We all had sausages for Dinner last night. As a vegetable i had Quorn sausages
( i actually soaked some beans and made a sausage and bean stew). The concensus was that the Quorn was tastier than the ‘taste the difference’ sausages.I know there is the old arguement that why make Quorn taste ‘like’ meat products. For me i was uninterested if the Quorn was presented as a ‘meat free’ replacement product, it just tasted grand.
I am currently amidst a period of pain induced insomnia (see my January 26th post). I have taken to playing chess on my iphone. Im usually in a mood to not move or get out of bed as I am meant to be resting and in theory lying down allows gravity to right some wrongs. Theory - PAH!
It is at these junctures that I am usually deep in my pain killers and tired. While playing, my game has an undo option. Any wrong moves can be taken back. This is useful in a learning capacity one must understand. Last night i ended up playing for around 2 and a half sleepless hours on and off. At points I deliriously longed for an undo in reality, Take back a few hours, actions. Then again I enjoyed my game; and i won.
There seems to have been a great deal in the news and on the television about Madagascar recently. Dr Brian Cox was there in his wonders of life series. Best of all the programs has beenseeing Aye Ayes. In my mind they were cute and large eyd. In reality they are fucked up. Dr Brian Cox appears with a tranquilised Aye aye
on his show and its hilarious. There are more great videos of Ayes Ayes on the Beeb
website, but please try to catch Brian and his
- its about 45.30 mins into the third show and is quality TV.
Some people really get my dander up. I was in the kitchen the other day and heard a trailer for SPORTSWEEK, a show presented by Garry Richardson
. Sunday is the day it appears and this coincides with my lie in. Any how, I was thinking - is it me who hates Garry’s technique in the interview. A quick internet search would seem to suggest, Yes its just me.
I have always found his interview technique wooden and rigid. He seems to rock up with a list of questions and when confronted with an answer which could potentially lead in a different direction he does not know what to do. He bangs on with his set questions. He has won awards and seems to have got better but when I hear his voice I actively switch the radio off. Sorry Garry. I guess thats how it is if you arein the public eye - ones amns cheese is anothers …
Check the Hubble gallery
. Having watched Dara O’Briens Science club
I know understand a little bit more about what I am looking at and how the image was captured. I had never realised quite how the different telescopes worked. The simple chart below gives you an idea how some of the worlds microwave,radio or other telescopes work. Human eyes are able to detect only the middle band of wavelengths. You can find out more about the Hubble space telescope
.More than anything though enjoy the images
, even if you dont know anythingabout how the images were gathered.
One of the only good things to have come out of the past few weeks is that I have spent a long time at the back window. Ths has meant i have actually seen more of the feathered garden visitors. I put bird food out before the snow fell a few weeks ago, unaware I might actually be able to enjoy the recipients of my kindness. Today I had the most glorious 10 minutes when i spotted 4 new visitors. Firstly a nuthatch flitted from tree to tree exploring various holes and crevices. Within seconds I spotted a blackcap who again was just scouting around the vicinity. In a tree just beyond the garden a greenfinch sat down for a brief rest, before moving on again.
The pinnacle of the morning was however a bird which had hinted at its presence for around 2 weeks. This visitor is the smallest bird of these isles and does not hang around anywhere for very long. I had thought I had seen it momentarily in a large Lelandi tree in the garden beyond ours. Today however there it was. It ventured slightly further into the garden today and treated me to a nervous flit between tree and bush before disappearing. The previous chase to see it could have caused me to jump for joy, had i not been incapacitated.
Pain is currently turning me into something of an insomniac. Either I dont get to sleep or I am woken up due to my back pain. Oh its great fun. I am then looking ever more haggard.I seem to get around 2 -3 hours unbroken sleep and then rock and roll the rest of the night. What price comfort, so normally found and under appreciated.
a. Appearing worn and exhausted; gaunt.
b. Wild or distraught in appearance.
2. Wild and intractable. Used of a hawk in falconry.
An adult hawk captured for training.
