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Pigs Legs, CocaCola and goverment don’t mix

Posted in Food, news on September 9, 2008 by Philonous

Today Thailand’s prime miniester was forced out of office by the judiciary on rather unusual grounds. Put more eloquently, by The Times:

Thailand’s Prime Minister was forced to resign today over his double life as a television celebrity chef.

After a mammoth deliberation session by the nine judges of Thailand’s Constitutional Court, Samak Sundaravej was told today that he and his Cabinet must resign, plunging his country’s crisis-stricken politics still deeper into chaos.

The judgment brings to an end the rule of the first democratically elected prime minister since Thailand’s government fell to a military coup in 2006.

This is the culmination of riots and various other civil disobedience over a long period. Apparently (according to WNYC), the judiciary is usually extremely slow when it comes to processing cases etc and so this looks very much to be a stitch up. Having said that, the thousands of supporters camped in his office – which is presumably huge – seem to be celebrating. The Guardian today published what everyone is dying to see, some of his recipes. For your delectation, here’s one reproduced:

Pigs’ legs in Coca-Cola

Ingredients (serves five):

  • Five pig legs
  • Four bottles of Coca-Cola
  • Three tablespoons salt
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic, chopped
  • See-uan (a sweet, dark sauce)
  • Four to five cinnamon sticks
  • Coriander root
  • Ground pepper
  • Five tablespoons “pongpalo” powder
  • Shitake mushrooms


Place the pig legs in a large pot. Pour over the Coca-Cola and bring to the boil. Add the coriander root, garlic, pepper, salt, fish sauce, “pongpalo” and cinnamon sticks.

Add sufficient water to cover. Cut the stalks off the Shitake mushrooms and add hot water to soften. Then add to the main pot. Bring to boil and simmer or at least three hours. Make sweet sauce with see-uan. Serve chilli and vinegar sauce.

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Will the world end on Wednesday?

Posted in news, physics, science, tech on September 8, 2008 by Philonous

So… I’m sure you’ve all heard about CERN’s new black hole machine (technical term) that could potentially end the world on Wednesday. Actually it’s a Large Hadron Collider to you ley people.

One camp thinks we’ll be fine, and even if they do make a black hole, it will be a baby one that won’t hurt us. The other camp thinks the world will get eaten up and we’ll all disappear. On Wednesday.

Makes me think of all the other prophecies and ideas that have predicted our doom- the Mayan Calendar, Nostradamus, even Mother Shipton (of Yorkshire fame).

I don’t really feel worried. Maybe it’s because I’m stressed about moving, and if the world ends, I can’t do anything about it, AND I won’t have to pack anymore- that’s not all that bad.

Also, I know someone who just worked at CERN last week (shout out to Andrew, husband of Molly) so this makes me a lot less worried. Seems more like a 9-5 job then doomsday device.

Speaking of Doomsday, I watched it on Saturday (I’m a big Neil Marshall fan- The Descent was brilliant, and I’d be happy to tell you why). Some people (my husband) think its too mental but I really enjoyed it, and not just because I have a thing for women who kick ass. Thanks to a virus, Scotland is walled off again (a la Hadrian’s Wall- how brilliant is that) and left to die. The virus resurfaces in London, about 25 years later, so they decide to go back into Scotland and find a cure in the survivors. The survivors are split between a tribal Mad Max culture (based in Glasgow, and strikingly similar to today’s residents) and a ‘civilised’ medieval kingdom, taken up residence in an old castle, using the armour, ways of life, etc.

I think both completely plausible. I defy you to find a museum curator who doesn’t secretly fantasize about using their museum collections to revert to a historic way of life. When the floods happened in Yorkshire last year one museum hauled out an antique fire truck to help pump the water.

So, in preparation for our impending doom, why not watch it on Wednesday?

By The Lodger