Friday 5 July 2024

A Few More Favourites


Welcome to a sunny South Manchester. This time, politically, the sun is shining on the UK because after 14 years of incompetence and lies, the Conservatives have finally been turfed out and the Labour Party won. 

Our new PM is Sir Keir Starmer. Hopefully now, instead of Broken Britain we will have a government that cares about the people rather than self-interest and self-aggrandising bunch of grifters and arses. 

Several cabinet ministers lost their constituencies but the two that made me smile most are the haunted Victoria pencil, Jacob-Rees Mogg and Liz Truss, the shortest serving Prime Minister in history who lasted 45 days having crashed the economy in her first budget. 

A Haunted Victoria Pencil

I have to dig this video out again of Liz Truss being utterly useless.

Anyway – enough of that. Let’s have some silly questions from Sunday Stealing

1. What's your favourite animal? 

As far as pets are concerned, I am a dog and a cat person. I don’t have a dog but I do have two cats and that is mainly down to Mrs PM. However both of my next door neighbours have dogs as does my eldest son so they help fill the dog-shaped hole in my life. 

2. What's your favourite book? 

I don’t really have one in particular but I can list a couple that I really like:

The Necroscope Saga by Brian Lumley – I really should reread this vampiric horror novels again.

The Dark – James Herbert – a really scary horror story by an English master. 

The Stand by Stephen King – a post-apocalyptic masterpiece from Mr King.

The Bourne Ultimatum – Robert Ludlum – the final Bourne book that Robert Ludlum wrote. 

The Matarese Circle – Robert Ludlum – a one-off novel that is amazing.

Recursion – Blake Crouch – a mind-bending sci-fi novel.

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter F. Hamilton – a space opera spread over three huge novels.

Matter – Iain M. Banks – a wonderful sci-fi novel.

3. What's your favourite colour? 

That would be teal. We now have two teal sofas in our back room (the one I am currently typing in). They are gorgeous.

4. What's your favourite dessert? 

I am not really a dessert person. I usually opt for cheese and biscuits as a post-dinner treat. If forced to choose I would probably go for chocolate brownies, lemon sorbet or chocolate ice cream.

5. What's your favourite drink? 

My favourite day to day drink is tea. My alcoholic drink of choice is a decent ale like Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. 

6. What's your favourite food? 

The list is too great. But I love Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Italian food – in fact most food apart from Thai.

7. What's your favourite hobby? 

I have three current favourite hobbies. I am currently learning Spanish and brushing up on French for a trip to Nice in August. I also write nonsense on a daily basis and am trying my best to learn the piano.

8. What's your favourite movie? 

There are too many movies to single out just one. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and sci-fi epics like Inception as well as quirky films like Inglorious Basterds, The Warriors and the Matrix. 

9. What's your favourite restaurant? 

There are a few restaurants I go to quite often. These include the Yang Sing and Little Yand Sing in Manchester as well as our local Nepalese restaurant. But I’m not that fussy.

10. What's your favourite sandwich? 

Ham, cheese and salad with mayonnaise. 

11. What's your favourite season? 

Definitely summer. We are in summer at the moment and so far it’s been a little disappointing. I’m hoping that things improve in July and August. 

12. What's your favourite series? 

I have too many to mention. I would say that a recent favourite is The Boys and there is a new series currently on Amazon Prime. It’s violent, funny and contains one of my favourite villains called Homelander who is like an evil Superman.

13. What's your favourite snack? 

Cheese on toast.

14. What's your favourite sport to watch? 

Definitely football (or soccer in American). We are currently in between seasons but I am currently enjoying the European Championships which reaches its quarter final stage this weekend and, remarkably, England are somehow still in the competition. 

15. What's your favourite thing to have for breakfast?

I usually have fruit for breakfast but I treat myself to an omelette at the weekend. 


Elephant's Child said...

I do enjoy Thai food. It is Chinese food that doesn't excite me. Middle Eastern is probably my favourite - such a broad range.
I saw (and cheered) your election results.

Lisa said...

I've been waiting for today to see what you would have to say about the political climate. Y'all had a big turnover!

Roger Owen Green said...

Congrats on your new PM. He has to be better than the last several. John Oliver, a British expat now an American citizen, tore into your Tory PMs just before the elections.

I think I ODed on the MCU during the pandemic and have only seen one or two since Endgame.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

Yes - I enjoy Middle Eastern food too.

And, as you can tell, I'm delighted at the results.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lisa,

We did have a big turnover and it has been a long time coming. Now perhaps Broken Britain can be fixed.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Roger,

Yes - I like John Oliver and I usually watch "Last Week Tonight", mainly to learn more about the US. And yes, he loves tearing into British politics too and the Tories deserve everything he says about them. Good riddance to them all.




Faith said...

Dont even get me started on our fiasco of an upcoming election here in the States. God help us.

ok, as an American, salad means lettuce and all the veggies. I'm assuming by salad in British terms, it means Lettucs?? Your description of your fave sandwich.

I enjoyed the Bourne movies. didn't read the books. Teal was the color of our wedding in 1990....teal bridesmaid dresses, teal and white balloons for the dance floor teal frosting, teal and cream flowers for the bouquet baskets, etc. Great color!

Happy Sunday

Lori said...

I wish I wasn't a dessert person. I love them very much.
I don't usually have breakfast, but when I do it is some meal with eggs. I love omlettes too. Loved your answers! Have a nice day!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Faith,

Yes - it is looking weird over there - even weirder than before.

A sald in the UK is pretty much the same as a salad anywhere else. On a sandwich (or butty) we can have elements of the salad, like tomato, lettuce, cucumber etc.

You should read the Bourne books. They are even better and totally different stories.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

That's why I gave desserts up (well not entirely if I'm honest).




CountryDew said...

Your elections gave me a little hope. A tiny little, but at least the spark is there. We really need totally new candidates on both sides.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

Yes, Biden looks very fragile. You could see the look on Trump's face when he stuttered. You just need a reasonable Democrat to take on Trump. Biden should step back and retire.