Posts from 27th May 2009

May 09

DAVID BOWIE – “Let’s Dance”

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#519, 9th April 1983

One of the odd things about Bowie is how panicky he seems to get when he’s in fashion. The image of him as a “pop chameleon” is surely at least partly cover for a flight-reflex that kicks in when one of his stylistic changes really takes off. In the mid 70s, tasting superstardom on the back of his deviant glam image, he sidestepped into black US pop, making Young Americans and baffling his fans with “plastic soul”. Close to a decade on, and again the fountainhead of art-pop influence, he made exactly the same move, borrowing sounds and musicians from black pop to make a record that’s an exercise in knowing glossiness.


Food Science Question: Boiling Water

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So I was in the pub the other day and suddenly one of our number asked: why don’t we use water from the hot tap in the kettle, or in the water when we need boiling water. Its already hotter, so it will use less energy, and if the alternative is said water in the tank going cold, it would be more environmentally friendly.

My kneejerk reaction, was something to do with stagnancy and hot water tanks. But then, we’re boiling the water – so that should kill all the microscopic nasties off. And I’ve never seen macroscopic or even just scopic nasties in my bathwater (at least not before I get in it, where I BECOME the macroscopic nasty). So would we be saving the planet more by using up water from the hot tank. And does it taste worse? Food scientists, I leave it to you, as I don’t drink hot drinks that often.