“I need it every night”… If push came to shove I’d have to say that the Rhodochrosite is my all time favourite rock because — depending on how it’s cut and polished — it can look EXACTLY like a cooked… Read More »Ham or bacon? “Rock is dead they say, long live rock”.
A less-played Who track, “Armenia City in the Sky” was an acid-trip paen (allegedly)… …but catching a news report this morning brought it to mind, especially the very first line “If you’re troubled and you can’t relax”, which effortlessly and… Read More »Armenia City in the Sky; or simply any place that doesn’t try to kill us, maybe?
At £140 for a ‘bespoke’ one, naaaah, I think I’ll pass, thanks BAO London…
Thanks to historian and writer Gareth Harney, for bringing to my notice this piece of (expensive) Roman whimsy. The bronze item was found whilst excavating in the ruins of the (buried by the eruption of Vesuvius) Villa dei Papiri, a… Read More »A pork clock; or a time-zone BLT?
An old friend suggested this was redolent of one of the more extreme-end-of-the-scale Heston Blumenthal dishes; one I agreed I wouldn’t be trying at home. The caesium has accumulated in the atmosphere, soil and ground water from years of bomb… Read More »Caesium-soaked truffles along with some radioactive boar meat
What sort of sick, sick, pervert hid this horror at the allotment, found lurking in the grass, bringing terror to adults and children alike. Those cold, dead, staring eyes… It should be smashed to smithereens, the earth surrounding the powdered… Read More »The stuff of waking nightmares
I found this piece on the Museum Of London website whilst researching my stations’ route. Despite their disavowal, it seems to me to be actually much closer to the reality of today’s London than maybe anyone is prepared to admit.… Read More »Visiting Vauxhall whilst eating The Victoria Line, 3 of 16
Wu geng chang wang (“Wu geng” is apparently an indication of time, 5am, in old Chinese and “chang wang” simply means intestines); the dish is usually made up of preserved mustard leaves, tofu, pork intestine slices, and congealed pork blood… Read More »Guts in the gloaming or 5am intestines 五更肠旺
Great observation; until today the reason for something that we’ve probably all noticed happening, certainly hadn’t occurred to me, even though I’ve used the juice in this way. “There’s an enzyme in pineapple that tenderizes meat, which is why it… Read More »Pineapple fights its attacker
This extract below came from a short chapter (entitled 家 jiā – Home) in Xiaolu Guo’s “A Lover’s Discourse” which I’m reading through at the moment. I’m not 100% convinced she’s correct but hey, it made me smile wryly… The… Read More »A pig in a house is a person. Or 家 jiā a home…
Well, let me confirm — and just for the absence of doubt (as the legal sharks are fond of saying) — that I’m not planning on consuming food off the actual train line, no, that’d be dangerous and dirty and… Read More »A days’ eating off the Victoria Line. Or don’t let it get your goat…