Opera Schmopera

This week the Royal Opera House announced their 2016/17 season.  It’s been a few years since my practically-once-a-week opera going phase, but I do still love opera thus these announcements still excite me.

Except when they don’t.

The ROH 2016/17 opera season is such an uninspired, dull, tired list.  I can’t remember the last time L’elisir d’amore wasn’t playing at either ROH or ENO.  Both houses are producing Madama Butterfly this year, and Il barbiere di Siviglia sure gets a lot of stage time.  Which is not to say these composers, these operas shouldn’t be produced: it’s just that with 22 productions, I want some fresher blood. Continue reading “Opera Schmopera”

<3 Pearl (in 9 gif categories)


Season 8 of Rupaul’s Drag Race is in full swing.  Don’t worry, no spoilers!  I binge watch (just viewed episodes 1-5) and would happily smack you up for ruining it.

Anyway, Seasons 2-6 are on UK Netflix, available to be binge watched at will, so go do that. Continue reading “<3 Pearl (in 9 gif categories)”

Coffee Ombré Cake

This weekend my paternal family all got together to celebrate my Grandmother’s 80th Birthday. Although family can be tiring, and the Ottewill clan are certainly a force to be reckoned with! I actually enjoy these events, and if nothing else it is very decent of the family to all gather in one place once or twice a year, so we can all catch up.

This time I volunteered to make the cake, and since I am (apparently) not one for simplicity, I couldn’t just make a normal, classic cake. In fact I couldn’t just make one cake at all. Instead I went for concept cake! I made Coffee Ombré Cake, Earl Grey tea cupcakes, Mint tea cupcakes, and Speculoos/Speculaas cupcakes, for a coffee, tea, and biscuit effect! Continue reading “Coffee Ombré Cake”

A ‘Friends’ Top Ten

cn_image.size.friends-oral-history-01As with most things these days, it all started with something posted on social media. @MrMoth tweeted a link to this SNAP.PA list, The definitive ranking of all 236 Friends episodes. I was 4 when Friends first aired, but by the time I was 8, Friends was the highlight of Friday nights. Every week, at 9pm, my Dad and I would sit down and watch the new episode. Before long I was collecting DVD’s – yes, I do now own every episode, as do many people of good taste – and I can honestly say that aside from a brief period of boredom – remember when E4 showed four episodes a day? – it has remained my absolute, favourite, number one TV show ever. Nothing is for everyone, but I think Friends is still for the masses, and for the majority. Continue reading “A ‘Friends’ Top Ten”