The Great Cousin Bake Off: Part Two
The bake off started last year as a way to spend a little more time with my cousins. They’re growing up fast and I wanted to do something that we could look back on in years to come and make some great memories (and cakes) in the process.
The challenge this year was for the two teams to create a cake each and to decorate and assemble their own ginger bread houses.
Our cake (as seen in my previous post) was Finn from Adventure Time, a simple Victoria sponge made to look like that fine young hero.
Our competitors made a deep pan tomato pizza cake complete with faux wedges.
So here’s a few more pics from the annual family bake off 2013.
Whilst ours was a great likeness, I have to hand it to the pizza team as theirs was way more technical than ours. However I think we nailed them on the ginger bread house.
I had an absolute blast, they may be growing up fast but they’re the sweetest girls I know and I really hope we continue this new tradition for years to come.
The Great Cousin Bake Off 2013 - Part One
Here’s mine and Ellie’s Finn the human cake from yesterday’s bake off.
I think we did a pretty good job on this decorated Victoria sponge.
We had a real blast, and it was real fun to spend some quality time with my cousins.
I’m not sure whether I prefer this or last years Pops from Regular Show, they both tasted bloody good.
X-Men: Apocalypse has been announced as the next film in the series to be directed by Bryan Singer with a 2016 release date set!!
I grew up as a massive fan and I still am, especially of the 90’s cartoon series and one villain who topped them all was Apocalypse.
Even though the films are sometimes quite sketchy to say the least, I can’t help but get excited about any releases based on the X-Men franchise.
I’m really looking forward to next year’s Days of Future Past (even though the trailer doesn’t break any boundaries and boarders on made-for-tv quality).
Apocalypse could be their swansong and a chance to showcase some amazing battles and even deaths once they’ve settled the time line. I called this last year, with Spidey 3 rumoured to feature the Sinister Six and Super-Man to include not only Batman but Wonder Woman as well, Apocalypse seemed the only resolution in this ‘Go big or Go Home’ super hero strategy the production companies are currently pushing.
I just hope they include the Horsemen, bring back Gambit, bring back Angel because if we don’t get Arch-Angel I’m going to be one very sad fan boy.
Oh and find a way to shove Cable in there somehow please Singer!
Holy Mary mother of God, just look at this beauty.
I don’t think I’ve ever set eyes on a vinyl box set so damn good looking.
The set is available at Theonlybandever.com for $250 plus shipping.
If only I could warrant spending so much on myself so close to Christmas :(
The box set includes;
ALEXISONFIRE – 2x12”
WATCH OUT! - 2x12”
CRISIS - 2x12”
OLD CROWS / YOUNG CARDINALS - 2x12”
THE SWITCHEROO SERIES - 12”
DEATH LETTER - 12”
DOGS BLOOD - 12”
MATH SHEETS DEMO - 10”
AUSSIE TOUR - 7”
INSULATION TAPES - 7”
CRISIS (BONUS TRACKS) - 7”
DEATH LETTER (BONUS TRACKS) - 7”
28 PAGE PHOTO BOOK
VINYL SLIPMAT & 45 ADAPTOR
Only 1000 pressings are to be made. What a box set, it’s a work of art and from one of my all time favourite bands.
One thing I’ve learned from watching American Horror Story…
You don’t fuck with Jessica Lange.
I’m really getting in to Coven, it’s such a great series and so well acted from the likes of Lange, Kathy Bates and Jamie Brewer.
I found series one genuinely frightening & unnerving at times, Coven is not scary in the slightest but it could be my favourite yet.
Only God Forgives
Erm…I’m not quite sure what to write.
First of all I loved Drive, I loved everything about it from the acting & dialogue to the soundtrack and cinematography yet Only God Forgives is something entirely different.
Did I enjoy the film? I’m still undecided. Do I understand why the majority of the reviews were incredibly negative? Yes, I completely understand why. It’s a difficult film to enjoy.
