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How are you? How was your weekend?
Saw True Grit last night. It was BRILLIANT.
before the morning thread is started.
Sandwich of the week: grilled chicken (hint of lemon juice), goats cheese, beetroot and rocket.
Well that sandwich sounds wonderful. I might get some goats cheese today actually. What else could I have it with in a sandwich? and what bread are you using? Yours sounds like a juicy sarnie so I'm hoping its some kind of crusty number.
Just a run if the mill (so to speak) wholemeal.
Try some grilled zucchini (sorry, courgettes) and baked capsicum (sorry, peppers) and grilled field mushroom with your goats cheese.
I would much prefer to call courgettes zucchini. It sounds nicer. That does sound like a lovely combo. I might do that in a ciabatta roll....mmmm....yesterday I had a nice little ciabatta roll with crispy bacon and cheese. It was delightful.
We (finally) went to see the King’s Speech on Saturday. Dramatic liberties with history aside (mainly the bits involving Churchill), I thought it was a good, solid, ‘odd couple’ film. It looked incredible too – everything had this look of dreamy hyper-realism, especially the lines on people’s faces. 8/10.
Might go to see Les Savy Fav tomorrow night if there are still tickets available. Hopefully will see Confessions and True Grit in the next week or so too.
Probably the best meal I’ve had in the West End. Highly recommended.
the txacoli is the stuff of dreams
had a cold since new years day
it wont go away
& ive lost my sense of taste
noodles, ROALD DAHL CAFE, falling alseep watching the Lion King, singing to Aladdin and dancing. Oh and the new Radiohead, obvs.
Yesterday my boyfriend bought me a cryptic crossword puzzle book and I nearly completed a WHOLE one!!!!!
and this is there:
Didn't have time to visit the museum though :(
Café Twit. :-D
Saturday - got drunk
Sunday - miserable
I'm still knackered from them.
despite complaining endlessly I finally went to a friend's party in London and had some semblance of fun chatting to trendy media types. Finally listened to the new Mogwai album in its entirety and listened to the new PJ Harvey album too and watched IRONMAN 2.
it was cold. Had a few beers, got blooty on some award winning bud, gawped at the hookers, saw a live sex show. Standard stuff.
Had dinner at a Swedish restuarant on Saturday night, the food was amazing, but it was a bit overpriced. Had elerflower wine for the first time, it will definitely be my summer favourite.
Sunday met up with the ladies - Ms Ouef and Chintzy, it was brilliant! This pretty much sums up the lunch for me:
I need to try this as I love elderflower.
Would be one of those drinks which you would have to pace yourself with, as it pretty much tastes like juice, but with the wine after effects.
I don't think i'd trust myself to make elderflower wine. It would probably taste rank.
White wine and Elderflower cordial mixed together in a jug? If so, I feel even more cheated by that overpriced swedish establishment.
Depending on the kit you get, it takes anywhere between a week and a month to make – but it involves nothing more than leaving the ingredients (easily available online) in a small sterilised barrel.
What you need.
An measuring jug
Muslin or other fine cloth
A seive or colander
An tea towel
A rubber tube (not a garden hose) or a funnel.
A cool cupboard, preferably without anything of use or value stored in it.
A 'pint' of elderflowers (20 fluid oz or 0.6kg)
3lbs of sugar (1.4kg)
8 pints of water (3.8litres)
1 orange (preferably the size of the average female breast)
1 lemon (preferably the size of the average WOW players breast)
wine yeast (optional, see below)
peel the lemon. remove the pith. juice the lemon and orange.
put the elderflowers (smell them first, if they have a cat piss smell about them, they're too old, you could still use them, but it'll not be /that/ nice, they should smell flowery), the sugar and lemon rind into a bucket.
Add the 8 pints of boiled water into the bucket. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool.
