Daily Archives: 24 December 2019

Frozen Medley by Oxford’s Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is Oxford University’s award-winning all-male a cappella group. At Christmas every year, the group releases a charity single for the benefit of Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice. It provides end-of-life and bereavement care to children and young adults, and to their families.

The 2019 single is a medley  of songs from Frozen and Frozen 2.

You can download the single from Bandcamp. The list price is £1.50 ($1.94), but you can pay more if you’d like to increase your contribution to the hospice.

Minor note: Good medley, but why on earth did they chop off the end of “Let It Go” without singing that final killer line: “The cold never bothered me anyway “?


Seen on the sidewalk on my way to lunch:

Pho 14 — Lunch on 24 December 2019

Pho 14

Pho 14

I hadn’t planned to go out for lunch on the day before Christmas.

When I started to review my “Xmas To-Do” list, though, I realised that I had to make a final run to Giant to pick up a few ingredients that I’d somehow overlooked. And I had to do it now, because I was planning a high-end elegant gourmet tres-fancy meal, and those Gorton’s Breaded Seafood Fishsticks take all night to defrost.

I’d heard good things about Pho 14, the little Vietnamese restaurant about a block from the supermarket, and decided to give it a try. There was a time when I practically lived on Vietnamese food, but over the past few years, without really thinking about it, I’ve become more likely to opt for Thai. Pho 14 would remind me of what I’d been missing.

Combination Platter

Combination Platter

I had the Combination Platter, with stir-fried beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp. Nicely done, very filling, and much better than fishsticks.