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Cheese on toast with a salsa-style twist! Or Salsa-d Fish! Curious?

Monday, September 24, 2012

I think I have just invented a new recipe!

You see, one of the things I have to avoid with the diverticular disease is seeds.

So no more tinned tomatoes in my pasta sauces, and when I have cheese and tomato on toast I have to dig out all the seeds from each tomato slice before spreading them over my toast, slapping some slices of cheese on top and bubbling it to a golden colour under the grill.

Today I wanted to try and make my own salsa - in order to avoid seeds. The first attempt a few weeks back was somewhat problematic. I followed an Italian recipe and got tomato salad instead. Mental note: remember vinaigrette makes tomato SALAD, not tomato SALSA!



So I bought a beefsteak tomato, and when I got home I de-skinned it by cutting a cross in its base with a knife, putting it into a pint jug and pouring in boiling water, then waiting for a minute until the skin started to peel off.

Carefully, I poured the water down the sink without sending the tomato after it, tipped the tomato into a bowl, and pulled the skin off. Then I chopped the tomato into quarters and spent a pleasant couple of minutes separating it from its seeds using the knife and my fingers - some of them can be quite stubborn! :-) Ugh! Icky stickies! *shudder*

I then popped the flesh into my blender, along with about a dozen fresh basil leaves (I love the flavour, but you may use less), a tablespoon of olive oil, and a diddy bit of sea salt and ground black pepper. Then I whizzed it for one second at a time, testing the consistency after each whizz, until I was happy with the result.

I poured the salsa (can I call it salsa without chilli in it?) into a pot, and popped it into the fridge.

Then I had a thought...

Would the salsa be ok with cheese on toast?

Hmmm...

Could be!

Out came the wholewheat bread slice and the Double Gloucester cheese. Out came the pot of salsa! I toasted the bread lightly, spread half the salsa over the slice, topped it with slices of cheese and grilled it until golden and bubbly.

I grabbed a knife and fork, slipped the slice onto a plate and tucked in. Wow! What a taste sensation! I doubt I'll ever eat a plain tomato with cheese on toast again!

For those who like to live dangerously, make it in your toaster. You lie the toaster on its side to grill the cheese. Just remember to have a catcher's mitt handy when it flies out at the end of the cooking time! emoticon

Oooh, and another thing I discovered that is nommy with salsa - grilled fish!

I use a white fish fillet such as coley or hake, but any firm fish would probably be fine. Make sure the fillet isn't more than about 1/2 inch thick because you want to make sure it cooks through without going dry.

Grill the fish on one side for about 5 minutes, until you can see it is properly cooked on that half, then turn it over and give it just about 2 mins on the second side. The spread a generous portion of salsa (with or without the chilli works beautifully for this recipe) over the top of the fish - I use about 2 tablespoons - and sprinkle a little grated cheese on top of the salsa. Grill for a few minutes until the salsa is hot, the cheese is bubbly and a knife inserted into the centre of the fish for a second is terrifically hot when pulled out. That's how I check the fish is cooked through. :-)

I love this with a couple of plain boiled new potatoes for soaking up the salsa sauce, and some green veggies of some kind.

Have a great day! Sorry all of you suffering in the UK like me - from rain, wind and grey skies. Not the best start to Autumn! Let's hope it picks up and gives us some beautiful crisp sunny autumn days really soon. Make up for the summer we largely missed. last year it didn't get really cold until well into November, so it could still happen. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 9/26/2012 7:22PM

    Thank you for the yummy tips :)

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_LINDA 9/26/2012 12:25AM

    Fabulous ideas! Aren't you the clever girl finding a way to grill your cheese using a toaster!
I hope your weather clears up soon! bone dry here, but getting down to freezing at nights makes for some cold rides to exercise classes on the old scooter..
Enjoy your creations!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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POLSKARENIA 9/25/2012 1:05AM

    Super blog, nommy sounding recipe, even at 6am, which is when I'm rading your blog!

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EZRIN101 9/24/2012 8:44PM

    wow that Salsa sounds great!! will have to try when tomatoes are a bit cheaper (I'm in oz and they are horribly expensive at the moment)

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SHAWFAN 9/24/2012 6:24PM

    Sounds yummy! Hope you get some sunshine soon!

