from The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett:
"The tutor had arrived with a huge crate of his own books, only too aware that some great houses barely had a single book in them, unless the books were about battles of the past in which a member of the family had been spectacularly and stupidly heroic."
"There's a kind of magic in the cavernous spaces under railway arches and a mystery known only to those who work there. There are always puddles, even if it hasn't rained for weeks, and the puddles are glossy and slimy, the air above filled with the taint of oil and working man's armpit."
from 6 Ways to Kill by R Mac Wheeler:
"I could have been looking at those blots the shrinks use. What does this make you think of? Uh, a spilled bottle of ink."
Hugh Hefner's mansion is up for sale. We all remember Hugh Hefner? Of course we do!
Well the old boy is still kicking around on this planet, but his mansion is up for sale.
It's described in our Saturday newspaper as having tacky decor, bad taste artworks, dodgy bronze statues, run-down toilets, urine-soaked carpets and bedsheets that haven't been changed since the 1970s.
(I'm assuming that just means he never bought new ones, not that the same sheets have been on those beds this whole time....urk!)
And for all this "glory" they're asking $285 million.
The bonus? After you buy it, Hugh Hefner himself is allowed to continue living there until his death.
Any bids? Anyone?
Also from Saturday's newspaper; an article by Petra Starke (who used to have a blog, and probably still does), about sugary drinks and obesity.
(if Petra objects to me reprinting parts of her article she can let me know and I'll take it down. If I know how.)
The italics are Petra's words, the bolding is my idea.
Quote: " While killing time before a doctor's appointment the other day, I went to a cafe and ordered a bottle of water with 11 teaspoons of sugar in it.
Well, actually I ordered a bottle of 'Bundaberg Passionfruit Sparkling Drink', but after reading the nutrition label, ( the word 'nutrition' being used very generously), I realised I may as well have.
According to the label, the 375ml bottle of orange-coloured fizzy drink contained 43.2 g of sugar, the equivalent of 10.8 teaspoons.
That's just a little bit under a quarter of a cup of sugar."
Petra goes on to tell us how much sugar is in various other popular soft drinks then says:
"perhaps most shockingly, a 250ml apple-flavoured Fruit Box has seven teaspoons. Seven!
If you're not terrible at maths, you'll notice that makes one of the country's most popular children's lunch box fillers 6.5 percent more sugary by volume than Coca Cola."
(Wow. I used to drink those Fruit Boxes* and buy them for my kids.
* well-known brand name.)
"If someone asked you for a cup of tea with seven teaspoons of sugar in it, you'd think they were mental. And yet this is exactly what we're giving kids every time we hand them an apple Fruit Box."
Here's more: "......a survey by government-funded LiveLighter found some smoothie drinks being sold at Boost Juice, Gloria Jean's and MacDonald's contained more kilojoules than a Big Mac and more sugar than a bottle of soft drink."
(There's a website listed where you can read all about it, but I haven't checked it myself, so won't put it here, I'll take their word for it.)
"...these juice blends are more insidious than soft drink, with healthy sounding names like "Protein Supreme" and "Brekky to Go-Go", and carrying claims of being packed full of nutrition.
What they are apparently packed full of is sugar: Gloria Jean's 'Mango Fruzie' contains an absolutely massive 31 teaspoons, or about a half a cup. The height of irony is Gloria Jean's marketing this abomination as '98 percent fat free' ; what does fat matter when the smoothie you're drinking contains the same amount of sugar as a 1.25 litre bottle of coke?"
"....wouldn't it be helpful if the sugar content had to be advertised as boldly as those other nutrition claims? "Mango Fruzie - 98 percent fat free and 31 teaspoons of sugar."
Makes you think a bit doesn't it?
I had a Boost Juice smoothie myself just last week. A Banana Buzz with extra banana. It was yummy and filling, but not something I buy on a regular basis. Mostly because they're not cheap. I bought a "regular" size and it was $7, which I hadn't known before I ordered it.
I used to buy a blended fruit mix from one of those juice stalls in the middle of Rundle Mall, but they're gone. I'd watch them put slices of pineapple, watermelon and apple in a juicer and switch it on and the blended juice would come out of the spout into a cup which they then capped and I'd add a straw. Yummy.