It’s a wonderful thing in the first place that Grayson Perry has been invited to give this year’s Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4. But even more wonderful is his mischievous and frank approach to thinking about the value of art.
The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard Betts - surely the future?
(See the full article at Brain Pickings)
Ghost Food is a fascinating project that lets you explore the foods that could become extinct – through smell.
Last week, I visited Cambridge’s Fitzbillies for dinner. When I lived there, it was a rather sorry little place, but Cambridge is a town that likes to mythologise, and the Fitzbillies Chelsea bun was part of that mythology. Like many myths, it was better left uninterrogated.
Suffice it to say, it’s been transformed. We ate a delicious meal in a buzzing dining room, and marvelled at a space that was utterly unrecognisable from fifteen years ago.
The night before, knowing we would visit, I dreamed of the same place over and over again: a dark, cavernous, floury space, warm with yeast and hot ovens.
What ‘the most brilliant ear in pop music’ could hear – that we can only see (via Wired).
I used to have a friend who was delightful in all respects until you got her into a restaurant.
At that point, she would become a monster. She would sneer and nitpick at the staff; she would critique the menu in a loud voice (‘Don’t these people realise that using the word ‘jus’ just marks them out as suburban?’), and she would make it a point of honour to complain about at least one dish over the course of a meal. Read more…
This covered different ways of making coffee at home without an espresso machine – but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s any less exacting for that. In fact, it’s wonderfully geeky and precise, as you will see. Read more…
I’ve been thinking that I’d quite like some guest posts.
Can you write a short piece sharing something you’re really discerning about? It could be anything – an obscure genre, a hobby, or something that only you understand.
I’d love to hear from you!
Length: 1,000 words or less.
Don’t forget to include a (short) title.
Stern warning: No adverts please. I’m not interested in product placement.
I won’t be editing the pieces, so please ensure they’re as perfect as you can make them.
Please have a read of my blog before you submit anything. It will help you to get an idea of tone & audience.
Send your post in the body of your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This great video from Wired shows how trace chemicals give coffee its distinctive flavour.
Having reached an age at which I definitely have to accept that I’m no longer hip (I suspect that my use of the word ‘hip’ gives a lot away), I have succumbed to Phil Collins Paranoia. Maybe you’ll recognise the symptoms: every time I hear a new record that I like, I am struck by a crippling fear that this, finally, will be my Phil Collins.
On 17th May, I undertook a challenge to spend a day drinking the right thing for the right moment, avoiding my standard glass of white wine. Here are my notes. Read more…
This Friday (17th May) I’m embarking on a day of discerning drinking.
The idea is simple (and probably slightly lethal). I want to address the issue of what to drink in a pub: what should you choose, and what’s the right drink for the right moment. Therefore, I will be installing myself in a range of locations across the day, and carefully choosing one drink an hour. The exactly right drink. Read more…
This fabulous blog highlights the sartorial choices of the most discerning of spies, James Bond.
The attention to detail - and, let’s face it, sheer level of geekery – is exquisite. My particular favourite is the post on how Bond knots his tie – a raffish four-in-hand, apparently.
I am not particularly discerning.
I am the sort of person who dreams of a chic capsule wardrobe, but then can’t resist the lure of Primark. I am vulnerable to costume jewellery. I have a weakness for Pop Tarts.
And, actually, I’m quite proud of that. Some of the best things in life are – if not free – cheap, readily-available, and made of brightly-coloured plastic. I find all the fuss about this vintage of wine, and that limited-edition handbag a bit dull. Too often, it seems to me that people are trumpeting how much they’ve paid, rather than how good their purchase actually is.