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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 08:37:50 AM EST) Watching, Museums, George Foreman, Reading (all tags)

Ice Age (the first one, not the sequel). Pretty decent Pixar-imitation animation: there was someone on K5 who worked on it a while back. Animation's a little plasticky without much texture, but I liked the Dodo sequence. Plot: utterly predictable. #A44060

Saw another Marx Brothers: A Night in Casablanca. Another late one, but I really liked it, though the fans don't seem to think much of it. This one keeps the obligatory late-Marx love story to a minimum, and the straight musical stuff is also mercifully brief. The big ending is impressively large scale, but doesn't work too well comically. I'd rate it higher than "A Night at the Opera" though. #B48AA0

Saw the minimalist Ellsworth Kelly exhibition at the Serpentine. Mostly uniformly-coloured shapes, some on surfaces raised a few inches from the wall. Hard to know what to make of it really. Seems aesthetically pleasing in a restful sort of way: would be happy enough to eat dinner in a restaurant with these on the walls; but I think my soul must be too course to be really touched by this sort of thing. It's free, so a good excuse for a walk through the park.

George Foreman
On a whim, bought a couple of duck breasts instead of chicken breasts. Duck isn't nearly as Foreman-friendly though: too fatty with the skin on, too boring with it off.

Finally got around to trying Ocado (Waitrose's delivery service) instead of Tesco as usual. Food seemed very good quality, though more expensive than Tesco. They seem to have a much more limited stock, though that might just be because I've never shopped at a real-life Waitrose, so don't know what the good things they have available are. Delivery was very punctual, and the guy was obsequiously polite to a disturbing degree. The receipt did say "Welcome to Ocado" though, so hopefully they'll return to the expected level of surliness next time.

Good stuff that Tesco doesn't have: Ben and Jerry's Frozen Yoghurt, Summer Lightning beer. Their fillet steak was a lot better than what I got from Tesco last time. Downside: they'd locked the order the evening before delivery so I couldn't make last-minute changes. They seem to have a much smaller range of single-pot desserts and ready meals that don't include the rice/potatoes/pasta; which tend to be what I mostly live off.

Not sure what happened to Frozen Yoghurt: it was popular in the US a decade or so ago when I last visited, but never really seemed to take off in the UK; and may well have fallen out of fashion there too. The Ben and Jerry's stuff is very nice, practically as good as the equivalent ice cream.

What I'm Reading Finished 1966 and all that: modern tribute to the classic spoof history "1066 and all that", only covering the 20th century. Fairly amusing: book consists of paragraph or page-length snippets so it could be handy to have around. The jingoistic stuff doesn't really seem relevant to modern education, but some of the mock exam questions seem painfully familiar. Probably not worth reading unless you've read 1066 and want more.

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Frozen Yogurt by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 08:50:37 AM EST
It's still pretty popular here, though it's moved into sort of the boring standard phase. I'd say about 1/3rd to 1/4 of the ice cream section at the supermarket is frozen yogurt and there are as many frozen yogurt stands as ice cream stands.
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Serpentine by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 08:51:50 AM EST
I was going to go there on Saturday, I quite like the look of Ellsworth Kelly's stuff. However I was so hungover that I didn't get up until past four in the afternoon...

It's my favourite gallery for being a good excuse to visit Hyde Park and have a walk by the (actual) Serpentine. Also because it's small - I've got a short attention span when it comes to art galleries, the Serpentine feels just right. Oh yeah and it's free.

It's political correctness gone mad!

Freaky: I might have bumped into you by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 09:17:35 AM EST
It's a great gallery: as well as the location and the size, they have plenty of natural light: half the other exhibition spaces seem to be either underground or windowless.

They haven't started on the pavilion yet.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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Ocado by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 12:26:48 AM EST
It's a change from Tesco. You always get the feeling that they don't have what you're used to when you go to a supermarket different from your usual. I've used Ocado for a while now having got fed up with both Tesco and Sainsbury. You get used to their range and you can request they add stuff to the range too. One other good thing is that they will take your plastic bags to recycle.

Tesco allegedly let you recycle the carrier bags by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:40:34 AM EST
Too. But I've never actually tried it.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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