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Breville Active Blend blender or liquidiser!

January 20th, 2015

In an effort to lose weight this year, I’ve stopped drinking Red Bull, cut down on the huge quantities of Diet Coke, stopped eating chocolate bars, and crisps daily….and started to eat daily breakfast!, and to help with breakfast…

I’ve purchased a new gadget, it’s called the Breville Active Blend blender, available from Tescos here, if you can find one, as they seem to be running Out of Stock, as the “New Year Resolution Get Fit Brigade De-Tox for the New Year!”

My Nan use to call them - Liquidisers, the modern name is Blender!

The real benefit of the Breville Active Blend , is you blend in the drinking bottle, so there is very little washing up,

  1. Just add the fruit and liquid to the drinking bottle
  2. Screw on the stainless steel cutting blades cap
  3. Whiz the blender for a 1 minute
  4. Remove the stainless steel cutting blades, run under hot water to clean.
  5. Screw on the drinking bottle cap
  6. Go to work, your done!

Some recipes I’ve been trying out

Green Tea, Spinach & Grape Smoothie

  • 300ml green tea
  • Handful spinach
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Bunch green grapes

Beetroot, Pomegranate & Pineapple Smoothie

  • 250ml pomegranate juice
  • 250ml orange juice
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • 1 beetroot
  • Handful ice


Spinach, Celery and Apple Smoothie

  • 300ml Chilled apple juice
  • 1 Stick of celery, chopped
  • 1 Small apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 Handful of spinach leaves



If you are thinking or purchasing one, remember the additional bottles will cost £10.00 each from Breville direct, if you need more than a single bottle!

there are three versions of the product

Blend-Active® Single Bottle, Product Code: VBL075-01 - RRP £25, available for around £17.50 online.

Blend-Active® with 2 600ml Bottles , Product Code: VBL062-01 - RRP £29, available for around £25 online.

Blend-Active® Family Pack with 2 600ml Bottles, and 2 300 ml Bottles, Product Code: VBL096-01 - RRP £40, available for around £29 online.

(the family pack has the added value of 2  x 600ml and 2 x 300ml bottles, the 300ml bottles are not available separately!)

Blend-Active® 600ml Spare or Replacement Bottle , Product Code: VBL106-01 - RRP £10.

Andy’s Comment, it’s fun, and I get to eat more fruit on the go! The longest part of preparation is cutting up the fruit! Five Stars!

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Andy makes the IT Pro New Year’s Honours List 2015!

January 5th, 2015

I can now reveal that I made the  IT Pro New Year’s Honours List 2015!

it-pro-new-yeare28099s-honours-list-2015ait-pro-new-yeare28099s-honours-list-2015bIT Pro New Year’s Honours List 2015

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O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

January 4th, 2015


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;

The easiest way to get out of the house, recycle and dispose of it!

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Happy New Year 2015 Folks!

January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year 2015 Folks!

and I hope it’s a prosperous one!

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Present from Santa Claus! - a Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

December 29th, 2014

Okay, I bought it for me!

I already own a few DACS, an Arcam Alpha Black Box DAC5, and two Cambridge Audio S700 ISOMagic, the later designed by John Westlake, of Pink Triangle fame, they do not support above 48KHz, (and they are also not portable!) so it was about time to purchase something new and fresh, which supports 88kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz

Enter the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC, which is an external offboard USB DAC for the computer (Windows PC or Apple MAC), also acts as a headphone amp as well, to drive those headphones correctly!

At present offers, more excellent value for money from Richer Sounds (just do not purchase from the Cardiff store - another blog tomorrow on that!).

I’ve just been listening to the excellent detail in Pink Floyd’s - The Endless River (on Spotify!)

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Andysworld Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2014

My last post before Chrimbo!

So…..Merry Christmas, and take some time to spot your name!


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Don’t forget vExpert Application Deadline 12th December 2014!

December 11th, 2014

Merry Chrimbo VMware!

I’m busy st present, migrating virtual machines on VMware vSphere 4.1 from an old Fibre Channel 2GBps SAN, to VMware vSphere 5.5 vSAN.

and I’m wearing…


it makes the migration faster you know!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, No cards this year, Money donated to WaterAid!

December 1st, 2014

I’ve been struggling with a dilemma for many years, on the distribution and needless spend on Christmas Cards at Christmas time each year, this also fueled by the increase costs in posting a Christmas card in the UK,  currently -  (1st Class letter stamp is 62p, and a 2nd Class letter stamp is 53p), I’ll not be adding to Royal Mail’s Profits this year!

After visiting many countries including Africa, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and India, where people in the world don’t have access to safe water. I’ve now made my decision.

This year, I will NOT be sending out Christmas Cards, and the money normally spent on cards and postage is being donated to Water Aid.

Please do not be offended if you do not receive a Christmas Card, but be joyous in the thanks, that the money has gone to provide safe drinking water to those in need, this Christmas!

Here is a virtual one instead….


and let me takes this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Andy, Lindsey, Esther, Angus and Tilly!


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My Birthday Sunday Lunch

November 24th, 2014

A break from Yo Sushi this year….

We returned to Wolds Village, Manor Farm, Bainton, a regular haunt, but we’ve not been there for many years…

I had…

Creamy garlic mushroom pancake for Starters

Vegetable & nut roast with red wine sauce for Main

Toffee Pavlova

and two pints of Wolds Top Ale!

This is the desert I had on my birthday at Wolds Village. Highly Recommended by Andysworld!



and it was bloody smashing food!

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Google wishes me Happy Birthday!

November 23rd, 2014

googlehappybirthday1Even Google know’s it’s My Birthday today!

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