Most of the way through another comic: an anthology called Batman black and white. It's a collection of new, black and white stories, written and drawn by what the editors see as an elite. Actually works very well: one story per issue keeps things compressed and tight. As I've said before I'm no judge of comic art, but a lot of it looks great to me.
The most interesting one for me was "Bent Twice" by Bert Sienkiewitz. This had Batman meeting a bullying, psychologically but not physically abusive parent; who spouts narcissistic and self-pitying explanations for panel after panel. Pretty daring to see Batman helpless in front of a dangerously realistic situation.
Stuff I don't care about
Well, after the other rants here are some things I don't really care about.
Olympic bid. OK, so the vistors will be nuisance on public transport, but it's only over a smallish area for a short time. We could definitely do with rebuilding the transport infrastructure, but why do we need the Olympics as an excuse? Don't care.
French Referendum. I'm broadly in favour of the constitution: we need the voting changes, but not that enthusiastic about it. If the French reject it, they'll want a load of anti-market concessions to reapprove it; but since the new Eastern nations would have to be involved in the renegotiations, the French would find it hard to get a better deal. No idea how it would all play out.
I might be more tempted to vote No if I lived in France. If the UK voted no, the EU would seek to punish it; but the French are seen as part of the core, and so they won't really suffer any consequences.
Steam. Bought some shiitake mushrooms on a whim. Tried steaming them and it doesn't work: they just get soggy and rubbery. Also tried some lemon sole: that seemed pretty awful too, but it might just have been a bit old: tasted a bit sour. Apart from haddock I'm not much of a white fish fan though.
Took fritz the chef's advice and tried frying the shiitakes and courgettes <USian>zucchini</USian> in a mixture of butter and vegetable oil. Tasted very good, but looked a bit brown and speckly, which might bother someone more fussy than me. Might have done it a bit too hot, and kept the oil/butter hot too long. Tricky to judge on an electric hob though. Next time I might try just heating up the saucepan and the oil for a long time, then add the butter just a couple of minutes before frytime.
Full menu for today: ribeye steak a la George Foreman with just salt, pepper and a bit of oil added; mashed potatoes with butter and a bit of milk; fried mushrooms and courgettes as above. Followed by a Tesco Finest raspberry yoghurt. All very nice, but you can't do it every day. Though it would be fun to try...
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