It is night neddying among the snuggeries of babies.

As the title of this post shows Dylan Thomas had a way with words and the Welsh bard’s famous play Under Milk Wood has been reproduced in many forms.  However there is a fantastic mash up that has been done of the early part of the play where Richard Burton’s haunting rendition is mixed with a King Tubby dub reggae track.  It shouldn’t work but it does, check it out here via soundcloud.  To begin at the beginning …..

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Bradford Curry Tweetup

If you had said to me 6 months ago that I’d have found myself in the company of complete strangers at a random get together that had been organised through Twitter I’d have given you permission to beat me severely with a blunt instrument, however that was indeed the situation that I found myself in recently after having accepted a  Twitter invite to a Bradford Curry Crawl organised by @irnaqureshi.  I’m relatively new to the twitter game but the randomness of someone I don’t know inviting people for a curry in Bradford totally appealed, as I wrote in this post having new experiences and encounters is fundamental to a happy life and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

We met at Zouk’s on the Leeds/ Bradford Road and that turned out to be a great find for me and I’d certainly go back.  I always like a place that has got a large hot grill as soon as you walk in so you know the meat is going to have a great flavour to it.  Credit to everyone who took a punt and turned up, a lovely mix of people and experiences with Irna acting as the perfect host.  Broad range of topics covered including pop up afternoon teas (through twitter), what’s Bettakulchure all about, keeping chickens, science v art, Bradford, politics (a bit), food, breadmaking, the differing rice habits of Asian cultures etc.  I learnt and enjoyed things throughout the evening and huge credit to Irna for throwing the idea out there and of course my fellow Tweetuppers for putting up with my ramblings for the evening.

The whole evening made me smile, if there is another and you fancy smiling too then come along.

Hunter on a Glass

I’ve written a couple of fairly long posts recently so no harm in a couple of short ones I feel.  I’m a big fan of Hunter S Thompson (who isn’t ?) and was having a beer recently when I noticed this quote from the great man on the pint glass.  Now Hunter liked a drop of the good stuff and I’m sure he would have had something to say about this (hell he had something to say about most things) and I doubt it would be complimentary.  However I must admit I liked it.  It was on a pint in one of the Leeds Brewery bars who I think have done a lot of good things over the last few years in the city and I think that most of their bars and beer live up to the sentiments on this glass.  Cheers.