Night Music

February 11, 2008

There is some play on the radio these days about this being the 40th anniversary of 1968, the year that’s considered seminal for boomers, I’m told. I enjoyed my 19th birthday in 1968, in London, one of several ground zeros of the time. In my fading memory, 1968 and 1969 merge, and so I give no apologies for using a February 1969 recording to celebrate the anniversary.

I chose “Half As Nice” because (a) we sometimes forget, amid our memories of the turbulent, sexual, chaotic, political late-’60s, that this was the heyday of the classic 3 minute pop song; (b) because it was one of my favourite tunes of the period; and (c) because I always had a fancy I looked a bit like Andy Fairweather-Low in those days, and seeing him look so young in this recording gives me a nostalgic glow.

Credit to YouTube as always.


February 11, 2008

enokiThe other day, when I was writing about my joy of cooking chicken curry, I forgot that I had also added enoki mushrooms. It seems odd to me that I hadn’t used these before, but I don’t recall doing so. And to be honest, I’m not exactly sure what caused me to pick up a package ($1 only) while I was wandering around Sunrise Market. But I’m glad I did.

I just chopped off the root and pulled the stems apart so far as I could. I stirred them through the sauce just for the last few minutes, and they were great. Everything I recalled about enoki had them pegged as fragile, but I thought they handled well and were mighty toothsome when cooked. They could work as an attractive substitute for noodles or pasta in any decent white sauce, I think.

Painting By Numbers

February 11, 2008

4 stolen paintings

These FOUR paintings by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet and Degas are apparently worth about ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE MILLION dollars. They were stolen by THREE men from ONE gallery in Switzerland. It is said they left more valuable paintings behind, grabbing the first four to hand.

The Sun Yat Sen Gardens

February 11, 2008

The Gardens

The Gardens are one of our quiet places, a place to escape and think. Set in the heart of the city, this is a true oasis.

I was aiming here for a 1950s Kodachrome look.