In terms of narrative and cinematography Nicolas Winding Refn is channelling his inner David Lynch here and I don’t like Lynch. The whole film feels disjointed and emotionless but I believe that’s exactly what Refn was hoping to achieve.
It’s an art house film through and through, it doesn’t always make sense and it’s not always clear. There’s no clear cut protagonists or antagonists, it’s basically characterless which makes it difficult to connect with, it’s hard to enjoy a film where you’re rooting for no one. Although throughout all this I still wouldn’t call it pretentious, sometimes it works and sometimes it just doesn’t.
I’ve heard people say the film was overly violent, but to be honest I found Drive to be more brutal. No one plays a sociopath like Gosling, the guy looks like he could and probably would kill you, yet isn’t the villain per se.
Some of the acting here is phenomenal (Scott Thomas) whilst in places it’s terrible, almost as if he hired guys from the local pub to read lines.
Don’t go in expecting Drive and you won’t be terribly disappointed, but I can’t promise you still won’t hate it (This film has half the dialogue and half the charm). It’s a dream like film, that I probably won’t watch again but I think it deserves at least one viewing from anyone who calls themselves a fan of film to make up their own mind.
I’m completely on the fence as to whether I liked it but I can say that this film is nothing to shout about.
Tonight I have something to look forward to because tonight is steak and movie night. Wooo!
The movie we’ll be watching is Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives through Netflix US.
I bloody love Netflix US (Media Hint ftw) it’s far superior to the English version and we get films like this!
Only God Forgives was only released on DVD last week in the UK yet on the American version of the streaming website it’s already available for your viewing pleasure.
I adored everything about Refn and Gosling’s Drive but I’ve heard nothing but mediocre reviews of this apparently overly brutal release. Only God Forgives was one of my most anticipated releases for 2013 but I never managed to catch it in the cinema.
I’ll let you know what I think.
I need this in or around my life. (sorry for the amended SuperBad quote).
This little device is amazing, it allows you the simple pleasure of playing your old NES/SNES cartridges on the go.
In this day and age of emulators that most decent smart phones can play one might argue, what’s the point?
Yet if you’re as old as I am and still have all your cartridges in a box somewhere it’s a great way to rediscover your youth. Plus in my opinion you need a real controller to enjoy some of these titles that a phone just can’ t replicate well enough.
I was more of a Mega Drive kid but the appeal is still there, I have loads of old NES & SNES titles somewhere that I’d love to dig out. I’d could have really used this handheld device a year or so back when I was playing Zelda II again. If I had it now I’d use it to finally beat Bucky O’Hare which is up there with Zelda II and The Lion King as one of the hardest games I’ve ever played.
Alas $79.99 (plus postage) is a little steep, if it was a Mega Drive/Genesis version…I’d buy it in a heartbeat. I’ve been looking for one for years, I think I’ll save my pennies and continue my search.
This pic describes exactly how I’ve felt this week.
I’m so damn busy at the moment I feel exactly like Sonic does here lol.
With the new job on the horizon, home renovating, Christmas shopping….arghhh! I need to de-stress.
Although it’s nearly the weekend and I cannot wait for good friends, good food and good whisky!
In other news I just finished The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls by J.D. Salinger.
No one writes short stories like Salinger. It really is something else. I can’t wait for The Last & Best of the Peter-Pan’s to be released.
If anyone fancies reading the leaked Salinger stories, click here.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Pardon my language but if this turns out to be true…
Three unpublished short stories by J. D. Salinger have been leaked online.
The collection known as ‘Three Stories’ includes ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’, ‘Paula’ and ‘Birthday Boy’.
All three have apparently only been available to read in certain universities under strict supervision…until now.
I love Salinger and this news has made my day. If any of you havn’t read ‘Teddy’ you are truly missing out.
I once read somewhere that ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was not to be published until 50 years after Salinger’s death. I feared I’d never get the chance, alas now I finally will.
Hopefully they’ll be more to come, official releases that is. The Salinger Estate will have lost thousands with this leak.
I’m so excited lol.