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Friday, June 27, 2008

Time to pull the plug on Big Brother

In the early hours of today following an argument amongst the contestants Dennis and Mohamed were separated. Dennis had spat in Mohameds face and has subsequently been kicked off the show.

This alleged spitting incident comes after a housemate named Alexandra was removed from the show for implied threats of gang violence against other contestants families.

Previous series of Big Brother have provided a TV platform for bullys and racists. I can't understand why any advertiser would want to be associated with this show. Virgin Mobile should withdraw it's sponsorship, I guess they were managed to get a good deal because reputable companies would not touch Big Brother with a barge pole.

What has Virgin Mobiles advertising money bought them so far. Well I now associate Virgin Mobile with exploitative cheap TV, spitting and gang violence. Now that is a piece of advertising genius Virgin Mobile, get out before it gets any worse.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Exterminate Exterminate Exterminate

Polybore is a huge fan of the long running BBC TV series Dr Who. Genuine excitement being experienced at he moment at the imminent reappearance of an old friend, the uber villain Davros, along with his evil creation, the Daleks.

How to make fantastic easy perfect lemon cheese cake.

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This cheese cake is really easy to make, tastes simply amazing and is sure to be a hit at the dinner table. It is best made the day before to allow it to set overnight. It will keep in the fridge for several days once made and seems to get better with age although I can assure you my experience is they are quickly gobbled up. If you are a bit daunted by the high calorie count of this recipe consider replacing the cheese and cream with low fat equivalents. My advice though is to make the full bodied version and have a smaller slice (if you can)

What you will need (serves 8):

For the top.

6 whole lemons
600g (21.1oz) cream cheese (eg Philadelphia)
600ml (21.1floz) double cream
gelatin or vegetarian equivalent enough to set one pint
90g (3oz) caster sugar

For the base.

300g (10.5oz) digestive biscuits (or equivalent biscuits)
100g (3.5) butter
60g (2oz) granulated sugar

It is a lot easier to turn out the cheese cake with a tin like this. A clip cake tin with removable base. Like the one pictured below. My tin is 8" in diameter and 4" high.

It is best to make the base first. Crush up the biscuits, it is fun to do this by putting them in a plastic bag then whacking it with a rolling pin. Don't get too carried away or the bag will split. If the biscuit crumbs are larger you will get a more crunchy base.

Put the crushed biscuits in a bowl. Add the granulated sugar. Melt the butter in a pan and add to the mix.For added zing add some zest from the lemons (scrape lemon skin using a zester). Mix up then place it in the cake tin. Firm the biscuit base down with a spoon, or the base of a glass. Then pop the tin in the fridge for half an hour or so in order that the base sets before you add the topping.

The topping is also really easy. Squeeze the lemons (take out the pips), and add all ingredients, except the gelatin/ vege gel into a mixing bowl. I usually use an electric whisk to do the mixing. Once the mixture is smooth prepare the gelatin or vege gel and according to the instructions on the packet and add.

Carefully pour/ scoop the mixture into the cake tin and place in the fridge to set. For best results leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.

That's it, just turn out the cheese cake. I tend to serve it on it's own but if you want to show off decorate the top with fruit.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Junkies fund the Taliban

Photo of heroin injection equipment
According to the UN the Taliban raked in a cool $100 million in 2007 from opium production in Afghanistan last year. While the Coalition and world aid agencies pump in hundreds of millions of dollars to help Afghanistan the world's junkies pump in millions of dollars to the Afghan opium industry. The Taliban use this money to acquire armaments to kill Coalition troops and Afghan civilians.

So if you are a junkie reading this, if it is not enough that you are killing yourself with your addiction for you to stop, then have a think about the guns, violence and murder you are supporting by buying heroin.

If you are not a junkie, before you feel to smug, are you buying the records of a junkie? If so we know what the junkie musician will spend the money on, yep heroin.