November 25th, 2012


File40 off the serial numbers

So my NaNoWriMo is essentially genderswapped Man from UNCLE porn. UNCLE is AUNTY, founded by first-wave feminists who felt that women working together internationally were the key to world peace. THRUSH is PATER...I haven't worked out the acronym for either yet, but PATER is just THRUSH with an emphasis on controlling people via gendered hierarchy as well as cool little techie gadgets.

But this is nothing new. The Man from CAMP books back in the 1960s were also "serial numbers filed off" books where UNCLE was an international association of queer people, generally fighting individual evildoers rather than a large syndicate like THRUSH. And it's come to my attention that "Pulp Fiction" may have been partially Tarantino's MFU fanfiction--if you take Jules Winnfield's scary moments as being Illya playing "bad cop" and imagine it's Napoleon when Vincent Vega is on his non-date with Uma Thurman, and image The Wolf as Mr. Waverly, then the whole "two guys in black suits doing their job that involves guns and being friends" thing that both narratives have in common just falls into place.

What's your favorite thing with the serial numbers clearly filed off?

Anyone want to help me cast the Canteen Nativity

It's that time again when i'm sure many of us have been roped into assisting the School Nativity, so I feel it's only right the Canteen should suffer too. Plus 3 and 4 year olds are as destructive as highly trained operatives. I did try Illya out for Mary but he's too sarcy;
So I think I'm leaning towards him being "The Star" dressed in gold, tinsel and lametta and being the chief narrator, although i'm prepared to accept other casting suggestions.

Part of me is thinking Joseph for Napoleon

Nana's Christmas Pudding.

As said in another post, it's Stir-up Sunday, the traditional day to make your Christmas puddings. So here's our traditional recipe.


8oz Plain flour 240g
8oz Suet 240g
4oz White bread crumbs 120g
8oz Demerara sugar 240g
8oz Currants 240g
8oz Sultanas 240g
8oz Raisins 240g
4oz Mixed peel 120g
½tsp Mixed spice
½tsp Grated nutmeg
½tsp Cinnamon
3 Eggs
½ Rind &juice of orange
½ Rind & juice of lemon
1 Grated small apple
Old ale or brandy

Mix the flour, crumbs, suet, spices & sugar.
Add the fruit, orange & lemon.
Mix thoroughly with beaten eggs & ale.
Grease 2x 2pt (1l) pudding basins.
¾ fill the basins, cover the mix with greaseproof paper & seal.
Boil for 7 –8 hours.
Boil for 2 –3 hours before serving.

These days I make it up in 4x 500ml basins as we have smaller appetites these days. And we know the recipe has bee in use for 60 years, as we have a photo of a small OH stirring the pudding mix with Nana.