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October 08, 2007

The Art of the Seminar…

Right.  From first principles, I should be writing important things rather than this but never mind.

I'm genuinely worried.  Having always found seminars daunting as a 'student' and fairly imposing as a tutor, the thought of a faculty seminar fills me with fear.

Pros:

  • I am supposed to be an expert in my field.

  • The audience should be informed and there voluntarily.

  • It should focus my thoughts and research output.

  • It invites critique before submission and the dreaded viva.

Cons:

  • I am supposed to be an expert in my field.

  • The audience should be informed and there voluntarily.

  • The (presenter/participant) power balance isn't integral by merit of my presenting - faculty are likely to 'flex their academic muscle' regardless of interest/necessity.  This is intimidating.

  • I need a title NOW, whereas the seminar isn't until December...

Maybe if the whole 30-40 minutes is presented in the style of Officer Crabtree (Allo Allo) it will emphasize all the important bits with the characters propensity to use very very odd vowel sounds:  One can only hope... 


August 10, 2007

Studies of relationships; comic style!

OK, here it is, the return of (Dah-dah-dah-daaaaaaaaah…)

Bowdy’s Guide To Webcomics!

As I’ve been on Drunk Duck for ages now, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you a couple of my favourite titles. A long standing one of which is *Rainbow Carousel”.

Created by an artist called Wyldflowa, it has both an individual style and some of the most endearing characters I’ve ever seen! The main story is about a boy called Bubblegum who has just been moved to a new area by his mum after their divorce. First of all we see him arriving at a new school where the most popular girl there immediatly takes a shine to him. Shame he doesn’t shine the same way…

The current arc is involved with him going on a date with a black elf he met in the park who works at the carnaval where the fabled Rainbow Carousel is. What it is and what will happen on it I don’t know!

One of my favourite things about this comic is how down-to-earth it is while being based in a fantasy version of reality; the authors own candidness about her own life probably has a lot to do with it, but the scene where when Bubblegum’s mum wants him to go on the date and gives him condoms to take with him just in case is wicked. It’s just as embarassing as most English kids would find it and yet that highlights one of the things that’s so wrong with society!

Plus all the guys are soooo pretty!!!

This girl is going to go seriously far, so I think you ought to check her out; www.drunkduck.com/rainbow_carousel

The second is also a predominantly homosexual piece, called Lama Glama. I only started with this a few days ago, but it’s amused me so very much that I think everyone should get in on the fun! Fans of Boy meets Boy who can appreciate a little more corsenessin their bishie’s will love it!

The comic itself has just started out;three brothers and their mum from Mexico have moved to Canada, taking Jaoquin’s best friend Brandon with them. The youngest brother is (to those who know him at all, i.e. not his parents or older bro!) out-and-out gay, and a bit of a ho, bless him. Joaquin is currently coming to terms withthe fact he at least has gay tendencies, but as he hates everyone except Brandon and his brother, we can’t be sure if he’s totally swinging the other way or if he’s gonna stick in the middle. The current page where he’s going on his first gay date is sooo funny! http://www.drunkduck.com/Lama_Glama/?p=259158

Well, it amuses me. This comic hasn’t really gotten to the heart-felt bits yet, but the characters are immediately likeable, the author’s sense of humour is great, and I love it for the amusing asides and backgrounds too!

He’s also created a great spin-off section, “Loins of Justice” where he puts character profiles and pages on which his slightly perverse imagination has run wild…the great thing is it carries off the tongue-in-cheek vibe perfectly, and had me in stitches. Especialy seeing Jaoquin dresses up as various Disney females…so..funny!!!

Anyway, these are how I reccommend you spend your days. I have to go to the bank and pack some more!


July 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to It!

