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Something else / Re: Music For Emotional Health
Last post by SueC - July 07, 2020, 12:33:47
Here's a link to an interesting page on music and catharsis of negative feelings - including suggested playlists:  https://www.abc.net.au/doublej/music-reads/features/songs-to-make-you-cry/12417192
Something else / Re: An open letter from Alan W...
Last post by sandgrounder - July 07, 2020, 10:09:19
I've never understood why people link Depeche Mode with The Cure. I see no similarities. The only common denominator is Daryl.
Something else / Re: Currently Watching
Last post by MeltingMan - July 06, 2020, 18:36:44
I saw the film twice over the weekend and am thrilled. Really worth seeing!

Something else / Re: What made you feel sad tod...
Last post by Ulrich - July 06, 2020, 18:11:31
Indeed, sad about Ennio Morricone. In a strange coincidence, I'd re-watched "Once upon a time in the west" not long ago and the music kept playing in my head for days...
Something else / Re: What made you feel sad tod...
Last post by dsanchez - July 06, 2020, 12:58:35
Ennio Morricone has died :(

Deutsches forum / Re: Parkplatzgespräche ("off-t...
Last post by Ulrich - July 05, 2020, 10:58:37
Nun ja, irgendwann fällt wohl die "Maskenpflicht":

QuoteDer Einzelhandel drängt ganz besonders in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern auf eine Aufhebung der Maskenpflicht - angesichts der niedrigsten Infektionszahlen bundesweit ein nachvollziehbarer Wunsch. Der Wirtschaftsminister macht nun Hoffnung.
Music and Lyrics / Re: Exploring the Back Catalog...
Last post by SueC - July 05, 2020, 06:11:44

Do you ever have a day where you're listless and all you want to do is sit around and recharge (while simultaneously worrying about where your get-up-and-go went, even though you know that it's not possible to always be active and performing and working and doing exercise and throwing in a few cartwheels in the middle of it all - you do actually have to rest)?

I'm having such a day, with a bit of pain thrown in as well - because I injured something in the base of my left thumb a couple of weeks back chopping down the oversized stems in the tagasaste hedge and it still reminds me of its existence, and this week I got a finger on my other hand pulled backwards when handling a horse.  Things like this don't heal in a day anymore and meanwhile there's still lots of physical work to do on the farm, so that tends to set back injuries periodically.

Flat batteries plus niggly pains kind of affects the mood.  Sunday morning pancakes (delicious with home-made blood plum sauce and cream) are followed by an uncharacteristic return to a doomy-gloomy outlook.  So you decide to make chocolate nut horns - it doesn't aggravate your injuries to do it, it will be nice for afternoon tea, plus you have lovely guests you can surprise with them when they get back in tonight, and tomorrow you have a full-on day where you're working with the mobile butcher to package 326.5 kg of home-grown beef currently hanging in quarters in his cool room, that he's going to cut for you, and he starts at dawn, and it will be good to have a box of these treats handy for this work.

The process of getting up from your nice soft bed, where you ensconced yourself with your husband reading - actually physically getting up in order to cut and fill the brioche pastry that's now risen and ready requires some kind of effective motivation.  So you go over to the CD player, survey the pile, and put on KMKMKM again.  Press play.

Instant mood lift.  I'm rolling out pastry on borrowed energy from this external source and bursting out in smiles until I'm laughing.  Why?  Because the music is fantastic and because I am under the growing impression that the lead guitarist is having a whale of a time playing that edgy and decidedly impish stuff.  Brett's calling from the bedroom, "This really is a fabulous intro!" and then the lyrics start and I'm laughing even more because they are completely outrageous, as is their delivery. 

You don't have to read the song like that.  It's a very dark song and you could take it at face value, as if every word and sound was meant literally.  Maybe it is, I don't know, ask the people who wrote it.  Maybe it's just my exhaustion, but I'm laughing and viewing it as completely tongue-in-cheek, as the same sort of delightful theatre as Lullaby.  And when we watched this on Trilogy, we could have sworn that Robert Smith was laughing his head off when he turned away from the audience after delivering the final missile, "I wish you were dead!"

