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December 30, 2014

HD Resolution


There are some people of a cynical disposition that suggest it is futile to make noble behavioural resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Their pragmatic logic suggests that it is pointless to make promises to yourself when fully aware that you have no intention or, indeed, the capability to keep them.

When pressed by the children during previous Hogmanay booze-ups, I have declined to offer any rash and ultimately hollow resolutions to pay their university tuition fees or to ensure that they receive treatment from a doctor or hospital when they fall ill or to reduce the family debt, deficit and borrowing. This year, however, a new addition to the household has made me reconsider the whole notion of New Year Resolutions. (more…)


December 27, 2014

Turkey Gochujang Bibimbap

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Christmas in Pyongyang

Christmas in Pyongyang

It is a worry that sits heavy on every kitchen goddess or god at this time of year; will the massively expensive turkey turn out to be a huge Christmas flop resulting in mountains of leftover meat. Instead of endless turkey sandwiches, turkey risotto, turkey curry and more turkey sandwiches, adventurous chefs might try cooking up an invented Korean recipe for Turkey Gochujang Bibimbap.

Gochujang is a fiery paste made from red chilli and fermented soybeans and will resuscitate even the driest over-roasted turkey. Served with Bibimbap, a dish of short grain white rice, stir-fried vegetables, doenjang and soy sauce, this simple taste of Korean cuisine is quick and easy to cook.

The worry that sits heavy on every film studio executive at this time of year is the fear that a massively expensive turkey will turn out to be a huge Christmas flop. Money obsessed film studio executives are not normally noted for artistic creativity but the bean counters at Sony Pictures Entertainment are to be congratulated for inventing a recipe that guarantees a box office smash and galactic free publicity. (more…)

December 22, 2014

Hippo Birdie Two Ewe

Mandy Rice Davies

Mandy Rice Davies

On the 22 December 2009 at 1:08am, this blog surfaced from the depths and has continued with its annoying blather ever since. Exactly five years ago, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister and Ed Balls was in charge of education. History has smiled upon these hapless individuals as they were lucky enough to be succeeded by individuals who were even more useless.

Michael Gove proved to be such a liability that David Cameron had to sack him and David Cameron has proved to be the most inept Prime Minister since Anthony Eden and the most corrupt Prime Minister since Robert Walpole. Some things, however, never change. On December 22 2009 a suicide bomber killed three people and injured a further 17 in Peshawar and two police officers were wounded and the suspect shot dead in Washington State. (more…)

December 19, 2014

Film 2015

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As a result of an unprecedented terrorist cyber attack, the lucrative North Korean film industry has withdrawn from release a new comedy film that depicts a plot to assassinate UK Communities minister Eric Pickles.

Described as a “harmless romp”, the movie that was produced in Pyongyang`s premier Japanese owned studio is thought to ridicule the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in a series of sexist and racially stereotypical sight gags with particular emphasis on his physical appearance, silly name and irrational egocentric behaviour. At various points in the film, Mr Pickles is compared to Jabba the Hut, a Soltaran from Doctor Who, Humpty Dumpty and even a complete and utter waste of space. (more…)

December 17, 2014

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Filed under: Politics,Rights,Society,Walsall — theplastichippo @ 3:15 am
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Via Ian Bitton

Via Ian Britton

The final day for posting second class Christmas mail in mainland UK is Thursday 18th December unless you live in a certain exclusive, up-market suburb of Greater Walsall in which case the last post went three weeks ago. (more…)

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