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Tuesday, October 31st, 2023


Categories: [ Books ]

ISBN: 0380804557

© Amazon.fr

The village of Wall marks the border of the land of the Faeries. Seventeen years earlier, Tristran Thorn is born from a human father and a faerie mother, Una, slave of Semele, a witch who sells glass flowers at the Faerie market that takes place once every nine years. In love with Victoria, Tristran witnesses the fall of a star into the faerie land and promises to bring to her. At the beginning of his journey he meets a strange little man who, after being saved by Tristran's unexpected sense of direction, gives him the stub of a magical candle that takes him very quickly to the star. Instead of a rock, he finds a young woman with a broken leg, Yvaine. She is the star, who has been knocked out of the sky by the dying lord of Stronghold. The latter has thrown the pendant representing the power of his family out though the window and told his three remaining sons, Primus, Tertius and Septimus, that the one who finds it would be his heir. At the same time, a witch-queen, oldest of three sisters, is also searching for the star, as her heart would restore their youth. Upon fining Yvaine, Tristran has first chained her to him, but as he unchains her out of compassion, she flees on the unicorn she is riding. She ends up in an inn conjured by the witch-queen at about the same time as Tristran arrives in the company of Primus. The man is killed by the witch-queen, but Tristran and Yvaine manage to escape thanks to the leftover of the candle and are stranded on a cloud in the sky. Septimus, who has previously killed Tertius, is eventually killed by the witch-queen in an attempt to avenge Primus' death. Tristran and Yvaine are rescued by a flying ship which takes them closer to Wall. They eventually reach their destination by traveling with Semele (Tristran being turned into a dormouse, and Yvaine being invisible to the witch), a few days before the opening of the market. Tristran meets Victoria alone, and she tells him she is going to get married soon. Tristran gives her his blessing, having fallen in love with Yvaine. Victoria's wedding is the event that ends the convoluted curse that kept Una a slave to Semele. Una reveals herself as Tristran's mother and also daughter of the Lord of Stronghold. Yvaine then presents Tristran the pendant, which she has been carrying. The witch-queen dies of old age, as Yvaine already gave her heart to Tristran. Una returns to Stronghold and rule in her son's stead. Many years later, Tristran and Yvaine return to Stronghold and rule together.

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Sunday, October 29th, 2023


Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



The Protagonist, a CIA agent who retrieved an artefact during an operation in Kyiv is hired by Tenet. The organization briefs him on objects (such as bullets) who move backwards through time. With his handler Neil, he traces the source of those objects to an arms dealer, Priya Singh, in Mumbai. Priya is also a member of Tenet and obtains the inverted bullets from Russian oligarch Andrei Sator who can communicate with the future. Sator's estranged wife Kat is an art appraiser who authenticated a forged Goya by her friend Arepo. Sator uses the painting to blackmail his wife. The Protagonist buys Kat's help by trying to recover the Goya from a freeport facility at Oslo airport, but the attempt is thwarted by two masked men who emerge from either side of a machine. Priya later explains the machine is a turnstile, used for inverting: the two people were the same person traveling in opposite directions in time. She also explains that Sator sabotaged the CIA operation in Kyiv and that the police got the artifact, which is Pu-241. Kat introduces the Protagonist to her husband and both agree to cooperate to recover the artefact in Tallinn while it is transported by road, but an inverted Sator holding Kat hostage attempts steals it from them. The Protagonist hides the artefact and is captured with Neil by Sator who interrogates them at a freeport facility and shoots Kat with an inverted bullet. Tenet troops arrive but Sator escapes via a turnstile. They all invert themselves to save Kat's life, and the inverted Protagonist drives back to the ambush to retrieve the artefact, but encounters Sator who takes it. The Protagonist and his gang then travels back in time to the freeport in Oslo, fights his past self, enter the turnstile with Neil and Kat and all get de-inverted. He then meets Priya who reveals that Sator know has all nine pieces of the Algorithm, a device designed by antagonists from the future to invert the world and destroy its past. The Protagonist remembers a past conversation and realizes that Sator will detonate the Algorithm in his hometown of Stalsk-12 on a past day, in order to deliver it to the antagonists of the future. On a Tenet ship traveling back to the day of the detonation, Kat reveals that Sator is sick and dying. He will go back to a happy moment in his life, on the same day, on his yacht in Vietnam, and commit suicide, his death triggering the detonation. Kat poses as her former self and prevents Sator from killing himself long enough for two Tenet commandos, one going forward in time and one backwards, to make a diversion, allowing the Protagonist to steal the Algorithm. He is trapped by Sator's man who puts him in contact with Sator from Vietnam. Sator reveals the antagonists want to escape the effects of climate change. An inverted Neil then sacrifices himself, allowing the Protagonist to recover the Algorithm. Not-yet-dead Neil reveals he was hired by the future Protagonist and then goes and gets inverted to help recover the Algorithm. Later Priya plans to kill Kat, because she knows too much. The Protagonist realizes he created Tenet and kills Priya first.

