31 August 2012
Philip Delves Broughton is amusing too. Drawn from his experience of undertaking an MBA, he brings to life some of the characters he encountered. One of my favourite lines describes a silver-haired fund manager with ruddy complexion on page 140: "He was a caricature of dissatisfaction. His breath, which worsened with every gulp of Merlot and slice of roast duck, was paint stripper and his humor barbed." It paints a picture.
30 August 2012
I've been aware of Robert Opie's incredible collection for some time, so it was a real treat to actually visit the museum first hand. One of my favourite parts were the displays of consumer goods spanning decades of production. It was compelling to see the changes in packaging design, container shapes and logos. The originals were still the best in most cases, for example, Cadbury and Ovaltine. If you love packaging, design, and pop culture, then you'll love this museum's tribute to the wonder of consumer culture.
29 August 2012
Hmmm. Doesn't it look delicious? Well, for £1.32 this pie was not only good value, but it helped to dissipate the effects of my hangover for a good ten minutes or so. With a rather high salt content, this chicken pie was just what I needed after unexpectedly seeing a strip show in a local pub the night before. I'll save that story for another post.
Chicken Bake3.25 Pastry
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED | 3.45
28 August 2012
Islington Museum on the weekend to see a photographic exhibition Medieval Meets Modern. While it was interesting, I was more enchanted by the local history display, in particular the collages from a previous exhibition Malicious Damage: the Life and Crimes of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell in Islington. Using books in Islington Public Library on Essex Rd, the pair would not only rewrite blurbs for what they viewed as boring books, but also create humorous collages for the covers. Word has it that they would smuggle stolen books back in and sit back and watch the reactions of library users. For their arty escapades the pair served six months in prison. As a lover of collage, I found these works amusing and an apt inaugural Good Art, a new irregular column featuring art works I love.
27 August 2012
clown with a bottle of Malibu, a cow ready for the disco or an adder ready for a strike, all sitting comfortably in the window of someone's house with a turtle. But in London, anything is possible.
25 August 2012
24 August 2012
London was Dalston, just up the road from then uncool Shoreditch. Coolness may be creeping into Dalston with groovy cafés, vintage clothing shops and an uber-cool car boot sale on the weekend, but it's great to see that Dalston's High Street still has a local feel. International cultures mingle providing a vibrant atmosphere at street level and the op shops are terrific. These eyes are looking at you from the end of my old street.
23 August 2012
22 August 2012
Air Guitar World Championships lifting off in Oulu today is to promote world peace. Organisers believe that "wars and climate change would end and all bad things would disappear if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar." I say lets give it a bash, I'd love to see bad behaviour banished.
21 August 2012
Oulu in Fabulous Finland is one of the coolest little cities I've been to. Some Finns scoffed when I mentioned I'd be going there, but it was one of the highlights in an amazing country. Oulu was buzzy, drag races took place in the local supermarket car park nightly and the main art gallery had one of the more intriguing photography exhibitions I've seen in a long time. Even Mona likes it.
18 August 2012
17 August 2012
London's graffiti was disappointing. I've not found that to be the case as there are no repetitive idiots and fewer senseless tags than elsewhere — so far at least. Under London's grey skies I think garishly coloured graffiti comes alive, for example, this fellow overlooking a Shoreditch corner brightened up otherwise bleak surroundings.
16 August 2012
14 August 2012
Wikipedia tells me that pies originated in Egypt, though I think the Aussie version was built on the English tradition of pie making: potentially delicious filling encased by stodgy pastry. Yesterday's Fish Pie lunch was bland and unusual, made even more so with these little crumbed fish sticking out the top of an average cheesy mash. The filling was tasty enough, but the overcooked, watery vegetables were bland beyond belief.
Fish Pie2.75 Pastry — cheddar potato mash topping standing in for pastry
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED | 2.65
13 August 2012
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07 August 2012
Thirteen was snapped on a quiet Haarlem street on the way feeling home, and just a tad woozy.
05 August 2012
04 August 2012
Trabant may be hitting the streets later in 2012, but it was this yesteryear model that charmed me in Hamburg. The man in the car next to this Trabi was also charmed. He exited his car to take an identical photo to mine, giving me chuckle as I continued on along the waterfront.