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A salad dodger's paradise

I think it's possibly a sign that I am getting on a bit that I'd rather ditch The X-Factor for The Great British Bake-Off, which is the X-Factor of baking.

So... listen to some quarterwit reveal that they've quit their job to "really concentrate on my music, man" then massacre Don't Stop Believin' or watch Miranda and Annetha try to relax the gluten for their biscuits?

No contest. Will Louise's stained glass window biscuits impress? Will the judges like poor helium-voiced Jonathan's honey contrivances? Will Jasminder's caramel set?

Oh shut up, it's fabulous. You never get anyone saying: "I'm getting emotional over a shortbread biscuit" on The X-Factor. Plus you don't get the sociological history of shortbread and Scotland from Simon Cowell, either.


How are we all?

I got the job I was after, much to my surprise because the interview was horrible and I thought I'd messed it up. I now have an extremely posh job title. Also a vast pile of problems because, in classic 'be careful what you wish for' style, the job is a proper nightmare. On the plus side I got a pay rise and the only idiot telling me what to do is me.

I haven't killed anyone yet. I did come a bit close once but I think I got away with it.

Oooooh. They're doing scones now. The judges are so critical; I love it. Go on, silver fox judge, talk more about kneading. Scold us, judges, scold us *hard*. [On a slightly related subject: we pronounced it scones to rhyme with stones where I grew up, but the BBC narrator pronounces it to rhyme with cons. A class marker, I suspect. But then I also one of those objectionable lower class northern sorts who calls lunch dinner and supper tea.]

I am taking the Eurostar to Paris next month for three days because M's dear one is in Canada for a month and everyone in the universe is borrowing his flat, which is gorgeous and near Republique. All you have to do is leave him a bottle of wine and tickle the cat, Toto. I am going to go to all the museums I've not been to before. Though not the Louvre. Too many folk. I'd rather watch City of Death.

OH NOES! David has problem meringues!

I've been listening to a lot of music lately and I'm going to start posting about it. A short recommendation: Fyfe Dangerfield's album. It is lovely. I shall also be mostly switching to Dreamwidth, where I am finisterre.. I'd very much appreciate any friending suggestions for people on Dreamwidth. It's much easier to read at work without getting caught.

Which is possibly a good thing.

Delightfully, that fingerless twerp Ranulph Fiennes is patronising the presenter while talking about famous failure Scott of the Antarctic and his hard tack. I don't know why he's patronising her, he's the berk who paid £4,000 for a stale biscuit.

Woe! Aneetha and Louise have gone! Aneetha had a scone disaster and Louise put seven times as much sugar in her first biscuits as she should have. Still, I am suspicious that the disastrous David has got through. And next time: BREAD! (Judging by the coming soons, someone put Mars Bars in the bread? I have to be hearing that wrong)

I don't need The Wire or Mad Men. I have Baking Idol. (also Come Dine With Me the rest of the week)

:::is defiantly unfashionable:::


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Aug. 29th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)

I really used to like Mel and Sue when they did Light Lunch, and the only criticism I have of the Bake-Off is that they don't let them talk together enough. Other than that, I love it.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
That was terribly entertaining.

And congratulations on the job.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Cheers and cheers. I do love the baking shows, even though I can just about boil an egg.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I got the job I was after


the job is a proper nightmare

I guess?

Good luck shrinking that pile o' problems. Try not to make too many underlings cry.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Pay no attention to the moaning -- I do love the job. It's really, really problematic right now but I love it.
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Aug. 29th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Pay no attention when I moan btw, there are horrible problems with it but I do love the job.

The show is called "The Great British Bake-Off" and it's weirdly fun. I speak as someone who is not a cook. The nearest I get to baking is reading C's LJ entries.

I know what you mean about the Dreamwidth. So far all I have done is utterly failed to import my old LJ entries. I think I might just go through the LJ and back up the ones I don't want to lose, though I'm going to miss the comments.
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Do the import -- it brings in the comments, too. I then made all the imported entries private, so nobody would get peeved about me bringing over their deathless prose to DW. But at least I have a backup of the posts *and* the comments.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the job!

