• Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    ‘Until it’s done’ is an alternative and perfectly sound approach, but for the novice it does tend to entail hovering over the pan on the hob or checking the oven every five minutes when you could be doing something more productive or entertaining 🙂

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteB

    The phrase ‘easy as boiling an egg’ is completely misleading, because it isn’t by any means the easiest task for a cook.  If you truly desire guidance I can, being of grandmotherly age if not technically a grandmother, provide some. Otherwise ignore the following.

    To start with, it depends on the freshness of the egg, although if you…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16

    Very belated congratulations, Thane, on surviving school and graduating!  May you succeed and be happy in whatever path you choose to take from now on (provided it’s reasonably legal, of course 😉

    As for cookery, if you start with a basic and reliable cookery book and bear in mind that it’s basically just chemistry plus the patience…[Read more]

  • @winston

    Avert your eyes now, there be spoilers ahead.

    @thane16  @pedant

    Fair enough, although I did in fact realise that it was a riff on the Hammer Horror Dracula – and possibly on vampires of more recent literature; my point was that I found  it so jarring that the satire didn’t work and any subtler intention was lost. Put it down to p…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    As @bluesqueakpip  says, that looks distinctly promising, not least because it clearly isn’t going to glamorise or romanticise the vampire.

    I disliked the episode of Buffy which featured Dracula precisely because, despite one or two nods to Bram Stoker’s novel, it depicted him as a youthful looking and magnetic, even…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    After writing the above, and on reflection, I had feared that the reaction would be ‘too much information’ or ‘teach your grandmother’; so I’m gratified if it was of the least use.

    Janette: when it comes to what to put in the compost bin the rule is; no meat or dairy products and no cooked foods – although I think left-over…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston

    So very sorry to learn of your recent painful losses. When the death of a beloved relative is followed so closely by that of a much loved pet I can well understand how much the latter serves to compound the grief and make the process of adjustment all the more difficult. It is good to know that you have the support of family and friends…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16

    OK, here I am in the pub with a pint (actually a glass of merlot) to hand.  So where were we? Ah, yes, compost and soil health.

    The basic principle is; you have to put back into the soil what you take out of it or it loses its fertility, and if you are not to spend a small fortune on buying manure and/or chemical fertilizer it pays to…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @notoriouszero

    The YouTube 50th anniversary collection doesn’t include any of the three specials in question. It is a compilation featuring the seven Doctors of the original series 1963-1989 plus the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann who appeared  in the 1996 film aka ‘the film we do not mention’ because it was so dire – although Paul McGann was…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @Notoriouszero

    The answer to you first question is yes, you do need to view the specials in order before you embark on Series 8, otherwise you might get a bit of a shock.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @thane16

    Lady Hale is a judge and President of the Supreme Court of the UK.  She is known for her collection of zoomorphic jewellery – chiefly insects and amphibians, and when she read out the unanimous ruling of the SC that Boris Johnson had acted unconstitutionally in proroguing Parliament for five weeks she was wearing a brooch in the form of…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @Notoriouszero

    Welcome to the Forum.

    There are only 13 episodes in season* 7, episode 13 being The Name of the Doctor. In addition to these  there are two specials for the same year; the 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’ which aired on 23rd November 2013, the anniversary of the day in 1963 on which the first ever episode of D…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    Lady Hale’s arachnid brooch seems to have attracted a good deal of attention, so this seems appropriate

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @thane16 (syzygy the elder)

    Apologies, but even after due and cautious reflection I feel an irresistible urge to indulge in a Mudlark nitpick:

    our funny, celery wearing, tennis clothed Doctor

    wore a cricketer’s outfit and even, if my memory is to be relied on, wielded a cricket bat occasionally. But perhaps it is insensitive of me to remind you…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @thane16  (syzygy the elder)

    Whatever made you think that I might be annoyed?  🙂

    @Roger429

    Welcome from me, also.

    As @janetteB says, the Peter Cushing films were a spin-off from the original TV show, the first episode of which, featuring William Hartnell as the Doctor, was broadcast by the BBC on 23rd November 1963 – although the debut was s…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  (syzygy the younger)

    In a moment of absent mindedness I attached the wrong tag to the above post, sorry!

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @syzygy

    The argument that in the context of the times and society in the 10 century BCE David’s actions in arranging for Uriah’s death so that he could have Bathsheba to himself were excusable doesn’t hold a single drop of water as far as I can see, and I wonder at the moral judgement of anyone who imagines that it does or ever did.

    In addition…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Missy

    Commiserations and sympathy over the health problems. My paternal grandmother and my father both suffered from hiatus hernia, so I know at least at second hand what a miserable condition it can be. Since then (1960s-70s) I gather that better drugs to reduce stomach acidity have been developed, and there are now things like Gaviscon to…[Read more]

  • @Missy

    I can understand some people might like to see it.

    I don’t think ‘like’ is the operative word. Drama as safe and ultimately reassuring entertainment has its place, but sometimes it is a means of confronting us directly with truths we might prefer not to confront, and it is then  that it can be most powerful. Chernobyl does exactly that and…[Read more]

  • @pedant @Miapatrick @Cathannabel @JimTheFish

    I bought the DVD of Chernobyl on Monday afternoon, watched the five episodes over three evenings and am left stunned. Deftly and concisely constructed almost entirely from the point of view of those involved as it happened, with all the muddle, panic and ignorance, the struggle to cope in the face of…[Read more]

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