Countersinks and pipes


A bundle of obscure but surprisingly compelling confections:

From Enric Rovira: chocolate-covered… corn? Which are toasted corn kernels coated with chocolate — not v. sweet, but surprisingly addictive. Whereas Spicy Apple Ginger Chews from The Ginger People may quite possibly be the best thing ever. If only they weren’t so difficult to unwrap!

When trying to figure out what the other Rovira flavors were, babelfish produced these puzzling results:


Countersinks! Yum!

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the 1982 TV adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I first saw when very young. Romance, adventure, and those glorious costumes that Jane Seymour got to wear! Of course, back then I never realized that Ian McKellen was Chauvelin, stealing the show and stomping on every other cast member’s performance. Now I can, though, because it was just released on DVD! As expected, McKellen is great, Seymour is even more lovely than in my memory, and Anthony Andrews is a thousand times more irritating when he does his “Sir Percy” voice (but his pimpernel mode’s still kind of dashing!). Also, there seems to be a lot more cocaine-sniffing than I remember! Did they really show that on TV in the 80s?

I won’t dwell on the film’s merits, because unavoidably my view is colored by the rose-colored pupils of little seven year-old yukino, sitting raptly before the television. A little dated, a bit cheesy, but just about as much fun as I remember. Far more than I could have hoped for!

This might kick off a marathon of costume romances, which I adore and own aplenty. Sad that it won’t apparently soon include Andrew Davies’s adaptation of Northanger Abbey, which is in trouble (via Anita). Sigh

  • Are you sure it's cocaine? Might be snuff, maybe.

  • I never realized that was Ian McKellan...

  • Loliinspired

    The corn sounds interesting, but I will prolly try the countersinks and pipes with medical assistance nearby.

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