November 29th, 2004


The most awful creature to me is the centipede...

I'm afraid I have to disagree. The most awful creature I know of is the Anomalocaris. This site is good, but filled with Geocities annoyances, here's a cute version of it and, err, here's a recipe - although, if you were to eat a Anomalocaris of any type, if you were to be forced into that most unbelievable of situations, and I'd have to be, it might be the one time that the Japanese speciality of cruel roasting/BBQ or zankoku yaki (残酷焼き), chiefly to be found in Mie Prefecture when cooking the Ise Shrimp or ise-ebi (伊勢エビ), could be used without too much troubling of the conscience - otherwise, look it up yourself. It is true that it has not been spotted since the Cambrian period, but it wouldn't surprise me if there were still just a few hunkering down somewhere or another... I was reminded of it on Saturday when I was writing to someone. I do hope its mention in the letter was not too off-putting!

I asked recently of Q. here about whether there was any sort of heritage industry in Lawrence, Kansas concerning William S. Burroughs. Burroughs had made Lawrence his home in 1981 and lived there until his death in 1997. Well, I went to bed unreasonably early yesterday (around 10 o'clock) and was therefore up, and unreasonably keen, at 4.30am this morning.

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Fogey Fusion

From an occasional series of penury recipes:

Crumpeschetta Povera

Take a crumpet, toast on both sides. Slice a clove of garlic and rub into the surface of the crumpet. Lightly spread with tomato puree and then cover with grated Parmesan. Toast until done.

Okay, so where do you get Parmigiano on a budget? For once, Morrisons has come through. A piece for £3.87 reduced to a pound in the sell-by section.

Bed, hot chocolate and The Western Lands...