And I don't have TV anymore, but my mom and sister love cooking reality shows. They are always talking about Ace of Cakes and, like, DC Cupcake Wars or somesuch. But neither watch Idol or any of those other terrible singing shows.
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
You don't have a TV? I feel as if I should say congratulations on that, as I sit here drinking tea and watching Total Wipeout. (20 people fall off giant foam things. It's not Chekhov)
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't have a TV that gets reception. I canceled my cable, and my TV is old enough that I'd have to get a converter box now that the whole country has switched from analog to digital. It still sits in the living room, providing hours of CD playing through the DVD player. (Usually I watch DVDs on my laptop, propped up in bed eating ice cream.)

For the TV I want to watch, I use streaming and *ahem*ing. But I do watch far, far less TV than when I had cable and a DVR. (Mind you, I haven't filled up the time with more worthwhile pursuits. Mostly I faff around on the internet instead. But I have gotten a lot of sewing done this weekend!)

It was mostly an economic measure. But there's this new service in town that offers digital reception and a DVR for $5/month, after you purchase the $150 box. I'm thinking about investing in that if it looks like they're going to stick around.

The funny thing is that I've moved to a new job at my company, too, and now instead of spending my days doing data entry on the 1000th D-grade horror movie of the week, I'm messing around with TV ratings. It's almost a professional disadvantage not to have TV!
Aug. 30th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could argue that not having a TV gives you a very professional distance from the stuff you are analysing? ;)
Aug. 29th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
You make me want to watch a baking show. I hate baking. I'm impressed with you.

Congratulations on the new job and being your own boss and making fine piles of money. Sorry to hear it's also a nightmare, but maybe things will improve? I have hope.

::off to add you to my Dreamwidth circle::
Aug. 29th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I do not bake but I love the baking show.

And pay little attention to the whinging about the job. While there are huge problems to tackle and I have no confidence that the folk above me will do anything about it, I do love the actual job. Very much.
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm very glad to hear it!
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job!
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Despite all the problems it is exciting.
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hullo! It's good to hear from you again. Congrats on the new job! Er, mixed blessing and all.

I didn't know Fyfe Dangerfield went out and made a solo album! I haven't had the chances to listen to much music at all recently, but I remember being super-taken with The Guillermot's Through the Windowpanes when it came out. Thanks for the rec. Dangerfield has a big voice for such a little guy. (Also, the most awesomely ridiculous, or ridiculously awesome name.)
Aug. 29th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hello. The Fyfe Dangerfield album is really lovely but much more conventional than anything I heard by Guillemots. It reminds me a lot of The Feeling's first album, that kind of sound that's very melodic, very polished, sort of Fleetwood Mac-ish in parts and in the best way, and then also some tracks are acoustic and spare. It's called Fly Yellow Moon.
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job, and being the boss of you!

I'll miss you here - don't have a Dreamwidth account. I've already got so many places to check it that adding another would make me bonkers.
Aug. 30th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not going anywhere. I am just going to crosspost and have LJ entries I want to keep on DW in case LJ does anything else that's really irritating, stupid or both.
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the job!
Aug. 30th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job!! Good luck tackling the problems, which I know you'll do well and I hope you'll enjoy your new Impressive Title position.

I just finished my first week at a new position at a Very Very Large Bank where I am going to be in charge of millions of dollars of grant money. Fools.

Baking competition shows are fantastic. The highs, the lows, the snippy judges. They make me very happy.

Congrats to you! Also, enjoy Paris :-)
Aug. 30th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am very impressed by your new position; I hope it has half the headaches of your previous position and twice the number of agreeable lunches.

I have to say, I do love this baking show. I like that it teases me by giving me actual documentary information while I wait for the judges to be snarky again about the baking disasters.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
It's much easier to read at work without getting caught.

