Tuesday, 21 November 2017

It Appears It Is Not Only Me,

that has problems with electrics,

 Diana's telephone had stopped charging, so off to TukCom where we parked opposite The Grand Day/Night Hotel, we walked to the repair stall in TukCom where were told to come back in an hour,

 so with an hour to kill we had the tyres pumped up on the motorcycle and went across the Sukhumvit Road into Soi Khao Talo, 

 and this is where we were headed,

 Siambury's, it is store that specialises in foods and condiments form the UK and other countries,

 as Arkwright woulds say, 'Open All Hours',

and this is what we bought, amongst other things, mince for the Christmas pies, yummy! and not in the picture as they are in the freezer, crumpets, after dropping all of this off at home,

we called back to pick up Diana's telephone where were told to come back in another hour, these things take time! an hour or so later and we were on our way back home, 600 baht and the telephone works perfectly,

after our evening meal it was feet up for this evenings edition of The Chase, which we followed with a few Antique themed game shows, we rounded the evening off with the next episode of Jericho, then as it was getting late we were off to bed.

When I Saw These Lollipops,

I was reminded of a song,

that I heard as a kid back in the 1950s, sung by Uncle Max, called 'when you come to the end of a lollipop', Uncle Max being Max Bygraves, one of the verses lyrics are,

Gilly Oh golly, how I love my lolly,
Down to the very last lick,
But when you are through with it, what can you do with it,

All you have left is the stick.

and if you want to hear the whole song sung only the way Uncle Max can here it is, 

but when you are left with the stick from Amborella Organics Lollipops the stick does have a further use, the sticks have seeds in them, and will grow herbs! flavors include Champagne & Roses, Lavender & Lemongrass, Sage & Marshmallow, for a rundown about the company have a look here, and no I am not on commission, I just thought it was a neat idea, and so nice to hear Uncle Max again.

I Do Love Japanese Game Shows,

they are so out of the box,

and I have just found a highly entertaining new one, Slippery Stairs, in essence the game is remarkably simple, there is a set of stairs all you have to do is climb them to win the prize, but it is not so easy, all of the contestants are in slippery suits,

and the stairs are well, slippery, covered with ice and are not only lubricated with water poured from the top of the slope, but are also slightly angled, but with a nod to health and safety, crash hats can be worn, the competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby, at about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning, the trick is to take as many of the participants that you can with you! anyway I found it hilarious, which I guess goes some way to show you my sense of humour!

If You Have Time,

and want to be completely amazed,

at a professional paraglider and videographer, this is so far for me, the best of the best video of one, grab a mug of coffee and be amazed at how time flies,

and experience Jean-Baptiste flying in places one shouldn't go and performing stunts one shouldn't attempt, at least not without extensive training, legal permits, a safety crew, and some prudent Photoshoppery, it is a beautiful video, they may be one scene in today's sexual harassment culture that might come back to haunt him, but thinking about it, the scene was staged! and in case you missed the many ad placements, Chandelier is sponsored by Adidas, the song is "My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit.

How To Drink The Cocktail Of Your Choice,

or indeed make your own, with one important difference,

 no alcohol! that is what the Vocktail does, the glass technically lets you turn water into wine, or pretty much any other drink imaginable, it accomplishes this messianic miracle through multi-sensory stimulation, essentially tricking your eyes, nose and taste buds that you’re consuming something completely different, the revolutionary glass comes equipped with LED lights that allow you to change the colour of the drink, sliver electrodes on the rim of the glass which stimulate the tongue so that it tastes the liquid as salty, sweet or sour, and three micro air pumps equipped with flavor cartridges, which are activated when a person sips from the glass, fooling their nose into detecting a far greater variety of subtle flavors,

the Vocktail glass was developed by Nimesha Ranasinghe, a Research Fellow at National University of Singapore, and was recently showcased at the Association for Computing Machinery Multimedia Conference, in Mountain View, California. Ranasinghe, who specialises in digital multi-sensory interactions, had previously created a digital lemonade using electrodes and colours, but adding smell stimulation to the mix has opened up a whole range of flavor combinations,

“Imagine next time you order a cocktail you can customise its flavor using a mobile app, or try out entirely new flavors — for example, you order a mojito, but you want to try it with a hint of chocolate or strawberry,” Ranasinghe told Digital Trends, “Even though we call it a Virtual Cocktail, it is not only a virtual cocktail, it is mainly about augmenting the cocktail drinking experiences. So far, from our demonstrations, people love it mainly due to the presence of smell sensations, also, it seems that having the smell sensation combine the different sensory channels — smell, taste, colour, and other factors — to create a seamless flavor experience, adding smells help the consumers to explore flavors, and experimentally create new cocktails.” the Vocktail Glass also comes with a companion smartphone app,which allows you to quickly change the color of the drink, as well as the microamps released by the electrodes, to alter how your tongue perceives the drink – 180 microamps for a sour taste, 40 microamps for a salty taste and 80 microamps for a bitter taste, what a great way to enjoy a non alcoholic drink, now if only he would make a device that makes some of the meat we buy to taste better, that would really make my day!

