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Aidan Skinner



September 16th, 2011

This used to be hardcore. Bitch, please.

March 26th, 2011

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Dear Canada,

can we borrow Michael Ignatieff for a bit? We'll treat him well and give him back unharmed once he's given Ed Milliband a bit of a lesson in hubris. And kicked fuck out of Iain Gray.


Scotland in particular and the UK in general.

January 5th, 2011

2010 - on balance, pretty good. Unless you're livejournal, in which case I neglected you horribly.

OTOH, England 294-5, lead of 14 in their 1st innings and Australia nowhere to be seen. 2011 - looking pretty good so far.

August 14th, 2010

I made this for accordingly and I yesterday and it worked out pretty well, was also minimal fuss. This turned out enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches:

225g of diced lamb leg
6 apricots
4 plums
3 cloves garlic
chilli oil
toasted sesame oil
decent knob of fresh ginger
smoked paprika
decent handful of almonds
~200ml lamb stock (I would use less next time, ended up having to reduce + thicken with almond flour as the fruit gives off so much liquid cooking)

Quarter the fruit and discard the stones. Roughly chop the ginger and garlic and mash them with the spices in a pestle and mortar into a reasonable paste type thing.

Put the lamb into the pot, drizzle with the oils and dump in the spice mix. Mix with your hands so that the lamb is properly coated, then add in the fruit and repeat.

Add the stock and cook on low for 8 hours (or put it on auto and it'll be done in 6, but, as the Beasty Boys said, slow and low, that is the tempo).

About 10 minutes before you serve, toast the almonds and add them to the pot. Serve with couscous.

August 5th, 2010

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dilbert - see the future
Pretty sure life is awesome right now. Not entirely sure, but that's almost certainly due to its intensity.

I'm so looking forward to the Edinburgh Festival, got whole days of Theatre, Comedy, random shit planned and several days unplanned. I'm particularly looking forward to the new Enda Walsh play, Penelope, and Paul Merton's Impro Chums which is always awesome. So far I have a day at the Trav, a day wandering round the Free Fringe and a day a the Pleasance planned.

Not actually needing to use Edinburgh makes the festival much more appealing. ;)

June 30th, 2010

I never agreed with NIck

dilbert - see the future
Although I'm starting too now. He looks increasingly uncomfortable at this weeks PMQs when Cameron trots out weak, scripted joke and he's stuck next to a braying, guppy mouthed Osbourne.

Complete failure to understand modern economics is nothing new, but I found Justine Greening and Sir Martin Sorrel on Newsnight dismissing (and getting his name wrong) David Blanchflower, who is responsible for probably the most profound macroeconomic insights of the last 25 years (that the labour supply curve is upward sloping with regard to unemployment) and who has consistently been a few months ahead of consensus thinking during the crises, as a partisan hack depressing beyond belief.

Sorrel tried to present himself as a business guru because he employs 12k people. He's an ad exec with an overinflated sense of self-importance and blatently no knowledge of economics. Government is not a company and business principles are not appropriate guidelines for running it.

1.3 million extra unemployed, which the government minister neither disputed nor defended, and which Sorrel described as something "the country was up for". We're Japan in the '90s. Well fucking done.

(those of you who wish to make a point about the national debt or deficit in comments are welcome to do so, but remember we entered these crises with one of the lowest national debts of all developed countries and that, if you strip out support for our unusually large financial services sector, current debt and deficit levels are also relatively low. "OMG THE DEBT" is not an argument, it's simple repetition of idealogically driven talking points)

May 1st, 2010

Thinking about election night drinking game rules, after it was suggested that "Everytime a result's announced" might not work for the long, long night it's going to be.

Therefore, suggest taking a drink when:

a woman is elected (this will be rare)
a non-white person is elected (also rare)
an independent is elected (unless it's Esther Rantzen, which is finish-your-drink-and-weep)
the cold crushing inevitability of the impending vicious Tory government becomes too much to bear
A Tory is elected in Scotland
Member of the Labour Awkward Squad is elected (rebels Quite Often or Often on TheyWorkForYou)

Finish your drink:
Ed Balls (or another cabinet member, but it's likely to be him) loses his seat
John Bercow loses his seat, although let's hope not, I can't stand Nigel Farrage's face
Heledd Fychan takes Montgomeryshire from Lembit Opik, he's played a strong hand very, very badly there...
The Tories get an outright majority. Then finish another. Then shoot me.

Suggestions welcome

April 25th, 2010

Sweet love for planet earth

I really love Fuck Buttons.They've been my study music of choice for a few years, them, Aphex Twin and Ed Alleyne Johnson are responsible for a greater proportion of uni than all other artists combined.

They are also AMAZING live. Saw them at Heaven in London last year, which rules, but the Arches is a better venue. Fanfuckingtastic.

There was a girl there, but she was too young. I am a hypocrite. Had more to say but tl;dr.

April 22nd, 2010

Health: check them out live if you get the chance. Quality Californian noise.

Work: yaaaaaaaaargh

Uni: Oh fuck. essay due in a week and I still need to reread the last 3 chapters and make proper notes.

Fuck Buttons. Saturday, at the arches. Really hope my earplugs arrive by then. Saw them last year in London and jesus.

Going to try, against the best scientific and medical advice, to go out on Sunday. Means being in the pub for 5 I reckon though.

Waiting for the next one to arrive.
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