[ Posted on October 29th, 2023 at 15:07 | no comment | ]

Saturday, October 28th, 2023

Camarel 3

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]

Une glace au caramel, version améliorée de la précédente.


  • 150 g sucre
  • 1 c. à soupe d'eau
  • 50 mL crème fluide
  • 35 g beurre doux
  • 600 g base de crème glacée préparée sans le sucre


Préparer le caramel en mettant l'eau et le sucre dans une casserole et en le faisant cuire jusqu'à ce qu'il soit caramélisé, à l'apparition d'une odeur un peu âcre. Ajouter la crème et mélanger, puis ajouter le beurre et mélanger à nouveau. Délayer 135 g de ce caramel avec la base de crème glacée. Laisser reposer au réfrigérateur une nuit, puis passer à la sorbetière. Manger les 50 g restant sur des crèpes (ou juste comme ça).


Ça rentre maintenant dans la boite de 700 mL.

[ Posted on October 28th, 2023 at 16:09 | no comment | ]

Cocotella 6

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]

Nouvelle variante de cocotella respectant la proportion de sucre de la recette de base, pour 650 g de préparation.


  • 67 g sucre
  • 62 g lait en poudre
  • 55 g sirop de glucose
  • 2 g glucose
  • 1 œufs (100 g)
  • 415 g lait de coco (400 mL)
  • 2 g Super Neutrose
  • 30 g chocolat noir


Mélanger les ingrédients secs. Battre un peu l'œuf dans une casserole, ajoute les ingrédients secs et suffisamment de lait de coco pour les dissoudre et fouetter. Ajouter le sirop de glucose et fouetter encore. Ajouter le reste du lait de coco, mélanger. Faire chauffer en remuant continuellement jusqu'à atteindre 80 °C. Laisse refroidir et reposer 24h au réfrigérateur. Passer à la sorbetière, verser peu à peu le chocolat fondu avant que la glace ne prenne (après 5 à 10 min dans la sorbetière).


Le goût est bon, à peine moins sucré que la version précédente, la texture est bonne.

[ Posted on October 28th, 2023 at 16:06 | no comment | ]

Petits pains pour hamburgers 2

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Cooking ]

Adaptée de la recette Serious Eats.

Pour 6 petits pains de 12 cm de diamètre.


  • 113 g lait tiède
  • 170 g eau tiède
  • 2 c. café levure sèche (5g)
  • 1,5 c. soupe sucre en poudre (5g)
  • 550 g farine
  • 2 c. café sel (10g)
  • 3 œufs
  • 60 g beurre
  • 2 plaqueis à four et papier cuisson
  • pinceau


  • Délayer la levure dans le lait, l'eau et le sucre et attentre 5 min que ça mousse..
  • Placer la farine et le sel lans le mixeur, ajouter le liquide et mélanger.
  • Ajouter 2 œufs, un par un, en mélangeant.
  • Ajouter le beurre en deux fois. Mixer 2 – 3 min.
  • Ajouter de la farine au besoin, la pâte doit coller au fond, pas aux bords du bol. Mixer 5 – 6 min de plus.
  • Couvrir le bol et laisser pousser 2 h.
  • Former 6 boules (de 160 – 170 g chacune), les placer sur deux plaques avec du papier de cuisson. Brosser avec de l'huile et couvrire. Laisser reposer 2 h.
  • Préchauffer le four à 200 °C en chaleur tournante. Appuyer sur les boules pour réduire leur épaisseur à 3 cm. Passer les boules à l'œuf battu avec 1 c. à soupe d'eau.
  • Cuire 7 min. Repasser à l'œuf et cuire 13 min de plus.


