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  1. I've not managed this but I like a crispy shell so cook it for maybe longer then the minimum needed, opening up the legs so they're not pressed up against the body should help then cook quicker. 


    To get crispy: pat the bird dry, score all over in a criss cross pattern just before the last of the fat breaks and rub sea salt in. 

  2. I loved this and am definitely going to try and see some of his


    On hype, it's always nice to see a really good film without it, rather then be told this is amazing and then being well yes I guess it is, and it's ruined some films for me though thankfully not this one. But smaller and foreign language film rarely get seen by most people without it.

  3. One genre that I feel Europe do so much better then the UK and US is romantic comedies and low key dramas. They're complicated, explore the human condition, have something you can actually connect with or relate too, and tend to have deeper female characters.


    I frustratingly can't remember many names but Perfect Strangers and Gloria stand out in my memory


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  4. Quite disappointed with Mini Motorways, not just because it's the sequel of a much better game, but as a city building enthusiast I could feel what could have been a good game in it.


    The main problems are: traffic lights are useless, you don't get enough motorways, and there's not even a limited ability to move buildings or at-least change the entrance/exit of the warehouses/malls whatever they are. Meaning that the game time is very limited and to 'win' you need to partition colours off into isolated groups, meaning that it's not really a city building game anymore but a puzzle.

  5. 3 minutes ago, Darren said:

    @emerald fox and everyone else - if you haven't already, and you listen to music digitally, use songkick.com (website, app or both) to track who you listen to on your player/streaming service, and it will tell you every time anyone you've ever listened to announces a show near you. It's brilliant.


    That's great, thank you.

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  6. I've got tickets for Cat Empire and Dubioza Kolektiv booked for early next year. Both great bands that you can really dance to. Sadly and stupidly missed out on Chemical Brothers and they have no dates yet for next year


    But I'd love to go to more that aren't 40 quid a pop. Anything that you can have a good stomp to, I particularly like brass, gypsy, jazz or Celtic inspired punk and rock.


    I'm guessing that New Cross is a good shout

  7. When abroad I would order my Dad his favourite foods and wine from Sainsburys as a home delivery. Not giving much care for branding and packaging, he was over the moon with this.


    If presentation matters (which to be fair is important for most people when reviewing a gift) then an actual hamper would be better even if less value.

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  8. 12 hours ago, MarkN said:

    So I'd go for sorbet. I'd want a bitchingly tart lemon one for starters. If I can have a combo, then an added scoop each of gooseberry, pear, and rhubarb if such things can be found would make me a very happy bunny. I'm not a dessert person, and I haven't got a sweet tooth, but I could eat sorbet until my face goes numb.


    Blood orange sorbet is one of the nicest things I've every tasted

  9. I kicked started getting back into reading by finding two books in a second hand bookstore on the weekend.


    A Darker State by David Young, part of the Karin Muller series, was consumed in three days and satisfied my detective habit (big fan of all things Michael Connolly) plus a bit of cold-war thrown in. Was nice to read a well formed female lead in this genre too.


    In the Shadow of Papillon by Frank Kane is an interesting read of life in a Venezuelan prison. But I'm finding the auto-biography aspect reminds me of a certain banned poster.

  10. 2005

    1. The Squid and the Whale

    2. Lord of War

    3. The Descent



    1. Children of Men

    2. This is England

    3. Little Miss Sunshine



    1. Hot Fuzz

    2. Ratatouille

    3. The Mist



    1. Let the Right One In

    2. Defiance

    3. Rachel Getting Married



    1. District 9

    2. Moon

    3. Fish Tank


    Notable mentions


    2005: Sin City, Batman Begins, V for Vendetta, Corspe Bride, Lady in the Water, Hard Candy, Brick

    2006: Pan's Labriynth, Apocolypto, Monster House, Stranger then Fiction, United 93, The Last King of Scotland, Paprika

    2007: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Hairspray, Gone Baby Gone, Paranormal Activity, [Rec], Eastern Promises, Persepolis

    2008: WALL-E, The Wrestler, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire 

    2009: Avatar, Inglorious Bastards, Drag Me to Hell


    I have to say that for me 2005-2007 were considerably harder years to choose from then 2008-2009


  11. @Gotters I've been seriously considering making batches of soup for work lunches this winter. Over the summer I've been making layered salads in a big jar every morning to take in, but now the weathers snapped I don't think that's going to cut it.


    I can't stretch to anywhere near a Thermomix at the moment (maybe a soup wand lol), but none the less you've inspired me

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