Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Apollo 13. The New Prince.

The other night Apollo 13 was on TV again. Matt decided to watch it and I watched it in snatches (I was reading) but then, finishing my Ed Harrisbook I watched the remainder of the film. To me, this is the most incredible movie, we both remember when the Apollo 13 flight took place and we went through the events with the rest of the world in 1970, The film came out in 1995 and eventually we watched it, we knew what happened and how it ended and yet the movie had us sitting on the edges of our seats. I have seen the film at least three times and every time, I am caught up in the tension created by the movie particularly when the mission control room, and the world, are waiting for them to come back in contact, probably the longest 4 minutes ever. For a film to do this is pretty incredible. Tom Hanks played Jim Lovell, but one of the best characters in my book was Ed Harris playing Gene Kranz in the Control Room. They were all good, but for some reason he was my favourite. Maybe I should buy the DVD so I can watch it whenever I want – without ads.

I assume everyone who was interested got to see the Royal Baby Princeyesterday. William says he looks like Kate. It was a delightfully informal occasion and the pair of them looked so very happy. Apparently the prince has two nurseries, one in his maternal grandparents’ home and one in Kensington Palace. In fact he has everything except a name. I would imagine they have chosen a name in advance of the birth, but they sure aren’t telling anyone what it is. Kate is looking pretty good bearing in mind the ordeal she went through yesterday. American TV is certainly going nuts about the birth with special programmes, etc. I wonder how British TV is reacting. When you think of all the press camped outside the hospital and the palace, I guess they are reacting pretty much the same.

Today is the absolute end of our summer bowling season, we will be having a bite to eat (pizza for everyone but me) and maybe a couple of games, one bowling bingo. Their computers have bingo sheets on them, so I will be interested to see how that works. There will also be a couple of small prizes. In fact Matt and I and I believe others will be joining us, plan to bowl on Wednesday afternoons for the rest of the summer. We leave on Sept. 7 for the Carolinas of course.

If you haven’t seen me at your blog lately, I apologise, but life has been getting in the way lately.

Here’s a recipe for my Vegan friends which I found at it mentions Green Giant canned corn, only trouble with that, it’s delicious, but has a lot of sugar in it. If sugar is no problem to you that’s OK.

Vegan-Corn Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Contributed By: Judith, AZ
Easy-Peasy recipe to put together for a picnic or potluck. Keeps well in the fridge for at least 5 days.Vegan Corn Salad

2 cups corn (fresh is exceptional, canned, especially Green Giant, is still really good)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup white wine
3/4 cup finely chopped red and green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

In a med-sized non-stick frying pan, heat the wine and braise the corn and garlic on medium high heat until wine is totally evaporated. Toss in the bell pepper and onion and toss for 3 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Combine dressing ingredients and toss with corn and peppers. Best served at room temperature.
Keeps in fridge for several days.

Have a great day


  1. Apollo 13 was a great film.
    Bowling bingo? That ought to be interesting.

    1. Wasn't it?

      Yes, we usually play it at the end of a season. You have to bowl for certain scores and it can be quite difficult.

  2. Couldn't turn on a 'news' program that didn't have the departure from the hospital for the young couple. Even hour long specials! I can't imagine living in such a public way. I truly hope they are prepared for it! I think the world has gone crazy though, truly!

    Enjoy your bowling party!

    1. I know, it would be terrible to have the spotlight on you like that all the time wouldn't it? He is used to it, but I don't know about the Duchess although she is pretty mature.

      Will do Yolanda, thanks.

  3. Recipe sounds delish! Is frozen the same as fresh? We don't even do canned anymore after my husband read an article about how bad canned foods are for you.

    1. I imagine so Diane although I think fresh would be best of course.

  4. Apollo 13 was a great movie. If it was on over here, I'd watch it again too. The corn salad looks good but I really miss eating corn on the cob. We can't get corn that way where I live. And now I'm wishing I had cilantro in my garden. Cilantro is one of those herbs you either really enjoy or not at all.

    1. You can't get corn on the cob? I thought you were in Paris. We could get it in the UK although it wasn't as fresh as buying it from the farms here. Not that I have bought it in the UK for about 38 years.

  5. I adore Ed Harris. In any of his movies. That's a picture of the royal baby I had not seen yet. I've been following some of it...but there's only so much time in the day...
    Enjoy your bowling. I sure miss it!
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. I don't particularly remember him in anything else, but he was so very good in Apollo 13.

      I am disappointed in the baby's names.

      It was fun bowling, last of the summer league though.