Maple.

A phone box rings on a street corner somewhere in Berlin. The ring continues as people walk by. JULIE, an American tourist with a Canadian flag patch affixed to her backpack, walks past the booth. She pauses, walks back, opens the door and picks up the phone.

JULIE: Hello?

A pause.

JULIE: Oh, it’s just on the left. No, underneath the sink. Yes, that’s it! Bye!

JULIE hangs up the phone and walks off the stage.

currently playing: The Indelicates – Better To Know

Back To The Newts

The final words, from who else but Saint Etienne.

Ken

Are We Gonna Be Alright?

While I Bristle Everytime BBC News Says "Mayor Johnson"...

Today it’s snopes.com day at Snappish Thoughts:

Over the past weeks there have been a number of rumours circulating via email regarding Holocaust education here in the UK. The emails suggest that the UK Government are removing Holocaust education from the National Curriculum and that in general British schools steer away from teaching what they might consider a ‘controversial’ subject.

We want to make it clear that our understanding is the Holocaust is and will continue to be on the National Curriculum and therefore continue to be taught in all UK schools.

London

I don’t want to hear anybody in this country complain about how America elected George W. Bush ever again…

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You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes...<em>And You Get What You Deserve</em>

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No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party.

Aneurin Bevan

Schr&ouml;dinger's Law

If no sexual offence is being committed it seems very odd indeed that there should be an offence for having an image of something which was not an offence

doubleplus good!

currently playing: Those Dancing Days – Hitten

Just a feeling

But this week is turning out bad politically on both sides of the Atlantic so far…

currently playing: Stars – Midnight Coward

And The Mystery Man Is Revealed

It was J. Nash, all-round good egg and excellent chap all the time! Heavens!

currently playing: Stars – the big fight

Peppermint Patties

Unfortunately, I only remembered the camera towards the end of today’s sweet making. Sorry!

Anyway, what I was trying to do was recreate the York Peppermint Pattie, something that kept me going on many a TA office hours morning at UNC. Turns out they're fairly simple to make: you pour half a can of condensed milk into a stand mixer, add some peppermint extract and then beat in enough icing sugar to turn the mixture into a dough. And enough to cover the kitchen in a fine dust. Ahem.

The dough is then rolled out onto a cookie sheet (well, okay, I used a silicon mat instead) and placed into the freezer for about ten-fifteen minutes. While it's freezing, why not melt some dark chocolate? Doesn't have to be too fancy; I used 60% cocoa baking chocolate. Anyway, after the dough has been in the freezer for a while, pull it out (it should be quite stiff). Take a brush and paint a layer of chocolate onto the dough.

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Put it back into the freezer for another fifteen minutes or so, then flip it over and paint the other side. Back in the freezer again, and then cut out the patties!

Cutting the patties

While I was making the first batch, I thought that I should probably do something with the rest of the condensed milk. I still had a huge amount of icing sugar left, so I could make another batch fairly easily, but I had the idea of replacing the peppermint with strawberry flavouring. So strawberry patties were made too!

Mmmmm, Patty!

currently playing: Lovage – Strangers On A Train

Oddly, I Feel Quite Proud

My quest for the sales figures of Robocop on the Spectrum seemingly has no end in sight. But I can tell you that Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles sold 420,000 copies on the Spectrum in one month in 1990. Yay research!

It’s a weird sensation to be wiped from a discussion. You would have thought that after being on the Internet for eleven years, it would have happened to me sooner. In the end, it was the Spectrum that brought me down; sins of the past and all that. Of course, with his edits, it now reads like Bruce Everiss is arguing at thin air for a lot of the time, but he’s done so well at looking silly this week; he might as well finish as he started.

But hey, it’s not like somebody made a copy, is it?

(For all the praise it gets, I never really liked Arcadia either. I do remember getting a collection of Imagine games like Pedro, Cosmic Cruiser and The Alchemist, but I didn’t understand why those Imagine games were awful, yet the current ones like Target: Renegade were rather splendid. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learnt the full story of Imagine.)

UPDATE: Intuition Told Me Part Two: A couple more links will probably follow after reconstruction is completed on the second article: Or How Ultimate Stopped Worrying And Made A Fortune.

currently playing: Ultrasound – Floodlit World