This week I have been


The 2011 Tour de France race guide.


An Idiot Abroad

Listening to

The xx


(Or rediscovering) Hamlet - Nicki Greenberg's beautiful new version, thanks to the fabulous Snarkattack, who invited me along to see Nicki talk about the creative process behind the book.


  • An enormous serve of bangers'n'mash and a nourishing pint of Kilkenny at the Town Hall one dismal Tuesday evening.
  • A "Chachi" - chianina meatball sandwich - another brioche donut and some amazing chocolate tart at Beatrix, which Essjay has reviewed.
  • A lazy Sunday lunch at The Crimean. The Polish hunter's stew (bigos) was just the thing to revive me after a chilly bike ride.
  • Generous piles of fried food with oodles of chillies and sichuan peppercorns at Sichuan House
  • Succulent suckling pig at Liberteene.
  • An array of bright, zesty flavours at Chin Chin, where the only problem was having to choose only some of the items from what looks to be a menu that is all hits, no filler.


Escaping the tyranny of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day as a thing seems to be gathering momentum. Restaurants offer set menus, TV stations adjust their programming to appeal to all the lovers out there and any rom-com worth it’s salt seems to schedule a February 14th premiere.

If you’re heartily sick of the sight of overpriced stuffed toys with tacky red satin hearts, perhaps you should settle down with a non-rom-com on the day.  Here are some ideas – let me know if you have any other suggestions:

  • Nom-com – Tampopo
  • Vom-com – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (just for the Mr Creosote sketch)
  • Bomb-com – based on Jim Schembri’s review, I guess that would have to be A Few Best Men
  • Dom-com – Exit to Eden (haven’t actually seen this one either, but the wiki page suggests there might be some BDSM…)
  • Pom-com – Well, I’m going to go with Withnail and I for this, but there are so many options for non-romantic English comedies
  • Prom-com – Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
  • Somm-com – Sideways



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