Weekend Reading

Worcestershire from You’re Probably Pronouncing These 30 Food Words Wrong I’ll raise my hand, it’s not “kweynoah” (quinoa) Elena Ferrante: ‘I used to devour news. Now, the uninterrupted rain of it feels like chaos’ I don’t feel desperate to be informed about everything that happens in the world. As a girl, I merely glanced at the newspaper headlines and occasionally watched the TV news. But a growing interest in politics, which erupted when I was around 20, inspired me to amass information. Chaos is the word. Where is the truth and who knows it? Bet You Didn’t Know These Animal Facts Vanilla flavoring comes from *what*? My favourite ice cream flavour just got complicated.. 34 years ago, a KGB defector …

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The baseball

A few days ago a short video clip went viral, in the way short video clips do. It was taken during a baseball game and showed a foul ball (a hit that lands out of bounds) landing in the front few rows of the stand. A child scrabbles under his seat to get it but the ball rolls under his seat and a man sitting behind him reaches down and snatches it up, laughing, and then hands it to the woman sitting next to him. Watching it and you can’t help but be horrified, a grown man, snatching a ball away from a child and LAUGHING about it. Needless to say the backlash was swift and I re-tweeted it myself …

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Six by Nico: Mexico

Glasgow has quite a few good Mexican eateries (Topolabamba being a personal favourite) so I was intrigued to see how this wouldn’t just be a more refined version of the usual taco, burrito, and salsa we all know and love. Looking at the menu set my mind at ease a little, although my dislike of bell peppers (not chilli) already had me doubting the third course, ELOTE. CHICKEN THIGH TACO – Guacamole, Strawberry Salsa, Whipped Creme Fraiche NACHOS – Heritage Tomato, Housemade Queso Fresco, Avocado Gazpacho ELOTE – Sweetcorn Risotto, Green Chorizo, Pickled Red Peppers SEA BASS CHILPACHOLE MIXTO – Mussel Escabeche, Crab Mole, Sikil Pak, Orange PORK CHEEK BARBACOA – Refried Beans, Tomatillo, Rainbow Chard, Crackling CHOCOLATE TACO – …

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Weekend Reading

An Honest Look at The Personal Finance Crisis Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. And the rich keep getting richer. Hello dystopian future. 100 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now Some belters in here. Some I’ve never heard of, time to explore! Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump Donald Trump, due to arrive in the UK later today, is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical “locker …

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A man I hate

Last Friday I had the great pleasure of going to see a man I hate. He was reading some of his essays. It was wonderful but he makes me sick to my stomach whenever I read anything he’s written, but I’ve long made peace with my ongoing resentment towards him. Hate is such a strong word, as my Mother liked to remind me during my teenage ‘strop’ years, so perhaps I’ll tone this down a little and say I merely dislike him an awful, awful lot. But no, let’s not tone this down. He wouldn’t, so why should I? I hate David Sedaris. If you aren’t aware of who he is then let me offer a description of the man. …

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Sporty sport sport

The World Cup is over. Wimbledon is over. Someone is quite happy about this. I am not. I bloody love watching sport, me. I usually put this down to my Dad being a P.E. teacher and I always enjoyed learning about various sports when they were on TV (usually the Olympics). Equally my Mum loved the cricket (back in the Beefy Botham days) and gold, mostly because they are both sports you don’t have to pay attention to so she could watch them whilst knitting. It’s the learning I enjoy and as sports broadcasting improves, so does the level of information available. Many years ago, Channel 4 had the rights to a season of the NFL. I’d never really watched …

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Weekend Reading

Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? Here are three essays that make very different arguments but are worth reading, and (I think) worth reading together. Introspective time for bloggers. Why Women’s Friendships Are So Complicated When Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, was in grade school, one of her best friends abruptly stopped talking to her. Genuinely offered without comment. Because I … just can’t. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS I’ve spent the past year losing 80 lbs and getting in shape. A lot of people have been asking me how I did it; specifics like what diet I was on, how many times a week I worked out, etc etc. …

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Weekender

As previously mentioned, one of my first vinyl LP experiences was the Queen album Jazz and though it wasn’t my first brush with the band it remains in my memory as the gateway to 30+ years of enjoying their music. Sure, it was probably the original Greatest Hits album that I heard first but as good as all those tracks are, it was Jazz that made me realise there was a lot more to this band. I can remember where I was when Freddie died – in the car on the way to Hospital Radio Lennox – I can remember how it impacted me and how shocking it was. By then I owned all of their albums, and VHS tapes …

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Weekend Reading

Knitting at the end of the world I love this picture of actor Nicholas Hoult knitting on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. As do I. Contrasts are always interesting. Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out “Bad Witch,” your ninth studio album with Nine Inch Nails, is the final record of a politically-minded trilogy you began in 2016. If you have a platform you must use it, now more than ever. Now is the envy of the dead Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away, and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well, and live broadly. You are alive and living now. …

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Weekender

Years ago I used to write up posts that recapped my “fascinating” weekend (that’s some ironic quote marks, just to be clear. I used the same title for these – Weekender – and all of them were written in a vague, pseudo diary style which I think fitted the purpose for which I wrote them; I have a crap memory so even now looking back at the last time I published a post titled Weekender I can recall exactly which weekend that was (4 years ago, time flies like a banana and all that) and exactly what happened. When I sat down to write up my London weekend it felt very much like that, a post for me to remember …

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