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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. 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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