Monday, July 07, 2008

Daleks and other things

Well I think I've just about recovered from the excitement of the series finale episode of Doctor Who. Sunday was nearly as exciting as I spent most of the afternoon watching probably the best tennis game I've ever seen - Federer v Nadal in the Wimbledon final. I was supporting Federer and it was such a shame for him at the end of the match as he looked absolutely heartbroken. Nadal was amazing and is a worthy Wimbledon champion.

Anyway back to Doctor Who. Whilst my mum taught me the basics of cooking and baking, I've not made icing for years and I had never made buttercream icing before. I did have a ton of fun making them.

Dalek Cake minus plungers as I forgot to buy anything to make them with.

Dalek cake

Dalek biscuits. The icing went everywhere.

Dalek biscuits

Over the past few days there have been a few event anniversaries that have been on my mind. Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the creation of the UK's National Health service. I'm slightly biased as I work for the NHS but I think that inspite of any problems it has, its an amazing organisation. Staff from the NHS helped to bring my sister and I into the world, cured my sister's hip dysplasia as a child, saved my Dad when he nearly died from Cardiomyopathy/heart arhythmias and made sure he stayed alive with life saving drugs. The NHS has helped most of my family in some way - My uncle who's beat the odds and survived more than 5 years post lung cancer diagnosis, My aunt who is now more mobile after knee replacements. I've been helped to become a nurse by lots of dedicated staff and helped by some great physios to get better from my current back problem. All without having to worry about how we will pay for it. Happy birthday NHS, here's to many more.

The second anniversary was on Sunday - 20 years since the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion off the North east Scotland coast. I've lived and worked in Aberdeen where many people from the UK oil industry are based and I worked in the hospital that the victims were taken to, years after the event. Aberdeen is such a small city that everyone knows someone who is in the oil industry and I worked with staff who were in the hospital that day. Its hard to imagine how they coped but coped they did. Hopefully they won't have to do that again.


Leslie said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of your cake and cookies! I looked at the link yesterday and was curious how they'd come out. Where did you find a dalek cookie cutter?!?! The cookies and the cake look like so much fun. I'm behind on the eps and just finished watching 'The Unicorn and the Wasp' - I can't wait to see how this season turns out!

Karoline said...

Great Daleks, they look very yummy. I'm with you on the mens final, I didn't get to watch all of it live as I had to get Rosie to bed so I was glad of the rain delays which meant I could see the final set.

Redwitch said...

Agree with you about the NHS. I work near the South Wales valleys where Ni Bevan began it all. I also work with 'care science' students who are very hard working. Love those Daleks :)

Ruth said...

Love the Daleks... and the tennis too! :)

Seahorse said...

Fabulous daleks! I love the silver balls on the biscuit ones, they look just right.

I'm very impressed with how many socks you've done!!!

stitcherw said...

Fun cookies and cake. We don't have anything like the NHS here, but given all the problems we currently have with our health care system, I sure hope they do something along those lines soon. There are so many people that do without as they can't afford it, it is really sad.

lena-lou said...

Hi Paula, here, here to your comments about our NHS service, I think it is brilliant that we have it and that some people just moan too much and don't stand back, think and appreciate it more !!

Love the Daleks , LOL I must be the only dirty minded visitor LOL as I think it the chocolate cake looks rather phallic, that would go down a treat at an Ann Summers party LOL !! Ahem... sorry to be so cheeky about your cake as I really do think it looks like a Dalek too ;-)) You can delete my comment if you think I am a bit too cheeky or rude with my smutty mind :)
Are you going to the SB Retreat this year?