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SWEET DELIGHTS
What in the wide tarnation is better on a cool day than the smell of something sweet baking in your oven? OK, world peace, I suppose. Oh, and justice. Justice for everyone. Justice and world peace are better than nice smells, then, but, seriously, that’s about it. Let’s spend a little time talking a bit about baking, then. Namely, why it’s so easy to mess it up and what are some steps we can take to give ourselves a fighting chance. WHY YOU NEED TO LEARN THIS: Baking’s not like savoury cookery, where you can fix stuff as you go along. “Taste. Analyse. Adjust. Taste.” That’s what we tell our culinary students over at Kendall College ...  Read more
 
Man of the moment
 
You could teach a pretty good course on modern British history using the movies of Gary Oldman. The syllabus would include a section on anarchy in the UK and Thatcher’s England, featuring Sid and Nancy. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (for which Oldman was nominated for an Oscar) could illustrate
 
Channelling a diva
 
Los Angeles native Gloria Grahame was complex. She was the ultimate film noir actress (the kind they called a “dame” back then), but she also won an Oscar. And she got herself into one of the strangest Hollywood scandals ever. But did you know that, at the end of her life, the actress found
 
Artistic integrity
 
“I was a fan of Alabama 3 because of that Sopranos theme,” says folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, talking from her home in Hawaii, “but it was a really bloody song about ripping people limb from limb and with blood all over the sword. It was perfect for The Sopranos,
 
High expectations
 
A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead? Will Big Shaq manage to stay not hot, will the Latin music reign continue, and who will take on this year’s Bond theme? So many questions! Here are a few predictions of what to look out for in 2018... Artists excitingly confirmed
 
 
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