Yay! Sarah, you always cheer me up (not to mention boost my ego! _)

Here just for you is the picture, more gothic goodness from the MIL girls;

Happy Second Birthday

Also, if you pop by Deviant you’ll see a Maelstrom related image, probably my single longest-to-complete piece. I nutured that thing into life, and my God (literally) it’s beautiful! http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/60754954/

Well, that’s all for today…Man I wish my folders were finished…


July 26, 2007

The Past Four Years

Are currently spread out around me as I try to figure out what’s actually useful and what’s not…

So here’s a little pause for thought, as it were, while I decide which folder to attack next…

I think the saddest thing I’ve found so far is the tattoo I designed for a friend of mine who I haven’t seen for over a year now. Seems it’s harder and harder to meet up with people these days. I won’t tell you how many messages I sent out yesterday, but only the lovely Miss Hayley Belle has replied and forthwith taken it upon herself to alert the great and good of Cowplain (or at least those weirdos we went to college with!).

Part of me’s wandering if I should use facebook more to root them out, but a certain group aren’t on there, and although one of them has kept in vague contact over the last few months, seems hes out of credit. Or something.

So, I made the actualy decision today that, housemates willing “Bowdy’s BBQ 2007” will be held at our new abode in the Midlands. Yes, we have a new abode, in Earlsdon. It’s very nice, thank you, and we’ll be moving in mid-August.

This is of course, no offense to any of the old pose, and I’m hoping a number of them will be able to make it up to see where these past four years have been spent. But it does mean that I’ll be a tad more central and hopefully a fair few will be able to make it from the many groups of friends I have created over these years.

It’s funny how those groups change, how emotions shift; some of my friends appear to be growing up very quickly, some appear to have regressed, some have been much better to me than I probably deserve, and some I’ve tried to the point where I’m giving up. Then, I suppose that’s where we start making all those little differentiations, isn’t it? Friend, aquaintance, something in between.

Anyway, now I’m just stream-of-conciousing.There’ll be an arts upload tomorrow, including the “Happy Second Birthday” image for MIL, which, I note also passed without anyone else noticing, even though it was part of my MSN name!! Ah well, I’m proud.

I think some of this is overlap/throwback from the events of the weekend; we went to Maelstrom, which was ace, even though my character ended up upset for about 50% of it, and the two people she could possibley have discussed it with rationally weren’t there/available! Poor little Sha…


July 10, 2007

Preview

Yay! the banner’s back! (I couldn’t see it for a while)

Well, here’s the “coming soon” page-the comic will now be moving to Drunk Duck, although there’ll still be specials on here sometimes and general rants about my life…not now though…too tired!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/59498721/

Later!


July 07, 2007

Working on it!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/59208215/

Here’s the lineart for the new cover, currently colouring it! contains a link to a height comp-AJY is so small!!


July 06, 2007

Update! (at last?!)

Yo, Blogfans, long time no see!

Well, the end of term was hectic as you like! Tried to do everything and see everyone and as such the arts got a bit neglected to say the least!

BUT all that will soon change! I have planned Chapter 10 (again!!) and am working on the cover, I still know I have some late commissions to do and will be starting “Her Secret World” shortly. Although the origonal artbook got lost in the move, my vanity had me put three character designs up on deviantArt, so they are safe! Hurrah!

The downside is my scanner is under Rach’s bed, so it’ll depend how well the designs go as to whether I plug it in now or wait till I get home in a week and a half.

Also, the comic will soon be moving perminantly to Drunk Duck.This will make life better for everyone as the archive is actually usable and the layout is better, although not too personalised yet! There will still be some previews and bonuses on here for you guys, you who have been with me for so long…sob

OK, not getting mushy-Graduation will have enough mush for all!

Time to crack on then…


June 11, 2007

MAEL–FROTH!!

So, this weekend saw the senior section (i.e. the ones with no more exams!) of Warwick LARPS attend Maelstrom, a Live Action event which occurs four time a year at various sites around the country.

