Category: Leisure, travel & sport

inc. pasttimes, not puzzles or tricks

Royal Enfield

Must admit, I’ve been looking at motorbikes and yet again we’re probably going to differ in taste.  For some, the go-fast striped, angular speed machine but I like the classic styles and there’s not much more classic than the Royal Enfield:

I’d no idea these were still around … or at least the design concept is still around … but it is:

Problem of course is the price but nice things cost.… More here ...

The wankery of poetry

Boswell: Sir, what is poetry?

Johnson: Why Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know what light is but it is not easy to tell what it is. [April 12th, 1776]

To that I would add Adrian Mitchell in 1964, in Poems:

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.

There’s an episode of the Maury Chaykin Nero Wolfe where Archie goes to a ‘poetry’ reading by the most geeky member of the ensemble. The room was in garish colours and the ‘poet’ was in a basket chair, the young people sitting crosslegged on cushions round about, listening to his guff.

In the background was ‘shock of the new’ type atonal sound and the ‘poet’ was holding forth about lickspittle something or other – discordant, angular. Archie Goodwin, no poet or thespian, was putting up with it for the sake of a female he had his eye on for a bit of nooky later.… More here ...


Ways to do potatoes – Dijon potatoes:

2 pounds small red potatoes, halved or quartered if large
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

I like roasties too but prefer chip shape with garlic and rosemary:

There are so many things you can do with potatoes, including getting some over to those Irish in 1845-9.  Warning, press Mute on the sound for this, it drives you batty:

How do you like to prepare them?… More here ...

Fake restaurant queues

There’s fakery everywhere today, including with this restaurant app [shades of the crisis actors hired for Charlottesville]:

Pretend for a moment that you’re walking through your neighborhood and notice a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly opened restaurant.

Local food bloggers haven’t written about the venue, so you assume the trendy-looking crowd must be the result of contagious, word-of-mouth buzz.

There was a time when that may have been undoubtedly true — when you could trust that a crowd of people was, in fact, a naturally occurring mass of individuals.

But that time may be passing thanks to Surkus, an emerging app that allowed the restaurant to quickly manufacture its ideal crowd and pay the people to stand in place like extras on a movie set.

Interesting to me is that the piece appeared in WaPo, the rag of lies, so the whole thing could be a lie.… More here ...

Building a bridge

Again, about Twitter:

It’s like electricity, having a car, it’s about anything in life – it’s how you use it that’s critical, that which you allow through and that which you don’t – it’s all in your own hands whether Twitter is to be a learning vehicle or an echo chamber.

Statements like ‘Twitter is for the chattering classes’ may well be true for the latter but just as with the net itself – there’s a world of learning out there, you just have to painstakingly gather it and shut out the dross.

If we’re adults.… More here ...

Corn corner

Chuckles has produced his first of this year’s crop. He writes: “Today’s corn pickings, with the corn shucker in the background:”

How are your own efforts going in this direction?… More here ...