Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

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How To Make A Decent Egg Nog for Tee-totallers

Posted: 27 Dec 2008 06:03 AM CST

Now Christmas is over, time to prepare for New Year!

There’s a certain mystique around eggnog at this time of year. It’s relatively simple, made from milk or cream, sugar, eggs and a dash of flavouring. But there are infinite combinations out there, many using alcohol… or nutmeg.

So while you get the empty drinks cleared away after this week, just to bring out more drink for next week, you might want to cast an eye over and their clean and simple recipe you can use either as a base for experimentation (and sherry), or as the main drink for your driving guests.


* 12 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 1 quart cream
* Vanilla (to taste)
* Dash of nutmeg


* Separate eggs at room temp. Beat yolks till creamed with about half of sugar, whites till peaked then add other half of sugar. Beat cream till stiff. Then fold all together. Add vanilla to taste - but remember that a little bit of vanilla goes a long way.
* Place into containers keep in refrigerator for at least one day. Shake before serving.

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Passion of the Rise and Shine

Posted: 27 Dec 2008 05:16 AM CST

Topical songsters turn to The Vatican.

Comments by The Pope in his Christmas message certainly raised the eye (and heckles) of many around the world, and it was almost a given that the Rise and Shine team would do something with this story. As they say themselves…

This song was inspired by Pope Benedict XVI who angered many by saying that humankind needed to be saved from homosexuals and transsexuals. The song takes a compassionate view of the broad spectrum of human sexuality via the voice of a Catholic priest who enjoys some after-hours recreation in a bar near the Vatican (possibly called "The Purple Squirrel", after a concurrent news story.)

There’s still time to dontate to the Rise and Shine’s chosen charity over at their website.

(Link to A Passion You Wouldn’t Believe).

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Review: Doctor Who At Christmas

Posted: 27 Dec 2008 05:04 AM CST

Cybermen, Invasions, Death, Child Workshops and more from Tennant and the BBC.

While moved away from the flagship 8pm slot it held last year, the BBC put their trust in Doctor Who to open up the evening schedules on Christmas Day. By delivering almost 12 million viewers it succeeded in spectacular fashion.

Trailed heavily was the appearance of David Morrisey in the titular role of "The Next Doctor," and the puzzle of who he was and if we;d really have a time travelling episode where the Doctor meets the Doctor, was, alas, not to be. Christmas Day is not the time for convoluted plots, so the simpler answers were picked up.

This kept the story rollicking around at a great pace, and provided exactly the sort of easy fun that you need right after your Turkey dinner. It wasn’t deep, complicated or layered – although after travelling with a companion for such a long time it appears that Tennant’s Doctor has decided to travel alone for a time, giving the writers a chance to explore the doctor’s character in greater depth over the next year.

And having a towering however many hundreds of feet high Cyber Robot tower over London and stomp around like some steam-punk godzilla was a punch the air moment of adrenaline over analyzing. A perfectly pitched Christmas episode that everyone seems to have appreciated for what it was.

Apart from the fans. Even two days later the devoted Doctor Who followers are unavailable for comment. Thanks to the show’s smaller MacGuffin showing clips of every previous generation of the Doctor, the ming-mongs are heading into their personal archives to try and identify exactly which episodes in the 45 year history of the show they’ve been sourced from.

Everyone else watched the new Wallace and Gromit film.

(More at Doctor Who at The BBC).

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One To Watch Tonight - Bring Back Fame

Posted: 27 Dec 2008 05:00 AM CST

Justin-Lee Collins returns with another Bring Back Campaign, this time the target is Fame

Justin Lee Collins returns for the latest of his nostalgia specials as he attempts to track down and reunite the all-singing, all-dancing cast of the 80s phenomenon Fame. His targets include Carlo Imperato (Danny), Valerie Landsburg (Doris), Erica Gimpel (Coco), Lee Curreri (Bruno), Carol Mayo Jenkins (Mrs Sherwood) and Debbie Allen (Lydia Grant).

One to Watch - Bring Back Fame Channel 4 9pm Tonight

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Four to follow on Saturday

Posted: 27 Dec 2008 03:48 AM CST

After a successful few month's punting here on the Daily Dust, the winners have dried up somewhat of late, especially on Boxing Day with the bookies emerging 4-0 winners. However, this game is all about how hard you can get hit back so I'll be stepping straight back in the ring today to do battle once – in the warrior's code there is no surrender.

Kempton took centre stage on Boxing Day and the Middlesex venue once again stages a decent card being shown live on Channel 4, where Balzaccio (1.05) is a good each-way alternative to the favourite, Starluck, in the opener.

The likely jolly will be hard to beat and it is hard to pick holes in him, but Alan King's Balzaccio hasn't done a lot wrong either and the form of his last win at Haydock is solid enough. At the likely prices he has to be the each-way punt.

Chepstow also stage a quality card in front of the BBC cameras and Herecomesthetruth (12.55) can take this handicap chase en route to better things. This novice chaser has only lost one of his three chases to date, when running off course at Cheltenham, but clocked a smart time at Taunton last time and won here at Chepstow back in October – an advantage at this undulating venue.

The Welsh National at 2.05 is the highlight of the day and several hold leading chances in this marathon where I'll be making my mind up nearer the race, so a wiser option at this stage could be Walkon (2.40) in the following juvenile hurdle.
rainer Alan King took this event last year with Franchoek and enters another improving sort this time around, who was a gutsy runner-up in a warm heat at Newbury last time.

The final bet of the day (which incidentally is also your tipster's birthday) comes over on the All-Weather at Southwell where Haroldini (1.50) went onto my list of eyecatchers a few weeks ago.
This evergreen sort certainly enjoys his days out at this track having won here four times previously and shaped as though victory number five was on the cards when running on into fourth a fortnight ago. That was just his second spin since a break and will be cherry ripe today. Amazingly he is forecast to be the outsider of the field in the morning line odds so a lumpy each-way punt could be on the cards to bring in the birthday cash.

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Wenger defiant after Villa slip up

Posted: 26 Dec 2008 07:12 PM CST

Despite letting a 2-0 lead slip against the club pressing them for the final Champions League place, a visibly annoyed Arsene Wenger stayed optimistic,

“No, we keep going.”

“It was a committed game,” Wenger said. “They could have scored in the first half.

“I feel in the second half they were never really dangerous and yet we conceded two goals in the half where we were never really troubled.”

Wenger admitted it was a frustrating time to concede the equaliser.

“Yes, because I feel we were 99 per cent there,” he said.

“We had too many back,” he said. “We were not outnumbered, it was a throw-in for them.”

Even though an argument between himself and Martin O’Neill had to be broken up by officials, Wneger claimed that “Nothing happened.” Curious.

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