This was mine and Casp’s second event and everyone else’s (Laura, Dan, BJ and Izzy’s) first, I don’t know how many times Tori and Sacha have been, but I’m jealous! Anyway…

I won’t worry you too much with plot, cos to be honest there’s far too much and you really have to be there to understand the sheer awesomeness of 800 LARP-ers in about 10 different races and variations thereon, three in-character fields and one man walking round in a 15 foot dragon costume!!

Add to that Messangers from the Gods materialising in your gazebo, battles raging outside the door and everyone having about three alterior motives never mind the ones they actually display to those around them and you have an incredible weekend!

The other ace bit is I have no responsibility in the system, and even in this group! I just ditz around learning Sourcery. It’s great.

Six weeks til the next one…


June 08, 2007

Thank you!

Hey guys, a big thanks to Helen, Holly and Casper and Aisa and George on Facebook for their help-I did use some of it in the exam, it was genuinely useful! (Then again I almost quoted ROFLcats in my exam…)

It went well, nothing unexpected, and the most important thing is IT WAS THE LAST ONE!!! I’m free, free at last!

And shattered!

So, Monday will see…actually, I don’t know what Monday will see, probably a froth about Maelstrom, which is where I’m headed for the weekend. Then I’ll be starteing my “back to basics” training, although I will be sketching the boys for “Her Secret World” at various intervals over the weekend…when they’re not in make-up…

Thanks again everyone, you were a real help! Oh, and there is a new shiney thing over on Deviant, check it out! xxx


June 04, 2007

Blogs, culture and controversy…

Hey, Blogfans!

Remember those heady days not so long ago when we first stepped into the blogosphere and blogged every little detail of our Warwick (and not so Warwick) lives? The days when Sam Hates was just germinating, and the likes of Dan Lawrence and Holly Cruise just finding their satirical feet?

Well, it has been a good 2 years and more now for some of us, and others use Live Journal or various other programmes, and as I’m sitting my Culture and Controvery exam on Thursday which contains a question related to modern technologies and language (and possibly the learning thereof), what are peoples views on this little section of our vast, hypermedia-rife world?

I’d greatly appreciate responses from anyone who reads/writes/hates blogs and online journals;

What are they good for?

What are they not so good for?

Should they be encouraged or not?

Do you think there’s scope for them as learning tools for students or is PDP just another word for “Ranting about my own miserable existance”?

You won’t be quoted directly, I’m just curious, and if you don’t want your opinion shown here, you can always email me via the address in the Life of Bowdy section.

Cheers m’dears. There’ll be a pretty icture on Deviant soon, as some kind of reward!


June 01, 2007

Exams; The Block

Thanks for the support Casper! But it’s not just me, most of the English Specialists had to get through it, and the Scientists have their last three yesterday,today,tomorrow (including Carrie) so well done/keep it up to everyone! We’re doing so well!

So, Curriculum Maths was…interesting…Section B had changed a bit from previous years, but we were prepared and I think it went alright. Pedagogy I’m also quite confident about, although the EAL question was tricky as I didn’t think English Co-ordinators had as high a responsibility for integration as the EAL Co-ordinators do, but I got down the info I’d learned-felt quite hazy afterwards (it was the first 3 hour one) but Carrie made me a coffee and we soldiered on-she’s been a star because she revises in the kitchen a lot and although I don’t really have a revision-buddy for my subject, just sitting out with her really helped me get down to some good work, so big hugs and thanks to her!

On Wednesday, us English-ers were chatting and figured that Thursday, having done so much we’d feel like we’d finished, and would wander off with the elation which would have to be tempered down in order to work on the Language (or the alternative nineteenth century paper) for late next week.

However, the questions were all so horrible that we all came out downcast and unsure how to proceed. Personally I did manage to answer them, but they weren’t really discussing the book in relation to it’s genre, but one was character based and the other asked if Atwood’s dystopic predictions (bearing in mind The Handmaid’s Tale is set now-ish) are right! my back-up book was asking whether it had anything to teach third generation feminist novels or if it was obsolete! So much for a back-up…

After the initial shock, the Atwood question was quite revelatory; at the moment the predictions for women are (thankfully) inaccurate but there are some parallels with motherhood (as I was explaining to Matt in the pub; sorry dude, you did ask!) also, it could possibly happen, what with money being basically electronic and it being predominantly men in power. So, come on girls, get into politics, or your sex is doomed!

