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Apr.25.2010
I am somewhat obsessed with goats' cheese, so I was eager to try out this recipe... a shepherd's pie with a creamy goats' cheese mash topping. It was very easy to prepare and the aroma whilst it was cooking was so... well, scrumptiously yummy! We may be at the end of April, but here in the UK the...
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Apr.24.2010
It's time for another post in the traditional Japanese games series, this time about hanetsuki. Originating in China, hanetsuki originally served as a rite during exorcisms, becoming a game for girls during the Muromachi period (1333-1568). It was often played at the New Year, using a hagoita (...
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Apr.22.2010
I thought I would get used to it, but I am finding it more odd the more I do it. What am I talking about? I'm talking about referring to my own books for information that I put into them to begin with. My non-fiction work is now a record of everything I know, but apparently can't remember. And...
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Apr.19.2010
  After yesterday evening's excitement, we decided to have a go at another recipe straight away. As we didn't decide this until half past five in the afternoon and needed to make time to visit the supermarket to buy ingredients, anything involving soaking overnight or simmering for three hours...
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Apr.18.2010
As I'd never eaten risotto before this evening, and I've never been overly fond of mushrooms, I thought kicking off with a mushroom risotto would be an adventurous start to this culinary quest. This turned out to be incredibly easy to make and made the flat smell incredible. It also made me a bit...
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Apr.16.2010
I've been a vegetarian for most of my life; since I was about three years old, to be precise (which is when I accidentally murdered an Italian chicken - but that's a whole different story).  And I'm not sure I was much of a meat eater before that, given the fact that I would have been toothless...
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Apr.08.2010
A while back, I read an article about the rituals of creative people. It said that some of us can only work in specific places, at specific times, with specific equipment... and, in some cases, wearing specific kinds of clothing. I thought to myself at the time that I didn't have any rituals... I...
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Apr.04.2010
  I've lost track of the number of times I've heard people say that famous movie stars/writers/musicians 'should remember the people who put them where they are'; that is to say, be indebted to their viewers, listeners or readers. This started me thinking (which is always a dangerous thing)....
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Apr.03.2010
I was asked recently why I felt it was important to go beyond focusing entirely on Japanese prints in order to fully appreciate them. I thought I'd explain my reasoning here, as it's not the first time I've been asked. Let's say we've been focusing entirely on Hokusai. Without studying the prints...
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Apr.03.2010
Yesterday evening, I visited the Royal Academy in London to see the exhibition 'The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters' which will be on until April 18th. The first exhibition of its kind in London for over forty years, it affords a unique opportunity not simply to view Van Gogh's drawings...
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Apr.01.2010
  With the publication of The Delightful Undoing of Patricia Enid Guppy, old Pat, doer of charitable works and boiler of tripe, will be going on the road, beginning with the book launch in Bath on July 10th at one of Waterstone's flagship stores. I do hope you'll come along and say hello if...
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Mar.31.2010
  This afternoon, my copy of Vincent van Gogh - The Letters arrived... the complete illustrated and annotated edition comprising six volumes, slipcased with a CD-ROM of the letters in their original languages. The set was published by Thames & Hudson in 2009 and went out of stock all over...
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Feb.28.2010
On March 24th, a sale of Japanese & Korean Art will take place at Christie's in New York, and amongst the 166 lots is a hanging scroll by the well-known artist Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-89). The painting depicts the Hell Courtesan (Jigoku dayū), a Takasu prostitute who is said to have attained...
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Feb.24.2010
The Tata Gallery has hit the news headlines in Sea View again this week, following a decision by its owner, Ivor Goodeye, to add a portrait of Mrs Patricia Enid Guppy to it's current show. Mr Goodeye came under fire last week following his insistence that he would not remove a portrait of Mrs...
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Feb.22.2010
  Murder on the Eiffel Tower By Claude Izner*Published: Gallic Books, 2007 Oooh, a book all about a crime-solving Parisian bookseller. As a Francophile who once sold antiquarian books, I was probably predisposed to like this one, but even I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The...
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