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Watermelons & Big Bang Theory - 6 Aug 2011

A strange mix I know, for those that don't know 1-29 Aug is Ramadan, which I suppose for some parts of London with its new 'Sharia' Law means no eating and drinking whilst the sun is up! Makes me laugh. As I live in a Muslim village, am good friends with the Imam, and this month whilst he is doing his evening shift I am next door in the pub having a beer! The other night whlst I was rehydrating and those partaking in Ramadan were waiting for the allocated time to start there evensong, we were all sat in the pub and a documentary about 'Mecca' is on the telly, so I explain that as I am not a Muslim I am not allowed to go there (I think thats right), to which the rest of the crowd thinks this is quite unfair. Hikmet advises me to grow a beard and they probably won't ask too many questions. The conversation then switches to visiting the 'Vatican', I tell them that I am not sure what the rules are there but since I am not a 'Christian' either I would probably be not to welcome. Now most people in the village know that I don't believe in unicorn's, dragons, or Harry Potter, but were under the presumption that everyone from England (Apart from London) was at least some strand of Christianity. So when I explain that I have studied Physics, so believe more in the scientific method of empirical evidence and such this causes some interest. I try my best to expalin 'Big Bang Theory', and Einsteins 'General Theory of Relativity'. This is quite difficult after a few beers, none of the Maths just the thought experiments. To which I usually get "Ah, but what was there before 'Big Bang'. Now you try explaining in Bulgarian, to Turkish people, that if Einstein is 'correct' in that if space = time and time = space then if space =0, it follows that time =0 and there can be no before. Took me 3 years in University, and I had 10 minutes before the service started!

On to more important things 'Water Melons'. If the only time you have eaten these things is from 'every little helps' you have missed out on a real treat in life. If you do buy them from supermarkets, the trick is to buy the smallest one they have, the huge beachball size fuits are all water and no melon. The ones in my garden I allow to get no bigger than 15cm in diameter. The difference in the taste is amazing, they can be as sweet as honey dew melons, and nearly as refreshing as a cold beer on a hot sunny day.

Here is one of the first ones I have picked this year, next to a mug for scale.

Unfortunately if you live in the UK, you will have to wait for global warming to get a move on before you will be able to grow these or else invest in a poly tunnel or some those magic hydroponic light systems, they take up loads of space, need really rich soil, and plenty of water. They are when eaten stright from the garden worth every effort though.


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