Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Nostalgia Alert!

Lamingtons
 


No New Zealand after match function was ever complete without a plate of Lamingtons.  Some red some brown.  A family friend always used to include one fake one on each plate – it was rubber with the same coating as the others.  And then everyone would wait to see who bit down on it!  Those were the days of innocent fun.
The Australians claim lamingtons as their invention … but who knows – it is certainly Antipodean.
Lamingtons are squares of sponge cake dipped in either chocolate sauce or cold but not set raspberry jelly and then rolled in desiccated coconut.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

Convoy – CW McCall – 1975
 

'cause we got a great big convoy rockin' thru the night
Yeah, we got a great big convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy, ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy 'cross the USA

 
Do we have a convoy, Rubber Duck?  For a blast from the past here is a YouTube clip for your entertainment!
This song was the inspiration for a 1978 film of the same name.

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg




I read The Chase because of Janet Evanovich but had some misgivings about the co-author thing.  But although the characters are very different from the Stephanie Plum series, Evanovich's sense of humour does shine through.
It was a fast fun read. While people are blown up etc it's not done in such a way that it's too grim.  The characters are interesting although it's a shame there was no equivalent to Grandma Mazur.
I think this book was better than the first novel in the series – The Heist.  So that bodes well for future instalments.