Curious: Sodom and Salt – A Cautionary Tale

Hopefully everyone knows that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone by a wrathful god, that will save a lot of time.

Whilst this was occurring a chap named Lot was being led from the city by angels who warned him and his family not to look behind them at Sodom. His wife peeked and was turned into a pillar of salt.

The intended interpretation of this is probably don’t disobey angels or god, however a more useful interpretation for me is to look to the future rather than the past.

rod stryker quote

It is too easy to dwell on the past and remember all the stupid things you’ve done and said – it can be very hard to stop this. However I am going to try harder to do so and hope to have a nice new behaviour pattern in early 2015!

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Nail: Tigger – “Hooray! That settles it. If he won’t jump, and he can’t climb down, then we’ll just have to leave him up there forever”

I’m fed up with my mother visiting, she does random things at random times and with very little warning.

She has good intentions, probably, but I don’t feel the need to do the washing up every time a spoon has been used and I dislike my fridge being reorganised – especially as she apparently doesn’t follow the rule of keep raw meat and cooked meat on separate shelves.

If I’m feeling charitable, which I’m not after a week of her staying with us, I would describe her as being like Tigger – always bouncing and being oblivious of their impact on other people.

tigger nails

(Picture from Pinterest)

I don’t really know this woman, I never understood her and that was before the personality change that tumours brought. She barely eats, which I find confusing, she drinks lots of grim smelling herbal teas and refuses to make decisions – claiming that she is “easy going” which oddly enough is really REALLY hard work.

However, there is only one of her so I suppose I’d better be grateful realy.

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Film: Kiss of The Dragon – “All my Barbies are working”

Jet Li is a talented martial artist, that is undeniable.

However I would like to tender that his choice of English language films can be somewhat questionable as they tend to have bad plots and worse dialogue, for example ‘War’ was dire, Li was wasted in ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’, I am in denial that ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’ exists and ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ isn’t good either.

In fact the most notable thing about ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ is the Bridget Fonda’s whore has very good teeth and skin for a junkie.

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Book: Winnie The Pooh ‘Friends of The Forest’ – “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”

A. A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh, originally Winnie-The-Pooh before Disney’s intervention, books were a childhood staple; to the extent that the Heffalump and Woozle song is one of my morning alarm tones.

TV wasn’t really part of my childhood but I vividly recall seeing ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’, which was from 1968 and is perhaps best known for the Technicolor nightmare that is Pooh’s vision of his honey being stolen.

winnie the pooh - friends of the forest game

Whilst moving house I did try to clear things down to the essentials – I am very aware that I failed, however I did rediscover the Winnie The Pooh Friends of the Forest game which was made by Waddingtons Games in 1990 and it is too odd to not retain!

The game starts with the Hundred Acre Woods having been trashed by the mischievous Heffalumps and Woozles, you need to rebuild the trees and clean the rivers in order to win the game.

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It is a very cute game and well built, to the extent that I suspect that most copies of the game have been kept in attics by parents unwilling to part with it. I’ve certainly never seen it anywhere.

Which means that I have to keep it for now, simply because “trees are not for catapulting Piglets”.

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Bahlsen choco Leibniz orange – Ethics and chocolate make strange bedfellows

These were an impulse buy in Waitrose as they were chocolate covered biscuits that I hadn’t tried before and they were on offer. Although I didn’t intend to buy orange flavoured ones I ended up really enjoying them.

Bahlsen choco Leibniz orange

Which is where it gets complicated… Bahlsen use UTZ certified products, UTZ Certified is apparently a sign of sustainable agricultural supply chains – which is distinct from Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance. I am finding all these certifications to be slightly counter-productive as it muddies the water about what “good” is.

After a bit of reading UTZ appears to be the least good of the three certifications mentioned as whilst it provides some safeguards for the people involved in the production of these products and whilst it encourages some positive eco-friendly steps it seems more like a badge used by manufacturers to stand behind and hope that consumers assume it means more ethical things than perhaps it does…

However these biscuits were tasty so every once in a while I might smile sweetly and ignore their rose-tinted corporate double-speak about their impact on people and the environment

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Food: Terry’s exploding candy chocolate orange – Taste exploson?

It is coming up to Christmas so Terry’s Chocolate Oranges are in the shops and on offer everywhere.

What I hadn’t seen before was Terry’s exploding candy chocolate orange, which seems to be an attempt to win the same market as like the Cadbury’s popping candy bar

terry's exploding candy chocolate orange

Unfortunately it isn’t anywhere near as good, both because there isn’t much candy and because the chocolate isn’t as good as Cadbury’s.

To be honest it is pretty insipid and I really regret buying two of them!

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Nails: I love you… not – Unexpected guests

Rumour has it my sibling is planning to pop back to the UK (from Japan) at point over the festive period. I am the only living relative of note in the UK, everyone else found somewhere else to be overseas.

So following the usual pattern I would expect my sibling would probably stay with us for a couple of nights, sofa surf with random friends for a week, then crash back with us and expect a lift to the airport at silly o’clock in the morning on a work day.

scary heart nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

However my parents have given me a heads up that my sibling might have a friend along for the ride – we are unsure if this is a dating sort of friend as they’ve only been mentioned twice, but we are all kind of assuming that they will share a bed as both us and my parents have one guest room with one bed. You certainly can’t sofa surf with two of you.

So potentially my sibling is planning to show up in England and expect a place to stay for two for an unknown number of days but hasn’t actually bothered mentioning this minor detail yet. I am tempted to pretend that I haven’t heard this rumour and see if they do bother to mention it prior to their arrival.

I’m not sure how I feel about having a complete stranger stay in my home, but I suspect that I won’t be overly amused at my sibling if I get no warning. Families are fun…

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