So yeah, with a bit of perspective, I (hopefully) didn’t do too badly, it just looked and felt shocking at the time!

But, on the plus side, one more to go, and Jo and Jubes are visiting this weekend, so much fun is to be had!

Everyone come to “Hippy” Crash tonight!! Do iiiit!!!


May 28, 2007

Exams; the story so far

OK, so the first two have gone fine, nothing unexpected and the science was so open that really you could pour everything you’d learned onto the page and should (hopefully) get some credit!

Today was Dave (Housemate Dave)’s birthday, so much fun and celebration (and food) was had but we’ve also bent ourselves to Mathematics (Curriculum style). We discovered via the lecture notes that section B may not be as we had anticipated, but have figured that as long as we know why children have certain misconceptions and can adapt those to whatever question we get we should be fine.

My main concern lies with Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday (pedagogy, or “How I will one day be Literacy Co-ordinator) contains questions for which my research is…lets say patchy…so, luckily as tomorrow’s exam is in the am, I have all the pm to revise in the library to make up for it! I also have a “How to be a Literacy Co-ordinator” book here which I may read before bed.

The other thing(s) I may read before bed are any of my feminist literature books. Again, know the books, just need some critical support. Alsom, am fairly confident about the nature of the question on each. “But this looks easy” you cry “What on Eath is she complaining about?”

You know that feeling when you can stare and stare and read and read and it just doesn’t stay?

You also know that feeling when you don’t want to confuse yourself by revising everything at once but you have 3 exams in 3 days?

And that feeling when you’ve had so much pizza and cake that it’s probably done more damage than all the beer you could drink ever and your head is full of cotton wool?!!?

Yeah, that’s me, right now. At least I have my new insane mage character to use in the LARPS forum to vent every so often.

Also, here’s a list of things I’d want to be doing but feel I can’t cos I have to prepare for these £6^£*&”)(”$(k-ing exams…

drawing pretty, vaguely MIL related bonus-come-anatomy studies (OK, so it’s Isaac topless, so sue me!)

Also conducting studies leading to the “Her Secret World” work-Dan, Casper and B.J. I need to see you about those, perhaps Sunday night, post adventure?

Making some actual progress in Chibi LARPS or The Tales…

Putting up something to celebrate my 1000+ on deviant

Trying to figure how to save my falling viewing figures on DD, although apparently comic viewing figures fall in he summer anyway

Planning chapter 10

Finishing the commissions that are two months/two weeks over due!!

And that’s just for starters!

Bloody exams…roll on Thursday…


May 24, 2007

MySpace

Thanks Sarah! OK, the MySpace should be findable at http://www.myspace.com/claireb23, as that is apparently my URL-let me know how you get on!

Also, for anyone who I haven’t jumped on and informed yet; I have a job!! I will be teaching at Templars Primary from September! Yay me!

So, Curriculum English tomorrow, I’ll let you know how it goes…


May 22, 2007

This is the end…

MIL9v

MIL9w

Of this chapter!

Wow, 23 pages, longest one yet! Any opinions would be greatly appreciated, big thanks to Casper and Sarah for their support, as always! And check it out, the top page is verging on fan-service!! (I have less shame than usual…)

What I’ve decided to do is go “back to basics” for a bit, do more studies and practices, so the story is taking a pause here for a while-not to mention I managed to lose the plan I had for chapter 10, no idea where it’s gone! And I kinda have these things called “exams” from Friday to Thursday? I mean they’re not that important, but I think I’m supposed to pass at least!