  • Les petits pains se conservent plusieurs jours dans une boite hermétique

[ Posted on October 28th, 2023 at 16:02 | no comment | ]

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

At Childhood's End

Categories: [ Books ]

ISBN: 9781785945014

© Amazon.fr

Dorothy is the CEO of A Charitable Earth, a philanthropic organisation. When she learns in the news that an alien spaceship is in orbit around the Moon, she goes to her friend Will, an astronaut at the Space Defence Centre, bringing with her a device that she had salvaged years ago from a crashed alien spacecraft. That device, once attached the SDC's rocket, allows them to fly to the Moon much faster than with a conventional rocket and board the spaceship before the crews sent by other countries. On the ship they meet the Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan, and the Doctor recognizes Dorothy as Ace, with whom he she had travelled thirty years earlier. Once back on Earth, Dorothy and the Doctor investigate rumors of homeless people being abducted and sighting of Ratts, humanoid aliens able shapeshift into rats reported by Dorothy's friend Chantelle. The Doctor equips Yaz and Ryan with beacons and try them to get abducted, assuming that they will be transported first to the ship around the Moon before being forwarded to their destination. While the Doctor and Graham are on the ship trying to trace the transporter's signal, the others are attacked by Ratts who abduct instead Dorothy and Chantelle. At the same time, the spaceship is boarded by a party of Astingir soldiers, centaur-like beings who are in perpetual war with the Wraiths, creatures who have tried to invade every weak empire on their path. The Astingir recognize the Doctor as one who, in the past, has interfered with the Quantum Anvil, the prison where the Astingir keep the Wraiths captive, by putting Ace in contact with it in order to make her a future emissary between the Wraiths and the other inhabitants of the Universe. The Doctor and Graham manage to escape the Astingirs as the latter destroy the spaceship. The Doctor has however had the time to discover that the spaceship is only the first in a chain of relays hiding the final destination of the abductees. Chantelle and Dorothy arrive on an arid planet where they are, separately, herded by Ratts, towards a processing centre. The centre is managed by Halogi-Kari who explains that in order to go around the laws of the Shadow Proclamation, they work as a charity, collecting what is useless or unwanted — homeless people — and giving it away to the Wraiths who need a body to be able to function inside the Universe. Thanks to a special baseball bat Dorothy had with her when transported, The Doctor manages to find the planet she is on and travels there with her gang. They are soon followed by the Astingir who storm the building, intent on killing everyone inside. The order however arrives from the Astingir High Command that their actions are illegal and that they must stand down. In the meanwhile Halogi-Kari explains Dorothy that he needs her for building a bridge between the Quantum Anvil and the Universe to let the Wraiths out, planning to use them to wipe out the Shadow Proclamation; he then throws her into the Anvil. The Wraiths have however seen many futures while in the Anvil and have decided to change their way of life. They accept to go back into the Anvil, having seen in the future that it would not be forever. Ace stays behind to force Halogi-Kari to clean up the mess he created.

[ Posted on October 23rd, 2023 at 16:11 | no comment | ]

