First time I went to Stamford, near Nottingham, I checked my England travel book for hot tips and they recommended a bakery called Hambleton. The website seemed nice, good looking products. nice reviews on TripAdvisor and a god score on Google Maps. So, I decided to try it and it was amazing!
Back home, I decided to do some extra research on it and found out that they are a small East Midlands chain with one store in Nottingham.
Unfortunately, it is far from my place, but I returned there a few times and always enjoyed their products (even though I would be even happier if I could eat them in, warm and with a cup of coffee). My personal favorites are the Eccles cakes, pecan bun and a cheese and bacon wrap.
A couple of days ago I was searching for a goo Eccles cake, since I am going to visit Lancashire in a couple of weeks and the classic "where to find the best..." search on Google found a page titled "The best Eccles cake in the world!". Excited, I clicked and the page was talking about Hambleton! :) Well... at least I know I can cross that off from my list...
I love Beef Wellingtons! The concept of a thick fillet covered in mushroom sauce and encased in puff pastry is very appealing in itself and it is relatively easy to find decent ones in regular supermarkets.
Sometime time ago, I found G. Kemp & Son near my house. A very good butcher selling a impressively good beef wellington,but I always wanted to try one in a restaurant, which is not easy to find.
After some research, I found some places in London. The first attempt was Riding House Café. Great deception. They were not serving Beef Wellington in the time I came, so I had to improvise. The result was an overpriced hipster meal (fancy names and fancy ingredients) with nothing special to offer.
But the second attempt was spot on! The Grenadier pub. I usually avoid Greene King pubs, but this one seemed to be an exception. All the comments and photos suggested it was a place of good food, so I tried. It was amazing! It does not feel as a Greene King pub, with standardized menus and crappy beers. Actually, the menu is very original and they were offering at least two decent real ales.
As planned, my girlfriend and I ordered two beef wellingtons and they were perfect! The meat, the pastry, the sauce and the gravy. Even the regular vegetables on the side were better than usual (not from frozen apparently). The desert was ok, but the main definitely was worth the visit alone.
Although it is a bit pricey and busy, I strongly recommend The Grenadier if you want to try a Beef Wellington.
A common recommendation for those starting to publish in academic journals is try to go for the journal you read the most. Of course this could mean a highly competitive journal, in which case you may need to consider other options, but the idea behind this advice is that by reading papers from a journal you get familiar with its style, purposes and so on and, therefore, all this would reflect in your paper.
When I heard this advice my computer programmer brain thought: I could write a script to do this for me!
Since I use Zotero and Zotero is a very friendly open source software, I decided to try to write a script in Python that would search its database. After checking the tables, I could identify where the information I needed was (see the query below).
SELECT * FROM itemData INNER JOIN itemDataValues ON itemData.valueID=itemDataValues.valueID WHERE fieldID=12 ORDER BY value
For those interested: 12 is the id for the "publication" field, which contains the title of the journal for "journal article" items.
You can use the query above in any software that can read SQLite (I recommend SQLiteBrowser on Linux). But if you are not experienced with such things, you can just download the script available on my github or here (this link may be outdated).
After unzip it, you will get a .py file. Save it on main Zotero's folder (you will see a zotero.sqlite file in it) and run the script. It depends on some very basic Python library, which I believe are installed in most computers being regularly used. The screenshot below shows the result.
Now, you just need to scroll the list and find the most common journal in your library (pay attention to small variations in the title of the journal - the script is sensitive to them). For me, it was the Educational Studies in Mathematics.
Beamer is a tool to create slide presentations using Latex. Since I was "forced" to use Latex for a project I am involved with, I am trying to use it as much as possible to get acquainted with its quirks; which, by the way, are a lot.
Some time ago I heard of Pandoc. A tool that allows you to export text created with markdown (supposedly the most intuitive way to format text without using an interfaced software such as Libreoffice). The idea of exporting my notes, such as below, directly to a slide(image further down) is very appealing to me, so I decided to combine both to generate a pdf presentation directly from my notes.
## The lesson plans - 12 lessons plans grouped into 3 packs (one per term); - Worksheets + Comments for the teacher + cut-outs; - Topics covered: - equivalent fractions, - comparison of fractions, - addition and subtraction, - mixed numbers and improper fractions, - word problems.
Once you have pandoc and latex (with packages to run beamer) installed, use just have to use the following command to compile the presentation:
pandoc inputfile.md -t beamer -o output.pdf
Basically, pandoc generates a latex file and then uses latex+beamer to create a pdf formatted as a presentation.
The complete presentation can be seen here.