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Vodka Martini. Forgot to add that the vodka must be served below water's freezing point. If you are drinking outside this can be done by placing said vodka bottle into a container of greater diameter filled with water. When required, bottle with its icy surround can be transported for up to several hours. Great for beach parties, but not for getting home again.

Jul 29, 2016 at 4:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterAK

Green Sand, 12:37pm: Booths Gin? Flavoured paint-stripper, no wonder he's long, long gone. Did they bury him, or cremate him? If the latter, did the crem explode?

Jul 29, 2016 at 12:51 AM | Registered CommenterSalopian

A long, long gone Chairman I worked for had his own Pink Gin 'formula'

Simply, take two large measures of Booths Gin out of a full bottle, place in two tumblers of ice, leave to chill.

Top up bottle with two similar measures of Campari. Shake bottle, place in fridge.

Drink the two large measures of Booths Gin, neat. Apparently a necessary quality assessment.

I don't know what happened to the Booths/Campari 'mix'. I was never allowed past the original quality assessment.

Magic ex Naval man, called it 'proper pink gin'

Jul 29, 2016 at 12:37 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

We went to Budapest for a long weekend in the early 1990s, down some of the not so busy streets there were still buiet holes ind shell damage clearly visible on buildings, probably true for most ex-communist states at the time. As with your experience in the former Yugoslavia a very striking image which has lasted longer than many others in my memory.

Jul 29, 2016 at 12:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Pcar, 8:38pm: Please remember for a proper Pink Gin, it has to be Navy strength Plymouth Gin, not under-proof London, or other gins; and served with chilled water, not ice.

Jul 28, 2016 at 11:43 PM | Registered CommenterSalopian

AK, the hydropower station on the Krka is probably 15ish miles inland and about hour and a half NW of Split. The original Hydro has been replaced. It was never that big, being a prototype. I have never been down towards Dubrovnik, but the islands around Split have relatively few trees. I am intrigued by your account, as it contradicts what I was told by an East German lady, who I would guess was born in the mid 1950s.

When I was there about 10 years ago, it was explained to me that the war and fire damaged properties still evident, were those owned by non-Croats, either dead, missing, or "reluctant to return".

The waterfalls at Krka are very pretty. They are a series, in a gorge, see Wikipedia. The very high calcium carbonate in the water results in the roots of the reeds becoming fossilised by petrification (if that is the correct terminology) Parts of the waterfall are actually (temporarily) advancing, not receding. I like things that do not behave in accordance with the textbooks!

Jul 28, 2016 at 11:22 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

PCar. Sounds like the best vodka Martini where you pour the best vodka youcan afford into a glass and show the martini bottle to the glass. If you wish to eat at the same time as you drink, add an olive.

Jul 28, 2016 at 9:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterAK

@AK, Jul 27, 2016 at 7:24 PM

But, I can tell you, you can grow tired of eating the best Iowa pork, the best free range Montana beef and Florida stone crab and lobster, year after year.

Yep, as mentioned before - six months living in RB Hotel, I often bought food and asked chef to use it for dinner eg tin of Heinz Baked Beans served on toast, Macaroni Cheese, Spag Bol, Shepherds Pie etc.

Lunch at school was usually a filled wholemeal granary roll from one of the Deli's around School & Edi Uni.

Some evenings I would wait until kitchen closed at 21:00 then make my own dinner.*


*I had access to all "staff/managers/owner only" areas of the hotel including rooms master key & lift-key for access to basements.

Jul 28, 2016 at 8:49 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@AK, Jul 27, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Quinine was the original herbal solution for malaria, made more palatable within the British Empire as Indian Tonic water, diluted with Gin, and sometimes flavoured with Angostura Bitters, another product of South America. Quinine is alkaline, but the extraction process involves acids.

Angostura Bitters: for Pink Gin - a few drops in glass, swirl around to coat interior of glass, drain excess into sink using vigourous flicks, add gin.

Jul 28, 2016 at 8:38 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

golfCharlie. I travelled between Dubrovnik and Split by boat. My recollection was that many of the islands were heavily forested. But it was a few years ago and those brain cells may be long departed. Surely you yotted there?

If the hydroelectric station was visible from the coast it may have been damaged during the Sebian-Croatian war. All down the coast there are ruins of hotels shot up from the sea. Very strange to see war damage in a European tourist destination.

Jul 28, 2016 at 6:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterAK

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