Onboard EK093 watched 2012 and Bug's life. 2012! what an irony considering that I'll be in the Vatican this coming Wednesday.
Very impressed with articles in the FT of London. The piece "Scourge of God" by Amanda Mitchison who interviewed 62 year Philip Pullman, a lesser known writer in this part of the world, author of "His Dark Materials", a trilogy that features Adam and Eve recast as children and death of God! Its been made into a movie "The Golden Compass" starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. When it comes to writing on semiotics or biblical stuff my favourite has been Umberto Eco whose place I am to land in a few hours. "In the name of the Rose" and "Foucault's Pendulum" are two of his masterpieces. But here is a new author I've discovered, Pullman, his next book "The Goodman Jesus and Scoundrel Christ" was the one that Amanda Mitchison discussed with him over lunch at a fine London restaurant. Free flowing prose describing in detail the person, the lunch, the author and his works .
The author article that caught my eye was "Green Eggs and Ham" by Madur Jaffrey. I thought that she only wrote cookbooks and hosted cookery shows on TV. I was surprised that she wrote a piece for the FT. Savouring the seasonal cooking of San Francisco. The anticlimax was "..Would we like a pizza. She wants to know. Of course it is not any Pizza, it is carpeted with the smallest smokiest fresh morel mushrooms I have ever beheld." Maam with due respect you should visit Napoli. While in Italy I have eaten Pizza in all cities that I have visited and though haven't been to the restaurant yo mentioned in SFO, I can bet the ones in this European country are far better than ones in the rest of the world especially the ones that come from Napoli.
The third article "A lot in the bottle" was about a new entrant to the Tennessee Whiskey, Benjamin Prichard who's cocoction of Corn Whiskey and Single Malts is likely to give the established players Jack Daniels and George Dickel (sour marsh corn whiskey) a run for their bottle!
The last article was "Practical Stress Relief" on creating a work life balance and how amateurs are now running business by sheer passion . The article highlights a a few things that we fail to notice in our busy lives. The 20th century was shaped by the rise of professionals while in the 21st century highly educated and networked amateurs who work to professional standards in areas as diverse as Astronomy, Banking, politics and Technology will have a revolutionary effect on society especially around innovations. That explains the success of TV shows like "Super Singer" in our channels. Check out Life Hacker for your daily dose of DIY.