Once cooled, add the fruit juice and the yeast
(Sidenote: there is some disparity in whether yeast is required at all given that the flowers have some form of natural yeast in them, adding in too much yeast at this point will result in elderflower champagne (if you're lucky and the bottles take the pressure) or a sticky stinking mess exploding out of bottles later (if you're unlucky))
Cover the bucket with a tea towel and place in a cool place for 3-4 days. Strain the mixture using seive/muslin combo for ease, into another bucket, then using a syphoning tube into the demijohn. Fit an airlock (thats a cork with a tube coming out of the top), it also works with cotton wool and a bendy straw and leave to ferment.
You'll know fermentation has stopped when there are no bubbles coming from the bottom of the demijohn. At this point it should be strained into another demijohn. This bit is a faff unless you have a bit of expertise with syphoning or a funnel. Expect mess.
Leave for anywhere between 6 and 18 months or longer, depending upon how long it takes to stabilise. You can also restrain/ rerack the wines if they are 'too cloudy' or you are a bit pissy about these things and have nothing better to do with your day. Otherwise, bing the lot into bottles, cork and leave until ready to drink.
Bottling the wine too early can easily lead to a mess and explodey bottles.
Oh God. I need to stop thinking about this today :'D
It just won't leave my mind! What's wrong with me?!?!?!?!
glad to know that myself and J made an impression on you as ever.
Forgot to add the BRILLIANT drinks session that went down in the Ten Bells with Rob and Jamie too.
does back-and-forth head movement >:-(
that we don't really remember being in the Ten Bells at all :/
My girlfriend's half-Swedish and misses the food, so I'd get mega brownie points if I found somewhere that does proper Swedish food and isn't Ikea.
It's really lovely inside
We've got an anniversary coming up (first time I've remembered a few weeks in advance, woo) so time to start planning a day out in London which involves that restaurant.
I feel pretty nauseous and have to go see a Clockwork Orange in a bit...
Been asked to go on a documentary about Manchester but can't :(
PS don't leave underwer photos on your camera and then leave said camera with a boy.
or ever take underwear photos
I shouldn't laugh. But it was a little funny. Not at the time of course. Afterwards.
It WAS funny, I think I was too mortified to enjoy the amusement factor :D
I'll be the judge of that.
after this post of course.
Got windswept, wet and muddy walking along the cliffs from Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay, then holed up in a cosy pub to drink Old Peculier before getting the bus back to Scarborough and going to a nice Italian restaurant.
Then had a tasty home-cooked roast pork in York on Sunday.
Sounds nice. I had the best Yorkshire pudding ever yestrday. Could really do with one now.
It's an odd place.
Old Peculiar is one of the great beers though. Good call.
Against all plans and expectations I went out on Saturday afternoon, bought a Bass and got trollied in a Sammy Smiths, where I bumped into my brother, who had not told me he was in London.
I love meeting friends randomly, but my brother who lives in Maidstone, this was a bit special.
Sunday was spent moping and watching TV and learning the (easy) basslines to The Chain and Transmission.
Any tips for other dead simple basslines for me?
(a) a fish;
(b) a male chorister;
(c) a pint of bitter; or
(d) a guitar?
yeah, d). Although a) or c) would have been good options.
...well, recognisable to people who like Cake, anyway. The Distance, Short Skirt Long Jacket, etc.
Most of Nevermind is pretty easy. Some of the fills on a couple of Green Day tracks aren't that beginner-friendly, but stuff like Brain Stew, Hitchin' a Ride etc are about the easiest things possible.
The Cure - Love Cats
She's Lost Control & LWTUA
the intro to Bombtrack is pretty fun to play too. I miss my bass :s
Plenty of chunky bass riffs. Excellent fun to play along with.
She's lost control tabs I read online didn't sound quite right to me.
Cheers to everyone for the suggestions.
but I more-or-less play it like this:
I think that's right for the basic riff, though those lower bits don't sound right /sound like I used to play. It's quite good fun playing stuff that high up though. I used to play the Beat It riff fairly high, but I'm not actually sure it was right.
Will give it another go with these ones this evening. Thanks again.
went to a joint 12st/18th birthday party. it was cracking, super fun, everyone was well up for it. got too drunk, had an argument with a guy i've had issues with for years.
sunday, watched how to train your dragon, then kung fu panda, then a kung fu panda holiday special, then how to train your dragon again, two episodes of jersey shore, and then the situation's work out dvd. (we were all hungover to fuck.)
