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DT #062, 3 Mar 2014 (La Vieille Ferme)   1 comment

La Vieille Ferme

Eighties artifacts.
Tidying turns up items
You forgot about.

Name: La Vieille Ferme
Type: red wine
Recipe: Leftover chicken, ground cumin, paprika, ground coriander seed, and a can of tomatoes heated through.  Add leftover rice (couldn’t find a can opener for the beans), some green/spring onions and chopped cilantro/coriander.  Warm some tortillas and add cheese then fill.  Feast.
Venue: house

Review/notes: A rather standard red for burrito night.  We’re still living in clutter but can see daylight.

I had buttons like this in the early 1980s, but this was one of Jackie’s (picked up in a shop in Athens, GA June 6, 2004 a few hours after we heard the obit on NPR).  I married well.

ronald reagan rots in hell close

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

Monthly consolidations/compilations: January
February

Four years in England   3 comments

res permit front

So, four years now (or, rather, next week it will be…here’s the annual reports for years Three, Two, and One for historical perspective).

We just received our new visas valid until 2016 but plan to take the next step toward citizenship in a year, Indefinite Leave to Remain…sort of the British Green Card.  There is an exam, first, but in general it is all downhill from here.

The view from Western Street near the new house...also all downhill

The view from Western Street near the new house…also all downhill

Additionally, we are in the process of moving house (which is why I rushed the annual report a week forward) from just north of the Oasis over to Old Town to a house situated close walks to either the Beehive or the Castle or the Globe (recently reopened!)—three locals instead of one and all three of high quality—and dozens of others a short walk. The new house has three bedrooms each larger than its counterpart in the old house, the two receptions are larger and made into more of an open-plan configuration, the bath is larger and has a tub (not just a shower), and there is a finished basement; on the down side, the kitchen is a little narrower and more primitive as is the small garden but everything we do and everywhere we normally go in Swindon (save for the butcher) is so close.

The only races I did this past year were the London Marathon (5 pubs plus a can of Carling on the last mile) and the Beerathon (5 miles with a pint and a hefty food item between each) and the mileage run for the year suffered from this lack of focus—1950 give or take about 25 (most estimates pretty good using gmap-pedometer), while the last several years (except for the year of the wreck) were in the 2200-2500 range.

year 4 pub graph

On the runs, I visited  255 new pubs with a stunning 67 new ones (steep part of the graph) in September when I took two weeks off work and ran at least 10 miles per day in new territory each day. The 1000th wasn’t as big a thrill as I thought it would be, but I saw some really nice places and met some really fine folk. The September holiday found me visiting Gloucester, South Wales, Slough (exotic, I know) and Exeter along with some nearer-to-Swindon trips. The 100 Yellow Beer Challenge was responsible for a lot of second visits to pubs I might not otherwise have gone to after an initial stop and many of these seemed better the second time around. Oh, and my Workingman’s Club appears to have failed or at least hasn’t been open the last several times I’ve popped by (I have a grand one scoped out for the new neighbourhood, though).

Best pubs in Year Four (reverse order by First Visit write-up):
The Southgate Inn, Devizes
Byron’s, Swindon
The Hop Inn, Swindon
Dicey Reilly’s, Teignmouth
The Brass Monkey, Teignmouth
One Eyed Jack’s, Gloucester
Ye Olde Red Lion, Tredegar
The Rose of Denmark, Woolwich
The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms
The Green Dragon, Marlborough
The British Lion, Devizes
The Blue Boar, Alsbourne (for the Dr. Who connections)

Favourite write-ups:
Postboxes
British Citizenship Exam Prep
Risk Assessment-Bins
Oxford Tourists
Assize Court, Bristol

Cock Flavour
Paul Simon in Hyde Park
Edie’s Lawn
The hunt
The Bremen Musicians (German children’s story)
Sex Tourism in Wiltshire
Modern Algebra for Omid
Burns’ Day Lunch

There are others search for ‘made me laugh.’  The blog may or may not have made some of the over 100,000 visitors laugh, but the damn fools keep checking in (that’s you, that is).

