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Kitchen Confidential - 04.01.2021
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Want to know what - and what not - to order at your favourite restaurant on a Monday? Ever wondered what goes on in the kitchen while you sit waiting for your food? Anthony Bourdain answers these questions and tells us so much more about a chef's life.
Set in restaurants in New York, as well as Massachusetts, Paris and Tokyo, this book doesn't hold back in describing their kitchens and the people who populate them.
The author was a well travelled TV presenter, writer, and above all, a chef. He is sadly no longer with us.
Worzel Gummidge - 27.12.2020
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The best children's books set in the countryside can hint at something deeper and, perhaps, darker at the edges of the narrative. Just around the bend in the path through the woods, or behind the hedgerow on the other side of the field, is something... other, something a little sinister.
An obvious example is Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. Mole and Ratty live a sunny life on the river bank, and in the surrounding fields and lanes, but the Wild Wood is silently and ominously waiting to ensnare the unwary. Alison Utterly paints a perfect picture of four pigs living with Brock the Badger in her series of children's books, but I always worried that if Sam Pig let his guard down Mr Fox was going to eat him. A E Kennedy's marvellous illustrations also added to my childhood unease. Perfectly innocent, there was something very slightly off which enhanced the delicious thrill of reading.
I never read Barbara Euphan Todd's Worzel Gummidge though. I was, of course, f...
Snowflakes - 24.12.2020
Here's a festive snowflake what I made:
Link to the code if you want to play with it.
Season's greetings - 23.12.2020
i was out beside the football pitches
next to the railway lines
two kids ahead were cycling fast
away from mum's confines...
they slowed their speed as they neared me
the first - a girl - piped up:
"happy christmas!" and smiled so wide
i felt my heart fill up
her brother next called out the same
i surely should reply
"you must be soft you silly kids
it's all a con, run by
"ruling elites, grasping white men
capitalists so mean
dead eyed tories, daily mail hacks
and worst of all - the queen!"
i put them straight and carried on
towards their loving mum
"nice kids" i said and grinned at her
"hope your christmas is fun!"
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - 23.12.2020
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Harold Fry unwittingly sets off on a pilgrimage the length of England. As we travel with him, we feel each footstep, learn his motives, and probably shed a tear or two as the whole story unfolds.
It's the sort of book which is ideally suited to grey wintry days stuck at home during a pandemic lockdown. Turn the heating on and the TV off.