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March, 2008:

Beer Cupcakes!

Frankly, I’m intrigued!  Who in their right mind came up with the idea of cupcakes made with beer?  But by the look of it they are going to worth a go sometime.  Apparently this is a slight adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe, which uses Guinness in the sponge mixture and cream cheese icing.


Big City, Little Kitchen – Beer Cupcakes! [^]

Aussie in Kiwi Rape Claim

A Motueka man who claimed to have been left speaking Australian after being raped by a wombat, has been sentenced to 75 hours’ community work for his trouble.

…[He] admitted in the Nelson District Court yesterday to the charge of using a phone for a fictitious purpose, after calling police with the message, ‘I’ve been raped by a wombat’ … He called police again soon after, …"I’ll retract the rape complaint from the wombat, because he’s pulled out …Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right you know, I didn’t hurt my bum at all,”          Source:[^]

I think that we can consider this as heralding a new era of Trans-Tasman relations!  That just goes to show, it’s true that a wombat "Eats, Roots and Leaves"!


Image: Modified from the Phasmatisnox original licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.

The Age Has Googled A Ferry Disaster

The Age is running a story about Google Maps at the moment and the apparent “ferry disaster” in Sydney Cove: 

The Age “Ferry Crash” in Sydney Cove from Google Maps

The ferry “collision” appears right beside a giant cruise liner – either the Queen Elizabeth 2 or Queen Mary 2 – which was docked at Sydney Cove when the photographs were taken.
The image appears to show a ferry travelling at full speed colliding with a smaller boat. Metres away, another boat appears submerged under water except for the tip of its nose. Source:

Google have said that this is just an image stitching issue.  The interesting thing is that the Age couldn’t be bothered to research their story properly.  Two things indicate that the Liner in question is in fact the Queen Elizabeth 2: the fact that she is berthed facing out into the harbour, whereas the Queen Victoria was facing Circular Quay; and secondly, a quick Google revealed that the call-sign on the roof of the Bridge “GBTT” belongs to the QE2. 

Link to Google Map [^], with the QE2’s call sign clearly visible.

…."Stardust": Neil Gaiman.

Stardust_Neil GaimanI must admit that I started reading this with very fond reminiscences of Neil’s co-authored “Good Omens” (Terry Pratchett being the other author).  In Stardust we have a reasonably fast-paced, vividly realised  fairy tale centred around Tristran Thorn – and as a fairy tale it is a good work.  Tristran, in an attempt to gain the love of the most beautiful girl in the village, goes through to the Faerie lands beyond The Wall in search of a fallen star.  Passing through The Wall is not something to be done lightly, in fact the Villagers guard the gap to ensure that no-one passes.

After a diet of fully-fleshed out, sometimes flabby fantasy, this brief work comes as a pleasant surprise.  “Stardust” is a real page-turner, the disappointing thing is that Neil telegraphs the coming events, leaving us few if any surprises.  That said I am looking forward to reading more of Neil’s work, I just don’t know that Stardust will be a “keeper”.

Happy Easter 2008.

Happy Easter everyone, from a Warm, Angry Bunny (Hot Cross Bunny).

Hot Cross Buns

For me food-wise Easter is about good yeasty, hot cross buns –  the real sort with peel and fruit – true seasonal food.  But feel free to indulge in the other “flavours”; Mrs CannibalRabbit prefers the Chocolate variety.

And of course, Easter is not just about food, as much as Cadbury and other commercial enterprises would like us to believe otherwise.  Even with the Christian meaning of this time of year, it is a time for celebration, feasting and for family.

Syllabub has a  hot cross bun recipe,  and a story about the quest for fresh yeast here [^].

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