May 26th, 2014

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The first full trailer for Interstellar was finally released the other day. And yes, it ought to be well worth waiting for. It's the latest from Christopher Nolan, who's proven his sci-fi chops with Inception (not to mention the ability to please studio investors) - this time, it's a tale of humanity's need to escape an increasingly barren Earth, and settle elsewhere in the Universe.

Saturday was.. a good day. And so very, very geeky. ^_^ I'd hoped to fit more into the day, but with some broken sleep and a wonky memory (still, at least I remember the ticket before getting on the train), it wound up being a little more concentrated. Still: who can't appreciate the awe of an institution like the British Library? In one gallery, I saw the first known complete New Testament, a letter from George III to Parliament announcing the Union, one from Winston Churchill backing the elevation of the League of Nations to a greater level, in the hopes of averting such severe conflict as he was then enduring in 1944, a letter intercepted from Napoleon, illuminated scripts from 1410 and thereabouts, an example of movable type from Korea, predating Gutenberg by centuries.. ye gods and little fishes, the sense of history was almost overwhelming. I really can't recommend the establishment highly enough, whatever your location upon the globe.

After that, we headed off toward Canada Water, to walk in a tunnel. *grin* See, this is a special tunnel. No, no. =:P This one was designed by Marc Brunel, and his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and was the first tunnel anywhere in the world to head beneath a major waterway. And as you'd expect, constructing it proved to be a severely testing endeavour, ultimately taking eighteen years to complete. Normally, it's completely out of bounds, being part of the TfL Overground network, with trains running back and forth - but, for this weekend, they allowed groups in to witness it first hand, walking from Rotherhithe to Wapping, then back again. And yes, they were entirely fine with photography, providing you didn't use a tripod. The cocktails at the nearby Brunel Museum hurt none, either - quite imaginative creations, too, and sensibly priced. Dinner wound up being at a nearby place, at random, as the roomie was wanting to head back for some blues - turned out rather well, with my squid starter on a chorizo salad proving to be as tasty as I'd hoped, and the belly pork we both went for being served on a healthy bed of bubble & squeak plus red cabbage. Bonus points for energetic seasoning, and crunchy crackling. =:9

Does anyone have boot polish recommendations? I'd really like to do the MBT Kisiwa justice - the cheapo stuff I've been using so far really isn't much good. (For that matter, any other footwear sites would be welcome. Lately, I've been leaning toward Asos and Debenham's, but more variety is always welcome. If the design really grabs me, international shipping is an option - as indeed turned out to be the case with the MBTs, with the local company unable to source them in my size, compelling me to go with Amazon US)

Here's a strip to consider following: "Starbunny, Inc." ^_^ It'll be a regular webcomic shortly, but for now, you can get a feel for what's coming in the preview comic, "The Great Bunny Migration", that would seem to set the stage: "Everyone knows that bunnies make the best milkshakes in the galaxy."

So, 2014's MasterChef was finally revealed last a couple Fridays ago. =:D I'm very happy, and frankly, not all that surprised. ^_^ In all seriousness, is anyone reading this contemplating applying for the 2015 series? Applications are now open. And, I notice September will see a month-long pop-up restaurant open on the South Bank, with winners and finalists of the past few years of MasterChef cooking for you. Bookings open at 10am today. ^_^; FSM knows, I'd be thrilled to have Ping or Jack cook for me. =:D (Or indeed, any of them - get to the final six or so, and you've already proven your mettle. FWIW, if you'd like to see the final episode of this series, you can download it over here; then you'll see why I'm keen to enjoy their cooking for myself!) Anyone want to join me? I may well book for two anyway, given I'm posting this so close to the time. (Of course, whether I'll be awake in time remains to be seen..)