Green Gunpowder

25 11 2015

Atkinson's Coffee

When I was young, much younger than I am now, roughly about 20 years ago at least; but when I was young, when it was Christmas or my Mam’s Birthday, I would usually go and buy her some Coffee from the Coffee Shop. A specific one most of the time in Lancaster’s own J. Atkinson & Co. Ltd, which is to coffee what Ollivander’s is to wands in Harry Potter. Anyway, I would always buy coffee from them for my Mam for Birthday’s and Christmas. I used to love going in there, picking a coffee, having a smell and then having it ground up and given to Mam as a present.

One time however my Dad suggested that we go to a coffee shop in Kendal. Can’t remember what it was called, I was about 7/8 at the time. Anyway we went in and bought some coffee, and I think had a drink in the café too. While we were there though, I spotted something which I was immediately drawn too. My favourite colour back then (and for some part today still is) was green, and I liked the name of the coffee/tea that was displayed across the side of the large tin. It was called Green Gunpowder. Never knew what it was or what it looked like or anything. But that name remained inside my head because I liked the sound of it.

Kendal

Years went by, and eventually I stopped getting Coffee consistently for my Mam, I don’t know why, I just did, and with it, I did not venture inside Atkins or any other coffee shop since, other than places like Starbucks and Caffé Nero obviously, and best of all; Esquires, well it’s the culture now isn’t it? I can remember when a tourism advert was published in a newspaper in London which said this country had over 300 castles but only 6 Starbucks. How times have changed.

Green Gunpowder Tea

Well last week, because I was on the very street of Atkinson’s, and spotted the shop, I decided to venture inside just to have a look around, and on the shelf I could spot Green Gunpowder, so I asked if I could have a look just to satisfy my age-old question. It wasn’t much to look at, it was a tea that was sort of green in colour, don’t remember much about the smell; but for simply being able to finally find out what it was, made my morning. Still won’t drink it though, I don’t drink Tea or Coffee, more a Hot Chocolate man myself.

Hot Chocolate Drink

GENEPOOL

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Taking A Break

22 07 2015

Tea

For the past few weeks I have been working hard on producing a series of film reviews to be posted over the space of a week. For such a task, I chose one specific film series, the name of which I intend to as secret as possible to be a surprise when it finally happens. Writing a series of film reviews though does take time and at best I am able to write about 1 a week. So 7 films should take about 7 weeks. Well, not really. It took me close to 2 weeks to get the first one written before I then put myself onto a proper schedule. I am currently (at time of writing) 3 films in, with 4 to go. Due to having a fully booked week last week due to my Graduation and a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, I took something of a week off from writing with a plan to restart the following week with a plan to get straight back into the reviewing process as soon as possible. Watching the same film series and writing about it over a series of weeks, (particularly when the series is more than 3 films long) can get a bit tiresome and eventually you can find yourself craving to watch something else. During my Graduation week, I thought I could take the opportunity to watch some other film entirely in order to break the cycle, I did not however take such an opportunity and found myself about to restart writing film reviews again, and it’s not helping when the next film is the worst in the series.

A Game Of Thrones (George R. R. Martin)

I am finding writing a series of film reviews quite hard/daunting as so far I am not even half way through yet, and most of the reviews can be 7 pages long. While I thought number 3 was going to be a little quicker due to it not being bad as such, but definitely a weak film, it was about as long as the others. Ideally I would like to complete the series before I go on holiday, as it would mean that they are finished, and I can enjoy my holiday without thinking about them. Most of the time (when I am in the zone) I can just write away and get it done, but I am finding it hard to even think about how it’s progressing when it still feels like a long time away until it’s done. It makes me think of it as being like a film review version of A Song of Ice and Fire (although I am confident that it will be finished well before The Winds of Winter gets released).

