Saturday, December 26, 2015

usual suspects

high on the hog

The English Smithfield Livestock Market has been operating on the same site for almost 1000 years. 

The current building dates from 1868.

It’s the oldest, 
continuously operating market of its kind in all of London.

But the real gem in the hood for carnivores is 
St. John Restaurant.

It was an open, professional secret when I visited in 2009.

Today it is overrun by tourists.

Architect turned chef Fergus Henderson advocates 

“Nose to Tail Eating”,

his method will not kill an animal until every scrap 
is planned for use.

Good for him! I bought the cookbook.

And I ate his legendary bone marrow and parsley salad, too. 

I love butchering. Thank you SANTA!

Friday, December 25, 2015

it came upon the midnight, clear

be kind. 

be thoughtful. 

the same will come to you. 

be gentle, too.

be lovable. 

and be loved the new year through.

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Don't shoot me Santa Claus

The best 4:33 at Christmas.

I've been a clean living boy I promise you.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

visiting Sebastian

“According to the Census of Horticultural Specialties by the Department of Agriculture, wholesalers sold more than 12.8 million Christmas trees in 2009.”

But, “Phil Londrico, a tree wholesaler who lives in Manhattan, said retailers he supplies are usually left with 5 percent to 10 percent of their inventory.” That’s about a million trees.

“Most retailers have their surplus turned into mulch or wood chips. In New Orleans, trees have been used to restore coastlines destroyed in hurricanes.”

“But aquatic habitat projects have become increasingly popular destinations for leftover Christmas trees.”

“Christmas trees are perfect — just the right size and weight,” said Mr. Alexander, the fisheries program manager for Oakland, California, “and we get them free, because vendors want to get rid of them.”

“They last a pretty long time — about five years in the lake,” said Lee Mitchell, a natural resource specialist for the Army Corp of Engineers, who is leading a similar campaign this year in Shelbyville, Ill.” 

“He expects to receive 500 or more trees. “Fish use them like crazy. And the fishers really like them, too.”

“If they help, we give them (the fishermen) the GPS coordinates of the trees,” Mr. Mitchell said of the volunteers, many of whom are anglers. 

“You can go right to the spot, and it’ll be good fishing there.”

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

silent night

it’s not the crime, it’s the coverup

Swedes are natural swimmers, and first rate pools have been part of the culture for centuries.

With so many Muslims now living in Sweden, a current topic of discussion is about how a proper Muslim woman should swim.

In her burka, apparently.

Or in a burka-like garment made easier for the beach.

To avoid charges of religious bigotry, a number of Swedish pools have introduced separate swimming times for men and woman.

Many middle eastern women flee to Sweden, expressly to escape this cultural oppression. Now it is spreading to UK.