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CHICCHANTAL 9/24/2012 5:28PM

    OOOOOOh, CHEESE. I've more or less given it up at the moment. : (

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YOYONOMORE1 9/24/2012 3:19PM

    That food all sounded good to me. We got down in the 30's here in Michigan last night but not cold enough to frost, but I don't think it'll be long and we will get that hard killing frost. It's in the 50's today but sunny. Glad to see you on the threads or boards or whatever the heck they call them:)

Hugs,
Shirl
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BOVEY63 9/24/2012 1:01PM

    it does sound nummy!
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NEW-CAZ 9/24/2012 11:16AM

    somw great idea Lex, glad you're finding some interesting foods that won't interfere with your medical probs.
I heard on the news we should expect the entire month's usual downpourings in the next couple of days. I can see flood victims and frazzled firemen and rescue workers everywhere.
I'm hoping for some crisp mornings and walking through leaves in the park and coming home to piping hot soup.

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SENATOR9 9/24/2012 11:13AM

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Autumnal Breathing Space

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." --Elizabeth Lawrence

As the Autumn Equinox has just passed, I thought some inspiration from Autumn would be nice today. This is one of the most colourful and beautiful times of the year, and it makes sense to pause from our busy lives to take a walk to a local park, or out into the countryside, find a suitable bench or rock to sit on, and just breathe in nature with all its seasonal beauty and feel the serenity and peace for a brief time.

Here is a selection of beautiful autumnal photographs accompanied by inspiring quotes if you have a few minutes:

www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/2009/0
9/Fall-Autumn-Quotes.aspx




May the blessings and bounty of this autumn season shower you with peace and beauty.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Of course, it goes without saying that a good laugh does wonders for your mood too...







  
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_LINDA 9/26/2012 12:30AM

    Thanks for the link, thoroughly enjoyed it!! i do love the colors of autumn! Some day I will have to take the Maine bus tour to see their world renowned fabulous colours! I am hoping to get out on our trails this weekend and enjoy some of it here!
Autumn also features my absolute favorite veggies -the root vegetables, from beets to parsnips, I just love this time of the year for fresh produce!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 9/24/2012 1:00PM

    Thanks for shring the link - beautiful pics and quotes!
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CARLA-216 9/24/2012 10:20AM

    Very nice - thanks for sharing.
I love autumn the best of all seasons.
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SCREWIE 9/24/2012 3:47AM

    I love the colours of autumn too, but I agree with the sun chorus. We haven't had much this year :(

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ANNEMAC5 9/23/2012 4:34PM

    Was just logging my fitness mins and caught your blog. Beautiful pictures love autumn

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SENATOR9 9/23/2012 10:57AM

    Best season Autumn emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/23/2012 10:47AM

    Love it Lex but I'm with POLSKARENIA! I want some sun!

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JACKIE542 9/23/2012 10:07AM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 9/23/2012 9:53AM

    I love the colours, BUT

I want SUMMER back!!

PROPERLY!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/23/2012 9:39AM

    Mmmmm, I love autumn! Can't wait for the leaves to really start turning here in WV. They're just barely changing now, but it's going to get really special in a few weeks! And LOL I love that squirrel picture!

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CHICCHANTAL 9/23/2012 8:38AM

    I like the little frieze, wheredya get it?

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CHHAAR 9/23/2012 8:30AM

    LOL You made my day! Good job.

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Happy Autumn Equinox! :-) Here's a little exercise humour to brighten your day...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sorry my blog has been somewhat silent recently. Been a rough few weeks. :-( Been very tired and very sore. But what can you do? It comes and goes and I just have to go with the flow ... so to speak. Have discovered high levels of stress don't help! Good to know. *sheesh* :-)

So... A few LOLs to bring a smile on this awesome Autumn day!

I've been testing out Sparkpeople Exercise videos and testing my Abba game for ST-worthiness this week. My muscles have certainly made their presence felt as a result. LOL Made me feel the need of some exercise-related light relief. :-)

Having trouble with push-ups? Think of this poor guy next time you are on that floor with your nose almost touching the carpet! :-)





I have never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. However, there is still hope that I will get to touch my toes one day...





Fell off my exercise ball some time ago, as you may recall. This cartoon convinced me never to use one again. There are easier ways to lose weight, you know!





Cravings can aid you in getting exercise, no matter what they tell you...





If you live in the USA, there is some very useful motivation available. Sadly, not in the UK though, unless the zoo decides to hold classes...





I took stock of my body the other day, and realised that one part of my body gets more exercise than all the others put together...





Even on my worst days pain-wise, there is always something I can do to get my body moving...





And I will manage to do push-ups one of these days...





And I know not to get disheartened when I can't see any obvious results at first, after exercising...





And I am making sure that no matter how little exercise I get, I add it to my fitness tracker. It all counts, you know...





Fitting exercise into a busy work schedule is possible...





If you are finding a particular exercise tricky, revisit it at intervals to see if it is any easier for you. It is a useful measure of progress...





And finally, the secret to success is very simple, and if you have joined Sparkpeople you are well on your way to achieving it. Always remember this on the difficult days...





