Monday, 31 March 2014



1. a hot oppressive and often dusty wind usually occurring in spring, beginning in Northern Africa and reaching Southern Europe
2. any hot southerly wind, especially one moving to a low pressure centre

We’ve boarded all windows
It’s us alone in months of sirocco
Shadow our saviour
Thick walls our sanity

Sunday, 30 March 2014



one of the five basic tastes, the savoury flavour of glutamates

Lightly poached oysters
Bring a subtle touch of umami
To counterbalance cauliflower

Saturday, 29 March 2014



noisy or rough, especially in resisting restraint or control

She bitterly complains
[Ever the obstreperous one]
About lack of fundamental rights

Friday, 28 March 2014



1. lacking firmness; not strict
2. lacking precision or definition
3. not taut
4. (phonetics) (of a speech sound) pronounced with little muscular effort and consequently having relatively imprecise accuracy of articulation and little temporal duration. In English the vowel i in bit is lax
5. (of flower clusters) having loosely arranged parts

A week later
They droop about
Lax and languid
Blood drops