Went to see Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain. Pretty big, comprehensive exhibition of British Gothic art of the late 18th and early 19th century. It's rescued from being too samey with a judicious sprinkling of caricatures and a small wall of erotica. Certainly interesting to walk through, though only Blake's work really stands out as genuinely inspired: the rest of it seems a bit button-pushing. The centerpiece Fuseli's "The Nightmare" doesn't really do anything for me.
Certainly worth looking at if you're interested in Fantasy art or literature, and even the cheesiest stuff has quite a lot of entertainment value. Art puritans probably wouldn't find it too impressive though.
Not too crowded or hot. A few painting-hogs who stand with the noses four inches from the canvas for ages. High child count. Very low tourist count, possibly due to the season, possibly due to the lack of big names. No actual Goths or babygoths in evidence at all, though that may be due to me getting there at 10 AM on a Sunday morning.
On a whim, signed up for membership of the Tate. Not really a sensible decision: even with the two London galleries I won't be able to make my money back. Should save a fair bit of time queuing though, and it might be handy to be able to revisit exhibitions once the opening fuss has died down.
As I expected, the members-only room at Tate Britain isn't anything much. As with the British Museum, the members' rooms are shabbier and more run down than the glisteningly modern and profitable public cafés. At least the BM has comfy armchairs and free tea and coffee: Tate Britain just has a pay coffee-and-sandwich stall. The Tate Modern one apparently has a better view though. Will let you know.
Finally got around to trying some grilled chicken breast in the George Foreman grill. Imagined it would be pretty dry (it's pretty dry when steamed) and tasteless (without skin). Actually found it surprisingly good: was pretty moist and succulent on the inside, rather like a roast, and pretty tasty too. Method: sprinkle a little salt, black pepper and some paprika on the outside, grill on medium high for 12 minutes. Wipe the grill down with paper towels (dry-moist-dry) as soon as it's cooled.
Super-healthy too: I calculate 147kcal, 33.6g protein per portion (143g breast).
Also tried doing tuna steaks in it, without as much success. These are a bit too dry: tried the first one neat and the second one with lime juice, but I think they could do with a proper marinade. Which would mean venturing far too far in the direction of proper cooking for me. Still fairly tasty though, and similarly healthy (139kcal, 33g protein per 129g portion).
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