Have a fantabulous weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ANNEMAC5 9/24/2012 1:29PM

    Love them ! did brighten this gloomy evening emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/24/2012 12:56PM

    I love it!
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KELLIEBEAN 9/23/2012 6:42PM

    This was much needed today. Thank you! I hope you have better days ahead of you!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/23/2012 1:41PM

    Hope your rough times leave you soon my friend. Thanks for the laughs!! You always make me smile!! Have a wonderful day my friend!! emoticon

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MILADY_LCF 9/23/2012 1:35PM

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Thanks for the smiles!

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JACEUG 9/23/2012 1:24PM

    I love chasing the ice cream truck

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CHICCHANTAL 9/23/2012 1:15PM

    I'm with the calorie-counting mutt!

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SHARJOPAUL 9/23/2012 9:58AM

    Thanks for the smiles!

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SCREWIE 9/23/2012 9:50AM

    Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time, I hope you feel better soon.

The cartoons are great, thank you :D

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_LINDA 9/23/2012 2:20AM

    So very sorry you have been having a rough go of it all this time Lexie! I hope it releases you soon!
Thanks for the funnies -needed a laugh after seeing all that could go wrong with our poor pets today!!
Hugs
Linda xxx

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Love the cartoons!! Thanks a bunch!!

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0309COOKIE 9/22/2012 2:33PM

    Love your cartoons.

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SHAWFAN 9/22/2012 1:05PM

    emoticon thanks for the chuckles.

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NEW-CAZ 9/22/2012 1:00PM

    ROFLMREO

You find some fantastic cartoons Lex. I've never had any trouble touching my toes or getting into the plough position, thanks partly to dystonia making me move into extreme positions- theres a silver lining to every cloud LOL.

Great blog hun and I LOVE your wallpaper emoticon emoticon
Happy Autumn Equinox xx

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POLSKARENIA 9/22/2012 12:51PM

    Oh dear lol! Reading that last cartoon really made me laugh - I am a Pisces... my mum who was my best friend, was a Taurus and my future husband, who I adore (whose birthday falls the day after my late mum's) is also a Taurus!!
Loved the blog. Hope things are going better for you!!
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Autumn Noms Are Here Again!

Sunday, August 26, 2012



To be sung to the tune of Happy Days are Here Again. :-)

Autumn noms are here again,
The fruit and veg all near again,
And the supermarket's cheer again!
Autumn noms are here again!

Time to check my recipes
For casseroles and stews to eat,
All those tasty squash are such a treat
Autumn noms are here again,

The rice and root veg is yum
And my Slow Cooker is on

The parsnip, leek, the swede, so cheap
The onion red, the marrows heap
Gonna cook the veg, then bash the neep
Autumn noms are here again!

Written in about ten minutes by ME! Can't you tell? LOL

Inspired by walking into Waitrose yesterday, and seeing the autumn harvest on display - marrows, squash, parsnips, swede. All looking so fresh and new and ready to eat. My mouth fair watered and I had to buy a selection there and then, and rush home to throw them in the slow cooker with some brown rice, water and a stock cube. I defrosted a cooked chicken thigh, heated it in the microwave, popped a good couple of dollops of the rice 'n' veg mix beside it, and had myself a tasty feast. :-)

Oh, it was so good! And the whole meal was only 316 calories! :-)





The weather fitted the bill too - a drop in temperature and thunderstorms rolling through - classic August bank holiday weather in England. :-)

I'm nursing a boo boo in the inside of my right elbow. Muscle ache from playing Wii baseball and golf yesterday. I swing that remote as if I was really pitching and hitting, and swinging that golf club, and the muscle didn't approve, I guess. So no Wii today. Just some aerobics with Kendall Hogan and some walking with Leslie Sansone.

Weighed 12 stone 7 this morning. That is 2 1/2 lbs down this week.

I wouldn't say no to dropping another stone or so, but I'm pretty comfy at this weight, so no biggie one way of the other. It would just be nice if I could get to a size 16 trouser, instead of being permanently between sizes. 16 tight and 18 loose! *sigh*

Maybe the new diet will help with that. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.

How does one get rid of the extra inches one is pinching? The two stone may be gone, but the roll is still there. Is core exercise supposed to fix that over time?

Enjoy your Sunday.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/29/2012 12:00PM

    LOL I love the song! And I canít wait for autumn foods either. SO YUMMY. I will miss so many berries and so on from summer, but I do love some tasty roasted root veggies and squashes and all of that!

