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It’s Baking time!

I enjoy being a student who can cook. The traditional student is obviously one that just shoves beans in the microwave but i like to get away from that stereotype. Most recently, and for a while now, I have been making bread. First off I tried my hand at nice and simple plain bread, next stop was rye bread (I tried it once, the first I was happy with, the second taste like halitosis), I am currently on my brown bread phase and am loving it.

I think whilst there hasn’t been much diversity in my baking I have managed to perfect it by slotting into my routine. Wake up, put the dough in the oven, make the dough for the next loaf (takes 5 minutes max.), and then voila my bread is made, perfect for my ham sandwiches.. or when i was feeling good about myself for some homemade burgers.

burger time at chez-moi!

The recipe:

However much flour you want (be adventurous see where it takes you) – plain loaf obviously plain flour, brown for brown, etc.

Sprinkling of yeast

Sprinkling of sugar (caster will do)

water

1. Put everything but the water in a bowl and mix together.

2. Add the water and mix until it all comes together into a doughy ball.

3. Put a lid on it and put to one side.

4. The longer you leave it the more mature the taste, I like to leave it for a day or so so its smells nice and sour when i put it n the oven..

5. Put it in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for about 30 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

The point is to have fun in your kitchen and create something simple that is satisfying, go out and experiement with flavours as well by adding stuff to the dough before you put it in the oven. E.g. walnuts/ tomato puree/ herbs…

Tell me what you think/ If you have any ideas for my baker’s hands…

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Kony 2012: Can Facebook Spark A War?

I get it I really do, we need to help others around us with the privileges that we have. The advantages through being born in rich areas that live in peace and have sleepy suburbs, and because of this we should give all our pennies and concern to the rest of the world:

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven”

(Matthew 19:16-30)

This is a philosophy that has holds us in our society. We give and we will be rewarded in heaven. Admittedly with the advancement of atheism, the acknowledgement turns to the short term happiness and a feeling of self-worth. However, just as a voter feels hard done by by a party that they use their valuable vote for, and that party does not follow through, I feel this same disappointment. I see no difference in Africa, I see no difference in India, all I see is that on Comic relief they show how much good our money could do one year only for the next for it to be in the same situation. One school is built, few families are saved, but more importantly more money is needed along but it can only be achieved with a lot more emotional investment and it does not take much for a person with a little bit of intelligence and a good sense of making a film to know how to manipulate the world into putty in their hands. The video that is freshest, and is actually the inspiration for this blog piece is of course Kony 2012…

The reactions have been right to the information that people have been given, and i want to make it clear that I do not condone in any way the suffering that happens as mentioned in this video or otherwise. The aim of this post is to try to get people to think for themselves, be skeptical. When I sat down to educate myself of the newest viral that had sparked outrage around the social media world I could not help but feel manipulated. His cute blonde son helps tell the story of how “bad men” hurt others, and it is clear that I am not the only one who feels this way:

http://jezebel.com/5891269/think-twice-before-donating-to-kony-2012-the-meme-du-jour

Yes we see it on a personal level, but if we saw the facts in front of us I am sure it would not sparka  viral wildfire like it has done.

To show exactly how we, as the public can be manipulated, I will use this example:

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

This is the experiment where, upon given the right information, the public would want to ban water (or dihydrogen monoxide) as we are only given the negatives of what it can do.

As for the Kony video it does not take much research into the youtube comments to find people calling for war. I am sure if you look at what people were saying before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will find similar comments in the press of how we must go to war as a retaliation. We must get Saddam out as he is a monster, it is our duty as the West. Now it seems as though Iraq was an oil field and the war was a process of the West asserting its influence over the East.

We all are clever, we can all deduce what we wish and what we want out of a situation, but before we just hear what a cute blonde child has to say, it would be nice if we could question why we are being told this by a child and not an adult. Whether we are watching something telling us dihydrogen monoxide is dangerous, or whether we are reading between the lines and seeing that we are really reading about water.

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my brand new tv show

I realise i have abused my blog a little bit, i haven’t written in it at all since i started university. However, contrary to everything else factual and seemingly with integrity i am posting a link to a video that me and a couple of friends made at the student tv society, i hope you enjoy and can give me as many views as possible because so many hours went into this..

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Are You a Selfish blogger?

