Posts from 21st August 2006

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Aug 06

My Cameo In A Scanner Darkly

Do You See + FT3 comments • 949 views

My Cameo In A Scanner Darkly - blink and you'll miss itIs A Scanner Darkly a faithful Philip K.Dick adaptation? I HOPE NOT. What is the point of a faithful adaptation of anything? What does it bring to the table, nothing new? So, instead Linklater’s rotoscoped (don’t say cartoon) version of the Dick stoner Bible has to bring me something the book doesn’t do.

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Scissor Sisters: Don’t Feel Like Dancin’

FT + I Hate Music15 comments • 6,512 views

Square Jaw, hiding her adams apple with a scarf. WHAT MORE PROOF DO YOU NEED?What a coincidence. The Scissor Sisters don’t feel like dancing. And I don’t feel like listening. And not just because they’ve updated their schtick from being Elton John copyists to Leo Sayer copyists*. Not even because the whole song is sung in a falsetto even higher than any previous Scissor Sisters records which suggests that someone has been Spearing Jake in the nuts. Not even could I be tempted to listen just because Man A Matronic (have you seen the size of “her” Adams Apple) is barely on the tune. No, I don’t feel like listening because it is a high pitched squeal of a late disco pastiche which sends all the dogs in this area howling. Admitted the howling dogs are better than the “not big in America, can you guess why“** Scissor Sisters but I would rather listen to nothing.

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FIGS!

FT + Pumpkin Publog9 comments • 1,174 views

figsFigs, FT readers! I love them! My budget always breaks in the supermarket when I reach the fig aisle – oh some might go for the dried prunes inna bag, some might go for the dried APPLE inna bag (yuck!), but not for me! Sainsburys Organic Figs YUM YUM in my belly. Mouth-wateringly advertised as “partially rehydrated”, they are the IDEAL sweet snack for anyone craving a sugar hit straight from the bag on their own! And who CARES if they have an “effect”? That’s only if you eat the whole bag in go! Like what I do!! But since when was poo-ing a bad thing anyway???

However, my problem with FIGS is that, aside from scoffing straight from bag, I’m a bit SCARED to do anything else with them. And this is dried figs. Fresh figs PETRIFY me. I have read a GRILLION gourmets rhapsodising about the quivering freshness of figs straight from the tree and as such the one soggy looking ‘fresh’ fig in the supermarket (that I spotted ONCE, readers) lacked a certain appeal. John Ruskin had to go all the way to Assisi for his – writing, “Catherine brought me up as a great treat yesterday at dinner, ham… and a plate of raw figs, telling me I was to eat them together”!

“Figs and ham? That sounds nice”, I think, 132 years later. But will that also work with the driedpartially rehydrated fig merrily waiting for me in the fridge? Is it even worth attempting, or should one take a (fig)leaf out of Jane Grigson’s book and STEAM the fig first? It seems almost worth it, especially when one sees Tony Tobin’s Poached figs with port (for one) – HE KNOWS HIS AUDIENCE eh readers?? Me, I can see the fig going well with a Lancashire cheese on it’s own, or with bananas for a pudding (it occurs to me that perhaps I’m just thinking purple+yellow = YUM, argh Cadburys it is all your fault!!) – I just need to get over my fear of UTILISING THE FIG!

 Thus, I plan to attempt:

Fig rolls

Fig compote; and, amazingly..

DEEP FRIED FIGS!

 But where are the recipes for… FIGGY PUDDING?

DES O’CONNOR – “I Pretend”

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#253, 27th July 1968

The ever-smiling Des takes the Engelbert path, singing a sad song with an easy sweetness, drawing any sting it might have had, and reaching a bumper audience in the process. Thankfully O’Connor is much less bravura than Humperdinck, and his arrangers give him space to breathe too, so “I Pretend” is more gentle than unctious, though still pretty soporofic.