Happy Birthday, Alan Mathison Turing

100 years ago today, Alan Mathison Turing was born.

One of my all-time heroes. The man who invented computing, the concept of the universal machine you’re reading this on and one of the finest minds ever.

Without him, Britain wouldn’t have survived the German Atlantic blockades and we would very likely been invaded / lost the war.

He was gay and got persecuted by the police and state for it, maybe resulting in his suicide. Or perhaps he was killed by MI5 as a security risk, who knows? I love the fact that the Nazis were dealt a death-strike by a homosexual. Coupled with all the Jewish scientists that fled to work with the Allies, it’s poetic justice.

On top of his supreme geekery, he was also an Olympic-class athlete! Any time I start to feel a bit bigheaded, I think of Alan Mathison Turing and realise what an insignificant, rubbish human being I am in comparison.

Happy Birthday, Alan! Thanks for the computer! And thanks for helping us defeat fascism! <3 <3 <3

Making Parathas With My Mummy

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To go with the parathas, aloo bhaja!

Making Parathas With My Mummy, a set on Flickr.

Yesterday, I popped round my folks’ and got a paratha lesson from my Mummy.

I got quite good at making them about three years ago but then I slacked. And I lost the knack.

Sooo… she took me through it all again, it’s second nature to her after so many decades of cooking for the family. And her parathas are the best I’ve ever had: not too oily, not too dry. Just right.

I’m going to try to keep making them now, just to keep my hand in. Next task: get good at chicken curry again! 😀