Knives Out

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Harlan Thrombey, a rich mystery novelist dies on the evening of his 85th birthday. Despite the slit throat, the police concludes to a suicide. Private investigator Benoit Blanc is anonymously hired to investigate and discovers that each member of the family has motives for murder. Harlan's nurse Marta know what happens: she confused two bottles of medicine and accidentally injected him an overdose of morphine. To protect her and her illegal immigrant mother, Harlan tells her that he is going to commit suicide while she executes his plan: leave the house normally, come back in secret, disguise herself as him to be seen by a witness so as to create the illusion that he ist still alive after she has left, and leave again in secret. Marta cannot lie without vomiting, so she gives accurate but incomplete answers when questioned by Blanc, whom she assists in her investigation while concealing evidence that would incriminate her. Marta is then bequeathed Harlan's entire fortune, which enrages the family. Harlan's grandson Ransom pretends to help her, but manipulates her into confessing to him, blackmailing her for a share of the inheritance. Marta then receives a blackmail note indicating that the toxicology report of Harlan's death will reveal she killed him. She and Ransom drive to the medical examiner's office and discover it has burnt. She then receives an e-mail to meet the blackmailer. At the rendezvous, she discovers the Fran, the cook, drugged and tied to a chair. While Marta calls for help, Fran reveals where in the house a copy of the toxicology report is hidden. Caught up by Blanc, she confesses to him (although Ransom had already told him the story); as she caused Harlan's death, she cannot anymore inherit. Back at the house, the report shows that Harlan only had traces of morphine in his blood. Blanc reveals his deductions to the family: Ransom had swapped the contents of the medicine bottles to ensure that Marta would kill Harlan. But Marta still gave the correct medication because out of habit she identified the drugs by their viscosity and only later noticed the labels were wrong. Ransom then anonymously hired Blanc to expose Marta. As Fran saw Ransom tampering with the medication, she blackmailed him, and when he learned that Marta had not killed Harlan, he forwarded the blackmail note to her and burnt the medical examiner's office to destroy the evidence before overdosing Fran. Blanc and Marta manage to get Ransom to confess by pretending that Fran survived the overdose. He is then arrested for murder, Marta inherits Harlan's fortune, with no intend to share it with Harlan's children who were all more or less nasty to her.

[ Posted on October 23rd, 2023 at 15:41 | no comment | ]

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

Hiisi Ohto

Translation: [ Google ]

Categories: [ Beer/Hiisi ]


“tumma ja paahteinen mailtaisuus…”

Tosi paahteinen maku. Sisältää ohramallasta.

Panimoyhtiö Hiisi, Jyväskylä, Suomi. 6.0% alkoholia.

[ Posted on October 22nd, 2023 at 12:08 | no comment | ]

Sunday, October 15th, 2023

Little Valley Temperature Rising

Categories: [ Beer/Little Valley ]


“Citra, Mosaic and Cascade hops… floral, citrus and juicy fruit”

Floral and citrus, as advertised. Contains malted barley, malted wheat and oats.

Little Valley Brewery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on October 15th, 2023 at 14:46 | no comment | ]

Monday, October 9th, 2023

Ice-Cream Recipes

Categories: [ Cooking/Ice Cream ]

Base Preparation

The following recipes are designed for producing 500, 600 or 700 g of ice cream, each using only a single egg. The proportions are therefore slightly different from one to the next. Most ingredients are available from Finnish supermarkets (glucose is found as “panimosokeri” next to other beer brewing ingredients).

An empty, cleaned tub of Oivariini can hold 700 g of ice cream. It's square, stacks well and I find it just perfect for storing the ice cream in the freezer.

For 500 g

  • 42 g white sugar
  • 6 g glucose
  • 42 g skimmed powdered milk
  • 42 g glucose sirup
  • 1 egg
  • 318 g fresh milk ()

For 600 g

  • 51 g white sugar
  • 7 g glucose
  • 51 g skimmed powdered milk
  • 51 g glucose sirup
  • 1 œuf
  • 390 g fresh milk (whole or semi-skimmed)

For 700 g

  • 59 g white sugar
  • 8 g glucose
  • 59 g skimmed powdered milk
  • 59 g glucose sirup
  • 1 egg
  • 465 g fresh milk (whole or semi-skimmed)

With an egg beater, beat slightly the egg in a saucepan. Add the dry ingredients and about 50 g of milk, and beat a bit. Add the glucose sirup and beat some more. Add the remainder of the milk and beat again. Heat to 80 °C while stirring continuously with a spatula.

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 500 to 700 g of ice cream base
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of liquid vanilla extract, to taste.

Note: Without a stabilizer, this ice cream will become hard and somewhat crunchy when kept in the freezer. I have used a 9:1 mix of sodium alginate and kappa-carraghenan (1 g for 500 g of preparation) that somewhat improved this situation. I now use Louis François's Super Neutrose (3 g for 700 g of preparation). If you use it, mix it into the dry ingredients.


Add the vanilla extract before heating the preparation. After heating the mixture, let it rest in the refrigerator for 12 – 24 h before putting it in the ice cream machine.

