Went to White Cube (warning: seriously crappy website: skip intro is supposed to be an archaic joke now, people) to see the Dark Matter exhibition: a conceptual art collection where all the items are black. Seemed rather lacking in lustre: didn't find it very enlightening. Included a Damien Hirst of a large diamond shape made up of dead flies. All seems a bit repetitive when you just put a load of black geometric shapes together: hard to see what the artists are supposed to be doing differently to each other.
Also dropped in at the British Museum and had look at the Durga image: Bengali craftsmen are making a big straw and clay scene to be ceremonially destroyed in the Thames in a month or two. Definitely impressive to see them at work. Must be annoying to do your job in front of such a big crowd though.
Finished JPod by Douglas Coupland, but not much more to add to this. Pretty well done, one of his lighter weight books, but very repetitive of Microserfs and his earlier books. You know the drill: irony-drenched pop culture and people with cushy office jobs complaining about them.
To Coupland's credit, the technologically sophisticated but socially alienated universe that he anticipated in 1995 is an even more tangible and complicated entity in 2006 - a time when people really do speak in regurgitated sound bites from "The Simpsons," and are labeled autistic simply because they are shy, and are granted preposterous job descriptions like being part of a "world-building team" when they possess little control over the world in which they live - and that gives him license to revisit this territory in "JPod." If it's more difficult to recognize the profundity of his insights this time, we should still appreciate Coupland for his consistency in making them. I know every Big Mac I've eaten from Key West to Vancouver has probably tasted the same, but I'd be lying if I said they haven't all been damned tasty.Steam
Haven't done one of these in a while.
Spring onions: absolutely superb in the steamer. Tangy and with a pleasant crunchiness retained in the bulbs.
Marrow: pretty good too. Tastier than a courgette <USian>zucchini</USian>. Problem is that it's quite hard to get through a whole marrow as side dishes when you live alone. Lasts quite a long time in the fridge though.
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