It is a crime that I am sure many of us commit. We write a new post and feel the world should want to know our opinion or our newly discovered fact. We may spell check it (or not depending on how sincerely we blog) and then we go about advertising this to our friends and family. But the views that really boost our egos are the ones from anonymous surfers of the web, people who have no obligation to read what we have to say.

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I know I try to figure out ways of bumping up my view count, and the fact is none of my friends or family really know about my blog as I feel it is between me, the internet and whoever else is on their computer at quarter past midnight. I take the most pride in my blog when I think that someone is taking a couple of minutes out to hear what I have to say and my experiences, and I think it is only right to pay them back with a read of theirs even if I have no way of knowing who is reading my blog. As blogging is a community experience, without reading there would be no point in writing, even if it is for the 4 views today and the 2 next week. It is all worth it as even the smallest person can have a voice which can be heard.

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The Joy of Spurs

I have seen baseball in San Francisco, basketball in Los Angeles, and foot ball in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Weston super mare and Yeovil. But I had never been to a premiership football match. On Saturday I went to my first one: Tottenham Vs. Wolves at White Hart Lane. I was in the Park Lane stand, equipped with my brand new spurs scarf and a passion for spurs football. Everyone there is friendly and happy to talk about their favourite club and pass time.

Despite the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur the stands filled up in the minutes before the players took the pitch. The crowd took to their feet as the match started and the chants followed suit, along with the occasional ‘wanker’ shouted at the Wolverhampton fans in the corner.

To stay in the favours and to pretend I knew a lot about what I was watching I said the safe things that you can about a football team; ‘never a boring one nil with spurs is it..’ and ‘Robbie Keane just isn’t what he used to be.’ Wolves were the first scorers in the match, and to my surprise, it hurt to see them score, especially when you heard the brummy cheers dominate the stadium.

Of course when we equalised it was much more satisfying, with Van der Vaart slotting the penalty won by Al Hutton. The next chant to arise was ‘YID-O’ to the Dutchman’s achievement, as the spurs fans embraced Tottenham’s roots in Jewish culture.

By the end of the match my voice was hoarse and my spirits were high as we had won 3-1 thanks to Al Hutton fluking one in the back of the net. The newest chant was ‘1-0 and you f*cked it up’ . As I squeezed through hundreds of relieved North Londoners I felt like we had been through it all and I felt part of the collective unit that is premiership football. Coming from that game I can finally understand why people look forward to the weekend and why it means so much. To be a part of this is a privilege and something I would be more than happy to be included in again as it is truly unique and something I highly recommend.

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The Shame of the Internet

I write from a point of sorrow and disgust. Last night I witnessed one of the worst acts on the internet and that which a human being can do. We have all seen or heard of the horrors of two girls one cup and maybe some of us are unfortunate enough to hear of one man one jar; a disturbing video of a jar shattering inside the wrong end of a man’s gastric system. I was hoping that this would be all that the internet would ever shame us with, but I was wrong.

A friend showed me the video of two girls one octopus with the pretense of it being hilarious, and as you can imagine beastiality is no joke. It scars my mind as I write, as all taboos and boundaries we had even between us and sea life have now been broken. The internet has helped spread the joy of comedy through youtube, and at the same time shamed itself.

I wonder what possesses people to do this, and film it and share it with the world. And as I wonder I know that I never could, or would ever want to know the answer to the warped minds that created it. I just hope for the sake of mankind that people not only ignore this, but do not try to break any more taboos as they should be left alone. I also hope that if in generations to come they try to understand our culture, they don’t look on the internet and take these acts as who we are, as really we are so so much better than the damning image that is being painted by these few irresponsible individuals..

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The Human Centipede?!!

Hollywood is in a constant state of evolution, producing the blockbuster cinema that is watched the world over. In order for this evolution to occur there needs to be the process of natural selection, this normally happens through the production companies rejecting and accepting what is put on the silver screen.

Every so often the selection process fails and a movie that not only wastes our time as the audience, but also the hard work of the actors, director and everyone involved. The movie I am currently talking about is an abomination to cinema; The Human Centipede. It is a concoction that is barely worth a second glance as the plotline seems to revolve around the most perverse surgeon and a will to capture people and sew their mouths to another person’s anus, connecting their alimentary canals.

To think this up is perverse, but to actually put on the hours to produce this movie is in the region of needing psychological help. Although I am obviously not the only one, as the first week after release in the cinemas only brought in a £6000 revenue. Hopefully Hollywood will learn from this awful lesson and not disgrace their reputation to this degree again.

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