Plus I have a back-log of commissions (b-day presents and a prize) and a whole load of new ideas-Chibi LARPS needs to actually get to the piss-taking story stage, and I’ve always wanted to do a strip to accompany The Carter Manouevre’s “Her Secret World” and last night the plan just fell onto a piece of paper in front of me! So, keep ‘em pealed!

Also, for anyone who’s interested I got a music MySpace yesterday, and have put the recordings of Heron, Trigger and Time Apart that Jason and I did before Christmas. They’re quite amusing! I need some pics for them too…

Anyway, gonna go revise and practice and panic some more…I think I’ll use this more for venting over the next few days, which I know is dull, so consider this fair warning!

Much love x


May 14, 2007

Or maybe two!

MIL9u

OMG, it’s updated on the right day! Not only that but there are some new (albeit Chibi-LARPS related) incentives! so get voting people!...erm…please?!

So close to fan-service on this page, and yet so far…

Also, so near to the surprise chapter ENDING!! longest chapter so far, and doen’t it just feel like it!

As usual, any suggestion for free-talk subjects/bonus pics always welcome. Judging by previous experience there won’t be any, but I could genuinely do with a ego boost right now…those in the know know why. So, any suggestion, no matter how bizzarre will be warmly welcomed.


May 11, 2007

Americans and Galicians

This was originally sent to me from a Spanish friend, hopefully the humour is not lost in translation.

(FYI Galicia is a coastal region of Spain)

An ALLEGED conversation between Americans and Galicians recorded off the coast of Finisterre, Galicia.

<Transmission begins> 

Galician:
"This is A-853, please change your course fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us. You are coming straight towards us, distance 25 nautical miles."

American:
"We recommend that you change your course fifteen degrees North to avoid a collision."

Galician:
"Negative. We repeat, change your course fifteen degrees south to avoid a collision."

American:
"You are talking to the captain of a ship of the United States of America. We insist you turn your course fifteen degrees North to avoid a collision."

Galician:
"We do not consider that feasible or advisable, we suggest that you change your course fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us."

American (very angry):
"You are talking to Captain Richard James Howard, at the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln of the USA Navy, the second biggest warship of the North American fleet. We are escorted by two battleships, three destroyers, five cruisers, four submarines and numerous amphibious support vessels. We are on our way to the Persian Gulf to prepare military manoeuvres before a possible attack on Iraq.
I am not suggesting, I am ordering you to change your course fifteen degrees North! Otherwise we will be forced to take any measures necessary to guarantee both the safety of this ship and the force of this coalition. You belong to an allied country and a member of NATO, so obey immediately and get out of our way!"

Galician:
"You are speaking to Jose Manuel Otero-Rivas. We are two people. We are escorted by our dog, our food, two beers and a canary that is currently asleep.  We have the support of Radio Coruňa FM and Channel 16 for marine emergencies. We are not intending to move anywhere as we are speaking to you from the mainland, from lighthouse A-853 of Finisterre on the coast of Galicia, and we don’t have a f*cking clue what our ranking is of Spanish lighthouses.
You may take whatever measures you consider opportune and bloody well feel like to guarantee the safety of your goddamn ship, which is about to shred itself on the rocks, but what we continue to insist and suggest as the best, most sane and more recommendable course of action, is to turn fifteen degrees South to avoid colliding with us."

American:
"OK. Received. Thank you."

<End of transmission>

I like :D 

Mx 


May 08, 2007

MIL–one act of violence per page!

MIL9ti

Horray for being up and motivated! I’m proud of this page purely for Carwyn’s left hand! (what, it’s a good hand!)


May 07, 2007

And so do I!!!

Oh, I was so on schedule, and then I just popped into Maelstrom to get my number for Phil and discover…I have a lot of work to do over the remaining week of downtime! Profound Decisions are ever so helpful though, I’m sure it will all fall into place…so I’ll say wednesday at the latest? I really ought to go read some more HMT before bed!

Thanks for the epic comment Sarah! Glad you’re still with us! Even more than I am, it seems!!


