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Tuesday, 28th August, 2012
I thought I'd have a go at making a couple of Bacon Explosions for a bbq yesterday. Naturally, I photographed each step:

1. Bacon weaves made. Any trimmed bacon is thrown in a frying pan.

2. Weaves are covered in BBQ rub (Tesco's own).

3. About 20 sausages have their meat removed and spread over the weaves (I couldn't find any appropriate sausage meat).

4. The fried bacon is chopped into bits and spread over the top with BBQ sauce (Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce) and more of the rub.

5. The sausage meat is rolled up and the ends pinched down.

6. The weaves are rolled up and sealed at the ends.

Before cooking I added more of the BBQ sauce and rub. Unfortunately they were so delicious that they were eaten before I could take any photos of the finished product!


Friday, 3rd February, 2012
I've updated my quarters so that they link to BellBoard rather than Campanophile for those that know the record in BellBoard to link to.

Oh yes, and my new blogger-less blog seems to be working.


Saturday, 3rd April, 2010
First post in ages

Aaagh, it's all gone a bit weird. Christ's biscuits. Where do I begin?

Ok, how do you feel about the forthcoming election? Ok, a change is good - but will it be the right change? A Tory government? A hung parliament? Both sound awful. Or it could be the turning point this country so desparately needs. A handy and contrived metaphor for the rest of my life.

First of all, this is probably (statistically likely that is, seing as my last post was almost 18 months ago) my last post via In their infinite wisdom, they've decided to disable posting via ftp, which is pretty much how the blog part of this site works. So it's up to me to devise some clever strategy of keeping this site alive. Probably involving some sort of twitter feed, or something. We'll see.

In other news, my time is being taken up by work (honestly), Welsh Colleges (exciting new developments to the website coming soon), and the St Albans District newsletter (the last year I'm doing this). But more and more so by being Deputy Master of the St Albans Cathedral Society of Change Ringers. This is due to a) The Master of the St Albans Cathedral Society of Change Ringers (my father) having undergone coronary artery bypass surgery this year, exposing pre-exisitng Parkisons in the process, pretty much meaning I've taken on that role myself, b) An already minimal band being exacerbated by the sad and sudden death of one of our ringers and c) The existing bells being removed just after Easter, and a new ring of bells being installed in time for Christmas.

Oh yeah, and despite my brain's limitations, I'm going to move on from Smith's to Chandler's (bellringy stuff to those that are wondering).

So the year so far has been painful yet exciting, and looks to be hard work yet rewarding. Dr Who is looking to be excellent. This post brought to you with the aid of a bottle of Trapache Sauvignon Blanc. I love you all.


Tuesday, 14th October, 2008
More boring peal stats....

I've reduced the lists of statistics to just show the top few, but added a link to view the full details (in case anyone's really interested). I've also added in a list of my top tenor ringers, and am rather surprised to find myself at the top.


Tuesday, 30th September, 2008
Seen at Kings Cross

I saw this while walking through the relatively new St Pancras station at King Cross a while ago:

St Pancreas Sign

St Pancreas Sign - Zoomed

Now, I can imagine visitors to the city thinking it might be "St Pancreas", but you'd think the person writing the sign would at least know the name of the place where they work....