Hah! YOu are so not the only one!
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I know. I can read at work but the thought of getting caught is a bit awkward. I have a white innocuous layout on the DW account.
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I went so far as to disable icons on my DW rlist, and in my journal. Boring but safer.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I think they're on to Dreamwidth at my job, but congrats on YOURS!!

If I ever post anything on DW, it'll be under my original name, Anjou. And if that white supremacist fuckwit ever lets go of the name in these here parts, I'll be snapping it right back up.

:: wanders away muttering ::

:: wanders back ::

Have fun in Paris!!

:: blows you kisses ::
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Merci. And seriously, a white supremacist called Anjou. Am I missing some sort of connection here?

:::goes to look:::

OMG, what a giant tosspot.

Aug. 30th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
The baking show sounds like perfect CRACK. ESP after my mad bake-a-thon for VVC.

I have a journal at Dreamwidth where I am me. Please friend me there.
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
I shall go look for you. Not that the content will be different on there to here. Maybe a wee bit more fannishness at some point or other.
Aug. 30th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Cheers! I am yay about it, mostly.
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
PINK Almond biscuit thingies!

(I didn't think the Swans were enough to get him through either)
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I thought it was very harsh on Aneetha. I am always suspicious that the blokes get a bit more leeway on such shows.
Aug. 30th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hey! Good to see you, and congrats on the promotion. You deserve it.
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I enjoy about 50% of it very much. The rest, eh, not so much. ;)
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Meringues are a problem. If you whip them too much they collapse but they're only right for about 10 seconds so if you are yelling at the dogs or trying to get the child to repeat what was just asked of him nineteen times and yet he is still in front of the light box, staring and drooling at the wonder of an Avatar he's seen 3000 times, the prime moment will disappear and you'll have broken meringues. Of course, then it's time to hit the liquor.

Much congrats on the promotion. You more than deserve it. Long time a-comin', in this Colonist's opinion.

I shall find the finestre. And what are you doing next March? Would you like to meet in Rome and not that of the Georgia variety?

Edited at 2010-08-30 04:32 pm (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I cannot pretend to have made meringues in my life. I am strictly a meringue spectator. Though I do think there might be mileage in a show in which there is a bake-off in which one of the obstacles are small boys with mad enthusiasms. I have to look after one such on Wednesday but I am going to introduce him to the joy of vids. (this means I have to make sure I check them in case of sex or nudity or bad words) but I think that the ones with Iron Man or Daleks should be okay.

Alas! Why Rome? I would love to meet but Rome and I do not get on; it's too touristy and unfriendly, though GORGEOUS. You sure Paris wouldn't be nice this time of next year?

Both me and the lovely M have been there in the past 18 months, so if you want tips for cheap stuff, we can rustle those up for you.
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Helllllooooooo.
Fine then. Paris it is. It was one or the other and the chance to tool about the city with you, even for a day or so, works for me. Times and then I'll start shopping airfares. I speak little French, though. I can say "Please sit here, we will fix your car" in a very consilitory manner. This perhaps shall make us popular.

Sep. 1st, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Helllllooooooo.
Can't do around March 16th but otherwise? Name the date and I can get to Paris for two days at some point. It's not even hideously expensive.
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Brilliant news on the job front. Go you!

I knew I should be watching the baking programme, as it is one of my special interests. :D
Aug. 31st, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Cheers. I love the baking programme very much. It's nice to know that digestives were originally developed to cure flatulence. Also, I like the genteel brutality of the judging.
Aug. 31st, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
My purchase of the Fyfe Dangerfield album is downloading right now. I bought it because of you - unheard and all - so please seek out your commission.

Paris! Yay! Jealous, etc. (though you deserve an awesome museum weekend - AND CREPES - for getting the new job).
Sep. 1st, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
My work here is done. I hope you like it, really I do.
Sep. 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
A wee bit late but congrats on the job! *G*
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