May 02, 2007

And she tries so hard…

MIL9s

Yes, calm yourself, and quiet your wild cries, I had not forgotten you! I’ve just been trying to go in so many directions lately I’ve ended up doing little bits at a time and this page has taken me three days!!! (wouldn’t think so, would ya?! ;-))

Yeah, one of the things was the auditions for Boy Number 5, my addition to the Arts Festival-they went well, not as well attended as I’d hoped but the quality was there which is what I was really looking for! The great thing is when the casting is done I’m not really involved, I just get to see something I wrote get performed! Please come and watch it with me! I’ll let you know the definate time when I have it!

Also starting this week (tonight, possibly) is a new comic project, Chibi-LARPS Theatre, a venue for multiple in-jokes and terrible geeky humour all presented in (you guessed it!) CHIBI!!!

To celebrate the handing in of my dissertation (yes, it got finished!) I got myself even more Copics to aid with my many projects! Non-geeks look away now…

E11, Barely Beige-finally a boyish skin tone!
E19, Redwood-good for leather and other adventurer-suitable fabrics.
B00, Frost Blue-to aid white surface shading
B32, Pale Blue-suitable for blue eyes
B18, Lapis Lazuli-to be shaded by Prussian Blue
G28, Ocean Green-cos I needed a dark green…
G14, Apple Green- ...and a mid green…
G21, Lime Green-...and a pale green!
R59, Cardinal-Dark Fius (and possibly later “D”) haircolour

The last two I miss-ordered as sketch markers not just the normal markers. It lead to me finding the brush tip, which feels great to colour with, but requires severe concentration in fine areas! This lot all looked very sensible; I have decided my next order will not contain Earthtones, I have so many, and so few purples! I also got a case, so now there are 24 in there, the sketch markers are in their own box and the Toners are in another-is it sad that I have over £100 in marker pens?!

Wait til you see the results though!!

So yeah, sorry for the absence, will try to make up for it, although I am going to revise too…promise, Sue!


Things To Do After You Die

I don't know about everybody else, but some lists of "Things to do before you die" drive me mad. I am never going to make it to the moon ok?! Nor am I any more likely to see the Titanic in person or climb mount everest. And those are the better suggestions. Some are plain insane. Surely anyone with two braincells to rub together can tell that "lighting a match with a rifle" is probably going to be the last thing they do before they die! It just makes me want to poke the authors in the face with a blunt spoon until they get a nasty looking red patch on their cheek and tell me to stop.

It is rather biased. After all, I'm going to be dead for a hell of a lot longer than I'll be alive; infinitely so in fact. A little preparation wouldn't hurt... Oh well, revision insanity last year helped to compile this list and I've only just rediscovered it, so here it is. If you're sure the exams are going to kill you this year then get reading...

Things To Do After You Die 

  1. Be buried
  2. Be cremated
  3. Be made into a glass paperweight
  4. Be buried at sea
  5. Be fed to wild animals
  6. Have a wax deathmask made
  7. Get stuffed
  8. Be shot into outer space
  9. Be mummified
  10. Be used to stuff a plush toy
  11. Have yourself scattered somewhere
  12. Be served as lunch
  13. Donate your organs for transplantation
  14. Donate your body to science
  15. Have yourself pumped full of resin then dissolved in acid so that only your cardiovascular system is preserved
  16. Leave everything to a cat
  17. Put conditions in your will a la “the Bachelor”
  18. Be recreated as a waxwork statue
  19. Have a monument built in your memory
  20. Poison your wake and bring them all with you
  21. Be set on fire
  22. Be twung from between two trees in a sling
  23. Leave behind a long list of secrets you said you’d take to your grave
  24. Haunt someone
  25. Possess someone
  26. Misplace the family’s TV/VCR remotes
  27. Curse someone
  28. Come back to life three days later
  29. Ask to be carted away like in the middle ages
  30. Be entombed beneath a pyramid
  31. Get shipped off to somewhere tropical
  32. Become a zombie
  33. Be cryogenically frozen
  34. Have your head put in a jar
  35. Be eaten by piranhas
  36. Be turned into a firework
  37. Have you ashes compressed into a diamond
  38. Pre-order a grave statue that gestures obscenely at passers-by
  39. Hire professional mourners to out-mourn your family
  40. Be stuffed with sweets and strung up like a piňata
  41. Be reincarnated
  42. Request a circus themed funeral
  43. Be buried in drag
  44. Undergo saponification
  45. Pre-order a novelty cock-shaped wreath for the funeral
  46. Imply it was murder on your deathbed
  47. Leave a note for someone saying “You’re next”
  48. Hire a swedish deathmetal group to perform at the wake
  49. Have an entire subsection of your will dedicated to the distribution of your porn collection
  50. Invent somebody in your will
  51. Line your coffin with money and take it all with you
  52. Request to be buried with a packed lunch “for the trip”
  53. Have a traditional tibetan burial and be ground up and fed to vultures
  54. Be preserved seated in the lotus position and covered in gold
  55. Have your bones made into a chandelier
  56. Play UNO with Jesus (and win)