Saturday I went to see The King's Speech. It was very good, though as a student of history some of the things annoyed me. Then I had a curry, drank Sam Adams and watched Aliens.
Yesterday I had some cricket nets, and was pleased at being able to up my speed bowling. Played some nice drives too (I am a dreadful batsman so any improvements are well received!)
Then I had a mini roast and watched The Town. It was really great until the last 3 minutes. One of the worst endings ever
But yes, I put some students on a train firmly in their place.
No doubt the second they got off they were all mouth, but in that minute of so, I saw the look of pure terror in their eyes as I called them out
Sat- got up for lunch at Carpenter's arms with bf and his parents. Then back to bed until
Sun- got up for a trolley-dash round Boots for sunblock and hair care products, followed by lunch with the girls where I ate my fish finger sandwich like this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaLJPjLIdRQ&playnext=1&list=PLF4A401F1993F78DF
Brilliant. Why was I not watching you as you did this?
I had to work yesterday so this is basically Tuesday for me.
Saturday was a mixed bag, getting up early to go and play football in cold, wet, windy, horrible conditions and losing 4-2 was pretty grim, Byron Burger in the evening more than made up for it though.
I'm OK. The cat's still alive which is good. Also had a nice time at the beach with the girl on Sat, even though it was damp. Good weekend.
I had an okay weekend.. i was bedbound since Thursday though with this Tietze's Syndrome. Bad craic.
So, my weekend consisted of bed, spliff, and being treated like a princess all weekend. I really am loved up :) 7 months down the line and the honeymoon period still isnt over. I hope it never is.
Jesus. Hope it clears up.
I blame the honeymoon period and your witty man.
and the worst thing is its so sore now to laugh :(
it is the 'banter police' of syndromes, im not even allowed to breath deeply. Ive taken two tramadol today.. the pain has eased, and im completely off my face
ill live im sure, the quicker it goes the better though. I have a gig in two weeks and i really need to get practicing.
and I think they want me back for a second, it's for a really good job but the place who have given me work experience this week are so lovely and I wish they'd offer me a proper job. Nothing to worry about for now anyway as I still don't have any actual job offers.
Had a nice weekend; ice cream, sausages, dancing and a film = all the essential components of a 10/10 time
He said he would seriously consider me but he can't say for sure as I'm the first person he's seen. I made a comic explaining how I'd do the job and they loved it! :)
Ah the comic sounds really cool. I bet no one else did that so you'll stick out for being original and completely amazing.
I think you can view it here http://www.pixton.com/uk/comic/7qx6sqqa
Played some poker
Went to see the Britten Sinfonia
Ate some pancakes
Did hardly any reading (but enough)
Did a jigsaw
Ate lamb stew three days in a row
Overall weekend score: 8/10
Purcell - Abdelazar suite
Tippett - Little Music
Britten - Serenade for tenor, horn & strings
John Woolrich - Another Staircase Overture
Purcell - Three Songs (arr. Woolrich)
Vaughan Williams - Tallis fantasia
It was pretty great. It was in here http://www.heartlandseating.com/images/audiencesystems/628%20Matrix%20Leeds%20Town%20Hall%201.jpg and I was sat on the riser behind the orchestra (cos it's dirt cheap), and then for the VW about 1/3 of the orchestra moved up and sat in front of the organ so I was actually between them. STEREO.
Dunno if we're getting Henriksen, but Leeds is fairly good for classical stuff - planning on seeing the Czech NSO in a couple of weeks; doing Peer Gynt, a Rachmaninov piano concerto & Dvo?ák's New World symphony. Should be AWESOME.
(wasn't the first time I've seen it)
Which, assuming the extra after my college bill is given to me in money, means I can go to Seoul for the summer. Really kind of excited right now.
Oh, and yeah, I have a 3000 word essay for tomorrow that I haven't started writing, and several pages of translation homework. But, y'know, whatever.
I'm going to enjoy this week.
went to a gig, bought some clothes, got a tug job and 1 minute of intercourse