Monday, 20 November 2017

We Were Out For Sunday Lunch,

so we were off to The George,

  we have eaten there many times before, it is in Chaiyaphruek 2 Rd, if you are going away from Pattaya heading towards Sattahip on the Sukhumvit Road when you arrive at the Chaiyaphruek traffic lights turn right and the restaurant/pub is about 100 yards along the road on the left hand side,

 as you go inside there is a well stocked bar on the left,

 a quick look at the carvery,

 roast beef, chicken and pork,

 roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing, plus a full selection of vegetables to accompany the main course, 

 included in the three course meal there is soup of the day, Diana decided on pate,

a prawn salad for myself,

 after a long break,

 it was time for the main course,

  a little of all three meats for Diana,

just pork for myself, 'Cheers!',

 for dessert we both choose, vanilla ice cream, 

 which looked,

and was delicious, as indeed was all of the meal, 

 to finish the meal Diana ordered a latte coffee,

 I went with a Jamaican,

 the same as an Irish coffee but with rum instead of whiskey, the 3 course Sunday roast is 395 baht per person, which we thought was very reasonable, especially as you can have as many visits to the carvery as you like, the coffees are extra, 

 meal over it was time to go, 

 just as the heavens opened up, 

 the rain was torrential,

 as we were waiting for our Grab taxi to arrive we had a pleasant surprise, Blu for Cafe des Amis popped out side to say hello, we had not seen him for some time, he had brought his family here for lunch,

 the rain continued,

 torrents streamed down the street,

 although a little difficult to see, who ever owned this motorcycle could not have put it in a worst place, there was a constant stream of water pouring on to it from the awnings above, 

 the rain continued, 

 I have to admit when I see tangles of low voltage cables like these I am always amazed the the telephone/Internet/cable television services do not go out more often when it rains, but they do not, the system seems to hold up remarkably well, the high voltage cables on the right are carried much higher up the poles,

our grab taxi arrived and we arrived home only slightly wet, and that was getting out of the taxi to our front door, in the evening I asked Diana what she would like to watch, and was surprised when she replied The Big Country, talk about an all star cast, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Alfonso Bedoya, Ramón Gutierrez, Chuck Connors, Chuck Hayward to name just a few, in case you have not seen it the film contains for myself one of the best, if not the best, monologues in film history by Burl Ives,

and here it is, Burl Ives in the speech that won him an Oscar, and rightly so, I did read some where that his monologue was made in one take, the first one, and that was the one used in the movie, there were no second takes, strangely enough my first childhood memories of him was him singing in the Uncle Max radio show from 8 till 9 on a Saturday morning, I guess I was about 5 or maybe 6 years old, the song? Big Rock Candy Mountain, a song about a hobos dream land, great lyrics, here they are in full,

One evening as the sun went down
And the jungle fires were burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking,
And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning
I'm headed for a land that's far away
Besides the crystal fountains
So come with me, we'll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountains,

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
There's a land that's fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
Where the boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day
And the birds and the bees
And the cigarette trees
The lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
All the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmers' trees are full of fruit
And the barns are full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go
Where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't fall
The winds don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains
You never change your socks
And the little streams of alcohol
Come trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats
And the railway bulls are blind
There's a lake of stew
And of whiskey too
You can paddle all around it
In a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin.
And you can walk right out again,
As soon as you are in.
There ain't no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks,
I'm bound to stay
Where you sleep all day,
Where they hung the jerk
That invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.
I'll see you all this coming fall
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

the song was first recorded in 1928 by Harry McClintock, its a Hobo song, the word Hobo I have been told stands for Helping Our Brothers Out, first coined in America's Great Depression, then for us we were off to bed.

How Do You Measure An Actors Success?

by the length of time his/her career spans?

  or perhaps the number of films that they have been in?

maybe how many times their fans recognise the actor in the street,

so here goes, this actor has worked for the past 30 years,

and has been seen in over 150 movies,

and here he is in makeup and costume from his upcoming film Nosferatu,

and here he is, Doug Jones at 6 feet 3 inches tall and 140 pounds, is the go-to guy when it comes to wearing latex suits to play monsters, Jones hasn't shown his face, or any other part of his body in any of the films he has been in, with the aid of elaborate latex and silicone masks, intricate costumes, and painstaking makeup, the 57-year-old has largely spent his career bringing to life a menagerie of aliens, demons, beasts, angels of death, and moon-headed fast-food pitchmen, Jones is in high demand thanks to a distinctly idiosyncratic set of skills. "A creature performer needs to be a very odd combination of marathon runner and a mime, who can express himself through layers and layers of latex and acrylic and silicon," said del Toro, who has worked with Jones on six of his feature films. "It's a very, very rare discipline … [and] there are very, very few that are actual actors, in my opinion, that go beyond being able to work in a suit or under makeup. Doug is a proper actor. When you need that level of finesse, Doug is the only one I've met that I trust with that level of commitment and craftsmanship and artistry." what an amazing feat, to have appeared in so many films and not be hounded by fans!