Oooh Apprentice is so good already. Today it was girls versus boys in a laundry challenge and it was blatantly obvious even before the end of the task that the girls were going to lose and lose badly, right from the moment the ‘bright-spark’ Jenny thought it’d be perfectly ok to charge £4.99 a sheet to launder it! I know probably as much about laundry as she does but even I could guess that’s too much! Jenny then goes on to demonstrate bullying in the workplace on poor hapless Lucinda, who’s only crime was to stand up against Jenny’s overly imperious nature.
The boys on the other hand did far better this week, it was still a little bit of toffs versus the rest of them and the toffs didn’t initially seem to have a clue about what the laundry entailed, whereas the nice ex-army bloke (sorry don’t know his name yet) was trying to break it to them that they really needed some help!
In the end of course the girls were back in the boardroom, with Jenny, of course Lucinda and Shazia who’s crime was loosing people’s shirts (literately).
SPOILERS COMING UP – when Shazia was fired I was shocked, it so should have been Jenny, true Shazia made a mistake but Jenny should as team leader should have realised that Shazia leaving would mean the laundry would be mixed up and should have stopped her.
Little coconut and raspberry cakes from Jo Pratt’s In the Mood for Food. These were interesting to make, I did wonder whether this recipe was reinventing the wheel as I hadn’t made many muffin recipes calling for five egg whites and specifying the sugar in the cakes as icing sugar. However the resulting cakes are certainly no run of the mill muffins, very moist under a crisp shiny crunchy top. Probably not a batch of muffins to make on a regular basis (I certainly don’t like going through virtually a whole carton of eggs for a single batch of muffins) but possibly one if I’m looking to be a bit showy.
My latest softie called Treeling. He’s from the book Softies and is my second project from there and so far I’m really liking this book.
Although I’m learning to use my sewing machine, I’m not confident enough yet to make softies, so I hand sewed Treeling and I’m actually quite pleased with the effect. I definitely think this is the best softie I’ve done yet, but still practice practice, practice!
A bit of a break from softies next as I’m in an embroidery mood, will be making my sugar candy skull badge next and I have to make two as Girl Lacer has put an order in for one to.
Check out this piece here on the BBC News website on the launch of Doctor Who season 4. There’s an interesting quote from Russell T. Davies about the new 6.20 time slot, apparently he doesn’t like it, I don’t blame him, Doctor Who feels better at 7.00, in fact I’d go as far as to agree with some of the other fans and say Doctor Who should be on in the winter so you can watch it in the dark! In all seriousness though and on a personal level, the new time slot means me and Mr. Lacer will never get to watch it even remotely live (if it had been at 7pm we’d have probably have rushed the kids to bed and watched it time-lapsed on the DVR). I know plenty of people who watch Who with their kids who are the same age as ours but Boy and Girl Lacer do not have the attention span to sit through something 40 minutes long and would rather go off and play even though they both like Doctor Who (which actually I’m quite glad about, I’m glad they think going off to play, it’s better than sitting on their bums in front of the goggle box for ages) unfortunately though if they go off and play, it’s normally in the living room, right between the sofa and the TV and it’s often something noisy and it’s often something they want us to do with them as well, so if me and Mr. Lacer watched Who live we wouldn’t exactly be watching it in peace. We tried watching the Christmas special with the kids, it didn’t work.
And even worse I know I won’t be able to watch the first episode until possibly the Friday after it’s shown, argh, don’t know how I’ll cope! But when I eventually see it, I’ll of course be back here with my views. But until then I’ll have to satisfy myself with the two video clips in the interview I’ve linked to above. Even though they both look the same watch both as the (same) interviewer is asking David Tennant different questions and you get to see different season 4 clips. I particularly like the little pill pot type aliens who come out of (I presume) one of Catherine Tate’s friends / relatives, they’re rather cute, although I suspect they probably don’t turn out that way.