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    I finished Slaughterhouse-Five last night. What an amazing book, not at all what I was expecting. It had some really beautiful parts in it. My favourite part:

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    "It was a movie about American bombers in World War II and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this: American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

    The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers , and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans though and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

    When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.... The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids.....

    Billy was extrapolating. Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve, he supposed."
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    So, I pretty much spent the weekend in a coffee shop down the road reading books like a pretentious.... :hat: Anyway, it reminded me a lot of being at university; I forgot how much I actually enjoy this. :woo:

    I finished Starship Troopers, wasn't quite what I was expecting - although it was well written, it felt like a big political rant about how much better everything would be if used corporal punishment and the government was run by the military, rather than a novel. :erm:

    "Anthony Boucher, founder of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, remarked that Heinlein had "forgotten to insert a story." - Wikipedia

    I also roasted my first ever chicken!! :chicken: Here is some unappetising-looking evidence:



    It was quite delicious. It was roasted with peanut butter. :coma:

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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    So, I pretty much spent the weekend in a coffee shop down the road reading books like a pretentious.... :hat: Anyway, it reminded me a lot of being at university; I forgot how much I actually enjoy this. :woo:

    I finished Starship Troopers, wasn't quite what I was expecting - although it was well written, it felt like a big political rant about how much better everything would be if used corporal punishment and the government was run by the military, rather than a novel. :erm:

    "Anthony Boucher, founder of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, remarked that Heinlein had "forgotten to insert a story." - Wikipedia

    I also roasted my first ever chicken!! :chicken: Here is some unappetising-looking evidence:



    It was quite delicious. It was roasted with peanut butter. :coma:

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    I'm sorry puddles - roasted your first ever chicken - cant stop laughing!
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    I'm sorry puddles - roasted your first ever chicken - cant stop laughing!
    It's a BIG DEAL.

    I didn't give myself food poisoning or anything. :proud:

    It's not my fault, I've always lived with vegetarians. I didn't have an oven for a while when I was in Japan because they don't have ovens, and in my last house the oven was broken, so you had to turn on the gas by sticking a knife into the place where the handle was supposed to be. One time it got stuck, so the gas was on and we couldn't get the thing to work and the whole house was filling up with gas. Decided not to use the oven after that.
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    It's a BIG DEAL.

    I didn't give myself food poisoning or anything. :proud:

    It's not my fault, I've always lived with vegetarians. I didn't have an oven for a while when I was in Japan because they don't have ovens, and in my last house the oven was broken, so you had to turn on the gas by sticking a knife into the place where the handle was supposed to be. One time it got stuck, so the gas was on and we couldn't get the thing to work and the whole house was filling up with gas. Decided not to use the oven after that.
    Hahahahahaha - I couldn't live without roast chicken - or any roast for that matter!

    And I actually feel sorry for you having to live with those cooking conditions!

    Did you have PROPER roast spuds?
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    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Hahahahahaha - I couldn't live without roast chicken - or any roast for that matter!

    And I actually feel sorry for you having to live with those cooking conditions!

    Did you have PROPER roast spuds?
    There were no potatoes. Don't run before you can walk! It was a peanut butter/soy sauce/chilli lime roast chicken. :proud:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    There were no potatoes. Don't run before you can walk! It was a peanut butter/soy sauce/chilli lime roast chicken. :proud:

    Haha, ok
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    I am now reading Narziss & Goldmund, another one by Hesse.

    Also went to a folk session the other day, and a dude had this rather crazy looking instrument:



    It is called a Nyckelharpa. Very lovely sounding.
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    So, I pretty much spent the weekend in a coffee shop down the road reading books like a pretentious.... :hat: Anyway, it reminded me a lot of being at university; I forgot how much I actually enjoy this. :woo:

    I finished Starship Troopers, wasn't quite what I was expecting - although it was well written, it felt like a big political rant about how much better everything would be if used corporal punishment and the government was run by the military, rather than a novel. :erm:

    "Anthony Boucher, founder of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, remarked that Heinlein had "forgotten to insert a story." - Wikipedia

    I also roasted my first ever chicken!! :chicken: Here is some unappetising-looking evidence:



    It was quite delicious. It was roasted with peanut butter. :coma:

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    I see no evidence! You didn't roast a chicken at all did you? :fuhrer:

    Why don't Japanese people have ovens?
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    I see no evidence! You didn't roast a chicken at all did you? :fuhrer:

