June 8th, 2003

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Finally got over to Oxford for a party at Chris Joseph's, thanks to ewx and lnr for the lift. It's a shame that the swimming pool wasn't usable, but it was still a very enjoyable day. Didn't sleep very well, I think I've lost the knack of getting reasonable sleep on a floor with only a blanket for cover. When we got back to Cambridge, I cycled home and fell asleep. It's odd, there's some Oxford people I seem to meet only at parties, but have been meeting at parties for a number of years. I now look forward to those parties as a chance of catching up with some of those people.

Made a sauce with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, plum jam, vinegar (should have been rice, only had cider), five spice and ginger. The plum jam and vingar really worked for a sweet/sour effect. Used it to deglaze the pan I'd been cooking onions and chicken in, then reduced the sauce. The overall effect was worthwhile.

I also watched the first few episodes of Hikaru No Go, an odd anime that seems largely designed to get people interested in Go. It is a bit slow moving in places, but manages to leave you really desperate to find out how the match left as a cliff-hanger at the end of many episodes finishes. The anime works though, I now feel I should make another attempt to learn how to play Go at least to the poor standard that I play chess.