Students have historically had a rather (sometimes unfairly) tainted image when it comes to the kitchen. It was therefore quite a pleasant surprise while wandering around the Freshers Fayre at Bangor Students’ Union a few years back, to stumble upon these guys sat in the back of a burger van selling books and examples of their recipes.
Sorted is a cookbook brand created by and targeted towards students, focussing on relatively quick, creative dishes that try to fit within the tight financial constraints of student life. However, don’t be fooled by the above; a lot of the recipes are just as applicable to those not at university. If you’re looking for some inexpensive inspiration for your own dishes, Sorted is also well worth a look (I graduated a good few years back, and still use their book for ideas).
Apologies for lack of blogging, I am however back on form. So the arches have been erected, the bunting has gone up, and the bigots and juveniles have come out in force once again. Yep you’ve guessed it, Marching Season is upon us.
Rather than delve into centuries of history, I’ll present the short version, for hundreds of years the Protestant community has marched on the anniversairy of the Battle of the Boyne, displaying their loyalty to the crown. The problem comes in that many of the routes on the “Queens Highway” as it is referred to by the Lodges of Orangemen pass through or near Catholic communities, areas known as flashpoints. Trouble has already started brewing in areas of Belfast with rioting breaking out last week resulting in a Press Association photographer being shot in the leg. Media have been warned to stay away from these areas, which will be ignored however I think a ban should be imposed on media from braodcasting these images. That may sound a little contradictory coming from a journalist but I honestly believe that media coverage of this rioting only adds fuel to the fire.
A recent BBC Wonderland documentary prompted me to write this post. Alison Millar spent four months following the bands of the Shankill Road, in particular a young boy called Jordan, an aspiring drummer. Despite growing up in Northern Ireland, I had a relatively limited knowledge of the Troubles as a child, coming from a mixed marriage I was told religion didn’t matter, that everyone was equal. After watching this documentary my belief in this statement has only been reinforced. Despite the deeply rooted prejudices on both sides of the community, this compelling documentary reveals that the Catholic and Prootestant communities are not all that different; both are proud of their histories and want to celebrate their beliefs and traditions, neither want to return to the dark days of the Troubles.
Last year saw some of the worst rioting on Belfast streets for ten years. In total 47 people have been charged, including a 29 year old Spanish man who admitted to dropping a concrete block on to a police woman’s head. It is bad enough when people from the same neighbourhood are at war with each other, but now that someone who does not understand our history and a journalism graduate to add insult is taking part in this violence is utterly disgraceful.
It really makes me angry that orchestrated violence is becoming a common occurence in this province again. My opinion on these acts of violence is that those involved need to grow up and shut up. All they are proving by resorting to rioting is that they do not have the intelligence or maturity to discuss their issues like civilised people. It is so frustrating to people like me who represent the future of Northern Ireland that this deep rooted bigotry is being passed down through generations and hatred is being bred into the youth. From looking at footage of these riots it is clear to see that the majority of them are youths, following the actions of their peers. It is disheartening and stirs anger in the majority of the people of Northern Ireland, this is not what we want.
Okay on a bit of a gamecraze lately having gotten 1000g on the first game in some time The Sabateur which a blogged about a few weeks ago (you can read about it here).
After somebody mentioned Batman – Arkham City, to me, the sequel to 2009′s Arkham Assylum. I rambled down to the local GameStation and picked up a few new games from the Pre Owned (I am a poor student after all) section.
Assassins Creed (Yes the first one as everyone seems to keep asking me)
More to follow on the other two titles in the coming weeks
Batman was quite a deep game, it did a fantastic job of encapsulating most of Batmans largest adversaries, and also a great deal of perhaps the lesser known ones too.
There was a storyline to the game, on going riddles to complete, a constant hoard of enemies, of literally all sorts of different shapes and sizes…
Graphically the game was well thought out and really had quite an eerie feel to what was the arkham assylum, the game has no online multiplayer however there are a series of challenges that will definitely test even the most comprehensive gamer, some stealth some combat
Interestingly the game really went in depth so far as the in game advertising for people looking to check loved ones into Arkham Assylum advertised see the website for more details… The website really exists!
I thoroughly enjoyed this game even though I feel jumping on it 2 years after the hype had died down may have been why it just didn’t have that magic for me. However it has got me excited about its follow up Arkham City
Bit of a flashback of a musical choice for you tonight, from Scottish indie-pop legends Travis. Writing To Reach You was the first single from their 1999 album The Man Who, and reached number 14 in the official UK singles chart.