Baseball Movie Summer Film Fest   4 comments

I had already seen ‘8 Men Out’ but it sort of goes with the Chicago reference

The Cubs ownership let me down this year, and a lot of inertia has to be shifted for me to get behind the Mets (again) as my National League team (I split my AL energies, these last few years, on the Sox–White and Red).  Left without a good reason to seek out baseball broadcasts this year and with the weather too shitty to hit the cricket grounds, baseball movies seemed worth a go.  I watched Moneyball (you can find your own movie link, this one goes to an article) on the flights home from Germany and found it a nice start to the Baseball Film Festival…based on a former Met from my last time around supporting the club and centered around the A’s (who along with the Tigers were my childhood American League favourites).  The hook was set.

Somehow I never got around to Bang The Drum Slowly, although Moriarty and De Niro are a couple of my favourites.  It is a bit dated, though not as bad as M*A*S*H; not only a little too sentimental it has a lot of the anti-hero AND baseball clichés you might predict.  Still, De Niro’s Georgia accent is outstanding.  If you like the movie, read the book (linked above); if you read the book already you might be a bit disappointed with the film.

Batting third was Bull Durham, which somehow eluded me despite my abiding love of minor league ball and the inanity surrounding it.  I think I was avoiding anything that required Kevin Costner to work hard at acting, but this wasn’t it and I should have seen it years ago.  Quite a pleasant bit of fluff.

Clean-up was Pride of the Yankees, which I’ve seen before and I get annoyed that every time the “luckiest man in the world” speech comes around it isn’t as moving nor as funny as almost every impression of it I have ever heard (and EVERY American over 30-years-old has a version of it, usually vibrating their cheek or larynx with a hand to simulate the Yankee Stadium echo…ask one of ’em to do Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, if you don’t believe me, but don’t tell them why).

And pitching, of course was Dock Ellis.  If you haven’t heard of him, he threw a perfect game on acid.  Robin Williams tells the story well enough in two minutes here, but the better film is this little documentary, online, called Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No (and still it is only 5 minutes).  I’ve done some amazing things on psychedelics under all sorts of stresses, but to perform at a top, professional level in any athletic endeavour whilst tripping your ass off is…if I need to explain it, you’ll never understand.

Short list of other good Baseball Movies worth a look:

‘Eight Men Out,’ John Sayles on the Black Sox Scandal

’61*,’ an epic journey to break one of the great records

‘Damn Yankees,’ ’cause whatever Lola wants…

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ for the World Series scene in the day room

‘Ken Burns’ Baseball,’ as the ultimate documentary on the subject

and, the one that got away: ‘Cobb,’ because Tommy Lee Jones as The Georgia Peach has got to be worth a look.

Posted 2012/07/30 by Drunken Bunny in commentary, entertainments, USA

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Presidential betting odds as of 9 February 2012   Leave a comment

Santorum, answering the question, "As President, how would you deal with Christian extremists?"

A quick look at Ladbrokes Betting Odds today shows the effect of Santorum’s recent good showing since the last update (sorry Boog, no tna shots this time, just a bunch of boobs).  Hillary still has the best odds of the people not running at all for President.  Also interesting, Ron Paul has better odds of becoming the nominee AND of winning the Presidency than he does of becoming the Vice-Presidential nominee.  Steven Colbert and Glenn Beck still have a presence on the boards, as well:

Selection

Pres?

Nominee?

VP?