TMNT (Imagi Animation Studios - 2007)

So with the next film in sight, I was feeling a little low (well, more like a lot) about getting back into it. Then one of my best friends suggested I watch something else before continuing; which was a Fantastic Idea. You see the thing is, that while you are doing such a project as this, you do want to watch something else as the week goes one, but you feel like you can’t because you should be watching the other film’s in the series. With me not doing anything related to that series though during graduation week, I went along with my friend’s suggestion, and instead of watching the next film in that series, I watched something else entirely, and it felt nice. I watched a film I have not seen in years, maybe not since it was first shown on Sky Movies. I watched TMNT, the 2007 CGI movie starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I rather enjoyed it, I have always liked that film since seeing it at the cinema, but seeing it again after so long was the breath of fresh air I needed. I also noticed how short it was, I thought it would be about industry standard 90 minutes long, but in fact it was about 1 hour 20 minutes long (plus a little more including the credits), coming altogether to 87 minutes long. That was not all I watched though.

AKIRA (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1988)

With still maybe a couple of hours to go until midnight, I did ponder about watching that 4th film, but instead I decided to watch a few clips from a film that I saw for the first time back in November, and couldn’t stop thinking about: AKIRA. It’s a film that, like a few others that come to my mind is one I really want to write a film review for. When I watched it again, I did not watch it all the way through, I just wanted to see a few moments. From the Bike Chase at the beginning, to mentions of the mysterious AKIRA, to Tetsuo’s dream and eventual rampage, all the way to the film’s grotesque end. I loved watching it again, even if it was not all of it.

Neo-Tokyo

Watching these 2 films has been a real breath of fresh air in my movie watching. While I will have started the next film review in the series by the time this gets posted, I am thankful for my friend’s suggestion and advice, plus the opportunity to watch two completely different things to nourish my film tastes. While the end of the film series is still some time away, I am confident I will get it finished, and that it will be worth it in the end. First I just need to deal with the tricky 4th film, then onto the even trickier task of reviewing 3 really good films in a row, and then I can take a break from my reviews until I decide to do another one.

TMNT Statues

GENEPOOL





How To Make A Cup Of Tea

6 09 2013

Tea

Step 1 – Buy a mug: You will need a mug to drink out of. To do this you will need to go out and buy one, and no, you can’t just use the Washing Up powder dispenser or a glass.

Step 2 – Buy a kettle: You will need a kettle to boil the water. So once again go and buy one instead of borrowing one from the dodgy looking bloke living next door.

Step 3 – Buy some tea bags: You should be getting the big picture now, go out and buy some tea bags.

Step 4 – Boil the water: Using the tap, pour water into your kettle and heat it up. When the water is bubbling, it is ready; if unsure, stick your finger in it, if you shout “OW”, it’s ready.

Step 5 – Optional: If you stuck your finger in and shouted “OW”; pick up the phone and dial in the following numbers:

  • 9, 9, 9,

And ask for an ambulance.

Step 6 – Put a tea bag in your mug: Get a teabag from your new supply, place it in your mug, stand back and impress your friends.

Step 7 – Add the water: Add the water from the kettle making sure it is as hot as when you added the personal touch from step 4 to your mug and tea bag.

Step 8 – Mix the ingredients: Using a spoon, mix the tea and water until it goes brown. If you don’t have a spoon, you can use your finger again like in Step 4 in which case you may want to repeat Step 5. Alternatively, you can just repeat Steps 1, 2 or 3 with a spoon as the subject. What do you mean you can’t remember Steps 1, 2 or 3? Have you not been paying attention?

Step 9 – Add some milk: Take some milk from the fridge and add it to your mug. What do you mean you don’t have any milk? well in that case……….

Step 10 – Buy some milk: Follow steps 1, 2 or 3 again, this time with milk (and maybe sugar if you want some) and then repeat Step 9, seriously the people I have to work with.

Step 11 – Stir again: Stir the mixture once again.

Step 12 – Remove the tea bag: Remove the tea bag from the mug, stand back and impress your friends once again.

Step 13 – Take a drink: Grab the mug handle, raise your little finger and take a sip.

If you have done everything  it should taste great, if not, then it is obvious that you have not been paying attention. If all this fails, there are 2 other ways to make a cup of tea.

  1. Go to Starbucks like you’ve been doing for the last 3 years, or failing that……….
  2. Stand up in the middle of the room and shout to the top of your voice the following sentence: “WHAT HAVE I GOT TO DO TO GET A CUP OF TEA ROUND HERE”.

GENEPOOL








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