Posts tagged ‘Binky’

February 10, 2009

Hail Caesar

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I make a mean caesar salad as seen above and I am not ashamed to say it. Caesars also happen to be one of my favourite salads as they manage to combine the healthy goodness of lettuce with the artery clogging goodness of cholesterol. Really, what could be a better combination? Courageous folks such as myself use raw egg yolk for the base of the dressing but in the interest of avoiding law suits I use a different binder when I make it for friends. I really don’t see what the big deal is with a bit of salmonella but I bow to general opinion on this matter. People who use store bought caesar dressings are guilty of a serious offence and I shall continue to petition the relevant authorities to get it into the law books.

Since finishing my writing my life has been a lot more calm and I when not at work I have managed to catch up with a number of films that i had been meaning to see. I especially like the disturbing animated documentary Waltz with Bashir which is an Israeli film in Hebrew about exploring the massacres at Sabra and Shatila when Lebanon was invaded. The basic premise is that some of the men in the IDF who took part in the invasion of Lebanon have blocked memories of the massacres and trace back the events in order to remember. They realise that the trauma of the IDF being present and either not being fully aware or simply casting a blind eye on the atrocities committed by the Christian Militia in Lebanon makes for a fascinating movie. I wasn’t sure about the use of semi-rotoscopic animation until I saw the film and I really don’t think they could have made the film as effective in any other way. This is one film well worth a viewing and, though I recognise it is but one perspective on the tragic events, it is still an interesting one.

I also saw Frozen River which is a gripping look at smuggling people over the Canada/US border by driving them over a frozen river. The true beauty and depth of the story is in the interactions of the two women involved in it. It is a bleak film but somehow the insight into what motivates us as humans to do certain things made it worthwhile for me. I empathised with the characters and not every film can get me to do that.

Other than that all is quiet on the work front with the crew up to their usual antics but still getting the job done. I have managed to get this weekend off so I will be heading off to Toco to be a guest at Mark’s place for a beach bonfire on Valentine’s night ( must remember to pack my Rachel Ray effigy) . The usual suspects will be there for a “couple’s night” so I suspect there will  be much cooking and drinking smart cocktails in the pool.

Further to follow.

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December 21, 2008

Another mini post

image-50ec0199aac911d9 I had a wonderful birthday quite above my expectations. Firstly I am really grateful to all the people who took the time to just wish me a happy birthday. Some did it on Facebook, some via text message, many called ( thankfully not too early) , people like Milo and my brother Vic who wrote me on this blog and, of course, my colleagues at work and my friends who spent time with me last evening. I don’t like my birthdays and my Mum tells me as a child I once had a crying fit and refused to attend my own birthday party – that explains many things.

As much as I hate the sign of another step towards the graveyard ( not that I have any fear of death – I don’t – I am a journalist) the thought that anyone would be sweet enough to send me a greeting makes me rather misty.

I read and produced news on my birthday and it was nice being around colleagues I love. Earlier on I ran to the supermarket and bought a lot of liquor and after the news I ordered a ridiculous amount of Chinese food considering I only expected about 8 people to show up. Who knew that a 1/4 portion served two? I now have a fridge full of leftover food. My few close friends and other came over and we had a few short but bonhomie and wine filled hours. Alvin had to open Sky so he and Binky had to leave at 10:30 but it was still wonderful having them. After that, because I had to work the next day, all the rest dispersed but one The two of us ended up popping into Sky as Alvin had forgotten his float at my place so we spent a quiet hour there before leaving.

All in all a really wonderful birthday and a reminded that growing older is not in itself a bad thing. I have made many great friends over the years and I seem to have the capacity to add another one to the list every now and then. Pity I can’t look like I did when the photo for this entry was taken.

And Milo thanks for the referral on my WALL-E review from your blog. I was wondering why I saw a big spike in hits. May I return the favour by suggesting everyone learn something about honesty in blogging and read your blog … The Year Zero.

I admire his willingness to bare his soul. It pleases my journalistic heart.