We booked 10 days in advance for the last slot available for a Sunday roast.
When you love a Sunday dinner as much as I do, particularly my mam’s roast chicken, going out for one always comes with an element of risk. A risk, perhaps, that will never live up to that singular example of a dinner because each parent’s/family favourite Sunday lunch has a beloved uniqueness.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Sunday roasts are a top-tier meal to treat yourself – if they are good they are very, very good and if they’re the other end of the scale they are usually ‘meh.’ Recently I tried out a Sunday roast that’s quite hard to book in for to see if it lived up to delicious expectations or if it was over-egged on the Yorkshire pudding front.
Forage Farm Shop and Kitchen, just a stone’s throw from Cowbridge, is somewhere with a reputation for delicious local fresh food (and it does, I’ve visited before) but to get in there for a Sunday lunch you have to make sure you book in really good time to get a table big enough and a slot that’s not pre-midday, when personally I prefer to still be supping coffee cwtched up under a blanket.
Japan just found 7,000 islands it didn’t know it had
Japan has recounted its islands – and discovered it has 7,000 more than it previously thought.
Digital mapping by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) recently found there to be 14,125 islands in Japanese territory, more than double the figure of 6,852 that has been in official use since a 1987 report by Japan’s Coast Guard.
However, the GSI this week stressed that the new figure reflected advances in surveying technology and the detail of the maps used for the count – it did not change the overall area of land in Japan’s possession.
It said that while there is no international agreement on how to count islands, it had used the same size criterion as the previous survey 35 years ago.
That entailed counting all naturally occurring land areas with a circumference of at least 100 meters (330 feet).
The new number does not include any artificially reclaimed land.
The islands surrounding Japan have been at the heart of several territorial disputes.
Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a dispute that dates to the end of World War II, when Soviet troops seized them from Japan.
Japan also says it has a historical claim to the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which it currently administers, but China has repeatedly challenged that claim.
Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea remain locked in a more than 70-year dispute over the sovereignty of a group of islets known as Dokdo by Seoul and Takeshima by Tokyo in the Sea of Japan, which Korea calls the East Sea.
Yosemite National Park to partially reopen after 3-week closure
Yosemite National Park will begin to reopen Saturday with limited access and hours, the US National Park Service has announced. The park remains closed today.
The popular park, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, was closed because of a series of damaging storms that have swept across the region in recent weeks.
Charles and Camilla
Britain’s King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, have been married since 2005. They reportedly met at a polo match in 1970 and became friends when Charles was a prince.
When Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1971, Camilla married cavalry officer Andrew Parker Bowles.
Charles married Diana Spencer in 1981 but then admitted in 1994 that he had been having an extramarital affair with Camilla. Diana confirmed his infidelity and her own the following year.
Camilla got a divorce in 1995, and Charles and Diana divorced in 1996. Camilla all but vanished from public life at the time as public and media support swung behind Diana.
In 1999, Clarence House embarked on a program to reintroduce Camilla to the public with a carefully orchestrated first appearance with Charles outside the Ritz Hotel in London.
Six years later, their decades-long love story culminated in a wedding that had the consent of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Camilla was confirmed as Charles’ official consort and future queen.
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