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Cactus in London, take 2


I previously blogged about how you could now find cactus pads in fancy London groceries, but I was wrong. They’re in fancy London-based groceries in Arizona. Who knew. And yet, <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1693&amp;entry_id=1496" title="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=501177&in_page_id=1774&ito=1490" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=501177&in_page_id=1774&ito=1490′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">the Daily Mail is telling Londoners</a> that cactus pads can cure hangovers. I don’t know how that will work if you can’t actually get the pads in London. Oh well. It’s a good story.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Discovery Sliced Cactus, £1.29 per jar<br />
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Waitrose and Morrisons<br />
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How it works: Extracts of prickly pear cactus have been shown by one U.S. study to alleviate the symptoms of hangovers, though it’s not clear why.<br />
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Tester’s verdict: Eimear O’Hagan, 26, from Belfast, says: &quot;Waking with a dry mouth and a sore head, I ate a few pickled cactus slices and went back to sleep.<br />
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&quot;They were OK if you like pickled food, but had no impact on the hangover. I had acid reflux later on.&quot; 0/10<br />
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Expert’s verdict: &quot;Extract of cactus is rich in antioxidants that can neutralise damage caused by free radical cells. Better taken before drinking not afterwards, so the body’s defences are primed.&quot; 8/10<br />
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Overall rating: 4/10 </span><br /></div><br /><br />

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Aloe Gum


It’s winter in the U.S. which means it’s aloe gum season in Kenya.

The value of aloe gum is expected to double beginning next month with the planned roll out of a new policy allowing its export.

Export of the medicinal products was banned in the 1980s, confining growers to the low-paying domestic market.

Kavaka Watai, the coordinator of the aloe project at the Kenya Forest Research Institute, said the ban has seen most dealers revert to smuggling of the product, forcing the price to fall to as low as $2 per kilogramme.

I don’t know what this means. Do you? I thought not. But I am nothing if not a complete succulent blogger, including all kinds of things that you never knew you needed to know about. Like this aloe gum issue. Now you know.

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Kabuki


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1691&amp;entry_id=1494" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/12/DDIETS6M3.DTL" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/12/DDIETS6M3.DTL’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">SF Chronicle</a> writes about the new Sundance Kabuki Theater in SF and features a photo of the bamboo we installed there.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="272" hspace="5" height="420" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/dd_sundance12069lh.jpg" /><br /> Tall bamboo stalks rise from rusted steel planters in the lobby, which is finished with weathered, reclaimed lumber, stone and teal-blue ceramic tile. </span><br /></div><br />It’s a cold morning. I think I’ll start a fire soon.<br /><br />

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Old Photo


<img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/cacti-1working.jpg" /><br /><br />Cactus photo taken in Cuba in the 1950s by Harold Hollibaugh<br /><br />

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Apple Problems


Well I’m late blogging today since I’ve been on the phone with Apple all morning trying to get some missing software for the new macbook pro. The 3-year-old ibook died completely last week, and the new macbook had a hard crash the first day and now it’s missing a whole bunch of software that the tech support people will spend hours on the phone with me to try to find, but won’t just let me download the software from apple. So 4 phone calls later, still no help.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


A youth pastor at <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1689&amp;entry_id=1490" title="http://igniteyouth.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/roots/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://igniteyouth.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/roots/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Ignition</a> gets some cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">I recently visited a friend of mine who lives (in) Temecula… He gave me some cacti…. He simply chopped off pieces of these different plants with a machete and told me to bury them in some soil.</span><br /></div><br />Then there’s something about christians needing roots like cactus and who knows what it’s all about. I just liked the part about the machete.<br /><br />

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Buying Cactus in London


You can now buy cactus pads at the finest grocery stores in London, so says the<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1690&amp;entry_id=1491" title="http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/retailing/article2987996.ece" onmouseover="window.status=’http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/retailing/article2987996.ece’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> Times of London</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">You won’t find spotted dick pudding and you can search in vain for a tub of Marmite, but Tesco’s stores in the United States do a nice line in patas de puerco – pigs trotters….<br />
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Take a quick walk down the aisle and…. among the fruit and vegetables sit prepacked cactus leaves.<br />
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It’s not exactly your local high street Tesco, but Britain’s top supermarket chain is looking at the bigger picture.</span><br /></div><br />OK, so it’s not in London after all. It’s a British grocery chain come to the US, and they have all those American delicacies we so love that the Brits won’t touch, like pigs trotters.<br /><br />

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Orange County Cactus Show


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1688&amp;entry_id=1489" title="http://media.www.fchornet.com/media/storage/paper921/news/2007/12/05/Local/Arboretum.Spikes.Interest.In.Cacti.At.Third.Annual.Show.Sale-3135058.shtml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://media.www.fchornet.com/media/storage/paper921/news/2007/12/05/Local/Arboretum.Spikes.Interest.In.Cacti.At.Third.Annual.Show.Sale-3135058.shtml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Fullerton Arboretum</a> hosted a cactus show, and they got a surprisingly good turnout.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;There have been about 3,000 people in total to visit this weekend,&quot; said Cliff Meng.</span><br /></div><br />They like them some cactus in the OC. Plus it was free.<br /><br />

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Christmas Tree Ornament


It seems that the White House christmas tree has a saguaro ornament. This is big news in Tucson, as <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1687&amp;entry_id=1488" title="http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7457804&nav=HMO6HMaW" onmouseover="window.status=’http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7457804&nav=HMO6HMaW’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Channel 4 KVOA</a> is on the story.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Today we got a look at the ornament submitted by Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. It’s an artist’s version of a saguaro cactus.<br />
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Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead says, &quot;It has the spines that run down the ornament when you look at it.&quot;</span><br /></div><br />You know, this is such a yawner, that I can’t imagine what the TV report must have done to their ratings as thousands of Tusconians turned off their sets. Just imagine what its doing to you, my faithful blog readers, as you turn off your computers to avoid this dull report, and head out into the sunshine. So I guess it’s all good.<br /><br />

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Window Boxes


There’s an article about window boxes on a site that has articles, called Article Publishing. I don’t know what this site is about, but the article is about <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1686&amp;entry_id=1487" title="http://www.content4reprint.com/home/gardening/ideal-plants-to-make-an-amazing-display-in-window-boxes.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.content4reprint.com/home/gardening/ideal-plants-to-make-an-amazing-display-in-window-boxes.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">window boxes.</a><br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Cacti<br />
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In hot climates with little rainfall, cacti and succulents can be the answer. They can be grown, too, in other areas, particularly by gardeners who like to travel without worrying about the container plants they leave behind. Foliage patterns and forms of these plants are fascinating, and many extraordinary compositions can be achieved.</span><br /></div><br />Well, that just about says it all. I have nothing more to add to that fine how-to article. Except that we like wood windows, and wood window boxes too. That seems like a nice little addition to that article. But that’s all, nothing more. It is otherwise a very complete recitation of the window box how-to facts.<br /><br />

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Cactus Sandals


Now I may not know much about the sandal industry and their naming conventions, but I do know that wearing sandals among the cactus is not a good idea, and may not be the best marketing concept either.<br /><br /><img width="200" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/6220-564156-d.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1685&amp;entry_id=1486" title="http://www.zappos.com/gs/chaco-z-1andreg-unaweep-cactus-sandals.shtml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.zappos.com/gs/chaco-z-1andreg-unaweep-cactus-sandals.shtml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Chaco Cactus Sandals</a><br /><br />However, they do look like they’d be useful at the beach, maybe in Hawaii. I hear Australia has some nice beaches too.<br /><br />

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