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  1. I do prefer physical books - they're lovely items. I read a lot of ebooks on my Kindle though - but that's mainly because at the moment most of my reading time is whilst I'm walking to and from work, and also because I'm raiding Project Gutenberg for the classics. The great thing about ebooks that is vey rarely mentioned is that they are unaffected by the wind. Reading a paper book in a strong wind is a pain in the bum.
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    Perfect Films

    I'd second Jaws and Alien especially, with Tremors a tad behind them (gosh I love that film). Also Die Hard and Predator for perfectly fulfilling their briefs. I'd go for The Sting - my favourite movie of all time, I think. How about The Iron Giant? There are some belting animated movies around, but this is still my favourite by far. I doubt I'll ever be able to watch it without getting something in my eye toward the end.
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    Good crisp bad crisp

    Could have done with an extra hyphen in my post I think. Each one is 8 inches long (and maybe 2/3rds of an inch wide). As snacks go, they're pretty impressive. You get maybe 20 to a pack, so that's about 13 feet of corn snack for a quid.
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    Good crisp bad crisp

    Currently having a crack at these which I couldn't not buy when I saw them in the world food aisle in Sainsburys, because they're a bit daft. They're basically 8 inch long perfectly-straight Wotsits without the cheese flavouring - just lightly salted. They're odd - there's almost nothing to them, but I keep going back for another. Nicer than popcorn I think (which I find a bit of a chore). Would definitely buy for a party just to surprise the hell out of people.
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    Not sure if this is a joke...

    To be fair, I read that recipe a couple of days ago, and thought it looked a bit - I dunno - odd. The picture makes it look very strange - just some veg with a sauce plonked on top - no incorporation at all, no accompaniment. I guess it's similar to asparagus with hollandaise plonked on top, but it still looks a little weird (and I speak as a veggie, so I'm not dissing the lack of meat or anything). But then perhaps my favourite recipe tests the definition of the word to its limits. A recipe is a list of ingredients and processes to create something tasty. This is one ingredient and one process. Ingredients: Grapes (any colour). Process: Freeze them. Frozen grapes are magnificent. I don't think I've eaten an unfrozen one since I read about freezing them. Like little balls of grape sorbet. Nommo.
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    Challenge accepted! I'm not sure what my best is, but it's definitely in that ballpark. I've been rubbish in the last few dailies, so it may take some time, but I'll get back to you...
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    Yeah - the Wicked range is all Vegan. I've tried some of them, and have been largely impressed (like you I don't often eat prepared food). The sweet potato pakora wrap from the lunch range is one of the nicest things I've ever bought from a supermarket. I was still making appreciative nom noises about half an hour after I'd finished it. And Wiseguy has just beaten me to it - I spotted today that the Sainsbury's where I work has several new things for the second time in about a month - including shelf space labelled with Fry's products (no actual products today - but it's a start). There was also a new brand of vegan mince (Meatless Farms) - I've picked up a pack of this to see how it compares to the Naturli stuff. Also (and I assume these were veggie rather than vegan, but forgot to check), there were some new Linda McCartney fresh pizzas - ones with fake meaty toppings (one was chicken and chorizo, IIRC). I'm surprised I haven't seen products like this before, it seems obvious (likewise why aren't fake coronation chicken sandwiches etc. available?...) It's really good to see - and I suspect that with the increased choice available it's only going to help persuade people to give it a go - it's so much easier to cut meat out (even if just for a day or two a week) than it ever has been before.
  8. Finally finished this yesterday, after having a shedload of attempts beforehand. Then did it again later in the day to prove it wasn't a fluke. It seems the way I was trying at first that copes well with most of the game really isn't good against the Hand Of The King.
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    Vegetarian / Vegan recipes

    After trying the Naturli vegan mince on the last page I got hold of some of their Vegan spread as a potential butter replacement (I'm looking at reducing my dairy where it can be done easily - I've swapped to oat milk, and I've stopped buying eggs, so butter was the next step). I have to say I'm pretty impressed with it. It's not quite as good as the real thing taste-wise, but it's close enough to make it a no-brainer of a swap for me. The great thing is it's got no palm oil in it either, so it ticks the major boxes. The texture of it is interesting. It comes out of the fridge looking solid, it scrapes out of the tub like cold butter, and yet it spreads quite easily on soft bread. Its melt point seems to be just above fridge temperature, so by the time you've got it from tub to bread a little friction tips it over the edge. I hadn't spotted that the pack says to keep it below 8 degrees C, so when I defrosted my fridge a couple of days ago it split into oil and solids (I stirred it back together and it set perfectly again afterwards). Again this is exclusive to Sainsbury's in the UK at the moment, and it's kept in amongst the regular spreads, rather than in the free-from section.
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    Most Useless Features

    People dicking around customising their avatars frequently made the top 10 list for highest total time spent on Xbox Live each week I believe. It may not have been your cup of tea, but shedloads of people spent a silly amount of time (and money) on theirs.
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    Your unearthed gems

    Watched this for the first time a couple of days ago. It was exactly what I wanted it to be, except with the violence turned up a good couple of notches beyond what I was expecting. That one scene in particular - crikey! Great stuff!
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    The Arcade Ten

    In no order: Robotron 2084 Mr Do Burger Time Mad Planets 1942 Pengo Pooyan Marble Madness Bank Panic 10 Yard Fight
  13. Think of it like holding a camera. To point the camera upwards you tilt it backwards, to point it down you tilt it forwards. I think the difference is separation - people who don't invert are inhabiting the character, those of us who do are controlling the camera.
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    Your "Eureka" moments.

    This is a really simple one, but up until about 3 years ago I'd never put Marmite on a crumpet. I love crumpets, I love Marmite, but I think I enjoy the understated glory of crumpets with just butter so much (or perhaps with a thin smear of honey), that I thought slapping something THAT tasty on top of it would diminish that crumpet-y goodness. But then I gave it a go, and - by crikey! - it's magnificent. In the 3 years or so since I must've had at least 100 crumpets and all but about 3 of them have had Marmite on them.
  15. Last level before the final boss.

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