Barack Obama

4/7

xxx

xxx

Mitt Romney

7/4

1/6

25/1

Rick Santorum

16/1

6/1

7/1

Newt Gingrich

33/1

16/1

25/1

Ron Paul

40/1

25/1

50/1

Hillary Clinton

50/1

xxx

xxx

Donald Trump

100/1

xxx

100/1

Jeb Bush

200/1

100/1

xxx

Paul Ryan

200/1

100/1

12/1

Chris Christie

200/1

100/1

5/1

Mitch Daniels

200/1

100/1

25/1

Marco Rubio

xxx

xxx

5/2

Susana Martinez

xxx

xxx

10/1

Bob McDonnell

xxx

xxx

10/1

Jim DeMint

xxx

xxx

20/1

Tim Pawlenty

xxx

xxx

20/1

Nikki Haley

xxx

xxx

20/1

Kelly Ayote

xxx

xxx

20/1

Hayley Barbour

xxx

xxx

20/1

Jon Thune

xxx

xxx

20/1

Condoleeza Rice

xxx

xxx

25/1

Rob Portman

xxx

xxx

25/1

Brian Sandoval

xxx

xxx

25/1

Bobby Jindal

xxx

xxx

25/1

Jon Huntsman

xxx

xxx

25/1

Rick Snyder

xxx

xxx

33/1

Colin Powell

xxx

xxx

33/1

Meg Whitman

xxx

xxx

33/1

Lindsey Graham

xxx

xxx

33/1

Rick Perry

xxx

xxx

50/1

Sarah Palin

xxx

xxx

50/1

Michele Bachmann

xxx

xxx

50/1

Herman Cain

xxx

xxx

50/1

Mike Huckabee

xxx

xxx

50/1

Scott Walker

xxx

xxx

50/1

David Petraeus

xxx

xxx

50/1

Allen West

xxx

xxx

50/1

Scott Brown

xxx

xxx

50/1

Kay Bailey Hutchison

xxx

xxx

50/1

Rand Paul

xxx

xxx

50/1

John McCain

xxx

xxx

66/1

Steven Colbert

xxx

xxx

150/1

Glenn Beck

xxx

xxx

200/1

 

Presidential betting odds as of 30 January 2012   2 comments

Note: this seems to offend some.  Result!

    • Paul WoodfordWondering why you posted that link. Was the fake photo the whole point?

      3 hours ago · Like

Updating the betting odds at the end of January 2012, we find a thinner pack at the top level but interesting things happening at the Republican Vice-Presidential table (although the fact that gamblers think Hilary Clinton, who isn’t even running, has a better shot than most Republicans is telling):

Election winner
Selection Odds
Barack Obama  4:6
Mitt Romney  13:8
Newt Gingrich  14:1
Ron Paul  33:1
Hillary Clinton  50:1
Rick Santorum  66:1
Mitch Daniels  100:1
Donald Trump  100:1
Jeb Bush  200:1
Paul Ryan  200:1
Chris Christie  200:1
Republican Nominee
Selection   Odds
Mitt Romney  1:8
Newt Gingrich  6:1
Ron Paul  25:1
Rick Santorum  50:1
Mitch Daniels  66:1
Jeb Bush  100:1
Paul Ryan  100:1
Chris Christie  100:1
Winning Party
Selection   Odds
Democrats  13:20
Republicans  5:4
Independent  50:1
Republican Vice Presidential Nominee
Will be settled on nominee at 2012 Republican National Convention. Others on request.
Selection   Odds
Marco Rubio  5:2
Chris Christie  5:1
Susana Martinez  10:1
Paul Ryan  12:1
Bob McDonnell  14:1
Tim Pawlenty  16:1
Hayley Barbour  16:1
Newt Gingrich  16:1
Rick Santorum  16:1
Mitt Romney  20:1
Nikki Haley  20:1
Kelly Ayote  20:1
Jon Thune  20:1
Jim DeMint  20:1
Mitch Daniels  25:1
Rob Portman  25:1
Brian Sandoval  25:1
Bobby Jindal  25:1
Condoleeza Rice  25:1
Jon Huntsman  25:1
Rick Perry  33:1
Rick Snyder  33:1
Herman Cain  33:1
Colin Powell  33:1
Meg Whitman  33:1
Lindsey Graham  33:1
Ron Paul  40:1
Sarah Palin  50:1
Michele Bachmann  50:1
Mike Huckabee  50:1
David Petraeus  50:1
Allen West  50:1
Scott Brown  50:1
Kay Bailey Hutchison  50:1
Rand Paul  50:1
Scott Walker  50:1
John McCain  66:1
Donald Trump  100:1
Glenn Beck  200:1
Florida Republican Primary
Selection   Odds
Mitt Romney  1:25
Newt Gingrich 8:1
Rick Santorum  100:1
Ron Paul  100:1

odds from Ladbrokes.

…and I approve this message 2012 a   Leave a comment

My 2nd day of work at Cambridge everyone took tea late in the afternoon and watched Obama’s inauguration ceremony.  He’s been a bit disappointing, overall.

Now it is another election year and it is time to air out my Kucinich for President gear, again, and start putting out my crude (and crudely rendered) political posters…like this one:

Romney Way is a Dead End   Leave a comment

Lost on the west side of Swindon, Sunday, I had to admit that the sign speaks the truth:

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