Thoughts?  Comments?  How are you reading it?

This track was followed by the cute, gentle, wistful Catch, before spiralling back down the rabbit hole into dark Amazingland with Torture and If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, which I've written about before.  After that Why Can't I Be You? actually made perfect sense to me (while Brett claims it's a "distractor" like the deliberately wrong answers in a multiple choice test).

And with that, the pastries were in the oven, the kitchen was clean again, and I turned off the music to retreat to the bedroom to my nice soft warm bed to write this.  With my husband doing incredibly nice things with my bare feet.  (If you've never tried a foot rub before, please do yourself a favour and start living...  :heart-eyes )

Oh and the chocolate nut horns look pretty good as well.

Plus, as it's Sunday and we've worked hard all week, we no longer care about the items left unfinished and we're not going to do them today after all - they can wait, it's our recreation time.  So we'll enjoy our nut horns, do some reading and catch the second half of that Cureation gig, I think.  :)

Yes, we really are hobbits.

Happy Sunday to everyone out there.  :cool
Something else / Re: From The Edge Of The Deep ...
Last post by SueC - July 05, 2020, 00:51:56
You don't have to wait to go to the UK for scones, @Ulrich:)  Here's a wonderful Aussie twist on scones - moist, bright-orange, delicious pumpkin scones... easy to make, so the boy scouts / girl scouts learn to do them here too.

These have been served up savoury with some chives on - recipe here:  https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/pumpkin-scones/688b4546-aeff-45da-85bd-f397317e0c7a?nk=89c1d7972b9085e253dd5b437b0ac25f-1593902066

Of course, traditionally we have them with strawberry jam and cream, like this:

Quote from: undefinedIngredients

    2 cups self-raising flour
    1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin
    2 tbsp raw sugar
    2 tbsp butter
    1 egg
    2 tbsp full-fat milk


   1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (356F) fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.
    Sift the flour into a large bowl.
   2. Add the sugar and whisk it through then use your fingers to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
   3. Add the egg, milk and pumpkin and fold them through.
   4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, flour your hands and pat it out to about 2-3cm thickness.
   5. Use a floured, round cookie cutter to cut out rounds and place them on the tray so they are just touching.
   6. Gently pat any excess dough together then let it rest a few minutes and pat out and cut out more circles.
   7. Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
   8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool or gobble them up straight away with jam and cream.

from https://www.clairekcreations.com/pumpkin-scones-the-old-fashioned-way/

...I never bother to sift the flour - that's from the days when people would sift out the weevils and various other bits of extra protein.   :angel   Some people swear that sifting the flour makes the scones lighter, but I personally think that's an old wives' tale...

Something to enjoy with a cup of tea.   :)

Music and Lyrics / Re: 'Wish' album and singles
Last post by cheyler - July 04, 2020, 21:57:40
The singles each had 2 b-sides and an alternate mix of the song being promoted.  'Doing The Unstuck' was going to be the fourth single, but something happened and it never materialized; I have to wonder what the b-sides would have been...?  There's also the 'Wish Tour' promo film, the XFM broadcast of the May 3rd show and also the 'Lost Wishes' cassette.  Plenty to go around, but I have no idea what might be used. It's all excellent. I'd like to see the T&CC II set too, audio or film, either one.
Other Artists / Re: Currently Listening to
Last post by Ulrich - July 04, 2020, 16:00:13
QuoteI'll see you maybe on Judgment Day
After midnight, if you still wanna meet
I'll be at the Black Horse Tavern on Armageddon Street

I can see the history of the whole human race
It's all right there, it's carved into your face
Should I break it all down? Should I fall on my knees?
Is there light at the end of the tunnel, can you tell me please?
Stand over there by the cypress tree
Where the Trojan women and children are sold into slavery
Long before the first Crusade
Way back 'fore England or America were made
Step right into the burnin' hell
Where some of the best-known enemies of mankind dwell
Mr. Freud with his dreams, Mr. Marx with his ax
See the raw hide lash rip the skin from their backs

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