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CARLA-216 8/28/2012 10:14AM

    Great job on the weight drop!
Wish I could help with the extra inches you're pinching. If you saw my middle you'd know I'm not one to ask. LOL

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 8/27/2012 1:14PM

    Cute song!
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Congrats on the weight loss!
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YOYONOMORE1 8/26/2012 6:37PM

    Good job on the loss. I hope to eliminate something this week, I wasn't exactly good last week. Like your song to Happy Days, one of my favorite old programs, which I can now see on MyTV on Sunday afternoons along with Laverne and Shirley, another favorite. Love all the fresh produce this time of year. Have a good week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SHAWFAN 8/26/2012 2:52PM

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MNOT2THICK 8/26/2012 2:24PM

    I had my coffee, I mean veggies.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/26/2012 1:20PM

    Oh that song is going to be my earworm for the week.

You sound full of the joys of autumn . . . must be all they apples. Lex darling, wear the tight ones. Give the boys a treat emoticon

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WANDAH3 8/26/2012 11:33AM

    Loved the poem! (and the picture of the apple)

Way to go on the weight elimination. I need to do some serious reevaluation of what is working for me and what isn't.
Have a great and wonderful day.
Hugs,
Wanda

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SENATOR9 8/26/2012 9:23AM

    For me it's soup time Good home made soup.

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2012 9:14AM

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Yep I can feel Autumn decending, don't mind that it's a shame that Winter follows though.
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LABRATIAM 8/26/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon Way to go!

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Karaoke Kountdown

Friday, August 24, 2012

So, we are watching a karaoke countdown and Karma Chameleon comes on. And I notice something on the video I haven't seen before - two kids apparently pushing someone into a large basket, and all you can see is their legs with the kids trying to push them out of sight. I turned to Tara and told her what I spotted. "Who could it be, I wonder." I said. "Hopefully, it was Justin Beiber!" she replied! My daughter, the comedian! LOL

And no prizes for guessing which song - from 1975 - sung by a sometimes mustachiod demi-rock-god and his three sidekicks - a song that featured in Wayne's World - was the number one selling karaoke Song.

Of course it was that song! :-) And who better to create a tribute to this amazing song and its outstanding video, than the Muppets!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

I know, I know! We've all seen it a million times! But class like this deserves many many reruns. LOL funny every time I watch it. :-)

In other news...

Tara and I went to the Opticians on Wednesday for eye tests. Tara has perfect vision still, lucky duck! Me? Mostly the same as last time, aside from them needing to up my prescription for reading a notch. I knew it was coming. Lately, I've been having to ask Tara to read out the nutrition information on a lot of food containers. The writing is so tiny, and often on really difficult background colours. *pout* :-)

Money being as tight as a snare drum, I have had to go for free frames courtesy of the NHS on this occasion. However, both the lady who measured me up, and her boss who checked her work (she is still in training) thought they looked really good on me. In fact he said the glasses balanced my face out beautifully! Nothing like a lovely compliment to brighten ones day. :-)

They will be ready in about a week. :-)

The fibre thing is going fairly well. I am noticing that on my highest fibre days, I am at my lowest fat-wise. This is an unexpected bonus I wasn't expecting. :-) I still need more work to get consistent, but so far, so good.

Hooray! The weekend is here!



Have a good one!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/27/2012 1:12PM

    Love the video!
So happy for you that you were able to get free frames that look good one you!
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_LINDA 8/26/2012 1:40AM

    LOVE that muppet video -I hadn't seen it before!! Fun, fun, fun!
That is awesome your new glasses are covered and that thye look good -we will be expecting a photo when they are in ;)
Have a smashing Sunday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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DEBSZOO74 8/25/2012 8:26PM

    Cute pictures! Hope you're havinga good weekend!

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ANNEMAC5 8/25/2012 7:16AM

    LOVE THE MUPPETS. Glad your fibre is going ok. Soon you will see the world more clearly but I think some of is better when a bit hazy.
Rain is not far away but then it is a bank holiday week end


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CHICCHANTAL 8/25/2012 4:23AM

    The 3 cats wearing pot noodle tubs. What were they on? You wouldn't get my cats to pose like that for any inducement in the world. They'd bite my hand off first.

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2012 3:26AM

    Morning Lex
loved the video.
hey did you know you can get some snazzy specks through the internet at a fraction of the price the Opticians charge. All you need is your prescription, you enter it into say, Glasses Direct (is a good one) and some other details, chose frames, lenses, opt for scratch resistant etc and they arrive in a couple of weeks.

I'll send you the link. I got 2 pairs for just £30 and that includes some cleaning fluid and spare nose cushions!

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SHAWFAN 8/24/2012 7:30PM

    Gotta love "Bohemian Rhasody!!"

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SENATOR9 8/24/2012 7:24PM

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