Saturday, December 16, 2006

Before Jimmy's machine and the rocksteady rub


My birthday was pleasant and low-key. The five Coles strolled to the Balti Hut in deepest Longlevens in the evening for a nosh-up. After twenty or thirty consecutive Vegetable Biryanis I have moved on to a new favourite: the Vegetable Bhuna. I have now had two on the trot. It’s a touch spicier and I rather like the texture of the thing. I was as full as a barrel at the end of the meal. We all trooped into the Co-op on the way home to buy some ice creams to consume when we arrived home. That was a nice touch.

The lucky birthday boy has got loads, loads of new music to play. I had five CDs on the day itself and some vouchers for Fopp and His Master’s Voice that I spent voraciously on seven further recordings this morning. The tokens were, as they say, burning a hole in my trouser pocketage. I won’t be a boring chump and list all I received and chose but it is a fine mixture of old and new. I’ve been sampling the ‘old’ mainly today while I viewed a host of superb European rugby football matches with the sound turned down, supine on the sofa, adopting a languorous and indolent manner. I especially appreciated Dexys Midnight Runners’ Searching for the Young Soul Rebels and I’m playing it for the second time now. The newish Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan album is a dainty and melodic treat and, by heck, I’ve loved reacquainting m’self with Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Juju, a powerful, macabre and haunting long player. I also got The Beatles’ Love album which sounds wonderful; I’m not entirely sure what the point of it is though.

I could have spent a fortune in Fopp. I unexpectedly alighted upon S in that shop, casually flicking through the jazz racks, a young and sharp blade that one wouldn’t guess was approaching his fortieth year. He described Fopp as ‘dangerous’; he is right – there is so much of quality to buy there. So many choices.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you are after a local takeaway, try the Garlic instead. The quality of their cooking is significantly above that of the Hut; though beware, they spice things as nature intended...

Anon local.

Martin Cole said...

Thanks for the tip. Where is Garlic though? We used to enjoy really fine Indian takeaways from the Park Diner in Innsworth but I've never heard of the 'lic.