use of the word Pacific, when you mean specific. Also, there is no such thing as a learning circle, and your inappropriate overuse of the word ‘organic’ in every sentence because you think it makes you sound clever is just laughable. 

Secondly you are not powerful. You confuse this term with ‘wealthy’. Having money that has derived from you conning vulnerable young adults out of extortionate amounts of money to live in leaky, mouldy hovels your dad acquired with a few pennies before you were born, does not make you powerful. People see that you have money, and perhaps conduct business with you because of this fact, but not because you have any power or control over them. These same people laugh at you behind your back and comment on your incompetence at the simplest tasks, and speak of your aggressive outbursts as though you were merely an irritating fly. You think you are the most important person in Leeds, that your empire will expand and you will become even more highly respected than you already think you are. I wish you luck with that. You may have the resources, but this also requires a brain, contacts, luck and popularity. Left to your own devices you would run your own business into the ground, and I sincerely hope this happens one day. 

All you are is a nasty, bitter little man. You paid everybody else the week before Christmas. You paid inexperienced staff 50% more than you said you’d pay me despite my 7 years of experience, because the inexperienced one has fake boobs. Shallow.

But here’s where karma comes into play. I have acted above board throughout, doing my job really well, being punctual, working overtime, acquiring business, giving you notice even though you never gave me a contract, and leaving graciously without a bitter word. You on the other hand, have not paid me yet, despite your handwriting being all over the payslip you sent me, saying you would pay me on 27th December. That’s nasty in itself, when everybody else gets paid before Christmas, but then not paying me AT ALL, despite this evidence, that’s just sloppy. You think you’ve won, sat on that beach in Dubai with your family, but you haven’t, yet. I have enough to take you to court and sue the pants off you. And I intend to.

Karma is a bitch, and I love her for it.

Happy New Year, arsehole.  

After a month of sobriety, I managed to raise £155 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a good achievement I think. But more importantly, are the lessons I learned as a result of this challenge. Whilst I know I will never be teetotal, I have learnt that it is far better to enjoy an expensive, good quality bottle of wine on a weekend and look forwards to it and the social situation in which it is drunk, than to buy cheaper wines and consume throughout the week. Spending my weeks with a clear head has, and will continue to be a blessing. This month I have saved a tonne of money in my ISA for a holiday this December, I have embarked on two new hobbies – blogging and art, and I have kept on top of my busy working life, successfully fitting in two jobs and keeping on top of my uni work. Before this experience, I’d have procrastinated from doing anything I considered a challenge, preferring to whittle away my evenings watching mind-numbing television or reading a trashy novel whilst drinking cheap plonk. So, as my new life is thanks to the charity fundraising challenge I undertook in October, I’d like this opportunity to say Thank you to Macmillan for their genius. Whilst Macmillan raised over £1.5million from their campaign, what they have actually done is inadvertently change the lives of those who welcomed the challenge. Next year, I will welcome the challenge with open arms, and encourage as many other people as possible to do the same.

Emma x

23 days down (22 actually – will explain shortly) and 8 to go. £85.00 raised for a brilliant cause.

Sobriety was going really well, until Sunday. I was working my seventh day of the week at the champagne bar when the chef announced he’d created some new sorbets for the christmas menu he’d like us to try. I’m always a fan of free food so was willing to help him out. The sorbet was delicious, a sharp rasperry flavour, a bright blush pink colour and a warm aftertaste…..uh-oh…..

“Chef, what’s in this please?”

“Well, it’s raspberry margarita sorbet…so tequila of course!” he replied.


So that’s how I slipped up. By accidentally consuming alcohol disguised as a dessert. Feeling guilty, I vowed to keep to the challenge rules by purchasing a golden ticket for myself – a minimum £15 donation that allows the ticket holder (me) to drink alcohol on a specified date during the month without cheating or failing the challenge. Feeling that £15 was an awful lot of money for a teaspoonful of alcoholic sorbet, I made the decision to have a couple of glasses of wine. After all, I’ve been working 7 days a week at two jobs and studying for my Psychology degree, I surely deserved a treat after three weeks of sobriety?

Anyhow, this week is a new week and I am of course back on the sober bandwagon until the end of the month. Being £15 away from the £100 mark is frustrating at this stage of the challenge. Still, there’s 8 days to go and I can be persuasive :-).



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