All entries for January 2007

January 17, 2007

Cocktails

I have been provided with a fine assortment of spirits from the drinks cabinet to cater for my mother's posh dinner party this saturday but find myself at a loss when it comes to cocktail recipes. What are your tried and tested favourites? Leave recipes with the comments (especially if they include spirits off the list) and I will use them to experiment on all the guests.

Le Alcohols:

  1. Absinthe
  2. Advocaat
  3. Apricot Liqueur
  4. Aquavit
  5. Baileys
  6. Blue Curacao
  7. Bols Parfait Amour
  8. Brandy
  9. Cream of Aniseed
  10. Cream Sherry
  11. Galliano
  12. Gin Mahon & Dry
  13. Martini Rosso
  14. Moscatel
  15. Peach Schnapps
  16. Pimm's No.1
  17. Pina Colada
  18. Rum
  19. Tequila
  20. Tintilla
  21. Triple Sec Curacao
  22. Vermouth Bianco
  23. Vodka
  24. Whisky


My personal favourite involves a large bottle of Baileys and a glass. 

M xxx 


January 10, 2007

Product vs. Process

The Painting

He was a little boy
And he was going to paint.
“What are you going to paint?”
Asked the teacher.

“The sky,” replied the little boy
And he picked up the brush
And dipped it into the paint
And painted a big blue sky
With a big yellow sun.

Then he turned around for
The teacher’s approval
But she moved on
To another little boy.

Then the little boy
Remembered the sky at dawn
With pink fluffy clouds
And a soft grey background.

So he dipped his brush
Into the pink and grey
And painted the sky at dawn.
But he’s seen other skies –
The sky at sunset
All red and orange and purple
So he painted the sky at sunset
Streaked with red
And orange and purple
And all the colours ran
Into each other
And the paper was very wet.

Then he painted the sky at night
And he dipped his brush
Into the dark blue
And studded the paper with
White stars and a yellow moon
And the sky before a storm
Angry and grey and dark,
And then he put down his brush
And stood back
Looking at what he had done

And that the colours had all run together,
All the blue and the pinkand
Red and orange and purple
And yellow
And had made a grey wet mess

“Goodness,” said the teacher
When she came back,
“That doesn’t look like the sky.”

But the little boy didn’t care.
It was exactly how
He wanted it
And he carefully put the painting
Away to dry.

by Winnie Pe##, 198#*
* unfortunately the only copy I have is very old and some letters were cut off the original by the photocopier.

Taking a look at some of the most recent blog images reminded me to post it. I wish I had read it when I was doing my A Levels and constantly getting criticism for not sharing the same vision as my art teacher; maybe things would have turned out differently. For starters I wouldn’t experience the urge to be sick every time I see a vase of dying flowers.

M xxx


January 09, 2007

Dissertation?

How to get it write.

  1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
  4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  5. Avoid clichés like the plague.
  6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
  7. Be more or less specific.
  8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
  9. One should never generalise.
  10. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  11. Don’t use no double negatives.
  12. Eschew ampersands, & abbreviations etc.
  13. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
  14. Understatement is always the best way to put forward earth shaking ideas.
  15. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
  16. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  17. Who need rhetorical questions?
  18. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  19. One word sentences? Eliminate.
    And finally…
  20. Proof read carefully to see if you any words out.

Anon.

:) M xxx


January 08, 2007

Oh and another thing

I disappeared for a while. But I now have hot steaming broadband being pumped straight into my room, so love me or hate me I’m back; Funnier, cuter and even more outrageously employable than before. Cue 24/7 msn in t minus 9 hours… well, a girl has to sleep


Dear Mr/Ms World

Enough.

Just give me a goddamn job already.

Not that I’m impatient or anything.

Lots of love,

Mia.


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