Caramel Ice Cream

  • 150 g white sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 50 mL double cream
  • 35 g butter (salted or unsalted, depending on your taste)
  • 600 g ice cream base

Place the sugar and the water in a pan and heat until the sugar turns to caramel (this part is a bit tricky as not enough browning gives too little flavour, and too much browning makes it quickly bitter). Add the cream and mix, then add the butter and mix again. Measure 135 g of caramel and pour the ice cream base little by little, mixing at at each step to ensure the preparation is smooth. Let it rest in the refrigerator for 12 – 24 h before putting it in the ice cream machine.

Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe is developped around using exactly one can of coconut milk and a single egg.

  • 78 g white sugar
  • 78 g skimmed powdered milk
  • 78 g glucose sirup
  • 1 egg
  • 400 mL (1 can) coconut milk

Beat the egg slightly, add the dry ingredients and a bit of the coconut milk. Mix, add the glucose sirup and beat. Add the coconut milk and beat some more. Heat to 80 °C while stirring continuously with a spatula. Let the preparation rest in the refrigerator 12 to 24 hours before putting it in the ice cream machine.

[ Posted on October 9th, 2023 at 09:08 | no comment | ]

Sunday, October 8th, 2023

Little Valley Dalit King

Categories: [ Beer/Little Valley ]


“lightly toast aroma, peppery… fruity taste”

Surprising, somehow reminds me of wine. Contains malted barley, malted wheat and oats.

Little Valley Brewery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. 5.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on October 8th, 2023 at 11:52 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Seven Chances

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Buster Keaton ]



Jimmie is in love with Mary but does not dare telling here. The brokerage firm where he's a junior partner is in financial difficulties. When a lawyer visits him to tell him he's going to inherit money, he and his partner Meekin first run away believing he is summoning them to a trial. They finally sit together and read the will, that would give Jimmie seven million dollars if he gets married before 7 PM on the day of his 27th birthday, which is today. Jimmie immediately asks Mary in marriage, but clumsy wording about his motivations causes her to immediately break up with him. She however changes her mind and sends a hired hand to deliver a note to Jimmie. Meanwhile, Meekin convinces Jimmie to propose to any of the seven women he knows at the country club restaurant, to save the firm. One by one, they refuse and mock him. Meekin then publishes Jimmie's predicament and potential inheritance in the evening newspaper, announcing that Jimmie would marry any woman who presents herself at the church at 5 PM. A crowd of veiled woman gathers at the church, but the priest refuses to perform any ceremony, announcing it was a bad prank. Escaping the angry women, Jimmie finally receives Mary's note. Followed by the mob of women, Jimmie runs first through the city then through the countryside (escaping an avalanche of rocks) to reach Mary's house where Meekin is also waiting. Alas, Meekin's clock show he's a few minutes too late. Mary still wants to marry him, money or not, but Jimmie refuses to let her share his impeding disgrace. As he leaves, he sees from the church's clock that Meekin's watch was fast. He and Mary wed just in time.

[ Posted on October 3rd, 2023 at 11:41 | no comment | ]

Rocket Man

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Elton John enters an addiction rehabilitation session and starts talking about his life. Born Reginald Dwight in the 1950s, he shows an talent for playing the piano by ear. He is not loved by his father (who leaves when his mother has an affair) and little by his mother. Fond of rock'n roll, he starts playing at local pub. As an adult he first plays backup for touring American bands, before he is given advice to write his own songs and become someone. He changes his name to Elton John. His producer at DJM Records introduces him to Bernie Taupin who writes lyrics, for which Elton composes the music. Your Song becomes famous and Elton goes to play in Los Angeles where Crocodile Rock becomes a success. There Elton meets John Reid, a music manager who becomes his lover. As his success increases, Elton starts a life of debauchery. Reid convinces him to tell his parents that he's gay, but they don't care, his mother telling him that he will never be properly loved. Elton falls into depression where he is emotionally abused by Reid and becomes an addict to alcohol and other drugs. After a suicide attempt during a party he is rushed to the hospital, then thrust on stage by Reid. Elton has a brief marriage with sound engineer Renate, after which he falls out with his mother and Bernie. After suffering a heart attack, he leaves a concert without warning and decides to go into rehabilitation. He realizes he does not need approval from his parents, rekindles his friendship with Bernie and eventually returns to a successful career without the support of drugs. He eventually gets married to David.

[ Posted on October 3rd, 2023 at 11:13 | no comment | ]