Thursday, May 22, 2014

Short Story, Bowling, Provincial Elections, Prince Charles.

The Indie Writer’s Monthly is calling for short stories about time travel. I can’t write worth a damn, but today I thought of a pretty good story line. Very unusual for me. Anybody interested in hearing what it is? Let me know.

Wednesday was a bowling day of course with another this afternoon.  We are doing OK with two days in a row but it would have been better to have some time off in between. Can’t be done though.

June 12 is Provincial election day. We often work it, I am not sure whether to volunteer this year or not. It makes for a very long day. Had one person call on us at our apartment. I didn’t know for several years that these campaigners were allowed to access apartment buildings, but apparently they are. I honestly can’t say I/we like that.

prince-charles-and-vladimir-putinIt appears that Prince Charles expressed a political opinion about Vladimir Putin in a private conversation the other day. The operative word here being private. It is all over the British news, as well as in Canada. What is the matter with people. You don’t tell the world what someone said to you in private. There is a discussion about whether the royals should express political opinions. The Queen never does, but previous royals have apparently done so and Charles appears to be following in their footsteps rather than his mother’s. However, it seems that he likened Putin to Hitler. Bit explosive that. I wonder if he knew the person would leak his conversation anyway?

This is a recipe I haven’t tried yet, I’m out of asparagus – quel horreur (sorry should be ¡Qué horror! trying to brush up my Spanish again). I shall be trying it pretty soon. I suspect it would only be really good with absolutely farm fresh asparagus. I love to eat spears of asparagus raw, they have a delicious flavour. I had never done so until a few years back when Tim Barrie just handed me a spear to chew on.  I know (from Facebook) that a lot of his customers enjoy eating asparagus raw.

Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan Dressing

2 lbs large asparagus
1 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (3 ounces)A091211_FW_Batali_
3 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs warm water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into long, thin strips and transfer to a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, mix the Parmigiano-Reggiano with the lemon juice, water and olive oil. Add to the asparagus and toss to coat. Season the salad with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Servings: 6
Author: Mark Ladner
Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day
Jo (2)


  1. Hi Jo .. well I should let us know the story and submit it - why not ... volunteering for the elections sounds a very good ideal ... Prince Charles and Putin ..I don't think he should have made that comment - definitely not diplomatic ..

    The asparagus sounds delicious ... hope you can get some this weekend .. cheers Hilary

    1. Nah, I'm not going to try writing it. I did think about it. We will see what happens with Charles' comment.

      I should be able to get asparagus OK.

  2. There was journalist hovering within earshot it seems. Nothing is private to them.

  3. I have no idea about the election! Asparagus looks fine!

    1. They are campaigning here. Does look good.

  4. For once it wasn't an American politician saying something dumb.

  5. Is anything truly 'private' if a famous person says it and the people that overhear it can make some money by blabbing to the press? lol I never ate raw asparagus. The prices have shot through the roof for it now so I haven't bought it lately.

    1. No I suppose not. But I cannot imagine having a private chat with Prince Charles or someone similar and then blabbing.

      We are paying $3.50/lb Canadian but of course with farm fresh we can eat the whole spear. If you can get some farm fresh, do try some raw, it really is very good.

  6. Election - waste of money. I was surprised they could come into our building and leave flyers on the doorknobs, no one else can.
    I agree private is private.

    1. Me too when they first came in a couple of years ago.

      So it should be.

  7. Hi Jo,

    Prince Charles was scheduled to meet Putin. Both men are due to attend a memorial for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. However, their paths will not cross. Could of made for an awkward situation.

    Provincial election day in Ontario, I assume? Any other Province?

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Goodnight, Jo.


    1. You are right Gary, it could've been awkward.

      Certainly in Ontario, not sure about anywhere else.

      Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  8. So what's the big deal? Other than he is a royal and supposed to look like a deer in the headlights when asked a question? He only said what I said several weeks ago. And something I am sure many have said and thought. I have had my share of eavesdropping reporters and those that misquote and take comments out of context. Good for the Prince for speaking his mind.

    1. The problem in my mind was that it was a "private" conversation. I agree, no real reason why he shouldn't speak his political opinions even if Mummy never does.