Mx



May 01, 2007

The Something Random Guide to: Making Vodka Jellies

Follow-up to The Something Random Guide to: Making A Vodka Infusion. from Something Random

I figure it's about time i did a follow-up, especially with post-exam-celebration season looming!

Vodka Jellies

In the interest of thorough scientific practice I’m expanding my collection of alcohol related recipes by adding the immortal creation that is “Something Random’s Perfect Jelly Shot”. This recipe is still largely unknown among my friends, one reason for this being that those who encounter the fabled shots do tend to experience a certain amount of amnesia the following morning. But regardless of the memory-loss everyone agrees that they taste amazing; even if they still can’t understand how they managed to fall asleep on the floor curled up around a small potted plant and with their hand taped to a spatula.

As always read through completely before you start and make sure there is plenty of kitchen roll to hand just in case. It may not be the definitive recipe but it 's fast and simple and hasn't let me down yet.

Ingredients:

8 packets of jelly (where each packet is to make 1 pint)
1 x 70cl bottle of vodka (again cheap wodka is fine, you won’t notice)
2 x 225g bags haribo tangfastics
1 clean empty bottle with lid
Water
About 40 shot glasses (the usual size for jellies is 6.5cl = 2.3 fl.oz.)

Method:

    1. Open the tangfastics and separate out the cherries. Put these to one side and feed the others to your minions/housemates/dog. At this stage in the proceedings there are usually a lot of minions loitering around – they sense the haribo.
    2. Cut up the cherries, separating the green and red parts. Again, feed the green leftovers to your minions. Further cut up the red bits and put them in a bowl on one side.
    3. Now turn to the vodka. Pour about a third of it into the other bottle to be stored temporarily.
    4. Transfer the chopped up cherries into the original vodka bottle. This is easiest done slowly and by hand because the pieces are so sticky. Any attempts to use a funnel will just result in a mess as it will get blocked and you’ll have to free it with a chopstick.
    5. Run a sink/bucket full of hot water and place this bottle in it. Ensure the lid is on tightly enough to prevent any leakage.
    6. At intervals invert the bottle and shake gently to facilitate the dissolving of the cherries. Vodka is a solvent so this shouldn’t take too long. If at this point the cherries are still not dissolving try putting a bit of the excess vodka back in the bottle.
    7. Once completely dissolved remove from the water and place to one side to cool
    8. Next make the jelly. There are various methods of doing this, using a microwave or a large pan on a low heat. Either are valid but it’s important to use as little water as feasibly possible. This will help to speed up the cooling down when you come to add the rest of the water.
    9. When the jelly is all liquid take it off the heat and add cold water (and ice cubes if you have them) to cool it down. By now the mixture should have a volume of no more than 2 pints. If there are more than two pints of jelly at this point there is a risk that the jelly will not set.
    10. Add the cherry vodka and the spare stored vodka then top up the volume to a total of 4 pints. The best way of doing this is by measuring the mixture&vodka out a pint at a time with a measuring jug (or pint-sized container eg a glass milk bottle) then topping up at the end with the appropriate amount of water.
    11. Set out the glasses in a grid on a baking tray and fill them with about 50 ml each. This should allow for about 35-40 jellies and will also make each of them as strong as a standard 25ml shot of vodka. Let people know this because its hard to judge the strength of the shots from taste alone the sweetness makes it very misleading!
    12. Put the trays of jellies on a level surface in the fridge to set, then take them out and enjoy!