    Why don't Japanese people have ovens?
    Ovens just aren't a thing really - don't eat that kind of food. :dontknow: Honestly, when I got back from Japan I only ate oven-based meals for like a month :lol:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Ovens just aren't a thing really - don't eat that kind of food. :dontknow: Honestly, when I got back from Japan I only ate oven-based meals for like a month :lol:
    I don't think I could live without an oven. It would be torture. I love the oven!
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    I don't think I could live without an oven. It would be torture. I love the oven!
    Hmm, if you're foodie type then living in an average Japanese apartment would be torture! :lol: I had a single electric hob, a sink, a microwave, fridge and a rice cooker - NO kitchen surfaces or anything like that.
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    Oooh I haven't updated this :getmecoat:

    What have I done in the past couple of weeks? :beard:

    Books
    Finished Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. An amazing book, quite difficult to read in a lot of ways. It takes no prisoners I guess...

    Now I'm reading The Brother Karamazov which I'm really enjoying. :woo:

    Films
    I went to the cinema and saw Birdman... I didn't think it was so great.
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    The main character has 3 (or 4, depending on your stance) death scenes. I guess it was trying to be like that? But I think it would have been better if they'd just picked how they wanted the story to end.:dontknow:


    Cooking
    I made breakfast cupcakes last weekend, they were delicious! :yum: These weekend I'm going to make cornbread, and also amazing banana pancakes which don't have flour in them. :rabbit:
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Oooh I haven't updated this :getmecoat:

    What have I done in the past couple of weeks? :beard:

    Books
    Finished Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. An amazing book, quite difficult to read in a lot of ways. It takes no prisoners I guess...

    Now I'm reading The Brother Karamazov which I'm really enjoying. :woo:

    Films
    I went to the cinema and saw Birdman... I didn't think it was so great. [expand=Spoilers]The main character has 3 (or 4, depending on your stance) death scenes. I guess it was trying to be like that? But I think it would have been better if they'd just picked how they wanted the story to end.:dontknow:

    Cooking
    I made breakfast cupcakes last weekend, they were delicious! :yum: These weekend I'm going to make cornbread, and also amazing banana pancakes which don't have flour in them. :rabbit:
    Your spoiler didn't exactly work there

    Banana pancakes sound interesting....
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    Your spoiler didn't exactly work there

    Banana pancakes sound interesting....
    I did this:[expand=blah][/quote] Fail :facepalm:

    Banana pancakes recipe:

    1 banana
    2 eggs

    Mush banana and eggs together. Fry in a pan like a pancake. Put some cinnamon on if you like.

    :yy:

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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    I did this:[expand=blah][/quote] Fail :facepalm:

    Banana pancakes recipe:

    1 banana
    2 eggs

    Mush banana and eggs together. Fry in a pan like a pancake. Put some cinnamon on if you like.

    :yy:

    :woo:
    Haha, interesting food choice But breakfast cupcakes are AMAZING :woo:
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    I love the cooking aspect of this one. Will definitely be keeping up to date with this.
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    :bunny: I've had a very cultured week or so! :woo: :bunny:

    I watched Joss Whedon's version of Much Ado about Nothing - low budget and funny. It was fun watching the cast of Firefly do Shakespeare. Nathan Fillion always just plays Nathan Fillion...

    I also went to a poetry reading/open mic night thing :eek3: I don't really understand poetry, but it was actually very enjoyable.

    I also went to a tango dancing class which was REALLY AWKWARD. :eek:

    Cooking has been pretty bad - I made banana pancakes, and I also made cornbread:



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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    :bunny: I've had a very cultured week or so! :woo: :bunny:

    I watched Joss Whedon's version of Much Ado about Nothing - low budget and funny. It was fun watching the cast of Firefly do Shakespeare. Nathan Fillion always just plays Nathan Fillion...

    I also went to a poetry reading/open mic night thing :eek3: I don't really understand poetry, but it was actually very enjoyable.

    I also went to a tango dancing class which was REALLY AWKWARD. :eek:

    Cooking has been pretty bad - I made banana pancakes, and I also made cornbread:



    :yummy:
    Surely it can't be as awkward as doing Bachata? I quite enjoyed ballroom dancing and salsa in my final year at uni. I just now need to find somewhere local that does it and join there.

    The bread looks very yummy!
 
 
 
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