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I have to hand it to Oliver Peyton, the Marmalade Cake is a real winner. All round, it’s a brilliant book.

Staff meeting yesterday lunchtime, plus S had her last day as placement student with us. Made more cake to keep us going through the talk of AQP progress.

Though the Chocolate Marble Cake was popular last week, the vote went to the Marmalade Cake. This time I substituted Lemons and Lime instead of Oranges, and Rose’s Lime Marmalade instead of Frank Cooper’s Oxford.

And it disappeared in half the time. Last week’s lasted just over a day, yesterday it went in under three hours. So, that is now my signature cake.

I did a tray of Brownies too, but they were less popular. They did turn out a little dry though, having had maybe five minutes too long in the oven. Only a quarter of them have gone. Maybe they were just sated after the cake; any left at the end of today aand I know not to make those again.

I had assumed that the chocolate cakes would always be the more popular; a department of more sophisticated tastes though, and the sharper, zestier flavour of the citrus cakes win though every time (B finds the same with her Lemon Drizzle Cake alwats being very popular)

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Another day of continuous rain so no prospect of getting out on the bike. Went into London and had a wander round the British Museum in the morning, having a look at some of the History of the World in One Hundred Objects, particularly the stone axes and hand chipping tools.

In the Afternoon I went over to the NHM to have a look at the new Darwin Centre – not knowing that you have to book tickets. From the outside the building, the cocoon especially, is stunning. I look forward to the next time I have some time off and I’ll remember to book before going.

Between the two I popped in to Foyles. Big mistake, as they had the -hot off the presses- Oxford Handbook of the Auditory Sciences. I was seriously tempted by this, but in the end I resisted temptation and restricted myself to just Volume Two, The Auditory Brain. Volumes One and Three will have to wait until next month.

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