Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Oh, and something else worth remembering before you visit the local cat rescue shelter.....cats prefer to sleep 'nose to tail'.....that's YOUR nose, THEIR tail!!
Friday, August 24, 2007
The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world’s population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and producing little redheads of their own.
If the gingers really want to save themselves they should move to Scotland. An estimated 40 per cent of Scots carry the red gene and 13 per cent actually have red hair.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sept 18th to 22nd Sepember, Peoples Theatre
"It’s 1974 and there are strange goings-on in a quiet, tree-lined street in Camden, London. An old homeless lady has parked up in her dilapidated camper van and is living in happy self-sufficiency. When the council instruct her to move on, a nearby resident invites her to roll the van into his garden. Little does he realise that she will stay there for the next fifteen years. Bizarre but true, this comedy-drama is based on the diary of Alan Bennett and his relationship with his very own bag-lady Miss Mary Shepherd, a well-educated, piano-playing ex-nun and would-be politician. In typical Bennett style this unlikely duo are both hilarious and moving as Mary takes up a unique place in the beleaguered writer's life for well over a decade."
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This is "Kure Kure Takora", loosely translated as "Gimme Gimme Octopus", who....
"can turn into anything from a dopey iguana to a vacuum cleaner to a guitar. His best-friend is the weak-willed squash Chonbo. While friends he has no problems leaving him for dead if he has to make a fast getaway. Like everyone else in the world, Kure Kure is in love with the fickle pink walrus Monro. His greatest fear is being doused with vinegar and being served as Sudako (pickled octopus)."
......and all of a sudden, the Teletubbies makes perfect sense!
Kure Kure Takora has it's very own Wikipedia entry. Read it.....you know you want to.
So ladies and gentlemen, take your seats and we'll dim the house lights........roll that camera Mr Projector man, it looks like it's going to be a long cold winter.......
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
On the same theme as the last post....I remembered I'd downloaded the above LP from the 365 Days Project a while ago, you might be interested in listening (if nothing else the 2nd track gives you a good idea of what the americans were eating in the 60's, and gives you a useful shopping list for 'food for 4 for 2 weeks!)
And then there's this.....Duck and Cover from YouTube
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
From the WH website.....
"The writing club that spanned 55 years.
In 1935 a young mother living in Ireland wrote to Nursery World magazine begging for advice on what to do with her free time. She said she was lonely and isolated and needed an occupation that cost nothing. In return, she received dozens of letters from woman all over the United Kingdom who were in similar situations. Together they decided to start a private magazine called the Cooperative Correspondence Club where they could write under pseudynoms about their daily lives. Little did they know they would be writing to each other for more than fifty years.
Now a book has been written about the CCC charting its history from 1935 to its closure in 1990. Jennifer Chevalier has been speaking to its author and to two of the surviving members of the CCC."
“Can Any Mother Help Me?: Fifty Years of Friendship through a Secret Magazine” by Jenna Bailey Published by Faber and Faber ISBN: 0-571-23313-9
Listen to the segment below. You may need to click on the 'Play' button twice, I always have to!
[Pitmatic: The Talk of the North East Coalfield, is published by Northumbria University Press, £9.99. ISBN 1-904794-25-4. The book goes well beyond vocabulary to include many examples of songs and stories written in Pitmatic by colliers about pit life and shows how the speech fitted into the wider language-world of the region.]
Saturday, August 11, 2007
So Mr Steven James wants questions?.....email me with suggestions!
Anyway, on the way back on the train we got to reminiscing about "memorable family meals"(er....the way you do!) and the unanimous top of the list was "Tyne Brand Irish Stew Curry". We put our minds to it and came up with a possible/probable recipe. THE RACE IS ON TO VERIFY OUR COLLECTIVE MEMORY!!TYNE BRAND IRISH STEW CURRY a la Armstrong
2 tins TYNE BRAND Irish Stew (surprisingly still available at all the best corner shops!)*
1 diced cooking apple
1 teaspoon (generic!) Coop curry powder
a handful of sultanas
maybe 2T dessicated coconut
2 oxo cubes and enough water to make it 'not sloppy'
salt and pepper
Throw everything in a pan and simmer till the apple is tender but not mush. Serve with boiled rice (and for the true retro taste/texture experience this should be 'pudding' rice boiled to within an inch of it's life!)
*Current ingredients : Tyne Irish Stew (400g) Ingredient declaration Vegetables (40%) (Potato, Carrot, Onion, Peas), Water, Mutton (17%), Modified Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Salt, Tomato Puree, Lamb Stock Concentrate (contains Flavouring), Flavouring, Black Pepper.
I did a bit of background research (the internet is all-powerful!) and here's a bit of history...
Above is a picture of the Tyne Brand factory a while back....not sure what has happened to it since, it's probably 'exclusive, river-view' flats that none of us can afford now! The company has had numerous owners over the years, here's a paragraph or so from the Westlers website (current company)
"The Tyne brand is a well-established brand, and it started its heritage over 100 years ago in Tyneside at North Shields. The Tyne Brand Company started off with a range of canned fish products. Tyne Brand herrings were famous and were sold all over the world. Then during World War I and World War II the company expanded its range of products to include canned meats.
A number of different companies have owned the Tyne Brand over recent years, including Yeoman, Spillers and Masterfoods, and who can forget the strapline 'No lumps of fat or gristle guaranteed!'
In 2003 Westlers bought the brand from Masterfoods. They relaunched it with a range of canned meat products that built upon the tradition of the brand while updating its image to reflect the demands of consumers. Since taking over the Tyne Brand Westlers has continued to develop the products and stimulate the market with new and exiting products in the range always with Westlers key to success - Quality and Convenience in mind."
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Haven't tried this yet (I was just inspired to look for a recipe when I found the wonderful cover above of the dinner fighting back!) But if nothing else the dipping sauce sounds worth a shot (though I might be inclined to leave out the mayo and add some chilli flakes)
FIVE-SPICE CALAMARI WITH DIPPING SAUCE
2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce (nam pla)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
15 ounces cleaned calamari, tentacles left whole, bodies cut into 1/2-inch rings
For dipping sauce: Combine all ingredients except mayonnaise in processor. Blend well. Transfer to bowl. Stir in mayonnaise. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Whisk before serving.)
For calamari: Pour oil to depth of 3 inches in heavy large pot. Heat to 350°F. Whisk next 4 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Pour buttermilk into another large bowl. Add calamari to buttermilk. Working in batches, remove calamari; dredge in flour mixture. Fry until just crisp, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Serve warm with sauce.
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