    Points to remember:

    • Most jellies contain pork extract, however there are varieties available that dont. This is something to bear in mind if you are catering for vegetarians.
    • I have also seen sugarfree brands and jelly powders in sachets. These should work fine but unless youve done a test run first consider making them a little in advance in case something goes wrong.
    • If worst comes to worst and the jellies refuse to set it is possible to cheat by chilling them in the freezer until they solidify some more. Be careful, too much time in the freezer and they are liable to freeze round the edges. This ruins the texture of the jelly.
    • If youve really messed up and its staying liquid, it is possible to stage a last ditch attempt at rescue by pouring the jellies back together again and adding a couple more packets of jelly before returning them to their individual glasses. However this is something that would be better off avoided as not only does it make an awful mess of both the glasses and your kitchen but it also wastes a lot of the mix.

    Prices:Jelly

    Two rounds of this recipe will use:

    2x70cl cheap vodka £13.00
    4bags haribo £4
    16 packets jelly £3.50
    80
    glasses (100 incP&P) £10.00

    Which should come to about £30.50 in total.

    Or £0.38 per jelly which, I think youll agree, is pretty good going for party fodder - especially considering they're the equivalent of a shot each.

    Ive not yet had the opportunity to work out the calories or weight watchers points per jelly shot but will do so at the next available opportunity.

    Mx 



    April 29, 2007

    Back to the fold

    Well it's only taken me three months to get my username back. And although it would have been a lot faster if I'd bothered to email when I discovered the problem, It would have been even simpler if the WGA hadn't deleted me. Call me fussy but some kind of notice would have been nice. Maybe a letter or a post-it, or a note with some flowers or even a thorntons egg carefully iced with the message "kiss your blog byebye". At least then I could have eaten the bad news as a festive snack. :/ Ah well. I'm back. Like the unwanted dandylion in the middle of your pristine lawn. Ahahaha... :)

    Mx 


    April 25, 2007

    Progress…in one direction…

    So yeah, if you’re bored/skiving/just lovely then pop over to deviantart (link in the side-bar there!) to get to the new uploads! The colour version of the Omake (the Anna one!) will be on Drunk Duck on Friday.

    Also, next week I will attempt to get some new incentives up! Promise!

    (I’m half-way through the project, by the way!)


    April 23, 2007

    Project week!

    Hey all, for anyone who doesn’t know my equivalent-to-a-dissertation is due on Friday, so there may be an update, depending how quickly progress is made, bearing in mind I also have the joy of lectures this week!

    On the brightside, I’ll be re-scanning the colour pictures and putting up a fantastic Omake with a character from the comic dressed as a character from a new project which is in the works…any guesses? Deviant might give you a clue…

    Anyways, just getting it all organised, then it’s Language; culture and controversy, so yeah. Good luck for the next term, everyone! It’s gonna hurt…


    April 17, 2007

    Look into my eyes…

    MIL9r

    This would have been on time if Dad’s computer hedn’t decided otherwise! Ah well.

    Thanks for the praise, Casper, but no one has anything to say about either version? not the odd proportions? the strange mashed-together appearance? and even if that didn’t come across the daft collection of colours, not to mention her clothes didn’t so much change as mutate? No? Perhaps I didn’t do as good a job as I’d hoped. Ah well, back to some good ol’ brain washing then!