[French hagard, wild, from Old French, wild hawk, raptor, perhaps of Germanic origin.]
are also a German band. I didn’t stop to hear what they sounded like.
When i saw this item in the news
i thought it was the story of a Welsh ex miner finiding a new line of work on the other side of the world. His Busmans holiday. Shark wrestler astounds audience with feat of bravado and dare. HA!
I am currently incapacitated and house bound. I love snow though. So anotherissue which grates in my current state. I would give anything to go out and play with my kids in the snow. Alas it was not meant to be.
In an effort to enjoy the snow in some form I made my self get up every half an hour to take a photo to record the changing vista, front and back. I have to change position regularly and this was an effective prompt. xxxxxxz
So here there is some more parts of bits from the year that was, going. Errrm oh here it just is… Im having problems enbedding the videos - heres some links vids to follow.
31, Dj Marky & XRS - LK
32. Friends ? Va Fan Gor Du
33. Danny Brown - Grown Up
35. Django Django - Default
36. Alt-J - Something Good
37. Young Fathers - “Deadline”
38. AlunaGeorge - Watching Over You
40. Azealia Banks - Liquorice
I have been doing a TOP of MY pops for a few years. Mainly for my own benefeit and interest. Also to spread the joy a few good tunes can bring. Hopefully there is something here you enjoy, some stuff you disagree with and perhaps some things you may never have heard before. Let me know what you think - or if there is anything which i may have missed or may like. Theres plenty i have not heard. I’m always amazed by the amount of music constantly coming out.
Oddities to note this year include a suprising amount of quality coming from Scotland. Hudson Mohawk having a finger in quite a few top tunes (i only realised how many after getting the list together). Kendrick Lamar having a part in 10% of the tunes in the top 50.
PS - i dont know why the videos are not embedding themselves. I‘m trying to sort it
41. Karriem Riggins - Summer Madness
42. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. In your head to stay.
43. BJ The Chicago Kid - His Pain feat. Kendrick Lamar. A sweet and tender moment for Mr Lamar
44. Kendrick Lamar - The Recipe (Lyric Video) ft. Dr. Dre. The first of Mr Lamar. He is all over this list like a rash. There is no denying he has some class.
45. TNGHT - Higher Ground
46. Alt J - Breezeblocks
47. Joey Bada$$ - World Domination [Prod. MF DOOM]. There could have been more DOOM in the list. He has golden fingers???
48. The Babies – Get Lost. Sneaking in at the end of the year. Could be higher if i’d heard it more.
49. Flying Lotus – Sultans request
50. PSY – Gangnam Style. Because wether we like it or not its catchy and 2013 is the year of doing the damn Gangnam.
I’m not sure this year has been a stellar year as far as music is concerned. Its been good to see pop has embraced a bit more alternative influence. The whole Guetta’ization of US pop does make make everything sound the same,but at least there are a few hooks and it gets your feet tapping (or your alarm a pounding). The rise of prickly guitar indie pop is welcome too i guess - with FUN and co in the US and Tame Impala and Alt J over here. You could argue they all sound similar too, but it beats Cheryl and Robbie.
The prince amongst men, man machine and maestro Lionel Messi is of course amongst the final three in the running for the FIFA Ballon D’Or. He surely must win. He is up against the posturing, feigning, histrionics and (i’m loathe to) admitted quality of Christiano Ronaldo. The third contender is Messi’s colleague Andres Iniesta.
One fact stands out more than any other I have read about the mentile Messi. Yes he has scored an almost unfathomable amount of goals this season and is chasing Gerd Mullers all time goal tally for a calender year. Yes he could run rings around the other 28 players on the original list.
Most amazingly is his ability to play a game of football. I mean of course that of the games he has started he has finished 100% of them
. As of October 29th he had started 92 games in the past 2 years for Barca. Just take a moment to consider those figures. Which other player has played so often and played the entirity of every game. Now consider which team Messi plays for. How many of the games Mesii has played in did he realy need to finish. How many had been long won.
Mesisi is an amazing footballer. He is never injured and aparntly just loves playing football. Give him the Balon D’Or