Archive | December, 2016

Ungrateful crabs

18 Dec

2crabsI was walking along a beach,
minding my own business,
when out of a hole,
these two crabs popped out.
They scurried about while I was transfixed.
Then they posed for this picture.
I took this picture and I thanked them.
They crawled back into their hole without saying, “you’re welcome.”

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Weekly Vinyl – Elvis

16 Dec

Armed Forces
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
(1979)
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Elvis Costello is a great songwriter.
I could finish the review just with that statement, but that would not be fair.
I heard about Costello just as his first album was making it big. It was also but a few weeks after Elvis Presley died. I’ve always been surprised that the “Elvis is still alive” conspiracy people have not made that connection.
This is his third album – he made a bunch in quick succession early in his career – and it quite interesting as it is a bit more lush and arranged than his previous works that to my mind were a bit sparser.
There are good songs here – Costello commenting about the world in Oliver’s Army or relationships – Accidents will Happen.
A great album from a great songwriter.

Weekly Wine – Portuguese white

14 Dec

11200loioswLoios White, Alentrjo
2015
Portugal
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.00 (LCBO)

I wasn’t expecting much from this wine.
The concept of an inexpensive white Portuguese wine somehow does not inspire much oenological confidence.
Yet this wine is fine. It has that distinct Portuguese earthy flavour that I find many wines for Portugal have. It hits you on the initial swig of the wine – and actually sticks in there till the bottle is finished – but you do get used to it because it really does not interfere with the flavour.
Once beyond the earth you realise that are lots of pears here. Many times, wines with a predominantly pearish taste have a mushy and uncomfortable flavour as a whole. Like eating an over-ripe pear. This wine ain’t that – this is a crisp pear, and a rather nice crisp wine.
Granted – this wine will not win too many, if any awards. But well chilled – it is fine for a casual evening with or without food.

Periwinkle

12 Dec

This post should be accompanied by a phot of Periwinkle.
For Periwinkle is a fish. It is the one fish that survived being born in our fish tank. All the others were eaten by the parents or the other fish that were celebrating the birth of all the fish.
There is no picture because it is difficult to photograph this small fish. He/she is quite shy and likes to stay hidden in the weeds and the flora that grow in the tank. This is no doubt why Periwinkle is alive today.
My daughter gave the fish the name Periwinkle. The fish is not a pale shade of purple/blue. It’s colour is flame orange. But my daughter insists that that is the name. I have no objections and the fish has not expressed any. So Periwinkle is the name.
The one that survived the feast.

Stars, stairs and Orion

11 Dec
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It’s late at night and I see stars.
And the stair railing…
The fuzzy orange things are whisps of clouds that reflect the light from the earth.
You can see the Orion constelation here.

Weekly Vinyl – More Sex

9 Dec

Better Live Than Dead
Sex Pistols
(1988)
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For a band that only released one “official” studio album, the Sex Pistols have many many albums in circulation bearing their name.
This is a live album.
From what show? From what year? Is it actually them – or a cover band?
Johnny Rotten’s, John Lydon, vocals are pretty distinct and they come through pretty well here so I’ll give it a nod that it is the real McCoy.
It seems to have been recorded in a small venue, right off the board and onto a stereo tape. There is no mixing or enhancing of the sound here so while the album does capture the energy of the Sex Pistols in full flight, it does get muddy at times.
This album has a few songs on it that do not appear on Never Mind the Bollocks… and they are OK. They probably sounded great in the club, but on this disk they are a bit faded.
This is a nice disk but … it was most likely recorded at a time when a cassette company was advertising its quality reproduction as “Is it live or is it Memorex?” And as such it proves that it is very difficult to capture live sound. This record has the same fault of most bootleg recordings that they are fine little snaps but just make you yearn for the real thing.
This disk is a nice effort that leaves one wanting more.

Weekly Wine – Sawmill Sauvignon

7 Dec

smccsSawmill Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Edmonton bottle shop)

I have written about the state of wine prices in Alberta previously.
I bought more than one bottle though. This was the second that I opened. This is also a hybrid wine made from grapes from wherever. Actually it is a blend of wine from wherever. It could be “Make your own Wine Store” wine. Probably not, but I am very sceptical of hybrid wine.
This scepticism is not without merit.
I tried this wine on the tail of trying the Sawmill Creek Shiraz and I could not really appreciate the difference. There was a slight taste difference. The body was very similar. The feeling that you want more from a wine was the same as in the Shiraz.
But that is not the most unfortunate part.
While this wine doesn’t make you retch it does make you grimace.
It is blasé generic wine that is barely drinkable.
I’d move on.