My daughter is a troll

Amelynne in a conversation with Mil.

Amelynne: (muttering something uninteligable) Does it Mama?
Camilla: Does what?
Amelynne: Mama.
Camilla: What does what?
Amelynne: Does it?
Camilla: Does what?
Amelynne: Mama.
Camilla: What does what do?
Amelynne: Does it mama?
Camilla: What does what do?
Amelynne: Yes!
Camilla: What?
Amelynne: Does it?
Camilla: Does what?
Amelynne: MAMA.

I think my daughter is a troll. Or a comedy prodigy.

Short Term Memory

Ashamed to say that I only recently learned about Victor Borge who from only a few YouTube clips I can tell was a genius - a brilliant musician and comedian. I found him watching old Muppet Show clips, and it's clear to me now that his style of comedy inspired a lot of the most well loved Muppet Show routines.

Victor Borge
What a guy

I'm sad that I'd never heard of him until I turned 30 (although I suspect my Dad may have told me some of his jokes). A man who was an entertainer for about 70 years and still doing shows until he died at 91.

It just goes to show that fame is fleeting. No matter how well known or popular you may be, your fame will be lost in the noise of the next generation. To think that one day our generation will forget that girl who yelled "Leave Britney alone!!" aWait, that was a guy?!. We'll forget even MJ, Gaga and Hannah Montanna.

I think the only way to truly be remembered is to be so famous that great works of art or literature are created about you. Take Julius Ceasar. His name is still well known thanks alone to the work of that fine English writer, Rene Goscinny bAsterix, you neanderthal. Look it up.. Of course the only problem with this plan is you have to know which painters/writers/playwright are going to be good enough that their works are going to be held as an example of magnificent art for the next century or so.

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a. Wait, that was a guy?!
b. Asterix, you neanderthal. Look it up.

A Christmas Playlist that Doesn’t Suck

Christmas by Joshua Nunn on Grooveshark

Embedded here are a bunch of Christmas favourites done by some of the best modern artists I could find aAnd yes I know some of them haven't been "modern" for some time, but it's not John Denver at least.. No Boney M for my family this Christmas bwho am I kidding - my sister loves them! Let me know if there's anyone I've missed out! And no mum, Celine Dion doesn't count.

Oh, and here's a special playlist just for Paul.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

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a. And yes I know some of them haven't been "modern" for some time, but it's not John Denver at least.
b. who am I kidding - my sister loves them

Fair-well Old Chums

As much as I miss the genius of Jim Henson, I realised the other day that I will miss something else just as much as Jim's Muppet characters. I will miss the insane and brilliant pieces of comedy gold he used to create with Frank Oz.

Frank Oz is nowadays probably best known for being the voice of Yoda, but he's also a respected and talented film director. He's still entertaining, long after Jim Henson's death and I hope he continues to do so for a long time to come.

But what the world has lost since Jim's death is not only a talented puppeteer and performer, but some classic comedic pairings of his characters with those of Frank Oz. I cry a little inside when I realise that there will be nothing new created by these two fabulous men working together.

Let me give you some examples. First up the most obvious pair:

This is the only video in this collection that I'll forgive you for not watching in full. It's a scene from my least favourite of the Muppet movies (Muppets take Manhattan aIronically for this piece, directed by Frank Oz ) showing the "wedding" between Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, probably the most memorable Muppet pairing of all time (even if it's not one of my favourites). Though an unlikely pair, Jim and Frank made the pig's flamboyant declarations of love and the frog's seeming indifference oddly engaging and has created a love affair that is still going strong.

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a. Ironically for this piece, directed by Frank Oz

Fluffy Oat Pancakes

Here's my favourite pancake recipe. It's excellent with some good quality yoghurt and fruit instead of maple syrup.

Recipe: Oat Pancakes

Summary: These pancakes are tasty and healthy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 30 grams (1 1/2 tbsp) butter/marg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix oats, milk, sugar and egg. If you do this a while before the rest of the recipe, the oats get so soft it's like eating air.
  2. In a large bowl pour self raising flour and a pinch of salt.
  3. Melt butter
  4. Pour wet ingredients into flour and mix well.
  5. Heat a small non-stick pan on the lowest heat.
  6. When hot, pour a serving-spoon or two of pancake mixture. Swirl pan to make even round pancakes.
  7. The pancake will cook slowly. When the top starts to bubble, flip the pancake over.
  8. Serve with yoghurt for a healthy alternative to syrup.

Quick Notes

It's vitally important that you have patience with pancakes. Don't put the heat up too high! The slower you cook them, the fluffier and lighter they will be. These pancakes seem like they will be bitty, but have faith - they are as soft and smooth as any other, more so! And they taste divine.

Cooking time (duration): 15

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: breakfast

My rating: 5 stars: ★★★★★

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I've worked out the Calorie count for these pancakes. If you use 1/5th the mixture per pancake, you're eating roughly 890kJ or 215Cal. If like me you add 2 tbsp it's only an extra 10Cal per pancake. A 1/4 cup of choc-chips adds an extra 100Cal to each pancake.

OK Go’s new clip for This Too Shall Pass – a giant two storey Rube Goldberg Machine

I can't think of a way they can possibly top this clip. Brilliantly shot in High Def, beautifully choreographed, and perfectly synchronised. If you liked their treadmill clip (symbolically shattered half way through) you'll love how clever this is. It also knowingly nods to the Internet and Youtube crowd (did I see the mars rover? Something like the water bird that Homer uses to press the "any" key when he works from home? An OK Go concert rendered in Lego?).

What a joyful and exciting clip from a band that knows how to engage their audience. Bravo!

Listen to these guys. Then buy their album.

I'll be purchasing Caravan Palace ASAP. I've found a group that embodies the music I love. Apparently it's called Electro Swing. I haven't heard a single one I haven't liked yet. aOriginally this post had an embedded Grooveshark song or playlist, but I can't be certain which since Grooveshark isn't up anymore. Instead I've embedded one of their videos.

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a. Originally this post had an embedded Grooveshark song or playlist, but I can't be certain which since Grooveshark isn't up anymore. Instead I've embedded one of their videos.